College Tourist is a newest interactive website, where students around the globe can creatively exchange and publish personal college town postcards in the form of photographs, uploaded images and graphics. College Tourist spawned from Alison Tatham’s passion for travel as well as her dedication and desire to be more involved in her daughter’s college experience. With the help of Lori Stratford, the two women launched the “College Tourist Million Postcard Project” which embraces the spirit of being a traveler. Their mission in the project is to bring out the joy in travel among college students. Alison and Lori successfully created a niche and an international public platform for students across the world to share memories and daily wonders of their universities.

Some of the categories found on the College Tourist include: College Street Style; Travel Articles; Student blogger posts offering insights from traveling abroad to fashion trends and travel news; Facebook app where students can upload a photo and offer tips on restaurants, shopping areas, hang outs, dream destinations, and weekend hotspots; Facebook app postcard.

College Tourist launched in April 2012 and provides a digital method for students to share the best of their own college town, such as where to eat, shop or just hang out.  The College Tourist team provides a site which creates a community of local knowledge and shared experiences for college students to inspire one another. Furthermore, the College Tourist blog enhances the website experience with blog posts that encompass travel, fashion and food. The College Tourist team has traveled extensively and lived in numerous countries around the world including Japan, Singapore, Hong Kong, the United Kingdom and Australia, before settling in to life in the United States.

For more information on the College Tourist project, please visit


“Le ciel bleu lavande…” Poem by Purusha Hontoy / Artwork by Roberto Alborghetti – Lacer/actions Project – Realistic Image of a torn and decomposed publicity poster (2011).


La Terre laboures

Ses couleurs

Et le ciel bleu lavande

Ne pleure plus

La pluie

C’est amer



Comme le sable…sec!


© Poem Copyright Purusha Hontoy

© Artwork Copyright Roberto Alborghetti

Image 0f Torn and Decomposed Publicity Posters 



Purusha Hontoy est une amie des arts de la vie. Diretrice et Formatrice chez l’Ecole l’Art de Vivre.




The Guide to the Historical Places of Italy, published by the Historical Places of Italy Association and now in its thirty-sixth edition, is the only one of its kind, and it is reviewed by the Italian press along with the most important national guides.

Now with nine new establishments and many entries revised to include new historical facts, this edition presents two hundred and thirty-six of the oldest and most prestigious hotels, restaurants, trattorie, pastry-shops, confectioners’, grapperie, and literary cafés. Establishments that have made the history of Italy and that still preserve their interiors, atmospheres, furnishings, and mementos, along with delicious products of surpassing appeal.

This year the Guide is paying particular tribute to the longest lineages of families, who have been at the helm of historic establishments in Italy for five, six and even seven generations. An extraordinary feat in a world that is increasingly rapidly erasing its own past. The reader will find all of them listed in the “Most Family-Run” section.

With line drawings in true nineteenth-century style created by the painter Gianni Renna, and directed by journalist Claudio Guagnini, the Guide is published in English and Italian and is over 250 pages long. It comes out in February and copies are available free of charge at the Association headquarters and from Association members. If you wish to receive a copy by post, at no more than the cost of shipping, please contact the secretary’s office of the Association: . The entire Guide, each page of which is devoted to a single establishment, can also be consulted on the official site:



Established in 1999, Kino Expo – the international cinema industry convention taking place in St. Petersburg, Russia – is the world’s third largest international exhibition of cinema equipment, with a focus on the markets of Russia and neighboring CIS (former USSR) countries, including Ukraine, Kazakhstan, Belarus, Lithuania, Latvia, Estonia, Armenia, Moldova, Azerbaijan, and Central Asian countries. At Kino Expo, the local offices of major studios, Russian and international independent distribution and production companies present their upcoming films and product reels directly to local exhibitors.

Once again delivering its world-class 3D technology in the most stylish form factor in the industry, XPAND 3D is announcing that it is the official sponsor of Kino Expo 2012,. This marks the third consecutive year that XPAND 3D is sponsoring Kino Expo. In addition, XPAND’s local partner NEVAFILM will provide IR systems for the multiple 3D screenings at Kino Expo, which will employ 800 XPAND Infinity active 3D glasses.

The XPAND Infinity 3D glasses provide up to 38% transparency and a 3000:1 contrast ratio. The glasses’ lightweight ergonomic designs ensure long-wearing comfort, and their wide 3D viewing angle provides an optimal 3D image across the entire cinema. All new XPAND cinema systems and glasses fully support HFR (High Frame Rate) double and single flash at 96fps, 120fps, 144fps, 192fps, 240fps and even variable fps.

XPAND 3D offers more than the best 3D experience in the world; we enable filmmakers to truly realize their artistic visions, while providing viewers the ability to see 3D as it is meant to be seen,” said Maria Costeira, CEO of XPAND 3D. “At Kino Expo 2012, where some of the world’s most talented artists intersect with the heart of the Russian/CIS film community, XPAND 3D is the only option!”

As one of the most prestigious cinema conventions in the world, it is imperative that Kino Expo offers cutting-edge cinema technology for its screenings,” said Dmitri Kazuto of Kino Expo. “With the XPAND Infinity glasses, we know our guests are enjoying that unmatched level of quality.” “XPAND offers the highest-quality cinema 3D in the world and Kino Expo is one of the highest-profile opportunities to showcase this world-class quality,” said Katerina Agapova of NEVAFILM. “We are thrilled to once again be able to provide XPAND 3D cinema systems for Kino Expo.” XPAND 3D is also the official partner of the Cannes Film Festival and the Venice Film Festival, and is used for the biggest 3D premieres around the world.

For more information on XPAND, please visit

About XPAND 3D

XPAND 3D is the global leader in 3D technologies for cinema, with systems used by over 5,000 3D cinemas in more than 50 countries. XPAND 3D is also the 3D solution of choice for home, business, post-production, education, military, medical and professional 3D applications. XPAND 3D designs, manufactures and OEMs a range of consumer electronics 3D solutions that are driving the 3D revolution. XPAND is committed to advancing the state-of-the art in technology to provide consumers, businesses, educators and medical professionals with the comprehensive advantages of stereoscopic 3D. XPAND provides glasses on a linear scale from the most advanced and feature-packed for sophisticated surgical, training and home theater to more ruggedized and affordable for cinema and mass market use. X6D Limited is a global company whose products and services are marketed under the XPAND brand name.  




LaceR/Actions Project

Realistic and not manipulated image



Roberto Alborghetti ‘s LaceR/Actions is a multidisciplinary project and research about the apparent chaos of ripped and decomposed posters and urban/street signs.

Transferred on canvas, reproduced on lithographs or textiles (as pure silk), or scanned in videoclips, the details of torn posters give new life to paper lacerations and decomposition, as you may see in this image (in memory of Neil Armstrong) reproducing one of the 40.000 images captured by Roberto Alborghetti during his research all around the world.

His next big show (“Colors of an Apocalypse: An Intrigue for the Eyes and Mind from the Decomposed Publicity Posters”) will take place at Aldobrandesca Fortress (XIII Century) in Tuscany, from October 6 to November 4, 2012 .




“Paper Sky”

Realistic and not manipulated image

LaceR/Actions Project


Roberto Alborghetti ‘s LaceR/Actions is a multidisciplinary project and research about the apparent chaos of ripped and decomposed posters and urban/street signs.

Transferred on canvas, reproduced on lithographs or textiles (as pure silk), or scanned in videoclips, the details of torn posters give new life to paper lacerations and decomposition, as you may see in this “postcard” reproducing one of the 40.000 images captured by Roberto Alborghetti during his research all around the world.

His next big show (“Colors of an Apocalypse: An Intrigue for the Eyes and Mind from the Decomposed Publicity Posters”) will take place at Aldobrandesca Fortress (XIII Century) in Tuscany, from October 6 to November 4, 2012 .



Danse d’un soir d’été/ Summer night dance… Nine artpieces created by ROBERTO ALBORGHETTI for his LACER/ACTION PROJECT (Images of torn and decomposed posters catched all around the world, from urban walls) go with the original composition by OCEANE CREA, pianist and composer from France (she lives in the beautiful Antibes).

Another collaboration that web made possible…

Oceane is only 12 and she has a great natural talent (she’s self taught!).

She created “Dance d’un soir d’étè” 3 years ago, when she was 9! Listen and watch…

Oceane Crea at YouTube :



Landscapes Expanded will support artists to explore contemporary issues intrinsically related to site, space, and place in their field of work. The residency will begin with a three-day workshop that will support artists to develop concepts for their research in the weeks that follow. Throughout the programme participants will benefit from group and individual reviews of their work and guidance from the residency facilitator and visiting contributors.

The residency programme will be led by artist and curator Alia Farid Abdal, who explores personal perspectives of public space and constructed landscapes in her own art work and academic research. The programme will also benefit from insightful contributions from visiting artists and art critics such as British Artist David Rayson, whose work is featured in Out of Britain. Rayson is currently the Professor of Painting at the Royal College of Art, London.

Participants’ work produced during the residency programme will be exhibited at the Museum of Modern Art (MoMArt) at the end of October 2012. Chosen works may also be exhibited at a British Council Visual Arts exhibition that will showcase artists from the Gulf at the Brunei Gallery in London in 2015.

Eligibility: This residency is open to practicing artists and creative practitioners (from all disciplines) who are keen to develop the concepts of landscape art in their practice. Applicants must reside in Kuwait, must commit to participate in a three-day workshop (18 th – 20th September 2012) and closing presentation, which will take place on 18 th October 2012. The workshops will be hosted in English, however translators will be available should they be required.

Procedure. Deadline: 5th September 2012 (10am). Please e-mail the following (in English or Arabic) to :  Artist C.V.; Up to 10 images of your work with an appendix stating the title, medium, and year the work was executed.; A statement of intent (up to 500 words) explaining why you are applying to the programme and what you hope to obtain from it. Please briefly state what themes you are interested to explore during the residency programme.

Large images will have to be submitted via or any

other host site in which your images can be downloaded directly. Alternatively, you may wish to submit a link to your work online. For videos, please provide links of uploaded material either on youtube or vimeo. Suggested topics for research: Urban Tribes, The politics of dress, – Geopolitics, Landscapes created by advertising, Monuments in the construction of Landscapes and History, The demolished landscape, erasing history, and recuperating memory, Imagined landscapes, futuristic and fictitious.


By Michelle LaBrosse, PMP®, Chief Cheetah and Founder of Cheetah Learning, and Kristen LaBrosse, CAPM®, Co-Author

Roberto ALBORGHETTI – “No Clouds”, Canvas/Mixed Media, 70×47 – Lacer/actions Project/Images of Torn and Decomposed Publicity Posters

Passionate Pauline is driving down the boulevard in the early morning, whistling to the tune “Oh Happy Day” with a big smile on her face, ready to take on the day with a vengeance and excited to tackle any challenges that may come her way. In the next lane over, Sullen Sue is sulking, and somehow stuck in the slow lane … again! Things don’t typically go her way, she dislikes her job, and she’s dreading the mounting paperwork that is piling up on her desk.

Which driver’s seat would you rather be in every workday morning, 52 weeks a year, for the odd 40 working years of your life? Your career is an endeavor that requires a great deal of your time, energy, and focus. If you’re sitting in Sullen Sue’s driver’s seat, only you can change directions to find a career that ignites the passion in you and makes you find the fun in your field.

Don’t let society define your role.  Why did you choose the career you are currently in? Did it seem like the “thing to do” after you graduated college? Or did you have some time to introspectively analyze your innate strengths and interests, and decide on a career path based on that?

As a single mom, I have heard all types of stories of how hard my life must be. This role as a struggling victim didn’t quite suit me, however, and instead of focusing on what others expected of me in my “role,” I focused on how I could best create a life for my children and myself in the best way I knew how. We are all unique individuals with strengths and assets that direct us to a special purpose in life.  Fuel your career growth by doing your thing, regardless of what society says you can or can’t do.

Change Your Job Description. Who knows you better – the HR director who hired you while they were interviewing 40 other candidates, or YOU? We all have parts of our job that we love, and other parts that we hate. Chances are, the person sitting in the next office space is in the same boat. What you see as boring and tedious, another might regard as satisfying and even fun. In order to create a job description that fits like a glove, make sure to keep an open and honest dialogue with your peers, subordinates, and mangers about what work keeps you energized vs. which work sucks your life force.

Be Proactive.  The happiest workers are those who have a strong sense of control over what they’re doing and why their efforts are important to a company’s mission. If you don’t like the projects you’ve been assigned, be more proactive in seeking your roles in projects – it never hurts to ask.

If there is a certain process that you find to be cumbersome, tedious, and (in your opinion) useless, take the initiative to change it to improve it. Your work is your world, and the more waves you make that are of your own initiative, the more fun you will have. So don’t sit idly by hoping things will get better – jump to it!

Smell the Roses. At the end of the day, we all want to feel that we’ve accomplished something of importance – that we’ve been an asset to our employers, made the world a better place, come a step closer to solving poverty, and all that before lunch if we can. But the truth is we are all human, and sometimes our best intentions can lead to us neglecting what keeps us going.

Every day, make sure to take some time for just yourself to re-energize and refocus so that you can go back to work ready to take on the world’s problems. Try taking a quick walk at lunch and smell the roses. On the busier days simply allow yourself to get up from you computer, and take five minutes to focus on your breathing and to stretch. You owe it to yourself, not to mention your organization, to be at your best. So put it in your Google calendar if you have to, and take your breaks!

We all have the decision every day – which driver’s seat do we want to be in – Sullen Sue’s or Passionate Pauline’s? Whatever your decision, make sure you are making it consciously and with intention. And remember, the Passionate Paulines have more fun!

About the Author:

Michelle LaBrosse, PMP, is an entrepreneurial powerhouse with a penchant for making success easy, fun, and fast. She is the founder of Cheetah Learning, the author of the Cheetah Success Series, and a prolific blogger whose mission is to bring Project Management to the masses.

Cheetah Learning is a virtual company with 100 employees, contractors, and licensees worldwide. To date, more than 30,000 people have become “Cheetahs” using Cheetah Learning’s innovative Project Management and accelerated learning techniques.  

Recently honored by the Project Management Institute (PMI®), Cheetah Learning was named Professional Development Provider of the Year at the 2008 PMI® Global Congress. A dynamic keynote speaker and industry thought leader, Michelle was previously recognized by PMI as one of the 25 Most Influential Women in Project Management in the world.

Michelle’s articles have appeared in more than 100 publications and websites around the world. Her monthly column, the Know How Network, is carried by over 400 publications, and her monthly newsletter goes out to more than 50,000 people. 

She is a graduate of the Harvard Business School’s Owner President Manager’s (OPM) program and also holds engineering degrees from Syracuse University and the University of Dayton. 


With its ‘Culture-dialogue/dialogue-culture’ project, the Museum der Kulturen Basel is introducing a new mediation format, whereby specially trained cultural mediators enter into dialogue with visitors.

In line with its ambition to provide a space for culture meetings, the museum is exploring new paths and introducing a new dialogue-culture format entitled ‘Culture-dialogue/dialogue-culture’. Trained cultural mediators actively approach visitors at the exhibitions. They ask questions, provide answers and enter into culture dialogue with the visitors.

Curator Dr Anna Schmid is convinced that this exchange with visitors is highly suitable for promoting lasting awareness about the profound cultural changes in our world and the ways in which this world is portrayed in a museum. Experimenting with this innovative information exchange is made possible thanks to support from the Stiftung Mercator Schweiz foundation.

Discussions on ethnological and social issues help visitors to see the museum and its exhibitions from a new perspective. They are encouraged to reflect on and discuss their conceptions of culture. “As a result, they broaden their knowledge and further their understanding of their own culture and of other cultural backgrounds”, explains Nadine Felix, Managing Director of Stiftung

Mercator Schweiz. With this new dialogue culture, the museum and foundation are hoping for a rich exchange of ideas between visitors and the museum – a place of reflection and knowledge transfer. During the introductory phase of the new format, the cultural mediators will be available every Saturday and Sunday, as well as on Thursdays from 2 p.m.

Museum der Kulturen Basel

Münsterplatz 20

CH-4001 Basel