MY LACER/ACTIONS ON SHOW AT “PARALLAX AF” IN LONDON

They are on show at “Parallax AF” at La Galleria, Royal Opera Arcade, Pall Mall (October 14,15,16, ’11). Exhibition conceived and curated by the art historian Dr Chris Barlow.

 My “lacer/actions” artworks will be on show in London, at “Parallax AF” (Wall 12, La Galleria, Royal Opera Arcade, Pall Mall) from 14 to 16 October, 2011). The exhibition ‘s curator, the art historian dr. Chris Barlow, selected three works:

  •  “Nine Eleven, New York 2001, Victims & Martyrs, The Blood Tracks #2”, Canvas, 47×70, 2011
  • As running fast water…”, Canvas, 62×42, 2010
  • I don’t like to stand still”, Canvas, 62×42, 2010
  • I think that they may represent and show something about my research about the incredible world of “street signs”: the mysterious dimension of torn posters. I’ve collected more than 30.000 images. The three ones I present at “Parallax” are only a small indication about my art, that people like to call “psycho-artworks” or images that seem to come from Nowhere… During the show – private view included – I’ll be very glad to meet people and tell them something about my art.

ABOUT PARALLAX AF

http://www.barlowfinedrawings.com/robertoalborghetti.html

Parallax AF is the first art fair of its kind to use new theories from art history in its approach. It showcases established and emerging international contemporary artists.

Parallax AF grew out of an international exhibition that was conceived and curated by the art historian Dr Chris Barlow. It is different from other artists fairs in that it is like a specialised exhibition. It is a serious platform for international and national artists to present their work to national and international dealers, art industry people, collectors, critics and buyers in an exhibition format underpinned with critical theory.

This also provides artists with the benefit, if they wish, to present non-commercial work, or to try out new commercial ideas, without high overhead risks often associated with other fairs.

Parallax AF held in a professional gallery space in central London. The shows are curated by a professional guest curator, having the feel of an organised exhibition, and catalogue essays are written by academics. Parallax AF aims to provide a key service in helping artists to promote and sell their work, as well as providing a platform for developing their careers and practice.

 It is loosely divided into two exhibition showcases presenting abstraction/conceptual and figurative/conceptual art. The Parallax AF takes place at La Galleria, Royal Opera Arcade, Pall Mall and is curated by Dr Chris Barlow.

Abstract/conceptual show: 14th – 16th October (Friday-Saturday 10am-6pm, Sunday 10am-5pm)

Figurative/conceptual show: 21st – 23rd October (Friday-Saturday 10am-6pm, Sunday 10am-5pm)

 VENUE

La Galleria is the most prestigious contemporary art space in central London and well known in the St. James’s and Mayfair arts and fashion business communities for hosting important cultural events. It is situated in the Royal Opera Arcade on Pall Mall and is opposite the Institute of Directors and Athenaeum Club. It is two minutes from the National Gallery and Trafalgar Square. The nearest tube stations are Charing Cross or Piccadilly.

 DATES

Thursday 13th October: 10 am – 7pm (“private view” no. 1, 7pm – 9pm)

Friday 14th October: 10am – 6pm, open to public

Saturday 15th October: 10am – 6pm, open to the public (“private view” no 2, 7pm – 9pm)

Sunday 16th October: 10am – 5pm, open to the public

 TICKETS

There is no door charge and entry is free for the public.

LACER/ACTIONS :  MORE AT…

http://robertoalborghetti.wordress.com/

http://assets2.artslant.com/global/artists/show/134694-roberto-alborghetti

www.youtube.com/user/lacerazioni

  www.myspace.com/lacer-azioni

http://it-it.facebook.com/people/Roberto-Alborghetti-Lacer-azioni

 LE MIE “LACER/AZIONI” NEL CUORE DI LONDRA

Le mie “lacer/azioni” saranno in mostra a Londra, alla “Parallax AF” (“La Galleria, Royal Opera Arcade, Pall Mall) dal 14 al 16 ottobre 2011. Il curatore dell’evento, lo storico dell’arte dr. Chris Barlow, ha selezionato tre opere:

  •  “Nine Eleven, New York 2001, Victims & Martyrs, The Blood Tracks #2” (Undici Settembre, New York 2001, Vittime & Martiri, Le Tracce del Sangue #2, Tela, 47×70, 2011)
  • As running fast water…” (“Come acqua che corre veloce…”, Tela, 62×42, 2010
  • I don’t like to stand still” (“Non mi piace stare fermo”, Tela, 62×42, 2010

Penso che questi artworks possano raprresentare e mostrare qualcosa della mia ricerca nell’incredibile mondo dei “segni di strada”: la misteriosa dimensione dei manifesti strappati. Ho finora collezionato più di 30.000 immagini. Le tre che presento alla “Parallax” sono solo un piccolissimo indizio della mia attività nel campo dell’arte visuale, che la gente già chiama “psico-immagini” o scene che sembrano arrivare da Nessunposto… Durante la mostra sarò lieto di incontrare il pubblico per uno scambio di idee sulla mia attività artistica.

A PROPOSITO DI “PARALLAX AF”…

http://www.barlowfinedrawings.com/robertoalborghetti.html

Parallax AF è nata da una mostra internazionale chiamata “Parallax” che fu concepita e allestita dallo storico dell’arte Dr Chris Barlow. Parallax AF è la prima fiera dell’arte ad usare nuove tecniche d’approccio all’espressione artistica. Le sue “vetrine” annuali consentono agli artisti internazionali di emergere, offrendo una grande visibilità.

Parallax AF è diversa dalle altre mostre perchè è specializzata: è una vera e propria piattaforma per gli artisti nazionali ed internazionali che permette loro di presentare i propri lavori ai galleristi nazionali ed internazionali, agli industriali, ai collezionisti, ai critici e ai compratori. La mostra offre agli artisti il vantaggio di presentare opere non commerciali o di provare nuove idee senza rischi globali che spesso si verificano durante analoghe manifestazioni.

Parallax AF è situata in una galleria professionale nel centro di Londra: le mostre sono curate da un sovrintendente professionista in grado di realizzare eventi ben organizzati, con saggi su cataloghi redatti da accademici. Lo scopo di Parallax AF é quello di fornire un servizio per aiutare gli artisti a promuovere e vendere le loro opere e provvedere ad uno spazio per sviluppare la loro pratica e la loro carriera.

Parallax è divisa in due mostre-evento dedicate rispettivamente all’arte astratta/concettuale (dal 14 al 16 ottobre) ed all’arte figurativa/concettuale (dal 21 al 23 ottobre ).

SEDE DELLA MOSTRA

La Galleria” è il luogo più prestigioso dedicato all’arte contemporanea nel centro di Londra: è conosciuto dagli artisti in St.James e Mayfair e dalle fashion-communities per ospitare eventi culturali. È situata nella Royal Opera Arcade sul Pall Mall ed è di fronte all’ Institute of Directors e all’ Athenaeum Club. Dista due minuti dalla National Gallery e da Trafalgar Square. La stazione metropolitana più vicina è Charing Cross o Piccadilly. Parallax AF è curata dal Dottor Chris Barlow.

DATE ED ORARI

Govedì 13 ottobre: mostra riservata su inviti, dalle 19 alle 21)

Venerdì 14 ottobre: dalle 10 alle 18 aperta al pubblico

Sabato 15 ottobre: dalle 10 alle 18 aperta al pubblico (mostra riservata su inviti dalle 19 alle 21)

Domenica 16 ottobre: dalle 10 alle 17 aperta al pubblico

BIGLIETTI

Non c’è alcun prezzo d’entrata e l’ingresso è gratuito per il Pubblico. Previste due “private views” strettamente su invito. 

 Lacer/azioni su web:

 https://robertoalborghetti.wordpress.com/

http://assets2.artslant.com/global/artists/show/134694-roberto-alborghetti

www.youtube.com/user/lacerazioni

www.myspace.com/lacer-azioni

http://it-it.facebook.com/people/Roberto-Alborghetti-Lacer-azioni

GUESS WHERE I TOOK IT FROM…

The green side of my “lacer/actions” artworks… But this time, the image doesn’t come from a torn poster sticked on a billboard. And neither it’s a picture taken on board, looking green fields from an aircraft… Guess where I took it from…

 

 

“I DON’T LIKE TO STAND STILL”… SO I’LL BE ON SHOW AT “PARALLAX AF” IN LONDON…

 “I’ don’t like to stand still” is the title of this “Lacer/actions” artwork (cm.62×42, canvas)  that  will be on show at “Parallax AF” in London, at “La Galleria”, Royal Opera Arcade, Pall Mall, October 14-15-16, 2011.

I like, in this image – taken from an ads billboard in 2010 during a rainy day – the group of colors and shapes that gives to me the sense of space and change, in which things and moods are moving toward a direction…

Yes, I don’t like to stand still… That’s the reason why I’ll be at Parallax… Parallax??? Yes, from the greek term “Paràllaxis”, that means “movement”, “alternating turning”, “mutation”… Exactly!

  •  Link to Parallax AF Catalogue

http://www.barlowfinedrawings.com/robertoalborghetti.html

  • Link to Poster: “Lacer/azioni” at Parallax AF

http://assets2.artslant.com/ew/works/show/486120

  •  Link to videoclip on YouTube

http://youtu.be/r735Hb2NdnA

  • Link to videoclip on BlipTV

http://blip.tv/laceractions-lacerazioni/lacer-actions-at-parallax-af-london-5506298

        

VERONA : THE “STATELY SADNESS” OF THE MONUMENT DEVOTED TO KEFALONIA MASSACRE

Created by Mario Salazzari – tortured by nazis after being arrested and imprisoned – this monument can be considered one of the masterpieces of Twentieth century Italian sculpture.

 

 Yes, dr. Srini Pillay is right when he says that art “encouraging us not to lose ourselves in remembering the tragedy but also seeing the beauty in our resilience as a nation as well as the possibilities for recovery.” (read his article on “The Huffington Post”:  http://www.huffingtonpost.com/srinivasan-pillay/911-art_b_953397.html ).

I had the way, in these last days, to be in Verona – the historical and celebrated Verona – and to admire the terrific National monument dedicated to the victims of the massacre perpetrated by the nazis in the greek island of Kefalonia, in September 1943 (my father Battista is one of the few survivors). You find this monument in the Park devoted to the Divisione Acqui (close to Porta Nuova). It was inaugurated on October 23, 1966 by the Prime Minister Aldo Moro and it has been created by Mario Salazzari, from Verona, one of the greatest artists of the Twentieth century.

 Apart from the historical meaning, this monument can be considered the most beautiful contemporary sculptural work in Verona and one of the masterpieces of Twentieth century Italian sculpture. It is a work of considerable majesty, seven and a half meters high. You may see male figures in movement, joined by ropes that look like snakes. In the foreground there is a figure while the other three are in the background. These characters are modeled according to anatomical forms with the best sculptural accuracy. Its aim is that to honor and remember the victims of those terrible events happened in Kefalonia.

Thanks to the efforts of Mr. Alessandro Canestrari, it was commissioned by the Italian Government to Salazzari, an artist who fought for freedom during Italian Resistance against fascism and nazism. This work in bronze shows a marble target with the words “Italy to the martyrs of Divisione Acqui, Kefalonia, Corfu. September 1943” and also “9.000 men of the Division Acqui in the islands of Kefalonia and Corfu suffered the bloody sacrifice to give honor and pledgeresistance to their distant homeland”. Of the 9,000 killed soldiers, 1,200 came from Verona. The “Arena’s City” is today the national headquarter of the Divisione Acqui, founded in 1945, which represents the survivors of the massacre of Kefalonia and Corfu in September 1943.

The horror of the event, symbolized by the bronze snake that pierces the bodies, has been expressed with great cleverness by Mario Salazzari. The artist was born in Lugagnano (November 16, 1904) and died in Verona on June 6, 1993. Nobody better than Salazzari was able to represent that horror, since the sculptor was tortured by nazis after being arrested and imprisoned as a partisan (he was sentenced to 30 years’ imprisonment) in Padua where – a few days before April 25, 1945, and the arrival of Usa allied Army – he managed to escape from.

Horror, despair and deep pity: these are the feelings flowing from this monument. It bring us that sense of “stately sadness” – “the basis of tragedy”, as Jean Racine says – that help us today to remember the Kefalonia events.

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VERONA: LA “MAESTOSA TRISTEZZA” DEL MONUMENTO DEDICATO ALL’ECCIDIO DI CEFALONIA

 Si, il dr. Srini Pillay ha ragione quando dice che l’arte “ci incoraggia a non smarrire il ricordo della tragedia, ma anche a vedere la bellezza delle nostre risorse, come nazione e come possibilità di recupero” (leggi l’articolo pubblicato su “The Huffington Post” http://www.huffingtonpost.com/srinivasan-pillay/911-art_b_953397.html )

Ho avuto modo, in questi ultimi giorni di ammirare, a Verona, il meraviglioso monumento nazionale alle vittime dell’eccidio perpetrato dai nazisti nell’Isola di Cefalonia nel settembre 1943 (mio padre Battista è uno degli ormai pochi superstiti del massacro). Il monumento si trova nel Parco proprio dedicato alla Divisione Acqui, in circonvallazione Oriani, vicino a Porta Nuova. E’ considerato uno dei capolavori della scultura veronese del secolo XX. Venne inaugurato il 23 ottobre 1966 dall’allora presidente del Consiglio, Aldo Moro, ed è opera di Mario Salazzari, uno dei grandi artisti veronesi del Novecento.

Al di là del significato storico, il monumento è considerata la più bella opera scultorea contemporanea della città. E’ un’opera imponente, alta sette metri e mezzo. È composta da figure maschili in movimento, legate da corde che sembrano serpenti. In primo piano c’è una figura giacente, mentre altre tre sono dietro, tutte modellate con una precisa accuratezza.

Il monumento – che ha la finalità di onorare e ricordare le vittime dei tragici eventi di Cefalonia – fu commissionato dal governo italiano all’artista veronese Salezzari, combattente per la libertà durante la Resistenza al fascismo ed al nazismo. Venne portato a termine grazie all’impegno dell’onorevole Alessandro Canestrari. È un’opera in bronzo che reca una targa in marmo con queste parole: “L’Italia ai martiri della divisione Acqui, Cefalonia, Corfù. Settembre 1943. È anche scritto 9000 uomini della Divisione Acqui nelle isole di Cefalonia e Corfù vollero il sacrificio cruento per dare alla patria lontana onore e pegno di resistenza.” Dei 9.000 soldati italiani uccisi a Cefalonia e Corfù, 1.200 erano veronesi. La città dell’Arena è oggi la sede dell’Associazione Nazionale Divisione Acqui, fondata nel 1945, per riunire i superstiti dell’eccidio di Cefalonia e Corfù del settembre 1943.

L’orrore della vicenda – rappresentato nel simbolico biscione bronzo che trapassa i corpi – è stato espresso con grande forza artistica da Mario Salazzari, nato a Lugagnano (16 novembre 1904) e morto a Verona (6 giugno 1993). Nessuno meglio di Salazzari era nella condizione di raccontare quell’orrore. L’artista fu egli stesso vittima delle torture naziste: arrestato, imprigionato e condannato a 30 anni di carcere, come partigiano, nel carcere di Padova, riuscì a fuggire qualche giorno prima della Liberazione del 25 aprile 1945.

Orrore e pietà sono i sentimenti e gli stati d’animo che fluiscono da questo monumento veronese, che racconta tutta quella “maestosa tristezza, fondamento della tragedia” (Jean Racine) che ci aiuta ad avvicinare e conoscere i terribili eventi di Cefalonia.

CESARE RAVASIO ART: DREAM ELEMENTS TO TELL LIFE

 After some years, I met Cesare Ravasio, fellow-citizen and talented artist. I saw him in his magical, bright and colorful cave in Spotorno (Liguria Coast, Italy) where he established his studio, meeting point for art lovers and tourists. I think I was one of the first journalists to dedicate him an article. Certainly, the first to write a full page about him. At that time I was a young journalist at the beginning of the profession. Cesare Ravasio too was a young student at the prestigious Accademia Carrara in Bergamo, one of the master Trento Longaretti ‘s pupils. I remember that I wrote positively about Cesare, whishin’ him a solid and creative path into the art world.

I met him again after years. And after a journey that has seen him grow and achieve important goals and awards. So many journalists wrote about Cesare Ravasio. And they will continue to write. He deserves it. I watched him in his studio in Spotorno. I saw him creatin’ a painting that’s a sort of synthesis of his art language: bright colors, lights and shadows, transparency, space, depth, infinite horizons, close-ups of absolute precision. And on this stage of dreams and reality, lot of symbols that he likes: chains, keys, hearts, spheres, sundials, candles, wreaths, stems, flowers, curtains, masks, shells, skulls, sailing ships… In short, things and materials to tell the life, the passing time, the pain and the joy, the being and the having, movement and stillness. Ravasio art opens to the emotions and moods. An art that Caesar told in a beautiful and elegant book – title: “From iris on the shore near my sun” – in which he has condensed his human and artistic path, his experiences – as the encounters with Cesare Pavese reality and places – trips to Andalusia, the place of his longings and dreams, including memories for the native village…

To meet Cesare Ravasio, just make a stop in Spotorno, near Piazza del Comune. Cesare now is part of local community, part of the human and cultural context of the beautiful Ligurian town, where he has cultivated friendships (Bruno Lauzi, Chieffo, Rigoni Stern, Ricky Gianco …), experienced creative solutions, loved and dreamed. Cross his atelier threshold. Step in. You’ll discover a world. It’s Yours.

Roberto Alborghetti

 

CESARE RAVASIO: GLI ELEMENTI DEL SOGNO

PER RACCONTARE LA VITA

Dopo anni, ho rincontrato Cesare Ravasio, amico, concittadino e valente artista. L’ho rivisto nel suo antro – magico, luminoso e colorato – di Spotorno, dove egli ha insediato il suo atelier, diventato punto di incontro per gli appassionati dell’arte ed i turisti. Nel rivederlo, mi veniva alla mente un fatto. Penso di essere stato uno dei primi a dedicargli un articolo di giornale. Di sicuro, a scrivergli una pagina fitta. Io ero giovane giornalista, all’inizio della professione. Anch’egli era ancora un giovane studente della prestigiosa Accademia Carrara di Bergamo, allievo del maestro Trento Longaretti. Ricordo che in quell’articolo scrissi positivamente di Cesare, auspicando un percorso solido e creativo nel mondo dell’arte.

L’ho rincontrato dopo anni. E dopo un cammino che l’ha visto crescere e raggiungere traguardi e riconoscimenti importanti. Di Cesare Ravasio hanno scritto in tanti. E continueranno a scrivere. Se lo merita. Basta vederlo all’opera nel suo atelier di Spotorno. L’ho visto creare un quadro che penso sia un po’ la sintesi del suo linguaggio: colori brillanti, luci ed ombre, trasparenze, spazi, profondità, orizzonti infiniti, primi piani di una precisione assoluta.

E poi, in questo palcoscenico onirico e reale al tempo stesso, la tessitura dei simbolismi a lui cari: catene, chiavi, cuori, sfere, meridiane, candele, corone, steli di fiori, sipari, maschere, conchiglie, teschi, velieri… Insomma, cose e materiali per raccontare la vita, il tempo che scorre, il dolore e la gioia, l’essere e l’avere, il movimento e la staticità. E’ l’arte, quella di Ravasio, che si apre alle emozioni e agli stati d’animo. Un’arte che Cesare ha voluto raccontare anche in una bella ed elegante pubblicazione – “Dall’iride in riva al mio sole” – in cui ha condensato il suo percorso umano ed artistico, le sue esperienze – fondamentali quelle degli incontri con la realtà ed i luoghi di Cesare Pavese – i viaggi in Andalusia, i luoghi delle sue nostalgie e dei suoi sogni, compresi i ricordi per il villaggio natìo…

Per vedere all’opera Cesare Ravasio, basta fare tappa a Spotorno, nei pressi della piazza del Comune. Qui è ormai uno di casa. Anzi, fa parte del contesto umano e culturale della bella località ligure, dove egli ha coltivato amicizie (Bruno Lauzi, Chieffo, Rigoni Stern, Ricky Gianco…), sperimentato soluzioni creative, sognato ed amato. Varcate la soglia della sua bottega. Ed entrate. Scoprirete un mondo. Il vostro.

Roberto Alborghetti

 

GREEN IT LIKE YOU MEAN IT

There are many ways to kick-start green initiative at work and operate business in an eco-friendly and sustainable way

 

 

Co-written by Michelle LaBrosse (Founder Cheetah Learning and Cheetah Power) and Erica Edmond (Capm, Cheetah Green Team) 

Once upon a time, the act of saving the environment seemed to be limited to a yearly celebration called Earth Day where, like New Year’s Eve, people made resolutions that they wouldn’t necessarily keep.

 For decades, the idea of saving the environment and contributing to a healthier world seemed like a great idea, but it was either too big a task for one individual to handle or a seemingly time consuming activity that would cut into money-making time.

 Then things started to change at work, at school and at home. From unthinkable gas prices and a tough job market to skyrocketing health care costs, many folks came to a similar conclusion: to become more resourceful and live better.

 There has been a rise in eating local, for example. Not only does it taste better than the grocery store, but buying local and eating what’s in season saves money and the resources that it costs to transport food to one-stop-shopping nationwide.

Businesses are looking more closely at their waste — paper, energy to power an office 24/7 and throwing dollars away on everything from disposable coffee cups to plastic packaging for products.

There are many ways to kick-start your green initiative at work and operate your business in an eco-friendly and sustainable way. At Cheetah Learning and Cheetah Power, we are committed to growing virtually with all of our employees working out of their homes. It’s saved us tremendously on real estate costs and also made our carbon footprint smaller. The good news is that there are many ways to be greener. Let’s take a look at how other businesses are doing it.

DOING IT AND DOING IT WELL

To get your juices flowing, here are six businesses that are doing it and doing it well. These multinational businesses received Natural Health Magazine’s “Green Choice” Awards in 2009 for their excellence in leading by example across the globe.

Wal-Mart: although many have been skeptical of this retailer’s green practices in the past, Wal-Mart now has a very large-scale environmental plan of action to power each of their stores with 100 percent renewable energy. Wal-Mart plans to set aside $500 million a year to increase fuel efficiency within their truck fleet, decrease energy consumption in their stores, decrease solid wastes from their stores, and a number of other environmental endeavors.

Starbucks: with the company’s “bean-to-cup” motto and approach to business, Starbucks uses environmentally savvy methods at each stage of production. Made from post-consumer goods, Starbucks’ recycled cup-sleeves saved more than 78,000 trees in 2006.

Verizon: its HopeLine initiative saved more than 5.6 million cell phones from ending up in landfills and were, instead, used to fund more than $6.3 million in cash grants to domestic violence agencies. Verizon has played a leadership role in encouraging customers and shareholders to choose paperless options. In addition, Verizon Wireless signed agreements to deploy smart power grids and continues to upgrade its fiber-optic network with equipment that is four times more efficient and reduces cooling costs. This is equivalent to keeping as many as 16,000 cars off the road annually.

Whole Foods: this organic food chain was the first company to buy the amount of wind-energy credits to compensate for 100 percent of the electricity they consumed. Whole Foods has eliminated their use of disposable plastic bags and replaced them with reusable bags for customers. These reusable bags are made from recycled plastic bottles.

Aveda: this natural-beauty product manufacturer uses primarily organic rather than man-made materials in their products. Aveda also employs wind power in their manufacturing facility to reduce electricity consumption, and they use 100 percent recycled packing materials. On top of these commendable business practices, Aveda funds wildlife preservations, and since 1999 has raised $8 million for environmental causes.

Discovery Channel: this company is not only green in the information it communicates through its many environmentally informative television shows, but through its company actions and practices. The Discovery Channel has compensated for their carbon dioxide emissions through making equal contributions to environmental feats and projects and using energy-efficient lighting, architecture, and water systems in their company headquarters. In August, Discovery Channel took over the leading environmental lifestyle website, treehugger.com, as part of their initiatives to inform people about important environmental issues. Most impressive of all, the company set aside $50 million to create green television programming, beginning with a show entitled Ten Ways to Save the Planet.

 

SMALL STEPS FOR A LARGE FEAT

I often hear people talk about the enormity of being green, and then the Project Manager in me comes alive and I have to remind them that anything is possible with a project plan that can break the most monstrous goals down into doable and realistic parts.

Develop a “Green Business Check List” to get your company thinking about ways it can behave in a greener and more sustainable manner. Here are a few areas to consider with a sample question to get you started. There are plenty more for you to go through, but this can serve as a useful thought starter.

Corporate and Environmental Social Responsibility

Do you only invest in environmentally conscious companies?

Use your investment portfolio to only support business organizations or industries that operate in an environmentally conscious way.

Energy, Water and Heat

Do you make use of natural light by keeping windows and skylights clean and clear? Don’t turn lights on in the middle of the day if you have sufficient natural light coming into your office.

Do you regularly check and fix any leaking taps?

Over the long term a leaking tap can waste a significant amount of water. Post a number to call near sinks so someone may fix it right away.

Do you keep radiators free of office furniture?

Make sure that furniture does not block the radiators as otherwise the heat will be wasted.

Environmental Policy

Have you set up a ‘Green Team’ or ‘Eco Champions’ team in your company? By getting your employees involved and part of the greening process, they will feel valued.

Housekeeping

Do you have a collection point for Aluminum, Glass, or Plastic?

Information Communication Technology

Do you have a green IT infrastructure?

There are now over 1.1 billion computers in operation worldwide, collectively producing about one billion tons of CO2 through their electricity requirements. Also contributing to the earth’s pollution are outdated computer equipment, mobile phones and electronic gadgets that make up 5% of the world’s garbage. Considering our continuing demand to have the latest and greatest in multitasking phones and so on, that’s an alarming amount of products to be tossed aside each year.

Office Supplies

Do you have a printer that can print on both sides?

If you don’t have a printer that can print on both sides, then consider investing in one once your lease for the existing one is up for renewal or when your existing one no longer works.

Travel and Transportation

Rather than traveling to meetings have you invested in suitable technology for conference calls? It is worthwhile investigating alternatives such as using iChat or SKYPE for meetings that require face time.

 Wildlife and Biodiversity

Have you created a wildlife area around your office?

Even if you only have a concrete courtyard you can still create a wildlife area by planting some native plants and flowers in plant pots. This will be beneficial to the planet and much easier on the eyes than sterile office files.

 

GET WHAT YOU NEED

 Opie, you haven’t finished your milk.  We can’t put it back in the cow, you know.” ~Aunt Bee Taylor, The Andy Griffith Show

 Taking what you need or making use of what you have is an easy place to begin your journey to contributing to a greener you. How do you see your organization becoming more resourceful with materials and money? How will you continue to evaluate its progress towards being an eco-friendly company that you can feel proud of? Take a small step towards this victory…and then another small step…and then another. Each step is for the generations that follow us. Walk on!

  

ABOUT THE AUTHORS:

 

Michelle LaBrosse, MSME, PMP, Founder Cheetah Learning and Cheetah Power 

Michelle LaBrosse is an engineer and an entrepreneur with expertise in both aerospace and mechanical engineering. She started her career as an Air Force officer in the field of aircraft structures and vibrations; a challenge that resonates today with some of the technical challenges encountered with wind power.  

For her mechanical engineering master’s degree thesis project, she participated in a Department of Energy grant to help older factories become more energy self-sufficient.  

Michelle has been creating courses using accelerated learning principles for the past 15 years. She is the founder of Cheetah Learning, a firm of over 100 people worldwide that specializes in combining accelerated learning and project management to help people achieve their goals faster than they ever before imagined.  

The Project Management Institute recognized Michelle as one of the top 25 most influential women worldwide in Project Management. Her company, Cheetah Learning, was named the 2008 Project Management Institute Provider of the Year in recognition of its accelerated learning in project management education.  

Michelle is a graduate of Harvard Business School’s Owner President Management Program. She is also the founding board member of the Center for Advanced Learning Concepts (CALCO). She brings all of this experience together to help herself and others become energy self-sufficient. 

 

Erica Edmond, CAPM, Cheetah Green Team 

A marketing intern for Cheetah Learning and Cheetah Power, Erica is Cheetah’s go-to resource for all things green. She researches and writes the Cheetah Power newsletter and is also a research assistant for a communication professor at the University of Portland.  

In 2008, Erica began her first Cheetah internship and wrote an ongoing green feature article for the monthly Cheetah Learning newsletter, as well as educational green articles that showed Cheetah employees how to become more energy efficient in their offices and at home.   

During the summer of 2007, Erica worked on a catamaran in Haines, Alaska, as a deckhand/purser. Prior to that, she was appointed by Alaskan senator Ted Stevens to work as a senate page in the U.S. Senate in Washington, D.C.  

Born in Soldotna, Alaska, Erica has traveled to Costa Rica through an AFS exchange program to take Spanish language and culture classes. She also attended a summer session at the Naval Academy in Annapolis. 

A senior at the University of Portland, Erica is majoring in organizational communication. When she’s not studying or working for Cheetah, she can be found exploring with Rambo, her Chihuahua. 

ROBERTO ALBORGHETTI’S LACER/ACTIONS AT PARALLAX AF, LONDON (OCTOBER 14-15-16, 2011)

GRAPHIC LAY-OUT BASED ON “NINE ELEVEN – NEW YORK 2001” ARTWORK, CANVAS, 47X70, ON SHOW AT PARALLAX AF, LONDON (LA GALLERIA, ROYAL OPERA ARCADE, PALL MALL), OCTOBER 14-15-16, 2011.

PLANTS HAVE EYES. THOSE OF CHILDREN

A great success for an activity launched to Italian schools by the Flower Council Holland: students invited to draw “The plant I like”.

Flower Council Holland – through Okay! monthly magazine – has asked the Italian schools to draw “the plant that I like”, flower plants and indoor plants. The outcome was better than expected. About 3.000 the drawings sent to promoters, confirming that the invitation launched by the Flower Council Holland has turned into an opportunity to look around, discover and learn about the wonderful world of plants that offer color, comfort, serenity and well-being, to people, to environment and to our homes.

A mass of colored drawings tell us that plants talk and caress us with their discreet presence. And now, with these thousands of drawings, we may look at the plants through the eyes of children. And also plants have eyes. Those of children.

In this page, some beautiful drawings made by Italian students.

 

CENTER FOR MEDIA LITERACY: A COMMON EFFORT TO SEE MEDIA THROUGH “NEW EYES”

Roberto Alborghetti interviews Tessa Jolls, President of CML, Center for Media Literacy, based in Malibu (Los Angeles, CA).

 

The media literacy is one of the most important questions faced today by culture, education and communication world. The same goal, from 1998, is shared in United States of America by Center for Media Literacy, CML, an organization based in Malibu, Los Angeles, State of California (www.medialit.org). I wanted to know more about its activities and so I met and interviewed CML President, Mrs. Tessa Jolls.

 

– Mrs. Tessa Jolls, where and when was founded CML?

The Center for Media Literacy was founded in Los Angeles, CA, in 1989 as a non profit. In 2006, CML was restructured and incorporated as a for-profit. The consortium for media literacy was founded as a non-profit in 2007 as a project of international humanities center.

 

– What is the most important mission of your organization?

To advocate for media literacy, to provide practical, research-based tools and resources for media education.

 

– Who support your efforts and activities? Are there attentions from central and local governments?

We receive grants from State and Federal government agencies, but we also have clients (schools and organizations) who pay for consultation, training and curriculum.

 

– Which is the opportunity that CML’c activities give to educators, teachers and to the young people?

The primary benefit of media literacy education is making wise choices possible, since media literacy enables critical analysis of media messages and an understanding of the role of media in our society.

 

– Do you think that the american situation – speaking about kids, schools and media education – is not so different compared to other countries of the globe?

Every country is affected by the impact of media, since media is so pervasive in our cultures, regardless of physical boundaries. Parents everywhere are concerned that their children be wise consumers of media as well as responsible producers of meda. Preparing productive, discerning citizens is of concern globally.

 

– Have you noticed positive effects in people who were involved in CML activities?

Through the years, we have seen many people become passionate advocates of media literacy. Being media literate changes the way that people see the world; once people see media through “new eyes,” they realize the importance of understanding media and how it works in our society.

 

– What is your personal message to schools and teachers who are invited to join your web site?

Global media binds people from throughout the world together because media represents our ideas and our behavior, regardless of where we are from or what we believe. Just as we have common media, we must have common understanding of how media systems work and how we can represent ourselves most effectively. This is our opportunity and our challenge, and we welcome all to take up this important work.

 

www.medialit.org

 

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CML: UNO SFORZO COMUNE

PER VEDERE I MEDIA CON “NUOVI OCCHI ”

 

Roberto Alborghetti intervista Tessa Jolls, Presidente del CML (Center for Media Literacy) organizzazione molto attiva negli Stati Uniti d’America nell’educazione ai media.

 

L’educazione (e la comprensione) ai media è una delle questioni he toccano il mondo della cultura, dell’educazione e della comunicazione. Su queste realtà è molto attivo, negli Stati Uniti d’America, il CENTER FOR MEDIA LITERACY, che ha sede a Malibu, Los Angeles, California (www.medialit.org) . Ho voluto sapere di più sull’esperienza di CML; ho incontrato ed intervistato la Presidente dell’organizzazione, la signora Tessa Jolls. Ecco l’intervista.

 

1 – Quando e dove è stato fondato CML (Center for Media Literacy)?

IL CENTER FOR MEDIA LITERACY (CENTRO PER LA COMPRENSIONE E L’EDUCAZIONE AI MEDIA) È STATO FONDATO A LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA, NEL 1989 COME UNA ORGANIZZAZIONE NO-PROFIT. NEL 2006 CML È STATO RISTRUTTURATO E COSTITUITO IN UNA SOCIETÀ FOR-PROFIT. IL CONSORZIO PER L’EDUCAZIONE AI MEDIA (CML) È STATO FONDATO COME ENTE NO-PROFITO NEL 2007 NELL’AMBITO DI UN PROGETTO DELL’ INTERNATIONAL HUMANITIES CENTER.

 

 

2 – Quale è la più importante finalità della vostra organizzazione?

È QUELLA DI PROMUOVERE L’EDUCAZIONE AI MEDIA, DI FORNIRE STRUMENTI PRATICI E DI BASE PER FAVORIRE L’EDUCAZIONE AGLI STRUMENTI DELLA COMUNICAZIONE.

 

 

3 – Chi sostiene i vostri sforzi e le vostre attività? Ci sono attenzioni da parte dei governi locale e nazionale?

NOI RICEVIAMO DELLE DONAZIONI DA PARTE DELLE AGENZIE DELLO STATO E DEL GOVERNO FEDERALE, MA ABBIAMO ANCHE INTROITI DA PARTE DI UTENTI (SCUOLE ED ASSOCIAZIONI) AI QUALI SONO FORNITI SERVIZI DI CONSULTAZIONE, FORMAZIONE E PROGRAMMI DI STUDIO.

 

 

4 – Quali le opportunità che le attività di CML offrono a formatori, insegnanti ed alla popolazione giovanile?

IL PRIMO VANTAGGIO DELL’EDUCAZIONE AI MEDIA È QUELLO DI RENDERE POSSIBILI SCELTE INTELLIGENTI, IN QUANTO L’EDUCAZIONE AI MEDIA RENDE CAPACI DI ANALIZZARE CRITICAMENTE I MESSAGGI DIFFUSI DAI MEDIA E DI CAPIRNE IL RUOLO RICOPERTO NELLA NOSTRA SOCIETÀ.

 

 

5 – Pensa che la situazione negli USA – parlando di ragazzi, scuole ed educazione ai media – non sia così differente rispetto ad altre Nazioni del globo?

TUTTE LE NAZIONI SONO COLPITE DALL’IMPATTO DEI MEDIA DA QUANDO ESSI SONO DIVENTATI COSÌ PERVASIVI NELLE NOSTRE CULTURE, INDIFFERENTI AD OGNI LIMITE FISICO. DAPPERTUTTO, IN OGNI LUOGO, LE FAMIGLIE SONO INTERESSATE DAL FATTO CHE I PROPRI RAGAZZI DEVONO ESSERE SAGGI UTENTI DEI MEDIA COSI COME RESPONSABILI PRODUTTORI DEI MEDIA. È UN INTERESSE GLOBALE PREPARARE CITTADINI PRODUTTIVI E PERSPICACI, IN GRADO DI DISCERNERE.

 

6 – Avete notate effetti positivi nelle persone che sono state coinvolte nelle attività del CML?

NEL CORSO DEGLI ANNI, ABBIAMO VISTO MOLTE PERSONE DIVENTARE APPASSIONATI SOSTENITORI DELL’EDUCAZIONE AI MEDIA. L’ESSERE IN GRADO DI CAPIRE I MEDIA, CAMBIA IL MODO DI VEDERE IL MONDO. QUANDO LA GENTE VEDE I MEDIA CON “NUOVI OCCHI” ESSA CAPISCE L’IMPORTANZA DI COMPRENDERE I MEDIA E QUANTO CIÒ CONTA NELLA NOSTRA SOCIETÀ.

 

 

7 – Quale è il vostro personale messaggio alle scuole ed ai formatori che sono invitati a collegarsi al vostro sito web?

I MEDIA GLOBALI LEGANO INSIEME LA GENTE DI TUTTO IL MONDO PERCHÉ I MEDIA RAPPRESENTANO LE NOSTRE IDEE E IL NOSTRO COMPORTAMENTO, INDIFFERENTEMENTE DA DOVE NOI SIAMO E IN COSA NOI CREDIAMO. PROPRIO PER IL FATTO CHE ABBIAMO IN COMUNE I MEDIA, NOI DOBBIAMO AVERE UNA COMUNE COMPRENSIONE DI COME LAVORA IL SISTEMA DEI MEDIA E DI COME NOI POSSIAMO RAPPRESENTARE NOI STESSI IN MODO PIÙ EFFICACE. QUESTA È LA NOSTRA OPPORTUNITÀ E QUESTA È LA NOSTRA SFIDA E NOI SIAMO LIETI DI ACCOGLIERE TUTTI COLORO CHE PRENDONO PARTE A QUESTA IMPORTANTE OPERA.

 

www.medialit.org

 

 

SWEET P, THE STORY OF THE L.A. GUY WHO DREAMS TO ENTERTAIN THE WORLD…

 IT’s out “Super Bad”, the new album “very carefully produced, composed, written, arranged, engineered, mixed and mastered” by Sweet P The Entertainer. I met him in June 2009 along the Walk of Fame. He was offering his demo cd to tourists… A story from the Dreaming America and from the Dreams that come True.

 

This is a story of a guy who dreamed to have a place in the music world. His name is Sweet P The Entertainer: “and he’s just what his name embodies”, he loves to say of himself.

I met him in june 2009, in Los Angeles, along the Hollywood Walk of Fame. A destiny’s sign? Yes, I think so. As other guys – singers, composers and musicians – he was running after tourists, offering them a demo cd with his music. He kindly stopped me and talked me about his compilation album – 16 tracks – home produced, home recorded and home manufactured. I remember what he said me : “Trust me, I’m the hottest music producer around here. This album home made is a tight blend of hip-hop, r’n’b, pop, rock and latin…All music is produced by me…Trust me”. I trusted my gut, as psychiatrist and Harvard clinician dr. Srini Pillay says about the role of intuition in his “The Brain and Business” book. I bought the compilation for some dollars. That guy thanked me smiling: “I’m the new Michael Jackson!”

It was June 2009 ( I had just left LA and I heard the sad news about the King of Pop’s death…) Back home, I put the compilation on cd player. That guy was right! Good hip-hop music. Nice vocal production. Beautiful rhythms and melodies. Accurate additional programming. A soulful atmosphere colored by a touch of pop and latin too. I contacted him via e-mail and I expressed my compliments.

The official biography – so ironical and disenchanted – tells about him: “ He’s a very well rounded Artist & Musician. He produces & engineers his own music, writes his own songs as well as sings & raps all the vocals. He plays several instruments including acoustic piano and acoustic guitar and is an electrifying performer on stage! Sweet P’s not only a great musician but he’s also an highly accomplished business man as well! He’s established himself as CEO of his own independent record label entitled “Rich Dreams Music” and does all of the promotion, marketing and management work himself on as well as off the internet! Please enjoy all of Sweet P’s videos and look for his new album coming this Summer/Fall…Thanks for your support, Stay Gold! Peace”.

 From then, we kept in touch through web sites (Myspace, Youtube, Facebook). Sweet P has been updating me about the preparation of his album. He worked so much. He suffered so much. But he never gave up. He likes to say about himself: “They didn’t believe in me but I believed in myself!” Bold and tenacious. He really deserves attention and respect, for his faith, for his enthusiasm.

Sweet P was impressed by my “psycho artworks” and we had a sort of video collaboration. In 2010 he sent me an abstract from his “Sweet P Lean” mixtape and I created a clip, ispired by his soundtrack. The result was a video, “(HIP) POP”, showing ten pop-oriented images; it intended to be also a sort of homage to the great pop artist Roy Lichtenstein (1923-1997).

 And at last… A few days ago I receive this message: “Hey friends and fans it’s Sweet P The Entertainer! My new album will be soon available… It was very carefully produced, composed, written, arranged, engineered, mixed and mastered by myself and the first single & video is coming soon! In the meantime you can download my 8 song mix-tape for free on the datpiff link below and please feel free to share it with all of your close friends! My single from that mix-tape is entitled “Hey Girl”. You can check it out on my youtube channel as well. So thanks in advance for the support! Stay Gold, Peace. Sweet P The Entertainer”.

Well done, guy! I’m glad for you… Your dreams came true. I wish you all the best success! Yes, touching stories may born along the Hollywood Walk of Fame, where people still hope and dream…

 Roberto Alborghetti

 LACER/ACTIONS – HIP (POP), CLIP 2010 (Sweet P Lean Mixtape)

 http://youtu.be/5hp52ET0-AM

 http://animoto.com/play/8QlPf1zadi2UT1WtwoY0Jg

 SWEET P OFFICIAL SITE

http://www.sweetptheentertainer.com/index.html

Sweet P The Entertainer Presents “Hey Girl”

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CYprOsHd4e8

Download “The Sweet P Lean” Mixtape for Free!

http://www.datpiff.com/Sweet-P-The-Entertainer-The-Sweet-P-Lean-Mixtape.233084.html