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November 8, 2011

OWS: 7 Inspiring Videos, 3 Interactive Maps

by czenyilu22

7 Videos

Rural Farmers Unite to Feed Occupy Wall Street Protestors


Asmaa MahFouz @ Occupy Wall Street

Why Occupy Portland?

Amy Goodman (Democracy Now) & Chris Hedges (Truthdig) on Charlie Rose

Where Do We Go From Here?

I am not moving.

3 Maps

ESRI: Occupy Wall Street Social Media Map

theguardian: DataBlog


November 3, 2011


by StefiaMadelyne

what is permaculture?

  1. Permaculture is an innovative framework for creating sustainable ways of living.
  2. It is a practical method of developing ecologically harmonious, efficient and productive systems that can be used by anyone, anywhere.

By thinking carefully about the way we use our resources – food, energy, shelter and other material and non-material needs – it is possible to get much more out of life by using less. We can be more productive for less effort, reaping benefits for our environment and ourselves, for now and for generations to come.

This is the essence of permaculture – the design of an ecologically sound way of living – in our households, gardens, communities and businesses. It is created by cooperating with nature and caring for the earth and its people.

Permaculture is not exclusive – its principles and practice can be used by anyone, anywhere:

  • City flats, yards and window boxes
  • Suburban and country houses/garden
  • Allotments and smallholdings
  • Community spaces
  • Farms and estates
  • Countryside and conservation areas
  • Commercial and industrial premises
  • Educational establishments
  • Waste ground

Permaculture encourages us to be resourceful and self-reliant. It is not a dogma or a religion but an ecological design system which helps us find solutions to the many problems facing us – both locally and globally..

Writer Emma Chapman defines it as:

“Permaculture, originally ‘Permanent Agriculture’, is often viewed as a set of gardening techniques, but it has in fact developed into a whole design philosophy, and for some people a philosophy for life. Its central theme is the creation of human systems which provide for human needs, but using many natural elements and drawing inspiration from natural ecosystems. Its goals and priorities coincide with what many people see as the core requirements for sustainability.”

Permaculture tackles how to grow food, build houses and create communities, and minimise environmental impact at the same time. Its principles are being constantly developed and refined by people throughout the world in very different climates and cultural circumstances.

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November 3, 2011

Innerspacing the City

by StefiaMadelyne

Innerspacing the City

ovember 17 – December 10, 2011
Mezzanine Floor

Curated by Denise Carvalho, Ph.D.

Innerspacing the City explores the ambivalence of experiencing city life in the performative body, within human relationships, and through language. This theme is examined through the work of seven young Korean artists and their perception of the utopian society as an abstract, distant, inaccessible entity that is beyond their control. Throughout the exhibition, the city is personalized, limited to their emotional and critical response to it. However, all of the ideals represented in their works share a duality: between Seoul and New York City, South and North, local and global, space and time – and between the past and future.

The exhibition uses the city as the focal point to explore the dialogue between reality and the ideal. Our perception of what we call “real” has gone a long way, from the Cartesian split between mind and body – overlooking the Kantian transcendental approach through reason – toward the phenomenological perception of space via the body in motion. This multi-faceted concept steers away from the idea that all is constructed in language, to finally return its focus on the collective body, which aims at losing subjectivity by gaining collective consciousness. The question remains: Is what we call “real,” or its lack-thereof, merely symbolic and ideological? Or is the “real” the fragmentary and the personal actions that allow us to dream with something beyond itself?

JaeWook Lee, All Men Are Created Equal Bullshit (2011). Two slide projectors. Courtesy of the artist.JaeWook Lee, All Men Are Created Equal Bullshit (2011). Two slide projectors. Courtesy of the artist.

  • JaeWook Lee, All Men Are Created Equal Bullshit (2011). Two slide projectors. Courtesy of the artist.
  • Jungju An. Breaking to Bits (2007). Four channel video, stereo sound, 6’50”
  • HeeJin Park. Graffiti (2011). C-Prints. Size variable.
  • Slide Show: The Future of the Present (2011). Transparent film, binder clip, string. Size variable.
  • Charlie Hahn. Stand (3-D) (2010). Size variable. Mixed Media.



Jungju An | Charlie Hahn | JaeWook Lee | Na-Hyun
HeeJin Park | Kwan Taeck Park | Gyung Jin Shin

This exhibition could not have been realized without the support of:
Korea Art Council, art flux, KUXart, and The Chelsea Art Museum | Home of the Miotte Foundation. 


November 2, 2011

Subverting the Status Quo – A Collection of Quotes

by StefiaMadelyne
“You need to aim beyond what you are capable of.  You must develop a complete disregard for where your abilities end [and] try to do the thing that you’re incapable of.  Make your vision of where you want to be a reality.  Nothing is impossible.” ~ Paul Arden
“Most men lead lives of quiet desperation and go to the grave with their song still in them.” ~ Henry David Thoreau

“I don’t understand why people are frightened of new ideas.  I’m frightened of the old ones.”  ~ John Cage

“The people who get on in this world are the people who get up and look for the circumstances they want, and, if they can’t find them, make them.” ~ George Bernard Shaw

“The great pleasure in life is doing what people say you cannot do.” ~ Walter Bagehot

“The greatest mistake you can make in life is to be continually fearing you will make one.” ~ Elbert Hubbard

“Always do what you are afraid to do.” ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson

“If you limit your choices only to what seems possible or reasonable, you disconnect yourself from what you truly want, and all that is left is a compromise.”  ~ Robert Fritz

“Inaction breeds doubt and fear.  Action breeds confidence and courage.  If you want to conquer fear, do not sit home and think about it.  Go out and get busy.” ~ Dale Carnegie

“Progress is a nice word, but change is its motivator.  And change has its enemies.” ~ Robert F. Kennedy

“The question is not who is going to let me, it’s who is going to stop me.”  ~ Ayn Rand

“People will always try to stop you from doing the right thing if it is unconventional.” ~ Warren Buffet

“Be daring, be different, be impractical, be anything that will assert integrity of purpose and imaginative vision again the play-it-safers, the creators of the commonplace, the slaves of the ordinary.”  ~ Sir Cecil Beaton

November 2, 2011

Failing to Conform, Refusing to Settle

by StefiaMadelyne



“‘Unreasonable,’ ‘unrealistic,’ and ‘impractical’ are all words used to marginalize a person or idea that fails to conform with conventionally expected standards.  My response is that the world needs more people who fail to conform and refuse to settle…  Innovation comes from entrepreneurs and others who are willing to accept risk and try new things… Leave the ‘real world’ to those who are happy with it, and come join the living world.”


from The Art of Non-Conformity:  Set Your Own Rules, Live the Life You Want and Change the World ~ Chris Guillebeau

November 1, 2011

those who have interest in production and film check this out.

by diydonaldreed

Bolex Project 1 (2011) from steff sanchez on Vimeo.

This a short film my friend Steff Sanchez created using an old film camera. I thought it would be good to show the class because she did this amazing split screen affect using a cardboard box and filming over footage. Also Amanda and I are in the film.

October 26, 2011

DIT: Do It Together

by StefiaMadelyne

From Do It Yourself to Do It Together

1:16 PM Thursday February 18, 2010
by John Hagel III, John Seely Brown and Lang Davison

Chris Anderson continues to explore the edges of the Big Shift playing out around us.

Having introduced us to The Long Tailand the growth of Free as a business model, Chris has just published a new article called “Atoms Are the New Bits” in the current issue ofWired. This article, highlighting the move from the “long tail of bits” to the “long tail of atoms,” provides an important preview to a new book Chris Anderson is developing.

Chris uses a broad range of compelling stories to illustrate three elements coming together to democratize product businesses:

• Crowdsourcing of design ideas
• Availability of lower-cost design and manufacturing tools
• Options to outsource capital-intensive manufacturing and distribution business activities to more focused business partners

This is powerful stuff and all executives need to read this and reflect on what it means for their business. Much of what Chris describes is a direct result of the foundational forces we identify as the catalysts of the Big Shift (PDF), specifically the digital technology infrastructure and public policy shifts that have been playing out for decades. Without these foundations, very little of the creative activity he describes would be possible.

The additional element that Chris appropriately highlights involves innovations in design and manufacturing tools — such as three dimensional printers, laser cutters, and lathes, not to mention sophisticated CAD design tools. These used to be huge obstacles to building new product businesses. They cost so much that most entrepreneurs had a hard time getting into the game. The price of admission to many product businesses was indeed very high. Now what was once the purview of only the largest corporations can easily be purchased and installed in a small garage by entrepreneurs with very limited resources.

There’s another development that further amplifies this trend. Even instruments that remain very expensive like electron microscopes can now be shared over digital networks in a pay-for-use model and accessed by very small start-ups. As a result, do-it-yourself, or DIY, businesses are flourishing in product categories like cars, drones, and rocket landers — products that were completely beyond the reach of small entrepreneurs for decades.

Given Wired’s wide following among entrepreneurs, the article frames these developments as enormous opportunities, and they are — for entrepreneurs. From the perspective of large companies, however, these same trends represent enormous challenges. The examples used by Chris are tangible illustrations of the broader assertion we make as part of the Big Shift — barriers to entry and to movement are quickly falling. For incumbents, this means more intense competition, mounting economic pressure and, unless significant changes are made, deteriorating performance, as documented in our Shift Index.

As good as Anderson’s article is, it only scratches the surface of what is going on. Now, we understand the severe space constraints of articles (not to mention blog postings like this!) make it necessary to be selective — choices have to be made about what to cover and what to leave aside.

In particular, the stories and anecdotes he relates focus on the “access” level of pull that we outline in our forthcoming book, The Power of Pull. This is the ability to find and connect with people and resources on demand. This is very powerful. Chris does a great service in highlighting that pull in the form of access is becoming more widely available for physical products. It is not just the domain of Google and digital media. But access is only the very beginning of the broader forces at work through pull.

Our book builds on the important themes developed in Anderson’s book by exploring additional levels of pull that are becoming increasingly central to success. True to his article’s title, Chris focuses on atoms, rather than relationships. He speaks eloquently about the new generation of 3D printers and the tools available in places likeTechShop.

But he only tangentially talks about the kinds of relationships that foster sustained innovation, performance improvement, or the creation of new knowledge related to these product businesses. He is focused on a largely transactional world — finding resources, doing deals to access them, and gaining leverage from what already exists. Even though in many of his stories pull platforms help to facilitate this access, given the constraints of an article, Chris doesn’t investigate the institutional arrangements (for example, governance protocols) that sustain these pull platforms .

But there are other levels of pull that could be leveraged to amplify the long tail of atoms. For example, in what ways can individuals and businesses (entrepreneurs and incumbents alike) go beyond simple access to actually attract people and resources they do not yet know exist, but that prove enormously helpful once discovered? “Shaping serendipity” in this way is a second and more accomplished level of pull, one which builds on the expanded access to which Chris refers. Taking it even further, rather than simply connecting with existing resources, what about participating in or even designing the creation spaces in which performance improvement and learning accelerate as more and more people join?

This third level of pull is the most exciting of all as it enables entirely new ways to scale collaboration. Perhaps this is the real story, just over the horizon. DIY is powerful because it taps into the passion and creativity of individuals around the world.

But maybe DIY is just a precursor to even more powerful forms of Do It Together (DIT), pulling together larger numbers of diversified and talented individuals to more and more rapidly innovate and drive new levels of performance on a continuing basis. Of course, whenever a team forms, we have a form of DIT but, as we all know, teams are not scalable. What we would really need is an environment where many teams can organize and begin to create and share knowledge across team boundaries.

Now, admittedly the second and third levels of pull required for scalable DIT to really take hold are more challenging to master. They begin to require significant institutional innovation, with deep thought around issues like governance, incentive structures, reputation mechanisms, and how to stimulate and focus productive friction. They definitely move us beyond the world of simple transactions into the more complex world of long-term, trust-based relationships. The pull platforms needed to support these businesses and relationships are far more complex.

But the rewards are enormous. Rather than one-off product innovations, entrepreneurs can start to build the foundations for a growing stream of product innovations with powerful increasing returns dynamics. In fact, the second and third level of pull begin to move us beyond “free-agent nation” stories into a new domain of scalable peer learning that can lead to the emergence and rapid evolution of very large and highly innovative global institutions. Scalable DIT offers the potential to turn the experience curve on its side, generating increasing returns to learning and performance improvement.

Now, is this all fantasy and speculation? Not at all. But to find examples of the application of these higher levels of pull and get a sense of the scale that can be achieved, we need to look beyond the United States. We wrote extensively about some of the institutional innovations emerging in China in such diverse industries as apparel, motorcycles, and consumer electronics in our earlier book,The Only Sustainable Edge.

In some later writing, we also highlighted other promising examples emerging in India in other industries like banking, agricultural products, and automobiles. Closer to home, our new book looks at a little known company that helped to drive the global technology innovation leading to the commercialization of the iPod.

These institutional innovations not only foster the emergence of smaller, entrepreneurial companies but amplify the economic value created by these companies by bringing them together into ecosystems that generate increasing returns so that everyone learns faster by working with others. It’s DIT on steroids.

Going beyond the basic notion of access to focus on the broader promise of pull helps move us all beyond the romantic view of the individual entrepreneur working in a garage. In the end, DIT may be the real story to tell about the democratization of production: how the long tail will generate very large product businesses that will not only co-exist with smaller entrepreneurial businesses but, through their institutional innovations, actually help to catalyze even more of these smaller businesses.

What do you think? Is free agent nation our destiny? Or are we simply in the midst of a shift to a very different kind of scalable institution? Could you imagine an institution that would help you to get better faster by working with others? What would such an institution look like?

Lang Davison is the former executive director of the Deloitte Center for the Edge and was previously editor-in-chief of The McKinsey Quarterly. He is co-author of The Power of Pull: How Small Moves, Smartly Made, Set Big Things in Motion.

October 26, 2011

Become a Switcher

by StefiaMadelyne


Broadcasting Voices.  Inspiring Agency.

This is a storytelling project that collages the many voices of the current social awakening. We seek to broadcast these voiced expressions, in all their forms – guided by our Manifesto and culminating in an Anthem and a Book. SwitchTheSong connects and amplifies the voiced hopes of all Switchers alike. The Switchers recognize their agency and take action to envision the world they wish to inhabit – contributing their own, personal version of the Song. The power of being lies in free will. To claim the right to live in a creative environment, outside the status quo of mindless conformity, is a radical act of freedom.

Follow us on Twitter:  @SwitchTheSong
Contact Us:
Stephia Madelyne Kascher

Ariana Stolarz


Athena Llewellyn Barat

October 25, 2011


by StefiaMadelyne

Documentary explores the effects of being wired


Connected, a documentary by Webby Awards founder Tiffany Shlain, explores the global implications for being wired in the 21st Century.

The film, which took four years to make and partly focuses on Ms Shlain’s connection with her dying father, attempts to explain the underpinnings of why humans choose to connect with one another through technology.

The film is now being played at select theatres in the US.

After exchanging a series of roughly 30 emails with Ms Shlain and her production staff, the BBC’s Matt Danzico spoke to the film-maker about the broader implications of staying wired to the internet.

October 15, 2011

DIY & Crowdsourced Documentaries

by stephaniecorleto

I came across these two documentaries that are interesting examples of DIY documentaries.

Tarnation is the earlier of the two, released in 2003. Director Jonathan Caouette documented 19 years of his life with his schizophrenic mother. With a budget of $218 (edited with the free iMovie program) and two decades worth of super 8 film, photographs, answering machine recordings Caouette was able to create a world renowned film that received accolades from  Independent Spirit, Gotham Awards, National Society of Film Critics, and London International Film Festival.

Life in a Day was released this year that was directed by Kevin Macdonald  and produced by Ridley Scott. Life in a Day is made up of YouTube submissions from people who filmed their lives on July 24, 2010. Thousands are included in the final product.  While I have only seen the trailer and various clips from YouTube there is something so powerful about bringing together all these strangers who are willing to share a little part of themselves. May I suggest a screening day?

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October 14, 2011

Ghana Think Tank

by sarafusco

Yesterday I attended the Ghana Think Tank session at Mobility Shifts.  I went there not knowing much about it, but very interested to learn about their work to basically reverse the flow of knowledge and expertise between people in “developed” and “developing” nations.  That is, they gather local problems from individuals in developed nations and send them to think tanks in various developing nations, who then propose solutions to be implemented (humorously, some of it made me think of White Whine). 

The session began with your standard PowerPoint presentation about the project and a short video.  But the projector turned off suddenly in the middle.  We resumed, but the projector turned off again, and there we sat in a pitch black room, confused.

Suddenly, the session was commandeered (or so I thought…) by a woman at one of the tables who wanted to “do something different”.

Keeping all the lights off, she led us through a series of Theater of the Oppressed-inspired exercises to move us around the room and make us feel increasingly uncomfortable (as evidenced by the handful of people who quickly left the session).  When she said “stop” we had to walk.  When she said “walk” we had to stop.  And then she added more commands.  “Clap” meant hop, “hop” meant clap, “arms” meant bend your knees, “knees” meant put your arms in the air.  Needless to say, it was an amusing, confusing, surprising, awkward, (insert adjective of your choice here), exercise.  It broke our expectations, shifted our thinking.

We did a handful of other exercises – statues, repetitive motions, sounds – intended to have us demonstrate the conditioning, urgency, impatience that we felt technology could create within us.  The exercises generated this interesting, albeit semi-abstract, parallel with international development work that, as the facilitator said at the end of the workshop, showed us how it could feel to have people inserted into a population that hasn’t necessarily asked for “repair”.

It turned out that we were actually participants of one of the solutions a think tank, I believe in Gaza, proposed to the challenges of boring PowerPoint presentations.  As they’re a community accustomed to random power outages, they suggested presentations using community theater and, in a sense, I think it worked.

What’s very interesting — and I think quite daring — is that the Ghana Think Tank tries to implement the solutions no matter how awkward, impractical or brilliant it may seem.  For example, for a wealthy community in upstate New York who complained of a lack of diversity, the think tank in El Salvador proposed they hire day laborers to attend social functions.  The presenters said it was a terribly awkward experiment (and personally I could think of a number of objections), and yet some of the local community-members said it was eye-opening.

And overall, I have to admit the workshop experience was pretty eye-opening for me as well.

October 14, 2011

A Declaration of Interdependence

by athenallewellyn

Everything about this short speaks to me about participation. From the outsourced nature of its production to its clear message. Made by the same team who created “Connected”, its a humanist look at our present situation. We have been declaring our “independence” for so long, perhaps it is time to begin declaring our “interdependence” and truly look at how closely we are linked and in need of one another.   Click here to declare your interdependence on their map.

October 13, 2011

The Art of Non-Conformity

by StefiaMadelyne

Chris Guillebeau: Challenging Authority Since 1978The Art of Non-Conformity BlogChris Guillebou

Thanks for coming by. I’m Chris Guillebeau, and it looks like you’ve stumbled on my virtual home.

I write, travel, and help people take over the world. This site hostsThe Art of Non-Conformity blog and the diary of my travel adventures in 150 countries and counting. If you’re dissatisfied with conventional beliefs and want to do something remarkable with your life, I’d love to welcome you to the revolution.


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October 12, 2011

Mila & fire vintage

by diydonaldreed

Mila and fire vintage store was started by two of my friends from back at home (Washington D.C.). Morgan Powell and Kelcie Glass are the owners of the online vintage boutique and are excellent examples of the DIY movement. They hand pick all the clothes they sell on their website, take the photos, blog and use twitter for advertising. They have become vintage staples in the Washington area, hosting parties, and throwing store parties were people could get a decent deal on their already amazingly priced clothes. They also travel to markets to sell their pieces. But of course what makes them DIY is that they do it all themselves. I wanted to write about them 1: I like supporting my friends and 2: they are really doing some great things with the use of the Internet and media.  Similar to my last post, it’s an excellent example of how success is made on the Internet.


October 11, 2011

OWS Images/Inspirations

by StefiaMadelyne

October 11, 2011

Blogging Dissent

by StefiaMadelyne

Making our Voices Heard:  This is GrassRoots movement and it’s only just beginning!

We are the 99 percent. We are getting kicked out of our homes. We are forced to choose between groceries and rent. We are denied quality medical care. We are suffering from environmental pollution. We are working long hours for little pay and no rights, if we’re working at all. We are getting nothing while the other 1 percent is getting everything. We are the 99 percent.

Brought to you by the people who occupy wall street. Why will YOU occupy?

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October 11, 2011

DIY OMG… Identifying the Motives Behind DIY Practices

by Lily Antflick

While surfing and tumbling the Internet, I came across one of my favorite blogs which featured an ad on the top of the screen with a bunch of DIY tutorials. It included photos explaining how to tie your own tie, knit your own sweater and more. It made me laugh.
I think it’s great that the world is embracing the whole DIY trend within the field of the arts, home repair, publishing, gastronomy etc. but I wonder about the motives which people have when undertaking such DIY activities. Is this just another cultural trend or are people embracing the DIY movement as a source of ecological resourcefulness and self-sufficiency?

In his book, “Click: What Millions of People Are Doing Online and Why It Matters”, author Bill Tancer reports that “How to” queries represent nearly 3% of all US search queries, making it the most common search question. The DIY movement owes its popularity to the accessibility of the Internet. Websites like Etsy have figured out a way to monetize this trend by encouraging people to make their own products and crafts and providing a platform for sales. The Internet serves as an ideal platform for individuals to learn how to ‘do it themselves’ and for amateur artists and creators to exhibit their work.

The DIY ethic promotes individuals to be self-reliant by completing tasks and creating objects that they would normally rely on others for. Due to the broad nature of the term, which includes everything from home improvement to creative endeavors, it is important to identify why people want to engage in DIY activities in the first place. Central to the DIY ethic is the empowerment of individuals and communities, encouraging the employment of alternative approaches when faced with bureaucratic or societal obstacles. Many of the initiatives which we have explored in class fall under this category and carry some sort of political charge or larger social benefit. However, it is questionable whether the DIY empowerment ethic is present when engaging in any DIY activity (specifically those arts & crafts related activities which I came across online) or whether it is often realized as more of an after-thought.
It seems that the latter is more often the case.

The Internet recently taught me how to knit. After several attempts, once I got the basic knit stitch down, I was rewarded with an article of clothing and a sense of accomplishment. This activity is more of a source of amusement than a political act. I don’t engage in such activities to defy or boycott mainstream clothing manufacturers, rather it is a hobby which intrinsically motivates me. My suspicion is that the majority of DIY activities that are so incredibly hyped-up today share similar intentions.

Whether we like it or not, ‘DIY’ has become a buzz word in contemporary vocabulary and as we so often hear the term repeated, it is important to note the motivations and intentions behind these practices to better understand the differing impetus for ‘doing it yourself’.

October 7, 2011

DIY at Occupy Wall Street

by sarafusco

Here’s a great video I just saw capturing the thriving DIY community of Occupy Wall St.

October 4, 2011

PS1 Art Books

by andrewjbowe

From September 30th through October 2nd, PS1 sponsored the Annual New York Art Book Fair. There were a wide range of books and material at the fair.

Items ranging from handmade philosophical transcripts, appropriated journals,  hand sewn paper, to artist books developed the fair as a rich and multi versatile location for the study and creation of books.

At the Fair, I happened upon a philosophical DIY table, a young DIY artist had developed philosophical journals by appropriating the cover of historical philosophy and writing his own stories inside. Somewhat of a traversal of the idea of appropriating language, this time, instead the author appropriated the author’s name instead of the content.

The majority of the tables at the Fair were book stores wishing to get exposure and selling specialized types of art content based books and journals.

The fall of the bookstore and the rise of e-commerce has put a lot of pressure on graphic designers, publishers, and artists to find new ways to get exposure and their craft into the publics hands.

One way that these books were often marketed was by displaying expensive material directly next to free material and hoping that people would become engaged enough by the aesthetic  that they would purchase some of the material.

October 3, 2011


by rygielia

The readings this past week reminded me of a wonderful service called Freecycle. I never cease to be amazed by the things you can find posted and for no cost at all. Each local group is run by volunteers who are passionate about seeing everyday objects reused instead of cluttering up our landfills. Register today to find a group near you.