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    Quote from Bobby Sager

    January 29th, 2011

    ‎” For me, philanthropic return on investment is about making the biggest impact possible on fellow human beings, regardless of country, race or religion.” – Bobby Sager

    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…)

    By Amy Yee | Special to Washingtonpost.comFriday, December 17, 2010; 8:25 PM

    NEW DELHI – The northern Indian town of Bir was greeted with an unusual sight when Scott Schmidt carried six-foot-long plywood sheets on his head through the streets. Schmidt, who develops exhibits for the Smithsonian, had retrieved the wood from the village carpenter and toted it on his head to the Buddhist institute he was visiting. “I got impatient,” said Schmidt. “I probably broke every rule of how a Westerner is supposed to act in a village in India.”

    Schmidt was helping a group of 30 Tibetan monks plan “The World of Your Senses,” a bilingual science exhibition displayed last month in New Delhi at the India Habitat Center, an arts and culture venue in India’s capital.

    The wood was used to build a prototype of the display panels. Schmidt’s effort – and sore head – were worth it. The exhibit showcasing Western and Buddhist perspectives of the five senses was inaugurated by the Dalai Lama and viewed by hundreds of visitors over five days. Plans are underway for the exhibit to tour in India next year and possibly at a Smithsonian museum in the United States. (more…)

    Monks in our Science for Monks program play with Bobby in Dharam Saala, India.

    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…)