Each year TED selects 20 fellows and 10 senior fellows for the prestigious TED Fellowship Program. This diverse group of dreamers, thinkers, and doers are given professional coaching and instruction to help them share their passion projects with the world.
Yesterday, the 2018 TED Fellows were announced; the group includes an astrophysicist, a geographer and glaciologist, a clean water advocate, an infectious disease doctor, a photojournalist and filmmaker, and a regenerative tissue engineer—to name a few. All of these fellows survived the rigorous application project to join the ranks of the vast network of 453 fellows who came before them.
And, as Eillie Anzilotti writes in Fast Company, it’s perfect timing that three of this year’s fellows have made it their mission to end sexual harassment and abuse through advocacy, reporting, and technology in the spirit of the #MeToo and #TimesUp movements.
TED 2018 Fellow Laura L. Dunn is a victim’s rights attorney; she is also the founder of a nonprofit called SurvJustice, an organization that provides assistance to victims of campus sexual violence. Another fellow, Yasin Kakande is an investigative journalist and author of the book Slave States: The practice of Kafala in the Gulf Arab Region, who worked undercover for to reveal human rights abuses of migrant workers in the Middle East. Through his work, Kakande has exposed injustices committed against women and young girls. Senior Fellow Jessica Ladd, who has been through the program once before, is a sexual health technologist and founder of Callisto, a nonprofit that provides online technology to college campuses as a platform for victims of sexual assault to report perpetrators.
As the problems of sexual harassment, assault, and abuse continue to grow, it’s safe to say that the innovation and awareness of these three fellows couldn’t have come at a better time. As part of the program, each fellow will be giving a TED Talk of their own, and I, for one, can’t wait to see what they have to say.
The full list with descriptions from Ted.com:
If you can’t wait for TED2018, check out these talks from last year’s fellows:
Trump Has a Really Big Budget Proposal
And it might hit higher education right where it hurts.
The White House’s 2019 budget proposal was released yesterday, with the bold headline being that the administration wants $4.4 trillion for the year. The proposal bears President Trump’s vision of an America armed for war, paid for in part by an America that doesn’t prioritize education.
The $4.4 trillion is a dramatic increase from the amount of money the Trump administration spent during 2017. Much of the added funds would go toward military spending and toward funding a wall on the border between the United States and Mexico.
“We’re going to have the strongest military we’ve ever had, by far,” the president said. To “balance” the federal budget see-saw, Trump removes weight through cuts, scientific research, public broadcasting, and domestic programs benefitting the poor and middle class, such as student loans.
The proposal would also reduce funding for social programs like Medicaid and Medicare. Even with these cuts, government spending is projected to increase the federal debt by at least $7 trillion by 2027.
According to CNBC, “The proposal would sharply curtail income-based repayment plans, scratch the Public Service Loan Forgiveness Program, and embolden the government to go after students who don’t pay their loans and cut funding for federal work study in half.”
Implementation of such changes to loans would be seen by borrowers only after July 1, 2019.
As lawmakers from both parties digest the details, they will be arming for a potentially long struggle toward approval in the weeks ahead.
Dunkin’ to Stop Using Foam Cups by 2020
And it’s about time, too.
There has always been something different about getting coffee from Dunkin’ Donuts. It’s a no-frill — but super tasty — alternative to Starbucks or your local brewer, with down home, no-frills feel.
And they serve their brew in those foam cups. Comforting and easy to grab, sure, but not very good for the environment.
Dunkin’ announced today that those polystyrene foam cups will be completely phased out from its stores globally by 2020, reducing the waste stream by millions.
Foam packaging of any kind decomposes very slowly, washes into waterways and can harm sea life and other creatures who depend on the water supply to live.
McDonald’s also said it will get rid of any remaining foam cups in the next few years as well, though they have already drastically reduced dependance on them.
So raise one to Dunkin’ for taking a step in an environmentally friendly direction.
Buzzfeed and NBC Launched a ‘Millennial Parenting’ Channel Today
Playfull is aimed at parents aged 20-34, which is you, college students with kids.
NBCUniversal and BuzzFeed launched something that is being called a “millennial parenting channel” today on Facebook.
Peggy Wang, BuzzFeed’s editorial director for lifestyle brands told Digiday that the focus will be giving parents valuable and relatable information with a BuzzFeed bent. Those parents are in the age range of 20 to 34, meaning it would include some college students.
Expect to see a 15-second commercial that will air during the Winter Olympics pushing the Playfull brand.
Here’s the video that appeared on Playfull’s page this morning:
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