Today’s Thing A Day is for lovers of worldly things and wanderluster types. Here’s a preview of a few of the items that will be going into my new online store. MAPPED CESSORIES is a collection of objects and inspiration I gathered while traveling and brainstorming back home in New York. Most of the items in the store will be a one-of-a-kind vintage find or hand-made good.
For anyone who read my last post, you’ll know that I spent much of the weekend at the NYC Famine Hackathon. The premise was to gather twenty-five creatives, developers and marketers in one room with the goal to come up with fundraising ideas for the famine in East Africa.
We split into five groups but every group faced the same challenge: how do you make people to care about an issue we are so far removed from in our daily lives? Why should people donate to a famine in Africa when we can’t even get our heads wrapped around a recession and war at home?
The concept that my group and I finally came up was based on the stark fact that one child dies every six minutes from starvation in East Africa.
Stop and let that soak in.
In the time that it takes to watch an episode of Glee, 5 children will have passed away from an issue that is completely preventable with the all modern conveniences of today’s world.
Check out our project #oneeverysix, as well all the other ideas from this weekend here. Many of the projects are still being completed with the help of developers but bookmark the site and check back often. Because one in six is a probability too high to ignore.
This weekend is going to be slightly different. I’m leaving the fancy shoes at home, putting the nerd glasses on and having a sexy date with my Macbook Pro. So the ONLY difference is that this weekend will be with a roomful of designers, marketers and developers (aka hackathon). The idea is to come up with some amazing projects between Friday and Sunday to raise money for the famine in East Africa. Pretty cool :D
So if you’d like to jump in with your ideas or just contribute some dollars to the cause check this out:
Check back next week for some new and of course, awesome posts :D
More travel posts in the works. But in the meantime, I just wanted to make a quick announcement about Mapped, my new online accessory store to come:)
Mapped is the child of my two loves: travel and design. No matter what country you visit or how different cultures are, people find a way to craft objects that channel their sense of beauty.
Every item in my store is something I either found while traveling or the result of inspiration that I collected on the way. Check back soon for interesting stuff to come;) Now back to your daily reading.