Monthly Archives: September 2010

Did You Know 5.0 | Youtube Edition

This video is yet another spectacular facts video AKA Did you know 5.0 This like the popular ‘shift happens’ videos is called ‘the YouTube edition’ It features many facts about YouTube, Cobus Potgieter and the social media culture.


Where’s Waldo-ish/biodiversity book

Delphine Chedru’s book, Spot It! Find the Hidden Creatures, for little ones. The art is pretty mesmerizing, especially with the hide and seek factor involved (the book has 14 hidden animals and one farm girl).

Here, see if you can find the bee:

And now look for the owl:

Buy Spot It! Find the Hidden Creatures micro-finance

Kiva’s mission is to connect people, through lending, for the sake of alleviating poverty. Kiva empowers individuals to lend to an entrepreneur across the globe. By combining microfinance with the internet, Kiva is creating a global community of people connected through lending. Kiva was born of the following beliefs:
•People are by nature generous, and will help others if given the opportunity to do so in a transparent, accountable way.
•The poor are highly motivated and can be very successful when given an opportunity.
•By connecting people we can create relationships beyond financial transactions, and build a global community expressing support and encouragement of one another.

Kiva promotes:
•Dignity: Kiva encourages partnership relationships as opposed to benefactor relationships. Partnership relationships are characterized by mutual dignity and respect.
•Accountability: Loans encourage more accountability than donations where repayment is not expected.
•Transparency: The Kiva website is an open platform where communication can flow freely around the world.

As of November 2009, Kiva has facilitated over $100 million in loans.