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    Arts

    "La Reunión" is...um... awesome

    Nov. 10, 2014, 10:22 a.m., Posted by laflor

    Suddenly, I'm jerked back to life and I'm out of my funk. It's like witnessing the first night launch of the space shuttle as a child. As it ascends like a reverse meteor headed for the blackened sky, everyone around you is crying and you don't know why, but your...

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    Arts

    Georgia Gives Day 2014 event benefits statewide nonprofits

    Nov. 10, 2014, 9:47 a.m., Posted by ylatimore

    Georgia Gives Day - November 13, 2014. There's a popular trend of giving that has swept across the country in many communities. A lot of us have a vested interest in our favorite nonprofit organizations. However, when competitive incentives are involved, it encourages us to engage...

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    Communities

    In the making: A Miami revolution

    Nov. 10, 2014, 9:45 a.m., Posted by Jenna Buehler


    More than 3,000 participants experienced first hand the the city’s latest and greatest “maker” inventions at the second annual Miami Mini Maker Faire Saturday. Photo by Jenna Buehler.

    Crowds lined 26th Street in Wynwood, craning their necks to see cutting-edge technology at high-demand booths. Attendees were able to 3-D print copies of themselves at The LAB Miami, and move a robotic hand by using the static electricity generated by their own thoughts.

    Of the more than 90 exhibitors at the event, many of the featured workshop hosts were relatively new to Miami’s “maker” scene. Founders of Design Thinking Miami, Mariana Rego and Jessica Do, kicked off the faire with a workshop on what it means to solve problems by “thinking design,” thinking about the needs of people first and using empathy to solve problems.  Do moved to Miami from New York just recently, and says that she and Rego, a Miami native, are motivated by the momentum they experienced at Tech Weekend last month and, again, at the faire.

    “The maker concept is new to Miami, but Miami itself is a city where everywhere you look there is an artist, technologist and innovator,” Do said. “Design thinking isn’t out of reach here, and this is just the beginning of what we’ll see from the maker community here.”

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