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Good News Project holding box

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Ballroom Dancing as an education program



Marilyn Agrello's hit documentary Mad Hot Ballroom, the best, least condescending crowdpleaser of the year. From..Film Blather

Some notes from listening to the interview.

Marily Agrello is the filmaker.

Interviewer asks why not tell the struggle of the inner city..

She says in essence this is a good news story, not a whine about what's wrong. She uses different words - this is a story about the collective experience.

Int: How did you get the kids to talk?

MP: It turns out that if they talk to each other as opposed to talking to interviewer they are much more likely to "let loose".

Int" What challenges

MP: self financing. Getting permission to shoot in the school was really hard. DoE denied permission because they thought that it was going to be an expose kind of piece. Who knows?

INT: What is the before and after?

P: We saw the transformation happening while the program was going into place. This is a mandatory program. If you are in the 5th grade, when the most important thing is to be cool... They go from really horrified to walking tall... to looking at each other in a big way.

INT: this is your first big one..what's next

MP: Cuban born, is being played at the Havana Film Festival and I'm going. I will take this to Havana and have a Q and A.

INT: What's the message:

This is a story of hope. We are in difficult times, so I hope that people will walk out of this film and feel there is a little bit of hope.

INT: Will you drag the kids with you.

MP: Forget it, that's my time in the sunshine.

So suppose, underpreforming schools had a program where they reached out to non profit organizations. Managed a system of supplying student volunteers to those organizations. And used that as a basis of new student experience that could be drawn upon to teach and start new project? And suppose the students picked organizations in their nieghborhoods or zip codes.

The theory is that ngo's do good work on the ground exist, they need volunteers, they don't have the capacity to manage volunteers. The schools (through a pub center) supplies the volunteers and the managment capacity, the ngo's get people power, and the students broaden their experience of regular people with focus, the right resources and the dream making their lives better.


12.29Grassroots Effects



12.29 From watching the Eisenhower Foundtion event..

A small non prof said that small movement groups do not have the people capital to tell their stories. The context was a discussion about how the real news comes from the small ngo advocacy sector.


Sounds like an market opportunity for Cyrano to me....



This is the man who started a world sensation with his free hug movement. Such a simple idea, that meant so much, to so many.




According to YouTube stats, this video has been seen by 5,000,000 and Juan apeared on Oprah. ..the power of a simple idea. Reach out and touch someone was a slogan for the phone company. This is reach out and touch someone "on the ground".

Sometimes, a hug is all what we need. Free hugs is a real life controversial story of Juan Mann, A man whos sole mission was to reach out and hug a stranger to brighten up their lives. In this age of social disconnectivity and lack of human contact, the effects of the Free Hugs campaign became phenomenal. As this symbol of human hope spread accross the city, police and officials ordered the Free Hugs campaign BANNED. What we then witness is the true spirit of humanity come together in what can only be described as awe inspiring. In the Spirit (more) (

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