Why . . .

It's not an easy task to describe simply why a new symbol in our visual language is important and why it opens up many positive possibilities. This page was created to collect and present stories, articles and videos that complement the Bluecoup concept and help explain why it was created. Please contact us with your ideas or submissions for adding to the collection, sky@bluecoup.org.

Citizens of the Earth - is the winning essay in the 2013 National WWII Museum student essay contest
The Forgotten Flag - a story
Video. International Space Station - Chris Hadfield and the Barenaked Ladies, a special song
What can we learn from science fiction?
Just something Maude said. From the movie Harold and Maude
  • Just something Maude said...
    A brief dialog exchange from the 1971 film classic, Harold and Maude, points out one of many obvious yet under utilized perspectives on living life to its fullest.
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The Atlantic article: The Whole World: The Power of Seeing the Earth From Space
Video: The Overview Effect
  • Overview – from the Planetary Collective
    This inspiring film documents life-changing stories from astronauts seeing Earth from space, described as, “…an experience that transforms astronauts’ perspective of the planet and mankind’s place upon it. Common features of the experience are a feeling of awe for the planet, a profound understanding of the interconnection of all life…”
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Earth Decal graphic
Video: symphony by Mohammed Fairouz, In the Shadow of No Towers.
  • "In The Shadow of No Towers" – a new symphony by acclaimed composer Mohammed Fairouz. The symphony's theme takes its inspiration from the composer's personal responses to the 9/11 terrorist attacks and from panels from the comic book of the same title by Pulitzer Prize-winning graphic novelist Art Spiegelman that explores life after 9/11.
    From: Reach Out Kansas Inc. for the University of Kansas wind ensemble.
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Manipulated photo of blue ribbon flown at the tops of the United Nations flags