Oct
30
2008
1

What makes us appreciate?

I have sent the I love you notes to 50 design agencies in Norway, asking them if they could think about the universe or one of the other immaterial things on the note for two minutes and send me their response.

I will think about Sunshine today, since I am realizing how much I miss sunshine in these dark days. Do we take these things for granted? Do we start missing – and appreciating- their value once it isn’t their? And how do we appreciate things, what are the reasons to acknowledge value? Is it beauty? Is it love?

I wonder if we realize what it means to live in a society where we take so many things for granted, even when or maybe especially when the economic market falls, which should be the perfect moment to approach things differently.  Aren’t we selling our love and natural resources when we try to get a grip on the material things?

I came upon this article yesterday, which is elaborates much more on this subject.

more

Oct
27
2008
0

the story of stuff

www.storyofstuff.com

check this….

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Oct
27
2008
0

List of Annoyances

To test out my theory; how to trigger and change behavior, I need to choose a behavior/situation I want to change. Now I know what annoys me, but what annoys you? I have inquired a bit amongst my friends, but more suggestions are very welcome!!

– no honesty and respect

– in stores it’s a circus and everyone is rushing

– everyone does things just for themselves

– there are not enough recycling points

– the rules in the system are too complicated

– graffiti

– trash in the streets

– people who abuse common good (for instance not buying a ticket for bus/tram/subway)

– misspelling

– leaving the light on

– not separating the garbage

Sometimes I feel that we are stuck in our own world of make believe. Pretending to be something we are not, competing to be better than others.

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Oct
22
2008
0

theatrical setting


Improveverywhere
have as a aim to cause scenes of chaos and joy in public places. It has been created in August 2001 by Charlie Todd. They have executed over 70 missions involving thousands of undercover agents. The group is based in New York City. Here they have created a human mirror in the subway using identical twins. They also had another intervention where a group of people froze for 5 min in grand central station. So what I need, is a performance team to create a theatrical setting, where people are able to experience the problem in order for them to understand it and act.

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Oct
15
2008
0

Blog Action Day

We have global problems, which we have created ourselves and we are also maintaining them as they are, or even making them worse. On the other end we have the individuals who aren’t reacting to these problems, because they are not part of our present and everyday life. I call these  global problems or far & away problems because the consequences:
-will appear only in the future:  environmental problems as pollution, global warming, rising sea level, etc.
-are felt and taking place in other parts of the world like: poverty, hunger, etc
What these consequences have in common is that, we helped to cause them and
we have the power and resources to tackle them. To sum up, it actually is our problem, but we do not do anything about it. Why?

in between the ‘world’ and the individual are several levels as the family, community, government, all kinds of institutions and organizations as non profs, artists designers, science and technology.  The individual of my target group which is in the age between 15-35, has not experienced a war or a direct effect of the global problems and has only dealt with their local problems, which makes it harder for them to feel empathy or act. Maybe he sees and knows about the global issues going on, but since he is not experiencing them, he feels there isn’t much he can do about it. Consistently focused on status and objects, we are not engaged with the society. There is no team spirit, no compassion, no social conscience. Selfishness, pessimism, apathy and ignorance is a sort of behavior that cuts us off from the society.
Even if we try to take some actions, we feel they are turned down by government or restrictions on the market. For instance if you would try to buy products without plastic, you walk quite quickly upon a wall. Thus my individual feels it is up to authority and technology to solve.

Until a certain point it might be true that the government has the power and technology the solutions. We could say that it is up to the state to solve the problem, to tell their inhabitants how to live. However, the government is limited in influencing  choices and behavior of their inhabitants.
Moreover, there is also the issue of knowledge; technology and science have so many ideas, answers and initiatives that it is confusing even for them. There is so much information around and yet so much is unknown. The endless possibilities for what we can do and make, causes a luxury problem of choice. In a society where power, wealth, education and opportunities are the largest, the people are most unhappy.

It is up to the public to come with the demand. The past couple of decades consumers have demanded choice and convenience; now it is all there. If we would ask for conscience we would get it.

The question is not: how should we live?– waiting for someone to command us- but: how do we want to live?

What I want to say with this -and I can say much much more- Is that the way how visual communication has tried to sell awareness and change our behavior until now, does not work. I mean, I quite like these posters I made, but it doesn’t change a thing. What I am doing in my MA is finding this trigger and the perfect design to activate and change and maintain our behavior. I know, it sounds like a lot, but I think it is possible!!

Oct
12
2008
1

Fairtrade

Definition according to wikepedia (in short); Fair trade is an organized social movement and market-based approach to empowering developing country producers and promoting sustainability. The movement advocates the payment of a fair price as well as social and environmental standards in areas related to the production of a wide variety of goods. It focuses in particular on exports from developing countries to developed countries, most notably handicrafts, coffee, cocoa, sugar, tea, bananas, honey, cotton, wine, fresh fruit and flowers.

Ecology is the scientific study of the distribution and abundance of life and the interactions between organisms and their natural environment. The environment of an organism includes physical properties, which can be described as the sum of local abiotic factors such as insulation (sunlight), climate, and geology, and biotic ecosystem, which includes other organisms that share its habitat.

The word “ecology” is often used more loosely in such terms as social ecology and deep ecology and in common parlance as a synonym for the natural environment or environmentalism. Likewise “ecologic” or “ecological” is often taken in the sense of environmentally friendly

No I am asking..(1) Why do a lot of so called Fairtrade and Eco products have such plastic and environmentally unfriendly packaging (or does this happen to be, so conveniently, the good plastic)??? (2) Who is to blame for this, the designers, the company or…?? I had an envelope ready, to send it back to the producer, when I realized that, of course, that wouldn’t be very environmentally friendly. I actually wanted to make a stand and ask everyone to send their leftover packaging back to maker. Instead I have send them a mail with these pictures. (3) Do you have more examples of this? Send your picture and I will use it for my project. Curious and a bit scared to find out how bad the packaging business is.

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Oct
12
2008
0

Superhero supplies

I think this fits well with the post below…link

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Oct
08
2008
1

Brilliant!!!

Antanas Mockus Å ivickas was mayor of  Bogotá and known for his surprising and humorous initiatives upon the city’s inhabitants. These were big events, including local artists or a personal appearances of the mayor himself — taking a shower in a commercial about conserving water, or walking the streets dressed in spandex and a cape as Supercitizen.

Under Mockus’s leadership, Bogotá saw improvements as: water usage dropped 40%, 7000 community security groups were formed and the homicide rate fell 70%, traffic fatalities dropped by over 50%, drinking water was provided to all homes (up from 79% in 1993), and sewerage was provided to 95% of homes (up from 71%). When he asked people to pay a voluntary extra 10% in taxes, over 60,000 people did so.

Famous initiatives included hiring 20 mimes to make fun of traffic violators, because he believed Colombians were more afraid of being ridiculed than fined. His initiatives to reduce violence by engaging citizens in civil resistance against violence were as original as successful. He successfully combined showmanship, fiscal discipline and heavy reliance on punitive measures.

source&quotes wikepedia

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Oct
08
2008
0

WANTED

Interested in participating in one of the projects (installation, performance, poster) posted on this blog?? Mail iamgood@goodindeed.org

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Oct
07
2008
0

Street Art

Banksy isn’t he brilliant!? This street artist has profund and insightful work.

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