Archive | March 2013

Rethinking Education: Why Our Education System Is Ripe For Disruption

In a post on Forbes entrepreneur Naveen Jain, discusses what he thinks is wrong with the current approach towards education.

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Not by Bread Alone

Growth in national income is a poor predictor of welfare

IF YOU look at countries’ social and economic progress since 1990, you will find that, in most cases, it is in line with their historic performance—with some important exceptions. According to the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), over 40 countries have done much better than their recent history alone would have suggested. This large group, says the UNDP, really represents “the rise of the South”, not the BRICS, “Chindia” or some more exclusive club. Read More…

Top 3 low-cost Tech Breakthroughs in Health

Social entrepreneurs are innovating with technology to lower the cost of providing health services and enable early diagnosis and prevention. These promising solutions have emerged in developing markets, where scarce resources mean that health workers must do a whole lot more with less.

These tech breakthroughs are helping solve critical problems facing health systems, including high costs and a lack of access to preventative care. Could these health innovations be helping to transform health systems near you. Read More…

Stop Stealing Dreams: On the future of education and what we can do about it.

In this TEDXYouth video, Seth Godin asks us to examine the way we (as a society and on an individual level) think about education. Read More…

U.A.E. Makes Huge Investment in Education and Technology

ABU DHABI — Sheik Nahayan bin Mubarak al-Nahayan stepped down as the United Arab Emirates’ education minister last week, to become its cultural minister. In one of his last interviews as the head of higher education and scientific research, he discussed how he had worked to improve academic standards in a country that is only 41 years old.

Meeting at his waterfront palace, he spoke about the U.A.E.’s enormous education spending — which, according to media reports, totals more than one-fifth of the total national budget and which paid for 14,000 iPads for its universities.

He also discusses why the country is emphasizing English-language instruction and industry-friendly courses and research.

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Data on gender that will make you smile, not groan

What does it take to create a news organisation that publishes a diversity of women’s voices? Explore the data and find out the reasons for the Global Voices’ success at gender equality

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Chart showing article gender by year, Global Voices. Graphic by Christine Oliver

This week, our Open Gender Tracker team was astonished to find a news organisation with equal participation by women. At the international citizen media news site Global Voices, 764 women have written 51% of all posts, a trend they have held consistent for years, our data shows.

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Dan Pallotta: The way we think about charity is dead wrong

We Need to Change the Way We Think About Changing the World

Activist and fundraiser Dan Pallotta calls out the double standard that we have with regards to the profit and nonprofit sectors and how that affects our relationships to charities. He argues that we reward nonprofits for how little they spend rather than how much the get done. He argues that in order for these organizations to take risks and innovate we can’t restrict how much of the donations go towards overhead costs. furthermore the timeframes we give them are too short considering the enormous task they have at hand. Sometimes to make more money and move forward we need to have expenses.  In order to expand the market of “compassion and love”, what he refers to the nonprofit sector,  Pallotta asks us to “change the way we think about changing the world.”

The Revolutionary Optimists: How far would you go to change your world?


The Revolutionary Optimists: How far would you go to change your world?

Filmakers Nicole Newnham Maren Grainger-Monsen follows lawyer turned activist, Amlan Ganguly who works to empowers children to become activists and educators, with powerful results.Using street theater, puppetry, and dance as their weapons, the children in Calcutta’s slums have cut their neighborhoods’ malaria and diarrhea rates in half, and turned former garbage dumps into playing fields. Now, pushing at the limits of optimism, Amlan is attempting to take his work into the brickfields outside Calcutta, where spend their days making and carrying bricks using methods unchanged by centuries.

The Revolutionary Optimists proposes a workable solution to intractable problems associated with poverty, including preventable diseases and ineffectual governance. Ganguly’s story suggests that education and child empowerment are crucial keys to lifting entire societies out of hopelessness.

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Viewpoint: The Millennial Generation Can Lead Us Out of Gridlock

One the reasons why the Republican Party looked to be demographically doomed after the last election is that young people voted overwhelmingly for Democrats. As several recent surveys have shown, the Millennial generation has generally progressive views on race, gay marriage, and the size of the state.

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What would the world be like if everyone learned sportsmanship, empathy, and fair play as children?

How an interactive, Global Curriculum Can Transform Students into Changemakers

What’s the value of informed, active citizens? Ricardo Capuano (@Ricarnitas) and Ashoka Fellow Dina Buchbinder (@dinabuchbinder) of Deport-es para Compartir discuss. 

Yuridia and Luz Belén, ages six and seven respectively, are two girls that live in the Matlahuacala community in Coyomeapan, Puebla. Life is tough in Puebla—two out of every three people live under the poverty line and, in that area alone, 1.2 million girls and boys live under the food poverty line. Normally, Yuridia and Luz Belén are seen as part of the problem, but as a matter of fact, they can play an important part in creating solutions to their community’s needs.

Young changemakers learn, share a laugh.

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