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Mobile for Learning & Skills Development

By Jessica Lomelin, Every1Mobile

Article first posted on Business Fights Poverty

In the first of our blog series, we spoke about the fundamental benefits and impact of mobile in development. Mobile – in terms of social impact – is key to facilitating 3 essential elements: communication, action and measurement.

In this article, we go more in-depth; focusing on how mobile is a catalyst for learning and skills development. Irrespective of the focus area – health, education, livelihoods – mobile can serve as a contributor and enabler to enhanced learning, both within an individual or community context.

In order to bypass the digital divide – and overcome obstacles faced in African environments (teacher absenteeism; lack of materials and books; limited energy supply) – mobile will be an increasingly essential, if not a fundamental tool through which education is delivered in Africa.

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Donating my One Day’s Wages

I’m completely beet red in the face putting this video up, but I am doing so in order to show my commitment and support toward, One Day’s Wages. It’s a wonderful, amazing organization from the Seattle area that is currently partnered with Charity:Water, HEAL Africa, and Not For Sale.

The site serves as a hub for fundraising, sharing stories and creating a community of passionate people wanting to make a difference. Instead of asking for a $50 or $100 donation, the organization poses it as donating your “one day’s wage” and putting it toward a good cause. It’s amazing how one day can mean so little to us, but so much toward someone else.

Check out the organization and please donate! They just started 2 months ago and have already hit the ground running with exposure, support and funding.

As a thank you for your donation, I’ll let you enjoy a terribly embarrassing video that I filmed with Eugene (the founder of ODW) showing how easy it is to donate.

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“Impact” – Jessica Donates Her One Day’s Wages from One Day's Wages on Vimeo.

We recently “tweeted” a casting call for someone interested in being featured in an upcoming video to demonstrate how EASY it is to donate and join the movement of One Day’s Wages.

The catch?

The person had to actually donate their one day’s wages on film.

Within an hour of sending out the tweet, we heard from numerous including Jessica – a 23 year old from Seattle who works in a public relations firm.

Couple days later, we met up in a neighborhood cafe (it’s Seattle!) to chat and to demonstrate to her and the rest of the world how EASY it is to make a donation to the fight against extreme global poverty.

It’s transparent, simple, and empowering.

One Day’s Wages = 0.4% of one’s annual salary = Dramatic impact for those living in extreme poverty.

JOIN the MOVEMENT.
Visit http://onedayswages.org
Choose the project you want to support.
Donate your one day’s wages or another amount.

Join us on FACEBOOK: http://facebook.com/onedayswages

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* Thanks to Joseph, our volunteer videographer, of http://jtwomedia.net

The Yin and The Yang of Value and Worth

As a way to decompress from a long week at work, I was talked into enjoying a glass of wine and watching the intellectually stimulating flick (okay, I’ll stop the sarcasm), “Confessions of a Shopaholic.”

MOVIE PLOT:
Long story short, the movie follows the character of Isla Fisher who considers herself a “shopaholic” and learns the hard way by way of hurting friendships, turning her back on a career path and possibly losing the guy she loves. While the movie is fairly simple and easy to watch, there is one scene that particularly caught my attention. In the movie, Isla meets a Financial guru who talks about the difference of value and worth. The words can be interchangeable (worth something, highly valued, vice-versa), but it was knowing and understanding that some things are worth the investment and other things aren’t. It’s important to know the difference, but really be in tune with your desires and know when something is worth having.

Translate that into my personal life.

I’ve been contemplating for weeks, months over getting a yoga membership. Let’s face it- it’s extremely expensive and in this day and age, I really can’t afford to be shelling out $75-$100 a month in Yoga classes. As I was getting ready to walk away from this venture, I reminded myself of one very important detail. I LOVE YOGA. I love the way it makes me feel, it changes my mood, encourages me to eat better and helps me gain clarity in a normally fast-pacing world. It was then I decided that some things are worth the investment and that yes it may be a little tougher on my wallet, but you know what? Who cares. It makes me happy.

Why should I second-guess my health and well-being? I have no problem purchasing a dress or treating myself to beers at night, but if Yoga is something that affects me in multiple ways, why would I even question pursuing the activity?

As my wise mom would also mention- This is the reason I work. Of course there is the professional growth, but why work hard if you won’t treat yourself and play hard as well?

To acquire somewhat of a balance, I’m in talks with a local studio about doing possible work-study (work a few hours a week to take free classes). So there, looks like I may be lowering the cost of Yoga for me after all.

With that said- I’m now a Yogi again. I have rekindled my passion for Yoga and haven’t felt better and you know what? I’m not second guessing my decision, because it makes me happy and that is a reason enough to keep moving forward.

SO now to you all: What is worth the investment and value for you? What is something that may be a tough spending, but ultimately makes you happy?

Remember, yes we live in a tough economy, yes life is hard, yes we are in debt, but you know, our happiness should never be put on hold. We work hard and as a millennial we are innately pushing ourselves to be better, stronger, more intelligent than ever before, so pat yourself on the back and reward yourself. We deserve it 🙂

Aside from Yoga, I’d list my top 3 as eating organically/locally, traveling and participating in outdoor activities.

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