- Give a little love
In 1963, Martin Luther King, Jr. (1929
lead the historic March on Washington, where he delivered his
well-known and often quoted 'I Have a Dream' speech to over 250,000
I say to you today, my friends, that in spite
of the difficulties and frustrations of the moment I still have
a dream. It is a dream deeply rooted in the American dream.
I have a dream that one day this nation will rise up and live
out the true meaning of its creed - "We hold these these
truths to be self evident, that all men are created equal."
I have a dream that one day on the red hills of Georgia the sons
of former slaves and the sons of former slaveowners will be able
to sit down together at the table of brotherhood.
I have a dream that one day even the state of Mississippi, a desert
state sweltering with the heat of injustice and oppression, will
be transformed into an oasis of freedom and justice.
I have a dream that my four little children will one day live
in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their
skin but by the content of their character.
I have a dream today.
I have a dream that one day the state of Alabama, whose governor's
lips are presently dripping with the words of interposition and
nullification, will be transformed into a situation where little
black boys and black girls will be able to join hands with little
white boys and white girls and walk together as sisters and brothers.
I have a dream today.
I have a dream that one day every valley shall be exalted, every
hill and mountain shall be made low, and rough places will be
made plains, and the crooked places will be made straight,and
the glory of the Lord shall be revealed, and all flesh shall see
This is our hope. This is the faith with which I return to the
south. With this faith we will be able to hew out of the mountain
of despair a stone of hope. With this faith will be able to transform
the jangling discords of our nation into a beautiful symphony
of brotherhood. With this faith we will be able to work together,
to pray together, to struggle together, to go to jail together,
to stand up for freedom together, knowing that we will be free
This will be the day when all of God's children will be able to
sing with a new meaning "My country 'tis of thee, sweet land
of liberty, of thee I sing. Land where my fathers died, land of
the pilgrim's pride, from every mountainside, let freedom ring."
And if America is to be a great nation this must come true. So
let freedom ring from the prodigious hilltops of New Hampshire.
Let freedom ring from the mighty mountains of New York. Let freedom
ring from the heightening Alleghenies of Pennsylvania.
Let freedom ring from the snowcapped Rockies of Colorado.
Let freedom ring from the curvaceous peaks of California.
But not only that - let freedom ring from Stone Mountain in Georgia.
Let freedom ring from Lookout Mountain of Tennessee.
Let freedom ring from every hill and molehill of Mississippi.
From every mountainside, let freedom ring.
When we let freedom ring, when we let it ring from every village
and every hamlet, from every state and every city, we will be
able to speed up that day when all of God's children, black men
and white men, Jews and Gentiles, Protestants and Catholics, will
be able to join hands and sing in the words of the old Negro spiritual,
Free at last! Free at last! Thank God Almighty, we are free at
Sometimes, a hug is all what we need. Free
hugs is a real life controversial story of Juan Mann, A man whos
sole mission was to reach out and hug a stranger to brighten up
In this age of social disconnectivity and lack
of human contact, the effects of the Free Hugs campaign became
As this symbol of human hope spread accross
the city, police and officials ordered the Free Hugs campaign
BANNED. What we then witness is the true spirit of humanity come
together in what can only be described as awe inspiring.
In the Spirit of the free hugs campaign, PASS
THIS TO A FRIEND and HUG A STRANGER! After all, If you can reach
just one person...
Music by Sick Puppies. (Visit http://sickpuppies.net
for the music)
MUSIC TRIBUTE To Nobel Peace
Prize Winner Muhammad Yunus 2006
Stop the Clash of Civilizations
Talk is rising of a 'clash of civilizations'.
But the problem isn't culture, it's politics - from 9/11 to Guantanamo,
Iraq to Iran. This clash is not inevitable, and we don't want
it.So where to start? The Israeli-Palestinian conflict is the
key symbol of the rift between Islam & the West. It's time
to step up and take the initiative.Add your voice below and when
leaders meet in late March, our message will be delivered in a
way they can't ignore...
WHAT ABOUT ME
Happiness is the heart being free
Mipham records albums, runs marathons and just happens to be a
Tibetan Buddhist Lama.Check out his website http://www.mipham.com
The Chaos Point: The World at the Crossroads
This is a fabulous interview a 30minutes video
of Ervin Laszlo on Dutch TV with wonderful pictures
English-spoken (after intro of 5') / dutch undertitled
Afl.: Ervin Laszlo. Speciale eindejaarsuitzending
vanuit Boedapest met de Hongaarse filosoof en wetenschapper Ervin
Laszlo. Het Hongaarse wonderkind Ervin Laszlo begon zijn carrière
als concertpianist. In de jaren zestig begonnen zijn gedachten
boven de toetsen steeds vaker af te dwalen naar de wereld buiten
de concertzaal. Een wereld die hem tot het stellen van vragen
dwong. Laszlo werd een vooraanstaand wetenschapper en filosoof,
die zich meer en meer ging bezighouden met de vraag:
Ervin Laszlo is the author or editor of sixty-nine
books translated into as many as nineteen languages, and has over
four hundred articles and research papers and six volumes of piano
recordings to his credit. He serves as editor of the monthly World
Futures: The Journal of General Evolution and of its associated
General Evolution Studies book series.
Laszlo is generally recognized as the founder
of systems philosophy and general evolution theory, serving as
founder-director of the General Evolution Research Group and as
past president of the International Society for the Systems Sciences.
He is the recipient of the highest degree in philosophy and human
sciences from the Sorbonne, the University of Paris, as well as
of the coveted Artist Diploma of the Franz Liszt Academy of Budapest.
His numerous prizes and awards include four honorary doctorates.
His appointments have included research grants
at Yale and Princeton Universities, professorships for philosophy,
systems sciences, and future sciences at the Universities of Houston,
Portland State, and Indiana, as well as Northwestern University
and the State University of New York. His career has also included
guest professorships at various universities in Europe and the
Far East. In addition, Laszlo worked as program director for the
United Nations Institute for Training and Research (UNITAR). In
1999 he was awarded an honorary doctorate by the Canadian International
Institute of Advanced Studies in Systems Research and Cybernetics.
Laszlo serves as president of the Club
of Budapest and head of the General Evolution Research Group,
which he founded. He is an advisor to the UNESCO Director General,
ambassador of the International Delphic Council, member of both
the International Academy of Science, World Academy of Arts and
Science, and the International Academy of Philosophy. He is the
former president of the International Society for Systems Sciences.
Climate Change Global Warming
Scottish Action on Climate Change contraction and Convergence
U.K. Urged to Act Against Climate Change
The Associated Press
Saturday, November 4, 2006; 11:40 PM
LONDON -- About 20,000 environmental activists
protested in central London Saturday, demanding the government
take urgent action against climate change.
Some demonstrators slowly rode bicycles on prominent
streets to hinder traffic in the day of protests.
The Stop Climate Chaos Coalition, which organized
the demonstrations, said the protests were timed to coincide with
the second meeting of Kyoto Protocol countries _ who have agreed
to cap greenhouse gas emissions and stave off global warming.
The meeting will be held in Nairobi, Kenya, Nov. 6-17.
Under the 1997 Kyoto accord, 35 industrialized nations have committed
to reducing emissions by an average of 5 percent below 1990 levels
by 2012. The U.S., the world's biggest polluter, rejects the agreement.
At a rally in London's Trafalgar Square, about 4,000 activists
demanded the British government negotiate an international agreement
to stop global warming, and introduce a new Climate Change Bill
to cut the country's carbon dioxide emissions.
They also want Britain to help developing countries
fight climate change.
"There is a danger threshold. If we breach it, it could be
catastrophic," said Ashok Sinha, director of the coalition
made up of environmental and development organizations. "The
governments have enough evidence themselves that something needs
to be done."
On Monday, Prime Minister Tony Blair called
for decisive action on carbon emissions after a government-commissioned
report warned global warming will cause a drastic economic calamity
if it is not addressed urgently.
Sir Nicholas Stern, a senior government economist, estimated the
effects of climate change could eventually cost the equivalent
of between 5 percent and 20 percent of global gross domestic product
Washington, D.C.- http://www.worldwatch.org/node/1799
The global war on terror is diverting
the world's attention from the central causes of instability,
reports the Worldwatch Institute in its annual State of the World
2005. Acts of terror and the dangerous reactions they provoke
are symptomatic of underlying sources of global insecurity, including
the perilous interplay among poverty, infectious disease, environmental
degradation, and rising competition over oil and other resources.
Compounded by the spread of deadly armaments,
these "problems without passports" create the conditions
in which political instability, warfare, and extremism thrive.
They could lead the world into a dangerous downward spiral in
which the basic fabric of nations is called into question, political
fault lines deepen, and radicalization grows. Tackling these challenges
demands a strategy that emphasizes prevention-focused programs
rather than military might, the report concludes.
"Poverty, disease, and environmental
decline are the true axis of evil," says Worldwatch President
Christopher Flavin. "Unless these threats are recognized
and responded to, the world runs the risk of being blindsided
by the new forces of instability, just as the United States was
surprised by the terrorist attacks of September 11."
In the State of the World 2005 foreword,
former Soviet Union President and Green Cross International chairman
Mikhail Gorbachev calls for a "Global Glasnost-openness,
transparency, and public dialogue..." and "a policy
of 'preventive engagement'...to meet the challenges of poverty,
disease, environmental degradation, and conflict in a sustainable
and nonviolent way."
Make Poverty History - Nelson Mandela
ACTIONS FOR PEACE
The Clinton Global Initiative (CGI)
EMPOWERMENT OF WOMEN with Hilary Clinton
Shortcut to:Poverty Clinton Global Initiative
The Clinton Global Initiative (CGI), a non-partisan
undertaking that is part of the William J. Clinton Foundation,
is a catalyst for action.
CGI brings together a community of global leaders
(CGI "members") to devise and implement innovative solutions
to some of the world's most pressing challenges. Ongoing working
groups focus on issues that include poverty, climate change, global
health, and religious and ethnic conflicts. All CGI members-who
come from diverse entities including business, non-governmental
organizations, foundations, philanthropy, and government-are required
to make a specific action commitment each year to help address
one or more of these problems.
Commitments can be made to any cause or organization
of the member's choosing, and can any number of forms including
financial contributions, an investment of time, or the application
of special expertise. Over the past two years more than 500 commitments
have been made by CGI members, totaling nearly $10 billion and
benefiting the work of more than 1,000 organizations.
2007 Skoll World Forum - Jeff Skoll Opening
Information on the
2004 Skoll World Forum on Social Entrepreneurship
The Nobel Peace Prize for 2006
Nobel Peace Prize ANNOUNCEMENT
The Norwegian Nobel Committee has decided to
award the Nobel Peace Prize for 2006, divided into two equal parts,
to Muhammad Yunus and Grameen Bank for their efforts
to create economic and social development from below. Lasting
peace can not be achieved unless large population groups find
ways in which to break out of poverty. Micro-credit is one such
means. Development from below also serves to advance democracy
and human rights.
Muhammad Yunus has shown himself to be a leader
who has managed to translate visions into practical action for
the benefit of millions of people, not only in Bangladesh, but
also in many other countries. Loans to poor people without any
financial security had appeared to be an impossible idea. From
modest beginnings three decades ago, Yunus has, first and foremost
through Grameen Bank, developed micro-credit into an ever more
important instrument in the struggle against poverty. Grameen
Bank has been a source of ideas and models for the many institutions
in the field of micro-credit that have sprung up around the world.
Every single individual on earth has both the
potential and the right to live a decent life. Across cultures
and civilizations, Yunus and Grameen Bank have shown that even
the poorest of the poor can work to bring about their own development.
Micro-credit has proved to be an important
liberating force in societies where women in particular have to
struggle against repressive social and economic conditions. Economic
growth and political democracy can not achieve their full potential
unless the female half of humanity participates on an equal footing
with the male.
Yunus: Banker to the Poor (preview)
Fazle Hasan Abed
The adage "It is never the same after a
war," has proved to be utterly true in the life of Fazle
Hasan Abed, the Founder and Chairperson of BRAC, one of the largest
non-government development organisations in the world. Born in
1936 in Bangladesh, Abed was educated in Dhaka and Glasgow Universities.
The 1971 Liberation War of Bangladesh had a profound effect on
Abed, then in his thirties, a professional accountant who was
holding a senior Corporate Executive's position at Shell Oil in
Chittagong. The war dramatically changed the direction of his
life. In the face of the brutality and agony of war, the comforts
and perks of a Corporate Executive's life ceased to have any attraction
for him. As the then East Pakistan was under virtual occupation,
Fazle Hasan Abed left his job and went to London to devote himself
to Bangladesh's War of Independence. There, Abed helped initiate
a campaign called Help Bangladesh to organise funds for the war
effort and raise awareness in the world about the genocide in
The war over, Abed returned to the newly independent
Bangladesh to find the economy of his country in ruins. Millions
of refugees, who had sought shelter in India during the war, started
trekking back into the country. Their relief and rehabilitation
called for urgent efforts. Abed decided to initiate his own by
setting up BRAC (formerly Bangladesh Rural Advancement Committee)
to rehabilitate returning refugees in a remote area in a northeastern
district of Bangladesh. This work led him and his organisation
BRAC into dealing with the long-term task of improving the living
conditions of the rural poor. This experience strengthened Abed's
belief that the poor cannot be expected to organise themselves
on their own because of economic insecurity, illiteracy and general
lack of confidence. The process of social mobilisation, he felt,
must be accompanied by measures to remove these handicaps. Hence,
his policy was directed to help the poor develop their capacity
to manage and control their own destiny. Thus Alleviation of Poverty
and Empowerment of the Poor emerged as BRAC's primary objectives.
In a span of only three decades, BRAC grew to
become the largest Non-Governmental Development Organisation (NGO)
in the world in terms of the scale and diversity of its interventions.
As BRAC grew, Abed ensured that it targeted the landless poor,
particularly women in rural Bangladesh, a large percentage of
whom live below the poverty line with no access to resources and
to whom the fruits of conventional development do not even trickle
As a leading social entrepreneur based in Brazil, Oded Grajew
is both challenging the way business works and changing the way
the citizen sector organizes itself and responds to corporate-led
globalization. He is bridging divides within and between business
and society at national and global levels.
Oded is spearheading the corporate social responsibility
(CSR) movement in Brazil as president of the Ethos Institute for
Business Social Responsibility (Instituto
ETHOS De Empresas E Responsabilidade Social), which he founded
in 1998. He also is the founder of the annual World
Social Forum, the citizen sector alternative to the World
Economic Forum that meets in Davos, Switzerland. The WSF is attended
by representatives of more than 100,000 organizations and social
Milla Sunde and Tom Bevan established The Green Children Foundation
to support microcredit, education and healthcare. Last year, The
Green Children shot a music video in Bangladesh to celebrate the
work of Professor Muhammad Yunus, the father of microcredit and
founder of The Grameen Bank.
The first Microcredit Summit, held February
2-4, 1997, gathered more than 2,900 people from 137 countries
in Washington, DC. They launched a nine-year campaign to reach
100 million of the world's poorest families, especially the women
of those families, with credit for self-employment and other financial
and business services by the year 2005. That goal was very nearly
reached and in November of 2006 the Campaign was re-launched to
2015 with two new goals:
1. Working to ensure that 175 million of the
world's poorest families, especially the women of those families,
are receiving credit for self-employment and other financial and
business services by the end of 2015
2.Working to ensure that 100 million families
rise above the US$1 a day threshold adjusted for purchasing power
parity (PPP), between 1990 and 2015.
The Campaign brings together microcredit practitioners, advocates,
educational institutions, donor agencies, international financial
institutions, non-governmental organizations and others involved
with microcredit to promote best practices in the field, to stimulate
the interchanging of knowledge, and to work towards reaching our
Al Gore & Richard Branson: Investing
to Solve Global Warming
Sir Richard Branson has decided to invest $3 billion dollars over
the next decade to fight global warming. He will invest all profits
from his travel-related companies (like airline Virgin Atlantic
and Virgin Trains) in initiatives to develop new renewable energy
technologies, both run by Virgin companies and external businesses.
"We must rapidly wean ourselves off our dependence on coal
and fossil fuels," said Sir Richard. We agree, and $3 billion
is definitely a step or two in the right direction.
The Constant Gardener
At Kleiner Perkins, he nurtured seedlings that
grew into the Valley's mightiest oaks. Now, out on his own, Vinod
Khosla is tilling the startup fields again
Ethanol has been around forever, but Khosla points out that new
technology is transforming its utility. "In the past, ethanol
was made from corn, which isn't that great environmentally and
isn't very efficient--for every one unit of energy you get 1.5
units of fuel," he says. "Now, with bioengineering,
we can make ethanol from agricultural waste--which is four to
eight times as efficient." He believes that, with the right
incentives, automakers could be induced to create "flex-fuel"
vehicles that run on either ethanol or gas or some blend of the
two. (There are already 4.5 million such cars on the road in the
United States today.) Both the farm and environmental lobbies
would favor the switch, and so would consumers, because ethanol
is cheaper than gas. Within five years, Khosla argues, the transformation
could be largely complete.
Khosla isn't the only VC in the Valley with
his sights set on alternative energy. The area has been trendy
for some time now, with fuel-cell startups, in particular, receiving
considerable investment interest. But Khosla's ideas, more than
most, seem to have caught fire with policymakers in Washington.
After he gave a talk about ethanol at the Clinton Global Initiative
conference in New York in September, Khosla was mobbed by politicians
including Al Gore and former Democratic Senate leader Tom Daschle.
And on a recent trip to the capital, he received a warm reception
from quarters ranging from the tree-hugging left to defense-minded
On the surface, Khosla's interest in ethanol
might seem a bizarre tangent. Yet it fits snugly with his long-held
tendencies: Here you have an enormous problem, but one where miracles
of science may make the intractable tractable. And here you have
a putative revolution that could lead to a financial jackpot.
As Khosla sheepishly admitted to me, "I started on this from
the environmental angle, but hey, it's a great investing area.
As soon as you're talking about biotech, you can start a company,
CREATIVITY AND INSPIRATION
The TED (Technology, Entertainment, Design)
conference is an annual event where leading thinkers and doers
gather for inspiration. (More at TED.com)
Accepting his 2007 TED Prize, James Nachtwey
talks about his decades as a photojournalist. A slideshow of his
photos, beginning in 1981 in Northern Ireland, reveals two parallel
themes in his work. First, as he says: "The frontlines of
contemporary wars are right where people live." Street violence,
famine, disease: he has photographed all these modern WMDs. Second,
when a photo catches the world's attention, it can truly drive
action and change. In his TED wish, he asks for help gaining access
to a story that needs to be told, and developing a new, digital
way to show these photos to the world. (Recorded March 2007
in Monterey, CA. Duration: 23:41)
As E.O. Wilson accepts his 2007 TED Prize, he
makes a plea on behalf of his constituents, the insects and small
creatures, to learn more about our biosphere. We know so little
about nature, he says, that we're still discovering tiny organisms
indispensable to life; and yet we're steadily, methodically, vigorously
destroying nature. Wilson identifies five grave threats to biodiversity
(a term he coined), and makes his TED wish: that we will work
together on the Encyclopedia of Life, a web-based compendium of
data from scientists and amateurs on every aspect of the biosphere.
(Recorded March 2007 in Monterey, CA. Duration: 24:21)
Accepting his 2007 TED Prize, Bill Clinton says
he's trying to build a better world to hand to his daughter. Unequal,
unstable and unsustainable, our world must correct its course,
and private citizens ("like me") can be powerful forces
for change. His Clinton
Foundation, fresh from its success negotiating down pharmaceutical
prices in the developing world, is now running a pilot health
care system in Rwanda, based on the work of Dr.
Paul Farmer in Haiti. In 18 months, it has shown potential
as a model for the entire developing world. Clinton's TED wish:
Help him build this system in Rwanda, to bring world-class health
care to a people who have overcome deadly hatred to rebuild their
nation. (Recorded March 2007 in Monterey, CA. Duration: 25:52)
Gratitude offers us the grace to open,
let go and be present ... To take the unexpected turn to find
a (k)new friend, to witness beauty and sacred~ness in all things!
In Gratitude, we are open to receive, and also this ...
Is The Force Real?
Find out with Psi Wars, an animated movie starring Oh Be One Kenobi,
a scientific Jedi who shares intriguing new research on psychic
abilities with aspiring Jedis. Is it true that events such as
9-11 or the O. J. Simpson trial result in detectable changes in
global consciousness? Can we communicate at a distance? Are our
minds entangled? Join Lukie Psiwalker and a young Yoda on a Jedis
path towards a more enlightened paradigm that can triumph over
the Dark Side of fixed ways and beliefs. (www.psiwars.org)