Halli Sturm

Tempe, AZ, United States

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Halli Sturm
Posted over 2 years ago
Can donor funding really fix African challenges, or should we empower African communities to address their own challenges?
Hi, I watched Ernesto Sirolli's TED talk on this same subject, mentioned elsewhere in this discussion. Quite poignant! A friend of my father's used to say about the transfer of money in business situations, one has to have an "inside person" knowing the scope and real story and caring about success, to make a proposition and followthrough from an "outside organization", fly. I believe that is true and have observed it in my family's owned business as well. The same applies to aid. I will submit a practical example below Brandon's post, where I was involved in an "aid to Africa" project. But here let me also mention about my mother's friend, Susan Andresen, who was that "inside person" from Mesa with friends she made in what her family called "her beloved Africa". Susan went personally to serve the area receiving the aid and to establish lifelong ties of friendship. Her goals were reached and her efforts became a successful project as well as forming lasting friendships between American families and African families.
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Halli Sturm
Posted over 2 years ago
Can donor funding really fix African challenges, or should we empower African communities to address their own challenges?
Tempe Sister Cities organization has a relationship with Mali, Africa. I think that is what makes the aid reach the right people and make a difference, without middle persons that take the human understanding, contact, and honest friendship out of it. Our hairdresser's mother, over 70, has made several trips to Mali on behalf of the city. I organized a group to sell candles and raise money for Sister Cities/Mali partnership so we could contribute to the sewing machine and goat program. The goats were in pairs and used for raising other goats and also giving milk. The sewing machines were for female entrepreneurs who then were able to become self sufficient. Mali is one of the poorest nations, but our representatives who travel there from Tempe,directly, make the donations do what they promise. This was a very memorable project experience, done for a Small Group Communications Course, and the power of collaboration even in small numbers with "inside information" as to the distribution of the aid.
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Halli Sturm
Posted over 2 years ago
Ellen Jorgensen: Biohacking -- you can do it, too
I have been wondering if Do It Yourself, DYI Biotech could fuel the revolution from a “sick care” system to a “well care” system of health. So I asked the following question on a TED conversation: What kind of social issues do you think would be caused by everyone having access to biotech and genetic information about their own body?