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  • What makes a social entrepreneur?

    2 Apr 2015 | 9:07 am
    On this week's podcast, combining profit with purpose. Every year, the Schwab Foundation for Social Entrepreneurship honours its Social Entrepreneurs of the Year, companies that are doing well, while also doing good. Katherine Milligan, Head of the Schwab Foundation, gives an insight into the world of the social entrepreneur, the business leaders who are tackling the world's problems with sustainable solutions. Author: Michele Mischler, Associate Director, Media Relations, World Economic Forum Image: Sofia Braendstroem of Sweden looks at a wall of to-do notes in the office of the HowDo,a…
  • 15 Nonprofit Blogs 2 Follow

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    12 Apr 2015 | 7:47 pm
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  • How to Help Teens Find Purpose

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    16 Apr 2015 | 9:07 am
    When I was 14 years old, I boarded a plane for a weeklong backpacking trip in the Rocky Mountains. I had already been to the Rockies a few times with my parents, but this time I was headed out to a “primitive skills week,” run by the Aspen Center for Environmental Studies. For a week, we were to live as close to the land as possible. We crafted our own bowls and knives, made fires with bow drills, caught fish with our own hands, and stalked elk for hours. I remember coming over a mountain pass and looking down at what looked like hundreds of ants moving around in a beautiful open…
  • China Fights Water Pollution, Bans Paper Mills and Oil Refineries

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    18 Apr 2015 | 9:03 pm
    China will ban water-polluting paper mills, oil refineries, pesticide producers and other industrial plants by the end of 2016, as it moves to tackle severe pollution of the country’s water supply. The long-awaited plan comes as the central government steps up its “war on pollution” after years of industrial development The post China Fights Water Pollution, Bans Paper Mills and Oil Refineries appeared first on The Good News Network.
  • Watch These Timid Chimps Look Both Ways Before Crossing The Road

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    18 Apr 2015 | 8:49 pm
    Look both ways before you cross the street! That life-saving precaution was drilled into us as children -- and apparently chimpanzees have picked it up too. The video above shows four chimps navigating a highway in Uganda. Watch as a timid youngster swivels his head from left to right and then left again, all while the group's alpha male waits patiently for him to catch up. The first-of-its-kind video was made as part of a survey conducted between 2012 and 2014 in the Sebitoli area of Uganda's Kibale National Park. To assess how chimps adapt to new roads, researchers observed 122 chimps cross…
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  • How to Help Teens Find Purpose

    Greater Good
    16 Apr 2015 | 9:07 am
    When I was 14 years old, I boarded a plane for a weeklong backpacking trip in the Rocky Mountains. I had already been to the Rockies a few times with my parents, but this time I was headed out to a “primitive skills week,” run by the Aspen Center for Environmental Studies. For a week, we were to live as close to the land as possible. We crafted our own bowls and knives, made fires with bow drills, caught fish with our own hands, and stalked elk for hours. I remember coming over a mountain pass and looking down at what looked like hundreds of ants moving around in a beautiful open…
  • Why Does Altruism Exist?

    Greater Good
    15 Apr 2015 | 8:54 am
    Philosophers and scientists have long argued about whether or not altruism exits. Those on one side say that people act selflessly to benefit others out of a natural, inherent quality of goodness; those on the other side say that behind every act of altruism is an ulterior motive, such as wanting to appear “good” in the eyes of the community, which is ultimately selfish. “Scratch an altruist and watch a hypocrite bleed,” wrote biologist Michael Ghiselin. But in his new book Does Altruism Exist?, David Sloan Wilson says these arguments miss the point. Wilson, SUNY Distinguished…
  • How to Help a Narcissist to Forgive

    Greater Good
    14 Apr 2015 | 7:35 am
    In my clinical training, I learned the short-cut diagnosis for a narcissistic personality was someone who could never say “thank you” or say “I’m sorry.” You may encounter people like that on a daily basis; you may work for them or live with them. Narcissists also struggle to forgive, instead seeking vengeance on the transgressor, or perhaps just avoiding them. But a recent study published in Personality and Individual Differences suggests that, when it comes to forgiveness, not all narcissists are a lost cause. Instead, the researchers suggest, there are different types of…
  • Why Some People Own Mistakes and Others Don’t

    Greater Good
    13 Apr 2015 | 9:41 am
    In any relationship, there are times when you don’t do the right thing. You brush off a colleague. You snap at a romantic partner. You do things that are selfish. In order to repair the relationship, though, you need to take some responsibility. By doing so, you can work to change yourself to improve the relationship in the future. If taking responsibility is done to help you change, then your beliefs about change should influence your tendency to take responsibility for your actions. Do they? This question was examined by Karina Schumann and Carol Dweck in a paper published in the…
  • Dacher Keltner: High-Fives and the Science of Emotion in Sport

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    10 Apr 2015 | 10:00 am
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  • China Fights Water Pollution, Bans Paper Mills and Oil Refineries

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    18 Apr 2015 | 9:03 pm
    China will ban water-polluting paper mills, oil refineries, pesticide producers and other industrial plants by the end of 2016, as it moves to tackle severe pollution of the country’s water supply. The long-awaited plan comes as the central government steps up its “war on pollution” after years of industrial development The post China Fights Water Pollution, Bans Paper Mills and Oil Refineries appeared first on The Good News Network.
  • Sacrificing to Help Brother Go To School, Selfless Sister Is Rewarded With Tuition

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    18 Apr 2015 | 4:12 pm
    Sometimes, good things happen to good people. Young Lauren Burgos had always planned to go to college, possibly even to become a lawyer. But when her father died while she was still in high school, she took a job to help her family, eventually working 40-60 hours a week at The post Sacrificing to Help Brother Go To School, Selfless Sister Is Rewarded With Tuition appeared first on The Good News Network.
  • Her Student Debt Was Paid in Full After A Bank Heard Her Family Story

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    18 Apr 2015 | 10:46 am
    After a former college student shared her heartbreaking family story on CNN last month, her student loans totaling $54,000 were completely wiped off the bank’s ledger within hours. Rhea Shannon, 26, a graduate of Howard University in Washington, DC, was left without a parent to help repay the debt after The post Her Student Debt Was Paid in Full After A Bank Heard Her Family Story appeared first on The Good News Network.
  • Innovative Crowdsourcing of Tweets, Phones Can Give Early Warnings of Quakes, Floods

    Terry Turner
    18 Apr 2015 | 9:27 am
    Your smartphone could save your life before disaster strikes. Researchers are turning smartphones and social media into early warning systems for earthquakes and floods. In two separate developments, researchers have found a way to use smartphone GPS sensors to detect earthquakes and Twitter to track major flooding in real-time. In The post Innovative Crowdsourcing of Tweets, Phones Can Give Early Warnings of Quakes, Floods appeared first on The Good News Network.
  • Monkey Presumed Extinct is Photographed in Congo Forest

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    18 Apr 2015 | 7:41 am
    A rare monkey not seen for nearly half a century and thought to be extinct has been spotted by two primatologists working in a Congo forest. Their expedition yielded the first-ever photograph of the elusive Bouvier’s red colobus monkey. The Wildlife Conservation Society (WCS) reported the good news this week The post Monkey Presumed Extinct is Photographed in Congo Forest appeared first on The Good News Network.
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  • Watch These Timid Chimps Look Both Ways Before Crossing The Road

    18 Apr 2015 | 8:49 pm
    Look both ways before you cross the street! That life-saving precaution was drilled into us as children -- and apparently chimpanzees have picked it up too. The video above shows four chimps navigating a highway in Uganda. Watch as a timid youngster swivels his head from left to right and then left again, all while the group's alpha male waits patiently for him to catch up. The first-of-its-kind video was made as part of a survey conducted between 2012 and 2014 in the Sebitoli area of Uganda's Kibale National Park. To assess how chimps adapt to new roads, researchers observed 122 chimps cross…
  • Drew Carey Just Married The Entire 'Price Is Right' Audience In Massive Wedding

    18 Apr 2015 | 11:39 am
    Forget the bidding. On Friday, "The Price Is Right" was all about holy matrimony. In possibly one of the most epic mass weddings ever, host Drew Carey married the entire audience of "The Price Is Right" for a special episode that aired Friday. The event, which was filmed earlier this year, featured dozens of real-life longtime couples. Carey told People magazine that he'd gotten legally officiated in order to conduct the ceremony. "In the big wheel of love, may you always spin a dollar," Carey told the audience, before pronouncing the couples "all married." What better place to tie the knot…
  • 15 Color-Drenched Photos That Will Make You Taste The Rainbow

    18 Apr 2015 | 9:51 am
    "Sunset is still my favorite color, and rainbow is second," young poet Mattie J.T. Stepanek once said. We know how he feels. It's not easy to pick a single hue from the spectrum when drinking them all up at once is so very delicious. Luckily, today, we don't have to choose. We're ogling a selection of color-happy photos from Instagram's #WHPcolorplay challenge, which invites brazen photographers to upload and hashtag their favorite moments of rainbow glory. From dripping paint to fresh fruits to sushi rolls to tropical frogs, the following subjects reveal that color isn't just in a box of…
  • You Are Who Your Pet Thinks You Are

    18 Apr 2015 | 9:26 am
    Your pet loves you unconditionally -- but do you offer yourself the same courtesy? Our furry friends bring us a lot of joy (and even some health benefits) but perhaps one of their quietest, yet best qualities is what they can teach us about loving ourselves. The short of it: Look at yourself the way your dog or cat looks at you. Self-acceptance is key to a happier life (science says so!) but often our minds berate our abilities and focus on our flaws. Our pets don't see us that way. As the video above shows, Fluffy is happy with us no matter what -- even if we made a mistake at work or…
  • Police Pull Over Van With Caged Puppies On The Roof (VIDEO)

    18 Apr 2015 | 8:43 am
    AKRON, Ohio (AP) -- Police finally caught up with a minivan carrying four caged puppies on its roof after dozens of calls poured in to 911 centers in northeast Ohio. Akron police say the driver didn't realize he did anything wrong by leaving the mixed-breed puppies on the roof. He said Friday he was transporting them for his father, who couldn't keep them. He was taking the 3-month-old puppies to his wife's family in Pennsylvania, some 300 miles away. He, his wife and their four children were inside the minivan. The Mennonite family from Nova, Ohio, turned over the dogs to police, who said…
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  • Several Short Sentences About Learning

    Dave Pollard
    8 Apr 2015 | 5:00 pm
    The only useful learning experiences I have ever had have been at least initially self-directed and exploratory. This is despite having attended educational institutions, conferences, workshops and seminars that were generally led and organized by smart, caring people. Because our culture is so pervasive, it’s hard to imagine a real alternative to today’s institutional educational systems, programs and processes. So it’s not surprising that most people (including most progressives) are horrified at the suggestion that our colossal investment in public and private…
  • The End of Politics

    Dave Pollard
    25 Mar 2015 | 5:17 pm
    My latest article, The End of Politics, is up at SHIFT magazine as part of its eighth edition. Check out the whole magazine! And if you like what you read, or prefer to read hard copy, please get this issue as a digital download (beautiful magazine layout) or sign up for an annual subscription (6 issues). Here’s the beginning of the article: If you’ve contemplated the possibility of civilization’s global collapse, you likely envision its social and political consequences to be violent and chaotic — a world dominated by struggle to fill the power vacuum, leading to despotism and…
  • Self-less

    Dave Pollard
    15 Mar 2015 | 4:32 pm
    (image by Darren Hopes from Frequent readers of my blog are likely aware that, beyond my creative works, my posts focus mainly on two subjects: (1) how the world really works, what state our civilization is in and what we can do to prepare for its inevitable collapse, and (2) what it means to be human, and who ‘we’ as individuals and cultures really are. As a result of an extremely stressful situation late last year, I have been preoccupied in recent months with the second subject, and in particular with discovering some means of better coping with both chronic…
  • Turn On, Tune In, Drop Out

    Dave Pollard
    7 Feb 2015 | 8:01 pm
    wallpaper from Marshall McLuhan had the right idea about striving to be present in a world that is ever-more absent, preoccupied, disconnected, and distracted. The process to move from absent-mindedness to presence, I am learning, involves three steps, and they are captured perfectly in the famous expression Turn On, Tune In, Drop Out (the expression was popularized by Timothy Leary, but at least according to Wikipedia he acknowledged that it was coined by McLuhan) Turn On means let go of the myth of self and reconnect with and be carried along as part of the staggeringly…
  • Links of the Month: January 29, 2015

    Dave Pollard
    29 Jan 2015 | 7:49 am
    The enormous cognitive dissonance between our growing awareness of our civilization’s accelerating collapse, and the ‘news’ in the media and the subjects of most public discourse, continues to baffle me. Though I suspect it shouldn’t. We are all slow learners, preoccupied with the needs of the moment, with a preference for reassurance over truth. I often find myself, these days, at social and other events, at a loss for words, not saying anything, as a result. It’s as if I speak an utterly different language from the people I meet in my day-to-day life, so…
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  • Become the Project Manager of Your Health

    Melissa Heisler
    6 Apr 2015 | 12:02 am
    Visiting doctor after doctor, none could diagnose my pain. They would prescribe a pill with the hopes of relief. Finally one doctor, after still not providing a diagnosis, said, “Let’s give you a hysterectomy. Maybe that will help.” This experience led me to become the project manager of my own health. Two issues currently exist with our Western medical system. First, our current system no longer treats the patient but treats the symptoms. Medications are administered not to remove the illness but to relieve the symptoms. Pharmaceutical companies market to patients and doctors offering…
  • Me Through You

    Howard Glasser
    30 Mar 2015 | 12:12 am
    Everyone gets to listen in and hear what Spirit uniquely conveys to them. The wisdom that I would pass along if I were down to my last 500 words would be about what I heard when I asked about an expression that kept floating into my consciousness. I simply inquired: What do you mean by ‘me through you’? If I were the voice of the universe, I would communicate me through you. I would give you ways and words that would support you in making your life an inspiring expression of my nature. Your explorations would show me all of life’s possibilities. Your greatness would be celebrated and,…
  • An Open Heart Heals

    Mary O'Malley
    19 Mar 2015 | 12:02 am
    The willingness to meet whatever is showing up in our lives takes courage.  Did you know that the root for the word courage means “of the heart”?   It takes an open heart and deep compassion to see all of the conditioned stories in our heads that keep us separate from life.  It takes courage to see them, love them and, under that gaze of compassion, allow them to evaporate like the summer fog when it is touched by the morning sun. I have been experiencing a lot of pain in my back and leg for quite some time now.  I had spine surgery several months ago but it did not fully heal the…
  • When Control is Out of Control

    Melissa Heisler
    16 Mar 2015 | 12:02 am
    Margie was the best hostess. She greeted everyone at the door. She passed appetizers and offered drinks. Margie ensured that everyone had a good time and that absolutely everything was perfect. The problem was – this was not Margie’s party. She was a guest at the party like everyone else and yet she acted as if she owned the place. Margie is a control freak. She needs to be in charge. She needs to be in control. I used to be like Margie. When I was in the height of my Type-A days, I was a major control freak. I felt responsible for the feelings and actions of all those around me. I…
  • In This Moment You Are A Perfect You

    Ariel and Shya Kane
    12 Mar 2015 | 12:02 am
    Where did you learn what a perfect body looks like? Where did you learn what is beautiful? Where did you learn what is ugly? How old were you when you came to these conclusions? We were walking down the street in Paris several years ago to find ourselves taken by a body image considered to be “beautiful.” We were looking at the street lamps in front of the Paris Opera House. Built in the mid-1800’s, those lamps are supported by statues of naked women. These castings done in the Neo-Baroque style are curvy with rounded bellies and by today’s standards they all need to…
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  • EverGlow Biodegradable Soap

    Emeka Okafor
    19 Apr 2015 | 3:00 am
    SmallBizTrends highlights EverGlow: Founded by Cynthia Ndubuisi, the Nigerian company produces biodegradable dish soap. And while it might not seem like the most novel concept to people in some parts of the world, liquid soap isn’t as readily available in Ndubuisi’s home country.So, the company has been able to make a pretty big impact on the market there. She even started a second project called Kadosh Production Company, which helps Nigerian farmers decrease waste and increase profits.
  • Mothers & Daughters in Design : One of Each

    Emeka Okafor
    18 Apr 2015 | 3:00 am
    From Design Indaba: Meet Pauline and Tamburai, the mother and daughter duo and creators of African-inspired, one-of-a-kind handbags.
  • The lucrative comedy business

    Emeka Okafor
    17 Apr 2015 | 3:00 am
    The BBC reports: With the advent of multichannel TV networks in many countries, aspiring comedians are getting more exposure, and more money, than ever before. From Lagos to Nairobi to Cape Town, comedy in Africa is increasingly big business.
  • The Next Hot Trend On Campus: Creating Innovation

    Emeka Okafor
    16 Apr 2015 | 1:29 pm
    Brad Lukanic in Fastco via Adafruit:image via FastcoAs tomorrow’s global citizens enter higher education with words like “make,” “hack,” and “prototype” embedded in their vocabulary, they are fueling a powerful movement toward “learning by creating.” Faced with the shifting ambitions of students and changes in institutional funding streams, colleges and universities are embracing “learning by creating,” allowing them to leverage the traditional spirit of an educational community with students’ growing entrepreneurial focus. In response, these institutions are…
  • Support Puku: The Most Stylish Charging Device

    Emeka Okafor
    16 Apr 2015 | 5:11 am
    In the African hardware space,on Indiegogo Puku co-founded Meck Khalfan:"A portable charger that is as stylish as it is powerful"
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  • Bold in Action: Learning on the Job

    Scott Ballum Cohen
    13 Apr 2015 | 10:06 am
    “There’s a broken pipeline between school and work. We’re saying, for some students, let’s give them another option. For all students, let’s encourage real world learning.” Meet 2013 Echoing Green Fellow Kane Sarhan, co-founder of Enstitute. Kane’s early, exciting career opportunities led him and his co-founder to build the first national apprenticeship program for twenty-first century careers in technology, business, design and entrepreneurship. Learn more about Kane and Echoing Green’s Global Fellowship. This video is part of a weekly series of portraits of Echoing Green…
  • Mind the Gap: It's Time to Change the Investment Timeline for Emerging Social Enterprises

    Echoing Green
    7 Apr 2015 | 3:07 pm
    Photo courtesy of  Essmart By Cheryl L. Dorsey and Min Pease This article originally appeared on Skoll World Forum. There’s a lot of debate about what’s next for impact investment – will it go mainstream, or stay a niche market? Whatever happens, it’s clear that the landscape of social entrepreneurship has shifted dramatically in the last decade, and for-profit and hybrid business models are here to stay. We saw the impact of that shift at Echoing Green this year: our Fellowship applicant pool hit 50 percent proposing for-profit or hybrid models to address the world’s most pressing…
  • Bold in Action: Rocking the Boat

    Scott Ballum Cohen
    6 Apr 2015 | 8:44 am
    "I worked with a group of ten kids to build a little dinghy that we floated in the pool in the basement of the school at the end of the year—and it was just a fantastically exciting, empowering, inspiring project for all of us involved." Meet 1998 Echoing Green Global Fellow Adam Green, founder of Rocking the Boat. The organization owes its early start to the sense of purpose and value that Echoing Green brought to his work. Now hundreds of kids learning boat building and environmental science in the Bronx are benefiting from the very same thing from him. Learn more about Adam and Echoing…
  • #EGFellows Making Headlines March 2015

    Echoing Green
    31 Mar 2015 | 3:47 pm
    Of the trends we’re noticing among our 2015 Fellowship applicant pool, one of the starkest is the persistent gender imbalance among the social entrepreneurs. While research has proved that the addition of women in high-power roles can create positive results for an organization, just 40% of our applicants identify as female. Many women entrepreneurs are leading the charge – Robin Reineke is helping to identify deceased migrants crossing the US-Mexican border, and this month, Morgan Dixon’s organization GirlTrek marked the 50th anniversary of “Bloody Sunday” in Selma by walking a…
  • Bold in Action: Expanding Learning In and Outside the Classroom

    Scott Ballum Cohen
    30 Mar 2015 | 10:03 am
    “When you give these 11, 12, 13 year old kids a chance to work with a rocket scientist and launch rockets, or chance to work with lawyers to argue a mock trial in front of a federal judge, it is a life changing experience.” Meet 1995 Echoing Green Global Fellow Eric Schwarz, co-founder of Citizen Schools. Through an Extending Learning Program, Citizen Schools is increasing academic achievement for children in low-income communities, making expanded learning days – for all kids – the new normal. Learn more about Eric and Echoing Green’s Global Fellowship. This video is part of a…
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  • Which countries are top in IT?

    17 Apr 2015 | 8:21 am
    In this week's podcast, global experts discuss which countries are best positioned to take advantage of the IT revolution, with the launch of the World Economic Forum's Global Information Technology Report 2015. The Forum's Networked Readiness Index scores countries on four counts of their readiness to exploit new digital technologies: 1) the regulatory and business environment, 2) infrastructure, affordability, and skills, 3) usage by businesses, individuals and government, and 4) social and economic impact. Our experts discuss the implications of the NRI Index and what the results tell…
  • What makes a social entrepreneur?

    2 Apr 2015 | 9:07 am
    On this week's podcast, combining profit with purpose. Every year, the Schwab Foundation for Social Entrepreneurship honours its Social Entrepreneurs of the Year, companies that are doing well, while also doing good. Katherine Milligan, Head of the Schwab Foundation, gives an insight into the world of the social entrepreneur, the business leaders who are tackling the world's problems with sustainable solutions. Author: Michele Mischler, Associate Director, Media Relations, World Economic Forum Image: Sofia Braendstroem of Sweden looks at a wall of to-do notes in the office of the HowDo,a…
  • Education for the underserved

    26 Mar 2015 | 9:51 am
    In this podcast, the World Economic Forum meets William Adams, otherwise known as The musician, entrepreneur and philanthropist was at our Annual Meeting in Davos in January to discuss his foundation, which aims to change lives by providing education in technology and scholarships to people in some of American's poorest districts. Author: Mike Hanley is Senior Director, Communications at the World Economic Forum. Image: William Adams, Founder, I.Am.Angel Foundation, USA speaks during the Press Conference 'William Adams 'Will.I.Am' in the congress centre at the…
  • The next generation of leadership

    19 Mar 2015 | 8:33 am
    In this podcast, we ask - what makes a Young Global Leader? John Dutton, Head of the Forum of Young Global Leaders, talks about this year's class of over 170 individuals under the age of 40 who have been selected to be part of this dynamic community and what they reflect about the nature of leadership in the modern world. Author: Mike Hanley is Senior Director, Communications at the World Economic Forum. Image: A man looks at the Pudong financial district of Shanghai November 20, 2013. REUTERS/Carlos Barria
  • 10 technologies that will change the world

    5 Mar 2015 | 4:58 am
    Ten technologies, each world-changing in its implications, mind-blowing in complexity, and hugely significant for our futures. Each year, the World Economic Forum’s Meta-Council on Emerging Technologies works with the broader network of councils to pinpoint which tech trends are likely to emerge as the most significant over the short term. In this podcast, Bernard Meyerson, Chief Innovation Officer at IBM and chair of the Meta-Council on Emerging Technologies, walks us through each of the technologies and how they are likely to change the world. This year's list: Recyclable Thermoset…
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  • Freebie of the week: Get started canning with this free guide

    Christine Escobar
    30 Mar 2015 | 7:32 pm
    It's time to get ready for the garden season. Whether you plan to grow your own produce or take advantage of local farmers' markets, canning and preserving is a great way to extend the harvest and continue to eat local throughout the year.  Offered by Chicago's Jane Addams Hull-House Museum and available for download in your choice of colors, check out this handy-dandy canning guide perfect for beginners. photo credit:Rachel Tayse, flickr
  • "Class Dismissed" documentary back in Chicago this Sunday by popular demand

    Christine Escobar
    11 Mar 2015 | 6:31 pm
    As parent backlash grows in response to unnecessary standardized testing and excessive homework, more and more families in the U.S. are turning to alternative methods of instruction to ensure that their children receive a well rounded education, free of a high stakes, pressurized environment focused on test scores over individual achievement. One of these growing alternative educational movements is homeschooling, often still seen as controversial to some, and the even more poorly misunderstood related method known as unschooling.  No formal numbers exist to illustrate the number of…
  • EarthTalk: Microbeads and Marine Pollution

    Christine Escobar
    3 Feb 2015 | 9:45 am
    Products like facial scrubs, soaps and toothpaste contain thousands of polyethylene and polypropylene microbeads, ranging from 50-500 microns (or ½ mm) in diameter. Credit: 5 Gyres Institute. Dear EarthTalk What on Earth are plastic “microbeads” and how are they threatening the Great Lakes? -- Billy Alexander, Macon, GA Can brushing your teeth or using an exfoliating face or body wash be an act of pollution? Perhaps so, because over 1,000 personal care products contain tiny plastic “microbeads,” each about a half millimeter in diameter. The Los Angeles-based 5 Gyres Institute, which…
  • Celebrate a Local Treasure with Auditorium Theatre Day

    Christine Escobar
    24 Nov 2014 | 1:30 pm
    The Auditorium Theatre of Roosevelt University celebrates 125 years this season with a full line-up of performances and special events to commemorate its long legacy as one of the city's oldest cultural treasures. December 9 has been declared by Mayor Emanuel as Auditorium Theatre Day. On this day in 1889, the Auditorium Theatre was founded as "a theatre of the people and for the people". To celebrate the Auditorium's 125th anniversary, a special birthday trolley will travel throughout the city on the morning of December 9. Passengers, including members from the “Too Hot…
  • "Class Dismissed", New Indie Documentary on Home Education Receiving Amazing Audience Response

    Christine Escobar
    22 Oct 2014 | 3:45 pm
    A new independent film about homeschooling, now showing in select theaters on the West Coast and making its way to the Midwest and East Coast in November, is currently screening to sold out audiences. "Class Dismissed" explores the fast growing movement in the U.S. toward home education and learning outside of the traditional confines of a classroom. Produced by 3StoryFilms, the movie follows a homeschooling family from LA who decide to take their two children out of school to pursue learning in a completely different way. I recently spoke to the film's director and co-producer…
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  • Joining Forces To Further Our Impact

    6 Apr 2015 | 10:31 am
    This article was co-authored with LGT Venture Philanthropy. Measuring impact has been a hot topic this year in the impact investing community. Yet much of the conversation remains at theory more than practice. Indeed measuring social impact can seem daunting for investors better versed in financial models than quantifying social outcomes and, as a result, few investors as well as entrepreneurs are extracting useful data that can help manage both their social and financial performance. With this in mind, Acumen and LGT Venture Philanthropy joined forces recently to learn more about how our…
  • Quarterly update letter on Acumen’s birthday

    Jacqueline Novogratz
    1 Apr 2015 | 5:00 am
    It doesn’t yet feel like springtime in New York, but this time of year always brings a sense of renewal, of possibility. April 1 marks Acumen’s 14th birthday, a fact I find hard to believe. Each year, I take stock of what we have accomplished and learned, how the world has changed—and how we have changed. This year, I could write a book for all that is happening. I will spare you such length and instead focus on just a few highlights. Fourteen years ago, we set out to change the way the world tackles poverty by taking an investment approach to solving problems of service delivery to the…
  • Dispatch from Pakistan: Hope in Place of Fear

    Jacqueline Novogratz
    11 Mar 2015 | 12:16 pm
    There is fear in the streets of Pakistan. I sit in traffic, just a few hundred feet from my hotel where my next meeting is scheduled. I could arrive at my destination in five minutes if I walked, but it is not advised to walk. On the right side of my car, four men pointing automatic weapons stand in the back of a police van. Just in front is a black SUV with four commandos in the back, each with AK-47s, I think, though I’m no expert in guns. Let’s just say they are very big and look very menacing. A few cars to the left is another gun-filled vehicle pushing other cars out of its…

    19 Feb 2015 | 1:39 pm
    Acumen announces its new investment in First Access, a data analytics company improving access to formal financial services for low-income East African communities. In East Africa, only 22 percent of the population has access to formal financial services with the region’s poor having even less at 10 percent. First Access presents an opportunity to increase the ability of these low-income communities to save, manage risk responsibility, invest in such critical services as education, and ultimately rise out of poverty. Using a combination of financial and mobile data, First Access has created…

    15 Feb 2015 | 1:00 pm
    Acumen is proud to announce the selection of our third cohort of Pakistan Fellows. After a competitive application process, we’ve chosen a diverse group of 20 leaders working in provinces across the country. This year’s Fellows are fighting poverty and changing lives across Pakistan through unique initiatives that range from advocating for vulnerable prisoners’ rights, to creating solutions to address low-quality education, to developing branchless banking channels for low-income customers, and more. Read more about each Fellow and their inspiring work below. Shahzad Akbar Shahzad is…
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  • IPA’s weekly links

    Jeff Mosenkis (IPA)
    17 Apr 2015 | 5:15 am
    Guest post by Jeff Mosenkis at Innovations for Poverty Action  In our first recursive link, Chris writes about new results from his work with our team in Liberia – what happens when you offer psychotherapy and $200 cash to a group of (largely) drug dealers and other criminals. The program lowered criminal activity significantly and people seemed to spend the money responsibly, but local instability makes it tough to earn a long term living. Excerpts from the IPA project summary: …participation had large and significant impacts on participants’ behaviors and beliefs, both in…
  • The war on poverty at age 50: What US social programs worked and which failed?

    Chris Blattman
    16 Apr 2015 | 7:07 am
    Harvard scholar Christopher Jencks reviews an edited volume, Legacies of the War on Poverty, where some of the best economists weigh in on what worked and what didn’t. Superb review. I learned a lot. The review was in two parts, and here’s the conclusion: On the one hand, there have clearly been more successes than today’s Republicans acknowledge, at least in public. Raising Social Security benefits played a major part in cutting poverty among the elderly. The Earned Income Tax Credit cut poverty among single mothers. Food stamps improve living standards for most poor families.
  • Jobs and jail might not keep young men out of crime, but how about therapy?

    Chris Blattman
    16 Apr 2015 | 6:35 am
    A shameless repost from The Monkey Cage. Photo from Glenna Gordon. In too many countries, poor and unemployed young men are recruited into riots, election thuggery and rebellions. High-crime neighborhoods are a problem in almost every big city. Most solutions you’ve heard of probably boil down to one of two things: jobs or jail. Unfortunately, there’s not much evidence that either do much good. In fact, some of the policing and punishment could be making things worse. Recently, however, social experiments from two very different places — Liberia and Chicago — suggest an alternative:…
  • The standanista manifesto

    Chris Blattman
    16 Apr 2015 | 6:32 am
    A send up from the New Yorker Indeed, sitting has been called the new smoking. The only difference is that smoking looks cool and is a great way to meet people and isn’t actually that bad for you. (I smoke.) Sitting, on the other hand, looks ridiculous and shameful—like you’re afraid to admit exactly how tall you are—and is terrible for you. The human body simply wasn’t meant to be folded up for long stretches, like a sad pretzel. It was meant to be held ramrod-straight at all times, like a noble pretzel stick. I was once a standing-desk skeptic, too. But, after I made the switch…
  • What Jeff Sachs thinks you should study

    Chris Blattman
    15 Apr 2015 | 6:53 am
    I was skeptical when I heard Tyler Cowen would interview Jeff Sachs. I’ve read a lot of Jeff’s work and figured I couldn’t learn much that is new. Plus I’m more interested in hearing Sachs’ nuanced views rather than the introductory ideas or (worse) sound bites. But Tyler gave me hope, I listened to it on the plane from Denver the other day, and I thought it was a simply terrific interview. I think even the most well-read or jaded development economist will find much to enjoy. Here’s the transcript and podcast. Last week I mentioned Dani Rodrik’s…
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  • The Civic Statuary Project

    14 Apr 2015 | 10:28 am
    The University of Cape Town removed a controversial statue of British colonialist Cecil Rhodes last week, after a month of student protests. Rhodes, who build the De Beers diamond empire, was an unrepentant imperialist whose wealth came from purchasing mineral rights from indigenous leaders and turning their territories into British protectorates. Under his rule in Cape Colony, many Africans lost the right to vote, a step which some scholars see as leading to enforced racial segregation in South Africa. While Rhodes made major donations to charitable causes – including the land the…
  • Paying Attention to Garissa

    4 Apr 2015 | 5:14 pm
    On Thursday morning, heavily armed attackers, believed to be members of al-Shabaab, invaded Garissa University and killed 147 students. Mohamed Kuno, a high-ranking al-Shabaab official, has been named by the Kenyan government as the mastermind of the attack. Two days later, we are hearing terrifying details, including a student who hid in a wardrobe for more than 50 hours, afraid that the police who came to rescue here were militants trying to lure her out. Her decision was a wise one – the militants told students they would live if they came out of their dormitories… then lined…
  • “It’s scary when we can do this out of love and there’s nothing you can threaten us with”

    6 Mar 2015 | 7:45 am
    What’s a “holy shit visualization”? It’s a way of looking at data that makes turns a statistic you might have flipped past in a book or skimmed by on a web page into something that you can’t forget. It’s a visceral reminder of the power of images and the power of looking at dry numbers in human terms. For Mike Evans, the map below was a holy shit visualization. Properties in yellow are in tax distress. Those in orange are under tax foreclosure. Those in red have been foreclosed. In 2014, 50% of properties in the city of Detroit were in danger of…
  • Helping Launch the NetGain Challenge

    11 Feb 2015 | 10:28 am
    This morning, I’m at the Ford Foundation in New York City as part of the launch event for NetGain. NetGain is a new effort launched by the Mozilla, Ford, Open Society, Macarthur and Knight Foundations, to bring the philanthropic community together to tackle the greatest obstacles to digital rights, online equality and the use of the internet to promote social justice. The event is livestreamed here – in a moment, you can head Tim Berners-Lee and Susan Crawford in conversation about the future of the web. For the past six months, I’ve been working with Jenny Toomey and Darren Walker…
  • Global Voices at 10: Food for Thought

    27 Jan 2015 | 4:15 pm
    I spent last week in Cebu, the second largest city in The Philippines, with three hundred journalists, activists and media scholars from more than sixty countries. The occasion was the Global Voices Citizen Media Summit, a biennial conference on the state of citizen media, blogging, journalism and activism. This summit coincided with the tenth anniversary of Global Voices, the citizen media website and community Rebecca MacKinnon and I helped to found in late 2004. We’ve held the conference six times, and it’s always been an excuse to gather core members of the Global Voices…
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  • Good now days

    17 Apr 2015 | 9:00 pm
    People are always asking about the good old days.   How about the good now days?  ~ Robert M. Young- What are the good things in your life right now?
  • Life to everything

    16 Apr 2015 | 9:00 pm
    Music gives a soul to the universe, wings to the mind, flight to the imagination and life to everything.  ~ Plato- In what ways could you enrich your appreciation for music?
  • A mark above

    15 Apr 2015 | 9:00 pm
    If you do things well, do them better.  Be daring, be first, be different, be just.  ~ Anita Roddick- Where could you show some initiative?
  • Quotes and Questions for the Journey

    15 Apr 2015 | 3:12 pm
    Looking back over the last hundred entries I have asked some diverse questions to stimulate reflection around some pivotal quotes.  These questions are meant to provide enrichment and personal growth.   Consider them meditation nuggets.- What makes your life rewarding?- What enriching opportunity awaits you?- For what are you striving?- What lies within you to give?- Where could you spark some warmth?- How can you get the most out of each day?My next volume for reflection is 365 Pivotal Quotes and Questions for the Journey.Care to share my quote quest with others?
  • On the bright side

    14 Apr 2015 | 9:00 pm
    Positive anything is better than negative nothing. ~ Elbert Hubbard- What positive action/thought could you provide today?
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  • Metrics for Good - My Confession as a Justified Sinner

    Phil Cubeta
    16 Apr 2015 | 9:54 am
    "At its core, the metrics discussion is a myth because while everyone talks about it, professes to have seen it and debates its importance, impact metrics remain ephemeral, a force living in some deep wood, visions of which are obscured by branches, brush and bullshit." Jed Emerson   As one who loves the work of Oscar Wilde (in particular The Decay of Lying and The Importance of Being Earnest), I consider literal truth to be a debasement of the human spirit and a well-crafted lie to be the highest form of human achievement (myth, religion, art). But for sophistry…
  • Mindfulness in the Markets for Good

    Phil Cubeta
    15 Apr 2015 | 7:08 am
    NY Times on mindfulness. Mindfulness is a spiritual practice. It has great worth. As such it is for sale in Wealth Bondage. Or, we have alcohol, Ambien, Prozac, gambling, pornography, addiction recovery, leadership classes, self flagellation, mentoring programs, secular priests, family historians, butlers, jailers, bodyguards, taxi dancers, or whatever else you may desire at a price. Mindfulness is inside and outside our bondage to this world.
  • Why Charitable Gifts of Non-cash Assets- The Business Case for Investment Advisors

    Phil Cubeta
    4 Apr 2015 | 8:25 am
    Philanthropy and AUM Often investment advisors are held back in serving the client's philanthropy by the fear, partly justified, that the gifts to charity, if significant, will come at the expense of assets under management. As discussed in a prior post, however, we are on the cusp of a major historical opportunity to help Boomer business owners in transition from success to significance, and also greatly increase and retain assets under management. A Case in Point: Todd, A Day Late Todd (not his real name) came to our wealth transfer firm the day after he sold his business, a C…
  • Boomer Business Owners in Transition - an historic Charitable Planning Opportunity

    Phil Cubeta
    3 Apr 2015 | 9:54 am
    Today, in gift planning we have an historic opportunity - if we can seize it through canny collaboration among professional advisors, national gift funds, single issue charities, and nonprofit gift planners, and the respective associations to which we may belong.   Boomer business owners (think of them as The Rotarians), are reaching an age at which they must exit the business, which has been their baby and their identity. As they exit, they are very good prospects for a Donor Advised Fund. (Selling some or all the business in a DAF can save the 20% tax on capital gains.) More…
  • Moral Injury - Trauma and Results

    Phil Cubeta
    2 Apr 2015 | 1:09 pm
    When the soldier, on orders, burns the convoy, finds the charred corpses of children, and gets a medal for valor, based on racking up a higher than expected body count, the soul is injured. When we say results are what nonprofits are for, we use the language we share with business and war. And the damage done to the abused souls who become abusers in their turn..... We hangmen hang each other on command. Harlow's monkeys clinging to a wire mother, chew through their own arms. We each need love (not earned, given; not metered but unstinting) to form a self and thrive.
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  • Can You Appreciate All That Shows Up?

    Erica Ross-Krieger
    24 Mar 2015 | 9:14 am
    Welcome Spring and all that is new. I’ve been reading and contemplating a beautiful passage about arrivals from Rumi this week (as interpreted by Coleman Barks). It helped me see a challenging situation in new light…and a door opened. Perhaps it will open a door for you, too.   “This being human is a guest house. Every morning a new arrival.   A joy, a depression, a meanness, some momentary awareness comes as an unexpected visitor.   Welcome and attend them all! Even if they’re a crowd of sorrows, who violently sweep your house empty of all its furniture,…
  • Jigsaw-Puzzle Wisdom for Your Health & Wellness Business

    Erica Ross-Krieger
    4 Feb 2015 | 7:15 pm
    I confess. I adore putting jigsaw puzzles together. The big ones. The 1000-piece size. The entire process of putting them together delights me no end. From the joy of selecting which puzzle I’ll buy, to the sound of the pieces rattling around as I rummage through the box, to the trial and error method I resort to when I’m assembling a huge section of all blue sky. I love it all. I even like pulling the whole puzzle apart when I’m finished, and returning the pieces to the box. It’s a Zen thing for me. And the practice itself helps my business. How? When we apply “jigsaw puzzle…
  • 7 Simply Powerful Habits You Must Adopt to Grow Your Wellness Coach Business

    Erica Ross-Krieger
    18 Feb 2014 | 12:31 pm
    Through the course of 20 years, coaching thousands of clients, I find myself continually repeating and highlighting 7 simple yet powerful habits that help wellness coaches grow successful businesses. Habits that will make the puzzle of growing a business much more manageable. Yes, times have changed dramatically these last 20 years. Yes, there are new avenues for marketing our businesses, yes there are social media avenues we now use, and yes there are also other brilliant options for leveraging technology. But these 7 simple habits for building a highly successful business remain the same.
  • How to Hire a Great Wellness Coach in 3 Powerful Steps!

    Erica Ross-Krieger
    3 May 2012 | 12:07 pm
    Congratulations! You’re ready to make an investment in yourself that will forever change your life – you’re ready to hire a great Wellness Coach. With a simple plan, you can do so in 3 simple steps: I.   Get Clear II.  Get Answers III. Get going   I. Get Clear! What you put into your personal Wellness Coaching journey will determine what you get out of it. The journey begins with you getting clear about what’s important to you and what you want in a great Wellness Coach. • Take the time to answer these 10 questions: 1. Why I am hiring a Wellness Coach? 2. What is/are my…
  • 5 Sure-Fire Ways To Block Your Own Success

    Erica Ross-Krieger
    27 Apr 2012 | 1:14 pm
    “Are you interested in your own success or committed to it?”– John Assaraf When you’re interested in your own success, you dream a lot, wish a lot, hope a lot and focus on the roadblocks in your way. Thinking you’ll achieve success “someday”, you don’t even see that you’re the one actually putting up those roadblocks. When you are committed to your success, you see clearly that the roadblocks are of your own making. You breathe, simply notice what you are doing and, in that moment of witnessing, you activate what author Rick Carson calls The Zen Theory of Change in…
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  • Racing for a Cure

    Elyse Kort
    17 Apr 2015 | 12:15 pm
    Recently I watched a 60 Minutes segment on brain cancer patients at Duke University. These men and women had been diagnosed with a type of brain cancer called glioblastoma. The episode went on to tell the story of the clinical trial that used a re-engineered poliovirus to kill cancer cells. That’s right, polio – a […] The post Racing for a Cure appeared first on Case Foundation.
  • Will David Chen of Equilibrium Capital Pioneer “The Next Stage” of Impact Investing?

    Elyse Kort
    8 Apr 2015 | 4:52 pm
    The challenge of climate change is not new in the U.S., and recent political dialogue on the subject suggests a renewed urgency to address it. This week, the focus of our spotlight on social enterprise with, in partnership with ImpactAlpha, is on a West Coast company, Equilibrium Capital. Led by former venture capitalist and […] The post Will David Chen of Equilibrium Capital Pioneer “The Next Stage” of Impact Investing? appeared first on Case Foundation.
  • Disruptive Women: Creating Their Own Opportunities

    Elyse Kort
    2 Apr 2015 | 9:54 am
    At last week’s Women Leading Disruptive Innovation conference: She Disrupts, hosted by Georgetown’s Beeck Center for Social Impact and Innovation at Halcyon House, a group of bold, disruptive women gathered to talk about women and work. Pat Christen, President & CEO of HopeLab, set the tone at the beginning of the day with her keynote. […] The post Disruptive Women: Creating Their Own Opportunities appeared first on Case Foundation.
  • Sari Miller: An Angel Investor Proving the “Goodness Factor” is Good for Impact and Returns

    Elyse Kort
    31 Mar 2015 | 7:16 am
    As an early impact investor, Sari Miller’s strategies, experience and perspectives on angel investments offer others in the market a wealth of insight and guidance on investing with purpose in new markets. For this reason, Miller is the focus of our weekly series on social entrepreneurship with, in partnership with ImpactAlpha. Sari Miller, CEO of […] The post Sari Miller: An Angel Investor Proving the “Goodness Factor” is Good for Impact and Returns appeared first on Case Foundation.
  • What’s So Wrong with Nonprofits Playing by Market Rules?

    Elyse Kort
    27 Mar 2015 | 6:33 am
    This post was written by Sheila Herrling and Allyson Burns on behalf of the Case Foundation. Here’s the thing about markets – they have this uncanny way of being candid, sending demand signals that companies need to pay attention and adapt to in order to thrive, if not survive. So why is it that the nonprofit […] The post What’s So Wrong with Nonprofits Playing by Market Rules? appeared first on Case Foundation.
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  • NYC Passes Ban on Credit Checks for Most Job Applicants

    Jed Oelbaum
    17 Apr 2015 | 4:05 pm
    An Interview. Image from SportSuburban via Flickr A new law would ban employers in New York City from prying into the credit backgrounds of job applicants, finally shutting down what amounts to a major mechanism of legal discrimination in hiring practices. Raw Story reports the legislation was passed “overwhelmingly” by the City Council on Thursday, and is now awaiting the signature of Mayor Bill de Blasio. By passing the law, New York joins the 10 states and other municipalities, including Chicago, that have already banned the practice in most of its forms. Companies that use credit…
  • Fed-Up Woman Confronts Obnoxious Bigot Harassing Muslim On Subway

    Craig Carilli
    17 Apr 2015 | 3:55 pm
    A passenger on a train in Sydney, Australia, picked the wrong time to go off on a hateful rant directed at a Muslim woman. Her ignorant statements were overheard by fellow passenger, Stacey Eden, who stood up and defended the young woman. The altercation was caught on video and appears to show Eden giving the rude passenger a much-needed lesson in cultural awareness and manners. She ends the argument with a simple line that we’ve all heard a million times since we were children: “If you’ve got nothing nice to say, don’t say anything.” Sometimes people just need to be reminded…
  • Why Has This Island Been Disintegrating?

    Doug Patterson
    17 Apr 2015 | 3:30 pm
    Never Miss A Great Video: Subscribe to GOOD on YouTube This island in the Gulf of Mexico was once a safe haven for migrating birds and other wildlife. Since the Deepwater Horizon oil spill, it’s been slowly disappearing and will likely be gone in a year. Studies show that birds return to the place of their birth to breed themselves – but with their birthplace nearly gone, some birds simply aren’t breeding. Oil is still washing ashore on the island today as scientists work to restore it.
  • Hear “Nature’s Greatest Mimic” Imitate the Sound of Chainsaws Destroying Its Habitat

    Gabriel Reilich
    17 Apr 2015 | 3:05 pm
    Click Here and Subscribe to GOOD on YouTube The BBC’s video of the lyrebird is one of the most remarkable, and heartwrenching, nature videos ever recorded.
  • These Artists Staged a “Wheelchair Invasion” of Cairo’s Streets

    Tasbeeh Herwees
    17 Apr 2015 | 2:20 pm
    If you were around downtown Cairo recently, you might have caught sight of a wheelchair caravan rolling through the city. The spectacle, called Mission Roosevelt, was part of a performance for the Downtown Contemporary Arts Festival staged by the artists who founded and make up the Tony Clifton Circus. Twenty volunteers strapped themselves into wheelchairs and rode through town in an attempt to conquer urban space on two arm-powered wheels. “Mission Roosevelt sets out to cross the urban space. It uses the wheelchair as an instrument and a tool, as a metaphor of the disparity through which…
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  • April Is Child Abuse Prevention Month: Make It Matter

    Sangeeta Haindl
    17 Apr 2015 | 4:49 am
    These are stark, grim figures from the U.S government: an estimated 1,770 children were killed as a result of maltreatment in 2009, while a 2011 congressional report concluded the real [...] The post April Is Child Abuse Prevention Month: Make It Matter appeared first on SocialEarth.
  • Give Wishes Wing Campaign Takes Off

    Antonio Pasolini
    17 Apr 2015 | 2:51 am
    Fulfilling a dream can be a powerful medicine for the critically ill, but dreams can cost a lot of money. In order to help grant the wishes of critically ill [...] The post Give Wishes Wing Campaign Takes Off appeared first on SocialEarth.
  • China’s New Bank To Fight Poverty With The World Bank

    Sangeeta Haindl
    16 Apr 2015 | 5:54 am
    So far, more than 50 countries have either joined or applied to be members of the China-led Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB). The bank’s progress demonstrates China’s approach to shaping [...] The post China’s New Bank To Fight Poverty With The World Bank appeared first on SocialEarth.
  • Toy Business Going Eco-friendly as Kids Make Greener Choices

    Vikas Vij
    16 Apr 2015 | 4:46 am
    While globally toy sales are on the rise due to burgeoning demand from middle class consumers in China, India and other economies, American sales are expected to grow only marginally [...] The post Toy Business Going Eco-friendly as Kids Make Greener Choices appeared first on SocialEarth.
  • The Real Economic Value of California Agriculture

    Gina-Marie Cheeseman
    15 Apr 2015 | 5:40 am
    California is experiencing one of its worst droughts. This year marks the fourth year of the drought, and people all over the state are talking about water conservation. One industry [...] The post The Real Economic Value of California Agriculture appeared first on SocialEarth.
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    Sasha Dichter's Blog

  • Things we’ve done before

    9 Apr 2015 | 2:00 am
    The things we’ve done before get less scrutiny. We did them last year (or last quarter, or last month) so when the time comes to do them again, we turn the crank and start. New things, on the other hand, get all the tough questions.  Why? Did we know more last year about what needed to happen today than we know today? Probably not. Rather, the things we’ve done before, collectively, add up to our sense of who we are. Organizationally, we are the sum the things we do – our programs, our initiatives, our product lines – and cutting one of those away creates a sense of loss. Worse,…
  • Following up on my follow up

    7 Apr 2015 | 2:00 am
    I no longer try to reply immediately to every email. It’s not only impossible, it leaves me reactive, tired, and less productive (though very busy). I still try to be very responsive most of the time, and even this only works if I’m pithy while also being predictable and clear when it will take me longer to reply. Everyone has their own approach to managing their communication flow, and part of the trick is to get my flow and someone else’s flow in sync. This boils down to is a series of pairings: my communication has a tone, a style, and a cadence; and, when a communication flow is…
  • The Long Haul

    31 Mar 2015 | 2:00 am
    “I’ve just heard about a great new ______ that will solve the ______ problem!” And so goes the optimistic, well-intentioned refrain. The blanks can be straws or a well or a hospital on a boat or a cheap rugged laptop or or or….it doesn’t matter, because the trope is the same: there’s a thing that someone has invented (usually in the West) and it will finally solve such-and-such problem for good. (And, implied, it will be quick and easy!) I’m torn about how to react to this. There’s a version of this story that I find hugely energizing, and another that feels like a modern,…
  • Something to Push Against

    27 Mar 2015 | 2:00 am
    It is natural to seek out the roadblock, the check-point, the official approval gate: someone whose job it is to green light your idea, give you your next gig, say yes. The search for something to push against, a hurdle to overcome, is also a chance to hide: to take small steps, to describe nothing more than the bit that could get an OK within the confines of how things work today. At its worst, seeking out a “yes” can even  be a clever, acceptable way of being OK with a “no.” It’s a way to hide, to shift blame, to take on too little, to search for a wall to point to that we…
  • Being Mortal by Atul Gawande

    25 Mar 2015 | 2:00 am
    I’ve been a big fan of Atul Gawande ever since I read Complications, which is still one of my favorite books. Gawande is a surgeon at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston, a professor at Harvard Medical School and the Harvard School of Public Health.  He’s also an acclaimed writer who welcomes his reader into his personal exploration of the assumptions he brought in to his surgical practice and where those assumptions have fallen short.  I enjoy Gawande’s skills as a writer and an observer, and I deeply respect his capacity for introspection, honest self-critique, and his…
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  • The FPA’s Must Reads (March 27 – April 2)

    FPA Administrator
    27 Mar 2015 | 1:47 pm
    The view from a rooftop in Sana’a, the capital of Yemen, where violence has engulfed on of the most historic cities in the region (Photo: Richard Messenger via Flickr). The Crash of EgyptAir 990 The Atlantic By William Langeweische In light of Germanwings Flight 9525 crashing into the Alps this week, read this in-depth review of the technical and emotional review surrounding an EgyptAir pilot’s decisio n to plunge a passenger jet into the Atlantic in 1999. Iran expands regional ‘empire’ ahead of nuclear deal Reuters By Samia Nakhoul As Iran negotiates with world powers…
  • Will Dilma Face Impeachment?

    Gary Sands
    26 Mar 2015 | 8:18 am
    Demonstrators hold a Brazilian flag during a march in Sao Paulo on Sunday demanding the impeachment of President Dilma Rousseff. Demonstrators hold a Brazilian flag during a march in Sao Paulo demanding the impeachment of President Dilma Rousseff. ( Andre Penner/Associated Press) Will Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff face impeachment and be forced to step down?  According to recent polls, if a majority of Brazilians have their way she could be forced from office.  In a poll taken by MDA from March 16-19, commissioned by the national transport lobby group CNT, 60 percent of the 2000…
  • Let Them Eat Crimean Butter

    Paul Mutter
    26 Mar 2015 | 8:07 am
    “Liberty cabbage.” “Freedom fries.” And in Russia, there is now “Crimean Butter,” a new cheese brand introduced to consumers after the annexation of Sevastopol by the Russian Federation last spring. Such nationalistic kitsch has been appearing in Russian stores since 2014. What is disturbing about these products is not the jingoism on display, but the reality of scarcity of products in grocery stores. How did it come to this? The current crisis has been partly driven by the government’s policies, partly by global factors beyond its control – but it has been a long time coming…
  • Gulf Canvases and the Cultural Renaissance

    Sarah Elzeini
    24 Mar 2015 | 10:21 am
    For decades in the Middle East, art has been frequently divorced from the public scene. But for the first time in a long while, the arts seem to be getting more eclectic and freer. Over the past fifty years, art in the Gulf has witnessed an artistic revolution, starting in Kuwait. In the 1960s and 1970s, Kuwait was known for its liberal environment and support of the arts. Kuwait’s Sultans were big patrons of the arts, and even hosted big names like Andy Warhol. In 1969, the Sultans opened The Sultan Gallery, which introduced Arab artists to international audiences. However, the Gulf…
  • The Armenians Remember

    Jim Quirk
    24 Mar 2015 | 7:48 am
    Armenian Genocide Orphans in Arnavutkoy. K. Polis : Published by M. Hovakimean, 1920. A new United Nations report documents Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) actions against the Yezidis as genocide, while the Armenians prepare to commemorate the centennial of their own. “It is reasonable to conclude that some of these incidents, considering the overall information, may constitute genocide. Other incidents may amount to crimes against humanity and war crimes.” UN Report, sec. II.A.1.16. ISIS (sometimes referred to as ISIL, or now IS) took over much of Iraq’s Anbar…
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    Center for High Impact Philanthropy - University of Pennsylvania » Blog & News

  • Quality Early Learning Programs Are Worth the Investment: Q&A with Dr. Steven Barnett

    Sarah Gormley
    9 Apr 2015 | 12:04 pm
    This is the fourth in our series of blogs on some of the latest issues in early childhood education, celebrating the release of our new and improved early childhood donor toolkit, Invest in a Strong Start for Children. Dr. W. Steven Barnett is a Board of Governors Professor and the Director of the National Institute for Early Education Research (NIEER) at Rutgers University. He is a leading authority on the economics of early childhood education, and has authored or co-authored over 200 publications in the field, including a landmark benefit-cost analysis of preschool education that turns 30…
  • Investing in Kids Can Yield High Returns: Q&A with Dr. Lynn A. Karoly

    Lindsay Evans
    30 Mar 2015 | 9:11 am
    This is the third in our series of blogs on some of the latest issues in early childhood education, celebrating the release of our new and improved early childhood donor toolkit, Invest in a Strong Start for Children. Lynn A. Karoly, PhD, is a senior economist at the RAND Corporation, professor at the Pardee RAND Graduate School, and has written extensively on the topic of economic returns to early childhood programs. Question #1: What is one thing you would like donors interested in early childhood to know about the potential economic benefits associated with funding early childhood…
  • What Neuroscience Tells Us About A Child’s First Years: Q&A with Dr. Martha J. Farah

    Lindsay Evans
    30 Mar 2015 | 9:09 am
    This is the second in our series of blogs on some of the latest issues in early childhood education, leading up to the release of our new and improved early childhood donor toolkit, Invest in a Strong Start for Children, in early April.   What does science tell us about brain development in early childhood, and how can this inform better philanthropic giving? We interviewed Dr. Martha J. Farah to help donors find out. Martha J. Farah, PhD, is a cognitive neuroscientist and the Walter Annenberg Professor of Natural Sciences at the University of Pennsylvania.  She has written extensively on…
  • Investing in Early Childhood Innovation: Q&A with Dr. Jack P. Shonkoff

    Lindsay Evans
    30 Mar 2015 | 9:04 am
    This is the first in our series of blogs on some of the latest issues in early childhood education, leading up to the release of our new and improved early childhood donor toolkit, Invest in a Strong Start for Children, in early April.  Why is it so important to invest in early childhood innovation, and what do donors who care about impact in this area need to know?We interviewed Dr. Jack P. Shonkoff to help donors start to answer these important questions. Jack P. Shonkoff, M.D., is Director of the university-wide Center on the Developing Child at Harvard University, where he also…
  • Recruiting Our 2015 Summer Associate Class

    26 Feb 2015 | 5:46 pm
    Despite (or because of?) the ice and 20 degree weather here on campus, our thoughts are quickly turning to summer. With graduation and the warm weather comes the opportunity for our team to work with a new cohort of summer associates. Teaching, advising, and working with summer associates are ways we hope our work prepares the next generation of social impact leaders.  Summer associates serve as either research associates who help us generate answers to how funders can have high impact, or communication/design associates who help make sure those answers are accessible to those who wish to…
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    Asian Philanthropy Forum

  • Give to Grow

    16 Apr 2015 | 2:36 pm
    AVPN (Asia Venture Philanthropy Network) will be holding its annual conference in Singapore on April 20-23rd. This year, AVPN will provide country focused sessions and Scott Lawson, CEO of SOW Asia, and other social leaders will be sharing their experiences about Hong Kong’s cross-sector collaboration experiences, reflect on the perspectives of government, investor, intermediary and social purpose organizations. In this blog post, Scott provides us a preview of what he will be sharing. John Rockefeller, the world’s first billionaire, was once asked how much money is enough? “Just a…
  • Two Reports Say Fundraising Efforts Are Positive

    8 Apr 2015 | 11:26 am
    The Nonprofit Research Collaborative released a survey of 2014 charitable fundraising in March. The study finds that 60% of US charities reported an increase in their 2014 fundraising revenues while 70% expect to see additional growth in 2015. However, smaller organizations saw less improvement, with only 53% of non-profits with a budget under $250,000 reporting an increase in giving. Nonprofits providing international aid, relief, or development only represent 1% of the 1,550 charities surveyed. They did report a 76% increase in charitable receipts, the largest of any sector. The most…
  • Asia-Pacific Family Offices and Philanthropy

    Dien Yuen
    24 Mar 2015 | 9:29 pm
    The Global Family Office Report 2014 by Campden Wealth and UBS offers the first comprehensive study of family offices worldwide. The section on philanthropy involvement and practices in the Asia Pacific region caught our attention. Globally, the survey found far more similarities than differences, with offices focusing on similar objectives as well as investment and management strategies. Broadly speaking, the study found that offices focusing on growth-based strategies performed better against investment benchmarks, but also spent more overall and outsourced less. Those offices with the…
  • Going to the AVPN Conference 2015?

    20 Mar 2015 | 3:39 am
    The AVPN Conference 2015 will bring together venture philanthropy and social investing leaders and active supporters from Asia, North America and Europe. The conference will promote shared learning, best practices and active networking across diverse sectors to build a vibrant and high impact venture philanthropy community in Asia. This year, the AVPN Conference will deep dive into five focus areas: Pre-deal processes; Capacity building of social organizations; Impact assessment, Portfolio management and Multi-sector collaboration. The panels, workshops and breakout sessions will revolve…
  • Rules to Give By: A Global Philanthropy Legal Environment Index

    Dien Yuen
    18 Mar 2015 | 3:28 pm
    A new study by Nexus, McDermot Will & Emery LLP, and Charities Aid Foundation (CAF), Rules to Give By: A Global Philanthropy Legal Environment Index, investigates how 177 governments support philanthropic giving in a comparable and standardized way. The purpose of the report is “to summarize the relevant tax laws that affect non-profit organizations, corporate and individual donors, and estates, and to score countries on these regulations.” Those scores, on a scale of one to eleven, provide a standard baseline for comparisons between countries. The key findings of the study indicate…
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    The Change Blog

  • Caught by Anger? Try the Intelligent Approach.

    Gail Brenner
    16 Apr 2015 | 4:38 am
    “The single clenched fist lifted and ready, or the open hand held out and waiting. Choose: For we meet by one or the other.” — Carl Sandburg In my practice as a psychotherapist, I’ve seen people experience so much pain around anger and it breaks my heart. It’s an emotion that either sits in us like a cancer eating away at our happiness and peace, or it explodes out into our closest relationships causing distress and disharmony to all involved. And it’s not just the anger. When we come to our senses, we’re often consumed with shame and regret about how we’ve…
  • How Living Abroad Helped Me Grow and Change My Life

    Igor Tomic
    15 Apr 2015 | 4:41 am
    “To travel is to take a journey into yourself.” - Danny Kaye This is my sixth life. Or is it seventh? When we move to a new city, especially if it’s abroad, it often feels like we started living a completely new life. Like we are a different person compared to the one that left home. Living in a foreign place feels much different than going there as a tourist. As a tourist, it seems much harder to experience the way the foreign culture breaths and it’s much harder to find the nooks and crannies which locals are well aware of. But immersing myself in another culture…
  • Embracing My Individuality

    Yvonne Kariba
    14 Apr 2015 | 4:41 am
    “Why are you trying so hard to fit in, when you’re born to stand out?” – Oliver James Nearly 15 years ago, I made the decision to shave off all my hair despite knowing very well that I would be going against the grain and belief that a woman’s hair is her crowning glory. I didn’t do it to be rebellious or to make a fashion statement of some sort, but more so because I was really tired of having bad hair days and allowing my hair define and control me. I was amazed and a little overwhelmed by all the attention this one decision garnered. People were very receptive of this…
  • How I Came to Understand the True Meaning of Beauty

    Robin Scott
    12 Apr 2015 | 4:53 am
    “If only our eyes saw souls instead of bodies how very different our ideals of beauty would be.”- Anonymous My experience with mental illness officially started in September 2012 when I was diagnosed with Body Dysmorphic Disorder characterized by an obsession with my facial skin. I spent the majority of my diagnosis numbed by medication but I remember looking in the mirror and seeing severe acne and acne scarring that no one else could see and feeling so frustrated and alone in my experience. During my diagnosis I spent hours in front of the mirror picking at acne that did not…
  • Staring Into the Face of Death

    Yoni Binstock
    7 Apr 2015 | 5:00 am
    How many times have you been told that life is short and that, at any time, it can be just taken from you and that you should live every day like it’s it your last? Like you, I’ve heard these platitudes throughout my life and probably like you, it never really had an affect on me. Besides the death of my grandparents at a young age, death and severe illness never visited my family or my close group of friends. I had a very privileged childhood and assumed that life was as benevolent for other people as it was for mine. That changed dramatically one summer when I volunteered to be an…
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    The GiveWell Blog

  • April 2015 Open Thread

    16 Apr 2015 | 11:09 am
    Following up on the inaugural open thread, we wanted to have another one. Our goal is to give blog readers an opportunity to publicly raise comments or questions about GiveWell or related topics (in the comments section below). As always, you’re also welcome to email us at if there’s feedback or questions you’d prefer to discuss privately. We’ll try to respond promptly to questions or comments.
  • Breakthrough fundamental science

    14 Apr 2015 | 10:53 am
    We’ve been looking for gaps in the world of scientific research funding: areas that the existing system doesn’t put enough investment into, leaving potential opportunities to do unusually large amounts of good with philanthropic funding. We previously wrote about the alleged “valley of death” that makes it challenging to translate academic insights about biology into new medical technologies. This post is about a different issue, one that has come up in the vast majority of conversations I’ve had with scientists: it is believed to be extremely difficult to do…
  • GiveWell’s money moved and web traffic in 2014

    Tyler Heishman
    13 Apr 2015 | 12:34 pm
    This is the final post (of six) we have made focused on our self-evaluation and future plans. This post lays out highlights from our metrics report for 2014. For more detail, see our full metrics report (PDF). Note, we report on “metrics years” that run from February – January; for example, our 2014 data cover February 1, 2014 through January 31, 2015. In 2014, GiveWell influenced charitable giving in several ways. The following table summarizes the money that were able to track. In 2014, GiveWell tracked $27.8 million in money moved to our recommended charities, about 60% more…
  • Translational science and the “valley of death”

    9 Apr 2015 | 12:44 pm
    As we’ve looked for potential gaps in the world of scientific research funding – focusing for now on life sciences – we’ve come across many suggestions to look at the “valley of death” that sits between traditional academic research and industry research. Speaking very broadly, the basic idea is that: The world of life sciences research has become increasingly complex, with a widening gulf between traditional academic research – which aims at uncovering fundamental insights – and industry work, which is focused on developing drugs and other…
  • The Most Good You Can Do

    6 Apr 2015 | 10:54 am
    The Most Good You Can Do is a new book by Peter Singer. It is an introduction to effective altruism, which we’ve previously defined as “trying to do as much good as possible with each dollar and each hour that we have.” It emphasizes the importance of giving both generously and effectively – highlighting the role of GiveWell’s charity recommendations – as well as discussing how to do as much good as possible with one’s career, and discussing some of the causes that effective altruists tend to be particularly interested in. It is a broad,…
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    RELEVANT Magazine

  • Sandra McCracken

    17 Apr 2015 | 3:14 pm
    This week we talk to songwriter Sandra McCracken about her new album, Psalms. Plus, Tyler Reagin from Catalyst joins us, Jesse breaks down over some tragic news (it’s not what you think) and Cameron doles out life lessons to children.
  • Lawmakers Vote Against Making the Bible the ‘Official Book’ of Tennessee

    17 Apr 2015 | 2:27 pm
    Just a day after the Tennessee House of Representatives voted to make the Bible the state’s official book, Tennessee’s Senate killed the measure. From The Tennessean: “The Senate voted 22-9 to send the Bible to committee, effectively killing the bill.” The state’s governor was a vocal opponent of the idea and Tennessee’s Attorney General thought it would be a violation of the separation of church and state. The critics didn’t deter House lawmakers, though; they voted 55-38 to get the measure passed. Supporter Sen. Steve Southerland argued that "the Bible has great historical and…
  • Jay-Z Is Personally Calling Tidal Subscribers to Thank Them

    17 Apr 2015 | 1:25 pm
    Either things at Tidal are getting desperate or Jay-Z is just an extremely dedicated business owner. An executive at the streaming service told Business Insider that Jay-Z, Jack White and several of the other artist/owners have been calling subscribers on the phone and personally thanking them for using the service. Since launching earlier this month during a high-profile ceremony with some of music’s biggest stars, Tidal has faced some mixed reviews. It also just reportedly lost its CEO. Lily Allen, members of Mumford & Sons and Death Cab for Cutie’s Ben Gibbard have publically…
  • Ryan Gosling in Talks to Star in the ‘Blade Runner’ Sequel

    17 Apr 2015 | 1:00 pm
    According to The Hollywood Reporter, Ryan Gosling is in talks to star in an upcoming sequel to Ridley Scott’s 1982 sci-fi classic Blade Runner. Not a lot is known about the plot at this point, but rumors indicate that it will take place 30 years after the time of the first film, and will focus on a search for Harrison Ford’s Rick Deckard. Production is set to begin next year ...
  • 4 Ways to Fail Well

    17 Apr 2015 | 11:15 am
    How we respond to failure will either propel us forward or hold us back. There’s no way around it: Failure stinks. No one likes to fail or sets out to fail. The fear of it is constantly whispering in our ears, begging us to settle for easy, safe and comfortable. But here’s the thing: Failing is part of living, and we’ll never have impactful lives if we let the fear of failing keep us frozen where we stand.
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    Ignited Fundraising

  • Missed the “Latest in Storytelling” Live Stream? Watch it now!

    Lori Jacobwith
    17 Apr 2015 | 8:21 am
    [View the story “The Latest in Nonprofit Storytelling” on Storify] The post Missed the “Latest in Storytelling” Live Stream? Watch it now! appeared first on Ignited Fundraising.
  • The Storytelling Question I’m Asked Most Often

    Lori Jacobwith
    14 Apr 2015 | 10:02 pm
    Weekly, maybe even daily people ask me “how do I a share a concise, moving story?” I’m passionate about sharing stories about the impact of your work. They help to cause listeners and readers to do MORE when you tell a well-crafted story. But, I’m pretty adamant that the story shared should be two minutes or less. Here are 10 tips for keeping a story concise while still inspiring your readers or listeners: 1. Follow this simple arc of storytelling by putting 30 seconds worth of words to each of the three steps. Image Source: Reliant Studios at Cause Camp 2015 2. Remember you…
  • Join Lori April 16 to Learn the Latest in Storytelling

    Lori Jacobwith
    7 Apr 2015 | 10:01 pm
    Storytelling is THE most powerful way to connect with your community. You know this, right? And using stories of your impact will get your supporters excited about taking action. The stories you share can and should cause people to give their time, their talent, their stuff or their money. As a passionate storyteller, I love talking about how to connect others to your mission by sharing a fresh client, donor, or volunteer story. I’ve been collecting questions from my Fire Starters blog readers, my enews readers and my social media connections. Tons of you have submitted responses to…
  • Small Actions Big Impact: How One Act of Kindness Affected 300 People

    Lori Jacobwith
    31 Mar 2015 | 10:01 pm
    We all have times when someone — a donor, a volunteer, a friend, or someone in your family — does something to support you and it’s very helpful. You’re grateful. You thank them for their kind gesture. And then you move on. We’ll this time, for me, is different. A couple of days ago I was up on a stage, connecting this laptop I’m typing on to a projector at the conference where I was about to speak. It was the first time I was going to deliver a session at the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP) international conference. So, needless to say, I had some nerves.
  • Numbers Don’t Lie: Major Gift Fundraising By the Numbers

    Lori Jacobwith
    24 Mar 2015 | 10:01 pm
    Take a moment, right now, click the link, and check out this Major Gift Fundraising infographic from the wise team at Bloomerang. Individual donor fundraising is my passion. And major gift fundraising is THE tool to grow your individual donor fundraising exponentially. Whether you already do major gift fundraising or not yet, there’s some great stuff to ponder and dissect with your team. Please, don’t hold back. Go forth and invite people to make a major gift to your organization! The post Numbers Don’t Lie: Major Gift Fundraising By the Numbers appeared first on Ignited Fundraising.
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    ApplaUSe For A Cause

  • 15 Nonprofit Blogs 2 Follow

    12 Apr 2015 | 7:47 pm
    Daily Kos (Photo credit: Wikipedia) J Campbell Social Marketing Beth's Blog Have Fun, Do Good The Agitator Daily  Kos GOOD MagazineoOSOCIO Nonprofit MarCommunity ... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Wanted: Your PSA's and Posts

    8 Apr 2015 | 12:17 pm
    Follow my blog with Bloglovin This was originally posted in 2010                   This isn't for the... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Scenes of Charity

    2 Apr 2015 | 2:33 am
                    Here are some movie scenes about charity from  ; How the Grinch Stole Christmas... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Volunteer Work Gives Job Experience for Teens

    22 Mar 2015 | 3:30 am
    Samsung volunteer club (Photo credit: Wikipedia)Volunteer work can be one easy way for teens to plump up their resume.                  While there... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Bite-sized Benevolence for Businesses. Who To Shake A Stick At?

    10 Mar 2015 | 7:25 pm
    Volunteers fit new windows at The Sumac Centre in Nottingham, UK. (Photo credit: Wikipedia) Bite-sized Benevolence for Businesses. Who To Shake A Stick At?     ... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
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    Shareable New Articles

  • Interviewed: Shareable's Neal Gorenflo on the Real Sharing Economy

    15 Apr 2015 | 11:14 am
    Neal Gorenflo. (YouTube)
  • How to Free the Soil by Depaving

    Cat Johnson
    15 Apr 2015 | 7:07 am
    How much thought do you give to pavement? Our cities are covered with it, but it’s not exactly a hot topic of conversation—though it should be. Pavement causes all sorts of problems including the fact that water can’t soak through it and instead runs across it, collecting pollutants and biological contaminants that make their way into waterways, plants, animals, and ourselves.
  • Science of Sharing Exhibit Explores Cooperation, Collaboration

    13 Apr 2015 | 3:48 pm
    On Pier 15 in San Francisco, inside the famed participatory museum the Exploratorium, a large flat screen displays two bright circles—one red, and one blue. Inside each circle are rapidly increasing numbers; at the bottom of the screen is a timer, counting down. In front of the screen, at four podiums, total strangers frantically press either a blue or a red button, attempting, it seems, to up the count of that color. What are they doing? A placard between the podiums explains:
  • New Zealand Family Shares a Tiny-Home Castle on Wheels

    13 Apr 2015 | 2:45 pm
    The truck unfolds into a spacious three-level home. (Daily Megabyte) They say a person's home is his castle. But what about their truck? New Zealanders Jola and Justin have done the seemingly impossible, building a road-ready house truck that transforms into a high-ceilinged abode with full kitchen, roof deck, and—yes—a pair of turrets.
  • How to Host a Seed Swap

    Cat Johnson
    13 Apr 2015 | 7:56 am
    Seed swaps are great ways to learn about local seeds, build community around seed sharing, and show support for the Save Seed Sharing movement. Designed for gardening newbies and master gardeners alike, they provide people an opportunity to get seeds from other local growers and share seeds from their own harvest.
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    Donate a Car to Charity - blog

  • Technology Allows Insights on Teenage Driving Habits

    25 Mar 2015 | 9:05 am
    Many teenage injuries in emergency rooms are due to preventable car accidents. Overall, teenage drivers drive faster and ride closer to the bumper in front of them than older drivers. Teenagers also are less likely to wear seatbelts then anybody else. Chevrolet has announced that it will offer parents a creepy level of oversight when it comes to letting the kids borrow the family ride, and the NSA-style spying begins with the 2016 Malibu. A system dubbed Teen Driver will debut on the bow-tie brand’s newest mid-size sedan (which itself bows at the 2015 New York auto show). It allows…
  • The Unveiling of Discovery Velocity and Its Automotive Programming

    18 Feb 2015 | 7:41 am
    Discovery Velocity is a new channel spread across Canada to deliver car-related programming. This channel will introduce old favourites that car enthusiasts have missed since the cancelation of Speed, as well as a variety of new programs designed to appeal to their interests. “We’re looking to provide a really high-adrenaline, really exciting schedule and be somewhere that people can watch things they can’t see anywhere else in Canada,” said Director of Programming, Discovery Networks Lindsay Cowan Dotchison. The new channel takes its name from Discovery Communications’ U.S.
  • Finally some relief comes to Honda in the F1

    19 Jan 2015 | 9:23 am
      After being left in the dust, Honda motorsport has been awarded the same courtesy that Ferrari and Renault had already been given. Formula One places a significant value on technical innovation. After the regulators handed Mercedes an advantage, the loophole opened up allowing Ferrari and Renault the advantage of updating engines throughout the year. As is often the case, the issue revolves around the specific wording of the regulations. Ferrari and Renault successfully argued that, contrary to its spirit, the letter of the law (or regulations, in any event) didn’t actually…
  • Car thefts down since 1991 all time high

    22 Dec 2014 | 7:41 am
    You’ll always worry about your vehicle. It comes with the territory, what that weird ticking noise is, letting your kids take it out for the night, keeping the oil maintained, and making sure that the engine is in good and working order. Yet according to the FBI theft of your vehicle is not something most people worry about, because they don’t have to. According to statistics, 2013 showed the lowest number of stolen cars since 1967. There were 699,594 vehicles reported stolen in 2013 – a positive figure no matter how you compare it to years past. Thefts were down by about 20,000…
  • Shelby RTR loosely based on an old classic

    26 Nov 2014 | 6:16 pm
    Shelby Mustangs are rare to begin with,  the Galpin-Fisker Rocket proves that you can take something and completely change it to something even better. It’s easy to see that Beau Boeckmann would want to add some interesting new upgrades to the Shelby RTR. He also said that he wasn’t joking when his inspiration for the new Galpin-Fisker Rocket came from some of the blue prints from a 1968 Shelby Mustang GT 500, or at least some parts did. A joint project for Galpin Auto Sports owner Boeckmann and automotive designer Henrik Fisker (previously of Aston Martin DB9 and BMW Z8 fame before…
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    Charity Car Donation News

  • Young Canadian Drivers Rewarded for Good Driving

    25 Mar 2015 | 9:00 am
    Should auto insurance be based on age or driving record? New to Canada is a company called Ingenie. It’s an Aviva Insurance company that is now offering better insurance to younger drivers. Normally insurance payments are steep until drivers reach 25. However, with this new UK based company operating in Canada, drivers between the ages of 16 and 24 have the chance to prove they are good drivers and receive lower rates. How this is done is through an internet operated device that will review, record, and evaluate driving habits. This is a first in North America, as most drivers must wait…
  • Apple Technology’s New Development Into the Automotive World

    18 Feb 2015 | 7:36 am
    Apple, well known for the highly addictive handheld devices enters a new division of technology after the loss of workers to Tesla Motors. Apple has reportedly been recruiting talent in the automotive industry from companies like Mercedes-Benz. With top talent coming together at a location in Silicon Valley, the possibilities are endless. Among those hires is Johann Jungwirth, who until very recently was President and CEO of Mercedes-Benz Research & Development North America. His arrival, plus talk of other automotive engineers joining the ranks more quietly, has a lot of people…
  • Veloster gets a facelift

    21 Jan 2015 | 1:42 pm
    After getting its mid-life face lift in its home market in South Korea the Hyundai Veloster. It’s as what we thought it would be; minor improvements, same engine, not much new. If you expected the facelift of this car to be more potent to its competitor the Volkswagen Golf, you might just be a little disappointed. As the 1.6-liter four-pot cranks out the same 201 horsepower and 195 pound-feet of torque. Fortunately, there is a bit of important news in the drivetrain department, in the form of a seven-speed, dual-clutch gearbox. The unit that debuted on the i30 in 2014 replaces the…
  • Fun Driving Facts.

    30 Dec 2014 | 6:40 am
    Sometimes you hear stories about how a boarder guard asked a friend of a friend if they’ve ever smoke a joint. Then they were forced to turn around if they said yes. We all hear them and we all pay no attention to them, because as if they’d ever happen to us. Fat chance right? Here’s the thing, there are some interested driving fact that are out there, that you wouldn’t believe. For starters here’s some ones that I thought were interesting 1) You can get charged for leaving your older kids in the car 2) You can get a ticket if someone takes a video of you texting…
  • Canadian Auto Makers Show Support for Movember

    9 Nov 2014 | 5:41 pm
    Movember madness is in full effect and Canadian car makers are facing off to fight prostate cancer. Inside the Chrysler assembly plant, a wall is lined with 134 plaques bearing the name of an employee who passed away before retirement. “We also have a wall for our retirees,” said Wayne North, union lead at the plant, “but not everybody makes that wall.” The issue of men’s health hits home for North in a number of ways. Aside from the “scares” his brother-in-law has had with prostate cancer, North spends his days working in a factory of 3,000 people, average age 47. According to…
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    Beth’s Blog

  • Meet Gen Z Philanthropist Sejal Makheja, Founder Elevator Project

    16 Apr 2015 | 9:02 am
    Perhaps you’ve been reading about Gen Z and that they’re tech savvy, passionate about doing good, and might just shake up philanthropy.    I recently read an article in the New York Times about conference for Gen Z who were learning entrepreneurial skills. That’s where I first read about  Sejal Makheja, 16, a sophomore who lives in McLean, Va. When she was 14, Sejal founded the Elevator Project, an organization that aims to lift people out of poverty through apprenticeship, vocational training and job placement. She said she went to the Gen Z Conference because she wanted to…
  • Ahead of Give Local America, 7 trends in Giving Days

    14 Apr 2015 | 8:21 am
    Source: GiveMN A school principal rides a zipline as a way to bring attention to Give to the Max Day in Minnesota Guest Post by Michelle Huttenhoff, Knight Foundation With the clock ticking for Give Local America on May 5, community foundations and others are finalizing plans for this national day of online giving. At Knight Foundation, we’ve been providing insights on organizing successful Giving Days, and wanted to share the latest information we have gathered. Our work started with The Giving Day Playbook, a soup-to-nuts guide that is continuously updated. Today, we wanted to share…
  • Volunteer Engagement 2.0: Pre-Order Your Copy Now!

    13 Apr 2015 | 12:08 pm
    In mid-May 2015, the book “Volunteer Engagement 2.0” will launch and I’m proud to be among 35 chapter contributors!   Can you guess the topic of my chapter? The book is about: Striking a balance between actionable strategy and broad discussion of the issues surrounding volunteerism, Volunteer Engagement 2.0 helps readers craft a volunteer program that reflects the organization’s mission and approaches daily management needs with an eye toward the future. Track the history of volunteerism, and the social, cultural, and technological shifts that will shape its future Keep…
  • What Improvisation Can Teach Social Change Leaders

    8 Apr 2015 | 11:25 am
    This post follows yesterday’s post about networked leadership skills.   I had the honor of being a guest facilitator at a transformative leadership retreat with colleagues Heather McLeod Grant, Chris Block, Lance Fors, and David Havens – I got to teach but more importantly got to learn from amazing people.   The retreat curriculum is built around the a framework  called “I-WE-IT” that covers mindsets and practical skills that today’s social change leaders of all generations need as we move towards more collective approaches. David Havens from Collective Capital, a…
  • A Simple Way for Nonprofit Leaders To Incorporate Mindfulness Into Their Daily Work

    7 Apr 2015 | 10:36 am
    Yesterday,  I had the honor of being a guest facilitator at a transformative leadership retreat with colleagues Heather McLeod Grant, Chris Block, Lance Fors, and David Havens.   The retreat curriculum is built around the a framework  called “I-WE-IT” that covers mindsets and practical skills that today’s social change leaders of all generations need as we move towards more collective approaches. I-WE-IT is a tripod of inter-connected skills for leaders:   the individual leader (I), the power of teams or networks (WE), or the system that they are trying to change (IT).
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    Forgiveness Project

  • NEWS: We’re Recruiting – Executive Director!

    30 Mar 2015 | 3:32 am
    2015 is an exciting time of change at The Forgiveness Project as we are now recruiting a new Executive Director. Full details on how to apply are below! The Forgiveness Project – Executive Director The Forgiveness Project is seeking an exceptional leader to scale up its extraordinary, powerful and award winning work in the next stage of our development. The Forgiveness Project offers stories of forgiveness, and a space for open reflection, to build understanding and give people the opportunity to move forward from trauma and conflict, enabling both personal and societal…
  • NEWS: Finally our book is launched!

    26 Mar 2015 | 10:32 am
    Last night we celebrated the launch of The Forgiveness Project: Stories for a Vengeful Age, the new book by The Forgiveness Project’s founder and director Marina Cantacuzino. The evening was kindly hosted by the Romanian Cultural Institute and speaking at the event were Marina herself, our publisher Jessica Kingsley, and author and actor Michael Simkins. We are incredibly grateful to everyone who worked so hard to make this project a reality. ‘The Forgiveness Project’ includes stories from a survivor of the ‪ Norway island massacre, a woman who now considers her child’s killer her…
  • NEWS: The Forgiveness Project goes to Edinburgh…

    23 Mar 2015 | 4:23 am
    On the evening of Monday 9th March we held our first regional Forgiveness Conversation in collaboration with the University of Edinburgh Chaplaincy. This multi-faith public conversation asked the question Can Radical Compassion Win the War on Violent Extremism – a discussion title that one audience member challenged, stating that it was terminology used to perpetuate national panic, Islamaphobia and racism. Speaker Yasmin Mulbocus who had formerly been radicalised by a “cult” Islamic group agreed that terminology is key, and that she did not like the term ‘war on violent…
  • GUEST BLOG: A Stunning Lesson on Forgiveness by Pierre Pradervand

    19 Feb 2015 | 9:28 am
    As a way of achieving our central aim of creating opportunities for people to explore and examine concepts of forgiveness, The Forgiveness Project aims to post occasional Guest Blogs from people who have thought about or experienced forgiveness in different and diverse ways. The views expressed in Guest Blogs are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect the views of The Forgiveness Project. We are honoured to present our first guest blog by Pierre Pradervand, author of The Gentle Art of Blessing and Messages of Life from Death Row. Pierre lives in Switzerland and has a rich…
  • EVENT: New Series of Forgiveness Conversations – Edinburgh, 9 March 2015

    18 Feb 2015 | 11:54 am
    We are delighted to announce a new series of Forgiveness Conversations, the first of which will take place on 9th March 2015. The talk will be held in collaboration with the University of Edinburgh Chaplaincy as their annual Multi-faith Public Conversation. The event will explore the question, Can radical compassion win the war on violent extremism? Speakers will include: Yasmin Yar Mulbocus, formerly a member of a radical Islamist organisation who now works to ‘Educate, Empower and Engage’ women to become proactive citizens in their communities; Jo Berry whose father, Sir Anthony Berry,…
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    Tiny Buddha

  • Stop Living on Autopilot: 5 Ways to Live an Amazing Life

    Cate Scolnik
    16 Apr 2015 | 8:50 pm
    “I am not a product of my circumstances. I am a product of my decisions.” ~ Stephen Covey I used to be a zombie. I don’t mean that I died and was brought back to life; I mean I used to live on autopilot. Diligently doing the right thing. Following one opportunity to the next, onward and upward. Until I found myself boxed into a cubicle, earning a six-figure income while my soul slowly died. I didn’t even realize it. I just thought this was what people did. Everyone around me was the same. They weren’t happy, but like me, they stayed because of the money and conditions. I didn’t…
  • Get Mindful in May and Pause for a Great Cause

    Lori Deschene
    16 Apr 2015 | 8:49 pm
    When your mind is scattered, your head full of worries, and your heart full of fears and doubts, the world is a stressful, sometimes terrifying place. When you take time to clear your mental space, suddenly everything feels easier. Without the heavy burden of anxiety and rumination, you’re free to simply be—and to see. It’s like cleaning a dirty window; all of a sudden, the light comes in, light you didn’t even realize was there. What provides this cleaning, clarifying magic? Meditation, and even just ten minutes a day. My whole life transformed when I learned that I could free myself…
  • How Fear Melts Away When We Stop Resisting the Present

    James McCrae
    15 Apr 2015 | 8:51 pm
    “Whatever the present moment contains, embrace it as if you had chosen it yourself.” ~Eckhart Tolle The second hand on the clock ticked to 12 like a base runner returning home. It was 9:00AM on Monday morning. Anxiety set in as I stared at the stack of papers on my desk. Budgets needed to be balanced, new clients needed to be obtained, and advertising campaigns needed to be launched for high-profile brands. Everybody needed something. It was my first day as an Advertising Executive and I already knew I was in trouble. In a few hours I was scheduled to meet with my first client, a Fortune…
  • Gaining Freedom from Our Obsession with Possessions

    Ara D
    15 Apr 2015 | 8:50 pm
    “How pointless life could be, what a foolish business of inventing things to love, just so you could dread losing them.” ~Barbara Kingsolver Approximately one month after graduating from a privileged institution on the East Coast, I was standing knee deep in rainforest on the Big Island of Hawaii cutting weeds with a small kama. Here I was, with a brand new Master’s degree in Education Policy, genuinely confused as to whether I was cutting the right plant because my entire life before that had been about sitting on the computer doing mind work. Despite my lack of experience, the…
  • Saying Yes When We Mean No: How to Break the Habit

    Victoria Cox
    14 Apr 2015 | 8:09 pm
    “Half of the troubles of this life can be traced to saying yes too quickly and not saying no soon enough.” ~Josh Billings Have you ever encountered a situation where you found yourself agreeing to do something that you had no interest in actually doing? When we find ourselves saying yes when we mean no, we are essentially saying no to ourselves and giving our personal power away. The classic archetype of the People Pleaser. So why do we do it? I believe it is learned behavior. I have yet to see a toddler hold themselves back from the brink of a temper tantrum and tell themselves, “You…
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    Farnam Street

  • Saying No: How Successful People Stay Productive

    Shane Parrish
    16 Apr 2015 | 4:30 am
    This upcoming weekend is the first online seminar that I’ve ever offered on increasing your productivity. It’s unlike anything I’ve seen out there today and I think it has the potential to change how you invest your time. The seminar is going to be fast-paced and full of ideas that you can immediately put into action. One of the things we’re going to talk about is why to-do lists are rarely as effective as scheduling time. “Scheduling,” says Cal Newport, “forces you to confront the reality of how much time you actually have and how long things will…
  • David Foster Wallace on The Moral Clarity of the Immature

    Shane Parrish
    15 Apr 2015 | 4:30 am
    David Foster Wallace, who has brought us gems such as This is Water and insights into ambition and perfectionism, was the guest editor of the 2007 edition of Best American Essays. His introduction explores why pre-formed positions are so appealing and how the role of having people decide for us has no clear alternative. Commenting on how essays and other pre-packaged models of thinking help us deal with information and stimuli overload, Wallace writes: Part of our emergency is that it’s so tempting to do this sort of thing now, to retreat to narrow arrogance, pre-formed positions, rigid…
  • The Books That Influenced Harvard Professor Michael J. Sandel

    Shane Parrish
    14 Apr 2015 | 4:00 am
    American political philosopher and a professor at Harvard University, Michael J. Sandel is no stranger to Farnam Streeters. He’s argued why we shouldn’t buy presents and the limits of what money can buy. And now, thanks to The Harvard Guide to Influential Books: 113 Distinguished Harvard Professors Discuss the Books That Have Helped to Shape Their Thinking, we know which books have influenced him the most and why. These seem to be among the books that can help us reflect on the moral and political conditions of liberal democracy in contemporary America. The Human Condition by…
  • Seymour Schulich on Deals, Business, Decisions and Life

    Shane Parrish
    13 Apr 2015 | 4:00 am
    Seymour Schulich, one of Canada’s most successful businessmen and author of Get Smarter: Life and Business Lessons offers some indispensable business wisdom. Business is a means to an end not an end in itself. Nobody on his or her deathbed says, “I wish I had spent more time in the office.” Never quit a job unless you have another job. My father taught me this great truth. You are perceived as more valuable if you are working than if you’re unemployed. You may feel staying employed doesn’t give you the time or latitude to seek a better job. This is a dangerous…
  • Six Strategy Traps

    Shane Parrish
    9 Apr 2015 | 4:30 am
    Strategy could be the most over-used word since leadership. How many strategies can one organization have? A lot of people say “strategy” when they really mean goal or objective. One of the best books on Strategy is Roger Martin and A. G. Lafley’s Playing to Win: How Strategy Really Works. In this excerpt they comment on the signals that a company has a worrisome strategy. There is no perfect strategy—no algorithm that can guarantee sustainable competitive advantage in a given industry or business. But there are signals that a company has a particularly worrisome strategy.
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    Triple Pundit: People, Planet, Profit

  • Editor in Chief Jen Boynton on the 3Ps

    3p Contributor
    18 Apr 2015 | 1:08 pm
    Last week, TriplePundit editor in chief Jen Boynton was interviewed by Andrea Johnbaptiste on the JB Bizline Radio out of South Florida. Listen in to hear her explain how climate change can impact even the smallest of businesses and why diversity can boost your bottom line.
  • Twitter Chat: Meet HP’s Chief Progress Officer on 4/21 at #LivingProgress

    Marissa Rosen
    18 Apr 2015 | 3:00 am
    Join Gabi Zedlmayer, Chief Progress Officer for HP, and TriplePundit for a Twitter Chat about HP Living Progress and Earth Day on April 21 -- at #LivingProgress.
  • EcoPlum ‘Pops Up’ for Earth Week

    Gina-Marie Cheeseman
    18 Apr 2015 | 1:30 am
    There are many ways to celebrate Earth Week and highlight the importance of living a more sustainable life. EcoPlum, an online fashion and gift item store, is opening its first pop-up shop with Environment Furniture in New York City, lasting from April 16 to April 22.
  • 3p Weekend: The History of Earth Day — In Less Than 5 Minutes

    Mary Mazzoni
    17 Apr 2015 | 11:15 am
    Even as the cynic within us gripes about yet another Earth Day, it's important to remember how the tradition began. Ready for a five-minute history lesson? Grab a fresh cup of coffee, and brush up on the history of Earth Day.
  • Pop-Up Forest Campaign to Transform Times Square Into a Nature Exhibit

    3p Contributor
    17 Apr 2015 | 3:30 am
    "If a forest can make it in Times Square, it can make it anywhere." This twist on Sinatra's iconic lyrics is how Brooklyn-based urban botanist Marielle Anzelone wraps up the video pitch for her Kickstarter campaign to raise funds towards installing a pop-up forest in Times Square.
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    Eat. Sleep. Be

  • Support the March of Dimes #imbornto Campaign for Premature Babies

    14 Apr 2015 | 5:30 pm
      Did you know that every year, nearly half a million babies are born prematurely in the United States? That is equal to one baby born prematurely every single minute. One in nine babies is born prematurely in the United States each year. Both of my children were among them. Unlike most pregnant women, I was in a position where I knew beforehand that my babies would be born prematurely. The days and weeks leading up to their births were terrifying, not knowing just how early they would be born or if they would suffer long term consequences from coming into the world before their little…
  • 15 Ways to Reduce Your Saturated Fat Intake

    13 Apr 2015 | 3:05 am
    There are different types of fats in food, and if you are trying to eat healthy, saturated fat is the one you most want to avoid. Not only because they are, well, fattening, but because saturated fats can also raise your cholesterol levels, leading to a whole bunch of heart health concerns. It is also linked to a higher risk of diabetes. Saturated fats can be hard on the stomach too, so if you have a sensitive stomach, you might find some relief by cutting them out of your diet. Saturated fats are typically found from animals, particularly in red meat and dairy but they can also be found in…
  • The Alvita Wireless Activity Tracker from Omron

    10 Apr 2015 | 3:15 am
      For the past few weeks I have had the opportunity to test out the new Omron Alvita Wireless Activity Tracker. It records the steps you’ve taken throughout the day, the distance you have gone and the calories you burned, so that you can get moving towards your goals. Here’s what I liked about the Alvita Wireless Activity Tracker: The price. It is less pricy than other pedometers on the market. At just $59.99, this inexpensive activity tracker a great solution for those who are curious about your steps, but don’t want to break the bank on a fancy tracker. The size. It does…
  • Energy Efficient Living Tips from the Kitchen Cousins

    27 Mar 2015 | 3:30 am
    People are moving in droves to smarter, more energy-efficient living, such as upgrading home appliances and décor. Even small improvements can lead to a big difference in your home’s energy-use. Some of these upgrades are incredibly easy and low cost investments, such as replacing old light bulbs for LED bulbs. Additionally, an increasing number of appliances can be controlled wirelessly, saving homeowners on their electric bills. Anthony Carrino and John Colaneri are the popular co-hosts of HGTV’s Kitchen Cousins, and the upcoming new show, America’s Most Desperate Kitchens. These New…
  • Gluten-Free “Fried” Rice Stir Recipe

    26 Mar 2015 | 5:29 am
      Several weeks ago I shared with you a recipe for a healthy, gluten-free Tex-Mex Rice Stir recipe that, by the way, my older son has been bugging me all week to make again. A Stir is a dinner recipe that begins with a base of Della rice. Toppings can include a variety of proteins, vegetables, and sauces. You pick. You decide. You create your own stir and dinner is served! These rice bowl creations are made with ingredients that you already have on hand and enjoy eating. It also allows you to get really creative! Over the past couple of months, myself and all of the Della…
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    Learning from Dogs

  • Picture parade ninety-two

    Paul Handover
    19 Apr 2015 | 1:00 am
    Guess what! Now we are ten! As is becoming our routine for a Saturday morning, Jean and I went in to the Farmer’s Market in Grants Pass. Then, because we wanted to buy some more plants for the garden, we decided to zip over to our local Grange Coop, also in Grants Pass. The store, bless them, had given over quite a large part of their retail floor area to Shelter Friends, a local organisation supporting animal adoptions here in Josephine County. There was one dog, a Chihuahua mix male, named Pedy.  He is five-years-old and was found abandoned a few weeks ago here in Merlin.  It felt…
  • Yet another Saturday smile

    Paul Handover
    18 Apr 2015 | 1:00 am
    Just another Southwest Airlines flight, or is it? With grateful thanks to Dan Gomez who passed it on to me. You all travel safely out there!
  • Writing 101 Day Nine

    Paul Handover
    17 Apr 2015 | 1:00 am
    It all depends on one’s point of view! Day Nine: Point of View Today’s Prompt: A man and a woman walk through the park together, holding hands. They pass an old woman sitting on a bench. The old woman is knitting a small, red sweater. The man begins to cry. Write this scene. We encourage you to give fiction a try, even if that is not what you normally do — it can be a fun way to stretch. If fiction feels like a bridge too far, take some element from the scene that speaks to you, and write a non-fiction piece about that. Perhaps you are drawn to the old woman, and will write…
  • Writing 101 Day Eight

    Paul Handover
    16 Apr 2015 | 1:00 am
    More twists and turns on the writing journey. Day Eight: Death to Adverbs Today’s Prompt: Go to a local café, park, or public place and write a piece inspired by something you see. Get detailed: leave no nuance behind. Thoughtful writers create meaning by choosing precise words to create vivid pictures in the reader’s mind. As you strive to create strong imagery, show your readers what’s going on; avoid telling them. Today’s twist: write an adverb-free post. If you’d rather not write a new post, revisit and edit a previous one: excise your adverbs and replace them with strong,…
  • Writing 101 Day Seven

    Paul Handover
    15 Apr 2015 | 1:00 am
    Jaw, jaw is so much better than war, war! Day Seven: Give and Take Today’s Prompt: Write a post based on the contrast between two things — whether people, objects, emotions, places, or something else. Remember those “compare and contrast” essays in composition class, in which you’re forced to create a clunky juxtaposition of two arguments? Just because that particular form was a bore doesn’t mean that opposition has no place in your writing. Bringing together two different things — from the abstract and the inanimate to the living and breathing — creates a natural source…
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    Broke But Rich

  • (5) I’m Stressed

    16 Apr 2015 | 10:00 pm
    What stresses you? What keeps your heart beating so fast that it feels like you just want to give up the chase. I am stressed all the time. Even the little things stress me. Just thinking about what I’m going to write here stresses me. I was not like this. Everything was fun for me. Before. People who know me can attest that I am the kind of person who works hard yet takes it easy on things that are stressful. My wife has this mantra which I totally adhere: “Take each day as it comes.” This is the reason why she can easily whip a smile at any given time of the day no matter what the…
  • (4) I Panicked

    16 Apr 2015 | 3:54 am
    When you lose your job, the first feeling that sets in is panic, unless there’s another job waiting for you the very next day. When that frame of mind overwhelms you, your flow of thinking goes beyond normal. You start thinking differently of yourself. It’s mostly negative. First, you think why they are letting you go. You tend to speculate that there is another reason, or reasons, other than what you are told. You are just not good enough for the organization. You’re useless. Second, you think that you lost everything. Of course, you lose your monthly pay. You lose whatever…
  • (3) I Am Good

    15 Apr 2015 | 6:50 am
    I may be screwed but I’m good. Well, I was told so. Even my mom once told me that I am good. She was not lying. She’s my mom. Here are some testimonials on how good I am. “Dominic has always done excellent work on my WordPress blog from design to maintenance and troubleshooting. I highly recommend him.” “Dominic is a WordPress Jedi — his expertise revolutionized my blog and helped me reach a far wider audience.” “I worked with Dom for over two years. Dom is a consummate professional who was literally there for me 24/7. He built my site. When I had glitches with my site he…
  • (2) I’m Screwed

    13 Apr 2015 | 8:56 pm
    I had a hunch that something is coming when my boss asked me if we can talk that July afternoon. I don’t know why. We usually talk but there is something that tells me that this one is going to be a different talk. I just had that feeling that something is coming. A bad feeling. I had that same feeling in 2009 when my boss invited me out for lunch. I never had lunch with him before, so the invitation bothered me. There is something in me that was urging me not to go to Olive Garden.I did. I was fired. Yes, over lunch at Olive Garden. Damn it! I love Shake Shack. He should have just brought…
  • (1) Today, I Woke Up Broke and Blogging

    12 Apr 2015 | 8:43 pm
    Today, I woke up broke. Feeling broke, actually. Why do we tend to associate being broke with not having enough money, or the total lack of it? Strapped for cash. I have some money. It’s not enough but I can still afford a cup of coffee. What I have is not enough though, but it’s money just the same. I do not even know what is enough. A lot of people can’t even buy a cup of coffee. I’m lucky. Okay, broke but lucky. I am broke because the current situation dictates that I am broke. It’s a feeling. Or maybe there’s a deeper reason. Or maybe, I am indeed broke. What are my options…
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    Frank Sonnenberg Online

  • Now or Never

    Frank Sonnenberg
    14 Apr 2015 | 3:45 am
    For some folks, living in the “here and now” means seeking instant gratification. So they buy pills to lose weight, go under the knife to look young, and purchase lottery tickets in hopes of striking it rich. In business, they request favors five minutes into a new relationship, hold “fire sales” rather than building customer loyalty, and bark orders at employees rather than leading with trust. They believe (or should I say, hope) that taking the quick-and-easy route is the optimum path to success. The problem is, if you think trust, respect, and credibility are easy to obtain,…
  • 28 Common Decision-Making Mistakes to Avoid

    Frank Sonnenberg
    7 Apr 2015 | 3:45 am
    28 Common Decision-Making Mistakes to Avoid We make a lot of decisions every day. They have a huge impact on our happiness and success. Yet most of us never question whether our decision-making process is flawed. It stands to reason that the only way to avoid the land mines is to know where they’re located. Here are 28 mistakes to avoid: Shoot from the hip. Failing to consider relevant information. Yesterday’s news. Basing decisions on outdated information. Define the problem. Losing sight of the key objectives. Learn your lesson. Failing to apply lessons learned from previous…
  • 5 Qualities of Great Leaders

    Frank Sonnenberg
    31 Mar 2015 | 3:45 am
    The world is changing at a blistering pace. In years past, the health of a company was measured by the size of its balance sheet. While that still may be true today, great leaders know that an organization’s competitiveness is clearly determined by its ability to harness the power of intangibles –– often referred to as “soft issues.” The truth is, any organization that wants to achieve excellence must emphasize the importance of intangible factors such as empowering its workforce, communicating in an open and honest manner, building trust among employees, promoting continuous…
  • How Are You Viewed on Social Media?

    Frank Sonnenberg
    24 Mar 2015 | 3:45 am
    How Are You Viewed on Social Media? Social media is a wonderful way to keep in touch with friends and family. We share wonderful memories, hilarious jokes, breathtaking photos, and interesting articles. Sometimes we even raise controversial subjects and rant over things that get under our skin. The interesting thing is that many of us post things on social media that we wouldn’t dare say in person. Have you ever thought about the image that you present to your friends and colleagues on social media? You ARE Your Message. Additional Reading: Reputation: You Can’t Run from Your Shadow…
  • 10 Tips to Create Better Life Balance

    Frank Sonnenberg
    17 Mar 2015 | 3:45 am
    Many of us take each day as it comes and then seem surprised to find where life has taken us. We’ve risen to the top, but regret what we’ve lost during the journey; we’ve accumulated fancy possessions, but learned that money can’t buy the best riches in life. It’s as if we’ve followed a prepared script rather than consciously choosing the right path for us. Here are 10 tips to create better life balance: Remain focused and disciplined. Do you feel overwhelmed at times? That may be because you value quantity over quality. Priorities serve as guideposts to keep you on track. Your…
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    Self Stairway

  • How Has Quitting My Job (and Starting a Business) Gone For Me So Far?

    Vincent Nguyen
    13 Apr 2015 | 4:00 am
    WARNING: STREAM OF CONSCIOUSNESS AHEAD Ah, officially 101 days (at the time of this writing) has gone by since opening up shop. That’s right, we’re in the triple digits, baby! After leaving my dream job in December, I took the next two weeks off to pick up an old habit of mine: Playing a ton of online video games with my high school buddies. It was fun spending hours gaming while talking with my friends on Skype like the good old days. Then the day after New Years hit, it was time to get back into business. Or rather, time to start my first business. On January 2, 2015, at approximately…
  • My Worst Fear Is My Biggest Strength

    Vincent Nguyen
    6 Apr 2015 | 4:00 am
    When people ask me what drives me most, my answer is never what they expect. They may be waiting for me to talk about how passionate I am about my business and everything I do. But it’s not raw passion that pushes me to succeed. Maybe they’d expect my drive to come from a desire for financial success and complete freedom in being able to purchase whatever I want. Money’s a decent motivator, but it hardly plays a role in getting me out of bed every morning. Some suspect it may be for the praise and external validation that comes with pursuing ventures with inherent risks. What I tell…
  • Why Being Polarizing Is Actually a Good Thing

    Vincent Nguyen
    30 Mar 2015 | 4:00 am
    Do you want to be loved by everyone? Sure you do. I did and still do, to some extent. It’d be great if every single person we met fell in love with us and laughed at all of our jokes (or at least half of them would do for me). But as fantastic as that sounds, it’s unrealistic. Everyone has a crowd of non-fans. Some people are so afraid of external disapproval that they aim to be as vanilla, average, and “normal” as possible to avoid drawing any negative attention. They think if they do nothing out of the ordinary, there couldn’t possibly be anyone who would think badly of them.
  • Stop Feeling Guilty For Enjoying Yourself

    Vincent Nguyen
    23 Mar 2015 | 4:00 am
    If you’re in the US, you’re familiar with how workaholics are praised for putting in countless hours and for never wanting to put work down. Let’s call it Last One to Leave the Office Syndrome (LOL OS, if you will). The majority of us run on LOL OS. It’s our daily operating system. And we get external reinforcement from our friends, family, co-workers, and bosses that further strengthens the desire to work ourselves harder. People look up to workaholics and encourage them. “You worked 80 hours last week? Awesome!” “Overtime five nights in a row? Yeah buddy!” You get the…
  • The Good Old Days Are Now

    Vincent Nguyen
    16 Mar 2015 | 4:00 am
    “I wish there was a way to know you’re in the good old days before you’ve actually left them.” –Andy Bernard, The Office Ever find yourself thinking back to some distant memory and saying to yourself, “Ah… Those were the good old days”? Getting nostalgic and reminiscing allows us to look back at how good we’ve had it. It’s a way to appreciate our life story as it unfolds, leading us to where we now stand. But we almost never look at the present with the same affectionate eyes. We never say to ourselves, “We’re living in the good old days right now.”…
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    Ahh The Simple Life

  • No Time To Cook

    Carol Ann Preibis
    13 Apr 2015 | 9:23 am
    No time to cook? There are plenty of meals that take just minutes to prepare. You don’t need a recipe… The post No Time To Cook appeared first on Ahh The Simple Life.
  • The Positivity Project: Communication

    Carol Ann Preibis
    10 Apr 2015 | 2:48 pm
    The more I learn about positive psychology, the more I am convinced of its tremendous potential. Potential to transform… The post The Positivity Project: Communication appeared first on Ahh The Simple Life.
  • Springtime Asparagus Soup

    Carol Ann Preibis
    9 Apr 2015 | 12:47 pm
    Asparagus I was surprised to learn that male asparagus plants carry small bell-shaped flowers. Aren’t they beautiful? If you… The post Springtime Asparagus Soup appeared first on Ahh The Simple Life.
  • Living a Good Life: Flow

    Carol Ann Preibis
    6 Apr 2015 | 5:02 am
    The more I learn about positive psychology, the more I am convinced of its tremendous potential. Potential to transform… The post Living a Good Life: Flow appeared first on Ahh The Simple Life.
  • Spring Rejuvenation

    Carol Ann Preibis
    2 Apr 2015 | 8:07 pm
    More Than Enough BY MARGE PIERCY The first lily of June opens its red mouth. All over the sand… The post Spring Rejuvenation appeared first on Ahh The Simple Life.
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    Wan of a Kind

  • Hope Springs Eternal

    William Wan
    5 Apr 2015 | 8:07 pm
    Easter is a religious holiday celebrated by Christians around the world.  For these Christian friends, Easter is about their faith in the resurrection of Jesus Christ whom they believe to be Lord and Saviour.  The resurrection from the dead gives them hope both for the present as well as the after-life. I posted an Easter greeting last Friday as follows: “He is risen” announced the angels some 2,000 years ago.  Since then Christians around the world celebrate Easter Sunday every year.  To all my Christian friends, I do wish you a blessed Easter filled with Hope,…
  • Foreign Domestic Workers (FDW) of Today and the Majie of the Yesterday

    William Wan
    17 Mar 2015 | 2:09 am
    I have just received some copies of the latest Infocus, a Ministry of Manpower publication for employers of foreign domestic workers. The cover story Kindness is the Movement is an interview I gave to its writer.What are some ways in which employers can help FDW adapt to living and working in Singapore, I was asked. Though we had never engaged a FDW, I had spent periods of time with families with FDWs and I shared some of my observations of the way FDWs are treated that facilitated their happy adaptation. They include,The children addressing them as aunties – there is…
  • Kindness in the Year of the Goat

    William Wan
    22 Feb 2015 | 5:20 pm
    On Wednesday 18th of February, more than a billion Chinese around the world welcomed the dawn of another lunar new year. In traditional Chinese astrology, different animals symbolize the character of the year in a twelve-year cycle. This New Year happens to be the Year of the Goat. Some prefers to call it the Year of the Ram, and yet others, the year of the Sheep. In Mongolia, they prefer their gazelle! There are people who debate about which is the correct animal. According to an official Xinhua news agency, some scholars argue goat is a better option for the traditional Han Chinese holiday,…
  • United by Kindness

    William Wan
    22 Jan 2015 | 6:30 pm
    In the wake of the Charlie Hebdo tragedy, many have commented on the episode in our newspapers. Most of it is focused on the question of the extent of freedom of expression, and responsible journalism, especially when the discourse has to do with religion in the context of our own multi-religious ethos.Not surprisingly, of course, there is an outright condemnation of the terrorist attacks. Even on social media discussion, there is overwhelming agreement that the attacks cannot be condoned, let alone justified, and that the perpetrators must be brought to justice.A far more divisive…
  • Resolved to "Love my Neighbours"

    William Wan
    6 Jan 2015 | 6:47 pm
    “The object of a New Year is not that we should have a new year. It is that we should have a new soul... Unless a particular man made New Year resolutions, he would make no resolutions. Unless a man starts afresh about things, he will certainly do nothing effective.” - G. K. Chesterton.It is often said that New Year’s resolutions are made to be broken. I certainly hope that is not true of us. I do believe that it is a good time to make some simple resolutions.Since people do not care about what we know until they know that we care, it is good to resolve to walk the talk. It is cheap to…
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    Singapore Kindness Movement

  • Volunteer for Happiness is Homemade

    15 Apr 2015 | 11:18 pm
    Neo Garden is back this year with Happiness is Homemade. This time around, we are encouraging people to show appreciation to their family members. The adorable Neo babies mascot will also be walking around to entice the public to participate and show appreciation to their family members. The public are invited to take a free instant print photo with their family members at Neo Garden’s photobooth, all they have to do is to give a hug, or say “thank you” or “I love you” to their family members. We would like to invite you to volunteer with us again. The event will…
  • Kindness is part of our nature

    6 Apr 2015 | 8:53 pm
    OUR founding Prime Minister, Mr Lee Kuan Yew, brought a nation together at his death, as he did in his lifetime. It was heartening to see our nation united in grief, regardless of race, language, religion, or political affiliation. Much was also exceptional in another way. Amid the grief, innumerable acts of kindness bubbled to the surface. These were picked up and spread by news outlets – stories of individuals and businesses that came to offer mourners refreshment and shade, those who gave generously in flowers, bottled water or their time. At the Padang, volunteers helped to pick up…
  • Mud Doll Tugs At The Heartstrings To Inspire Kindness

    29 Mar 2015 | 11:06 pm
    SKM’s “A Nation of Kindness” Hums A New Tune Singapore, 30 March 2015 – The Singapore Kindness Movement today released “Mud Doll”, an emotive short film that deals with themes of simple acts of kindness and intergenerational bonding. The 120-second spot premieres on Channels 5 and 8 today, while a 60-second version begins its run in selected cinemas island-wide. The full-length clip is on SKM’s YouTube channel, KindnessSG. Continuing with its overarching theme of “A Nation of Kindness Starts with One”, “Mud Doll” explores the unlikely relationship between a persistent…
  • Kindness Badge 2015

    29 Mar 2015 | 10:15 pm
    On the 7 March 2015, when most of us were having our weekend break, more than a hundred students from Girl Guides of Singapore (GGS), Singapore Scouts Association (SSA), and St John Singapore (SJS) gathered for the launch of Kindness Badge 2015. Attendees were briefed on the scope to carry out kindness related projects to impact the Singapore community. The Kindness Badge Awards (KBA) was successfully launched on 13 November 2014 with the GGS and SSA. For the inaugural year, the projects were quite influential in its reach. The projects ranged from a pledge to return trays at food centres, to…
  • Video: I care to clean

    29 Mar 2015 | 8:48 pm
    Singapore has the reputation of being one of the cleanest cities in the world, but is Singapore really clean? Can Singapore be a clean city? And who’s responsibility is it to keep Singapore clean? Find out from the documentary below by the Keep Singapore Clean Movement:
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    VolunteerMark Blog

  • Twitter, Nonprofits, and You - How to Effectively Engage Members through Social Media

    13 Apr 2015 | 7:00 am
    Based on Software Advice’s 2015 industry review from Software Advice (an association management technology comparison agency) on how to best use Twitter to foster member engagement, it is clear that having a measurable, valuable, and substantial communication strategy on social media can help save your nonprofit and reach a broader audience.
  • How to Ensure that Our Organizational Efforts are Responsive to Change

    29 Mar 2015 | 9:15 pm
    Because of our continuously altered political, social, economic, and environmental landscape, I think it’s in nonprofits’ best interests to constantly re-examine their mission, purpose, organizational efforts, and methods of operating. Similarly to how for-profits challenge and question the relevancy and usability of their brand and product, I think it’s crucial for nonprofits to adopt a similar practice. Staying stagnant in our efforts, advocacy, and education will inevitably drive us into a roadblock where our ability to advance social change will be ineffectual.
  • Community Leadership and Volunteering: A Gateway to Happiness

    26 Mar 2015 | 8:00 am
    Volunteering your time serves an important function in your community. To put this into perspective, in 2011 American’s volunteered almost 8 billion hours of their time, which accounted for over $170 billion worth of labor. This saved money across the board and helped many non-profit organizations stay afloat. So, you want to help better the world around you through volunteering? That’s great! Follow these guidelines and you will be well on your way to successfully bettering your community.
  • Nonprofit Internship Tips: Your Co-Workers, You, and Your Passion

    19 Feb 2015 | 1:15 pm
    While navigating through my nonprofit internships as a college student and trying to make sense of my future and how to piece my nonprofit passion and experiences together, I found that my co-workers were extremely helpful and willing to support and further my passions within the sector. The relationships I was able to foster with my co-workers are part of the reason I am where I am today as a recent post-grad.
  • The health of volunteering in the UK

    17 Feb 2015 | 5:15 am
    A brief overview of the voluntary sector in the United Kingdom. I want to see the real aspect of volunteering across the pond, rather than the stereotypical soup kitchen support and “Extreme Makeover: Home Edition”style philanthropy of the US, compared to the Dickensian cliches of British Childrens Charities.
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    Direct Relief

  • Responding to Severe Flooding in Northern Chile

    Gordon Willcock, Emergency Preparedness & Response Manager
    15 Apr 2015 | 12:30 pm
    View image | Direct Relief is in contact with health care partners in Chile to deliver additional emergency aid supplies following severe flooding in northern Chile last week that has affected an estimated 30,000 people, destroyed 8,300 homes, and killed 27 people. A shipment of first aid supplies, exam gloves, and hygiene items were dispatched earlier this month to local […] The post Responding to Severe Flooding in Northern Chile appeared first on Direct Relief.
  • A Day in the Life of Community Health Workers

    Andrew Schroeder, Director of Research and Analysis
    6 Apr 2015 | 9:00 am
    Celebrating World Health Worker Week (April 5 -11, 2015), a new story map from Esri, The Earth Institute at Columbia, and Direct Relief, aims to raise support and awareness for the life changing contributions of community health workers. In dozens of countries, tens of thousands of women and men get up each morning to travel miles over rough roads and […] The post A Day in the Life of Community Health Workers appeared first on Direct Relief.
  • Helping Hands Increase HIV Testing & Treatment in the Bronx

    Hannah Rael, Communications Associate
    30 Mar 2015 | 11:59 am
    A recent immigrant to the U.S., Asha* was grateful to connect with Kalina*, a Helping Hands Program recruiter with Morris Heights Health Center (MHHC) located in the Bronx, N.Y. After getting to know her, Kalina suspected Asha was pregnant and guided her to MHHC, where her pregnancy was confirmed. Unfortunately, she also tested positive for the Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV), […] The post Helping Hands Increase HIV Testing & Treatment in the Bronx appeared first on Direct Relief.
  • Drones for Good: 4 Lessons from SXSW Interactive

    Andrew Schroeder, Director of Research and Analysis
    27 Mar 2015 | 2:37 pm
    The view of small unmanned aerial vehicles, or “drones,” has evolved quickly in the past two years from objects of fear or hobbyist fascination to the forefront of global discussions of how to improve humanitarian operations. Emerging applications range from high-resolution digital mapping to rapid situational awareness to potentially enormous changes in how we distribute essential relief goods to remote […] The post Drones for Good: 4 Lessons from SXSW Interactive appeared first on Direct Relief.
  • Emergency Update: Tornadoes Tear Through Oklahoma

    Tony Morain
    26 Mar 2015 | 12:37 am
    A powerful series of tornadoes brought on by severe storms bore through Oklahoma Wednesday night, causing one death and dozens of injuries. CNN reported significant damage across a 2-mile square area in Moore, Oklahoma, where high winds tore roofs from homes and downed trees. As many as 36,000 households were without power as of early Thursday morning. Patients with minor injuries sought care at the Moore Medical […] The post Emergency Update: Tornadoes Tear Through Oklahoma appeared first on Direct Relief.
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    Our Better World

  • Standing on strangers' shoulders

    Ashima Thomas
    14 Apr 2015 | 12:22 pm
    A story by Our Better World - telling stories of good to inspire action. When I was a kid and people asked me what I wanted to be when I grew up, I'd have many answers. It depended on my age, what I was doing, or what book, TV show or fad was making its way into my life at the time. There were no limitations on my dreams, because it was a given that I'd finish school and go to university to study whatever would make those dreams reality. As I grew up I started to realise that my path to a career wasn't the norm. I thought about this a lot recently when we were in the Philippines to create…
  • After death comes life

    30 Mar 2015 | 8:35 pm
    A story by Our Better World - telling stories of good to inspire action. This past week an entire nation has contemplated the passing of the late, great, Mr Lee Kuan Yew. I am one of those people who think about death a lot.  Not because I am morbid. It's just that death seems to be of central significance to our lives.  So often we live pretending death isn't a part of life.  They say that successful people begin with the end in mind.  A contemplation of our death ought to set the agenda for our lives.  When that day comes, who do we want to have become? What do we…
  • My son nearly ran me into a tree

    Joshua Lye
    24 Mar 2015 | 1:38 pm
    A story by Our Better World - telling stories of good to inspire action. The morning before Mr Lee Kuan Yew died, my family joined Runninghour's 'Run So Others Can' event at Marina Bay's Promontory. It was a unique event, giving participants the opportunity to try running part of the distance blindfolded. My son, wife and I each took turns running blindfolded and guiding for a few hundred metres, before completing the 5km event sighted. Running blind was nothing like I'd imagined. It's tough. Seems obvious, and I thought I knew what it would be like. But it was much tougher than I'd thought.
  • Close your eyes. Now let's play tennis

    20 Mar 2015 | 6:38 pm
    A story by Our Better World - telling stories of good to inspire action. The players mostly missed. That's the truth. It was 2012 and Our Better World had just started. We were looking for an inspiring story to tell.  It came to us wrapped in one of those “someone I know is doing something interesting” kind of moments: a group was teaching blind and partially blind people to play tennis.  How could we not check it out?  When we visited the place where they practised, I was amazed and humbled. This was clearly something unique and full of good.  We watched as volunteers…
  • Not your ordinary superwomen

    Joshua Lye
    9 Mar 2015 | 11:57 am
    A story by Our Better World - telling stories of good to inspire action. We don't think it's special for women to be outstanding in their fields, wear multiple hats or be ridiculously successful. But we do think it's really something when people have the courage to define success differently; when they work to change lives. So for International Women's Day, we celebrate some of the women whose stories we've had the privilege of telling.
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    Life Made to Order

  • Law of Attraction: Signs What You Want is On Its Way

    Kelli Cooper
    17 Apr 2015 | 3:53 am
    It would be great if there were these set, ummistakable signs, like a notification from the Cosmic FedEx your manifestation has left the facility and is now in transit, or your right pinky finger beginning to tingle from 8 to noon daily in the three days preceding the arrival of your stuff. This post is courtesy of a question one of my very regular readers asked me in one of her comments. She wanted to know about signs that what we want to manifest is on its way. Lots of good questions lately that were juicy enough to turn into a full-fledged blog post, so thanks for that question-askers! The…
  • Law of Attraction: Where Do I Even Begin?

    Kelli Cooper
    15 Apr 2015 | 2:49 am
      So, today we have another post based on some reader questions that were left on a post about some things screwing up your manifesting mojo.  Hi Kelli. Could you explain the exact process you use when you want to attract something? You just ask once or think about it once and focus on feeling good by getting on with everyday life and forget about it? You don’t visualize? Also. Could you explain this? ‘Also, you might want to know that you can not think about what you want ever again besides that first time, and you would still get it. Crazy, but true.’ *Do you have an article on…
  • Law of Attraction: How Much ‘Work’ Do I Have to Do to Manifest What I Want?

    Kelli Cooper
    13 Apr 2015 | 3:13 am
    Today’s post was inspired by a question one of my awesome readers emailed me. Hey Kelli, I loved this email because it was such a good reminder.(An email I sent to my list talking about some recent manifestations of mine and if you aren’t on that list, shame on you ;)) It reminded me of something that happened to me recently – I lost an earring at work, one that I really liked and was sad to lose. I had been running around all day and just chalked it up to being lost – there was no point in even looking for it. Well yesterday, I found it sitting on a clipboard of…
  • Law of Attraction: Tips for Feeling Good NOW Since Everything is Happening NOW

    Kelli Cooper
    8 Apr 2015 | 1:59 am
    When it comes to creating our reality, there is no down time. Every second, we are shaping our experience with our predominant thoughts, feelings and beliefs. I made sure to throw in the word predominant because once we start consciously working with the law of attraction, we start getting all freaked out about our negative thoughts, bad moods, fears, doubts and all the other yuck that is part and parcel of the human experience. But, all we need to do to get things moving in our favor is feeling better more than we are feeling badly. That is much more manageable than thinking we need to be…
  • Screw It: Questioning Whether Going after What You Want is Worth It Anymore

    Kelli Cooper
    6 Apr 2015 | 2:13 am
    You decided you wanted something, something that may have been a bit of a stretch, but you made the choice to go after it anyway. You were sick of not being true to yourself, and you started living more authentically, letting your ‘freak flag fly,’ if you will. You knew the road may be bumpy but infused with a healthy dose of optimism and enthusiasm, you made the leap. But, it turns out the road is a lot bumpier than you anticipated. Things may not be happening as quickly as you like. Certain changes have yet to materialize. The goals have not yet been reached. People in your life…
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  • IKEA is Stepping Up to Help 10,000 Refugees in One Critical Way

    Emily Rabbitt
    17 Apr 2015 | 2:04 pm
    You win, IKEA. I have a confession: until quite recently, I’ve held a deep and abiding hatred for IKEA. I’m not entirely sure where it came from. I have actually only purchased 2 pieces of new furniture in my entire life, only one of which is from IKEA. (And honestly, I hope it falls apart so I can replace it elsewhere.) I distinctly remember vowing to never enter another IKEA again after that shopping trip—the crowded store, the way you cannot maneuver anywhere but along their arrows, the fact that you’re buying the exact same piece of furniture that you’ll see in…
  • Aldi and Me: Confessions of a Bargain Shopper

    Ah-reum Han
    17 Apr 2015 | 1:49 pm
    Love it or hate it, Aldi is here to stay. Since Aldi’s modest beginnings in 1976 America, this mega-cheap privately-owned German grocery store has infiltrated big city and suburbia alike, sending broke students, busy parents, and penny-pinchers into a happy frenzy. Aldi—Aldi South, technically, since Aldi North in America operates as Trader Joe’s—now boasts almost 1400 stores across 32 states, and last year, made $10.1 billion in America alone. Chances are, even if you’ve never strolled down those austere aisles, you’ve seen that no-nonsense blue-and-orange logo. This…
  • How These 6 Countries Are Making The Fashion Industry Safer

    Aja Frost
    17 Apr 2015 | 1:49 pm
    When I was in middle school, I became obsessed with high fashion. I spent countless hours practicing the pronunciation of designer names like Monique Lhuillier and Yohji Yamamoto, reading magazine articles on “the bold shapes and colors of this season’s dresses!”, and of course, watching model after model parade down the runway. I became convinced that to be desirable—and to wear the beautiful clothes I coveted—I had to be tall and thin. But I’m short and athletic. My self-esteem plummeted. And all around me, my peers were experiencing the same thing. As two researchers found in…
  • This Book Crisis is Real. Why We Desperately Need More of These Kinds of Books

    Alya Hameed
    16 Apr 2015 | 1:49 pm
    Children’s literature publishing is like a winter in the Northeast: blanketed in white. According to the Cooperative Children’s Book Center (CCBC), only 14% of the children’s books published in 2014 were by or about people of color. Considering that 37% of our population is minorities, that’s a poor reflection, indeed. Even more troubling, only 43% of the books about people of color (163 books in total) were written by people of the culture they wrote about. That points to a dramatic fact—publishing itself (not just book characters) needs to be more diverse.
  • Major Grocery Stores are Ignoring This Huge Human Rights Abuse

    Stephanie Levy
    15 Apr 2015 | 2:03 pm
    When I buy tilapia at the grocery store, it usually costs around five dollars. No big deal for a main course for dinner at home. But imagine a world where that five-dollar fish is considered so valuable, you’re forbidden to eat it. Instead, you subsist on a few bites of rice and curry per day and live in a cage barely big enough for you to lay down—that is, when you’re not working 20-hour days at sea. Speak out against your squalid living conditions, and you face beatings and whippings with stingray tails. For countless slaves on small Indonesian islands, that absurd nightmare is a…
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    Good News Shared

  • How the Royal Parks Half Marathon Began

    Bex Band
    17 Apr 2015 | 12:49 am
    The Royal Parks Foundation is proving that you don’t have to be a big charity to make a big impact. In 2008, with just 5 members of staff, Royal Parks Foundation decided to create a long term event that would directly benefit the Royal Parks and create a long term strategy to support the charity’s annual running costs. Working in partnership with Limelight sport, they came up with the idea of putting on a Half Marathon. 7 years later and the event has grown to a full day festival, with 16,000 runners and has raised well over £20 million for over 550 UK charities. Sally Barney, Head of…
  • 7 Cute Animals You Will Fall in Love With

    Nisha Kotecha
    16 Apr 2015 | 4:53 am
    I never used to be an animal person. This all changed at some point during the last year. I found myself writing more and more animal stories for Good News Shared, and I have loved each one! To celebrate Good News Shared’s 1st birthday we are looking back at some of the stories from our first year. Here is a list of just 7 of the cute animals featured on the Good News Shared website over the last year that you will surely fall in love with: Moses the Foal Moses went from being a weak, cold and wet foal to a happy, healthy foal thanks to the help and support from Bransby Horses –…
  • 8 Inspirational People Making a Positive Impact on the World

    Nisha Kotecha
    16 Apr 2015 | 1:20 am
    The Good News Shared website is 1 today! To celebrate we are looking back at some of the stories from our first year. Below are some highlights from Good News Shared’s 1st year: 8 inspirational people making a positive impact on the world whom we’d love to meet.   Ramesh Ferris: a polio survivor who has been working hard to eradicate the disease. Ramesh contracted polio when he was 6 months old. When aged one and a half years old Ramesh was handed over to an orphanage – within a year he was adopted by a family based in Yukon, Canada. I randomly saw a tweet a couple of years…
  • Thank You for Supporting Good News Shared

    Nisha Kotecha
    15 Apr 2015 | 9:48 pm
    Good News Shared is 1 today! I’m so happy that this special day has fallen on Thank You Thursday! Thank YOU for reading and sharing our stories   I’m really grateful to you for reading the stories we feature, and for sharing them. We launched as quickly as we could with the plan of testing the idea, and if no one read the stories we would stop writing them. We only exist because you read and enjoy the stories – if you didn’t read them, we wouldn’t be here. I wish I could thank every single reader individually but, as far as I’m aware this isn’t possible, so I hope you will…
  • It’s our Birthday Today!

    Nisha Kotecha
    15 Apr 2015 | 9:27 pm
    The Good News Shared website launched a year ago today with the aim of spreading uplifting charitable news stories with people around the world. Since we went live on the 16th April 2014 we have featured 332 inspiring stories, which have been read by thousands of people globally. I’m grateful for all the support given This website wouldn’t be here without the support of a lot of people. I’ve been supported in numerous ways, including: Mentoring Website design Website updates Desk space Proof reading Writing stories .. And more! Check out this post to see how I’ve been thanking people!
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  • 7 Beliefs to live by. Reach your goals faster than ever before.

    Robert Indries
    16 Apr 2015 | 1:24 am
    Each person has different standards for him or herself, different rules they live by. These are powered by our individual beliefs. They are what we believe to be true, our guiding principles. They are probably the largest factor in all of the decisions we take. Because of this, our beliefs (a.k.a. the rules we live by) are a very important aspect of our lives. For example, did you know that your level of success is largely based on the beliefs you have? How we respond to both opportunities and challenges, how we conduct ourselves at home or in public and how we speak to the ones we love, are…
  • 9 Priceless Lessons from Man’s Best Friend. The Story of Tihui.

    Robert Indries
    13 Apr 2015 | 12:58 am
    This weekend was probably the saddest Easter I’ve ever had. My angel’s 8 year old dog, Tihui, passed away, leaving her family and friends in tears. (myself included) At the end of 2014, we noticed that Tihui wasn’t OK so we took her to several veterinarians. It turned out that she had several health issues, including cancer. They doctors were very honest with us and said that they can operate her, but if the cancer has already spread to several organs, then there is nothing they can do. Seeing as how an operation seemed to be her only option, we decided to go for it. So a…
  • The Ultimate Weekly Planning Session. 7 Simple Steps to Grow at Full Speed!

    Robert Indries
    9 Apr 2015 | 12:28 am
    At the beginning of the year I wrote an article about how to write a one-year plan that works, which is based on Tony Robbins’ RPM Planning System. Within his life management course, Tony also shares his strategy for effectively planning a week so that you don’t let any important area of your life unattended. The weekly planning session is where it all comes together. I’ll show you how to go from the one year goals you have in each life category to the individual action step that will get you closer to their achievement. Today, I’ll share with you my personal version…
  • How to live a pain free life and stop chronic pain once and for all!

    Robert Indries
    6 Apr 2015 | 12:54 am
    After several years of pain from sitting (too) many hours in front of a computer, I decided that this has to stop. I started actively searching for a solution that I could implement into my already busy week. I’ve learned about and implemented tens of “hacks” that seemed to provide the exact result I wanted, which was to cure my symptoms. Now, I know that it was a mistake. Why? Because all the while I was trying to find a cure for the symptoms, rather than for the cause… If you ever had or maybe still have chronic pain in either your lower back or your neck or…
  • The 12 traps that are holding you back from financial freedom

    Robert Indries
    2 Apr 2015 | 1:00 am
    Though I continued to study about money and finances on a weekly basis, I noticed last week that I haven’t published an article on the subject for quite a long time. Today, I want to make a comeback by sharing with you 12 financial traps that we should all avoid if we want to become (or remain) financially free. I’ve learned these from Tony Robbins’ course, appropriately entitled “Get the Edge: A 7-Day Program To Transform Your Life,” which is genuinely one of the most amazing materials that I have ever invested in! On day 6 of this 7-day course, Tony talks about…
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