Summer is officially here.  Hurray.  During the long hot summer months, many of us like to go away on vacation, or stay home and have a little down time.  Right now I am in Las Vegas, Nevada, on vacation.  Since it’s really hot here, I find that I’m staying inside more than I’m going out.  To keep myself amused, I sometimes kick back and play a game on my computer.  It’s one of my guilty pleasures.  However, I have found a computer game that is not only entertaining, but is also making a difference in the world.  Let me introduce you to

At you are given a series of trivia-like questions to answer.  Quiz topics range from: Vocabulary, Grammar, Literature, Famous Paintings, Flags of the World, Countries on a Map, World Capitals, Math, Chemistry, and Language Learning (German, Spanish, Italian, or French).  For each question you get right, the UN World Food Program will donate 10 grains of rice to help end hunger worldwide.  Ever since the game launched in October 2007, thousands of FreeRice players are responsible for feeding millions of people. is a non-profit website that is generously backed by a number of different sponsors who pay for the free rice.

While playing the game, you can set the level of difficulty of questions, which allows people of all ages to play.  So, if you have children, nieces, nephews, or grandchildren, this is great computer activity to do together.  I especially love the “WARNING” on the website:

WARNING: This game may make you smarter.  It may improve your speaking, writing, thinking, grades, job performance, etc. reminds me of a wonderful children’s picture book, One Grain of Rice: A Mathematical Folktale.  This was a book I loved reading to my boys when they were little – many years ago.  This book not only was a really good story but was a great illustration of exponential growth – think compound interest!

So, you might want to check this book out as a gift for a child you know… or even for yourself.  After all, smart entrepreneurs need to fully understand how everything around us can grow beyond belief – one grain of rice at a time.

By Gillian Whitney

Communications Consultant