| THE FIFTH INTERNATIONAL POWERS OF 10 DAY
This year for Powers of Ten Day (10/10/04) we will be exploring the Ocean.
We invite you to tell us about your plans for the day, by posting information on your event here at the site. Sign-up here to begin. Already signed up? Then, log-in here. However you decide to participate, it's always a remarkable experience to look at our lives from the next largest and next smallest perspective and to ponder Charles Eames' words, "Eventually, everything connects." For those visitors new to Powers of 10, learn more by reading the history of the event, below.
and Ray Eames made a nine-minute film called Powers
of Ten that still has the capacity today to expand the way we think
and view our world. Over ten million people have since seen the film and
it continues to be shown in classrooms, business meetings, festivals and
retreats everywhere. Starting with a sleeping
man at a picnic, the film takes the viewer on a journey out to the
edge of space and then back into a
carbon atom in the hand
of the man picnic, all in a single shot. It is an unforgettable experience.
After pondering the impact and influence this short piece still generates,
we thought it might be valuable to create a special forum for thinking
in terms of scale and applying this cross-disciplinary approach to all
subjects. Each October 10th, the Eames Office now celebrates Powers of
Ten Day to promote and share this method of viewing ideas from an infinitesimal
to a cosmic perspective. Much like a knowledge of geography which allows
us to place locations near or far in our mind's maps, an understanding
of scale allows us to organize our thinking and experience in terms of
size. On October 10, 2000, we addressed the environment
with Powers of Ten thinking and began understand ecology,
etc. from a new perspective. This year on
10/10/04, we will use Oceans as a springboard
for such study. Our hope is to create a community of awareness that we
believe can help stretch our understanding and even tolerance. After all,
at 10-4, our physical differences
become invisible to the human eye.
Powers of Ten Day is for teachers,
librarians, architects, designers, parents, store owners, webmasters,
businesspeople, scientists, filmmakers, gurus, parents, kids, and anyone
wanting to extend the boundaries of their thinking.
We hope you'll join us by watching our webcast
of Powers of Ten on 10/10/04. And we'd love for you to create your
own activity or event to extend and celebrate out-of-the-box thinking.
Please explore this site and sign up