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How One Artist Is Working To Build A 'Mini-Versailles' On Chicago's South Side

FEED - The Huffington Post - 35 min 44 sec ago
For acclaimed Chicago-based artist Theaster Gates, community revival all comes back to his training as a potter -- a practice in which “you very quickly learn to make great things out of nothing.”

That’s exactly what Gates has done with Dorchester Projects, part of an impressive cluster of formerly abandoned buildings on Chicago’s South Side that Gates has renovated into cultural hubs and community gathering sites in the struggling Grand Crossing neighborhood.

It all started with one two-story house adjacent to Gates’ studio on South Dorchester Avenue, Gates explained in a recent TED Talk. Purchased in 2009, the building today serves as a micro-library called the Archive House. A number of sister properties, including the Listening House and the Black Cinema House, soon followed. The hubs quickly began to attract attention from “very significant people from the city and beyond who find themselves in the middle of the 'hood,” according to Gates.


The Archive House, the first of Gates' Dorchester Projects, before and after. As is the case with Gates' art, the Archive House and his other sites incorporate many reclaimed materials.

Gates’ sites serve a number of functions to the communities that surround them. The Black Cinema House hosts regular screenings and discussions catered to people of the African diaspora. One recent program, “The Divine Feminine,” showcased video and performance-based works from artists of color exploring themes of femininity.

The Listening House is home to portions of the Johnson Publishing Company collection, including back issues of Ebony and Jet magazines, and an archive from the city's late great shop, Dr. Wax Records.

But Gates’ vision for a revitalized South Side doesn’t stop there. His non-profit Rebuild Foundation is currently working to renovate the long-closed Stony Island Bank into another cultural hub, and he has his eye on more development in the future.

“Nothing had happened there. It was dirt, it was nothing, it was nowhere,” Gates said. “But if we can land kind of a miniature Versailles on top of that and connect these buildings by a beautiful green belt, this place where people never wanted to be would become an important destination for folk from all over the country and world.”

Recognizing that he can’t “export” his work, Gates had advice to offer other communities such as Akron, Ohio; Detroit, Michigan; or Gary, Indiana, who are similarly working toward revitalization.

“When there are resources that have not been made available to certain under-resourced cities or neighborhoods or communities, sometimes culture is the thing that helps to ignite [communities],” he said, adding, “If you start with culture and get people reinvested in their place, other kinds of adjacent amenities start to grow and then people can make a demand that’s a poetic demand and the political demands that are necessary to wake up our cities also become very poetic.”

WATCH Gates discuss the project in a TED Talk, above.
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How One Artist Is Working To Build A 'Mini-Versailles' On Chicago's South Side

FEED - The Huffington Post - 35 min 44 sec ago
For acclaimed Chicago-based artist Theaster Gates, community revival all comes back to his training as a potter -- a practice in which “you very quickly learn to make great things out of nothing.”

That’s exactly what Gates has done with Dorchester Projects, part of an impressive cluster of formerly abandoned buildings on Chicago’s South Side that Gates has renovated into cultural hubs and community gathering sites in the struggling Grand Crossing neighborhood.

It all started with one two-story house adjacent to Gates’ studio on South Dorchester Avenue, Gates explained in a recent TED Talk. Purchased in 2009, the building today serves as a micro-library called the Archive House. A number of sister properties, including the Listening House and the Black Cinema House, soon followed. The hubs quickly began to attract attention from “very significant people from the city and beyond who find themselves in the middle of the 'hood,” according to Gates.


The Archive House, the first of Gates' Dorchester Projects, before and after. As is the case with Gates' art, the Archive House and his other sites incorporate many reclaimed materials.

Gates’ sites serve a number of functions to the communities that surround them. The Black Cinema House hosts regular screenings and discussions catered to people of the African diaspora. One recent program, “The Divine Feminine,” showcased video and performance-based works from artists of color exploring themes of femininity.

The Listening House is home to portions of the Johnson Publishing Company collection, including back issues of Ebony and Jet magazines, and an archive from the city's late great shop, Dr. Wax Records.

But Gates’ vision for a revitalized South Side doesn’t stop there. His non-profit Rebuild Foundation is currently working to renovate the long-closed Stony Island Bank into another cultural hub, and he has his eye on more development in the future.

“Nothing had happened there. It was dirt, it was nothing, it was nowhere,” Gates said. “But if we can land kind of a miniature Versailles on top of that and connect these buildings by a beautiful green belt, this place where people never wanted to be would become an important destination for folk from all over the country and world.”

Recognizing that he can’t “export” his work, Gates had advice to offer other communities such as Akron, Ohio; Detroit, Michigan; or Gary, Indiana, who are similarly working toward revitalization.

“When there are resources that have not been made available to certain under-resourced cities or neighborhoods or communities, sometimes culture is the thing that helps to ignite [communities],” he said, adding, “If you start with culture and get people reinvested in their place, other kinds of adjacent amenities start to grow and then people can make a demand that’s a poetic demand and the political demands that are necessary to wake up our cities also become very poetic.”

WATCH Gates discuss the project in a TED Talk, above.
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เตือนไทยตอนบนยังมีฝนคะนอง-ลมแรง

กรมอุตุเผยไทยตอนบนยังมีฝนฟ้าคะนองลมแรงบางแห่งระวังอันตราย กทม.มีฝน20%ของพื้นที่
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ชง ครม.จุดพลุสงกรานต์ จัดหาล่ามตามชายแดน

เพื่อประกาศขอความร่วมมือในการท่องเที่ยวสงกรานต์ปี 2558 เป็นการท่องเที่ยวสงกรานต์แบบวิถีไทยเพื่อรณรงค์ใน 8 เรื่องเพื่อหลีกเลี่ยงการเกิดอุบัติเหตุ และเพื่อส่งเสริมวัฒนธรรมของไทย อาทิ รณรงค์ให้มีการแต่งกายสุภาพเรียบร้อย
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ชง ครม.จุดพลุสงกรานต์ จัดหาล่ามตามชายแดน

เพื่อประกาศขอความร่วมมือในการท่องเที่ยวสงกรานต์ปี 2558 เป็นการท่องเที่ยวสงกรานต์แบบวิถีไทยเพื่อรณรงค์ใน 8 เรื่องเพื่อหลีกเลี่ยงการเกิดอุบัติเหตุ และเพื่อส่งเสริมวัฒนธรรมของไทย อาทิ รณรงค์ให้มีการแต่งกายสุภาพเรียบร้อย
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Is Your Use Of Social Media For Marketing Working?

FEED - The Huffington Post - 37 min 41 sec ago

Isn't it frustrating to think you finally understand something in business, like marketing with social media, only to realize that the landscape changed while you were looking at other priorities? For example, it used to be that marketing via social media meant banner ads on Facebook, buying search engine results, and sponsoring blog entries, but these don't suffice anymore.



In a recent book on social media by Jim Tobin, "Earn It. Don't Buy It," he asserts that "earned" social engagement drives better business results than paid social exposure. Jim should know, since he is the president Ignite Social Media, of one of the best known social media marketing agencies. Here are a few bits of current wisdom from both of us along these lines:




  1. Nobody clicks on Facebook ads anymore. Banner ads routinely average a .1% click through rate and Facebook manages to be about half as good as that. That's 99.96% of people not clicking on those ads. When the glass is only .04% full, you should start looking for a new container.


  2. Where are the young social media users going? They are going to Instagram, Tumblr, Pinterest, and Snapchat. In 2014 Tumblr overtook Instagram as fastest-growing social platform, and Snapchat is the fastest-growing mobile app, driven largely by Millennials and teens.


  3. You need influencers more than advocates. Brands need influencers working on their behalf because they provide the third-party credibility and social proof that validates their products. 92% of people trust "recommendations from people I know" and 70% trust "consumer opinions posted online."


  4. Where did your friends go? While Pinterest and Tumbler saw activity increases approaching 100%, Facebook was the only big network to experience a drop in active usage last year, even if only by 9%, according to GlobalWebIndex (GWI), a research firm that interviews 170,000 internet users in 32 markets.


  5. Maybe they just don't care. As far back as 2013, Pew Internet & American Life Project started reporting that their focus groups found "waning enthusiasm for Facebook" among teens, that Facebook has become a "social burden" for them, and that "users of sites other than Facebook express greater enthusiasm for their choice."


  6. New can turn old very quickly. Friendster was a fad, Second Life was a fad, MySpace was a fad, and Facebook suddenly seems old school. Don't connect the latest platform, which may be transient, with the larger phenomenon of digitally enabled social conversations. If you can figure out why people care about your product, you'll have success regardless of the platform du jour.


Earning social media clout for your business, rather than buying it, seems to be all about engagement. Engagement occurs when customers and stakeholders become participants by sharing ideas with you, or talking to their friends about you, rather than merely viewing what you publish. Each participant becomes part of your marketing department, as other customers read their output, and become part of the conversation. It's the principle underlying "viral marketing."



So how do you facilitate engagement and conversation with your solution? According to an explanation I first saw on Social Fresh, it's really a cycle consisting of three key phases:




  • User to product (engaged user base). This part isn't new. In order to build any following, you need a solution that solves a real problem, not just technology that wows you, or great functionality with a painful learning curve. How engaged people are will depend on how much value they see, and how much they enjoy using the product.




  • User to brand (engaged audience). Once someone is engaged with your product, you'll want to get them engaged with your brand. This happens today when you talk to people through social media and responsive customer service. Get in the habit of having genuine conversations with your engaged users to create an engaged audience.




  • User to user (engaged community). Now you have an engaged audience of people who feel an emotional connect with your brand and product. Time to start connecting them with each other. You can do so using conversation platforms like forums, Facebook groups or build something yourself.



So that's how you earn customers through social media, rather than buying them with banner ads. But don't be misled, social media marketing to get customers and brand recognition through engagement still costs money (and time and effort). There is no free lunch. But don't spend your money on things that don't work anymore. That won't build any competitive advantage.

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Is Your Use Of Social Media For Marketing Working?

FEED - The Huffington Post - 37 min 41 sec ago

Isn't it frustrating to think you finally understand something in business, like marketing with social media, only to realize that the landscape changed while you were looking at other priorities? For example, it used to be that marketing via social media meant banner ads on Facebook, buying search engine results, and sponsoring blog entries, but these don't suffice anymore.



In a recent book on social media by Jim Tobin, "Earn It. Don't Buy It," he asserts that "earned" social engagement drives better business results than paid social exposure. Jim should know, since he is the president Ignite Social Media, of one of the best known social media marketing agencies. Here are a few bits of current wisdom from both of us along these lines:




  1. Nobody clicks on Facebook ads anymore. Banner ads routinely average a .1% click through rate and Facebook manages to be about half as good as that. That's 99.96% of people not clicking on those ads. When the glass is only .04% full, you should start looking for a new container.


  2. Where are the young social media users going? They are going to Instagram, Tumblr, Pinterest, and Snapchat. In 2014 Tumblr overtook Instagram as fastest-growing social platform, and Snapchat is the fastest-growing mobile app, driven largely by Millennials and teens.


  3. You need influencers more than advocates. Brands need influencers working on their behalf because they provide the third-party credibility and social proof that validates their products. 92% of people trust "recommendations from people I know" and 70% trust "consumer opinions posted online."


  4. Where did your friends go? While Pinterest and Tumbler saw activity increases approaching 100%, Facebook was the only big network to experience a drop in active usage last year, even if only by 9%, according to GlobalWebIndex (GWI), a research firm that interviews 170,000 internet users in 32 markets.


  5. Maybe they just don't care. As far back as 2013, Pew Internet & American Life Project started reporting that their focus groups found "waning enthusiasm for Facebook" among teens, that Facebook has become a "social burden" for them, and that "users of sites other than Facebook express greater enthusiasm for their choice."


  6. New can turn old very quickly. Friendster was a fad, Second Life was a fad, MySpace was a fad, and Facebook suddenly seems old school. Don't connect the latest platform, which may be transient, with the larger phenomenon of digitally enabled social conversations. If you can figure out why people care about your product, you'll have success regardless of the platform du jour.


Earning social media clout for your business, rather than buying it, seems to be all about engagement. Engagement occurs when customers and stakeholders become participants by sharing ideas with you, or talking to their friends about you, rather than merely viewing what you publish. Each participant becomes part of your marketing department, as other customers read their output, and become part of the conversation. It's the principle underlying "viral marketing."



So how do you facilitate engagement and conversation with your solution? According to an explanation I first saw on Social Fresh, it's really a cycle consisting of three key phases:




  • User to product (engaged user base). This part isn't new. In order to build any following, you need a solution that solves a real problem, not just technology that wows you, or great functionality with a painful learning curve. How engaged people are will depend on how much value they see, and how much they enjoy using the product.




  • User to brand (engaged audience). Once someone is engaged with your product, you'll want to get them engaged with your brand. This happens today when you talk to people through social media and responsive customer service. Get in the habit of having genuine conversations with your engaged users to create an engaged audience.




  • User to user (engaged community). Now you have an engaged audience of people who feel an emotional connect with your brand and product. Time to start connecting them with each other. You can do so using conversation platforms like forums, Facebook groups or build something yourself.



So that's how you earn customers through social media, rather than buying them with banner ads. But don't be misled, social media marketing to get customers and brand recognition through engagement still costs money (and time and effort). There is no free lunch. But don't spend your money on things that don't work anymore. That won't build any competitive advantage.

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ระทึก! ไฟไหม้-ตึกถล่มในนิวยอร์ก เจ็บหลายราย (ชมคลิป)

เกิดเหตุไฟไหม้รุนแรงซึ่งคาดว่าเกิดจากการระเบิด ที่อาคารแห่งหนึ่งในนครนิวยอร์ก ทำให้ตึกถล่มลงมาบางส่วน มีผู้ได้รับบาดเจ็บนับสิบราย...
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Prajin sets double-rail deadline

Transport Minister ACM Prajin Juntong has set a March 31 deadline to pave the way for Japanese-Thai development of a new double-track railroad, expected to link with the Dawei deep seaport project in Myanmar.
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Slave boat owners in govt sights

Prime Minister Prayut Chan-o-cha has vowed to take legal action against any private companies found to have used forced labour in the fishing industry.
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Prawit lashes city over latest flood drama

Bangkok governor Sukhumbhand Paribatra must communicate better with residents so they gain a better understanding of flash floods, Deputy Prime Minister Prawit Wongsuwon said Thursday.
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TAO chief's son among four 'insurgents' slain by cops

A son of the deputy chief of Pattani's Tambon Administration Arganisation (TAO) and two university students were among four suspected insurgents shot dead by security officers in Pattani's Thung Yang Daeng district on Wednesdaynight.
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Princess urges kindy learning revamp

Her Royal Highness Princess Maha Chakri Sirindhorn has urged educationalists to incorporate basic research into the kindergarten curriculum.
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Pansak nabbed again for march

A core leader of the Resistant Citizen group was arrested Thursday morning for protesting on March 15, just as he was planning a second anti-coup march.
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Suthep sure he can defeat NACC charge

Former deputy prime minister Suthep Thaugsuban is confident he can clear himself of malfeasance charges brought by the National Anti-Corruption Commission (NACC) regarding the deadly crackdown on red-shirts protesters in 2010.
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Public 'must have power' to check on govt

Political reform and a workable democracy in Thailand will be achieved only when the people are given power to scrutinise those in charge and to protect their interests, prominent academic Thirayuth Boonmi says. 
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Army steps up drive to thwart Rohingya trafficking

The military task force responsible for tackling human trafficking says it is stepping up measures to thwart trafficking of Rohingya migrants from Myanmar to Malaysia via Thailand.
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Samut Prakan trawler bucks slavery trend

Crammed quarters and filthy conditions on board fishing vessels may be the norm in the Thai fishing industry but one fishing operator in Samut Prakan is building four ships equipped with air-conditioned quarters and flush toilets for his crew.
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