Category Archives: Spring 2015 Homework

Group 13: Editors

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We are Team #1, Bianca and Kathy, responsible for setting up the Indiegogo account, deciding user permissions and setting up other authors as needed.  We also have to place the text, photos, videos, perks, etc., on the fundraising page as they are received in from other teams, and communicate with other teams to ensure everything gets done in a timely matter.  Together with Prof. Palana, we were to make sure the Paypal account was set up properly as well as make sure the Aura’s House linked page was good to go.  Lastly, we were to make any necessary edits or changes to what was provided by the other teams, so as to make sure the project was unified and of high quality. Continue reading

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Week 12 Homework

Please make a GROUP blog post with your team about your crowdfunding experience so far. Talk about the items on the rubric you were asked to prepare and contribute and how it all went and what you still plan to do.

You can co-write this post with your teammates by emailing a .doc back and forth and then having one person post the final version on behalf of the group. Due: Tues. April 28, 2015 at 10:35AM.

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Pasta Nera: when Italy had nothing left to give but love, pasta and polenta.

PastaNera_Foto_22How does an entire country manage to forget over 100,000 of its children were put on trains and sent away from home? How can a country so critical of itself forget one of its kindest deeds ever? How can it be that one of its most organised and successful campaigns of social activism be relegated to the archives instead of championed as an exemplary example of what even the most poverty stricken citizens can achieve? While Pasta Nera does not try to answer these questions of why, it brings to light this wonderful story of great human generosity in a time of immense need, of the coming together of north and south in a postwar Italy reduced to rubble, and of the power of women at a time when they had very little money and even fewer rights. Continue reading

The Pursuit of Happiness

 

The-Culture-High-2014-movie-posterWhen I began the search for the perfect documentary, I thought the film The Culture High, created just last year in 2014 with $240,022 funded on Kickstarter, was just another film about why marijuana should be legalized, but it proved to be so much more. Incarcerations, “Wars based on concepts,” militarization of police, prohibitions of all kinds, the race for more, the discovery of the motives behind the government, and money are just a few topics explained within The Culture High. Combining the use of animations and interviews with celebrities like Snoop Dogg, and Wiz Khalifia, we also see very interesting and impactful interviews with medical professionals; former secret agents from various federal organizations; patients of diseases; former drug smugglers; experts on mental health and behavior; and even a few Neuropsychopharmacologists, we get a new view on the “War on Drugs” originally forged by Richard Nixon, through portrayals of very real proof of an ignorant nature displayed through very real video evidence. Continue reading

Film for Action: Love for Social Change

The film I chose is titled Love Has No Label and it is a very short (3:20) POWERFUL video campaign to fight discrimination and prejudism by promoting love as an indicator of one another’s acceptance of differences.

http://www.filmsforaction.org/watch/love-has-no-labels/

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CARE for Syria

I have expressed before that I am interested in all things related to education reform. Whether it be public school reform in the United States, or making access to education available in the third world–I maintain that education is the biggest catalyst for positive social change. This is what lead me to discover CARE Organization.

CARE operates internationally in a variety of different projects that range from ameliorating social injustice, to providing on-the-ground relief and assistance in natural disasters. I was immediately impressed with their campaign to end child marriage, through providing girls with an education. This effort is a part of their Women Empowerment campaign that addresses a host of women’s issues; including ending violence against women, ending child marriage, and educating men on how to champion women’s’ causes in their communities. Although these efforts are extraordinary, I was also drawn to their humanitarian efforts in emergency situations. CARE expertly address three different levels of aid, first long term solutions addressing social injustice. Second immediate action for communities that are in a state of emergency. Lastly instilling a sense of strength and resilience in the communities they interact with, to better prepare for future hazards. Continue reading

The Cost of Education

debt As we grow from a young age, we’re constantly told that college is a MUST. The force to attend college comes from all sources; parents, mentors, teachers, relatives, television, social media, and even the looming facts that no one without a college degree gets a high paying and mentally stimulating job. Ultimately, no degree equals no future. For as long as I can remember I was told I going to go to college, I was even going to become an Astronaut, “but not without your degree,” my grandfather would remind me. Getting accepted into University of Maryland-College Park was a dream come true. I’ll never forget opening my email, seeing the words (or word), “Congratulations,” and screaming my head off for about 20 minutes.

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Alzheimer’s Society

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William Utermohlen – Self Portrait
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William Utermohlen – Self Portrait
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Alzheimer’s society is a membership organisation made up of over 20,000 members. They are working to improve the quality of life of people that are affected by dementia in England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland. Many of their members have personal experience of dementia, either as carers, people with dementia themselves and health professionals. This allows for a wide spectrum of insight and expertise that is channelled into making progress in all aspects of improving the lives of people that are affected by this degenerative disease, as well as supporting the families along through the various stages.

The word dementia refers to a set of symptoms that include memory loss and difficulties thinking, problem solving or language. Dementia is caused by certain diseases such as Alzheimer’s disease or occasionally a series of strokes. Alzheimer’s society staff provide local services including day care and home care for people suffering from dementia in the community. The support that the family members and partners receive is invaluable in order for them to cope with the increasing demands of becoming a carer.

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Stop FGM

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Hi guys, Natalie here.

I’m ready to talk about an issue that people sometimes shy away from: Female genital mutilation. Commonly referred to as FGM, I first learned about this gruesome, inhuman procedure by reading “Infidel,” a memoir by Ayaan Hirsi Ali, where she vividly describes her clitoris being cut. It hurts just to type it.  I was shocked that this could exist – that this could be justified by a façade of religious beliefs. And yet, it does. It is estimated that 30 million girls are at risk of genital mutilation before their fifteenth birthday (Unicef).

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HEALTHY HAPPY AND WOMAN (crowdfunding for women in Kenya)

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