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Building a Better World

These are efforts by passionate and dedicated individuals and groups striving to build a better world for all. I have tried to classify them loosely based on my understanding of their mission. There are many more but these are ones that i have some knowledge about.

Peace / Anti-war
  • Charter for compassion

    Sponsored by the TED Foundation, Charter for Compassion (launched in 2009) is a plea to unite a divided world through the principle of Compassion.

  • Rethink Afghanistan

    A movement led by documentary maker Robert Greenwald urging people to end the pointless Afghanistan war

  • Human Rights
  • Prajwala India Anti-Trafficking Organization

    Lead by the courageous Dr. Sunitha Krishnan, Prajwala is an organization fighting against the worst forms of human-rights violations. To understand her work, listen to her extremely riveting TED Talk given at TEDIndia 2009.

  • Save Darfur

    A coalition for raising awareness and inspiring action to fight against the genocide in Darfur

  • Corruption
  • Anna Hazare

    Anna Hazare is one of the most respected social activists and anti-corruption crusaders in India. His key achievements among many include bringing corrupt officials to justice, passing of the Right to Information Act for the entire nation and building the village of Ralegan Siddhi as a model for sustainable development. He has been honoured with the Padma Bhushan (India's 3rd highest Civilian Medal) for his efforts.

  • Transparency International

    Transparency International (TI) is a global coalition for raising awareness and fighting against corruption. TI publishes lots of surveys, reports and indices on the state of corruption in the world. The annual TI Corruption Perceptions Index (CPI) ranks countries in terms of perceived levels of corruption, as determined by expert assessments and opinion surveys. The CPI report for 2009 of 180 countries is here. TI also has other corruption measurement tools like The Bribe Payers’ Index (BPI) to assess the supply side of corruption and the Global Corruption Barometer (GCB) which is a public opinion survey to assess the general public’s perception and experience of corruption

  • Education
  • Africas 'Next Einstein' Program

    The program aims to solve Africas Problems by sponsoring/training the younger generations in Maths and Science.

  • Once upon a School

    A innovative website helping people find and share innovative ideas for helping their local public school

  • Kids with Cameras

    'Kids with Cameras' is an innovative approach used by Zana Briski to stimulate the imagination and curiosity of children living in the red-light areas of Calcutta, India and giving them more avenues to explore for a better future. More about her work can be seen in the documentary 'Born into Brothels'.

  • Infrastructure
  • Open Architecture Network

    The Open Architecture Network is an on-line, open source community dedicated to improving living conditions through innovative and sustainable design.

  • Health / Medicine
  • Aravind Eye Care Hospital

    Established in 1976 in India, Aravind is probably the largest and most productive eye care facility in the world, in terms of surgical volume and the number of patients treated . They have innovated across the board to bring world-class eye care to the poor and rural areas in India for Free. To understand their approach, check out the TED Talk presented at TEDIndia 2009.

  • Economics / Finance / Business
  • Kiva

    Kiva is an microfinance portal connecting people through lending for the sake of alleviating poverty. Kiva works with field-organizations in many countries to fund simple projects which help poor people start their own businesses and live a better life. Lenders are allowed to choose any sum they want to lend to any project of their liking. Ofcourse, this is not an investment bank and there are no additional returns for the lenders. As the loans are repaid, lenders can choose to either withdraw their loans or fund other projects.

  • Ubuntu At Work

    Ubuntu at Work is a global social networking community that connects women micro entrepreneurs across the developing world with coaches and collaborators around the world who offer them encouragement and support to develop sound business ideas, funding assistance, and networking resources to pursue their entrepreneurial aspirations.

  • Journalism / Media
  • Wikileaks

    Wikileaks is probably the best innovation on the Internet after Google Search and Wikipedia. Their motto We Open Governments summarizes it all. Anyone from any part of the world can anonymously submit information not intended for the public eyes. This is the journalistic tool of 21st century.

  • FactCheck.org

    A non-partisan website that cross-checks facts and statements made by politicians and the media along with citations.

  • History Commons (Timelines)

    This is an excellent place to dig into the evolution of key international events (past and present) using publicly available information. The timelines contain a quick overview of events ordered by time(ofcourse) and links for further perusal. A multidimensional categorization of the events reveals key events. This project was founded by Paul Thompson who is now famous for his 9/11 Timeline.