The Fact That Changed Everything: Will Allen and Growing Power Vertical - by Bora Chang

“It was part of my proposal to the city that I would to teach kids about how to grow food and about food systems—that was my other purpose,” says Allen. “Because when you educate kids, they take that back to their homes and tell their parents.” In effect, Allen had sown the seeds for altering the existing food system, especially in inner cities, and established a way to push for food and social justice. “Everyone, regardless of economic status, should be able to access healthy, nutritious foods,” says Allen.

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Infographic: The Rise of Americans With No Religion
GOOD Partnerships and Column Five contributed in Religion and Mindfulness

Today, one in five in the American public doesn’t identify with any religion, the highest share since Pew Research Center began this poll in 2007. Who makes up this group, and what implications does the growing trend have for secularization, politics, and spirituality?

“We need to invite others (from the electric camp) to help us re-imagine.  Perhaps our electric equivalent is digital currencies – the bitcoins of the world.  Stellar is a fascinating one to watch – so how do we bring Stellar into the Cash and Learning Partnership and into our Cash Cluster meetings and strategies?”

They should they should, perfect french team. World class no less…benz, grizi, lacazette, pogba, matuidi..they already are act. Besides laca they’re all fully part of the (starters) french squad. Laca needs to be a starter now..but it depends how that fits the team etc..deschamps might wait a bit and see.. wintershairx

shockane asked:

How about an AU where Florida got assigned to Theta instead of North? They're pretty much used to looking out for people (The Blues and Freelancers) so it's not hard to imagine Florida and Theta working well together.

could have been an interesting freelancer AI partnership but that would effectively remove a possibility i am fond of: namely that Florida was kind of an outside agent who reported to the director separately from the rest of pfl and was a secondary observer to see how the AI experiments would pan out while advancing the director’s agenda.  which is why we never saw him until that reveal (but i’ve always had complaints about how florida’s character was introduced and handled during pfl so that’s something else)

in any case, considering that, I feel maybe it would have been a good partnership, but I’ve always thought there was something… off? about florida’s good nature.  Like there was always something underneath, a secret agenda (which we knew he was following) or just… another person entirely separate from the persona we knew(?).  Not sure how that would have affected theta, maybe he would have turned out slightly more cold, less dependent.  Florida wasn’t North, and we barely knew florida at all.  It’s hard to say how things would have differed for theta.

But it would be interesting to think of a scenario where theta ended up at blood gulch with florida.

hey maybe florida wouldn’t have died.  maybe theta would have caught that aspirin before church went and injected it.


The Alchemy of Creative Collaboration

When you write for an audience, there is an anxious panic to have systems in place to guard against mediocrity. Beta readers, editors, proofreaders, and collaborators are the most common tools writers use to ensure they aren’t producing work that will be received poorly. Depending on others to ensure the quality of your work is a vulnerable and intimate endeavor I’ve been contemplating recently. More specifically: what makes a good creative partnership?

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Announcing Coding for GOOD: 16 Steps to Become a Coder

GOOD and Apollo Group are excited to announce the launch of Coding for GOOD, an opportunity to gain skills in coding and, for one lucky participant, a chance to work with us here at GOOD. It’s our effort to bridge the skills gap through real-world application.

If you’ve ever wanted to learn what goes on behind the scenes of your favorite websites or apps, now is your chance. And guess what, it’s really not as hard as you think. Through Coding for GOOD you’ll learn step-by-step in easy to follow lessons the rules for HTML, CSS, Java Script and how to use APIs.

To get started, you’ll need to work your way through the sixteen free coding lessons found here. Each lesson will walk you through the topic and give you a challenge to test what you’ve learned. If you get stuck, each challenge has a video to help you along.

Then, starting Monday, December 3 you’ll have a chance to be hired onto the GOOD Tech team as a junior engineer. Just showcase your mastery of all of the lessons by submitting a final project and a panel of judges will select three candidates to be flown to Los Angeles in January to compete in the hack-a-thon. The winner will have the opportunity to join the team of coders here at GOOD.

So, what are you waiting for? Get started on your coding lessons here.

This content was produced by GOOD with support of Apollo Group
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Don’t Miss GSU’s:  Fishin' Buddies! Walk-A-Thon! The ART of Nature

Get ready to have some fun while helping to raise money for a good cause.  In partnership with Fishin’ Buddies, the School of Extended Learning, the College of Arts and Sciences and the Nathan Manilow Sculpture Park, the Fishin’ Buddies Walk-a-Thon is a fund-raiser for the S.T.E.A.M. (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math) Programs for Chicagoland at-risk youth.  In addition there are more than 100 local organizations, schools, businesses and clubs who are supporting the hikers, volunteers and sponsors.

The event takes place on Saturday, June 6th, 2015 from 10am to 3pm with an onsite check-in at 9am.  Held at the beautiful Nathan Manilow Sculpture Park located on GSU’s main campus, participants will register as individuals or as a team.  Once you register, you can set up your own FB Walk-a-Thon Page where you can post information about your fundraising goal and personalize with pictures, videos and messages.  Then all you have to do is to share your page via Facebook, email or text and ask your support group to help you meet your fundraising goal.  

Not only does the event provide the opportunity to walk for a cause but also gives you a chance to experience the Nathan Manilow Sculpture Park.  To help fully appreciate the park, there will be a FB Outdoor Assistant mobile app available to use to further explore the trails and learn more about GSU’s natural areas and student research projects.  

You will also have the opportunity to take a look at the Solo Exhibition Series: Don’t Tread on Me by Chakaia Booker.  The exhibit consists of three outdoor pieces, Serendipity (1998), Meeting Ends (2005) and What’s Not (2009).  Booker is renowned for her work with discarded automobile tires that are cut up into various shapes and sizes and then fastened onto wooden or metal armatures.  

Please see the School of Extended Learning’s website for more details and our online registration form.  Registration fees and donations can be made via debit card, credit card and/or check.

At GSU you will discover a highly diverse student body made up of individuals of all ages and backgrounds and courses that are taught by gifted professors.  At the School of Extended Learning we are dedicated to providing support and resources to all students, faculty, and the community to enhance individual growth and global understanding.

Infographic: What Do Small Businesses Mean to You?

Quick, can you name five small businesses in your neighborhood? If you’re like most Americans, you can probably think of even more than five. After all, small businesses represent 99.7 percent of all employer firms in America – that’s nearly 6 million companies. Small businesses (defined by the Small Business Association as companies with less than 500 employees) employ about half of all private sector workers. But aside from employing millions of Americans, studies show that many of us also think highly of these types of businesses and even have an emotional connection with them. Here’s what Americans have to say when it comes to small businesses.

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This post is brought to you by GOOD, with support from UPS. We’ve teamed up to bring you the Small Business Collaborative, a series sharing stories about innovative small businesses that are changing business as usual for their communities and beyond. Learn how UPS is helping small businesses work better and more sustainably here.

Infographic: From Energy Production to Electricity Consumption
GOOD Partnerships and Focus the Nation and Oliver Munday contributed in Environment, Energy and News

It’s Energy month at GOOD, so we’ve teamed up with Portland, Oregon’s Focus the Nation, an organization that’s empowering youth to make smart environmental choices in their communities. This infographic is part of a series exploring our use of energy resources.

Powering on your computer is more than just pressing a button. The flow of electricity is made possible from multiple energy sources, whether they’re imported and exported fossil fuels, like natural gas, petroleum, and coal, or domestically-produced nuclear electric power and renewable energy. Check out our latest infographic above that shows how the electricity around us flows from source to consumption. You can follow the U.S. electricity flow from production on the left to consumption on the right, with energy’s measured in quadrillion British ton units (Btu). With all this electricity wasted, it is clear we need to conserve our energy sources.

What is primarily fueling the activities of our modern economy today are the fossil fuels which have stored the sun’s energy over more than a millenium, coupled with nuclear power, which has been around for only the last five decades. If the United States is to prepare for a more sustainable future, it must start turning to renewable energy to meet our energy needs, using sources like hydroelectric power, biomass, geothermal, solar-photovoltaic, and wind.

To learn more about the Energy discussion on GOOD, visit our Energy hub and follow Focus the Nation.

Beyond transactions: Building customer partnerships in consumer goods

Beyond transactions: Building customer partnerships in consumer goods

Beyond transactions: Building customer partnerships in consumer goods is an Economist Intelligence Unit report sponsored by SAP. The Economist Intelligence Unit bears sole responsibility for this

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The Surge of Data in Healthcare
GOOD Partnerships and Matt Chase contributed in Figures Of Progress, Technology and Healthcare

We know that data is all around us. Each time you make a web search, turn on your car or even scan your rewards card at the grocery store, data is being collected. But there’s one industry where there is a lot of data being gathered, and most of it isn’t being used.

In the healthcare sector, 80 percent of patient data is unstructured—meaning it’s not being organized in a predefined manner. The Center for Disease Control estimates 42 percent of all physicians have an electronic health record system that meets federal standards, but in the healthcare field especially there are many hand written notes and charts, which can’t be easily processed by traditional computer programs.

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Last Call: Nominate Your Favorite Teacher for the Great American Teach-Off
GOOD Partnerships wrote in in Education and Great American Teach Off

It’s almost the end of the nomination period for the 2013 Great American Teach-Off. Have you nominated your favorite teacher yet?

GOOD and University of Phoenix have teamed up to support and celebrate everyday teachers that go beyond the curriculum to find innovative and creative ways to engage students. Don’t miss this chance to tell us about your favorite teacher by February 15 noon PT so that he or she gets the opportunity to win a $10,000 classroom grant. It’s only three days away until the submission period ends and judging begins to select 20 finalists each in grades K through 6 and 7 through 12, so if you know a teacher that has made a positive impact on you, your child, or community, nominate him or her (it can even be you) to participate.

Let’s recognize teachers that are not only changing the lives of their students, but also their community. We want to hear all about the teachers that are integrating technology into the classroom, doing community outreach with their students, or pushing their students to learn and think in different ways so that they can graduate successfully and achieve beyond the classroom. Consider the Great American Teach-Off as a way to give your favorite teachers some of the best report cards they’ve ever had.

After the top 20 finalists are announced, voting opens on March 4 and in a course of five weeks, the GOOD community will vote for their favorite teacher. At the end of the five weeks, the top voted K through 6 teacher and top voted 7 through 12 teacher will each receive a $10,000 classroom grant.

Think about how the teachers in your community have positively affected their students’ futures and watch profiles of last year’s winning teachers, Terry Dougherty and Daryl Bilandzija, to get inspired. Remember, you have only until February 15 noon PT to make your nomination count.

You can join the conversation with this challenge on Twitter at @GOODmkr and @TeachOff via #teachoff.

This post is brought to you by GOOD with support from University of Phoenix

Infographic: The IT Landscape

In the digital age, having a strong informational technology team is a necessity for companies. Whether businesses need to network employees’ computers or troubleshoot hardware malfunctions, it’s the IT team that keeps technology operating smoothly. IT jobs can be found in nearly every sector and can serve many functions, from developing mobile applications in the health care industry to offering help-desk technical support. So it should be no surprise that jobs in the IT field are expected to grow by 2020.

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GOOD, in partnership with Apollo Group, has created a program to address the skills gap head on. Coding for GOOD is an effort to bridge the skills gap through real world application. The program will provide an opportunity to learn coding through free courses, culminating with one individual gaining a job at GOOD. Go here to read more about the program and start learning to code.

How Liposome Manufacturing Firms Can Be Chosen
By Tammie Caldwell

A lot of people usually start their own businesses. This way, they can earn their own money and make their own business policies. They can also provide more financial support to their families.

They usually engage in different industries. For those who will enter the medical industry, they will need to form partnerships with good liposome manufacturing companies that can supply them with the medicines that they can sell to others. There are several tips that these entrepreneurs can follow when they will scout for these firms.

As a start, referrals can be gathered by the businessmen from other persons such as business partners or employees. Some companies where these items are created might be known by these people. The names and contact details of the firms should be asked so that the engagements can be discussed further. Their business addresses can also be taken note of so that their workplaces can be personally visited.

They should consider the reputations that these firms have. They should always verify their reputations before they will engage their services. They should choose those that possess favorable reputations so that they can also expect good quality products from them. There are several ways that they can employ to check their reputations. They can ask the opinions of their former clienteles or they can read the comments sections of their websites.

The effectiveness and safety of the medicines produced by these companies should also be checked by the entrepreneurs. They need to ensure that medicines that do not have side effects on consumers will only be produced. The diseases intended to be cured by these medicines should also be effectively treated.

The lengths of time that the firms have operated their businesses can also be considered. Those that have operated their businesses for longer lengths of time already should be selected. This way, familiarity is already possessed by them on the actions needed to be performed so that good quality products can be produced. The right moves can also be made so that their services can be rendered to their clienteles better.

These firms utilize different methods and techniques when they will create these items. Whatever these methods and techniques are, the individuals should make sure that the companies will produce good products that their target markets can safely consume. They should also possess all of the equipments that they will need to make these commodities.

The entrepreneur could be finding numerous firms that are rendering this service. However, the organizations are also considering numerous factors in determining and establishing the rates of such products. In this case, the businessman should be knowing the rates of a few organizations and comparing them. If he will be setting a certain budget for this venture, he should be choosing one that he could afford.

Once they find the firms they want to team up with, both sides should draft contracts that will bind them to their agreements. These contracts will stipulate all of the terms that they will agree for these engagements, such as the quantities of commodities, the delivery methods, the total costs, and others. Both sides should sign the contracts and keep their copies.

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