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  • Can Purpose Keep You Alive?

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    Greater Good
    27 Aug 2014 | 6:34 am
    In recent years, studies have suggested that having a sense of purpose helps you to live a longer and healthier life, even when looking across cultures and controlling for known predictors of longevity, like cigarette smoking. But these studies all had the same limitation: They focused on adults older than 60. A recent study published in the journal Psychological Science explored whether the positive health effects of having a purpose in life also extend to younger adults. Researchers Patrick Hill and Nicholas Turiano examined the Midlife in the United States sample, a national study of…
  • How Far Have You Come Since Last Year?

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    Vincent Nguyen
    4 Aug 2014 | 4:00 am
    Exactly a year ago, a single tweet set me off on a course that’d allow me to finally drop out of school, move overseas, and begin a location independent lifestyle. The headline of an article followed by an improvised arrow and the words “Best opportunity I’ve seen in awhile” was all that was needed. The word “apprentice” caught my eye as it depicted just the right imagery. An employee merely serves for a master. An intern fetches coffee for the master—I’ve been interning for three different companies at the time, thankfully never fetched anyone coffee. An apprentice learns…
  • Personal Health Data: It’s Amazing Potential and Privacy Perils

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    Beth
    27 Aug 2014 | 9:00 am
    This is a graph of aggregate data from Jawbone,a wristband that people wear that tracks their steps throughout the day and their sleep patterns during the night. (h/t Robert Scoble)   This aggregate data shows exactly when and how many people in the San Francisco were bolted awake by the recent Napa Valley earthquake.   This is one of the first reports using “Personal Health Data” in aggregate, using data points around sleep tracking to look at a natural disaster.    As Jacob Harold mused on Twitter, “In such a moment of something so powerful and scary as an…
  • How to Stop Being an Amateur

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

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    GoodGuide
    1 Sep 2014 | 11:48 am
    Here at GoodGuide, it’s our goal to give you meaningful information about the health, environmental and societal impacts of products and companies so that you can vote with your dollars by making purchases that reflect your personal values. The GoodGuide rating — now available for more than 220,000 everyday products – is made up of data from over 1,000 different sources, including scientific institutions, governmental agencies, commercial data aggregators, non-governmental organizations, media outlets and corporations. Once collected, our scientists apply rigorous methodologies…
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  • Behind the Ratings: Labor Rights

    GoodGuide
    1 Sep 2014 | 11:48 am
    Here at GoodGuide, it’s our goal to give you meaningful information about the health, environmental and societal impacts of products and companies so that you can vote with your dollars by making purchases that reflect your personal values. The GoodGuide rating — now available for more than 220,000 everyday products – is made up of data from over 1,000 different sources, including scientific institutions, governmental agencies, commercial data aggregators, non-governmental organizations, media outlets and corporations. Once collected, our scientists apply rigorous methodologies…
  • Sneak Peek: the new GoodGuide.com

    GoodGuide
    9 Jul 2014 | 4:32 pm
    In just a few days, GoodGuide will unveil a new website design. Here’s your opportunity to take a behind-the-scenes look at what we’ve got in store. We hope you’ll check it out and let us know what you think in the comments section below. A New, Streamlined Homepage GoodGuide.com Homepage In addition to a new look and feel, we’re streamlining our navigation to make made it even easier to search and find scientific ratings on over 200,000 consumer products. Speaking of our ratings, we’ve increased visibility into our methodologies, so you can better understand how we…
  • WEF14: Why is Sustainability So Hard?

    Dara O'Rourke
    29 Jan 2014 | 2:03 pm
    This post first appeared on The Guardian Sustainable Business Blog (Jan. 24, 2014) Sunrise over the Swiss Alps, Davos 2014. Photo by Good Guide co-founder, Dara O’Rourke. One thing that has surprised me in my time in Davos is how often I’ve heard CEOs complain about how hard it is to promote sustainability and social responsibility inside their companies. In session after session, it has been clear that even the most powerful CEOs feel that transforming their organizations is hard. Very hard. In one of the few “public” sessions where CEOs talked about this, the panelists presented…
  • WEF14: New millennial consumers and sustainability

    Dara O'Rourke
    29 Jan 2014 | 1:45 pm
    This post first appeared on The Guardian Sustainable Business Blog (Jan. 23, 2014) Dara O’Rourke, a professor at UC Berkeley and the co-founder of GoodGuide.com, is the chair of WEF’s Global Agenda Council on Sustainable Consumption. The next generation of consumers is clearly on the minds of the CEOs and CMOs at Davos. A number of sessions have touched on what emerging “millennial” consumers of China, India, Brazil, and beyond will look like in 10 years. And similarly, how the next generation of consumers in the US and Europe will act. Everyone seems to agree that new…
  • GoodGuide Joins UL Environment

    Dara O'Rourke
    6 Aug 2012 | 10:48 am
    We are very excited to announce that GoodGuide has been acquired by UL Environment, a business unit of UL (Underwriters Laboratories) that’s focused on helping people make, market, find, and trust greener, healthier, more sustainable products. This merger brings together two organizations deeply committed to sustainability and product transparency. (You can read more about our partnership here.) Don’t worry: GoodGuide’s web and mobile apps are not going away. We will continue to operate “business as usual,” and our team will still be building tools and rating products to…
 
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  • Can Purpose Keep You Alive?

    Greater Good
    27 Aug 2014 | 6:34 am
    In recent years, studies have suggested that having a sense of purpose helps you to live a longer and healthier life, even when looking across cultures and controlling for known predictors of longevity, like cigarette smoking. But these studies all had the same limitation: They focused on adults older than 60. A recent study published in the journal Psychological Science explored whether the positive health effects of having a purpose in life also extend to younger adults. Researchers Patrick Hill and Nicholas Turiano examined the Midlife in the United States sample, a national study of…
  • Eight Keys to End Bullying

    Greater Good
    26 Aug 2014 | 3:56 am
    Everyone has a story when it comes to bullying. As a licensed social worker, school counselor, and national educator, I have heard many first-hand accounts of bullying, from triumphant efforts to end unwanted aggression to heart-wrenching stories of relentless torment. I am routinely appalled by how ubiquitous cruelty has become.  Yet, despite the pain, I am hopeful. I believe we have an opportunity to change the culture of bullying among young people and I think the answer begins with those who live and work with young people every day.  It is not complicated policies or grandiose…
  • Can Mindfulness Help Mothers of Severely Disabled Children?

    Greater Good
    25 Aug 2014 | 6:26 am
    Parenting is hard work, but having a child with a severe disability takes an extra toll. Mothers of children with autism or other neurodevelopmental disorders report high levels of stress, depression, and anxiety. This, in turn, can negatively impact how they care for their vulnerable children. Many studies have focused on therapies for the children, but the serious issue of parental stress has been largely overlooked—until now.  A new study in the journal Pediatrics suggests that both mindfulness and positive psychology techniques can reduce mothers’ stress. In their study,…
  • More than 76,000 sign up for Science of Happiness MOOC

    Greater Good
    21 Aug 2014 | 1:26 pm
  • How Self-Compassion Beats Rumination

    Greater Good
    20 Aug 2014 | 5:51 am
    “I can’t do this right,” says my patient Carla. “I know I’m going to fail. I can never do anything right.”  The most innocent wish—to walk in the park, to meet a friend for lunch, to meditate— would trigger this relentlessly harsh inner voice, 24/7. In our therapy sessions, Carla was ruminating—thinking the same negative worrisome thoughts over and over again. Rumination usually doesn’t solve what we’re worried about and, in fact, leaves us more vulnerable to staying in a funk, even becoming depressed. Rumination makes our view of events, and our feelings about…
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  • Why I Don’t Want to Hear Your Story

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

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

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

    Dave Pollard
    1 Aug 2014 | 10:14 pm
    “Oh you know all the words, and you sing all the notes, but you never quite learned the song” — The Hedgehog Song, by The Incredible String Band And so I read about how to meditate: I read Kabat-Zinn, Osho, Krishnamurti. I listened to guided meditations, focused on my breath a hundred different ways. Tried to silence the noise in my head. Practiced, a little each day. Until all I could hear was the heartbeat of the universe. Until the edges of me faded, crumbled, and vanished. Until I felt the cells in my body dancing, telling me what I had always known, except that now…
  • How to Make Love Last

    Dave Pollard
    27 Jul 2014 | 12:35 am
    I told her I loved her. Your love is all about you, she replied; it has nothing to do with me. You love who you imagine me to be, because no one can know who someone else really is. I told her I would work to discover who she really was, as much as possible, and love that person. You can’t choose who you love, she replied; your body chooses which bodies it loves, and you’re just along for the ride. Emotionally, any woman you perceive to be attractive, energetic, fit, intelligent, creative, thoughtful, independent, present — you’re going to love her. I told her I would…
 
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  • Have You Become a Type A Personality?

    Melissa Heisler
    2 Sep 2014 | 12:02 am
    The concept of a Type A personality has not been around for long. It was actually identified in the 1950s by two cardiologists, Drs. Meyer Friedman and Ray Rosenman, who were studying coronary heart disease. They found a link between personality types and heart disease. According to their research, they identified three types of behaviors: Type A, which they labeled as competitive, ambitious, impatient, aggressive, and fast-talking; Type B, which is more relaxed and non-competitive; and Type C, which is hardworking, but becomes apathetic when faced with stress. Those considered Type A were…
  • Happy Labor Day!

    Gail Lynne Goodwin
    1 Sep 2014 | 12:12 am
    Happy Labor Day! When you think about that statement, it seems like somewhat of an oxymoron, wishing someone a happy day celebrating the fact that they have to work. Labor Day was originally created to celebrate the labor movement, dedicated to the social and economic achievements of the workers. It honors the contributions workers have made to the strength, prosperity and well-being of the country. Yet, if you ask most people, they would prefer to never have to work another day in their life. According to a 2013 Gallop Poll, The State of the American Workplace, 70% of Americans described…
  • His Holiness The Dalai Lama

    Miles O'Brien Riley
    31 Aug 2014 | 12:02 am
    Father Miles O’Brien Riley reflects on some of the people who have passed through his life and inspired him with their insight, inspiration, and love in this series of posts. A guest on my half hour TV program, I Believe, in the 1970’s, The Dalai Lama recommends starting every day by remembering that everyone on Planet Earth wants and needs the same two things: to be loved and to be happy. He promised that we would look at everyone with new eyes–family members, fellow commuters, co-workers, shop folks, phone callers, everyone—they are all just like us. Then spend another…
  • A Berry Picker’s Guide to Dating

    Ariel and Shya Kane
    29 Aug 2014 | 12:02 am
    All of the local kids I knew picked berries during the summer to make spending money and some to pay for school clothes and supplies in the year ahead. I started picking berries for money at the age of 6. Over the years, I worked the season: first strawberries, then raspberries, a short crop of boysenberries (by far the easiest), marionberries or blackcaps, then blackberries. My aunt Joyce took me with her to the berry fields to “help out” at her summer job and after a full day of picking strawberries, (many of which made their way into my mouth) I was proud to bring home three…
  • School of HP: The Universe is Here to Help! (Poem)

    Allen Vaysberg
    28 Aug 2014 | 12:02 am
    When fate says “Hi”, what do you do? Is “run and hide” the choice for you? Or are you willing to accept The change in order to adapt? These are the choices that we make The chances are but yours to take For Universe will show the way It’s up to you to seize the day We often wish upon the stars Protected ‘cause they seem so far We want the wishes to come true But they won’t work unless we do The Universe’s not there to please But it is also not a tease It will provide the tools you need In order for you to succeed But you are here to work things through Instead of giving stuff…
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  • The Next Black - A film about the Future of Clothing

    Emeka Okafor
    1 Sep 2014 | 6:59 pm
    From AEG:'The Next Black' is a documentary film that explores the future of clothing. Watch as we meet with some of the most innovative companies on the planet to get their opinion on clothing and its future, including: heroes of sustainability, Patagonia; tech-clothing giants, Studio XO; sportswear icon, adidas; and Biocouture, a consultancy exploring living organisms to grow clothing and accessories.
  • The Arrival of iFilms

    Emeka Okafor
    1 Sep 2014 | 12:55 pm
    Thembi Mutch writing in ThinkAfrica: ...there has also been a noticeable burst of directors shooting films on incredibly low budgets, often on their smart phones and in local transport (tro-tro in Ghana, dala dala in Tanzania, matatus in Uganda). Early this year, for example, the South African director Errol Schwartz wrote, directed, and starred in The Magic Bullet, a thriller shot entirely on an iPhone, which deservedly took first prize in the iPhone Film Festival. Meanwhile, Nick Asgill from Sierra Leone scooped an award in the Best Trailer category for his subtle political homecoming film…
  • What I Learned From 7 Years of Failure - Victor Asemota

    Emeka Okafor
    1 Sep 2014 | 12:20 pm
    Odeshi in conversation with Victor Asemota founder of Swifta: Victor starts his entrepreneurial journey by putting together computer systems in exchange for transportation fare. With little experience and the aide of a friend he launches an indigenous technology company to service the growing demands of the Nigerian market. However, cash flow problems, project scope creep and undisciplined operations leads him down the path for 7 years on a failed project. He eventually joins a new telecom company at the early stage of Nigeria's information technology boom and learns about the industry,…
  • An Embrace of Farming as an Enterprise

    Emeka Okafor
    31 Aug 2014 | 7:33 pm
    In Kenya, multiple profiles of young farmers from the Agro-Environment Initiative incubator: Everblazing farmGeoffrey waits for tomato buyers Geoffrey a young farmer from Kiambu County in Kenya has defied the common thinking of most Kenyans about agriculture.The young man is the proud owner a tomato Farming business which he has named ever blazing farm, on 0.1ha or 1/4 acre of land. Geoffrey practices agriculture with a difference employing youthful energy, enthusiasm and Knowledge attained from an Agricultural Training Institution and Business Studies, to develop his agribusiness.
  • Quick Hits

    Emeka Okafor
    30 Aug 2014 | 2:11 pm
    Practical Action’s Promoting Smallholder Market Engagement ProjectTBL Mirror Fund a provider of Venture Capital for East African Small and Medium Sized Enterprises.Cassava processing villages clusters in Kenya
 
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  • Remembering Priya Haji

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

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

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

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

    Echoing Green
    31 Jul 2014 | 8:21 am
    Photo courtesy of Medic Mobile Medic Mobile founder Josh Nesbit was a pre-med student at Stanford in 2008 when he visited Malawi for the first time. Encountering the Malawians and their situation changed his life—and he’s been determined to return the favor ever since, by changing theirs. Among the world’s least-developed and most-densely populated countries, Malawi is a landlocked southeast African nation where 85% of people live in rural areas. The Malawian population lives with the grim triptych of low life expectancy (50 years), a high infant mortality rate, and a huge percentage of…
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  • David Adjaye on architecture and social inclusion

    12 Aug 2014 | 7:37 am
    Welcome to our new podcast series, Inside the Creative Mind, featuring in-depth interviews with leading cultural figures, recorded at the Forum’s Annual Meeting in Davos 2014. Click on the player above to listen In the fourth and final episode, Marc Spiegler of Art Basel interviews award-winning architect David Adjaye, whose projects include the Nobel Peace Centre in Oslo, the Skolkovo School of Management in Moscow (pictured below) and the soon-to-open Smithsonian National Museum of African History and Culture in Washington, DC. Adjaye talks about visiting every capital in Africa,…
  • Interview: Olafur Eliasson on art and Africa – podcast

    5 Aug 2014 | 2:52 am
    Welcome to our new podcast series, Inside the Creative Mind, featuring in-depth interviews with leading cultural figures, recorded at the Forum’s Annual Meeting in Davos 2014. Click on the player above to listen In the third of four episodes, Yana Peel of Intelligence Squared speaks with Danish-Icelandic artist Olafur Eliasson, best known for monumental installations such as The Weather Project at London’s Tate Modern and New York City Waterfalls. In this podcast, Eliasson talks about his work in Africa, what it’s like to create a project on the moon, and the importance of making art…
  • Interview: Elif Shafak on women and fiction – podcast

    29 Jul 2014 | 4:42 am
    Welcome to our new podcast series, Inside the Creative Mind, featuring in-depth interviews with leading cultural figures, recorded at the Forum's Annual Meeting in Davos 2014. Click on the player above to listen In the second of four episodes, we hear from Elif Shafak, Turkey’s best-known female author. She writes in English and Turkish, and her 14 books – including bestsellers The Bastard of Istanbul, The Forty Rules of Love and Black Milk – have been translated into more than 40 languages. Shafak was famously acquitted of charges of “insulting Turkishness” in her novel, The…
  • Interview: Shirin Neshat on Iran’s political art – podcast

    22 Jul 2014 | 4:09 am
    Welcome to our new podcast series, Inside the Creative Mind, featuring in-depth interviews with leading cultural figures, recorded at the Forum's Annual Meeting in Davos 2014. Click on the player above to listen In the first of four episodes, we explore the life and work of award-winning Iranian visual artist and film-maker Shirin Neshat. Her explorations of power, identity and displacement in Islamic society have made her influential not only in the art world but also in popular culture. Highlights of Neshat's work include the photographic series Women of Allah; a video collaboration…
  • The Eurozone crisis, Innovative Healthcare solutions and our latest What if scenario.

    1 Dec 2012 | 1:00 am
    With the Eurozone crisis dominating the news headlines we asked Stephen Kinnock, about his thoughts on how Europe should proceed. Olivier Raynaud, tells us  about the Forums Initiative on Innovative health care delivery methods and we find out why China turning inward is a global risk, to be taken seriously.
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  • Nature as Nurturing: An Educator’s Narrative to Motivate Nature Play

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

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

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

    Christine Escobar
    11 Jun 2014 | 8:04 pm
    The Chicago Park District will once again offer a free session of swim lessons to new enrollees age 6-17. The Park District initially offered the popular program this past January. The first session (10 weeks) of Learn to Swim classes for kids and teens ages 6-17 will be free, when using coupon code FIRSTFREE.  Fees will apply for Learn to Swim classes in subsequent sessions, or for an additional class in the same session.  The Learn to Swim fee is $22 for each 10 week session. (This fee may be waived for qualifying families.) The FIRSTFREE coupon code can be used when registering…
  • The 606 to Host "Trail Mix" of Events For Families and Design Enthusiasts

    Christine Escobar
    17 May 2014 | 8:57 am
    Chicago's soon to be completed new park, The 606, has a variety of events in store this summer around the city for families and those interested in the design and construction of the park, which is currently under construction along the site of the former Bloomingdale Trail. "Trail Mix" kicked off on Tuesday with a conversation at The Darwin School Auditorium on native plants that will inhabit the park, and continues June 7 with a family bike ride and potluck at the McCormick Tribune YMCA. Organizers say Family Days are geared toward children ages 3 to 12 and their caregivers…
 
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  • Questions for Aspiring Leaders

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

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    23 Aug 2014 | 4:19 pm
    Over 90% of the 500 million person labor force in India exists in the unorganized sector. Working conditions in the informal sector are poor and offer few incentives leading to stagnating low incomes. Acumen India Fellow Prerit Rana is the Co-Founder and CEO of Agrasar, a non-profit organization outside New Delhi working to unlock this massive human capital potential and provide social security to disadvantaged communities across the country.  Trained as an engineer, Prerit started his career at his father’s corrugated box factory.  Things were moving ahead professionally and the path to…
  • Give Impact Investing Time and Space to Develop

    Sasha Dichter
    11 Aug 2014 | 4:41 am
    Sasha Dichter, Acumen’s Chief Innovation Officer originally wrote this piece on the HBR Blog. Impact investing has captured the world’s imagination. Just six years after the Rockefeller Foundation coined the term, the sector is booming. An estimated 250 funds are actively raising capital in a market that the Global Impact Investing Network estimates at $25 billion. Giving Pledge members described impact investing as the “hottest topic” at their May 2012 meeting, and Prime Minister David Cameron extolled the potential of the sector at the most recent G8 summit.  Sir Ronald Cohen…
  • 10 Books We’re Reading This Summer

    Acumen
    8 Aug 2014 | 9:18 am
    What are you reading? It is a common question here at Acumen, an organization full of avid readers constantly trading favorite book titles that discuss leadership, impact, development and branding. Here are 10 stellar books we’re reading this summer. These books and others provide a framework of thinking, a spark of new ideas, a platform for debate. So, what are you reading? Georgia Stevenson, BD & Communications Pakistan Summer Associate Finding Beauty in a Broken World, Terry Tempest Williams “I enjoyed this book as a thoughtful and poetic reflection, through the metaphor of mosaic,…
  • How Acumen Brought Back my Fire

    Eda Esilaba
    7 Aug 2014 | 7:29 am
    Eda is an East Africa Regional Fellow from Nairobi, Kenya and is the Founder and Director of Halisi Trust, an organization that seeks to challenge the vices that plague society and encourage transformational development in Kenya’s youth. When Eda applied for the East Africa Fellows Program, she felt disillusioned and stuck. Below, Eda discusses how Acumen’s Regional Fellowship Program brought back her fire. Now, Eda has engaged nearly 6,000 people through outreach events and the Mkenya Halisi movement continues to grow. Acumen is currently accepting applications for the next class of…
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  • Change the world.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    Julia
    22 Aug 2014 | 11:25 am
    Made a Kiva Zip loan to a local business to help a mother daughter team.
  • 21 Aug 2014 | 11:21 am

    Julia
    21 Aug 2014 | 11:21 am
    Helping out close to home with Kiva's new Kiva zip program.This program is for loans in developed countries - o% loans for people doing good things.I like to support the local economy, I do most of my food shopping at the farmer's market (which is easier to do in Southern California, one can live off a fantastic diet of things grown within 100 miles).This loan is for someone who lives very close to me.
  • Alley cat allies

    Julia
    18 Aug 2014 | 1:14 pm
    I am proud to support Alley Cat Allies, a great group trying to make life better for our feral cats.Their programs are working. Cats lives are improving. Love kitties. Wish they could all be healthy and happy.
 
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  • The new best thing on Ferguson

    Chris Blattman
    29 Aug 2014 | 4:40 am
    Many people were happy with Hillary Clinton’s comments. I agree, but two weeks later it feels safe, as though she waited to see where the people were heading so she could get in front and lead them. As for the best thing said so far, I thought it would be hard to beat this. But that was because I didn’t realize Jon Stewart would come back from vacation just to weigh in. I do not use the word genius lightly: And here is Stewart’s “Ferguson challenge”: The post The new best thing on Ferguson appeared first on Chris Blattman.
  • “Yes you dolt, diseases can expand exponentially and Ebola just may”

    Chris Blattman
    28 Aug 2014 | 10:15 am
    That is the general tenor of some (only some) of the Twitter responses to my posts on whether or not the Ebola crisis is overhyped or not, including that from some experts who know more than I do. Some comments were less kind. Others sympathetic. Either way, it’s a fair point. More importantly, there has been actual information coming in which is interesting. So this is a last Ebola post (I hope)—hurried, apologetically, because I’m conferencing the rest of today and this week. First, a clarification: yesterday’s post was actually agreeing with the people pushing back (Kim Yi…
  • What happens when you release people from bonded labor in the Emirates?

    Chris Blattman
    28 Aug 2014 | 7:19 am
    It turns out serfdom is not so terrific for workers or the economy. In 2011, a reform in the UAE allowed any employer to renew a migrant’s visa upon contract expiration without written permission from the initial employer. We find that the reform increased incumbent migrants’ earnings and firm retention of these workers. This occurs despite an increase in employer transitions, and is driven by a fall in country exits. While the outcomes of workers already in the UAE improved, our analysis suggests that the reform decreased demand for new migrant workers and lowered their earnings.
  • Does Chicken Little have Ebola?

    Chris Blattman
    27 Aug 2014 | 1:17 pm
    This is my second post about Ebola, in which I continue to pontificate about things I don’t really know anything about. Yesterday I suggested Ebola is the Kardashian of diseases and we ought to be a little less worried about Ebola and talk more about HIV, malaria, and TB. There are some excellent graphs and discussion from Kim Yi Dionne and Stéphane Helleringer, who do know what they are talking about. Africa is a continent – not a country. If a health problem is only prevalent and problematic in one country rather than in many of Africa’s 54 countries, does that make it as…
  • America’s other one percent

    Chris Blattman
    27 Aug 2014 | 7:12 am
    How many Americans live on less than $2 a day (in purchasing power terms) and so are below the international poverty line? Laurence Chandy blogs over at Brookings. We obtain estimates of the $2 a day poverty rate in the U.S. for 2011/12 that range from 4 percent (12 million people) to zero depending on the definition of resources and the data source used… [But] Not so fast. If we used the exact same criteria to measure poverty in the U.S. as is used by the World Bank to obtain official poverty estimates for the developing world, we would conclude that no-one in the U.S. falls under the…
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  • Self-segregation on social networks and the implications for the Ferguson, MO story

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

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

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

    Ethan
    31 Jul 2014 | 12:37 pm
    A friend recently posted a video on Facebook, a 1997 news story from ABC’s Nightline about Tripod, the social media company I helped build in Williamstown MA from 1994-1999. The video sparked a wave of reactions in me: nostalgia for those past days, pride in the accomplishments of the friends I’ve kept up with, regret for losing touch with others, and bafflement that I would choose to wear flannel and overalls to show off our company to the world. (Perhaps my favorite moment in watching the video was discovering that we’d been interviewed by Deborah Amos, NPR’s Middle…
  • Free Zone 9 Bloggers

    Ethan
    31 Jul 2014 | 8:25 am
    Once upon a time, there was a blog. It was written in Amharic, the dominant language in Ethiopia, by a team of young journalists and thinkers who wanted to have an open, public conversation about the future of their nation. Pictures of some of the Zone 9 bloggers It’s not especially easy to talk about these issues in Ethiopia. Africa’s second largest country has been ruled by a neo-marxist government (EPRDF – Ethiopian Peoples’ Revolutionary Democracy Front) which overthrew a brutal military dictatorship in 1991, instilling one-party autocratic rule in its place. Part…
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  • Travelling toward Light

    1 Sep 2014 | 9:00 pm
    I thought the most beautiful thing in the world must be shadow.  ~ Sylvia PlathSome people seem to get all sunshine, and some all shadow…  ~ Louisa May AlcottThere is strong shadow where there is much light.  ~ GoetheFancies are like shadows...you can't cage them, they're such wayward, dancing things.  ~ L. M. Montgomery When walking through the valley of shadows, remember a shadow is cast by a Light.  ~ Austin O'MalleyI wear my shadows where they're harder to see, but they follow me everywhere. I guess that should tell me I'm travelling toward light.  ~ Bruce…
  • Leave it alone

    1 Sep 2014 | 9:51 am
    I learned never to empty the well of my writing, but always to stop when there was still something there in the deep part of the well, and let it refill at night from the springs that fed it.  ~ Ernest HemingwayThe poet is at the disposal of the night. His role is humble, he must clean house and await its due visitation.  ~ Jean CocteauOne should never impose one’s views on a problem; one should rather study it, and in time a solution will reveal itself.  ~ Albert EinsteinReverie is when ideas float in our mind without reflection or regard of the understanding.  ~ John…
  • Uncommon Results

    29 Aug 2014 | 9:00 pm
    TEAM: Together Everyone Achieves More.  ~ unknownTeamwork makes the dream work.  ~ Bang GaeTeamwork: simply stated, it is less me and more we.  ~ unknownTeamwork is the fuel that allows common people to attain uncommon results.  ~ Andrew CarnegieGettin' good players is easy.  Gettin' em to play together is the hard part.  ~ Casey StengelNo member of a crew is praised for the rugged individuality of his rowing.  ~ Ralph Waldo EmersonQuotes about teamwork
  • There's your Treasure

    28 Aug 2014 | 9:00 pm
    Was it you or I who stumbled first? It does not matter. The one of us who finds the strength to get up first, must help the other. ~ Vera NazarianRemember we all stumble, everyone of us. That's why it's a comfort to go hand-in-hand. ~ Emily KimbroughI believe God lets us stumble along, slowly finding our way, and giving us chances to pick each other up. ~ Anna WhiteIn the end it all comes to choices to turn stumbling blocks into stepping stones. ~ Amber FreyWhere you stumble, there your treasure lies.  ~Joseph CampbellQuotes about stumbling
  • A Little Voice

    27 Aug 2014 | 9:00 pm
    Courage is being afraid but going on anyhow.  ~ Dan RatherCourage is the power to let go of the familiar.  ~ Raymond LindquistCourage is fear holding on a minute longer.  ~ George Smith PattonWe must build dikes of courage to hold back the flood of fear.  ~ Martin Luther King Jr.Courage doesn't always roar.  Sometimes courage is the little voice at the end of the day that says I'll try again tomorrow.  ~ Mary Anne RadmacherQuotes about courage
 
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    Gift Hub

  • Giving Matters (Chris McLeod, JD)

    Phil Cubeta
    27 Aug 2014 | 7:06 pm
    I have not met her but certainly have enjoyed reading around on her site and her blog. Chris, an attorney, writes about giving with her whole being. I have never heard this thought before (as listed in her service offerings).  Transform your grief: People who suffer a loss or trauma often feel powerless or at a loss for what to do. Connecting with a nonprofit partner that is doing outstanding work to educate the community and prevent similar heartbreak can help restore a sense of hope and well-being to the individual and his/her family.  
  • Email to a Friend Well-Placed in Dynastic Wealth Counselling

    Phil Cubeta
    26 Aug 2014 | 6:07 am
    "When the grandmothers speak the world will be healed." Hawaiian proverb.  Whatever Cordelia saw in her dysfunctional family, emblematic of a deranged kingdom and cosmos, she said only "nothing." When she awakened her father from his madness, it was not with words but with music. By the end of the play she and her father are dead, and a moral order is restored to a world that seems lesser and prosaic. The Fool is Cordelia's friend and talks constantly, always off balance. "My poor fool is hanged," exclaims the king dying with his daughter's corpse…
  • Secular Priest, Adoptive Son, and Consigliere in a Great Family

    Phil Cubeta
    21 Aug 2014 | 12:01 pm
    You remember Fr. Francis (Frank) Brennan, the defrocked priest who disappeared from Wealth Bondage (proud sponsor of  Gifthub) along with a case of communion wine, and an altar boy, from the Wealth with Wisdom Scene Room? He called me on a stolen cellphone to catch up. Apparently, he has landed on his feet as Consigliere to a Great Family from South America. I asked Father Frank what his duties entail. He said as "the most trusted advisor," he is responsible for the family mission statement, and maintaining family values, wisdom,…
  • The Old Philosopher (Eddie Lawrence)

    Phil Cubeta
    21 Aug 2014 | 9:27 am
    My thanks to a well known figure in philanthropic planning circles, an honest man, though a secret reader of Gifthub, who provided the link. I promise not to mention, to any of our mutual friends, that he reads this blog, if he promises not to tell anyone that I write it. (If you too are a reader, your secret is safe with me.) Let's keep things positive, with Eddie Lawrence. The rich have their burdens no less than the poor and we all must do our best to maintain their morale in a world of hurt.
  • The Parable of The Empty Cask

    Phil Cubeta
    19 Aug 2014 | 8:09 am
    As he has aged, my mentor, The Happy Tutor, Dungeon Master to the Stars in Wealth Bondage, has become more irascible and cryptic. I was asking him how I could better position myself as a Morals Tutor to America's Wealthiest Families, or even as their Secular Priest of choice, since that is the fashionable term now among my fellow Serving Professionals who have successfully penetrated this elite and highly competitive market for virtue and wisdom. All Tutor would say, sitting on his pile of garbage in the Dumpster, well insulated with a layer of Great Books, is, "Phil, I have…
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    Causecast for Nonprofits

  • Engineers, Chemists, Early Learning teachers

    director_10
    22 Aug 2014 | 12:21 pm
    Teach workshops to kids. Open times and days. You can select. Usually 2hour blocks. This form will not let us mark that this is an open opportunity. Our workshops are scheduled as we get qualitifed individuals to help. Sometimes we have composting, mircoscope investigations, art collage or painting etc. Volunteer Coordinator Information Contact First Name:  Carol Contact Last Name:  meagher Contact Phone Number:  530 320-5613 Contact Email Address:  director@kidzonemuseum.org Virtual Opportunity?:  Yes Hours Spent:  2 Opportunity Location:  11711 Donner Pass…
  • Making Memories Through Art

    jsmith_2
    21 Aug 2014 | 12:47 pm
    Max Number of Volunteers:  12 By 2050, the number of people age 65 and older with Alzheimer's disease may nearly triple, from 5 million today to as many as 16 million, barring the development of medical breakthroughs to prevent, slow or stop the disease. Currently, there is no known cure. Volunteers will be paired one on one with an elder who is living with dementia. Guided by a professional teaching artist, they will create a piece of art together that is around a certain theme. The pairs will then share what they have created with the larger group. Volunteer Coordinator Information…
  • Inner-Coastal & Watershed Cleanup

    volunteer_28
    20 Aug 2014 | 4:42 pm
    The Heritage Museum of Orange County will be a site for the Inner-Coastal Cleanup. Volunteers helping out that day will have the opportunity to help us: Restore our wetlands area Clear out any trash that has found its way into our nature area Help us beautify the grounds Help us protect Santa Ana's last natural area Help make the grounds look amazing for everyone who visits Volunteers will also recieve a tour of the Historic Kellogg house from the Director of Volunteer Programs Jose Mendoza Volunteer Coordinator Information Contact First Name:  Jose Contact Last Name:  Mendoza…
  • Inner-Coastal & Watershed Cleanup

    volunteer_28
    20 Aug 2014 | 4:37 pm
    he Heritage Museum of Orange County will be a site for the Inner-Coastal Cleanup. Volunteers helping out that day will have the opportunity to help us: Restore our wetlands area Clear out any trash that has found its way into our nature area Help us beautify the grounds Help us protect Santa Ana's last natural area Help make the grounds look amazing for everyone who visits Volunteers will also recieve a tour of the Historic Kellogg house from the Director of Volunteer Programs Jose Mendoza Volunteer Coordinator Information Contact First Name:  Jose Contact Last Name:  Mendoza…
  • Vocational English for Refugees Classroom - Groups

    chassan
    12 Aug 2014 | 12:40 pm
    Max Number of Volunteers:  10 Help teach English needed to get and keep a job via one-to-one and small group activities using handouts, language cards, role plays, computers, phones, and many other learning materials. Class runs Monday-Friday, 9am-1pm, year round. Corporate groups of up to 10 employees are welcome to choose almost any day to visit and help (please ignore the specific date chosen on this page). Requirements: • Related experience is welcome, but training will be provided. • Interest in working with people of various linguistic, cultural, religious, ethnic and national…
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    How I changed the world today.

  • Kiva Zip loan for CHOCOLATE

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

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

    22 Aug 2014 | 11:25 am
    Made a Kiva Zip loan to a local business to help a mother daughter team.
  • 21 Aug 2014 | 11:21 am

    21 Aug 2014 | 11:21 am
    Helping out close to home with Kiva's new Kiva zip program.This program is for loans in developed countries - o% loans for people doing good things.I like to support the local economy, I do most of my food shopping at the farmer's market (which is easier to do in Southern California, one can live off a fantastic diet of things grown within 100 miles).This loan is for someone who lives very close to me.
  • Alley cat allies

    18 Aug 2014 | 1:14 pm
    I am proud to support Alley Cat Allies, a great group trying to make life better for our feral cats.Their programs are working. Cats lives are improving. Love kitties. Wish they could all be healthy and happy.
 
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    So what can I do?

  • Change the world.

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

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

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

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

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

  • Behind the Ratings: Labor Rights

    GoodGuide
    1 Sep 2014 | 11:48 am
    Here at GoodGuide, it’s our goal to give you meaningful information about the health, environmental and societal impacts of products and companies so that you can vote with your dollars by making purchases that reflect your personal values. The GoodGuide rating — now available for more than 220,000 everyday products – is made up of data from over 1,000 different sources, including scientific institutions, governmental agencies, commercial data aggregators, non-governmental organizations, media outlets and corporations. Once collected, our scientists apply rigorous methodologies…
  • Sneak Peek: the new GoodGuide.com

    GoodGuide
    9 Jul 2014 | 4:32 pm
    In just a few days, GoodGuide will unveil a new website design. Here’s your opportunity to take a behind-the-scenes look at what we’ve got in store. We hope you’ll check it out and let us know what you think in the comments section below. A New, Streamlined Homepage GoodGuide.com Homepage In addition to a new look and feel, we’re streamlining our navigation to make made it even easier to search and find scientific ratings on over 200,000 consumer products. Speaking of our ratings, we’ve increased visibility into our methodologies, so you can better understand how we…
  • WEF14: Why is Sustainability So Hard?

    Dara O'Rourke
    29 Jan 2014 | 2:03 pm
    This post first appeared on The Guardian Sustainable Business Blog (Jan. 24, 2014) Sunrise over the Swiss Alps, Davos 2014. Photo by Good Guide co-founder, Dara O’Rourke. One thing that has surprised me in my time in Davos is how often I’ve heard CEOs complain about how hard it is to promote sustainability and social responsibility inside their companies. In session after session, it has been clear that even the most powerful CEOs feel that transforming their organizations is hard. Very hard. In one of the few “public” sessions where CEOs talked about this, the panelists presented…
  • WEF14: New millennial consumers and sustainability

    Dara O'Rourke
    29 Jan 2014 | 1:45 pm
    This post first appeared on The Guardian Sustainable Business Blog (Jan. 23, 2014) Dara O’Rourke, a professor at UC Berkeley and the co-founder of GoodGuide.com, is the chair of WEF’s Global Agenda Council on Sustainable Consumption. The next generation of consumers is clearly on the minds of the CEOs and CMOs at Davos. A number of sessions have touched on what emerging “millennial” consumers of China, India, Brazil, and beyond will look like in 10 years. And similarly, how the next generation of consumers in the US and Europe will act. Everyone seems to agree that new…
  • GoodGuide Joins UL Environment

    Dara O'Rourke
    6 Aug 2012 | 10:48 am
    We are very excited to announce that GoodGuide has been acquired by UL Environment, a business unit of UL (Underwriters Laboratories) that’s focused on helping people make, market, find, and trust greener, healthier, more sustainable products. This merger brings together two organizations deeply committed to sustainability and product transparency. (You can read more about our partnership here.) Don’t worry: GoodGuide’s web and mobile apps are not going away. We will continue to operate “business as usual,” and our team will still be building tools and rating products to…
 
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  • Should Society Fund Mindfulness?

    Sarah Stankorb
    30 Aug 2014 | 6:25 am
    Illustration by Tyler Hoehne One can imagine that the relentless, backbiting pressure cooker that is Washington, D.C. takes its toll. (Just watching Congress do all that backbiting certainly does.) By his third term in office, Washington was making Ohio congressman Tim Ryan sick. But Ryan, a Democrat who penned the book A Mindful Nation, found a balm for his frenetic mind after his 2008 campaign: a Jon Kabat-Zinn retreat that taught him the link between mind and body. Ryan began practicing mindfulness (45 minutes each morning in his office), and also decided that he “would advocate in…
  • Syrian Refugee Women Learn Self-Defense with Predictably Badass Results

    Tasbeeh Herwees
    30 Aug 2014 | 12:00 am
    Two women practice knee kicks during a QUWA self-defense course “Today was tough,” wrote Zeinab Khalil. “Maybe the hardest session we’ve had yet.” Khalil published this on the blog she runs with her friend and colleague, Nour Soubani, which documents the two Arab-American women’s experiences running a self-defense program for female Syrian refugees in Istanbul, Turkey. The project, called QUWA (the Arabic word for “strength”), is divided into two main parts: a physical self-defense class and a healing circle, designed to encourage emotional well-being through discussion. But…
  • Achilles’ Password: Online Security’s Susceptible Straggler

    Mark Hay
    29 Aug 2014 | 12:15 pm
    Illustration by Tyler Hoehne Since its inception 56 years ago, the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, essentially the U.S. Department of Defense’s mad scientist division, has turned fiction into fact and revolutionized our world several times over by thinking big and weird. They’ve invented the proto-internet, GPS systems, and even bent light itself to make 40 trillionths of a second disappear. They’re currently tinkering with laser guns, health monitoring internal nanobots, and virus-killing blood cleaning technology, just to name a few. But right now, one of DARPA’s main…
  • Guess Which Wealthy Country Can't Guarantee Access to a Basic Human Need?

    Jed Oelbaum
    29 Aug 2014 | 12:05 am
    Photo by Rebecca Cook/Reuters Detroit's Water and Sewerage Department has once again begun shutting off water services to some of their neediest citizens. Despite poor economic conditions, Detroit residents actually pay more for water than individuals in many other cities, as prices have shot up to cover the department’s waning revenues in the wake of dwindling populations and failing businesses. After a month-long moratorium, the shutoffs resumed yesterday, depriving human beings in the richest country in the world of the most basic necessity of human life. Residents, many of whom claim…
  • If More Couples Smoked Weed, Would There Be Less Domestic Violence?

    Tosten Burks
    29 Aug 2014 | 12:00 am
    Illustration by Tyler Hoehne Stoner couples fight less, according to a new University at Buffalo study that investigates the relationship between marijuana use and intimate partner violence. The researchers surveyed 634 couples that applied for a marriage license in Buffalo, NY, between 1996 and 1999, throughout the first nine years of their marriages.  Couples in which both spouses reported “frequently” using marijuana also reported the least amount of domestic violence. But the study’s conclusions come with some caveats: While the research solely hones in on newly married,…
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    SocialEarth

  • What’s Next in the World of Prosthetics

    3BL Media
    27 Aug 2014 | 10:05 am
    This past week, Eastman Innovation Lab and Altair Thinklabs, a product development design firm, hosted a breakfast seminar at the Industrial Designers Society of America (IDSA) International Conference in Austin, [...] The post What’s Next in the World of Prosthetics appeared first on SocialEarth.
  • Green, But Mostly White: The Lack Of Diversity In The Environmental Movement, Part 5 of 5—Future 500

    Justmeans
    27 Aug 2014 | 3:12 am
    Guest Blog By Nick Sorrentino, Future 500 I must admit that I usually loath discussing issues in terms of race, gender, class, etc.  But in this case I will make [...] The post Green, But Mostly White: The Lack Of Diversity In The Environmental Movement, Part 5 of 5—Future 500 appeared first on SocialEarth.
  • Hospital In California’s Drought Stricken Central Valley Will Use Recycled Water

    Gina-Marie Cheeseman
    26 Aug 2014 | 1:12 pm
    In case you live in a bubble and don’t know that California is in the third year of one of its worst droughts, driving through many towns in the state [...] The post Hospital In California’s Drought Stricken Central Valley Will Use Recycled Water appeared first on SocialEarth.
  • My Gig at the EPA: Support for Clean Power

    Josh Valentine
    26 Aug 2014 | 2:40 am
    Three glassy-eyed reps from the EPA listened all day to supporters and opponents of the newly proposed Clean Power Plan, which aims to cut carbon emissions considerably in order to [...] The post My Gig at the EPA: Support for Clean Power appeared first on SocialEarth.
  • Eco-friendly “GreenBox” Pizza Packaging Launched in Boston

    3BL Media
    25 Aug 2014 | 7:48 am
    America’s love for pizza knows no bounds. 93 percent of Americans eat pizza at least once a month. Out of total five billion pizzas consumed worldwide each year, the US [...] The post Eco-friendly “GreenBox” Pizza Packaging Launched in Boston appeared first on SocialEarth.
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    Sasha Dichter's Blog

  • What we need from you

    Sasha
    12 Aug 2014 | 2:00 am
    What we need from you isn’t better thinking, more analysis and caveats, the low-probability risks you’ve explored, and how you’ve smoothed the edges. What we need from you is the fearlessness to put your best ideas out in the open, unadorned for everyone to see. Not more smarts, more courage.
  • Your questions grow up with you

    Sasha
    7 Aug 2014 | 2:00 am
    Do I want to be a superhero or drive a firetruck? Do I want to be a teacher, a doctor, a lawyer or a veterinarian? Do I want to be a salesperson, an entrepreneur, an investment banker or a professor? Goldman or Morgan? TFA or Robin Hood? Charter school or public school? Facebook or Google? Until, eventually: What kinds of problems do I want to solve? How much direction do I need? And how much do I want those around me to need? What kind of approval do I seek? Do I like creating new things or polishing others’ great ideas? Do I work best with people who are highly structured or more free…
  • Solving big thorny problems

    Sasha
    6 Aug 2014 | 2:00 am
    I like to divide big thorny problems (aka “the fun ones”) into three parts: The easy bits Parts that will be hard to get done, that will take a lot of work, but where directionally I have a pretty good hunch about what the answer is Parts where I truly do not know the answer I often find that the trick to making progress on these sorts of problems is to think about them as if everything in the first two buckets is solved. For example, imagine you (as I am) are trying to transform your organization into one that systematically produces insights worth sharing, in order to transform your own…
  • That’s not what I’d do

    Sasha
    1 Aug 2014 | 2:00 am
    You have two options when you hear this from someone you like and respect. Either you decide that their wisdom, experience and perspective bring something to the decision that you didn’t see, and they are right. Or you decide that there are things you know that they don’t know, things you can see that they cannot, and that even though it feels like 9 times out 10 you’d want to follow their advice, this time you won’t. Either way, your job at this point is to hear the advice, process it, make adjustments, and take action with conviction. Getting stuck in between what both of you…
  • The hard parts

    Sasha
    24 Jul 2014 | 2:00 am
    The parts that are uncomfortable The bits that no one else really wants to do The things that make you feel exposed And stretched And outside of your comfort zone The things that make it clear that what you thought it was going to take to get this done wasn’t right at all.  The funding isn’t there. The strategy hasn’t been sorted out. The roles and responsibilities aren’t clear enough. The team is too small and it doesn’t have all the right skills.  We’re just not where we need to be, and fixing things is going to be a heck of a lot harder than we expected. All this really messy…
 
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    High Impact Philanthropy Blog

  • Developing Cross-Sector Leadership for Social Impact

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

    impactsp2@gmail.com
    21 Aug 2014 | 12:44 pm
    On the high impact philanthropy blog we've discussed summer slide, when gains during the school year are lost during the summer (see Make Summer Count and School's Almost Out, Make Sure Learning Isn't). We've also discussed summer melt, when high school graduates who have earned admission to college don't show up in the fall. Now is the time when students around the country – and around the world – are transitioning to college campuses to pursue post-secondary education. For disadvantaged students, here's what it takes to ensure these students not only show…
  • Ebola Outbreak: How Can I Help?

    impactsp2@gmail.com
    14 Aug 2014 | 1:34 pm
    The Ebola outbreak continues to spread in West Africa - deaths from the virus are growing, while the governments in the region are increasingly unable to deal with the fall-out from the disease. Helping citizens understand the situation is central to ensuring that Ebola does not spread any further. Blair Glencorse, one of our social impact fellows here at the Center, also serves as the executive director of the Accountability Lab, an ngo working on the ground in Liberia to make Liberians more aware of their rights and responsibilities during the crisis. He recently wrote in Foreign…
  • World Breastfeeding Week 2014: An Opportunity for Donors to Support Child Survival

    impactsp2@gmail.com
    7 Aug 2014 | 12:06 pm
    Newborn deaths in the first 28 days of life now represent 44% of all child deaths under five years (see The Lancet’s Every Newborn Series).  By initiating breastfeeding within an hour of birth, a mom can help protect her newborn from infection, a leading cause of neonatal death.  Early breastfeeding alone could save more than 500,000 children every year (see UNICEF’s Improving Child Nutrition).  Despite the known health benefits, less than 50% of newborns are breastfed within an hour of birth.  Many new moms living in poor communities lack information and…
  • From Priorities to Impact: Our take on "Smart Aid for the World's Poor"

    impactsp2@gmail.com
    31 Jul 2014 | 1:23 pm
    In Smart Aid for the World's Poor,  Matt Ridley, author of The Rational Optimist: How Prosperity Evolves and a member of the British House of Lords, outlines a list of priorities that offer the biggest benefits for every dollar spent. His suggestions are informed by the work of Bjorn Lomborg, whose Copenhagen Consensus recommends prioritizing aid based on an analysis of available evidence and assessment of the relative cost-benefit profiles of various options.  Such priority-setting is a necessary first step in achieving social impact. However, once those priorities are set, the…
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    Asian Philanthropy Forum

  • Nonprofit Mergers: A Case Study of Two Asian American Nonprofits

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

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

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

    Anh Ton
    17 Jul 2014 | 6:13 am
    Image: .shyam./(CC)   Following our conversation with Dr. Tom Widger on Sri Lankan philanthropy, our interest in philanthropy’s potential to catalyze positive change in the country was only further piqued. Dr. Widger and his team’s research is revealing on a macro level, with strong implications on how development agencies and nonprofit organizations can best engage with Sri Lankan donors, but we also wanted to get an on-the-ground perspective from someone who works within the domestic nonprofit sector on a regular basis. We were curious to see if concepts like…
  • Sri Lanka: A Deeper Dive into Philanthropic Research with Tom Widger

    Anh Ton
    16 Jul 2014 | 5:05 am
    Image: Paul Arps (CC)   In a recent post on Asian Philanthropy Forum, we took a look at research on Sri Lankan philanthropy. This research was led by professors Roderick Stirrat and Filippo Osella from the University of Sussex, and involved teams from the Centre for Poverty Analysis and University of Peradeniya from Sri Lanka. It was funded by the UK’s Economic & Social Research Council (ESRC) and Department for International Development (DfID). Dr. Tom Widger, the full time Research Fellow on the program, was kind enough to talk to Asian Philanthropy Forum in greater detail about…
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    The Change Blog

  • How I Opened My Heart to Change and What Showed Up When I Did

    Vanessa Soto
    31 Aug 2014 | 7:15 am
    “Happiness is not something ready made. It comes from your own actions.” – Dalai Lama I arrived 15 minutes late for the Saturday morning conference call, right as Kate said she was about done with announcements and we would be doing check ins next. Kate being the instructor in my life coach-training program, the conference call being one of the training calls the 15 of us in the program dialed in to from all over the world. As Kate went on to say that this week our check in would be “If you really knew me…” —I kinda started to panic. What that meant was that…
  • 4 Reasons to Stop Comparing Yourself to Others

    Deborah Fike
    28 Aug 2014 | 6:47 am
    A friend of mine, Karen*, is one of those people who seems to have it all.  She graduated at the top of her MBA class.  She holds a high level job at a prestigious Fortune 500 company.  She maintains a rigorous exercise regimen, a reminder of her collegiate rowing days.  She’s happily married and had a child about a year ago.  There’s not much in life that Karen doesn’t do well. Except, she doesn’t feel that she’s doing well.  It’s not that Karen does not enjoy her life.  Quite the opposite: she loves all the elements of her life.  She struggles with work-life balance,…
  • My Road to Detoxification

    Virag Padalkar
    27 Aug 2014 | 5:40 am
    A while ago an ex-colleague of mine posted on a social networking website a very sensitive piece of information that usually people prefer to keep private. This was a sad event in his life (a divorce) and all said and done; took courage to put it out there for everyone to see. It kind of felt like a soul-baring act to me and one that must have taken immense guts. That got me thinking. The past few years of my life have been tumultuous to say the least. I have no doubt that there is much more to go, but given that I have finished almost half of my life; I sure hope the worst is over. I’ve…
  • What 3 Dead Authors Taught Me About Living

    Bryan Collins
    26 Aug 2014 | 6:15 am
    “When the beginnings of self-destruction enter the heart it seems no bigger than a grain of sand.John Cheever Confusing, isn’t it? Perhaps you’re having problems finding a career you love? Or maybe your day-to-day life is making you unhappy? Or are you struggling to pursue a passion you’ve held close for years. I’ve faced all of these problems, but several people helped me work through them. One of these people was the American novelist John Cheever. I never met John Cheever, and he died when I was one. So how could John have helped me? I spent hours reading and…
  • How to Smack Down Your Inner Critic Once and For All

    Ash Roy
    24 Aug 2014 | 7:21 am
    “No one can make you feel inferior without your consent” – Eleanor Roosevelt Do you have an inner critic that taunts you every time you trip up? You know, that taunting voice that erupts the second you make a mistake? You don’t know when it started, but for as long as you can remember it’s been with you, waiting for the slightest opportunity to launch its next attack. And while you suspect its intentions are positive — to protect you from failures — in practice all it does is make things worse. Favorite taunts of the ruthless inner critic I’ve been absent-minded for as long as…
 
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    Charitable Gift Giving

  • Oprah’s Chai Tea from Teavana and Starbucks that Helps Charity

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

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

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

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

    steve
    2 Aug 2014 | 8:53 am
    Feel like buying two $5 footlongs at Subway (okay, sorry for getting that song in your head). From now until September 15, pay with your Mastercard and you’ll not only get lunch out of it, Subway and Mastercard will donate to Stand Up to Cancer to accelerate innovative cancer research to get new therapies to patients quickly. Since 2008, Stand Up To Cancer has raised more than $261 million, 3 of which (and counting) have been raised by this campaign. But hurry, you only have a few weeks left to help.
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    The GiveWell Blog

  • Open Philanthropy Project (formerly GiveWell Labs)

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

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

    Holden
    5 Aug 2014 | 10:00 am
    Note: we sent a pre-publication draft of this post to multiple people who had been involved in the Hewlett program discussed here. A response from the Hewlett Foundation is available in the comments of this post; a response from Jacob Harold is available on the GuideStar blog. Last April, the Chronicle of Philanthropy covered the decision by the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation to end its Nonprofit Marketplace Initiative, which in 2008 was the source of GiveWell’s first grant from a foundation, and has continued to be a source of substantial support for GiveWell’s operations…
  • Our ongoing review of ICCIDD

    Timothy Telleen-Lawton
    30 Jul 2014 | 9:59 am
    The International Council for the Control of Iodine Deficiency Disorders Global Network (ICCIDD) advocates for and assists programs that fortify salt with iodine. Our preliminary work (writeup forthcoming) implies that even moderate iodine deficiency can lead to impaired cognitive development. ICCIDD tracks iodine deficiency around the world and encourages countries with iodine deficient populations to pass laws requiring iodization for all salt produced in and imported to the country. ICCIDD also provides – and helps countries find – general support and assistance for their iodization…
  • Partnership with The Pew Charitable Trusts

    Holden
    24 Jul 2014 | 11:30 am
    Throughout the post, “we” refers to GiveWell and Good Ventures, who work as partners on GiveWell Labs. [Added August 27, 2014: GiveWell Labs is now known as the Open Philanthropy Project.] We have agreed to a major partnership with The Pew Charitable Trusts as part of our work on criminal justice reform. Good Ventures will provide $3 million to support and expand the work of Pew’s public safety performance project (PSPP), which aims “to advance data-driven, fiscally sound policies and practices in the criminal and juvenile justice systems that protect public safety,…
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    RELEVANT Magazine

  • How the Church Could Help End Global Poverty

    michellelenk
    1 Sep 2014 | 8:30 am
    Mobilizing the Church's untapped resources to empower, educate and change the face of poverty. In recent months, some thought-provoking articles have been written about wrong ways to approach poverty—articles that have struck a chord with the justice generation. A shift is slowly taking place in how our society views the poor.
  • Jars of Clay

    29 Aug 2014 | 1:20 pm
    This week we talk to Dan Haseltine of Jars of Clay about their 20th anniversary, their new album of fan-favorites (stream it here!) and how to better engage the conversation of faith and doubt. We also bring in our "expert" to give us a Red Carpet recap, give Cameron a new toy and discuss the newest developments in wearable tech.
  • Don't Wait for the Perfect Job

    peter.swanson
    29 Aug 2014 | 11:42 am
    Why God’s ideal job for us isn’t in one particular office. As a twentysomething in 2014, finding a job can be hard. Even if you spend every free moment you have formulating flawless résumés, writing tear-jerking cover letters and ironing your best suit to wrinkle-free perfection, you then have to fight your way through a sea of equally qualified applicants, endless interviews and cryptic emails. Then come the rejection letters. Or they don’t, more often—you just never hear back. Days turn into weeks turn into lost hope, and every well-intentioned parent and pet does his or her best…
  • Almost Half of the Syrian Population Is Now Displaced

    29 Aug 2014 | 11:41 am
    According to a devastating new U.N. report, nearly half of all Syrians have been displaced by the violence of the country’s ongoing civil war. As many as 6.5 million who have fled their homes are displaced within the country, and at least 3 million Syrians have left the country altogether. The U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees said in a statement, "The Syrian crisis has become the biggest humanitarian emergency of our era, yet the world is failing to meet the needs of refugees and the countries hosting them.” The report, which is attempting to bring greater international awareness and…
  • Bill Murray Took Tickets at a Minor League Baseball Game This Week

    29 Aug 2014 | 11:09 am
    If you attended the St. Paul Saints’ minor league baseball game last night, there’s a good chance that comedy legend Bill Murray took your ticket when you made your way into the stadium. Murray, who is one of the owners of the team, attended the final game at Midway Stadium, not only assisting at turnstiles and talking with fans, but also throwing out the first pitch and taking plenty of selfies with his new friends. Bill Murray, you sir are a national treasure ...
 
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    Withisms from Lori

  • Are You Imagining ALL That is Possible?

    27 Aug 2014 | 9:34 am
    Once a year I deliver my signature fundraising and storytelling workshops here in Minneapolis and St. Paul, MN. At last count nearly 1000 nonprofit professionals and board members have attended and been inspired to raise more money. We’ve just opened registration for the workshops on October 15, 2014. This is the ONLY time for the next nine months I’ll offer these two action-packed sessions and space is limited. You say you don’t have time? I say you don’t have time to miss the opportunity to craft a mini-plan that will allow you to reach all of your fundraising goals…
  • Are You Prepared for Your Next Major Gift Ask?

    19 Aug 2014 | 10:00 pm
    Securing a solicitation meeting with a major donor is a huge accomplishment. So, after you congratulate yourself on getting the meeting set, make sure you are fully prepared for the meeting itself.  Whether your meeting is about your matching gift for your fall appeal, your capital campaign, or your major gift fundraising goals, LAPA Fundraising has some terrific tips to prepare for your next major gift meeting. In her post, Preparing for A Major Gift, Catherine Mason says, before your meeting be sure to answer some of these key questions: What is the purpose of the meeting, Who should…
  • Fundraising Advice from My Mom

    13 Aug 2014 | 7:55 am
    How often do you invite advice and input from people you trust to really tell you the truth? And more importantly how often do you overlook or ignore great advice? I received this feedback from my Mom, who is in her late 70s but surfs the internet like a thirty-year-old. Here's what she had to say: "After reading some of your Withism’s I thought long and hard about how I feel about being approached by different organizations. I thought I would share with you one of my biggest “turn offs." I don't like when organization send me stuff like tablets, calendars, personal name stickers,…
  • 5 Tips Fundraisers Can Use to Cultivate Positive Energy

    5 Aug 2014 | 10:00 pm
    Jerold Panas is THE fundraising guru in the US, possibly the world. He was recently honored by the AFP (Association of Fundraising Professionals) for Outstanding Service. Jerry's many, many years of service and fundraising experience make him one of my "go to people" for insightful and useful fundraising inspiration.  When I read Jerry's Energy is Contagious post, I had to smile. I, too, am a huge fan of the idea that we create the energy that is around us. I find that the more positive and enthusiastic we are, the more likely our volunteer leadership and other staff will follow with…
  • Open Your Mind to All the Help Corporations Can Provide

    30 Jul 2014 | 7:33 am
    I recently spotted Letter To A CEO: The Surprising View In The Mirror on Forbes.com and it got me thinking about how our sector starts a conversation about sponsorship or a deeper commitment for support. While this article is geared toward CEO's, if you look at the data from your view AND his or her view...you may find some surprising information. The kind of information that may cause you to expand your scope of what you talk about in that first meeting. Of course my first, strongest, and most important advice to you when you approach a corporation whether in person or via mail, is this:…
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    Happiness Blog for The Seekers of Inner Happiness

  • Wonderful wine of Spirituality

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

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

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

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

    5 Apr 2014 | 7:27 am
    A householder used to pay visit to the Saint once in a while. Every time the Saint used to ask him about his progress in Saadhna. The pious soul always had some excuse or other. One day, when the Saint asked him about the same, he said, “Dear Sir, for you it is easy to make time for saadhna (seeking) as you don’t have family or any such responsibilities. But for us worldly beings, it is very difficult to take time out for Yoga, Pranayama and meditation. But sure, once I retire, I will begin practicing all these methods of seeking.”The Saint told him a brief story, “During the days of…
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    Shareable New Articles

  • Sharing Activist Reveal Plan to Turn Los Angeles into a Sharing Mecca

    Mira Luna
    31 Aug 2014 | 11:11 am
    As a founding member of the Sharing Cities Network (SCN), Shareable interviewed Arroyo Sustainable Economies Organization (ASECO) to get the scoop on their recently released plan to create Share LA. It's a bold plan to turn notoriously unequal and sprawling Los Angeles into a community-oriented, resource sharing city for all.
  • New Wiki Will Help You Grow a Better Garden

    Opensource.com
    27 Aug 2014 | 8:31 am
    Top image: Rory Aronson at TEDx UCLA. Article cross-posted from Opensource.com.
  • 16 Worker Coops Redefining the Cooperative Movement

    Cat Johnson
    27 Aug 2014 | 8:19 am
    The worker cooperative movement has hit a new stride. Re-emerging in the 1960s, cooperatives tend to elicit thoughts of natural food stores and specialty bookshops but the movement has grown to include tech companies, coworking spaces, international businesses, large factories and much more.
  • Why Trails Are America’s New Town Squares

    Jay Walljasper
    27 Aug 2014 | 7:50 am
    Top image: The Midtown Greenway in Minneapolis. Photo credit: Micah Taylor under a Creative Commons license. Article cross-posted from On the Commons. Americans are people on the go!
  • Portland’s Collaborative Ethos Shines at Recent PDX Skillshare

    Cat Johnson
    26 Aug 2014 | 7:13 am
    Portland, Oregon, a city known for having a strong D.I.Y. ethos, is no stranger to collaborative, D.I.T. (do it together) culture either. Case in point: the recent PDX Skillshare. Supported in part with a grant from Shareable, the event brought people together to exchange skills and information about martial arts, screen printing, meal planning and preparation, beekeeping, business networking, clawhammer banjo playing, and much more.
 
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    Donate a Car to Charity - CharityCar.us blog

  • How Much Would You Pay for a 1962 Ferrari?

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

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

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

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

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

  • The Next Generation of Volt is Here

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

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

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

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

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

  • Has the Ice Bucket Challenge Spawned Charity Jacking?

    Beth
    28 Aug 2014 | 8:49 am
    The amount of money raised for ALS research through the IceBucket Challenge is almost $100 million and the other impacts are just as impressive.    Scores of nonprofit fundraising staffers report being called on to replicate the challenge.    Jeremiah Owyang has provided the easy recipe and I’ve provided an analysis of what can and cannot be reproduced.   So, now we are seeing an emerging practice that for lack of a better phrase, I’m calling “Charity Jacking.” Charity Jacking is similar to brand jacking and  news jacking, defined by David Meerman Scott as the…
  • Personal Health Data: It’s Amazing Potential and Privacy Perils

    Beth
    27 Aug 2014 | 9:00 am
    This is a graph of aggregate data from Jawbone,a wristband that people wear that tracks their steps throughout the day and their sleep patterns during the night. (h/t Robert Scoble)   This aggregate data shows exactly when and how many people in the San Francisco were bolted awake by the recent Napa Valley earthquake.   This is one of the first reports using “Personal Health Data” in aggregate, using data points around sleep tracking to look at a natural disaster.    As Jacob Harold mused on Twitter, “In such a moment of something so powerful and scary as an…
  • Ice Bucket Challenge: Can Other Nonprofits Reproduce It?

    Beth
    26 Aug 2014 | 11:52 am
    Is success of the Ice Bucket Challenge a happy accident for ALS  and the people who suffer from the disease or is the first example of the power of crowd charity?    Can other nonprofits reproduce it?   My answer: yes and no. The Ice Bucket  Challenge has raised over $88.5 Million Dollars to fight the horrible disease, according to the ALS Association web site.    Just one week ago, donations totaled $22.6 million.  In just seven days, donations have skyrocketed by an average of $9 million per day, now totaling $88.5 million.    And critics, with a scarcity mindset, talk about…
  • Why Your Nonprofit Should Invest in Video As Part Its Communications Strategy

    Beth
    21 Aug 2014 | 8:38 am
    Photo Credit: Tristan Hanson Why Your Nonprofit Should Invest in Video As Part Its Communications Strategy – Guest Post by Michael Hoffman, CEO of See3 It’s obvious to anyone who spends time online that video is taking over the internet. It is the dominant form of content we all engage with – on our desktops, our tablets and now our phones. And when video is paired with a continuous strategy and clear metrics for success, there is overwhelming evidence showing that it is a crucial, important investment for nonprofits. And so it continues to surprise me that nonprofits invest far…
  • Summer School: Test Drive: Using #GivingTuesday to Experiment with New Fundraising Strategies

    Beth
    20 Aug 2014 | 8:17 am
      How many of you who work for nonprofits are getting asked to “come up with an icebucket challenge” for your annual fundraising campaign?  Or maybe it’s caught your attention and you are more realistically asking, “What can we learn from the icebucket challenge apply to our year-end giving and integrating social media in fundraising?” Participating in a local or national giving day may help you work on that second question.   Most giving days also provide lots of toolkits, webinars, and other training – and it is free!   Take for example,…
 
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    Forgiveness Project

  • NEWS: Is the most effective punishment of all remorse?

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

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

    rachel
    17 Jul 2014 | 5:07 am
    For The Forgiveness Project’s 5th Forgiveness Conversation held at St Ethelburga’s Centre for Reconciliation and Peace in London on Monday 14 June,  the subject that the panel and audience grappled with was “Can Revenge ever Work?” This was the first ever public speaking event for Natalia Aggiano whose mother was murdered by her father in 1997.  The room went quiet as she told of how it was her mother’s words to her as a child to love her father “for who he was, not for what he did” that had enabled her to reach out and forgive him. She explained to the audience, “I’d…
  • EVENT: Narrative Practitioners Forum – 23 July 2014, 5.30pm

    rachel
    3 Jul 2014 | 3:07 am
    An invitation to those who use personal narrative and story in their work to share best practice and learn from each other. An alive and spontaneous space that nurtures a growing body of wisdom, and encourages creative cross-disciplinary collaborations. This month’s workshop: Going Beyond Tolerance with the Island Method, with Megan Cosgrove – To consolidate respect and democratic values and to see the world as our collective environment are things more easily said than done, and require deliberate activities that deliver results.  This workshop will aim at exploring Stories for…
  • EVENT: Sunday Assembly – 6 July 2014

    rachel
    30 Jun 2014 | 9:56 am
    Marina Cantacuzino, Founder & Director of The Forgiveness Project will be delivering the Sunday talk on Forgiveness. The Sunday Assembly are a godless congregation that celebrate life. Their motto: live better, help often, wonder more. Their mission: to help everyone find and fulfill their full potential. Their vision: a godless congregation in every town, city and village that wants one. Venue: Conway Hall, Red Lion Square, London, WC1R 4RL Time: 11am Free event – just turn up More info here: http://london.sundayassembly.com   The post EVENT: Sunday Assembly – 6 July…
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    Be-Mail

  • The Joys of a Mystery Road Trip

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

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

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

    BeMail
    12 Feb 2014 | 5:30 am
    I am of the belief that a true gift comes with absolutely no strings attached. Once I give it to you, it is yours to do whatever you want with. I was at the store picking up some google-y eyes for my daughters Valentine’s when I passed containers full of buttons. There was no way that I could pass these by. My daughter is constantly digging through drawers trying to find stray buttons. I knew she would love to have a whole container full of them and I was SO excited to surprise her with them. I came home and showed her the surprise and you would have thought I bought her a pony. Her…
  • “I’m Sorry You Feel That Way”

    BeMail
    9 Feb 2014 | 11:40 am
    I made a comment to someone the other day and her response to me was, “I’m sorry you feel that way.” Really? What does that even mean? I’m pretty sure that you aren’t sorry and I’m also pretty sure that you are judging me. You aren’t sorry for the way that I’m feeling, you are sorry for WHAT I’m feeling. I don’t ever need anyone to feel sorry for me for how I feel. When I’m mad, I’m mad. When I’m happy, I’m happy. And just because you don’t agree with my response to a situation doesn’t give you the…
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    Tiny Buddha

  • You Can Change Your Life with Tiny Daily Improvements

    Jameyson MacDonald
    1 Sep 2014 | 9:09 pm
    “Life is change. Growth is optional. Choose wisely.” ~Karen Kaiser Clark Of all the people who have passed through my life over the years, the one person I remember the most was this old, ornery man who seemed to have the personality of a mule. Stubborn to the core, with a straightforward approach to everything, Phil was a difficult man to like, yet I learned to love him… Phil didn’t speak much, but when he did, it came from the heart. He grew up in the mid thirties, in a rough Detroit neighborhood, composed mainly of Irish immigrants. In Phil’s world, you worked hard, took care of…
  • Marrying Joy: You’re the One You’ve Been Waiting For

    Feebi Page
    1 Sep 2014 | 9:09 pm
    “Waking up to who you are requires letting go of who you imagine yourself to be.” ~Alan Watts There had been other voices asking such questions as “How can this be happening?” and “When will this end?” that I understood: My partner was planning his honeymoon before our divorce was final. After the divorce, a voice asked a question I didn’t understand, “Will you marry me?” “Marry me” popped into my head at what seemed to me the least likely times: talking zip codes with my new mailman at my new home, passing strangers on the…
  • 5 Simple Ways to Quickly Resolve Conflict with Your Partner

    Bastiaan Blikman
    31 Aug 2014 | 8:48 pm
    “Don’t make a permanent decision for your temporary emotion.” ~Unknown You have a small disagreement with your partner and before you know it, it escalates into a big fight. Sound familiar? You then get dreadfully grumpy. You stick your head in the ground like an ostrich and ignore your partner. You think that you have the right to be grumpy or even angry. You’re in “war” mode now and you want to win the battle. You dig a trench, jump into it, and arm yourself with weapons. You barely listen to a word your partner says and all you want is for him or her to say, “I’m so…
  • Why Walking Away Is Sometimes the Most Compassionate Choice

    V
    31 Aug 2014 | 8:48 pm
    “Compassion is not a relationship between the healer and the wounded. It’s a relationship between equals.” ~Pema Chodron In May 2012, I was appointed guardian and conservator of my father, and my brother was appointed co-guardian. Our father was declared mentally incompetent by the county court. My father was, and is, an alcoholic. When I was growing up, he was an abusive alcoholic. He gave out wounds like gifts. He used words to cut us open, and then he threatened us with salt. I lived in hypervigilance, and I learned that being alone, quiet, and invisible was the safest state of…
  • The First Thing You Need to Do to Change Your Life

    Kirra Sherman
    28 Aug 2014 | 8:12 pm
    “Never forget: This very moment, we can change our lives. There never was a moment, and never will be, when we are without the power to alter our destiny.” ~Steven Pressfield Altering your life in the smallest or grandest way is so simple, but it requires you to do something you likely are already doing all of the time. If you’ve ever wanted to take up a discipline, begin a new business, stop an addiction, or start anything new, it’s the same for all. Any life change requires one simple action: you to decide. Over five years ago, I knew in my heart I wanted a different work life, that…
 
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    The Positive Day

  • The danger of silence

    The Positive Day
    17 Aug 2014 | 1:13 pm
    I spent so much of my life telling people the things they wanted to hear instead of the things they needed to, told myself I wasn’t meant to be anyone’s conscience because I still had to figure out being my own, so sometimes I just wouldn’t say anything, appeasing ignorance with my silence, unaware that validation doesn’t need words to endorse its existence.
  • Impromptu street jam session

    The Positive Day
    19 May 2014 | 10:29 am
      Here’s an amazing and spontaneous musical moment to start off your week. Happy Monday… now sing along.
  • A Letter From Fred

    The Positive Day
    28 Aug 2013 | 10:42 am
    Green Shoe Studio in Peoria, Illinois held a singer-songwriter contest over the summer asking people to upload their best original song to YouTube. They received an unexpected and unassuming entry in the form of a large manila envelop mailed to their office containing a letter and a handwritten page of lyrics inside. The entry was from 96-year-old Fred Stobaugh with a song dedicated to his lifelong love and wife of 75 years, Lorraine, who had recently passed away. I started reading through the song, and he titled it ‘Sweet Lorraine’. Listening to the lyrics and the passion behind…
  • You Are More Beautiful Than You Think

    The Positive Day
    27 Apr 2013 | 1:05 pm
    As part of Dove’s ongoing “Campaign for Real Beauty”, they conducted a social experiment by having an FBI trained forensic sketch artist draw women as described by themselves, and then as described by a stranger they had just met. Only 4% of women around the world consider themselves beautiful. At Dove, we are committed to creating a world where beauty is a source of confidence, not anxiety. So, we decided to conduct a compelling social experiment that explores how women view their own beauty in contrast to what others see.           Update: Here is some…
  • A Pep Talk from Kid President

    The Positive Day
    31 Jan 2013 | 7:10 pm
    How’s your new year going so far? Need a little boost of encouragement? Maybe you need a pep talk from Kid President! What will you create that will make the world awesome? Nothing if you keep sitting there. That’s why I’m talking to you today. This is your time. This is my time. It’s our time.   You can make everyday better for each other. If we are all on the same team let’s start acting like it. We got work to do. We can cry about it or we can dance about it. We were made to be awesome. This video was created by SoulPancake. Founded in 2008 by actor Rainn…
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    Farnam Street

  • Maya Angelou on Haters, Life, Reading, and Love

    Shane Parrish
    2 Sep 2014 | 5:00 am
    I’ve been slowly working my way through some of Maya Angelou’s material. Notably, Conversations with Maya Angelou, Letters to my Daughter, and What I Know Now: Letters to My Younger Self. Through that I’ve pulled out these 25 quotes that resonated with me. They offer timeless wisdom and advice on everything from what to do with haters to the importance of reading and love. If you are always trying to be normal, you will never know how amazing you can be. You only are free when you realize you belong no place — you belong every place — no place at all. The price is high.
  • Thinking Straight in the Age of Information Overload

    Shane Parrish
    1 Sep 2014 | 5:00 am
    The Organized Mind: Thinking Straight in the Age of Information Overload, a book by Daniel Levitin, explores “how humans have coped with information and organization from the beginning of civilization. … It’s also the story of how the most successful members of society—from successful artists, athletes, and warriors, to business executives and highly credentialed professionals—have learned to maximize their creativity, and efficiency, by organizing their lives so that they spend less time on the mundane, and more time on the inspiring, comforting, and rewarding things in…
  • What Is Meditation?

    Shane Parrish
    31 Aug 2014 | 6:00 am
    I’ve been putting this off for years. Now is the perfect time. Meditation offers a path toward increased happiness, creativity and mindfulness. Steve Jobs was a lifelong practitioner, reading deeply on the subject and taking meditation retreats. Each year he’d re-read his copy of Autobiography of a Yogi. I’ve always put off exploring meditation until later. I convinced myself I was too busy. That I’d explore it when things were less hectic. But I was wrong for two reasons. First, logically, if meditation is beneficial enough to practice at some point, it is probably…
  • My Interview with Jenny Blake

    Shane Parrish
    27 Aug 2014 | 12:00 pm
    In May I did an interview with Jenny Blake on some of the public speaking I do and what it means to speak like a pro. The interview is live (and free) for 24 hours. Some excerpts are below. On reading books. Jenny: Shane and I both share that we have a compulsive shopping problem when it comes to books and I love when I first found Shane’s blog, he has this philosophy that he makes reading and learning an absolute priority. If there’s room in the budget for it, if there’s room in his day, he will cut out TV. He will cut out all other kinds of spending to make room for reading and…
  • Neil deGrasse Tyson: Your Ego and the Cosmic Perspective

    Shane Parrish
    27 Aug 2014 | 5:00 am
    “All you can do is sit back and bask in your relevance to the cosmos.” In this short video, theoretical physicist Neil deGrasse Tyson puts our ego into the perspective of the enormous universe. There’s something about the cosmic perspective, which for some people is enlightening and for other people it’s terrifying. For those who are terrified by it, they’re here on earth and they have a certain self-identity, and then they learn that earth is tiny and we’re in this void of interplanetary space and then there’s a star that we call the Sun and that’s kind of average and…
 
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    Triple Pundit: People, Planet, Profit

  • Obama to Seek ‘Politically Binding’ Climate Agreement

    RP Siegel
    2 Sep 2014 | 3:00 am
    With a United Nations summit meeting coming up in Paris next year that will attempt to come up with some kind of meaningful global agreement, the president is determined not to show up empty-handed this time.
  • Green Job Openings More Than Double in the Second Quarter of 2014

    Andrew Burger
    2 Sep 2014 | 2:30 am
    More than 12,500 clean energy and transportation jobs were announced in this year's second quarter (Q2 2014), more than double that of Q1, according to a report from Environmental Entrepreneurs released on the eve of the Labor Day weekend.
  • The Value of Bike Sharing: Looking Beyond Carbon Emissions

    Raz Godelnik
    2 Sep 2014 | 2:00 am
    When it comes to how green bike-sharing programs are, the focus should be their well-being impact, not their climate impact.
  • A Young African-American Banker with Pride

    3p Contributor
    2 Sep 2014 | 2:00 am
    Having been called on as a millennial to share my story for this article, I’m a little less suspicious of the label, and a little more interested in exploring what it means to me and what it might mean for the investment community. All of this talk of identity may seem a little sentimental for an investment publication, but I argue that identity will be a critical consideration for the investment community going forward.
  • Taking Sustainability Beyond the Company Walls

    Eric Justian
    2 Sep 2014 | 1:45 am
    The difference between SABmiller's approach and other company-centered 'efficiency' efforts is the depth of focus outside the company's own walls.
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    Eat. Sleep. Be

  • The Straight Up Guide to Essential Oil Research — Part Two

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

    Jessica
    24 Aug 2014 | 6:00 pm
    Whenever I talk about essential oils, it occurs to me that we have it all backwards. Why is it that the natural leaves and herbs, the stuff that nature intended to cure us, is considered “alternative,” while products that are developed in a lab and laden with chemicals are considered “mainstream?” With that, it makes sense that some people are just skeptical about natural alternatives such as essential oils. It’s okay. I get it. Living in the pharmaceutical belt of the country, we probably have a lot of naysayers around here. What I wanted to do is collect the data behind the oils,…
  • Want a New Workout? Give Aqua Aerobics a Try!

    Jessica
    21 Aug 2014 | 6:14 am
    Working out is such a personal topic. Some people love to run, getting a high each time they step into their sneakers. For others it may be tennis, spin class (me), martial arts, or hiking. For Kaitlin Gardner, it’s all about the pool. Her new favorite activity is aqua aerobics, which she now does all year round. Here’s Kaitlin’s story, and why aqua aerobics may just be right for you: Aqua Aerobics: Bring the Gym to the Pool A while back, I got burned out on the gym. Part of it was the workout routines. I got tired of doing the same things every week. Granted, a lot of that was my own…
  • Why You Should Beware of Those Super Fruits

    Jessica
    18 Aug 2014 | 7:45 pm
    Over the past few years we’ve been hearing a lot about “super foods,” those fruits and vegetables that contain the most vitamins and antioxidants. All the time we see lists in the media of the best of the best, the healthiest of the healthy. Hence the added title of “super” for the overachieving produce, the ones at the very top of the nutrient dense heap. Soon you might even be seeing signs in your local supermarket for “super bananas” as well as other such “super” fruits and veggies. But, there is a catch. They are trying to confuse you. The fancy sign next to the produce…
  • How Celebrities and WWE Superstars Hope to Stop Bullying

    Jessica
    14 Aug 2014 | 4:00 pm
    In case I haven’t mentioned it on the blog just yet, my kids are completely obsessed with WWE. Obsessed I tell you. By the way, have I mentioned yet that they are obsessed with WWE? At first glance you might think that the WWE promotes violence and even a little absurdity. Some of their characters are a bit nutty, after all. Yet that is all in the ring and done for show. What I have learned since my kids began this obsession is that the WWE is actually a social good powerhouse. They address issues such as honoring military personnel and their families, promoting education, and encouraging…
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    Learning from Dogs

  • Empathy and bonding.

    Paul Handover
    2 Sep 2014 | 1:00 am
    Who would have thought that yawning revealed so much more than one’s tonsils! Alex Jones, he of the blog The Liberated Way, recently posted You need room to grow. On reading the post a section stood out for me: The human eye needs the stimulation of sunlight and the outdoors to develop properly. The BBC [Ed: Massive rise in Asian eye damage] reports that a recent study of students in South Asian cities found 90% of the samples were short-sighted, a condition called myopia that needs glasses. Modern South Asian students spend a large part of their lives indoors studying or involved with…
  • The real you!

    Paul Handover
    1 Sep 2014 | 1:00 am
    I am delighted to present the following guest post from Ruth Nina Welsh. We seem to be on a bit of a roll in terms of seeking a better self-understanding. Last Thursday I offered up some thoughts and reflections on meditation Quietening one’s self down and then the following day presented the film Inner worlds, Outer worlds, the wonderful film by Canadian film maker, musician and meditation teacher Daniel Schmidt. Daniel described his film “as the external reflection of his own adventures in meditation.” (And did you read the fascinating comments by ‘R’?)…
  • Picture parade fifty-nine.

    Paul Handover
    31 Aug 2014 | 1:00 am
    Final set of those glorious pictures from Sue via John Hurlburt. oooo oooo oooo oooo oooo oooo oooo oooo oooo You all take care of yourselves out there – and your wonderful animals.
  • Learning happiness!

    Paul Handover
    30 Aug 2014 | 1:00 am
    No further words need to be added than to thank neighbour Dordie for passing this on. The owner of this very happy husky has just finished raking the leaves in his backyard when his dog decides to help. He is one happy siberian husky. Pure Joy!
  • Our inner and outer worlds.

    Paul Handover
    29 Aug 2014 | 1:00 am
    To awaken one’s true self, one must awaken the entire world. As you may gather from the sub-heading above, this is not a typical post today! (If there is a typical post in this place!) In fact, I think this is the first time in over five years of publishing Learning from Dogs that I have devoted a post solely to a full-length film. But the film so perfectly picks up the theme of yesterday’s post, Quietening one’s self down, that it was too good an opportunity to miss. The film is called Inner Worlds, Outer Worlds and that website explains:   Inner Worlds was created by…
 
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    Frank Sonnenberg Online

  • Fair Is Fair

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

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

    Frank Sonnenberg
    29 Jul 2014 | 12:00 am
    We’ve all experienced some level of hurt and disappointment in our lives. It may have taken the form of a friend who betrayed us, a family member who disappointed us, a superior who exploited us, or an individual who caused some harm to our loved one. While some wounds are shallow and relatively easy to dismiss, others run deep, causing some to harbor anger or seek revenge. Others choose a second option . . . to forgive and forget. Seeking retaliation, rather than forgiveness, traps you in the anger. In fact, some become so consumed by their bitterness that it harms them physically and…
  • Doing Nothing Is Time Well Spent

    Frank Sonnenberg
    22 Jul 2014 | 4:00 am
    We live in a hyperactive world in which active lifestyles and overachievers are celebrated. In fact, we try to squeeze as much as we can into the day — with no time to spare. When we’re not busy multitasking, we’re racing from activity to activity. Right? So when was the last time you did nothing, simply because you thought doing nothing was time well spent? The truth is, we’re so busy keeping busy that it’s easy to reach a point of diminishing returns –– we lose more than we gain. You’d think we’d learn something from watching a hamster run around on a treadmill. What do we…
  • Dilemma: Have To vs. Want To

    Frank Sonnenberg
    15 Jul 2014 | 4:00 am
    Ever hear a person approaching retirement say, “Now I’m going to start doing what I want to do –– not what I have to do”? It got me thinking. How much time do we spend doing what is expected of us rather than doing what we really want to do? It’s a tough dilemma that we face every day. Unfortunately, we do what we “have to” do all too often. We dress up for dinner even though we’d rather go casual; we stay after hours to impress the boss; we go to the annual party, yet again, even though it was boring last year; we ditch the girlfriend because the parents don’t approve.
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    Self Stairway

  • Here Is Exactly Where You Belong

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

    Vincent Nguyen
    25 Aug 2014 | 4:00 am
    We recently had someone from Chicago come out to Davao and he’s been learning the ropes. Despite me being a relatively unexciting guy, I took the liberty of showing him around as best I could. We hung out for lunch at a sit-down restaurant on a typical day. As far as I can recall, there was nothing pressing on my mind. Maybe a bit of stress from work, as it’s been a hectic month, but nothing too crazy. A couple buddies and I went out last week and something interesting came up. It was about me. Something negative. My friend from before brought up the fact that I was rude to the wait staff…
  • How to Make the Right Decision (And Feel Good About It)

    Vincent Nguyen
    18 Aug 2014 | 4:00 am
    How do you pick between two impossible choices? You’ll fear two things: how the outcome will affect you and how others will judge you. Few years ago, I had the option of either staying in California or moving to Arizona after high school. I’ve had my choice set on the latter since the day my dad’s side moved. That means my mind was already made for half a decade. Then when it came down to it, I was scared. It was happening. Just three months shy I began panicking. I asked myself a question you’re all so familiar with: what if I’m making a mistake? I called one of my…
  • How to Recover and Move On from Anything

    Vincent Nguyen
    11 Aug 2014 | 4:00 am
    I’d be lying if I told you I was always happy. Just like you, I have my periods of ups and downs. No one walks around with smiles all the time. Not even the most optimistic are able to keep their heads high day and night. Sometimes great things happen to us and we’re ecstatic as wave after wave of good luck favor us. They bring us higher. They give us that funny weightless feeling and we laugh easier. Then an unruly wave comes along and pushes us under and it’s harder to get back to the surface. The Dilemma When you’re happy, it doesn’t last forever. You search for the next…
  • How Far Have You Come Since Last Year?

    Vincent Nguyen
    4 Aug 2014 | 4:00 am
    Exactly a year ago, a single tweet set me off on a course that’d allow me to finally drop out of school, move overseas, and begin a location independent lifestyle. The headline of an article followed by an improvised arrow and the words “Best opportunity I’ve seen in awhile” was all that was needed. The word “apprentice” caught my eye as it depicted just the right imagery. An employee merely serves for a master. An intern fetches coffee for the master—I’ve been interning for three different companies at the time, thankfully never fetched anyone coffee. An apprentice learns…
 
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    Ahh The Simple Life

  • Green With Envy

    Carol Preibis
    1 Sep 2014 | 12:02 pm
    What is envy? Envy is sadness, or discontent at the excellence, good fortune or success of another person. Envy implies that I consider myself somehow deprived, but why deprived? Deprived Continue Reading → The post Green With Envy appeared first on Ahh The Simple Life.
  • T Is For Teas

    Carol Preibis
    23 Aug 2014 | 12:19 pm
    Health Benefits of Teas For centuries, tea has been used in alternative medicine to treat everything from cancer to constipation. Recent research supports these claims: Studies have shown that tea Continue Reading → The post T Is For Teas appeared first on Ahh The Simple Life.
  • Sharing Our Planet

    Carol Preibis
    15 Aug 2014 | 8:16 pm
    “We believe in a world where Everyone has enough to eat Everyone enjoys a clean and safe environment Everyone shares the value of Earth’s natural resources.” – Earth Sharing Uploaded Continue Reading → The post Sharing Our Planet appeared first on Ahh The Simple Life.
  • S Is For Spinach

    Carol Preibis
    15 Aug 2014 | 2:06 pm
    Popeye The Sailor: Lets Sing with Popeye (1934) All About Spinach Spinach is believed to be of Persian origin. By the 12th century, it spread across Europe and became a Continue Reading → The post S Is For Spinach appeared first on Ahh The Simple Life.
  • Declutter Your Time

    Carol Preibis
    10 Aug 2014 | 9:48 am
    Time Is Precious Time is your most precious gift because you only have a set amount of it. You can make more money, but you can’t make more time. When you Continue Reading → The post Declutter Your Time appeared first on Ahh The Simple Life.
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    Wan of a Kind

  • Facebook as a Platform for Positive Messaging

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

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

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

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

    William Wan
    8 Jun 2014 | 11:14 pm
    Recently, my friend, a well-known socio-political commentator posted on her Facebook a verse from the good book. “My Dear brothers, take note of this: “Everyone should be quick to listen, slow to speak and slow to become angry.” She added, “I really ought to remember this.”Another friend asked, “Why only brothers?” I replied, “because 'brothers' is made up of Bro + Others”.Jokes aside, it reminds me of Shakespeare, who was fascinated by the power and the frailty of words. This is so true with the spoken word. “Words are like wind”, he wrote. But we also know that it can…
 
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    Singapore Kindness Movement

  • Job Posting: Assistant General Secretary (The Kindness Gallery & Volunteer Management)

    SKM
    1 Sep 2014 | 6:41 pm
    The Assistant General Secretary (The Kindness Gallery & Volunteer Management) at Singapore Kindness Movement (SKM) is an important member of the SKM Secretariat whose efforts help to ensure that all sector programmes of the Movement are done efficiently and expeditiously. Working with the Associate General Secretary, you will play an active role in in fostering strong partnerships and carrying out projects to achieve SKM’s mission and objectives through the following measures: Managing the Kindness Gallery including duties related to the effective management of the Gallery, publicizing…
  • Let’s Makan at Jalan Bintang Tiga

    SKM
    31 Aug 2014 | 10:51 pm
    From 2001, residents living at Jalan Bintang Tiga have been organising annual street parties where everyone can come together for a good time, while getting to know one another better. Held on 16 Aug, this year’s street party was a joyous and colourful occasion, a fitting way to commemorate an event that is now into its 15th edition and still going strong. Supported by the Singapore Kindness Movement, the street party organisers put together an evening programme that catered to residents young and old alike. The children were kept busy playing relay games and some even took part in a…
  • NKF celebrates Kindness Month in August

    SKM
    27 Aug 2014 | 3:05 am
    Mr Manoj Sharma sharing with NKF staff the importance of practicing acts of kindness in the workplace. As part of a Kindness@Work initiative, the National Kidney Foundation (NKF) organised a series of activities in August to celebrate Kindness Month and create a happier and more gracious workplace. Throughout the month, corporate staff of NKF visited the 25 dialysis centres (DCs) around Singapore to thank the nurses for their hard work and make their day a little brighter. NKF staff personally distributed bottles of Kindness Lollies to the nurses as a gift of appreciation. The DC visits…
  • Vote for the finalists of Melody of Hope

    SKM
    22 Aug 2014 | 12:04 am
    The Singapore Kindness Movement (SKM) is excited to share the top 15 nominees for the Melody of Hope Kindness Song of the Year. Decide which songs would make the 2014 Melody of Hope People’s Choice Award by voting for your favourite finalist here! Panel of judges are made up of accomplished individuals including Dr William Wan, General Secretary of Singapore Kindness Movement, Art Fazil, Multiple-Award Winner Singer-Songwriter, Lorraine Tan, Singer-Songwriter of Kindness is in Me and Keith Kwok, Owner of School of Music and Arts (SOMA). The judges will have the difficult task of selecting…
  • How Singa celebrated Singapore’s 49th birthday

    SKM
    21 Aug 2014 | 11:45 pm
    On the 9th August 2014, Singa, the kindness cubby, made its first appearance at the Port of Lost Wonder (POLW), Sentosa to celebrate Singapore’s 49th birthday with the children and their families. As a tribute to our nation, Singa also joined the marching parade held at Celebration Island. Amidst all the fun and games, the children and parents were ecstatic to meet Singa. To view the photos taken, click here.
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    Direct Relief

  • Power of Partnership: Direct Relief Honored At National Community Health Center Conference

    Damon Taugher, Director of USA Programs
    26 Aug 2014 | 3:54 pm
    SAN DIEGO, Calif., Aug. 26, 2014 – The National Association of Community Health Centers (NACHC) today honored Direct Relief, a humanitarian medical aid organization, for its unwavering commitment to supporting health centers across the United States that care for the nation’s most vulnerable people. The award was presented at NACHC’s 45th annual Community Health Institute (CHI) in San Diego, Calif., […] The post Power of Partnership: Direct Relief Honored At National Community Health Center Conference appeared first on Direct Relief.
  • Ebola Outbreak: Direct Relief Teams Up with Airlink, Four Nonprofits to Fill a 737 with 15,000 Pounds of Aid Supplies

    Direct Relief
    25 Aug 2014 | 7:01 pm
    ATX Air Services, LLC contributes plane, crew to fly aid to Liberia Fort Worth, TEXAS, Aug. 25, 2014 - In collaboration with Airlink and Fort Worth-based ATX Air Services, LLC, Direct Relief today loaded a charter jet with emergency supplies bound for health workers on the frontlines of the Ebola epidemic in Liberia. This shipment, which includes several thousand pounds […] The post Ebola Outbreak: Direct Relief Teams Up with Airlink, Four Nonprofits to Fill a 737 with 15,000 Pounds of Aid Supplies appeared first on Direct Relief.
  • Napa Earthquake: Monitoring Medical Needs

    Direct Relief
    24 Aug 2014 | 11:09 am
    #454081610 / gettyimages.com Direct Relief is reaching out to partners in the Napa Valley area following a magnitude 6.0 earthquake that hit early this morning, sending nearly 90 people to the hospital and prompting California Gov. Jerry Brown to declare a state of emergency. Direct Relief has been in touch with State responders through the California Office of Emergency Services […] The post Napa Earthquake: Monitoring Medical Needs appeared first on Direct Relief.
  • Ebola: Critical Supplies Headed to Liberia as Health Workers Fear Infection

    Direct Relief
    20 Aug 2014 | 4:29 pm
    Another shipment of life-saving supplies is on the way to Liberia as doctors on the frontlines of the Ebola outbreak report a severe shortage of the most needed items as they work to contain the world’s deadliest Ebola epidemic to date. John Ly, Medical Director for Last Mile Health – Direct Relief’s partner in Liberia – reported last week that […] The post Ebola: Critical Supplies Headed to Liberia as Health Workers Fear Infection appeared first on Direct Relief.
  • Responding to Flooding, Landslides in Nepal and Northern India

    Joe Harrison, Program Manager, Asia/Middle East
    19 Aug 2014 | 6:12 pm
    #453721530 / gettyimages.com Direct Relief is reaching out to partners in western Nepal and the Uttar Pradesh district of northern India, where torrential monsoon rains that started last week have triggered landslides and flash floods, claiming the lives of more than 200 people and leaving thousands displaced. An estimated 1,677 houses were damaged or fully destroyed, leaving many in the […] The post Responding to Flooding, Landslides in Nepal and Northern India appeared first on Direct Relief.
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