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International Day of the Girl Child

There are girls in this world that wake up every morning before the sun rises, walking miles to school in bad shoes. Walking. Not complaining about the walk, having to get up early, or having to study. They live for education. Their dream in life is to go to school. And all too often, this [...]

Women Are Innovating With No Outside Help

From the breakfast plenary breakout session during the Chicago Council on Global Affairs’ Global Health Symposium on International Women’s Day.  Reported by Tiffany Champion for Left Brain/Right Brain Productions. Q: Are there community support structures to help these women succeed? A: (Danielle Nierenberg) I’ve seen with shea butter co-operatives, especially in urban areas, urban residences [...]

Finding Common Ground to Advance Women’s Reproductive Health

From the “Family Planning and Reproductive Health” breakout session during the Chicago Council on Global Affairs’ Global Health Symposium on International Women’s Day.  Reported by Tiffany Champion for Left Brain/Right Brain Productions. Q: How do you connect with religious leaders to improve women’s health? Especially if their beliefs may have them firmly entrenched in ideas [...]

Cell Phones & Soap Operas Break Down Gender Barriers

From the breakfast plenary during the Chicago Council on Global Affairs’ Global Health Symposium on International Women’s Day.  Reported by Tiffany Champion for Left Brain/Right Brain Productions. Q: How has technology changed things for women farmers in Africa? A: (Danielle Nierenberg): The role that cell phones and the Internet have played in sub-Saharan Africa is [...]

Better Cooking for Better Women’s Health

During one of the first breakout sessions of the Chicago Council on Global Affairs’ Global Health Symposium for International Women’s Day, Sola Olopade of the University of Chicago’s Center for Global Health (@UofC_CGH), and Subhrendu Pattabnayak of the Sanford School for Public Policy at Duke University (@dukesanford), discuss indoor air pollution, the environment, and women’s health. [...]

Who Will be Feeding Our World in 2050?

  Roger Thurow (@rogerthurow) and Danielle Nierenberg (@daninierenberg) discuss women and small scale farming during the opening session of the Chicago Council on Global Affairs’ Global Health Symposium on International Women’s Day. A synopsis you should pay attention to: Q: Why do we have to be thinking about small scale farmers in a new way? [...]

Interfaith Cooperation

What I admire about the work of IFYC is how inclusive it is, without asking for participants to water down their beliefs in order to get along. Their mission – making interfaith cooperation a social norm – requires that participants bring everything about who they are to the table, rather than leave those parts that [...]

Manifesto for Change

In September, I was privileged to witness and film the Entrepreneurs’ Organization gathering in Amsterdam.  The energy and optimism in the hallways, and from speakers such as Kofi Annan, Slava Rubin, and Dr. Muhammad Yunus stands in contrast to much of what we hear today.  The world is not just falling apart.  There are people [...]

Introducing Maura

A metropolis of 30,000.  Rolling hills, uninhabited – beautiful, but desolate.  Skirt suits. If you had asked me exactly a year ago where I would be on October 7, 2011, I would have painted the description above.  Upon entering my senior year of college, I thought I was destined to put my journalism degree to [...]

Changemakers in Film: Tiffany Shlain

              As an artist and thinker, Tiffany holds a number of tensions.  She is director of The Moxie Institute, an organization that creates films, discussion programs, theater experiences, and Internet experiments around social issues using emerging technologies.  At the same time, her new film, Connected, highlights the possibilities of [...]