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BRAZIL: The Conditioned

Raimundo Arruda Sobrinho was homeless in São Paulo, Brazil, for nearly 35 years, and became locally known for sitting in the same spot and writing every day. In April 2011, he was befriended by a young woman named Shalla Monteiro. Impressed by his poetry and wanting to help him with his dream of publishing a book, she created a Facebook Page to feature Raimundo’s writing. Neither could have expected what happened next.

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ETHIOPIA: Strictly Beza, Combating HIV Through Dance

In a country where more than half of the younger population was born during the HIV/AIDS epidemic, Ethiopia is in dire need of information its youth on practicing safe sex. To address this issue, a young dance troupe by the name of Addis Beza are utilizing their talents and passion for music and dance; spreading the message about HIV prevention. During their public performances the 15-20 member crew can be seen handing out informational leaflets, and encouraging their spectators and get tested for HIV so that they can know their status and the proper treatment, if necessary.

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TUNISIA: Music Against All Odds

Since we last spoke with Turning Tables, the team was establishing their first turntable lab in Tunisia - a nation without the right to freedom of speech or artistic expression. With a strong presence in Tunisia now, the organization took a leap forward in the process, enabling its beneficiaries to organize a festival promoting artistic and cultural exchange between artists from the Maghreb and MENA regions. They documented it all - from the struggles of going up against an oppressive government, to the ultimate triumph and success that came to be the L'Angar Festival, thus continuing their vision of giving a voice to the voiceless.


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CHANGE HEROES: The trip that changed the way to give

Back in 2009, Taylor Conroy took a trip to Kenya and Uganda in pursuit of a vacation and means of getting himself involved. Little did he know that this decision would cause for him to start a movement; Change Heroes -a friend-funding platform which gives anyone the tools they need to raise $10,000 and build a school, library, or water well anywhere in the developing world. In this video, Taylor talks about that initial, innocent trip, which caused his life, and the lives of thousands of others, to change for the better, forever.

For more on Change Heroes, read our interview with Taylor Conroy.

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Sifting through the cultural phenomena that is Burning Man in search for its meaning and place in the world is a daunting task. Fortunately, Michael Marantz (Founder of Already Alive)'s short film 'The Temple' does exactly that. In his own words, "'The Temple' explores modern spirituality in a contemplative and personal manner touching on the ideas of self-discovery, letting go, and meaningful human connection that transcends simply a party in the desert."

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