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March 09 2011

20:09

goGIRLglobal - G(irls)20 Summit 2011 Paris

Today, as people around the world celebrate the 100th Anniversary of International Women’s Day, The Belinda Stronach Foundation and 30 supporting businesses and organizations have announced the Second Annual G(irls)20 Summit 2011.  On October 18-20, a girl from each of the G20 countries, and the African Union, will come together to “debate, discuss and design innovative solutions for the economic challenges of our time.” The participants are all 18-20 year old young women and will be trained in business, media and public policy so that they can grow innovative solutions in their own communities. Together they will write recommendations for the G20 leaders to consider when they meet in November 2011. There are many ways for YOU to get involved. Are you, your sister, cousin or friend the next G(irls)20 Summit delegate from your country?

Go to www.girlsandwomen.com and participate.  You can apply to be a 2011 G(irls)20 Summit delegate.  BE THE VOICE OF CHANGE. Anyone can sign up and be counted in support of the 3.3 billion girls and women around the world and MAKE YOUR NUMBER COUNT by giving suggestions to the delegates. Help spread the message with your FacebookTwitterYoutubeand other social media.  BE THE FACE OF CHANGE.   

goGIRLglobal is investing in the power of girls, our next generation of amazing, smart women with a steady stream of information for bigger dreams and a better planet. Subscribe at www.gogirlglobal.com and join us!


 

October 15 2010

10:21

Last chance to VOTE for Tole-rants connect for the 2010 FACT Social Justice Challenge

Today is the final day of community voting for the 2010 FACT Social Justice Challenge. We need your support so please come VOTE. Let us start by saying a huge thank you to all the people who have already voted for the 60 seconds of Hope campaign, your support has been fantastic. 

VOTING requires a couple of minutes of your time. We wish it was easier, so here are some short directions to help make it as quick as possible:

1. Follow our link - Click VOTE and be redirected to another window where you will need to quickly register.

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October 13 2010

15:43

Karen Armstrong Tole-rants about compassion. Vote for Tole-rants Connect for the 2010 FACT social justice challenge

Voting is still open for the 2010 FACT Social Justice Challenge and Tole-rants Connect needs your help. Please spare a few moments and VOTE for 60 seconds of Hope.

The Tole-rants movement has garnered tremendous support in its inaugural year from partners such as The Council of Europe, The Schwab Foundation for Social Entrepreneurship, Search for Common Ground, Odyssey Networks, Youth Leader Magazine, and many other inspirational organizations.

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October 05 2010

16:20

Fishing for jobs…

…is hard in these times. I have students who graduated a year ago who are still looking. My 18 year old daughter has been looking to no avail for five months.

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So while waiting on the mezzanine of the Stockton Hilton today, I was nearly run over by several hundred folks who lined up to pick up applications for jobs in – Alaska. Seems an old tradition lives on. Back in the late 60′s many of my college mates did summer stints up in those northern waters, working the fishing boats and processing plants, making enough cash to tide them over through the school year.

The face of this era’s potential employees has changed – primarily Filipino, probably 70% male, young (18-30). They want jobs and are willing to travel to get them. And they’re from all over the state. Plus, a few (at least) are repeat customers who’ve already spent time up north. The others, youngsters with a sense of combined foreboding and adventure, are slowing completing their applications and turning them in.

What place does this have on a VJ blog? Well if you aren’t curious and you don’t ask questions, you will never find the story. I began grilling folks after I saw the first few dozen downstairs and continued until my curiousity was sated. If I didn’t have to watch a table full of tech gear and registration papers I’d be out wandering the crowd shooting tape (another rule of the road: never leave valuables unattended).


August 19 2010

14:33

How Can Civic Media Help Cover 'Slow-Motion Disasters'?

I'm helping MIT's Center for Future Civic Media put together a talk on how better to cover slow-motion disasters, and I'd like your thoughts.

The bursting of the housing bubble, for example, cost the American economy $8.3 trillion. Yet for a decade, national media missed signs of the coming disaster, acting instead to simply keep pumping.

While we can cover hurricanes and terrorist attacks, we – the media, Americans, humans – seem to be terrible technologically and rhetorically at covering disasters that unfold slowly, stories like oil spill cleanups or health care policy that take months or years to fully tell, yet, as that $8.3 trillion number shows, absolutely require attention and action.

So what reporting models would help avoid or mitigate these disasters before they happen? What examples have you seen, as we at MIT have with Jeff Warren's grassroots mapping work in the Gulf or much of the work at ProPublica, of people or groups already doing a good job of using new tools and methods?

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