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Monkey See, Monkey Do in Media

Facebook, Instagram, and Snapchat are the few social networks that have taken over my life. Not completely, but a good portion. It has become a disturbing habit, but a reliable source. However, what many of us don’t know is that media can be an influence on our daily lives, whether it is good or bad.

Ask yourself, how often do you find yourself pulling out your smart phone and scrolling through your news feed on Facebook? Even if you don’t have a Facebook, perhaps you’re constantly checking your email. The point is that we’ve become so dependent on these things.

So why is this a bad thing? In 2010, the total media exposure among all 8 to 18-year-olds was almost 11 elevens hours (Kaiser Family Foundation). That’s a hefty amount of time spent instead of doing something else productive. Media constructs our culture. It uses forms of persuasion to get us to believe or do something. Often the content found in media delivers messages that encourage us to act upon a bad habit. For example, fast food restaurants advertise their food on commercials hoping to persuade the consumer to make a run to the nearest restaurant and pick up a burger and coke. Media also encourages us to conform to the norms of society or in other words, hop on the bandwagon. I think it’s time we start using the media for a better purpose. We should advertise healthier products. We should encourage physical activity. Unless we are promoting something for the well being of society, media shouldn’t be glamorized for what it really is. Monkey see, monkey do. But let’s do something great.

#pubh340

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yup.

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The store I work for works with United Way. Every paycheck I get, a percentage is taken out because I want to be able to give back even if it is   a small amount. Every dollar counts. 

United Way Worldwide is the leadership and support organization for the network of nearly 1,800 community-based United Ways in 45 countries and territories.

Their mission: United Way improves lives by mobilizing the caring power of communities around the world to advance the common good. 

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united-nations:

In his latest LinkedIn Influencer piece on a “Big Idea for 2014”, Ban Ki-moon says that in 2014 we must turn the greatest challenge facing humankind today into the greatest collective opportunity: Next year is the year for climate action. 

“I firmly believe that every one of us can step up and become leaders in combating climate change, promoting sustainable development and building lives of dignity for all”.

Read his post in full at: http://j.mp/1gWjAof

united-nations:

In his latest LinkedIn Influencer piece on a “Big Idea for 2014”, Ban Ki-moon says that in 2014 we must turn the greatest challenge facing humankind today into the greatest collective opportunity: Next year is the year for climate action.

“I firmly believe that every one of us can step up and become leaders in combating climate change, promoting sustainable development and building lives of dignity for all”.

Read his post in full at: http://j.mp/1gWjAof

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unicef:

Almost 230 million children under 5 have not had their birth registered, denying them a fundamental human right and potentially excluding them from being able to go to school, access healthcare, vote, own a passport or even work. Find out more - and how we can change this in our new report on birth registration: http://uni.cf/birthreg

Everyone deserves a chance at education and healthcare! This is so sad ):

unicef:

Almost 230 million children under 5 have not had their birth registered, denying them a fundamental human right and potentially excluding them from being able to go to school, access healthcare, vote, own a passport or even work. Find out more - and how we can change this in our new report on birth registration: http://uni.cf/birthreg

Everyone deserves a chance at education and healthcare! This is so sad ):

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Track 2013 Year-End Online Giving

This year there have been more donations for Giving Tuesday than there has been in the last two years. Thumbs up!

http://philanthropy.com/article/Track-2013-Year-End-Online/143447/

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Save the Mountains! 

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united-nations:

Wednesday is International Mountain Day, an opportunity to promote the conservation and sustainable use of increasingly scarce resources from mountain areas.  Did you know that mountains are home to 12% of the human population and cover approximately one-quarter of the world’s surface? Or that some of the world’s largest cities, including New York, Rio de Janeiro, Nairobi, Tokyo and Melbourne, are dependent on freshwater from mountains?  Take a look at this animated video from the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations to see how mountains are the key to the sustainable future we want: http://j.mp/1czvl31

I stayed in a village up high in the mountains. It is a beautiful view! 

united-nations:

Wednesday is International Mountain Day, an opportunity to promote the conservation and sustainable use of increasingly scarce resources from mountain areas.

Did you know that mountains are home to 12% of the human population and cover approximately one-quarter of the world’s surface? Or that some of the world’s largest cities, including New York, Rio de Janeiro, Nairobi, Tokyo and Melbourne, are dependent on freshwater from mountains?

Take a look at this animated video from the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations to see how mountains are the key to the sustainable future we want: http://j.mp/1czvl31

I stayed in a village up high in the mountains. It is a beautiful view! 

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These are some strong children. 
They were amazed to see a camera. 

These are some strong children. 

They were amazed to see a camera. 

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#inspiration #dogood 

#inspiration #dogood 

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This is a picture of village students from Nicaragua. I went during my high school year to volunteer to build a school for them. These children had a school that was one room and far walking distance. I joined a nonprofit called buildOn because I wanted to be able to help a small community that lacked something beneficial. During my trip there, we stayed with the families in clay houses. We were immersed into their culture from eating the same foods (rice and beans), taking bucket showers, using latrines, and washing our clothes on rocks. It was such a powerful experience that has taught me to appreciate so much. This is something I hope to continue doing later in life. 

This is a picture of village students from Nicaragua. I went during my high school year to volunteer to build a school for them. These children had a school that was one room and far walking distance. I joined a nonprofit called buildOn because I wanted to be able to help a small community that lacked something beneficial. During my trip there, we stayed with the families in clay houses. We were immersed into their culture from eating the same foods (rice and beans), taking bucket showers, using latrines, and washing our clothes on rocks. It was such a powerful experience that has taught me to appreciate so much. This is something I hope to continue doing later in life. 

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Are Universities Charities? Why The ‘Nonprofit Sector’ Needs To Go

http://www.forbes.com/sites/joshfreedman/2013/12/10/the-nonprofit-sector-should-not-exist/

I find this interesting how a billion dollar University can consider themselves a nonprofit. 

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sequoiacapital:

Giving away $30 billion is hard—at least if you want to do it well.

Bill Gates, the world’s greatest active philanthropist, has not only given away that much, but he’s built a foundation that is capable of making sure that money is spent on projects that will make a big difference in the world.

At Sequoia, we’ve long worked with nonprofits and other philanthropic organizations.

#philantrophy

Bill Gates knows where his money should go. He’s a very generous man for spending money on projects that can potentially change the world. Good job Gates!
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united-nations:

Thursday is International Volunteer Day, a chance to say thank you to volunteers around the world for all they contribute. Volunteers – your stories inspire us and your action counts!

Definitely need more people out there volunteering.

united-nations:

Thursday is International Volunteer Day, a chance to say thank you to volunteers around the world for all they contribute. Volunteers – your stories inspire us and your action counts!

Definitely need more people out there volunteering.

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fearsvsdreams:

Fear: That my parents were right about me.Dream: To be content with myself.

Two Write Love On Her Arm is a non-profit organization that aims to help and give hope to those people who are suffering from depression, addiction, self-injury, and thoughts of suicide. 
To love others, you must know how to love yourself.
I love how the nonprofit sector is so diverse and that there are nonprofits that acknowledge the individual on a personal level. 

fearsvsdreams:

Fear: That my parents were right about me.
Dream: To be content with myself.

Two Write Love On Her Arm is a non-profit organization that aims to help and give hope to those people who are suffering from depression, addiction, self-injury, and thoughts of suicide. 

To love others, you must know how to love yourself.

I love how the nonprofit sector is so diverse and that there are nonprofits that acknowledge the individual on a personal level. 

(via twloha)