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michelemmartin

Playing With All Sorts of New Possibilities (December 2011) « The Berkana Ins... - 0 views

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    Some good examples/ideas related to play.
michelemmartin

the giving field - 0 views

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    Lately, I have spent much of my time studying places of service: schools, community organizations, advocacy groups, healthcare facilities. Those that are most alive and vibrant have in common a kind of blessed confusion about who is giving to whom. People, no matter their role, seem infused with a gentle and expectant gratitude as they interact with each other.

    A doctor enters an examining room, preparing to be cared for. A professor wonders how her students will teach her to understand the world in new ways. A soup kitchen volunteer is ready to find her spirit nourished by the person she is serving.

    In each encounter of service there comes a choice. We can continue to awkwardly push our skills and expertise at someone or we can remember to take a step back, breathe and say, "Here I am. Meet me, and we will both receive something we could never find on our own." This perspective is simple, but its implications for the various personal and institutional calls to service we participate in - healing, nurturing, instructing, speaking for - are drastic and disarmingly hopeful.

    In my own work as a teacher, writer, and community practitioner, I find that I am most helpful to others when I am most reverent toward what they are offering me. I think this is true because what we are called to give is also what we most fiercely need. A gift is a perfect conspiracy, meant to open us up to the possibility of becoming something new. What is asked of us, then, is simply that we pay attention.
michelemmartin

Phila. art installation examines the nexus of language, power and culture - NewsWorks - 1 views

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    This seems like a great social artist example to me.
michelemmartin

"The Structure of Pattern Languages", by Nikos A. Salingaros - 0 views

  • We observe the world around us and learn its structure by abstracting cause and effect, and by documenting recurring solutions obtained under different conditions. Such empirical rules, representing regularities of behavior, are called "patterns." Visual patterns are the simplest expression of the pattern concept (Salingaros, 1999). Many patterns are hard-wired into our mind: we inherit actions and reactions that guarantee our survival. Other patterns have to be learned, and form an artificial extension of the human mind. The ability to observe patterns gives us the human advantage of both adapting to, and changing our environment. Of course, the complexity enveloping a pattern in each specific setting has to be partially cleared so as to get at its basic mechanism.

    The language of a group of patterns forms the groundwork for any discipline. Learned pattern languages -- not intrinsic to the human mind -- were carefully preserved in the past. Many patterns of human relations are codified into religions, myths, and literary epics. A collective intelligence develops from pooling discoveries accumulated over generations. This process is entirely general. The sciences rely on mathematics for the ability to organize data and explain phenomena by means of regularities, or logical patterns (Steen, 1988). Breakthroughs occur when patterns in one area link to patterns in other areas.

Brent MacKinnon

Donations - Gapminder.org - 1 views

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    Hans Rosling is the Co-founder of the Gapminder Foundation. The way he presents data is astounding. I'm able to understand (to a point) complicated issues that would take me years of study to comprehend. I think his social artistry skill is his ability to use visualizations of data to quickly bring greater awareness to people. 

    Gapminder is a non-profit foundation based in Stockholm. Our goal is to replace devastating myths with a fact-based worldview. Our method is to make data easy to understand. We are dedicated to innovate and spread new methods to make global development understandable, free of charge, without advertising. We want to let teachers, journalists and everyone else continue to freely use our tools, videos and presentations.
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    Wow, Hans Rosling's data presentation is mind blowing! Here's a link to one of his TEDtalks http://www.ted.com/talks/lang/en/hans_rosling_shows_the_best_stats_you_ve_ever_seen.html
    You've found a beautiful example of social artistry making data visible in ways that tell a story - Thank you Brent. I am inspired!
michelemmartin

18 Ways To Inspire Everyone Around You - 2 views

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    These seem like good strategies for social artists . . . 
Augustine Paz

Bill Strickland makes change with a slide show - 1 views

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    Bill Strickland embodies what I consider a social artist. His ability to see the beauty in people and his drive to create environments for work and play to highlight, frame and enhance that beauty leaves me with the same thought-provoking and inspiring sense of truth that comes from art.
LaDonna Coy

Illinois Historical Art Project - Selected Pictures - 0 views

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    Man Chiseling his own destiny, sculpture by Albin Polasek
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    Saw this today and thought about how the social artist is also in the midst of his/her own journey of discovery at the same time s//he is designing and facilitating social artistry for others.
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