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October 15, 2011

NYC Time Bank

by Amanda Garque

Below is an interesting article about a New York City Time Bank set up by Mayor Bloomberg that allows people to share their skills by the hour. This is to say that for every hour that you give, you get an hour in return. The site focuses on volunteerism but all skills are welcome.

Official Site: http://www.nycservice.org/

Article from nbcnewyork.com: http://www.nbcnewyork.com/news/local/City-Launches-Time-Bank-for-NYers-to-Trade-Services–81218477.html

October 15, 2011

Last Week to Experience Time/Bank NYC Restaurant

by Amanda Garque

Last September, Time/Bank opened a New York branch that has been set up as a temporary restaurant. For the past year, they have been serving lunch everyday for ‘time credits’ that are earned by helping other members of the time/bank community.

This Sunday (October 16th) is the last day time/bank will be cooking up meals in NYC. The restaurant is located at the Abrons Arts Center at 466 Grand Street and will be open from 1-3 for lunch. More Info

September 13, 2011

The Counter Kitchen

by Amanda Garque

http://www.thecounterkitchen.org/

The Counter Kitchen is an initiative that specializes in ‘Re-engineering’ (deconstructing & remaking) popular food and personal care products. In response to scientific terms and marketing techniques which have made product labels nearly impossible to decode, the counter kitchen strives to provide tools and measurement systems to help understand the chemical and nutritional values of store-bought foods.

Additionally, the counter kitchen develops alternative recipes for a variety of products ranging from Gatorade to toothpaste so that these items can be made at home without all the preservatives/additives found in the majority of commercial brands. They also hold workshops and events in the NYC area though none are listed for the near future…

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September 13, 2011

Bio: Amanda Garque

by Amanda Garque

Hi everyone! My name is Amanda and I’m a third semester student in the MA Media Studies program. I’m originally from Montreal, Canada where I did my BA in Communication Studies (specializing in digital media production), Sociology and Liberal Arts.

My background is really rooted in traditional media production. For years I worked in the English television sector of Montreal for institutions such as the CBC, Food Network, and B360 Media. I moved to New York a little over a year ago and have since been working in film production and development at Braven Films.

I will be the first to admit that my experience with DIY has so far been rather superficial (a reality that I’m hoping to modify this semester). As hobbies I sew, plant vegetables & spices, develop recipes, experiment with visual arts, and create websites/blogs on various subjects. I was raised by a nutritionist so I have a particular interest in different food movements, health awareness and urban agriculture. However, through this class I would like to explore DIY in a more profound and meaningful way than I have in the past and learn about initiatives I currently know nothing about. I look forward to confronting the issues and questions surrounding DIY with all of you this semester!