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Change Convos monthly top picks: 5 links we loved in July



Summer in Vermont is chock full of outdoor distractions, but that doesn’t mean you have to miss out. To help you catch up, here are our monthly top picks from around the web in July, plus the top five stories from here on the Change Conversations blog.


Monthly top picks: 5 links we loved in JULY

1. A Designer Makes a Difference (Medium)

If a picture is worth a thousand words, a Facebook icon may be worth even more. Follow this illustrated tale of how the Facebook friends icon – a male silhouette placed in front of a female silhouette – morphed into something far more equitable. Along the way, Facebook’s design manager, Caitlin Winner, made the icons equal in size and gave the female silhouette a vastly updated hairdo. Say goodbye to helmet-head. Say hello to the new friends icon.  #DesignerRocks

2. Bubble Wrap Loses its Pop (Wall Street Journal)

Oh no! Trauma for many of us. Find out how (and why) Bubble Wrap maker Sealed Air is rolling out a flat version of the packing material to cut down on the cost of shipping air. Revamped Bubble Wrap Loses Its Pop


3. Across the Atlantic (Slate)

This is a haunting animation of the Atlantic slave trade, in two minutes. The interactive gives a sense of the scale of the trade across time, as well as the flow of transport and the eventual destinations. Watch the dots, which represent individual slave ships and also correspond to the size of each voyage. 315 years. 20,528 voyages. Millions of lives. Must confess that it never registered before the relatively small role that mainland North America played compared to the Caribbean and South America, Brazil in particular. #SlaveTrade

4. Grammar Matters (Mashable)

Couldn’t resist this one for all the English majors and grammar nerds out there. This is the story of how a missing comma gets a grammar nerd out of a parking ticket #GrammarMatters

5. Edelman loses executives and clients over climate change stance (The Guardian)

We’ll let this report on how “"What goes around comes around" or "as you sow, so shall you reap" speak for itself. Public relations giant Edelman has lost valued executives and clients by trying to play both sides of the climate debate #TheOldMarketing #ValuesDrivenNOT


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