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A Spy Camera, a Coffee Table and a Bus Stop August 7, 2011

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by Margaret Aldrich


Public transportation and (welcome) social interaction don’t seem like natural companions, but Los Angeles designer and architect Julie Kim is making the bus stop a more neighborly place—and recording the results.

At a buzzing LA Metro bus stop in Koreatown this summer, Kim set up a coffee table in front of a bench for waiting patrons and covertly filmed what happened, reports GOOD. In minutes, the stylish, hand-built table—complete with a vase of flowers and a short stack of local newspapers—generated kinship and conversation between the diverse riders that gathered around it.

“The number and variety of people milling about—workers, kids, the elderly, of every ethnic group—surprised me,” Kim told GOOD. Watch a quick video of her experiment here:

Kim has more ideas for engaging the public at bus stops, like setting up exercise equipment. What other accoutrements could create meaningful interactions? Perhaps a minibar or a stack of meditation pillows, or how about a collection of secondhand musical instruments to get a bus stop hootenanny started…

Read more: http://www.utne.com/The-Sweet-Pursuit/Spy-Camera-Coffee-Table-Bus-Stop.aspx#ixzz1UOz8Kd5n

Hammock Coffee Table in the City from Distortion Productions on Vimeo.

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Eleven lessons from Nelson Mandela August 6, 2011

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Ode Magazine

In July we celebrated living legend Nelson Mandela’s birthday. Looking back on his 93 years, there are 11 lessons (from many) that I would like to share from his legacy which would help us make a small but positive mark in our society. Here they are:

1. Determination in fighting for the right thing. Nelson Mandela’s fought against apartheid for was a struggle of more than 50 years from 1943 when he joined ANC to 1994 when South Africa became independent and he became president. Of these years, 27 were in prison.

2. Never sell out on your beliefs. Nelson Mandela while still serving in prison had repeated offers from the apartheid regime to accept release for independence in small portion of South Africa called the Transkei, from where he hailed from. He simply turned them all down.

3. Be ready to change your tactics. In 1960 Nelson Mandela together with other leaders set up the military wing of ANC. After being released from prison in 1990, Mandela would eventually renounce all armed tactics and once again resort to peaceful negotiations. (more…)

Augustin Arreguin, Cable Guy Who Saved 7-Year-Old Boy, Honored By Time Warner, Red Cross August 6, 2011

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It was a “kind of surreal” week for Augustin Arreguin.

The San Antonio cable guy was about to make his next scheduled service call last Tuesday when he heard cries coming from the Winding Creek Apartment Homes pool area. Arreguin came running and found a boy desperately in need of help.

Fast forward to this past Friday, and Arreguin was honored by his employer, the city of San Antonio, and the American Red Cross for some quick thinking that saved seven-year-old Moses Pearsall’s life, mysanantonio.com reports.

“It’s been quite a few days,” the 30-year-old Time Warner cable installer and repairman said at the ceremony. “I can joke about being a hero, but seriously, I still feel like I’m just me.”

Arreguin’s CPR training as a adoptive parent gave him the courage to treat Pearsall until the paramedics arrived.

“His face was all blue. It was pretty bad,” Arreguin told KENS-5 following the incident. “All I could picture was my own son — he’s 6 and almost the same size — and that this was the worst thing that could happen.”

Arreguin’s fast thinking made all the difference for Pearsall, who doctors say has fully recovered without suffering any brain damage.

Mike Bennett, chief executive of the American Red Cross’ San Antonio Area Chapter, praised Arreguin’s confidence during a tense moment.

“I think everybody wants to help,” Bennet said, according to KSAT. “No one wants to just panic and run crazy from the scene, but most folks are very concerned that they’ll hurt the person, because they’re not sure what to do.”