Tiny Banks – A return to traditional banking (Plus, how to start your own bank!)

Tired of the hassles of big banks? Dave Fishwick brought banking back to its roots:  local banks for local people, by the community for the community.

If you’re interested in making a positive difference in your community, Dave Fishwick shows you how to open your own bank:

What About Rape?

In response to the article by Jon Krakauer* (with which I agree):

Dear Society (with a CC to men who feel that women are/might in the future unjustifiably accuse them of rape):

What should you do if a woman claims you raped/harassed her, and/or you get served by the court to stay away from her? You should leave her alone. If you did nothing wrong, then you’ve just saved yourself from being involved with a woman who accuses innocent men of rape. Feel free to gloat to all your friends “Don’t mess with her – I hope she never gets sex!” Then feel free to puff out your chest at the thought that she will never have the privilege of seeing you or your penis ever again!

What if you are a man who did have sex with a woman who said no, was drunk, or was unable to give consent, and you get served a restraining order or Sexual Assault Protective Order (SAPO)? You should leave her alone. If you did something to hurt her and it’s ‘just a restraining order’, all it’s asking of you is to stay away from this woman.  If you did something wrong and she asks for money to put her health back together, pay it – you did the damage, you pay the price. If you learn your lesson that it’s not O.K. to have sex with someone when they say no, are drunk, or are unable to give consent you will have learned a valuable lesson and can move into the future a better man, and most likely have positive, consensual adult relationships, where both people enjoy sex together! (But still, bro, leave the original woman who you harmed alone. Forever.)

To Society: Listen to women. We like sex. We don’t like rape. We know the difference. Let us control our own minds/bodies/hearts. The rapist took that from us. We’re just taking what belongs to us back.

Sincerely,

All women who have ever been raped

*The above opinion is that of the author, Barb Hughes. It is in response to this NPR article  featuring author Jon Krakauer, titled Jon Krakauer Tells A ‘Depressingly Typical’ Story Of College Town Rapes.

One photographer is changing the world

imgresHumans of New York is a facebook site started as a photography project by Brandon in 2010, shortly after being fired from his finance job.  Brandon started HONY to create a catalogue of New York City’s inhabitants, setting out to photograph 10,000 New Yorkers and plot their photos on a map. Somewhere along the way, he began to interview his subjects in addition to photographing them, and alongside their portraits, would include quotes and short stories from their lives.

The facebook site now has over 11 million followers, and has recently turned a corner from an art site to creating social impact in a major way, with the photo and story of a boy named Vidal, from the HONY facebook page:

“Who’s influenced you the most in your life?”
“My principal, Ms. Lopez.”
“How has she influenced you?”
“When we get in trouble, she doesn’t suspend us. She calls us to her office and explains to us how society was built down around us. And she tells us that each time somebody fails out of school, a new jail cell gets built. And one time she made every student stand up, one at a time, and she told each one of us that we matter.”

Vidal’s simple comment sent photographer Brandon to Mott Hall Bridges Academy to meet Ms. Lopez.  Which then led to learning more about the school, and what they needed from Ms. Lopez and her team.  Which led to an indiegogo campaign to send the 6th grade class to visit Harvard.  Which led to thousands of people in the comments sections of these posts and follow up posts offering to help not only the kids in this school, but the kids in neighboring schools and kids in schools around the world.

And the story isn’t done yet.  Brandon keeps taking photos of kids, teachers, administrators – hearing their stories, giving them names and voices and a platform for positive change.  And people all over the world are responding with strength and encouragement and resources and networking.  See a video here.

One photographer is changing the world.  One face, one story at a time.

Transport and purify water at the same time

The Midomo Water Purifier transports and purifies water at the same time.

A Rational Response to Homelessness

Utah is tackling the homeless problem.  Their plan is already saving taxpayer money AND is improving the economy, plus they are on track to eliminate homelessness by 2015.

Jerry the Bear helps kids with type 1 diabetes

Jerry the Bear is an interactive teaching tool for kids with type 1 diabetes. The bear needs the same thing a child does:  checking blood sugar levels, choices on what to eat, and even helping kids master their medical procedures through play.

To learn more about Jerry the Bear, click here.  If you don’t know a child with type 1 diabetes, you can still play a part in helping those who do here.

Utopia for those with Dementia

The Netherlands has a unique eldercare community built specifically for dementia patients, called Dementia Village.  Dementia Village is a safe 4 acre indoor/outdoor community where residents can enjoy the seasons, visit a restaurant, drink a cup of tea, get their hair done, go shopping, and are free to go wherever they want (within the save indoor/outdoor village with a ratio of 2 staff per resident).

This 4 acre complex is home to 23 housing units with 7 different ‘lifestyle themes’, the goal being to create a space where each resident can enjoy life and feel welcome.  On a physical level people here require fewer medications, eat better, live longer.  On a mental level they also seem to experience more joy.

Thanks to CNN’s World’s Untold Stories for this video.