Day 170: A parable for Kenya

One of the things that I like the most about TEDTalks is that I get to be exposed to parts of the world that I have never visited before. I get to hear stories that that I might not otherwise hear. Jason Lekuton shares one of those stories in his TED talk "A parable for Kenya." One of the things I like most about TEDTalks is that I get to be exposed to different parts of the world. I get to hear stories they may not otherwise here. What do you think of Joseph's TED talk? Let me know in the comment box below. … [Read more...]

Day 146: Meet the mom who started the Ice Bucket Challenge

Have you heard of the ALS Ice-Bucket challenge? Chances are that unless you have been living under a rock your answer would have been yes. In 2014 the ALS Ice-bucket challenge exploded all over social media. Nancy Frates is the mom who started the ice bucket challenge and in her Ted talk she delivers a heartwarming and inspiring story about her son Pete What is the ice bucket challenge? The ice-bucket challenge involves participants pouring cold icy-water over them to give them an idea what ALS sufferers go through. What exactly is ALS? ALS stands for Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis and is a progressive neurodegenerative disease that affects nerve cells in the brain and the spinal cord. In Nancy's Ted talk she shares with us that  when her son hurt his wrist playing baseball it turned out to be ASL. Nancy takes us through the days and month following his diagnosis and it's heartbreaking to hear that her once athletic son's body is … [Read more...]

Day 101: The simple power of hand-washing

6.6 million under five years old succumb to childhood disease each year. 600,00 of those kids can be saved by a bar of soap. Today's instalment in my 365 Days of ted challenge is a post about Myriam Sidibe's ted talk "The simple power of handwashing." Myriam kicks off her Ted talk with a pretty grim analogy.  She asks her audience to imagine that a plane is about to crash. On that plane are 250 kids and babies. Would you stop that plane crash if you knew how, she asks?  Going even deeper into this morbid analogy, Myriam asks us to image that sixty of these planes filled of kids under five years old crash every single day. What’s the point behind this awful analogy? Well Myriam informs us that 6.6 million children don’t make it to their fifth birthday and most of their deaths are attributed to diarrhoea and pneumonia - preventable diseases.  So what’s the preventable measures that can significantly reduce the death count of kids … [Read more...]

Day 92: “Should you donate differently?” asks Ted speaker Joy Sun?

Day 92- -Should you donate differently-- asks Ted speaker Joy Sun

Ted speaker and veteran aid worker Joy Sun thinks that we should rethink the way we donate money. In her Ted talk “Should you donate differently?” she shares alternative ways to help the poor. Joy Sun, had an epiphany ten years into her work as a veteran aid worker. Rather than help the poor by putting money into projects such as training and school, why not redistribute that money as cold hard cash into the hands of the poor themselves? Until that moment, Joy held two assumptions Poor people are poor in part due to lack of education and make bad choices. The poor need people such as veteran aid workers to help make decisions for them and get them what they need. Condescending? Well yes, but if you think about it, and I hadn’t before just now,  I think that western society is actually really guilty of thinking that we need to be the decision makers for the less fortunate countries. Unconditional Giving Joy now supports … [Read more...]

Day 26: Marketing fail: Selling condoms in the congo

Amy Lockwood, a self confirmed "Reformed marketer" is the deputy director of Stanfords's Centre for Innovation in Global Health. In 2011 she gave a talk at TedGlobal about the marketing lessons, or rather marketing fail, that donor agencies were using in getting the people of Congo to use condoms. Marketing a solution to a health crisis Amy uses her Ted talk to tell us a story about her visit to the Democratic Republic of Congo. It's a pretty dangerous place to live. Amy says that five million people have died due to the war in the past ten years. War isn't the only danger in the DRC. 930,000 out of the 750 million people living in the Congo are infected with HIV. The country's inadequate health system infrastructure means that only 25% of people living with HIV are being treated with medication. Know your audience With such alarming figures, you can see why donor agencies provide condoms at low, or no cost. Trouble is, only 3% of … [Read more...]