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the Internet for Nobel Peace Prize 2010

(ANSA) - Rome, March 11 - House Speaker Gianfranco Fini on Thursday threw his weight behind an initiative launched by an Italian tech magazine to award the Internet with this year’s Nobel Peace Prize.

"We’re finally realizing that the Internet is not just a computer network. It’s a web of human relationships - of men and women from every latitude - who connect across the greatest communications platform man has ever seen," he told parliament during an address on web freedom.

Fini was joined by some 160 MPS in signing Wired Italia’s appeal to nominate the Internet for the world’s most distinguished civic service accolade.

"Meeting with each other has always been the best antidote to violence and hate. It gives all of us the chance to plant the seeds for peace"."A Nobel peace prize for the Internet would be an award for everyone," he concluded.

Wired Italia launched its appeal last November in a video posted to its website ( entitled the Internet for Peace Manifesto.
Its nomination was officially accepted by the Norwegian Nobel Committee last month, according to Wired.

Early supporters for the drive included 2003 Nobel Peace Prize Winner, Iranian rights activist Shirin Ebadi, fashionAmogul Giorgio Armani and cancer research pioneer and former Italian health minister Umberto Veronesi.

Governments in Uganda, Mozambique and Paraguay have also backed the Web’s Nobel bid.

Wired Italia is one of two international editions of Wired Magazine, a San Francisco based monthly on trends in technology, politics and culture.>


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Twitter mobilizes Haiti aid efforts

NEW YORK ( — In the aftermath of a severe earthquake in Haiti late Tuesday, Twitter is playing a critical role in collecting donations to help disaster victims.

Fundraising efforts by the American Red Cross and rapper Wyclef Jean were two of the top 10 trending topics on Twitter early Wednesday. Both organizations asked Twitter users to text a number to make a donation that would be added to their cell phone bills.

The International Federation of the Red Cross estimated that 3 million people were affected by the 7.0-magnitude quake, the center of which was located near capital city Port-au-Prince.

Twitter lit up with posts from around the globe, including some tweets from Haitians who had no other way to communicate amid the chaos. Donation efforts on the site mobilized quickly amid the first natural disaster to strike since the social media site took off.

At about 6:30 p.m. ET Tuesday, the American Cross tweeted that it was pledging an initial $200,000 to assist those affected.

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Posted: January 13th, 2010
at 10:14pm by Koookiecrumbles

Categories: myninjaplease,life,politricks,fo' real?,philanthropy,health,internets

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My Ninja PLEASE ! 12.4.09

Homeless to illin’ with a couple billion. Seriously. Read the story below the break.


Two brothers who are so poor they live in a cave on the outskirts of Budapest and get by selling scavenged junk are in line to receive a $6.6 billion inheritance from a long-lost grandmother, the U.K. Daily Telegraph reports.

Zsolt and Geza Peladi have been informed that they are entitled to the fortune, along with a sister who lives in the United States the newspaper reported Wednesday.

Charity workers in Hungary passed on the good news to the brothers after being contacted by lawyers handling the estate of their maternal grandmother, who died recently in Baden-Wurttemberg, Germany, the Telegraph said.

"We knew our mother came from a wealthy family but she was a difficult person and severed ties with them, and then later abandoned us and we lost touch with her and our father until she eventually died," Geza Peladi, 43, was quoted as saying by ATV television in Hungary.

"If this all works out it will certainly make up for the life we have had until now - all we really had was each other - no women would look at us living in a cave," said Geza Peladi.

"But with money, maybe we can find a partner and finally have a normal life. We don’t know yet if she even told our grandmother about us. I understand it was only while they were carrying out genealogical research that lawyers found we existed."

Under German law, direct descendants are automatically entitled to a share of any estate. As the grandmother’s daughter is dead, the money goes to her grandchildren.


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My Ninja Please! 11.19.09


"As a curator, I have a responsibility to the artists, who are my teammates, O’Neal said. We all have to make each other look good — no different than what I do on the court."

In a move that will sure shock the art world, Shaquille O’Neal is scheduled to curate an exhibit entitled Size DOES Matter for The FLAG Art Foundation. The exhibition will be on view from February 19, 2010 - May 27, 2010 and includes works from international artists exploring the different ways that scale affects the perception of contemporary art. Good luck my ninja, bring down the backboard of some canvases!

"It was a little harder than I thought it would be," O’Neal told Bloomberg. "When you think about what each of the artists put into their work, what they are expressing and want to share with the world, you feel bad about having to narrow it down."


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D.I.Y. or Die: Burn this DVD


This is "What Is DIY?", the first DVD chapter (chapter 1 of 8) of the DVD "D.I.Y. OR DIE: Burn This DVD" (The DVD release of "D.I.Y. OR DIE: How To Survive as an Independent Artist").

This film is a celebration of the artistic underdog! FEATURING interviews and performances from:

Lydia Lunch, Ian MacKaye (Fugazi), J Mascis (Dinosaur jr.), Jim Rose (Jim Rose Sideshow), J.G.Thirlwell (Foetus), Mike Watt (Minutemen), Richard Kern (Filmmaker), Ron Asheton (Stooges), Madigan Shive (Bonfire Madigan), Dave Brockie (Gwar) and more.

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Below are the 8 Chapters that make up this DVD.

Chapter 1

Chapter 2

Chapter 3

Chapter 4

Chapter 5

Chapter 6

Chapter 7

Chapter 8

Thanks to Mike for the link!

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GSBI 2009 : Social Edge


The Global Social Benefit Incubator (GSBIa"¢), a program developed by Santa Clara Universitya€™s Center for Science, Technology, and Society, assists social benefit entrepreneurs in developing business plans that enable their organizations to reach increasing numbers of beneficiaries.

The GSBI consists of three major components:

  1. An on-line, mentored, application process hosted on Social Edge and based on three business planning exercises designed to benefit all who participate.
  2. 20 organization selected from the application process receive scholarships for an online (4 month) and in-residence (2 week)AA program that involves a€oeaction learninga€A and mentoring to prepare a sustainable plan for the organization.
  3. On-going mentoring and collaboration for all who complete the in-residence component.

All who participate in the Business Planning Exercises will benefit from the mentoring and feedback on their application, and 20 organizations will be selected for a full scholarship, valued at US $25,000, to participate in the 4-month online preparation and then to attend the intensive two week in-residence program. Selected candidates are responsible for their travel expenses (airfare, ground transportation, passport, and visa).

The application process involves completing three exercises where applicants define their value proposition, target market (beneficiaries), and a€oesocial businessa€A model (key income and expense drivers).

Read more and participate here (the first deadline is on the 16th of January)

thanks to Jill Finlayson at Social Edge for the heads up!!

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Posted: December 30th, 2008
at 7:46am by Koookiecrumbles

Categories: green,web,business,competitions,development,philanthropy

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Living Libraries

For some its been a long wait and for others it will be a pleasant surprise, when the first official Living Library takes place this coming Saturday at Santa Monica Public Library. At noon the first Living Book will go out with a reader and before the day is over, we will get our first impressions of Californians eagerness to talk.

The Living Library is organised by the staff at Santa Monica Public Library as an extended community service to the patrons of the Library. Chief Librarian Greg Mullen says of the event: "Santa Monica Public Library is proud to host this innovative and unique event that will allow the community to come together to learn more about each other".

From 12-4 p.m. the shelves of the Santa Monica Main Public Library will be full of people. A Buddhist, a teenager, a nudist and a raw foodist are just a few of the people who will be available to check out for a conversation at the Santa Monica Public Librarya€™s first Living Library.AA The Living Library idea is simple a€" a personal conversation can break down prejudices and pre-conceptions and dialogue fosters understanding and tolerance.

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Posted: October 28th, 2008
at 1:43pm by Black Ock

Categories: life,fo' real?,philanthropy

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The Output Model


Q&A with the top two executives of Craigslist, founder Craig Newmark and CEO Jim Buckmaster:

Q: I know you guys dona€™t want to sell out to make a fast buck, and I appreciate that independent spirit. But you could be making more money by charging minimally for posting in certain categories. Wouldna€™t it be worth it to obtain that money, and donate it to non-profits, charities, or other worthy causes?
JIM: The traditional philanthropic model is to make as much money as possible and then give a percentage back to the community. We do donate more than 1 percent of our revenues to charitable causes, but we feel it is much more important to serve the community directly as our primary business.
CRAIG: Ita€™s more effective to let people keep the cash. We also see that groups like the Gates Foundation have lots of money to donate, but ita€™s very hard to do so in a sustainable way. No one has really figured it out yet.

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Posted: September 2nd, 2008
at 4:45am by Koookiecrumbles

Categories: philanthropy

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(Philanthropy) Ventures and Culture


A Slate article proposes that becoming a Billionaire is really only getting half-way to the American Dream. Well that’s good to know considering myninjaplease is approaching the Trillion Sphere. Back to non-reality.

There are three major ways that are proving to be the most popular, present day philanthropic methodologies:


If we were to go back and analyze the art side of philanthropy we would find that promoting innovation is really the key to getting any chance of getting a slice of the black and white pie.

Charitable giving in the U.S. totaled $260 billion in 2005, with giving to the arts, culture and humanities representing only 5.2 percent of overall giving, according to Giving USA. via

Where to start? Try this list of online giving markets (OGM) and frankly be careful of how you represent your creative exponents!
And now to the culture question. Why do individuals and groups of people engage in philanthropic activities? To promote their culture. So this becomes the greatest challenge for new associations amongst old giants:

to protect the corporate image or to project constant image linkage?

I think you know where we rest, my ninjas. And don’t let anthrophobia sway your dreams!

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Posted: August 15th, 2008
at 6:48am by Koookiecrumbles

Categories: philanthropy

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