Good vibrations

Meet The Artisans… on the Web!

Because we could all support artisans as entrepreneurs, the Web could help us all : It's been called the "Etsy Economy": the growing number of artisans and craftspeople who support themselves via Internet storefronts. From handmade kids' costumes to personalized jewelry to custom cutting boards, online artisan marketplaces are allowing old-fashioned craftsmanship to flourish. See, the past generation perfected mass production and distribution of goods, be it a car, fridge, bike or your phone. But in that process they managed to separate the product from the story. And a product's story is its genesis; where it came from, who made it, and why it was made that way. My former professor, and the founder of IDEO, David Kelley once told me "that if a product were a jet, than its fuel is the story." What happens though when you lose the fuel? As much as companies would like you to think that that phone you're holding shows up at your doorstep untouched by human hands the truth is that it takes a huge amount of time, effort, and skill to product these objects. And when you stop understanding this, like we have now, you start getting wasteful. You no longer respect the product and you no longer have pride of ownership so it's easy to discard or throw away when it gets dinted, broken, or a new one comes along. ATOMIK INSIGHT from Brandon Morrison As one of Japan's last remaining swordsmiths, Korehira Watanabe has honed his craft for 40 years while attempting to recreate the mythical Koto sword. Beauty through Bamboo

2017-04-26T02:00:43+01:00February 1st, 2016|Good vibrations, Non classé|

Do copyrights survive in photographs?

Can photographs meet the originality requirement of copyright protection? “Photographs are scientific pictures, not drawings, they are the naked truth … the imprint of the lens, not the product of human agency or perception.” (T. Kogan) […]

Bringing Families Together

The conditions to obtain a visa that bring you closer to your family, and your new home. Everyone wants to be closer to their wife and children. We know this, and so does the law. Belgium has a few possibilities when it comes to reuniting married couples and families, providing that a member of the family resides in the country. […]

The impact of the Right to be forgotten on the interpretation of the EU Charter of Fundamental Rights

In May 2014, the European Court of Justice ( hereafter, the CJEU) rendered an important judgment on the interpretation of the Directive 95/46/EC on the protection of individuals with regard to the processing of personal data and on the free movement of such data. In the case C‐ 131/12, Google Spain SL, Google Inc. v Agencia Española de Protección de Datos (AEPD), Mario Costeja González, the Court interprets the directive in the light of the fundamental rights to respect for privacy, protection of personal data and freedom of expression, strengthening what we call now the right to be forgotten. […]

2017-04-26T02:01:08+01:00August 26th, 2015|Entrepreneurs, Good vibrations, In Europe, We share|

Every single Thursday, I quit something.” – Bob Goff

My friend, Bob Goff, has a crazy way of looking at life. First off, he does everything. And I mean everything. He runs a law firm and a non-profit organization, serves as the Honorary Consul to the Republic of Uganda, and is the NYT bestselling author of Love Does. But those aren't the things that define Bob. What defines him is his ability to enjoy life to the absolute fullest. What can you quit today?

2017-04-26T02:01:11+01:00March 20th, 2015|Good vibrations, Non classé|

EU citizens at risk of poverty or social exclusion

Income poverty: 16.9 % of the population in the EU-27 at risk of income poverty In 2011, 119.6 million people, or 24.2 % (Figure 1) of the population, in the EU-27 were at risk of poverty or social exclusion (AROPE), compared with 23.6 % in 2010. […]

Charlie Chaplin and The Great Dictator: The Speech that Resounds Across Time

Best inspirational speech I have seen ever… I’m sorry but I don’t want to be an Emperor, that’s not my business. I don’t want to rule or conquer anyone. I should like to help everyone if possible, Jew, gentile, black man, white. We all want to help one another, human beings are like that. We all want to live by each other’s happiness, not by each other’s misery. We don’t want to hate and despise one another. In this world there is room for everyone and the earth is rich and can provide for everyone. […]

2017-04-26T02:01:11+01:00March 16th, 2015|Good vibrations, Non classé|

Because tolerance may not have been the major feature of Human History

The Museum of Tolerance A Museum to Educate and Enlighten Recipient of the Global Peace and Tolerance Award from the Friends of the United Nations, the Museum of Tolerance (MOT) is a human rights laboratory and educational center dedicated to challenging visitors to understand the Holocaust in both historic and contemporary contexts and confront all forms of prejudice and discrimination in our world today. […]

2017-04-26T02:01:12+01:00February 27th, 2015|Good vibrations, Non classé|

“Whenever you are confronted with an opponent. Conquer him with love.” ― Mahatma Gandhi

Now when asked to answer the question on “HOW” the minorities that are discriminated in today’s allegedly ‘advanced’ human civilizations will reach their goals, I would first refer to the Mahatma Gandhi saying : ” “Whenever you are confronted with an opponent. Conquer him with love.” […]

There is ample evidence that when women are able to develop their full labor market potential, there can be significant macroeconomic gains

Belgium has a new Corporate  Gender Equality Ambassador : "There is ample evidence that when women are able to develop their full labor market potential, there can be significant macroeconomic gains", my testimonial at the Wo.Men@Work Award ceremony.