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Connecting humanity's change makers through a universal, open source platform
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The story of this picture taken by +Ron Garan two years ago today began long before he mistook a political border built by Earth’s people for a river lit by Earth’s moon.
http://www.fragileoasis.org/blog/2011/9/borders-from-space
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“We already live in world with all the tools necessary to solve most, if not all, of the problems facing our planet. Yet the answer to why our world still faces so many critical problems in spite of our ample technology and resources lies primarily in our inability to effectively collaborate on a global scale.” - +Ron Garan 

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As the man said, nothing is impossible. 
Looking due north from the International Space Station towards the North Pole from east of Fryeburg, Maine where Robert E. Peary, born 157 years ago today, worked as a surveyor after graduating from Bowdoin College in 1877. What do you suppose the legendary discoverer of the North Pole had in mind when he wrote at the age of 21, “as I think of what the world is and that I have my life before me, nothing seems impossible.”  Image credit: NASA
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Nike, NASA, US State Department & USAID Seek Innovations to Revolutionize Sustainable Materials - +LAUNCH.org 2020 Collaboration Summit http://bit.ly/11HQiCV
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via +Ron Garan "Factivism is one of the answers to the problems we all face. We need quantifiable data driven assessments of development efforts."
TOWARD THE 'ZERO ZONE'

Bono’s much-anticipated talk at the recent TED2013 conference is being made available online today in its entirety. 

In the speech he calls on a new generation of evidence-based activists, or “factivists,” to see that the injustice of extreme poverty is brought to an end. He notes that global extreme poverty has already been cut in half over the past 20 years and, if we remain on the current trajectory, could be virtually eliminated by 2030.  Reaching this 'Zero Zone' means that less than 5% of the world’s population will live in extreme poverty. 
 
Bono also highlights the incredible progress in the treatment of AIDS, the fight against malaria and the stunning reduction in child mortality - all in the last 10 years.  Compared to a decade ago, 7,256 fewer children die every day from preventable, treatable diseases – that’s 2.65 million lives saved every year. 

“Have you read anything, anywhere in the last week that is remotely as important as that number?” he challenges. 

Bono warns the progress we have made is in jeopardy – getting to the ‘Zero Zone’ is not inevitable and gains could be reversed.  He exhorts the audience to fight corruption, inequality, apathy and inertia in the pursuit of empowering the world’s poorest people. 

Addressing the threat of corruption, Bono says open data tools and social networking services are helping to let in the light. "There's a vaccine for that [corruption] too… it's called transparency.” Thanks to open data, Bono says, “It’s getting harder to hide if you're doing bad stuff.”
 
In the talk, Bono challenges viewers to become “factivists” who share the facts of progress and help campaign for more progress – by joining groups like ONE.  He also urges governments to continue to fund programs successfully combating extreme poverty and disease like the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, TB and Malaria.  

http://www.u2.com/news/title/toward-the-zero-zone

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An important and provocative article about the power of collaboration writtten by +Richard Exon: ''Barriers to collaboration are no longer technical. They are cultural" - +Ron Garan 

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+Ron Garan at +SXSW  'Barriers to collaboration are no longer technical. They are cultural.' 

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NASA astronaut +Ron Garan fires up the visionary young people at +One Young World Summit today - the "first generation to be born in a world that has all the tools necessary to solve the problems of the world." *Key is We* - the unprecedented ability to collaborate on a global scale. 
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