Happy New Year
betterplace.org wants to wish all of you – readers, co-competitors, supporters, project managers and donors – a very happy New Year. We are thankful for your support, feedback and encouragement, and the great work many of you are doing to make this world a, yes, better place. 2009 will see a continuation of much of [...]
Gaming for Rice
This morning I came (via Fast Company) across Free Rice a great online game: that allows you become a little bit smarter while also doing the world some good. Created in October 2007 by computer programmer John Breen, who wanted to help his son study for the SAT, Free Rice was initially just a vocabulary game. Now, it [...]
A payoff out of poverty?
Reyna Luisa Olmedo Vasquez, the nurse for the clinic in Paso de Coyutla. At health clinics like this one in rural Meico, poor people are paid to bring in their children for checkups. I am spending the holiday season with my family in California. For the past few days we have been renting a house [...]
Tags: Mexico, Oportunidades, poverty
Improving Human Rights in Dubai
Dr. Mohammed al-Roken in his Dubai office The last 4 days I was in Dubai – no, not in order to admire the construction of the Burj Dubai, soon to be the tallest buildig in the world, ski down the slopes of Ski Dubai or to sip cold beer with Marcus Vetter and Ismael Kathib [...]
Tags: Dubai, human rights, labour rights, legal projects, Mohammed al Ruken
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60 Years Universal Declaration of Human Rights
Today I attended the event marking the 60th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights in Berlin. The German section of Amnesty international as well as the Friedrich Ebert Foundation had invited to a festive ceremony, attended by Chancellor Angela Merkel and Foreign Minister, Frank-Walter Steinmeier. Listening to their speeches I was positively struck [...]
Tags: amnesty international, Frank-Walter Steinmeier, human rrights