Monday, October 31, 2016
Thursday, October 13, 2016
|Speakable founder Jordan Hewson|
Jordan Hewson founded her company on one premise: Millennials aren’t taking action on the issues they care about because the process is difficult, confusing, and time-consuming.
So Hewson created Speakable, a company that uses technology to make civic engagement more accessible. Since 2015, Speakable has been working on its first product, the Action Button, which goes live Thursday.
The Action Button links publishers to NGOs and nonprofits like Amnesty International and Planned Parenthood, and has been in beta testing with Huffington Post until now. Starting today, the Action Button will go live on articles on Huffington Post, Vice, and the Guardian.
Here’s how it works:
On articles pertaining to issues that a reader could take action on — like getting girls an education in third-world countries, or the Syrian refugee crisis — the Action Button will appear at the bottom of the page
The button is powered by an algorithm that matches vetted NGOs with a relevant article
Readers can choose one of three ways to take action, like taking a poll, signing a petition, or donating to a cause
The options don’t require readers to leave the page, even if they choose the donate option
Hewson said the idea stemmed from her experiences as a millennial and someone who’s passionate about the nonprofit space. As far as she knows, the Action Button is the first of its kind.
“Nothing like this has ever existed,” Hewson told Business Insider. “You’ve never been able to take action on news before.”
Hewson has worked in the nonprofit and NGO space for years, spending three years as a campaigner for Global Citizen, a social-action platform that aims to
fight poverty and inequality. Hewson is also the daughter of U2 frontman Bono, who helped create the ONE foundation and has worked to fight poverty and AIDS in Africa.
Hewson says she realised while she was working at Global Citizen that taking action on issues had to be easier, otherwise it wouldn’t happen.
“Millennials especially are demanding more from digital content,” Hewson said. “They don’t just want to read headlines, they want to change headlines. Our hope for the company is that if we can make it faster and easier for people to take action, they’re much more likely to do it. If it can be part of your daily online behaviour, it can be as easy as ordering an Uber or buying a dress.”
Wednesday, October 12, 2016
Adam: "We've been working on a record and we've been humming and hawing on whether it's finished or not. We've decided it's not finished -- we're going to work up until Christmas...I wish we were a little bit more definite about our scheduling because people have been expecting it. But it'll be out next year -- maybe March/April. That's the plan, but I'm not confirming it."
Complete interview here
|Adam Clayton, Eoghan McDermott and children from St.James’s Primary and Secondary school at St. Patrick’s University Hospital, attempting to set the Guinness World Record for the World’s Largest Mindfulness Lesson to mark World Mental Health Awareness Day. Pic: Marc O'Sullivan|
U2 bass guitarist Adam Clayton, 2FM's Eoghan McDermott, and Dustin the Turkey were among the first presenters to take to the airwaves on Saint Patrick's University's pop-up station -Walk in My Shoes Radio.
The radio station runs until Friday to mark World Mental Health Awareness Week.
Clayton has previously spoken about how he overcame his own mental health issues. He says he is a "much happier bunny" since he started talking to people.
Marty Whelan, Nuala Carey and Aisling O'Loughlin also featured on the radio channel. Clayton and McDermott kicked off the event by taking part in the World's Largest Mindfulness Lesson.
The pair were joined by students from St. James's Primary and Secondary school. Clayton has been a long-time ambassador for the Walk in My Shoes campaign - which aims to encourage conversations about mental health issues. Speaking to McDermott on 2FM,
Clayton urged others to discuss their problems.
"If someone is feeling a little bit strange and they have a mental health issue, it is curable," he said. "It is not something that you have to live with for the rest of your life. "It is not something that will stop you being part of the workforce. But you do have to talk to people about it and you do have to get help. And you can recover. "I've certainly got it wrong in my own life and relied too much upon alcohol and other things to get me through something."
Irish Independent http://www.independent.ie/