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factory workers

by gailiute


Though this video is related with urbanism in really really remote way, I found it very interesting to watch.

In the ongoing debate about globalization, what’s been missing is the voices of workers — the millions of people who migrate to factories in China and other emerging countries to make goods sold all over the world. Reporter Leslie T. Chang sought out women who work in one of China’s booming megacities, and tells their stories.


This quotation breaks my prejudice that I had about these workers:

“Chinese workers are not forced into factories because of our insatiable desire for iPods. They choose to leave their homes in order to earn money, to learn new skills and to see the world.”


A novel idea for cleaning up oil spills

by gailiute

When TED Senior Fellow Cesar Harada heard about the devastating effects of the BP Oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico in 2010, he quit his dream job and moved to New Orleans to develop a more efficient way to soak up the oil. He designed a highly maneuverable, flexible boat capable of cleaning large tracts quickly. But rather than turn a profit, he has opted to open-source the design.



A speech by the mayor of Rio de Janeiro

by gailiute

A speech given on Ted talk by the  mayor of Rio de Janeiro city. He shares four big ideas about leading Rio — and all cities — into the future, including bold (and do-able) infrastructure upgrades and how to make a city “smarter”.  The talk is quite an inspiring one, however recent comments suggests that the images shown during the speech are far from reality and that the mayor is a bit of a fraud or even a criminal.

Then I wonder: if it helps the city to boost, perhaps a “criminal” mayor is better than the legally “correct” one?


Ron Eglash on African fractals

by vytasvulgaris


Thanks justina, for posting 3 great pieces of documentary.

Following the amazing latest BBC documentaries hosted by Marcus du Sautoy, here some more  insights on the numbers and patterns and culture  from Ron Eglash, at TED, 2007. “Ron Eglash is an ethno-mathematician: he studies the way math and cultures intersect. He has shown that many aspects of African design — in architecture, art, even hair braiding — are based on perfect fractal patterns” (http://www.ted.com/speakers/ron_eglash.html).

Why SOPA is a bad idea: Clay Shirky on TED.com

by vytasvulgaris

Just one more of the convincing talks to elaborate on the copyright topic

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