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  • by Architecture for Humanity
  • Nov 28, 2012
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For the first time in human history this generation will die five years younger than their parents. Architecture for Humanity has been selected as one of 25 worthy charities for the 2012 Chase American Giving Awards. We'd like your help to bring attention to the need to design healthier, more active communities.

If we can win enough votes by December 4th, we'll be featured on an NBC special and will have an opportunity to talk about this important issue. Additionally we could win up to $1M to transform blighted and neglected spaces across America into active places.

We only have to win our category "Community Builders" to win and are currently in second place. Let's sprint to the finish and help us build change across America

Let's give them five extra years.

1) Watch the video.

2) Then, take just a moment and VOTE BY DECEMBER 4th ON FACEBOOK (AND CHASEGIVING.COM FOR CHASE CUSTOMERS).

  • by Architecture for Humanity
  • Nov 28, 2012
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You may have heard of the Open Architecture Network. It's the online, open-source platform we use to post all of our projects, and track their progress. The OAN (now transitioning to an expanded platform called Worldchanging) is a Design Fellow's best friend...unless you're Nathan Jones.

Nathan is leading design and construction of the Besongabang Football for Hope Centre in Cameroon. In the heart of the Cameroon jungle. Limited access to internet and intermittent electricity outages "come with the territory" of being a Design Fellow, but Nathan surely feels the heaviest brunt of these limitations. Where he works there may not be power for days, and he does as much as he can on a charged laptop before it winds down, and uploads images to the project page when the opportunity arises. He's also know around headquarters for relying on his satellite phone when email's out.

But Nathan's found a way to bring his work to the world...and to bring the Open Architecture Network to Besongabang.

  • by Architecture for Humanity
  • Nov 27, 2012
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For the first annual Giving Tuesday, we'd like to engage in a little "donation orientation," starting with what's known as "Employer Matching." Many people don't realize that their company or employer has a policy to "match" the charitable donations of their employees, oftentimes doubling the impact of a donation with only a little bit of follow up. In fact, over 65% of Fortune 500 companies offer matching gift programs to their employees!

Even better news: online databases track matching policies for hundreds of organizations, and a simple search pulls up exactly what your company's policy is, and the (oftentimes painless) process to see it through.

We'll take you through our online widget that does just that, from our Donate Form page. What the process lacks in sexiness it more than makes up for with accessibility and impact!

  • by Architecture for Humanity
  • Nov 26, 2012
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On November 23rd, MakiBiz opened its doors to the Ishinomaki community. Fifteen people from all walks of life gathered at the newly renovated office for the first of six MAKOTO business seminars - a series of seminars intended to promote local entrepreneurship.

11月23日、石巻にてまきビズがオープンしました。新しく修復された空間にあらゆる方々15人が集まり、第一回目のMAKOTOビジネスセミナーが開かれました。MAKOTOビジネスセミナーは地元企業を発起することを目的とした6つのセミナーです。

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