Author Archive for: ‘LizGaston’

The Hidden Reason for Poverty

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Collective compassion has meant an overall decrease in global poverty since the 1980s, says civil rights lawyer Gary Haugen. Yet for all the world’s aid money, there’s a pervasive hidden problem keeping poverty alive. Haugen reveals the dark underlying cause we must recognize and act on now.

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Jeremy Howard: Computers that can learn

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What happens when we teach a computer how to learn? Technologist Jeremy Howard shares some surprising new developments in the fast-moving field of deep learning, a technique that can give computers the ability to learn Chinese, or to recognize objects in photos, or to help think through a medical diagnosis. (One deep learning tool, after watching hours of YouTube, taught …

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India’s “Pink Ladies”: Defending Women’s Rights

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The Gulabi Gang is an extraordinary women’s movement formed in 2006 by Sampat Pal Devi in the Banda District of Uttar Pradesh in Northern India. This region is one of the poorest districts in the country and is marked by a deeply patriarchal culture, rigid caste divisions, female illiteracy, domestic violence, child labour, child marraiges and dowry demands. The women’s …

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Thanksgiving Playlist

Happy Thanksgiving 2014

Happy Thanksgiving to our viewers/readers from around the world!  We are deeply thankful for all of the generous donations and kind feedback you have given us in our first few years as a Rotary E-Club. We are celebrating Thanksgiving this week online by providing programs that will “generate massive amounts of gratitude.”  View any of the below TED talks (30+ minutes) …

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Nancy Frates: Meet the mom who started the Ice Bucket Challenge

When Nancy Frates’ son was diagnosed with ALS in 2012, she was confused. Pete was a 27-year-old athlete and the only people she’d ever known with this disease were elderly already. Ever since that life-changing moment, she and her family have found their sense of purpose in working tirelessly to raise awareness about ALS and to stimulate funding for research. Because …

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Txting is Killing Language. JK!


Does texting mean the death of good writing skills? John McWhorter posits that there’s much more to texting — linguistically, culturally — than it seems, and it’s all good news.   View the program here! 

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Bill and Meinda Gates on “Giving Away Our Wealth”


Bill and Melinda Gates: Why giving away our wealth has been the most satisfying thing we’ve done… Published on Apr 2, 2014 n 1993, Bill and Melinda Gates—then engaged—took a walk on a beach in Zanzibar, and made a bold decision on how they would make sure that their wealth from Microsoft went back into society. In a conversation with …

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Form the Worlds First Facebook Based Rotary Club When a serious illness stripped away many of her professional ambitions, Amanda Wirtz, a former U.S. Navy code breaker and professional violinist, turned to humanitarian service and Facebook to give her life new purpose. Wirtz was in her twenties and pursuing a career as a fitness trainer when a sharp pain in …

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Avi Reichental: What’s next in 3D printing


Just like his beloved grandfather, Avi Reichental is a maker of things. The difference is, now he can use 3D printers to make almost anything, out of almost any material. Reichental tours us through the possibilities of 3D printing, for everything from printed candy to highly custom sneakers. View the Program here  

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Unseen footage, untamed nature

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At TED 2012, filmmaker Karen Bass shares some of the astonishing nature footage she’s shot for the BBC and National Geographic — including brand-new, previously unseen footage of the tube-lipped nectar bat, who feeds in a rather unusual way … View the program here:

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