“If you ask a lot of kids here where food comes from, they say the grocery store,” says Zoe Burgess, who works with Jones Valley Teaching Farm, an urban farm in downtown Birmingham, Alabama. “Or they say Walmart or Public, which is a big chain in the South.”
Burgess sees this question, and the fact that food doesn’t actually sprout from store shelves, as a perfect opportunity to talk about the complexity of the food system.
The farm hosts programs for kids on-site, and they’ve also recently started visiting schools in Birmingham. Now, they’ve designed a new kit to bring along, which aims to teach kids about each step food takes from the field to a plate or compost bin.
The new Swoosh Art tumblr presents paintings festooned with Nike logos to celebrate the uneasy relationship between art and commerce.
Antonio Zea led the development of one of the most anticipated and visible products for 2014: the Brazuca, the official match ball for next summerâs FIFA World Cup. Join Fast Company senior writer Chuck Salter for a live chat with Zea on Friday, December 13th at noon (ET).
As a way of highlighting the absurd cost of printer ink, Australian artist Celeste Watson has subversively redesigned the packaging of Hewlett Packard printing ink to resemble Chanel No. 5.
Three social media giants have released new features that will change the way you interact with your audience.
Affected by her brother’s near-fatal car accident, artist Diane Meyer explores the concept of memory by cross-stitching photographs.
Kevin Systrom unveils Direct: a simple way to send photos and videos to your friends.
Subscription service Blue Apron helps you get a homemade dinner on the table in a flash. But its bigger creative vision, says chef Matthew Wadiak, is inspiring home cooks to constantly expand their repertoire.
Square, the mobile payments service, has mastered the art of guilt tipping.
Kurt Vonnegut worked at a car dealer after publishing his first novel, and Philip Glass worked as a plumber while crafting his music. So while you may be itching to ditch your 9 to 5, take a lesson from these legendary creatives and pursue your passions while still collecting a pay check.
You would think people might be concerned when they live in societies with big, ugly, entrenched gaps between rich and poor. But those in the United States generally don’t, according to recent survey data from the Pew Research Center.
Don’t confuse caring with awareness: According to another Pew survey from July of 2012, nearly two-thirds of Americans know that income inequality has grown worse over the last decade. But despite having a measure of income inequality three to four times wider than most developed democracies, only 47% of the population thinks it’s a problem.
The key to solving complex problems may be to simplify as much as possible and approach them with a beginner’s mind.
“The hidden Net is no different than the Internet in the early 1990s. The original pioneers using the Internet were criminals and pornographers trying to figure out how to make money with it. And then came everyone else. This is the same situation we’re in now, where early adopters are exploring the hidden networks and figuring out how to make money or just exist within it.”
Andrew Lewman, executive director of the Tor Project
from "Could The Road To The "Dark Web" Be The Right One?," which examines whether browsing below the corporate and governmental radar may start to lose its underworldly taboo as concerns about surveillance grow.
The jewelry, by Aroha Silhouettes, turns the molecular structures of coke, meth, LSD, and more into intricate accessories. I’ll take the overdose necklace, please.