18-year-old Malcolm X. London from Lincoln Park High School in Chicago was the winner of the 2011 Louder Than A Bomb teen poetry slam contest.

WBEZ follows London to the bus yard to hear him do a live on-site rendition of his winning piece “High School Training Ground” in which he expresses his thoughts about how failing schools are not doing their job in raising individuals who are ready and able to change the world they live in.

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Flavorwire posts about this creative book bed made by Japanese designer Yusuke Suzuki. It comes with two facing pages, each with turnable sheets! How cool!

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Made In Brooklyn sells this $400 birch bike rack for you to hang your bike in your home. The bike rack is custom-made to fit the geometry of your frame and custom colors and veneers are possible (for a price, of course). Check out more photos of it here.

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Street artist JR who is best known for his FACE2FACE portrait series along the West Bank Barrier wall, was this year’s TED PRIZE winner for an outstanding idea of how art can change world communities. JR’s large-scale portraits have popped up in many communities worldwide, giving the viewers pause to think about their neighbors and the circumstances they both find themselves in.

JR’s latest project called Inside Out allows anyone to upload a photo so that they can receive a large print of their face to be posted anywhere they please. The displayed portrait will be documented by JR’s production crew and hopefully made into a virtual gallery online.

Check out JR’s TED talk below.