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Putting a Face on Mental Illness: USC Gould School of Law [my alma mater]

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Stellar faculty, diverse students and innovative interdisciplinary programs have made USC Law one of the most prominent law schools in the country.
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http://lawweb.usc.edu/news/article.cfm?newsID=4054 

 

After decades of discrimination, stigma and silence, it is time to banish prejudice and put a face on mental illness, former U.S. Rep. Patrick Kennedy told a packed audience at USC Gould School of Law.

 

The event, “University Students Living with Mental Illness: Changing the Conversation,” was sponsored by the Saks Institute for Mental Health Law, Policy, and Ethics, and drew nearly 200 students, professors and mental health advocates.

 

Kennedy led the discussion with USC Gould Prof. Elyn Saks, USC Gould student Evan Langinger and USC psychiatry resident Michelle Wu. Stephen Behnke, director of Ethics for the American Psychological Association, moderated the event.

 

“I think we’re in the midst of the beginning of a new civil rights movement,” said Kennedy, who served in the House of Representatives for 12 years and is the son of the late Sen. Ted Kennedy. “We’re dealing with medical treatment of a medical issue, and we’re dealing with prejudice. When you marry prejudice and ignorance together, you have a really ugly combination that marginalizes the treatment of these issues because they’re viewed as moral issues not medical issues; they’re viewed as character issues not chemistry issues. In order to get to the treatment we have to address the broader attitudinal barriers.”

 

Kennedy, who has struggled with bipolar disorder, addiction and depression, sponsored the Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act, a 2008 bill that requires most health insurance companies to offer equal mental health and physical health coverage.

 

“The Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act, is our civil rights act,” Kennedy said. “Brain health should be afforded the same treatment as cardiovascular health.”

 

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Can Business Solve Poverty? @OutOfPoverty solutions

Can Business Solve Poverty? @OutOfPoverty solutions | Yellow Boat Social Entrepreneurism | Scoop.it
If you ask the influential members of the Aspen Network of Development Entrepreneurs the answer is unequivocally yes.
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http://www.fastcompany.com/3019158/leadership-now/can-business-solve-poverty ;

 

The focus of that evening’s panel was Paul Polak, whose comments and new book,The Business Solution to Poverty, provoked great excitement among his fellow panelists, who included Jacqueline Novogratz, CEO of Acumen, and Paul Basil, founder and CEO of Villgro. The solution that Polak recommends--together with his co-author Mal Warwick--is to “tap the mainstream capital markets to fund large-scale, global enterprises that address the basic needs of these 2.7 billion people: needs for clean water, renewable energy, affordable housing, accessible health care and education, and, above all, jobs.” Polak recommends a systematic approach including “zero-based design” to address the needs of the poor--rather than simply tweaking the designs of existing products. He urges listening to the customer, the importance of scale, ruthless affordability, and a plan for generous profits to attract vital private capital, among other things.

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Kauffman Founders School: About Us

©2013 Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation. May not be used without permission. To enter a request for permission to use, contact FoundersSchool@kauffman.org.
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Kauffman Foundation Launches Online ‘Founders School’

 

Educational videos offer as-needed curriculum for entrepreneurs at every startup stage, served up by leading experts covering often overlooked topics

(KANSAS CITY, Mo.) Oct. 3, 2013 – Tapping the potential of online education to teach entrepreneurs best practices in areas not typically covered in other training programs, the Kauffman Foundation today unveiled the Kauffman Founders School.

 

http://www.entrepreneurship.org/en/founders-school.aspx

 

Welcome to the Founders School, an online educational resource dedicated to entrepreneurship. Through lectures and a rich curriculum, we'll give you the skills and tools to build your idea into something big.

 

 

http://www.kauffman.org/newsroom/kauffman-foundation-launches-online-founders-school.aspx

 

Founders School@KauffmanFS

Nurturing the next big thing. A @KauffmanFDN online educational resource dedicated to entrepreneurship.

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Jay Jaboneta: "Thank you to the Center for Advancement of Social Entrepreneurship (CASE) of Duke University for allowing me to share our Yellow Boat story!"

Jay Jaboneta: "Thank you to the Center for Advancement of Social Entrepreneurship (CASE) of Duke University for allowing me to share our Yellow Boat story!" | Yellow Boat Social Entrepreneurism | Scoop.it

"Thank you to the Center for Advancement of Social Entrepreneurship (CASE) of Duke University for allowing me to share our Yellow Boat story!" www.YellowBoat.org 

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A research and education center based at Duke's Fuqua School of Business, the Center for the Advancement of Social Entrepreneurship (CASE) promotes the entrepreneurial pursuit of social impact through the thoughtful adaptation of business expertise.DescriptionKeep up with CASE!
- CASE Blog (http://blogs.fuqua.duke.edu/casenotes/)
- CASE Twitter (http://twitter.com/CASEatDuke)
- CASE web (http://www.CASEatDuke.org/)
The Opportunity

The social sector has long had powerful entrepreneurial leaders, but the opportunity to promote cross-sector learning is relatively new. Recent trends in the social sector have led to a blurring of the distinctions between business, nonprofit and government organizations. In particular, frustration with traditional governmental and charitable approaches to social problems has prompted social sector leaders to tap into the strengths of the business and entrepreneurial world in their search for more sustainable and systemic solutions. Thus, homeless shelters are starting businesses to train and employ their residents; environmental organizations are partnering with corporations to find economically sound ways to protect natural habitats; and arts groups are exploring new ventures that promise stabilizing revenue and enhance community development. Many philanthropists are increasing their focus on outcomes and strategies for sustainability. Numerous nonprofits are adopting the language and tools of business and some are actually converting to for-profit status. At the same time, for-profit firms are competing directly with nonprofits by moving into social sector arenas, ranging from education to economic development to environmental conservation. This rash of sector-blurring activity has created an opportunity for leading business schools to have significant social impact by constructively exploring the adaptation of business concepts for the social sector.

 http://caseatduke.org/knowledge/generalresources/index.html

 

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Social Media, Social Entrepreneurship and the Power of One

Social Media, Social Entrepreneurship and the Power of One | Yellow Boat Social Entrepreneurism | Scoop.it
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http://calendar.duke.edu/events/show?fq=id%3ACAL-8a0870ee-40e50803-0141-5a8e225e-00006a11demobedework%40mysite.edu 

 

Presenter:

Jay Jaboneta, Co-Founder of Yellow Boat of Hope Foundation and Acumen Fund Fellow

Sponsor:

Duke Innovation & Entrepreneurship Initiative

 

Jay Jaboneta is a Filipino blogger, philanthropist, new media advocate, and online community organizer who has served as Head for New Media under the Presidential Communications Operations Office of President Benigno Aquino. Jaboneta is best known for having sparked the idea that led to the creation the charitable organization Philippine Funds for Little Kids, for which Jaboneta was recognized by Yahoo! Southeast Asia as one of their 7 Modern Day Pinoy Heroes. Today, he is an Acumen Fund Global Fellow, having just finished a year-long engagement in Pakistan where he set up a bottled water plant. 


http://www.YellowBoat.org


Our philosophy can be shown by this quote:

"The great thing a little lamp can do which the big sun cannot do is to give light at night. It shows no one is superior by size but by purpose. If we cannot do great things, we can do small things in a great way. Little things make a big difference to God."


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Social Good Summit Spreads to 120+ Countries

Social Good Summit Spreads to 120+ Countries | Yellow Boat Social Entrepreneurism | Scoop.it
More than 120 Meetups are planned around the world in conjunction with the Social Good Summit.
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The World Risk Index ranked the Philippines to be the third most vulnerable country to climate change and natural disasters. Its capital, Manila, is the second most at risk city on the planet. To address these risks, +SocialGood organizers are planning a Meetup in Manila of more than 1,000 people to discuss how to digital tools can be used for disaster preparedness and response.

This Meetup in Manila is one of more than 120 planned around the world in conjunction with the Social Good Summit. For the second consecutive year, the discussion of how digital tools can best be used to prepare for the greatest challenges of 2030 won't happen solely on the Social Good Summit stage at the 92Y.

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The Urban Food Project | REV Birmingham

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http://www.revbirmingham.org/growing-business/the-urban-food-project/ 

 

REV Birmingham’s Urban Food Project is an initiative striving to create an equitable, regionally prosperous local food system that is a catalyst for economic development. 

 

The Birmingham Market Alliance will be a central hub for resources and collective communication for public market operators, farmers, retailers, restaurants and other vendors.  Additionally, this Alliance will support the creation new markets to meet community needs.  These market models range from a peddler system where “teams” take food to established locations, to small roadside stands to large “Main Street”  markets that are regular community events with several vendors present as well as health education programs.

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Building a Regional Food System

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https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=597323383666416&set=a.317307978334626.77216.140279086037517&type=1&theater

 

The Democracy Collaborative produced this infographic detailing an experiment in Wisconsin to build a cooperative, community-wide structure that supports a sustainable local food system, with active involvement of large non-profit anchor institutions.

 

Advancing a new understanding of democracy for the 21st century and promoting new strategies and innovations in community development that enhance democratic life. Company OverviewPromoting new strategies and innovations in community development that enhance democratic life.

DescriptionThe Collaborative is a national leader in the field of community development through our Community Wealth Building Initiative. The Initiative sustains a wide range of projects involving research, training, policy development, and community-focused work designed to promote an asset-based paradigm and increase support for the field across-the-board. https://www.facebook.com/democracycollaborative/

 

 

@DemocracyCollab

The Democracy Collaborative focuses on the role community economic stability plays as an essential foundation of civic practice and democratic life.

D.C. & Cleveland

 

http://community-wealth.org/

Eric Smith, MBA Green Business Strategy's curator insight, September 23, 2013 3:12 PM

Local food, grown by local producers will continue to spur economic growth in the local community with lasting results. Regional development must first begin with local empowerment.

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The Evergreen Cooperatives

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The Evergreen Cooperatives of Cleveland, Ohio are pioneering innovative models of job creation, wealth building, and sustainability. Evergreen's employee-owned, for-profit companies are based locally and hire locally.
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http://evergreencooperatives.com/business/green-city-growers/ ;

 

Green City Growers CooperativeGreen City Growers Cooperative, Inc. is a 3.25-acre leafy greens, hydroponic greenhouse in the Central neighborhood of Cleveland, OH.  The greenhouse, which officially opened on February 25th, 2013, has 15,000 square feet of packinghouse and office space, and is currently producing Bibb lettuce, green leaf lettuce, gourmet lettuces and basil.
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Innovative Vertical Farming Sustainable Agriculture in an Urban Center: Las Vegas

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http://system.nevada.edu/tasks/sites/Nshe/assets/File/BoardOfRegents/Agendas/2013/jun-mtgs/wred/WRED-6.pdf

 

A Collaborative Effort in Support of Diversifying Nevada’s Economy, Enhancing Innovation, and Promoting Sustainability through Outreach
(WORKFORCE, RESEARCH & ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT COMMITTEE 06/06/13) Ref. WRED-6

 

Collaboration with Governor’s Office of Economic Development &
Las Vegas Community
• Opportunity provided by Governor’s
Office of Economic Development:
Urban Agriculture Initiative
• Nuvege: subsidiary corporation of
Spread Co. Ltd., Kyoto, Japan
• Mr. Shinji Inada, President & CEO
• Nuvege: eco-friendly Vertical Farming
solution, guaranteeing fresh produce
(lettuce) can be grown in fully
protected environments.
• Vertical Farming Environments: utilize
“vertical space” for a highly controlled
growth environment.

Rick Passo's comment, September 20, 2013 7:19 AM
http://nuvege.com/about3.html
Our unique Vertical Farming Environments utilize “vertical space” for our growth environments. This means that the tens of thousands of square feet or acreage normally required for the production of a high volume of product is now done vertically. For example, our facility in Kyoto, Japan, is @ 30,000 horizontal square feet, and is the lead location for our operations. Our Vertical Farming Environment in this location now utilizes over 57,000 of vertical square feet of growth environment within the same space.

Our intent is that our innovative Vertical Farming Techniques will provide a universal working model for safe and economical growth environments for the rest of the world.

Nuvege’s current corporate goals include efforts to establish branch operations throughout Asia and in urban centers throughout the United States.
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FINDINGS OF THE 2013 NATIONAL FOOD HUB SURVEY

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http://foodsystems.msu.edu/uploads/file/resources/2013-food-hub-survey.pdf ;

 

In early 2013, CRFS and the Wallace Center at Winrock International conducted the National Food Hub Survey to identify economic growth trends for food hubs across the nation and monitor changes in services offered and the variety of customers served by food hubs.  Researchers also sought to:

Help shape national understanding of food hubs and informing future policy and program initiativesGain greater exposure for food hubs nationally Inform new potential relationships between food hubs and investors, grant makers and other food hubs looking to find success.

The 2013 National Food Hub Survey represents one of the most comprehensive data sets on food hub operations to date and details findings on topics such as the financial state of food hubs, the numbers and types of farmers and ranchers that they work with, and the types of customers they serve.

 

http://foodsystems.msu.edu/resources/2013-food-hub-survey

Rick Passo's comment, September 20, 2013 6:56 AM
Food hubs are businesses or organizations that manage the aggregation, distribution and marketing of source-identified food products. In early 2013, CRFS and the Wallace Center at Winrock International conducted the National Food Hub Survey to identify economic growth trends for food hubs across the nation and monitor changes in services offered and the variety of customers served.

Researchers also sought to:

Help shape national understanding of food hubs and informing future policy and program initiatives
Gain greater exposure for food hubs nationally
Inform new potential relationships between food hubs and investors, grant makers and other food hubs looking to find success.
The recent survey results from more than 100 food hubs demonstrate that hubs throughout the United States continue to develop as financially viable businesses providing locally produced food to restaurants, schools, grocery stores and other wholesale customers. Food hubs may also provide much needed size-appropriate infrastructure and marketing opportunities for local food produced by small and midsized farms and ranches.

For more information on this survey project, contact Rich Pirog at CRFS or Jeff Farbman at the Wallace Center at Winrock International.
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Developing a Local Food Industry in Nevada

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SOCIAL BUSINESS SUMMIT 2013: All roads lead to Bulacan | Headlines, News, The Philippine Star | philstar.com

SOCIAL BUSINESS SUMMIT 2013: All roads lead to Bulacan | Headlines, News, The Philippine Star | philstar.com | Yellow Boat Social Entrepreneurism | Scoop.it
It is difficult to imagine a more cosmopolitan scene anywhere in the country.
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http://www.philstar.com/headlines/2013/09/15/1211981/social-business-summit-2013-all-roads-lead-bulacan ;

 

Today Bulacan is the beacon for a region brimming with agricultural potential. It demonstrates how a growing number of change-makers glimpse here the possibility of both being successful and doing good in the Philippines. The Enchanted Farm is also designed to be a template for dealing with the country’s most pressing challenge: how to create sustainable employment opportunities for the relocated informal settlers and improve the productivity of agrarian reform beneficiaries – a massive challenge for government and NGOs to mitigate urban migration and congestion. 


The Enchanted Farm stands as an example of what can be achieved when the government, private sector and the voluntary sector come together with a united vision. From the outset, one key partner has been the government of Bulacan itself, as Gov. Willy Sy-Alvarado explains: “When we first visited the site with Tony Meloto (the founder of Gawad Kalinga) back in 2009, it was just wasteland. Today, it is a venue which showcases the very best of Bulacan – not only this province’s enormous agricultural potential, but the talents of our many craftsmen and women.” In addition, in conjunction with the provincial government and other government agencies such as DAR and DENR, livelihood opportunities are being created for 3,000 agrarian reform beneficiaries in Bulacan.

 

With the prospect of strong civil society engagement and the support of the provincial and national government, major corporations such as Hyundai, Shell, Lifebank, Berjaya and Mitsui have themselves invested heavily in improving the research, educational and technical infrastructure of the village university, helping to ensure that the Enchanted Farm becomes a hub and incubator for emerging social entrepreneurs and businesses.


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Storefront Transformer: A Kit for Pop-Up Community Hubs | Cities on GOOD

Storefront Transformer: A Kit for Pop-Up Community Hubs | Cities on GOOD | Yellow Boat Social Entrepreneurism | Scoop.it
Did you know there are more than 200 vacant storefronts in the Lower East Side of Manhattan?
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http://www.good.is/posts/storefront-transformer-a-kit-for-pop-up-community-hubs ;

 

Made in the Lower East Side (miLES) started as an online collaboration through OpenIDEO to find ways to make use of these resources that are sitting idle in a vibrant neighborhood. We held numerous street interviews and engagement sessions, which resulted in a wide diversity of opinions about how to use these spaces.

 

http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1215719462/made-in-the-lower-east-side-miles-storefront-trans

 

Transform a vacant storefront this winter into a pop-up neighborhood hub with 7 themes: SHOW, PLAY, LEARN, SHARE, MAKE, SHOP & EAT!

BY PLEDGING NOW YOU CAN HELP INCUBATE 7 EMERGING IDEAS THIS WINTER & 50+ NEXT YEAR !

Think “airbnb for storefronts” (Fast Company) meets “community incubator” (The Huffington Post).

 

In April, we created a prototype storefront to test different models for using these underused storefronts to support entrepreneurial, creative and civic uses—including classes, co-working spaces, pop-up galleries, and pop-up shops. We had more than 100 requests for various kinds of pop-ups during the pilot period.

Based on what we learned working with our pop-up hosts, we are now introducing the miLES Storefront Transformer as a tool to support the incubation of more emerging ideas through pop-ups, so entrepreneurs and creatives can focus on creating their content and building their ideas.

 

http://www.madeinles.org/

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http://www.madeinles.org/about/
miLES opens underused storefronts to new possibilities, with classes, events, co-working, and short-term space rentals. We work with residents, artists, businesses and landlords in the Lower East Side to identify, program and fill underused spaces and turn them into vibrant community hubs for working, learning, connecting, and starting up new projects.
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Channels: @eshiporg @KauffmanFDN resources & inspiration

Channels: @eshiporg @KauffmanFDN resources & inspiration | Yellow Boat Social Entrepreneurism | Scoop.it

Channels:  

Explore Kauffman Foundation's family of websites, social media experiences, blogs and more.
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http://www.entrepreneurship.org/Channels.aspx ;

Entrepreneurship.org

@eshiporg

For people growing great ideas. @KauffmanFDN site for entrepreneurs seeking thought leaders & entrepreneurial resources.

 

https://www.facebook.com/entrepreneurship.org

 

Mission

“United by the Power of Ideas”

The mission of Entrepreneurship.org is to assist all nations in developing the environment to allow entrepreneurs to organize and operate a business venture, create wealth, and employ people. 

The Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation created an atmosphere where entrepreneurs could gather to share information and utilize various resources entrepreneurs need when launching a new company.

 

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Global innovators gather for summit | Headlines, News, The Philippine Star | philstar.com

Global innovators gather for summit | Headlines, News, The Philippine Star | philstar.com | Yellow Boat Social Entrepreneurism | Scoop.it
Over 500 local and international entrepreneurs, businessmen and politicians are gathering this week at the Enchanted Farm Village University in Angat, Bulacan to discuss the power of business and solve some of society’s most pressing problems.
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http://www.philstar.com/headlines/2013/10/04/1241228/global-innovators-gather-summit ;

 

Over 500 local and international entrepreneurs, businessmen and politicians are gathering this week at the Enchanted Farm Village University in Angat, Bulacan to discuss the power of business and solve some of society’s most pressing problems.

They have gathered for the inaugural Social Business Summit, a four-day event co-convened by Sen. Bam Aquino and Tony Meloto, founder and chairman of Gawad Kalinga.

Meloto believes that social business increasingly reflects the mood of the times: “Social business is the business of caring. It is about tapping into the genius of the poor whom we had forgotten. The Enchanted Farm is a university for unlearning and innovation. Here, the Filipino discovers he can become a wealth creator at home, not just a job seeker abroad,” Meloto told event participants, including over 50 foreign delegates from the United States, Australia, France, Singapore and the United Kingdom, among others.

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First Annual Celebration Event of the Bhutanese Community in Las Vegas Nevada.

First Annual Celebration Event of the Bhutanese Community in Las Vegas Nevada. | Yellow Boat Social Entrepreneurism | Scoop.it
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SEMA-B was created by Resettled Bhutanese Refugees in August, 2012, and incorporated in the State of Nevada. SEMA-B is a non-profit organization for charitable purposes, catering the needs of Bhutanese refugees in Las Vegas. We, refugees are strangers in a strange land. We are here to make a peaceful home, live a dignified life, and contribute something positive to this great nation.


To achieve our goals, we need your help and active support.  


Venue:

Clark County Library (Jewell Box Theatre)            

                1401 East Flamingo Rd.

                Las Vegas NV-89119+


Date:Saturday, October 5, 2013


Time:11 AM – 2 PM


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http://www.bhutaneserefugees.com/
In the 1980s the kingdom of Bhutan took a series of measures that discriminated against a section of its people.

The culmination was the mass exile of one sixth of the population in the early 1990s.
Rick Passo's comment, September 29, 2013 9:51 AM
Situated between the emerging superpowers of India and China, the isolated Buddhist kingdom of Bhutan, hailed by some as ‘the last Shangri-La’, has generated one of the highest numbers of refugees in the world in proportion to its population.

Since 1991 over one sixth of Bhutan's people have sought asylum in Nepal, India and other countries around the world.

The vast majority of the refugees are Lhotshampas, one of Bhutan’s three main ethnic groups, who were forced to leave Bhutan in the early 1990s. There is ample evidence, as documented by Amnesty International and other human rights organisations, that the expulsion of large numbers of Lhotshampas was planned and executed with meticulous attention to detail.

Over 105,000 Bhutanese have spent more than 15 years living in refugee camps established in Nepal by the United Nations High Commission for Refugees.

Thousands more are living outside the camps in Nepal and India, and some in North America, Europe and Australia.

Since 2008 a resettlement process has seen many thousands of Bhutanese refugees from the camps in Nepal being re-settled primarily in the USA but also in Canada, Australia, Denmark, New Zealand, the Netherlands and Norway.

This website tells the story of the Bhutanese refugees. It explains why these people became refugees, where they ended up and how they live now.

It also addreses the difficulties faced by Bhutanese people marginalised in their own country.
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Why 'Clicktivism' Isn't a Dirty Word: #clicking #HOPE #inspiring #action @YellowBoat

Why 'Clicktivism' Isn't a Dirty Word:  #clicking #HOPE #inspiring #action @YellowBoat | Yellow Boat Social Entrepreneurism | Scoop.it
Liba Rubenstein, Tumblr's director of outreach, has heard all of your complaints. She knows some people think online activism is lazy. She's aware that some believe what society...
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For Jay Jaboneta, co-founder of the Yellow Boat of Hope Foundation, one online post translated into real life fundraising and action.

In 2010, while visiting the Philippines, Jaboneta learned about elementary school students from an island community who could only attend school if they swam to the mainland.

"I had heard of kids skipping school to go swimming," he said. "But swimming to get to school?"

Outraged, Jaboneta took to Facebook and shared the children's story online. Quickly, friends commented, asking what they could do, he said.

By spreading the word through social media, he raised enough money to buy a boat to transport the children to and from school safely.

At the Summit, Jaboneta stressed that raising the money for that first boat — and the creation of his non-profit that helps communities across the Philippines get yellow school boats — became possible by a marriage between online and offline action.

"I feel that it should work in synergy, the online and the offline efforts," he said.

Rubenstein pointed out that since Jaboneta made such a public posting about the injustices he saw, he was more socially obligated to solve the problem he highlighted.

"It holds accountability," she said "'Oh you're posting about it? What are you going to do about it?'"

 

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Prison Gardens Give Inmates the Opportunity to Grow Fresh Produce for Local Communities

Prison Gardens Give Inmates the Opportunity to Grow Fresh Produce for Local Communities | Yellow Boat Social Entrepreneurism | Scoop.it
Gardening has allowed inmates in prisons across America to learn a new skill, and provide fresh produce to surrounding communities.
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Rick Passo's curator insight, September 24, 2013 8:01 PM

http://foodtank.org/news/2013/09/prison-gardens-give-inmates-the-opportunity-to-grow-fresh-produce-for-local ;

 

These prison gardening systems represent a way prisons can establish a relationship with surrounding communities, and give inmates the opportunity to reap the benefits of gardening—and eating healthy food. 

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Food Hubs | Healthy Food Access Portal

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About Us
In 2009, PolicyLink, The Food Trust, and The Reinvestment Fund began a campaign, with partners and stakeholders from across the country, to create a comprehensive federal response to address the limited and inequitable access to healthy foods in low-income communities in both rural and urban America. The launch of the federal Healthy Food Financing Initiative (HFFI) and the state and local efforts currently underway are already beginning to make a difference and improve fresh food access in underserved communities across the country.

With funding from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, the three organizations are continuing to collaborate and have created this web information portal to maximize the impact of the new opportunities and better support communities seeking to launch healthy food retail projects across the country. This website highlights those efforts and relevant resources to serve the community members and policymakers working to improve access to healthy food retail.

PolicyLink is a national research and action institute advancing economic and social equity by Lifting Up What Works. www.policylink.org

The Food Trust is a nonprofit founded in 1992 to make healthy food available to all by working with neighborhoods, schools, grocers, farmers, and policymakers to develop a comprehensive approach that combines nutrition education and greater availability of affordable, healthy food.
www.thefoodtrust.org

The Reinvestment Fund builds wealth and opportunity for low-wealth people and places through the promotion of socially and environmentally responsible development.
www.trfund.com
Rick Passo's comment, September 24, 2013 8:38 PM
http://www.healthyfoodaccess.org/retail-strategy
Determining the best food retail outlet for a specific community can be a challenging process and depend on several factors such as the amount of land you have available, your access to capital, and the size of the community you want to serve.

Resources for food retail operators, community members, and others are available to support new healthy food retail projects nationwide. In this section you will find information on different models for healthy food retail and what strategies can be used to ensure your effort is successful.
Rick Passo's comment, September 24, 2013 8:42 PM
Food Research ‏@fractweets 16 Mar
Check out the nation’s first comprehensive healthy food access retail portal: http://bit.ly/14Tx8Js .
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With 3 Million Heads of Lettuce, Cleveland Hydroponics Operation Revitalizes Low Income Area

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Heads of lettuce may not seem life changing, but when you grow 3 million of them each year, the result can reinvigorate an entire area. Such is the idea behind Green City Growers Cooperative’s gree...
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Rick Passo's curator insight, September 22, 2013 9:46 PM

http://seedstock.com/2013/07/25/with-3-million-heads-of-lettuce-cleveland-hydroponics-operation-revitalizes-low-income-area/ ;

 

Green City Growers Cooperative is a for-profit, worker-owned company that operates under the umbrella of parent company Evergreen Cooperatives. Although working at a grass-roots level, the organization has a highly structured, corporate management system with boards of directors and layers of chief executive officers.


Funds for the $17 million project came from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development Section 108, which offers Community Development Block Grants, and Brownfield funds, also through HUD, leveraged through new market tax credits. The federal tax credit program is designed to attract capital into low-income areas.

 

“Typically HUD funds are not used for an agriculture project, but in this case it was a fit for where we were and the size of the project,” said Donnell.


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2013 Nevada Agriculture: Analysis and Opportunities - Governor’s Office of Economic Development

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Rick Passo's curator insight, September 20, 2013 7:04 AM

http://agri.nv.gov/uploadedFiles/agrinvgov/Content/Home/Features/2013nvagreport.pdf

 

2013 Nevada Agriculture

Analysis and Opportunities

This report will be available on the Governor’s Office of Economic Development and the Northern Nevada Development Authority websites:

 

www.diversifynevada.com


www.nnda.org

 

Governor’s Office of Economic Development

808 West Nye Lane

Carson City, Nevada 89703

Tel: (800) 336-1600

FUTURE AGRICULTURE OPPORTUNITIES ……………………………………………………. 55

Hoop house or high tunnel 55

New crop opportunities 57

Saffron 58

What is a Rodale Test Garden? 59

Hops 59

Canola 60

Aquaculture farming 61

Talapia farms 61

Alternative crops 65

Perennial grasses 66

Teff (Tiffany Hay) 67

Expansion opportunities 69

Vertical farming and hydroponics 69

Wine Grapes / Vineyards 70

 
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Vegetable Factory by the Vertical Farming

In a world where the safety of our food supply is constantly being challenged by climactic change, e-coli bacteria, and contaminants of all kinds - Green Gre...
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Rick Passo's curator insight, September 20, 2013 7:27 AM

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In a world where the safety of our food supply is constantly being challenged by climactic change, e-coli bacteria, and contaminants of all kinds - Green Green Earth offers an eco-friendly Vertical Farming solution, the Nuvege that guarantees a food source that can be grown in fully protected environments - 365 days a year- anywhere in the world. 


see also http://nuvege.com/about3.html ;


Our unique Vertical Farming Environments utilize “vertical space” for our growth environments. This means that the tens of thousands of square feet or acreage normally required for the production of a high volume of product is now done vertically. For example, our facility in Kyoto, Japan, is @ 30,000 horizontal square feet, and is the lead location for our operations. Our Vertical Farming Environment in this location now utilizes over 57,000 of vertical square feet of growth environment within the same space.

Our intent is that our innovative Vertical Farming Techniques will provide a universal working model for safe and economical growth environments for the rest of the world.

Nuvege’s current corporate goals include efforts to establish branch operations throughout Asia and in urban centers throughout the United States. 


 http://system.nevada.edu/.../2013/jun-mtgs/wred/WRED-6.pdf

A Collaborative Effort in Support of Diversifying Nevada’s Economy, Enhancing Innovation, and Promoting Sustainability through Outreach
(WORKFORCE, RESEARCH & ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT COMMITTEE 06/06/13) Ref. WRED-6

Collaboration with Governor’s Office of Economic Development & 
Las Vegas Community
• Opportunity provided by Governor’s 
Office of Economic Development:
Urban Agriculture Initiative
• Nuvege: subsidiary corporation of 
Spread Co. Ltd., Kyoto, Japan
• Mr. Shinji Inada, President & CEO
• Nuvege: eco-friendly Vertical Farming 
solution, guaranteeing fresh produce 
(lettuce) can be grown in fully 
protected environments. 
• Vertical Farming Environments: utilize 
“vertical space” for a highly controlled 
growth environment.

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TEDx Food Manhattan - Las Vegas Viewing Party - Nevada Indoor Agriculture Conference

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We are hosting a viewing party for TEDx Food Manhattan at Springs Preserve in Las Vegas on Saturday March 1, 2014, featuring local food non-profits
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http://indooragnv.com/tedx-food-viewing-party/ ;

 

Thanks to the generosity of Springs Preserve – a 180 acre certified wildlife habitat in the heart of Las Vegas – we’re hosting the event in a beautiful theater in a LEED platinum building. The full TEDx Manhattan schedule will be live broadcast from New York from 7.30am onwards. Being three hours behind New York, we’ll break for a family-style brunch at 10am, and local food non-profits will describe their work and mission over the meal. After the afternoon broadcast from New York, we’ll end the day with a no-host bar from 2.30pm onwards so that we can continue the conversation. We’ll fill in the details of the agenda as we get closer to the date.

Why Should I Attend?

We plan that the day be a celebration of the incredible contribution that our numerous local food and agriculture non-profits make to our community, and that’s why we’re highlighting their work during our brunch. We hope it will allow participants to find a non-profit with which they would like to volunteer. Naturally, we expect that the content of the main event will be informative, engaging and entertaining. We anticipate that our post-presentation mixer will allow participants to meet others who share a common interest in reshaping our food supply here in Las Vegas.

How Can I Buy A Ticket?

TEDx requires strict limits to the number of tickets sold, so we suggest that you purchase early! Tickets are $25.99 per person; this covers the cost of brunch, as well as coffee, tea and water throughout the day. You can buy tickets right here!

Rick Passo's comment, September 18, 2013 6:40 AM
Can I promote my non-profit at the event?
Sure! We’ll have an information table at the back of the theater at which non-profits can display their marketing materials.
Can my non-profit present at brunch?
We’ll make space for as many non-profits as possible to present, please complete the form below to suggest a speaker:
Suggest A Non-Profit
http://indooragnv.com/tedx-food-viewing-party/
Rick Passo's comment, September 18, 2013 6:52 AM
Event Details

TEDx Manhattan is better known as TedX Food, its focus is ‘Changing the Way We Eat’. This year’s speakers include, Peggy Neu, creator of ‘Meatless Mondays’ and Tom Colicchio, of Craft Restaurants, and head judge of “Top Chef”, as well as:

Regina Bernard-Carreno, Assistant Professor of Black and Latino Studies, Baruch College (CUNY)
David Binkle, Director of Food Services, Los Angeles Unified School District
Alison Cayne, Founder, Haven's Kitchen
Virginia Clarke, Executive Director, Sustainable Agriculture and Food Systems Funders
Myra Goodman, Co-Founder, Earthbound Farm
Nikki Henderson, Executive Director, The People's Grocery
Saru Jayaraman, Co-Founder and Co-Director, Restaurant Opportunities Centers United
Michael Rozyne, Executive Director, Red Tomato
Clint Smith, Teacher and Poet, Parkdale High School, Prince George's County Public Schools
Thanks to the generosity of Springs Preserve – a 180 acre certified wildlife habitat in the heart of Las Vegas – we’re hosting a TEDx Manhattan viewing party in a beautiful theater in a LEED platinum building. The full TEDx Manhattan schedule will be live broadcast from New York from 7.30am onwards. Being three hours behind New York, we’ll break for a family-style brunch at 10am, and local food non-profits will describe their work and mission over the meal. After the afternoon broadcast from New York, we’ll end the day with a no-host bar from 2.30pm onwards so that we can continue the conversation.
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Project aims to create jobs for vets in urban greenhouse

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Project aims to create jobs for vets in urban greenhouse The vacant, contaminated land at Central Avenue and Trowel Street is overgrown with weeds and grass, and features the occasional stray mattress -- an unproductive, 3-acre-plus industrial...
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Rick Passo's comment, September 15, 2013 8:23 PM
http://www.governor.ct.gov/malloy/cwp/view.asp?Q=524548&A=4010
Bridgeport will also receive a $1 million grant for remediation and redevelopment of a 3.4-acre site to be known as and the Heroes Village Urban Agriculture Center Greenhouse Project. The project calls for 80,000 square feet of state-of-the-art hydroponic greenhouses that will provide about 800,000 pounds of high quality produce for commercial sale. A retail center will be built to sell subsidized food to nearby residents, helping to alleviate the urban food desert— a community without access to supermarkets with high quality food. The development will also house an extension program of UConn’s agriculture school, which will train unemployed veterans to farm in an urban setting and to operate and manage a retail food and produce distribution center from the site.
Rick Passo's comment, September 15, 2013 8:25 PM
http://www.bridgeportct.gov/controls/NewsFeed.aspx?FeedID=770
Bridgeport will also receive a $1 million grant for remediation and redevelopment of a 3.4-acre site in the East End to be known as the Heroes Village Urban Agriculture Center Greenhouse Project. The project calls for 80,000 square feet of state-of-the-art hydroponic greenhouses that will provide about 800,000 pounds of high quality produce for commercial sale. A retail center will be built to sell subsidized food to nearby residents, helping to alleviate the urban food desert. The development will also house an extension program of UConn’s Agriculture School, which will train unemployed veterans to farm in an urban setting and to operate and manage a retail food and produce distribution center from the site.
Rick Passo's comment, September 16, 2013 9:53 PM
http://blogs.cornell.edu/garden/grow-your-program/research-that-supports-our-work/highlights-from-journal-articles/