Wednesday, August 27, 2014
Thursday, August 7, 2014
Nobel Peace Prize winner Muhammad Yunus is what we can call a real "down-to-earth" person.
In this video (same video - one with English subtitles and the second with Portuguese subtitiles), he talks about he struck a deal with Danone to address the problem of malnutition in Bangladesh.
As you watch, consider the following questions:
From 0:00 - 1:28
- Was the meeting planned?
- Why did he want to make a partnership with Danone?
- Why did he think the idea would work?
From 1:29 - 2:39
- What is a social business?
- Why did he think Danone's chairman misunderstood his English?
- How did he make sure the chairman understood?
From 2:40 - 3:30
- How did his initiative help people who used to be beggars?
From 3:41 - onwards
- What's the difference between charity and a social business?
Wednesday, July 23, 2014
Here's a new way to look at the lyrics of a song:
A song is like an expository or argumentative essay: it has a thesis statement, topic sentences, supporting statements and a conclusion.
We've all had to write an essay sometime in our lives, but let's look at an example here.
But what do the terms above mean? Match the term to the definition.
Now read the lyrics and listen to the song. When you are finished, complete the chart. Parts of the song may be used more than once.
Argument 1(Topic sentence 1)
Argument 2 (Topic sentence 2)
Argument 3 (Topic sentence 3)
Here are the lyrics, in case you didn't get all of them from the video:
Kept me warm, kept me warm
You gave my life to me
Set me free, Set me free
The finest years I ever knew
were all the years I had with you
Give up my life, my heart, my home.
I would give everything I own,
just to have you back again.
You taught me how to love,
What its of, what its of.
You never said too much,
but still you showed the way,
and I knew from watching you.
Nobody else could ever know
the part of me that can't let go.
Is there someone you know,
you're loving them so,
but taking them all for granted.
You may lose them one day,
someone takes them away,
and they don't hear the words you long to say
Curious about the answers? Go here.
Friday, July 18, 2014
Sunday, June 29, 2014
It is certainly a privilege to live in the country hosting a World Cup. And when it is in Brazil - hands down the Mecca of football - then you could only imagine how honored I feel.
Yesterday's Best of 16 game between the home team and Chile was a roller coaster of emotions. In a country where second place is as useless as last, the pressure on the players is inconceivable for us mere mortals. Brazilians don't accept losing at football, no matter the talent of the adversary.
I guess this mindset is what nurtures the habit of choosing a scapegoat - or simply a villain- when all falls down and a hero when there is a happy ending.
Brazil's goalie, Julio Cesar, was deservedly chosen the hero of the day. He saved two penalties which stamped the country's passport to the quarter finals.
Four years ago, his slip caused Holland to come from behind and eliminate Brazil in the South Africa Cup, rendering him the "title" of the sole culprit or one of the culprits. Four years of "ostracism" and "suspicion" didn't come to an end when he was capped months before coach Scolari announced the final 23 to play the Cup.
All of this to get to my point: when a team wins, everybody wins; when it loses, everybody loses. So why do we tend to put the burden of losing on the shoulders of ONE? Why do applaud today the same person we jeered and wrote off before?
What if he messes up again- will he still be a hero?