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New sculptures at St. Paul's
The current Middle Eastern wars are to an extent a consequence of the First World War and the dismemberment of the Ottoman Empire that followed it. The highly acclaimed artist Gerry Judah, whose latest work hangs in St. Paul's Cathedral in London, reminds us of the present horrors resulting from this century-old conflict.
WW1 Commemorative Sculptures at St. Paul’s Cathedral
Gerry Judah (the artist)
The creation of the sculptures (with video)
Roads are only for cars - or are they. All over the world people are discovering that they too can use the streets for more than just crossing and are campaigning for road justice away from a 'roads are for cars' attitude towards 'roads are for people'. Unfortunately some motorists see a speed limit as something to exceed regardless of the increased danger to others (as well as themselves). Here are some inspiring examples of traffic calming.
For communities. For opening democracy. For getting things changed.
mySociety runs a number of projects designed to give people the power to get things changed. They also work internationally to support partners who deploy their technology in countries around the world.
Alternative businesses and financial institutions
There are other ways of organising businesses other than making them subservient to capital.
The basic ideas concepts of co-operative businesses were started by Robert Owen at New Lanark Mill in 1799. Perhaps the best known co-operative world wide is the Mondragon Co-operative in Spain with nearly 60 years of experience.
Credit Unions are banks which consider people to be worth more than money. The first ones were developed in the Kingdom of Saxony in 1852. Since then they have spread all over the world. It has been shown throughout history that by working together people can achieve far more through co-operation than by individual effort.
Ushahidi which means “testimony” in Swahili was a website that was initially developed to map reports of violence in Kenya after the post-election fallout at the beginning of 2008. Since then it has grown into an international platform
Ushahidi’s mission is the change the way information flows in the world and empower people to make an impact with open source technologies, cross-sector partnerships, and ground-breaking ventures.