In honor of charity: water's upcoming 10th anniversary, the nonprofit organization has released a new short film called The Spring. The movie, narrated by CEO and founder Scott Harrison, tells the powerful story of how the organization came about—including Scott going from a professional partier to a humanitarian volunteer —and introduces viewers to various supporters who've used their own experiences to change the world.
It's an incredible story.
The short film shows the unselfishness and creativity of supporters throughout the past 10 years, including the story of 9-year-old Rachel Beckwith who raised more than $1.2 million to get clean water for thousands of people even after her death.
The movie also introduces their new giving model titled "The Spring", a subscription service that would allow supporters to partner with charity: water monthly. In the organization's almost first decade, it has provided clean water to more than six million people in developing countries, but as the organization notes, more than 663 million people are still without.
You can go here to learn more about charity: water and The Spring. Discuss
Oscar-nominated actor and comedian Gene Wilder died today at his home in Stamford, Connecticut. According to a family member, he died of “complications from Alzheimer’s disease.” He was 83.
Wilder, of course, was a comedic genius who most famously—at least for Millennial-types— embodied the original, darkly eerie version of Willy Wonka in Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory. He was also famous for his role in Mel Brooks’s pioneering and biting comedy, Blazing Saddles. You probably remember him from The Producers, too.
His two Oscar nods were for his role in The Producers and for co-writing Young Frankenstein.
[Wilder] usually portrayed a neurotic who veered between total hysteria and dewy-eyed tenderness. ‘My quiet exterior used to be a mask for hysteria,’ he told Time magazine in 1970. ‘After seven years of analysis, it just became a habit.’
In 1989, Wilder was diagnosed with non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma. The same year, Wilder’s wife, Gilda Radner, died from ovarian cancer. Her death devastated him, and according to Variety that event essentially ended Wilder’s acting career.
Later he did dabble in sit-com work, even winning an Emmy in 2003 for his guest role on Will & Grace.
For sure, Wilder’s death represents the loss of a pop culture legend. Discuss
Two of the most influential people in the world met today at the Vatican. According to a Vatican spokesperson, Pope Francis met with Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg and his wife Priscilla Chan to discuss "how to use communications technology to alleviate poverty, encourage a culture of encounter, and to communicate a message of hope, especially to the most disadvantaged.”
Zuckerberg also presented the pope with his own drone, like the one the company is using to bring the internet to remote communities around the world. In a Facebook post, Zuckerberg explained,
Priscilla and I had the honor of meeting Pope Francis at the Vatican. We told him how much we admire his message of mercy and tenderness, and how he's found new ways to communicate with people of every faith around the world.
We also discussed the importance of connecting people, especially in parts of the world without internet access. We gave him a model of Aquila, our solar-powered aircraft that will beam internet connectivity to places that don't have it. And we shared our work with the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative to help people around the world.
It was a meeting we'll never forget. You can feel his warmth and kindness, and how deeply he cares about helping people.
About a year ago, President Obama announced that by September 2016, his plan was to welcome 10,000 refugees from Syria into the United States. According to America’s ambassador to Jordan—which is home to more than a million refugees—the U.S. will hit that goal this week.
Though the resettlement of refugees has been controversial in some areas and has been a political hot button in the presidential election, U.S. officials have insisted that those who are now in the U.S. have been well vetted. The refugees living in the U.S. were some of the most vulnerable in the world. As Ambassador Alice Wells explained, “Refugees are the most thoroughly screened category of travelers to the United States, and Syrian refugees are subject to even greater scrutiny.” Wells also said the goal is "a floor, not a ceiling.”
In the last five years, millions of Syrians have been displaced by an ongoing civil war and the rise of ISIS in the region. Discuss