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  • New Drug Makes Headway In Potential Treatment for Alzheimer’s

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    Helaina Hovitz
    27 Jul 2015 | 1:28 pm
    Researchers are cautiously optimistic after an experimental drug called solanezumab seemed to slow the progression of Alzheimer’s for people in early stages of the disease. After concluding a study with 1,300 people for drug maker Eli Lilly, researchers found that the longer the patients stayed on the drug—and, the sooner they were given The post New Drug Makes Headway In Potential Treatment for Alzheimer’s appeared first on Good News Network.
  • Adventurous Eaters Are Healthier and Weigh Less, Says New Study

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    Helaina Hovitz
    27 Jul 2015 | 2:14 pm
    Is there a mother on the planet who hasn’t said at least once, “Just try it, you’ll like it!”? Well, as usual, mom was right. A new study found that those who are willing to try exotic foods are more likely to weigh less and feel better about their health The post Adventurous Eaters Are Healthier and Weigh Less, Says New Study appeared first on Good News Network.
  • Home Is Where The Solutions Are: How Local Leaders Can Drive Change

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    Cheryl L. Dorsey
    7 Jul 2015 | 2:38 pm
    Global Fellow Pranav Budhathoki, founder of Local Interventions Group, giving an orientation to Nepali Scouts. By Cheryl L. DorseyThis article article originally appeared on Forbes. Thirty years ago, the concept of social entrepreneurship was a brand new idea. While it wasn’t yet referred to as social entrepreneurship, organizations like Echoing Green were pioneering an approach to break the silos across sectors to drive rapid and effective social change. Today, social entrepreneurship is a booming field with funders from all sectors—from private companies like General Atlantic to…
  • Three Tricks to Help Find Your Sweet Spot

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    23 Jul 2015 | 6:15 am
    When was the last time you were so focused that time stood still? Athletes call this mental state being in “The Zone”; psychologists call it “flow” or peak experience, and they have linked it to leading a life of happiness and purpose. Lao Tzu, the ancient Chinese philosopher who authored the Tao Te Ching, called it “doing without doing” or “trying without trying.” I think of this mental state as our “sweet spot,” where we have both great strength and great ease; it’s the mental state when our best work emerges without strain or anxiety. Instead of making our most…
  • Death to Multitasking

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    Melissa Heisler
    27 Jul 2015 | 12:02 am
    I love going to Mexico. For every task, there is a “guy” who does it. They do not have jack-of-all-trades handymen. If you are working on your house, you do not call one person, but have to contact a separate plumber, electrician, and painter. And it is not just about home repairs. If you need your shoes shined, there is a guy for that. Our Mexican friend would never consider shining her own shoes; it is not her role and she would be taking away someone else’s job. She looks at us with a quizzical face when we talk about how much we do on our own. If you need a key made in Mexico, you…
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  • Are We Born Vengeful?

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    27 Jul 2015 | 7:09 am
    What comes more naturally: To punish a thief—or to help her victim? That’s the question tackled in a first-of-its-kind study published in the journal Current Biology. “Until recently,” the researches write, “little attention has been paid to how punishment and a sense of justice develop in children.” To find the answer, the researchers created experiments for children ages three to five that are similar to those previously tested on our evolutionary cousins, chimpanzees. With their cohort of 137 children, the authors placed a single child and two puppets at a table, and put into…
  • Three Tricks to Help Find Your Sweet Spot

    Greater Good
    23 Jul 2015 | 6:15 am
    When was the last time you were so focused that time stood still? Athletes call this mental state being in “The Zone”; psychologists call it “flow” or peak experience, and they have linked it to leading a life of happiness and purpose. Lao Tzu, the ancient Chinese philosopher who authored the Tao Te Ching, called it “doing without doing” or “trying without trying.” I think of this mental state as our “sweet spot,” where we have both great strength and great ease; it’s the mental state when our best work emerges without strain or anxiety. Instead of making our most…
  • Meet the GGSC’s New Fellows

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    22 Jul 2015 | 1:55 pm
    The Greater Good Science Center is proud to present its 2015-16 class of Hornaday Graduate and Goldberg Undergraduate Fellows, which includes distinguished UC Berkeley students from the fields of psychology, public health, biology, education, business, and beyond. They are an outstanding group of young researchers who are committed to the greater good. The GGSC’s annual fellowship program supports the work of UC Berkeley students whose research advances the science of compassion, empathy, and other topics we explore. The program attracts scholars from across a broad spectrum of academic…
  • The Sleepless See Threats Everywhere

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    22 Jul 2015 | 9:12 am
    If you can’t tell a smile from a scowl, you’re probably not getting enough sleep. A new study shows that sleep deprivation dulls our ability to accurately read facial expressions. This deficit can have serious consequences, such as not noticing that a child is sick or in pain, or confusing another pedestrian for a potential mugger. “Recognizing the emotional expressions of someone else changes everything about whether or not you decide to interact with them, and in return, whether they interact with you,” said study senior author Matthew Walker, a professor of psychology and…
  • Science Vs. Happiness

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    21 Jul 2015 | 10:02 am
 
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  • Adventurous Eaters Are Healthier and Weigh Less, Says New Study

    Helaina Hovitz
    27 Jul 2015 | 2:14 pm
    Is there a mother on the planet who hasn’t said at least once, “Just try it, you’ll like it!”? Well, as usual, mom was right. A new study found that those who are willing to try exotic foods are more likely to weigh less and feel better about their health The post Adventurous Eaters Are Healthier and Weigh Less, Says New Study appeared first on Good News Network.
  • New Drug Makes Headway In Potential Treatment for Alzheimer’s

    Helaina Hovitz
    27 Jul 2015 | 1:28 pm
    Researchers are cautiously optimistic after an experimental drug called solanezumab seemed to slow the progression of Alzheimer’s for people in early stages of the disease. After concluding a study with 1,300 people for drug maker Eli Lilly, researchers found that the longer the patients stayed on the drug—and, the sooner they were given The post New Drug Makes Headway In Potential Treatment for Alzheimer’s appeared first on Good News Network.
  • Mailman Sees Boy Reading Junk Mail for Lack of Books; He Has Books Now!

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    27 Jul 2015 | 12:48 pm
    A 12-year-old boy wanted to read so badly that he asked a postal worker if there was any extra junk mail he could spare. Instead of just giving the boy some advertisements to read, the Sandy, Utah mailman asked him if he ever went to the library. Matthew Flores said The post Mailman Sees Boy Reading Junk Mail for Lack of Books; He Has Books Now! appeared first on Good News Network.
  • Fun Froggy Sink Could Save Kids’ Lives in Places Where Sanitation is Lax

    Helaina Hovitz
    27 Jul 2015 | 11:24 am
    Any parent who’s ever flown a spoon-shaped “airplane” into a baby’s mouth knows that sometimes, to get kids to do what’s good for them, you’ve got to make it fun. That’s at least part of the thinking behind LaBobo, a colorful, frog-themed, portable plastic sink recently introduced in Cambodia, where The post Fun Froggy Sink Could Save Kids’ Lives in Places Where Sanitation is Lax appeared first on Good News Network.
  • The Force is Strong in This Village: Star Wars Images Grown in Rice Paddy

    Terry Turner
    27 Jul 2015 | 10:58 am
    Star Wars fans have created fan art through countless mediums. Rice paddies, however, are definitely a first. For decades, rice farmers in Inakadate Village in Japan have been creating images using their rice plants, and their latest is a Star Wars tribute featuring the two beloved droids from the films. By mapping out The post The Force is Strong in This Village: Star Wars Images Grown in Rice Paddy appeared first on Good News Network.
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  • Then Suddenly, Maybe — Aha!

    Dave Pollard
    25 Jul 2015 | 6:53 pm
    complex system diagram, from this earlier post Last month I wrote about the 5 “turning points” in my life, the culminations of events and changes in circumstances that caused my life to significantly shift direction. I have argued before that while we may change our beliefs, our behaviours and our personas throughout our lives, we don’t fundamentally change who we are. The turning points described in my recent article all changed my way of being, and what I did day-to-day and how I did it, but underneath I was (and am) still the same person. In addition to these situation-…
  • Sorting Ourselves Out

    Dave Pollard
    24 Jul 2015 | 9:25 am
    gated community in Liverpool England; photo by Ronnie Hughes We humans are pretty good at self-organizing. We’re a social species, after all, and we want to know where we ‘fit’ in our communities, even though “community” has largely lost its true meaning. It is through conversation, collaboration and observing others that we make sense of things, so we naturally want to make sure the people who make the most sense to us will welcome us into their circles. The downside of this is that it is easy to exploit, and can lead us into behaviours that are unhealthy for…
  • Ungrateful

    Dave Pollard
    21 Jul 2015 | 8:13 am
    Alberta Tar Sands, soon to cover an area larger than NY State; its toxic sludge ponds alone are large enough to be visible from space. Photo by Dru Oja Jay, Howl Arts Collective, for The Dominion CC-BY-2.0 I have often described myself as “the world’s most blessed agnostic”. I have been incredibly fortunate both by the accident of my birth and with the events (almost all outside my control) that have transpired at critical points in my life. I should be grateful, and in many ways I am. But I am not grateful to have been born into human civilization culture. Many people I…
  • A Cynical Theory of Power and Organizational Dynamics

    Dave Pollard
    16 Jul 2015 | 6:56 pm
    from GapingVoid.com by Hugh Macleod I‘ve previously mentioned that the most important thing I learned from 37 years in the business world is that in large organizations of every kind, almost all valuable work is done by workarounds, i.e. people on the front lines doing what they know is best for the organization, even when this ignores or (often) contravenes what they’ve been told to do (or not to do) by senior executives. Or which contravenes the executives’ surrogate, the policy and procedures manual, which is now substantially embedded in the software these poor…
  • Live From Daryl’s House

    Dave Pollard
    4 Jul 2015 | 3:26 pm
    Most of you probably remember Hall & Oates, one of the most popular musical duos of the last century. You probably didn’t know that for the past 7 years, in an attempt to stay in touch with fans without having to do so many gruelling tours, Daryl Hall has been hosting some of the world’s finest musicians at his three homes, jamming with them, and putting the very professionally done results online, on YouTube, for free. Some of his carefully-picked guests are veterans of the music scene, while others are up-and-comers or people you haven’t (yet) heard of. All of them are exemplary…
 
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  • Death to Multitasking

    Melissa Heisler
    27 Jul 2015 | 12:02 am
    I love going to Mexico. For every task, there is a “guy” who does it. They do not have jack-of-all-trades handymen. If you are working on your house, you do not call one person, but have to contact a separate plumber, electrician, and painter. And it is not just about home repairs. If you need your shoes shined, there is a guy for that. Our Mexican friend would never consider shining her own shoes; it is not her role and she would be taking away someone else’s job. She looks at us with a quizzical face when we talk about how much we do on our own. If you need a key made in Mexico, you…
  • How Stressed Are You?

    Melissa Heisler
    23 Jul 2015 | 12:02 am
    We may not realize how much stress affects us. The Price of Stress When we are stressed our limbic brain takes over, shutting down all body systems which do not help us fight or flee danger. Our digestive, reproductive and immune systems are turned off momentarily to move all our power and energy to our muscles to run or defend ourselves. Once the immediate danger is over, our systems revert back to normal functioning. The problem is today our stressors are not momentary physical dangers but a constant bombardment of mental stress. We rush the kids to school. We get frustrated in traffic. Our…
  • How To Use The Mantra, “Just This Much”

    Mary O'Malley
    20 Jul 2015 | 12:02 am
    If you watch your mind, you will see that it goes into the past or future all day long.  It especially loves to go into the future and when it really gets activated, it moves from a whole different place.  It will convince you that that you can’t do it right, or you can’t do it at all, or something bad is going to happen, and the thoughts go on and on.   These thoughts are just not true because we don’t know what is going to happen.  All we have is this present moment, but you can begin to see how the mind operates.  The more you push, the more it pushes back because when it is…
  • The Four Insights: Co-creating with the Divine to Dream the World into Being

    Alberto Villoldo Ph.D
    19 Jul 2015 | 12:02 am
    I learned the wisdom of the Four Insights from the Earthkeepers (medicine men and women) of the Andes and the Amazon, who use these teachings to heal disease, eliminate emotional suffering, and even create bodies that age and heal differently. The Four Insights reveal ancient skills anyone can practice to perceive the energy and vibration that make up the physical universe at a much higher level, allowing us to participate consciously in our biological, emotional, and spiritual evolution. Many years ago, these shamanic practices changed my life, and since then, the lives of many of my…
  • What I Learned from My Father

    Gail Lynne Goodwin
    21 Jun 2015 | 12:12 am
    Happy Father’s Day! On this special day, I want to honor my dad, Gordy Goodwin, who passed away on May 20th, 2012. Through the years, here’s what he taught my siblings and me. In honor of Gordon Goodwin – 1932-2012 – with gratitude for a life well lived. Make God a priority in your life. Have faith that God is always with you and know that you are never alone. Live your faith and let your life serve as a testament to your beliefs in such a way that others will want to be like you. Walking the walk is much more important than talking the talk. Next to your relationship…
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  • Artisanat des Femmes de Khenifra

    Emeka Okafor
    27 Jul 2015 | 3:00 am
    On the Cloth Roads Marketplace, from Morocco: The mastery of making traditional, hand-knotted buttons by the Moroccan women of Khenifra has taken on new forms. Through the creative efforts of the Artisanat des Femmes cooperative, these buttons have been strikingly transformed into colorful strings of jewelry. The process:Making the djellaba button it is a tedious process requiring a steady hand and considerable talent. Women learn this skill while young, usually from their mothers or grandmothers. Using a simple needle, the women knot sabra into incredibly intricate buttons. One button alone…
  • Diaspora Style from Grace Wales Bonner

    Emeka Okafor
    26 Jul 2015 | 3:00 am
    In Dazed: image via DazedWhen Grace Wales Bonner’s BA collection – where decadent pink mohair, cream bouclé suits, high-waisted flares and jewelled cuffs were styled on a team of striking black male models – burst onto the Central Saint Martins graduate show runway, industry attendees sat up a little straighter in their seats. Her designs took their cue from black visual culture and critical theory, subverting both constructs of masculinity and the hallmarks of privilege that define European luxury fashion. For Wales Bonner, born in south-east London to an English mother and Jamaican…
  • Edulink - Closing the Skills Gap

    Emeka Okafor
    25 Jul 2015 | 3:00 am
    From How We Made It:Developing Africa’s human capital is critical to the continent’s future growth given it has one of the world’s biggest youth demographics. Although enrollment to schools and higher learning institutions in Africa is rising, the quality of education offered is still low. Employers often complain of half-baked graduates, whilst young people struggle to find jobs. Dubai-based Edulink Consultants recently invested US$3m in a new college in Kenya. Edulink chief operating officer, Dr Raj Gill, talks to How we made it in Africa about what Edulink International College…
  • Make School

    Emeka Okafor
    24 Jul 2015 | 4:30 am
    Danny Crichton in TechCrunch:College has failed, or so many Silicon Valley entrepreneurs believe. Not only are tuition costs spiraling out of control, but students are leaving college without the ability to produce … anything. We are living in the era of code, and yet, college students are graduating barely able to read or write an essay – let alone make an app. Make School hopes to change this sordid state of affairs. Through a rigorous and lengthy two-year curriculum, the school hopes to instill deeper critical thinking skills while also providing students engineering and…
  • SuperGeeks vs Computer Village

    Emeka Okafor
    24 Jul 2015 | 3:00 am
    Over at Techpoint: image via TechpointSuperGeeks is a device repair and service platform that provides after-sales technical support to customers within the Lagos metropolis and suburbs. Founded in 2013 by the duo of Sam Uduma and Edmund Olotu, SuperGeeks has a focus of delivering quality customer service that is seriously lacking in the ecosystem TechPoint spent an afternoon with Co-Founder Samuel Uduma to get some insight into the origin of, and philosophy behind, SuperGeeks...(excerpt)So what inspired the idea and the name SuperGeeks?The funny thing about the name “SuperGeeks” is…
 
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  • USAID Seeds Innovation: 15 Social Entrepreneurs Making a Difference

    Echoing Green
    27 Jul 2015 | 6:47 am
    Faith, 11 years old, carries baby Richard to a Kidogo Center, enabling her to go to school. Photo courtesy of Kidogo. By Tahalia Barrett, Global Partnerships Advisor, U.S. Global Development Lab, USAID Picture this: A farmer in Nigeria needs to plow her field, but does not have the labor to do it. Using her mobile phone, she sends an SMS message, and within days, a tractor arrives. She can now plow her field 40 times faster than manual labor, and at one third of the cost. And, the tractor owner earns a profit as well. This innovative shared economy platform is more than a great idea; it is a…
  • Breaking Boundaries to Solve Global Development Problems

    Cheryl L. Dorsey
    20 Jul 2015 | 9:00 pm
    Global Fellow Jehiel Oliver, founder of Hello Tractor, uses smart tractors to equip women with improved planting technology. By Cheryl L. DorseyThis article article originally appeared on Skoll World Forum. There is no silver bullet to fix societal inequality. There is no one solution; there is no one answer. The truth is we must unleash a generation of creative thinkers, with big ideas across a wide range of issues, each ready and willing to challenge the status quo. When those individuals are empowered and supported to put forward new ideas to decades-old problems – that’s when we see…
  • Social Impact Jobs July 2015

    Cara Lee
    16 Jul 2015 | 1:49 pm
    Photo courtesy of  One Acre Fund Last month we announced our 2015 Echoing Green Fellows, marking the start of our journey with these inspiring world-changers. These fifty-two leaders are changing lives and communities across the globe. Whether it’s providing solar repair services and parts to ensure consistent access to electricity for rural communities in East Africa, or creating supportive communities for U.S. service members and their families through expressive arts programs, these problem solvers are driven by a deep-rooted urge to drive change. Maybe you already know your…
  • Home Is Where The Solutions Are: How Local Leaders Can Drive Change

    Cheryl L. Dorsey
    7 Jul 2015 | 2:38 pm
    Global Fellow Pranav Budhathoki, founder of Local Interventions Group, giving an orientation to Nepali Scouts. By Cheryl L. DorseyThis article article originally appeared on Forbes. Thirty years ago, the concept of social entrepreneurship was a brand new idea. While it wasn’t yet referred to as social entrepreneurship, organizations like Echoing Green were pioneering an approach to break the silos across sectors to drive rapid and effective social change. Today, social entrepreneurship is a booming field with funders from all sectors—from private companies like General Atlantic to…
  • We Are the 2015 Fellows

    Scott Ballum Cohen
    30 Jun 2015 | 9:03 am
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  • Bringing space down to earth

    16 Jul 2015 | 8:48 am
    On July 20 it will be 46 years since man landed on the moon. Today, we use space all day long, everyday, even when we are not thinking about it. From the moment you switch on your mobile phone in the morning, to the live sports broadcast you watch at night, and all day long, the technology that seamlessly facilitates our lives is in constant contact with satellites that circle our heads in space. Increasingly, space assets are used to coordinate what happens on earth, from disaster response and relief through to technological development and commercial applicatoins. The global public good…
  • Lessons from the Ebola crisis

    18 Jun 2015 | 10:02 am
    The Ebola outbreak in West Africa was first reported in March 2014, and is still affecting Guinea and Sierra Leone. There have been over twenty-seven thousand reported cases of the Ebola virus in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone and over eleven thousand deaths. The virus was first identified in 1976. Two simultaneous outbreaks took place, one in Nzara in present-day South Sudan and the other in Yambuku, a village near the Ebola River in the Democratic Republic of the Congo – hence the name of the disease. Earlier outbreaks occurred in remote areas in Central Africa near tropical rainforest,…
  • Africa’s opportunities

    11 Jun 2015 | 10:49 am
    Africa. The world's demographically youngest continent is now the fastest-growing region. Yet poverty persists, job creation is slow and inequality is rising. Learning from the past 25 years, since the World Economic Forum first met in Cape Town, what national and regional strategies can today's leaders pursue to ensure the continent fulfils its promise? In this podcast, we hear the voices, ideas and personalities which shaped the agenda at The World Economic Forum on Africa 2015. Speaking to the continent’s growth challenges, gender equality and migration issues, we track the flow of the…
  • A conversation with Shimon Peres

    4 Jun 2015 | 9:45 am
    In this week's podcast, we're featuring an interview with Shimon Peres, former president of Israel, on the impact of the Israeli elections in the prospect for peace. The interview took place at our meeting in the Middle East and North Africa 2015, and is conducted by the BBC's Lyse Doucet, Chief International Correspondent in Jordan. Author: Mike Hanley is Senior Director, Communications at the World Economic Forum Image: Copyright by World Economic Forum / Benedikt von Loebell
  • Insights and ideas from MENA15

    28 May 2015 | 8:04 am
    In this week's podcast, quotes and discussions worth remembering from the World Economic Forum on the Middle East and North Africa 2015, which took place at the Dead Sea from 21-23 May. Over 800 leaders from government, business and civil society gathered to discuss how to support a comprehensive and forward looking vision for prosperity and peace across the region. Here are some highlights from the meeting. Author: Mike Hanley is Senior Director, Communications at the World Economic Forum Image: Copyright by World Economic Forum / Benedikt von Loebell
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  • Announcing Acumen’s 2016 Global Fellows

    Acumen
    9 Jul 2015 | 7:00 am
    Standing—and working—with the poor requires resilience and determination. When we established Acumen’s Global Fellowship 10 years ago, we were looking for those bright minds and big thinkers who not only possessed the moral imagination to envision a world beyond poverty but also the courage and resolve to commit their lives to making that vision a reality. The Global Fellowship is a yearlong leadership development program designed to equip social leaders with the knowledge, support system and practical wisdom to build a better, more inclusive world. We see our Global Fellows as the…
  • Acumen Makes First Cookstove Investment with BURN Manufacturing

    Acumen
    11 Jun 2015 | 8:59 pm
    Acumen announces its new investment in BURN Manufacturing, a cookstove company that aims to transform the lives of Kenyans with its low-cost, energy-efficient design. Today, more than 90 percent of Kenya lacks access to modern energy and clean cooking facilities and rely on traditional wood or charcoal stoves that pose serious threats to the country’s health and environment. The innovative design of BURN’s charcoal stove cuts fuel consumption by 56 percent and reduces carbon emissions by 65 percent to help Kenyans save a significant amount of money and improve their standard of living…
  • Acumen, Dow and Unilever Support Social Enterprises Across East and West Africa Through Technical Assistance Initiative

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

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

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

    Karama
    8 Jul 2015 | 9:00 pm
    The positive correlations between educational attainment and economic mobility are clear. But the rising cost of higher education makes getting a college degree seem more challenging for the very people who need it most. I say "seem" because while the list price of a college education has increased dramatically, the actual cost for students from families with low or moderate income has not changed much. How can we ensure those student see college as attainable and worth the effort? Make a promise.Promise communities have a place-based scholarships that fund all or part of every…
  • Speak up.

    Karama
    6 Jul 2015 | 8:05 pm
    As a lifelong member of the African Methodist Episcopal Church and as a human being, I was truly saddened by the recent killing of nine members of Emanuel AME Church in Charleston, South Carolina. This was one of those occasions in which it is difficult to answer the central question of this blog, "So what can I do?"  As a society, we answered by considering removal of Confederate flags from public spaces, discussing reductions in gun violence, and making donations to Emanuel AME. All of this is important and worthy work, but it does not address the core issue of racism and hate. We…
  • Ban the box.

    Karama
    3 Jul 2015 | 8:37 pm
    If you've ever applied for a job, you likely had to respond to a question about past criminal convictions. If you have none, you may never have thought much about the box.  But if you have a past conviction or care for someone who does, you know that checking that box means lost opportunity to contribute positively to society and one's family. The Ban the Box Campaign  is a national movement to give those with prior convictions a fair chance to live decently, work productively, and provide for themselves and their families.  Here's how you can help:Take the Fair Chance Pledge…
  • 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.Buy eBookPlease visit http://sowhatcanido.blogspot.com to offer your comments and suggestions, forward this post, and…
  • 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…
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  • Musical Instruments

    Julia
    17 Jul 2015 | 10:34 am
    Whoot, finally got a loan filling one of the last 3 'activities' on KIVA (out of 149). Kiva tallies several lending statistics. Obsessive people like me try to get at least one in each category/group. This one fulfilled 'Musical Instruments'.
  • Helped Bail out Greece

    Julia
    1 Jul 2015 | 6:56 pm
    Made a small donation to help bail out Greece.  It's a fundraiser and they are trying to raise all 1.6 billion.  Hope it goes through. I really like the idea of the people raising so much money to help people.  http://time.com/3942118/british-man-indiegogo-greece/
  • buy products to amass more stock.

    Julia
    30 Jun 2015 | 7:22 pm
    Made a kiva loan to Silvio in Brazil.  First time lending in Brazil. I think his summary really summarizes a lot of Kiva need:A loan of $1,475 helps Silvio to buy products to amass more stock.As a small business person building up inventory I can totally relate.
  • !0 loans

    Julia
    20 Apr 2015 | 9:24 pm
    Made 10 Kiva loans.Been busy with house renovations and the business and my work. Not necessarily in that order.And going through some personal issues (break up) which makes me lethargic and not wanting to blog. But I"m crawling out of it.
  • Back to lending to Julia's

    Julia
    25 Feb 2015 | 8:11 pm
    I could not find any loans in the lender statistics, I've leant to all the microlenders, in all fields, etc.  Or as many as I could.So I'm back to lending to Julia's. Made 2 loans today. One may not get funded, it's only at 1% and has 4 days left.I haven't been posting here 'cause I've had some personal issues and it's made me not want to do too much. Life gets in the way. I got hurt and wanted to crawl into my shell for a bit.I hope I'm back.
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    Chris Blattman

  • What if Spiderman were black, and Uncle Ben was shot by police?

    Chris Blattman
    27 Jul 2015 | 1:04 pm
    I keep thinking how much more powerful the Spiderman origin story would be if Peter Parker was an African American kid, whose Uncle Ben was shot by police while being arrested for a minor parking infraction. There is no formal investigation, and Peter decides to put himself on the line to prevent it happening again. He tackles the white crimes that go unpunished, punishes POC criminals fairly. He is the leveler, always fighting to be without bias, to be just. To protect people like his uncle. This not only mirrors so much of what’s happening in America, but feeds right into the complex…
  • The 10 things I learned in the trenches of the Worm Wars

    Chris Blattman
    24 Jul 2015 | 3:04 pm
    If you have no idea what I’m talking about, either count yourself lucky or see yesterday’s post. The rest of you, carry on. One of the things I love about the Internet is that it brought a lot of very smart people to a key intellectual problem, the discussion brought out the central assumptions and claims, and they were answered within about a day or two. See Berk Ozler, for example. My conclusion is that the Kenya deworming results are relatively robust. Yay hive mind. On the other hand, the hive mind has a tendency to be grumpy, rude, shrill and angry. I found the debate more…
  • IPA’s weekly links

    Jeff Mosenkis (IPA)
    24 Jul 2015 | 2:47 pm
    Guest post by Jeff Mosenkis of Innovations for Poverty Action. Our apologies, the links are a bit late, but you’ll never believe what happened this week: So Ted Miguel …. was on NPR’s All Things Considered, talking about why plans to use small solar panels to power Africa isn’t the answer, when most Kenyans already live right under power lines. And in open science/replication news – some researchers at Berkeley shared their data publicly – and another research team beat them to publication. (Follow up from the researchers.) Also, in a respected British source … Survey finds…
  • Dear journalists and policymakers: What you need to know about the Worm Wars

    Chris Blattman
    23 Jul 2015 | 11:50 am
    One of my favorite science writers, Ben Goldacre, enters the so-called Worm Wars. He’s not alone, with a flurry of new articles today. The question is simple: is a deworming pill that costs just a few cents one of the most potent anti-poverty interventions of our time? Below is the picture from Goldacre’s post. I assume Buzzfeed editors chose it. It’s a nice illustration that nothing you will read in this debate is dispassionate. Everyone wants one thing: your clicks (and retweets, and likes, and citations). Most writers sincerely want the truth too. Sadly the two are not always…
  • Statistician Neal Beck just justified my longstanding hatred and loathing of logit

    Chris Blattman
    22 Jul 2015 | 11:40 am
    Neal is probably horrified by my slightly inaccurate title, but we all know this blog ain’t the New York Times. In 2010 I was on sabbatical at NYU’s political science department. Neal asked me why I always used ordinary least squares regressions (OLS) when my dependent variable was a 1 or 0. Why not logit instead of this linear probability model? He had seen economists do this before, and was surprised at my reply—that it had become general practice in a lot of applied economics. I think the reasons economists often go the linear route is because it generates very simple to…
 
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    ... My heart’s in Accra

  • Harnessing Mistrust for Civic Action

    Ethan
    23 Jul 2015 | 11:25 am
    Yes, it’s international press day here on my old, creaky blog. Friends at Süddeutsch Zeitung asked whether I could turn my Re:publica Keynote on mistrust and civics into a newspaper op-ed. Here’s what I came up with, which ran in yesterday’s newspaper. On Monday, British comedian Simon Brodkin pelted outgoing FIFA leader Sep Blatter with a stack of dollar bills as Blatter spoke at a press conference. Brodkin’s dollar shower expressed the boundless anger football fans feel about the corruption within football’s world governing body. When Swiss police arrested…
  • Who benefits from doubt? Online manipulation and the Russian – and US – internet

    Ethan
    23 Jul 2015 | 10:10 am
    I was asked by an editor at RBC, one of Russia’s best respected independent news organizations, to offer my thoughts on the Russian/US infowar. It was a great chance to think about Adrian Chen’s provocative tale about Russia’s Internet Research Agency (a topic that Global Voices RuNet Echo has done a terrific job of covering) and broader questions about skepticism, mistrust and who benefits from doubt. The piece ran on RBC today in Russian, but my English language text follows below. In early June, the New York Times Sunday Magazine ran a story by investigative reporter…
  • Instaserfs: Precarious Employment in the New – and Old – Economy

    Ethan
    20 Jul 2015 | 5:56 pm
    (This summer, I’m going to publish some of my work on FOLD, the beautiful platform my student Alexis Hope is building. There’s a graphically enhanced version of this story there.) Benjamen Walker makes some of the best radio around. (Okay, it’s mostly digitally-delivered audio storytelling these days, but who’s counting?) His finest work tends to come out in series of podcasts, exploring a complex issue through interviews and stories that unfold over two or more sequential weekly episodes. The most recently concluded series is called “Instaserfs” and it…
  • Pattern recognition: racism, gun violence and Dylann Roof

    Ethan
    19 Jun 2015 | 1:08 pm
    When you read about Dylann Roof, the man who killed nine black men and women as they prayed, think about the patterns he represents. Over the next few days, we’re going to hear about mental illness. We’re going to hear about troubled loners. We’ll hear about a young man’s racist fantasies, so outrageous that he would celebrate the apartheid regimes of South Africa and Rhodesia. We’ll hear from family, neighbors and high school friends, and the picture that will emerge is of a young man who was strange, disturbed, sick, abnormal. The message will be that the…
  • Listening Machines, and the whether, when and how of new technologies

    Ethan
    15 Jun 2015 | 3:46 pm
    One of my great pleasures in life is attending conferences on fields I’m intrigued by, but know nothing about. (A second pleasure is writing about these events.) So when my friend Kate Crawford invited me to a daylong “Listening Machine Summit” this past Friday, I could hardly refuse. What’s a listening machine? The example of everyone’s lips was Hello Barbie, a version of the impossibly proportioned doll that will listen to your child speak and respond in kind: …a Mattel representative introduced the newest version of Barbie by saying: “Welcome to…
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    quoteflections

  • Keep pedalling

    7 Jul 2015 | 9:00 pm
    Life is like riding a bicycle. To keep your balance, you must keep moving. ~ Albert Einstein- In what areas are you actively engaged?(Dear Readers, I will return in September.  I hope to do some consolidating here over the next several months.)
  • What you spread

    6 Jul 2015 | 9:00 pm
    It is not what you gather, but what you scatter, that tells what kind of life you have lived.  ~ unknown- What are you scattering?
  • The little moments

    5 Jul 2015 | 9:00 pm
    Exhaust the little moment.  Soon it dies.  And be it gash or gold it will not come again in this identical guise.  ~ Gwendolyn Brooks- What little moments can you cherish today?
  • Pure freedom

    3 Jul 2015 | 9:00 pm
    For Canadians and Americans (July 1, 4) happy Canada Day, Independence Day!I wish that every human life might be pure transparent freedom.  ~ Simone de Beauvoir- What freedoms do you enjoy?- What freedoms are denied to millions around the world?
  • Special event

    2 Jul 2015 | 9:00 pm
    Life is a festival to the wise.  ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson- What is so exciting and wondrous about life?
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    Gift Hub

  • The Rainbow's Gold

    Phil Cubeta
    27 Jul 2015 | 5:48 am
    You have heard, of course, of the rainbow with the pot of gold at its end. But, perhaps, in gift planning, the pot of gold, about one foot in diameter, and one foot deep, is at the beginning. And it gives off white light, glinting gold. This rainbow is not created by mist or rain, but by a prism, easily held in the hand of a gift planner. Through that prism, light streams, refracted into a rainbow arch across they sky, with an organization in the center, and thousands of people served at the end of that rainbow. The colors in that spectrum are "donor motivation." One color is money…
  • Why advisors cannot (or should not) avoid the philanthropic conversation

    Phil Cubeta
    24 Jul 2015 | 6:50 am
    A dialogue at CEG Worldwide with me, John A. Warnick, Steven Myers, Tim Belber, and Randy Fox.
  • Master and slave hierarchies grown to scale

    Phil Cubeta
    23 Jul 2015 | 2:28 pm
    In the conquest of the other, the principle of civic order, that Hegel calls "the master/slave relationship," we have a model of what? An army? A government bureau? Durkheim's iron cages of the Taylorized worker? I/thou we reserve for peers? No, in my experience, as a worker, we reserve thou for those we serve in the First Class Cabin. I have known Trusted Advisors, the best of breed, for whom the highest Thou is a wealthy, even dynastic, client, the one whose interests are served assiduously. The one with whom an advisor identifies as a dog with…
  • Freedom of assembly as civic right

    Phil Cubeta
    23 Jul 2015 | 2:08 pm
    Is it because they don't get results that China forbids most voluntary social groups, forming with an eye to faith or citizenship? If our Bill of Rights guarantees freedom of assembly, is that mainly so we can form profitable ventures? Having lost a sense of the body politic, or the commonweal, or of neighborliness, and having construed all realities under the aegis of the market ("investing," "owning," "consuming," "getting results," "growing to scale"), we no longer even know how to name what we have lost. We consult therapists, take…
  • The useful as measure of the good

    Phil Cubeta
    23 Jul 2015 | 1:50 pm
    "All art is perfectly useless," said Oscar Wilde, confounding the shopkeeper-minds of his day.  If philanthropy really were an art, it might rise to Wilde's level. As it is, philanthropy, all too often, is more like a business, judged by results. If poets fell to that level, they'd all be in advertising, or writing copy for impact investments.
 
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    Case Foundation » What’s New

  • Announcing a New Partnership to Support Young Social Entrepreneurs

    Emily Yu
    22 Jul 2015 | 9:33 am
    The Case Foundation has long been a believer that entrepreneurs can change the world, and that young people have a particular set of skills and impact-oriented ambitions to build great social enterprises. Today, we’re excited to announce our sponsorship of the Forbes $1 Million Change the World Social Entrepreneurs Competition – the largest ever competition […] The post Announcing a New Partnership to Support Young Social Entrepreneurs appeared first on Case Foundation.
  • Unleashing Entrepreneurship in Africa: Solutions for the World

    Emily Yu
    21 Jul 2015 | 7:01 am
    At the core of the Foundation’s “Unleashing Entrepreneurship” pillar is the belief that startups—and entrepreneurial approaches—play a key role in tackling some of the world’s biggest challenges. We’ve put that belief into practice by supporting promising initiatives that bring business to the problem-solving table and catalyze strong entrepreneurial ecosystems in the U.S. and abroad. We’ve […] The post Unleashing Entrepreneurship in Africa: Solutions for the World appeared first on Case Foundation.
  • Celebrating Exploration with National Geographic

    Emily Yu
    8 Jul 2015 | 9:27 am
    This post was written by Aaron Coleman on behalf of the Case Foundation: National Geographic has celebrated explorers for more than 120 years and each year they honor these fearless individuals by sharing their stories during Explorers Week. Through a series of panels and TED-style talks, National Geographic spotlights intellectual pioneers from around the world. […] The post Celebrating Exploration with National Geographic appeared first on Case Foundation.
  • Authenticity, Relevance and the Power of Business as a Force for Good: Inspiration for the 37,000 Changemakers at MCON 2015

    Dave Cooley
    6 Jul 2015 | 6:44 am
    For the fourth consecutive year the Case Foundation proudly supported the Millennial Impact Conference, MCON2015, hosted by Achieve at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Chicago. The dynamic two-day conference, which coincided with the release of the 2015 Millennial Impact Report, featured thought leaders from companies like Upworthy, American Express, the Huffington Post, the Levi […] The post Authenticity, Relevance and the Power of Business as a Force for Good: Inspiration for the 37,000 Changemakers at MCON 2015 appeared first on Case Foundation.
  • Business as a Force for Social Good

    Elyse Kort
    29 Jun 2015 | 3:00 am
    This post was written by J.D. Brady on behalf of the Case Foundation: At the Case Foundation, we believe impact investing is an excellent example of how business and philanthropy can work hand-in-hand to drive social change. We applaud the work of for-profit enterprises that deliver both a financial and social return, and we encourage […] The post Business as a Force for Social Good appeared first on Case Foundation.
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    How I changed the world today.

  • Musical Instruments

    17 Jul 2015 | 10:34 am
    Whoot, finally got a loan filling one of the last 3 'activities' on KIVA (out of 149). Kiva tallies several lending statistics. Obsessive people like me try to get at least one in each category/group. This one fulfilled 'Musical Instruments'.
  • Helped Bail out Greece

    1 Jul 2015 | 6:56 pm
    Made a small donation to help bail out Greece.  It's a fundraiser and they are trying to raise all 1.6 billion.  Hope it goes through. I really like the idea of the people raising so much money to help people.  http://time.com/3942118/british-man-indiegogo-greece/
  • buy products to amass more stock.

    30 Jun 2015 | 7:22 pm
    Made a kiva loan to Silvio in Brazil.  First time lending in Brazil. I think his summary really summarizes a lot of Kiva need:A loan of $1,475 helps Silvio to buy products to amass more stock.As a small business person building up inventory I can totally relate.
  • !0 loans

    20 Apr 2015 | 9:24 pm
    Made 10 Kiva loans.Been busy with house renovations and the business and my work. Not necessarily in that order.And going through some personal issues (break up) which makes me lethargic and not wanting to blog. But I"m crawling out of it.
  • Back to lending to Julia's

    25 Feb 2015 | 8:11 pm
    I could not find any loans in the lender statistics, I've leant to all the microlenders, in all fields, etc.  Or as many as I could.So I'm back to lending to Julia's. Made 2 loans today. One may not get funded, it's only at 1% and has 4 days left.I haven't been posting here 'cause I've had some personal issues and it's made me not want to do too much. Life gets in the way. I got hurt and wanted to crawl into my shell for a bit.I hope I'm back.
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    So what can I do?

  • Make a promise.

    8 Jul 2015 | 9:00 pm
    The positive correlations between educational attainment and economic mobility are clear. But the rising cost of higher education makes getting a college degree seem more challenging for the very people who need it most. I say "seem" because while the list price of a college education has increased dramatically, the actual cost for students from families with low or moderate income has not changed much. How can we ensure those student see college as attainable and worth the effort? Make a promise.Promise communities have a place-based scholarships that fund all or part of every…
  • Speak up.

    6 Jul 2015 | 8:05 pm
    As a lifelong member of the African Methodist Episcopal Church and as a human being, I was truly saddened by the recent killing of nine members of Emanuel AME Church in Charleston, South Carolina. This was one of those occasions in which it is difficult to answer the central question of this blog, "So what can I do?"  As a society, we answered by considering removal of Confederate flags from public spaces, discussing reductions in gun violence, and making donations to Emanuel AME. All of this is important and worthy work, but it does not address the core issue of racism and hate. We…
  • Ban the box.

    3 Jul 2015 | 8:37 pm
    If you've ever applied for a job, you likely had to respond to a question about past criminal convictions. If you have none, you may never have thought much about the box.  But if you have a past conviction or care for someone who does, you know that checking that box means lost opportunity to contribute positively to society and one's family. The Ban the Box Campaign  is a national movement to give those with prior convictions a fair chance to live decently, work productively, and provide for themselves and their families.  Here's how you can help:Take the Fair Chance Pledge…
  • 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.Buy eBookPlease visit http://sowhatcanido.blogspot.com to offer your comments and suggestions, forward this post, and…
  • 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…
 
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    GOOD

  • Slay Your Internet Trolls with This Artist’s Brilliant New Remedy: Spells. 

    Heather Dockray
    27 Jul 2015 | 2:05 pm
    At some point in our lives, we all come into contact with an internet troll. Whether it’s that stranger from high school who can’t stop screaming about food stamp theft, or the patronizing friend who starts every sentence with “Well actually,”  the internet is full of idiots with free time. That’s why the artist Molly Soda created a hilarious book of spells, designed—among other things—to help writers and Facebook posters everywhere defend themselves from internet hate. And while the science behind the troll spell has yet to be proven (not sure how “digging holes” will…
  • Find Out How Old Someone is Based On Their Name

    Craig Carilli
    27 Jul 2015 | 1:55 pm
    In an attempt to accurately guess a person’s age based on their name, Business Insider took all the social security name data since 1880, adjusted it for people still alive today, and created a data visualization showing their results. Only a few names are highlighted in this video, but they not only show a person’s probable age, they also share the cultural phenomenon that sparked the name’s popularity. So, if your name is Hillary or Chelsea there’s a good chance you were born in 1992 – the year Bill Clinton was elected.  Share this on Facebook?
  • Newscaster Completely Derails Live Segment by Sharing His Sex-Toy Conspiracy Theory

    Sean McDonald
    27 Jul 2015 | 1:05 pm
    If you find yourself formulating sex-toy conspiracies, it might be best to keep them to yourself, and definitely don’t share them on a live TV news broadcast. This week, one newscaster learned this the hard way. Instead of keeping his dildo-related theories in his head where they belong, he decided to reveal them after a segment on the success of Amazon. His co-host handled his antics fairly gracefully, but even she couldn’t stop him from planting his foot firmly in his mouth.  Share this on Facebook?
  • An Unexpected Ally in the Fight Against Poaching: International Airlines

    Mark Hay
    27 Jul 2015 | 1:00 pm
    After several years of intensive coverage, much of the world is by now aware of the rising threat of illegal poaching. Within the space of 40 years, big mammal populations in Africa have dropped by up to 58 percent; within recent years, the number of elephants killed illicitly has surpassed 10,000 a year. Yet while awareness of black market assaults on threatened and endangered animals has grown of late, quite a few people are probably unaware that there’s actually a sizable legal market for hunting the same animals, not included in these numbers. By all accounts, these modern day big game…
  • Seattle Government Comes Up With Novel Plan to Help Young Muslims Buy Homes

    Heather Dockray
    27 Jul 2015 | 12:10 pm
    Buying a home isn’t easy. Let’s be clear: for the majority of Americans, buying a home is completely and totally awful (and in New York, hilariously out-of-reach). But Seattle is especially concerned with helping the city’s low-and-moderate income Muslim residents purchase homes, some of whom rely on Sharia law and are unable to apply for conventional loans. So Seattle mayor Ed Murray decided to take action and come up with a smart new coalition, designed to give housing access to some of the city’s most underserved residents. The advisory board—composed of nonprofits, lenders,…
 
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    SocialEarth

  • The One Thing Your Company Can Do To Save the World

    Ryan Scott
    27 Jul 2015 | 10:20 am
    Anyone who cares about corporate social responsibility should be excited about what the B Corps movement is doing to change the game. B Corp is a certification given to businesses [...] The post The One Thing Your Company Can Do To Save the World appeared first on SocialEarth.
  • Coding and 3D Design Program Keeps Minority Middle School Boys Busy Learning This Summer

    3BL Media
    27 Jul 2015 | 8:00 am
    Minority middle school boys in four cities across the country are gaining hands-on learning experience this summer with advanced technology that is opening their eyes to many of the exciting [...] The post Coding and 3D Design Program Keeps Minority Middle School Boys Busy Learning This Summer appeared first on SocialEarth.
  • Voss Foundation Provides Clean Water to Africa “One Well at a Time”

    RP Siegel
    24 Jul 2015 | 8:58 am
    Recently we ran a story about a very high-tech response to the water scarcity issue that plagues so many people around the world, especially in developing countries. It seems to [...] The post Voss Foundation Provides Clean Water to Africa “One Well at a Time” appeared first on SocialEarth.
  • Marine Mammals Get Help from New Online Game

    Antonio Pasolini
    24 Jul 2015 | 8:49 am
    World Animal Protection has launched a fun tool to educate ​the public about marine animals and the threats they face. The online game, Ghost Gear Dodge, includes key factoids about [...] The post Marine Mammals Get Help from New Online Game appeared first on SocialEarth.
  • Benevity Raises $38M to Accelerate Innovation in Workplace Giving and Volunteering

    John Howell
    24 Jul 2015 | 6:03 am
    Benevity, Inc., the leading global supplier of workplace giving and volunteer management software solutions, announced the completion of a $38 million CAD Series A round with JMI Equity, a growth [...] The post Benevity Raises $38M to Accelerate Innovation in Workplace Giving and Volunteering appeared first on SocialEarth.
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    Sasha Dichter's Blog

  • 4AM Calls

    Sasha
    23 Jul 2015 | 2:00 am
    Yesterday, I had the chance to catch up with the inimitable Sidra Qasim and Waqas Ali, Acumen Pakistan Fellows and co-founders of Markhor. For those of you who don’t know, Markhor is startup that is crafting some of the world’s most beautiful men’s shoes, reviving a waning craft in Pakistan and making a major splash globally. Markhor ran by far the most successful Kickstarter campaign out of Pakistan, raising more than $107,000, and Sidra and Waqas are now part of the select few high-potential startups in Y-Combinator – an unlikely turn for a shoe company in the midst of a bunch of…
  • Nipun Mehta on The Radical Power of Humility

    Sasha
    21 Jul 2015 | 2:00 am
    I was deeply moved by Nipun Mehta’s talk from last week, The Radical Power of Humility. Nipun has been leading a life of radical generosity for a few years now, and as I’ve watched his writing unfold over these years the wisdom he is accumulating is palpable. Nipun begins: Today I’d like to surface an unpopular virtue, one that’s fallen out of favor in a time of selfies and relentless status updates. The virtue of humility. We live in an era that believes it can no longer afford to be humble. The power in Nipun’s talk comes through the stories of people he meets in his travels, and…
  • Razoo tweets and Ira Glass

    Sasha
    9 Jul 2015 | 2:00 am
    On Monday I noticed a tweet from the nonprofit fundraising site Razoo, quoting a blog post of mine from 2012. It was the elegant graphic they’d created from my blog post that made me do a little jig.   The bonus was when I scrolled I saw that the other folks they’d quoted recently: Roald Dahl, Ralph Waldo Emerson and Mr. Rogers. That’s a group I’ll always be happy to be a part of! What’s the Razoo team doing here? Finding a few choice phrases and sharing them, simply and elegantly. Easy enough for anyone to do, really. This got me thinking that part of the reason we…
  • The easiest thing to do

    Sasha
    7 Jul 2015 | 2:00 am
    The easiest way to make some understand how valuable they are and the difference they make is by praising them. Not empty words, not loose compliments. Actual, specific, context-relevant praise that they will value. Ah, “that they will value.” Indeed. To do this we must go back a few steps, to figure out not only the work they do and where they shine, but also how they see themselves and the sort of reinforcement that is important to them. This requires recognition, from the outset, that what’s important to each person differs in fundamental ways. It means being both attentive and…
  • Twenty Two Oh Five

    Sasha
    26 Jun 2015 | 2:00 am
    Yesterday night at bedtime, my son handed me this envelope. Earlier this year I visited with his Fifth Grade class and had a 90 minute discussion about Acumen. If you ever want to figure out how to explain what you do simply and clearly, I strongly recommend talking to a group of 5th graders. You’ll have to boil everything down to its essence in a great way. I was blown away by how sophisticated and prepared the kids were: having 5th graders in a nice suburb of New York City ask me how things are going with the rice gassifiers that Husk Power Systems runs in Bihar gave me a lot of hope for…
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    The Change Blog

  • Five Life Lessons I Learned from the Dying

    Grace Bluerock
    21 Jul 2015 | 4:55 am
    “It’s only when we truly know and understand that we have a limited time on earth – and that we have no way of knowing when our time is up, we will then begin to live each day to the fullest, as if it was the only one we had.” – Elisabeth Kubler-Ross Have you ever experienced a simple, and perhaps random, moment in time that altered the course of your life? Life has a way of giving us the experiences we need at the perfect time.  Sometimes our whole lives can be redirected through the insight gained from that one defining moment.  A statement that my sister…
  • Jumping Ship; Finding Land

    Amanda Maguire
    10 Jul 2015 | 7:24 am
    “Tell me, what is it you plan to do with your one wild and precious life?”- Mary Oliver The body speaks to us; it will scream for our attention by breaking down in any of innumerable ways if we ignore the signs that our lives are making us sick.  I hated my job of 9 years so much that I could barely lift my arms and legs to get out of bed in the morning, but I ignored the obvious for as long as I could. I had chronic fatigue, insomnia, a heavy depression I carried like a weight. I knew I had to make a change, but my fear of the unknown had me trapped. The Prison of Fear For 25 years,…
  • Relationships Take Work (But Not In the Way You Think)

    Deborah Fike
    9 Jul 2015 | 6:51 am
    Have you heard of the seven-year itch?  The classic term describes how a marriage declines around the seventh year, largely because the two partners aren’t as satisfied with each other as they once were. My first serious relationship crashed and burned in a spectacular way around the seven year, so I’ve carried this idea around for quite some time.  Now my second marriage is closing in on the seven years, and for a while, I’ve waited for the other shoe to drop.  When will he become dissatisfied with me?  When will I start daydreaming about getting out of the relationship?  How…
  • 5 Ways Travel Changed How I See Myself

    Heather Sinclair
    7 Jul 2015 | 4:59 am
    Travel has been known to change lives. In books like Eat, Pray, Love and Wild, a personal journey is possible only by physically getting away and discovering the world. Travel can be the catalyst that changes your life forever. There’s no guarantee travel will change your life. I love to travel, but I didn’t come back from Japan a Zen monk, I didn’t return from Cuba a salsa dancer, and I didn’t convert to Islam in Morocco. What travel did, is help me see myself differently. I see how wealthy I am The first time I saw someone living in a shack, it scared the heck out of…
  • How Chasing Joy Changed My Life

    Michelle Kirsch
    6 Jul 2015 | 4:52 am
    “It’s a helluva start, being able to recognize what makes you happy.” – Lucille Ball There have been many things that I’ve chased in my life: certifications, promotions, friendships, health, security, clarity, confidence…the list goes on. It’s only recently, however, that I discovered that the only thing that I really needed to chase was joy. We live in a society that tends to value achievement over fulfillment and busyness over inner peace. We feel pressured to always be working towards a goal. Always creating, building, and striving. We really aren’t encouraged to take time…
 
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    RELEVANT Magazine

  • Christians Visit Mosque in Chattanooga ‘As a Show of Love’ to Muslim Community

    ACHanbury
    27 Jul 2015 | 2:47 pm
    A small group of Christians showed support to a local mosque in Chattanooga, Tennessee, as an act of love to the Islamic community. The mosque was holding prayers during the funeral procession for David Wyatt, one of four Marines killed by a Muslim man in the recent shooting in Chattanooga. The group—Baptists and Presbyterians—went to the Islamic Society of Greater Chattanooga to show that they don’t associate all Muslims with the recent shooting. “We just want to show them that we love them,” one visitor said.
  • Be Inspired By the New Trailer for Will Ferrell’s 'Ferrell Takes the Field'

    ACHanbury
    27 Jul 2015 | 2:17 pm
    All in one day, Will Ferrell played every position as a Major League Baseball player. He did it for 10 teams in 10 games. And he did it for America. The HBO special from Funny Or Die, in partnership with Major League Baseball, will raise money for cancer research. Here’s the new trailer:
  • When Temptation Helps

    darganthompson
    27 Jul 2015 | 1:29 pm
    Tim Chaddick on the opportunity in temptation. For many people, the word "temptation" brings to mind the kind of situation where a cartoon devil and angel pop up on a character's shoulders, arguing over whether to walk away from a situation or jump into it.
  • Divers Found 300-year-old Gold Treasure Valued at $1M

    ACHanbury
    27 Jul 2015 | 1:15 pm
    No joke, divers off the coast of Florida discovered about 60 gold artifacts from a 1715 shipwreck. They're valued at more than $1 million. A salvage operation called Queens Jewels, LLC, found the real-life treasure—51 gold coins and 40 feet of ornate gold chain—in about 15-feet-deep water. The ship is from the Treasure Fleet, which sank along Florida’s Treasure Coast on July 31, 1715 in what experts consider “one of the most important maritime tragedies in history.” Apparently, pirates were uninvolved. The coolest, and most notable, part of the find is a single coin made for the…
  • ‘Key & Peele’ Is Coming to an End

    Anonymous
    27 Jul 2015 | 1:00 pm
    The current season of Key & Peele will be its final one. The duo behind the hit Comedy Central sketch show have announced that after the conclusion of its fifth season, they will be quitting the Peabody Award-winning show to pursue other projects. Both of them have a number of movies in the works. Keegan-Michael Key told The Wrap, This is our final season–and it’s not because of Comedy Central, it’s us. It was just time for us to explore other things, together and apart. I compare it to Gene Wilder and Richard Pryor. We might make a movie and then do our own thing for three years…
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    Ignited Fundraising

  • Year-End Appeals: What Causes a Donor to Feel Like Giving

    Lori Jacobwith
    21 Jul 2015 | 10:01 pm
    I know, I know it’s July and I’m bringing up year-end appeals. If stores can have back-to-school stuff on display, we can, and likely should, start talking about year-end appeals, right? From my experience it takes good planning, all year-long, to create successful end of year campaigns. For many of  you, your year-end appeal brings in half or more of your annual fundraising revenue. So, please don’t leave your big or even small details to the last minute. To help you ignite your planning I’ve dug through my archives to find some helpful resources for you: 1. Check…
  • Your Data Story: Measuring Your Path to Donations and Engagement

    Lori Jacobwith
    14 Jul 2015 | 10:01 pm
    I recently had the honor of spending time in Los Angeles speaking at a conference with the wise and very fun Katie Delahaye Paine, author and Queen of Measurement. Click to enlarge Katie discussed measurement effectiveness for nonprofit organizations and shared these Six Steps to Success. (For more information check out Measuring the Networked Nonprofit, the best-selling book Katie co-authored with Beth Kanter.) I got to follow with a session I love to deliver: Using Dashboards to Dazzle Your Staff and Board. (My slides can be found on SlideShare.) When I asked Katie the question: “What is…
  • Is There a Magic Mix of Fundraising Approaches?

    Lori Jacobwith
    7 Jul 2015 | 10:07 pm
    This week I’m honored to present this guest post by Melissa S. Brown, manager of the Nonprofit Research Collaborative and our guest speaker for July’s Ignited Fundraising Community webinar. Do you wish you could find out exactly how much to money to raise by direct mail? Through email? At events? Wouldn’t it be terrific to have a formula or SOMETHING that would help make it easy to create an annual fundraising plan with the exact right mix of fundraising approaches? So what are the approaches you can choose from? Maybe you’ve heard online giving is rising fast and you want to…
  • The Early Bird Raises More Money

    Lori Jacobwith
    23 Jun 2015 | 10:01 pm
    If I had to venture a guess, I’d say you haven’t raised all the money you need this year. If you have, stop right here. You don’t need to read the rest of this blog post — congratulations for raising all that you need! Click to download the workshop brochure. If you’re not quite there yet, read on.  I’ve got something that will definitely help you raise more money this year. I just opened registration for my wildly popular Fundraising and Storytelling workshops, to be held in Minneapolis on August 6, 2015. You may be thinking, “So what?” Why do I…
  • 6 Excellent Storytelling Resources and Good News

    Lori Jacobwith
    16 Jun 2015 | 10:01 pm
    Let’s start with the good news: Philanthropic giving is UP! From the 2015 Giving USA report released June 16: “Americans Donated an Estimated $358.38 Billion to Charity in 2014; Highest Total in Report’s 60-year History.” Click here to download your free Giving USA 2015 Highlights or purchase the full report. Click here to read a thoughtful recap of the giving stats from Ruth McCambridge of the Nonprofit Quarterly. __________ I’ve got 5 excellent resources for you focused on messaging and storytelling: 1. I consider myself a “wordie” – different from but like a…
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    ApplaUSe For A Cause

  • Repost: Operation BBq For Our Troops: Honoring Our Soldiers

    4 Jul 2015 | 7:50 am
                                        As the USA begins it's Independence Day celebration on Monday, before we start our barbeques, picnics, vacations and firework displays; it's great to thank our... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Quote of the Day

    23 Jun 2015 | 9:04 pm
    Edwin Arnold (19th century photograph) (1832 – 1904) was an English poet and journalist, who is most known for his work, The Light of Asia. (Photo credit:... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • 15 Nonprofit Blogs 2 Follow

    23 Jun 2015 | 7:52 pm
    J Campbell Social Marketing Beth's Blog Have Fun, Do Good  The Agitator  Daily  Kos  GOOD Magazine oOSOCIO Nonprofit MarCommunity   Care2Blog  TakePart how... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Anonymous Commenters, Who Are You?

    1 Jun 2015 | 8:57 pm
                          Anonymous commenters, who are you?  Could you please give some initials in the comment form, even if they are fake? It would be a great help to me in sorting out the... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Scenes of Charity

    2 Apr 2015 | 2:33 am
                    Here are some movie scenes about charity from MovieClips.com  ; How the Grinch Stole Christmas (2000) What's Christmas Really About? What's Christmas Really... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
 
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    Shareable New Articles

  • Interviewed: Mass Mosaic's Eric Doriean on the FairShares Alternative

    anna.bergren
    27 Jul 2015 | 7:07 am
    Mass Mosaic is an online forum for buying, selling, trading, renting, or borrowing goods and services. (Mass Mosaic via Facebook)
  • The Commons Have Come to Town

    Commons Transition
    22 Jul 2015 | 8:49 am
    Article and images cross-posted from CommonsTransitions.org.
  • New Platform to Unify the Student-Led Zero Waste Movement

    Cat Johnson
    21 Jul 2015 | 7:41 am
    Hitting zero waste on a college campus is a big undertaking, but one organization wants to make it easier. The Post-Landfill Action Network (PLAN), based at the University of New Hampshire, was created to “help build student-led, self-sustaining waste-reduction programs at universities nationwide.” They’re now crowdfunding a platform to make sharing zero waste resources easier.
  • Transition Streets is taking off!

    Transition US
    21 Jul 2015 | 4:40 am
    Transition Streets is a toolkit for neighborhood transformation—a catalyst for action, dialogue, and community building. A project of Transition US, Transition Streets is as simple as neighbors coming together for seven meetings to explore carbon-saving and resilience-building actions in the areas of food, water, waste, energy, transportation, all the while building relationships with each other and a stronger sense of community.
  • How To Start A Social Street

    Enabling City
    20 Jul 2015 | 6:59 am
    by Chiara Camponeschi and Hillete Warner There are countless ways vibrant neighbourhoods and strong communities help people live better lives. In the age of “connected loneliness,” having neighbours to borrow that proverbial cup of sugar from is not only a way to share resources more effectively, but a great way to see the neighbourhood itself transformed into a powerful resource in its own right.
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    Beth’s Blog

  • Reflections from Networked Nonprofit Workshop for Latin American NGOs

    Beth
    27 Jul 2015 | 8:41 am
    I just returned from doing two days of facilitating a Networked Nonprofit training in Mexico City with Oxfam LAC  and participants from offices throughout Latin America, South America, and Caribbean.   The first day focused on networks and strategic use of social media along with some practical skills in content creation and measurement.  The second day was a networked leadership workshop that focused on how participants could use their personal brands on social in service of the organization’s mission and practical leadership skills training. I was lucky enough to be working with…
  • How Can Nonprofits Become Agile Learners?

    Beth
    21 Jul 2015 | 10:50 am
    Flickr Photo by Ale Nunez I read this wonderful article “Agility Is Today’s Most Critical Leadership Competency” by Julie Winkle Giuliani, author of “Watch Them Grow or Watch Them Go.”   Agility is defined in the dictionary as light and graceful or as a project management approach, but she defines agility as the ability for continuous learning and as a leadership competency in today’s complicated world. The leadership qualities she identifies are what many of us have been described as networked leadership: Expansive, possibility-oriented thinkers, able to…
  • Healthy Nonprofit Work Culture: Shouldn’t That 2 Hour Conference Call Have Been An Email?

    Beth
    20 Jul 2015 | 11:53 am
    That is a slogan on a t-shirt, and while meant as a joke, it is all too familiar for many nonprofits.   Meetings that waste your time! When we talk about healthy nonprofit work culture, the fit nonprofit, it goes beyond having organizations create wellness policies and practices that encourage staff to eat right, exercise, take vacation time, and get enough sleep.    And, healthy meetings are not just about avoiding salty and sugary snacks.    It’s about creating collective organizational energy and optimizing it so we’re not wasting time and taking into account…
  • Five Tips for Nonprofits Data Visualization

    Beth
    17 Jul 2015 | 9:16 am
    Note from Beth: I met Matthew Scharpnick,  Co-Founder and Chief Strategy Officer of Elefint Designs, a strategic design studio that works with good causes, at the Data for Good Conference in Chicago.  One area that he works on is data visualization for nonprofits.   See for example, his case study about how to create an informative data visualization that provides context around a complex and controversial topic.    Since he does data visualization 24/7, I asked him what his best advice was for people who work at nonprofits who don’t do data visualization full-time.    He…
  • The Secret Every Successful Nonprofit Leader Knows About Being Productive

    Beth
    14 Jul 2015 | 8:22 am
    Flickr Photo by udithawix I’m facilitating a peer learning project on practical networked leadership skills for emerging nonprofit leaders.    As we all know, living in a networked world creates opportunities for abundance.   But having many choices and opportunities requires developing a special set of skills  in order to be successful.  These skills are: self-management and attention training.  That’s the focus of one of the sessions – so I have been reflecting a lot on this topic to come up with some useful exercises, discussion questions, and session content. Over…
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    Forgiveness Project

  • BLOG: Forgiveness: Too Many Moral Absolutes?

    rachel
    24 Jul 2015 | 2:50 am
    Eleven years ago I created an exhibition about forgiveness called The F Word. It was called The F Word because in the year it took to collect stories from victims and perpetrators about this compelling and complicated subject I discovered it was something that cut public opinion down the middle like a guillotine. Forgiveness seemed to inspire and affront in equal measure. Since then I’ve attempted to tread a delicate path, on the one hand presenting forgiveness through restorative narratives (stories which explore forgiving as a resilient response to pain and trauma) and on the other…
  • EVENT: 19 & 20 September 2015 – The Journey of Forgiveness, course with Azim Khamisa

    rachel
    22 Jul 2015 | 5:20 am
    We are delighted to welcome Azim Khamisa to the UK where he will run his internationally acclaimed two-day workshop exploring ideas and techniques about how to access and use forgiveness in both a personal and professional capacity. Azim Khamisa has worked with developing a process of forgiveness for many years, ever since his own personal experience of losing his only son to gang violence 20 years ago. Tariq – a 20-year-old student – was shot and killed while delivering pizzas in San Diego. His killer, Tony Hicks, became the first 14-year-old to stand trial as an adult in the state of…
  • NEWS: ‘My Eyes Went Dark’

    rachel
    20 Jul 2015 | 6:05 am
    There is now just one week left to support the production of a brave and fascinating play. Inspired by real events, My Eyes Went Dark is a new play by Matthew Wilkinson, developed through the National Theatre Studio and produced by 107group. With your support it will run at the award- winning Finborough Theatre 25th August – 19th September 2015. Nikolai Koslov, a Russian architect and father, avenges the death of his family in a plane crash – by killing the air traffic controller he holds responsible. Maintaining he can’t remember his crime, Koslov serves four years in a Swiss…
  • NEWS: Forgiveness and Compassion: Our 5th Annual Lecture

    rachel
    26 Jun 2015 | 8:44 am
    On Tuesday 23rd June, our fifth annual lecture was held at the Royal Geographical Society in London in front of 550 people. As Marina Cantacuzino, founder of The Forgiveness Project, reminded the audience in her introduction, our annual lecture provides an opportunity to explore the difficult, complex, slippery subject of forgiveness in depth. This year the lecture was given by Karen Armstrong, who lent her perspectives on religion to the topic, ‘Forgiveness and Compassion: Is there a difference?’ As the visionary behind the Charter for Compassion, Karen was able to highlight the…
  • NEWS: Welcoming The Forgiveness Project’s new Chief Executive

    rachel
    25 Jun 2015 | 8:51 am
    We are delighted to be able to announce the appointment of Tim Mungeam as Chief Executive of The Forgiveness Project. He will be coming on board in September to further strengthen the influence and impact of the charity’s work. Tim will be working alongside our founder, Marina Cantacuzino, who will continue her work on collecting and developing restorative narratives. “This is a really exciting and important time for the charity” says Marina, “and I feel Tim has exactly the qualities and skills we need to develop the organisation’s reach over the next few…
 
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    Raghava's Blog

  • Conversation With a Friend

    raghava
    17 Jul 2015 | 7:22 am
    During a conversation with a friend…..I said “I failed to be an entrepreneur, after 9yrs of trying it I decided to give it up” Friend: so you failed? “In a way yes…I failed in many ways & learned lot of things during the journey & those learnings are going to be my take away…a grand … Continue reading Conversation With a Friend The post Conversation With a Friend appeared first on Raghava's Blog.
  • Would you Date a Woman with a Disability?

    raghava
    19 Mar 2015 | 5:51 am
    Deepa is an inspiration & she is my strength in many ways….our relationship as friends became more stronger during the years & we spoke about this topic many times…this is a wonderful video that will change the way we see disability…. Dear Raghava, thank you for introducing me to wonderful Deepa. It is with great … Continue reading Would you Date a Woman with a Disability? The post Would you Date a Woman with a Disability? appeared first on Raghava's Blog.
  • Being Happy

    raghava
    17 Jan 2015 | 10:34 am
    During last 9 months often people asked me this question “how is your new job? Are you happy in your new job?”…I don’t have a perfect answer for any of the questions, I took a conscious decision of switching my job for a lot of reasons & traded some good & bad things in return…I … Continue reading Being Happy The post Being Happy appeared first on Raghava's Blog.
  • world is a false impression

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

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

  • How to Let Go of the Pain of Anger and Blame

    Lauren Fire
    26 Jul 2015 | 8:25 pm
    “Resentment is like drinking poison and then hoping it will kill your enemies.” ~Nelson Mandela Has anger ever filled you up so completely that you felt you’d explode? Two months after I had a baby I suddenly found myself inextricably angry. Yes, I felt the joy and happy stuff that everyone tells you about. But having a daughter also triggered a flash flood of buried anger, blame, and resentment. And it was all directed to one person—my mother. A therapist told me once that my mother had “verbally abused” me. That launched a fifteen-year process of rehashing and blaming my…
  • Why You Might Feel Like You’re Always the Victim in Relationships

    Holly Smith
    26 Jul 2015 | 8:24 pm
    “Your relationship to yourself is and always will be directly reflected in all your relationships with others.” ~Vironika Tugaleva Have you ever heard someone say, “I don’t know why this is happening to me?” or, “My ex is really crazy”? I have said myself, “It’s not my fault he’s a jerk.” It can be so easy to play the victim. Surely some of us are indeed victimized, but being a victim is a whole new ball game. Pointing the finger was an art for me. Thing is, one finger was pointing at you and three were pointing back at me. I wasn’t aware that all the things in my life…
  • Fear Can Only Hurt Us If We Let It

    Tim Brownson
    23 Jul 2015 | 8:06 pm
    “Fear keeps us focused on the past or worried about the future. If we can acknowledge our fear, we can realize that right now we are okay. Right now, today, we are still alive, and our bodies are working marvelously. Our eyes can still see the beautiful sky. Our ears can still hear the voices of our loved ones.” ~Thich Nhat Hanh I lay in bed staring into the darkness feeling physically ill with an acute sense of anxiety the like of which I hadn’t experienced in quite some time. It felt like I had a soccer ball sized, black, dense object consuming the entire center of my stomach, causing…
  • 4 Powerful Mantras to Help You Deal with Fear and Anxiety

    Malia Bradshaw
    23 Jul 2015 | 8:04 pm
    “Trust that, when you are not holding yourself together so tightly, you will not fall apart. Trust that it is more important to fulfill your authentic desires than listen to your fears. Trust that your intuition is leading you somewhere. Trust that the flow of life contains you, is bigger than you, and will take care of you—if you let it.” ~Vironika Tugaleva Anxiety has been a part of my life for as long as I can remember. But a year ago marked my first full-blown panic attack. As is common with first-time panic attacks, I had no idea what was happening to me, landing myself in the…
  • How Meditation Can Help Us Heal from Trauma, Pain, and Loss

    Sharee James
    22 Jul 2015 | 8:25 pm
    “In the midst of conscious suffering, there is already the transmutation. The fire of suffering becomes the light of consciousness.” ~Eckhart Tolle I still remember the first day I met her. I was running a bodywork clinic from home at the time, and she came to me one day for a treatment. Let’s call her Miranda. Miranda had something about her that I noticed immediately, a palpable sense of peace and clarity that shone through her eyes and radiated out from her very core. She seemed to be the most spiritually grounded person I had ever come across. I conveyed these impressions to her and…
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    Farnam Street

  • The Ten Golden Rules of Leadership: Classical Wisdom for Modern Leaders

    Shane Parrish
    27 Jul 2015 | 4:00 am
    How many of today’s problems are the result of leadership? What’s lacking, the author of The Ten Golden Rules of Leadership argue, is the lack of real leadership. Here the problem may lie with a lack of deeper, broader insights, the kind of insights that technical skill alone does not confer— the ability to see the big picture, to connect with members of the organization, to foster a meaningful and productive work environment, and to steer the corporate ship through the challenges of highly competitive markets and new technologies. What is leadership? The authors define the…
  • Rory Sutherland Offers 4 Interesting Reads

    Shane Parrish
    23 Jul 2015 | 4:00 am
    I asked Rory Sutherland (Vice Chairman: Ogilvy & Mather) what books stood out for him last year. I’ve had the privilege of chatting with Rory a few times now and I think you’ll agree, like most farnamstreeters not only is he exceptionally smart but he’s an awesome person. I think you’ll enjoy his reply: Gerd Gigerenzer’s Risk Savvy: How to Make Good Decisions is a wonderful book; the concept of defensive decision-making which he describes within it is alone worth the cover price. As an additional bonus, you get a very valuable lesson in the interpretation of…
  • Billy Beane on Making Better Decisions, Challenging Entrenched Thinking, and Avoiding Biases

    Shane Parrish
    21 Jul 2015 | 4:00 am
    Billy Beane was put in the spotlight when Brad Pitt played him in the movie rendition of Moneyball: The Art of Winning an Unfair Game.  Sports fans, however, knew long before Moneyball that Beane was special. He’s the guy largely credited with taking a low budget team and turning them around by challenging the fundamental notions of a sport that had been around 150 years. In this fascinating interview given on stage at the RSA conference in April, Beane offers an interesting perspective on decision making, challenging established norms, and using data to make decisions. When…
  • How Situations Influence Decisions

    Shane Parrish
    20 Jul 2015 | 4:30 am
    Michael Mauboussin, the first guest on my podcast, The Knowledge Project, explains how our situations influence our decisions enormously in Think Twice: Harnessing the Power of Counterintuition. Mistakes born out of situations are difficult to avoid, in part because the influences on us are operating at a subconscious level. “Making good decisions in the face of subconscious pressure,” Mauboussin writes, “requires a very high degree of background knowledge and self-awareness.” How do you feel when you read the word “treasure”? Do you feel good? What images come to…
  • The Difference Between Prodigals and Misers

    Shane Parrish
    16 Jul 2015 | 4:30 am
    Gustave Flaubert, the keen observer of human nature, looked at the hidden motives that lead people to act in accordance with their nature. This passage from The Letters of Gustave Flaubert is worth reflecting on. From the idiot who wouldn’t give a sou to redeem the human race, to the man who dives beneath the ice to rescue a stranger, do we not all seek, according to our various instincts, to satisfy our natures? Saint Vincent de Paul obeyed an appetite for charity, Caligula an appetite for cruelty. Everyone takes his enjoyment in his own way and for himself alone. Some direct all activity…
 
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    Holstee

  • "Travel is both exhilarating and exhausting. Travel is about throwing yourself far out of your..."

    27 Jul 2015 | 9:19 am
    “Travel is both exhilarating and exhausting. Travel is about throwing yourself far out of your comfort zone, digging out some unique experiences and immersing yourself wholly into the situations in which you find yourself. Traveling demands that delicate balance between copious amounts of prior research and that slightly maverick attitude of just seeing what happens when you get there. Because when you’re truly sidestepping the beaten track, there will always an element of unpredictability. And if you’re an itinerant wayfarer, it’s exactly that intriguing notion of the unknown which…
  • Now that’s a good mail day! #regram from @ruhbecahh -...

    27 Jul 2015 | 8:45 am
    Now that’s a good mail day! #regram from @ruhbecahh - thanks for sharing! #shareyourpassion #shareyourposter #goodwork #hardwork #gold #mondaymotivation / taken with Instagram http://ift.tt/1ggs4Mh
  • Out with the old, in with the new. How’s that for some...

    27 Jul 2015 | 7:00 am
    Out with the old, in with the new. How’s that for some #mondaymotivation? Thanks for sharing, @go.move.smile! Hope you love your new #upcycledwallet as much as the old one! #6moreyears #liveyourdream / taken with Instagram http://ift.tt/1JKF7fV
  • This is your life. While it can be mostly easy to know what...

    26 Jul 2015 | 9:01 am
    This is your life. While it can be mostly easy to know what we’re good at and how we enjoy spending our time, the more difficult question arises when we have to decide what to do with this information. How can we use our passions and abilities to make the world a better place, or to offer the best version of ourselves to those around us? Read more on how uncovering that answer can be painful, gradual and ever-changing, but completely worth the journey.Read more on Mindful Matter.
  • Love this family portrait from @traveltheunbeatenpath - thanks...

    25 Jul 2015 | 9:50 am
    Love this family portrait from @traveltheunbeatenpath - thanks for sharing! #shareyourpassion #shareyourposter #regram #thisisyourlife #familyportrait / taken with Instagram http://ift.tt/1I0SIQ9
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    Triple Pundit: People, Planet, Profit

  • Toms of Maine: Turning Hot Air into a Sustainable Resource

    Jan Lee
    27 Jul 2015 | 3:00 am
    Today's technology makes yesterday's most basic, manual tasks -- like cleaning an intricate set of pipes -- a whiz. But it also creates its own challenges when it comes to recovering precious resources and reducing your carbon footprint. Tom's of Maine, famous for natural personal care products, figured out a way to ensure that its manufacturing and sterilizing processes can still meet the demands of the company's 2020 sustainability goals.
  • Make That Three Black Eyes for Natural Gas Fracking

    Tina Casey
    27 Jul 2015 | 2:30 am
    A new fracking study from Stanford University casts more doubt on the use of natural gas as a "cleaner" fuel for vehicle fleets.
  • Ad Campaign Asks People in Other Countries to Donate to Hungry Americans

    Joi Sears
    27 Jul 2015 | 2:00 am
    With over 49 million Americans hungry and living in poverty, food security is one of our most defining social justice issues. This ad campaign by Great Nations Eat sheds light on this issue by encouraging people in other countries to donate to hungry Americans.
  • Al Gore Hits Obama on Arctic Drilling Decision

    Bill DiBenedetto
    27 Jul 2015 | 2:00 am
    Gore is confident there will be some sort of agreement coming out of Paris. “Even if it falls a little bit short of the 2-degree threshold, it will definitely lend a tremendous amount of momentum to an historic transition that is now well underway, away from carbon-based energy and towards renewables efficiency, battery storage and sustainable agriculture and forestry."
  • Starbucks Pairs With Lyft for Shared Rides and Values

    Leon Kaye
    27 Jul 2015 | 2:00 am
    Last week Starbucks announced an agreement with Lyft that could be beneficial for Lyft drivers, riders and even for some Starbucks employees. Is this a victory for values-driven business?
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    Eat. Sleep. Be

  • Clean the World: Recycling Soap Bars and Saving Lives

    Jessica
    23 Jul 2015 | 3:00 am
    You might assume that recycling soap bar remnants is environmentally friendly, but would you have known that recycling soap from hotels could save a life? Me neither. Ever since last summer when I learned about Caesars Entertainment Group’s CodeGreen initiative, I’ve been reading more and more about hotels, resorts, and other hospitality venues that are utilizing sustainable practices. In the springtime our family stayed at a resort that wasted an enormous amount of food and other products. As much as we enjoyed our vacation, it was difficult to see so much being wasted, not recycled,…
  • Why You Should Be Wary of Super Foods

    Jessica
    22 Jul 2015 | 3:50 am
    Are you ready for a supermarket filled with genetically edited produce? Over the past few years we’ve been hearing a lot about “super foods,” those fruits and vegetables (such as berries) 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” and other such “super” fruits and veggies. But…
  • What to Pack for the Susan G. Komen 3-Day

    Jessica
    14 Jul 2015 | 3:30 am
    Whether you have already signed up for the Susan G. Komen 3-Day, or are still considering becoming a walker, you may be curious about what to pack for the event. Never fear, I’ve got you covered! It is, after all, a fairly big undertaking to walk over 60 miles in three days. Though I promise that it is one that you will never, ever, ever forget. Though I am an ambassador for the Susan G. Komen 3-Day, it should be noted that these items are solely based on my own personal experience. They are not specifically suggested, endorsed, or recommended by the Susan G. Komen 3-Day, but rather by…
  • Say Goodbye to Toxins With These Detox Juice Cleanse Tips

    Jessica
    13 Jul 2015 | 6:32 am
    So you’re ready to give your liver and digestive system a break by trying a juice cleanse, but you are a little intimidated by where to start and how to not eat food for 3 to 5 days. I hear you. Recently I did a detox juice cleanse, and have learned quite a bit about it. It is designed rid your body of toxins that can potentially be causing bloating, weight gain, acne, digestive issues, and even pain or illness. Cleansing your body through the process of a detox juice cleanse can be enough for you to pretty much start fresh. There are several ways to detox the body, and often more than one…
  • That Sugar Film: Changing Perceptions of “Healthy” Food

    Jessica
    10 Jul 2015 | 4:10 am
    What I adore about being a blogger is the ability to provide information and opinion in a way that does not force my views on anyone else. I am an advocate for a healthier life, for greener living, and for putting consumer dollars behind authentic, responsible brands. As they say, freedom of choice and informed decisions comes from freedom of information, so this blog has become my outlet for providing that information to readers. Australian actor Damon Gameau recently documented a 60-day experiment in which he ate only foods perceived or marketed as healthy. The result is an entertaining…
 
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    Learning from Dogs

  • Introducing the Shih Tzu

    Paul Handover
    27 Jul 2015 | 1:00 am
    A guest post from Dr. Coleman. From time to time I receive unsolicited emails asking if I would be interested in publishing posts from this or that particular person. They always strike me as suspicious and receive, in turn, a polite ‘no thank you’. However, a few weeks ago, the following came in: My name is Intan and I am a community team member at ShihTzu Web, a website dedicated to providing breed-specific information just for shih tzu owners. We share articles regularly about shih tzu grooming, training, and health. We would love to help provide some free high-quality content…
  • Picture parade one hundred and six

    Paul Handover
    26 Jul 2015 | 1:00 am
    The theme for the next three Picture Parades: The Perfect Puppy Suzann sent me some wonderful pictures with the following background story: A family in New York began visiting shelters to look for the perfect pup. After a few weeks of searching local shelters, they found a puppy that they fell in love with – Theo. He craved human friendship and attention. Three days after coming home with them, he joined their son Beau for his daily nap. Beau’s mother began taking “nap” pictures and now they are warming hearts around the world. So here is the first set of seven pictures.
  • Saturday smile.

    Paul Handover
    25 Jul 2015 | 1:00 am
    Wonderful volunteers keep a stranded Orca whale alive. I saw this shared on Facebook by George Ball, a friend from my English days. It’s a lovely example of the compassionate side of man. ooOOoo From CBS News: Stranded orca saved by volunteers who kept it cool for hours until high tide A pump and sheets were used to keep whale alive near Hartley Bay on B.C.’s North Coast By Maryse Zeidler, CBC News Posted: Jul 23, 2015 7:20 AM PT – Last Updated: Jul 24, 2015 5:35 AM PT An orca that was stranded on some rocks was kept alive for eight hours by a dedicated team of whale…
  • Giving dogs the run of their lives.

    Paul Handover
    24 Jul 2015 | 1:00 am
    How to build the perfect backyard for your dogs. (I’m conscious that many recent posts have been more of me republishing stuff than being creative on my own account. Blame it on ‘the book': my first edit is now complete and the next stage is sending the manuscript out to those who have volunteered to proof-read the book.) I saw this article on Mother Nature Network and it struck me immediately as being full of common-sense and well worth sharing with you. ooOOoo How to build the perfect backyard for dogs Learn which plants are hardy, which are poisonous, and how to create a…
  • Another love story.

    Paul Handover
    23 Jul 2015 | 1:00 am
    This is what happens when an animal trainer finds a bear cub. (Today’s post has a number of very beautiful photographs. However, it is much better presented to you, dear reader, as a standalone post rather than under the umbrella of a Picture Parade.) Thanks to Suzann for sending this on to me. ooOOoo A Man Found Two Bear Cubs Beside Their Dead Mother. A naturalist named Casey Anderson stumbled across two grizzly bear cubs nestled beside their dead mother in the wild mountains of Alaska . Casey couldn’t just leave these little guys to die in the wilderness, so he made the brave…
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    Frank Sonnenberg Online

  • 8 Reasons Why Money’s Not Worth What You Think

    Frank Sonnenberg
    21 Jul 2015 | 3:30 am
    If you live for money, it’s time to get a life. The truth is, money can’t buy everything. For example, money can’t buy peace of mind, good friends, a close-knit family, work-life balance, a worry-free day, good karma, time to relax, good health, a golden anniversary, quality time with your kids, a new beginning, natural beauty, happy memories, to name just a few. Many people are actually poor because the only thing they have is money. Are you in it just for the money? 8 Reasons Why Money’s Not Worth What You Think Are you willing to sacrifice your dreams for more money? Some folks…
  • Self-Respect Begins With You

    Frank Sonnenberg
    14 Jul 2015 | 3:30 am
    Some people believe that because they’re rich, powerful, or famous, they deserve our respect — regardless of their behavior. Actually, nothing could be further from the truth. Respect must be earned. You may be able to fool others, but you can’t fool yourself. If you want self-respect, it’s important to set high standards, remain true to your beliefs and values, listen to your conscience, and never stop trying until you do yourself proud. The truth is, you owe it to yourself to do your best in life. Don’t wait to apply this principle to big things. It also applies to simple tasks…
  • Great Summer Reading

    Frank Sonnenberg
    7 Jul 2015 | 3:30 am
    The best investment that you can make is in yourself. So put this post on your summer reading list. I’ve selected snippets from my latest book, Follow Your Conscience: Make a Difference in Your Life & in the Lives of Others. Respect Must Be Earned “Think about the people with whom you come into contact each day. Some of those folks demand respect because of their age, wealth, or position. Others feel entitled to respect because they’re popular, have a big office, or because they’ve won awards. And still others think that everyone deserves respect regardless of their actions. The…
  • 7 Reasons Why Traditions Are So Important

    Frank Sonnenberg
    30 Jun 2015 | 3:10 am
    When you hear the word holiday, what comes to mind? If you’re like most people, shopping, parties, sales, and catalogs rank near the top of your list. The truth is, many holidays are becoming so commercialized that our proud traditions are in danger of becoming trivialized. Many of us can’t even remember the true meaning of the holidays. Memorial Day has morphed from remembering our fallen soldiers to the unofficial beginning of summer. Labor Day’s role in recognizing the achievements of organized labor now just marks the end of summer and a return to school. Veterans Day is honored as…
  • Say Yes to No

    Frank Sonnenberg
    23 Jun 2015 | 3:07 am
    Are you the type of person who feels guilty saying “no”? Sure … it’s easy to bow to everyone’s wishes, say “yes” to their requests for help, or follow the crowd. But you’re not doing yourself any favors by avoiding the forbidden word. In fact, there are definite times when saying “yes” is a no-no. Every choice you make is like a seesaw, whereby saying “yes” to one thing results in forgoing something else. For example, if you’re helping someone address his or her priorities, you’re not tending to your own. That’s fine if you’re conscious of the costs and…
 
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    Self Stairway

  • Life Is Too Short For Mediocrity

    Vincent Nguyen
    27 Jul 2015 | 4:00 am
    When I was in high school, I was deathly afraid that I wouldn’t make any notable marks on this earth. I was passionless and void of direction. Everyone else seemed so inspired and driven compared to my lazy self. It genuinely scared me each time I had to think about what I wanted, because having no idea how to reply when asked “What do you want to do?” was like admitting to myself that I was lost. All I knew was that I didn’t want to be forgotten when I was gone. I wanted to impact personal lives and be remembered for it. Ask anyone what their sole purpose is in life and you will…
  • You’re Allowed to Change Your Mind… I Think?

    Vincent Nguyen
    20 Jul 2015 | 4:00 am
    If there’s anything I can say with certainty, it’s that my mind is constantly changing. Or at least I think so… (see what I did there?) I’m a horrible judge of what I want and as a result, I’m terrified of any sort of commitment. Southeast Asia and traveling used to be my wet dreams. The latter was the bulk of what I wrote about in my personal journals. It consumed my mind and led me on the entrepreneurial path. But now, I’m actually considering 2016 to be the year of staying in Arizona. Settling down. Making travel only an occasional part of my itinerary instead of the half…
  • Luxury Has a Point of No Return

    Vincent Nguyen
    13 Jul 2015 | 4:00 am
    Imagine for a second that you grew up with little to nothing. Your childhood consisted of playing with toys that have been passed down for decades. You and your family live in a small bedroom that was meant for one but instead holds five. Eating out is a rare occurrence or it just never happens. Every meal is barebones and is just enough to keep you alive with the essentials but you go to bed hungry more often than not. Now let’s move along for a bit and flash-forward a couple decades. Your family is better off now. Hand-me-downs are a thing of the past and everything in your house is brand…
  • Getting (and Staying) Ahead of the Curve

    Vincent Nguyen
    6 Jul 2015 | 4:00 am
    It’s easy to get to first place when you’re still hyped up on adrenaline. When things are new and sexy still, you can rely on pure passion and excitement to keep you going. But once you’re ahead of the curve and leading the pack, you get comfortable and start lowering your guard. You stop pushing yourself to put in the extra effort, which is what got you there in the first place. You start becoming complacent. It’s not getting ahead of the curve that’s the tough part. Staying there is where you’ll find the most difficult challenges. You begin having days where you don’t feel…
  • Why You Need to Trust Others

    Vincent Nguyen
    29 Jun 2015 | 4:00 am
    My business is getting to a point where it doesn’t make sense to be doing everything myself. Chris Ducker would call my desire to wear all the hats in my business and the constant scramble to do every task on my own the “Superhero Syndrome”. The superhero entrepreneur thinks he has to do it all himself because if he doesn’t do it and relies on someone else, a new hire for example, it won’t be done right. So he resolves to tackling every piece of the business with no aid. Build a team, however, and suddenly tasks can be delegated and spread across all levels. New clients can…
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    Ahh The Simple Life

  • Why Simple Living Needs Positive Psychology

    Carol Ann Preibis
    25 Jul 2015 | 8:17 am
    Simple living is a lifestyle. Positive psychology is a science. Both share a common goal — living a good… The post Why Simple Living Needs Positive Psychology appeared first on Ahh The Simple Life.
  • The Living a Good Life eGuide

    Carol Ann Preibis
    20 Jul 2015 | 11:15 am
    The Living a Good Life eGuide: a 97-page guide packed with tips, ideas and inspiration for living a good life.… The post The Living a Good Life eGuide appeared first on Ahh The Simple Life.
  • Deliciously Fresh Pasta Salad

    Carol Ann Preibis
    19 Jul 2015 | 2:16 pm
    My friend Artie gave me some parsley from his garden. I found some fresh peas at a local farm… The post Deliciously Fresh Pasta Salad appeared first on Ahh The Simple Life.
  • Day Is Breaking in My Soul

    Carol Ann Preibis
    12 Jul 2015 | 3:16 pm
    A potpourri of positivity to start your day … When you arise in the morning, think of what a… The post Day Is Breaking in My Soul appeared first on Ahh The Simple Life.
  • The Accidental Gardener

    Carol Ann Preibis
    9 Jul 2015 | 4:42 pm
    What is the best superlative to describe gardening?  I choose “awesome.” It’s relaxing, yet good exercise. It’s creative, yet… The post The Accidental Gardener appeared first on Ahh The Simple Life.
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    Singapore Kindness Movement

  • Spot On! – All hands on deck to keep Singapore clean @ Operation We Clean Up! 2015

    SKM
    24 Jul 2015 | 12:05 am
    On 3 May 2015, the Public Hygiene Council (PHC), Singapore Kindness Movement (SKM) and Keep Singapore Beautiful Movement (KSBM), with the support of the National Environment Agency (NEA), jointly organised the inaugural island-wide ‘Operation WE Clean Up!’ as part of the Keep Singapore Clean Movement. More than 10,000 participants came together and showcased a collective effort to lead clean-ups at 133 locations across the island and rally others to be considerate by keeping the environment clean. Over 7,000kg of litter was collected during this one-day exercise! “By keeping our…
  • Calling for volunteers!

    SKM
    6 Jul 2015 | 9:33 pm
    Calling stay-at-home mums & volunteers! If you like children and would like to volunteer on a regular basis, this is for you! We are looking for regular volunteers to lead pre-schoolers (5 & 6 year old’s) through The Kindness Gallery for the Kindsville Tour consisting of 3 stations: 1) Experiential Tour 2) Arts & Craft 3) Storytelling   Timings Tour Dates: First Monday to Friday of each month (Feb – Nov) Tour timings: 9.15am – 11.15am and/or 11.15am – 1.15pm Location: 140 Hill Street #01-09, Old Hill Street Police Station, Singapore 179369 (5 minutes walk…
  • Making Friends Out of Neighbours

    SKM
    5 Jul 2015 | 6:00 pm
    Singapore Kindness Movement Encourages Neighbours To Face The Music, And Each Other Singapore, 6 July 2015 – The Singapore Kindness Movement has released today an emotive short film entitled Neighbours, which centres on the theme of friendship among neighbours. The 60-second spot will premiere on Channels 5 and 8 on 6 July, Monday, and has already begun its run in selected cinemas island-wide. The clip is also on SKM’s YouTube channel, KindnessSG. Commissioned by the Singapore Kindness Movement, Neighbours follows an unlikely turn of events in a single working lady’s interactions with…
  • Getting to know your neighbours

    SKM
    5 Jul 2015 | 5:37 pm
    You’re enjoying your day off, lounging around in your living room, when a loud noise startles you. As a series of hammering noises begins, you become hyper aware of the noises around your unit, from the children playing excitedly in the corridor, to the neighbour’s new puppy barking, to the clanging of pots as the elderly auntie next door starts to prepare dinner. You may be tempted to crank up the volume of the TV in retaliation or march out to give everyone a piece of your mind. Yet, the reality of urban living is that we need to give and take in equal measure to live in harmony with…
  • Vote for Top 15 in Melody of Hope

    SKM
    5 Jul 2015 | 5:25 pm
    Organised by the Singapore Kindness Movement, Melody of Hope allows passionate musicians to showcase their musical talents, reflect on the state of kindness and contribute towards a kinder Singapore. The theme for this year’s song writing showcase is “A Nation of Kindness Starts with One”. We hope to see more songs communicate positive values of kindness flood the nation. Registration has closed, and we have received numerous entries this year. Do play your part and vote for your kindness song of the year from 6th July onwards at www.kindness.sg/melodyofhope! The finale showcase will be…
 
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    Direct Relief

  • Nepal Earthquake Relief: Three Month Report

    Tony Morain
    25 Jul 2015 | 11:24 am
    As of 11:55 a.m. local time on April 25, 2015, health indicators in Nepal were trending in the right direction. Maternal mortality […] The post Nepal Earthquake Relief: Three Month Report appeared first on Direct Relief.
  • Direct Relief Receives Esri’s Special Achievement Award for GIS

    Tony Morain
    22 Jul 2015 | 5:18 pm
    Direct Relief was honored by Esri today with a Special Achievement in GIS (SAG) Award for its role in developing map applications […] The post Direct Relief Receives Esri’s Special Achievement Award for GIS appeared first on Direct Relief.
  • Be in Star Trek. Help People Live Long and Prosper.

    Tony Morain
    14 Jul 2015 | 10:53 am
    Paramount Pictures has announced a new philanthropic initiative led by the cast of the Star Trek film franchise and Omaze, which gives fans the chance to […] The post Be in Star Trek. Help People Live Long and Prosper. appeared first on Direct Relief.
  • Direct Relief Elects Seven New Directors to Board

    Tony Morain
    2 Jul 2015 | 8:06 am
    Direct Relief has elected seven new directors to its Board. Each will serve up to two three-year terms. The new directors – who […] The post Direct Relief Elects Seven New Directors to Board appeared first on Direct Relief.
  • 16 Connecticut Health Centers Equipped with Emergency Medical Packs

    Hannah Rael, Communications Associate
    1 Jul 2015 | 6:14 pm
    Each of Connecticut’s 16 community health centers is now equipped with a Direct Relief Medical Pack, which were distributed earlier this month […] The post 16 Connecticut Health Centers Equipped with Emergency Medical Packs appeared first on Direct Relief.
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    Our Better World

  • In his teacher's footsteps

    23 Jul 2015 | 7:10 pm
    A story by Our Better World - telling stories of good to inspire action. I have met a man who has scaled Mount Everest. But I was awed by the man sitting next to him. Don't get me wrong, it's not that Dr Kumaran Rasappan isn't impressive.  Mountaineer and medical doctor, he also raised money for charity through his climb and set up a clinic in one of the villages near Mount Everest. It is the deference in Kumaran's voice and the respect in his eyes that tells me that the man seated next to him at the restaurant quietly eating some chicken, is really special. Pillay Krishnan smiles and…
  • #chasingthegood: changing the conversation

    Noelle Perera
    21 Jul 2015 | 1:21 pm
    A story by Our Better World - telling stories of good to inspire action. On the ground floor of the block of flats where I live is a day care centre for the elderly. Every morning, I walk past folks in their 70s and 80s being escorted to the centre by their children, domestic helpers or the centre's volunteers. There's one old man who looks intimidating and gruff. He never smiles, though that hasn't stopped me from attempting a weak grin when I see him. In terms of friendliness, he's a far cry from the other elderly men and women who call out greetings to me and other neighbours. One morning,…
  • Hitting the right notes

    19 Jul 2015 | 9:40 pm
    A story by Our Better World - telling stories of good to inspire action. It’s difficult for many of us to imagine a deaf person being passionate about pursuits we tie to hearing: music, dance, performance. Yet for Ron Tan, who was born with 80 per cent hearing loss, music is a vital part of life. The 21-year-old taught himself to play piano when he was 17, after trying out a slew of other hobbies and activities in search of something meaningful in his life. "I realised that what I really want is to produce music, and that has to come from my heart," explains Ron. Trial and error Though he…
  • The power of purpose

    Alvin Ung and Nur Hamurcu
    19 Jul 2015 | 12:03 pm
    A story by Our Better World - telling stories of good to inspire action. "Spending time with Dr Shetty is like spending time with God." That's according to half the people we spoke to in the waiting rooms. Dr Devi Shetty is one of India's most well-loved heart surgeons. As the founding chairman of Narayana Health, he runs one of the largest and most affordable health service providers in the world.  In 14 years, the group has built more than 30 hospitals, where 150 major surgeries are performed every day.  It has just built a massive hospital in the Cayman Islands that's aimed at…
  • Paraplegic's dream bike ride

    19 Jul 2015 | 10:25 am
    A story by Our Better World - telling stories of good to inspire action. For 10 years, Sri Lestari stayed at home after a motorcycle accident left her paralysed from the chest down at the age of 23. She felt "unhappy, unproductive and really depressed". Then she got a motorcycle specially modified to allow her to ride in her wheelchair. "When I got my modified motorcycle, my life changed," says the 39-year-old who relished the freedom of being able to "go everywhere by myself" again after a decade of being stuck at home. But she's not content to keep that freedom to herself, and wants "others…
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    Life Made to Order

  • Working with Law of Attraction When You’re Still Wondering If It’s Complete Bullsh*t

    Kelli Cooper
    26 Jul 2015 | 11:52 pm
    The law of attraction is not some new concept that was invented by the people who wrote The Secret. The idea our inner world influences our external experience was discussed long before this. There were many books that discussed the law of attraction (thought it wasn’t always referred to by this name) that date back to the early 1900’s. There are probably some that are even older…don’t feel like Googling that right now to confirm. The reason it is so much more well-known now, is because our overall consciousness is expanding, and more and more people are starting to…
  • Podcast Episode #10: Law of Attraction: How Do I Know If My Stuff Is Coming?

    Kelli Cooper
    22 Jul 2015 | 10:58 pm
    Ah, the most asked question regarding the law of attraction. We are dying to know the signs which indicate what we want, is in fact, coming to us. Unfortunately, there is no simple answer to that question or course of exact events that unfold as your manifestation nears. But, that doesn’t mean there aren’t indicators your energy is indeed changing, and you are aligning more closely with what you want. Today I am going to chat you up about a few of those signs, and this information will without a doubt give you a much better understanding of how the manifesting process tends to…
  • Law of Attraction and Money: Are You Making This Devastating Mistake?

    Kelli Cooper
    22 Jul 2015 | 2:14 am
    I am happy to bring you some law of attraction wisdom from my husband Ryan, who is quite the manifesting machine himself. Even though I know so few people are interested in attracting more of that sweet cash, I figured I would publish it anyway. (Heavy sarcasm alert just in case you didn’t know ) I hope you enjoy it, and be sure to pick up his new ebook all about the law of attraction and money…link is below at the end of the post. It is free for the next few days.  Enjoy!    Alert: Before you read this post stop by Kelli’s Amazon library and buy a book or 3. (Thanks…
  • Law of Attraction: Getting the Hell Out of the Way and Letting the Universe Do Its Job (Free Ebook)

    Kelli Cooper
    19 Jul 2015 | 11:24 pm
    So, I am happy to present the second book in my series explaining the nuances of law of attraction. This book dives into the all important issues of detachment and allowing. As many of you may know, the theory of law of attraction, and how we actually go about becoming a match to what we want, can be drastically different. If it was so easy to just get happy, detach and allow the Universe to deliver the goods, there wouldn’t be a need for a blog like mine, or these books. It wouldn’t be my coaching specialty. Understanding the ‘mechanics’ of the attraction process, and…
  • Podcast Episode #9 Law of Attraction: Nothing is Happening…WTF?!!

    Kelli Cooper
    16 Jul 2015 | 10:35 pm
    The law of attraction is a fairly straightforward concept, but applying it in practice, can be a real bitch sometimes. We have all this yucky resistance. There are lots of misconceptions that lead us astray, and frustrate our attempts at changing our experience, in any real way. We get all enthused to mold our reality just to our liking, and when things don’t seem to be happening, it is disheartening, to say the least. There is a part of us that truly believes there is something to the idea we create our own reality, but we just can’t seem to actually do it. We believe we are…
 
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    Groundswell

  • Buy What You (Actually) Need: 5 Tips to Not Waste Food, When Buying in Bulk

    Emily Rabbitt
    17 Jul 2015 | 2:58 pm
    If you’re like me, you regularly experience the dreaded Fridge Cleanup—the horrifying look through all the food that you’ve let go bad in the past few weeks, as you’re searching for food. Open the fridge. Comb through packages gingerly, trying not to sniff anything. Find the lumpy packages, discolored Tupperware, and wilty, mushy things in the corners and the bottoms of the crisper. Check a few expiration dates. Panic. Throw everything away, Tupperware included. Slate and their partners recently put out a thought-provoking article on food waste, and how shopping at bulk-buying…
  • What Pope Francis Said on our “Throwaway” Culture is So Important

    Neerali Patel
    17 Jul 2015 | 2:48 pm
    What does an environmental role model look like? Pope Francis’ recent remarks about the environment struck me to the core: “The Earth, our home, is beginning to look more and more like an immense pile of filth. In many parts of the planet, the elderly lament that once beautiful landscapes are now covered with rubbish. Industrial waste and chemical products utilized in cities and agricultural areas can lead to bio-accumulation in the organisms of the local population, even when levels of toxins in those places are low. Frequently no measures are taken until after people’s health…
  • Why Columbia University’s Divestment from Private Prison Companies Matters

    Neerali Patel
    17 Jul 2015 | 2:43 pm
    Are prisons doing more harm than good? This is how a small group of students at Columbia University feel. This group of students launched a campaign to divest the university in early 2014, when they learned that the school was “investing in two firms, which run prisons, detention centers, and militarized borders.” Fast forward a year later and Columbia University has become the first college in the United States to divest from private prison companies. The decision means that an Ivy League School with a roughly $9 billion endowment will sell roughly 220,000 shares in G4S (the…
  • Legos Are Working to Become More Sustainable in One Huge Way

    Emily Rabbitt
    17 Jul 2015 | 1:54 pm
    Let me tell you straight: LEGOs are pretty amazing. They last forever. They’re practically invincible (any parent who’s nearly lost a foot on one knows that). They’re not too pricey. They promote creativity and problem solving, and can be used collaboratively or solo. They kick ass for boys and girls. And they are unbelievably successful. There are 62 LEGO bricks for each human on the planet. The LEGO bricks sold in a single year would circle the earth five times. Hear that? FIVE TIMES. Another cool thing about LEGOs is that you never have to upgrade. All sets fit together, which means…
  • Be Bold, & 2 Other Truths Organizations Could Learn from the Girl Scouts

    Imani Lewis
    17 Jul 2015 | 12:00 pm
    Earlier this summer, Girl Scouts of the USA created quite a buzz when its Western Washington council returned a $100,000 donation for its financial assistance fund. Why? Because the donor insisted the money could not be used for transgender girls. Personally, I’ve been a fan of the Girl Scouts for a long time. I credit the Girl Scouts to my growth in self-confidence and awareness as a young girl. The lessons that I learned as a Brownie are things I’ve carried along with me all my life (along with my insatiable craving for cookies). One thing I’m most proud about? The Girl…
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    Good News Shared

  • 8-year-old boy with Cystic Fibrosis joins Bradford City Football Academy

    Nisha Kotecha
    27 Jul 2015 | 12:52 am
    An 8 year old boy with cystic fibrosis took one step closer to his dream of becoming a professional footballer recently when he was selected to join Bradford City Football Academy. Robbie Murray, from Addingham, West Yorkshire, signed a two year contract with Bradford City Football Academy despite having cystic fibrosis, a disease which progressively damages the lungs and digestive system and means a lifetime of treatment and medication for patients. Photo: Cystic Fibrosis Trust He said, “I love playing for the team that I support and I want to be a professional footballer when I…
  • What are you doing about it?

    Nisha Kotecha
    24 Jul 2015 | 3:00 am
    A simple question, asked in the right way at the right time, can be life-changing. When Paulette told a local community organiser that she would love to use the historic (empty) Clitterhouse Farm buildings in Cricklewood, North West London to bring the community together she was asked the question, ‘what are you doing about it?’ This question spurred her on and led her to get in touch with other local people who also wanted to make the space into a place for the community. Three years later, I met Paulette and fellow community activists Alistair, Luisa and Thomas on a sunny day at their…
  • English Football Player Danny Fox Takes a Strawfie

    Nisha Kotecha
    23 Jul 2015 | 12:51 am
    Have you ever tried to breathe through a narrow straw? If you haven’t now is the time to try it! When you have tried it take a ‘straw-breathing selfie’ – aka ‘Strawfie’ and post it online with a comment about how breathing in such a restricted way made you feel. The ‘Breathe With Me’ Strawfie Challenge is being used to demonstrate what people with cystic fibrosis experience when breathing. Danny Fox Takes a Strawfie   Nottingham Forest defender Danny Fox, a celebrity ambassador for the Cystic Fibrosis Trust, has done the challenge, and by doing so joined a growing social…
  • 8 Fun Facts about Marine Life

    Tilda Liepai
    22 Jul 2015 | 12:55 am
    If you are a fan of the marine life, you probably already know that 25th of July – 9th of August 2015 is National Marine Week, during which The Wildlife Trust celebrate the UK’s amazing sea animals and plants. The UK’s marine environment is home to some of our most fascinating wildlife, such as basking sharks, grey seals, puffins and dolphins. This year The Wildlife Trust are celebrating dolphins! In celebration of marine week, here are 8 fun facts about the UK’s marine life: 1. Dolphins sleep only with one half of the brain at a time, and just one eye closed. This…
  • Canvas Coffee Shop: Outstanding coffee at a Train Station

    Liz Williams
    21 Jul 2015 | 6:55 am
    Station cafes are not known for being jewels of culinary delight, but Portsmouth and Southsea station is bucking the trend, thanks to the Canvas Coffee Shop. This little social enterprise, that’s already moved to a bigger premises, serves outstanding coffee – freshly ground, choose your own beans – made by a barista team that take pride in their product.  The tea’s not bad either; they serve Portsmouth Tea, a special blend tailored to give the best flavour from the local water.  And the morning pastries are rather scrummy too! The decor’s eclectic and rooted in…
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    Global Harmony Crew

  • Follow Your Joy and Discover Your Purpose

    P
    26 Jul 2015 | 11:10 am
    *12 minute read* Previously I have shared a way to create a safety net to keep you from getting into a downward spiral. With that as a foundation I now want to share a practical way of empowering yourself, to help you soar into ever higher frequency thoughts and states of being. Creating your dream life. […]
  • Balanced Spirituality – From Division to Oneness

    G
    21 Jul 2015 | 9:06 am
    This 8-minute read is about finding the balance between your spiritual pursuits and living the everyday human experience. It is about coming to terms with everything. Lack of Balance Humans have a tendency for excess – To go overboard. We find our new hobby and we go all in for a little while. The lack of […]
  • 1 Effective Way to Transform Through Self-Love – About Trolls and Acceptance

    P
    13 Jul 2015 | 7:17 am
    Today I will share with you a visualization for healing yourself through self-love and acceptance. I am also going to talk a bit about trolls. I know your thoughts are now probably something along the lines of: “Yeeeess, finally!!” Oh, and did I mention John Lennon shows up? Lets skip right to it! Once upon a […]
  • 6 Ways to Be Immersed in Beauty

    G
    9 Jul 2015 | 9:03 am
    “I believe there’s beauty in all dimensions, from the electromagnetic spectrum to cells in flowers.” – Richard P. Feynman Beauty pulls you out of your head and puts you in an instant state of wonder and happiness. It shreds apart all the thoughts your mind plays over and over of how you’re failing or the […]
  • 1 Simple Act That Fills Your Life with Love

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    5 Jul 2015 | 9:00 am
    In this article I want to give you a key into a life filled with love. It is really quite simple, like most things. It is about taking the chances people give you to love them. But, how do we know they just gave us a chance to love them? I believe that every time […]
 
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  • Why Lyme disease is so hard to diagnose

    Dr. Victor Marchione
    27 Jul 2015 | 1:36 am
    You may have been hearing more and more about Lyme disease as the summer presses on. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recently put out a report indicating cases of Lyme disease are on the rise in certain parts … The post Why Lyme disease is so hard to diagnose appeared first on Natural Health Care Products | Nutritional Health Supplements | Belmarra Health.
  • Memory getting bad? Could be because of this…

    Dr. Victor Marchione
    27 Jul 2015 | 1:36 am
    It’s very rare that one condition affects only one part of the body. The body is made up of many connective systems and so when one system goes, others suffer. Case in point, hearing loss doesn’t solely affect your ability … The post Memory getting bad? Could be because of this… appeared first on Natural Health Care Products | Nutritional Health Supplements | Belmarra Health.
  • Conjunctivitis: Know about Pink eye

    Bel Marra Health
    27 Jul 2015 | 1:32 am
    You wake up in the morning, roll out of bed and head to the bathroom to complete your morning routine. When you look up into the mirror you notice your eye is inflamed and looking pink. What gives? Conjunctivitis, or … The post Conjunctivitis: Know about Pink eye appeared first on Natural Health Care Products | Nutritional Health Supplements | Belmarra Health.
  • Calcification: Causes, Symptoms

    Bel Marra Health
    27 Jul 2015 | 1:30 am
    If we say the term calcification, it probably brings to mind the build-up around your faucet or shower head. Unfortunately, this isn’t the only kind. Calcification can occur inside your body, too. Calcium is an essential mineral that the body … The post Calcification: Causes, Symptoms appeared first on Natural Health Care Products | Nutritional Health Supplements | Belmarra Health.
  • Researchers ID ‘master key’ gene responsible for schizophrenia

    Mohan
    26 Jul 2015 | 9:55 pm
    In an article published in the journal Science, neuroscientists from Cardiff University claim to have finally understood how a gene influences healthy brain development. To be more specific, the scientists have identified a critical function of schizophrenia’s “Rosetta Stone” … The post Researchers ID ‘master key’ gene responsible for schizophrenia appeared first on Natural Health Care Products | Nutritional Health Supplements | Belmarra Health.
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  • Why Your International Volunteering Trip Needs More Intention, and How to Set It

    Mark Horoszowski
    23 Jul 2015 | 6:09 pm
    You can easily turn any international trip into a transformational learning experience in three easy steps: 1. Set an intention with clear goals 2. Go on your trip 3. Reflect on your experience By setting goals and your personal intention, you’ll prepare yourself for a transformative experience. And, when your trip is over, the simple […]
  • Explaining Our ‘Experteering Guarantee’

    Mark Horoszowski
    27 Jun 2015 | 8:53 am
    Our mission is to help you find the best place to volunteer your skills around the world, anywhere, anytime, for any length of time. By inspiring and empowering people like you to do just that, we are tackling the “global talent gap” — one of the leading barriers to global progress. MovingWorlds is nothing without […]
  • Volunteering Your Skills Can Help You Find and Get Your Dream Job – Our Research Proves It [Infographic]

    Mark Horoszowski
    19 Jun 2015 | 6:48 am
    Finding and earning your dream job is no easy journey, but it turns out that doing good for the world might be your golden ticket. Over the past few years, we’ve spoken with hundreds of volunteers, hiring managers, recruiters, and career coaches to explore the theory that volunteering can help people get their dream job […]
  • 6 Impact Investing Lessons from the 2015 KIWA Summit

    Derk Norde
    18 Jun 2015 | 2:58 pm
    Last week, the first KIWA Investment Summit took place in Quito, Ecuador, bringing together almost 200 professionals from all over the world for 3 days of  insights, networking and investor matchmaking. Thanks to Martin Acosta, CEO of KIWA and the amazing organizing team, representatives of the following 3 sectors were present: Impact Investing Institutions, including […]
  • Six Golden Rules to Immersive and Meaningful Travel

    Mark Horoszowski
    28 May 2015 | 2:01 pm
    Imagine that you’ve finally embarked on the trip of your dreams… perhaps it’s an around-the-world plane ticket to all the 7 Wonders of the World, or a 6-month homestay in Cartagena to fine tune your Spanish. More than taking pictures, you’re hoping to find a truly immersive and meaningful experience. So you embark on your […]
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  • San Francisco Is Using Pee-Repellant Paint That Might Splash Right Back At You

    Jonny
    27 Jul 2015 | 2:52 pm
    If you have an urge to pee and are in San Francisco, think twice before doing it against a wall. You might be in for a real surprise, it might splash right back at you, thanks to pee-repellant paint. San Francisco’s Department of Public Works just recently declared that they are painting nine walls around […] The post San Francisco Is Using Pee-Repellant Paint That Might Splash Right Back At You appeared first on Oakbuzz Magazine.
  • What If Everyone JUMPED At Once On Earth?

    Jonny
    27 Jul 2015 | 1:59 pm
    I stumbled upon this exciting film — What If Everyone JUMPED At Once?, even though it has some years at it’s neck, it still is a fascinating film. I don’t have the right knowledge of physics to review the film, but I think he knows his topic. The film is produced by Michael Stevens and […] The post What If Everyone JUMPED At Once On Earth? appeared first on Oakbuzz Magazine.
  • Science Makes It Clear Why Dogs Are Man’s Best Friend

    Jonny
    27 Jul 2015 | 1:20 pm
    As the saying goes, dogs are man’s best friend now have back up by AsapSCIENCE. I have a cat and I some days consider him as being my best friend. There is something very special with having a pet, and many scientific reports has pointed out the benefit pet,s have at our health. The latest […] The post Science Makes It Clear Why Dogs Are Man’s Best Friend appeared first on Oakbuzz Magazine.
  • Check Out This Dazzling Visualization Of The Frequency Of English Words

    Jonny
    26 Jul 2015 | 5:21 pm
    What frequency of English words are most used in the English lingo? Keep on reading and you’re about to discover. Back in 1965 analyst Mark Mayzner posted Tables of Single-letter and Digram Frequency Counts for Various Word-length and Letter-position Combinations. Mayzner’s project that examined the frequency of letter combos in the English language used a […] The post Check Out This Dazzling Visualization Of The Frequency Of English Words appeared first on Oakbuzz Magazine.
  • Homeless Stranger And His 11 Stray Dogs Is Almost Home Thanks To Animal Advocates

    Jonny
    26 Jul 2015 | 4:27 pm
    Late this week a group of animal advocates and friends collaborated in their efforts to assist a homeless stranger that was far from home along with his 11 dogs. The story kicked of on Thursday in West Memphis, Arkansas, when people spotted a 50-year-old man traveling through the village on a bike together with 11 […] The post Homeless Stranger And His 11 Stray Dogs Is Almost Home Thanks To Animal Advocates appeared first on Oakbuzz Magazine.
 
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