January 28, 2015

Kasturi Puntambekar – Marketing and Fundraising Fellow

Kasturi is a senior at American University in Washington, D. C. and is majoring in History with a minor in Psychology. Originally from a rural town in Massachusetts, she has worked in the development sector of non-profit organizations around the Capital and has enjoyed learning new and innovative ways of communicating with donors and foundations. She is looking forward to exploring new methods of promoting the cause of Americans for Informed Democracy and reaching out to the greater D. C. community in the process. As a student of a highly politically engaged university in the nation’s capital, she believes that students must be heard and can contribute greatly to the country’s endeavors on the international scale. In her free time, she enjoys Indian classical dance and cooking.

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Graduation Pledge

I thought that the "Graduation Pledge Campaign" might be of interest to AID chapters. Please read below for more information! -- "I pledge to explore and take into account the social and environmental consequences of any job I consider and will try to improve these aspects of any organizations for which I work." Students at over a hundred colleges and universities have made this "graduation pledge". From small liberal arts colleges (Colgate and Macalester) to large state universities (Oregon and Utah) to large private research universities … [Read more...]

Jyothi Laxmi Ramakrishnan: Empowering and Engaging Young People to Change the World

by Richard-Michael Manuel, UT-Arlington Outstanding Student Leaders Digest (published by AIDemocracy.org) January 29, 2006 People who fall through the cracks often get ignored, but Jyothi Laxmi Ramakrishnan won't turn a blind eye—no matter where they live. She sees a world where those in need get the help they deserve. That’s the same spirit behind eight charitable goals that 191 countries have set for 2015, called the Millennium Development Goals. When she saw a way to keep member nations on task, she led the way to make it happen. It was … [Read more...]

Panelists debate NSA wiretapping

by David Ceasar The Hatchet (GWU) January 28, 2006 Everything from Bush-bashing to anti-liberal rhetoric to blasting politicians in general bellowed through the halls of 1957 E Street Tuesday evening at a discussion about National Security Agency wiretapping. The Elliott School of International Affairs and the non-partisan group Americans for Informed Democracy sponsored an at-times heated roundtable discussion with three prominent speakers who sparred over President Bush's domestic intelligence program. More than 100 people, including … [Read more...]

International Holocaust Remembrance Day

This post is from Allynn Lodge. Today, January 27th, is International Holocaust Remembrance Day. Yesterday, Americans for Informed Democracy was invited as guests of the Daniel Pearl Foundation to attend a panel discussion at the United Nations Headquarters in New York City in commemoration of this day. The panel featured Permanent Representative of Israel to the United Nations, Ambassador Dan Gillerman, and Dr. Judea Pearl, Professor at the University of California Los Angeles and father of slain reporter for the Wall Street Journal, Daniel … [Read more...]

Bringing tsunami home: Northwestern University joined a video conference with Sri Lankans who told how they survived and how participants could help

by Sean D. Hamill Chicago Tribune 1/27/2005 The 20 college students and community members who gathered Wednesday in Evanston for a video conference aimed at helping Sri Lanka had seen plenty of harrowing news reports about last month's tsunami.But it was a different, more moving experience, many said, to hear a firsthand account from a woman who told them how she and 30 family and friends were caught in the crushing water."We don't know how far or how long we ran," said Kumudini Fernando, a resident of Colombo, Sri Lanka's capital. "But then a huge … [Read more...]

The Global Entrepreneur as Ambassador

by William R. Dodson Conference Transcripts (published by AIDemocracy.org) January 23, 2006 (Note: This paper is based on a presentation delivered at the conference on “Entrepreneurship in a Globalized World,” hosted by Americans for an Informed Democracy, Northwestern University, 13 November 2005.)The entrepreneur that strikes out into the international markets has more than just a responsibility to make money. She also has a responsibility to represent to other peoples the best parts of her home country’s society, language and culture. Being an … [Read more...]

Make this a semester of activism. Activism is about democratic engagement in one’s community, not belligerent political rants.

by Jason Ketola The Minnesota Daily January 23, 2006 Since when did being an “activist” become synonymous with being a person who probably votes once every four years and who rants about politics with like-minded friends when drunk? Of course, there is the competing definition of activist, which has come to refer to a cultural studies major who spends his time derogating everything Western. Between you and me, I would wager that we could count the number of really active activists I have met in the past four years at the University on our combined … [Read more...]

Climate Summit to Unite Communities: Young leaders seek to participate in global environment discussion

by Stephanie Evans FS View (Student newspaper of Florida State University) January 19, 2006 Americans for Informed Democracy, a national non-partisan organization, is searching for participants for its "Young Global Leaders Summit on Development and Climate Change." The one-day summit to be held Feb. 11 at Nova Southeastern University in South Florida aims to open a dialogue among young leaders about the role the United States should play in efforts to reduce world poverty and the preservation of the global environment, a press release … [Read more...]

Energy Saving Tips

After years of wastefulness, I'm trying to become more energy conscious -- one small step at a time. At the wonderful "Virtual March to Stop Global Warming" (join the march if you haven't already!) they have some great ideas for individuals to become more energy efficient. Some of my favorite suggestions were to: -Unplug your cell phone charger and other electronics from the wall when you are not using them. Even when turned “off,” your hairdryers, cell phone chargers, and cameras use energy. -Replace 2 frequently used light bulbs with compact … [Read more...]

Kassie Anderson: A Big Heart and A Bright Vision

by Richard-Michael Manuel, UT-Arlington Outstanding Student Leaders Digest (published by AIDemocracy.org) January 17, 2006 Bringing students and community together takes a big heart and a bright vision: that’s Kassie Anderson for you. This dynamic Boston College senior is credited with coordinating one of AID’s biggest town hall meetings, yet. But her big ideas began when she was still a small girl, growing up in Stamford, Conn., a mid-sized city on the Atlantic coast.“My parents love to travel, and I traveled extensively as a child,” she said. When … [Read more...]