World Bank Papers into Puppets – recycling project

brBunker Roy explains an amazing college and concept in Rajasthan, India. An extraordinary school teaches rural women and men — many of them illiterate — to become solar engineers, artisans, dentists and doctors in their own villages.

It’s called the Barefoot College.

Through TED, Bunker Roy, founder of Barefoot College explains that it works without money or qualifications. In fact if you have any qualifications you are not able to attend.

In remote villages in India and also Afghanistan, projects which have benefited the communities have reshaped people’s lives. The women have been given training and help to make projects work. They made solar cables and equipment to bring light to their villages. Imagine the difference that light at night has made to their lives. The cost is negligible and uses resources like sunlight, always there.

‘What is the best way to communicate?’ asks Bunker Roy. ‘Is it telephone, television…. No telewoman!’

It is an engaging video and inspiring speaker with a calm and quiet confidence. Despite having the best education in India Bunker Roy wanted to work with the villages, his mother wouldn’t speak to him for 5 years.

No money no problem! And even a project to make puppets out of recycled World Bank papers!!

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Steve Jobs How to Live before you die

Steve Jobs


Steve Jobs, CEO and co-founder of Apple and Pixar, sadly died this week. Steve Jobs co-founded Apple with school friend Steve Wozniak in 1976. Initially based out of his family garage in California, the firm has grown into the world’s most valuable technology company.


Photo from Pixar Animations

Born in 1955, his student mother decided it was best for him to be adopted. Her plan for him to be son of college graduates was thwarted as when he was born, the intended adopted parents decided they would rather have a girl.

This info is from Stanford University as seen on TED – Ideas worth spreading. This is a beautiful video- needs watching!

Steve did get to college but dropped out when he realised that his parents were spending all their savings on his education. But he turned this into a big advantage, he went to calligraphy classes so he recognised and understood the beautiful typography that helped to make Apple great.

Apple – a huge company and success in beauty, technology and compulsive functionality.

BUzz Lt YrBut Pixar too, an animation company with success like Toy Story and Finding Nemo, using really expensive computer animation.

IPhones and IPads, amazing technology in beautiful products and used by millions.

Steve Jobs a man who had total belief in his own abilities.

His great gifts were an ability to second guess the market and an eye for well designed and innovative products that everyone would buy.

A man who followed his intuition and his heart.

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