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How to Build a Small Village

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It’s like a Lego set except it’s life sized and extremely useful towards building a ‘small civilization with modern day comforts.’ Open Source Ecology is a movement driven by the efforts of farmers, engineers and supporters focused on developing tools for replicable, open source, modern off grid “resilient communities.” They firmly believe that “everyone in the world should have access to the technologies they need to escape poverty.” Using their open source industrial machines as a guide, one needs only to secure the scrap metal necessary and put in the labor in order to create fully functional farming and industrial equipment. From tractor pulls and bulldozers to hay balers and saw mills, this collection named the Global Village Construction Set (GVCS) includes all the necessities to create a small village.

Community 

Night for Rights – A jhr Event

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What if we lived in a country where violence against women was perceived to be normal? Where spousal abuse, rape and other sexual violence is described to be the worst on the entire planet?

We would be living in the Democratic Republic of the Congo.

Community Synergy 

Volkswagens Fun Theory Campaign

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Bob’s alarm goes off at 8 in the morning. He washes up, gets dressed for work and like a typical workday morning, he does not have enough time for breakfast. He takes the car to work and gets caught up in the always reliable early morning rush hour. Bob arrives at work and begins the 9-5 workday. The end of the workday doesn’t come soon enough and he’s back in his car stuck in the late afternoon rush hour on the way back home. After a less than appetizing dinner, a few sitcom reruns, Bob heads to bed ready to start the next day. Rinse and repeat.

While this may not be an accurate representation of your own life, we can all agree Bob could use a little more ‘fun’ in his life. In fact, I’m sure we all could use a little more fun in our lives. Volkswagen agrees. They have been sponsoring entrepreneurs to develop ideas on their Fun Theory: that something as simple as fun is the easiest way to change people’s behaviour for the better. Be it for yourself, for the environment, or for something entirely different, the only thing that matters is that it’s change for the better.

Community DIY Synergy 

Paintlounge: Everyone is an Artist

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Vidafine was recently invited to the launch party for Paintlounge, a new tea shop that offers canvas painting as entertainment to its patrons. The concept is relatively simple, you purchase a modestly priced empty canvas, use the provided tools and paints and start creating your art masterpiece. Take all the time you need to paint your canvas and when you’re finished, you get to take it home with you and brighten up that plain white wall.

Community 

TEDxToronto 2010 A Call to Action

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@Vidafine had the privilege to be invited as one of the few media partners to cover TEDxToronto 2010 yesterday, an idea sharing and inspirational event. The one day conference is an independently organized local fan-based TED event from the world famous TED (Technology, Entertainment, Design) talks of this generation. With organizers and partners that include Jet Cooper, TheBizMedia, Phizer, and idea couture, this year’s TEDxToronto was no doubt in good hands.

Pascal Campion Illustration Winners

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Pat B, Cindy Caraway, and Vibrenteyes. What do these three have in common? They’re the our winners for the Pascal Campion Illustration Giveaway! *streamers*balloons*music* You can read their entries here. Thanks to Pascal for sharing his work with us and hand picking all the winners!

The winners have all been contacted by e-mail so follow the instructions there to receive your prize! Thank you to all our readers who shared a memorable moment. Sharing is caring and sometimes it even leads to winning. Congratulations to all our winners! Check back with Vidafine regularly for giveaways, visionaries, and inspirational stories!

Back to Basics Sustainability 

Vidafine + CBE Clothing Giveaway

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It’s that time of month again when Vidafine gives away great prizes to our faithful readers. After weeks of working with our friends at CBE Clothing, we’re ready to present to you another great giveaway! You can read more about them from our visit a while back.

Back to Basics Community DIY Sustainability 

Trinity Reach Farm in Urban Toronto

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Check out this video that we made while on site at Trinity Reach Farm!

Who would have thought, three 20-something housemates, living in a two-storey home within a bustling city would be cultivating and making their own delicious foods right in their own backyard? Nestled between the streets of Downtown Toronto, three restaurant employees have come together and formed what is known as, Trinity Reach Farm. Hidden behind a typical looking house, the Vidafine team was astonished to discover a backyard with sprouting vegetables, a ‘Big Smoke’ smoker and wait for it… a chicken coop. The team at Trinity Reach Farm isn’t here to present anything revolutionary, they are just looking to use their talents and interests to live a more sustainable lifestyle. Ultimately, producing your own foods is fun, and enjoying the fruits of your own labour definitely tastes better!