Davos failed (again)

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Davos failed (again)

World Economic Forum logoWhere are we going? 62 people owns as much as 3.6 billion people. Those are the numbers that Oxfam published for 2015. Oxfam who increasingly are seen as a leftist propaganda platform and not a humanitarian organization. This change of status seems to happen when you criticize capitalism. 

It is hard not to get frustrated over our gullibility as a species. Since most of us dream about being rich we tend to admire and worship those who are. Never mind that they are the top exploiters among us. Never mind that they are prepared to sacrifice our planet to continue what they are doing. Empathy is not a prevailing ability of the wealthy. 

I really wanted to share the thought from Roberto Savio, who is the founder and president emeritus of the Inter Press Service (IPS) news agency, about the power brokers in Davos. Read http://www.ipsnews.net/2016/01/the-lesson-from-davos-no-connection-to-reality/, it is worth it. 

He is right about how disconnected the elite are from the rest of the world. Apart from the disregard towards climate change the increasing inequalities on this planet seems to be of little interest of the power brokers at Davos. No surprise considering humanity’s rich history of exploitation of whatever can be exploited. Shame we don’t learn from history, because it always ends bad.

The thing is that Inequalities brings social unrest and when other factors (such as climate change, armed conflicts, and natural disasters) add pressures to the social fabric in societies it falls apart even faster. Change is the solution, but it is not coming from our elected leaders or from the ones who have the resources. It never does. It is a do-it-yourself thing. Any idea on how to reduce inequality in your community?

 

The Street Store

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The Street Store

The world's first rent-free, premises-free, free 'pop-up clothing store' for the homeless, found entirely on the street and curated by you.

I really liked this idea. It responds to the shame related to begging and allow people to choose something they actually like and need. it is a good way to improve someones life and allow people to take action.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QDw0JtwQU8A

Homelessness is a global problem and one that we to often turn a blind eye to. The Street Store™ helps people to give, help to improve lives, and grow awareness on homelessness. 

It does not always have to be complicated.

You can learn more at www.thestreetstore.org 

 

The Future Conservationist Award

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The Future Conservationist Award

Conservation leadership programme logoThe Conservation Leadership Programme has published information about The Future Conservationist Award. It is aimed at teams who undertake projects that improve local knowledge, skills and attitudes concerning conservation, and reduce threats to biodiversity.

Visit http://www.conservationleadershipprogramme.org/grants/grant-overview/future-conservationist-award/ to learn more.

Deadline: December 7,2015
Project duration: between 3 and 12 months
Grant size: up to USD 12,500

 

 

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We really just wanted to share with you some good ideas we have encountered in our travel and work. Perhaps it can serve as a source of inspiration for more people to do good and to make a difference for the better. Get in touch with us if you want to post a good idea here.