These are some of the views and reports relevant to our readers that caught our attention this week.
Water for People
The Social Disruptors
“The Social Disruptor podcast series, hosted by CEO Ned Breslin, will highlight innovators across industries from music to fashion to sports – people in the business of pushing limits, finding unseen opportunities and moving on them. Hosted monthly, the series will focus on positive change in the world and how these change makers overcome obstacles and shake things up to achieve sustainable impact. Breslin will interview CEOs, artists, international voices, and leaders from a variety of sectors to understand what it takes to accomplish lasting social change. Change: you can embrace it, cause it, influence it or resist it.” READ MORE
How street art is inspiring social change in South Africa
“Ricky Lee Gordon is on a quest to prove that art can make a difference. His artwork has been exhibited all over the world from the Gambia to New York, and featured on the BBC and National Geographic alongside world-famous graffiti artist Banksy.
Inspired by his hometown of Cape Town, South Africa, his creative alter ego Freddy Sam is a forever-young, fearless romantic who still believes in Peter Pan. He creates abstract storytelling murals that encourage South African youth and international artists alike to be creative. The initiative, called Write on Africa, is headed by Ricky’s artist-run project space /A Word of Art.” READ MORE
New York Times Opinion
The Charitable-Industrial Complex
“I had spent much of my life writing music for commercials, film and television and knew little about the world of philanthropy as practiced by the very wealthy until what I call the big bang happened in 2006. That year, my father, Warren Buffett, made good on his commitment to give nearly all of his accumulated wealth back to society. In addition to making several large donations, he added generously to the three foundations that my parents had created years earlier, one for each of their children to run.
Early on in our philanthropic journey, my wife and I became aware of something I started to call Philanthropic Colonialism. I noticed that a donor had the urge to “save the day” in some fashion. People (including me) who had very little knowledge of a particular place would think that they could solve a local problem. Whether it involved farming methods, education practices, job training or business development, over and over I would hear people discuss transplanting what worked in one setting directly into another with little regard for culture, geography or societal norms.” READ MORE
M4d: The fun is over. Time to get tough?
“I’m all for discussion and debate, and I’ve taken part in my fair share over the past eleven years. But I’m now beginning to wonder if, after all this time, everything we could have said has been said. The fact we’re still talking about the same handful of challenges and issues implies that very little, if anything, has changed where it matters – on the ground. Have we really made so little progress?
I’ve been thinking about this for a while, but it wasn’t until the recent Guardian Activate conference that the scale of the problem finally drove home.” READ MORE
Which comes first: open data or open government?
“Though not a new debate, it's worth revisiting the core arguments around what can or should come first: open data or open government? I was jolted into this discussion again after haphazardly glancing at the World Bank-sponsored "crowd sourcing" process to stimulate ideas for how to make a Smart Rwanda (yes, you can groan a little bit, but honestly the Rwandan government is so good at understanding what hipster labels resonate with donors; kudos, Kigali!):
‘The Rwandan Ministry of Youth and ICT wants your suggestions and ideas. They have a vision for a Smart Rwanda where the relevant information and services that Rwandans need are always at their fingertips. This could be transformative - choose one of the 10 target areas to share your ideas.’” READ MORE
Nieman Journalism Lab
Gawker is letting readers rewrite headlines and reframe articles
“Relegating online comments to the bottom of an article seems so old-school newspapery in retrospect, doesn’t it?
Long the default for many news organizations online, the message is that reader comments are an afterthought, a footnote, less important than the story itself.
Gawker Media wants to change that perception. Founder Nick Denton has been obsessing over how to reinvent online commenting for going on a decade now, and it seemed as though the publishing-and-discussion Kinja platform his sites unveiled last year was finally approaching his ideal.” READ MORE
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