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The New Era of Personal Charity

27 Dec

In the  post-Madoff  meltdown, is the face of philanthropy changing? Lucette Lagnado's thinks maybe so according to her  article in yesterday's Wall Street Journal"When the Big Spenders Fail, Who Will Save Jewish Charity?" Ms Lagnado points out that over the past two decades, Jewish charities were receiving more money, but from fewer donors. But today she says,  this trend might reverse itself– funding may go from the hands of the few to the power of many –what she calls "communal philanthropy" — and if that's the case, she doesn't think that's so bad. 

Here's my favorite quote from the article: 

"…in our post-Madoff universe I find myself longing for tzedakah,  or personal charity, that took place before the rise of the uber-Jewish foundations and zillionaire philanthropists…It would be lovely to see the return of little checks — the donations everyone could afford to give and often did…"

Are we moving to a Web 2.0 model of giving? I immediately thought of Facebook's "Groups" and "Causes" enabling millions of members around the world — of all types of financial means — to join and contribute to causes and charities they care most about.   The Defeat Dementia Facebook Group,   for example, connects caregivers, family, friends, and others who support one another in the fight against neurodegenerative diseases such as Alzheimer's, CJD and FTD.   The New York Zen Center for Contemplative Care Group  helps support the underserved ill in NYC through chaplaincy work and training, contemplative care educational retreats, and outreach programs. Both are notable groups — please join.


Hoping that each one of us gives back in some way big or small in the New Year ahead.


Life Lessons From Om Malik

27 Dec

Live as if you would die tomorrow, learn as if you would live forever - Gandhi 


Om Malik today shared some insightful lessons today in GigaOM. Simplify, empower others, live healthier and give of yourself are among his major themes. I encourage you to read the article. 


A year ago today Om suffered a heart attack that changed his life. He was treated at my employer, UCSF.  Since then, Om has become more mindful, is living healthier and has simplified his approach to living and working. 


Om's  article includes important lessons that can be applied to your personal or business life:


Lesson #1: Set simple goals
Lesson#2: Binary choices help make better decisions
Lesson #3: Simplification through elimination
Lesson#4: In your team you should trust 


He concludes the article with an appeal to help his favorite charity – UCSF. 


Last month, Om  gave me some advice on how we could help his readers learn how to become heart healthier via the web. So my Public Affairs team at UCSF (with help from the UCSF Medical Center web team) created a   heart attack prevention tips  page to support Om in his effort to raise awareness of (and  funding  for) UCSF. In today's article Om encourages readers to visit the page and "take a moment to check it out and see if you need to visit the doctor. Prevention, is much better than the cure."

I am thrilled to see the outpouring of positive feedback to Om's story. In fact, readers and influencers alike  (thanks,  Steve Rubel ) are now spreading his message through  Twitter postings.  


Happy holidays and best wishes for a happy and healthy New Year!


The Next Wave of Social Media

4 Jul

Daisy Whitney’s New Media Minute features our Defeat Dementia YouTube
Channel as an example of the next wave of social media use. We’re at the beginning of a new trend…she claims that we are
“now seeing public service efforts, educational efforts demonstrate the
future direction of the business.”

You can watch it here.

O’Brien: Harnessing social media to find cure

4 Jul

UCSF uses YouTube channel, Facebook group and widget as part of integrated Defeat Dementia campaign. "The UCSF partnership, however, is particularly laudable because its impact could be much more profound: These efforts could have a tangible impact on the race to find a cure."

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UCSF’s dementia effort launches with YouTube – PRWeek US

4 Jul

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UCSF launches integrated social media campaign to raise awareness of neurodegenerative diseases. This is the first use of social media at UCSF to help drive clinical trials. I am quoted in this article.

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UCSF Connects with Patients, Donors Via Social Media

4 Jul

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The San Francisco Business Times writes about how UCSF is a pioneer in using social media to raise awareness of dementia and increase participation in clinical trials.  Another goal of the "Defeat Dementia" campaign was  to target Silicon Valley philanthropists. I am interviewed for this article.

"What I seeing UCSF doing is remarkable," says YouTube's Obie Greenberg. "They're so focused on specific diseases and specific audiences."

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Defeat Dementia, Know More Now

12 Jun
Join me and my colleagues at UCSF in the fight against neurodegenerative diseases  such as Alzheimer’€™s disease (AD),  Frontotemporal Dementia (FTD), Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease (CJD) and others.

The UCSF Memory and Aging Center is at the forefront of discovering causes, treatments and cures of dementia.The Defeat Dementia campaign seeks to help educate the public by generating broader national awareness of dementias.

Our hope is that increased public awareness will lead to early detection among patients, caregivers and health professionals and more participation in research and clinical trials.

Please grab and share this  Defeat Dementia widget with your friends, family, physicians, colleagues and others who may be interested in joining our public outreach campaign.

For more information, please visit our  Defeat Dementia Facebook Group and the  UCSF Memory and Aging Center. You can also visit our UCSF Memory and Aging Center YouTube Channel.

Mindfulness Meditation Takes Off

26 May

Buddhist psychotherapy — shrinking with a dose of mindfulness meditation–  has been well embraced in California for years.  Jeff Kitzes, Zen Master of the Empty Gate Zen Center in Berkeley California, is  well known in the Bay area for his practice of integrating  Zen Buddhism and Western Psychotherapy. You can read some of his teachings here: Psychotherapy and Zen

Now, people across the country are taking note of Zen therapy’s growing popularity.Benedict Carey reports in today’s New York Times that "mindfulness meditation has become perhaps the most popular new psychotherapy technique of the past decade."

Here are excerpts from the May 27, 2008 article:

"…Mindfulness meditation, as it is called,
is rooted in the teachings of a fifth-century B.C. Indian prince,
Siddhartha Gautama, later known as the Buddha. It is catching the
attention of talk therapists of all stripes, including academic
researchers, Freudian analysts in private practice and skeptics who see
all the hallmarks of another fad.

For years, psychotherapists have worked to relieve suffering by
reframing the content of patients’ thoughts, directly altering behavior
or helping people gain insight into the subconscious sources of their
despair and  anxiety.
The promise of mindfulness meditation is that it can help patients
endure flash floods of emotion during the therapeutic process — and
ultimately alter reactions to daily experience at a level that words
cannot reach. “The interest in this has just taken off,” said Zindel
Segal, a psychologist at the Center of Addiction and Mental Health in
Toronto, where the above group therapy session was taped. “And I think
a big part of it is that more and more therapists are practicing some
form of contemplation themselves and want to bring that into therapy.”

At workshops and conferences across the country, students, counselors and psychologists   in private practice throng lectures on mindfulness. The National Institutes of Health
is financing more than 50 studies testing mindfulness techniques, up
from 3 in 2000, to help relieve stress, soothe addictive cravings,
improve attention, lift despair and reduce hot flashes.

Some proponents say Buddha’s arrival in psychotherapy signals a
broader opening in the culture at large — a way to access deeper
healing, a hidden path revealed…"

Read the full article here: Lotus Therapy   

Animoto Short Video

25 May

Just tried out Animoto today. Check out the short video comprised of my various Zen of Bass Flickr photos:
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