Fun Friday Staycation in Oakland and Berkeley (Photos)

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I figure I should practice what I preach, so here are some photos from my fun Friday in Berkeley and Oakland with a Move, Play, Reflect, Connect twist. One of the homework assignments this week for the Juicy Blogging e-course I'm teaching is to write an image-rich post.

Favianna Rodriguez: Political Digital Artist and Printmaker

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I think about how hesitant I was to become an artist, because I didn't see role models, and even to this day how hard it is for me sometimes to find peers who are women of color, because of how systematically they are pushed out. I'm an artist and an institution builder.

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Friday Fun Links: Saving Libraries, One Million Bones, Faith in Your Calling, Food Revolution, and a Summer Hair Chop

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Still totally inspired by Save Oakland Library. Yesterday I interviewed artist and social changemaker, Naomi Natale, for the July Big Vision Podcast about her powerful One Million Bones project. A list of some of the people, things, and events that inspired me, or added fun to my week.

Have Fun Do Good Link Love: Echoing Green, Jobs for Change, Julia Cameron and 29 Gifts

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LINK LOVE Bay Area folks, join me November 15th for Jennifer Lee's Right-Brain Business Plan Workshop in Oakland. NEWS This week, Echoing Green partnered with Jobs for Change on a new Be Bold Podcast.

Wandering Down the "Don't Touch" Line

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Engagement with local artists. One of the things we love about exhibiting local artists is that they are often here to talk with visitors about their work. It's not unusual to see an artist showing a visitor how she constructed something or created an effect.

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How Can You Attract New Audiences Without Alienating Your Base?

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As Peter wrote: If someone enjoys Arts Event A because it’s social, informal, energetic, fun, and hip, why should we expect her to also enjoy Arts Event B if B is individual, formal, quiet, serious, and traditional (at least in its presentation, if not artistically)?

4 Free Photo Resources You Can Tap for Social Good

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A startup based in Oakland, California, VSCO allows you to create and add filters to your photos. Here are some of the site's benefits for photographers: As you keep uploading photos, the creators of the website give you access to different platforms to communicate with other artists.

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Foot in the Door: A Powerful Participatory Exhibit

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The rules are clear: anyone who lives in Minnesota and considers her/himself an artist can contribute one piece. The only thing I really wish existed were more personal stories from the artists--I would have loved to see statements and photos of them alongside their works.

Interviews with 69 Changemakers: 6th Anniversary of the Big Vision Podcast

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Organizer, Bakesale for Japan listen Naomi Natale, Founding Artist, One Million Bones listen Halle Butvin, Founder and Director, One Mango Tree listen Carinne Brody, Doctoral Candidate in Public Health at UC Berkeley. Wahoo! Today is the 6th anniversary of the Big Vision Podcast! You can view all of the interviews, and subscribe to the show, on iTunes , or on the Big Vision Podcast's landing page.

Nurturing Inner City Entrepreneurs: Jose Corona of Inner City Advisors

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He was recently named 2009 Young Professional of the Year by the Oakland Metropolitan Chamber of Commerce. Jose Corona: Inner City Advisors is an organization here in Oakland that was founded in 1996 by Professor Michael Porter at Harvard Business School. The hub of it is Oakland.

Ask Britt: How can I combine the creative arts with social impact?

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Our web site serves as an international resource for anyone interested in the healing potential of art, especially environmentalists, social activists, artists, art professionals, health care practitioners, and those challenged by illness.

Ask Britt: How to make a second hand bookstore a positive force for good

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Last week I announced a new weekly feature that I'm trying out on Have Fun * Do Good, Ask Britt , where you send in questions related to career design for artists and activists, and I'll do my best to answer them.

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Interviews with 56 Changemakers: 5th Anniversary of the Big Vision Podcast

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Marisa Handler, Author, Loyal to the Sky: Notes from an Activist Listen Read Cami Walker, Founder, 29-Day Giving Challenge Listen Read Marianne Manilov, National Team Leader, The Engage Network Listen Read Favianna Rodriguez, Political Digital Artist and Printmaker.

We Got Issues: A New Collection of Young Women's Voices

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Last week fifty people squeezed into the Marcus Bookstore in Oakland to hear young women share their stories, their rants, and their issues from a new collection of women's writing, We Got Issues!

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One Million Giraffes (and small "c" collaboration)

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One Million Giraffes is pretty much what it sounds like--a project to collect artistic renderings of one million giraffes. This morning, I gave the keynote address for the Washington Museums Association annual conference. Their theme was “Building Community through Collaboration.”

Ask Britt: How Do You Increase Blog Traffic?

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You can email your question (please keep it to 50 words) about the do-good, or artistic work you are doing, or want to do, to

Balancing People, Profit & Planet: An Interview with Reem Rahim of Numi Tea

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Reem Rahim is the Co-founder and Vice President of Marketing of the Oakland-based green business Numi Tea. My brother and I started Numi about seven years ago, from here in Oakland, California, and we started in my small apartment up the street, near Piedmont Avenue.

Interviews with 48 Changemakers: 4th Anniversary of the Big Vision Podcast

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Marisa Handler, author, Loyal to the Sky: Notes from an Activist Listen Read Cami Walker, Founder, 29-Day Giving Challenge Listen Read Marianne Manilov, National Team Leader, The Engage Network Listen Read Favianna Rodriguez, Political Digital Artist and Printmaker.

Interviews with 38 Social Changemakers: 3rd Anniversary of the Big Vision Pocast

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Scotland Youth Program in West Oakland. February 18, 2009 was the 3rd anniversary of the Big Vision Podcast ! Wahoo! A big thanks to everyone who listens to the program, and reads the interview transcripts here on Have Fun * Do Good.

Have Fun * Do Good iMix

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Proud by Heather Small & Various Artists (from the Queer as Folk soundtrack). Everyone Deserves Music by Michael Franti & Spearhead Yay for Oakland native Michael Franti! I was searching through the iTunes Music Store's iMix section for new running music and thought I'd add my own iMix, so here is my 30 minute Have Fun * Do Good mix.

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Save Your Trash: An Interview with Ari Derfel

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It's interesting, a man from Oakland is doing a documentary on street recyclers, the people who go around and pick up recycling from all of our bins, and that's how they make their living. AD: I originally found a couple of artists that were interested in turning it into a piece of art.

Visitor Voices Book Club: Loving the Love Tapes

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Created by video artist Wendy Clarke, and eventually part of the Exploratorium's collection, the Love Tapes project features visitors of all kinds sharing their personal experiences of love.

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Alli Chagi-Starr, Art in Action/Ella Baker Center, Podcast Interview Transcription

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In addition to being an artist, performer and dancer, Alli is also a writer whose most recent piece can be found in the Code Pink anthology, Stop the Next War Now. Is it about toxins in West Oakland?

How to Make Your Big Vision Real: Jennifer Lee of Artizen Coaching

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Jennifer is a certified coach, artist and yogini based in Oakland, California. I know you particularly work with entrepreneurs and artists, yes? I am an artistic, creative person.

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Solutionary Women: Alli Chagi-Starr, Ilyse Hogue, Melinda Kramer and Reem Rahim

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Does anyone in the room identify as an artist, by any chance? I just want to dispel the myth that we are not activists and that we are not artists. And as Britt said, I also am the Art and Media Director at the Ella Baker Center for Human Rights , which is based out of Oakland.

Community Funded Reporting: Interview with David Cohn of

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An example that I really want to try eventually on, and hope to try with Oakland Local, a site that's starting up, and and a couple of others, is if we can get (I'm making these numbers up) 10 bloggers in 10 different neighborhoods in the East Bay to agree to try what's called a "Bucket Brigade" where they trap some air locally, and then test it to see what the air quality is. "You cannot run a community if you're not informed.

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