Here’s a novel idea, let’s not kill one another

Glenn Paige’s simple idea: a ‘nonkilling’ world (via The Christian Science Monitor)

Glenn Paige, a former political science professor, established the Center for Global Nonkilling and inspired a worldwide movement.(Eugene Tanner/Special to The Christian Science Monitor) People who have seen “Hotel Rwanda” (2004) or documentaries about…

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Uganda Ramps It Up

Kampala’s Bad Ass Boda Boda Drivers are Given a Purpose (via The Cultureist)

By Kimberly L. Bryant Boda bodas, or motorcycle taxis, are an integral part of Kampala, Uganda’s energetic capital city. By far the fastest way to zip around and beat the city’s heavy traffic, boda boda drivers have collectively earned a poor reputation…

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SEED

SEED

We met SEED the last time we had a film crew in Cape Town. We loved their energy and were really impressed with their focus and mission. Great ideas make sense and can do a lot of good, but they also need funding. So we thought we’d create an introductory video for the organization.

If you want to learn more or get involved visit www.seed.org.za.

About SEED

SEED’s vision is of communities where schools are centers of outdoor learning and ecological literacy which foster earth stewardship and demonstrate relevant local food production. Practices at school transform whole communities towards resilience and social cohesion where food is grown locally and livelihoods are generated sustainably.

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African Growth Not Trickling Down

Africans say growth has not improved their lives (via AFP)

Africa’s breakneck growth is not improving the lives of ordinary citizens across the continent, according to a landmark survey across 34 countries. Despite some of the world’s highest economic growth rates, many Africans still report shortages of water…

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What the Arab World Really Wants

 

When I first started thinking about WTF, One of the people I really wanted to talk with was Hernando De Soto, certainly one of the greatest living economists. We did interview him in fact and the result is on our youtube channel, but sadly he never made it into the first season – the WTF format wasn’t right for his sit down session in New York.

I have sort of lost touch with what he is doing these days but then I came across this article which reminded  me why I admire him so much and left no doubt that he is still one of the few minds out there that sees through all the nonsense with a fresh and totally original point of view. I also happen to think he is fundamentally correct.

Here is the article, with thanks to Mr De Soto and the extraordinary Spectator Magazine – I am a subscriber for over 15 years now.

This article by Hernando De Soto

 

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Reading this blog may increase your cancer risk …. not a lot, but still.

This article is a little outside of the WTF wheelhouse but since I see nothing but an increase in this sort of madness in our foreseeable future, I figure what the hell. Also this guy is one of my favourite South African journalists (Viva the homeland viva!) and should be read internationally it seems to me. Lastly he makes reference to this chart of radiation risks (Don’t be scared off, read the article first and you will understand) which is really quite fascinating in itself. With much thanks and respect to Ivo Vegter who can be read at The Daily Maverick which is where I get my daily fix of South African news or at his own site. Enjoy!

HOW MIND NUMBING NUMBERS WHIP UP FEAR by IVO VEGTER

 

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Obama to unveil $7 bn Africa power plan (via AFP)

US President Barack Obama will on Sunday unveil a $7 billion plan to upgrade African power networks, in bid to end blackouts that deter business investment on the continent, the White House said. Obama will announce the plan, which leverages loan guarantees…

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African Bucket List

This Infographic offers a nice collection of sights and sounds in Africa. Traveling across the continent offers a diverse array of experiences not to be missed. Here’s a curated list of some of the most unforgettable.

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What’s the opposite of Cola Wars?

Revolutionizing Global Health with Cola_ Rohit Ramchandani at TEDxYouth@Toronto - YouTubeI think it’s quite easy to spot  a really brilliant idea. Because the minute you see it, it seems so bleeding obvious that you can’t believe no one had thought of it before. You get the feeling it was just lying there the whole time. Waiting to be found out. I think this is one of those ideas.

During all my travels in Africa I was constantly remarking how amazing it was that you could get a bottle of COKE anywhere. And I mean anywhere. In the worst urban slums, Among the Masai on the Kenyan Plains, In the mountain villages of Rwanda. You could always get a Coke, and a cold one at that. This idea was staring me in the face all the time. Clearly I am not as creative as the guys at ColaLife.

As viewers of WTF will know by now, I have a problem with a lot of charitable and development work. I have yet to find a modern development project that doesn’t profess to be THINKING OUTSIDE THE BOX and CHANGING THE RULES FOR GIVING. But when you look closely there are precious few that are doing much more than adding social media to their existing way of doing business.

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ColaLife seems fundamentally different to me. They have really done some original thinking here and more importantly they have treated one of the biggest baddest corporations in the world as a genuine partner and not as an evil empire to be shamed into social responsibility. I really hope this works out for them.

 

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Israel Loves Iran: True Story!

israel loves iran2 I am old enough now to realize that quite often, it’s possible I may be wrong! And sometimes I am even able to ADMIT I may be wrong. But it is not very often that I am really glad that I may be totally and completely wrong. As you may have guessed I am speaking about the Middle East. Namely the impending war between Iran and Israel. I tend to be a huge cynic about that whole area. We don’t even need to go into what or who I believe is right, I just don’t really believe that there will ever be any positive or lasting peaceful  resolution to the problem of Israel and its neighbours. I hate war and I hate what I see happening in that part of the world, but if I am honest with myself that’s what I really believe. That is until I saw this incredible and inspiring story from the wonderful folks at TED. Not only did this make me look at the chances of the region for peace in a completely new light, but it made me relise that despite my best efforts I was not thinking about the people involved as real individuals.

 

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Since I am very keen to visit the Middle East in our next round of episodes it’s really exciting for me every time I see some more incredible WTF stories coming out of that part of the world and as a side note, this may be the first story that has truly brought home to me the power of Social Media.

 Here is a link to the Israel Loves Iran facebook page as well. Like, Friend, comment and share etc. and the video itself is below or you can click through on the images as well

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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