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The SEC Just voted to lift the ban on General Solicitation! | Crowd Investing | Wefunder Blog

The SEC Just voted to lift the ban on General Solicitation! | Crowd Investing | Wefunder Blog | Dance as Civic Duty | Scoop.it
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Checking around to be certain this is true since ht elast news item on th emeeting was 15 hours ago. But this should be interesting! -ABS

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Checking around to be certain this is true since ht elast news item on th emeeting was 15 hours ago. But this should be interesting! -ABS

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Accelerate@CERN Taiwan | Arts@CERN

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Fantastic opportunity for #dancers in Taiwan. Check it out!

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Freelance Dancers’ wage negotiations: What’s happening? — News — Royal Opera House

Freelance Dancers’ wage negotiations: What’s happening? — News — Royal Opera House | Dance as Civic Duty | Scoop.it
http://www.flickr.com/photos/royaloperahouse/8771059028 It has been reported in the media that the Royal Opera House is in dispute with Equity over rates of...
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I was sent this by the ROH via Twitter to clarify that the previous post on this matter that I'd scooped was issued accidentally. My reply was that now, the issue has multiplied as there is cause for concern that union representation of freelance dancers is as inadequate as their alleged wages.

 

Only one brave soul has commented on this post, and they bring up a fantastic point: what about sustainability and longevity of the artists' craft?

 

What indeed.

 

I live in Los Angeles, a veritable puppy mill of dancers and singers. As the "entertainment capital of the world" we are rarely perceived as the artist capital of the world. Were you to head to Skid Row, or visit the RV villages on the west side, you would find a significant number of former performers living as "homeless." A majority of artists, however, are best classified as "transient, temporary workers." They are internally displaced people in our city...and they receive wages LESS than those of the ROH members.

 

Migratory patterns of dance artists are considered part of the gig. Flopping from one shared apartment to the next, or hoping for a richer-than-thou live-in lover is de rigueur for survival, as well as having an incredible amount of resiliency when your checks can't find you. Ultimately, being paid at such a low rate translates into the need for a "job job" outside of the arts.

 

The net effect is that art production suffers as craft wanes, taking back seat to survival.

 

The translation: quite a number of dance productions and theatre works in LA are produced in alternative spaces and non-union houses, meaning, there is no box office staff. what.so.ever.

 

If the ROH wants to be certain that they are able to employ the best freelancers for their productions, then they should provide the best conditions under which to work for them, inclusive of pay. I am not unaware of the grotesque reliquary that is the business model of an opera. It is an astoundingly unsustainable model, as far from fleet footed as you can possibly get. I feel your fiduciary pain, ROH. However, if you insist in staying in the business of opera and want dancers who have the chops to be in an epic length production maybe joining other city agencies in London in a design thinking session about housing would be in your best interest.

 

It certainly would be in the best interest of Equity to drive this conversation.

 

In Los Angeles, we have a murky idea of where the artists are, but like most big cities with inspired developers, we prefer them to be in one place, all the time, where the real citizens can go view them once a week, free of the burden of dealing with their oddball habits, practices and noise. The Artist District usually shuts out the dance artist because we need space> empty clean space> empty clean, 'unleveraged' sole usage space for our craft. In fact, ballet dancers can't use the same space as tap dancers. Break dancers and "urban dance" practitioners can't successfully share the floor with Modern dance and African dance. It's a dilemma that just makes us look like a bunch of complaint-prone narcissists. We make for easy underpaid targets here because we have different needs.

 

But the freelance dancers and actors of the ROH are clearly on the same team. Why then has their union been so ineffectual at getting them a contract that ensures their ability to maintain their instruments? Rehearsal is just a small portion of the work a human body must undertake in order to be ready to "art." The sublime is embedded in persistent, insistent study, nutrition, and exercise. That's impossible to maintain as a performer if you need to work at the corner shop for the holiday rush in order to meet your rent.

 

Fold some free housing into their contract and see what happens.

 

Freelance dancers in Los Angeles relish the opportunity to be in works that pay rehearsal, performance and per diem. For those who don't make the cut, creating their own work and thus extending the cycle of underpaid, underinsured, 'underhoused' creative works earns them the ire of their neighbors and the disdain of producers.

 

ROH and Equity, you are racing to the bottom with the lives of the freelance art community in your teeth. Apply some deign thinking to this issue, if common sense proves too nefarious a concept.

 

-Anna B. Scott

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Your Typing Style Can Reveal Your Emotions

Your Typing Style Can Reveal Your Emotions | Dance as Civic Duty | Scoop.it
A new computer program can recognize people's emotions based on how they type, paving the way for computers that could one day be smarter than humans — a concept called "the singularity."
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Interesting bit of progress

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100 Cities Will Soon Have Their First-Ever Chief Resilience Officers

100 Cities Will Soon Have Their First-Ever Chief Resilience Officers | Dance as Civic Duty | Scoop.it
The new role, spurred by a challenge from the Rockefeller Foundation, is aimed at building more future-proof cities.
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Get that #dancermind at the ready! And bring all the #quantumstory you can muster. The world's cities must learn to improv.

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Playful Culture #1

Playful Culture #1 | Dance as Civic Duty | Scoop.it
By Zo-ii | Curated collection of Playful Culture articles.
Magazine #1. Quarterly.

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Here's the only list you need: All the tech, people, and products that mattered in 2013

Here's the only list you need: All the tech, people, and products that mattered in 2013 | Dance as Civic Duty | Scoop.it
Before it's time for Auld Lang Syne, here's a look back about the companies, products, people, and reporting we loved most in 2013.
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Twitter Founder Reveals Secret Formula for Getting Rich Online | Wired Business | Wired.com

Twitter Founder Reveals Secret Formula for Getting Rich Online | Wired Business | Wired.com | Dance as Civic Duty | Scoop.it
The co-creator of Twitter and Blogger has decided that "the internet is simply a giant machine designed to give people what they want." Here's what this grand unified theory means and where it came from.
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Very clear points. Disruption has its limits and is itself a potential addiction. -ABS

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How to Develop a Marketing Plan for Your Crowdfunding Campaign | SucceedAsYourOwnBoss.com

How to Develop a Marketing Plan for Your Crowdfunding Campaign | SucceedAsYourOwnBoss.com | Dance as Civic Duty | Scoop.it
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I personally cannot recommend Facebook advertising. We gave that a try and were quite disappointed. Nothing beats a direct email or phone call. #letstalkdance #crowdfunding

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27 Science Fictions That Became Science Facts In 2012

27 Science Fictions That Became Science Facts In 2012 | Dance as Civic Duty | Scoop.it
We may never have our flying cars, but the future is here. From creating fully functioning artificial leaves to hacking the human brain, science made a lot of breakthroughs this year.
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Incredible list!

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Hometown bans Mali legend's music

Hometown bans Mali legend's music | Dance as Civic Duty | Scoop.it
Islamist militants in northern Mali have banned music in the region under their control, threatening the country's rich cultural heritage
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In Mali, singing is history, literally. There are entire families whose job it is to remember their village's records by SINGING them. This is the beginning of genocide. Something has to be done to get these crazies out of Northern Mail. Let the song be sung. -ABS

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ART STRIKE: America is Not Broke - America Is Being Robbed

ART STRIKE: America is Not Broke - America Is Being Robbed | Dance as Civic Duty | Scoop.it
ART STRIKE is a culture day of action. On December 17th, grassroots artists will come together to release awesome new art and music -- join them!



Well, this call is overly simplistic, and kinda clueless about art funding and its complicity with most of the real estate boom-bust. But I am keen to start anywhere. Cutting arts funding is horribly ridiculous. The corporate welfare is the ticket; it's not only underfunding society, but stiffling fair competition. Let's do this. -ABS

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Outgoing SEC Chair Schapiro Delayed JOBS Act Rulemaking Over Legacy Worries

Outgoing SEC Chair Schapiro Delayed JOBS Act Rulemaking Over Legacy Worries | Dance as Civic Duty | Scoop.it
Outgoing Securites and Exchange Commission chair Mary Schapiro opted to slow down the process of implementing Title II of the JOBS Act at the last minute over concerns about her legacy at the SEC and after receiving pressure from a lobbyist.



Yikes. Legacy...safety for investors...policy as police line...not sure this is what we had in mind when we set up rules about helping each other, which is what investing used to be all about. --ABS


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Nail-Clippers and Performers Join Manspreaders As the Target of the MTA’s Latest Ads

Nail-Clippers and Performers Join Manspreaders As the Target of the MTA’s Latest Ads | Dance as Civic Duty | Scoop.it
Another batch of subway ads, appearing this month.
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but who doesn't want to see dancing on the subway?!

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Professional dancers ‘paid less than box office assistants’ at Royal Opera House

Professional dancers ‘paid less than box office assistants’ at Royal Opera House | Dance as Civic Duty | Scoop.it
Low pay for freelance actors and dancers urgently needs addressing, says Equity performers’ union
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AND, the freelance artist has no job security...

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Break Dancing, Phnom Penh-Style

"A former gang member from Long Beach, California, teaches break dancing to at-risk youths in Cambodia."


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Incredible story. The deportation scheme is thoroughly illogical. This practice is what fueling the violence in many Central American countries. Lucky for Cambodia, KK wants a fresh start...

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Jeremy Hansen's curator insight, October 20, 2014 11:49 AM

Urban youth culture in Cambodia. Globalization. US culture spread through former refugee. What geographic themes are evident in this video? How is geography being reshaped and by what forces?

Diana Morey's curator insight, December 12, 2014 4:18 PM

Diffusion

Hector Alonzo's curator insight, December 15, 2014 9:13 PM

Taking one cultures form of art to another country and see it embraced so fully is truly amazing. It shows just how globalization takes form and is implemented. It even gives the members of the break dance group a chance to go to school, which is a great opportunity for them, not only can they practice break dancing and stay off the streets, but also get an education and work towards a better life.

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The Custom-Made Brain: Cerebral Plasticity, Regeneration, and Enhancement (by Jean-Didier Vincent & Pierre-Marie Lledo)

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Two leading neuroscientists introduce the concepts of "cerebral plasticity" and the "regenerating brain," describing what we know now about the processes through which the brain constantly reconstructs itself and the potential benefits this knowledge could have in addressing concerns for neurological, cognitive, and emotional health.

The authors begin with a survey of the fundamental scientific developments that led to our current understanding of the regenerative mind, elucidating the breakthrough neurobiological studies that paved the way for our present understanding of the brain's plasticity and regenerative capabilities. They then discuss the application of these findings to such issues as depression, dyslexia, schizophrenia, and cognitive therapy, incorporating the latest technologies in neuroimaging, optogenetics, and nanotechnology. Their work shows the brain is anything but a static organ, ceasing to grow as human beings become adults. Rather, the brain is dynamic, evolving organically in relation to physical, cultural, historical, and affective stimuli, a plasticity that provides early hope to survivors of trauma and degenerative disorders.

 

 


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Why Nate Silver can’t explain it all | Al Jazeera America

Why Nate Silver can’t explain it all | Al Jazeera America | Dance as Civic Duty | Scoop.it
FiveThirtyEight and other new media projects pretend to offer explanatory journalism but lack self-awareness
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It's still about the quantum story...data rides the waves of the tale. #datavstory

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How To Turn Into A Tree After You Die

How To Turn Into A Tree After You Die | Dance as Civic Duty | Scoop.it
Did you know that you can grow into a tree after you die?  Bios Urn is a funerary urn made from biodegradable materials that will turn you into a tree after you die.
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Google Niantic's Ingress augmented-reality game grows with real-time events

Google Niantic's Ingress augmented-reality game grows with real-time events | Dance as Civic Duty | Scoop.it
Mobile game Ingress gets gamers out of the house with large outdoor activities.
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Wow. More reasons to get a new phone! This is akin to my performance ori.Xa.  Super excited to get this app on a more robust phone. -ABS

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The SEC Just voted to lift the ban on General Solicitation! | Crowd Investing | Wefunder Blog

The SEC Just voted to lift the ban on General Solicitation! | Crowd Investing | Wefunder Blog | Dance as Civic Duty | Scoop.it
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Checking around to be certain this is true since ht elast news item on th emeeting was 15 hours ago. But this should be interesting! -ABS

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Checking around to be certain this is true since ht elast news item on th emeeting was 15 hours ago. But this should be interesting! -ABS

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Mindscapes: First man to hear people before they speak - health - 04 July 2013 - New Scientist

Mindscapes: First man to hear people before they speak - health - 04 July 2013 - New Scientist | Dance as Civic Duty | Scoop.it
PH is the first case of a person who hears speech before seeing a speaker's lips move. His badly dubbed world reveals timing mechanisms in the brain
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This one really got the choregraphic juices flowing! Multiple clocks in the body, synchronizing to give the effect that all your parts and processes work instantly: you mean what you say when you say it, but actually you have already said it before your jaw complies and that person's ear heard it before their eyes saw it and somewhere in there, a you-in-there comprehended that communicaiton was occuring and stitched it all together. Profound.

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'Bionic man' surprises roboticists

'Bionic man' surprises roboticists | Dance as Civic Duty | Scoop.it
A bionic man, complete with working artificial organs, synthetic blood and functioning limbs has been built by robotics experts.
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From around the globe, comes enough articifial human parts to assemble a human. Stunning.

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Mid-Sized Business Negotiations: Why Win-Win is a Losing Philosophy

Mid-Sized Business Negotiations: Why Win-Win is a Losing Philosophy | Dance as Civic Duty | Scoop.it
“Win-win” remains the most popular philosophy in business negotiations. Why it's not effective for leaders of mid-sized growth companies.
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Memoto: Secrets of a half-million-dollar Kickstarter campaign

Memoto: Secrets of a half-million-dollar Kickstarter campaign | Dance as Civic Duty | Scoop.it
Memoto’s Kickstarter project was launched on October 23, with the goal of reaching $50,000 before November 30. The end result would turn out to be way more – more than $500,000 – but we didn’t know...



Wow. Talk about sunk costs! The stress of reading this is intense (boy did they suffer), but take note, those of you looking for a simple how-to-guide: these gys had major off-line game. Great read and congrats to Memoto, a creepy, yet cool idea!

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