Portrait : Meet Ron Finley the gangsta turned gardener

The community leader and « gangsta gardener » Ron Finley based in Los Angeles is committed to redefining « gangsta » as a way of thinking the community its models and values. “Gardening is gangsta: Mother Nature is gangsta. Being educated, creative and self-sustaining is gangsta. That whole concept was about turning a negative into a positive. If you… Lire la suite Portrait : Meet Ron Finley the gangsta turned gardener

Jaden and Will Smith build their eco-friendly water company

When surfing at age 11, Jaden Smith became aware of ocean pollution and learned that floating islands of plastic existed. He wanted to do something and talked to his family, he came up with the idea of « Just » a company selling water bottle, with non-polluting plastic. The company makes its packaging from almost entirely renewable… Lire la suite Jaden and Will Smith build their eco-friendly water company

3,2 milliards de dollars pour l’éducation des jeunes filles

WASHINGTON, 7 mars 2018 — 3,2 milliards de dollars, c’est la somme que la Banque mondiale a consacrée au cours des deux dernières années pour des projets éducatifs spécialement dédiés aux adolescentes, a annoncé l’institution à la veille de la journée internationale des droits des femmes. Ces investissements ont pour objectif de faciliter l’accès des… Lire la suite 3,2 milliards de dollars pour l’éducation des jeunes filles

Viola Desmond: Canadian park to be named after civil rights pioneer

With the support of colleague Glenn De Baeremaeker, Scarborough’s Councillor Neethan Shan plans to introduce a motion during this week’s Toronto Council meeting calling on city staff to research the feasibility of renaming Hupfield Park, in Malvernlocated near the intersection of Neilson Road and Finch Avenue, after Desmond. « The names of our parks, our streets,… Lire la suite Viola Desmond: Canadian park to be named after civil rights pioneer

Welcome and belonging starts with noticing

From the villages of Pakistan to the social service industry of Calgary, she has been saying ‘no’ to disparity and ‘yes’ to invitation all her life. As a child growing up in the town of Shabqadar Fort of the Pakistan province of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Noreen Mahmood noticed how classmates from certain religious minorities were shunned. People… Lire la suite Welcome and belonging starts with noticing

Creative pros mentor students from under-represented backgrounds

UK, in journalism, 80 per cent of the top echelon of editors are privately educated, compared to just 18 per cent of Britain’s population. When Isabel Farchy founded the non profit Creative Mentor Network in 2015, this was among the issues she wanted to address: “There are so many creative businesses talking about the importance… Lire la suite Creative pros mentor students from under-represented backgrounds

Baltimore student receives generous fund after asking for heat in classrooms

Samierra Jones couldn’t bear to see the young students at her city schools struggle through their classes in freezing temperatures – so she took to social media with a plea for help. Because the district’s school buildings are already lacking adequate heating systems, this month’s harsh east coast weather conditions forced students to stay bundled… Lire la suite Baltimore student receives generous fund after asking for heat in classrooms

In Vancouver, shipping containers are the new tool libraries

This spring, Vancouverites may find renting a set of camping equipment as easy as borrowing a book from the library. The Thingery project is a recent initiative launched by Vancouver Tool Library founder Chris Diplock. The first Thingery pilot project was carried out in summer 2016, and Diplock reached agreements over the following months with the city… Lire la suite In Vancouver, shipping containers are the new tool libraries

The inmates who teach other prisoners to read

Half of England’s prisoners are illiterate. Since most of us learn to read and write in the first year or two of school, it feels almost impossible to imagine. But Angela Cairns, CEO of prisoners reading charity Shannon Trust, knows all too well how illiteracy can feel. “I sometimes hear a prisoner describing themselves as… Lire la suite The inmates who teach other prisoners to read

By 2019, there will be electric school buses

Daimler, the parent company of luxury car brand BMW, has been going all in on electric vehicle (EV) technology. The latest addition to their growing electric fleet is an electric school bus, dubbed the Saf-T-Liner C2 Electric Bus, or Jouley for short. The bus has a range of  160km (100 miles) and a capacity for up… Lire la suite By 2019, there will be electric school buses