I watched “Millionaire’s Mission” on Tuesday night. I’d recommend it highly. It follows 8 very rich and powerful entrepreneurs into a Village in Africa, where World Vision is conducting an experiment. Is it possible that these entrepreneurs can think of something that we haven’t to change the future of the village, and bring it out of poverty?
Well, their idea was to build a hotel. Sounds outlandish, but their reasoning was reasonably well thought out, in terms of stimulating the economy, and increasing literacy. But when the locals have highest on their priority list, things like “water” and “roads” and “hospital renovation”, I don’t know if they’ll see the hotel idea in the same light. And the shorts for next week see them yielding machetes, so it’ll be VERY interesting to watch!
I guess that is one of the main tensions between short term relief and long term sustainable development.
I was also directed this week to the “Story of Stuff”. It’s similar to things you’ve always heard about the injustices along the production lines of our “stuff”, but it puts it in a very succinct package, that is available to download. If you’re trying to get people around you to understand the impact that their actions have on the sustainability and stewardship of our world’s resources, then host a screening.
From its extraction through sale, use and disposal, all the stuff in our lives affects communities at home and abroad, yet most of this is hidden from view. The Story of Stuff is a 20-minute, fast-paced, fact-filled look at the underside of our production and consumption patterns. The Story of Stuff exposes the connections between a huge number of environmental and social issues, and calls us together to create a more sustainable and just world. It’ll teach you something, it’ll make you laugh, and it just may change the way you look at all the stuff in your life forever.
If you’re looking for a way to avoid watching copious amounts of TV this week, hook in with a game of Settlers. You’ll not have as much fun anywhere else!!
For your ammusement…
And, go here. You’ll find it thoroughly relaxing.