Celebrities & NGOs = Badvocacy?
Celebrities are increasingly fronting aid campaigns. But what role do they play in the development process? Is it right they gain direct access to the political bargaining table?
The phenomenon of celebrities backing good causes has even spawned its own vocabulary, bequeathing words such as "celanthropists", "mallrtuism", "charitainment" and "badvocacy". Even "celebrigod". Like it or not, celebrities are regarded as crucial tools to raise unpopular issues, and over the past 25 years, development issues have been inextricably linked with celebrity status. To some, this leads to a disastrous simplification of the issues, it demeans the grassroots campaigning of activists both in the global north and the south, and crowds out the space for serious policy analysis.
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The issues that determine your health go way beyond seeing your doctor.
- The average American spends about 24 hours a year at the doctor's office.
- What you do the other 364 days a year mostly determines your health.
- Michael Dowling discusses Northwell's focus on environmental, social, economic and other social determinants of health.
The blood of horseshoe crabs is harvested on a massive scale in order to retrieve a cell critical to medical research. However, recent innovations might make this practice obsolete.
- Horseshoe crabs' blue blood is so valuable that a quart of it can be sold for $15,000.
- This is because it contains a molecule that is crucial to the medical research community.
- Today, however, new innovations have resulted in a synthetic substitute that may end the practice of farming horseshoe crabs for their blood.
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