I love to watch Hans Rosling’s talks. If you haven’t already, take some time to see all of his TED presentations. Rosling was four years old when his family got its first electric washing machine, and it changed their lives. His reflection on how most women of the world do laundry can help us think […]
For a dozen years, the Breast Cancer Awareness Campaign has lit buildings, monuments, bridges around the world to illuminate the importance of breast health. See photos of the pink lit global landmarks that remind millions of the importance of early detection. The campaign points out that there is one chance in eight of a woman […]
This brilliant idea is spreading quickly around the world. Simply fill a plastic bottle with water (add some bleach to prevent clouding), and cut a hole in the roof. And behold: an almost free 50-watt bulb. Obviously, it shines only during the day. This is especially great for the millions of houses that are too […]
The Occupy movement has spawned an effective, no-cost vehicle to “circulate” an understanding of how wealth is spread. A simple online printer template, a color printer and a few dollar bills, and Occupy sympathizers have effective guerrilla marketing infographic brochures.
A couple of Dutch artists have been working since 2006 to bring “outrageous works of art to unexpected places.” Jeroen Koolhaas and Dre Urhahn recently completed their third Brazilian favela project, hiring and training locals as painters in Rio de Janeiro. Find out more at favela painting.
I’ve never bought a lottery ticket, but I might now. But here’s a lottery that could help us save the planet: Read Helene Gallis’ piece for Worldwatch about a successful Bangalore, India, project where each kilometer passengers travel on the city bus ups their chances of winning a prize. It’s a great incentive for decreasing […]
How does a hospital system vastly extend its reach into underserved communities? Methodist LeBonheur Healthcare (MLH) in Memphis says it’s through trained volunteers. In an innovative program, developed by my long-time friend Gary Gunderson, MLH partnered with almost 400 local congregations that identify key volunteers who (after intensive training) help the patients through their stay […]