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Mar 27 2009
In the face of many obstacles, we meet a courageous group of women who have organized to change their world.
Throughout India, women are forming 'self-help groups' (SHGs) to combat the many issues facing them. With the great help of Vani Chenguttuwan, we spoke at length with the SHG in Kalugumalai, in the state of Tamil Nadu, about their successes.
These organizations provided on-the-ground support for the women, micro-finance for small-business start-ups, and extensive education in crafts production and marketing - traditional skills enhanced by good business practices.
Produced by PierreTerre.com as part of our public service programming.
Jul 16 2007
James Bernard Quilligan, of the Center for Global Negotiations interviews Frithjof Finkbeiner of the Global Marshall Plan initiative, a stunning vision of how to meet the needs of all humanity globally.
Part II describes the Global Marshall Plan initiative's approach for establishing and meeting global environmental targets through an Eco-Social Marketplace.
Jul 03 2010
Dr. Vandana Shiva, a physicist and powerful leader in the worldwide, growing movement towards organic food, describes her vision for the diverse, healthy ecosystems that once sustained, can provide ample food for humanity. Part of her experience is the nearly 5,000 years of agriculture in India - one of the longest, and perhaps an example for other places seeking a sustainable future.
In a stunning critique, she describes her research demonstrating that organic, diverse food-ecosystems provide far more food, better quality food, better ecosystems/habitat, and more profitability for organic farmers. From the interview:
Jun 14 2010
Prerna Girls School is a part of the Study Hall School in Lucknow, India. It serves the largely impoverished girl children of the surrounding slums, by providing educations to 540 girls from kindergarten through 12th grade (as of June 2010). Founded by Dr. Urvashi Sahni, herself a dynamic force of nature, Prerna is one of those places that show a good future can become a reality.
The astounding success of the Prerna Girls School program is a lesson to many others working for education, women's empowerment and solving a host of issues identified in the Millennium Development Goals as critical: health, education, poverty eradication, literacy, population pressure, environmental degradation, to name a few.
Feb 15 2009
The Rogpa Charitable Trust in Dharamsala, India, started providing daycare for Tibetan kids - mostly from refugee families - but its mission has steadily grown to providing job training for refugees, and business creation for sustainable livelihoods.
Now, Rogpa has started a Cafe to serve great pastries, sweets, coffee - and to sell the Fair Trade goods they make, and that others bring to the store. All of this is done with a Fair Trade model - a very exciting looks at a new kind of business.
Nov 27 2008
These street kids ran up to us.
They were great, and hungry and also being kids. At first, they faked some crying, then they were mostly curious....and some were supposed to be in school - at 11:00am Monday. They all had energy, they were all great...they also had a 'handler' woman telling them what to do... See how it turned out.
Produced by PierreTerre.com as part of our public service programming. Pierre
Sep 24 2008
Following the startling new cooperative, regional approach to security outlined in the 2008 State of the Union address, the US President describes the new US policy for a more peaceful world at the opening of the UN General Assembly, in a short film from Philadelphia filmmaker Kevin Hansen, Statesman Craig Eisendrath, and Bunker Seyfert. Prepared text as released to the press reads as follows: