Occasional Links 5

International Development:

1) How we’re faring in International Development: the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) Progress Chart for 2006.

2) I mentioned before my admiration for Kiva. Here’s a great interview with the people of Kiva on the NextBillion.Net (Development Through Enterprise) website. Also, another article on this innovative microcredit institution here.

3) Bono asks the question, “What can we do to make poverty history?” at Yahoo Answers! and thousands of people respond. Speaking of celebrity activists (I admire) on the Net, the chance to drink tea with Nelson Mandela will be auctioned on eBay later this year to raise money for a Johannesburg hospital.

4) Last month, Craig Borlase went on a dollar a day for a week, or seven days on seven dollars. One dollar a day is the absolute poverty line. People living on less than that are considered living in absolute or extreme poverty. And one in five people in the world actually live such a life.

5) Well done FC Barcelona, the first ever humanitarian soccer team! Ok, that’s a bit of an overstatement… But anyway, my favorite team has decided to carry the UNICEF logo on their kits. This will be the club’s first ever shirt “sponsor”. They’ve also agreed to donate 0.7% of their annual income (the same percentage developed countries have pledged to donate in aid to developing countries) in support of humanitarian / development goals.

Politics:

6) A PBS interview with Francis Fukuyama on “Has Neoconservatism Failed or Succeeded?” Transcripts of part One and Two.

Progressive Christianity:

7) Tony Campolo, the living oxymoron. Why? Simply because at a time when everyone is identifying Christian Evangelicals with Right-wing Republicanism, Tony’s an Evangelical of a socially liberal political persuasion. I like the guy…

8) How Biblical is the Christian Right? from the University of Chicago’s Martin Marty Center.

Others:

9) TED (Technology, Entertainment & Design) is an annual elite event bringing together

more than 1,000 thought-leaders, movers and shakers in Monterray, California for four days of learning, laughter and inspiration. They hear not just the latest ideas in Technology, Entertainment and Design, but also Business, Science and The Arts …in fact, ANY subject area offering something fresh and important.

TED has recently been putting up podcasts (audio/video downloads) of the talks in their recent TED 2006 Conference held in February. My favorites: Sir Ken Robinson’s talk of an education system that nurtures creativity and Hans Rosling’s talk on the developing world using his wonderful program Gapminder.

10) Paying it forward, random acts of senseless kindness, sensless acts of beauty… Whatever the name, how we need more of it!