Monday, February 23, 2009

Business mapping

This is posted onto [PITCH]

Its the work compiled by myself and another student.

Kay and I sought to explore the workings and influence behind two Soccer Development Organisations.

Dreamfields, a local organisation, aims to uplift communities through simple means. Financial contributions from external donors allow for Dreambags, Dreamevents, and Dreamfields to be given to the community in need.

Streetfootballworld in comparison is a large organisation that has 70-branched organisations below it. It seeks to become “a global platform for cooperation and communication for social football projects. The purpose was and is to support the social dimension of football worldwide and to establish it as a central element of the global game.

Mapping the global vs local influence of streetfootballworld verses Dreamfields

The above two mappings explored the workings of streetfootballworld and Dreamfields respectively.

The mapping above explores the nature of the two organisations. Streetfootballworld operates at a large scale routing resources to smaller "hands on" organisations. Corporate finance and global association provides the financial backing behind the organisation.

Dreamfields too uses corporate resources, but goes directly to the development programs. Dreamfields is a more "hand on" organisation and provides financial contributors the opportunity to see direct impact from their donations.

The final map looks at five organisations and compares their influence and outcomes. Regardless of the nature and physical manifestation of their approach, community upliftment through the social impact of soccer is common.

All work compiled by Keabetswe Mabote and Ryan Goldring

Friday, February 20, 2009


[PITCH] is a collection and collaboration of work composed by Elective 3 of the University of the Witwatersrand BAS(Hons) Architecture degree. The focus of the Elective is to explore the nature, interaction and urban/architectural result created by the soccer [PITCH].

Sunday, February 15, 2009

And we are back...

Been back at varsity for a week and already have some stuff to complete... Co-incidence, I think not...

I will elaborate on the work that we have to get done, and will be posted soon enough, but I thought that I would show you what I saw on the first day back.

Sunday, February 08, 2009

Back to varsity....

So guess who goes back to varsity tomorrow... 10 points if you think it is me ;)

My intention is to document the process of design throughout the year by posting my work on the blog. Please feel free to crit, analyze and comment.

I look forward to showing you my work.

As a side point. Have a look at this video. I think it is amazing!

Thursday, February 05, 2009

Israel product boycott: Do it properly!!!

In recent events, it seems that complete stupidity and absolute ignorance has taken over, or should I possibly say maintained a constant level with cosatu with their intention to boycott Israel, and its products. I have commented on this sort of ludicrous behavior before on another one of my blogs that I suggest you read, but I feel compelled to just drop some facts to you, the educated rational minded reader of my blog. Please indulge in the article below and follow a few of the links to see what boycotting Israel would truly mean to your life.

By Barry Shaw
from Take a pen


OK. I understand that you are ticked off at Israel, and in love with the Palestinians. That's fine with me, as long as you have truly weighed up all the facts. So, you want to boycott Israel? I'll be sorry to miss you, but if you are doing it - do it properly. Let me help you.

Check all your medications. Make sure that you do not have tablets, drops, lotions, etc., made by Abic or Teva. It may mean that you will suffer from colds and flu this winter but, hey, that's a small price for you to pay in your campaign against Israel, isn't it?

While we are on the subject of your Israeli boycott, and the medical contributions to the world made by Israeli doctors and scientists, how about telling your pals to boycott the following.....

An Israeli company has developed a simple blood test that distinguishes between mild and more severe cases of Multiple Sclerosis. So, if you know anyone suffering from MS, tell them to ignore the Israeli patent that may, more accurately, diagnose their symptoms. An Israeli-made device helps restore the use of paralysed hands. This device electrically stimulates the hand muscles, providing hope to millions of stroke sufferers and victims of spinal injuries.

If you wish to remove this hope of a better quality of life to these people, go ahead and boycott Israel.

Young children with breathing problems will soon be sleeping more soundly, thanks to a new Israeli device called the Child Hood. This innovation replaces the inhalation mask with an improved drug delivery system that provides relief for child and parent. Please tell anxious mothers that they shouldn't use this device because of your passionate cause.
These are just a few examples of how people have benefited medically from the Israeli know-how you wish toblock. Boycotts often affect research.
A new research center in Israel hopes to throw light on brain disorders such as depression and Alzheimer's disease. The Joseph Sangol Neuroscience Center in the Sheba Medical Center at Tel HaShomer Hospital aims to bring thousands of scientists and doctors to focus on brain research.

A researcher at Israel's Ben Gurion University has succeeded in creating human monoclonal antibodies, which can neutralise the highly contagious smallpox virus without inducing the dangerous side effects of the existing vaccine.

Two Israelis received the 2004 Nobel Prize in Chemistry. Doctors Ciechanover and Hershko's research and discovery of one of the human cells most important cyclical processes will lead the way to DNA repair, control of newly produced proteins, and immune defense systems. The Movement Disorder Surgery program at Israel's Hadassah Medical Center has successfully eliminated the physical manifestations of Parkinson's disease in a select group of patients with a deep brain stimulation technique.

For women who undergo hysterectomies each year for the treatment of uterine fibroids, the development in Israel of the ExAblate 2000 System is a welcome breakthrough, offering a non-invasive alternative to surgery. Israel is developing a nose drop that will provide a five-year flu vaccine. 'Given Imaging' in Yokneam, Israel, was awarded The 2004 Wall Street Journal Technology Innovation Award for its new PillCam, a tiny camera in a pill hat allows doctors to view the digestive tracts when swallowed by patients.

These are just a few of the medical projects that you can help stop with your Israeli boycott. But let's NOT get too obsessed with medical research, there are other ways you can make a personal sacrifice with your anti-Israel boycott.

Set a personal example. Throw away your computer! Most of Windows operating systems were developed by Microsoft-Israel.
The Pentium MMX Chip technology was designed at Intel in Israel. Both the Pentium 4 microprocessor and the Centrino processor were entirely designed, developed, and produced in Israel. Voice mail technology was developed in Israel. The technology for the AOL Instant Messenger ICQ was developed in 1996 in Israel by four young Israeli whiz kids. Both Microsoft and Cisco built their only R.& D. facilities outside the US in Israel. So, due to your complete boycott of anything Israeli, you now have poorer health and no computer. But your bad news does not end there.

Get rid of your cellular phone too! Cell phone technology was also developed in Israel by Motorola, which has its biggest development center in Israel. Most of the latest technology in your mobile phone was developed by Israeli scientists.

Feeling unsettled? You should be. Part of your personal security rests with Israeli inventiveness, borne out of our urgent necessity to protect and defend our lives from the terrorists you support. A phone can remotely activate a bomb, or be used for tactical communications by terrorists, bank robbers, or hostage-takers. It is vital that official security and law enforcement authorities have access to cellular jamming and detection solutions. Enter Israel's Netline Communications Technologies with their security expertise to help the fight against terror.

A joint, non-profit, venture between Israel and Maryland will result in a > 5 day Business Development and Planning Conference in March 2005.Selected Israeli companies will partner with Maryland firms to provide innovation to the US need for homeland security. I also want you to know that Israel has the highest ratio of university degrees to the population in the world. Israel produces more scientific papers per capita - 109 per 10,000 - than any other nation.

Israel has the highest number of start-up companies per rata. Even in absolute terms, the second highest number, after the US. Israel has the highest ratio of patents filed. Israel has the highest concentration of hi-tech companies outside of Silicon Valley. Israel has more museums per capita than any other nation. Israel has the second highest publication of new books per capita. Relative to population, Israel is the largest immigrant-absorbing nation on earth. These immigrants come in search of democracy, religious freedom or expression, economic opportunity, and quality of life.

Believe it or not, Israel is the only country in the world, which had a net gain in the number of trees both in the 20th century and last year.

Israel is the only country on earth which has developed flourishing agriculture on an arid land. And the only one transferring its unique agricultural and irrigating technologies gratis to neighboring and African developing countries. So, you can vilify and demonize the State of Israel. You can continue your silly boycott, if you wish. But I wish you would consider the consequences, and the truth.

Think of the massive contribution that Israel is giving to the world, including the Palestinians - and to you - in science, medicine, communications, security. Above all, one of the most imminent beneficiaries of Israel's progressive society is the Palestinians who live close by and receive top flight medical and social services from Israel.

This service and attention to the medical, technological, and communication needs of the Palestinians would be put in jeopardy by your boycott.

Pro rata for population we, in Israel, are probably making a greater contribution than any other nation on earth.

We can't be all bad.....

So, please think again!"

To finish off... I would prefer to quote what I previously wrote on my other blog:

Boycotting Israel would simply be your move to send the world back a couple years in developments that save lives, make the world an easier place to live in (from a technological and environmental point of view) and limit growth in South Africa itself. Educate yourself about the fact in this situation! Stop being indoctrinated by a blatantly obvious Anti Semitic news teams and learn. Not all that you see and hear on the news is true. Empower yourself to be knowledgeable. Don’t receive knowledge from one sided, radical organisations.

I hope that all of you people who choose to boycott Israel will one day need the medical technology that is flowing from Israel. Not so that it wont be available to you, as I know Israel would never hold back advances in medical and other technology to help humanity, but so that you will have to accept it with the humble pie that can only come because of your ignorance, stupidity and your lack of knowledge!"