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Redesigning Money

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Dowling Duncan wants to renovate America’s image abroad, by redesigning our money. Check out the other entries in the Dollar ReDe$ign Project. These particular bills are designed lengthwise:

Dowling Duncan say they conducted extensive research on how people deal money and discovered that transactions are almost always carried out vertically. It’s true: How often do you hand someone a bill clutching the center widthwise? How many money machines accept cash horizontally? The new orientation would obviously take some getting used to, but in Dowling Duncan’s view, it’s ultimately more instinctual. More here.

Do You Viv?

viv.jpgGet stickers, green businesses: the idea behind sustainability and consumer-focused company Viv is a simple and free one that could also be the best way to make your credit card look better (short of getting a black AMEX). After customers place a small sticker on the front of their debit or credit cards and show it at the time of purchase, participating retailers pledge to make energy efficiency and other green improvements to their businesses if enough stickers come through their doors and patronize. Grocery stores, bars, "eco-gourmet restaurants," and liquor and convenience stores are all taking part, and their progress on their commitments to make their businesses more eco-friendly can be tracked by the community. San Francisco-based founder Arul Velan started the company after Stanford Business School and a stint at Facebook with the help of Dinesh Thirupuvanam, and the pair and their team have been seen recently at street fests and athletic events distributing their green stickers. A little good, a lil' green.

99% Conference: Win A Ticket!

Raffle-Ticket-R.jpg.jpeg I raved about the 99% Conference happening this coming Thursday at the Times Center in NYC put on by our dear friends over at Behance already. But what about giving away a free ticket to the awesome and inspiring festivities? I’ve got one sitting here ($490 value) and will give it to the 99th person who leaves a comment on this post. Yes, you can comment more than once. GO GO GO!

Don’t worry, if you don’t win this arbitary contest, you still have time to buy one!

Update: Congrats to Nick. Contact me to get your ticket!

Mark Your Calendar: The 99% Conference


Behance believes there are too many ideas in the world, and not enough action. The name is inspired by Thomas Edison’s famous quote, “genius is 1% inspiration and 99% perspiration.” The conference is for people that already have great ideas, but need to make them happen. The speakers are all people that have a track record of executing their ideas again and again, successfully. Seth Godin, our Threadless friends, Michael Bierut from Pentagram, Scott Thomas, the director of new media for Obama’s campaign, our friend Ji Lee and a few other very impressive folks. Perhaps the 99% Conference will be the kick in the ass that people with great ideas sometimes need?

Get your tickets now. Seriously. April 16th and 17th. Use the code 99EARLY09 and get $100 off the regular ticket prices. This looks like it’s going to be an amazing event, and probably the first of many to come.

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