A Belated Thanksgiving Note!

Dear DECORUM! Readers,

Here’s a shout-out to great ideas!  We are all thankful for new innovations and advances that make the world better.  Celebrate this by visiting TED.com–with the TED (Technology, Entertainment, Design) Conferences–which holds countless videos of inspiring and informative talks on entertainment, science, business, global issues, and more from speakers like Steve Jobs and Dave Eggers.  One to start with: a funny and fascinating speech by Sugata Mitra on child-driven education.

~Lena

The Thursday Three

Hello!  Because we missed the last Thursday Three, we are including three extra links today.  Also, in honor of the Chicago Blackhawks winning the Stanley Cup yesterday, the sites featured here are all related to both international affairs and the world of sports!

1. The 2010 FIFA World Cup tournament begins tomorrow in South Africa!  For more information, visit http://www.fifa.com/.  (Also, check out this awe-inspiring ad for the games: http://www.slate.com/id/2256074/.)

2. Check out JD Walsh Basketball School, which is promoting social change and world peace by spreading basketball through India and other countries: http://jdbasketball.com/.

3.  Learn about the Olympics at http://www.olympic.org/en/.

4. Read about Nelson Mandela’s diplomatic achievements in rugby: http://sportsillustrated.cnn.com/vault/article/magazine/MAG1143996/index.htm.  (Also, catch the movie based off this incredible story, “Invictus”!  More information can be found here: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1057500/.)

5. Cricket has also been used to promote diplomacy, especially in India and Pakistan.  Get an overview here: http://uscpublicdiplomacy.org/index.php/newswire/cpdblog_detail/cricket_diplomacy_and_pakistan/.

6. Additionally, soccer/football has been building friendly international relations for many years.  Learn how and why with this bestseller: http://www.amazon.com/SOCCER-EXPLAINS-WORLD-Franklin-Foer/dp/0061978051/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1276212477&sr=8-1.

Optimists Unite!

Dear DECORUM! Readers,

With all the challenges and trouble in the world that we see reported or experience first-hand,  it can be hard to stay hopeful for a bright future (and thus also to remain committed to making the world a better place).  When you need a boost of optimism to feel happy and to spread cheer, to feel empowered and get productive, check out Ode, “a print and online publication about positive news, about the people and ideas that are changing our world for the better”: http://www.odemagazine.com/.  Enjoy, and TGIF!

~Lena

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The Thursday Three

1. Find out how one good idea can change the world for the better.  The Pepsi Refresh Project is funding  “people, businesses, and non-profits with ideas that will have a positive impact”–check it out and vote for your favorites at http://www.refresheverything.com/index.

2. If you have younger students looking  for a worldview, check out country profiles from FactMonster at http://www.factmonster.com/countries.html.  These are also great for younger and older students looking for basic information on different nations!

3.  Need a political cartoon?  Search no further than Witty World, a center for all kinds of cartoons by international artists: http://www.wittyworld.com/.