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Landfill Harmonic

Yet one more example of a group that has accomplished a great deal with seemingly nothing. Every day 1,500 tons of solid waste are dumped in a landfill near Bañado Sur, in Paraguay. About 2,500 families make their living sorting the garbage for recycling and reselling, according to UNICEF. “Children are often the ones with the onerous […]

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Just Follow the Frog

Here’s a reminder that how we shop makes a difference. First, buy less stuff. Much less. But as we do shop, think is this product recyclable? Fair Trade? Rain Forest Alliance? Local? Our choices actually matter in the real world.  

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Audacity, Find a Way to Embrace It!

      Sometime in the eighties, I came across this quote by Martin Luther King, Jr.: “I have the audacity to believe that people everywhere can have three meals a day for their bodies, education and culture for their minds, and dignity, equality and freedom for their spirits.” For years this one sentence has inspired […]

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Before I Die…

    Artist Candy Chang uses her creative powers to connect her New Orleans neighbors to their own dreams and to each other. The unexpected death of a close friend caused Chang to reflect on what really matters in life. One result: She turned an abandoned house in her neighborhood into a giant chalkboard. She […]

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First Web Site Ever

  On August 6, 1991, Tim Bemers-Lee put up the first web site ever. (There’s a nice short history of it here.) The earliest version that remains, made in 1992 (above) can be seen here. You should really go to it. And click on a few pages to see how it all began. Because if you […]

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Make Mistakes, Lots of Them!

  I’m on a plane in Central America in 1981. The guy in the next seat, who works for 3M, shows me these little pads that I later learn are called Post-it Notes. He enthusiastically describes how useful they’ll be in the work place. I remember being skeptical; obviously I was wrong. Post-its were invented […]

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