What does a teenager look like with a dirty needle sticking out of their arm?

You may read the headlines in the news, but seeing a community genuinely not dealing with the affects of herion is something else. Turn off the TV, this film from VBS is mind blowing. It made me feel physically sick but I was captivated by these young people’s stories. Film making that insists you sit up and pay attention.

GV

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Dare to fail

Should parents feel guilty about allowing their kids to use their mobile phones for games?

Apparently our kids know how to use an iPad before they can tie their own shoe laces. Brilliant or shocking?

Having recently user tested an app in a nursery school it’s been a revelation how quickly toddlers are adopting technology that their carers are often too intimidated to pick up.

I have to admit I’d be pretty miffed if my child could hit top score on Angry Birds whilst I’m bent over tying his laces, but you’ve got to admit – this technology is not going away (nor should it) and you either get on board or get left behind.

GV

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The most common way people give up their power is by thinking they don’t have any

Are women fairly treated in the media? Jennifer Siebel Newsome thinks not and is on a campaign to write the situation with her Sundance nominated film Miss Representation.

It would be interesting to see a home grown British take on this – but it’s just as relevant here as the US. If sex sells, where do we draw the line?

GV

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Can a great school exist without great teachers?

What’s your strongest school time memory? Well, the one after sneaking behind the bike sheds – chances are it’s a great teacher. I always find it amazing that a brief interaction over only a few years can stay with you for a life time.

I’m yet to watch ‘Waiting For Superman‘ but if this trailer is anything to go by it’s definitely on my list.

We recently had the opportunity to pitch on a project along these lines – Inconvenient Truth meets the opening credits from Juno. The project never happened but it was a blast developing ideas for it.

GV

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Can creativity create peace?

To what extents are young people going to today to make a statement, create a point of view and make change? With the extents of the riots currently raging in Egypt – how do designers respond?

This innovative approach from sokak savasakarsi takes it to another level.

GV

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