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Illuminated Skateboards with Motion-Activated Lighting

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Wouldn't it be cool . . . if your skateboard lit up when you were riding? A question that launched a sports-equipment manufacturing firm poised to change the look of an entire industry...With growing industry buzz and interest among sports manufacturing heavy weights, Chris and his wife Jen, the company’s chief sales and logistics officer, sought assistance from the Texas State SBDC (Small Business Development Center) to scale their manufacturing operations and expand into new global markets...Chris devoted part of the half-million dollar total funds raised, which includes the couple’s life savings, to create a skate industry market-launch advertising campaign, to secure additional manufacturing equipment, and as working capital...On the verge of signing the first distribution agreement in Europe and the UK, Chris is also seeking licensing opportunities for his technology, is in serious talks about creating branded products for other companies and celebrity endorsers and is preparing for a second round of investor funding.


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Ashok Ramachandran's curator insight, June 4, 2013 10:37 AM

A cool idea. Implemented successfully with the help of the Small Business Development Center.

Daren Ng's curator insight, June 25, 2013 11:39 PM

An article which speaks about the possibilities of creating a new idea or product starting from an idea. This success story also shows how these new illuminated skateboard products are able to create business for Chris Forgey and his family and eventually launched a sports equipment manufacturing firm. It all started from a question Chris Forgey asked his son about his skateboard lighting up while riding it. Chris then spent the better part of the next two years designing his line of patent-pending, illuminated skateboards, longboards and safety helmet designs, refining the production processes and securing first mass market retail sales. With growing industry buzz and interest among sports manufacturing heavy weights, this new product has gained much popularity and Chris and his wife scaled their manufacturing operations and expanded into new global markets. They have also sought to refine the business and marketing pitch for an investor / lender audience.

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UN calls for combining energy access with anti-poverty projects in Asia

UN calls for combining energy access with anti-poverty projects in Asia | Poverty Assignment (Daren Ng) | Scoop.it
Services that combine access to modern energy for heating, cooking and electricity, with measures that generate cash, supplement incomes and improve health and education would be the most effective energy solutions in Asia and the Pacific,...

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Benjamin Yap Kian Hwee's comment, February 4, 2013 7:51 AM
After reading this article, I see that the people are not able to pay for electricity. The government is helping them by building solar panels to collect energy from the sun. This will benefit many people, for example the children can study even after the sunset and the adults can use electrical appliances to cook food instead of using fire. Now the people can use the computer and connect to the outside world and let people know about what is poverty.
Wong Jia Ler's curator insight, February 4, 2013 9:08 AM

This method is viable, it will help many obtain cooked food, but. is this method viable in a way in cost effectiveness if we wanted to do this in a world wide scale to help everyone? I do not think so, but, it is still good as this project had helped many, thousands, or maybe millions. lives are saved, but maybe we could look for a new method to help them which is cost effective and needed by people affected by poverty.

Praveent Thamil Mani's curator insight, January 20, 2014 7:21 AM

Support offered by government and non-government agencies to people to come out of the poverty line.

 

I see that a report by the UN Development Programme confirms that there can be no development without energy, and that poverty cannot be addressed sustainably without paying due attention to energy services.  The poor need energy to get out of poverty, but energy alone is not enough. The poor need support to generate income so that energy becomes affordable, which in turn will improve household living standards. Nearly half the world’s population lacks reliable access to modern energy services. I hope that this process speeds up and the poverty in the world is decreased.

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World Water Day, Grim Reminder of Water Shortage - AllAfrica.com

World Water Day, Grim Reminder of Water Shortage - AllAfrica.com | Poverty Assignment (Daren Ng) | Scoop.it
World Water Day, Grim Reminder of Water Shortage AllAfrica.com Mothers in the rural areas, with a baby on their back, still walk long distances in search for water to use in their daily activities like cooking, drinking and washing.
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Character Education Is Not Enough To Help Poor Kids

Character Education Is Not Enough To Help Poor Kids | Poverty Assignment (Daren Ng) | Scoop.it

"There is an emerging opinion about poverty and the achievement gap that holds that America can boost the academic success of poor children through psychological and educational interventions that will help them develop the qualities of personality or character needed to overcome their circumstances, like perseverance, self control, and belief in one’s ability. No doubt these are powerful attributes, and they contribute mightily to a successful life, regardless of how old you are or where you sit on the socioeconomic ladder. But policymakers need to be careful not assume that character education is the long-awaited key to helping the poor overcome the assaults of poverty. My worry is that we will embrace programs that are essentially individual and technocratic fixes – mental conditioning for the poor – and abandon broader social policy aimed at poverty itself." | via The Christian Science Monitor

 

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Youth, Poverty and Mental Health

The mental health issues people experience cannot be considered separately from areas of development such as education, emergency response, employment, and human rights.

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Mohamed Ridhwaan's curator insight, February 2, 2013 11:00 PM

This is my third insigth on Poverty, eloaborating more on Health. Prophet Muhammad once said that we should take advantage of 4 things in our lives: Wealth before Poverty, Good Health before Sickness, Youth Before Old and Free Time before we are Busy. For now, I will take more about the ' Good Helath before Sickness' point. Why is it considered a advantage? Something we should all think about. For example, imagine you are bed-ridden and you have Final-Year Examintion on that day itself. How would you do the important papers? If you were mentally and physically fit, you could have done the paper because of your perfect health condition. So in short, if we have good health, there is a possibility that we could do anything. 

Daryl Tan's curator insight, February 3, 2013 2:36 AM

From the article, we can conclude that poverty and the state of one's mental and physical health are closely linked. Without question, the majority of people who experience mental and psychosocial disabilities live in poverty. They also face unreasonable barriers related to finding work or attending school. Due to these factors, they are far more likely to experience other health issues and premature death in comparison with the general population. I like that the writer gives good suggestions on how to improve outcomes for people with mental and psychosocial disabilities, and strategies to enhance the mental health of these young people.

Merci Goh's curator insight, February 4, 2013 7:48 AM

Using the See Think Wonder routine. From This Acticle I can see that the majority of people who exprience mental and psychosocial disabilities live in poverty. They also experience poor physical health and are subjected to human rights violations as well. I think that people who have mental health are mostly due to the way they are treated by society as a whole. People who experience mental and psychosocial disabilities also experience restrictions to their abilities to access needed health and social care. The majority of people with mental health disabilities face unreasonable barriers related to finding work or attending school. Due to these factors, people with mental health disabilities are far more likely to experience other forms of disabilities as well and premature death in comparison with the general population. I wonder why do this people with Mental disabilities have to be treated differently from the others, they do not want to have this disabilities too. But yet people still make fun of them.


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International Development - FAO: Rio+20 is ‘golden opportunity’ to boost global food security efforts

International Development - FAO: Rio+20 is ‘golden opportunity’ to boost global food security efforts | Poverty Assignment (Daren Ng) | Scoop.it

The U.N. Food and Agriculture Organization is pushing to put the “quest for food security” at the heart of the Rio+20 conference, whose outcome document remains under negotiations. It must also be put under deep scrutiny. Food security is an oft used trope which has thus far, despite outward efforts been thwarted by structural and affective issues which must not remain unaddressed. 

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