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Group 4!

Asking your friends for money is inevitably awkward, especially if they are cash-strapped college kids like ourselves. But our experience with crowdfunding has shown that it is much more than simply pestering acquaintances for donations (although we’ve done our fair share of that, too). It is about effectively sharing a story that people can rally behind – a story that inspires people to care, and inspires people to act. That concept was at the heart of every unit covered in COM 408: Media, Art and Social Activism this semester. As the semester wraps up (seriously where did the time go?), our class still has one important goal to achieve: Raise funds to finance Yasini “Yacn” Biggo’s tuition, so he can graduate from The University of Dar Es Salaam, become a successful lawyer, and protect women and children from Tanzania who are isolated in society. Because this is a hefty task, our professor divided the class into teams based on our strengths and interests.

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An Inconvenient Truth

An Inconvenient Truth changed the way the world looks at global worming.

The controversial Al Gore film was made in 2006 and immediately delivered an impact. The film examines the science of global warming along with examinging the history of Al Gore’s lifelong commitment to reverse it. A longtime advocate for the environment, Gore presents a wide array of facts and information in a thoughtful and compelling way through a documentary style of film. A movie critic had the following to say about the film: “Al Gore strips his presentations of politics, laying out the facts for the audience to draw their own conclusions in a charming, funny and engaging style, and by the end has everyone on the edge of their seats, gripped by his haunting message”.
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Global Alliance for Improved Nutrition (Gain)

For obvious reasons, I really wanted to pick a crowdfunding organization that was based in Europe, along with helping people in need, so I settled on Switzerland’s Gain. Gain is a worldwide organization that has set out to end world hunger and allow everyone on earth to consume food with nutritional value. Gain is a giant organization that helps people in over 50 countries and has dozens of different programs to end malnutrition, but one program stuck out to me specifically: Salt Iodization. Continue reading

Figured this class would appreciate this…

Why not solar panels?


Almost a quarter of the worlds population lacks proper access to electricity.  Oil lamps and candles are still being used for light, while small, expensive battery cells are used to give power to small appliances such as radios and televisions.  The lamps and candles can be extremely dangerous, causing thousands of fires in underdeveloped neighborhoods every year, while the battery cells are extremely bulky and expensive.  But these may be the only options for people in small, poor, rural communities around the world.
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I came to Italy for the food…



Just Kidding!…well, kinda.

My name is Max Lippitt, I am a Junior at Michigan State University, and I live about an hour south of the school in a town called Bloomfield Hills.  I used to be a Finance major, but then this summer I led a two month long hiking trip  out west for a group 10th graders, and had a realization that I hated finance and instead wanted to do something with the environment. So as soon as I got home, I changed my major from Finance to Economics and Environmental Sustainability. My goal is to help business become more profitable while becoming more environmentally friendly.

I am OBSESSED with movies, in another life I will go to film school. I play tennis and racquetball, and frequent the local concert scene around Detroit. I also have been cooking my whole life and I was lucky enough to work as a chef at a local restaurant last year.  The food here is so good, I love it.

Ever since I knew what Studying Abroad was, I wanted to do it.  My parents have been coming to Italy my entire life on vacations (while leaving my brother and I at home), so I was pretty familiar with the country and decided Rome was the place to be.  The two weeks I have been here and been two of the most fun, eventful, exciting, weeks of my entire life, and I cannot wait to see what the next 12(?) bring me…