When statistics go stale, Hans Rosling finds a way to make them sing.
So, I'm certain Rosling couldn't resist participating in the operatic ode to the "glorious nerdiness of statistics": 'The Joy of Stats.'
"I kid you not, statistics is now the sexiest subject on the planet."
Changemakers, I would like to introduce you to an incendiary idea: The Robin Hood Tax.
Inspired by the actions of England’s most popular outlaw, The Robin Hood Tax’s mission is to “take from the richest in society and give to those who need it.” Rest assured, the plan is more detailed than that. The tax is imposed on banks and would give billions to tackle social issues in England and beyond.
Australia’s leading entrepreneurs and business rock stars met at 24 Moons Bar on AC/DC Lane in Melbourne last week for Anthill Magazine’s 2010 Cool Company Awards.
The Cool Company Awards is an initiative launched to celebrate Australian organizations making real change through innovative means – rule-makers, rule-breakers, and trend-setters in attitude and action.
Who needs women? Humanity does. Desperately.
The world's markets depend on women. Today, women own 40 percent of all private firms -- ten times more than they did 30 years ago. Of the 15 job categories projected to grow the most in the next decade, all but two are occupied primarily by women. And women dominate today's education system, receiving more degrees at a higher rate than males.
In this TEDxChCh talk, John Marshall Roberts (CEO of Worldview Learning) draws on his knowledge of systems theory and developmental psychology to discuss how the glut of "global non-empathy" impacts how our world works.
The Unreasonable Institute, an international accelerator for high-impact ventures, has opened applications for its second annual institute – a search for 25 of the world’s most promising entrepreneurs committed to launching globally significant social ventures that can reach at least one million people.
The Fun Theory is a site dedicated to the thought that something as simple as fun is the easiest way to change people's behavior for the better.
Fun might be more than just a simple way to effect change -- it might be the best way.
Kevin Richardson was recently recognized as the winner of The Fun Theory Award for answering the question: "Can we get more people to obey the speed limit by making it fun to do?"
Austin Bowden-Kerby was a coral killer at a very early age, buying pieces of coral from his local five-and-dime store, Woolworth’s. Both Bowden-Kerby’s interest and relationship with coral changed when his family moved to Saipan, in the Northern Mariana Islands. There, at age 11, Bowden-Kerby first snorkeled a pristine coral reef "too beautiful to comprehend" and was hooked forever.
Last Friday, the Global Security Challenge (GSC) – a Dragon’s Den-style event and central hub for security innovators, start-ups and investors around the globe – announced this year’s Best Security Start-Up and Best Security SME: mPedigree and iWebGate.
Link TV, with support of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, officially launched ViewChange.org yesterday evening. ViewChange.org is a next-generation multimedia platform for global development which uses the power of video to tell stories about real people and progress in global development.
Yesterday's launch party -- co-hosted by Devex and AED -- featured powerful speakers, interactive discussions, and short films, as well as the announcement of Link TV's six ViewChange Online Film Contest winners. The film categories included Innovation, Leadership & Governance, Empowerment, Sustainability, Local/Global Partnerships, and Overcoming Conflict. Winners received $5,000 each.
The event's capstone was the presentation of the Film Contest's $20,000 Grand Prize Winner: New York director and communications consultant Aaron Kisner. Kisner's award-winning short film "Kakenya" tells the story of Kakenya Ntaiya; whose courage and vital voice were drivers of change in her life and for her Massai village community.
"I have built the first primary school for girls in my village. A place where girls can be free, a place where they can dream ... a place that let's them know their dreams are possible."
The Film: "Kakenya":
He gave a rousing speech that brought several members of the audience to their feet.“There is so much optimism and enthusiasm and hopefulness in the young people that I’ve met this morning,” said Cromwell. “But I do have to say from and older perspective, we made a hash of it. We really made a hash of it. We have left you a disaster.”Cromwell compared the world’s current state of affairs to a roaring, violent locomotive racing toward a cliff. There won’t be time for incremental changes, and therefore we are in desperate need of dramatic system-changing impact; a necessary paradigm shift to save our species from its worst enemy: ourselves.Fortunately we have young social entrepreneurs fueling world-changing initiatives. For Cromwell, young entrepreneurs are undoubtedly the hope for the world. He closed with this statement:
James Cromwell just rocked the stage at TEDxYSE.
"The heart, not the mind, is the organ which connects us to the natural world and to each other. And so with all my heart, I wish all of you the best of luck. Persevere, question authority, and seize the day."
West Coast women are more entrepreneurial than their East Coast counterparts. At least according to Deborah Perry Piscione, co-founder of Desha Productions and its accompanying online women’s magazine, BettyConfidential.com.