Tag Archives: Humanity

Education Crisis

is happening in the U.S. and around the world.  Every 26 seconds a U.S. student drops out of school.  51--1That is the message of the non-profit organization buildOn.

At the same time, 900 million people around the world cannot read and write.  That’s nearly 1 in 6 people.

buildOn addresses both of these problems by working with youth in urban cities to improve their communities, and building schools in the rural areas of developing countries.  Sometimes these efforts are combined to send U.S. students on a Trek for Knowledge, to build a school in the developing country, helping people must less fortunate than themselves.

Solving Social Problems

I love the idea of Solutionaries.  I was introduced to this idea during a TED Talk and think it would be great to do as a modification of formal debate.  We are facing serious social issues that will require ingenuity and creative thinking to solve or improve these issues.images

We are born curious, and we intuitively want to solve problems.  Spend a few moments with kids and there’s no doubt that if they focus on one thing, they will make an improvement.  So what if we use that natural ability to facilitate teaching, and to enhance that ability instead of squelching it as our current education system is doing.

The Solutionaries link above shows a good example of a school working to develop their students into Solutionaries.

How were you Compassionate Today?

I need your help. My Psychology class has an assignment to live one day as compassionately as possible. We are asked to define compassion, and if possible be compassionate to groups that we normally don’t consider or come in contact with.


So, I would love your ideas to help me make the most of this experience. Just leave a note below with your thoughts:
1) How to define compassion.
2) Unique ways to behave compassionately, that we normally don’t think of.

I’ll post a summary of my experience for you all to see how your ideas came together.

Thank you everyone for helping me in this assignment, and for the time you spend to read this blog.

Rethinking Social Entrepreneurship

Wow, these people are doing big things to improve our society. Way to prove wrong the saying “Over The Hill”!

High Impact Philanthropy

For the past 3 years, I have been a juror for the Purpose Prize, a $100,000 cash prize awarded annually to each of five winners, all of whom have chosen to pursue an encore career focused on social impact. The winners are extraordinary men and women who are redefining what life over 60 can look like. In doing so, they are also redefining what social entrepreneurs look like.

These are not the 20-something idealists whose youth, passion, and relative inexperience allow them to see new solutions to solve society’s problems.

Instead, they are the 60, 70+ year olds whose wisdom, commitment, and relative wealth of experience enable them to create change where others couldn’t.

Who are they?

B.P. Agrawal’s upbringing in a poor rural village in India, PhD in engineering, and subsequent 27-year career as a technology and telecommunications executive enabled him to envision and then develop a sustainable…

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