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This week’s links: Gimmicks or Good Ideas?

Gaming for Good: “Online game seeks to empower Africa. Some people think of online gamers and see gaunt loners huddled in dark rooms, the sad blue glow of the computer screen on their faces as their lives pass them by. Game designer Jane McGonigal sees “superheroes” with untapped potential that can be used to fix [...]

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World Aids Day Events 2009

WORLD AIDS DAY 2009 EVENTS: BENEFIT: Voices Of Hope (Casey House) World AIDS Day concert with Dr Draw, Julie Michaels and others. 7 pm. Free (donations appreciated). Metropolitan United Church, Queen and Church. caseyhouse.com. LECTURE: Climate Change And Food Security Panel discussion on how climate change will undermine global food production. 7 pm. Free. OISE, [...]

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Hungry for Change on Blog Action Day

Last month I attended Case Camp, a social media “unconference” in Toronto. A meet up of social media professionals who heard talks from internet experts and enthusiasts speaking about the internet today and a bit about tomorrow. I’m bringing this up on Blog Action Day on Climate Change because I had a discussion with Trevor [...]

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Hot Docs: On “Enjoy Poverty”

Before Hot Docs came to an end last week, I was able to squeeze in one final film about global issues.  This one featured a Dutch artist travelling to the Democratic Republic of Congo and trying to convince impoverished people that they should, as the name of the film suggests, Enjoy Poverty.  Martens’ main point [...]

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Microcredit a la Carte

What if you could give money to an organization and actually choose who received that money. Imagine, an online database of people in need. You could go to a profile, see what their need was and choose them based on your personal preference. Kiva, an online database of entrepreneurs seeking microcredit loans does just that. [...]

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What has architecture done for you lately?

The other day I had the chance to catch a sneak peak of the upcoming exhibit What Has Architecture Done for You Lately?, curated by my good friend Zahra Ebrahim and archiTEXT.  The exhibit, opening on April 15, is trying to break down the conventional wisdom that architecture is for architects.  Instead, it suggests that [...]

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Preventing HIV/AIDS through Microeconomic Development

Originally published in Juxtaposition Global Health Magazine, Volume 2, Issue 2. Summary: In Sub-Saharan Africa, it is estimated that 25 million people are living with HIV/AIDS, and 2 million have already died. There are hundreds of organizations working to eradicate the pandemic through prevention, care and treatment. Dominant prevention approaches focused on education have been [...]

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