Friday, January 15, 2016

Derek Herrera: Paralysed marine pioneering new medical technology

Credit: Sgt Scott A Achtemeier
As a US marine serving in Afghanistan, Cpt Derek Herrera was, by his own assessment, at the “pinnacle of his career”. But everything changed 14 June 2012, when he was shot by a sniper while leading a special operations team on patrol in Helmand province. He was paralysed from the chest down. His military career was over, but his life was not. Herrera decided to leverage his experience with paralysis in the business world, getting a master’s of business administration and then launching his own medical technology business. Full story and video at BBC.COM

Saturday, November 21, 2015

Catherine Jayasuriya: Raising awareness for Duchenne muscular dystrophy

Dusty’s Trail, Summit of Borneo is a documentary which tells the story a mother’s fight to raise awareness for Duchenne muscular dystrophy, a little-known degenerative condition that affects her son, Dusty. On BBC Radio 5 Live with Rhod Sharp I spoke to Catherine Jayasuriya and Dr Eduardo Marb├ín, founding director of the Cedars-Sinai Heart Institute about Dusty and the latest research into the disease.

More information on Dusty's Trail here:

Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Haben Girma, deaf-blind disability rights advocate

Haben Girma and Peter Bowes (Photo: Tim Myers)
Haben Girma, a deaf blind disability rights advocate, has a powerful message about access to education and technology for the disabled.

Haben uses a digital Braille system to communicate and was the first deaf blind student to graduate from Harvard Law School.

We met at her office in Berkeley, California, for an interview, as part of the BBC's Women of Africa series. Full story.

Monday, August 10, 2015

Finding your soul in Silicon Valley

BBC World Service, Heart and Soul: Peter Bowes explores how traditional faiths co-exist with the all-consuming worlds of the tech companies - many of which have their own philosophies, cultures and belief systems. He finds a religious culture amongst the glass fronted buildings and meets the worshippers who have filled a spiritual void in their otherwise-successful Silicon Valley lives. Peter asks why some of the high-achieving and high-earning are searching for a sense of community in churches, such as the C3 in Palo Alto, which advertises itself with the sign, “Not Religious? Neither are we!”.

“A lot of people come out here and they find that you’re making more money than you know what to do with, you’re being promoted to a position greater than you ever thought you could be, but it’s not really fulfilling your soul.”


BBC World Service: Heart and Soul: Religion in Silicon Valley
BBC Capital: When the god of money isn't enough