Play FreeRice here – feed a hungry person. Everybody wins. Watch the video above and this video to see why FreeRice is "not your average trivia game."
June is my birthday month, so I am inviting friends to play my favorite game – FreeRice – and join more than 9 billion players who have made FreeRice a world-wide phenomenon! Choose a subject such as Vocabulary – Famous paintings – Languages – World landmarks – Math – Science – SAT prep. The set-up is multiple-choice. Each right answer earns 10 grains of rice. It’s fun to play, either solo or with friends.
The best part is this: Your game rice translates into real rice – food distributed through the World Food Program (WFP) to people who desparately need it. Watch the video above to see how it all adds up around the world – billions of grains of rice - caring in the form of a simple game.
Take a 5-Question Quiz & Feed a Child
To get a sense of the global picture, check out the WFP Hunger Stats. Take this simple 5-question quiz – you may be surprised at the answers – but just taking the quiz lets you provide a warm meal to a child who needs it. See what the critical window for children means in this 2' video.
And from the FAQ’s of the FreeRice folks:
QUESTION: Do I really make a difference by playing FreeRice?
ANSWER: Yes, the rice you donate makes a huge difference to the person who receives it.
Cooperation & A Science Footnote
FreeRice is the power of cooperation at work in the world – which brings me to a science footnote. Remember the “survival-of-the-fittest” notion of evolution? Current science suggests an update: “[C]ooperation has been a driving force in the evolution of life on earth,” writes Harvard professor and researcher Martin A. Novak,* and humans are “the most cooperative species.” He highlights the “monumental feats” we have accomplished by working together in his article Why We Help. [Scientific American: The Evolution of Cooperation. July 2012]
Yes, we have cycles of more or less cooperation, “visible in the ups and downs of human history,” wites Novak. ”And yet the altruistic spirit always seems to rebuild itself; our moral compasses somehow realign.”
Cooperation: in the Words of 'Abdu'l-BahaWhich brings me to America in 1912 – 100 years ago – and the words of ‘Abdu’l-Baha. "The supreme need of humanity is cooperation and reciprocity," said ‘Abdu’l-Baha to His audience – which became thousands during His nine months sojourn in America. “The stronger the ties of fellowship and solidarity amongst men, the greater will be the power of constructiveness and accomplishment in all the planes of human acitivity.”
In every talk, in every personal encounter, ‘Abdu’l-Baha’s intent was to broaden the mind and open the heart to ever larger spheres of cooperation. This was the purpose of all the divine religions, He would affirm in a myriad ways – to establish true bonds of love and fellowship – beyond the smaller spheres of family, of nation, of race.
However you choose to think of FreeRice – as a fun game, a way to feed the hungry, or an emblem of something larger – play often and enjoy. And know that you are part of something larger than the daily news feed. A little birthday blogger’s gift from me to you.
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