It’s been a rough week in Kampala.
Victor Margolin Hotels today compete for customers with an escalating array of comforts, offering everything from high-speed Internet to 24-hour in-room massage. Key to their identities as sanctuaries for weary travelers are the luxurious sleeping appointments they provide. Engaged in what have come to be known as “bedding wars,” hotel chains like Starwood, Westin, and […]
Excerpted from THE GREAT TURNING From Empire to Earth Community (pp.225-229) By David C. Korten
Scheduled for Publication by Berrett-Koehler Publishers and Kumarian Press May 2006 and reproduced here with kind permission of both author and publisher.
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David Stairs' African Journal begins
Victor Margolin's private thoughts on Public Space
David Stairs on the connection between design, memes, and altruism.
A report from the DEFSA conference in Port Elizabeth, South Africa
Macy's Comes Through
Jenny McGee's work in El Salvador
Foretelling the future has been professionalized. Once the domain of soothsayers, astrologists, and mountebanks, now, futurology has become the domain of designers and other improvers of humankind.
With all the ink that's been spilled over the AIGA's Design for Democracy project, we thought it would be interesting to hear from someone who really made a difference in electoral politics.
Some new instances of vision, heart, and economy: