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  • Which Kind of Mindfulness Meditation is Right for You?

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    Greater Good
    21 Apr 2014 | 7:16 am
    Let’s say you want to be more mindful—that is, cultivate intentional, non-judgmental attention to each moment. Meditation is the core of mindfulness, but there are many different forms of meditation. Which one is best for you? That’s the question tackled in a new study published in the journal Mindfulness. Over the span of three weeks, the researchers broke 141 undergraduates into three groups that each engaged in one of these forms of mindfulness meditation: The sitting meditation, which involves sitting in a relaxed but erect posture and cultivating awareness of each breath you take.
  • This Box of Pencils Supports Schools

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    Joshua Heller
    18 Apr 2014 | 12:00 am
      Detroit-based watchmaker Shinola is teaming up with Brooklyn’s own Public - Supply to help kids get creative. The two design-forward companies have designed a beautiful line of classic pencils; picking up a box of these graphite-core orange No. 2’s will send money to an underserved Detroit public school to purchase art supplies.   Shinola, who’s been working to bring manufacturing dollars back into Detroit, uses only the most high-quality, exclusively sourced, American-made components. Public - Supply, who creates simple, hip notebooks and…
  • Content Curation: The Art and Science of Spotting Awesome

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    Beth
    22 Apr 2014 | 8:08 am
    Flickr Photo by Soyignatius Content curation – the process of finding, organizing, and  sharing topical, relevant content for your audience that supports your nonprofit’s engagement or campaign goals (or your professional learning) begins with “Spotting the Awesome.”   I love that phrase coined by my friends at Upwell.   Do you or your organization have formal guidelines for “spotting the awesome”  like Upwell (see below) or is it more of  ”we know it when we see it?” UpWell Content Curation Guidelines - The Mobilisation Lab Effective…
  • Heartbleed security vulnerability

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    Sasha
    18 Apr 2014 | 2:00 am
    I hadn’t been paying much attention to the Heartbleed vulnerability, but a colleague talked me through it and I thought I’d share what I learned. By way of background, Mashable calls the Heartbleed bug “one of the biggest security threats the Internet has ever seen.” From what I understand, passwords may have been compromised for many of the Internet’s most popular services, including Facebook, Google, Yahoo, YouTube, Dropbox, etc. (full lists from Mashable and CNET). Even though all of these site have now addressed the vulnerability, there is no way to know whether passwords have…
  • Be Your Spontaneous Best Self

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    Carol Preibis
    19 Apr 2014 | 11:06 am
    “You know that what you need to do is possible to do, even though difficult, and sense of time disappears. You forget yourself. You feel part of something larger.”   Continue Reading → The post Be Your Spontaneous Best Self appeared first on Ahh The Simple Life.
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  • Former Orphan Provides Safe-Haven for Street Kids

    EshaC
    7 Apr 2014 | 3:51 am
    This article first appeared on TruthAtlas. The boy is crouched over in the back of a van. Drops of blood from the cut on his head stain his shirt—he’d been hit with a bottle when he got into a fight. Stanislas Lukumba, a tall, good-looking, fortyish nurse, checks for shards of glass as the driver shines his cell phone on the wound. For the last eight years, Stanislas has made nightly runs in the van, a mobile clinic that operates in Kinshasa, the capital of the Democratic Republic of Congo. He stops in neighborhoods where street kids hang out, and those in need come inside the van for…
  • Three Takeaways in my First Steps as a Social Entrepreneur

    EshaC
    4 Apr 2014 | 9:35 am
    This post is written by Armand Tossou, a Fulbright scholar from Benin who is an MBA Candidate in the Global Social and Sustainable Enterprise MBA program at Colorado State University. Armand and his co-founders Yesse, Aaron, and Leana, are starting a social venture that will support rural farmers in Sub-Saharan Africa through increased access to agricultural technologies. Until fall 2013, I had lived in my home country (Benin) and entertained big dreams about weeding poverty out of the African Continent. Now I am studying social entrepreneurship at Colorado State University in a path-breaking…
  • The Solutions Set: six must-read stories from the last month

    EshaC
    29 Mar 2014 | 4:12 am
    Welcome back to Solutions Set, where each month we select some of the most compelling solutions journalism from across the web. Solutions journalism offers rigorous coverage of solutions to huge social problems – this month’s Set spans cancer, childhood trauma, and college access. Of course, the best posts include suggestions from our Solutions Set community – including what we’ve missed each month. (For more on what we missed, see #6.) We value your insights, delivered via email, on Twitter @DowserJosh, or in the comment section below. This month’s Solutions Set includes: “pay it…
  • StandProud for Polio Survivors

    EshaC
    27 Mar 2014 | 3:04 am
    This article first appeared on TruthAtlas. The boys in red-and-blue-striped jerseys race across the field—their eyes fixated on the bright yellow ball as sweat drips from their brows. Palm trees border one side of the playing field while the Congo River ripples behind; it’s a gorgeous setting for a soccer game. On the other side a road cuts through Kinshasa’s tony embassy neighborhood. Many of the locals have taken to jogging there, and some enjoy being spectators at today’s match. If you look at the boys only from the waist up, you might think this was just another soccer game. It is…
  • The Big C: changing the way the world lives with cancer

    EshaC
    24 Mar 2014 | 4:01 am
    On February 4th, the LIVESTRONG Foundation launched a pioneering initiative to “change the way the world lives with cancer.” The Big C competition is targetting a global community of entrepreneurs and innovators to create financially-sustainable enterprises that improve the daily lives of cancer patients and survivors. The competition will fund 60 total ventures, from which 20 projects will be selected for an accelerator programme. Ben Thurman caught up with LIVESTRONG’s Vice President for Communications & External Affairs, Katherine McLane, to find out more. Ben Thurman: Can you…
 
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  • How to Help First-Generation College Students Succeed

    Greater Good
    23 Apr 2014 | 9:16 am
    First-generation college students receive lower grades and have higher dropout rates. Why? In the past, researchers blamed a lack of financial resources and academic skills. Financial aid and special academic strategy programs help, of course, but such steps have failed to eliminate the social-class achievement gap. Studies show that first-generation students often lack the belief that people with their backgrounds deserve to attend or succeed in college—and they can be unaware of the “rules of the game” and thus underutilize university resources that might help them. These and similar…
  • Optimism for Me, Pessimism for We

    Greater Good
    22 Apr 2014 | 5:14 am
    It’s a strange time to be an American. Celebrated as one of the most optimistic people in the world, the majority of us now feel pessimistic about our nation’s future and our ability to address big problems like climate change. And yet when it comes to our own personal future—my vision of my life, your sense of yours—we are still deeply, resolutely, downright stubbornly optimistic. How is it that we can hold these two perspectives at the same time: optimism for me, pessimism about we? Is it healthy—or even realistic—given that our personal lives are intrinsically connected to our…
  • Which Kind of Mindfulness Meditation is Right for You?

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    21 Apr 2014 | 7:16 am
    Let’s say you want to be more mindful—that is, cultivate intentional, non-judgmental attention to each moment. Meditation is the core of mindfulness, but there are many different forms of meditation. Which one is best for you? That’s the question tackled in a new study published in the journal Mindfulness. Over the span of three weeks, the researchers broke 141 undergraduates into three groups that each engaged in one of these forms of mindfulness meditation: The sitting meditation, which involves sitting in a relaxed but erect posture and cultivating awareness of each breath you take.
  • Can Empathy Help Stop Climate Change?

    Greater Good
    17 Apr 2014 | 9:03 am
    Imagine you have a thing for birds. Maybe you like hearing them outside your window, or watching them take flight when a child runs after an unsuspecting flock in the park. Maybe you even count yourself a birder. Now consider this: If you learned that climate change was a danger to your fine-feathered friends, would you be more interested in reducing your carbon footprint than you are now? One might think that presenting climate change as a threat to humans would be more likely to move people to action than framing it as a threat to birds. But a recent study published in The Journal of…
  • How to Make Grateful Kids

    Greater Good
    15 Apr 2014 | 10:35 am
    Many parents I know worry that their kids don’t seem grateful for all that they have in their lives. Instead, their children seem to value possessions—clothes, toys, and electronic gadgets—more than the people and relationships that sustain and nurture them. They worry that this lack of gratitude may lead to an entire generation of entitled kids. I’ve worried about that, too. But my attempts to inculcate gratitude in my own kids often seem to fall on deaf ears. If anything, my sons roll their eyes or actively rebel when I try to initiate a gratitude ritual at dinnertime. Is this a…
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  • In Defence of Inaction

    Dave Pollard
    20 Apr 2014 | 12:47 am
    photo: Belize Beach Sunset, by the author I have, of late, had a falling out with many of my fellow ‘progressives’, similar I suppose to that of Paul Kingsnorth, who is being savaged by Naomi Klein and others for giving up on the environmental movement and non-local activism, and by humanists for losing faith in our species’ capacity for innovation and change. I should say at the outset that I agree that our political and economic and legal and educational and social systems are dreadful, unfair, teetering, and totally inadequate to our needs. I agree that this is a world of horrific…
  • Several Short Sentences About… Jellyfish

    Dave Pollard
    22 Mar 2014 | 12:11 am
    there are things      down           there                still                     coming                               ashore      – loren eiseley The jellyfish is one of the simplest creatures that has ever existed. It is the oldest living animal species that has more than one organ. It has no brain. It has no central nervous system. It has no spinal column or bones of any sort. It has no heart. It has no blood. It has no circulatory system. It has no respiratory system. Despite all of the above, it is not simple. The jellyfish is, in fact,…
  • The Qualities of a Great Story

    Dave Pollard
    8 Mar 2014 | 9:02 pm
    Lest my readers conclude, as a result of yesterday’s article, that I’m down on stories, let me say again: I love stories, and find them useful for learning and imagining, and also very entertaining. So today I’d like to summarize the qualities that I think the great stories I’ve read all have. This will probably be an unorthodox list: I’m not talking about ‘elements’ of a story here, and in fact I don’t believe there are any essential ‘elements’ of a great story. I’ve read great stories that have no well-developed characters,…
  • The Trouble With Stories

    Dave Pollard
    7 Mar 2014 | 7:47 pm
    image from Justin Bale’s OWS archive  We hold stories dear to our heart. Some even believe “stories are all we are“. I love stories. I’ve encouraged groups doing strategic planning — looking for the best way forward — to start with ‘future state’ stories that describe a day in their lives once the group’s goals have been achieved. I’ve learned that telling stories is the best way to hold an audience and help them remember your message. And that they’re subversive — you can get people to think about a point of view they…
  • In Awe of the Possibility

    Dave Pollard
    28 Feb 2014 | 7:13 pm
    image by Scott Hanft Our industrial civilization has created a scarcity of everything, and not just of ‘consumables’: We’ve also, at least in our minds, created a scarcity of relationship (too many ‘Facebook’ friends and not enough real ones), trust, collaboration, time, and even love. Love, we are told, comes once in a lifetime, it’s personal, it’s hard work, and, of course, you can only really love one person at a time. No surprise there’s so much jealousy and loneliness in our world. I asked a friend of mine the other day what kind of loving…
 
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  • To Have More Happiness, Eat Peas and Grapes! Part 2

    Valerie Sheppard
    18 Apr 2014 | 12:02 am
    Welcome back.  I trust that you have explored holding the energy of Ease and that you’re finding it serves your feelings of happiness to do so. Let’s continue with how being in Ease helps you experience Peace. Ease is the surface layer of this deeper inner state. Peace is your State of Being beyond resistance. A place we all strive to get, and yet, there’s only one place to go to arrive there. Peace is within the Essence of you, the inner state of allowing and trust, the space of unequivocal knowing that everything is exquisitely right, that all is well, regardless of outer…
  • Your Triumph Over Discontentment

    Guy Finley
    17 Apr 2014 | 12:02 am
    Discontentment is a kind of psychic echo. In fact, whatever the unhappiness may be, it is only an inner echo that is “sounding” within us. As difficult as it may be to understand this at the present time, suffering only seems real. It has no real life. How is this possible? Our inner stress, strain, and pain feel real to us, for sure; but then, so do all of the fears we feel in the middle of a nightmare. But where is the terror once we wake up? It doesn’t exist anymore because it was only real as long as we were participating in the bad dream. Try to see this important idea.
  • Your Past Doesn’t Have to Determine Your Present

    Ariel and Shya Kane
    16 Apr 2014 | 12:02 am
    In today’s world, where technology has eclipsed our humanity, many of us are looking for a way to operate in our lives with a day-to-day sense of excellence and wellbeing, a way that fulfills our spiritual nature. People have tried different religions or disciplines with varying degrees of success or failure. They have taken motivational workshops to try to discover some meaning to apply to their lives and many have come away wondering, “Is this all there is?” This vague sense of emptiness or dissatisfaction can permeate our lives, even when we accomplish the goals we set…
  • Why Are We So Stressed? And What Can We Do About It?

    Melissa Heisler
    15 Apr 2014 | 12:02 am
    Never in history have we had such comforts and ease of living. Our grocery store shelves are stocked and we can cook a meal in minutes. We can communicate with family and friends around the world instantaneously and face to face. Modern conveniences make our day to day life easy. Then why the heck are we so stressed? The reason is because of this technology, and our limbic brain. I have been preaching this a long time and recently spoke about it.  Now new research by Dr. Marc Schoen, psychologist and faculty member at UCLA’s Geffen School of Medicine, has proven it. Much of technology is…
  • To Have More Happiness, Eat Peas and Grapes!

    Valerie Sheppard
    11 Apr 2014 | 12:02 am
    I’m sure this sounds like bizarre advice, and you’re itching to know what happiness has to do with peas and grapes. It came from one of my favorite mantras… A friend overheard me quietly saying it one day, and she thought I said “Eat peas and grapes.” It never occurred to me that what I was saying might sound like that. I laughed as I thought it about it for a moment. I do love eating that’s for sure. In fact, it’s probably one of my all-time favorite things to do. It’s not the chewing and swallowing part of eating, of course; it’s the exquisite tastes and the various…
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    The Road to the Horizon

  • The Afghan Quarterback

    5 Apr 2014 | 4:05 am
    The coach had put together the perfect team for the Chicago Bears. The only thing that was missing was a good quarterback. He had scouted all the colleges and even the Canadian and European Leagues, but he couldn't find a ringer who could ensure a Super Bowl win. Then one night while watching CNN he saw a war-zone scene in Afghanistan. In one corner of the background, he spotted a young Afghan soldier with a truly incredible arm. He threw a hand-grenade straight into a 15th story window 100... Full post on www.theroadtothehorizon.org
  • The US and dirty wars

    16 Mar 2014 | 6:26 am
    They say if you put a frog in water and slowly warm up the pot, the frog will not notice the increasing temperature and boil to death. A metaphor showing how often we get used to situations, as they gradually get worse and run out of control... I watched the documentary movie "Dirty Wars" by Jeremy Scahill, an American investigative journalist who also exposed the "frog in boiling water" role of Blackwater in US wars and homeland security. "Dirty Wars" exposes the increasing role of US... Full post on www.theroadtothehorizon.org
  • Empower youth by highlighting their projects

    23 Feb 2014 | 12:33 pm
    In the recent years, I had the opportunity to help highlighting the work young people do, throwing the spotlight on their projects and success stories, their struggles and challenges. I firmly believe that putting young people on a platform, enabling them to bring their message, automatically empowers them, their causes and youth in general. It not only gives the individual a well-deserved chance to show their project, but each of those projects reminds the world that young people *are* the... Full post on www.theroadtothehorizon.org
  • Travel the world in just a minute

    23 Feb 2014 | 12:32 pm
    Rick Mereki -filmmaker and traveller traveled through 11 countries in 44 days and made this video which is both simple and complex at the same time.. Love it. PS: 11 countries in 44 days, I did better than that back in 2000... Did not have a video camera, though :-) Video discovered via So Bad So Good Full post on www.theroadtothehorizon.org
  • The crazy things people do: Have you ever heard of Heard Island?

    23 Feb 2014 | 11:01 am
    Take a point somewhere in the middle between Africa and India, and then go South until you hit Antarctica... Somewhere there, lays a small island called Heard Island. "Property" of Australia, the island was settled by seal hunters a century ago. So isolated that over thousands of years, several animals developed into unique species, not to be found anywhere else. Dominated by an active volcano, and covered in black ash, Heard comes as inhospitable as any island comes. That island was the... Full post on www.theroadtothehorizon.org
 
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  • Open Source Seed Initiative

    Emeka Okafor
    21 Apr 2014 | 7:13 pm
    In Agriculture: The most distinguishing aspect of OSSI, it is the idea that genetic resources – in the form of seeds- are going to be set aside for humanity to use in any way it sees fit. These genetic resources cannot be patented or otherwise legally protected, making them essentially available in perpetuity in a protected commons. If they were just in a regular commons, people could obtain them and protect them, but in this commons they mustremain free. Hence the phrase “Free the Seed!”
  • Shamees Aden | Bio Designer

    Emeka Okafor
    20 Apr 2014 | 4:03 pm
    In Dezeen: In this movie designer and materials researcher Shamees Aden explains how "scientists are now mixing together groups of chemicals [to make] them behave like living cells. They are able to reconfigure, they are able to adapt to light, pressure and heat."...The synthetic production of living materials is so far limited to basic applications – modifying the behaviour of oil droplets in a water solution, for example – but Aden has developed a proposal that uses protocells to make self-regenerating soles for a pair of running shoes.More here
  • Mapping Startup Ecosystems

    Emeka Okafor
    14 Apr 2014 | 6:18 am
    In VC4Africa Dan Evans discusses an initiative to map and determine what drives startup ecosystems: We all live and work in a world made up of complex adaptive systems, each of which can be represented by various forms of networks. Our team has developed an innovative, yet simple, technique that allows us to develop quantifiable entrepreneur networks. This technique, known as the ‘Position Generator’, models the connections of roles in the local community. By analyzing the entrepreneur’s connections to prominent structural positions in the community or society, our team is able to…
  • Feed Green - Herb and Spices

    Emeka Okafor
    13 Apr 2014 | 3:40 pm
    Senai Wolderufael founder of Feed Green in conversation with HowWeMadeIt: Wolderufael and his business partner, Eyob Weldegabriel, started Feed Green Ethiopia Exports with less than US$2,000 startup capital. The company has since found new export markets for its spices and processed food products in Africa, and has also recently decided to start exporting Ethiopian coffee. How we made it in Africa speaks to Wolderufael about the potential he sees for the business in Africa, and what it is like to be a young entrepreneur in Ethiopia.When you initially started your company, you were catering…
  • Innovation Prize for Africa 2014 finalists

    Emeka Okafor
    13 Apr 2014 | 12:43 pm
    VC4Africa reports: The African Innovation Foundation announced the finalists of the prestigious Innovation Prize for Africa 2014. Ten African innovators have created practical solutions to some of the continent’s most intractable problems, from a domestic waste biogas system to a wafer matrix for paediatric antiretroviral drug treatment. They are: • Ashley Uys (South Africa) - OculusID Impairment ScreeningThe OculusID Impairment Screening device is designed to measure pupil response to light emissions. The pupil response can then be measured against pre-determined benchmarks. These…
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  • Social Impact Jobs April 2014

    Lara Galinsky
    18 Apr 2014 | 8:56 am
    Andrew Youn, 2006 Echoing Green Fellow and founder of One Acre. I take our tagline, “Think Big. Be Bold. Drive Change.” very seriously. For over twenty-six years we have observed and supported the work of nearly 600 social entrepreneurs who are changing the world in some significant ways. They reinforce our belief that with greater risk comes greater innovation. These Echoing Green Fellows are deliberate risk-takers whose actions often result in bold transformations across sectors. But I also know from experience that being bold is a behavior by no means monopolized by social…
  • Kalimah Priforce - Breaking Down Doors with STEM

    Echoing Green
    3 Apr 2014 | 7:18 am
    “A child’s future should never be dictated by his zip code.” Kalimah Priforce is a determined man. Maybe it’s the second syllable in his surname or maybe it has to do with where he comes from: Kalimah grew up with his younger brother in a Bed-Stuy group home, staging a hunger strike there at age eight to get more books onto the premises. The strike worked. Kalimah usually makes things work, but the paths to achievement have rarely been easy. Kalimah’s brother never made it out of their tough early environment—he was shot and killed at 18 in the lot behind their childhood…
  • What Have You Got?

    Echoing Green
    2 Apr 2014 | 3:08 pm
    Participants in Brown Boi Project, founded by 2012 BMA Fellow Cole While we’ve had the opportunity to review thousands of business plans of those applying to our Fellowship Program—addressing as many social issues, communities, and geographies—what holds consistent across the most successful applications are the qualities and traits of their leaders. We've learned to turn our attention to providing investment and support in dynamic individuals with unique perspectives, clearly and deeply felt purpose, and the unique abilities and talents to execute on their goals. In fact, the most…
  • Tell Your Whole Story in an Interview

    Lara Galinsky
    1 Apr 2014 | 7:07 am
    Your career didn't start with your first job. I start job interviews with the same question every time: “Tell me about your path leading up to today. Why is this role the right fit for you now?” What happens next is predictable: “My first job out of college was at an international aid organization…” “I worked for a number of years in publishing before I…” “I started out in finance but then…” I typically wait for a pause and ask candidates to start earlier. I tell them that I want to hear the details from their story that illustrate what drives them—their purpose. They…
  • #EGFellows Making Headlines, March 2014

    Echoing Green
    24 Mar 2014 | 9:05 am
    Time and again, Echoing Green Fellows show the power of using what they've got to carry out truly impactful work. Many look to their own personal experiences and challenges to refine how they approach a problem, like Josh Sommer, who founded the Chordoma Foundation after his own diagnosis to more efficiently push research advances into treatment options. Others transform their talents into a vehicle to innovately address the issue they've chosen to own, like Toni Blackman, who uses her artistry to foster human development and social responsiblity in others. But don't take our word for…
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  • Dress Like a Tree, Get in Free at The Morton Arboretum on Arbor Day

    Christine Escobar
    11 Apr 2014 | 4:24 pm
    The Morton Arboretum will host an Arbor Day celebration April 25 with a costume contest for prizes and free admission for visitors who "dress like a tree". Additionally, members who ordinarily get free admission can obtain one free guest pass at the membership desk on that day.  The event is part of the Arboretum's week-long Arbor Day celebration, which begins with an Arbor Day 10K Run this Sunday, April 13, followed by spring plant sales, and a tree planting and storytime with Curious George.  For a full schedule of events visit: …
  • Cargo Bike Week 2014 & Cargo Bike Roll Call This Sunday!

    Christine Escobar
    4 Apr 2014 | 5:24 pm
    In celebration of the upcoming Roscoe Village Kidical Mass bike ride and Cargobike Roll Call this Sunday, I”m kicking off another Cargo Bike Week here at Ding Ding Let’s Ride! First.. let’s make sure you have all the info for the Sunday event: So what kind of cargo bikes can you expect to find at the Roll Call this weekend? Well, since we’ll be there,  you should expect to find at least one Yuba Mundo, a long-tail style of cargo bike. Three Yuba Mundo cargo bikes with slightly different configurations at a March 2013 Kidical Mass ride in…
  • Get Outside, Get Physical and Fundraise as a Family for Your Favorite Org

    Christine Escobar
    29 Mar 2014 | 6:39 pm
    The Muddy Cheer Challenge is coming to the Chicagoland area this summer on June 28 and 29 in Wilmington, IL. It's a fun way to get the whole family involved in charitable giving while having a great time in the great outdoors. All ages are welcome.  Here's how it works:  Sign up as a "host group". For every runner that signs up under your name (at any location), Muddy Cheer Challenge will give you back a portion of the registration fee.  Muddy Cheer Challenge will donate to your group $15.00 per every adult runner (13 and over) and $10.00 per…
  • EarthTalk: Is a Smart Thermostat Worth the Investment?

    Christine Escobar
    22 Jan 2014 | 7:05 pm
    Dear EarthTalk: Will I really be able to save money and energy in the long run by shelling out hundreds of dollars now for a so-called “smart” thermostat?-- Bill Cone, Aptos, CA Spending $200 or more to replace that older, still functioning thermostat with a new whiz-bang “smart” variety might seem like a waste of money, but it can be one of the best small investments a homeowner can make, given the potential for energy and cost savings down the line. The coolest of the bunch of new smart thermostats, the Nest, was created by former Apple employees who had been instrumental in…
  • KidSnips: The Fun, Family Salon

    Christine Escobar
    30 Dec 2013 | 8:12 am
    Editor's note: This is a featured sponsored post. However all opinions are the author's own. Leave it to moms to create an easy, effective method of getting an uncooperative child to do something necessary. A child's first haircut ranks pretty high up on the list of parenting milestones. Whether your baby was born with a full head of hair (like mine or bald and beautiful, at some point, they will need a haircut. What's worse to babies and toddlers than a stranger wielding a strange object near them? Not much else. Enter KidSnips: one of the pioneering kid friendly salons in…
 
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  • Reflections on the India Fellows Seminar

    Jacqui Papineau
    15 Apr 2014 | 9:06 am
    Each year, the India Fellows Program brings together up to 20 emerging leaders from different regions, sectors, and socio-economic backgrounds in India. During the fellowship year, Fellows remain in their jobs and meet every 6-8 weeks throughout the year for 4 seminars and 2 collaborative projects, each about a week long. As the India Fellows Associate, Jacqui is responsible for supporting all aspects of the program recruitment, logistics, marketing and strategic planning. Below, Jacqui reflects on the first seminar, Foundations of Leadership. You can read more about the fellowship program…
  • Seen & Heard – What You Might Be Missing

    Acumen
    10 Apr 2014 | 10:15 am
    What’s New at Acumen? Acumen welcomed 3 new classes of Regional Fellows in Pakistan, India, and East Africa +Acumen launched its second course on Human Centered Design and its first course on Social Impact (registration is open until May 11th!) More Recent Highlights Karuna discusses Acumen’s investments in low-income housing space in India on the Live Mint and the Wall Street Journal Global Post and Ideapod feature Jacqueline’s One on One interview about Dignity Sasha wrote “Give Impact Investing Time and Space to Develop” on Harvard Business Review Blog Acumen made its first…
  • Experimenting with leaner ways to collect poverty data

    Wei Wei Hsing
    7 Apr 2014 | 6:01 pm
    In partnership with Grameen Foundation India, Acumen is working on a Lean Data Initiative, analyzing the poverty rates among investee Ziqitza Healthcare Limited‘s callers in Orissa, one of India’s poorest states. Wei Wei is an Impact Associate working on this project and provides context for the study below. In contrast to the chilly, grey morning outside, the brightly-lit room in Amritsar, Punjab buzzes with life as a few dozen young people sit in front of phones and computers. Phones ring every few seconds and alerts on pending calls flash on their computer screens. Fingers…
  • Adaptive Leadership in Action: Addressing Cultural Norms & Giving Women a Voice

    Acumen
    6 Apr 2014 | 5:45 am
    In the fall of 2013, +Acumen launched the course Adaptive Leadership: Mobilizing for Change in partnership with the Cambridge Leadership Associates. This course is for anyone who wants to become more effective at leading their organization through change. Below, one of the course participants shared her story about how this course impacted her work and ability to affect change. I work at the Department of Education in my country’s government to research and propose changes and solutions to improve the education system. I was hired as part of an initiative to bring younger women, into the…
  • Making Sense of Social Impact in Action: The Value of Educating Our Youth

    Acumen
    4 Apr 2014 | 5:57 am
    At Acumen, one of the most common questions we get is how we measure social impact. Our newest +Acumen course – Making Sense of Social Impact: Acumen’s Building Blocks for Impact Analysis. – will provide an entry point for how to think about impact and we’ll share frameworks that help us define what to measure and why. Makoto Matsuura, founder of cobon a not-for-profit focused on youth education in Jakarta, Indonesia and Osaka, Japan, took a pilot version of this course and shared his reflections with us. I joined this course thinking I already understood the framework for measuring…
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  • Change the world.

    Karama
    6 Oct 2014 | 3:52 pm
    How will you make our world a better place?* Health and education* Economics, social entrepreneurship, and microfinance* Food and water* Energy and technology* Women, children, and family* Environment, land, and sustainability* FaithAnd don’t forget to visit the So What Can I Do Bookstore. Your efforts can change the world.”Be the change you want to see in the world.” - Mohandas GandhiPlease visit http://sowhatcanido.blogspot.com to offer your comments and suggestions, forward this post, and peruse the archives. Thanks for reading "So what can I do", the public service weblog promoting…
  • Celebrate Juneteeth, end slavery.

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

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

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

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

    Rod Schwartz
    16 Apr 2014 | 6:13 am
    In the social finance sector, we spend a lot of time explaining to businesses that generate social impact the advantages of securing capital from social investors.These, we argue, are more willing to take a long-term, client-centred view; furthermore, because they are positively motivated by the social impact generated, they have greater alignment with the goals of socially oriented enterprises than conventional investors, which can lead to many benefits, both tangible and intangible. The fact that social impact investors value these non-financial outcomes is what underpins social finance. In…
  • Let’s get out of London: social business angel investing

    Karen Anderson
    16 Apr 2014 | 1:01 am
    Working across the north of England, the Midlands and Scotland, I am aware of how differently social investment is viewed outside London. There is more scepticism about riskier types of investment. There is also far less happening to support both social enterprises and investors to learn about various types of social investment. However, there are more and more interesting developments in the social investment space happening outside London – to mention a few: Social Incubator North is a newbie Keyfund is an oldie Liverpool City Region Local Impact Fund is very new Resonance’s…
  • The Investment Contract Readiness Fund: results are in

    Stefan Van Maaren
    10 Apr 2014 | 7:11 am
    Since the Investment Contract Readiness Fund (ICRF) was launched in May 2012, I have been leading on ClearlySo’s work in this area. It has brought us together with many exciting businesses that are creating transformative solutions to social problems across the country. At ClearlySo, we’re pleased to see the review of the ICRF that was carried out by Boston Consulting Group and released on the 9th April. It celebrates the fact that eight charities and social enterprises have won investments and contracts worth £35m – an impressive number. As the programme only started in May…
  • Is this the end of the crowdfunding honeymoon?

    Jonny Kates
    4 Apr 2014 | 2:52 am
    Last week, Facebook announced that they had purchased the development company behind the Oculus Rift – the leading virtual reality headset – at a price of $2bn. This latest acquisition by Facebook follows the staggering $11bn buy out of WhatsApp earlier in the year. What appears at first like a fairly innocuous acquisition has been met with a huge amount of backlash from the online community, for two main reasons. The first relates to the suitability of the buyer. The Oculus Rift has, for a couple of years, held the attention and excitement of gamers everywhere as the key to the next…
  • Private Equity Finds its “Social Side”

    Rod Schwartz
    1 Apr 2014 | 1:31 am
    As of today, 1 April 2014 the Chair of the British Venture Capital Association (BVCA) will be Tim Farazmand, Managing Director at LDC, and a Non-Executive Director of ClearlySo. I have known Tim for about 14 years and commend the BVCA for choosing someone of his reputation, character and stature – although as a Director of ClearlySo you may think I am biased. Nevertheless, for those of us who carefully watch developments in the social impact investment sector I think this is very much a “red letter day” and most definitely not an “April fools” story. Tim has…
 
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  • Kiva loans to help the world

    Julia
    15 Apr 2014 | 12:23 pm
    Another Kiva loan to a Massah.Hello from Kandeh town, a community near the small and busy southern city of Bo. This is Massah, a local 38-year-old businesswoman who is married to a teacher. They have three children aged between 10 and 25. Massah was a housewife but then started her business so that she could support her husband in paying for her children’s school fees. Massah sells dried and smoked fish to her customers from a table near a busy market place. The fish is smoked on a grate whilst small pieces of wood burn underneath. Certain fish smoke better than others and Massah tries…
  • Kiva kiva kiva

    Julia
    14 Apr 2014 | 12:22 pm
    Kiva loan to MassahMassah is a hard-working local business woman from Kandeh, a community near the small and busy southern city of Bo.Massah is a widow and has 7 children between the ages of 10 and 26. She also supports 2 other members of her extended family. Massah was a full time mother and housewife before she started her business but did so to ensure that her children could go to school and have a good life. She sells “cookery” beside a busy road. “Cookery” is a modest term for the wealth of spicy stews that are cooked by local people and served with rice. The basic…
  • Kiva loan to Fatima

    Julia
    13 Apr 2014 | 12:20 pm
    Made a Kiva loan to Fatima. Greetings from Kandeh town, a community near the small and busy southern city of Bo. This is Fatmata. Fatmata is 30 years old and is married to a local worker. They have two children aged 6 and 10. Both of the children are going to school. Fatmata was a housewife before she began her business selling cookery to passers-by. “Cookery” is a modest term for the wealth of spicy stews that are cooked by local people and served with rice. The building blocks of such stews are palm oil, cassava leaf, rice, seasoning and chicken or fish. Fatmata also…
  • Kiva loan to Baby

    Julia
    12 Apr 2014 | 12:19 pm
    Made a kiva loan to Baby.Greetings from Kandeh town, a community near the small and busy southern city of Bo. This is Baby a 42-year-old businesswoman and mother. Baby got her name because she was the youngest in her family. Baby now has five children of her own aged between 6 and 21. Baby has always been involved in trade and did not finish her schooling. Because of this, it was a natural progression for her to set up a small business independent from her parents when she grew up. Baby has a table at a busy marketplace from which she sells onions, palm oil, rice, sugar, gari, fish,…
  • Smiling

    Julia
    11 Apr 2014 | 10:25 pm
    I smiled and said hi to a lot of people in the grocery store today.  The funny thing about people is that if you say hi and greet them first they almost always great you back and exchange pleasantries.  I live in a world where strangers always talk to each other because I make sure it happens, if they don't say hi first I do. I probably often do, I don't keep score. I talk to people in public all the time. It does good. It reminds people that we are all in community, we are not just individuals going about our days business.Connecting is good.
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  • Cash transfers: The index fund of international development

    Chris Blattman
    23 Apr 2014 | 6:58 am
    [This] illustrates another upside to cash transfers: they can serve as the index funds of international development. An index fund is a bundle of investments that is not actively managed, reducing the costs for investors. Its value simply reflects the upward and downward swings of the individual stocks that are included in the bundle. Similarly, a cash transfer is a development project stripped of any active management costs, and its performance tracks the success or failure of the individual recipient. Cash transfers thus provide a baseline for evaluating the active management performance of…
  • The “Amazon Tax”

    Chris Blattman
    23 Apr 2014 | 6:52 am
    From Brian Baugh, Itzhak Ben-David, and Hoonsuk Park: Several states have recently implemented laws requiring the collection of sales tax on online purchases.  In practice, however, only Amazon.com has been affected.  We find that households living in these states reduce Amazon expenditures by 9.5%, implying an elasticity of -1.3.  We find the effect to be more pronounced for large purchases, for which we estimate an elasticity of -3.2. Further, we find that the decline in Amazon purchases is offset by a 2.0% increase in purchases at local brick-and-mortar retailers and a 19.8%…
  • “Blow up the Times Op-Ed page, and start again”

    Chris Blattman
    22 Apr 2014 | 7:46 pm
    From Alex Pareene at Salon, the tragedy of the New York Times is its terrible opinion section. Don’t get me wrong, it is not as bad at the Washington Post’s opinion section, but the Times — specifically its slate of regular columnists — is bad. And that badness matters. The president and most of the sane members of Congress care what the Times and its opinion-makers say. The opinions of these columnists have consequences. But most of them don’t write like people who ought to be entrusted with that responsibility. To which I can only say +1. The post “Blow up the Times Op-Ed…
  • The CIA guide to sabotage

    Chris Blattman
    22 Apr 2014 | 6:46 am
    From the CIA archives: This classified booklet described ways to sabotage the US’ World War II enemies. Many of the sabotage instructions guide ordinary citizens, who may not have agree with their country’s wartime policies towards the US, to destabilize their governments by taking disruptive actions… Managers and Supervisors: To lower morale and production, be pleasant to inefficient workers; give them undeserved promotions. Discriminate against efficient workers; complain unjustly about their work. Employees: Work slowly. Think of ways to increase the number of movements needed to…
  • The first control trial?

    Chris Blattman
    21 Apr 2014 | 6:48 am
    Apparently the first reference to comparing treatment and control groups is in the Book of Daniel in the bible, where King Nebuchadnezzar orders his people to eat only meat and drink only wine (for their health). When some object, he allows them to eat only legumes and drink only water for 10 days, after which he compares their health to the “control” group of meat-eaters. They do better, so he allows them to continue their diet. Note, however, the lack of randomization and hence the possibility of a strong selection effect. The king appears to implicitly understand this, since he does…
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  • Water monitoring in China, and the changing role of citizenship

    Ethan
    20 Apr 2014 | 1:15 pm
    This January, a few hundred employees of Alibaba, the massive online retailer and digital payments company, participated in an interesting experiment. Like many Chinese, they traveled home to celebrate the Lunar New Year. While at home, they used inexpensive water testing kits to sample water in their villages and uploaded their findings via smartphone to an environmental mapping website, Danger Maps. Employees measured water quality in 420 locations across 28 provinces, testing open bodies of water as well as sources of drinking water. The experiment was a trial run for a much more ambitious…
  • Susan Benesch on dangerous speech and counterspeech

    Ethan
    25 Mar 2014 | 5:57 pm
    Susan Benesch is one of the leading thinkers on countering hate speech online. She’s a fellow at the Berkman Center this year, and I’m terribly sorry to be missing her talk at Berkman this afternoon. (Instead, I’m watching from home so I can be primary caretaker for my son for a couple of weeks while Rachel gets to travel.) She teaches international human rights at American University and is the founder of the Dangerous Speech Project, which tries to understand the spread of speech that incites people to violence. Susan’s talk is available online and I’ve tried…
  • Imagining Wenzhou – How can we use the Internet to introduce readers to unfamiliar cities?

    Ethan
    21 Mar 2014 | 1:23 pm
    In 2006, American adman Dan Ligon shared a video, “Ha Ha Ha America”, that he’d entered in the Sundance film festival. The video presents itself as an angry and dismissive rant about China’s superiority and America’s inferiority, badly subtitled in Chinglish. I wrote about the film when it came out, troubled by the racism associated with the Chinglish narration, and my fear it would be misread as reality, not satire, by American audiences. The Shanghaiist and some other China-based commentators were similarly troubled, though one Daily Kos reader found it a…
  • 140journos – When Citizen Media filled the reporting gap in Turkey

    Ethan
    13 Mar 2014 | 12:04 pm
    Engin Onder and Zeynep Tufekci visited the Berkman Center today to talk about the rise of citizen reporting in Turkey. Tufekci is a leading scholar of online media and protest, and Onder is one of the founders of 140journos, an exciting citizen media group that’s been central to documenting Turkey’s protests in Gezi Park and across the nation. Zeynep Tufekci offers an overview of the press situation in Turkey to provide context for Engin’s work with 140journos. There’s no golden age of press freedom in Turkey to look back to, she warns. After the military coup in 1980,…
  • Myanmar, no longer closed, still complicated

    Ethan
    12 Mar 2014 | 7:34 pm
    It’s hard to explain just how much Myanmar has changed. It’s at least as hard to know whether to believe in all the changes Myanmar has made. Thankfully, there are few truly despotic societies in the world, but Myanmar was one of them from 1962 until quite recently, ruled by a military junta with a horrific record on human rights. The nation’s media was heavily state controlled, with a policy of pre-publication censorship that turned domestic media into an organ for state propaganda. It was difficult or impossible for international media to report critically on the country,…
 
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  • Tomorrow is another one

    22 Apr 2014 | 9:00 pm
    The body, she says, is subject to the force of gravity. But the soul is ruled by levity, pure.   ~Saul BellowI try to conduct my life with a little levity.  ~ Sheryl CrowMy method is to take the utmost trouble to find the right thing to say with the utmost levity.  ~ George Bernard ShawToday was good.  Today was fun.  Tomorrow is another one.  ~ Dr. Seuss If you want an interesting party sometime, combine cocktails and a fresh box of crayons for everyone.  ~Robert FulghumQuotes about levity, fun
  • The Deepest Capacities

    21 Apr 2014 | 9:00 pm
    We all have a choice in every difficult situation in our life. We can become either bitter or better. ~ Corina Zalace Pain comes like the weather, but joy is a choice.  ~ Rodney Crowell You are where you are today because you have chosen to be there.   ~ Harry BrowneThe strongest principle of growth lies in human choice.   ~ George EliotBeing oppressed means the absence of choices.   ~ Bell Hooks We must make the choices that enable us to fulfill the deepest capacities of our real selves.  ~ Thomas MertonQuotes about choice
  • The Best Portion

    20 Apr 2014 | 9:00 pm
    The everyday kindness of the back roads more than makes up for the acts of greed in the headlines.  ~ Charles KuraltKindness is the golden chain by which society is bound together.  ~ Goethe The best portion of a good man's life is his little, nameless, unremembered acts of kindness and of love.   ~ William Wordsworth Kindness can become its own motive. We are made kind by being kind.   ~ Eric Hoffer What wisdom can you find that is greater than kindness?   ~ Jean Jacques Rousseau Quotes about kindness
  • A Warmth and Richness

    18 Apr 2014 | 9:00 pm
    The living self has one purpose only: to come into its own fullness of being, as a tree comes into full blossom, or a bird into spring beauty, or a tiger into lustre.   ~ D.H. LawrenceThe whole point of being alive is to evolve into the complete person you were intended to be.   ~ Oprah Winfrey Wisdom is your perspective on life, your sense of balance, your understanding of how the various parts and principles apply and relate to each other. It embraces judgment, discernment, comprehension. It is a gestalt or oneness, an integrated wholeness.  ~ Stephen R. CoveyKeep…
  • The Doors We Open and Close

    17 Apr 2014 | 9:00 pm
    If not now, when?  ~ HillelChoices are the hinges of destiny.  ~ Pythagorus If you chase two rabbits, both will escape.  ~unknownDecisions become easier when your will to please God outweighs your will to please the world.  ~ Anso Coetzer The doors we open and close each day decide the lives we live.  ~ Flora Whittemore Quotes about decision making
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  • American Oligarchy and Public Policy

    Phil Cubeta
    18 Apr 2014 | 11:10 am
    American Oligarchy: How the Preferences of Elites Shape Policy Outcomes.  How does concentrated wealth shape policy? Through the four capitals: wisdom, virtue, public-spiritedness, and prayer. The wealthy hire secular priests to impart wisdom and instill virtue, and promote public-spiritedness in the heirs and to pray night and day for tax reduction, regulatory rollbacks, bailouts, favorable taxation on the carried interest in hedgefunds and other policies that will help the Great Silver Beech of dynastic wealth flourish for one hundred years.
  • Is Family Governance open to a Manly Man like me?

    Phil Cubeta
    17 Apr 2014 | 12:47 pm
    Having committed murder, Heracles, for punishment, was given for a sentencing term to a woman as a slave. She dressed the dim, muscular brute as a woman. Likewise, Thor was dressed as a girl by Loki, the trickster hero. I mention this as my recent post on Family Governance as Home Ec has drawn many emails from very distinguished men, some of the leading lights in the booming Dynastic Family Governance business (or calling), asking if they have to become Big Sissies if they are to be taken seriously in the art of Household Governance, or Home Ec. I am not sure; I do…
  • Is Family Governance a branch of Home Ec?

    Phil Cubeta
    16 Apr 2014 | 6:04 pm
    Properly considered could Dynastic Family Governance be a branch of Home Economics? In asking a few distinquished friends, both male and female, they are agreed on only one point: that I for asking should be beaten half to death. So what else is new.  I should butt out. Family Dumpster Governance. Here I rule in solitary splendor, with a rotting orange as my globe, a bag of garbage as my throne, and a ruined umbrella as my sceptre. A Lord of Misrule, long after Carnival is over. Next Mardi Gras, I will dress in a hula skirt and offer wise counsel to those masquerading as kings and…
  • Rousting Homeless Jesus

    Phil Cubeta
    14 Apr 2014 | 5:09 pm
    Via NPR.
  • Serving Professional As Adoptive Scion of Wealth

    Phil Cubeta
    13 Apr 2014 | 3:21 pm
    I am told on good report that in the dynastic families who can afford to employ a Trusted Retainer, Man or Woman of all Work, Trusted Morals Consultant, Wise Counselor, or Secular Priest, that the advisor may become almost a member of the family. Having no personal reference point in this fabulously growing world of dynasties I wonder if Mammy in Gone with the Wind would be such an adoptive family member, only today the Serving Professional, down to the Valet, or the wet nurse, has freely chosen her or his role, however elevated or debased. Then I recalled that The Happy Tutor himself my ego…
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  • 4th Annual Center of Hope Golf Tournament to Benefit Counseling Clients

    ljames
    23 Apr 2014 | 12:34 pm
    Golf Event Preparation: Need someone to make sponsor calls, make media calls, distribute event flyers, acquire raffle prizes, acquire sponsors Golf Event: Assist with set-up, tear down, man registration table, set up sponsor signs, oversee games and contests, photographer, man golf holes that may backup and any golfer needs. Lunch and Dinner will be provided to volunteer. Volunteer Coordinator Information Contact First Name:  Laura Contact Last Name:  James Contact Phone Number:  570-275-2280 Contact Email Address:  ljames@cohsv.org Virtual Opportunity?:  Yes Hours…
  • Crohn's & Colitis Foundation of America, North Texas Chapter

    npsupport
    22 Apr 2014 | 4:17 pm
    Description Crohn's & Colitis Foundation of America, North Texas Chapter Website URL:  http://www.ccfa.org Logo:  Short Organization Description:  The mission of the Crohn's & Colitis Foundation of America (CCFA) is to cure Crohn's disease and ulcerative colitis, and to improve the quality of life of children and adults affected by these diseases. The mission of the Crohn's & Colitis Foundation of America (CCFA) is to cure Crohn's disease and ulcerative colitis, and to improve the quality of life of children and adults affected by these…
  • Help Prepare Backpacks for Local Youth

    admin
    18 Apr 2014 | 5:13 pm
    The Salvation Army Family Services Department has been serving the Silicon valley community for more than fifty years. Our professional and experienced Family Services staff offers a wide range of programs to help individuals and families overcome daunting obstacles. We strive to empower people and to enable those in need to change their circumstances and overcome the challenges that stand in their way. Our goal is to provide clients with resources that help them transition into stable housing and increased income levels. Volunteer Coordinator Information Contact First Name:  Liway…
  • Palos Verdes Peninsula Land Conservancy’s Earth Day Celebration

    lolfarnes
    15 Apr 2014 | 3:11 pm
    Families enjoy this volunteer day beautifying a native plant demonstration garden and trails, taking a guided nature walk, and enjoy family activities and art projects. The event will kick off at 9am at the White Point Nature Preserve at 1600 W. Paseo del Mar, San Pedro. Free and open to the public. Refreshments provided by Starbucks. Call (310) 541-7613 to RSVP and visit www.pvplc.org for more information. Volunteer Coordinator Information Contact First Name:  Adrienne Contact Last Name:  Mohan Contact Phone Number:  310-541-7613 Contact Email Address:  info@pvplc.org…
  • Program Intern

    iwanttovolunteer
    11 Apr 2014 | 2:47 pm
    Are you looking for an internship that will give you insight into how a nonprofit program works? About-Face is looking for a smart, passionate, enthusiastic, and organized intern. High school students and college students are encouraged to apply. Note that internships are unpaid. We highly prefer that interns be eligible for credit or hours through their school or university. Please check on this before applying. Volunteer Coordinator Information Contact First Name:  Keirstin Contact Last Name:  Eck Contact Phone Number:  484-634-6369 Contact Email Address: …
 
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  • Kiva loans to help the world

    15 Apr 2014 | 12:23 pm
    Another Kiva loan to a Massah.Hello from Kandeh town, a community near the small and busy southern city of Bo. This is Massah, a local 38-year-old businesswoman who is married to a teacher. They have three children aged between 10 and 25. Massah was a housewife but then started her business so that she could support her husband in paying for her children’s school fees. Massah sells dried and smoked fish to her customers from a table near a busy market place. The fish is smoked on a grate whilst small pieces of wood burn underneath. Certain fish smoke better than others and Massah tries…
  • Kiva kiva kiva

    14 Apr 2014 | 12:22 pm
    Kiva loan to MassahMassah is a hard-working local business woman from Kandeh, a community near the small and busy southern city of Bo.Massah is a widow and has 7 children between the ages of 10 and 26. She also supports 2 other members of her extended family. Massah was a full time mother and housewife before she started her business but did so to ensure that her children could go to school and have a good life. She sells “cookery” beside a busy road. “Cookery” is a modest term for the wealth of spicy stews that are cooked by local people and served with rice. The basic…
  • Kiva loan to Fatima

    13 Apr 2014 | 12:20 pm
    Made a Kiva loan to Fatima. Greetings from Kandeh town, a community near the small and busy southern city of Bo. This is Fatmata. Fatmata is 30 years old and is married to a local worker. They have two children aged 6 and 10. Both of the children are going to school. Fatmata was a housewife before she began her business selling cookery to passers-by. “Cookery” is a modest term for the wealth of spicy stews that are cooked by local people and served with rice. The building blocks of such stews are palm oil, cassava leaf, rice, seasoning and chicken or fish. Fatmata also…
  • Kiva loan to Baby

    12 Apr 2014 | 12:19 pm
    Made a kiva loan to Baby.Greetings from Kandeh town, a community near the small and busy southern city of Bo. This is Baby a 42-year-old businesswoman and mother. Baby got her name because she was the youngest in her family. Baby now has five children of her own aged between 6 and 21. Baby has always been involved in trade and did not finish her schooling. Because of this, it was a natural progression for her to set up a small business independent from her parents when she grew up. Baby has a table at a busy marketplace from which she sells onions, palm oil, rice, sugar, gari, fish,…
  • Smiling

    11 Apr 2014 | 10:25 pm
    I smiled and said hi to a lot of people in the grocery store today.  The funny thing about people is that if you say hi and greet them first they almost always great you back and exchange pleasantries.  I live in a world where strangers always talk to each other because I make sure it happens, if they don't say hi first I do. I probably often do, I don't keep score. I talk to people in public all the time. It does good. It reminds people that we are all in community, we are not just individuals going about our days business.Connecting is good.
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  • Change the world.

    6 Oct 2014 | 3:52 pm
    How will you make our world a better place?* Health and education* Economics, social entrepreneurship, and microfinance* Food and water* Energy and technology* Women, children, and family* Environment, land, and sustainability* FaithAnd don’t forget to visit the So What Can I Do Bookstore. Your efforts can change the world.”Be the change you want to see in the world.” - Mohandas GandhiPlease visit http://sowhatcanido.blogspot.com to offer your comments and suggestions, forward this post, and peruse the archives. Thanks for reading "So what can I do", the public service weblog promoting…
  • Celebrate Juneteeth, end slavery.

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

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

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

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

    Joshua Heller
    18 Apr 2014 | 12:00 am
      Detroit-based watchmaker Shinola is teaming up with Brooklyn’s own Public - Supply to help kids get creative. The two design-forward companies have designed a beautiful line of classic pencils; picking up a box of these graphite-core orange No. 2’s will send money to an underserved Detroit public school to purchase art supplies.   Shinola, who’s been working to bring manufacturing dollars back into Detroit, uses only the most high-quality, exclusively sourced, American-made components. Public - Supply, who creates simple, hip notebooks and…
  • Awesome Member of the Week: Amanda Fung Engages in Conversations About Business, Charity, and Global Development

    GOOD HQ
    16 Apr 2014 | 7:15 pm
      GOOD is featuring interviews of devoted members each week on good.isAmanda Fung is an aspiring changemaker and founder of the blog beyondbeadsandbaskets.com Best advice I've ever gotten The best advice I ever received came in the form of a question: "Do you feel you are fulfilling your potential?" This question made me really evaluate whether I had been making the most of my life. At any given time, we each have a unique combination of knowledge, skills, experiences, education,…
  • Internet for All: Why Google and Facebook Just Bought Drone Companies

    Tosten Burks
    16 Apr 2014 | 6:00 am
    Google acquired Titan Aerospace this week, a New Mexico startup that builds solar-powered drones that can stay aloft for years at a time. The purchase comes a month after Facebook acquired a drone company of its own, the UK-based Ascenta. It seems tech giants are expanding into the skies. The incentive? According to Facebook, 10 to 20 percent of the world's population lacks access to 2G or 3G networks. To internet companies, they are an untapped market. Google and Facebook, flush with the type of intellectual and financial resources small nations could only dream of, have set out to bring…
  • Your Neighborday Toolkit Is Here

    GOOD HQ
    15 Apr 2014 | 6:25 pm
    Too often, we are disconnected from the people who are just a stone’s throw away. It was in this spirit that we at GOOD created Neighborday, a new global holiday of local happenings. Last year, thousands of you answered our challenge to strengthen your relationships with those who share your walls and/or fences. As we look toward this year’s event, we’ve decided to offer a few helpful starter ideas on how to celebrate for you newbies out there.   Regardless of what you think of the people living in your neighborhood, we hope you can find something useful among…
  • Oil and Greed: An Interview With Big Men Director Rachel Boynton

    Tosten Burks
    14 Apr 2014 | 2:15 pm
    Rachel Boynton never meant to make a film in Ghana. When the documentary filmmaker started making trips to Africa, her flights landed in Lagos. She wanted to investigate why underserved Nigerian citizens were resorting to militant attacks on federally maintained pipelines to demand more of the country's oil revenue be spent on its people. But when upstart Texas oil company Kosmos Energy discovered the first major oil field off the coast of Ghana, and invited Boynton along to film their negotiations with the country's government, it set in motion the story that forms the backbone of…
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    SocialEarth

  • Google Glass Explorer Story: WWF’s Sabita Malla

    3BL Media
    23 Apr 2014 | 7:10 am
          Last fall World Wildlife Fund (WWF) was chosen to participate in Google’sGiving Through Glass program, designed to explore how nonprofit organizations can use Google Glass to further their [...] The post Google Glass Explorer Story: WWF’s Sabita Malla appeared first on SocialEarth.
  • Discovery Expands “Say Yes to the Prom” Program for High School Girls

    Vikas Vij
    23 Apr 2014 | 5:37 am
    About three years ago, Discovery Communications, the world’s topmost nonfiction media company, introduced an innovative annual initiative for high school girls called “Say Yes to the Prom.” The initiative brought [...] The post Discovery Expands “Say Yes to the Prom” Program for High School Girls appeared first on SocialEarth.
  • White House Announces $4 Billion in Green Business Loans

    Vikas Vij
    22 Apr 2014 | 6:36 am
    The White House has announced a new draft plan that would provide loan guarantees for innovative projects that limit or avoid greenhouse gas emissions. The plan involves $4 billion in [...] The post White House Announces $4 Billion in Green Business Loans appeared first on SocialEarth.
  • Vietnam : living on credit – part two

    Children of the Mekong
    21 Apr 2014 | 12:51 pm
    Here is the second part of the article “Vietnam: living on credit”; the credit system in Vietnam is widespread and involves incomes instability for both lender and applicant.  Often the [...] The post Vietnam : living on credit – part two appeared first on SocialEarth.
  • Renewables Coming Online Way Ahead of Schedule

    Justmeans
    21 Apr 2014 | 5:08 am
    Efforts to address the increasingly pressing climate challenge with rational policy continue to languish in Washington, as willfully ignorant conservatives continue to choose donor loyalty over science. But based on the [...] The post Renewables Coming Online Way Ahead of Schedule appeared first on SocialEarth.
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    Sasha Dichter's Blog

  • Heartbleed security vulnerability

    Sasha
    18 Apr 2014 | 2:00 am
    I hadn’t been paying much attention to the Heartbleed vulnerability, but a colleague talked me through it and I thought I’d share what I learned. By way of background, Mashable calls the Heartbleed bug “one of the biggest security threats the Internet has ever seen.” From what I understand, passwords may have been compromised for many of the Internet’s most popular services, including Facebook, Google, Yahoo, YouTube, Dropbox, etc. (full lists from Mashable and CNET). Even though all of these site have now addressed the vulnerability, there is no way to know whether passwords have…
  • The ties that bind us

    Sasha
    17 Apr 2014 | 2:00 am
    I’m OK with grumpy and tough, with funny and jolly. I’m OK with hard-edged and soft, warm and cool, clever and obtuse, quick and slow, brassy and classy. You can laugh or cry – or not – that’s all fine with me. But kindness is something I can’t budge on.  We’ve all seen that someone who is nice in all the right ways to all the right people, and then her true colors come out when she thinks no one’s looking and she has nothing to lose. A person who is consistently kind is a person with humility.  In being kind, no matter what, she chooses not to create separation…
  • Death by a thousand (or 5) screens

    Sasha
    16 Apr 2014 | 2:00 am
    At one of the entrances to Grand Central station, the MTA has erected a new screen with track times for upcoming trains. It’s great – brightly lit, easy to read from far away, it saves people from rushing and crowding around the miniscule 11 inch screen down the hall that must have been set up 30 years ago.   Oh, just one tiny problem. The screen also shows service updates for the subway, including for lines that are a 10 minute walk away.  Fine. And it shows ads for Game of Thrones, presumably to pay the bills. Plus, while they were at it, they threw in two public service…
  • Maybe the dragon isn’t the problem

    Sasha
    4 Apr 2014 | 2:00 am
    I just walked past a smiling blind woman – blond, straight hair, in her 30s and dressed for spring – walking down a crowded 5th Avenue street in rush hour. She and her golden lab guide dog were perfectly synchronized, and she was the picture of calm, serene confidence amidst the crush of people and traffic. I wonder what it took for her to be able to do this – not just learning to walk with, communicate with, and trust her dog, but the courage and determination she’s showed at countless junctures in her life to get where she is today. The thing about accomplishing great things…
  • Interior – Zindua, Day

    Sasha
    24 Mar 2014 | 7:29 am
    Every moment, every day, with every decision big and small you have the chance to blend in or to stand out, to tell your story or keep it to yourself. Take Ken Oloo’s business card for example.  Ken is a photographer, a filmmaker and an Acumen East Africa Fellow who I just met last week in Nairobi.  In addition to his work globally as a photographer and filmmaker, Ken trains kids from the Nairobi slum of Kibera to tell their own story, using film and video. Since Ken is a storyteller, his business card, naturally, tells that story. Just a small thing, really, except of course it’s all…
 
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    High Impact Philanthropy Blog

  • News & Events | 22 April 2014 | New in Social Impact, Global Public Health, and Education

    impactsp2@gmail.com
    22 Apr 2014 | 2:36 pm
    In Case You Missed It Last week, we celebrated the fact that April is Keep America Beautiful Month with a piece on Pennsylvania Horticultural Society’s ‘Cleaning and Greening’ LandCare Program.  New in Social Impact In Can Government Play Moneyball?, David Bornstein, author of “How to Change the World,” explores how government entities can effectively leverage research to drive policy decisions. He argues that research can inform what programs to fund, and can also be used to improve existing efforts, such as Head Start. For more information on…
  • Keeping America Beautiful: Pennsylvania Horticultural Society’s ‘Cleaning and Greening’ LandCare Program

    impactsp2@gmail.com
    17 Apr 2014 | 11:36 am
    April is Keep America Beautiful Month. Urban vacant lots attract litter and illegal dumping, function as a breeding ground for pests, degrade the quality of life for community residents, provide a haven for illegal activities—and comprise more than a fifth of the land area in many post-industrial U.S cities.   One solution? Community-based programs that turn vacant lots into assets by clearing trash, planting appropriate greenery, and providing maintenance.  This type of ‘cleaning and greening’ can help to stabilize neighborhoods, reduce crime, and increase…
  • Invest in a Strong Start for Children: Create New, High-Quality Early Learning Centers and Schools

    impactsp2@gmail.com
    10 Apr 2014 | 10:21 am
    Part of our recent guidance: Invest in a Strong Start for Children: a Toolkit for Donors High-quality childcare and preschool can have lasting positive impact on children who might otherwise face stumbling blocks on the path to school readiness, academic success, and a productive life. But for many families in the U.S., high-quality care is too expensive, has too long a wait-list, or is difficult to find.  National data shows that millions of low-income childnre, from birth to age five, are not being served by any center-based childcare, nursery, or preschool, let alone one classfied as…
  • News & Events | 8 April 2014 | Listening to Beneficiaries, When and How to Measure, Working Together for Social Change, Malaria and Maternal-Child Health, and Improving Water Quality

    impactsp2@gmail.com
    8 Apr 2014 | 11:58 am
    In Case You Missed It Millions of children around the world living in remote areas die from treatable diseases like malaria, diarrhea, and pneumonia due to insufficient access to well-equipped workers and medications. On this week’s blog, we describe the Community Case Management approach as an effective and affordable model for addressing this issue to save young lives. Listening to Beneficiaries The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and LTG Associates collaborated in Strengthening What Works, a national program aimed at identifying promising practices in support of Preventing Intimate…
  • A Global Public Health Toolkit for Donors: Saving Children’s Lives through Community Case Management of Childhood Illness

    impactsp2@gmail.com
    4 Apr 2014 | 2:49 pm
    Part of our series Saving Children’s Lives: A Global Public Health Toolkit for Donors  Millions of children around the world live in remote areas where care from trained health professionals is more than a day’s walk away. Lack of access and shortages of health workers and medications result in preventable child deaths from treatable diseases like malaria, diarrhea, and pneumonia. One solution? Community case management models engage lay health workers in home-based care and referrals, reaching otherwise unreachable children and saving lives. Community case management…
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    Asian Philanthropy Forum

  • Asian Philanthropists Are More Focused on Short-Term Results, Says New Survey

    Anh Ton
    22 Apr 2014 | 5:30 am
    Image: TravelMeAsia/Creative Commons   Asian philanthropists tend to focus on short-term results, but they’re also relatively innovative and entrepreneurial in their charitable activities, says the recently released BNP Paribas Individual Philanthropy Index from Forbes Insights. The Index grades philanthropists from the United States, Europe, Asia and the Middle East in four categories—how much of their wealth they currently give, how much they plan on giving, how innovative they are in their philanthropy, and how willing they are to promote philanthropy—and then creates a…
  • Let’s Talk About Giving Circles in Asia

    admin
    15 Apr 2014 | 5:00 am
    There’s another exciting discussion on philanthropy coming up in Singapore next month, and this time the focus will be on giving circles. As we mentioned in a previous post, giving circles have been around in Asia for centuries, but most research on giving circles has been limited to U.S.-based communities — until now. On Friday, May 16, the Asian Centre for Social Entrepreneurship and Philanthropy at National University of Singapore (NUS) will host “Virtuous Circles: New Expressions of Collective of Philanthropy in Asia.” Dr. Rob John (Visiting Senior Fellow at NUS)…
  • Women Lead A New Green Economy in Sabah, Malaysia

    Anh Ton
    8 Apr 2014 | 5:05 am
    Image: LEAP   On the island of Borneo, in the northern Malaysian state of Sabah, a new green revolution is under way. But this revolution is not quite like the Green Revolution of the 1960s, which lifted a billion people out of poverty and hunger, but also led to widespread environmental damage through intense irrigation and heavy chemical use. Instead, this revolution will focus on building up the land’s natural assets and strengthening its ecosystems for the people and animals who inhabit it. And this revolution will not ignore the role of women, but put them front and center in the…
  • Understanding the Impact of Your Dollar to Nonprofit Social Enterprises

    Guest Blogger
    7 Apr 2014 | 5:00 am
    Image: Gillian Yeoh   Love the idea that business should play a bigger role in improving society? You’re not alone! The concept of a company that generates revenue for the main purpose of advancing a social change mission – also known as social entrepreneurship – has been gaining major traction in recent years. 80% of Millennials believe business should contribute in a significant way to the good of society and, at the very least, not harm it. This theory of change entails that an enterprise be able to sustain itself through steady cash flow. But did you know the social…
  • 9 Indonesian Philanthropists and Bill Gates Agree to Fund Multi-Million Dollar Sustainable Health Initiative in Indonesia

    Anh Ton
    5 Apr 2014 | 10:15 pm
    Image: Jakarta Post   One common concern many people share about the current state of Asian philanthropy is that it’s not very transparent. Much philanthropy in Asia is still done ad hoc, and a cultural emphasis on modesty that is pervasive in many Asian countries means that details of who’s giving to what, where, and when can be difficult to come by. But things have been changing as of late. Back in 2010, Bill Gates and Warren Buffet, arguably the world’s most well-known philanthropists at this time, visited China to encourage the country’s new class of…
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    Travelanthropist

  • Why You Would Want to Take a Spring Cruise

    travelanthropist
    21 Apr 2014 | 8:45 pm
    As the global economic picture continues to improve, consumers are increasingly keen to celebrate their fortunes by booking a lavish spring trip. This is perfectly understandable, and although concerns remain about the current level of consumer borrowing there is no doubt that you can look forward to a relatively bright 2014. When it comes to booking a spring excursion, however, what viable options are available to and which unique experience is suitable for you and your family?
  • The Best of British: Scones, Sheep and Showjumping in the English Countryside

    travelanthropist
    25 Feb 2014 | 9:56 am
    While England may be renowned for its cosmopolitan capital, getting away from the bright lights of London can give you a completely different perspective on this beautiful country. Among chocolate-box pretty villages and rolling fields, you’ll find local traditions still very much alive. Visiting one of the county shows which take place across the country is a wonderful way to find out more about the rural way of life, along with sampling delicious local produce from nearby farmers and watching some dare-devil stunts in the main arenas.
  • Must See Places: Erbil, Iraq

    travelanthropist
    30 Jan 2014 | 2:14 pm
    Feeling adventurous? Leave all your preconceived notations at home and go for a destination that probably would not hit your travel radar. With most things in life, there is much more than meets the eye, and Erbil, Iraq is no exception. “Kurdistan is really the other Iraq. It’s not what you see on the news,” said National Geographic's Michael Luongo. In the middle of Erbil, one of the oldest inhabited cities in the world, lies a 6,000 year old citadel.
  • Best ‘Bang for Your Buck’ Destinations for 2014

    travelanthropist
    16 Jan 2014 | 3:34 pm
    Traveling can be done even with tight finances. Here is a list of destinations that won’t break your wallet this year.
  • Spiritual Journey in Southwest France

    travelanthropist
    9 Dec 2013 | 4:19 pm
    A growing number of travelers are looking for deeper connections with the places they visit. Each year thousands of travelers are drawn to the southwestern corner of France, setting out on a pilgrimage that will lead them to Santiago de Compostela, Spain, just as others have done for centuries before them...
 
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    The Change Blog

  • Odds Are, It’s Not About You

    Deborah Fike
    17 Apr 2014 | 6:55 am
    As a university instructor teaching entrepreneurship, I am always surprised at how even my smallest perceived action can affect a student.  For example, last month one of my student teams referenced me in their business plan as an advisor.  Since this particular team is quite serious about launching their business, I made a comment in the margins that one should always ask permission before listing a person as an advisor.  Then I returned the business plans to the student teams and thought no more of it. During my next office hours, I was surprised to see one of my quieter students waiting…
  • The Seduction of Addiction – And 5 Steps for Telling It Goodbye

    Lorna
    15 Apr 2014 | 7:11 am
    “History, despite its wrenching pain, cannot be unlived.  But if faced with courage, need not be lived again.”- Maya Angelou Of the many blessings I’m privileged to enjoy, the one that gives me the greatest happiness is witnessing what a beautiful person my son has become.  He has a great big beautiful smile, is quick to laugh and he’s kind, considerate and compassionate for others.  He’s started his own business and doesn’t shirk from what appears to be “failures”.  He’s willing to learn and looks for the positive in all circumstances.  He’s simply a delight to be…
  • How I Became Unstuck & Took a Giant Leap Forward In My Life and Business

    Justin Harmon
    13 Apr 2014 | 7:47 am
    A few months ago, I was really starting to gain momentum in my life and business. At least that’s what I thought. I had just finished re-branding my website. I changed my domain name to my name and set a new focus for the direction I was going to take. I was excited, motivated, and working my tail off day and night to put everything together. I was coming up with fresh ideas on how I was going to use my new platform to finally turn it into a business and quit letting it be just a hobby. But, there was a huge problem. I was about to make the same mistakes that led me to feeling like I needed…
  • How Having a Baby Actually Gave Me More Time

    Naomi Goodlet
    10 Apr 2014 | 4:00 am
    How many times have you heard yourself say, “I’d love to do that but I just don’t have time”? I said it more times that I can count. I lived it. In fact my belief that I didn’t have time in my life for anything extra was so strong, that I actually started filling up my life with crap that wasn’t important just so I could maintain this ‘story’. But, I didn’t realize that I was doing it. I wanted to have more time for exercise, reading, leisure and my business but it just seemed too hard to get started. Instead I was spending hours shopping online, playing games on my phone…
  • 6 Keys To Living Your Life Your Way

    Alison Ottaway
    8 Apr 2014 | 5:52 am
    Living your life your way. Isn’t that what we all want? Yet how many of us can actually say we do? For many years I certainly couldn’t. I lived my life fitting in: doing what seemed right, in the way everyone else did. I thought it would bring me happiness. And looking back I don’t blame myself…it was all I knew. I’d been brought up to tow the line, be a good girl, keep my head down and get on in life. I didn’t know there was another way of living – one that brings amazing health, happiness, fulfilment, passion and joy. And so I did what society…
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    Charitable Gift Giving

  • The Give Back Box – A Convenient Way to Donate by Mail

    steve
    21 Apr 2014 | 10:29 am
    Well, April 15 has come and gone. One thing that Uncle Sam lets us do is to write-off donations to charity. Now I’ll start this post off by the usual disclaimers that I’m not a tax expert and you need to consult your tax advisor on any of this stuff. That said, one thing I’ve become acutely aware of after getting married is that I have a lot of junk. Well, prior to getting married I thought this was treasure, but my wife has helped open my eyes to certain things. Like how our clothes closets aren’t being used to store clothes but boxes of things. Or how our second…
  • Cross your heart and help others live

    steve
    2 Feb 2014 | 9:10 am
    February, appropriately enough, is National Heart Month, among other things. While we cover a lot of different causes on this site, heart disease is still the #1 killer in the United States, and as such it’s critically important to raise awareness. I got an email from Razoo Giving Cards, a cool idea where you give a gift card to someone with funds (from $10-$500) that your recipient can donate to any cause he or she chooses. The balance on the card is good for a year, and the only fee is a 4.9% processing cost that pays for the expenses of the Razoo Foundation (which is itself a…
  • The Best Gifts for Book Lovers are still at GoneReading

    steve
    5 Dec 2013 | 10:19 pm
    Back in 2011 I first wrote about a great organization called GoneReading that was just starting up at the time.  The concept of GoneReading was (and is) a brilliant one: have an online store that sells high quality gifts specifically geared towards readers, and then take 100% of the after-tax profits to fund charities that are devoted to promoting reading and literacy. It’s a model that has worked brilliantly; GoneReading’s founder Brad Wirz recently emailed me and shared the happy news that GoneReading recently funded its first new library in Ethiopia. While there are a lot of…
  • World Vision Gift Catalog and Thoughts on Giving

    steve
    2 Dec 2013 | 11:00 pm
    Young men in our society often get a bad rap, and sadly, there’s a reason for this. The young punks who go around committing crimes, assaulting people, bullying people, acting out in self-centered and selfish ways, and being general nuisances and burdens to society are the ones we and the news media notice. But a recent survey from World Vision gave me hope–a lot of hope. Their survey revealed that 56% of men aged 18-34 have given a charitable gift. That’s a whopping 20% higher giving than older men aged 35 and up, and a surprising 19% higher than women of their same age…
  • Free Tagalog Lessons from Pimsleur for Philippine Typhoon Volunteers

    steve
    28 Nov 2013 | 1:07 am
    Here’s a really neat idea from the folks at Pimsleur Language Programs. As just about everyone knows by now, the Philippines was devastated by Typhoon Haiyan two weeks ago. As I mentioned in my last post, what tends to happen is that the news media will focus a lot of attention on the suffering for a short period of time, but after they’ve gotten what they need out of the disaster they’ll go to something else. In the meantime, those who are suffering are suffering no less because they’re not on TV anymore. But even as the public starts to forget, there are some amazing…
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    The GiveWell Blog

  • Meta-Research Innovation Center at Stanford (METRICS)

    Holden
    23 Apr 2014 | 12:47 pm
    Notes on this post: Stuart Buck of the Laura and John Arnold Foundation, as well as Prof. Steven Goodman of METRICS, reviewed a draft of this post.  Throughout the post, “we” refers to GiveWell and Good Ventures, who work as partners on GiveWell Labs. We’re very excited for the launch of Meta-Research Innovation Center at Stanford (METRICS), co-founded by John Ioannidis and Steven Goodman and supported by a grant from the Laura and John Arnold Foundation (LJAF). METRICS will bring together researchers to study the state of medical research quality, including questions such…
  • David Roodman’s draft writeup on the mortality-fertility connection

    Holden
    17 Apr 2014 | 12:39 pm
    We’re sometimes asked whether life-saving interventions (such as insecticide-treated net distribution) risk leading to overpopulation. A common response is that (as argued by Hans Rosling of Gapminder and the most recent Gates Foundation annual letter, among others) the reverse dynamic holds: population growth tends to slow as child mortality declines, possibly because parents feel less need to have multiple children in order to hedge against the risk of death. Empirically, it appears generally true that lower child mortality tends to correlate with slower population growth. However,…
  • Our work on outreach

    Elie
    2 Apr 2014 | 9:34 am
    One of the core questions we’ve faced throughout GiveWell’s history has been whether to allocate our time to research (i.e., identifying and evaluating outstanding giving opportunities) or outreach (i.e., increasing the number of donors who are aware of GiveWell and use our research, and the amount of money we move to top charities). The question of “research vs. outreach” was one of the most common topics at board meetings in our early years, and new staff and supporters often ask us why we don’t focus more of our time on outreach. Over the course of…
  • Against Malaria Foundation finalizes distribution agreement for ~676,000 nets

    Holden
    26 Mar 2014 | 11:18 am
    The Against Malaria Foundation (AMF) was our top-rated charity for approximately two years, before we suspended our recommendation last November for room for more funding related reasons. We are happy to see that it has recently finalized an agreement to fund 676,000 nets – at a total cost of ~$2 million – in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). Our impression is that DRC is a very difficult country to work in; that said, our impression from speaking with AMF is that the agreement has met its high standards for monitoring and evaluation, and that we can expect strong reporting…
  • The first case study from our history of philanthropy project

    Elie
    25 Mar 2014 | 7:32 am
    Benjamin Soskis, who has been working for us on our history of philanthropy project, has completed a case study (.docx) of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation-Pew Memorial Trust Health Care for the Homeless (HCH) program. We have found this case study very interesting and believe it to be a helpful addition to the literature on the history of philanthropy and its impacts. Dr. Soskis had previously compiled a literature review for this program (.docx). In brief, the HCH program consisted of the following: “In December 1983, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF), in partnership with…
 
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    Elephantbeans

  • Most Improved Player NBA 2013-2014

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

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

    alcmaeonid
    14 Mar 2014 | 4:28 pm
    Just because I feel like it, and injured players don’t count! Point Guard So many to choose from, this is the deepest position in the league right now.  If you are a starting PG, you are practically an all star.  So there are a lot of Honorable Mentions: Kyle Lowry, Damian Lillard, Monta Ellis, Deron Williams, Rajon Rondo, Goran Dragic, John Wall, Kyle Lowry, Ty Lawson, and Mike Conley. Chris Paul - CP3 is the best facilitator in the game.  He is the biggest reason why Griffin and Jordan are having such great seasons.  Noone runs a team like Paul.   Russell Westbrook –…
  • Lebron James is Great and Noone Cares

    alcmaeonid
    23 Jan 2014 | 8:37 pm
    Lebron is already one of the top 10 NBA players of all time.  Maybe top 5 all time.  Is there a better Small Forward in the history of the league?  Nope, Lebron is the best SF of all time.  I will get to that in a second.  The problem is despite Lebron’s greatness, and the emergence of exciting young players like Steph Curry, Kyrie Irving, Durant, and Westbrook, people just don’t love the league like they did in MJ’s day.  But first thing’s first. That’s a lot of trophies… I’m not a huge stats guy for basketball.  They can be misleading because…
  • India Untouched Documentary

    na
    27 Jan 2013 | 2:34 pm
    “‘India Untouched : To those who claim there is no Castism in India!’ This Documentary is to those who claim that, ‘India has moved on, there is nothing called untouchability or cast-ism in India today’. This is to show them the picture they failed to see till now, to remove the curtain of their eyes. Those who claim that their should not be special rights for those belonging to backward castes..and they should be for poors..’This is how the “Higher Castes” treat a Schedule Caste/Scheduled Tribe no matter what his financial state is’. You…
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    Pamela Grow's Grantwriting Blog

  • A More Beautiful Question: The Power of Inquiry to Spark Breakthrough Ideas | Book Review

    Pamela Grow
    21 Apr 2014 | 4:32 am
    “How do we grow our individual giving? “How can we get our alumni to give back annually?” “How can we raise enough money to continue with the work that we’re doing?” “How do we create a first time donor plan — one that keeps them giving?” “Why won’t our board members ask their friends for money?” Worthy questions, right?  After all, they came from you.  But are they “beautiful” questions? In his book, A More Beautiful Question: The Power of Inquiry to Spark Breakthrough Ideas, Warren Berger argues that one of the most powerful forces for igniting…
  • Making Money with Donor Newsletters: The How-To Guide to Extraordinary Results

    Pamela Grow
    1 Jan 2014 | 12:40 pm
    Can you imagine raising millions of dollars a year for your nonprofit…through your print newsletter alone?  That’s the kind of money Michelle Brinson generated in 2013 with Nashville Rescue Mission’s newsletter by following the simple techniques championed by master copywriter Tom Ahern.  And now Tom’s come out with Making Money with Donor Newsletters: The How-To Guide to Extraordinary Results, a straightforward, step-by-step book guaranteed to get you results too. If you’ve thought of donor newsletters as mere retention devices (I used to!), Making Money with Donor…
  • Easy Money for Nonprofits!

    Pamela Grow
    22 Apr 2013 | 3:51 pm
    That’s how many nonprofits view the topic of grants.  One of your board members sees that XYZ Charity, doing work in the same area as your organization, just landed a three-year $100,000 grant from the ABC Foundation…and shouldn’t you drop everything and apply? Um, yes and no. Foundation grantseeking is is a strategic process, not a one-time grant submission.  When it comes to winning foundation grants, many otherwise intelligent people believe that there are *secret* writing tactics to writing funded grant proposals, when, in reality, the truth about winning foundation support…
  • Nonprofit email fundraising: Are you overlooking the role consistency plays?

    Pamela Grow
    11 Mar 2013 | 6:38 am
    As a die-hard fan of SOFII, the International Showcase of Fundraising Innovation and Inspiration, I eagerly read every new article and exhibit.  However, as a student of email marketing, the article Nine tips for effective emails  made me pause. Oh, yes, I agreed with the author, Nick Allen, on most of the points.  Does your email have an effective subject header and headline?  “Does it feel like one person writing to another?”  Does it have an effective ‘From’ address? Yet there were a couple of tips I found missed the mark and this one in particular I thought was outright bad…
  • The Mercifully Brief, Real World Guide to Raising Thousands of Dollars With Email [Review]

    Pamela Grow
    28 Jan 2013 | 3:28 am
    Is your organization using email to raise money? I’ve made no secret of the fact that I believe email marketing can level the playing field for small nonprofit organizations. All of the major studies point to a continued rise in online giving. Convio’s Online Marketing Nonprofit Benchmark report revealed that online revenue increased by nearly 16% in 2011. Small nonprofits fare best, with Convio’s report showing a 26.8 percent increase for organizations with less than 10,000 email addresses. If you’re a small shop fundraiser and you’re looking to raise serious money online, The…
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    RELEVANT Magazine

  • Google Maps Unveils New Time Travel Feature

    23 Apr 2014 | 1:45 pm
    Google Maps has begun rolling out a new feature that allows users to look at various routes since they first started being photographed in 2007. Because Google frequently updates its Street View images, for many roads, several past versions exists. Though it’s not available for everyone just yet, The Wire has compiled some really compelling before-and-after shots of Street View locations that look completely different than they did just a few years ago ...
  • Report: Fast Food CEOs Make 1,000 Times More than Their Employees

    23 Apr 2014 | 12:45 pm
    According to this report, the “CEO-to-worker pay ratio” in the fast food industry now represents the greatest disparity in the entire U.S. economy at 1,000-1. As NPR notes, fast food CEOs compensations have quadrupled in the last 14 years, while most restaurant workers make just $9 per hour. Another recent report found that more than half of all fast food employees utilized, or have family members using, government assistance programs like food stamps. Last year, the CEOs of YUM! (which owns Taco Bell, KFC and Pizza Hut), McDonald’s and Chipotle combined to make more than $43 million…
  • Always Check the Rules Before You Eat Your Record-Setting Shark

    23 Apr 2014 | 11:54 am
    A few weeks back, fisherman Joey Polk caught an 805 lb. shark and threw it in the back of his truck, as is the style of the times. (Yes, this happened in Florida.) Polk was so excited about catching a record-setting shark that he decided to commemorate the catch by chopping it up and grilling it, which is too bad, because that's against the rules of the Land-Based Shark Fishing Association(?). It means Polk's catch won't be recorded for posterity, and the record holder will remain Earnie Polk—Joey's cousin. He caught a 725 lb. mako back in 2009 and, yes, he also ate his shark. But that was…
  • The Story of the Restaurant that Produces Zero Trash

    23 Apr 2014 | 11:30 am
    For nearly two years, the Sandwich Me restaurant in Chicago has produced zero waste. The slightly more than eight pounds of trash it did create during that time was given to an artist, who turned it into a sculpture. In this short video from NationSwell, owner Justin Vrany explains his passion for food and community, as well as, his unwavering dedication to sustainability ...
  • The Unexpected Backlash Against Onscreen Sex

    admintyler
    23 Apr 2014 | 10:50 am
    Both on film and television, sex continues to sell. But are viewers still buying it? Last Sunday, Game of Thrones fans were treated to a deeply unpleasant scene that stood out even in a show known for deeply unpleasant scenes.
 
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    Withisms from Lori

  • An Open Letter to Nonprofit Boards from Your Staff Leadership

    22 Apr 2014 | 10:00 pm
    People who want to do good work but aren't sure how, are frustrated, or talking in circles and not taking action or simply rubber stamping staff work: Sadly, that’s how I’d describe some of the boards and staffs I’ve observed. It’s time to publicly share common themes I experience when working with a board & staff through a training session or facilitating a retreat. I've found these themes show up no matter the size, financial situation, or maturity level of the organization. Do you see your organization in this letter? Dear Board Member, Thank you for agreeing to…
  • Letting Go Frees Your Organization to Get the Story Right

    15 Apr 2014 | 10:00 pm
    Recently my colleague Carlo M. Cuesta had a post that has received lots of notice in Nonprofit Quarterly: Who Brands Your Nonprofit? Who Tells Its Story and How? In the post Carlo discusses the importance of telling your organization's story by letting both internal staff and the public help craft the narrative. He writes, "Through storytelling, when effectively guided, both internal and external publics can be given the opportunity to contribute to the creation of a meaningful narrative. A stronger bond is formed when our participants, donors, and community members, along with…
  • How Long To Keep Lapsed Donors

    8 Apr 2014 | 10:00 pm
    Recently Sister Cordy Korkowski, the Director of Donor Relations at Franciscan Sisters of Little Falls, Minnesota asked me a few questions about donors and donor databases. Her questions are relevant to so many of you, I’m sharing my answers with you today. Q1: How many years do you leave a donor in the database without sending a gift? Three, five, 10 years? This is assuming there is no connection that is known to us. Lori’s Answer Before I answered Sister Cordy’s question, I asked her a couple of clarifying questions and found that some of these lapsed donors have given…
  • Share the Love: The Best Ways to Retain Your Donors

    1 Apr 2014 | 10:00 pm
    Excerpts from Show the Love by Blackbaud’s npExperts Have you seen & downloaded the fun, new, free npExperts eBook from Blackbaud? It’s chock full of great information on THE hottest topic in nonprofit fundraising these day: Donor Retention. In Show the Love: Thoughtful Engagement to Retain Supporters, thirteen of my wise colleagues share their wisdom so you can better tackle donor retention. Much like me, this book chooses to focus on the power of the positive and is filled with strategies you can use right away to retain the donors you work so hard to get. I especially love…
  • This just in: What is Fueling the Abysmal Donor Retention Crisis

    25 Mar 2014 | 10:00 pm
    Inspiration and quotes from The Missing Middle white paper released March 19, 2014, by Alia McKee & Mark Rovner of Sea Change Strategies. Read the full white paper here. You've heard the stats, right? Donor retention is at an all-time low of 40% or less. I'm constantly on the lookout for how to change that and dramatically increase donor retention.  I was pleased to learn this riveting new information at the Association of Fundraising Professionals (AFP) International conference I just returned from.  Mid-level donors & prospects ($1000-$10,000) represent significant income…
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    Shareable New Articles

  • Ann Arbor Sharing Summit Catalyzes Local Sharing Movement

    Cat Johnson
    23 Apr 2014 | 8:00 am
    If I can’t dance, I don’t want to be part of your revolution. It's a sentiment famously expressed by activist Emma Goldman, but Goldman was not alone in her idea of a worthy of revolution. Shareable’s #SharingSpring initiative, just one aspect of the worldwide movement toward sharing societies, is proving to involve a fair amount of dancing.
  • 3 Platforms to Start Your Own Sharing Service

    NINA IGNACZAK
    22 Apr 2014 | 7:59 am
    Robust participation in a sharing economy requires connection—to share, people must be able to interact with one another to identify resources and ways to move goods and services.
  • Peers, the SHARE Conference, and the State of the Sharing Economy

    Cat Johnson
    22 Apr 2014 | 7:53 am
    In 2013, Peers hit the sharing scene and immediately got to work organizing people around the world. Through the coordination of grassroots projects including local clothing swaps and mealshares to awareness-raising and activism to address regulations that impede ridesharing, short-term rentals and more, Peers has positioned itself as a leader of the sharing movement.
  • Infographic: Timeline of Corporations in the Collaborative Economy

    Jeremiah Owyang
    22 Apr 2014 | 7:40 am
    Top image credit: jcolman. Article cross-posted from Web Strategist.
  • In Each Other We Trust: Coining Alternatives to Capitalism

    ROAR Magazine
    22 Apr 2014 | 7:37 am
    Top image credit: JD Hancock / Foter / CC BY 2.0. Article cross-posted from ROAR Magazine. Beyond God and state, it’s money that rules. Can we still imagine alternatives? And what role will recent innovations like Bitcoin play in the struggle?
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    Donate a Car to Charity - CharityCar.us blog

  • Fit-ing in: A review of the Honda Fit

    admin
    15 Apr 2014 | 9:31 am
    The third generation of Honda’s subcompact, the Fit lives up to it’s name on tight streets and in places where precision matters.  Despite all the love for the first two iterations of the Fit, Honda saw room for improvement with the 2015 Honda Fit. The subcompact segment has evolved over the past few years, with newer competitors offering better fuel efficiency, more technology, and higher levels of refinement than the outgoing Honda Fit. To get back to the top of the class, the redesigned Fit must zero in on these areas without straying from Honda’s proven small-car formula.
  • Best Friends Age 6 and 7 Raise $200k for Charity

    admin
    1 Aug 2013 | 9:19 am
    Great feel good story about two special young children! He suffers from a rare genetic and incurable disease called Glycogen Storage Disease Type 1B. Up until the 80s, most kids with his condition didn’t survive past the age of two. But his best buddy, Dylan Siegel, wanted his friend to get better, so he wrote a book hoping to raise one million dollars to find a cure. It took him an hour to write and illustrate the pages of “Chocolate Bar,” an expression the boys use to describe something great, fantastic, or awesome. Read the full story here.
  • Friends Age 6 and 7 Raise $200k for Charity

    admin
    18 Jun 2013 | 6:35 am
    There are only about 100 people in the U.S. like 7-year-old Jonah Pournazarian. He suffers from a rare genetic and incurable disease called Glycogen Storage Disease Type 1B. Up until the 80s, most kids with his condition didn’t survive past the age of two. But his best buddy, Dylan Siegel, wanted his friend to get better, so he wrote a book hoping to raise one million dollars to find a cure. It took him an hour to write and illustrate the pages of “Chocolate Bar,” an expression the boys use to describe something great, fantastic, or awesome.  Read the full article here.
  • Crowdfunding Raises Big Bucks for Boston

    admin
    9 May 2013 | 12:50 pm
    Nearly a week after the Boston bombings, crowd-funding websites that raise money for medical tragedies from car crashes to cancer say they’ve received more than 23,000 pledges promising more than $2 million for the victims and families of the marathon attack. That includes nearly $500,000 for Celeste and Sydney Corcoran of Lowell, Mass., a mother-daughter duo who were both severely injured as they stood at the finish line. And it includes more than $560,000 directed to Boston newlyweds Jessica Kensky Downes and Patrick Downes, who each lost a leg in the blasts. Read the complete article…
  • Bieber Going to Focus on Some Charity Work to Quell Bad Press

    admin
    4 Apr 2013 | 11:50 am
    Justin may be struggling in the wake of his split with Selena Gomez, but he wants to devote his time to helping others in order to get through the pain. HollywoodLife.com has all of the EXCLUSIVE details about the superstar’s new devotion to good deeds! Get ready to Believe in the Bieb again! A source tells HollywoodLife.com EXCLUSIVELY that Justin Bieber is planning to donate more time to charity in an effort to improve his public image! Read the full story here.
 
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    Charity Car Donation News

  • Humans Replace Robots at Toyota

    jg
    15 Apr 2014 | 3:26 am
    For decades, Toyota has been a leader in implementing new technology on the plant floor But now the automotive company has decided to take a step back from robotics. It’s happening at Toyota’s plants across Japan, reports Bloomberg News, and the idea behind it is as innovative as the move 30 years ago to replace humans with robots: The only way to improve processes and promote more thinking about efficiency is to put people back in charge of making things. The goal is to create a more efficient car production line. “We need to become more solid and get back to basics, to…
  • Charity Bike Ride Halted by Theft

    jg
    1 Aug 2013 | 9:16 am
    News like this is really sad and frustrating! A man riding his bicycle across Canada for a charity has received a surly welcome in Winnipeg. His bicycle was stolen on Wednesday night in the 800 block of Leila Avenue. Winnipeg police said the bike is a dark blue touring bike with silver accents and the word ‘Napoli’ written on the frame. There were two black/grey saddle bags on the rear of the bike and one on the front. Bike owner Anas Cheema was travelling through Winnipeg on his fundraising ride for SOS Children’s Villages charity, an international charity helping orphaned and…
  • Band Focuses on Charity and Music

    jg
    11 Jul 2013 | 7:38 am
    We love seeing local bands support charity and this is the perfect mix. The band Rhino Halo has organized a diabetes fund raiser to support two of its members who are affected by diabetes. The evening will include a series of musical sets, a bit of comedy between each one, and a silent auction — all to support the Canadian Diabetes Association. Read the full story here.
  • Local NHL Stars Supporting Charity

    jg
    17 Jun 2013 | 6:30 am
    Hockey fans who just can’t get enough hockey in June might want to make the trip to the CIH (Canadian International Hockey) Arena in Rockland Sunday afternoon to see, and mingle with, many of the top area pros in the second annual Kevin Lalande Foundation Hockey Classic. Lalande, the former Belleville Bulls netminder and Calgary Flames draft (fifth round, 2005), has played the last three seasons in the KHL in Russia, the last two with Minsk Dynamo. Read the full story here.
  • Fundraising Directory School Coming Up in May

    jg
    9 May 2013 | 12:48 pm
    Many people know that I try to help fund-raising peers who are skilled and passionate, get ahead in career and life. But there comes a point, where you hit a wall. Because you can’t learn more, or don’t know what you need to learn. Or no one will let you be more where you are. AFP Fundraising Day in Toronto is coming up. Many people will get a chance to reconnect with mentors at this important event, maybe you’ll meet a new mentor there…. Read the complete story here.
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    Beth’s Blog

  • Nonprofits and Instagram: The Ultimate Curated Collection of Best Practices, Examples, and Tips

    Beth
    23 Apr 2014 | 8:43 am
    As a content curator, I’m not just on the hunt for learning the new or what’s buzzing.    But, a big part of content curation is organizing and presenting your collection.    I don’t always share links as I find them, but because I use content curation to support curriculum development for my training work, I like to share collections that organized so people can take an hour or so and get up to speed on a topic or to use if you are doing a training. Here’s the collection and annotated version is below. Instagram Overview Here’s the basics if you are getting…
  • Content Curation: The Art and Science of Spotting Awesome

    Beth
    22 Apr 2014 | 8:08 am
    Flickr Photo by Soyignatius Content curation – the process of finding, organizing, and  sharing topical, relevant content for your audience that supports your nonprofit’s engagement or campaign goals (or your professional learning) begins with “Spotting the Awesome.”   I love that phrase coined by my friends at Upwell.   Do you or your organization have formal guidelines for “spotting the awesome”  like Upwell (see below) or is it more of  ”we know it when we see it?” UpWell Content Curation Guidelines - The Mobilisation Lab Effective…
  • Top 6 Tips for Taking Your Cause Mobile

    Beth
    21 Apr 2014 | 11:49 am
    Note from Beth: My colleague, Darian Rodriguez Heyman has launched a new company, BetterWorld Wireless.  You not only get a great mobile wireless plan, but through their nonprofit giving partners, a person in need will receive a mobile device loaded with content to help break the cycle of poverty and empower their life.   I’ve signed up and love the fact my my mobile broadband hotspot is helping someone in need!   Check out their devices and plans.  It’s easy to switch. Top 6 Tips for Taking Your Cause Mobile Guest Blog by Darian Rodriguez Heyman Whether compared to…
  • Charity Miles App Nominated for Webby: Walking for A Good Cause

    Beth
    16 Apr 2014 | 11:30 am
    Over the past year, I have been using a fitbit to help me incorporate more activity in my life.  I’ve committed to walking 10-20,000 steps per day and even earned my 1,000 miles badge.  But what if you could raise money for a charity just by walking, running, or riding your bike?    That’s exactly what the app “Charity Miles” makes happen.   You download the app, select a charity, and start moving and earn money from sponsors for that charity.  Walkers and runners earn 25¢ per mile; bikers earn 10¢ per mile, all courtesy of corporate sponsors like Timex,…
  • Learning is the Work

    Beth
    15 Apr 2014 | 11:09 am
    Last month, I had the pleasure of participating in National eXtension Conference which was amazing for many reasons.    I first did several professional sessions with this network back in 2007 and an online class on knowledge sharing and online collaboration – so it was great to long-time colleagues.     The highlight was a master panel with Dave Gray,  Harold Jarche, and Jane Hart on connected learning and culture change needed to embrace this type of learning.  We used Dave Gray’s “Board Thing” online tool to crowdsource questions to discuss from the audience.
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    Forgiveness Project

  • NEWS: Ginn Fourie and Letlapa Mphahlele come to the UK for ‘Beyond Forgiving’ speaking tour

    rachel
    14 Apr 2014 | 8:07 am
    We are delighted to be one of three charities working to bring the South African protagonists of the award-winning documentary ‘Beyond Forgiving’ to the UK next month. Ginn Fourie and Letlapa Mphahlele will be sharing their powerful story of reconciliation as they host a series of public screenings and educational workshops in Belfast, Bradford, Durham, Liverpool, London and Oxford from 18-30 May. The main public event during the tour will be the Londonscreening, which will be held at the Royal Geographical Society on the evening of Tuesday 27 May 2014. The evening will be chaired by…
  • NEWS: BBC3 – Can Criminals Say Sorry?

    rachel
    10 Apr 2014 | 9:08 am
    As part of BBC3’s Crime and Punishment season, the final episode to be screened at 9pm on Monday, 14th April asks, Can Criminals Say Sorry? The programme features three of our storytellers, Peter Woolf, Will Riley and Jo Nodding. All three have taken part in Restorative Justice conferences and for all three their lives were significantly changed. Presented by Brooke Kinsella, the BBC programme explores the use of restorative justice in Britain today and finds out what happens when offenders and their victims are brought together face to face. Our patron, former prison governor and author of…
  • NEWS: Report published of research trip to US & Canada – Winston Churchill Travelling Fellowship

    rachel
    8 Apr 2014 | 6:56 am
    Marina Cantacuzino, Founder/ Director of The Forgiveness Project has published her report documenting her research trip to America and Canada as a Winston Churchill Travelling Fellow. The report,  Transforming Lives through the power of personal narrative: Innovative Restorative Justice Programes in Custodial and Community Settings can be read here. The aim of her Fellowship was to examine how non-profits and state government departments were using restorative justice for the rehabilitation of offenders both in custodial and community settings, and to examine what could be learnt to improve…
  • BLOG: Why Rwanda Needs Healing Narratives

    marina
    7 Apr 2014 | 3:34 am
    This April Rwandans will remember the 20th anniversary of a genocide the world did nothing to stop. Two years ago when I was in Rwanda I met a man who had lost almost his entire family in the killing spree. He warned me that critical to the future of his country would be the stories that people chose to share to mark the approaching commemoration. He was expressing a need to concentrate on stories and memories that can be presented in a way that encourages healing and reconciliation rather than re-traumatises or stirs up ethnic hatred. But what are healing stories? As Karen Armstrong from…
  • NEWS: Speakers at first ‘Conversation on Forgiveness’ inspire hope that peace is possible

    rachel
    25 Mar 2014 | 10:12 am
    On 17th March in London the first in The Forgiveness Project’s series of thought-provoking ‘Conversations on Forgiveness’ took place at St Ethelburga’s Centre for Reconciliation and Peace with a screening of the award-winning documentary, ‘Beyond Forgiving’.  This powerful film depicts how two South Africans – a mother whose daughter was killed and the former liberation army commander who gave the orders for her murder – were brought together post-Apartheid in an unlikely relationship. Today the protagonists, Ginn Fourie and Letlapa Mphahlele, share platforms in South…
 
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    Tiny Buddha

  • The Most Important Thing to Do Before a Difficult Conversation

    Annika Martins
    22 Apr 2014 | 8:14 pm
    “You are your choices.” ~Seneca After four years of radio silence, a former flame appeared in my inbox. We set up a time to talk later that week. And when the day came, right on time, he called. We talked. I had many questions. He explained the best he could. The conversation eased into Taoism and Twitter. Totally comfortable. But for the twenty-four hours beforehand, I was bracing myself. I was expecting long, awkward silences, angry words, and maybe even a premature hanging up of the phone. In case it’s not clear, things hadn’t ended so well with us. And if I had lunged into the…
  • Taking a Chance on Happiness and Knowing We Deserve It

    Jennifer Bardall
    22 Apr 2014 | 8:14 pm
    “Life is inherently risky. There is only one big risk you should avoid at all costs, and that is the risk of doing nothing.” ~Denis Waitley I like to tell the story of how I changed my mind about myself and what I was worthy of, and how that change almost immediately led me to my husband—or, rather, how it led him to me. On Craigslist. But unlike a fairytale, we didn’t go straight from point A (boy meets girl on a sometimes-shady website) to point B (boy marries girl in the church she was baptized and grew up in, across the street from her childhood home) and happily ever after. We…
  • How Our Addiction to Struggle Holds Us Back

    Ezzie Spencer
    21 Apr 2014 | 8:54 pm
    “Happiness is the absence of striving for happiness.” ~Chuang Tzu Do you feel, on some level, that your life is hard work? That you need to struggle in order to improve things in your world? Do you feel that you even need to struggle to reach a desired goal, to overcome adversity before achieving something worthy? Our addiction to struggle is an impediment to us feeling the joy of quiet and the now, the place from which subtle and natural development can occur. This addiction to struggling—the addiction to striving, always trying to achieve—used to hold me back from experiencing the…
  • Why Life Is More Joyful When We Let Go of “Good” and “Bad”

    Rachel Archelaus
    21 Apr 2014 | 8:54 pm
    “Love is the absence of judgment.” ~Dalai Lama If judgment is the act of labeling something as good or bad, then it seems we humans do it thousands of times a day. Those of us on a spiritual path even label judgment as a bad thing. We know that pain comes from judgment, but it’s such a part of our culture that there seems to be no way around it. The Dalai Lama says, “Love is the absence of judgment.” And if that’s true, how do we get there? From the time I wake up and ask myself if I slept too late to my nightly inquiry hoping that I made the best use of my day, I am in constant…
  • We Have the Power to Choose

    Anonymous
    20 Apr 2014 | 6:31 pm
    “Be miserable. Or motivate yourself. Whatever has to be done, it’s always your choice.” ~Wayne Dyer When I was twelve years old I got back from a weekend at my aunt’s house with my mom. We came home to find my father dead in bed. I remember my mom’s screams causing many of our neighbors to come over to see what had happened. The experience shut me down. I don’t know how else to put it. My father was young: fifty-three years old. It was a huge shock to everyone. Apparently, he was too proud to get a pacemaker. He died of a heart attack. My oldest sister was on her…
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    Farnam Street

  • The Heart of Humanity

    Shane Parrish
    23 Apr 2014 | 5:30 am
    “What distinguishes the risks I’m interested in from mere bravado is that they are taken in the interest of what one is committed to…” Hubert Dreyfus is the preeminent expert on Heidegger so much so that in fact the various copies of Being and Time in his office are held together with rubber bands. In 1965 he took on the entire computer science department of MIT and in so doing explained the key differences between humans and computers. The Moment of Clarity: Using the Human Sciences to Solve Your Toughest Business Problems, explains the problem: Dreyfus claimed that…
  • Mental Model: Complex Adaptive Systems

    Shane Parrish
    22 Apr 2014 | 5:22 am
    Today let’s explore the concept of the Complex Adaptive System and see how this model might apply in various walks of life. To illustrate what a complex adaptive system is, and just as importantly, what it is not, let’s take the example of a “driving system” – or as we usually refer to it, a car. (I have cribbed some parts of this example from the excellent book Complex Adaptive Systems by John Miller and Scott Page.) The interior of a car, at first glance is complicated. There are seats, belts, buttons, levers, knobs, a wheel, etc. Removing the passenger car seats would make this…
  • How Complex Systems Fail

    Shane Parrish
    21 Apr 2014 | 5:00 am
    A bit of a preface to this post. Please read the definition of Antifragile first. While the article below is interesting, the reader should read with a critical mind. Complexity ‘solved’ with increased complexity generally only creates a lot of hidden risks, slowness, or fragility. A short treatise on the nature of failure; how failure is evaluated; how failure is attributed to proximate cause; and the resulting new understanding of patient safety by Richard I. Cook. 1. Complex systems are intrinsically hazardous systems All of the interesting systems (e.g. transportation,…
  • The Stoic Reading List

    Shane Parrish
    20 Apr 2014 | 8:24 am
    “The impediment to action advances action.What stands in the way becomes the way.”— Marcus Aurelius You know the section after the last chapter that everyone ignores? Well that’s one of the first things I read. This is how I read a book. This is part of systematic skimming and allows me to get a feel for the author’s vocabulary, a sense of what the book is about, how arguments are structured, and references and sources. It’s also a good place to find new reading material. I received a pre-release copy of Ryan Holiday’s new book, The Obstacle Is the Way: The…
  • Our Loss of Wisdom

    Shane Parrish
    18 Apr 2014 | 5:00 am
    “Practical wisdom is the combination of moral will and moral skill.” — Aristotle Barry Schwartz, author of Practical Wisdom: The Right Way to Do the Right Thing, on our loss of wisdom. A wise person knows when and how to make the exception to every rule, as the janitors knew when to ignore the job duties in the service of other objectives. A wise person knows how to improvise, as Luke did when he re-washed the floor. Real-world problems are often ambiguous and ill-defined and the context is always changing. A wise person is like a jazz musician — using the notes on the…
 
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    Triple Pundit: People, Planet, Profit

  • Sustainable Textiles: Harnessing a Spark in Customer Engagement

    Jan Lee
    23 Apr 2014 | 3:00 am
    How do businesses in the apparel industry ensure that their customer base will not only stay, but grow? We talk to two companies and look at recent statistics that suggest the success of a sustainable business starts, like everything else, with the environment.The post Sustainable Textiles: Harnessing a Spark in Customer Engagement appeared first on Triple Pundit: People, Planet, Profit.
  • Seafood and Impact Investment: Where the Money is Needed and Why It’s Not Flowing

    3p Contributor
    23 Apr 2014 | 2:30 am
    Despite recent encouraging efforts to spur an impact investing revolution in fisheries, we’re still a long way from a developed investment marketplace that would become a powerful engine for change.The post Seafood and Impact Investment: Where the Money is Needed and Why It’s Not Flowing appeared first on Triple Pundit: People, Planet, Profit.
  • 3p Interview: Recyclebank Goes Retail With OneTwine

    RP Siegel
    23 Apr 2014 | 2:00 am
    This week, Recyclebank is taking another step towards its its mission to “realize a world where nothing is wasted,” with the launch of OneTwine, an online retail shop that allows customers to redeem their Recyclebank points, pay cash, or any combination of the two. I spoke with Recyclebank CEO Javier Flaim by phone, a few days before the OneTwine launch announcement.The post 3p Interview: Recyclebank Goes Retail With OneTwine appeared first on Triple Pundit: People, Planet, Profit.
  • Stopping Keystone XL: The Message is Getting Through

    3p Contributor
    23 Apr 2014 | 1:30 am
    This past Friday, we received the welcome news from the State Department that the review period for the Keystone XL pipeline would be extended – a decision that offers both an opportunity and an acknowledgment. First and foremost, it’s an opportunity for the State Department to address the inherent flaws in its environmental review by looking at Keystone XL through a simple prism: Is the pipeline truly in America’s national interest?The post Stopping Keystone XL: The Message is Getting Through appeared first on Triple Pundit: People, Planet, Profit.
  • SolarCoin: Scaling Up Sunshine-Powered Money

    3p Contributor
    23 Apr 2014 | 1:30 am
    Any currency has value -- but only if a large community uses and accepts it as payment. For SolarCoin, the new digital currency designed to promote solar electricity production, this need to scale-up is the primary barrier to gaining value as a form of money.The post SolarCoin: Scaling Up Sunshine-Powered Money appeared first on Triple Pundit: People, Planet, Profit.
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    Eat. Sleep. Be

  • 30 Ways You Can Help the Planet

    Jessica
    22 Apr 2014 | 5:05 am
      Today is the day every year when we talk about respecting our planet, the only one we have. Yet every day should be Earth Day. If we were to make every day Earth Day, we may be able to reverse the damage done to our planet to date. Climate change is no joke. We have seen it with our own eyes as we watch one “weather event” after the next. If we all make just a few small, easy changes to our daily habits, we can change the world. Here are 30 ways you can help the planet: Buy locally made items and locally grown foods. Shop at markets that source locally or join a CSA. Plant trees.
  • How to Not Let the Bullies Win

    Jessica
    21 Apr 2014 | 6:50 am
    We talk a lot about bullying these days, on blogs, on television, in schools and in our homes. While it makes for important conversation and brings a serious issue to the forefront, bullying still happens across the country every single day. And bullying can affect someone for years afterwards. It is evident that bullying is an issue that is going to be around for a while despite efforts towards the contrary. With texts and social media, it has also become more difficult to define who should get involved and whose jurisdiction covers those actions. When is it the school’s responsibility?
  • Thoughtful Thursday: 10 Ways to Celebrate Earth Day Every Day

    Jessica
    17 Apr 2014 | 3:08 am
    Earth Day is coming around again. Though I love the fact that there is a day each year to celebrate the planet we live on, it concerns me that there are people who only pay attention on one day each year. The truth is that every day it becomes more and more important that we start taking better care of our environment. So let’s start now and keep the momentum going. Here 10 easy ways to celebrate Earth Day, and every day, with your children: 1. The next time it pours, go out and wash your hair in the rain.  Get them in their bathing suits and head outside with the shampoo. Kids LOVE…
  • The Power of a Smile

    Jessica
    15 Apr 2014 | 5:11 am
    When I was a kid, the girls in the neighborhood would hang out in our friend’s backyard, acting out scenes from the Broadway show, Annie. To this day over 30 years later, I can still hear my friend Stacey singing the words, “You’re never fully dressed without a smile.” A smile is a very powerful thing. During stressful situations, smiling can actually improve our mood. Quite literally, turning that frown upside down can be enough to lighten the mood. Merely seeing a smile on someone else has the power to activate the muscles in our face that make us smile. Think about…
  • Connected in Hope: Fashion That Gives Back (Giveaway)

    Jessica
    11 Apr 2014 | 7:00 am
    When someone strikes you from the very first moment as an individual with grace, class and style, she is the type of person you want to get to know better. She is someone who draws you in. She connects with you. That is how I felt from the very first moment I heard from Ryane Murnane. Ryane is one of the founders of the Connected in Hope Foundation, a nonprofit organization that grew out of a “deep love and respect for the people of Ethiopia and a compelling desire to give back to the beautiful land and its people.” After taking several trips to Ethiopia, she saw firsthand how women fuel…
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  • The Natural order.

    Paul Handover
    23 Apr 2014 | 1:00 am
    Back to the basics of life. Regular readers of Learning from Dogs will recall that just under a week ago I published an essay under the title of A bedtime story for mankind.  The post centred around an essay from Patrice Ayme.  Patrice’s essay could be summarised as follows: “At the present rate of greenhouse gases emissions, within nine years, massively lethal climate and oceanic changes are guaranteed.“ Then just last Sunday, Patrice published a second essay reinforcing that first one.  The subsequent essay was called Ten Years to Catastrophe.  I was minded to…
  • Earth Day!

    Paul Handover
    22 Apr 2014 | 1:00 am
    Today is Earth Day 2014. With some minor amendments, I have taken the liberty of reposting what was published for Earth Day 2013. Like many others, I subscribe to Mother Nature Network. Recently published on MNN were twelve stunningly beautiful photographs.  There are reproduced below, hopefully without infringing any copyrights.  I just wanted to share them with readers of Learning from Dogs. ooOOOoo Earth Day photos: Celebrating the beauty of our planet From the rolling hills of Tuscany to the surreal glacial formations of Patagonia, here are 12 stunning photos showcasing the diverse…
  • For those of us embracing our senior years!

    Paul Handover
    21 Apr 2014 | 1:00 am
    Even millions of ‘juniors’ would struggle to match this! On the basis that today, the Monday after Easter Sunday, is a holiday in many countries, it seemed very apt to keep the theme relaxed. The following video was sent to me by our neighbours, Dordie and Bill, with the comment, “Paul and Jean, This is incredible….you must watch this on the big screen!“ However, big screen or not, this video will have you gasping with admiration. The Britain’s Got Talent website can be found here.
  • Picture parade forty.

    Paul Handover
    20 Apr 2014 | 1:00 am
    A very suitable set of pictures for today; Easter Sunday. Thanks to Bob Derham for sending them to me. oooo oooo oooo oooo oooo oooo oooo oooo oooo oooo oooo oooo oooo oooo oooo oooo oooo oooo oooo oooo oooo oooo oooo oooo oooo oooo oooo oooo oooo oooo oooo oooo From Jean and me and all our animals, our Easter wishes for peace to you all.
  • Saturday smile!

    Paul Handover
    19 Apr 2014 | 1:00 am
    Drawing seven perpendicular lines. Can’t be that difficult? (Note: will be especially enjoyed by those who have been exposed to too many hours of ‘management speak’!)
 
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    Frank Sonnenberg Online

  • The Day the World Came to An End

    Frank Sonnenberg
    22 Apr 2014 | 4:00 am
    “I flunked the test.” “We lost the game.” “He turned me down.” “I’m devastated. Simply devastated.” When was the last time you experienced an event that made you feel as if the world was coming to an end for you? It seemed like a big deal at the time, but time has healing powers. In fact, time can also provide much-needed perspective. I’ll bet this wasn’t the first time the world came to an end for you. You may have received a lower grade than you expected, been cut from the team, broken up with your boyfriend or girlfriend, or made a complete fool of yourself in front…
  • Leadership Scorecard

    Frank Sonnenberg
    15 Apr 2014 | 4:00 am
    Leadership Scorecard What are the qualities of a great leader? How do you rate? (Learn more about these qualities by clicking on each link under the poster.) Leadership Scorecard (Learn more about each leadership quality by clicking on the following links.) Straightforward and transparent  •  Honest and trustworthy  •  Ethical and principled  •  Authentic  •  Focused  •  Determined  •  Realistic  •  Decisive and action-oriented  •  Accountable  •  Fair and open-minded  •  Knowledgeable and experienced  •  Consistent and dependable  •  Confident…
  • What Do Tough Times Say About You?

    Frank Sonnenberg
    1 Apr 2014 | 4:00 am
    It’s one thing to have a bad day yet quite another to fall on tough times. These are the days when it’s hard to get out of bed, not knowing how you’re going to make it through the day. These are the days when it feels like the world is crumbling around you and you’ve been hit by a two-by-four by the time you go to bed at night. Yet, these are the times that shape character and show what you’re made of. So what do tough times say about you? Unfortunately, for most of us, there comes a time when we will experience a major setback. Whether we’re confronted by a personal tragedy,…
  • It’s Time to Have a Talk with Yourself!

    Frank Sonnenberg
    18 Mar 2014 | 4:00 am
    Do you remember a time in your life when you were down in the dumps? Things got so far away from you, you felt as though you couldn’t live another day? Remember? You felt like you were drowning. It may have been because your workload got you stressed out, an important relationship went sour, or your financial affairs got out of control. Let’s look at a scenario . . . It wasn’t so long ago when you were at the top of your game. Remember? You felt like you were king or queen of the world. “Wow,” you thought, “everything’s going my way.” You were high on life and you began…
  • The Mark of a True Winner

    Frank Sonnenberg
    4 Mar 2014 | 4:00 am
    The Mark of a True Winner Here are 25 ways to win in the game of life. The Mark of a True Winner Attitude is everything.  •  Get in the game.  •  Winning is as much mental as physical.  •  Master the fundamentals.  •  Few things come easy in life.  •  Be a team player.  •  Be ready on game day.  •  View obstacles as opportunities.  •  Always do your best.  •  Keep your perspective.  •  Be a leader.  •  Remain flexible and embrace change.  •  If you can’t play fair, don’t play.  •  Know your strengths and the strengths of others.  • …
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  • Maintaining Your Long-Distance Friendships

    Vincent Nguyen
    21 Apr 2014 | 4:00 am
    We always hear about long-distance relationships and best practices on how to make them work, but how often do we hear about friendships that span an ocean? Yes, long-distance relationships are difficult, evidenced by some of my closest friends biting and clawing to make theirs work, but so are the friendships where you rarely get to enjoy each other’s physical company. You don’t get to laugh in person, high five in the moment, or slap one another’s back. There’s no teasing or throwing harmless objects at each other to strengthen the enjoyment. Moving away from your friends and…
  • How Southeast Asia Ruined My Life

    Vincent Nguyen
    14 Apr 2014 | 4:00 am
    Southeast Asia, I hate you. I’ve been here for only five months and you’ve RUINED me. First of all, I haven’t had to do dishes or cook my own food since I got here. Having a maid who cooks on a daily basis means I don’t have to. On her days off, she leaves food in the fridge for me to nuke in the microwave. I’ve hardly lifted a finger since I landed here. I’m losing my self-sufficiency! I just got my own place last week and I had to… I had to… Cook and wash dishes… The horror! That’s not enough for you? Well, I even had to go grocery shopping and stock my fridge…
  • The World Doesn’t Care About Us (And Why That’s Okay)

    Vincent Nguyen
    7 Apr 2014 | 4:00 am
    I ran into a great quote while browsing Reddit the other day. Someone said: “The world isn’t cruel as some people like to say, it’s just apathetic. It doesn’t care about you and it’ll leave you behind unless you try to make something of yourself.” Isn’t that true? You can play the victim, believe the world is rooting for your failure, and shake angry fists at the heavens when you don’t get what you want for the thousandth time. Truth is, the world isn’t cruel at all nor is it conspiring against you. In fact, it doesn’t even really care.
  • 10 More Things I Wish I Knew Sooner

    Vincent Nguyen
    31 Mar 2014 | 4:00 am
    You see that kid up there? That’s me in fifth grade. That kid has absolutely no idea what’s ahead of him. This post isn’t for 10-year old me because he wouldn’t understand any of this. He was more concerned about how to get girls to like him and how to be cool by putting his hands in his pocket with his thumbs hanging out. So why did I use that picture? Probably because I look so adorable I thought it was featured image worthy. Anyway, I published one of my most popular posts ever last July, 40 Things I Wish I Knew Sooner (The Compact Guide to Life,) in which I covered…
  • Accepting Your Shortcomings (and 5 of My Biggest Flaws)

    Vincent Nguyen
    24 Mar 2014 | 4:00 am
    Last week, Becoming Minimalist’s Joshua Becker wrote a fantastic post called The Freedom of Authenticity (and 7 of My Biggest Flaws) and I’d be lying if I said he’s not the reason I’m writing this. Our headline and intro are practically identical! We chatted on Skype for about an hour when I congratulated him on being able to show such authenticity in his writing. I figured it was a challenge because it’s never easy to tear down your walls and admit you’re not perfect. It’s even harder to do that in front of a huge audience. Joshua mentioned that he often receives…
 
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  • Stanley Wolpert Quotes

    Deepak Kundu
    23 Apr 2014 | 4:17 am
    Few individuals significantly alter the course of history. Fewer still modify the map of the world. Hardly anyone can be credited with creating a nation-state. Mohammad Ali Jinnah did all three.
  • Angela's Ashes Quotes

    Deepak Kundu
    22 Apr 2014 | 11:39 pm
    You have to study and learn so that you can make up your own mind. Stock your mind, stock your mind. It is your house of treasure and no one in the world can interfere with it. If you won the Irish Sweepstakes and bought a house that needed furniture would you fill it with bits and pieces of rubbish? Your mind is your house and if you fill it with rubbish from the cinemas, it will rot in your head. Sing your song. Dance your dance. Tell your tale. When I look back on my childhood I wonder how I survived at all. It was, of course, a miserable childhood: the happy childhood is hardly worth your…
  • Barbara Ehrenreich Quotes

    Deepak Kundu
    22 Apr 2014 | 11:12 pm
    America is addicted to wars of distraction. - America At best the family teaches the finest things human beings can learn from one another - generosity and love. But it is also, all too often, where we learn nasty things like hate, rage and shame. - Family The one regret I have about my own abortions is that they cost money that might otherwise have been spent on something more pleasurable, like taking the kids to movies and theme parks. - Abortion Of all the nasty outcomes predicted for women's liberation, none was more alarming than the suggestion that women would eventually become…
  • Greg Mortenson Quotes

    Deepak Kundu
    22 Apr 2014 | 10:35 pm
    I say if you fight terrorism, it's based in fear, but if you promote peace, it's based on hope. Education is a key to pretty much everything - prosperity, economics, peace, stability. - Education Liberals, conservatives, Muslims, Jews, Christians, and I find - I think education is something that can bring us together. - Education Really, what education does is it gives opportunity, but it also gives hope. - Education You can hand out condoms, drop bombs, build roads, or put in electricity, but until the girls are educated a society won’t change. When your kids accomplish something…
  • Three Cups of Tea Quotes

    Deepak Kundu
    22 Apr 2014 | 10:21 pm
    What we are trying to do may be just a drop in the ocean, but the ocean would be less because of that missing drop. Trust in Allah, but tie up your camel. Once you educate the boys, they tend to leave the villages and go search for work in the cities, but the girls stay home, become leaders in the community, and pass on what they've learned. If you really want to change a culture, to empower women, improve basic hygiene and health care, and fight high rates of infant mortality, the answer is to educate girls. Osama is not a product of Pakistan or Afghanistan. He is a creation of America.
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    Ahh The Simple Life

  • Voluntary Simplicity – The Time Is Right

    Carol Preibis
    23 Apr 2014 | 6:13 am
    Simple Living “Simple living” – sounds so appealing in today’s frazzled world. Yes, given the state of many lives these days, it is no wonder that the phrase “simple living” Continue Reading → The post Voluntary Simplicity – The Time Is Right appeared first on Ahh The Simple Life.
  • Be Your Spontaneous Best Self

    Carol Preibis
    19 Apr 2014 | 11:06 am
    “You know that what you need to do is possible to do, even though difficult, and sense of time disappears. You forget yourself. You feel part of something larger.”   Continue Reading → The post Be Your Spontaneous Best Self appeared first on Ahh The Simple Life.
  • Enough, For Everyone, Forever

    Carol Preibis
    17 Apr 2014 | 4:27 pm
    “Enough, For Everyone, Forever” - Samuel Alexander, Entropia: Life Beyond Industrial Civilisation Which do you value more? Money or happiness? People or possessions? A larger house or a happier home? Another purchase Continue Reading → The post Enough, For Everyone, Forever appeared first on Ahh The Simple Life.
  • Simple Supper: Quick Easy Veggie Lasagna

    Carol Preibis
    11 Apr 2014 | 6:59 pm
    Print Quick and Easy Veggie Lasagna This is the best kind of recipe - quick, easy, and delicious! No boiling the lasagna noodles, no long bake time. All cooking is Continue Reading → The post Simple Supper: Quick Easy Veggie Lasagna appeared first on Ahh The Simple Life.
  • As Many Kinds of Love as There Are Hearts

    Carol Preibis
    11 Apr 2014 | 6:30 pm
    “I think… if it is true that there are as many minds as there are heads, then there are as many kinds of love as there are hearts.” ― Leo Tolstoy, Anna Continue Reading → The post As Many Kinds of Love as There Are Hearts appeared first on Ahh The Simple Life.
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    Wan of a Kind

  • Kindness in Literature

    William Wan
    9 Apr 2014 | 8:20 pm
    Kindness is a virtue valued by almost all people across all generations and cultures. These days, when I read books of interest, be it novels or biographies, I almost always make a note of kindness that is mentioned in the works, and I find them rather instructive. Let me share some of my recent readings.My friend’s daughter Laura Hillenbrand, an award-winning author, has written another blockbuster. Unbroken is a World War II story of survival, resilience and redemption. The mind, body and spirit of Olympian Louie Zamperini were tested to the extreme limits when he was a Japanese…
  • Olympian Acts of Kindness

    William Wan
    24 Mar 2014 | 12:14 am
    The 2014 Winter Olympics was held in Sochi, Russia, from 7–23 February 2014. A total of 98 events in 15 winter sport disciplines were held during the Games. I received several emails from a Canadian friend about acts of kindness that took place at the games.In the men’s 1,000-metre race, Canada’s top long-track speed skater Denny Morrison had forfeited his chance to race in the finals when he failed during the qualifier. His younger and less experienced team-mate Gilmore Junio had qualified.In a gracious and generous act of sportsmanship and team-spirit, Junio decided to yield his…
  • The Power of Kindness

    William Wan
    6 Mar 2014 | 7:30 pm
    On Saturday March 15, a small group of avid readers will gather at the Central Public Library from 3-6 pm*.Sharing a common love for books, they will read parts of The Power of Kindness by Piero Ferrucci. Ferrucci is an Italian psychotherapist and philosopher whose highly-acclaimed book delves into the profound benefits of leading lives of compassion. The Dalai Lama endorses it as “a book after my own heart” in the preface.The book makes the striking argument that kindness is actually at the heart of all the values we hold dear, including honesty, warmth, forgiveness, contact, sense of…
  • Why Empathy?

    William Wan
    28 Jan 2014 | 11:55 pm
    Thank you for your comments and opinions. I understand why this article attracts as much criticism as it does. Many people are still angry at the posts made by Anton Casey. On first reading my commentary, many may have felt as if I was somehow sympathetic to his actions. I was not, for that would have been condoning his wrong.To be clear, Anton Casey’s behaviour was not acceptable, and yes, it did anger me. It was anti-social and mean-spirited. He did not demonstrate any empathy towards those he mocked and he deserved to be firmly put in his place. And many of us did exactly that.But…
  • Christmas is about Hope

    William Wan
    23 Dec 2013 | 7:53 pm
    Beyond the glittering lights on Orchard Road and the sound of carols at shopping malls, I reflect on the meaning of Christmas. Clearly, it means different things to different people. For millions of Christians from all traditions, it is a celebration of God’s kindness and love in the birth of Jesus Christ whom they acknowledge as Lord and Saviour. For others, it is the beginning of the year-end holidays – a time to give and receive, a time to party and have a good time.For me this Christmas, the word HOPE keeps popping up. HOPE, aptly described as the little voice you hear whisper…
 
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    Singapore Kindness Movement

  • Kindness Lolly Mix by LollyTalk

    SKM
    21 Apr 2014 | 7:29 pm
    Kindness Day SG is only one month away, and SKM is busy gearing up for a one of a kind celebration on 30th May. To celebrate the special occasion, Lollytalk will also launch Singapore’s first kindness lolly mix based on flavours YOU have voted for! Post by LollyTalk.   Homegrown candy maker, LollyTalk, was founded by Ma Keow Yuen and Joy Tan, both trained by two Aussie Masters Ross and Judy, who won Gold Medals for their Fruit Rock Mix in 2009’s Royal Melbourne Fine Food Awards. Plenty of hard work and laughter is involved throughout the candy-making process, which they love to share…
  • Manners put the beauty in sport

    SKM
    16 Apr 2014 | 5:00 pm
    Hey, you, the plodding runner with headphones on, lost in your contented world amidst a crowd during a community leisure run or competitive race. Have a nice day, but unplug your ears. Listen for my footsteps. Move left. I’m coming through. This is my Sunday, too, this is my race as well, this is my trail also. Not just yours. Hey, you, the hand-holding lovebirds during a mass cycling event. Hey, you, the blase golfer walking in my putting line. Hey, you, the fan with the unmusical, distracting camera. Here’s a suggestion from those who sweat alongside you at an event: Have fun.
  • I Love My Mum Campaign 2014

    SKM
    16 Apr 2014 | 2:39 am
    With social media and technology advancement, physical and face-to-face interaction between parents and their children are getting lesser. In conjunction with the upcoming Mothers’ Day in May 2014, Neo Garden, in partnership with Kindness Movement and various schools would like to encourage more children to show acts of appreciation to their mother through physical interaction like hugs and kisses and word of affirmation such as ‘Thank you Mom, I love you!’’. Through this event, Neo Garden hopes that it would create a shared experience for both the parent and the children to connect.
  • It’s time to update the kampung spirit

    SKM
    14 Apr 2014 | 7:32 pm
    For quite some time now, we in Singapore have bemoaned the loss of neighbourliness – the kampung spirit – in our communities, and have argued passionately for its revival. Unfortunately, unless there is a collective will to do something about it, the kampung spirit, now highly endangered, is likely to become extinct, just like the kampungs after which many areas of Singapore have been named. Our original kampung were made up of families and extended families, working together to survive and, sometimes, prosper. The men worked together in nearby plantations. The women spent their…
  • Drumming up kindness: Ian Anthony Low

    SKM
    10 Apr 2014 | 6:53 pm
    Drummer and Guitarist Ian Anthony Low of WalaWala DingDongs, a year 2 Republic Polytechnic decided that he didn’t want to use the money he received for Lunar New Year to buy stuff but instead, chose to give it away for a good cause. Many of us are occupied with our own stuffs after the festive occasion during Lunar New Year, however, Ian was out and about doing something many people wouldn’t have done. So what is that good cause you might ask? Ian decided that he would like to show appreciation to construction workers that build the roof and floor for us and hence all the red packets…
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  • embrace all of your moments

    17 Apr 2014 | 5:31 pm
    two cents for today…Every single moment you encounter in life is essential to your personal development and personal growth.  Embrace and truly experience all situations. Be with the moment. There is a valuable lesson to be learned and always something to reflect upon. 
  • Riding the Waves of Life

    13 Apr 2014 | 2:31 pm
    At my Buddhism meeting last night, our teacher spoke about acceptance of what is in life – in order to stay present and to enjoy this moment, since it is all we have. When presence is put into practice, you develop the ability, the gift, to experience all situations – good and bad, without reaction but with embrace. Life becomes more of a magical observation that you are a part of - rather than an experience separate from yourself.  To exist in a state of being, to “go with the flow,” provides an inner peace and true joy within oneself – no matter…
  • 100 simple lil' things to be grateful for

    6 Apr 2014 | 4:42 pm
    100 simple lil' things to be grateful for <3warmth of the sunshinetrue friendshipsa kind gesturegardeningdelicious foodmaking lovethe dawn of a new seasonbeautiful voicescomfortable bed to sleep inthe feeling of lovethe beauty of naturetalented peopleromancethe skymeeting new peoplepeacepalm treeshumorous momentsfresh cut grasschampagne + chocolate dipped strawberries the innate goodness in all of usmusicthis momentthe expression of compassiongod, in whatever form you interpret creative expressionthe joy in observing children at playthe cuteness of a puppyhuman…
  • 7 Meditation Methods for Pure Happiness

    6 Apr 2014 | 2:53 pm
    I believe… Meditation gives you the gift of existing in the present moment…  and developing trust in your intuition -- your inner self… and there is no other freedom like it.I hear people say that they can't meditate. They say that their mind won't stop racing, they don't need meditation and that they can't sit still for that long. For most, these are simply reasons not to…. because we don't know how to. To someone who has never meditated before,  it seems impossible, un-enjoyable, unproductive and even silly. However, to realize or even just have…
  • it starts with you

    5 Apr 2014 | 2:50 pm
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