alt. be the change
issue No. 1 spring 2014
keep the change
up and coming whatâ€™s in your bag
get dirty dig your heels in
the better barista
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LETTER ƒrom the
a universal function; alt on a keyboard is used to alternate or change the function of other keys. Altruism— the principle or practice of unselfish concern and a devotion to the welfare of others. To alter, altogether, all for one and one for all. Anyone who considers change will find that it is inevitable, but also something that inspires growth. In our world today, there are ample opportunities for us to change – to change our mindset, to change ourselves, to change the world around us. We have opportunities to reach out to others and show them that they matter. We know that we are not the only ones who realize this. There is nothing quite like working with people who share the same vision. Differences are set aside and real work is done. It is not easy. In fact, it is flat hard, but the goal is greater than our circumstances.
ALT seeks to highlight the passionate work that young adults are doing in the world now. We feature stories of those who are involved in paying it forward, giving back, or making plans to improve society. ALT exists to inspire and fan that same flame. The funds from each subscription or magazine sold are used to further the person, idea, or organization we feature in each issue. In putting this first issue together, we found a lot that we are excited about. We hope that it inspires you to act and to alter the world around you.
5 W’s Who What Where When Why The 5 W’s are our annual update on what is happening around you. Domestically, socially, international, and much more. So we hope we inspire you to grab your bag and book a flight or get on YouTube and check out what’s trending.
If this is the first time you are hearing about this company, then that somewhat worries me. TOMS is now bringing the story home. One for one is now in the states both for shoes and sight. According to TOMS by the end of this year, 35+ states will receive TOMS. And as of 2013, they are helping giving sight in 3 states.
Check their website out and SUPPORT!
Last November the world was taken by storm when Batkid arrived. The Make a Wish Foundation, along with the help of the city of San Francisco, brought to life the dream of one young boy fighting leukemia to save Gotham City from evil doers. This event took social media like wildfire, equaling 117 countries in which Batkid was discussed. As well as a total of 555, 697 TWEETS! If you haven’t yet, check out YouTube for the highlights from the day.
Courtesy of Google images
Batkid—Make a Wish
Top 4 Charitable Countries #1—USA
The Color Run
Charities Aid Foundation’s (CAF) World Giving Index 2013 holds the list to the Top 20 Charitable Countries that are the most charitable. Of that 20, there are 10 that rank high in the three giving behaviors—helping a stranger, donating money to charity, and volunteering time.
Here are the #1 countries that rank high in the three giving behaviors. Helping a Stranger #1—United States of America
Volunteering Time #1—Turkmenistan
Donating Money to Charity #1—Myanmar
The Color Run Tough Mudder Glow Run 5K
Glow Run 5k
One of the fastest growing trends for charitable giving are 5k RUNS. Who would have thought the one thing most people hate doing, would turn into one of the strongest marketing tool for donations. If you are looking for a way to trick your mind into “this is not exercise but fun,” find one of these three trending 5k events!
keep the change
helpful mother’s day buys
A feature in every issue where we share products that help you to further change. Since Mother’s Day is fast approaching, here are some great products for her that give you opportunities to help others and still find the perfect gift.
focuses on helping women in Uganda beat poverty by making jewelry from recycled paper. Check out their other stylish products online and see what they’ve been up to! [Luna necklace, $28]
Sevenly.org is a retail site that partners with charities on a weekly basis. Customers who purchase those products automatically donate $7 to help meet the charity’s goals. [Make Lemonade Print $24]
These pretty paperweights help support St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital by donating $5 to the organization. [St. Jude Glass Knot Extra Large Paperweight $39]
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up and coming
Didomi’s Jill Klinvex Small town girl, Jillian Klinvex has embarked on some not-so-small business ventures. She is only a senior in high school and has already created a few small businesses, pitched to investors, and has participated in some programs conducted by MIT and Harvard. Her most recent project is Didomi – a nonprofit venture that matches nonprofits with potential donors. Here is a quick look at her journey since working with the entrepreneurial programs and a glimpse at future plans for Didomi.
| did’- o -mee | verb
to give ORIGIN: greek
Applied and accepted to MIT’s Launch, a 4 week entrepreneurship program for high school students
created Didomi with a team of two other high schoolers
contacted by director of Harvard Innovation Lab to apply to program
Didomi launches in Apple app store and Droid marketplace
pitching to investors (facebook, twitter, and others from silicon valley to name a few)
What’s in your bag? There is no longer this linear path to success or a job. We all come from different backgrounds with different skills and tools. With that concept in mind, we ask the question—what are changers/innovators of the future carrying in their bags? Photography by: Ryan Haas
This month we have emptied out the bag of Ryan Haas a graduating senior from Southern Adventist University with a degree in Mass Communication, concentration in photography. Ryan is like any other guy, he loves to explore, but not without his trusty sidekick of his camera. He is currently working on a series entitled ‘Tatted Sevey’— the stories and pictures of Seventh-day Adventist who are tatted and proud of it.
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Get Dirty! One can only hope that you are reading this while making a list of all the ways you can get involved in your community. In case you need a little push, here are a couple of ideas.
Habitat for Humanity Help give someone the chance to know what stability is and the sense of value means by owning their own home.
Big Brother Big Sister Be that difference, that motivation to keep going, that positive role model.
Courtesy of a free image site sxc.hu
Pictures courtesy of various Google images
Partner with an organization that can connect you with the right service project or nonprofit that fits you.
Feed the Children Everywhere Donâ€™t just donate but give of your time and put together one packet to feed many.
Dig Your Heels In Written by: Maurice Fider Photography by: George Nelson
It doesn’t matter how good your idea is...
With a smile that will make you agree to just about any proposal he
gives. Boston Londis is a 20 year old from Collegedale, TN where he attends
Southern Adventist University pursuing his BBA in financial management. Boston is a dreamer and has always been, seeking new opportunities to grow and become the businessman he knows he can be. Yes, he is only a junior in university, however he is that one rookie player with little to no game time that once given the ball will in the proverbial sense “rock your world!” I sat down with Boston following his soccer intramural game, which he won, to catch up on what is going on and to share with you all why he needs to be on your fantasy league. This interview will be a little unconventional and all over the place, but in the end you will walk away inspired.
What is the best advice you have been given? I would have to say it came from my dad, he said, “It doesn’t matter how good your idea is, if you don’t have the ability to dig your heels in and execute. Someone else will come along and take your idea for themselves.”
Why are you a finance major? Finance is a body of knowledge and valuable to have when making business decisions. I like learning about what goes into this industry as well as the freedom it offers. At the end of the day nothing can work if the finances do not line up, nonprofit or for profit. Once you figure out the business side you are able to make things stable.
Has anyone or any one thing influence you to become a finance major? My dad, Jeff Londis a partner at Bench Mark physical therapy has been a big influence in my life and an inspiration to pursue this degree. What I love about my dad’s career path is that it allows him a lot of freedom to purse a variety of business ventures; because of his financial background and understanding of how the business world operates he is able to make good decisions that are able to be very rewarding down the road. I’ve realized more and more, having a fanatical background can be very helpful when making decisions in business. In general a lot of people view business as something extremely simple, which can be true in some cases. However, one needs to know the very intimate details of how the numbers line up for their business to be successful.
Why are you so passionate about these things? I believe money makes the world go round. When it comes to it, economics drive most of the decision made for both government and everyday people. If I am able to understand that then I can understand what motivates people and use it to do good. Do good in a way that can be sustainable rather than pouring aid into an African country. Forming a way where a country can sustain itself.
So what do you want to be when you grow up? When asked, Boston didn’t have just one answer but four and more yet to be evolved.
that have the potential but do not have the means to come to a good American school.
#1: I would like to create a weight loss program where once participants met their weight loss goal they would earn a certain amount of money that is donated to a fund or case of their choice. Examples are a mission’s fund, cancer fund, etc.
#3: Dentist like any other medical professional with an office. Spends a good amount of time ordering supplies or checking out the latest tools or equipment to better their patients experience. However, this takes a good amount of time! My goal would be to centralize this back office process by buying in bulk. This allows for more time with patients and is more profitable in the end. In addition I would like to give dental student’s coming out of school the opportunity to split the cost of starting their own practice.
#2: Creating a similar program to Give Forward— a crowd-sourcing site that raises funds for people that are not able to pay their medical bills. With the same idea in mind, this organization would be targeted towards people that are unable to pay for their education. Ideally for people from third world countries
#4: One of my more passionate ideas is to help the economic situation in Africa. Most if not all of Africa is poverty-stricken. One of the big reasons is that innovators and people who provide economic growth are not protected. They are not protected from random civil wars starting or the ability of the government to come in and takeover. Innovators have no protection, which equals no one being motivated to make a difference. The plan would be to reshape Africa. The Idea would be to take a country that is extremely small with a GDP (Gross domestic production) that is very small. Go in and start a business large enough to where it will be a large portion of the countries overall GDP. Upon getting to this point, which
equals power, one can start influencing changes to help support other innovators and like-minded people. One country in particular I have been researching and studying is Benin. The plan would be to go in and start farming cashews as they have a shelf life that last very long. Cashews can be shipped anywhere! In my research I have come across most people saying that Africa needs a government that protects and fosters innovation and economic growth.
Finally, what has inspired you to become this strong business minded young man? Last summer I was on a trip in Canada and met a guy name Ethan Austin, who was on his honeymoon. After a few minutes of talking, I realized that he was one of the original founders for Give Forward. He said one day he woke up and realized that he did not want to be a lawyer, knew he wasn’t the smartest guy in the room so he dropped out. First thing he does is realizes he needs to lose some weight. After learning about the rate to join the gym and how costly it was, he wanted to find a discount. This led him to being a freelance writer, because they got a discount. Meanwhile he had been doing different fundraisers—mainly running marathons in a banana suit to raise money for cancer. A “serial do good-er” he called it. His passions for helping people with cancer came from his personal journey as his father had struggled and passed away due to cancer. While working as a freelance writer, Ethan and a coworker came up with the idea of starting a crowd source to help people raise money to pay medical bills. It took a lot of energy and effort. But in the end they have been able to raise over 75 million dollars. This is a testament to how people can do whatever they set their minds to—inspiring how he could drop out of law school and not know what he wants to do with his life and somehow found his way to being the president of a crowd sourcing website that has helped a ton of people. People always think you have to be a doctor, nurse, or missionary to help people. But you can be a businessperson and do just the same.
Boston and Dad in Banff, Canada Summer 2013
The best meals are the ones that come with meaning and connection. Picking your own freshly grown tomatoes, along with some nice bell peppers and carrots all mixed into a salad full of color & freshness! Can you taste it yet?
Clean Water For Anyone
Plant Your Own Garden
Can words truly describe that feeling of ice cold water after a physically demanding day or task? That silent thank you your body expresses when you consume every ounce. Volunteer and help provide a child or family with fresh clean water.
barista text by Emma Khan
photography by George Nelson
Coffee and community are synonymous; let Megan Sutherland tell you all about it. The tall, friendly, hipster graduated in 2012 with a degree in nonprofit administration and development, and a heart for helping others. She felt the call to serve when she was in college; she abandoned her comfort zone for Uganda to help at an orphanage for a year and was also active in the Invisible Children community when back in the States. She has been actively involved at her alma mater as a grant research assistant and development intern, contributing to the community service program there. During those years, she also unearthed a passion for coffee. She will drive hours on end to find the perfect cup and to get to know the people there who brewed it for her.
It’s not just your typical cup of Joe either. There is an extra shot of attention complete with detailed designs every minimalist mug. But she’s not doing this just for her own benefit she has bigger hopes than that. Taking the first step toward her dream, she currently is working at the Camp House, a trendy coffee shop in downtown Chattanooga learning the art of becoming a barista. In her spare time, she hosts and attends coffee cuppings (tastings). She also has a job back home in Arkansas should the need arise, which it usually does, to support her expensive interest. “So many of the big things in my life –decisions I’ve made, relationships I’ve formed, ideas, really important conversations –have all been over a cup of coffee.” Clearly her passion is not just about the cup of expertly extracted coffee. “Everything is about relationships. I love coffee, but mostly because it facilitates relationships so well.” She elaborates, “So many of the people in movies, music and nonprofits all are friends and go to the same places and do a lot of the same things. It makes the world way, way smaller… There are
actual conversations – they can get appreciation for their work and it’s a genuine exchange.” Megan’s dream is to own her own coffee shop where a portion of the funds go to provide an education to the kids in Uganda with whom she spent her year. “I don’t want to force people to give if they don’t want to, but I also want it to be known that when you buy here, ten percent of whatever you get goes to help. People want coffee. They are going to buy it whether is helps anyone or not. I think it would be really cool to have that community culture, locally, but then you also have that global relationship, so eventually, you have student missionaries and interns that are feeding those pictures back.” Megan sees a future of ideals, but what is striking about her and her dream is how she is still well grounded in practicality. She is naturally bringing together her hobbies and her passion for helping others, and her vision has become a natural outflow of those two things. It’s a model that invites imitation from those who share her passion for global activism.