Since I was asked to lend my previous illustration for Artzi’s column (the remember drawing) for an exhibition around the theme of the cinema in the Tel Aviv cinematheque. I took a little of my own medicine, and suddenly remembered another illustration around cinema which I did for Artzi…
These days we are all facing an ever-growing mental challenge targeting our poor organic memory.
We are all inundated by so much information that the option of forgetting things is becoming all the more tempting. This week, Artzi was dealing with his own relationship with remembering and forgetting, which gave me the opportunity to deal with it myself.
Shlomo Artzi was reminiscing about his childhood near the ever polluted Yarkon river in Tel Aviv. The river was, and still is the subject of an ever renewing recovery programs. Still, leaves a lot to be desired.
Sometimes briefs are really open and abstract, such was the one I was given to deal with this week by my dear editor at Globes. The brief was: something general about Facebook…
Well, what could I have done? Practically anything. So, for the sake of orienting
the reader I had no choice but to draw Facebook’s lethal weapon, the inevitable ‘like’ thumb, and then, I’ve decided to put the accent on the way in which our identity can be spelt out and reveled through the accumulative sum of the posts we’ve liked throughout.
I admit, I’m addicted. Salt, amongst my many other weaknesses is a big one.
Therefore I couldn’t resist this metaphor when I was asked to illustrate The G magazine cover dealing with salt.
The lead article presented the Israeli ministry of health’s initiative to reduce the amount of salt introduced into food.
Eventually, the illustration occupied a page next to the article and did not appear on the cover…
‘The idea that hard work needs to be rewarded is a farmer’s view. The claim that “we’re all in this together” is hunter-thinking’
In the early 1980s, the anthropologist Hilly Kaplan visited Paraguay to study a hunter-gatherer tribe called the Aché. He found a moral code that, by western standards, seemed too good to be true: Aché hunters shared with open hands, giving away 90 per cent of their meat and 80 per cent of the grubs and fruit they gathered. The Aché believed that a hunter who ate his own kill would be cursed.
As the years passed, Kaplan saw this sharing culture disappear. The rainforest was being hacked back, so the Aché found that foraging would no longer sustain them. They put down roots – literally – and began to farm. And as they started farming, they stopped sharing.
Published in the FT and Globes G magazine.
Here is a link for the full article
Here is my latest Scientific American piece. the metaphor I’ve chosen to express the core concept of the article was: Paper-Scissors-Stone
Which strategy is best? It depends on whether the change is brought about through violence or resistance. University of Denver political scientist Erica Chenoweth and her colleague Maria Stephan compared violent and nonviolent revolutions and reforms since 1900. They found that “from 1900 to 2006, nonviolent campaigns worldwide were twice as likely to succeed outright as violent insurgencies.” And: “This trend has been increasing over time, so that in the last 50 years nonviolent campaigns are becoming increasingly successful and common, whereas violent insurgencies are becoming increasingly rare and unsuccessful.” Only a small percentage of a population is necessary to bring about change: “No single campaigns failed after they’d achieved the active and sustained participation of just 3.5 percent of the population.” And if they surpassed the 3.5 percent threshold, all were nonviolent and “often much more inclusive and representative in terms of gender, age, race, political party, class, and the urban-rural distinction.” It’s a faster track to the 3.5 percent magic number when you are more inclusive and participation barriers are low. Plus, nonviolent resistance does not require expensive guns and weapons.
And here’s a link to the article