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  • Understanding the Impact of Your Dollar to Nonprofit Social Enterprises

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

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

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

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    Dave Pollard
    22 Mar 2014 | 12:11 am
    there are things      down           there                still                     coming                               ashore      – loren eiseley The jellyfish is one of the simplest creatures that has ever existed. It is the oldest living animal species that has more than one organ. It has no brain. It has no central nervous system. It has no spinal column or bones of any sort. It has no heart. It has no blood. It has no circulatory system. It has no respiratory system. Despite all of the above, it is not simple. The jellyfish is, in fact,…
  • To Have More Happiness, Eat Peas and Grapes! Part 2

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    Greater Good
    15 Apr 2014 | 6:34 am
    I’ve come to believe that living in a state of gratitude is the gateway to grace. Grace and gratitude have the same Latin root, gratus. Whenever we find ourselves in a stop-the-world-I-want-to-get-off mindset, we can remember that there is another way and open ourselves to grace. And it often starts with taking a moment to be grateful for this day, for being alive, for anything. The Oxford clinical psychologist Mark Williams suggests the “ten finger gratitude exercise,” in which once a day you list ten things you’re grateful for and count them out on your fingers. Sometimes it won’t…
  • FREE Online Course: The Science of Happiness

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    14 Apr 2014 | 1:31 pm
  • So What Really Makes People Happy?

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    14 Apr 2014 | 11:39 am
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  • Several Short Sentences About… Jellyfish

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

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

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

    Dave Pollard
    28 Feb 2014 | 7:13 pm
    image by Scott Hanft Our industrial civilization has created a scarcity of everything, and not just of ‘consumables’: We’ve also, at least in our minds, created a scarcity of relationship (too many ‘Facebook’ friends and not enough real ones), trust, collaboration, time, and even love. Love, we are told, comes once in a lifetime, it’s personal, it’s hard work, and, of course, you can only really love one person at a time. No surprise there’s so much jealousy and loneliness in our world. I asked a friend of mine the other day what kind of loving…
  • Theo’s History of the 19th Century

    Dave Pollard
    26 Feb 2014 | 3:33 pm
    This is a fictional excerpt from the diary of my great great grandfather Theo Pollard, “written” in 1899. I’ve actually read his 1899 diary, but it contains little but reports from the newspaper and information about family visits and his tailoring clients. But if he were to write a history of his family and neighbours, I’d like to believe this is what he’d write. The facts cited in this story are accurate; the opinions are merely my speculation.           _______________________________  I’m Adolphus Theodore Pollard, a tailor in the city of Toronto. Everyone calls me Theo.
 
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  • To Have More Happiness, Eat Peas and Grapes! Part 2

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

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

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

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

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

  • The Afghan Quarterback

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    Emeka Okafor
    11 Apr 2014 | 7:12 pm
    From CNN's Africa Startup series: Eve Zalwango started Awaka, a furniture store in Kampala, Uganda that makes custom wood products from locally grown trees.
  • Mud House Design Competiton - Earth Architecture can be Beautiful

    Emeka Okafor
    11 Apr 2014 | 6:04 pm
    In Earth Architecture: Nka Foundation invites entries for Mud House Design 2014, an international architecture competition open to recent graduates and students of architecture, design and others from around the world who think earth architecture can be beautiful. The challenge is to design a single-family unit of about 30 x 40 feet on a plot of 60 x 60 feet to be built by maximum use of earth and local labor in the Ashanti Region of Ghana. This is the design problem: In Ghana, as in other countries in West Africa, stereotypes about buildings made of earth persist because of poor…
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    Echoing Green Blog

  • Social Impact Jobs April 2014

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

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

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

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

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

  • Dress Like a Tree, Get in Free at The Morton Arboretum on Arbor Day

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

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

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

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

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

  • Reflections on the India Fellows Seminar

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

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

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

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

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

  • Change the world.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    Julia
    7 Apr 2014 | 9:34 pm
    Made a whole lot of kiva loans today, to use up some of my kiva credit. It got over $400 'cause I have been travelling and busy. Went to Italy, it was a lot of fun.
  • Kiva loan to Suriname

    Julia
    1 Apr 2014 | 3:55 pm
    Made a kiva loan today to a new country,Suriname.Mahinder is 30 years old and lives with his wife and two school-aged children. Since he turned 17, after leaving school, he has been working in agriculture. He also works as a field worker at a banana company. With this income he provides for his family. Mahinder is planting only on rented plots and wants to have his own plots. With his business skills, he can save for his own plots. He does business with Seva MFI, because he had no capital to do business with other financial institutions. Mahinder asks Seva MFI for a loan of SRD 10,000 to buy…
  • Rosarie from the Vatican

    Julia
    29 Mar 2014 | 4:56 pm
    I made a cashier at a local food's store day today.  I gave her a rosary I got from the vatican last week. I had mentioned to her that I was going to Italy, and she jokingly asked me for one.  She was quite shocked I brought one back to her. I got two hugs. And I'm sure she will pass on kindness and it will grow exponentially.
  • Food for vets

    Julia
    25 Mar 2014 | 4:56 pm
    Brought some snacks to the volunteer office at the VA hospital today. 70 meals. Something to put in their stomach and let them know someone cares.That's what it's all about. Knowing someone cares.  I'm really fortunate that way, I have a lot of people who care about me. I am very close to my family, and have a lot of friends who have demonstrated how much they care. I feel secure in my love, which probably helps me give so much away.
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    Chris Blattman

  • Why am I an anti-Chapterite?

    Chris Blattman
    16 Apr 2014 | 6:40 am
    The most common comment on yesterday’s advice post for assistant professors: “I agree with everything except the tirade against book chapters.” Let me say why I’m surprised, and ask for clarification. Many people said “book chapters benefit me”. This is true. So does anything we do in our workday. The right question is “as opposed to what?” There is an opportunity cost to a book chapter. If you feel your scarcest resource is time, then shouldn’t you spend time on the projects that have the most net impact on your career and discipline? If…
  • Advice for new Assistant Professors

    Chris Blattman
    15 Apr 2014 | 12:03 pm
    It’s a bit early for me to be giving advice (I’m only on the cusp of non-Assistant status), but I found myself asked for advice the other night by a table full of newly minted PhDs on to their first academic jobs. I also give advice, unasked, to my graduating students. So, early or not, here’s what I passed on. Mainly of relevance, I suspect, to economists and political scientists. Learn to say no to new projects. Opportunities will start crossing your desk faster than you expect. It’s tempting to take the first ones, even though they’re likely the worst.
  • Links I liked

    Chris Blattman
    15 Apr 2014 | 9:26 am
    The Heartbleed hit list, and what passwords you should change Minimalist print ads Expat Etiquette: How to Look Good in Bad Places The post Links I liked appeared first on Chris Blattman.
  • “he flourished his sword, I pulled out my gun and shot him, and then we went back to England”

    Chris Blattman
    14 Apr 2014 | 6:58 am
    Harrison Ford does an “Ask me anything” We were shooting in Tunisia, and the script had a scene in which I fight a swordsman, an expert swordsman, it was meant to be the ultimate duel between sword and whip. And I was suffering from dysentery, really, found it inconvenient to be out of my trailer for more than 10 minutes at a time. We’d done a brief rehearsal of the scene the night before we were meant to shoot it, and both Steve and I realized it would take 2 or 3 days to shoot this. And it was the last thing we were meant to shoot in Tunisia before we left to shoot in…
  • Things all academics fear?

    Chris Blattman
    7 Apr 2014 | 10:25 am
    That somebody powerful might actually use their research. From the NY Times, an example from a warlord in South Sudan: Mr. Machar is plotting the offensive on the oil fields from a hide-out in Upper Nile State. It is a quiet outpost, save the incessant chirping of birds, and the former vice president keeps company with a small team of bodyguards. He has a satellite phone and a shiny touch-screen tablet in a battered brown case, and in his free time he is working through a paperback copy of “Why Nations Fail.” I don’t lie awake at night worried someone important will read my research…
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    ... My heart’s in Accra

  • Susan Benesch on dangerous speech and counterspeech

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

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

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

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

    Ethan
    25 Feb 2014 | 11:49 am
    danah boyd is a Principal Researcher at Microsoft Research, a Research Assistant Professor in Media, Culture, and Communication at New York University, a fellow at the Berkman Center, and director of the Data and Society Institute. danah has been working on the issues associated with “It’s Complicated” for many years. 10 years ago, Ethan and danah were two of the youngest people at a conference. danah told him, “I only have one secret to get through these events. I tell them what their children are doing.” Telling people what their children are doing online is…
 
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    quoteflections

  • The Doors We Open and Close

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

    16 Apr 2014 | 9:00 pm
    When the waves close over me, I dive down to fish for pearls.   ~Masha KalekoTo be without some of the things you want is an indispensable part of happiness.  ~ Bertrand RussellI have woven a parachute out of everything broken.  ~ William StaffordIt's a hard life if you don't weaken.  ~ Stephen King The art of living lies less in eliminating our troubles than in growing with them.  ~ Bernard M. Baruch Quotes about hardship, adversity, difficulty
  • Doors Yet to Open

    15 Apr 2014 | 9:00 pm
    We must always change, renew, rejuvenate ourselves; otherwise we harden.   ~Goethe To be tested is good. The challenged life may be the best therapist.  ~Gail Sheehy A challenge only becomes an obstacle when you bow to it.   ~Ray DavisDifficulties strengthen the mind, as labor does the body.  ~Seneca Bless those who challenge us for they remind us of doors we have closed and doors we have yet to open.   ~Native American PrayerQuotes about challenges, new beginnings
  • The Only Sure Road

    14 Apr 2014 | 9:00 pm
    An egotist is a person more interested in himself than in me!  ~ Ambrose BierceEgotism is the source and summary of all faults and miseries.  ~ Thomas CarlyleOur own self-love draws a thick veil between us and our faults.  ~ Philip ChesterfieldEgotism is the art of seeing in yourself what others cannot see.  ~ George V. Higgins Show me someone without an ego, and I'll show you a loser.  ~ Donald TrumpLoving is the only sure road out of darkness, the only serum known that cures self-centeredness.  ~ Roger McKuenQuotes about ego
  • Dwell in Possibility

    13 Apr 2014 | 9:00 pm
    When you arise in the morning, think of what a precious privilege it is to be alive- to breathe, to think, to enjoy, to love.  ~ Marcus AureliusThe privilege of a lifetime is being who you are.  ~ Joseph CampbellLife is a gift and it offers us the privilege, opportunity, and responsibility to give something back by becoming more.  ~ Tony RobbinsRank does not confer privilege or give power.   It imposes responsibility.  ~ Peter F. DruckerUnderstand that the right to choose your own path is a sacred privilege.  Use it.  Dwell in possibility.  ~ Oprah…
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    Gift Hub

  • American Oligarchy and Public Policy

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

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

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

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

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

  • Palos Verdes Peninsula Land Conservancy’s Earth Day Celebration

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

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

    slhoste
    1 Apr 2014 | 11:38 am
    Help us in our mission to alleviate poverty by volunteering in our thrift store. We need dependable volunteers Monday through Saturday to help receive donated items, sort and tag items, clean and straighten the store, test electronics and more! Volunteer Coordinator Information Contact First Name:  Sommer Contact Last Name:  LHoste Contact Phone Number:  2059195685 Contact Email Address:  slhoste@vaporsports.org Virtual Opportunity?:  Yes Hours Spent:  8 Opportunity Location:  5443 Highway 280 Birmingham, AL 35242 United States 33° 24' 34.4952" N, 86° 41'…
  • ESL Volunteer Teacher

    lsmith
    1 Apr 2014 | 8:44 am
    Are looking for an opportunity to polish up that resume and help out in your neighborhood? Literacy Tutors have the opportunity to teach adult English as a Second Language (ESL) students as they develop their English language skills. Volunteers work either in small groups or individually with students. Free required training is provided, including 12 hours of ESL training through Literacy Works and ongoing observation of staff instructors and experienced volunteers. Volunteer Coordinator Information Contact First Name:  Laura Contact Last Name:  Smith Contact Phone Number: …
  • Push to the Finish

    admin
    31 Mar 2014 | 4:19 pm
    Description Push to the Finish Website URL:  http://www.pushtothefinish.org/ Logo:  Short Organization Description:  The mission of Push To The Finish is to provide an opportunity for children with physical disabilities to be able to experience the enjoyment, competition, and sense of accomplishment of participating in a road race. The mission of Push To The Finish is to provide an opportunity for children with physical disabilities to be able to experience the enjoyment, competition, and sense of accomplishment of participating in a road race. Organization Address: …
 
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    How I changed the world today.

  • Smiling

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

    7 Apr 2014 | 9:34 pm
    Made a whole lot of kiva loans today, to use up some of my kiva credit. It got over $400 'cause I have been travelling and busy. Went to Italy, it was a lot of fun.
  • Kiva loan to Suriname

    1 Apr 2014 | 3:55 pm
    Made a kiva loan today to a new country,Suriname.Mahinder is 30 years old and lives with his wife and two school-aged children. Since he turned 17, after leaving school, he has been working in agriculture. He also works as a field worker at a banana company. With this income he provides for his family. Mahinder is planting only on rented plots and wants to have his own plots. With his business skills, he can save for his own plots. He does business with Seva MFI, because he had no capital to do business with other financial institutions. Mahinder asks Seva MFI for a loan of SRD 10,000 to buy…
  • Rosarie from the Vatican

    29 Mar 2014 | 4:56 pm
    I made a cashier at a local food's store day today.  I gave her a rosary I got from the vatican last week. I had mentioned to her that I was going to Italy, and she jokingly asked me for one.  She was quite shocked I brought one back to her. I got two hugs. And I'm sure she will pass on kindness and it will grow exponentially.
  • Food for vets

    25 Mar 2014 | 4:56 pm
    Brought some snacks to the volunteer office at the VA hospital today. 70 meals. Something to put in their stomach and let them know someone cares.That's what it's all about. Knowing someone cares.  I'm really fortunate that way, I have a lot of people who care about me. I am very close to my family, and have a lot of friends who have demonstrated how much they care. I feel secure in my love, which probably helps me give so much away.
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    So what can I do?

  • Change the world.

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

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

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

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

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

  • Awesome Member of the Week: Amanda Fung Engages in Conversations About Business, Charity, and Global Development

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

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

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

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

    GOOD Partner
    14 Apr 2014 | 9:05 am
    [youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mo-kvh1w60w[/youtube] As GOOD rolls out the 2014 GOOD 100, Gap is honoring Veronika Scott, from last year’s list, with this new video profile. Veronika is the founder and CEO of The Empowerment Plan, a nonprofit with a remarkably holistic impact strategy: providing coats that double as sleeping bags for homeless people. Even more impressive, the Empowerment Plan employs homeless women to manufacture these coats, providing them with work and teaching life skills. Watch and share Veronika’s video to inspire others in your community. Join GOOD…
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    SocialEarth

  • 3M, Accenture, Visa, UPS, Ford, Microsoft, Cisco, Google among the World’s Most Ethical Companies

    Vikas Vij
    17 Apr 2014 | 9:00 am
    The Ethisphere Institute has come out with its annual list of the “World’s Most Ethical Companies.” The list includes 144 winners, with companies ranging from Ford Motor, Kellogg and Microsoft [...] The post 3M, Accenture, Visa, UPS, Ford, Microsoft, Cisco, Google among the World’s Most Ethical Companies appeared first on SocialEarth.
  • Climageddon—Tracking the Path of Clipocalypse

    3BL Media
    17 Apr 2014 | 8:55 am
    Some are calling the new nine-episode Showtime Series, Years of Living Dangerously, the “The Greatest Story Ever Ignored.” For those of you without cable,  the first episode of the series can [...] The post Climageddon—Tracking the Path of Clipocalypse appeared first on SocialEarth.
  • The Push For Better Regulation of the Chemicals In Consumer Products

    Gina-Marie Cheeseman
    16 Apr 2014 | 5:20 am
    The Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA), passed in 1976 and never updated, regulates the chemicals used in consumer products. And there are many chemicals, over 80,000 of them, in consumer [...] The post The Push For Better Regulation of the Chemicals In Consumer Products appeared first on SocialEarth.
  • If We Can’t Make Fracking Unnecessary, Can We At Least Make It Safer?

    Justmeans
    16 Apr 2014 | 5:16 am
    Russell Gold’s pragmatic piece about fracking in the Wall Street Journal makes a number of excellent points. First, our economy has such an enormous appetite for energy, that there is no way [...] The post If We Can’t Make Fracking Unnecessary, Can We At Least Make It Safer? appeared first on SocialEarth.
  • India: The Only Country With Legislated Corporate Social Responsibility

    Sangeeta Haindl
    16 Apr 2014 | 4:51 am
    Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) is seen as a smart way to conduct business, making corporate entities into socially responsible citizens, visibly contributing to the social good. Socially responsible companies do [...] The post India: The Only Country With Legislated Corporate Social Responsibility appeared first on SocialEarth.
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    Sasha Dichter's Blog

  • Heartbleed security vulnerability

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

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

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

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

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

  • Keeping America Beautiful: Pennsylvania Horticultural Society’s ‘Cleaning and Greening’ LandCare Program

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

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

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

    impactsp2@gmail.com
    4 Apr 2014 | 2:49 pm
    Part of our series Saving Children’s Lives: A Global Public Health Toolkit for Donors  Millions of children around the world live in remote areas where care from trained health professionals is more than a day’s walk away. Lack of access and shortages of health workers and medications result in preventable child deaths from treatable diseases like malaria, diarrhea, and pneumonia. One solution? Community case management models engage lay health workers in home-based care and referrals, reaching otherwise unreachable children and saving lives. Community case management…
  • News and Events | 1 April 2014 | Philanthropy and Government Working Together, Increasing Impact with Community Approaches, Keeping the "Fun" in "Fundraising," & Health Impacts and the Environment

    impactsp2@gmail.com
    1 Apr 2014 | 11:02 am
    In case you missed it Read more about Kat Rosqueta's TEDxPhiladelphia talk, and the Philadelphia Inquirer's review of last week's program. Philanthropy and Government Working Together How Philanthropies and City Government can Fight Inequity Together discusses how city governments and philanthropic organizations can work together to address key issues that cause inequity. Five strategies are discussed for how city governments and philanthropies can form a productive, effective relationship. Science and Philanthropy: Nice, but Insufficient, shows that although philanthropic…
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    Asian Philanthropy Forum

  • Let’s Talk About Giving Circles in Asia

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

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

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

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

    Anh Ton
    4 Apr 2014 | 3:11 am
    Just about everybody in every sector is talking about collaboration these days — almost as much as they talk about innovation. In an age of limited resources, the increased chatter towards collaboration is a good thing. It’s an especially needed conversation in the nonprofit sector, where funding sources can be much more limited than they are in the private or public sector. Anyone who’s ever been involved in a nonprofit knows how stressful and frenetic it can be to maintain and improve the quality of programs and services while constantly having to chase after funding. So…
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    The Change Blog

  • Odds Are, It’s Not About You

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

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

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

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

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

  • David Roodman’s draft writeup on the mortality-fertility connection

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

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

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

    Elie
    25 Mar 2014 | 7:32 am
    Benjamin Soskis, who has been working for us on our history of philanthropy project, has completed a case study (.docx) of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation-Pew Memorial Trust Health Care for the Homeless (HCH) program. We have found this case study very interesting and believe it to be a helpful addition to the literature on the history of philanthropy and its impacts. Dr. Soskis had previously compiled a literature review for this program (.docx). In brief, the HCH program consisted of the following: “In December 1983, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF), in partnership with…
  • GiveWell annual review for 2013: details on GiveWell’s money moved and web traffic

    Natalie
    19 Mar 2014 | 8:45 am
    This is the final post (of six) we have made focused on our self-evaluation and future plans. This post lays out highlights from our metrics report for 2013. For more detail, see our full metrics report (PDF). 1. In 2013, GiveWell tracked $17.36 million in money moved to our top charities, and an additional $0.90 million to recommendations made as a part of work on GiveWell Labs. This is a significant increase over past years. 2. GiveDirectly received about 60% of the money moved and our other top charities, Against Malaria Foundation, Schistosomiasis Control Initiative, and Deworm the World…
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    Elephantbeans

  • The Case for Johnny Manziel in the NFL

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

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

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

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

    na
    14 Aug 2012 | 3:41 am
    Eat, breathe, do yoga http://eatbreathedoyoga.com/ Patrick Nolan Yoga http://patricknolanyoga.blogspot.com/ The Yoga Way http://theyogaway.blogspot.com/ Citymouse http://citymousetrailingspouse.wordpress.com/ A fire within http://afirewithinmovie.com/
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    RELEVANT Magazine

  • You Know You Were a ‘90s Church Kid If …

    sammyrhodes
    18 Apr 2014 | 11:00 am
    A fond tribute to WWJD bracelets, side hugs and kissing dating good-bye. The ‘90s are all the rage these days. Tank tops. Jean shorts. Vans. Nirvana shirts. Saved by the Bell references. Neon colors everywhere. The way we remember the ’90s makes it seem so, so cool ... ... Unless you were a church kid. Then the ‘90s for you was less Saved by the Bell and more Adventures in Odyssey. Or as my friend likes to call it, Adventures in Moralism. You know you were a ’90s church kid if...
  • This Elementary School's Advice About Bullying Is Just Horrible

    18 Apr 2014 | 10:46 am
    A school in Lincoln, Neb. is under fire after sending fifth graders home with a pamphlet for how to deal with bullies. It was obviously well-intentioned, but it'd be difficult to dream up worse advice. For example: Treat the person who is being mean as if he is trying to help you: No matter how insulting or mean they may sound, be grateful and think they really care about you. Do not verbally defend yourself. Do not tell on bullies: The number one reason bullies hate their victims, is because the victims tell on them. Telling makes the bully want to retaliate. Tell an adult only when a real…
  • Hippos VS. Crocodiles: Our Worlds at War

    18 Apr 2014 | 10:35 am
    Wildlife photographer Marc Mol was at a river in Zambia's South Luangwa National Park when he captured something surely wrought by the blood moon: a stand-off between armies of hippos and crocodiles. A massive herd of hippos stumbled upon over a hundred sunbathing crocodiles, and it resulted in a battle for the very heart and soul of the animal kingdom. Although the action was a little hard to track, Mol reported only one fatality—a hippo who lost his life protecting his hippo brothers. His hippobrotamuses, if you will ...
  • And Now, a Video of Gorillas Hunting Easter Eggs

    18 Apr 2014 | 8:40 am
    After watching the mighty king of the jungle being reduced to the status of an Easter egg-hunting eight-year-old, it’s really no wonder they are planning our near-certain demise ...
  • Waste Time Playing ‘Can You Guess that Drum Fill’

    18 Apr 2014 | 8:06 am
    Because it’s Friday and you’re probably actively looking for a completely pointless way to waste the next five minutes, here’s a “Drum Fill Friday” music quiz from NPR. This time, they commissioned musician S. Carey, the former drummer for Bon Iver (Bon Iver songs have drums?), to select five classic fills with a multiple choice quiz to test your percussion knowledge ...
 
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    Withisms from Lori

  • Letting Go Frees Your Organization to Get the Story Right

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

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

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

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

    18 Mar 2014 | 10:00 pm
    Guest Post by Amy Eisenstein This week I'm honored to share this guest post by my friend and colleague Amy Eisenstein, a fabulous fundraising consultant and author. One of the major quandaries my small-shop clients bring to me is that they don't know how to identify whom they should be asking for major gifts. Generally (though not always!) these shops have minimal staff, and both the executive director and the person in charge of fundraising (if they have one!) already feel overwhelmed between mailings, grant writing, and fundraising events. When it comes to determining major gift prospects,…
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    ApplaUSe For A Cause

  • What's Your Opinion?

    25 Mar 2014 | 3:14 pm
    Image via CrunchBase Please fill out the brief survey @ Survey Monkey on the link below. I really value your honest opinions on this blog and want to make it better. Thank you! Click here... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • UNICEF's Campaign 4 #childrenofsyria

    12 Mar 2014 | 8:57 pm
    These are Homs children. It is for those Syrians have vowed to continue the revolution & never stop until Assad is brought to justice. (Photo credit: FreedomHouse)      ... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Helpful Links for Hurricane Sandy

    12 Mar 2014 | 10:21 am
    Hurricane Sandy 2012 (Photo credit: charliekwalker) Links for Sandy victims*:     https://safeandwell.communityos.org/cms/index.php  ... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • American Nonprofit Employment Websites

    12 Feb 2014 | 5:37 am
    DC Mayor and Michelle Gilliard with the Walmart Foundation Enjoy Healthy Lunch with DC Kids (Photo credit: Walmart Corporate) Looking for work in the nonprofit sector? These sites might be... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • 5 Unusual Nonprofits

    24 Jan 2014 | 10:53 pm
    Meals for 18 Wheels  Volunteers provide meals for truck drivers, especially focusing on the holidays. The Naked Clowns Comedians raise funds... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
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  • Postcard from Medellín: A Big WUF for Urban Equity

    Sven Eberlein
    18 Apr 2014 | 9:05 am
    “Is this your first WUF?” is a question commonly asked at the World Urban Forum, a gathering for, by, and about city people that was first convened by UN Habitat in Nairobi in 2002 and descended on Medellín, Colombia last week for its 7th incarnation.
  • How NYC is Partnering with Coops to Support Democratic Businesses

    Cat Johnson
    17 Apr 2014 | 7:34 am
    Chris Michael is laying down some hard truths. The founding director of the New York City Network of Worker Cooperatives (NYC NOWC), Michael gives a lot of thought to our collective relationship with work and he doesn’t like what he sees. “For the most part, here in the West,” he says, “we’re under the direct, minute to minute, command and control of the investor class.”
  • Reclaiming Gift Culture

    Shilpa Jain
    16 Apr 2014 | 12:57 pm
    What are the different traditions of the gift culture around the world? How can we bring the gift culture practically into our lives, communities, organizations?  What do we need to unlearn for the gift culture to manifest? What miracles can happen when we approach the world from a spirit of deep gratitude, empathy and trust? How is gift culture an essential part of a larger vision of social change and a new story for the planet?
  • Ridesharing Takes a Hint from Hitchhiking in Rural America

    Jennifer OBrien
    15 Apr 2014 | 10:51 am
    “We’re not stuck in a traffic jam. We are the traffic jam.”
  • The State of the European Sharing Movement

    Cat Johnson
    15 Apr 2014 | 7:46 am
    The sharing movement in Europe is thriving. Due in large part to the endless hustle, focus, and connectedness of the OuiShare community, new networks are forming, growing, and connecting with each other.
 
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  • Fit-ing in: A review of the Honda Fit

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    Beth
    14 Apr 2014 | 11:42 am
    “You have to show not just tell your CEO about social media”- @carolynsave “Create a tweetorial” – @kanter #afpshift pic.twitter.com/zKggoMllYB — Ettore Rossetti (@EttoreRossetti) March 25, 2014 Last month, I participated in a keynote panel at the AFP Annual Conference in San Antonio, TX on the theme, “Social Media for Social Change” with Carolyn Miles, CEO of Save the Children, Ben Rattray, Founder of Change.Org, and Ritu Sharma and Darian Rodriguez Heyman, co-founders of Social Media for Nonprofits Conference.     It was a blast!    Carolyn,…
  • The Mobilisation Journal: A Way To Spread Learning About Social Change Movements Innovative Use of Technology

    Beth
    10 Apr 2014 | 10:03 am
    The Greenpeace Mobilization Lab has a project proposal idea for a “Mobilization Journal” as part of  the Knight News Challenge.  It’s open for comments and feedback right now – or “applause.”   This blog shares some thoughts about this project and I have to give it a big round of applause. To understand the project, you have to get familiar with work of Greenpeace Mobilisation Lab.  I’ve been following it for a while now and it is very inspiring on many different levels.    The laboratory gives Greenpeace and its partners a space to design,…
  • New Tips from the Giving Day Playbook on Crowdfunding Campaigns

    Beth
    8 Apr 2014 | 8:25 am
    From GiveMN Case Study - Click for Case Study Note from Beth: I’m working with the Knight Foundation to facilitate a peer learning exchange that will help their community foundation partners learn and spread best practices  in planning and implementing Giving Days.   This learning approach has two ways to capture knowledge.  The first is The Giving Day Play books which a collective archive of formally documented processes, examples, check lists, and case studies planning and hosting giving days.   The second is a peer learning group of participants who are regularly sharing what they…
 
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  • NEWS: Ginn Fourie and Letlapa Mphahlele come to the UK for ‘Beyond Forgiving’ speaking tour

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

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

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

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

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

    raghava
    23 Mar 2014 | 11:00 pm
    Disabled or not “Love” is always over rated ….but we all think about that special person at one point of our life & being a person with disability I understand how difficult is to find a partner…you don’t know where to start & if you are put in the crowd you wonder if he/she is… Continue Reading Love actually!! The post Love actually!! appeared first on Raghava's Blog.
  • Conversation With A Blogger Friend

    raghava
    23 Mar 2014 | 5:50 am
    Pic Credit: http://www.asianefficiency.com/ I picked my phone & called randomly 10 people…9 of them did not pick the call & finally I was able to reach a blogger friend…we both spoke nearly for a hour about life, dogs, dreams, love, marriage etc etc…freya say’s Raghava you must write more & more…article you shared about disability… Continue Reading Conversation With A Blogger Friend The post Conversation With A Blogger Friend appeared first on Raghava's Blog.
  • Color run with Hyderabad Runners

    raghava
    16 Mar 2014 | 9:48 am
    I am here in Hyderabad for a personal visit & when I asked my running friend Apoorva if we can run a short distance, she said we have a color run to celebrate Holi & she will take me there. I was excited & Sarvani found a co runner for me. I haven’t met Giri… Continue Reading Color run with Hyderabad Runners The post Color run with Hyderabad Runners appeared first on Raghava's Blog.
  • Patch of Light Darkness and The Fear

    raghava
    11 Mar 2014 | 10:07 am
    I look at the window & see a patch of white light & I close my eyes to feel the world of darkness…lately lot of light hurts me more than bit of darkness & I learned not to fear the darkness… Fear is just not in the mind, it is a unconscious product of your… Continue Reading Patch of Light Darkness and The Fear The post Patch of Light Darkness and The Fear appeared first on Raghava's Blog.
  • A lonely night and these two videos

    raghava
    1 Jan 2014 | 10:00 am
    It was that moment of my life where I was thinking a lot about what I have done in last few years, what my strategy for 2014 must be & how I can change few or a lot of things in my current state of life to make a difference in me & others…for some… Continue Reading A lonely night and these two videos The post A lonely night and these two videos appeared first on Raghava's Blog.
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  • Why Self-Compassion Is the Key to Being Our Authentic Selves

    Nicole Strack
    17 Apr 2014 | 9:05 pm
    “To be beautiful means to be yourself. You don’t need to be accepted by others. You need to accept yourself.” ~Thich Nhat Hanh I was raised in a family where outward appearance and reputation were important. Standing out was only encouraged if it was within the bounds of what was considered “normal.” No one ever explicitly told me, “What other people think of you is more important than being your true self,” yet that’s what I learned to believe. It became my mission to be accepted by others, because I thought that only then would I be worthy of love. I spent most of my middle…
  • 6 Ways to Triumph Over Self-Pity and Defeat Self-Loathing

    Mitchell Cody Mason
    17 Apr 2014 | 9:05 pm
    “Instead of complaining that the rose bush is full of thorns, be happy the thorn bush has roses.” ~Proverb Glancing at the ceiling, I waited for the prick as the nurse began to draw blood from my vein. My mother, patiently sitting in the chair next to my hospital bed, looked at me with comforting and hopeful eyes. This was not the way we had envisioned spending our Saturday. My mom and stepdad had drove hours up from home for the first time to visit my college for parents’ weekend. I had spent the past weeks planning activities and college shenanigans for my friends and our parents. My…
  • Simple Ways to Improve Our Relationships, Starting Today

    Ohana Nery
    16 Apr 2014 | 6:40 pm
    “My experience is that the teachers we need most are the people we’re living with right now.” ~Byron Katie I never had a good relationship with my father when I was younger. Sometimes he expressed his opinions in a rude way, sounding more like an attack than advice. Many times he apologized after being rude, but I was too cold to forgive or listen. The years passed, and I never made an effort to improve our relationship. It felt easier to deal with my mother. She was the one I always went to when I needed something, had a question, and wanted permission to do something. My dad was…
  • 4 Lessons on Conquering Fear and Living the Life You Want to Live

    Ashley Johns
    16 Apr 2014 | 6:40 pm
    “Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us. We ask ourselves, ‘Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous?’ Actually, who are you not to be?” ~Marianne Williamson After lying on my apartment floor for an hour, I walked over to the mirror, leaned in, and looked into my eyes.  This was the moment I came face to face with the truth: I was afraid to stand up and be who I wanted to be in this life. It was not the fact that I was so rock bottom that…
  • Rediscover The Beauty Of Life Instead of Just Getting By

    Katherine Mackenzie-Smith
    15 Apr 2014 | 8:30 pm
    “If we look at the world with a love of life, the world will reveal its beauty to us.” ~Daisaku Ikeda As kids, we are beings of wonder. Spending hours inspecting blades of grass, hoping to discover lady beetles, rocking fairy wings or a cape at the shops because we feel like it, laughing for the silliest reasons, and finding unadulterated happiness in special treats, our favorite cartoon, or a game of hide and seek. As teenagers, we often become too cool to find joy in the simplest things but still manage it hanging out with friends, falling in love with celebrities, and listening…
 
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  • Our Loss of Wisdom

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

    Shane Parrish
    17 Apr 2014 | 5:00 am
    A voracious reader and best-selling author emailed me shortly after my post Anne Lamott: Some Instructions on Writing and Life. He proceeded to tell me the book was full of terrible advice, the self-help equivalent of “follow your passion.” In its place he offered up Steven Pressfield’s The War of Art, which not only describes the experience of writing but deals with the broader subject of overcoming obstacles to success. Are you paralyzed with fear? That’s a good sign. Fear is good. Like self-doubt, fear is an indicator. Fear tells us what we have to do. Remember our rule…
  • The Hard Thing About Hard Things

    Shane Parrish
    16 Apr 2014 | 5:00 am
    The problem with most business books is they present a formula for problems that ultimately have no formula. You’re reading something with no practical value and you’re not really learning anything. There is no formula for dealing with complexity that’s always changing. “There’s no recipe for leading a group of people out of trouble,” writes Ben Horowitz in The Hard Thing About Hard Things. The book is one of the best business books I’ve read in a long time. The hard thing isn’t setting a big, hairy, audacious goal. The hard thing is laying people off…
  • The Psychology of Persuasion

    Shane Parrish
    15 Apr 2014 | 5:00 am
    “We all fool ourselves from time to time…to keep our thoughts and beliefs consistent with what we have already done or decided.” I get a lot of emails from people asking me how they can learn to persuade others. Learning about the ways people (honestly and dishonestly) influence you is one of the best things to learn early in life. But it’s never too late. The go to book on the subject is Robert Cialdini’s Influence: The Psychology of Persuasion. Cialdini has spent a lifetime researching the psychology of compliance. The book highlights six principles of persuasion,…
  • Lincoln’s Last Writing

    Shane Parrish
    15 Apr 2014 | 4:30 am
    Famously provoked by Lincoln’s speech, John Wilkes Booth was quoted as saying “That means citizenship. Now, by God, I’ll put him through. That is the last speech he will ever give.” And he made it so. Only moments before the Presidential carriage left the White House on the evening of April 14th on the way to Ford’s Theater, Lincoln wrote out this pass to allow George Ashmun, a Congressman from Massachusetts and chairman of the 1860 National Republican Convention, into the White House in the morning. The prolific writer, whose works are captured in the beautiful…
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  • 3p Weekend Giveaway: Tell Us About Your Favorite B Corp for a Chance to Win $100 at Indigenous

    Mary Mazzoni
    18 Apr 2014 | 11:00 am
    What's your favorite B Corp? Tell us about it on social media for a chance to win a $100 gift card to Indigenous.The post 3p Weekend Giveaway: Tell Us About Your Favorite B Corp for a Chance to Win $100 at Indigenous appeared first on Triple Pundit: People, Planet, Profit.
  • Is Pop-Up Retail the Solution for Sustainable Fashion?

    Travis Noland
    18 Apr 2014 | 3:00 am
    Could the arrival of Storefront's pop-up shop finally bridge the gap between small brand and conscious consumer?The post Is Pop-Up Retail the Solution for Sustainable Fashion? appeared first on Triple Pundit: People, Planet, Profit.
  • General Mills Issues Its 2014 Global Responsibility Report

    RP Siegel
    18 Apr 2014 | 2:30 am
    General Mills just issued its 2014 Global Responsibility Report. I received an advanced review copy and spoke with Chief Sustainability Officer Jerry Lynch to get his perspective.The post General Mills Issues Its 2014 Global Responsibility Report appeared first on Triple Pundit: People, Planet, Profit.
  • Should Citibank Bail Out Citi Bike?

    Lauren Zanolli
    18 Apr 2014 | 2:00 am
    Citibank's namesake bike-share program is about to hit the skids and is struggling to attract new sponsors. Should the bank pony up some more cash?The post Should Citibank Bail Out Citi Bike? appeared first on Triple Pundit: People, Planet, Profit.
  • EPA Data Shows U.S. Greenhouse Gas Emissions Slightly Decreased in 2012

    Gina-Marie Cheeseman
    18 Apr 2014 | 1:30 am
    The EPA’s recently released inventory shows that greenhouse gas emissions in the U.S. decreased by 3.4 percent from 2011 to 2012.The post EPA Data Shows U.S. Greenhouse Gas Emissions Slightly Decreased in 2012 appeared first on Triple Pundit: People, Planet, Profit.
 
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  • Thoughtful Thursday: 10 Ways to Celebrate Earth Day Every Day

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

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

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

    Jessica
    9 Apr 2014 | 7:45 pm
    Every 9 seconds in this country a woman is assaulted or beaten. In the state of Pennsylvania alone, more than 140 residents lost their lives to domestic violence in 2012. That is 140 too many from just one state. If we multiply that by 50 states there are 7000 lives gone too soon from domestic violence. Verizon Wireless and the Philadelphia Eagles are partnering to raise awareness through a campaign called Pass Along Hope. You can help by simply tweeting a message of hope for victims and survivors of domestic violence using the hashtag #EaglesVZWHope. Every time the hashtag is used during the…
  • 10 Reasons Why You Should Drink Green Tea

    Jessica
    8 Apr 2014 | 4:10 am
    Green tea is one of those superfoods people have been talking about for years. The health benefits of green tea are often talked about and hard to ignore. But why is it healthy and how exactly can we benefit from drinking it? Green tea is loaded with polyphenols, which are strong antioxidants that protect the cells in your body from free radical damage. Need more persuading to go grab a glass? The health benefits of green tea listed here may be just what you need: - For your skin: Green tea inhibits inflammatory pathways to reduce skin inflammation. Tea extracts are even effective in treating…
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  • Ben and Ranger have settled in!

    Paul Handover
    18 Apr 2014 | 1:00 am
    Can’t believe how quickly a month has gone by! This last Tuesday, the 15th April, was a month to the day after our rescue horses, Ben and Ranger, arrived here in Merlin.  There was a post on the 20th March called Welcome Ranger – and Ben! Here’s a picture from that day: Jean leading Ranger; Darla leading Ben. Here’s a picture of Ben from sadder times: October 2013: The Sheriff’s department have passed Ben to Darla. So with no further ado, here are four photographs taken last Tuesday, the 15th April. Waiting to greet Jean and me in the morning! oooo Ranger…
  • A bedtime story for mankind.

    Paul Handover
    17 Apr 2014 | 1:00 am
    The latest IPCC report is more than dry science; it’s our future! Regular readers of Learning from Dogs will be aware that yesterday I published a post called A bedtime story for Jimmy.  It was prompted by learning of an eight-year-old who was offered the opportunity of shooting a wild turkey early last Saturday morning.  The penultimate paragraph read as follows: If we care for nature then we care for the health of our lands, for our forests and for our seas. We are careful with how we live our lives. If we care for nature then as we live our lives we do our best to leave things…
  • A bedtime story for Jimmy.

    Paul Handover
    16 Apr 2014 | 1:00 am
    Inspired by hearing a young boy shoot a wild turkey early on Saturday morning. Preface Because we have horses, friends living close to us called to warn that early on Saturday morning, a young lad, accompanied by his father, would be experiencing what it was like to shoot a wild turkey at close range.  The turkeys are easy targets; almost pets. So it was that around 6:30am last Saturday morning that a single shot rang out and we knew that a turkey had been killed. Now in fairness to American history it’s not that long ago that the early settlers relied on hunting to survive.  The…
  • Duh! Is it me!

    Paul Handover
    15 Apr 2014 | 1:00 am
    Sometimes, one does have to wonder! Years ago I recall hearing the retort, “What part of the word no are you having trouble with!“ It made me laugh out loud. It comes to mind again, and this is why. The accumulation of evidence mounts almost on a daily basis that mankind is critically affecting the viability of Planet Earth. Not only threatening a sustainable home for tens of thousands of species but, most importantly, for homo sapiens. Yesterday, I included a report that suggested we may be on the verge of one of the largest El Ninos in history.  The presumption being that the…
  • The natural world.

    Paul Handover
    14 Apr 2014 | 1:00 am
    Hardly seems necessary to say this but natural forces are ‘top of the pyramid‘! As is so often the case, a few outwardly disconnected events offered a deeper picture; well they did for me! The first was a recently published post by Alex Jones over on his blog The Liberated Way.  Alex lives in Colchester, Essex, North-East of London, a place where I ran a business way back in the ’80′s’ and lived not far away in the village of Great Horkesley.  Many people, including many Brits are unaware that Colchester, or Camulodunon as the Celtics called it, meaning…
 
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  • Leadership Scorecard

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

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

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

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

    Frank Sonnenberg
    18 Feb 2014 | 4:00 am
    For today’s employee, being part of something special and making a difference in the world is much more important than the rewards sought by yesterday’s “me” generation. Employees of this new breed want to work for an organization they can feel proud of — one that contributes back to society; an organization that has values and viewpoints compatible with their own; an organization that is oriented toward the long haul, working toward the prevention of ills, not just curing the symptoms; an organization that cares about morals and ethics and doing what is in the best…
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  • How Southeast Asia Ruined My Life

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

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

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

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

    Vincent Nguyen
    17 Mar 2014 | 4:00 am
    If you’ve ever felt dull in comparison to another person sharing their stories and adventure then I’ve got some good news for you. You’re not stuck. You’re not fated to a life of boring routine and unoriginal stories. You can always make your life story more interesting. Sure, you can blame your lack of money for why you don’t travel, but who said being interesting is limited to seeing every country on earth? You can tell yourself you have no time to pursue hobbies because you’re “too busy,” but you’re not honest with yourself on how much time to spend scrolling through your…
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  • The Moon And Sixpence Quotes

    Deepak Kundu
    18 Apr 2014 | 9:41 am
    With the superciliousness of extreme youth, I put thirty-five as the utmost limit at which a man might fall in love without making a fool of himself. They say a woman always remembers her first lover with affection; but perhaps she does not always remember him. Man's desire for the approval of his fellows is so strong, his dread of their censure so violent, that he himself has brought his enemy (conscience) within his gates; and it keeps watch over him, vigilant always in the interests of its master to crush any half-formed desire to break away from the herd. It was a night so beautiful…
  • The Painted Veil Quotes

    Deepak Kundu
    18 Apr 2014 | 9:02 am
    From a social standpoint the man of science does not exist. He has brains and character; and that, I may tell you, is a very unusual combination. Death - It makes everything else seem so horribly trivial. - Death Oh, my dear, it's rather hard to take quite literally the things a man says when he's in love with you. Peace of mind - Thou shalt have it only when thou has ceased to desire it. One can be very much in love with a woman without wishing to spend the rest of one's life with her. If a man hasn't what's necessary to make a woman love him, it's his fault,…
  • The Razor's Edge Quotes

    Deepak Kundu
    18 Apr 2014 | 7:30 am
    Its a toss-up when you decide to leave the beaten track. Many are called, few are chosen. When you're eighteen your emotions are violent, but they're not durable. It is very difficult to know people and I don't think one can ever really know any but one's own countrymen. For men and women are not only themselves; they are also the region in which they are born, the city apartment or the farm in which they learnt to walk, the games they played as children, the old wives' tales they overheard, the food they ate, the schools they attended, the sports they followed, the…
  • Quote Of The Day - 2014-04-18

    17 Apr 2014 | 5:01 pm
    The American landscape has no foreground and the American mind no background. - by Edith Wharton
  • Quote Of The Day - 2014-04-17

    16 Apr 2014 | 5:01 pm
    You start out giving your hat, then you give your coat, then your shirt, then your skin and finally your soul. - by Charles de Gaulle
 
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  • Enough, For Everyone, Forever

    Carol Preibis
    17 Apr 2014 | 4:27 pm
    Composting, Malawi Climate change has been affecting agriculture but there are ways to combat these effects, as writes Agricultural Coordinator Mahara from Malawi -http://findyourfeet.wordpress.com/2009/11/30/protecting-soils-to-help-combat-climate-change/ “Enough, For Everyone, Forever” - Samuel Alexander, Entropia: Life Beyond Industrial Civilisation Which do you value more? Money or happiness? People or possessions? A larger house or a happier home? Another purchase or a healthier planet?   How Should A Nation Measure Its Performance? Surely the measure of a…
  • Simple Supper: Quick Easy Veggie Lasagna

    Carol Preibis
    11 Apr 2014 | 6:59 pm
    Print Quick and Easy Veggie Lasagna This is the best kind of recipe - quick, easy, and delicious! No boiling the lasagna noodles, no long bake time. All cooking is done in the microwave. Enjoy!Ingredients12 ounces fresh spinach 8 ounces mushrooms, sliced 1 cup grated carrots 1-3/4 cups (15 ounces) part-skim ricotta cheese 3 cups shredded part-skim mozzarella cheese 1 cup grated Parmesan cheese (1/2 cup for the cheese mixture, 1/2 cup for the topping) 3 cups tomato sauce (25-ounce jar) 12 uncooked lasagna noodlesInstructionsSet out a 9 x 13 microwave-safe baking pan. Prepare the veggies. Put…
  • As Many Kinds of Love as There Are Hearts

    Carol Preibis
    11 Apr 2014 | 6:30 pm
    By Tulane Public Relations, October, 2009The band, Hanson ‘Take the Walk’ tour, a barefoot optional, one-mile walk to raise awareness of poverty and AIDS in Africa.The walk raised funds to support one of five causes, with one dollar donated by the ‘Take the Walk’ campaign for each walker. The band educated students on the issues surrounding the walk. “I think… if it is true that there are as many minds as there are heads, then there are as many kinds of love as there are hearts.” ― Leo Tolstoy, Anna Karenina Match Up Your Kind of Love to Acts of Kindness There are as…
  • N Is For Nuts

    Carol Preibis
    9 Apr 2014 | 6:56 pm
    All About Nuts The health benefits of nuts are many! Increased nut consumption has been associated with a reduced risk of major chronic diseases, including cardiovascular disease and type 2 diabetes mellitus. In addition, studies reported in The New Journal of Medicine, November 23, 2013, conclude that people who eat nuts frequently have lower risk of premature death. All nuts have different nutrition credentials and will offer various health benefits. Kerry Torrens, Nutritional therapist, is the author of an article called The health benefits of… nuts, published on BBC GoodFood.
  • Nature Has Gifts For You: A Single Rose, Snow Melts

    Carol Preibis
    3 Apr 2014 | 11:56 am
    “People where you live,” the little prince said, “grow five thousand roses in one garden… yet they don’t find what they’re looking for”…. and yet what they’re looking for could be found in a single rose, or a little water”– The Little Prince “Love your life, poor as it is. You may perhaps have some pleasant, thrilling, glorious hours, even in a poor-house. The setting sun is reflected from the windows of the alms-house as brightly as from the rich man’s abode; the snow melts before its door as early in the spring.
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  • Kindness in Literature

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    SKM
    10 Apr 2014 | 6:35 pm
    Kindness Art Competition 2014 is an annual art competition for YOUths to express their thoughts and views about kindness through art and design. This year, Woodlands Youth Executive Committee (YEC) has also included the junior category: between ages 6 and 12. Targeted at all youths and junior residents in Singapore, Woodlands YEC has included a challenging element in this year’s competition where they are tasked to brainstorm ideas based on a storyline: If you were to be given an art panel under a HDB void deck, what picture would you like to paint on the wall to remind the residents…
 
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  • embrace all of your moments

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

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

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

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

    5 Apr 2014 | 2:50 pm
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