The Free Lunch case for inefficient, redundant design

Posted on by Jason Li

In her talk for The Conference 2012, Designing for Trust: How China’s Free Lunch avoided The Curse of Kelvin (embedded above), Tricia Wang makes the case that the inefficient data entry and publishing sequence pictured below is the culturally appropriate and only effective solution available.

The case study she gives is of journalist Deng Fei’s Free Lunch project, which takes micro-donations to sponsor free lunches at poor, rural schools in China.

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Hong Kong Citizens’ Online, Memetic Protest

Posted on by An Xiao Mina

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Like pretty much anyone else paying attention to the story, I was stunned to see the images of protests in Hong Kong, with people of all ages donning black to rail against Beijing’s plan to enact national education.  Hong Kongers deemed it brainwashing, a paternalistic move from Beijing to inculcate the special territory into its ways.  The sheer scale of the protests led…

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The Gem of all the Linsanity Articles: Adam Minter’s article shares views from Weibo Users

Posted on by Tricia Wang

Linsanity has calmed down and everyone should be  finished reading through their bookmarked articles on Jeremy Lin. The one article that stands out and pretty much summarizes what Chinese people think of Jeremy Lin, is Adam Minter‘s Bloomberg piece. Adam gives us a view from Weibo, then contexualizes it within Chinese politics and media, and then ends addresses race discussions without…

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