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Sustainability 

Organic Dolls Made from Illustrations

Being in the classroom for most of my day, I see my fair share of children’s imaginative illustrations. I love the whimsical nature of children’s drawings and seeing their perceptions of the world around them whether exaggerated or perfected. Aminals has taken that love for their children’s creative works of art and turned them into eco-friendly, loveable, huggable, and soft dolls, each accompanied by their own special story. My favourite is the Sistur’s story, “My backpack has three pockets, one of them is secret. Bees can sting you even if they are dead.”

Community The Great Outdoors 

American Express Contest: Room for Thought

There should always be room for thought. My favourite days are the days spent thinking about what my next project, great adventure or agenda will be. But with thought, should come a plan of action. American Express has put together the Room for Thought project to help make our ideas…happen! They will be providing the means and the space for lucky individuals who have great ideas and help make them a reality in Toronto, Canada in November of this year. After hearing about the contest from our friends at HUG, Vidafine is so excited to share with you the 9 finalist for the contest that started this summer. Now, American Express is taking public votes to help determine the three final winners. Once chosen, the finalist will then be directed, mentored and supported by three very distinguished individuals in the categories of Community, Travel and Adventure and Music.

Community 

StoryCorps: Human Relationships Post 9 11

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Just 10 years ago, the tragic events that occurred in New York City changed the lives of many forever. Whether or not you personally knew someone who died from the fallen Twin Towers, the world stopped and our hearts stiffened for the emotional and physical lost that crippled our minds and our souls. It’s sad to say, but it’s moments like these that act as a reminder to us about the value of family, companionship and human relationships, and the fragility of life on earth. Previously, we shared with you StoryCorps and their goal of preserving life’s precious moments through animated shorts. Here I present to you one related to 9/11, that I think is quite thoughtful.

You can see other shorts that have been created in remembrance of those lost during the September 11th attacks here.

Back to Basics DIY Sustainability 

Paper Punk

When I was in high school (x amount of years ago), one of the biggest crazes was origami. Origami is the art of folding pieces of paper to make it look like a 3D structure. The most popular ones are either the crane, stars or boats but there are various others and you’d be surprised with what a sheet of paper can create.

This fad, like any other, has since died out but it isn’t completely gone. You may still receive a glass bottle of a thousand cranes on Valentine’s Day or be involved in a project where you fold them for a cause.

Grace Hawthorne is ready to bring it back to life with her Paper Punk building toys. It’s paper-based and the only thing you need is a little imagination.

On the Go Sustainability 

VUE by Issey Miyake

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A few years back, watches used to be the convenient way to tell time. They used to be on everyone’s wrists but a clock seems to be the standard on any electronic device nowadays. So companies have been looking at ways to design watches that have the ‘wow’ factor, in hopes of regaining the public interest again.

The Great Outdoors 

See the Swiss Alps in a Whitepod

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Since there was so much interest with our previous post about Hotel Igloo Village, I thought it would be worthwhile to introduce the Whitepod in Switzerland as an alternate vacation spot for those interested in yet another igloo-like experience (note: their website has ‘winter-y’ sounds to get you into the mood). I was in awe when I saw the photos for this place, and I was having a hard time deciding which to show. Though I slightly prefer sun destinations when it comes to vacation spots, I’m very tempted to check out this place if I ever get the chance to.

DIY 

Inamo Dining is Hip, Trendy and Interactive

During a recent trip to Japan last year, one of our first dining experiences was at a small restaurant which used a touch screen menu system installed against the wall of our booth seating. I must say, although it did not provide images of everything on the menu, it was quite handy to use and useful as a reference point for when we were placing our order in a foreign country especially. So when I recently stumbled upon Inamo, I was excited to see how that trend has since evolved. Inamo has definitely taken interactivity a step further and packaged their E-Table technology into a trendy London restaurant to create the ultimate interactive dining experience.

Community Synergy 

Visionaries: Amy McLaren from Write to Give

I really admire those people who are able to find a way to use their passion to not only satisfy their own internal ambitions but to change the lives of others…forever. As a Wilfrid Laurier University Alumni, I was browsing through our alumni magazine a few months back and came across an organization that sparked my interest. Known as Write to Give (clever play on words no?), this project was started by Amy McLaren of Ontario, Canada who founded World Teacher Aid, a Canadian charity committed to improving education throughout the developing world. Since 2009, Write to Give has since grown to become internationally recognized, and continues to bring students from all over the world together by promoting literacy for a well deserved cause. The organization used funds raised to complete their first school this past May in Kenya!