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Inside the Kowloon Walled City

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Inside the Kowloon Walled City where 50,000 residents eked out a grimy living in the most densely populated place on earth
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Protest in Chile against education system where the wealthy and the poor have a great divide

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"June 27, 2013: A protester is hit by a jet of water sprayed by riot police during a protest demanding changes in the state education system in Santiago, Chile, on June 26. Chile has one of the most privatized education systems in the world & a vast gap between wealthy & poor. Students are calling for a more fair education system." (MSN.com)

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Protest in Brazil

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MSN.com photo Protest in Brazil june 2013

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June 17, 2013: Members of the Homeless Workers' Movement protest against the Confederations Cup being held in Brazil, amid burning tires in front of the National Mane Garrincha Stadium in Brasilia on June 14. Japan faced off against Brazil in the opening match of the tournament on June 15.(MSN.com)

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National Geographic Traveler

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This is a very good article from National Geographic.  I feel the tourist guides exploit the poor in the slums as a way to make money.  Tourists 'gawk' at the people in the slums, talk with them and tour the area.  Do the people in the slums benefit from this in any way?  Tourists gain knowledge of the slums and the people share stories with them, but do the people actually benefit by this or gain anything other than letting the tourists know how they really live?

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T-Shirt Travels

When filmmaker Shantha Bloemen was stationed in a remote village in Zambia as a worker with an international aid organization, she had to adjust to living in a different culture. But one thing struck her as oddly familiar: almost everyone in the village wore secondhand clothing from the West. Bloemen began to imagine stories about the people who used to wear the clothing, wondering if the original owners had any idea that the castoffs they had given to charities ended up being sold to Africans half a world away.


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Kristen McDaniel's curator insight, July 19, 2013 9:48 AM

It's fascinating to look at the effects of globalization, and a great look at how economies change.  When people in the Western world drop a bag of clothes off at a charity, I doubt we think they'd end up in a village in Africa. Warning:  it does get a little preachy at the end. 

Mr Ortloff's curator insight, October 8, 2013 12:44 PM

Is direct aid a good thing or not? How does secondhand clothing impact local economies?

Jess Deady's curator insight, May 4, 3:57 PM

Westernization is a popular theme thats happening in the East. Even though people don't know it, the clothes they give away may be some that are taken to places like Africa. Hand-me-downs are popular in the U.S. but even more so in Africa. The t-shirt you give away to someone might end up across the world. Who knows.

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protest in brazil

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"June 25, 2013: A boy runs among soccer balls marked with red crosses planted by members of NGO Rio de Paz (Rio Peace) as a protest in Copacabana Beach in Rio de Janeiro on June 22. The protest was a call to the government to have education, health & public services achieve the same standards as the FIFA World Cup stadiums, according to the organization."(MSN.com

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LANDFILL HARMONIC: Inspiring dreams one note at a time!

A heartfelt & moving story of how instruments made from recycled trash bring hope to children whose future is otherwise spiritless.

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What a wonderful thing!   This is a very heartwarming story

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Jodi Esaili's curator insight, April 19, 2013 9:11 AM

Wonderful!

Lauren Stahowiak's curator insight, February 8, 6:38 PM

One mans' trash is another mans treasure. The typical stereotypes of slums are that they are dirty, poor and lifeless. However, the people in this slum have so much more to offer. Searching through the trash, they are able to piece together junk into recycled instruments that they use to liven the slums, their lives and the world. Music is a way to brighten their today and look forward to brighter tomorrows. 

Elizabeth Bitgood's curator insight, February 17, 11:21 AM

This video was very moving.  I was surprised how the recycled instruments sounded exactly like the real things.  I think this should make us think about how much of the trash we generate could be put to some use besides rotting in a landfill.  It also shows the ingenuity of people to find a use for a resource even if that resource is trash.  It just goes to show that the saying “one man’s trash is another man’s treasure,” is true.