Monthly Archives: January 2017

8 incredible innovations helping homeless people around the world

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***People & Organizations With Solutions Series***

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             In the midst of chaos, there are people and organizations developing innovative approaches to helping others. In today’s post Mashable brings us brief introductions to eight innovations that are helping the homeless around the world. Included in the group is one of my favorite Detroit entrepreneurial organizations, the Empowerment Plan. Check these out and see if there are groups in your community implementing innovative approaches to the problem of homelessness in society.

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Source: 8 incredible innovations helping homeless people around the world

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The Creative Apothecary Celebrates Social Entrepreneurs Everywhere!

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From Lemons to Lemonade – Take Magazine

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***Transforming Communities Through The Arts Series***

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            How single artists can help to transform their communities is best understood through the stories of their lives and work. Today’s post from Take Magazine tells the inspiring story of one immigrant artist living in Boston and making it a better place through her art projects and commitment to the healing power of arts. She is a light shining through through the gray mists.

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“Dominican-born artist Silvia Lopez-Chavez is teaching Boston a thing or two about the power of art to transform communities.”

Source: From Lemons to Lemonade – Take Magazine

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The Creative Apothecary Celebrates the Power of Art to Transform Communities!

 

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Ikea flat-pack refugee shelter awarded 2016 Design of the Year | Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building

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          This is the first in a series of posts on people and organizations who have designed and implemented solutions to pressing problems in our society. Adequate temporary housing for refugees has been a growing problem over the last ten years. IKEA’s innovative design for refugee shelters is the winner of the 2016 award for excellence by Beazley Design of the Year. Learn about this important development, a possible solution also for temporary housing after disasters such as hurricanes and floods. Thanks to Inhabitat for this article.housing design, disaster

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“IKEA’s flat-pack refugee shelter, the Better Shelter, has been named the best design of 2016 by the Beazley Design of the Year. Developed in collaboration with the United Nations, the modular,…”

Source: Ikea flat-pack refugee shelter awarded 2016 Design of the Year | Inhabitat – Green Design, Innovation, Architecture, Green Building

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Story People by Brian Andreas

Story People by Brian Andreas

The Creative Apothecary Celebrates Innovative Design at IKEA!

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Favourite Homeschooling Links | Happiness is here

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            One of the most important developments in education over the last 20 years has been the growth of homeschooling in developed countries. It has lessons for traditional education and for families everywhere. Today’s post is from one of my favorite homeschooling resources, Happiness Is Here in Australia. She shares a range of ideas and approaches from across the globe.

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“My all time favourite homeschooling links from around the web…”

Source: Favourite Homeschooling Links | Happiness is here

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The Creative Apothecary Celebrates the Best of Homeschooling Ideas!

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The Davos I know isn’t the one you hear about | World Economic Forum

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          The World Economic Forum is an independent and influential organization based in Geneva. I have been following its development and work for about 10 years. Over this period the organization has grown immensely in its understanding of the needs for major economic and social transformation in society. Today’s post is a very thoughtful essay on these positive changes in WEF by the CEO of Mercy Corps, Neal Keny-Guyer.

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“The World Economic Forum’s annual meeting in Davos concluded at the end of last week, just as a new global vision was inaugurated in the US. The contrast between the two was stark.”

Source: The Davos I know isn’t the one you hear about | World Economic Forum

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The Creative Apothecary Shares the Work of the World Economic Forum!

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Adding the Arts to Elder Care

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            Regular readers of this blog know that I am working on the design for The School of Creative Aging, an organization that will bring ideas, services, and programs to organizations and communities. Next Avenue has a wonderful series on artful aging and today’s post shares the views and ideas from one of their 2016 “influencers in aging.”

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“The arts are a powerful tool to improve the quality of life of older adults…”

Source: Adding the Arts to Elder Care

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The Creative Apothecary Celebrates the Arts in Aging!

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DAI Newsletter #4: Embedding disabled artists in mainstream settings

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***The Arts and Disabilities Series***

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            The British Council shares an important publication for everyone interested in the arts for people with disabilities. Disability Arts International brings information, ideas, and resources to everyone without cost. Today’s post allows you to explore many programs and projects on this topic in its fourth newsletter.

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Source: DAI Newsletter #4: Embedding disabled artists in mainstream settings

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The Creative Apothecary Applauds the Work of the British Council!

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Introducing FosterPort: Resources for Transition Age Foster Youth · Conrad N. Hilton Foundation

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***Transformation & Innovation in Foster Care Series***

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Story People by Brian Andreas

Story People by Brian Andreas

             Finding and implementing new approaches to assist children in foster care is an imperative. I have posted several times about the Treehouse Foundation in Eathampton, Massachusetts, an organization leading the way in transforming the settings where foster children live. Today’s post from the Conrad Hilton Foundation introduces a new resource for helping foster children as they age out of the system and become independent. Kudos to the Hilton foundation for this innovative development!

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“Introducing FosterPort: Website for Transition Age Foster Youth in need of Resources…”

Source: Introducing FosterPort: Resources for Transition Age Foster Youth · Conrad N. Hilton Foundation

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The Creative Apothecary Applauds the Work on Foster Care of the Conrad Hilton Foundation!

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Music Saved My Life: How Arts Therapy Helped a Master Sergeant Recover from the Wounds of War | NEA

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***The Arts in Health and Healthcare Series***

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          Music is medicine is a truism best understood through the stories of those who have experienced its healing power. I am not so slowly realizing that I need to do a separate book on the healing power of music. Today’s post shares the story of one veteran whose life was changed through using music therapy as part of his treatment. Did you know that arts therapy is part of the treatment protocol at Veterans Administration hospitals?

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Source: Music Saved My Life: How Arts Therapy Helped a Master Sergeant Recover from the Wounds of War | NEA

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The Creative Apothecary Celebrates the Healing Power of Music!

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Standing with the National Endowment for the Arts | Psychology Today

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***Supporting the NEA and the Arts in Health Series***

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          This is an important article from Psychology Today by Cathy Malchiodi, a distinguished expressive arts therapist and author. It includes links to many important articles and summaries of research on the arts in health. As the federal government destroys links to much key research, it it critical to save the information for future use.

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“Download these articles on arts and health just in case they disappear.”

Source: Standing with the National Endowment for the Arts | Psychology Today

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The Creative Apothecary Encourages You to Support the National Endowment for the Arts!

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