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A London museum has become a refuge for items from love affairs cut short. The Museum of Broken Relationships at the Tristan Bates Theatre pays homage to memorabilia of aborted relationships. The project has its roots in Croatia where founders Olinka Vištica and Drazen Grubiši then took the exhibit to various countries such as South Africa, Philippines and even in the US. The traveling exhibit blends objects from the museum’s permanent collection with donations from locals. Each item offers a glimpse into the loves lost with the relationship length, date and location. This ode to a broken heart serves as a creative self-help, according to its website. “Our societies oblige us with our marriages, funerals, and even graduation farewells, but deny us any formal recognition of the demise of a relationship, despite its strong emotional effect.” If you’re relationship just ended, feel free to donate any painful reminders to the museum. (via @GOOD)
Iconix Brand Group is calling on healthy and fit celebs to move in on its new national campaign and goodwill initiative. To support its Danskin brand, the “Move for Change” campaign features actresses Hilary Duff and Jenny McCarthy, “Top Chef” host Padma Laskhmi and supermodel Christie Brinkley. The goal of the campaign is to promote health and fitness for women of all ages, and continue to support organizations and programs that research, foster and fund women and children’s health initiatives. Each woman is showcased in her own fitness regimen with an inspirational quote to “motivate the consumer.” Danskin’s “Move for Change” campaign will debut this fall in fashion, lifestyle and entertainment magazines. (via @LookToTheStars_)
A recent Pew Research Center Poll has Americans asking, “is college worth it?” In recent years, college enrollment has increased exponentially. And with increased matriculation comes higher college tuition and fees, which means more debt along the way. So people are finding ways to succeed without the hefty price tag of a college education.
Peter Smith, author of “Harnessing America’s Wasted Talent” said that technology and innovation has formed a “new ecology of learning” that has made it possible for people to learn and grow. “People are finding more and more that students are gaining a wealth of information from their daily lives, from their experiences, from jobs,” said Smith. “There’s tremendous coursework that doesn’t happen in traditional classrooms anymore.” One alternative is Knext, a service that helps people interested in higher education get valuable course credits for skills they’ve obtained through life experience or on the job. The program then creates a portfolio for students to find the right schools that will allow them to enter with the most credits. Another is Peer-to-Peer University (P2PU), which is a social learning project that “organizes learning outside of institutional walls and gives learners recognition for their achievements.” (via @GOOD)