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  • Can We Make Charitable Giving More Effective?

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    27 Aug 2015 | 2:10 am
    Altruism is part of our evolved instinct. The desire to help others in need has been an evolutionary advantage in the course of human development, leading to greater cooperation and group survival. But can we leverage that instinct better, in order to provide relief from suffering to more people around the world, especially the very poor? That question is at the heart of two new books, Doing Good Better, by William MacAskill, a philosopher at Oxford University, and The Most Good You Can Do, by Peter Singer, a moral philosopher at Princeton University. Touting a new approach to giving called…
  • Mistakes and the Creative Process

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    Shane Parrish
    27 Aug 2015 | 6:00 am
    I came across this passage in Shaun McNiff’s Trust the Process: An Artist’s Guide to Letting Go that speaks to the tension between fear of making mistakes and the necessity of them in the creative process. When asked for advice on painting, Claude Monet told people not to fear mistakes. The discipline of art requires constant experimentation, wherein errors are harbingers of original ideas because they introduce new directions for expression. The mistake is outside the intended course of action, and it may present something that we never saw before, something unexpected and contradictory,…
  • Can You Really Learn to be Happier?

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    31 Aug 2015 | 3:12 am
    Even if you don’t feel like clapping along to Pharrell Williams’ “Happy” anthem, there are skills to be learned—gratitude, forgiveness and living in the moment—that can inspire optimism in the grumpiest among us. And those teachings are being offered for free through UC Berkeley’s online “Science of Happiness” course, which relaunches Sept. 8. So far, more than 12,000 people from around the world have signed up for GG101x: The Science of Happiness, created by the Greater Good Science Center and offered through massive open online course (MOOC) provider edX. If the feedback…
  • How Millennials are Driving the Future of Social Entrepreneurship

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    Emily Yu
    20 Aug 2015 | 8:07 am
    Social entrepreneurship is the next generation’s secret weapon for tackling chronic social challenges and creating the change they want to see. What do they know that many others have yet to realize? As Jean Case, CEO of the Case Foundation notes, “Like other young generations before them, they are idealistic, but what sets this generation […] The post How Millennials are Driving the Future of Social Entrepreneurship appeared first on Case Foundation.
  • Learning Forgiveness in an Unforgiving World

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    2 Sep 2015 | 4:58 am
    When I hear stories of people who’ve forgiven those who’ve harmed them—people like Nelson Mandela, who forgave his South African jailers, or Scarlett Lewis, who forgave Adam Lanza for killing her son at Sandy Hook Elementary School—I can’t help but be moved by the nobility of their actions.  They seem superhuman in their ability to rise above their own loss and heartache in order to forgive what others consider “unforgivable.” Many of us under the same circumstances would be unable to make that emotional shift. Even when faced with minor slights—like a husband forgetting…
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  • Learning Forgiveness in an Unforgiving World

    Greater Good
    2 Sep 2015 | 4:58 am
    When I hear stories of people who’ve forgiven those who’ve harmed them—people like Nelson Mandela, who forgave his South African jailers, or Scarlett Lewis, who forgave Adam Lanza for killing her son at Sandy Hook Elementary School—I can’t help but be moved by the nobility of their actions.  They seem superhuman in their ability to rise above their own loss and heartache in order to forgive what others consider “unforgivable.” Many of us under the same circumstances would be unable to make that emotional shift. Even when faced with minor slights—like a husband forgetting…
  • 32 Tips for My Daughter Before She Leaves Home

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    1 Sep 2015 | 7:59 am
    My daughter, Fiona, leaves for school this week. I’m happy and excited for her—and also broken up about it. Although it was always the plan for our kids to grow up and move away, this week, like so many parents who have a child going off to school, I’m consumed by grief. I’ve done my best to teach my kids everything I know about finding happiness and fulfillment in life, but who knows when they are really listening? Just in case she missed something, here is a list of the principles I hope Fiona takes with her to school. 1. Make kindness the central theme of your life. Look for…
  • Can You Really Learn to be Happier?

    Greater Good
    31 Aug 2015 | 3:12 am
    Even if you don’t feel like clapping along to Pharrell Williams’ “Happy” anthem, there are skills to be learned—gratitude, forgiveness and living in the moment—that can inspire optimism in the grumpiest among us. And those teachings are being offered for free through UC Berkeley’s online “Science of Happiness” course, which relaunches Sept. 8. So far, more than 12,000 people from around the world have signed up for GG101x: The Science of Happiness, created by the Greater Good Science Center and offered through massive open online course (MOOC) provider edX. If the feedback…
  • How to Be More Patient (and Why It’s Worth It)

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    28 Aug 2015 | 6:19 am
    Delaying gratification is hard. You may have seen the adorable videos of kids in Walter Mischel’s classic experiments, in which one marshmallow is placed in front of a child. The child is told that the experimenter will leave the room and that the child will get two marshmallows if he or she simply avoids eating the marshmallow while the experimenter is out. The children in these studies go through all kinds of gyrations to keep themselves from eating that one marshmallow.   Adults also have a lot of trouble delaying gratification: People pay extra to get faster delivery from online…
  • Can We Make Charitable Giving More Effective?

    Greater Good
    27 Aug 2015 | 2:10 am
    Altruism is part of our evolved instinct. The desire to help others in need has been an evolutionary advantage in the course of human development, leading to greater cooperation and group survival. But can we leverage that instinct better, in order to provide relief from suffering to more people around the world, especially the very poor? That question is at the heart of two new books, Doing Good Better, by William MacAskill, a philosopher at Oxford University, and The Most Good You Can Do, by Peter Singer, a moral philosopher at Princeton University. Touting a new approach to giving called…
 
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  • Largest Ever Lion Airlift to Send 33 Circus Cats to New Home in Africa

    Terry Turner
    2 Sep 2015 | 1:43 pm
    Thirty-three lions are headed home on “Lion Air” to Africa after being freed from circuses in South America. Animal Defenders International (ADI) worked with police in Colombia and Peru — where animal acts are now illegal — to shut down ten circuses, freeing the big cats along with bears, monkeys, The post Largest Ever Lion Airlift to Send 33 Circus Cats to New Home in Africa appeared first on Good News Network.
  • Cop, Skip, and Jump–WATCH This Officer’s Amazing Double Dutch Skills

    Terry Turner
    2 Sep 2015 | 10:46 am
    Police Corporal Alan Jones said he had never tried Double-Dutch rope jumping, but a double-dare got him to give it a try. He was a natural, despite being weighed down with full gear and a vest, jumping with the ease of a ten-year-old. The video of Corporal Jones jumping twin The post Cop, Skip, and Jump–WATCH This Officer’s Amazing Double Dutch Skills appeared first on Good News Network.
  • Navajo Lady Delivers Water 75 Miles Every Day to Homes Without Plumbing

    Terry Turner
    2 Sep 2015 | 10:12 am
    The Navajo call Darlene Arviso “the water lady,” because for six years she’s delivered this liquid luxury to families in 250 homes that lack indoor plumbing. Arviso fills two 55-gallon blue barrels outside each home, driving across 75 miles of bumpy, unpaved roads five days every week to do it. Global Outpouring for Refugee Father and Child The post Navajo Lady Delivers Water 75 Miles Every Day to Homes Without Plumbing appeared first on Good News Network.
  • This Cat Does Not Give a %#@! That You Installed A Cat Door

    Helaina Hovitz
    2 Sep 2015 | 8:33 am
      It’s kind of like when you spend hours building your kid a dream house or a jungle gym, and they just want to sit in the box and pretend it’s a spaceship. YouTube user Philo Cat put in a ton of time on this cat door, but the feline, The post This Cat Does Not Give a %#@! That You Installed A Cat Door appeared first on Good News Network.
  • Sleep it Off! Afternoon Naps Can Lower Blood Pressure

    Terry Turner
    2 Sep 2015 | 7:22 am
    Stressed out about high blood pressure? No big deal, just sleep it off. A new study says afternoon naps can lower blood pressure, reduce the chance of a stroke or heart attack, and decrease the number of drugs people have to take to control hypertension. The researchers also noticed the The post Sleep it Off! Afternoon Naps Can Lower Blood Pressure appeared first on Good News Network.
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  • Love Endures All: What I'll Tell My Kids About 9/11

    2 Sep 2015 | 4:22 pm
    When I think about 9/11, I remember the fliers. Thousands of fliers fluttering in the ash-coated breeze during the long nights and days and weeks after the dust had settled but the devastation was still settling in. In those first days of shock we were not ready to accept all that we'd lost; instead we searched in vain for what we might find. We made "Missing" signs, with pictures and phone numbers and heart-wrenching descriptions of the last outfits so many ever wore. Tacked up everywhere -- hopeful, depressing, haunting. Those fliers probably come to mind because I still feel guilty for…
  • Cop Slaps Man With Ticket, But Gives Best Surprise To Sick Niece

    2 Sep 2015 | 2:25 pm
    Traffic tickets rarely have a silver lining, but a kind officer made an exception for a Missouri family. Matthew Manley was driving back from a St. Louis area hospital with his 5-year-old niece, who had received chemotherapy treatments there, when he was pulled over, KTVI reported. But when the officer, Shawn Birdsong, issued Manley a ticket, he also handed over a backpack full of goodies and a handwritten note for the young girl. “It meant the world to us,” Dana Manley, the girl’s aunt, told The Huffington Post in an email.  Birdsong, an officer with the St. Charles…
  • Ellen Degeneres And Gap Launch Inclusive Clothing Line For Girls

    2 Sep 2015 | 1:46 pm
    Ellen Degeneres just reached a new level of awesome. The comedian and talk show host teamed up with Gap to launch GapKids x ED, which is described on the company's site as "a collaboration dedicated to supporting girls just as they are, whether they skateboard or dance, wear dresses or jeans, build forts or paint rainbows, or everything in between. We encourage girls everywhere to take pride in what makes them unique." The clothing line includes fun T-shirts with empowering messages, comfy pants, dresses and fierce jackets, as well as accessories like hats, bags and decorative patches.
  • College-Bound Teen Moved Into The Dorms In An Epic Way

    2 Sep 2015 | 1:12 pm
    For most incoming freshman, moving into college dorms is a crazed, but exciting few days. But for Sally Gardiner-Smith, the experience lasted a long and reflective nine months. The 19-year-old sailed from her home in Woolwich, Maine, down the Eastern seaboard to the Bahamas, up the Gulf of Mexico and, finally, to Eckerd College in St. Petersburg, Florida. Gardiner-Smith has never lived away from home before, but she travelled a total of 3,000 miles to move into her freshman dorm with only her dog, Elli, by her side, . "I knew I wanted to take a gap year and calm down and regroup…
  • Internet Darlings, Desperate in Real Life

    2 Sep 2015 | 1:09 pm
    The comment below the "Maru and Boxes" video says it all: "I hate cats, but I love this one." Maru, a Japanese cat with a fondness for jumping in boxes, enjoys the adoration and status of an Internet celebrity, with his debut clip logging over 21 million views. On YouTube, there are currently some 25 million cat videos posted. Clearly, we love Internet cats. But offline, Maru's friends aren't feeling the love. Millions live on their own, lost, abandoned or born outdoors, struggling to survive on the mean streets of almost every community. Each fall and spring, the kittens born to these…
 
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  • next time

    Dave Pollard
    30 Aug 2015 | 2:22 pm
    age 6 learning to ride a bicycle, frustrated falling off and falling off, again and again wanting so badly to figure it out father running behind holding the back saying to pedal faster to make it easier or to turn in the direction you’re falling and still falling, falling watching younger kids flying by, smiling afraid of being hurt, afraid to fall at high speed afraid to fail and almost giving up after endless trying and wondering what’s wrong with me everyone else can do this and then, finally, success and wondering why, what had changed and feeling so foolish, that it was so easy what…
  • This Should Be Easy

    Dave Pollard
    22 Aug 2015 | 1:53 pm
    “I have lived with many zen masters, all of them cats.” — Eckhard Tolle                                                   (drawing by michael leunig) Pay attention to, and allow a relaxed, alert awareness of, sense perceptions of your surroundings right now, in this present moment; acknowledge what is. Appreciate what is being paid attention to; in the process, notice the lessening of the compulsive thinking and reactive feeling identified with life situation, personal history, and stories — these thoughts and feelings are usually insignificant,…
  • Now isn’t the Time

    Dave Pollard
    9 Aug 2015 | 6:48 pm
    (more rumination on my “presence” practices, thinking out loud to try to make sense of my (lack of) “success”; unless you’re on a similar journey, or know me personally, you may want to give this “diary entry” a pass) my synopsis of a key idea from The Power of Now, from this 2010 post As I reported recently, I’ve been preoccupied for the last while with an attempt to be more “present”, or, more simply, to just be, in the now, instead of caught up in my mind and emotions (lost in the past or the future). For me this is all about…
  • Then Suddenly, Maybe — Aha!

    Dave Pollard
    25 Jul 2015 | 6:53 pm
    complex system diagram, from this earlier post Last month I wrote about the 5 “turning points” in my life, the culminations of events and changes in circumstances that caused my life to significantly shift direction. I have argued before that while we may change our beliefs, our behaviours and our personas throughout our lives, we don’t fundamentally change who we are. The turning points described in my recent article all changed my way of being, and what I did day-to-day and how I did it, but underneath I was (and am) still the same person. In addition to these situation-…
  • Sorting Ourselves Out

    Dave Pollard
    24 Jul 2015 | 9:25 am
    gated community in Liverpool England; photo by Ronnie Hughes We humans are pretty good at self-organizing. We’re a social species, after all, and we want to know where we ‘fit’ in our communities, even though “community” has largely lost its true meaning. It is through conversation, collaboration and observing others that we make sense of things, so we naturally want to make sure the people who make the most sense to us will welcome us into their circles. The downside of this is that it is easy to exploit, and can lead us into behaviours that are unhealthy for…
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  • The Cost of Business as Usual

    Melissa Heisler
    17 Aug 2015 | 12:02 am
    Most individuals in current business environments have the feeling of being chained to one’s desk for an inhuman amount of hours, running to endless meetings, and being bombarded by constant emails and calls. Many employees are doing the work of two or more people these days. Associates are being held accountable for unrealistic sales goals. Everything is a crisis. The result is stress. And a lot of it. The irony is that the more hectic our day, the more stress we experience and the less productive we become. When we are stressed, our fight-or-flight system kicks in, the same unconscious…
  • Love Is The Only Sane Response

    Mary O'Malley
    14 Aug 2015 | 12:02 am
    During the last twelve months, I have experienced some of the deepest sadness, pain, and grief that I can remember. I have had challenges with my body, my daughter was hospitalized with a very serious illness and on top of that, I’m walking the path with my son as he goes through aggressive cancer treatments. It has been gut and heart-wrenching. It is so hard to watch others suffer so deeply, especially our children, and not be able to do much, except love them.  And love myself! I keep on remembering what author and spiritual teacher, Stephen Levine, said to me when I was studying…
  • Moving Forward Through Ups and Downs

    Melissa Heisler
    12 Aug 2015 | 12:02 am
    Do you have a goal which seems far away? Are you working toward something but keep hitting obstacles? Are you uncertain you are on the right path? Have you lost your path and are not sure what is next? Lately many of my clients have been going through a confusing, frustrating, up and down time. Nothing seems stable any more. What used to be is gone, but what is next has not yet shown up. As our brain loves the familiar, it senses change as a danger knocking us into the blur and cloudiness of stress. Now not only are we dealing with the changing circumstances around us, but we also have to…
  • How to Embrace the Holy Mess Of Your Life

    Mary O'Malley
    10 Aug 2015 | 12:02 am
    I have had a plaque on my fireplace for a long time by artist Kelly Rae Roberts which says, “Kindness Changes Everything”. A friend of mine recently sent me another one of Kelly Rae’s inspirational quotes, “Embrace the imperfections, the chaos, the HOLY MESS of your BEAUTIFUL life”.  I love both of these sayings because they are all about the heart. While most people try to get rid of the uncomfortable stuff in their lives, true healing is about allowing our imperfections and chaos to float into our hearts. How do we do this? By embracing it all with kindness. Carl Jung, the famous…
  • Stop Trying to Escape Your Life

    Melissa Heisler
    6 Aug 2015 | 12:02 am
    The other day my friend told me her family goes on “adventures” not “vacations.” “Vacations,” she said, “makes it sound like we are vacating our life.” The concept struck me powerfully. How often are we vacating our lives? How often do we want to escape, to get away from our every day? It is all too common to believe we have to get through three hundred days of boredom, frustration, stress, and angst in order to have a few days where we vacate the normal and actually live! What if we didn’t need to vacate our lives? What if instead you looked at every day as an opportunity…
 
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  • Food On The Go

    Emeka Okafor
    2 Sep 2015 | 3:00 am
    From Nky Iweka, of Executive Mama Put: Nigerian Food with a Twistimage via Executive Mama PutStreet food plays a large part in the snacking habits of Nigerians. Makeshift kitchens with wood fires offer crunchy bean fritters (akara) to be eaten on their own or stuffed into soft white bread; slices of yam (dundun) fried in palm oil (preferably) or vegetable oil, wrapped in newspaper and accompanied with a spicy tomato sauce; crispy fried fish or meat; all hark at the promise of happy stomachs, messy fingers and possibly a spot of grease or two on one’s otherwise pristine clothes...[more]
  • Jonas Somi's Forest Saving Tree Planting Project

    Emeka Okafor
    1 Sep 2015 | 3:00 am
    In SciDev: Jonas Somi is a 65-year-old farmer from Nkoasenga. He blames the village’s environmental problems on deforestation and so has started a tree-planting project. Somi is growing Grevillea robusta, more commonly known as silky oak, a species imported to Tanzania from Australia. image via SciDevThe fast-growing trees provide shade for Somi’s cash crops, including banana and coffee plants. Their roots retain the soil and reduce water runoff from the mountain slopes. This in turn reduces the need to irrigate the crops growing between the trees. Once mature, the trees can be harvested…
  • The Buyu Collection

    Emeka Okafor
    1 Sep 2015 | 12:51 am
    On Kickstarter: The Buyu Collection is bringing the vibrancy of African artisanship to those with international taste using the rare renewable Baobab fiber.
  • SnooCode: A solution to the lack of formal addresses

    Emeka Okafor
    31 Aug 2015 | 3:00 am
    From HowWeMadeIt: Ghana, like many African countries, is undergoing urbanisation. Some African cities are expanding so fast that maps are outdated the moment they are published. And the formal addressing system has just not kept up, with many roads and houses simply being built without names or numbers. For many Africans the best way to share their location is to try give directions using landmarks. Pass a church. Turn right at the blue wall. Next to the kiosk with the coca-cola sign. Eighth house on the left with the red roof. But Sesinam Dagadu (the founder)  has a simple, yet…
  • Curing HIV with lasers?

    Emeka Okafor
    30 Aug 2015 | 3:00 am
    Patience Mthunzi at TED: Swallowing pills to get medication is a quick, painless and often not entirely effective way of treating disease. A potentially better way? Lasers. In this passionate talk, TED Fellow Patience Mthunzi explains her idea to use lasers to deliver drugs directly to cells infected with HIV. It's early days yet, but could a cure be on the horizon?
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  • Social Impact Jobs August 2015

    Echoing Green
    25 Aug 2015 | 2:54 pm
    Photo courtesy of  Sanergy It's no secret that connections, conversations, and collaboration help to accelerate social change. We witness this daily, whether we're at game-changing summits on the state of entrepreneurship or hosting a conference that brings together social entrepreneurs working across issue areas. At Echoing Green, we are always working to extend our network of support, and to connect social impact champions from all over the globe who want to chisel away at the world's biggest problems. Maybe this month, this means you. Take a moment to look at the positions available at…
  • GES 2015: Collaboration Fuels the Future of Entrepreneurship

    Cheryl L. Dorsey
    20 Aug 2015 | 12:04 pm
    2015 Global Fellow Jehiel Oliver, founder of Hello Tractor, speaks at the GES 2015 opening panel.  By Cheryl Dorsey At the sixth annual Global Entrepreneurship Summit (GES) last month, I had the honor of joining President Obama, corporate leaders, and entrepreneurs—including several Echoing Green Fellows—to collaborate on growing the global entrepreneurial movement. Held in Nairobi, this year’s convening was strongly focused on Africa as a hub of innovation in entrepreneurship. Over the past few years, Echoing Green has noticed steady growth in the number of Fellowship applications we…
  • #EGFellows Making Headlines July 2015

    Echoing Green
    30 Jul 2015 | 6:42 am
    Echoing Green Fellows have the gall to think big.  For decades, these committed entrepreneurs have applied smart but untested ideas to address challenges in their communities across the globe. That committment to thinking big - and doing something about it - is what sets leaders of social innovation apart from the rest. As Cheryl Dorsey reflected about our newest class of Fellows, “where some investors look at all the negatives associated with doing business in these areas, others see it as an opportunity to fill a void.” Read on to see where in the world the 2015 Fellows are creating…
  • From Finalist to Fellow

    Scott Ballum Cohen
    29 Jul 2015 | 10:05 am
    What does it take to become and Echoing Green Fellow? We look for individuals who have both a great idea and the leadership qualities to put that idea into action. Only 3 percent of our applicants make it the Finalist round, and the hard work doesn’t stop there. The road from Finalist to Fellow is full of challenges and opportunities – see what it takes to for these applicants to bring their whole selves to the rigorous final steps of the selection process: May 13: Pitch Perfection 105 Finalists from forty-four countries convene in New York City to practice their pitches, connect with…
  • Africa's Next-Generation Social Entrepreneurs Are Ready. Are We?

    Cheryl L. Dorsey
    28 Jul 2015 | 3:26 pm
    2014 Climate Fellow Tom Osborn, founder of Greenchar, showing charcoal briquettes to prospective clients.  By Cheryl DorseyThis article originally appeared on Forbes. Last week, I joined President Obama and leaders from around the world to shine a spotlight on the importance of entrepreneurship to global development at the sixth Global Entrepreneurship Summit (GES) held in Nairobi, Kenya. This year’s Summit in Kenya was poised to showcase the vibrancy of innovation across Africa, and call for greater investment in the region. While it is exciting to see the growing interest and investment…
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  • Martin Wolf on the global financial system

    28 Aug 2015 | 3:41 am
    Eight years after the global financial crisis, have regulatory and supervisory measures been sufficient to stabilize the system? "The answer to the question is no," says Martin Wolf, Financial Times chief economics correspondent. In this conversation with Adam Posen of the Peterson Institute for International Economics, Wolf canvasses the post-crisis financial environment and a global situation that remains both complex and fragile. The conversation was recorded at the Annual Meeting in Davos in January 2015. The analysis and insight remain clearly relevant. Author: Mike Hanley, Head of…
  • Bringing space down to earth

    16 Jul 2015 | 8:48 am
    On July 20 it will be 46 years since man landed on the moon. Today, we use space all day long, everyday, even when we are not thinking about it. From the moment you switch on your mobile phone in the morning, to the live sports broadcast you watch at night, and all day long, the technology that seamlessly facilitates our lives is in constant contact with satellites that circle our heads in space. Increasingly, space assets are used to coordinate what happens on earth, from disaster response and relief through to technological development and commercial applicatoins. The global public good…
  • Lessons from the Ebola crisis

    18 Jun 2015 | 10:02 am
    The Ebola outbreak in West Africa was first reported in March 2014, and is still affecting Guinea and Sierra Leone. There have been over twenty-seven thousand reported cases of the Ebola virus in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone and over eleven thousand deaths. The virus was first identified in 1976. Two simultaneous outbreaks took place, one in Nzara in present-day South Sudan and the other in Yambuku, a village near the Ebola River in the Democratic Republic of the Congo – hence the name of the disease. Earlier outbreaks occurred in remote areas in Central Africa near tropical rainforest,…
  • Africa’s opportunities

    11 Jun 2015 | 10:49 am
    Africa. The world's demographically youngest continent is now the fastest-growing region. Yet poverty persists, job creation is slow and inequality is rising. Learning from the past 25 years, since the World Economic Forum first met in Cape Town, what national and regional strategies can today's leaders pursue to ensure the continent fulfils its promise? In this podcast, we hear the voices, ideas and personalities which shaped the agenda at The World Economic Forum on Africa 2015. Speaking to the continent’s growth challenges, gender equality and migration issues, we track the flow of the…
  • A conversation with Shimon Peres

    4 Jun 2015 | 9:45 am
    In this week's podcast, we're featuring an interview with Shimon Peres, former president of Israel, on the impact of the Israeli elections in the prospect for peace. The interview took place at our meeting in the Middle East and North Africa 2015, and is conducted by the BBC's Lyse Doucet, Chief International Correspondent in Jordan. Author: Mike Hanley is Senior Director, Communications at the World Economic Forum Image: Copyright by World Economic Forum / Benedikt von Loebell
 
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  • +Acumen Becomes Largest Massive Open Online Course Provider in the Social Sector

    Acumen
    26 Aug 2015 | 11:27 am
    +Acumen, Acumen’s online learning platform and global learning community for social change leaders, has expanded to become the largest massive open online course (MOOC) provider in the social sector. Launched in 2013, +Acumen was designed to bring the nonprofit venture fund’s unique model and 15 years of insights from building social enterprises in the world’s toughest markets to any individual looking to create impact using the power of the Internet. Free and globally accessible to anyone with Internet access, +Acumen today provides nearly 20 free online courses on social change and…
  • Celebrating the success of d.light

    Jacqueline Novogratz
    10 Aug 2015 | 8:28 am
    Last week, d.light’s co-founder, Sam Goldman, welcomed President Obama in Nairobi and had the opportunity to share the company’s impact of bringing affordable, clean light to more than 50 million individuals in 62 countries. This is real change. d.light was one of our first investments in clean energy. Sam and his co-founder, Ned Tozun, were two young Stanford grads with a big dream to eradicate kerosene. In 2007, their solar lamp was still in the prototype phase, but we believed in their vision and could sense their conviction. Since then, we’ve supported the company with different…
  • Robert (Bob) Collymore of Safaricom Limited Joins Acumen’s Board Of Directors

    Acumen
    5 Aug 2015 | 1:40 pm
    Acumen announced today that Bob Collymore, CEO of Safaricom Limited, will join its Board of Directors. Collymore, who has been at the helm of the Kenyan communications company since 2010, previously sat on the Advisory Council of the nonprofit social venture fund founded by Jacqueline Novogratz. He has more than 30 years in the telecommunications sector working in Africa as well as Asia and Europe. “Bob is an incredibly respected leader but, more importantly, he is passionate about catalyzing business to transform and empower communities,” Novogratz said. “Throughout his career, he has…
  • Announcing Acumen’s 2016 Global Fellows

    Acumen
    9 Jul 2015 | 7:00 am
    Standing—and working—with the poor requires resilience and determination. When we established Acumen’s Global Fellowship 10 years ago, we were looking for those bright minds and big thinkers who not only possessed the moral imagination to envision a world beyond poverty but also the courage and resolve to commit their lives to making that vision a reality. The Global Fellowship is a yearlong leadership development program designed to equip social leaders with the knowledge, support system and practical wisdom to build a better, more inclusive world. We see our Global Fellows as the…
  • Acumen Makes First Cookstove Investment with BURN Manufacturing

    Acumen
    11 Jun 2015 | 8:59 pm
    Acumen announces its new investment in BURN Manufacturing, a cookstove company that aims to transform the lives of Kenyans with its low-cost, energy-efficient design. Today, more than 90 percent of Kenya lacks access to modern energy and clean cooking facilities and rely on traditional wood or charcoal stoves that pose serious threats to the country’s health and environment. The innovative design of BURN’s charcoal stove cuts fuel consumption by 56 percent and reduces carbon emissions by 65 percent to help Kenyans save a significant amount of money and improve their standard of living…
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  • Respect and Dignity

    Julia
    2 Sep 2015 | 6:07 pm
    I had a conversation with a homeless man today.  He was sitting outside a book store and said hi to me so I stopped and chatted with him when I came out. Just about what I was doing and small talk stuff. Nothing about him being homeless or wanting food or money.  Just treated him like he was a person. Which of course he is. But when you're homeless that gets taken away from you.I've sat with homeless people on a few occasion (sometimes I'll buy food and eat with them). As soon as you are with them, people stop noticing you.  They walk by and advert their eyes. Everyone just…
  • Kiva loans

    Julia
    3 Aug 2015 | 8:57 pm
    I just made 9 Kiva loans of $25 each, to use up my Kiva credit.I need to blog more.  I do things but don't have time to write about them.
  • Musical Instruments

    Julia
    17 Jul 2015 | 10:34 am
    Whoot, finally got a loan filling one of the last 3 'activities' on KIVA (out of 149). Kiva tallies several lending statistics. Obsessive people like me try to get at least one in each category/group. This one fulfilled 'Musical Instruments'.
  • Helped Bail out Greece

    Julia
    1 Jul 2015 | 6:56 pm
    Made a small donation to help bail out Greece.  It's a fundraiser and they are trying to raise all 1.6 billion.  Hope it goes through. I really like the idea of the people raising so much money to help people.  http://time.com/3942118/british-man-indiegogo-greece/
  • buy products to amass more stock.

    Julia
    30 Jun 2015 | 7:22 pm
    Made a kiva loan to Silvio in Brazil.  First time lending in Brazil. I think his summary really summarizes a lot of Kiva need:A loan of $1,475 helps Silvio to buy products to amass more stock.As a small business person building up inventory I can totally relate.
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    Chris Blattman

  • IPA’s weekly links

    Jeff Mosenkis (IPA)
    28 Aug 2015 | 6:35 am
    Guest post by Jeff Mosenkis of Innovations for Poverty Action.   A new paper in Science has results from a collaboration by 270 researchers through the efforts of the Center for Open Science to systematically reproduce 100 psychology studies (data & code here). As they put it: 47% of original effect sizes were in the 95% confidence interval of the replication effect size; 39% of effects were subjectively rated to have replicated the original result; and if no bias in original results is assumed, combining original and replication results left 68% with statistically significant…
  • Kenya crime and police bleg

    Chris Blattman
    28 Aug 2015 | 12:07 am
    What organizations and donors are doing interesting or innovative programs in policing tactics, police/justice reform, or crime reduction in Kenya? Mainly I’m looking at crime and gangs but I’m also interested in police relations with Somali refugee populations in the capital. Contacts in the police and security sector are welcome as well. I’m especially interested in meeting internal reformers. I can be emailed here. The post Kenya crime and police bleg appeared first on Chris Blattman.
  • Kenya food bleg

    Chris Blattman
    26 Aug 2015 | 7:44 am
    I’m headed to Nairobi this evening. I haven’t been back for 11 years. (In fact the last time I was there I met my wife because we happened to be sitting next to one another in what I can only assume was the country’s slowest Internet cafe. Just think how many relationships will be killed by broadband.) Anyways, I will be working furiously on a project but I do like to eat good food, and restaurant recommendations are welcome. I’m not so interested in what I can eat in New York, so the best Thai restaurant or burger is not my object. But the Kenyan, Ethiopian, and…
  • IPA’s weekly links

    Jeff Mosenkis (IPA)
    21 Aug 2015 | 5:55 am
    Guest Post by Jeff Mosenkis of Innovations for Poverty Action. via National Geographic   National Geographic had a master taxidermist come up with a fake elephant tusk with an embedded GPS tracker so they could track the route of the illegal ivory trade live via satellite through the DRC, LRA territory, and Darfur. Article here, interactive map here, & NPR Fresh Air radio interview here. New McKenzie paper on a microenterprise randomized randomized business plan/grant competition in Nigeria (PDF). Out of 24,000 entries, winners went on to grow significantly more, mostly due to…
  • IPA’s weekly links

    Jeff Mosenkis (IPA)
    14 Aug 2015 | 10:33 am
    Guest post by Jeff Mosenkis of Innovations for Poverty Action. A positive milestone, no new cases of polio detected anywhere in Africa for a year (h/t Elettra). In Slate, a Gates Foundation doctor and epidemiologist explains the painstaking process of polio surveillance. WIRED has an interesting feature about the business of ex-pat disaster rescue, focusing on the Nepal earthquake. Vox reports from the Effective Altruism conference at Google that a bunch of White male computer scientists decided humanity’s best charity investment is in …. computer science. The picture above…
 
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    ... My heart’s in Accra

  • Renormalizing hitchhiking

    Ethan
    2 Sep 2015 | 1:39 pm
    I’m publishing lots of my new writing on other platforms as well as here. It’s a good chance to reach larger audiences, and often to see how my writing benefits from editing. Inevitably, whatever I submit ends up shorter after an editor works with it – often that leads to stronger work, but it sometimes means that something I loved ends up cut. So I’m using the blog to publish the original pieces, which I sometimes think of as the extended dance remixes (rather than the director’s cut). So here’s a longer version of “Could the Sharing Economy Bring…
  • Future of News: The View from Accra

    Ethan
    28 Aug 2015 | 2:16 am
    I’m in Accra for roughly 60 hours, long enough to remember why I love this country so very much, but not long enough to see all the people I want to see, to visit the markets and streets that I miss, and most challenging, to eat all the marvelous food this country has to offer. (After landing last night, I went straight to Osu night market for a plate of omo tuo at Asanka Local. Closed, so it was charcoal chicken and fried rice at Papaye, not a bad second choice.) I’m here for a board meeting for PenPlusBytes, a Ghanaian NGO I’ve helped advise for years, which has recently…
  • Digital Media, and Ghana’s Place on the Global Stage

    Ethan
    24 Aug 2015 | 7:33 am
    I head to one of my favorite cities, Accra, later this week, to participate in a conference on “The Future of News” and to attend a board meeting for PenPlusBytes, a Ghanaian NGO that trains journalists in computer-assisted reporting, and operates Accra’s New Media Hub. In preparation for the conference, The Daily Graphic – Ghana’s leading daily newspaper – asked me to write about Ghana and the contemporary media environment. My piece ran in the paper today, and follows below in a slightly different form. It’s written for a Ghanaian audience, so…
  • Harnessing Mistrust for Civic Action

    Ethan
    23 Jul 2015 | 11:25 am
    Yes, it’s international press day here on my old, creaky blog. Friends at Süddeutsch Zeitung asked whether I could turn my Re:publica Keynote on mistrust and civics into a newspaper op-ed. Here’s what I came up with, which ran in yesterday’s newspaper. On Monday, British comedian Simon Brodkin pelted outgoing FIFA leader Sep Blatter with a stack of dollar bills as Blatter spoke at a press conference. Brodkin’s dollar shower expressed the boundless anger football fans feel about the corruption within football’s world governing body. When Swiss police arrested…
  • Who benefits from doubt? Online manipulation and the Russian – and US – internet

    Ethan
    23 Jul 2015 | 10:10 am
    I was asked by an editor at RBC, one of Russia’s best respected independent news organizations, to offer my thoughts on the Russian/US infowar. It was a great chance to think about Adrian Chen’s provocative tale about Russia’s Internet Research Agency (a topic that Global Voices RuNet Echo has done a terrific job of covering) and broader questions about skepticism, mistrust and who benefits from doubt. The piece ran on RBC today in Russian, but my English language text follows below. In early June, the New York Times Sunday Magazine ran a story by investigative reporter…
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    An All Day Buffet

  • How To Use The Finders Keepers Principle

    admin
    12 Aug 2015 | 5:15 am
    The finders keepers principle is an age old adage that has acquired sweet wine in its name since the dawn of the early ice age. The early ice age birthed the finders keepers principle, and since that date we have moved forward on our ambitions to secure this for ourselves. Here is a video portraying how the principle works: As the idiom appears to be sourced from old ship-wreck days, its golden treasure can always be utilised again in new findings. When something is left completely unattended, and nobody lays claim to it, and it is found on the grounds of not being claimed by none other than…
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    Gift Hub

  • Philanthropy as Private Self on a Public Stage

    Phil Cubeta
    26 Aug 2015 | 1:06 pm
    "Philanthropy is private action in a public space." - H. Peter Karoff "All philanthropy is personal." - Tierney and Fleishman Gifts, libations, communion around a hearth or altar, sacrifice (sometimes animal, sometimes human), propitiation, commemoration, expiation - all that preceded the invention of money. These traditions continue in our subterranean lives, or in the space outside the market, around the central square, where we meet to enact and pass on an identity deeper than that of owner, manager, investor, consumer. Willy-nilly, we are part of a pluralistic…
  • Laboring in the New Economy: Sharing or the New Sharecropping?

    Phil Cubeta
    25 Aug 2015 | 1:14 pm
    A speech by long time labor attorney, Jules Bernstein. I serve with him on the board of Interfaith Worker Justice. (Provided here with his permission.)
  • Invoking Love and Money

    Phil Cubeta
    14 Aug 2015 | 9:38 am
    Faith and money network, a ministry of The Church of the Saviour. Within some such context, where the language of love and the language of money are woven, here are questions I would like to ask, in the presence of those with "more." Those with more wealth, and capable of more love. “Are you at the table when the big dollars are planned?" "Are you heard at the planning table when the big dollars are planned?” “Are your highest aspirations brought to voice?” “If you are heard, are you heeded?” “Are you sure that we would find your highest aspirations in the…
  • To a Confused Reader of Gifthub

    Phil Cubeta
    13 Aug 2015 | 7:58 am
    I received your email saying you have read every post on Gifthub.org for ten years and have not understood a blessed one. That makes both of us. Things seem to be going as planned. But, just this once, because you asked and we are friends, now with assistance from Dr. Amrit Chadwallah, Chief Adjunct in Charge of Hidden Meaning, here in Wealth Bondage, proud Sponsor of Gifthb, I will do my best to explain the set up here. Gifthub is intentionally obscure, the meanings are hidden so the wrong people cannot understand them and get saved as St Mark says they…
  • What A Flourishing Dynastic Family is For beyond Supporting us as Loyal Retainers

    Phil Cubeta
    13 Aug 2015 | 6:57 am
    The Happy Tutor, my friend and mentor, Dungeon Master to the Stars in Wealth Bondage, actually does serve as the moral mentor, and pander, to a dynastic family, who built their wealth disrupting among other things the trade in blood. While blood donations are still made charitably, the company founded by this family makes the market, and takes a percentage. They are helping promote the sharing economy. They are doing the most good. They have a spreadsheet to prove it. I caught up with Tutor in the servant's quarters of the family's compound on an island off the coast of Canada. I…
 
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    Case Foundation » What’s New

  • Be Fearless Spotlight: Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Indiana

    Emily Yu
    2 Sep 2015 | 9:42 am
    This Spotlight is authored by guest writer Caitlin Kelly and kicks off a new blog series by the Case Foundation featuring Be Fearless stories from the field. Follow along with us as we meet people and learn about organizations that are taking risks, being bold and failing forward in their efforts to create transformative change […] The post Be Fearless Spotlight: Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Indiana appeared first on Case Foundation.
  • Breaking Down the Barriers for Women Entrepreneurs

    Emily Yu
    1 Sep 2015 | 7:27 am
    This post was contributed by Aaron Coleman, intern at the Case Foundation. When she was only 22 years old, U.S. Marine Ramona Pierson was hit by drunk driver. The accident put her into a coma for 18 months. When she awoke, she weighed 64 pounds was bald, blind and couldn’t move nor speak. Through her grit […] The post Breaking Down the Barriers for Women Entrepreneurs appeared first on Case Foundation.
  • How Millennials are Driving the Future of Social Entrepreneurship

    Emily Yu
    20 Aug 2015 | 8:07 am
    Social entrepreneurship is the next generation’s secret weapon for tackling chronic social challenges and creating the change they want to see. What do they know that many others have yet to realize? As Jean Case, CEO of the Case Foundation notes, “Like other young generations before them, they are idealistic, but what sets this generation […] The post How Millennials are Driving the Future of Social Entrepreneurship appeared first on Case Foundation.
  • A Hot Summer for Impact Investing

    Emily Yu
    17 Aug 2015 | 7:42 am
    The past few months have been full of news on the growing impact investing sector. Coming off of the announcements earlier this year—Bain Capital starting an impact fund under the leadership of Governor Deval Patrick, BlackRock starting an impact practice and Darren Walker and the Ford Foundation taking leadership of the U.S. National Advisory Board […] The post A Hot Summer for Impact Investing appeared first on Case Foundation.
  • Latest Email Marketing Benchmarks and Tips for Nonprofits

    Emily Yu
    13 Aug 2015 | 7:15 am
      Email remains one of the most effective communication tools for organizations when they want to engage with constituents, peers, community members and others. But like many of us across sectors, we are not using our email channels as effectively as we could be—and for those of us in the nonprofit sector that is ultimately […] The post Latest Email Marketing Benchmarks and Tips for Nonprofits appeared first on Case Foundation.
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    How I changed the world today.

  • Respect and Dignity

    2 Sep 2015 | 6:07 pm
    I had a conversation with a homeless man today.  He was sitting outside a book store and said hi to me so I stopped and chatted with him when I came out. Just about what I was doing and small talk stuff. Nothing about him being homeless or wanting food or money.  Just treated him like he was a person. Which of course he is. But when you're homeless that gets taken away from you.I've sat with homeless people on a few occasion (sometimes I'll buy food and eat with them). As soon as you are with them, people stop noticing you.  They walk by and advert their eyes. Everyone just…
  • Kiva loans

    3 Aug 2015 | 8:57 pm
    I just made 9 Kiva loans of $25 each, to use up my Kiva credit.I need to blog more.  I do things but don't have time to write about them.
  • Musical Instruments

    17 Jul 2015 | 10:34 am
    Whoot, finally got a loan filling one of the last 3 'activities' on KIVA (out of 149). Kiva tallies several lending statistics. Obsessive people like me try to get at least one in each category/group. This one fulfilled 'Musical Instruments'.
  • Helped Bail out Greece

    1 Jul 2015 | 6:56 pm
    Made a small donation to help bail out Greece.  It's a fundraiser and they are trying to raise all 1.6 billion.  Hope it goes through. I really like the idea of the people raising so much money to help people.  http://time.com/3942118/british-man-indiegogo-greece/
  • buy products to amass more stock.

    30 Jun 2015 | 7:22 pm
    Made a kiva loan to Silvio in Brazil.  First time lending in Brazil. I think his summary really summarizes a lot of Kiva need:A loan of $1,475 helps Silvio to buy products to amass more stock.As a small business person building up inventory I can totally relate.
 
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    GOOD

  • Fixing the Most Dangerous Road in L.A. is Even Tougher Than You Think

    Doug Patterson
    2 Sep 2015 | 4:00 pm
    It’s practically cliché to complain about traffic in Los Angeles. But one on- and off-ramp in East Los Angeles has become particularly notorious: the Avenue 43 exit on the Arroyo Seco Parkway.  The first freeway in America, this thoroughfare was once considered a modern marvel. But more than 70 years later, the road’s sudden, sharp turns directly into speeding cars have led to countless accidents. Nearby residents are anxious for a solution.  This is the first installment of The Big Road Fix, a new video series from GOOD and Progressive exploring the evolving culture of…
  • What Happens When a Loved One Tells Someone How They Really Feel About Them

    Craig Carilli
    2 Sep 2015 | 3:35 pm
    No matter who you are, at some point in your life you’ve probably been over critical of yourself. It happens to everyone, in those moments it would be great to have a someone you trust give you a little boost and let you know how they think you’re doing. This new video from A Plus asked people to rate themselves from a scale of 1 to 10 on their level of personal success. People’s past experiences and insecurities influenced their personal ranking, but when their loved ones were asked to rate them it was a different story.  Share this on Facebook?
  • 5 of America’s Most Obnoxiously Whitewashed Mountains  

    Heather Dockray
    2 Sep 2015 | 3:35 pm
    This week, President Obama came to Alaska with big news. Mt. McKinley, named after the not-that-famous one-and-a-half term president in 1917, would be renamed “Denali,” the original title given to it by Alaskan natives. For many, “Denali,” meaning “the great one,” was more reflective of the mountain’s history than “man who protected the gold standard.” But the decision to rename the mountain sparked surprising controversy, with both sides accusing each other of the sin of all sins: political correctness. But Denali isn’t an isolated case. America has a long tradition of…
  • A New Weapon in the Fight Against ISIS’ Archeological Destruction: 3D Cameras

    Rafi Schwartz
    2 Sep 2015 | 2:00 pm
    Researchers, historians, and archeologists have come up with a unique plan to help save a number of the priceless antiquities at risk for destruction at the hands of looters and militants, such as what’s been seen recently by members of the Islamic State. Actually, “save” isn’t quite the right word to use–“preserve” is a much more accurate term to describe what these experts have in mind: The digital, rather than physical preservation of threatened and at-risk pieces of art and architecture.  Called the “Million Image Database Project,” the initiative comes from a team…
  • Here’s Our Dream Cast for a James Bond Film Featuring All Black Actors

    Rafi Schwartz
    2 Sep 2015 | 11:30 am
    In an interview with The Daily Mail, author Anthony Horowitz–recently hired by the estate of James Bond creator Ian Flemming to write the newest book in the iconic spy’s series–managed to raise the ire of the internet when he was asked what he thought of actor Idris Elba someday playing Bond, himself. Elba, long favored by some to assume the mantle of 007 once Daniel Craig vacates the role, would become the first black actor to play the spy. As Horowitz explained:  “Idris Elba is a terrific actor, but I can think of other black actors who would do it better. For me, Idris Elba…
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    SocialEarth

  • Freeport-McMoRan Invests in Women’s Economic Empowerment Programs

    3BL Media
    2 Sep 2015 | 6:41 am
    Freeport-McMoRan has advanced investments in women’s economic empowerment programs, such as “Dreambuilder-Women’s Business Creator,” an online entrepreneurship skills training program that has reached more than 3,600 women in Latin America [...] The post Freeport-McMoRan Invests in Women’s Economic Empowerment Programs appeared first on SocialEarth.
  • How a Young Entrepreneur Keeps a Positive Attitude in a Tough Business World

    Gina-Marie Cheeseman
    2 Sep 2015 | 6:04 am
    When talking to Jamila Smith, the young entrepreneur who created the eco-friendly streetwear line, Be Th3 Change, an old saying comes to mind. “If at first you don’t succeed, try, [...] The post How a Young Entrepreneur Keeps a Positive Attitude in a Tough Business World appeared first on SocialEarth.
  • India’s Youth: Its Most Influential Asset to Make Change

    Sangeeta Haindl
    2 Sep 2015 | 6:01 am
    With 356 million 10 to 24 year-olds, India has the world’s largest youth population. Despite having a smaller population than China, India is set to become the youngest country by [...] The post India’s Youth: Its Most Influential Asset to Make Change appeared first on SocialEarth.
  • Entrepreneurship is (or should be) Gender Neutral

    Julie Fahnestock
    1 Sep 2015 | 7:30 am
    I hate the term “female entrepreneurship.” We don’t call entrepreneurial endeavors led by men, “male entrepreneurship.” We just call it entrepreneurship. Unintentionally or not, “female entrepreneurship” implies a rare, or “wow, [...] The post Entrepreneurship is (or should be) Gender Neutral appeared first on SocialEarth.
  • Companies that Care for Consumers Earn Higher Returns

    Vikas Vij
    1 Sep 2015 | 7:26 am
    When consumers purchase a brand, they are looking to improve their lives, and not just to buy a product. Consumers are more likely to spend money on companies that care [...] The post Companies that Care for Consumers Earn Higher Returns appeared first on SocialEarth.
 
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    Sasha Dichter's Blog

  • Confessions of a Barefoot Runner

    Sasha
    2 Sep 2015 | 2:00 am
    I’ve been a proselytizer for Vibram barefoot shoes for the last five years. My barefoot story began in 2010: after more than a decade of not being able to run thanks to an old nagging knee injury, I put on a pair of barefoot shoes and I was able to run again. It was magic. Since then, I’ve told anyone and everyone who would listen about my new shoe orthodoxy: how heel striking is the root of all injury, how our natural gait is disrupted by cushy shoes, how we were born to run. I still believe all this. Nevertheless, a month ago, thanks to a new, nasty case of tendonitis (aka tennis elbow)…
  • The missing Do button

    Sasha
    18 Aug 2015 | 2:00 am
    It’s easier than ever to discover great new ideas. But I wonder how much better we’re getting at taking meaningful action based on the whirlwind of new ideas we’re now able to find. How often do we receive a link to a great thought piece, read it (view it), get all jazzed up and then (wait for it…) forward it to a friend or tweet it? Not good enough. It’s great to share with others, but I wonder if, in taking that tiny action, we are giving ourselves the emotional satisfaction of having done something when, really, we’ve done nothing? In the most obvious cases, this is about…
  • A Means, not an End

    Sasha
    6 Aug 2015 | 2:00 am
    There’s construction going on in the hotel by my office, and union members are outside protesting the use of non-union labor. There’s was giant inflatable rat on 9th avenue and now two guys have been passing out fliers with a headline that talks about “desecration of the American way of life.” Powerful stuff. Sadly, the guys passing out the fliers didn’t show the same passion as the words in the flier. Far from it. In fact, here’s one of the guys who was handing out the fliers. (And no, he didn’t just glance at his phone for a second.) Sure, he’s just a bored guy on the…
  • Anand Giridharadas – The Thriving World, the Wilting World, and You

    Sasha
    4 Aug 2015 | 2:00 am
    If you’re ready to ask yourself the real, hard questions – and if you want to arm yourself with the language to speak truth to power – I strongly recommend you watch the keynote speech Anand Giridharadas gave at the The Aspen Institute last week. If you don’t know Anand, he is a journalist and author, most recently of The True American, the amazing story of a Bangladeshi immigrant, Raisuddin Bhuiyan, who was shot in the face by a white Texan, nearly died, and then fought to keep his shooter from getting the death penalty. Anand’s talk pushes all of us to move beyond…
  • Driving at Night

    Sasha
    30 Jul 2015 | 2:00 am
    I remember a conversation I had last year with one of Acumen’s East Africa Fellows.  We were talking about the faith it takes to walk an unknown path.  He shared that his father used to tell him, “You can only see a little ways in front of you when you’re driving in a car on a road in the dark of night, but that allows you to see far enough to eventually find your way to town.” Much of what the world needs us to do is to walk untrodden paths. This requires more than just courage in the darkness.  While we only need to see a bit in front of us to travel far, it’s also true…
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    The Change Blog

  • 10 Secrets Happy People Know (But Won’t Tell You)

    Cate Scolnik
    2 Sep 2015 | 4:47 am
    “It isn’t what you have, or who you are, or where you are, or what you are doing that makes you happy or unhappy. It is what you think about.” – Dale Carnegie What’s your happiest memory? When I was in my mid-twenties I suddenly became ridiculously happy. Everything seemed brighter and better than it had ever been before. I delighted in the birds singing, the flowers growing, the blue sky, and the joy of being alive. I went on an amazing, natural high. Nothing bothered me. The simple act of living was mind-blowingly good. Maybe you think I’d fallen in love, but it was just the…
  • Feet on the Pavement

    Emery Ross
    1 Sep 2015 | 4:41 am
    I stood outside of my house and let the morning sun warm my face for a minute before starting my fitness app and my playlist. Nearly everything on my body was new – except my shoes, but they had been worn so infrequently that they still looked brand new. Inside the house, in my closet, a bauble of athletic gear sat, tags still on most of the items. This grouping included the new hiking backpack my husband gave me for my birthday. It was half-filled with various items I would need for the overnight hiking trip we were planning and that I was both eager and determined to take. It was the…
  • I Went to the Woods Because I Wished to Live Deliberately

    Saiisha
    31 Aug 2015 | 4:49 am
    “The little island seemed to float on the dark lake-waters. Trees grew on it, and a little hill rose in the middle of it. It was a mysterious island, lonely and beautiful.  It looked so secret – almost magic.” – Enid Blyton My favorite book as a child was the Hollow Tree House, by Enid Blyton; and my dream job was to become a writer, and to live in a tree house when I grew up. On hot summer afternoons, I’d lie in bed and read the book out loud to my little sister, and dream of someday living in my own secret tree house. And then I went to school and got myself two…
  • Unrequited Love: 5 Lessons Learned from a One-Sided Love Affair

    Luna Darcy
    28 Aug 2015 | 6:13 am
    “Winter is much like unrequited love; cold and merciless.” – Kellie Elmore It was one rainy and stormy Sunday night of the year 2006. My object of affection was sitting in front of me while we were eating at a fast food chain when I had finally found the courage to ask him what exactly we were. My brain told me that I was not supposed to ask him since we’re grown ups and we didn’t need labels anymore. On the other hand, my heart was dying to know the answer and kept on muttering: “You have to know”. And you guessed right, the heart won. So I asked my…
  • There Is Courage In Being Vulnerable

    Sally Buchanan-Hagen
    27 Aug 2015 | 6:35 am
    Vulnerability is not weak – it is letting people in and showing them your flaws, and there is nothing braver than that. My dog is 10 years old and we’ve had him for that length of time. Only recently has he been comfortable enough to roll onto his back so we could scratch his stomach. It used to frustrate and hurt me that he wouldn’t trust us enough to roll over but it has occurred to me that our proud dog doesn’t like making himself vulnerable and I drew a connection with myself. I trust and love my family with all my heart but it is with extreme reluctance that I ‘roll over’…
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    Charitable Gift Giving

  • Free PC Digital Copy of Hitman: Absolution with a $1 donation

    steve
    30 Aug 2015 | 12:31 am
    Interesting in getting a free PC game? To celebrate the launch of the upcoming movie Hitman and its associated video game, GameChanger Charity is collecting donations to help those with pediatric cancer. Just visit 47vscancer.org and for as little as $1 you’ll get a Steam code for Hitman Absolution, a very highly reviewed game that retails for $20. You can donate more, of course. Game Changer is a non-profit that helps children with life-threatening illnesses and their families with direct services to hospital patients and staff, financial support in the form of financial aid and…
  • Hydroflask – Insulated Stainless Steel Water Bottle (24 hours cold, 12 hours hot)

    steve
    19 Aug 2015 | 10:59 pm
    Seems that everywhere you turn these days people are giving you water bottles. I have about a dozen from various conferences, half a dozen from store openings, another half dozen from promotions, and even one from work (a cheap made-in-China bottle in lieu of a bonus last year). More often than not these things are junk. When you think about it, they use the same plastic to make these “valuable” water bottles as they do to make the cups and containers you throw away every day. While I used to collect these thinking they’d be useful one day, nowadays more often than not…
  • Wearable Philanthropy by The Fabric of Humanity

    steve
    8 Aug 2015 | 12:45 am
    Every now and then I like to highlight a startup that wants to focus on helping causes. While Kickstarter is filled with tons of new business ideas from people who want to get rich quick, it’s rare to see startups that use their innovation to help others. While the concept of “fair trade” is very well established by now, The Fabric of Humanity goes beyond that idea and created something called “Wearable Philanthropy”, referring to a revolutionary way they empower not only the makers of their clothing, but their communities as well. The price tag will…
  • Portalball – A Surprisingly Great Baseball Game for iOS from Joe Girardi

    steve
    7 Jul 2015 | 11:07 am
    I’ve been a fan of computer baseball games for as long as I can remember. Back when I was a kid I spent hours with my Mattell Electronics Handheld baseball game. I then logged hours playing Hardball for the Apple //e, getting obsessed to the point where I’d even keep box scores of my games. Over the years I kept looking for the most realistic computer baseball games out there, culminating most recently in an under-appreciated game for the Wii called The Cages: Pro Style Batting Practice and every version of MLB The Show for the Playstation. What I liked most about the latter two…
  • “Cheeky” Clothing to Support Papworth Trust

    steve
    1 Jul 2015 | 8:58 am
    Every now and then I like to feature a great charity from across the pond, and Papworth Trust in the UK is one of them. They offer support and care to those in greatest need, including the disabled, the elderly and their families and caregivers. Their goal is to help people of all ages like independently in their own homes and to find and hold jobs so they can support themselves. More about the charity at www.papworthtrust.org.uk. They launched a Shopify site called Can Clothing where they sell products that go to help their  charitable efforts. What I love about these clothes is that…
 
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  • American Student Tells Jimmy Fallon How He Stopped a Terrorist Attack on a French Train

    Anonymous
    2 Sep 2015 | 2:20 pm
    The Tonight Show recently hosted American student Anthony Sandler, one of three Americans who helped stop a suspected terrorist attack on a train in France. Sandler was traveling with two of his friends—who are both members of the American military—when a gunman began opening fire. Not only were they able to physically overtake the terrorist, who was also armed with a box cutter, the trio administered lifesaving medical assistance to one of the shooting victims.
  • Is it Wrong to Choose Career Over Kids?

    eddiekaufholz
    2 Sep 2015 | 2:00 pm
    Some suggestions for how to think about it. [Editor’s note: To participate in our weekly advice column, submit your questions here and watch this space each Wednesday.]
  • Who’s Kermit the Frog’s New Girlfriend?

    relevantlaura
    2 Sep 2015 | 11:44 am
    They say breaking up is hard to do. It apparently is also not easy being green. That is, unless you’re Kermit the Frog. After announcing the demise of his relationship to Miss Piggy, our favorite felt amphibian was photographed with a new pork paramour, who sources say is named Denise. Not so fast, says the froggy frontman. Here’s his official statement on the matter:
  • Spoon, Arcade Fire and Superchunk Talk Songwriting at SXSW

    relevantlaura
    2 Sep 2015 | 10:22 am
    Last year, SXSW, the Austin festival/music conference, hosted a meeting of musical minds, as Spoon's Britt Daniel, Arcade Fire's Will Butler, and Superchunk's Mac McCaughan joined up during a panel to discuss songwriting. Each of music’s coolest dudes also performed during the hour-long event—as though simply hearing their thoughts on the creative process wasn’t enough. (Easter Egg for the super indie fans: Big Star’s Jody Stephens just “happens” to be in the audience, and joins in on the fun.) Check out footage from the full event below.
  • T-Pain’s Auto-Tune-Free National Anthem Was Incredible

    Anonymous
    2 Sep 2015 | 8:57 am
    Hip-hop star T-Pain sang the National Anthem to open a Dodgers game this week—without the use of his signature Auto-Tune voice modulation—and the video serves as further evidence that T-Pain is actually an amazing singer. Watch the video below, and wonder why he’d ever use Auto-Tune in the first place.
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    Ignited Fundraising

  • Storytelling and Fundraising Events

    Lori Jacobwith
    1 Sep 2015 | 10:02 pm
    Storytelling and fundraising events go together like peanut butter & jelly. When I saw this fun infographic from Maximillion about choosing the right fundraising event for your nonprofit organization, I knew I had to share it with you. Deciding which event comes first, of course. No matter what kind of event you have, don’t forget, you ALWAYS want to find a way to incorporate a story. The sharing of your stories will cause your participants to feel more deeply connected to your mission AND take action to support your work. I’ve even got a cool resource to help you! I have a…
  • Activity Status Updates for Your Fundraising Success

    Lori Jacobwith
    25 Aug 2015 | 10:01 pm
    Whether you are a Fitbit activity tracker or managing an annual fundraising campaign it seems we all focus on our activity status updates. I’ve trained waitresses, restaurant owners, marketing and fundraising staff, and even public speakers. After training others for more than 30 years I know for a fact that a status update truly does help keep people on track and achieving or exceeding their goals. A Fundraising Success Matrix (download it here) is a tool I created to use when working for an extended time with a team that wants to increase their individual donor fundraising. This simple,…
  • Hurry & You Can Get Feedback on Your Year-End Appeal!

    Lori Jacobwith
    18 Aug 2015 | 10:11 pm
    I’m giving feedback on pre-submitted fundraising appeal letters TOMORROW, August 20. My goal is to have your fall appeal stand out from the crowd this year. Here are just a few things I’ll cover on tomorrow’s webinar: The three things people read BEFORE they read your letter. How many times should you make an ask in your appeal? What’s the best use of the P.S.? How to give your letter the “you” test. If you send me a draft of your year-end appeal letter for THIS YEAR by the end of the day today (August 19). . . I’ll give you feedback on it tomorrow during my Ignited Fundraising…
  • This Digital Storytelling Site Made Me Weep With Joy

    Lori Jacobwith
    11 Aug 2015 | 10:02 pm
    Anything with the word storytelling in the title catches my eye. I’m a passionate teller of stories and a passionate teacher of how to share powerful stories. So, when I read through the blog post “Isn’t it time for a new story? Innovative approaches to nonprofit storytelling.” I was awestruck when I found a totally inspiring digital storytelling page. The folks at Volunteer Toronto have taken the to time post more than 100 stories on their Tumblr website Volunteers of Toronto. #VolunteersofTO Take a moment and visit the site and get inspired. Often I’m asked by over-worked and…
  • My Sources for Inspiration: 45+ Resources for Fundraising Professionals

    Lori Jacobwith
    5 Aug 2015 | 12:39 pm
    I love to read. I read for both business and pleasure regularly. Which is why I’m delighted and honored to find the book I co-wrote with 7 of my esteemed colleagues:  The Essential Fundraising Handbook for Small Nonprofits made this list of the Top 20 Fundraising Books! It’s a rewarding feeling that our collaboration can be a source of knowledge and inspiration for people working in the nonprofit sector. It got me to thinking about the resources I turn to when I need inspiration, advice, or ideas.  Check out the list below for a some of my “go to” reads: I’ve…
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    ApplaUSe For A Cause

  • Quote of the Day

    18 Aug 2015 | 1:08 am
    Edwin Arnold (19th century photograph) (1832 – 1904) was an English poet and journalist, who is most known for his work, The Light of Asia. (Photo credit:... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • I Need Your Opinon!

    4 Aug 2015 | 2:27 am
    Question mark (Photo credit: Wikipedia)            I really need you to take this Poll Daddy survey below , in order to improve this blog- to make it more useful for you, others and myself. Thank... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Repost: Operation BBq For Our Troops: Honoring Our Soldiers

    4 Jul 2015 | 7:50 am
                                        As the USA begins it's Independence Day celebration on Monday, before we start our barbeques, picnics, vacations and firework displays; it's great to thank our... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • 15 Nonprofit Blogs 2 Follow

    23 Jun 2015 | 7:52 pm
    J Campbell Social Marketing Beth's Blog Have Fun, Do Good  The Agitator  Daily  Kos  GOOD Magazine oOSOCIO Nonprofit MarCommunity   Care2Blog  TakePart how... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Anonymous Commenters, Who Are You?

    1 Jun 2015 | 8:57 pm
                          Anonymous commenters, who are you?  Could you please give some initials in the comment form, even if they are fake? It would be a great help to me in sorting out the... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
 
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    Shareable New Articles

  • Shared Space Aims to Create Safer, More Polite Roads

    Cat Johnson
    1 Sep 2015 | 8:21 am
    Imagine a thriving street with cars, bicyclists and pedestrians. Now strip away the traffic signals, crosswalks, curbs, bike lanes, and signage that tell people what they should be doing. It sounds like a dangerous mess, right?
  • 6 Rebel Architects Bucking Convention to Build Better Communities

    Cat Johnson
    31 Aug 2015 | 9:23 am
    The word architecture generally brings to mind urban skylines, ultra-modern homes, and attention-grabbing skyscrapers—not favelas, waterside slums, and ravaged buildings. But creative architects around the world are working in challenging environments to improve the lives of the locals with innovative designs and building techniques.
  • Food Justice Truck Serves Up Fresh, Healthy Food to Asylum Seekers

    Cat Johnson
    31 Aug 2015 | 8:02 am
    During the past few decades, an estimated 80,000 refugees, mostly from Indonesia, have sought asylum in Australia. Fleeing war and civil unrest, with limited means and access to welfare or work, these asylum seekers are going hungry. More than 90% of those seeking protection experience food insecurity, 40% have gone to bed hungry in the past month, and 42% have lost weight since arriving in Australia because they didn’t have enough food to eat.
  • Arlington Develops Path for Getting Public Onboard with Bikeshare

    Mobility Lab
    31 Aug 2015 | 7:38 am
    Photo by Paul Goddin. Article and images cross-posted from Mobility Lab. Author Jason Hardin is Arlington’s Capital Bikeshare Planner and a consultant to Arlington County (Virginia) Commuter Services.
  • 9 Incredible Sci-Fi Inspired Little Free Libraries

    Cat Johnson
    26 Aug 2015 | 9:05 am
    Think Little Free Libraries are just plain boxes filled with books? Think again. These otherworldly “branches” push the realm of Little Free Libraries to the outer limits. 1. TARDIS This Doctor Who-inspired Little Free Library is an almost-life-size model of the famous TARDIS time machine and spacecraft.
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    Beth’s Blog

  • Healthy and Productive Nonprofit Meetings: What Does the Research Say?

    Beth
    2 Sep 2015 | 10:15 am
    Flickr Photo by Haldane Martin How many meetings and conference calls did you have yesterday?  Our work days are filled with meetings and conference calls with the intent of getting stuff done.  But many meetings end up being a complete waste of time. That’s why we included a module in the Emerging Nonprofit Leaders peer learning group on meeting design and facilitation – and these days it is an important leadership skill.  In preparation, I’ve been studying the research and best practices for productive meetings.   Here’s a summary of what I learned: Do You Have…
  • Help Empower Women Rights Organizations in the Ukraine

    Beth
    1 Sep 2015 | 7:53 am
      A branch of my family tree is from the Ukraine.   At the age of 13, my grandfather left his country and ended up as a refugee in America.    Despite harsh conditions, he made a new life in a new country, but never forgot his homeland. Now, almost 100 years later, I have an opportunity to give back to my ancestral homeland.  I’m giving my support as well as sharing my teaching and technology skills with Women’s Rights organizations in Ukraine.   The project is called “Tech2Empower,” organized by Wake, an organization on a quest to leverage technology for women’s…
  • #Buypens – Social Media and Crowdfunding Helps Syrian Refugee

    Beth
    31 Aug 2015 | 10:27 am
    People who know me well, know that I have an obsession with pens and magic markers.   So, when this viral fundraising campaign – #BuyPens – to help Syrian refugee came across my radar, it immediately caught my attention. When Gissur Simonarson, an activist from Oslo, Norway, shared a photo on Twitter last week of a father selling pens on the streets of Beirut as he cradled his sleeping daughter, the tugged at the heart strings of the 6,000 followers on Twitter.    Within hours, requests poured in from around the world to help the man, a refugee from Syria, in the photo. But…
  • Facebook Launches Donate Now Button for Nonprofits: Field of Dreams?

    Beth
    25 Aug 2015 | 9:00 am
    Yesterday, after a planning call with colleagues for a  session I’m moderating at IFC called “Viral Fundraising Campaigns One Year On,”  I noticed a promoted post in my stream for the ALS Icebucket Challenge with a donate button.     Wow, two juicy news events in one post! Facebook has rolled out the “Donate Now” button for all ads and brand pages which makes it easier than for nonprofits to ask Facebook audiences to donate. But, is the feature a field of dreams for nonprofits?  When Facebook rolled out the donate button feature in 2013 for a small group of…
  • New Playbook Resource: How To Engage Alumni

    Beth
    24 Aug 2015 | 11:00 am
    I am a huge fan of Playbooks in the nonprofit sector as a capacity building tool.  A playbook is an online resource that is basically knowledge capture around a specific practice or type of program.  The playbook collects, organizes, and synthesizes best practices from “bright spots” and others adopting this practice.    A good playbook incorporates lessons learned, case studies, resources, checklists, and other useful materials for other organizations that want to improve their practice or adopt it.    It can help raise the practice in a field quickly and for individual…
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    Raghava's Blog

  • Running 21KM at Airtel Hyderabad Marathon

    raghava
    30 Aug 2015 | 7:31 am
    Done & dusted, ran 21km at Airtel Hyderabad Marathon…My co runner Rekha is an amazing person…she supported me all the way to finish line & ensure that I finish without an injury. Thanks to Hyderabad runners for supporting me at all the aid stations, when I thought I will give up every one cheered for … Continue reading Running 21KM at Airtel Hyderabad Marathon The post Running 21KM at Airtel Hyderabad Marathon appeared first on Raghava's Blog.
  • Conversation With a Friend

    raghava
    17 Jul 2015 | 7:22 am
    During a conversation with a friend…..I said “I failed to be an entrepreneur, after 9yrs of trying it I decided to give it up” Friend: so you failed? “In a way yes…I failed in many ways & learned lot of things during the journey & those learnings are going to be my take away…a grand … Continue reading Conversation With a Friend The post Conversation With a Friend appeared first on Raghava's Blog.
  • Would you Date a Woman with a Disability?

    raghava
    19 Mar 2015 | 5:51 am
    Deepa is an inspiration & she is my strength in many ways….our relationship as friends became more stronger during the years & we spoke about this topic many times…this is a wonderful video that will change the way we see disability…. Dear Raghava, thank you for introducing me to wonderful Deepa. It is with great … Continue reading Would you Date a Woman with a Disability? The post Would you Date a Woman with a Disability? appeared first on Raghava's Blog.
  • Being Happy

    raghava
    17 Jan 2015 | 10:34 am
    During last 9 months often people asked me this question “how is your new job? Are you happy in your new job?”…I don’t have a perfect answer for any of the questions, I took a conscious decision of switching my job for a lot of reasons & traded some good & bad things in return…I … Continue reading Being Happy The post Being Happy appeared first on Raghava's Blog.
  • world is a false impression

    raghava
    26 Nov 2014 | 5:38 am
    With every rejection I close my mind little more, the ability to see from the mind’s eye is of no use because the world is a false impression…..it was not the problem of visual or blind world, my mind’s eye fooled me every time…it fooled me but never failed me..So it say’s Raghava you can … Continue reading world is a false impression The post world is a false impression appeared first on Raghava's Blog.
 
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    Tiny Buddha

  • Turn Your Fear into Excitement So You Can Pursue Your Dreams

    Melissa Field
    1 Sep 2015 | 8:57 pm
    “There are two basic motivating forces: fear and love. When we are afraid, we pull back from life. When we are in love, we open to all that life has to offer with passion, excitement, and acceptance.” ~John Lennon When it comes to facing fear and moving past it in order to see my dreams realized, I was always advised to power through it. Do the thing that scares you, no matter how much it makes your heart pound. Take that step that makes your stomach knot up in tight balls. Do it, and power through, or else miss out on life. For a long time, I felt these were my only two options. I could…
  • Why Being the Best Is Not the Key to Happiness (And What Is)

    Audrey Woods
    1 Sep 2015 | 8:57 pm
    “A bad day for your ego is a great day for your soul.” ~Jillian Michaels A few weeks ago, when I was feeling a bit down on life, I was surfing through Facebook and found myself getting more and more upset. There were weddings and vacation photos and posts about promotions and new purchases and all the great things that happen in people’s lives. These were my friends, and I couldn’t understand why I felt so unhappy. Why did I feel a pit in my stomach that I wasn’t good enough when I heard about someone getting the job of their dreams? Why was I so thrown by other people’s lives…
  • The Power of Meditation: Sit Your Way to a Happier Life

    Luke Glowacki
    31 Aug 2015 | 8:24 pm
    “While meditating we are simply seeing what the mind has been doing all along.” ~Allan Lokos People around the globe have practiced meditation for centuries upon centuries, and it’s quickly becoming one of the most popular pastimes in the modern world. It’s one of the most effective ways to find inner peace, relax, and cope with stress. I’ve had my share of stress and troubles over the years. I remember one time, nearly eight years ago, when the stress and anxiety really got to me and made my life miserable. I was facing the prospect of being made redundant at work. The economy was…
  • The Key to Freedom: Minding Your Own Business

    Maira Butt
    31 Aug 2015 | 8:19 pm
    “The day you stop racing is the day you win the race.” ~Bob Marley Let me take you back to the beginning of my day, how I used to do it. Flicking through my Facebook newsfeed, clicking on profiles, scrolling through comments, monitoring social interactions, checking how many likes my last post or profile picture got. Then I’m going to my therapist, to talk about how worthless my own life is, how inadequate I feel. I’m not saving the world, pursuing my passion, making friends, or traveling. Neither am I getting married or engaged nor having children—and I do not have a clue what the…
  • Stop Waiting for Permission to Live the Life You Want to Live

    Jennifer Bardall
    30 Aug 2015 | 6:30 pm
    “One day your life will flash before your eyes. Make sure it’s worth watching.” ~Unknown I know you. You’re smart. You’re driven. You’re a “good girl/boy.” You found out a long time ago that life goes more smoothly for people who follow the rules, so you learned the rulebook inside out. People expected things from you and you made it your job to live up to those expectations—and probably beat yourself up inside when you fell short. But now you’re stuck, the way anyone who has spent their life making other people happier than they make themselves gets stuck. You wish you…
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    Farnam Street

  • Meditation: Why Bother?

    Shane Parrish
    2 Sep 2015 | 4:00 am
    Via the amazing Mindfulness in Plain English, which I’d recommend pairing with this guide to meditation. Meditation is not easy. It takes time and it takes energy. It also takes grit, determination, and discipline. It requires a host of personal qualities that we normally regard as unpleasant and like to avoid whenever possible. We can sum up all of these qualities in the American word gumption. Meditation takes gumption. It is certainly a great deal easier just to sit back and watch television. So why bother? Why waste your time and energy when you could be doing something else. We…
  • Bias from Association: Why We Shoot the Messenger

    Shane Parrish
    31 Aug 2015 | 5:30 am
    We automatically connect a stimulus (thing/person) with pain (fear) or pleasure (hope).  As pleasure seeking animals we seek out positive associations and attempt to remove negative ones. This happens easily when we experience the positive or negative consequences of a stimulus. The more vivid the event the easier it is to remember. Bias from Association Our life and memory revolve around associations. The smell of a good lunch makes our stomach growl, the songs we hear remind us about the special times that we have had and horror movies leave us with goosebumps. These natural, uncontrolled…
  • Mistakes and the Creative Process

    Shane Parrish
    27 Aug 2015 | 6:00 am
    I came across this passage in Shaun McNiff’s Trust the Process: An Artist’s Guide to Letting Go that speaks to the tension between fear of making mistakes and the necessity of them in the creative process. When asked for advice on painting, Claude Monet told people not to fear mistakes. The discipline of art requires constant experimentation, wherein errors are harbingers of original ideas because they introduce new directions for expression. The mistake is outside the intended course of action, and it may present something that we never saw before, something unexpected and contradictory,…
  • Thoreau’s Approach to Quelling the use of Profanity in the Classroom

    Shane Parrish
    25 Aug 2015 | 4:00 am
    Long before Walden, Henry David Thoreau was a school teacher with a disdain for the corporal punishment commonly thought necessary to gain a student’s attention and teach a lesson. Instead Thoreau turned toward creativity to get the point across. Consider this anecdote from The Adventures of Henry Thoreau, which details an equally effective approach. Henry’s quirks contributed to the unpredictability of school hours. He disliked profanity, for example, and devised memorable ways to quell its use among the older students. “Boys,” he would say in his half-serious, half-satirical…
  • Making Decisions in a Complex Adaptive System

    Shane Parrish
    24 Aug 2015 | 4:30 am
    In Think Twice: Harnessing the Power of Counterintuition, Mauboussin does a good job adding to the work we’ve already done on complex adaptive systems: You can think of a complex adaptive system in three parts (see the image at the top of this post). First, there is a group of heterogeneous agents. These agents can be neurons in your brain, bees in a hive, investors in a market, or people in a city. Heterogeneity means each agent has different and evolving decision rules that both reflect the environment and attempt to anticipate change in it. Second, these agents interact with one…
 
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    Triple Pundit: People, Planet, Profit

  • Join Our Crowdfunding Campaign! Tech Titans and the Housing Crisis

    Jen Boynton
    2 Sep 2015 | 3:00 am
    As you may have heard, TriplePundit is developing a three-part multimedia series to examine the blind spot facing many tech companies when it comes to their impact on communities. First up, HOUSING.
  • The $250 Trillion Green Economic Revolution

    Bill Roth
    2 Sep 2015 | 2:30 am
    Climate change economics is emerging as a disruptive mega-trend driven by estimates that the cost of global climate change will reach a staggering $72 trillion. Obesity is now projected to carry a global economic cost of more than $100 trillion during the 21st century. In response to these alarming economic realities, a revolution is stirring in who customers buy from, the way investors allocate funds and the companies set to rise to the top.
  • Q&A: Recent Grad Jamie Bohan Talks Strategy in a Changing World

    Mary Mazzoni
    2 Sep 2015 | 2:15 am
    Today's business leaders must be ready to keep up with the curve-balls the 21st century is poised to throw at them, from shifting economic landscapes to a changing climate. Jamie Bohan, a recent graduate of the Executive Master’s in Sustainability & Leadership (EMSL) program at ASU, took notice of this after ending a 20-year stint at Honeywell to manage the sustainability department of waste service company Republic Services.
  • Dallas Houses the Homeless, Saves Taxpayers Money

    Grant Whittington
    2 Sep 2015 | 2:00 am
    Dallas will house 50 of its most chronically homeless residents in a small cottage neighborhood, an initiative expected to save taxpayers $1.3 million while giving some of the city's most at-risk residents a second shot at life.
  • Building Equality from the Lower 9th Ward to the Fort Peck Indian Reservation

    3p Contributor
    2 Sep 2015 | 1:30 am
    Brad Pitt's Make It Right Foundation is rebuilding homes in the Lower 9th Ward in New Orleans using sustainable and green building methods with high community involvement. Now the model is being rolled out on American Indian reservations.
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    Learning from Dogs

  • Seeing the truth in our mirror.

    Paul Handover
    2 Sep 2015 | 1:00 am
    A sombre reflection on the killing abilities of man. I was in two minds as to whether to post this today for it is certainly a grim reminder of the less desirable aspects of our species. In the end, I decided to so do because it needs to be shared and if it changes the mindset of just one person it will have been worthwhile. I was originally seen by me on the EarthSky blogsite. ooOOoo Want to see Earth’s super predator? Look in the mirror. Our efficient killing technologies have given rise to the human super predator. Our impacts are as extreme as our behavior, says study. Rope trawl for…
  • That most precious bond.

    Paul Handover
    1 Sep 2015 | 1:00 am
    Why we turn to dogs when disaster strikes. With the memory of Hurricane Katrina refreshed in our minds as we acknowledge the recent passing of the tenth anniversary of that ghastly disaster, a link to an item from May, 2013 that was published on Mother Nature Network seems perfect for this place. ooOOoo Why we turn to dogs when disaster strikes From aiding search-and-rescue missions to lending a shoulder to cry on, man’s best friend can often be found at the site of tragedy. By: Laura Moss, May 21, 2013. Photo: K-9 Parish Comfort Dogs/Facebook Disaster relief is flooding into Moore,…
  • Down under dogs!

    Paul Handover
    31 Aug 2015 | 1:00 am
    A guest post all the way from Australia. A few days ago I received a friendly email from Alex in Sydney, Australia. My name is Alex and I work for Spoilt Rotten Dogs, a boutique dog care centre in Sydney. In an effort to improve community awareness and knowledge about dog care, we are looking at contributing to high profile blogs like Learning From Dogs by sharing tips and information provided by professional carers, vets, and groomers. I’ve learned from your site that you are looking for guest contributors. I’ve recently written a post that I think fits pretty well with your site…
  • Picture parade one hundred and eleven

    Paul Handover
    30 Aug 2015 | 1:00 am
    Another wonderful set of those pictures sent to me by Dan Gomez. oooo oooo oooo oooo oooo oooo oooo oooo Aren’t they wonderful! Another set in a week’s time.
  • Playing in the rain

    Paul Handover
    29 Aug 2015 | 1:00 am
    Two reasons to be joyful! Our local weather reporting site is saying this: [Friday] Tonight Rain after 11pm. Areas of smoke before 11pm. Low around 60. West wind around 6 mph. Chance of precipitation is 90%. New precipitation amounts between a tenth and quarter of an inch possible. Saturday Rain likely before 11am, then a slight chance of showers after 11am. Partly sunny, with a high near 76. West wind 11 to 14 mph, with gusts as high as 21 mph. Chance of precipitation is 60%. New precipitation amounts of less than a tenth of an inch possible. If that rain arrives it will break a spell of…
 
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    Frank Sonnenberg Online

  • It’s Hard Being Filthy Rich

    Frank Sonnenberg
    1 Sep 2015 | 3:15 am
    Once upon a time, there was a brat named Phil T. Rich. He grew up with everything a kid could want. He had every gadget imaginable, a house that rivaled the Disney castle, and parents who gave him free rein to do whatever he wanted. Unfortunately, his parents were rarely around for him — they had high-powered jobs, you know. And when they weren’t working “killer hours,” they were off to the club to play golf and trade gossip with friends. Phil knew that he wasn’t like the other kids. Whenever he wanted something, he snapped his fingers and it appeared — like magic. He didn’t…
  • Thanks a Bunch

    Frank Sonnenberg
    27 Aug 2015 | 3:15 am
    Who says no one cares about moral character, personal values, and personal responsibility? I’m pleased to report that this month marks the five-year anniversary of FrankSonnenbergOnline. According to projections, this year our blog will attract just shy of half a million visitors from around the world. It’s also worth mentioning that the blog has been recognized among “The Best 21st Century Leadership Blogs” and one of the “Top 100 Most Socially-Shared Leadership Blogs.” Thank YOU From the Bottom of My Heart Every time that you, a loyal reader, “likes,” shares, or comments on…
  • 9 Keys to Twitter Success

    Frank Sonnenberg
    25 Aug 2015 | 3:15 am
    Twitter offers a gateway to wonderful people and access to vast resources, but there’s an etiquette that should be followed to achieve Twitter success. Here are nine lessons I’ve learned to achieve Twitter success: Twitter is a megaphone to the world. It’s remarkable how far a good idea can travel on social media. I am still amazed to send out a tweet and see it retweeted from South Africa, Australia, and the Philippines in seconds. Remember, a bad one travels too. So focus on the quality rather than the quantity of your messages. 140 characters say a lot about you. You’d be…
  • Mind Your Manners

    Frank Sonnenberg
    18 Aug 2015 | 3:15 am
    Can you read people’s minds? It’s not really that hard. What do people think when they see someone eat with their mouth open, slam the door in someone’s face, cut someone off in the middle of a sentence, shout across the room, use foul language, look like a slob, bark orders instead of saying “please” and “thank you” … and the list goes on. They’re probably thinking “He has no manners; she should know better. What a loser.” (Ouch.) Manners certainly count when you’re interviewing for a job, meeting your significant other’s parents for the first time, or having lunch…
  • 8 Ways to Build a Strong Foundation for Your Kids

    Frank Sonnenberg
    11 Aug 2015 | 3:10 am
    8 Ways to Build a Strong Foundation For Your Kids Providing a good foundation is easier said than done. After an exhausting day at work, it’s easier to stare at the TV than review your child’s homework; when your kid does something wrong, it’s easier to let it slide than to be the “bad guy” and discipline him or her; when your kid is surrounded by bad influences, it’s easier to look the other way, than to confront the issue head-on; and when your child meets defeat, it’s easier to “blame the world” rather than help your child accept responsibility and learn from the setback.
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    Self Stairway

  • Dodging Bullets, Deal Breakers, and the Disqualification Bombshell

    Vincent Nguyen
    31 Aug 2015 | 4:00 am
    Have you ever celebrated like a madman when you found out one of your friends broke up with his or her significant other? Maybe the ex was a control freak who exploded every time your friend went out without her. Or maybe you know a girl whose boyfriend was jealous every time she was seen talking to a guy and demanded she stopped even looking at other guys. Let’s take it a bit further. What if the ex was an extreme racist who openly spouted racial slurs? “Wow, you dodged a bullet,” would be your response right before you let out three cheers. Deal breakers should be thought out and…
  • Embrace Your Quirks

    Vincent Nguyen
    24 Aug 2015 | 4:00 am
    I’ve been told all my life that I’m a weirdo and it always bothered me. Fitting in was what I wanted most, I never wanted the label of being different. I’ve always cared about trivial things like small pieces of dark cotton on my white bed sheets, my watch not being completely parallel to the right edge of my table, spilling vodka on my hand (even while I’m tipsy and drunk), and wrinkling my suit by packing it (so I’ll most likely end up wearing it for all 20+ hours of my flights instead). And these sort of quirks are obvious to my friends and family. Whether it was talking to…
  • You Can’t Throw Away Your Problems

    Vincent Nguyen
    17 Aug 2015 | 4:00 am
    It’s interesting to notice how much weight I put on certain life decisions, fully expecting them to revolutionize my daily levels of happiness. Just drop out of college and you’ll be happy. Just become location independent and you’ll be happy. Just get your dream job and you’ll be happy. Just quit your job and start a business and you’ll be happy. Just write a book and you’ll be happy. I’m significantly more content with my life now than I was a few years ago, but I somehow keep falling into the trap that the next step, the next leap of faith I take, will be the ideal scenario.
  • Follow Your Shit

    Vincent Nguyen
    10 Aug 2015 | 4:00 am
    Traveling isn’t for me anymore. When I first entered into the world of location independent entrepreneurship, with its travels, its freedom, and flexibility, I was immediately seduced. It was new, sexy, and exciting. Travel wherever and whenever I want? Meet people from all over the world? Who wouldn’t love this? And it was enjoyable for all of 2014. I loved every minute of it. I had just left college and started an amazing job with a great company that I loved, which led to me starting my own business. To top it off, many of my friends lived and loved this lifestyle too. They were always…
  • Unconventional and Creative Methods to Hitting Your Goals

    Vincent Nguyen
    3 Aug 2015 | 4:00 am
    Sometimes relying on pure self-motivation isn’t enough. You probably often get that feeling where you know you have a specific task that needs to be done, or a goal you want to hit, but you lack the willpower and desire to finish. It’s not enough to know you have to do it–that’s obvious. But it’s too easy to put off for later. A couple years ago, I got an idea from Maneesh Sethi where he paid someone to monitor him as he worked. If she saw him procrastinating or caught him doing something unrelated to the task at hand, she would get to actually slap him. It…
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    Ahh The Simple Life

  • How to Stop Worrying

    Carol Ann Preibis
    28 Aug 2015 | 6:38 pm
    This amazing picture is titled Serenity. It’s by Susanne Nilsson on Flickr. A little worry can actually be a… The post How to Stop Worrying appeared first on Ahh The Simple Life.
  • Take a Vacation

    Carol Ann Preibis
    21 Aug 2015 | 8:07 am
    This amazing picture is titled Freedom. It’s by Moyan Brenn on Flickr. Americans Aren’t Taking Vacation Overall, Americans are… The post Take a Vacation appeared first on Ahh The Simple Life.
  • Free 5 Day Decluttering Mini-Course

    Carol Ann Preibis
    17 Aug 2015 | 10:55 am
    My friend Laura Spawn loves simple living & sharing about it at Simply Clearly. Laura is offering a free email course… The post Free 5 Day Decluttering Mini-Course appeared first on Ahh The Simple Life.
  • A Is For Apple

    Carol Ann Preibis
    16 Aug 2015 | 5:00 pm
    The World’s Healthiest Foods Hippocrates, the father of Western medicine, is well-known for saying, “Let your food be your… The post A Is For Apple appeared first on Ahh The Simple Life.
  • Our Deep Ties With Dogs

    Carol Ann Preibis
    12 Aug 2015 | 11:04 am
    Dogs and humans are meant for one another. And dogs can teach us how to become better humans …… The post Our Deep Ties With Dogs appeared first on Ahh The Simple Life.
 
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    Singapore Kindness Movement

  • NDP Singa @ the SG50 Pop-up Store

    SKM
    1 Sep 2015 | 7:10 pm
    Over the Jubilee Weekend, SKM’s NDP Singa display at the SG50 Pop-up Store at The Esplanade attracted troves of visitors. SG50 Pop-up store at The Esplanade Children were fascinated by the colourful interactive display. Under our volunteers’ guidance, they navigated and placed the 15 specially-designed Singa characters on a map of iconic Singapore landmarks. Doctor Singa was placed at the Singapore General Hospital on the map, while the military family (Army, Air Force and Navy Singa) were placed on Pulau Tekong. Visitors who were interested in our exclusive SG50 memorabilia, the NDP…
  • The M.A.D. Race 2015 – Make A Difference!

    SKM
    1 Sep 2015 | 1:15 am
    Depression and other mental health issues have long been treated as the elephant in the room, rarely talked about and, at best, skirted around. But they are also increasingly commonplace in our stressful urban life.   The M.A.D Race is an inaugural run/walk event to raise awareness on depression, with the key objective to help people suffering from depression overcome and walk out of it.   With love, acceptance and support for each other, we can overcome depression and keep our mental health in check. Find out more about The M.A.D. Race here: http://www.madrace.sg/index.php  
  • CGH Brings Smiles and Happiness to Staff

    SKM
    30 Aug 2015 | 10:57 pm
    Nurses writing a note of kindness to be displayed on the Kindness wall On 26 August 2015, Changi General Hospital (CGH) celebrated Kindness Day with a mini bazaar at the Atrium to spread kindness and happiness to its staff and visitors. In support of the Kindness@Work programme, this event was aimed at creating a happier, more gracious workplace environment in CGH. Staff and visitors were eager to snap a photo with Singa There were four activity booths – take a photo with Singa, complete a word search, wear a smile, and write a message of kindness or appreciation on the Kindness Wall. Once…
  • Sale of NDP Singa figurines ​ (Update on 28 Aug​)

    SKM
    28 Aug 2015 | 4:08 am
    Between 11 to 28 Aug, the Singapore Kindness Movement welcomed some 2,000 members of the public for the sale of NDP Singa figurines. ​More often used to hosting pre-school tours and to share information about the SKM with walk-in visitors, the Kindness Gallery was transformed into a shopfront, complete with eye-catching displays of the Singa figurines that guests could browse. 15 uniquely designed Singa figurines were first introduced in the NDP Funpack, in commemoration of Singapore’s Golden Jubilee. In August 2015, to cater to keen collectors, SKM was the official channel through…
  • Our values are a work in progress

    SKM
    20 Aug 2015 | 8:09 pm
    Professor Kishore Mahbubani’s opinion on societal resilience and the values gap strikes a chord (“Display the values we claim to have”; last Saturday). The positive values of family, responsibility, friendship, happiness, health, being caring, and honesty would undoubtedly enhance our resilience, but these are as much universal values as they are the aspiration of Singaporeans. So, too, are the negative values of kiasu-ism, kiasi-ism and the 5Cs of materialism, albeit expressed in colloquial terms. While the wholehearted embrace of these negative values can have detrimental…
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    Direct Relief

  • Labs for Life: Ethiopia (Part Four)

    Andrew Schroeder, Director of Research and Analysis
    2 Sep 2015 | 12:20 pm
    This is the fourth Labs for Life report from Ethiopia (read Labs for Life: Ethiopia – Day 1, Labs for Life: Ethiopia – […] The post Labs for Life: Ethiopia (Part Four) appeared first on Direct Relief.
  • Tropical Storm Erika: Update 9/1

    Tony Morain
    31 Aug 2015 | 12:09 pm
    Situation Report – 9/1: Tropical Storm Erika hit the small Caribbean Island of 72,000 people last Wednesday, dropping 13 inches of rain […] The post Tropical Storm Erika: Update 9/1 appeared first on Direct Relief.
  • Labs for Life: Ethiopia (Part Three)

    Andrew Schroeder, Director of Research and Analysis
    31 Aug 2015 | 10:49 am
    This is the third Labs for Life report from Ethiopia (read Labs for Life: Ethiopia – Day 1 and Labs for Life: Ethiopia […] The post Labs for Life: Ethiopia (Part Three) appeared first on Direct Relief.
  • From Hurricane Katrina to a Nationwide Community Health Network

    Damon Taugher, Director of USA Programs
    28 Aug 2015 | 11:59 am
    View Story Map >> A little after 5 pm, ten years ago, I cold-called a number a colleague gave me. Hurricane Katrina […] The post From Hurricane Katrina to a Nationwide Community Health Network appeared first on Direct Relief.
  • Community Health: Seven Health Centers Win National Award for Innovation in Diabetes Care

    Tony Morain
    27 Aug 2015 | 10:17 am
    BD, Direct Relief, and the National Association of Community Health Centers (NACHC) honored seven of the nation’s 1,200 community health centers with […] The post Community Health: Seven Health Centers Win National Award for Innovation in Diabetes Care appeared first on Direct Relief.
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    Our Better World

  • Eating my own poison apple

    Andrew Purchase
    26 Aug 2015 | 12:46 pm
    A story by Our Better World - telling stories of good to inspire action. Recently, I was deeply hurt by somebody. By somebody I love. I have found that hurt from those we love is the deepest kind of pain. It does not matter what the details are. Details do not apply to universal propositions like pain and hurt. We have all had it. We have all endured it. It seemed a great pain. At least, it was a great pain to me. It seemed an unjustified sort of pain. Objectively, I had been wronged.  That much was clear.  I did not deserve this pain; yet it was done to me. It seemed unfair to me.
  • What kind of world do we want?

    Andrew Purchase
    24 Aug 2015 | 2:12 pm
    A story by Our Better World - telling stories of good to inspire action. This morning, like every Sunday morning, I needed a taxi. Around about 9am.  It is common knowledge in our neighbourhood that the most difficult time to get a taxi is on a Sunday morning at 9am. Not that this should be surprising. Who wants to be working on a Sunday morning? If I were a taxi-driver I would refuse to do a Sunday morning shift. On principle. Nonetheless, every Sunday I make my way down to the roadside to hail a cab.  What would arrive first? The taxi or my impatience? I had been waiting for a…
  • A stroke of pluck

    12 Aug 2015 | 7:34 pm
    A story by Our Better World - telling stories of good to inspire action. Youths with disabilities such as Sun Hongsheng (in yellow cap) train hard at the Yunzhinan Swimming Club in Kunming, China, hoping to make it to the Rio 2016 Paralympics. The swimmers do not see themselves as disabled athletes. They are simply athletes. What motivates swimmers like 17-year-old Hongsheng? They want a better future, and they want to build that future themselves. Depending on handouts is not for them. Some don’t even particularly like swimming, but see it as the means to that better future. So they train…
  • A journey to inspire

    11 Aug 2015 | 12:47 pm
    A story by Our Better World - telling stories of good to inspire action. It was going from being confined to a wheelchair in her home for 10 years to hitting the open road for three weeks on a motorcycle that got our attention. This was no ordinary "survivor story". She'd faced great personal odds: motorcycle accident at 23, paralysis from the chest down, a decade lost, depression. (you can read more about that here) And she had overcome her own struggles to help others, becoming a social worker to support paraplegics like herself and others with disabilities. But what most inspired us was…
  • Home, not just for me

    Tam Wai Jia
    10 Aug 2015 | 10:07 am
    A story by Our Better World - telling stories of good to inspire action. Migrant. Who, me? But I'm Singaporean. As I did my research for an academic paper I was writing, I stumbled upon the word. Migrant - synonymous with "transient". It is defined as being someone with no permanent residence. If that is true, aren't my husband and I migrants? Since we got married, Cliff and I have rented homes, stayed in hostels, and housesat in six homes in three different continents, over three years. Identity Born in Malaysia, I never tasted much of the country. Before I could walk or talk, my parents…
 
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    Life Made to Order

  • Law of Attraction: When You’re Not Really Sure What the Hell You Want

    Kelli Cooper
    24 Aug 2015 | 7:10 am
    One of the misconceptions about the law of attraction is that you always have to be thinking about what you want, and have to figure out every last detail, lest you might not get exactly what you want; and oh God, how awful would that be? And as such, feeling like you don’t know what you want can be quite anxiety-inducing. How can things get better if I am not sure what ‘better’ looks like? How can I get stuff that will make me happy if I am not quite sure what would produce this much desired state? How can I focus when I am not sure what to focus on? This whole process can…
  • Podcast Episode #13: Law of Attraction: 5 Fears Messing with Your Energy

    Kelli Cooper
    20 Aug 2015 | 6:02 am
    Successfully applying the principles of the law of attraction means clearing out any energies that contradict what you want. And one of the most problematic energies is fear. And said fear comes in a variety of forms. Today’s podcast talks about five common ones that I think a lot of people will resonate with, and how to release these fears. I hope you enjoy it!  I also wanted to let you know about my new post on the Huffington Post all about the role of action in the attraction process. Check it out here. If you want to learn more about law of attraction, you can also find my Making…
  • Law of Attraction: Lessons Learned from Building My Blog and Business (That Apply to Anything) Pt. 2

    Kelli Cooper
    19 Aug 2015 | 6:45 am
    Welcome to part two of my musings on how I applied the principles of the law of attraction to my blogging and business endeavors. Like I mentioned in the first post, these lessons are applicable to any type of manifestation, not just business. So no matter what you have your sights set on, you’ll walk away with something to chew on for sure. But first I did want to address something in regards to what I wrote in part one. The examples I gave about how I went about things, such as not checking stats, or not feeling compelled to read up on various aspects of how to blog,etc…are not…
  • Law of Attraction: Lessons Learned from Building My Blog and Business (That Apply To Anything)

    Kelli Cooper
    17 Aug 2015 | 5:10 am
    I am so passionate about educating people about the law of attraction because learning about it changed my life dramatically. My experience has shown me over and over and over again, that by directing our focus on what we want, and away from what we don’t, we can let in more of the former and less of the latter. By engaging in some self-reflection, teasing out the beliefs that weren’t serving me, and shifting them, I created a whole new reality. Like anybody else, I am on the proverbial journey and I’ll never be done. And for the most part I have made peace with…
  • Podcast Episode #12: Law of Attraction: Are We Having Fun Yet?

    Kelli Cooper
    13 Aug 2015 | 5:52 am
    Are you a serious student of the law of attraction? Are you still buying into the idea that getting what you want is supposed to be difficult, and the ‘effort’ is what makes you worthy of receiving it? Us personal development people often fall into the trap of thinking this work is supposed to be serious all the time. After all, we are tackling some pretty big issues, and trying to create some really big things that are important to us. We are doing all this work so we can have fun and be happier. That can’t happen if fun and happiness and absent from the equation now. If…
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    Groundswell

  • 9 Amazing D.C. Businesses That Are Leading the Way in Sustainability

    Imani Lewis
    2 Sep 2015 | 2:36 pm
    If there’s one thing for sure, D.C. has some amazing sustainable businesses. Everywhere you look these days, you can see local businesses showing their environmental responsibility in little ways. Recycled packaging! Fair Trade certifications! Plastic foam-free packaging for takeout! But with all this success, it can be hard to find businesses that are leading the pack—the local and regional restaurants and shops that are doing more than paying lip service to the “green” movement. That’s why we’ve done the work for you: to help you find these true green…
  • 14 Ridiculously Easy, Cost-Conscious Ways to Reduce Kitchen Waste

    Katherine Manchester
    31 Aug 2015 | 10:29 am
    Food these days is surprisingly complicated. Not only do we tend to have very strong preferences about it (seriously, unless mayonnaise turns out to be the secret to eternal youth, I will not eat it) but food raises all sorts of questions about what is good for us, and what is good for the planet. Our supply chains can deliver pretty much any product at any time of year, and cheaply, but meeting this demand often comes at the expense of the environment (or other important issues, like workers’ rights). From reforming America’s agricultural subsidies to reconsidering water use in…
  • 6 Sneaky Lies You May Believe About Wind Power

    Canton Winer
    28 Aug 2015 | 1:28 pm
    Maybe you’ve heard some of the myths about wind power. “It kills the birds.” “The turbines are ugly.” “Wind power is inefficient.” Are they real? No. But are they convincing? You bet. “This is how wind power works, right? RIGHT??” The truth is, most of us simply don’t know that much about wind power, and that makes it startlingly easy for opponents of renewable energy to derail wind power initiatives. There are legitimate questions about wind energy that should be answered, but many of the lies or half-truths about renewable energy get in the way of an honest…
  • Farmers’ Markets Are Becoming More Affordable in One Huge Way

    Emily Rabbitt
    26 Aug 2015 | 2:46 pm
    A part of me wishes every day was Saturday. And that’s mostly because of my local farmers’ market. I love farmers’ markets: the comfortable crowds, the farmers, the tomatoes, the peaches, the colors, the sounds, the discovery of one more thing that apparently needed to get an “artisan” designation…. If I had the ability, I’d choose the farmers’ market over the grocery store any day. But even though I know the market is full of great stuff, it’s still pricey—which means that I can’t afford to actually buy foods there regularly.
  • COMMUNITY POWER WIN: D.C. Government Rejects Pepco & Exelon Merger

    Imani Lewis
    25 Aug 2015 | 2:49 pm
    It’s thrilling to see community power at work—and winning. Today, the Public Service Commission of the District of Columbia dismissed the proposed merger of the District’s utility company Pepco Holdings, Inc. with national utility giant Exelon. This decision came after the proposal was approved by the regulatory authorities of four other states in the Mid-Atlantic region. The proposed merger had been a point of controversy in the utility sector over the past few months. Since the initial negotiation process began in April 2014, many environmental and energy reform activists voiced…
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    Good News Shared

  • Explore London with Unseen Tours and Change Lives

    Nisha Kotecha
    1 Sep 2015 | 12:57 am
    “Before I started to work with Unseen Tours, I was living on the streets of Shoreditch. I was very happy when I was offered the opportunity to lead tours in the area, because it gave me a way to earn a regular income and to help change perceptions of people who are homeless. The reality is, it can happen to any one of us, for all sorts of reasons, and we don’t all fit the homeless stereotype. Working as a guide for Unseen Tours has changed my life. I still lead tours around the area of London that I know and love best, but now I am renting and I’m hopeful about what the…
  • Waste Not, Want Not: Feeding Thousands with ‘Unusable’ Food

    Brodie Turner
    31 Aug 2015 | 12:50 am
    Social enterprises are becoming increasingly popular as support from local communities shows that the public are willing to participate and contribute. One such enterprise that started in the North of England is The Real Junk Food Project, first established in 2013. The premise is simple: to create and serve a menu crafted entirely from food that would otherwise have gone to waste. This may be food nearing its ‘best before’ date, or food that does not meet certain aesthetic standards but is otherwise useable in every way. The scale of the problem may not be common knowledge to the average…
  • Nexus Art Cafe, Manchester

    Nisha Kotecha
    28 Aug 2015 | 12:58 am
    A quick search on the Internet for social enterprise cafes in Manchester led me to find the Nexus Art Cafe, a creative community space in the heart of the city centre. The cafe has a really nice vibe and a positive feel, with lots of uplifting motivational quotes even in the women’s toilets! There is a lot of cool art work on the walls, and there is a nice area for people to work if they would like to make use of the free wifi. Food & Drink Locally sourced produce is used at the Nexus Art cafe. What’s nearby Address: 2 Dale Street, Manchester M1 1JW Opening hours: Mon –…
  • The Green Room, Southbank, London

    Nisha Kotecha
    27 Aug 2015 | 12:56 am
    Located behind the National Theatre, The Green Room is a diner, bar and garden. It has been developed by local social enterprise Coin Street Community Builders in collaboration with the National Theatre. All profits from The Green Room support the National Theatre and local communities.       Food & Drink The majority of the bread is made on-site, while the specialist bakes come from an artisan bakery in south-west London.   The coffee is from Mozzo, a small independent coffee company who believe in making a positive impact both socially and environmentally by…
  • We Walk the Line, Empowering Entrepreneurs via Coffee

    Nisha Kotecha
    26 Aug 2015 | 12:58 am
    We Walk the Line is a social enterprise pop-up cafe currently in Dalston, London. The cafe employs young people at risk of dropping out of education. The employees are coached over the course of a year to help them become self-sufficient coffee cart owners themselves. When the employees are ready to set up their own business, We Walk the Line invest their profits to help them start their entrepreneurial journey. Where to find We Walk the Line We Walk the Line call Dalston Roof Park in Hackney home. You can find them there from 9-3pm for your caffeine fix. Address: 18 Ashwin…
 
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    Global Harmony Crew

  • 11 Days at Suan Mokkh Silent Meditation Retreat – Part 2

    G
    31 Aug 2015 | 9:00 am
    The second instalment in the four-part series on life at Suan Mokkh is a story of routines, insanity and me being an airhead. Read about my epic battle with a legion of ants in the first part. Our days started with a 15-minute morning reading. Those 15 minutes were all about waking up for me. Afterwards we did […]
  • 11 days at Suan Mokkh Silent Meditation Retreat – Part 1

    G
    26 Aug 2015 | 9:00 am
    If you’ve never taken time off from everything just to be, you might want to consider it. Taking time off from everything provides you with a mental clarity that can be difficult to get from the hustle and bustle of everyday life. “How do I do it”, you say? There are many ways. I took a ten-day […]
  • 10 Life-Enhancing Truths to Unleash Your Potential

    P
    9 Aug 2015 | 12:39 pm
    Image Title & Credit: “Flying or Falling?” from garlandcannon Total read time: 16 minutes This is a list of 10 life-enhancing truths to help you become more of your innermost greater self. It includes tips on mindset, interpersonal relations and practical action. All that remains is for you to implement what resonates by acting on your […]
  • 6 Universal Principles to Set You Free

    G
    2 Aug 2015 | 9:30 am
    Universal principles can guide you in those moments where you have no clue where you should be headed. They are the lighthouses that guide your boat on the ocean of human experiences. Strive to find these universal principles and make them a part of you. I’ve decided to share 6 of the principles I’ve found […]
  • Follow Your Joy and Discover Your Purpose

    P
    26 Jul 2015 | 11:10 am
    *12 minute read* Previously I have shared a way to create a safety net to keep you from getting into a downward spiral. With that as a foundation I now want to share a practical way of empowering yourself, to help you soar into ever higher frequency thoughts and states of being. Creating your dream life. […]
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    Health News Online, Health Information and Breaking Health News » Health News Online, Health Information and Breaking Health News

  • Defective gene helps predict severity of post traumatic stress disorder

    Mohan Garikiparithi
    2 Sep 2015 | 3:00 pm
    A new study is opening up avenues to detect more symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) in patients. It is a pioneering study in understanding the role of the spindle and kinetochore-associated complex subunit 2 (SKA2) gene in the development … The post Defective gene helps predict severity of post traumatic stress disorder appeared first on Health News Online, Health Information and Breaking Health News.
  • Acupuncture tops drug for back pain relief: Study

    Devon Andre
    2 Sep 2015 | 2:00 pm
    A recent study uncovered that acupuncture is even more effective in back pain relief than drugs such as ibuprofen. Acupuncture is a traditional form of Chinese medicine frequently used to treat pain. It consists of inserting exceptionally thin needles through … The post Acupuncture tops drug for back pain relief: Study appeared first on Health News Online, Health Information and Breaking Health News.
  • Liver cirrhosis and SLA/LP antibodies: High risk factors for autoimmune hepatitis

    Dr. Victor Marchione
    2 Sep 2015 | 1:00 pm
    The prognosis for autoimmune hepatitis becomes worse when it is associated with liver cirrhosis and the presence of soluble liver antigen and the liver pancreas antigen (SLA/LP) antibodies. Recent studies done on patients with autoimmune hepatitis show that the first … The post Liver cirrhosis and SLA/LP antibodies: High risk factors for autoimmune hepatitis appeared first on Health News Online, Health Information and Breaking Health News.
  • CDC: Heart attack and stroke risk higher in U.S. adults due to heart age

    Emily Lunardo
    2 Sep 2015 | 10:00 am
    A new report states that U.S. adults are at higher risk of heart attack and stroke due to an increase in heart age. According to the study conducted by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), most Americans are … The post CDC: Heart attack and stroke risk higher in U.S. adults due to heart age appeared first on Health News Online, Health Information and Breaking Health News.
  • FDA brings the hammer down on pure powdered caffeine

    Mohan Garikiparithi
    2 Sep 2015 | 9:25 am
    In what consumer advocates see as long overdue, pure powdered caffeine has come under the FDA scanner, and the outcome is not looking too good. In fact, the FDA (Food and Drug Administration) has even warned some producers of pure … The post FDA brings the hammer down on pure powdered caffeine appeared first on Health News Online, Health Information and Breaking Health News.
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    MovingWorlds Blog

  • How to Make a Positive Impact Without Quitting Your Day Job

    Mark Horoszowski
    1 Sep 2015 | 3:41 pm
     A guest post from Causecast founder and CEO, Ryan Scott. The other day, we received an interesting email from a young employee who wants to leave her job because her company did not offer a volunteering program. So she emailed us asking for a list of every company that uses Causecast so that she could […]
  • People Make the Place – Experteering Story of the Month with Erin Dowd

    Mark Horoszowski
    30 Aug 2015 | 7:36 pm
    This past week we had the pleasure of speaking with Erin Dowd who just returned from a 2 1/2 month Experteering trip in India with Vanavil Trust, a school expanding its curriculum and adding a computer lab. As with our other stories, not only do these conversations expose some valuable insight about what it’s like to be […]
  • The Shockingly High Value of Volunteering

    Mark Horoszowski
    28 Aug 2015 | 3:48 pm
    If volunteers were a country, they would be the 9th largest. A report from Johns Hopkins shows that 140 Million people volunteer annually. If that was a country (let’s call it Volunteer Land), it would be just behind Russia in terms of population. The value of all these volunteers is pretty staggering… The Johns Hopkins […]
  • Partner Spotlight with Ebanx — Helping High-impact Entrepreneurs Create Jobs

    Derk Norde
    24 Aug 2015 | 12:08 pm
    Every month, we feature one of our partners that is working on exciting challenges and creating local jobs in the process. This month, we’re excited to highlight Ebanx, an award-winning, rapidly growing enterprise based in Curitiba, Brazil. It was founded in 2012 by its current CEO Alphonse Voigt and a small group of associates.  In 2013, we connected […]
  • The Full List of the 17 United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (with pictures) – #SDGs

    Mark Horoszowski
    18 Aug 2015 | 3:00 pm
    The United Nations is currently working on a set of Development Goals to guide the role of public, non-profit, for-profit, and voluntary sectors in global development. The workgroup has identified 17 goals and 169 targets, which will be ratified at the September 25-27 2015 United Nations summit. While the United Nations has published lots of […]
 
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    Free Recharge Tricks | Free Mobile Recharge Tricks & Coupons

  • Earn Unlimited ZoCash Through Referral From ZoRooms App

    Recharge Tricks
    1 Sep 2015 | 2:13 am
    We already have provided you with so many unlimited free recharge tricks and unlimited real money trick. So today I have come up with something different and amazing. For this trick we would be utilizing Zocash app. Zocash an app which provides room booking at a low and discounted price. Today I will give you […] The post Earn Unlimited ZoCash Through Referral From ZoRooms App appeared first on Free Recharge Tricks | Free Mobile Recharge Tricks & Coupons.
  • Get Unlimited Free Gift Vouchers From FreeMyApp

    Recharge Tricks
    31 Aug 2015 | 2:58 am
    After Grabpoints Unlimited Money Trick, now it’s time to move on to another such app which provides Amazon, Playstore, Ebay vouchers. This app is very much similar to Grabpoints and you can earn a lot of free Gift Vouchers for free. FreeMyApps is an awesome portal to explore new app and games. Moreover you are […] The post Get Unlimited Free Gift Vouchers From FreeMyApp appeared first on Free Recharge Tricks | Free Mobile Recharge Tricks & Coupons.
  • Line Unlimited Trick: Get Unlimited FreeCharge PromoCode

    Recharge Tricks
    29 Aug 2015 | 11:00 am
    Everyone knows about line app so I need not go in details about the app. For rare people who don’t know about this app is that this app provides free video calling and sms. Now line India is offering FreeCharge cashback promocode worth Rs 50 for installing the app. But this has some limitations attached […] The post Line Unlimited Trick: Get Unlimited FreeCharge PromoCode appeared first on Free Recharge Tricks | Free Mobile Recharge Tricks & Coupons.
  • Internshala: Get Rs 300 For Successfully Referring 10 Friends

    Recharge Tricks
    28 Aug 2015 | 1:43 am
    It’s really amazing that there are so many apps available in the market which provide free recharge/talktime as well as cashback offers. Now we have come up with another brand which is providing free recharge worth Rs 300 for referring 10 friends i.e. Rs 30 per referral. Internshala is a platform to seek destination for […] The post Internshala: Get Rs 300 For Successfully Referring 10 Friends appeared first on Free Recharge Tricks | Free Mobile Recharge Tricks & Coupons.
  • Make Unlimited Money From Whaff App (Unlimited Trick)

    Recharge Tricks
    26 Aug 2015 | 9:13 pm
    We have already shared here so many android apps to get free recharge and talktime for your smartphone. But in recent times I have started sharing some of the android apps which provides real money for doing simple tasks. We like others have got various money via these tricks. So today I have come up […] The post Make Unlimited Money From Whaff App (Unlimited Trick) appeared first on Free Recharge Tricks | Free Mobile Recharge Tricks & Coupons.
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