Watch Bill Gates and Jimmy Fallon drink poop water. Yep, you heard that right.
Really smart guy and philanthropist Bill Gates challenged engineers to create a machine that could take human excrement and make clean drinking water. You read that right, poop into water. What they came up with is called the Omniprocessor, and not only does it take human waste and make water, it also creates electricity. Sounds like a win-win, right? It gets rid of waste while creating products that will help individuals and communities. The Gates Foundation hopes these machines can make a difference in places that lack the resources to access fresh water.
In this video, Gates gambles with funnyman Jimmy Fallon on who will drink water made from poop. Watch to see what happens!
To learn more about the Omniprocessor and the Gates Foundation's goals for the machine, visit Bill Gates' blog.
Learn about a media specialist who uses moving animation and humor to advocate for human rights and dignity.
Meet Firdaus Kharas.
According to his website, Chocolate Moose Media, Firdaus is a social innovator, renowned director, and global humanitarian who produces animated documentaries, films, and televisions series to educate, entertain, and change behavior. He and his organization are trying to positively influence viewers' knowledge, attitude, and behavior, focusing on children and young adults.
Whether using humor or emotion, these videos educate while also entertaining.
Check out this video he made about the Ebola crisis. While in other videos Firdaus uses humor, this one produces an emotional effect.
Firdaus provides a great example of creative activism. When you watch the video or look at Firdaus' website, what do you see? By using animated videos, he influences the world for the better. In other words, he has turned his skills and passion into an organization that educates and helps to change minds around the world about issues that matter to human dignity. Here we see one person (with the help of many others) making a worldwide impact!
What Does Firdaus' Example Teach You?
Think about your own skills, interests, and passions - how can you take these things and use them to help other people? It doesn't have to be something that is as big or funny or moving as Firdaus' videos. So, don't let your own insecurities get in the way of helping others. Use your skills and passion to make the world a better place.
Be a creative activist.
Volunteer to help.
You may feel inspired to step right out of the door and go volunteer with a project working on water and sanitation issues. Here are a couple of organizations that can help you plug in.
UMVIM (United Methodist Volunteers in Mission) -- Volunteer opportunities as individuals or teams both in the United States and around the world. Get involved.
SIFAT (Servants in Faith and Technology) -- A nonprofit Christian organization, that provides training in community development in hard places in our world. Get involved.
ASP (Appalachia Service Project) -- Brings thousands of volunteers from around the country to rural Central Appalachia to repair homes for low-income families. Get involved.