Movement in Malawi

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Sakaramenta is a Malawi-based social business designing and building bicycles, push-carts and playground equipment with and for the Malawi people. The group started with a simple design of a bicycle-driven cart – the Care Cart transports the sick and pregnant to the hospital, where they would otherwise have to walk. Sakaramenta’s most recent design is for a hospital as well – using a repurposed ambulance as a central component to a playground for children. Kids in wheelchairs can roll right in and hang out, and others can climb atop its rails, or slide down a built-in pole or slide, making the hospital experience a little more joyful.

Bookshelf: What We’re Reading

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There’s a lot happening these days at Wert&Co.–reflected in six books we would like to share with you. We’ve been preparing for a few talks and seeking to understand ourselves and our work more deeply, finding inspiration from the self discovery of childhood to the wisdom (hopefully) gained over the years. This month we also mourned the loss of John Berger who’s seminal Ways of Seeing provided us not just with a tool to view art in a revolutionary way, but a tool to understand critically the images that surround us. Finally with data ruling the day, in both politics and our work, we’ve found ourselves recently in a deep dive on both the mechanics, design and ethics of this fascinating subject.

 

Oh yes, the planet is sublime!

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I have a crazy,
crazy love of things.
I like pliers,
and scissors.
I love
cups,
rings,
and bowls –
not to speak, of course,
of hats.
I love
all things,
not just
the grandest,
also
the
infinite-
ly
small–
thimbles,
spurs,
plates,
and flower vases.
Oh yes,
the planet
is sublime!

Odes to Common Things by Pablo Neruda
(photo by Daniel Wert)

 

 

Celebrating & Honoring Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

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A day for reflection & dreaming & coming together in peace.

 

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