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

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by Margaret Aldrich

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

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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So, Your Awakening Cost You Some Friends May 15, 2011

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I stumbled upon this in a forum the other day, and boy did it ring home for me. Probably why I still use a pseudonym for all my 2012 work.

by Gregg Prescott, M.S.
www.in5d.com
www.maya12-21-2012.com

Have you noticed a change in your relationships with other people lately?  Is it sometimes difficult or awkward to talk to others about spiritual topics?  Do you, at times, feel alone in your beliefs?   Have you lost contact with any long time friends recently?  You are not alone!

I’m fortunate to have a lot of Facebook friends who post similar types of links. Too many times, I see a lot of people who talk the talk but are afraid to walk the walk, due to being ridiculed for their thoughts and posts (GROUPTHINK). I’ve lost some longtime friends because of this but have made many, many new ones. Once the ego is released, you no longer worry about conformity and peer pressure. (more…)