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TASTE: Design Observer Symposium Hits LA on 12 February


Coming up on February 12, leading international design blog Design Observer will host a symposium on the relationship between design and food. Held in the Los Angeles Theatre Center in downtown LA, TASTE will feature prominent speakers from around the world. Here is more of an introduction from the illustrious staff of Design Observer.

Agrarian economics. Dry farming. Engineered waste. Vaporized nutrition. Synthetic flavors. Moral food. How are any of these things a function of design? On the other hand: How could they be anything else? We’ll consider Read more

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38th Sundance Film Festival


Welcome to another year where I will be viewing all the excitement of the Sundance Film Festival from afar. What happens in Park City between Jan. 21 and 31 is sure to define the sensational in independent film for the immediate future. It’s been awhile since I attended, but I’m confident it’s still a whirlwind of snow, screenings, parties, great meals, skiing, and distribution deals. Now, thanks to Nate von Zumwalt of the Sundance Institute, the Festival news stream is at our fingertips. Read more

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MLK Day of Service 2016

The MLK Day of Service is an opportunity for Americans to honor Dr. Martin Luther King Junior’s legacy through service and volunteerism.

Dr. King once said, “Life’s most persistent and urgent question is: ‘What are you doing for others?'”

Each year, Americans across the country answer that question by coming together on the King Holiday to serve their neighbors and communities. To learn more, please visit http://www.nationalservice.gov/mlkday.

It’s also my pleasure to provide the following graphic illuminating the life and lasting legacy of Dr. King, courtesy of http://OnlineCollegeCourses.com. “People honor and celebrate the life of Dr. King for many reasons, but most importantly, for his role in working to achieve race equality in America. Dr. King had arguably the greatest impact of any single person during the fight for racial equality, and the fact that his life was cut short causes people to wonder what he may have gone on to achieve in his lifetime. Read more

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Sharing secrets: How to write stories for The Associated Press

Back in 2000 when I was working for The Terpin Group in Los Angeles leading PR campaigns for dot-com companies with extremely high aspirations, my colleagues and I knew that there was absolutely one way of hitting a home run, and that was placing a story with The Associated Press. AP stories generate massive exposure, as they are syndicated in major media outlets across the country and around the world. And of course, if you have a story that’s good enough for the AP, it’s good enough for everyone. With this in mind, imagine how powerful it would be if you had the chance, today, to meet with Paul Caluori, the AP’s Global Director of Digital Services, and Philana Patterson, the AP’s Small Business and Breaking News Editor, to learn what they look for in story submissions. Thanks to Business Wire, it’s on.

Back in February of this year, Business Wire hosted a webinar featuring Paul and Philana, where they shared exactly these types of insights. I am embedding the webinar here, and I’ll also pass along a few of the bullet points from the secrets they shared. Read more

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Art Basel keeps bringing artwork to the global stage

Starting soon and running through 6 Dec., Art Basel returns to Miami Beach for its 14th edition, extending the renown for Switzerland’s Art Basel which over the past 41 years has become the world’s most prestigious art show. The Miami Beach event will once again unite top galleries in its very special exhibitions, parties and crossover events featuring music, film, architecture and design spread throughout the Art Deco District. Altogether, it’s a thrilling, immersive experience allowing art lovers to discover new developments in contemporary art in the presence of rare, museum-calibre artworks.

Looking ahead to 2016, this premier international art show will land in Hong Kong 24-26 March, then return to Basel, Switzerland, 16-19 June. Details for all events are available at http://artbasel.com.

Also worth noting, Art Basel recently launched a crowdfunding initiative in partnership with Kickstarter. Read more

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World AIDS Day 2015

World AIDS Day is held on 1 December each year and is an opportunity for people worldwide to unite in the fight against HIV, show their support for people living with HIV and to commemorate people who have died. World AIDS Day was the first ever global health day and the first one was held in 1988. The official website and social media hub for the event is www.worldaidsday.org. As reported by Rosemary Feitelberg this week for WWD, this is the 10th anniversary of Red and The One Campaign, and many united advocacy efforts will take the spotlight today and in the days to come.

In the past 30 years, 39 million people have died from AIDS, which can now be treated for as little as 30 cents a day. To date, Red has raised $324 million to help provide a sustainable flow of money from the private sector to fight AIDS. Read more

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TNW Conference this Wednesday at The Manhattan Center

Very soon, six months of hard work and careful curation will pay off, when the sun rises on 18 November and the 2015 TNW Conference convenes in New York City. The Next Web’s marketing manager Matthew Elworthy has kept me posted on developments over the past several months as the program, attendance and other details on the festivities have firmed up. For example, in mid-October he let me know that this year’s Conference will take place at The Manhattan Center. “The Manhattan Center is one of New York’s most elegant and versatile event destinations – pairing a century-old former opera house with fully integrated 21st century media and entertainment production technology.”

Some 1,500 attendees are expected in total, representing over 800 companies. Here are a few more highlights to whet your appetite. Read more

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Honor military veterans

November 11 is Veterans Day here in America, a day of honor and celebration that has its roots in “the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month” of 1918, when Germany signed the Armistice to end World War I. I have written before about what this day means to me. My military service took place during the relatively peaceful era of 1985 to 1990, but it still wasn’t all that easy. I know firsthand about the dread of boot camp, and the difficulty of enduring even basic training… but to me, my motivation was clear: I wanted to serve my country.

Through those experiences and others, I came to have ultimate respect for those who have gone far beyond “basic training” to become the Marines, the SEALS, and other elite members of our special forces… whose bravery and daily commitments are seemingly made of granite. It is nearly impossible to duly honor them and express the appreciation they deserve. Read more

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Join the fun at FITC FORM Fest, 2-3 Nov. in Chicago

FITC has a 14-year history of uniting leading design and technology professionals and students in Amsterdam, Chicago, Los Angeles, New York, San Francisco, Seoul, Tokyo, Toronto and other major international cities, but its last event to hit Chicago was back in 2008. On Nov. 2-3, a brand new Chicago-centric event conceived and produced under the auspices of FITC and its founding director Shawn Pucknell will take place at the Chicago History Museum. Entitled FORM Fest, the conference is aiming to be a landmark gathering of digital creators and technologists who are passionate about creating innovative work.

The impressive line-up of speakers includes bona-fide design-industry stars from elsewhere – like Stefan Sagmeister, GMUNK, Jared Ficklin and Rama Allen – but also local heavyweights like Erin Sarofsky, Jason White (Leviathan), Kim Alpert, Chuck Anderson and Chicago Design Museum’s executive director Tanner Woodford, among many others. Other featured speakers include Anton + Irene, Nicholas Felton, Jason Peterson of Havas Worldwide, Carlos Segura of Segura, Inc., and Anthony Vitagliano of Digital Kitchen.

Alpert and White are both past FITC speakers, and with support from conceptual design company Leviathan, they worked closely with FITC to create FORM and custom-tailor it for Chicago’s booming creative community. Read more

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Let’s stand up together for good: #UnityDay2015

As a parent and someone who has the good fortune of working with creative industry leaders around the world, I feel it’s very important to support younger budding intellectuals. Thanks to my involvement with executives at agencies Leo Burnett and Sid Lee, organizations like United Nations Women, Procter & Gamble, and Pacer’s National Bullying Prevention Center, I have had a chance to better understand both bullying and cyberbullying. October is National Bullying Prevention Month, so I feel this is a great moment to consider just how damaging these intentional acts of cruelty (which in cyberbullying are typically anonymous) can be. Read more

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