Two young women in New York City are also trying to bring soccer balls to Africa. But their soccer ball has a generator inside it. They call their invention the Soccket. The Soccket collects energy when you play with it. Then, you can use the Soccket for electricity. For example, you could plug a light or a cell phone into the Soccket. The Soccket can store up to 24 hours of power.
Jessica Matthews and Julia Silverman developed the Soccket when they were college students at Harvard. Jessica’s family is from Nigeria. Julia is from Chicago, but she had spent time in Africa. They both knew that the lack of energy in Africa was a problem. So, they tried to use soccer to improve energy poverty.
In 2011, Jessica and Julia started an organization to distribute the Soccket. The organization is called Uncharted Play, and it is based in New York City. Uncharted Play does not sell the Soccket directly. Instead, it partners with companies and NGOs to give the Soccket to communities that need it.
2011年，杰西卡和茱莉亚办了一个分发电足球的组织，组织名叫 Uncharted Play，总部在纽约，该组织并不直接出售电足球。而是与公司和非盈利组织合作，将电足球发放到需要的社区。
“We don’t make any profit right now. Just kidding, we do.”
Alison Dalton Smith is the communications director at Uncharted Play. She explains that Uncharted Play is not exactly a business…and not exactly an NGO.
艾丽森·达尔顿·史密斯是Uncharted Play的通讯主管，她解释说Uncharted Play并不是公司，也不完全是非盈利组织。
She calls it a “social enterprise.” In other words, the organization is a business designed to solve a social problem.
Alison says starting or working for a social enterprise is increasingly common among people born in the 1980s or later.
“We want to dedicate our lives and our education to making the world a better place for everyone, not just for ourselves.”
In fact, Alison is so dedicated to making sure people in Africa get the Soccket that she worked for free. Now, she is one of seven paid staff at Uncharted Play. At 30, she is the oldest person who works there. None of the employees receives health insurance or retirement savings. But Alison says money is not as important to her right now as connecting to others.
“I know that my peers in this age group, in the millennials, we … I notice that we have a very different engagement with the global community, and we grew up with the Internet. I think we feel much closer to each other, and we identify more as global citizens than an American, or a New Yorker, or a female, or whatever. There’s a real bond that I find amongst my peers here in the US and also from my experiences traveling and living outside of the US, where we’re driven by more than just making it. There’s something more.”
But, she adds that she is lucky. She can work in a job she loves because she already has some money saved.
That’s our show for today. I’m Kelly Jean Kelly.
1.generator n. 发电机；发生器；生产者
eg. This generator drives an energetic wind of electrons and ions away from the neutron star.
2.plug n. 插头；塞子；栓
eg. This socket only accepts a two-pronged plug.
3.dedicated to 奉献给，献身于
eg. As a scientist, he was dedicated to the truth.
eg. His engaging personality made him popular with his peers.
eg. But the idea of Millennials at the vanguard of innovation the enterprise is a myth.
6.bond n. 债券；结合；约定；粘合剂
eg. Manet and Zola established a strong bond and respect for one another.