Archive for February, 2006
Following the scientists and physicists on this year’s TED stage
, the Children of Uganda
follow. Category? Science, sure. Reform, sure. Making a difference, sure. Entertainment and Dance, sure. Most of all, inspiring.
Whenever you have a flux of children, with eager and innocent eyes, kind souls, and inquisitive minds, you can’t help but melt and go to a different place, a more mellow and reflective place, a quieter and happier place.
I spent a chunk of time in Uganda (mostly by foot) close to ten years ago. The country was still in conflict and yet, what an amazing place. Unlike the early days when China opened their doors to the rest of the world, the people of Uganda were not as indifferent to outsiders; moreso, they were eager to meet new people, share and learn.
AIDS is still a huge issue in the area; one obvious goal of the organization is to support children with HIV or living with HIV-positive widowed mothers, as well as orphanages.
Children of Uganda also sponsors the education of Ugandan children abroad with its U.S. Scholarship Program and produces an award-winning dance troupe featuring children enrolled in its programs who…
Have you ever had one of those moments, where you’re reading an article, a book, or suddenly see a visual and you ask yourself ‘out loud’ – “Why am I not doing this?”
I had one of those today, while I was reading a chapter from The Piano Tuner, a beautifully written told by a blind man, and how he became blind on the rough shores of northern Africa. A story of a piano turner, specializing in tuning rare French Eduar pianos is called to Africa on a “mission.” A rare mission. So many ducks and turns and twists and passions along the way.
Story after story, image after image – the coarse sands blowing against your face. It reminded me of a journey when I was hitchhiking in the Middle East, somewhere along the Lebanese border and ran into a German with long flowing hair, a warm creative face, a backsack a quarter the size of mine and a guitar. We hitched together for a few hours, until the sun set and we were forced to pitch our tents in the dark.
It was only the next morning that we realized we had made camp in the middle of…
Do you remember leaving your ‘college’ city and feeling a strong need to put a system in place that kept you connected to that city and community? This question is for those of us who didn’t have social community blogs to interact with alumni and other tools like it.
I went to college in London, so I found myself subscribing to three London newspapers, asking friends to send me taped versions of BBC programming, Yes Prime Minister
and ship food, perfume and other products I missed.
We do this because of our strong yearning to be part of a community, whether that’s family, college, church, synagogue, a club or social group. And ‘things’ like the products we miss, re-engage us with that community in a very ‘raw’ way.
I found myself requesting to remain on my Boston book group list, so I could keep tabs on what books they were reading, see their names, hear their voices through their words and smile when I’d read a familiar
dialogue. While Boston is not my ‘home town hood,’ east coast voices, faces and attitudes certainly are, despite so many years abroad.
Remembering your roots and occasionally reflecting on them is an activity…
MIT is hosting the MIT Forum’s winter event
: “Charting your course through Open Systems” this Saturday in Cambridge, Mass.