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Obi Felten
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Fancy that... No more guilt trips!

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Amazing new artwork by +Drue Kataoka, raising awareness of infant mortality http://www.Drue.Net/hands.htm   http://www.TouchOurFuture.org
The goal of the artwork is to raise awareness for infant mortality. The hand tracings of mothers and babies in 14 developing countries, many who have been helped by +Jane Chen"s Embrace baby
 warmer, are featured in the digital interactive artwork.  In addition, leaders across disciplines have participated including: His Holiness the Dalai Lama, Chelsea Clinton, Crown Princess Mette-Marit of Norway, Christy Turlington, Heidi Klum, Stella McCartney, Arianna Huffington, Stanford University President John Hennessy, award-winning Chef Daniel Boulud and many more. 

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Great new product on #Kickstarter from +Jane Chen and the Embrace team: Swaddle blankets and sleeping bags to help keep your baby at the right temperature.   Little Lotus Baby is a new line of baby products by Embrace Innovations. Inspired by the Embrace Infant Warmer, which has helped more than 150,000 babies worldwide, Little Lotus swaddles & blankets use a proprietary technology to keep babies at an ideal temperature. For every product sold, a baby in need will be helped by the Embrace infant warmer in a developing country.  
Please spread the word about their Kickstarter campaign!
http://ht.ly/LBy4x

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And while you're on the theme, there is an older post which resonates even more with me As a 1970s girl, I SO agree about pink/blue toys. My LEGO was not pink! https://agenda.weforum.org/2014/12/why-we-should-worry-about-pink-and-blue-christmas-toys/
+Belinda Parmar has written an excellent short letter to men - seconds to read it, time to act.

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Startup people, have a look at this list - Dan's talk is worth watching :)

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Can products/tech solve large social problems? Interesting exchange between Ashoka's Michael Zakaras and Shift's Nick Stanhope.

I agree with Michael that "We can’t just design and consume our way out of big, generational challenges. In fact, for anyone seeking to solve a social problem, a good starting point is to assume that problem is substantially more complicated than at first glance, not less. Doing so is humbling and will help changemakers and philanthropists alike become more patient and (I hope) more willing to invest in systemic change in addition to meeting immediate needs."

But Nick's response powerfully makes the point that this doesn't mean products can't help to solve social problems - far from it. We just need to design them right. This involves figuring out what problem we're solving, understanding the user so that we are addressing a real user need, not just throwing a random product out there. Sounds like good product management to me!

http://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/nick-stanhope/can-consumer-product-desi_b_6790652.html
http://www.forbes.com/sites/ashoka/2015/01/13/short-changed-the-limitations-of-products-for-social-change/

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I learned something weird and wonderful today, +Kamila Staryga​

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And another alternative view of the world

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Love it.
Most countries lead the world in something -- sometimes good things, sometimes not so good things, and sometimes funny things. This map shows what each country does best compared to all other countries!

Remember, it's in contrast of all to her countries. And, I promise you are going to admire some countries, smile at others, and #omg  the rest! Source: http://goo.gl/7zad99
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