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  • Three Tricky Ways to Cultivate Courage

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    Greater Good
    21 May 2015 | 6:06 am
    Last week, I lead a workshop for 20 top female executives from around the world—it was a great pleasure, and a great honor. We worked on the issues that are holding them back at work, as well as the things that are keeping them from enjoying the lives they’ve worked so hard to create. Not surprisingly, there are many structural and cultural aspects of their workplaces (male domination, for example) thwarting their careers and their lives. These brilliant executives didn’t just need strategies for changing their workplaces. They needed strategies for cultivating courage, given the…
  • Should Student Success Include Happiness?

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    Greater Good
    25 May 2015 | 1:00 am
    Student success today is defined by getting a job. The Common Core State Standards aim to make students career-ready—and the U.S. Department of Education’s mission is to prepare students for global competitiveness. But does that brand of success lead to happiness? Several studies have found that childhood emotional health and kind, helpful behavior—two major factors that contribute to our happiness—are the greatest predictors of life satisfaction in adulthood. The least important predictor? Academic success. For sure, getting a job is a huge and important part of adulthood. But anyone…
  • Why I Choose to Love Myself

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    Edna Enriquez
    24 May 2015 | 4:56 am
    “You’re always with yourself, so you might as well enjoy the company.” – Diane Von Furstenberg You’d think life would be easy at age 22, but things couldn’t be more confusing. A lot happened in one year. I graduated from college, got engaged, and got a job in the field I wanted. I even moved to a new and beautiful city but my excitement only lasted a few months. You see, an uncomfortable feeling settled in and I started feeling stuck and unhappy.  But it just didn’t make sense because I had everything I could ever want. I sat with this feeling for a few more weeks and then I…
  • Choose Safe, Healthy Lip Products

    GoodGuide Blog
    6 May 2015 | 11:39 am
                Some of the most vulnerable skin on our body is found on our face. Typically left exposed to the elements, the skin our face and lips is an important place to take special care of. Lip products have long evolved from the days of the original tubs of Vaseline and Carmex. Now packed with products from tints and sunscreens to gloss and moisturizers, the lip care product aisle can get confusing quick. Ever heard the urban myth about Carmex being addictive? How about the creators of lip balms purposefully adding drying ingredients making lip balm…
  • Food Stamps Double Their Value at Michigan Farmers Markets

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    Terry Turner
    26 May 2015 | 4:31 pm
    Needy families are taking home more nutritious food while farmers are taking home more money thanks to a program that doubles the buying power of people on food assistance. Double Up Food Bucks allows SNAP benefits — formerly called “food stamps” — to be used at 150 farmers markets across The post Food Stamps Double Their Value at Michigan Farmers Markets appeared first on Good News Network.
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  • Choose Safe, Healthy Lip Products

    6 May 2015 | 11:39 am
                Some of the most vulnerable skin on our body is found on our face. Typically left exposed to the elements, the skin our face and lips is an important place to take special care of. Lip products have long evolved from the days of the original tubs of Vaseline and Carmex. Now packed with products from tints and sunscreens to gloss and moisturizers, the lip care product aisle can get confusing quick. Ever heard the urban myth about Carmex being addictive? How about the creators of lip balms purposefully adding drying ingredients making lip balm…
  • Clean Up Your Laundry Routine

    30 Apr 2015 | 11:04 pm
    How “clean” can your clothes get when the soap you are using may contain potentially hazardous chemicals, or fragrances that you may be allergic too? Cleaning products are among the most significant sources of exposure to toxic chemicals in the home. Many of the products we use to scrub, whiten and soften our loads of laundry are made with ingredients that raise concerns for human health and our environment. 5 easy ways to clean up your laundry routine: 1) Look closely at the ingredient list. Some laundry detergents include ingredients like triethanolamine that can cause harm if they…
  • Behind the Ratings: Baby and Kids Personal Care

    3 Mar 2015 | 11:36 am
    The average American is said to use nine personal care products containing more than 126 different ingredients every day. When choosing products we use on and around us, is it best to choose the product with less ingredients? Or the product with the most natural ingredients? What about simply choosing a product based on the packaging claims, like “hypoallergenic”, “all natural” or “dermatologist recommended”? Take Our Poll   The importance of choosing the right product increases exponentially when making the choice for our children, and — let’s be honest —…
  • Healthy Handwashing

    18 Feb 2015 | 2:35 pm
    A recent article published by WebMD reported 80% of infectious diseases are transmitted by touch. Good handwashing, then, is still one of the best ways to avoid getting sick. We all know we’re supposed to wash our hands, right? But how often do we skip it? In 2013, researchers at Michigan State University conducted an undercover study to see how many people actually washed their hands before leaving a public bathroom. What they found was … kind of gross. While only 7 percent of women and 15 percent of men skipped washing their hands all together, a whopping 95 percent of people didn’t…
  • Halloween Candy: What you need to know before you shop.

    13 Oct 2014 | 1:11 pm
    Spooked at the thought of shopping for Halloween candy? GoodGuide can help. Are all those super-sized bags of miniature chocolates, rolls of sweet tarts, sacks of candy corn, and lollypops by the dozen taunting you in the supermarket aisles? Us too. If the sheer number of choices isn’t enough to make your eyes glaze over, then the minuscule list of cryptic ingredients certainly is: Sugar, Corn Syrup, Hydrogenated Palm Kernel Oil; Citric Acid, Tapioca Dextrin, Modified Corn Starch, Natural and Artificial Flavors, Colors (Red 40 Lake, Titanium Dioxide, Blue 2 Lake)… Don’t despair.
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  • Should Student Success Include Happiness?

    Greater Good
    25 May 2015 | 1:00 am
    Student success today is defined by getting a job. The Common Core State Standards aim to make students career-ready—and the U.S. Department of Education’s mission is to prepare students for global competitiveness. But does that brand of success lead to happiness? Several studies have found that childhood emotional health and kind, helpful behavior—two major factors that contribute to our happiness—are the greatest predictors of life satisfaction in adulthood. The least important predictor? Academic success. For sure, getting a job is a huge and important part of adulthood. But anyone…
  • Does the Death Penalty Bring Closure?

    Greater Good
    21 May 2015 | 1:28 pm
  • Three Tricky Ways to Cultivate Courage

    Greater Good
    21 May 2015 | 6:06 am
    Last week, I lead a workshop for 20 top female executives from around the world—it was a great pleasure, and a great honor. We worked on the issues that are holding them back at work, as well as the things that are keeping them from enjoying the lives they’ve worked so hard to create. Not surprisingly, there are many structural and cultural aspects of their workplaces (male domination, for example) thwarting their careers and their lives. These brilliant executives didn’t just need strategies for changing their workplaces. They needed strategies for cultivating courage, given the…
  • Is a Good Role Model a Positive One?

    Greater Good
    20 May 2015 | 1:25 am
    Humans are a social species, and we are strongly influenced by the examples other people set for us. Of course, there are different kinds of role models in the world. Some of them are positive. They serve as an example of the things we should be doing. A friend who exercises and has a healthy diet is a great model for us to follow. But we also have negative role models al around us—friends who eat poorly, exercise rarely, and may suffer health problems as a result of their choices. Is it better for us to have positive role models or negative ones around us? An interesting paper in the April…
  • The GGSC is Hiring a New Web Editor/Producer!

    Greater Good
    19 May 2015 | 9:37 am
    The Greater Good Science Center is currently looking for a Web Editor & Producer to join our editorial team. To apply, you’ll need to submit your application through UC Berkeley’s Jobs page. Once you’re on the Jobs page, search for the position by its Job ID, 19840. (Its technical title within the university’s system is “Digital Communications Specialist 3.”) More details below. Web Editor & Producer UC Berkeley Job ID: 19840 Overview The Greater Good Science Center’s new Web Editor & Producer will contribute to the GGSC’s award-winning…
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  • Food Stamps Double Their Value at Michigan Farmers Markets

    Terry Turner
    26 May 2015 | 4:31 pm
    Needy families are taking home more nutritious food while farmers are taking home more money thanks to a program that doubles the buying power of people on food assistance. Double Up Food Bucks allows SNAP benefits — formerly called “food stamps” — to be used at 150 farmers markets across The post Food Stamps Double Their Value at Michigan Farmers Markets appeared first on Good News Network.
  • Airline Reroutes Mom to Son’s Bedside, Before She Even Knows He’s in Hospital

    Terry Turner
    26 May 2015 | 2:06 pm
    When a family medical emergency arose suddenly, Southwest Airline employees flew into action to get a mother to her son’s bedside a thousand miles away – before she even knew he was in the hospital. Peggy Uhle’s cell phone was turned off as she was preparing for departure on a The post Airline Reroutes Mom to Son’s Bedside, Before She Even Knows He’s in Hospital appeared first on Good News Network.
  • Watch What These Kids Vote For After Two Classmates Get Cancer

    Helaina Hovitz
    26 May 2015 | 2:03 pm
      Two students at a Collinsville, Illinois school truly know how beloved they are thanks to a grand gesture made by their fellow classmates. Instead of taking a field trip, as planned, to the St. Louis Science Center, the children voted to use the money to buy 2,400 books and The post Watch What These Kids Vote For After Two Classmates Get Cancer appeared first on Good News Network.
  • Funeral Home’s Adopted Sheepdog Knows Who Needs Comforting

    Good News Network
    26 May 2015 | 12:14 pm
    Morris the sheepdog seems to possess “an uncanny ability to know who is most in need of comfort,” according to directors at the Baker Funeral Chapel in Wetaskiwin, Canada. (WATCH the video above or READ more from the CBC) [Editor’s Note: For Some reason the CBC video is not displaying as The post Funeral Home’s Adopted Sheepdog Knows Who Needs Comforting appeared first on Good News Network.
  • Dutch Families Tending Graves Will Never Forget Their American Liberators in WWII

    Terry Turner
    26 May 2015 | 9:16 am
    For the people of a small village in the Netherlands, every day is Memorial Day for the thousands of American soldiers buried nearby. For 70 years, the people of Margraten have personally cared for the graves of Americans killed in World War II – 8,300 of them – in a The post Dutch Families Tending Graves Will Never Forget Their American Liberators in WWII appeared first on Good News Network.
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  • 'I Got A Divorce For My 30th Birthday'

    26 May 2015 | 5:18 pm
    "This Is Divorce At..." is a HuffPost Divorce series delving into divorce at every stage of life. Want to share your experience of divorcing at a certain age? Email us at or tweet @HuffPost Divorce. At 27, Rebecca Neville agreed to marry her boyfriend after eight years of dating. Just a few short years later, she was 30 -- and divorced. Splitting up at 30 was devastating, but today, Neville says she's stronger than ever. "I put up with the heartache and eventually, the pain got smaller each day," she told The Huffington Post. "I learned to trust myself and take…
  • Viral Wedding Photo Of A Marine Praying With His Soon-To-Be Wife Will Move You

    26 May 2015 | 4:58 pm
    A photo of U.S. Marine Corps Cpl. Caleb Earwood and his bride Maggie sharing an emotional moment before their wedding in Asheville, North Carolina this Memorial Day weekend has gone viral. One look at the powerful shot and it's easy to see why: Credit: Dwayne Schmidt Photography Photographer Dwayne Schmidt captured the moment and shared it on his business's Facebook on Saturday, calling it "one of the best things I have ever [gotten] to see, much less photograph." At the time of publication, the post had amassed more than 47,000 likes and counting. The photo shows the couple holding hands and…
  • Obama Tweets Back To Girl's Awesome Letter About World Peace, Marriage Equality

    26 May 2015 | 3:44 pm
    A 5-year-old has some suggestions for how to solve a couple of global issues, and the leader of the free world has responded. Last week, Yasmeen, self described as “5 almost 6 years old,” took to writing a handwritten letter to President Obama advocating for world peace and marriage equality. @POTUS A letter from my 5 year old niece. Right out of the mouths of babes!— Dr Z (@DrFahmida) May 22, 2015 “Please stop war for our world, instead have a meeting. Please give a speech to tell everyone they can marry who they want. Thank you," her message read. On…
  • Pit Bull Might Not Be A Licensed Health Practitioner, Still Gives The Best Medicine

    26 May 2015 | 3:27 pm
    Truck driver Chis Price was worried about more than just his health when he collapsed in Kansas City, Missouri, while out on a haul last month. Price, whose home is in Tennessee, was even more concerned about his driving buddy: a sweet white pit bull named Coco -- who'd been with him all over, nonstop, for seven years, and who was taken away by animal control as Price himself was carted off in an ambulance. “Going to the pound 500 miles away from home, you just don’t know what’s going to happen,” Price told a local Fox affiliate. There was good reason to be nervous. An estimated 3,000…
  • Paralyzed Ex-Football Player Chris Norton Walked Again, Graduated And Got Engaged. How Was Your Weekend?

    26 May 2015 | 3:20 pm
    Chris Norton, a former college football player who broke his neck during a game in 2010, said he was given a 3 percent chance of ever regaining movement below his neck. Over a life-changing weekend, he beat the odds and then some. On Saturday, he got engaged. So thankful that she said YES— Chris Norton (@chrisnorton16) May 24, 2015 Then on Sunday, Norton walked across the stage at his graduation from Luther College in Decorah, Iowa, accomplishing a goal he had set over a year ago. Assisted by his fiancee, Emily Summers, Norton rose from his wheelchair and took…
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  • this just being together

    Dave Pollard
    18 May 2015 | 10:04 pm
    “Philosophers will say that humans can never be silent because the mind is made of words. Turning within, you will find only words and images that are parts of yourself. But if you turn outside yourself — to the birds and animals and the quickly changing places where they live — you may hear something beyond words.”  — John Gray: The Silence of Animals what do we care about that so desperately needs words? “without intelligent, informed conversation, there is no hope for us”, you say and I appreciate your point but what if we were simply silent in each…
  • Poster: The New Political Map

    Dave Pollard
    17 May 2015 | 4:10 pm
    Full-sized downloadable PDF version with hyperlinks here. I have added in the names of seven people I greatly admire (all, sadly, middle-aged or older white males) who have written articles or books that I think exemplify worldviews F through L. In the PDF version, clicking on the names will open links to these articles in your browser. This is not to say that these people exemplify these worldviews; nor are they the authors of the ‘taglines’ I show in the poster for purposes of defining and differentiating the worldviews. Most of us have multiple and changing worldviews across…
  • Poster: A Community-Based Resilience Framework

    Dave Pollard
    30 Apr 2015 | 9:27 pm
    Thanks to some suggestions from Transition Network co-founder Ben Brangwyn and others, I’ve revised and condensed the Community-Based Resilience Framework I published here a few months ago. The two main changes are the elimination of the accompanying explanation (my hope is that this can stand alone as a poster for Resilience groups to use), and reordering it into five “stages”, from the inner work of knowing ourselves better, to the collective work of building community and preparing communities for dramatic and permanent change. I’ve also eliminated the rhetoric…
  • Wild Women

    Dave Pollard
    26 Apr 2015 | 5:06 pm
    (photo by my brother Alan) Over the past two decades, most of what I consider the best creative writing, the best musical compositions, and the best performance and visual art have come from women. There’s something just odd, I think, about people singing other people’s work, unless the voice of the composer is truly awful. Most of my favourite recent music is hence by women “singer-songwriters” (that’s apparently a genre of music now). What surprises me, as a writer and lover of language, is that in much of this music the words aren’t essential to…
  • What It Means to Let Go

    Dave Pollard
    24 Apr 2015 | 10:25 pm
    Most of my energies of late have been channeled into preparing myself to really see, at an experiential level, that my self, my mind, my sense of being all-of-a-piece, my sense of separateness, my sense of self-control and my sense of time are all illusions, conceptions, ideas that are extremely useful in surviving day to day, but ultimately false. As I wrote last month, my reason for this search, and this strange journey, is to learn to cope better with stress, instead of trying to avoid it and hide from it. With some effort, I have been able to appreciate intellectually that these six ideas…
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  • 5 Simple Techniques to Get Unstuck

    Melissa Heisler
    9 May 2015 | 12:02 am
    It happens to each one of us at one time or another. We become stuck. We enter a state of lethargy. Whether it involves our work or our home life, there are just days (and unfortunately sometimes weeks and months) where we feel stuck. We don’t seem to have the energy to move forward. We feel the need to get things done but can’t find a grain of momentum to make it happen. After a while we know we have to do something, yet we sit on the couch like an immobile brick. Stuck. When this happens, remember that feeling like a brick is your key to becoming unstuck. When you can use the BRICK…
  • How to Truly Forgive Yourself

    Mary O'Malley
    5 May 2015 | 12:02 am
    What would happen if you were to realize that everything you have done is just a part of the natural unfolding of life, and that it is forgivable?  What would it be like if you forgave yourself for all of it? I have been reading the book, Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail by Cheryl Strayed, and I want to share this inspirational excerpt about forgiveness: “What if I forgave myself?  I thought. What if I forgave myself even though I’d done something I shouldn’t have?  What if I was a liar and a cheat and there was no excuse for what I’d done other than because it…
  • Broke? Burned out? Depressed? Try investing in Yourself

    Sandra Beck
    25 Apr 2015 | 12:02 am
    I have had the luxury of speaking before large groups of people lately. Seems people want to hear what I have to say, which is really funny because I generally prefer to read in the tub or walk in the mountains. I usually listen to what the universe tells me before sitting down to write, and the universe speaks to me when people email me, call me, talk to me after an event of ask me questions and tells me what to talk about. “I don’t have any money. My book isn’t selling. I’m working three jobs. Nobody is…blah blah blah…” I am known for being a straight-shooter, sometimes…
  • How to Honor Your Survival System

    Mary O'Malley
    23 Apr 2015 | 12:02 am
    We all created a finely-crafted survival system to bury or numb our pain when we were young.  We had to, as it was absolutely necessary for survival.  Life was too scary, and we didn’t have the skills to meet ourselves in our hearts. Our survival system can include compulsions, such as drug and alcohol abuse, shopping, work, sex, the Internet, busyness, self-judgment, and chronic worry.  I think about all of those years that I shut down the pain with food, drugs and alcohol.  In one year alone, I gained 97 pounds.  I would have died of the pain if I had not numbed myself with food.  I…
  • My Gratitude List

    Noelle Sterne
    20 Apr 2015 | 12:02 am
    Every morning I sit outside on my high-floor terrace in South Florida, sip my coffee, and read an uplifting pamphlet or two. Then I write out my day’s schedule. Too often, despite the uplifting material, I start worrying about this client or that deadline or the seemingly endless list of tasks on the schedule. And my quiet time erodes into anxiety. The activity that’s supposed to help me ease into the day with a positive outlook has the opposite effect. Instead of returning to my home office refreshed and ready to work, I’m drained and irritable. As I kept noticing how I felt, and…
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  • New Museum Cultivates the Art of the Start-Up

    Emeka Okafor
    26 May 2015 | 3:35 pm
    The welcome melding of Arts,Sciences and Startups accelerates.Andy Battaglia covers New Inc highlighted earlier: image courtesy of ReifyAny artist coming out of school has likely asked the question: What are professional paths to take beyond showing work in galleries and depending on collectors? Next door to the New Museum on the Bowery, in an office populated by a young, creative class, that question is being actively explored. There, talk migrates from artistic matters of meaning and form to notions of “scaling up” and “curating capital.” Some participants, wielding markers at…
  • Who is Maker Ed?

    Emeka Okafor
    26 May 2015 | 3:00 am
    In the world of making and education: Maker Ed is a non-profit organization that supports and empowers educators and communities — particularly, those in underserved areas — to facilitate meaningful making and learning experiences with youth.
  • Bitcoin startups to watch an the Remittance potential

    Emeka Okafor
    26 May 2015 | 1:05 am
    In Disrupt Africa: Bitcoin is gaining traction worldwide, with the first quarter of 2015 seeing record levels of investment pumped into Bitcoin startups globally. Africa is no exception to the trend, with startups springing up with innovative applications for Bitcoin in the African context – disrupting the remittance market, and making the cryptocurrency available over SMS. Here, Disrupt Africa names the five startups leading the way with Bitcoin in Africa...[continue reading]On remittances Florian Graillot writes in TC: Even through digital, remittance remains deeply dependent on third…
  • Support Audax Summer Code School

    Emeka Okafor
    25 May 2015 | 1:52 pm
    In Lagos on Indiegogo: Audax Solutions is an e-learning, training, and assessment solutions company based in Lagos, Nigeria. Our code school program is an initiative launched in 2013 to teach children aged 5 -16 in Lagos area primary and secondary schools, computer programming using Scratch, HTML/CSS and JavaScript, which started in 2013. In 2014, we won a Google Rise Awards to assist in promoting Computer Science Education to the less privileged children in Nigeria. Together with our local and international partners, we believe that teaching children programming is essential to develop their…
  • Off-grid solar systems increasingly viable for low-income communities

    Emeka Okafor
    25 May 2015 | 1:26 pm
    Excerpted from the ‘GE Look Ahead’ series: View image | gettyimages.comAffordable energy technologies and new business models are bringing off-grid solutions to growing numbers of communities in the developing world As of 2014, 1.3bn people lacked access to electricity. For those without power, lack of indoor lighting is among the most pressing of problems, forcing families to rely on expensive kerosene lamps, which cause pollution and are unhealthy—inhaling fumes from a kerosene lamp is equivalent to smoking two packets of cigarettes a day. When it comes to lighting, the technology is…
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    Echoing Green Blog

  • Fellows' Perspectives: In the Face of Rejection

    Echoing Green
    26 May 2015 | 7:06 am
    Image courtesy of Atlas: DIY. Failure is not a dirty word–but there is no doubt that it’s challenging to experience. As an organization that supports visionary leaders and helps to accelerate their impact, we see a lot of people who have experienced failure. Rather than succumbing entirely to the fear and pain of failure, people like our Fellows bounce back after failure and find a way forward. Lauren Burke, a 2014 Echoing Green Fellow and founder of Atlas: DIY, is a prime example of someone who believed in her vision for change in spite of challenging odds. Lauren applied for the Echoing…
  • Fellows' Perspectives: Responding to Disaster in Nepal

    Echoing Green
    21 May 2015 | 12:12 pm
    A helpdesk volunteer trained by Accountability Lab assesses needs in a camp. Courtesy of Accountability Lab. The two earthquakes and aftershocks that occured in Nepal this spring comprise one of the worst disasters to strike the region since 1934. As the country moves forward into recovery and the world seeks to respond, many questions emerge about the funding and accountability of these relief efforts. Blair Glencorse and Ben Smilowitz are two Echoing Green Fellows who work to empower people with accountability information and tools to improve the efficacy of relief efforts and governance.
  • Social Impact Jobs May 2015

    Lara Galinsky
    19 May 2015 | 9:42 am
    Photo courtesy of  Greenway Appliances In a few short weeks, we will announce the 2015 class of Echoing Green Fellows. It will be the end to a six-month long process of poring through applications, interviewing references, and vetting the visionary entrepreneurs who tossed their hats into the ring this year. Though it’s hard work to narrow such a promising set of applicants down to just a few, I find this process of selecting the newest class of Fellows incredibly energizing. This year’s applicant pool features a stream of smart, game-changing ideas to be implemented by some of the most…
  • Finalists for the 2015 Fellowships

    Scott Ballum Cohen
    18 May 2015 | 9:17 am
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  • Bold in Action: Connecting the Dots

    Scott Ballum Cohen
    4 May 2015 | 8:31 am
    “I felt, if not anything else, I can add a unique perspective to the education discussion.” Meet 2013 Echoing Green Global Fellow Karim Abouelnaga, founder and CEO of Practice Makes Perfect. Karim is narrowing the achievement gap by bringing summer enrichment programs to low-income neighborhoods and pairing students with mentors they can relate and look up to. Learn more about Karim and Echoing Green’s Global Fellowship. This video is part of a weekly series of portraits of Echoing Green Fellows. Learn about their organizations, their moments of obligation, and how Echoing Green…
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  • Stiglitz on battling economic inequality

    21 May 2015 | 3:23 pm
    Professor Joseph Stiglitz is a warrior for economic justice. The Nobel prize-winning economist and former member of the Council of Economic Advisers in the US, is an articulate source of commentary and analysis of the failings of 21st-century capitalism, and the structural inefficiencies of globalization. Inequality, he says, is not the inevitable result of capitalism. It is a choice we take, and thrives or dies on the policies we implement. In this one-on-one interview with Alexandro Ramirez, Chief Executive Officer of Cinepolis, Stiglitz explains how many Latin American economies have…
  • Latin America in the new economic context

    14 May 2015 | 11:17 am
    Latin America has made progress across multiple dimensions over the last decade but as the era of cheap money and expensive commodities draws to a close, how will the continent adapt economically and socially to harder times? To sustain and deepen economic and social transformation, Latin American leaders must swiftly respond and adapt to the world’s post-crisis dynamics. In this podcast, highlights from the meetings that were held during the World Economic Forum on Latin America. Voices in this episode: Carlos Slim Domit, Chairman, Carso Global Telecom Joseph Stiglitz, Nobel Laureate in…
  • Innovation in travel

    7 May 2015 | 11:13 am
    As the World Economic Forum's Travel & Tourism Competiitveness Report 2015 is published this week, Sadiq Gillani, Chief Strategy Officer at German national carrier Lufthansa, looks at the challenges and opportunties facing operators in one of the world's most important industries, employing one in eleven people worldwide and accounting for clsoe to 10% of the global economy. While the industry is growing at over 4% a year, faster than many others and the global economy as a whole, individual operators are challenged by fast moving technologies, shifting strategies, and fickle, demanding…
  • East Asia’s economic future

    30 Apr 2015 | 9:04 am
    How will East Asia consolidate its economies to ensure the best of an economic union while avoiding some of the warnings from other regional groupings around the world? ASEAN will form its economic community by the end of this year - how will the region adapt to the alignment of its economies? Will it rival the US and Europe in its economic power? In this episode, the BBC's Linda Yueh moderates a high level panel on East Asia's economic future, featuring: Teresita Sy-Coson, vice-chairperson at SM Investments Corporation in the Philippines. Mustapa Mohamed, Minister of International Trade and…
  • East Asia – ideas, insights, challenges

    23 Apr 2015 | 11:09 am
    “If you have any problem, call me.” That’s what Indonesia’s president, Joko Widodo, told investors looking at doing business in his country. He was speaking at the 24th World Economic Forum Meeting on East Asia, which took place in Jakarta from 19-21 April. In this podcast we look at the ideas, insights and personalities which shaped the regional agenda in Jakarta. One of the major themes that emerged during the meeting was the importance of trust as the basis for progress, from the economic and the social through to personal and political. We hear from participants such as Atul…
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  • The 606 to Open in Early June With 2 Days of Festivities

    Christine Escobar
    18 May 2015 | 1:31 am
    One of Chicago's newest parks is set to open on the city's northside June 6 with 2 days of free events. The schedule of events planned for June 6 and 7 at The 606 will include a procession/parade, music and dancing, a pancake breakfast, restaurant vendors and hands-on activities for all ages. Located at the site of the abandoned Bloomingdale railway line, the elevated "urban oasis" runs along Bloomingdale Ave. (1800 N), from Ridgeway Ave. (3750 W) on the west to Ashland Ave (1600 W) on the east, through the Bucktown, Wicker Park, Humboldt Park, and Logan Square…
  • Chicago Farmers Markets Open For The Season

    Christine Escobar
    11 May 2015 | 8:14 pm
    Kick-off will take place at the Daley Plaza Farmers Market Thursday May 14 at 11:30 a.m. The Daley Plaza market is the longest running Farmers Market in Chicago. See the complete schedule of Chicago Farmers Markets in neighborhoods all over the city with details on which markets accept the LINK card here. photo credit: flickr, Cindy Kurman, Kurman Communications, Inc
  • Freebie of the week: Get started canning with this free guide

    Christine Escobar
    30 Mar 2015 | 7:32 pm
    It's time to get ready for the garden season. Whether you plan to grow your own produce or take advantage of local farmers' markets, canning and preserving is a great way to extend the harvest and continue to eat local throughout the year.  Offered by Chicago's Jane Addams Hull-House Museum and available for download in your choice of colors, check out this handy-dandy canning guide perfect for beginners. photo credit:Rachel Tayse, flickr
  • "Class Dismissed" documentary back in Chicago this Sunday by popular demand

    Christine Escobar
    11 Mar 2015 | 6:31 pm
    As parent backlash grows in response to unnecessary standardized testing and excessive homework, more and more families in the U.S. are turning to alternative methods of instruction to ensure that their children receive a well rounded education, free of a high stakes, pressurized environment focused on test scores over individual achievement. One of these growing alternative educational movements is homeschooling, often still seen as controversial to some, and the even more poorly misunderstood related method known as unschooling.  No formal numbers exist to illustrate the number of…
  • EarthTalk: Microbeads and Marine Pollution

    Christine Escobar
    3 Feb 2015 | 9:45 am
    Products like facial scrubs, soaps and toothpaste contain thousands of polyethylene and polypropylene microbeads, ranging from 50-500 microns (or ½ mm) in diameter. Credit: 5 Gyres Institute. Dear EarthTalk What on Earth are plastic “microbeads” and how are they threatening the Great Lakes? -- Billy Alexander, Macon, GA Can brushing your teeth or using an exfoliating face or body wash be an act of pollution? Perhaps so, because over 1,000 personal care products contain tiny plastic “microbeads,” each about a half millimeter in diameter. The Los Angeles-based 5 Gyres Institute, which…
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    Acumen Fund Blog

  • Acumen, Dow and Unilever Support Social Enterprises Across East and West Africa Through Technical Assistance Initiative

    11 May 2015 | 10:30 pm
    Acumen, together with The Dow Chemical Company and Unilever, launched its third annual Collaboration Summit in Nairobi today. Bringing together Acumen’s social enterprises from East and West Africa with leading international companies, the summit is part of Acumen’s Technical Assistance Initiative, which aims to accelerate the growth and impact of enterprises working in agriculture, energy, health care, and water and sanitation to better serve the region’s poor. By creating an occasion for emerging companies and multinational corporations to collaborate, the summit cultivates…
  • Acumen Launches to Tackle Poverty in Latin America

    4 May 2015 | 3:08 pm
    Acumen today announced its expansion to support social entrepreneurship in Latin America. The pioneer in impact investing will be headquartered in Bogotá and will invest in innovative entrepreneurs and enterprises in Colombia and Peru to drive faster, sustainable solutions to poverty and create new paths forward to tackle economic inequality. While extreme poverty in Latin America has declined by half, more than 80 million people still live on $4 a day and more than 200 million are at risk of being pulled back into poverty by economic instability and climate change. Founded in 2001 by…
  • Acumen Increases Its Efforts to Improve India’s Private Education With New Investments

    28 Apr 2015 | 11:05 am
    Acumen announces its new investment in Ignis Careers and Standard of Excellence in Education and Development (SEED) to improve the current state of low-cost, private education in India. India has the largest kindergarten to 10th grade system in the world with more than 1.6 million schools. More than 96 percent of children, ranging from ages 6 to 14, are enrolled in school. However, the quality of education is poor, and half of the children in Grade 5 can only read at a Grade 2 level. While private education offers an alternative to government schools in India, private schooling has not always…
  • How You Can Help: The Nepal Earthquake

    27 Apr 2015 | 7:09 am
    On Saturday, April 25th, an earthquake with magnitude 7.8 shook the country of Nepal, as well as parts of northern India. Hitting south of Kathmandu, the earthquake killed more than 3,800 people and injured more than 7,100 as of Monday morning. It is the worst to hit the region in 80 years, and aftershocks and tremors continued to rock the country over the past 48 hours. As the city’s 1.2 million people flock to the streets, the nation and its citizens are in desperate need of relief. Committed to our partners and community in South Asia, we wanted to highlight those organizations…
  • Welcoming Naeem Zamindar as Acumen’s new Pakistan Director

    23 Apr 2015 | 7:32 am
    We are pleased to announce Naeem Zamindar as Acumen’s new Pakistan Country Director. Naeem’s 25-year career combines experience in venture capital with multiple high-level operational and leadership roles. Naeem worked at Intel Capital in Silicon Valley, helping build companies in the digital, new media and wireless broadband space. In Pakistan, he was CEO of Wateen Telecom, where he restructured the publicly listed company, turned around the business and repositioned it for growth, to take the company from losing $2 million per month to generating $1 million in positive cash flow over…
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    Chris Blattman

  • The geek heretic

    Chris Blattman
    26 May 2015 | 7:08 am
    My first job abroad was helping to roll out rural Internet in India, by radio. It was 2001, the peak of the dot com boom, but before the ubiquity of mobile phones. Connecting remote villages in India to the Internet via radio waves was the great frontier, and I was hired to help roll it out and evaluate it. Fifteen years later the idea of radio-based Internet seems quaint, but I recall Paul Samuelson telling one of the professors I worked for that he thought it was the most exciting idea he’d heard in years. Like I said, dot com boom. Unless you lived through it it’s hard to…
  • I have an idea for another get-out-the-vote experiment

    Chris Blattman
    25 May 2015 | 6:50 am
    An Arizona woman was sentenced to three-and-a-half years in prison for running over her husband because he failed to to cast a vote about who would spend the next four years in the White House. Holly Nicole Solomon, 31, hit her husband, Daniel Solomon, and he suffered a fractured pelvis from being run over after a wild chase on November 10, 2012, that left him pinned beneath her Jeep. Solomon was upset with the 36-year-old following the November 6 re-election of President Barack Obama and believed their family would ‘face hardship’ because he had won another term. Full story. I expect…
  • If you want people to believe your research, write it in Baskerville font?

    Chris Blattman
    22 May 2015 | 7:04 am
    We have entered a new, unexpected landscape. Truth is not typeface dependent, but a typeface can subtly influence us to believe that a sentence is true. Could it swing an election? Induce us to buy a new dinette set? Change some of our most deeply held and cherished beliefs? Indeed, we may be at the mercy of typefaces in ways that we are only dimly beginning to recognize. An effect — subtle, almost indiscernible, but irrefutablythere. (“Mommy, Mommy, the typeface made me do it.”) For every thousand respondents to the Times quiz, nearly five more people agreed with Deutsch’s statement…
  • What should social science learn from the faked Science study on gay marriage?

    Chris Blattman
    22 May 2015 | 6:54 am
    Not much. If you haven’t heard about the article, the apparent fraud, and the aftermath, follow the links. The duped coauthor, Don Green, speaks to New York Magazine here. It’s a great interview. My view: Asking what social science should learn is like asking how we reform corporate governance after Apple’s accountant steals $2 million. After the audit firm caught him. Actually, paying attention to such fraud is a harmful distraction. This kind of blatant fraud is rare. What concerns me is that every other paper, as far as I’m concerned, massages its data until it…
  • IPA’s weekly links

    Jeff Mosenkis (IPA)
    21 May 2015 | 6:00 am
    Guest post by Jeff Mosenkis of Innovations for Poverty Action. The NYTimes’ Nick Kristof writes about the new and very real findings in Science about helping the ultra-poor, in “The Power of Hope” today. On the Development Impact blog, there’s a very good analysis of the strengths and weaknesses of the study by the great Ben Olzer. Kiva co-founder Matt Flannery is starting up a digital bank in Kenya hoping to target people in their 20’s and 30’s with loans from $20-$1000. It will use data on user transaction histories for lending decisions. If you…
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    ... My heart’s in Accra

  • Re:publica Keynote: The System is Broken – That’s the Good News

    5 May 2015 | 7:23 am
    I’m at the wonderful Re:publica conference for a single day, racing home to teach tomorrow… and thus far I’ve given a keynote and done over 12 interviews, so I haven’t gotten the whole feel of the conference yet. Still, it’s one of the most wonderful and high energy venues I’ve ever spoken at, and I’m having a great time. My talk this morning focused on civics in the age of mistrust. The organizers (wisely?) put a different title on it, but the audience clearly got the core idea: we’re at a moment in time where mistrust in institutions is at a…
  • Introducing FOLD, a new tool (and a new model?) for storytelling

    22 Apr 2015 | 5:00 am
    This morning, Center for Civic Media at MIT is releasing a new publishing platform, FOLD. Alexis Hope (a Masters student in my lab) and Kevin Hu began working on FOLD when they were students in my class News and Participatory Media. The class asks students to take on a reporting task each week, using existing tools or building new ones to solve a particular challenge. FOLD was Alexis and Kevin’s solution to a challenge I put forward around writing “explainers”, articles designed to provide content for stories that give incremental updates to a larger story (and to develop an…
  • The Civic Statuary Project

    14 Apr 2015 | 10:28 am
    The University of Cape Town removed a controversial statue of British colonialist Cecil Rhodes last week, after a month of student protests. Rhodes, who build the De Beers diamond empire, was an unrepentant imperialist whose wealth came from purchasing mineral rights from indigenous leaders and turning their territories into British protectorates. Under his rule in Cape Colony, many Africans lost the right to vote, a step which some scholars see as leading to enforced racial segregation in South Africa. While Rhodes made major donations to charitable causes – including the land the…
  • Paying Attention to Garissa

    4 Apr 2015 | 5:14 pm
    On Thursday morning, heavily armed attackers, believed to be members of al-Shabaab, invaded Garissa University and killed 147 students. Mohamed Kuno, a high-ranking al-Shabaab official, has been named by the Kenyan government as the mastermind of the attack. Two days later, we are hearing terrifying details, including a student who hid in a wardrobe for more than 50 hours, afraid that the police who came to rescue here were militants trying to lure her out. Her decision was a wise one – the militants told students they would live if they came out of their dormitories… then lined…
  • “It’s scary when we can do this out of love and there’s nothing you can threaten us with”

    6 Mar 2015 | 7:45 am
    What’s a “holy shit visualization”? It’s a way of looking at data that makes turns a statistic you might have flipped past in a book or skimmed by on a web page into something that you can’t forget. It’s a visceral reminder of the power of images and the power of looking at dry numbers in human terms. For Mike Evans, the map below was a holy shit visualization. Properties in yellow are in tax distress. Those in orange are under tax foreclosure. Those in red have been foreclosed. In 2014, 50% of properties in the city of Detroit were in danger of…
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  • Who you are

    25 May 2015 | 9:00 pm
    The most common form of despair is not being who you are. ~ Soren Kierkegaard- How would you describe your authentic nature?
  • New frontiers

    24 May 2015 | 9:00 pm
    It's better to burn out than to fade away.  ~ Neil Young- In what areas are you actively engaged?
  • On the way

    22 May 2015 | 9:00 pm
     I don't know where I'm going, but I'm on my way.  ~ Carl Sandburg- Why is the destination not the primary consideration?
  • Kindling some joy

    22 May 2015 | 5:19 am
    Pain comes like the weather, but joy is a choice.  ~ Rodney Crowell- In what areas could you kindle some joy?
  • Life gives

    18 May 2015 | 9:00 pm
    Be glad of life because it gives you the chance to love and to work and to play and to look up at the stars.  ~ Henry Van Dyke- What has life given you?
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    Gift Hub

  • Welcome to our Newest Disclaimer

    Phil Cubeta
    22 May 2015 | 9:31 am
    <Not part of the Operative Disclaimer but provides needed context> Please Return any Prior Disclaimers You May Have in your Possession Wealth Bondage and Gifthub are constantly co-evolving to serve you better. Our Disclaimers are no exception. Any prior disclaimers in your possession are the sole property of Wealth Bondage and must be returned immediately <Operative Disclaimer Begins Here>   The Nature of Wealth Bondage Wealth Bondage is reality as it appears to us within The Market, as you have known it since birth. There is no "outside" of Wealth…
  • Seriatim Ad Libitim Sin and Absolution for a Flat Fee as Befits our Roles as Fiduciaries

    Phil Cubeta
    22 May 2015 | 7:04 am
    White magic and Black magic. The term for healer in Greek also means killer, as medicine also means poison. Both are related to scapegoat. When you think of terms like secular priest or mentor (as used in reference to themselves by highest level advisors to highest level wealth) they have that kind of duality. The altar reeks of blood beneath the slain one. Communion we call it. Drawn into this sacred dance as priest or lamb or goat is there any question of the risk? As to the eternal reward, is that a bet you would take in wagering your life, as opposed to, say, mine? I love Reverend J.
  • On Satire and Self Renewal

    Phil Cubeta
    20 May 2015 | 8:22 am
    Maria Popova on John Steinbeck's creative process, demolishing himself to create the work that became Grapes of Wrath by the author we now call John Steinbeck. He had written a satire on the way the poor were treated, but discarded it as too glib, or "smart alec-y." He said he had made the owners look "ridiculous." So he chucked a finished manuscript, writing his editor to stop the presses. Satire works best when it is a purgation, or implicit scourging, by the author of the author. It is not a sermon by a holier man than thou, nor a confession by one…
  • Candidia to Doctor Schambra on (get this) Civil Society

    Phil Cubeta
    5 May 2015 | 12:18 pm
    Click goes the stiletto heel, tapping under the desk, click, click. Grossly inappropriate! That William Schambra! O Excuse me, Doctor Shambra (sounds like one of those Baptist Preachers, probably has an honorary Doctorate from  some shitty little Bible College in one of those crappy states like Mississippi. Or Oklahoma, if that really is a state.) How dare that impudent little man disrespect Mistress Andreeson? He says he wants civic virtue, yadda yadda, like this is 1850 or something. Does anyone even know what the flying fuck civic virtue even is? How do you measure…
  • Passing a real priest off as a secular one - lessons learned the hard way

    Phil Cubeta
    21 Apr 2015 | 11:31 am
    One of my friends from The Asylum is a real priest, though having taken a vow of poverty, he is always casting about for ways to make ends meet. I was able to borrow him a blue blazer and grey slacks, to disguise him as a Secular Priest, and was able to hook him up with a Family of Wealth for a Values-Planning Retreat, but he starting spouting Greek and Latin, saying prayers, offering to hear confession, or perform an exorcism, and was soon exposed as a pious fraud. "Hey, what is this? A real priest?" I had to give the family their money back and we may still face damages.
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    Case Foundation » What’s New

  • The Power of Influence: Get Ready for MCON 2015

    Elyse Kort
    21 May 2015 | 9:25 am
    This post was written by Derrick Feldmann on behalf of the Case Foundation: In 2010, Achieve and the Case Foundation began an effort to understand the dynamics between organizations and a new generation of donors and activists. Together, we established the Millennial Impact Project to fill a knowledge gap that existed in the field: How does […] The post The Power of Influence: Get Ready for MCON 2015 appeared first on Case Foundation.
  • A Fearless Approach to Ocean Conservation

    Elyse Kort
    19 May 2015 | 11:08 am
    Earlier this month, I found myself in a sea of sleepy-eyed millennials in a Georgetown University auditorium waiting for the first annual Sustainable Oceans Summit to begin. The Sustainable Oceans Alliance (SOA), founded by Georgetown student and Case Foundation intern Daniela Fernandez, hosted the summit. SOA is one of the first student-led initiatives started in […] The post A Fearless Approach to Ocean Conservation appeared first on Case Foundation.
  • Impact Investing Conversations Expand at Milken Institute Global Conference

    Elyse Kort
    8 May 2015 | 6:20 am
    This year, Case Foundation CEO, Jean Case, and team again traveled to the Milken Institute Global Conference to lead conversations about how business can contribute to solving social problems. The Milken Institute has the mission to increase global prosperity by advancing collaborative solutions that widen access to capital, create jobs and improve health, and impact […] The post Impact Investing Conversations Expand at Milken Institute Global Conference appeared first on Case Foundation.
  • Better Businesses Make Better Mothers’ Day Gifts

    Elyse Kort
    5 May 2015 | 10:56 am
    Here at the Case Foundation, we believe that where we shop matters, and we’re convinced that better businesses make better gifts. In an effort to help you wrap up your Mother’s Day shopping, we put together a collection of gift ideas from some of our favorite “better” businesses—companies driven to have positive social and environmental […] The post Better Businesses Make Better Mothers’ Day Gifts appeared first on Case Foundation.
  • Racing for a Cure

    Elyse Kort
    17 Apr 2015 | 12:15 pm
    Recently I watched a 60 Minutes segment on brain cancer patients at Duke University. These men and women had been diagnosed with a type of brain cancer called glioblastoma. The episode went on to tell the story of the clinical trial that used a re-engineered poliovirus to kill cancer cells. That’s right, polio – a […] The post Racing for a Cure appeared first on Case Foundation.
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    GoodGuide Blog

  • Choose Safe, Healthy Lip Products

    6 May 2015 | 11:39 am
                Some of the most vulnerable skin on our body is found on our face. Typically left exposed to the elements, the skin our face and lips is an important place to take special care of. Lip products have long evolved from the days of the original tubs of Vaseline and Carmex. Now packed with products from tints and sunscreens to gloss and moisturizers, the lip care product aisle can get confusing quick. Ever heard the urban myth about Carmex being addictive? How about the creators of lip balms purposefully adding drying ingredients making lip balm…
  • Clean Up Your Laundry Routine

    30 Apr 2015 | 11:04 pm
    How “clean” can your clothes get when the soap you are using may contain potentially hazardous chemicals, or fragrances that you may be allergic too? Cleaning products are among the most significant sources of exposure to toxic chemicals in the home. Many of the products we use to scrub, whiten and soften our loads of laundry are made with ingredients that raise concerns for human health and our environment. 5 easy ways to clean up your laundry routine: 1) Look closely at the ingredient list. Some laundry detergents include ingredients like triethanolamine that can cause harm if they…
  • Behind the Ratings: Baby and Kids Personal Care

    3 Mar 2015 | 11:36 am
    The average American is said to use nine personal care products containing more than 126 different ingredients every day. When choosing products we use on and around us, is it best to choose the product with less ingredients? Or the product with the most natural ingredients? What about simply choosing a product based on the packaging claims, like “hypoallergenic”, “all natural” or “dermatologist recommended”? Take Our Poll   The importance of choosing the right product increases exponentially when making the choice for our children, and — let’s be honest —…
  • Healthy Handwashing

    18 Feb 2015 | 2:35 pm
    A recent article published by WebMD reported 80% of infectious diseases are transmitted by touch. Good handwashing, then, is still one of the best ways to avoid getting sick. We all know we’re supposed to wash our hands, right? But how often do we skip it? In 2013, researchers at Michigan State University conducted an undercover study to see how many people actually washed their hands before leaving a public bathroom. What they found was … kind of gross. While only 7 percent of women and 15 percent of men skipped washing their hands all together, a whopping 95 percent of people didn’t…
  • Halloween Candy: What you need to know before you shop.

    13 Oct 2014 | 1:11 pm
    Spooked at the thought of shopping for Halloween candy? GoodGuide can help. Are all those super-sized bags of miniature chocolates, rolls of sweet tarts, sacks of candy corn, and lollypops by the dozen taunting you in the supermarket aisles? Us too. If the sheer number of choices isn’t enough to make your eyes glaze over, then the minuscule list of cryptic ingredients certainly is: Sugar, Corn Syrup, Hydrogenated Palm Kernel Oil; Citric Acid, Tapioca Dextrin, Modified Corn Starch, Natural and Artificial Flavors, Colors (Red 40 Lake, Titanium Dioxide, Blue 2 Lake)… Don’t despair.
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  • Australian Woman Demands: “Stop Taxing My Period!”

    Tasbeeh Herwees
    26 May 2015 | 4:15 pm
    A petition to end the Australian tax on tampons has garnered over 95,000 signatures—and the attention of the Australian Treasurer, Joe Hockey. University student Subeta Vimalarajah started the petition to get ahead of Hockey’s national tax review, in which the country’s financial ministers will gather to assess the fairness of the current tax code. In Australia, people who buy tampons are charged with a 10% “Goods and Services Tax,” a tax from which other health products, like condoms and sunscreen, are exempt. In her petition, Vimalarajah argues that the government is essentially…
  • Jon Stewart Fights to Break Military Veterans Into the TV Industry

    Rafi Schwartz
    26 May 2015 | 2:10 pm
    image via (cc) flickr user thejointstaff Despite being a longstanding, and particularly vocal, critic of the wars in both Iraq and Afghanistan, Daily Show host Jon Stewart has long been an equally vocal supporter of those who serve in our country’s armed forces. He’s performed for the troops in Afghanistan, visited wounded vets at military hospitals, and is even the recipient of the United Service Organization’s Merit Award. For someone so publicly opposed to the last decade’s worth of major military action, Stewart has remained remarkably steadfast in his commitment to men and…
  • To Fight Fat, This App Requires You to Move to the Music

    Heather Dockray
    26 May 2015 | 10:20 am
    Image via YouTube While scientists may disagree on the best way to cure obesity, there’s one practice they all believe in—exercise and movement. That’s why a new site, Moving Tracks, developed an app to encourage people to move along to music. Moving Tracks contains great new songs by people’s favorite artists. The catch? You only get to listen to the track if you’re running. As soon as you stop, so does the song. The site just launched a few weeks ago, but has already reached over 500,000 subscribers. While their primary audience is teens, Moving Tracks firmly believes that all…
  • Designers Skewer FIFA Sponsors to Highlight Worker Abuse

    Rafi Schwartz
    26 May 2015 | 10:00 am
    image via imgur We’re still years away from the 2022 FIFA World Cup games slated to take place in the desert nation of Qatar, but already some observers are raising a red flag (or perhaps a red card) over the host country and its treatment of those hired to build the games’ stadiums. Soccer fans, aid agencies, and even other governments are publicly calling for FIFA to step in and drastically improve the conditions of the migrant workers who critics claim are being forced to work under deplorable and dangerous conditions in which hundreds have already lost their lives, and…
  • We Asked You to Walk, Bike, or Run for Charity. 4,000 of You Did It.

    26 May 2015 | 9:25 am
    Charity Miles, a free app for iPhone and Android, motivates its members to get off their butts by helping them earn corporate sponsorships whenever they exercise. Running and walking earn charities 25 cents per mile; biking gets them a dime. And last week, Gene Gurkoff—the founder of Charity Miles—challenged you to get fit while supporting a cause you care about. More than 4,000 of you traveled 31,280 miles—all while Sambazon supported the charities you love. Check out a few of those sponsored miles in action by clicking through this slideshow. If you haven’t found a cause…
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  • Cities Pledge to Save Water, Plastic Bottles

    Antonio Pasolini
    26 May 2015 | 6:20 am
    As citizens become more acutely aware of water issues, so does their willingness to save water and reduce their environmental impact. A recent demonstration of popular commitment to the issue [...] The post Cities Pledge to Save Water, Plastic Bottles appeared first on SocialEarth.
  • “Slum Soccer” Gets Football Support from Chevrolet

    Sangeeta Haindl
    19 May 2015 | 11:57 pm
    Sachin Tendulkar, the former Indian cricketer and captain and widely acknowledged as one of the greatest cricketers of all time, is convinced that football can be big in India. Others have also [...] The post “Slum Soccer” Gets Football Support from Chevrolet appeared first on SocialEarth.
  • P2P Equipment Rental Platform Gets Investment from Caterpillar

    Antonio Pasolini
    19 May 2015 | 6:09 am
    Since 2013, Yard Club in San Francisco has been operating an online platform that enables peer-to-peer equipment rental, which the Wall Street Journal calls an AirBnb for excavators. Since then, [...] The post P2P Equipment Rental Platform Gets Investment from Caterpillar appeared first on SocialEarth.
  • Harvard Business School “Peek” Program Aims to Bridge Gender Gap

    Vikas Vij
    18 May 2015 | 8:15 am
    America’s finest business schools continue to struggle with a gender gap. Many decades after they started admitting women. Harvard Business School’s class of 2016 constitutes 41 percent women – the [...] The post Harvard Business School “Peek” Program Aims to Bridge Gender Gap appeared first on SocialEarth.
  • Fossil “Unbound”: Collaborating with Social Problem Solvers to Change Young Lives

    Sangeeta Haindl
    15 May 2015 | 7:56 am
    Fossil Unbound is an organisation that is creating tumbleweeds of change by supporting projects that are nurturing and inspiring children. It strongly believes the best social entrepreneurs aren’t just changing [...] The post Fossil “Unbound”: Collaborating with Social Problem Solvers to Change Young Lives appeared first on SocialEarth.
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    Sasha Dichter's Blog

  • What I Learned About Generosity From the Eight Foot Bride

    22 May 2015 | 2:00 am
    I still remember the feeling I had watching Amanda Palmer’s mezmorizing TED talk, as she described the gentle, intimate moment of handing a flower to a stranger while dressed as a silent, 8-foot bride, busking in Harvard Square. If that talk was the distilled essence of her experience of love, crowdfunding, trust and connection, her book, The Art of Asking, feels like an exposed, magically cluttered, painful but beautifully honest version of everything that led up to that 13-minute essence of the story. While Amanda and I are, in the most obvious ways, very different people, I felt a…
  • Walking the path

    15 May 2015 | 2:00 am
    I recently had the chance to have dinner with a small group of amazing nonprofit leaders. Our host gave us all a gift by asking us to start the meal by going around the table and each sharing why we do this work. Each member of the group was honest and open, and, in listening to story after story, I began to see that they were all essentially the same. They were stories about role models, whether a mother or a grandfather, a teacher, a social worker, a friend. Stories of seeing their own relative good fortune – because everybody is more fortunate than somebody. Stories of the call to…
  • Layers

    12 May 2015 | 2:00 am
    The pavement on the cross-streets between 9th and 7th avenues between 14th and 23rd streets have been stripped for the past month. The first step here is milling, which takes off the top layer of asphalt in preparation for repaving, and, maybe because the city is in the midst of filling nearly 300,000 potholes, these streets have remained exposed and bumpy for weeks. Here’s what it’s looked like. In these few weeks, we’ve gotten to see what lies underneath: layers of patching, the old covering of potholes, extra asphalt around manholes. Sometimes even the cobblestone, which must be…
  • Experiment

    7 May 2015 | 2:00 am
    Try this one day. After an event where you’ve talked to a lot of interesting folks, sit down and write an individualized follow up note to everyone with whom you had a substantive conversation. It can be short. It just has to be real and personal, meaning that there actually has to be a next step in the conversation/relationship that would make sense. Now pay attention to how everyone responds. How quickly, how clearly, how personally. In my experience the people who seem to have the least time are often the ones who respond the most quickly and in the most genuine way. Makes you wonder…
  • When you are stuck

    5 May 2015 | 2:00 am
    Go slower, to give yourself a breather. Or go faster, because this will push your focus and intensity. Just change speeds. By changing speeds you’ll feel different.  By feeling different you’ll tell yourself a different story.  By telling yourself a different story you’ll discover that it’s the story, not how you feel or what you can actually do, that’s making you feel stuck in the first place.
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    Foreign Policy Blogs » Foreign Policy Blogs | The FPA Global Affairs Blog Network

  • Getting the Motives Right

    FPA Administrator
    26 May 2015 | 2:40 pm
    An Aga Khan health center in Afghanistan. By Hussein Rashid The recent attack against Ismaili Muslims in Karachi, Pakistan, will be read by most as part of a simple narrative of an ongoing Sunni-Shi’ah conflict. Unfortunately, as consistent fear-mongering has demonstrated with Sharia, bandying about non-English words conveys a facade of knowledge without any guarantee of any actual understanding. As is the case with most political violence, here is more to this attack than a simple retelling of a religious clash. There is a deeper history that is masked by using inappropriate vocabulary,…
  • Climate change latest battleground in India-Pakistan relations

    Scott Bleiweis
    26 May 2015 | 9:23 am
    A farmer in Patiala, India shows damage to wheat caused by unseasonably heavy rains in April 2015. While India and Pakistan don’t see eye to eye on pretty much anything, climate change dangers may help finally bring them together. Photo: Getty Images via Relations between India and Pakistan have been notoriously frosty for decades. But the two long-time adversaries will soon need to work together to effectively combat literal frost: in other words the effects of climate change. Neil Bhatiya, a policy associate at the Century Foundation, reports that monsoon-level rains…
  • U.S. Confronts China Over Airspace in South China Sea

    Gary Sands
    26 May 2015 | 9:19 am
    Chinese construction on the previously submerged Hughes Reef. Photo: Tuoi Tre I had not given much thought to the flight plan of the airline I recently booked to go back to the U.S. from Vietnam, but recent events in the airspace over the South China Sea prompted an online search. As I discovered, my commercial flight will be flying not far from where a U.S. surveillance plane was warned on Wednesday to leave by a Chinese radar operator. The P8-A Poseidon, the U.S. military’s most advanced surveillance aircraft, was flying near artificial islands which China is constructing, and the…
  • Mangoes Fly in Venezuela, But Economic Improvements Remain Unlikely for 2015

    FPA Administrator
    21 May 2015 | 12:01 pm
    This actually is an ordinary mango. Photo Credit: Wee Keat Chin via Flickr By Gary Bearden What does a mango thrown at the head of Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro tell us about Venezuela’s economic future? Not much. The mango, thrown on Wednesday, April 22, was just an ordinary mango. But the president’s curious response to the situation sheds light on what the country should expect in 2015 as it limps through an economic crisis and into legislative elections at the end of the year. While Maduro and his United Socialist Party of Venezuela (PSUV) are already known for their populist…
  • What Did Scott Walker Learn During His “Listening Tour” of Israel?

    Josh Klemons
    21 May 2015 | 9:27 am
    Photo by John Pemble via Flickr On the eve of the Israeli elections back in March, Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu proclaimed that there would be no Palestinian state under his watch. This created an international outcry and he quickly walked the statement back after a great success on election day. On Wednesday, he met with European Union Foreign Policy Chief Federica Mogherini and, for the first time since the election, outright proclaimed his commitment to a two-state solution. “We want a peace that would end the conflict once and for all… I don’t support a one-state…
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    In Search of Sanuk - Charity & Volunteering in Bangkok

  • The Coming Ultimatum on Refugees

    Dwight Turner
    20 May 2015 | 8:35 am
    Last year the number of people living as refugees soared beyond 50 million, the highest since World War II. Sadly, much of last year’s’ unrest is still roaring away and with only a month until this year’s World Refugee Day celebration, we’re set to eclipse those figures. Sadder than the statistics surrounding refugees, are how little we’ve heard of their plight until now. This a problem we can no longer ignore, because it’s a problem we’re ill equipped to solve. The Guardian writes: We are poorly prepared for what is about to hit us. We have…
  • Thanksgiving Arrives Early for 100 Kids and Their Families

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

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

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

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

  • A Deeper Look at Online Giving Trends

    23 May 2015 | 4:30 am
    M+R and the Nonprofit Technology Network have released their annual Benchmarks Study on email and online fundraising and advocacy. They surveyed 84 nonprofit organizations including several from the international sector. International sector participants include the Red Cross and Oxfam in the United States and Canada, FINCA International, Ipas, Mercy Corps, ONE, Operation Smile, Pathfinder International, Qhubeka, US Fund for UNICEF, United to End Genocide, UUSC, Women Thrive Worldwide, and World Bicycle Relief. The study looks at nonprofit use of email and online fundraising and advocacy, as…
  • A (Missed?) Philanthropic Opportunity in Nonprofit Leadership Development

    Dien Yuen
    18 May 2015 | 6:50 pm
    The National Committee for Responsive Philanthropy (NCRP) released a new study expressing support for leadership development. As I read the report, I thought about Asia’s developing NGO and philanthropic sector and the severe lack of funding for leadership development. While this report focused on US organizations, the arguments and findings are incredibly relevant and I hope Asian donors also consider supporting leadership development in addition to tangible social programs. The study Cultivating Nonprofit Leadership: A (Missed?) Philanthropic Opportunity makes the case that…
  • Nepal Disaster and Recovery Efforts: Long Road Ahead

    Dien Yuen
    6 May 2015 | 5:12 pm
    Reuters/ Navesh Chitrakar Just over a week ago, a 7.8 magnitude earthquake struck Nepal, followed by heavy rains. Over 8 million people have been impacted by this natural disaster, including over 7,000 killed, over 14,000 injured, and millions displaced. As we have learned from disasters in Haiti, China, and even New Orleans, catastrophic events on this scale often require years to rebuild and regain some sense of normalcy. During the extensive rebuilding process, there are short and long term needs in order to ensure the health and safety of the citizens of Nepal. Access to safe drinking…
  • 2015 Global Philanthropy Forum: Jim Yong Kim, World Bank President

    Andy Ho
    1 May 2015 | 5:42 pm
    Photo credit: Global Philanthropy Forum Day one of the Global Philanthropy Forum in Washington, DC last week featured World Bank President Jim Yong Kim on the theme of Disruptors and Decision Makers: it takes us all. Dr. Kim spoke of ending extreme poverty by 2030, setting goals to do so, and structuring the organization in order to reach those goals. He also reflected on three lessons learned from the past 50 years of the World Bank. Invest in growth Invest in people Invest to ensure social protection Dr. Kim spoke of investing in education and healthcare for women and children as a way…
  • Conversation with Jane Wales, CEO, Global Philanthropy Forum

    Andy Ho
    1 May 2015 | 5:19 pm
    Asian Philanthropy Forum was pleased to be part of the 2015 Global Philanthropy Forum in Washington, DC to cover the conference and aspects around philanthropy in Asia. While only a handful of the 300 or so speakers and attendees came from Asia, it was nonetheless an active topic of conversation throughout the conference, and a growing recognition of the importance of Asia in global philanthropy. Our Contributing Editor Andrew Ho had the opportunity to meet with Jane Wales, CEO of the Global Philanthropy Forum as the conference kicked off. What do you hope to see out of the conference? Jane…
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    The Change Blog

  • How I Became Happier from Working Out Less

    Ricky K
    26 May 2015 | 5:03 am
    “To find real peace you have to let the armour fall.” – Jim Carrey This is a different kind of story; it’s about my decision to workout less. Before I get to why, I’ll go back to how I started in the first place. I had a 3kg dumbbell hidden under my bed, and I had a dream that I’d dare not share with a soul. I was going to completely transform myself into someone, and something, that was a cross between Arnold Schwarzenegger and a Dragon Ball Z character. I was 16 at the time, and the designated ‘baby-faced, skinny little kid.’ No one gave me…
  • Why I Choose to Love Myself

    Edna Enriquez
    24 May 2015 | 4:56 am
    “You’re always with yourself, so you might as well enjoy the company.” – Diane Von Furstenberg You’d think life would be easy at age 22, but things couldn’t be more confusing. A lot happened in one year. I graduated from college, got engaged, and got a job in the field I wanted. I even moved to a new and beautiful city but my excitement only lasted a few months. You see, an uncomfortable feeling settled in and I started feeling stuck and unhappy.  But it just didn’t make sense because I had everything I could ever want. I sat with this feeling for a few more weeks and then I…
  • How To Change Your Life With The KonMari Method

    Juju Sprinkles
    22 May 2015 | 6:35 am
    Spring has sprung, are you ready to tackle your spring cleaning?  I thought I could skip it this year as I had just moved across the ocean from Taiwan to San Francisco with a total of four suitcases, or so I thought. A few weeks ago during a regular sister chat, my sister told me she was re-organizing her house.  I responded with the usual “oh, spring cleaning, sounds good.”  But then she told me she was actually re-organizing because of this book she was reading called The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing by Kondo Marie.  She started…
  • Frozen In Fear

    Michele Brown
    21 May 2015 | 4:38 am
    “Everything you want is on the other side of fear.” – Jack Canfield I sit on the edge of the sturdy rubber boat, staring at the rare spectacular blue emanating from beneath the water. I wonder about hidden depths of ice below, and my heart begins thumping beneath layers of protective clothing. Sea ice crackles as our driver and naturalist Christian stands at the back of the boat, one hand around a long steering handle, navigating us away from the safety of the expedition ship. I glance around at icebergs everywhere and notice the emphasis of white under vibrant sunshine, cloudless…
  • Why Getting Rid of Stuff Was Harder Than I Thought

    Heather Sinclair
    20 May 2015 | 4:34 am
    “The trouble with simple living is that, though it can be joyful, rich, and creative, it isn’t simple.” – Doris Janzen Longacre “But your stuff’s going into storage, right?” I frowned and knitted my brows apologetically. “Um…actually, no.” My friend was silent and gave me a confused look. I continued: “I’m selling or donating everything. Well, everything except whatever fits in the truck.” At this point my friend’s eyes got wider. I had seen this expression before: apparently people don’t think it’s normal to get…
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    The GiveWell Blog

  • GiveWell summer fellowship

    26 May 2015 | 1:32 pm
    We’re planning to host a one week fellowship this summer at our office in San Francisco for students more than a year away from graduation (e.g., first years or sophomores in college), who would be ineligible for our Summer Research Analyst position. We expect to have 4-8 fellows, who will spend a week doing standard GiveWell work, getting to know staff, and getting a feel for GiveWell and Open Philanthropy research. For more, see our page with details and application instructions.
  • History of philanthropy case study: Pew and drug safety legislation

    15 May 2015 | 9:34 am
    Tamara Mann Tweel, who has been working for us on our history of philanthropy project, has completed a case study of a Pew Charitable Trusts (“Pew”) program focused on drug supply chain safety legislation in 2012. The report concludes: Pew put drug supply chain safety concerns on the legislative agenda in 2011 and actively built the coalition that ensured its passage in 2012. The team also assisted with and vetted the language of the 2012 bill and made sure that weak policy proposals did not supplant strong ones. Pew accomplished these goals largely by capitalizing on their…
  • Funder-initiated startups

    14 May 2015 | 12:59 pm
    We’ve come across many cases where a funder took a leading role in creating a now-major nonprofit. This has been surprising to us: it intuitively seems that the people best suited to initiate new organizations are the people who can work full-time on conceiving an organization, fundraising for it, and doing the legwork to create it. Most successful companies seem to have been created by entrepreneurs rather than investors, and the idea that a philanthropist can “create” a successful organization (largely through concept development, recruiting and funding, without full-time…
  • Our updated agenda for science philanthropy

    6 May 2015 | 11:38 am
    We’re hoping to set the Open Philanthropy Project’s initial priorities within scientific research this year. That means being in a place roughly comparable to where we currently are on U.S. policy and global catastrophic risks: having a ranked list of focus areas and goals for hiring and grantmaking. The process is going to have to look very different. For both U.S. policy and global catastrophic risks, we were able to do a relatively large number of “shallow investigations,” in which we quickly got a sense for the importance, tractability, and crowdedness of a cause.
  • Giving to support the relief effort for the Nepal earthquake

    27 Apr 2015 | 5:58 pm
    GiveWell aims to find giving opportunities that allow donors to do as much good as possible with their donations, and our research efforts focus on that goal. We have not researched giving opportunities related to the relief effort for the Nepal earthquake, specifically. Below, we share our 6 tips on disaster relief giving, a post we first made in November 2013. 6 tips on disaster relief giving Our general advice on disaster relief giving: 1. Give cash, not clothes (or other goods). Giving away unwanted items makes donors feel good, and relief agencies can be under substantial pressure to…
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    RELEVANT Magazine

  • Newly Found Martin Luther Book Includes His Handwritten Notes

    26 May 2015 | 4:33 pm
    If you’re still trying to decide whether or not to check out e-books from the library, consider what can happen (in obscure French libraries) when you stick with physical volumes: An American, doing research at the Humanist Library in Selestat, France, just found a first edition of Martin Luther’s On the Freedom of a Christian that includes handwritten revisions by the great reformer himself, reported the BBC. The book, published in the early 1500s, includes “around 50 notes written in red by Luther himself, indicating changes he wanted for a second edition.” ...
  • Watch: GoPro Reminds Us What Summer Is About

    26 May 2015 | 3:43 pm
    A new video from GoPro captures in-air reactions of summer campers participating in that time-honored, surprisingly dangerous, awesome camp activity: the blob. May we not forget. ...
  • Reese Witherspoon to Star in Tinker Bell Movie

    26 May 2015 | 3:01 pm
    According to The Hollywood Reporter, Reese Witherspoon is in talks to produce and star in a live action movie about the classic Disney character Tinker Bell. Though not many details about Tink have been released yet, initial reports make it sound like a possible origins story: “Like Maleficent, this Tinker Bell tale is conceived as ‘the story you don’t know,’ and will offer a new perspective on the character.” The new movie is being written by Victoria Strouse, the same screenwriter working on the upcoming Pixar sequel Finding Dory ...
  • 10 Things We’ve Learned in 10 Years of Marriage

    26 May 2015 | 2:17 pm
    Lessons about kids, arguing, sex, love, respect and more after a decade of marriage. About 10 years ago, before God and our assembled witnesses of friends and family, we made a covenant with each other to love, cherish and honor one another till death do us part, and were joined together as one.
  • The Arnold Schwarzenegger of Kangaroos Has Been Spotted in an Australian Neighborhood

    26 May 2015 | 10:42 am
    If you find yourself in the suburb of Brisbane, Australia, possibly playing a round of golf on the local course, you may run across the most swoll marsupial that side of the equator. “Dave” or “Big Buck” as he has come to be known to locals is evidently friendly enough, though honestly, who is going to get close enough to that jacked kangaroo to find out his real disposition ...
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    Ignited Fundraising

  • Winner of the Ignited Fundraising Haiku Contest

    Lori Jacobwith
    19 May 2015 | 10:01 pm
    Your creativity amazes me! What a fun week, last week was. Take a look at all of the folks who took a “positive pause” to draft and share a fundraising Haiku. The Winner of the Complete Storytelling System is: Mike Miller, Executive Director, River Bend Foodbank A special shout out to two Honorable Mentions: Mary Cahalane, Hands-On Fundraising & Linda Lones, Big Brother Big Sister! Congratulations to everyone who took the time to submit their Haiku! Here are some of the other creative contest entries: Hey, if you are reading this…take 3 minutes and add your Haiku about…
  • Seventeen Syllables Could Win You The Complete Storytelling System

    Lori Jacobwith
    12 May 2015 | 10:01 pm
    Let’s take a positive pause! I know so often those of us who work in fundraising can get mired down in the day-to-day of too much to do. We can get lost in our hard, important work and forget to take a break and look at all the good we do. So, to help you take a few minutes to look at the bright side of things, I have a haiku contest for YOU and you could win a copy of the NEW Complete ‪Storytelling‬ System! All you have to do is create a haiku that follow the traditional 5-7-5 syllable structure. Craft your haiku about something positive in your ‪‎fundraising‬ work. Then head…
  • A Cool App To Help You Capture A Powerful Story

    Lori Jacobwith
    5 May 2015 | 10:01 pm
    Have you seen the TED Talk by StoryCorps Founder Dave Isay? A number of people have sent the link to me, knowing I love a powerful story. When she sent the link, my friend Barb said, “everyone needs THIS app.” Dave’s message in his TED talk is about the importance of storytelling.  Dave is a terrific storyteller himself and he really understands how stories make a difference in the lives of the both the people who tell them AND the people who hear them. Dave says, “You know, a lot of people talk about crying when they hear StoryCorps stories, and it’s not…
  • The Long & The Short of It: A Great Example of Varying Story Lengths

    Lori Jacobwith
    28 Apr 2015 | 10:01 pm
    A week or so ago I heard a short, inspiring story about a young girl named Maddie while I was listening to NPR. The story was about four-minutes long and talked about how this twelve-year-old girl outed the video game industry for discriminating against girls. Image source: Imangi Studios The story captured my attention so much when I heard it on the radio that later I went looking for it on the MPR website and found that, in fact, there was a longer seventeen-minute version of the story. Both versions of the story are very interesting. Go ahead, I encourage you to listen to them both.  Then…
  • Storytelling Has Power to Heal

    Lori Jacobwith
    21 Apr 2015 | 10:01 pm
    I often tell people I have THE best job in the world. Working with many different organizations I get to hear the good news stories from communities around the world. Daily. The stories I hear don’t always have a happy ending. They are not always stories of joy and laughter. What they are, are people sharing their own vulnerability with me. And when they do so, they cause others, including me, to view the world differently. As I conduct my work coaching clients who are the impact speaker for a special event, or the executive director whose job it is to inspire others to make a contribution,…
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    Shareable New Articles

  • The Power of Pattern Languages: a Q&A with Dave Pollard

    Cat Johnson
    26 May 2015 | 7:20 am
    Photo: Gene Stull The following is a conversation between Dave Pollard, one of the core members of the nonprofit collective that produced the Group Works deck, and sharing and political activist Paxus Calta. They discuss what these pattern languages are, why they’re important, and how they’re being used. Why are most meetings, conferences and other deliberative processes so bad?
  • The Top 10 Happiest Countries and What Makes Them Happy

    Cat Johnson
    25 May 2015 | 8:00 am
    “The care of human life and happiness…is the only legitimate object of good government,”—Thomas Jefferson, 1809.
  • 5 Bikesharing Trends to Watch

    25 May 2015 | 7:56 am
    Article cross-posted from the Shared-Use Mobility Center. Photo by Tony Webster.
  • Need a Happiness Boost? Try Coworking

    Cat Johnson
    24 May 2015 | 12:49 pm
    At this year’s Global Coworking Unconference Conference (GCUC) in Berkeley, Ca., Jacob Sayles, co-founder of Office Nomads in Seattle, presented the results of the spring coworking space member survey. A partnership between Office Nomads, GCUC, and Emergent Research, the survey found, among other things, that coworking makes people happier.
  • Making Shared Mobility Innovations Accessible to All

    22 May 2015 | 12:57 pm
    San Jose cyclists celebrate the launch of Bay Area Bike Share in 2013. (Richard Masoner/Cyclelicious via Wikimedia Commons)
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    Donate a Car to Charity - blog

  • When Is Your Ride At The End Of It’s Life

    29 Apr 2015 | 11:27 am
    We all build that connection with our car, but sometimes it causes more troubles than its uses. At that point in time you might have to get a new car.   Perhaps it’s because of the cost and the sacrifices we make to own and operate them, or because they represent independence and mobility. But regardless, all this emotion can cloud our decision-making process when it comes to parting with our beloved daily driver. Many automakers invest as much time and energy in creating and developing an emotional bond between their products and their customers as they do in designing and building…
  • Technology Allows Insights on Teenage Driving Habits

    25 Mar 2015 | 9:05 am
    Many teenage injuries in emergency rooms are due to preventable car accidents. Overall, teenage drivers drive faster and ride closer to the bumper in front of them than older drivers. Teenagers also are less likely to wear seatbelts then anybody else. Chevrolet has announced that it will offer parents a creepy level of oversight when it comes to letting the kids borrow the family ride, and the NSA-style spying begins with the 2016 Malibu. A system dubbed Teen Driver will debut on the bow-tie brand’s newest mid-size sedan (which itself bows at the 2015 New York auto show). It allows…
  • The Unveiling of Discovery Velocity and Its Automotive Programming

    18 Feb 2015 | 7:41 am
    Discovery Velocity is a new channel spread across Canada to deliver car-related programming. This channel will introduce old favourites that car enthusiasts have missed since the cancelation of Speed, as well as a variety of new programs designed to appeal to their interests. “We’re looking to provide a really high-adrenaline, really exciting schedule and be somewhere that people can watch things they can’t see anywhere else in Canada,” said Director of Programming, Discovery Networks Lindsay Cowan Dotchison. The new channel takes its name from Discovery Communications’ U.S.
  • Finally some relief comes to Honda in the F1

    19 Jan 2015 | 9:23 am
      After being left in the dust, Honda motorsport has been awarded the same courtesy that Ferrari and Renault had already been given. Formula One places a significant value on technical innovation. After the regulators handed Mercedes an advantage, the loophole opened up allowing Ferrari and Renault the advantage of updating engines throughout the year. As is often the case, the issue revolves around the specific wording of the regulations. Ferrari and Renault successfully argued that, contrary to its spirit, the letter of the law (or regulations, in any event) didn’t actually…
  • Car thefts down since 1991 all time high

    22 Dec 2014 | 7:41 am
    You’ll always worry about your vehicle. It comes with the territory, what that weird ticking noise is, letting your kids take it out for the night, keeping the oil maintained, and making sure that the engine is in good and working order. Yet according to the FBI theft of your vehicle is not something most people worry about, because they don’t have to. According to statistics, 2013 showed the lowest number of stolen cars since 1967. There were 699,594 vehicles reported stolen in 2013 – a positive figure no matter how you compare it to years past. Thefts were down by about 20,000…
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    Beth’s Blog

  • The Art of Facilitating Virtual Meetings with Sticky Notes

    26 May 2015 | 12:21 pm
    Last week, Andrea Kihlstedt and I did a reprise of our Guidestar webinar, “Healthy and Productive Meetings” as a learning session for Guidestar staff.     Guidestar has multiple office locations, so this session was done as a virtual meeting using a platform and apps that offered features like chat, desktop sharing, polling, white board, sticky notes, and audio and video conferencing.   As trainers,  Andrea and I both know the value of “modeling the model,” so we wanted to use and model best practices for designing effective meetings on their preferred platforms.
  • My Most Engaged Follower On Twitter Is @JenniferPreston

    21 May 2015 | 10:28 am
    My most engaged follower on Twitter this past week is Jennifer Preston.  I know why Jennifer, who is the VP at the Knight Foundation is one of my engaged followers this week.   Earlier this week I was in Miami to do a social media pre-workshop at the Knight Digital Media Seminar.  Jennifer was observing and tweeting during the session.  (If you want to read the re-caps or view the videos for the seminar itself, the Knight Foundation blog has full documentation here). On the other hand,  my most influential followers is Ellen DeGeneres.  I’m not sure why as I don’t follow…
  • What I Learned From @Sree Sreenivasan Chief Digital Officer of @MetMuseum

    20 May 2015 | 3:51 am
    I just spent two days in Miami at the Knight Foundation Media Learning Seminar where I co-facilitate a pre-conference workshop on leading on social channels with Amy Gahran and Stephanie Rudat.   But I also got an opportunity to finally hear the keynote speaker, Sree Sreenivasan, Chief Digital Officer of the @MetMuseum in person.   I’ve been fan for a long time, but never had the chance to meet or hear him in person. Sree is authentic, humble, and always making connections.   When I asked for a photo of him with the Fast Company magazine that includes the profile of him, he modestly…
  • Why Good Habit Formation Is Important for Nonprofits

    19 May 2015 | 7:23 am
    Flickr Photo by Celestine Chua For the past few months, I’ve been working on a new project that will launch next month.   It is a leadership professional development project for emerging leaders in nonprofits in collaboration with Third Plateau funded by the Packard Foundation. This pilot project will test a leadership development training model for emerging leaders in environmental organizations that uses a combination of peer learning, coaching, and mentoring. The approach tests a hypothesis that emerging leaders need to have exciting, new assignments as well as the professional…
  • Take A Walk! Work Smarter and Live Longer

    15 May 2015 | 10:09 am
    We know that sitting is bad for your health and has been dubbed “the new smoking.”    Two years ago I got put on a fitbit and started walking, and haven’t stopped.  It’s benefited overall physical health and boosts cognitive function. I’ve been incorporating sitting, standing, and walking into my work and doing sessions at nonprofit conferences about walking as work.    After a session at the NTEN Nonprofit Technology Conference,  Lisa Colton, set up the “Take A Walk” group on Facebook for nonprofit folks who are sharing their walks and tips.
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    Forgiveness Project

  • EVENT: 19 & 20 September 2015 – The Journey of Forgiveness, course with Azim Khamisa

    25 May 2015 | 5:20 am
    We are delighted to welcome Azim Khamisa to the UK where he will run his internationally acclaimed two-day workshop exploring ideas and techniques about how to access and use forgiveness in both a personal and professional capacity. Azim Khamisa has worked with developing a process of forgiveness for many years, ever since his own personal experience of losing his only son to gang violence 20 years ago. Tariq – a 20-year-old student – was shot and killed while delivering pizzas in San Diego. His killer, Tony Hicks, became the first 14-year-old to stand trial as an adult in the state of…
  • EVENT: Soul Biographies Live Filming in support of The Forgiveness Project – 6 July 2015

    21 May 2015 | 1:38 am
    The Forgiveness Project are pleased to share an exciting and unique event, hosted by Nic Askew, a long term friend and supporter of TFP’s work. Nic makes black and white human portraits in film for his award winning Soul Biographies Series. Given the challenging and raw nature of the subjects addressed in the Series, the filming has always been carried out behind closed doors. In a first ever public event, Nic will be opening up the film experience in front of a live audience and exploring the nature of forgiveness, delving far beneath the surface. The purpose of this immersive event is to…
  • The Forgiveness Project 5th Annual Lecture – Forgiveness and Compassion: Is there a difference?

    28 Apr 2015 | 1:06 am
    We are delighted to announce our 5th Annual Lecture, taking place on 23 June 2015 at The Royal Geographical Society. This year we welcome as our main speaker Karen Armstrong, one of the world’s most thought-provoking and original public thinkers on the role of religion in historical and contemporary life. Her lecture, “Forgiveness and Compassion: Is there a difference?” will focus on why we must place compassion at the heart of public discourse on religion and morality. This will be followed by a panel discussion with Yasmin Yar Mulbocus and Bjørn Magnus Jacobsen Ihler, chaired by…
  • NEWS: Finally our book is launched!

    26 Apr 2015 | 10:32 am
    Last night we celebrated the launch of The Forgiveness Project: Stories for a Vengeful Age, the new book by The Forgiveness Project’s founder and director Marina Cantacuzino. The evening was kindly hosted by the Romanian Cultural Institute and speaking at the event were Marina herself, our publisher Jessica Kingsley, and author and actor Michael Simkins. We are incredibly grateful to everyone who worked so hard to make this project a reality. ‘The Forgiveness Project’ includes stories from a survivor of the ‪ Norway island massacre, a woman who now considers her child’s killer her…
  • Last chance: watch Beyond Right & Wrong to raise money for The Forgiveness Project!

    25 Apr 2015 | 9:04 am
    There is just one week left to raise money for The Forgiveness Project by watching Beyond Right & Wrong for free! Last year, The Forgiveness Project joined The Million Viewer Campaign to promote the powerful documentary, Beyond Right & Wrong, an hour long film centered around people who have used dialogue, compassion and activism to help heal their broken hearts and repair their broken communities. “Beyond Right and Wrong examines powerful stories of ordinary people in Rwanda and Israel/Palestine who have let go of perfectly natural punitive instincts in the name of a…
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    Tiny Buddha

  • Let Yourself Receive: You Don’t Have to Put Yourself Last

    Laura Probert
    26 May 2015 | 7:10 pm
    “Once you get used to people giving to you as much as you give to them and receive all of the benefits of a less stressful life, you will not consider putting yourself last.” ~Amanda Owen Recently a good friend of mine who knows my business helped me with a workshop project. She formulated spreadsheets, answered multiple emails and questions, provided feedback to my group, and then participated in the actual event by doing a demonstration. “I’m not going to cash your check,” she said to me the following week on the phone, after receiving my offering for the work she did.
  • 9 Ways to Help Yourself When You’re Going Through a Hard Time

    Priyanka Yadvendu
    26 May 2015 | 7:10 pm
    “Some changes look negative on the surface but you will soon realize that space is being created in your life for something new to emerge.” ~Eckhart Tolle After my father had a stroke, it became too difficult to manage our family’s convenience store, so we decided to sell it. We spoke to several buyers, but a couple was most interested—the same couple who had originally sold us the store years earlier. In December 2012, in the middle of the transaction, my father was manipulated and our store and retirement savings were snatched away. They convinced my parents to transfer the store…
  • The Beauty of Being Different

    Caroline D. James
    25 May 2015 | 8:22 pm
    “We must never be afraid to be a sign of contradiction for the world.” ~Mother Theresa I’ve felt like I was different ever since I was in elementary school, when my personality started to settle and I came to realize I didn’t look, think, feel, learn, or act like my peers. Back in the eighties and early nineties it seemed that there weren’t many labels to catalog people by, but still I knew I was different, and teachers and classmates made sure I knew it. “Freak” or “weirdo” were two of their favorite names. In current times there would be a many labels to identify…
  • Stop Trying to Blend In: The Simple Secret to Being Yourself

    Priya Jain
    25 May 2015 | 8:21 pm
    “Be yourself—not your idea of what you think somebody else’s idea of yourself should be.” ~Henry David Thoreau How many times have people told you to just be yourself? A million times perhaps. How many times have you felt able to do this? Until a few months ago, I thought this was frighteningly hollow advice, like “Don’t worry.” And I had no clue how to be myself. What does it even mean? The Simple Secret to Being Yourself My friend continuously tells me that being yourself means doing things you want to do and not caring about what others think. I disagree with that…
  • You Don’t Have to Believe You’re Not Good Enough

    Jen Picicci
    24 May 2015 | 6:49 pm
    “I don’t know a perfect person. I only know flawed people who are still worth loving.” ~John Green “I’m not good enough.” I cannot possibly count the number of times this thought has passed through my head over the years. It’s been applicable to nearly every aspect of my life from childhood to my current status as an adult, parent, and business owner. Still, both the frequency with which this thought enters my head and the length of time I spend believing it have dropped considerably, so I think my story and the lessons I’ve learned are worth sharing—especially since I know…
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    Farnam Street

  • Marshall McLuhan: The Here And Now

    Shane Parrish
    26 May 2015 | 4:00 am
    “In a culture like ours, long accustomed to splitting and dividing all things as a means of control, it is sometimes a bit of a shock to be reminded that, in operational and practical fact, the medium is the message.” In this passage from Understanding Media, Marshall McLuhan, reminds us of the difficulty that frictionless connection brings with it and how technological media advances have worked not to preserve but rather to ‘abolish history.’ Perfection of the means of communication has meant instantaneity. Such an instantaneous network of communication is the…
  • Countering the Inside View and Making Better Decisions

    Shane Parrish
    25 May 2015 | 4:30 am
    “You can reduce the number of mistakes you make by thinking about problems more clearly.“ In his book Think Twice: Harnessing the Power of Counterintuition, Michael Mauboussin discusses how we can “fall victim to simplified mental routines that prevent us from coping with the complex realities inherent in important judgment calls.” One of those routines is the inside view, which we’re going to talk about in this article but first let’s get a bit of context. No one wakes up thinking, “I am going to make bad decisions today.” Yet we all make them. What…
  • Roald Dahl’s Heartbreaking Letter About Losing his Daughter in 1962

    Shane Parrish
    21 May 2015 | 4:00 am
    Roald Dahl, the beloved author of my personal favorites Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Matilda and The BFG, lost his eldest daughter, Olivia, to measles in the early 60s. It wasn’t until 1988, however, that he penned a remarkable letter that doubles as a plea to parents, urging them to have their children vaccinated. The letter is as relevant today as when it originally appeared, in a pamphlet published by the Sandwell Health Authority, in 1988. Olivia, my eldest daughter, caught measles when she was seven years old. As the illness took its usual course I can remember reading to her…
  • Elon Musk on How to Tell if People Are Lying

    Shane Parrish
    20 May 2015 | 4:30 am
    Great tidbit from Elon Musk at the Ignition Conference on how having job applicants explain their thinking at multiple levels helps him figure out if they really worked on the problem. If you just talk to the people on your team you can learn a tremendous amount. As you iterate through problems … when you struggle with a problem that’s when you understand it. Once you’ve done that for (years), then you have a pretty good grasp of it. In fact, that’s one of the ways, when I interview someone … is to ask them to tell me about the problems they worked on and how…
  • The Books That Influenced Jerome Kagan

    Shane Parrish
    19 May 2015 | 4:00 am
    Before Jerome Kagan was listed as the 22nd most eminent psychologist of the 20th century, just above Carl Jung, he was a professor of psychology at Harvard’s Graduate School of Arts and Sciences. He was asked to be included in The Harvard Guide to Influential Books: 113 Distinguished Harvard Professors Discuss the Books That Have Helped to Shape Their Thinking, and now we know which books influenced him and why. His list is one of the longest and most comprehensive in the entire book. In the preface to the list, he writes, “these books should generate a tolerance for others and…
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    Triple Pundit: People, Planet, Profit

  • Female Entrepreneurship: Shrinking the Glass Ceiling

    Andrea Newell
    26 May 2015 | 3:00 am
    There have been a lot of changes since the term glass ceiling was coined in 1984. Is it still overhead?
  • France Bans Large Supermarkets From Wasting Food

    Grant Whittington
    26 May 2015 | 2:30 am
    In search of a way to curb hunger, France becomes the first country to ban supermarkets from throwing away unsold food. The initiative could save billions of dollars annually and feed hungry people across the country.
  • The Disconnectivity Paradox in the Modern Digital Age

    3p Contributor
    26 May 2015 | 2:15 am
    Rather than technology manifesting social connectedness, it is common that technology ends up shaping our behaviors and habits toward greater isolation. The ubiquity of mobile and online connectivity and the subsequent diminishing of human connection have become truths of our time. In this excerpt from her new book, "Everyday Ambassador: Make a Difference by Connecting in a Disconnected World," author Kate Otto explains in depth.
  • Infographics: Commuting in the 30 Largest U.S. Cities

    Grant Whittington
    26 May 2015 | 2:00 am
    A recent report from the University of Michigan Transportation Research Institute reveals the “who, when, how and how time-consuming” aspects of commuting in the 30 largest U.S. cities.
  • Twitter Chat Follow-Up: Beer & Better World

    3p Contributor
    26 May 2015 | 2:00 am
    Earlier this month, Anheuser-Busch InBev held a Twitter Chat with TriplePundit to share achievements from 2014 and answer your questions. Of course, everything can't be addressed in 140 characters. In this post, Ricardo Rolim, VP of global sustainability for AB InBev, addresses audience questions in depth.
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    Eat. Sleep. Be

  • 14 Ways to Help Conserve Sea Turtles

    22 May 2015 | 3:35 am
    Every year the second graders at our elementary school get to pick a sea animal to study. This year, my second grader chose the sea turtle. He spent a great deal of time learning about sea turtles, and was eager to find his newly beloved animal on a recent vacation and when we visited the aquarium. This Saturday, May 23rd, is Turtle Day, meant to encourage people around the world to discover turtles and tortoises, and learn how to help protect and conserve these very important creatures. Believe it or not, sea turtles have existed on Earth and in our seas for 100 million years. They have…
  • 21 Skin Cancer Prevention Tips

    15 May 2015 | 4:20 am
      After two very long and cold winters, it’s time to get outside again. Well, it’s time for people like me who hibernate inside during the cold months to get outside and enjoy the happier weather. Cue the Beatles: “Sun, Sun, Sun… Here it comes.” Of course, this also means it is time to think about sun exposure. As you probably know, people who get a lot of exposure to ultraviolet (UV) rays are at a higher risk for skin cancer, which is on the rise in the United States. But did you know that more than 3.5 million cases of basal and squamous cell skin cancer are diagnosed each…
  • That Girl in the Chorus

    14 May 2015 | 3:50 am
    The tween and teen years are such an awkward time for some kids. Well, for most kids, if we are being realistic. When my son found out earlier this year that chorus is mandatory for all students, he all but had a panic attack. “But Mom, you KNOW that singing is just not my thing.” Before I even had a chance to reach out and warn her, the music teacher emailed to say that she heard my son was apprehensive and would not give him a solo (or do anything that made him uncomfortable), as she wanted this to be a pleasurable experience for all the kids. Recently I attended said school chorus…
  • How to Stay Calm During a Doctor Appointment After Infertility

    13 May 2015 | 4:53 am
    If you have been through any type of serious infertility issues, it is likely that you have had more internal exams than any one woman should have in a lifetime. You may have even had to have an internal procedure, or (as in my case) several. Whether or not you have children now, no matter how you brought those children into your family, life after infertility is different than the life you had before. My doctor, who delivered my younger son, knew what I had been through. Though she wasn’t there for the fertility treatments, the endless tests, or the multiple procedures, she understood. She…
  • The Taboo of Talking about Women’s Issues

    8 May 2015 | 3:20 am
      On Mother’s Day of 2006, I had my seventh miscarriage. I sharing with you now because of a conversation I had with a friend last weekend about the taboo of talking about women’s issues such as infertility, miscarriage, prematurity, and postpartum depression in our society. Also, much of the conversations at the recent Mom 2.0 Summit blogging conference were about opening up more on our sites and using our platforms to tell our stories. And this is my story. When it comes to infertility, miscarriage, prematurity, and postpartum depression, I had them all. So I can relate to just…
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    Learning from Dogs

  • The great global tragedy.

    Paul Handover
    26 May 2015 | 1:00 am
    Reinforcing the need to move personhood beyond the human person. Yesterday, I wrote about the moves to have the concept of personhood extended to chimpanzees. Here’s a small extract: The order to show cause on the issue of habeas corpus is the first step in a process which Steven Wise and the Nonhuman Rights Project (NhRP) hope will secure Hercules and Leo’s bodily liberty and integrity. If the court were to find in their favour, the chimpanzees would no longer be kept for research and could be moved to a sanctuary in Florida. Last Friday, George Monbiot published an essay that…
  • Beyond humans

    Paul Handover
    25 May 2015 | 1:00 am
    Loving the animals on this planet must be more than a romantic notion. Before you read on, take a small break in your busy day and watch the following: On December 8, 2013 Michael Mountain spoke on “”I Am Not an Animal” — The Signature Cry of our Species” at the Personhood Beyond the Human conference at Yale University. Michael Mountain is Past President and one of the founders of Best Friends Animal Sanctuary, the nation’s largest sanctuary for abused and abandoned animals. Abstract: The past 50 years have seen enormous growth in the animal protection…
  • Picture parade ninety-seven

    Paul Handover
    24 May 2015 | 1:00 am
    More adorable parenting moments. The first set of wonderful pictures were a week ago. As was said then, these photographs are courtesy of Higher Perspective website. Image credits: oooo Image credits: Andre Pretorius oooo Image credits: Anton Belovodchenko oooo Image credits: Jim Ridley oooo Image credits: Michael Nichols oooo Image credits: Edwin Kats oooo Image credits: Jeanette DiAnda oooo Image credits: Igor Shpilenok Come back next Sunday for the third and final set of incredible parenting moments.
  • Just a thought!

    Paul Handover
    23 May 2015 | 1:00 am
    A novel Nursing Home plan. Sent to me by dear friend, Dan Gomez, as a light-hearted diversion for the weekend. (But it did fit rather nicely as a sequel to my Lies, Damn Lies, and … from yesterday!) ooOOoo Say you are an older senior citizen and can no longer take care of yourself and the government says there is no Nursing Home care available for you. So, what do you do? You opt for Medicare Part G. The plan gives anyone 75 or older a gun (Part G) and one bullet. You are allowed to shoot one worthless politician. This means you will be sent to prison for the rest of your life where…
  • Lies, Damn lies, and ….

    Paul Handover
    22 May 2015 | 1:00 am
    What is so terrible about integrity! I don’t know if my title to today’s post is part of a saying that is well-known in the USA. But back in dear old England the expression is widely used; the full expression being, “Lies, Damn Lies, and Politicians“. So what’s got my ‘knickers in a twist’ about the various hues of ‘truth’ that we find amongst our politicians? Before answering that question, perhaps I should answer a more fundamental question that might be arising in the minds of those followers who are relatively new to this place. (And…
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    Frank Sonnenberg Online

  • 8 Reasons Why Being Selfish is a Dead End Strategy

    Frank Sonnenberg
    26 May 2015 | 3:30 am
    Some people believe that you have to be selfish to get ahead. I’m here to tell you that they’re dead wrong. Here are eight myths about winning in the game of life. Promote yourself to make a great impression. Self-promotion won’t always lead to a favorable impression. In fact, the opposite may be true. If you want to make a great impression, spend your time listening and making others feel special rather than telling them how great you are. You have to move fast to get what you want in life. Relationships are built on trust, which takes time to develop. When people are viewed as “a…
  • 13 Ways To Be a Good Role Model

    Frank Sonnenberg
    19 May 2015 | 3:30 am
    13 Ways To Be a Good Role Model Hey, big shot. You don’t have to be a celebrity or a superstar to be a role model. Chances are if you’re a parent, teacher, coach, religious leader, or manager, you’re influencing people every day. Make it positive! Set the bar high. Have high expectations for others and yourself. Avoid the tendency to adjust the target downward just to accommodate mediocrity. Inspire others. When you’re a role model, every message you send is critical. For example, people will notice whether or not you value a good education, the relationship that you have with your…
  • The Best Graduation Speech … Never Given

    Frank Sonnenberg
    12 May 2015 | 3:30 am
    This graduation speech is for those of you who are going to change the world, as well as for those who are going change the world around you. First of all…congratulations!!! The bad news is that I bet many of you are a little scared. You’re probably asking yourself, “Now what?” The good news is that if your parents made it (and “what do they know?”), you can make it too. This is an exciting time. The world is at your fingertips. The question is: What are you going to make of this opportunity? The answer is: That’s totally up to you.  Here are nine valuable lessons to consider…
  • A Promise to Our Children

    Frank Sonnenberg
    7 May 2015 | 3:30 am
    A Promise to Our Children: Although we aim to do our best, we aren’t perfect. So please try to understand. As your parents, it’s our goal to never have a second agenda, an ulterior motive, or expect to be paid back — all we want is what’s best for you. Period. That means that although we’re not “cool” anymore, embedded in those recollections of the five-mile walks to school (uphill both ways), there are occasional lessons to be learned. Listen to us every once in a while — we may still know a thing or two about life, and we desperately want to share it with you. We may not…
  • 10 Ways That Helping People Makes Them Helpless

    Frank Sonnenberg
    5 May 2015 | 3:30 am
    Nonsensical no-bids. Some organizations offer sole-source contracts to a company rather than requiring a fair and competitive bidding process. This makes the supplier complacent and dependent, over time, never having had to win the business. Guaranteed gratuities. Restaurant servers receive a 10% – 20% tip, regardless of the service they provide. This teaches servers that halfhearted work still gets a reward. So why try harder? Their complacency ultimately hurts the restaurant because a superior customer experience is built on the establishment’s ambiance, food, and service. Automatic…
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    Self Stairway

  • Don’t Let Yourself Get Away With It

    Vincent Nguyen
    25 May 2015 | 4:00 am
    Going to the gym on a consistent schedule has been a personal struggle for the past two years. My routine has always been simple, Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays were my workout days. I had weekends off and two rest days in between the weekdays. And I’d do well. I’d feel myself getting stronger and my progress was noticeable when I’d be squatting a weight that I couldn’t even imagine lifting just weeks or months prior. Working out became a fun ritual that was an easy way to get my fix of endorphins. I’d keep up with my routine for months at a time and I’d look in the mirror…
  • Why It’s GREAT That It’s “All About Who You Know”

    Vincent Nguyen
    18 May 2015 | 4:00 am
    Have you ever complained that life’s not fair because success is all about who you know? You hear this all the time. A frustrated person, tired of striking out, throws their hands up in frustration and blames their current status on their lack of a network or for not being born into a well-connected family. So they look at people like Elon Musk, Richard Branson, or even someone they overheard in a restaurant and tell themselves that the reason those people were able to accomplish something was because of the people they knew. These people are half-right. Your friends and your social circles…
  • Staying Cool

    Vincent Nguyen
    11 May 2015 | 4:00 am
    This past week has been anything but easy. After well over 20 hours and four connecting flights, I arrive after my second to final flight to learn that they’ve lost my bag and would have to track it down the next day. They promised to mail it to my location once they have it, but I was skeptical. To further provoke me, the airport tried to sell me on a taxi ride to my hotel for a fixed rate of 1,450 PhP ($32). I took an Uber ride instead for about 150 PhP ($3). After landing in my final destination, I realized that my phone’s internet connection wasn’t working. It was crawling and…
  • Why I Had to Remove Social Media From My Daily Life

    Vincent Nguyen
    4 May 2015 | 4:00 am
    If you were on my Facebook wall right now, you’d see nothing on there. No recent status updates or comments. Just a blank wall you’d have to scroll down a bit to see the latest post. You wouldn’t even be able to post a new status on my wall even if you tried. I made the conscious decision over a year ago to disable new posts from showing up on my wall. My latest personal update was on June 16, 2013, inviting my friends to slap me for $8/hour. I installed Snapchat a few months ago out of curiosity and it was awesome. I was able to keep in touch with my friends in a fun way…
  • Be Your Biggest Supporter

    Vincent Nguyen
    27 Apr 2015 | 4:00 am
    Before my family and friends understood my goals, I had to endure a couple years of isolation, secrecy, and struggles on my own. I couldn’t openly talk to many people about what I had on my plate. Whether I wanted to rant or celebrate, I often kept it to myself. If someone asked me what I was up to, I’d be vague, rarely enthusiastically diving into details. Fortunately, now I’m able to be a lot more open about what I’m up to with (most of) my family and friends, but during the years where no one “got it”, things were really tough. There were no rails to hold onto. No mattress at…
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    Ahh The Simple Life

  • The Boomer Decades

    Carol Ann Preibis
    25 May 2015 | 8:03 am
    Strictly speaking I am not a “Baby Boomer.” I was born in 1944, two years too early.  I still… The post The Boomer Decades appeared first on Ahh The Simple Life.
  • 6 Myths About Money

    Carol Ann Preibis
    20 May 2015 | 10:58 am
    I once thought that economics was a boring, useless subject. I was wrong. Its purpose is to measure the… The post 6 Myths About Money appeared first on Ahh The Simple Life.
  • 10 Basic Elements Of a Relaxing Home

    Michele O'Connor
    19 May 2015 | 3:42 pm
    Just relaxing at home is one of the best ways to simplify our lives. Here are the basic elements… The post 10 Basic Elements Of a Relaxing Home appeared first on Ahh The Simple Life.
  • The Science of Authentic Happiness

    Carol Ann Preibis
    18 May 2015 | 8:05 pm
    All of us share a desire to achieve freer, happier, more meaningful, and more productive lives. That is what… The post The Science of Authentic Happiness appeared first on Ahh The Simple Life.
  • The Positivity Project: Gratitude

    Carol Ann Preibis
    10 May 2015 | 3:11 pm
    The more I learn about positive psychology, the more I am convinced of its tremendous potential. Potential to transform… The post The Positivity Project: Gratitude appeared first on Ahh The Simple Life.
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    Wan of a Kind

  • I Remember my Mother

    William Wan
    8 May 2015 | 11:48 pm
    Mother's Day is a relatively modern “special” day. It was officially celebrated by the Americans in 1914 when Woodrow Wilson signed the proclamation setting aside the second Sunday in May, as a national holiday to honour mothers. However, it was first celebrated in 1908, when Anna Jarvis held a memorial for her mother, Ann Reeves Jarvis, in Grafton, West Virginia. She campaigned to make "Mother's Day" a recognized holiday in the USA in 1905, the year her mother died.Her mother was a peace activist during the American Civil War of the mid 19th century. She was carrying out acts of kindness…
  • Hope Springs Eternal

    William Wan
    5 Apr 2015 | 8:07 pm
    Easter is a religious holiday celebrated by Christians around the world.  For these Christian friends, Easter is about their faith in the resurrection of Jesus Christ whom they believe to be Lord and Saviour.  The resurrection from the dead gives them hope both for the present as well as the after-life. I posted an Easter greeting last Friday as follows: “He is risen” announced the angels some 2,000 years ago.  Since then Christians around the world celebrate Easter Sunday every year.  To all my Christian friends, I do wish you a blessed Easter filled with Hope,…
  • Foreign Domestic Workers (FDW) of Today and the Majie of the Yesterday

    William Wan
    17 Mar 2015 | 2:09 am
    I have just received some copies of the latest Infocus, a Ministry of Manpower publication for employers of foreign domestic workers. The cover story Kindness is the Movement is an interview I gave to its writer.What are some ways in which employers can help FDW adapt to living and working in Singapore, I was asked. Though we had never engaged a FDW, I had spent periods of time with families with FDWs and I shared some of my observations of the way FDWs are treated that facilitated their happy adaptation. They include,The children addressing them as aunties – there is…
  • Kindness in the Year of the Goat

    William Wan
    22 Feb 2015 | 5:20 pm
    On Wednesday 18th of February, more than a billion Chinese around the world welcomed the dawn of another lunar new year. In traditional Chinese astrology, different animals symbolize the character of the year in a twelve-year cycle. This New Year happens to be the Year of the Goat. Some prefers to call it the Year of the Ram, and yet others, the year of the Sheep. In Mongolia, they prefer their gazelle! There are people who debate about which is the correct animal. According to an official Xinhua news agency, some scholars argue goat is a better option for the traditional Han Chinese holiday,…
  • United by Kindness

    William Wan
    22 Jan 2015 | 6:30 pm
    In the wake of the Charlie Hebdo tragedy, many have commented on the episode in our newspapers. Most of it is focused on the question of the extent of freedom of expression, and responsible journalism, especially when the discourse has to do with religion in the context of our own multi-religious ethos.Not surprisingly, of course, there is an outright condemnation of the terrorist attacks. Even on social media discussion, there is overwhelming agreement that the attacks cannot be condoned, let alone justified, and that the perpetrators must be brought to justice.A far more divisive…
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    Singapore Kindness Movement

  • Kindness Youth Dialogue 2015

    20 May 2015 | 2:21 am
    Click to enlarge The Kindness Youth Dialogue is one of SKM’s flagship initiatives to reach out to youths by engaging them through a discussion of social issues. This year’s theme revolves around a widely debated topic, cyber wellness, and it is titled “On the Other Side of the Screen”. Under the guise of anonymity and an inflated sense of empowerment, an increasing number of internet users have no qualms about using vulgarities, bullying, or flaming other users online. We have also witnessed instances of insensitive, racist, religiously offensive, and even defamatory remarks posted…
  • Appreciating The Person Who Appreciates Us

    18 May 2015 | 11:34 pm
    When I travel, I usually leave a “Thank You” note and some chocolates in my hotel room to thank the cleaner for cleaning my room. It always makes me happy to return to my room in the evening and see that the cleaner has taken the chocolates that I have left for them; sometimes they would also take the “Thank You” note too and that makes me happier. In my recent travelling to Jakarta few weeks ago, I did the same. One evening when I came back from work, I saw a “You R Welcome” note in my hotel room. I was overjoyed by the gracious appreciation by the cleaner. This…
  • Changi Airport celebrates SG50 with display of Singa

    18 May 2015 | 6:17 pm
    Standing 4 metres tall and brightly lit with over 2000 LED lights, SKM presents the first ever Singa topiary in partnership with Changi Airport. Making up Singa’s body are 8000 yellow gerbera daisies, 2000 plugs of Reindeer Moss for his T-shirt and suitcase, and black beans to form his smile. In celebration of Singapore’s 50th birthday, Changi Airport constructed a giant display of Singa on Level 2 of Changi Airport Terminal 3, to welcome Singaporeans home. Singa the lion, Singapore’s beloved mascot, was the first-ever mascot used in Singapore for a national campaign. Singa appeared on…
  • Job Posting: Web & Graphic Design Intern (Jul-Nov 2015)

    14 May 2015 | 7:11 pm
    The Web & Graphic Design Intern will support SKM’s marketing team by designing and developing materials for national programmes. You will work closely with other members of the team to ensure the materials are appropriate for the target audience. You will be required to: Design publicity materials such as posters, brochures, flyers and other collaterals for marketing and partnerships events Design, develop and manage content for SKM websites and e-Newsletters Update and maintain existing sites and web assets Assist in web and social media content creation such as videos, games, etc…
  • Graciousness Index shows further improvement

    4 May 2015 | 9:28 pm
    Is Singapore maturing into a Nation of Kindness? Singapore, 5 May 2015 – The Graciousness Index has continued to move up, from 53 in 2013 to 55 in 2014, and to 61 in 2015. This year’s rise is led by a growing sense of positive perceptions about kindness and graciousness in Singapore, with respondents rating both themselves and others higher when it comes to being considerate, courteous and showing appreciation. The Graciousness Index is an annual study commissioned by the Singapore Kindness Movement to track experience and perceptions of kindness and graciousness in Singapore, as…
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    Live With Soul

  • in dialogue with my heart

    8 May 2015 | 6:29 pm
    at times,my thoughts are angry, selfish andbitter…at times,my thoughts are painful.yet i still hold onto them,as if they are a part of me…or all of identit(y) self. these thoughts are in dialogue with my heart.with this dialogue i sense, i see,i become aware...of my lack of gratitude -my lack of patience and peace -for all that is...and at times,this awareness gracefully co-existswith the persistent tantrums of my mind.even when i know, in my soul,thatiamsoblessed.for blessings exist in every moment of life.and moments are life.and, the essence of a moment…exists in how…
  • don't be fooled by guilt

    20 Mar 2015 | 10:43 am
    don’t be fooled by guiltit sneaks upon you -  planting its roots before you even notice its presencethen comes the self-talkabout what we shoulda, coulda, woulda donehating on ourselves  -before we even gave ourselves a chance.know this…guilt removes the possibility of happiness,the possibility of takes you out of the present momentturns you against yourselfand others --and conceals the natural,unconditionaland unending love we are capable of feelingfor ourselves othersand all of life.don’t let guilt rob you of love.and the love for matter the circumstance…
  • transformational weight loss and weight stability = mind + body + soul connection

    20 Feb 2015 | 9:15 am
    Like many other young females, I am somebody who at several points in my life experienced an eating disorder. I was "successful" at this disorder and at one point got down to nearly 100 pounds on my 5’5” frame. Everyone told me I was ‘too skinny’ and little did they know that was feeding my desire to be thin, and encouraging me to become even thinner.In hindsight, believe my obsession with my weight and food management was largely attributed to my desire to control the situations I was in. Each time I fell back into my eating disorder, I was living in an unstable home/work/life…
  • Through experience comes wisdom

    17 Feb 2015 | 10:52 am
    There is much to be said about the personal growth that comes through experience. We often hear of people “learning the lesson the hard way” and there is much truth and personal proof to that. At times, we may look for that shortcut to our own improvement, only to realize that we often need personal and direct experiences – to learn the lesson the hard way, in order to cause a permanent and fundamental change of beliefs.   These experiences come in many forms – both good and bad, and sometimes even involve reaching a rock bottom in order absolutely feel the need to change not…
  • our mentors are our mirrors

    6 Feb 2015 | 10:09 am
    I am somebody who seeks mentorship anywhere I can. I know a mentor when I feel their impact in my heart and soul. They move me, motivate me and inspire me to be a better person. I aspire to fully live out my life as they do theirs. This comes in many forms – friends, colleagues, books, teachers, speakers, bloggers, movies and even strangers.One misconception I have come to realize which I have with my mentors is that, in a way, I tend to put them on a pedestal. I see them in a light of perfection that feels beyond my grasp.  A belief exists within me which seems to teeter…
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    Direct Relief

  • Responding to Deadly Flooding in Texas & Oklahoma

    Hannah Rael, Communications Associate
    26 May 2015 | 3:39 pm
    View image | Following severe flooding that has destroyed thousands of structures, forcing hundreds of people to evacuate their homes, Direct Relief has reached out to nearly 140 health center and clinic partners in Oklahoma and Texas, prepared to respond to urgent requests for medical aid. The massive storms have killed at least nine people and left 30 more […] The post Responding to Deadly Flooding in Texas & Oklahoma appeared first on Direct Relief.
  • Laxmi’s Story: Overcoming Challenges to Fistula Repair in Nepal

    Hannah Rael, Communications Associate
    22 May 2015 | 3:22 pm
    Laxmi, an obstetric fistula patient in Nepal received care through a repair camp Direct Relief supported with needed medicines and medical supplies. Shared with her permission, Laxmi’s first-hand account follows below. My name is Laxmi Bhatt. I live with my husband and two sons in Baitadi district, Salina 4 in Nepal. I am 32 years old. I married when I was […] The post Laxmi’s Story: Overcoming Challenges to Fistula Repair in Nepal appeared first on Direct Relief.
  • Case Study: Treating Refugees, Three Minutes at a Time

    Tony Morain
    18 May 2015 | 12:18 pm
    [First published by Esri at] Esri Case Study: For anyone like the more than 1,000 Syrian people seeking refuge in early 2015, living in crisis and extreme poverty poses many health risks. Poor skin care is a danger, and it’s often a neglected area of public health. Untreated skin conditions can lead to troubling health issues, such as physical pain, […] The post Case Study: Treating Refugees, Three Minutes at a Time appeared first on Direct Relief.
  • Direct Relief Women Raise Funds for 5,400 Safe Births

    Hannah Rael, Communications Associate
    15 May 2015 | 4:30 pm
    An estimated 5,400 babies have a better chance at life thanks to the members of Direct Relief Women – a volunteer group that supports Direct Relief’s programs targeting maternal and child health – who raised $135,000 at their fifth annual Mother’s Day event held Thursday evening at the home of Eric and Teri Gabrielsen in Santa Barbara. Santa Barbara resident […] The post Direct Relief Women Raise Funds for 5,400 Safe Births appeared first on Direct Relief.
  • Alert: Help Prevent Donation Scams

    Tony Morain
    15 May 2015 | 11:19 am
    Direct Relief was alerted this morning by one of its long-time volunteers of a potential phishing scam. The volunteer received a call from someone who claimed to be raising donations for Nepal on behalf of Direct Relief. Direct Relief does NOT make solicitations by phone. Direct Relief employs NO external fundraising solicitors. In the rare instance you receive a call from a Direct Relief […] The post Alert: Help Prevent Donation Scams appeared first on Direct Relief.
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    Our Better World

  • Sometimes it's better to be second

    Andrew Purchase
    26 May 2015 | 4:23 pm
    A story by Our Better World - telling stories of good to inspire action. Let me tell you two stories that make one point. In a certain place in Africa, there is a road that runs north to south. At the bottom of a steep valley is a river. At the river the road narrows into one lane. The bridge over the river is only one car wide.  One day a farmer was driving the north-bound road. He arrived at the bridge at the same time as another farmer who had come from the opposite direction. Both thought they could get there first and beat the other to the crossing. Both were in their pick-up…
  • Close your eyes. Now let's play tennis

    21 May 2015 | 7:52 pm
    A story by Our Better World - telling stories of good to inspire action. The players mostly missed. That's the truth. It was 2012 and Our Better World had just started. We were looking for an inspiring story to tell.  It came to us wrapped in one of those “someone I know is doing something interesting” kind of moments: a group was teaching blind and partially blind people to play tennis.  How could we not check it out?  When we visited the place where they practised, I was amazed and humbled. This was clearly something unique and full of good.  We watched as volunteers…
  • Friendship, family and fulfilment

    Wilson Tan
    19 May 2015 | 7:23 pm
    A story by Our Better World - telling stories of good to inspire action. A story is told of a pragmatic Singaporean who approached an East Timorese fisherman fishing by the sea, and asked: "Why don't you go and invest in a boat instead of fishing by the beach?"  The fisherman asked back: "Why do I need a boat?" Singaporean: "So that you can catch bigger fish, make more money, and then buy more boats. " Fisherman: "Why do I need more money and boats?" Singaporean: "So that you can retire and fish leisurely." The fisherman flashed a toothless smile and answered: "Am I not doing this now?"…
  • What kind of world do we want?

    Andrew Purchase
    12 May 2015 | 9:47 pm
    A story by Our Better World - telling stories of good to inspire action. This morning, like every Sunday morning, I needed a taxi. Around about 9am.  It is common knowledge in our neighbourhood that the most difficult time to get a taxi is on a Sunday morning at 9am. Not that this should be surprising. Who wants to be working on a Sunday morning? If I were a taxi-driver I would refuse to do a Sunday morning shift. On principle. Nonetheless, every Sunday I make my way down to the roadside to hail a cab.  What would arrive first? The taxi or my impatience? I had been waiting for a…
  • After death comes life

    12 May 2015 | 9:46 pm
    A story by Our Better World - telling stories of good to inspire action. This past week an entire nation has contemplated the passing of the late, great, Mr Lee Kuan Yew. I am one of those people who think about death a lot.  Not because I am morbid. It's just that death seems to be of central significance to our lives.  So often we live pretending death isn't a part of life.  They say that successful people begin with the end in mind.  A contemplation of our death ought to set the agenda for our lives.  When that day comes, who do we want to have become? What do we…
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    Life Made to Order

  • Law of Attraction: Raising Your Vibration When It’s Being Attacked at Every Turn

    Kelli Cooper
    25 May 2015 | 1:12 am
    For such a simple concept, actually applying the law of attraction in everyday life often seems anything but. You’re trying to feel good about money but your husband can’t stop moaning about the bills. You’re trying to develop a better perspective on your job, but your co-workers are constantly complaining about everything all the time. You’re trying to reduce your myriad fears that are holding you back in countless ways, but you can’t seem to get away from all the doom and gloom that is being reported from around the globe. You’re trying to become more…
  • Podcast Episode #2: Law of Attraction and What It Really Means to Act ‘As If’

    Kelli Cooper
    21 May 2015 | 12:07 am
    Many people misunderstand what law of attraction really is, and believe it encourages people to be delusional…far from it. The things we want represent certain feelings to us, and in order to get them with the most ease and joy, we have to basically be feelings those feelings now. We have to believe we can have what we want, and proceed accordingly regardless of the current nature of our experience. Today’s podcast delves into this topic quite nicely. Enjoy guys and please leave me a comment letting me know your thoughts, challenges and tips regarding acting ‘as if.’…
  • Law of Attraction: Shifting Energy When What You Want Seems Light Years Away from Your Current Reality Part 1

    Kelli Cooper
    20 May 2015 | 1:14 am
    You get law of attraction in theory, and believe things can be different. But then your mind is like…um, no. It implores you to take a good hard look at your life now and asks how in the hell can you get from here to where you would actually rather be? It doesn’t mean to shit all over your dreams, and thinks it is helping protect you from disappointment and the big, black void of the unknown that we have been conditioned to be absolutely terrified of. But, your mind ,as much good it does in countless ways, can really be the proverbial wet blanket, when it comes to consciously…
  • Law of Attraction: 4 Ways You Block that Delightful Space of Allowing

    Kelli Cooper
    18 May 2015 | 1:03 am
    You would think learning about this whole law of attraction thing would make for an easier time getting into a emotional and mental state that is conducive to attracting what we want. But, the process of understanding law of attraction in theory to actually thinking, feeling and behaving in an LOA-friendly fashion is a process, a process that never really ends actually. This is because there will always be something new we want to create, and we’ll probably have to do a bit of inner work to become a match. New forms of resistance may pop up that may have not been triggered…
  • Podcast Episode #1 4 Common Misconceptions about Law of Attraction

    Kelli Cooper
    15 May 2015 | 4:34 am
    Hey everybody After getting some really good feedback on those audios I did with Ryan, and really liking doing them, I have forayed into the world of podcasting. And I am happy to present to you the first episode where I talk about common misconceptions about the law of attraction. No editing or anything fancy…just me chatting it up, ums and all ;)…maybe I’ll take the time to learn about all that stuff. Great listen for anyone who is new to the whole LOA game as well as the more seasoned…let’s face it, we can always use some reinforcement, especially if we find…
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  • These 2 Artists Will Change How You See This Life-Threatening Disease

    Colleen Hagerty
    26 May 2015 | 1:13 pm
    Earlier this month, I found my social media feeds flooded with the same photo of a pretty girl in a bikini. No, it wasn’t Kim Kardashian (for once). It wasn’t even one of her sisters. Instead, it was an image from photographer Ian Ross Pettigrew’s “Salty Girls” project. The series features more than 50 women posing proudly, many in bikinis or lingerie. These women are different shapes, sizes, and ages, united by what makes them “salty”: they are all living with cystic fibrosis (or CF). “I just thought, well, it’s time for a model with CF! I know what these women go through…
  • Why I Won’t Support Dove’s “Real Beauty” PR Campaign

    Aja Frost
    22 May 2015 | 11:47 am
    This is the second installment of an ongoing series on body positivity and cause marketing. We’ll be covering both the benefits and pitfalls of recent PR campaigns by big brands, from Lane Bryant to Dove, that often appeal to women’s common insecurities. Read part 1 here. My friend shook her head playfully. Her gorgeous, springy curls—which until today, I’d only ever seen flat-ironed into submission—tumbled around her shoulders. “I love this new look!” I said. “What inspired the change?” “Have you seen that new Dove commercial?” she asked. “The one about…
  • Tesla Made an Awesome New Product for Your Home—As Long as You’re Rich

    Kelsey Ryan
    22 May 2015 | 9:50 am
    Imagine a high-tech home of the future. This house is outfitted with all the latest gadgets that save energy and make life easy: solar panels, water conserving plumbing systems, rainwater collection. The house and its residents have a miniscule carbon footprint, using only eco-friendly forms of transportation. This house can take care of itself, and never has to depend on fossil fuels. This imaginary future world is the kind that Tesla CEO Elon Musk wants to create. And with Tesla’s latest announcement, they’re taking the next step towards making every home more sustainable.
  • This Spring, One Store Fires Back Against Fat-Shaming. But Is It Enough?

    Emily Rabbitt
    21 May 2015 | 2:24 pm
    This is the first installment of an ongoing series on body positivity and cause marketing. We’ll be covering both the benefits and pitfalls of recent PR campaigns by big brands, from Lane Bryant to Dove, that often appeal to women’s common insecurities. What does it mean when we connect body image to our pocketbook? Should brands really use their platforms to speak out on media representation? Stay tuned for future articles on the topic. If you’ve ever felt insecure after watching a Victoria’s Secret ad, you’re not alone. I’m debating boycotting…
  • LA Just Raised the Wage: 2 Other Steps to Truly Fight Income Inequality

    Neerali Patel
    20 May 2015 | 2:38 pm
    It’s clear that something has to be done about income inequality in America. And at least on the surface, income inequality and poverty are things that people in power today have said they care a lot about. Some of it is good news: there is legislation that serves to destigmatize the circumstances of those that are impoverished, such as Los Angeles’ newest law that will increase the minimum wage to $15/hr as of January 1st, 2020. And then there is legislation that seems to further humiliate those living at and below the poverty line, such as the HB813 bill introduced by Missouri…
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  • One Step Closer to my Dream, To Be Able to Give Back to Society

    Charlotte Brown
    26 May 2015 | 5:59 am
    BFI Southbank hosted an amazing array of young people tackling issues that they cared about earlier this month. Aged from 11-19 years, they were given the chance to talk about global issues in a professional media context and presented their material to a wide audience at this event organised by Adobe Young Voices and Eastside Educational Trust. Those participating in the event attend schools and colleges all over London as well as from Hampshire and Brighton. The youth media event proves that not only do young people have valid opinions on a wide range of issues, including climate change,…
  • What it’s like to plan a TEDx event

    Sarah Campbell
    26 May 2015 | 4:00 am
    “So who is this TED fellow anyway?” Have you ever watched a TED talk? Those bite-size chunks of oh so inspirational thinking from some of the world’s leading people have always interested me. How they manage to get it so spot on and have you going “yesss I so agree” by the end, and how their own special brand of “Ideas Worth Spreading” managed to become synonymous with world-leading ideas. It interested me so much that this year I decided to take on the task of organising a TEDx event. The question above is the first thing I was asked in my first sponsorship meeting- it sort of…
  • Hero the Lamb: Amazing Animal of the Month

    Nisha Kotecha
    26 May 2015 | 12:55 am
    Our ‘Amazing Animal of the Month’ for May 2015 is Hero, a small white lamb who was born on a farm in Worcestershire, England. Hero was due to be put down when he was six days old.  The reason? He was blind. Hero was being bottle reared. He couldn’t have been sent into market when he reached slaughter weight for welfare reasons. The effort to keep him alive was time consuming and ultimately he had no commercial value. The farmer agreed that Hero could go to The Farm Animal Sanctuary, a charity started by Janet Taylor two decades ago after she saw the way farm animals were being…
  • The Power of Women in Our Global Effort to Eradicate Polio using the Polio Vaccine

    Ramesh Ferris
    25 May 2015 | 12:52 am
    In 1947 when The Right Honourable Helen Fairclough’s 15 year old son Howard contracted polio while living in Hamilton, Ontario she immediately became an activist for polio survivors. Helen joined the Ontario March of Dimes Board in 1956. Helen was the Chief Marching Mother in 1957, which saw mothers marching door to door in neighborhoods collecting donations and support for the polio vaccine. It is because of Helen and many other mothers like her that millions of children were spared the devastating effects of polio. 60 years ago, in April 1955, Dr. Jonas Salk’s inactivated polio vaccine…
  • Seals Given a Second Chance at Life

    Nisha Kotecha
    23 May 2015 | 12:52 am
    UK seals saved from the threat of ghost fishing nets Photo: Sue Sayer – Cornwall Seal Group British Divers Marine Life Rescue and the National Trust received several calls about a seal entangled in lost fishing gear last month. Despite repeated search attempts by British Divers Marine Life Rescue, the seal could not be found. The organisation did not give up on the seal and kept searching for it. Their determination resulted in success as the seal was found. Photo: Sue Sayer – Cornwall Seal Group To the rescue teams surprise they found not one, but two entangled seals, one on the…
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  • We are who we choose to be.

    Robert Indries
    14 May 2015 | 12:21 am
    Live your life with joy, Don’t use it as a toy. Being sad is a decision, One we take without consideration. We are what we choose to be, So please listen closely to me; Because I’ll only say this once: You only get to live ONCE. Our minds are filled with lies, Fed to us by villains in disguise. So let us now break free And choose who we want to be. The post We are who we choose to be. appeared first on Wesrom.
  • Victims make excuses. Leaders deliver results.

    Robert Indries
    12 May 2015 | 1:10 am
    We humans are experts in finding excuses. We can find a dozen excuses in less than a second, but almost never a good reason. If it’s important to you, then do it, don’t just try. Find a way to make it happen, and don’t stop until you do! The post Victims make excuses. Leaders deliver results. appeared first on Wesrom.
  • 5 Things that Highly Successful People Do NOT Waste Time On!

    Robert Indries
    11 May 2015 | 1:11 am
    This is a short (but important) list of activities and thoughts that drain both your time and your energy for all the wrong reason. If you dedicate resources towards any of the following, then you might be holding yourself back from your full potential. 1. The mistakes they’ve made in the past. I’ve played many single-player games when I was young, and my perfectionism would always get the better of me. I would save the game every 5 minutes and whenever I would make a mistake, I would just close the game and go back “into the past” to where I did not make the mistake…
  • Dream Big. Start small. Act now.

    Robert Indries
    8 May 2015 | 12:43 am
    I decided to start posting two of the best quotes I can find every week. Why? Because many times when I feel low, for whatever reason, reading such quotes refuels and pushes me to snap out of it and get back to work! I really hope you enjoy them. The post Dream Big. Start small. Act now. appeared first on Wesrom.
  • 3.5 Steps to Find the Perfect Partner. Plus the Ultimate Compatibility Test.

    Robert Indries
    7 May 2015 | 12:39 am
    A few months ago, I’ve written an article on how to find the perfect partner. The article itself got many likes and shared, and I’ve been very pleasantly surprised by the amount of positive feedback I received for it. But some of the feedback I felt was very interesting. People would say things like: “Great article! I liked it! But there is one problem… I seem to always ‘bump’ into the wrong people.” Or another case was: “Loved the article! I think it would be very helpful, but what if you’re already in a relationship and don’t know…
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  • Guy Bugs Crow, Crow Curses “Fuck You”! :P

    Kethly Puddlestrip
    26 May 2015 | 4:42 am
    Crows are really intelligent birds. What happens when you undermine them and try to meddle with their little brains? Lol!.. why say when we have a practical case study to discuss upon! ROFL… it just left us speechless and the tummy still hurts from all the laughing.. A crow curses “Fuck You”! and becomes a star attraction. Not for the guy, that insult lives for a lifetime… wow… hahahahaha… Wonder what else it can talk But the truth be told, irrespective of what the crow says, we agree that this guy was acting like a jerk in front of his gal P.S. I will…
  • Kids’ Trampoline Gets Father Into Britain’s Got Talent!

    Gynnyfinkle Bizzneedle
    26 May 2015 | 4:16 am
    This father bought his two sons a trampoline. To impress them he started to jump along with them. He was so bad (or good?) that it got him a spot on Britain’s Got Talent. The things fathers do to make their little kids happy.. Wow! For once we almost thought, if it were a silent movie in black and white, it might pull off a Chaplin! Way to go Vlad! We wish you all the best. P.S. We hope he protects his royal jewels. With all that falling fun, it is a creepy way to impress the judges.. why bother now? They already are impressed Via: Britain’s Got Talent The post Kids’…
  • Bird Loves to Take Bath in This Man’s Hands ~ Cute!

    Glinklink Faynefizz
    26 May 2015 | 2:29 am
    Have you seen a bird take a bath in your garden pool or in the bird bath of your neighborhood park? Aren’t they adorably cute when they flip around amidst the chatter, totally lost in the heavenly bliss of the moment? What if they happened to take bath in the cusp of your palms? Did notice how the bird first tested the water? Amaaaaazing! This bird loves to splash water in the warmth of the man’s palm.. I was just immersed in the cute moments.. Once I had a chick sleep on my palm, and this video just made me nostalgic and my day is much cheerful.. P.S. We hope the guy in the video…
  • Son Helps ‘Fat’ Dad Become Hunk – Aww Inspiring!

    Glinbrick Cogspring
    26 May 2015 | 1:42 am
    Due to modern lifestyles, we spend so less a time taking care of our body that it fattens up, becomes overweight and invites all kinds of diseases… So what does one son do when he notices his 300 pound overweight father ? He helps him take up the challenge to fight out the pounds and become a hunk! Man! that was really inspiring and the determination with which he hit gym every lunch break is just too much to ask of a 55 year old, but he does it. Am sure women would stand in queue to get a selfie! Great going, Mr. Fusaro, you inspire a million dads in this world! P.S. Guess I will have…
  • Wait Till You See a Bouncy Castle Bounce Off Into Air

    Elsizzle Twistspinner
    26 May 2015 | 12:23 am
    It was a normal day at the beach with all the fun and splashes, until this happened. Caught on tape was a kids bouncy castle being lifted onto the air by an unknown force! ~ Whoa! Did you witness the power of a water spout?! We hope the kids were safe.. and lady, Yes, he definitely got that on tape! P.S. FYI.. Waterspouts are intense vortexes which appear as a funnel-shaped cloud, over a mass of water. They are joined to a cumuliform cloud over head. In simple terms it is a tornado over water! Via: Wax News A2 The post Wait Till You See a Bouncy Castle Bounce Off Into Air appeared first on…
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  • Learning From the Young

    25 May 2015 | 9:05 am
    The Beginning When we came out of the womb we didn’t have any illusions. We were egoless. We came with a clean slate, a clean conscience, and non-judging eyes. I believe the young are in many ways our most important gurus. There’s wisdom in the innocence of the young. They know some things that we […]
  • Personal Efficiency – Take Back Control over Your Life and Your Self-Esteem

    18 May 2015 | 9:01 am
    By developing your personal efficiency to a high level you will rise to new levels of success in life, both through outer and inner personal growth. Your own personal capacity can be increased to the point where you can reach both your professional and personal goals. Studies show that there is a correlation between how […]
  • Mental Imagination Techniques to Relax and Heal Your Body and Mind

    17 May 2015 | 8:30 am
    If you give it some thought, it makes perfect sense how important and powerful it is to be able to fully relax. Stress, anxiety, fear and concern can all melt away if you just relax. The same goes for physical pain like headaches and muscle tensions to name a few. If you think back to certain moments […]
  • A Reason why Thoughts Manifest in Your Life

    14 May 2015 | 2:16 pm
    Imagined vs. Real Experiences The brain cannot distinguish between a real experience and an imagined experience. As long as the imagined experience creates an emotion in your brain, it will pave a neural pathway. Emotions are certain mixes of neurotransmitters, and neurotransmitters make neural pathways from the neurons firing at that moment. Imagining Negative Situations […]
  • Integral Thinking – The Best Sign of Wisdom and a Way of Life

    11 May 2015 | 9:30 am
    Integral Thinking The best sign of wisdom is the ability to integrate viewpoints into your own philosophy of life. This means to see how seemingly divergent viewpoints converge at a deeper level – To accept differing ways of life as a part of the whole picture. Stages of Consciousness As we grow as human beings […]
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