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Some heart and soul-warming stories from the polar vortex ❤
4th Feb 2019

Happy Monday! Last night I dreamt I was a muffler. I woke up absolutely exhausted!

Good morning.

I hope you had a great weekend. I want to address a couple of housekeeping matters this week. A subscriber emailed me to say they hadn't realised that the "red sections" in paragraphs were actually links! You can click any red coloured words to read more about the topic being discussed.

I've also been questioned about the lack of music in last week's newsletter (primarily by my Mum and Dad). So if you're looking for a happy tune to listen to while you read this week's edition, here's Dance To The Music by Sly & The Family Stone.

Have a great week!

Can Tech be good?

Tech companies (deservedly) had a rough time last year as they were pilloried for destroying privacy, subverting democracy and spreading fake news. At the same time, we're trying to come to grips with Artificial Intelligence, autonomous vehicles and robots taking our jobs.

On the positive side, there are a large number of entrepreneurs harnessing the power of technology for good. I recently came across this article profiling six amazing female founders solving big issues with great technology. I thought I'd highlight two that I find really interesting:

MyAgro was founded by Anushka Ratanayake, who recognised that the financial system doesn't cater to smallholder farmers. She set out to build a system that would actually work for them. This system helps them save money consistently, purchase agricultural supplies and increase their yield by 50% to 100%. Last year they reached 50,000 farmers and their goal is to work with 1 million farmers by 2025.

The Good Pill Pharmacy provides cheap prescription medicine to those who can't afford it. It's based on the SIRUM platform, which connects surplus drugs with clinics who serve low-income patients. It's an amazing example of technology enabling previously wasted resources to be put to good use.

Here's hoping we have more positive tech headlines in 2019!
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Heartwarming in the cold.

This week we've seen extreme weather at both ends of the scale. Here in Australia, we've endured a sweltering heatwave, while in other parts of the world a 'polar vortex' storm has been wreaking havoc. It's a timely reminder of the dangers we might face in a world of extreme climate volatility.

However, in the face of this weather, there are countless examples of humanity shining through; in Chicago, a good samaritan paid for the hotel rooms of 70 homeless people caught in the storm, while Lyft offered free rides to warming shelters for those caught in the cold.

Elsewhere, a dedicated pharmacist delivered critical prescription medicine on her snowmobile and a UPS delivery driver rescued a dog from a frozen pond. Sometimes when the news seems to be constantly highlighting our deepest divisions, it's nice to remember that most people are decent human beings who look after each other when they can.

What are you waiting for?

“Somebody should tell us, right at the start of our lives, that we are dying. Then we might live to the limit, every minute of every day. Do it! I say. Whatever you want to do, do it now. There are only so many tomorrows."
- Michael Landon           

Incredible underwater photo contest.

Watching David Attenborough's Blue Planet, it's easy to imagine that the underwater world is an entirely different planet. It's rare that we get to peek into the depths; this beautiful collection of underwater photos features migrating stingrays, shipwrecks, crocodiles and stunning macro shots of colourful microscopic critters.

Click here to view the winners of the Ocean Art Underwater Photo Contest.

The Djoker.

Last week Novak Djokovic defeated Rafael Nadal to claim his seventh title at the Australian Open. The world number one is obviously an extremely talented tennis player, but he is also known on the tour for his great sense of humour. 

He's particularly well known for his impersonations, and he tried out a new one on an Italian reporter after his win (watch here). Some other great "Djoker" highlights include Novak sharing his umbrella and drinks with a ball boy at the French Open (here), dancing with Will Smith in Argentina (here) and his hilarious impersonations of other tennis players (here).