Posts Tagged ‘TED’

We Are Family Foundation

The We Are Family Foundation was founded by musician and producer Nile Rodgers after the events of 9/11. The non-profit is dedicated to the vision of a global family by creating and supporting programs that inspire and educate the next generation about respect, understanding, and cultural diversity—all while striving to solve some of the biggest global problems. Their Three Dot Dash initiative supports global teen leaders who work on projects to promote peace by addressing basic human needs (3 dots and a dash is Morse Code for the letter “V” as in the victory sign, more commonly used as the “PEACE” sign–it’s a cool, savvy way of saying “Peace.”). This past Spring they helped create the TEDxTeen Talks, a youth-focused version of the most brilliant meeting of the minds that we have these days, the TED Talks. They have produced documentary films and music videos with industry leaders and annual events celebrating the remarkable power of young people to take stewardship and heal the world. Volunteers and Support make the world of an organization like this turn…so think of getting involved…for the future of all of us.

Mission Blue

Photo: Eva Schuster,

In a little over a week I am traveling to the Galapagos Islands with the leading green focused tour provider, Ecoventura. I have been so intrigued by the islands for so long, and am truly looking forward to exploring in a responsive and responsible way.

The Galapagos Islands were recently the location of an amazing leap forward for ocean protection around the world. A much larger ship than the one I’ll be on (we’ll only have 20 passengers) took several celebrities and leading marine scientists (including Sylvia Earle, Leonardo DiCaprio, Edward Norton, Glenn Close, Elizabeth Banks, Steve Case, Ted Waitt, Bill Joy, Jackson Browne, Damien Rice, Chevy Chase, Jean-Michel Cousteau and 30 of the world’s leading marine scientists) for a think tank excursion that turned into huge action. Mission Blue (committed to preserving enough “Hope Spots” in the seas to “restore the blue heart of the planet” was the uniting force behind this great conluence of inspiration and commitemtns (financial and otherwise).

The full story is found here on the TED Blog. Give a read–it will inspire you.