Thursday, December 5, 2013

My Trip To Kenya

This January, myself and four other incredible women are traveling to Kenya to scout the location for a Kenyan Global Youth Peace Summit, meeting with potential partner organizations, and visiting local orphanages. We have a wish list of essential items these orphanages have requested we bring. Please consider making a contribution to help hundreds of Kenyan youth. 


Monday, October 14, 2013

Official Launch Announcement: REAL magazine

Some of you may already know that I've decided to launch my own conscious culture publication for teens, REAL magazine.

Raw topics
Everyday issues
Amazing voices
Leaders for change

Using big names to spearhead even bigger issues, REAL magazine will provide a national platform for young people to discuss ideas, politics, design, environment, science, technology, activism, world news, and create REAL solutions for REAL problems young people face everyday.

Check out the new website,

Expected launch date is early 2014.

More updates to come!

-Ocean Pleasant

Sunday, September 22, 2013

Defending the Defenders

Technology is being used in many places around the world to impede rather than empower. There's fundraising done to pool resources and obtain technological tools to warn and protect human rights defenders. 
Ambassador Power, permanent representative of UN

The Rockefeller Foundation

Malaria No More: One Dollar Saves A Life

A child dies of malaria every 60 seconds, killing more people than any war or disease. 
Malaria No More has reduced deaths by over 30% in Africa in just 7 years. 
200 million people now have access to their testing devices that detect malaria, costing only 60 cents to produce. "Malaria will be the disease beaten by the mobile phone." They send text messages asking "It's 9pm. Are you and your family at home under your mesquito nets?" Children can die within 24 hours of being infected, so this alert is saving thousands of lives. 200,000 die every year in Nigeria alone. 90% of malaria drugs are sold in open markets, so counterfeit pills are very common. There is a scratch off on the back, you text the number and it sends you a verification so you aren't scammed. You can also track stolen malaria drugs. -- $1 can SAVE A LIFE. Malaria treatment costs only one dollar, so with every dollar donated, a life is saved. "Power of One"

Awareness + Activism: RYOT News

RYOT News Founders Bryn Mooser/David Darg with Ian Somerhalder and Pete Cashmore 

When you read a news article, it's a dead end. With RYOT, there is a call to action for every article, so you can become involved and take action for causes you believe in. Whether simply signing a petition or donating, you are BREAKING the news, rather than sitting idly in front of your computer screen. This gap between the individual and the news is filled by the work done by the passionate folks here at RYOT. 


Technology's Influence On The Future

"The Next 15 Years: How Will a Technology, Data and Digital Media Shape Our World?"

Helen Clark, UNDP @HelenClarkUNDP
HRH Crown Princess Mette-Marit of Norway @CrownPrincessMM
Paul Polman, CEO, @Unilever 
Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, UN Women, United Nations