Saturday, December 05, 2009

Fashion, Design, Shopping; fishing, farming, and building

PRATIMA PANDEY We are designers! By Pratima Pandey
Thursday, December 3, 2009
Sustainability Fashion- India Emerging as the future
FOOTPRINTS ”Exploring the Relationship between Design and Social Responsibility”
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Pratima Pandey - Sustainability Fashion- India Emerging as the future

Fashion purely survives on boredom. We get bored and then crave for change and newness and freshness. The society today is so fast, so lonely and much to do with individuality. So many educated and uneducated minds who are trying to say something and make a point. And boredom is so commonly becoming common just because we have seen it all, done it all. As research has proved that feeling lonely and being sad has been one of the most important reasons for impulsive buying. Shopping is also used as one of the best stress buster. [...]

Fashion Design does not exist just for image building and ostentation but also has a deeper, all round responsibility towards sustainability, climate change, global poverty, ethical trading etc. It also plays a role in choosing inclusive growth and reconsidering creative design intervention for bridging ethicality and creativity.

There is a strong belief that we can work on “craft” as a social, cultural and economic force, which, despite being marginalized due to urbanisation and industrialization, has enormous strength and potential and also has a vital role to play within the economic mainstream of the country.

Based on the lessons drawn from the Auroville experience the study attempted to draw certain generalized conclusions relevant to the country as a whole. The study is not only relevant in the context of empowering the traditional artisans and craftsmen to utilize their inherited skills and creativity, which is not just for economic survival, but also to raise the level of Indian fashion and design and propagate it at an international level. Posted by Pratima Pandey at 10:17 PM Labels:

Loneliness spreads in social networks
By Elizabeth Landau, CNN December 4, 2009

John Cacioppo, a psychologist at the University of Chicago who has written a book called "Loneliness," teamed up with Christakis and Fowler to study the effect of this phenomenon in social networks. Read more about the book [...]

Loneliness is defined as perceived social isolation, and it's not based on the number of people around you, Cacioppo said. Evolutionarily, it was important for early humans to know how many peers they could count on, work with and survive with, as well as who would betray them, he said. "That's why the quality, not the quantity, of relationships is what's related to whether someone feels isolated or feels satisfied with their relationships," he said.

Sanatana Dharma XXVI—the Four Luminous Powers and the Story of Creation
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Joan Price Re: The Story of Creation--the Bright Persona

According to Marx, what makes us human is that we produce our means of sustenance. We are what we are because of what we do. We meet out basic needs in productive acrtivities such as fishing, farming, and building. Unlike animals governed by instinct, we create ourselves by transforming and manipulating nature. Through production we generate a society that in turn shapes us. [...]

This is what Karl Marx meant when he said, so far "the philosophers have only interpreted the world differently: the point is to change it." These words were a turning point in philosophy. [...] Chapters two and three (The Two Negations) in Sri Aurobindo's THE LIFE DIVINE are excellent examples of why Idealism and Materialism are only partial truths. Joan

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