Philanthropy 2.0

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Thursday, March 26, 2009

Technology is transforming philanthropic pursuits. Hear from two women with new ways of helping out: a website that connects volunteers to local “green” projects and a non-profit venture capital fund that seeks to use entrepreneurship to end global poverty. Plus, Marxist theorist David Harvey on the current economic crisis. Check Out The Uncommon Economic Indicators Home Page And Add Your Story! Doctors and Pharmacists: Help Contribute To An Upcoming Segment On Generic Drugs


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Rock Reform

A bill with significant reforms to the Rockefeller Drug Laws is being heavily negotiated in Albany right now. Bridget Brennan, New York City special narcotics prosecutor, talks about her office's concerns.

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Neither Recession Nor Debt Nor Credit Crunch

The United States Postal Service is in trouble. Dan Blair, chairman of the Postal Regulatory Commission, an independent agency tasked with making recommendations to the USPS, talks about the challenges facing the mail system and his testimony before Congress yesterday.

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In Our Back Yard

Erin Barnes, one of the co-founders of IOBY, talks about how microphilanthropy can connect people starting green projects in New York City to the donors and volunteers they need.

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Good Investment

Jacqueline Novogratz, founder and CEO of Acumen Fund, a nonprofit venture capital firm, and the author of The Blue Sweater: Bridging the Gap Between Rich and Poor in an Interconnected World, talks about socially responsible investing and new ways of spurring development.

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Social theorist David Harvey, distinguished professor of anthropology at the Graduate Center of CUNY and author of various books including The Limits to Capital, discusses the economic crisis and what it means for the future of U.S. global power.

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Open Phones: What Webcam Are You Watching?

Australian pub-goers are watching our border on a webcam. What webcams do you follow? Log on to a webcam site – any webcam - and tell us what you see.

Some webcam sites:
Earthcam’s Top 10 Webcams
Eiffel Tower

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You Stink!

First fingerprints, now "odorprints" are the latest in crime-fighting technology. Dave Johns had his scent profile studied.

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Positive Reactions: Things are lookin' up


MS 51 volunteers help with the Old Stone House garden at Washington Park

There is no doubt that a lot of the contributions we get to Your Uncommon Economic Indicators are about job loss, reduced budgets and empty store fronts. But once in awhile we encounter a Bright Spot in the recession doldrums.

One of those moments was finding Erin Barnes, co-founder of a new website IOBY (In Our Back Yards). She explained the site to Brian on Thursday's show. It will launch in April, and people will be able to ask for help with their green projects--from garden plots to waterfront clean up. Volunteers can also find places to help out. She said this is her solution to feeling overwhelmed by news of the recession or global warming.

You can listen to the segment here:

Several other people sent some good news to Your Uncommon Economic Indicators this week:

Jason wrote in with good news. He said, 'Business had dried up because our main customers were retailers, artists, and museums. Each had stopped spending for the recession. BUT! Things have finally picked up. Each of the sectors has a few projects in the works. I worked 40 hours this past week and there is work lined up for at least the next month. Knock-on-wood, but it feels like the bottom has come and gone for our business. Hopefully we can sustain this and maybe it will even repeat citywide now.'

Kate told us, 'I've been watching the National Passport Center's processing time. It has gone from 3 weeks to process non-rush orders to 4 weeks. Does this mean more people are getting passports ready for spring or summer travel?? Could be!'

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