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ATHLETE: Will this woman's run across 7 deserts help with the water crisis?

ATHLETE: Will this woman's run across 7 deserts help with the water crisis? | PASSIONS | Scoop.it
All around the world, safe and drinkable water is drying up, from China’s disappearing rivers to the empty reservoirs of Brazil. Raising awareness of the impending global crisis is Mina G...
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She will be running the equivalent of 40 marathons, across 7 deserts in 7 continents in just 40-weeks. Will her efforts to document the grassroots effects of water shortages across the globe help the water crisis?

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SPECIALIST: Can Solar Energy Increase Efficiencies For Local Delivery Systems?

SPECIALIST: Can Solar Energy Increase Efficiencies For Local Delivery Systems? | PASSIONS | Scoop.it

17-year old South Bombay teen invents solar bicycle which offers three different usage options – solar-powered, battery-powered and manual. This cycle can make life easier for home delivery vendors, such as newspapermen, milkmen, and dabbawalas.

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Beyond solving the challenge of clean energy and pollution, are there any other issues this solution solves? Describe.

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ARTIST: Can Photography Be Used To Challenge Stereotypes?

“Step into the world through their eyes, think and feel what these women have to say.” Bonnie shares how teaching disadvantaged women photography through her...
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Bonnie is the co-founder and CEO of "Lensational" a social enterprise that aims to empower women and girls worldwide through equipping them with cameras and photography training. Describe how photography can be used as a powerful agent of social change?

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ARTIST: How Can Recycled Math Homework Turn A Spotlight on Girls' Education?

ARTIST: How Can Recycled Math Homework Turn A Spotlight on Girls' Education? | PASSIONS | Scoop.it
Canadian high school senior Erinne Paisley is auctioning off her dress to benefit the Malala Fund.
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This teen designed a dress that turns the spotlight on all the girls around the world who will never have the opportunity to walk across a stage and accept a diploma. The 18-year-old student created the dress out of her old math homework and wrote, “I’ve received my education. Not every woman has that right. Malala.org,” on it with a red marker. She also decided to donate the money she would have spent on a traditional graduation dress to the Malala Fund.


According to data from UNESCO, women make up two-thirds of the 774 million illiterate people around the globe. The organization also found that 31 million elementary school–age girls aren’t enrolled in school, and 17 million will never be signed up for classes. Another 34 million girls aren’t enrolled in lower secondary school, which is usually fifth or sixth grade through eighth grade. As a result, girls lack the skills to break the cycle of poverty and are more likely to marry early and against their will.

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ARTIST: How Can Imprisoned Mothers Get Closer To Their Children?

ARTIST: How Can Imprisoned Mothers Get Closer To Their Children? | PASSIONS | Scoop.it
Mothers in prison rarely get a chance to see or touch their children — or sing them a lullaby. A group of professional musicians is helping female inmates in New York City to create those connections.
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The Lullaby Project is part of Carnegie Hall's Musical Connections program, which creates musical experiences for (expecting) teens who are in homeless or incarcerated. Professional musicians work with these young women to a write personal lullaby for their babies in order to forge a bond they might otherwise have trouble making. 

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ARTIST: How Can Photography Expose Modern Slavery?

ARTIST: How Can Photography Expose Modern Slavery? | PASSIONS | Scoop.it

Since 2009, Lisa Kristine has been documenting the lives of people caught up in slavery. Her images are shocking, powerful, in-your-face. 

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Lisa Kristine uses photography to expose deeply human stories and to inspire change. She started by documenting indigenous cultures from more than 70 countries on 6 continents. But it wasn't until 2009 that she met the director of a nonprofit called, Free The Slaves who told her about modern day slavery. Today, there are more than 27-million people enslaved -- which is double the number of Africans who were taken during the trans-american slave trade.  For as little as $18-dollars, generations of people can be enslaved -- generating profits of more than $13-billion dollars worldwide each year.  Slavery exists almost everywhere in the world, and yet it is illegal in every part of the world.  

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TECHNOLOGIST: How Can Technology Change The Way Women Look At Themselves In The Mirror?

We are The Mrs., an all-female band from Austin, Texas. We recently asked women how they felt when they looked in the mirror. As you can see, we didn't like ...
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Too often women and girls look at themselves in the mirror. How is it when so many people look at the mothers, sisters, wives and friends in their life as a source of inspiration -- yet the women who inspire them don't feel that they are enough?

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ARTIST: How Are Cartoonists Around the World Are Fighting Back Against Terrorists?

ARTIST: How Are Cartoonists Around the World Are Fighting Back Against Terrorists? | PASSIONS | Scoop.it
Cartoonists around the world respond
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Drawings are able to communicate ideas globally and instantaneously, which is why they are viewed as an instrument that should be used wisely. A short essay on the power of cartoons, authored by a Canadian cultural historian, chronicles the stories of many a cartoonist who has been incarcerated, tortured or even put to death for anything blasphemous, such as a depiction of Mohammed. The offices of Charlie Hebdo, a French satirical weekly newspaper, featuring cartoons, reports, polemics, and jokes were fire bombed in November 2011 after the publication featured this cartoon of Prophet Muhammed on its cover. The last tweet before the shooting at their offices -- depicts Islamic State leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi. The tweet read "Best wishes, by the way." 

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Hezbollah Leader Says Islamic Extremists Have Hurt Islam More Than Cartoonists http://thinkprogress.org/world/2015/01/09/3610080/hezbollah-leader-says-islamic-extremists-have-hurt-islam-more-than-cartoonists/
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ARTIST: Can Photography Help Us Understand Transgender Girls?

ARTIST: Can Photography Help Us Understand Transgender Girls? | PASSIONS | Scoop.it

Photographer Willeke Duijvekam documents the lives of two transgender teens over the course of six years. Willeke has always been drawn to photograph people who "have taken a significantly different turn than most people’s lives."

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When photographer Willeke Duijvekam first met them, Mandy was 11 years old and Eva was 13. By the time the project began, Mandy had already begun her life as a female. She had told her friends, changed her name and was wearing girl's clothes. Eva was still living as a boy to the outside world. Although the two are connected by their common experience as transgender teens, they are completely different in terms of their personalities. Over such a long period of time, Duijvekam captured the girls' many highs and lows. She also captured their quieter, more intimate moments when the girls were by themselves, exposing their inner life.

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ARTIST: Aerial Photos of Humanity's Environmental Destruction

ARTIST: Aerial Photos of Humanity's Environmental Destruction | PASSIONS | Scoop.it
At first glance, photojournalist Colin Finlay’s aerial photos appear to be beautiful landscapes. Read their captions, though, and it becomes clear many of the scenes he captures are quite ugly, depicting environments scarred by industry and climate change.
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The aerials are a subset of decades’ work documenting our changing environment, a topic that first caught photojournalist Colin Finlay’s attention in 1996. Of all the problems facing the world today, none stands to impact so many people as our changing climate. Like many big problems, it’s hard for journalists, artists and activists to know where to start when attempting to connect such a global issue to their particular audiences. More than anything, Finlay wants his work to inspire people to take action. His contribution to addressing the problem has been to document it, sharing what he’s witnessed. He hopes that will inspire others to find their own ways of taking on the problem. 

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TECHIE: Unique Sculptures From Recycled Electronics

TECHIE: Unique Sculptures From Recycled Electronics | PASSIONS | Scoop.it
Steven Rodrig recycles circuit boards and electronic parts to create a unique sculpture which he calls PCB Mixed Media.
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When Steven Rodrig was at Aviation High School in Long Island, the idea of creating the little sculptures from circuits and electronic parts took birth in his head, and the idea was tried out after he started repairing electronic equipments and instruments like computers.  His sculptures includes astonishing, life-like forms such as flowers, insects, and animals which are created out of old circuit boards and electronic parts. The artist, who has taken electronics recycling into an entirely new level,  has created a number of Eco-friendly designs and believes that by breathing life into the dead electronic materials, he is destining the electronic waste to be an organic life form.

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ARTIST: How Can Mixing Art and Astrophysics Help Students Explore the Universe?

ARTIST: How Can Mixing Art and Astrophysics Help Students Explore the Universe? | PASSIONS | Scoop.it
With just a few keystrokes on the computer students can try their own hand at mixing science with art by controlling small telescopes that take pictures of planets, stars, galaxies, asteroids, nebulas and other astronomical objects. They can then use those images to create their own artistic renditions of the cosmos through the MicroObservatory Robotic Telescope Network, a group of five automated telescopes controlled online.
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Is there a connection between  science, arts, and creativity? Do you think mixing art and astrophysics will help students be more open to considering a career with a STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering or Math) discipline? 

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ARTIST: Can Satirical Cartoons Bring Awareness TO Global Problems?

ARTIST: Can Satirical Cartoons Bring Awareness TO Global Problems? | PASSIONS | Scoop.it

Polish illustrator Pawel Kuczynski offers up his satirical cartoons of widespread problems plaguing our planet.

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These wonderfully simple, provocative cartoons bring awareness to many of the global problems that plague our world, and are getting worse over time—corruption, poverty, social inequality, isolation, war, environmental distress, political greed, hunger, addiction…the list goes on. How do you think his work might help people begin to think about their personal connection to some of these issues?

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ARTIST: Can Gender Roles Be Redefined Through Street Dance?

ARTIST: Can Gender Roles Be Redefined Through Street Dance? | PASSIONS | Scoop.it
What role can art play in changing culture and society? Share an example of an artist who has impacted your own cultural perceptions. #DoNowArt4Change
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How have artists played a key role in social movements in the United States? What are these street dancers doing to alter the objectification of women?

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ARTIST: Can The Problem Of Hoarding Be Solved Thru Art?

ARTIST: Can The Problem Of Hoarding Be Solved Thru Art? | PASSIONS | Scoop.it
Stephanie Calvert had been deeply ashamed of her mother’s habit. But her mother’s accident led her to reexamine their past.
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Hoarding is a compulsive disorder most often characterized by the excessive acquisition and unwillingness to discard large quantities of objects which appear to have little or no value.  According to the International OCD Foundation, it seems likely that serious hoarding problems are present in at least 1in 50 people, but they may be present in as many as 1 in 20. Read how one artist used the objects of her mom's hoarding to raise awareness and compassion for this disorder. What do you think of Stephanie Calvert's "Shame To Pride" project?

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TECHIE: How Can A Gamer Save Marine Mammals?

TECHIE: How Can A Gamer Save Marine Mammals? | PASSIONS | Scoop.it
World Animal Protection has launched a fun tool to educate the public about marine animals and the threats they face. The online game, Ghost Gear Dodge, includes key factoids about [...]
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According to UN agencies, some 640,000 tons of fishing gear are lost or discarded in our oceans every year. This ‘ghost gear’ has a devastating effect on marine animals, who are injured, entangled and killed. Among the species that fall victim to those lethal traps are seals, whales, turtles and seabirds. 

In order to play the game, follow this linkThe NGO’s Sea Change Campaign aims to save one million marine animals from the impact of ghost gear by 2018.

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SPECIALIST: Can A Wedding Dress Maker Design a Better Ebola-Proof Suit?

SPECIALIST: Can A Wedding Dress Maker Design a Better Ebola-Proof Suit? | PASSIONS | Scoop.it
Chocolate sauce, it turns out, is an important weapon in the ongoing fight against infectious diseases
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Did you know it takes as long as 20 minutes to get dressed in a hazmat suit? Once in these suits, most medical staff can only last about 45-minutes. Worse yet, if the suit isn't properly worn, the medical staff can be at risk of exposure to a dangerous infection.  To help with these challenges, John Hopkins University sponsored a "grand challenge" inviting the public to come up with a better hazmat!

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SOCIALITE: Can A Pop-Up Train Party Increase Happiness?

SOCIALITE: Can A Pop-Up Train Party Increase Happiness? | PASSIONS | Scoop.it
WA's global reputation for having the nicest commuters has been enhanced after music superstars Jamiroquai shared a video of a pop-up dance party on a Perth train with their millions of fans.
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Peter Sharp  wants to increase the happiness index with dance. He does so by inspiring people to dance on a [subway] train and laugh. Some passengers who participated said, "[it] restores my faith in humanity."  Peter is no stranger to starting social movements. While studying abroad in Spain, he organized a number of experiments -- from a trust exercise where he stood blindfolded in a crowded square, arms outstretched for passersby to give him hugs, to staging a flashmob in a public fountain.

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SPECIALIST: How Can Entrepreneurship Save The American Dream?

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Existing businesses aside, the commission further proposes making the U.S. more entrepreneurial again by teaching entrepreneurship as a path to would-be business creators through various curricula, starting as early as grade school.

Development of "plug-and-play" entrepreneurial ecosystems, with civic leaders versed in the latest research about business creation and new toolkits available for them, would be vital in building new business clusters.

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ARTIST: How Could A Pop-Song Be Used To Release Prisoners Of War?

ARTIST: How Could A Pop-Song Be Used To Release Prisoners Of War? | PASSIONS | Scoop.it
To reach hostages held deep in the Colombian jungle, the Colombian army turned to an ad man and wrote a pop song
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How do you reach soldiers held under 24-hour armed guard in deeply rural territory? A creative ad-director, Juan Carlos Ortiz came up with the idea of integrating Morse code using various percussion instruments and a keyboard into a pop-song. With the help of a military policeman skilled in Morse, they coded the message: "19 people rescued. You are next. Don’t lose hope." THE SONG WAS PLAYED ON OVER 130 SMALL STATIONS AND HEARD BY 3 MILLION PEOPLE! By December 2010, "Better Days" was echoing across the jungle. And the plan worked.

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SPECIALIST: What Would Your Ideal, Photoshopped Face Look Like?

SPECIALIST: What Would Your Ideal, Photoshopped Face Look Like? | PASSIONS | Scoop.it

Photographer Scott Chasserot has a degree in psychology, but never had a chance to apply it professionally until a recent project called Original Ideal managed to combine his passion for Freudian analysis and F-stops.

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Chasserot took pains to recruit a wide sample of subjects ranging from elementary school children to senior citizens, from a wide range of ethnic and socioeconomic groups. The breadth of the population raises many questions. Do certain groups tend to prefer a specific type of modification? Do women, who are thought to be the recipient of the most distorted body image signals, prefer the most extreme modifications?

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ARTIST: Can Photography Give Voices to Queer Teens One Snapshot At a Time?

ARTIST: Can Photography Give Voices to Queer Teens One Snapshot At a Time? | PASSIONS | Scoop.it

A lot has changed for LGBT advocacy and awareness in America, with the past 10 a watershed decade for the movement.  Nevertheless, there is still a huge need to make sure their voices are heard. 

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 According to the Williams Institute, LGBT youth comprise an estimated 40% of the homeless youth population. In Speaking OUT, 27 year old photographer, Rachel Lee Smith, brings together myriad queer youth, ages 14 to 24, and presents their portraits "without judgment or stereotype, by eliminating environmental influence with [the use of] a stark white backdrop." 

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ARTIST: How Can Urban Trash Raise Awareness For Animal Welfare?

ARTIST: How Can Urban Trash Raise Awareness For Animal Welfare? | PASSIONS | Scoop.it
It's hard to believe that these works of art are actually piles of painted garbage.
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With a bit of paint and ingenuity, one city's trash can become one man's treasure for self-expression. Lisbon, Portugal artist Bordallo II hunts for piles of junk all over the city, painstakingly rearranging shingles, plastics, tires and scrap metal before spray-painting it all to mimic various animal forms. It's urban camouflage at its best: Bordallo II's work turns the urban environment into an imaginary wilderness, filled with giant parrots, ladybugs and crocodiles, making the mundane into something quite magical.

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TECHIE: How Can Engineering + A Bag Of Chips Ensure Clean Water?

TECHIE: How Can Engineering + A Bag Of Chips Ensure Clean Water? | PASSIONS | Scoop.it
A group of Australian engineering students have designed a water purifier that can be created from an empty packet of chips.
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Polluted water claims the lives of 900 children in Papua New Guinea annually, while 780 million people have no access to purified water globally. The idea of using a chip packet for the reflective material originated from designing with remote communities where such packaging can be readily found in trash. The students designed a system that uses UV(A) radiation from the sun to generate oxygen radicals in the water. These then actively kill the pathogens that would otherwise contaminate the water.  The team is looking at designing cookstoves to save people who die from emissions from burning dung and wood; bio-digesting toilets as more people have access to mobile phones over functioning toilets; and guidelines for wind power generation systems made from scrap for people who do not have access to electricity or reliable electricity.

Next year, they also plan to develop blueprints for establishing manufacturing plants so communities can build these lifesaving technologies themselves.

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SPECIALIST: Can A Teen Scientist Harness Sun Power To Help A Navajo Community?

SPECIALIST: Can A Teen Scientist Harness Sun Power To Help A Navajo Community? | PASSIONS | Scoop.it
New Mexico teen Raquel Redshirt uses everyday materials and the sun to build solar ovens, fulfilling a Navajo community need and winning an award at the Intel ISEF competition. Growing up on New Me...
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Growing up on New Mexico’s Navajo Nation, Raquel Redshirt was well aware of the needs of her community. Many of her impoverished neighbors lacked basics such as electricity, as well as stoves and ovens to cook food. Though resources in the high desert are limited, Raquel realized one was inexhaustible: the sun. She researched solar ovens and found that most incorporate mirrors or other expensive materials. Raquel wanted to create a design that anyone could easily afford and replicate, using readily available materials. She built and tested ovens made of old tires, cardboard, aluminum foil, tape, and insulating materials, including shredded paper and plain old dirt.

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