COMMUNITY | Washington Area Women’s Foundation announced that it has joined five other women’s funds from across the nation for a joint-venture called A Partnership for Women’s Prosperity. The partnership is supported through funding from the Walmart Foundation and designed to allow participants to share best practices, scale up successful models and programs, and find solutions to common problems. (WAWF, 8/7)
ENVIRONMENT/WORKFORCE | Montgomery County Executive Ike Leggett has announced a new program that will train aspiring farmers and place them on private land to grow crops and livestock. (WaPo, 8/7) And now I have this stuck in my head.
EDUCATION | The Hudson Institute’s Peter Meyer considers a long-running debate: do we have to “cure the poor before we can educate them” or educate them before we can cure poverty? He believes that there is a clear answer. (HuffPo, 8/7)
- Last week, WRAG partnered with Arabella Advisors for a session on impact investing. Folks from the Consumer Health Foundation, Walton Family Foundation, and Living Cities talked about how they are shifting their perspectives to embrace impact investing and maximize change. Rebekah recaps the event here. (WG Daily, 8/7)
- What happens when you mix venture capitalists, funders, and entrepreneurs? The Chronicle writes a story about it! And they also develop interesting ideas. (Chronicle, 8/7)
BUDGETS | Fairfax County Executive Edward Long has issued a memo to county employees telling them to be prepared for agency cuts over the next two years. (WaPo, 8/7)
TRANSIT | MoCo has been awarded $40 million for transportation improvements related to Walter Reed’s move to Bethesda. (WAMU, 8/7) Jet packs, please. Because MD 355 is not getting any wider.
POLITICS | This is borderline gossip, but since it has been confirmed…well, what the heck. Mayor Gray’s chief of staff met with the crisis management expert who advised Monica Lewinsky, Sen. Larry Craig, ineffective quarterback Michael Vick, and even thespian Wesley Snipes. In the spirit of transparency, the Gray administration admits the meeting took place, but that the adviser “has no role in the administration, paid or otherwise.” (HuffPo, 8/7) Let me emphasize, “no role.” They were probably talking about the weather.
I won’t link directly to the video since it contains some profanity, but if you run a Google search for “Irish Olympic commentator,” you’ll find links to a laugh-til-you-cry video. The Irish commentator speaks his mind while watching a sailing race – a sport about which he knows nothing. Again, fair warning, there is some profanity.
In G-rated territory, here’s a spectacular video of the world-record breaking group skydive. Wait until they get into formation and then disperse.