Final Project: The Beautiful Social Experiment

Objectives:

I chose to do my final project on an organization called BuddyBall Sports. It is something very close to me because my younger cousin has participated in the organization for years. I also did my change maker video on this non-profit organization. BuddyBall Sports provides individuals with a mental or physical disability the opportunity to sports, regardless of their limitations. It helps individuals learn teamwork and promotes self-esteem, one of the tools needed to help overcome the stigma often associated with a disability. One does not have to pay to participate in the league because Buddy Ball relies entirely on donations from their sponsors. BuddyBall Sports is particularly close to me because I live in Rockland County and that it where all there sporting events take place. There are not many other organizations like BuddyBall Sports, but there are other sections of the organization, so I focused on these other sections for my background research.

Background research:

1. Bambino Buddy Ball: The Website for Bambino Buddy Ball is extremely effective. It was very easy to navigate and had so many different parts to it. Although they do not have a Twitter, their Facebook page has a lot of information on it. The Facebook page is good because you can like it rather than add it as a friend. The Facebook is almost like a blog because they keep it updated. I believe there was a post almost every day and if not then it was something close to that. There are plenty of pictures and important dates on the Facebook page and the Website. (http://www.baberuthleague.org/buddyballdiv.html)

2. Brighton Buddy Ball: The Website for Brighton Buddy Ball is much like the one for Bambino Buddy Ball in that it is very detailed, but still easy to navigate. It is very colorful which makes is incredibly attractive. The Brighton Buddy Ball Facebook page is good because you can like it rather than add it as a friend, however, they rarely update the page. I believe the last update is from June 2010. They do not have a twitter or a blog. (http://www.buddyball.net)

Analysis:

a. Website- The Website for BuddyBall Sports is very plain and bare. There is not much to it. It is not colorful or attractive by any means and there is absolutely no navigation necessary. (http://www.buddyballsports.org/?v=about)
b. Facebook- BuddyBall Sports does not have a Facebook
c. Twitter- BuddyBall Sports does not have a Twitter
d. Blog- They do not have a Blog

Recommendations

I recommend sprucing up the Website a lot and making the organization more appealing. Making a Facebook page and a Twitter is not a hard thing to do, however, maintaining them can be a difficult task. It is realistic for me to actually help this organization because I have been a part of it for a long time and it is so close to me. Although I do not think a Blog is as important as a Facebook and a Twitter, it might be nice for people to share their experiences on a Blog for the organization. Making the organization more media and internet friendly is a good way for BuddyBall Sports to receive feedback and get the community involved. It is also a good way to share important dates and events and upload pictures so the community can see what the organization is all about.

Giggle :o)

My Peer’s TED talks

This semester I thought the TED talks in my class were extremely well done! I enjoyed not having the slides because it made me learn more about my topic and I became a lot more familiar with international adoption. I thought the TED talks were more engaging without the slides because I paid very close attention to the speaker rather than to their slides.

I really enjoyed Kaliopi’s TED talk because she went up there and spoke to the class about something she feels passionate about. It reminded me of a quote from Ferris Bueller’s Day Off, “Life moves pretty fast. If you don’t stop and look around once in a while, you could miss it.” I was so impressed with everyone’s TED talks in our class.

My TED Talk

Short and Sexy Description:
In her TED talk, Rebecca Arnowich discusses the creation of interracial families through international adoption. In this day and age, is it acceptable to be part of an interracial family? Is our society truly moving forward or is international adoption just a popular trend that we follow because celebrities are doing it?

Outline:
The social institution known as family is constantly altering within society. Throughout the last several decades, interracial families have been steadily increasing due to the growing rates of racial intermarriage. However, this upward trend is also being pushed by intercountry adoption. Parents who construct interracial families by adopting a child with a different ethnic background demonstrate fortitude against racial boundaries in a similar manner to adults who form interracial families through marriage. Adoption is a site in which culture at large works out its understanding about the idea of family. The forever changing construction of American families is greatly impacted by the role of race and interracial families.

Over the last decade, the number of international adoptions taking place has increased considerably. In the early 1990s, the number of children born abroad and adopted by American citizens fluctuated between 7,000 and 9,000 per year. By the turn of the 21st century, the United States of America was granting close to 20,000 visas each year allowing American parents to adopt children from more than 100 different countries around the world. Around the year 2000, there were about 200,000 foreign-born adopted children under the age of eighteen living in the United States.

Essie Summer 2011

New York Yankees

I love free posts, but not as much as I love the NY Yankees.

This weeks starting lineups:
5/5 at Det
(Porcello – R)
L 6-3

B. Gardner, LF
N. Swisher, RF
R. Cano, 2B
M. Teixeira, 1B
C. Granderson, CF
J. Posada, DH
E. Chavez, 3B
R. Martin, C
E. Nunez, SS
A. Burnett, SP

5/4 at Det
(Scherzer – R)
L 4-0

D. Jeter, SS
C. Granderson, CF
M. Teixeira, 1B
A. Rodriguez, 3B
R. Cano, 2B
N. Swisher, RF
J. Posada, DH
B. Gardner, LF
F. Cervelli, C
F. Garcia, SP

5/3 at Det
(Penny – R)
L 4-2

D. Jeter, SS
C. Granderson, CF
M. Teixeira, 1B
A. Rodriguez, 3B
R. Cano, 2B
J. Posada, DH
A. Jones, RF
R. Martin, C
B. Gardner, LF
C. Sabathia, SP

5/2 at Det
(Verlander – R)
W 5-3

D. Jeter, SS
C. Granderson, CF
M. Teixeira, 1B
A. Rodriguez, 3B
N. Swisher, RF
J. Posada, DH
R. Martin, C
B. Gardner, LF
E. Nunez, 2B
B. Colon, SP

5/1 vs Tor
(Litsch – R)
W 5-2

D. Jeter, SS
C. Granderson, CF
M. Teixeira, 1B
A. Rodriguez, 3B
R. Cano, 2B
N. Swisher, RF
J. Posada, DH
B. Gardner, LF
F. Cervelli, C
I. Nova, SP

3 TED Talks for our Generation

Adora Svitak is a twelve year old girl with an imagination and a brain just waiting to burst. She is incredibly brilliant and I needed to share this TED talk. She speaks about how we need childish thinking and that adults can learn from children just as well as children learn from adults. There should be no limit to thinking and imagining. Children understand that there is no limit when it comes to using one’s imagination and exploring one’s curiosities. Adults are unable to think with no limits because they have experienced too much reality.

Jamie Oliver discusses the issue of obesity in our country. He explains the importance of the eating healthy and staying in shape. It is so important for children to stay active. He speaks about teaching children how to eat healthy because if we start eating healthy at a young age then hopefully the diet will stick with us throughout our lives. Our generation can learn a lot from this particular TED talk.

Derek Sivers discusses the idea of starting a movement. I was a little confused after reading the short and sexy description, but after watching the TED talk, I realized how important this talk is to our generation. This idea of starting a movement begins with having the courage the step up as a leader. The whole talk was very inspirational and I think our generation can learn a lot from this brilliant man.

ChangeMaker

There are some things that I want to change in this short film about being a change maker. I’d like to add music to more of the footage and have it playing in the background, but I need to play around with iMovie to figure out different volumes. I would also like to go over some of the voice overs. Unfortunately, my interview with my cousin was very short because she just had a baby so she was tired and overwhelmed by my laptop in her face. Hopefully I can fix it up a bit before our portfolios are due at the end of the semester. Hope you enjoy what I have done so far!!

Free posts make me smile =)

Some of my favorites:

“celebrate we will cause life is short, but sweet for certain”

“I make mistakes. That’s what I do. I speak without thinking, I act without knowing. I drink so much that I can barely walk. I’m a fantastic lover though, and an amazing friend. God knows I mean well.” – Sex and the City

“I believe in pink. I believe that laughing is the best calorie burner. I believe in kissing, kissing a lot. I believe in being strong when everything seems to be going wrong. I believe that happy girls are the prettiest girls. I believe that tomorrow is another day and I believe in miracles.”

“You can spend minutes, hours, days, weeks, or even months over-analyzing a situation; trying to put the pieces together, justifying what could’ve, would’ve happened… or you can just leave the pieces on the floor and move on.”- Tupac

“Trust your heart if the seas catch fire, live by love though the stars walk backward.” – E.E. Cummings

I am the master of my fate.
I am the captain of my soul.

My Media Consumption

Society is rapidly becoming obsessed with digital media. The way that we rely on the internet and technology is so surprising to me. Keeping track of my media consumption from Monday to Wednesday was quite exhausting. I found that I am on my BlackBerry way too much for my liking. Whether I am texting or on twitter, my BlackBerry is never far from my fingertips. I realized that I definitely do not watch television as much as my roommates. They will put the TV on while they are eating just because they think it is too quiet without the background noise. I have come to see that I am addicted to music and I do not really see that changing.

I have come to appreciate the time that I do not have my phone glued to my body. I have practice for cheerleading almost everyday of the week and we are not allowed to have our phones on during practice. I enjoy being at practice and being at games because I am only focused on my teammates and the things that are going on directly around me. Although I am on my phone a lot, I also believe that I have control over my media consumption. I know that during class and while I am doing my homework I cannot be on my phone. It is way too distracting for me. I also do not listen to music while I am trying to get work done. During finals week I deactivate my facebook and I try to keep my phone off.

It is definitely shocking how dependent my generation has become on the internet and media. We do everything on the internet from ordering pizza to taking a quiz for class. The media and the internet is going to continue to grow and I am just hoping that everyone will be able to keep up.