Music Video Raises Awareness

Posted in Worldviews on June 9, 2010 by Karen Keddy

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Sarah McLachlan’s video for “World on Fire” was done for a budget of $15 instead of the usual $150,000.  The video shows how the money used to produce the video could instead be used to help people in third world countries.


One Man’s Mission to Save the Homeless in India: Akshaya Home

Posted in The Homeless on April 4, 2010 by Karen Keddy

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This video from CNN’s “Heroes” series shows N. Krishnan, who is working to feed and house the homeless in a small town in India.

LA Designers Create Happy Spaces for Homeless Families

Posted in The Homeless on February 3, 2010 by Karen Keddy

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Upward Bound House: This 18 unit complex was once the site of a rundown motel with transient tenants. It got a complete make over by an all-star cast of LA interior designers. There was no budget, the designers were volunteering their time and creativity, and lots of donations were incorportated in the make over. Sustainable features were also utilized such as low flow toilets, doors made from 70% recycled content, and energy efficient windows.

Thanks to Travis Miller !!

Wheelchair controlled by tongue

Posted in Access for the Disabled on January 25, 2010 by Karen Keddy

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 This video at shows how Georgia Tech has created a “Tongue Drive System” for power wheelchairs.  This system could be potentially beneficial to quadriplegics, because the nerves that control the tongue are connected directly to the brain.

Outraged Cyclists Re-Paint Removed Bike Lane, Guerilla Style

Posted in Access for Bicyclists, Graffiti, Protests on January 25, 2010 by Karen Keddy

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The New York City cyclists made a video of themselves re-painting the bike lanes.

The video also contains a manifesto about providing safety for cyclists on the Williamsburg bridge.

Thanks to Justin Coffman.

Urban Nomads’ Instant Housing shelters for the homeless

Posted in The Homeless on January 24, 2010 by Karen Keddy

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Architects and designers are exploring humanitarian design for people who are homeless after a natural disaster or any other emergency. These projects by Winfried Baumann cater to instant housing for both urban nomads and the homeless.

Thanks to Taf Bwititi.

Eco-wall or segregation?

Posted in The Homeless on December 9, 2009 by Karen Keddy

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Concrete-block walls are being built around the shantytowns of Rio de Janeiro.
Authorities say it’s to save rainforests. The city’s poorest residents say it’s an attempt to shut them out.
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