Children should learn mainly through play until age of eight, says Lego | Education | The Guardian

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***Play Is Essential Series: LEGO and Early Childhood Education***

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           All human development emerges from the interactions among playing, making, and knowing. Play must be central to the development of children. Lego is investing seriously in research on the importance of play in child development through its establishment of a professorship and research center at Cambridge University in the UK. This article from The Guardian is an excellent overview of both the issues and what the Lego Foundation is doing. Pass it on to school boards in your community.

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Source: Children should learn mainly through play until age of eight, says Lego | Education | The Guardian

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This one chart shows how far behind the US lags in healthcare | World Economic Forum

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***Ideas That Matter Series: Healthcare in the US***

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          The World Economic Forum is a valuable source of good information and sound statistics. This chart comparing healthcare in the US to other nations should be a real jolt to Americans. It has never been more important to recognized the right to healthcare and do something serious about it. The featured images are masks made by veterans in an art therapy workshop for those suffering traumatic stress.

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Source: This one chart shows how far behind the US lags in healthcare | World Economic Forum

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The Creative Apothecary Supports Healthcare for Everyone!

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Permaculture Puts Organic Gardening on Autopilot | Homestead Guru

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***Innovations in Sustainable Farming: Permaculture 2***

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          A few days ago I posted an interesting overview of the fundamentals of permaculture, an approach to sustainable farming that goes far beyond just growing organic foods. It is a whole systems approach to small farming and the environment. Today’s post from Homestead Guru offers more on this important set of practices. Thanks to Old Moss Woman’s Secret Garden for the link.

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Source: Permaculture Puts Organic Gardening on Autopilot | Homestead Guru

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The Creative Apothecary Supports Permaculture in Small Farming!

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6 Groundbreaking Community Land Trusts and Housing Co-ops from Around the World – Shareable

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***Transforming Communities Series: Innovations in Community Stability***

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          One of the problems in community development is displacing people who have lived in a place for generations. The community land trust and co-housing are two successful strategies for maintaining and supporting stability in an area. Today’s post from Shareable describes some successful models from around the world. You may find some ideas for your onw community here.

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Source: 6 Groundbreaking Community Land Trusts and Housing Co-ops from Around the World – Shareable

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The Creative Apothecary Celebrate Community-Building Everywhere!

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Quebec’s Vacant Church Buildings Resurrected as Community Spaces – Shareable

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***Transforming Our Communities Series: New Uses for Old Spaces***

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          A few weeks ago I posted articles about the creative transformation of vacant spaces in communities. This story from Quebec demonstrates how re-purposing old building rather than tearing them down can improve life in the community. You may find ideas for your own community here.

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Source: Quebec’s Vacant Church Buildings Resurrected as Community Spaces – Shareable

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The Creative Apothecary Celebrates Innovation in Quebec!

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Art-based therapies as personalised medicine

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***Arts in Health Series: Art Therapies in Personalized Medicine***

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          Cathy Malchiodi is an internationally-respected arts therapist based in Louisville, Kentucky. Today’s post is her presentation at a recent international conference in Singapore. It gives some perspective on the growing integration of the arts into a personalized medicine approach. The featured images are masks created by veterans in an arts therapy workshop.

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The Creative Apothecary Believes in Integrating the Arts into Medicine!

 

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Creating a Self Is a Project That Never Ends | Senior Planet

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***Personal Development Series: The Art of Becoming***

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          Becoming who we are is a lifelong process of creative transformation, subject to the winds and waves of daily life. Senior Planet is a newsletter for the seniors of New York City, but I find it a great resource for all of us. In today’s post Debby Gallant reflects on our lifelong creative endeavor to make ourselves. The featured images are Story People, creations of Brian Andreas.

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Source: Creating a Self Is a Project That Never Ends | Senior Planet

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The Creative Apothecary Celebrates Life as a Palimpsest!

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Museums Offer Intensive Learning Experiences for Teenagers – Non Profit News For Nonprofit Organizations | Nonprofit Quarterly

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***Transforming Education Series: New Visions for Museums***

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          Museums are growing in many new directions: some are offering programs for people with disabilities, including  dementia; others are working with young people across the spectrum of K-12 education. The Institute for Museum and Library Services, a federal organization, published an evaluation of an important in-depth program for teens at three art museums, Room to Rise: Lasting Impact of Intensive Teen Programs in Art Museums. These are among the things we would be losing if the NEA and NEH are destroyed. Thanks to the New York Times and the Nonprofit Quarterly for the story.

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Source: Museums Offer Intensive Learning Experiences for Teenagers – Non Profit News For Nonprofit Organizations | Nonprofit Quarterly

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The Creative Apothecary Celebrates New Programs in Museums!

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HammondCare: Positive Ageing

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***Creative Aging Series: Leadership in Elder Care***

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          HammondCare is a private nonprofit organization in Australia at the leading edge of elder care; it is one of the “Beacons of Hope” in my first “Living Through Creativity” resource guide. Today’s post shows you their Centre for Positive Ageing and the services it offers. Explore the rest of the website and you nay find some good ideas for your own community.

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The Creative Apothecary Celebrates the Work of HammondCare!

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Cooperation Is What Makes Us Human – Issue 1: What Makes You So Special – Nautilus

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***Ideas That Matter Series: The Basics of Being Human***

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         Nautilus is a treasure chest of ideas that make us think a little deeper than usual. Today’s post is essential reading amid the turbulence of the political and social world. Cooperation is not only basic to our being human, it is the bedrock of civil society and our ability to live together. Many of the stories I share on this blog are examples of people working together to make this a better world. The featured images are from the ever-wonderful Buddha Doodles.

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Source: Cooperation Is What Makes Us Human – Issue 1: What Makes You So Special – Nautilus

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The Creative Apothecary Celebrates People Working Together!

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