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A lesson in making a difference | Brown University News and Events
Students in “SOC1870A – Investing in Social Change: The Practice of Philanthropy” get a real-world immersion into the strategic giving process, taking on the challenge of awarding $45,000 in grants to local community organizations. This semester, for the first time, the class has partnered with United Way of Rhode Island, with employees from the nonprofit offering guidance and community connections as students navigate the complexities of the philanthropic world. PROVIDENCE, R.I. [Brown University] — How would you make a difference with $15,000? It may sound like a daunting question, but it’s one that students in a sociology class at Brown are working hard to answer. “SOC1870A – Investing in Social Change: The Practice of Philanthropy” immerses students in the philanthropic process in a very real way. Since its inception in 2007, the class has charged students with awarding up to $45,000 in grants to local nonprofit organizations during each of the... Continue Reading
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Thinking Our Way Out of Extinction
What’s the Big Idea? What are the ways our civilization might collapse, and how might the human race become extinct? According to sociobiologist Rebecca Costa, the answers are all staring us straight in the face. Just look at current events. Costa writes in her book The Watchman’s Rattle: Thinking Our Way Out of Extinction that human existence is threatened by “a global recession, powerful pandemic viruses, terrorism, rising crime, climate change, rapid depletion of the earth’s resources, nuclear proliferation, and failing education.” Fortunately, Costa argues we are remarkably equipped to counter these threats today, due to our current understanding of... Continue Reading
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The 7 Deadly Sins of Social Good — And How to Avoid Them
We’ve all been there — you discover an unbelievable non-profit supporting a great cause, only to find that there’s just something not right. Perhaps it’s unclear how much money is being donated, its Facebook page looks outdated or it’s murky about what the organization wants from its fans. It’s not easy running a non-profit, but it’s crushing to find good people committing one of the seven deadly sins of social good. Any one of these sins can turn someone away from supporting a non-profit and even jeopardize the organization’s ability to do good. So what are the sins and how... Continue Reading
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Back to the Start: Willie Assists Chipotle’s Quest To End Factory Farms
In this charming music video from Chipotle, Willie sings about going “back to the start” of American farming, before animals were pumped with antibiotics and kept in factories. A farmer, not content with his small family farm, starts to modernize. He turns his farm into a factory, pumping drugs into his pigs and pollutants into the water. But one night, he has a revelation: This is not what his life needs to be. He lets his animals roam free and raises them naturally (though still eats them). That’s the premise of the new music video commissioned by Chipotle, featuring Willie... Continue Reading
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Anatomy of a smart city
The dramatic shift of the world’s population into urban areas is encouraging citizens, city planners, businesses and governments to start looking at visions of ‘smart’ cities. Below we look into what is driving the need to establish these networked environments, how smart city concepts and projects are different in the developing world, and what technologies and systems are needed to make them a reality. Quick Facts and Stats: Up until 1975 there were just 3 Megacities (New York, Tokyo and Mexico City). Today there are 21. The top 600 urban centers generate 60% of global GDP By 2025, the number... Continue Reading
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Lessons From The Lorax
The Lorax is a glorious creature, who embodies the environment and acts as the guardian of green. He is the “voice of the trees” and attempts to fight a lonesome battle against the giants of industry, the Once-ler. Overall, his message rings true to the folks here at Urban Times, as we also believe that without action, no solutions can be assembled. Where the story of The Lorax hits the nerve is exactly where we diverge however, Seuss emphasizes the woe and sacrifice attached to the battle of the environment at the time (1970s), whereas we like to think of... Continue Reading
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21st Century Gargoyles Are Drawn on Found Paper and Decorated with Recycled Trash
Gargoyles and monsters are usually the domain of medieval art, hanging off of Notre Dame and dealing death in fear inspiring paintings. But artist Keri Rosebraugh has revived the motif, and she’s added another element as well. Her gargoyles are drawn on found paper and wood, and brightened up with colorful pieces of repurposed trash. Many of the Portland-born, LA-based Rosebraugh’s works have clear environmental messages, railing against factory farming and industrial pollution. On her blog, she writes: Expressing the importance of protecting and improving our environment directly through her artwork, Keri’s paintings seek to inform, encourage, and inspire others... Continue Reading
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Afghanistan midwives tackle world’s highest maternal mortality rate
A British GP training midwives in Afghanistan has spoken of the daily challenges facing her team as they work to save the lives of mothers and their children in a remote part of the country. Dr Sarah Pickworth, from Stratford-upon-Avon, is based in the mountainous Province of Ghor, which is sealed off by snow for half the year as temperatures plummet to minus 37 celsius. Afghanistan has the highest maternal mortality rate in the world; this is the number of women who die in pregnancy, labour and after childbirth. Four years ago, the district  “which has a population of 800,000,... Continue Reading
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Wall Street Occupiers, the Future Depends on You
Video: For more than 15 years, David Korten has called for an end to the Wall Street economy. Why he hopes the Occupy movement will finally change the game. As the ranks of Wall Street protesters swell and solidarity spreads in other cities and nations, many Americans are asking, Why do they do it? And what do they imagine could replace Wall Street? After 15 years of outspoken criticism of the financial system, David Korten talks about moving back to a Main Street economy, and tells protesters nationwide why they give him hope.   Interested? #Occupy: Follow our ongoing coverage... Continue Reading
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