The Happiest Book

The Happiest Book

.I love the work of Alex Ostrowski. Alex won the RSA Design Directions award and has also produced a book called The Happiest Book in The World. And how perfect that there is only one copy!

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Hello Neighbor!

Hello Neighbor!

 The pic pretty much speaks for itself? Students from ten middle schools across Portland and Central Oregon are participating in Caldera’s Hello Neighbor project. Along with photographer Julie Keefe, the students have begun to identify, interview and photograph diverse people of all ages in their neighborhoods. From their work, the Caldera students will create photo-and-word portraits […]

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Oneness Project

Oneness Project

 The Global Oneness Project is a wonderful web-based video initiative exploring how the simple notion of oneness can be lived in our increasingly complex world.They are traveling the globe interviewing creative and courageous people who base their lives and work on the fundamental understanding that we are all connected and thus bear great responsibility for each other […]

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Human Rights Posters

Human Rights Posters

Human Rights Posters  This year marks the 60th anniversary of the Declaration of Human Rights, and Designmatters is commemorating with a public education exhibition at UNESCO’s headquarters in Paris as part of the annual UN Department of Public Information/Non-Governmental Organization Conference.The posters were designed by a hand-picked team of students at the Art Center College of Design […]

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Randy Pausch has died

Randy Pausch has died

Very, very sadly Randy Pausch succumbed to pancreatic cancer on Friday at home in Virginia. Randy’s bravery during his illness captured the admiration of thousands of people. The personal wisdom that he conveyed in his Last Lecture, which has been watched by 4.5 million people, is inspiring. The book of the same name is available […]

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RSA Design Directions

RSA Design Directions

 A couple of the winners of the RSA Design Direction caught my eye, although all the winners and entrant’s work seems amazing.Alex Ostrowski approached The Frenchay Brain Injury Rehabilitation Centre in Bristol to see how he might use design to help in some way. It emerged that all patients suffer from post-traumatic amnesia and experience confusion […]

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Development, Freedom and Happiness

Development, Freedom and Happiness

           One of the most difficult things these days is to establish some truths about the state of the world. What really is happening? I read so many research papers, books and news stories simply in an effort to keep up and try to get a proper, realistic view…. an in-depth, informed perspective.Research is so complex, […]

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Beautiful Art for Peace

Beautiful Art for Peace

A wonderful art installation wishing for peace on the Korean peninsular, at Imjingak, near the demilitarised zone which separates the two Koreas in Paju, about 55km north of Seoul, on Friday.

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Design Thinkers and Emotional Intelligence

Design Thinkers and Emotional Intelligence

The Harvard Business Review has just published a really fascinating article by Tim Brown CEO of IDEO on Design Thinking. Brown describes the personality of a Design Thinker, and it is a very coherent joining of creativity and emotional intelligence. Here are Brown’s characteristics to look for: Empathy. They can imagine the world from multiple […]

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Cognitive Disenhancement

Cognitive Disenhancement

New drugs may help to enhance people’s mental powers . But a study carried out by Pamela Smith, of Radboud University Nijmegen in the Netherlands, and her colleagues suggests a less pharmacological approach can be taken, too. Their work, just published in Psychological Science, argues that simply putting someone into a weak social position impairs […]

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Blogging Good, Penalty shoot outs bad

Blogging Good, Penalty shoot outs bad

An article in Scientific Americanlooks at recent research into examining the benefits of expressive writing: “Research shows that it improves memory and sleep, boosts immune cell activity and reduces viral load in AIDS patients, and even speeds healing after surgery. A study in the February issue of the Oncologist reports that cancer patients who engaged […]

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Connection Culture

Connection Culture

I love this Manifesto. A lot of this is familiar, but I like how he has managed the principles based on the 24 Character strengths and virtues from Positive Psychology. Essentially Michael Lee Stallard describes how our individual efforts can bring about good organisational climates… I particularly like to include schools in this…. The bottom […]

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