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  • 10 Random acts of Neighborliness

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

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    26 Nov 2014 | 10:26 am
  • 900 Lbs of Fruit Gleaned by Volunteers for Cal Food Pantry

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    Rachel Litcofsky
    27 Nov 2014 | 11:53 am
    Volunteers for the California based Village Harvest picked over 900 pounds of persimmons to give to people who might not have the money to purchase costly produce and enjoy the seasonal bounty. Village Harvest began two years ago, when Craig Diserens founded a backyard gleaning effort that now gathers thousands The post 900 Lbs of Fruit Gleaned by Volunteers for Cal Food Pantry appeared first on The Good News Network.
  • 13 Kids Who Desperately Need Those Post-Thanksgiving Meal Naps

    Good News - The Huffington Post
    27 Nov 2014 | 2:25 pm
    Whether it is actually the turkey that makes you sleepy or not, Thanksgiving is still a perfect storm of many tiring things -- entertaining family and a big filling meal. Kids are just as prone to post-Thanksgiving feast exhaustion. Luckily for them, it's socially acceptable to pass out wherever they happen to be at that moment. In the spirit of sharing, we asked the HuffPost Parents community to send us their favorite snapshots of their children napping on Thanksgiving. Little ones, we feel you.
  • The Wild Man

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

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    26 Nov 2014 | 10:26 am
  • Can Giving Thanks Help Us Heal from Trauma?

    Greater Good
    26 Nov 2014 | 5:35 am
    When Americans sit down with their families and friends on Thanksgiving, they take the time to be grateful for the food and for each other. But in giving thanks for the good things, we may miss one of the most important benefits of gratitude: A stack of research—including some sponsored by the Greater Good Science Center—suggests that cultivating an attitude of gratitude can help us get through the trials and tribulations of daily life. But is gratitude still useful in the face of truly horrible and traumatic incidents—or is it a luxury that must be discarded when disaster strikes? Two…
  • Three Steps to a Low-Stress, High-Joy Holiday Season

    Greater Good
    25 Nov 2014 | 1:00 am
    Last week, something surprising happened: The kids turned on the radio on the way to school hoping to hear Christmas carols on the station known for holiday music. You know, because now that we’re into November, it is, at least to the kids, the most wonderful time of the year. Many adults love the idea of the holidays more than their actual experience of them—mostly because their list of holiday-related tasks and obligations outweighs the joy of it all. So that I can actually enjoy the holidays, I’ve devised the three-part plan below. Step One: Prioritize connection. ‘Tis the…
  • The Science of Thanksgiving: Why Gratitude Really is Good for You

    Greater Good
    24 Nov 2014 | 4:18 pm
  • Rx for Better Health Care: Kindness and Compassion

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    24 Nov 2014 | 3:49 pm
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  • 900 Lbs of Fruit Gleaned by Volunteers for Cal Food Pantry

    Rachel Litcofsky
    27 Nov 2014 | 11:53 am
    Volunteers for the California based Village Harvest picked over 900 pounds of persimmons to give to people who might not have the money to purchase costly produce and enjoy the seasonal bounty. Village Harvest began two years ago, when Craig Diserens founded a backyard gleaning effort that now gathers thousands The post 900 Lbs of Fruit Gleaned by Volunteers for Cal Food Pantry appeared first on The Good News Network.
  • Just In Time For Pumpkin Pie

    Good News Network
    27 Nov 2014 | 10:06 am
    12 days before the big U.S. feasting holiday of Thanksgiving, mentors for Befriend-A-Child in Northern Virginia helped teach their young charges how to make pumpkin pie for their families. Under the direction of The Aubergine Chef, Jason Shriner, who volunteered his time and expertise, the mentees followed directions, and meticulously decorated their own The post Just In Time For Pumpkin Pie appeared first on The Good News Network.
  • Ferguson Hero: Unarmed Woman Stands Up to Looters to Save Papa John’s Pizza

    Good News Network
    27 Nov 2014 | 9:32 am
    The woman was a ‘random stranger trying to do the right thing,’ the store’s manager told the Daily News. She saved the restaurant from destruction as 25 other buildings along the strip near Ferguson were burned down by looters. As agitators tried kicking in windows and shoving her, the brave The post Ferguson Hero: Unarmed Woman Stands Up to Looters to Save Papa John’s Pizza appeared first on The Good News Network.
  • Photo of the Day: Giving Thanks for All You Have

    Good News Network
    27 Nov 2014 | 8:36 am
    This photo epitomizes a grateful heart, with a young lady in Minnesota giving thanks for the snow and the trees and her life. What are you grateful for on this Thanksgiving Day? For me, I am thankful for my health; our healthy, happy family; my purpose-driven work; Good News Network supporters, especially CT; The post Photo of the Day: Giving Thanks for All You Have appeared first on The Good News Network.
  • Good News in History, November 27

    Good News Network
    27 Nov 2014 | 2:00 am
    It’s Thanksgiving Day. May we all express gratitude for the many blessings we’ve received this year, affirm life’s abundance, and appreciate the people who touch us and make us glow inside… The first elected representatives were called to Westminster by King Edward I, gathering for the first “Model Parliament” (1295) Alfred Nobel used his estate to establish The post Good News in History, November 27 appeared first on The Good News Network.
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  • 13 Kids Who Desperately Need Those Post-Thanksgiving Meal Naps

    27 Nov 2014 | 2:25 pm
    Whether it is actually the turkey that makes you sleepy or not, Thanksgiving is still a perfect storm of many tiring things -- entertaining family and a big filling meal. Kids are just as prone to post-Thanksgiving feast exhaustion. Luckily for them, it's socially acceptable to pass out wherever they happen to be at that moment. In the spirit of sharing, we asked the HuffPost Parents community to send us their favorite snapshots of their children napping on Thanksgiving. Little ones, we feel you.
  • 8 Babies Appropriately Dressed As Turkeys On Thanksgiving

    27 Nov 2014 | 2:18 pm
    Putting your baby in a turkey costume: The Thanksgiving tradition that should definitely exist if it doesn't already. Here's proof: Turkey. A photo posted by Jimmy Fallon (@jimmyfallon) on Nov 11, 2013 at 1:02pm PST jimmyfallon/Instagram Tomorrow our little turkey turns 5 months (insert mommy tears here) we couldn't be more proud of our little Ollie! He has brought so much joy & happiness to our lives & I can't thank God enough for him! #OliverWayne #fivemonths A photo posted by Ashley Mizell (@ashleymizell) on Nov 11, 2014 at 9:30am PST ashleymizell/Instagram My little turkey! #babyturkey…
  • Goats And Sheep Do Their Best Human Expressions

    27 Nov 2014 | 9:14 am
    What do you do when your neighbors are goats and sheep? Turn them into a photography project, naturally. When photographer Kevin Horan moved from Chicago to Whidbey Island, Washington in 2007, he found himself surrounded by goats and sheep. They used to send up a chorus of "baaas" every time he came home, Horan told The Huffington Post, and because their voices were all so different, he thought they would make for good individual portraits. This year, he unveiled his goat and sheep portraits series, "Chattel." "Many of them are from New Moon Farm Goat Rescue and Sanctuary; some are dairy…
  • Michael Brown's Father Delivers Turkeys To Ferguson Citizens

    27 Nov 2014 | 9:13 am
    Michael Brown Sr. handed out Turkeys on Saturday in the Ferguson, Missouri community where his son, Michael Brown Jr., was fatally shot by a police officer in August. The father took part in Ferguson's annual turkey giveaway two days before a grand jury decided against indicting Darren Wilson, the officer responsible for Michael Brown Jr.'s death. Since the decision announcement on Monday, thousands of protesters nationwide have taken to the streets in demonstration against police brutality. Lesley McSpadden, mother of the slain teen, expressed her deep sadness in having to spend thanksgiving…
  • Evidence of Abundance #20: Global Education

    27 Nov 2014 | 8:16 am
    In last week's "Evidence of Abundance," I shared the data on the average educational attainment in the U.S. Today I'd like to share the numbers expanded to include the global population. In the 1820s the U.S., Japan, and the UK were some of the only countries where the average population received at least two years of formal schooling. Years of education vs. time for regions of the world Today more countries are on the map, and the average length of study has skyrocketed. In most developed countries the average person receives about 16 years of education. Even in developing countries the…
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  • The Wild Man

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

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

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

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

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

    Gail Lynne Goodwin
    27 Nov 2014 | 12:12 am
    Happy Thanksgiving! Thanksgiving is my very favorite holiday as it serves as a reminder of the importance of gratitude. Since 1621, our ancestors in the United States have been celebrating Thanksgiving. Historically, throughout Europe, festivals were held after the harvest to give thanks and celebrate together as a community. Native Americans also celebrated the harvest season. We continue the tradition today nearly 400 years later, but for most of us, when we hear the word Thanksgiving, we usually think of turkey and stuffing, the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day parade, football and gatherings…
  • 7 Ways to Slow Down and Live Full Today

    Camille Lucy
    25 Nov 2014 | 12:02 am
    Often times, our days get ahead of us and by the time night falls, we cannot even remember what we did or how the hours passed by so quickly. Here are some ways you can catch yourself from running blindly through your day like a tornado, missing everything, so that you can live fully and with intention.  Set intentions. This may sound silly, but the way in which you wake will determine much of your day. When you open your eyes (before anyone – human or companion animal – notices you are awake), take a few moments to pay attention to your breath. Slow your mind, do not let it…
  • Top 5 Ways to Truly Love Someone

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

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

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

    Emeka Okafor
    26 Nov 2014 | 3:06 pm
    The Gamelian World reports on an initiative to foster "low-cost science practicals, designed and run using very cheap readily available resources.": image courtesy of the GamelianA recent workshop jointly organised by the Greater Accra branch of the Ghana Association of Science Teachers (GAST) and Practical Education Network (PEN) introduced district science coordinators and some selected basic school science teachers to some of these activities. The workshop was facilitated by Heather Beem of PEN and MIT D-Lab, while Saddik Mohammed and colleagues from GAST coordinated the logistics. Thomas…
  • Building Mini-Kilns in Agbogbloshie

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

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

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

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

    Christine Escobar
    24 Nov 2014 | 1:30 pm
    The Auditorium Theatre of Roosevelt University celebrates 125 years this season with a full line-up of performances and special events to commemorate its long legacy as one of the city's oldest cultural treasures. December 9 has been declared by Mayor Emanuel as Auditorium Theatre Day. On this day in 1889, the Auditorium Theatre was founded as "a theatre of the people and for the people". To celebrate the Auditorium's 125th anniversary, a special birthday trolley will travel throughout the city on the morning of December 9. Passengers, including members from the “Too Hot…
  • "Class Dismissed", New Indie Documentary on Home Education Receiving Amazing Audience Response

    Christine Escobar
    22 Oct 2014 | 3:45 pm
    A new independent film about homeschooling, now showing in select theaters on the West Coast and making its way to the Midwest and East Coast in November, is currently screening to sold out audiences. "Class Dismissed" explores the fast growing movement in the U.S. toward home education and learning outside of the traditional confines of a classroom. Produced by 3StoryFilms, the movie follows a homeschooling family from LA who decide to take their two children out of school to pursue learning in a completely different way. I recently spoke to the film's director and co-producer…
  • Chicago Park District Wins Gold Medal, Named Top Park District in the U.S.

    Christine Escobar
    14 Oct 2014 | 3:21 pm
    The Chicago Park District has won the Gold Medal for excellence in parks and recreation management. According to a news release today from the park district's website, "Agencies were judged on their ability to address the needs of those they serve through the collective energies of citizens, staff and elected officials." The Gold Medal Award honors communities throughout the United States that demonstrate excellence in long-range planning, resource management, and agency recognition. The Chicago Park District is the first urban park district to win the prestigious award.
  • Swapadventure Makes Trading Hand-me-downs Simple

    Christine Escobar
    7 Oct 2014 | 9:00 am
    Two women from Mount Prospect have started a popular new way for parents to recycle gently used children's clothing and equipment and adult clothing and accessories, while helping families find items they need for free. Swapadventure, now celebrating its 1st anniversary, is the creation of Angelika Babich and Maggie Pawelko. Each is a mom to three children under the age of 10. The pair organize free swapping events at Chicago area businesses twice a month. The only admission to each event is one shopping bag of items no longer needed to be added to the items for swapping. There is no…
  • Local Midwest Farm Training Program Accepting Applications

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

    Tom White
    24 Nov 2014 | 11:14 pm
    The Social Enterprise Alliance (SEA) has announced that its 2015 annual Summit will be held in Denver next September 16-18. The Host Committee is led by Tamra Ryan, CEO of The Women’s Bean Project , Janine Vanderburg, President and CEO of JVA Consulting, and Catherine Henry, Executive Director of Work Options for Women.  Tamra was featured in an interview published in issue 105 of the Social Enterprise Reporter, which you can read here.
  • SEReporter Archives Online

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

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

    Siddharth Tata and Suzanna Thekkekara
    27 Nov 2014 | 12:00 am
    India’s demographic dividend is widely acknowledged as a strength that sets it apart from other emerging economies. One million young men and women enter the workforce every month, which will add up to an astounding 240 million over the next twenty years.  Rural youth make up two thirds of India’s population and are a major segment of these job seekers. At the same time, fast growing companies in retail, IT, BPO, banking and financial services struggle with finding employable staff, especially in rural areas.  Research shows that only 5-40% of the staff in such companies has undergone…
  • The Power of Fellowship – Apply Now

    26 Nov 2014 | 8:14 am
    The Acumen Global Fellows are an incredibly diverse group of professionals dedicated to changing the way the world tackles poverty.  Over the past nine years, 86 Fellows have taken part in the fellowship which has truly transformed the way they see themselves and their careers. We asked three alumni to share what they learned during their fellowship year, how they’ve grown, and how the experience shaped who they are today. Applications for the Global Fellows Program are open until December 7th. Apply today! Yousef Alguwaifli The Fellowship training sharpened my skills in so many areas:…
  • New Study By Acumen and Bain & Company Unveils How To Scale Adoption Of Agricultural Innovations

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

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

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

    Chris Blattman
    26 Nov 2014 | 9:18 am
    The “doing development differently” manifesto A working Lego particle accelerator (sort of) To Western eyes, the weirdest flavored foods in the world? In most of the US, “salad” doesn’t mean what I think it means It appears the CIA Twitter feed provides espionage advice to the world News in nudges: Would US tax compliance increase if we engineered the system to overtax during the year, to give most people year end refunds? The post Links I liked appeared first on Chris Blattman.
  • Some job postings of relevance

    Chris Blattman
    26 Nov 2014 | 9:07 am
    Continuing the tradition of blogging the development job posting of everyone who is married to me: Become the the project director of a 5-year research project on violence against women Become a research advisor on a monster-sized Pakistan Reading Project I am more or less married to my department, and so NYC-based people with a political science PhD should note the following: Columbia is looking for someone to teach an introduction to Comparative Politics undergraduate lecture class next Spring. This would be an adjunct position, you would have reasonable latitude in designing the…
  • Should we believe the institutions and growth literature?

    Chris Blattman
    26 Nov 2014 | 8:47 am
    Dietz Vollrath at the Growth Economics Blog has a three part series on problems with the the empirical institutions and growth literature. If you’re a development economist or political economy person you should read these posts, and follow the blog. (It’s probably the best out there on economic growth, because–and in spite of–the fact it dives into the weeds once in a while.) If you’ve immersed yourself in the literature you might not hear a lot new from Vollrath, but I am willing to bet you will hear at least a little new. I learned a good deal. The…
  • Does your university stock grenade launchers?

    Chris Blattman
    25 Nov 2014 | 12:17 pm
    Number of U.S. universities that have received military equipment from the Defense Department since 1998  117 That have received mine-resistant vehicles  6 Grenade launchers  2 From the Harper’s Index. They are silent on which 2. But I’m picturing Drew Gilpin Faust with one hanging over her office fireplace. The post Does your university stock grenade launchers? appeared first on Chris Blattman.
  • Positions in the philosophy of science

    Chris Blattman
    17 Nov 2014 | 6:24 am
    Via @tslumley   The post Positions in the philosophy of science appeared first on Chris Blattman.
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  • Pixação, or why São Paulo looks like a death metal album cover

    24 Nov 2014 | 3:48 pm
    One of the first things I noticed about Sao Paulo was the graffiti. It’s everywhere, and it’s stylistically very striking – angular, highly stylized letters on walls, buildings, overpasses. It’s clear that it’s writing, not just glyphs, yet it’s difficult to parse the characters. When I try to decipher it, I feel as lost as I do trying to understand spoken Portuguese: it’s clear someone is communicating with me, and while I’m on the verge of understanding, I clearly don’t understand. It took less than 15 seconds with Google to learn that…
  • Partners In Health at the MIT Media Lab – design challenges around Ebola

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

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

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

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

    26 Nov 2014 | 9:00 pm
    When work, commitment, and pleasure all become one and you reach that deep well where passion lives, nothing is impossible.  ~Nancy CoeyUnless commitment is made, there are only promises and hopes...but no plans.  ~Peter DruckerIndividual commitment to a group effort--that is what makes a team work, a company work, a society work, a civilization work.  ~Vince LombardiIt takes a deep commitment to change and an even deeper commitment to grow.  ~Ralph EllisonIf you deny yourself commitment, what can you do with your life?  ~Harvey FiersteinQuotes about commitment
  • Not to Yield

    25 Nov 2014 | 9:00 pm
    Anyone who keeps the ability to see beauty never grows old.~Franz KafkaI suppose real old age begins when one looks backward rather than forward.  ~Mary SartonIn my old age there is a coming into flower. My body wanes; my mind waxes.  ~Victor HugoThose who love deeply never grow old; they may die of old age, but they die young.  ~Sir Arthur Wing PineroThough much is taken, much abides; and thoughWe are not now that strength which in old daysMoved earth and heaven, that which we are, we are--One equal temper of heroic hearts,Made weak by time and fate, but strong in willTo…
  • More Vivid

    24 Nov 2014 | 9:00 pm
    Be a yardstick of quality. Some people aren't used to an environment where excellence is expected.  ~Stephen JobsAdvice may be wrong, but examples prove themselves.  ~Henry Wheeler ShawChildren have more need of models than of critics.  ~Carolyn CoatsPeople seldom improve when they have no other model but themselves to copy. ~Oliver GoldsmithHuman models are more vivid and more persuasive than explicit moral commands.  ~Daniel J. BoorstinQuotes about example
  • Fire in our Hearts

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

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

  • Presciption for Wealth Advisors, after Diagnosis

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

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

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

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

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

    Elliot Ratzman
    26 Nov 2014 | 6:20 pm
    This week’s Ferguson verdict calls to mind the countless cases of Israelis—security forces or civilian vigilantes—going unpunished for unauthorized killings of non-combatant Arabs. Though Americans—especially white Americans—may not apprehend this comparison, the system of control in the inner cities of the U.S. resembles the colonial “pacification” practices seen in Israel’s attempt to manage an angry population of Arabs—some citizens, most occupied non-citizens. The Israeli and American scenes have much in common, not the least of which a privileged class who has accepted…
  • Flowchart: Should I Buy This?

    Callie Enlow
    26 Nov 2014 | 3:05 pm
    I used to pride myself on two things: scoring really great bargains, and giving really great gifts. But this summer, something snapped. Preparing for a cross-country move, I found myself mired in cardboard boxes, drowning in stuff: A soup tureen I requested on my wedding registry, six Champagne flutes snapped up for $11, a ceramic monkey sculpture from my college roommate. Never having considered myself a person of extravagant taste (granted, a porcelain soup tureen and champagne flutes should have been clues), I was suddenly confronted with the fact I had way, way too much crap. But some of…
  • The Wal-Mart Protester and the Ghost of Tom Joad

    Jeremy Martin
    26 Nov 2014 | 9:00 am
    When I was a dumb high school kid, I read The Grapes of Wrath, and remember being struck by the countless indignities systematically inflicted upon the decent, hardworking Joad family and their fellow migrant workers in the name of pure financial profit. The outrage and confusion I felt at the conclusion of that Pulitzer Prize winner came rushing back this month as I read about the Los Angeles Wal-Mart employees and their supporters—some of whom put tape over their mouths to protest what at least one striker reportedly called “Wal-Mart’s illegal fear tactics.”—who were taken into…
  • Screw Thanksgiving, I’m Celebrating Hendrix-Nye Day

    Mark Hay
    26 Nov 2014 | 9:00 am
    All of the pie, none of the guilt. Photo by Jseattle via Flickr For many Americans, Thanksgiving is a time for family, turkey, and pies. (Oh, the pies!) We know there’s some kind of story down there, below the stuffing—we learned the whitewashed one in elementary school about the Pilgrims and Wampanoag Native Americans in 1621, celebrating the friendship that allowed the settlers to survive their first winter. At this point for most Americans, that old tale is just ancillary to the festivities. For some, though, the history of Thanksgiving is inexorable from our latter-day revelries. And…
  • My Darling Emerald

    Derek Erdman
    26 Nov 2014 | 8:40 am
    Darling Emerald, I’m not exactly sure what would be the best way for me to express my current feelings about us. I know it would seem more sincere in person, but when we’re together, everything is a whirlwind of emotions and the time just goes right by. Now that I’m temporarily away and have had a moment to consider what these past four years have meant to me, I figured a letter would be best because I mean for these words to be lasting.  I’ll admit that I was hesitant at first. You’re known for your strong initial attraction, an allure that so many find hard to resist, and that…
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  • A Carbon Tax Would Get Us a Lot Closer to Where We Need to Be

    26 Nov 2014 | 11:54 am
    We have seen impressive growth in renewables over the past several years, but much of that growth is based on the somewhat shaky foundation of continuing subsidies. So argues Eduardo [...] The post A Carbon Tax Would Get Us a Lot Closer to Where We Need to Be appeared first on SocialEarth.
  • Australia’s Aborigine Women’s Group has Solution to Improve Community Health

    Sangeeta Haindl
    25 Nov 2014 | 11:27 am
    Australia’s Aborigines have the worst health statistics and living conditions of any Indigenous group in the world, despite living in one of its richest countries. An Indigenous Australian will die, [...] The post Australia’s Aborigine Women’s Group has Solution to Improve Community Health appeared first on SocialEarth.
  • America Needs To Place Technology Into The Hands Of Its Bright Young Minds From Poor Areas

    Sangeeta Haindl
    25 Nov 2014 | 8:55 am
    The New York Times ran a front page story last year, “Better Colleges Fail to Lure Talented Poor: Qualified But Unaware”, based on research by Stanford and Harvard Universities that found that [...] The post America Needs To Place Technology Into The Hands Of Its Bright Young Minds From Poor Areas appeared first on SocialEarth.
  • Amazon Commits to 100% Clean Energy for Cloud Services

    Vikas Vij
    25 Nov 2014 | 5:43 am
    The world’s largest cloud-computing company, Amazon, has made a major commitment to run its cloud services entirely on renewable energy. With this comprehensive environmental pledge, Amazon has finally chosen to [...] The post Amazon Commits to 100% Clean Energy for Cloud Services appeared first on SocialEarth.
  • Learning in the Blurry Space Between Mission and Profit

    Julie Fahnestock
    25 Nov 2014 | 4:09 am
    The time to engage across sectors is now. In fact, cross-sector collaboration is in the zeitgeist. Progressive thought leaders agree that to gain traction on complex problems, we need to [...] The post Learning in the Blurry Space Between Mission and Profit appeared first on SocialEarth.
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    Sasha Dichter's Blog

  • TGIM

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

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

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

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

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

  • Notes from the Field: Early Childhood in Philadelphia and Jewish Federation General Assembly, a Global Community
    20 Nov 2014 | 1:07 pm
    Given our role in the sector, our team members often participate in conversations where we see opportunities to support donors and nonprofits alike. In this blog post, we share a few takeaways from two recent gatherings, one with a local group interested in Greater Philadelphia, and the other a major gathering with a decidedly global perspective. Invest in a Strong Start for Children, a local conversation This spring, we released our early childhood donor toolkit that outlines high impact strategies to address this critically important phase in children's development. Since then, we…
  • Ebola Outbreak: How Can I Help? An Update & Focus on Liberia
    9 Oct 2014 | 12:37 pm
    In this post, we provide a brief update on the Ebola crisis, criteria for selecting organizations to support, and specific opportunities for you to help. The Situation Since August (see our first entry on the crisis: Ebola Outbreak: How Can I Help?), the scale of the Ebola crisis has expanded dramatically. The most recent report from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) indicates that over 8,000 people have now caught the virus, leading to more than 3,500 deaths. The stigma attached to Ebola and the lack of beds at treatment centers mean that the real toll is thought to be as much as three…
  • Fall Update: TEDx Talk, Educational Programs, New Work & Evolving Team
    2 Oct 2014 | 1:59 pm
    Few times of the year are as energizing for our team as the start of a new school year here at the university. We're starting this school year with new perspectives, new work and an expanded team.    Ebola: How Can I Help? Since August, the scale and scope of the crisis has expanded dramatically. See our latest blog post for analysis of the current situation, criteria for selecting organizations to support, and specific opportunities for you to help. TEDx: Amplify the Money You Give This recently posted TEDx talk explains what we mean by high-impact philanthropy, examples of…
  • Notes from the Field (New York City): The Power of The Crowd
    25 Sep 2014 | 2:16 pm
    Members of our Center's team attended two events that took place in New York City last week—one you’ve probably heard of, and one that might have slipped under your radar. The first, the People’s Climate March, garnered extensive press coverage and brought together over 300,000 marchers in New York alone, not to mention those participating in over 2000 satellite events around the world. The second was a smaller affair, though no less exuberant. In a ballroom a few steps away from the heart of Broadway, Women Moving Millions brought together over a hundred women (and a…
  • Childhood Obesity Awareness Month: Opportunity for Donors to Encourage Healthy Choices
    18 Sep 2014 | 1:14 pm
    Despite some positive trends at the state level, childhood obesity continues to plague our nation.  To bring attention to the epidemic and its overwhelming social and economic costs, estimated to exceed $100 billion annually, President Obama declared September as National Childhood Obesity Awareness Month.  Below is the second entry in our Center's mini-series on childhood obesity in honor of the awareness month.  See also Childhood Obesity Awareness Month: An Opportunity for Donors to Support Children's Health. Leveraging peers to enable healthy eating choices:…
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    In Search of Sanuk - Charity & Volunteering in Bangkok

  • Thanksgiving Arrives Early for 100 Kids and Their Families

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

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

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

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

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

  • Recap: Asian Philanthropy & Sustainability Forum

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

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

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

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

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

  • How to Cope When You Are Clearly In Over Your Head

    Deborah Fike
    25 Nov 2014 | 4:02 am
    No doubt, I had bitten off way more than I could chew. While I generally enjoy juggling many plates, I knew a few months ago that I had stepped over that invisible boundary of “busy” into “overwhelmed.”  That’s when I had decided to replace my old part-time teaching job to instead devote those hours to a startup business.  It was 100% the right move: working with former colleagues whom I respect (who respected me back), getting back into the startup business scene (which I love), and having a job that worked around my crazy parenting schedule (which takes up the majority of my…
  • Show Off Your Curls

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

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

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

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

  • iTunes Store Apps that help the fight against AIDS and the RED Global Fund

    25 Nov 2014 | 8:01 pm
    For years, Apple has worked with PRODUCT(RED) to support efforts to fight AIDS in Africa–we’ve covered some of these products in the past on this blog. This year, Apple has extended this to Apps and Games in the iTunes Store. Some of the most popular games and apps have special red icons which means that buying the app or make an in-app purchase from November 24 to December 7, a portion of proceeds will go to the Global Fund to fight AIDS. The selection of games are excellent, and include old favorites like Angry Birds, Rayman Fiesta Run, Frozen Free Fall, and Cut the Rope 2.
  • Heavily Discounted Designer Clothes that Help Charity, from Fashion Project

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  • Thankfulness Is a Spiritual Discipline

    27 Nov 2014 | 9:00 am
    3 ways to actively practice being thankful. Thursday is Thanksgiving here in America. And while this is a day specifically dedicated toward thankfulness and gratitude, we must not forget giving thanks ought to be a way of life for the people of God. I point this out because it’s possible we struggle to live the kind of life defined by gratitude. Perhaps this is one reason Thanksgiving is overlooked in the mad rush toward Christmas. Christmas, for many, is about getting more. Thanksgiving is about saying “thank you” for what we have already been given.
  • A Very RELEVANT Christmas, Vol. 4

    26 Nov 2014 | 2:52 pm
  • 'Independence Day 2' Is Real and It Is Happening

    26 Nov 2014 | 2:42 pm
    An Independence Day sequel is about to shoot down from the sky and blow up the White House or something. The sequel's been talked about basically since the first movie detonated in 1996, ushering in a new era of disaster porn that was as devastating for onscreen monuments as it was for offscreen minds. And now, in 2016, the aliens are officially coming back for Independence Day 2, and it seems likely they've stepped up their password game since Jeff Goldblum's computer virus took them out the first time (1996 was a different time, friends). This movie will debut in 2016, and almost all our…
  • I'm a Christian. Why Am I Still So Scared of Dying?

    26 Nov 2014 | 1:49 pm
    Just because you believe in Heaven doesn't necessarily mean you're looking forward to getting there. Dear Eddie, I've been a Christian my entire life and I've always known that when I die, I'm going to go to Heaven. And as much as people talk about how great Heaven is, I just can't quite get over a fear of death. It seems like, if I really believed in Heaven, then - if anything - I'd look forward to death. But it honestly just sounds terrifying, and that makes me feel like I don't really believe what I say I believe. Is it OK for Christians to be afraid of dying? -David
  • Here's a Beautiful Song From Joy Williams and Hayley Williams

    26 Nov 2014 | 11:48 am
    The Civil Wars may be over, but Joy Williams still has plenty of good music left in her - including this terrific duet with Paramore's Hayley Williams ...
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    Ignited Fundraising

  • Tips for Making Authentic, Meaningful Thank You Calls

    Lori Jacobwith
    24 Nov 2014 | 10:01 pm
    Thursday is Thanksgiving here in the U.S., a time when we gather with our loved ones and pause to show gratitude for all that we have. While we’ve got giving thanks on our mind, I encourage you, fundraising professionals and nonprofit board members, to pick up the phone and give thanks to your donors. I know in our “text message, Facebook update world” picking up the phone may seem outdated. What if I told you that thank you phone calls help raise MORE money? The impact of an authentic, meaningful voice-to-voice conversation, or even a thoughtful voice mail message is very…
  • Do It! Get Your Board Engaged in 2015

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

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

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

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

  • The Best of ApplaUSe4ACause

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

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

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

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

    22 Sep 2014 | 12:38 am
                                   Operation Blessing... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
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    Shareable New Articles

  • Calvert Library SWAP Gets People Sharing Well Beyond Books

    Center for a New American Dream
    25 Nov 2014 | 2:15 pm
    Article cross-posted from Center for a New American Dream. Written by Robyn Truslow.
  • New Report Details the Incredible Growth of Creative Commons

    Cat Johnson
    25 Nov 2014 | 6:58 am
    Creative Commons (CC) licenses have transformed the way that people share creative works online. Guided by the notion that sharing art, articles, designs, data, and more creates a rich cultural foundation that can be built upon continually, CC licenses allow creators of content‚ including photos, music, videos, text and more, to safely share their work.
  • 5 Sharing Alternatives to Black Friday

    24 Nov 2014 | 7:21 pm
    Thanksgiving, a day of celebration and gratitude for both harvest and family, is frequently overshadowed by its consumerist big brother, the notorious Black Friday. In 2013, consumers spent a whopping $57 billion on that day alone, with the average consumer spending over $400. 2014 is predicted to be just as spendy, with 67 million people expected to brave the long lines in search of deep discounts.
  • 14 Fabulous Open Source Gifts for the Holidays
    24 Nov 2014 | 7:03 am
    Article and images cross-posted from
  • 6 Awesome Harvest Festivals from Around the Globe

    24 Nov 2014 | 7:00 am
    Before the age of supermarkets and 24-hour diners, seasons dictated our lives far more intimately than they do now and there was a time of the year that was crucial to human survival: the harvest. Ever since our ancestors moved from being hunter-gatherers to farmers, the harvest has been an important element of the human experience. It was not only a celebration of the bounty each year, it foretold the future. At harvest, people would know whether they would be well fed through the winter and beyond.
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    Donate a Car to Charity - blog

  • Shelby RTR loosely based on an old classic

    26 Nov 2014 | 6:16 pm
    Shelby Mustangs are rare to begin with,  the Galpin-Fisker Rocket proves that you can take something and completely change it to something even better. It’s easy to see that Beau Boeckmann would want to add some interesting new upgrades to the Shelby RTR. He also said that he wasn’t joking when his inspiration for the new Galpin-Fisker Rocket came from some of the blue prints from a 1968 Shelby Mustang GT 500, or at least some parts did. A joint project for Galpin Auto Sports owner Boeckmann and automotive designer Henrik Fisker (previously of Aston Martin DB9 and BMW Z8 fame before…
  • US Car Sales Projected to Rise Only Modestly in 2015

    15 Oct 2014 | 8:38 am
    Projections for 2015 automotive sales in the U.S. point to only a modest increase. However, Auto analysts say sales will continue to rise in the next few years but at a slower pace than past years. U.S. auto sales are on pace to rise 5 percent in 2014 to 16.4 million — the best performance since 2006 — after rising by nearly 8 percent in 2013. The consensus is “cautious optimism” as production and sales will grow far faster in Asia, while Europe and South America face significant economic concerns. LMC Automotive senior vice president Jeff Schuster said at a Standard & Poors auto…
  • Study Finds that Teens Cars Driven by Many Teens Lack Adequate Crash Protection and Safety Technology

    10 Oct 2014 | 9:08 am
    Today’s teens aren’t as eager to learn to drive as previous generations but many are still obtaining driver’s licenses and getting behind the wheel. Unfortunately, a recent study found that many are driving vehicles that are woefully insufficient in terms of crash protection and safety technology. This is particularly crucial, as car crashes remain the leading cause of death among Americans ages 15 to 19, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Among 500 parents queried by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS), just over half reported buying cars…
  • Study Finds Women and Men Value Similar Car Features

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

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

  • Canadian Auto Makers Show Support for Movember

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

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

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

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

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

  • #thankful4home: Raising Awareness Around Homelessness

    25 Nov 2014 | 6:29 am
      #thankful4home: A Lesson in Project Based Learning & Gratitude guest post by Lisa Colton This fall and winter I’m working with a group of organizations in Chicago to raise awareness around homelessness, alongside screenings of the @Home documentary that features portraits of this issue through the eyes of activist Mark Horvath.  Through an impact-producing grant from the Polk Bros Foundation, we’re helping these local organizations raise awareness of their work and mature their online networks. The Boot Camp includes training, coaching, and project based learning. An awareness…
  • Record-breaking donations on Give to the Max Day in Minnesota

    24 Nov 2014 | 6:35 am
    GiveMN launched its “Give to the Max Day” over 6 years ago.  It was one of the first 24-hour day of giving that rallies and inspires to donate to charities.  On November 13, Minnesotans broke a record Thursday, donating more than $18 million to schools and non-profits.  I have been tracking this giving day since its first Giving Day back in 2009 and every year do a debrief post or interview.  This year, I was lucky enough to get Dana Nelson, Executive Director to do an email interview.    GiveMN and Dana have been a key part of the Knight Foundation Giving Day Learning…
  • Give Miami Day raises record $5.2 million for nonprofits

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

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

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

  • NEWS: The right words at the right time…

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

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

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

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

    19 Sep 2014 | 8:07 am
    On 17th September we held the seventh in our series of ten Conversations on Forgiveness at St Ethelburga’s Centre for Reconciliation and Peace. The topic for discussion was ‘Can you move on without forgiveness?’. On the panel were Camilla Carr, who was held hostage by Chechnyan rebels for 14 months in 1997, and Richard Wilson, whose sister was murdered in Burundi by a group who have never admitted responsibility and who continue to kill civilians amid a climate of near-total impunity. The conversation was led by Simon Fanshawe, broadcaster, change and diversity consultant and co-founder…
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  • Thanksgiving Isn’t Tomorrow

    26 Nov 2014 | 12:16 pm
    It’s every day. If you wake up healthy, Happy Thanksgiving. If you live in a warm, dry home, Happy Thanksgiving. If someone knows you by name and loves you, Happy Thanksgiving. If you have health insurance, Happy Thanksgiving. If you have clean water, Happy Thanksgiving. If you have access to a public library, Happy Thanksgiving. If you eat every single day, Happy Thanksgiving. If you are reading this post on a phone, computer or tablet. Happy Thanksgiving. Every day.
  • Viewing Ferguson Through a Filter

    25 Nov 2014 | 11:23 am
    “Nobody has it easy, everybody has issues. You never know what people are going through. So pause before you start judging, criticizing or mocking others. Everybody is fighting their own unique war.” – Unknown   I live in St. Louis and what you see on TV is not the whole story. What you see on TV is horrific. Fires, gunshots, and tear gas. What you don’t see on TV is all of the people (black and white) who are at work today talking and laughing and bonding over a common sadness. We aren’t fighting. We’re tired. I’m not black. I don’t have a…
  • Five Tips for a Peaceful Holiday Season

    24 Nov 2014 | 10:52 am
    If you are like me, your inbox has been full of Black Friday emails for several weeks now and your friends on Facebook are starting to vocalize their opinions about Black Friday sales. It’s the most stressful time of year…but why? Shopping? Parties? Parking? I challenge you to make this holiday season different. I challenge you to slow down and find peace in the midst of the chaos. Tip One Do all of your shopping in the next three days. Yep. All of it. Kids, family, teachers, co-workers…will be done before you drink your first glass of wine on Thanksgiving. Make a complete…
  • The Problem with Us Against Them

    9 Oct 2014 | 6:00 pm
    Nobody is perfect. Mistakes happen. We all know this to be true….for ourselves. But, our perception of others isn’t always quite so forgiving. I imagine that at least once today, you heard someone criticize someone else for messing something up, not doing their job, or being inconsiderate. I also imagine that there wasn’t one time today when you messed up, failed to do your job or were inconsiderate. Why are other people SO irresponsible? Why can’t they be more like you and make great decisions more often than not? They do. We just can’t see things from their…
  • The Key to Success: Giving it Your 80%

    7 Oct 2014 | 6:34 pm
    Everyone knows that if you want to succeed at anything in life, you need to give it your 100%, right? Maybe not. Giving it your 100% every single time is not only difficult, it’s impossible. If you can’t be perfect, then why even try. There is another way of getting things done. Give any effort at least 80% of your max. Perfection is not reality and striving for it can lead you to not try at all. Not being able to meet a goal to 100% can prevent you from taking important steps towards your goal. Say you want to start doing P90X. You try, but you can’t get through the whole…
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    Raghava's Blog

  • world is a false impression

    26 Nov 2014 | 5:38 am
    With every rejection I close my mind little more, the ability to see from the mind’s eye is of no use because the world is a false impression… was not the problem of visual or blind world, my mind’s eye fooled me every time…it fooled me but never failed me..So it say’s Raghava you can […] The post world is a false impression appeared first on Raghava's Blog.
  • Seeing in the Dreams

    19 Jul 2014 | 10:47 pm
    After a long time, saw some dreams that made me smile when I woke up from sleep….I don’t know how things appear/look really here but the visual aspects of the world in my mind sometimes is clear than what I have ever seen…I saw places, heard names, smelled food & other things…it was like the […] The post Seeing in the Dreams appeared first on Raghava's Blog.
  • Quick Update of What’s Happening

    6 Jul 2014 | 5:56 am
    Here I am sitting in my Hyderabad house & excited about writing this blog post….life has taken more turns than ever during this year & it looks like many more are yet to come…it is not that I have no stories or I have no time for this blog, I just ignored writing because I […] The post Quick Update of What’s Happening appeared first on Raghava's Blog.
  • Love actually!!

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

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

  • How to Give Yourself and Others the Gift of Happiness

    Missy Yost
    26 Nov 2014 | 6:27 pm
    “It is every man’s obligation to put back into the world at least the equivalent of what he takes out of it.” ~Albert Einstein My son recently returned home from college with a new demeanor. He was helpful, considerate, interested in others, and genuinely happy. The change was a far cry from the boy who had left for college just a few short months before. Don’t get me wrong, he has always been a good kid, but up until now he’s been a typical teenager. He was a bit messy, a bit lazy, and if it wasn’t part of his video game he was mostly uninterested. So what changed? My husband and…
  • Releasing Expectations: It’s Okay to Be Right Where You Are

    Tania Yardley
    26 Nov 2014 | 6:26 pm
    “The most important point is to accept yourself and stand on your two feet.” ~Shunryu Suzuki When I was younger, I am sure I was a little bit arrogant. I had high expectations about life. They haven’t come to pass. I haven’t achieved whatever I thought I would achieve. It turns out that I’m an ordinary human being struggling with ordinary things. Now that I’m in my forties, I have experienced disappointment, failure, and confusion. Many times I have lost the path and sometimes it’s felt like there never was a path. I expected I would be a writer. I did not expect to be a…
  • How to KISS Your Way to A Less Stressful, Overwhelming Life

    Roxanne Ford
    25 Nov 2014 | 8:59 pm
    “Simplicity is about subtracting the obvious and adding the meaningful.” ~John Maeda The past few months of my life were a myriad of things, to say the least: busy, chaotic, overwhelming, exhausting, frustrating, and stressful. I felt like my fuel tank was on zero, but I had to get up and do it all over again the next day. I wasn’t stopping to take it all in and check in with myself to see how I was doing. It took catching up with a friend in town on a whirlwind trip to give me a big, smack-bang wake-up call. I was filling her in on everything I was currently juggling (which looked…
  • Stop Keeping Score in Relationships and Start Taking Care of Each Other

    Valerie Nilson
    25 Nov 2014 | 8:58 pm
    “Do your little bit of good where you are; it’s those little bits of good put together that overwhelm the world.” ~Desmond Tutu I was recently at the grocery store, and not once, but twice, I encountered couples practically duking it out in the aisles. I mean, full on snit-fits happening here. One pair was so mad, the woman actually walked in the opposite direction down the aisle, her five- or six-year-old in tow. Totally productive, right? The other pair was fighting because the husband couldn’t decide which milk to get. His wife was trying to hurry him up, and finally he…
  • Tiny Buddha eBook and Others on Sale for 99 Cents

    Lori Deschene
    25 Nov 2014 | 8:16 pm
    Hi friends! If you haven’t already read Tiny Buddha’s Guide to Loving Yourself, now may be the perfect time, as the eBook version has been included in a special Black Friday Weekend Holiday Sale. From today until Monday December 1st, you can get the digital version of my book and over twenty others for just 99 cents each at About Tiny Buddha’s Guide to Loving Yourself Tiny Buddha’s Guide to Loving Yourself is a collaborative book featuring a collection of stories from Tiny Buddha contributors, along with tips to help you feel good about yourself and your…
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    Farnam Street

  • The Powerful Predictor Behind Successful Relationships

    Shane Parrish
    26 Nov 2014 | 4:33 am
    When does a broken relationship start to go wrong? That’s a question I’ve been asking myself a lot recently. Whatever you’re thinking — an awkward conversation with your boss, the white lie you told about being busy that was discovered, the time you were supposed to be out with friends but were really somewhere else — you’re probably wrong. These seemingly big moments are not the defining ones that make or break relationships. Rather it’s almost always the small things, like that time two weeks ago when your friend asked you if you wanted a cup of coffee. How…
  • Books for Schools That Need Them

    Shane Parrish
    25 Nov 2014 | 3:00 am
    This might surprise you but I was never a big reader as a kid. In fact, I wouldn’t be caught dead with a book. This lasted all the way to university. While never lazy, I was ignorant to the infinite possibility that books opened up. Once I realized what I’d been missing I made a point to never make money an issue when it came to reading (time to read on the other hand is harder to come by.) When I got a job, I offered to buy my brothers as many books as they wanted as long as they read them. Well my brothers are all grown up now. They can afford their own books but not everyone is…
  • Charles Darwin — Natural Selection was like Confessing a Murder

    Shane Parrish
    24 Nov 2014 | 5:00 am
    On this day in 1859, Charles Darwin’s On the Origin of Species was published. In Letters of Note we find an interesting letter from him to Joseph Hooker 15 years before what would later be called natural selection, he mentions his theory and likens it to “confessing a murder.” Down. Bromley Kent Thursday My dear Sir I must write to thank you for your last letter; I to tell you how much all your views and facts interest me.— I must be allowed to put my own interpretation on what you say of “not being a good arranger of extended views”— which is, that you do not…
  • Eight Ways to Say No With Grace and Style

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

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

  • EPA Proposes to Tighten Ozone Emissions Standard

    Andrew Burger
    27 Nov 2014 | 3:00 am
    EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy announced new, more stringent ozone emissions standards in a bid to reduce smog and improve human and environmental health. EPA is proposing to tighten the national ozone emissions standard to between 65-70 parts per billion from 75 ppb, which was set in 2008 in the wake of EPA's previous five-year review.
  • Komaza Plants Sustainble Microforestry in Kenya

    RP Siegel
    27 Nov 2014 | 2:30 am
    Tevis Howard traveled to Kenya and he became determined to do something about extreme poverty there. After coming up with numerous business plans, Howard settled on the idea of planting trees and founded Komaza, a Swahili word that means “to encourage growth.”
  • Climate Financing Drops in 2013, Driven Mainly By Falling Solar Costs

    Gina-Marie Cheeseman
    27 Nov 2014 | 2:00 am
    Annual global climate flows last year decreased from 2012, but the drop is due in part to falling solar costs.
  • Hyundai and Kia Promise to Triple Number of Green Cars by 2020

    Leon Kaye
    26 Nov 2014 | 3:00 am
    Hyundai and Kia will boost the models of green cars threefold by 2020 in response to a settlement with the EPA over lowballing some models' GHG emissions.
  • Mercedes Conceptualizes Solar Paint

    3p Contributor
    26 Nov 2014 | 2:30 am
    Mercedes rolls out Vision G Code concept car which uses revolutionary paint job to utilize solar as well as wind energy, fitted with conventional as well as hydrogen engine.
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    Eat. Sleep. Be

  • 10 Random acts of Neighborliness

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

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

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

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

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

  • Honoring our Veterans through Creativity and the Arts

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

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

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

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

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

  • Thanksgiving theme: Love

    Paul Handover
    27 Nov 2014 | 12:00 am
    The power of love Today’s post is inspired by a comment left by Virginia Hamilton to a post that was published in this place back on 27th September, 2009. The post was called Sticks and stones. This is a flavour of the post. oooo I make no apologies for today’s post being more emotional and sentimental. The phrase ‘sticks and stones may break my bones but names will never hurt me‘ is well known throughout the English-speaking world and surprisingly goes back some way.  A quick web search found that in the The Christian Recorder of March 1862, there was this comment:…
  • The book! Part Four: Finding happiness.

    Paul Handover
    26 Nov 2014 | 12:30 am
    Aristotle is reputed to have said, “Happiness depends on ourselves.” For someone born nearly 2,400 years ago, at the time of penning this book, Aristotle’s (384 to 322 BCE) words of wisdom resonate very much with these modern times. Even granting the fact that Aristotle was a Greek philosopher and a scientist, it still has me in awe of the man. Consider, when one thinks about Aristotle’s reflections on mankind so long ago and finds, some 2,400 years later, that in a sense, in a very real sense, nothing much about the aspect of our happiness is new. Certainly when it comes to the…
  • The photography of Patrick Smith.

    Paul Handover
    26 Nov 2014 | 12:00 am
    Would make some fabulous Christmas presents. In my trawling around Learning from Dogs looking for articles that could provide material for ‘the book’, I came across a post from August 2009, that is republished today. oooo The sharing spirit (Originally published here on the 29th August, 2009.) This virtual world has so much to share. The photography of Patrick Smith is breathtaking.  So much so, it seemed important to promote his talents to the widest possible audience. He has been very generous in giving Learning from Dogs written permission to reproduce his pictures.  Thus…
  • The book! Part Four: Faith in goodness.

    Paul Handover
    25 Nov 2014 | 12:30 am
    “The roots of all goodness lie in the soil of appreciation for goodness.” So said the Dalai Lama. In the previous chapter, Compassion for self, I quoted Professor Neff saying that in her view self-compassion consisted of three elements: self-kindness, recognition of our common humanity and mindfulness. That second element, the recognition of our common humanity, provides a wonderful link from that chapter across to this one. For one very simple reason: The reason being that people are generally good. Now I’m not going to throw statistics around, even if I had them to hand, to support my…
  • The God of Growth.

    Paul Handover
    25 Nov 2014 | 12:00 am
    A grim reminder of these mad times. I am conscious that in thirty minutes, my latest draft chapter of the book of the same name as this blog is published. Published under the heading of Faith in goodness. It seems entirely at odds with the theme of today’s post, the reposting of a recent essay from George Monbiot.  But in a sense the two posts are compatible. Because what George Monbiot writes about, so elegantly in my opinion, is a window into the lives of those in power, politics, and in money.  Whereas, down at street level, so to speak, down where ordinary people lead ordinary…
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    Frank Sonnenberg Online

  • Good Relationships Don’t Keep Score

    Frank Sonnenberg
    25 Nov 2014 | 3:45 am
    Keeping score may be appropriate in sports, but it doesn’t do much to foster a meaningful relationship. In fact, it doesn’t matter whether it’s a relationship between friends, married couples, or work colleagues … keeping score is highly destructive. Yet some folks are so obsessed with keeping the scales equally balanced that they’re one step away from creating a spreadsheet. I washed the dishes so you take out the garbage. I paid for the gas so you pick up the tip. I stayed late last time, the least you can do is … Who’s up? Who’s down? Who cares? Keeping Score: What Have You…
  • Follow Your Conscience

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

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

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

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

  • The People You Least Suspect

    Vincent Nguyen
    24 Nov 2014 | 3:00 am
    I’ve got a secret identity. Anyone who glances at me in this coffee shop will assume the same thing: I’m a college student. I fit the profile. Backpack. Macbook Air. Notebook. Pen. What else would I be? What else could I be? They wouldn’t guess that I dropped out after landing my dream job, a job I got as a result of a personal development website. They wouldn’t know about the things I learned from the company I work for. They wouldn’t know about my adventures in Southeast Asia in which I spent a year away from my friends and family. My “office” for the day No one would…
  • Why I Persist Each Week (Even Though It’s the Hardest Thing Ever)

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

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

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

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

  • GivingTuesday Celebrates Giving

    Carol Anne Preibis
    26 Nov 2014 | 1:52 pm
    What is GivingTuesday? What is the most important power we as human beings have to foster a better world?… The post GivingTuesday Celebrates Giving appeared first on Ahh The Simple Life.
  • How to Survive the Winter

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

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

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

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

  • A Purposeful Life

    William Wan
    24 Nov 2014 | 4:19 pm
    Last Saturday, I attended a Thanksgiving Service to honour the work of my college mate, the Rev Dr. Kang Ho Soon. After serving continuously as a pastor for 42 years, he is due for retirement. The sanctuary was filled with more than a thousand family members, colleagues and friends, including members of the Inter-Religious Organization in their religious garbs. It speaks volumes for the man who was all things to all people who, moving forward, seeks only to be there for all and sundry who need a pair of listening ears.In sharing his vision for life, he quoted Robert Byrne, who reputed to have…
  • Lessons from Ants

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

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

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

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

  • Kindness Café 2.0

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

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

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

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

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

  • well shit I almost died!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  • More Ebola Aid Bound for Liberia and Sierra Leone

    Direct Relief
    26 Nov 2014 | 10:10 am
    Another wave of aid supplies to help save lives in areas affected by the Ebola crisis left Direct Relief’s headquarters this week, bound for Sierra Leone and Liberia. The shipments – valued at $4.8 million (wholesale) – contain items urgently requested by health workers in the field such as gloves, soap, IV fluids, and the antibiotic ciprofloxacin to help treat […] The post More Ebola Aid Bound for Liberia and Sierra Leone appeared first on Direct Relief.
  • Culturally Sensitive Care Reduces Hypertension Among Diabetes Patients

    Direct Relief
    24 Nov 2014 | 8:54 am
    In recognition of American Diabetes Month, Direct Relief is spotlighting Asian Health Services (AHS), a health center that cares for people in need across Alameda County, Calif. and has developed an innovative approach to assist its predominately Asian patients with diabetes. When Lily* began taking care of her ailing mother, the stressed 58-year-old’s own health started to suffer. After a […] The post Culturally Sensitive Care Reduces Hypertension Among Diabetes Patients appeared first on Direct Relief.
  • NY & NJ Mobile Medical Units to Receive Emergency Packs

    Direct Relief
    24 Nov 2014 | 8:39 am
    Every health center-based mobile medical unit in New York and New Jersey will soon be equipped with a Direct Relief Emergency Medical Pack as a result of insights gained following Hurricane Sandy. Each of the 120 packs will be filled with the most critical items for emergency medicine and will help boost health centers’ capacity to respond to future disasters […] The post NY & NJ Mobile Medical Units to Receive Emergency Packs appeared first on Direct Relief.
  • Reflections on the 2014 American Public Health Association Conference

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

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

  • The Fear to Volunteer

    Joshua Lye
    25 Nov 2014 | 1:19 am
    A story by Our Better World - simple, powerful stories that will make your heart smile and spirit soar. Gladys Ng's approach to short-term volunteering is refreshing. She says it is a "by the way" thing, and she is unapologetic about that. "I don't see volunteer work as something that needs to move you in order to draw you to it. "Whatever time you have, you just share a little bit of it. Then it doesn't become too onerous," she says. She remembers going with her classmates and teachers to an old folks' home near her secondary school to chat with the seniors there. And when she was asked by…
  • Grandma's Got the Zumba Moves

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

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

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

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