Catch up on the week’s events that might have passed you by, thanks to our new and very inspiring friends at The Cramm!
What went down:
Meet Typhoon Hagibis. Over the past week, the powerful storm (think: a hurricane, but in the Pacific Northwest) slammed Japan. It was one of the strongest storms to hit the area in years. Dozens of people were killed, with over a hundred thousand people participating in search and rescue operations.
Meanwhile, Uber had a bad week. As in the biz reportedly said ‘you’re fired’ to about 350 employees across multiple departments — including Uber Eats and self-driving.
What else made headlines: Teachers in Chicago went on strike over things like higher pay, smaller classes sizes, and overall improved conditions for students and teachers alike. Multiple schools were cancelled, with around 300,000 students affected. A+ in protesting.
Chicago teachers aren’t the only ones with protests on their minds. Case in point: over the past month, nearly 50,000 General Motors employees have been on strike over recent plant closures. But now, it looks like these workers have reached a “tentative” deal with General Motors. Tension: high.
In other news, all eyes were on this new United Nations report. Hint: the world apparently loses about $400 billion (yes, with a b) worth of food…before it evens reaches stores. ICYMI, that’s 14% of all food produced.
Speaking of which, everyone was watching the first-ever all-female spacewalk. History, made.
Oh, and Juul (like the e-cigarette biz) made some changes. Earlier this week, the biz put an end to the online sale of flavored e-cigarettes — just months after pulling flavored e-cigarettes from store shelves.
What’s up next:
We’ll remind you: the other day, the Turkish gov and Kurdish fighters in Syria agreed to a ceasefire…then pointed fingers at each other for violating it. Now, it looks like Turkey’s prez is demanding the Kurds withdraw their forces by Tuesday — or the ceasefire is off. Meanwhile, ICYDK, cities and counties in multiple states are suing major pharmaceutical bizes over the opioid crisis. The trial is set for Monday. Stay tuned. In other news, stocks are thiiiiis close to breaking their all-time highs — and could set new records this week. Oh, and if you’re not a fan of your co-workers, you’ll love National Slap Your Annoying Coworker Day this Wednesday. There’s also National I Care About You Day on Friday, so you can, you know, make amends.
Why you should be feeling inspired:
Say hello to GraceRose Bauer. She’s a a sixteen-year-old fashion designer who was diagnosed with cystic fibrosis (CF) at birth. With the help of her mom, she created and is successfully running her own fashion brand — called Rosie G — that helps to raise funds and awareness for finding a cure for CF. Read below for our (oh-so-inspiring) convo with her.
How has Rosie G evolved from the past into the present?
GraceRose: My mom started annually fundraising for cystic fibrosis when I was nine months old. Because of her background in fashion, my mom held fashion show fundraisers for cystic fibrosis every year. When I was ten, I decided I wanted to design the collection for that year’s show and I did! At the end of the event, we auctioned off a few of the pieces and thought by starting a clothing line we would be able to fundraise year-round. Now, I’ve just shipped my first young adult’s collection to Bloomingdales and I’m thinking of starting a streetwear-inspired collection for boys!
Why is philanthropy through fashion important to you and how does Rosie G give back?
I give back to Cystic Fibrosis through my clothing line because I have [cystic fibrosis]. CF is such a small disease, with only 30,000 people in the US and 70,000 people worldwide afflicted. People need to be educated. One way for me to educate others and fundraise is to give proceeds back to the CF Foundation to help find a cure faster!
How do you feel you have or will change the world?
I feel like I will help change the world once Cystic Fibrosis is cured. I will be able to say that I helped, that I was a part of curing 70,000 people just by fundraising and educating others for as long as I have.
You serve as an inspiration to countless individuals by showing them that you can take being diagnosed with an incurable illness, something many would see as a terrible negative, and turn it not only into something beautifully positive, but something that represents your passions. How would you encourage others to pursue what they love, no matter what challenges they may face?
Thank you so much. I think that when you find something that makes you happy — go for it and do it because your happiness is more important than what anyone else says or thinks about you.