Street kid designers

When I lived in Cusco, Peru, there were loads of street kids selling postcards to tourists. The reason tourists didn’t buy many was that the pictures were faded and old and not something you’d want to send your loved ones back home. But you wanted to help the kids, whose families relied upon the income to survive. The kids selling the postcards were doing that instead of going to school, so they were missing out on an education.

I’ve had an idea for a social enterprise project which would allow the kids to design their own postcards, which would be more attractive to tourists so they would sell more. Most of the profits would go into buying food, education, clothes etc. for the kids and their families. This is one of the ideas I’d like to pursue when I go to South America in a few weeks.

Kids art is so great. Hal and Betty, my friend Susie’s kids, made these fabulous thank you cards over Xmas.

I think designs like these would work well as postcards.

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The designer Ella Doran had a competition in Tower Hamlets primary schools to design trays to sell in her lovely shop on Cheshire Street, with a cut of the profits going to that school. I think this is a great model and the products are gorgeous. Read an interview with her about it here

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New Years Resolutions for 2012

1. Go with my heart and my gut

2. Live and work in South America! (and get better at Spanish and Portuguese)

3. Go and visit people who are living interesting lifestyles and doing interesting, creative, enterprising things

and blog about them

4. Try and do 10 mins yoga and 10mins meditation every morning

5. Focus on the good stuff that is happening

6. Choose to spend time with sparkly people

7. Set up my own organisation and do some interesting projects

8. Make stuff, draw more and make some creative collaborations happen

9. Spend time outdoors in nature and lighting fires (ideally in a campervan)

10. Try not to do too much – learn to say no

Other stuff I’d love to do:

Learn to ride a horse

Keep an eye out for a piece of land to one day build a house on

Make enough money to live and travel on through the things I love doing

Create a new career which is not 9-5

Go and visit my friend Debs on Bowen Island, Canada

Go to Burning Man Festival

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