Old school April Fools

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Daily Bridge 01.04.08

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TED – ideas worth spreading

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www.ted.com

TED stands for Technology, Entertainment, Design. It started out (in 1984) as a conference bringing together people from those three worlds. Since then its scope has become ever broader. There are roughly 200 videos from some amazing creative minds.

Blogger comments:

“If you are looking for something that will expand your mind, open your heart, and possibly rekindle your faith in humankind, a good place to start is listening to the fabulously inspiring presentations made by the best and brightest among us.”
— David Sunfellow, nhne.org

“TEDTalks takes conference podcasting to a whole new level. TED is going out of its way to make it as easy as possible for anyone interested to access the speeches, by making them available in five different formats.”
— Huffington Post

“The two best talks I have ever seen … in all the conferences I went to were Al Gore’s on the future of our planet, and Hans Rosling’s on globalization and how we should welcome it. Both speeches changed my ‘worldview’ and are now available on TEDTalks. Congrats to TED for sharing that with all of us.”
— Loïc LeMeur, loiclemeur.com

“These talks are smart, concise, enjoyable and necessary in the world we live in today. TED removes the stereotype of talking heads, and allows the speakers to get to the truly important issues. It’s comforting to know that we still have people like these looking after our nation, our lifestyles and our planet.”
— Anonymous iTunes review

“If you follow only one link from this blog in your life … this is the one to choose.”
— Steven Levitt, http://www.freakonomics.com/blog

“Seeing such brilliant and inspiring people coming together to make a difference in the world is a shining beacon of hope — a dazzling ray of light.”
— Kirsten Harrell, Psy.D, ipopin.typepad.com/think_positive

We are what we do

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A great idea for a website and a great idea full stop… 

www.wearewhatwedo.org.au

Their blurb…

Who are we?

We’re not another charity. We’re not an institution. We Are What We Do is a movement. We’d like to inspire people to use their everyday actions to change the world. Whoever they are. And wherever they are. And that includes you.

We’ve created 100 simple, everyday actions that can improve our environment, our health, and our communities, making our workplaces, planet and the people on it much happier. We started by putting these actions in a book, but the whole movement is getting bigger. And bigger.

Change the World for Ten Bucks was first published in Australia in partnership with Pilotlight Australia.  Pilotlight Australia is a charity committed to inspiring and enabling others to find new ways to make a difference to significant social issues.   It connects unlikely combinations of people across corporate, community, government and media to generate fresh approaches to philanthropy such as the book, Change the World for Ten Bucks.

As a result of Pilotlight’s support We Are What We Do Australia was established and has gone on to publish our second book, Change the World 9 to 5. We have also spread our wings to New Zealand with the launch of Change the World for Fifteen Bucks in Feb 08.

Where did the idea originate?

We Are What We Do began life as a project of the charity Community Links. Community Links is an innovative inner city charity running community-based projects in east London. Founded by local volunteers , the charity now helps over 50,000 vulnerable children, young people and adults every year. Most of its work is delivered in Newham, one of the poorest boroughs in Europe, whilst Links UK shares the local experience with practitioners and policy makers nationwide through an extensive training, consultancy and publications programme.

For more information www.community-links.org/

How are we funded?

Any profit that we make from the books will go to the expansion of We Are What We Do worldwide, including in Australia and New Zealand.

We aim to continue to work with partners on a pro bono basis to develop new products and initiatives which are modestly priced (and therefore accessible to as many people as possible) but which make a modest surplus which can then be used to develop and sustain the movement around the world.

Who makes it happen?

You do. Everyone does. There are hundreds of people all around the world taking part on various projects – on editions of the book, films, exhibitions and websites, not to mention all the people carrying out actions and helping to spread the word. The amazing thing is that pretty much everyone’s doing it for nothing – well not for money that is. We’re all doing it for the biggest prize there is – the happy knowledge that we are all doing our bit.  And our bit counts because others are doing their bit too.

So what can you do?

Well, the short answer is loads…

Obviously the first thing is to get and do the actions, or if you’re already doing them, give yourself a little pat on the back and then visit our Do Something section to…

Get tracking! Sign up and track your actions and don’t forget to get our monthly newsletter

Tell the world! Let everybody know what you’re up to, post a message on our soapbox

Dare a friend! In order for this to work we’ve got to get as many people as we can involved, so whip out your address book and drae your friends to act

And of course you could visit our Shopping page and buy our books

So that’s us.

Thanks for visiting our site. Thanks for signing up to do our actions (and not just once, but everyday), thanks for joining in, telling others and spreading the word.

Who are we? We Are What We Do.

Daily Bridge 30.03.08

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Platform 1 – starts tonight (28.03.08)

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CARRIAGE WORKS, 245 WILSON ST, EVELEIGH

Speak up Sydney

Art Est – creative support

 So you want to get better at art, producing some paintings or stencils but are stuggling? Have a look at this group…

www.artest.com.au 

Art Est. Art School
Studio 4
67-69 Lords Road
Leichhardt NSW 2040
T: 9564 1519

Blek le Rat, in LA (let’s bring him to Sydney)

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ART IS NOT PEACE BUT WAR

New Works by BLEK LE RAT

OPENING RECEPTION:
Saturday, APRIL 5TH, 2008
8 – 11pm

ON EXHIBITION:
APRIL 5TH – MAY 2ND, 2008

SUBLIMINAL PROJECTS
1331 W. Sunset Blvd
Los Angeles, CA 90026

www.subliminalprojects.com

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Blind Photography – a day in the life

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Their blurb… 

United Way Sydney is currently coordinating an initiative called ‘Local Eyes’ – an event that celebrates expressions of our community through a different lens.

This is a photographic exhibition with a difference: 45 individuals supported by our community partners have been given training, a digital camera, and paired up with a volunteer mentor, to take photos of the Sydney they live in. The photographs will be featured in a free public exhibition at Customs house from 26 – 29 March. Please drop in and pay us a visit, the opening hours are listed below

  • Friday – 9am to 8pm
  • Saturday – 10am to 4pm

United Way Local Eyes Website

In addition we are pleased to announce that our Local Eyes website is now live! This site provides an interactive location to view some of the photos taken by our 40 participants and to learn more about them and the community organisations that support them.

A key feature of the site is our Voting and Feedback sections where we would like to encourage you to show your support by voting for the ‘People’s Encouragement Award’ (to be announced mid-May). You can also leave messages of support for the photographers. It’s a great tool for everyone to engage with their local community – and receiving feedback will mean a lot to the participants. Please visit www.localeyessydney.com.au and pass this link along so others can get involved!