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Interesting Links of the Week – August 24, 2008

Social Marketing Link of the Week

What happens when you pair college students with professional video producers for National HIV Testing Day? The PSI BCC Blog highlights these creative personal PSAs (PPSAs) that reached as far as Tanzania informing people of the importance of knowing your HIV status. Take a look at some of the PPSAs here.

Social Change Link of the Week

The folks at Social Actions have released a game-changing super widget for people who blog about social change. The new widget actively scans your blog and suggests actionable opportunities from over 20 platforms that Social Actions supports. Unfortunately, WordPress will not let me install it, but if you don’t have a WordPress blog, I would highly recommend you adding it to your site.

Videos of the Week

Looking to be socially conscious and the next Steven Spielberg? TrueTube is a video sharing site targeted for people who want to network about social issues through the medium of video. You can upload your own works of art and see videos of established nonprofits as well.

Public Health Link of the Week

The Health Care Blog brings the need for universal health care home with Health Care in the YouTube era. On two separate occasions and in two separate hospitals, someone video recorded a person dying while waiting for medical attention in the emergency room. I can’t bring myself to watch the video, but the comments below the videos really show how much dissatisfaction there is with the American health care system.

Social Entrepreneurship Link of the Week

For those looking for a little insight and inspiration for changemaking, Mentorography features digital diaries of social entrepreneurs.


Interesting Links of the Week – August 15, 2008

This week for me has been about returning to normalcy. The political crisis has ended and I have started a new project. These links below were great for re-inspiring me.

Social Change Links of the Week

Collective Lens stimulates social change through visual means by aggregating powerful photographs. In additional to the inspirational photos, the site also features a blog and information on related organizations.

Carnival for Change is hosted by So What Can I Do?, a blog featuring easy ways to make a positive difference in the world. I would highly recommend adding it to your feed reader. This week’s carnival focus on the numerous resources available for social entrepreneurship.

Nonprofit Link of the Week

Rosetta Thurman in Career Empowerment as Co-Creation reminds us that it takes two to make a career. We are responsible for seeking challenges and professional development as much as it is our employer’s responsible to provide both. It’s a great reminder of how much power we have to shape our careers.

Public Health Link of the Week

The Washington Post published an in-depth feature of Helene Gayle, the president of CARE. CARE is one of my most favorite organizations that work in international development. They have a wonderful campaign called I Am Powerful that focuses on empowering women in poverty-stricken regions.

Video of the Week

I know having ExxonMobil and the word responsibility in the same sentence might seem a bit strange. However, ExxonMobil debuted an advocacy commercial at the Olympics describing their corporate social responsibility initiative to raise awareness about fighting malaria. Unfortunately, I can’t embed the ad here, but you can view it on ExxonMobil’s site.

Update: I just found a YouTube link for the ExxonMobil malaria ad via Technology, Health and Development.

My reading list

My lack of a television and a slim selection of print reading material has led me to find other ways of staying connected to what is going on in the reast of the world. These were some of the interesting things that I read about this past week.


The AIDG blog presents an interesting graphic on the interaction of the latest craze for ethanol and its consequent negative impact on world food supplies in The Ethanol Effect and Global Hunger.

Mozambique is ranked in the top 20! It’s a shame that the ranking is on the annual UNDP Human Development Index report. Mozambique is ranked 17 in the listing of the bottom 22 countries in the report.

The Millennium Challenge Corporation has its share of critics. The New York Times explores a deficiency that is the core of the agency’s responsibility: disbursing foreign aid to developing countries. Read more at U.S. Agency’s Slow Pace Endangers Foreign Aid.

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