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  • The Truth About Transformation

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    Camille Lucy
    30 Sep 2014 | 12:02 am
    Transformation is a process and a journey, not a destination. You will not wake up one day and be “transformed.”  Though some people, teachers or speakers may make it look like eternal and ultimate bliss, keep in mind that you’re not seeing behind the scenes. It takes real effort, reflection and passion (drive and motivation!) to expand into a higher version of yourself… and to not fall back into old patterns. It’s a cycle, just like the wheel of life. You will have good days, bad days, slip ups, successes and everything in between. This doesn’t mean something is…
  • Looking for Your Big Vision? Notice What "Sparkles"

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

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    Greater Good
    1 Oct 2014 | 11:06 am
    Why can we act with kindness and generosity in one situation, but be cruel in another? What makes one person empathic and another person psychopathic? Does society play a role in nudging us toward more moral behavior, or is it ingrained in us? These are some of the many questions addressed in Graham Music’s new book, The Good Life: Wellbeing and the new science of altruism, selfishness and immorality. Drawing from a large body of research from psychology, evolutionary biology, and neuroscience, Music distills what we know and don’t yet know about human nature and the role of the…
  • Fireproof

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    Dave Pollard
    24 Sep 2014 | 4:10 pm
    My new short story, Fireproof, is up at SHIFT magazine as part of its fifth edition. Check out the whole magazine! And if you like what you read, or prefer to read hard copy, please get this issue as a digital download (beautiful magazine layout) or sign up for an annual subscription (6 issues). Jeez, look at that. There’s fires up ahead as far as you can see, some of them right beside the highway! I wonder if this is part of that combined mega-forest fire they’ve been fighting for a month now. Awesome.” Rafe took his cap off as the four of us stopped our bicycle ride home to survey…
  • Craft Afrika

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    Emeka Okafor
    1 Oct 2014 | 3:03 pm
    In Africa Fashion Guide: Craft Afrika will on 2nd and 3rd October 2014 at the Jacaranda Hotel, Nairobi, convene Afrika Handmade, a 2 day event that will focus on contemporary craft and design produced in Kenya.Craft Afrika is involved in creating opportunities that enable viable, dynamic craft and design enterprises. In this regard, Craft Afrika was set up to address gaps in two specific areas: knowledge sharing [including business and technical skills training as well as mentorship] and market development [including market access].One of the biggest challenges facing contemporary craft and…
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  • Looking for Your Big Vision? Notice What "Sparkles"

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

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

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

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

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

    Greater Good
    1 Oct 2014 | 11:06 am
    Why can we act with kindness and generosity in one situation, but be cruel in another? What makes one person empathic and another person psychopathic? Does society play a role in nudging us toward more moral behavior, or is it ingrained in us? These are some of the many questions addressed in Graham Music’s new book, The Good Life: Wellbeing and the new science of altruism, selfishness and immorality. Drawing from a large body of research from psychology, evolutionary biology, and neuroscience, Music distills what we know and don’t yet know about human nature and the role of the…
  • How Can We Cultivate Gratitude in Schools?

    Greater Good
    29 Sep 2014 | 2:22 pm
    At the Greater Good Gratitude Summit, Dr. Giacomo Bono reports on his research into how to foster gratitude in classrooms.
  • How Does Gratitude Affect Romantic Relationships?

    Greater Good
    29 Sep 2014 | 1:02 pm
    At the 2014 Greater Good Gratitude Summit, Dr. Sara B. Algoe describes her research into how gratitude affects romantic partners’ feelings for one another, as well as their style of relating to each other.
  • Just One Thing: Be at Peace with the Pain of Others

    Greater Good
    26 Sep 2014 | 8:00 am
    Humans are an empathic, compassionate, and loving species, so it is natural to feel sad, worried, or fiery about the troubles and pain of other people. (And about those of cats and dogs and other animals, but I’ll focus on human beings here.) Long ago, the Buddha spoke of the “first dart” of unavoidable physical pain. Given our hardwired nature as social beings, when those we care about are threatened or suffer, there is another kind of first dart: unavoidable emotional pain. For example, if you heard about people who go to bed hungry—as a billion of us do each night—of course your…
  • How Parents Can Foster Gratitude in Kids

    Greater Good
    24 Sep 2014 | 10:55 am
    At the Greater Good Gratitude Summit, Dr. Andrea Hussong explores the role that parents can play in fostering the development of children’s gratitude.
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  • Fireproof

    Dave Pollard
    24 Sep 2014 | 4:10 pm
    My new short story, Fireproof, is up at SHIFT magazine as part of its fifth edition. Check out the whole magazine! And if you like what you read, or prefer to read hard copy, please get this issue as a digital download (beautiful magazine layout) or sign up for an annual subscription (6 issues). Jeez, look at that. There’s fires up ahead as far as you can see, some of them right beside the highway! I wonder if this is part of that combined mega-forest fire they’ve been fighting for a month now. Awesome.” Rafe took his cap off as the four of us stopped our bicycle ride home to survey…
  • Accepting That We Can’t Get There From Here: A Meditation

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

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

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

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

    Camille Lucy
    30 Sep 2014 | 12:02 am
    Transformation is a process and a journey, not a destination. You will not wake up one day and be “transformed.”  Though some people, teachers or speakers may make it look like eternal and ultimate bliss, keep in mind that you’re not seeing behind the scenes. It takes real effort, reflection and passion (drive and motivation!) to expand into a higher version of yourself… and to not fall back into old patterns. It’s a cycle, just like the wheel of life. You will have good days, bad days, slip ups, successes and everything in between. This doesn’t mean something is…
  • Money (Poem)

    Allen Vaysberg
    25 Sep 2014 | 12:02 am
    “Don’t touch that money, it is dirty!” A caring parent often shouts And then kids wonder when they’re 30 What their aversion’s all about.   “The money doesn’t grow on trees!” We’ve heard that once or twice before It’s there along with “Birds and Bees” Engrained into our very core.   We’re raised on phrases that inspire More fear than honor and respect Some are confusing, some are dire But all produce the same affect.   How ‘bout the following sensation – “Money’s the root of all the sin” This charming, stirring revelation Can really take…
  • 12 Ways to Fall Wildly In Love with Your Life

    Brad Morris
    24 Sep 2014 | 12:02 am
    By falling in love with life, we fall in love with ourselves (and visa versa). When we fall in love with ourselves we can access our true potential because we become willing to give ourselves the experiences, practices and beliefs that support us to succeed AND the self acceptance to get back up when we fail. If we don’t fall in love with life and ourselves, then we fall into the perpetual wheel of self sabotage, struggle and suffering. How I support people (starting with myself) to love life: I establish powerful, self-serving daily practices. Our habits make us who we become. Be…
  • Here’s Your Daily Reminder

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

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

    Emeka Okafor
    1 Oct 2014 | 3:03 pm
    In Africa Fashion Guide: Craft Afrika will on 2nd and 3rd October 2014 at the Jacaranda Hotel, Nairobi, convene Afrika Handmade, a 2 day event that will focus on contemporary craft and design produced in Kenya.Craft Afrika is involved in creating opportunities that enable viable, dynamic craft and design enterprises. In this regard, Craft Afrika was set up to address gaps in two specific areas: knowledge sharing [including business and technical skills training as well as mentorship] and market development [including market access].One of the biggest challenges facing contemporary craft and…
  • Investing in Sport - DSTV Basketball Premier League

    Emeka Okafor
    1 Oct 2014 | 3:21 am
    A step towards building a more viable sports industry.Ventures Africa reports: ...For one of the leading teams in the DSTV Basketball Premier League, Lagos Islanders, fortunes have taken another upward turn as the team have reportedly secured a new team of investors led by Nigerian music star Olanrewaju Fasasi- popularly known as Sound Sultan. The musician is joined by former Islanders Ugo Udezue and Tajudeen Adeyemi who are said to also have equity in the club. Team owner, Akinseku Damoye, has hinted that the new collaboration has been in the works for months as the Lagos Islanders undergo a…
  • Fatu Kekula - 'Maker Nurse' fighting Ebola in Liberia

    Emeka Okafor
    1 Oct 2014 | 2:09 am
    From an earlier post:"MakerNurses are the problem solvers and patient advocates who live and work in the heart of our healthcare system." Along with others who are working constructively in the face of a raging Ebola epidemic, Fatu Kekula of Liberia demonstrated her life-saving ingenuity with the DIY fabrication of personal protective equipment (PPE).Elizabeth Cohen of reports for CNN:...Fatu, who's in her final year of nursing school, invented her own equipment. International aid workers heard about Fatu's "trash bag method" and are now teaching it to other West Africans who can't get…
  • "Encouraging Scientific Curiosity"

    Emeka Okafor
    30 Sep 2014 | 7:24 pm
    From Talking Heads: Yewande Omotose speaks to engineer and educator Dr. G. Ayorkor Korsah about her love of math and science to her deep appreciation of engineering, robotics, algorithms and teaching.
  • Geoffrey Siwo's 'United Genomes Project'

    Emeka Okafor
    30 Sep 2014 | 7:17 pm
    Over at OZY:image courtesy of OZYGeoffrey Siwo wants to accelerate drug discovery by enlisting the help of millions of Internet users around the world — not research insitutions or Big Pharma.There are more than 10,000 diseases on the planet, asthma to zygomycosis. Geoffrey Siwo wants to cure all of them. What if you could find a way in which basically anyone with a computer and Internet connection could contribute to research on a disease? And the 35-year-old computational biologist believes he can. Or, rather, that we can, if we can disrupt drug discovery. It’s worth listening: Few…
 
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  • Bren Smith is on the Front Line of the Crisis

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    Karama
    6 Jan 2012 | 8:02 pm
    I remember one Martin Luther King day many years ago, when I was in grad school, that I spent in the lab. That wasn't too unusual because I generally went to the lab every day. But one of my colleagues (who was also working) asked me why I was in the lab on the King holiday. I replied that I thought Dr. King would want me to get my PhD. I still think of the King Holiday as a day on rather than a day off, but now that I have finished school, I have a bit more time to be of service to others on that day. Readers of So What Can I Do are likely to feel the same, so I offer two resources to find…
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    Julia
    25 Sep 2014 | 8:47 am
    I made a donation to Wikipedia today. My father asks me to, he uses it all the time. And he doesn't have a US credit card and asks me to donate for him.  I am glad to donate to Wikipedia because I am glad they exist.
  • Security Deposit

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

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

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

    Julia
    22 Aug 2014 | 11:25 am
    Made a Kiva Zip loan to a local business to help a mother daughter team.
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    ... My heart’s in Accra

  • Williams Convocation Address: “Bibliolarceny and the Size of the Universe”

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

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

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

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

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

    1 Oct 2014 | 9:00 pm
    It is our responsibilities, not ourselves, that we should take seriously.  ~Peter UstinovI take care of myself, because I learned early on that I am the only person in life who's responsible for me.  ~Halle BerryResponsibility is the most important ability that a person can possess.  ~John MaxwellMy philosophy is that not only are you responsible for your life, but doing the best at this moment puts you I the best place for the next moment.  ~Oprah WinfreyLife is a gift, and it offers us the privilege, opportunity, and responsibility to give something back by becoming…
  • Nothing else

    30 Sep 2014 | 9:00 pm
    Every accomplishment starts with the decision to try.  ~unknownIn the end, the only people who fail are those who do not try.  ~David ViscottMost people live and die with their music still unplayed. They never dare to try.  ~Mary Kay AshMake voyages. Attempt them. There's nothing else.  ~Tennessee WilliamsTo have striven, to have made the effort, to have been true to certain ideals - this alone is worth the struggle.  ~Sir William OslerQuotes about trying
  • A Fire from Within

    29 Sep 2014 | 9:00 pm
    May every sunrise hold more promise, and every sunset hold more peace.  ~ blessingSuccess is not final, failure is not fatal; it is the courage to continue that counts.  ~ Winston ChurchillThe greatest motivational act one person can do for another is to listen. ~Roy E. MoodyThe simple act of paying attention can take you a long way. ~Keanu ReevesLive your truth. Express your love. Share your enthusiasm. Take action towards your dreams. Walk your talk. Dance and sing to your music. Embrace your blessings. Make today worth remembering. ~ Steve MaraboliQuotes about motivation
  • Building Us

    28 Sep 2014 | 9:00 pm
    Fear less, hope more; eat less, chew more; whine less, breathe more; talk less, say more; love more, and all good things will be yours.  ~ Swedish proverbGood things happen to those who hustle.  ~ Anais NinGood order is the foundation of all good things.  ~ Edmund BurkeThe best way to not feel hopeless is to get up and do something. Don’t wait for good things to happen to you. If you go out and make some good things happen, you will fill the world with hope, you will fill yourself with hope.  ~ Barack ObamaWhatever good things we build, end up building us.  ~ Jim…
  • Swerve from your Path

    26 Sep 2014 | 9:00 pm
    Always meet petulance with gentleness and perverseness with kindness. A gentle hand can lead even an elephant by a hair. Reply to thine enemy with gentleness.  ~ZoroasterAs perfume to the flower, so is kindness to speech. ~Katherine FranckeThe best portion of a good person's life is the little, nameless, unremembered acts of kindness and of love. ~William WordsworthA gentle word, a kind look, a good-natured smile can work wonders and accomplish miracles. ~William HazlittIf you stop to be kind, you must swerve often from your path. ~Mary WebbQuotes about kindness
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  • Helping our clients live simply

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

    Phil Cubeta
    25 Sep 2014 | 4:43 am
    Two parables, on video, of 2 minutes each.   Enigma Free Art Thank you to Samantha Cooper, who appears in this video. And thanks to Alicia Mullinex who served as Executive Producer. Produced at The American College for the Chartered Advisor in Philanthropy program.
  • Private Wealth Advice in a not so Private Social Media Era

    Phil Cubeta
    24 Sep 2014 | 11:19 am
    I just want to clarify something. In this linked article, Private Wealth Advice in the Social Media Era, the author, mentions that she was approached by some social media star about joining her high-end,  fee only, super-discrete, top secret, private wealth practice. Apparently, he or she had thousands of followers and no relevant client experience. For the record: I was not that person, ok? I am the one naked in the Dumpster foraging for the dregs in old wine bottles, among the produce. So, I have no paying clients for morals consulting. I have never said I do. My work is…
  • The Going Rate for Highest Quality Experience Goods

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

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

  • Wikipedia

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

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

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

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

    22 Aug 2014 | 11:25 am
    Made a Kiva Zip loan to a local business to help a mother daughter team.
 
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    So what can I do?

  • Change the world.

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

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

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

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

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

  • A New Social Network for Marijuana Users

    Tasbeeh Herwees
    1 Oct 2014 | 12:38 pm
    “Hash” tag illustration by Tyler Hoehne The social-networking world is fraught with danger for marijuana consumers. Facebook won’t let you use a fake name, your mom follows you on Instagram and your Twitter account is strictly professional. Where’s a cannabis connoisseur to go when he or she wants to post photos of their other best buds? A nation turns its lonely, reddened eyes to MassRoots, the social network billing itself as a safe place for the cannabis community. Fashioned in the likeness of Instagram, the mobile app facilitates interactions between marijuana enthusiasts…
  • A $113 Million Idea Conquering the World is a Beautiful Thing to Watch

    Gabriel Reilich
    1 Oct 2014 | 12:35 pm
    Share this on Facebook? This is the last Ice Bucket Challenge video you'll ever need to see: a hypnotic visualization of one of the biggest viral philanthropic phenomenons ever.  This video uses data from Google Trends to show how quickly the challenge spread across the globe. The 30-day period represented in this video, from August 7 though September 6, shows the trend reaching peak virality in the United States and many other countries, as well as the beginning of its fade into meme history.
  • Spreading the Word on High-Impact Nonprofits, a Dollar a Day

    Manuel Rapada
    1 Oct 2014 | 9:02 am
    Illustration by Tyler Hoehne One of the people behind the crowdfunding platform Kickstarter is on a new mission: Get you to donate a dollar a day and learn about different nonprofits along the way. That’s the thinking behind Dollar a Day, a service that launched Wednesday from Kickstarter creator Perry Chen and what he calls “a group of friends, mostly volunteers, who are trying to create something small that can have a really big impact.” Donors who sign up simply provide their name, email, and a debit or credit card for a $30 charge every 30 days. That tax-deductible donation gets…
  • The Show Must Go On

    Suleika Jaouad
    30 Sep 2014 | 10:55 pm
    “God only gives you what you can handle,” right? Comedian Tig Notaro begs to differ. A little over two years ago, Notaro, 43, stepped onstage at the West Hollywood club Largo and delivered an opening line for the history books: "Good evening. Hello. I have cancer. How are you?” The audience laughed nervously, unsure if Notaro was joking. She wasn’t. Just a few days before, Notaro had been diagnosed with breast cancer. But the bad news didn’t end there. Over the span of four months, Notaro had also: caught pneumonia, contracted a life-threatening intestinal disease known as C.
  • 5 of Rory’s Favorite Books That Perfectly Explain Gilmore Girls 

    Tasbeeh Herwees
    30 Sep 2014 | 1:50 pm
    Illustration by Addison Eaton This time tomorrow, Gilmore Girls fans around the world will be slouched over their computers, fully entrenched in a series binge-a-thon. Last month, Netflix almost broke the internet with the announcement that the show would be added to its instant watch fare, beginning October 1. Between the years of 2000 and 2007, Rory, the teenage daughter played by Alexis Bledel, was a best friend and a role model to a whole generation of young, bookish girls. We coveted her personal collection—rivaled only by the Library of Alexandria—and admired her encyclopedic…
 
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    SocialEarth

  • United Nations and Dell Form Partnership for Electronic Waste Solutions

    Grant Trahant
    1 Oct 2014 | 12:40 pm
    The United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) and Dell International have signed a five year agreement to identify and implement a sustainable solution model for e-waste management in developing countries such [...] The post United Nations and Dell Form Partnership for Electronic Waste Solutions appeared first on SocialEarth.
  • Engaging with Nature to Unlock Our Creative Potential

    Guest Author
    1 Oct 2014 | 5:08 am
    Often we struggle to comprehend how Nature can be imbued with wisdom. After all, we are taught that intelligence and wisdom stem from nowhere else but our human brains. Yet, [...] The post Engaging with Nature to Unlock Our Creative Potential appeared first on SocialEarth.
  • Combating Illegal Logging with Smartphones and Smarter Shopping

    Guest Author
    30 Sep 2014 | 11:31 am
    Many of us make daily choices to try to live more environmentally conscious lifestyles. But there’s an element probably present in everyone’s home that’s contributing to the destruction of the [...] The post Combating Illegal Logging with Smartphones and Smarter Shopping appeared first on SocialEarth.
  • The 12 States Where Benefit Corporation Legislation Has Not Been Passed

    Grant Trahant
    30 Sep 2014 | 11:23 am
    photo by:Jeroen van Luin According to benefitcorp 27 states have legislation on the books in association with benefit corporation status and 11 others have legislation pending.. Below are the 12 states [...] The post The 12 States Where Benefit Corporation Legislation Has Not Been Passed appeared first on SocialEarth.
  • India Works To Become One of the Top Five Scientific Powers In The World

    Sangeeta Haindl
    30 Sep 2014 | 11:05 am
    When we think of the positive images of India, words like colour, food, landscape, architecture, art, and Bollywood may spring to mind. The word “science” probably does not pop up. [...] The post India Works To Become One of the Top Five Scientific Powers In The World appeared first on SocialEarth.
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    Cause Global: Social Media for Social Change

  • Feminism 3.0

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

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

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

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

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

  • Beauty and grit – from Lahore with love

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

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

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

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

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

  • Notes from the Field (New York City): The Power of The Crowd

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

    impactsp2@gmail.com
    18 Sep 2014 | 1:14 pm
    Despite some positive trends at the state level, childhood obesity continues to plague our nation.  To bring attention to the epidemic and its overwhelming social and economic costs, estimated to exceed $100 billion annually, President Obama declared September as National Childhood Obesity Awareness Month.  Below is the second entry in our Center's mini-series on childhood obesity in honor of the awareness month.  See also Childhood Obesity Awareness Month: An Opportunity for Donors to Support Children's Health. Leveraging peers to enable healthy eating choices:…
  • Domestic Violence: Turning "Why does she stay?" into "How can I help?"

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

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

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

  • Connecting the Next Generation of Family Business Leaders

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

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

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

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

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

  • Devon Still Jerseys to help Cincinnati Children’s Hospital

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

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

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

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

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

    Holden
    1 Oct 2014 | 11:58 am
    The following is a guest post from one of our Board members, Tom Rutledge, that he wrote to reflect on his personal experiences as a GiveWell supporter. I was a Jerk for GiveWell When I first learned about GiveWell, I was a real jerk about it. I blame the preceding years. Before GiveWell, I had accumulated a lot of bad feelings related to giving. My charitable activities had consisted of the usual, in the usual categories: alumni funds, causes that friends solicited for, affinity groups I was somehow part of, and the odd fund drive related to an event. Along the way, I didn’t really think I…
  • Challenges of transparency

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  • Jason Sudeikis, Maya Rudolph, Bill Hader and Tony Hale Will Star in the ‘Angry Birds’ Movie

    1 Oct 2014 | 2:30 pm
    This definitely sounds more promising than that Tetris movie. Variety is reporting that the upcoming Angry Birds animated movie has been cast—and it actually sounds pretty good. Jason Sudeikis will voice “Red,” the leader of the flock of furious fowl, and will be joined by Danny McBride (Bomb), Bill Hader (pig), Peter Dinklage (Mighty Eagle), Maya Rudolph (Matilda), Tony Hale, Keegan-Michael Key and Kate McKinnon in a really funny ensemble cast. The app-inspired epic hits theaters in July, 2016 ...
  • So There’s Going to Be a ‘Tetris’ Movie for Some Reason

    1 Oct 2014 | 12:33 pm
    Sure, stacking geometric shapes is a time-honored way to kill a few minutes on your iPhone or old graphing calculator, but some Hollywood studio executives believe that Tetris actually warrants an entire feature-length movie. According to The Wall Street Journal’s Speakeasy blog, Threshold Entertainment is somehow adapting the classic video game into a big-budget adventure film. The studio’s CEO told the paper, “It’s a very big, epic sci-fi movie. This isn’t a movie with a bunch of lines running around the page. We’re not giving feet to the geometric shapes.” Aside from not…
  • Christine Caine Is Working on a New Program for Women Leaders

    1 Oct 2014 | 12:09 pm
    Christine Caine is one of Hillsong Church's most influential leaders, and she's looking to pass along what she's learned to other Christian women under the guise of Propel, a training program for working Christian women. Created in partnership with Liberty University, Propel will offer events, articles and video content for women in the marketplace. Caine created Propel as a response to what she sees as a lack of female-led conferences for women who work outside the home, and hopes that it will encourage working women who may feel forgotten in Christian circles ...
  • Report: Wildlife Populations Have Declined More Than 50% in 40 Years

    1 Oct 2014 | 12:08 pm
    A new Living Planet Index report from the London Zoological Society and the World Wildlife Foundation says the world’s populations of wild animals are an average of half the size they were in 1970. The index tracked the populations of more than 10,000 representative populations of species from 1970 to 2010 and showed a bigger decline than previously thought (prior studies estimated that populations had declined by 30 percent). The report sites human consumption—and the resulting habitat loss—as the main reason for the decline. According to the report, there are only 3,000 tigers left in…
  • The Latest ‘Interstellar’ Trailer Looks Amazing

    1 Oct 2014 | 12:01 pm
    The latest look at Christopher Nolan’s space epic Interstellar continues to live up to the hype. The Matthew McConaughey adventure hits theaters on Nov. 7 ...
 
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    Ignited Fundraising

  • The Ignited Fundraising Community is Now Accepting New Members

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

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

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

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

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

  • Magnificent bars of spiritual wine

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

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

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

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

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

  • News Roundup for Operation Blessing

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

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

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

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

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

  • Freelancers Union to Expand Health Centers Nationally

    Kelly McCartney
    2 Oct 2014 | 8:57 am
    In late June, Freelancers Union unveiled a national benefits platform to help independent American workers gain access to affordable insurance for health care, disability, term life, dental, liability, and retirement.
  • Beating the Drum for a New Economy

    Hendrix Berry
    1 Oct 2014 | 7:00 am
    New Economy Week: October 13-19th, 2014 On September 21, 400,000 people from all walks of life arrived in New York City for the People's Climate March. The slogan of the march was simply, “To change everything, we need everyone.” The People’s Climate March was a powerful breakthrough, not just because practically everyone did show up, but because of the growing awareness among climate activists that we do need “to change everything.”
  • Workers in Maine Buy Out Their Jobs, Set an Example for the Nation

    Truthout
    30 Sep 2014 | 8:06 am
    Copyright, Truthout.org. Reprinted with permission. Written by Rob Brown, Noemi Giszpenc, and Brian Van Slyke for Truthout. Photo credit: Alyce Santoro.
  • New Film Follows 18 Students As They Cycle the US to Support Coops

    Cat Johnson
    30 Sep 2014 | 7:19 am
    In 2012, a group of 18 young people from Hampshire College set off to ride their bikes from San Francisco back home to Amherst, Massachusetts. Dubbed Co-Cycle, the group planned to visit coops along the route to learn from them and create a network of cooperatives. Three months and 15 states later, they arrived safely. Through it all, Emma Thatcher was there documenting the journey for the film To the Moon.
  • Governor Brown Signs California's Neighborhood Food Act

    Sustainable Economies Law Center
    29 Sep 2014 | 9:16 am
    Photo credit: wayneandwax / Foter / CC BY-NC-SA. Article cross-posted from SELC. On September 26, Governor Jerry Brown signed SELC's Neighborhood Food Act, AB 2561, and several other bills seeking to promote local and sustainable food systems in California.
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    Donate a Car to Charity - CharityCar.us blog

  • Study Finds Women and Men Value Similar Car Features

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

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

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

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

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

  • New Car Seat Finder Tool Helps Parents Select Right Car Seats for their Children

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

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

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

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

    jg
    8 May 2014 | 3:00 am
    Good news for SUV drivers, their vehicles are getting better fuel economy than ever before, according to a study released at the end of April. Over half of the vehicles sold this year deliver over 23 mpg, with one in nine topping 30 mpg, the study showed. Even some traditional gas guzzlers are now yielding mileage once considered a stretch for small cars, industry and government data reveals, though automakers still face a stretch achieving the 54.5 mpg target facing them in 2025, observers warn. “This has been remarkable,” said Mark Cooper, research director for the Consumer Federation…
 
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    Beth’s Blog

  • Kickstarter Founder Launches Nonprofit Platform: A Dollar A Day

    Beth
    1 Oct 2014 | 10:06 am
    Perry Chen is an American Internet entrepreneur best known for co-founding the social fundraising website Kickstarter.   Today, he has launched a platform to help raise money for nonprofits that are doing highly effective work, but may not be as well known to a larger audience.   The platform is called “Dollar A Day.   The idea is simple.   Everyday they will donate a dollar a day to specific nonprofit, encourage others to donate, and promote the nonprofit’s work to their network via a brief email newsletter. The site features innovative and high impact nonprofits with…
  • 10 lessons for Giving Days, and one question: How can we make them more sustainable?

    Beth
    30 Sep 2014 | 8:49 am
    Click to see the full infographic Note for Beth: Most of my work over the last twenty years in nonprofit technology has been focused on designing and facilitating capacity building projects, specifically training and peer learning projects that help participants successfully learn and apply skills using online technology, social media, networks, measurement, training design or other topic.    The idea around peer learning groups is that participants learn skills that they assimilate as part of their ongoing practice. Over the past year, I have been  working with the Knight Foundation to…
  • The Art of Facilitating Meetings with Sticky Notes

    Beth
    29 Sep 2014 | 10:29 am
    Post-It Note Facilitation of A Network Map - 2012 Pakistan NGOs What’s in your facilitation toolkit?   Mine includes markers, sticky notes, index cards, and flip chart paper.   But wait, paper???   Yes.  And, I’m not alone.  Take for example my colleague Eugene Eric Kim who shares his facilitation toolkit which includes links to his favorite Post It notes and markers. David Lavenda wrote this excellent article in Fast Company about the history of the Post-It notes and their potential for becoming a killer innovation technology.   It talks about the early history of the…
  • Does Rigorous Data Analysis Thwart Effective Storytelling by Non-Profits?

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

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

  • NEWS: The power of forgiveness and the necessity of choice

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

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

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

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

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

  • Why I Shut Down My Fun and Profitable Business

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

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

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

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

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

  • How to Quit or Move On Without Feeling Guilty

    Cloris Kylie Stock
    1 Oct 2014 | 8:31 pm
    “Some people think it’s holding that makes one strong–sometimes it’s letting go.” ~Unknown When I accepted a position with a small company, I thought I had found everything I wanted: challenging work in my field, flexible hours, laid-back atmosphere, and a short commute. My new job seemed to be perfect, but soon I realized it wasn’t. While I loved the kind of work I did, the “casual” atmosphere ended up being too casual. Hearing racy jokes and mocking comments became part of my workday. The jokes seemed to become more offensive as days went by. Then the gossip and criticism…
  • When You Lack Focus and Direction: Stop Looking for Your “Thing”

    Tara Leaver
    1 Oct 2014 | 8:30 pm
    “More important than the quest for certainty is the quest for clarity.” ~Francois Gautier Isn’t it funny—and annoying, and brilliant—how often things turn out to be nothing like we thought they would? Six years ago I was recovering from a breakdown and reacquainting myself with my long dormant artistic side, and I remember spending a lot of time wondering what my “thing” was. You know, that one specific thing in this life that I was destined to do to be fulfilled, and ideally from which I would earn a comfortable living. I had always loved creativity, and particularly art, and…
  • Rethinking Mistakes and Recognizing the Good in “Bad” Choices

    Lori Deschene
    30 Sep 2014 | 8:36 pm
    “Sometimes the wrong choices bring us to the right places.” ~Unknown For most of my life, I’ve seen the world in black and white, and I’ve felt constricted and pained as a result. When I was a young girl, I believed there were good people and bad people, and I believed I was bad. When I was an adolescent, I believed there was good food and bad food, and because everything tasty fell into the latter category, I channeled the shame from feeling bad into bulimia. And when I grew into adulthood, I believed there were good decisions and bad decisions, which may sound like a healthy belief…
  • 5 Helpful Things to Do When You Think Life Sucks

    Sumitha Bhandarkar
    30 Sep 2014 | 8:35 pm
    “It isn’t what happens to us that causes us to suffer; it’s what we say to ourselves about what happens.” ~Pema Chodron You know that foreboding fear we all have—that something will go terribly wrong and life will never be the same again? Mine is that something will happen to our daughter. She is our only child. We battled infertility for years before conceiving her. I keep telling myself that it’s just an irrational fear and that every parent probably has it to some extent, but it’s a constant companion that stealthily follows me around everywhere I go. So, on a Saturday…
  • Are You Frustrated in Your Search for True, Unconditional Love?

    Patsie Smith
    29 Sep 2014 | 8:30 pm
    “Your task is not to seek love, but merely to seek and find all the barriers within yourself that you have built against it.” ~Rumi Have you ever wondered if there is such a thing as true love, like in the good old movies of Casablanca or The Notebook? Maybe you’ve found your true love. Or perhaps you’re still searching. When I was a teenager, I was mesmerized by this dream that someday there would be someone who would love me so unconditionally that he would literally die for me. After all, you see that all the time in the movies. After the tangible basics of food and water,…
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    Farnam Street

  • The Ten Golden Rules of Argument

    Shane Parrish
    1 Oct 2014 | 5:00 am
    ​​“You don’t have to attend every argument you’re invited to.” — Anonymous Arguments are tricky. We spend a lot of our time trying to persuade others. We think that if we show them the facts that we have they will, logically, reach the same conclusions we did. Unfortunately that’s not how it works. When is the last time someone changed your mind this way? Sometimes we don’t want to argue. We’d rather avoid. This doesn’t make the problem go away. In fact the suppressed resentment that builds up can poison a relationship. In his book, How to Argue,…
  • Edward Hess, Interview No. 6

    Shane Parrish
    30 Sep 2014 | 5:00 am
    This interview with Ed Hess is full of amazing insights but I don’t know if you’ll read it because a) it’s long and we live in a world of increasingly short attention spans and b) it’s an actual conversation, the responses can be hard to follow and you might have to dig a little for clarity. If you’re willing to put in the work, however, I think you’ll come away from this more knowledgeable. Ed is the author of the best book I’ve ever read on learning, Learn or Die: Using Science to Build a Leading-Edge Learning Organization. INTERVIEWER I loved your book, so I’m…
  • The Glass Cage: Automation and US

    Shane Parrish
    29 Sep 2014 | 5:00 am
    The impact of technology is all around us. Maybe we’re at another Gutenberg moment and maybe we’re not. Marshall McLuhan said it best. When any new form comes into the foreground of things, we naturally look at it through the old stereos. We can’t help that. This is normal, and we’re still trying to see how will our previous forms of political and educational patterns persist under television. We’re just trying to fit the old things into the new form, instead of asking what is the new form going to do to all the assumptions we had before. He also wrote that “a new medium…
  • How To Be Creative

    Shane Parrish
    28 Sep 2014 | 5:00 am
    This short PBS video nicely weaves together some of the themes we’ve covered. A few of which are embracing negative capability (Keats), exploring the stages of creativity (Graham Wallas), and combinatory play. All of these “new” ideas are actually old ones— a point made in the video. —Brought to you by: CURIOSITY: A curiously unconventional ad agency that helps you stand out in today’s crowded world.
  • The Art of Roughhousing

    Shane Parrish
    25 Sep 2014 | 5:00 am
    ​​“Do not be too timid and squeamish about your actions. All life is an experiment. The more experiments you make, the better. What if they are a little coarse, and you may get your coat soiled or torn? What if you do fail, and get fairly rolled in the dirt once or twice. Up again, you shall never be so afraid of a tumble.” — Ralph Waldo Emerson Does anyone really need permission to play? For a variety of reasons it doesn’t come naturally to everybody. Anthony T. DeBenedet and Lawrence J. Cohen have studied the benefits of parents roughhousing with their children, and…
 
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    Triple Pundit: People, Planet, Profit

  • Symantec Brings Cyber Security Jobs to HS Grads

    Andrew Burger
    1 Oct 2014 | 3:00 am
    Launched in late June with non-profits Year Up, Life Journey and NPower, the Symantec Cyber Career Connection prepares high school grads to take up jobs and careers in the field of cyber security.
  • Climate Change Requires New Approaches to Food Security

    Bill DiBenedetto
    1 Oct 2014 | 2:30 am
    In the past, efforts to feed the world focused on boosting agricultural output to produce more food, but today's challenges – including climate change – demand a new approach.
  • Fair Trade Goes Full Circle on Supply Chains

    Jen Boynton
    1 Oct 2014 | 2:00 am
    October is Fair Trade month. Today we reflect on how far the movement has come and how it allows customers to give back to workers and consumers alike.
  • U.S. Promises Action on U.N. Human Rights Principles

    Michael Kourabas
    1 Oct 2014 | 2:00 am
    Last week, the U.S. State Department announced that the government would develop a National Action Plan to “promote and incentivize responsible business conduct,” in line with the United Nations Guiding Principles on Business and Human Rights (UNGPs).
  • North American Beekeepers Sue to Stop Pesticides

    Jan Lee
    1 Oct 2014 | 2:00 am
    Beekeepers say it's the chemical pesticides; the chemical companies say it's Mother Nature who's killing off the bees (by way of mites). With growing research that suggests that a new class of pesticides is contaminating both food and water sources, beekeepers are launching their own strategies to get the chemicals pulled from the market.
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    Eat. Sleep. Be

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

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

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

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

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

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

  • Thank you WordPress!

    Paul Handover
    1 Oct 2014 | 1:00 am
    Recognising the incredible contribution made to the world of modern communications. This blog runs using software called WordPress. The WordPress community is vast. “Over 409 million people view more than 15.8 billion pages each month. Users produce about 43.7 million new posts and 58.8 million new comments each month.”  Millions and millions of websites run under WordPress. No mistake it is a community in every sense of the word.  I feel fortunate and humbled to have made so many friends across the ‘bloggersphere’ despite not having met a single person…
  • Space for Nature

    Paul Handover
    30 Sep 2014 | 1:00 am
    Last day of September I was mulling over the fact that tomorrow sees the start of October and, inevitably, pondering what sort of winter we are in for. At the same time, I was reflecting on how beautiful this last month has been.  Wonderful ‘easy-on-the-body’ temperatures, an inch or more of much-needed rain, wonderful Autumn colours; all being shared for the last ten days with our guests: Reggie and Chris. I was unsure what to write about to reflect my thoughts and was then saved by the September Digest from Transition Culture back in the old country.  I started to read it and…
  • That faithful dog; again!

    Paul Handover
    29 Sep 2014 | 1:00 am
    We were out with our guests until late afternoon yesterday leaving me no time to offer anything original.  (Of course, there’s an inherent assumption in that last sentence! ) So I am reposting an essay about a Japanese dog that has been a long-term favourite of many readers of Learning from Dogs. Apologies if you have read this before. oooo Faithful dog Hachikō 30th August, 2010 More than a film, a message from dogs to mankind. Richard Gere and Hachi We recently watched a film about an Akita dog called Hachi, Hachikō in Japanese, that demonstrates the loyalty that dogs can have for…
  • Picture parade sixty-three

    Paul Handover
    28 Sep 2014 | 1:00 am
    More wonderful pictures courtesy of Su. Last week’s set of pictures from Su are here. oooo oooo oooo oooo oooo oooo oooo oooo Final set of eight photographs from Su next Sunday. All of you have a safe and happy week out there!
  • Playing in the sand!

    Paul Handover
    27 Sep 2014 | 1:00 am
    Now this is what I call making sand-castles! Apologies to the person that sent me the link to: PHOTOS OF WORLD-CLASS SAND SCULPTORS AT WORK!  Their name has slipped my mind. The event was the 2014 US Sand Sculpting Challenge and 3D Art Exposition held recently in San Diego, California. In any case, I wasn’t going to reblog the whole article because it’s much, much better if you go and read about the talented artists directly. Artists who produced this: and this: not overlooking this: or this: No, you absolutely have to drop into this place and read about these most talented…
 
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    Frank Sonnenberg Online

  • Do You Take It for Granted?

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

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

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

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

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

  • Don’t Rely on a Single Experience to Change Your Life

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

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

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

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

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

  • Quote Of The Day - 2014-10-02

    1 Oct 2014 | 5:01 pm
    The unleashed power of the atom has changed everything save our modes of thinking and we thus drift toward unparalleled catastrophe. - by Albert Einstein
  • Quote Of The Day - 2014-10-01

    30 Sep 2014 | 5:01 pm
    Emancipate yourselves from mental slavery, none but ourselves can free our minds! - by Bob Marley
  • Quote Of The Day - 2014-09-30

    29 Sep 2014 | 5:01 pm
    Hug and kiss whoever helped get you - financially, mentally, morally, emotionally - to this day. Parents, mentors, friends, teachers. If you're too uptight to do that, at least do the old handshake thing, but I recommend a hug and a kiss. Don't let the sun go down without saying thank you to someone, and without admitting to yourself that absolutely no one gets this far alone. - by Stephen King
  • Quote Of The Day - 2014-09-29

    28 Sep 2014 | 5:01 pm
    But I have promises to keep, and miles to go before I sleep, and miles to go before I sleep. - by Robert Frost
  • Quote Of The Day - 2014-09-28

    27 Sep 2014 | 5:01 pm
    A happy marriage is a long conversation which always seems too short. - by Andre Maurois
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    Ahh The Simple Life

  • Such Fun!

    Carol Anne Preibis
    29 Sep 2014 | 9:20 pm
    Such fun! This post was inspired by Miranda, a BBC television sitcom written by and starring British comedian Miranda Hart. Miranda’s… The post Such Fun! appeared first on Ahh The Simple Life.
  • Fitness 101

    Carol Anne Preibis
    27 Sep 2014 | 7:57 am
    Benefits of Exercise It’s a widely accepted fact that exercise has many benefits. But did you know that exercise can… The post Fitness 101 appeared first on Ahh The Simple Life.
  • Have a Good Day – Really

    Carol Anne Preibis
    21 Sep 2014 | 11:07 am
    Have you every had a day that started out great, but suddenly turned sour? Think about the last time… The post Have a Good Day – Really appeared first on Ahh The Simple Life.
  • Can Money Buy Happiness?

    Carol Anne Preibis
    14 Sep 2014 | 7:52 pm
    Can money buy happiness? No, but how you spend it could! A large body of sociological and psychological research… The post Can Money Buy Happiness? appeared first on Ahh The Simple Life.
  • W Is For Watermelon

    Carol Anne Preibis
    11 Sep 2014 | 10:55 am
      About Watermelon What would summer be without watermelon? Be sure to enjoy more of it while it’s still… The post W Is For Watermelon appeared first on Ahh The Simple Life.
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    Wan of a Kind

  • The Examined Life

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

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

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

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

    William Wan
    22 Jun 2014 | 7:10 pm
    There have been much emphasis and focus on the importance of safety in the workplace. A safe working environment not only protects employees, but also increases productivity when workers are happy and healthy. A strong WHS culture means that there is lower frequency of accidents and injuries, reducing interruptions, which allows the company to complete their projects on time. Research from The Academy of Management Perspectives has shown that employee well-being has a significant impact on the performance and survival of organisations by affecting costs related to illness and healthcare,…
 
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    Singapore Kindness Movement

  • Wonder Rekindled and Friendships Forged at Kindsville

    SKM
    26 Sep 2014 | 1:12 am
    100 children who have written letters to Singa and the Kindness Cubbies, and their families descended upon the Port of Lost Wonder to celebrate kindness and friendships at the second annual Kindsville Party on 9 September 2014. Themed “Friendship”, the party featured the Kindness Cubbies and activities that reinforced the values of kindness and graciousness among friends as they splashed the evening away at the Pirate Ship Water Park. The children were given Friendship Packs and participated in games and craft activities designed to help them understand the importance of friendships and…
  • Congratulations to the winners of Write for Kindness 2014

    SKM
    25 Sep 2014 | 1:07 am
    Congratulations to the following schools for clinching the Top 3 spots for our Write for Kindness 2014 competition. The top 3 winners are: Name of School  Book title  1st: Bedok View Secondary School Cat, Dog and the Mouse in the House  2nd: Jurong Secondary School Axol the Hero  3rd: Nanyang Girls’ High School Kindness Underwater The winning schools will have their eBooks presented in an exhibition during the award ceremony! Details of the award ceremony as follows: Friend of Singa – and – Write for Kindness – and – Kindness Badge Awards Ceremony 2014 Date: 13 November 2013,…
  • Songs of Kindness Fill the United Square Shopping Mall Atrium

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

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

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

  • What did I do to deserve this?

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

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

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

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

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

  • It's proven: non-profits thrive when they measure volunteer impact

    30 Sep 2014 | 1:30 am
    Check out this newly released research report that proves it's critical for us to measure volunteer impact - it also proves that measurement of volunteer impact is vital for increasing donations & ensuring that your programs are effective.
  • The Five Steps to Telling a Beautiful Story

    29 Sep 2014 | 1:30 am
    Storytelling is a critical part of what we do as volunteer coordinators. Join the conversation today as we share five key steps you'll need to take if you hope to tell beautiful stories as you recruit volunteers.
  • What if everyone had one cause they dedicated themselves to?

    26 Sep 2014 | 1:30 am
    Now that we've spent the last few weeks chatting about ways to recruit long-term volunteers, let's talk about the 'why'. Why is this important? Why should we prioritize long-term over short-term volunteers (in most cases)? How can this show volunteers how they can change the world? Read more to find out!
  • A short guide to businesses who are paying volunteers

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

    19 Sep 2014 | 1:30 am
    Businesses are paying their employees to volunteer, and this trend is growing. Read on to see how you can take advantage of this to recruit dedicated volunteer into your cause by connecting with businesses offering this benefit.
 
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    Direct Relief

  • Direct Relief Honored by President of Guyana at Los Angeles Dinner

    Susan Fowler, Advisor, Program Resources and Development
    30 Sep 2014 | 9:28 am
    After attending the United Nations General Assembly Meeting in New York, Guyana’s President Donald Ramotar and his wife, Deolatchmee Ramotar, stopped in Los Angeles to attend a special dinner hosted by Direct Relief partner organization, Guyana Medical Relief (GMR). During the dinner, held Sunday at the Luxe City Center Hotel, President Ramotar  recognized Direct Relief’s long-term medical assistance efforts and […] The post Direct Relief Honored by President of Guyana at Los Angeles Dinner appeared first on Direct Relief.
  • Four District Hospitals in Guyana Receive Critically Needed Medications

    Direct Relief
    29 Sep 2014 | 6:13 pm
    Direct Relief recently sent a 38-pallet shipment to longtime partner Guyana Medical Relief to be distributed to four district hospitals treating people in need. Assistance to these public hospitals is part of a healthcare system strengthening program currently supported through a grant from the IZUMI Foundation. The two-year program – which involves the provision of medical material resources to district […] The post Four District Hospitals in Guyana Receive Critically Needed Medications appeared first on Direct Relief.
  • Twelfth Shipment of Life-Saving Ebola Aid Arrives in Liberia

    Direct Relief
    29 Sep 2014 | 5:53 pm
    Direct Relief’s twelfth emergency shipment of life-saving medicines and supplies to Ebola-hit regions arrived today in Liberia, destined for health workers and patients at ELWA Hospital and Last Mile Health. The shipment – valued at nearly $100,000 (wholesale) and weighing more than 13 tons – includes rehydration solutions, antibiotics and personal protective gear for use by medical staff treating Ebola. […] The post Twelfth Shipment of Life-Saving Ebola Aid Arrives in Liberia appeared first on Direct Relief.
  • Responding to Flooding in Manila and Luzon, Philippines

    Direct Relief
    25 Sep 2014 | 3:49 pm
    #455762048 / gettyimages.com Following Tropical Storm Fung-Wong (known as Mario in the Philippines), which brought heavy rains and severe flooding to low-lying areas of the northern Philippine Islands, Direct Relief has reached out to local officials as they assess medical needs. More than one million people have been affected across 27 provinces, with nearly 130,000 people seeking shelter at 324 […] The post Responding to Flooding in Manila and Luzon, Philippines appeared first on Direct Relief.
  • Ebola Response Recognized at Clinton Global Initiative Meeting

    Direct Relief
    25 Sep 2014 | 12:23 pm
    On the final day of the 2014 Clinton Global Initiative Annual Meeting, Direct Relief and several of its close partners were recognized by Bill and Chelsea Clinton for their commitment to stopping Ebola. Watch the first part of the video to learn more about the global response to the Ebola outbreak in West Africa and how your support of the […] The post Ebola Response Recognized at Clinton Global Initiative Meeting appeared first on Direct Relief.
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    OBW Stories Feed

  • Beauty and Heroism

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

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

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

    1 Sep 2014 | 11:10 pm
    A story by Our Better World - simple, powerful stories that will make your heart smile and spirit soar. "Dr Wai, you need to leave now because there is an Ebola suspect in this room." The doctor pointed to a screened-off bed next to where we were waiting.  Immediately, I left the tiny, cramped room with B and his frail, 74-year old crippled mother.  After an emotional, hair-tearing morning of navigating through the Uganda healthcare system, being shuffled uphill and downhill across rough terrain with Mama on a broken wheelchair, we had still not been attended to at the hospital yet. …
  • Lost her voice and found her song

    1 Sep 2014 | 2:03 am
    A story by Our Better World - simple, powerful stories that will make your heart smile and spirit soar. I stepped onto the compound of an at-risk community and was greeted by a youth who, with a slight grin, threw a challenge at me: "Why are you here? Go home lah." My team and I returned every week - for six months. These were youths who had been sent there by the government, the courts or welfare organisations, for rehabilitation. But they had committed more offences than the ones they had been charged with – they were guilty of accepting the negative labels that had been stuck to them for…
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