The One Laptop Per Child group has produced a new ad ( click here to view it on Youtube ) featuring a remixed voice and video package that at least gives the feeling that the Beatle was supporting it.
It’s not exactly slick, but if it continues to focus on the needs of children it’s okay with me too Yoko.
By the way, here in Australia John Lennon’s “Double Fantasy” Album was number one on this day back in 1980, the year I started as a radio journalist.
Click here for the website of One Laptop, and see the mission statement below.
To create educational opportunities for the world’s poorest children by providing each child with a rugged, low-cost, low-power, connected laptop with content and software designed for collaborative, joyful, self-empowered learning. When children have access to this type of tool they get engaged in their own education. They learn, share, create, and collaborate. They become connected to each other, to the world and to a brighter future.
We all know that the biggest challenges for children in our world are war, disease, famine, drought and neglect.
We desperately need energy money and resources there, but this campaign looks worthwhile for some fairly obvious reasons.
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I’m particularly keen to hear from people who are working in area of mental health with stories or help finding useful treatments based on brain plasticity.
Everything from meditation to; neurofeedback, analysis, CBT and guided imagery works on “rewiring” the neuron circuits of the brain after damage, disease or deterioration.
Exciting and hopeful clinical work being done in many areas, such as stroke and HI recovery and many ”disabilities” are turning out to be treatable conditions.
It’s been exciting to see mainstream media at least begin to pick up on the great work being done, and the ongoing success of Norman Doidge’s book ( and PBS special ) has been an important starting point or focus for those unaware of the new treatments that continue to evolve.
That ”brain training” software and games we see being advertised are just a small part of the real and repeatable effects of “rewiring” the brain. They are becoming more and more widely used as theraputic devices in private homes, business, hospitals and nursing homes.
The possibilities, even in the short term, for better treatment and some cures are inspiring, but there will soon be debate about some key elements of life and law.
It’s become clear that all crime and substance abuse are related to mental health.
It is self evident that no-one in their right mind kills, rapes, tortures or neglects. No-one in their right mind uses substances that make them ill, violent, impulsive or an addict.
It stands to reason that Governments as providors of health care could ( and I say should) be held accountable for not
providing mental health care when someone comes to grief.
Maybe that will be a good thing in the this risk averse corporate world.
Perhaps if lawyers and activisits around the world began a concerted series of claims for individuals and groups based on their known mental health issues not being addressed we may see less seriosuly ill people released from jail or hospitals and into a new tragedy.
Once again it comes down to whether we care enough about our safety, health and the future to spend money and energy on better diagnosis and treatment for brain related illnesses.
We have the knowledge, but the will is yet to come and there are also the hurdles of stigma and cost. Change will come though, we’re evolving.
Anyhow, I’m just a madman with a will to make a difference, it’s what YOU think and do that will make a difference.