1. "If we can’t play together, how can we work together?"

    This was one of my favorite quotes I heard while working with our client, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, at TEDMED last week. It comes from Danny Milholland, who was describing the efforts under way in his hometown of Port Townsend, Washington, to build a stronger community. Danny told me about projects like the Cake Picnic. Each May, thousands of people gather to eat free cake (last year, volunteers baked and served 4,000 pieces of cake!), then join together for a massive dance party.

    Never underestimate the power of whimsy and play. -aer

  2. The mountains that divide California also demarcate rich from poor. California’s Central Valley grows over $40 billion in food each year, yet one in five residents faces hunger at home.

    Follow Matt Black’s stunning project, The Geography of Poverty. We are. -gn

  3. A filmmaker’s vision can move a person, but must it propel a society forward? Our own Alison Byrne Fields explores the downside of measuring the social impact of documentary films on our blog (and Indiewire). See the thoughtful responses from Filmmaker Magazine and Fledgling Fund. (Image: Come funziona l’occhio, “Il secolo illustrato”, 1936.) -gn

  4. Reflect this Labor Day weekend on the many social and economic (and yes, typographical) achievements of people who came before us. -gn (The New York Times, 1909)

  5. seblester:

    Waiting for train this morning, writing little notes to myself.

    My wife gifted me with a Seb Lester print last year and I’m obsessed with it. I just discovered Seb is on Tumblr and Instagram where you get to see amazing examples of his calligraphy. It’s a rabbit hole of beauty. - jb

  6. Via Alernet "I’m glad it sparked some conversation because I think, throughout the nation, we’re all asking ourselves this question," France Francois (pictured) said. ‘How did we come here again? How did we find ourselves in this very same space?’"
-MD

    Via Alernet "I’m glad it sparked some conversation because I think, throughout the nation, we’re all asking ourselves this question," France Francois (pictured) said. ‘How did we come here again? How did we find ourselves in this very same space?’"

    -MD

  7. Hedy Epstein, 90-year-old Holocaust survivor and peaceful Ferguson protester - abf

  8. Ferguson MO - ABF