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  • WEF14: New millennial consumers and sustainability

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    Dara O'Rourke
    29 Jan 2014 | 1:45 pm
    This post first appeared on The Guardian Sustainable Business Blog (Jan. 23, 2014) Dara O’Rourke, a professor at UC Berkeley and the co-founder of GoodGuide.com, is the chair of WEF’s Global Agenda Council on Sustainable Consumption. The next generation of consumers is clearly on the minds of the CEOs and CMOs at Davos. A number of sessions have touched on what emerging “millennial” consumers of China, India, Brazil, and beyond will look like in 10 years. And similarly, how the next generation of consumers in the US and Europe will act. Everyone seems to agree that new…
  • The Myth of the Always Passionate Worker

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    Vincent Nguyen
    28 Jul 2014 | 4:00 am
    Ask me two years ago how important being passionate about your job was and I would’ve told you it’s all that matters. I’m changing my tune. We hear the word “passion” tossed around a lot without clear definition and parameters being set. What does it look like? To have the wrong idea of passion and to chase it with an inaccurate, dirtied image leads to disappointment at the end of the road. The Expectation The expectation people have for passion is that you’re fired up every moment of every day and night. You go to sleep and can’t wait to wake up the next day to get back to…
  • Help Me Read More (Book Recommendations Needed)

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    Vincent Nguyen
    30 Jun 2014 | 4:00 am
    At the risk of having you think less of me, I’m going to admit I don’t remember the last time I finished reading an entire book. I digest plenty of online articles on a daily basis, but it’s been a while since I picked up an actual book (or even an eBook) and read it through. My room in Arizona has about six books–I’ve read 3 of them–collecting dust on the nightstand. I tried forming a reading habit back in December 2013 when I bought myself a copy of The Art of War. After 10 pages, I promised myself I’d pick it back up the following night. The book has sat untouched…
  • 7 Little Things You Should Quit to be Happy & Successful

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    Pratima Aravabhoomi
    17 Jul 2014 | 7:10 am
    Do you ever wonder if you will ever be truly happy in your life? Do you wonder if happiness is just a hoax and success is an illusion? Do you feel like they don’t really exist? I felt like this a little while ago At the time, I was making six-figure income, was working for my dream company (Apple) and had a flexible work schedule. In spite of all this, I was miserable. To make things worse one day, my 10 yr old daughter said, “ Mommy you are just not nice when you come back from your job”. That was a wake up call. I wanted to make a change. I wanted to be happy.  I wanted to be a good…
  • Our own kind of kindness

    Singapore Kindness Movement
    SKM
    14 Jul 2014 | 11:23 pm
    I may have to be cruel to be kind. I have a curious defence for some Singaporeans who are bashed for being impolite. To put it cruelly, instead of saying we are a rude country, perhaps what we possess is a crude kind of courtesy. To put it kindly, perhaps what we possess is our own subtle kind of kindness. Last year, the Graciousness Index slumped to a five-year low of 53, although the latest study by the Singapore Kindness Movement, in a report released last Wednesday, said the country has improved slightly in being gracious. The index went up to a score of 55. The higher number was mainly…
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  • Bye-Bye Big Vision Podcast: 70+ Interviews Over 7 Years with Social Changemakers

    Britt Bravo
    26 Jul 2014 | 2:37 pm
    East Bay Express, Best of the East Bay 2007Today is my day for letting go of things to make space for something new.I just told my VegCookbook Club that I'm stepping down as its organizer, and now I'm letting go of the Big Vision Podcast. It has been REALLY hard to let this go, but after not posting an interview for a year, I know that it is time.I started the Big Vision Podcast in 2006 about six months after starting Have Fun, Do Good. When I told my husband that I wanted to interview social changemakers for my blog, he suggested that I start a podcast. He had the audio equipment to help me…
  • Color = happiness

    Britt Bravo
    7 Jun 2014 | 8:18 am
    A few years ago, I had a vivid dream that I went into a dark therapist's office to meet with my client, Cameron Diaz. She wanted to know the secret to happiness, so I told her:Cook Connect Care ColorI've heard that all of the characters in your dreams are aspects of yourself, so I've thought a lot over the years about my advice to the "Cameron Diaz" aspect of myself. Cooking, connecting and caring made sense, but I didn't fully understand the color part until last week when I joined Andrea Sher's e-course: Collecting Color: 30 Days of Photo Joy. I'm having so much fun!Each day, for…
  • The healing power of . . .

    Britt Bravo
    31 May 2014 | 12:45 pm
    I woke up this morning feeling kinda poopy. It was one of those mornings when I felt like a "broken" person. When I feel like that, I sometimes wonder if it is all me, or if I am also feeling the pain and sadness everyone is feeling (I'm a bit of an emotional sponge).I began thinking about what heals, what helps us feel more whole, and how there are a lot of things we say have "healing power":Healing power of natureHealing power of listeningHealing power of artHealing power of hugsHealing power of laughterHealing power of tears Healing power of animalsHealing power of childrenHealing power of…
  • Feeling Between Seasons

    Britt Bravo
    23 Feb 2014 | 5:30 pm
    Is it spring yet?It is warm and lovely outside today, and I'm feeling between seasons. It's technically winter, the time of the year when we're supposed to stay inside and embrace the quiet and the darkness, but it's also spring-like (at least in California), which is inspiring a desire to bloom.Very confusing weather that is reflective of the transition time I'm in.In January, I joined the staff of Rockwood Leadership Institute as the Senior Communications Manager (yay!), which has been awesome, and a big change after working for myself for about eight years. Over the past couple months,…
  • Are you giving to what you really want to change in the world?

    Britt Bravo
    20 Jan 2014 | 8:32 am
    "Everyone is a philanthropist whether you're giving five dollars, or fifty thousand dollars. What sets this apart as philanthropy is, are you giving in a way that really affects your passions, your interests, what you really want to change in the world. . . . Are you giving mindfully? That to me is really the mark of thinking about this as a philanthropist." ~ Lauren Brownstein on the Tranquility du Jour podcast.While listening to Kimberly Wilson's Tranquility du Jour podcast interview with fundraising and philanthropic consultant, Lauren Brownstein on Saturday, the quote above really…
 
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  • Sneak Peek: the new GoodGuide.com

    anneashbey
    9 Jul 2014 | 4:32 pm
    In just a few days, GoodGuide will unveil a new website design. Here’s your opportunity to take a behind-the-scenes look at what we’ve got in store. We hope you’ll check it out and let us know what you think in the comments section below. A New, Streamlined Homepage GoodGuide.com Homepage In addition to a new look and feel, we’re streamlining our navigation to make made it even easier to search and find scientific ratings on over 200,000 consumer products. Speaking of our ratings, we’ve increased visibility into our methodologies, so you can better understand how we…
  • WEF14: Why is Sustainability So Hard?

    Dara O'Rourke
    29 Jan 2014 | 2:03 pm
    This post first appeared on The Guardian Sustainable Business Blog (Jan. 24, 2014) Sunrise over the Swiss Alps, Davos 2014. Photo by Good Guide co-founder, Dara O’Rourke. One thing that has surprised me in my time in Davos is how often I’ve heard CEOs complain about how hard it is to promote sustainability and social responsibility inside their companies. In session after session, it has been clear that even the most powerful CEOs feel that transforming their organizations is hard. Very hard. In one of the few “public” sessions where CEOs talked about this, the panelists presented…
  • WEF14: New millennial consumers and sustainability

    Dara O'Rourke
    29 Jan 2014 | 1:45 pm
    This post first appeared on The Guardian Sustainable Business Blog (Jan. 23, 2014) Dara O’Rourke, a professor at UC Berkeley and the co-founder of GoodGuide.com, is the chair of WEF’s Global Agenda Council on Sustainable Consumption. The next generation of consumers is clearly on the minds of the CEOs and CMOs at Davos. A number of sessions have touched on what emerging “millennial” consumers of China, India, Brazil, and beyond will look like in 10 years. And similarly, how the next generation of consumers in the US and Europe will act. Everyone seems to agree that new…
  • GoodGuide Joins UL Environment

    Dara O'Rourke
    6 Aug 2012 | 10:48 am
    We are very excited to announce that GoodGuide has been acquired by UL Environment, a business unit of UL (Underwriters Laboratories) that’s focused on helping people make, market, find, and trust greener, healthier, more sustainable products. This merger brings together two organizations deeply committed to sustainability and product transparency. (You can read more about our partnership here.) Don’t worry: GoodGuide’s web and mobile apps are not going away. We will continue to operate “business as usual,” and our team will still be building tools and rating products to…
  • The Naked Brand

    Dara O'Rourke
    21 Jun 2012 | 12:42 pm
    GoodGuide is honored to be featured in a powerful new documentary film – which is having its San Francisco Premiere today. The Naked Brand is: about how corporations can help save the planet one small step at a time. It’s an introduction to a bright new future where companies tell the truth and work hard to create better products and a better planet. Corporations have incredible influence on the world we live in and that’s given them free reign to pollute, collude and mislead us, but advances in technology are rapidly making them accountable not just to shareholders, but…
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  • Why Won’t Your Teen Talk To You?

    Greater Good
    30 Jul 2014 | 7:07 am
    It’s hard to talk to a teen. I know. I have two teen boys. I like to joke about being like a mosquito buzzing in their ear—they know I’m there, but they wish I’d go away. According to John Coleman, a British psychologist and renowned youth advocate, I am not alone. His new book, Why Won’t My Teenager Talk to Me?, explains the many reasons teenagers tend to shut down around their parents and talk more to friends…even though they especially need parental connection and support as they move toward greater autonomy and independence.  Coleman’s book is full of useful…
  • Mindful Lawyering

    Greater Good
    28 Jul 2014 | 9:14 am
    Let’s face it: seeing the words “lawyer” and “mindfulness” in the same sentence looks a little weird. This might be why lawyers suffer disproportionately high levels of depression, substance abuse, and suicide. Lawyers are almost four times more likely to be depressed than non-lawyers, and twice as likely to be alcoholics. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, lawyers rank fourth in the professions with the most suicides. So maybe there is a role for mindfulness in the legal profession after all. According to Dr. Andy Benjamin of the University of Washington,…
  • Why Teens Seek Novelty and Danger

    Greater Good
    25 Jul 2014 | 8:01 am
    Best-selling author and renowned neuropsychiatrist Daniel Siegel explains how adolescence remodels the brain, increasing a willingness to take risks and seek out new things.
  • Free UC Berkeley Course Teaches “The Science of Happiness”

    Greater Good
    23 Jul 2014 | 11:25 am
  • Why Teens Turn from Parents to Peers

    Greater Good
    23 Jul 2014 | 9:41 am
    Best-selling author and renowned neuropsychiatrist Daniel Siegel explains why adolescents turn to their peers and away from their parents for security, attachment, and approval.
 
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  • How to Make Love Last

    Dave Pollard
    27 Jul 2014 | 12:35 am
    I told her I loved her. Your love is all about you, she replied; it has nothing to do with me. You love who you imagine me to be, because no one can know who someone else really is. I told her I would work to discover who she really was, as much as possible, and love that person. You can’t choose who you love, she replied; your body chooses which bodies it loves, and you’re just along for the ride. Emotionally, any woman you perceive to be attractive, energetic, fit, intelligent, creative, thoughtful, independent, present — you’re going to love her. I told her I would…
  • Them, You, Then, Now, Always

    Dave Pollard
    25 Jul 2014 | 5:22 pm
      The latest edition of SHIFT Magazine is now online and available for download or purchase. It features a new interview with Noam Chomsky, and my latest short story, set long after Collapse, several millennia from now:   THEM, YOU, THEN, NOW, ALWAYS “50 blackbirds nest in a tree, congregating and socializing raucously each evening, the babies squawking for food. Then someone cuts the tree down, and the birds scatter. Collapse. The tree-killer sells the wood and the empty nests for profit. The birds circle and regroup, and in a few hours find a new tree and start building new…
  • Nodding With a Smile to the Sacred

    Dave Pollard
    10 Jul 2014 | 1:32 pm
    stone circle at avebury uk; photo by the author I had the great pleasure to meet and spend an evening with Ben Brangwyn, who co-founded the Transition Network with Rob Hopkins, during my recent trip to Totnes UK. Rob has just posted the interview that came out of that meeting, on his Transition blog. The blog’s theme for this month is “Celebration”, so the questions wove around that theme. In times of collapse, the definition of celebration that came to me was a somewhat muted and understated one, the idea of ‘nodding with a smile to the sacred‘. Have a read and…
  • Through the Dark Mountain: A Harvest of Myths

    Dave Pollard
    1 Jul 2014 | 6:09 pm
    I spent last week at a Dark Mountain retreat at Schumacher College in Dartington just outside Totnes, UK. Along with the brilliant authors of the Dark Mountain Manifesto, Paul Kingsnorth and Dougald Hine, 16 remarkable artists, an equal number male and female, from 7 countries around the world, and all but three from what I could ascertain much younger than I (age 20-38), explored our shared worldview of the coming collapse of civilization, the myths of our culture and the possibility of creating new stories that might be of better service to us in the challenging decades ahead. The main…
  • A Pattern Language for Effective Activism

    Dave Pollard
    30 Jun 2014 | 6:15 pm
    I‘m delighted that Generation Alpha — long one of my favourite FB pages — asked me to write an article for their new blog. The article I chose — A Pattern Language for Effective Activism — is now up. Please go over and take a look, and sign up to be notified about future Generation Alpha posts while you’re at it. Teaser: Even if you’re not aware of it, you’re probably an activist. If you’ve been involved in a letter-writing campaign, a demonstration, a boycott, a Transition initiative, a Sharing Economy program, or an Occupy activity, you qualify, and…
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  • School of HP: Astrology vs. Numerology…Who is right?

    Allen Vaysberg
    31 Jul 2014 | 12:02 am
    There is an old saying, “Once the student is ready, the master will appear.” I imagine you like me have found that statement to be true. Once we are truly ready to learn, then we all of a sudden “run into” a teacher or hear the information on the radio, have a friend who unexpectedly calls, etc. etc. etc. That is the way the Universe works.  The laws of the Universe have been explained in many texts throughout history and many disciplines exist to assist us with discovery of who we are and our place in the world.  Some turn to religion, some turn to science, while still others find…
  • Feeling Creatures Who Think

    Melissa Heisler
    30 Jul 2014 | 12:02 am
    Last week I shared Dr. Jill Bolte Taylor’s TEDx Talk with you and the idea that choosing to stay angry affects both your body and your mind. This week I’d like to share another powerful concept that Dr. Jill makes: that we are feeling creatures who think. We are not thinking people who feel, yet this is what our society believes and values – which is at the heart of many of our issues. Here is the science and biology behind it. Our limbic system is constantly asking, “Am I safe?” If things feel familiar to our limbic system, then we feel calm and safe. The system then…
  • Bouncing with Style: Thinking about Thoughts

    Sandra Beck
    29 Jul 2014 | 12:02 am
    I have been reading about thoughts lately. I know that sounds a bit weird, but when I was in court a few weeks ago I watched this grandmother talking to her grown grand-daughter about how thinking too much gets her in trouble. I remember my own mother telling me that in my teens. “Thinking is good,” she said to me, “but, thinking too much will get you in trouble.” I have also been quiet lately – talking less since my radio shows are pre-recorded for the summer months – and listening more. I listen for message from the universe, from people far wiser than me and from the…
  • The Priest With The Wooden Leg Who Inspired Me For Life

    Miles O'Brien Riley
    27 Jul 2014 | 12:02 am
    Father Miles O’Brien Riley reflects on some of the people who have passed through his life and inspired him with their insight, inspiration, and love in this series of posts. Of course it’s terrible to remember people by their handicap—her glass eye, his twisted spine—but the only way I ever identified this mystery man was by his wooden leg. It was the 1950’s and 60’s before prostheses were as well developed as they are today. So this priest who profoundly touched my life had a wooden leg that didn’t bend. He had to swing it around like Long John Silver—and anyway it…
  • How Long Does it Take to Reach a Dream?

    Gail Lynne Goodwin
    25 Jul 2014 | 12:02 am
    Sometimes dreams take a little longer than we expect, but with perseverance and belief, they will come true – all in good time. Many years ago I had a stained glass art studio that I loved. Through divorce and the challenges of life, I lost my studio. I packed the materials, knowing that I’d have one again, but I didn’t know where or when. For the last year I’ve been working on a project inside Glacier National Park, called Glacier Bear Retreat. As you might know, we bought an old cabin, removed it from the property and built our new home, Glacier Bear. It’s been a labor of love…
 
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  • Buqisi-Ruux Shoes

    Emeka Okafor
    31 Jul 2014 | 7:33 am
    A footwear company: Buqisi-Ruux is a shoe brand that represents the diversity, vibrancy and boldness that lies within the African continent through it's African print high heeled shoes. The name, Buqisi-Ruux, means "Queen of the Village". Buqisi comes from an ancient Egyptian word meaning Queen while Ruux represents our home-town Rukungiri. The name symbolizes what we as "Buqisi-Ruux" find important; our African heritage and the sensation of royalty and pride we want women to feel when they wear a pair of Buqisi-Ruux shoes. From inception to construction, our shoes are custom made with each…
  • DIY Microscope From Egypt

    Emeka Okafor
    31 Jul 2014 | 7:24 am
    An Afrimakers project in Instructables: Image courtesy of AfrimakersWe used a simple cheap webcam to make a microscope. In short, a small hack to the optics of a standard webcam with an adjustable focus-lens, allows to create video data, with a magnification of around 100 to 400x (depending on the model) at a working distance of a few mm. The highest magnifications can be achieved by inverting (putting upside down) the lens. We used white LEDs at first but the picture wasn't clear enough ,so we used A Flash Light for brighter and more clear view.More here
  • 'She Leads Africa' Entrepreneurs

    Emeka Okafor
    29 Jul 2014 | 6:01 am
    Identifying talent: She Leads Africa’s Entrepreneur Showcase is a platform that introduces the continent’s most promising female entrepreneurs to investors, accelerators, and mentors looking to invest in the next generation of African talent.We are looking for early stage startups that want to meet investors, gain access to new mentors, and grow across Africa. Our top 10 applicants will be invited to pitch their business ideas in front of a panel of notable business personalities for the chance to win a cash prize of $10, 000 as well as other non-financial prizes (see details below)
  • Testing Kits for Ebola and other Viral hemorrhagic fevers

    Emeka Okafor
    29 Jul 2014 | 5:32 am
    In Uganda, Misaki Wayengera is leading an effort to develop paper strip tests for Ebola and Marburg: A project in Uganda that aims to develop a paper-strip test for the deadly Ebola and Marburg viruses...funded by the Grand Challenges Canada project....The paper strip test would, if developed, help test for the virus in a cheap and quick manner within the community just like it is done for malaria.
  • Mother's Delivery Kits

    Emeka Okafor
    29 Jul 2014 | 5:09 am
    An initiative of the Brown Button Foundation led by Adepeju Mabadeje Jaiyeoba: Mother's Delivery Kits are cost-effective and life-saving kits, for safer childbirth, developed by a team of medical professionals in Nigeria.
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  • Josh Nesbit: Bridging the Patient-Physician Gap with Technology

    Echoing Green
    31 Jul 2014 | 8:21 am
    Photo courtesy of Medic Mobile Medic Mobile founder Josh Nesbit was a pre-med student at Stanford in 2008 when he visited Malawi for the first time. Encountering the Malawians and their situation changed his life—and he’s been determined to return the favor ever since, by changing theirs. Among the world’s least-developed and most-densely populated countries, Malawi is a landlocked southeast African nation where 85% of people live in rural areas. The Malawian population lives with the grim triptych of low life expectancy (50 years), a high infant mortality rate, and a huge percentage of…
  • Working for Free: The Double-Edged Sword of Purposeful Work

    Linda Kay Klein
    29 Jul 2014 | 8:07 am
    “There’s a study on zookeepers I think you’d like,” Gabe said. “Oh yeah?” I answered. I was in a hotel room in Indianapolis where I’d led a series of purpose workshops earlier that day. My cell phone was balanced in the crook of my neck so I could talk to Gabe—the researcher we had hired to help us mine the existing academic research on purpose—because I was typing an email to a potential partner at the same time. “The researchers found that, generally speaking, zookeepers feel  ‘called’ to the profession,” Gabe continued. “They describe themselves as…
  • Who's Next? Meet the 2014 Fellows

    Echoing Green
    25 Jun 2014 | 6:01 am
    Meet who's next ​in social entrepreneurship: With fifty-five Fellows leading forty-two organizations, meet Echoing Green's largest class of Fellows in its twenty-seven year history. From JustLeadershipUSA’s ambitious proposal to reduce crime and cut the U.S. prison population in half by 2030 to ATLAS: DIY’s focus on incubation spaces providing free legal resources as well as career, college prep and arts enrichment for undocumented immigrant youth, this year’s class represents the next generation of social innovators. The 2014 class—comprising of three cohorts of Global,…
  • Becca Heller and IRAP: Keeping America’s Promises

    Echoing Green
    23 Jun 2014 | 8:05 am
    Photo courtesy of Becca Heller During the Iraq war, the U.S. military relied heavily on local interpreters who risked their lives standing shoulder-to-shoulder with American troops. This mission-critical cooperation made the interpreters and their families targets for extreme anti-American violence during and after the conflict. By one estimate, roughly 1,000 interpreters have been killed in Iraq to date. Many who’ve survived are in hiding. Others, unable to return home, are refugees in Syria, Jordan and Lebanon, often living in poverty and despair. They are desperate to immigrate to the…
  • Ben Smilowitz: Disaster Relief Watchdog

    Echoing Green
    13 Jun 2014 | 1:34 pm
    Photo courtesy of Disaster Accountability Project When an American Red Cross staffer blew the whistle on reneged promises to help survivors of Hurricane Sandy, Ben Smilowitz took action. A vigilant watchdog for survivors of disaster, Ben investigated inefficiencies, fired up the media, engaged members of Congress, and filed a complaint with New York’s Attorney General. Results? The Red Cross released $4 million in funds to as many as 1,000 Sandy-impacted households. And the world-renowned relief organization was forced to change the way it solicits online donations after disasters—making…
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  • Green Homes for Everyone: Talking Passive Homes with Evolutionary Home Builders' Brandon Weiss

    Christine Escobar
    25 Jul 2014 | 11:09 am
      The availability and affordability of green housing is a concern for many eco-conscioius home buyers in the U.S. today. As green building technology continues to improve, more and more home buyers are realizing the long term benefits of building green. A recent study by the National Association of Home Builders, reports that the majority of green homeowners would purchase another green home and recommend purchasing a green home to friends.  This weekend, the U.S. Green Building Council-Illinois is organizing the 2014 Green Built Home Tour. All homes on the Green Built Home Tour…
  • Chicago Parks To Continue Free Swimming Classes for Kids and Teens This Summer

    Christine Escobar
    11 Jun 2014 | 8:04 pm
    The Chicago Park District will once again offer a free session of swim lessons to new enrollees age 6-17. The Park District initially offered the popular program this past January. The first session (10 weeks) of Learn to Swim classes for kids and teens ages 6-17 will be free, when using coupon code FIRSTFREE.  Fees will apply for Learn to Swim classes in subsequent sessions, or for an additional class in the same session.  The Learn to Swim fee is $22 for each 10 week session. (This fee may be waived for qualifying families.) The FIRSTFREE coupon code can be used when registering…
  • The 606 to Host "Trail Mix" of Events For Families and Design Enthusiasts

    Christine Escobar
    17 May 2014 | 8:57 am
    Chicago's soon to be completed new park, The 606, has a variety of events in store this summer around the city for families and those interested in the design and construction of the park, which is currently under construction along the site of the former Bloomingdale Trail. "Trail Mix" kicked off on Tuesday with a conversation at The Darwin School Auditorium on native plants that will inhabit the park, and continues June 7 with a family bike ride and potluck at the McCormick Tribune YMCA. Organizers say Family Days are geared toward children ages 3 to 12 and their caregivers…
  • Dress Like a Tree, Get in Free at The Morton Arboretum on Arbor Day

    Christine Escobar
    11 Apr 2014 | 4:24 pm
    The Morton Arboretum will host an Arbor Day celebration April 25 with a costume contest for prizes and free admission for visitors who "dress like a tree". Additionally, members who ordinarily get free admission can obtain one free guest pass at the membership desk on that day.  The event is part of the Arboretum's week-long Arbor Day celebration, which begins with an Arbor Day 10K Run this Sunday, April 13, followed by spring plant sales, and a tree planting and storytime with Curious George.  For a full schedule of events visit: …
  • Cargo Bike Week 2014 & Cargo Bike Roll Call This Sunday!

    Christine Escobar
    4 Apr 2014 | 5:24 pm
    In celebration of the upcoming Roscoe Village Kidical Mass bike ride and Cargobike Roll Call this Sunday, I”m kicking off another Cargo Bike Week here at Ding Ding Let’s Ride! First.. let’s make sure you have all the info for the Sunday event: So what kind of cargo bikes can you expect to find at the Roll Call this weekend? Well, since we’ll be there,  you should expect to find at least one Yuba Mundo, a long-tail style of cargo bike. Three Yuba Mundo cargo bikes with slightly different configurations at a March 2013 Kidical Mass ride in…
 
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  • Imagining the world as it could be

    Christine Gitau
    21 Jul 2014 | 11:15 am
    Christine Gitau is an East Africa Fellow and an enterprise coach at Craft Afrika, which provides business support services to craft entrepreneurs, enabling them build viable and thriving businesses in Kenya. At Acumen we often use the term “Moral Imagination” when talking about leadership. Christine wrote a reflection on how this concept has shifted her thinking. We could not be more proud of what she is building! A few weeks ago, while attending a seminar on human rights, I was engaged in an emotive conversation on discrimination and its often-ugly manifestations. We talked about…
  • How two Acumen Fellows are disrupting the education model in India

    Acumen
    18 Jul 2014 | 7:42 am
    Whether its running youth soccer programs, providing vocational training services, or transforming the education system in India, Acumen India Fellows are driving real change in their communities.  Abbas Dadla and Abhilasha Sinha are India Fellows who are addressing the teacher shortage in India through the use of technology and peer collaboration. Find out what they are building below.  If you have grit, resilience and a commitment to creating change in your community in India, East Africa or Pakistan, we encourage you to apply for the Regional Fellowship Program! India is short over 1.2…
  • Meet Manjushree Patil, Founder of Aatman Academy

    Jacqui Papineau
    2 Jul 2014 | 7:19 am
    This month saw violent tragedies in Pakistan and Kenya, regions where Acumen works and which five classes of Acumen regional fellows call home. Among them there are dedicated teachers like Acumen India Fellow Manjushree Patil, crusaders against sex trafficking, builders of government, creators of liberating mobile medical technologies, and curators of slum sports programs. The need for strengthening the connections between those who are working for positive change against seemingly impossible odds has never been greater. We at Acumen have never been prouder to be the thread tying together…
  • No, not silence again!

    Acumen
    25 Jun 2014 | 5:00 am
    The Acumen Fellowship’s Cambridge Leadership Associates (CLA) training is notorious for digging deep, breaking Fellows down to reveal their deepest fears, identifying the sources of resilience that will fuel them with the tenacity to continue along the path to social change. Kahabi G. Isangula is an East Africa Regional Fellow living in Tanzania and recently participated in our CLA training. Get an idea of what it is like, below!  I wake up fully motivated, reflecting on the learnings from the first day of Acumen Fellowship Seminar #2. My vocabulary has been enriched with terms like…
  • Announcing the Class of 2015 Acumen Global Fellows

    Acumen
    24 Jun 2014 | 12:00 am
    Acumen Global Fellows are architects for the impact sector. They are innovators, game changers, visionaries, with various professional experiences looking to make substantial change in the world. They have thrived in companies such as Google; they have started their own companies in Sri Lanka, Canada and Malaysia.  They are choosing the challenge of working alongside our portfolio companies and immersing themselves in a rigorous leadership training. Over the past 9 years, thousands of individuals from around the world have applied for the Acumen Global Fellows Program in the hopes developing…
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  • Change the world.

    Karama
    6 Oct 2014 | 3:52 pm
    The Best of So What Can I Do - A Tenth Anniversary Celebration of Service  is now available for purchase! Join the conversation on Facebook and Twitter using the hastag #SWCID.  How will you make our world a better place? * Health and education* Economics, social entrepreneurship, and microfinance* Food and water* Energy and technology* Women, children, and family* Environment, land, and sustainability* FaithYour efforts change the world.Please visit http://sowhatcanido.blogspot.com to offer your comments and suggestions, forward this post, and peruse…
  • Celebrate Juneteeth, end slavery.

    Karama
    19 Jun 2012 | 5:13 am
    Today is Juneteenth, my favorite holiday. It marks the "end" of slavery in the United States in 1865 and feels particularly relevant because is linked, at least peripherally, to my great-great-granddaddy, Griffin Henry Belk. But one cannot honestly celebrate Juneteenth these days without recognizing the slavery is not over in the United States or elsewhere. Today there are more people enslaved than at any time in human history. Many of those enslaved are women and girls; many are in the United States. I often wonder why so many people sat idly by while people enslaved other people like my…
  • Send a girl to school.

    Karama
    8 Mar 2012 | 6:15 pm
    Happy International Women's Day! One great way to celebrate is to invest in the women of tomorrow and the communities they'll create. You can do that by helping send a girl-child to school. According to CAMFED, "When you educate a girl in Africa, everything changes. She’ll be three times less likely to get HIV/AIDS, earn 25 percent more income and have a smaller, healthier family." Consider supporting CAMFED as they help girls all over rural Africa pay school fees, purchase school books and uniforms, and get a life-changing education. And if you'd like other ideas for today and everyday,…
  • Sacrifice, save, serve.

    Karama
    22 Feb 2012 | 8:32 pm
    Today is the first day of Lent and many Christians are giving up some luxury as a way of preparing for Easter and focusing their thoughts and prayers on Christ's sacrifice for us. If you are giving up something for Lent this year, and if that something costs money, consider donating your savings to a worthy local, national, or international service organization. * If you're giving up pop for Lent, you could save and donate $30 to help a family use agriculture more self sufficient by supporting Heifer International (where I got this idea).* If you're giving up desserts for Lent, you could save…
  • Make it a day/life of service.

    Karama
    6 Jan 2012 | 8:02 pm
    I remember one Martin Luther King day many years ago, when I was in grad school, that I spent in the lab. That wasn't too unusual because I generally went to the lab every day. But one of my colleagues (who was also working) asked me why I was in the lab on the King holiday. I replied that I thought Dr. King would want me to get my PhD. I still think of the King Holiday as a day on rather than a day off, but now that I have finished school, I have a bit more time to be of service to others on that day. Readers of So What Can I Do are likely to feel the same, so I offer two resources to find…
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  • Kiva loan

    Julia
    30 Jul 2014 | 9:35 pm
    Helped out with a kiva loan today as recommended by one of my kiva groups. trying to get her funded.
  • KIva loan

    Julia
    11 Jul 2014 | 12:23 pm
    Made a few kiva loans. 'cause I can.
  • People assisting the homeless PATH

    Julia
    3 Jul 2014 | 12:16 pm
    I make a monthly automatic contribution to PATH. They are truly helping put people in homes.  And homelessness is a big issue.  I see homeless people almost every time I leave my house. If I stop for fast food (which is rare, but I do the occasional SUBWAY), I will buy food for anyone around. And eat with them if I can.   I was at a meeting once where I sat beside a noble prize winner during the event dinner. The night before I had had dinner with a homeless person sitting on the street curb. 
  • Kiva Credit

    Julia
    22 Jun 2014 | 2:57 pm
    Had a lot of Kiva credit, I was travelling out of the country again.Today I made 10 loans to people from microlenders I haven't lent to before.I am going to go into Second Life and fly around in my Kiva plane and reminisce about past fun times.
  • Smiles

    Julia
    12 Jun 2014 | 5:29 am
    Did one of those quizzes to determine my life's motto and got:"Be the reason someone smiles today" - Don't forget to spread some of your happiness around. You are lucky, you have a lot of great things going on in your life to be thankful for, and a lot of light within you that you can share with others. Who knows, one day they just might return the favor.I make people smile all the time. I say hi and do small talk as often as possible, with my neighbours, the people I see on my walks, shopkeepers, homeless, etc.  I get in elevators and say things and make people laugh most of the time.
 
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  • Blog holiday for August

    Chris Blattman
    29 Jul 2014 | 2:51 pm
    The blog will be off for the majority of August. I will probably still tweet a little, since I’m browsing what’s out there for pleasure and the extra effort of hitting the RT button is not so great. I’ll have limited to no access to email, and will get to any messages and requests towards the end of the month. Have a great rest of summer. The post Blog holiday for August appeared first on Chris Blattman.
  • Catalonia travel bleg

    Chris Blattman
    29 Jul 2014 | 6:01 am
    We’ll be in Catalonia for the next three weeks, mostly in a small village just west of Figueres, and a little in Barcelona. Recommendations for food or sightseeing around Figueres or Barcelona are welcome. Caveat: True New Yorkers that they are, the kids hate driving in cars. And they have a tendency to throw up if we drive more than 45 minutes. So, far-flung destinations are welcome, but only if they are worth risking el coche vómitos. The post Catalonia travel bleg appeared first on Chris Blattman.
  • Links I liked

    Chris Blattman
    28 Jul 2014 | 10:12 am
    Be a research advisor for education at International Rescue Committee* Foreign policy wonks: Are you a zen master? Security at ComicCon The psychological effects of poverty * People who would like their job postings listed on this blog, please note: I only post job listings if you’re either (1) me, or (2) married to me. #2 is kind of hard to pull off, but I do accept candy, flowers, and romantic mix tapes at my office address. The post Links I liked appeared first on Chris Blattman.
  • What countries are the most hypocritical on human rights?

    Chris Blattman
    25 Jul 2014 | 3:01 pm
    Courtesy of Kate at Wronging Rights, here is Wednesday’s UN Human Rights Council vote on investigating Israel for war crimes in Gaza: And here is the vote four months ago to investigate Sri Lanka: Most flip. From Kate: This is interesting (or depressing, depending on how you look at it) because when countries explain their votes, they almost always speak in absolutes. Note that this is a vote to investigate—to gather more information to see whether a violation has been made. Presumably this need not be a high bar. I for one would love to see a UNHRC hypocrisy index. A simple…
  • “Africans in America”

    Chris Blattman
    25 Jul 2014 | 10:25 am
    Some fascinating facts from a new paper by Elo, Frankenberg, Gansey, and Thomas: The number of migrants to the U.S. from Africa has exploded in recent years, and for the first time in America’s history Africans are the most rapidly growing group of foreign-born migrants. Some 1.73 million African-born migrants live in the U.S., accounting for about 4% of the foreign-born population Since the 1950s the number of foreign-born who have become legal permanent residents has quadrupled, but the number from Africa has increased nearly 60-fold—a rate of growth more than twice that for…
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  • How do you write a biography about collaboration?

    Ethan
    31 Jul 2014 | 12:37 pm
    A friend recently posted a video on Facebook, a 1997 news story from ABC’s Nightline about Tripod, the social media company I helped build in Williamstown MA from 1994-1999. The video sparked a wave of reactions in me: nostalgia for those past days, pride in the accomplishments of the friends I’ve kept up with, regret for losing touch with others, and bafflement that I would choose to wear flannel and overalls to show off our company to the world. (Perhaps my favorite moment in watching the video was discovering that we’d been interviewed by Deborah Amos, NPR’s Middle…
  • Free Zone 9 Bloggers

    Ethan
    31 Jul 2014 | 8:25 am
    Once upon a time, there was a blog. It was written in Amharic, the dominant language in Ethiopia, by a team of young journalists and thinkers who wanted to have an open, public conversation about the future of their nation. Pictures of some of the Zone 9 bloggers It’s not especially easy to talk about these issues in Ethiopia. Africa’s second largest country has been ruled by a neo-marxist government (EPRDF – Ethiopian Peoples’ Revolutionary Democracy Front) which overthrew a brutal military dictatorship in 1991, instilling one-party autocratic rule in its place. Part…
  • Egyptian sumo wrestler bests a grand champion. Twice. While fasting for Ramadan.

    Ethan
    18 Jul 2014 | 10:23 am
    My regular readers know that I’m a fan of sumo, and am especially interested in the globalization of the sport. The top three rikishi (wrestlers) in Japanese sumo are from Mongolia, and top ranks of the sport have recently featured competitors from Bulgaria, Georgia, Russia, Estonia and Brazil. On the one hand, this is helping a distinctly Japanese tradition gain global audiences, which is a great thing for the quality of the sport. On the other hand, the globalization is in part due to waning interest in the sport by Japanese youth (few of whom are excited about living the…
  • Summer Reading: Dan Drezner’s Theories of International Politics and Zombies, Colson Whitehead’s Zone One

    Ethan
    10 Jul 2014 | 7:37 am
    Much of my summer reading centers on the idea of civics outside of the conventional bounds of the state. I’m interested in understanding reasons why individuals and groups grow frustrated with traditional state-bound politics, and what forms of civics they explore when they opt out of engagement with the state. I’m fond of extreme cases as a way of understanding the limits of a position, so I’ve been reading about seasteading, the “dark enlightenment” movement, and prepper culture, all of which appear to me to be responses to the perception that existing states…
  • Life, only moderately messed up: understanding (my own) high-functioning depression

    Ethan
    8 Jul 2014 | 7:55 am
    My wife is one of the bravest people I know. Almost six years ago, Rachel got pregnant. When we found out, she was in Colorado and I was home in western Massachusetts, and in phone calls and emails we giddily planned for the future. Five days after discovering she was pregnant, she miscarried. Rachel mourned the end of her pregnancy by writing, processing a set of crushing emotions into a slim volume of poetry, Through. It’s not one she often turns to when she reads in public, but women who need the book seem to find the book, and she hears often from readers for whom the book was a…
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  • Greet its Flow

    30 Jul 2014 | 9:00 pm
    May what I do flow from me like a river, no forcing and no holding back, the way it is with children. ~Rainer Maria RilkeI would like to live like a river flows, carried by the surprise of its own unfolding. ~ John DonohueMy day shall be filled to overflowing; yet I shall not haste the day, nor shall I waste the day. ~ Walter RussellFlow with whatever may happen and let your mind be free. Stay centered by accepting whatever you are doing. This is the ultimate. ~ ZhuangziFor this is Wisdom; to love, to live. To take what fate, or the Gods may give.To ask no question, to make no prayer,To kiss…
  • Never Gets Opened

    29 Jul 2014 | 9:00 pm
    Tell the negative committee that meets inside your head to sit down and shut up.  ~ Ann BradfordPositive anything is better than negative nothing.  ~ Elbert HubbardI always plucked a thistle and planted a flower where I thought a flower would grow.  ~ Abraham LincolnDwelling on the negative simply contributes to its power.  ~ Shirley  MacLaineI've tucked those negative thoughts in a drawer and for the most part it never gets opened.  ~ K. Martin BecknerQuotes about negativity
  • Cleanse and Cool

    28 Jul 2014 | 9:00 pm
    Humor brings insight and tolerance.  ~Agnes RepplierA person without a sense of humor is like a wagon without springs, jolted by every pebble in the road.  ~ Henry Ward BeecherHumor is an  antidote to isolation.  ~ Elizabeth JanewayIf it's sanity you're after; there's no recipe like Laughter.  Laugh it off.  ~ Henry Rutherford ElliotLike a welcome summer rain, humor may suddenly cleanse and cool the earth, the air, and you.  ~ Langston HughesQuotes about humor
  • Sing Anyway

    27 Jul 2014 | 9:00 pm
    Patient endurance attends to all things.  ~ Teresa of AvilaEndurance is nobler than strength, and patience than beauty.  ~ John RuskinWe must endure what fortune sends.  ~ Greek proverbThe first and final thing you have to do in this world is to last in it, and not be smashed by it.  ~ Ernest HemingwaySome day there won't be a song in your heart.  Sing anyway.   ~ Emory AustinQuotes about endurance
  • All We Need

    25 Jul 2014 | 9:00 pm
    The place to be happy is here. The time to be happy is now.  ~Robert G. IngersollThe future is always beginning now.  ~Mark StrandIf you surrender completely to the moments as they pass, you live more richly those moments.  ~Anne Morrow LindberghBe happy in the moment, that’s enough. Each moment is all we need, not more.  ~Mother TeresaWhatever the present moment contains, accept it as if you had chosen it. Always work with it, not against it.    ~Eckhart TolleQuotes about mindfulness
 
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    Gift Hub

  • Upon Discovering He has Readers

    Phil Cubeta
    29 Jul 2014 | 11:42 am
    First of all I would like to thank an anonymous tipster who has informed me that my private therapeutic journal (Gift Hub, which is meant as kind of garbage can for my own alienated thoughts and feelings) is somehow being posted on line! I have contacted a pro bono attorney who is kindly crafting me a Disclaimer, User Agreement & Comprehensive Retraction of the several thousand posts here, going back to the early stages of my mental illness in which I first began "to save the world," "make a difference," "do well by doing good," and…
  • Teaching Philanthropy to the Producers and Product of Market-Humanity

    Phil Cubeta
    29 Jul 2014 | 8:28 am
    In teaching philanthropy, to financial advisors and nongift planners, I notice that when I say "civil society," or "civics," or "citizen," I get this bored look, and wonder if to liven things up I should don a Benjamin Franklin costume, and pose with a quill pen in one hand, and a parchment document in the other. When I address students as "investors," or shrewd consumers, or best yet as "entrepreneurs," or "social entrepreneurs," they seem flattered and eager to learn more. When I talk about "cultivating our…
  • Yonder Holy Beggar's Theory of Change

    Phil Cubeta
    28 Jul 2014 | 6:03 am
    See that monk with begging bowl by the side of the road, leaning on a staff, all his posessions in a small bundle at his feet?  He too has a theory of change. (It is said that his father conquered this former kingdom of rice farmers, now shopping malls, and his mother ran it with an MBA from Stanford, and that the souls of the dead walk the land uneasily, their traditions in tatters, their children now clerks and consumers, as results have improved.)
  • John Henry (Of Metrics and Man)

    Phil Cubeta
    26 Jul 2014 | 7:04 am
    John Henry, yes, he was a steel drivin' man, but the steam drill drove him down. And the men on the line, driving spikes for the railroad, sang in a down tempo, stinting the blows, to stay in rhythm and to stay alive, in competition with Frederick Taylor's men, the one right way, and the coming of the machine. If I owned the railroad, invested in it, or rode the rails on a ticket, it would all be about the number of spikes driven, and dollars per mile, and the meal the conducter might serve. I might not even hear the work songs of the chain gang driving spikes, might not even notice…
  • Interfaith Worker Justices seeks new Executive Director

    Phil Cubeta
    25 Jul 2014 | 12:24 pm
    Kim Bobo has chosen to step down as head of Interfaith Worker Justice, an organization she founded 18 years ago. No one can fill her shoes, but perhaps one can carry her torch. Do you know anyone? What's next for Interfaith Worker Justice? The organization is seekinga new Executive Director, based in either Chicago or D.C. This is thegreatest job in the world, because Interfaith Worker Justice is working on themost important issues facing the nation. We focus on real campaigns and issuesthat generate concrete improvements in people's lives, and the leaders in theaffiliate network,…
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  • Our Friends Place

    admin
    25 Jul 2014 | 4:27 pm
    Description Our Friends Place Website URL:  http://www.ourfriendsplace.org/ Logo:  Short Organization Description:  Our Friends Place is dedicated to providing a foundation for girls and young women to build from adversity by learning a self-reliant approach to their own development.  Our Friends Place is dedicated to providing a foundation for girls and young women to build from adversity by learning a self-reliant approach to their own development. Organization Address:  2501 Oak Lawn Avenue, Suite 500 Dallas, TX 75219 Employer Identification Number (EIN): …
  • Mission Regan

    admin
    8 Jul 2014 | 12:50 pm
    Description Mission Regan Website URL:  https://www.missionregan.org Guidestar URL:  http://www.guidestar.org/organizations/80-0860021/mission-regan.aspx Logo:  Short Organization Description:  Mission Regan exists to bridge the chasm between people who have too much and people who struggle to survive. We collect supplies, medicines, and equipment, then send them to those who are in desperate need - locally and globally. We focus on what we can learn from the people we are giving to, rather than what we are doing for them, and aim to sustain and continue relationships with…
  • Trialthon for her Dreams - charity social at Riviera Spa

    lforrest918
    14 Jun 2014 | 6:32 am
    https://www.facebook.com/events/565817710204876/ Riviera Spa and DFW Tri Club are kindly sponsoring our first event to pamper all triathletes, prospective triathletes, marathoners, cycling enthusiasts, power cheers, overall fitness freaks, and everyone interested in helping taking a dream further to change the world through education. The night will include: - Healthy Food & Wine - Complimentary Chair Massages - Raffle Prizes - Discounted Services - Free parking in Travis Walk Garage Volunteer Coordinator Information Contact First Name:  Linda Contact Last Name:  Forrest Contact…
  • Beers for Books at Craft and Growler

    lforrest918
    14 Jun 2014 | 6:28 am
    https://www.facebook.com/events/785968828103712/ Join us for a fun night at Craft and Growler ! For every drink, a $1 will be donated to Room To Read which will buy 1 language book for a child! There will be door prizes, so bring your friends and come thirsty! Volunteer Coordinator Information Contact First Name:  Linda Contact Last Name:  Forrest Contact Phone Number:  8326936976 Contact Email Address:  lforrest918@gmail.com Virtual Opportunity?:  Yes Hours Spent:  3 Opportunity Location:  3601 Parry Ave, Dallas, TX 75219 dallas, TX 75219 United States 32°…
  • Breakfast at the Bridge

    admin
    6 Jun 2014 | 3:49 pm
    Assist with serving breakfast, greeting clients, refilling drinks and general clean-up. Volunteer Coordinator Information Contact First Name:  Tim Contact Last Name:  Barr Contact Phone Number:  214-573-6864 Contact Email Address:  tim_barr@neimanmarcus.com Virtual Opportunity?:  Yes Hours Spent:  1.5 Opportunity Location:  1818 Corsicana Street Dallas, TX 75201 United States 32° 47' 15.4644" N, 96° 47' 57.876" W See map: Google Maps Minimum Age:  18 Special Instructions:  Breakfast Service at The Bridge Please plan to arrive at 7:00 am for…
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    How I changed the world today.

  • Kiva loan

    30 Jul 2014 | 9:35 pm
    Helped out with a kiva loan today as recommended by one of my kiva groups. trying to get her funded.
  • KIva loan

    11 Jul 2014 | 12:23 pm
    Made a few kiva loans. 'cause I can.
  • People assisting the homeless PATH

    3 Jul 2014 | 12:16 pm
    I make a monthly automatic contribution to PATH. They are truly helping put people in homes.  And homelessness is a big issue.  I see homeless people almost every time I leave my house. If I stop for fast food (which is rare, but I do the occasional SUBWAY), I will buy food for anyone around. And eat with them if I can.   I was at a meeting once where I sat beside a noble prize winner during the event dinner. The night before I had had dinner with a homeless person sitting on the street curb. 
  • Kiva Credit

    22 Jun 2014 | 2:57 pm
    Had a lot of Kiva credit, I was travelling out of the country again.Today I made 10 loans to people from microlenders I haven't lent to before.I am going to go into Second Life and fly around in my Kiva plane and reminisce about past fun times.
  • Smiles

    12 Jun 2014 | 5:29 am
    Did one of those quizzes to determine my life's motto and got:"Be the reason someone smiles today" - Don't forget to spread some of your happiness around. You are lucky, you have a lot of great things going on in your life to be thankful for, and a lot of light within you that you can share with others. Who knows, one day they just might return the favor.I make people smile all the time. I say hi and do small talk as often as possible, with my neighbours, the people I see on my walks, shopkeepers, homeless, etc.  I get in elevators and say things and make people laugh most of the time.
 
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    So what can I do?

  • Change the world.

    6 Oct 2014 | 3:52 pm
    The Best of So What Can I Do - A Tenth Anniversary Celebration of Service  is now available for purchase! Join the conversation on Facebook and Twitter using the hastag #SWCID.  How will you make our world a better place? * Health and education* Economics, social entrepreneurship, and microfinance* Food and water* Energy and technology* Women, children, and family* Environment, land, and sustainability* FaithYour efforts change the world.Please visit http://sowhatcanido.blogspot.com to offer your comments and suggestions, forward this post, and peruse…
  • Celebrate Juneteeth, end slavery.

    19 Jun 2012 | 5:13 am
    Today is Juneteenth, my favorite holiday. It marks the "end" of slavery in the United States in 1865 and feels particularly relevant because is linked, at least peripherally, to my great-great-granddaddy, Griffin Henry Belk. But one cannot honestly celebrate Juneteenth these days without recognizing the slavery is not over in the United States or elsewhere. Today there are more people enslaved than at any time in human history. Many of those enslaved are women and girls; many are in the United States. I often wonder why so many people sat idly by while people enslaved other people like my…
  • Send a girl to school.

    8 Mar 2012 | 6:15 pm
    Happy International Women's Day! One great way to celebrate is to invest in the women of tomorrow and the communities they'll create. You can do that by helping send a girl-child to school. According to CAMFED, "When you educate a girl in Africa, everything changes. She’ll be three times less likely to get HIV/AIDS, earn 25 percent more income and have a smaller, healthier family." Consider supporting CAMFED as they help girls all over rural Africa pay school fees, purchase school books and uniforms, and get a life-changing education. And if you'd like other ideas for today and everyday,…
  • Sacrifice, save, serve.

    22 Feb 2012 | 8:32 pm
    Today is the first day of Lent and many Christians are giving up some luxury as a way of preparing for Easter and focusing their thoughts and prayers on Christ's sacrifice for us. If you are giving up something for Lent this year, and if that something costs money, consider donating your savings to a worthy local, national, or international service organization. * If you're giving up pop for Lent, you could save and donate $30 to help a family use agriculture more self sufficient by supporting Heifer International (where I got this idea).* If you're giving up desserts for Lent, you could save…
  • Make it a day/life of service.

    6 Jan 2012 | 8:02 pm
    I remember one Martin Luther King day many years ago, when I was in grad school, that I spent in the lab. That wasn't too unusual because I generally went to the lab every day. But one of my colleagues (who was also working) asked me why I was in the lab on the King holiday. I replied that I thought Dr. King would want me to get my PhD. I still think of the King Holiday as a day on rather than a day off, but now that I have finished school, I have a bit more time to be of service to others on that day. Readers of So What Can I Do are likely to feel the same, so I offer two resources to find…
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  • Sneak Peek: the new GoodGuide.com

    anneashbey
    9 Jul 2014 | 4:32 pm
    In just a few days, GoodGuide will unveil a new website design. Here’s your opportunity to take a behind-the-scenes look at what we’ve got in store. We hope you’ll check it out and let us know what you think in the comments section below. A New, Streamlined Homepage GoodGuide.com Homepage In addition to a new look and feel, we’re streamlining our navigation to make made it even easier to search and find scientific ratings on over 200,000 consumer products. Speaking of our ratings, we’ve increased visibility into our methodologies, so you can better understand how we…
  • WEF14: Why is Sustainability So Hard?

    Dara O'Rourke
    29 Jan 2014 | 2:03 pm
    This post first appeared on The Guardian Sustainable Business Blog (Jan. 24, 2014) Sunrise over the Swiss Alps, Davos 2014. Photo by Good Guide co-founder, Dara O’Rourke. One thing that has surprised me in my time in Davos is how often I’ve heard CEOs complain about how hard it is to promote sustainability and social responsibility inside their companies. In session after session, it has been clear that even the most powerful CEOs feel that transforming their organizations is hard. Very hard. In one of the few “public” sessions where CEOs talked about this, the panelists presented…
  • WEF14: New millennial consumers and sustainability

    Dara O'Rourke
    29 Jan 2014 | 1:45 pm
    This post first appeared on The Guardian Sustainable Business Blog (Jan. 23, 2014) Dara O’Rourke, a professor at UC Berkeley and the co-founder of GoodGuide.com, is the chair of WEF’s Global Agenda Council on Sustainable Consumption. The next generation of consumers is clearly on the minds of the CEOs and CMOs at Davos. A number of sessions have touched on what emerging “millennial” consumers of China, India, Brazil, and beyond will look like in 10 years. And similarly, how the next generation of consumers in the US and Europe will act. Everyone seems to agree that new…
  • GoodGuide Joins UL Environment

    Dara O'Rourke
    6 Aug 2012 | 10:48 am
    We are very excited to announce that GoodGuide has been acquired by UL Environment, a business unit of UL (Underwriters Laboratories) that’s focused on helping people make, market, find, and trust greener, healthier, more sustainable products. This merger brings together two organizations deeply committed to sustainability and product transparency. (You can read more about our partnership here.) Don’t worry: GoodGuide’s web and mobile apps are not going away. We will continue to operate “business as usual,” and our team will still be building tools and rating products to…
  • The Naked Brand

    Dara O'Rourke
    21 Jun 2012 | 12:42 pm
    GoodGuide is honored to be featured in a powerful new documentary film – which is having its San Francisco Premiere today. The Naked Brand is: about how corporations can help save the planet one small step at a time. It’s an introduction to a bright new future where companies tell the truth and work hard to create better products and a better planet. Corporations have incredible influence on the world we live in and that’s given them free reign to pollute, collude and mislead us, but advances in technology are rapidly making them accountable not just to shareholders, but…
 
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  • Text Messages You Can Smell

    Maxwell Williams
    31 Jul 2014 | 1:35 pm
    [image position="standard large" id="537283" caption="The oPhone DUO in use"] Of the five senses, smell is likely the one that we communicate with the least, even though it’s probably the one that triggers memory the most. Vapor Communications, led by a couple of inventors, Harvard professor David Edwards and his co-founder Rachel Field, is developing the oPhone DUO, a device that would enable users to be able to send scents through an app as easily as they would a text message. [image position="standard large" id="537281" caption="oChips"] The oPhone utilizes eight cartridges called…
  • This Tree Produces Forty Types of Fruit

    Maxwell Williams
    31 Jul 2014 | 11:05 am
    [image position="standard large" id="537279" caption="Sam Van Aken courtesy of Ronald Feldman Fine Art"] A few years ago, Sam Van Aken, an artist and professor at Syracuse University, found an orchard near Geneva, New York that had many varieties of fruit growing on its property, but which because of financial hardship, was about to close. Van Aken stepped in and bought the orchard, and set to making a tree. Through a process called “chip grafting” (taking a sliver of a tree that includes the bud, taping it into a cut in the tree, and then letting it heal over the winter), Van Aken…
  • Dear 14-Year-Old Me

    Tiffany Persons
    31 Jul 2014 | 9:45 am
    “A Letter to My Younger Self” is a series of deeply personal letters written by world-changing women to their younger selves at an age when they could have used a bit of advice. Join GOOD + GAP in celebrating the power of perspective and the universal moments of struggle, healing and triumph that inspire the best in all of us. #WomenInspire [image position="half left" id="537280" caption="Illustrations by Taleen Keldjian"] Dear 14-Year-Old Me, I know you won’t believe me when I tell you this, but you really are beautiful. Youth can be awkward. Kids can be cruel. When your crush calls…
  • Danish Architects Reimagine the Zoo

    Caroline Pham
    31 Jul 2014 | 9:00 am
    Even before Blackfish brought zoo skepticism mainstream last year, the future of all such institutions has been in question. Is there an ethical way to publicly display captive animals? Danish architecture firm BIG (Bjarke Ingels Group) is on a mission to answer that question with a hefty redesign of Denmark’s Givskud Zoo.  [image position="standard large" id="537276" caption="Photo courtesy of BIG"] Citing in a project statement that good architects must create ecosystems that take into account “individual needs as well as the common good,” BIG concedes that “nowhere is this…
  • Learning to Farm Fish Responsibly

    Kelly McCartney
    31 Jul 2014 | 1:00 am
    [image position="standard" id="537268" caption="Illustration by Tyler Hoehne"] For years, wildlife organizations and international agencies have been warning that overfishing is rapidly depleting ocean fish stocks. Because the global fishing fleet is estimated to be three times larger than our oceans can sustain, the populations of big fish—tuna, swordfish, cod, marlin, and others—have declined by 90 percent since 1950. If this trend continues, populations of all food-specific species could theoretically collapse by 2048. And that’s where fish farming comes in. Though the downsides of…
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    SocialEarth

  • How Airline Coffee Fuels Clean Energy Projects

    Antonio Pasolini
    31 Jul 2014 | 5:07 am
    Getting good coffee on a flight is not always possible, as coffee lovers world over know. How about getting a good coffee and do good at the same time? Sounds [...] The post How Airline Coffee Fuels Clean Energy Projects appeared first on SocialEarth.
  • BRICS Nations Launch $100 Billion Sustainable Development Bank

    Vikas Vij
    30 Jul 2014 | 4:52 am
    BRICS countries, which include Brazil, Russia, India, China, and South Africa, comprise over one-fifth of the global economy. The growing economic power of BRICS nations has surpassed the level of [...] The post BRICS Nations Launch $100 Billion Sustainable Development Bank appeared first on SocialEarth.
  • Please Stop Trying to Change the World

    Justmeans
    29 Jul 2014 | 11:29 am
    Guest Blog by Cheryl Heller, Founding Chair of SVA’s MFA program in Design for Social Innovation I just finished Vivian Gornick’s wonderful book on how to write personal narrative, called The Situation [...] The post Please Stop Trying to Change the World appeared first on SocialEarth.
  • The International Barcode of Life Project

    Sangeeta Haindl
    29 Jul 2014 | 5:32 am
    Have you heard of a bio-literate world? A world where you could know in minutes the name of any animal or plant – at any-time or place, including everything about [...] The post The International Barcode of Life Project appeared first on SocialEarth.
  • Why We Must Champion Stories of Hope

    Sheeza Ahmad
    28 Jul 2014 | 11:28 am
    When the world learns of a moment of crisis, one of five words come to mind: devastation, bloodshed, struggle, pain or heartache. The negative media coverage constricts the story leaving no [...] The post Why We Must Champion Stories of Hope appeared first on SocialEarth.
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    Sasha Dichter's Blog

  • The hard parts

    Sasha
    24 Jul 2014 | 2:00 am
    The parts that are uncomfortable The bits that no one else really wants to do The things that make you feel exposed And stretched And outside of your comfort zone The things that make it clear that what you thought it was going to take to get this done wasn’t right at all.  The funding isn’t there. The strategy hasn’t been sorted out. The roles and responsibilities aren’t clear enough. The team is too small and it doesn’t have all the right skills.  We’re just not where we need to be, and fixing things is going to be a heck of a lot harder than we expected. All this really messy…
  • But that’s what I’d said!

    Sasha
    17 Jul 2014 | 2:00 am
    There’s a stage in one’s professional life that is defined by spending our days figuring out right answers. Do this analysis. Value this company. Research this donor. Share your recommended plan of action. This is an important skill to develop – we need to be able to understand a problem, take it apart, find out an answer and share that answer with others. But the half-life on this sort of approach is shorter than it initially appears. More often than not, the right answer is only worth the paper it’s written on, since what really matters is what people do. Indeed, Nate Silver’s…
  • This Leads to This

    Sasha
    15 Jul 2014 | 2:00 am
    We get rapid-fire requests every day, and often end up beating them back with a stick. As in: can you….write a quick response here? ….help this new potential Board Member better understand the program that you run? …meet with this journalist for 45 minutes? …share your 200 word biography for this conference? …write the first draft of our next quarterly newsletter? …give the team a 60 second update on what you’re focused on this week. Most of the time, when we’re asked questions like this, a quiet internal narrative takes over, often with a dollop of panic: “I need to be…
  • Six months later

    Sasha
    9 Jul 2014 | 2:00 am
    When I was in business school, private equity was all the rage. I’d never been an investment banker, and I didn’t even really understand what private equity was, but I did throw my hat into the ring for a few private equity jobs. The notion of actually getting any of these jobs filled me with dread. I had no passion for that work, and I only managed to land interviews with lesser-known firms where the people I met seemed to truly dislike their jobs and the lives they’d signed up for for the next 5-10 years. I vividly remember the pit I’d get in my stomach waiting for these…
  • The Garlic Mashed Potatoes

    Sasha
    8 Jul 2014 | 2:00 am
    For a period of about five years, whenever we’d go out to a restaurant either my wife or I would order the dish with the garlic mashed potatoes. They were so yummy and creamy and decadent, with heaps more butter and garlic than we’d ever dare cook in at home. It pretty much didn’t matter what the main dish was. Once garlic mashed potatoes began appearing on every menu, the allure went away. But the power of the surprise, the power of the side dish, hasn’t. As in, I just ate a take-out bowl of lentil chili, and at the bottom of the bag I discovered a completely unexpected corn muffin,…
 
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    High Impact Philanthropy Blog

  • From Priorities to Impact: Our take on "Smart Aid for the World's Poor"

    impactsp2@gmail.com
    31 Jul 2014 | 1:23 pm
    In Smart Aid for the World's Poor,  Matt Ridley, author of The Rational Optimist: How Prosperity Evolves and a member of the British House of Lords, outlines a list of priorities that offer the biggest benefits for every dollar spent. His suggestions are informed by the work of Bjorn Lomborg, whose Copenhagen Consensus recommends prioritizing aid based on an analysis of available evidence and assessment of the relative cost-benefit profiles of various options.  Such priority-setting is a necessary first step in achieving social impact. However, once those priorities are set, the…
  • Reflections From the Field: A Visit to Washington, D.C.

    impactsp2@gmail.com
    24 Jul 2014 | 2:36 pm
    Danielle Wolfe, Senior Analyst On Tuesday, I had the pleasure of visiting our nation’s capital to represent the Center at two fascinating events that discussed scaling solutions to critical domestic and global development issues. My day began at the Center for Global Development (CGD) and the British Embassy’s Girl Summit DC 2014, where a standing-room-only crowd heard from experts on the prevention of socio-cultural practices that harm young girls, namely female genital mutilation and early and forced marriage.  These experts represented a slew of field-leading organizations…
  • Invest in a Strong Start for Children: Renewed Partnership

    impactsp2@gmail.com
    17 Jul 2014 | 12:22 pm
    The Center is very pleased to announce a renewed partnership with the Annie E. Casey Foundation that will allow our team to expand on the very successful early childhood guidance we published online in the spring. For readers that may have missed its release in February, Invest in a Strong Start for Children: A Toolkit for Donors shows donors why to invest in early childhood and, more importantly, how. The web-based toolkit includes: • High impact strategies for investing in early childhood, including analyses of five exemplar programs; • Implications of the latest brain research…
  • News & Events | 15 July 2014 | Announcing a new approach to our blog

    impactsp2@gmail.com
    15 Jul 2014 | 12:58 pm
    Greetings, readers of the Center for High Impact Philanthropy blog.  Over the past few weeks, our team has thought carefully about how best to deliver useful information to our audience.  We've decided to streamline our blog posting process to a once-weekly entry that will include original blogs written by Center staff or our partners, as well as links to articles of interest that we would typically incorporate into our "News & Events" posts.  We hope this once-weekly format will be a more efficient, higher impact (we couldn't resist!) way to communicate with our…
  • Catalytic Women Expert Interview: Kat Rosqueta on High Impact Philanthropy

    impactsp2@gmail.com
    10 Jul 2014 | 1:18 pm
    Originally published on the Catalytic Women blog. Catalytic Women offers tools and training to donors, investors and advisors who aim to align their philanthropy to their values.  While their community is diverse, Catalytic Women recognizes the importance of empowering women to engage as leaders in social impact. CW: What are some emerging trends that you see in high impact philanthropy that excite you? KR: It’s not so much that we see trends specifically in high impact philanthropy, since many characteristics of high impact seem to be evergreen, but what’s most exciting to…
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    Asian Philanthropy Forum

  • Why the BoP World Convention & Expo Matters and Why Singapore is the Perfect Venue

    Guest Blogger
    22 Jul 2014 | 5:57 am
    A game-changing base of the pyramid event will take place Aug. 28-30, in Singapore that deserves a place on your calendar. The BoP World Convention will focus on hybrid models for serving the BoP, with speakers from the private sector, the social entrepreneur community, major non-governmental organizations, and governments. It reflects a growing belief that collaborative, cross-sector approaches are necessary to get to scale and, despite a strong contingent of speakers from Asia, reflects a global perspective.  The program looks in detail at experience with cross sector initiatives to…
  • Should Philanthropy Advisors Be Accredited?

    Dien Yuen
    21 Jul 2014 | 6:36 am
    Earlier this month, I had the opportunity to convene the Bay Area Chartered Advisor in Philanthropy (CAP) designees. CAP designees are quite diverse – some are wealth managers, some are development professionals, some are philanthropy advisors from community foundations, and some are advisors who work in a philanthropy consulting firm like me. Interestingly, there is a growing group of attorneys who are also CAPs or taking on the program. During the event, Prof. Phil Cubeta, Chair of the program, reminded us that our work is not about our clients or donors; the real purpose of…
  • Philanthropy in Sri Lanka: An On-the-Ground Perspective

    Anh Ton
    17 Jul 2014 | 6:13 am
    Image: .shyam./(CC)   Following our conversation with Dr. Tom Widger on Sri Lankan philanthropy, our interest in philanthropy’s potential to catalyze positive change in the country was only further piqued. Dr. Widger and his team’s research is revealing on a macro level, with strong implications on how development agencies and nonprofit organizations can best engage with Sri Lankan donors, but we also wanted to get an on-the-ground perspective from someone who works within the domestic nonprofit sector on a regular basis. We were curious to see if concepts like…
  • Sri Lanka: A Deeper Dive into Philanthropic Research with Tom Widger

    Anh Ton
    16 Jul 2014 | 5:05 am
    Image: Paul Arps (CC)   In a recent post on Asian Philanthropy Forum, we took a look at research on Sri Lankan philanthropy. This research was led by professors Roderick Stirrat and Filippo Osella from the University of Sussex, and involved teams from the Centre for Poverty Analysis and University of Peradeniya from Sri Lanka. It was funded by the UK’s Economic & Social Research Council (ESRC) and Department for International Development (DfID). Dr. Tom Widger, the full time Research Fellow on the program, was kind enough to talk to Asian Philanthropy Forum in greater detail about…
  • The Impact of Local Charity on Development: A Sri Lankan Case Study

    Anh Ton
    15 Jul 2014 | 5:45 am
    Image: Department of Foreign Affairs & Trade (CC)   Among the many trends in global development, the need to incubate “indigenous philanthropy” is one that is brought up often. Wit the ramifications of financial crises in the U.S. and Europe still unfolding, structural changes in global markets have led major foreign aid donors to scale down their support so that they can focus on domestic affairs.  At the same time, wealth in emerging markets is expanding rapidly, and international development professionals are pushing for more business-based approaches to poverty alleviation.
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    Being the Change I Wish to See

  • Why video games don’t cause violence

    Sherri Joubert
    18 Jul 2014 | 1:22 pm
    The following video is quite brilliant in explaining exactly why video games in general, and first person shooter games in particular, don’t teach you how to kill. Link to the UK study on TV and video game violence: Do television and electronic games predict children’s psychosocial adjustment? Longitudinal research using the UK Millennium Cohort Study He’s right. Humans use video and simulation equipment to practice many things, from driving a car to flying a plane. But you never become proficient at it until you do it in the real world on real equipment. A video game controller…
  • Remembering Freedom Summer 1964

    Sherri Joubert
    21 Jun 2014 | 6:01 pm
    Freedom Summer 1964 was a project to register as many African American voters as possible in Mississippi. It was sponsored by the Council of Federated Organizations, a coalition of the Mississippi branches of the SNCC, CORE, NAACP, and SCLC. Most blacks and poor whites had been disenfranchised during the Jim Crow period of 1890-1965. Over 1000 students were recruited from out-of-state colleges to come to Mississippi and work with the local black civil rights organizations to build the grass roots movement. These students worked alongside thousands of black Mississippians. 90% of the…
  • Having money can make you cruel, and how to fix it

    Sherri Joubert
    10 Jan 2014 | 1:11 pm
    Monopoly Banker Photo Credit: Photobucket Fifty years ago this week, President Lyndon Johnson gave his famous speech declaring the war on poverty. The only class of people who became significantly and continuously better off were people 65 years of age and older; those on Social Security and Medicare. Poverty among the elderly stays fairly steady at just under 10%. All other demographics remained as poor as they were, or became poorer. We still have a long way to go on eliminating poverty in the U.S. We have to start by reversing the downward spiral of the middle class into poverty. I ran…
 
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    The Change Blog

  • How a Mindset Shift from Fear to Love Transformed My Business

    Leah Cox
    31 Jul 2014 | 4:24 am
    “I slept and dreamt that life was joy. I awoke and saw that life was service. I acted and behold, service was joy.” – Rabindranath Tagore I was recently telling a friend of mine a story about a potential coaching client I’d spent over six hours with before making him an official offer of a coaching programme. I explained how he’d told me he needed to think about it. It had been nearly a month since our last conversation, and I’d heard nothing. “Leah, you need to be careful. So many people out there in the service industry get taken advantage of. They do hours…
  • The Beatles’ Top 11 Tips to Reinventing Yourself

    Susan Cattaneo
    30 Jul 2014 | 4:32 am
    What advice would you give your 12 year-old self if you could go back in time?  I know I’d warn little Susan not to drink peppermint schnapps at 3AM at that Halloween party in college. I’d also tell her to start learning Italian, since she’d need that language to speak to her future husband. And I’d most definitely tell her to start playing the guitar, that it would come in handy when she reinvented herself as a performing singer/songwriter. “Huh?” She’d say.  “When I’m a what?“ We’re taught to do what we love, and once we find that “thing”, that’s pretty much…
  • How to Chuck In Your Job and Move to Thailand

    Alexander Gunn
    29 Jul 2014 | 7:30 am
    I have never been one of these gung-ho change your life kind of people until, that was, I chucked in my job, gave away my car and moved to the other side of the world with my wife and two young children. The bizarre irony is that I have worked all my life, as a counsellor and teacher helping other people change their lives. It was time to put my money where my mouth was. At the age of forty two, with a comfortable middle class life, nice safe job teaching at a university and running a private counselling practice, things were just fine…kind of. I had always dreamed of being one of those…
  • One Simple Change to Live a Happy and Empowered Life

    Jackie Johansen
    27 Jul 2014 | 4:23 am
    “Be yourself, everyone else is already taken” – Oscar Wilde For many years I wrote in secret. I would only put pen to paper when the lights were dim, when everyone around me was asleep. Also, I wrote when no one was home, I made sure that I was alone because I didn’t want to be seen. I didn’t want to be questioned and I didn’t want anyone interested in what I was doing. In hiding, I filled up journals with words of heart-break, poetry, love, laughter, inspiration, anything that was bubbling to the surface. Those notebooks were mirrors of my truth. I threw them out. I violently…
  • 7 Little Things You Should Quit to be Happy & Successful

    Pratima Aravabhoomi
    17 Jul 2014 | 7:10 am
    Do you ever wonder if you will ever be truly happy in your life? Do you wonder if happiness is just a hoax and success is an illusion? Do you feel like they don’t really exist? I felt like this a little while ago At the time, I was making six-figure income, was working for my dream company (Apple) and had a flexible work schedule. In spite of all this, I was miserable. To make things worse one day, my 10 yr old daughter said, “ Mommy you are just not nice when you come back from your job”. That was a wake up call. I wanted to make a change. I wanted to be happy.  I wanted to be a good…
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    The GiveWell Blog

  • Our ongoing review of ICCIDD

    Timothy Telleen-Lawton
    30 Jul 2014 | 9:59 am
    The International Council for the Control of Iodine Deficiency Disorders Global Network (ICCIDD) advocates for and assists programs that fortify salt with iodine. Our preliminary work (writeup forthcoming) implies that even moderate iodine deficiency can lead to impaired cognitive development. ICCIDD tracks iodine deficiency around the world and encourages countries with iodine deficient populations to pass laws requiring iodization for all salt produced in and imported to the country. ICCIDD also provides – and helps countries find – general support and assistance for their iodization…
  • Partnership with The Pew Charitable Trusts

    Holden
    24 Jul 2014 | 11:30 am
    Throughout the post, “we” refers to GiveWell and Good Ventures, who work as partners on GiveWell Labs. We have agreed to a major partnership with The Pew Charitable Trusts as part of our work on criminal justice reform. Good Ventures will provide $3 million to support and expand the work of Pew’s public safety performance project (PSPP), which aims “to advance data-driven, fiscally sound policies and practices in the criminal and juvenile justice systems that protect public safety, hold offenders accountable, and control corrections costs” through technical assistance to…
  • The moral value of the far future

    Holden
    3 Jul 2014 | 11:41 am
    A popular idea in the effective altruism community is the idea that most of the people we can help (with our giving, our work, etc.) are people who haven’t been born yet. By working to lower global catastrophic risks, speed economic development and technological innovation, and generally improve people’s resources, capabilities, and values, we may have an impact that (even if small today) reverberates for generations to come, helping more people in the future than we can hope to help in the present. This belief is sometimes coupled with a belief that the most important goal of an…
  • Potential global catastrophic risk focus areas

    Alexander
    26 Jun 2014 | 11:34 am
    Throughout the post, “we” refers to GiveWell and Good Ventures, who work as partners on GiveWell Labs. This post draws substantially on our recent updates on our investigation of policy-oriented philanthropy, including using much of the same language. As part of our work on GiveWell Labs, we’ve been exploring the possibility of getting involved in efforts to ameliorate potential global catastrophic risks (GCRs), by which we mean risks that could be bad enough to change the very long-term trajectory of humanity in a less favorable direction (e.g. ranging from a dramatic…
  • Update on GiveDirectly

    Elie
    20 Jun 2014 | 12:27 pm
    Three members of GiveDirectly‘s board of directors (Paul Niehaus, Michael Faye, and Chris Hughes) are planning to start a for-profit technology company, Segovia, aimed at improving the efficiency of cash transfer distributions in the developing world. Segovia plans to sell software to developing-country governments for use in implementing their cash transfer programs. This development was announced today (though we have been aware of and discussing it with GiveDirectly for some time). Some discussion is available at today’s post on the Development Channel blog. GiveDirectly and…
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    Elephantbeans

  • Miami Wade County after Lebron

    alcmaeonid
    11 Jul 2014 | 3:19 pm
    So Lebron James is going to Cleveland.  Not a big surprise.  Lebron makes emotional decisions and this is certainly one.  He chose his hometown team, and wants to be the man to bring a championship to Cleveland.  Lebron, Irving, Wiggins… that’s awesome.  Varejao and Tristan Thompson, not so much.  That backcourt alone though would be a championship contender in the terrible East. Chris Bosh should go to Houston, that is clearly the best option for him.  The Rockets are in his home state, and there is too much money to be left on the table.  Miami would be a good situation…
  • Most Improved Player NBA 2013-2014

    alcmaeonid
    19 Apr 2014 | 4:51 pm
    1) Goran Dragic, Guard, Phoenix Suns The Dragon played for Phoenix before, was traded away, and has ended up back with his old team and is playing better than ever before. He showed flashes back in Phoenix’s playoff run a few years back when he scored 26 points in a quarter. Every part of his game is better: defense, shooting, passing, scoring, driving to the hoop, decision-making, defense. He is a very intense player and plays with a ton of confidence. Analysts will call that “feisty”, meaning he doesn’t smile a lot on the court and always looks like he’s on the verge of fighting…
  • The Case for Johnny Manziel in the NFL

    alcmaeonid
    25 Mar 2014 | 2:36 pm
    There was no one I enjoyed watching more the last two seasons of college football than Johnny Manziel.  He would make wild and unpredictable plays that you normally see on a basketball court or a soccer pitch, not on the football field, and in the SEC at that!  That is why so many people, myself included, would love to see him perform well at the next level… and he can.  However, it is certainly a risk, something that most GM’s and draft analysts already know. However, I have hope for the dude. Yes, it’s good to be Johnny Football. If I were a GM, and I had a top 16 pick, I would…
  • Top NBA Players by Position

    alcmaeonid
    14 Mar 2014 | 4:28 pm
    Just because I feel like it, and injured players don’t count! Point Guard So many to choose from, this is the deepest position in the league right now.  If you are a starting PG, you are practically an all star.  So there are a lot of Honorable Mentions: Kyle Lowry, Damian Lillard, Monta Ellis, Deron Williams, Rajon Rondo, Goran Dragic, John Wall, Kyle Lowry, Ty Lawson, and Mike Conley. Chris Paul - CP3 is the best facilitator in the game.  He is the biggest reason why Griffin and Jordan are having such great seasons.  Noone runs a team like Paul.   Russell Westbrook –…
  • Lebron James is Great and Noone Cares

    alcmaeonid
    23 Jan 2014 | 8:37 pm
    Lebron is already one of the top 10 NBA players of all time.  Maybe top 5 all time.  Is there a better Small Forward in the history of the league?  Nope, Lebron is the best SF of all time.  I will get to that in a second.  The problem is despite Lebron’s greatness, and the emergence of exciting young players like Steph Curry, Kyrie Irving, Durant, and Westbrook, people just don’t love the league like they did in MJ’s day.  But first thing’s first. That’s a lot of trophies… I’m not a huge stats guy for basketball.  They can be misleading because…
 
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    RELEVANT Magazine

  • Jamie Foxx Will Reportedly Play Mike Tyson in Upcoming Biopic

    31 Jul 2014 | 12:27 pm
    Mike Tyson, one of the most indisputably filmable subjects in the world, is getting a biopic about his life written by Boardwalk Empire's Terrence Winter, and today word got out that Jamie Foxx will play the lead. At his peak, Tyson was the undisputed heavyweight champion of the world—which makes a pretty interesting movie by itself—but his ugly and frequently violent downfall is likely to be just as if not more compelling to filmmakers. Little is known about the movie at this point, although past rumors have indicated that Martin Scorsese would be involved ...
  • The 10 Best Albums 2014 So Far

    admintyler
    31 Jul 2014 | 10:43 am
    Share Facebook 302 Twitter 25 First things first: By the time December rolls around, the list of best albums is likely to look pretty different. There are some big albums on the horizon (like Kendrick and Frank Ocean) and, in all likelihood, someone who will come out of nowhere to blow us all away. But, for the time being, here's what we're loving right now, and we daresay you'll love it too. But, of course, lists like these are made to be fought over (there was no small amount of fighting over this list among the RELEVANT staff), so we welcome any comments that begin with "I can't believe…
  • Trailer: Into the Woods

    31 Jul 2014 | 9:38 am
    The long-awaited, very complicated film adaptation of Into the Woods is finally hitting theaters this Christmas, with a cast that includes Meryl Streep, Chris Pine and current Hollywood it-girl Anna Kendrick. For a few years now, with movies like Jack the Giant Slayer and Maleficent, Disney has been trying to cash in on a nostalgic love of fairy tales. It hasn't exactly worked yet, but Into the Woods—a musical mashup of Brothers Grimm tales based on a 1986 Stephen Sondheim musical—has a built-in fan base and a secret weapon in Oscar-winning director Rob Marshall, so it might reverse the…
  • 7 Signs You’re Spending Too Much Time Looking at Your Phone

    jessec
    31 Jul 2014 | 9:00 am
    A few warning signs that are not to be ignored. When the entire world is at your fingertips, the temptation to never let it out of your sight is understandable.
  • Obama Tells Religious Heckler, ‘I Believe in God. Thanks for the Prayer'

    31 Jul 2014 | 8:19 am
    While giving a speech in Kansas City, President Obama had an interesting exchange with a heckler yesterday. About three minutes into his speech, a woman began shouting from an upper balcony. Before she was removed by security, the president asked, “I'm sorry, what are you hollering about?” allowing the woman to yell back, “'Jesus is the God of Israel. He is fully God.” As she was being escorted out by police, President Obama responded, “'I believe in God. Thanks for the prayer. Amen. Thank you.” And of course, with that, he finally bridged the gap—once and for all—between…
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    Withisms from Lori

  • Open Your Mind to All the Help Corporations Can Provide

    30 Jul 2014 | 7:33 am
    I recently spotted Letter To A CEO: The Surprising View In The Mirror on Forbes.com and it got me thinking about how our sector starts a conversation about sponsorship or a deeper commitment for support. While this article is geared toward CEO's, if you look at the data from your view AND his or her view...you may find some surprising information. The kind of information that may cause you to expand your scope of what you talk about in that first meeting. Of course my first, strongest, and most important advice to you when you approach a corporation whether in person or via mail, is this:…
  • Mission Possible: Engaging Your Board in Fundraising

    22 Jul 2014 | 10:00 pm
    I’m often asked, “How do we get our board to help us with fundraising?” And my answer is: Not all of your board members should or are able to help you ask for financial gifts. If you want them to speak about your organization with passion, sharing stories about those you serve, invite others to do specific things AND feel great about their board experience, then YOU have to make sure to support them and communicate clearly how they can best serve. DEVELOPMENT is: “The total process by which an organization increases public understanding of its mission and acquires…
  • Three Ways To Stay Focused on Your Fundraising Goals

    15 Jul 2014 | 10:00 pm
    It's July...you and everyone you know is attempting to take a vacation or at least a few days off. Does it feel like you are surrounded by the distractions of summer? And yet, you still want to reach all of your fundraising goals for the year. Right?  Check out the link below for a quick fun video about staying focused on your goals. If you view it with your "fundraising" eyes on, the three tips are quite relevant. Here's a recap of the three focusing tasks you that will help you end the year proud and satisfied.  1. List the things you can accomplish when you meet your fundraising…
  • Make a Case for Increasing Your Nonprofit's Investment in Technology

    8 Jul 2014 | 10:00 pm
    Technology has become so much a part of our daily lives we hardly even think about it anymore. Most of us spend a majority of our days within arm's reach of a smart phone, a computer, or a tablet — both personally and professionally. So when I read a post on npEngage about nonprofit investment in technology, I wasn't surprised to find this quote: ". . . as the economy continues to recover and online fundraising outpaces other development efforts, nonprofits are planning to invest more in their digital footprint. In fact, almost 30% expect their interactive technology investments to grow…
  • Celebrating Anniversaries & Milestones Give Supporters Another Reason to Contribute

    1 Jul 2014 | 10:00 pm
    This week in the U.S. on the 4th of July we celebrate the anniversary of our independence from Great Britain. It’s generally a fun, patriotic holiday with fireworks, parades, barbecues, picnics and a day off of work, for many. Just thinking about previous July 4th celebrations when I was young brings a smile to my face. And that got me thinking about how our sector could better incorporate the practice of annually inviting others to take action. What anniversaries do you mark and celebrate with the community that supports your amazing mission? What do you do each year to stand out from…
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    Happiness Blog for The Seekers of Inner Happiness

  • The ultimate question

    5 Jul 2014 | 8:20 am
    From childhood only Hanumanji was different than all others of his kind. He was curious and full of questions about the evolution of world, the nature of mind, the true Self and the real God. He used to ask all such kind of questions to his mother all the time – Mother, please tell me where did I come from, what will happen to me after death, how did this world come into being, if there is God why can’t I see it … and on and on ? Tired of his questions, his mother used to send him to holy Saints who lived in the forest and who used to perform Saadhna towards realizing the true goal of…
  • If you want ever lasting happiness

    1 Jun 2014 | 8:09 am
    Here is a famous Chinese proverb: If you want happiness for an hour- take a nap,If you want happiness for a day- go on a shopping spree,If you want happiness for a month- go on a honeymoon,If you want happiness for a year- inherit a fortune,If you want happiness for a lifetime– help someone, If you want eternal happiness – know yourself.How true ! The worldly happiness like taking a nap or going on a shopping spree for buying luxuries of physical comfort or even the happiness associated with honeymoon is only momentary, short lasting and incomplete. Because you have given so much…
  • Ambrosia of Satsang

    4 May 2014 | 8:09 am
    The word Sat-sang has a deep meaning associated with it. “Sat” is the Supreme Truth, the ultimate Reality, the eternal Consciousness, the God. “Sang” means the company. Satsang is the divine company of Truth- the omnipresent, eternal, conscious, supremely peaceful, pure, complete, blissful and divine Truth. The routine meaning of the word Satsang is associated with the company of Saints who have realized the Supreme Truth, who have realized the true Self. To be around the holy Saints, to listen to their talks, to read their holy scriptures under their guidance, to perform…
  • Learn to steal time for meditation

    5 Apr 2014 | 7:27 am
    A householder used to pay visit to the Saint once in a while. Every time the Saint used to ask him about his progress in Saadhna. The pious soul always had some excuse or other. One day, when the Saint asked him about the same, he said, “Dear Sir, for you it is easy to make time for saadhna (seeking) as you don’t have family or any such responsibilities. But for us worldly beings, it is very difficult to take time out for Yoga, Pranayama and meditation. But sure, once I retire, I will begin practicing all these methods of seeking.”The Saint told him a brief story, “During the days of…
  • Can Yoga and meditation increase size of your brain ?

    2 Mar 2014 | 7:10 am
    Dr Dharma Singh Khalsa is the founding President and Medical Director of  Alzheimer's Research and Prevention Foundation (ARPF). His team performed  years of scientific research on a group of  people who performed singing Yoga meditation that they call Kirtan Kriya. His team’s studies utilized recognized methods to measure aspects of brain health and specialized scans such as SPECT and fMRI, as well as sophisticated memory and blood tests, to determine the results. He presented a summary of his research at the Alzheimer's Association International Conference in…
 
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  • Making Summer Better for You Your Family and the World

    27 Jul 2014 | 12:30 pm
    "Summer" by Kevin Dooley                          Imagine it's the end of June and you have a family.  Your kids have... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Possible New Feature:Charity of the Month

    25 Jul 2014 | 11:27 am
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  • Let's Retire The Word- "Retard "

    19 Jul 2014 | 3:24 am
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  • Help Your Favorite Charity With A Personal PSA

    2 Jul 2014 | 1:09 pm
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  • Support US Soldiers and Veterans

    26 May 2014 | 4:39 am
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  • Gothenburg ShareFest Furthers the Collaborative Movement in Sweden

    Cat Johnson
    31 Jul 2014 | 9:35 am
    One of the beautiful things about the sharing movement is that it is both hyper-local and global, spanning across cultures and geography. It also spans the age spectrum—something that has been made very clear this #SharingSpring at various ShareFests. Participants in the fests range from community elders who share a lifetime of experience and knowledge, down to toddlers swapping toys for the first time.
  • 23 Food Sharing Projects That Are Disrupting Hunger

    Cat Johnson
    29 Jul 2014 | 7:12 am
    Food is one of our most basic needs. And yet, for over 800 million people, food insecurity remains a daily issue. While top-down programs that address hunger certainly exist, more efficient, immediate solutions are sometimes found on the community level, where neighbors directly help neighbors. We’ve rounded up 23 food projects that are transforming communities by feeding the hungry, educating people about healthy eating and food justice issues, and providing opportunities for people to grow their own food.
  • 20 Urban Food Forests from Around the World

    NINA IGNACZAK
    28 Jul 2014 | 12:29 pm
    The Seven Layers of a Food Forest. Diagram by Graham Burnett via Wikipedia.
  • New Cooperative Refinances Student Debt with Community Funds

    Kelly McCartney
    28 Jul 2014 | 10:13 am
    Top image excerpted from Libby Nelson’s Everything You Need To Know About Student Debt. Over the past two decades, the amount of money a college student must borrow to pay for their education has doubled. The graduates of 2014 now sit at the top of the class in student debt. Tuition fees have risen dramatically as household incomes have stagnated, at best, causing some 70 percent of students to fund their higher educations through loans.
  • Appalachians Leaving Coal for the New Economy

    YES Magazine
    28 Jul 2014 | 8:40 am
    Top image: A mural in Benham, Kentucky. Photo by Catherine Moore for Appalachian Transition Fellows. Article and images cross-posted from YES! magazine. Benham, Kentucky, in the heart of Harlan County, is a quiet place with a proud sign that has been amended over time to read, "Benham, the little town that International Harvester, coal miners and their families built."
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  • Nissan Kills The Cube

    admin
    10 Jul 2014 | 8:06 am
    Nissan has announced that the Cube is no longer going to be sold in the North America market.  Another class cut-up has graduated from our motor pool. The Nissan Cube’s indefatigable weirdness was likely both its chief selling point and its Achilles Heel, but Autoblog sources say that after a six-year run in the US, the niche player has been scrubbed from the Japanese automaker’s lineup. The move is hardly unexpected – there was confirmation from Nissan Canada that it was pulling the plug on the asymmetric little front-driver in its market back in May, and sales have not…
  • Ford Experiments with Lightweight Concepts

    admin
    12 Jun 2014 | 6:00 am
    A lighter Ford Fusion, like any lighter car, is something enthusiasts have been championing for years, and now it is becoming a reality. Ford, with the U.S. Department of Energy’s Vehicle Technologies Program, has built six Lightweight Concepts. The Ford Lightweight Concept is built on a 2013 Fusion, a car whose curb weight starts at 3,431 pounds and goes progressively to 3,913 pounds for the Energi. This Fusion lost about 800 pounds from stock. It now weighs in at around 2,600 pounds—as light as the Ford Fiesta of which it shares its lightweight, 1.0-liter, 3-cylinder EcoBoost…
  • Smart Phone Apps to Discourage Texting and Driving

    admin
    13 May 2014 | 7:00 am
    The dangers of texting while driving are broadcast almost daily.  Authorities cited distracted driving as the cause of more than 3,300 deaths nationwide in 2012, the latest year available, and thousands more injuries. Surveys show that drivers recognize the danger of distracted driving, and 43 states and the District of Columbia forbid texting while driving, yet large percentages of drivers — including roughly three-quarters of teens and other young drivers — continue to do it anyway. We have not managed to put down our devices long enough to get from point A to point B, even…
  • Fit-ing in: A review of the Honda Fit

    admin
    15 Apr 2014 | 9:31 am
    The third generation of Honda’s subcompact, the Fit lives up to it’s name on tight streets and in places where precision matters.  Despite all the love for the first two iterations of the Fit, Honda saw room for improvement with the 2015 Honda Fit. The subcompact segment has evolved over the past few years, with newer competitors offering better fuel efficiency, more technology, and higher levels of refinement than the outgoing Honda Fit. To get back to the top of the class, the redesigned Fit must zero in on these areas without straying from Honda’s proven small-car formula.
  • Best Friends Age 6 and 7 Raise $200k for Charity

    admin
    1 Aug 2013 | 9:19 am
    Great feel good story about two special young children! He suffers from a rare genetic and incurable disease called Glycogen Storage Disease Type 1B. Up until the 80s, most kids with his condition didn’t survive past the age of two. But his best buddy, Dylan Siegel, wanted his friend to get better, so he wrote a book hoping to raise one million dollars to find a cure. It took him an hour to write and illustrate the pages of “Chocolate Bar,” an expression the boys use to describe something great, fantastic, or awesome. Read the full story here.
 
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  • McLaren Announces P1 GTR To be Displayed in August

    jg
    28 Jul 2014 | 1:27 pm
    If you have ever played any racing game, you know how incredible the McLaren is.  McLaren, Ferrari and Porsche have all come out with their hybrid-powered hypercars, vehicles that boast the bleeding edge of what is possible with today’s road-car technology. The next step, at least in the case of McLaren and Ferrari, is to push that bleeding edge just a hair further, with even faster, more focused versions of the P1 and LaFerrari. At the 2014 Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance, McLaren will be the first to give us a glimpse of that boundary-pushing machine. The British automaker has…
  • Aging Population of America’s Cars

    jg
    10 Jun 2014 | 2:00 am
    Cars in America aren’t getting any younger. The average age has remained over 10 years old. The combined average age of all light vehicles on the road in the U.S. was 11.4 years as of Jan. 1, same as the year before, says IHS Automotive and its Polk subsidiary. That’s still at the highest levels since Polk started tracking it For another year, that’s a record level — and now trucks have hit the same level as cars. “In our history of tracking, we have seen a gradual increase in the average age of vehicles on the road,” says Mark Seng, director of aftermarket…
  • Fuel Economy Slowly Improving

    jg
    8 May 2014 | 3:00 am
    Good news for SUV drivers, their vehicles are getting better fuel economy than ever before, according to a study released at the end of April. Over half of the vehicles sold this year deliver over 23 mpg, with one in nine topping 30 mpg, the study showed. Even some traditional gas guzzlers are now yielding mileage once considered a stretch for small cars, industry and government data reveals, though automakers still face a stretch achieving the 54.5 mpg target facing them in 2025, observers warn. “This has been remarkable,” said Mark Cooper, research director for the Consumer Federation…
  • Humans Replace Robots at Toyota

    jg
    15 Apr 2014 | 3:26 am
    For decades, Toyota has been a leader in implementing new technology on the plant floor But now the automotive company has decided to take a step back from robotics. It’s happening at Toyota’s plants across Japan, reports Bloomberg News, and the idea behind it is as innovative as the move 30 years ago to replace humans with robots: The only way to improve processes and promote more thinking about efficiency is to put people back in charge of making things. The goal is to create a more efficient car production line. “We need to become more solid and get back to basics, to…
  • Charity Bike Ride Halted by Theft

    jg
    1 Aug 2013 | 9:16 am
    News like this is really sad and frustrating! A man riding his bicycle across Canada for a charity has received a surly welcome in Winnipeg. His bicycle was stolen on Wednesday night in the 800 block of Leila Avenue. Winnipeg police said the bike is a dark blue touring bike with silver accents and the word ‘Napoli’ written on the frame. There were two black/grey saddle bags on the rear of the bike and one on the front. Bike owner Anas Cheema was travelling through Winnipeg on his fundraising ride for SOS Children’s Villages charity, an international charity helping orphaned and…
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    Beth’s Blog

  • The Art of Less As More: Micro Content

    Beth
    24 Jul 2014 | 10:28 am
    Visual.ly has published this really useful and free e-book on Micro Content.   As our attention fragments and more and more of us are reading content on mobile devices, content creators are finding that the best way to engage audiences is with shorter, bite-sized chunks of content known as “Micro Content.”    The e-book, which at 32 pages, is definitely long-form content provides context, best practices, examples, tools, and resources.  I don’t know about you, but as a content consumer, I still do consumer long-form content to get a better understanding of a topic.   As…
  • Explore Impact Leadership at NTEN’s Leading Change Summit: Free Registration Giveaway

    Beth
    23 Jul 2014 | 9:15 am
    I’m giving away a free registration to NTEN’s Leading Social Change Summit.   If you want to a chance to win, leave a comment on this post sharing something that you’d like to learn about Impact Leadership or some wisdom from your experience about practicing impact leadership!  I’ll pick a winner by July 3oth. NTEN is hosting the “Leading Change Summit ” in San Francisco from September 3-6th.  (Early bird registration ends on July 31 and scholarship information is here.) This conference will be different from Nonprofit Technology Conference which is…
  • Can My Fitbit Data Make Health Care Better?

    Beth
    22 Jul 2014 | 6:26 am
    I first put a fitbit, a digital pedometer that tracks steps, calories burned, food intake, and other personal analytics data,  on my wrist back in October. After some results from routine tests during my annual physical,  my doctor informed me that my cholesterol was high.    ”Start exercising more and stop eating bacon cheese burgers ” were the doctor’s orders and we’ll retest in 6 months.  Otherwise, I would need to go on statins. As a data nerd, I couldn’t resist the fitbit and its ability to track my every move during this glorious science experiment.  …
  • Stop the Glorification of Busy and Thrive

    Beth
    21 Jul 2014 | 6:43 am
    I just returned last week from vacation with my husband and children at the Jersey Shore where I grew up.   It was great to sit on the beach and do nothing, get lots of walking in, and hang out with family.    Above all, it is a great escape from your never ending to do list.   I did take along a few books, including Ariana Huffington’s Thrive: The Third Metric to Redefining Success and Creating a Life of Well-Being, Wisdom, and Wonder. The book is about how to reframe success away from money and power to a third metric.  She identifies this as “thriving,” where you…
  • Markets for Good Post: Design A Better Dashboard

    Beth
    18 Jul 2014 | 10:12 am
    Flickr Photo by PetitPlat - Stephanie Kilgast This post was also appeared on the MarketsforGood site as part of my regular column, “Between the Dashboard and the Chair.” How Human-Centered Design Methods Can Help You Design A Better Dashboard Take a look at any nonprofit dashboard and the most effective ones probably have an organizational process that lies beneath. Dashboard design is more than simply clarifying outcomes and key metrics. Dashboard design should also inspire buy-in and continuous improvement by using “human centered design” methods. But shouldn’t dashboards…
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  • EVENT: Performance and participatory workshop at WOMAD festival – 26 July 2014, 11am

    rachel
    25 Jul 2014 | 5:29 am
    For nine months Visible Thinking has been working  in partnership with The Forgiveness Project and the Colston Hall youth ensemble looking at forgiveness and conflict as a musical conversation. As part of this work, Visible Thinking will be conducting  a performance and participatory workshop at WOMAD festival this Saturday from 11.0-0-12.00am in the workshop tent. The programme should indicate exactly where this workshop tent is situated. Camilla Carr, Jon James and Peter Miles will be present and speaking in this performance with songs performed from both their stories and an improvised…
  • NEWS: Forgiveness as the ultimate revenge?

    rachel
    17 Jul 2014 | 5:07 am
    For The Forgiveness Project’s 5th Forgiveness Conversation held at St Ethelburga’s Centre for Reconciliation and Peace in London on Monday 14 June,  the subject that the panel and audience grappled with was “Can Revenge ever Work?” This was the first ever public speaking event for Natalia Aggiano whose mother was murdered by her father in 1997.  The room went quiet as she told of how it was her mother’s words to her as a child to love her father “for who he was, not for what he did” that had enabled her to reach out and forgive him. She explained to the audience, “I’d…
  • EVENT: Narrative Practitioners Forum – 23 July 2014, 5.30pm

    rachel
    3 Jul 2014 | 3:07 am
    An invitation to those who use personal narrative and story in their work to share best practice and learn from each other. An alive and spontaneous space that nurtures a growing body of wisdom, and encourages creative cross-disciplinary collaborations. This month’s workshop: Going Beyond Tolerance with the Island Method, with Megan Cosgrove – To consolidate respect and democratic values and to see the world as our collective environment are things more easily said than done, and require deliberate activities that deliver results.  This workshop will aim at exploring Stories for…
  • EVENT: Sunday Assembly – 6 July 2014

    rachel
    30 Jun 2014 | 9:56 am
    Marina Cantacuzino, Founder & Director of The Forgiveness Project will be delivering the Sunday talk on Forgiveness. The Sunday Assembly are a godless congregation that celebrate life. Their motto: live better, help often, wonder more. Their mission: to help everyone find and fulfill their full potential. Their vision: a godless congregation in every town, city and village that wants one. Venue: Conway Hall, Red Lion Square, London, WC1R 4RL Time: 11am Free event – just turn up More info here: http://london.sundayassembly.com   The post EVENT: Sunday Assembly – 6 July…
  • NEWS: It is the Responsibility of the Living to Heal the Dead

    rachel
    18 Jun 2014 | 11:31 am
    As hurts and grievances extend across generations in the burgeoning ethnic and factional conflicts of Ukraine, Syria and Iraq, the topic of The Forgiveness Project’s fourth Forgiveness Conversation- How do we deal with unresolved pain when trauma festers across generations?– seemed particular significant. The event, held at St Ethelburga’s in London on 16th June, was expertly chaired by Dr Scherto Gill, Director of the Guerrand-Hermès Foundation for Peace and author of Critical Narrative as Pedagogy.  Dr Gill stated the intention of the evening was to explore how we can prevent…
 
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  • Cavemen and the Rise of Instagram

    BeMail
    17 Jul 2014 | 7:40 pm
    Remember the olden days when we didn’t have iPods or air conditioning or the wheel? Ahhh….the good old days. One thing was the same then as it is now. People loved sharing stories. They didn’t share them on Facebook or write books for the kindle, they drew pictures on walls with sticks. And the messages are as clear today as they were when they were first drawn. 90% of information transmitted to the brain is visual, and visuals are processed 60,000X faster in the brain than text. Humans are hard-wired to communicate visually, yet we have spent decades teaching reading,…
  • How to Stop Being an Amateur

    BeMail
    14 Feb 2014 | 5:20 am
    Do you ever look at someone who is really, really good at something and wish that you could be that good? You can. It’s easier (and harder) than it seems. You just need to follow one rule consistently. Stop being an amateur. When you have a goal that you are trying to reach, ask yourself what a professional would do and do exactly that. Every single time. Let’s start with a goal that many people have: trying to lose weight. It’s not about will-power. It’s not about desire. It’s about working out every day because that is what the most successful people would do.
  • Thanks for the Gift. I’m Giving it Away

    BeMail
    12 Feb 2014 | 5:30 am
    I am of the belief that a true gift comes with absolutely no strings attached. Once I give it to you, it is yours to do whatever you want with. I was at the store picking up some google-y eyes for my daughters Valentine’s when I passed containers full of buttons. There was no way that I could pass these by. My daughter is constantly digging through drawers trying to find stray buttons. I knew she would love to have a whole container full of them and I was SO excited to surprise her with them. I came home and showed her the surprise and you would have thought I bought her a pony. Her…
  • “I’m Sorry You Feel That Way”

    BeMail
    9 Feb 2014 | 11:40 am
    I made a comment to someone the other day and her response to me was, “I’m sorry you feel that way.” Really? What does that even mean? I’m pretty sure that you aren’t sorry and I’m also pretty sure that you are judging me. You aren’t sorry for the way that I’m feeling, you are sorry for WHAT I’m feeling. I don’t ever need anyone to feel sorry for me for how I feel. When I’m mad, I’m mad. When I’m happy, I’m happy. And just because you don’t agree with my response to a situation doesn’t give you the…
  • Passing Out Happy-Pops

    BeMail
    8 Feb 2014 | 6:58 am
    This morning, I was relaxing on the couch and reading a magazine. My daughter wanted to look at the pictures and wanted me to cut out the ones that made her happy. I said, “What if we cut out pictures that we think might make other people happy and we can pass them out to people when we are out today?” Happy pictures and happy people? That’s a recipe for a perfect morning. We taped the pictures to colorful straws and headed out to the mall where we were going to see The Lego Movie. (great movie, btw) As we walked into the mall, she immediately started looking for people who…
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  • Seeing in the Dreams

    raghava
    19 Jul 2014 | 10:47 pm
    After a long time, saw some dreams that made me smile when I woke up from sleep….I don’t know how things appear/look really here but the visual aspects of the world in my mind sometimes is clear than what I have ever seen…I saw places, heard names, smelled food & other things…it was like the… Continue Reading Seeing in the Dreams The post Seeing in the Dreams appeared first on Raghava's Blog.
  • Quick Update of What’s Happening

    raghava
    6 Jul 2014 | 5:56 am
    Here I am sitting in my Hyderabad house & excited about writing this blog post….life has taken more turns than ever during this year & it looks like many more are yet to come…it is not that I have no stories or I have no time for this blog, I just ignored writing because I… Continue Reading Quick Update of What’s Happening The post Quick Update of What’s Happening appeared first on Raghava's Blog.
  • Love actually!!

    raghava
    23 Mar 2014 | 11:00 pm
    Disabled or not “Love” is always over rated ….but we all think about that special person at one point of our life & being a person with disability I understand how difficult is to find a partner…you don’t know where to start & if you are put in the crowd you wonder if he/she is… Continue Reading Love actually!! The post Love actually!! appeared first on Raghava's Blog.
  • Conversation With A Blogger Friend

    raghava
    23 Mar 2014 | 5:50 am
    Pic Credit: http://www.asianefficiency.com/ I picked my phone & called randomly 10 people…9 of them did not pick the call & finally I was able to reach a blogger friend…we both spoke nearly for a hour about life, dogs, dreams, love, marriage etc etc…freya say’s Raghava you must write more & more…article you shared about disability… Continue Reading Conversation With A Blogger Friend The post Conversation With A Blogger Friend appeared first on Raghava's Blog.
  • Color run with Hyderabad Runners

    raghava
    16 Mar 2014 | 9:48 am
    I am here in Hyderabad for a personal visit & when I asked my running friend Apoorva if we can run a short distance, she said we have a color run to celebrate Holi & she will take me there. I was excited & Sarvani found a co runner for me. I haven’t met Giri… Continue Reading Color run with Hyderabad Runners The post Color run with Hyderabad Runners appeared first on Raghava's Blog.
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    Hearts4GlobalGoodness.com ™

  • Heart #273 Found on Cottonwood Pass!

    admin
    23 Jul 2014 | 4:14 pm
    Ryan wrote, “My dad found heart # 273 (gratitude) on the top of cottonwood pass (county rd 306) west of Buena Vista Colorado and gave it to my 13 month old daughter She loves wind chimes and was grateful to have it for the car ride back to Denver. One side says “Gratitude” the other says “Abundance lives in you”, very beautiful! Can’t wait to find a cool spot to put it for someone else to enjoy. “
  • Oh New Orleans…

    michele
    1 Jun 2014 | 6:50 pm
      Hearts4globalgoodness really all began after I traveled to you. A city I had no interest in knowing. I went because I had to after Katrina – because something inside me just said, “Go.” It was a short stint, I had no idea what to expect – but the magic that occurred is something I will never forget. So this past March I returned. This time with my hubby. And this time to vacation. Jeff had never been, and my only experience was 8 months or so after the hurricane.  I did my best to show up without expectation. Without expecting the magic to occur, yet knowing it…
  • Cassis, France hits the map!

    michele
    17 Nov 2013 | 8:04 am
        Jill wrote: Hung these in Cassis, France. They have the best view!
  • Pinza, Italy hits the map

    michele
    10 Sep 2013 | 3:08 pm
    We’ve got a world traveler out there hanging hearts all over Europe right now. This one made it to a farm just outside of Pinza, Italy.
  • A heart was Hung in Koninstein, Germany!

    michele
    28 Aug 2013 | 1:18 pm
 
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    Tiny Buddha

  • Doing Your Best Without the Stress of Perfectionism

    Julia Felberbauer
    30 Jul 2014 | 8:57 pm
    “Better to do something imperfectly than to do nothing flawlessly.” ~Robert H. Schuller Have you ever been stopped in your tracks by perfectionism? Would you rather not do something if you can’t be sure it will be perfect? Although this kind of thinking doesn’t make much sense, I understand it, because I’ve been there. I’d like to share with you some insights that helped me overcome my own deeply ingrained perfectionism and the unhappiness and stagnation it caused me. Avoiding perfectionism doesn’t mean avoiding quality work and high achievement. I am…
  • 7 Simple (and Surprising) Tips to Help You Realize Your Dreams

    Lisa Esile
    30 Jul 2014 | 8:57 pm
    “Don’t be pushed by your problems; be led by your dreams.” ~Unknown It’s tricky sometimes, isn’t it? Trying to find our place on this planet. Tapping into our inner desires. Sometimes we know what we want but not how to get there. Sometimes we know “this isn’t me,” but we have no clue who “me” is. And sometimes we think we’re already there, then something out of the ordinary happens and we realize, this isn’t me at all. At each stage there are pitfalls than can keep us looking in the wrong direction, stuck in fear or stressed about how to move forward. I know,…
  • LOVE iPhone App Update – Now with Even More Wisdom!

    Lori Deschene
    29 Jul 2014 | 9:13 pm
    Two months ago, LOVE by Tiny Buddha launched at #9 in the iTunes store. If you haven’t yet purchased the app, now is a wonderful time, as I’ve just added over 200 additional questions, challenges, affirmations, and quotes. If you’re already purchased the app, you can update it by tapping on the app store icon, clicking on “updates” in the bottom right corner, and then tapping “update” next to the LOVE icon. About LOVE by Tiny Buddha LOVE by Tiny Buddha offers daily quotes, affirmations, challenges, and questions to help you give and receive more…
  • Doing What’s Best for Us Even if Other People Don’t Like It

    Zachary Goodson
    29 Jul 2014 | 9:04 pm
    “What other people think of me is none of my business.” ~Wayne Dyer I got the call late one Sunday afternoon while sitting at work. “Babe, your toilet tub and shower are backed up.” What? “It’s bad babe, and getting worse.” Okay, I thought, I’ll call my landlord. “Hello, this is so and so and you’ve got my voicemail. Please leave me a message and I’ll call you back as soon as I can.” Damn. Answering machine. Message left. Text message time. Left that one too. I wrapped up work and raced home. Yuck. It was bad. And like my partner mentioned, getting worse by the second.
  • Stop Worrying About What Other People Think and Be Yourself

    Brianna Johnson
    29 Jul 2014 | 9:03 pm
    “Be yourself. Everyone else is already taken.” ~Oscar Wilde Confession: I’m a master wallflower. In high school, a friend and I decided to skip our dreary computer class and roam the halls instead. The following day, our crabby teacher immediately reprimanded my friend for skipping class. I sat directly next to her, giggling and rubbing it in her face. The teacher didn’t even know my name, let alone that I had skipped his class the previous day. I rejoiced in my anonymity thinking, “It pays to be unknown.” To an extent, it was true. My friend was so disruptive and chatty that she…
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  • Alan Watts: Why Modern Civilization is a Vicious Circle

    Shane Parrish
    30 Jul 2014 | 5:00 am
    “When we compare human with animal desire,” writes philosopher Alan Watts in The Wisdom of Insecurity: A Message for an Age of Anxiety, “we find many extraordinary differences.” Watts offers an interesting perspective on an age-old argument — that our society has its priorities messed up, that we need to live in the moment. The animal tends to eat with its stomach, and the man with his brain. When the animal’s stomach is full, he stops eating, but the man is never sure when to stop. When he has eaten as much as his belly can take, he still feels empty, he still…
  • Two Forms of Human Motivation: Gain And Prevent Pain

    Shane Parrish
    29 Jul 2014 | 5:00 am
    “Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.” — Mark Twain Popular psychology leads us to believe that we can unpack motivation in two broad categories: to gain something or to prevent the loss of something. Each time we do something, from washing the dishes to spending money, it is for one of those reasons. Steve McClatchy argues in his fascinating book Decide: Work Smarter, Reduce Your…
  • Changing How We Think

    Shane Parrish
    28 Jul 2014 | 5:00 am
    What kind of thinking leads to better outcomes? That’s the question that Roger Martin addresses in his wonderful book Diaminds: Decoding the Mental Habits of Successful Thinkers. The world is awash in complexity. Nearly every decision we make is uncertain. There is no one way to look at uncertainty. There are as many ways of seeing, experiencing and representing problems as there are people. Each person, in turn, brings their own mental models. Successful thinking integrates several radically different models while preserving the thinker’s ability to act decisively. The successful…
  • Harold Macmillan: The Fragility of Memory

    Shane Parrish
    27 Jul 2014 | 7:29 am
    Harold Macmillan beautifully describes the fragility of human memory in the foreword to Geoffrey Madan’s Notebooks, an early 1980s commonplace book. Those of us who have reached extreme old age become gradually reconciled to increasing infirmities, mental and physical. The body develops, with each passing year, fresh weaknesses. Our legs no longer carry us; eyesight begins to fail, and hearing becomes feebler. Even with the mind, the process of thought seems largely to decrease in its power and intensity; and if we are wise we come to accept these frailties and develop, like all…
  • John Locke’s Method of Organizing Common Place Books

    Shane Parrish
    24 Jul 2014 | 5:00 am
    “You know that I voluntarily communicated this method to you, as I have done to many others, to whom I believed it would not be unacceptable.”  In 1685 English physician and philosopher John Locke published “Méthode nouvelle de dresser des recueils,” which explains his unique method of indexing his common-place book. Later translated from French into English as A New Method of Making Common-Place-Books, with a preface by Monsieur Le Clerc, who augments and clarifies the work. *** Locke’s Method Locke first began keeping common place books in 1652, his first…
 
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  • What Does Corporate Responsibility Mean When It Comes To NSA Data Requests?

    Mary Mazzoni
    31 Jul 2014 | 3:00 am
    The unsettling details revealed by whistleblower Edward Snowden last year generated quite a stir in the press, and large tech and telecom companies faced a wave of consumer backlash in the wake of the ongoing story. It's always easy to point fingers, but companies are often left with few options once the U.S. government starts putting the screws to them. So, how do NSA data requests fit in with overall corporate responsibility, and what is a company to do when faced with a request that seems to counteract its responsibility to consumers? We spoke with three key experts in corporate social…
  • Reports Predict Disaster If Enbridge Pipeline Ruptures in Great Lakes

    Andrea Newell
    31 Jul 2014 | 2:30 am
    A recent report by the University of Michigan illustrates the devastation that could occur if a 60-year-old pipeline carrying 23 million gallons of crude oil and natural gas fluids every day were to rupture in the Great Lakes, one of the largest sources of fresh water in the world.
  • NLRB: McDonald’s Can No Longer Duck Responsibility for Bad Labor Practices

    Eric Justian
    31 Jul 2014 | 2:00 am
    On Tuesday the U.S. National Labor Relations Board found that McDonald's is a joint employer with its franchisees and can be held accountable for the franchisee's poor labor practices.
  • Vodafone Grows Revenues by Connecting Women

    Elaine Cohen
    31 Jul 2014 | 1:30 am
    Earlier this year, Vodafone published one of the most fascinating reports I have read in a long while about the effects of mobile technology on women's empowerment and improvement in quality of life.
  • Mars, Inc. Plans to Eliminate Fossil Fuel Use in Direct Operations by 2040

    Gina-Marie Cheeseman
    31 Jul 2014 | 1:30 am
    Mars, Inc. has big sustainability goals. Its 2040 target is to eliminate all fossil fuel energy use and greenhouse gas emissions (GHG) from its direct operations. One way it is working towards the goal is by investing in renewable energy.
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  • Thoughtful Thursday: The Detox Summit

    Jessica
    31 Jul 2014 | 4:25 am
    Some time last year I wrote a post about getting rid of toxins in the body and why it is so important. To date it is still the most read and most referenced post on this site. Since then, however, I have read, researched, and learned so much more about the toxins in our bodies, as well as how they get there, where they come from, and how to get rid of them. This past week I learned about The Detox Summit, a free, online event open to everyone to come learn from the experts how to recognize toxins in your life, what you can do about them to become healthier and happier. I signed up…
  • Wellness Wednesday: Natural Ways to Get Rid of Sore Muscles

    Jessica
    30 Jul 2014 | 3:30 am
    This week I am posting on my friend Lauryn’s site about natural ways to reduce stress, so the natural ways theme has been on my mind even more so than usual. Why use something synthetic to ease pain when your body can thrive from functional, natural behaviors and products? As I get ready to walk the 3 Day for breast cancer in September, I have started thinking ahead about a plan for muscle fatigue. After all, walking 20 miles three days in a row sure is bound to leave us all feeling fatigued! Whether you are walking the 3 Day, running a marathon, or just beginning an exercise regimen, there…
  • The Inspiration Awards from Canyon Ranch

    Jessica
    28 Jul 2014 | 3:05 am
    Who inspires you? I am willing to bet that you can think of someone. Perhaps that person has made a selfless sacrifice, motivated others, overcome adversity, or made a difference in the community. Who makes you want to be a better person? If that someone you know has truly inspired you, how about showing them how much they have done so by nominating them for an Inspiration Award? Mel and Enid Zuckerman opened the first Canyon Ranch in 1979, a beautiful, serene resort that is devoted to fitness, nutrition, relaxation, and healthy living. In celebration of its 35th Anniversary, Canyon Ranch is…
  • The Element Associates Social Suite at Blogger Bash

    Jessica
    25 Jul 2014 | 7:05 am
    Last Friday I attended Blogger Bash in New York City. Frankly it had been a little while since I’d attended a blogger event. I was looking forward to catching up with my online friends in real life. Though I had a great time at the KidVuz party, I have to shout it out to Element Associates for one heck of an event at the Element Associates Social Suite. Ok, so I am a bit partial here. After all, I do a fair amount of work with Debbie Bookstaber and the team at Element Associates. I consider them all to be friends. Lucky me, I got to work the Joseph Nogucci table at the #EAEvents party,…
  • The Next Big Buzzword in Health and Wellness

    Jessica
    23 Jul 2014 | 3:05 am
    If you eat oysters, beef, Alaskan king crab, lobster, or pork chop, you may be embarking on the next big buzzword in health and wellness. Care to take a guess? I am talking about Zinc. It’s not just for colds anymore. The more Zinc gets researched, the more we are going to learn about its importance and its impact on the body. Not long ago I wrote a post for Babble about zinc’s role in fighting off breast cancer. Then just this week, researchers identified zinc as one of the most important essential trace metals, a vital element in various bodily processes and in the prevention of…
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  • Soccer at 11,000 feet

    23 Jul 2014 | 8:47 am
    Hola! From our (well at least my) favorite Bolivian Cafe and Restaurant, Tradicion.
  • Home, Sweet Home

    19 Jul 2014 | 9:07 am
    Today marks our 13th day in the beautiful town of Vinto-Cochabamba.
  • A Typical Day

    15 Jul 2014 | 12:33 pm
    A typical day for a Hospitals of Hope volunteer:
  • Volunteer Photos

    2 Jul 2014 | 8:44 am
    Volunteers from Westmont College recently shared photos of their work in Bolivia:
  • Accident Simulation

    11 Jun 2014 | 7:47 am
    On Monday, our paramedics participated in an accident simulation featured on Bolivian TV.
 
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    Learning from Dogs

  • Just to focus our minds.

    Paul Handover
    31 Jul 2014 | 1:00 am
    One blink of the eye and we’re gone. Or that’s how it struck me! Just to put this into context, if you watched the George Monbiot speech that was the highlight of my post last Tuesday, The Goon Show, you might well have been forgiven for wondering if these are starting to feel like the end-times for species homo sapiens. Almost perfectly on cue, on Monday, John Hurlburt down in Payson, AZ., sent me the following.   It does make one think! Time Required for the Earth to Heal if the Human Race Disappeared Today Time Required for the Earth to Heal if the Human Race Disappeared…
  • A return to community values.

    Paul Handover
    30 Jul 2014 | 1:00 am
    The foundation of change. Undoubtedly, those of you that watched the George Monbiot speech in yesterday’s post will have been struck by at least two key aspects.  The first being the utter absurdity in the way that we are being governed (UK and the USA) and the second that change can only come from people bonding at a local level.  For it is within local communities that groups of people share their ideas and develop a vision for change that they can stand behind in an open and demonstrable manner. The history of mankind is inseparable from the history of living in communities.
  • New LfD followers.

    Paul Handover
    29 Jul 2014 | 4:25 pm
    I write because of you! Over this day, the number of subscribers to Learning from Dogs has gone from 1,048 to 1,052! Usually when a new person opts to follow these scribblings of mine, I have the opportunity to email them or go to their own blog and leave a note of grateful thanks. But for reasons unknown, these recent new subscribers have signed up ‘anonymously’! So whoever you are, I want you to know that readers and subscribers are the only reasons this blog has gone on for more than five years. I write because of you! Thank you!  
  • The Goon Show!

    Paul Handover
    29 Jul 2014 | 1:00 am
    Except this version isn’t funny! I’m really showing my age and cultural upbringing through the choice of this title to today’s post. For The Goon Show was an integral part of my ‘education’ during my formative years. Spike Milligan was an outstanding actor in The Goon Show, a comedy legend, along with Peter Sellers and Harry Secombe; not forgetting the narratives from Wallace Greenslade. The Goon Show ran from 1951 to 1960 (I was born in 1944) broadcast by the BBC Home Service. Spike Milligan after receiving his Order of the British Empire (OBE) in 1992.
  • And now pronking!

    Paul Handover
    28 Jul 2014 | 1:00 am
    Yes, it’s a new word to me as well! As I have been intimating previously, today is the start of my mother from London visiting us here in Oregon.  Thus, as one would expect, time for blogging is going to be restricted. Then in a week’s time, we are also joined by my sister, Elizabeth, who lives in Tokyo. So, dear reader, you will understand if there is a deficit of creative writing, assuming you find some of it creative, why that is. Thus today, I’m leaning heavily on a recent item I read on the EarthSky blogsite.  It’s all about pronking! Yes, I hadn’t come…
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    Broke But Rich

  • He caught me

    Dominic
    23 Jul 2014 | 6:49 pm
  • They got the money

    Dominic
    20 Jul 2014 | 8:41 pm
  • Store.

    Dominic
    17 Jul 2014 | 10:38 pm
    I took this photo in the corner of Madison Avenue and 42nd Street in Midtown Manhattan. This store has since then closed.
  • Today, I woke up broke.

    Dominic
    17 Jul 2013 | 6:00 am
    Feeling broke, actually. Why do we tend to associate being broke with not having enough money, or the total lack of it? I have some money. I can still afford a cup of coffee. What I have is not enough, but it’s money just the same. A lot of people can’t even buy a cup of coffee. I am broke because the current situation dictates that I am broke. It’s a feeling. Or maybe there’s a deeper reason. What are my options given this situation? One option is to go sneak at the Freedom Tower and take a leap. I have a GoPro. That would be cool to document that jump. First person…
 
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  • Forgiveness: It’s Good For You

    Frank Sonnenberg
    29 Jul 2014 | 12:00 am
    We’ve all experienced some level of hurt and disappointment in our lives. It may have taken the form of a friend who betrayed us, a family member who disappointed us, a superior who exploited us, or an individual who caused some harm to our loved one. While some wounds are shallow and relatively easy to dismiss, others run deep, causing some to harbor anger or seek revenge. Others choose a second option . . . to forgive and forget.Seeking retaliation, rather than forgiveness, traps you in the anger. In fact, some become so consumed by their bitterness that it harms them physically and…
  • Doing Nothing Is Time Well Spent

    Frank Sonnenberg
    22 Jul 2014 | 4:00 am
    We live in a hyperactive world in which active lifestyles and overachievers are celebrated. In fact, we try to squeeze as much as we can into the day — with no time to spare. When we’re not busy multitasking, we’re racing from activity to activity. Right? So when was the last time you did nothing, simply because you thought doing nothing was time well spent?The truth is, we’re so busy keeping busy that it’s easy to reach a point of diminishing returns –– we lose more than we gain. You’d think we’d learn something from watching a hamster run around on a treadmill. What do we…
  • Dilemma: Have To vs. Want To

    Frank Sonnenberg
    15 Jul 2014 | 4:00 am
    Ever hear a person approaching retirement say, “Now I’m going to start doing what I want to do –– not what I have to do”? It got me thinking. How much time do we spend doing what is expected of us rather than doing what we really want to do? It’s a tough dilemma that we face every day.Unfortunately, we do what we “have to” do all too often. We dress up for dinner even though we’d rather go casual; we stay after hours to impress the boss; we go to the annual party, yet again, even though it was boring last year; we ditch the girlfriend because the parents don’t approve.
  • Moral Character Matters

    Frank Sonnenberg
    24 Jun 2014 | 4:00 am
    Some folks have a split personality . . . on the one hand, they believe that being unscrupulous leads to success, but on the other hand, they also recognize that a solid reputation provides ancillary benefits. So they’re ruthless most of the time and rely on a few PR maneuvers to promote their decency. In their eyes, moral character doesn’t contribute directly to success –– for them, strong moral character is a sideshow, not part of the main act.The fact is, there’s a direct correlation between moral character and success. We lose something very important when character is treated…
  • The Haves and Have-Nots

    Frank Sonnenberg
    17 Jun 2014 | 4:00 am
    Some people have an “unfair advantage” in the marathon race called life. This advantage will enable them to climb the ladder quickly and enjoy all the benefits that success offers. You may be thinking that these lucky folks won’t earn their achievements; that they were born with a silver spoon in their mouth and are being given assistance that only a few receive. Welcome to the world of the haves and have-nots.The fact is, the “unfair advantage” that will give these folks their head start can be found in the strong foundation they are receiving: nurturing parents or caregivers,…
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    Self Stairway

  • The Myth of the Always Passionate Worker

    Vincent Nguyen
    28 Jul 2014 | 4:00 am
    Ask me two years ago how important being passionate about your job was and I would’ve told you it’s all that matters. I’m changing my tune. We hear the word “passion” tossed around a lot without clear definition and parameters being set. What does it look like? To have the wrong idea of passion and to chase it with an inaccurate, dirtied image leads to disappointment at the end of the road. The Expectation The expectation people have for passion is that you’re fired up every moment of every day and night. You go to sleep and can’t wait to wake up the next day to get back to…
  • On Being Homeless, Warring with Family, and Being a Nutjob

    Vincent Nguyen
    21 Jul 2014 | 4:00 am
    Did you know I’m going to be homeless? Don’t ask me when. Just know that no one’s going to want to hire me. According to my mom and her parents, I’m going to regret not listening to them because they were right all along! Oh, I should have gotten my degree and apply for a government job! I’m going to be so sorry. Here’s what I’ve been hearing, even today, ever since I told them I landed my dream job last year: “What? You’re throwing your life away for some job?” “That job sounds like a scam! It’s probably going to be like a secretary position!” “You’re going to…
  • For When You’re Hurting the Most

    Vincent Nguyen
    14 Jul 2014 | 4:00 am
    How will life ever be okay again? You’ve been through a lot and you’re gripping at your heart every night. The pain is the first thing you feel in the morning. You’re trying to choke back the tears but they win every time. Nothing is worth celebrating and you wouldn’t dare feign a smile or a chuckle because they do nothing for you. But one day, something beautiful happens. You wake up and something’s different. You don’t notice it at first but you didn’t wake up with that same pain. Then it hits you several hours later. Ouch. You grip your heart again and try to hold in the…
  • Feeling Unproductive? 3 Fixes to Get You Back in the Game

    Vincent Nguyen
    7 Jul 2014 | 4:00 am
    Foolish Past-Vincent thought inspiration would always come on its own. He thought he was invincible and that tackling the world all at once would never tire him out. Every morning he would jump out of bed, rush to the bathroom so he can clean himself up and hit the ground running. Every afternoon he’d be on the laptop digesting information and applying what he’s learned. Every evening he felt content with what was done during the day and continued working until he was too sleepy to keep his eyes open. In short, he was on fire. Now that supposedly endless stream of inspiration feels more…
  • Help Me Read More (Book Recommendations Needed)

    Vincent Nguyen
    30 Jun 2014 | 4:00 am
    At the risk of having you think less of me, I’m going to admit I don’t remember the last time I finished reading an entire book. I digest plenty of online articles on a daily basis, but it’s been a while since I picked up an actual book (or even an eBook) and read it through. My room in Arizona has about six books–I’ve read 3 of them–collecting dust on the nightstand. I tried forming a reading habit back in December 2013 when I bought myself a copy of The Art of War. After 10 pages, I promised myself I’d pick it back up the following night. The book has sat untouched…
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  • J. Paul Getty Quotes

    Deepak Kundu
    31 Jul 2014 | 5:01 am
    I've never been one to bet on the weather. My love of fine art increased - the more of it I saw, the more of it I wanted to see. Nostalgia often leads to idle speculation. Going to work for a large company is like getting on a train. Are you going sixty miles an hour or is the train going sixty miles an hour and you're just sitting still? I hate to be a failure. I hate and regret the failure of my marriages. I would gladly give all my millions for just one lasting marital success. You cannot bring about prosperity without discouraging thrift. The meek shall inherit the Earth, but…
  • Henry Louis Mencken Quotes

    Deepak Kundu
    31 Jul 2014 | 4:38 am
    No matter how happily a woman may be married, it always pleases her to discover that there is a nice man who wishes that she were not. Man is always looking for someone to boast to; woman is always looking for a shoulder to put her head on. I believe that it is better to tell the truth than a lie. I believe it is better to be free than to be a slave. And I believe it is better to know than to be ignorant. The whole aim of practical politics is to keep the populace alarmed [and Hence Clamorous To Be Led To Safety] by an endless series of hobgoblins. Man weeps to think that he will die so soon;…
  • Diane Ackerman Quotes

    Deepak Kundu
    31 Jul 2014 | 3:56 am
    Nothing is more memorable than a smell. One scent can be unexpected, momentary and fleeting, yet conjure up a childhood summer beside a lake in the mountains. Touch seems to be as essential as sunlight. It began in mystery, and it will end in mystery, but what a savage and beautiful country lies in between. For better or worse, zoos are how most people come to know big or exotic animals. Few will ever see wild penguins sledding downhill to sea on their bellies, giant pandas holding bamboo lollipops in China or tree porcupines in the Canadian Rockies, balled up like giant pine cones. Look in…
  • Benito Mussolini Quotes

    Deepak Kundu
    31 Jul 2014 | 12:14 am
    Let us have a dagger between our teeth, a bomb in our hands, and an infinite scorn in our hearts. It is the State which educates its citizens in civic virtue, gives them a consciousness of their mission and welds them into unity. We become strong, I feel, when we have no friends upon whom to lean, or to look to for moral guidance. All within the state, nothing outside the state, nothing against the state. It's good to trust others but, not to do so is much better. The function of a citizen and a soldier are inseparable. The fate of nations is intimately bound up with their powers of…
  • Quote Of The Day - 2014-07-31

    30 Jul 2014 | 5:01 pm
    When we have done our best, we should wait the result in peace. - by John Lubbock
 
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    Ahh The Simple Life

  • We Are All Connected

    Carol Preibis
    26 Jul 2014 | 8:18 pm
    “A human being is a part of the whole, called by us, ‘Universe,’ a part limited in time and space. He experiences himself, his thoughts and feelings as something separated Continue Reading → The post We Are All Connected appeared first on Ahh The Simple Life.
  • Saints in Our Lives

    Carol Preibis
    21 Jul 2014 | 5:07 pm
    Saints in our lives … we all have them! A few of mine … A Special Aunt or Two Someone like my Aunt Sally, who took me into Boston on Continue Reading → The post Saints in Our Lives appeared first on Ahh The Simple Life.
  • R Is For Raspberries

    Carol Preibis
    15 Jul 2014 | 11:03 am
    All About Raspberries Raspberries have a multitude of health benefits: Raspberries are low in calories (32 in half a cup), yet high in fiber (4 grams in half a cup). This means Continue Reading → The post R Is For Raspberries appeared first on Ahh The Simple Life.
  • Simple Living Simplified

    Carol Preibis
    13 Jul 2014 | 12:46 pm
    Take a few moments to think about your own life. How is it going? What changes do you wish for yourself? Would you like less stress? Less worry? A slower Continue Reading → The post Simple Living Simplified appeared first on Ahh The Simple Life.
  • Dance the Simple Life

    Carol Preibis
    8 Jul 2014 | 12:13 pm
    What’s the trajectory of your life? Would you describe it as a march, or as a dance? A March You are born, you die, in between is a straight line. Continue Reading → The post Dance the Simple Life appeared first on Ahh The Simple Life.
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    Wan of a Kind

  • The Kampung Spirit and Racial Harmony

    William Wan
    28 Jul 2014 | 5:30 pm
    I grew up in a kampung in the 50s when I started school. In our community we had Chinese, Malays and Indians for neighbours. We had no running water and our homes were lighted up by a common generator. Kerosene lamps were quite common. We shared a common kitchen for several households, a common well and common toilet facilities. We were a ‘commonwealth’ for we share some common wealth of simple necessities of life.One of our neighbours was a Malay teacher. He was single and he lived alone. I used to visit him and he taught me Malay and Jawi. I learned to write Jawi script which is…
  • My Grandson, Our Intern

    William Wan
    7 Jul 2014 | 6:31 pm
    Today, Lucas, my grandson started his internship with the Singapore Kindness Movement (SKM). I am very glad that he chose to come all the way from Canada to intern here. And it leads me to reflect on the notion of internship.Internship is an effective programme for anyone interested in learning hands-on what a particular job entails. It can be a temporary position with an emphasis on on-the-job training, similar to an apprenticeship. For people who are not sure about what they want to do, and it serves as a trial. It can also be for students who are looking at the prospect of entering a…
  • Try a little kindness for a safer workplace

    William Wan
    22 Jun 2014 | 7:10 pm
    There have been much emphasis and focus on the importance of safety in the workplace. A safe working environment not only protects employees, but also increases productivity when workers are happy and healthy. A strong WHS culture means that there is lower frequency of accidents and injuries, reducing interruptions, which allows the company to complete their projects on time. Research from The Academy of Management Perspectives has shown that employee well-being has a significant impact on the performance and survival of organisations by affecting costs related to illness and healthcare,…
  • Words, Words, Words…Watch Your Words

    William Wan
    8 Jun 2014 | 11:14 pm
    Recently, my friend, a well-known socio-political commentator posted on her Facebook a verse from the good book. “My Dear brothers, take note of this: “Everyone should be quick to listen, slow to speak and slow to become angry.” She added, “I really ought to remember this.”Another friend asked, “Why only brothers?” I replied, “because 'brothers' is made up of Bro + Others”.Jokes aside, it reminds me of Shakespeare, who was fascinated by the power and the frailty of words. This is so true with the spoken word. “Words are like wind”, he wrote. But we also know that it can…
  • A time to be silent and a time to speak...

    William Wan
    22 May 2014 | 6:10 pm
    The Nominated MP scheme was launched in 1990 to increase the number of non-government MPs to enable "alternative views to be expressed and dissenting voices to be heard.” Usually, candidates are nominated for their distinguished services in the fields of arts and letters, culture, the sciences, business, industry, the professions, social or community service, and the labour movement. Some have rendered distinguished public service or who have brought honour to Singapore. The Constitution provides for 9 such NMPs who will serve for two and a half years (half the term of a regular MP). They…
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  • King of fruit gives a taste of kampung spirit

    SKM
    29 Jul 2014 | 11:19 pm
    SINGAPORE – The kampung spirit came alive yesterday when 350 people gathered for a durian feast at Telok Ayer Hong Lim Green Community Centre in Clarke Quay. Many of them started off as strangers but eventually bonded over their common love for the king of fruit, and the laughter and conversation grew. During the four-hour event, which started at 7pm, dozens of thorny husks were cracked open to reveal rows of the creamy flesh, which were passed around for everyone’s enjoyment. The durian feast, called Durian Mobilization 2014 and now in its second year, was organised by Dr Leslie…
  • Durian lovers get a taste of ‘kampung spirit’

    SKM
    29 Jul 2014 | 5:38 pm
    SINGAPORE: About 350 durian fans socialised over the “king of fruits” in an exotic ‘makan’ session at Telok Ayer Hong Lim Green Community Centre on Sunday (July 27) as part of this year’s Durian Mobilisation event. Organised by well-known food blogger Dr Leslie Tay and the Singapore Kindness Movement, the event has grown from the durian degustation sessions originally started by Dr Tay in 2008. Those who turned up on Sunday were served two varieties of durian – namely the buttery Mao Shan Wang and the fleshy D24. It is hoped the event will give participants a taste of the…
  • Project Gray: A Guide to Effective Interaction with the Elderly

    SKM
    21 Jul 2014 | 12:27 am
    Besides increasing healthcare costs, social isolation is another serious challenge that the elderly in Singapore face. It has a direct bearing on their psychological and physical well-being, increasing the tendency of depression if not addressed. This problem is also further exacerbated by our rapidly aging population. Students of Hwa Chong Institution have put together the handbook below to encourage more young people to interact and with senior citizens, with planning guides and practical recommendations on activities. Feel free to adopt them in your next activities with the seniors.
  • “Blast from the Past”: Traditional Street Opera gets Modern Twist

    SKM
    20 Jul 2014 | 11:12 pm
    Singapore, 20 July 2014 – Over 250 people filled the Telok Ayer Green Community Centre this evening to catch Opera by Moonlight, a presentation of traditional Chinese street opera that was once a fixture of Singapore’s cultural scene. The free event was co-organized by Nick Shen, and the Singapore Kindness Movement, and also featured guest choral and musical performances. A total of eight performances were slated for the evening and performed in English, Mandarin, Cantonese, Teochew, and Hokkien. Each performance was based around a specific cultural theme and designed to encourage…
  • Our own kind of kindness

    SKM
    14 Jul 2014 | 11:23 pm
    I may have to be cruel to be kind. I have a curious defence for some Singaporeans who are bashed for being impolite. To put it cruelly, instead of saying we are a rude country, perhaps what we possess is a crude kind of courtesy. To put it kindly, perhaps what we possess is our own subtle kind of kindness. Last year, the Graciousness Index slumped to a five-year low of 53, although the latest study by the Singapore Kindness Movement, in a report released last Wednesday, said the country has improved slightly in being gracious. The index went up to a score of 55. The higher number was mainly…
 
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  • this gift

    13 Jul 2014 | 6:15 pm
    it's as ifwhen the branch sways in the wind --it sways for me.when the butterfly flaps its wings to fly so delicately in the sky  -- it flies for me.when the sun shines --it shines for me. and the rain falls --for me.all moments of all time were created for me.and for you. for all of us. for the experience… for that knowing -- that is within each of us. yet we can't quite put a finger on.…the eternal consciousness….as they say.that is beyond the 'me', the 'i', the 'self' form….that is more than that. and more than what can be put into words.this…
  • beauty is life and life is beauty

    24 Jun 2014 | 9:22 am
    To be in this moment is to embrace everything that is.By practicing this form acceptance, it uncovers the true beauty that lies in every single moment.Life is beautiful… and meant to be so. You are life!  You are beautiful because you are alive.Allow yourself to embrace all of your beauty; it is your true nature. Have compassion for yourself and others. Enjoy all that is. Love and care for all that surrounds you.Smile. Create. Laugh. Be grateful. Eat well. Rest well. This is beauty. This is life. This is truth. This is you.with love, katie lain
  • the biggest gift

    17 Jun 2014 | 9:14 am
    “find in what look like sorrows, the seedlings of your joy”Just over a year ago I left a relationship of 5 years. This relationship started when I was 21 and I was madly in love with the man since I was a kid. It began beautifully with romance, laughter, happy experiences and true love… but as more and more time passed it turned into a verbally abusive, then physically abusive relationship that only became more severe over time. I had always believed that I would never allow myself to be in an abusive relationship -- and I would hear about these women who would stick around with men who…
  • Self Care

    9 May 2014 | 9:34 am
    Defined:In terms of health maintenance, self care is any activity of an individual, family or community, with the intention of improving or restoring health, or treating or preventing disease.I developed habits of self care sort of by accident as I was healing from the end of a long term relationship. I began to meditate regularly, spend time exercising outdoors in nature (rather than just the gym), reading positive books, practicing yoga and getting more rest than I ever allowed myself before. I felt like overall, I learned to slow down and take time for me and it was transformational in my…
  • enjoy life.

    1 May 2014 | 9:10 pm
    that moment is here.the one captured in photography, art, pictures…. the beautiful, breathtaking moments you see in front of you -but cannot always see around you.which pause the beauty of life. of happiness --of love....the soft lighting of the sun orwitnessing two people embrace each other or simply consumed in pure, joyous laughter.those moments that warm your heart...and bring peace to your inner being.that feeling is now.those moments are now.every day.every moment.now.with so, so much love.katie lain.
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  • Project Homeless Connect

    27 Jul 2014 | 3:46 pm
    Everyone knows that the homeless is tough subject. People help out everyday though by going to shelters to feed, donating clothes, and giving money out of their pockets. There is one nonprofit that has gone above and beyond in order to help the less unfortunate. Project Homeless Connect KC was created to “connect homeless Kansas Citians with the care they need to move their lives forward.” Project Homeless Connect was originally created in 2004 by the San Francisco Department of Health. Since then, it has spread over 260 cities, including Kansas City. They improve access to services such…
  • Red Auto Protection sponsors second charity of the summer

    14 Jul 2014 | 9:13 am
    Kansas City-based company partners up with VolunteerMark again to revitalize volunteer operations for High Aspirations. Written by: Brent Lager, brent@volunteermark.com One wasn’t enough for Red Auto Protection CEO Elijah Norton. After donating a $1,000 scholarship to the Shepherd’s Center of KC Central in early June, the vehicle protection company founder quickly realized he wanted to do more for the Kansas City community. So he did. Thanks again to the generosity of Norton and his Red Auto Protection company, VolunteerMark is proud to announce its second corporate social responsibility…
  • No better way to say thanks than with T-shirts

    8 Jul 2014 | 7:58 am
    Appreciation is as easy as taking a picture — snap a shot, get a tee. Written by: Samantha Harms, twitter.com/saamanthajean We want to thank those who volunteer their time and talents for the betterment of our communities — so we bought a lot of T-shirts! A shipment recently came in and they’re free just for you. Whether you’re helping through The Call KC, Habitat for Humanity or any other organization, we simply want to show our gratitude. So next time you or any one you know is volunteering, take a picture — yes, selfies are encouraged — post it on any social media site and…
  • Five keys to successful nonprofit, for-profit partnerships

    3 Jul 2014 | 10:59 am
    “Giving back is about leveraging your businesses expertise and talents in a way that fits you and a nonprofit perfectly.” Written by: Josh Schukman, twitter.com/joshschukman So you’re a business and you want to give back. This is terrific! But all kinds of businesses try to do this, and for the most part, their efforts range somewhere form mediocre to downright terrible. Why? They don’t do it for the right reasons. They do what they think the community wants them to do, yet they fail to ask employees what they want to do. They don’t connect their giving back with their…
  • Red Auto Protection makes commitment to Kansas City community

    30 Jun 2014 | 11:08 am
    Vehicle protection company partners with VolunteerMark to revolutionize Shepherd’s Center of KC Central’s volunteer operations. When companies decide to make community involvement a priority, the decision deserves to be recognized. In fact, it needs to be so other businesses have social service leaders to follow. To that end, VolunteerMark is proud to announce the inaugural member of its new corporate social responsibility program — Red Auto Protection. Earlier this month, the vehicle protection company donated a $1,000 scholarship to Shepherd’s Center of KC Central, a Kansas…
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