William Kamkwamba has told his amazing story of ingenuity at TED here and here. Kamkwamba, as a 14 year old in a village in Malawi, saw a photo in a book of a windmill. Using whatever materials he could find, he built his own windmill to provide electricity for his family. Here he speaks with Jon Stewart on the Daily Show.
Robinette’s Orchard, northeast of Grand Rapids, Michigan, is a magnet for families every fall weekend. It used to be a regular event for us to visit the orchard when our children were young. I thought I would stop by today. As usual, the line for the fresh baked donuts, cookies and pies snaked out the door. I resisted the aroma and bypassed the line, buying apples and cider instead. Then I walked around the property to take in a taste of fall.
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The London 2012 Olympic Committee has issued its pictograms that represent each of the events in the Olympics.
A “Mini-History” of Olympic pictograms can be found here
Thanks to Jan Schultink at Slides that Stick
for pointing these out.
Seems like business has brought me to Chicago more in the past 4 months than in the previous 4 years. On Wednesday, I got to visit with Stewart and Karen in Hyde Park before my business began yesterday. Last evening I took advantage of the late hours and free admission at the Chicago Institute of Art.
How do you get people to use the stairs instead of an escalator? Make it fun!
Thanks to Dan Pink for pointing this out.
I had an opportunity to hear Bill Strickland a couple of weeks ago when he spoke to the Economic Club of Grand Rapids. He is a passionate person who is committed to making a difference in the lives of others.
Strickland founded a vocational school in one of Pittsburgh’s toughest neighborhoods, the neighborhood in which he grew up and still lives. Convinced that change can be made in people’s lives by giving them a beautiful environment in which to learn, Strickland’s school has had incredible success. He is now trying to duplicate that success in 200 cities around the country. In Grand Rapids, he has helped found the West Michigan Center for Arts and Technology.
Here is his talk.
This evening it was announced that Brooklyn Artist Ran Ortner was the winner of ArtPrize 2009 in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Ortner won for his painting “Open Water number 24.” Ortner’s piece was selected in a vote by the public in a competition that featured 1,262 artists. Here is a slideshow showing each of the top 10 finalists.
Brian Kelly is a wonderful photographer in Grand Rapids. He and his team have been producing a bunch of short videos introducing people to artists and venues of ArtPrize. One of the coolest experiences at ArtPrize is to visit the ACTIVESITE artspace. Here is Brian’s video:
ArtPrize announced the results of the first round of voting today. Here are photos of 9 of the top 10 entries. All of the top 10 entries finish in the money. Over the next week and a half they compete for the Grand Prize of $250,000.