Tuesday, February 25, 2020

"hunger was not an issue of scarcity but rather a matter of logistics"

"here in the United States, nearly 40 million people experience hunger every single year, including more than 11 million children that go to bed hungry every night. Yet, we're wasting more food than ever before -- more than 80 billion pounds a year, to be exact. The EPA estimates that food waste has more than doubled between 1970 and 2017, and now accounts for 27 percent of everything in our landfills. And as this food sits, it gradually rots and produces harmful methane gas, a leading contributor to global climate change. We have the waste of the food itself, the waste of all the money associated with producing this now-wasted food and the waste of labor with all of the above. And then there's the social inequity between people who really need food and can't get it and people who have too much and simply throw it away.

All of this made me realize that hunger was not an issue of scarcity but rather a matter of logistics. So in 2017, I set out to end hunger using technology. After all, food delivery apps had begun to explode on the scene, and I thought surely we can reverse-engineer this technology and get food from businesses like restaurants and grocery stores and into the hands of people in need. I believe that technology and innovation have the power to solve real problems, especially hunger. "


Monday, February 24, 2020

Your data: You should own it

"Throughout history, there has always been a trade-off between liberty and equality in the pursuit of prosperity. The world has constantly been going through the circle of wealth accumulation to wealth redistribution. As the tension between the haves and have-nots is breaking so many countries, it is in everyone's interest, including the large data companies, to prevent this new form of inequality. "

Saturday, February 22, 2020

PodCamp Western MA - student tickets available

"Springfield Technical Community College student Robyn Miller likes to keep busy.
The parent of a 2-year-old child, Miller is pursuing her second degree at STCC while running her own business. What’s more, she’s organizing a major social media conference in Western Massachusetts. 
Called PodCamp WesternMass, the event is sold out for the general public, but students can purchase tickets for $19, discounted from $59 thanks to a sponsor of the event. 
The 12th annual PodCamp will be held at Valley Venture Mentors, 276 Bridge St., on Feb. 29, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. The ticket price includes the conference, food, afterparty and panel keynote. To purchase tickets and find more information, visit www.podcampWM.org. 
Miller describes PodCamp as an “unconference,” which means the schedule isn’t set until the attendees arrive. 
“It’s based on what the particular audience wants to learn,” Miller said. “You walk in. The group gathers, and we make a schedule together. It’s an opportunity to learn about things that are trending now.”
Read more about Robyn

Listen at the top of the CCCNews page for the automated reading of the article.

I will be at the Welcome desk for this PodCamp. This event is where I go to get up to date on what's happening in the social media world.

If you have questions about the event, feel free to ask me.

https://www.podcampwm.org/ #pcwm12

Thursday, February 13, 2020

PCWM12 - Testing

A Message from PodCamp Western Mass:

Event Day Checklist - Important Information for Event Day!
  1. Bring a reusable bottle (water bottle fill stations on each floor)
  2. Bring a notepad or computer to take notes on
  3. Arrive early (8:30), because we will start promptly at 9 AM
  4. PodCamp encourages first time attendees to present.
  5. Shirt table at the venue (t-shirts were included for the first 50 to sign up. If you were one of those people, you should have recently received an email to select your sizing)
  6. Polaroid wall to the right of check in (our event photographer will be available at lunch to grab professional photos at the polaroid wall)
  7. LIVE demos and podcasting station by Holyoke Media throughout the day
  8. Afterparty starts at 4:30 PM

Valley Venture Mentors (Check-in at 8:30)
  • Event Venue (276 Bridge Street Springfield, MA, 01103)
FREE Area Parking
  • Street parking along Bridge Street (Metered parking is free on the weekends)
  • MGM Springfield parking is free (One MGM Way Sprinfield MA, 01103)
Parking Garages have fees
  • Taylor Street Garage (33 Taylor Street Springfield, MA 01103)(.1 miles)
  • Civic Center Garage (41 Harrison Ave Springfield, MA 01103)(.2 miles)
  • Morgan Square Lot (20 Taylor Street Springfield, MA 01103)(.2 miles)
  • Ken’s Parking (339 Worthington Street Springfield, MA 01103)(.2 miles)
  • Pro park (22 Bruce Landon Way Springfield, MA 01103)(.1 miles) $10
  • Many other local parking locations available as well
Area Parking
Area Parking

Monday, December 23, 2019

If it is not fun, why do you do it?

If it is not fun, why do you do it? 

An important question for all of us to answer. Katelyn Ohashi caught a lot of folks attention with the perfect 10 in January 2019. While it was an 'overnight' sensation, as usual, it took years to prepare for.

Didn't see the perfect 10? Check out the link  https://youtu.be/4ic7RNS4Dfo

A key part of the preparation was with Miss Val, Katelyn's coach at UCLA who is the real thing. The quick summary of Miss Val's story as she retires this year.


The longer (and great version) can be found in the "Laughter Permitted" podcast by Julie Foudy and Lynn Olszowy interview with both Katelyn and Miss Val: 

or on ESPN http://www.espn.com/espnradio/podcast/archive/_/id/26092845