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ConnectHer – Girls Impact the World Film Festival Competition

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The Girls Impact the World Film Festival, presented by Connecther, is a film festival and scholarship program in which high school and undergraduate college students submit 3-6 minute short films that focus on a variety of global women’s issues, including maternal health, microfinance initiatives, child-marriage, sex-trafficking and poverty alleviation.

Films submitted by participants will tell stories about girls and women that raise awareness, envision in film the possibilities of our time for females globally. Films will also propose solutions and provide the young adult voice an outlet in a compelling medium.

The focus areas include:

  • Economic independence for women and girls
  • Education for girls and women
  • Ending child marriage
  • Ending Female Genital Mutilation
  • Gender pay gap – equal pay
  • Global health for women and girls
  • Honest Beauty
  • Maternal mortality
  • Poverty affecting women and girls
  • Women in business (leadership)
  • Women and girls in STEM
  • Refugee Stories of women and girls
  • Sex trafficking and slavery of women and girls
  • Women and girls in media
  • Stand Up Men
  • Teen and child marriage
  • Violence against women
  • Women and the environment (including water issues)

FILM REQUIREMENTS: 

What are the basic requirements for a Girls Impact the World film?

  • Films must be 3 to 6 minutes long.
    – They must focus on a Girls Impact the World topic and/or propose solutions to one critical challenge within that topic.
  • Films must be created after January 1, 2019.
  • Be an original film that does NOT contain copyrighted material.
  • Original work should never be a copy or remake of another film. All Girls Impact the World Film Festival film submission must be original works made entirely by students. That means that scripts and storyboards, directing, cinematography, editing, etc., must be done by students aged 25 and under although teachers and advisers can offer input.
  • Actors and film subjects may be non-students.
  • Powerpoints will not be accepted.
Prizes:

The best entry to win $5000 and other cash prizes to be awarded for runners up and other categories.

Deadline for applications is January 20, 2020.

For more information visit the Connecther-GITWFF website

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Tiny changes, Remarkable Results; Atomic Habits By James Clear

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“All big things come from small beginnings. The seed of every habit is a single, tiny decision. But as that decision is repeated, a habit sprouts and grows stronger. Roots entrench themselves and branches grow. The task of breaking a bad habit is like uprooting a powerful oak within us. And the task of building a good habit is like cultivating a delicate flower one day at a time.” – James Clear

Atomic Habits by James Clear, is an excellent book and worth the read. In this book, you would learn how to start good habits, stop bad one. You would also understand why paying attention to what you do on a day-to-day basis matters. 

According to Will Durant, “We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence then is not an act, but a habit.” Habit has a significant effect on one’s life over time, and the sooner you start with good habits and stop bad ones, the better your life will be in the short and long run.

As James said, it is easy to overestimate the importance of one defining moment and underestimate the value of making small improvements daily. Society has taught us that huge success requires massive action. So we often mount pressure on ourselves to make some weighty improvement that would make everyone talk about it.

Although improving by one percent is not notable or noticeable. However, it can be far more meaningful, especially in the long run. The difference that this one percent improvement can do over time is outstanding.

You might start to think about it now; maybe there are some bad ones you are currently struggling with. It is vital to take note of them and ensure you work on changing because they accumulate into toxic results.

“The outcomes are a lagging measure of your habits. Your net worth is a lagging measure of your financial habits. Your weight is a lagging measure of your eating habits. The Knowledge you have is a lagging measure of your learning habits” – James Clear

Then you wonder, why is it so easy to repeat bad habits and so hard to form good ones? It often feels difficult to keep the good habit going for more than a few days, even after repeating a few motivational mantras every morning and the likes.

James noted that changing and sticking to good habits is difficult for two reasons; we try to change the wrong things, and we try to change it in the wrong way. In light of this, there are three layers of behavior change, outcome, process, and identity. The outcome is about what you get, the process is about what you do, and identity is about what you believe. The core of behavior change will reflect on your habits and your outcomes much more effectively if you start with your identity. Decide the type of person you want to be, prove it with small wins.

Here are four laws of behavior change for the process of Habits with an example each to make you understand better:

  1. Cue

Make it obvious. “Don’t hide your fruits in your fridge; put them on display front and center.” According to Carl, “Until you make the unconscious conscious, it will direct your life, and you will call it fate.”

     2. Cravings

Make it attractive. “Start with the fruit you like the most, so you’ll want to eat one when you see it.”

     3. Response 

Make it easy. “Don’t create needless friction by focusing on fruits that are hard to peel. Bananas and apples are super easy to eat, for example”.

     4. Reward

Make it satisfying. “If you like the fruit you picked, you’ll love eating it and feel healthier as a result!”

With this kind of framework, it is essential you keep yourself accountable and not get overwhelmed. An easy way to do this is to track and visualize your progress – this will make you happy with yourself when you see how far you have come. According to James, “Measurement offers one way to overcome blindness to our behavior and notice what’s going on each day. When the evidence is right in front of you, you’re less likely to lie to yourself.” 

Please note that this is just a summary of Atomic Habits, and lots of information and examples were left out. Therefore, I would recommend that to understand the concepts, you should read the book.

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The Roddenberry Prize 2020 for Organizations with innovative solutions

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The $1M Roddenberry Prize is a call for big, bold solutions from anyone, anywhere that address the challenges of an unpredictable and fast-changing global landscape. Four game-changing and innovative solutions will each receive $250,000 for their work in one of the following fields: Education, Science, Environment, and Humanity. Applications from anyone — individuals, for-profits, teams, non-profits, and B-corps — are welcome.

Deadline: April 10, 2020.
Eligibility

The Roddenberry Foundation welcomes Prize applications from individuals, non-profits, social enterprises, and B-corps who meet all of the following:

  • Individuals who are 18 years of age or older
  • Organizations or institutions with a budget of $10mil or less
  • Organizations whose primary focus of their work is either Education, Science, Environment, or Humanity
  • Submit an application in English
  • Include completed responses to all required application questions
  • Agree to all legal terms and conditions of the Prize grant program
    Be able to legally receive grant funding
Prizes

Four awardees will receive $250,000 each. Awards will be announced in August 2020. The top organizations in each issue area that are not awarded a prize will be recognized publicly as Finalists.

Timeline and Applications
Prize Launch: March 4, 2020
Between March 4 and April 10, learn about the Prize, register account, review and apply.
 
Round One Deadline: April 10, 2020
Complete registration and submit application by 5:00 PM Pacific Time. Applications cannot be submitted after the deadline.
 
Round One review: April 13–May 8, 2020
The Roddenberry Foundation team reviews submissions to ensure compliance with Prize eligibility and rules. Advisors provide specialised expertise to reviewers, and Round One applications are evaluated using a scoring rubric.
 
Round Two opens: May 11, 2020
Select number of applications will be invited to submit application for Round Two of the Prize. Only those who are invited to Round Two will remain in consideration for the Prize. Invited applicants will have four weeks to submit their Round Two application.
 
Round Two deadline: June 5, 2020
Round Two applicants will have three weeks to submit their Round Two application. All Round Two applications are due by June 5, 2020, at 5:00 PM Pacific Time. Applications cannot be submitted after deadline and incomplete applications will not be considered.
 
Round Two Evaluation: June 8- July 13, 2020
The Roddenberry Foundation team a panel of advisors evaluates applications using the scoring criteria, with consultations from advisors. Top scoring applications from each category are selected for award.
 
Prize Announcement: August 2020
The 2020 Prize Awardees will be announced on The Roddenberry Foundation website, The Roddenberry Foundation social media, and via press release.
HOW TO APPLY 

If you did not register for our new application system in 2019, or if you submitted an application in 2018 or earlier, you can create an account APPLY HERE.

If you did create an account, simply sign in HERE and click the “Apply” button on the right next to “Prize”.

For more Information: Visit the website for Roddenberry Prize 2020 for Social Entrepreneurs & Changemakers 

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