Monday, September 26, 2011

September 27 Curious Devils and Hell

Oved Valadez, David Thorpe and Tom Lakovic are agency Industry. They speak tonight at the Curiosity Club on the topic "A Change In Trade: Why the Linear and Prescriptive Innovation Process is No Longer Relevant in a Digital World." It's their take on innovation and agile design in the product and brand space. You can tune into the free live webcast off the Core77 site or visit the talk and demonstration in person at Hand Eye Supply 23 NW 4th 6PM Free

Journalism is not dead. There is still a school for it at University of Oregon, who are presenting a free film series of documentaries on world events which are often the subject of journalism. The first is Pray the Devil Back to Hell.

The film, an episode of the series Women, War and Peace, traces the ultimately successful work of women to end one of the most brutal postmodern civil wars. In fact, one of them is now president of Liberia.

Spanning almost 15 years, and including neighboring Sierra Leone, Guinea and even the Ivory Coast, the wars were notorious for the involvement of child soldiers and surreal in the extreme. There were many bad actors, including Charles Taylor, now on trial for war crimes in The Hague. Taylor was trained in guerrilla fighting as part of Moammar Gadhafi's effort to export revolution throughout Africa.

Postscript: Principals in the film, peace activist Leymah Gbowee and President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, have won the Nobel Peace Prize October 7, 2011. The film shows on PBS October 18, check your local listings or PBS for streaming.

At the University of Oregon White Stag Building, 70 NW Couch Doors 5:30PM, film 6, discussion after. Free