Alltop répertorie de nombreux articles sur l'entrepreneuriat social à travers le monde.

21.01.2017 A new system lets students do Biological Experiments over the internet

Stanford Engineering reports:

The Biology Cloud Lab is a remotely-controlled system that enables teachers and students to perform safe experiments on single-celled organisms and observe the results via video.
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21.01.2017 Rwanda: How a Gicumbi dairy cooperative became a ‘billion franc’ company

In the Newtimes:
When ‘Koperative Ihuza Aborozi ba Kijyambere Bafatanyije (IAKIB)’ - a cooperative for modern dairy farmers - in Gicumbi District was formed in 2003 by vulnerable people, in Gicumbi District who had been given a cow each, it was not clear whether the Cooperative would become successful.

In 2000, Heifer [International] offered cows to vulnerable people in Gicumbi District, especially widows who were heading households, so that a cow supports the livelihood improvement for their families, Agnes Mukangiruwonsanga, the President of IAKIB told Sunday Times from the cooperative’s Ngondore Milk Collection Centre in the Northern Province’s Gicumbi District.

But the Cooperative has had steady progress towards commercial dairy farming as statistics from the co-operative show that as of 2016, it had a turnover of about Rwf2.3 billion...[more]
via Prepaid Africa

20.01.2017 Without a flashy fully equipped science laboratory can science be taught?

A TEDx talk hightlights the work of the practical education network
Heather Been shares experiences on how materials /tools from our local surroundings can be used to make science more interesting.

19.01.2017 Islam Mosa's Ultra-small, Ultra-thin Supercapacitor Cardic Pacemaker

UConn Today reports:

A UConn graduate student is developing a new micro-scale power source that is significantly smaller and more efficient than the batteries currently used in most cardiac pacemakers today.

Working under the tutelage of chemistry professors James Rusling and Challa Kumar, Ph.D. student Islam Mosa is developing an implantable electronic device that draws its power from an ultra-small, ultra-thin supercapacitor.

“Our supercapacitors are thinner than a human hair,” says Mosa, who is pursuing his doctorate in the Department of Chemistry in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. “They are also very stable. They could be designed to power a cardiac pacemaker for the life of the patient.”
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17.01.2017 The Planned Parenthood Conversation We Really Need To Have

I had the fortune of having a conversation with a Facebook friend who had beliefs and statistics against Planned Parenthood. I have copied and pasted excerpts from that conversation our Facebook Inbox chat. It's unfortunate that the current rhetoric in the United States today is so toxic surrounding this subject, that most are led into highly emotional conversations that ends up in name calling and other negative discussions. I want to believe I had a very good dialogue with my friend and he may have a different conversation with others on the subject of Planned Parenthood. One that is not based on just statistics and numbers. One that seeks understanding and maybe even learning that everyone has a different story and not just an agenda. My comments are in the blue ellipsis, my friends' are in the gray and have the word 'Him' in front of his actual dialogue.

All comments are welcome. Here's the conversation quoted in its entirety. Now, let's have a discussion!

Him: Well I am using this product as an advocate and trying in education for our young sisters

Me: I am 55 now and when I was younger, I had several abortions and none of them were done at a Planned Parenthood place.
I didn't even know what it was until recently

Him: I do not fault you because I understand the human experience

Me: You see abortions will always be done, and let me enlighten you.
The loophole to obtaining an 'abortion' is to have a D&C--OB-GYN's in hospitals do it everyday

Him: True
Smart lady!!!!

Me: So you can shut down Planned Parenthood, but if you do you will shut down the largest supplier of birth control information in this country
Women will always be able to get an abortion or a D&C

Him: I don't want to shut them down

Me: I think people are miseducated about PP
Because politicians are leading that charge

Him: My wife has her Doctorates degree in education we want to add more education on the school level

Me: My mother and I were very close and we talked about everything! I am the woman I am today because of her.  When I asked her about abortions, she shared some horrific yet promising information about them.  The 1st thing she shared with me is that a woman is one of the most determined thinking creatures God created.  And if she wants something done bad enough she will do it

Me: That being said, women back in the day before abortions became legal, would go to people who were not licensed, did not have sterile environments for those procedures, and give women what used to be known as back door abortions.

Him: So see I needed you on my team so now I can learn more I told you I was stalking your page lol
My grandma had a backdoor abortion

Me: My mother told me a young girl she went to high school with went to one of those places because she didn't have the money to get rid of a child she didn't want to have. You see this young girl was being molested almost daily by her stepfather.
She didn't want to have a child by the man who was abusing her, because she thought it would be a lifelong reminder of the abuse and helplessness she suffered from this man.

Him: My mom went through being molested by a uncle and went through one as well

Me: And she felt her mother would throw her out if she knew the circumstances of her pregnancy.  So she got together with a couple of her friends at school who knew a woman.  A woman that would help her. This woman used a clothes hanger to do her abortions.  Well the young girl went there, had the abortion, and went home.
She was found dead in her bed the next morning. She couldn't stop bleeding and probably some kind of sepsis may have stepped in.

Me: My point is, saying misinformation about Planned Parenthood won't help your cause. It will alienate you from a core audience that will not forget this.
Women take it seriously when others try to tell us what to do with our bodies. I don't believe it's anyone's business but God's what I choose to do with my body.
Yes I am save, and I love the Lord and place no one above Him. But one thing I know to be true is that no matter what I do in this life, the only one who can stop me (if I allow Him) is Jesus' loving concern.

Him: So sad about that young girl

Me: The moral of the story is if we are to better educate women, young and old about abortions, we must get to the core of the matter. We have to have a spiritual foundational message that is in my opinion the best way.

Him: I'm so glad I met you

Me: Because we have been given free will by God, we are still going to choose whatever we want. That is the essence of free will. However, at any time we can choose God's will for our lives.

Him: Yes you hit it on the head right there

Me: I don't like the political rhetoric and sometime religious rhetoric surrounding abortions because I know I am nothing but a sinner. For His grace I am saved. I have had several abortions, no I'm not proud of it, and I am surely not bragging.

Me: I have my moments where I pray and cry that Jesus forgives me for not knowing what I didn't know.

Him: I know you not bragging you are being honest and genuine

Me: However, the conversation regarding Planned Parenthood and abortions needs to be different.

Him: That is what would make you a powerful advocate for change

Me: I believe it needs to have a different approach. One that does not make women feel like they are demonic, or bad.

Him: Because you speak from experience

Me: Or not loved by God.
It needs to be one of healing, compassion and education.

Him: Agreed
I think education is the main ingredient
Outside o God

Me: Compassion and healing as well. Don't for a minute think women who have had abortions are proud of it.

Him: Agreed

Me: We live each day with the hurt and pain of what if. I had 2 children, one was born without the use of his pancreas and at 9 months old he was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes. He had to take insulin twice a day as a result of this.
You can not grow out of Type 1 diabetes.

Him: Type one is serious

Me: He lived until he was 23. This year will mark 12 years he has been gone.

Him: I'm so sorry to hear that

Me: I often think of all the unborn babies I aborted either because my ex-husband didn't want it or because I didn't want to have more children by a man who turned out to be a crack addict and wife beater.

Him: Got me over here crying cause your story is so compassionate I have boys and I know how it would be if I lost one

Me: Sorry. I'm crying as I type this. Because I miss my son, and wonder how my life would have been had I not had those abortions.

Him: I am so glad you took the time to talk to me so glad

Me: And none of them were done at Planned Parenthood. See those places were not in the hood in the beginning.

Him: Right on that

Me: When I said I was saved, that also means I accept God's will by sharing my testimony any time I get the chance.

Him: Thank yu very powerful

Me: I understand it is powerful only because it is real life.
Now think about this Planned Parenthood rhetoric we hear in the news and online. Think of how many other women like me who have stories similar to mine and are embarrassed and ashamed to tell their story as I have today with you.

Him: I definitely get your point

Me: We have to change our dialogue, our conversations with people just because we don't know their story.

Him: Agreed

Me: We have to stop assuming it's the poor folks in the hood.
Because quite frankly, the hood has the richest financial underground (monies being made that is never ever taxed) in this country.

17.01.2017 How to Create High Quality Landing Pages that Convert

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We can all agree that the main purpose of a successful landing page is to increase your conversion rate and make your visitors choose you and your product/service over everybody else’s. But how exactly do you do that? To make your landing page really work for you, you need to take into account a multitude of factors. Even when you… read more →

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14.01.2017 Not in my name (or my email or mobile number)

I will march, protest, call my representatives, vote, mobilize, and resist. As of Jan 3, 2017 the U.S. government - House, Senate and soon to be White House - is taking a broad swath of actions that I do not support and will not allow to happen in my name. I will do everything I can to let elected officials know that, to resist their actions, and to work toward democratic representation at the federal level that mirrors the votes and political demands of the majority of U.S. voters.

But I am not going to do this digitally. I can't.*

Why, you ask? Aren't you, Lucy, getting emails and tweets and text messages galore about petitions to sign, groups to join, emails to send, and hashtags to use.

Yes, I am. More than I can count.

And the vast majority of them want me to sign up, to send them my friends' email addresses and my cell numbers or follow them on Facebook to learn more and participate. I won't do it.

First of all, I don't use Facebook. Second, while there's good reason to believe that many of these requests and calls to action are coming from legitimate groups, whose missions I support, and to whom I might give my (but not ever my friends') contact information, there's also good reason to assume otherwise. The otherwise takes at least two forms 1) the legitimate nonprofit or political group is using third party software to collect my name and cell number, and that software company is going to package up my personal info. Sure, they'll  sell it somewhere. But, more important, I know they'll hand it over when the government asks for it and there's nothing I can do about it or 2) the whole thing is just an email/cell phone farming exercise wrapped in the guise of issues I care about.

It's not just that I don't want commercial companies holding all that information on me. I am working to resist the policies of my government. The U.S. government has access to all of that information once it's online. Yes, I will hit the streets to protest. But I don't plan to call the police or immigration services or Donald Trump and tell him my plans, where I will be when, and with whom. And I don't intend to do the digital version of that and hand the very forces I'm resisting the equivalent of that information in fine-grained digital form.

If you want to know how to deal with this reality regarding your own data and ability to take action then I suggest reading Dragnet Nation, everything else Julia Angwin has ever written for ProPublica, using the materials from EFF's Surveillance Self Defense, and checking out this blog post that points you to other wonderful tools for being smarter about your digital self. Take a training, ask an engineer, attend a cryptoparty, ask a librarian, find another way.

For the political groups, the coalitions and nonprofits, the march organizers and the rally folks - your job is just as important. Don't make me vulnerable to digital enclosure - give me options I can trust in order to work with you. Are you using Facebook for all your outreach? Then count me out.
The challenges are numerous and the questions are tough. Some answers exist - check out and help get more answers and more tools to more people and organizations, sooner. We need this. These data threats may well be the biggest risk civil society and independent nonprofits now face. What's your digital risk mitigation strategy?

Yes, we can use digital tools to help us protest and resist, to organize our communities, to make good philanthropic investments, and to reestablish a democratic government that represents the majority of voters. But first, we need to design and use digital strategies and data models that align with our democratic and philanthropic missions.

*Yes, I get the irony of blogging this on software owned by Google. Think about what info I've shared here and what I haven't.

14.01.2017 Innovation for Empathy


“Thank you,” the Afghan mother said.  Tears glistened in her stress-lined eyes.  All I had done was teach her son basic English and listened to her story.  She had forever transformed my view of life.

She had fled an abusive husband and war-torn home a year earlier.  After arriving in Greece, her son was attacked by neo-Nazis while they were sleeping in a park.  Yet, she had the most contagiously courageous and kind spirit of anyone I have met. 

Her story is becoming disturbingly commonplace.  According to the United Nations, 1 in every 113 people is an asylum-seeker, internally displaced or a refugee.

The response of the American public and its politicians swings from welcoming to opposition.  President-elect Donald Trump will not resettle any refugees into a community without the state’s approval, and right now Maine, Texas, New Jersey, and Kansas will not accept anyone. Other states are in the process of stopping refugee resettlement. 

The country could learn something from Germany, where leaders actively encourage residents to empathize with refugees.  The citizens are taught to see the refugees’ humanity and to understand their needs. 

While US leaders created fear about accepting 13,000 Syrian refugees, Germany welcomed more than 1.1 million. 

One way that Germany is harnessing the power of empathy is a German website that matches refugees with people willing to open up their homes for free.  Like a couch-surfing website for  people with urgent, longer-term need--participants are personally connecting with the refugees with compassion.

In addition, the government is stimulating civic ownership for the plight of Syrians by encouraging German citizens to participate in planning shelters.

At Hamburg’s HafenCity University, a 3D model of the city allows residents to identify possible sites for shelters. The map electronically displays city regulations and building codes and how a potential shelter might impact the neighborhood.

City planners have adopted 20 suggestions from citizens.  Because citizens were involved in the planning process, they feel a sense of ownership for the shelter and the needs of the refugees. 

The German Ministry of Education created two free apps to help refugees learn German.  Other free apps connect refugees to safe shelter and to each other. 

Empathy building initiatives are also beginning in the United States. For example, Doctors Without Borders created a refugee camp simulation called “Forced from Home” last July at the New York Hall of Science. Life-like displays greeted visitors, while virtual reality documentaries played on 360-degree screens.

“Forced From Home will build awareness of why cities’ role in creating welcoming environments for immigrants and refugees is so important,” said Commissioner Nisha Agarwal of the NYC Mayor’s Office of Immigrant Affairs.

In addition, many restaurants are promoting themselves as a gathering place for those concerned about the refugee and immigrant population to gather in solidarity and brainstorm ideas for their safety-building the space for citizens and refugees to bond together.   

However, it is a challenge when there is no private-sponsorship program (like Canada has).  The refugees truly need concerned citizens advocating for them.      

Perhaps America’s physical detachment from the war-torn countries makes it easier to detach emotionally from their people. 

My encounter with the refugee community in Greece was brief, but transformative.  I happened upon an organization helping refugees while studying abroad, and was enthralled by the strength, intelligence, and character, and uniqueness of the people that I met.  After sharing stories, refugees were no longer a number, they were a complex variety of beautiful humans searching for the climax of their story. And one of them was my friend.

America needs innovators to connect American citizens to refugees in a personal way, the way that I was, and stimulate empathy.




Can Virtual Reality Make You More Empathetic?
Charities are turning to virtual reality to stimulate empathy and procure donations from otherwise jaded potential contributors.

Robos Jumping Into Socially Responsible Investment Space
Investment News
Socially responsible investing advice may be the next development in automated advice platforms.


The Smog-Inspired Poem That China Can't Stop Talking About
A Chinese thoracic surgeon writes a poem about the morbid effects of China’s smog problem, and draws international attention.

Education Alone Doesn't Stop Violent Extremism
The Washington Post
Mercy Corps discovers that increasing formal education is linked to higher levels of political violence in Somalia unless coupled with training in non-violent civic engagement.

"Symbol of Hope': U.N Chief Says Deal to End Cyprus Divide Could Be Near
New York Times
After four decades of separation, the hostile border between Greek-Cyprus and Turkish-Cyprus may be replaced with peace and compromise.


Could Waves Become The Next Renewable Energy Source
An innovative new technology promises clean energy and new enterprise for Africa. 

A Classical Music Lover Changes Kenyan Children's Lives
The New York Times
A Kenyan woman starts an all-inclusive classical music program to nourish the dreams of youth in Nairobi.


11.01.2017 How to Protect your Website from a Google Penalty

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Being levied with a Google penalty is the nightmare of pretty  much every single website owner and developer. Considering that most people look online for what they need through their search engine, it is mandatory to be in the good graces of all search engines, particularly Google. If you fail on this matter, your pages and posts will be ranked in… read more →

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