The actress Hedy Lamarr was known for her beauty and film career, but she was also an inventor. The Official Website of Hedy Lamarr describes her accomplishment as follows: Hedy patented an idea that later became the crutch of both secure military communications and mobile phone technology. In 1942, Hedy and the composer and pianist George […]

“When one door of happiness closes, another opens, but often we look so long at the closed door that we do not see the one that has been opened for us.”

Helen Keller, Author, disability rights advocate and political activist
Gjenge Makers

Nzambi Matee founded Gjenge Makers in Nairobi, Kenya in 2018, initially to sort and sell plastic waste to other recycling companies. Matee quickly realized that, because her enterprise was collecting waste faster than the recycling companies could use it, she needed to change business models, and fast. She pivoted directly to creating value-added products using […]

“What we have done is totally wrong. We think we can use concrete to channelize a river. We think we can use dykes to protect the city from being flooded.” According to Professor Kongjian Yu, a Chinese ecological urbanist, draining all the water away from cities is a bad idea and not effective in containing […]

Combating COVID-19: The Tale of a Silent Warrior in India By Pankaj Adhikari – The media across the world are covering stories highlighting celebrity donations amid the COVID pandemic. But there are few stories about the real heroes who are battling on the ground and fighting silently behind the scenes, away from the media glare, […]

The French artist Aude Michon has been visiting the Gustave Roussy hospital in Villejuif, France for the last two years to dance for people with cancer, simply to brighten up their day. Aude Michon is a professional dancer who teaches Salsa, Bachata, Cha Cha and other Latin dances. She created the Elles Dansent association to […]

Sharmeen Obaid Chinoy tells stories that drive social change. She wrote, “My films are examples of how one story, eloquently told, can move a country’s lawmakers to break through decades of impunity and legal deadlock. Film, art, literature, music and performance help people express themselves and even just be themselves.” “In 2014, a Pakistani teenager called […]

This person is making a difference, yet those whom he is helping are not even aware of the immense benefits they are receiving. He is giving the gift of the human touch. He’s a baby buddy. As The Good Times reported in our article on the benefits of skin-to-skin contact for child development, the human touch, […]

What has changed the lives of a whole bunch of people? A wild shrub with yellow flowers that grows like a weed in humid tropical areas. The plant, called Tithonia diversifolia, can be used as a fertilizer to increase cereal or vegetable yields. Made into “green manure”, its effects are equivalent to those produced by […]

This man, Arunachalam Muruganantham, had not intended to start a revolution in India or do something for the betterment of society. He simply noticed that his wife was using a dirty rag as a sanitary pad, thought it would be easy to walk into a drugstore and buy her a menstrual pad, and was hit hard […]