Rulli Speaks on the Afghan Development Project

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As a follow-up to my last article, this week's entry spotlights a recorded interview with Francesco Rulli about the Afghan Development Project, the organization committed to bringing the Internet to schools in Afghanistan. This is an excellent piece that contains a very thorough explanation by Rulli about what this effort means to him and what he believes the future holds for Afghani commerce, particularly in the digital industry.

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If, like my, you were fascinated by the project's mission, I encourage you to watch this interview and experience Rulli's passion for the project firsthand. There is too much information in the video to cover here ad naseum (and if I did then you wouldn't watch it, would you?), so here are just a couple major points you can expect when you watch:

  • Get more information about how the Internet can save Afghani children from being coerced by Taliban agents into a life a violence, and instead connect these children to the opportunities available in the global community.
  • Learn about Roya Mahoob from Cidatel, the co-founding organization of the Afghan Development Project and a Afghani woman who is, as Rulli puts it, "a great example of the new Afghanistan."
  • Understand the logic behind Charlie Chaplin's defense against the Taliban.
  • See how Afghanistan can be the best investment for the digital media industry, and how American veterans are in a unique position to help that industry grow.

Rulli is an animated and energizing speaker, and after watching his interview I am sure you will feel just as hopeful as I do about the Afghan Development Project's goal of building a better, more unified world. He drives home the idea that, if you make an effort to educate yourself, especially about topics that are intimidating (and maybe even scary), it will become easier for you to relate to what was once so strange. As you dig into new territory, you start seeing similarities and making connections, and eventually the unfamiliar becomes old hat. It doesn't happen over night, but sooner or later, it does happen. And at a fundamental level, that is what the Afghan Development Project is all about: making connections, finding common ground, and working to develop a more amicable future.

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Sarah Grace is a writer filmmaker living and working in Madison, Wisconsin. She is passionate about independent enterprise and is a big supporter of Internet-based film, television, and other entertainment.

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