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\"All You Need is Love\" On December 7th, 2009, Starbucks invited musicians from all over the world to sing “All You Need is Love” at the same time to raise awareness for AIDS in Africa. Musicians from 156 countries played the famous Beatles song, including school children from Guyana (at 2:36.) Enjoy!
The La Grange Group of Concerned Citizens
The La Grange Group of Concerned Citizens (LGGCC) is a non-governmental organization that was established in 2002 by a group of civic-minded individuals who reside in the villages of La Grange, Bagotville, and Nismes, Guyana.Â The mission of the organization is to improve the standard of living for individuals living within these three communities. To this end, the group identifies specific problems and then formulates action-based solutions, such as running educational programs for local youths. In addition, the LGGCC has successfully implemented several community enhancement construction projects, such establishing the first National Library Branch in the village as well as a community playground.
As previously stated, the LGGCC was instrumental in establishing the first National Library Branch in the region.Â Although, the library was able to accommodate a significant amount of space for additional books and computers, the LGGCC has identified the need for an activity room within the library facility. The activity room would allow the LGGCC to run its educational projects and programs during library hours without disrupting students using the library. The LGGCC needs to raiseÂ $3,024 USD ($604,800 GYD) and thus far, the group has raised $1,500 ($300,000 GYD) from the assistance of American donors and the Guyanese Rotary Club.Â The LGGCC only needs $1,524 USD in order to accomplish its goal. Donate today, and help a Guyanese community help themselves.
Check out this totally awesome organization that is dedicated to connecting the world through music, by providing resources to musicians and their communities. Playing For Change created a documentary film series and are hosting a benefit concert soon. Their “Stand By Me” film show street performers all over the world performing this famous song. Proceeds from such films and benefit show go to projects, like building schools. They also have a great website with more videos.
Once a year in Monterey, CaliforniaÂ the TED ConferenceÂ is held.Â The purpose of theseÂ conferences (now also semi-annually all over the globe)Â is to bring together global leaders in science, arts, politics, global issues, architecture, music andÂ other fields andÂ to “exchange ideas of incalculable value.”Â Many of the speakers are recorded and their presentations are shown on the TED website under TED Talks.
A number of talks included:
- Jeff Skoll makes movies that make change
- Patrick Awuah on educating leaders
- William Kamkwamba on building a windmill
- Will Wright makes toys that make worlds
- Emily Oster flips our thinking on AIDS in Africa
- Blaise Aguera y Arcas demos Photosynth
- James Howard Kunstler dissects suburbia
Big ideas do end up as a result of TED and every year TED award winners are granted three wishes to change the world. Check out these winners and their ideas.
One of the TED Talks on YouTube: