, the founder of charitywater.org
, was in many ways "uniquely qualified" [his words] to set a life goal for global clean water with 100% of the donations to this charity transparently and deliberately accounted for via GPS photos and the random live stream of a well-digging! Interview
[Warning: Kevin Rose inside] [more inside]
posted by TangerineGurl
on Apr 5, 2012 -
A new malaria vaccine has been shown effective in large-scale field trials. After decades of disappointment, researchers think they're finally on track to unleash the first practical vaccine against malaria, one of mankind's ancient scourges.
In the world's first large field trial of an experimental malaria vaccine, several thousand young children who got three doses had about 55 percent less risk of getting the disease over a year than those who got a control vaccine against rabies or meningitis. [more inside]
posted by BobbyVan
on Oct 18, 2011 -
Thomas A. Edison
did not simply invent; he created the invention industry. He not only inspired the American Industrial Revolution, he provided the model for modern R&D concepts. Perhaps his greatest success beyond his legacy of innovation and invention is the introduction of team-based research. The Edison Innovation Foundation
is using Edison's Invention Factory
to educate the next generation of inventors.
posted by netbros
on Jul 29, 2008 -
3D design artist
and fan of long titles extraordinaire, Transfatty
, aka Patrick O'Brien
(dir. The Man With The Smallest Penis In Existence And The Electron Microscope Technician Who Loved Him
) will debut his new DVD, Everything Will Be Okay, or How I Learned to Trancend Form, Live in the Now and Make Love in my Electric Wheelchair
, tomorrow in NYC. The DVD is clips from his forthcoming film, October 5, 1974
, his ongoing personal documentary about his journey to the end with ALS
posted by Ambrosia Voyeur
on Aug 12, 2007 -
The Foundation For A Better Life.
A non-profit, non-partisan, non-religious, organization that doesn't want your money, but that simply believes, "the values we live by are worth more when we pass them on
." What kind of values? Strength
. Hard Work
, Class & Courage
, and more. Their billboards
and TV ads
are all around, but if you're like me, you probably had trouble figuring out who they were from...
posted by NotMyselfRightNow
on Nov 5, 2004 -
34 Million Friends
was founded by Lois Abraham and Jane Roberts
to gather private contributions for the United Nations Population Fund
, and had gathered $1,957,613.31 in gifts and pledges as of July 4. For the third year in a row, the Bush administration is withholding $34 million
in aid because of accusations
that UNFPA supports China's policy of coercive abortions, despite evidence
to the contrary. UNFPA estimates the money could have helped prevent as many as 2 million unwanted pregnancies, 800,000 abortions, 4,700 maternal deaths, and over 77,000 infant deaths.
posted by homunculus
on Jul 18, 2004 -
edge.org publishes its annual question posed to its members.
edge.org is an online sort of a digital roundtable for really smart &
famous types; a flameless metafilter for the intellectually arrived.
Once each year, a global question is posed to its noteworthy members. This year's ?? is: Suppose GWB has appointed you National Science Advisor and then asks you "What are the pressing scientific issues for the nation and the world, and what is your advice on how I can begin to deal with them?"
Their's a boatload of interesting, insightful, sometimes humorous pieces written by a bunch of people. F'rinstance: Kurzweil on cloned tissue spare parts
, Clifford Pickover on quantum dots
, but among the most insightful is Alan Alda
posted by Fupped Duck
on Jan 6, 2003 -
speaking about socio-economic investments
(whether the $200 billion the government is investing into producing the joint service fighter will benefit
our society more if invested elswhere)... the seattle times carried an interesting article
about the bill & melinda gates foundation on sunday. with an endowment of $24.2 billion, it must find ways to give away the equivalent of $3.3 million each day, in order to meet federal tax rules to remain a non-profit/tax-free organization.
with so much fund at his disposal, it seems bill gates is attacking neglected social and health problems around the world with more resources than the u.s. government has been doing in some areas. with a small (and less bureaucratic?) staff, the foundation appears to be efficient and focused (reflecting the drive, passion, and result-orientation of bill gates). it will be interesting to watch the progress (and impact) bill has on the world besides what he does at microsoft. i wish him success.
posted by kliuless
on Oct 29, 2001 -
The Foundation for Internet Begging
or FIB has had a website in operation since August of 2000, and as always, they need your help to keep going. You can join
them in their noble, tried-and-true efforts; learn
more about the people behind the effort and their mission as it stands; and, of course, give
posted by moz
on Jun 23, 2001 -
Is Bill Really that bad?
Giving away money steadily, tens of millions of dollars at a time, Mr Bill Gates has become the single most influential force trying to reverse the growing health crisis afflicting the world's poor. With his wife, Melinda, he outspent the United States Government last year by nearly $US300 million ($538 million), to fight global health threats such as AIDS, malaria and tuberculosis.
posted by murray_kester
on Dec 25, 2000 -