Why Wikipedia Deserves Our Money

I confess, I’m a junkie.

An information junkie. Should I have a conversation or debate with someone where God-forbid I don’t know something, I’ll slowly find a wifi spot, pull out my phone and “wiki” that info. Sneak back into the conversation (like Bond), drop some heavy insight into the argument, and yes…almost certainly, walk away with the win!

Yeah, I said I’ll ‘Wiki’ that information!

But who here hasn’t ‘Wiki’d’ something in order to broaden their knowledge of a certain subject, only to click on the next link and the next. Before we know it, we’ve been on Wikipedia for an hour, learning stuff.

But did you know that the term Wiki isn’t theoretically correct since a “Wiki” is just any website which allows the easy creation and editing of any number of interlinked web pages via a web browser using a simplified markup language or a WYSIWYG text editor. (*sourced from Wikipedia)

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A kickstarter for your creative project

So let’s say you are an artist.

A film maker, musician, perhaps a designer, a writer, or an illustrator. Or maybe a performer, curator, promoter or even an explorer and you’re looking for a way to not only get your project funded but be motivated by others to get it off the ground and running.

What would you do? Where would you go for help?

How about if you’re a person who just enjoys supporting other people’s creative efforts.  You’d love to fund their ambitious, yet passionate endeavors and you like the thought that your contribution will actually help initiate their project. Since you’re not expecting anything, you consider it a bonus that you will actually receive something in return directly from the creator of the project for engaging your (financial) pledge.

Here’s a thought – How about looking at Kickstarter, website that allows people to fund and follow creativity.

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Providing hope, one video at a time: It Gets Better

Suicide.

It is the third leading cause of death for young people between the ages of 15 and 24 according to the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention.

Shocking? It should be

Being a teenager isn’t always the best thing in the world. Especially when you’re gay.

Yes, gay.

Sure enough fitting in is tough enough as it is, but it gets harder when you have a different sexuality than the rest. When there are norms and social clichés in school, there is unfortunately bound to be some sort of bullying.

Bullying can range in various forms: physical, emotional and more recently, cyber bullying. Things only get worse, when in the midst of trying to understand who one really is; one is mocked and ridiculed for being gay. It’s a dark tunnel, with infinite twists and turns, and sadly, there seems to be no hope for light at the end.

This is where the It Gets Better Project Read more…

It’s time we Stand up 2 Cancer

What does Cancer mean to you?

For the majority of us it sparks sirens of fear and uncertainty and immediately associate it with death.

And for good reason too – we ALL know of someone who’s been affected by this disease.

Cancer kills 1,500 Americans every single day, 1 person every minute. 1 out of 3 women and 1 out of every 2 men will hear the words “You have Cancer”.

Then there are those who’ve fought Cancer and won and I applaud you. We all do actually.

These people inspire us because in them we see incredible strength and the determination to stay alive, for their friends, families and most importantly, for themselves.

They’ve stood toe to toe up against one of the most terrifying epidemics known to mankind, and won.

So what if I asked everyone reading this to Stand Up to Cancer?

Well, that’s exactly what StandUp2Cancer.Org is asking you to do.

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Why Did I Buy That? – The Story of Electronics

For those of you who know me personally, especially at the time I had bought my first Smartphone, the N97 in August of 2009, you may remember how proud I was that it wasn’t an iPhone.

I carried on about how the N97 was not only a touch phone, like the iPhone, but it also had a QWERTY keyboard, like the Blackberry.

The phone did everything I needed: Update my Facebook, Twitter, send emails via Gmail, video capabilities, 5mp Carl Zeiss camera, 32gb for my music, an fm transmitter so I could listen to it in my car and yes, I’d even use it to for phone calls from time to time.

I was a winner! Someone who had a phone to end all phones.

3 months later Nokia released the N97 mini and a few months later – the N900. And just last month, when I was visiting the Nokia stand at GITEX Read more…

The Creators Project – When a dream becomes reality

What would you say if someone told you that you could do anything you wanted, with no financial restraints?

That’s the exact question that video director Spike Jonze asked (Vice’s) Shane Smith in a conversation over dinner.

Smith said that his dream was to launch something along the lines of 1920s salons in Paris, where writers, artists, musicians and playwrights gathered to exchange ideas, resulting in a rich cultural cross-pollination. – sourced from Wired

And so began, The Creators Project

A multi-year program dedicated to identifying leading artists, TheCreatorsProject.com enables them to showcase their works and artistic visions through interactive media, creative conferences, new multi-disciplinary collaborative projects and its website.

Together, the partnership between Vice (an online den of nefarious activity and enlightening information technology) and tech giant Intel have brought together some of the world’s leading and most relevant innovators in music, art, film, design and architecture in hopes to connect global youth through a Read more…

DonorsChoose: You Can Choose to Help Students Learn

Take yourself back. All the way back – to when you were in school.

It’s after recess, you’re sitting at your desk watching your classmates getting excited about the paper-mache project you and your peers will be spending the afternoon working on. You’re enthused as well, but unlike the rest, you’re containing yourself. You know what you’re going to create, and it’s going to be awesome.

The teacher walks in and she has an announcement. “Class, due to budget cuts and lack of funding, the principal has decided that we will not be buying any supplies this year and unfortunately, that means no glue. So unfortunately our craft session will have to be cancelled. We can spend the rest of the day learning art history instead”

I apologize to the people who love art history (I’m one of them) but I was really looking forward to making a paper-mache light saber!

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Our stuff and its interesting story

Let’s agree on something: We all buy stuff. Right?

When I’m at the store, all I really care about is getting a bargain. If it’s the right price, I’ll buy it and I’m sure you’re the same way too.

Not once through the whole process do I stop to think – Where has this come from? What was involved in making this? Is it really safe for me? Do I actually need this?

As long as we walk away with a good deal, we are happy.

Lately however, we’re constantly hearing about words like consumerism, sustainability, the environment, sustainable development and the list goes on. Everyday we’re being told to reduce our consumption and increase our awareness.

I for one hate being told to do something without reason. If someone really wants me to do something, I want them to help me understand the situation first. Well, recently I came across a video that Read more…