My name is Kelly Rogers: economist and abuser of metaphors.
This blog is focused on my major (both literal and descriptive) love of economics and its changing field.
There is a tide in the affairs of men, Which taken at the flood, leads on to fortune. Omitted, all the voyage of their life is bound in shallows and in miseries. On such a full sea are we now afloat. And we must take the current when it serves, or lose our ventures.
More than 150 high school girls turned out for the event, including local chapters of the Girl Scouts of the USA, Black Girls Code and Girls Who Code. Kaling, a writer and actress, emceed the premiere, which brought in Google X Vice President Megan Smith, Clinton Foundation Vice Chair Chelsea Clinton, iLuminate creator Miral Kotb, Pixar Director of Photography Danielle Feinberg and UNICEF Innovation cofounder Erica Kochi.
There’s no doubt, the inequality within the country has created a situation where many Americans are being left behind. The question for all of us is, should we accept that, or should we try and do something about it?
Today, I’m headed down to the White House to participate in the live Q&A the President will be doing with Tumblr about the importance of making college more affordable for current students, graduates and their families and the new executive actions he announced on Monday to ease the burden of college debt for millions of Americans.
David Karp will be interviewing the the President, using questions from the Tumblr community. The event will stream live today at 4pm ET on the White House Tumblr.
Above are some of the charts from a newly released White House report which show … pretty much what I’m sure you all already know. The current system is, shall we say, imperfect. There is a lot of work to be done. Hopefully, today is illuminating and gives us reason to be optimistic.
I’ll post any other charts I come across here, document the trip on my personal Tumblr (so as not to spam those who are uninterested with non-charty content here) and will be live-Tweeting the event and attendant mischief at /ilovecharts. I’ll see you there!
Having a hard time keeping track of how many schools Nerdfighters have helped in Bangladesh? Here’s a list.
In 2008, based on your votes, Nerdfighters funded repairs of a school damaged by Cyclone Sidr. Walls were rebuilt, ceilings were anchored, and benches and podiums (made by villagers - including some of the teachers themselves) were provided. You can watch the video of that here. Funding Source:Donations to Uncultured.com. Implemented by:Save the Children. Current Status: Running.
In 2009, based on your feedback on Twitter, Nerdfighters funded the donation of school uniforms and school supplies to a Buddhist boys hostel in Dhaka City. Pens, paper, and uniforms were given. Money allotted was over-budget and extra funds were used to buy sports equipment for children. You can watch the video of that here. Funding Source:Donations to Uncultured.com (additional in-kind donations by Vestergaard-Frandsen). Implemented by: School Administration of Dharmarajika High School under permission of the Venerable of the Dharmarajika Monastery. Current Status: Supplies Used/Finished.
In January 2014, The Good Shepard School was created. This is a free-of-cost school serving about 30 slum kids. Nerdfighters are paying for the rental space for the school, the teachers’ salaries, snacks for the kids, and school supplies. This includes stuff like backpacks and (hopefully soon) benches for the kids to sit on. Funding Source: The Project for Awesome’s Winnings Designated to The Uncultured Project. Implemented by: The Good Shepard Project (with assistance from The Holy Cross Congregation). Current Status: 50% of Funding Spent, 6 Months of Funding Remain.
On my birthday, I announced construction of a nursery school in southern Bangladesh. This will be in a Catholic ghetto referred to as “Colony 4”. Name of the school to be determined later. Funding Source: The Project for Awesome’s Winnings Designated to The Uncultured Project. Implemented by: The Catholic Church (with assistance from The Holy Cross Congregation). Current Status: Construction Commenced by Currently Halted Due to Monsoon Rains.
I’d like to stress that The Uncultured Project is not a charity or NGO. It’s just me and a group of friends crowdfunding to do charitable projects. I don’t take a cut for my own salary. Funding for equipment (like this laptop I’m typing on) comes from a separate equipment fund you can donate to.
I’m also very lucky that, in all the above cases, the partners that worked with me agreed to spend 100% of the money on helping the poor and did not use this money for their overhead, salaries, etc.,. Not that such costs aren’t important but, especially in an NGO-skeptical country like Bangladesh, I really felt it was important to do these projects in this way.