Piccard 2013: Pioneering Spirit
Leaders & People / Science

Piccard 2013: Pioneering Spirit

Bertrand Piccard is embarking on his most challenging quest yet to push the edges of aviation technology while exploring the nature of the pioneering spirit. Icarus, DaVinci, the Wright brothers, Amelia Earhart, Beryl Markam, Neil Armstrong are all monumental figures in the human quest to fly. Now Piccard, doctor, psychiatrist and aeronaut and co-pilot Andre Borschberg, engineer … Continue reading

Magic of Art with Paige Dansinger
Art / Innovation

Magic of Art with Paige Dansinger

A simple Twitter message arrived from Elizabeth Rynecki on a Tuesday evening at 6:26 p.m., far too busy to really explore, and, I clicked anyway.

It read:

“Love the ideas behind @museumpaige work. @keridouglas I think you’d like this! soovac.org/index.php/show…

My curiosity was ignited. I opened the link for the gallery show announcement, Harmony in Red_Paige Dansinger at SooLOCAL, August 16 – September 15, 2013 in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Paige Dansinger, is an artist, art historian, museum and tech genius who co-developed the DrawArt.MuseumPaige.com app.

A bold, red, curvacious odalisque reclining with an energy and power of sensuality with a sense of daring.
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Escape to the Magical Le Pereyrol Estate, Cevennes, Southern France
Cultural Heritage / Travel / Yoga

Escape to the Magical Le Pereyrol Estate, Cevennes, Southern France

Escape to the heart of Cevennes, southern France for a mini-retreat to restore, refresh the spirit at the newly opened Le Pereyrol Estate. As though a magical veil is lifted – the proprietors Angelique and Dominique of Le Pereyrol Estate invite quests to experience the tranquility, gourmet meals, luxury spa services and nature trails, castles and enchanting legends. Continue reading

Athena Rises: Social Media & the Campaign to Reunify the Parthenon Sculptures
Antiquity / Art / Cultural Heritage / Greece / Innovation

Athena Rises: Social Media & the Campaign to Reunify the Parthenon Sculptures

The Acropolis invokes the power of Athena, the goddess of war, wisdom, law and justice, science and art. A monument that universally represents cultural heritage and democracy. At it’s most vulnerable moment and on a scale never before seen, the temples of the Acropolis experienced shocking destruction and brazen theft, casting a shadow that waits to be lifted when justice is delivered.

Yet, perhaps, with patience, calculations and tactics that would even make Sun Tzu blush and bow in honor, the warrior spirit of Athena rises again. This time, Athena wields a just swift sword in the form of social media. Continue reading

Santo Spada: Maestro of Couture, Beauty, Elegance and Sensuality
Art / Innovation / International / Leaders & People / Paris

Santo Spada: Maestro of Couture, Beauty, Elegance and Sensuality

Santo Spada, a maestro of couture, magically transforms women into their own presence of beauty, elegance and sensuality. With the senses engaged, Spada illuminates the delicate relationship between the contours of a woman and the energy of her movements highlighted by silks and cashmere. His masterpieces are now in two collections with cascading sheers hiding or revealing the curve of the small of the back, a thigh as though gently allowing the beautiful spirit to emerge on her own terms, her own way, her own style.

Spada engages the ethereal and the physical through his haute couture in an enticing dance for the eyes, a metamorphosis of the sensual language of the feminine spirit.
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“Touch Me” says ThingLink to All Facebook Users
Innovation / Leaders & People / News/Media

“Touch Me” says ThingLink to All Facebook Users

ThingLink goes global today giving access to the next frontier of social media engagement to all users on Facebook. Kiss goodbye those static images with superficial messages imposed. Be curious, hover over the images, ‘touch’ them and experience the spontaneity of learning through curated links. The next generation of web social engagement has arrived for … Continue reading

Ingenuity: Cards to Protect Cultural Heritage in War, Conflict & Galleries
Antiquity / Art / Innovation / International / Leaders & People

Ingenuity: Cards to Protect Cultural Heritage in War, Conflict & Galleries

One of the many paradoxes of war is destruction with simultaneous protection of civilians and cultural heritage. We know the political figures and weapons of war and see photographs in the press of anonymous bloody lifeless corpses twisted in the wreckage of urban settings. How can one possibly think of cultural heritage with so much human suffering. Yet, cultural monuments are targeted, pillaged, looted, destroyed all too often.

Cultural heritage is for the survivors, the future, world knowledge and ultimately, a record of human accomplishments.

World Heritage Day is April 18th. What will you do to help protect cultural heritage? Continue reading