Archive for February, 2011

藝術可以改變世界 Art Can Change the World

February 24, 2011

藝術可以改變世界 Art Can Change the World

法國藝術家JR獲得今年TED Prize: http://blog.ted.com/2010/10/20/meet-jr/。 

JR將大型照片放在意想不到的公共空間,用真實的面孔切入社會問題。例如:

* 《Face2Face》讓在衝突中的以色列和巴勒斯坦人,

看到對方淘氣的鬼面﹣﹣還有,原來大家長得這麼相像。(http://www.face2faceproject.com/)
* 《Women Are Heroes》將在暴力和壓抑底下,堅強地渡過每一天的女性的面容放大,在生活不容易的地方,提醒人看看有力量的生命。 (http://www.womenareheroes.be/

十九世紀,法國知識分子開始用“前衛”這個字形容藝術,指的不是“莫名奇妙”,而是藝術家對社會的觸覺及願景,可以帶領我們走向一個更好的未來。

The TED Prize this year goes to French artist JR: http://blog.ted.com/2010/10/20/meet-jr/.

JR puts up large-scale portraits in unexpected places and confronts the public with social issues as they see these huge faces. For example:
* Face2Face showed Israelis and Palestinians each other’s funny faces. The feuding brothers laughed and realized they actually looked alike. (http://www.face2faceproject.com/)

* Women Are Heroes blew up pictures of enduring women living under violence and repression, and celebrates the strength of these women in places where life is tough. (http://www.womenareheroes.be/

French intellectuals started to use the word “avant-garde” for art in the 19th century. The word doesn’t mean artsy-fartsy. It is a belief: artists, with their sensitivity, vision and ability to move, can lead us to a better future.

Stephanie

立人鄉村圖書館

February 23, 2011

曾經看過一些文章,說農村的孩子從某種角度來說不喜歡市面上名目繁多的支教活動,那些大學志願者們來了又走了,產生的影響和改變都只是暫時的,只有那些孩子們仍留在原地。

所以我很喜歡“立人鄉村圖書館”這個概念。有一群人願意慢慢來,入駐當地,建立圖書館,搞教育活動,真正花時間在這些最需要資訊和知識的孩子身上。

什麽是立人圖書館?

“立人乡村图书馆(China Rural Library)是一个民间教育公益组织,在中国选择一些县级地区,在当地各界朋友的主动努力和配合下,逐步建立覆盖全县的公益图书馆网络,并以此为基础开展系列教育、文化活动,从而实现拓宽本地文化视野,更新本地精神生活的长期追求。”

關於立人鄉村圖書館的詳細介紹可以在他們的網站http://www.xctsg.org/ 上找到,我就不在這裡一一熬述,不過我很想分享幾點:

“每开一个分馆,至少要派驻一名专职管理员长期住在当地,主持图书馆日常事务,并基于当地实际情况为青少年开发各种“立人选修课”。”

有圖書館這樣一個基地,有專職管理員長駐,就可以保證項目持續發展,如果有人事變動,也可以交接給下一任。

“独立运作,合作为辅,不附属于学校等当地机构,与学校之间有合作也有差异。”

中國教育體制的問題眾所周知,所以能夠獨立於學校等當地機構就可以擺脫體制的束縛,從民間出發,做一些不一樣但可能真正有用的教育。

“立人是一项教育行动,也是一项文化行动。它是一个长期工作——不是三五年,而是三五十年。最终将汇入本地文化,成为一个文化基础设施。”

還是持續性的問題。教育是收效最慢的投資,所以更加需要用心慢慢做。

中東和北非正在轟轟烈烈地鬧著革命,推倒了獨裁者後的問題就是建立新政權和新制度,這不是一朝一夕的事情,同時也是需要很多基礎的。願望也好,祝福也好,我希望“立人鄉村圖書館”真的能夠幫到那些生活在中國最底層的孩子們, 也希望從中能生出一股春風。

Chloe

Giving the most tangible gift ever

February 22, 2011

Do you have the experience of receiving a useless gift?
Yes, we own too much stuff and we often receive things which remain unused at home. Preventing not to create this trouble to my friends, I brought my friends to Dialogue in the Dark last Sunday.

In the absolute darkness, we run into each other. We encountered our fear together (it is really terrifying to me that there may be some birds above our heads), we laughed so loudly and we all had a very good time! I guess this is what we want to bring to our dear friends!

http://www.dialogue-in-the-dark.hk/

Sumyi

麵粉的可能

February 21, 2011

今期主題是社會創新,但原來創新並不等於科技發展或前所未有的東西。上星期六,我們幾個到馬寶寶社區農場參加麵粉工作坊,重新認識這構成我們主要食糧的原材料。

你知道嗎?小麥去除胚芽後,維他命流失,白麵粉的主要成份只餘下澱粉質和蛋白質。因此,美國法例規定在白麵粉當中要加入維他命以作補充。我們以為白,以為精細就是好,但原來背後卻隱藏著這樣反智的原因。

短短幾個小時,我們做了麵包、麵條()、餃子皮和印度薄餅。質素當然沒有在外買的鬆軟美味,但卻不知不覺身體暖和起來,好像做了一場運動。

有關馬寶寶社區農場和馬屎埔村,請看:

http://mapopo.wordpress.com/

心怡

Bill Strickland-Poor people deserve…

February 16, 2011

(bilingual tells two different stories 雙語各自表述)

Bill Strickland-Poor people deserve…

http://www.ted.com/talks/bill_strickland_makes_change_with_a_slide_show.html

這個TED talk是由內地“癮君子”級的TED粉絲Tony Yet推薦

他說“很久後再看,依然震撼”

 

看後果然不凡,有幾個點很有趣

1.看他如何 令“窮人”的緊閉心靈開放

2. 前web 2.0世界的“here comes everyone 未來是濕的”的非網絡版

3. 音樂帶來的幸福感

 

This is one of the best TED stories I’ve ever heard. The speaker is Bill Strickland – “Make change with a slide show”

http://www.ted.com/talks/bill_strickland_makes_change_with_a_slide_show.html

Strickland founded Manchester Bidwell, a world-class institute in his native Pittsburgh devoted to vocational instruction in partnership with big business — and, almost incidentally, home to a Grammy-winning record label and a world-class jazz performance series. Yet its emphasis on the arts is no accident, as it embodies Strickland’s conviction that an atmosphere of high culture and respect will energize even the most troubled students.

Quote: “troubled students and poor mothers deserve a fountain, the world-class & professional education, high culture atmosphere and decent food in their life… in this kind of word, that can redeem the soul of poor people. ”

Also he showed a high level of “stickiness” in pre-web 2.0 world.

 

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日行MaD 事 A MaD thing a day

February 16, 2011

MaD Team 決定由今天開始,和大家分享我們的每天學習。 今天看到這篇文章:

http://www.economist.com/node/17899572?story_id=17899572

一個外國人,在遙遠的西藏,拯救千多年之前的文學。
遙遠的故事裡載著的是對文化保存的信念、對文化滅絕溫柔極積的抗衡。
還有,行動。

在擠逼的地鐵看著過期雜誌,很感動。
我希望那個聽著iPod的年青人,會留意到他前面站著一個滿頭白髮老人家,然後站起來禮貌的讓座。

The MaD Team decides to share our daily learning with all MaDees. Came across this article today:

http://www.economist.com/node/17899572?story_id=17899572

A foreigner saved thousand-year old books in distant Tibet.
A story about the commitment to preserving heritage against the odds of a cultural genocide.
And a story of ACTION.

Reading this in the rush-hour train, I was very moved.
I hoped that young man on iPod would see the old lady right in front of him and offer his seat.

Stephanie
MaD Curator