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George Lucas Will Donate Disney $4 Billion To Education

November 6th, 2012 by Lance

George Lucas Will Donate Disney $4 Billion To Education.

George Lucas is ensuring that the force may be with young Jedis everywhere.

The “Star Wars” director will donate the $4.05 billion he will receive from the sale of Lucasfilm Ltd. to Disney to a foundation focused on education, according to the Hollywood Reporter….

Full story

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Emily Pilloton and Humanitarian Design

January 20th, 2010 by Lance

Stephen Colbert seems to have a propensity for finding GreenLiberty-type guests, and “humanitarian design” advocate Emily Pilloton appears to be another sterling example. Her book Design Revolution: 100 Products That Empower People discusses how the power of smart design can and should be leveraged toward making life better for people. In her words: “Humanitarian design is really about taking design, as a creative process–which is really about problem solving–and putting it to work on some of the biggest social issues that we’re facing today. ”

Watch the full interview with author Emily Pilloton here.

Buy Design Revolution at Amazon.

Visit Emily Pilloton’s Project H Design project online.

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Free Health Care for the Needy via Remote Area Medical

August 17th, 2009 by Lance

This story shows how a non-profit, Remote Area Medical, was able to provide medical care for free to approximately 8,000 people over the course of a week in a temporary clinic in the southern Los Angeles area.

Thousands Line Up for Promise of Free Health Care – NYTimes.com

Thousands Line Up for Promise of Free Health Care

By JENNIFER STEINHAUER

Published: August 12, 2009

INGLEWOOD, Calif. — They came for new teeth mostly, but also for blood pressure checks, mammograms, immunizations and acupuncture for pain. Neighboring South Los Angeles is a place where health care is scarce, and so when it was offered nearby, word got around.

For the second day in a row, thousands of people lined up on Wednesday — starting after midnight and snaking into the early hours — for free dental, medical and vision services, courtesy of a nonprofit group that more typically provides mobile health care for the rural poor.

Like a giant MASH unit, the floor of the Forum, the arena where Madonna once played four sold-out shows, housed aisle upon aisle of dental chairs, where drilling, cleaning and extracting took place in the open. A few cushions were duct-taped to a folding table in a coat closet, an examining room where Dr. Eugene Taw, a volunteer, saw patients.

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Communities making their own currencies

January 18th, 2009 by Lance

From this author’s birth region of Berkshire County, MA, comes this story about local currencies–a fantastic way for people and businesses to take matters into their own hands when it comes to ensuring local financial security and establishing concrete ways to encourage a “buy locally” approach.

Communities making their own currencies (AP/Pittsburgh Post-Gazette)

Decentralization is a key concept for both libertarians and greens, and this is a way to reduce our dependence on the federal and state governments to manage currency and the economy. (Consider that money which was tied into “BerkShares” most likely was not impacted by any of the national economic dips, crises, and scandals that have thrown so much of the nation’s wealth into instability.)

And the only action required by government for local currencies to work is to stay out of the way. (Which, unfortunately, it probably won’t do.)

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