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“Everything is sculpture. Any material, any idea without hindrance born into space, I consider sculpture.” -Isamu Noguchi

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It’s Summertime: Let’s Play! ~ The benefits of play are great — more far-reaching than just helping kids blow off steam or get a little physical exercise. In addition to helping kids learn to self-regulate, studies show that child-led, unstructured play (with or without adults) promotes intellectual, physical, social, and emotional well-being. Unstructured play helps children learn how to work in groups, to share, to negotiate, to resolve conflicts, to regulate their emotions and behavior, and to speak-up for themselves. via Greater Good Science Center, published July 15, 2013.

“We Have a Responsibility to Awe” ~ Jason Silva’s new passion project – “Shots of Awe.”  A TestTube series about what it means to be ALIVE – these 2-minute videos are like little jolts of caffeine right to the frontal lobe. via The Wonderist, published May 30, 2013.

Facilitating Group Problem Solving in High Schools ~ If you’re a designer interested in teaching in the high school classroom, or you’re just thinking about bringing student-led problem solving into your classroom or community group, try the following best practices we discovered during our pilot of frog’s Collective Action Toolkit (CAT) in high schools, in partnership with Savannah College of Art and Design’s (SCAD) Design for Sustainability program, Design Ethos, Gatorball Academy, and teachers and classes at Beach, Groves, and Savannah High Schools. via Design Mind, published July 18, 2013.

Turning waste into building blocks of the future city ~ Modern cities create vast quantities of waste. But rather than causing a crisis, could these overflowing landfills help create urban landscapes of the future? In the third of Building Tomorrow’s expert viewpoints, urban designer Mitchell Joachim looks at ways our trash can be turned into treasure. via BBC Future, published May 28, 2013.

How To Schedule Your Day For Peak Performance ~ Are you a certified organizational ninja? It’s okay, nobody is–so steal this idea from career kickstarter Amber Rae, who shares her “Work, Play, Fit, Push” framework for getting things done while staying inspired.  via FastCompany, published April 17, 2013.

Roger Martin on Designing in Hostile Territory ~ You don’t need anyone’s permission to think like a designer. But there are five things you need to do if you want to be effective in a “design-unfriendly organization.” via Business Week, published November 16, 2013.

Unlock Your Creative Genius: 4 Steps To Being Provocative With A Purpose ~ In his book, Unthink: Rediscover Your Creative Genius, Erik Wahl says that “purposeful provocation” should be a part of our personal and professional lives, every single day. Here are the four steps he suggests we need to take to inject a healthy disorder to remain progressive: via FastCompany, published July 17, 2013.

5 Scientific Ways to Build Habits That Stick ~ In our day-to-day lives, habits can often be tough to build, as there are plenty of distractions that can lead us off the “straight and narrow” and right back to our old ways. To alleviate some of those troubles we can examine some academic research on motivation, discipline, and habit building, and break down their findings into actionable steps that any aspiring habit-builder can put into place. via 99u, published July 17, 2013.

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To Encourage Sharing And Reading, Creative Places Free Books On Subways ~ In her project ‘Books on the Underground’,  London-based creative Hollie Belton, leaves books at subway stations and on trains on the London Underground network—where they are to be taken, read, shared and enjoyed. via Design Taxi, published July 18, 2013.

Technology Is a Tool, Not a Learning Outcome ~hand-drawn image by author Bill Ferriter on the role that technology should play in teaching and learning spaces. via MindShift, published July 12, 2013.

LIFE at Lascaux: Early Color Photos From Another World ~ via TIME, published January 23, 2012.

The faces of education: stunning photos from the classrooms around the world Julian Germain started his “Classroom Portraits” series in 2004 in North East England, and since then he’s been everywhere from the Middle East, to Africa, to North and South America capturing the spirit, students, and visual culture of school rooms around the world.~ via GOOD, published July 17, 2013.

16 Real Modern Technologies Predicted by Inspector Gadget ~ Vanity Fair sifted through Inspector Gadget’s 86 episodes to see what this crystal ball of technology foretold. The results are a surprising collection of then fantastical products and concepts that we couldn’t imagine living without today. But perhaps the most forward-thinking model might be the show’s core relationship: a computer-obsessed child doing her best to explain technology to her forever clueless parental figure.via Vanity Fair, published July 11, 2013.

Villagers ‘Grow’ Bridges Using Vines And Roots To Cross Rivers ~ In the state of Meghalaya, India, villagers have been directing tree roots and vines to ‘build’ bridges for 500 years. By using hollowed out tree trunks, they guide these plants to the other side of the river and allow them to take root. In a region which receives much rain, it is counter-intuitive to make a bridge out of wood planks as the wood will rot. The natural solution was to use the surrounding plants as they would strengthen over time. via Design Taxi, published July 16, 2013.

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Sir Ken Robinson on How to Find your Element ~ Finding one’s passion and true purpose in life is essential to human flourishing. via RSA, published July 5, 2013.

What Happens When You Let Artists Play With San Francisco’s Trash ~ Trash can be beautiful. Just take a look at Recology San Francisco’s Artist in Residence Program, which lets professional and student artists run wild with the waste management company’s garbage. via FastCo.Exist, published July 19, 2013.

Martí Guixé: Food as an object of mass production ~ From a hands-free lollipop to a cake that displays its ingredients in pie-chart form, Martí Guixé’s work challenges perceptions of reality. The Catalonian designer works with food as an object of mass production, often creating interactive experiences. Working across food, platform and system design, Guixé’s work is often playful – like the parties he had to get partygoers to help him decorate retail interiors! via Design Indaba, published March 29, 2013.

The 7 Essential Life Skills ~ Ellen Galinsky on the 7 essential skills–focus & self-control; perspective taking; communicating; making connections; critical thinking; taking on challenges; self-directed, engaged learning–humans need to keep learning and growing throughout the lifespan. via BigThink, published July 18, 2013.

5 Great under 6 minutes TED Talks for Teachers ~ via Education Technology & Mobile Learning, published July 16, 2013.

Friday Link Fest…*

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WE ARE THE LANDSCAPE OF ALL WE KNOW ” – Isamu Noguchi

 

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Want To Help Kids Solve Problems? Have Them Design Their Own Solutions ~ via FastCoDesign, published July 11, 2013.

Empathy’s Non-Verbal Language: Six tips on how to reach children through our actions ~ via Ashoka, published July 10, 2013.

Improving 3-D Printing by Copying Nature: Biomimicry could make the technology safer and better ~ via National Geographic, published July 7, 2013.

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Monumental Plant Sculptures at the 2013 Mosaicultures Internationales de Montréal ~ via Colossal, published July 9, 2013.

A Strategy For Promoting Resilience In Children ~ Catch, Challenge, & Change. via Teach Thought, published July 9, 2013.

Total Strangers Who Have Never Met Pose Together In Intimate Portraits ~ via Design Taxi, published July 12, 2013.

51 Sources Of Hundreds Of Thousands Of Free eBooks ~ via Teach Thought, published July 11, 2013.

The Modern Seaweed House by Vandkunsten and Realdania Byg ~ via Dezeen, published July 10, 2013.

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How 80,000 Bees Printed A Bottle For Dewar’s ~ via FastCoCreate, published July 9, 2013.

55 MOOCs (Massive Open Online Courses) for the Dog Days of Summer ~ via Open Culture, published July 9, 2013.

4D printing: buildings that can change over time ~ via BBC Future, published July 11, 2013.

Friday Link Fest {January 11-18, 2013}

Friday Link Fest {January 11-18, 2013} photograph by Elsa Fridman

 

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The 11 Most Generous Designers ~ This is an innovative group (co-curated by Ric Grefé, the executive director of AIGA) who are using design to make the world a better place. Whether creating a compelling graphic to raise money or developing a cause awareness campaign or producing a never-before-seen-product that improves an infant’s livelihood, these creative thinkers are impacting our society in ways that are hard to forget. via FastCo.Exist, published January 14, 2013.

Must-read report on maker-driven education ~ This report is a synthesis of ongoing research, design, and implementation of an approach to education called “connected learning.” It advocates for broadened access to learning that is socially embedded, interest-driven, and oriented toward educational, economic, or political opportunity. Connected learning is realized when a young person is able to pursue a personal interest or passion with the support of friends and caring adults, and is in turn able to link this learning and interest to academic achievement, career success or civic engagement. This model is based on evidence that the most resilient, adaptive, and effective learning involves individual interest as well as social support to overcome adversity and provide recognition. via Boing Boing, published January 16, 2013.

How Are You Using the Collective Action Toolkit? ~ The toolkit is being deployed far more broadly than expected, such as in our new Chinese language edition. People are finding new uses for it, from local education to entrepreneurship in global organizations. And we’ve embarked on our first educational pilot, working with SCAD’s Design for Sustainability program. How did this happen? And in what ways can you use the CAT that you may not have considered? via Frog Design, published January 14, 2013.

Innovation Pessimism: Has the ideas machine broken down? ~ The idea that innovation and new technology have stopped driving growth is getting increasing attention. But it is not well founded. via The Economist, published January 12, 2013.

Should 3-Year-Olds Learn Computer Programming? ~ Can 3-year-olds learn enough computer programming to be able to build their own games or animate a story? That’s the theory behind Scratch Jr, an MIT project set to launch this summer that wants to teach preschoolers creativity, design thinking, and problem-solving through coding. via GOOD, published February 27, 2012.

Sitting Is the Smoking of Our Generation ~And ‘walking meetings’ are the antidote. via Harvard Business Review, published January 14, 2013.

Ideo’s Albert Lee On Innovating Ideas ~ Creativity is only the beginning. Here are proven ways to find, filter, and shape the best thinking–whether it’s yours, your team’s, or your customers’. via Fast Company, published January 15, 2013.

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Allen Ginsberg’s Hand-Annotated Photos of the Beat Generation ~ Beginning January 15, New Yorkers can visit NYU’s Grey Art Gallery‘s Beat Memories: The Photographs of Allen Ginsberg to peruse a selection of 110 photos taken (and often captioned by hand) by none other than Allen Ginsberg. From a shot of Jack Kerouac’s muse, Neal Cassady, and “his love of the year” snuggling under a cinema marquee advertising a Brando triple feature to a solemn photo of William S. Burroughs at the Met, the annotated images provide a personal, visual scrapbook of Ginsberg’s life in the 1950s and beyond. via Flavorwire, published January 11, 2013

How To Be A Minimalist, In Design & In Life ~ Comic artist behind Incidental Comics, Grant Snider produces amusing and surprisingly insightful comics on his blog and for many websites across the internet. via Design Taxi, published January 16, 2013.

Complex Natural Spider Webs Preserved on Glass Plates ~ Artist Emil Fiore, also known as Rocky, collects whole spider webs and preserves the natural works of art behind glass. Based in New Jersey, Fiore first learned about catching a web in a children’s craft book and, ever since, the idea has stuck. In his 20’s, he finally started experimenting with web collection. He has used all kinds of sprays and varnishes to master the preservation of each web in its entirety and his hard work has certainly paid off. Spray painted with silver paint and set behind glass, these striking, silky designs are unique and captivating representations of the wonders of nature. via My Modern Met, published January 12, 2013.

Kumbh Mela: The Largest Gathering on Earth ~ Tens of millions of Hindu pilgrims are now descending on Allahabad, India, joining an estimated 8 million already there for the Maha Kumbh Mela. Held every 12 years at one of four places in India, the Kumbh Mela lasts nearly two months and is considered to be an especially auspicious time to bathe in the holy river for purification from sin. via The Atlantic, published January 14, 2013.

World Design Guide ~ World Design Guide is the first ever online guide to the best international architecture and design events. Created and curated by Dezeen, the guide offers a quick way of finding out when and where key fairs, conferences and festivals take place. The first edition of World Design Guide lists events taking place in 2013. In the future we’ll be adding more layers of information and updating our listings.

VIDEOS

Susan Cain’s breakthrough research on introversion has been turned into another live animation video series. via The Lavin Agency.

(dwlFilms on YouTube, published November 27, 2012)

 

‘In the future, design thinking is going to be called emotionalism’ ~ Roger Arquer ~ via Dezeen, published January 14, 2013.

(Roger Arquer at Designed in Hackney Day from Dezeen on Vimeo.)

Concept Turns Video Gaming Into Full-Body Exercise ~ Intellect Motion has introduced the ‘GameCube’, which makes players get physical during video games. via PSFK, published January 15, 2013.

(Alexander Khromenkov on YouTube, published January 1, 2013)

Friday Link Fest {November 17-23, 2012}

Rethinking…* the Pietà for modern times

ARTICLES

Tom Kelley and David Kelley on Reclaiming Your Creative Confidence ~ Most people are born creative. As children, we revel in imaginary play, ask outlandish questions, draw blobs and call them dinosaurs. But over time, because of socialization and formal education, a lot of us start to stifle those impulses. We learn to be warier of judgment, more cautious, more analytical. The world seems to divide into “creatives” and “noncreatives,” and too many people consciously or unconsciously resign themselves to the latter category. via Harvard Business Review, published in the December 2012 issue.

Groups Make Change: Creating frog’s Collective Action Toolkit ~ We jumped at the opportunity to place a team of frog designers in an environment in which design has no meaning at all, a collaboration with the Girl Effect to improve the lives of adolescent girls. This collaboration revealed a new purpose for design as an essential set of skills to help communities to solve their own problems—and the Collective Action Toolkit was born. What follows is the path we took from our collaboration to creating and releasing this toolkit, which is available to download for free from frog. via Frog Design, published November 19, 2012.

The Neuroanatomy of Freestyle Rap ~ Mapping the fugue state that allows rappers to freestyle, jazz musicians to improvise, and artists turn off their self-edit. via The Atlantic, published November 19, 2012.

100 Urban Trends That You Should Know About ~ The BMW Guggenheim Lab Berlin has done us all a huge favor by rounding up 100 of what it calls “the most talked-about trends in urban thinking.” This is by no means a definitive list, but it is a snapshot of what people were talking about in Berlin during the Summer of 2012 (when the traveling city-focused Guggenheim Lab was in the area). via FastCoExist, published November 20, 2012.

Using Just 10% of Your Brain? Think Again ~ Popular ‘neuromyths’ about how we learn are creating confusion in the classroom. via The Wall Street Journal, published November 16, 2012.

Architects Propose ‘Soft Waterfront Infrastructure’ to Protect NYC From the Next Big Storm ~ “soft infrastructure,” a design concept based on priming the city to “deal with storms instead of fortify itself against them” by using natural resources like coastal marshlands and building more sustainable infrastructure like green roofs. via Inhabitat, published November 18, 2012.

Biomimicry Creates New Education Models For Learning From Nature ~ We can learn a lot from nature, but first we have to learn how to do that. A whole host of programs–from grade school to graduate school–are now teaching the art of biomimicry. via FastCoExist, published November 16, 2012.

Popcorn Maker: A Dead-Simple Drag-and-Drop App For Remixing Web Videos ~ The Mozilla Foundation’s latest project aims to bring interactive multimedia remixing to the masses. via FastCoDesign, published November 14, 2012.

 

VIDEOS & TALKS

Pop-up Lego Architecture ~ A Japanese Lego builder going by the YouTube handle “talapz” has rendered both Todai-ji and Kinkaku-ji, two World Heritage sites and famous Japanese temples in Nara and Kyoto, respectively, in Lego. But the crazy part is he designed the structures to be collapsible, like a pop-up book. via Core77, published November 19, 2012.

(via  on YouTube, published June 13, 2009)

(via  on YouTube, published Nov 13, 2012)

 

A House For All Seasons: D*Dynamic’s Home Adapts To Its Changing Surroundings ~ David Ben Grünberg and Daniel Woolfson of D*Haus Company have created a truly transformational home inspired by mathematician Henry Dudeney that can respond to its environment by adapting to seasonal, meteorological, and astronomical conditions. Based on Dudeney’s solving of “The Haberdasher’s Puzzle,” which allows a square to transform into an equilateral triangle, D*Dynamic can transform itself into a series of eight configurations. The external walls have the ability to unfold, forming internal walls and allowing glass interior walls to become the façade for those sunny days when you want a naturally lit abode. The open interior layout, consisting of two bedrooms, a living room, and a bathroom can adapt to various situations, such as family size, as the house transforms not only seasonally but also daily. via Architizer, published November 15, 2012.

(D*Haus Dynamic from The D*Haus Company Ltd on Vimeo.)

Amazing Time-Lapse Video Features Ever-Changing Earth and Sky ~“Within Two Worlds” was created by photographer Brad Goldpaint. The film features shooting comets, a giant tilting Milky Way, and glowing purple and pink auroras peeking over the horizon. Stunning sequences watch day turn to night and night to day, as overhead stars shine their beautiful light above mountains, forests, and waterfalls. via Wired, published November 18, 2012.

(Within Two Worlds from Goldpaint Photography on Vimeo.)

 

Book-Vending Machine Dispenses Suspense~ Earlier this year, Stephen Fowler, owner of The Monkey’s Paw used-book store in Toronto, had an idea. He wanted a creative way to offload his more ill-favored books — “old and unusual” all, as the store’s motto goes — that went further than a $1 bin by the register. It came in a conversation with his wife: a vending machine. via NPR, published November 18, 2012.

(The BIBLIO-MAT from Craig Small on Vimeo.)

 

 Martin Scorsese on the Importance of Visual Literacy ~ via Edutopia, published June 15, 2012.

 

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Tableware as Sensorial Stimuli cutlery by Jinhyun Jeon ~ The project was inspired by the phenomenon of synesthesia, a neurological condition in which stimuli like taste, colour and hearing are affected and triggered by each other. People with synesthesia often report seeing a certain colour when they hear a particular word, for example. via Dezeen, published November 18, 2012.

Sony Holds the World’s First Real-Time Digital Photography Exhibition ~ Imagine a photography exhibition in which all the photographs on the walls are being captured by their respective photographers in real-time around the world. That’s the kind of show Sony put on this past Thursday in London: the world’s first real-time digital photography exhibition. via PetaPixel, published November 17, 2012.

Storm-Battered Photos Become Public Flotsam ~ Images of one moment redefined by another. Hurricane Sandy turned cherished snapshots into an open-air exhibition of people’s lives. The photographs below were collected on Staten Island. via The New York Times.

Is This the Most Distant Object Ever Seen? ~  A weird proto-galaxy spotted by the Hubble Space Telescope may have broken the record for the most distant object ever seen. And—if it pans out—it didn’t just break the record, it smashed it. via Slate, published November 16, 2012.

Photos of the 37 Ingredients That Go Into Making a Twinkie ~ Photographer Dwight Eschliman based the project on the 37 individual ingredients listed by author Steve Ettlinger in his book, “Twinkie, Deconstructed.” The photographer collected a sample of each one, and then photographed it on a glass dish to show Twinkie fans what they’re eating every time they pop one of the cream-filled snacks in their mouth. via PetaPixel, published November 19, 2012.

Bite-Size Bits Of Design Wisdom, Made In Just 5 Minutes ~ Base Design’s Thierry Brunfaut gives himself 300 seconds to get to the point. via FastCoDesign, published November 14, 2012.

A Photo Showing the Energy Contained in a Single Orange ~ Photographer Caleb Charland is well known for his projects that mix science and photography. Recently he has been working on photos showing “alternative batteries,” or using things like fruits and coins to power lights. via PetaPixel, published November 16, 2012.

Friday Link Fest {November 9-16, 2012}

 

ARTICLES

Soft Cars and Living Homes: How Biologically-Based Architecture May be the Key to Greening Our Cities ~ Fascinating interview with with Mitchell Joachim, an associate professor at NYU and Co-President of Terreform ONE, a nonprofit design organization based in Brooklyn that champions green design in urban areas. via The Culture-ist, published November 9, 2012.

3 Big Insights From Today’s Top Design Thinkers ~ A few weeks ago, at the Fast Company offices, we convened an all-star panel of designers and design leaders to talk about the problems that they found most vexing in the past year, and what they were trying to do to solve them. via FastCo.Design, published November 16, 2012

A Design Lens on Education ~ Ideo’s Tim Brown on learning & design thinking. via Design Thinking: Thoughts by Tim Brown, published November 13, 2012

Place Capital: Re-connecting Economy With Community ~ on rethinking…* public spaces. via Projects for Public Place, published October 28, 2012.

Impact 15: 15 Education Innovators ~ These 15 education innovators are harnessing a slew of disruptive technologies to change everything from the way we teach grade school math to how we train the next generation of teachers.via Forbes, published November 8, 2012.

What Schools Can Learn From Google, IDEO, and Pixar  ~  The country’s strongest innovators embrace creativity, play, and collaboration–values that also inform their physical spaces. A community about to build or rehab a school often creates checklists of best practices, looks for furniture that matches its mascot, and orders shiny new lockers to line its corridors. These are all fine steps, but the process of planning and designing a new school requires both looking outward (to the future, to the community, to innovative corporate powerhouses) as well as inward (to the playfulness and creativity that are at the core of learning). via FastCo.Design, published August 26, 2010.

 

TALKS & VIDEOS 

What is psychology? ~ via BigThink, published November 11, 2012.

(via BigThink on YouTube, published October 24, 2012)

 

10 talks about the beauty — and difficulty — of being creative ~ includes: Elizabeth Gilbert: Your elusive creative geniusDavid Kelley: How to build your creative confidenceIsaac Mizrahi on fashion and creativityAmy Tan: Where does creativity hideSteven Johnson: Where good ideas come fromJanet Echelman: Taking imagination seriouslyKirby Ferguson: Embrace the remixMalcolm McLaren: Authentic creativity vs. karaoke cultureTim Brown: Tales of creativity and play; Julie Burstein: Four Lessons on Creativity. via TED, published November 12, 2012.

 

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100,000 Stars ~An interactive 3D visualization of the stellar neighborhood, including over 100000 nearby stars. via Chrome Experiments, published November 15, 2012.

Sweet Portraits of Dogs Least Likely to Be Adopted ~The dogs in photographer Lanola Stone’s images — which we first saw in her Behance portfolio — were some of the longest in residence at her local shelter, struggling to find a forever home due to their frequently misunderstood breed, age, and shabby appearance. Stone requested to assist in their adoption process, asking to photograph the “least likely to be adopted” group of pooches. Many of them had been living at the shelter for over six months. She wanted to capture each dog’s unique, loving personality and other quirks in their character to help them get noticed. The dogs pictured in our gallery after the break were eventually adopted thanks to her efforts. via Flavorwire, published November 12, 2012.

Animated El Bocho: Berlin Street Art Comes to Life ~ Berlin based artist Nicolas Molès has created animated work based on local street artist El Bocho’s playful work.These re-imagined pieces – which primarily focus around Bocho’s sweet yet cat hating character Lucy – are interesting in the way they build upon another artists work. Like sampling music to create another song, these images raise the still current question: how much do you need to change an idea to call it your own? As the venerable filmmaker Kirby Ferguson would quickly point out, there’s really nothing to worry about here: everything, after all, is a Remix. via The Visual News, published November 12, 2012.

An Electron Microscope Reveals The Hidden Horrors Of Processed Foods ~  Photographer Caren Alpert wants you to take a good, hard look at what you eat. via FastCo.Design, published November 9, 2012.

Metaphysics of an Urban Landscape: New York City Filled with Shadows ~ Metaphysics of an Urban Landscape is an ongoing series of photographs by Milan-based photographer Gabriele Croppi that features high-contrast, black-and-white photographs of major cities around the world. His images often feature a single subject illuminated by a slice of sunlight in front of a background filled with shadows and negative space. via Peta Pixel, published November 9, 2012.

A Homemade Autochrome Camera Made with Lego, Cardboard, and Duct Tape ~ Photographer Dominique Vankan wanted to play around with the old Autochrome Lumière process from the early 1900s, so he built himself a custom large format camera using LEGO pieces, cardboard, and duct tape. via Peta Pixel, published November 12, 2012.

RESOURCES

Collective Action Toolkit ~ The Collective Action Toolkit (CAT) is a package of resources and activities that enable groups of people anywhere to organize, build trust, and collaboratively create solutions for problems impacting their community. The toolkit provides a dynamic framework that integrates knowledge and action to solve challenges. Designed to harness the benefits of group action and the power of open sharing, the activities draw on each participant’s strengths and perspectives as the group works to accomplish a common goal. via Frog Design, published November 15, 2012.

How to Start Your Own Hackerspace ~ Since a hackerspace is essentially a non-profit meeting place it’s a difficult process to start your own. Adafruit’s guide deals out all the information you’ll need, starting with a quick rundown of what a hackerspace is, and moving on to space requirements, finding locations, members, resources, and everything else. The seven part series is currently only on the second part, but over the next few days you’ll get all the information you need. via Lifehacker, published November 13, 2012.

Great Big Ideas: Free Course Features Top Thinkers Tackling the World’s Most Important Ideas ~ The purpose of The Floating University, according to its site, is to “democratize access to the world’s best thinkers” by providing free, approximately one hour-long courses on a wide range of topics, taught at a university level by experts and professors in the various fields. The inaugural course, the most favored at the three universities, is Great Big Ideas, and it more or less does what it says: tackles some of the largest, most perplexing questions in digestible introductions that also manage to be rigorous, informative, and thought-provoking. via Open Culture, published November 14, 2012.

 

What Is Design?

“You can think of the tacit knowledge that’s harnessed by design and process—the learning by doing part of it—as a little bit like an iceberg. And if you think about the human mind, most of what we do is subconscious. The power that we learn to be explicit with, in academic environments in particular—the conscious mind—is a very small proportion of what we really can use: our intuition, our ability to feel, our ability to understand without being able to explain—all of those things are relatively subjective and subconscious. And what design does is to harness those attributes in the process. It’s a little like the bit of the iceberg that sticks out of the water being the conscious mind, whereas that huge mass underneath the water is the equivalent of the subconscious mind. And we want to use the whole thing.”  – Bill Moggridge

The late Bill Moggridge speaking to K-12 Educators from New York and across the country, addresses the question of ‘What is Design?’


(via CooperHewitt on YouTube, published Aug 4, 2010)

 

 

 

Continue your exploration of design with this new, open-source, design thinking (although you won’t see it described as such) toolkit, made available today by Frog DesignThe Collective Action Toolkit (CAT) ~ A resource for Changemakers:

“The Collective Action Toolkit (CAT) is a package of resources and activities that enable groups of people anywhere to organize, build trust, and collaboratively create solutions for problems impacting their community. The toolkit provides a dynamic framework that integrates knowledge and action to solve challenges. Designed to harness the benefits of group action and the power of open sharing, the activities draw on each participant’s strengths and perspectives as the group works to accomplish a common goal.”

The 72 page toolkit can be downloaded free of charge here.

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