By Naty Barak (Netafim), interviewed by Nina Kruschwitz When it comes to agriculture, sustainability can mean many different things: Providing access to markets for smaller farmers; reducing pollution from pesticides or chemical fertilizers; limiting deforestation and habitat loss; managing soil to avoid nutrient depletion or erosion; or ensuring efficient use of water resources. In arid […]
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News plays a varying role across the social networking sites.1 Roughly half of both Facebook and Twitter users get news on those sites, earlier reports have shown. On YouTube, that is true of only one-fifth of its user base, and for LinkedIn, the number is even smaller. And Pinterest, a social pin board for visual content, is hardly used for news at all.
Virunga National Park in the Democratic Republic of Congo is famous for its gorillas. The resource-rich park is an island of stability in a war-ravaged nation. Credit Brent Stirton/Getty Images for WWF-Canon
SYDNEY, Australia — I PARTICIPATED in the World Parks Congress in Sydney last week and learned a new phrase: “a black elephant.” A black elephant, explained the London-based investor and environmentalist Adam Sweidan, is a cross between “a black swan” (an unlikely, unexpected event with enormous ramifications) and the “elephant in the room” (a problem that is visible to everyone, yet no one still wants to address it) even though we know that one day it will have vast, black-swan-like consequences.
“Currently,” said Sweidan, “there are a herd of environmental black elephants gathering out there” — global warming, deforestation, ocean acidification, mass extinction and massive fresh water pollution. “When they hit, we’ll claim they were black swans no one could have predicted, but, in fact, they are black elephants, very visible right now.” We’re just not dealing with them at the scale necessary. If they all stampede at once, watch out.
No, this is not an eco-doom column. This one has a happy ending — sort of. The International Union for Conservation of Nature holds the parks congress roughly every 10 years to draw attention to the 209,000 protected areas, which cover 15.4 percent of the planet’s terrestrial and inland water areas and 3.4 percent of the oceans, according to the I.U.C.N.
Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel and President Obama at a White House news conference announcing Mr. Hagel’s resignation on Monday.
WASHINGTON — Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel handed in his resignation under pressure on Monday, the first cabinet-level casualty of the collapse of President Obama’s Democratic majority in the Senate and the struggles of his national security team to respond to an onslaught of global crises.
Labor, Capital, and Ideas in the Power Law Economy
Recent advances in technology have created an increasingly unified global marketplace for labor and capital. The ability of both to flow to their highest-value uses, regardless of their location, is equalizing their prices across the globe. In recent years, this broad factor-price equalization has benefited nations with abundant low-cost labor and those with access to cheap capital. Some have argued that the current era of rapid technological progress serves labor, and some have argued that it serves capital. What both camps have slighted is the fact that technology is not only integrating existing sources of labor and capital but also creating new ones.
Secretary General Ban Ki-moon on Friday drew attention to perhaps the bleakest chapter of his tenure at the United Nations: the three-year-old war in Syria, and now the prospective unraveling of the region along sectarian lines.
“Suddenly, the cohesion and integrity of two major countries, not just one, is in question,” he said, as the war has spread into Iraq.
In an expansive speech at the Asia Society in New York that hinted at his frustration with all those who have fueled the conflict, Mr. Ban was especially sharp in criticizing the government of President Bashar al-Assad of Syria for its use of barrel bombs and other devastating weapons.
“Governments that hope to regain legitimacy do not massacre their own people,” Mr. Ban said.
The future of the Internet — which means the future of communications, culture, free speech and innovation — is up for grabs.
The Federal Communications Commission is making decisions that may determine how open the Internet will be, who will profit most from it and whether start-ups will face new barriers that will make it harder for ideas to flourish.
Tim Wu, 41, a law professor at Columbia University, isn’t a direct participant in the rule making, but he is influencing it. A dozen years ago, building on the work of more senior scholars, Mr. Wu developed a concept that is now a generally accepted norm. Called “net neutrality,” short for network neutrality, it is essentially this: The cable and telephone companies that control important parts of the plumbing of the Internet shouldn’t restrict how the rest of us use it.
A film about the relationship between anthropologist Rina Sherman and an Omuhimba family with whom she lived for seven years, filming and photographing aspects of their everyday and ritual lives. Halfway through her tenure in the field, Sherman presented a multimedia exhibition, entitled The Ovahimba Years: Work in Progress in Windhoek, the capital of Namibia. A group of young people from the community of Etanga traveled to Windhoek to participate in the exhibition.
Tjimbosi’s name giving ceremony, the Headman of Etanga, his wife, Omukurukaze, with their daughter, Kakaendona and Ngavekupe, her husband.
The film explores the evolution of this relationship that lead to the exhibition, shows the group of young people discovering the presentation of their cultural heritage at the exhibition, holding performances as part of the program presented, and shows the resulting discussions and consequences of the exhibition, once everyone is back in Ovahimba country. When Visitors Come is a film about an anthropologist in situ, and evokes several notions central to fieldwork, such as the nature of the bond between the observer and the observed, the observed observer, participant-anthropology and emotion as possible vector or hindrance in fieldwork. Below is a short interview with Rina about the film.
Question 1: This film is kind of a half way marker, not only with your stay in Namibia, but also in your development with the Ovahimba Tribe. In the film you seem very at ease and comfortable with the tribe, how long did it take to attain reach that point with the Ovahimba?
Rina: The film and exhibition featured in the film, « The Ovahimba Years: Work in Progress » (see also the catalogue), was at the time a half way marker. Since then, the years have gone by and other markers have come into being, of which, a photographic exhibition, Ovahimba Gaze: A Given Time, at the Sala Lippi in Perugia in 2009, and the ongoing discussion with the Bibliothèque Nationale de France to acquire the archives (unique) of my work with the Ovahimba. From the outset, my research brief (from my funders, The French Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Ford Foundation among others), included the obligation to make my research results available to the academic community and the public at large. The question—how to render my experience and share the immense privilege of sharing the every day and ritual lives of the Ovahimba?—was present at all times and the film When Visitors Come and the exhibition was a first response to that and a half way mark of my seven years in the field.
Having grown up in the worst years of Apartheid South Africa, it was a transforming experience to live with people from Africa that had not been totally or too directly subjected to the segregationist policies of German, English and then South African colonization. The Ovahimba do not have a word in their language to describe themselves as “black”, they simply say omundu for a person and ovandu for people. They do use the word otjirumbu to designate the Boers, Afrikaners and by extension any whites (odoitji for Germans), as they represent elements that are foreign to their culture. It was hence the first time in my life that I spent time with African people on an equal basis. The first years were difficult; I did not speak the language and had to rely on the interpretation of local assistants, which meant that I had to read between the lines to get a sense of what was actually being said. Once I had learned to speak the language, my rapport with people changed. Also, once they understood that my “no” was no and my “yes” was yes, trust developed. They also realized that while I stuck to my research brief and use of resources, I was also capable of getting up in the middle of the night to drive for as many hours as needed to get a sick person to hospital. Friendships and relationships of kin developed, I became adopted, by the Headman as his child, by his children as their siblings and by others as their friends; we worked, quarreled, partied , traveled and lived together. Time is the main factor in field work; it takes time. There is no possible compression of time. Personal disposition is another factor, once one accepts the Other as a possible self, the first step toward a human relationship is taken. I arrived for six months and stayed for seven years. The Ovahimba do not ask a visitor when he intends to leave; they simply welcome him and make do with the consequences. I have to pay homage to their exceptional hospitality, to accept me filming, photographing, recording their every day and ritual lives for seven years. Among us, who could do that? Not many people.
Question 2: What was your reaction to the tribe’s reaction when they were able to see your various documentation of them in exhibit form? Did you have any preconceptions about how they were going to interact?
Rina: The exhibition presented the first time for the Ovahimba to experience their culture as representation (see clip of Ovahimba discovering first soundscape of exhibition). As an oral based culture, the notion of representation does not exist in the same way for them as it does for us. Preparing the exhibition was most interesting; I had to explain that various aspects of my work on their culture would be “shown” at the “house of France,” the Franco-Namibian Cultural Centre (FNCC) in Windhoek, for people to see and learn about it. Without having any prior experience in this regard, the group chosen among themselves from members of the family and community to accompany me to Windhoek, instantly understood what was expected of them. Kakaendona, the Headman’s youngest daughter, a person of exceptional intelligence and leader of the group, organized everything, from presentations, conferences, instruments to dress. One day, shortly before the exhibition opening, I called here in a panic, reminding her to not forget to bring the embuita instrument, a drum for calling the spirits. She laughed disdainfully and said, “Hey, who do you think I am? Everything is ready!”
I was worried about how people in Windhoek would receive the exhibition. But the Ovahimba group proved to be excellent ambassadors to their culture; they remained calm under all circumstances and presented their culture with what one could only call “panache.” The FNCC has a policy of decentralization and we went to present performances and conferences at schools in Katatura (the still existing township of Windhoek), the International School and the University of Namibia (UNAM). At the Katatura schools I was transformed into a bouncer to keep people away from the Ovahimba, touching their plats and other parts of their attire and so on; the Ovahimba were received like rock stars by the children, who had never before seen their compatriots in real life.
I went around with a wet cloth to wipe off the red unction as it was smeared on furniture, toilet seats, etc. explaining to everyone that it is a pigment and not dirt; it turned out not to be a problem for anyone. I arranged for long strips of red ochre colored canvas cloth to place on chair of theaters and conference centers to avoid the otjize unction from staining furniture, there again, everyone understood and there was no problem.
My main fear was that of racism and when it did occur, the Ovahimba group proved to be stoic, became a little pale, but remained dignified and the author of the incident was subsequently called to task, but the children of the Headman, as children of the ancient African aristocracy, with strategic thinking and acting as part of their everyday vocabulary, knew how to rise above the occasion.
Question 3: Did the dynamic of interaction change in any way between you and the tribe after the exhibit?
— After the exhibition, there were many in-the-hut ruminations about what happened in Windhoek, one of which is included in When Visitors Come: on that occasion, on film, it was decided that the next destination for our work on Ovahimba culture would be Paris!
Also, on any subsequent occasion, Kakaendona organized an Ondjongo dance play session; I then explained to her that we should go beyond the notion of performance and aim for knowledge exchange workshops for the Paris leg of our work. I have tried to find funding for this project in Paris, but shied away from some of the opportunities, since the impression I got was that it would be a case of getting Africans from the North and the South to meet in Paris, or let the Africans dance in Paris, and that is a far cry from what we had in mind. Once when Kakaendona and some of my other “sisters” visited Windhoek, I took them to Katatura after having taken them to a gala funding dinner at a five star hotel. When we got back home, they said they did not want to go to Katatura again but only to the dinners like the other night. I could hence not envisage to have them participate in North-South encounters in Paris. Would Western audiences be open to knowledge exchange on various topics with the Ovahimba? It remains an open question to which I still have to find an answer, and at times I think that NY would perhaps be a more adequate venue. It is a matter of time and energy to develop this leg of the project.
Question 4: As a documentarian and anthropologist, how much do you think your interactions with the tribe effect the end documentation? Do you think it ultimately hinders? Helps? Or does it perhaps offer an all new lens for the masses to view their culture from? Do you think it effects “accuracy”(a broad term, I know)?
Rina: My relationship with members of the community of Etanga and its outskirts directly affected the results of my documentation, for the simple reason that I systematically practiced feedback with all recorded materials. I showed rushes back to the people filmed on a daily basis, gave photographs to almost everybody photographed, showed edited films when I returned—some that have been completed since have not yet been shown. People would comment on what and how I filmed, would make suggestions on what to film next or simply call me to come and film when they thought it was necessary. I became a kind of public scribe, called to film community meetings and customary law procedures. I alsoshowed some of Jean Rouch’s films to them on a double band 16mm projector and a sheet hanging from a tree. At first, I translated the French into English / Afrikaans for one of my assistants who then translated into Otjiherero. After a while, my assistant said, “Dokota, I can see what is happening, you do not need to translate and he continued to improvise commentary on the film, much in the way Rouch devised the commentary of some of his films, such as Jaguar.
Their participation is a positive contribution in the sense that there is no objective reality, there is only point of view; mine, theirs, and ultimately the result of my work is my vision influenced by our relationship and often times their direct input. For example, Kakaendona soon learned to know when I was filming from watching my body tension; she would then act up or down accordingly. At times, and there is one such occasion in When Visitors Come, during the performance at the International School, when she notices that my body tension was dropping, that is, she knew I was going to stop filming, she turned her head to me and with her eyes lead me to the protagonist, Vuaanderua, hence indicating to me that her apparent stillness was a pause and that there was more to come, that I should not stop filming.
I very rarely ask direct questions, I never comment on anything religious or political, I wait for things to happen, to come my way, to be suggested to me and when they open up, I make sure I am ready to enter the occasion. I make sure I maintain a level of availability at all times, not an easy thing to do at all, but it is the only way.
I do hope that the way I present my work, be it in text, image, still and moving, makes it accessible to both the academic world and the public at large. Ordinary language provides more than enough scope to state things clearly, and I try to do that. I am aware though that seven years is a short time to learn about a culture, a lifetime is needed. I did not scoop off more than the froth. That is why I try as often as possible to have members of the Ovahimba community present for presentations; they are the only people that can legitimately represent their culture. My representation is always only a point of view, with what it may contain in subjectivity and error. Ethnography is fiction, at least to a degree. There is no accuracy, even from an Omuhimba point of view; no two people from a same community will always represent their culture in exactly the same way; that is not the purpose of the exercise. Anyone who pretends to achieve total accuracy, at least in a work of the mind, is intellectually dishonest.
Born in South Africa, Rina Sherman was exiled from the country and settled in France in 1984 where she has been living and working since. A classical musician by training, she worked as independent theater actress and in television before turning to film making. In 1990 she completed a doctorate with distinction at the Sorbonne, supervised by Jean Rouch. Rina Sherman arrived on Jean Rouch’s doorstep at the French Cinémathèque with her film Chicken Movie. Cluck! under the arm. Rouch scrambled his screening program to include it and said: “It’s an urban poem, fresh, the kind of film we should be making today.” He later acted in some of Rina Sherman’s fiction and mixed genre films, of whichAn Egg With no Shell and M.M. les locataires.
Rina on the set of "Chicken Movie, Cluck!"
Her first novel,UITREIS, (Leaving) was published in South Africa in 1997 to critical acclaim. Writer, filmmaker and anthropologist, Rina has initiated several cultural projects. She was audiovisual director for the exhibition “South Africa: Music of Freedom” at La Villette, 1995. That same year, she was awarded the prestigious French prize, “Villa Médicis Hors les Murs” that allowed her to undertake extensive research in the film archives of the Southern African region.
Rina with Jean Rouch on the set of "M.M. les locataires"
In 1997 Rina was awarded a Lavoisier Research Bursary by the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs for the project “The Ovahimba Years“, a multidisciplinary long-term research program (video, film, photography, drawings, and oral tradition) aimed at creating a living trace of Ovahimba cultural heritage. For a period of seven years, she filmed, recorded and photographed aspects of the daily and ritual lives of the Ovahimba.
In 2002, she presented a multimedia exhibition, “The Ovahimba Years: Work in Progress“, at the Franco-Namibian Cultural Center in Windhoek. In 2003, she extended her research into the south-west of Angola, and has hence covered the entire Otjiherero sociolinguistic cultural heritage landscape. The project received support from the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs, various EU Embassies, The Ford Foundation and numerous private sponsors.
She is currently processing the data of her research and documentation results collected over a period of seven years in the field, writing and editing films about her years with the Ovahimba, as well as working toward the long term conservation of “The Ovahimba Years” Collection. In November 2011, a retrospective of Rina Sherman’s films was held at the Quai Branly Museum, with two programs, Life in the City and The Ovahimba Years.
Still from Rina's film "Keep the Dance Alive"
Over the next two months we will be featuring work from Rina’s “The Ovahimba Years“. The Collection of the project “The Ovahimba Years” contains all of the data collected for numerous years by Rina Sherman on the Ovahimba and related populations of the Kunene Region, in north-western Namibia and the provinces of Cunene and the Namib in south-western Angola. It consists of images (film and video), sound recordings, drawings and photographs as well as a bibliography (copies of articles), texts and notes, correspondence, as well as administrative and production files, inventories and portfolios, covering the period from 1996 to present. Much of these elements covers daily and ritual life, and the history of the extended family of the late Headman of Etanga, heir to the throne held by the Tjambiru family for many generations.
Rina filming in Etanga, Nambia for "The Ovahimba Years" project
Other elements are composed of information on the lives of family, friends and members of the surrounding community and other Ovahimba communities and related populations (Ovakuvale, Ovadhimba, Ovahakaona, Ovatwa, Ovacaroca, etc.) of Namibia and Angola. The documentation highlights the important role played by ritual dance and spirit calling ceremonies (trance). Several documents cover trials in customary law and important community meetings.
MICHEL BRAULT, The Cinema is Anything You Want," a filmed portrait by Rina Sherman.
While Rina Sherman is continuing her work with the Ovahimba, she has also returned to her love for urban and mixed genre films, such as La poupée bleue, a film about life today in Montmartre, and she is has turned to portraiture with VOICES Meetings with Remarkable People a collection of filmed portraits, of which Jean Rouch’s accomplice and colleague, renowned Quebec filmmaker, Michel Brault. Next week on Tribal Truth we will be featuring a film from Rina’s “The Ovahimba Years” called When Visitors Come.
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Born in South Africa, Rina Sherman was exiled from the country and settled in France in 1984 where she has been living and working since. A classical musician by training, she worked as independent theater actress and in television before turning to film making. In 1990 she completed a doctorate with distinction at the Sorbonne, […]
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After watching too much 24-hour news, people can get the impression that American youth are selfish, drugged up brats who can only think about getting their hands on the latest fashions and electronics. 4Others completely defies that stereotype, and their work proves that young people have the ideas and passion to end poverty. 4Others is […]
In 2006, movie audiences roared when Sacha Baron Cohen snatched Pamela Anderson after getting an autograph from the actress. While Borat was a comedy, the scene actually showed a frightening reality for women in Kyrgyzstan where bride kidnapping is a widely accepted practice. In small mountain villages, there is sometimes a lack of available young […]
Every person wants to take pride in themselves and their work, and every community wants to thrive. The Acumen Fund realizes that people in need are seeking “dignity, not dependence,” and their programs provide life’s necessities at reasonable prices and create jobs in the community. Instead of offering temporary band-aid solutions that only help a […]
Refugee children are learning photography through the UNHCR’s “Do You See What I See?” program. Photographer Brendan Bannon has taught photography classes in refugee camps in Namibia and Yemen, and he has seen the change in his students as they are given a creative outlet and see the fruits of their labor. Surprisingly, the pictures […]
On Tribal Truth, we are big believers in the power of social networking and philanthropy. In the past, we covered the online Restore Truthiness campaign which raised hundreds of thousands of dollars for Donors Choose and philanthropy social networking sites like Crowdrise. October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, and so far, the online “I like […]
Major feature films about Africa are few and far between, and films produced in Africa with African actors are even rarer. The Forgotten Kingdom is trying to be a film starring Africans, telling a uniquely African story, and shining light on the HIV/AIDS crisis in Lesotho. In The Forgotten Kingdom, Atang Mokoenya is a young […]
One percent of the pregnant women in the world are HIV-positive. Out of that one percent, ninety-five percent of pregnant HIV-positive women are living in Sub-Saharan Africa. The transmission of HIV from mother to child can absolutely be prevented, but even so, nearly a quarter of these children are born with the virus. There are […]
On September 21, 2010, columnist Dan Savage posted a video of himself and his husband Terry talking about anti-gay bullying and the recent suicides by gay students. In the video entitled “It Gets Better,” Dan and Terry talk about their life growing up, how they met and fell in love, adopting their son DJ, and […]
Social networking sites have revolutionize job hunting, friendships, and video production, and some philanthropists have discovered new ways to connect people, spread awareness for their cause, and raise funds. Check out some of the absolute best of the best websites out there that are helping artists and philanthropists share their work and raise money for […]
Director Lee Hirsch was on CNN’s American Morning today to talk about his documentary The Bully Project which has received more attention in the past few weeks following a slew of suicides by young people who were bullied. You can read our coverage of The Bully Project here. Problems viewing the video? Watch it here […]
According to the Institute for the Study of Youth Sports at Michigan State University, students who are involved in after-school sports gain leadership skills and develop a better social intelligence than their peers who are uninvolved in sports or other extracurricular activities. For kids growing up in gang neighborhoods and conflict regions, sports can be […]
Neighborhood NYC checked out “Sound+Vision: At War” which was presented this week at the Gerald W. Lynch Theater. The program’s combination of photography and classical music was a “powerful look at the humanity behind the war.” Read their review at http://neighborhoodnyc.com/blog/neighborhood-highlights-hells-kitchen-soundvision-at-war/, and check out our coverage of “Sound+Vision: At War” at http://tribaltruth.org/2010/09/soundvision-at-war/.
This morning, CNN investigative reporter Abbie Boudreau posted a blog entitled “Our Documentary Takes A Strange Detour.” Boudreau has been filming “Right on the Edge,” a documentary about young right-wing activists. As detailed in her blog, things took a strange turn when she scheduled an interview with James O’Keefe. O’Keefe is best known for the […]
Solar Sister proves that entrepreneurship and environmentalism can work together to improve the living conditions of African communities. Solar Sister works with women in Sudan and Uganda to set up their own solar micro-businesses and sell solar-powered lights to schools, clinics, and families. These small businesses provide women with additional income, give developing countries access […]
The American school system has been under scrutiny of late thanks to the recent documentary Waiting for Superman, but a new film is examining bullying, a painful reality in schools across the country. The Bully Project follows Alex Moody from Georgia, Alex Hopkins from Iowa, Kelby Johnson from Oklahoma, Aisha Lalor from Mississippi, and Tyler […]
Pulitzer Prize-nominated photojournalist Chris Hondros is teaming up with musician Kenneth Hamrick for “Sound+Vision: At War,” a musical/photographic media experience on September 29 at the Gerald W. Lynch Theater. “Sound+Vision: At War” pairs up Chris Hondros’ photographs from the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan with the music of Johann Sebastian Bach performed live by Fusion […]
Last week, comedian Stephen Colbert testified before the House Judiciary committee’s subcommittee on immigration, stirring up controversy in the media and from both sides of the aisle. “Embarrassment” is a word that has been thrown around a lot, but when the media and Congress call Stephen Colbert an embarrassment, I feel the need to point […]
This week, entertainment news has been anticipating the release of The Social Network and speculating about how much of the film is true. The film follows the creation of Facebook and the story of Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg, and all early reviews are indicating that the portrayal of Zuckerberg is very unflattering. Coincidentally, Mark Zuckerberg […]
In Grand Rapids, Michigan, Calvin College professor Stephanie Sandberg is challenging minds and hearts through theater, and her newest play Lines: The Lived Experience of Race is timely and bound to stir up conversation about race in the United States. Sandberg’s previous work includes Jane Austen’s Sense and Sensibility and Disciples at Calvin College and […]
Next Tuesday, the documentary film Tapestries of Hope will be screened for one night only in theaters around the country. Tapestries of Hope follows Betty Makoni, the founder of the Girl Child Network. Last year, she was recognized by CNN for her work with rape victims in Zimbabwe. In Zimbabwe, there is a widespread myth […]
Kiva is making a difference for small businesses around the world by combining loans and a really smart web strategy. Like other micro-loan organizations, Kiva works with field partners who know the community and bring in potential clients, and they put together the clients’ stories, pictures, and business details for the website. People can then […]
This week, the Clinton Global Initiative will be having their annual meeting in New York City. Leaders, philanthropists, and great minds from around the world will be hosting sessions on a wide range of issues including human trafficking, climate change, education, and economic empowerment. On Monday, Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton and CBS Evening […]
TOMS Shoes founder Blake Mycoskie is a young social entrepreneur, and TOMS Shoes is a wonderful example for young people looking to build a successful business and change the world at the same time. TOMS Shoes is best known for its One for One Movement. For every shoe that TOMS Shoes sells, they donate a […]
The name MDG Five refers to Millennium Development Goal #5 which was adopted by the United Nations in September 2000. With MDG #5, they wanted to improve maternal health and decrease the number of deaths due to pregnancy or delivery complications. They planned on achieving MDG #5 by raising public awareness of the issue and […]
Disclaimer: I do not claim to be an expert on woman’s rights or contraception/abortion access, and this article does not necessarily reflect the beliefs of Tribal Truth. I want this article to be the start of conversation, not the end of it, and it does not cover all aspects of this complex issue. This week, […]
There are a lot of people and organizations who need help and sometimes it’s hard to decide who to donate money to. Also, if you have limited means you might think that a small donation can’t do much. GlobalGiving.org is a unique site that gives people the opportunity to fund smaller projects or grassroots organizations […]
Glenn Beck’s Restoring Honor rally got mixed reactions from the media with accusations of racism and fear mongering from the left and praise from the right. One Reddit user, however, has used a satirical counter-rally with Stephen Colbert to raise $95,000 for charity. While The Colbert Report was on vacation, a Reddit user known as […]
Last Friday, Tribal Truth covered the 9/11 National Day of Service, a day where people remember those lost in the September 11 attacks by giving back to their community. According to NY1, the 9/11 National Day of Service was an enormous success in New York City with hundreds of volunteers working in soup kitchens and […]
This Saturday is the anniversary of the September 11 World Trade Center attacks. While some groups are planning hateful events like the Qu’ran burning that has dominated the news, the 9/11 Day of Service is encouraging people to honor the memory of those who died by giving back to the community. The 9/11 Day of […]
The Partnership for the Eradication of Human Trafficking will be screening the documentary The Price of Sugar at the Museum of Tolerance on Tuesday, September 21 at 6 PM. In the Dominican Republic, a tropical island-nation, tourists flock to pristine beaches unaware that a few miles away thousands of dispossessed Haitians have toiled under armed-guard […]
BookTalkUNA along with the Institute of International Education will be hosting a book discussion of Tracy Kidder’s Strength in What Remains on Monday, September 27 at 7:00 PM. There will be a reception from 6:30 to 7 PM followed by the discussion and a book signing with Deogratias (Deo) Niyizonkiza, the subject of Strength in […]
Waiting For “Superman” is a new documentary film from Davis Guggenheim, Oscar-winning director of An Inconvenient Truth. This time, he takes on America’s broken school system. The theatrical trailer can be viewed above. At Tribal Truth, we are excited about this film because it is shedding light on a problem here in our own cities […]
855 million people in the world are illiterate. Out of that, two-thirds are women. In today’s world, this is an unacceptable statistic, and the International Literacy Day is working to change it. As part of International Literacy Day, Tribal Truth is showcasing organizations that are fighting illiteracy around the world. International Reading Association: The IRA […]
Howcast on YouTube teaches a wide variety of skills like attracting girls, dancing like Beyonce, or studying hardcore, and at Tribal Truth, we enjoy their mix of humor and solid advice. Many organizations that are working for social change are learning how to use Twitter to keep their supporters in the know while also bringing […]
On the New York City sitcom How I Met Your Mother, character Barney Stinson has a deep love for his well-tailored suits. The real world truth is that there are many unemployed people in the city who do not even own a suit or proper interview attire, and as a result, they are having a […]
Tribal Truth has mentioned DonorsChoose.org in the past. Donors Choose gives teachers the opportunity to post their classroom needs online and solicit donations. Stephen Colbert serves as a board member for Donors Choose and is a major supporter of the organization. Yesterday, California teachers benefited in a big way from Donors Choose and Hilda Yao, […]
The YPIC (Young Professionals for International Cooperation) Book Club will be having their first meeting on Wednesday, September 29 at 7 PM. YPIC teaches students and young professionals about the United Nations and international issues. Throughout the year, they host informational and networking events including film screenings, panel discussions, and art exhibitions. The YPIC Book […]
In Flint, Michigan, the unemployment rate is about 14 percent. Many kids in the area live in unsafe neighborhoods and don’t have the money to participate in league sports or other after school activities. Despite the struggling local economy, the local bowling alley Richfield Bowl has offered free bowling to 3,000 children, the equivalent of […]
J.K. Rowling, the author of the bestselling Harry Potter book series, is setting up a multiple sclerosis research clinic at the University of Edinburgh. The clinic will be named for Rowling’s mother Anne Rowling who died from multiple sclerosis at 45 years old. The Anne Rowling regenerative neurology clinic will research Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, Huntingdon’s, and […]
What is the most compelling way to get people to recycle, pick up their trash, or use the stairs? Volkswagen’s initiative The Fun Theory believes that the best way to teach responsible behavior is to add an element of fun. The Fun Theory encourages people to think outside of the box and come up with […]
There is a disturbing new trend of child abuse happening in Africa and in African immigrant communities in the United Kingdom. Children are being accused of witchcraft or demon possession, and families are paying exorbitant fees to have their child exorcised by a religious leader. Religious beliefs are excusing child abuse, and this practice by […]
Rooftop Films is probably best known for their outdoor film screenings on New York City rooftops, but this non-profit arts organization offers so much more to fans and filmmakers alike. Screenings by Rooftop Films feature films like the upcoming Allen Ginsberg biopic Howl, Spike Jonze’s I’m Here, Funny or Die’s Drunk History, and Let’s Harvest […]
Sunday, August 29 will be the 5-year anniversary of Hurricane Katrina hitting New Orleans. The Lower Ninth Ward District was hit the hardest with most of the houses either destroyed or heavily damaged. Five years after the hurricane, recovery and success is measured one house at a time. Only 25% of the people who left […]
New technologies have given people new ways to communicate from video chatting with Skype to status updates on Facebook and even the good old-fashioned e-mail. For victims of domestic abuse, however, these new technologies can be misused to further isolate and hurt them. Spyware is a popular way for husbands to keep tabs on their […]
According to AOL News, there are 16 million children who receive subsidized school meals who are not covered during the summer. Despite efforts by the U.S. Department of Agriculture, local food banks, and other private organizations, many children still go hungry during the summertime months. Federal funding is in place for summer meal programs, but […]
Guinness & Co. might be best known for their beer, but the Arthur Guinness Fund is providing aid to social entrepreneurs located all over the world including West Africa and Indonesia. The Arthur Guinness Fund has partnered with Ashoka, the world’s leading association of social entrepreneurs. 30 entrepreneurs will be chosen by the Arthur Guinness […]
Recently, we received some very exciting updates from the organization Color Me In! We previously wrote about Color Me In! and CMI founder Sarah Grant, and we wanted to share them with the Tribal Truth community. From the Color Me In! August newsletter: Itamina: An organization of ten members sharing physical disabilities, their name translates […]
If you live in New York City, there are 2 photography shows by South African photographers that you might enjoy. First is Zwelethu Mthethwa, a photographer and painter from Durbin, South Africa. He is best known for his large format color photographs and has had over 35 solo exhibitions all over the world. Currently, his […]
On Monday August 23 at 6 PM, PEHT (The Partnership for the Eradication of Human Trafficking) will be hosting a panel discussion at the City Bar Justice Center at 42 West 44th Street. The discussion is entitled “Trafficking in Persons-Modern Day Slavery: The Social, Legal, and Economic Implications,” and the seven-person panel includes Rachel Yousey […]
Human trafficking is modern day slavery. Every year, hundreds of thousands of men, women, and children are kidnapped or tricked into believing that they are going to find work in another city or country. Their passport, papers, and identification are taken away by their captors, and they are forced into labor or sex trade, usually for no pay. Anti-trafficking groups rescue and rehabilitate […]
Surviving the 1994 Rwandan Genocide was a miracle, but life afterward was difficult for many women, particularly women who were HIV-positive. Same Sky is a “trade-not-aid-initiative” that gives these women the opportunity to be self-sufficient by learning how to crochet and make beaded bracelets. Through Same Sky, the artisans make ten-times the average wage of […]
Tribal Truth recently did a profile on Camfed, an organization dedicated to helping African girls stay in school and receive a higher education, and this week, a Camfed graduate was invited to the White House. Abigail Kaindu, a former Camfed student from Zambia, was in Washington for President Obama’s Forum with Young African Leaders. There […]
Camfed‘s primary mission is to help African girls stay in school despite financial difficulties. Schools keep an eye out for girls who are likely to drop out of school due to financial reasons, and Camfed takes care of all expenses including books, school uniforms, and boarding. These girls want to be doctors, lawyers, business owners, […]
Greg Mortenson, the co-founder and executive producer of the Central Asia Institute, has worked in Afghanistan and Pakistan since 1993, and since 1996, he has been doing his work through the Central Asia Institute. The Central Asia Institute builds schools, helps existing schools, and encourages young women to stay in school. At last count, the […]
The Jane Goodall Institute supports chimpanzee research as well as preserving the chimpanzee’s habitat and educating young people about taking care of the environment. Their program Roots & Shoots encourages young people to get involved by planting trees, participating in Earth Day, and raising funds to build a center for orphan chimpanzees. The Jane Goodall […]
World Learning is an organization focused on giving people life-changing cross-cultural experiences. Their student programs allow American students to visit countries all over the world and students from countries all over the world to visit America. These exchanges give students the chance to immerse themselves in a different culture and find ways that they can […]
The World Future Council works with politicians and other world leaders to bring about lasting change in the world. Their goals include “Peace and Disarmament,” “Climate and Energy,” “Sustainable Ecosystems, “Sustainable Economy,” and “Just Societies.” They strive to achieve their goals through what they call “Future Justice,” an overall societal change which strives for “showing […]
In South Africa, a country struggling to stop the spread of AIDS, loveLife is educating young people about safe sex practices while also addressing the reasons why young people choose to have unprotected sex. On their website, loveLife states: To tackle HIV in South Africa, loveLife believes that a broad, holistic approach is needed; one […]
There are a lot of organizations working for the same goal of clean water and sanitary living for all people. This is our on-going list of organizations that are working to increase access to clean water. If you are aware of other organizations working towards this goal, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org. Charity: Water: Builds […]
Oxfam was formed in 1995 by a group of independent non-governmental organizations. Their aim was to work together for greater impact on the international stage to reduce poverty and injustice. They are now an international confederation of 14 organizations working together in 99 countries with partners an allies around the world. Oxfam works directly with […]
SurfAid International came to our attention the other day when we were searching the internet, and we think they have a pretty incredible story. Surfer/doctor Dave Jenkins went to the Mentawai Islands in search of the “perfect waves,” but his life was changed by the people of the islands. When he saw that they were […]
The Nelson Mandela Foundation hosted a conversation between Achmat Dangor, Mongane Wally Serote, Nadine Gordimer, Elinor Sisulu, and Ariel Dorfman about the role of art in strengthening democracy. The discussion entitled “The Necessity of Art: Reflections on Writers and Artists in Defeating Oppression and Deepening Democracy” was held at Freedom Park in Pretoria. This excerpt is […]
Here is Part 3 of a conversation with Malcolm Morley where he talks about his art,other artists and shows some of his lithographs. This video is broken up into 3 sections: Jump to part 1 here http://tribaltruth.org/2010/07/conversation-with-malcolm-morley-part-1/ Jump to part 2 Here http://tribaltruth.org/2010/07/conversation-with-malcolm-morley-part-2/
Here is Part 2 of a conversation with Malcolm Morley where he talks about his art, other artists and a variety of other subjects. This video is broken up into 3 sections: Jump to part 1 here http://tribaltruth.org/2010/07/conversation-with-malcolm-morley-part-1/ Jump to part 3 Here http://tribaltruth.org/2010/07/conversation-with-malcolm-morley-part-3/
Here is Part 1 of a conversation with Malcolm Morley where he talks about his art, other artists and many other topics. This video is broken up into 3 sections: Jump to part 2 here http://tribaltruth.org/2010/07/conversation-with-malcolm-morley-part-2/ Jump to part 3 Here http://tribaltruth.org/2010/07/conversation-with-malcolm-morley-part-3/
UNA-NY Screening the Issues Sergio Please join us for this one night screening followed by a discussion with Dr. Jamal Benomar, Chef de Cabinet to the President of the UN General Assembly For more information on the screening of SERGIO go to their website http://www.unanyc.org/events/current/20100730_sergio.html
George Mark Children’s House is a nonprofit organization that provides the gift of time to children with life-limiting illnesses and their families – time for kids to be just kids and parents to be “mom” and “dad”, instead of round-the-clock caregivers. As the first— and, currently, only—freestanding residential pediatric palliative care facility in the United […]
The Strongheart Fellowship – located in Liberia, West Africa – provides extraordinary opportunity for exceptional young people from extremely challenging circumstances. Often displaced or orphaned by war, these are young people who have a marked “inner resilience” that has set them apart as remarkable potential leaders despite their conditions. What truly sets the Strongheart Program […]
Synergos comes from the Greek root meaning “working together.” Synergos is working to create a more just and equitable global society in which all individuals, families, and communities have a meaningful opportunity to improve the quality of their lives . Synergos and it’s partners mobilize resources and bridge social and economic divides to reduce poverty and […]
Echoing Green invests and supports emerging social entrepreneurs to launch new organizations that deliver high impact solutions. These social entrepreneurs and their organizations work to solve social, environmental, economic, and political inequities to ensure equal access and to help people reach their full potential. Echoing Green has been in the business of identifying, funding, and […]
Peace Park Foundation envisages the establishment of a network of protected area that links ecosystems across international borders. Peace parks are about co-existence between humans and nature, about promoting regional peace and stability, conserving biodiversity and stimulating job creation by developing nature conservation as a land-use option. To learn more about Peace Parks Foundation and what […]
Shared Interest’s mission is to mobilize the resources for South Africa’s economically disenfranchised communities to sustain themselves and build and equitable nation. One of the ways Shared Interest helps is by guaranteeing bank loans to local communities – which enables them to build houses, create jobs and support small businesses. To learn more about the […]
Culture Project is dedicated to addressing critical human rights issues by creating and supporting artistic work that amplifies marginalized voices. By fostering innovative collaboration between human rights organizations and artists, we aim to inspire and impact public dialogue and policy, encouraging democratic participation in the most urgent matters of our time. Blending prize-winning theater with […]
The mission of Counterpart International is to empower vulnerable people to implement innovative, holistic and enduring solutions to social, economic and environmental challenges. Our mission reflects our longstanding commitment to building the capacity of individuals and communities to control their own future. We are proud of our past innovations in community-based development and aspire to […]
The Advocacy Project (AP) is a nongovernmental organization based in Washington, DC, with a field office in Kampala, Uganda. AP secured non-profit status in July 2001. Our mission is to produce social change by helping marginalized communities claim their rights. This is done by partnering with advocates that represent these communities. We believe strongly that […]
In the mid 1970′s Kessie Govender founded the Stable Theatre in Durban, South Africa. It was the first independently owned theatre in South Africa. Because the Stable Theatre catered to a mainly black audience and because many of the plays performed at the Stable Theatre poked fun or criticized apartheid funding for the theatre was […]
The Sharing Foundation‘s mission is to help meet the physical, emotional, educational and medical needs of orphaned and seriously disadvantaged children in Cambodia. Our goal is to help prevent some of the problems associated with poverty by developing, in consultation with Cambodian community leaders, programs to improve the health and welfare of these children and […]
The African Rainforest Conservancy (ARC) promotes the restoration of African rainforests — among the oldest and most biodiverse in the world — by funding indigenous grassroots conservation organizations. By providing new economic and educational opportunities to local men, women, and children, they empower these communities to preserve their natural heritage for all mankind. For more […]
. Color Me In! pairs micro-loans for small business development with local tree planting in Zambia to empower communities to build an economic and environmentally sustainable future. Be sure to visit them today http://www.colormein.org UPDATE check out this new video from Color Me In NEWS Sarah Grant just got back from her trip to Zambia […]