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The Future We Create

A PR firm working for Dow Chemical contacted author Anna Lappé to submit a video for The Future We Create: The Future of Water, a web project about water sustainability sponsored by Dow Chemical.
This was the video that was rejected.

Anna Lappé Online Forum on Water Sustainability Video

For more info about Dow & water go to: A Future We Create

HT We Blog the World

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Posted by on July 12, 2011 in opinion, water


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“We Have to Sink or Swim Ourselves”-Henri Chinery Hesse

source: Africa Unchained via Poverty Cure.

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Posted by on May 12, 2011 in Africa, opinion


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Coming to terms with Sean Penn (well, sort of…)


Posted by on December 30, 2010 in Activism, Aid, links, opinion


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True View

via Wait… What?

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Posted by on December 16, 2010 in opinion, Other Stuff


Raising Consciousness?

Raising consciousness for World Aids Day.

U2 front man, Bono, middle, poses with fellow band member, The Edge, left, Australia’s Prime Minister Julia Gillard, right, and New South Wales state Premier Kristina Keneally at an event to launch World Aids Day in Sydney.

ht Blinded By Red Ribbons, at Africa is a Country.

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Posted by on December 12, 2010 in Africa, Justice and Equality, opinion, Other Stuff


Smart Aid: Social Media and the 1millionshirts Debate, Vote For This as panel idea for South by Southwest (SXSW)

The Smart Aid Initiative panel idea to South by Southwest (SXSW) for their 2011 Interactive session made the first cut and is now out for public vote.
Organizer: Saundra Schimmelpfennig, Good Intentions are Not Enough
Here’s a summary of our proposed panel:

In April 2010 a project was launched to send 1 million used t-shirts to Africa. The project was well-intentioned, but it was also based on several classic aid mistakes. Its social media profile was high enough that it caught the attention of aid professionals who blog. Within the course of just two weeks over 60 blog posts were written about the project from an incredible range of people. The ongoing and heated debate finally lead to an international round table with people from ? continents participating. It also caught the attention of TIME magazine who covered the debate in their online edition. Somewhere between a case study and a debate, the panel will discuss the outcome of the debate, and what was learned from it, from the aid blogger and social venture points of view. It will also discuss some recent initiatives attempting to harness the power of social media for social good.

If you’re interested in seeing this topic make it to SXSW please take a minute and vote for it on the panel picker.

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Posted by on August 19, 2010 in opinion, Other Stuff



Why volunteering overseas is usually not the best place to start.

Suggested reads for anyone passing by this week. A discussion of sorts taking place between these two posts, at the MIT Global Challenge Notebook, and Saundra the author of the Good Intentions is Not Enough blog.

US Aid Professionals to American Volunteers: Stay Home

If this were you, what skills and abilities would you want from a voluntourist?

This is something that needs to be mulled over by every well meaning volutourist – otherwise known as people with good intentions traveling abroad to stick nose in business they have absolutely no knowledge of, sometimes with good intentions, often just to say they did it or to convert people to Christianity.

Stay home, do something in your community, then your state, then you nation……then …we’ll see.

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Posted by on June 16, 2010 in Aid, get educated, links, opinion

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