Just got back from a week on the island of Kaua’i where an inspiring mayoral race is underway. New candidate, Dustin Barca, a native of Kaua’i, returned to the island after a tour as a professional surfer and took his activist spirit into the political realm by running for mayor. (Mayors govern each individual island in Hawaii.) We saw signs, bumper stickers, shirts promoting him everywhere on the island.
Even in his campaign posters, he is approachable in a t-shirt and kind face, standing in a field — and after reading interviews and campaign literature, it’s clear he’s a passionate advocate for his home. He is focusing specifically on the restoration of Kauaian culture; sustainable agriculture; restoring the islands original waterways and addressing the local drug problem through rehabilitation programs and less imprisonment. “For the people, from the heart.”
Barca impressively launched his campaign with a literal “run” for mayor by completing a 4-day, 90-mile marathon across the entire island to get the word out. Best of luck, Barca!!
Happy Mother’s Day this Sunday!
The right laptop bag is hard to come by. I’m feeling this tote by Daame, a small new biz that launched with this product only. They donate 5% of all profits to a featured organization that supports women in some way.
Currently, donations go to Outliers International, dedicated to providing safety and education for girls in the village of Minawar, Pakistan where the literacy rate for women is as low as 12%.
Pre-order the tote ($395, was $465) which ships later in April.
Jonas Dahlberg‘s Memory Wound project is the finalist in Oslo’s July 22 Memorial competition, which sought a memorial to honor the 77 victims of the two separate and solo-operated terrorist attacks that occurred on July 22, 2011. What a beautiful design for so painful a memory for Norway.
Dalhberg’s own description: The concept for the Memorial Sørbråten proposes a wound or a cut within nature itself. It reproduces the physical experience of taking away, reflecting the abrupt and permanent loss of those who died. The cut will be a three-and-a-half-meters-wide excavation.
…Visitors begin their experience guided along a wooden pathway through the forest…Then the pathway will flow briefly into a tunnel. This tunnel leads visitors inside of the landscape and to the dramatic edge of the cut itself. Visitors will be on one side of a channel of water created by the cut. Across this channel, on the flat vertical stone surface of the other side, the names of those who died will be visibly inscribed in the stone.
The names will be close enough to see and read clearly—yet ultimately out of reach….It should be difficult to see the beauty of the natural setting, without also experiencing a sense of loss. It is this sense of loss that will physically activate the site. .
(*via Notcot via ArchDaily)
These beautiful textiles for the home are made by Elephant Landing, an inspiring social enterprise. The products are each made by hand in India as a part of a training program for women, who receive a sewing machine upon graduation to continue their trade back in their home village. 100% of profits are used to educate and employ more women in neighboring villages of India.
(*via The City Sage)
Marisols offers these stunning handmade umbrellas using African wax prints. Naturally, the fabrics are imported but the umbrellas are assembled in Brooklyn.
“Twenty percent of the net profits are donated to women survivors of sexual violence in The Democratic Republic of Congo to rebuild their lives at The City of Joy, a revolutionary healing and training center created by women on the ground and sustained by V-Day, a worldwide activists’ movement to end violence against women.”
(*via In / Out)
1. Peter Gabriel performing Biko live in 1988.
2. Nelson Mandela by The Specials:
3. Nelson Mandela Song Iqalapha by Nomfusi & The Lucky Charms
4. Tracy Chapman at the same 1988 tribute:
rest in peace.
Yesterday I watched a moving and interesting TED Talk by Jake Barton, design principal of the firm Local Projects, who was behind the development and design of Storycorps among many other major projects.
His current focus is on the exhibits of the 9/11 Memorial Museum and this talk explains their approach as well as his view of the significance of story in how we remember history. Hope you enjoy it too and that it adds something to your awareness of today’s significance.
Gavin Aung Than illustrates inspiring quotes in the form of comic strips on his blog, Zen Pencils. I loved this one featuring a quote from Bill Watterson (the brilliant Calvin and Hobbes creator/author/illustrator) in a graduation speech he gave at Kenyon College in 1990.
(*via my awesome sister! …and Slate.com)