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Take a Bite Out of Hunger NFT Series is a collaboration between Dole and ‘Hungry Artist’ David Datuna
The funds raised will be used to combat food insecurity and provide healthy nutrition in collaboration with Boys & Girls Clubs.
The Dole Sunshine Company has teamed up with acclaimed artist David Datuna to produce an NFT range inspired by their Sunshine for All TM rallying cry. The aim is to raise global awareness of food insecurity and malnutrition while also raising funds to combat hunger today. On May 6 at 3:30 p.m. PST, the works will be available for purchase via the NFT auction site Rarible.com.
Dole has collaborated with Datuna to create an NFT series to further the brand’s aim of making healthy foods available to one billion people, which was inspired by Datuna’s viral banana-eating moment at Art Basel Miami Beach in 2019, which won him the nickname “The Hungry Artist.” With nearly a quarter of the world’s population suffering moderate to extreme food insecurity and one-third of food produced for human consumption lost or wasted, the need for healthy nutrition has never been greater.
The Hungry Artist, David Datuna, said, “I’m a huge fan of companies that recognize their responsibility for stewardship and respect Dole’s goals to help ending hunger, achieving food sustainability, ending food waste, and promoting sustainable agriculture.” “My NFT series for Dole tells this tale through symbolic animations, sound, and imagery, in addition to the physical artwork.”
The collaboration is part of the global Dole Promise, which seeks to improve access to healthy nutrition, reduce food waste, and reduce greenhouse gas emissions by reducing food waste, plastics in packaging, and greenhouse gas emissions. The brand has already been hard at work around the world, and in 2020 it announced a collaboration with a number of public and private organizations in Jackson, Mississippi, including the local Boys & Girls Club.
Sunshine for All TM Cities is a Dole program that brings healthy food and nutrition to food deserts. The proceeds from the NFT sales will go to Boys & Girls Clubs to help them finance nutrition and hunger-related programs, such as Dole’s Sunshine for All CitiesTM initiative. The Dole Sunshine Company hopes to raise funds through this initiative to expand this program and other nutrition-focused initiatives around the country, strengthening the partnership with Boys & Girls Clubs and bringing education, pop-up farmers markets, and nutritious food to cities across the country, including ongoing efforts in Jackson and expanding to Baltimore and beyond later this year.
“We cannot achieve our goal of providing healthy nutrition to one billion people by 2025 on our own. This is why we look for partners that share our principles, including David Datuna and the BGC,” said Pier-Luigi Sigismondi, global president of the Food and Beverage Group. “In order to achieve structural change, we must combine meaning, imagination, innovation, and technology. This initiative best exemplifies our desire to make a positive difference in the world. David’s viewpoint on using art and digital media as a medium for recognition and social change is one that clearly resonates and encourages us as a brand that can literally eat its purpose.”
Taking a Bite Out of Hunger
Datuna will produce a five-part series focusing on the inextricable connection between food security and nutrition. The NFTs would symbolize people banding together to combat hunger. Sunshine for All, the fifth and final piece, is a pop-art influenced montage of the first four pieces that emphasizes the importance of closing the gaps in access to healthy nutrition for all. This work will also exist as a physical object, with Datuna’s signature lens technique, a layered composition symbolizing society’s various points of view.
On May 6th, the entire art series will be available for purchase. The fifth montage piece will be on view in a virtual gallery (Decentraland) as well as a physical location in New York City, which will be revealed soon, until May 8th.
The NFT’s net proceeds will be donated to Boys & Girls Clubs to support wellness and hunger-related programming, such as the Sunshine for All TM Cities initiative. In addition, Dole is collaborating with decarbonization advisor Aerial to develop a climate-positive approach to reduce the environmental effects of the NFT sale. This will have little effect on the amount of money earned at the auction, and it will ensure that any potential sales are properly offset.
Starting April 28, 2021, additional auction information will be available via Rarible.
Visit SunshineForAll.com for more updates and to keep up with the auctions.
About The Dole Sunshine Company
The name Dole Sunshine Company is used to reflect Dole Asia Holdings, Dole Worldwide Packaged Foods, and Dole Asia Fresh’s global interests and combined efforts. Dole Sunshine Company is not a real business entity that does business in any country or territory. Visit DoleSunshine.com or dolesunshine.com/doing-good for more details on Dole Sunshine Company.
About David Datuna
David Datuna is a Georgian-born American artist best known for his Viewpoint of Millions series, which includes portraits of Jay-Z, Steve Jobs, Marilyn Monroe, and others, and his revolutionary Viewpoint of Billions series, which debuted at the Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery and featured wearable technology. David’s work can be seen in prestigious art fairs and galleries around the world, including Art Miami and The Armory Show. Datuna was born in Tbilisi, Georgia, in 1974, and moved to New York City to start his career as an artist. Datuna’s work, as a self-taught artist, takes abstraction in a new direction.
Rarible is an online store for non-fiction books. It provides artists and enthusiasts with a forum to make, collect, and exchange digital collectibles. Alexei Falin and Alex Salnikov founded Rarible in the beginning of 2020. Rarible’s aim is to become a completely decentralized autonomous organization (DAO), with active platform users controlling decision-making and organization. They want to make it a public platform that is open to users by allowing developers and collectors to submit platform ideas and vote on platform updates.
About Boys & Girls Clubs
Boys & Girls Clubs of America (BGCA.org) has offered a healthy environment for children and teenagers to learn and develop for over 160 years. During vital non-school hours, clubs include compassionate adult mentors, fun and fellowship, and high-impact youth development services. Academic achievement, good character and leadership, and safe lifestyles are all promoted by Boys & Girls Clubs programming. Via Club membership and community outreach, over 4,700 Clubs reach out to 4.6 million young people. Clubs can be found in cities, towns, public housing, and native lands around the country, and BGCA-affiliated Youth Centers on US military installations across the world serve military families.
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NFT Show Europe was all about innovators of the Future of the Internet: web 3.0, metaverse, blockchain, and digital art￼
Valencia, October 10th 2022: NFT Show Europe, the leading event on Web 3.0, Blockchain, Metaverse and Digital Art took place in the futuristic venue of the City of Arts and Sciences in Valencia, Spain. From the 17th to the 18th of September 2022, #NFTSE attracted over 2300 visitors from 59 countries.
The show featured a packed conference programme with world-renowned speakers. Topics covered included the use of Blockchain and Web 3.0 oriented technologies in traditional businesses, gaming, sports, fashion, art and collectibles, among others.
First edition beyond expectations
“The event showcased the very best in European talent, demonstrating the unstoppable growth of these technologies and its potential in both business and artistic innovation.” explains Patrick Cyrus, Marketing Manager of #NFTSE22.
“We already count with the support of big players such as Tezos, Polkadot, Zeroframe, Crypto Page, Block Ape Scissors or Wert. All of us were equally impressed with the level of potential collaborations and we are already looking forward to the next edition.”
NFT Show beyond Europe
#NFTSE gathers some of the most influential companies and artists to discuss the latest trends and developments. The event was a major boost for the web 3.0 industry companies, fostering new partnerships and collaborations, which helped to solidify its position as a major meeting point in this world.
With visitors from 59 countries attending, the event showcased the latest in blockchain and web3 technologies and its potential applications in the real world.
The speaker line-up was formed by industry leaders such as Takayaki Suzuki, CEO of Metatokio and Esen Tümer, Founder of Metaverse Hub. Other notable speakers included Hide Uehara, Director of Business Development for Square Enix or Sam Hamilton, the Creative Director of Decentraland Foundation.
Showcasing more than 170 artworks by artists such as Zancan, Solimán López, Pablo Alpe, Ulysses, A.L. Crego or Jenni Pasanen, the art exhibition included exclusive minting by fxhash.com, workshops, interactive installations, panel discussions and XR experiences.
Conclusions & Trends
“Web 3.0 technologies provide a way for users to create and interact with digital assets in a virtual space. These technologies have the potential to revolutionize many industries, including gaming, art and finance. NFT Show Europe provided a platform for leading experts to share their insights on those industries in a futuristic business-art atmosphere.” adds Esen Tümer, Founder of MetaverseHub based in Turkey, Istambul.
NFTs and crypto are transforming the art industry by providing creators with a new way to monetize their work and by giving collectors a new way to invest in art. They can be used to track and prove ownership of everything from digital art to in-game items. One of the barriers is the acquisition of cryptocurrencies which is already approached by companies such as Wert.
“We enable the consumers to purchase NFTs with credit or debit cards just like normal or virtual goods … if you’re in the NFT, Generative Art and Web 3.0 space (NFTSE) is just the perfect spot to do that.” explains George Basiladze, Founder of Wert.io.
There is no doubt that the web 3.0 users have the potential to change the way we live, work and play. By harnessing the power of the internet, these technologies can help us to connect with others in new and innovative ways and help us to access information and services that were previously out of reach. With the right support and investment, web 3.0 content will help us to create a more inclusive and connected world.
The producers of NFT Show Europe are already planning the next stages for 2023.
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Logan Paul’s unsuccessful NFT Investment: Over $620K to $10
Logan Paul, a well-known YouTuber, has lost millions of dollars as a result of the current crypto winter.
Logan Paul, an American YouTuber, actor, and social media star, holds a $623,000 unrealized loss as a result of his investment in an NFT from the Azuki line.
Also unsuccessful is his involvement with cryptocurrency. The market collapse has reduced the value of his possessions by more than $500,000.
Losses in Logan Paul’s Critical Papers
The well-known YouTuber joined the cryptocurrency bandwagon last spring when the values of most assets were surging, just like many other people. A few months later, he spent almost $2.5 million on NFTs, joining the trend. The most expensive thing he bought was a piece from the Azuki collection, which cost him $623,000.
However, the YouTube celebrity has suffered significant financial losses as a result of the unstable state of the bitcoin market and the NFT niche, at least on paper. The Azuki NFT currently trades around $10, as Paul recently made known, a drastic decline that sparked debate in the cryptocurrency world.
Many Twitter users made fun of the celebrity for using non-fungible tokens to transact at a time when there was obviously excitement in the industry. Others asserted that digital collectibles are frauds and should not be purchased. Some, however, contend that the price decline is a result of the current bad market and that once the next bull run begins, the valuation will rise.
It’s important to note that the NFT transactions were booming at the time he purchased the things. OpenSea’s trade volume spiked to almost $500 million for a single day at one time last summer, but in recent months, it has struggled to reach $10 million.
Paul has added bitcoin and other alternative currency to his portfolio in addition to NFTs. He recently acknowledged that he had lost almost $500,000 on such investments when he first entered the ecosystem at its peak last year.
Unfortunately for others that followed suit, this year has seen a significant decline in the value of the cryptocurrency market, which now has a total valuation of less than $1 billion (down from $3 billion a year ago).
Millions are Lost by KSI
The British rapper JJ Olatunji, a.k.a. KSI, was another prominent YouTuber who was severely hurt by the crypto market decline.
When Terra’s native token, LUNA, began to fall in price in May, he took the chance to predict that the price will eventually rise again. When the asset was going for about $25, KSI invested $2.8 million of his wealth in it.
He had no idea that the token would keep declining and eventually fall to almost nothing, wiping away the rapper’s multi-million dollar investment.
KSI is a strong supporter of the cryptocurrency market, especially bitcoin. He claimed that BTC will be crucial to the monetary system of the future last year. The rapper continued, claiming that he would have given each UK citizen £100 worth of bitcoin if he were the Prime Minister.
BTC is the ideal investment vehicle in KSI’s opinion. He believes that after ten years, individuals who have some exposure to the asset will “be laughing”:
“I feel like a lot of people are trying to search for quick money like, ‘Oh, I want to get in and out,’ but they’re not really seeing that. I’m prepared to travel a considerable distance for this.
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Ford is getting ready to enter the Metaverse with digital cars and NFTs
A month after the company announced significant personnel reductions, it has filed a trademark application covering its future initiatives in the Metaverse and NFT space.
Ford Motor Company, an American automaker, has filed 19 trademark applications across its key automobile brands as it prepares to enter the realm of nonfungible tokens (NFTs) and the Metaverse.
Mike Kondoudis, a trademark attorney licensed by the United States Patent and Trade Office (USPTO), disclosed in a tweet on Wednesday that the business had submitted a total of 19 trademark applications covering its car brands, including Mustang, Bronco, Lincoln, Explorer, and F-150 Lightning, among others.
The trademark applications include a projected online marketplace for NFTs and virtual versions of its businesses’ automobiles, trucks, vans, SUVs, and clothes.
Ford intends to produce digital images of its vehicles, SUVs, trucks, and vans that will be verified by NFTs, according to USPTO filings submitted by the automaker on September 2.
The business also disclosed plans for “downloadable virtual commodities,” or “computer programs,” that would include apparel, accessories, and parts for vehicles for usage in “online virtual environments,” such as virtual and augmented reality trade exhibitions.
Additionally, there are plans to develop an online marketplace for “others’ digital artwork” as well as “online retail shop services featuring non-fungible tokens (NFTs) and digital collectibles.”
Less than a month after Ford Executive Chairman Bill Ford and CEO Jim Farley announced significant personnel reductions from its global workforce to decrease corporate expenses; Ford has decided to enter the Web3 area.
Ford isn’t the first automaker to enter the Metaverse market.
While premium automakers like Bentley and Lamborghini have already launched NFT collections, automakers including Nissan, Toyota, and Hyundai have indicated ambitions to enter the fast-expanding Metaverse market.
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