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Tanzania is the #CountryoftheWeek – YALI Network

Did you know that some of the world’s oldest human skulls have been found in Tanzania’s Odulvai Gorge, which is also known as the cradle of humankind? But you don’t have to go back 200,000 years to discover other interesting facts about Tanzania, this week’s #CountryoftheWeek. Learn more and get better connected with Tanzania by liking U.S. Embassy Tanzania for the latest news!

Don’t miss! Clinical dialogues around race, gender, and embodied psychotherapy Sept 30, 2016

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3 Continuing Education Credits
(for psychologists, social workers, and other mental health professionals)

SEMINAR DESCRIPTION

Therapy Center of Philadelphia (TCP) is in its fourth year of hosting a seminar for clinicians and community to come together and engage in a clinically scholarly dialogue around social justice issues and implications for therapy. Past seminars have explored the implications of feminist therapy in today’s world, implications of social location, privilege, and marginalization in the therapy relationship, as well as clinical issues for women/trans women experiencing homelessness or the aftermath of war. Our keynotes have included Dr. Nancy McWilliams, Dr. Beverly Greene, and Dr. Maureen Walker.
Building on these themes and in response to our current national climate, this year TCP offers a clinical conversation around how different bodily experiences present in the therapy space. We want to propose that attending to the body in different clinical ways can build healing and transformation. We want to examine how the interweaving of political and cultural forces impact one’s body and how we address this therapeutically. Specifically we want to examine how our bodies become targets of marginalization that create strategies of disconnection – from the self and from each other.
Using our own social locations as well as our own embodied experiences, speakers will explore the varying ways the clinical relationship can support a client to move beyond the oppressive stance of physical disposability (how certain bodies/people/communities are treated as more disposable and experience more violence) to an experience of agency, accountability, collectivity, and presence. Building on our own agency’s journey in the last few years, we will focus on how we become disconnected from ourselves and others because of racism, sexism, and trans-phobia. The panel will discuss how we as therapists can use exploration of body experience as an important way into the clinical work, particularly as it relates to internalized oppression, shame, and lack of safety.
LEARNING OBJECTIVES
*  Identify how our bodies can become targets of marginalization that creates strategies of disconnection – from the self and from each other.
*  Learn how to recognize and make conscious the different ways that experiences of oppression and privilege become manifest in the body.
*  Apply theories of embodied and gestalt psychotherapies as important ways into the clinical healing process, particularly as it relates to internalized oppression, shame, and lack of safety.

*  Discuss how we as therapists can use our own social locations as well as our own embodied experiences to support a client to create an experience of agency, accountability, collectivity, and presence.
SCHEDULE
8:30-9:00 am Registration, Networking, and Hot Breakfast
9:00 am -12 pm Clinical Program
12:00-12:30 pm Closing and Evaluations
CONTINUING EDUCATION
This program is co-sponsored by the Philadelphia Society of Psychoanalytic Psychology (PSPP). PSPP is the local Chapter of Division 39 (Psychoanalysis) of the American Psychological Association. This program is intended for mental health professionals of all experience levels and all theoretical orientations. It is not limited to individuals practicing in a psychoanalytic mode.
Responsibility for Content:
Division 39 is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. Division 39 maintains responsibility for this program and its content.
Psychologists:
This program, when attended in its entirety, is offered for 3 continuing education credits. Participants must attend 100% of the program. Upon completion of a conference evaluation form, a certificate will be issued. This serves as documentation of attendance for all participants.
Social Workers and Other Mental Health Professionals:
Social Workers, Marriage and Family Therapists, and Professional Counselors in Pennsylvania can receive 3 CEs from CE providers approved by the APA. Since Division 39 is approved by the APA to sponsor continuing education, these professionals will be able to fulfill their continuing education requirements by attending PSPP/Division 39 approved programs.
Educators:
Act 48 credits are available to participants who hold an educational certificate in Pennsylvania. If you need Act 48 credits, please be sure to bring your PPID number to the event. Act 48 credits are processed by PSPP, and you will receive a letter in the mail documenting that you have earned 3 Act 48 credits a few weeks after the conference.
Participant’s Accessibility and Non-discrimination, and Ethics:
TCP, PSPP, and Division 39 are committed to accessibility and non-discrimination in continuing education activities and strive to conduct all activities in strict conformity with the American Psychological Association’s Ethical Principles for Psychologists. Participants are asked to be aware of the need for privacy and confidentiality throughout the program. If program content becomes stressful, participants are encouraged to process these feelings during discussion periods. Participants with special needs will be accommodated as possible.
If you believe that a violation of ethics has occurred during this presentation, or if you have concerns about such issues as handicapped accessibility, distress with regard to program content or other complaints, please contact Courtney Slater, Ph.D. at 267-225-1522 or e-mail courtney.l.slater@gmail.com.
There is no commercial support for this program nor are there any relationships between the CE sponsor, presenting organization, presenter, program content, research, grants or other funding that could reasonably be construed as conflict of interest. During the program, the presenter will discuss the validity/utility of the content/approach as well as the limitations of the approach and most common risk factors, if any.

ANNOUNCEMENT
HIRING A CLINICAL SUPERVISOR – SOCIAL WORKER
TCP is hiring a new Clinical Supervisor to join its supervisory team.  The team, led by the Clinical Director, provides clinical oversight and supervision to all clinicians, including senior level therapists, associates obtaining hours for clinical licensure, and students. In line with its mission, the team also plays a strong role with the Executive Director and Board to guide program and policy directions for the agency.
This is an exciting opportunity for an experienced clinician with special interest and experience in clinical work, gender, and social justice issues. The Center is growing, and as we expand the supervisory team, our focus is on giving clinical staff opportunities for varied clinical expertise and style. Our clinicians come from diverse backgrounds and offer expertise in psychodynamic, psychoanalytic, gestalt therapy, and contextual family therapy approaches; CBT,  and mindfulness. TCP has specific programs focusing on trauma work utilizing EMDR, trauma – sensitive yoga, music therapy for transgender and gender non-conforming individuals, and a program for LGBT prospective parents.  TCP is fully trans-affirming and inclusive.
This is an independent contractor position.  The average hours are 10-15 a month. Opportunities to carry a small case load of clients can be considered too.

The story from the ‪#‎Horn_of_Africa‬ and ‪#‎African_Great_Lakes‬ that shook the Sunni Muslim dynasties during the reign of the Sultan Tibe

DEDICATION TO MY CHILDREN – FAHD & MOH’D

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_Sunni_Muslim_dynasties#African_Great_Lakes

From I, who is a descendant of Higna Pirusa Clan. – A Higna Fombaia/Moitsa Pirusa Clan – 16th Century Reign of African Great Lakes!

A fascinating history of my ancestors as told to me by my great grand maternal mother; my great nana used to tell us stories all the time.                                       She used to tell us stories about our families and how they migrated from Comoro Islands to Zanzibar; and why during weddings and funerals they meet, and clans from different parts of Comoros who reside in Zanzibar will be participating by presenting their actual cities.                                                                      For example, when a prominent Comorian died in Zanzibar during a funeral you’ll notice prayers/supplications/memorial will come from the people of Mitsamihuli one day, the next day from the people of Iconi, Mbude, Itsandra each day presented by different clan who reign the Comoros in 16th Century. Same thing happens for the weddings and in some other important days that were deemed important for Comorians, which are now having died with our ancestors like my great grand mother.                                                                                        When I was a young lady,  I myself participated in some practices representing clans of  Iconi, Itsandaa and Mitsamihuli. This practice of Comorians representing clans during celebrations goes on today, among the Clans of Comorian who reside in Zanzibar islands.                                                                                                Out of this fascinating history, I remember some of the stories told to me from my childhood by my great maternal grand mother, Bi Maryam wa Mchangama-Mkelle 1882-1983, who died when she was over 100 yrs in Zanzibar; she was born, raised and was exiled from the Comoro Islands to Zanzibar Islands.  She took care of her brother’s kids, among them were Burhan Mkelle, Abdulrahman and others. She used to like telling 16th to 18th Centuries stories, and sometimes enact on some important public days that she still remembered. She will always tell stories about my ancestors because she wanted me to find the reality about some of her stories for myself.                                                                                                        Today, as a result of all that, I , Dinnah Moh’d Saleh Mba-Fumu Ali Said (other names not known but would like to know further). As an adult of contemporary 21st century, savvy in techno world of internet, I set out to look for my name and the family tree behind it, it’s significant meaning and anything else that will satisfies my unsettled soul; for I would like to know what comes after Mba-Fumu Ali Said, especially, when recalling the story from my grand mother about my ancestors. The story from the #Horn_of_Africa and #African_Great_Lakes that shook the Sunni Muslim dynasties during the reign of the Sultan Tibe who was the Head of Confederation which covered most of the Grande Comore/Ngazija island.

SultanSaidAli2                                      Sultan Tibe was formally the Sultans of Bambao and Itsandra alternated in holding the office. In practice however, all succession was decided by war.
In this fascinating peace of history, my ancestoral M’Haza wa Kaleheza belonging to the Higna Pirusa/Fombaia clan was taken captive from M’bude to Isandra. Aicha (asha), who my mother was name after, was taken as a captive to Itsandra; however, she was treated well and eventually married to MussaFumu in this case her successor was Bwana Fumu and the Mba-Fumu (from the womb of Fumu, this is now is my father’s side also; as we know royalty only marries royalty) the Clan of Higna Moitsa Pirusa who reign from Itsandra to Mitsamihuli, Washili, Mbude to Hamehame. As it seems, my ancenstors from my mother’s side and my father’s side are somewhat related.
https://en.wikipedia.org/wi…/List_of_sultans_on_the_Comoros…
http://www.comores-online.com/…/histoi…/sultansngazidja.htm…

Tracing the Archaeological background of Higna Pirusa Clan who reigned the Comoro islands during the 17th and 19th centuries.

In the course of the 16th century several Sultanates were established on the island of Grande Comore. Most of them were united in a very loose confederation, covering the largest part of the island.
At this period of time, The Nabhani dynasty and the Ya’aruba dynasty have control of Oman.

The Clan of Higna Moitsa Pirusa who reign from Itsandra to Mitsamihuli, Washili, Mbude to Hamehame were a descendants from The Nabhani dynasty (or Nabahina dynasty), members of the Bani Nabhan family, were rulers of Oman from 1154 until 1624, when the Yaruba dynasty took power.

There are records of personal visits by Nabhani rulers to Ethiopia, Zanzibar, the Lamu Archipelago of what is now Kenya, and Persia. The al-Nabhani dynasty of Pate Island in the Lamu Archipelago claimed descent from the Omani dynasty.https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nabhani_dynasty

Higna Pirusa Clan started in Patte Island and the male figure in this clan was from Nabahan Dynasty. These particular Nabahans from Pate claimed to have come from (Sham)Iraq/Iran or Syria but Archaeological findings trace them coming from Muscat (Muslim Societies in Africa pg215). These Nabahan members are from the Yaruba Dynasty. Yaruba (Y’Aruba) tribe is said to be related to the Prophet Muhammad (pbuh)

The Yaruba dynasty (also spelled Ya’Aruba or Ya’arubi) were rulers of Oman between 1624 and 1742, holding the title of Imam. They expelled the Portuguese from coastal strongholds in Muscat and united the country. They improved agriculture, expanded trade and built up Oman into a major maritime power. Their forces expelled the Portuguese from East Africa north of Mozambique and established long-lasting settlements on Zanzibar, Mombasa and other parts of the coast. The dynasty lost power during a succession struggle that started in 1712 and fell after a prolonged period of civil war. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Yaruba_dynasty

In 1719 Muhanna bin Sultan was brought into Rustaq Fort by stealth and proclaimed Imam. He was unpopular, and the next year was deposed and killed by his cousin Ya’arub bin Bal’arab. Ya’arub bin Bal’arab set up Saif bin Sultan II as the Imam and proclaimed himself Custodian. Saif bin Sultan II was undisputed ruler, but he led a self-indulgent life, which turned the tribes against him. Ahmad bin Said al-Busaidi was elected Imam in 1744.

According to Ibuni Saleh 1936 Short History of the Comorians in Zanzibar pg 8
“We have an authentic record that in the end of the 17th Century, Imam Seif bin Sultan, the son of Imam Sultan bin Seif who in 1651 captured Muscat from the Portuguese, then sovereign Lord of East African Dominions known as “Caid el Ardh” who finally drove away the Portugues from the East Coast sought alliance with the Sultan of the Comoro Islands. The Sultan of the Comores at that time one Seyyid Ahmed bin Saleh answered by a letter exhibited at the Zanzibar Museum)”

This ancestry story of Higna Fombaia/Moitsa Pirusa Clan started from Pate Island in Kenya where a Son of a prince banished from the Island of Patte in 18th/19th century, grows in Anjouan, married a daughter of Sultan Alaoui 1st, of which he had his elder son Saïd M’Kou. Succeeded in capturing Moroni and Iconi which he drove the Sultan Bamba Ouma, and proclaimed himself Sultan of Bambao. Fey Foumou was his brother-in-law, Boina Foumou was his father in law. So now we know who captured Aicha and married her off to MussaFumu of which in the end of the Sultanates reign; it will seem that Mussa Fumu was the Greater Sultan Tibe among all of the Sultans in my ancestry; especially to me he was.

In this fascinating history, my ancestral M’Haza wa Kaleheza belonging to the Higna Pirusa/Fombaia clan was taken captive from M’bude to Isandra. Aicha (asha), who my mother was name after, was taken as a captive to Itsandra; however, she was treated well and eventually married to MussaFumu in this case her successor was Bwana Fumu and the Mba-Fumu (from the womb of Fumu, which is my father’s side also)

Mussa Fumu was a very powerful and stronger ruler among all the Sultanates on the Comoros, because he would not give in to either French or Arabs to the end. He didn’t want to loose the Comoro Island but in the end he did.

In 1885 Said Ali, the “Black Sultan” gave Leon Humblot (French Exploiter) the “White Sultan” a large concession covering as much lands as he could exploit (in fact the whole island) Humblot became the real ruler of the island it was only in 1912 that he lost his last administrative powers.
After most of the Sultanates were defeated in fighting this deal, they submitted to Sultan Ali Said. At this time rivalry between Ngazija’s two largest sultanates had become civil war. France was supporting Sa’id Ali, Sultan of Bambao, against his rival Mas Fumu of Itsandra. (Musa bin Fehem called Msa Fum by the natives was the maternal cousin to Ali). Shaikh Kari persuaded Sultan Barghash to send Nyamwezi troops in support of Msa Fumu, but to no avail: after a seven-month siege of Itsandra, during which many died of starvation, Msa Fumu was captured by his enemies and strangled, and many of those who had been loyal to him fled overseas. Numbers of the Ngazija aristocrats, according to an informant of Heepe’s in 1912 (1920: 89-93) went to Zanzibar.http://etheses.lse.ac.uk/…/Shepherd_The_Comorians_in_Kenya_…

Higna Fombaia/Moitsa Pirusa Clan descends from The Nabhani dynasty (or Nabahina dynasty) and the Yaruba dynasty (also spelled Ya’Aruba or Ya’arubi)

1154-1749 Nabahans/Y’Aruba dynasty of Oman
1749CE Oman was established, after Sayyid’s BuSaidi family had supplanted the previous Y’Aruba dynasty for the control of Oman.
At this time, the Mazrui family were very angry and unhappy because Al BuSaidi’s family supplanted Y’Aruba and they expected to take on the coast of East Africa. They broke away from Oman and contested Sayyid’s choices for learders of coastal Swahili towns; thus when Mazrui family tried to capture cities like Lamu and Pate which were vassals of Oman, but Oman’s strong hold over the Swahili coast drove out a pro-Mazrui government in the city of Pate and Sayyid’s forces captured the island of Pemba as well in 1823 from Mazrui supporters. (Sebastian Maisel, John A. Shoup, An Encyclopedia of Life in the Arab States, Volume 1 and 2, Chronology)

According to Ibuni Saleh 1936 Short History of the Comorians in Zanzibar pg 8
“We have an authentic record that in the end of the 17th Century, Imam Seif bin Sultan, the son of Imam Sultan bin Seif who in 1651 captured Muscat from the Portuguese, then sovereign Lord of East African Dominions known as “Caid el Ardh” who finally drove away the Portugues from the East Coast sought alliance with the Sultan of the Comoro Islands. The Sultan of the Comores at that time one Seyyid Ahmed bin Saleh answered by a letter exhibited at the Zanzibar Museum)”

At the time of Sultan Ahmed Said (1793 + 1875), there was a sultanates federation under the authority of a supreme leader: the thibe sultan. The federation included twelve provinces administered by a sultan. The Sultan Ahmed Said, the Sultanate of Bambao exercised suzerainty over five provincial sultanates and the Sultan rival, Moussa Foumou Sultanate Itsandra exercised his on three provincial sultanates. The provinces of BADJINI and DOMBA were autonomous

In A dissertation submitted for the degree of Doctor of Philosophy at the London School of Economics 1982 where in page 14 my cousin Asya Turki was acknowledged by the writer as follow:- “In Nairobi I owe most to the help and hospitality of Saad Yahya and Assiah Turki”. Gillian Marie Shepherd – THE COMORIANS IN KENYA: THE ESTABLISHMENT AND LOSS OF AN ECONOMIC NICHE – Most details of her manuscript on Comorian employment are drawn from the published work of Ibuni Saleh, from the manuscript of Burhan Mkelle (both Zanzibar-born Comorians writing in the 1930s) and from the memories of Comorian informants about their fathers and grandfathers. Mkelle’s manuscript is invaluable since it contains over eighty thumbnail sketches of notable Comorians in Zanzibar and the positions they held, the writer goes on to say.

Comorians held various positions of importance in what was essentially Sultan Barghash’s highly personal Civil Service. There were clerks, working both as secretaries and translators; Matar bin Abdallah who, as the speaker of several European languages, was appointed to liaise between foreign consuls and the Palace; and Shaikh Kari ibn al Haj who was made Ra’is al Baladiya (Chief, Governor) of Zanzibar town, representing the townspeople to the Sultan and the Sultan to the townspeople. Sharif Mamboya also became a Court Chamberlain and acted as advisor to both Barghash and Lloyd Mathews (Mkelle, 1930: 5-6). Shaikh Kari was responsible, in part, for the arrival in Zanzibar of many more WaNgazija during Barghash’s reign, Comorians who had held positions of importance in the Palace or the Army continued to live and work in Zanzibar. Shaikh Khamis bin Sa’id, who had been Mathews’ adjutant since the 1870s, was appointed one of the four Arab Ministers at Court, and Shaikh Salim bin Azan, a Baluchi-Comorian, was another (Saleh, 1936: 2a). The Palace Treasurer and Paymaster, and the Chief of Security were also Comorian (Mkelle, 1930: 5-7, 22-23).32
Comorians with religious posts seem to have stayed in Zanzibar as well. Two Comorian walis were appointed; Shaikh Abdallah bin Wazir al-Ntsujini, an old friend of Sultan Ali bin Sa’id, became Mufti and also worked as adviser to Zanzibar’s wakf Council, and the reputation Comorians had for religious expertise must have been greatly enhanced by the presence of their compatriot Sayyid Ahmad Abu Bakr bin Sumait al-Alawi. East Africa’s most august scholar until his death in 1925, Sayyid Ahmad had returned to Zanzibar after studies in Istanbul in 1888, becoming first kadi and eventually Grand Mufti. His legal skills and his publications made him well-known throughout the muslim world (B.G. Martin, 1971: 541-544). http://etheses.lse.ac.uk/…/Shepherd_The_Comorians_in_Kenya_…

From the Anjouan history- their view of the Grande Comore and the sultans on the Comoros They saw the political tradition of the Grande-Comore to be the opposite of that of Anjouan, and typically feudal. http://www.anjouan.net/en_histoire.htm
(follow the link, then go all the way to the end read Differences with the Grande-Comore, which reveals exactly who the Fumu were, how they are all related, why the Anjouans nicknamed Comoro “island of fighters Sultans”)

Free E-Business Course Lecture Videos#5&6 is on Now! Want to start a startup? Be Your Own Boss

Lecture 6 is ready for your viewing! Alex refers to a number of the readings which are available at the bottom of the lecture page.

Have a great weekend everyone!

 

Lecture 5 by Peter Thiel is ready for your consumption!

Peter was generous to offer some signed copies of Zero to One to students following along with this class (along with releasing chapters 3-5 as a reading for this lecture).

The top 2 submissions for each of project 0 and project 1 on Reddit based on submission score (upvotes – downvotes), by next Tuesday October 14th at 9:00 AMPacific Time will receive Zero to One, signed by Peter Thiel!

Additionally, Project 2 has been posted to the website. Submission for that will be on Reddit as well.

 

If you have missed on Lecture 4 here is the link to

Lecture 4: Building Product, Talking to Users, and Growing

http://startupclass.samaltman.com/courses/lec04/

You can also catch up on Lecture 3 right here….

 Lecture 3, Project 1, Project Submission Details

Paul Graham just delivered an awesome lecture on Counterintuitive Parts of Startups, and How to Have Ideas.

Project 1 has been posted to the course webpage. We have set up a subreddit for project submission. You can start submitting project 0 (and even project 1), and you are encouraged to give feedback to other students. Please read the rules on the subreddit before submitting!

For your convenience, I have consolidated all resources/links related to the class in one place:

ENJOY HAVING YOUR OWN COMPANY and BEING YOUR OWN BOSS!

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Want to start a startup-Video#3 is up on Free E-Business Course

Empowering Women and Youth Worldwide with Education and Life transformation programs, resulting in industrialists’ generation. Empowering communities economically at ViWiDA-USA. Follow us on Facebook for great stuff especially Cultures Exposure Weekend!

AND NOW YOUR FREE CLASS IS ON! brought to you by Y Combinator from Stanford University

Paul Graham just delivered an awesome lecture on Counterintuitive Parts of Startups, and How to Have Ideas.

Project 1 has been posted to the course webpage. We have set up a subreddit for project submission. You can start submitting project 0 (and even project 1), and you are encouraged to give feedback to other students. Please read the rules on the subreddit before submitting!

For your convenience, I have consolidated all resources/links related to the class in one place:

Have a wonderful week!

Sam and Pulak

Copyright © 2014 Y Combinator, All rights reserved.
Thanks for signing up for Sam Altman’s How to Start a Startup class! Stay tuned for information regarding lecture videos as well as assignments and other community engagement.

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Young Africans here is your Chance-Tips4The Application- the 2015 Mandela Washington Fellowship

Your opportunity to participate in a life-changing fellowship is coming soon!  I’m happy to announce that the application for the 2015 Mandela Washington Fellowship, the flagship program of President Obama’s Young African Leaders Initiative, will be available on Tuesday, October 7th, 2014.

Check out the fellowship details and application instructions on yali.state.gov.
Get Application Details
With just over four weeks to prepare, start putting your application together now! The closing date is Wednesday, November 5th, 2014.

Here are 6 tips on getting started:

  1. Check the eligibility requirements and make sure you meet the qualifications.

  2. Study the criteria for selection. Think through how to best present your experience and qualifications in those areas.

  3. Review all the requirements for the application, and make a list of what you need and update your personal materials.

  4. Update your resume and have a teacher or a professional associate review it.

  5. Ask for letters of recommendation from your supervisor or university professor.

  6. Read the stories from the 2014 fellows and learn how they prepared for the application. You can see them at yali.state.gov.

The Mandela Washington Fellowship is just one part of the Young African Leaders Initiative. Aside from applying to the program, make sure you stay engaged with the YALI Network on Facebook and Twitter to learn about other opportunities to develop leadership skills and connect with other young leaders.

Start preparing your application materials and good luck!

Let’s get started! Free Online Business Course @Stanford is on NOW!

Let’s get started!

Howdy! We’re super excited for the first lecture of How to Start a Startup (and to have 50,000 of you following along), and I hope you are too. Sam will be starting things off tomorrow, and Dustin Moskovitz (cofounder of Facebook, Asana, and Good Ventures) will cover Why to Start a Startup.

Dustin and Sam will each answer a couple of questions in Q&A this week. You can submit questions on this form (by this evening for Dustin, by Wednesday for Sam). Top questions will selected to be voted on by members of the Facebook group (tonight for Dustin, on Wednesday for Sam).

400 universities around the world, as well as many non-university organizations, are organizing viewing sessions to bring people together, watch the lecture videos, discuss the content, bounce ideas off each other, and peer evaluate assignments. Contact info for university Leaders and other organizers, as well as viewing session details, are on this spreadsheet. If you’re organizing a viewing session that isn’t on that sheet, please add it!

You don’t have to go to a viewing session to watch the 50-minute videos – all will be posted on startupclass.samaltman.com by 4 PM Pacific Time (no live stream) every day.

There are two recommended readings before watching the lecture tomorrow: Advice for Ambitious 19 year olds by Sam Altman, and Good and Bad Reasons to Become an Entrepreneur by Dustin Moskovitz.

You’ll get an email tomorrow as soon as the first video is online. That will include a link to the discussion forum we’ll be using specifically to discuss the contents of the lectures.

Have a great Monday!

Sam and Pulak

The Rights of the Child-CRC25 Google+ Hangout – 24 September 2014 -Children fr Tanzania@UN

http://www.ohchr.org/EN/HRBodies/CRC/Pages/CRC25thAnniversary.aspx
Celebrating 25 years of the Convention on the Rights of the Child! The children expected to participate are from: Australia, Belgium, Dominican Republic, Gambia, Japan, Lebanon, Nepal, Peru, Philippines, Tanzania,Tunisia, Turkey, Uruguay and Yemen.
No matter where you are or how old you are, watch online and send your comments. Use #CRC25 and follow United Nations Human Rights.
On 24 September 2014 the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child (the Committee) will dedicate a day to speak with children (defined as in the Convention on the Rights of the Child as persons under the age of 18) from 14 different countries. There will be four sessions during the day so that the Committee can speak to children in different timezones.

Free Online Business Course @Stanford 4people who want to start startups

Free business course is offered at Stanford for people who want to start any business. The course are scheduled for Fall starting 9/23/14 to 12/4/14. After the in-person lectures every Tuesday and Thursday, all lecture videos will be uploaded to this site http://startupclass.samaltman.com/ –  Hundreds of universities are organizing groups to watch the videos together, as well as peer evaluate the projects. See if your university already has a group, and if not, apply to be a leader. If it does, you’ll be able to sign up for that shortly!

In addition to the mailing list and Facebook group, a discussion forum will be set up specifically for students following along to discuss the contents of the lecture. Join either of the groups to get updated when that is live, as well as when the first lecture video is put online!

http://www.fastcompany.com/

Y Combinator is taking its entrepreneurship lessons into the classroom. The accelerator said Tuesday its president, Sam Altman, will teach a class at Stanford this fall for budding startup founders. The instruction and course material will be made available online and free of charge.

Altman, a Stanford dropout himself, said the class is designed to be a single business course for entrepreneurs, covering about 30% of what a startup founder needs to know–the other 70% is unique to the startup’s product and situation. His favorite professor from Stanford, Mehran Sahami, is the faculty sponsor for the class. “He is like a legend,” says Altman.

The course, offered through the computer science department for two credits, will cover how to raise money, hire, grow a user base, leverage marketing, build company culture, execute business strategy, and more. In total, it will cover about 1,000 minutes of content in 20 videos, which Altman will post to his personal website.

http://startupclass.samaltman.com/

Videos of the lectures, associated reading materials, and assignments will all be available here. There will be 20 videos, some with a speaker or two and some with a small panel. It’ll be 1,000 minutes of content if you watch it all.

We’ll cover how to come up with ideas and evaluate them, how to get users and grow, how to do sales and marketing, how to hire, how to raise money, company culture, operations and management, business strategy, and more.

You can’t teach everything necessary to succeed in starting a company, but I suspect we can teach a surprising amount. We’ve tried to take some of the best speakers from the past 9 years of Y Combinator dinners and arrange them in a way that will hopefully make sense.

We’re doing this because we believe helping a lot of people be better at starting companies will be good for everyone. It will hopefully be valuable even for people who don’t want to start startups.

Talks like these have really helped Y Combinator founders create their companies. We hope you find it helpful too!

-Sam