Humanosphere http://kplu.org en How one of the largest relief efforts ever affects Haiti, 3 years later http://kplu.org/post/how-one-largest-relief-efforts-ever-affects-haiti-3-years-later <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">What happens when you have a thousand humanitarian groups, from the Red Cross and World Vision to small local groups, all converge on the poorest country in the Western hemisphere?</span></p><p>This weekend marks three years since a massive earthquake killed at least 200,000 people and left about a million homeless in Haiti. The international response was one of the largest outpourings of money and assistance ever. Humanitarian groups, including some from the northwest, are still trying to help people recover.</p><p>Whether the international effort to save lives and improve Haiti has been a success is hotly debated. Fri, 11 Jan 2013 23:49:18 +0000 Keith Seinfeld 7540 at http://kplu.org How one of the largest relief efforts ever affects Haiti, 3 years later 'Three Cups Of Tea' co-author took own life, medical examiner says http://kplu.org/post/three-cups-tea-co-author-took-own-life-medical-examiner-says David Oliver Relin, a journalist who had reported from around the world before gaining fame — and getting mired in controversy — as co-author of the best-selling <em>Three Cups of Tea</em>, took his own life when he died on Nov. Mon, 03 Dec 2012 19:40:53 +0000 Mark Memmott 7268 at http://kplu.org 'Three Cups Of Tea' co-author took own life, medical examiner says Gates Foundation blog accuses tax cheats of fueling poverty http://kplu.org/post/gates-foundation-blog-accuses-tax-cheats-fueling-poverty <p></p><p>Melinda Gates is running full <a href="http://www.ewtnnews.com/catholic-news/US.php?id=5763">tilt against the Catholic Church</a> on family planning and now the philanthropy’s blog is pumping out this thinly disguised attack on, well, rich people. Something seems to be changing over there. The Gates Foundation is getting political. As the authors — Joe Brewer, Martin Kirk and Adriana Valdez Young — say:</p><p>“The depiction of poverty as a background reality with no human cause conceals the active role of decision makers to create and perpetuate it.”</p><p><a href="http://humanosphere.kplu.org/jp/gates-foundation-blog-accuses-tax-cheats-of-fueling-poverty/" target="_blank"><strong>Read the full story on Humanosphere.</strong></a></p><p> Fri, 30 Nov 2012 19:31:25 +0000 Tom Paulson 7248 at http://kplu.org Gates Foundation blog accuses tax cheats of fueling poverty A visit to iLEAP: Seattle’s quiet, boring work in support of revolution http://kplu.org/post/visit-ileap-seattle-s-quiet-boring-work-support-revolution <p></p><p>Today’s Seattle subversives are pretty low-key, superficially boring even — smiling at you in their wrinkled clothing, offering tea and cookies, mumbling quietly about equity and justice and gently nudging you toward whatever might be their most ambitious goal.</p><p>Take the&nbsp;iLEAP&nbsp;program, for example.</p><p><strong><a href="http://humanosphere.kplu.org/2012/11/a-visit-to-ileap-seattles-quiet-boring-work-in-support-of-revolution/">Read the story on Humanosphere.</a></strong></p><p> Tue, 20 Nov 2012 00:52:52 +0000 Tom Paulson 7164 at http://kplu.org A visit to iLEAP: Seattle’s quiet, boring work in support of revolution Seattle AIDS vaccine scientists celebrate new clues – and uncertainty http://kplu.org/post/seattle-aids-vaccine-scientists-celebrate-new-clues-and-uncertainty <p></p><p>“Good science is based on uncertainty, on having an open mind and dealing with the unknown,” said Dr. Jim Kublin, executive director of the HIV Vaccine Trials Network (HVTN) based at Seattle’s Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center.</p><p>His frankness got a laugh at the network’s meeting in Seattle this week. And what makes it easier to laugh about not knowing where you’re going, he added, is that researchers today have a lot more tantalizing clues.</p><p><a href="http://humanosphere.kplu.org/2012/10/seattle-aids-vaccine-scientists-celebrate-new-clues-and-uncertainty/">Read more on Humanosphere.</a></p><p> Wed, 31 Oct 2012 22:08:03 +0000 Tom Paulson 6914 at http://kplu.org Seattle AIDS vaccine scientists celebrate new clues – and uncertainty Seattle opens a ‘town square’ for social enterprise community http://kplu.org/post/seattle-opens-town-square-social-enterprise-community <p></p><p>Three of the area’s leading organizations at the forefront of this movement –&nbsp;Hub Seattle, Social Venture Partners&nbsp;and the&nbsp;Bainbridge Graduate Institute&nbsp;– celebrate the grand opening of their new conjoined and co-working space known as the Center for Impact and Innovation.</p><p><strong><a href="http://humanosphere.org/2012/10/seattle-opens-a-town-square-for-the-local-social-enterprise-community/">Read more on Humanosphere.</a></strong></p><p> Fri, 26 Oct 2012 23:19:52 +0000 Tom Paulson 6856 at http://kplu.org Seattle opens a ‘town square’ for social enterprise community Seattle's Nathan Myhrvold: Patent troll, inventor, global do-gooder http://kplu.org/post/seattles-nathan-myhrvold-patent-troll-inventor-global-do-gooder <p><em>"We invent things and have fun doing it. We explore ideas. Most of them won’t work but they don’t all need to work. We have a number of projects out there that I would say stand a fair chance of improving the lives of many people," Nathan Myhrvold.</em></p><p>The former&nbsp;chief technologist for Microsoftis a close associate of Bill Gates and now CEO of a business,&nbsp;Intellectual Ventures, which some say holds more patents (about 40,000) than any other company in the United States.</p><p>I wanted to talk to Myhrvold about his recent ventures into philanthropy, into humanitarianism, which his firm has dubbed its “<a href="http://www.intellectualventures.com/index.php/inventions-patents/spinouts-programs/global-good">Global Good</a>” project.</p><p><strong><a href="http://humanosphere.org/2012/10/the-many-faces-of-nathan-myhrvold-patent-troll-inventor-and-now-global-do-gooder/#more-40951">Check out Humanosphere for the rest of the story.</a></strong></p><p> Mon, 22 Oct 2012 23:54:51 +0000 Tom Paulson 6796 at http://kplu.org Seattle's Nathan Myhrvold: Patent troll, inventor, global do-gooder Seattle talk: Philanthro-capitalism and the politics behind the global health agenda http://kplu.org/post/seattle-talk-philanthro-capitalism-and-politics-behind-global-health-agenda <p></p><p>The words “global health” conjure up for most folks images of health workers vaccinating children in Africa, major initiatives aimed at getting anti-HIV drugs or anti-malaria bed nets out to people in poor communities across the globe or any number of other noble efforts aimed at fighting diseases of poverty.</p><p>Most don’t think of global health as a means to also advance corporate or political agendas. But Anne-Emanuelle Birn does&nbsp;…</p><p><strong><a href="http://humanosphere.kplu.org/2012/10/seattle-talk-philanthro-capitalism-and-the-politics-behind-the-global-health-agenda/">Read the interview on Humanosphere</a></strong>.</p><p> Fri, 05 Oct 2012 00:07:24 +0000 Tom Paulson 6611 at http://kplu.org Seattle talk: Philanthro-capitalism and the politics behind the global health agenda Top 5 points in Gates Foundation annual report http://kplu.org/post/top-5-points-gates-foundation-annual-report <p>The Bill &amp; Melinda Gates Foundation today published its&nbsp;<a href="http://www.gatesfoundation.org/annualreport/2011/Pages/home-en.aspx">2011 annual report</a>. Yes, I know it’s almost 2013. But they’ve been going through some big internal changes and all these annual reports are issued after-the-fact.</p><p>Check out the <a href="http://humanosphere.kplu.org/2012/10/top-five-points-in-gates-foundation-annual-report/">five main takeaways from the report on Humanosphere</a>.</p><p> Thu, 04 Oct 2012 19:26:00 +0000 Tom Paulson 6600 at http://kplu.org Top 5 points in Gates Foundation annual report Seattle aid group finds the limits of Burma-Myanmar’s new freedoms http://kplu.org/post/seattle-aid-group-finds-limits-burma-myanmar-s-new-freedoms <p>Burmese activist and Nobel laureate Aung San Suu Kyi is now on a U.S. tour, her freedom celebrated as evidence of change in this once repressive nation. But a Seattle-based humanitarian organization that works with the poor in Myanmar-Burma still has to operate 'discreetly,' off the radar.</p><p><a href="http://humanosphere.kplu.org/2012/09/how-repression-in-burma-myanmar-promoted-grassroots-humanitarian-aid/"><strong>Read more on Humanosphere.</strong></a></p><p> Tue, 18 Sep 2012 22:44:20 +0000 Tom Paulson 6394 at http://kplu.org Seattle aid group finds the limits of Burma-Myanmar’s new freedoms AIDS 2012: Bill Gates skeptical of ending AIDS anytime soon http://kplu.org/post/aids-2012-bill-gates-skeptical-ending-aids-anytime-soon <p>WASHINGTON, D.C. &mdash; The International AIDS Conference, a mega-meeting of more than 20,000&nbsp;people, has opened here to fanfare, protests, calls to action and (overly?) ambitious proclamations aimed at fighting complacency.</p><p>The world&rsquo;s biggest AIDS conference has returned to the U.S. &ndash; to a city with HIV infection rates comparable to some African nations &ndash; after 22 years of &lsquo;separation&rsquo; due to our government&rsquo;s ban against HIV-infected visitors. The Obama Administration repealed the travel ban in 2010.</p><p>It appears to be a critical moment for the global response to AIDS. The theme of <a href="http://www.aids2012.org/">AIDS 2012 </a>is &ldquo;Turning the Tide Together.&quot;</p><p><a href="http://humanosphere.kplu.org/2012/07/aids-2012-bill-gates-skeptical-of-ending-aids-anytime-soon/"><strong>Read more on Humanosphere.</strong></a></p><p> Mon, 23 Jul 2012 21:28:31 +0000 Tom Paulson 5679 at http://kplu.org AIDS 2012: Bill Gates skeptical of ending AIDS anytime soon 'Three Cups' charity expands board in settlement http://kplu.org/post/three-cups-charity-expands-board-settlement HELENA, Mont. — The charity co-founded by Greg Mortenson has named seven new board members as part of a settlement over accusations the "Three Cups of Tea" author mismanaged the organization that builds schools in Afghanistan and Pakistan. The Central Asia Institute announced Thursday that the new board members were named during a meeting in San Francisco last week. They include philanthropists, academics, businessmen and an attorney. Mortenson and two others previously had been the sole board members. Thu, 19 Jul 2012 16:28:25 +0000 The Associated Press 5644 at http://kplu.org The Seattle science that led to FDA approval of HIV-prevention drug http://kplu.org/post/seattle-science-led-fda-approval-hiv-prevention-drug <p>The FDA today approved the first drug, known as Truvada, for preventing HIV in people at high risk of infection due to &lsquo;discordance&rsquo; &ndash; science lingo for being HIV negative but having a sex partner who is HIV positive.<br /><br />Seattle scientists played a critical role in demonstrating the drug&rsquo;s effectiveness in Kenya and Uganda studies.</p><p><a href="http://humanosphere.kplu.org/2012/07/the-seattle-science-that-led-to-fda-approval-of-hiv-prevention-drug/"><strong>Read more on Humanosphere.</strong></a></p><p> Mon, 16 Jul 2012 21:58:34 +0000 Tom Paulson 5597 at http://kplu.org The Seattle science that led to FDA approval of HIV-prevention drug Exploring the Gates Foundation's connection to the Glaxo scandal http://kplu.org/post/exploring-gates-foundations-connection-glaxo-scandal <p>In a &quot;landmark&quot; legal case, the pharmaceutical giant GlaxoSmithKline pled guilty last week to engaging in <a href="http://bottomline.msnbc.msn.com/_news/2012/07/02/12525279-glaxosmithkline-settles-fraud-case-for-3-billion?lite" target="_blank">fraudulent, criminal behavior</a> which included covering up adverse drug side-effects, promoting ineffective therapies and hiding unfavorable data &mdash; and will <a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2012/07/03/business/glaxosmithkline-agrees-to-pay-3-billion-in-fraud-settlement.html?pagewanted=all://" target="_blank">pay a record $3 billion in fines</a>.</p><p>An aspect of the story that seems to be underreported is that one high-profile Glaxo executive alleged to have engaged in misbehavior is Tachi Yamada, former head of global health for the Bill &amp; Melinda Gates Foundation who was before that head of research and development for GSK.</p><p><a href="http://humanosphere.kplu.org/2012/07/the-gates-foundation-connection-to-the-glaxo-drug-fraud-scandal/"><strong>Read more on Humanosphere.</strong></a></p><p> Thu, 05 Jul 2012 19:05:23 +0000 Tom Paulson 5510 at http://kplu.org Exploring the Gates Foundation's connection to the Glaxo scandal 'ChangeMaker' uses business enterprise to promote public health http://kplu.org/post/changemaker-uses-business-enterprise-promote-public-health <p>By <strong>Lisa Stiffler</strong>, Humanosphere correspondent</p><p>In wealthy countries, it&rsquo;s no problem for an organization to provide a single, narrowly defined service. In a poor community, it won&rsquo;t always work to focus on singular goal, ignoring the existing challenges that can doom even the most well-intentioned projects.<br /><br />Enter Erin Larsen-Cooper, a recent graduate of the University of Washington. She&#39;s hopeful that programs that are more holistic, that work with existing health programs and employ members of the community that they&rsquo;re aiming to help, will get us closer to solving some of the problems in global health and poverty.<br /><br /><a href="http://humanosphere.kplu.org/2012/06/changemakers-erin-larsen-cooper-and-villagereach-use-business-enterprise-to-promote-public-health/">Read more on Humanosphere.</a></p><p> Tue, 03 Jul 2012 20:50:32 +0000 KPLU 5488 at http://kplu.org 'ChangeMaker' uses business enterprise to promote public health