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    quoteflections
    22 Jul 2014 | 9:00 pm
    Every individual matters. Every individual has a role to play. Every individual makes a difference.  ~Jane GoodallOne person can make a difference, and everyone should try.   ~ John F. KennedyWe all do better when we work together. Our differences do matter, but our common humanity matters more.   ~Bill ClintonIt's amazing the differenceA bit of sky can make.   ~Shel SilversteinTwo roads diverged in the wood, and I- I took the one less traveled by and that has made all the difference.  ~ Robert FrostAct as if what you do makes a difference.  It does.  ~…
  • Sneak Peek: the new GoodGuide.com

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    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…
  • Why Teens Turn from Parents to Peers

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    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.
  • Nodding With a Smile to the Sacred

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    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…
  • Why Stay Angry?

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    Melissa Heisler
    23 Jul 2014 | 12:02 am
    “Anger is an acid that can do more harm to the vessel in which it is stored than to anything on which it is poured.” – Mark Twain What was the last thing that made you angry? The bad driver cutting you off? Your kids not picking up their toys? You were passed over for a promotion? How long did you stay angry? An hour? A day? A week? According to Harvard-trained and published neuroanatomist Dr. Jill Bolte Taylor, your anger should only last for ninety seconds. To feel an emotion we need to think a thought which then stimulates an emotional circuit in our brain which in turn creates a…
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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 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.
  • The Purpose of the Teenage Brain

    Greater Good
    22 Jul 2014 | 9:58 am
    Best-selling author and renowned neuropsychiatrist Daniel Siegel explains how the adolescent brain prepares teens for adulthood.
  • How to Cultivate Well-Being in Teachers and Students

    Greater Good
    21 Jul 2014 | 9:03 am
    Every day we hear stories in the news of how our schools are failing kids. The disparity between students who achieve high test scores and those who don’t mirrors the division in our society between the “haves” and “have nots.” Children who for one reason or another can’t sit still, focus, or get along with their peers continue to fall behind academically, while concerned parents and teachers feel overwhelmed, not knowing how to intervene effectively. In his new book, The Way of Mindful Education, Daniel Rechtschaffen argues that there is something simple that can be done to help…
  • Can Self-Compassion Overcome Procrastination?

    Greater Good
    16 Jul 2014 | 8:43 am
    Why do we procrastinate? Often because we fear failing at the task and dread all the negative self-evaluations that might result from that failure. Unconsciously, feeling okay about one’s self becomes more important than achieving the goal. But the procrastination, of course, triggers other negative feelings about ourselves—recriminations and ruminations for “failing” to take action. In 20 years of providing psychotherapy, I’ve witnessed so many times how paralysis in the face of a task or problem can lead to escalating levels of self-criticism and self-depreciation, a…
  • Can Mindfulness Help Stop Substance Abuse?

    Greater Good
    14 Jul 2014 | 6:01 am
    “It’s a human tendency to want to have pleasure and want to avoid pain or discomfort,” says Sarah Bowen. But the University of Washington researcher adds that we’re often unaware of this tendency. We might reach for our cell phone to escape boredom or for food to escape stress, without knowing that these are coping strategies. According to Bowen, substance abuse is another example of that too-human automatic drive to move toward pleasure and away from pain—one that affects an estimated 24 million Americans, according to the National Survey on Drug Use and Health. Traditional…
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  • 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…
  • Why I (Still) Blog

    Dave Pollard
    27 Jun 2014 | 9:32 am
    cartoon by the amazing Michael Leunig Reminiscent of the early-blogosphere Friday Five, Marc Hudson of Manchester Climate Monthly asked me 5 brilliant questions and posted my responses on the site. I thought I would repost them here for anyone unaware of and curious about how and why this blog got its start: 1) When did you set up the blog and why did you call it “How to Save the World”? Was it a bit tongue in cheek? I started the blog in 2003, in the early heyday of blogs. At the time, if you wanted to get attention online, in the blogosphere, you needed a catchy name, so…
  • Visit to Totnes

    Dave Pollard
    23 Jun 2014 | 4:55 am
    I’m in Totnes UK for a 5-day writing/story-telling workshop with Paul Kingsnorth and Dougald Hine, authors of the masterful Dark Mountain Manifesto. Also home to Rob Hopkins and the gang from Transition Network. Not a bad place to spend a birthday (and thanks for the many notes about that).
 
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  • Why Stay Angry?

    Melissa Heisler
    23 Jul 2014 | 12:02 am
    “Anger is an acid that can do more harm to the vessel in which it is stored than to anything on which it is poured.” – Mark Twain What was the last thing that made you angry? The bad driver cutting you off? Your kids not picking up their toys? You were passed over for a promotion? How long did you stay angry? An hour? A day? A week? According to Harvard-trained and published neuroanatomist Dr. Jill Bolte Taylor, your anger should only last for ninety seconds. To feel an emotion we need to think a thought which then stimulates an emotional circuit in our brain which in turn creates a…
  • Bouncing with Style: Getting Back on Track

    Sandra Beck
    22 Jul 2014 | 12:02 am
    A few weeks ago I was on a roll. I was working out, eating healthy, working hard and parenting at my best. Then a truck came again, in the form of an ex-relationship rearing its ugly head, and ran me over. It knocked out one of my kids and flattened the other. So I found myself in “Stop! Assess! Manage! Survive!” for a few weeks while I guided our tippy family ship into safe waters. It took all I had to keep a baseline going in my business, handling the emotional fallout for my kids, and you guessed it – my self care went out the window. The funny thing was I stepped on the scale and…
  • Her Unshielding (Poem)

    Jen Reich
    18 Jul 2014 | 12:02 am
    Be kind to you~ Her Unshielding She beat herself up From her weight to her toes From the size of her thighs To the shape of her nose- And on her walk home When she was alone She’d talk to herself In the harshest of tones- She could never enjoy All the good that she had For she spent all her thoughts On how she was bad- She woke up one day Overwhelmed with her stress And cried out for help For her life was a mess- And though it sounds strange Even hard to believe As soon as she asked She began to receive- Her thoughts began shifting From her mind to her heart She worked through her pain With…
  • School of Human Potential: How Can I Serve You?

    Allen Vaysberg
    17 Jul 2014 | 12:02 am
    One simple question can literally change your life: “How can I serve you?” I am using the word literally very specifically, so please allow me to explain. It all started with Neale Donald Walsch at the Celebrate Your Life conference sharing his belief that “your life is not about you…but who you touch and in how you touch them….” Whether you agree with that statement and to what extent is beyond this particular post. What is, on the other hand, is an interesting perspective and a question that occurred to me while thinking through Neale’s speech. In…
  • Global Change Begins Within

    Guy Finley
    16 Jul 2014 | 12:02 am
    In one way, it’s hard to say what has happened to the health of our world and the people upon it, not that suitable terms don’t exist. The problem is that whatever picture one paints with words, it points only to a single part of the story, and we’re left with an incomplete understanding of the situation. History proves, along with personal experience, that whenever our understanding of a problem is incomplete, its effect is to breed conflict. Then, blame becomes the solution and inevitably war breaks out — first on a personal, and then on a planetary level. This…
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    Timbuktu Chronicles

  • Belts from Bora Wear

    Emeka Okafor
    23 Jul 2014 | 6:31 am
    Makers in action, BoraWear support them on Kickstarter: Bora is a swahili word meaning: first-rate, excellent, better, or best. The whole idea was that we were going to both make great products and support Kenyan artisans. Each belt is.... 1) Handmade by local artisans in Kenya 2) Uses the highest quality local Kenyan leather3) Each mold is destroyed after the belt is made, making each belt one-of-a-kind.
  • Innovation Hubs Are Accelerating American Manufacturing

    Emeka Okafor
    22 Jul 2014 | 4:21 am
    They could do the same for Africa. Bill Dietrick reports in Forbes:Image courtesy of Africa Business Review“If we want to attract more good manufacturing jobs to America, we’ve got to make sure we’re on the cutting edge of new manufacturing techniques and technologies,” said President Obama in a February press conference. “Typically, a lot of research and development wants to be co-located with where manufacturing is taking place—because if you design something, you want to see how is it working and how is it getting made, and then tinker with it and fix it…. So if all the…
  • Fabbing for Africa’s Informal Sector

    Emeka Okafor
    20 Jul 2014 | 5:18 pm
    Abstract from a paper co-authored by Anna Waldman Brown,Yaw Adu Gyamfi,Sharon Langevin,Abdulai Adam and George Yaw Obeng: To manufacture anything in Sub-Saharan Africa (SSA) requires the same creative “maker” sensibility that is valued throughout the fab lab community. This presentation will draw upon research in one of Africa's largest informal industrial communities to explore the past and future of grassroots manufacturing, and examine how fab labs might be integrated into these communities. With over 80,000 technical artisans, auto-mechanics, and purveyors of related supplies,…
  • GyroLabs

    Emeka Okafor
    20 Jul 2014 | 1:18 pm
    A graduate of Flat6Labs: At GyroLabs, we’re working on exciting ways to merge the online world with traditional television viewing habits. This involves creating smartphone applications that complement television by providing viewers with additional information about what they are currently watching, integrating their social connections and allowing them to reach out to other viewers to create a more immersive and interactive experience. Our applications also help broadcasters reach out to their audience in real time, interact with them, discover their preferences and possibly tailor the…
  • Madagascar's healing plants

    Emeka Okafor
    19 Jul 2014 | 7:48 am
    CNN reports:Many of the plant species found in Madagascar exist nowhere else in the world.
 
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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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  • The Crowdfunding Buzz and Social Impact

    Clare Jones
    23 Jul 2014 | 1:44 am
    A few months ago, my colleague Jonny wrote a blog about the crowdfunding honeymoon, considering the sale of Oculus Rift with nothing more than a nod for the supporters who backed them through crowdfunding. As entrepreneurs come to value more and more the crowd’s potential, equity- rather than reward-based crowdfunding is growing. Nowhere is the buzz around is more evident than in yesterday’s world record; Crowdcube raised £1.2m in 16 minutes. Fundraising for their own business, they had already raised £3.8m from institutional investor Balderton Capital. 141 investors backed them…
  • Successful impact investing for Family Offices – A Report

    Josef Jelinek
    16 Jul 2014 | 7:06 am
    I recently joined ClearlySo as an intern and wanted to find out more about impact investing. I was especially interested in finding out about where Family Offices currently fit in this nascent, but rapidly growing, market. Colleagues had mentioned a seminal 2011 report by Uli Grabenwarter and Heinrich Liechtenstein, “In search of gamma – an unconventional perspective on impact investing”. I dutifully tracked it down – not hard to do, given the fact that it always seems to pop up top when conducting online searches under impact investing headings – and wiled away…
  • Impact: on the angel agenda

    Mike Mompi
    14 Jul 2014 | 2:22 am
    This article was originally published by Blue and Green Tomorrow. In early July, I was fortunate enough to attend the UK Business Angel Association (UKBAA) Angel Investment Awards. Every year, it is an exceptional event and well-attended by some of the most active angel investors and entrepreneurs from the very best early-stage businesses in the UK. There are various award categories, ranging from best investment in a disruptive technology business to angel investor of the year, and only recently, social impact investment of the year. This year, there was something different about the…
  • Valuing your Business: Methodologies for entrepreneurs

    Hannah Sheath
    1 Jul 2014 | 6:52 am
    As we advise businesses and investors, some of the most common questions are around valuation. Valuing a business that creates social or environmental impacts has added complexity – on top of all the pitfalls of valuing any other company. This post offers a valuation methodology for entrepreneurs, to support them when they are looking  for investment to help them scale their impact. What is valuation? Valuation is the process of determining the economic value of a business or company – it reflects both past performance and expectations of future performance. Valuation can be arrived…
  • Third Sector, Rodney Schwartz | Sosyal girisimcilik

    Rod Schwartz
    27 Jun 2014 | 6:45 am
    This article was originally published in the Third Sector magazine and website. Sosyal girisimcilik: some of you might have guessed the meaning of the first word, but I suspect few of you will know the second one means “entrepreneurship”. It is remarkable that the letter “i” appears five times in a word with only 12 letters – my favourite word as a child was “antidisestablishmentarianism”, which also has five “i’s”, but spreads them over 28 letters. I learned the phrase last month when I participated in an intensive class for prospective…
 
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  • Highly recommended podcasts

    Chris Blattman
    21 Jul 2014 | 6:14 am
    In spite of me. I’ve been interviewed on one of my favorite podcasts, EconTalk: Chris Blattman of Columbia University talks to EconTalk host Russ Roberts about a radical approach to fighting poverty in desperately poor countries: giving cash to aid recipients and allowing them to spend it as they please. Blattman shares his research and cautious optimism about giving cash and discusses how infusions of cash affect growth, educational outcomes, and political behavior (including violence). The conversation concludes with a discussion of the limits of aid and the some of the moral issues…
  • The brilliant movement every supermarket should embrace

    Chris Blattman
    18 Jul 2014 | 11:42 am
    Inglorious fruits and vegetables, otherwise known as ugly fruits. Here is a good article from the NY Times in May. The post The brilliant movement every supermarket should embrace appeared first on Chris Blattman.
  • Random US-Brazil fact of the day

    Chris Blattman
    18 Jul 2014 | 7:37 am
    The Confederados were individuals from the U.S. Confederate states who left the American South and resettled in São Paulo, Brazil, immediately after the Civil War. Although the exact number of individuals is difficult to determine, between 2,000 and 4,000 emigrants are estimated to have participated in the movement between 1865 and 1875. Leading researchers of the topic have identified 154 families that arrived in Brazil during this time, with 37 families being from Alabama. About half the total number eventually returned to the United States, whereas the remainder established themselves in…
  • Links I liked

    Chris Blattman
    17 Jul 2014 | 6:56 am
    (Links fixed) I always believed that a handful of Californian counties produce nearly all our fruits and nuts, but I didn’t know it was real fruits and nuts. A Volkswagen Beetle compressed into a ball, from artist Ichwan Noor “It turns out the can’t-miss star who misses the N.B.A. can make a fair living in Algiers or in Halifax”  “A small metal shack with no electricity on a jetty does not seem like the kind of place frequented by Hamas” (or, further evidence Israel has lost the New York Times) The post Links I liked appeared first on Chris Blattman.
  • Science Magazine raises its statistical bar. Will we?

    Chris Blattman
    17 Jul 2014 | 6:50 am
    From the Editors of Science: ….unfortunately, there have been far too many cases where the quantitative analysis of those numbers has been flawed, causing doubt about the authors’ interpretation and uncertainty about the result. Furthermore, it is not realistic to expect that a technical reviewer, chosen for her or his expertise in the topical subject matter or experimental protocol, will also be an expert in data analysis. For that reason, with much help from the American Statistical Association, Science has established, effective 1 July 2014, a Statistical Board of Reviewing…
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  • 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…
  • “New media, new civics?” and reactions in Policy & Internet

    Ethan
    7 Jul 2014 | 8:17 am
    TweetThis past December, I gave a talk at the Oxford Internet Institute about possible relationships between “new media” and new approaches to participatory civics – I blogged my notes for the talk at the time. The fine folks at OII asked whether I would be willing to publish the notes of the lecture in the journal Policy & Internet, edited by Vili Lehdonvirta, who had invited me to lecture at Oxford, and by Helen Margetts and Sandra Gonzalez Bailon. I agreed, and worked with the editors to polish my handwavings into something more permanent. What I had not realized was…
  • Town Meeting and a lesson on civic efficacy

    Ethan
    11 Jun 2014 | 4:12 pm
    Last night, I attended Town Meeting in Lanesborough, MA. Town meeting government is peculiar to New England and especially strong in Massachusetts, where almost 300 of the state’s municipalities are governed by an annual meeting of town residents. My town is under the population threshold of 6000 at which towns can choose to elect representatives to town meeting. In small towns like ours, we are required to hold an open town meeting, at which any residents may speak and ask questions and where registered voters vote on any major discretionary spending and on changes to the town’s…
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  • Less traveled

    22 Jul 2014 | 9:00 pm
    Every individual matters. Every individual has a role to play. Every individual makes a difference.  ~Jane GoodallOne person can make a difference, and everyone should try.   ~ John F. KennedyWe all do better when we work together. Our differences do matter, but our common humanity matters more.   ~Bill ClintonIt's amazing the differenceA bit of sky can make.   ~Shel SilversteinTwo roads diverged in the wood, and I- I took the one less traveled by and that has made all the difference.  ~ Robert FrostAct as if what you do makes a difference.  It does.  ~…
  • Our Ultimate Freedom

    21 Jul 2014 | 9:00 pm
    To affect the quality of the day, that is the highest of arts.  ~ Henry David ThoreauEnergy is contagious: either you affect people or you infect people.  ~ T. Harv EkerThe greatness of a man is not in how much wealth he acquires, but in his integrity and his ability to affect those around him positively.  ~Bob MarleyIt is our attitude at the beginning of a difficult task which, more than anything else, will affect its successful outcome.   ~William JamesOur ultimate freedom is the right and power to decide how anybody or anything outside ourselves will affect us.  ~…
  • Different, yet the Same

    20 Jul 2014 | 9:00 pm
    Diversity is the most basic principle of creation.  No two snowflakes, blades of grass or people are alike.  ~ Lynn Maria LaitalaYour significance is not in your similarity to others. It is in your differences.  ~ Mike MurdockWe all live with the objective of being happy; our lives are all different and yet the same.  ~ Anne Frank Diversity: the art of thinking independently together.  ~ Malcolm S. ForbesIt is time for parents to teach young people early on that in diversity there is beauty and there is strength.  ~ Maya AngelouIf we cannot end our differences at…
  • The Fairest Blossom

    18 Jul 2014 | 9:00 pm
    When you plant a seed of love, it is you that blossoms.  ~Ma Jaya SatiRather than turning over a new leaf, prune your tree so that new leaves continue to blossom.    ~Feroz BhamLet us be grateful to people who make us happy; they are the charming gardeners who make our souls happy.  ~ Marcel ProustGratitude is the fairest blossom which springs from the soul.  ~ Henry Ward BeecherThought is the blossom; language the bud; action the fruit behind it.  ~ Ralph Waldo EmersonQuotes about blossom
  • With Each Step

    17 Jul 2014 | 9:00 pm
    Don't be afraid to take a big step if one is indicated. You can't cross a chasm in two small jumps.   ~David Lloyd GeorgeBut you can build a future out of anything. A scrap, a flicker. The desire to go forward, slowly, one foot at a time.   ~Lauren OliverA journey of a thousand miles begins with one step.   ~ Lao TzuIt is important to expect nothing, to take every experience, including the negative ones as merely steps on the path and to proceed.  ~ Ram DassThe mind can go in a thousand directions, but on this beautiful path, I walk in peace. With each step, the wind…
 
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  • Crowd Sourcing our Motto Upgrade subject to Rigorous SASB Standards

    Phil Cubeta
    17 Jul 2014 | 3:02 pm
    Wealth Bondage Rebooted is getting a little stale. The following Branding-4-Good statements, have been created by me, in a fugue state, while high on carpet layment glue, or were submitted by our readers, or my AAA friends, I forget which, as potential motto upgrades. - Wealth Bondage: The Best in Business - Wealth Bondage: Bettering a Sorry World -Wealth Bondage: Business at its Best - Wealth Bondage: Capitalizing the Commons -Wealth Bondage: Capitalizing the Commonweal - Wealth Bondage: The Common Wealth Improved -Wealth Bondage: Incorporating the Social - Wealth Bondage: A World of…
  • The Calloused Muse

    Phil Cubeta
    10 Jul 2014 | 1:51 pm
    One of the Muses, it may be Calliope, the musical one, mother of Orpheus, though she has seen better days, now works in the poultry plant, slashing chicken parts on the line. Sometimes she breaks into song, the cleaver beating cadence, like meter in poetry. Asked who is her immediate supervisor she says, "You all work for me." She always has been crazy.  Comes in late, leaves early, works in spurts. Had she been more reliable, she might have made it into management by now, maybe at Bridgespan, FSG, or the new and improved TPI.
  • Tribute to Bill Schambra

    Phil Cubeta
    19 Jun 2014 | 9:06 am
    In The National Review, a lovely tribute to the work of William Schambra on behalf of civic life and the life of the mind.  To think of Bill as a distinquished cultural elder, is sort of hard. He is the purest trouble-maker, vexing us all into thought.
  • Adaptive Philanthropy - But Wait! There's is More. If this Fails too We have more Buzzwords

    Phil Cubeta
    12 Jun 2014 | 8:02 am
    William Schambra, at NPQ, in assessing the present state of metrics mania, and the ever changing parade of biz school buzzwords speaks of philanthroptists "cracking the metrics whip." I admire Bill, as a man and as an academic. And I fully understand why he may not wish to acknowledge his debt to the Brand that Dare not Speak its Name, in polite circles, the Brand of all Brands, the Frame of all Human Life and Discourse (Wealth Bondage: Capitalism Rebooted), but when he steals our riffs, I do wish he would at least acknowlege the prior Greatness of Mistress Candidia, she with…
  • Leverage for Good by Lester Salamon

    Phil Cubeta
    29 May 2014 | 6:45 am
    If you follow the scholarship on civil society you already know the work of Lester Salamon, at Johns Hopkins. Given his internationally known work on the nonpropfit sector, you may be suprised to learn is that he has a new volume out, Leverage for Good: An Introduction to the New Frontiers of Philanthropy and Social Investment.  That is turn is the first section of an extended volume, soon to be published. He has mastered the burgeoning field of social investment, and its supporting infrastructure. His attitude is optimistic, supportive, and also cautionary. In other words,…
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    Causecast for Nonprofits

  • 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…
  • Collin County Children's Advocacy Center

    admin
    5 Jun 2014 | 10:06 am
    Description Collin County Children's Advocacy Center Logo:  Short Organization Description:  The mission of Children's Advocacy Center of Collin County is to provide safety, healing and justice to children victimized by abuse or neglect. The mission of Children's Advocacy Center of Collin County is to provide safety, healing and justice to children victimized by abuse or neglect. Organization Address:  2205 Los Rios Blvd. Plano, TX 75074 Employer Identification Number (EIN):  75-2389095 Pub. 78 Name:  Collin County Children's Advocacy Center State…
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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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    GoodGuide Blog

  • 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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    GOOD

  • The Rise of Drone Pizza Delivery

    Mark Hay
    22 Jul 2014 | 10:20 pm
    [image position="half left" id="537220"] On May 11 of this year, a man in the Worli neighborhood of south Mumbai reportedly stepped out onto the balcony of his 21st story high-rise apartment, and watched as a drone swooped from the sky to deposit a 13-inch margherita pizza at his feet. This wasn’t some misguided CIA hearts-and-minds experiment. It was an experimental delivery from Francesco’s, a local pizzeria, and a brilliant reclamation of one of modern warfare’s most ubiquitous monsters in the service of ever faster cheesy gratification. Avoiding Mumbai’s notorious traffic, the…
  • How Helsinki Became a Public Transporation Paradise

    Angie Schmitt
    21 Jul 2014 | 10:35 pm
    [image position="half left" id="537206"] What if getting from Point A to Point B was as easy as typing a destination into a phone? What if car ownership itself became a thing of the past? A world where urban transportation wouldn’t involve outdated routes, paying exorbitant fares, or putting yourself at risk may seem like a distant, futuristic dream, but one European city hopes to get there in just 10 years time. Helsinki, Finland, wants to ease congestion and improve quality of life for its 600,000 citizens by dramatically reducing the number of private cars on the road.  The city plans…
  • Follow the Crowd

    Laura Parker
    20 Jul 2014 | 11:25 pm
    [image position="half left" id="537203" caption="Mason-Pfizer monkey virus"] In 2011, a group of online gamers solved a 15-year-old biochemical problem in 10 days. Using a simple online puzzle game called Foldit, it took them a little over a week to decipher the crystal structure of the AIDS-causing monkey virus Mason-Pfizer, something scientists had been trying unsuccessfully to do for more than a decade in the hope of gaining insights into the design of antiretroviral drugs to treat HIV. Foldit was created in 2008 by a research team at the University of Washington in Seattle to determine…
  • The Empathy Mirror

    Andrew Price
    17 Jul 2014 | 10:30 pm
    In 2004, a Jewish woman living in Tel Aviv wrote a letter to a Palestinian woman she had never met. “This, for me is one of the most difficult letters I will ever have to write,” she began. “My name is Robi Damelin. I am the mother of David who was killed by your son.” Over the course of the letter, Damelin explained the unbearable anguish of losing her son, a soldier who was hit by sniper fire at a military roadblock. She acknowledged the pain of the Palestinian woman, whose own son was now condemned to a long jail sentence, and expressed her fragile trust in dialogue and…
  • Robots On Ice Probe the Arctic

    Gabe Bergado
    17 Jul 2014 | 12:40 am
    [image position="half left" id="537197"] Deep in the frozen realm of the Arctic, scientists are deploying robots, built to operate autonomously and remotely, to complete a cold, lonely recon mission. These bots will gather information on the area’s sea ice, whirring and clicking far away from anyone who could possibly observe their careful work.  Specially designed to withstand the extreme conditions of the region, the machines, which dive, swim, hover, and glide, will monitor the fragile marginal ice zone (MIZ) of the Beaufort Sea. By assessing local environmental changes, scientists are…
 
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    SocialEarth

  • United Technologies’ Project Vidya: Improving Young Lives in India through Education

    3BL Media
    23 Jul 2014 | 3:48 am
    As part of UTC’s commitment to the communities where it does business, the company recently announced a major new partnership with SOS Children’s Villages India entitled Project Vidya, which is a Sanskrit word [...] The post United Technologies’ Project Vidya: Improving Young Lives in India through Education appeared first on SocialEarth.
  • ACEEE Ranks World’s Largest Economies on Energy Efficiency

    Justmeans
    22 Jul 2014 | 8:44 am
    We see a lot of analyses and projections showing why renewables, despite their rapid growth will not be able to provide sufficient energy to allow us to get off fossil [...] The post ACEEE Ranks World’s Largest Economies on Energy Efficiency appeared first on SocialEarth.
  • Microsoft Announces its Largest Wind Investment to Date

    Vikas Vij
    22 Jul 2014 | 5:42 am
    Global corporations are picking up speed to make a shift towards renewable sources of energy in order to reduce their environmental footprint. Some of the major technology companies such as [...] The post Microsoft Announces its Largest Wind Investment to Date appeared first on SocialEarth.
  • Integrated Capital for Social Enterprises

    3BL Media
    21 Jul 2014 | 10:48 am
    A thriving social enterprise sector is essential to increasing community resilience and improving the lives of those who’ve been marginalized by the global economy. Social enterprises—which are in business to solve [...] The post Integrated Capital for Social Enterprises appeared first on SocialEarth.
  • Sindyanna of Galilee: Positive Action for Women And Communities

    Sangeeta Haindl
    21 Jul 2014 | 10:42 am
    Tensions between Israel and the Palestinian militant group Hamas are running high after days of fighting. The peace process has faltered and the shadow of terrorism remains as property is [...] The post Sindyanna of Galilee: Positive Action for Women And Communities appeared first on SocialEarth.
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  • 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,…
  • When it works

    Sasha
    1 Jul 2014 | 2:00 am
    The line at my local Chipotle looks like this each and every day at lunchtime, with 20+ people on line and more streaming through the door.  And each time I’m there, I’m in and out in 7 minutes or less. Conversely, there’s a lovely little bakery across the street from my office called Amy’s Bread. Most everything there is delicious (though wildly expensive), and I’d be there once a week if it weren’t for the fact that if Amy’s has anything more than four customers working their way through the line at the same time, their system grinds to a halt and it can take 10 minutes to…
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    High Impact Philanthropy Blog

  • 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…
  • News & Events | 8 July 2014 | New in Social Impact and Health

    impactsp2@gmail.com
    8 Jul 2014 | 11:28 am
    New in Social Impact A recent New York Times article reports that Participant Media, an activist entertainment company that delivers movies with a message, has been partnering with the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to understand the impacts of media campaigns and documentaries on activism. Using a tool known the Participant Index, data gathered helps to answer questions such as: what actually gets people moving? Do grant-supported media projects incite change, or are they simply an expensive way of preaching to the choir? In Donors Give More When They Have a Sense of Belonging, Robert…
  • News & Events | 1 July 2014 | New in Education, Health, and Social Impact

    impactsp2@gmail.com
    1 Jul 2014 | 11:57 am
    In Case You Missed It... In last week's entry, Talent for Social Impact, we welcomed two new Social Impact Fellows, Blair Glencorse and Götz Bechtolsheimer, who will help us investigate the potential for philanthropic support in the prevention and treatment of substance use and abuse. Welcome, Blair and Götz! Education  Following Mayor Bill de Blasio’s push to provide prekindergarten classes to all New Yorkers, experts in early childhood education are calling for reform in less formal educational settings, such as ad hoc daycare centers in homes throughout…
 
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    In Search of Sanuk - Charity & Volunteering in Bangkok

  • The Nuisance and Necessity of Ambitious Goals

    Dwight Turner
    3 Jul 2014 | 2:55 pm
    With half the year gone, I wish I could stand before you and say I’ve accomplished everything I imagined when the year started. But the nuisance of creating ambitious goals at the year’s beginning, is the unescapable necessity to reevaluate and adjust those goals at regular intervals throughout the year. Such honest evaluation makes you vulnerable, dependent on others, and at times, depressingly human. So this quick update is to let you know that we’ll we’ve got fun, worthwhile things brewing, but I’m not fully ready to launch into them just yet.
  • Pre-School Update – Before and After Photos

    Dwight Turner
    14 Mar 2014 | 3:55 am
    When we began to put out funding appeals last year for our pre-school project there wasn’t much of an immediate response. By then the project had been running for almost 8 months and had facilitated 30-40 volunteers, but we still wondered what the fate of the project would be coming into 2014. Fortunately, we didn’t stop at sharing the project online and applying for all sorts of funding. We were able to piece together a grant proposal to the Australian Embassy’s Direct Aid Program, but again I had my doubts, not wanting to get my hopes up for the application sent in 5…
  • The Human Earth Project: The Message of a Missing Hmong Girl from Vietnam

    Dwight Turner
    9 Feb 2014 | 11:36 pm
    Note from Dwight: Our last update was a big one with our annual report and documentary. This week we wanted to let you know about another worthwhile project. Please read the following guest post about Ben, a friend who has been personally impacted by human trafficking. “M” his missing friend isn’t very different from the children In Search of Sanuk works with, in fact she’s the same ethnic group and area many of our children are from. Have a read and consider sharing and supporting his film.  Will you help make a difference? Sometimes when we’re made aware of an…
  • Read Our Annual Report and Watch a Video on the Impact We’re Making in Bangkok

    Dwight Turner
    29 Jan 2014 | 12:19 am
    Last week I wrote how friends assembled by a project called Impact 48, helped us to create a beautiful financial report (Read Small Steps for Big Change for a small recap of the Impact 48 gathering). This week I want to share the report with you. The report is available on our donate page. Go there and just click the link and it should pop up in pdf form. The report breaks down the project into three causes: Survivors (providing the basic needs of families), Esteem (opportunities for women and young girls), and Thrive (education). For each there’s an abbreviated description with some…
  • Impact 48′s Surprise Overnight Audit

    Dwight Turner
    19 Jan 2014 | 8:29 pm
    Another positive omen that we’re off to a great start this year was having a team of friends from Impact 48 hanging out brainstorming ways to improve our project this past weekend. The purpose of Impact 48 is to bring together tech and media savvy volunteers who donate a weekend to helping a non-profit. The converge in one place, get to know each other, brainstorm ways to help and finally decide which of the tasks can most likely be completed within 48 hours. In our case, the team had lots of ideas but noticed many of them hinged on one. That idea was to create a financial report from…
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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

  • 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…
  • Should Be Syndrome

    Lishen Nair
    15 Jul 2014 | 6:34 am
    In both work and social spheres I regularly encounter people who spend much of their time trying to reconcile life to their expectations. Often you find that their expectations are based on a long list of should be scenarios. For example: By 21 I should have my university degree. By 25 I should be making an X amount of money. I’m smarter/prettier than her. No way should she be picked over me. People say it’s very difficult to marry when you’re older, so I should be married before I turn thirty. My friend summited Mount Kilimanjaro in six days, so I should take no longer than that. It…
  • Tossing My Goals Out the Window and Doing One Thing Instead

    Rosanna Casper
    13 Jul 2014 | 7:00 am
    “I only write when inspiration strikes. Fortunately it strikes at nine every morning.” - William Faulkner Last month, I started a blog. It’s my perfect combination of what I am good at (marketing and social media) with what I obsess about (reading, writing and self improvement). Some call it passion, purpose, a calling. I like to call it my “thing”. I started my thing and as my first order of business – according to the standard protocol of brand new ventures – I wrote out some goals. I made them specific (5000 email subscribers) and time oriented (by October). I hung…
  • Dr. Strangelove, or How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love Women

    Harry Siva
    10 Jul 2014 | 6:30 am
    Everybody gets socially anxious. For some, it is crippling, confining them to their homes. It is pathological, warrants the term ‘disorder’ and the medical treatment that goes with such diagnosis. To others, it is a minor annoyance: the non-pathological dose of fear before speaking to a large audience. For me, social anxiety manifested in an inability to experience romantic love. The cruel irony of social anxiety is; that which we fear is the very thing we crave. Friendships, relationships, the need to love and be loved: these are all contingent upon the very social interactions that we…
  • There is a Silver Lining, Right?

    Carolynne Melnyk
    8 Jul 2014 | 6:31 am
    “Isn’t it funny how day by day nothing changes, but when you look back everything is different.” - C.S. Lewis Almost everyone today has someone, or knows of someone, going through the experience of cancer or a life threatening illness.  I am no different. In 2009, my sister was diagnosed with stage 4 lung cancer and my world turned upside down for a while. When I was first told about the diagnosis, I went through a period of shock and disbelief, before anger and deep sadness took over.  At the time, the question I asked was the same one many others have asked, “Why?”…
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    The GiveWell Blog

  • 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…
  • Sequence Thinking vs. Cluster Thinking

    Holden
    10 Jun 2014 | 12:53 pm
    Note: this is an unusually long and abstract post whose primary purpose is to help a particular subset of our audience understand our style of reasoning. It does not contain substantive updates on our research and recommendations. GiveWell – both our traditional work and GiveWell Labs – is fundamentally about maximization: doing as much good as possible with each dollar you donate. This introduces some major conceptual challenges when making certain kinds of comparisons – for example, how does one compare the impact of distributing bednets in sub-Saharan Africa with the…
  • Reflections on a Site Visit in Myanmar (Burma)

    Natalie
    2 Jun 2014 | 9:10 am
    This is a cross-post from Good Ventures’ blog Give & Learn. It was co-authored by Cari Tuna, Good Ventures Co-Founder, and Natalie Crispin, GiveWell Research Analyst. We recently traveled to Myanmar to visit a project Good Ventures is supporting to help prevent the spread of drug-resistant malaria. This post shares some observations from the trip and general thoughts about the value of site visits versus other ways of learning about the impact of one’s giving. About the project To recap, this project aims to rapidly replace one type of malaria treatment in Myanmar (AMT) with…
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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

  • 9 Things to Do While You’re Still Single

    mollyjasinski
    23 Jul 2014 | 8:38 am
    A bucket list for before you tie the knot. I’ve been single my entire life so far. And while there are difficult days, there are definitely upsides to being single that can be overlooked. There’s no reason to sit around, waiting for the dream guy or girl to come along. As for me, I’m learning to live life, no matter my relationship status. After polling my married friends and reflecting over my life, here are the top things to do while you’re still single: 1. Travel As Much As Possible. You have the time now and no one else’s schedule to work around! Go for it.
  • Just a Picture of Jack White Having the Time of His Life at a Baseball Game

    23 Jul 2014 | 7:14 am
    Jack White is playing in Chicago this week, and he decided to spend part his trip taking part in the great American pastime. And he had the time of his life. Just look at him. Can you blame him? The crack of the bat. The roar of the crowd. Even the most tortured rock star can't help but let free his inner child when once taken by the spirit of baseball. Have an extra hot dog for the rest of us, Mr. White! ...
  • Passenger Plane Crash Lands In Taiwan: At Least 51 Dead

    23 Jul 2014 | 6:39 am
    Taiwanese officials are reporting that at least 51 people were killed and 7 injured when a Taiwanese passenger plane crash landed on Taiwan's Penghu islands. Local media is also reporting that the plane crashed into at least two homes ...
  • Marvel at the Speed of the World’s Fastest Bus Boy

    23 Jul 2014 | 6:38 am
    YouTuber Josh Jordan was enjoying a quiet meal at a local Red Robin when he encountered this superhero disguising himself as a bus boy. Discretely filming the wizard of table clearing, Josh may have actually captured actual evidence of superhuman speed and agility on video. Some commenters are suggesting that the footage isn't authentic, but Josh has uploaded more evidence here, indicating that his mysterious burger-joint employee is the real deal ...
  • Ed Helms and Hilary Swank to Star in TV Drama Series about Organic Farming

    23 Jul 2014 | 6:34 am
    This one sounds like it could be interesting. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Office star Ed Helms is in talks to star alongside Hilary Swank and Ed Harris in a TV drama about a family of financially struggling organic farmers. The One Percent is being directed by its co-creator Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu, the filmmaker behind movies including Babel and 21 Grams. The series is currently being shopped around to networks and streaming providers ...
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    Withisms from Lori

  • 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…
  • Giving USA Report Reinforces Importance of Individual Donors

    24 Jun 2014 | 10:00 pm
    Just last week the annual Giving USA report was released with data on philanthropic giving stats for 2013 in the U.S. The single largest source of charitable contributions continues to be individual donors:  Here's the overview:  The exciting and interesting news: four areas where giving significantly increased over the past year: 8.9% to education causes 7% to public-society benefit causes 6.3% to arts and culture causes 6% to animals and environmental causes If you are not focusing a large percentage of your fundraising effort on individual donors you can't ignore this large…
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    ApplaUSe For A Cause

  • Possible New Feature:Charity of the Month

    23 Jul 2014 | 7:30 am
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  • Let's Retire The Word- "Retard "

    19 Jul 2014 | 3:24 am
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  • Making Summer Better for You Your Family and the World

    14 Jul 2014 | 6:11 am
    "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! ]]
  • Help Your Favorite Charity With A Personal PSA

    2 Jul 2014 | 1:09 pm
    var gaJsHost = (("https:" == document.location.protocol) ? "https://ssl." : "http://www."); document.write(unescape("%3Cscript src='" + gaJsHost + "google-analytics.com/ga.js'... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Support US Soldiers and Veterans

    26 May 2014 | 4:39 am
    More Images @ MyNiceProfile.com Veterans Visiting the Graves of Fallen Soldiers (Photo credit: Wikipedia)               If you are looking for ways to... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
 
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    Shareable New Articles

  • Healers of Color Raises Chicago's Vibration with Community Healing

    Mira Luna
    23 Jul 2014 | 8:07 am
    “We need as many community healing celebrations as possible. When you are dealing with generational pain, we are not at a place where it can be too much. All the healers need to stand up.” -Elisha Hall
  • The Castells of Catalonia: Inside the Incredible Art of Human Towers

    Cat Johnson
    23 Jul 2014 | 7:40 am
    What does it feel like to be atop a nine level tower made entirely of humans? I have no idea. But, in Catalonia, Spain, there’s a long tradition of building human towers that represents not just a daring feat, but a rich cultural tradition. The towers, known as castells (meaning castle in Catalan), take different forms, but they all depend on skilled castellers to create the tower and a strong group around the base to support it and soften any falls.
  • How to Inspire Millions More Americans to Ride Bicycles

    Jay Walljasper
    22 Jul 2014 | 11:02 am
    Top image: A stencil on the Burrard Street Bridge in Vancouver. Photo credit: Jeff_Werner / Foter  You can see big changes happening across America as communities from Fairbanks to St. Petersburg transform their streets into appealing places for people, not just cars and trucks.
  • You Did This! The Birth of the Sharing Cities Network

    Lares Feliciano
    22 Jul 2014 | 8:07 am
    Shareable has been telling stories from the frontlines of the sharing movement since 2009. Stories of tool lending libraries, timebanks, community clothing swaps, and visions of a worldwide sharing economy. Over time the visions have turned into realities, the seedlings into sprouting truths. It’s undeniable: the sharing movement is growing every day.
  • How a New Dutch Library Smashed Attendance Records

    Cat Johnson
    21 Jul 2014 | 6:38 am
    Facing declining visitors and uncertainty about what to do about it, library administrators in the new town of Almere in the Netherlands did something extraordinary. They redesigned their libraries based on the changing needs and desires of library users and, in 2010, opened the Neuwe Bibliotheek (New Library), a thriving community hub that looks more like a bookstore than a library.
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    Donate a Car to Charity - CharityCar.us blog

  • 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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  • 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…
  • How Do World Leaders Use Twitter? New Findings from Annual Twiplomacy Study

    Beth
    25 Jun 2014 | 6:53 am
    Twiplomacy aims to identify the extent to which world leaders use Twitter and how they connect on the social network.  The research is conducted annually by Burson-Marsteller and I was lucky enough to get an advanced copy of their study released today. They analyzed 645 government accounts in 161 countries. Only 32 countries, mainly in Africa and Asia-Pacific, do not have any Twitter presence.  The study also revealed that more than 83 percent of all United Nations (UN) governments have a presence on Twitter, and two-thirds (68 percent) of all heads of state and government have personal…
 
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  • 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…
  • NEWS: The greatest challenge to forgiveness is putting mercy before justice

    rachel
    22 May 2014 | 5:53 am
    On Monday 19 May St Ethelburga’s Centre for Reconciliation and Peace was filled with a multi-faith audience ready to discuss what forgiveness means across different religions for The Forgiveness Project’s third ‘Conversation on Forgiveness’ to mark our tenth anniversary. Chairing the discussion “Do you need God to forgive?” was Guardian journalist Madeleine Bunting who in February presented the first in a five-part series on forgiveness for BBC Radio 3, in which she explained why she believes forgiveness is a choice. Madeleine began the evening by welcoming the opportunity to…
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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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    Raghava's Blog

  • 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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  • Finding Happiness Without Needing Success and Validation

    Julian Hall
    22 Jul 2014 | 8:06 pm
    “The way you treat yourself sets the standard for others.”~ Sonya Friedman Five years ago I was driven, determined, and thriving. I was in the middle of a career in financial services that had started in sales, led to management, and, at that point, had me pushing myself and competing as a director in the retail banking business. I was proud of what I had achieved and what I intended to achieve. I had the trappings of success as I saw them—the house, the car, the salary, and job title that reflected my level of achievement—and I had a huge and very sensitive ego to accompany all of…
  • Simple Ways to Avoid Burnout When You’re Working Hard

    Heather Rees
    22 Jul 2014 | 8:06 pm
    “Your body is precious. It is your vehicle for awakening. Treat it with care.” ~Buddha On any given day, you can find me perched on the edge of my chair, staring at a computer screen. My setup is most definitely ergonomically incorrect, and my posture would make any yoga teacher cringe. I type and click my mouse and do my work. I occasionally look up and out my windows to a lucky view of ferns, palms, and a few unidentified trees rising up over a blue-green pool. A southern California sky caps the scene. My brain buzzes with ideas, answers, and turns of words. I’m in intellectual and…
  • Addicted to Helping: Why We Need to Stop Trying to Fix People

    Annika Martins
    21 Jul 2014 | 6:49 pm
    “Compassion is not a relationship between the healer and the wounded. It’s a relationship between equals.” ~Pema Chodron After college, I was hustling hard to get a work visa so that I could stay in the US. But then my mom got caught up in a political scandal, and without much reflection on how much this would alter my life’s plans, I dropped my dream of staying in America, drove 1,000 miles, and flew another 500 to be by her side. Would she have crumbled without me there? My mama is a tough chick, so I highly doubt it. But at the time, I (subconsciously) believed that when the ones…
  • How to Rise Above Difficult Circumstances and Be Happy

    Harriet Cabelly
    21 Jul 2014 | 6:48 pm
    “Everything can be taken from a man but one thing: the last of the human freedoms—to choose one’s attitude in any given set of circumstances, to choose one’s own way.” ~Viktor Frankl I first got wind of this transformative concept when I was a teenager reading Man’s Search For Meaning. It has played beautifully into what has become my life theme: how people transcend their adversities. I’ve forever been inspired by how (some) people can go through so much and yet be able to rise above and live well. I call it living well despite… It seems to boil down to something beyond…
  • When You Feel Purposeless and Fear You’re Wasting Time

    Lori Deschene
    20 Jul 2014 | 8:06 pm
    “Life isn’t about finding yourself. Life is about creating yourself.” ~George Bernard Shaw I wanted a guarantee. I wanted to know for sure that if I tried to do something, I would like it; if I devoted my limited time to it, I’d end up somewhere good. I had no idea what I wanted to do with my life, and I felt certain this was a phenomenal failing—because if you don’t know right now what you need to do to make your life count, life will pass you by before you’ve ever had a chance to do something meaningful or valuable. At least, that’s what I thought back then. So…
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    Bloganthropy

  • Fifth Annual Bloganthropy Awards Held July 18th at Blogger Bash in NYC

    speppel
    2 Jul 2014 | 9:09 am
    Bloganthropy.org, which recognizes and honors bloggers who use their social media influence to support charitable causes, is announcing the call for nominations for the 2014 Bloganthropy Award. Bloganthropy.org was founded in 2009 by Debbie Bookstaber and Candace Lindemann of Mamanista.com. Bloganthropy is dedicated to recognizing bloggers who effectively use social media for social good. Those interested in nominating a blogger can visit the Bloganthropy nomination page to apply. The finalists will be selected by the Bloganthropy.org Advisory Board, which consists of 45+ prominent female…
  • Host a Goodwill Festive Holiday Sweater Party on #GivingTuesday

    speppel
    2 Dec 2013 | 4:16 pm
    Everyone’s had them – those festive holiday sweaters that tend to get put into the back of the closet and forgotten. It’s time to pull them out and have a party! Better yet, invite your friends over and tell them to wear their festive sweaters too. Recently, Goodwill.org released a fun snapguide for those of you who might enjoy hosting a festive holiday sweater party! In brief, the guide shared a few of the following tips and then we added a few: 1. Set a date and invite over friends. 2. Encourage your friends to find their sweaters at a local Goodwill  using the store…
  • #GivingTuesday Link-Up Honors Postpartum Progress

    speppel
    30 Nov 2013 | 7:07 pm
    In honor of #GivingTuesday, Bloganthropy wants to encourage bloggers to get involved and write about their favorite opportunities to give back to the community around them, around the nation and even around the globe.  As many of you know, Debbie from Element Associates is also the co-founder of Bloganthropy and our agency donates time, money and resources to many non-profits as well as sponsoring the Bloganthropy Awards. This week, we are offering a central link-up for giving-related posts and would love to have you add your post below! Also in honor of the spirit of #GivingTuesday,…
  • Bloganthropy Announces Finalists for 2013 Blogger of the Year Awards

    Melissa
    13 Nov 2013 | 10:08 am
    The Annual Bloganthropy Awards, which recognize and honor bloggers who use their sites to support charitable causes, announced its finalist selections for the 2013 Bloganthropy Blogger of the Year award. This year’s finalists are: New Jersey Digital Moms and Social Media Moms -  Social Media Moms, a united group of mothers active in social media, and New Jersey Digital Moms, a network of mothers and strong business leaders in New Jersey, created the #JerseyLove project and Jersey Love Retreat to support Jersey Shore tourism and to raise funds for Hurricane Sandy-ravaged Belmar, N.J.  The…
  • Call for Nominations for 2013 Bloganthropy Blogger of the Year Award

    Melissa
    21 Oct 2013 | 7:35 am
    The Annual Bloganthropy Awards, which recognize and honor bloggers who use their sites to support charitable causes, is announcing the call for nominations for the 2013 Bloganthropy Blogger of the Year award. Launched in 2010 by Bloganthropy, the unique awards program is dedicated to recognizing bloggers who effectively use social media for social good. Those interested in nominating a blogger can visit the Bloganthropy website to apply. The top three finalists will receive up to $500 towards their travel expenses, two nights at the Embassy Suites in Rogers, AR and transportation to and from…
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  • Daniel Kahneman Explains The Machinery of Thought

    Shane Parrish
    22 Jul 2014 | 9:34 pm
    Israeli-American psychologist and Nobel Laureate Daniel Kahneman is the founding father of modern behavioral economics. His work has influenced how we see thinking, decisions, risk, and even happiness. In Thinking, Fast and Slow, his “intellectual memoir,” he shows us in his own words some of his enormous body of work. Part of that body includes a description of the “machinery of … thought,” which divides the brain into two agents, called System 1 and System 2, which “respectively produce fast and slow thinking.” For our purposes these can also be…
  • Michel Foucault on the Panopticon Effect

    Shane Parrish
    22 Jul 2014 | 5:00 am
    Plan of the Panopticon In his study of the origins of the prison, Discipline & Punish: The Birth of the Prison, Michel Foucault explored the invention of the Panopticon, a way for a guard to see others without being seen himself. Bentham’s Panopticon is the architectural figure of this composition. We know the principle on which it was based: at the periphery, an annular building; at the centre, a tower; this tower is pierced with wide windows that open onto the inner side of the ring; the peripheric building is divided into cells, each of which extends the whole width of the building;…
  • Commonplace Books as a Source for Networked Knowledge and Combinatorial Creativity

    Shane Parrish
    21 Jul 2014 | 4:45 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.” There is an old saying that the truest form of poverty is “when if you have occasion for any thing, you can’t use it, because you know not where it is laid.” The flood of information is nothing new. “In fact,” the Harvard historian Ann Blair writes in her book Too Much to Know: Managing Scholarly Information Before the Modern Age, “many of our current ways of thinking about and handling information…
  • I Dare You To Watch This Entire Video

    Shane Parrish
    20 Jul 2014 | 6:00 am
    “If you are immune to boredom, there is literally nothing you cannot accomplish.” — David Foster Wallace Still Curious? Pair with The Impoverishment of Attention. —Brought to you by: CURIOSITY: A curiously unconventional ad agency that helps you stand out in today’s crowded world.
  • The Notebooks of Paul Klee

    Shane Parrish
    17 Jul 2014 | 4:30 am
    “Ingres is said to have created an artistic order out of rest; I should like to create an order from feeling and, going still further, from motion.” Paul Klee was a painter who wrote extensively about color theory. His lectures, Writings on Form and Design Theory, taught at the German Bauhaus school of art in the 1920s, were published in English as the Paul Klee Notebooks. They are considered as important to modern art as Leonardo da Vinci’s A Treatise on Painting was for the Renaissance. Giulio Carlo Argan, in the Preface to the first volume of Klee’s notebooks,…
 
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    Triple Pundit: People, Planet, Profit

  • Storing Data in the Cloud: How Safe is It?

    Andrew Burger
    23 Jul 2014 | 3:00 am
    Inherent in corporate social responsibility, data security takes on even greater importance given the profusion of mobile devices and use of cloud services. Though it remains of paramount concern, research indicates cloud security concerns will abate with greater familiarity and usage.
  • Manufacturers Back Bill to Limit Liability for Energy Star Ratings

    Jan Lee
    23 Jul 2014 | 2:30 am
    The Alliance to Save Energy, an association of lawmakers and manufacturers are promoting a bill that would strip consumers of the right to lodge class action litigation against companies that falsify Energy Star ratings. Consumer advocates and trial lawyers argue however that companies stay honest when they know that there is more to risk than simply having to return a customer's good-faith investment.
  • $10 Million for Native American Climate Resilience

    Andrew Burger
    23 Jul 2014 | 2:15 am
    Announced by the president and launched last week, the Tribal Climate Resilience Program should benefit American Indian tribes and the nation economically, socially and environmentally.
  • Houston’s One-Bin Recycling Program: Path to Zero Waste or Environmental Racism?

    Alexis Petru
    23 Jul 2014 | 2:00 am
    When you think of zero waste, you might picture towering compost heaps or overflowing recycling carts – but what about one bin for all your household waste, from carrot peels and chicken bones to junk mail and soda bottles? That’s the idea behind Houston’s “One Bin for All” program, which aims to boost the city’s dismal recycling rate of 19 percent, which falls 15 percent below the average national recycling figure. Public officials predict the initiative will help the city keep 75 percent of its trash from the landfill, but critics of the program, ranging from the Texas Campaign…
  • CSR Asia Highlights Inclusive Business Opportunities in Cocoa

    Andrew Burger
    23 Jul 2014 | 1:30 am
    Identifying and implementing inclusive business opportunities can assure sustainability and benefit consumers and participants across the cocoa value chain, according to a CSR Asia case study that focuses on cocoa production and the supply chain in Indonesia and Vietnam.
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    Eat. Sleep. Be

  • 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…
  • Organic, Allergen-Free, Vegan, Low-Sugar, Delicious Recipes? Yes, Please!

    Jessica
    21 Jul 2014 | 3:15 am
    Living healthy is super important to me. I’m not a saint by any means, but I try to value exercise, healthy organic eating and natural living as much as possible. The more health research I have read, the more I believe that we have just as much power to harm our bodies as we do to heal them. You may also know that my older son has lived with severe food allergies for many years. After researching gluten and reading Gluten Freedom, I am thoroughly convinced that gluten is just not meant to be digested, at least the way it is currently cropped and curated in this country. So I stay on the…
  • 15 Inspiring Nelson Mandela Quotes to Live by

    Jessica
    18 Jul 2014 | 2:00 am
    July 18th is the birthdate of Nelson Mandela, anti-apartheid activist, Nobel Prize winner, and former President of South Africa. Mandela spoke throughout his life about addressing the world’s social injustices. He called for peace. He called for education. He called for kindness towards others. In his honor, July 18th is now known as Nelson Mandela International Day. It was inspired by his call for all of us to do our part to change the world for the better. As he said, we all have the ability to lead others forward simply by standing behind them. One blog post can hardly to justice to the…
  • Thoughtful Thursday: The Hope and Grace Initiative

    Jessica
    16 Jul 2014 | 5:30 pm
    All the time I talk about putting our consumer dollars towards brands that give back or do good in some way. This week beauty company philosophy announced the launch of its new hope & grace initiative. In a show of support for positive mental health and wellbeing, 1% of the company’s sales across all products, retailers and online channels will be donated to community-based organizations working to empower women through the prevention and treatment of mental health related issues. Though I have used their “falling in love” fragrance since the company was founded in 1996, the words…
  • Wellness Wednesday: How to Prepare for the Breast Cancer 3 Day

    Jessica
    16 Jul 2014 | 3:57 am
    The breast cancer 3 day event is around the corner, so it’s time to start preparing. Admittedly, I am starting to get a little nervous. Yet I know that with each step I take I will be thinking of my friends Amanda, Susie, and others who have come face-to-face with this awful disease. With that said, here is what I am doing now to get ready for the breast cancer 3 day. Step up the fundraising. Now that summer is in full swing and the kids are off to camp, this is the time to kick the fundraising into high gear. Speaking of fundraising, if you would like to support me on this adventure as we…
 
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  • 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.
  • Bolivian Adventures

    2 Jun 2014 | 9:30 am
    A team of students from Wheaton College is serving at our hospital in Bolivia.  This is an excerpt from their blog:
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    Learning from Dogs

  • Nature doing what nature does.

    Paul Handover
    23 Jul 2014 | 1:00 am
    The more that man tries to interfere the more that man screws up. Jeannie and I subscribe to Time Magazine.  This week’s edition had a pretty eye-catching cover that required a second look. Illustration by Justin Metz for Time. Photo reference for emerald ash borer courtesy of PDCNR—Forestry Archive, Bugwood.org That cover referred to the lead article concerning invasive species, “From giant snails to Asian carp, alien wildlife is on the move.“, written by Bryan Walsh.  The essence of the article is that man’s global activities are responsible, albeit often…
  • The clouds above us.

    Paul Handover
    22 Jul 2014 | 1:00 am
    A remarkable endeavour by the BBC. A team of scientists take to the skies in one of the world’s largest airships, for a unique exploration of Earth’s most precious and mysterious environment – the atmosphere. In an example of what might be called a massive change of topic from yesterday’s post on Integrity and democracy, today’s offering to you, dear reader, is about the magnificent atmosphere upon which we all depend. Here’s a clue. Sunrise to our North-East at a little after 7am on Sunday, 13th July, 2014. Yes, the BBC have embarked on what they are…
  • Integrity and democracy.

    Paul Handover
    21 Jul 2014 | 1:00 am
    “Democracy is when the indigent, and not the men of property, are the rulers.” Thus said Aristotle. Here’s another quote from more recent times. “The supreme quality for leadership is unquestionably integrity. Without it, no real success is possible, no matter whether it is on a section gang, a football field, in an army, or in an office.” So said President Dwight D. Eisenhower. oooo Today’s post started as an ill-defined idea in my head following me reading a recent essay over on Patrice Ayme’s blog.  It was his (her?) post of the 17th July in…
  • Picture parade fifty-three

    Paul Handover
    20 Jul 2014 | 1:00 am
    More of Lew Levenson’s gorgeous pictures. As I said in last week’s picture parade, “A friend from Payson, Arizona, Lew Levenson, recently sent across a set of 38 astounding photographs, all on the theme of perfectly timed shots.” Despite the fact that they had previously appeared in this place, your responses were do delightful that I have no problem in staying with these pictures over the next few Sundays. oooo oooo oooo oooo oooo oooo oooo oooo Each picture gives one such a warm and cuddly feeling! You all take care out there.
  • Embracing happiness

    Paul Handover
    19 Jul 2014 | 1:00 am
    We receive what we put out! There are so many aspects of the dog world that we have to learn.  Top of the list of what we must learn from dogs is unconditional love. You all know how if you approach a strange dog with love in your heart, how that dog senses your love immediately and responds in the same loving fashion. So approach every conscious being in your life with love in your heart. It will truly change the world! So with that in mind, it seemed very appropriate to follow up yesterday’s post that included the essay by Chris Johnstone on celebration with this short film from Rick…
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    Broke But Rich

  • 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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    Frank Sonnenberg Online

  • 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,…
  • 50 Ways to Lose Trust and Credibility

    Frank Sonnenberg
    10 Jun 2014 | 4:00 am
    Whether you’re a salesperson, manager, teacher or leader, trust is everything. Here are 50 ways people lose trust and credibility every day.50 Ways to Lose Trust and Credibility1.    Act nice only when you need something. 2.    Base decisions on bad or incomplete information. 3.    Fake an answer rather than admitting you don’t know. 4.    Claim to be an expert in everything. 5.    Fail to stand behind your product. 6.    Tell two people two different stories. 7.    Make self-serving recommendations. 8.    Fail to follow up promptly. 9.    Make careless…
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    Self Stairway

  • 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…
  • Stop Comparing Yourself With Others

    Vincent Nguyen
    23 Jun 2014 | 4:00 am
    Over a year ago I was feeling a bit insecure about my writing. It started when another blogger, Trevor, publicly posted some stats on his website’s visitors. Although he had less visitors than I did at the time, the people who were on his site were exploring more of his pages than mine were. The amount of time spent on each page and several other analytical metrics (that I won’t get into the technical details of) were higher than mine as well. You can actually see I was the first one to post in his comment section. My insecurity prompted me to send out an email to my list asking them for…
 
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    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.
  • Baboons Show Us How to be Peaceful Primates

    Carol Preibis
    4 Jul 2014 | 5:47 pm
    A troop of baboons chooses an enduring culture of peace! Another world is not only possible, she is on her way. Maybe many of us won’t be here to greet Continue Reading → The post Baboons Show Us How to be Peaceful Primates appeared first on Ahh The Simple Life.
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    Wan of a Kind

  • 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…
  • All I needed to know about Kindness, I learned from my Mother

    William Wan
    29 Apr 2014 | 1:54 am
    “You look like Grandma,” exclaimed my niece. We were visiting mother’s niche at the columbarium. My sister and I and members of our family make it an annual ritual to do so around this time – between Easter and Mother’s Day.Yes, I do look like my mother, and I hope I am as kind and gracious as she was. May I share with you some of the lessons on kindness and graciousness I learnt from her.“Always be respectful – know your place,” I can hear her saying in Teochew. Recently, Prof Tommy Koh, who taught me Criminal Justice when I was a final year law student, introduced me at a…
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    Singapore Kindness Movement

  • 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…
  • WRITE FOR KINDNESS 2014 – Cover Sheet + Book Template

    SKM
    14 Jul 2014 | 1:57 am
    Dear Participants, Here is the book template (download here) which will help you to craft your book. Your final book should follow the book template. Don’t forget to attach your cover sheet (download here) and deed of assignment (download here) to your submission. You may mail in or submit the following by hand no later than 29 August 2014, 5.30pm. For any queries, please contact Rachel Lum (rachel@kindness.sg). Good Luck!
  • ‘Us and them’ drags us down

    SKM
    13 Jul 2014 | 6:12 pm
    A GRACIOUSNESS mirror was held up to Singaporeans, and they did not look too good. One factor contributing to this low grade is the attitude towards foreigners residing here. On the issue of “accepting foreign residents”, Singaporeans scored a mean of just 5.2 out of 10 in the latest Graciousness Index. Some 1,666 residents were polled, of which 62 per cent are Singapore citizens. Sociologist Paulin Straughan noted that “when things get rough and tough in Singapore, it is easy to blame the outsider”. This sentiment is shared by Christine Leong, who has noticed just how…
 
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    Live With Soul

  • 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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    Volunteer Management Blog - Service, Lead, Inspire

  • 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…
  • Service Spotlight with Kansas Association for Youth

    27 Jun 2014 | 9:17 am
    "The great thing about KAY is that every student can join and in turn see how easy it is to make a difference in the lives of others.” Written by: Samantha Harms Across the state of Kansas, 149 schools are participating in an youth movement, where the next generation of midwest Americans are accepting their social duties to society with open arms. The Kansas Association for Youth is unique program that’s all about providing students an opportunity to not only “assume their citizenship responsibilities,” but to also “enrich their personalities through well-organized programs,…
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