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CENTRE FOR THE STUDY OF WORK AND EDUCATION UPDATE 5 SEPTEMBER 2009

 

OUR MANDATE: The Centre for the Study of Education and Work (CSEW) brings together educators from university, union, and community settings to understand and enrich the often-undervalued informal and formal learning of working people. We develop research and teaching programs at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education (UofT) that strengthen feminist, anti-racist, labour movement, and working-class perspectives on learning and work.

For more information about CSEW, visit: http://www.csew.ca

***HAPPY LABOUR DAY!***

RESOURCE AVAILABLE FROM CSEW – WORKPLACE LEARNING: A CRITICAL INTRODUCTION

By J. Bratton, J. Mills, T. Pyrch & P.H. Sawchuk

Covering the multi-disciplinary nature of workplace learning research, this book offers introductions to matters of organizational studies, adult education, union education and leadership in order to support either the student or experienced scholar seeking to further enhance their critical appreciation of this complex field of study.
Broadview Press, 2004. Available online from publisher, UTP: http://www.utphighereducation.com or online at http://www.amazon.com

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SOCIAL ECONOMY CENTRE – UNIVERSITY OF TORONTO 2009-2010 WORKSHOP SERIES

October Workshop: Financial Management in Community Organizations, with Eric Plato, Director of Finance, Frontier College

Do you find it difficult to put together a budget for a proposal? Do you ask yourself ‘What am I looking at?’ when someone gives you financial support? Are you responsible for managing the finances for a project, but not sure what that means?

If so, join us in this workshop to learn:

*How to put together a budget for an organization or project
*Methods to deal with overhead costs
*How to read financial statements
*How to monitor a budget
 
DATE:  Friday, October 2, 2009 – 9:00 am – 4:00 pm.

COST: $140 + GST; Each additional participant from the same organization will receive a $15 discount, as will those who register for more than one workshop. Student rate available. Refreshments, coffee & tea served, but lunch not provided.

TO REGISTER:  http://sec.oise.utoronto.ca/english/workshops.php or contact Lisa White secworkshops@oise.utoronto.ca 416-978-0022

LOCATION:  Social Economy Centre of the University of Toronto, 252 Bloor St. W. (5th floor), Toronto, ON M5S 1V6, (St. George Subway Station)

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SOCIAL ECONOMY CENTRE – LUNCHBOX SPEAKERS’ SERIES

September Speakers’ Panel: Water Justice

When:  Wednesday, September 24, 2009, noon – 1:30 pm
Where:  Ontario Institute for Studies in Education, University of Toronto,
252 Bloor St. West, Toronto, Room 12-199

Speakers:

*Joe Cressy is the Campaigns Coordinator for the Polaris Institute. He will discuss the issue of bottled water and the need for public water infrastructure, both in Canada and internationally.
*Nancy Goucher is the Program Coordinator for the Forum for Leadership on Water (FLOW). She will discuss efforts to protect our critical fresh water resources, emphasizing the necessity of having all levels of government work together as part of a Canada-wide strategy to effectively address current and emerging threats to fresh water security.
*Mark Cazavara is the regional organizer (Ontario/Quebec) for The Council of Canadians, and he will talk about Dumpsite 41 in Toronto as it relates to water source protection, scarcity and the human right to clean water.

Bring your lunch and a mug – coffee, tea and water will be provided.

For more information, contact Lisa White at secspeaker@oise.utoronto.ca or visit our website at http://socialeconomy.utoronto.ca This event will also be webcast live on the Internet. Please see our website for detailed instructions.

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NEW ONLINE LABOUR STUDIES COURSE AT ATHABASCA UNIVERSITY

Our new Labour Studies course “Workers and the Economy” is up and running now. The course denounces market philosophy as a means to disempower workers, explains the economy from a workers perspective and explores possibilities to build a strong labour movement. Particularly timely: The course also includes a section on economic crisis.

Please also forward this information to people you know and who might be interested. Your questions, comments and critique are welcome anytime.

To find out more, follow this link http://www.athabascau.ca/html/syllabi/lbst/lbst330.htm or contact Ingo Schmidt at ingos@athabascau.ca

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LATIN AMERICAN TRADE UNIONISTS OF CANADA (“LATUC”) CONFERENCE

This September 11, 12, 13 the first ever conference of Latin American Trade Unionists from across Canada will be held in Toronto.

LATUC is a new coalition of Canadian union members of Latin American heritage.  LATUC seeks to strengthen the voice of Latin American workers within the Canadian Labour Movement.

LATUC calls for all Spanish speaking sisters and brothers in trade unions across Canada to attend and participate in the conference, which will take place on:

Date:  September 11, 12, 13 – 2009
Place:  Steelworkers Hall, 25 Cecil Street, Toronto, ON

For more information contact:  Edgar Godoy at president@cupe2191.org or at 416-979-9594

To see the agenda and registration forms, click here: http://cupe.on.ca/doc.php?document_id=919&lang=en

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LABOUR PHOTO OF THE YEAR CONTEST

Last year, LabourStart sponsored the first-ever international Labour Photo of the Year competition. It was a huge success. Photographers from all over the world submitted their pictures and a panel of expert judges selected a short-list of the five best. Our readers then voted in their thousands to choose the winning photo.

Today we’re very pleased to announce the second annual Labour Photo of the Year. We’re doing this because we want to encourage and recognize the talents of worker-photographers around the world, and at the same time to encourage them to tell the stories of our struggles in photos.  The deadline for submissions of photos is 30 September.

Full details are here: http://www.labourstart.org/lpoty/

Please share this message with your fellow union members — especially those with cameras!

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LABOUR DAY WEEKEND: A TIME TO BE THANKFUL FOR UNION POWER

By Gary Engler, rabble.ca

On Labour Day 2009 everyone should give a special thanks for union power and hope that it grows stronger.

Of course, this is not a message you read every day and some people may even be angered by it, but the truth is our society depends on unions to say “no” to the destructive forces unleashed by capitalism’s economic downturns.

To read more: http://rabble.ca/news/2009/09/labour-day-weekend-time-be-thankful-union-power

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TORONTO – PARKDALE’S FOOD, EARTH AND CULTURE FESTIVAL

Date: Sunday, Sept. 27, 2009
Masaryk Park, 220 Cowan Ave.
Our annual Fall extravaganza will be on Sunday, Sept. 27, in Masaryk Park.

For more info: http://www.greenestcity.ca

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TORONTO – HARVEST WEDNESDAYS: EAT GOOD AT THE GLADSTONE HOTEL

Gladstone Hotel Brings the Farm to Table Experience to Queen West

Every Wednesday July 08 to October 21, 2009

Every Wednesday the Gladstone Hotel and Chef Marc Breton offer urbanites farm fresh fare and an opportunity to experience the unparalleled flavour of foods harvested in the natural rhythm of our local growing season.

Each week Chef Breton’s menu is inspired by the fresh produce harvested by farmer Sherry Patterson of Chick-a-Biddy Acres CSA (Community Shared Agriculture) as well as local meats, cheeses, wines and beers from our Harvest Wednesday Partners.

Events and menus vary by the week. To see the 2009 Harvest Wednesday Events Schedule, menus and prices: http://www.gladstonehotel.com/harvestwed2009.html

* To Buy Tickets for Tastings call (416) 531-4635 Ext 7100
* To Reserve for Prix Fixe Dinners or Purchase Tickets for Final Harvest Table Dinner call (416) 531-4635 Ext 7100

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BOOK LAUNCH: CITIZEN WEALTH – WINNING THE CAMPAIGN TO SAVE WORKING FAMILIES BY WADE RATHKE

September 16, 2009
5:30pm – 7:30pm
Hart House (UofT)
7 Hart House Circle (basement)

Wade Rathke is among the most prolific community and labor organizers of his generation. He is the founder of ACORN USA (Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now, USA), which has worked to build the largest community based organization of low and moderate income families in America fighting for social and economic justice. A 2006 report credited ACORN USA’s redistributive campaigns with returning $15 Billion to poor and working class families and their communities through higher wages, home ownership opportunities and new curbs on predatory lending over a 10 year period. Wade Rathke will be speaking about lessons learned from a life of community organizing, as well as signing copies of his new book and answering questions. For more information on the book and Wade, please visit here.

To find out more about the book and Wade, click here: http://chieforganizer.org/
To find out more about ACORN, click here: http://www.acorn.org/index.php?id=12389

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MONDRAGÓN WORKER-COOPERATIVES DECIDE HOW TO RIDE OUT A DOWNTURN

The Mondragón Cooperative Corporation (MCC), the largest consortium of worker-owned companies, has developed a different way of doing business—a way that puts workers, not shareholders, first.

Here’s how it played out when one of the Mondragón cooperatives fell on hard times:  http://towardfreedom.com/home/content/view/1661/1/

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PODCAST – RADIO BASICS: UNIONISM AND THE FATE OF THE WORKING CLASS

Podcast in which labour studies Professor Stephanie Ross discusses the history of CUPE, the hypocritical nature of anti-union forces, the historical breakthroughs and strategic limitations of the current state of unionism.

Click here: http://www.radio4all.net/index.php/program/34695

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WOMEN’S COLLEGE HOSPITAL NEEDS YOUR ADVICE

We are speaking to 1000 women across Ontario about their needs when it comes to hospitals, healthcare and the care they receive. Join us and make your voice heard.

Women’s College Hospital in Toronto is building a new facility to achieve its vision of being the world’s pre-eminent ambulatory care hospital dedicated to women’s health. Join our online community forums to inspire new thinking and help WCH meet the needs of women (and their families). The more you share, the better WCH will be able to design their building, their programs and their health care practices.

It’s simple to get involved online: First, fill in a short survey of basic information to allow us to direct you to the forum that best meets your profile. Go to http://www.wch1000women.com to take the survey. (Note: To start the survey, click the “Submit This Page” button.) Secondly, share your views amongst like-minded women. Take part as much or as little as you want. We have a few questions to ask you to get the discussion started, but after you’ve answered those questions you’re free to share as much of your stories, hopes and dreams as you wish.

If you are unable to take part via the online study, all interested women in Ontario are invited to send an email or a letter describing your vision for the ideal women’s hospital. Describe how it might look, the interaction you would like to have with the people there and what is special about the care you receive in this hospital. Send your emails to:  WCH1000women@hotmail.com or mail us a letter at:  WCH 1000 WOMEN 2192 Queen Street East, Suite 62, Toronto , ON M4E 1E6.

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RALPH NADER AND SHIRLEY DOUGLAS: “PUBLICLY FUNDED HEALTH CARE AND ITS PRESERVATION IN CANADA ”, TORONTO

When: September 24, 2009, Lecture at 7:00 p.m.
Where: Great Hall, Hart House, University of Toronto

Post-lecture VIP cocktail reception with Ralph Nader and Shirley Douglas (at a private home)

Lecture: $19.62
Lecture + VIP reception: $196.20 (including tax receipt)

Proceeds support the University College Health Studies Program

For more information and to buy tickets go to this webpage: http://www.uc.utoronto.ca/component/option,com_events/task,view_detail/agid,174/year,2009/month,09/day,24/Itemid,2541/

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LEADERSHIP FUNDING OPPORTUNITY – VITAL PEOPLE

Are you a leader who is making outstanding contributions working at a not-for-profit organization in Toronto? Does your not-for-profit have someone on staff who shows incredible leadership, and is poised to take on an even greater role in the sector?

If so – consider applying for VITAL PEOPLE, the Toronto Community Foundation’s award program that supports and recognizes valued leaders who are making outstanding contributions working at not-for-profit organizations. Funded through our Vital Toronto Fund, Vital People grants of up to $5,000 are awarded to support the formal training or other informal development opportunities that best enable not-for-profit leaders to build their skills or knowledge or apply their experience in different ways to enhance their leadership contributions. Grants are available to those just taking on new leadership challenges as well as those with many years of experience.

Deadline for Application: 5:00 p.m., Wednesday September 30, 2009

For more information: http://socialplanningtoronto.org/communitynews/leadership-funding-opportunity-vital-people/

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THE END OF THE BUSINESS SIMILE

Insider Higher Ed, August 31, 2009

With so many companies collapsing, Daniel J. Ennis notices that academics are no longer being told that they need to learn management and strategy from the corporate world. As long as “business” represented competence and “university” represented inefficiency, then the Business Simile was able to win many an argument. But similes die, and they die when their referents stop making sense.

To read more: http://www.insidehighered.com/views/2009/08/31/ennis

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Posted here by Glenn Rikowski

The Flow of Ideas: http://www.flowideas.co.uk

CENTRE FOR THE STUDY OF EDUCATION AND WORK

We’re Back!

OUR MANDATE: The Centre for the Study of Education and Work (CSEW) brings together educators from university, union, and community settings to understand and enrich the often-undervalued informal and formal learning of working people. We develop research and teaching programs at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education (UofT) that strengthen feminist, anti-racist, labour movement, and working-class perspectives on learning and work.

http://csew.ca/

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TABLE OF CONTENTS

– Article: Students Aren’t Customers; Education Is Not A Commodity
– Workshop Series: Social Economy Centre – University Of Toronto
– Conference: “Social Injustice Is Killing People”: The Political Economy Of Global Health
– Article: The Struggle Has Its Own Dynamic: The Professors’ Strike At The Université Du Québec À Montréal
– Report: Twelve Years Of French-Language Adult Literacy Research In Canada: 1994-2005
– Request For Articles And Resources To Inform A Literature Review For Needs Assessment And Feasibility Study For Community-Based Research
– Workshop: Identifying And Eliminating Social Inequities In Policies, Programmes, Service Delivery And Research, Toronto
– Article: “Equity, Ethics And Adjuncts”
– Needs Assessment And Feasibility Study For Community-Based Research: Focus Group Participants Needed!!

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ARTICLE: STUDENTS AREN’T CUSTOMERS; EDUCATION IS NOT A COMMODITY

by William Astore, Tomdispatch.com

By only viewing education as a way to a higher-paying job we’re giving a free pass to the prevailing machinery of power.

http://www.alternet.org/story/140318/students_aren%27t_customers%3B_education_is_not_a_commodity/

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WORKSHOP SERIES: SOCIAL ECONOMY CENTRE – UNIVERSITY OF TORONTO

Collaboration through Co-Location; Strategies for Sharing Resources (Full-Day Workshop)

Co-location of community organizations in a shared space is an emerging strategy to increase efficiency, synergy and impact. Join us in this workshop and learn:

– How organizations can work together to achieve greater efficiencies and build a sense of community
– How shared space can become an animated community space that supports shared learning and new ideas for positive change in our communities

DATE: Friday, June 19, 2009 – 9:00 am – 4:00 pm

COST: $140 + GST; Each additional participant from the same organization will receive a $15 discount, as will those who register for more than one workshop. Student rate available. Refreshments, tea and coffee served, but lunch not included.

TO REGISTER: http://sec.oise.utoronto.ca/english/workshops.php or contact Lisa White at secworkshops@oise.utoronto.ca
416-978-0022

LOCATION: Social Economy Centre of the University of Toronto, 252 Bloor St. W. (5th floor), Toronto, ON M5S 1V6, (St. George Subway Station)

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CONFERENCE: “SOCIAL INJUSTICE IS KILLING PEOPLE”: THE POLITICAL ECONOMY OF GLOBAL HEALTH

International Political Economy and Ecology Summer School 2009
June 15-26, 2009

Instructors:
Ron Labonte, Canada Research Chair in Globalisation and Health Equity, University of Ottawa
Rene Loewenson, Training and Research Support Centre, Harare Zimbabwe
Ted Schrecker, Institute of Population Health, University of Ottawa

Topics will include:
– Labour markets and the global reorganization of production
– Trade policy and health
– Global financial markets and health
– Cities and health in the 21st century

Sessions will include new case study research from Africa focused on:
– the political economy of food and nutrition
– national health systems and the political economy of ill health (health worker migration; health services commercialization/privatization; water commodification)
– social justice: policies, responses and influences for action
– global governance and accountability in health

TO REGISTER IN THE COURSE:

Please obtain registration form and related information from:

Jlenya Sarra-De Meo
Graduate Program Assistant
International Political Economy and Ecology Summer School
Graduate Political Science, S632 Ross
York University, 4700 Keele Street
Toronto, ON M3J 1P3
CANADA

Tel: (416) 736-5264
Fax: (416) 736-5686
e-mail: jsarra@yorku.ca

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ARTICLE: THE STRUGGLE HAS ITS OWN DYNAMIC: THE PROFESSORS’ STRIKE AT THE UNIVERSITÉ DU QUÉBEC À MONTRÉAL

by David Mandel, Bullet No. 223, June 4, 2009

The seven-week strike of professors at the Université du Québec à Montréal (UQAM) ended on April 24, 2009 in a significant, if partial, victory. It is, unfortunately, a rare event in contemporary Quebec, and, for that matter, in North America. It is therefore worth looking into this conflict to see what lessons it might offer of use to other unions.

http://www.socialistproject.ca/bullet/bullet223.html

REPORT: TWELVE YEARS OF FRENCH-LANGUAGE ADULT LITERACY RESEARCH IN CANADA: 1994-2005

The Adult Learning Knowledge Centre, an initiative of the Canadian Council on Learning is pleased to announce the English translation of the report Douze ans de recherche en alphabétisation des adultes en français au Canada: 1994-2005 is now available under the title Twelve years of French-Language Adult Literacy Research in Canada: 1994-2005. Translation of the report was funded through the Knowledge Mobilization Working Group of the Adult Learning Knowledge Centre.

http://www.ccl-cca.ca/CCL/AboutCCL/KnowledgeCentres/AdultLearning/index.htm

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REQUEST FOR ARTICLES AND RESOURCES TO INFORM A LITERATURE REVIEW FOR NEEDS ASSESSMENT AND FEASIBILITY STUDY FOR COMMUNITY-BASED RESEARCH

About the Research:

There is a growing interest in the area of community based research (CBR) both in and beyond academia. While academics are required by their institutions and funders to submit their research proposals to a rigorous ethics review process, those outside of academia have no ethics review requirements except as required by certain funders. Furthermore, research in Canada is increasingly being conducted outside of academia. More and more of community based research is being conducted by independent researchers, private consulting firms, government departments and non governmental organizations. CBR covers a range of research typologies including, needs assessments, program evaluations, policy research, and other forms of applied research.

Purpose of Research:

The Wellesley Institute and the Centre for Community-Based Research in Waterloo are collaborating to explore and clarify the need for a community based research ethics process in Waterloo Region, Toronto and beyond, by identifying and understanding issues and concerns from multiple stakeholder perspectives (peer researchers, community agencies (NGO’s), academics, community institutions, government and funders) and then to determine an appropriate and feasible response that will facilitate ethically sound community based research.

About the Request:

As part of the needs assessment and feasibility study we are conducting a literature review looking for published and unpublished articles and resources that address and explore the issues of ethics, research ethics board and community based research.

If you have an article or resource that we should be aware of as part of this literature review for please email Tekla Hendrickson at tekla@sympatico.ca

Please email your articles and resources by June 26th at the latest.

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WORKSHOP: IDENTIFYING AND ELIMINATING SOCIAL INEQUITIES IN POLICIES, PROGRAMMES, SERVICE DELIVERY AND RESEARCH, TORONTO

Directed by Mary Anne Burke and Margrit Eichler

Weekend Workshop: Friday, June 19 (evening) to Sunday, June 21
Tuition and Course Materials Fee: $350 CAD

Weekend Workshop followed by Intensive One Week Institute: Friday, June 19-25
Tuition and Course Materials Fee: $800 CAD (includes weekend)

The One Week Institute offers one-on-one consultation with Burke and Eichler and group discussion and development of proposals to evaluation of existing projects.

Sexism, heterosexism, ableism, racism, ageism, classism, casteism and other “isms” cause immense harm to individuals and societies. This workshop will familiarize participants with the BIAS FREE Framework – a systematic and integrative approach designed to identify and eliminate biases that derive from any social hierarchy and deprive people of their human rights. BIAS FREE stands for Building an Integrative Analytical System for Recognising and Eliminating inEquities. The Framework is a rights-based tool for examining and eliminating such biases in research, policies, programmes and/or service delivery. Participants will be trained to use the Framework, using examples of their own work, exploring its cross-equity and cross-cultural applications.

To Download Registration Form: http://www.oise.utoronto.ca/cwse

For Academic Information: Margrit Eichler meichler@oise.utoronto.ca

For General Information: Aniska Ali, 416.978.2080 or cwse@oise.utoronto.ca

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ARTICLE: “EQUITY, ETHICS AND ADJUNCTS”

The long strike at York University in Toronto, Canada this year, writes Linda Muzzin, challenges everyone in higher education to consider the treatment of non-tenure-track faculty members.

http://www.insidehighered.com/views/2009/05/11/muzzin

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NEEDS ASSESSMENT AND FEASIBILITY STUDY FOR COMMUNITY-BASED RESEARCH: FOCUS GROUP PARTICIPANTS NEEDED!!

– Are you involved in community-based research?
– Do you have experience or opinions about ethics in community-based research?
– If you answered yes to the above questions we want to hear from you.

We are a group of researchers and community members exploring issues of ethics in community-based research. We will be conducting focus groups with participants with experience in community-based research and research ethics who represent:

– Peer Researchers/Inclusion Researchers (people who have lived experience of the community and/or the issue being explored)
– Community agencies (NGO’s)
– Academics
– Community institutions (Non post-secondary such as hospitals, PHUs and CHCs)
– Government
– Funders

The purpose of these focus groups is to understand the current best practices as well as gaps in doing ethically sound community-based research.

Each focus group will involve 7-10 people and will last up to two hours. The dates and time for the focus groups are listed below.

Focus Groups will be held for:

– Peer Researchers: Thursday June 25th from 1:00 pm – 3:00 p.m.
– Community Agencies and Institutions: Thursday June 25th from 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
– Academics: Tuesday June 23rd from 1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.
– Government/Funders: Tuesday June 23rd from 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

INTERESTED IN PARTICIPATING?

Please email Tekla Hendrickson at tekla@sympatico.ca or call at 416-972-1010 ext 257

If you can’t make the stated time but are interested in participating please contact Tekla to make alternative arrangements to participate.

These focus groups are being conducted by The Wellesley Institute, with the support of the project Steering Committee, and in collaboration with the Centre for Community Based Research in Waterloo.

Posted here by Glenn Rikowski

The Flow of Ideas: http://www.flowideas.co.uk