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Saturday, December 18, 2010

The case for Collaborative Consumption

"Sharing is something you only do with people you trust. To bad you don't trust anyone."
Rachel Botsman (HOT!) challenges you to collaborate.

Are you ready to wake up?
  1. Reduce.
  2. Reuse.
  3. Repair.
  4. Re-purpose.
  5. Recycle.
  6. Redistribute.
"You need the hole, no the drill"

Athiests Vs. Christians

Is it surprising? Atheists give much more than Christians.

If we can get people to create REAL farms just as they create virtual farms on FaceBook, we can change the world.

Kiva's mission is to connect people, through lending, for the sake of alleviating poverty.

Pendo Luisi, 27 years old, borrowed $175 to open a cafe in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania.

Kiva empowers individuals to lend to an entrepreneur across the globe. By combining microfinance with the internet, Kiva is creating a global community of people connected through lending.

Kiva was born of the following beliefs:

* People are by nature generous, and will help others if given the opportunity to do so in a transparent, accountable way.
* The poor are highly motivated and can be very successful when given an opportunity.
* By connecting people we can create relationships beyond financial transactions, and build a global community expressing support and encouragement of one another.

Kiva promotes:

* Dignity: Kiva encourages partnership relationships as opposed to benefactor relationships. Partnership relationships are characterized by mutual dignity and respect.
* Accountability: Loans encourage more accountability than donations where repayment is not expected.
* Transparency: The Kiva website is an open platform where communication can flow freely around the world.