Start-up Profile about the Initiative

NEWS3The Austrian newspaper “Die Presse” has published an article about the “Reading saves Lives” – Initiative. Here is a small excerpt (German):

 Das nächste Ziel?

Ein zweites Buch zu veröffentlichen – ein Kinderbuch, um ein größeres Publikum anzusprechen. “Ich hoffe, dass ich es bis Ende des Jahres veröffentlichen kann”, sagt Topitschnig. Außerdem soll die Initiative zu einem Verein oder einer Organisation ausgebaut werden. Eine weitere Zukunftsvision des Gründers: andere Medien anzugreifen, wie zum Beispiel das Fernsehen. “Das sind weitere interessante Formen der Kommunikation für mich”, sagt der studierte Medienwissenschafter.

You can read the full article (German) HERE

5 Reasons why the UN should create a Media Empire

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The Digital Age has changed the way we produce and consume entertainment products. Everything is faster, cheaper and global. Big media conglomerates like Time Warner, Disney and Viacom have adapted to these innovative possibilities; at the same time new players have entered the stage like Amazon or Netflix.

Now more than ever, people are hungry for entertainment and they are willing to spend a lot of money for it.

Thanks to the digital progress, companies and individuals can develop, publish and distribute their creative goods to a global audience with minimal costs. So why are organizations like the United Nations not seizing this opportunity by becoming a major player in the entertainment industry? Imagine a science-fiction movie, a comedy TV-Show or a crime novel made and published by the UN. The revenues of all their products should be used to finance aid programs.

Here are 5 reasons why the UN should seriously consider this proposal:

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State of the World Reports

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Here are two reports with detailed information and stats about the current situation regards world wide poverty and human rights.

The State of the World’s Children Report 2016 by UNICEF (186 pages; PDF) HERE

The World Report 2017 by Human Rights Watch (704 pages, PDF) HERE

 

 

385 million children are living in extreme poverty

Poverty2A new report by UNICEF and the World Bank Group has been published:

“Children are not only more likely to be living in extreme poverty; the effects of poverty are most damaging to children.  They are the worst off of the worst off – and the youngest children are the worst off of all, because the deprivations they suffer affect the development of their bodies and their minds,” said UNICEF Executive Director Anthony Lake. “It is shocking that half of all children in sub-Saharan Africa and one in five children in developing countries are growing up in extreme poverty.  This not only limits their futures, it drags down their societies.”

Some facts:

  • 767 million people globally were living on less than $1.90 per day in 2013, half of them under the age of 18.
  • extreme child poverty is based on data from 89 countries, representing 83 per cent of the developing world’s population.
  • About 45 per cent of children are living in households subsisting on less than $3.10 a day per person, compared with nearly 27 per cent of adults.

 

For more go to UNICEF

 

 

Crisis of Leadership

The upcoming presidential election in Austria and America will shape the future of both nations like no other.

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Three years ago, I tried to establish a political party in Austria, but was unsuccessful. I was concerned that once again my home country would fall in the hands of the wrong leader. Since then, the situation hasn’t really improved; on the contrary, it became progressively worse in Europe and in other parts of the world. Problems haven’t been solved, just delayed. Now, we pay a heavy price for it.

German historian Oswald Spengler wrote in his acclaimed book “Decline of the West” (1918) that at the end of the western civilization, money would rule absolutely. Every democratic process and every political action would be decided and managed by money. According to the author, only a Caesar-like-figure could be strong enough to oppose and overthrow this so called money-dictatorship. For Spengler, businessman and mining tycoon Cecil Rhodes embodied such a Caesar-figure.

Today’s political elite is no longer fighting for the greater good, but for money and power. Their close tie with the financial sector has made them decadent und no longer trustworthy. They’ve become out of touch with the general public’s needs and concerns. However, people want a leader, who understands their struggles and burdens. Somebody, who will save them from the evil in the world, and make their fears go away. People call for a strong ruler; the question is – who will answer the call?

The US presidential election has brought foul-mouthed Donald Trump in the center of attention. Like Cecil Rhodes, Trump is a businessman and tycoon with political ambitions. He may share the spotlight with Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders, but it is Trump, who knows how to leave an impression. He enjoys shocking his audience with questionable and radical statements about Mexican immigrants and women. His showmanship of a willful autocrat has enticed a large group of voters, who desire a strong leader. A boss, who will bring back the glory of past America and who will protect them from all kinds of aliens.

But the US presidential election isn’t the only one this year. After May 22, Austria will also have a new president for the next 6 years. (Update: The Austrian Supreme Court has decided to redo the election on 2nd October.)

Among the final candidates is Norbert Hofer, member of the Freedom Party. Hofer, a right-wing ideologist, supports a restrictive immigration policy, while his opponent, left-wing liberal Alexander Van der Bellen, is an open-border advocate.

The current situation in Austria benefits Hofer, though. The country has been overwhelmed by an unusual high amount of immigrants. In addition to the refugee crisis, the nation faces the highest unemployment rate since post World War II, a stagnated economy, an ever-growing national debt and a self-destructive government. A recent series of violent incidents caused by asylum seekers has reinforced stigmas and fears.

But Austria is just one of many European states whose citizens are increasingly drawn to nationalistic parties and personalities. Like New Yorker journalist John Cassidy has pointed out, candidates such as Marine Le Pen (France) and Viktor Orbán (Hungary) have gained support for their right-wing populism. The European Union (EU) is to be blamed for this debacle.

Brussels’s inability and unwillingness to deal with conflicts is a clear indication for a leadership lacking competence and foresight. A relapse to nationalistic politics is the result. The refugee crisis, the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) and ongoing financial tribulations will probably be the deathblow for the EU and its ill-prepared and weak management.

Besides secular citizens, religious institutions and their faithful followers are also seeking strong guidance. They are praying for a redeemer, who will come and deliver them from their mundane plight. Christians are anticipating the return of their Savior; Muslims are hoping for the 12th Imam and Jewish communities are expecting the arrival of Moshiach.

Devine or not, the question remains: Who will be Spengler’s Caesar? Who will be the great ruler that will bring an end to the Money Age? (If something like that is even possible.) Maybe strong leadership doesn’t necessarily have to come from an individual, but can also emerge from an organization.

The United Nations has enormous potential to become a game changer for mankind, at the moment however, it’s only a toothless giant crippled by a staggering amount of corruption and scandals. Austrian aid expert Killian Kleinschmidt, a former senior UNHCR official, revealed that the UN is wasting millions of pounds on celebrity campaigns and vanity projects thanks to an inefficient bureaucratic apparatus. Hollywood stars “raise awareness” and speak about issues that are self-evident and obvious for everyone. Stroking high-profile egos in exchange for good publicity won’t help the UN agenda in the long run. Ultimately, the United Nations has to gain financial independence from its member states, only then it can achieve true greatness.

More than ever before, the world is standing at a crossroads. The middle way is blocked. Only two extreme directions – left or right – are available to choose from. Radicalization and polarization on both sides of the political spectrum have intensified. Our system is broken beyond repair. Not just in Austria or Europe, but everywhere. And like the San Andreas Fault, it’s only a matter of time, until western society will collapse. If it won’t happen in 2016, it will definitely happen in the course of the next few years. By then, a tipping point will have been reached and voters are going to unleash their wrath against the establishment.

In times of distress and chaos, people tend to follow any charlatan, who promises them security and peace. Making a Faustian bargain for prosperity and a good living is never a smart idea. It might be uncertain, what type of leader will be elected in the near future – sinner or saint -, but one thing is for sure – the outcome is going to be life-changing.

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7 Global facts about child poverty (UNICEF)

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UNICEF has posted an interesting fact sheet about child poverty on their blog. You can find the entire post HERE

Summary:

1. Today 1 billion less people live on extreme poverty than 20 years 

2. Children account for nearly half of the world’s extreme poor

3. In sub-Saharan Africa alone, 247 million children are deprived of their basic rights

4. 1 in 4 children are living in poverty in the world’s richest countries

5. In almost every country in the world children are more likely to live in poverty than adults

6. Only half of all countries in the world have child poverty data

7. Only one-third of the poorest are covered by social protection

 

 

 
 
 

Kinderarmut in Deutschland 2014/15

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DIe Zahl der armutsgefährdeten Kinder in Deutschland beträgt derzeit 2.1 Millionen. Tendenz steigend.

Einige Daten zu den schlimmsten regionalen Fällen:

  • 68 % können sich keine Kino-, Konzert- oder Theaterbesuche leisten
  • 69 % können keinen festen Betrag sparen
  • 82 % können sich keinen Restaurantbesuche leisten
  • 20 % der Kinder leben in beengten Wohnverhältnissen
  • 27 % können sich keine neue Kleidung kaufen

Quellen: 

Den Pressetext der Bertelsmann-Stiftung findet man HIER

Einen ausführlichen Report der Hans-Böckler-Stiftung von 2014 findet man HIER

 

 

Kinderarmut in Österreich 2015

Austria_bannerAm 8. April fand in Wien eine Pressekonferenz der Österreichischen Liga für Kinder- und Jugendgesundheit statt. Die Liga veröffentlichte ihren „Bericht zur Lage der Kinder- und Jugendgesundheit in Österreich 2015“.

280.000 Kinder leben in Österreich in Armut. Neben sozialen Benachteiligungen beeinträchtigt diese Armut auch die Gesundheit der Kinder und Jugendliche sowohl physisch als auch psychisch.

Den Bericht der Liga findet man als PDF-Download HIER

Homepage der Liga: www.kinderjugendgesundheit.at

 

 

 

 

Stipendium für den Fundraising Kongress 2014

Vom 6-8. Oktober findet der 21. Österreichische Fundraising Kongress in Wien statt. Das Thema Fundraising steht im Mittelpunkt und wird an diesen Tagen intensiv besprochen. Der Fundraising Verband Austria hat mit diversen Sponsoren Stipendien für die Teilnahme an den Kongress vergeben. Die “Lesen rettet Leben” – Initiative erhielt dieses Jahr eines dieser Stipendien. Einen herzlichen Dank meinerseits und ich hoffe auf einen interessanten Kongress.

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