Urban Prototyping: Magical Pieces of the Future

Living in San Francisco, I’ve come to appreciate and almost expect my fellow residents’ relentless drive for innovative use of urban spaces, to redefine what it means to live and interact with each other. Caused by an acute awareness of the role our wasteful western habits and a lack of imagination have played in creating uninspiring environments, there’s a be-the-change-you-wish-to-see-in the-world DNA in our blood that leads us to embrace alternative ways for sharing space. dig deeper

Liberating Streets: Of bubbles, hobby horses, and tumbling towers

Today Sunday Streets returned to my neighborhood in San Francisco’s Mission District. Sunday Streets is an event organized by the City of San Francisco, MTA, and Livable City that creates a large, temporary, public space by closing off stretches of a neighborhood’s streets to automobile traffic, and opening them to pedestrians, bicyclists, and activities. Or to be more specific, a huge street party for old and young to come out and be human for a dig deeper

What if God is a Mushroom? (A magical mystery fungal photo tour)

by Sven Eberlein On a recent reunion trip to Schroon Lake in Northern New York, my friends and I took a day hike along the northern end of the lake toward Pharaoh Lake. I don’t know if it was just that time of year or if the moist post-hurricane Irene setting had anything to do with it, but within just a few hundred yards from the road we found ourselves in a sea of mushrooms, dig deeper

If Music Ruled the World...

Happy Solstice, everyone! The longest, most sunlight-filled day in the Northern Hemisphere feels like a good occasion to talk about visions. Visions by nature are somewhere in the distance, perhaps reachable, perhaps not. Where we stand right now is the result of past visions, some of them good, some of them bad, much of it in the eye of the beholder. Without vision, however, we stand still. This might be preferable to moving in the dig deeper

Pedal Power to the Music People!

by Sven Eberlein A couple of days ago the 6th annual Bicycle Music Festival, the largest 100% bicycle-powered music festival in the world, took place in San Francisco. Starting at Old Cabin Meadow in Golden Gate Park, the event then went mobile with a Live on Bike performance ride from Golden Gate Park to Potrero Hill, with the night time portion of the event happening at the Showplace Triangle at 16th & Wisconsin. I was dig deeper

Pretty awesome vid of local musicians and actual daily life in Jerusalem. If you like images of war, this is not for you. (hat tip to Brett) The creator of this video says he wandered around Jerusalem, met with musicians, and filmed them. That to me sounds like the perfect recipe to start any kind of peace process… Kutiman -Thru Jerusalem Runtime5:20 View count225,568

Jun 152011

The Fun Theory is a really cool project predicated on the idea that people are more likely to change their behavior if the reward is inspiring and uplifting. Sure, you can threaten and scare people into changing their ways but it’ll be a constant struggle and people will in fact get very creative in resisting and defying you, not even necessarily because they disagree with your message or goal but because nobody likes to be dig deeper

How Hot Soup is Making the Planet Cooler

by Sven Eberlein For the past three months, my daily walk down the street has been seasoned by a small but quite lovely addition to the neighborhood. Whenever I’d cross the street at Valencia and 21st, a friendly, almost fairy-like voice would ring from around the corner, beckoning me with a cherubic “Hello Sir, would you like to try some soup?” While fate conspired for me to have just eaten or be on the way dig deeper

This is a really cool montage of bikes and people who love biking:

USPS Releases Go Green Stamp (An Ode to the Letter)

by Sven Eberlein Last week the US Postal Service released its newest stamp series, Go Green. It’s a series of 16 stamps designed by Eli Noyes, a 68-year old farmers’ market going, veggie growing, composting San Francisco artist and designer. While the word “green” has become a bit of a cliche in recent years and suffered a lot of abuse at the hands of clever marketing slogans cashing in on our collective desire to be dig deeper