January 2015

@lifewinning: The weird thing about power is it's really bad at recognizing itself and will invent endless villains to invent its own powerlessness
>  29 January 2015 | LINK
Be My Eyes: an iPhone app connecting blind people with volunteers to read live video and answer questions.

>  15 January 2015 | LINK | Filed in

In a World...

In September 2014, the National Book Foundation awarded Ursula LeGuin its Medal for Distinguished Contribution to American Letters to recognize a lifetime of literary achievement.

In her acceptance speech LeGuin had this to say about the power of art, change, and envisioning alternatives:

Hard times are coming, when we’ll be wanting the voices of writers who can see alternatives to how we live now, can see through our fear-stricken society and its obsessive technologies to other ways of being, and even imagine real grounds for hope. We’ll need writers who can remember freedom – poets, visionaries – realists of a larger reality.

Right now, we need writers who know the difference between production of a market commodity and the practice of an art. Developing written material to suit sales strategies in order to maximise corporate profit and advertising revenue is not the same thing as responsible book publishing or authorship.…

Books aren’t just commodities; the profit motive is often in conflict with the aims of art. We live in capitalism, its power seems inescapable – but then, so did the divine right of kings. Any human power can be resisted and changed by human beings. Resistance and change often begin in art. Very often in our art, the art of words.

(HT Caterina)

>  15 January 2015 | LINK
@tinysubversions: Startup idea: forsake money to the best of your ability and focus on being empathetic, kind, and creative
>  13 January 2015 | LINK | Filed in

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