Five things: Tender is the Night at City Gallery Wellington, First Light House NZ’s entry in US Solar Decathlon, Our Choice by Al Gore & Push Pop Press, Pollinators by Louie Schwartzberg and Long Now seminar with Tim Flannery on evolution.
Kia ora, hola, and happy Cinco de Mayo! Eight inspiring, educational, beautiful and delicious things to see, hear, read, eat and watch.
How can indigenous wisdom be used to develop sustainable architectural and urban design strategies? Exploring Maori design principles with New Zealand Centre for Sustainable Cities.
Objects are printouts – not treasures, not things to stocpkpile. Our posessions are frozen social relationships. Think of them as hours of time and volumes of space. Reassess the objects in your space and time. What is most important?
Links and notes from XMediaLab in Auckland, a combination think-tank and creative workshop with a focus on the design, development and business of digital media ideas across multiple platforms.
I’ve been seduced by a terroirist network known as New Zealand Artisan Honey, made up of passionate beekeepers producing honeys in small, quality batches from specific varietal sources among some of New Zealandâ€™s most spectactular locations.
Part three of a four part video looking at the work of artist Fiona Hall in the exhibition FORCE FIELD at the City Gallery Wellington. Fiona Hall City Gallery Wellington Art Artis When My Boat Comes In – detail, photo by cicadas , image by Fiona Hall.
A recent live talk with Peter Senge through Calliflower introduced me both to this great tool for conference calls and webinars and Senge’s compelling new book, The Necessary Revolution: How Individuals And Organizations Are Working Together to Create a Sustainable World. Calliflower impressed me with sophisticated features for managing and participating in calls with an interface that’s elegant and easy to understand. (See below.) It can record calls as MP3 files to make available afterwards. And, it’s free. I found it through Facebook and was able to participate fully from the event page in the browser without having to launch Skype or pick up a phone. Talkshoe offers a similar service but was not nearly as seamless in my last experience (a while ago, worth revisiting). The only part I don’t understand is the business model. But it definitely shifted the quality of my listening, which dovetails perfectly into the the message in Peter Senge’s new book. You can download the talk with Peter Senge in mp3 format. (It’s free, but registration required). My notes …
A. Both are fictional. Or at least highly speculative. No. We’ve already established that. B. Both indicate danger, especially around bodies of water. Sure, but we’re looking for a more specific answer. C. How about tree-fitty. Exactly! Tree-fitty. What’s tree-fitty? Loch Ness Monster: $3.50 Global Climate Crisis: 350 is the red line for human beings, the most important number on the planet. The most recent science tells us that unless we can reduce the amount of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere to 350 parts per million, we will cause huge and irreversible damage to the earth. Where are we now? About 385. Learn more, connect with others and take action at the newly relaunched 350.org founded by Bill McKibben, author of Deep Economy (one of the most compelling and inspiring books I am reading right now.)
First day of spring, first bloom in my secret garden. Siberian Iris, March 20, 2008, NYC.
What a delight to receive this picture from Waveplace showing the new owner of the OLPC laptop I donated last month. Here’s a movie of the kids’ first experiences with laptops. Looks like a beautiful group of students and teachers (and fresh green classrooms). Hope you have fun and enjoy learning with your new computers! Thank you for the opportunity to participate in this wonderful program.
Two great streaming media offerings exploring the nature of consciousness:
Oprah and Eckhart Tolle’s “New Earth”online event and Jill Taylor’s TED Talk.