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Saturday
Sep242011

Smart Sensuality Brands, Values & Philanthropy

Success Edun Sp 2012

Ali Hewson & Sharon Wauchob’s Solid Success Eden Spring 2012 Show AOC Style 9/14/11

For spring/summer 2012 Sharon Wauchob — now on her third season for the Edun label, which is also owned by LVMH, created a collection that is manufactured 37 percent in Africa. This statistic and the overall enthusiasm around the Edun collection is a vast improvement from the mood just a year ago, when Edun was back to the drawing board.

The spring collection skillfully mixes iconic floral patterns with traditional African prints, results in a modern, romantic take on tribal. (Note, if our use of the word tribal is politically incorrect in our unbelievably pc world, we apologize but are using verbiage from the company’s press release. Speak to Ali Hewson. )

Charlize & Congo’s Dr Mukwege

Charlize Theron Meets Dr Denis Mukwege @ Congo’s Panzi Hospital for Raped Women AOC World’s Women

“The indifference the world has shown to the Congo is repulsive,” says Dr. Denis Mukwege, who treats the raped and mutilated women of the Democratic Republic of Congo at Panzi Hospital.

It’s Dr. Mukwege’s position that he’s working in the worst place in the world for women, and none of us care. He’s wrong, but I admit that we don’t have good direction on what to do about it.

In 2011, Dr. Mukwege — with Eve Ensler — is helping raped Congo women transition into a new life in the City of Joy, which is a refuge for women, a place where they can heal, rebuild and learn new skills.

More reading Women of Congo.

God, Women & Materialism

Heather Marks, Anja Rubik & Tatiana Kovylina | David Lachapelle | Vogue Italia October 2001 | Shoes Portfolio

God, Women & Materialism | Vogue Italia’s Smart Sensuality Values AOC News Musings 9/4/11

We share an interesting perspective on AOC mid-week, thanks to a post on the improvement of digital eyeballs at Vogue.com — which is a Modern values publication and website, whereas Vogue Italia is for Smart Sensuality types like us.

AOC|SN combined — with no marketing and only word of mouth support — are about 1/6 the size of Vogue.com in terms of monthly unique readers. BUT, on bounce rate, time on website and all critical thinking measures, we shine above Vogue.com — as we shine above most fashion websites.

Reality is that AOC is the Vogue Italia of fashion websites. I hadn’t thought of this idea until today, but it is a truism and a nice perspective on where we fit in the world of fashion and style blogging.

Slow & Thoughtful

Cultural Creatives Constitute the Core of the Slow Living Movement AOC Health 7/20/2009

No one believes that ‘slow’ will become any kind of European-inspired, major mantra in America, but the economic meltdown will clearly bring more adherents into the philosophical fold. Adherents argue that instead of believing that ‘speed wins’ at all costs, we must find the right speed of our individual lives.

In the case of investing, Brookline-based Slow Money Alliance seeks to “reconnect investors to that in which they are investing and to the places in which they live.’’ Compare this approach to Modern commodies trading, in which a single barrel of oil was traded on average 27 times, in recent years. Was there any actually value-added benefit for a barrel of oil traded so often? None whatsoever.

The argument that the current global meltdown was created by mindless folks stuck in a fast-forward, Roadrunner-mentality continues to gain traction. At the same time, history has never slowed down voluntarily. In America, slow is lazy, for slckers or — worse yet — for stupid people only. Slow is unAmerican.

Women & Philanthropy

Smart Sensuality Women Support Philanthropy That Delivers Results AOC World's Women 7/10/2009

One of our long-terms goals for Anne of Carversville is to combine a pragmatic, bottom-line business perspective with a deeply-seeded concern about global problems.

Kristof’s next factoid left me speechless, until I considered it more fully.

Research supports the fact that people are more willing to help a single person than a multitude. In a recently published book, “The Life You Can Save,” Princeton’s Professor Peter Singer agress with University of Oregon psychology professor Paul Slovic that the more people who die, the less we care.

Kristof uses Singer’s and Slovic’s work to identify key attitudes driving this real life response to humanitarian crises:

  • Personal responsibility. One-on-one makes us more responsible for each other. Multitudes imply that there’s plenty of other folks around to worry about the problem.
  • Large scale problems overwhelm us. Show us the success rates of attacking big problems and winning.
  • If the suffering is too overwhelming, we turn away and hurry on.

I would add that especially in a global economic climate where people have lost faith in our institutions — and that includes notoriously corrupt African governments — it seems that we’re often throwing money into a sinkhole, with our contribution.

In the same way that One.org tracks nation’s keeping their promises, we must understand which humanitarian organizations truly deliver results.