Chris Jordan

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Chris Jordan is an internationally acclaimed artist and cultural activist based in Seattle. His work explores contemporary mass culture from a variety of photographic and conceptual perspectives, connecting the viewer viscerally to the enormity and power of humanity’s collective will. Edge-walking the lines between art and activism, beauty and horror, abstraction and representation, the near and the far, the visible and the invisible, his work asks us to consider our own multi-layered roles in becoming more conscious stewards of our complex and embattled world. Jordan’s works are exhibited and published worldwide.
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The 5 senses of PopTech

The 5 senses of PopTech

Coming to PopTech isn’t just about absorbing an onslaught of mind-blowing ideas; it’s about heightening your senses. We’ve woven various methods of perception into each conference. Today, we bring you PopTech in 5 senses.

SMELL: Former New York Times perfume critic Chandler Burr (PopTech 2008) on astonishing smells

The

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Spend Earth Day with David de Rothschild

Looking for something to do this Earth Day?  Here are a couple of ideas, both of which involve 2010 PopTech presenter David de Rothschild and his Plastiki.

If you’re in New York City, De Rothschild will be signing copies of his book, Plastiki: Across the Pacific on Plastic, An Adventure to Save Our Oceans, at Paragon Sports on

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This week in PopTech: Burning questions and documenting journeys

This week in PopTech: Burning questions and documenting journeys

There’s always something brewing in the PopTech community. From the world-changing people, projects and ideas in our network, a handful of this week’s highlights follows.

Founder of Friendfactor, Brian Elliot (Social Innovation Fellow 2010) uses friendship to accelerate legal freedoms for LGBT people. A new Friendfactor feature, called Burning Read more »

This week in PopTech: Big stories, big news

This week in PopTech: Big stories, big news

There’s always something brewing in the PopTech community. From the world-changing people, projects and ideas in our network, a handful of this week’s highlights follows.

The unveiling of annual valentines from renowned typographer Marian Bantjes (PopTech 2008) is always a treat. This year is no exception.

Reihan Salam (PopTech 2009) has a new Read more »

This week in PopTech: Visual tributes and social solutions

This week in PopTech: Visual tributes and social solutions

There’s always something brewing in the PopTech community. From the world-changing people, projects and ideas in our network, a handful of this week’s highlights follows.

Graphic designer and 2009 PopTech presenter Nicholas Felton has released The 2010 Felton Annual Report, an infographic homage to the life of his father. Felton has published his Annual Read more »

David de Rothschild helms the Good Ship Plastiki

David de Rothschild helms the Good Ship Plastiki

Sailing around the ocean on a boat made of plastic bottles might not be most people’s idea of a good time. But, as speaker David de Rothschild pointed out, it’s a great way to bring attention to an issue he’s passionate about: the impact of plastics on our planet and, specifically, our oceans.

De Rothschild is the unlikely captain of an even more unlikely ship:

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This Week in PopTech: Irrationality, Violence Interrupters and Smart Growth

Happenings:

We caught up with PopTech Speaker Dan Ariely about his new book, The Upside of Irrationality. Dan’s 2009 talk may explain why paying banking CEOs huge money actually makes them more stupid. At PopTech 2009, Dan discussed an excerpt from his new book, The Upside of Irrationality, about the role of emotions in the workplace.

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Plastiki Lands on Christmas Island

Plastiki Lands on Christmas Island

Yesterday, the crew of the Plastiki, a boat made out of 12,000 plastic bottles, landed on Christmas Island after being at sea for about 40 days.

From the boat at sea, expedition leader David de Rothschild sent this video:

For more, you can track the rest of their journey, find out more about the boat meant to raise awareness about the

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PopTech 2009 Thursday Highlights

Highlights from today included Erica Williams’s passionate call to see her generation and their political interest as it really is, Zee Avi’s bright lyrics, Chris Jordan’s stunning photos of plastic inside albatross at Midway Atoll, John Fetterman on what his town isn’t, and Reuben Margolin on waves, beads, and the movement of light:

PopTech 2009: Thursday

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Session Four: The Invisible Made Visible

Session Four: The Invisible Made Visible

Aviva Presser Aiden & Hugo Van Vuuren

2009 Poptech Fellows Aviva Presser Aiden and Hugo Van Vuuren are the creators of Lebone, a dirt-powered battery. The battery, which was created for the base of the pyramid population, uses microbial fuel cells to generate energy. The batteries can currently power an LED light, and the goal is to soon be able to also power

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