How 50 music teachers are creating 5,000 musician-citizens across the US, thanks to a TED Prize wish
Love everything about this
Originally posted on TED Blog:
On a drizzly spring day in Boston last week, three dozen musicians mingled in the President’s Library of the New England Conservatory (NEC), one of the most prestigious music institutions in the country. The weather did not dampen the infectious enthusiasm in the room. After all, 10 of these musicians were about to mark a milestone: graduation from the competitive Sistema Fellows Program, an initiative born out of El Sistema and made a reality by the TED Prize.
El Sistema is a network of youth orchestras founded by pianist and conductor Jose Antonio Abreu in 1975. Officially called the “National System of Youth and Children Symphony Orchestras of Venezuela,” El Sistema (“the system”) teaches orchestral instruments to…
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Smart thoughts by Hunter Walk here.
Originally posted on Hunter Walk:
I blog about Twitter almost as much as I tweet because it’s a product, a company and a team that I’m fond of (and in one case, very very fond). Also, their strengths and weaknesses remind me so much of YouTube – expression and communications platform with worldwide base and wide variety of uses, where 99% of content is uninteresting to a given user but their 1% is gold. And most everyone’s 1% is different.
Over the last few months it’s become more fashionable to think of Twitter’s future as one around content – both consumption of and discussion around. If indeed this is true north for casual user growth, there are two opportunities I’d want them to move faster to solve.
1) Twitter Cards: Show Preview for All Content Links
Nothing frustrates casual users like inconsistent experiences. What happens today when I click on a tweet which has a web…
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My friend @micdaugherty designed some killer @SyracuseU Men’s Varsity Hockey jersey concepts
Originally posted on Design M.D.:
Well, not so fast…
At the ripe age of three my parents hauled our family off to the sunshine state. We played sports/outdoors year round, just not of the ice-winter variety. My earliest impressions or interest in hockey were of a NERF nature. The early ‘90s were watershed years for Disney’s The Mighty Ducks; below – Christmas ‘92 or 93 (notice the Milk Jug hockey masks and various extensions my sibling, cousins and I sourced for hockey sticks).
In Florida there were no shortage of friends from Michigan ex-pats, so hockey happened. It was of the rollerblade and street nature, played with a ball and MacGyver’d goals/boards. We made do and used our imagination.
As I won’t be fulfilling an on-ice career, my passion and efforts for a connection/involvement with the sport has to manifest itself in other ways.
In Syracuse I was…
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New York Fashion Week has taken center stage in recent years as a way to give fashion and luxury brands a chance to shine around hundreds of events throughout New York City in February.
This year, Instagram was at the center of the runway with marketers giving their audiences exclusive access to your average Jane through photos and 15 second video clips.
Social Curation and Analytics company Curalate used their technology to measure data from NYFW related hashtags on Twitter and Instagram and discovered that nearly 100,000 New York Fashion Week related photos were shared by more than 33,000 unique Instagram users.
Read more on Social Fresh.