Peter Durand

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Polish Pilgrimage Sketchbook: 1993-95

In Journal on August 20, 2010 at 6:12 pm

TED Blog | Pakistan floods bring out TED Fellows community

In Journal on August 20, 2010 at 6:34 am

Upwards of 20 million people are suffering from the massive flooding in Pakistan, according to the United Nations — more than the number affected by the 2004 Indian Ocean tsunami, the 2005 Kashmir earthquake, and the 2010 Haiti earthquake combined. Following record-breaking monsoon rains, at least 1,600 people have been killed, an estimated 72,400 homes have been destroyed, and crops from some 1.6 million acres of land have been ruined.

The international community’s tepid response to Pakistan’s worst natural disaster in history has not quelled efforts by Pakistani citizens — including several TED Fellows — to help people affected by the flooding. Faisal Chohan has built as a platform for reporting and mapping incidents, directing relief to areas that need it most. Other Fellows are also using their specific expertise to provide support to suffering people.

With over 20 million people affected by the floods, Faisal’s is expected to be the biggest usage yet of the crowdsourcing tool Ushahidi. The platform collects eyewitness accounts of flood-related incidents via SMS, email and the web. It then verifies them for accuracy and plots the data points on a map, providing up-to-date information to aid workers — an invaluable service when conventional media outlets and communication lines are down.

ABOVE: homepage

To contribute to accurate mapping of the crisis, people can text their eyewitness accounts of the flood to 3441 with the location of the incident. The message should begin “FL,” followed by a space and then the observation.’s August 2010 Trend Briefing covering “INNOVATION INSANITY”

In Journal on August 17, 2010 at 9:45 am

August 2010 – Each year, around this time, we take a look at the most promising ‘on trend’ innovations, as spotted by our sister company Springwise. No surprise, that with the entire world now battling it out in the consumer arena, the amount of talent, of creativity, of innovations, is staggering. Welcome to INNOVATION INSANITY ; -)

(thanks BeDo!)

Transparency: Does Commuting By Car Make You Fat? – Transparency – GOOD

In Journal on August 14, 2010 at 3:36 pm

It’s a simple equation: Exercise more and lose weight. Still, many people spend most of their time either behind a desk or driving to or from where that desk is located. A few states buck that trend with large cities that allow for more walking, biking, and commuting via public transportation, but are their citizens any more fit? This is a look at how people get to work in various states, alongside those states’ obesity rates.

SOURCE Trust for America’s Health; U.S. Census. Via Streetsblog.

A collaboration between GOOD and Hyperakt.

The 99 Percent: The Top 5 Qualities of Productive Creatives (And How to Identify Them!)

In Journal on August 8, 2010 at 7:37 pm

“A recent BusinessWeek article reported that, “According to a new survey of 1,500 chief executives conducted by IBM’s Institute for Business Value (IBM), CEOs identify ‘creativity’ as the most important leadership competency for the successful enterprise of the future.” While the study’s results will come as no surprise to hard-working creative professionals, they do raise an important question: How do we identify – and hire for – the qualities that add up to creativity?”

Liveblogging from International Forum of Visual Practitioners 15th Annual Conference

In Journal on August 6, 2010 at 9:49 am

Armed with a spanking new Kodak Zi8 video camera (thanks CoBrandit!) I have had a blast being both participant and videoblogger for this tribal gathering of scribes.

Check out the results on!

The Workshop that Launched a Thousand Scribes

In Journal on August 5, 2010 at 12:06 pm

David Sibbet’s mailer and workbook for the 1980 workshop on Group Graphics.

Posted via email from The Center for Graphic Facilitation

Rachel Smith on Visual Recording on the iPad

In Journal on August 3, 2010 at 12:22 pm

This is a really nice, soothing and simple explanation of visual facilitation and the use of the iPad as an emerging tool for graphic facilitation.

Rachel Smith covers her usage of key apps: Adobe Ideas, Qrayon’s AirSketchBrushes by Taptrix, and Autodesk SketchbookPro.

Includes a nice "plus, delta" list of pros and cons for each. Rachel works for for the New Media Consortium and lives in Northern California.

Check out her blog, Ninmah Meets World.

Gabriel Campanario, The Seattle Sketcher

In Journal on August 1, 2010 at 7:28 pm

Spanish journalist capturing the city in his moleskin. Cheesy news report, great drawings!