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  • The GGSC is Hiring an Education Program Coordinator!

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    Greater Good
    21 Nov 2014 | 9:32 am
    The Greater Good Science Center is currently looking for an Education Program Coordinator. To apply, you’ll need to submit your application through UC Berkeley’s Jobs page. Once you’re on the Jobs page, search for the position by its listing date (11/21/14) and/or Job ID, 18967. More details below. Education Program Coordinator UC Berkeley Job ID: 18967 Overview The Greater Good Science Center’s Education Program Coordinator will support the operations of the Greater Good Science Center’s Education Program, which is designed to help educators and parents understand how…
  • The Wild Man

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    Dave Pollard
    6 Nov 2014 | 10:32 pm
    He asked me if I was going to West Vancouver, and if so, if I could give him a ride. We were on the ferry to the city, and I said sure. Raincoat, waterproof backpack, the guy was appropriately dressed for a car-less island resident in our region’s rainy winters. He thanked me, and said he was going upstairs to the ferry’s passenger deck, but he’d be back before we landed. When he got back, and climbed into the passenger seat, he turned his backpack, which was slung over his shoulder, around, revealing the small white head of a very contented-looking little dog, peeking out…
  • Top 5 Ways to Truly Love Someone

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    Camille Lucy
    18 Nov 2014 | 12:02 am
    The word “love” is one that is thrown around perhaps more often than it should be. We all want to share love with someone, to receive love, to feel loved. It’s a driving force in our lives. But, the term “love” has so many different versions that its meaning has become rather subjective. “If you do this, you love me…” So on and so forth. We find ways to measure someone’s love – and our own – and use that to build a case for or against them. Love is used as a guise for fear, insecurities, voids and deep-seeded issues we have…
  • Building Mini-Kilns in Agbogbloshie

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    Emeka Okafor
    22 Nov 2014 | 5:31 am
    From Qamp: Plastics constitute a significant portion of the Agbogbloshie waste stream, moving through stages of collection, sorting (by type and colour), cleaning, shredding and even in some cases molding into pellets. (See Plastics blog post). With at least 7 micro-factories by our count, Agbogbloshie is a key part of the plastic recycling industry in Ghana, and integrally interconnected with both local and global production cycles. To date, the failure of Agbogbloshie’s industrial ecosystem to add value to plastic material recycled on-site is a lost opportunity for local manufacturing.
  • What is a fair cut in carbon emissions?

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    wefmediateam
    24 Nov 2014 | 2:17 am
    Those worried about the future of the earth’s climate are hoping that this December’s climate change convention in Lima, Peru will yield progress toward specific national commitments, looking ahead to an international agreement at the make-or-break Paris meeting to take place in December 2015. The precedent of the Kyoto Protocol negotiated in 1997 is more discouraging than encouraging. It was an encouraging precedent in that countries were politically able to agree on legally binding quantitative limits to their emissions of greenhouse gases, to be achieved with the aid of international…
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  • The GGSC is Hiring an Education Program Coordinator!

    Greater Good
    21 Nov 2014 | 9:32 am
    The Greater Good Science Center is currently looking for an Education Program Coordinator. To apply, you’ll need to submit your application through UC Berkeley’s Jobs page. Once you’re on the Jobs page, search for the position by its listing date (11/21/14) and/or Job ID, 18967. More details below. Education Program Coordinator UC Berkeley Job ID: 18967 Overview The Greater Good Science Center’s Education Program Coordinator will support the operations of the Greater Good Science Center’s Education Program, which is designed to help educators and parents understand how…
  • Why Empathy Matters

    Greater Good
    21 Nov 2014 | 5:38 am
    Empathy has become a buzzword these days. You hear it being used in classrooms, hospitals, and even corporate boardrooms. When the president talks of empathy in his address to the nation—as he has on several occasions—you know the word has reached some kind of cultural zeitgeist But what is empathy, really? And why should we care about it or try to enhance it? In his new book, Empathy: Why It Matters and How to Get It, philosopher Roman Krznaric explains what empathy is and what it isn’t, and gives a powerful argument for the importance of cultivating empathy in ourselves. Though…
  • How to Practice Radical Gratitude

    Greater Good
    19 Nov 2014 | 12:34 pm
    If you’re a reader of Greater Good, you’ve probably heard a lot about why and how to practice gratitude—and you’re especially likely to hear all about it in the days leading up to Thanksgiving. But for many of us regular gratitude-practicers, our practice can become a bit, well, routine. And research suggests that when a practice starts to become too rote, its benefits start to wear off. If you need a gratitude challenge this Thanksgiving, here are three ways to take your appreciation to a totally new level. 1. Contemplate your own death. There’s nothing like facing death to…
  • Gratitude Greatest Hits

    Greater Good
    19 Nov 2014 | 9:57 am
    Three years ago, the Greater Good Science Center launched the Expanding the Science and Practice of Gratitude program, which supported 29 research projects and yielded dozens of articles and videos on the science of gratitude. As Thanksgiving 2014 approaches, we thought we’d take the time to highlight some of the best and most interesting content from the past three years. Why bother? Benefits of gratitude A ‘Thnx’ a Day Keeps the Doctor Away, by Emiliana R. Simon-Thomas Why Gratitude Works, by Christine Carter (video) A Scientific Reason to Stop and Smell the Roses, by…
  • Three Benefits To Mindfulness at Work

    Greater Good
    17 Nov 2014 | 6:59 am
    Research says mindfulness works for individuals. But does it work in the bottom-line-driven workplace, or is it just a frivolous feel-good program? This is the question tackled in a growing number of studies. Here are three ways, based on four recent studies, that cultivating moment-to-moment awareness might improve workplaces. Meditation might build self-confidence in leaders A.D. Amar and colleagues at the University of Westminster measured the self-perception of leadership skills among a sample of senior managers in the London area—and then put them through a 12-week secularized…
 
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  • The Wild Man

    Dave Pollard
    6 Nov 2014 | 10:32 pm
    He asked me if I was going to West Vancouver, and if so, if I could give him a ride. We were on the ferry to the city, and I said sure. Raincoat, waterproof backpack, the guy was appropriately dressed for a car-less island resident in our region’s rainy winters. He thanked me, and said he was going upstairs to the ferry’s passenger deck, but he’d be back before we landed. When he got back, and climbed into the passenger seat, he turned his backpack, which was slung over his shoulder, around, revealing the small white head of a very contented-looking little dog, peeking out…
  • Living With Civilization Disease

    Dave Pollard
    4 Nov 2014 | 10:34 pm
    image above: children’s hospice in kuwait, from the website of the architects, nbbj “It’s easy to get buried in the past, when you try to make a good thing last” - Neil Young, Ambulance Blues There is, of course, only the present moment. The past and the future, who we ‘were’ and who we ‘will be’, are just inventions of our minds. Yet many of us live as if they were real — more real and more important than the present. These are perfectly understandable coping mechanisms. If the best part of our life seems behind us, if we’re…
  • lessons from a bird, again

    Dave Pollard
    25 Oct 2014 | 2:01 pm
    1. self-healing: first, you breathe. then, gently, take stock of your wounds, your fever, whatever is not well. if you’ve been in shock, shake it off, violently, with every muscle in your body, don’t give it purchase to haunt you, let it go entirely, now. it’s over. next, find a warm, quiet, safe place, near water, and rest. as long as it takes. that’s all. 2. healing others: fend off the danger, get the obstacles to the other’s self-healing out of the way. bring fresh food and warm liquids. let the other know you’re there, close by, listen, and sing your empathy and love. no…
  • Links of the Month: October 23, 2014

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

    Dave Pollard
    19 Oct 2014 | 9:07 pm
    cartoon by David Sipress  from the New Yorker I have noticed a subtle change over the last year or two in what (and how) both mainstream and alternative media are reporting (worse news, more indifferently, more dishonestly and more under-reporting). I’ve also noticed a gradual increase in the general level of non-specific anxiety, pessimism, guilt, shame, premonition and overwhelm of my friends and acquaintances (it’s even worse now, I think, than it was right after 9/11). And I’ve noticed a similar disturbing increase in the general level of malaise, meanness,…
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  • Top 5 Ways to Truly Love Someone

    Camille Lucy
    18 Nov 2014 | 12:02 am
    The word “love” is one that is thrown around perhaps more often than it should be. We all want to share love with someone, to receive love, to feel loved. It’s a driving force in our lives. But, the term “love” has so many different versions that its meaning has become rather subjective. “If you do this, you love me…” So on and so forth. We find ways to measure someone’s love – and our own – and use that to build a case for or against them. Love is used as a guise for fear, insecurities, voids and deep-seeded issues we have…
  • You Had the Power All Along

    Melissa Heisler
    13 Nov 2014 | 12:02 am
    Like the Scarecrow, Lion, and Tin Man in the Wizard of Oz, I sought an expert to provide me with what I already held. Over a decade in corporate America led this Type A into physical distress. I was fatigued and irritable. My muscles were tight and painful. My digestion and reproductive systems were broken causing intense issues and discomfort. I was a wreck. Visiting doctor after doctor I was told there was nothing wrong. No illness. No disease. Prescriptions of all sorts were recommended – none of them really worked. After more than three years, I was frustrated, tired, and desperate.
  • The Zen Master and the College Professor: Letting Go of What You ‘Know’

    Ariel and Shya Kane
    7 Nov 2014 | 12:02 am
    Transformation, self–realization, enlightenment – is not understandable through what you already know. In fact, what you already “know” is keeping you from discovering what is possible. There is a story that demonstrates this idea: There once was a college professor who was interested in learning about the study and practice of Zen. He decided that the best way to do this was to find a Zen master to interview. Being struck with an inspiration, the professor did his research and found one on the Internet by Googling, “Zen Master”. The professor shot off an email and…
  • 4 Ways to Manage Workplace Stress

    Melissa Heisler
    6 Nov 2014 | 12:02 am
    Workers seem more and more stressed every day. Technology has created expectation of an immediate response 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year. Short-term thinking and planning based on the focus of quarterly stock reports has increased the sense of importance for every project. We feel everything is an urgent priority needing instant attention. The “doing more with less” mentality has increased the amount of our responsibilities and what is expected of us. This has created a culture of inefficient multi-tasking. Below are four ways you can reduce the amount of stress you feel…
  • Find and Stand In Your Truth

    Camille Lucy
    4 Nov 2014 | 12:02 am
    Take a long look in the closest mirror.  Look up, look down.  Notice what you are thinking and how you are feeling in doing so. Then, ask yourself… Do you recognize that person? Is your external being a true reflection of the soul on the inside? Do you bear slight resemblance to the face in the mirror, or are you identical twins?  Are you happy with that person?  Are there things you notice you want to change? What is the chatter going on in your mind and heart right now? Often in life, the face we put forward in the world is not always completely true in nature. Our insides feel…
 
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  • Building Mini-Kilns in Agbogbloshie

    Emeka Okafor
    22 Nov 2014 | 5:31 am
    From Qamp: Plastics constitute a significant portion of the Agbogbloshie waste stream, moving through stages of collection, sorting (by type and colour), cleaning, shredding and even in some cases molding into pellets. (See Plastics blog post). With at least 7 micro-factories by our count, Agbogbloshie is a key part of the plastic recycling industry in Ghana, and integrally interconnected with both local and global production cycles. To date, the failure of Agbogbloshie’s industrial ecosystem to add value to plastic material recycled on-site is a lost opportunity for local manufacturing.
  • Building Robots – and Confidence

    Emeka Okafor
    22 Nov 2014 | 5:05 am
    From UNICEF:Among the children of Mountain View, near Kingston, Jamaica, Marvin Hall is something of a hero. Hall, a former math teacher, holds a workshop called ‘Lego Yuh Mind’, in which young people playfully explore ideas in science, technology, engineering, art and mathematics. Working and communicating with each other, the children build robots from LEGO – and along the way, they develop other valuable skills.
  • Victronix | A Custom Hardware Startup in Tanzania

    Emeka Okafor
    14 Nov 2014 | 3:58 am
    In the spirit of First Atlantic Semiconductors. Victor Augustine's company, among other things  Victronix has developed Tanzania‬'s version of Arduino, the Bonguino: A Tanzanian startup hardware house. Its target markets include small processing machine manufactures, students, and hobbyists.Its services include: Custom Electronics DevelopmentFrom idea to prototypeHardware & Embedded Systems DevelopmentCircuit design, PCB design, and assembly, Specific function modules, GSM/GPRS/GPS shields, MCU & µP Shields. ‪In the words of the founder: My company is called Victronix I…
  • Incubation at Wɔɛlab - Collaborative Autonomous Base

    Emeka Okafor
    13 Nov 2014 | 9:22 am
    A broadening trend, the evolution of Maker/Hackerspaces into incubators of enterprise.This is being achieved while they still retain the distinct qualities of open inquiry and cross pollination. Startup Brics in conversation with founder Sename Koffi reports on their unfolding story: image courtesy of StartupBricsvia Google Translate Two years later, what were your major accomplishments, and where are you now? What are your next projects? Loose hardware side first, there is of course our draft 3D printer made ​​of electronic waste around which we are launching a series of research…
  • African Leadership Network 2014

    Emeka Okafor
    11 Nov 2014 | 8:09 pm
    From ALN in Rwanda: ALN 2014 from Isaac Oboth on Vimeo.
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  • What is a fair cut in carbon emissions?

    wefmediateam
    24 Nov 2014 | 2:17 am
    Those worried about the future of the earth’s climate are hoping that this December’s climate change convention in Lima, Peru will yield progress toward specific national commitments, looking ahead to an international agreement at the make-or-break Paris meeting to take place in December 2015. The precedent of the Kyoto Protocol negotiated in 1997 is more discouraging than encouraging. It was an encouraging precedent in that countries were politically able to agree on legally binding quantitative limits to their emissions of greenhouse gases, to be achieved with the aid of international…
  • 5 tough questions on how tech will change societies

    wefmediateam
    24 Nov 2014 | 1:52 am
    Technologies may one day offer us the opportunity to live healthily well beyond 100 years, enhance our intellectual and physical abilities and control our emotions. Technology may also enable us to become producers of our own products, track what we think and guide our decision-making. The reaction of many to such possibilities is often “what a perfect world we might soon have”. However, the question arises of whether a “perfect” world is one we should actually aspire to. What would changes brought about by such emerging technologies really mean for the real “us”? The…
  • 5 questions to ask about emerging technologies

    wefmediateam
    21 Nov 2014 | 7:11 am
    In a few years manufacturing and resource exploitation might be highly localized, services automated, employee productivity and consumer sentiment highly transparent and predictable, and human enhancement widespread. What would this really mean for “us” as individuals and for our economy? 1. Will robots be our peers? The boundary between human and machine is becoming increasingly tenuous. The possibilities for enhancing ourselves might increasingly allow us to work like machines. Robots themselves might soon be endowed with traditional human attributes such as cognition and emotional…
  • Why we need a new approach to children’s rights

    wefmediateam
    21 Nov 2014 | 6:53 am
    Two tragic and haunting images have emerged this year: hooded Islamic State executioners holding their knives to the necks of innocent victims, and masked medical workers bravely fighting an uphill battle against an Ebola outbreak for which the world was not prepared. But the year’s lasting legacy will be an even more extensive disaster, with recovery taking years, if not decades: nearly two million newly displaced children, trapped in conflict zones across Iraq, Syria, Gaza, the Central African Republic, and elsewhere. These children have joined the ranks of 25 million displaced boys and…
  • Why China and the US should work together

    wefmediateam
    21 Nov 2014 | 6:24 am
    The biggest economic news of the year came almost without notice: China has overtaken the United States as the world’s largest economy, according to the scorekeepers at the International Monetary Fund. And, while China’s geopolitical status is rising rapidly, alongside its economic might, the US continues to squander its global leadership, owing to the unchecked greed of its political and economic elites and the self-made trap of perpetual war in the Middle East. According to the IMF, China’s GDP will be $17.6 trillion in 2014, outstripping US output of $17.4 trillion. Of course,…
 
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  • SEReporter Archives Online

    Tom White
    18 Nov 2014 | 9:06 pm
    This is just a news post to let readers know that I’ve added the SER issues from 2004-2007 to this site, which has been down for a while.  Please click on the SER Back Issue Archive tab above to view or download the back issues.
  • Rubicon Bakery Bakes in Profit

    Tom White
    15 Jul 2013 | 11:17 pm
    The SF Chronicle recently ran an article on the new owner of Richmond, Calif.-based Rubicon Bakery, Andrew Stoloff.   Andrew bought the bakery in in 2009 from the non-profit Rubicon Programs, and found high ingredient and labor costs, and operating inefficiency.   This article begs the question of why this social enterprise could not make the bakery profitable when the restauranteur could.  He still employs ex-cons, recovering drug addicts and homeless people. In addition, Stoloff pays for medical insurance and three weeks’ paid vacation and sick time for his 85 employees, so he…
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  • New Study By Acumen and Bain & Company Unveils How To Scale Adoption Of Agricultural Innovations

    Acumen
    18 Nov 2014 | 5:49 am
    Acumen and Bain & Company today released Growing Prosperity: Developing Repeatable Models to Scale the Adoption of Agricultural Innovations—a new report to help entrepreneurial companies, and others, unlock the potential of smallholder farmers through large-scale adoption of agricultural innovations and inputs. The report’s insights and findings—which are the result of interviews with more than 300 smallholder farmers, sector experts and pioneer firm management—demonstrate the transformative power of providing smallholder farmers with the right access to the right innovations at…
  • Why India’s Economic Growth Depends on Vocational Training

    Acumen
    30 Oct 2014 | 8:57 am
    India has an enormous population of young people – over half of the 1.2 billion people are younger than 25 years old. Yet, only 2% of its 500 million person workforce has any skills or training. The majority work in the informal sector (90%), where there are few opportunities for education other than what workers ‘pick up’ on the job. This reality limits overall productivity, as well as upward mobility. With over 12 million young people joining the workforce each year, India has made vocational training a top priority; in 2012, the Indian government set a target to train 500 million…
  • Announcing a New Investment: SolarNow

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

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

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

    Chris Blattman
    17 Nov 2014 | 6:24 am
    Via @tslumley   The post Positions in the philosophy of science appeared first on Chris Blattman.
  • The latest in perpetual surveillance technology

    Chris Blattman
    17 Nov 2014 | 6:20 am
    The Zephyr 7 high altitude pseudo satellite. Airbus is developing a high-altitude, solar-powered drone that can stay aloft indefinitely. It could deliver wireless service where towers are too hard or expensive to maintain. Look for it to be billed as a low cost Internet platform for the developing world. Perhaps not what the funders (the US and UK defense departments) are most motivated by. The post The latest in perpetual surveillance technology appeared first on Chris Blattman.
  • This is what happens when you don’t proofread your academic paper.

    Chris Blattman
    11 Nov 2014 | 8:32 pm
    Frankly, it’s shocking that I haven’t done this myself: Story from Slate. Hat tip to @MadihaAfzal. Thank goodness no one but my co-authors can read my LaTeX comment boxes.   The post This is what happens when you don’t proofread your academic paper. appeared first on Chris Blattman.
  • Veteran’s memorial of the day

    Chris Blattman
    11 Nov 2014 | 7:37 am
    The five pillars represent the unity of the five branches of the United States military serving steadfast together. They are staggered in size with their appropriate military seal placements on each pillar based upon the Department of Defense prescribed precedence. At precisely 11:11 a.m. each Veterans Day (Nov. 11), the sun’s rays pass through the ellipses of the five Armed Services pillars to form a perfect solar spotlight over a mosaic of The Great Seal of the United States. Additionally, the brick pavers within the Circle of Honor are inscribed with the names of U.S. servicemen and…
  • Quote of the day

    Chris Blattman
    11 Nov 2014 | 6:34 am
    The U.S. should have 53 states because it’s a prime number and can’t be divided. Then we would truly be one nation, indivisible. Source. D.C., Puerto Rico, and one other new state that would add two Democratic senators. As a Canadian I am not allowed to volunteer Canada. The post Quote of the day appeared first on Chris Blattman.
 
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  • Partners In Health at the MIT Media Lab – design challenges around Ebola

    Ethan
    20 Nov 2014 | 4:04 pm
    Today’s Media Lab Conversations involves Ophelia Dahl and Dr. Megan Murray from Partners in Health with Joi Ito and David Sengeh from the Media Lab. The topic is understanding Ebola, and we’re learning about the disease to see if there’s anything the Media Lab can do to help organizations like Partners in Health combat the spread of the disease. Ophelia Dahl, the executive director, of Partners in Health begins by noting that when she began her work in Haiti decades ago, audiences were less welcoming and receptive to these issues. With Paul Farmer, the organization was…
  • “Watching Me Watching You” – Hasan Elahi and Josh Begley on the imagery of surveillance

    Ethan
    20 Nov 2014 | 9:10 am
    I admire much of the work Open Society Foundation does (a good thing, as I’m a board member), but I have a special soft spot in my heart for the Moving Walls program. Since 1998, OSF’s Documentary Photography program has featured exhibitions of documentary photography about human rights and social issues, choosing new artists to feature every 6-7 months through an open call process. The exhibitions provide support for documentary photographers, and inspiration and insight for the staff and visitors who see the images. The most recent show features ten visual artists reflecting on…
  • Sasha Costanza Chock on Immigrant Rights and Transmedia Organizing

    Ethan
    6 Nov 2014 | 3:43 pm
    Today’s Comparative Media Studies colloquium features one of our own, Assistant Professor of Civic Media, Sasha Costanza-Chock. His new book, “Out of the Shadows, Into the Streets!” explores the world of transmedia organizing and the immigrant rights movement. His talk tonight focuses on his background in media making, activism and scholarship, before zooming into the immigrants rights movement specifically, and one aspect of his work, the professionalization and accountability of social movements Sasha’s background is in the world of independent media, including production of movies…
  • Helen Nissenbaum on Ad Nauseum, resistance through obfuscation, and weapons of the weak

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

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

    23 Nov 2014 | 9:00 pm
    A goal properly set is halfway reached.  ~Zig ZiglarTo realize our goals, we must first imagine them fully.  ~Siew Hwa BehGoals are dreams with deadlines.  ~Diana Scharf HuntAct like you expect to get into the end zone.  ~Joe PaternoEach of us has a fire in our hearts for something. It's our goal in life to find it and to keep it lit.  ~Mary Lou RettonIt is good to have an end to journey toward; but it is the journey that matters, in the end.  ~Ursula K. LeGuinQuotes about goals
  • Given with Love

    21 Nov 2014 | 9:00 pm
    There are two sides to every story and TRUTH lies somewhere in the middle.  ~Jean GatiIt takes two to speak the truth: one to speak, and another to hear.  ~Henry David ThoreauThe shortest distance between a human being and Truth is a story.  ~Anthony de Mello Truth is what stands the test of experience.  ~Albert EinsteinThe truth is always exciting. Speak it, then. Life is dull without it.  ~Pearl S. BuckWhenever you have truth it must be given with love, or the message and the messenger will be rejected.  ~Mahatma GandhiQuotes about truth
  • Write your Name

    20 Nov 2014 | 9:00 pm
    The quality of mercy is not strained;It droppeth as the gentle rain from heavenUpon the place beneath. It is twice blessed-It blesseth him that gives, and him that takes.  ~William Shakespeare (The Merchant of Venice)Teach me to feel another's woe,To hide the fault I see,That mercy I to others show,That mercy show to me.  ~Alexander PopeWrite your name in kindness, love and mercy on the hearts you come in contact with year by year, and you will never be forgotten.  ~Thomas ChalmersSweet mercy is nobility's true badge.  ~Shakespeare (Titus Andronicus)We all need the waters…
  • Demands never Cease

    19 Nov 2014 | 9:00 pm
    Ability is what you're capable of doing. Motivation determines what you do. Attitude determines how well you do it.  ~Lou HoltzYou have to have confidence in your ability, and then be tough enough to follow through.  ~Rosalynn CarterDiscipline is the refining fire by which talent becomes ability.  ~Roy L. SmithYou are the only one who can use your ability. It is an awesome responsibility.  ~Zig ZiglarOur desires are things of the moment, often harmful even to ourselves, but our abilities are permanent, and their demands never cease.  ~Madame de StaelQuotes about…
  • For What We Have

    18 Nov 2014 | 9:00 pm
    The sea always filled her with longing, though for what she was never sure.  ~ Cornelia FunkeThere is a space between man's imagination and man's attainment that may only be traversed by his longing.  ~Khalil GibranWe look before and after,And pine for what is not;Our sincerest laughterWith some pain is fraught;Our sweetest songs are those that tell Of saddest thought.   ~ Percy Bysshe ShelleyWe would give anything for what we have.  ~Tony HoaglandQuotes about longing
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  • Presciption for Wealth Advisors, after Diagnosis

    Phil Cubeta
    21 Nov 2014 | 9:06 am
    Swift, as you know, was an Anglican preacher. As a moralist, he also loved public executions and used to dress as a Grubstreet Hack to hawk his fraudulent, "Confessions of the Hanged Man," at the foot of the gallows. "I saw a woman flayed the other day," he once wrote, "and you have no idea how it altered her appearance for the worse." That is satire, now sermon. I have a hard time praying. What I pray for most, in the spirit of a man standing out in the rain, finger raised to the thunder clouds, is to be used as a lightning rod. Money should…
  • Our Noble Trade in the Coterie World of Dynastic Wealth

    Phil Cubeta
    19 Nov 2014 | 3:59 am
    When we are experts in a discipline, such as law, accounting, business administration, investments, insurance, estate planning, financial planning, we become more sharply sighted and also more blind to what lies outside our trained field of vision. When we learn in addition to our discipline a bit of the humanities, we go through several stages. First, blinded by the light. Second, talking big, and sounding in our own ears like innovators and geniuses. Here we write books, have acolytes, found little cults of fellow thinkers, give conference papers, become venerable, as we age, and begin to…
  • "Leave no Visible Marks" - Mastering the Art of Wisdom Consulting

    Phil Cubeta
    18 Nov 2014 | 2:31 pm
    What we know from our own experience is that Wisdom Consultants to Family Wealth go through four identifiable stages. I hit bottom with the third. Matt has gone straight to 4, as far as I can see, as the unreliable narator said to blind man in the parable about Wisdom, but that is another story, whose moral continues to baffle some of the best minds in the Wealth Consulting field, even today, after centuries, and millions spent on exegesis, to no purpose. The stages are as follows.  1. The Guiless Innocent: Taking cliches as profound wisdom. Sorting Values…
  • How I saved Prince Farthingdale during Sharing Time

    Phil Cubeta
    14 Nov 2014 | 9:10 am
    Here in the Enclosure (dumpster, madhouse, country club, private compound, safe place, safe house, dungeon, penitentiary, castle with moat, or in my own dreams, it is hard to tell which), I have struck up a civic frienship with Prince Farthingdale, an heir to, so he says, the Norwegian Crown, and owner via a trust of a Salt Mine going back to pre-colonial times, from which much of the family fortune derives. I had assumed this was all BS since there are more Princes here than there are Jesus Christs, or Napoleons, or Beyonces. But yesterday's events, in which I played no small part, have…
  • Trends in Philanthropic Consulting to the Middling Rich

    Phil Cubeta
    14 Nov 2014 | 8:37 am
    Three topics of growing interest among advisors to middling wealth: Role of philanthropy in an inspired legacy plan Role of advisors in negotiating gift agreements to get naming opportunities on the installment plan and to hold charites more accountable Fusion, collaboration, or synergy among the disciplines, including the hardest of all, the soft side. Recent article on what I teach here, at FinancialPlanning.com. 
 
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    GOOD

  • The Feminist Life: Free the Auto Show Model

    Jaclyn Trop
    23 Nov 2014 | 11:15 pm
    “Are you a product specialist?” I asked the woman standing next to me as she wriggled out of her fishnet lace-up boots, groaned, and rubbed her toes. “Huh?” she asked. That was the politically correct term for auto show model, I knew, but I tried another tack. “Are you an auto show model?” We stood there at the technology charging station, at the end of the first day of the Los Angeles Auto Show, waiting for our phones to juice up before leaving the convention center. It was the inaugural day of the two-day media preview before the show opens to the public. I was there because my…
  • Turning Rubbernecking in Bangladesh into a Lifesaving Moment

    Sarah Stankorb
    21 Nov 2014 | 6:40 pm
    Jennifer Farrell talking with a patient family in Bangladesh When Jennifer Farrell, a Tulane University medical student working the trauma wards in Bangladeshi government hospitals, began tracking her patients’ outcomes, she found an odd thing. Her mortality rate was zero percent—in a country where road accident fatalities outpace those in the United States and United Kingdom at a rate as high as 160 to 1. Though the triple-degreed Fulbright Scholar is something of a wunderkind, the survival rate of Farrell’s patients had less to do with her skills and more to do with the reality that…
  • Female Monks Challenge Buddhism’s Misogynistic Tendencies 

    Mark Hay
    21 Nov 2014 | 5:30 pm
    Dhammananda. Picture by Gakuro via Wikimedia commons Many in the Thai state, clergy, and mainstream population are in a tizzy over one woman named Dhammananda. As a Bhikkuni, a Theravada Buddhist nun, she’s raised hackles for much of the past decade by attempting to reestablish the Bhikkuni lineage in Thailand. Although these nuns exist elsewhere in the world, Thai Buddhists have denied women’s ability to take the same monastic vows as men for ages. This spiritual embargo is just one egregious example of the ways in which Buddhism, theoretically an egalitarian faith, gets bogged down in a…
  • If You Really Love Nature, Don’t Live Anywhere Near It

    Angie Schmitt
    21 Nov 2014 | 2:20 pm
    Ironically, not the home of a nature lover I used to share an office with an older man, a nature lover. He put in a full career working for the government as an environmental engineer and was just counting the days until his retirement. His dream was to move 30 miles south of the city, right on the lake, a famous migratory spot and thus a favorite site for birding. There was nothing wrong with his dream, per se, and it’s a fairly common and simple one, almost clichéd, for members of his generation. Nature lovers often seek to literally own a piece of it, to behold it by living life within…
  • For Ernesto Yerena, Los Angeles is the City of Hustle and Hope

    Maxwell Williams
    21 Nov 2014 | 9:30 am
    When the sun comes up over the uniquely industrial-cum-residential neighborhood of Boyle Heights, just east of downtown Los Angeles, artist Ernesto Yerena gets up and greets the day. He's welcomed by a symphony of auditory sounds: there's the tamale lady loudly announcing her presence, the chattering of the neighborhood women watering their plants, and the ringihong of bicycle bells. “There’ an element that feels like you’re in ‘Little Mexico,’” he says. “I see a lot of hand-painted signage for restaurants or grocery markets; a lot of them are in Spanish. It reminds me of the…
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    SocialEarth

  • Denmark Announces100% Renewable Goal

    Justmeans
    21 Nov 2014 | 5:56 am
    Denmark has just one-upped its status as the most cutting edge sustainable country in the world. They have committed to a goal of 100% renewable energy by the year 2050. [...] The post Denmark Announces100% Renewable Goal appeared first on SocialEarth.
  • The Future Has Arrived, and It’s Called Mirai

    3BL Media
    20 Nov 2014 | 9:18 am
    Click here to watch the video Akio Toyoda has seen the future, and it’s called “Mirai.” That’s the name of Toyota’s new fuel cell vehicle, which the company’s president announced [...] The post The Future Has Arrived, and It’s Called Mirai appeared first on SocialEarth.
  • Americans Believe That They Will Soon Be Living In A Keyless Society

    Sangeeta Haindl
    20 Nov 2014 | 8:04 am
    Nearly one quarter of Americans spend three or more minutes looking for those elusive keys every day – that’s over 18 hours a year! So, it’s not surprising that 62 percent [...] The post Americans Believe That They Will Soon Be Living In A Keyless Society appeared first on SocialEarth.
  • Who Are the Next 25 Social Enterprise Stars? We’re Still Looking to Meet Them

    3BL Media
    20 Nov 2014 | 6:24 am
    Our campaign to add 25 social enterprise stars to our loan portfolio over the next year is introducing RSF to hundreds of social enterprises striving for outsized impact—about 1,600 enterprises [...] The post Who Are the Next 25 Social Enterprise Stars? We’re Still Looking to Meet Them appeared first on SocialEarth.
  • Crowdfunding Raises Investment for Cleantech in New Zealand

    Vikas Vij
    20 Nov 2014 | 5:01 am
    Renewable energy industry around the world has been witnessing a boom, but new green energy startups continue to face high hurdles in raising investment. However, an emerging method of raising [...] The post Crowdfunding Raises Investment for Cleantech in New Zealand appeared first on SocialEarth.
 
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    Sasha Dichter's Blog

  • TGIM

    Sasha
    24 Nov 2014 | 2:00 am
    “It’s almost there. Today’s Thursday,” I hear a fellow passenger say to her friend as we all walk off the train. Yet another person counting the seconds until the weekend. (At that moment, she had 115,200 seconds to go.) On and on we tromp down the endless treadmill, until, perhaps, we step up and step off. It is especially rare to wake up one day and muster the courage to jump off alone. The treadmill’s moving too fast, and we might hurt ourselves when we jump. What gets us there is the slow, consistent work of finding like-minded people to dream with, to…
  • Strengths, and Weaknesses

    Sasha
    13 Nov 2014 | 6:10 am
    I got back on my yoga mat this morning for the first time in a long, long time.   I used to have a regular practice, but my days keep getting fuller, my kids are going to bed later, and time is squeezed. Yoga is a healing practice, and lately, without yoga, I’ve been walking around only noticing the things in my body that hurt a bit: my left knee, thanks to a torn ACL 20 years ago; one of the joints in my left foot; my right Achilles tendon that I tweaked a bit playing squash; the rotator cuff on my right shoulder that is still only back to 90% three years after an over-zealous week of…
  • In case you didn’t get my blog today

    Sasha
    1 Nov 2014 | 2:00 am
    A couple of people mentioned to me that my blog posts have started ending up in their spam filters. Seth Godin explained better than I could what is going on here and what you can do about it (below). I guess if this post also ends up in your own spam filter the only way for you to find out that this is happening is to talk, ceaselessly, with your friends about Seth’s blog posts (or mine), and see if you’ve missed anything.  Statistically this seems like a low-yield strategy, so I’m hoping that if posts you’re expecting from bloggers seem to disappear, you’ll…
  • Don’t ask for career advice

    Sasha
    30 Oct 2014 | 2:00 am
    Most of the time, most of the people you ask for career advice don’t know you well enough to usefully tell you what to do. Most of the time, they will instead tell you what they did at that time and in that situation. That’s useful to know too, but they are not you. While they will likely have more experience than you, and, possibly, more wisdom, there’s a bright line between “what have you learned?” and “what should I do?” Ask them about what they have seen and understood. Ask them to share what the view looks like from where they sit. Ask them for perspective on what it takes…
  • The main course

    Sasha
    28 Oct 2014 | 2:00 am
    I stopped eating meat almost four years ago, primarily for health reasons after reading The China Study, and cut out most dairy too. I do eat a bit of fish, for the vitamin B12 (and because it keeps me sane), and I still eat things that have butter in them/on them, because that makes me happy. I’ve noticed over these past few years that, in the US at least, there are more and more veg-friendly options out there. Salad shops, soup shops, and also food from around the world that is delicious and not made with meat. Where I still feel vegetarians are misunderstood is that, because it can be…
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    High Impact Philanthropy Blog

  • Notes from the Field: Early Childhood in Philadelphia and Jewish Federation General Assembly, a Global Community

    impactsp2@gmail.com
    20 Nov 2014 | 1:07 pm
    Given our role in the sector, our team members often participate in conversations where we see opportunities to support donors and nonprofits alike. In this blog post, we share a few takeaways from two recent gatherings, one with a local group interested in Greater Philadelphia, and the other a major gathering with a decidedly global perspective. Invest in a Strong Start for Children, a local conversation This spring, we released our early childhood donor toolkit that outlines high impact strategies to address this critically important phase in children's development. Since then, we…
  • Ebola Outbreak: How Can I Help? An Update & Focus on Liberia

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

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

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

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

  • Thanksgiving Arrives Early for 100 Kids and Their Families

    Dwight Turner
    10 Nov 2014 | 2:05 pm
    Thanksgiving arrives early this year! Ok, not as early as a Canadian Thanksgiving, but definitely faster than I’d expected. That’s because near the end of October we started a Facebook announcement, hoping to inspire people early to give towards our small, Thanksgiving fundraising campaign. The goal was set at $1500, the amount of money it would cost us to give enough food and food supplies to 100 kids and their families for an entire month. My hopes were that by Nov. 22nd people would have given enough money to stockpile supplies until the end of year and have a simple dinner to…
  • Embrace Your Delusions

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

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

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

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

  • Recap: Asian Philanthropy & Sustainability Forum

    Andy Ho
    20 Nov 2014 | 9:45 pm
    Last week, we held our inaugural Asian Philanthropy & Sustainability Forum at the beautiful Asian Art Museum in San Francisco. A small group of funders, nonprofit executives, and social innovators gathered to connect with and learn from one another. Social Innovation in China – the story of Half the Sky Foundation Jenny Bowen, President and CEO of Half the Sky Foundation, shared her inspiring story of how she started with a simple premise to find a way to improve the livelihood of orphaned girls in China. In the 16 years since she began her efforts, her organization has built 51…
  • China Philanthropy Summit: Next Generation Philanthropy

    Andy Ho
    8 Nov 2014 | 2:05 pm
    At the China Philanthropy Summit last week, there was a session on next generation philanthropy in China, featuring several Indiana University philanthropy graduate students from China as well as Connie Leong, co-founder of Philanthropy in Motion, based in Hong Kong. It was an opportunity to hear about their views on the future of philanthropy in China. Panelists spoke of opportunities even in the midst of challenges. The challenges: There is still a low level of public understanding of philanthropy in China Philanthropy still seems inaccessible, too daunting, like “a faraway dream”…
  • China Philanthropy Summit: Government Quite Influential to Growth

    Andy Ho
    6 Nov 2014 | 4:32 pm
    Last weekend, more than 100 scholars, researchers, practitioners, and students convened for the China Philanthropy Summit at Indiana University’s Lilly School of Philanthropy. It was an opportunity to hear from Chinese and American perspectives about the current state of philanthropy, as well as considerations for the future of philanthropy in China. One central theme I noticed cutting across all of the sessions was the role of the government. In some ways the conference generated more questions than answers – and reinforced the need for more research and discussions on this topic.
  • Join the CASE Asia Pacific Advancement Conference in Singapore!

    admin
    3 Nov 2014 | 12:51 pm
    Our friends at CASE Asia Pacific is working to bring you an unforgettable conference at the Marina Bay Sands in Singapore on April 14-17, 2015! The 8th annual Asia-Pacific Advancement Conference is pulled together by a team of volunteers who are experienced advancement practitioners and will include sessions on fundraising, alumni relations, marketing, communications and also inter-disciplinary tracks. As part of the conference, there is a schools program designed for practitioners from international and independent schools. Keeping up with strategic and integrated methods of managing…
  • Asian Philanthropy Forum Launches Inaugural Gathering

    admin
    31 Oct 2014 | 12:58 pm
    Asian Philanthropy Forum curates the ongoing discussions in the philanthropic sector and highlights leaders and organizations that are working to improve the quality of life and sustainability of Asian communities. Our work has always been virtual – using social media to share our conversations. But we realize that philanthropy is personal and connections, while always possible with technology, is usually strengthened by face to face conversations. That’s why we decided to bring together a small group of business and social leaders interested in social innovation and…
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    The Change Blog

  • Show Off Your Curls

    Lyssa Winograd
    23 Nov 2014 | 6:50 am
    “To be yourself in a world that is constantly try to make you something else is the greatest accomplishment.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson Growing up, I never had that sense of fitting in. I was always the tall, awkward chick with the curly hair. I was quiet and shy as a child, so that’s how people knew me. I wasn’t any good at sports and I definitely wasn’t in the “cool” crowd. Within my little group, we called ourselves the weird ones. Then came college and all I wanted was to find a place to fit in. So I joined the Frisbee team, but my lack of athletic ability just accentuated my…
  • Turning a Decade Of Grinding Into My Life’s Passion: One Man’s Journey Out Of the Grind and Into His Calling

    Steve Roy
    18 Nov 2014 | 4:33 am
    “There is no passion to be found by playing small-in settling for a life that is less than the one you are capable of living” - Nelson Mandela 11 years. 11 years I’ve been doing this shit I thought to myself as I glanced over my computer monitor at the half dozen other cubicle workers sitting next to me. How have I let my life turn into such a grind, I wondered? Why am I stuck in this soul sucking job? When will I be able to break free and do something I actually want to do? 2002 Rewind 11 years and I had no career. I had no goals. I had no long-term plan. What I did have though was a…
  • Traversing Your Personal Hell

    Zachary John
    16 Nov 2014 | 4:00 am
    “If you’re going through hell, keep going” – Winston Churchill I’ve heard that quote by Winston Churchill about a thousand times. I don’t know whether that’s just by coincidence or whether there’s some sort of higher being out there that really wants to ingrain a particular message into my head, but if it’s the latter, it’s starting to work. You see, I never really believed in the quote for a long time – surely if you find yourself going through hell, you turn around and retrace your footsteps until you’re safely out of there … I mean, that makes more sense than…
  • The Gift of Struggle

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

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

  • Heavily Discounted Designer Clothes that Help Charity, from Fashion Project

    steve
    21 Nov 2014 | 5:49 pm
    Fashion Project is an organization that calls themselves “the leading charitable online consignment retailer”. Now usually when you think of consignment, you probably think of those dirty collection boxes overflowing with old moth-eaten clothes or thrift stores with ugly castaways. Fashion Project has a different take on things. First of all, they only accept items that are new or in great condition from selected brands. Second, they only take women’s clothes, shoes, bags, and accessories. When you think about it, this is a fantastic idea–unlike other “fill up…
  • Great Gift for Music and Animal Lovers from Morrison Hotel Gallery

    steve
    16 Nov 2014 | 5:38 pm
    The Morrison Hotel Gallery is the leader in fine art music photography, representing 90 of the world’s top music photographers and their archives. If you visit their Web site at https://www.morrisonhotelgallery.com, you’ll find official photo collections featuring an amazing array of iconic photos of the greatest musicians in history. Here’s a great gift idea for someone in your life who loves music and loves animals. This collection of Artists with Animals Mini-Print Notecards features fine photography of John Lennon, Bridget Bardot, Neil Young, David Bowie, Robert…
  • Gift Box made of Cinnamon that contains Cinnamon!

    steve
    26 Oct 2014 | 11:33 pm
    Here’s a fantastic gift for the cook in your life. World Vision has this wonderful round wood box that measures about 3 inches by 3.5 inches. It’s a solid wood box carved out of the bark of the Cassia tree. It’s round and comes with a lid (also made of Cassia bark) that you can pop on and off. The lid also has the word “fu” carved into the top, which is the Chinese word for “fortune” or “prosperity”. The side of the box is carved with a figure that resembles a dragon. If you’re not familiar with the Cassia tree, it happens to…
  • Nielsen-Massey Vanillas – Top Notch Extracts just in time for the holidays #NMVHolidays

    steve
    21 Oct 2014 | 11:03 pm
    A few years ago, I happened to purchase a bottle of Nielsen-Massey Almond Extract at a Williams Sonoma. I was blown away by the quality. No offense to that other company that makes Almond Extract (you know, the one in the red box), but when I opened that bottle, the scent was amazing. A few weeks ago, I received an email from Neilsen-Massey that highlighted their Vanilla Extract. This family-run company has been in business for over 100 years, and it shows in the different kinds of Vanilla Extracts they sell. There’s Madagascar Bourbon Pure Vanilla Extract, Mexican Pure Vanilla…
  • Wonderbag – Works like a Crock Pot with no Electricity!

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

  • Deworm the World Initiative (led by Evidence Action) update

    Elie
    21 Nov 2014 | 9:40 am
    Summary The Deworm the World Initiative (DtWI), led by Evidence Action, received approximately $2.3 million as a result of GiveWell’s recommendation last year. While there were some deviations, it largely allocated these funds as we expected. DtWI now has limited room for funding; it is currently seeking to raise an additional $1.3 million to support its activities in 2015 and 2016. We expect it to allocate approximately 30% of the additional funds it receives for work related to expanding school-based, mass deworming programs and funding related operating expenses (including impact…
  • Inaugural open thread

    Alexander
    14 Nov 2014 | 12:07 pm
    A commenter recently suggested we try out a periodic open thread. Let’s give it a shot! Our goal is to give blog readers an opportunity to publicly raise comments or questions about GiveWell or related topics (in the comments section below). As always, you’re also welcome to email us at info@givewell.org if there’s feedback or questions you’d prefer to discuss privately. We’ll try to respond promptly to questions or comments. If this is helpful, we’ll continue to do them periodically in the future.
  • Quick update on Ebola (full update to come later)

    Holden
    13 Nov 2014 | 12:35 pm
    At the moment, we don’t see highly time-sensitive giving opportunities that we are likely to recommend around responding to the Ebola outbreak in west Africa. We still plan to put out a detailed blog post describing what we’ve done to investigate the situation and what we think the best options for donors are, but we have now postponed this post in order to prioritize work on top charities. We hope to have the Ebola post out by early December.
  • Our ongoing review of GAIN

    Natalie
    10 Nov 2014 | 7:26 am
    Note: GAIN has reviewed a draft of this post and added responses below. The Global Alliance for Improved Nutrition (GAIN) focuses on reducing malnutrition by fortifying foods and condiments with essential nutrients and through other interventions. We have been considering GAIN for a 2014 recommendation for its work on Universal Salt Iodization (USI) because of our impression that iodization has strong evidence of effectiveness, cost-effectiveness, and room for more funding (our take on salt iodization is in our post on ICCIDD), and our understanding that GAIN is one of only a few…
  • Update on Open Philanthropy Project

    Holden
    30 Oct 2014 | 12:52 pm
    Our last major public updates on the Open Philanthropy Project were our May and June posts on global catastrophic risks and U.S. policy. This post summarizes our progress since then and where we currently stand on our goal of committing to causes. Summary of currently ongoing activities Deep dives on priority causes for U.S. policy. In June, we hired Shayna Strom as our Director of U.S. Policy. Shayna comes to GiveWell from the White House, where she was the Chief of Staff and Senior Counselor at the White House Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs. She is based on Washington, D.C.,…
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  • David Tibbs Attacks Bill Bohack`s websites

    liveunitedadmin
    3 Nov 2014 | 1:55 pm
      This is the whole story of this mess written by me in a letter to online officials trying to reach out for help with this matter as his attack was beginning to actually affect my business and my relationships with long time business partners. This was after the Tibbs strategy began to take effect and this was my attempt for one of us to remain adult about the situation. “To Whom it may concern: My name is William Bohack and I am writing you in regards to a cyber attack against my company, BPclaims.org, by a man named David Tibbs. The underlining question in regards to this…
  • David Tibbs: BP Banner Discrepancy

    liveunitedadmin
    3 Nov 2014 | 12:19 pm
    As I have mentioned before, David Tibbs was one of the main people that helped me through one of the biggest accounts of my life and I was usually very happy with all of the work that he had done for me and my company; however, some of his unethical behaviors began to surface as he began building websites for the BP project. Of course there was a government regulated website for these claims and according to an email I received, we were not specific enough in differentiating  ourselves from them and were asked to change our banner to reflect this. David Duval <dduval@dheclaims.com>…
  • David Tibbs Launches SEO Attack

    liveunitedadmin
    27 Oct 2014 | 7:04 am
    This is the beginning of a first hand account of internet extortion at it’s finest. My business has to do with helping people get legal help and finding the claims results they are entitled to. I have handled cases from pharmaceutical claims to claims from the BP oil spill. As you can imagine, this type of business has very much to do with an online presence and so this left me with the need to outsource SEO experts to assist me with optimizing all of my many sites for my fast growing business. I worked very closely for a while with a man by the name of David Tibbs of the UK. During…
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  • Neon Trees

    Anonymous
    21 Nov 2014 | 1:52 pm
    This week we spotlight the pop/rock band, Neon Trees, and talk with them about their fun, catchy new album, “Pop Psychology.” Plus we talk to author Eric Metaxas about his new book, “Miracles,” provide you with some Black Friday survival tips, share with you our Christmas list, discover the purpose of the cumberbun and create new ways to call someone “large and in charge.”
  • What Does God Sound Like?

    tania.harris.71
    21 Nov 2014 | 12:00 pm
    Ridley Scott made an interesting decision for the voice of God, and it raises an important question. How would you depict God’s voice if you were making a movie? I was fascinated to hear of director Ridley Scott’s choice in his soon-to-released epic Exodus: Gods and Kings. Scott cast an 11-year-old British schoolboy to play the role. The director said the boy was chosen to ‘exude innocence and purity’. In the 1998 animated movie, The Prince of Egypt, each cast member whispered God’s lines, so that His voice ended up sounding like a symphony of various people.
  • Officer Darren Wilson May Soon Resign from Ferguson Police Department

    Anonymous
    21 Nov 2014 | 7:22 am
    The officer who shot and killed unarmed teen Michael Brown in a confrontation on Aug. 9 is in talks to resign from the Ferguson Police Department. According to reports, Officer Darren Wilson “is in the final stages of negotiations” with local officials over the terms of his resignation. Today, a grand jury will meet, likely for the last time, to determine if charges will be brought against Wilson in the Brown killing. Since the shooting, Wilson has said that he did nothing wrong. According to CNN he’s told colleagues that the resignation is a move “to help ease pressure and protect…
  • Your (Slightly Early) Christmas Playlist

    jessec
    21 Nov 2014 | 7:15 am
    It's (almost) the most wonderful time of the year. Because it’s (almost) the most wonderful time of the year, we’ve compiled a playlist of new Christmas tunes (and a few favorites from the last couple of years), to get your holiday season off the right start. Sure, a sizable chunk of Christmas music borders on insufferable, but these songs really do help make the season bright. Give it a listen or—if you must—bookmark it and come back to it after Thanksgiving. Either way, fa la la la la la ...
  • Chris Traeger and Ann Perkins Are Returning to ‘Parks and Rec’

    Anonymous
    21 Nov 2014 | 6:57 am
    We’ve got good news and bad news for Parks and Rec fans. The good news is that Chris Traeger and Ann Perkins (played by Rob Lowe and Rashida Jones) will return to Pawnee for the show’s final season next year. The bad news is, they’ll only be back for a single episode. In an interview with TVLine.com, executive producer Mike Schur said, “We made a list of people that we needed to see back one more time. We didn’t get everybody we wanted … But a lot of the people we were hoping to see one more time — we managed to make that happen.” The seventh and final season of the NBC sitcom…
 
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    Ignited Fundraising

  • Do It! Get Your Board Engaged in 2015

    Lori Jacobwith
    18 Nov 2014 | 10:01 pm
    I’m often asked, “How do we get our board to help us with fundraising?” I actually think people are asking the wrong question. I believe the question is: “What should we do differently to cause board engagement?” If you want your board to show up, be educated about your mission, enthused about their duties, talk to others about your organization with passion, share stories about those you serve, invite others to do specific things AND feel great about their board experience, then YOU have to make sure to support them and communicate clearly how they can best serve. In life…
  • Shift the Energy: Connecting With Your Board

    Lori Jacobwith
    11 Nov 2014 | 10:01 pm
    One of the most powerful things we do is create authentic connections with people. I believe the second most important thing we do in our nonprofit sector, after the connection has been made, is cause people to take action. Whether it’s giving time, money, advice, or in-kind support you are often searching for people to do something. I love this definition of connection I read recently in a book by Brené Brown, “the energy that exists between people when they feel seen, heard, and valued…” Neuroscience tells us that as human beings we are hard-wired for connection. It’s why we…
  • Ask for Big Gifts Before Year-End

    Lori Jacobwith
    4 Nov 2014 | 10:02 pm
    We are deep in the fall fundraising frenzy which means I’m spending a lot of time helping organizations who are asking for money right now. In my experience I watch the staff at many organizations spend much of their energy getting ready to talk to people about their financial support rather than doing the work of having meaningful conversations with their supporters and asking for big gifts. Think about it, how much time have you spent this past week on copy for your event invitation, campaign brochure, or your appeal letter? While these are important tasks, I would much rather see…
  • Quick & Easy Tips to Help You Retain Donors

    Lori Jacobwith
    28 Oct 2014 | 10:01 pm
    I’m going to piggyback on last week’s three item checklist for donor retention, with five more quick & easy tips to help retain your current donors. 1. Share what you need the money for. How many of your current donors & volunteers clearly understand what it is you are raising money for? Do you share the cost of your programs for one week for one child or one adult? A donor recently told me, “If the organizations I support were not just saying they need money, but were telling me why and what impact that money will have, I may give even more.” 2. Personally contact as…
  • Your 3 Item Checklist to Retain More Donors

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

  • The Best of ApplaUSe4ACause

    16 Nov 2014 | 4:30 am
      5.  Autism News Roundup4.  Extreme Home Makeover Show Stand Together Against Bullying 3 .  Friendly Rivalry 4 Charity2.  Happy 5th Birthday, FreeRice!1. Local United... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Swagbucks for Good

    13 Nov 2014 | 6:12 am
                 If you haven't tried Swagbucks, now is a good time to join. Swagbucks is a site where you can shop, search the web, play games... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Help Your Favorite Charity With A Personal PSA

    20 Oct 2014 | 9:35 pm
    Follow my blog with Bloglovin This was originally posted in 2010                   This isn't for the... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • 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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    Shareable New Articles

  • What Role Should Cities Play in Sustainable Consumption?

    anna.bergren
    22 Nov 2014 | 9:11 am
    Resourceful PDX connects residents to events like the neighborhood cleanup pictured above. Credit: SE Uplift
  • Beyond the Sharing Economy in Gijon

    Neal Gorenflo
    22 Nov 2014 | 6:52 am
    My trip to Gijon, Spain for the Beyond the Sharing Economy conference began five months earlier 30 feet underground in the catacombs of Paris. Let me explain.
  • SELC Celebrates Victories and Launches Seed Library Campaign

    Cat Johnson
    21 Nov 2014 | 8:14 am
    On Tuesday, the Sustainable Economies Law Center (SELC) hosted its annual Fall Celebration and Showcase. Now in its fifth year, SELC is a driving force for the new economy, doing pioneering work around worker cooperatives, home-based food businesses, alternative currencies, legal guides for sharing, legal apprenticeships, accessible legal cafes, renewable energy, the commons, seed libraries and more.
  • Share Thanksgiving Connects Canadians and Immigrants for Holiday Meals

    Lucy Gao
    20 Nov 2014 | 12:09 pm
    Share Thanksgiving is a free, turkey-based matching service connecting new immigrant families with host families in Canada, where Thanksgiving is in October but is still celebrated with family gatherings and a large feast of turkey, pumpkin pie and all the trimmings. Now in its third year, Share Thanksgiving recently had 700 people participate in 10 cities across Canada.
  • Is Sharing Good for the Environment? It Depends.

    Cat Johnson
    19 Nov 2014 | 8:49 am
    With the rise of the sharing economy, people are sharing cars, houses, sports equipment, clothing, toys, meals, surfboards and much more. There's an intuition among sharers that sharing is not only good for the pocketbook, it’s good for the planet. The thinking goes that sharing helps us reduce consumption and keep usable goods out of landfills.
 
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    Charity Car Donation News

  • Canadian Auto Makers Show Support for Movember

    jg
    9 Nov 2014 | 5:41 pm
    Movember madness is in full effect and Canadian car makers are facing off to fight prostate cancer. Inside the Chrysler assembly plant, a wall is lined with 134 plaques bearing the name of an employee who passed away before retirement. “We also have a wall for our retirees,” said Wayne North, union lead at the plant, “but not everybody makes that wall.” The issue of men’s health hits home for North in a number of ways. Aside from the “scares” his brother-in-law has had with prostate cancer, North spends his days working in a factory of 3,000 people, average age 47. According to…
  • New Car Seat Finder Tool Helps Parents Select Right Car Seats for their Children

    jg
    24 Sep 2014 | 11:27 am
    A new federal push to reduce childhood injuries and deaths on the roads came from the stark and unfortunate facts that every 34 seconds, a child under the age of 13 is involved in a crash and more than a third of children killed in crashes were not in car seats or wearing seat belts. As part of the initiative, the U.S. Department of Transportation’s National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has launched safety tools and a registration campaign to increase car seat safety. The launch of these tools corresponded with Child Passenger Safety Week (September 14 – 20). The new Car…
  • The Next Generation of Volt is Here

    jg
    7 Aug 2014 | 11:32 am
    GM’s Volt was a smash success on the auto market, so much so that they decided to make the next generation.  General Motors will show the next-generation Chevrolet Volt plug-in at the Detroit auto show in January, Chevy’s top marketer said today. Tim Mahoney, Chevy’s global chief marketing officer, disclosed the plans at the 2014 Management Briefing Seminars in Traverse City, Mich. He also revealed a teaser photo that showed the redesigned 2016 Volt’s rear badge and a more sculpted decklid. The next-gen Volt is expected to arrive in showrooms sometime in late 2015. GM…
  • McLaren Announces P1 GTR To be Displayed in August

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

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

  • Give Miami Day raises record $5.2 million for nonprofits

    Beth
    21 Nov 2014 | 12:29 pm
    Community Block Party attendees check out participating nonprofit organizations during the event. Photo courtesy of The Miami Foundation. Note from Beth: It’s Giving Day Season!   I’m working with a network of community foundations, grantees of the Knight Foundation, that are hosting giving days as the facilitator.     The peer learning exchange is experimenting with best practices for Giving Days.     The group is using and adding their knowledge to The Giving Day Playbook.   These strategies are helping community foundations experiment, iterate and implement best…
  • Understanding the New Power of the Collaborative Economy for Social Good Sector

    Beth
    20 Nov 2014 | 9:42 am
    My colleague, Henry Timms and Jeremy Heimans have just published an important piece over on the Harvard Business School blog called “Understanding the New Power” that gives us a great high level analysis of how collaborative economy is operating in the social good sector.   The piece talks about how the growing tension between: old power and new power are transforming the way that social good activists do their work.    The article lays out a framework for understanding how power works and how it is shifting. They characterize these two types of power as: Old power works like…
  • A Conversation with Allison Fine About Her New Book #Matterness

    Beth
    19 Nov 2014 | 7:25 am
    Click To Purchase Now Today is the official launch of Allison Fine’s new book, Matterness.  We recently had a delightful email interview about some of the ideas and themes from the book.  You can get your copy now by clicking here. BK:  Hi, Allison, I hear you’ve written another book. What’s Matterness about? AF:  It’s called Matterness: What Fearless Leaders Know About the Power and Promise of Social Media? I was trying to answer a question that has been bugging me for the last ten years, literally for the entire time we’ve known one another. Here’s the question: Why do…
  • Help! My Nonprofit Needs A Data Nerd

    Beth
    18 Nov 2014 | 7:34 am
    Last week, I facilitated a mini-innovation lab on measuring impact for grantees of the Google Nonprofit program at the Impact Hub.  The workshop used design-thinking based on Luma methodology to help participants develop a communications strategy for measuring impact.      The process took participants through an assessment of the problems facing them, collective brainstorming, and prototyping. We spent a fair amount of time framing and reframing the problem and ended up with a question that focused on data collection. One of the concepts that the group designed was a strategy for…
  • The Ultimate Tool for Managing Your Organization’s Social Strategy: LightBox Collaborative Editorial Calendar 2015 Edition

    Beth
    17 Nov 2014 | 10:00 am
    Note from Beth: Last week I was in New Orleans for the National Assembly of State Arts Councils meeting.    I facilitated a peer session with Public Information Officers and a Mini-Workshop on managing and measuring a social media presence.   We covered strategy, especially identifying audiences through personas and key objectives.   Most importantly, participants began to think through their content and engagement strategies.  There is no better tool for doing this than the LightBox Collaborative 5th Annual Editorial Calendar.   Go get your free template right now so you are ahead of…
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    Forgiveness Project

  • NEWS: The right words at the right time…

    rachel
    13 Nov 2014 | 3:38 am
    On the 10th November we held the penultimate event in our series of ten ‘Conversations on Forgiveness’ at St Ethelburga’s Centre for Reconciliation and Peace. Exploring how the written and spoken word can help the recovery process were Mr Gee, the acclaimed London poet and musician, and Marian Partington, whose sister was a victim of serial killers Frederick and Rosemary West. Also speaking was Tim Caroe, a GP who works with people and the stories they bring to him in his role as a doctor. He aims to help them to write the next chapter of their life narrative in a way that sustains…
  • BLOG: Storytelling – The Most Human of Arts

    marina
    4 Nov 2014 | 3:52 am
    It has been said that the most difficult time comes after a revolution — a sentiment born out in the tough reality of post-apartheid South Africa. At a conference in Bloemfontein that set out to examine issues of freedom, responsibility and reconciliation, a young black South African man posed a difficult question. “I was born in a multiracial country,” he said, “so why are my friends now fighting over race?” Another put it slightly differently: “Sometimes we think it would be easier if all the people from the past generation who experienced the apartheid…
  • NEWS: The potential of empathy…

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

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

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

  • Giving the Benefit of the Doubt to Rude or Annoying People

    Melanie Jade Rummel
    23 Nov 2014 | 8:52 pm
    “Three things in human life are important: the first is to be kind; the second is to be kind; and the third is to be kind.” ~Henry James Some lessons you learn once, and they last a lifetime. I loved to bake as a child, and one day I put a bowl of batter in the microwave with the metal whisk I was using to stir it. A minute later, I pulled the bowl out of the microwave and grabbed the hot metal whisk with my bare hand. When I think about it, I can still feel the burn from the metal that took several weeks to heal. Some lessons last a lifetime. And some don’t. When I was a little girl,…
  • 8 Secrets To Developing Confidence (So Self-Doubt Never Sabotages You Again)

    Ash Roy
    23 Nov 2014 | 8:51 pm
    “What you think of yourself is much more important than what people think of you.” ~Seneca I can still remember it like it happened yesterday. There I was. Ten years old. It was my first day back at school. I walked past the enormous church that marked the entrance of the school compound. I passed under this huge tree as it towered over me. I was in a crowd of other screaming school kids. They laughed and cackled loudly. Me? I just felt overwhelmed. See, I was always an anxious kid. Scared. Worried that I hadn’t done my homework properly. Terrified I’d be punished. That was the world…
  • Letting Go of Guilt About What You “Should” Be Doing

    Carson Tate
    20 Nov 2014 | 8:42 pm
    “Beware the bareness of a busy life.” ~Socrates It was December26th. The day after Christmas. Ten days after my daughter’s first birthday. I was sitting on the floor coiling Christmas lights when I began to try to stand up. Almost immediately, I sunk back down to the floor. I was tired. I was physically tired. I was emotionally tired. Even my soul felt tired. In that moment, I couldn’t help but wonder, how did I get here? Sitting on the family room floor after two beautiful family events—my daughter’s birthday and Christmas—and my bones, heart, and soul ached so much that I…
  • 5 Childhood Mantras that are Poisoning Your Happiness

    Jill Dahl
    20 Nov 2014 | 8:42 pm
    “So, like a forgotten fire, a childhood can always flare up again within us.” ~Gaston Bachelard I woke up to the sun peeking through the bedroom curtains and I cautiously opened one eye to check if my little brother was still asleep on the other side of our room. I was excited about the day. The sun was shining and we were meeting up with some family friends for a picnic in the park later that day. All I cared about was we would be having lots of treats at that picnic and the park we were going to had a giant swing set. This was going to be a good day. An hour later, my brother and I were…
  • When Waiting Gives You Anxiety: Find Peace by Being Present

    Katie Dunne
    19 Nov 2014 | 8:50 pm
    “The time is now, the place is here. Stay in the present. You can do nothing to change the past, and the future will never come exactly as you plan or hope for.” ~Dan Millman Nothing gives me anxiety quite like waiting for things to happen. If I don’t know how long I will be in line, stuck on a delayed NYC subway, or behind someone at the grocery store who is paying in pennies, I get very anxious. Or at least I used to. Going to the doctor’s office was the worst. I know that no one likes to be sick or in pain before going to the doctor. People don’t like to be poked at or asked…
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    Farnam Street

  • Eight Ways to Say No With Grace and Style

    Shane Parrish
    23 Nov 2014 | 5:00 am
    “Half of the troubles of this life can be traced to saying yes too quickly and not saying no soon enough.”  — Josh Billings In a world of more requests than we can possibly fulfill, learning to say no with grace and style is a skill we all need. We should be saying no more than we say yes, although the opposite is usually true. We say yes too quickly and no too slowly. To consistently say no with grace and clarity, we need a variety of responses. To some people this comes naturally. Others, however, offer noncommittal answers like “I’ll try to fit that in,” or…
  • How Do People Get New Ideas?

    Shane Parrish
    20 Nov 2014 | 5:00 am
    In a previously unpublished 1959 essay, Isaac Asimov explores how people get new ideas. Echoing Einstein and Seneca, Asimov believes that new ideas come from combining things together. Steve Jobs thought the same thing. What if the same earth-shaking idea occurred to two men, simultaneously and independently? Perhaps, the common factors involved would be illuminating. Consider the theory of evolution by natural selection, independently created by Charles Darwin and Alfred Wallace. There is a great deal in common there. Both traveled to far places, observing strange species of plants and…
  • Simplify Your Life

    Shane Parrish
    19 Nov 2014 | 5:00 am
    ​​“Let your boat of life be light, packed with only what you need—a homely home and simple pleasures, one or two friends worth the name, someone to love and someone to love you, a cat, a dog, and a pipe or two, enough to eat and enough to wear, and a little more than enough to drink, for thirst is a dangerous thing.” — Jerome Klapka Jerome After realizing that she no longer wanted her life to be so complicated, Elaine St. James set out on a path to improve the quality of her life while decreasing the complexity. Simplify Your Life shares 100 of her tips to slow down and…
  • Building a Business and Making Your Mark

    Shane Parrish
    18 Nov 2014 | 5:00 am
    While ‘managing by bestseller’ is a misguided approach to fixing organizational problems, there is a lot to be learned from the leading experts and entrepreneurs on what’s different about building a business today. Make Your Mark: The Creative’s Guide to Building a Business with Impact, edited by Jocelyn Glei, features insights from twenty-one leading experts and entrepreneurs to explore the principles that propel some of today’s most successful companies. It’s about “applying the forces of business to creativity.” In the foreword to the book, Scott…
  • Ideas are not singular

    Shane Parrish
    17 Nov 2014 | 5:00 am
    “If you give a good idea to a mediocre team, they will screw it up. If you give a mediocre idea to a brilliant team, they will either fix it, or throw it away and come up with something better.” In January 2006, Disney announced it would spend $7.4 billion to buy its “cousin” Pixar Animation Studios. Many wondered about the fate of Disney Animation Studios itself – would Disney shut down the division that forged its identity, but had stagnated since its success in the early 1990s with films like The Lion King and Beauty and the Beast? Would it leave hand-drawn animation…
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    Holstee

  • What are you grateful for? #Weekend fun, #yoga on Sundays, time...

    22 Nov 2014 | 8:42 am
    What are you grateful for? #Weekend fun, #yoga on Sundays, time with friends, just to name a few. #gratitude #appreciation #mindfulmatter #quote / taken with Instagram http://ift.tt/1uRauRn
  • Another amazing dinner at the #workshop! Want to come to the...

    21 Nov 2014 | 10:33 am
    Another amazing dinner at the #workshop! Want to come to the next one? Visit our #events page at holstee.com! #brooklyn #holsteelove #holsteepotluck #foodrules #getcooking #atthetable #instagood #community / taken with Instagram http://ift.tt/1v3yfHg
  • How to understand an introvert in one chart by artist Roman...

    21 Nov 2014 | 9:08 am
    How to understand an introvert in one chart by artist Roman Jones via Huffington Post.  And if that doesn’t help, maybe this will. 
  • Know someone who loves words, connects with books and is always...

    21 Nov 2014 | 8:51 am
    Know someone who loves words, connects with books and is always deep in thought? The perfect gift is here! The Brain Pickings Poster featuring 7 Life Learnings from @brainpicker creator, Maria Popova. #dowhatyoulove #poster #letterpress #letterpresslove #sevenlifelearnings #brainpickings #favorite / taken with Instagram http://ift.tt/1uKcUBc
  • In collaboration with our friends at Yellow 108 we will be...

    21 Nov 2014 | 7:29 am
    In collaboration with our friends at Yellow 108 we will be giving away a #holstee Manifesto Poster & #yellow108 Upcycle Bike Bag! Follow @yellow108 and leave a comment for a chance to win! Good Luck! #giveaway #dowhatyoulove #bikes / taken with Instagram http://ift.tt/1xyqkCT
 
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    renjie butalid

  • The Creative Struggle of Michelangelo (1475–1564)

    admin
    29 Oct 2014 | 3:39 pm
    There is an incredible exhibit taking place at the Art Gallery of Ontario (AGO) in Toronto right now that challenges the myth that geniuses produce works of art without any effort or disappointment along the way. In many ways, this is similar to many of the overnight success stories that we often read about on TechCrunch, TechVibes, etc., where Startup Y is acquired by Company Z for millions of dollars within a seemingly short period of time. Anyone who has ever attempted to build a startup company from the ground up could tell you that this is so far from the truth. It is not that easy.
  • Start Here.

    renjie
    21 Oct 2014 | 3:30 pm
    I’ve been wanting to get into the habit of writing on a regular basis again but often fall into the perfectionist trap of feeling the need to have the perfect blog post all set up and mapped out before I even begin to write one word. This often leads to not even starting at all, running counter to the startup mantra of iterate fast and release often that I embody in my professional life, where everything is treated as a thought exercise towards building a better product or venture. Before you know it, winter turns into spring, spring into summer, the summer into fall with winter on its way…
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    admin
    11 Oct 2014 | 1:35 pm
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    admin
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    admin
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    Eat. Sleep. Be

  • 10 Random acts of Neighborliness

    Jessica
    19 Nov 2014 | 4:10 am
      A home is not just the four walls inside which you live. Your home is also your neighborhood. Saying this out loud means that I am outing my age, but I clearly recall watching Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood with much the same interest at young children today watch Thomas the Train. He opened every show with his well-known theme song. Mister Rogers tried to give us a daily reminder that in reality we are all neighbors, and that neighbors help each other. Building a sense of community is so important, especially now, surrounding all the negativity we hear about daily in the news.
  • Is Your Soap Harming Your Health?

    Jessica
    18 Nov 2014 | 4:58 am
    What about your toothpaste? Depending on what brand you use, it certainly might be possible. A new study out today from the University of California, San Diego School of Medicine, is focused on triclosan, an antimicrobial ingredient commonly found in soaps, shampoos, toothpastes and many other household items. Researchers found potentially serious consequences of long-term exposure to triclosan. So if you have been loyal to the same brand of soap, for example, over much of your life, you may want to think about finding a new brand, pronto. Here’s why. The study shows that triclosan causes…
  • The Gifts that Give Back 2014 Holiday Gift Guide

    Jessica
    12 Nov 2014 | 5:00 am
      Welcome to the 3rd annual Gifts that Give Back Holiday Gift Guide! This curated list has become one of my favorite posts of the year. Why? Because gift giving is fun, and giving a gift that gives twice is even better! So let’s get right to it. Shall we? Here it is, the 2014 list of gifts that give back: At Gift of Happiness, a portion of your purchase gives back to charity. You can search the site by item, category, or by charity. The site also has an entirely eco-social selection of items for sale. You can even search items that are made in the USA by state! One of my very favorite…
  • In Celebration of World Kindness Week

    Jessica
    10 Nov 2014 | 8:27 am
    Today begins World Kindness Week, a topic that has been covered immensely here over the past few years. Whether you choose to call it acts of kindness, paying it forward, or giving back, it is all about lifting someone else up. An act of kindness does not have to be anything elaborate or planned out. It does not take an act of great skill. Kindness can be as simple as extending a hand, or giving a compliment. All you have to do is be a little more generous toward others than is necessary. Think about how much better the world would be if we all took just a bit more time to consider the…
  • The Key to Getting the Behavior You Want from Your Kids

    Jessica
    7 Nov 2014 | 3:35 am
    Last time I saw Dr. Deb Gilboa, we chatted for a while about teaching our kids how to pay it forward. It’s important to both of us that our kids have empathy and understand the value of helping others. One of my children is naturally empathetic, while the other… not quite so much. We talked about the lessons we want our own children to have through our teaching, and Deb described several of the ways her family practices the art of giving to others. Dr. Gilboa’s expertise goes way beyond paying it forward. She is a pediatrician who has seen thousands of children in her own practice. Her…
 
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    Benevolent Media

  • Honoring our Veterans through Creativity and the Arts

    Erica Schlaikjer
    11 Nov 2014 | 2:21 pm
    I’ve never fought in a war. Not even close to it. Today, I can only honor Veterans Day in the ways I know how, which are far removed from the wounds and trauma of war but perhaps can offer support to those who have experienced it. Returning from deployment, many of our 22 million veterans are faced with unemployment (with proportionately more women than men seeking jobs). Some are disabled as the result of service-related injuries. In fact, the Obama Administration is paying the largest number of veteran disability claims in the history of our country. And while homelessness…
  • SXSW: #GivingTuesday Scales Up

    Erica Schlaikjer
    17 Mar 2014 | 3:17 pm
    Photo via UNDP. #GivingTuesday has no corporate headquarters. No official staff. And no single leader. And yet, in 2013, the online donation campaign has amassed 10,000 partners in all 50 states, received 1.2 billion media impressions, gained 1.2 million Facebook likes, and generated 500,000 tweets. The social media support has translated into real dollars, producing an average online donation of $142.05. The grassroots “movement” and “national day of giving” relies on a distributed effort of people who volunteer their time at the start of the annual holiday season to encourage…
  • SXSW: What Does It Really Mean to “Engage”?

    Erica Schlaikjer
    17 Mar 2014 | 12:55 pm
    Image from “Selfless Portraits” via Ivan Cash. This post is part of Benevolent Media’s ongoing coverage of SXSW 2014. This post originally appeared on The Huffington Post. It seems appropriate that I forgot my cell phone, my laptop and my camera’s memory card when I attended a session on “Human Connection: The Ultimate Digital Currency” at the SXSW Interactive festival this week. I was very much disconnected, in the analog sense. As he began his presentation, SXSW presenter Ivan Cash invited the audience to sit closer to the front of the room, no doubt an…
  • SXSW 2014: Participant Media Celebrates Storytelling for Social Change

    Erica Schlaikjer
    9 Mar 2014 | 1:10 pm
    Hollywood changemaker Participant Media is here at SXSW to prove that storytelling can make money, drive social impact and be entertaining—all at the same time. The award-winning entertainment company is best known for producing films like Lincoln, An Inconvenient Truth and Food, Inc. But over the past decade, it has grown its reputation as a multimedia powerhouse at the intersection of storytelling, technology and social change. Its digital division, TakePart.com, provides news, commentary and calls-to-action for social change, and its new millennial-minded TV network, Pivot, broadcasts…
  • SXSW 2014: TakePart Creates Bingo Game for Socially Conscious Events

    Erica Schlaikjer
    8 Mar 2014 | 8:56 am
    This post is part of Benevolent Media’s ongoing coverage of SXSW 2014. TakePart, the digital division of Participant Media, released this handy guide to socially conscious events and destinations at SXSW–in the form of a bingo game! Post pictures of the recommended hotspots using the hashtag: #sxswbingo And check out all of Participant Media’s social good programming at Monday’s SXSW Social Good Hub. (Also, remember to reference our post, “The Benevolent Guide to SXSW 2014: Interactive.“)
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    Learning from Dogs

  • The book! Part Four: Compassion for self.

    Paul Handover
    24 Nov 2014 | 12:30 am
    That one can not truly love another until you love yourself is a truism that is well-known. If only it was that simple! As an earlier chapter, The process of change, illustrated, albeit in a anecdotal manner, loving who one is rests fundamentally on knowing who one is and that, for a sizeable chunk of people, I don’t doubt, is a significant journey of self-awareness. Stepping lightly over that last sentence, for this section is about change in thoughts and deeds, and focussing on the title to this specific chapter, compassion for self, leads one to pause and ask two questions: exactly what…
  • Smart dogs!

    Paul Handover
    24 Nov 2014 | 12:00 am
    A video courtesy of Dognition. In my research travels across the internet, yesterday I came across this piece that had been aired on CBS back on October 5th. I came to the video clip after visiting the home page of Dognition, a company that offers a way of learning how your dog sees the world through your dog’s eyes. Despite the clip only being eight minutes long, it offers incredible evidence of the benefits, to man and dog, of the shared evolution of both species over thousands of years. Not going to say any more because I don’t want to spoil your enjoyment of what is presented.
  • Picture parade seventy-one

    Paul Handover
    23 Nov 2014 | 12:00 am
    The second set of wonderful dog pictures from neighbours, Jim and Janet, on the theme of parenthood! oooo oooo oooo oooo oooo oooo oooo The third, and final, set in a week’s time. You all take care of yourself, and of your pets!
  • No apologies for airing this advertisement!

    Paul Handover
    22 Nov 2014 | 12:00 am
    Because it’s wonderful – just pure joy. The official advertisement for the Fiat 500X (already viewed over 4.9 million times!) Thanks Dan for sending it on to me.
  • The book! Part Four: The importance of hope.

    Paul Handover
    21 Nov 2014 | 12:30 am
    The night is always darkest before the dawn. That very well-know saying rings in my ears the word: hope. Hope! What a short, little word that carries on its back, so to speak, so much promise, so many reasons for staying with it, whatever ‘it’ might mean at any particular moment. For countless times for countless numbers of people, the importance of hope has been incalculable! But first let’s dip into the dictionary as a way of clearly understanding the word. Hope: as a noun, in part: “the feeling that what is wanted can be had or that events will turn out for the best”; as a verb,…
 
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    Frank Sonnenberg Online

  • Follow Your Conscience

    Frank Sonnenberg
    18 Nov 2014 | 3:45 am
    Moral character is the DNA of success and happiness. Follow Your Conscience by Frank Sonnenberg, is jam-packed with actionable advice on improving your relationships, strengthening your career, and finding your purpose in life. Follow Your Conscience answers questions such as: How do you build a solid reputation? How do you achieve better balance in life? What makes relationships last? How can you spot a counterfeit leader? What steps should you take during tough times? What separates the haves from the have-nots? How do you build a solid foundation for your kids? What are proven ways to…
  • Executive Compensation: Have You No Shame?

    Frank Sonnenberg
    11 Nov 2014 | 3:45 am
    I’m so sorry to bother you. I know how important you are, but it’s critical for you to hear this message. Given that there are only a handful of positions at the top of any organization, anyone who achieves that level of success should be congratulated. No one gets that far as a result of luck. It requires exceptional talent, tireless hours, and personal sacrifice. As such, executives should be compensated handsomely for their performance. Period. BUT, even the most talented people in the world depend, in part, on the team that surrounds them. In fact, chances are that the organization…
  • Life Is A Balancing Act

    Frank Sonnenberg
    4 Nov 2014 | 3:45 am
    Life Is A Balancing Act Having a fast-track career      Maintaining a vibrant family and social life Making time to think      Completing a task Eating what you love      Living a healthy lifestyle Working for money      Doing what you love Having “me” time      Being social with others Spending money now     Saving for the future Doing what you want     Doing what is expected of you Spending time with the kids     Enjoying one-on-one time with your spouse Pushing yourself to achieve more     Stopping to smell the roses Trying something new    …
  • Attention, Control Freaks: It’s Time to Delegate

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

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

  • Why I Persist Each Week (Even Though It’s the Hardest Thing Ever)

    Vincent Nguyen
    17 Nov 2014 | 3:00 am
    When I first started writing, I was on fire. There were multiple full-length posts written every day. Guest posting here. Guest posting there. Guest posting everywhere. Ideas were flowing out of every corner and I felt inspiration at every moment. I couldn’t keep up with all the topics I wanted to write about. It was a mix of excitement between starting a website for the first time and finally getting the thoughts out of my head and onto something real. I even wrote into a journal on a daily basis. Reading my journal entry titled April 14, 2013 made me remember just how far writing has…
  • Just See How It Plays Out

    Vincent Nguyen
    10 Nov 2014 | 3:00 am
    You and I probably overthink 10x more than we should. (It wouldn’t be called overthinking if you thought just the right amount.) While writing this article, for example, I kept wondering how I should lead the introduction. It’s sometimes a good thing to overthink while writing. But this “superpower” hinders me in just about every other aspect of my life. I worry about silly things that I have no power over. I scare myself with what could go wrong instead of encouraging myself with what could go right. And these fears become excuses and justifications for why I shouldn’t put one…
  • Everyone Knows Something You Don’t

    Vincent Nguyen
    3 Nov 2014 | 3:00 am
    Ask my mother’s side of the family how my life is going and they’d tell you they feel sorry for me. That they wish I would just “snap out of it” and listen to them because they know better. I dropped out of college in the middle of my third semester and I don’t intend on ever getting a corporate job. I lived outside the US for a year, confusing my family because they don’t understand why anyone would desire to live outside “the best country in the world.” Ask my entrepreneurial friends how my life is going and they’ll tell you they wish they had…
  • Gentle Reminder: You’re Never Alone

    Vincent Nguyen
    27 Oct 2014 | 4:00 am
    There’s always pressure on me to act a certain way. Running this website, talking about things like gratitude and happiness, I feel I always have to practice what I teach 24/7. I should always be content. I should always be grateful for what I have. I should always make the right decisions or tackle my fears head-on. But the truth is, I fall flat of my ideal self too. Sometimes I lie in bed and wonder what gives me the right to tell people to be optimistic when there are often days where I want to do anything but? I’m deathly scared of being called a hypocrite. A fraud. I wonder what…
  • We’ve All Got Bad Days (Sometimes One After the Other)

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

  • How to Survive the Winter

    Carol Anne Preibis
    23 Nov 2014 | 10:54 am
    I try, I really do, but I cannot bring myself to appreciate the winter season. To any of you… The post How to Survive the Winter appeared first on Ahh The Simple Life.
  • Economic Inequality In the US

    Carol Anne Preibis
    17 Nov 2014 | 6:10 pm
    Human rights are not only violated by terrorism, repression or assassination, but also by unfair economic structures that creates… The post Economic Inequality In the US appeared first on Ahh The Simple Life.
  • Better Ways To Give

    Carol Anne Preibis
    15 Nov 2014 | 7:45 pm
    So many of us are so fortunate to have everything we need. Sadly there are too many in this… The post Better Ways To Give appeared first on Ahh The Simple Life.
  • Rainwater Tanks and the Environment

    Carol Anne Preibis
    12 Nov 2014 | 12:19 pm
    Today I have the pleasure of introducing you to guest author Claudia Walsh. Claudia is a nature lover and… The post Rainwater Tanks and the Environment appeared first on Ahh The Simple Life.
  • What Does It Mean to Live a Good Life?

    Carol Anne Preibis
    12 Nov 2014 | 10:19 am
    What does it mean to live a good life? Is the answer even the same for everyone? Where shall… The post What Does It Mean to Live a Good Life? appeared first on Ahh The Simple Life.
 
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    Wan of a Kind

  • Lessons from Ants

    William Wan
    5 Nov 2014 | 5:35 pm
    “And real talk, like, seeing these ants and studying them and respecting them, it’s like, man, they’re in their own community too. They’re trying to survive. They love. They fight. They’re telling themselves something. We can’t understand, but one day we will.” Brandon McCartney  “Go to the ants, you sluggard, learn how to be wise.” A Proverb.A well-known proverb commends the ants for their prudence, cooperation and industry. These social characteristics of ants are often used in fables and children’s stories as in Aesop’s The Ant and the Grasshopper. No less than…
  • Humour : A Saving Grace

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

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

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

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

  • Kindness Café 2.0

    SKM
    23 Nov 2014 | 6:53 pm
    Remember this? The Kindness Café is back, bigger and better this time! We are scaling up our menu, so there will be something for everyone. And also, besides the pop-up café that will appear in two locations, you will also be able to enjoy courtesy discounts when you visit our partner cafés this year-end! Try paying for your coffee with more kindness at the cafes below, and see how happy things can get! Kindness Café Pop-up Venues National Library Board Atrium – 29 Nov & 30 Nov, 11am to 2pm Big Splash @ East Coast Park – 13 Dec & 14 Dec, 2pm to 5pm Kindness Café…
  • Even Jover Chew deserves due process of law

    SKM
    23 Nov 2014 | 6:40 pm
    THE ongoing saga surrounding “errant retailer” Mobile Air has raised several concerns about the state of law and order in Singapore. Reports began to surface about dubious business practices at the Sim Lim Square store late last month. The incidents prompted a tremendous public outcry that has resulted in a police investigation, a proposal to give more “teeth” to consumer protection laws, a crackdown on other errant retailers and a dose of vigilante justice that ultimately forced Mobile Air to shut down. The response from Singaporeans was swift. Gabriel Kang, the…
  • Record Participation at Kindness Awards

    SKM
    13 Nov 2014 | 4:51 pm
    Singapore, 13 November 2014 – A total of 198 (169 FOS + 19 WFK + 10 KBA; increase of 40 schools from 2013) schools participated in school-based kindness programmes this year, marking the highest level of participation of the Kindness Awards since the programmes were implemented. Organised by the Singapore Kindness Movement (SKM), the Kindness Awards celebrate the efforts of students and schools who have championed the cause of kindness through programmes and projects initiated in their communities. This year, awards were handed out across three programme categories – the Friend of Singa,…
  • Meet Singa and the Kindness Cubbies LIVE!

    SKM
    6 Nov 2014 | 10:50 pm
    Meet young Singa and the Kindness Cubbies between 14 – 16 November 2014 at Suntec City (East Atrium) as they sing and dance. Don’t miss the chance to get up close and personal with the Cubbies for a photo too when you spend more than $20* at our merchandise booth. Be sure to also try your hands on the many fun-filled and educational activities at our interactive booths! *only for the 1st 20 customers per show
  • 454 Service Stars Awarded

    SKM
    2 Nov 2014 | 6:21 pm
    More than 450 public transport staff and drivers were recognised for outstanding service at the Transport Gold award ceremony on Friday, 24 October 2014. Organised by the public transport companies and associations, in collaboration with the Singapore Kindness Movement, Traffic Police and Land Transport Authority, the Transport Gold Awards is aimed to encourage staff in the service industry to continue providing impeccable service for commuters. This year, 454 service stars were awarded to frontline staff and drivers from the public transport companies and associations for their efforts.
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    Live With Soul

  • well shit I almost died!

    13 Nov 2014 | 5:40 pm
    I had a close encounter with my own death 3 months ago - in August of 2014.Here I was, 27, healthy, happy, going about my merry little life - in fact, I had just hiked the South Sister in Bend, Oregon (10,000+ feet elevation & a 12 hour endeavor!!)  the weekend before everything happened. I felt invincible of death… having the 'what am I going to be when I grow up?' sort of mentality. About 2 months leading up to this I had been having an upper back pain that I was seeing a chiropractor for. One day out of of the blue I developed a sharp pain in my right side, that grew worse…
  • who impacts you

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

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

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

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

  • Why Complainers May (or May Not) Make Great Volunteers

    24 Nov 2014 | 1:30 am
    Sure, we have heard them before. People who "chirp" from the sidelines to let others know what is on their minds. Complainers complain. Yet, some Complainers may be bringing potential value to our organizations, and the causes we serve. Leaders just have to sift through the "Eeyores" to get to the "Tiggers" who can make a difference as a volunteer. Read on . . .
  • 5 Clutch strategies for recruiting AmeriCorps alums as volunteers

    21 Nov 2014 | 1:30 am
    AmeriCorps alums are an incredible resource as you grow your volunteer program. They are experienced volunteers, dedicated change agents, and creative problem solvers. You can and should be recruiting them as volunteers - here's how...
  • Uprooting your life and finding your new roots through service

    16 Nov 2014 | 11:00 pm
    Moving to a completely new place and navigating through unfamiliar experiences can be tough, but finding volunteer opportunities to get involved in and making an impact in your new community doesn't have to be.
  • An executive director reminds us of the importance of prayer

    14 Nov 2014 | 1:30 am
    Bobby Calvillo is the Executive Director of a large housing non-profit in Texas. He has shared his insight with us on many occasions, and today he speaks from the heart about how prayer can guide us everyday as we work to reshape community.
  • Why you should banish excel from your life...(and other security tips)

    13 Nov 2014 | 1:30 am
    Excel is a symptom of a much larger problem at our non-profits: our general disregard for cyber security. Basically, this means we are violating our sacred trust with volunteers, donors, and our community that says we will protect the information they give us. Don't want to become another story of an organization that has had information stolen from it? Then you need to read on...
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    Direct Relief

  • Reflections on the 2014 American Public Health Association Conference

    Andrew Schroeder, Director of Research and Analysis
    20 Nov 2014 | 12:33 pm
    Our Director of Research and Analytics, Dr. Andrew Schroeder, reflects on the American Public Health Association Conference, held Nov. 15-19 in New Orleans, La., where public health professionals convene, learn, network and engage with peers. On Tuesday afternoon over in booth 830 at the New Orleans Convention Center a continuous stream of people file past tall orange and black banners […] The post Reflections on the 2014 American Public Health Association Conference appeared first on Direct Relief.
  • The Affordable Care Act: Safety Net Split along Medicaid Lines

    Tony Morain
    13 Nov 2014 | 10:23 am
    Direct Relief releases The State of the Safety Net 2014 report on U.S. nonprofit community health centers and clinics Download the full report 2014 here SANTA BARBARA, Calif., Nov. 13, 2014 — Nonprofit community health centers and clinics that provide preventive and primary healthcare services for 24 million people – or one in 13 persons in the U.S. – report that the first […] The post The Affordable Care Act: Safety Net Split along Medicaid Lines appeared first on Direct Relief.
  • State of the Safety Net 2014

    Direct Relief
    13 Nov 2014 | 6:55 am
    Download the full State of the safety net 2014 here   The post State of the Safety Net 2014 appeared first on Direct Relief.
  • Ebola Threatens Childhood Pneumonia Treatment in Liberia

    Direct Relief
    12 Nov 2014 | 5:22 pm
    The West Africa Ebola epidemic has killed 5,160 people, the World Health Organization (WHO) reported today. However, what isn’t reported is the number of people who have died of preventable and treatable conditions, like pneumonia, because the entire health system has been severely disrupted – health facilities are not operating, patients are afraid, health care workers are afraid, and medicine, […] The post Ebola Threatens Childhood Pneumonia Treatment in Liberia appeared first on Direct Relief.
  • 63 People Survived Ebola Today, a Hospital in Sierra Leone Reports

    Direct Relief
    11 Nov 2014 | 6:06 pm
    63 people left the Hastings Treatment Center in Sierra Leone today Ebola free, according to staff at the Medical Research Centre. Direct Relief works with MRC to supply the Hastings Treatment Center with medicines and personal protective equipment for Ebola care. Hastings’ update today follows last month’s news from the treatment center of the youngest Ebola survivor – a two-week-old girl thought to have contracted […] The post 63 People Survived Ebola Today, a Hospital in Sierra Leone Reports appeared first on Direct Relief.
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    Our Better World

  • Grandma's Got the Zumba Moves

    Jacqueline Tan
    18 Nov 2014 | 6:44 pm
    A story by Our Better World - simple, powerful stories that will make your heart smile and spirit soar. Many of us can easily whip out our running shoes or head to the gym. Some seniors, however, because of their ailments, no longer exercise or attend any fitness classes. They feel old. I want to tell them that they can age actively. I want to reach out to those in need and reignite their confidence, and at the same time, gather like-minded people to bring fitness to them. That's why I started Get Movin' for Charity. We started our first Zumba Gold class two years ago. Designed primarily for…
  • The Needs Can Be Overwhelming

    Tam Wai Jia
    11 Nov 2014 | 8:53 pm
    A story by Our Better World - simple, powerful stories that will make your heart smile and spirit soar. By Tam Wai Jia  I first met Josephine when I was 18. I was on my first solo community service trip overseas, while she had poured out her life into underprivileged and trafficked women and children in Nepal and Calcutta for years.  Since then, she has been an inspiration to me in my own journey towards long-term humanitarian work.  At the age of 28, Josephine gave up a good income as a businesswoman. She wanted to act on her childhood dream of helping the less fortunate overseas before…
  • 'Just do not forget me'

    Arthur Nielsen Demain
    4 Nov 2014 | 7:05 pm
    A story by Our Better World - simple, powerful stories that will make your heart smile and spirit soar. By Arthur Nielsen Demain I met Tatay Loreto one gloomy afternoon in what people refer to as the tent city, the heart-breaking remains of an area ravaged by super typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines' Leyte province. While I was trying to figure out which tent to visit next out of thousands, he called out to me. So I went closer and listened to his story. A father in his 60s, Tatay was among those who did not join the typhoon evacuation efforts the night before. He had wanted to guard his home…
  • You Can Read to Them on Skype

    Neha Thakkar
    3 Nov 2014 | 5:30 pm
    A story by Our Better World - simple, powerful stories that will make your heart smile and spirit soar. Divyaa was struggling in school. Coming from a low-income neighbourhood in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, there were many school dropouts and few positive role models around. She needed help beyond the one-size-fits-all approach at school and her struggles were showing in her grades. More importantly, they were affecting her confidence and self- belief. And while her parents – a delivery driver and a cleaner – wanted to help her do better, their own limited educational background and financial…
  • For Sharks' Sake, Take a Vacation

    Kathy Xu
    29 Oct 2014 | 7:45 pm
    A story by Our Better World - simple, powerful stories that will make your heart smile and spirit soar. People are often quick to associate sharks with just one breed, the Great White, thanks to the movie Jaws. I wanted more people to appreciate the many other species of less or non-aggressive sharks that one can swim with freely and revel in their magnificence.  So I started The Dorsal Effect to engage shark fishermen in an alternative source of livelihood so that they can stop hunting shark. HOW DOES IT WORK? I thought it'd be great for people looking for a chance to do good, to receive…
 
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