TYO Recommends: September 28, 2012

On the heels of attending the Clinton Global Initiative Annual Meeting, we're sharing some of the stories that inspired us.  

An Irresistible Investment. Catch this VIDEO from this week's Clinton Global Initiative on Early Childhood Education, featuring Joyce Banda, President of the Republic of Malawi; Bill Goodwyn, Chief Executive Officer, Discovery Education, Discovery Communications Inc.; Carolyn S. Miles, President and CEO, Save the Children; Jay Naidoo, Chairman, Global Alliance for Improved Nutrition (GAIN).

Building for Women. In one of CGI's most unique and integrated panels, Nick Kristof  moderated a group of experts in the area of architecture that relates to social innovation who contemplated the question: can architecture and design help improve women's rights? The experts included: Joan Clos, Under-Secretary General and executive director, UN-HABITAT (pictured above, on the right, with Kristof); Salma Samar Damluji, chief architect, Daw’an Mud Brick Architecture Foundation; Elizabeth Heider, senior vice president, Skanska USA Building Inc. and chair, Board of Directors, U.S. Green Building Council; and Jonathan Reckford, CEO, Habitat for Humanity International.

The Next Edison. We saw 15 year old Jack Andraka at CGI and couldn't help but be inspired. Getting his start with google and Wikipedia, Jack created a pancreatic cancer test that is 168 times faster and considerably cheaper than the gold standard in the field.

Bring home the Bacon. Kevin Bacon puts his social network and now famous 'Six Degrees of Kevin Bacon' game to good use through sixdegrees.org. Most recently they've launched Six Days of Good for Hunger.

EXPOTECH. From October 6th to 11th, thePalestinian Information Technology Association (PITA)will be hosting EXPOTECH 2012 in Ramallah, Palestine to showcase highly talented entrepreneurs, young start-ups and established companies with innovative ideas and solutions.