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We are in Ukraine this week, with Victor Yushchenko (previous president of the Ukraine) and The Leavitt Institute.  Learn more about the work The Leavitt Institute is doing in the Ukraine, here. 

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We are on our way to the Ukraine, and leaving the warmer climate of Mali behind us. It was incredible time spent with Yeah Samake, meeting the people of Mali and spending time campaigning for Yeah in the Malian Presidential Election.  

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headed out, across the sea.

We have been busy throughout the holidays and the new year preparing for travel we will be starting at the end of this week—

Our travels will be taking us to Mali with Yeah Samake and later, in Kiev, Ukraine.  

We will be posting photos (courtesy of our iPhones) during the trips— be sure to check them out! 

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We have the honor of working with Yeah Samake, who is a presidential candidate for the 2012 Malian General Election.  

Running on a platform of decentralization and anti-corruption, Yeah Samake is a social  entrepreneur with a history of heavily contributing to the education system and lobbying for better conditions for the people of Mali.  We believe he is well prepared to continue to make a significant difference to the future of his country.  

For direct information about his campaign, http://samake2012.com/

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Homelessness is a huge problem in the U.S. With 10% of the U.S. poor experiencing homelessness there has to be something that we can do, right? I mean, we put a man on the moon, but we can’t get a person in a house?

Mentioned in our last post, Downtown Streets Team is a sustainable, scaleable approach to alleviating homelessness. With cleaning contracts with the private and public sector, getting off the streets can be as easy as picking up a broom. Downtown Streets helps restore human dignity and create a community based on self-sufficiency. 

This is a small look into what Downtown Streets Team is doing. Specifically a new project in San Jose, the Clean Creeks, Healthy Communities Project. 

Learn more at streetsteam.com

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Special thanks to The Peery Foundation, The EPA, The City of San Jose, Santa Clara Water District, Destination: Home, and Ebay.

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This past June we filmed a short doc with the truly innovative Downtown Streets Team.

Over a 3 day period Chris and Greg guided us through heavily polluted areas of Coyote Creek in San Jose, California inhabited but homeless people simply trying to survive.

DST’s initiative to combat homelessness by giving people—who are down on their luck—an opportunity to clean their environment  while reclaiming their life is a beautiful thing to witness.

It’s been a joy to see not only the people involved in the program grow, but the organization as well.

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We don’t want to cross any lines by mentioning them by name…yet, but we sure like what they’re doing.
Good people, good story to tell, good good good good good.
For now it’s a possibility.
Fingers crossed.

We don’t want to cross any lines by mentioning them by name…yet, but we sure like what they’re doing.

Good people, good story to tell, good good good good good.

For now it’s a possibility.

Fingers crossed.

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Our boy, Micah. Composer. Dapper dresser. Papa bear to 2. 
He stands a mile high with his eyes fixed upon stars higher still, yet his heart lies with the rest of us.
It cannot be mistaken; he’s a friend to the muses. They feed off one another. 
When Micah’s inspired, the muses delight. 

Our boy, Micah. Composer. Dapper dresser. Papa bear to 2. 

He stands a mile high with his eyes fixed upon stars higher still, yet his heart lies with the rest of us.

It cannot be mistaken; he’s a friend to the muses. They feed off one another. 

When Micah’s inspired, the muses delight. 

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Dear Mom,

We didn’t inhale.

-Good Line

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We have friends—good friends.

Our pal, Cole Nielsen, is one of our really good friends. The only thing he’s better at than being a friend is a designer. No joke, he actually sucks sometimes as a friend but never as a designer.

That’s why he was the first person we ran to when Good Line was ready to start branding. We needed to work with someone who could tell the story of storytellers (us) through design. And not nobody tells story through design better than Cole.

In fact, Cole and the word “design” are interchangeable to me. No kidding.

Architects “Cole” buildings. Engineers “Cole” dams.

Heck, even Cole “Coles” stuff.

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A few yeas back, Jonathan Canlas approached me about designing a website for him to promote a workshop that he intended to teach later that year. At first, this was basically an aesthetic exercise. He had a brand, a portfolio site, collateral, etc all in place and so this project was an…

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