Help you? Love to

first_imgFor 12 years, Lily Cole’s fiery red hair and porcelain features helped land the statuesque model on the cover of magazines and the runways of fashion powerhouses such as Chanel, Prada, and Louis Vuitton. But these days she is increasingly known for her cyber savvy and social networking site.Cole’s brainchild, the altruistic website and app Impossible.com, is based on an almost impossibly simple premise: the conviction that people can and should help each other, for free. The service launched in England last fall and has 25,000 users.“We do actually receive when we give, and when we break [open] that thought paradigm, there’s actually something very powerful that can happen,” said Cole (from left), who was joined by Sir Tim Berners-Lee, Rosemary Leith, Judith Donath, Jonathan Zittrain, and Urs Gasser.“Imagine everybody in this room was there to support you. If you needed anything, [they] had your back. Imagine if that was everybody in Boston. Imagine if that was everybody in the states,” Cole told a crowded hall at Harvard Law School Wednesday evening at an event celebrating the U.S. launch of her website. “Imagine if everybody in the world you knew would support you if you needed it. The small price to pay is that where you see the opportunity to help another, you can and you do. That’s the kind of world that I would love to feel more a part of.”The event was hosted by Harvard’s Berkman Center for Internet & Society, and included a panel discussion with the creator of the Web, Sir Tim Berners-Lee, Berkman Fellows Rosemary Leith and Judith Donath, and Berkman Director and Harvard Law School Professor Jonathan Zittrain. The Berkman’s executive director, Urs Gasser, moderated.Zittrain said Cole’s ability to use her own celebrity and fan base to inspire people to help others was brilliant.“You’ve built a platform that told people: Don’t even follow me and my particular thing … [but] pick a way in which you would like to respond to a stranger and connect with them and own that, and by doing that, you will honor whatever good feelings you have about me. … That infuses this otherwise neutral platform with [such] a certain starting spirit that it can then exist independently and go off in the direction it goes.”Later, Zittrain said his wish for the website and application “is for it to surprise us all with just how powerful it can be.”While the Web’s original, neutral platform, doesn’t naturally “work better for altruistic things … it gives us a choice for what we build on top … it gives us the chance to start again,” said Berners-Lee. “So more power to Impossible.”Cole first came up with the idea three years ago while en route to visit refugee camps on the Thailand-Burmese border. Chatting with a friend, they discussed the idea that a struggling economy shouldn’t mean the collapse of society. People, Cole thought, have endless resources at their disposal, and there should be a “way to mobilize that.”With advice from backers like Jimmy Wales, whose website Wikipedia relies on tens of thousands of volunteers to update the popular cyber encyclopedia, and economist Muhammad Yunus, winner of the 2006 Nobel Peace Prize for his pioneering approach to eradicating poverty through microcredit lending, Cole created her site and application, where users post wishes that other users can answer for free with their own skills, services, advice, or products.Wishes on the site range from the physical (“I wish I could get lots of magazines for free from all over the world”) to the philosophical (“I wish more people would laugh instead of fighting”). Like Twitter, Cole’s social network allows people to follow each other and uses hashtags to help people search for specific subjects or content. The only “currency” on the website exists in the form of digital notes in which users publicly thank others for their help.“It reflects what’s happening in the system,” said Cole, “without potentially quantifying it and making it go in to an exchange modality. So you can say thank you as much as you want.”With Facebook and Twitter, where the users’ lives are often the center of attention, Impossible’s mission is focused on others and around themes of reciprocity, giving, kindness, and helping strangers. There have been studies, including work done by a Harvard Business School professor, that suggest Cole’s model might be one way toward a happier world.In his recent book “Happy Money: The Science of Smarter Spending,” co-authored with Elizabeth Dunn, Michael Norton, associate professor of business administration and Marvin Bower Fellow at Harvard Business School, said research showed that spending money on others instead of on yourself can make you more content. When you give money to other people, Norton told the Gazette earlier this year, “it turns out it does make you happier.”“We do actually receive when we give, and when we break [open] that thought paradigm, there’s actually something very powerful that can happen,” said Cole.A lighthearted moment near the end of the discussion helped to demonstrate that not only does Cole’s vision appear on track, but she adheres to her new venture’s founding ethos. During a question-and-answer session, a member of the crowd wished for a drink of water. Cole stepped from her chair to offer the woman her unopened bottle.last_img read more


Appeals court decision complicates ‘autodialer’ issue

first_imgThe U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit in a decision last week expanded the definition of an “autodialer,” keeping it in line with the definition adopted by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) in a series of rulings from 2003 to 2015, which was invalidated in March. NAFCU has advocated for a narrower interpretation so credit unions can contact their members without fear of breaking the law.In the lawsuit, Marks v. Crunch San Diego LLC, the appeals court rejected the defendant’s argument that in order to qualify as an autodialer, the equipment must operate without any human intervention.The Ninth Circuit’s decision contradicts two other federal appellate court decisions this year that have shown a willingness to more narrowly define an Automatic Telephone Dialing System (ATDS). In March, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit invalidated the FCC’s definition of “autodialer” and rejected the commission’s interpretation of when a caller violates the Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA) by calling a reassigned number. ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr continue reading »last_img read more


Wellington High School Prom is Saturday – festivities start at 5:30 p.m.

first_imgby Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — It is a holiday all its own. The Wellington Junior and Senior High School Prom will be held this Saturday.The schedule for tomorrow is as follows:•Drive-in- 5:30 p.m.•Walk-in – 6 p.m.•Dinner – 6:30 p.m.•Program – 7:30 p.m.•Dance 8:15 p.m.•Coronation 10:45 p.m.•Prom ends 11 p.m.•Project Prom 12 a.m. Students must be in the door by Midnight!Sumner Newscow will be updating people throughout the night including having its special website awards! Also check Steve Sturgis website at wellington.cc. Close Forgot password? Please put in your email: Send me my password! Close message Login This blog post All blog posts Subscribe to this blog post’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Subscribe to this blog’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Follow the discussion Comments Logging you in… Close Login to IntenseDebate Or create an account Username or Email: Password: Forgot login? Cancel Login Close WordPress.com Username or Email: Password: Lost your password? Cancel Login Dashboard | Edit profile | Logout Logged in as Admin Options Disable comments for this page Save Settings You are about to flag this comment as being inappropriate. Please explain why you are flagging this comment in the text box below and submit your report. The blog admin will be notified. Thank you for your input. There are no comments posted yet. Be the first one! Post a new comment Enter text right here! Comment as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments Comments by IntenseDebate Enter text right here! Reply as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Cancel Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new commentslast_img read more


ADVENTURER MARK POLLOCK TO HONOUR ACCESSIBILITY-FRIENDLY GROUPS IN DONEGAL

first_imgAdventure athlete and motivational speaker Mark Pollock has been unveiled as keynote speaker at the forthcoming Change a Little Change a Lot Accessibility Gala Awards which take place in Letterkenny on 30th May.Mark sent a personal message to organisers via video link at this week’s launch saying “he wanted to say thank you to those organisations who are ambassadors for change.” It was also announced that Junior Minister for Health Kathleen Lynch TD who has responsibility for Disability and Junior Minister Jennifer Mc Cann MLA from the Office of the First Minister & Deputy First Minister will deliver keynote addresses at this cross border event.The event honours organisations from Donegal and Strabane who successfully made changes to positively impact the lives of people with disabilities.Meanwhile, Donegal County Council is supporting the event as main sponsor and hosted the launch at its offices in County House, Lifford.Mayor Frank McBrearty says, “Mark Pollock’s inspiring story is matched by the inspiring commitment made by 40 organisations in Donegal and Strabane who will be honoured on the 30th May. If we are to effect real change in relation to accessibility for people with disabilities in the North West then we need to follow the example of the organisations who are taking part in the Change a Little Change a Lot Accessibility Awards. Donegal County Council is delighted to be on board as we are committed to making Donegal an inclusive society for all.” Funding for the Change a Little Change a Lot project has been provided by the European Union’s INTERREG IVA programme, secured by Co-operation and Working Together’s (CAWT) Community Awareness Programme.Commenting, CAWT’s Deputy Chief Officer, Edel O’Doherty said: “The HSE and the Western Trust, as CAWT partner organisations, have endorsed the Community Awareness Programme and this awards campaign.“The valuable EU funding secured has supported the creation of an environment in both Donegal and Strabane Council areas whereby services and facilities are more accessible to people with disabilities. I am delighted that the efforts of local organisations will be recognised at this high profile event.”Delivering a special video message from London Mark Pollock said he was inspired by the uniqueness of the campaign and decided to get on board.“When I heard what was happening in the North West I was intrigued. I spend my daily life trying to access information, places, people, products and services and require assistance at every point. To see a region actually leading from the front to improve the lives of people with disabilities is truly humbling. I look forward to meeting those 40 organisations in May.”Mark Pollock’s story is one that has been told across the world given its uniqueness. Mark was deemed medically blind at the age of 22. Not deterred by his impairment, Mark competed in ultra endurance races across deserts, mountains, and the polar ice caps including an epic two-month expedition race to the South Pole. He won silver and bronze rowing in the Commonwealth Games.But in July 2010 the challenge chose Mark. A tragic fall left him paralysed. Now Mark is a pioneer for research on spinal cord injury recovery.On Thursday 30th May in the Clanree Hotel Letterkenny, 40 accessibility award-winning organisations will converge. Eight Change a Little, Change a Lot Accessibility Awards category winners will be chosen and one overall Change a Little, Change a Lot Accessibility award winner will be announced at the gala ceremony.View Mark Pollock’s video message on the Change a Little Change a Lot You Tube Channel or at this link: http://youtu.be/80LyCca9lws ADVENTURER MARK POLLOCK TO HONOUR ACCESSIBILITY-FRIENDLY GROUPS IN DONEGAL was last modified: March 6th, 2013 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:Change A iIttle Change A LotMark Pollocklast_img read more