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  • Get It Done!

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    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…
  • The Parable of the Talents (updated)

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    Phil Cubeta
    20 Sep 2014 | 1:10 pm
    "Why," I asked The Happy Tutor, "does a priest who saves a person's soul live in poverty, while a heart surgeon who saves only the person's life makes millions?" Tutor said nothing, absorbed in a web video by Dan Pallota.  "I will let you know you in minute," he said, "just let me finish this."  
  • Color = happiness

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

    how to save the world
    Dave Pollard
    28 Aug 2014 | 1:30 am
    David Ehrenfeld, in Beginning Again (1994), describes our civilization as a ragged flywheel, over-built, patched and rusty, spinning faster and faster and beginning to rattle and moan as it comes apart: There goes a chunk — the sick and aged along with the huge apparatus of doctors, social workers, hospitals, nursing homes, drug companies, and manufacturers of sophisticated medical equipment, which service their clients at enormous cost but don’t help them very much. There go the college students along with the VPs, provosts, deans and professors who have not prepared them for life in a…
  • Three Ways of Being

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    Dave Pollard
    3 Aug 2014 | 6:50 pm
       Rational Worldview (Way of Being)  Spiritual Worldview (Way of  Being)  Natural Worldview (Way of Being)  What You Revere  Truth, Wisdom  Higher Being  Gaia  Major Beliefs  Power of Intention, Science, Logic  Appreciation of Blessings,  Miracles,  Art  Complexity, Emergence,  Unfathomability of Nature  Means to Self-  Fulfillment  Self-Knowledge, Self-Management,  Understanding of Reality  Selflessness, Self-Awareness,  Being of Service  Reconnection, Generosity  Centre of Being  Intellect (Head)  Emotion (Heart)  Senses/Intuition (Body)  Most Respected…
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  • 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…
  • Color = happiness

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

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

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

  • 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…
  • GoodGuide Joins UL Environment

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

  • The Social Artist

    Greater Good
    23 Sep 2014 | 6:42 am
    Many Americans hold onto the myth of the “lone genius,” believing that creativity resides inside the heads of individuals working alone. From college achievement tests to baseball player statistics to MacArthur genius grants, we’ve reinforced this idea over and over again until it has become accepted knowledge, taken for granted to be true. But, according to a new book by essayist Joshua Wolf Shenk, Powers of Two, many “lone geniuses” had the help of creative partners, often given less (or no) credit for their important contributions. His book points to the social nature of…
  • Challenges to Gratitude Research

    Greater Good
    22 Sep 2014 | 10:29 am
    Alex Wood of the University of Stirling provides a skeptical voice at the Greater Good Gratitude Summit, exploring the scientific obstacles to understanding gratitude.
  • Who is Happiest?

    Greater Good
    19 Sep 2014 | 8:08 am
    At the start of our new Massive Open Online Course (MOOC), “The Science of Happiness,” we invited our more than 100,000 students to take our “pre-course survey,” which asks about their health, well-being, age, gender, and other background information. These details—all kept anonymous and confidential—provide a snapshot of our student body at the outset of the course. So far, more than 20,000 students have completed the pre-course survey! Their participation enables us to tell our students about who is taking the class with them and to uncover some interesting trends about…
  • When Giving Thanks Can Backfire

    Greater Good
    18 Sep 2014 | 10:48 am
    At the Greater Good Gratitude Summit, Amie Gordon, Ph.D., provides an overview of research into the downsides of gratitude.
  • Cultivating Gratitude in a Consumerist Society

    Greater Good
    17 Sep 2014 | 1:33 pm
    At the Greater Good Gratitude Summit, the GGSC research fellow explains why consumer society tends to discourage gratitude—and how we can begin to foster a stronger sense of gratefulness.
 
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  • Accepting That We Can’t Get There From Here: A Meditation

    Dave Pollard
    20 Sep 2014 | 10:26 am
    In 2005, I wrote this little story. I think it’s held up quite well (I was smarter than I thought, back then), so I’m going to start this meditation with it. MESSAGE FROM A MUSHROOM photo by Inda at givnology.com Good morning, Dave, and any other humans who are reading this message. It will be interesting to see how good a job this ‘software’ (we love that word!) does at translating our thoughts and feelings into a language that you can understand, that has some meaning to you. We are the collection of mushrooms under the Spruce trees in Dave’s back yard. This, to our…
  • Why I Don’t Want to Hear Your Story

    Dave Pollard
    31 Aug 2014 | 12:25 pm
    Most of us have developed a variety of different ‘bios’ for different purposes. We have one for work, that basically describes our acquired skills and experience and what we ‘do for a living’. We have one for meeting new people socially, whether that be on a dating site or just something we relate at cocktail parties or potlucks. (For most of us, thankfully, that is no longer mostly about what we do for work.) It is more likely to be aspirational — what we want to do in our future, and who (known or not yet met) we hope to do it with, though it likely also…
  • Flywheel

    Dave Pollard
    28 Aug 2014 | 1:30 am
    David Ehrenfeld, in Beginning Again (1994), describes our civilization as a ragged flywheel, over-built, patched and rusty, spinning faster and faster and beginning to rattle and moan as it comes apart: There goes a chunk — the sick and aged along with the huge apparatus of doctors, social workers, hospitals, nursing homes, drug companies, and manufacturers of sophisticated medical equipment, which service their clients at enormous cost but don’t help them very much. There go the college students along with the VPs, provosts, deans and professors who have not prepared them for life in a…
  • Three Ways of Being

    Dave Pollard
    3 Aug 2014 | 6:50 pm
       Rational Worldview (Way of Being)  Spiritual Worldview (Way of  Being)  Natural Worldview (Way of Being)  What You Revere  Truth, Wisdom  Higher Being  Gaia  Major Beliefs  Power of Intention, Science, Logic  Appreciation of Blessings,  Miracles,  Art  Complexity, Emergence,  Unfathomability of Nature  Means to Self-  Fulfillment  Self-Knowledge, Self-Management,  Understanding of Reality  Selflessness, Self-Awareness,  Being of Service  Reconnection, Generosity  Centre of Being  Intellect (Head)  Emotion (Heart)  Senses/Intuition (Body)  Most Respected…
  • The Opposite of Presence

    Dave Pollard
    1 Aug 2014 | 10:14 pm
    “Oh you know all the words, and you sing all the notes, but you never quite learned the song” — The Hedgehog Song, by The Incredible String Band And so I read about how to meditate: I read Kabat-Zinn, Osho, Krishnamurti. I listened to guided meditations, focused on my breath a hundred different ways. Tried to silence the noise in my head. Practiced, a little each day. Until all I could hear was the heartbeat of the universe. Until the edges of me faded, crumbled, and vanished. Until I felt the cells in my body dancing, telling me what I had always known, except that now…
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  • Here’s Your Daily Reminder

    Camille Lucy
    23 Sep 2014 | 12:02 am
    I don’t often get to spend hours of quiet time with my mother, seeing as I have a soon-to-be 5 year old and a newborn.  But recently, I stumbled upon some free time so my mother and I sat down together to watch Heaven is for Real. (The little boy in the movie is simply delish, so cute.). My mother was especially touched by the film, citing a message she received from it. She said so often we go to church or hear a message, and for that short period of time we “get it.” We are kind and patient and living the word of Love. But once we leave that place, we leave behind that…
  • School of HP: The Meaning of Success (Poem)

    Allen Vaysberg
    18 Sep 2014 | 12:02 am
    What is the meaning of success? And is there one true definition? Is there a universal test? Perhaps that ties it to ambition? Perhaps to money… or career? Or how the others view your choices? Is there a word that rings so clear That it drowns out the other noises… I would say no, avoid the stress There is no word that plays the master One’s definition of success Is but another one’s disaster Success is but a state of mind A state of calm and introspection And those who live it always find That it exists in every action Success is but each single stride And recognition that comes with…
  • Sometimes My Fears Get So Intense

    Brad Morris
    17 Sep 2014 | 12:02 am
    Sometimes my fears get so intense. It’s like my heart is in a vice grip and it’s squeezing all of the optimism and positivity out of me. Fortunately this has happened enough times over my lifetime to know that those fears are not me. They are not my truth. They are seeds that were planted at one point or another and I choose not to give them my power any longer. This is why I celebrate my fears and the anxiety that tends to come with them. Because when it’s on the surface, in my face and surging through my blood, I am aware. I can see it, feel it and connect to its consciousness. When I…
  • Your Body Is Beautiful… As Is

    Camille Lucy
    16 Sep 2014 | 12:02 am
    Most of us would change something about our bodies if we could.  We (too) often speak harshly about ourselves: Gross. Fat. Ugly. Flabby. Eh, this part is ok. But this part, disgusting. Too big. Too small. Too short. Too tall. Body image is a reflection of our thoughts and belief systems. It is also an indicator of the amount of self love we possess. Stories we have been told. And lies we believe. The weight loss industry rakes in billions each year. People try one diet after another. They ride the wave the media makes.  Everyone wants a quick fix to look “good,” whatever…
  • Love Forgive Listen Trust

    Noelle Sterne
    15 Sep 2014 | 12:02 am
    After another loud, red-faced argument with my husband, I retreated to my corner to mentally reassert my rightness and curse under my breath. Our angry words hung in the air like trapped dust. We’d had too many of these arguments lately, and I hated how I felt. Like a shrew, the kind of woman who makes a scene in public and you watch, shaking your head and thinking, How could she do that? I hated too the inevitable aftermath: hours, days, of silence, polite avoiding of each other in the hallway, sleeping separately, and the only words spoken questions about food preferences or schedules of…
 
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    Timbuktu Chronicles

  • Building an Africa-Wide Network of Cargo Drones

    Emeka Okafor
    23 Sep 2014 | 4:18 am
    Jonathen Ledgard writing in Wired: image courtesy of WiredI’m in Somalia, interviewing an al-Qaeda Shabab commander on a stretch of the malarial Jubba River. It is 2009, famine has swept the country and people are starving. Girls sent to the river to fetch water are being eaten by crocodiles. Waterborne diseases are killing malnourished infants. The Shabab are decapitating their enemies in surrounding villages. It is impossible to imagine a society more broken down, yet the jihadist before me sits in his plastic chair with several mobile phones operating off separate towers. This is the…
  • Ten African Restaurants

    Emeka Okafor
    23 Sep 2014 | 3:29 am
    Farai Gundan at Forbes reporting from New York City:...For most visitors and even New Yorkers themselves, the sheer number of restaurants in New York City can be daunting and overwhelming. So I teamed up with Akin Akinsanya, a fellow African foodie and founder and CEO of New York African Restaurant Week and his team to pick the top 10 African restaurants the Big Apple has to offer its residents and visitors – the adventurous and /or those seeking to satisfy their craving for African food.image courtesy of New York African Restaurant WeekAccording to Akinsanya, there are over 50 African…
  • Macrowaste Mail

    Emeka Okafor
    21 Sep 2014 | 8:13 am
    A BBC profile: ''This is the site designated for us by the town hall. We have been appalled to discover there is no safety provision. Men, women and children walk through the site. But our company is a going concern. What are we to do with the rubbish?'' asks the 30-year-old general manager of Macrowaste. Authorities have given start-up company Macrowaste the go-ahead to operate their rubbish collection in Bamako, even though the city does not have a functioning waste disposal plant. The company is expected to do exactly as the city does with its own dozen dustcarts: fly-tip on spare land.
  • Rungwe Avocado Company

    Emeka Okafor
    21 Sep 2014 | 8:13 am
    From AWF:The southern highlands of Tanzania are an invaluable ecosystem—but may also prove fertile grounds for agriculture.This region features the largest and most important montane grassland in Tanzania, making it a critical ecosystem. At the same time, the government of Tanzania has targeted this area for development as part of an agricultural corridor that will help increase Tanzania’s economy and food security. A sustainable agricultural enterprise and proper zoning here, however, will help stabilize land use. Smart investing will protect land and livelihoods. African Wildlife…
  • Conservation - Themed Primary Schools

    Emeka Okafor
    21 Sep 2014 | 5:35 am
    A novel type of education hub? CNN reports: image courtesy of MASS designOver the next decade, the African Wildlife Foundation is building 15 conservation-themed primary schools in some of Africa's most remote regions -- areas that are also highly strategic from an environmental standpoint. The schools are designed to be state-of-the-art, built with attractive faculty housing that will hopefully lure some of Africa's best teachers. MASS DESIGN GROUPIn exchange, the organization not only helps to shape young minds to further the cause, but gets written agreement from the local community to set…
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    Echoing Green Blog

  • Bren Smith is 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…
  • Five Bad Reasons to Start a For-Profit

    Rich Leimsider
    12 Aug 2014 | 8:00 am
    photo: 2008 Fellow Rahul Panicker, co-founder of Embrace Should a new social good organization choose a for-profit model or a nonprofit one? This is a question we face each year at my organization, Echoing Green, when we evaluate thousands of business plans from social entrepreneurs seeking start-up capital and support. This year, nearly 50% of those plans proposed using a for-profit model. And when we asked these entrepreneurs why, some of their reasons were just plain bad. They are not alone. New entrepreneurs are increasingly starting for-profit firms whose primary purpose is social…
  • Who Do You Want to Be?

    Linda Kay Klein
    6 Aug 2014 | 7:22 am
    photo courtesy 2013 Fellow Debra Gitler, ConTextos Asking “Who Do You Want to Be?”Before “What Do You Want to Do?” We often begin our Work on Purpose curriculum trainings for faculty and staff of colleges, universities, and nonprofits by asking two sets of questions. The first set of questions is: How old were you the first time you were asked, “What you want to do when you grow up?” And how many times have you been asked some derivative of this question since? Answering the first question, people sometimes shout out that they were four or five. In some cases, they even say they…
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    Green Parent Chicago

  • 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…
  • Nature as Nurturing: An Educator’s Narrative to Motivate Nature Play

    Christine Escobar
    11 Aug 2014 | 7:54 pm
    A soft breeze graces against our skin, birds chirp happily in the tree tops and the sweet smell of a magnolia tree perfumes the air around us. Many of us recall distinctive sensory memories from our time outdoors and nature poses a feast for the senses. Visual stimuli abound: greenery of all shapes and sizes, leaves garnished with edges from smooth to jagged, and an array of characters from pale brown squirrels to vermillion insects. Nature invigorates and nurtures all of our senses: visual, auditory, tactile and olfactory. Nature offers a lot more to us than just sensory memories, however.
  • Calling All Newbie Campers: Family Camp Out at Chicago Parks

    Christine Escobar
    6 Aug 2014 | 5:31 pm
    The Chicago Park District has just announced its second year of Family Camping geared toward novice campers. For a single low registration fee, families can take advantage of guided nature hikes, marshmallow roasts, fishing, fire building demos and camping under the stars at some of the most popular parks in the city.  Registration is now open for camping at Garfield Park Conservatory, Calumet Park, Bull Frog Lake in (in partnership with the Cook County Forest Preserve), and Northerly Island. The Family Camping registration fee is $50 per family of up to six members, including children…
  • Green Homes for Everyone: Talking Passive Homes with Evolutionary Home Builders' Brandon Weiss

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

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

  • Four Emerging Leaders Building the Future of Pakistan

    Acumen
    18 Sep 2014 | 9:20 am
    With 60% of Pakistan’s population living under less than a dollar a day, the external narrative of Pakistan is characterised by what the country lacks; a lack of security, a lack of women’s rights, a lack of access to education, and the list goes on. What this narrative ignores are the individuals who work tirelessly to plug those gaps. From human rights to education to food security, Acumen Pakistan Fellows are affecting change through organizations committed to tackling poverty. Their work is truly inspiring, promising a hopeful future for Pakistan. Here are four fellows that are…
  • Acumen Partners with AlphaSights to Better Access Global Expertise

    Acumen
    12 Sep 2014 | 7:01 am
    In our work investing in social enterprises that deliver critical goods to the poor, there is a substantial amount of work to evaluate each investment opportunity. A critical part of the diligence process, particularly when it comes to emerging markets, is speaking with industry experts who can provide reliable information about sector trends, market dynamics and public policy – all of which affect our evaluation of potential investment opportunities. To support this work, Acumen has partnered with AlphaSights, an industry leader in connecting those seeking information with relevant…
  • DE-BUNKING THE BURDEN MYTH: IMPACT DATA GOES LEAN

    Acumen
    10 Sep 2014 | 8:27 am
    Our manifesto begins, “it starts by standing with the poor.” Yet for good reasons, the sector has found it challenging to measure which customers are actually being served through social impact investments – getting accurate data on incomes is notoriously difficult and the logistical challenge and cost of conducting surveys in person prohibitive. This year, with funding from the Aspen Network for Development Entrepreneurs (ANDE), we partnered with Grameen Foundation and Acumen investee Ziqitza Health Care Limited  to test a more company-friendly approach to collecting customer data in…
  • Questions for Aspiring Leaders

    Bavidra Mohan
    27 Aug 2014 | 7:00 am
    Bavidra Mohan, Acumen’s India Fellows Manager, attended this years Aspen IDEAS festival as a Scholar. The Scholarship program was established to invite guests from around the world to bring a diverse set of experiences, voices and perspectives to the rich conversations that take place at the IDEAS festival each year. Numerous attendees, ranging from Presidential candidates to musicians, discussed the type of leadership that we need in the world today. I found myself in a number of these conversations, debating the indispensable characteristics of great leadership, many of which…
  • How one India Fellow is building up the labor force in India

    briteweb
    23 Aug 2014 | 4:19 pm
    Over 90% of the 500 million person labor force in India exists in the unorganized sector. Working conditions in the informal sector are poor and offer few incentives leading to stagnating low incomes. Acumen India Fellow Prerit Rana is the Co-Founder and CEO of Agrasar, a non-profit organization outside New Delhi working to unlock this massive human capital potential and provide social security to disadvantaged communities across the country.  Trained as an engineer, Prerit started his career at his father’s corrugated box factory.  Things were moving ahead professionally and the path to…
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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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  • 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…
  • Helping make a dream

    Julia
    24 Aug 2014 | 11:27 am
    Local Kiva Zip loan. Lots more verbiage than the regular kiva loans. Brings out his personality. I'm going to try to find his store sometime.Personal StoryI was born in Puebla, Mexico. My father was an electrician and my mother a stay at home mom. I had a humble upbringing; my father worked hard for us to have the essentials we needed and also provided the means to start my education. I was a good student and my parents pushed me to study. I was one of the highest in my class and with honors.After high school, an opportunity presented itself to go work with my cousin in New York. He always to…
  • Kiva zip loan in Los Angeles

    Julia
    22 Aug 2014 | 11:25 am
    Made a Kiva Zip loan to a local business to help a mother daughter team.
  • 21 Aug 2014 | 11:21 am

    Julia
    21 Aug 2014 | 11:21 am
    Helping out close to home with Kiva's new Kiva zip program.This program is for loans in developed countries - o% loans for people doing good things.I like to support the local economy, I do most of my food shopping at the farmer's market (which is easier to do in Southern California, one can live off a fantastic diet of things grown within 100 miles).This loan is for someone who lives very close to me.
 
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  • 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…
  • News reports on Michael Brown’s death: how do mourners become a “mob”?

    Ethan
    10 Aug 2014 | 8:15 pm
    Around noon on Saturday, an 18-year old African American teenager, Michael Brown, was shot and killed by a local police officer in Ferguson, MO, a suburb of St. Louis. Accounts differ as to the events that preceded the shooting. The St. Louis County Police Department has said that Brown and another man struggled with an officer and pushed him back into his squad car, then attempted to seize the officer’s gun; a witness says that a police officer told Brown to walk on the sidewalk instead of the street, grabbed Brown after he exchanged words with the officer and shot the young man,…
  • The biography I’m waiting for: Bambaataa and the parallel universe of hip hop

    Ethan
    4 Aug 2014 | 5:38 pm
    I wrote a book review, of sorts, last week about Walter Isaacson’s book on Steve Jobs and my concern that biographies, as a genre, celebrate a “great man” theory of history. While I remain convinced that we need more biographies of teams, of successful collaborations (an idea that Nathan Matias furthers in his post today on acknowledgement and gratitude), I do have a dark secret to admit: I periodically dream about becoming a biographer. This isn’t because I believe in the biography as a form. It’s because there are people I find so fascinating, I’d enjoy…
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  • Give It Away

    22 Sep 2014 | 9:00 pm
    The purpose of life is to live it, to taste experience to the utmost, to reach out eagerly and without fear for newer and richer experience. ~ Eleanor RooseveltThe purpose of life is not to be happy. It is to be useful, to be honorable, to be compassionate, to have it make some difference that you have lived and lived well. ~ Ralph Waldo EmersonMany persons have a wrong idea of what constitutes true happiness. It is not attained through self-gratification but through fidelity to a worthy purpose. ~ Helen KellerThe purpose of life is to contribute in some way to making things better. ~ Robert…
  • Your Motivation

    21 Sep 2014 | 9:00 pm
    Yesterday is history, tomorrow is a mystery.  And today?  Today is a gift.  That's why we call it the present.  ~ B. OlatunjiLook not mournfully into the past. It comes not back again. Wisely improve the present. It is thine. Go forth to meet the shadowy future, without fear. ~ Henry Wadsworth LongfellowHappiness is not something you postpone for the future; it is something you design for the present.  ~ Jim RohnThe past, the present, and the future walked into a bar.  It was tense.  ~ unknownThe past is your lesson.  The present is your gift.  The…
  • The Ultimate Sophistication

    19 Sep 2014 | 9:00 pm
    For every minute spent in organizing, an hour is earned. ~ Benjamin FranklinGood order is the foundation of all things. ~ Edmund BurkeOrganize; don't agonize. ~ Nancy PelosiOrganizing is what you do before you do something, so that when you do it, it is not all mixed up. ~ A.A. MilneThe Zen of Organizing philosophy refers to the creation of a calm, peace-filled, and joyous environment.  ~ Regina LeedsSimplicity is the ultimate sophistication. ~ Leonardo DaVinciQuotes about organizing
  • Kindle a Light

    18 Sep 2014 | 9:00 pm
    Man- a being in search of meaning.  ~ PlatoEvery human being is a problem in search of a solution.  ~ Ashley MontaguMan is the only animal for who his own existence is a problem which he has to solve.   ~ Erich FrommMan is the only creature who refuses to be what he is.   ~ Albert CamusAs far as we can discern, the sole purpose of human existence is to kindle a light in the darkness of mere being.  ~Carl JungQuotes about humanity
  • Something Imperfect

    17 Sep 2014 | 9:00 pm
    Perfection is the death of possibilities.  ~ Mary Kay HammPerfection is highly overrated. Real learning and growth come with imperfection.  ~ Felicia WatlingtonI’m careful not to confuse excellence with perfection. Excellence I can strive for; perfection is God’s business. ~ Michael J. FoxThe maxim ‘Nothing but perfection’ may be spelled ‘Paralysis.’  ~ Winston ChurchillBetter to do something imperfectly than to do nothing flawlessly.  ~ Robert H. Schuller Quotes  about perfection
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  • The Going Rate for Highest Quality Experience Goods

    Phil Cubeta
    20 Sep 2014 | 1:16 pm
    In Wealth Bondage, Tammy  is the most sought after of my fellow serving professionals.  Lovely, educated, pneumatic, she provides to our highest capacity clients what she calls "the ultra high end girlfriend experience." $75,000 a night, or proportionally more by the hour. I too am smitten but unable to afford her rates, or even a cup of coffee, I tried flattery.  "Tammy," I said, "you are far better than that. What you offer as a human being is beyond any market price." "I know," she said, "I am raising my rates to $100,000 a…
  • The Parable of the Talents (updated)

    Phil Cubeta
    20 Sep 2014 | 1:10 pm
    "Why," I asked The Happy Tutor, "does a priest who saves a person's soul live in poverty, while a heart surgeon who saves only the person's life makes millions?" Tutor said nothing, absorbed in a web video by Dan Pallota.  "I will let you know you in minute," he said, "just let me finish this."  
  • 2 and 20 to save the world (explanation to come later)

    Phil Cubeta
    16 Sep 2014 | 3:35 pm
    When social venture people say that they are sector agostic, or that nonprofits would benefit from a dose of the profit motive, I wonder how they address issues like these in forprofit education. One benefit (excuse me, please) of nonprofit jobs is that profit maximizers do not apply. Nonprofit structures prevent a highly talented person from doing good while making a killing, and that is the point. Once you get used to making a killing, doing good becomes one more shuck and one more jive, in culting the brand. I asked Fr Brennan (former Jesuit Priest, now employed by a Hedge Fund creating a…
  • Venus in Spurs

    Phil Cubeta
    12 Sep 2014 | 10:03 am
    The professor, it says here,  lives happily in his Dumpster, as do I, only his is better. Retrofitting Dumpsters for the poor could be an entrepreneurial social venture, for Bottom of the Pyramid Consumers - not making money off the poor but reducing the cost of being poor. Anyway, I did attend SOCAP14, saw Jed Emerson wearing a Big Black Fist (Power to the People) T shirt, and met many young people who are brimming with idealism and a belief that markets are the best way to express their identity, express ideals, and make a practical difference and a good buck too. Also present…
  • Giving Matters (Chris McLeod, JD)

    Phil Cubeta
    27 Aug 2014 | 7:06 pm
    I have not met her but certainly have enjoyed reading around on her site and her blog. Chris, an attorney, writes about giving with her whole being. I have never heard this thought before (as listed in her service offerings).  Transform your grief: People who suffer a loss or trauma often feel powerless or at a loss for what to do. Connecting with a nonprofit partner that is doing outstanding work to educate the community and prevent similar heartbreak can help restore a sense of hope and well-being to the individual and his/her family.  
 
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    How I changed the world today.

  • 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…
  • Helping make a dream

    24 Aug 2014 | 11:27 am
    Local Kiva Zip loan. Lots more verbiage than the regular kiva loans. Brings out his personality. I'm going to try to find his store sometime.Personal StoryI was born in Puebla, Mexico. My father was an electrician and my mother a stay at home mom. I had a humble upbringing; my father worked hard for us to have the essentials we needed and also provided the means to start my education. I was a good student and my parents pushed me to study. I was one of the highest in my class and with honors.After high school, an opportunity presented itself to go work with my cousin in New York. He always to…
  • Kiva zip loan in Los Angeles

    22 Aug 2014 | 11:25 am
    Made a Kiva Zip loan to a local business to help a mother daughter team.
  • 21 Aug 2014 | 11:21 am

    21 Aug 2014 | 11:21 am
    Helping out close to home with Kiva's new Kiva zip program.This program is for loans in developed countries - o% loans for people doing good things.I like to support the local economy, I do most of my food shopping at the farmer's market (which is easier to do in Southern California, one can live off a fantastic diet of things grown within 100 miles).This loan is for someone who lives very close to me.
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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

  • 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…
  • GoodGuide Joins UL Environment

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

  • 5 Dire Climate Change Predictions

    Tasbeeh Herwees
    22 Sep 2014 | 10:50 pm
    Photo via Flickr user South Bend Voice The streets of New York were flooded with demonstrators sounding the alarm on climate change last Sunday. An estimated 310,000 people took part in the People's Climate March, alongside famous faces like the U.N. Secretary General Ban-Ki Moon and actors Leonardo DiCaprio and Mark Ruffalo. The climate march sought to capitalize on today’s U.N. Climate Summit, when 120 world leaders will gather to discuss one of the most pressing issues for the future.  Speakers at the Climate Summit are expected to repeat what's become mantra among scientists and…
  • How Your Body is Increasingly Like a Car

    Mark Hay
    22 Sep 2014 | 10:05 pm
    Illustration by Tyler Hoehne Over the past two years, we’ve seen 3D printing used to make some absolutely bonkers things, from fitted evening gowns to functional guns to extruded edible pizzas. Having grown accustomed to unfathomable rates of innovation, it seemed for a time that almost nothing that came out of that realm would surprise us anymore —until last month when doctors at the University of Peking announced they had printed the first ever essential bone replacement, producing a brand new spinal vertebra for a 12-year-old boy with a rare form of bone cancer. As recently as a year…
  • 12 Times Leslie Knope Totally Nailed Being a Feminist

    Isis Madrid
    22 Sep 2014 | 10:00 pm
    Leslie Knope, you wondrous unicorn queen. Ever since Amy Poehler’s plucky alter ego on NBC’s Parks and Recreation took our screens by storm with her unique brand of earnest positivity and determination in the spring of 2009, we’ve been hooked on her every move. Week after week, year after year, we’ve watched faithfully as the small town public servant championed everything from gay penguin marriage to safe sex for senior citizens in her hometown of Pawnee, Indiana. But her enthusiasm was most contagious when it was directed at smashing the patriarchy. While “the man” is currently…
  • The Landscape Artist

    Yasha Wallin
    21 Sep 2014 | 10:00 pm
    To say that Daan Roosegaarde “thinks big” would surely be an understatement. The Dutch artist’s ambitious work marries existing systems in nature and technology, acting as a kind of adapter between the unpredictable and the futuristic. Take, for example, Roosegaarde’s most recent SMOG project in Beijing, a “vacuum” of copper coils that form an electrostatic field, attracting smog particles and creating a void of clean air. Or some of his related work with pollution, such as a ring made up of compressed smog particles. Even calling his work “art” at all feels a little strange…
  • What if Simply Playing Soccer Could Power a Whole Village?

    Mark Hay
    19 Sep 2014 | 5:50 pm
    Photo coutesy of Love Green via Flickr Usually when a few soccer balls are donated to a rural Mexican town, it doesn’t warrant press coverage. Yet last March TV trucks rolled into Puebla state to watch the distribution of 150 new balls. The cameras were on hand because these were no Adidas or Nike products. These were Uncharted Play’s Soccket balls, built to turn the kinetic energy of play into electrical current. When enough charge is stored up, the ball can be used to power various electrical devices. Since rolling out last year, the Soccket ball has stirred up a great deal of interest,…
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  • Global Investors Managing $24 Trillion Call for Stable Carbon Pricing

    Vikas Vij
    22 Sep 2014 | 11:17 am
    More than 340 global institutional investors representing over $24 trillion in assets worldwide have issued a statement calling on governments to create a platform for consistent, economically relevant and dependable [...] The post Global Investors Managing $24 Trillion Call for Stable Carbon Pricing appeared first on SocialEarth.
  • Applying a New Lens to Measure Social Return

    Ravi Kurani
    22 Sep 2014 | 11:14 am
    We’ve been measuring and valuing negative externalities for a long time, with governments using taxes to realign incentives and costs. Now it’s time to measure and value positive externalities as [...] The post Applying a New Lens to Measure Social Return appeared first on SocialEarth.
  • There’s a New Sheriff in Town: Your Employees

    Ryan Scott
    17 Sep 2014 | 9:29 am
    If you’re involved in any activity related to managing employee volunteer programs, you need to know Chris Jarvis.  As the co-founder of Realized Worth, Chris and his intuitive team have [...] The post There’s a New Sheriff in Town: Your Employees appeared first on SocialEarth.
  • Gates Foundation Commits $50M to Fight Ebola Outbreak

    Vikas Vij
    17 Sep 2014 | 5:02 am
    (3BL Media/Justmeans) – According the World Health Organization (WHO), global health security faces an ongoing danger from emerging and re-emerging epidemic diseases. WHO calls for the reduction of the devastation [...] The post Gates Foundation Commits $50M to Fight Ebola Outbreak appeared first on SocialEarth.
  • How Closed Loop Systems Keep Unwanted Clothing From Landfills

    Gina-Marie Cheeseman
    16 Sep 2014 | 5:59 am
    The clothing industry has a big impact on the environment. Synthetic materials take a long time to decompose once they end up in landfills. For example, nylon takes 30 to [...] The post How Closed Loop Systems Keep Unwanted Clothing From Landfills appeared first on SocialEarth.
 
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  • What I Deserve

    Sasha
    22 Sep 2014 | 2:00 am
    What I deserve I live in a wealthy community in a wealthy country. I had, and have, a stable, supportive family and access to world-class education. I am male and I am white. Last week, as part of my time with the Acumen India Fellows, I spent some time 135km outside of Hyderabad, in the villages surrounding the town of Kosge.  We were there to understand the issue of marginalization of rural women, and to do so we spent time in villages, with women’s self-help groups, visiting schools and talking with NGOs and the police force and with doctors in public hospitals. We split up into four…
  • A New Epistemology of Solving Complex Problems

    Sasha
    11 Sep 2014 | 3:00 pm
    I’m in India, spending the week with the Acumen team and with the Acumen India Fellows for their fourth seminar. Last night, at the end of the first day of seminar, we were joined by Vijay Mahajan, one of the most esteemed social sector leaders in India. Vijay is the founder of Pradan, which he ran from 1983 to 1993, and was then the founder of BASIX which grew to be one of the largest microfinance organizations in India prior to the microfinance crash in 2010. Vijay is a truth-teller, who speaks plainly and without adornment about his experiences. Our conversation was an intimate one –…
  • Strong ideas, loosely held

    Sasha
    5 Sep 2014 | 2:00 am
    One of the best pieces of advice I got about five years ago was that I should have “strong ideas, loosely held.” The feedback I was getting was on the “loosely held” part. At the time people experienced me as having “strong ideas, strongly held.” I think I’ve made some good progress on that. Five years hence, as I come back to the central paradox inherent in this notion, I’m understanding that the suggestion isn’t to have any less conviction around my ideas. Indeed nearly all of the time we need more conviction, more passion, greater commitment, and greater…
  • Why I (like everyone) gave to ALS while on vacation

    Sasha
    4 Sep 2014 | 2:00 am
    A friend and colleague asked me. It was personal and I didn’t want to let him down. It was (a little bit of) a challenge to how macho and bold I could be. It was public. Turning something like this down, given who I am and my values, would be just a little bit shameful. Everyone was doing it. It was fun. I could talk to my kids about it and get them involved in it. It was easy and quick to do. I could share it with friends in a way that felt totally positive – without putting them out. In fact, many friends said “Thank you! I was hoping to be challenged.” It incorporated video, and…
  • What we need from you

    Sasha
    12 Aug 2014 | 2:00 am
    What we need from you isn’t better thinking, more analysis and caveats, the low-probability risks you’ve explored, and how you’ve smoothed the edges. What we need from you is the fearlessness to put your best ideas out in the open, unadorned for everyone to see. Not more smarts, more courage.
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    High Impact Philanthropy Blog

  • 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:…
  • Domestic Violence: Turning "Why does she stay?" into "How can I help?"

    impactsp2@gmail.com
    11 Sep 2014 | 12:58 pm
    In the wake of the public release of video showing an American football player punching his then-fiancé in the face and dragging her unconscious out of an elevator, the issue of domestic violence is again in the spotlight. The hashtag #WhyIStayed became one of the top, non-promoted U.S. Hashtags on twitter this week, joined shortly after by the hashtag #WhyILeft. (For one woman's poignant and eloquent answer to both questions, see Leslie Morgan Steiner's TED talk Why Domestic Violence Victims Don't Leave.) But for donors focused on impact, the more important question is…
  • Childhood Obesity Awareness Month: An Opportunity for Donors to Support Children's Health

    impactsp2@gmail.com
    4 Sep 2014 | 1:49 pm
    September is Childhood Obesity Awareness Month. Throughout September, the Center will draw from our report, Donor Strategies to Prevent Childhood Obesity: Lessons from Greater Philadelphia, to highlight high impact opportunities for donors interested in helping prevent childhood obesity. Increase Access to Healthy Foods What a child eats plays a large role in determining their health and susceptibility to obesity.  Children from low-income families often lack access to the fresh foods and produce that are critical to maintaining a healthy diet.  In fact, nearly 30 million people in…
  • Developing Cross-Sector Leadership for Social Impact

    impactsp2@gmail.com
    28 Aug 2014 | 1:47 pm
    As members of a university community, our team has the privilege and opportunity to prepare students for leadership roles in contributing to positive social impact. Among these students and across society, there is a growing recognition that all sectors – business, public and private nonprofit – have a role to play in creating social impact, both positive and negative. This fall, our team is teaching a first-of-its kind course: Social Impact Strategy, Analysis, and Leadership. Open to advanced undergraduate and graduate students from all schools, the course offers an opportunity…
  • Moving From Avoiding Summer Melt To Ensuring College Success

    impactsp2@gmail.com
    21 Aug 2014 | 12:44 pm
    On the high impact philanthropy blog we've discussed summer slide, when gains during the school year are lost during the summer (see Make Summer Count and School's Almost Out, Make Sure Learning Isn't). We've also discussed summer melt, when high school graduates who have earned admission to college don't show up in the fall. Now is the time when students around the country – and around the world – are transitioning to college campuses to pursue post-secondary education. For disadvantaged students, here's what it takes to ensure these students not only show…
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    Asian Philanthropy Forum

  • Connecting the Next Generation of Family Business Leaders

    Andy Ho
    15 Sep 2014 | 2:01 pm
    What is China doing? What’s going on in China that we need to know about? In just about every sector and every discipline, enquiring Americans (and really, the rest of the world) want to know about how the rise of China is changing the competitive dynamics. All eyes are on China. During a recent visit to China for a speaking engagement on philanthropy, I was struck by the eagerness with which the Chinese participants wanted to learn. They were hungry for resources, for ways to test and develop their ideas and plans, and people to share their ideas with. But they did not know who to turn to…
  • Watch This: Creating a Culture of Reading in Bhutan

    Anh Ton
    8 Sep 2014 | 5:58 am
    September 8 is International Literacy Day — a day which most people reading this blog, updating their Twitter status, or checking up on the latest online news will probably take for granted. The act of reading of writing is so integrated in our daily lives that rarely do we stop and appreciate how empowering it is to be able to understand and manipulate lines on a sheet of paper or words in a composition. But for 773.5 million adults around the world, reading and writing can still seem like an insurmountable task. This is especially true in South Asia, where a staggering 39% of the…
  • Nonprofit Mergers: A Case Study of Two Asian American Nonprofits

    admin
    7 Aug 2014 | 11:46 am
    Nonprofit mergers are gaining in popularity and many donors are supporting the transition process and the re-building of the new organization. Examples of successful mergers have been documented but this is the first case study that highlights the experiences of two Asian American nonprofits in the San Francisco Bay Area, Oakland Asian Educational Services (OASES) and East Bay Asian Youth Center (EBAYC). Kordant Philanthropy Advisors documented the case study for the Chinese American Community Foundation. In January 2012, Oakland Asian Students Educational Services (OASES) and East Bay Asian…
  • Why the BoP World Convention & Expo Matters and Why Singapore is the Perfect Venue

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

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

  • 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…
  • What 3 Dead Authors Taught Me About Living

    Bryan Collins
    26 Aug 2014 | 6:15 am
    “When the beginnings of self-destruction enter the heart it seems no bigger than a grain of sand.” – John Cheever Confusing, isn’t it? Perhaps you’re having problems finding a career you love? Or maybe your day-to-day life is making you unhappy? Or are you struggling to pursue a passion you’ve held close for years. I’ve faced all of these problems, but several people helped me work through them. One of these people was the American novelist John Cheever. I never met John Cheever, and he died when I was one. So how could John have helped me? I spent hours…
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    Charitable Gift Giving

  • 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.
  • An Easier Way of Donating to ALS Than #icebucketchallenge

    steve
    16 Aug 2014 | 9:11 am
    By now everyone has heard of the “Ice Bucket Challenge”. No doubt multiple people on your Facebook feed have done it, and of course there are celebrities all over from Justin Timberlake to Jimmy Fallon who have jumped on the bandwagon. The story goes that the whole thing started on July 29, when former Boston College baseball player Pete Frates issued the “Ice Bucket Challenge” to his friends (including celebrities such as Tom Brady and Matt Ryan) to take the Ice Bucket Challenge to raise awareness for amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), a disease from which he suffers. Some…
  • Nominate your charity to receive $10,000 from Toms of Maine #50statesforgood

    steve
    9 Aug 2014 | 8:57 am
    Toms of Maine is a great company based in, well, Maine that makes toothpaste, deodorants, and other products from all-natural ingredients. I’ve used their products and know first-hand how great they are–they don’t have artificial colors, flavors, fragrances, nor preservatives, and they don’t even use any products derived from animals. And yet their products work just as well or better than anything you’ll find out there. Admittedly, sometimes when I use them I miss my radioactive-glowing-blue-shade of Aim Toothpaste, but my mouth and body feel so much better…
  • Buy a Subway Sandwich to Support Stand Up To Cancer

    steve
    2 Aug 2014 | 8:53 am
    Feel like buying two $5 footlongs at Subway (okay, sorry for getting that song in your head). From now until September 15, pay with your Mastercard and you’ll not only get lunch out of it, Subway and Mastercard will donate to Stand Up to Cancer to accelerate innovative cancer research to get new therapies to patients quickly. Since 2008, Stand Up To Cancer has raised more than $261 million, 3 of which (and counting) have been raised by this campaign. But hurry, you only have a few weeks left to help.
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    The GiveWell Blog

  • Challenges of transparency

    Holden
    11 Sep 2014 | 12:42 pm
    When we first started GiveWell, we wondered why major staffed foundations didn’t write more about the thinking behind their giving (and the results of it), in order to share their knowledge and influence others. We’ve tried to counterbalance normal practice by making transparency one of our core values. Our commitment to transparency is as strong as it’s ever been; we derive major benefits from it, and we believe there’s far too little public information and discussion about giving. At the same time, we’ve learned a lot about just why transparency in philanthropy…
  • David Roodman’s draft writeup on immigration and current residents’ wages

    Holden
    3 Sep 2014 | 1:31 pm
    As discussed previously, we are investigating the cause of labor mobility as a potential focus area within U.S. policy. Much of our investigation is focused on outlining potential giving opportunities; concurrently, we are interested in reviewing the academic literature on the merits (and possible drawbacks) of the policy changes that we would be working toward. One key question around this cause is whether increasing immigration to the U.S. (something that we believe could be an excellent outcome in global anti-poverty terms) would result in lower wages for current U.S. residents. We…
  • Open Philanthropy Project (formerly GiveWell Labs)

    Holden
    20 Aug 2014 | 1:39 pm
    GiveWell and Good Ventures have launched a new website for the Open Philanthropy Project. This is the new name and brand for the project formerly known as GiveWell Labs. The mission of the Open Philanthropy Project is to learn how to give as effectively as we can and share our findings openly so that anyone can build on them. The word “open” refers both to being (a) open to many possibilities (considering many possible focus areas, and trying to select the ones that will lead to as much good accomplished as possible) and (b) open about our work (emphasizing transparency and…
  • Update on GiveWell’s web traffic / money moved: Q2 2014

    Natalie
    12 Aug 2014 | 7:39 am
    In addition to evaluations of other charities, GiveWell publishes substantial evaluation of itself, from the quality of its research to its impact on donations. We publish quarterly updates regarding two key metrics: (a) donations to top charities and (b) web traffic. The table and chart below present basic information about our growth in money moved and web traffic in the first half of 2014 (note 1). Money moved: first two quarters Growth in money moved, as measured by donations from donors giving less than $5,000 per year, slowed in the second quarter of 2014 compared with the first…
  • Thoughts on the End of Hewlett’s Nonprofit Marketplace Initiative

    Holden
    5 Aug 2014 | 10:00 am
    Note: we sent a pre-publication draft of this post to multiple people who had been involved in the Hewlett program discussed here. A response from the Hewlett Foundation is available in the comments of this post; a response from Jacob Harold is available on the GuideStar blog. Last April, the Chronicle of Philanthropy covered the decision by the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation to end its Nonprofit Marketplace Initiative, which in 2008 was the source of GiveWell’s first grant from a foundation, and has continued to be a source of substantial support for GiveWell’s operations…
 
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    Elephantbeans

  • 2014 NFL Predictions… and Asses

    alcmaeonid
    5 Sep 2014 | 2:38 am
    Preseason totally doesn’t matter except for the bottom of teams rosters.  The real season is almost here!  Due to my fantasy team picks, I am heavily rooting for the Packers.  Well, just Aaron Rodgers, but still!  My number 1 receiver is Calvin Johnson, so I am basically rooting for no defense in the NFC North… and that’s enough about my fantasy team. Not a bad catch… There has already been one game won by the Seahawks, but that has no effect on my picks.  Because I said so. Will defense win out again this year with San Fran or Seattle taking it all?  Or will it…
  • The 10 Hottest Movie Aliens

    alcmaeonid
    4 Aug 2014 | 2:34 pm
    Guardians of the Galaxy had a great opening weekend, and one of the highlights for me is Zoe Saldana as Gamora. She has established herself as a fixture of the sci fi genre already with appearances in Avatar and Star Trek, and is adding to her resume as a sci-fi hottie with this summer’s Marvel blockbuster. Not an alien, but man is she beautiful. This has inspired a very meaningful ranking, the hottest female movie aliens of all time.  (I’ll let everyone else comment for dudes) 10) Laura Vasquez, Rosario Dawson, Men in Black II Rosario Dawson is not particularly hot in this movie…
  • Miami Wade County after Lebron

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

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

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

  • Kanye West Is Now Teaching a College Course

    23 Sep 2014 | 8:46 am
    Despite being a well-known advocate for dropping out of college, hip-hop star Kanye West is returning to the classroom—as a professor. After getting into a scuffle with a photographer in an airport last summer, a judge sentenced him to 250 hours of community service (along with probation and anger management classes) which he is fulfilling by teaching a course in fashion at the L.A. Trade Technical College. A well-known talent sentenced to helping young people hone their own gifts … This has inspirational movie written all over it ...
  • Should Girls Ask Guys Out?

    debrafileta
    23 Sep 2014 | 8:30 am
    Rethinking the old model of initiation. I grew up with the learned belief that a woman should never initiate a relationship and that the man should be the one to step up, take charge and be a leader when it comes to discussing anything remotely relationship related. There are plenty of different views and opinions when it comes to who should take the initiative in a dating relationship, and different things work for different couples. But I think, sometimes in our attempts to figure out “Christian dating,” we bind ourselves with rules God never placed on us—rather, with rules we place…
  • McKinney, TX Named Best Small City in America; Here Are the Other Top 50

    23 Sep 2014 | 7:25 am
    Money magazine has released 2014’s list of the top 50 small cities in America, and Texas’ McKinney is home to the No. 1 ranking. The magazine uses dozens of factors in their ranking methodology, but relies heavily on economic indicators like the affordability of homes, how much residents make and how good schools are. But, the list isn’t just a rundown of wealthy towns. Regional data that demonstrates diversity, the presence of local art and culture, green spaces and recreation also factor in. You can go here to see the full list, and filter down to check out the best small cities near…
  • Homecoming Queen Surprises Bullied Friend By Giving Her the Crown

    23 Sep 2014 | 6:39 am
    Young Lillian Skinner was the victim of a cruel prank when several fellow seniors at her Texas high school made her wrongly believe she had been nominated to the homecoming court. But when two of the girls on the ballot found out, they decided to give their bullied classmate an evening she’ll never forget. The duo made a deal that if either of them won the title, they’d arrange to have Lillian receive the homecoming queen crown instead, leading to a pretty great on-the-field surprise. What is it about Texas high school football games that makes everything so inspirational? ...
  • The U.S. and an Arab Nation Coalition Are Bombing ISIS in Syria

    23 Sep 2014 | 6:35 am
    The U.S. and a group of Arab nations have launched a new bombing campaign, targeting ISIS within Syrian borders. The multiple airstrikes marked the United States’ first major military action in Syria, and targeted Raqqa, the city that ISIS leaders have claimed as the capital of their Islamic State. The nations of Saudi Arabia Bahrain, the United Arab Emirates, Qatar and Jordan all assisted in the operation which was aimed at destroying the militant network’s ability to effectively train and lead its fighters ...
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    Ignited Fundraising

  • Quick Announcement & a Favor

    Lori Jacobwith
    19 Sep 2014 | 7:43 am
    I’ve got a new website, a new company name AND an updated membership program called the Ignited Fundraising Community ready to launch! It’s been a long process and we’re almost ready to go…. But…one thing is still missing. YOUR wisdom and input. Membership to the Ignited Fundraising Community is a program I’ve delivered for more than five years to hundreds of people you. My program helps you raise more money AND brings directly to you the latest and greatest communication & fundraising tools, tips and tactics from some of best talent you can find. In…
  • Five Ways to Show Gratitude to Donors for World Gratitude Day

    Lori Jacobwith
    16 Sep 2014 | 11:30 pm
    In the social sector we don’t really need a reason to reach out and thank our supporters for their gifts, but September 21, 2014 IS World Gratitude Day. It’s a day that provides a terrific excuse to reach out and show gratitude for all of the gifts that make it possible to do your important work. Image from World Gratitude Day Facebook page World Gratitude Day was unofficially started by an international dinner gathering in Hawaii. The official start was in 1977 by the United Nations Mediation Group. It was created to provide time and opportunity for all mankind to celebrate: Life All…
  • Introducing the Revamped Ignited Fundraising Community

    Lori Jacobwith
    9 Sep 2014 | 11:00 pm
    We are just about ready to re-launch the revamped Ignited Fundraising Community! In just a few more days you will have the opportunity to join me to fuel your fundraising when you become a member! I created this exclusive Membership Community in 2009 as a place for fundraising professionals like YOU to fuel up when you need some inspiration, coaching or a place to vent. Since hundreds have joined and report to me that this community has become an invaluable resource.  You don’t have to take my word for it, just listen to what members had to say about why they enjoy being apart of this…
  • Lori Discusses the #ALSIceBucketChallenge on Minnesota Public Radio

    Lori Jacobwith
    3 Sep 2014 | 6:49 am
    More than $100 million raised since the end of July. Amazing.  A fluke? A new trend? What does this all mean? For one it means new people are giving to ALS. And it means that folks at ALS have a huge task ahead to retain all those new donors. Lori and Tom Weber Yes, I took the challenge, too. Did you? Have a look my #ALSIceBucketChallenge video  Take a listen to hear my take about the Challenge with Tom Weber of The Daily Circuit at Minnesota Public Radio and Stacy Palmer, Editor of The Chronicle of Philanthropy. Click to listen to Lori on MPR Since it’s not likely…
  • Are You Imagining ALL That is Possible?

    Lori Jacobwith
    27 Aug 2014 | 9:04 am
    Once a year I deliver my signature fundraising and storytelling workshops here in Minneapolis and St. Paul, MN. At last count nearly 1000 nonprofit professionals and board members have attended and been inspired to raise more money. We’ve just opened registration for the workshops on October 15, 2014. This is the ONLY time for the next nine months I’ll offer these two action-packed sessions and space is limited. You say you don’t have time? I say you don’t have time to miss the opportunity to craft a mini-plan that will allow you to reach all of your fundraising goals…
 
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    Happiness Blog for The Seekers of Inner Happiness

  • Magnificent bars of spiritual wine

    7 Sep 2014 | 7:08 am
    It is very common to divide different religious philosophies of the world into two categories – the Western religions and the Eastern religions. Western religions refers to the faiths that originated within Western culture, and are thus historically, culturally, and theologically distinct from the Eastern religions. A true seeker never compares any of the paths that lead to the Supreme Truth. Different paths have their own beauty, magnificence and importance. All the religions of the world provide a different window view to the same Truth, to the same Light and to the same God. As mentioned…
  • Wonderful wine of Spirituality

    10 Aug 2014 | 7:49 am
    Human mind needs something more than just money, power and wealth. Only good food and gorgeous clothes are not enough. It needs some intoxication in the form of excitement, joy, merriment, enthusiasm or pleasure. Such intoxication is absolute requirement of human mind. Without such a joy, the life seems to be lacking something, it seems to be incomplete.Human mind is also filled with a lot of worries and negative thoughts – about the memories of the past and about the anxieties of the future. There are two ways to get rid of mental restlessness – either to forget it with the help of…
  • The ultimate question

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

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

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

  • 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! ]]
  • Possible New Feature:Charity of the Month

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

    19 Jul 2014 | 3:24 am
                                        "Retard" and other derogatory terms... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
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    Shareable New Articles

  • 18 Hilarious Yet Extremely Useful Illustrated Tips for City Living

    Cat Johnson
    23 Sep 2014 | 6:45 am
    City living is all the rage. The diverse people, vibrant street life, rich cultural offerings, career opportunities, and easy access to a myriad of amenities are a big draw. But there's another side to city living that doesn’t get as much play at Shareable: the sardine-like over-crowdedness, inconsiderate neighbors, public transport bullies, and stinky-ass garbage piles.
  • #MapJam 2.0 to Put the New Economy on the Map!

    Tom Llewellyn
    22 Sep 2014 | 5:16 pm
    This October, the Sharing Cities Network will launch the Second Annual Global #Map Jam to bring activists together in cities around the world to connect the dots and map: grassroots sharing projects, cooperatives, community resources, and the commons.
  • How I Avoided Holiday Shopping Through a Donation Exchange

    Neal Gorenflo
    22 Sep 2014 | 12:39 pm
    As stores begin to hawk their holiday deals, Shareable reposts this 2009 piece about how Neal Gorenflo gave up holiday gifts and discovered a better way to bond with family.
  • Coop Trains Next Generation of Community Acupuncturists Debt Free

    Mira Luna
    20 Sep 2014 | 11:16 am
    Nearly a decade ago, Lisa Rohleder and Skip Van Meter of Portland dreamed up a low cost, high volume community acupuncture business model. They wanted to provide access to acupuncture for those that couldn't afford the standard fees and also to earn a sustainable living as practitioners serving lower income communities. In 2002, the first iteration of this model, called Working Class Acupuncture, was born.
  • My Week with PirateBox, the DIY Mobile Cloud Storage Device

    Jeffrey Andreoni
    19 Sep 2014 | 6:54 am
    Sharing books you've read can be as enjoyable as reading them again, and for centuries books have frequently changed hands from person to person, library to library. But what if you could share an entire archive of books from the palm of your hand with anyone in earshot? I spent a week experimenting with a DIY PirateBox to see how it works, but first let's explore notable episodes in the history of book sharing...
 
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    Donate a Car to Charity - CharityCar.us blog

  • 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…
  • Ford Experiments with Lightweight Concepts

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

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

  • Does Rigorous Data Analysis Thwart Effective Storytelling by Non-Profits?

    Beth
    16 Sep 2014 | 2:22 pm
    Earlier this month I co-facilitated the “Impact Leadership Track” at the NTEN Leading Change Summit with John Kenyon, Elissa Perry, and Londell Jackson.   Our track was one of three where participants could take a deep dive into a topic and learn from peers through dialogue.  The event also included plenary speakers, including a provocative talk about storytelling with data from Alexandra Samuel. Her most controversial point was: “Rigorous data gathering and analysis can get in the way of effective storytelling by non-profits.” She was speaking to a room filled with nonprofit…
  • How To Train Your Attention and Be Effective When Working Online

    Beth
    15 Sep 2014 | 12:23 pm
    Photo by BirgerKing Take a guess. Be honest. How long can you pay attention when working online before your mind wanders?    According to the Statistic Brain site list of attention span stats, in 2000 we had a 12 second attention span compared with an 8 second attention in 2013.   To put this context, a gold fish has an attention span of 9 seconds!    Attention span is the amount of concentrated time on a task without becoming distracted. Most educators and psychologists agree that the ability to focus attention on a task is crucial for the achievement of one’s goals. It’s no…
  • A Guide to Evaluating Networks

    Beth
    9 Sep 2014 | 9:27 am
    Note from Beth:I met Madeleine Taylor back in 2009 while I was Visiting Scholar at the David and Lucile Packard Foundation.  This was fairly early in the Foundation’s exploration of networks and Madeleine came in to discuss her approach to evaluating networks.   We draw a lot of network depictions on napkins and had an amazing conversation. I captured it in this blog post.  Fast forward five years, Madeleine has published a new guide on evaluating networks.  She kindly wrote this guest post about it.   A Guide to Evaluating Networks – Guest Post By Madeleine Taylor Over…
  • NTEN Leading Change Summit #14lcs: Reflection

    Beth
    8 Sep 2014 | 11:51 am
    Photo by Trav Williams Last week I co-facilitated the “Impact Leadership Track” at the NTEN Leading Change Summit with John Kenyon, Elissa Perry, and Londell Jackson.   Our track was one of three where participants could take a deep dive into a topic and learn from peers through dialogue.  The event also included plenary speakers, including a provocative talk about data methods from Alexandra Samuel.  There were cross-track sessions that ranged from traditional panels to an unconference.    The culmination of these two and half very intense days was an Idea Accelerator Lab.
  • Has the Ice Bucket Challenge Spawned Charity Jacking?

    Beth
    28 Aug 2014 | 8:49 am
    The amount of money raised for ALS research through the IceBucket Challenge is almost $100 million and the other impacts are just as impressive.    Scores of nonprofit fundraising staffers report being called on to replicate the challenge.    Jeremiah Owyang has provided the easy recipe and I’ve provided an analysis of what can and cannot be reproduced.   So, now we are seeing an emerging practice that for lack of a better phrase, I’m calling “Charity Jacking.” Charity Jacking is similar to brand jacking and  news jacking, defined by David Meerman Scott as the…
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    Forgiveness Project

  • 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…
  • NEWS: Is the most effective punishment of all remorse?

    rachel
    21 Aug 2014 | 9:18 am
    The sixth in the series of The Forgiveness Project’s ‘Conversations on Forgiveness’ took place on 18 August at St Ethelburga’s Centre for Peace and Reconciliation. The speakers were exploring the difficult question, ‘What’s the point of punishment if society won’t forgive?’ We heard from Shad Ali, whose family struggled to understand how he could forgive the man who violently attacked him in a Nottingham street; Jacob Dunne, who received a two and a half year prison sentence for manslaughter in 2011; and Liz Dixon, Senior Probation Officer and Restorative Justice Coordinator…
  • EVENT: Performance and participatory workshop at WOMAD festival – 26 July 2014, 11am

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

  • 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…
  • The One Thing That Makes You Powerful Beyond Measure

    BeMail
    21 Aug 2014 | 9:19 pm
    I was listening to the Entrepreneur on Fire podcast this week and Delatorro McNeal II was talking about the nature of every tree having only one trunk but many branches and limitless leaves and flowers. People are the same. We have one central gift that defines the basis of everything we stand for. Think back to when you were a kid. What did you love to do after school? Where does your mind wander to when you are feeling stressed? What do people compliment you on over and over and over? THAT is your trunk and it is the foundation with which you bless yourself and others.   Many…
  • How to Stop Being an Amateur

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

  • Why We Should Look Forward to More of Each Day

    Kayla Matthews
    22 Sep 2014 | 8:31 pm
    “Use your smile to change the world; don’t let the world change your smile.” ~Unknown For most of us the average day includes a mix of things we both look forward to and things we don’t look forward to. We look forward to coffee in the morning, we regret that we have to go to work; we look forward to coming home at the end of the day, we dislike that we have to do laundry. But how much of your life are you giving up if you dread, dislike, regret and don’t look forward to, say, 50 percent of your average day? Logical reasoning says that, based on this estimate, you’re giving up…
  • Surrendering to Things We Can’t Control or Change

    Sara Reed
    22 Sep 2014 | 8:30 pm
    “Every day brings a choice: to practice stress or to practice peace.” ~Joan Borysenko I’ve always sped through life. I’ve always been ready to take on the next moment, that new place, make a new memory. I’m an obsessive planner. I love control. Seriously, I love the feeling of researching and executing a plan flawlessly. It makes me feel like it’s all worth something, or it gives my life meaning. Nothing satisfies me more than being able to check that next “life goal” off the multiple checklists I create. This idea of getting to the next place and achieving as much success as…
  • Taking Action Toward a New Life and Moving Through Resistance

    Elizabeth McDonnell
    21 Sep 2014 | 8:32 pm
    “Your actions are your only true belongings.” ~Allan Lokos This is not a piece about a person who has already finished her journey. I am not here to tell you that I’ve emerged from a dark place into a place of ease, or that I’ve discovered a profound new way of being that shields me from daily stresses. I wish I could tell you those things. I love to read about successes like that. Instead, I am in a messy stage of my journey, holding on to the glimmers of joy that I feel throughout each day, dreaming and journaling and not getting enough sleep. I am transitioning to a different life…
  • When You Want to Make a Change but Feel Confused and Scared

    Amanda Christian
    21 Sep 2014 | 8:31 pm
    “Once you make a decision, the universe conspires to make it happen.” ~Ralph Waldo Emerson Have you ever had an inner knowing that it was time to make some life changes, but you felt too confused to make them? I’ve certainly felt that way a time or two. After I graduated college years ago, I felt completely confused about what I was going to do with my life. I was asking myself questions like: How am I going to find meaning? What should I do for a career? How can I make my dreams a reality? But what if you feel so confused about your life that you end up doing nothing? I remember moving…
  • Finding Calm in this Busy, Chaotic World

    Helen Butler
    18 Sep 2014 | 8:50 pm
    “At any given moment, you have the power to say: This is not how the story is going to end.” ~Christine Mason Miller A while back I was completely overwhelmed. I was drowning in conflicting work commitments, our son’s crazy end of term schedule, over-commitment to a volunteer role, and a pounding headache I just couldn’t shift. Everything was about to go seriously pear-shaped if I didn’t do something stat! Now, if you knew me you’d know I am a “fixer.” So, because I fix things all the time (usually for other people!) I decided to book myself in…
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    Farnam Street

  • What If? Serious Scientific Answers to Absurd Hypothetical Questions

    Shane Parrish
    23 Sep 2014 | 5:00 am
    Randall Munroe, creator of xkcd, has written a book: What If?: Serious Scientific Answers to Absurd Hypothetical Questions Here are a few questions, which I loved, that are sure to spark your curiosity and imagination. What would happen if you tried to hit a baseball pitched at 90 percent the speed of light? The answer turns out to be “a lot of things ,” and they all happen very quickly, and it doesn’t end well for the batter (or the pitcher). I sat down with some physics books, a Nolan Ryan action figure, and a bunch of videotapes of nuclear tests and tried to sort it all out. What…
  • Harper Lee on Reading and Loving Books

    Shane Parrish
    22 Sep 2014 | 5:00 am
    Harper Lee, author of the much-loved novel To Kill a Mockingbird, wrote the following letter to Oprah Winfrey, May 7, 2006 Dear Oprah, Do you remember when you learned to read, or like me, can you not even remember a time when you didn’t know how? I must have learned from having been read to by my family. My sisters and brother, much older, read aloud to keep me from pestering them; my mother read me a story every day, usually a children’s classic, and my father read from the four newspapers he got through every evening. Then, of course, it was Uncle Wiggily at bedtime. So I…
  • Mistakes

    Shane Parrish
    21 Sep 2014 | 5:00 am
    “Forgetting your mistakes is a terrible error if you are trying to improve your cognition… Why not celebrate stupidities!” — Charlie Munger “If anyone can refute me – show me I’m making a mistake or looking at things from the wrong perspective – I’ll gladly change. It’s the truth I’m after and the truth never harmed anyone. What harms us is to persist in self-deceit and ignorance” — Marcus Aurelius in Meditations Sometimes we lose our way. We make mistakes. We focus on the wrong things. We pursue goals at all costs. We…
  • The Darwin Economy – Why Smith’s Invisible Hand Breaks Down

    Shane Parrish
    17 Sep 2014 | 5:00 am
    In The Darwin Economy: Liberty, Competition, and The Common Good Robert H. Frank, an economics professor at Cornell’s Johnson Graduate School of Management, takes on the debate of who was a better economist—Adam Smith or Charles Darwin. Frank, surprisingly, sides with Darwin, arguing that within the next century Darwin will unseat Smith as the intellectual founder of economics. Why does the invisible hand, “which says that competition challenges self-interest for the common good” break down? Without question, Adam Smith’s invisible hand was a genuinely ground…
  • Eight Things I Learned from Peter Thiel’s Zero To One

    Shane Parrish
    16 Sep 2014 | 5:00 am
    Peter Thiel is an entrepreneur and investor. He co-founded PayPal and Palantir. He also made the first outside investment in Facebook and was an early investor in companies like SpaceX and LinkedIn. And now he’s written a book, Zero to One: Notes on Startups, or How to Build the Future, with the goal of helping us “see beyond the tracks laid down” to the “broader future that there is to create.” The book is an exercise in thinking. It’s about questioning and rethinking received wisdom in order to create the future. Here are eight lessons I took away from the book. 1. Like…
 
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    Holstee

  • "If you don’t have enough time, stop watching TV." Always...

    23 Sep 2014 | 10:11 am
    "If you don’t have enough time, stop watching TV." Always feeling rushed? Not sure where the time has gone? How To Get Out Of Your Inbox and Focus On Important Stuff with @juliaroy is the #workshop for you. A personal trainer for productivity, Julia has some valuable ideas to transform the way we work. On October 22nd from 7-9:30PM. Space is limited, so sign up today at holstee.com! #learninglab #holsteehq #holsteeworkshop #class #workhacks / taken with Instagram http://ift.tt/1mKx6CS
  • Here’s to finding order and creating #balance for the week...

    23 Sep 2014 | 8:59 am
    Here’s to finding order and creating #balance for the week ahead. #mindfulmatter #quote #inspiration / taken with Instagram http://ift.tt/XV7eIo
  • Make 2015 the best year yet! Check out our latest version of the...

    23 Sep 2014 | 7:53 am
    Make 2015 the best year yet! Check out our latest version of the Mindful Living Calendar at holstee.com. #letterpress #letterpresslove #holsteelove / taken with Instagram http://ift.tt/1x7n2qT
  • Thanks to @candourstore for the shout! #holsteelove...

    22 Sep 2014 | 12:34 pm
    Thanks to @candourstore for the shout! #holsteelove #holsteemanifesto #letterpress #letterpresslove #livemindfully / taken with Instagram http://ift.tt/1uSZIe5
  • Have an idea but don’t know how to get started? Check out...

    22 Sep 2014 | 10:59 am
    Have an idea but don’t know how to get started? Check out How To Crowd-fund Your Dream with crowd funding expert @clayhebert. Learn to plan, build, launch and promote your project all in this helpful #workshop, coming up on October 21st! Sign up at http://ift.tt/1wGtnqg. #learninglab #holsteehq #holsteelove / taken with Instagram http://ift.tt/1wGtnqj
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    Eat. Sleep. Be

  • My Susan G. Komen 3 Day Walk for Breast Cancer Experience

    Jessica
    15 Sep 2014 | 2:48 pm
    Do you have a bucket list, or any set number of experiences you want to have in your lifetime? Well, since its inception I have wanted to participate in the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer 3 Day event, but for one reason or another the timing of the event did not make it possible. The 3 Day is when thousands of women and men walk 60 miles over 3 days in an effort to raise money to end breast cancer. This year it will take place in 7 cities across the country during September and October. This year, finally, I was able to participate. Ready to accept the challenge and mark this off my bucket…
  • How to Support Your Favorite NFL Players While Giving Back

    Jessica
    9 Sep 2014 | 12:30 pm
    In my home we have a saying with regards to football season. Being from New York I am still partial to my Giants despite what might be another dismal season ahead. Living in Philly with three Eagles fans I now root for them too, except when they play against the Giants, of course. So in our house we root for the Eagles, the Giants, and whoever is playing against the Cowboys. After all, you either love the Cowboys or you hate them. There is no in-between. Though we are an anti-Cowboy household, I still have a deep secret respect for the Cowboys of my heyday. The guys who we see now as…
  • How to Help Loved Ones Get – and Stay Sober

    Jessica
    9 Sep 2014 | 2:35 am
    Addiction and substance abuse have been in the headlines quite a bit lately. From Philip Seymour Hoffman to Elizabeth Vargas, Robin Williams, and so many others, there are very real public and private battles with addiction happening every single day. Afflicting people of all financial situations, ages, races, and religions, addiction does not discriminate. When I was a kid I knew this one girl, who I will call Beth. She was extremely bright with a big smile and a hearty laugh, though few people got to see it. Most days she was in her room by herself, reading or listening to music. Beth was…
  • How Jeremy Scott Made Success Mandatory

    Jessica
    3 Sep 2014 | 4:39 am
      Jeremy Scott is a self-proclaimed “master of failure.” That sounds pretty pathetic, does it not? However, it is through his mastery of failures that Jeremy Scott has developed an appreciation for success. Not just the pinnacle of success, but the process of succeeding. In his new book, Make Success Mandatory, Jeremy offers his exercises and tips for success in your life. As a fitness trainer and coach, he has seen firsthand what makes people (including himself) thrive after years and years of failing. It’s all about attitude. Several of the points in the book are based off of…
  • The Straight Up Guide to Essential Oil Research — Part Two

    Jessica
    25 Aug 2014 | 6:00 pm
    In yesterday’s post I gave you a wealth of essential oils research listed by ailment. For those who may be curious about particular oils, I thought it might also be a good idea to create a post that shows you the amazing benefits of essential oils listed by oil rather than the ailment it can help. Please note that essential oils are not regulated by the FDA. Because they are not evaluated by the FDA, essential oils are not regulated to treat, diagnose, cure or prevent any illness. While I cannot officially claim to treat, diagnose, cure or prevent any illnesses, I can, however,…
 
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    Learning from Dogs

  • Seeds of thought.

    Paul Handover
    23 Sep 2014 | 1:00 am
    Two very different perspectives. I’m writing this post a short while after midnight (UTC) on the morning of Tuesday, 23rd September.  In other words, 00:00 UTC 23/9/2014. (I hasten to add that the local time in Oregon is late afternoon Monday!) In approximately three hours time it will be the moment of the September Equinox, or 02:29 UTC on the 23rd to be precise. The planet Earth has been in orbit around the sun for a very long time!  It’s almost beyond comprehension how long the Solar System has been the way it is. All of which constitutes my introduction to a recent beautiful…
  • Governments: Listen to your people!

    Paul Handover
    22 Sep 2014 | 1:00 am
    Because you clearly are not listening to Nature! Sunday: 10:30 PDT. Won’t rabbit on too long as we are due out with our guests in the next thirty minutes. Just dipped into the online BBC News headlines and, frankly, was more than disappointed to see that the Climate March in New York, and many other cities all around the world, was the third headline after Afghanistan and Yemen. Oh well! What I read earlier in the morning was the most fabulous essay over on the Transition Times blogsite written by Jennifer Browdy.  It is republished in full with her kind permission. This should be…
  • Picture parade sixty-two

    Paul Handover
    21 Sep 2014 | 1:00 am
    Huge thanks to Suzann for sending these on. You all have a great day! oooo oooo oooo oooo oooo oooo Aren’t they wonderful! More from Su next Sunday.
  • A welcome and understandable distraction.

    Paul Handover
    20 Sep 2014 | 1:00 am
    We have family guests with us for the next seven days. Jean’s brother, Reg, and his lady are arriving today so for a while blogging will be less of a priority than usual. Although I have spoken to Reg over the telephone on numerous occasions, this will be the first time we have met and I am looking forward to better knowing him. Thus, as in previous times when we have had friends and family staying with us, I will be reposting popular items from previous times on Learning from Dogs, or republishing things that have caught my eye in recent days. As with today’s post. Reg, shares…
  • Ashleigh and Pudsey.

    Paul Handover
    19 Sep 2014 | 1:00 am
    In terms of the bond between dog and human, it doesn’t get much better than this! Britain’s Got Talent is a British talent television show that started in June 2007 and has been running very successfully ever since. Originally broadcast by Thames Television it is now part of the ITV ‘stable’.  Inevitably there is a website! Anyway, Jean and I were browsing YouTube one evening looking for something to watch and came across this: Published on Apr 7, 2012 Ashleigh and Pudsey the dancing dog wow the judges with their flintstones dance act. Britain searches for a new act…
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    Frank Sonnenberg Online

  • 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…
  • You’re the Best!

    Frank Sonnenberg
    9 Sep 2014 | 3:45 am
    This month marks the fourth year of my blog. I’d like to thank the 250,000+ people who have read these posts because if it weren’t for you, I’d be talking (or at least writing) to myself.  I’d also like to thank everyone who liked, shared, or commented on these posts. I appreciate your encouragement and support! Special mention goes to five people who perform their magic each month. Ed Berryman reviews the posts before they go live. He offers his thoughts and shares his wisdom. I listen carefully to Ed, not only because of his knowledge and experience but also because of…
  • Fair Is Fair

    Frank Sonnenberg
    19 Aug 2014 | 4:00 am
    “They play favorites.” “They made their mind up before they started.” “They didn’t earn it.” “They don’t deserve it.” “It’s a popularity contest.” “They have more than me.” And the list goes on and on. So what’s fair, and how is fairness determined? Fairness affects everything we do. It shapes our judgment, impacts our credibility, affects our ability to trust, and influences our loyalty and motivation. It can bolster or damage a career, strengthen or torpedo a relationship, and advance or ruin a leader’s authority. In fact, fairness is so important, it’s a…
  • Times May Change, But Your Core Values Don’t

    Frank Sonnenberg
    12 Aug 2014 | 4:00 am
    Times May Change, But Your Core Values Don’t See the good in everything. Make him or her feel special. Never stop learning. Keep your promises. Do right by others. Be a loyal friend. Appreciate what you have. Be humble. Challenge yourself. Practice what you preach. Reach for the stars. Be dependable and reliable. Lead a purposeful life. Give of yourself. Be courageous. Work hard, work smart. Be self-reliant. Tell the truth. Accept responsibility. Do yourself proud. Show compassion. Do the right thing. Be strong. Meet others halfway. Play nice. Have faith. Give ’em a chance. Keep it in…
 
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    Self Stairway

  • 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…
  • Leaving Comfort Behind

    Vincent Nguyen
    15 Sep 2014 | 4:00 am
    There’s only a month left until I leave the Philippines, go to Thailand for a month, and finally return to the US. Although I plan on coming back to Asia next year, it’s actually scary to think about hopping on a plane to leave Davao. As of today, it’s been over 10 months since I first left. Believe it or not, I’m more scared to leave the Philippines than I was to leave the US. It was the first time I’ve been outside the country. I began my location independent journey in the Philippines and this place has become a part of me. I’ve met dozens of great…
  • 100 Articles Later… Progress Since Day One

    Vincent Nguyen
    8 Sep 2014 | 4:00 am
    Here we are! We’ve reached triple digits after a whopping 19 months. Although I’ve repeated a few subjects on more than one occasion, there are some I’ve focused on only once and never brought up again (except in casual passing.) I was a bit worried, when I was starting out, that the idea well would run dry and that I’d lose motivation. But when I get amazing emails like this I remember why I started this website in the first place. It was the best decision I ever made. Aside from the joy of making a positive impact on the world, I myself have grown a lot and have personally…
  • Here Is Exactly Where You Belong

    Vincent Nguyen
    1 Sep 2014 | 4:00 am
    Back in high school, our AP European History teacher spent an entire unit teaching us about The Beatles. We learned their entire history, from before they became the well-known Fab Four all the way to their breakup and beyond. We listened to every song, watched every movie, and even finished a few documentaries for good measure. I remember thinking, “Wow, I wish I was alive during that era.” But that wasn’t the only generation I dreamt of. Being a fan of coffee shops, I’ve caught myself on several occasions thinking about how the great writers of the 20’s got together in…
  • What If You Don’t Know What or How to Change?

    Vincent Nguyen
    25 Aug 2014 | 4:00 am
    We recently had someone from Chicago come out to Davao and he’s been learning the ropes. Despite me being a relatively unexciting guy, I took the liberty of showing him around as best I could. We hung out for lunch at a sit-down restaurant on a typical day. As far as I can recall, there was nothing pressing on my mind. Maybe a bit of stress from work, as it’s been a hectic month, but nothing too crazy. A couple buddies and I went out last week and something interesting came up. It was about me. Something negative. My friend from before brought up the fact that I was rude to the wait staff…
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    LoveAQuote

  • Quote Of The Day - 2014-09-23

    22 Sep 2014 | 5:01 pm
    It is seldom very hard to do one's duty when one knows what it is, but it is often exceedingly difficult to find this out. - by Samuel Butler
  • Quote Of The Day - 2014-09-22

    21 Sep 2014 | 5:01 pm
    The sky grew darker and the moon rose higher as the evening wore on. and without either or them being conscious of it, they began to regain the intimacy, the bond of familiarity, they had once shared. - by The Notebook
  • Quote Of The Day - 2014-09-21

    20 Sep 2014 | 5:01 pm
    It all depends on how we look at things, and not how they are in themselves. - by Carl Jung
  • Quote Of The Day - 2014-09-20

    19 Sep 2014 | 5:01 pm
    You must look into people as well as at them. - by Lord Chesterfield
  • Quote Of The Day - 2014-09-19

    18 Sep 2014 | 5:01 pm
    The absence of flaw in beauty is itself a flaw. - by Havelock Ellis
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    Ahh The Simple Life

  • Have a Good Day – Really

    Carol Anne Preibis
    21 Sep 2014 | 11:07 am
    Have you every had a day that started out great, but suddenly turned sour? Think about the last time that happened. What dark clouds obliterated your sunny disposition? Resolve now to Continue Reading → The post Have a Good Day – Really appeared first on Ahh The Simple Life.
  • Can Money Buy Happiness?

    Carol Anne Preibis
    14 Sep 2014 | 7:52 pm
    Can money buy happiness? No, but how you spend it could! A large body of sociological and psychological research has emerged which suggests that once human beings have their basic Continue Reading → The post Can Money Buy Happiness? appeared first on Ahh The Simple Life.
  • W Is For Watermelon

    Carol Anne Preibis
    11 Sep 2014 | 10:55 am
      About Watermelon What would summer be without watermelon? Be sure to enjoy more of it while it’s still in season! It’s the perfect dessert for someone like me who Continue Reading → The post W Is For Watermelon appeared first on Ahh The Simple Life.
  • The Backbone of Happiness Is Resilience

    Carol Anne Preibis
    6 Sep 2014 | 2:15 pm
    What Is Resilience? We all experience adversity, from everyday changes and challenges to serious losses. Fortunately, people are able to adapt. We have many ways of overcoming adversity. Resilience is Continue Reading → The post The Backbone of Happiness Is Resilience appeared first on Ahh The Simple Life.
  • Z Is For Zucchini

    Carol Anne Preibis
    4 Sep 2014 | 6:47 pm
    About Zucchini Zucchini may be good for your heart: Zucchini has a good amount of potassium: 295 milligrams per cup, or 8 percent of your recommended daily value. According to the Continue Reading → The post Z Is For Zucchini appeared first on Ahh The Simple Life.
 
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    Singapore Kindness Movement

  • Songs of Kindness Fill the United Square Shopping Mall Atrium

    SKM
    22 Sep 2014 | 1:39 am
    Singapore, 22 September 2014 — Over 200 people, including supportive families and friends, gathered at the United Square Shopping Mall Atrium last Saturday to cheer on the finalists of Melody of Hope, a song-writing showcase for young people initiated by the Singapore Kindness Movement. The inaugural Melody of Hope challenged aspiring young musicians to push their musical boundaries while creating songs that give thought to kindness and graciousness. Participants had to compose their songs around the theme of “A Nation of Kindness Starts with One”. After a round of online voting in…
  • Singapore’s Longest Healthier Sandwich Formation

    SKM
    18 Sep 2014 | 6:07 pm
    Join Gardenia break the Singapore Book of Records! Gardenia will be forming the LONGEST healthier sandwich in celebration of World Bread Day! Click to register now! http://bit.ly/SLHGSF2014 All participants will receive a complimentary sandwich-making kit & goodie bag!
  • An Awkward Campaign for Kindness

    SKM
    17 Sep 2014 | 5:47 pm
    Singapore, 17 September 2014 – The Singapore Kindness Movement (SKM) today kicks off its 2014 media campaign to encourage kindness and graciousness, but this time, with an awkward plot twist. This year’s campaign continues with “A Nation of Kindness Starts with One” as its central theme, and plays around with the idea that even though one person can’t do everything, everyone can do something to make someone’s day. Everyone… including a well-meaning but terribly awkward young man named Ah Seng. Awkward Ah Seng “Awkward Ah Seng” is a new character developed for the 2014…
  • Singapore’s young do have desire to do good

    SKM
    15 Sep 2014 | 7:01 pm
    It is encouraging to know that more young people are looking at the social service sector as a viable career option (“Social services finding favour among young grads”; last Sunday). This trend supports our most recent Graciousness Index survey, which found that young adults are comparatively more optimistic about the state of kindness and graciousness than the older generation. This bodes well for the provision of effective social services as social needs are projected to grow in the future. The mindset of measuring a job’s worth primarily by its returns in dollars and…
  • Job Posting: Assistant General Secretary (The Kindness Gallery & Volunteer Management)

    SKM
    1 Sep 2014 | 6:41 pm
    The Assistant General Secretary (The Kindness Gallery & Volunteer Management) at Singapore Kindness Movement (SKM) is an important member of the SKM Secretariat whose efforts help to ensure that all sector programmes of the Movement are done efficiently and expeditiously. Working with the Associate General Secretary, you will play an active role in in fostering strong partnerships and carrying out projects to achieve SKM’s mission and objectives through the following measures: Managing the Kindness Gallery including duties related to the effective management of the Gallery, publicizing…
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    Live With Soul

  • 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…
  • this gift

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

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

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

  • A short guide to businesses who are paying volunteers

    22 Sep 2014 | 1:30 am
    We've talked about ways you can recruit paid volunteers - today, let's get specific and explore the types of businesses you want to recruit at in order to find paid volunteers.
  • How to recruit paid volunteers

    19 Sep 2014 | 1:30 am
    Businesses are paying their employees to volunteer, and this trend is growing. Read on to see how you can take advantage of this to recruit dedicated volunteer into your cause by connecting with businesses offering this benefit.
  • Four Things Every Leader Should Do to Sustain the Engagement of Volunteers

    17 Sep 2014 | 1:30 am
    Volunteers arrive to serve, filled with passion and excitement . . . but what got them there at the outset, may not be what brings them back. That initial passion may evolve over time, or it may even wane. The good news is, it doesn’t have to. Leaders can make a difference. Leaders of volunteers can take a number of proactive steps to sustain the engagement of those who choose to serve through their organization. Doing so requires a bit of knowledge, a bit of discipline, and a lot of desire--the desire to continue to feed the passion-fires of volunteers.
  • Volunteering as part of everyday life...

    15 Sep 2014 | 1:30 am
    What systems do you have in place for getting to know your volunteers? How do you tailor volunteer opportunities to match the professional background of your volunteers? How can we, as coordinators, commit ourselves to making volunteering a part of everyday life for our communities? Join us this week as we seek to answer these questions and find ways that we can tailor our volunteer opportunities to each unique volunteer.
  • VolunteerMark podcast goes live today!

    12 Sep 2014 | 1:30 am
    Our podcast is live today! Check out this post for info on how to get involved, and more importantly, how to listen in on the 'reg'!!!
 
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    Direct Relief

  • Ebola Response: Humanitarian Charter 747 Brings 100 Tons of Medical Aid to Fight Outbreak

    Tony Morain
    20 Sep 2014 | 1:59 pm
    New York, New York, Sept. 20, 2014 – A Direct Relief-chartered Boeing 747 departed John F. Kennedy International Airport today with 100 tons of emergency medical assistance for communities gripped by Ebola. The West Africa-bound airlift — the largest to depart the U.S. since the outbreak began — arrives in Sierra Leone Sunday morning and Liberia that afternoon. As confirmed […] The post Ebola Response: Humanitarian Charter 747 Brings 100 Tons of Medical Aid to Fight Outbreak appeared first on Direct Relief.
  • Start a Youth 4 Direct Relief Chapter at Your School

    Direct Relief
    19 Sep 2014 | 5:38 pm
    Middle school and high school students around the country are now able to support the work of Direct Relief by forming local chapters of Youth 4 Direct Relief using the new Student Handbook and Club Advisor Handbook available online. More than six years ago, a group of local high school and middle school students came together out of a desire […] The post Start a Youth 4 Direct Relief Chapter at Your School appeared first on Direct Relief.
  • Responding to Hurricane Odile as Polo Approaches

    Direct Relief
    19 Sep 2014 | 5:16 pm
    #455489538 / gettyimages.com As Tropical Storm Polo approaches Baja California, Mexico, where residents are still reeling from Hurricane Odile, Direct Relief’s Emergency Response Team has connected with a number agencies on the ground to assess medical needs and offer assistance. The team is in touch with the Mexican Association of Malta, which is working with Caritas Mexico in the state […] The post Responding to Hurricane Odile as Polo Approaches appeared first on Direct Relief.
  • Statement Regarding Donations for the West Africa Ebola Outbreak

    Direct Relief
    18 Sep 2014 | 10:53 am
    Donate Now >> Direct Relief relies on charitable contributions to conduct humanitarian assistance throughout the United States and globally. As we respond to the needs of people affected by Ebola in West Africa, Direct Relief wishes to note its policy regarding donor-designated contributions as it has done in previous high-profile emergencies (such as Typhoon Haiyan last year, Superstorm Sandy the […] The post Statement Regarding Donations for the West Africa Ebola Outbreak appeared first on Direct Relief.
  • Double Your Impact in the Fight Against Ebola: Depeche Mode’s Martin Gore Commits to $50,000 Match

    Direct Relief
    16 Sep 2014 | 5:19 pm
    After visiting the Direct Relief warehouse recently, Martin Gore of the band Depeche Mode is calling upon people like you to join the fight against Ebola. He has committed to matching up to $50,000 in donations for Ebola relief when you donate here. “Right now we are witnessing a human catastrophe in West Africa with the Ebola crisis,” he says […] The post Double Your Impact in the Fight Against Ebola: Depeche Mode’s Martin Gore Commits to $50,000 Match appeared first on Direct Relief.
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