I was with the architect of the Fuji school last week. It’s round and it’s one of the coolest kindergartens in the world. There’s a TED talk with about 3.4 million views. Very, very cool. Takaharu Tezuka (the architect and TED speaker) gave me a tour of the school and then a tour of his project called the Woods of Net, which an incredible children’s playground. -JH “This is a permanent pavilion for a net artist, Toshiko Horiuchi Macadam. The artist knitted the net entirely by hand, which is designed for children to crawl in, roll around, and jump on the net. It was easy for us to see the artwork being outside even when it cannot be exposed to rain or ultraviolet light. We wanted to design a space as soft as the forest where the boundary between outside and inside disappears.”- from Woods of Net
I am so proud of these girls! This is the type of action I dreamed would happen when Cynthia and I first created Green School. With these words, John Hardy, alongside a government official, opened up a wonderful evening that saw more than 150 people gathered to watch the premier of the first ever TED talk by Green School students. Last September, during TEDGlobal – London, Melati and Isabel moved their audience as they told the story of their ongoing quest to stop the use of plastic bags in Bali. Usually referred to as paradise, the island of the gods has fallen victim to its own beauty and is now facing ecological catastrophe. With millions of visitors flooding the island each year, Bali is now producing 680 cubic meters of plastic garbage every day and is soon becoming, as the girls put it, a lost paradise. Not wanting to be bystanders to the destruction of their homes, the two young activists, inspired by one of their teachers, decided to start a movement they named “Bye Bye …
Hadyn Parry :: Re-engineering mosquitos to fight disease :: TED Talk In a single year, there are 200-300 million cases of malaria and 50-100 million cases of dengue fever worldwide. So: Why haven’t we found a way to effectively kill mosquitos yet? Hadyn Parry presents a fascinating solution: genetically engineering male mosquitos to make them sterile, and releasing the insects into the wild, to cut down on disease-carrying species. Biotech entrepreneur Hadyn Parry leads a science start-up that develops GM insects to fight dengue fever.
Ron Finley plants vegetable gardens in South Central LA — in abandoned lots, traffic medians, along the curbs. Why? For fun, for defiance, for beauty and to offer some alternative to fast food in a community where “the drive-thrus are killing more people than the drive-bys.”
This is Salman’s TEDTalk (below), and you can also learn more here.