62 year old emergency physician John Hall and his wife Jane took off on a Bike Ride Around America
to promote cancer awareness. They started on April Fool's Day
, and completed their 12,000 mile journey around the perimeter of the country just today
. Along the way they encountered hundreds of towns and thousands of friendly people
, and a few not so nice
. All in all, a pretty amazing accomplishment in my book.
posted by netbros
on Jul 31, 2008 -
Three million long-haul truckers traverse India's 8,000-kilometer highway network for months at a time. According to studies, more than two-thirds
of those men are having frequent unprotected
sex, and it's a big problem
. Seena Taan Ke is a campaign
that's underway to create AIDS/HIV awareness among the truckers, featuring Bollywood celebrities as well as Hollywood celebrity Richard Gere
. It's a good thing for a good cause. Well, up until Richard got a little frisky onstage and planted some kisses
on Big Brother winner/Bollywood star Shilpa Shetty
. Crowds of Indians are now burning effigies of both Gere
in protest. "Such a public display is not part of Indian tradition."
said the spokesman for Hindu nationalist party Bharatiya Janata. Well, so much for AIDS awareness for truckers.
posted by miss lynnster
on Apr 16, 2007 -
The Johari Window
was invented by Joseph Luft and Harrington Ingram in the 1950s as a model for mapping personality awareness. By describing yourself from a fixed list of adjectives, then asking your friends and colleagues to describe you from the same list, a grid of overlap and difference can be built up. To start, pick the five or six words that you feel best describe you. Your results will be saved, under a name of your choosing, so that you can send your friends and colleagues directly to your Window.
posted by airguitar
on Feb 15, 2006 -
Consciousness Timeline ll : 1970 - Present (summer reading)
Here's a wee summer reading list - on human consciousness and more. A few from the list : Stanislav Grof (altered state/transpersonal consciousness), Charles Tart (altered state/consciousness research), Chogyam Trungpa (Buddhism), Jean Houston, James Hillman, Ralph Abraham (Chaos, Gaia, and Eros), Howard Rheingold (being himself), Mihaly Csikszentmihaly (On "flow"), Joanna Macy, John Lilly (Dolphins, LSD, and more!), James Gleick (Chaos Theory), Thomas Berry, Rianne Eisler, Howard Gardner, Stephen Laberge (Lucid dreaming), Sam Keen (on the manufacture of the "enemy"), James Lovelock (Gaia Theory), Eugene Gendlin ("Focusing"), Hazel Henderson (An alternative economics - for human beings), Jeffrey Mishlove ("The Roots of Consciousness"), Michael Harner (leading world authority on Shamanism), Amory Lovins (on alternative energy), Elaine Pagels ("The Gnostic Gospels"), Huston Smith (on World religions), Ilya Prigogine ("dissipative structures")....now, to the beach.
posted by troutfishing
on Jun 16, 2004 -
His name is Jean-Michel Cousteau!
[dramatic chords] His father's name was Jack
something, and like his father, Jean-Michel believes by working on things like Finding Nemo
he, "can reach a far larger audience through entertainment in popular media than through innumerable press conferences, summits and reports. That is not to say that prestigious conferences and notable studies are irrelevant. They are critically necessary to validate the condition of the world’s oceans and bring opinion leaders together to share ideas and shape the collective political will."
With this new sea
-lebrity (haha! get it?), he hopes to help young people change the world
. ...Well I just thought that was like totally rad and wanted to share with the virtual blue.
posted by ZachsMind
on Nov 15, 2003 -
CHAIN: Oklahoma's Comprehensive HIV/AIDS Information Network.
A prototype web portal, designed to provide one-stop access to AIDS information for a state with a lower HIV infection rate. Funded by the National Library of Medicine. The concept is that people in small towns or rural areas can access information and contacts without leaving home. Web designers and MetaFiltrans - does the concept work? Seen anything similar in your community?
posted by sheauga
on Dec 1, 2002 -
Media Democracy Day promotes a mass media system that informs and empowers all members of society. Media Democracy Day connects existing critical and creative media with active social movements, creating a coherent message for public attention and local and global action.
It was October 18.
posted by botono9
on Oct 21, 2002 -
April 3rd is "Take Back the Net" day.
Only 12 days until they ask you to buy something from your favorite online store, or buy stock in the company to send a message to the world that the Internet Economy will survive. Does anyone smell a cute marketing scare tactic? "I gotta buy TiVo, or Amazon will die and I need my books and movies $3 cheaper!"
posted by Mark
on Mar 22, 2001 -
will run a continuous list of hate crime victims' names for 17 hours. Seems like a somewhat empty gesture to me...
posted by owillis
on Jan 4, 2001 -