December 2011: Happy Holidays from Rainwater HOG!


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Water is life’s matter and matrix, mother and medium. There is no life without water.

– Albert Szent-Gyorgyi, Hungarian scientist

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The Whole HOG: December 2011

                                                       The Whole HOG
                                       Water-centric Green Design News

This December, we’re making a list and checking it twice. We have a newsletter full of favorite things, including inspirational feedback, a talented young filmmaker, and the innovative One Drop water foundation.

We checked in with folks who’ve installed Rainwater HOG tanks in order to chart our progress in the past year. We’ve gathered testimonials from 2011 installations (along with some stand-out projects from previous years). We may be green, but y’all are making us blush. Thank you for your support!

Filmmaker Erin B. exemplifies another of our favorite things: the next generation of talented young women. She checks in with Sally on her passion for invention and her ‘multifarious’ curiosity. Read on to see her video, “The Mother of Invention“.

Speaking of creativity, billionaire circus entrepreneur and philanthropist Guy Laliberté (founder of Cirque du Soleil) has turned his attention to water shortages worldwide with the One Drop Foundation. Find out more in the B.U.G. Design section.

December 2011: A Passion for Inventing and a New Talent

What are you thankful for this season? Fourteen-year-old Erin B., a freshman at Tamalpais High School, checks in with our inventor and co-founder Sally Dominguez to get her take on inspiration, obstacles, and what makes her happy.

Kudos to Erin on the professional-grade ‘Digital Interview’ she put together for a school project. For now, Erin plans to become a 4th and 5th grade teacher or a singer/songwriter. We can also see a future for her in film-making!

December 2011: B.U.G. (Beautiful.Useful.Green) Design

Guy Laliberté and the One Drop Foundation

Sally writes, “I have just returned from seeing Cirque de Soleil’s KA in Las Vegas and I am awestruck by its epic, fantastical vision in “exploring the void.”  Cirque founder Guy Laliberté shares the rare ability Jim Henson had to unite and inspire people through imaginative performance.  Laliberté founded One Drop in Canada in 2007 to fundraise and educate, using innovative practices and ventures, in order to ensure equal access to water worldwide.”


Click here for more information about the One Drop Foundation.

Why is it beautiful?
Laliberté has an unmatched ability to unite diverse performers, designers and engineers in incredible displays of prowess and imagination. No one could fail to be inspired by the magic he produces.

Why is it useful?
Too often fundraising loses supporters because the subject matter is depressing and the fundraisers are earnest. Using the inspirational power of performance to communicate a cause should be able to motivate even the most reluctant givers.

Why is it green?
The cause is water availability. According to the UN 1 in 6 people worldwide do not have access to safe freshwater. In an One Drop introductory video various performers are asked what water would say if it could talk. One acrobat answers, “I want to meet everybody, every day.” Laliberté and his stable of visionaries may be able to help make that happen.

Check out Sally’s blog for more B.U.G. Designs.

from December 3, 2011

until February 26, 2012
Australian National Maritime Museum
Sydney, Australia

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