Architecture students at the University of Utah learn valuable lessons in the creation of homes for Navaho families in need south of Salt Lake City. In a semester-long project called Design Build Bluff aspiring architects gain practical experience while helping others.
For almost six years the ad firm Knupp, Watson & Wallman has provided free marketing and advertising assistance to non-profits throughout Dane County. In an annual 24-hour marathon event called Goodstock, the company rallies its staff of creatives to develop top quality, high impact promotional materials to boost the good work of charitable organizations in need. Having developed a program that successfully leverages the philanthropic power of publicity KW2’s Goodstock is now being duplicated by other ad firms in the U.S. and Canada.
It’s been on the New York Times bestseller list for 197 weeks. The book Three Cups of Tea by Greg Mortenson and David Oliver Relin continues to engage and inspire millions of people around world. This story of one man’s journey to build schools for children in the most remote regions Pakistan and Afghanistan has helped to forge a better understanding of how to encourage peace and cooperation where there has been only war and armed conflict for decades. But when I met with Mortenson at the MountainFilm Festival in Telluride Colorado he shared with me his latest project.
“The second book I wrote, Stones Into Schools, is more about Afghanistan," he said in an interview. "It’s also about the lessons I learned in Three Cups of Tea about empowering the people, listening to the elders, about really letting the people themselves do the work. So I tried in the to really show that people themselves can be empowered.”
Stones Into Schools isn’t just a sequel to a popular piece of non-fiction. It’s a testament to the impact one person can make in the lives of others. By providing the people of Afghanistan with the tools they need to help themselves, Mortenson is doing more than building schools. He’s paving a long road toward a world that lives in peace.
Can the power of celebrity bring more people of color into the National Parks? Yosemite Ranger Shelton Johnson thinks so and now that he’s grabbed the attention of talk show host Oprah Winfrey momentum is building to invite the rap star Snoop Dogg to go camping. A petition is being circulated in the hopes of enticing the urban music icon into the wild.
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After a terrific week in celebration of adventure culture the Banff Mountain Film Festival World Tour is hitting the road this week. With it’s first stops through the state of Montana the new series of action pics both long and short are making the rounds throughout North America. You’ll find below a complete list of the films listed on the tour.