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TEDx Kumaun: A Design Researcher's Point of View

On December 12 & 13 I joined a group of 10 speakers and 40 participants for the TEDx Kumaun conference. We met in a remote Himalayan village to discuss and share knowledge on the major social issues facing India today. The event was organized by CHIRAG (Central Himalayan Rural Action Group) and hosted at the Himalayan Village Sonapani. For a foreigner trying to absorb as much as I can about India, it was a crash course in politics and social programs. The conference focused on the tension between India's economic growth and the enormity of its problems relating to poverty, poor healthcare, low quality education, lack of food, pollution and rampant corruption.

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Design + Politics

DRS in Montreal

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Lawrence Lessig at SXSW, Talking Politics and Culture

I’ve never heard Lawrence Lessig speak, but I’ve enjoyed his blog and his public thoughts for a while. I don’t necessarily agree with everything he says, but damn, does he have a way of saying it. His presentation at SXSW today was passionate and inspiring, and certainly thought-provoking.

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Debatable Déjà Vu

Holy hoodwink Batman! Who IS behind that mask? In this clip from the classic 1966-68 series, Batman, Penguin is trying every transparent trick in the book to deceive voters, and make them see the "real" man (a terrorist!) behind the mask of the caped crusader as they debate on television. Are you having déjà vu too?