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    When pop diva Lady Gaga unveiled three new Polaroid products at the International Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas last week, the crowd probably didn’t recognize the man onstage with her. But she made sure they knew who he was.

    “Let’s hear it for Bobby, everyone,’’ Lady Gaga said. “Bobby is wonderful.’’

    Bobby Sager, sporting trendy sneakers and a scarf, was on stage with Gaga because he brought her there. Sager is chairman of the board of the revived Polaroid, a name that for decades was associated with the Boston area, where he grew up and still lives.

    His mission now: restore Polaroid’s status as a global brand — the “next Apple,’’ as he puts it. (more…)


    An Amazing New Collection of Ethnic Jewelry Supporting a Great Cause

    This fabulous collection of jewery, created by Tess Sager is capturing the attention of millions worldwide. Even celebrities like Cameron Diaz, Kelly Rutherford, Gwen Stefani, and Sting, are proudly flashing these hot new fashionable pieces. Tess’s beautifully designed jewelry, and her heart of gold, are just the beginning of this hot new fashion statement.

    These brightly colored, ethnic inspired pieces allow you to create an authentic stylish look, while bettering the lives of women in Rwanda and Palestine through a new intiative called “Hands Up Not Handouts”. One hundred percent of the proceeds from the sales of these beautiful pieces is reinvested; back into the business, and to the female artisans and their communities, so that the Sager Family Foundation can continue to do what they do best, enrich the lives of those in need.

    Some of the wonderful fashions include beautiful hand embroided bracelets that feature intricate mosaic-style designs from Palestine. These amazing designs were originally used to make tablecloths and goods for the home. The stylish wrap-style bracelets are $45, and the chic cuffs are $50.

    Other incredible designs from the collection include brightly colored sweet grass earrings, inspired by the Rwanda skill of basket-making. Available in three different collections of colors, these beautiful ethnic earrings range in price from $45-$50.

    With the many different colors and designs available, there is something for everyone in this collection. These stylish earrings and bracelets are a perfect compliment to any outfit, and can be worn for just about any occasion.

    These incredible pieces, along with the entire collection are available at www.handsupnothandouts.org. You can also find them at chic retailers such as www.theoneplanet.com, www.krimsa.com, and Fred Segal.

    he founder of Hands Up Not Handouts, Tess Sager, is a young activist from a well-known philanthropic family and the daughter of philanthropist Boddy Sager. Along with Hands Up and the Sager Family Foundation, it is

    Tess’s mission to find strategic ways to help people, help themselves with long-tem goals in mind. Tess was recently accepted to a prestigious photography program at NYU, with plans to graduate in 2014. This incredible young lady is extremely talented and has a bright-shining future ahead of her. She is dedicated to helping underprivileged women of the world, and is an inspiration to women everywhere.


    We’ve all heard the familiar criticism–that despite our relative wealth and high standard of living, modern life has left many of us feeling lonely, disconnected, and spiritually bankrupt.

    At a time when so many of us are working ourselves to death, struggling to support ourselves and our loved ones, and seeking balance in our personal and professional lives, it seems that there is no time to step outside of our immediate experience and ask ourselves the deeper questions about community, connection, and what it means to reach out and help another human being.

    Given the break-neck pace of our own lives, at the end of the day there just doesn’t seem to be enough left of ourselves to give–emotionally or financially. (more…)


    NEW YORK — Sting is sitting in the lotus position on a plush white couch in his bright Central Park West apartment, talking about how a soccer ball might change a poor child’s life.

    “Instant, instant joy!” says the singer and activist.

    And so he has co-founded a nonprofit group that is sending soccer balls to children in some of the most troubled places on Earth. Indestructible soccer balls.

    “These kids have got nothing,” Sting notes as a uniformed servant hovers in his doorway with a silver tray. Sting says that very poor children sometimes fashion their own soccer balls out of crumpled plastic bags tied together with twine.

    The kids live in rough places — Rwanda, Afghanistan, the Palestinian territories. They might end up kicking a soccer ball around garbage and glass. That’s where the indestructible part comes in.

    Sting funded research and development to create a strong, long-lasting ball that had the “same weight and consistency and feel” as a soccer ball. It took a year. But here it is, about $8 to produce, to be replicated by the thousands, bright yellow and printed with the words: “HOPE Is a Game-Changer”

    “Most soccer balls are inflated, they’re plastic, or traditionally leather, but they break, they get deflated, and they get punctured, and it’s useless,” Sting says. This ball is different. “It’s made of foam, it’s solid.”

    “It kicks like a soccer ball,” he adds. “I’ve kicked it, I’ve headed it, but I haven’t scored a goal with it yet.”
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    Sting played soccer as a child in northern England, and later with his own children, and he still roots for Newcastle United.

    His partner in the project is traveling philanthropist Bobby Sager, who befriended Sting at a hotel bar on the Copacabana Beach in Rio de Janeiro.

    Sager assembled a book of photographs he took of refugee and war-impacted children, and is putting the proceeds toward the indestructible balls.

    The pop star, who has supported various environmental causes, acknowledges that in the world's poorest places, children also need food and medicine.

    But soccer balls matter, too, he said. The game can develop a sense of cooperation, leadership -- and fun.

    "Play is important," he says. "As important as anything else, really."

    Originally Posted at The Washington Post


    Ten years ago I stopped working as an entrepreneur to devote myself to philanthropy full-time. It wasn’t about redemption. It was about fullness. I took my children Tess and Shane, then 10 and 7, out of school and along with my wife Elaine ventured out into some of the world’s most difficult places.

    I met the children featured in the The Power of the Invisible Sun during those travels. I photographed them from just weeks after September 11, 2001 until 2009. 2009-10-28-bwseventeensager.jpgThey lived in alleyways, refugee camps, slums, and remote villages from Afghanistan to Rwanda to Nepal. They were refugees, orphans, child soldiers, and just plain kids dealing with war, conflict, natural disaster, abuse, and displacement. I came face-to-face with them because I was there to help, and that’s a big part of the connection you see in their eyes.

    I chose to only use the images of children because it is through the strength and possibilities you see in their young eyes that the power of the invisible sun can become so compelling. I wanted you to see what I see. Feel what I feel. Have your hearts opened up in new ways.

    More than anything this book is about hope. Giving someone hope can sound cliché, it can sound sweet, but hope is the most important thing that people need to move forward. It’s not cuddly. It’s strategic.

    2009-10-28-bwsixteensager.jpgAt the end of the book I ask the question NOW WHAT? It’s my hope that by the time you reach that point, you’ll be compelled to answer it. To do something. Anything. Because that’s the point. I don’t want you to feel sorry for them or want to give them a hug. Just the opposite. I want you to take strength from their strength, feel more thankful in your own life, and go find ways to help. To give hope. Not just by giving money, but by giving something of yourself.

    I don’t have any special way to do this and I’m not saying my approach is the best. But I do know that this is not a spectator sport. I do know that everyone has to connect their own dots. I hope the experience of this book, in some small way, helps you to connect yours.

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    Originally posted at The Huffington Post


    Concert for Pakistan

    “On September 12, 2009 – a historic concert for Pakistan was held at the United Nation in New York. Organized by Salman Ahmed & Samina, the Global Wellness Initiative (SSGWI) brought together international artists, speakers, renowned celebrities and a divers audience in the world’s attention on the plight of 3 million Internally Displaced Persons in Pakistan.”

    SSGWI would like to express deep gratitude and thanks to all those who helped to make the Concert for Pakistan a success and for helping us provide a vision of hope and change for Pakistan.

    Arif Naqvi and the Aman Foundation, Abraaj, Qaisar and Dr. Mehr Taba Tabai, Khalid and Parveen Ahmed, Amin Hashwani, Jeff Skoll, Bobby Sager, Larry Brilliant, Neelofar Faruqi And Amin Haq, Ambassador Amir Dossal, faculty and Students of Queens College, Pervaiz Lodhie, Dr. and Mrs. Sattar Abbasi, Najib Ghauri, Safi Qureshey, Nasrin Haroon, Salim Adaya, Dr. Salman Naqvi, De. Shahid Javed, Dr. Azra Raza, Fiza Shah, COPA, Salman Ahmed (UN Goodwill Ambassador and Co-founder SSGWI) www.ssgwi.org