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MIT to offer free education, online courses to all

via SmartPlanet | Mon January 02, 2012
The disruption of higher education just got very interesting. It appears that the disruptors — private, online universities — are being disrupted at their own game. One of the pantheons of traditional on-site learning, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, has announced it will be launching online courses that will be free and open to the world.

2012 Doomsday Predictions Debunked by NASA

via | Sun January 01, 2012
On Dec. 21, 2012, many doomsday believers fear the apocalypse — anything from a rogue planet smashing into us to our world spinning end over end. However, the world should expect nothing more next year than the winter solstice, the longest night of the year, NASA says.

Mayan timekeeper says world WON’T end in 2012… as it’s only a calendar change

via Mail Online | Sun January 01, 2012
Many consider it a joke although others are scared we might never live to see next year thanks to the Mayan calendar’s ‘apocalyptic’ prediction. But Mayan expert Leonzo Barreno, of Saskatchewan, Canada, says the ‘apocalypse’ concept is a false interpretation of the Long Count calendar.

Alberto Cairo: There are no scraps of men

Story contains video via TED | Fri December 23, 2011
Alberto Cairo's clinics in Afghanistan used to close down during active fighting. Now, they stay open. At TEDxRC2 (the RC stands for Red Cross/Red Crescent), Cairo tells the powerful story of why -- and how he found humanity and dignity in the midst of war.

Indonesian girl who was swept away in the 2004 tsunami is reunited with her family

via Washington Post | Fri December 23, 2011
A girl who was swept away in the Indian Ocean tsunami seven years ago said Friday she broke down in tears this week after tracking down her parents, who had long lost hope of finding her alive.

No more corporate personhood in LA, Unanimous

via Examiner | Wed December 21, 2011
Thanks to ground work by the U.S. Green Party, the wave of Occupy Wall Street empowerment and Human Rights Aler, Los Angeles became the first major U.S. city to vote against corporate personhood and call for a Constitutional Amendment asserting corporations are not entitled to constitutional rights and that money is not free speech.

‘The protester’ named Time’s person of year

via AFP | Thu December 15, 2011
'The protester' was named Time magazine's person of the year Wednesday, a tribute to those bringing change across the Arab world as well as anti-corporate greed demonstrations in the US and Europe.

Unsung heroes: the life of a wildlife ranger in the Congo

via MongaBay | Thu November 03, 2011
The effort to save wildlife from destruction worldwide has many heroes. Some receive accolades for their work, but others live in obscurity, doing good—sometimes even dangerous—work everyday with little recognition.

Centenarian sets record by running a marathon

via AFP | Tue October 18, 2011
A British centenarian of Indian ancestry became the oldest person ever to complete a full 42-kilometer (26-mile) marathon over the weekend in Toronto, Canadian media said Monday.

To the rescue—finding a purpose for rejected shelter dogs

Story contains video via CNN | Sat October 08, 2011
Wilma Melville created a nonprofit that partners shelter dogs with firefighters and trains them to save lives after a disaster. Since 1996, the teams have responded to 80 disasters across the world, including the September 11 attacks and this year's earthquake in Japan.

Nourishing New York’s low-income communities

Story contains video via CNN | Sun October 02, 2011
Gina Keatley's nonprofit, Nourishing NYC, is helping low-income people eat healthier. Since 2008, the group has provided fresh food and nutrition programs -- for free -- to nearly 100,000 residents of Harlem and the Bronx.

Young Indonesians paint the town green

via AFP | Sat October 01, 2011
Young Indonesians are breathing new life into their polluted concrete capital city with little more than buckets of soil and seeds.

Activists worldwide push for leaving the fossil fuel age behind

Story contains video via MongaBay | Mon September 26, 2011
On six continents, in over 75 percent of the world's countries, people came out en masse yesterday to attend over 2,000 events to demonstrate the power of renewable energy to combat global climate change.

Pay It Forward Bracelets: A small idea for a big change

Story contains video GNN staff | Fri September 23, 2011
Some people feel that their ability to change to world for the better is miniscule. They feel that they lack either time or money or a platform from which to manifest this change. Charley Johnson wants to change all that.

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