You may have seen the pictures of starving people in the Horn of Africa on your TV screens. We are all asking: how can this be happening again? Parts of Somalia, Kenya and Ethiopia are facing one of the worst droughts for 60 years, and nearly 12 million people are desperately in need of food, clean water and basic sanitation.
Despite the urgency of the situation, most world leaders are responding too slowly. Immediate aid is essential. Yet at the same time we must not let them drop the ball on long term solutions as has too often happened in the past.
Are you interested in volunteering to tutor grade 8 maths/science/English at Masiyile high school with Equal Education?
This commitment would involve two afternoons a week, primarily assisting learners with the homework they have been set in class. Equal Education is looking to include parents and teachers in the process to ensure a quality learning environment, although expects the tutors to be primarily university students.
Key things to note:
- Focus: Grade 8 English, Maths, and Science (Physical Science & Biology)
- Days: Tues/Thurs 14h30-16h00 (TBC)
- Transport provided.
- Start date: 25 July 2011
More details available here.
If you are interested, or would like further information, please contact me.
Google’s social network, Google+ is finally live.
A few key advantages over the current iteration of Facebook:
- Huddle - Group text chat
- Hangouts - Group video chat
- Sparks - Tips on what to share (kind of like Google Alerts made social)
- Circles - Better sharing controls than Facebook Groups
Excited to see how this develops. I’ve always been fascinated at how little the big players like Google and Apple “get” social. They certainly have all the right ingredients. Also, the website is an absolute must see. Wonderfully executed.
Panera CEO Ronald Shaich opened up the first nonprofit branch of his 1,400-plus location restaurant chain in Clayton, Missouri, in 2010. At the time some thought his pay-what-you-want model, in which customers could simply take free food if they needed it, would be a disaster, especially in the midst of America’s hardest economy in decades. Early indications, however, were that Shaich’s idea, officially called the Panera Cares Community Café, might succeed. Now, one year later, people are certain: The free Panera is a hit.
This was not a corporate philanthropy effort. This was using brand dollars with the belief that when you use these brand dollars to have consumers share ideas to change the world, the consumers will win, the brand will win, and the community will win. That was a big bet. No one has done it on this scale before.
I was peripherally aware of the Pepsi Refresh campaign, and I’m really impressed with the whole concept. I hope more major companies try to engage in meaningful ways with individuals, rather than just… set up a Twitter stream to push out product updates. I’m always interested to see interesting intersections between innovation, technology, philanthropy and development.