It came in today! My advance copy of Jesus for President, the new Shane Claiborne + Chris Haw book for which I contributed 40 or so watercolor illustrations; designed by my friends Holly and Ryan over at SharpSeven. I'm really geeking out over how cool it turned out, thumbing through it like a little kid. It's cool to finally see the other contributors' work (several artists, photographers) and see how the whole thing comes together.
Please consider buying a copy.
It's four-color throughout, but somehow the price is less than $12 over at the big box place. I'm sure VivaBooks will sell it as well.
Here's an illustration I did, which you can see closer when you buy the book:
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Here's designer Ryan hard at work with his other love. This is fresh footage BTW:
Austinchange.org and Brian McLaren hosted a series of conversations in Austin yesterday revolving around his new book EVERYTHING MUST CHANGE. Some links from Bob Carlton… The Austin American Statesman had some great coverage:
I've been waiting to announce this to y'all. My good friend Scott has launched the first Fair Trade sports equipment company in the US, partnering with the first-movers in the UK, Canada, and Australia/New Zealand. All their sports balls are certified to be stitched by adult workers paid fair wages and ensured healthy working conditions. They offer guilt-free soccer balls, footballs, rugby balls, volleyballs, and more.
I caught up with him recently in Seattle and got to hear first-hand about this cool new venture. He sounds surprised with this entrepreneurial first, but in many ways it doesn't surprise me at all. He's always had a head for business and over the years was always a great understudy to his dad who's also got a great business mind. He knew he wanted to be involved vocationally in social justice causes since the early 1990s, and the guy's not even 35 yet. I digress.
The initial inventory of footballs, soccer balls, volleyballs, and rugby balls are due in from Pakistan mid-September. Fair Trade Sports will spend the first 18 months focused on sales to K-12 youth sports leagues, college campuses, and web consumers.
Fair Trade Sports’ website is now live — "primarily an educational platform to teach US consumers about Fair Trade and how it applies to sports balls (e.g. no child labor involved, fair wages for adult workers, reinvesting profits back into local communities)."
Here’s the kicker. He and his wife (the lovely and talented Susan) are donating 100% of their after-tax profits to children's charities. This is the same idea behind the Newman's Own brand.
If you're a reader of soupablog and influence the purchase of sporting equipment for schools, youth sports leagues (like if you coach a kids' soccer team), or just want a new football to toss around, please support fair wages …