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The Last Lecture (Professor Randy Pausch)

This was an interesting speech to listen too…

It was by Carnegie Mellon Professor Randy Pausch (Oct. 23, 1960 – July 25, 2008).  He gave his last lecture at the university Sept. 18, 2007, before a packed McConomy Auditorium. In his moving presentation, “Really Achieving Your Childhood Dreams,” Pausch talked about his lessons learned and gave advice to students on how to achieve their own career and personal goals. For more, visit

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The Last Lecture, Randy Pausch

July 27, 2009 Posted by | Books, Inspiration, Life, Videos | , , , , | Leave a comment

Practising physicians per 1000 population

Practising Physicians Per 1000

Source:  OECD (Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development)

Other Info: 5 Million People & 80 Doctors

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July 27, 2009 Posted by | Sustainability | , , , | Leave a comment

OECD Member Countries (Economic Co-Operation)

Organisation for Economic Co-operation and DevelopmentTwenty countries originally signed the Convention on the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development on 14 December 1960. Since then a further ten countries have become members of the Organisation. The Member countries of the Organisation and the dates on which they deposited their instruments of ratification are:

AUSTRALIA: 7 June 1971
AUSTRIA: 29 September 1961
BELGIUM: 13 September 1961
CANADA: 10 April 1961
CZECH REPUBLIC: 21 December 1995
DENMARK: 30 May 1961
FINLAND: 28 January 1969
FRANCE: 7 August 1961
GERMANY: 27 September 1961
GREECE: 27 September 1961
HUNGARY: 7 May 1996
ICELAND: 5 June 1961
IRELAND: 17 August 1961
ITALY: 29 March 1962
JAPAN: 28 April 1964
KOREA: 12 December 1996
LUXEMBOURG: 7 December 1961
MEXICO: 18 May 1994
NETHERLANDS: 13 November 1961
NEW ZEALAND: 29 May 1973
NORWAY: 4 July 1961
POLAND: 22 November 1996
PORTUGAL: 4 August 1961
SLOVAK REPUBLIC: 14 December 2000
SPAIN: 3 August 1961
SWEDEN: 28 September 1961
SWITZERLAND: 28 September 1961
TURKEY: 2 August 1961
UNITED STATES: 12 April 1961

July 27, 2009 Posted by | Community Economic Development (CED) | , , , | Leave a comment

5 Million People = 80 Doctors

Map of AfricaSierra Leone, a small West African country is situated decoratively at the Atlantic Ocean and borders on Liberia and Guinea. It is rich in Diamonds, Gold and other raw materials and it´s landscapes are breathtaking.

Sierra Leones people are friendly and courteus and helpful to foreigners. They suffered a lot from a brutal rebel war, which was officially concluded by President Kabbah in January 2002.

Every part of the country is peaceful now, but the war has left its deep marks. Unemployment is high especially amongst young people. The educational system is built up slowly and especially in the villages there is no health care system.

Sierra Leone has been continuously relegated to the category of least developed countries for the past decade. The Ministry of Health announced recently the existence of 80 doctors for a population of 5 million inhabitants. These numbers are not only dramatically, but are highly behind international recommendations.

Children in Sierra LeoneThe consequence of a disastrous health care system is a high infant and maternal mortality rate. Children and women often die of preventable und curable diseases like diarrhea, common cold and many more.

July 27, 2009 Posted by | Life, Sustainability | , , | Leave a comment

Save the Children – History (2 Sister)

We Save the Children - will you?

Our founder, Eglantyne Jebb

At the beginning of the 20th century, two sisters had a vision to achieve and protect the rights of children. Their vision has survived into the 21st century.

“All wars, just or unjust, are waged against the child.”

Eglantyne Jebb

The beginnings: Save the Children founder arrested in Trafalgar Square

“A Starving Baby and Our Blockade has Caused This”. That was the headline on a leaflet drawing attention to the plight of children on the losing side of the First World War. Save the Children’s founder, Eglantyne Jebb, was arrested and fined for distributing it in Trafalgar Square.

After the war ended, the British government kept up a blockade that left children in cities like Berlin and Vienna starving. Tuberculosis and rickets were rife.

“The children’s bones were like rubber. Clothing was utterly lacking. In the hospitals there was nothing but paper bandages.” Dr Hector Munro, Save the Children, 1919.

Eglantyne Jebb and her sister Dorothy Buxton decided that direct action was needed as well as campaigning. The Save the Children Fund was set up at a public meeting in London’s Royal Albert Hall in May 1919. From that day to this we’ve been raising funds to provide relief to children suffering the effects of war.

July 27, 2009 Posted by | Education, Life, Philanthropy | , | Leave a comment

Photos’s that made us Change!

For those of us who weren’t born when these photo’s were taken, I hope it’s a lesson in history.   I hope we haven’t come to the state as human beings that we need to see photo’s like this before we step forward and make change.  Lets take a proactive role and not reactive role!

Nine0year-old Kim Phuc and other children run down a road in Vietnam after a napalm attack. The iconic photo won a Pulitzer Prize for photographer Nick Ut. [Source: AP/NPR]

In one of the most iconic images of the Vietnam War, South Vietnamese soldiers follow terrified children, including 9-year-old Kim Phuc (center) as they run down a road near Trang Bang after an aerial napalm attack on suspected Viet Cong hiding places. The date was June 8, 1972. President Richard Nixon once doubted the authenticity of the photo, which earned a Pulitzer Prize for AP photographer Nick Ut.

The girl, now in her 40’s lives in Toronto Canada!

Live Aid Ethiopian Girl

Picture (Above & Below):  The image of a young Ethiopian girl ravaged by hunger and 15 minutes from death came to symbolise Live Aid’s 1985 plea for money for the victims of the devastating famine. Birhan Woldu, described as a “miracle baby”, survived the 1984 humanitarian crisis and was seen as a symbol of hope for Ethiopia.

Bob Geldof and the Ethiopian girl from the Live Aid video


Tank Man — This famous photo, taken on 5 June 1989 by photographer Jeff Widener, depicts an unknown man halting the PLA's advancing tanks near Tiananmen Square.


July 27, 2009 Posted by | Education, Government, Life, Photography, Politics, Sustainability, Taxes | , , , , , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

Loan your Money to the Poor – Micro Credits

Check out this website:

We Let You Loan to the Working Poor

Kiva’s mission is to connect people through lending for the sake of alleviating poverty.

Kiva is the world’s first person-to-person micro-lending website, empowering individuals to lend directly to unique entrepreneurs around the globe.

The people you see on Kiva’s site are real individuals in need of funding – not marketing material. When you browse entrepreneurs’ profiles on the site, choose someone to lend to, and then make a loan, you are helping a real person make great strides towards economic independence and improve life for themselves, their family, and their community. Throughout the course of the loan (usually 6-12 months), you can receive email journal updates and track repayments. Then, when you get your loan money back, you can relend to someone else in need.

July 27, 2009 Posted by | Community Economic Development (CED), Entrepreneurship, Great Ideas, Micro Credit | , , , | Leave a comment

The Grameen Bank – For the People by the People

Grameen Bank (GB) has reversed conventional banking practice by removing the need for collateral and created a banking system based on mutual trust, accountability, participation and creativity. GB provides credit to the poorest of the poor in rural Bangladesh, without any collateral. At GB, credit is a cost effective weapon to fight poverty and it serves as a catalyst in the over all development of socio-economic conditions of the poor who have been kept outside the banking orbit on the ground that they are poor and hence not bankable. Professor Muhammad Yunus, the founder of “Grameen Bank” and its Managing Director, reasoned that if financial resources can be made available to the poor people on terms and conditions that are appropriate and reasonable, “these millions of small people with their millions of small pursuits can add up to create the biggest development wonder.”

As of June, 2009, it has 7.90 million borrowers, 97 percent of whom are women. With 2,557 branches, GB provides services in 84,487 villages, covering more than 100 percent of the total villages in Bangladesh.

Grameen Bank’s positive impact on its poor and formerly poor borrowers has been documented in many independent studies carried out by external agencies including the World Bank, the International Food Research Policy Institute (IFPRI) and the Bangladesh Institute of Development Studies (BIDS).

Mission Statement: Grameen Foundation’s mission is to enable the poor, especially the poorest, to create a world without poverty.

Grameen Foundation is a leader in the fight against poverty in Sub Saharan Africa, Asia, the Arab World, and the Americas. Since our beginning in 1997, our programs, resources and fresh ideas have helped more than 45 million poor people, mostly women and children, improve their lives.

July 27, 2009 Posted by | Finance, Great Ideas, Inspiration, Investment, Life, Venture Capital | , , , | Leave a comment

Creating a World Without Poverty – Nobel Peace Prize

This is one of the latest books I’m reading… It’s from the Banker to the Poor, Nobel Peace Prize winner Muhammad Yunus.  You can listen to a  quick concept of the video by clicking the below preview.  (I thought I would let you multitask)

July 27, 2009 Posted by | Books, Education, Great Ideas, Sustainability | , , | Leave a comment

Rooftop Cinema?

After watching films like the End of Suberbia, The Corporation, I wish there was a place to watch and discuss videos that impact our daily life.  I hope someone who owns a restruant can open a rooftop cinema?  Bring people to your place of business and help spread awareness!

Rooftop Cinema

July 27, 2009 Posted by | Great Ideas, Social Enterprise, Social Media | | Leave a comment