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Half the Sky




My two favorite books are the two readings that I would like to recommend in this article. They are Pencils of Promise by Adam Braun and Half the Sky by Nicholos D. Kristof and Sheryl Wudunn. These two books have a lot of similarities within the general message and purpose of the text, but the style and context sheds light on two different viewpoints of main social injustices that occur today in the world.

Pencils of Promise is a book that revolves around the steps that author Adam Braun took to leave his corporate level job and start an international nonprofit providing a proper education to those who couldn’t have one before. Braun used to be a businessman in New York City until he found a cause that sparked his interests more than any desk job could. It started off when he participated in a semester at sea and got to see the world. When he was in each of the countries he visited instead of picking up souvenirs at tourist trap destinations he decided to ask a child in each location ‘if you could have one thing in the world, what would it be?’. Although he expected most of them to say they wanted a million dollars, or nice cars and houses, it was here that he found most of their answers were something so simple that we take for granted every day. One of the kids even stated that all he wanted was a pencil. These answers ultimately lead to him finding his passion and working hard to achieve his goals of bettering the world. Over the course of a year he slowly moved out of the finance world and into on where he found himself traveling through Asia and Central America looking for the most underdeveloped places to build schools so that their youth could for the first time receive a proper education. It was not an easy decision for him, he knew that if he stayed in New York that he would be unhappy but he would be financially secure for the rest of his life, although he would not be living his passion, the view of living a life of comfort was hard to walk away from. That life of comfort and financial stability was not enough for him though. He decided that he would rather live outside of his comfort zone and be happy making a difference then staying still only to please those around him who doubted him from the start. He began with venturing through Thailand, and expanding through Asia and eventually working his way through Central America to continue to help this dream grow. At 34 years old he is the CEO and co-founder of MissionU, which is a debt-free education program, and the founder of Pencils of Promise who now has over 100 schools around the world. He is also a New York Times bestselling author of the book ‘The Promise of a Pencil: How an Ordinary Person Can Create an Extraordinary Change’.

The other book I recommend is Half the Sky by Nicholos Kristof and Sheryl Wudunn. This novel is also a national best seller that takes a differing approach on the same issues of social issues. Although, the focus on this novel revolves around the oppression of women in the developing world. This book is put together of numerous short stories or women throughout Asia and Africa who have suffered from something extreme. Although they have taken these incidents and harmful experiences and turned them into something beautiful. There is a story of a girl who was forced to work in a brothel in Cambodia and she managed to escaped and eventually build a retail business where she was able to support her family. A woman from Ethiopia who was abused and as her injuries were treated and healed, worked towards becoming a surgeon. Although this novel relates more to what women can accomplish, it is a wonderful book to read for anyone. It shows the strength an individual has and can achieve if they work towards it. It shows that one person can make a difference and can achieve the ultimate goal they work towards in life. It is a very inspiring novel which I would recommend any individual to read, especially if they are about to put themselves in a situation where they are giving aid to individuals like those who are written about here. Not only is it inspiring what these woman have done and are capable of but it inspires yourself to know that you could be the person behind the push for someone in need to help themselves.

We live in a place where we have so much and a lot of us aren’t even aware of it. Reading books like the two I have listed above really helps bring attention to what a lot of people are going through. It also shows that there is hope. Just because the world is not perfect now does not mean that there is not room for improvement. If something as little as reading a novel brings attention to bigger problems then that is the first step we need. Just to bring more awareness to the issues so that they can be properly addressed and handled.

Overall, I think both of these books are amazing whether or not one plans on volunteering abroad. They really shed a new light on the issues that humanity faces and how you can stray off the beaten path to help those in need. It shows what others are going through and how they work to resolve their lives, and others, in the most dramatic ways. It proves that working a desk job is not meant for everyone. Even if you started on that path it is never too late to back out and chase what you are truly passionate about. I would suggest that anyone reads both of these books. They truly represent what the world is going through and how it is never too late to chase your passion.


Source by Claire Sabers

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iPhone Application Development – Earn Money Through iPhone App Store




The Internet Revolution! I’m sure you read and heard a lot about it and so I won’t list the myriad ways in which it has changed everything. Professionals capable of working independently and creatively have benefited the most from the ubiquity of the internet.

There are so many ways I which you can showcase your talent to the world (or hawk your wares): you can write a novella, self-publish it over Amazon, and if people like it, you will mint money; you can post a funny video over YouTube (or start you own ‘Channel’), and using nothing more than your skills and ingenuity, find fame and fortune; or you can use your iPhone application development skills, sell your app(s) in the Apple App Store, and buy that yacht you’d always wanted!

Over 2 billion apps are downloaded from the iPhone App Store every year, and as the sales of iPhones continues to rise and more people start using iPhone, the demand for iPhone apps will increase. iPhone apps are constantly making the news and they are one of the prime reasons for the success of iPhones. Experts predicts that 3G smartphones which offer all the facilities of internet will replace PCs and laptops, and apps are the things that make it easier for the users to use their smartphones in lieu of computers: the market for apps is huge, and it will only grow further over time.

Do you have creativity, talent and innovative ideas? There are school students out there who are making serious money developing iPhone apps and selling them using the iPhone app store. Do you think you have the app idea of the decade? You don’t necessarily have to have a scientific and technical mind to gain success at iPhone application development: all you need is an idea and the ability to transform it into reality.

The best thing is that there are a number of free tutorials and SDKs available on the Internet; you can use download them for free and learn how to develop apps for iPhone apps. You might need t invest some time to study how to develop the best apps, and then how to market them over the net, but thereafter your creative ideas will take you far.

Even if you are not good at logic and math and programming is just not for you, you can still take help from professionals and pay iPhone developers to develop an app based on your idea. If your idea is really good, you could convince them to work for royalty from the sales of the app. And if your idea is really good and you are sure that the app based on your idea is going to sell like hot cakes, its best to pay the developer upfront and have complete control over all the profits on your iPhone app!

Once the app is ready, you just need to follow the simple guidelines on the iPhone app development store and list your app on the list of available apps. But there are millions of apps on the iPhone app store, and so you will need to do things to get publicity for your apps: get a website in the name of the app, try and make someone do a piece about in a magazine, keep your fingers crossed, and wait for the world to wake up to the proof of your genius!


Source by Vatsal M

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What Can I Use Bitcoins For?




Practically, almost any product or service that can be bought with dollars or other currencies can also be bought with bitcoins. On the other hand, the high volatility of bitcoins is a huge risk for some people that might want to use this cryptocurrency, but they are afraid about price differences. Even so, the characteristics of bitcoins make them perfect for internet payments:

1. Fast transactions

A bitcoin transaction is processed in 10-15 minutes. In case of a bank transfer, it might take hours or even days for the money to get from one account to the other. Some might say that PayPal or other ewallets are even faster. It is true, but there are other aspects that ewallets can’t give: privacy and smaller commissions.

2. Privacy

When you send bitcoins to a partner over the internet, the transaction will be registered in a blockchain. The list of transactions is public, and it can be verified on specialized websites. Only the identification number, the sum and the time are recorded. There is no way for somebody to find out from where the bitcoins come, and where they go. This is characteristic of bitcoins attracted many people. Well, some of those are interested about it because they can buy illegal goods with those, but the majority of bitcoin users are people that want to buy legal items and services, but which don’t want to disclose their identity. Porn and gambling websites might be immoral, but they are not illegal, so people that want to subscribe for those services can safely pay in bitcoins on the websites that accept this currency, knowing that their reputation will not be affected.

3. Smaller commissions

The average commission is 0.002 BTC for a transaction. It is significantly smaller compared with the PayPal or banking commissions. Moreover, you are not even obliged to pay it. By paying a commission, you “reserve” the computational power of a pool (or at least a part of it), to process your transaction faster. You even have the possibility not to pay the commission. In this case, you might need to wait two or even three days for your transaction to be processed. If you are not in a hurry, this might be the perfect opportunity to make money transactions with zero costs.

Of course, there are also disadvantages for using bitcoins, such as the possibility to lose them. If somebody steals your bitcoins, or if you delete the wallet files, it is impossible to recover those. As long as the bitcoin is not regulated, there is no central organism for arbitrage between divergent parts. In other words, you can’t complain if you lose or you are robbed by your bitcoins, simply because there is nobody to complain to.


Source by Stanculescu Mihai Bogdan

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Things You Should Know About Bitcoin Black




What is Bitcoin Black?

Bitcoin Black is basically the cryptocurrency of the people, by the people for the people. It will be adopted for use as a peer 2 peer payment system which gives the power back to the people.

If we talk about Bitcoin, Bitcoin has failed at this, real value comes from real use of the ecosystem and empowering people. Bitcoin transactions are slow and expensive, and it can be said that Bitcoin is somewhat centralized. Bitcoin takes power of people because it is heavily manipulated and through cycles that discourage participants from cryptocurrency in general.

People buy bitcoin to get rich, not to be involved in the ecosystem. The one percent elite takes advantage of bitcoin and creates discouragement, strategically increasing the price and attracting entry for the dream of wealth and dumping coins for their benefit. In fear of adoption. Bitcoin is completely controlled, pumped and manipulated at will, for many different reasons.

Bitcoin Black is focusing on solving these problems as the coin is a cryptocurrency with a fair distribution Airdropped to 1 Million wallets prior to IEO which all funds will go to community groups voted by the community to move the project forward with focus on fair distribution, mass adoption, usability, education, ease of access, simplicity and community.

The goal is to make it a real decentralized autonomous network giving back power to the people. He does not belong to a group, but belongs to many branches of the community.

Distribution of Coins

Bitcoin Black is aim to have airdrop to at least 1 million wallets initially with not more than 0.5% of supply owned by 1 founding member making it truly decentralized cryptocurrency.

The project have a pre-sale of 2.5% of total supply which is almost 900 Million coins.

If we take a take a look at the IEO, 7.2 billion IEO coins will be allocated to several community foundations that will help the community move the project forward in the future.

Counterpart funds for manipulation (around 5%). Part used for the stability control fund to eliminate the possibility of early manipulation at low volume and maintain currency stability.

Finally, the rewards for introducing the application will be 14.4 billion coins.

Introduction of 30 million members with an increase in the rate of new users. A method of bringing the coin into every schoolyard / university / workplace and community.

Total Supply

A maximum supply is 36 billion coins.


3.6 billion coins to be claimed by members who help share Airdrop.

Simple social sharing platform in one click. Share a social message that provides an introduction to encrypted video and the app download link that will allow your friends to download it. Currently the platform is active and functioning well.


The best innovation is the Fee free transactions. You can send bitcoin black to anyone free of charge. The transactions are Instant and you can send money as easily as sending an message.

The wallets are easily accessible and very simple to use.


Bitcoin black have a fair mass distributed currency with supply spread widely that it will create less volatility by synchronized pumps and dumps and lead to a more stable price. Bitcoin black is going to be the next bitcoin. You can register for the airdrop by clicking here. I wish someone back in 2008 would have included me on the Bitcoin airdrop. Bitcoin Black will be life changing and we want to tell this to as many as possible.


Source by Mark West

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