Category Archives: Good Causes

Barefoot in the Malagasy Jungle: the Making of Onja’s Crowdfunding Video (part 3)

In the third and and final installment in this series I have written about a trip we took out to a remote village in Madagascar, to help film a crowdfunding video for a great cause, Onja.  In this post I … Continue reading

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Barefoot in the Malagasy Jungle: the Making of Onja’s Crowdfunding Video (part 2)

This is part two in a series.  Part one can be viewed here. So as I noted yesterday, after our long trek into the countryside, the first order of business was to meet with the President of Andovolalina, the village … Continue reading

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Barefoot in the Malagasy Jungle: the Making of Onja’s Crowdfunding Video (part 1)

It started back in July when I got an interesting item in my “Google Alerts” for Madagascar.  A small NGO was looking for a filmmaker and a social media manager to support their project in eastern Madagascar.  I quickly fired … Continue reading

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Anjezika: Antananarivo’s “Waterworld”

This is Anjezika. Once a vibrant fishing and rice-growing village, it has gradually been encircled and choked off by the surrounding city of Antananarivo, Madagascar.  Now, nobody grows anymore rice here.  A few small fish can be collected from the … Continue reading

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Children of the Street: Ankorondrano

A group of about a dozen kids gathers on a small patch of green with a few benches and trees.  Basically a large roundabout.  Imagine an oblong Dupont Circle, except Starbucks is 3,000 miles away.  The sound of traffic is … Continue reading

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Love Your Neighbor

Truth be told, we didn’t ask to come to Madagascar just for the lemurs – although they’re a pretty nice bonus.  A big reason we came here because we want to try and make a difference, somewhere, in someone’s lives; … Continue reading

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Checking in with Rocky

I recently had the opportunity to meet Rocky Braat, the subject of an amazing documentary called “Blood Brother,” winner of both the Audience and Grand Jury Prize at Sundance 2013.  The film tells the story of a disillusioned young American … Continue reading

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Baby Olive Ridley Sea Turtles

Sea turtles have been on this earth for 110 million years, compared to humans’ 200,000.  If my math is correct, relating Earth’s 4.6 billion-year existence to a 24-hour clock would have seen sea turtles arriving at around 11:26 pm…and humans … Continue reading

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These Student-Athletes Can Use a Hand!

Those of you who know me may recall that in Windhoek, I was quite active in teaching Namibian teens to swim, and training them to compete in multisport competitions involving swimming, running, and/or cycling.  The story of one of these … Continue reading

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The Best Chowkidar in the Universe

Way back in 2007, on one of my earliest tours in Afghanistan, I was responsible for writing these weekly situation reports, and I recall there was an open source report being published in the UK that I would regularly rely … Continue reading

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The International Coastal Cleanup: Chennai, India

Today we joined thousands of Chennaiites in taking part in the 2013 International Coastal Cleanup.  Regular readers in this blog will recognize that Chennai struggles to maintain clean beaches and waterways, like many large urban areas on the coast.  It … Continue reading

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Check out Namibia’s ‘Shishani’

One of Namibia’s rising young talents needs your help! Namibian musicians have a hard time “breaking out” – primarily as a result of Namibia’s small population – just over two million, around the same size as the city of Houston! … Continue reading

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Female Entrepreneur Launches Indiegogo Crowdfunding Campaign for Township Bicycle Touring Company

Here in Namibia, where income disparity is one of the highest in the world (THE highest, depending on whose figures you use) and unemployment hovers around 34 percent, small entrepreneurs in both the formal and informal sector are likely to … Continue reading

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Using emotion to persuade? Leave the sledgehammer out of it

I used to say in Army PSYOP that the most effective way to get inside an adversary’s decision cycle (i.e. get him to do something he wouldn’t otherwise do) is to do so in a way that your adversary doesn’t … Continue reading

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Video for a Good Cause

One of the things I’ve had the opportunity to do in Namibia is to make short videos highlighting important causes, or to show far-away donors where their money is going. A little more than half a year ago, my wife … Continue reading

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Documentary: Child Labor in Afghanistan

I wish I could say I had made this documentary on child labor in Afghanistan.  This is a story that needs to be told; the circumstances in Afghanistan have led many, many children to lose any real childhood whatsoever.  The … Continue reading

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Namibia’s “N/a’ankuse” Needs a Filmmaker

The N/a’an ku se charity lodge, wildlife-sanctuary-and-a-whole-bunch-of-other-stuff is looking for a filmmaker.  It’s not a high-paying job, but it’s a good cause and a great opportunity to hang out in Namibia and take pictures of cool stuff. The organization occupies … Continue reading

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Conservation International: Forests and Carbon in Madagascar

This is an excellent example of what organizations are doing to protect forests. In Madagascar, forests are especially important, because something close to 80% of Madagascar’s animal life is unique, and highly adapted to very specific areas and niches in … Continue reading

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Hope of Good Hope gets a Sponsor

It seems that the “Home of Good Hope”, a local soup kitchen that feeds approximately 350 desperately poor children in a local township shantytown, has gotten a Dutch “gemeente” (roughly equivalent to a county) as an official sponsor.  TAZM Pictures … Continue reading

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Video: the Home of Good Hope

Every now and then I get an opportunity to take a break from filming bugs and upside down chins and silly stuff, to making a video with some social value.  I heard there was a need to show overseas donors … Continue reading

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Awesome “thank you” video from Naankuse

I’ve written about N/a’an ku se before – they are an awesome animal shelter mixed with efforts to help the San people who are often left behind in the scuffle for resources.  They just put together a really awesome “thank … Continue reading

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Running Barefoot for Charity in Namibia

Last weekend, I joined a hundred or so other runners in Windhoek’s northern township, Katutura – which means “place we do not want to live” – to run as many laps as possible for charity.  As I wrote in a … Continue reading

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Seeking Pledges for Namibia

This November 19, I will be participating in the event, “Namibia Runs for Charity.”  From 9 am to 4 pm, I will have the opportunity to run as many laps as possible for Namibian charities.  And I could use your … Continue reading

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Young Yemenis Turn to Online Video

Recommend you check out “Break the Silence” on YouTube, launched to remind people worldwide that their months-long uprising continues, and they don’t intend to back down.  In addition to harnessing the power of video to make a much more personal … Continue reading

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Supporting Africa’s Dwindling Wild Dog Population

Today I’ll be participating in N/a’ankuse Lodge and Wildlife Sanctuary’s “Corporate Eco-Challenge” to help raise money for their efforts to advocate on behalf of Africa’s dwindling wild dog population.  African wild dogs, also known as “painted dogs“, are the second … Continue reading

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