On September 18, 2007, Randy Pausch gave an upbeat lecture titled “The Last Lecture: Really Achieving Your Childhood Dreams” at Carnegie Mellon University. Pausch talked about his lessons learned and gave advice to students on how to achieve their own career and personal goals.

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Je viens du Sud…

My neighbour doesn’t know but just the fact that he is growing plants on his rooftop makes me happy.

My neighbour's green rooftop. - When it's Spring in Shanghai. © Ruoxiang Chau, all rights reserved.

When it’s Spring in Shanghai. © Ruoxiang Chau, all rights reserved.

When it’s bright and sunny over Shanghai, like today, all I could think of is this song by Michel Sardou: “Je viens du Sud, et par tous les chemins j’y reviens…”  .

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“…  there’s enormous opportunity to make poverty history. To do it right, we have to build business models that matter, that are scaleable and that work with Africans, Indians,people all over the developing world who fit in this category, to do it themselves. Because at the end of the day, it’s about engagement. It’s about understanding that people really don’t want handouts, that they want to make their own decisions; they want to solve their own problems; and that by engaging with them, not only do we create much more dignity for them, but for us as well. And so I urge all of you to think next time as to how to engage with this notion and this opportunity that we all have — to make poverty history — by really becoming part of the process and moving away from an us-and-them worldand realizing that it’s about all of us, and the kind of world that we, together, want to live in and share.”

– Jacqueline Novogratz

 

Source: TED