Toy Stories is an incredible new photo series from Italian photographer Gabriele Galimberti that shows children from around the world posing with their favourite possessions. Over a period of 18 months, Galimberti travelled across the globe, meeting children, playing with them and asking them to choose their favourite toys.
A few interesting anthropological notes: he said that children in poorer countries found sharing their toys easier, and were quicker to play. Also, as you’ll see, economic status factors heavily into what toys children prefer to play with. You’ve got to see this …
I’ve watched scores of twenty-somethings quit their jobs and start businesses based on books written by people who sell fantasies. These writers tell one story about a guy who bought an island because he created some online business and convinced people they could do it too.
Don’t be fooled. The chances of that happening to you are about the same as winning the lottery. Writers are making millions by convincing people they can win the lottery too.
Dove is continuing its decade-long “Real Beauty” campaign with a Photoshop action that seeks to un-airbrush unrealistic images of models.
The Photoshop action — a downloadable file that applies an action with a single click — is aimed at art directors who may be creating such ads. The action, which was disseminated on Reddit and other places where Dove thought such art directors might visit, promised to add a skin glow effect, but actually reverted the image to its original state
The brand, which is owned by Unilever, did not disclose how many people have downloaded the action. The Reddit post, which was submitted about a week ago, didn’t get any responses so far
The G8 world leaders are coming to the UK in June this year, as it’s the UK’s turn to chair the event.
To mark this, over 100 UK charities (many from faith groups) have got together for the ‘IF’ campaign.
Nearly one billion people go to bed hungry every night and two million children die from malnutrition every year. We’ve made progress in other areas, but hunger is still the great scandal of our age. All around the world, even in the UK, people are struggling to feed their families.
The campaign is based on four big ‘IF’ statements:
- Enough Food For Everyone IF we give enough aid to stop children dying from hunger and help the poorest families feed themselves.
- Enough Food For Everyone IF governments stop big companies dodging tax in poor countries.
- Enough Food For Everyone IF we stop poor farmers being forced off their land and grow crops to feed people, not fuel cars.
- Enough Food For Everyone IF governments and big companies are honest and open about their actions that stop people getting enough food.
Here’s a video about what the campaign is about:
To find out more, visit the Enough Food IF campaign website.
Interesting profile of many people who choose to live below their means.
Church Urban Fund’s latest research report examines the impact of the current economic climate on community organisations in the most deprived areas of England.
It follows two reports published by Church Urban Fund in 2011, ‘At the Cutting Edge’ and ‘Holding on by a Shoestring’, which looked in detail at how public spending cuts were affecting people and organisations at a grassroots level. Returning a year later to the same organisations, we wanted to examine the ongoing effects of the economic climate.
We found that the current economic climate is having a significant impact upon community organisations and people living in deprived areas of England. This impact can be seen in the rising demand for services and the difficulty of securing funding.
However, in response to these difficulties, organisations are employing a range of survival strategies in order to meet rising demand with rising service provision.