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  • Which is better: structure or flow?

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    Britt Bravo
    18 Feb 2015 | 7:53 am
    Neither.You need both.If you think of yourself as a creative, visionary, intuitive and/or spiritual person, you might feel more comfortable with moving towards your big vision by "going with the flow." It allows you to come up with amazing ideas, have big aha's, experience incredible synchronicities, create prolifically, and feel connected to something greater than yourself.Going with the flow can also make you feel confused, overwhelmed by possibilities, disorganized and like you're going around and around in circles rather than towards your big vision.Maybe you're naturally a more…
  • Healthy Handwashing

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    Amanda
    18 Feb 2015 | 2:35 pm
    A recent article published by WebMD reported 80% of infectious diseases are transmitted by touch. Good handwashing, then, is still one of the best ways to avoid getting sick. We all know we’re supposed to wash our hands, right? But how often do we skip it? In 2013, researchers at Michigan State University conducted an undercover study to see how many people actually washed their hands before leaving a public bathroom. What they found was … kind of gross. While only 7 percent of women and 15 percent of men skipped washing their hands all together, a whopping 95 percent of people didn’t…
  • In Memoriam: Marshall Rosenberg

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    26 Feb 2015 | 1:00 am
    Psychologist Marshall Rosenberg died on Saturday, February 7th. Rosenberg was the creator of Nonviolent Communication and the founder and director of educational services for the Center for Nonviolent Communication. He was 80 years old. Marshall Rosenberg dedicated his life to the study and practice of the conditions that bring about peace. As a consequence, he knew well the critical, sometimes life-saving importance of emotionally-intelligent, awareness-based communication. Dr. Rosenberg drew on his own painful experiences in racially-divided Detroit and his training in psychology to develop…
  • Teachers Ensure Poor Kids are Fed on Snow Days With No Free School Lunch

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    1 Mar 2015 | 7:49 am
      When snowstorms canceled schools for a full week around Cincinnati, Ohio, it meant a week of empty stomachs for many low-income kids who rely on free school lunches. But on Friday, teachers and volunteers across the region pitched in to help. Principal Kyle Niederman rallied two dozen teachers and The post Teachers Ensure Poor Kids are Fed on Snow Days With No Free School Lunch appeared first on The Good News Network.
  • Granddad Walks 35 Miles To Work Every Day To Support Sick Wife And Grandson

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    2 Mar 2015 | 9:15 am
    To support his ailing wife and earn a paycheck, a 61-year-old Iowa man sometimes walks 35 miles to his job as an overnight janitor. Steve Simoff told the Des Moines Register that he leaves his basement apartment in a small town by the Missouri border by 3:30 p.m. to get to the Lakeside Hotel and Casino in Osceola where he works for $9.07 per hour; his shift starts at 11 p.m. His wife suffered a stroke nine years ago and some days there just isn't enough money to put gas in the couple's 2002 minivan. Moving closer to his job would likely mean paying more than he now does in monthly rent --…
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  • Which is better: structure or flow?

    Britt Bravo
    18 Feb 2015 | 7:53 am
    Neither.You need both.If you think of yourself as a creative, visionary, intuitive and/or spiritual person, you might feel more comfortable with moving towards your big vision by "going with the flow." It allows you to come up with amazing ideas, have big aha's, experience incredible synchronicities, create prolifically, and feel connected to something greater than yourself.Going with the flow can also make you feel confused, overwhelmed by possibilities, disorganized and like you're going around and around in circles rather than towards your big vision.Maybe you're naturally a more…
  • How do I find time to ___________?

    Britt Bravo
    10 Feb 2015 | 8:27 am
    Many of us feel time-crunched. Like we need more spaciousness in our lives for all kinds of things, including working on our big vision.Now sometimes, "I don't have enough time," can really mean, "I'm exhausted and need more sleep," or "I'm afraid," or "I don't want to fail," or "I don't want to have to make a decision and focus on one project." But when time is truly the issue, we have two choices:1. Eliminate some of the things that have been taking up the space we need to create.2. Adapt to the space we have and embrace our limits. For example, let's say you were hoping to sit down at…
  • One question for you

    Britt Bravo
    2 Feb 2015 | 7:05 pm
    As I make some changes to my business, Big Vision Consulting, I want to know:What challenges are you facing around your big vision for your work in the world?Some normal obstacles that come up when you are pursuing your dreams are:Lack of clarity around your vision. Haziness around the required action steps to reach it. Fear of failure. Lack of time, money, skills, energy, or other resources.I would be honored if you would share the challenges you're experiencing as you work towards your big vision either in the comments of this post, or on this anonymous form.Thank you!Photo of…
  • How have you navigated directionless times in your life?

    Britt Bravo
    31 Jan 2015 | 8:41 am
    When we are pursuing our big visions there will be times when our path becomes obscured.In Cheryl Strayed's, Wild, which I just finished reading, most of the time she knows where she is on the Pacific Crest Trail (PCT) and where she wants to be at the end of her 1,100 mile hike. But sometimes, like when she hikes through snow, she doesn't know if she is on the PCT, or if she is lost. She has to consult her guidebook, look for signs, ask for help from strangers, and trust her instincts to find her way.When I graduated from college, I really didn't know what I wanted to do next. I had a degree…
  • Life is a long experiment that includes successes and failures

    Britt Bravo
    26 Jan 2015 | 8:55 pm
    At the beginning of this year, 47% of Americans made a New Year’s resolution. Only 8% of us will keep it. But maybe that isn’t a bad thing as long as we:Take the time to reflect on why we didn’t keep it.Look at it as one “experiment” in a long process.Last weekend, I saw two movies, Birdman and Particle Fever, that portrayed very different attitudes towards success and failure. Without giving too much away about each movie, in Birdman, the former star of a comic book hero movie franchise tries desperately to regain his former success by writing, directing and starring in his…
 
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  • Healthy Handwashing

    Amanda
    18 Feb 2015 | 2:35 pm
    A recent article published by WebMD reported 80% of infectious diseases are transmitted by touch. Good handwashing, then, is still one of the best ways to avoid getting sick. We all know we’re supposed to wash our hands, right? But how often do we skip it? In 2013, researchers at Michigan State University conducted an undercover study to see how many people actually washed their hands before leaving a public bathroom. What they found was … kind of gross. While only 7 percent of women and 15 percent of men skipped washing their hands all together, a whopping 95 percent of people didn’t…
  • Halloween Candy: What you need to know before you shop.

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    13 Oct 2014 | 1:11 pm
    Spooked at the thought of shopping for Halloween candy? GoodGuide can help. Are all those super-sized bags of miniature chocolates, rolls of sweet tarts, sacks of candy corn, and lollypops by the dozen taunting you in the supermarket aisles? Us too. If the sheer number of choices isn’t enough to make your eyes glaze over, then the minuscule list of cryptic ingredients certainly is: Sugar, Corn Syrup, Hydrogenated Palm Kernel Oil; Citric Acid, Tapioca Dextrin, Modified Corn Starch, Natural and Artificial Flavors, Colors (Red 40 Lake, Titanium Dioxide, Blue 2 Lake)… Don’t despair.
  • Behind the Ratings: Labor Rights

    GoodGuide
    1 Sep 2014 | 11:48 am
    Here at GoodGuide, it’s our goal to give you meaningful information about the health, environmental and societal impacts of products and companies so that you can vote with your dollars by making purchases that reflect your personal values. The GoodGuide rating — now available for more than 220,000 everyday products – is made up of data from over 1,000 different sources, including scientific institutions, governmental agencies, commercial data aggregators, non-governmental organizations, media outlets and corporations. Once collected, our scientists apply rigorous methodologies…
  • Sneak Peek: the new GoodGuide.com

    GoodGuide
    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…
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  • In Memoriam: Marshall Rosenberg

    Greater Good
    26 Feb 2015 | 1:00 am
    Psychologist Marshall Rosenberg died on Saturday, February 7th. Rosenberg was the creator of Nonviolent Communication and the founder and director of educational services for the Center for Nonviolent Communication. He was 80 years old. Marshall Rosenberg dedicated his life to the study and practice of the conditions that bring about peace. As a consequence, he knew well the critical, sometimes life-saving importance of emotionally-intelligent, awareness-based communication. Dr. Rosenberg drew on his own painful experiences in racially-divided Detroit and his training in psychology to develop…
  • What Makes a Great Workplace?

    Greater Good
    25 Feb 2015 | 7:11 am
    Many of my friends really dread their jobs. They complain about employers who treat them like machinery—there to churn out whatever is required of them, regardless of the cost to their motivation, creativity or personal health. Their bosses seem to expect that they work long hours and stay glued to cell phones at night, but then show little appreciation or, worse, micromanage them. No one likes it; but what alternatives are there when employers have deadlines to meet or products to develop? Plenty, according to psychologist Ron Friedman in his new book, The Best Place to Work: The Art and…
  • How a Challenging Past Can Lead to a Happier Present

    Greater Good
    23 Feb 2015 | 1:00 am
    “That which does not kill us outright makes us stronger,” wrote Friedrich Nietzsche more than 100 years ago. As a psychotherapist for 20 years, I’ve seen clients bear this out many times. “I wasn’t sure how I was going to get through my divorce without losing my sanity,” my client Karen told me just last week, “but looking back now, I realize I was much stronger than I thought, and I know that I’m much stronger now. Whatever curveball comes next, I know I can trust myself to handle it.” Researchers call this “post-traumatic growth”; a 2010 study published in the Journal…
  • How to Build Trust in Schools

    Greater Good
    19 Feb 2015 | 9:10 am
    Sometimes I scratch my head when I read about the government’s efforts to improve schools: new standards and tests that have to be implemented immediately, punitive teacher evaluations, and threats of school closures and job losses. All methods that I’m sure have the school employees’ amygdalae firing off 24/7, not to mention the students’. Instead of incapacitating people’s ability to problem-solve or try new ideas—which is what fear does to us—research on school reform strongly suggests that policy-makers should be encouraging school leaders to take a more humane approach. In…
  • The Spiritual Edge: The key to happiness? It’s in the science

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    18 Feb 2015 | 10:18 am
 
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  • Teachers Ensure Poor Kids are Fed on Snow Days With No Free School Lunch

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    1 Mar 2015 | 7:49 am
      When snowstorms canceled schools for a full week around Cincinnati, Ohio, it meant a week of empty stomachs for many low-income kids who rely on free school lunches. But on Friday, teachers and volunteers across the region pitched in to help. Principal Kyle Niederman rallied two dozen teachers and The post Teachers Ensure Poor Kids are Fed on Snow Days With No Free School Lunch appeared first on The Good News Network.
  • Solar Power in the UK Almost Doubled in 2014

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    1 Mar 2015 | 7:10 am
    Solar power in the UK almost doubled in 2014, with total installations on homes, businesses, and even bridges, surpassing 650,000, according to year end figures from the Department of Energy and Climate Change. The almost five gigawatts of solar photovoltaic panels now is enough to supply the equivalent of 1.5 The post Solar Power in the UK Almost Doubled in 2014 appeared first on The Good News Network.
  • Good News in History, March 1

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    1 Mar 2015 | 2:00 am
    Today marks the 450th anniversary of Rio de Janeiro. The Brazilian city kicks off a month-long celebration with more than 200 planned events ranging from free concerts and art openings, to marathons and a giant 450-meter birthday cake cut by the mayor and distributed this morning. (1565) MORE Good News The post Good News in History, March 1 appeared first on The Good News Network.
  • Australian Researchers Discover New Treatment Options for Pancreatic Cancer

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    28 Feb 2015 | 4:58 pm
    An international project assisted by researchers from The University of Western Australia has offered new hope to patients with pancreatic cancer. While many advances have been made in other types of cancer, pancreatic cancer remains largely incurable, with survival rates less than five per cent five years after diagnosis. The The post Australian Researchers Discover New Treatment Options for Pancreatic Cancer appeared first on The Good News Network.
  • Baby Tortoises Born on Galapagos Island for First Time in 100 Years

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    28 Feb 2015 | 2:14 pm
    During a December survey of giant tortoises on one Galapagos island, conservationists found evidence of the first hatchlings born in the wild in over a century. The exciting find of ten baby tortoises was the direct result of a rat eradication campaign completed two years ago on Pinzón, when helicopters The post Baby Tortoises Born on Galapagos Island for First Time in 100 Years appeared first on The Good News Network.
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  • Granddad Walks 35 Miles To Work Every Day To Support Sick Wife And Grandson

    2 Mar 2015 | 9:15 am
    To support his ailing wife and earn a paycheck, a 61-year-old Iowa man sometimes walks 35 miles to his job as an overnight janitor. Steve Simoff told the Des Moines Register that he leaves his basement apartment in a small town by the Missouri border by 3:30 p.m. to get to the Lakeside Hotel and Casino in Osceola where he works for $9.07 per hour; his shift starts at 11 p.m. His wife suffered a stroke nine years ago and some days there just isn't enough money to put gas in the couple's 2002 minivan. Moving closer to his job would likely mean paying more than he now does in monthly rent --…
  • Inspired Like You: Luc Is Laughing His Way Through The Pain

    2 Mar 2015 | 9:12 am
    Luc, 14, has such a severe gastrointestinal disease that his doctors had to remove his colon. But his sharp sense of humor is helping him cope—and raise awareness. by Luc Hyman as told to Jane Bianchi Imagine having to down more than 40 pills every day and never eating ice cream or cake or burritos (in my opinion, the best food of all time!). And when your friends want to grab some pizza, there is nothing for you to eat. Even broccoli is off-limits. Welcome to my life! You see, in the spring of 2012, I got really sick and felt exhausted, and I spent almost a whole month in the hospital…
  • Mister Rogers Can Still Make Us Feel Better, Even 12 Years After His Death

    2 Mar 2015 | 8:56 am
    Mister Rogers can still make us feel better. On the 12th anniversary of Fred Rogers' death Friday, the Fred Rogers Company posted a poignant video message from the "Mister Rogers' Neighborhood" host. In the clip, Rogers sits at a piano and addresses all of his neighbors, young and old. He talks about the importance of expressing feelings, how proud he is of all of us, and finally, he utters words many of us want to hear: "I would like to tell you what I often told you when you were much younger: I like you just the way you are." According to the website, PBS originally aired the segment a…
  • Motherhood, Friendship and Swimming in the Weeds

    2 Mar 2015 | 8:51 am
    In the middle of January, one of my dearest friends sent me an email saying that she had a New Year's resolution in mind and it directly involved me. I was intrigued, but didn't spend a lot of time thinking about it. I don't do resolutions, after all. I forgot all about the joint "resolution" until February 2, when my friend emailed me again to tell me that her proposed resolution was to spend one month writing -- to each other. Not the chit-chatty emails or texts that we are used to, but real writing. Each day for the month of February, she proposed, she would write to me. I could respond,…
  • Retirement Community Seniors Recreate Famous Hollywood Scenes For Calendar

    2 Mar 2015 | 8:44 am
    You've never seen Hollywood quite like this before. Imagine Ron, Harry and Hermione at retirement age. Hagrid on a mobility scooter. Luke Skywalker and Princess Leia a little wrinkled. Baby and Johnny after decades of dancing. That's what a group of seniors living in Henley Wood Retirement Village in Milton Keynes, England dreamed up for their 2015 charity calendar. The residents, aged 64 to 93, dressed up as their favorite movie characters from Holly Golightly in "Breakfast at Tiffany's" to the cast of "The Wizard of Oz" and spent six weeks perfecting their poses in front of a green screen,…
 
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  • Turn On, Tune In, Drop Out

    Dave Pollard
    7 Feb 2015 | 8:01 pm
    wallpaper from psp.88000.org Marshall McLuhan had the right idea about striving to be present in a world that is ever-more absent, preoccupied, disconnected, and distracted. The process to move from absent-mindedness to presence, I am learning, involves three steps, and they are captured perfectly in the famous expression Turn On, Tune In, Drop Out (the expression was popularized by Timothy Leary, but at least according to Wikipedia he acknowledged that it was coined by McLuhan) Turn On means let go of the myth of self and reconnect with and be carried along as part of the staggeringly…
  • Links of the Month: January 29, 2015

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

    Dave Pollard
    27 Jan 2015 | 8:13 pm
    My latest article, Technology’s False Hope, is up at SHIFT magazine as part of its seventh edition. Check out the whole magazine! And if you like what you read, or prefer to read hard copy, please get this issue as a digital download (beautiful magazine layout) or sign up for an annual subscription (6 issues). Here’s the beginning of the article: Only a decade ago, I was part of the Strategy and Innovation Core Team for a huge multinational consultancy, and writing exuberantly on my (then-new) blog about innovation and technology and how they could possibly save the world. The…
  • The Only Way There

    Dave Pollard
    25 Jan 2015 | 11:11 pm
    dave’s model “So I had this idea to prepare a Personal Resilience Plan for 2015″, Rafe said, playing with Jag the cat. “You know, using Dave’s model. What could I do this year that would be self-awareness building, healing, liberating, resilience-modelling, loving, community-building, and community-serving. Seems more grounded, more sensible than New Year’s resolutions.” “A grounded Rafe”, replied Daria, looking over her shoulder from where she stood making vegan pizza. “Not sure I could get used to that. I fell in love with the…
  • A Gift Circle: Our Amazing Experience

    Dave Pollard
    16 Dec 2014 | 12:12 pm
    Gift circles (not to be confused with “gifting circles”, a pyramid scheme that involves giving someone a large sum of money) have been around for a few years. I am familiar with them from my visits to Eugene, Oregon, where Tree and her colleagues have organized them for some time. I actually like the Eugene variant of the gift circle process, and when I described it to my Bowen in Transition colleagues they encouraged me to try leading one on our island. We did this a couple of weeks ago, and it was a remarkable success. Here’s the process we used: 1. Start with a potluck supper. 2.
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  • Winning The Lottery Of Life

    Gail Lynne Goodwin
    2 Mar 2015 | 12:02 am
    I’m in Las Vegas for a few days, taking a speaker’s training workshop with the incomparable, Les Brown. As I was walking to our conference room this morning, I had to walk through the casino. I’m not a gambler, rarely walk through casinos, and I felt like I was experiencing sensory overload on this short walk. There were slot machines everywhere, and at each, someone was already aimlessly feeding its voracious appetite. The vast majority of the folks there were over 70, obese, smoking, drinking (in the morning!) and looked haggard and defeated by life. Perhaps they’d been gambling…
  • How To Work With Your New Year’s Intentions

    Mary O'Malley
    5 Jan 2015 | 12:02 am
    Here we are again, at the time of year when we are invited to change our lives by making New Year’s resolutions.  So we set goals, but after the first few weeks they begin to fade.  Why does that happen?  Because healing does not come from trying to make yourself or your life into what you think it should be.  In fact, whatever you want to get rid of you actually empower (and if you look closely, you will see most of your goals are about getting rid of something you don’t like so you can get to what you perceive as the good stuff).  You may say you are going to go on a diet…
  • Use Your New Year Wisely

    Gail Lynne Goodwin
    1 Jan 2015 | 12:02 am
    This New Year gives us the gift of more than 525,600 minutes. Many of us say we “don’t have enough time”, but for this next year, as with all other ones, we all get the same amount of time- about 525,600 minutes. What we do with the gift of these minutes determines the quality of our life, the level of our happiness, the value of the memories we create and the difference we can make in the world. Our lives are determined by how we choose to live our 525,000 minutes each year. Minutes spent stressed or worrying are wasted. Fear not only kills our dreams, it also diminishes…
  • Merry Christmas!

    Gail Lynne Goodwin
    25 Dec 2014 | 12:02 am
    On this beautiful Christmas Eve, I’d like to share a small gift with you. This is my very favorite Christmas carol, Silent Night. This version was recorded by my daughter, Carly, a few years ago on her holiday CD. I’m happy to share it with you, in the hopes that it brings the spirit of Christmas into your home this Christmas Eve. Turn down the lights, light a candle, turn up your speakers, close your eyes and just listen. Soak it in. I hope it touches your heart as you have touched mine. Our Christmas wish for you…. May you be surrounded by those you love and make the time…
  • How To Let Your Brilliant Being Shine

    Mary O'Malley
    8 Dec 2014 | 12:02 am
    I recently came across one of my favorite poems, My Brilliant Image, by the fourteenth century Persian Poet, Hafiz: One day the sun admitted, I am just a shadow. I wish I could show you The Infinite Incandescence That has cast my brilliant image! I wish I could show you, When you are lonely or in darkness, The astonishing Light Of your own Being! Hafiz is telling us that the astonishing light, the brilliance of our own being, is already with us.  We are filled with great light that permeates everything.    Brian Swimme, Evolutionary Philosopher and Co-Collaborator of the documentary film,…
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  • Lychees and the Fanohana cooperative

    Emeka Okafor
    2 Mar 2015 | 3:00 am
    Over at Spore: image via EthiquableRestructuring the Malagasy lychee sectorAnnual lychee production in Madagascar is presently estimated at 80,000 to 100,000 t. The initial strategy was to boost volumes, but this resulted in a decline in fruit quality. Then in 2010/11 shockwaves rippled throughout the sector when Germany suspended imports after sulphur residues on lychees were found to be above the threshold allowed by European regulations. This led to a complete overhaul of the Malagasy lychee production sector, and an extensive certification programme was initiated. Only a few exporters had…
  • Data Security Is Becoming the Sparkle in Bitcoin

    Emeka Okafor
    1 Mar 2015 | 5:35 pm
    Sydney Ember in the NYTimes: Entrepreneurs worldwide are now working to harness that technology for use beyond Bitcoin transactions. The block chain, they say, could ultimately upend not only the traditional financial system but also the way people transfer and record financial assets like stocks, contracts, property titles, patents and marriage licenses — essentially anything that requires a trusted middleman for verification...[continue reading]
  • Melons by the million

    Emeka Okafor
    1 Mar 2015 | 5:09 pm
    From the New Agriculturist: picture credit: © Green Shoots ProductionsSenegal is the latest to join Morocco, Guadeloupe and Spain in supplying fragrant, orange-fleshed Charantes melon to European consumers. Ideal climatic conditions, abundant fresh water and available labour make northern Senegal perfect for melon-growing...[more here]
  • Building with "Eban Aya" A Design/Construction strategy

    Emeka Okafor
    1 Mar 2015 | 4:00 am
    In Design Boom: as an entry to a mud house building competition, senegalese practice atelier koe has developed the eban aya more as a design/construction strategy rather than a static structure. by developing quickly renewable building materials- such as cultivating a bamboo garden that rapidly regenerates strong resilient stalks- the design process becomes a continuous mechanism that empowers citizens to build their homes and communities in phases based on the owner’s capabilities. the primary shell is composed of a compressed earth construction that provides natural thermal and acoustic…
  • Angani - A cloud infrastructure company

    Emeka Okafor
    28 Feb 2015 | 3:00 am
    In Disrupt Africa: Kenyan cloud startup Angani has closed a seed funding rounding, with the venture planning to take the East African cloud market by the end of 2015. The funding round was led by Invested Development, with participation from Africa’s Talking, Savannah Fund, and Africa Angels Network. The value of the funding has not been disclosed. Angani is the first East African fully automated public cloud infrastructure company; with the startup focusing primarily on the small- and medium-sized enterprise (SME) market, as well as the financial services and media industries.More here
 
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  • Bold in Action: Stepping up to the Challenge

    Janna Oberdorf
    2 Mar 2015 | 7:48 am
    This month, in honor of Women’s History Month and International Women’s Day, we’re celebrating amazing female social entrepreneurs who are solving some of the world’s biggest problems.  From local leaders to global champions, these Echoing Green Fellows are cracking glass ceilings and changing society for the better by putting their big, bold ideas into action. This year also marks the 20th anniversary of the Beijing Conference on Women, where global leaders envisioned a world where gender equality is a reality for every woman and girl, and it’s a moment to stop and honor the women…
  • #EGFellows Making Headlines February 2015

    Echoing Green
    27 Feb 2015 | 8:32 am
    Last month, we kicked off our Bold in Action series to showcase the commitment to #BigBoldChange among members of our Fellow community. These leaders are forming new pathways to making the world more just, and each Monday, we eagerly anticipate being inspired by their stories. Every week, meet audacious problem solvers like Glenn Martin, Fagan Harris, Marquis Taylor, Kalimah Priforce,  Laura Weidman-Powers, and Momo Akade, founder of Gigabryte, who says “I always wanted to transform learning. I always wanted to make sure that kids everywhere had access to the educational opportunities…
  • Social Impact Jobs February 2015

    Lara Galinsky
    25 Feb 2015 | 7:57 am
    Photo courtesy of  One Acre Fund Whenever I am confronting a difficult work decision or looking at new opportunities, I turn to my mentors and trusted advisors. Having a "cabinet" of friends, allies, and supporters is essential when you are trying to explore what's right for you and what's good for the world. It's a safe space to bounce ideas, test your thoughts, and get honest feedback. A few weeks ago, we took this concept to a new level and convened some of my personal heroes in the purpose field for Purpose360, the world’s first multi-sector convening to map what we believe to be the…
  • Bold in Action: Opening the Doors of Prison Reform

    Nitasha Maindiratta
    23 Feb 2015 | 7:18 am
    “When I left those folks behind, I promised myself that one day, I would do my best to circle back and help Americans understand the impact of its current policies.” Meet 2014 Echoing Green Black Male Achievement Fellow Glenn Martin, founder of JustLeadershipUSA. After witnessing the criminal justice system first hand, Glenn vowed to cut the number of imprisoned individuals in half by 2030 and increase the voice of those directly impacted by crime and incarceration. Learn more about Glenn, Echoing Green’s Black Male Achievement Fellowship, and the Campaign for Black Male Achievement.
  • 2015 Echoing Green Fellowships Semi-Finalists

    Echoing Green
    19 Feb 2015 | 9:32 am
    Sometimes it’s hard to tell the difference between trendy and a trend. But as a seed investor in innovative social change, we have nearly thirty years of experience in spotting trends just as they’re starting to grow. We may only be two months into 2015, but we think it’s never too early to place your bets – and we’ve already got our eye on who’s next and what’s next for social change. This year we received thousands of applications for Echoing Green’s Fellowship program. The 432 2015 Echoing Green Fellowship Semi-Finalist organizations (congrats everyone!) showcase the…
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  • EarthTalk: Microbeads and Marine Pollution

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

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

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

    Christine Escobar
    14 Oct 2014 | 3:21 pm
    The Chicago Park District has won the Gold Medal for excellence in parks and recreation management. According to a news release today from the park district's website, "Agencies were judged on their ability to address the needs of those they serve through the collective energies of citizens, staff and elected officials." The Gold Medal Award honors communities throughout the United States that demonstrate excellence in long-range planning, resource management, and agency recognition. The Chicago Park District is the first urban park district to win the prestigious award.
  • Swapadventure Makes Trading Hand-me-downs Simple

    Christine Escobar
    7 Oct 2014 | 9:00 am
    Two women from Mount Prospect have started a popular new way for parents to recycle gently used children's clothing and equipment and adult clothing and accessories, while helping families find items they need for free. Swapadventure, now celebrating its 1st anniversary, is the creation of Angelika Babich and Maggie Pawelko. Each is a mom to three children under the age of 10. The pair organize free swapping events at Chicago area businesses twice a month. The only admission to each event is one shopping bag of items no longer needed to be added to the items for swapping. There is no…
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  • ANNOUNCING A NEW INVESTMENT, FIRST ACCESS

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

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

    Sasha Dichter
    12 Feb 2015 | 7:33 am
    One of the most interesting questions we’re grappling with right now on the Impact team at Acumen is how to develop a more robust, rigorous, and transparent form of quantifying the social value our companies create. While I don’t believe we will ever fully understand all the social value created – and while there will always be room for debate and interpretation – I do think today we have the tools to get a lot closer to customers and hear how they value products. And if we can figure this out in a clear and compelling enough way, I believe that would open the door to creating a…
  • Unilever, Acumen and the Clinton Giustra Enterprise Partnership announce USD $10 million Clinton Global Initiative Commitment to Action to support smallholder farmers

    Acumen
    10 Feb 2015 | 1:10 pm
    New “Enhanced Livelihoods Investment Initiative” to catalyze economic growth in low-income communities February 10, 2015 (New York, NY) – Unilever, Acumen and the Clinton Giustra Enterprise Partnership, an initiative of the Clinton Foundation, have launched a landmark Clinton Global Initiative (CGI) Commitment to Action called the Enhanced Livelihoods Investment Initiative (ELII) to improve the livelihoods of as many as 300,000 smallholder farmers and their communities in Africa, South Asia, Latin America, and the Caribbean. President Bill Clinton and Frank Giustra, Co-Founders of the…
  • ANNOUNCING THE 2015 INDIA FELLOWS

    Acumen
    9 Feb 2015 | 3:28 pm
    Acumen is proud to announce the selection of our second cohort of India Fellows. After a competitive application process, we’ve chosen a diverse group of 20 leaders working in 13 states. This year’s Fellows are fighting poverty and changing lives across India through unique initiatives that range from providing affordable menstrual hygiene products to marginalized women, to making quality education available to children in conflict zones, to designing innovative sanitation solutions for the urban poor, and more. Read more about each Fellow and their inspiring work below. Madhukar Banuri…
 
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  • Back to lending to Julia's

    Julia
    25 Feb 2015 | 8:11 pm
    I could not find any loans in the lender statistics, I've leant to all the microlenders, in all fields, etc.  Or as many as I could.So I'm back to lending to Julia's. Made 2 loans today. One may not get funded, it's only at 1% and has 4 days left.I haven't been posting here 'cause I've had some personal issues and it's made me not want to do too much. Life gets in the way. I got hurt and wanted to crawl into my shell for a bit.I hope I'm back.
  • Kiva zip - loans to California

    Julia
    12 Jan 2015 | 7:52 pm
    I made 3 loans today to people in California through the kiva zip program.
  • Kiva

    Julia
    4 Jan 2015 | 10:09 pm
    I made 10 Kiva loans today to use up credit that acculated over the holidays. One was to a new industry, the others to new microlenders. I'm still trying to get one in each category. I like completing things. And data.www.kiva.orgI want to go fly my Kiva plane. Wonder if I still have it.
  • Dinner for one

    Julia
    1 Dec 2014 | 6:09 pm
    I bought a meal today for a street person who was sitting outside Whole Foods. I got him something hot - a chicken bowl with veggies. And a drink.  Made his world a bit better today.
  • Christmas presents from local artisans

    Julia
    30 Nov 2014 | 8:49 pm
    My co-op (that just opened this year) had a crafts fair with local artisans. I decided to do all my christmas shopping there. I usually try to do it all in one place, supporting one thing. I've adopted Gorillas and given Kiva gift certificates and shopped at 10,000 villages.This year everyone is getting items from co-op members.  I had a necklace for my mom elongated and the artisan stopped by my house to deliver. How's that for personal service!
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  • SNL father-daughter ad of the month

    Chris Blattman
    2 Mar 2015 | 8:06 am
    The post SNL father-daughter ad of the month appeared first on Chris Blattman.
  • Links I liked

    Chris Blattman
    2 Mar 2015 | 6:59 am
    How to be efficient and, as usual, all the other links fro David McKenzie Median wealth in the USA? $134k if white, $11k if black. Facebook makes you envious and sad Children’s books have 50% more rare words written in them than words in the average adult prime-time television show Knausgaard goes to Newfoundland. Then America: “So your idea is to drive across America and write about it without talking to a single American?” “Yes,” I said. “That’ll be a challenge,” he said. “I know,” I said. The post Links I liked appeared first on Chris Blattman.
  • White people are ex-pats and black people are immigrants?

    Chris Blattman
    1 Mar 2015 | 6:02 am
    According to Wikidpedia, “An expatriate (often shortened to expat) is a person temporarily or permanently residing in a country other than that of the person’s upbringing. The word comes from the Latin terms ex (“out of”) and patria (“country, fatherland”).” Defined that way, you should expect any person going to work outside of his or her country for a period of time would be an expat regardless of his skin color, country, etc. That is not the case in reality: expat is a term reserved exclusively for western White people going to work abroad. Africans are immigrants. Arabs are…
  • Unjust justice

    Chris Blattman
    27 Feb 2015 | 7:23 am
    Do wronged and outraged people displace their revenge against innocent third parties? Yes, but it depends on how similar the third parties are to the person who committed the injustice. Three experiments: The first involved hypothetical scenarios; the second had subjects recall a time they had felt wronged and then speculate about how they would feel if they had a chance get revenge on various third parties. In the third experiment, real-life victims could choose to exact revenge on innocent, real third parties. Students were manipulated into believing that their partners in a puzzle-solving…
  • The cult of community development

    Chris Blattman
    27 Feb 2015 | 6:54 am
    In the conventional story, development is a field dominated by “modernizers,” whose hubristic efforts result in catastrophic consequences for those they were designed to benefit: think everything from hydraulic dams that displace thousands of residents to agricultural rationing that leads to famine. But community development—“development without modernization,” in the words of one of its advocates—was just as central as modernization to mid-century development strategies. The automatic moral outrage inherent in what Immerwahr calls the “Modernization Comes to Town” story has…
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  • Helping Launch the NetGain Challenge

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

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

    Ethan
    24 Jan 2015 | 11:00 pm
    Five days with Global Voices leaves me feeling pretty good about the state of the world, and the shape of the internet. But the ‘net is not always a friendly place. Our post-lunch session on the closing day of our conference is “Do We Feed the Trolls?”, hosted by the estimable Jillian York, of Global Voices and the Electronic Frontier Foundation. Noemi Lardizabal-Dado, a celebrated Filipina momblogger. In 2006, she started blogging as a mother who had lost a child. In 2009, she founded blogwatch.ph, a leading Filipino citizen media site. She’s now an empty nester after…
  • Global Voices Summit: Online Crisis Reporting

    Ethan
    24 Jan 2015 | 8:03 pm
    Many of the panels at the Global Voices summit offer a global perspective on difficult reporting challenges. “When the Stakes Are High and the Story Ever Changing: Online Crisis Reporting” Moderator Lauren Finch explains that these look like simple stories to handle: they erupt, a professional or citizen reporter offers their take, and we repeat as necessary. But that’s becoming harder and harder. Governments routinely go into propaganda overdrive, and we need to unpack what’s real, what’s imagined and aspirational. A flood of citizen generated media means we can…
  • Howard French on the media’s coverage of Boko Haram massacres

    Ethan
    24 Jan 2015 | 5:33 pm
    Foreign correspondent, journalism professor and author Howard French recently weighed in on the debate about media coverage of Charlie Hebdo and the massacres in Baga with a memorable stream of tweets. French has a deep understanding of Africa in the news, as a former professor in Côte d’Ivoire and the author of two must-read books about Africa, A Continent for the Taking and China’s Second Continent, about Chinese expansion in Africa. French was reacting in part to a New York Times Public Editor note from Margaret Sullivan on the New York Times’s coverage of the two…
 
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    quoteflections

  • Occasional praise

    1 Mar 2015 | 9:00 pm
    I can  live for two months on a good compliment.  ~ Mark Twain- Who deserves a good compliment in your relationships?
  • Open or close?

    27 Feb 2015 | 9:00 pm
    The doors we open and close each day decide the lives we live.  ~ Flora Whittemore- What choices can you make to enrich your life and possibly others?
  • Finding a need

    26 Feb 2015 | 9:00 pm
    Find a need and fill it.  ~ Ruth Stafford Peale- Where could you provide a valued contribution?
  • To be human

    25 Feb 2015 | 9:00 pm
    Remember your humanity.  ~ Bertrand Russell- What are the basic humanitarian principles?
  • A fine art

    24 Feb 2015 | 9:00 pm
    All the art of living lies in a fine mingling of letting go and holding on.  ~ Henry Ellis- What is worth holding on?- What is worth letting go?
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    Gift Hub

  • Nonprofit Death Spiral - Boards Must Smarten Up

    Phil Cubeta
    2 Mar 2015 | 9:36 am
    Questions for Boards As you have become a higher performing organization, following Mario’s game plan, has your cash flow improved? Is your fundraising optimized for raising funds from high capacity people like you (Board members)? Can you recommend to your peers the fundraising interviews that your front line people deliver? Will you make the fundraising calls yourself – and if not, what has to change to make this a pleasure?  Observations  Boards expect payback for new fundraising initiatives of one-two years. (Via Penelope Burk) Improving fund development, for highest…
  • Why I am not participating in National Adjunct Walkout Day

    Phil Cubeta
    25 Feb 2015 | 12:21 pm
    "Adjuncts as contingent labor can make less than workers in Wal-Mart," I said to Tutor. "They are having a national walk out day. Should we join?" Tutor said we don't qualify since we offer Morals Consulting on a pro bono basis, without academic sponsorship, and for no credit. Also, we have no relevant credentials, or students. Plus, we already live outside. "Imagine, Tutor," I said, "Imagine that these Doctorates, supported themselves with begging, and we could mobilize them, at least those in the liberal arts, into an Army for the…
  • So tell me, is life a journey or what?

    Phil Cubeta
    24 Feb 2015 | 9:18 am
    "Tutor," I said, "did you know that Life is Journey?" He groaned, maybe because he had a hangover or something. "Yes," I said, "it says here in this Courtiers Handbook, that we and our UHNW clients are on a Journey, like The Odyssey. You know, Tutor, like Homer?" Tutor banged his head on the Dumpster wall, over and over. "Yes, Homer, that ancient poet guy? And that makes you and me Mentors to the Heirs, like an emissary of the Goddess Athena, to young Telemachus... I mean how lucky! For Telemachus and for us! Touched by the gods! Like me and…
  • The Cherry Orchard Revisited

    Phil Cubeta
    23 Feb 2015 | 9:27 am
    "The Cherry Orchard," by Chekhov, what a marvelous discussion piece for those who do family wealth consulting. Ancestral wealth, urbanity and vulgarity, rising entrepreneurial wealth and decayed aristocrats. The loyal retainer. The perpetual student. The petulant heiress. The urbane cad. What if advisors were to watch, then identify the character whose worldview is most like their own? Family/History. Time building towards the Russian revolution. And we in our dream world as Merchants of Wisdom.  Seriocomic characters of some lesser Chekhov.
  • Learning Wisdom from Two Afflictions

    Phil Cubeta
    20 Feb 2015 | 12:24 pm
    I prayed for wisdom, and the gods, sent twin afflictions, and a bill for $30,000 each, plus travel and expenses. True, at first I saw this as a cosmic joke at my expense, but now I see the wisdom in it. Next, time, it could be cancer, so I am grateful it was just two secular priests, sent to teach me the vanity of human wishes.  
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    WellnessCoach.com™

  • Jigsaw-Puzzle Wisdom for Your Health & Wellness Business

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

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

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

    Erica Ross-Krieger
    27 Apr 2012 | 1:14 pm
    “Are you interested in your own success or committed to it?”– John Assaraf When you’re interested in your own success, you dream a lot, wish a lot, hope a lot and focus on the roadblocks in your way. Thinking you’ll achieve success “someday”, you don’t even see that you’re the one actually putting up those roadblocks. When you are committed to your success, you see clearly that the roadblocks are of your own making. You breathe, simply notice what you are doing and, in that moment of witnessing, you activate what author Rick Carson calls The Zen Theory of Change in…
  • Top 10 Business Resources Every Wellness Coach Must Have

    Erica Ross-Krieger
    18 Feb 2012 | 6:51 pm
    Whether you’re building a new Wellness Coaching business this year, leading one that’s established, or restructuring and re-energizing a Wellness Coaching business that’s undergoing a makeover, the resources shown here are a must-have. By “resources”, I truly mean “sources of help.” That said, you are going to have to expend energy to obtain or create each of the “sources of help” that I’ll mention. I won’t share anything with you I haven’t put into place myself. I have each of the 10 resources below in place for my own business. Yup, it took solid effort…AND the…
 
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  • How One #OpportunityMoment Can Change a Life

    Elyse Kort
    25 Feb 2015 | 12:28 pm
    Our partners at Opportunity Nation believe that “opportunity moments” define the American Dream, but in communities across the nation not everyone gets their own opportunity moment, especially young adults. Here at the Case Foundation, we are thankful for all of the defining moments that have propelled us to where we are, both personally and professionally. […] The post How One #OpportunityMoment Can Change a Life appeared first on Case Foundation.
  • Impact Investing Spotlight: A New Kind of Investment

    Emily Yu
    24 Feb 2015 | 9:28 am
    What happens when tech industry leaders put their money behind entrepreneurship serving lower-income Indians? An opportunity to build markets and drive change for the people who need it the most in India is created. This is the latest topic on impact investing explored by the Case Foundation and Entrepreneur.com magazine in partnership with ImpactAlpha in […] The post Impact Investing Spotlight: A New Kind of Investment appeared first on Case Foundation.
  • 2015 Conferences On Our Radar

    Elyse Kort
    18 Feb 2015 | 11:02 am
    This post was written by Jade Floyd and Anna Windsor on behalf of the Case Foundation: Networking with people we admire, making new connections, and learning from organizations that inspire us: those are just a few reasons we love attending conferences and convenings in the social sector and beyond that help us advance our efforts to […] The post 2015 Conferences On Our Radar appeared first on Case Foundation.
  • Spotlight on Social Enterprises: Jigar Shah

    Elyse Kort
    17 Feb 2015 | 9:30 am
    There is an emerging giant in the energy industry, solar. One key individual who has helped to pave the way for the growing investment in solar energy and other clean-tech industries is Jigar Shah, president and co-founder of Generate Capital. Shah aims to demonstrate the huge monetary potential of investment opportunities and the impact of […] The post Spotlight on Social Enterprises: Jigar Shah appeared first on Case Foundation.
  • Spotlight on Social Enterprises: Warby Parker

    Elyse Kort
    10 Feb 2015 | 6:48 am
    As part of our weekly series on social entrepreneurship with Entrepreneur.com, in partnership with ImpactAlpha, this week’s spotlight is on Warby Parker. The maker of affordable prescription eye glasses, Warby Parker is driven by a social mission and is one of the most well recognized, respected and successful social impact companies currently in operation. If […] The post Spotlight on Social Enterprises: Warby Parker appeared first on Case Foundation.
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  • Back to lending to Julia's

    25 Feb 2015 | 8:11 pm
    I could not find any loans in the lender statistics, I've leant to all the microlenders, in all fields, etc.  Or as many as I could.So I'm back to lending to Julia's. Made 2 loans today. One may not get funded, it's only at 1% and has 4 days left.I haven't been posting here 'cause I've had some personal issues and it's made me not want to do too much. Life gets in the way. I got hurt and wanted to crawl into my shell for a bit.I hope I'm back.
  • Kiva zip - loans to California

    12 Jan 2015 | 7:52 pm
    I made 3 loans today to people in California through the kiva zip program.
  • Kiva

    4 Jan 2015 | 10:09 pm
    I made 10 Kiva loans today to use up credit that acculated over the holidays. One was to a new industry, the others to new microlenders. I'm still trying to get one in each category. I like completing things. And data.www.kiva.orgI want to go fly my Kiva plane. Wonder if I still have it.
  • Dinner for one

    1 Dec 2014 | 6:09 pm
    I bought a meal today for a street person who was sitting outside Whole Foods. I got him something hot - a chicken bowl with veggies. And a drink.  Made his world a bit better today.
  • Christmas presents from local artisans

    30 Nov 2014 | 8:49 pm
    My co-op (that just opened this year) had a crafts fair with local artisans. I decided to do all my christmas shopping there. I usually try to do it all in one place, supporting one thing. I've adopted Gorillas and given Kiva gift certificates and shopped at 10,000 villages.This year everyone is getting items from co-op members.  I had a necklace for my mom elongated and the artisan stopped by my house to deliver. How's that for personal service!
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    GoodGuide Blog

  • Healthy Handwashing

    Amanda
    18 Feb 2015 | 2:35 pm
    A recent article published by WebMD reported 80% of infectious diseases are transmitted by touch. Good handwashing, then, is still one of the best ways to avoid getting sick. We all know we’re supposed to wash our hands, right? But how often do we skip it? In 2013, researchers at Michigan State University conducted an undercover study to see how many people actually washed their hands before leaving a public bathroom. What they found was … kind of gross. While only 7 percent of women and 15 percent of men skipped washing their hands all together, a whopping 95 percent of people didn’t…
  • Halloween Candy: What you need to know before you shop.

    GoodGuide
    13 Oct 2014 | 1:11 pm
    Spooked at the thought of shopping for Halloween candy? GoodGuide can help. Are all those super-sized bags of miniature chocolates, rolls of sweet tarts, sacks of candy corn, and lollypops by the dozen taunting you in the supermarket aisles? Us too. If the sheer number of choices isn’t enough to make your eyes glaze over, then the minuscule list of cryptic ingredients certainly is: Sugar, Corn Syrup, Hydrogenated Palm Kernel Oil; Citric Acid, Tapioca Dextrin, Modified Corn Starch, Natural and Artificial Flavors, Colors (Red 40 Lake, Titanium Dioxide, Blue 2 Lake)… Don’t despair.
  • Behind the Ratings: Labor Rights

    GoodGuide
    1 Sep 2014 | 11:48 am
    Here at GoodGuide, it’s our goal to give you meaningful information about the health, environmental and societal impacts of products and companies so that you can vote with your dollars by making purchases that reflect your personal values. The GoodGuide rating — now available for more than 220,000 everyday products – is made up of data from over 1,000 different sources, including scientific institutions, governmental agencies, commercial data aggregators, non-governmental organizations, media outlets and corporations. Once collected, our scientists apply rigorous methodologies…
  • Sneak Peek: the new GoodGuide.com

    GoodGuide
    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…
 
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  • When Mental Health is the Best Investment

    Mark Hay
    28 Feb 2015 | 10:00 am
    Mental health disorders are among the most common debilitating afflictions in the world. This reality is almost certainly exacerbated in poorer countries, given a lack of mental health resources and the demonstrated linkage between poverty and the risk of developing adverse psychological conditions. Yet pervasive social stigmas about mental health still make it difficult to convince governments, businessmen, and donors to invest in campaigns for greater resources, especially in economically struggling countries. Fortunately, there may be a way to convince hardheaded people all over the world…
  • Leonard Nimoy’s “Full Body Project” Honored Real Women 

    Adam Albright-Hanna
    27 Feb 2015 | 4:35 pm
    While he will always be known as Spock, the late Leonard Nimoy was talented in many other ways that didn’t involve space travel. One of the actor’s most interesting and provocative works, for instance, is his 2007 photo collection entitled “The Full Body Project.” Featuring mostly nudes, the series celebrates female beauty by highlighting subjects that do not often conform to the tradition standards of beauty set by Hollywood. Scroll through to see some of his work, but there are a lot of naked women here so, you know, it’s pretty NSFW. (h/t: Mashable)
  • Death Rates Are Falling for Children Under 5 Years Old

    Dana Driskill
    27 Feb 2015 | 4:07 pm
    Photo via Wikimedia Commons You wouldn’t expect a science blog post entitled “What Kills Little Kids?” to inspire hope. However, the PLOS post, authored by tropical disease expert Peter Hotez and postdoctoral fellow Jennifer Herricks and examining infectious diseases most responsible for young children’s deaths, has an unexpected upside. Their analysis was based on a net dataset from the Global Burden of Disease study that was published in the January issue of Lancet. Of the 4 million deaths of children under 5 years old, half of them were caused by infectious diseases. The number…
  • Watch This Mesmerizing Painting Come to Life

    Craig Carilli
    27 Feb 2015 | 3:25 pm
    Artist Holton Rower has created some unbelievable works of art by pouring paint over plywood boxes. This video captures the mind-bending aesthetic he creates in a very cool way. Once the video starts it’s impossible not to get lost in the flowing paint. Share this on Facebook?
  • This is Why Sunglasses Are Ridiculously Expensive

    Gabriel Reilich
    27 Feb 2015 | 3:15 pm
    From manufacturing to retail to vision care, 60 Minutes explains how one company took over the eyewear market.  Never Miss a Great Video, Subscribe to GOOD on YouTube: CLICK HERE
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  • How Nespresso Supports Local Farmers to Business Success

    3BL Media
    28 Feb 2015 | 8:32 am
    Nespresso CEO Jean-Marc Duvoisin is well aware that the success of his business depends on the success of local farmers. Through that connection, Nespresso—a brand of shared value pioneer Nestlé—creates [...] The post How Nespresso Supports Local Farmers to Business Success appeared first on SocialEarth.
  • Jared Leto Named WWF Global Ambassador to Focus on Wildlife Crime

    Sangeeta Haindl
    27 Feb 2015 | 10:05 am
    This is a news story that probably didn’t make most of the global headlines, but is a story that has consequences for us all: Australia has lost one in ten [...] The post Jared Leto Named WWF Global Ambassador to Focus on Wildlife Crime appeared first on SocialEarth.
  • The Nestlé Creating Shared Value Prize — Final Call for Nominations

    Vikas Vij
    26 Feb 2015 | 4:02 am
    Every two years, Nestlé awards the Creating Shared Value Prize to help scale up or replicate business-oriented initiatives that address challenges in nutrition, water or rural development. The competition is open [...] The post The Nestlé Creating Shared Value Prize — Final Call for Nominations appeared first on SocialEarth.
  • Measure What Matters Most: Testing The B Corp Handbook, Part Two

    Julie Fahnestock
    25 Feb 2015 | 5:58 am
    It was one of the happiest days in my new company B Storytelling’s business history: a certified letter from Tallahassee was waiting for me in the mailbox. B Storytelling now [...] The post Measure What Matters Most: Testing The B Corp Handbook, Part Two appeared first on SocialEarth.
  • Upcoming Twitter Series: #HerDay2015 Help Change the World by Investing in Women and Girls

    Greg
    24 Feb 2015 | 10:11 am
    Mark Your Calendars! Join us for a discussion on Twitter with Global Impact and their charity partners March 2nd – March 13th #HerDay2015 Women and girls are often the faces [...] The post Upcoming Twitter Series: #HerDay2015 Help Change the World by Investing in Women and Girls appeared first on SocialEarth.
 
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  • Good Society in India

    Sasha
    21 Feb 2015 | 8:58 am
    I’m in India this week, and today I had the pleasure, and challenge, of facilitating a selection of “Good Society” readings with the Acumen India Fellows. The opportunity to take a step back and be reminded of the words and deeds of the great thinkers and activists throughout history is a rare one, and I thought I’d share some of my favorite excerpts from these readings. While these excerpts lose some of their richness when taken out of context, I hope they serve to remind you, as they do me, of the great thinkers we have in our corner as we work to build a future of greater rights…
  • Your Point of View

    Sasha
    12 Feb 2015 | 2:00 am
    If you’ve made the decision to put your own stories – blogs, videos, articles, poetry, spoken word, email campaigns, multimedia, whatever – into the world, there are two different kinds of gaps you can fill. You can be on the lookout for untold stories and uncover them, becoming, over time, great at picking stories worth telling, the kind of information you’re able to uncover and the narrative that brings us along, engages us, and, hopefully, pushes us to act. This is what Serial was all about (except for the action bit). Or, you can decide that the project you’re actually engaged…
  • Resilience in the Face of Tragedy?

    Sasha
    5 Feb 2015 | 2:00 am
    I’ve always found it off the mark – in places like Pakistan or Israel or anywhere there is repeated violence as part of civilian life – to laud the “resilience” of everyday people in continuing to live their lives in the face of tragedies. The day before yesterday, on Tuesday night at 6:20pm, seven people died when an MTA commuter train slammed into a Mercedes SUV that was inexplicably stopped on the train tracks, even though the guard gates were down. The woman driving the car, Ellen Brody, was killed as were five passengers in the front car of the train. The accident happened on…
  • Lean Data Goes Deeper

    Sasha
    4 Feb 2015 | 2:00 am
    One of the most interesting questions we’re grappling with right now on the Impact team at Acumen is how to develop a more robust, rigorous, and transparent form of quantifying the social value our companies create. While I don’t believe we will ever fully understand all the social value created – and while there will always be room for debate and interpretation – I do think today we have the tools to get a lot closer to customers and hear how they value products. And if we can figure this out in a clear and compelling enough way, I believe that would open the door to creating a true…
  • CEO of me

    Sasha
    29 Jan 2015 | 12:00 am
    Each person we meet in a professional setting sees two things: the person we are and the role we play. Often, that role casts a long shadow, as people are quick to look for shortcuts in figuring out who they’re talking to and what that person brings to the table. When my business card said, for five years, that I was head of fundraising at Acumen, I felt like my first job in every meeting was to convey to someone that I wasn’t “just the” fundraiser (indeed every great fundraiser I know says that they “aren’t a traditional fundraiser.”) There was and is a lot of baggage…
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    High Impact Philanthropy Blog

  • Recruiting Our 2015 Summer Associate Class

    impactsp2@gmail.com
    26 Feb 2015 | 12:09 pm
    Despite (or because of?) the ice and 20 degree weather here on campus, our thoughts are quickly turning to summer. With graduation and the warm weather comes the opportunity for our team to work with a new cohort of summer associates. Teaching, advising, and working with summer associates are ways we hope our work prepares the next generation of social impact leaders.  Summer associates serve as either research associates who help us generate answers to how funders can have high impact, or communication/design associates who help make sure those answers are accessible to those who wish…
  • Improving Your Social Impact Measurement Practices (part 2): 3 Distinctions on the Path to Impact

    impactsp2@gmail.com
    19 Feb 2015 | 2:06 pm
    Adapted from our presentation at the General Assembly 2014. There is a growing chorus insisting that donors and nonprofits 'measure to results' in order to 'achieve impact'. Laudable goals.  But how do you actually do that? How can your measurement practices provide real insight and confidence of progress, as opposed to simply turning into a bureaucratic compliance exercise?  That was the question our team sought to answer in Beyond Compliance, our recent collaborative effort with Wharton Social Impact Initiative.  In last week's blog, we suggested 3…
  • Improving Your Social Impact Measurement Practices (Part 1): Three Tips

    impactsp2@gmail.com
    12 Feb 2015 | 7:46 am
    Adapted from our presentation at the General Assembly 2014. We think a lot about measurement, thanks to our mission and academic home. But we're not alone: see Measuring Social Impact, Impact Measurement, and Measuring What Counts, to name just a few. Why is measurement such a hot topic? At their best, systems for monitoring and measuring nonprofit performance help donors understand what an organization is accomplishing, where its resources are going, and how it can improve.  At their worst, such systems become expensive compliance exercises, diverting resources from…
  • Ensuring Post-secondary Success Through Early College High Schools (Jobs for the Future)

    impactsp2@gmail.com
    5 Feb 2015 | 6:35 am
    Part of our 2014 Year End Giving guidance.  A college degree is increasingly essential to earning a living wage in the U.S., but only 13% of low-income students attain this vital credential. Many economically disadvantaged students enter college academically unprepared, financially unstable, and unfamiliar with college culture, increasing the likelihood that they will drop out before completing their degree. Working toward a college degree during high school, for free, via partnerships between high schools and local colleges can help low-income and minority students attain post-secondary…
  • Ebola: What’s Next and How Can I Help? (Liberia Case Example)

    impactsp2@gmail.com
    22 Jan 2015 | 1:43 pm
    The Situation In terms of the number of Ebola cases, the conditions on the ground have rapidly improved over the past three months since our last blog on the outbreak. Though numbers are not always easy to verify,  the latest World Health Organization report from the middle of January indicates that Liberia is experiencing its lowest number of cases since early June, with no new cases reported in the final two days of the last week for which figures are available. This, after over 3,500 people have died in Liberia. Cases have also declined markedly in Sierra Leone and Guinea, the other…
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    Travelanthropist

  • Does Travel Insurance Cover Working Abroad?

    travelanthropist
    5 Feb 2015 | 7:32 pm
    Travel can present a range of invaluable opportunities to learn and grow through leisure, but also offers industrious individuals to finance their exploration and gain unique work experience by finding employment while overseas. Working a job while in another country can add another layer of adventure to a lengthy visit, but unfortunately many travelers desiring peace of mind during their trip have trouble finding an appropriate travel insurance policy to cover their working activities.
  • Why You Should Consider British Beaches

    travelanthropist
    11 Jun 2014 | 10:17 am
    Britain has never been considered a must-stop destination for beach enthusiasts. This is probably due, at least in part, to the country’s long standing reputation for having temperamental weather. The proliferation of European travel guides which overlook British beaches has probably also contributed to this problem. But are British beaches so undeserving of attention? This short guide may well change your mind on the matter...
  • How to Travel with Seniors

    travelanthropist
    4 Jun 2014 | 12:02 pm
    Going on a holiday can be a stressful time at best. But that stress can be doubly compounded if you’re vacationing with an elderly relative. Our elderly loved ones are just as deserving of a holiday as the rest of us, but it’s important not to forget that elderly people do have certain requirements which need to be attended to if they’re to get as much enjoyment out of a holiday as we hope they will. And whether these needs are simply to do with mobility or they’re of a ...
  • Top Tips for Buying Travel Insurance

    travelanthropist
    15 May 2014 | 3:39 pm
    Worldwide economies continue to remain uncertain although people are once again willing to travel. In some countries such as the UK, according to some reports, the level of disposable income will not rise until 2015 as the rising cost of childcare remains a huge concern. This means that parents could be left with a childcare bill that equates to 40% of their disposable income, which will impact on their ability to live, work and travel as they wish. While this news should not put you off booking a holiday, however, you ...
  • The Magic of Morocco: Tips for European Travelers

    travelanthropist
    5 May 2014 | 5:50 pm
    The UK’s travel industry continues to evolve at a rapid pace, while it is also expected to feel the benefit of economic growth and expansion during the upcoming summer. At this time, thousands of UK residents will look to sink their capital into a trip abroad, as they eschew attractions within the UK and look to indulge in more exotic locations. While this represents a wonderful experience, there is also a need for travelers to adopt a responsible attitude while also respecting their own safety and that of those around them at all time.
 
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    The Change Blog

  • 5 Situations to Stand Up for What you Believe In

    Deborah Fike
    22 Feb 2015 | 7:29 am
    We all know people who are very adamant (and vocal) about sharing their beliefs.  They have Facebook feeds chock full of pointed articles, status updates, and pictures that support specific causes.  Whenever you meet them in person, topics generally go straight to those causes, and if you are even remotely argumentative, you will spend the evening having a debate.  The world needs these types of people with strong belief systems who fight inertia and status quo in the hopes of making an impact.  I applaud their efforts when I agree that their causes are ones worth fighting for. I am,…
  • When Working Corporate Serves Your Purpose

    Kym Wilson
    19 Feb 2015 | 4:54 am
    “Start where you are. Distant fields always look greener, but opportunity lies right where you are. Take advantage of every opportunity of service.”— Robert Collier I was flying back to Melbourne from Thailand after a week scuba diving in the Similan Islands, staring out the window at the star-studded sky, I knew for the first time in a long time what I wanted— freedom. I was in the midst of a career crisis and was shaken by the nagging feeling that I didn’t want to work in financial planning anymore after years of studying and working hard on my career. For months I had tried to…
  • How I Beat My Sugar Addiction

    Sara Marie
    12 Feb 2015 | 6:05 am
    “Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food.” – Hippocrates A Sugar Addict From the Beginning Sugar withdrawals can be hell, I know.  I’ve fought that battle many times before.  I think I was probably born with a candy bar in my hand.  As far back as I can remember, I have always favored munching on something sweet over “real food”. At that time, sugar was a normal part of being a kid and it was everywhere. I don’t remember anyone seriously setting limits on our sugar intake. In fact, inhaling the white powdery stuff was practically required anywhere we…
  • 5 Lessons I’ve Learned About Forming Healthy Habits

    Luke Jones
    10 Feb 2015 | 4:56 am
    “We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit.”- Aristotle Habit forming is a topic that’s close to my heart. I was able to go from being an unhealthy university student, heading down an uninspiring career path, to someone who enjoys great health and is following their passion, simply by changing my habits. The journey wasn’t all plain sailing, and I made a whole load of mistakes on the way. But I stumbled forwards, and in the process I learned a thing or two about what it takes to form habits that are not just health promoting, but are lasting and…
  • Discovering Dad and the Past Perfect

    Gary Stokes
    8 Feb 2015 | 5:52 am
    Years ago, during a recapitulation of my life, I examined every memory I had of my relationship with my father.  I looked at us fearlessly and was, at the end of my examination, finally at peace with Dad.  My explanation of Dad as a father and as a man was loving but now seems almost clinical in its detachment as it documented his failures.  Here is part of my examination: Dad was an alcoholic.  In my last conversation with Mom, a few weeks before her death,  I asked her to tell me about their wedding day in 1935.  Grandpa and Grandma Janssen had not approved of Dad, she said.  “Why…
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    The GiveWell Blog

  • The Path to Biomedical Progress

    Holden
    27 Feb 2015 | 11:53 am
    We’ve continued to look into scientific research funding for the purposes of the Open Philanthropy Project. This hasn’t been a high priority for the last year, and our investigation remains preliminary, but I plan to write several posts about what we’ve found so far. Our early focus has been on biomedical research specifically. Most useful new technologies are the product of many different lines of research, which progress in different ways and on different time frames. I think that when most people think about scientific research, they tend to instinctively picture only a…
  • Thoughts on the Sandler Foundation

    Holden
    24 Feb 2015 | 10:36 am
    Note: Steve Daetz of the Sandler Foundation reviewed a draft of this post prior to publication. Previously, we wrote about the tradeoff between expertise and breadth in philanthropy. We noted the traditional “program officer” model of philanthropy, in which staff specialize in particular causes, and we contrasted it with some other possible models that sacrifice true cause-level expertise, while allowing a philanthropist to work in more areas at once. We cited the Sandler Foundation as an example of a foundation that appears to have a strong track record despite not following the…
  • Notes from November convening on our policy priorities

    Holden
    19 Feb 2015 | 10:51 am
    Last November, we held a day-long convening in Washington, D.C. to discuss possible priorities for Open Philanthropy Project work on U.S. policy. Our main goal was to present our picture of several policy issues, as well as to receive input to inform upcoming decisions about which issue(s) we should focus on. For each issue, we laid out what sort of change we’d like to see, why we find the issue especially promising for philanthropy, what the current landscape looks like (including other funders), and what possible strategies might look like. We sought feedback on all of these points,…
  • GiveWell is hiring

    Sean
    5 Feb 2015 | 7:33 pm
    We’re resuming hiring to expand our ability to identify outstanding giving opportunities. Filling the roles below would make a substantial difference to our research. If you follow GiveWell and want to help us out, please share this post with anyone whom you think might be a good fit for the jobs listed below. Research Analyst. Research Analysts are GiveWell’s primary staff and work on all parts of our research process. We hope to add a few entry-level research analysts this year, and are open to hiring individuals later in their career. Summer Research Analyst. We offer summer positions…
  • Putting the problem of bed nets used for fishing in perspective

    Jake Marcus
    5 Feb 2015 | 2:59 pm
    A recent article in the New York Times describes people using insecticide treated bed nets for fishing instead of sleeping under the nets to protect themselves from malaria-carrying mosquitoes. The article warns that fishing with insecticide treated nets may deplete fish stocks, because the mosquito nets trap more fish than traditional fishing nets and because the insecticide contaminates the water and kills fish (“the risks to people are minimal, because the dosages are relatively low and humans metabolize permethrin [the insecticide] quickly”). We recommend donating to the Against…
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  • Yep. Mumford's New Album Will Be All Electric.

    Anonymous
    2 Mar 2015 | 9:16 am
    Mumford and Sons announced their new album today and, as expected, it'll be a departure for the group. The album is called Wilder Mind, and it's going to be a plugged in affair, with none of the banjo bonanza and fiddle fire that made them a household name and sparked a deluge of what might be called the "Hey!"-Clap-"Woo!"-Stomp-"Oh!" bands. Evidently, while past Mumford projects have been almost entirely written by Marcus Mumford himself, this was a far more collaborative affair. “We felt that doing the same thing, or the same instrumentation again, just wasn’t for us,” Mumford…
  • The Perfect Crime: Thief Knocks Himself Out Trying to Break Into Car

    Anonymous
    2 Mar 2015 | 9:06 am
    A would-be car thief in Ireland was foiled by a plan of his own making when the brick he tried to hurtle through a car window ... well, just watch and see for yourself. Better luck next time, car thieves ...
  • Icing-Filled Cap’n Crunch-Covered Donut Holes Are Being Sold at Taco Bell

    Anonymous
    2 Mar 2015 | 8:43 am
    Taco Bell is once again proving that there is nothing humans can’t do. The masterminds behind drive-thru staples like Mexican Pizza and A.M. Crunchwrap breakfast quesadillas have combined Cap’n Crunch Berries cereal, donut holes and something called “milk icing” into one glorious creation. It’s yet another option for people looking to start their day off with a bad (but delicious) decision. The Cap'n Crunch Delights are currently being sold in Bakersfield, Calf., but from the looks of these pictures, there’s no reason to believe the sweet breakthroughs of confectionary science…
  • Do We Lose Jesus in Religion?

    johndriver
    2 Mar 2015 | 8:15 am
    Sometimes, we feel the most distant from God in the places we try hardest to connect with Him. Few experiences in life are more horrifying than the moment when a child cannot be located. Single seconds drag on like hours while the frantic searching ensues. Just imagine three days. That is exactly what Mary and Joseph faced when their child went missing in Luke 2:41-52. Lose someone’s dog? Awkward. Lose the Son of God, the Savior of the world? Unimaginable.
  • Kanye's New Album Will Be Called ‘So Help Me God’

    Anonymous
    2 Mar 2015 | 7:57 am
    Controversial hip-hop star Kanye West has tweeted that the follow-up to 2013’s Yeezus will be called So Help Me God. So, it looks like it will continue Kanye's obsession with Christian imagery, although this one might not be as theologically problematic as Yeezus. On a recent interview with Zane Lowe, Yeezy said that the album was "a joyful noise unto the Lord" and compared it to "'Amazing Grace'—coming out of the worst pain possible and making the most beautiful song possible." So, it's another chapter in Kanye's long, complicated walk with Jesus. Though there’s no official word yet on…
 
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  • 7 Powerful Ways Board Members Can Help & NOT Ask for Money

    Lori Jacobwith
    24 Feb 2015 | 10:01 pm
    As we close out the month of focusing on how to change your board story here is a list I share at my fundraising action planning sessions and other coaching and training I deliver. When board members embrace one or more of these actions I’ve seen, first-hand, the organizational culture shifts dramatically. The list contains a number of simple tasks I’ve talked about before. While they seem simple, I promise, these actions have the power to change the bottom line at your organization. And most importantly they have the power to build an engaged, committed and well-prepared board. Click on…
  • Accountability = Success

    Lori Jacobwith
    17 Feb 2015 | 10:01 pm
    Using Dashboards to Cause Nonprofit Board & Staff to Take Action Changing your board story, our topic of the month, takes time. It also takes changing staff & board leadership behaviors to shift a board culture. One of the tools I recommend when I work with social sector boards is to create a board activity dashboard and a fundraising activity dashboard. Creating the dashboards is the easy part. Deciding what to show on the dashboards is what takes time and intentional conversation. Step 1: Provide ample time for the board members to answer a few key questions. Refer to this post 5…
  • Donor Stewardship Game for Nonprofit Board Members

    Lori Jacobwith
    10 Feb 2015 | 10:01 pm
    At first this may sound like just a silly or simple game. The reality is this is a powerful way to utilize your board members to create a meaningful donor connection and assist you with donor stewardship. This is a stewardship tool you can use often, at any event throughout the year. It’s simple, fun, and you may want to measure the activity for each board member on your board dashboard or engagement display. More about this next week! Board Member Scavenger Hunt  1. Identify which of your board members will be attending your next event. i.e. gala, graduation ceremony, walk-a-thon, live…
  • 5 Ways to Cause Board Members to Maintain Enthusiasm Throughout Their Board Service

    Lori Jacobwith
    3 Feb 2015 | 10:01 pm
    The theme of the year for this blog is: changing your story. Today let’s talk about how to change your board story. I spent the past few days creating a new training about how to recruit board amazing members for CharityHowTo. I waded through tons of terrific articles and one of the most common themes I kept reading about was staff wanting their board to be more “engaged.” My answer is to engage you have to BE engaging. The work of the board is NOT: Running an efficient board meeting using Robert’s Rules of Order Reading through pages of financial reports Listening to one or two…
  • Changing Your Story

    Lori Jacobwith
    27 Jan 2015 | 10:01 pm
    As fundraising professionals when we talk about stories, we’re often talking about the ones we tell potential supporters. The stories we craft and practice and refine so that we can adequately convey the importance of the work we do and the communities we serve. These stories are vital to our missions. But there are other stories, too. The story of us, the storytellers, the people who are tasked with all there is to do. The ones who nervously watched at the close of 2014 as we worked to make sure we closed our funding gap.  And those of us who are sitting at our desk looking at 2015…
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    Happiness Blog for The Seekers of Inner Happiness

  • Your true essence is Ram

    15 Feb 2015 | 7:31 am
    A young IAS officer came to know about the arrival of a Brahmnishta Saint in the town. Under the influence of his saatvic (virtuous) sanskaars, he went to meet the Saint. The Saint was sitting in a room with about a dozen devotees and talking about the significance of reciting the holy name (Naam japa).At the end of the discussion, the Saint told the devotees to clarify their doubts and ask questions. The Officer asked, “Dear Sir, please tell us an easy and practical method of realizing our Aatman and the God.” With a smile of his face, the Saint said, “Son, reciting the holy name of…
  • A sincere new year wish

    1 Jan 2015 | 7:58 am
    New-year time – the time of joy and freshness; the time to celebrate and welcome the new year with a lots of hope, optimism and enthusiasm; time to be with friends and family; time to make new resolutions; time to thank God for all the blessings and pray for more. Yes, once again it’s that time of the year which brightens us all.A true seeker of inner happiness also remembers that along with the festivities and celebrations, it’s the time for some calibration – the time to review and grade ourselves against the true goals of human life – the goal of realizing the Truth; the goal of…
  • The importance of performing rituals

    14 Dec 2014 | 7:53 am
    Gautam the Buddha went to meet Rishi Kashyap. Rishi Kashyap was performing Yagna along with his hundreds of disciples. Gautam Buddha sat and observed the rituals being performed. On the first sight, Rishi Kashyap was impressed by the blissful aura of Gautam Buddha. After finishing those rituals, Gautam Buddha went for a walk on the banks of a small river. During their spiritual discussions, Budha started talking about the importance of living in the moment and meditation. Rishi Kashyap knew that Buddha discourages performing rituals and other symbolic prayers. In the confused state of mind,…
  • The higher form of sacrifice

    9 Nov 2014 | 9:11 am
    The Saints have wonderful ways of delivering the spiritual message. At times their acts and their talks seem unusual, but all of those are motivated by compassion and goodwill for the benefit of the true seekers. Once, a prince was riding his well decorated chariot towards the outskirts of his kingdom. Suddenly he saw a small hut, outside which a saintly looking old man was sitting in peace. A few young men were also sitting there surrounding the old man. As he came closer, he recognized the old man who used to be rich minister in his father’s ministry and turned into a Saint a few years…
  • Importance of peaceful mind

    12 Oct 2014 | 9:13 am
    Hindu mythology is an ocean filled with the treasures of wisdom. Our Rishis knew that the best way to convey the deep wisdom of the Vedas is to tell it in the form of a story with a deeper message. It is easier for the human minds to remember the stories and understand the deep purport hidden in those stories. This is the reason our ancestors wrote Puranas to convey the messages of spiritual wisdom hidden in the Vedas and Upnishads.  Once the circumstances built in such a manner that Sri Kartikeji, who was also the Chief Commander of Devtas Army, had to fight a battle even though Shivji…
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    ApplaUSe For A Cause

  • Remember The Homeless

    18 Feb 2015 | 7:02 pm
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    13 Feb 2015 | 10:21 am
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    20 Dec 2014 | 5:11 am
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  • Help Your Favorite Charity With A Personal PSA

    11 Dec 2014 | 2:46 pm
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    16 Nov 2014 | 4:30 am
      5.  Autism News Roundup4.  Extreme Home Makeover Show Stand Together Against Bullying 3 .  Friendly Rivalry 4 Charity2.  Happy 5th Birthday, FreeRice!1. Local United... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
 
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  • Building Co-operative Power: A Book Review

    GEO
    2 Mar 2015 | 6:38 am
    Editor's note: J Rainsnow is a novelist. His unusual review of Bulding Co-operative Power: Stories and Strategies from Worker Co-Operatives in the Connecticut River Valley comes from an artist’s perspective, outside of that of most co-operators, organizers, and activists. His view is large and his grasp of details surprisingly rich.
  • Turn Me ON Shines an Artistic Light on the Power of Community

    anna.bergren
    1 Mar 2015 | 1:19 pm
    Turn Me ON is an interactive urban installation by Happy City Lab in collaboration with Federal studio and Studio Corium. (Sébastien Puiatti via Happy City Lab)
  • Young Entrepreneur Promotes Gifting to Heal His Cancer and Society

    Mira Luna
    27 Feb 2015 | 11:10 am
    Shareable has published many stories about the gift economy and living without money. While they're often inspiring and popular, they often bring up fear of survival. People ask, “Is this really possible for ME?” or “Will I become homeless or sick and die from poverty?” Personally, I've questioned whether living in the gift economy is realistic only for privileged, healthy people.
  • Amsterdam is Now Europe's First Named "Sharing City"

    anna.bergren
    24 Feb 2015 | 1:59 pm
    The Dutch capital launched Amsterdam Sharing City on February 2. (amira_a/Flickr)
  • Hampshire College Launches LEEP Program to Advance the Common Good

    David Bollier
    24 Feb 2015 | 10:57 am
    The results of a workshop held at the launch of Hampshire College's LEEP program. Credit: Hampshire College In a world of worsening social inequality, climate change, and other urgent challenges, how can higher education play a more active, constructive role? A small liberal arts college known for its innovative approaches to undergraduate education aims to find out.
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  • Two Must Read Reports on Nonprofit Capacity Building

    Beth
    27 Feb 2015 | 8:10 am
    Two reports have been released on the topic of capacity building:   “Supporting Grantee Capacity: Strengthening Effectiveness Together,” from GrantCraft, a service of the Foundation Center and “Strengthening Nonprofit Capacity” from GEOfunders. This post summarizes gems from both reports.  While the reports are guides to funders, if you do work as a capacity builder, you will find some useful insights for your practice. Supporting Grantee Capacity:  Strengthening Effectiveness Together This report offers an overview of the different types of capacity-building…
  • The Performance Imperative: A Framework for Social Sector Excellence

    Beth
    26 Feb 2015 | 7:09 am
    “The Performance Imperative:  A Framework for Social Sector Excellence, the result of a  full year of collaborative work by the Leap of Reason Ambassadors Community, a group of nonprofit leaders coalesced and coordinated by the Leap of Reason team (leapofreason.org), makes it debut today.  The framework details the seven organizational competencies that can help nonprofits achieve high performance and deliver greater social impact – the holy grail of the social sector.    The competencies are: 1: Courageous, Adaptive executive and board leadership 2: Disciplined, people…
  • Shadowing To Learn Web Video: DoGooder Awards Voting

    Beth
    25 Feb 2015 | 8:06 am
    Recently, I’ve been reading the ideas from The Presencing Institute (PI), an action-research community that “creates social technologies, builds capacities, and generates holding spaces for profound societal renewal.”  The Presencing Institute grew out of the MIT Center for Organizational Learning, which was founded by Peter Senge and his colleagues.    The word “Presencing” blends the words “presence” and “sensing” and works through “seeing from our deepest source.”   It’s a systems leadership framework. The gist of this framework is…
  • 4 Games Supporting Nonprofits’s Missions, from Low-Tech to High-Tech

    Beth
    20 Feb 2015 | 8:23 am
    Note from Beth: I went to my first Games for Change Festival ten years ago, in 2005 and have been a fan and supporter ever since.  They also offer any reader of Beth’s Blog a special discount code of 10% on the conference registeration (use this code: 10beth when you register)    Meghan Ventura from Games for Change has wrote this guest post about how nonprofits are using games to leverage their missions. Games — both digital and analog — provide a great opportunity for inviting players to interact with a real-world causes and societal challenges. By placing players squarely in…
  • How To Make Meetings Work for Your Nonprofit (whether you are sitting,standing, or walking!)

    Beth
    19 Feb 2015 | 9:10 am
    Last week, I co-presented a Guidestar webinar with Andrea Kihlstedt on the topic of healthy and productive meetings who talked about the basics for making meetings highly effective. I spoke about standing and  walking meetings.   This post shares some reflections and additional resources about both topics. Productive Meetings We all have lived through that awful conference call or equally horrendous in person meeting.   Andrea gave an awesome presentation with some great frameworks and tips on planning and facilitating productive meetings to avoid death by meeting.    She started…
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    Forgiveness Project

  • GUEST BLOG: A Stunning Lesson on Forgiveness by Pierre Pradervand

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

    rachel
    18 Feb 2015 | 11:54 am
    We are delighted to announce a new series of Forgiveness Conversations, the first of which will take place on 9th March 2015. The talk will be held in collaboration with the University of Edinburgh Chaplaincy as their annual Multi-faith Public Conversation. The event will explore the question, Can radical compassion win the war on violent extremism? Speakers will include: Yasmin Yar Mulbocus, formerly a member of a radical Islamist organisation who now works to ‘Educate, Empower and Engage’ women to become proactive citizens in their communities; Jo Berry whose father, Sir Anthony Berry,…
  • EVENT: Metamora films: The Forgiveness Journey – Fundraiser, 25 February 2015

    rachel
    5 Feb 2015 | 8:03 am
    On February 25, 2015 at 7pm, Metamora Films, an independent film company near Salt Lake City, Utah, will release their third film entitled, “The Forgiveness Journey.”  Please join Metamora Films for a powerful film release at the Broadway Centre Cinemas. Tickets are free with a $5.00 suggested donation to The Forgiveness Project. An inspiring and educational evening is planned with several guest speakers and local dignitaries to present. Guest speakers include: Carla Kelley, Dr. Forrest Crawford and Kim Giles. The Forgiveness Journey is a look into the difficult process of…
  • EVENT: 18 & 19 April – The Journey of Forgiveness, course with Azim Khamisa

    rachel
    5 Feb 2015 | 4:50 am
    We are delighted to welcome Azim Khamisa to the UK where he will run his internationally acclaimed two-day workshop exploring ideas and techniques about how to access and use forgiveness in both a personal and professional capacity. Azim Khamisa has worked with developing a process of forgiveness for many years, ever since his own personal experience of losing his only son to gang violence 20 years ago. Tariq – a 20-year-old student – was shot and killed while delivering pizzas in San Diego. His killer, Tony Hicks, became the first 14-year-old to stand trial as an adult in the state of…
  • NEWS: The Forgiveness Project: stories for a vengeful age

    rachel
    27 Jan 2015 | 4:36 am
    We are extremely excited to announce the imminent publication of The Forgiveness Project: stories for a vengeful age by Marina Cantacuzino, founder and director of The Forgiveness Project. This book which presents forgiveness as a resilient response to pain and conflict will be published on 26th March 2015 by Jessica Kingsley Publishers. Alongside an introductory essay by Marina are 40 personal testimonies from our storytellers. These are narratives of hope from victims and perpetrators of crime and violence – people who have lived through pain and atrocity and yet have chosen to…
 
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    Tiny Buddha

  • Engaging in the Moment Instead of Wanting to Be Somewhere Else

    Travis
    1 Mar 2015 | 10:37 pm
    “Happiness is enjoying the moment for what it is, not what it could be or should be.” ~Unknown Many of us have been there… The alarm goes off. In anger, we strike the wretched machine in hopes of getting a few more precious minutes of beauty sleep. It’s Monday again. The weekend is over and it will be another five days—120 hours, 7,200 minutes, 432,000 seconds—until we throw up our hands again in triumph and say, “Thank goodness it’s Friday!” We’ve often committed ourselves to the lie that Monday must be terrible. In the U.S., the very idea of hating Mondays is…
  • Stop Feeling Frazzled: A Powerful Guide to Reducing Stress (and a Giveaway!)

    Lori Deschene
    1 Mar 2015 | 10:35 pm
    In my high school yearbook’s class prophecy, it was predicted that I would one day write and star in a one-woman show about my life called “Stress.” I was chronically frazzled—in a constant state of panic about everything I had to do and had already done but may not have done well enough. I overextended myself, took very little time to nurture my emotional and mental well-being, and frequently felt like I was about to snap. In fact, I even broke a stress ball once from excessive squeezing. It was made for that, but apparently not with the force in my freakishly strong, little hand.
  • 10 Things Everyone Should Learn as a Kid

    Olivia Angelescu
    26 Feb 2015 | 6:26 pm
    “There are only two lasting bequests we can hope to give our children. One of these is roots, the other wings.” ~Johann Wolfang von Goethe In 2010 two major life events marked my life forever: my father lost his battle with melanoma and I become a mother. Both events came unexpectedly. My father was only fifty-six years old and had never been sick for one day of his entire life. Also, I had other plans at the time, focusing heavily on my career, so I did not want to have a baby just yet. But life is what actually happens to us while we are making all those plans. I remember being six…
  • Why Experiences Trump Things and Bring Us Closer

    Mridu Parikh
    26 Feb 2015 | 6:26 pm
    “Every experience, good or bad, is a priceless collector’s item.” ~Isaac Marion Last year was a thrilling one for my sweet boys, ages eight and eleven. Thanks to birthdays, Diwali, and Christmas, they were fortunate enough to receive most of the things they’d been begging for throughout the year. As we sat on our couch on New Year’s day, I asked them what their best memories were from 2014. Surely, I thought, they would rattle off the highly anticipated iPod touch or the Giants jersey that topped their wish lists. But much to my surprise (and my joy), my younger one said, “my…
  • Life Changes When We Change

    Loni Klara
    25 Feb 2015 | 8:49 pm
    “We can let circumstances rule us, or we can take charge and rule our lives from within.” ~Earl Nightingale Last Christmas, I was jobless. With piling bills and debts, I was trying to switch from a freelancer to a full-time employee. I had been job hunting for weeks, with zero results. I started wondering why. I was qualified, I had a great resume, and I was willing to work hard. So why did I feel so helpless, like the reins were in someone else’s hands? I didn’t like the feeling, but I couldn’t see how I could take control. Everyone said that’s how the job hunting…
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    Farnam Street

  • Carol Dweck: The Two Mindsets And The Power of Believing That You Can Improve

    Shane Parrish
    2 Mar 2015 | 5:00 am
    Carol Dweck studies human motivation. She spends her days diving into why people succeed (or don’t) and what’s within our control to foster success. As she describes it: “My work bridges developmental psychology, social psychology, and personality psychology, and examines the self-conceptions (or mindsets) people use to structure the self and guide their behavior. My research looks at the origins of these mindsets, their role in motivation and self-regulation, and their impact on achievement and interpersonal processes.” Her inquiry into our beliefs is synthesized in…
  • Andy Warhol on Beauty

    Shane Parrish
    26 Feb 2015 | 4:00 am
    “I’ve never met a person I couldn’t call a beauty,” Andy Warhol writes in The Philosophy of Andy Warhol (From A to B and Back Again): Every person has beauty at some point in their lifetime. Usually in different degrees. Sometimes they have the looks when they’re a baby and they don’t have it when they’re grown up, but then they could get it back again when they’re older. Or they might be fat but have a beautiful face. Or have bow-legs but a beautiful body. Or be the number one female beauty and have no tits. Or be the number one male beauty and…
  • What A Rembrandt Can Teach you about Software and Programmers

    Shane Parrish
    25 Feb 2015 | 4:00 am
    A thoughtful passage by David Gelernter in Mirror Worlds: or the Day Software Puts the Universe in a Shoebox…How It Will Happen and What It Will Mean on how looking at a Rembrandt can teach us to better understand not only software but the craft behind it. Suppose you visit an art museum and walk up to a painting. I say “Ah ha! I see you’re admiring some powdered pigments, mixed with oil and smeared onto what appears to be a canvas panel.” You say “No, you moron. I’m admiring a Rembrandt.” Good. You’re three-quarters of the way towards a deep…
  • Cognitive Exhaustion: Resting Your Mental Muscle

    Shane Parrish
    24 Feb 2015 | 4:00 am
    In the go-go-go world of today we need to be sure we’re giving our mind ample opportunity to rest and relax — recognizing when we need a mental break. I usually take a walk. Or go to a yoga class. It turns out how we rest our minds has a big impact. Taking a walk isn’t enough, it depends on where you’re walking. In Focus: The Hidden Driver of Excellence, Daniel Goleman elaborates: Tightly focused attention gets fatigued—much like an overworked muscle—when we push to the point of cognitive exhaustion. The signs of mental fatigue, such as a drop in effectiveness and a…
  • Ben Horowitz: The Struggle

    Shane Parrish
    24 Feb 2015 | 4:00 am
    “Life is a struggle.” — Karl Marx In The Hard Thing About Hard Things: Building a Business When There Are No Easy Answers, Ben Horowitz describes the struggle. Every entrepreneur starts her company with a clear vision for success. You will create an amazing environment and hire the smartest people to join you. Together you will build a beautiful product that delights customers and makes the world just a little bit better. It’s going to be absolutely awesome. Then, after working night and day to make your vision reality, you wake up to find that things did not go as planned.
 
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    Triple Pundit: People, Planet, Profit

  • SunEdison Invests $5M To Boost Solar Workforce Diversity

    Alexis Petru
    2 Mar 2015 | 3:00 am
    A new program from renewable energy development company SunEdison and nonprofit solar installer GRID Alternatives aims to build a more diverse solar workforce. Last month, the organizations announced the launch of the RISE (Realizing an Inclusive Solar Economy) initiative, which will provide women and members of underserved communities with solar job training and job placement through GRID Alternatives’ workforce development program.
  • Incentivizing Investment In Climate Change Infrastructure

    3p Contributor
    2 Mar 2015 | 2:30 am
    The Climate Trust has explored options for raising capital to invest in building new greenhouse gas offset projects, and has identified a variety of new models for using public financing to mitigate and manage the risks associated with true impact investments—investments for social and environmental good.
  • Y Combinator Invests in Mexican Solar

    Leon Kaye
    2 Mar 2015 | 2:00 am
    The start-up Bright, with seed money from 7 Combinator, believes it can transform solar energy in Mexico.
  • Cool Planet’s Biochar Reduces Water Use, Increases Crop Yield

    Andrea Newell
    2 Mar 2015 | 1:45 am
    Cool Planet's enhanced biochar can help farmers reduce water use and increase crop yield, an important benefit in California's current drought conditions.
  • Salmon Skin Accessories a Clutch Above Conventional Leather

    Leon Kaye
    2 Mar 2015 | 1:30 am
    Heidi & Adèle design handbags and wallets using more sustainable options than conventional leather, including salmon skin.
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    Eat. Sleep. Be

  • Anti-Aging Essential Oil Skincare for Daytime

    Jessica
    2 Mar 2015 | 7:19 am
    Over the weekend I received an email from a reader who made my DIY night crème and enjoys it enough to send an inquiry about what regimen I use for the daytime. Of course, this natural skincare recipe is made from essential oils too. It does not contain any oils that are light sensitive, so it can be applied after the shower and worn under makeup. If there are one or two oils in this skincare recipe that you do not have in your arsenal, do not fret. You can still make this fabulous lotion! You can also make adjustments as necessary. For example, if I had Rose Oil in stock I would probably…
  • Easy Ways to Make Your Small Business More Socially Responsible

    Jessica
    27 Feb 2015 | 3:35 am
    Call it social responsibility, good business or simply good karma. Whatever you call it, it matters, whether your business is a multinational corporation or if you work alone at your kitchen table.  Running a socially responsible business is not only possible, but vital. Today 90% of consumers want to know what companies are doing to make the world a better place.  Not only that, four in five say they wish brands would support causes and would consider switching brands to one that supports a cause. Corporations and large businesses are taking that to heart. Yet what if you are a small…
  • Thai Coconut Pumpkin Shrimp Soup

    Jessica
    25 Feb 2015 | 5:20 pm
    Last week I played with some ingredients I had on hand and ended up making the creamiest, most delicious soup ever. It was such a lovely surprise that I just had to post the recipe for you all. This soup is gluten free, dairy free, low calorie, low fat, low sugar, and can be made using mostly organic and GMO-free ingredients. Not too shabby, right? And the best part is that it was easy to make too! So without further adieu, here is my super healthy, super easy Thai Coconut Pumpkin Shrimp Soup. Thai Coconut Pumpkin Shrimp Soup Per Serving (Approximate): 160 Calories 7 Grams of Fat 5 Grams of…
  • 10 Marathon Training Tips from a Running Coach

    Jessica
    24 Feb 2015 | 5:55 am
    Runners are an enthusiastic bunch. It seems to me that once someone starts running, it gets into their blood and becomes their lifeline. They live, eat, and breathe running. However, that was not what happened to me. I enjoyed running. I still enjoy running. However, I wasn’t getting any better at running, and then I stopped pushing myself. I’d still love to be a runner. To be among that enthusiastic bunch who just need to run. So how could I make that happen? Well, one way is to read up on tips for becoming a better runner. Another way is to get a running buddy or even a running…
  • 1,000 Voices for Compassion

    Jessica
    20 Feb 2015 | 4:51 am
    Today is a special day in the blogosphere, as bloggers around the world are uniting for a day of compassion, kindness, support, and caring. Today, we are flooding the blogosphere with voices for the greater good. The timing is just perfect, since today is also United Nations’ World Day of Social Justice. Social justice is so incredibly vital for a peaceful coexistence among people (and nations). It goes hand-in-hand with the concept of compassion and respect towards others. It is vital to peaceful coexistence among people (and nations). Social justice goes hand-in-hand with the concept of…
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    Learning from Dogs

  • A humour break!

    Paul Handover
    2 Mar 2015 | 12:00 am
    My son’s last day with us is today. I was in Bend with him on Friday and got an insight into the amazing world of skiing. Skiing that was on the slopes of Mt. Bachelor, about 20 miles from Bend. The timing was perfect as a major snow storm hit the region Thursday night, continuing on Friday, as the following photograph shows. Friday 27th. View of the Pine Marten Express ski lift from the balcony of the West Village Lodge at 6,300 ft altitude. I returned on Saturday on roads that made the journey ‘interesting’. Heading South on OR-97. Picture taken around 9am some 10 miles…
  • Picture parade eighty-five

    Paul Handover
    1 Mar 2015 | 12:00 am
    Not bad for a dog who will be the human equivalent of aged 96 this coming June. Pictures of Pharaoh playing in our creek taken last Tuesday. oooo oooo oooo oooo oooo oooo What a magnificent animal he is! Thank you, Pharaoh, for being the dog you are!
  • Happy Birthday, Oliver.

    Paul Handover
    28 Feb 2015 | 12:00 am
    Our latest member of our family is one-year-old today! (NB: I am presently away with my son enjoying the Wintry delights of Bend, Or and Mount Bachelor.) Long-term followers of this place (thank you!) will recall a post published last October that included the following two photographs. oooo Do you remember when puppy Oliver came to live with us? Pharaoh passing on his wisdom to young Oliver. Another picture of Oliver sitting on the lap of yours truly taken in the last couple of days. How time passes by! For both of us in the picture! oooo Here is a current photograph of the beautiful young…
  • More on Danna Faulds

    Paul Handover
    27 Feb 2015 | 12:00 am
    Captivating ideas, thoughts and words. (NB: I am presently away with my son enjoying the Wintry delights of Bend, Or and Mount Bachelor.) In yesterday’s post, Be good to yourself, I featured a poem from Danna Faulds.  I had not come across her before and this time around it was thanks to a recent post over on Val Boyco’s blog Find Your Middle Ground. It didn’t take much effort to find more beautiful ideas from Ms. Faulds. Try these, for example: Awakening Now by Danna Faulds Why wait for your awakening? Do you value your reasons for staying small more than the light…
  • Be good to yourself

    Paul Handover
    26 Feb 2015 | 12:00 am
    A wonderful recent reminder from Val Boyco. (NB: By the time you read this, I will be away for three days with my son enjoying the Wintry delights of Bend, Or and Mount Bachelor.) I spoke yesterday about the many writers who follow this place and, in turn, are followed by me. Val Boyco is one such example.  Val writes the blog Find Your Middle Ground and it is with her permission that I republish a recent post of hers. ooOOoo Inspiration – Self Observation Posted on February 24, 2015 by Val Boyko A reminder for all of us who are working on self observation and dealing with our inner…
 
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    Frank Sonnenberg Online

  • 13 Ways to Spot a Lie

    Frank Sonnenberg
    24 Feb 2015 | 3:45 am
    The truth is . . . we can’t build relationships if we mistrust what friends say; we won’t follow leaders if we mistrust what they do; and we can’t make good decisions if we doubt the accuracy of the information that we receive. So why do people lie? The reasons are countless. Regardless of the motive, the ultimate results are the same. As someone once said, “The worst thing about being lied to is knowing you’re not worth the truth.” Can You Spot a Lie? Here are some common forms of dishonesty that masquerade as acceptable behavior: Misrepresentation. Distorting facts to…
  • What’s In It For Me?

    Frank Sonnenberg
    19 Feb 2015 | 3:45 am
    This interview was conducted by Anita Stout on January 1, 2015. “It is curious that physical courage should be so common in the world and moral courage so rare.” ― Mark Twain Anita Stout Of all the new things I did in 2014, the very thing I swore I’d never do has reaped unimaginable benefits for me. At the end of 2013 I posted on Facebook: “I hope my life never becomes so dull that I want to follow other people’s lives in 140 characters. I hope my life never becomes so exciting that someone else would want to follow mine in 140 characters.” To that I added…
  • 11 Ways to Earn Respect

    Frank Sonnenberg
    17 Feb 2015 | 3:45 am
    11 Ways to Earn Respect Some people believe that because they’re rich, powerful, or famous, they deserve our respect — regardless of their behavior. Actually, nothing could be further from the truth. Respect must be earned. So, how do you earn the respect of others? It’s easy to respect someone who displays the following qualities: Authenticity. You are proud of who you are and what you stand for. You’re neither intimidated by someone else’s opinion nor worried about what people think of you. You don’t play games, have a personal “agenda,” or pretend to be someone you’re…
  • Meaningful Conversations Don’t Happen By Chance

    Frank Sonnenberg
    10 Feb 2015 | 3:45 am
    Did you ever spend a day with someone and feel as though they weren’t there? You may have occupied the same room but you just didn’t connect. Whether this is an isolated occurrence or the hallmark of that relationship, it could be a warning sign of trouble ahead. Unfortunately, broken relationships don’t happen in a vacuum. Many of us unknowingly erect communication barriers, making it difficult for relationships to thrive. Here are some common symptoms: You find yourself repeating things over and over again because you’re not sure you’re being heard; even though you talk often, the…
  • A New School of Thought: 8 Great Ways to Learn

    Frank Sonnenberg
    3 Feb 2015 | 3:45 am
    Learning requires more than attending school and regurgitating what you’ve heard. It requires you to be both teacher and student, to learn from books and personal experiences, and to be able to apply lessons learned to real-world situations. Here are a few ways to learn: Act like a kid. When we’re young, we continually ask “why?” When we get older, however, we get defensive and feel inadequate if we don’t have all the answers. It’s time to learn like a kid again. Broaden your world. Surrounding yourself with “yes” people is like talking to yourself. Listen to people with…
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    Self Stairway

  • It’s Supposed to Be Hard

    Vincent Nguyen
    2 Mar 2015 | 3:00 am
    Have you ever given up on something because it was too difficult? I stopped playing tennis after practicing for five years because I felt I was nowhere as skilled as I should be for someone who has clocked in as many hours as I have. I practiced every day for several years, competed against other schools, and even hired a private coach. It seemed like everyone around me was more consistent than I was in their strokes. They knew how to move their feet and keep the ball in play. I couldn’t keep up. Keeping this website going is probably one of the hardest things I do each week. I really…
  • How to Deliver Cold Hard Truth and Stop Sugarcoating Reality

    Vincent Nguyen
    23 Feb 2015 | 3:00 am
    Nothing good comes out of beating around the bush. To sugarcoat the truth is to do a disservice for the person who is on the receiving end. Just like how I write my articles on this very website, I don’t believe in secrecy and avoiding the cold, brutal facts when it comes to sharing personal perspective. A good friend of mine is currently beating himself up over a girl who doesn’t like him back. He knows there’s no chance they’re going to get together. She told him this. She told me this. But he persists and holds on to the ledge with his fingertips. Hoping that he can somehow change…
  • How to Add Value Into the Lives of Others

    Vincent Nguyen
    16 Feb 2015 | 3:00 am
    How much value do you bring to the table? Come on, no need to be modest. You need to be brutally honest. Do you feel like you contribute to other people’s lives in a meaningful and positive way? Do you give more than you take? It’s a strange question to ask, almost egotistical, because you might not think about friendships and relationships as an exchange of value. But beneath the surface of every meeting, get together, and relationship is a constant exchange. When you meet someone new for the first time, you look for common interests. You look to relate and figure out if you’d enjoy…
  • Yesterday You Said Tomorrow

    Vincent Nguyen
    9 Feb 2015 | 3:00 am
    “Don’t put off for tomorrow what you can do today because if you enjoy it today, you can do it again tomorrow.” –James A. Michener Remember how yesterday you said you were going to start working towards your big hairy goal first thing tomorrow? Then something came up (an excuse, most likely) and you told yourself you’d start the next day or “another time soon.” Tomorrow turns into the next day, into the next day, into the next… Years pass and you still haven’t taken a single step forward. I went through this cycle from December 2011 all the way to January of 2013…
  • A Butterfly Flaps Its Wings…

    Vincent Nguyen
    2 Feb 2015 | 3:00 am
    The Butterfly Effect is a theory that illustrates how seemingly small and insignificant actions can have a profound effect elsewhere. Popular imagery depicting the effect: a butterfly in South America flaps its wings, which then causes a storm in North America. The idea is that if just a tiny part of a long string of events went another way, it all could’ve played out differently. Small, seemingly inconsequential things leading to major events. I finally took the leap to start this website when I saw a promotion on DreamHost where it cost only $1 for an entire year of web hosting. I ran…
 
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    Ahh The Simple Life

  • Top TV Comedies

    Carol Ann Preibis
    22 Feb 2015 | 3:39 pm
    Amusement is one of the top 10 positive emotions: Whenever we experience fun, humorous, and playful situations with others we… The post Top TV Comedies appeared first on Ahh The Simple Life.
  • 10 Simple Ways To Improve The Quality Of Your Life

    Carol Ann Preibis
    21 Feb 2015 | 3:17 pm
    Here are 10 simple ways to improve the quality of your life: “Our life is frittered away by detail.… The post 10 Simple Ways To Improve The Quality Of Your Life appeared first on Ahh The Simple Life.
  • Have More Fun With Less Money

    Carol Ann Preibis
    18 Feb 2015 | 7:49 pm
    Discover countless ways to have more fun with less money! At the same time, improve your health and well-being,… The post Have More Fun With Less Money appeared first on Ahh The Simple Life.
  • Spring Is Almost Here

    Carol Ann Preibis
    16 Feb 2015 | 8:51 pm
    Though Punxsutawney Phil saw his shadow on Groundhog Day, forecasting six more weeks of winter for the United States,… The post Spring Is Almost Here appeared first on Ahh The Simple Life.
  • Is Barbie Causing Eating Disorders?

    Carol Ann Preibis
    11 Feb 2015 | 7:18 am
    Introduction This post comes to us by way of Mark Wollacott. I am grateful to him for enlightening us on this very important issue.… The post Is Barbie Causing Eating Disorders? appeared first on Ahh The Simple Life.
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    Wan of a Kind

  • Kindness in the Year of the Goat

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

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

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

    William Wan
    9 Dec 2014 | 8:27 pm
    “Live as if you were to die tomorrow. Learn as if you were to live forever.” - Mahatma Gandhi.In an internet article, The Fallen Stars: Regret or Relief?, co-authors Tan Wei Yuan and Loh Chuan Junn posed the sobering questions, “Why do celebrities choose to end their lives when it seems like they have everything in their grasp?”They highlighted a number of young performing artistes who have chosen to make their own lives. In chronological order, these include:Marilyn Monroe (1926 – 1962) Age: 36 Kurt Cobain (1967 – 1994): Age: 27 Leslie Cheung (1956 – 2003) Age:…
  • A Purposeful Life

    William Wan
    24 Nov 2014 | 4:19 pm
    Last Saturday, I attended a Thanksgiving Service to honour the work of my college mate, the Rev Dr. Kang Ho Soon. After serving continuously as a pastor for 42 years, he is due for retirement. The sanctuary was filled with more than a thousand family members, colleagues and friends, including members of the Inter-Religious Organization in their religious garbs. It speaks volumes for the man who was all things to all people who, moving forward, seeks only to be there for all and sundry who need a pair of listening ears.In sharing his vision for life, he quoted Robert Byrne, who reputed to have…
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    Singapore Kindness Movement

  • Congratulations to the first winner of our Let’s Makan Photo Contest!

    SKM
    1 Mar 2015 | 4:51 pm
    To foster closer friendships among neighbours, the Let’s Makan initiative encourages neighbours to gather and get to know each other better over food. We are always looking for interesting makan stories to share and have partnered with Neo Garden Catering to organise the photo contest. A massive thank you to everyone who sent in your entries! The winning entry was “My wonderful neighbours” by Mabel Tan.  You may see her submission here. In addition to submitting a photo, Mabel also shared her story of how she came to be close friends with her neighbours in an interview with The Sunday…
  • A significant gift in the New Year

    SKM
    1 Mar 2015 | 4:36 pm
    Dennis Lim and Ms. Teoh Ai Ping, after receiving the lighting doorbell. In the welcoming of this year’s Lunar New Year, my family received a very significant gift and we learnt an inspiring lesson. My mother is 76 years old and has severe hearing difficulty and therefore cannot hear the doorbell rings or the knocks on her door. We have been searching for a door bell that suits her. By chance, I watched a home visiting video of Tzu Chi Singapore volunteers and in the video I saw the volunteers installed a lighting doorbell for that resident, who is a senior citizen with hearing difficulty…
  • Keep teeth pearly white with Singa the Lion

    SKM
    27 Feb 2015 | 12:08 am
    See a familiar icon? Get BrushCare Kids toothbrush in Singa the Lion design. Created in 1982, Singa the Lion was the nation’s mascot for courtesy and is a symbol that many Singaporeans can identify with. More recently, Singa has helped foster a more gracious society by encouraging the younger generation to show kindness one act at a time. Pearlie White®, a home-grown Singapore brand, brings Singa to your child’s everyday brushing routine. Get yours here.
  • Students embark on kindness projects in schools across Singapore

    SKM
    26 Feb 2015 | 11:32 pm
    Friend of Singa 2014 Awards Ceremony On the 6, 9-13 February 2015, 1437 students and teachers from primary, secondary, international, and special schools gathered for a half-day workshop where they picked up important skills that would come in handy when they embark on their kindness projects in their respective schools on the theme, “A Nation of Kindness Starts with One!” Through interactive games, story-telling, and brainstorming sessions, the students learnt project management skills, and design thinking through ideation and problem solving. These students are now kindness ambassadors…
  • Job Posting: Assistant to General Secretary

    SKM
    24 Feb 2015 | 1:37 am
    The successful candidate is expected to provide support to the General Secretary (GS) in achieving the mission of the movement to spread the message of kindness and to an Associate General Secretary in administrative and human resource matters. You will work closely with other members of the team to ensure the following measures: The work scope will include the following duties: reading, monitoring and responding to the GS’ email, answering calls, handling queries and preparing correspondence on the GS’ behalf, liaising with staff, council members, partners and other stakeholders,…
 
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    Live With Soul

  • transformational weight loss and weight stability = mind + body + soul connection

    20 Feb 2015 | 9:15 am
    Like many other young females, I am somebody who at several points in my life experienced an eating disorder. I was "successful" at this disorder and at one point got down to nearly 100 pounds on my 5’5” frame. Everyone told me I was ‘too skinny’ and little did they know that was feeding my desire to be thin, and encouraging me to become even thinner.In hindsight, believe my obsession with my weight and food management was largely attributed to my desire to control the situations I was in. Each time I fell back into my eating disorder, I was living in an unstable home/work/life…
  • Through experience comes wisdom

    17 Feb 2015 | 10:52 am
    There is much to be said about the personal growth that comes through experience. We often hear of people “learning the lesson the hard way” and there is much truth and personal proof to that. At times, we may look for that shortcut to our own improvement, only to realize that we often need personal and direct experiences – to learn the lesson the hard way, in order to cause a permanent and fundamental change of beliefs.   These experiences come in many forms – both good and bad, and sometimes even involve reaching a rock bottom in order absolutely feel the need to change not…
  • our mentors are our mirrors

    6 Feb 2015 | 10:09 am
    I am somebody who seeks mentorship anywhere I can. I know a mentor when I feel their impact in my heart and soul. They move me, motivate me and inspire me to be a better person. I aspire to fully live out my life as they do theirs. This comes in many forms – friends, colleagues, books, teachers, speakers, bloggers, movies and even strangers.One misconception I have come to realize which I have with my mentors is that, in a way, I tend to put them on a pedestal. I see them in a light of perfection that feels beyond my grasp.  A belief exists within me which seems to teeter…
  • Jewel "Deep Water" Lyrics

    29 Jan 2015 | 5:21 pm
    The lyrics to this song...   L O V ET H E MO HS OM U C H <3 "Deep Water"You find yourself falling downYour hopes in the skyBut you heart like grape gum on the groundAnd you try to find yourselfIn the abstractions of religionAnd the cruelty of everyone elseAnd you wake up to realizeYour standard of living somehow got stuck on surviveWhen you're standing in deep waterAnd you're bailing yourself out with a strawAnd when you're drowning in deep waterAnd you wake up making love to a wallWell it's these little times that help to remindIt's nothing without loveYou wake up to…
  • good.

    17 Jan 2015 | 12:32 pm
    "being a good person is more than just not being a bad person."-- a. lee martinezto be good is something that has become as natural to me as breathing.why that is i cannot say. maybe it was the way i was raised...the circumstances i've faced in life - positive and negative.the feeling of love i have from deep within,the connection to my higher power,my deep appreciation for all of life...or maybe it's all of these and more.anything other than good hurts… it feels suffocation, feels wrong.but, what is good?good is right. good is truth. good is sustainable to life and a conscious decision we…
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    VolunteerMark Blog

  • Nonprofit Internship Tips: Your Co-Workers, You, and Your Passion

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

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

    7 Feb 2015 | 9:45 am
    Often, young people see older adults in positions of power and success and think that in order to effect change they have to be of a certain age and status in society. But that’s not true at all. It’s time we start teaching young people that they can make a positive and lasting impact in their community and society-at-large.
  • Making a difference: It takes a village

    23 Jan 2015 | 8:00 am
    Hello my name is Andrew. I'm the co-founder of VolunteerMark. I'm not a regular blog contributor but today I just wanted to reflect on some of the amazing opportunities we have been given. Thank you to all our great partners. I hope that by reading this, you will be inspired to collaborate with someone new, possibly unexpected, and work together to solve an important problem. Nobody can work alone!
  • Being a Visionary in Your Volunteer Work

    19 Jan 2015 | 4:00 am
    When tackling social justice issues (which much volunteer work and nonprofit organizations are devoted to), it is important for us to have a productive, caring, and positive outlook. In essence, social justice work is very future-focused. As advocates and volunteers, we strive to alleviate present-day challenges and hardships that many people face in our world today. But, we also understand that in order to systemically eliminate and solve our world’s complex problems, we need to think ahead. We need to not just put band-aids over the issues and injustices, but find the roots, focus on the…
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    Direct Relief

  • FEDES Partnership Continues Five Years After Chile Quake

    Susan Fowler, Advisor, Program Resources and Development
    27 Feb 2015 | 4:14 pm
    Established in Santiago, Chile in 2002, the Foundation for Educational, Social and Economic Development (FEDES – Fundación Educativa de Desarrollo Economico y Social) was created to build stronger communities through social and economic development, and to improve the lives of disadvantaged and disabled Chileans. The foundation’s principal development programs focus on long-term solutions to poverty and unemployment, but FEDES also […] The post FEDES Partnership Continues Five Years After Chile Quake appeared first on Direct Relief.
  • Arian’s Story: A Reason to Advocate on Rare Disease Day

    Hannah Rael, Communications Associate
    27 Feb 2015 | 2:07 pm
    When their son Arian was three years old, Sib and Debjani Chowdhury noticed he had difficulty carrying his school bag. Shortly after, his teachers reported that he couldn’t lift his hand during a school exercise. He continued to lose motor abilities and some of his facial features began to develop atypically, prompting his parents to consult a physician. After seeing […] The post Arian’s Story: A Reason to Advocate on Rare Disease Day appeared first on Direct Relief.
  • Monitoring Medical Needs After 5.4 Earthquake in Pakistan

    Gordon Willcock, Emergency Preparedness &#38; Response Manager
    26 Feb 2015 | 5:42 pm
    The U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) has reported that a magnitude 5.4 earthquake has struck Pakistan in the vicinity of Batgram district in the province of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (former North-West Frontier Province, NWFP). The earthquake hit at 22:00 local time and strong tremors were felt in the capital Islamabad, 62 miles to the south of the epicentre. There have been no […] The post Monitoring Medical Needs After 5.4 Earthquake in Pakistan appeared first on Direct Relief.
  • From the Field: Health Facilities in Sierra Leone Work to Restore Services

    Jenny Hutain, Emergency Preparedness &#38; Response Coordinator
    25 Feb 2015 | 5:02 pm
    A team from Direct Relief is traveling through West Africa to better understand the needs of health care partners and formulate long-term strategies for strengthening health systems devastated by the Ebola outbreak. Our Emergency Response Manager, Jenny Hutain, shares her observations from Sierra Leone. Restoring Capacity as Ebola Wanes Today, Andrew (Director of International Programs and Emergency Response) and I […] The post From the Field: Health Facilities in Sierra Leone Work to Restore Services appeared first on Direct Relief.
  • From the Field: Battle Against Ebola Continues in Sierra Leone

    Andrew MacCalla, Director of International Programs and Emergency Response
    24 Feb 2015 | 5:28 pm
    A team from Direct Relief is traveling through West Africa to better understand the needs of health care partners and formulate long-term strategies for strengthening health systems devastated by the Ebola outbreak. Our Director of International Programs and Emergency Preparedness and Response, Andrew MacCalla, shares his observations from Sierra Leone below. I’m generally very impressed with the response of the […] The post From the Field: Battle Against Ebola Continues in Sierra Leone appeared first on Direct Relief.
 
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    Life Made to Order

  • Law of Attraction and Allowing: 3 Tips for Getting Out of Your Own Way

    Kelli Cooper
    2 Mar 2015 | 2:26 am
    One of the appeals of working consciously with law of attraction is the idea things we want can come to us with ease and joy. We don’t have to suffer; we don’t have to worry about anyone else being able to mess things up for us. It’s pretty freaking great how the whole system works. But, as we all know, getting into a space of true allowing can be one of the hardest things to do. We have pesky resistance, issues of deserving, and a bunch of other crap gumming up the works. It can take a bit of time to really shift our energy. Conscious decisions have to be made to start…
  • Law of Attraction: How to Combat Issues of Worthiness and Deserving

    Kelli Cooper
    27 Feb 2015 | 3:07 am
    If you were to ask most people if they believed they they were worthy and deserved good things, I imagine the large majority of people would answer yes. What a stupid question they may think..of course I believe I am entitled to happiness. But, I’ll let you in on a little secret…we often don’t feel that way. The degree to which we don’t can vary significantly between people, but issues of worthiness and deserving are something most grapple with. And working consciously with law of attraction can really trigger all of that big time. You may begin thinking back to all…
  • Law of Attraction: What to Do When You’re Ready to Throw in the Towel

    Kelli Cooper
    25 Feb 2015 | 2:47 am
    Getting a bit frustrated with your efforts to manifest something? Do things not seem to be working? Is this whole law of attraction thing turning out to be a lot harder than you expected? Are you super-pissed at yourself for not being able to let in what you want? Are you filled with a sense of despair that you will never get what you want? Do you feel like you have failed? Are you convinced there is some vibrational defect that is apparently beyond repair and you might as well just accept your lot as it is in this moment? This is a sucky place to be, and many people who begin working…
  • Law of Attraction and Resistance: 3 Tips for Sending It On Its Merry Way

    Kelli Cooper
    23 Feb 2015 | 3:14 am
    I have studied law of attraction quite a bit, and have been applying what I have learned for several years now. I have gained a deeper understanding of how to practically apply the principles, and it is my favorite topic to cover on my blog. Why? Because I know how frustrating it can be to try and work with a process that is supposed to be so damn simple, but feels really hard, especially when we first start out, or have set our sights on something big and important to us. The essence of LOA is pretty basic. Ask and it is given. Believe you can have what you want. Act as if you already have…
  • Staying True to Your Path When Others Keep Trying to Pull You Off It

    Kelli Cooper
    18 Feb 2015 | 3:04 am
    In a perfect world, we would just be able to do what makes us happy, without others putting in their unnecessary two cents. It would truly be to each his own. We would all just focus on own happiness, and making our little corner of existence as awesome as possible. The need to judge, criticize or try to impose our will onto others would be absent. But, alas, that really isn’t how it goes much of the time, and pushback from others, and caring a bit too much about what other people think, is probably one of the biggest barriers to living as we truly please. I would rank this problem…
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    Groundswell

  • Who Should Pay for the Meal? One Feminist’s Guide for Dating

    Denarii Monroe
    27 Feb 2015 | 1:21 pm
    This article was originally published on Everyday Feminism, and has been reproduced here with their permission. Editor’s note: More than ever before, today’s dating scene is about choice. It’s your choice if you date, how you date, who you date, where you go, and how you spend money on these dates. This article offers one perspective on overcoming common pitfalls that can make our dating choices so difficult. There are so many things that we obsess over when preparing for a date. What will I wear? Gotta make sure my breath doesn’t stink! Should I bring a gift?
  • Why Haven’t Brands Noticed That “Nude” is Not One Color for Everyone?

    Chrislyn Laurie Laurore
    27 Feb 2015 | 1:20 pm
    If you, like me, identify as a woman of color, then the following scenarios are probably all too familiar: You’ve made a trip to your favorite department store in search of a pair of “nude” heels, only to discover that the shades offered are peach and beige. You need nude hosiery for a dance recital, theatrical production, or interview, but the “nude” stockings, bras, or underwear at the local CVS aren’t actually flesh-toned. “Invisible” Band-Aids are very noticeable…and they look ridiculous. The list could go on and on. While women of color have long…
  • Is Your Doctor Taking Money from Drug Companies? Here’s How to Find Out.

    Stephanie Levy
    27 Feb 2015 | 10:51 am
    Did you know that it’s legal for doctors to accept money or gifts from pharmaceutical drug companies? The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) recently launched Open Payments Data, a new website that “makes information public about financial relationships between the health care industry, physicians, and teaching hospitals,” according to the site. Consumers can search for their physicians and get the following information: Which pharmaceutical companies have made a payment to the doctor The nature of the payment When it occurred How much the pharmaceutical company paid…
  • Could This One App Change the Way We Buy Fish?

    Katherine Manchester
    26 Feb 2015 | 1:56 pm
    When did buying fish become so complicated? Imported or domestic? Atlantic or Pacific? Wild-caught or farmed? Organic? There are so many decisions to be made in the seafood market in 2015. And no wonder. Seafood production is a huge, globalized industry involving all sorts of convoluted supply chains. The US is second only to China in seafood consumption, but 91% of the seafood that we consume is imported, meaning that our purchasing power can influence production trends on a global level. With nearly 30% of fish stocks worldwide being exploited above biologically sustainable levels, our…
  • Oscar-Winners Often Play Disabled Characters. So Why Don’t We See Disabled Actors?

    Stephanie Levy
    24 Feb 2015 | 2:08 pm
    Editor’s note: In this article’s body and headline, we have chosen to use both the terms “disabled people” and “people with disabilities” as a reference for people who are living with a disability. We understand that there is no universal concensus on identity-first or people-first language, and have chosen to use both as a representation of the diversity of opinions within the community. In the criminally underrated series “Extras,” Kate Winslet—playing herself—dropped this pearl of wisdom: “Play a mental, win an Oscar.” Sunday night, the…
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    Good News Shared

  • Whizz-Kidz Wheelchair Helps Girl Get Confidence Back

    Nisha Kotecha
    2 Mar 2015 | 12:54 am
    We’d like you to meet Emma.. Emma playing the cello in her new Whizz-Kidz wheelchair Emma is a typical 11-year-old. She loves acting and singing with her friends at school. She has cerebral palsy which, until she received her first powered wheelchair from Whizz-Kidz in 2014, left her feeling restricted and frustrated at her lack of independence. Emma’s Mum Penny says, ‘Emma is a very sparky, proactive girl and she was tired of relying on adults to push her around and desperate for more freedom. She also missed interaction with others and struggled with people looking past her and…
  • Team v Leaders Highlight Challenges Young Carers Face with ‘Do You Care’ Campaign

    Pauline Meyer
    27 Feb 2015 | 12:49 am
    I am currently taking part in Team v, which is the flagship youth social action and leadership programme of the charity vInspired. It aims to equip young people with skills to campaign for positive change in their communities across England. I decided to join Team v as I have always enjoyed voluntary work. I became interested in campaigning but didn’t feel like I had the confidence or skills to make a difference. Team v has been an amazing experience, I have learnt so much about campaigning and it is so refreshing to meet other young people from all over the country who are also passionate…
  • Bristol Engineering Student wins Student Volunteer of the Year Award

    Nisha Kotecha
    26 Feb 2015 | 6:03 am
    Engineers Without Borders UK volunteer wins Student Volunteer of the Year Award A student at the University of Bristol has fought off tough competition from students across the UK to win the 2015 Student Volunteer of the Year Award. The president of Engineers Without Borders UK’s (EWB-UK) Bristol University branch, Conor McGlacken, won the award as part of the annual Student Volunteering Week celebrations. Photo: Student Hubs / Graham Read The judges from Student Volunteer of the Year Award said that Conor stood out as a clear leader: “We were impressed by Conor’s commitment to…
  • Epic Arts Café, Kampot, Cambodia

    Mags Bird
    26 Feb 2015 | 12:52 am
    Epic Arts is an inclusive arts organisation summed up by their motto ‘Every Person Counts’.   Their café in Kampot, Cambodia raises funds for their arts programmes and awareness raising activities, as well as providing employment for deaf and disabled people. At the first glance it seems like a cheerful place with an inclusive spirit… but how would it rate as a fuelling stop for hungry customers? Food and Drink Choosing what to eat was the most difficult part of the visit to the café!  We went for a tea-time snack, and the choice of enticing home-baked cookies and cakes was…
  • Young People Today Just Want to Help

    Arwen Lewis
    25 Feb 2015 | 12:44 am
    Survey Finds 4 in 10 Young People Volunteer in the UK Young people, like 17 year old Devan Witter, just want to help other people. On his own website, Devan is supporting people who are being bullied, drawing from his own experiences. He also speaks at local schools and works with his local police, doing what he can to help people. And he’s not the only one. A survey by Ipsos Mori in November 2014, found that 4 out of 10 young people had been involved in meaningful social action over the last year, often in their local communities, with activities such as fundraising, volunteering for…
 
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