Damned Nations: Greed, Guns, Armies & Aid

“Damned Nations: Greed, Guns, Armies & Aid” Author Visits Medical Students at The University of Central Florida College of Medicine

Dr. Samantha Nutt is a medical doctor from Canada. She is the founder of the nonprofit organization War Child and author of “Damned Nations: Greed, Guns, Armies & Aid.”

After completing medical school, she moved to the “City of Death,” Baidoa, Somalia, as it was known in the 1990s. The war made it almost impossible for doctors to provide aid. See video presentation below.

Arms dealers dumped $30 automatic rifles into the hands of militias that recruited kids. Thousands were killed, injured, raped, and forced to flee from their homes. Source: Controlarms.org. More than 250,000 Baidoan’s died in the war.

“What is the single most important determinant of whether a child in a developing country lives to see his or her 5th birthday?” asked Dr. Nutt. Lack of medicine? No. The answer is: The mother’s lack of income.

Dr. Nutt believes that better arms control policies can provide safer places for children. War Child is committed to providing safer educational places while reducing the appeal of militia groups.

The costs to provide educational opportunities is a fraction of the cost to used to buy weapons.

Dr. Nutt suggested that supporters can help with small amounts of money on a monthly basis and provide educational opportunities. For example, War Child.org re-equips schools and provides training for teachers. Girls benefit most from the schools. Their quality of life improves and child mortality rates drop by 10 percent. Children are dying needlessly and money diverted from arms to education can save their lives.

Posted by Gabriel Soltren

Top 5 Most Valuable Sports Teams

Top 5 Most Valuable Sports Teams (2013)

  1. Real Madrid $3.3 billion
  2. Manchester United $3.165 billion
  3. Barcelona $2.6 billion
  4. New York Yankees $2.3 billion
  5. Dallas Cowboys $2.1 billion

Source: Kurt Badenhausen, Forbes

Soccer in Orlando, Florida

In 2013, Major League Soccer awarded Orlando, Florida a soccer franchise with the condition of building a new soccer stadium. According to a report by Forbes magazine, 3 out of the top 5 most valuable sports teams in 2013 were soccer teams. How valuable are sport teams? MIT Professor Julian Beinart asked, “What would we miss more? The Boston Celtics moving to Sacramento or City Hall Plaza being redeveloped?”

Top 5 Most Valuable Sports Teams

The Dallas Cowboys were number 5 on the most valuable list. Photo: USA Today Sports Images



You Don’t Need to be Hollywood, California to Benefit from Movie and Video Production in Orlando, Florida

You Don’t Need to be Hollywood, California to Benefit from Movie and Video Production in Orlando, Florida

Does the movie industry produce year round jobs? Is film induced tourism real?

According to the study “Film-Induced Tourism as a Vehicle For Destination Marketing: Is it Worth the Efforts?” there is evidence that supports that movies provide “tremendous opportunities for tourism.”

The movie industry has been creating jobs for a long time. In the late 1920s, Walter Elias “Walt” Disney produced a 6 minute movie title “Plane Crazy” starring Mickey Mouse. He later co-founded a company named Walt Disney Studio and Walt Disney Productions.

Watch the six minute “Plane Crazy” movie. It’s the first movie with the Mickey Mouse character.

In 1963, Walter “Walt” Disney, co-founder of Walt Disney Studio, flew over Central Florida and saw the land that would become the Walt Disney World theme park and Disney’s Hollywood Studios originally named Disney-MGM Studios. In November 2013, the Orlando Sentinel newspaper reported the story on the 50th anniversary of Walt Disney’s historic flight over Central Florida. The article, 50 years ago, Walt Disney saw Orlando as perfect site for new kingdom, by Steven Ford reminded us of the filmmaker’s first flight over Orlando.

Orange County Regional History Center

The exhibit “Backstage to Onstage at Universal Orlando Resort” at the Orange County Regional History Center in Downtown Orlando, featured photographs of the opening of Universal Studios in Florida. The event was attended by Steven Spielburg, the director of big budget movie productions including Schindler’s List, Saving Private Ryan, Jaws, E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial, and Jurassic Park.

Fifty years after Disney’s first flight, approximately 60,000 people in Central Florida worked for the company that started as a movie studio that made the six minute plane crazy movie.

Posted by Gabriel Soltren

Jeeyeon (Jeannie) Hahm & Youcheng Wang (2011) Film-Induced Tourism as a Vehicle For Destination Marketing: Is it Worth the Efforts?, Journal of Travel & Tourism Marketing, 28:2, 165-179, DOI: 10.1080/10548408.2011.546209

Nonprofit marketing promotional video

Make a nonprofit marketing and promotional video that you can be proud of

Nonprofit marketing promotional videos can be an effective and proud tool to increase support for nonprofit projects. As a videographer, the promotional video that I filmed below was used by officers of a nonprofit organization (Rotary) to help increase the awareness and the interest in their matching grant projects. The video features comments from a past Rotary International President and Rotary Foundation Chairman at his company’s office in Mexico City.

The matching grant projects were designed to improve the quality of life of people by providing funding for medical supplies and clean water. Their matching grant system allowed more than 100 percent of the funds that were donated to be used for direct services. The donations were matched by clubs in Mexico, they were matched by clubs in the United States, and the donations were also matched by the Rotary Foundation.

Thousands now have clean water who never had it before

The donations from people interested in building good will and better understanding provided the funds to give many people with clean water. Members from clubs in North Carolina partnered with members of clubs in Mexico City to fund several matching grant projects. The funds were used to buy and install the water filters for schools in Mexico and to provide books in Spanish for children in the United States. I showed the promotional video to a club at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. Fellow students became interested in the matching grant projects and we started a fundraising drive on campus to support the water filter project. The video helped raise awareness and encouraged us to participate in the clean water project started by the Rotary clubs in the U.S. and Mexico.

Founded in 1917, the Rotary Foundation funds projects to achieve world understanding and peace through international humanitarian, educational, and cultural exchange programs. The promotional video was used for marketing a nonprofit cause and it documented a friendship visit that included the installation of the grant funded water filters.

Posted by Gabriel Soltren