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  • Don't be shy. Run towards your big vision.

    Have Fun • Do Good
    Britt Bravo
    17 Oct 2014 | 9:52 am
    As I was walking to work one day this week, I saw this cute Corgi (pictured above) on the street. At first he was shy. He watched me with half of his face hidden behind the wall. But as I walked closer, his excitement overwhelmed him. He ran out of hiding to say hello and invited me to pet him (so soft!).Sometimes that's how we are with our Big Visions. Shy at first. Testing the waters. Not wanting to make a commitment. But here's the important part. The excitement. When we get SO excited about something that we just HAVE to do it, or learn more about it, or share it with others, we need to…
  • Halloween Candy: What you need to know before you shop.

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    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.
  • Overcoming Objections to Self-Compassion

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    Greater Good
    23 Oct 2014 | 1:05 am
    Kristin Neff considers—and rebuts—some of the main objections to treating yourself with kindness.
  • Links of the Month: October 23, 2014

    how to save the world
    Dave Pollard
    23 Oct 2014 | 7:53 pm
    image by Marsel van Ooosten via overgrowthesystem.com  My worldview continues to shift between those of 5 of the ‘camps’ in my New Political Map: The Existentialist/Dark Mountain camp (J), where my heart lies, and which calls on me to focus attention, for now, on learning presence, self-awareness, healing and becoming less dependent on industrial civilization as it collapses; The Communitarian/New Tribal camp (I), which calls on me to focus attention on the collective work of building resilient communities and collective (rather than personal) capacity where I live, now, so the…
  • How To Be Successful in Life and Business

    What's a BOPreneur?
    Paul Hudnut
    10 Oct 2014 | 1:47 pm
    Get Lean. Lean In. Be disruptive. Move from Good to Great.There is much written and spoken about success. As a business. As a person. As a country.Humans like a guiding star, and they take comfort in being told there is a map for their future journey. If you are starting a business, "how to" information is comforting. If you are a company struggling to innovate, "how to" advice is comforting. If you are starting your career as a recent graduate, "how to" information on leadership and career trajectory is comforting.Many are happy to tell you "how to" be successful. Before rushing to read the…
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  • Don't be shy. Run towards your big vision.

    Britt Bravo
    17 Oct 2014 | 9:52 am
    As I was walking to work one day this week, I saw this cute Corgi (pictured above) on the street. At first he was shy. He watched me with half of his face hidden behind the wall. But as I walked closer, his excitement overwhelmed him. He ran out of hiding to say hello and invited me to pet him (so soft!).Sometimes that's how we are with our Big Visions. Shy at first. Testing the waters. Not wanting to make a commitment. But here's the important part. The excitement. When we get SO excited about something that we just HAVE to do it, or learn more about it, or share it with others, we need to…
  • When your big vision dies . . .

    Britt Bravo
    10 Oct 2014 | 11:29 am
    A tree grows a tree"The Death of a tree is the birth of a log or a snag [a standing dead or dying tree]. Dead trees are essential to the health of the forest and they are the basis of its astonishing productivity. Fallen trees are a substantial reservoir of organic matter and water that other plants and trees depend on. . . As a tree slowly decays, it becomes a nursery for plants. It may take 400 years or longer to become incorporated into the forest floor. During this time, a variety of shrubs and trees have the opportunity to develop part or all of their root systems within the decaying…
  • Looking for Your Big Vision? Notice What "Sparkles"

    Britt Bravo
    24 Sep 2014 | 8:16 am
    Rain "sparkles" by meA friend who is between jobs recently asked me, "Is there one piece of advice you would give to a creative person when they are looking for their next job, or project?"I responded, "Notice what 'sparkles' for you."I think of "sparkles" as things that make you smile, makes time fly, or that you all of a sudden become very curious about (even if you don't understand why).If you are a "creative" type, you already know that most creative projects don't usually happen in a straight line: A to Z. They often begin with something small: a craving for an ingredient, a phrase you…
  • Big Vision Tip: Stay on Track. Text Your Big Vision Buddy

    Britt Bravo
    15 Sep 2014 | 9:08 am
    About a year and a half ago my friend Heather and I decided to try the Oprah and Deepak 21-Day Meditation Experience. To make sure we completed it, we texted each other right after we meditated. There were many mornings when I would "forget" to meditate (isn't it funny how our minds do that when we're resisting something?), and her text would prompt me to do it.It worked so well that even when the 21 days were over, we continued to text each other after we meditated. A year and half later, our meditation practices certainly aren't perfect, but they're so much a part of our lives that we no…
  • Bye-Bye Big Vision Podcast: 70+ Interviews Over 7 Years with Social Changemakers

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

  • 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…
  • WEF14: New millennial consumers and sustainability

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

  • Overcoming Objections to Self-Compassion

    Greater Good
    23 Oct 2014 | 1:05 am
    Kristin Neff considers—and rebuts—some of the main objections to treating yourself with kindness.
  • The Three Components of Self-Compassion

    Greater Good
    21 Oct 2014 | 12:35 pm
    Kristin Neff, the world’s leading researcher of self-compassion and founder of the Mindful Self-Compassion program, explains the core features of self-compassion.
  • Social Connection in “The Science of Happiness”

    Greater Good
    21 Oct 2014 | 5:28 am
    The GGSC's online course, “The Science of Happiness,” emphasizes the importance of social connection to happiness. But how socially connected are our students—and how does their connection relate to other aspects of their lives, like their age and relationship status? We have some interesting answers, thanks to data from the survey that we provided to our students at the start of the course. More than 30,000 of them have completed it so far. This is the second in a series of posts reporting on findings from the survey. The first described how students’ happiness…
  • The Right Way to Get Angry

    Greater Good
    20 Oct 2014 | 8:16 am
    Anger is in itself neither good nor bad—it’s what you do with it that matters. Anger is best viewed as a tool that helps us read and respond to upsetting social situations. Research overwhelmingly indicates that feeling angry increases optimism, creativity, effective performance—and research suggests that expressing anger can lead to more successful negotiations, in life or on the job. In fact, repressing anger can actually hurt you. Dr. Ernest Harburg and his team at the University of Michigan School of Public Health spent several decades tracking the same adults in a longitudinal…
  • The Battle Between Success and Compassion

    Greater Good
    17 Oct 2014 | 1:00 am
    If you were asked to rank in order of importance academic achievement, happiness, and care for others as priorities for our young people today, how would you respond? If you’re like most parents and teachers in the U.S., you would place the highest importance on care for others—a very worthy choice and one that science suggests can actually increase the other two outcomes. Yet, a recent U.S. survey of 10,000 middle and high school students conducted by Harvard’s Making Caring Common Project revealed that students believe their parents and teachers prioritize academic achievement and…
 
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  • Links of the Month: October 23, 2014

    Dave Pollard
    23 Oct 2014 | 7:53 pm
    image by Marsel van Ooosten via overgrowthesystem.com  My worldview continues to shift between those of 5 of the ‘camps’ in my New Political Map: The Existentialist/Dark Mountain camp (J), where my heart lies, and which calls on me to focus attention, for now, on learning presence, self-awareness, healing and becoming less dependent on industrial civilization as it collapses; The Communitarian/New Tribal camp (I), which calls on me to focus attention on the collective work of building resilient communities and collective (rather than personal) capacity where I live, now, so the…
  • Grimly Letting Go of the Old Story

    Dave Pollard
    19 Oct 2014 | 9:07 pm
    cartoon by David Sipress  from the New Yorker I have noticed a subtle change over the last year or two in what (and how) both mainstream and alternative media are reporting (worse news, more indifferently, more dishonestly and more under-reporting). I’ve also noticed a gradual increase in the general level of non-specific anxiety, pessimism, guilt, shame, premonition and overwhelm of my friends and acquaintances (it’s even worse now, I think, than it was right after 9/11). And I’ve noticed a similar disturbing increase in the general level of malaise, meanness,…
  • something to believe in

    Dave Pollard
    10 Oct 2014 | 9:22 pm
    “though we rush ahead to save our time, we are only what we feel” — Neil Young “well we’ve both lived long enough to know we’d trade it all right now for just one minute of real love” – Patrick Henderson/Michael McDonald and then, after all – after all the struggle, all your life, to fit in, to belong, to do what you’re told you’re supposed to do, to be who you’re supposed to be, after you’ve finally figured out how this world actually works, how this civilization makes us all ill, and how it’s falling apart…
  • Black Swan: A Thought Experiment

    Dave Pollard
    7 Oct 2014 | 1:22 pm
    Photo from Agence France Presse via Global Policy Forum This is a thought experiment, and an idea for a possible new video game, one that might actually help us learn about the world most humans live in, appreciate our personal fortune, and help us increase our resilience to cope with the times ahead. It came to me last night: Imagine this: ONE You wake up suddenly, wracked with pain. You don’t know who or where you are. It is early morning, and you are lying on the grass, covered with several layers of old newspapers. You are a middle aged woman. Vaguely, you recall an accident,…
  • Fireproof

    Dave Pollard
    24 Sep 2014 | 4:10 pm
    My new short story, Fireproof, is up at SHIFT magazine as part of its fifth 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). Jeez, look at that. There’s fires up ahead as far as you can see, some of them right beside the highway! I wonder if this is part of that combined mega-forest fire they’ve been fighting for a month now. Awesome.” Rafe took his cap off as the four of us stopped our bicycle ride home to survey…
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  • How To Be Successful in Life and Business

    Paul Hudnut
    10 Oct 2014 | 1:47 pm
    Get Lean. Lean In. Be disruptive. Move from Good to Great.There is much written and spoken about success. As a business. As a person. As a country.Humans like a guiding star, and they take comfort in being told there is a map for their future journey. If you are starting a business, "how to" information is comforting. If you are a company struggling to innovate, "how to" advice is comforting. If you are starting your career as a recent graduate, "how to" information on leadership and career trajectory is comforting.Many are happy to tell you "how to" be successful. Before rushing to read the…
  • Who Gets What When You Give?

    Paul Hudnut
    5 Mar 2014 | 10:39 am
    This post may be a bit of a downer for some of my bleeps. It mixes economics and altruism. It raises questions about human nature. You've been warned. If you don't want to leave the happy bubble of self satisfaction about your charitable giving, stop reading. And even if you do, there are no answers here. Just some nagging questions.Still there? OK. Here goes.Some time ago, a doubt began to nag me about charity. I think it started with a passage in "Made to Stick" (2007) about the "Mother Theresa" effect. Researchers found that an appeal to give to a program was much more effective when it…
  • Charity 2013

    Paul Hudnut
    21 Dec 2013 | 8:27 pm
    For the fifth year in a row, I am posting some information about our family's charitable giving. This is a time of year when we are focused on giving to others. A time when we spend time with, and give presents to, our friends and families. And a time to support charities that do meaningful work we believe in.For more recent bleeps, you might want to read my prior posts from 2012, 2011, 2010, and 2009. In particular, the 2012 post has some tools and resources to find charities that are doing good work. These older posts lay out the "what, why and who" of our family's giving. If you are…
  • Entering the Entrepocene

    Paul Hudnut
    18 Nov 2013 | 11:28 am
    I am still blogging, but over here. I will still post on occasion as BOPreneur; but mostly, I am excited to be working with Andy on something new (yet which definitely builds on this blog). I invite you to visit www.entrepocene.com frequently, as well as join our facebook group (Entrepocene)  and follow us on twitter (@Entrepocene). To subscribe to feeds, click on your feed icon on your toolbar.
  • Go here...

    Paul Hudnut
    12 Nov 2013 | 11:19 am
    to see a post from Andy Hargadon and me about designing businesses to have a higher purpose. Our title for the post was "Eight Design Goals for Going Beyond Sustainability," but I liked their title too.It expands on my post SoCap post "unManifesto on Mattering."To subscribe to feeds, click on your feed icon on your toolbar.
 
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  • How Do I Take The Next Step in My Career?

    Michael Grandinetti
    22 Oct 2014 | 12:06 am
    “As a medical professional, I feel that I have reached a plateau at my job. I love the job with all of my heart (patients). I work hard on a daily basis. I feel that I could use a pay increase. It has been 6 years since I last had an increase in pay. At the same time, I feel with all of my heart that I was put on earth to do something really great as far as serving people. How do I find out what my next step is in life? I feel stuck.” ~ Brenda, Georgia Hi Brenda, First of all, congratulations on your success in the medical profession. I greatly admire your passion for what is…
  • Go Ahead, Jump On The Bed…With Your Shoes On!

    Camille Lucy
    21 Oct 2014 | 12:02 am
    If I asked you to jump on the bed right this very moment, would you be able to do it?  I mean really do it, without stopping to take your shoes off… without thinking for even one split second prior to taking the first step towards the bed? Most of you will instinctively stop first, think about your shoes, the bed, the sheets… your eyes would probably wander from one to the other… even if you pause for just a brief moment, it would feel awkward – perhaps even uncomfortable and unsettling – to dive onto the bed as is. Interesting, huh? So, why is this? According…
  • Is Worry Holding You Down?

    Melissa Heisler
    16 Oct 2014 | 12:02 am
    Mike and Tori’s House after Hurricane Odile My husband and I love the Baja Peninsula, visiting it frequently over the past few years. On September 14, 2014, Hurricane Odile hit. With no phone or internet service it was days or, in one case, a week before we heard from our friends who live there. Without communication, I became obsessed with any reports I could get from the area. I looked at photos of damage. I worried about the lack of food, water, and electricity. I concerned over my friends safety as desperation looting began. That week I was also hit with a massive cold. You see,…
  • How Much Are You Carrying?

    Camille Lucy
    14 Oct 2014 | 12:02 am
    One day, I was so overwhelmed that I came up with this analogy for how I felt.  I felt like I was carrying 100 bags, and as I tried to steady myself, they began falling. As I reached to stop one from falling, inevitably another one fell. The vision in my mind ended with all the bags on the floor, and a frazzled “me” standing there, looking at the mess. I am sure many of you can relate to this. In today’s hustle and bustle society and culture, we try to do so many things at once. We try to be so many things at once, switching hats from one to another, then back, again. And while we all…
  • Safety Checklist

    Melissa Heisler
    9 Oct 2014 | 12:02 am
    Recently a client admitted to falling back into an old undesirable habit. Ashley had once again become a tyrant at home. She was obsessed with the cleanliness of her house. She worried about getting things done on time. She stopped interacting with her family. The only time she spoke to them was when she was barking out an order or reprimanding when something was not done correctly or on time. Ashley was obsessed with her to-do list. She was frantic to complete each item. She was becoming very stressed by all she wanted to complete. The first thing I told her was, “Congratulations.” The…
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  • Ethiopia’s seed banks

    Emeka Okafor
    23 Oct 2014 | 3:57 pm
    SciDev reports: The community seed bank in Chefe Donsa, a village two hours’ drive east of the Ethiopian capital Addis Ababa, collects and preserves the seeds of local crops to ensure farmers have a steady supply of seeds to sow each year.The Chefe Donsa seed bank is just one of 13 established in different climatic areas of the country. The nation’s central seed bank, which the Ethiopian Institute of Biodiversity set up in Addis Ababa, helps researchers and farmers retain agricultural biodiversity. By preserving this, researchers hope to strengthen food security in the country and…
  • Building 'OuedKniss' Algeria

    Emeka Okafor
    23 Oct 2014 | 12:22 pm
    In Wamda... "how 5 teenagers built one of Algeria's biggest websites": The story of Algeria’s eighth most visited website started eight years ago when police showed up to shut down a suburban street market. For decades the market would regularly pop up on a street called Oued Kniss in the Algiers suburb of Kouba. People would buy, sell, and swap anything they could imagine, from television sets to carpets. “It was really nice,” remembers Mehdi Bouzid. Like many other teens in Algeria circa 2006, Bouzid and his four friends, Hichem Soudah, Amine Benmouffok, Ahmed Bouaouina, and Djamel…
  • Nguka Tableware

    Emeka Okafor
    23 Oct 2014 | 12:05 pm
    From Fatimata Ly: Designed in Dakar and made in Stoke-on-Trent, Nguka is a line of silk-screen printed ceramic plates designed by Fatimata Ly. The line draws its inspiration from Senegalese women portraiture in the 50’s and 60’s. The plates are designed with heirloom colors such as blue and yellow.Nguka is a tribute to Senegalese women from garments to hairstyle. The English Fine Bone China plates can be used as collectible or highly sophisticated tableware...[more here]
  • Tomato Jos

    Emeka Okafor
    23 Oct 2014 | 4:08 am
    On Kickstarter: Tomato Jos is an African agricultural production company that believes in the power of farming and processing local food products for local consumption.
  • Fiber-Mud and Solar Powered 3D printers

    Emeka Okafor
    21 Oct 2014 | 5:38 am
    The field of 3D printing continues to evolve on a number of fronts from input materials: A new Italian company is demonstrating a super-tall, portable machine that will bring 3D-printed dwellings to impoverished regions. The project comes from the 3D printer company WASP, which demonstrated the technology at Maker Faire Rome. Their building-making printer, a gargantuan 20′ tall, three-armed delta machine, can be assembled on site in two hours, according to WASP CEO Massimo Moretti, then filled with native mud and fiber, and used to cheaply construct dwellings. He explains that this gives…
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    Echoing Green Blog

  • Our Building Blocks of Early-Stage Support

    Echoing Green
    23 Oct 2014 | 8:03 am
    Echoing Green’s approach to supporting groundbreaking, early-stage social entrepreneurs runs much deeper than a two-year stipend and health insurance. Over the past several years, Echoing Green has worked to deepen our support for our Fellows, even as we expand the Fellowship program as part of the strategic growth of the organization. Through working with–and learning from–over 600 Fellows, we’ve developed a standard rubric and clearly defined building blocks for approaching and measuring our support. We’ve also identified the need for any standardization to be flexible enough to…
  • Raj Panjabi Leads Ebola Response Efforts

    Echoing Green
    2 Oct 2014 | 10:34 am
    Photo by Last Mile Health, known in Liberia as Tiyatien Health The Ebola outbreak appears to be far from over. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control together with World Health Organization reported that as of September 29, there were 6,574 cases of the hemorrhagic fever caused by the Ebola virus in Liberia, Guinea, Sierra Leone, Nigeria and Senegal. While global health organizations work to combat the spread of the disease, 2011 Echoing Green Fellow Dr. Rajesh Panjabi, CEO of Last Mile Health, has teamed up with Partners in Health (PIH) on the front lines in Liberia to combat what World Bank…
  • Bren Smith on the Front Line of the Crisis

    Scott Ballum
    23 Sep 2014 | 7:21 am
    photo and video via CNN.com CNN Columnist John D. Sutter joined 2014 Echoing Green Climate Fellow Bren Smith on his eighty-four mile journey from his ocean farm in Connecticut to Manhattan—in his 1983 workboat—to participate in this past weekend's People's Climate March. The feature video and editorial chronicling the trip reveal why Bren is so passionate about his work, and why he sees climate change as everyone's issue: Three days after Sandy hit, he told me, he got online and started researching alternative methods of oyster cultivation—and new crops to "farm" in the ocean. He came…
  • Priya Haji Will Long Be Remembered

    Echoing Green
    22 Aug 2014 | 7:44 am
    The shock doesn’t ever quite wear off. The Echoing Green community continues to be deeply saddened by the passing of Priya Haji. Many of you may know Priya as one of the most extraordinary serial social entrepreneurs. She was co-founder of Free at Last, World of Good, and her newest venture, SaveUp. We remember Priya as a pioneering visionary, uber impact-driven, and always always authentic. More recently, we reveled in her happiness as she became the mother to Zen and Omi. We invited a few Echoing Green Fellows to offer their thoughts and rememberances of Priya, her impact on their work,…
  • Social Impact Jobs August 2014

    Lara Galinsky
    20 Aug 2014 | 6:26 am
    Photo courtesy of Tugende If you regularly follow us on this blog or on social media, you likely have noticed that Echoing Green has been doing quite a bit of hiring over the last year. What’s up with that, you ask? Echoing Green is entering into the second year of our ambitious three-year strategic growth plan, which is positioning us to deepen our support for next generation social change talent across all of our programs. It’s an exciting time to be an organization at the center of innovative social change thinking. And it’s a priority for us to influence this social innovation…
 
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  • "Class Dismissed", New Indie Documentary on Home Education Receiving Amazing Audience Response

    Christine Escobar
    22 Oct 2014 | 3:45 pm
    A new independent film, 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 Jeremy Stuart.
  • 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…
  • Local Midwest Farm Training Program Accepting Applications

    Christine Escobar
    30 Sep 2014 | 10:32 am
      If you've ever dreamed of owning and working your own sustainable farm business, now is your chance to learn directly from Midwest farmers. Angelic Organics Learning Center in Calendonia, IL is accepting applications for their winter farmer training program. This week is the final week to submit application materials for the center's training program, Stateline Farm Beginnings, which begins October 11. The program runs until March 2015. Organizers say Stateline Farm Beginnings has launched more than 55 new sustainable farms in northern Illinois and southern Wisconsin since its…
  • Selfie Boom: The Good, the Bad and the Ugly

    Christine Escobar
    19 Sep 2014 | 2:09 pm
    Competing with our children’s digital world can be a challenge, especially when you would like them to experience the environment and the many ways they can sustain it. It’s hard enough to get them to look up from their device but when they are taking selfies, this might be the right time to capture their attention. With the ‘selfie boom’ in full swing (the word was added to the Oxford Dictionary in 2013), what more reason to entice your child to take as many as possible while camping, recycling, hiking, composting, fishing and basically enjoying all nature has to offer. An…
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    Acumen Fund Blog

  • Announcing a New Investment: SolarNow

    Acumen
    16 Oct 2014 | 7:00 am
    Acumen is pleased to announce a $1.4 million investment in SolarNow, a company that sells and finances solar home systems in Uganda. We sat down with Shuaib Siddiqui, Acumen’s Portfolio Director to learn more about the deal and why he’s excited about this innovative company. What is SolarNow? SolarNow is a Uganda-based company selling and financing solar home systems. A customer can go into a SolarNow shop and not only get the home system but also get the financing in the same place. Why are you personally excited about the solar energy space? When investing in the energy sector,…
  • Letter from Jacqueline: My Week in Ghana

    Jacqueline Novogratz
    14 Oct 2014 | 6:24 am
    I am writing on a return flight from Ghana. The country has not seen a single case of Ebola, yet the impact of fear is profound. As travelers enter the country, attendants screen for high temperatures. Hand sanitizer dispensers are omnipresent. Hotels and conferences have seen massive cancellations. Everywhere are constant reminders of our fragility and the strength of our connectedness. My heart goes out to all victims, their families and communities. My head presses for better systems and approaches to tackle our toughest problems as a world. The words from our manifesto reverberate, “It…
  • Five TED Talks that Inspire us to Tackle Poverty

    Acumen
    8 Oct 2014 | 4:00 am
    TED Global 2014 is in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil this week, where over 50 speakers will take the stage and explore ideas that shape our world. While there are countless TED talks that inspire us, including those from our fearless leader, below are five TED Talks that have informed how we think about tackling poverty, and continue to inspire us. Sendhil Mullainathan, Behavior Economist “We put billions of dollars into fuel-efficient technologies. How much are we putting into energy behavior change in a credible, systematic, testing way?” Julian Treasure, Sound Consultant “We’re…
  • Six online courses we’re taking this year

    Acumen
    2 Oct 2014 | 5:00 am
    +Acumen’s free online courses are a great way to learn tools that will help you develop both professionally and personally. Whether you are a social entrepreneur who wants to market to your customers or a young professional that wants to strengthen your leadership skills, we are offering six courses this Fall that will help you develop the tools, knowledge, and networks to change the way the world tackles poverty. Truth, Trust, Tribes & Trial: Marketing with Dignity at the Base of the Pyramid Understanding how to market new social innovations to BoP customers can make or break a new…
  • Seven Perspectives from the Social Good Summit

    Acumen
    24 Sep 2014 | 8:24 am
    What type of world do I want to live in by the year 2030? It is a big question on peoples’ minds during a very busy week in New York, where among the People’s Climate March, the United Nations General Assembly, and Clinton Global Initiative, the Social Good Summit was another event amplifying the calls to action being made around the world this week. At the Social Good Summit, the excitement both in the audience and on stage was palpable as change-makers from around the world gathered to discuss a broad range of solutions we as a global community must implement by 2030 in order to make…
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  • Change the world.

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

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

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

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

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

    Julia
    2 Oct 2014 | 3:53 pm
    Made a Kiva loanElias is a small Mexican farmer who produces and sells cheese for a living. He decided to purchase a 120-cubic-meter Sistema Biobolsa biodigester in order to reduce the high energy costs, which were threatening the existence of the business itself. By purchasing the biodigester, he will not have to externally buy the expensive propane needed for cooling and other purposes anymore. He will be able to fully integrate biogas production in the natural cycle of his business. By using the Sistema Biobolsa waste-to-energy solution, Elias will take full advantage of the large…
  • Kiva to Iraq

    Julia
    1 Oct 2014 | 3:51 pm
    Made a Kiva loan to Iraq.Shaima, a 38 year old mother of four, is an attorney and civil-society activist with twelve years of professional experience. She has participated in many activities with local NGOs and international agencies, and works in a clinic that provides legal aid for women survivors of domestic violence.Shaima identified an entrepreneurial opportunity when she noticed a lack of sufficient hotel options to accommodate the increase of tourists in her Iraqi hometown. Although the tourism market in Shaima’s conservative community is generally run by men, she bravely penetrated…
  • Wikipedia

    Julia
    25 Sep 2014 | 8:47 am
    I made a donation to Wikipedia today. My father asks me to, he uses it all the time. And he doesn't have a US credit card and asks me to donate for him.  I am glad to donate to Wikipedia because I am glad they exist.
  • Security Deposit

    Julia
    17 Sep 2014 | 8:21 am
    I helped Tracey with some funds she needs for a security deposit.  She's not asking for much but it will allow her to move into a place and she's been homeless for over a year.http://www.benevolent.net/need.html?needid=892
  • Kiva Zip loan for CHOCOLATE

    Julia
    26 Aug 2014 | 11:28 am
    Another worthwhile story.Love helping local people.Personal StoryI grew up in the mean and beautiful streets of Los Angeles, California with my six other siblings, and boy it was an adventure! Being the eldest girl came with a lot of unwanted responsibility but unbeknownst to me this shaped who I am today. I take charge, risk and responsibility to do what I love.I've been cooking, baking and creating sweet goods and chocolate confections for over thirty years. It's such second nature, I feel I can do it with my eyes closed. I've raised three wonderful children with my husband of 26 years, who…
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  • Link I liked

    Chris Blattman
    22 Oct 2014 | 10:55 am
    A simulation of births and deaths in the world in real time Quartz covers our statistical prediction of violence in Liberia paper Lant Pritchett reacts to yesterday’s SNL 39 cents a day video to make a bigger point about the problem with the SDGs Are you a Comic Sans criminal? America, the equal opportunity jailer: The US has more women in prison than China, India & Russia combined Indications my kids will not learn their algebra: The post Link I liked appeared first on Chris Blattman.
  • Egyptian monopoly

    Chris Blattman
    22 Oct 2014 | 10:53 am
    Via adamakary and DaliaEzzat_. The post Egyptian monopoly appeared first on Chris Blattman.
  • Video of the decade: SNL on giving 39 cents a day

    Chris Blattman
    21 Oct 2014 | 7:12 am
    Hat tip to Lant Pritchett. The post Video of the decade: SNL on giving 39 cents a day appeared first on Chris Blattman.
  • Happy blogiversary to me!

    Chris Blattman
    16 Oct 2014 | 7:36 am
    Number 7! Once again, the main this blog sticks around for me: (P.S. I’ve long lost the source of this cartoon. If someone knows, please comment below.) The post Happy blogiversary to me! appeared first on Chris Blattman.
  • Disenfranchisement kills babies?

    Chris Blattman
    16 Oct 2014 | 7:24 am
    It’s not a *huge* stretch. This paper studies the introduction of electronic voting technology in Brazilian elections. Estimates exploiting a regression discontinuity design indicate that electronic voting reduced residual (error-ridden and uncounted) votes and promoted a large de facto enfranchisement of mainly less educated citizens. Estimates exploiting the unique pattern of the technology’s phase-in across states over time suggest that, as predicted by political economy models, it shifted government spending towards health care, which is particularly beneficial to the poor.
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  • Helen Nissenbaum on Ad Nauseum, resistance through obfuscation, and weapons of the weak

    Ethan
    6 Oct 2014 | 3:00 pm
    Philosopher Helen Nissenbaum is one of the leading thinkers about the ethical issues we face in digital spaces. Her work on privacy as “contextual integrity” is one of the most tools for understanding why some online actions taken by companies and individuals feel deeply transgressive while others seem normal – we expect online systems to respect norms of privacy appropriate for the context we are interacting in, and we are often surprised and dismayed when those norms are violated. At least as fascinating, for me at least, Nissenbaum doesn’t just write books and…
  • Coco Fusco’s introduction to the Cuban blogosphere

    Ethan
    6 Oct 2014 | 11:26 am
    Multimedia artist, writer, activist and teacher Coco Fusco is a visiting associate professor at MIT’s Comparative Media Studies this year, and she introduced herself to the Center for Civic Media community with a stunning talk this past Thursday, unpacking the history and the possible futures of the Cuban blogosphere. Fusco is a frequent traveler to Cuba and has interviewed many of the key figures in the space and offered an overview that’s complex, subtle and by far the most informative picture of the space I’ve heard thus far. (Video of Fusco’s talk is available…
  • Williams Convocation Address: “Bibliolarceny and the Size of the Universe”

    Ethan
    21 Sep 2014 | 4:47 am
    My alma mater, Williams College, begins the academic year with a convocation, a ceremony for seniors, faculty and a small number of alumni who are being honored with the college’s Bicentennial medal, an award for “distinguished achievement in any field of endeavor”. I was honored to be one of those medal recipients this year, and the college asked me to address the students. My remarks follow below. (Should you want to see me deliver the address, here’s the YouTube video.) If the job of a commencement address is to offer students thoughts on how to exit college and…
  • A public apology – on screwing up by not questioning assumptions – my talk at #BIF10

    Ethan
    17 Sep 2014 | 8:41 am
    I spoke this morning at the tenth incarnation of BIF, Business Innovation Factory, an annual conference in Providence, RI that focuses on storytelling. It’s got a lot less product promotion and self-celebration than many conferences on innovation, and more personal stories, which is why I always enjoy attending. So I thought I’d share a personal story that I’m still digesting and the questions it raises for me. If it reads a little differently from most of my writing, the context helps explain why. About a month ago, I wrote an article about a simple idea. I asked whether…
  • Self-segregation on social networks and the implications for the Ferguson, MO story

    Ethan
    27 Aug 2014 | 11:48 am
    Michael Brown was fatally shot by police officer Darren Wilson on Saturday August 9, 2014. After his body lay in the hot street for four hours, Ferguson residents took to the streets to protest his killing. Brown’s death, the ensuing protest and the militarized police response opened a debate about race, justice and policing in America that continues today. I heard about Michael Brown’s death for the first time on the evening of the 9th, through Twitter. Sarah Kendzior, a St. Louis-based journalist, was retweeting accounts of the protest, and other Twitter friends who write about…
 
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  • Continuous Growth

    23 Oct 2014 | 9:00 pm
    What makes life dreary is the want of a motive.  ~George Eliot'Tis the motive exalts the action; 'Tis the doing, and not the deed.  ~Margaret PrestonThe Light of LightsLooks always on the motive, not the deed,The Shadow of Shadows on the deed alone.  ~William Butler YeatsThe soul that has no established aim loses itself.  ~Michel de MontaigneA feeling of continuous growth is a wonderful source of motivation and self-confidence.  ~Brian TraceyQuotes about motivation
  • A Running Stream

    22 Oct 2014 | 9:00 pm
    Happiness is not a station to arrive at, but a manner of traveling.  ~Margaret Lee RunbeckThe grand essentials of happiness are: something to do, something to love, and something to hope for.  ~Allan K. ChalmersGrowth itself contains the germ of happiness.  ~Pearl S. BuckHappiness consists in activity. It is a running stream, not a stagnant pool.  ~John Mason GoodQuotes about happiness
  • The Wick in the Candle

    21 Oct 2014 | 9:00 pm
    Satisfaction of one's curiosity is one of the greatest sources of happiness in life.  ~Linus PaulingCuriosity is the wick in the candle of learning.  ~William Arthur WardOne of the secrets of life is to keep our intellectual curiosity acute.  ~William Lyon PhelpsBe less curious about people and more curious about ideas.  ~Marie CurieI have no special talents. I am only passionately curious.   ~Albert EinsteinOnce we believe in ourselves, we can risk curiosity, wonder, spontaneous delight or any experience that reveals the human spirit.  ~e. e. cummingsQuotes…
  • The Best Therapist

    20 Oct 2014 | 9:00 pm
    The diamond cannot be polished without friction, nor man perfected without trials.  ~ConfuciusA clay pot sitting in the sun will always be a clay pot. It has to go though the white heat of the furnace to become porcelain.  ~Mildred White StruvenWith any trial and circumstance, a person's true color either shines or darkens.  ~Shannon WalkerWise are they who have learned these truths: Trouble is temporary. Time is tonic. Tribulation is a test tube.  ~William Arthur WardTo be tested is good. The challenged life may be the best therapist.  ~Gail SheehyQuotes about…
  • Create Light

    19 Oct 2014 | 9:00 pm
    If you would be pungent, be brief; for it is with words as with sunbeams -the more they are condensed, the deeper they burn.  ~Robert SoutheyAll our words are but crumbs that fall down from the feast of the mind.  ~Kahlil GibranBut words are things, and a small drop of ink,Falling like dew, upon a thought, producesThat which makes thousands, perhaps millions, think.  ~George Gordon ByronFor me, words are a form of action, capable of influencing change. Their articulation represents a complete, lived experience.  ~Ingrid BengisWords do two major things: they provide food…
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    Gift Hub

  • False Art

    Phil Cubeta
    9 Oct 2014 | 8:42 am
    False Art wears finery, and walks with little mincing steps, every inch a lady. Sadly, she sometimes tries to sing.
  • Phronesis and The Philanthropic Plural

    Phil Cubeta
    5 Oct 2014 | 1:17 pm
    Phronesis, in Aristotle, is practical wisdom, or judgment. The following question drill (suited, it seems to me, for dialectic, dialogic, self-aware, philanthropy) comes from the sociologist, now at Said School of Business, Bent Flyvbjerg, via Wright and Cairns, Scenario Thinking: 1. What is going on here? 2. Is it desirable? 3. What, if anything should we do about it? 4. Who gains and who loses, by what instrumentalities of power? Take the incursion of metrics, managed systems, branding, mass customization, into all walks of life, the rise of wealth inequality, the instrumentaliziation of…
  • Best Practices of a world class Fool

    Phil Cubeta
    4 Oct 2014 | 5:00 am
    World class Fools, too, as you would expect, have an annual conference and panels and breakout groups. Admist the din of Bedlam, today's topic is, "What have we learned that has served us best?" How to take a beating is apparently the answer.
  • The Wise Courtiers' Best Practices

    Phil Cubeta
    4 Oct 2014 | 4:57 am
    The Courtiers, too, have a Mastermind Group, where they go to learn Best Practices from each other. How can we best serve the King, whose name is Lear, is today's question. The Fool, dancing through, carrying an empty pitcher and a  tray of invisible beer mugs, offers, "Is this before or after you have driven him mad?"
  • Helping our clients live simply

    Phil Cubeta
    30 Sep 2014 | 1:54 pm
    Burt, the surgeon, doubles as a mortician - that is a joke as old as Martial, and still funny. Jill, the firm's top grossing wealth consultant, doubles as a morals tutor.  When your balance hits zero, she gives you a complimentary copy of Thoreau's, Walden, and you can go "live simply" in the woods outside the office park. I guess that's funny. Why would she give a free book to someone who's broke?
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  • Mexican CHEESE Farmer from Kiva

    2 Oct 2014 | 3:53 pm
    Made a Kiva loanElias is a small Mexican farmer who produces and sells cheese for a living. He decided to purchase a 120-cubic-meter Sistema Biobolsa biodigester in order to reduce the high energy costs, which were threatening the existence of the business itself. By purchasing the biodigester, he will not have to externally buy the expensive propane needed for cooling and other purposes anymore. He will be able to fully integrate biogas production in the natural cycle of his business. By using the Sistema Biobolsa waste-to-energy solution, Elias will take full advantage of the large…
  • Kiva to Iraq

    1 Oct 2014 | 3:51 pm
    Made a Kiva loan to Iraq.Shaima, a 38 year old mother of four, is an attorney and civil-society activist with twelve years of professional experience. She has participated in many activities with local NGOs and international agencies, and works in a clinic that provides legal aid for women survivors of domestic violence.Shaima identified an entrepreneurial opportunity when she noticed a lack of sufficient hotel options to accommodate the increase of tourists in her Iraqi hometown. Although the tourism market in Shaima’s conservative community is generally run by men, she bravely penetrated…
  • Wikipedia

    25 Sep 2014 | 8:47 am
    I made a donation to Wikipedia today. My father asks me to, he uses it all the time. And he doesn't have a US credit card and asks me to donate for him.  I am glad to donate to Wikipedia because I am glad they exist.
  • Security Deposit

    17 Sep 2014 | 8:21 am
    I helped Tracey with some funds she needs for a security deposit.  She's not asking for much but it will allow her to move into a place and she's been homeless for over a year.http://www.benevolent.net/need.html?needid=892
  • Kiva Zip loan for CHOCOLATE

    26 Aug 2014 | 11:28 am
    Another worthwhile story.Love helping local people.Personal StoryI grew up in the mean and beautiful streets of Los Angeles, California with my six other siblings, and boy it was an adventure! Being the eldest girl came with a lot of unwanted responsibility but unbeknownst to me this shaped who I am today. I take charge, risk and responsibility to do what I love.I've been cooking, baking and creating sweet goods and chocolate confections for over thirty years. It's such second nature, I feel I can do it with my eyes closed. I've raised three wonderful children with my husband of 26 years, who…
 
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    So what can I do?

  • Change the world.

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

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

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

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

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

  • 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…
  • WEF14: New millennial consumers and sustainability

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

    Jeremy Martin
    23 Oct 2014 | 11:30 pm
    Vicky Adams Several writers, including award-winning poet James Merrill, claim they've published works composed with the help of spirits conjured and consulted via Ouija boards. Most of the movies featuring such a board (such as the imaginatively titled Ouija, Hasbro's second attempt at a major motion picture following 2012's Battleship), however, all seem to be based on urban legends about the horrors unleashed by its misuse in the hands of morons. But there’s a more interesting backstory. Patented in 1890 by Elijah Bond, the Ouija board is a simplification of automatic writing, putting…
  • The Standards are Too Damn High

    Mark Hay
    23 Oct 2014 | 3:30 pm
    Illustration by Tyler Hoehne Sometime this month, the Mo Ibrahim Foundation will announce the winner of this year’s Ibrahim Prize for Achievement in African Leadership. Or rather, in keeping with recent tradition, it’s more likely they’ll announce this year’s lack of a winner. The prize is one of the world’s biggest financial awards attached to a foundation or public honor: Recipients are granted an initial $5 million and then $200,000 a year for the rest of their lives. Not counting two honorary awards to Nelson Mandela and Archbishop Desmond Tutu, the internationally heralded…
  • Stop Chasing the “It” Pumpkin

    Allen Salkin
    23 Oct 2014 | 2:50 pm
    My fellow Halloweenites, now is the time for your tears for there are 27 different varieties of pumpkin available at Whole Foods this year. Linus, the blanket-toting Peanuts tot, had it right when he said, "There are three things I have learned never to discuss with people: religion, politics, and the Great Pumpkin." Pumpkins, you see, carry meaning. These swollen orange gourds are the central totems of America’s weird secular autumn holiday. We stick knives into their thick skin. We carve skeletal faces into their meat. We touch pumpkin guts, and they—in some weird transmogrification of…
  • Skid Row Is Here to Stay

    Tasbeeh Herwees
    23 Oct 2014 | 8:05 am
    Photo by Stephen Zeigler/Wikipedia On a sunny autumn day in Los Angeles, more than a hundred people gather at Gladys Street Park, located at the heart of Downtown’s Skid Row. This 54-block neighborhood has been referred to as the “homeless capital of America” but it’s also the site of a nascent community of artists, activists, and emerging leaders, many of whom worked to put together the day’s festivities. At the center of the park, underneath a banner that reads “Festival for Skid Row Artists”, musicians, singers, and poets rhapsodize and perform for a jubilant audience. Gladys…
  • How to Raise $750,000 for Charity, the YouTuber Way

    Manuel Rapada
    23 Oct 2014 | 1:10 am
    Passionate and creative: That’s how YouTube sensation Tyler Oakley describes his “people,” the millions worldwide who follow his life on the video-sharing site. The 25-year-old—who records everything from meaningful advice to ridiculous challenges with fellow YouTube stars, or YouTubers—gained a deep new respect for his fans when the crowdfunding campaign he started raised $525,000 for The Trevor Project, an organization that offers suicide-prevention resources for LGBTQ youth. “It was a dream come true,” says Oakley. He had initially only set a $150,000 goal for the fundraiser,…
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  • World’s Leading Young Social Entrepreneurs Meet at the 2014 Enactus World Cup

    3BL Media
    23 Oct 2014 | 7:24 am
    Enactus, an international nonprofit that brings together more than 66,000 student members from 1,650 universities to empower people in need, today kicked off the 2014 Enactus World Cup. The World [...] The post World’s Leading Young Social Entrepreneurs Meet at the 2014 Enactus World Cup appeared first on SocialEarth.
  • eBay, Kindle, Skype, Google Maps Among Most Sustainable Mobile Apps

    Vikas Vij
    23 Oct 2014 | 7:07 am
    The near-universal popularity of smartphones and a wide range of innovative mobile apps have given rise to the possibility of leveraging them to improve sustainability. Consumers should know which of [...] The post eBay, Kindle, Skype, Google Maps Among Most Sustainable Mobile Apps appeared first on SocialEarth.
  • Enactus World Cup in Beijing to Promote Young Social Entrepreneurs

    Vikas Vij
    21 Oct 2014 | 7:05 am
    The Enactus World Cup is a unique global event that showcases the efforts of college and university students around the world who are helping their communities through entrepreneurial action. It [...] The post Enactus World Cup in Beijing to Promote Young Social Entrepreneurs appeared first on SocialEarth.
  • B Corps, Corporate Philanthropy and Being the Change

    Ryan Scott
    21 Oct 2014 | 6:45 am
    B Corps?  Don’t you mean C Corps? Nope, that isn’t a typo. Like Fair Trade certifications for coffee or USDA organic certifications for milk, B Corp is a voluntary certification [...] The post B Corps, Corporate Philanthropy and Being the Change appeared first on SocialEarth.
  • Pakistan Gives Rise to a New Wave of Social Entrepreneurs

    Vikas Vij
    21 Oct 2014 | 5:10 am
    The emergence of social enterprises over the last two decades has driven social innovation and created sustainable and scalable solutions in several parts of the developing world. Social enterprise, a [...] The post Pakistan Gives Rise to a New Wave of Social Entrepreneurs appeared first on SocialEarth.
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    Cause Global: Social Media for Social Change

  • Feminism 3.0

    26 Sep 2014 | 12:36 pm
    Feminism—with a small but strident f—is having a cultural moment. From Facebook's Sheryl Sandberg to Beyonce, it is becoming part of the mainstream. And this week, it marched onto center stage in Manhattan, at two of the nation's biggest annual social good gatherings of world leaders, CEOs, cause-wired Millennials, celebrities, and philanthropists: Bill Clinton's invitation-only, 10th annual Clinton Global Initiative (CGI), and the Social Good Summit, the open-door, Gen Y celebration of grassroots activism sponsored by Mashable, the United Nations Foundation, and the Bill & Melinda…
  • The Ice Bucket Challenge

    19 Aug 2014 | 11:33 am
    Unless you've been living under a rock this summer, you've probably heard about the Ice Bucket Challenge by now—and how thousands of celebrities and ordinary people across the country are challenging each other via social media to make a video of themselves dumping ice water on their heads to raise money for research into ALS, better known as Lou Gehrig's disease.You've probably also heard the criticism of this novel fundraising campaign—that it's silly, that it's narcissistic, and that it's slacktivism. Not suprisingly, perhaps, many social good sector veterans worry that big, viral…
  • #LikeAGirl

    27 Jun 2014 | 7:48 am
    Like many women I know, I was told repeatedly by my older brother growing up that I threw a softball "like a girl"— despite turning in an impressive season many years later as shortstop for a co-ed softball team I organized at the University of Hawaii, while there on an international reporting fellowship.That phrase continues to catch my attention, and I heard it again the other night, after leaving a movie at NYC's Film Forum. There, on the street near the subway, I overheard two men accusing a third of "acting like a girl" during an argument that would soon turn into a fistfight. I…
  • Speed as Strategy

    7 Jun 2014 | 11:30 am
    Social media scholar Clay Shirky likes to tell the story of Russia's Voina street-art activists and the June night in 2010, when some of its members painted a drawbridge leading to the Bolshoy Dom, the former headquarters of the KGB and Soviet secret police in St. Petersburg, where Russian President Vladimir Putin would be arriving the next morning. To passersby, what they had painted wasn't immediately clear —until the drawbridge was raised slowly the next morning, revealing a giant phallus rising skyward in full glory at precisely the time Putin pulled up in his motorcade.Fast forward…
  • Slacktivism Works

    6 Jun 2014 | 4:59 am
    Go ahead. Call online activism slacktivism. Just stop underestimating the impact of small actions such as Facebook likes, status updates or re-tweets for social change. New social research shows this micro-messaging can have a powerful emotional and psychological impact on the recipients of these messages—and, over time, can be key to the success and staying power of social movements."We know that these small actions online—anything that takes a few minutes to complete, like a status update or a comment to share, or a re-tweet—are things that many people do just to get attention," says…
 
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    Sasha Dichter's Blog

  • No Soup for You

    Sasha
    21 Oct 2014 | 2:00 am
    I was having a light-hearted disagreement with a colleague about the loyalty card programs of the lunch places across the street from Acumen – the cards where you get 10 punches / stamps and get a free lunch. Some of them, like Chelsea Thai, allow you to combine different cards, so if you don’t always have your card with you, you can still get a stamp and combine cards. Others, like Hale & Hearty Soup, have a strict policy: no combining of cards. The disagreement was whether there’s a meaningful difference between the two. I discovered the intricacies of the Hale & Hearty stamp…
  • Most of your meetings will be better if you…

    Sasha
    16 Oct 2014 | 2:00 am
    Have a purpose. State a purpose. Execute on that purpose.   This means you know what success looks like for you, and you actually say it out loud to the person you’re meeting with. For example: “I want to make sure we cover these three topics.” “I wanted to connect because I really want to understand ________ from your perspective.” “I’m hoping that by the end of this meeting we will finalize the partnership we’ve been discussing for the past six weeks, and that your company will commit to $1M of funding towards that partnership.” I’m surprised how rare it is to hear…
  • 15 ways you can reach me

    Sasha
    14 Oct 2014 | 2:00 am
    Today a friend apologized to me for not seeing a Skype text I’d sent him last week (no problem). This got me thinking about the incoming communication tools that I have, all the ways people can reach me. Work email address (Outlook) Personal email address (Gmail) Blog email address (Gmail) Blog comments (WordPress) Spam/shopping email address (Yahoo) iPhone text WhatsApp (including a few groups) Twitter (DMs, RTs and mentions) Skype calls + texts [oh, and I’m testing Viber] Facebook (and I don’t use the messenger app) LinkedIn messages Work phone + voicemail Cellphone + voicemail Home…
  • What I Talk About When I Talk About Blogging

    Sasha
    8 Oct 2014 | 2:00 am
    I’ve had a lot of conversations in the past few months that start with people saying, “I really have been meaning to write or blog, but I just haven’t done it. Any advice on how to start and stick with it?” Here are 12 things that I’ve learned since I started blogging in 2008: A structured time to write. Stephen King is famous for saying that step one in writing is to put your “butt in the chair.” Not glamorous, but true. 99% of my blog posts have been written on the train that I take home from work. And most of them come out very quickly – in 10-15 minutes. But I’ve…
  • Beauty and grit – from Lahore with love

    Sasha
    24 Sep 2014 | 2:00 am
    Waqas Ali keeps telling me that he sleeps.  I’m not sure I believe him. The last time I saw him was in late June in a coffee shop in Lahore.  We sat down at midnight, and it was clear that his day was just getting started. The Ghana-Germany World Cup game was being projected on a 15 foot screen in the background, but there’s no risk in being distracted when Waqas starts talking.  His energy is infectious. Waqas and I first met two years ago. He was the young, quiet, skinny kid in a group of six applicants that were part of the final selection for the Acumen Pakistan Fellows. Well,…
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    High Impact Philanthropy Blog

  • Global Refugee Work Rights Report: Q&A with Emily Arnold-Fernandez

    impactsp2@gmail.com
    16 Oct 2014 | 1:21 pm
    According to the UN Refugee Agency, today there are approximately 16 million refugees, people who have fled their own country to escape persecution or civil war. Emily Arnold-Fernandez, founder and executive director of Asylum Access, is a social entrepreneur working to transform the human rights landscape for refugees worldwide. To date, her work has impacted over 1 million refugees and earned numerous international accolades, including the Grinnell Prize; the Echoing Green fellowship; and recognition by the Dalai Lama as one of 50 “Unsung Heroes of Compassion” worldwide. In this…
  • Ebola Outbreak: How Can I Help? An Update & Focus on Liberia

    impactsp2@gmail.com
    9 Oct 2014 | 12:37 pm
    In this post, we provide a brief update on the Ebola crisis, criteria for selecting organizations to support, and specific opportunities for you to help. The Situation Since August (see our first entry on the crisis: Ebola Outbreak: How Can I Help?), the scale of the Ebola crisis has expanded dramatically. The most recent report from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) indicates that over 8,000 people have now caught the virus, leading to more than 3,500 deaths. The stigma attached to Ebola and the lack of beds at treatment centers mean that the real toll is thought to be as much as three…
  • Fall Update: TEDx Talk, Educational Programs, New Work & Evolving Team

    impactsp2@gmail.com
    2 Oct 2014 | 1:59 pm
    Few times of the year are as energizing for our team as the start of a new school year here at the university. We're starting this school year with new perspectives, new work and an expanded team.    Ebola: How Can I Help? Since August, the scale and scope of the crisis has expanded dramatically. See our latest blog post for analysis of the current situation, criteria for selecting organizations to support, and specific opportunities for you to help. TEDx: Amplify the Money You Give This recently posted TEDx talk explains what we mean by high-impact philanthropy, examples of…
  • Notes from the Field (New York City): The Power of The Crowd

    impactsp2@gmail.com
    25 Sep 2014 | 2:16 pm
    Members of our Center's team attended two events that took place in New York City last week—one you’ve probably heard of, and one that might have slipped under your radar. The first, the People’s Climate March, garnered extensive press coverage and brought together over 300,000 marchers in New York alone, not to mention those participating in over 2000 satellite events around the world. The second was a smaller affair, though no less exuberant. In a ballroom a few steps away from the heart of Broadway, Women Moving Millions brought together over a hundred women (and a…
  • Childhood Obesity Awareness Month: Opportunity for Donors to Encourage Healthy Choices

    impactsp2@gmail.com
    18 Sep 2014 | 1:14 pm
    Despite some positive trends at the state level, childhood obesity continues to plague our nation.  To bring attention to the epidemic and its overwhelming social and economic costs, estimated to exceed $100 billion annually, President Obama declared September as National Childhood Obesity Awareness Month.  Below is the second entry in our Center's mini-series on childhood obesity in honor of the awareness month.  See also Childhood Obesity Awareness Month: An Opportunity for Donors to Support Children's Health. Leveraging peers to enable healthy eating choices:…
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    In Search of Sanuk - Charity & Volunteering in Bangkok

  • Embrace Your Delusions

    Dwight Turner
    19 Oct 2014 | 3:08 pm
    “When someone tells you you’re being delusional, embrace it…” – Derek Sivers Yesterday I crashed the tail end of an entrepreneurial conference where one of the poignant pieces of advice, was the challenge to embrace your delusions. Fortunately, the speaker wasn’t giving mental health advice, but instead was encouraging people who may look crazy to some for chasing a dream. The difference between a dream and a delusion is simply one’s perspective. Your dream/delusions may run the gamut of endeavors, from long term living in a foreign country, to…
  • The Nuisance and Necessity of Ambitious Goals

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

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

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

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

  • The Gift of Struggle

    Dave Arnold
    16 Oct 2014 | 4:15 am
    “Hardships often prepare ordinary people for an extraordinary destiny.” – C.S. Lewis When I was in second grade I struggled to keep up with the other kids in school. My teacher tried to help me but had too much on her plate. So she called my mom and told her I was “slow” and that she didn’t have the time to devote to me in class. She went on to tell my mom she thought I might be mentally challenged. Of course my mom protested and told her I was smart and capable just like the other kids. But the truth was, things at home were not good. My parents fought a lot and my dad was…
  • 12 Things I Learned from Wandering the World

    Carolynne Melnyk
    2 Sep 2014 | 5:53 am
    For over 25 years I wandered the world.  Along the way, I had many adventures and learned about myself, people and the world. These are some of the things I learned: 1. I learned that people all over the world want the same basic things: enough to eat, clear water, decent shelter, good health, education and opportunities for their children, an honest way to earn some money and respect. 2. I learned that some of the poorest people on this planet are also some of the most generous. They share what they have, even if it is only a glass of water.  When someone offers you something from the…
  • How I Opened My Heart to Change and What Showed Up When I Did

    Vanessa Soto
    31 Aug 2014 | 7:15 am
    “Happiness is not something ready made. It comes from your own actions.” – Dalai Lama I arrived 15 minutes late for the Saturday morning conference call, right as Kate said she was about done with announcements and we would be doing check ins next. Kate being the instructor in my life coach-training program, the conference call being one of the training calls the 15 of us in the program dialed in to from all over the world. As Kate went on to say that this week our check in would be “If you really knew me…” —I kinda started to panic. What that meant was that…
  • 4 Reasons to Stop Comparing Yourself to Others

    Deborah Fike
    28 Aug 2014 | 6:47 am
    A friend of mine, Karen*, is one of those people who seems to have it all.  She graduated at the top of her MBA class.  She holds a high level job at a prestigious Fortune 500 company.  She maintains a rigorous exercise regimen, a reminder of her collegiate rowing days.  She’s happily married and had a child about a year ago.  There’s not much in life that Karen doesn’t do well. Except, she doesn’t feel that she’s doing well.  It’s not that Karen does not enjoy her life.  Quite the opposite: she loves all the elements of her life.  She struggles with work-life balance,…
  • My Road to Detoxification

    Virag Padalkar
    27 Aug 2014 | 5:40 am
    A while ago an ex-colleague of mine posted on a social networking website a very sensitive piece of information that usually people prefer to keep private. This was a sad event in his life (a divorce) and all said and done; took courage to put it out there for everyone to see. It kind of felt like a soul-baring act to me and one that must have taken immense guts. That got me thinking. The past few years of my life have been tumultuous to say the least. I have no doubt that there is much more to go, but given that I have finished almost half of my life; I sure hope the worst is over. I’ve…
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    Charitable Gift Giving

  • Wonderbag – Works like a Crock Pot with no Electricity!

    steve
    15 Oct 2014 | 7:34 am
    I love my Crock Pot. Granted, I lug it out almost as often as I lug out my ice cream maker or Ronco Rotisserie (meaning almost never other than the first two weeks I owned them when I used them constantly). But whenever I do have a slow cooked meal it’s always heavenly. I can’t go back to cooking beef stew any other way. The Wonderbag is an ingenious product that’s a slow cooker just like your Crock Pot, except that it doesn’t use any electricity. No plugs, no cords, nothing. You basically bring your dish to a boil on the stove in a pot, place it (pot and all) in the…
  • Agraria Helps Out for Breast Cancer Awareness Month Again

    steve
    8 Oct 2014 | 8:04 pm
    Once again, Agraria is donating 35% of all online sales of their Cedar Rose fragrance of products to breast cancer research, benefiting the Breast Cancer Research Foundation. Agraria is a producer of products of exquisite fragrances. Their history dates back to 1970 when they started as a boutique on Nob Hill, introducing two products with unique fragrances (“Bitter Orange” Potpourri and “Balsam” perfume candles.) The Henri Bendel store on New York’s Park Avenue and later Bergdoff Goodman put Agraria potpourri in the entryways of their stores. If you’ve…
  • Devon Still Jerseys to help Cincinnati Children’s Hospital

    steve
    1 Oct 2014 | 9:15 am
    The NFL has gotten a lot of flak lately. Seems that every time you read about football in the media, they’re not talking about the game, but about distractions like why a team name is supposedly offensive or how the criminal behavior of certain players supposedly represent the entire league. Here’s a nice story to come out of the NFL. On June 2, defensive tackle Devon Still learned his four year old daughter had Stage 4 pediatric cancer and given a 50% chance of survival. Soon after, he was cut from the roster of the Bengals, a devastating blow for any aspiring football player.
  • Oprah’s Chai Tea from Teavana and Starbucks that Helps Charity

    steve
    1 Sep 2014 | 6:24 pm
    Remember when rocker Bret Michaels created Snapple Troparocka as part of the Celebrity Apprentice reality show?  It was hard to believe that someone who wasn’t a beverage professional could create something so delicious. In fact, I have a bottle sitting next to me right now.     Well, back in April of this year Oprah announced at a Starbucks shareholders’ meeting that she had collaborated with Starbucks and Teavana to create her own chai blend. Chai tea, for those who don’t know, is actually a but of a redundancy (technically speaking a tautology). The word…
  • Sports Memorabilia for Auction That Helps United Way

    steve
    23 Aug 2014 | 9:37 am
    Are you a big sports fan or do you know one? How would you like to own or experience some of the following: A round of golf with Lee Westwood, former World Number One and UPS Golf Ambassador. A UPS Racing fire suit worn by NASCAR driver Carl Edwards in the 2013 Kentucky Speedway: Quaker State 400. An autographed football from former Chicago Bears All-Pro Linebacker Brian Urlacher. An autographed basketball  from former Atlanta Hawks Dominique Wilkins; Wilkins is a retired nine-time NBA All-Star and one of the best dunkers in NBA history, earning the nickname The Human Highlight Film.
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    The GiveWell Blog

  • Investigating the Ebola response

    Holden
    23 Oct 2014 | 12:30 pm
    Should you donate to efforts to contain the Ebola outbreak in west Africa? With hundreds of millions of dollars coming in from other donors, will your donation make a difference? How does this compare to giving to GiveWell’s top charities? These are difficult questions. It’s always hard to estimate how much good a donation does; it’s much harder in the midst of a rapidly evolving situation like this one. It requires predicting the future path of the pandemic and the effects of response efforts. New information (and new donations) are constantly changing the picture. Further…
  • Our ongoing review of Living Goods

    Natalie
    22 Oct 2014 | 7:46 am
    Living Goods runs a network of Community Health Promoters (CHPs) who sell health and household goods door-to-door in their communities in Uganda and Kenya. CHPs also provide basic health counseling. Living Goods also provides consulting and funding to other organizations to run similar networks in other locations. We have been considering Living Goods for a 2014 recommendation. We’ve now spent a considerable amount of time talking to Living Goods and analyzing documents Living Goods shared with us. This post shares what we’ve learned so far and what questions we’re planning to focus on…
  • Expert philanthropy vs. broad philanthropy

    Holden
    16 Oct 2014 | 12:30 pm
    It seems to me that the most common model in philanthropy – seen at nearly every major staffed foundation – is to have staff who specialize in a particular cause (for example, specializing in criminal justice policy). Often, such staff have a very strong background in the cause before they come to the foundation, and they generally seem to focus their time exclusively on one cause – to the point of becoming (if they weren’t already) an expert in it. I think this model makes a great deal of sense, partly for reasons we’ve discussed previously. Getting to know…
  • Our ongoing review of Development Media International

    Timothy Telleen-Lawton
    9 Oct 2014 | 12:24 pm
    Development Media International (DMI) produces radio and television programs in developing countries that encourage people to adopt improved health practices, such as exclusive breastfeeding of infants and seeking treatment for symptoms associated with fatal diseases. The program aims to reduce mortality of children under five years old. In May, we wrote that we were considering DMI for a 2014 top charity recommendation. We’ve now spent a considerable amount of time talking to DMI and analyzing documents DMI shared with us. This post shares what we’ve learned so far and what…
  • A promising study on the long-term effects of deworming

    Jake Marcus
    3 Oct 2014 | 10:10 am
    This year, Dr. Kevin Croke, a post-doctoral fellow at the Harvard School of Public Health, released a study that we consider an important addition to the evidence for deworming children. The study (Croke 2014) followed up on a randomized controlled trial (RCT) of a deworming program in Uganda and found higher scores on tests of literacy and numeracy in children living in treatment areas compared to the control 7 to 8 years later. This finding reinforces the findings of the only other RCT examining the long-term effects of deworming, which we had previously considered to be relatively strong…
 
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    RELEVANT Magazine

  • 14 New Songs from Worship Artists You Need to Hear

    jessec
    23 Oct 2014 | 1:41 pm
    A playlist to keep your fall going strong. There has been no shortage of great new praise and worship releases in the last few months. Throw in some recent live performance videos and a few new singles from upcoming LPs, and you can create a nice little playlist. Here’s our guide to 14 new songs from worship artists that you need to hear. Kings Kaleidoscope - “I Know” Becoming Who We Are Liz Vice - "Abide" Abide Young Oceans – “Only You” I Must Find You
  • Steve Carell Is Teaming Up with Charlie Kaufman for a New Sci-Fi Comedy

    23 Oct 2014 | 12:35 pm
    Steve Carell has signed on to star in a new sci-fi comedy from screenwriter Charlie Kaufman, the guy behind trippy dramedies including Adaptation, Being John Malkovich and Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind. In I.Q. 83, based on a 1978 novel, much of the population suffers from a disease that causes their I.Q.’s to plummet dramatically. From Deadline: “It becomes a race against time as the scientist [Carell] struggles for a cure, even as he feels himself growing dumber” ...
  • Why ‘Quiet Times’ Shouldn’t Just Happen Alone

    dixon.drew
    23 Oct 2014 | 10:00 am
    Personal Bible reading is great, but it's just the beginning. Having taken new job and moved my family to a new city after spending the last five years planting and pastoring a church, my wife and I recently found ourselves visiting churches. One Sunday, the pastor at a church we were visiting ended his sermon by pleading with the congregation to devote themselves to the personal study of Scripture. He said, “if you want to grow in your relationship with God, you have to study the Bible for yourself.”
  • Shia LaBeouf On Becoming a Christian: 'It's a Real Thing That Really Saved Me.'

    23 Oct 2014 | 9:06 am
    Shia LaBeouf, as we know, has had an interesting year. He's fielded plagiarism accusations, worn weird masks to premieres, done some "art" and spent a bit of time in rehab. He is also, in spite of all that, an undeniably gifted actor whose latest movie, Fury, is genuinely terrific. And now, according to Interview Magazine, he's become a Christian and he is not making any bones about what kind of Christian he is: I became a Christian man, and not in a f***ing bulls**t way — in a very real way ...I could have just said the prayers that were on the page. But it was a real thing that really…
  • How to Keep Hoping Even When it Feels Pointless

    sarahagerty
    23 Oct 2014 | 8:00 am
    Impossible hope is an invitation to draw near to God. It was on the same day the baby was born that I sat with her. Her body had been drained, almost all the life she thought she had was poured out into 7 pounds of flesh that had her eyes and his chin. She was a mother now. In mere hours of labor she’d inherited a lifetime. Just as I couldn’t relate as her body morphed and stretched to incubate this life, the woman she was when she walked into Martha Jefferson Hospital and the woman that I was now sitting beside seemed … different. Except this wasn’t just a difference, it was a…
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    Ignited Fundraising

  • Your 3 Item Checklist to Retain More Donors

    Lori Jacobwith
    21 Oct 2014 | 10:01 pm
    Last week I was honored to have Jay Love, CEO of Bloomerang as our guest speaker for our monthly Ignited Fundraising Community member webinar. During the hour-long session Jay tackled the sticky issue of donor retention and how to optimize your donor database for retention success. If you’re a community member, you can login and find the webinar & slides in the latest resources section. Here’s a brief summary of what Jay shared, because we all know donor retention is the key to meeting your fundraising goals: - In 2013 for the first time nationwide donor retention rates…
  • Nonprofit Resource: Social Media Platform Cheat Sheet

    Lori Jacobwith
    14 Oct 2014 | 10:01 pm
    We’ve all learned social media is a powerful tool for marketing, communicating with your nonprofit donors and generally sharing with your community about who you are, what you’re up to, and how they can help. At times, though, I find I’m not quite sure which tool does exactly what I need.  And then there’s the time and effort it takes to get right. If you are like me, one thing nonprofit staff and fundraising professionals don’t have a lot of it, it’s time to figure all this out. When I saw this COOL social media cheat sheet on Media Bistro I had to share…
  • 2014 Fundraising Technology Trends Study Published

    Lori Jacobwith
    7 Oct 2014 | 10:01 pm
    Guest Post by Adam Bluemner, Managing Editor, Find Accounting Software Last time I featured a guest post by Adam Bluemner he was telling you about the 2014 Technology Trends Survey. This week I’m excited to have him back to tell you about the results of the study. When it comes to fundraising, nonprofits have never had so many technology options. Every day brings new companies, new products, and new services. The choices hold the promise of better, more efficient ways to connect with and inspire donors. The opportunity to harness technology to build momentum for your cause and do more…
  • The Ignited Fundraising Community is Now Accepting New Members

    Lori Jacobwith
    30 Sep 2014 | 10:01 pm
    Over the past few weeks we’ve had a lot of buzz about my Ignited Fundraising Community Membership. It’s been humbling and exciting to receive all of your responses, comments, and questions! “It’s worth every penny AND more!” – Kelly from Ridgewater Community College I’m so proud of this community. Since its inception it truly is group of people focused on making a difference.  I’m honored to be able to help each person and their organizations do the work they do. In case you can’t tell, I truly love to help people like you make a difference. TODAY,…
  • Creating a Solid Thank You System Gets Donors to Stick Around

    Lori Jacobwith
    23 Sep 2014 | 11:30 pm
    Have you seen this terrific infographic from my friends at Bloomerang.co? It’s about the findings from their $5 donor communications experiment and the findings are eye-opening. This is a great activity, and something you should try. I often recommend organizations do some mystery shopping of their OWN organization. By making a contribution to your own organization you can find out what it feels like to be noticed, or not. One of the findings in the Bloomerang experiment that really saddened me was seeing the stats about the number of thank you calls received for the gifts made. 0 calls…
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    ApplaUSe For A Cause

  • Swagbucks for Good

    22 Oct 2014 | 1:22 pm
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  • Help Your Favorite Charity With A Personal PSA

    20 Oct 2014 | 9:35 pm
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  • News Roundup for Operation Blessing

    22 Sep 2014 | 4:00 am
    Operation Blessing of Va. Beach sends team to Iraq | HamptonRoads.com | PilotOnline.com   Beach-based Operation Blessing helping victims of quake in California | WVEC.com Norfolk -... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • September Charity of the Month: Operation Blessing

    22 Sep 2014 | 12:38 am
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  • Making Summer Better for You Your Family and the World

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

  • You Won't Believe What They're Sharing on These 9 DIY Marketplaces

    Cat Johnson
    22 Oct 2014 | 8:06 am
    As the sharing economy grows, people have gotten creative about what can be shared peer-to-peer (P2P). It's gone well beyond sharing homes and cars. We can now rent, share, borrow or swap electronics, outdoor gear, land, tools, clothing, appliances, and more.
  • 32 US Cities Commit to Community-owned Broadband Internet Access

    Cat Johnson
    21 Oct 2014 | 11:04 am
    This past Monday, a coalition of representatives from 32 cities across the U.S. joined together to address the pressing need for fast, reliable and affordable high-speed Internet. Organized by Next Century Cities, the bipartisan initiative is designed to help cities create their own community broadband networks because big telecom companies don’t provide broadband to all areas of the country.
  • 5 Proven Strategies to Support Art in Your City

    Kelly McCartney
    21 Oct 2014 | 9:15 am
    Last week, Springboard for the Arts launched their new Creative Exchange initiative as a way to help cities leverage arts programs to further civic and economic development. The program offers 10 toolkits with step-by-step guides culled from successfully executed projects.
  • Want to Solve Climate Change? Tackle Inequality

    Kate Raworth
    20 Oct 2014 | 1:42 pm
    Figure 1: The Doughnut: humanity’s sweet spot. Article cross posted from Kate Raworth's Doughnut Economics blog.
  • How to Create a Network of "Sharing Stops" for Expanded Transit Access

    ioby
    20 Oct 2014 | 10:22 am
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  • US Car Sales Projected to Rise Only Modestly in 2015

    admin
    15 Oct 2014 | 8:38 am
    Projections for 2015 automotive sales in the U.S. point to only a modest increase. However, Auto analysts say sales will continue to rise in the next few years but at a slower pace than past years. U.S. auto sales are on pace to rise 5 percent in 2014 to 16.4 million — the best performance since 2006 — after rising by nearly 8 percent in 2013. The consensus is “cautious optimism” as production and sales will grow far faster in Asia, while Europe and South America face significant economic concerns. LMC Automotive senior vice president Jeff Schuster said at a Standard & Poors auto…
  • Study Finds that Teens Cars Driven by Many Teens Lack Adequate Crash Protection and Safety Technology

    admin
    10 Oct 2014 | 9:08 am
    Today’s teens aren’t as eager to learn to drive as previous generations but many are still obtaining driver’s licenses and getting behind the wheel. Unfortunately, a recent study found that many are driving vehicles that are woefully insufficient in terms of crash protection and safety technology. This is particularly crucial, as car crashes remain the leading cause of death among Americans ages 15 to 19, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Among 500 parents queried by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS), just over half reported buying cars…
  • Study Finds Women and Men Value Similar Car Features

    admin
    11 Sep 2014 | 10:18 am
    It may come as a surprise to some, but women and men value similar features when selecting a new car. The top features sought by both sexes are exterior styling and overall value. This is a according to TrueCar.com, an auto buying site that regularly surveys buyers. Past experience with the brand and driving performance are next on the list. But while men usually give an edge to styling and driving performance, women tend to rank safety and fuel economy more highly than men do, TrueCar says. Those small differences are important as women become a larger force in the marketplace. Forty per…
  • How Much Would You Pay for a 1962 Ferrari?

    admin
    25 Aug 2014 | 12:01 pm
    Apparently someone thought the price tag of 40 million dollars seemed about right.  A red 1962 Ferrari 250 GTO Berlinetta, which was once involved in a fatal accident, has set the world record for a car sold at auction, going for $38.1 million at a sale in California, auction house Bonhams said. The price offered on Thursday by a bidder whose identity was not disclosed surpassed the $30 million (all figures U.S.) paid last year for a 1954 Mercedes Benz W196 race car, also sold by Bonhams, the auctioneers said in a press release. “We’ve always maintained that we would exceed the current…
  • Nissan Kills The Cube

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

    Beth
    23 Oct 2014 | 11:24 am
    Almost five years ago to the day,  I was lucky enough to meet Peter Plastrik and Madeleine Taylor while I was Visiting Scholar at the Packard Foundation.   Peter and Madeleine were the among the pioneers in writing about, designing, facilitating, and evaluating networks in the social impact space.  Almost tend years ago, they co-wrote “Net Gains,” one of the first practical handbooks on building and working in networks for social change. Whether it is a network of organizations or individuals, the handbook provides a wealth of theory and practice on build, manage, and fine tune…
  • #IFC2014 International Fundraising Congress: Inspire, Connect, Transform

    Beth
    20 Oct 2014 | 6:36 am
    Source: Pamela Sutton-Legaud I’m just back from a trip to Europe where I  was part of the opening plenary at this year’s International Fundraising Congress outside of Amsterdam. (I also keynoted the NGO track at the Internet Festival in Pisa, Italy (more about that in separate post later).   The IFC is amazing global community of fundraising professionals, representing nonprofits working in every continent of the globe.    The conference had 1,000 delegates and offers high quality production values and advanced content sessions as well as incredible networking opportunities.
  • 8 Reasons Why Bad Trainings Happen to Good Nonprofits

    Beth
    9 Oct 2014 | 9:32 am
    Note from Beth: Last January, I put together a train the trainers session for nonprofit trainers.  You can find the presentation here and accompanying blog post, How To Think Like A Nonprofit Instructional Designer.   Over on the SalsaLabs blog, they are doing a series on designing nonprofit tech training and I discovered this excellent rewrite of my post.  And if that’s not enough, we’ll also be sharing a few of the latest and greatest user trainings on Salsa tools to quench your thirst for knowledge and skills.  Anyway,  they graciously allowed me to republish the post here as a…
  • A Crash Course in Design Thinking for Network Leadership Skills

    Beth
    7 Oct 2014 | 8:43 pm
    Last month, I participated in a Design Thinking Lab with network leadership practitioners convened by the Leadership Learning Community.   The lab was facilitated by Heather Mcleod-Grant and Justin Ferrell, Director of Fellowships at the Stanford d-School.  The session was an introduction to design thinking methods and to generate ideas for instructional modules for networked leadership development.  The design challenge was:  How do we come up with concrete tools, frameworks and methods for helping people better understand and adopt network systems leadership? Like all good training…
  • Giving 2.0: The MOOC Launches Today: Sign Up for Free

    Beth
    6 Oct 2014 | 9:22 am
    Giving 2.0: The MOOC, is a Stanford University-sponsored FREE online course intended to teach givers of all ages, backgrounds, incomes and experiences to give more effectively.  It launches today, so there is still time to sign up!    The instructor is Stanford Professor and Philanthropist  Laura Arrillaga-Andreessen.    The course teaches students to assess nonprofits, create a high-impact giving plan, volunteer more effectively, and use online networks and tools for good.    The course also has an action learning component.  Participants will do a real-time grantmaking process…
 
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    Forgiveness Project

  • NEWS: The potential of empathy…

    rachel
    16 Oct 2014 | 9:47 am
    For our eighth Conversation on Forgiveness, Jo Berry and Pat Magee came together to discuss their experiences of building a relationship. Almost thirty years ago to the day, Jo’s father was killed when the IRA bombed the Grand Hotel Brighton and Pat was the IRA activist responsible. The two first met in 2000, following Pat’s release from prison under the Good Friday Agreement and have since met over 100 times. The conversation was led by Roman Krznaric, philosopher, author and founding member of the School of Life. Marina introduced the evening, saying it was a rare and precious thing to…
  • NEWS: Launch of the Flame of Forgiveness Fortnight

    rachel
    15 Oct 2014 | 5:32 am
     The Forgiveness Project was delighted to contribute to the Flame of Forgiveness Fortnight which launched at Marlborough Court care home in Thamesmead on 6th October 2014.  Flame of Forgiveness Fortnight is a new initiative between care homes and schools to commemorate the centenary of World War 1 and our role was to provide materials for schools which presented and examined concepts of forgiveness and reconciliation. Built on munitions land from Woolwich Arsenal, which still exists three miles away, Marlborough Court held the beacon lighting ceremony where local schoolchildren jointly lit…
  • NEWS: The power of forgiveness and the necessity of choice

    rachel
    19 Sep 2014 | 8:07 am
    On 17th September we held the seventh in our series of ten Conversations on Forgiveness at St Ethelburga’s Centre for Reconciliation and Peace. The topic for discussion was ‘Can you move on without forgiveness?’ On the panel were Camilla Carr, who was held hostage by Chechnyan rebels for 14 months in 1997, and Richard Wilson, whose sister was murdered in Burundi by a group who have never admitted responsibility and who continue to kill civilians amid a climate of near-total impunity. The conversation was led by Simon Fanshawe, broadcaster, change and diversity consultant and co-founder…
  • NEWS: Flame of Forgiveness Fortnight: 6 – 19 October 2014

    rachel
    8 Sep 2014 | 5:58 am
    To commemorate the centenary of the outbreak of World War I, The Forgiveness Project is honoured to be part of the Flame of Forgiveness project, working with Teresa Pearce, MP for Erith and Thamesmead, Care England and Four Seasons Health Care. This intergenerational project aims to build links between care homes, local schools and the wider community, allowing everyone to benefit from the sharing of collective knowledge and experience. We also hope this will be an opportunity to learn about local history and the impact large-scale conflict can have on smaller communities. The fortnight will…
  • EVENT: Can you move on without forgiveness? – 15 September 2014

    rachel
    3 Sep 2014 | 9:06 am
    On the panel discussing whether forgiveness is the only route to healing after a traumatic event will be Camilla Carr, who was held hostage by Chechnyan rebels for 14 months in 1997, and Richard Wilson, whose sister was murdered in Burundi by a group who have never admitted responsibility and who continue to kill civilians amid a climate of near-total impunity. He continues to campaign for an end to political violence in Burundi and the wider region. The conversation will be led by Simon Fanshawe, broadcaster and consultant at astar-fanshawe who works with organisations to use diversity and…
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    Be-Mail

  • The Problem with Us Against Them

    BeMail
    9 Oct 2014 | 6:00 pm
    Nobody is perfect. Mistakes happen. We all know this to be true….for ourselves. But, our perception of others isn’t always quite so forgiving. I imagine that at least once today, you heard someone criticize someone else for messing something up, not doing their job, or being inconsiderate. I also imagine that there wasn’t one time today when you messed up, failed to do your job or were inconsiderate. Why are other people SO irresponsible? Why can’t they be more like you and make great decisions more often than not? They do. We just can’t see things from their…
  • The Key to Success: Giving it Your 80%

    BeMail
    7 Oct 2014 | 6:34 pm
    Everyone knows that if you want to succeed at anything in life, you need to give it your 100%, right? Maybe not. Giving it your 100% every single time is not only difficult, it’s impossible. If you can’t be perfect, then why even try. There is another way of getting things done. Give any effort at least 80% of your max. Perfection is not reality and striving for it can lead you to not try at all. Not being able to meet a goal to 100% can prevent you from taking important steps towards your goal. Say you want to start doing P90X. You try, but you can’t get through the whole…
  • Why I Shut Down My Fun and Profitable Business

    BeMail
    11 Sep 2014 | 11:40 am
    About 6-8 months ago, I decided that I wanted to spread my entrepreneurial wings. I came across an idea for a side business and decided to jump right in and learn as I went. I didn’t entirely know what I was doing. And I loved it. I relished the unknown and the learning and the diving head-first into a community that I never knew existed. I made mistakes. I learned from them. I didn’t make them again. I was staying up until two in the morning learning and networking and growing my business. I was having the time of my life. And I was making money. And I decided to close up shop…
  • Girls Scouts and Barbie: Oil and Water

    BeMail
    8 Sep 2014 | 6:03 pm
    My daughter starts Daisies this week and I couldn’t be more excited. Yes, she loves twirly skirts. Yes, she loves nail polish. But she also really, really, really loves rocks….and science….and adventure. We couldn’t wait to get started. Her first meeting is Wednesday and she will earn her first patch, “You Can Be Anything.” Awesome! Girl Power! It is sponsored by Barbie and she is supposed to bring a Barbie, or Barbie-like doll, that represents who she wants to be. Excellent, she wants to be a scientist. I’ll get her a scientist Barbie. There…
  • The Joys of a Mystery Road Trip

    BeMail
    30 Aug 2014 | 8:56 pm
    To get the weekend off to a fun start, we decided to jump in the air-conditioned car and go on a Mystery Road Trip! What is a Mystery Road Trip, you ask? It’s an adventure that it virtually cost-free and a LOT of fun. I first learned about it on the Parenting Adventures podcast from My Kids Adventures. Friday was the start of a long weekend, so I picked my daughter up a little bit early and her first instruction was to choose which way to turn out of the parking lot. She chose “right” and our adventure had begun! These were the ground rules that we established: The timer…
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    Tiny Buddha

  • A Simple Technique to Quiet Your Mind and Be Present

    Michael Davidson
    23 Oct 2014 | 8:49 pm
    “Get out of your head and get into your heart. Think less, feel more.” ~Osho Meditating. It’s one of those things that we all know we’d be better off doing, but most of us struggle with it immensely. It’s difficult. It’s hard to find the time. And it often doesn’t seem like it’s working. For many years, I’ve tried to make meditation a regular habit. But rarely can I do it consistently. It’s almost always the first thing to go when I’m crunched for time or feeling stressed. Of course, those are the times that meditation is best! But, for someone like me who has difficulty…
  • Doing What’s Good for Us: What We Need Beyond Discipline

    Catharine Clarenbach
    23 Oct 2014 | 8:49 pm
    “How we spend our days is, of course, how we spend our lives.” ~Annie Dillard When I first engaged spiritual practice, I tried to meditate while counting breaths. “I can’t do this!” I lamented, “It’s too hard.” The green satiny cushion filled with buckwheat chaff felt hard and unforgiving. My legs ached. I kept checking my watch. My mind ached. Tick. Tick. Tick. The watch taunted me, and I did not feel the least bit edified by the experience. But every few moon phases, I’d try again: half an hour of hellacious discomfort, of shifting in my chair or—if I had gotten really…
  • When Self-Help Doesn’t Help: Doing What’s Best for You

    Carl Phillips
    22 Oct 2014 | 8:52 pm
    “Your inner knowing is your only true compass.” ~Joy Page Are you someone who devours self-help books, blogs, and articles? Do you take pleasure in checking out the latest advice from this “expert” or that “guru”? Are you someone who puts into play the advice proposed but are still left feeling somewhat unfulfilled afterward? The Trouble with Self-Help The trouble with self-help advice is that sometimes it leads us down the path of us not helping ourselves at all. Sometimes we get so caught up in someone else’s vision that we lose sight of our own. Truth be told, what I…
  • Managing Chronic Pain: 5 Lessons from Being Hit by a Truck

    Ellen Bard
    22 Oct 2014 | 8:51 pm
    “Pain can change you, but that doesn’t mean it has to be a bad change. Take that pain and turn it into wisdom.” ~Unknown You know how people say, “It was like being hit by a truck”? I know what they mean. But the impact took over ten years. It was a cold, snowy January, and I was in my car, singing along to the radio. I was doing a steady, careful sixty miles per hour, in the middle lane of a busy British highway. I was on my way to deliver my first solo course for the company I’d joined a few months before. It was a good day. Suddenly, my world shook. I saw a flash of yellow in…
  • Walk Toward Your Dreams: If Not Now, When?

    Kym Wilson
    21 Oct 2014 | 8:38 pm
    “Do not wait until the conditions are perfect to begin. Beginning makes the conditions perfect.” ~Alan Cohen Last year I was suddenly made redundant along with half of my colleagues, as our company was being taken over. It was swift and severe. It was also a blessing. I didn’t want to work for the new company whose values conflicted with my own. And I had been wavering on making a decision about my career. Now I was being forced to decide but I just wasn’t sure what I wanted to do. At least, that’s what I told myself. Fear makes us do that sometimes, to keep us where we are, safe…
 
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  • What Matters Most

    Shane Parrish
    23 Oct 2014 | 4:56 am
    The Holstee Manifesto sits above my fireplace. A reminder to live a life of purpose and meaning. This is your life. Do what you love, and do it often. If you don’t like something, change it. If you don’t like your job, quit. If you don’t have enough time, stop watching TV. If you are looking for the love of your life, stop; they will be waiting for you when you start doing things you love. —Brought to you by: CURIOSITY: A curiously unconventional ad agency that helps you stand out in today’s crowded world.
  • Aphorisms for Thirsty Fish: The Lost Writings of Wu Hsin

    Shane Parrish
    22 Oct 2014 | 5:00 am
    “Expectation is the grandfather of disappointment. The world can never own a man who wants nothing.” One hundred years after Confucius, came Wu Hsin. His name literally means ‘no-mind.’ And there is almost no trace of this person available, which is probably how he would have liked it. What does remain of this nearly-erased character are some of his writings, some of which can be found in the excellent Aphorisms for Thirsty Fish (The Lost Writings of Wu Hsin). First, let’s put him in context. Hsin grew up in a period … during which the ruling house of Zhou…
  • The Keys to Happiness

    Shane Parrish
    21 Oct 2014 | 5:00 am
    “The mental construction of our daily activities, more than the activity itself, defines our reality.” What if the formula for success is backwards. We’re told that if we work hard, we’ll be successful. And of course, if we’re successful then we’ll be happy. It’s all about the next thing. The next step will make us happy. But it doesn’t really work this way. If we’re always focused on what’s next, we’re never in the present. The present, of course, is where we live. In his eye-opening book, The Happiness Advantage, Shawn Achor,…
  • How to be 10% Happier

    Shane Parrish
    20 Oct 2014 | 5:00 am
    Think you had a bad day? Dan Harris had a panic attack on live TV in front of millions of people. Something had to change. He knew it. Almost immediately after the panic attack on the air he was assigned to cover religion, which introduced him to meditation, which made him, as he puts it, 10% happier. He wrote about his on-air panic attack in great detail in his fascinating book 10% Happier: How I Tamed the Voice in My Head, Reduced Stress Without Losing My Edge, and Found Self-Help That Actually Works–A True Story. Harris argues that meditation has a PR problem. … largely because…
  • Brené Brown on The Difference Between Guilt and Shame

    Shane Parrish
    19 Oct 2014 | 5:00 am
    Brené Brown studies vulnerability, courage, authenticity, and shame. She’s a researcher-storyteller and author of Daring Greatly: How the Courage to Be Vulnerable Transforms the Way We Live, Love, Parent, and Lead, a book that argues we should embrace vulnerability and imperfection, to live wholeheartedly, and engage in our lives. In this TED talk, a follow-on to her one on vulnerability, she engagingly brings us into the “unspoken epidemic” of shame and explores what happens when people confront their shame head-on. I think the main point of her two TED talks is to embrace…
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    Holstee

  • Introducing the expanded Food Rules Collection! Food has always...

    23 Oct 2014 | 10:08 am
    Introducing the expanded Food Rules Collection! Food has always been a big part of our community from weekly team lunches to our recently launched #holsteepotluck series. This collection stems from our reproduction of the vintage WWI poster to include totes, coasters, napkins and an apron. So let’s get cooking! #holsteelove #generosity #getcooking #kitchen #kitchenproducts #cooking #dowhatyoulove #shareyourpassion #enjoyeverylastbite #eatmindfully #mindfulliving #mindfulmatter #organic #cotton #organiccotton #reclaimedwood #totes #totebags #apron #napkins #reduce #reuse #lessplastic…
  • How will you give of yourself today? #generosity #mindfulmatter...

    23 Oct 2014 | 9:19 am
    How will you give of yourself today? #generosity #mindfulmatter #give #quote #livemindfully #mindfulliving #inspiration #dowhatyoulove / taken with Instagram http://instagram.com/p/ugFP3nttMT/
  • Food has always been a big part our community from our weekly...

    23 Oct 2014 | 8:33 am
    Food has always been a big part our community from our weekly team lunches to our recently launched Potluck Series.  This collection stems from our reproduction of the vintage WWI poster, the Food Rules Print. The entire collection is crafted in the USA from mindfully sourced materials like 100% organic cotton and reclaimed wood from urban trees.  From our kitchen to yours! Shop the collection.
  • If you don’t like your job, QUIT. But what if it...

    23 Oct 2014 | 7:22 am
    If you don’t like your job, QUIT. But what if it doesn’t feel that simple? Check out tonight’s #learninglab, An Effective Escape with the @whenigrowupcoach Michelle Ward. Class is almost sold out - to sign up, http://ift.tt/1wGtnqg. See you there! #regram from @pforti #learning #brooklyn #quityourjob #changeyourlife #changeit #seechange #cubicle #office #officelife #dowhatyoulove #shareyourpassion #lovewhatyoudo / taken with Instagram http://ift.tt/1wfdCt7
  • Happy birthday, Brain Pickings! To 7 Life Learnings, 8 years of...

    23 Oct 2014 | 7:00 am
    Happy birthday, Brain Pickings! To 7 Life Learnings, 8 years of wonderful and many more to come. @brainpicker #dowhatyoulove #sevenlifelearnings #letterpress #letterpresslove #holsteelove #collaboration #brainpickings #brainpicker #learning / taken with Instagram http://ift.tt/1yputHP
 
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    Eat. Sleep. Be

  • 7 Easy Ways to Help Your Family Stay Healthy Naturally

    Jessica
    22 Oct 2014 | 3:55 am
    With cold and flu season approaching, the enterovirus 68 on the loose this year, and a nasty stomach bug going around schools all over the United States, it is getting harder and harder to keep germs at bay and our of our homes. Here’s what we are doing to in my home to try to prevent and fight off illnesses: Wash hands frequently. This one is the most obvious, but it is super important. Hand washing is one of the best ways to avoid and eliminate germs. We aren’t into using hand sanitizers when soap and water are readily available. We keep hand sanitizers available for times when we are…
  • The Teal Pumpkin Project from a Food Allergy Parent’s Point of View

    Jessica
    20 Oct 2014 | 12:51 pm
    Being a food allergy parent and a writer, people have asked me for years why I don’t just start a blog about food allergies. The reason for me is simple. My son’s food allergies have pretty much run my life for the past eleven years. That may sound extreme to you, but it is 100% true. Having so many severe food allergies, some of which were potentially life-threatening, and a food allergy related disease, my thoughts were constantly on planning ahead and on keeping him safe. So for me, the thought of writing about food allergies on a regular basis seemed quite the opposite of cathartic.
  • Show Your Purple to Support LGBT Youth Against Bullying

    Jessica
    16 Oct 2014 | 2:00 am
    Are you dressed for the day yet? Are you wearing purple today? If not, head on back to your closet and grab something purple. It is important to show your purple today, so go ahead. I’ll wait right here. The reason why purple is the color of the today is that this is Spirit Day, a day to show support for LGBT youth and take a stand against bullying. We’re in the midst of National Bullying Prevention Month, and it is vital that we take at least one day support LGBT youth, who are often a primary target of intensive bullying. When I was younger, I had a handful of gay friends. The only…
  • How to Raise $1,000 in Apparel or Donations for Your Organization, Charity or Event

    Jessica
    14 Oct 2014 | 3:55 am
      Kyle Snyder was a little boy who loved life, and ladybugs. Just three weeks shy of his second birthday when Kyle was diagnosed with Leukemia. He lost his life to the disease just eight months later. In 2001, Kyle’s mother Sharon founded The Kisses for Kyle Foundation to honor Kyle’s memory, and to help local families in Philadelphia and the surrounding suburbs who are battling childhood cancer. Sharon and her team have worked tirelessly ever since to help alleviate the extra stresses of this devastating diagnosis, by providing financial assistance and special experiences for the…
  • If the Coming Winter is Colder than Last Year, are You Prepared Enough?

    Jessica
    8 Oct 2014 | 12:11 pm
      Last winter was one of the coldest, snowiest winters on record I the United States. Here in the Northeast the weather was just brutal. (In our school district alone, we exceeded the limit on snow days by a whopping nine days, taking away part of Spring Break and tacking on an extra week of school at the end of the year.) Well, rumor has it that we are about to embark on a winter that was even worse than last year. Being prepared can make all the difference, and all it takes is a few simple steps to be prepared for emergencies such as natural disasters, weather emergencies or unexpected…
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    Learning from Dogs

  • Spying and security: Further thoughts.

    Paul Handover
    24 Oct 2014 | 1:00 am
    My follow-up to yesterday’s post. Yesterday, the central theme of my post was the essay from Tom Engelhardt where he interviews Laura Poitras on the back of the recent release of her film Citizenfour. You will recall that I closed the post as follows: On first reading the TomGram I found myself nodding vigorously, metaphorically speaking, with the whole thrust of the essay. Then what appeared to be small uncertainties started appearing in my mind. Those will be the subject of tomorrow’s post. To set the background to what follows, you need to know a little about my own military…
  • The golden age of spying; or whistleblowing?

    Paul Handover
    23 Oct 2014 | 1:00 am
    Maybe an open debate is the most important aspect of this important topic – the one about national security. I am frequently a republisher of essays that are presented over on TomDispatch, as regulars of this place know well.  As the TD ‘About’ page explains, in part and my emphasis,: In December 2002, it gained its name, became a project of The Nation Institute, and went online as “a regular antidote to the mainstream media.“ No bad thing as the ‘media’ is a vast machine and it’s long been difficult, nay impossible, to separate fact from…
  • A small step to inner peace.

    Paul Handover
    22 Oct 2014 | 1:00 am
    That journey towards stillness. I didn’t intend this to be a theme for the week but sometimes one gives in to the forces of fate! For after Monday’s post about making that inner journey to better know oneself, itself prompted by Rick Hanson’s Power of Stillness, came yesterday’s post on the power of love between a dog and his elderly owner. So I was wondering what to write for today and wandering around the web looking for inspiration and, serendipitously, came across the blogsite The Commoner Princess.  I had never heard of it before but there on the home page was a…
  • The love of a dog – big time.

    Paul Handover
    21 Oct 2014 | 1:00 am
    As post sequels go, it doesn’t get much better than this! I was so pleased at how yesterday’s post was received and, serendipitously, the ‘add-ons‘ that appeared as comments to that post. So how to follow that today? Chris Snuggs came to the rescue in sending me a link to a recent item in the UK newspaper The Daily Telegraph: Touching moment sick elderly man is reunited with his dog. Luckily, rather than republish the Telegraph item without permission, the video and background information were over on YouTube. Here it is: Watch heart-melting moment stricken patient…
  • The one journey we should take before we die.

    Paul Handover
    20 Oct 2014 | 1:00 am
    I’m referring to the journey within. Last Friday I offered a post under the title of The power of stillness.  It was founded on a recent essay seen in the newsletter called Just One Thing published, freely, by Dr. Rick Hanson.  Here’s the closing paragraph of that essay:  Wherever you find it, enjoy stillness and let it feed you. It’s a relief from the noise and bustle, a source of clarity and peace. Give yourself the space, the permission, to be still – at least in your mind – amidst those who are busy. To use a traditional saying: May that which is still be…
 
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    Frank Sonnenberg Online

  • Attention, Control Freaks: It’s Time to Delegate

    Frank Sonnenberg
    21 Oct 2014 | 3:45 am
    You’re smart, you’re gifted, and you’re self-assured. You dot your i’s, you cross your t’s, and you’ve got pride and a work ethic that’s second to none. In fact, when you put your mind to something, your work is always outstanding. So I completely understand why you believe “the only way to get things done right is to do them myself.” BUT … if you’re a control freak, and prefer not to delegate, you may be hurting yourself in ways you’ve never imagined. Sure … when you do things yourself, you won’t have to worry about whether they’re done properly. And you’ll…
  • Ever Hear the Excuse “Everybody Does It”?

    Frank Sonnenberg
    14 Oct 2014 | 4:00 am
    Executive greed, dishonest politicians, and celebrities living out-of-control lifestyles . . . You’d think these things would infuriate us. Instead, people excuse it away by claiming “Everybody does it.” And that’s supposed to make it acceptable. Does this mean that we find this behavior right? Unfortunately, we’ve become so accustomed to these ills that we’re becoming complacent and even accepting. Is this the way we choose to live our lives? Do our kids view these folks as role models? Do we want our children to live this way? If not, where’s the outrage? The truth is, every…
  • Believe

    Frank Sonnenberg
    7 Oct 2014 | 4:00 am
    Believe Some things are impossible, until they’re not. BELIEVE! Close your eyes and have a little faith in a power higher than yourself. Things work out for no apparent reason. When you least expect it, the stars will align, and magic will fill the air. Your dreams will be born at the intersection of hope and reality. You won’t find an explanation for why, because it may defy all logic and reason. Remember that life unfolds in mysterious ways. Yesterday you hoped for a miracle . . . today it became a reality. When your miracle is born, pinch yourself to make sure that it’s real. It…
  • Do You Take It for Granted?

    Frank Sonnenberg
    23 Sep 2014 | 4:00 am
    Are you grateful for the life that you have? Or do you take things for granted? Maybe you haven’t thought about it for a while. Did you ever fail to appreciate someone you care about? Was that because you were too busy putting out fires or focusing on other things? Or perhaps you assumed they’d just hang around forever. The problem is, when you take people or things for granted, you put them in jeopardy. It’s not enough to make up for neglect after they’ve slipped away. It’s important to be grateful every day for the wonderful things in your life. Think of this as a wake-up call.
  • Get It Done!

    Frank Sonnenberg
    16 Sep 2014 | 4:00 am
    What happens when someone asks us to do something really tough? First, we try to get out of it. Right? Next, we complain that they’re asking the impossible. Then, we whine to our friends, “I’m having such a bad day” or “The world is unfair.” After we’ve exhausted every way to get out of the work . . . we take a break. (It’s exhausting.) When we return, we brainstorm excuses to cover our behind if things go south. And, when all else fails, and it usually does, we get down to work while talking to ourselves. Contrast this mindset to a champion’s approach . . . I can hear the…
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    Self Stairway

  • We’ve All Got Bad Days (Sometimes One After the Other)

    Vincent Nguyen
    20 Oct 2014 | 4:00 am
    11 months and 13 days. That’s how long it took for me to leave the Philippines. My experiences there have been incredible and I couldn’t possibly ask for more. But my last week… Was miserable. And no, it wasn’t because I was suffering from “I’ll Miss This Place-itis” (though I’ve had a horrible cough for over two weeks now). I woke up this Monday to some horrible news. My grandpa, the man who practically raised me from birth until high school graduation, had a minor stroke and was in the hospital. Several hours later, we get some bad news at work. I won’t bore you with…
  • Kick Fear in Its Face

    Vincent Nguyen
    13 Oct 2014 | 4:00 am
    I was at a nightclub last Friday when my friend spotted a beautiful girl he wanted to talk to. “Okay, so let’s go talk to her. I’ll distract her friends for you.” “Wait. I’m not ready yet.” Oh boy. I already knew where this was going… It’s going to be a series of him wanting to go then talking himself out of it. An hour passes and he’s still not ready to talk to her. Not even when she came upstairs and walked right past him. Not even when she was sitting down all by her lonesome self as her friends went outside to do what they do. “She’s way too beautiful. I’m…
  • Do It For the Challenge

    Vincent Nguyen
    6 Oct 2014 | 4:00 am
    My first day of college was a giant steppingstone for me. I had just moved from California to Arizona, fresh out of high school. For the last four years I had been shy about expanding my social circles outside of the people I already knew well. To give you an idea of how shy I was, every year I’d dread the first day of school because I was terrified to find out who I’d be seated with in class. I’d pray and pray that I’d have the same classes as my friends and that we’d be seated together. When I wasn’t seated with people I already knew, I’d turn red and sweaty. Good luck trying…
  • Don’t Rely on a Single Experience to Change Your Life

    Vincent Nguyen
    29 Sep 2014 | 4:00 am
    You’ve seen movies about the protagonists who have to go through with this one special experience and their lives would change forever. In Project X, three best friends want to throw a huge party that would catapult them into high school popularity. The entire movie is setup to emphasize how important this party is to them. It’s their life-changing moment. It’s the night they’ll always look back on and say, “That’s where it all changed.” All I’ve got to do is _____ and I’ll be happy forever. This is the false if then statement that all of us get caught in every now and…
  • Help Yourself Before You Help Others

    Vincent Nguyen
    22 Sep 2014 | 4:00 am
    If you’ve been on an airplane then you’ve heard the safety walkthrough that takes place on every flight. They show you the exits, walk you through their emergency procedures, and tell you about the oxygen masks that will come down on their own if the plane loses cabin pressure. This is the part you really need to listen to: “Please put on your own oxygen mask before assisting others.” At first, this sounded weird to me. I thought that children were supposed to be helped first. Why would they make it a point to tell everyone to help themselves before aiding anyone else? The idea is…
 
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    LoveAQuote

  • Quote Of The Day - 2014-10-13

    12 Oct 2014 | 5:01 pm
    Innocence most often is a good fortune and not a virtue. - by Anatole France
  • Quote Of The Day - 2014-10-12

    11 Oct 2014 | 5:01 pm
    The best literature is always a take [in the musical sense]; there is an implicit risk in its execution, a margin of danger that is the pleasure of the flight, of the love, carrying with it a tangible loss but also a total engagement that, on another level, lends the theater its unparalleled imperfection faced with the perfection of film. I don'€™t want to write anything but takes. - by Around the Day in Eighty Worlds
  • Quote Of The Day - 2014-10-11

    10 Oct 2014 | 5:01 pm
    The enemy of society is middle class and the enemy of life is middle age. - by Orson Welles
  • Quote Of The Day - 2014-10-10

    9 Oct 2014 | 5:01 pm
    When you sell a man a book, you don't sell him 12 ounces of paper and ink and glue - you sell him a whole new life. - by Christopher Morley
  • Quote Of The Day - 2014-10-09

    8 Oct 2014 | 5:01 pm
    Happiness - in part at least - the fruit of the desire and ability to sacrifice what we want for what we want eventually. - by The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People
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    Ahh The Simple Life

  • Y Is For Yams

    Carol Anne Preibis
    22 Oct 2014 | 1:51 pm
    What Are Yams? Are they the same as sweet potatoes? See What’s The Difference Between Sweet Potatoes and Yams? A real… The post Y Is For Yams appeared first on Ahh The Simple Life.
  • Mindfulness in Everyday Life

    Carol Anne Preibis
    20 Oct 2014 | 11:45 am
    Mindfulness is a mainstream topic these days. You probably already know that mindfulness meditation can have positive effects on your… The post Mindfulness in Everyday Life appeared first on Ahh The Simple Life.
  • Help Mercy Home Fight Child Poverty

    Carol Anne Preibis
    15 Oct 2014 | 11:26 am
    I received a letter yesterday, and reading it nearly broke my heart. It’s from Fr. Scott Donahue, President of Mercy… The post Help Mercy Home Fight Child Poverty appeared first on Ahh The Simple Life.
  • JFK On Saving Our Planet

    Michele O'Connor
    14 Oct 2014 | 5:50 am
    I looked through some quotes by J. F. K. and found some wonderful ones! Here they are: Things do… The post JFK On Saving Our Planet appeared first on Ahh The Simple Life.
  • Change the World

    Carol Anne Preibis
    13 Oct 2014 | 10:28 am
    The Nobel Peace Prize 2014 The Nobel Peace Prize 2014 was awarded jointly to Kailash Satyarthi and Malala Yousafzai… The post Change the World appeared first on Ahh The Simple Life.
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    Wan of a Kind

  • Humour : A Saving Grace

    William Wan
    21 Oct 2014 | 2:37 am
    "A good laugh overcomes more difficulties and dissipates more dark clouds than any other one thing." - Laura Ingalls WilderRecently, I texted a friend to forward an email address to me. She promptly replied that her PC crashed. “I am sorry,” I responded, tongue-in-cheek. “I hope you are not hurt!” In a jiffy, she replied, “You misunderstood me; there is no physical crash. I mean to say that I cannot email you because the system is not functioning.”Some of us are very intense. We take everything rather too seriously and we often miss a jocular moment. We can be very hard on…
  • The Examined Life

    William Wan
    23 Sep 2014 | 11:24 pm
    I am privileged to chair an ethics committee of a hospital and it reinforced in me that in order to determine what is or is not ethical we do have to do some critical thinking. In watching TV documentaries about animals, I am constantly made aware that there are certain intrinsic similarities between humans and the rest of living things. A good example is found in the way motherly instincts are expressed in both worlds. That said, however, there are many behavioural differences that transcend the power of instincts. I can’t imagine a pack of hungry lions deciding not to attack a stray…
  • Facebook as a Platform for Positive Messaging

    William Wan
    20 Aug 2014 | 9:15 pm
    When Cheryl Faith Wee of the Sunday Times interviewed me in February this year to celebrate Facebook’s 10th anniversary, I had to admit that my posts were erratic, though I had opened an account since 2008. Since then, I had rediscovered the Facebook as a platform for positive messaging. I am now a much more avid user of the social network and am quite enjoying it.My renewed interest in active participation coincided with my discovery of the PhotoGrid Apps. By putting together a number of photos into a single frame with some variations, I found that I could make my Facebook posts a lot more…
  • The Kampung Spirit and Racial Harmony

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

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

  • 454 transport service professionals recognised for going the extra mile

    SKM
    23 Oct 2014 | 11:47 pm
    This was an increase on the 425 awards given out last year. The high quality of service rendered by these transport service professionals plays a critical role in encouraging more Singaporeans to use public transport, in addition to the infrastructure improvements being made, Transport Minister Lui Tuck Yew said at the awards ceremony at the School of the Arts on Friday. Mr Lui noted that 63 per cent of travel within Singapore is done on public transport, which translates to an average 7 million trips on buses, trains and taxis every day. And the figure will jump to 75 per cent by 2030, he…
  • Best defence against terrorism

    SKM
    20 Oct 2014 | 2:30 am
    LAST year, the Singapore Kindness Movement started supporting an initiative called Let’s Makan, to encourage Singaporeans and other residents to get to know those around them. When I read last Saturday’s editorial (“Terror test for Singapore again”), I wondered if the neighbourliness we are trying to encourage is a good starting point for building up vigilance against radicalism in our midst. The best defence against terrorism is a strong, united people who feel committed to Singapore and trust their fellow men. This nation of kindness we are fostering should be an…
  • Singapore Creative CSR Awards 2015

    SKM
    19 Oct 2014 | 6:35 pm
    SKM supports the Singapore Creative CSR Awards 2015, which recognise and honour business organisations in Singapore for sustainable and effective CSR. About Singapore Creative CSR Awards This award recognise and honour business organisations in the Singapore private and public sectors for creative, sustainable and effective CSR programs and projects. They should demostrate the organisation’s ethical values, creative approach to differentiate their CSR initiatives, commitment to sustaining the program, impact on the community, environment and social purpose, measuring and evaluating results.
  • Mystery Box in Shopping Belts Showers Public with Random Acts of Kindness

    SKM
    12 Oct 2014 | 6:27 pm
    Singapore, 11 October 2014 – To support its message of “A Nation of Kindness Starts with One”, the Singapore Kindness Movement is surprising the public with an unusual “gift”—the Kindness Nexus. The Kindness Nexus is a pop-up container that serves as a base for dozens of volunteers to “ambush” passers-by with acts of kindness. The Kindness Nexus is active over this weekend, at the walkway outside Ngee Ann City, and the weekend of 25 and 26 Oct at the Vivocity SkyPark, between 11am to 5pm. Volunteers ambushing passers-by with Cocoloco drinks. The gaily-decorated Kindness Nexus…
  • Making Someone’s Day with a #Hashtag

    SKM
    7 Oct 2014 | 5:43 pm
    Sponsors join #NationOfKindness to help less fortunate Singapore, 2 October 2014 – In keeping with the theme of “A Nation of Kindness Starts with One”, several corporate sponsors have come forward to support the Singapore Kindness Movement’s (SKM) #hashtag campaign. The campaign, timed to coincide with the Movement’s media campaign, encourages netizens to take time out to speak up for kindness and graciousness. With support from generous corporate sponsors, each social media post that includes the #NationOfKindness hashtag will also directly contribute to a needy family – twice…
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    Live With Soul

  • who impacts you

    21 Oct 2014 | 7:31 pm
    you never know who it will be to impact youmake that differencea stampthat is ever lasting in your lifewe expect it to be family, close friends, significant othersand they do…but at times there are those who make a mark on your life --impacting you so much that it changes youand when they're gone….you finally realizethat they changed you.and how they changed you.and that because of their impactthey will live on in you forever
  • to create

    4 Oct 2014 | 8:57 am
    creating allows you to become a part of life.to be more than only a witness to it.creation comes in many forms...art music a family a mealnew ideas a gardendancerelationships abundancea momenta feeling.ultimately --it is to experiencethe sense of creativity... in whatever form it manifests for you.through creationyou become one with your surroundings.engaging.partaking.blissfully consumed...in all of it.
  • What did I do to deserve this?

    30 Sep 2014 | 4:48 pm
    “Shallow men believe in luck or in circumstance. Strong men believe in cause and effect.” ― Ralph Waldo Emerson Life is an ebb and a flow of good and bad and in-between. No matter how much you try to manipulate or have control over what life throws at you, at the end of the day – there is a greater force that ultimately calls the shots.An acquaintance of mine was recently speaking of all of the good things in his life – new job, new city, new girlfriend… overall, a seemingly new and exciting life. As he was telling me about this, he playfully said, “… I mean, do I even…
  • my awakening

    18 Sep 2014 | 5:03 pm
    I experienced my spiritual awakening about two years ago. I’ve learned that no two spiritual awakenings are the same… but that they do share commonalties.  I was faced with a lot of hardships growing up – including sexual abuse, unsafe living environments and the absence of my father. As I grew older, I was essentially unaware of the pain these instances caused as I had blocked most of it out of my memory.  I believe they served as motivators for me in life. I had always worked hard in school and work. I graduated with my Bachelor’s Degree just after I turned 21 – I…
  • Integrity and Humility

    9 Sep 2014 | 9:22 am
    I have not posted in a little while. Life has been challenging lately… and while I am eager to write down my experience, I have not fully processed it yet and seem to be at a loss for words.One lesson I can share which I have come away with through these hardships is that of integrity and humility. By that I mean the fine dance between maintaining your own truth – your own integrity,  while also remaining humble and open to new ideas, new ways of thinking and of being. This is the where growth lies on the spiritual path and why consistent mindfulness is so crucial to spiritual…
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    VolunteerMark Blog

  • Forget ice buckets - let's stop Ebola.

    24 Oct 2014 | 1:30 am
    Ice buckets were great on the surface, but its time we started a campaign that requires sacrificial giving on the part of donors and volunteers. That's why we at Volunteermark are calling on our community to STOP EBOLA. Read on to find out what we're doing...
  • Do you fear or embrace disruptive change at your nonprofit?

    22 Oct 2014 | 1:30 am
    Technological change is disruptive, and it can usher in a new era of nonprofit engagement and impact. This will only happen, however, to the extent that we in the nonprofit space learn to embrace change and accept it as the new normal. Today, I discuss a some of the most major technological shifts and how we can turn them into a force for good in our nonprofits.
  • The Perfect Volunteer Experience

    19 Oct 2014 | 1:30 am
    In deference to Craig and Arianna, the popular SNL cheerleader skit from a few years back, I offer the PERFECT CHEER for the perfect volunteer experience. What made it perfect for me? The operation, the other volunteers, the environment, and most importantly, the leaders. This organization is my new philanthropic crush. Discover what earns my time in service at A Gift for Teaching, a Central Florida nonprofit serving the education system, such high praise . . .
  • Forget relativism – social justice is about TRUTH.

    16 Oct 2014 | 1:30 am
    Join us today as we make some bold, but very important statements about social justice work. The epidemic of relativism threatens the very core of nonprofit service, but it can be combatted. Read on for the set of mantras that we use at Volunteermark to hold our work to the truth.
  • We're nearing first place in The Mobileys, and we need your vote!

    10 Oct 2014 | 1:30 am
    The Mobileys honor entrepreneurs who inspire and make a difference through mobile innovation - we're nearing first place for an award, which would mean $10k for us to continue helping volunteers! But, we can't do it without you! Read more below, and please vote for us at http://themobileys.com/!
 
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    Direct Relief

  • CVS Health and Direct Relief Partner to Donate $1 Million in Flu Shot Vouchers to Uninsured Patients of Community Health Clinics

    Direct Relief
    23 Oct 2014 | 10:09 am
    WOONSOCKET, R.I. and SANTA BARBARA, Calif., Oct. 23, 2014 - CVS Health and Direct Relief announced today that they have partnered to provide $1 million in flu shot vouchers to community health clinic patients in underserved communities who lack health insurance. Nearly 100 participating clinics will identify uninsured individuals from their existing patient populations and provide them with a flu […]The post CVS Health and Direct Relief Partner to Donate $1 Million in Flu Shot Vouchers to Uninsured Patients of Community Health Clinics appeared first on Direct Relief.
  • Help Save Lives: How To Create A Fundraising Webpage

    Megan Merenda, Donor Relations Manager
    21 Oct 2014 | 2:54 pm
    Want to rally your friends and family to support Direct Relief? Creating a fundraising webpage is an easy way to bring people together for a cause. Below is a step-by-step guide to help you get started. 1. Begin by clicking on Create A Fund Get there via www.directrelief.org > Participate > Fundraise on Our Behalf > Create your own fundraising […]The post Help Save Lives: How To Create A Fundraising Webpage appeared first on Direct Relief.
  • Ebola Relief: Emergency Medical Supplies Bound for Guinea

    Tony Morain
    16 Oct 2014 | 5:42 pm
    Direct Relief sent its 19th emergency shipment of Ebola supplies today to the Ministry of Health in Guinea (photos and videos found here). Weighing roughly 3,000 pounds, the shipment contains laboratory testing equipment from BD (blood collection sets), face masks, and medical gloves. In total, Direct Relief has delivered 140 tons of medical aid to Ebola-hit regions since the outbreak erupted in spring. 47 […]The post Ebola Relief: Emergency Medical Supplies Bound for Guinea appeared first on Direct Relief.
  • A Map of Community Health Workers in sub-Saharan Africa

    Tony Morain
    16 Oct 2014 | 9:47 am
    As Ebola prompts calls and support for a much needed increase in the number of trained community health workers, it is critical that we understand where these workers are and where coverage gaps exist. To that end, Direct Relief and Esri developed a map to track the availability of community health workers in sub-Saharan Africa. The map supports the 1 Million Community Health Workers Campaign – a collaboration between the […]The post A Map of Community Health Workers in sub-Saharan Africa appeared first on Direct Relief.
  • Hundreds of Care Packs Provided to Homeless Families in NYC

    Direct Relief
    16 Oct 2014 | 9:15 am
    Direct Relief teamed up with actress Debra Messing and Curél® skincare on Tuesday, providing 500 Personal Care Packs filled with basic hygiene supplies and skincare products to people in need at a health fair hosted by Care for the Homeless in East Harlem, N.Y. Curél® skincare sponsored the initiative to offer comfort to some of the most vulnerable women and […]The post Hundreds of Care Packs Provided to Homeless Families in NYC appeared first on Direct Relief.
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    Our Better World

  • Dirty Water on My Face

    Andrew Purchase
    22 Oct 2014 | 8:35 pm
    A story by Our Better World - simple, powerful stories that will make your heart smile and spirit soar. By Andrew Purchase Every so often, the universe has a way of teaching you a lesson. Mine happened on a rainy day in Singapore. It had been raining hard. Really hard. It was one of those monsoon storms - short and sharp and very wet. I was on Braddell Road, walking on the pavement. Now a certain part of Braddell Road has a small crater. When it rains the crater becomes a pond.  I approached the pond at a walking speed of 5kmh. At exactly the same moment, in the opposite direction, a…
  • For Sharks' Sake, Take a Vacation

    Kathy Xu
    7 Oct 2014 | 5:09 pm
    A story by Our Better World - simple, powerful stories that will make your heart smile and spirit soar. People are often quick to associate sharks with just one breed, the Great White, thanks to the movie Jaws. I wanted more people to appreciate the many other species of less or non-aggressive sharks that one can swim with freely and revel in their magnificence.  So I started The Dorsal Effect to engage shark fishermen in an alternative source of livelihood so that they can stop hunting shark. HOW DOES IT WORK? I thought it'd be great for people looking for a chance to do good, to receive…
  • Beauty and Heroism

    Andrew Purchase
    22 Sep 2014 | 6:10 pm
    A story by Our Better World - simple, powerful stories that will make your heart smile and spirit soar. By Andrew Purchase It is an essential human truth that difficulties make heroes. We all have difficulties to overcome. It means we can all be heroic. Ludwig van Beethoven is one of humanity’s greatest musicians. He is responsible for some of the most beautiful music ever heard and his works are recognised the world over. But here’s the thing: Beethoven composed his most beautiful works while he was deaf. At age 26, when he was in his prime, deafness encroached. His ears developed…
  • Standing on Strangers' Shoulders

    Ashima Thomas
    16 Sep 2014 | 1:12 am
    A story by Our Better World - simple, powerful stories that will make your heart smile and spirit soar. When I was a kid and people asked me what I wanted to be when I grew up, I'd have many answers. It depended on my age, what I was doing, or what book, TV show or fad was making its way into my life at the time. There were no limitations on my dreams, because it was a given that I'd finish school and go to university to study whatever would make those dreams reality. As I grew up I started to realise that my path to a career wasn't the norm. I thought about this a lot recently when we were…
  • Start #chasingthegood

    8 Sep 2014 | 7:18 pm
    A story by Our Better World - simple, powerful stories that will make your heart smile and spirit soar. Things we chase: Dreams. Soul mates. Money. Adventure. The bus. Now we want you to chase the good. And once you start chasing it, we know you’ll catch it. #chasingthegood is Our Better World’s new movement to crowdsource social media content featuring everyday people in Asia doing good in small ways. It’s a hashtag with one purpose: to celebrate, honour and share the good that each of us encounters in our daily lives. #chasingthegood gathers your Tweets about friendly bus drivers;…
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