“Apple’s overseas labor practices are deplorable. America and Pakistan would both be better off if we were to build more schools there and drop fewer bombs from drones. Joseph Kony is a ruthless murderer. These things should move us. But truthiness in defense of emotional impact is no virtue. It creates a profound backlash that deepens our collective apathy…Nothing is more depoliticizing than being lied to, and a close second is being condescended to. An exaggeration, oversimplification, or lie is not a persuasion tool; it’s a form of coercion. It’s a way of treating adults like children—of taking away our power to make up our minds independently. When people feel forced, they don’t want to comply; they want to rebel.”— Sam Graham Felsen for GOOD: “Apple of Discord: Mike Daisey & the Danger of Truthiness.” My must-read of the day.
“The World Bank defines extreme poverty as consuming $1.25 or less per day. This is an extraordinarily limited definition, and one that I believe prevents us from tackling the problem in a way that creates truly sustainable, catalytic solutions. Focusing on the economics of extreme poverty has too often led to solutions that address immediate material need rather than solutions that are sustainable for the long-term: wells with pumps that break from wear-and-tear within a few years; beautiful classrooms that lie empty because trained teachers are nowhere be found; insecticide-treated mosquito bed nets misused as fishing nets or curtains. Short-term solutions are not only ineffective, they are also counterproductive in the fight against extreme poverty. Material resource and infrastructure-focused solutions created in isolation perpetuate dependency and can actually further widen the gap between the “haves” and “have-nots.”— Jake Harriman, CEO of Nuru International on the link between extreme poverty and terrorism. Poverty is definitely an issue, but others often claim that the linkage is flawed. Good to debate, nevertheless.
“Quality, dependable light transforms lives; children are able to study at night, adults are able to earn additional income, and indoor air quality is improved. Our services benefit women who traditionally spend more time working indoors and children who accidentally drink kerosene and inhale its fumes.”—Source: Clean Technica on Mera Gao Power in India.
“The ire at the advertisement misses the point. It’s the proverbial forest and the trees. The anger needs to be redirected to the producers and the designers who refuse to share their millions with the very people who spend 16 hours a day ensuring the production is on time so that Junaid Jamshed can have his lawn exhibition in January instead of the usual March! If you must boycott Sana & Safinaz, you should also boycott Gul Ahmed, Junaid Jamshed, Al-Zohaib and the dozens of designers who are making big bucks while keeping wretched conditions in their textile mills.”—Rabaylspeaks truth at her blogObama Says Do Moreon the Sana Safinaz ad controversy.
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That’s not photoshop; that’s an actual cloud hovering inside an actual room. Artist Berndnaut Smilde merges art and science to create small man-made clouds that exist — albeit for just a moment — indoors.
“Not everyone is built to be an entrepreneur. And that’s fine. But for people who are, whether they are 12, 25, or 80 years old, we need to give them the resources to turn this innate drive into a business and maximize their chance of building the next Google. This is where the argument: Stop teaching our kids to be employees, start educating entrepreneurs is most appropriate.”—Allen Gannett, “Entrepreneurs are Born.” Interesting debate.
“Innovation, and its cousin, entrepreneurship, don’t just lead to prosperity; they are prosperity. The very process of imagining the new and making it a reality represents a significant pathway toward human satisfaction in the world. Innovation in its most fundamental form is the common language of human attainment. It is as old as the first recipes encoded on tablets in Mesopotamia and as universal as the tenacity of a curb-side tinkerer (or, for that matter, app designer). To what else could the word “prosperity” more aptly refer than such opportunities to experience the joy of creation?”— Phil Auerswald for Forbes. Loved this piece!