If you have a spare five minutes today I urge you to read this piece that follows the story of Zahida Qureshi, a Pakistani woman who set up a charitable organisation that makes customised wheelchairs for children and adults. Qureshi herself became a wheelchair user after she contracted polio as a child, and experienced the huge barriers that disabled people face in Pakistan. Since 2007, her organisation has given away 6,000 wheelchairs and is growing.
As hard as it can be to believe, people are out there trying to make the world a better, more liveable place. For more uplifting stories, taken from the First Edition newsletter, keep scrolling.
Art In Site was commissioned by Liz O’Sullivan, arts manager for the Guy’s and St Thomas’ Trust (GSTT), to redesign several areas of the Evelina, which treats newborns up to 18-year-olds, with an approach that is not just aesthetic but also pedagogical.
In seven years, Hospital Rooms has completed almost 800 artist workshops to create 150 artworks for 25 projects all over the UK, helping the NHS “dream bigger about what’s possible within four walls: wall murals, kinetic sculpture, photos, hanging pieces, video works… art which rivals those in cultural institutions”.
Education is also under the spotlight. A report in June into misconduct at University College London’s Bartlett School of Architecture found a “toxic culture” of bullying, sexual misconduct and racism spanning decades. It finally lifted the lid on what had long been an open secret, an ingrained masochism endemic to architectural education, leading to stronger calls than ever for a fundamental rethink of how the subject is taught, and the need for alternative routes to qualification.
“We are making a new Ukraine,” says Tetiana Burianova, as she surveys her volunteers clearing up a shattered house, part of a day’s reconstruction efforts in a war-ravaged village about 75 miles north-west of Kyiv.
While the government – fighting the war against Russia to the east and south – has struggled to clear and rebuild homes, the state’s absence has left a gap that Burianova and her fast-growing band of twenty- and thirtysomethings have begun to fill.
A joint effort of several authors who do find that nobody can keep standing at the side and that “Everyone" must care about what is going on in today’s world.
We are a bunch of people who do not mind that somebody has a totally different idea but is willing to share the ideas with others and to be Active and willing to let others understand how "today’s decisions will influence the future”. Therefore we would love to see many others to "Act today".
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