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Join @CSMonitor correspondent Jeremiah Hall and @Philanthropy for online chat on charitable giving - 11/27 http://bit.ly/UdJMAV 

Join @CSMonitor correspondent Jeremiah Hall and @Philanthropy for online chat on charitable giving - 11/27 http://bit.ly/UdJMAV 

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Using technology super powers for good. We love this idea.

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Rachel Zedeck built Backpack Farm to support African farmer’s growth by fostering entrepreneurship and educating farmers about sustainable production techniques. 

To date, the organization estimates it has trained 13,000 small farmers in Kenya, through low-cost training, products and manuals to teach bed-raising, composting and water management among other skills.

Plus they are working with Mercy Corps and Scientific Animators Without Borders to develop a program to help manage crops via SMS text messages, providing information to smallholder farms in English and Swahili.

READ: Interview with Backpack Farm Managing Director & Chief Catalyst, Rachel Zedeck

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Jackie Chan lives, but so do celebrity death hoaxes
The Facebook page titled ‘R.I.P. Jackie Chan (8/17/11)’ has been debunked as yet another in a series of celebrity death hoaxes that have spread through cyberspace in recent years. In fact, it was only in March that Chan’s death was last fabricated. 
BTW, this is currently one of the most read/recommended stories on our site right now. (Photo courtesy of Jackiechan.com)

Jackie Chan lives, but so do celebrity death hoaxes

The Facebook page titled ‘R.I.P. Jackie Chan (8/17/11)’ has been debunked as yet another in a series of celebrity death hoaxes that have spread through cyberspace in recent years. In fact, it was only in March that Chan’s death was last fabricated. 

BTW, this is currently one of the most read/recommended stories on our site right now. (Photo courtesy of Jackiechan.com)


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The Change Agent blog is about the doers of good and our latest dispatch features Laura Moulton of Street Books in Portland, OR. 

Since June, Moulton has been bringing books to the public via bike with a wagon attached. It’s an outdoor library for people who live outside.

The video is a short film about the Street Books project by filmmaker Travis Shields

Know a doer of good? Let us know about your favorite Change Agent.

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Change Agents Around the Globe

PHOTO: Midwives in Kabul, Afghanistan practice their skills on a doll. Maternova provides midwives with basic equipment for their work. (Melanie Stetson Freeman/The Christian Science Monitor)

A few amazing organizations profiled recently through the Change Agent blog on the People Making a Difference page on CSMonitor.com:

Explore.org - A recently produced a documentary about building a Rwanda genocide memorial was the topic of this post and features the work of Explore.org. Exlpore.org, a part of the Annenberg Foundation, is a multimedia organization that documents leading philanthropists around the globe.

Maternova - Featured this week on the blog, Maternova helps forward birthing practices worldwide by providing vital obstetrics tools and information to midwives and maternity hospitals around the globe.

Verite - Focused on fair labor, worldwide, Verite was the focus of this post, which described the organization’s Help Wanted program. The program helps to engage disparate groups involved in a supply chain to help put an end to exploitative or forced labor practices.

Nourishing the Planet - Part of the Worldwatch Institute, Nourishing the Planet is a project that focuses on farming and food production practices across the globe. This post on CSMonitor.com was shared from NTP’s own blog.

We are always looking for inspiration from those doing good around the world. If you know someone or an organization making a difference, let us know!