I love Tim Lahan’s work.
‘Defrosting’ - a little gif for @mrryantodd’s christmasgifs.org. Share it here.
Hartz IV Möbel
A Bauhaus-inspired chair for 24 Euros? Le Van Bo designs DIY furniture for people on a budget. The assembly instruction sheets are available for free on the web but they come with a condition, says Van Bo: “I ask people to send me their story and to encourage other people in their environment to take on similar projects.” More than 1.000 have been built so far.
The idea came to Van Bo when he was unemployed himself. I like how he took his passion for design and turned it into a social project.
My thoughts on Kony 2012
My thoughts on this short film (half documentary, half fundraising tool) that is spreading quickly on the internet:
- Stories. I’m reminded what a powerful tool film can be to tell stories. Jason Russel is good at mixing the facts about the terrible crimes happening in East Africa with cute shots of his son and impressive scenes of youth rallies. Around his story he wraps an important idea: we are all connected, that is why we are all responsible.
- Professionalism. The whole campaign (the kit, the events, the movies) is very professional both visually and in terms of the wording. This could work as a world wide guerilla campaign. Time will tell if the campaign will pick up in Europe with all its cultural and political differences from the US. Sharing a video on Facebook is one thing, going to the streets and donating money is another.
- Prudence. While I support the cause of stopping the LRA, let’s keep an eye on organizations like Invisible Children. They’ve been in the business for 9 years and have started some impressive projects. They do get criticism for a lack of transparency, though. Update: Sociology and political science student Grant Oyston takes a critical look at Invisible Children. Some interesting points in there.