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  • Believe

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    Frank Sonnenberg
    7 Oct 2014 | 4:00 am
    Believe Some things are impossible, until they’re not. BELIEVE! Close your eyes and have a little faith in a power higher than yourself. Things work out for no apparent reason. When you least expect it, the stars will align, and magic will fill the air. Your dreams will be born at the intersection of hope and reality. You won’t find an explanation for why, because it may defy all logic and reason. Remember that life unfolds in mysterious ways. Yesterday you hoped for a miracle . . . today it became a reality. When your miracle is born, pinch yourself to make sure that it’s real. It…
  • Change the world.

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

    How I changed the world today.
    25 Sep 2014 | 8:47 am
    I made a donation to Wikipedia today. My father asks me to, he uses it all the time. And he doesn't have a US credit card and asks me to donate for him.  I am glad to donate to Wikipedia because I am glad they exist.
  • to create

    Live With Soul
    4 Oct 2014 | 8:57 am
    creating allows you to become a part of life.to be more than only a witness to it.creation comes in many forms...art music a family a mealnew ideas a gardendancerelationships abundancea momenta feeling.ultimately --it is to experiencethe sense of creativity... in whatever form it manifests for you.through creationyou become one with your surroundings.engaging.partaking.blissfully consumed...in all of it.
  • You’re the Best!

    Frank Sonnenberg Online
    Frank Sonnenberg
    9 Sep 2014 | 3:45 am
    This month marks the fourth year of my blog. I’d like to thank the 250,000+ people who have read these posts because if it weren’t for you, I’d be talking (or at least writing) to myself.  I’d also like to thank everyone who liked, shared, or commented on these posts. I appreciate your encouragement and support! Special mention goes to five people who perform their magic each month. Ed Berryman reviews the posts before they go live. He offers his thoughts and shares his wisdom. I listen carefully to Ed, not only because of his knowledge and experience but also because of…
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  • Don't be shy. Run towards your big vision.

    Britt Bravo
    17 Oct 2014 | 9:52 am
    As I was walking to work one day this week, I saw this cute Corgi (pictured above) on the street. At first he was shy. He watched me with half of his face hidden behind the wall. But as I walked closer, his excitement overwhelmed him. He ran out of hiding to say hello and invited me to pet him (so soft!).Sometimes that's how we are with our Big Visions. Shy at first. Testing the waters. Not wanting to make a commitment. But here's the important part. The excitement. When we get SO excited about something that we just HAVE to do it, or learn more about it, or share it with others, we need to…
  • When your big vision dies . . .

    Britt Bravo
    10 Oct 2014 | 11:29 am
    A tree grows a tree"The Death of a tree is the birth of a log or a snag [a standing dead or dying tree]. Dead trees are essential to the health of the forest and they are the basis of its astonishing productivity. Fallen trees are a substantial reservoir of organic matter and water that other plants and trees depend on. . . As a tree slowly decays, it becomes a nursery for plants. It may take 400 years or longer to become incorporated into the forest floor. During this time, a variety of shrubs and trees have the opportunity to develop part or all of their root systems within the decaying…
  • Looking for Your Big Vision? Notice What "Sparkles"

    Britt Bravo
    24 Sep 2014 | 8:16 am
    Rain "sparkles" by meA friend who is between jobs recently asked me, "Is there one piece of advice you would give to a creative person when they are looking for their next job, or project?"I responded, "Notice what 'sparkles' for you."I think of "sparkles" as things that make you smile, makes time fly, or that you all of a sudden become very curious about (even if you don't understand why).If you are a "creative" type, you already know that most creative projects don't usually happen in a straight line: A to Z. They often begin with something small: a craving for an ingredient, a phrase you…
  • Big Vision Tip: Stay on Track. Text Your Big Vision Buddy

    Britt Bravo
    15 Sep 2014 | 9:08 am
    About a year and a half ago my friend Heather and I decided to try the Oprah and Deepak 21-Day Meditation Experience. To make sure we completed it, we texted each other right after we meditated. There were many mornings when I would "forget" to meditate (isn't it funny how our minds do that when we're resisting something?), and her text would prompt me to do it.It worked so well that even when the 21 days were over, we continued to text each other after we meditated. A year and half later, our meditation practices certainly aren't perfect, but they're so much a part of our lives that we no…
  • Bye-Bye Big Vision Podcast: 70+ Interviews Over 7 Years with Social Changemakers

    Britt Bravo
    26 Jul 2014 | 2:37 pm
    East Bay Express, Best of the East Bay 2007Today is my day for letting go of things to make space for something new.I just told my VegCookbook Club that I'm stepping down as its organizer, and now I'm letting go of the Big Vision Podcast. It has been REALLY hard to let this go, but after not posting an interview for a year, I know that it is time.I started the Big Vision Podcast in 2006 about six months after starting Have Fun, Do Good. When I told my husband that I wanted to interview social changemakers for my blog, he suggested that I start a podcast. He had the audio equipment to help me…
 
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    Greater Good

  • The Battle Between Success and Compassion

    Greater Good
    17 Oct 2014 | 1:00 am
    If you were asked to rank in order of importance academic achievement, happiness, and care for others as priorities for our young people today, how would you respond? If you’re like most parents and teachers in the U.S., you would place the highest importance on care for others—a very worthy choice and one that science suggests can actually increase the other two outcomes. Yet, a recent U.S. survey of 10,000 middle and high school students conducted by Harvard’s Making Caring Common Project revealed that students believe their parents and teachers prioritize academic achievement and…
  • The Science of Awe

    Greater Good
    15 Oct 2014 | 2:41 pm
  • Is Kindness Physically Attractive?

    Greater Good
    15 Oct 2014 | 1:25 pm
    One of the most robust findings in social psychology is the beauty-is-good stereotype: physically attractive people are perceived and treated more positively than physically unattractive people.  But here’s the thing: I have definitely met attractive people who went from hot to not the second they opened their mouths! Vice-versa, some people are so kind and awesome that you can’t help but be attracted to them, regardless of their score on hornotnot.com. Which has me wondering: I know beautiful is often perceived as good, but isn’t good also beautiful? I mean, I know we…
  • Do We Need God to Feel Awe?

    Greater Good
    9 Oct 2014 | 11:12 am
    In a 2006 article for the Los Angeles Times, Sam Harris identified 10 myths about atheism, among them the idea that “atheists are closed to spiritual experience.” Harris explained: “There is nothing that prevents an atheist from experiencing love, ecstasy, rapture and awe; atheists can value these experiences and seek them regularly.” And in a post last week, my fellow 13.7 commentator Barbara J. King also wrote about atheism and awe. “Atheists feel awe, too. Everyone does. That wondrous sense needn’t be described by invoking the sacred.” Yet the idea…
  • Making Gratitude Viral

    Greater Good
    8 Oct 2014 | 12:43 pm
    At the Greater Good Gratitude Summit, Nipun Mehta explores how we can help more people to embrace giving and gratitude.
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  • Grimly Letting Go of the Old Story

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

    Dave Pollard
    10 Oct 2014 | 9:22 pm
    “though we rush ahead to save our time, we are only what we feel” — Neil Young “well we’ve both lived long enough to know we’d trade it all right now for just one minute of real love” – Patrick Henderson/Michael McDonald and then, after all – after all the struggle, all your life, to fit in, to belong, to do what you’re told you’re supposed to do, to be who you’re supposed to be, after you’ve finally figured out how this world actually works, how this civilization makes us all ill, and how it’s falling apart…
  • Black Swan: A Thought Experiment

    Dave Pollard
    7 Oct 2014 | 1:22 pm
    Photo from Agence France Presse via Global Policy Forum This is a thought experiment, and an idea for a possible new video game, one that might actually help us learn about the world most humans live in, appreciate our personal fortune, and help us increase our resilience to cope with the times ahead. It came to me last night: Imagine this: ONE You wake up suddenly, wracked with pain. You don’t know who or where you are. It is early morning, and you are lying on the grass, covered with several layers of old newspapers. You are a middle aged woman. Vaguely, you recall an accident,…
  • Fireproof

    Dave Pollard
    24 Sep 2014 | 4:10 pm
    My new short story, Fireproof, is up at SHIFT magazine as part of its fifth edition. Check out the whole magazine! And if you like what you read, or prefer to read hard copy, please get this issue as a digital download (beautiful magazine layout) or sign up for an annual subscription (6 issues). Jeez, look at that. There’s fires up ahead as far as you can see, some of them right beside the highway! I wonder if this is part of that combined mega-forest fire they’ve been fighting for a month now. Awesome.” Rafe took his cap off as the four of us stopped our bicycle ride home to survey…
  • Accepting That We Can’t Get There From Here: A Meditation

    Dave Pollard
    20 Sep 2014 | 10:26 am
    In 2005, I wrote this little story. I think it’s held up quite well (I was smarter than I thought, back then), so I’m going to start this meditation with it. MESSAGE FROM A MUSHROOM photo by Inda at givnology.com Good morning, Dave, and any other humans who are reading this message. It will be interesting to see how good a job this ‘software’ (we love that word!) does at translating our thoughts and feelings into a language that you can understand, that has some meaning to you. We are the collection of mushrooms under the Spruce trees in Dave’s back yard. This, to our…
 
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  • How To Be Successful in Life and Business

    Paul Hudnut
    10 Oct 2014 | 1:47 pm
    Get Lean. Lean In. Be disruptive. Move from Good to Great.There is much written and spoken about success. As a business. As a person. As a country.Humans like a guiding star, and they take comfort in being told there is a map for their future journey. If you are starting a business, "how to" information is comforting. If you are a company struggling to innovate, "how to" advice is comforting. If you are starting your career as a recent graduate, "how to" information on leadership and career trajectory is comforting.Many are happy to tell you "how to" be successful. Before rushing to read the…
  • Who Gets What When You Give?

    Paul Hudnut
    5 Mar 2014 | 10:39 am
    This post may be a bit of a downer for some of my bleeps. It mixes economics and altruism. It raises questions about human nature. You've been warned. If you don't want to leave the happy bubble of self satisfaction about your charitable giving, stop reading. And even if you do, there are no answers here. Just some nagging questions.Still there? OK. Here goes.Some time ago, a doubt began to nag me about charity. I think it started with a passage in "Made to Stick" (2007) about the "Mother Theresa" effect. Researchers found that an appeal to give to a program was much more effective when it…
  • Charity 2013

    Paul Hudnut
    21 Dec 2013 | 8:27 pm
    For the fifth year in a row, I am posting some information about our family's charitable giving. This is a time of year when we are focused on giving to others. A time when we spend time with, and give presents to, our friends and families. And a time to support charities that do meaningful work we believe in.For more recent bleeps, you might want to read my prior posts from 2012, 2011, 2010, and 2009. In particular, the 2012 post has some tools and resources to find charities that are doing good work. These older posts lay out the "what, why and who" of our family's giving. If you are…
  • Entering the Entrepocene

    Paul Hudnut
    18 Nov 2013 | 11:28 am
    I am still blogging, but over here. I will still post on occasion as BOPreneur; but mostly, I am excited to be working with Andy on something new (yet which definitely builds on this blog). I invite you to visit www.entrepocene.com frequently, as well as join our facebook group (Entrepocene)  and follow us on twitter (@Entrepocene). To subscribe to feeds, click on your feed icon on your toolbar.
  • Go here...

    Paul Hudnut
    12 Nov 2013 | 11:19 am
    to see a post from Andy Hargadon and me about designing businesses to have a higher purpose. Our title for the post was "Eight Design Goals for Going Beyond Sustainability," but I liked their title too.It expands on my post SoCap post "unManifesto on Mattering."To subscribe to feeds, click on your feed icon on your toolbar.
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  • Is Worry Holding You Down?

    Melissa Heisler
    16 Oct 2014 | 12:02 am
    Mike and Tori’s House after Hurricane Odile My husband and I love the Baja Peninsula, visiting it frequently over the past few years. On September 14, 2014, Hurricane Odile hit. With no phone or internet service it was days or, in one case, a week before we heard from our friends who live there. Without communication, I became obsessed with any reports I could get from the area. I looked at photos of damage. I worried about the lack of food, water, and electricity. I concerned over my friends safety as desperation looting began. That week I was also hit with a massive cold. You see,…
  • How Much Are You Carrying?

    Camille Lucy
    14 Oct 2014 | 12:02 am
    One day, I was so overwhelmed that I came up with this analogy for how I felt.  I felt like I was carrying 100 bags, and as I tried to steady myself, they began falling. As I reached to stop one from falling, inevitably another one fell. The vision in my mind ended with all the bags on the floor, and a frazzled “me” standing there, looking at the mess. I am sure many of you can relate to this. In today’s hustle and bustle society and culture, we try to do so many things at once. We try to be so many things at once, switching hats from one to another, then back, again. And while we all…
  • Safety Checklist

    Melissa Heisler
    9 Oct 2014 | 12:02 am
    Recently a client admitted to falling back into an old undesirable habit. Ashley had once again become a tyrant at home. She was obsessed with the cleanliness of her house. She worried about getting things done on time. She stopped interacting with her family. The only time she spoke to them was when she was barking out an order or reprimanding when something was not done correctly or on time. Ashley was obsessed with her to-do list. She was frantic to complete each item. She was becoming very stressed by all she wanted to complete. The first thing I told her was, “Congratulations.” The…
  • Try Shoes On For Size (and Comfort!)

    Camille Lucy
    7 Oct 2014 | 12:02 am
    It is so true that until you walk a mile in someone’s shoes, you have no idea what it’s like. You can hypothesize and surmise, but you really have no idea. Even when that “someone” is you. It’s easy to say what you “would” or “wouldn’t” do in a situation prior to living it. But the truth is, you haven’t a clue. Until we are faced with a situation, there isn’t a way to fully understand how it feels for all the senses and all the emotions that arise. We often surprise ourselves with our reactions to occurrences in our…
  • How to Drop the Drama and Enjoy Your Life

    Ariel and Shya Kane
    3 Oct 2014 | 12:02 am
    Our client, Cindy, was returning to work in just 2 weeks after a long hiatus. She had requested an individual session because, for no apparent reason, her life had become “dramatic”. Perhaps you are familiar with this phenomenon. This is when perfectly normal situations appear to be larger than life and oh–so–dramatic. You go to the fridge and find there is no more milk for your coffee and it is grounds (pun intended) for a major melt down. You have a headache and suddenly an aspirin won’t do – its time to plan an operation for your rapidly growing brain tumor. By the…
 
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  • Learning by Discovery

    Emeka Okafor
    17 Oct 2014 | 11:00 am
    David Edwards writing in Wired: Image courtesy of Qamp makerspace...an exciting new kind of learning is taking place in America. Alternatively framed as maker classes, after-school innovation programs, and innovation prizes, these programs are frequently not framed as learning at all. Discovery environments are showing up as culture and entertainment, from online experiences to contemporary art installations and new kinds of culture labs. Perhaps inevitably, the process of discovery — from our confrontation with challenging ambiguous data, through our imaginative responses, to our iterative…
  • Mushroom Blue

    Emeka Okafor
    16 Oct 2014 | 2:30 pm
    From infodev: ...Mushroom Blue is revolutionizing Nairobi’s produce market by introducing innovative cultivation techniques that can turn coffee waste into a potent fertilizer. We sat down with Nyawira Gitaka, co-founder of the company, to talk about her innovative ideas and the plans for the future of her business. image courtesy of infodevMushrooms are relatively new to the Kenya’s produce market but the demand is growing rapidly offering great opportunities to local agribusiness entrepreneurs willing to invest and test new business models. Nyawira Gitaka is one of them.“I wanted to…
  • I-Ramp Liberia

    Emeka Okafor
    13 Oct 2014 | 6:35 am
    A potential tool in the fight against Ebola.Darren Wilkins of Sahara Technology writing in in Liberia's Daily Observer: Despite this perception and the many challenges that “plague” the ICT sector, Liberian ICT professionals have not been deterred. In fact, both the perception and the challenges have kindled an influx of ICT professionals from abroad and motivated many of those who are considered locals or locally-based, to be even more motivated. What the advent/influx of Liberian ICT “brain gain” and motivation of the “locals” have done is ignite a new level of enthusiasm…
  • GESA Makers

    Emeka Okafor
    12 Oct 2014 | 7:30 pm
    From GESA Makers at Makers Faire 2.0, images of fabrication and making from Ghana Fablab: There can not be a makers competition without fabrication and making. As part of the program, all the teams teams visited the Ghana Fab-Lab to learn how to fabricate using some of the advanced machinery and equipment at the Fab Lab and also at the mechanical labs of Takoradi Technical Institute. The teams spent 3 days, working on their projects, making prototypes of their ideas.
  • Exploring Medical and Nutrition secrets from Plants

    Emeka Okafor
    9 Oct 2014 | 8:25 am
    From TED Global 2014:Ameenah Gurib-Fakim is a professor at the University of Mauritius, and she’s here this morning to show us five plants unique to where she works and lives: the Mascarene Islands. She introduces us to benjoin (terminalia bentzoe), a plant with leaves of many different shapes that evolved to escape the jaws of grazing tortoises, who have poor eyesight and avoid leaves they don’t recognize. This amazing plant could hold the answer to antibiotic resistance, she says. Next, Gurib-Fakim points us to the baobab tree (adansonia digitata), sometimes called the “tree of…
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  • Raj Panjabi Leads Ebola Response Efforts

    Echoing Green
    2 Oct 2014 | 10:34 am
    Photo by Last Mile Health, known in Liberia as Tiyatien Health The Ebola outbreak appears to be far from over. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control together with World Health Organization reported that as of September 29, there were 6,574 cases of the hemorrhagic fever caused by the Ebola virus in Liberia, Guinea, Sierra Leone, Nigeria and Senegal. While global health organizations work to combat the spread of the disease, 2011 Echoing Green Fellow Dr. Rajesh Panjabi, CEO of Last Mile Health, has teamed up with Partners in Health (PIH) on the front lines in Liberia to combat what World Bank…
  • Bren Smith on the Front Line of the Crisis

    Scott Ballum
    23 Sep 2014 | 7:21 am
    photo and video via CNN.com CNN Columnist John D. Sutter joined 2014 Echoing Green Climate Fellow Bren Smith on his eighty-four mile journey from his ocean farm in Connecticut to Manhattan—in his 1983 workboat—to participate in this past weekend's People's Climate March. The feature video and editorial chronicling the trip reveal why Bren is so passionate about his work, and why he sees climate change as everyone's issue: Three days after Sandy hit, he told me, he got online and started researching alternative methods of oyster cultivation—and new crops to "farm" in the ocean. He came…
  • Priya Haji Will Long Be Remembered

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

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

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

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

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

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

    Christine Escobar
    19 Sep 2014 | 2:09 pm
    Competing with our children’s digital world can be a challenge, especially when you would like them to experience the environment and the many ways they can sustain it. It’s hard enough to get them to look up from their device but when they are taking selfies, this might be the right time to capture their attention. With the ‘selfie boom’ in full swing (the word was added to the Oxford Dictionary in 2013), what more reason to entice your child to take as many as possible while camping, recycling, hiking, composting, fishing and basically enjoying all nature has to offer. An…
  • Nature as Nurturing: An Educator’s Narrative to Motivate Nature Play

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

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

    Jacqueline Novogratz
    14 Oct 2014 | 6:24 am
    I am writing on a return flight from Ghana. The country has not seen a single case of Ebola, yet the impact of fear is profound. As travelers enter the country, attendants screen for high temperatures. Hand sanitizer dispensers are omnipresent. Hotels and conferences have seen massive cancellations. Everywhere are constant reminders of our fragility and the strength of our connectedness. My heart goes out to all victims, their families and communities. My head presses for better systems and approaches to tackle our toughest problems as a world. The words from our manifesto reverberate, “It…
  • Five TED Talks that Inspire us to Tackle Poverty

    Acumen
    8 Oct 2014 | 4:00 am
    TED Global 2014 is in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil this week, where over 50 speakers will take the stage and explore ideas that shape our world. While there are countless TED talks that inspire us, including those from our fearless leader, below are five TED Talks that have informed how we think about tackling poverty, and continue to inspire us. Sendhil Mullainathan, Behavior Economist “We put billions of dollars into fuel-efficient technologies. How much are we putting into energy behavior change in a credible, systematic, testing way?” Julian Treasure, Sound Consultant “We’re…
  • Six online courses we’re taking this year

    Acumen
    2 Oct 2014 | 5:00 am
    +Acumen’s free online courses are a great way to learn tools that will help you develop both professionally and personally. Whether you are a social entrepreneur who wants to market to your customers or a young professional that wants to strengthen your leadership skills, we are offering six courses this Fall that will help you develop the tools, knowledge, and networks to change the way the world tackles poverty. Truth, Trust, Tribes & Trial: Marketing with Dignity at the Base of the Pyramid Understanding how to market new social innovations to BoP customers can make or break a new…
  • Seven Perspectives from the Social Good Summit

    Acumen
    24 Sep 2014 | 8:24 am
    What type of world do I want to live in by the year 2030? It is a big question on peoples’ minds during a very busy week in New York, where among the People’s Climate March, the United Nations General Assembly, and Clinton Global Initiative, the Social Good Summit was another event amplifying the calls to action being made around the world this week. At the Social Good Summit, the excitement both in the audience and on stage was palpable as change-makers from around the world gathered to discuss a broad range of solutions we as a global community must implement by 2030 in order to make…
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  • Change the world.

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

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

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

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

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

    Julia
    2 Oct 2014 | 3:53 pm
    Made a Kiva loanElias is a small Mexican farmer who produces and sells cheese for a living. He decided to purchase a 120-cubic-meter Sistema Biobolsa biodigester in order to reduce the high energy costs, which were threatening the existence of the business itself. By purchasing the biodigester, he will not have to externally buy the expensive propane needed for cooling and other purposes anymore. He will be able to fully integrate biogas production in the natural cycle of his business. By using the Sistema Biobolsa waste-to-energy solution, Elias will take full advantage of the large…
  • Kiva to Iraq

    Julia
    1 Oct 2014 | 3:51 pm
    Made a Kiva loan to Iraq.Shaima, a 38 year old mother of four, is an attorney and civil-society activist with twelve years of professional experience. She has participated in many activities with local NGOs and international agencies, and works in a clinic that provides legal aid for women survivors of domestic violence.Shaima identified an entrepreneurial opportunity when she noticed a lack of sufficient hotel options to accommodate the increase of tourists in her Iraqi hometown. Although the tourism market in Shaima’s conservative community is generally run by men, she bravely penetrated…
  • Wikipedia

    Julia
    25 Sep 2014 | 8:47 am
    I made a donation to Wikipedia today. My father asks me to, he uses it all the time. And he doesn't have a US credit card and asks me to donate for him.  I am glad to donate to Wikipedia because I am glad they exist.
  • Security Deposit

    Julia
    17 Sep 2014 | 8:21 am
    I helped Tracey with some funds she needs for a security deposit.  She's not asking for much but it will allow her to move into a place and she's been homeless for over a year.http://www.benevolent.net/need.html?needid=892
  • Kiva Zip loan for CHOCOLATE

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

    Chris Blattman
    16 Oct 2014 | 7:36 am
    Number 7! Once again, the main this blog sticks around for me: (P.S. I’ve long lost the source of this cartoon. If someone knows, please comment below.) The post Happy blogiversary to me! appeared first on Chris Blattman.
  • Disenfranchisement kills babies?

    Chris Blattman
    16 Oct 2014 | 7:24 am
    It’s not a *huge* stretch. This paper studies the introduction of electronic voting technology in Brazilian elections. Estimates exploiting a regression discontinuity design indicate that electronic voting reduced residual (error-ridden and uncounted) votes and promoted a large de facto enfranchisement of mainly less educated citizens. Estimates exploiting the unique pattern of the technology’s phase-in across states over time suggest that, as predicted by political economy models, it shifted government spending towards health care, which is particularly beneficial to the poor.
  • The big data is under the mountain

    Chris Blattman
    15 Oct 2014 | 6:41 pm
    The [Granity Mountain Records Vault] now holds parish records and old English manuscripts dating from the 1500s, including records from London, when civil registration began in 1837, and copies of jai pu, Chinese family records, which date back before AD 1. Overall the data the Mormons have gathered is equivalent to thirty-two times the amount of information contained in the Library of Congressand the church adds a new Library of Congress’s worth of new data every year. …Trying to determine and then store everyone’s name and existence for perpetuity is also an insanely costly…
  • Links I liked

    Chris Blattman
    14 Oct 2014 | 8:56 am
    “I’m still writing to you, maybe because I want you to give me a little hope. You can lie, if you feel like. Please, Etgar, tell me a short story with a happy ending, please.” Letters between Israeli-Palestinian writer Sayed Kashua and Jewish-Israeli writer and filmmaker Etgar Keret. I will give them credit for this: The GOP 404 error page (h/t to Dan Drezner) “The perfect response to people who say all Muslims are violent, in one tweet” This is getting worse and worse: Mexican activist slain during on-air radio broadcast And, from @seenfromafar, how Ebola reminds…
  • China’s growth: When something seems too good to be true, it usually is

    Chris Blattman
    14 Oct 2014 | 8:42 am
    Consensus forecasts for the global economy over the medium and long term predict the world’s economic gravity will substantially shift towards Asia and especially towards the Asian Giants, China and India. While such forecasts may pan out, there are substantial reasons that China and India may grow much less rapidly than is currently anticipated. Most importantly, history teaches that abnormally rapid growth is rarely persistent, even though economic forecasts invariably extrapolate recent growth. Indeed, regression to the mean is the empirically most salient feature of economic growth.
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  • Helen Nissenbaum on Ad Nauseum, resistance through obfuscation, and weapons of the weak

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

    Ethan
    6 Oct 2014 | 11:26 am
    Multimedia artist, writer, activist and teacher Coco Fusco is a visiting associate professor at MIT’s Comparative Media Studies this year, and she introduced herself to the Center for Civic Media community with a stunning talk this past Thursday, unpacking the history and the possible futures of the Cuban blogosphere. Fusco is a frequent traveler to Cuba and has interviewed many of the key figures in the space and offered an overview that’s complex, subtle and by far the most informative picture of the space I’ve heard thus far. (Video of Fusco’s talk is available…
  • Williams Convocation Address: “Bibliolarceny and the Size of the Universe”

    Ethan
    21 Sep 2014 | 4:47 am
    My alma mater, Williams College, begins the academic year with a convocation, a ceremony for seniors, faculty and a small number of alumni who are being honored with the college’s Bicentennial medal, an award for “distinguished achievement in any field of endeavor”. I was honored to be one of those medal recipients this year, and the college asked me to address the students. My remarks follow below. (Should you want to see me deliver the address, here’s the YouTube video.) If the job of a commencement address is to offer students thoughts on how to exit college and…
  • A public apology – on screwing up by not questioning assumptions – my talk at #BIF10

    Ethan
    17 Sep 2014 | 8:41 am
    I spoke this morning at the tenth incarnation of BIF, Business Innovation Factory, an annual conference in Providence, RI that focuses on storytelling. It’s got a lot less product promotion and self-celebration than many conferences on innovation, and more personal stories, which is why I always enjoy attending. So I thought I’d share a personal story that I’m still digesting and the questions it raises for me. If it reads a little differently from most of my writing, the context helps explain why. About a month ago, I wrote an article about a simple idea. I asked whether…
  • Self-segregation on social networks and the implications for the Ferguson, MO story

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

    19 Oct 2014 | 9:00 pm
    If you would be pungent, be brief; for it is with words as with sunbeams -the more they are condensed, the deeper they burn.  ~Robert SoutheyAll our words are but crumbs that fall down from the feast of the mind.  ~Kahlil GibranBut words are things, and a small drop of ink,Falling like dew, upon a thought, producesThat which makes thousands, perhaps millions, think.  ~George Gordon ByronFor me, words are a form of action, capable of influencing change. Their articulation represents a complete, lived experience.  ~Ingrid BengisWords do two major things: they provide food…
  • Guided by its Light

    17 Oct 2014 | 9:00 pm
    Communication is a continual balancing act, juggling the conflicting needs for intimacy and independence.  ~Deborah TannenIncrease your personal power through positive and powerful communication. Recognize and eliminate negative self talk.  ~Caterina RandoLife is worth being lived, but not being discussed all the time.  ~Isabelle AdjaniToo much agreement kills a chat.  ~Eldridge CleaverPut it before them briefly so they will read it, clearly so they will appreciate it, picturesquely so they will remember it and, above all, accurately so they will be guided by its light.
  • The Best in Ourselves

    16 Oct 2014 | 9:00 pm
    Love what you do. Believe in your instincts. And you'd better be able to pick yourself up and brush yourself off every day.  ~Mario AndrettiOur way is not soft grass; it's a mountain path with lots of rocks. But it goes upwards, forward, toward the sun.  ~Ruth WestheimerI've always tried to go a step past wherever people expected me to end up.  ~Beverly SillsSatisfaction lies in the effort, not in the attainment; full effort is full victory.  ~Mahatma GandhiWhen we seek to discover the best in others, we somehow bring out the best in ourselves.  ~William Arthur…
  • Abundance Mentality

    15 Oct 2014 | 9:00 pm
    True abundance isn't based on our net worth, but our self-worth. ~ Gabrielle BernsteinAbundance is, in large part, an attitude. ~ Sue Patton ThoeleAn abundance mentality springs from internal security, not from external rankings, comparisons, opinions, possessions, or associations. ~Stephen CoveyI keep the telephone of my mind open to peace, harmony, health, love and abundance. Then whenever doubt, anxiety, or fear try to call me, they keep getting a busy signal and soon they'll forget my number.  ~Edith ArmstrongYour diamonds are not in far distant mountains or in yonder seas; they are…
  • Full Life

    14 Oct 2014 | 9:00 pm
    To the mind that is still, the whole universe surrenders.  ~ ZhuangziThe western mind is linear, the eastern mind is circular.  ~ Bhagwan Shree RajneeshOpen your eyes to the beauty around you;open your mind to the wonders of life;open your heart to those who love you;and always be true to yourself.  ~ Donna DavisAssociate reverently, and as much as you can, with your loftiest thoughts.  ~Henry David Thoreau Every thought is a seed. If you plant crab apples, don't count on harvesting Golden Delicious.   ~Bill Meyer Live the full life of the mind, exhilarated by new…
 
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    Gift Hub

  • False Art

    Phil Cubeta
    9 Oct 2014 | 8:42 am
    False Art wears finery, and walks with little mincing steps, every inch a lady. Sadly, she sometimes tries to sing.
  • Phronesis and The Philanthropic Plural

    Phil Cubeta
    5 Oct 2014 | 1:17 pm
    Phronesis, in Aristotle, is practical wisdom, or judgment. The following question drill (suited, it seems to me, for dialectic, dialogic, self-aware, philanthropy) comes from the sociologist, now at Said School of Business, Bent Flyvbjerg, via Wright and Cairns, Scenario Thinking: 1. What is going on here? 2. Is it desirable? 3. What, if anything should we do about it? 4. Who gains and who loses, by what instrumentalities of power? Take the incursion of metrics, managed systems, branding, mass customization, into all walks of life, the rise of wealth inequality, the instrumentaliziation of…
  • Best Practices of a world class Fool

    Phil Cubeta
    4 Oct 2014 | 5:00 am
    World class Fools, too, as you would expect, have an annual conference and panels and breakout groups. Admist the din of Bedlam, today's topic is, "What have we learned that has served us best?" How to take a beating is apparently the answer.
  • The Wise Courtiers' Best Practices

    Phil Cubeta
    4 Oct 2014 | 4:57 am
    The Courtiers, too, have a Mastermind Group, where they go to learn Best Practices from each other. How can we best serve the King, whose name is Lear, is today's question. The Fool, dancing through, carrying an empty pitcher and a  tray of invisible beer mugs, offers, "Is this before or after you have driven him mad?"
  • Helping our clients live simply

    Phil Cubeta
    30 Sep 2014 | 1:54 pm
    Burt, the surgeon, doubles as a mortician - that is a joke as old as Martial, and still funny. Jill, the firm's top grossing wealth consultant, doubles as a morals tutor.  When your balance hits zero, she gives you a complimentary copy of Thoreau's, Walden, and you can go "live simply" in the woods outside the office park. I guess that's funny. Why would she give a free book to someone who's broke?
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    How I changed the world today.

  • Mexican CHEESE Farmer from Kiva

    2 Oct 2014 | 3:53 pm
    Made a Kiva loanElias is a small Mexican farmer who produces and sells cheese for a living. He decided to purchase a 120-cubic-meter Sistema Biobolsa biodigester in order to reduce the high energy costs, which were threatening the existence of the business itself. By purchasing the biodigester, he will not have to externally buy the expensive propane needed for cooling and other purposes anymore. He will be able to fully integrate biogas production in the natural cycle of his business. By using the Sistema Biobolsa waste-to-energy solution, Elias will take full advantage of the large…
  • Kiva to Iraq

    1 Oct 2014 | 3:51 pm
    Made a Kiva loan to Iraq.Shaima, a 38 year old mother of four, is an attorney and civil-society activist with twelve years of professional experience. She has participated in many activities with local NGOs and international agencies, and works in a clinic that provides legal aid for women survivors of domestic violence.Shaima identified an entrepreneurial opportunity when she noticed a lack of sufficient hotel options to accommodate the increase of tourists in her Iraqi hometown. Although the tourism market in Shaima’s conservative community is generally run by men, she bravely penetrated…
  • Wikipedia

    25 Sep 2014 | 8:47 am
    I made a donation to Wikipedia today. My father asks me to, he uses it all the time. And he doesn't have a US credit card and asks me to donate for him.  I am glad to donate to Wikipedia because I am glad they exist.
  • Security Deposit

    17 Sep 2014 | 8:21 am
    I helped Tracey with some funds she needs for a security deposit.  She's not asking for much but it will allow her to move into a place and she's been homeless for over a year.http://www.benevolent.net/need.html?needid=892
  • Kiva Zip loan for CHOCOLATE

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

  • Change the world.

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

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

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

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

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

    Arye Dworken
    20 Oct 2014 | 12:45 am
    In 2009, music journalist Yancey Strickler stood in the packed audience at Brooklyn’s Monster Island venue and caught an inspiring performance by the San Francisco rock band Girls. Strickler had liked what he heard and so he approached the band about releasing their first single “Hellhole Ratrace” digitally, through his micro-imprint eMusic Selects. Before too long, Girls had become a critically adored band with a coveted Best New Music-designation on Pitchfork, sold-out nationwide tours, and received coverage in major magazines like Vogue and Rolling Stone. Even back then, Strickler…
  • The Organization Creating Starry-Eyed Future Scientists  

    Manuel Rapada
    19 Oct 2014 | 10:00 pm
    Photo via Universe Awareness Twinkle, twinkle, little star, teaching kids about science may not be so hard. That’s the thinking behind Universe Awareness, an organization that develops training and classroom resources that use stars, the solar system, and other astronomical marvels to get youth excited about science. A decade ago, George Miley, an astronomy professor at Leiden University in the Netherlands, dreamed up the concept for Universe Awareness when he realized that every time he spoke about his day job at his children’s school, the young audiences would light up with questions…
  • The Multicultural Power of the Stoner Comedy

    Joshua Heller
    19 Oct 2014 | 9:20 am
    In all of filmdom is there any greater symbol of human brotherhood and multicultural harmony than the stoner comedy? In their own way, for the past half-century or so, this goofy genre have functioned as a safe haven for relationships that defy society’s prejudices and as a powerful countercultural influence. From the jazz age to the present, authorities have used pot to drive people apart, enacting drug wars to demonize and imprison minority communities, suppress radical culture, and generally harsh the collective mellow. So naturally, the bumbling heroes of stoner comedies are often the…
  • Y U No Show Consequences? 

    Jeremy Martin
    17 Oct 2014 | 4:55 pm
    Jason Reitman’s new film Men, Women, and Children purports to investigate the ways the internet has altered human relationships by following a fictional group of teens and their clueless parents. But if early reviews are to be believed, it’s also the biggest flop yet suffered by Reitman, the director of on-the-nose hits like Juno and Up in the Air. How did the film, starring Adam Sandler, Jennifer Garner, and Emma Thomspon, go so wrong? There’s only one way to find out: memes.  In conclusion …
  • American Women Are Finally Talking About Their Abortions

    Isis Madrid
    17 Oct 2014 | 1:10 pm
    Illustration by Josh Covarrubius “The antidote to shame is connectedness,” says Emily Letts, an abortion counselor in New Jersey who created a viral video documenting her own abortion earlier this year. Letts, along with Texan Sherry Merfish and her daughters Beth and Brett Merfish, founded the Not Alone project, an online community where women and men are encouraged to share their abortion stories through written and video submissions. Letts hopes her own video shows other women that most abortions aren’t scary or complicated. “It’s our responsibility to tell our stories,” says…
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  • Right Now, Someone is Going Hungry

    Sangeeta Haindl
    17 Oct 2014 | 5:09 am
    Right now, as the world is battling Ebola, terrorism and protests in Hong Kong, let us not forget that there are still 842 million undernourished people in the world. That [...] The post Right Now, Someone is Going Hungry appeared first on SocialEarth.
  • Krochet Kids intl. Released Its 2013 Annual Report and Its Social Impact Is Amazing

    Grant Trahant
    16 Oct 2014 | 8:23 am
    Krochet Kids intl. recently released its 2013 annual report featuring unique data that illustrates the company’s impact on empowering women and their families. To confront poverty’s multi-dimensional causes, KK intl. [...] The post Krochet Kids intl. Released Its 2013 Annual Report and Its Social Impact Is Amazing appeared first on SocialEarth.
  • Vestergaard To Reach 125,000 Kenyan Children with “Follow the Liters” Program

    Justmeans
    16 Oct 2014 | 8:18 am
    Western Kenya is a huge agricultural region, with equatorial temperatures and ample rain. Sugar and tea are both grown commercially, along with corn, sorghum and millet. Many fruits and vegetables [...] The post Vestergaard To Reach 125,000 Kenyan Children with “Follow the Liters” Program appeared first on SocialEarth.
  • Good-bye E-waste, Hello Green Cash

    Antonio Pasolini
    15 Oct 2014 | 5:07 am
    Mobile gadgets have created ​a massive source of electronic waste (e-waste). Experts say ​each person ​generates 15 pounds of e-waste ​every year​. ​And they sell like hot cakes, those ubiquitous [...] The post Good-bye E-waste, Hello Green Cash appeared first on SocialEarth.
  • The World Has Heard of ‘HeForShe’ But Have You Heard of ‘She Works’?

    Sangeeta Haindl
    14 Oct 2014 | 1:02 pm
    The recent impassioned speech by the actress Emma Watson on feminism and gender at the U.N. headquarters in New York to launch the “HeForShe” campaign, which aims to spur one billion [...] The post The World Has Heard of ‘HeForShe’ But Have You Heard of ‘She Works’? appeared first on SocialEarth.
 
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    Cause Global: Social Media for Social Change

  • Feminism 3.0

    26 Sep 2014 | 12:36 pm
    Feminism—with a small but strident f—is having a cultural moment. From Facebook's Sheryl Sandberg to Beyonce, it is becoming part of the mainstream. And this week, it marched onto center stage in Manhattan, at two of the nation's biggest annual social good gatherings of world leaders, CEOs, cause-wired Millennials, celebrities, and philanthropists: Bill Clinton's invitation-only, 10th annual Clinton Global Initiative (CGI), and the Social Good Summit, the open-door, Gen Y celebration of grassroots activism sponsored by Mashable, the United Nations Foundation, and the Bill & Melinda…
  • The Ice Bucket Challenge

    19 Aug 2014 | 11:33 am
    Unless you've been living under a rock this summer, you've probably heard about the Ice Bucket Challenge by now—and how thousands of celebrities and ordinary people across the country are challenging each other via social media to make a video of themselves dumping ice water on their heads to raise money for research into ALS, better known as Lou Gehrig's disease.You've probably also heard the criticism of this novel fundraising campaign—that it's silly, that it's narcissistic, and that it's slacktivism. Not suprisingly, perhaps, many social good sector veterans worry that big, viral…
  • #LikeAGirl

    27 Jun 2014 | 7:48 am
    Like many women I know, I was told repeatedly by my older brother growing up that I threw a softball "like a girl"— despite turning in an impressive season many years later as shortstop for a co-ed softball team I organized at the University of Hawaii, while there on an international reporting fellowship.That phrase continues to catch my attention, and I heard it again the other night, after leaving a movie at NYC's Film Forum. There, on the street near the subway, I overheard two men accusing a third of "acting like a girl" during an argument that would soon turn into a fistfight. I…
  • Speed as Strategy

    7 Jun 2014 | 11:30 am
    Social media scholar Clay Shirky likes to tell the story of Russia's Voina street-art activists and the June night in 2010, when some of its members painted a drawbridge leading to the Bolshoy Dom, the former headquarters of the KGB and Soviet secret police in St. Petersburg, where Russian President Vladimir Putin would be arriving the next morning. To passersby, what they had painted wasn't immediately clear —until the drawbridge was raised slowly the next morning, revealing a giant phallus rising skyward in full glory at precisely the time Putin pulled up in his motorcade.Fast forward…
  • Slacktivism Works

    6 Jun 2014 | 4:59 am
    Go ahead. Call online activism slacktivism. Just stop underestimating the impact of small actions such as Facebook likes, status updates or re-tweets for social change. New social research shows this micro-messaging can have a powerful emotional and psychological impact on the recipients of these messages—and, over time, can be key to the success and staying power of social movements."We know that these small actions online—anything that takes a few minutes to complete, like a status update or a comment to share, or a re-tweet—are things that many people do just to get attention," says…
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    Sasha Dichter's Blog

  • Most of your meetings will be better if you…

    Sasha
    16 Oct 2014 | 2:00 am
    Have a purpose. State a purpose. Execute on that purpose.   This means you know what success looks like for you, and you actually say it out loud to the person you’re meeting with. For example: “I want to make sure we cover these three topics.” “I wanted to connect because I really want to understand ________ from your perspective.” “I’m hoping that by the end of this meeting we will finalize the partnership we’ve been discussing for the past six weeks, and that your company will commit to $1M of funding towards that partnership.” I’m surprised how rare it is to hear…
  • 15 ways you can reach me

    Sasha
    14 Oct 2014 | 2:00 am
    Today a friend apologized to me for not seeing a Skype text I’d sent him last week (no problem). This got me thinking about the incoming communication tools that I have, all the ways people can reach me. Work email address (Outlook) Personal email address (Gmail) Blog email address (Gmail) Blog comments (WordPress) Spam/shopping email address (Yahoo) iPhone text WhatsApp (including a few groups) Twitter (DMs, RTs and mentions) Skype calls + texts [oh, and I’m testing Viber] Facebook (and I don’t use the messenger app) LinkedIn messages Work phone + voicemail Cellphone + voicemail Home…
  • What I Talk About When I Talk About Blogging

    Sasha
    8 Oct 2014 | 2:00 am
    I’ve had a lot of conversations in the past few months that start with people saying, “I really have been meaning to write or blog, but I just haven’t done it. Any advice on how to start and stick with it?” Here are 12 things that I’ve learned since I started blogging in 2008: A structured time to write. Stephen King is famous for saying that step one in writing is to put your “butt in the chair.” Not glamorous, but true. 99% of my blog posts have been written on the train that I take home from work. And most of them come out very quickly – in 10-15 minutes. But I’ve…
  • Beauty and grit – from Lahore with love

    Sasha
    24 Sep 2014 | 2:00 am
    Waqas Ali keeps telling me that he sleeps.  I’m not sure I believe him. The last time I saw him was in late June in a coffee shop in Lahore.  We sat down at midnight, and it was clear that his day was just getting started. The Ghana-Germany World Cup game was being projected on a 15 foot screen in the background, but there’s no risk in being distracted when Waqas starts talking.  His energy is infectious. Waqas and I first met two years ago. He was the young, quiet, skinny kid in a group of six applicants that were part of the final selection for the Acumen Pakistan Fellows. Well,…
  • What I Deserve

    Sasha
    22 Sep 2014 | 2:00 am
    I live in a wealthy community in a wealthy country. I had, and have, a stable, supportive family and access to world-class education. I am male and I am white. Last week, as part of my time with the Acumen India Fellows, I spent some time 135km outside of Hyderabad, in the villages surrounding the town of Kosge.  We were there to understand the issue of marginalization of rural women, and to do so we spent time in villages, with women’s self-help groups, visiting schools and talking with NGOs and the police force and with doctors in public hospitals. We split up into four groups, and as…
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    High Impact Philanthropy Blog

  • Global Refugee Work Rights Report: Q&A with Emily Arnold-Fernandez

    impactsp2@gmail.com
    16 Oct 2014 | 1:21 pm
    According to the UN Refugee Agency, today there are approximately 16 million refugees, people who have fled their own country to escape persecution or civil war. Emily Arnold-Fernandez, founder and executive director of Asylum Access, is a social entrepreneur working to transform the human rights landscape for refugees worldwide. To date, her work has impacted over 1 million refugees and earned numerous international accolades, including the Grinnell Prize; the Echoing Green fellowship; and recognition by the Dalai Lama as one of 50 “Unsung Heroes of Compassion” worldwide. In this…
  • Ebola Outbreak: How Can I Help? An Update & Focus on Liberia

    impactsp2@gmail.com
    9 Oct 2014 | 12:37 pm
    In this post, we provide a brief update on the Ebola crisis, criteria for selecting organizations to support, and specific opportunities for you to help. The Situation Since August (see our first entry on the crisis: Ebola Outbreak: How Can I Help?), the scale of the Ebola crisis has expanded dramatically. The most recent report from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) indicates that over 8,000 people have now caught the virus, leading to more than 3,500 deaths. The stigma attached to Ebola and the lack of beds at treatment centers mean that the real toll is thought to be as much as three…
  • Fall Update: TEDx Talk, Educational Programs, New Work & Evolving Team

    impactsp2@gmail.com
    2 Oct 2014 | 1:59 pm
    Few times of the year are as energizing for our team as the start of a new school year here at the university. We're starting this school year with new perspectives, new work and an expanded team.    Ebola: How Can I Help? Since August, the scale and scope of the crisis has expanded dramatically. See our latest blog post for analysis of the current situation, criteria for selecting organizations to support, and specific opportunities for you to help. TEDx: Amplify the Money You Give This recently posted TEDx talk explains what we mean by high-impact philanthropy, examples of…
  • Notes from the Field (New York City): The Power of The Crowd

    impactsp2@gmail.com
    25 Sep 2014 | 2:16 pm
    Members of our Center's team attended two events that took place in New York City last week—one you’ve probably heard of, and one that might have slipped under your radar. The first, the People’s Climate March, garnered extensive press coverage and brought together over 300,000 marchers in New York alone, not to mention those participating in over 2000 satellite events around the world. The second was a smaller affair, though no less exuberant. In a ballroom a few steps away from the heart of Broadway, Women Moving Millions brought together over a hundred women (and a…
  • Childhood Obesity Awareness Month: Opportunity for Donors to Encourage Healthy Choices

    impactsp2@gmail.com
    18 Sep 2014 | 1:14 pm
    Despite some positive trends at the state level, childhood obesity continues to plague our nation.  To bring attention to the epidemic and its overwhelming social and economic costs, estimated to exceed $100 billion annually, President Obama declared September as National Childhood Obesity Awareness Month.  Below is the second entry in our Center's mini-series on childhood obesity in honor of the awareness month.  See also Childhood Obesity Awareness Month: An Opportunity for Donors to Support Children's Health. Leveraging peers to enable healthy eating choices:…
 
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  • Embrace Your Delusions

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

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

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

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

    Dwight Turner
    29 Jan 2014 | 12:19 am
    Last week I wrote how friends assembled by a project called Impact 48, helped us to create a beautiful financial report (Read Small Steps for Big Change for a small recap of the Impact 48 gathering). This week I want to share the report with you. The report is available on our donate page. Go there and just click the link and it should pop up in pdf form. The report breaks down the project into three causes: Survivors (providing the basic needs of families), Esteem (opportunities for women and young girls), and Thrive (education). For each there’s an abbreviated description with some…
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  • The Gift of Struggle

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

    Carolynne Melnyk
    2 Sep 2014 | 5:53 am
    For over 25 years I wandered the world.  Along the way, I had many adventures and learned about myself, people and the world. These are some of the things I learned: 1. I learned that people all over the world want the same basic things: enough to eat, clear water, decent shelter, good health, education and opportunities for their children, an honest way to earn some money and respect. 2. I learned that some of the poorest people on this planet are also some of the most generous. They share what they have, even if it is only a glass of water.  When someone offers you something from the…
  • How I Opened My Heart to Change and What Showed Up When I Did

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

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

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

    steve
    15 Oct 2014 | 7:34 am
    I love my Crock Pot. Granted, I lug it out almost as often as I lug out my ice cream maker or Ronco Rotisserie (meaning almost never other than the first two weeks I owned them when I used them constantly). But whenever I do have a slow cooked meal it’s always heavenly. I can’t go back to cooking beef stew any other way. The Wonderbag is an ingenious product that’s a slow cooker just like your Crock Pot, except that it doesn’t use any electricity. No plugs, no cords, nothing. You basically bring your dish to a boil on the stove in a pot, place it (pot and all) in the…
  • Agraria Helps Out for Breast Cancer Awareness Month Again

    steve
    8 Oct 2014 | 8:04 pm
    Once again, Agraria is donating 35% of all online sales of their Cedar Rose fragrance of products to breast cancer research, benefiting the Breast Cancer Research Foundation. Agraria is a producer of products of exquisite fragrances. Their history dates back to 1970 when they started as a boutique on Nob Hill, introducing two products with unique fragrances (“Bitter Orange” Potpourri and “Balsam” perfume candles.) The Henri Bendel store on New York’s Park Avenue and later Bergdoff Goodman put Agraria potpourri in the entryways of their stores. If you’ve…
  • Devon Still Jerseys to help Cincinnati Children’s Hospital

    steve
    1 Oct 2014 | 9:15 am
    The NFL has gotten a lot of flak lately. Seems that every time you read about football in the media, they’re not talking about the game, but about distractions like why a team name is supposedly offensive or how the criminal behavior of certain players supposedly represent the entire league. Here’s a nice story to come out of the NFL. On June 2, defensive tackle Devon Still learned his four year old daughter had Stage 4 pediatric cancer and given a 50% chance of survival. Soon after, he was cut from the roster of the Bengals, a devastating blow for any aspiring football player.
  • Oprah’s Chai Tea from Teavana and Starbucks that Helps Charity

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

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

  • Expert philanthropy vs. broad philanthropy

    Holden
    16 Oct 2014 | 12:30 pm
    It seems to me that the most common model in philanthropy – seen at nearly every major staffed foundation – is to have staff who specialize in a particular cause (for example, specializing in criminal justice policy). Often, such staff have a very strong background in the cause before they come to the foundation, and they generally seem to focus their time exclusively on one cause – to the point of becoming (if they weren’t already) an expert in it. I think this model makes a great deal of sense, partly for reasons we’ve discussed previously. Getting to know…
  • Our ongoing review of Development Media International

    Timothy Telleen-Lawton
    9 Oct 2014 | 12:24 pm
    Development Media International (DMI) produces radio and television programs in developing countries that encourage people to adopt improved health practices, such as exclusive breastfeeding of infants and seeking treatment for symptoms associated with fatal diseases. The program aims to reduce mortality of children under five years old. In May, we wrote that we were considering DMI for a 2014 top charity recommendation. We’ve now spent a considerable amount of time talking to DMI and analyzing documents DMI shared with us. This post shares what we’ve learned so far and what…
  • A promising study on the long-term effects of deworming

    Jake Marcus
    3 Oct 2014 | 10:10 am
    This year, Dr. Kevin Croke, a post-doctoral fellow at the Harvard School of Public Health, released a study that we consider an important addition to the evidence for deworming children. The study (Croke 2014) followed up on a randomized controlled trial (RCT) of a deworming program in Uganda and found higher scores on tests of literacy and numeracy in children living in treatment areas compared to the control 7 to 8 years later. This finding reinforces the findings of the only other RCT examining the long-term effects of deworming, which we had previously considered to be relatively strong…
  • Guest Post from Tom Rutledge

    Holden
    1 Oct 2014 | 11:58 am
    The following is a guest post from one of our Board members, Tom Rutledge, that he wrote to reflect on his personal experiences as a GiveWell supporter. I was a Jerk for GiveWell When I first learned about GiveWell, I was a real jerk about it. I blame the preceding years. Before GiveWell, I had accumulated a lot of bad feelings related to giving. My charitable activities had consisted of the usual, in the usual categories: alumni funds, causes that friends solicited for, affinity groups I was somehow part of, and the odd fund drive related to an event. Along the way, I didn’t really think I…
  • Challenges of transparency

    Holden
    11 Sep 2014 | 12:42 pm
    When we first started GiveWell, we wondered why major staffed foundations didn’t write more about the thinking behind their giving (and the results of it), in order to share their knowledge and influence others. We’ve tried to counterbalance normal practice by making transparency one of our core values. Our commitment to transparency is as strong as it’s ever been; we derive major benefits from it, and we believe there’s far too little public information and discussion about giving. At the same time, we’ve learned a lot about just why transparency in philanthropy…
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  • David Terry Tibbs of Digital Maze in Thailand and Extortion

    admin
    18 Oct 2014 | 11:06 pm
    David Tibbs of Digital Maze and Internet Extortion Posted on May 15, 2014 by Bill Bohack No Comments ↓ In December of 2011 I had the misfortune of meeting David Tibbs of Digital Maze. David was one of our SEO guys for some of our websites. David handled some of the seo work for BPClaims.org and assorted other sites. David Tibbs was originally working from his home in England and would later move to Thailand. I should have known better then to hire a guy from England to help with BPClaims.org. When we had 2 of our sites ranking above the sites for the DeepWater Horizon Settlement Sites, Pat…
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    admin
    18 Oct 2014 | 9:02 am
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  • Chris Tomlin

    17 Oct 2014 | 12:56 pm
    This week we talk to one of the most prolific songwriters and worship leaders of our day, Chris Tomlin. Of course we talk to him about his upcoming album, but you won’t believe some of the OTHER questions we ask him! We also talk to author and theologian, Peter Enns about his new book, “The Bible Tells Me So,” and we relive some classic church lock-in memories.
  • Classic Movie Scenes Recreated With Legos Because Why Not?

    17 Oct 2014 | 12:24 pm
    Meet 15-year-old aspiring filmmaker Morgan Spence, who was recruited to be part of Lego artist Warren Elsmore's Brick Flicks project. Spence has edited together a series of iconic movie scenes—from Singin' In the Rain to Wayne's World to Titanic—using Legos. Everything is awesome, perhaps, but Spence is doing his part to make them all a little more awesome ...
  • Nigeria's Kidnapped Schoolgirls Will Finally Be Released

    17 Oct 2014 | 11:11 am
    It's been nearly seven months since Boko Haram kidnapped roughly 200 schoolgirls in Nigeria, launching the #BringBackOurGirls hashtag. Today, Nigerian officials announced they had reached an agreement to secure their release and implement a ceasefire between the Nigerian military and the terrorist group. "Commitment among parts of Boko Haram and the military does appear to be genuine," a Nigerian security official told Reuters. "It is worth taking seriously." Boko Haram raided Chibok boarding school in northern Nigeria in April, taking nearly 300 schoolgirls with them when they left. Some 50…
  • The Black Keys Are Not Into U2's iTunes Giveaway

    17 Oct 2014 | 10:48 am
    U2's bombastic, free Songs of Innocence release is the sort of thing that sort of forces you to have an opinion (the album was forced onto your hard drive, so, why not?). Some people saw it as the way of the future. Some people saw it as a grand gesture from a big band. Some people felt like the music was, well, forced on them. And then there's Black Keys drummer and noted Belieber archfoe Patrick Carney, who says the giveaway hurt U2's reputation. Apple's delivery method, "devalued their music completely," Carney told The Seattle Times, and said the deal "sends a huge mixed message to…
  • 9 Things Everyone Should Do When Reading the Bible

    bronwynlea
    17 Oct 2014 | 10:30 am
    A few simple habits to build into your Bible reading. Very few of us have the inclination or interest in diving into three years of seminary education in order to get a better handle on the Scriptures. However, every believer should long to get a better grip on the Bible. The good news is that it does not require a graduate education to do so.
 
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    Ignited Fundraising

  • Nonprofit Resource: Social Media Platform Cheat Sheet

    Lori Jacobwith
    14 Oct 2014 | 10:01 pm
    We’ve all learned social media is a powerful tool for marketing, communicating with your nonprofit donors and generally sharing with your community about who you are, what you’re up to, and how they can help. At times, though, I find I’m not quite sure which tool does exactly what I need.  And then there’s the time and effort it takes to get right. If you are like me, one thing nonprofit staff and fundraising professionals don’t have a lot of it, it’s time to figure all this out. When I saw this COOL social media cheat sheet on Media Bistro I had to share…
  • 2014 Fundraising Technology Trends Study Published

    Lori Jacobwith
    7 Oct 2014 | 10:01 pm
    Guest Post by Adam Bluemner, Managing Editor, Find Accounting Software Last time I featured a guest post by Adam Bluemner he was telling you about the 2014 Technology Trends Survey. This week I’m excited to have him back to tell you about the results of the study. When it comes to fundraising, nonprofits have never had so many technology options. Every day brings new companies, new products, and new services. The choices hold the promise of better, more efficient ways to connect with and inspire donors. The opportunity to harness technology to build momentum for your cause and do more…
  • The Ignited Fundraising Community is Now Accepting New Members

    Lori Jacobwith
    30 Sep 2014 | 10:01 pm
    Over the past few weeks we’ve had a lot of buzz about my Ignited Fundraising Community Membership. It’s been humbling and exciting to receive all of your responses, comments, and questions! “It’s worth every penny AND more!” – Kelly from Ridgewater Community College I’m so proud of this community. Since its inception it truly is group of people focused on making a difference.  I’m honored to be able to help each person and their organizations do the work they do. In case you can’t tell, I truly love to help people like you make a difference. TODAY,…
  • Creating a Solid Thank You System Gets Donors to Stick Around

    Lori Jacobwith
    23 Sep 2014 | 11:30 pm
    Have you seen this terrific infographic from my friends at Bloomerang.co? It’s about the findings from their $5 donor communications experiment and the findings are eye-opening. This is a great activity, and something you should try. I often recommend organizations do some mystery shopping of their OWN organization. By making a contribution to your own organization you can find out what it feels like to be noticed, or not. One of the findings in the Bloomerang experiment that really saddened me was seeing the stats about the number of thank you calls received for the gifts made. 0 calls…
  • Quick Announcement & a Favor

    Lori Jacobwith
    19 Sep 2014 | 7:43 am
    I’ve got a new website, a new company name AND an updated membership program called the Ignited Fundraising Community ready to launch! It’s been a long process and we’re almost ready to go…. But…one thing is still missing. YOUR wisdom and input. Membership to the Ignited Fundraising Community is a program I’ve delivered for more than five years to hundreds of people you. My program helps you raise more money AND brings directly to you the latest and greatest communication & fundraising tools, tips and tactics from some of best talent you can find. In…
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  • Help Your Favorite Charity With A Personal PSA

    14 Oct 2014 | 3:07 am
    This was originally posted in 2010                   This isn't for the professional media makers or... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • News Roundup for Operation Blessing

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

    22 Sep 2014 | 12:38 am
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  • Making Summer Better for You Your Family and the World

    27 Jul 2014 | 12:30 pm
    "Summer" by Kevin Dooley                          Imagine it's the end of June and you have a family.  Your kids have... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Possible New Feature:Charity of the Month

    25 Jul 2014 | 11:27 am
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  • Interviewed: Sharing Cities Fellow and TEDx Speaker M. Andre Primus

    Cat Johnson
    16 Oct 2014 | 7:59 am
    Recently, M. Andre Primus gave a TEDx talk where he described the sharing economy as what happens when you love your neighbor as yourself. A Sharing Cities Fellow, Primus founded RocShare, in Rochester, New York, to grow the local sharing economy. His goal is to make Rochester a sharing town by connecting people, community organizations and sharing businesses.
  • Fair.coop: Using Cryptocurrency to Bring Economic Justice to the World

    Cat Johnson
    16 Oct 2014 | 6:49 am
    Imagine an online cooperative that supports economic equality around the world and is free from state control. This is the vision for Fair.coop. First envisioned by Enric Duran, cofounder of the Catalan Integral Cooperative, Fair.coop is an extension of peer-to-peer values, open cooperation, and hacker ethics. If Fair.coop's lofty ideals are realized in a concrete way, it could prove revolutionary.
  • Sharing a (Not So) Living Planet

    Rajesh Makwana
    14 Oct 2014 | 8:35 am
    Photo credit: Foter / Public domain. Article cross-posted from Share.org.
  • We’re Jammin’ Round the World: #MapJam Reaches 50 Cities

    Tom Llewellyn
    14 Oct 2014 | 5:20 am
    "If we see only the worst, it destroys our capacity to do something. If we remember those times and places--and there are so many--where people have behaved magnificently, this gives us the energy to act, and at least the possibility of sending this spinning top of a world in a different direction. And if we do act, in however small a way, we don't have to wait for some grand utopian future.
  • How to Make Transit Hubs Safer for Everyone Using Intersection Repair

    ioby
    13 Oct 2014 | 9:56 am
    By Mike Lydon of The Street Plans Collaborative. Photo credit: gregraisman.  Transit Hubs are busy intersections where train lines, bus lines, cars, taxis, pedestrians, and bicycles often meet. Here’s how to make sure those who depend on transit the most (the very young, the very old, and families on tight budgets) can get across intersections safely. STEP 1. Watch the People Flow.
 
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  • US Car Sales Projected to Rise Only Modestly in 2015

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

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

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

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

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

  • New Car Seat Finder Tool Helps Parents Select Right Car Seats for their Children

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

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

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

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

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

  • 8 Reasons Why Bad Trainings Happen to Good Nonprofits

    Beth
    9 Oct 2014 | 9:32 am
    Note from Beth: Last January, I put together a train the trainers session for nonprofit trainers.  You can find the presentation here and accompanying blog post, How To Think Like A Nonprofit Instructional Designer.   Over on the SalsaLabs blog, they are doing a series on designing nonprofit tech training and I discovered this excellent rewrite of my post.  And if that’s not enough, we’ll also be sharing a few of the latest and greatest user trainings on Salsa tools to quench your thirst for knowledge and skills.  Anyway,  they graciously allowed me to republish the post here as a…
  • A Crash Course in Design Thinking for Network Leadership Skills

    Beth
    7 Oct 2014 | 8:43 pm
    Last month, I participated in a Design Thinking Lab with network leadership practitioners convened by the Leadership Learning Community.   The lab was facilitated by Heather Mcleod-Grant and Justin Ferrell, Director of Fellowships at the Stanford d-School.  The session was an introduction to design thinking methods and to generate ideas for instructional modules for networked leadership development.  The design challenge was:  How do we come up with concrete tools, frameworks and methods for helping people better understand and adopt network systems leadership? Like all good training…
  • Giving 2.0: The MOOC Launches Today: Sign Up for Free

    Beth
    6 Oct 2014 | 9:22 am
    Giving 2.0: The MOOC, is a Stanford University-sponsored FREE online course intended to teach givers of all ages, backgrounds, incomes and experiences to give more effectively.  It launches today, so there is still time to sign up!    The instructor is Stanford Professor and Philanthropist  Laura Arrillaga-Andreessen.    The course teaches students to assess nonprofits, create a high-impact giving plan, volunteer more effectively, and use online networks and tools for good.    The course also has an action learning component.  Participants will do a real-time grantmaking process…
  • What can nonprofit technology trainers learn from the social work field to improve their training techniques?

    Beth
    2 Oct 2014 | 10:11 am
    Last month, I spent two days teaching at University of Buffalo, School of Social Work.    During my visit, I gave a keynote at a nonprofit leadership conference, facilitated a workshop for social work agencies on networks and data, guest taught a graduate course in social work research and evaluation methods,  met with faculty, gave a talk on giving to students at the student union (pictured above), and was interviewed for the podcast series. I love teaching (and learning) and it was a pleasure to work with students, nonprofits, and faculty.   I also learned a lot working along side…
  • Kickstarter Founder Launches Nonprofit Platform: A Dollar A Day

    Beth
    1 Oct 2014 | 10:06 am
    Perry Chen is an American Internet entrepreneur best known for co-founding the social fundraising website Kickstarter.   Today, he has launched a platform to help raise money for nonprofits that are doing highly effective work, but may not be as well known to a larger audience.   The platform is called “Dollar A Day.   The idea is simple.   Everyday they will donate a dollar a day to specific nonprofit, encourage others to donate, and promote the nonprofit’s work to their network via a brief email newsletter. The site features innovative and high impact nonprofits with…
 
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    Forgiveness Project

  • NEWS: The potential of empathy…

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

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

    rachel
    19 Sep 2014 | 8:07 am
    On 17th September we held the seventh in our series of ten Conversations on Forgiveness at St Ethelburga’s Centre for Reconciliation and Peace. The topic for discussion was ‘Can you move on without forgiveness?’ On the panel were Camilla Carr, who was held hostage by Chechnyan rebels for 14 months in 1997, and Richard Wilson, whose sister was murdered in Burundi by a group who have never admitted responsibility and who continue to kill civilians amid a climate of near-total impunity. The conversation was led by Simon Fanshawe, broadcaster, change and diversity consultant and co-founder…
  • NEWS: Flame of Forgiveness Fortnight: 6 – 19 October 2014

    rachel
    8 Sep 2014 | 5:58 am
    To commemorate the centenary of the outbreak of World War I, The Forgiveness Project is honoured to be part of the Flame of Forgiveness project, working with Teresa Pearce, MP for Erith and Thamesmead, Care England and Four Seasons Health Care. This intergenerational project aims to build links between care homes, local schools and the wider community, allowing everyone to benefit from the sharing of collective knowledge and experience. We also hope this will be an opportunity to learn about local history and the impact large-scale conflict can have on smaller communities. The fortnight will…
  • EVENT: Can you move on without forgiveness? – 15 September 2014

    rachel
    3 Sep 2014 | 9:06 am
    On the panel discussing whether forgiveness is the only route to healing after a traumatic event will be Camilla Carr, who was held hostage by Chechnyan rebels for 14 months in 1997, and Richard Wilson, whose sister was murdered in Burundi by a group who have never admitted responsibility and who continue to kill civilians amid a climate of near-total impunity. He continues to campaign for an end to political violence in Burundi and the wider region. The conversation will be led by Simon Fanshawe, broadcaster and consultant at astar-fanshawe who works with organisations to use diversity and…
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    Be-Mail

  • The Problem with Us Against Them

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

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

    BeMail
    11 Sep 2014 | 11:40 am
    About 6-8 months ago, I decided that I wanted to spread my entrepreneurial wings. I came across an idea for a side business and decided to jump right in and learn as I went. I didn’t entirely know what I was doing. And I loved it. I relished the unknown and the learning and the diving head-first into a community that I never knew existed. I made mistakes. I learned from them. I didn’t make them again. I was staying up until two in the morning learning and networking and growing my business. I was having the time of my life. And I was making money. And I decided to close up shop…
  • Girls Scouts and Barbie: Oil and Water

    BeMail
    8 Sep 2014 | 6:03 pm
    My daughter starts Daisies this week and I couldn’t be more excited. Yes, she loves twirly skirts. Yes, she loves nail polish. But she also really, really, really loves rocks….and science….and adventure. We couldn’t wait to get started. Her first meeting is Wednesday and she will earn her first patch, “You Can Be Anything.” Awesome! Girl Power! It is sponsored by Barbie and she is supposed to bring a Barbie, or Barbie-like doll, that represents who she wants to be. Excellent, she wants to be a scientist. I’ll get her a scientist Barbie. There…
  • The Joys of a Mystery Road Trip

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

  • Getting Back Your Spark When Every Day Feels Hard

    Sarah Hohl
    19 Oct 2014 | 8:31 pm
    “When you reach the end of your rope, tie a knot in it and hang on.” ~Thomas Jefferson Did you ever wake up one morning and not know who you were anymore? Waking up for the past four years of my life, I felt like I was in the movie Groundhogs Day. The same things happened every day, and I felt the same horrible feelings all the time. Anxiety, depression, and hopelessness ran my life. I had it all figured out at some point. I was furthering my career and moving toward my dream of becoming a psychologist. I had great co-workers, tons of friends, and a supportive family. There was this…
  • Dealing With Uncertainty: When You Don’t Know What to Do Next

    Jenn Kashiwa
    19 Oct 2014 | 8:30 pm
    “Your mind will answer most questions if you learn to relax and wait for the answer.” ~William S. Burroughs There’s a lot of advice out there that tells us when to let go of something and make a change in our lives, as if moving on were as simple as your brain notifying your hand to loosen it’s grip and release a balloon in the air. But when it comes to grappling with your heart and soul, it’s not such an easy thing to do. You cannot choose to amputate your feelings on a moment’s notice. Maybe you’re sitting in a place of uncertainty for what you should do next. Perhaps you…
  • When We Try to Change Others and Avoid Ourselves

    Michelle D'Avella
    16 Oct 2014 | 8:30 pm
    “I’ve discovered that you can’t change people. They can change themselves.”~Jim Rohn This is indeed a fact—a fact that took me a very long time to learn. You may argue that we help each other change, and it’s true. But the deepest truth is that only we are responsible for our own growth. The most difficult work is the seemingly minuscule shift from resistance to willingness that allows us to face the difficult things we’ve been hiding from, and only we can do this for ourselves.  I had boyfriends who had issues. One of them lacked ambition; he was already lost when we met…
  • How to Heal from Heartbreak and Allow Love into Your Life

    Vishnu
    16 Oct 2014 | 8:29 pm
    “Love is what we were born with. Fear is what we learned here.” ~Marianne Williamson Love terrifies me. After having loved, courted, and married the love of my life, things went sour. Over the course of a few years, our marriage crumbled and our relationship came to a sudden halt. When you’ve only been with one person, loved that person to the core, and believed that person to be your soul mate, you take the break-up unusually hard. Yes, tears. Yes, sorrow. Yes, seclusion. Yes, withdrawal. Yes, not wanting to get out of bed. I experienced every symptom of heartbreak to its…
  • The Art of Reflection: Feel Your Way to a Happier Life

    Nancie Vito
    15 Oct 2014 | 8:31 pm
    “You can’t connect the dots looking forward; you can only connect them looking backwards.” ~Steve Jobs One of the best ways I’ve found to develop wisdom is through reflection. While reflection might look like a quiet session of daydreaming, it’s actually an active process during which you enrich your life and encourage personal growth by reviewing parts of your day or your life. It was January 2001 and I was sitting in New York’s La Guardia airport waiting for my flight to Atlanta. I had moved to New York to attend a graduate program there, and in spite of doing well…
 
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    Farnam Street

  • Brené Brown on The Difference Between Guilt and Shame

    Shane Parrish
    19 Oct 2014 | 5:00 am
    Brené Brown studies vulnerability, courage, authenticity, and shame. She’s a researcher-storyteller and author of Daring Greatly: How the Courage to Be Vulnerable Transforms the Way We Live, Love, Parent, and Lead, a book that argues we should embrace vulnerability and imperfection, to live wholeheartedly, and engage in our lives. In this TED talk, a follow-on to her one on vulnerability, she engagingly brings us into the “unspoken epidemic” of shame and explores what happens when people confront their shame head-on. I think the main point of her two TED talks is to embrace…
  • No Risky Chances: The Conversation That Matters Most

    Shane Parrish
    16 Oct 2014 | 5:00 am
    “Lacking a coherent view of how people might live successfully all the way to the very end, we have allowed our fates to be controlled by medicine, technology, and strangers.“ Atul Gawande is one of my favorite writers. Aside from the amazing work he did getting us talking about the power of simple checklists, he’s also pointed out why most of us should have coaches. Now he’s out with a new book, Being Mortal: Medicine and What Matters in the End, which adds to our ongoing conversation on what it means to be mortal. I learned about a lot of things in medical school,…
  • To Give or Take? The Surprising Science Behind Success

    Shane Parrish
    15 Oct 2014 | 5:00 am
    ​​“The principle of give and take; that is diplomacy—give one and take ten” — Mark Twain Was Twain right? It certainly seems so. The world is full of people who operate with that fuel. For them it’s all about taking. Lest you lose your faith in humanity, the world is also full of people who believe that on some level, karma or otherwise, it pays to be nice. The question arises as to which is the better strategy. Is it better to take or to give? So much of life depends on how we interact with others. We all want to be friends with givers. We have a way of eliminating takers…
  • What Book has the Most Page-for-Page Wisdom?

    Shane Parrish
    14 Oct 2014 | 5:00 am
    Here is what happened when I asked twenty-seven thousand people “What is page for page the book with the most wisdom you’ve ever read?” My thinking was, and still is, that you need to filter what you read. Reading, I mean really reading, is not simple. It’s time consuming. So aside from finding time and remembering what you read, you want to make sure you’re reading the right things. There are a few approaches to this filtering. One is to employ the Lindy Effect. But another approach that I use personally is, and this is really going to sound simple, to ask smart…
  • Google and Combinatorial Innovation

    Shane Parrish
    13 Oct 2014 | 5:00 am
    In his new book, How Google Works, Eric Schmidt argues that “we are entering … a new period of combinatorial innovation.” This happens, he says, when “there is a great availability of different component parts that can be combined or recombined to create new inventions.” For example, in the 1800s, the standardization of design of mechanical devices such as gears, pulleys, chains, and cams led to a manufacturing boom. In the 1900s, the gasoline engine led to innovations in automobiles, motorcycles, and airplanes. By the 1950s, it was the integrated circuit proliferating in numerous…
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    Holstee

  • Let’s hear it for those who #hustle: it’s been a...

    17 Oct 2014 | 2:38 pm
    Let’s hear it for those who #hustle: it’s been a long week, but we’ve got a lot of amazing stuff happening next week, including this new Manifesto Journal. Stay tuned! #journal #notebook #holsteelove #manifesto #thinkbig #thisisyourlife #dowhatyoulove #livemindfully #liveyourdream #lifeisshort #bigideas #makingthingshappen #100ghosts #pumpkin #halloween #weekend #tgif / taken with Instagram http://ift.tt/1DjBwV0
  • Be generous with yourself, be forgiving, be loving....

    17 Oct 2014 | 7:30 am
    Be generous with yourself, be forgiving, be loving. Nobody’s perfect and the world needs you just as you are. #generosity #quote #mindfulmatter #inspiration / taken with Instagram http://ift.tt/1vnch1F
  • Clearly @missmmccarthy is excited about the new Manifesto Tote...

    17 Oct 2014 | 6:25 am
    Clearly @missmmccarthy is excited about the new Manifesto Tote Bags coming next week: just look at that smile! 100% organic cotton canvas, made in NJ. #inspiration #madeinUSA #cotton #cottoncanvas #organic #organiccotton #dowhatyoulove #thisisyourlife #holsteelove #shareyourpassion #liveyourdream #noplastic #green #tote #cottontote #new #livemindfully #mindfulliving / taken with Instagram http://ift.tt/11CLGm6
  • 'Let's create a food revolution' says @reptimryan, Laurie_David...

    16 Oct 2014 | 8:33 am
    'Let's create a food revolution' says @reptimryan, Laurie_David and @markhymandmd. We agree! Thank you- this is an important discussion, who's time has come. / taken with Instagram http://ift.tt/11upUB8
  • Take inspiration wherever you go with our new Manifesto Journal,...

    16 Oct 2014 | 7:57 am
    Take inspiration wherever you go with our new Manifesto Journal, coming soon! (Psst: it’ll be here next week!) #sneakpeek #new #journal #notebook #recycledpaper #inspiration #journaling #bigideas #thinkbig #onthego #letterpress #letterpresslove #mindfulmatter #magazine #mag #tote #skinnyvinny #dowhatyoulove #thisisyourlife #shareyourpassion #writeitdown #lifeissimple / taken with Instagram http://ift.tt/1qCnJBe
 
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    Triple Pundit: People, Planet, Profit

  • Solving Food Waste and Hunger Through Food Rescue

    3p Contributor
    20 Oct 2014 | 1:30 am
    City Harvest collects excess food, both prepared and uncooked, from restaurants, cafeterias, hotels and grocery stores -- any commercial or nonprofit organization that wishes to donate. They then give away all the food on the same day to some 400 community programs around New York City.
  • ‘Flourish and Prosper’ Takes Sustainability to the Next Level

    RP Siegel
    20 Oct 2014 | 1:00 am
    This week I had the opportunity to attend the Third Global Forum for Businesses as an Agent of World Benefit at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland. The theme for this year's forum is 'Flourish and Prosper.'
  • Unpacking the Layers of Life Cycle Assessment

    3p Contributor
    20 Oct 2014 | 12:30 am
    We have all heard the old axiom that states, “What gets measured gets managed.” But sustainability practitioners are frequently confronted with a tough question: “How do I measure that?”
  • 3p Weekend: 5 Things Employers Need to Know About Millennials

    Mary Mazzoni
    17 Oct 2014 | 11:00 am
    According to a study conducted in 2012 by leadership strategist Erica Dhawan, 75 percent of the global workforce will be made up of millennials by 2025. We all know millennials love their smartphones and are more likely to shun car-centric suburban life in favor of big cities -- but those aren't the only things that make this generation tick.
  • Can Geoengineering Really Fix Climate Change?

    Jan Lee
    17 Oct 2014 | 3:00 am
    The IPCC is promoting geoengineering -- or some forms of it -- to stop climate change. But are we ready?
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    Eat. Sleep. Be

  • Show Your Purple to Support LGBT Youth Against Bullying

    Jessica
    16 Oct 2014 | 2:00 am
    Are you dressed for the day yet? Are you wearing purple today? If not, head on back to your closet and grab something purple. It is important to show your purple today, so go ahead. I’ll wait right here. The reason why purple is the color of the today is that this is Spirit Day, a day to show support for LGBT youth and take a stand against bullying. We’re in the midst of National Bullying Prevention Month, and it is vital that we take at least one day support LGBT youth, who are often a primary target of intensive bullying. When I was younger, I had a handful of gay friends. The only…
  • How to Raise $1,000 in Apparel or Donations for Your Organization, Charity or Event

    Jessica
    14 Oct 2014 | 3:55 am
      Kyle Snyder was a little boy who loved life, and ladybugs. Just three weeks shy of his second birthday when Kyle was diagnosed with Leukemia. He lost his life to the disease just eight months later. In 2001, Kyle’s mother Sharon founded The Kisses for Kyle Foundation to honor Kyle’s memory, and to help local families in Philadelphia and the surrounding suburbs who are battling childhood cancer. Sharon and her team have worked tirelessly ever since to help alleviate the extra stresses of this devastating diagnosis, by providing financial assistance and special experiences for the…
  • If the Coming Winter is Colder than Last Year, are You Prepared Enough?

    Jessica
    8 Oct 2014 | 12:11 pm
      Last winter was one of the coldest, snowiest winters on record I the United States. Here in the Northeast the weather was just brutal. (In our school district alone, we exceeded the limit on snow days by a whopping nine days, taking away part of Spring Break and tacking on an extra week of school at the end of the year.) Well, rumor has it that we are about to embark on a winter that was even worse than last year. Being prepared can make all the difference, and all it takes is a few simple steps to be prepared for emergencies such as natural disasters, weather emergencies or unexpected…
  • The Essential Oil Massage Oil that Helped Me Walk 60 Miles in 3 Days

    Jessica
    6 Oct 2014 | 5:15 am
    That sounds a bit like the title of a spam email, doesn’t it? Well, believe it or not, it’s true. A few weeks ago I walked in my first Komen 3 Day to raise funds for breast cancer research. Almost two thousand people walked over 60 miles around Philadelphia and its suburbs in 3 days. Survivors, friends and family of survivors, and supporters of the cause all came together to not only walk, but to raise $3.8 million dollars in one of 7 walks around the country this fall. So, one would think that 60 miles in 3 days, even for a seasoned athlete, could be taxing on the body, right? Right.
  • Shop the Natural Life!

    Jessica
    3 Oct 2014 | 3:45 am
    Buying from and working with companies that give back is incredibly important to me. I say it all the time here that we have the power to show companies what matters to us as consumers by giving our dollars to companies that care.  Well, one of my very favorite websites is NaturalLife.com. They have the neatest arrangement of items from everyday jewelry to gifts to clothing and housewares. The items are lively and fun, making them great to purchase for myself or as a gift.  They have several items on the site that give back, and they also give a portion of their net proceeds to charitable…
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    Learning from Dogs

  • The one journey we should take before we die.

    Paul Handover
    20 Oct 2014 | 1:00 am
    I’m referring to the journey within. Last Friday I offered a post under the title of The power of stillness.  It was founded on a recent essay seen in the newsletter called Just One Thing published, freely, by Dr. Rick Hanson.  Here’s the closing paragraph of that essay:  Wherever you find it, enjoy stillness and let it feed you. It’s a relief from the noise and bustle, a source of clarity and peace. Give yourself the space, the permission, to be still – at least in your mind – amidst those who are busy. To use a traditional saying: May that which is still be…
  • Picture parade sixty-six

    Paul Handover
    19 Oct 2014 | 1:00 am
    How our pets react to seeing the vet! First of three sets of pictures sent to me by dear friend, Dan Gomez. oooo oooo oooo oooo oooo oooo oooo oooo What wonderful expressions! Another set, thanks to Dan, next Sunday.
  • Breathtaking beauty of our world.

    Paul Handover
    18 Oct 2014 | 1:00 am
    The awe-inspiring pictures of the recent Aurora. I stuck this in my drafts folder and then promptly forgot about it! But despite the aurora taking place nearly two months ago, the pictures are stunning and I wanted still to share them with you.  They came to my attention thanks to the EarthSky blogsite. From where today’s post is taken. ooOOoo August 19 aurora from space and Earth One of the first auroras of the 2014 autumn season appeared last night at northerly latitudes. Astronaut Reid Wiseman caught it from space. Photographer Göran Strand caught it from Sweden. oooo Astronaut…
  • The power of stillness

    Paul Handover
    17 Oct 2014 | 1:00 am
    The value of doing nothing! Like many who read yesterday’s post about this possibly being an age of loneliness I was struck by a terrible sense of sadness in George Monbiot’s words. Take these sentences: Three months ago we read that loneliness has become an epidemic among young adults. Now we learn that it is just as great an affliction of older people. A study by Independent Age shows that severe loneliness in England blights the lives of 700,000 men and 1.1m women over 50, and is rising with astonishing speed. Ebola is unlikely ever to kill as many people as this disease…
  • Is it really the age of loneliness?

    Paul Handover
    16 Oct 2014 | 1:00 am
    Much as I respect Mr. Monbiot’s views, I hope he is wrong in this respect. I have long admired the writings of George Monbiot and, as often as not, have republished his essays in this place. But an essay by George that was published in the UK Guardian newspaper yesterday portrays a frightening picture of modern-day Britain.  It was called Falling Apart and is republished, with George’s permission, today. I want to offer a personal response to the essay, that immediately follows George’s piece. ooOOoo Falling Apart October 14, 2014 Competition and individualism are forcing…
 
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    Frank Sonnenberg Online

  • Ever Hear the Excuse “Everybody Does It”?

    Frank Sonnenberg
    14 Oct 2014 | 4:00 am
    Executive greed, dishonest politicians, and celebrities living out-of-control lifestyles . . . You’d think these things would infuriate us. Instead, people excuse it away by claiming “Everybody does it.” And that’s supposed to make it acceptable. Does this mean that we find this behavior right? Unfortunately, we’ve become so accustomed to these ills that we’re becoming complacent and even accepting. Is this the way we choose to live our lives? Do our kids view these folks as role models? Do we want our children to live this way? If not, where’s the outrage? The truth is, every…
  • Believe

    Frank Sonnenberg
    7 Oct 2014 | 4:00 am
    Believe Some things are impossible, until they’re not. BELIEVE! Close your eyes and have a little faith in a power higher than yourself. Things work out for no apparent reason. When you least expect it, the stars will align, and magic will fill the air. Your dreams will be born at the intersection of hope and reality. You won’t find an explanation for why, because it may defy all logic and reason. Remember that life unfolds in mysterious ways. Yesterday you hoped for a miracle . . . today it became a reality. When your miracle is born, pinch yourself to make sure that it’s real. It…
  • Do You Take It for Granted?

    Frank Sonnenberg
    23 Sep 2014 | 4:00 am
    Are you grateful for the life that you have? Or do you take things for granted? Maybe you haven’t thought about it for a while. Did you ever fail to appreciate someone you care about? Was that because you were too busy putting out fires or focusing on other things? Or perhaps you assumed they’d just hang around forever. The problem is, when you take people or things for granted, you put them in jeopardy. It’s not enough to make up for neglect after they’ve slipped away. It’s important to be grateful every day for the wonderful things in your life. Think of this as a wake-up call.
  • Get It Done!

    Frank Sonnenberg
    16 Sep 2014 | 4:00 am
    What happens when someone asks us to do something really tough? First, we try to get out of it. Right? Next, we complain that they’re asking the impossible. Then, we whine to our friends, “I’m having such a bad day” or “The world is unfair.” After we’ve exhausted every way to get out of the work . . . we take a break. (It’s exhausting.) When we return, we brainstorm excuses to cover our behind if things go south. And, when all else fails, and it usually does, we get down to work while talking to ourselves. Contrast this mindset to a champion’s approach . . . I can hear the…
  • You’re the Best!

    Frank Sonnenberg
    9 Sep 2014 | 3:45 am
    This month marks the fourth year of my blog. I’d like to thank the 250,000+ people who have read these posts because if it weren’t for you, I’d be talking (or at least writing) to myself.  I’d also like to thank everyone who liked, shared, or commented on these posts. I appreciate your encouragement and support! Special mention goes to five people who perform their magic each month. Ed Berryman reviews the posts before they go live. He offers his thoughts and shares his wisdom. I listen carefully to Ed, not only because of his knowledge and experience but also because of…
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  • Kick Fear in Its Face

    Vincent Nguyen
    13 Oct 2014 | 4:00 am
    I was at a nightclub last Friday when my friend spotted a beautiful girl he wanted to talk to. “Okay, so let’s go talk to her. I’ll distract her friends for you.” “Wait. I’m not ready yet.” Oh boy. I already knew where this was going… It’s going to be a series of him wanting to go then talking himself out of it. An hour passes and he’s still not ready to talk to her. Not even when she came upstairs and walked right past him. Not even when she was sitting down all by her lonesome self as her friends went outside to do what they do. “She’s way too beautiful. I’m…
  • Do It For the Challenge

    Vincent Nguyen
    6 Oct 2014 | 4:00 am
    My first day of college was a giant steppingstone for me. I had just moved from California to Arizona, fresh out of high school. For the last four years I had been shy about expanding my social circles outside of the people I already knew well. To give you an idea of how shy I was, every year I’d dread the first day of school because I was terrified to find out who I’d be seated with in class. I’d pray and pray that I’d have the same classes as my friends and that we’d be seated together. When I wasn’t seated with people I already knew, I’d turn red and sweaty. Good luck trying…
  • Don’t Rely on a Single Experience to Change Your Life

    Vincent Nguyen
    29 Sep 2014 | 4:00 am
    You’ve seen movies about the protagonists who have to go through with this one special experience and their lives would change forever. In Project X, three best friends want to throw a huge party that would catapult them into high school popularity. The entire movie is setup to emphasize how important this party is to them. It’s their life-changing moment. It’s the night they’ll always look back on and say, “That’s where it all changed.” All I’ve got to do is _____ and I’ll be happy forever. This is the false if then statement that all of us get caught in every now and…
  • Help Yourself Before You Help Others

    Vincent Nguyen
    22 Sep 2014 | 4:00 am
    If you’ve been on an airplane then you’ve heard the safety walkthrough that takes place on every flight. They show you the exits, walk you through their emergency procedures, and tell you about the oxygen masks that will come down on their own if the plane loses cabin pressure. This is the part you really need to listen to: “Please put on your own oxygen mask before assisting others.” At first, this sounded weird to me. I thought that children were supposed to be helped first. Why would they make it a point to tell everyone to help themselves before aiding anyone else? The idea is…
  • Leaving Comfort Behind

    Vincent Nguyen
    15 Sep 2014 | 4:00 am
    There’s only a month left until I leave the Philippines, go to Thailand for a month, and finally return to the US. Although I plan on coming back to Asia next year, it’s actually scary to think about hopping on a plane to leave Davao. As of today, it’s been over 10 months since I first left. Believe it or not, I’m more scared to leave the Philippines than I was to leave the US. It was the first time I’ve been outside the country. I began my location independent journey in the Philippines and this place has become a part of me. I’ve met dozens of great…
 
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    LoveAQuote

  • Quote Of The Day - 2014-10-13

    12 Oct 2014 | 5:01 pm
    Innocence most often is a good fortune and not a virtue. - by Anatole France
  • Quote Of The Day - 2014-10-12

    11 Oct 2014 | 5:01 pm
    The best literature is always a take [in the musical sense]; there is an implicit risk in its execution, a margin of danger that is the pleasure of the flight, of the love, carrying with it a tangible loss but also a total engagement that, on another level, lends the theater its unparalleled imperfection faced with the perfection of film. I don'€™t want to write anything but takes. - by Around the Day in Eighty Worlds
  • Quote Of The Day - 2014-10-11

    10 Oct 2014 | 5:01 pm
    The enemy of society is middle class and the enemy of life is middle age. - by Orson Welles
  • Quote Of The Day - 2014-10-10

    9 Oct 2014 | 5:01 pm
    When you sell a man a book, you don't sell him 12 ounces of paper and ink and glue - you sell him a whole new life. - by Christopher Morley
  • Quote Of The Day - 2014-10-09

    8 Oct 2014 | 5:01 pm
    Happiness - in part at least - the fruit of the desire and ability to sacrifice what we want for what we want eventually. - by The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People
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    Ahh The Simple Life

  • Help Mercy Home Fight Child Poverty

    Carol Anne Preibis
    15 Oct 2014 | 11:26 am
    I received a letter yesterday, and reading it nearly broke my heart. It’s from Fr. Scott Donahue, President of Mercy… The post Help Mercy Home Fight Child Poverty appeared first on Ahh The Simple Life.
  • JFK On Saving Our Planet

    Michele O'Connor
    14 Oct 2014 | 5:50 am
    I looked through some quotes by J. F. K. and found some wonderful ones! Here they are: Things do… The post JFK On Saving Our Planet appeared first on Ahh The Simple Life.
  • Change the World

    Carol Anne Preibis
    13 Oct 2014 | 10:28 am
    The Nobel Peace Prize 2014 The Nobel Peace Prize 2014 was awarded jointly to Kailash Satyarthi and Malala Yousafzai… The post Change the World appeared first on Ahh The Simple Life.
  • Turn Over a New Leaf

    Carol Anne Preibis
    9 Oct 2014 | 8:21 am
    To “Turn Over a New Leaf” means to make a fresh start, to change your behavior or attitude. In… The post Turn Over a New Leaf appeared first on Ahh The Simple Life.
  • Forgiveness Heals Hearts

    Carol Anne Preibis
    2 Oct 2014 | 12:29 pm
    Forgiveness heals hearts. When we forgive one another, we heal our own hearts as well as the hearts of those… The post Forgiveness Heals Hearts appeared first on Ahh The Simple Life.
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  • The Examined Life

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

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

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

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

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

  • Singapore Creative CSR Awards 2015 now open for entries

    SKM
    19 Oct 2014 | 6:35 pm
    SKM supports the Singapore Creative CSR Awards 2015, which recognise and honour business organisations in Singapore for sustainable and effective CSR. About Singapore Creative CSR Awards This award recognise and honour business organisations in the Singapore private and public sectors for creative, sustainable and effective CSR programs and projects. They should demostrate the organisation’s ethical values, creative approach to differentiate their CSR initiatives, commitment to sustaining the program, impact on the community, environment and social purpose, measuring and evaluating results.
  • Mystery Box in Shopping Belts Showers Public with Random Acts of Kindness

    SKM
    12 Oct 2014 | 6:27 pm
    Singapore, 11 October 2014 – To support its message of “A Nation of Kindness Starts with One”, the Singapore Kindness Movement is surprising the public with an unusual “gift”—the Kindness Nexus. The Kindness Nexus is a pop-up container that serves as a base for dozens of volunteers to “ambush” passers-by with acts of kindness. The Kindness Nexus is active over this weekend, at the walkway outside Ngee Ann City, and the weekend of 25 and 26 Oct at the Vivocity SkyPark, between 11am to 5pm. Volunteers ambushing passers-by with Cocoloco drinks. The gaily-decorated Kindness Nexus…
  • Making Someone’s Day with a #Hashtag

    SKM
    7 Oct 2014 | 5:43 pm
    Sponsors join #NationOfKindness to help less fortunate Singapore, 2 October 2014 – In keeping with the theme of “A Nation of Kindness Starts with One”, several corporate sponsors have come forward to support the Singapore Kindness Movement’s (SKM) #hashtag campaign. The campaign, timed to coincide with the Movement’s media campaign, encourages netizens to take time out to speak up for kindness and graciousness. With support from generous corporate sponsors, each social media post that includes the #NationOfKindness hashtag will also directly contribute to a needy family – twice…
  • Flying stones, colourful sticks and recipes: Let’s Makan at SG50 Roadshow

    SKM
    6 Oct 2014 | 6:11 pm
    The celebration for Singapore’s 50th birthday started with a big bang and we’re glad to be part of it! Along with other SG50 initiatives, our Let’s Makan project team travelled to various neighbourhoods in the month of September, to celebrate our community. We were greeted by friendly residents at the three neighbourhoods that we went! Here are some highlights of the event. Let’s Makan is all about bonding with the people living closest to us through food gatherings (think BBQ… or potluck!). And what’s a party without some games? At the kampung games station, we issued…
  • Wonder Rekindled and Friendships Forged at Kindsville

    SKM
    26 Sep 2014 | 1:12 am
    100 children who have written letters to Singa and the Kindness Cubbies, and their families descended upon the Port of Lost Wonder to celebrate kindness and friendships at the second annual Kindsville Party on 9 September 2014. Themed “Friendship”, the party featured the Kindness Cubbies and activities that reinforced the values of kindness and graciousness among friends as they splashed the evening away at the Pirate Ship Water Park. The children were given Friendship Packs and participated in games and craft activities designed to help them understand the importance of friendships and…
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    Live With Soul

  • to create

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

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

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

    9 Sep 2014 | 9:22 am
    I have not posted in a little while. Life has been challenging lately… and while I am eager to write down my experience, I have not fully processed it yet and seem to be at a loss for words.One lesson I can share which I have come away with through these hardships is that of integrity and humility. By that I mean the fine dance between maintaining your own truth – your own integrity,  while also remaining humble and open to new ideas, new ways of thinking and of being. This is the where growth lies on the spiritual path and why consistent mindfulness is so crucial to spiritual…
  • this gift

    13 Jul 2014 | 6:15 pm
    it's as ifwhen the branch sways in the wind --it sways for me.when the butterfly flaps its wings to fly so delicately in the sky  -- it flies for me.when the sun shines --it shines for me. and the rain falls --for me.all moments of all time were created for me.and for you. for all of us. for the experience… for that knowing -- that is within each of us. yet we can't quite put a finger on.…the eternal consciousness….as they say.that is beyond the 'me', the 'i', the 'self' form….that is more than that. and more than what can be put into words.this…
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    VolunteerMark Blog

  • Forget relativism – social justice is about TRUTH.

    16 Oct 2014 | 1:30 am
    Join us today as we make some bold, but very important statements about social justice work. The epidemic of relativism threatens the very core of nonprofit service, but it can be combatted. Read on for the set of mantras that we use at Volunteermark to hold our work to the truth.
  • We're nearing first place in The Mobileys, and we need your vote!

    10 Oct 2014 | 1:30 am
    The Mobileys honor entrepreneurs who inspire and make a difference through mobile innovation - we're nearing first place for an award, which would mean $10k for us to continue helping volunteers! But, we can't do it without you! Read more below, and please vote for us at http://themobileys.com/!
  • Nine Ways a Dip in the Hot Springs is Like Volunteering

    6 Oct 2014 | 1:30 am
    While in Aspen, Colorado last week to watch the autumn leaves change color, my wife and I visited the Hot Springs Pool in Glenwood Springs. This resort is the largest of its kind in the United States, and attracts thousands of bathers each year to its mineral-rich waters. What lessons could be learned from a dip in the warm waters that come from deep within the Earth? In what ways was the swim experience similar to volunteering? Read on . . .
  • The top resources for telling beautiful stories at your non-profit

    3 Oct 2014 | 1:30 am
    You've got to tell your story to win over rockstar volunteers. This post is your toolbox for resources you'll need to do that - dig into it, and equip yourself to share the beautiful stories of the communities you serve.
  • It's proven: non-profits thrive when they measure volunteer impact

    30 Sep 2014 | 1:30 am
    Check out this newly released research report that proves it's critical for us to measure volunteer impact - it also proves that measurement of volunteer impact is vital for increasing donations & ensuring that your programs are effective.
 
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    Direct Relief

  • Ebola Relief: Emergency Medical Supplies Bound for Guinea

    Tony Morain
    16 Oct 2014 | 5:42 pm
    Direct Relief sent its 19th emergency shipment of Ebola supplies today to the Ministry of Health in Guinea (photos and videos found here). Weighing roughly 3,000 pounds, the shipment contains laboratory testing equipment from BD (blood collection sets), face masks, and medical gloves. In total, Direct Relief has delivered 140 tons of medical aid to Ebola-hit regions since the outbreak erupted in spring. 47 […] The post Ebola Relief: Emergency Medical Supplies Bound for Guinea appeared first on Direct Relief.
  • A Map of Community Health Workers in sub-Saharan Africa

    Tony Morain
    16 Oct 2014 | 9:47 am
    As Ebola prompts calls and support for a much needed increase in the number of trained community health workers, it is critical that we understand where these workers are and where coverage gaps exist. To that end, Direct Relief and Esri developed a map to track the availability of community health workers in sub-Saharan Africa. The map supports the 1 Million Community Health Workers Campaign – a collaboration between the […] The post A Map of Community Health Workers in sub-Saharan Africa appeared first on Direct Relief.
  • Hundreds of Care Packs Provided to Homeless Families in NYC

    Direct Relief
    16 Oct 2014 | 9:15 am
    Direct Relief teamed up with actress Debra Messing and Curél® skincare on Tuesday, providing 500 Personal Care Packs filled with basic hygiene supplies and skincare products to people in need at a health fair hosted by Care for the Homeless in East Harlem, N.Y. Curél® skincare sponsored the initiative to offer comfort to some of the most vulnerable women and […] The post Hundreds of Care Packs Provided to Homeless Families in NYC appeared first on Direct Relief.
  • Leaving a Legacy: Matt & Natalie Rowe Invest in a Healthy Future

    Direct Relief
    15 Oct 2014 | 3:43 pm
    For Matt and Natalie Rowe, teaching their two daughters (ages 3 and 6) the importance of giving back to people in need is a priority at this season of their life. “We see these as big impact years,” said Natalie. “We’re creating people that will be the future of this world.” That’s one of the reasons why the Rowes made […] The post Leaving a Legacy: Matt & Natalie Rowe Invest in a Healthy Future appeared first on Direct Relief.
  • AbbVie Employees Ready 1,000 Family Emergency Kits

    Direct Relief
    14 Oct 2014 | 5:34 pm
    One thousand emergency kits are ready for families in need thanks to the service of more than 1,000 employee volunteers from biopharmaceutical company AbbVie, who packed the kits as part of their workplace giving campaign kick-off held October 9 at their North Chicago, IL. headquarters. The packs will be pre-positioned at Direct Relief’s headquarters so they are on hand to […] The post AbbVie Employees Ready 1,000 Family Emergency Kits appeared first on Direct Relief.
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    Our Better World

  • For Sharks' Sake, Take a Vacation

    Kathy Xu
    7 Oct 2014 | 5:09 pm
    A story by Our Better World - simple, powerful stories that will make your heart smile and spirit soar. People are often quick to associate sharks with just one breed, the Great White, thanks to the movie Jaws. I wanted more people to appreciate the many other species of less or non-aggressive sharks that one can swim with freely and revel in their magnificence.  So I started The Dorsal Effect to engage shark fishermen in an alternative source of livelihood so that they can stop hunting shark. HOW DOES IT WORK? I thought it'd be great for people looking for a chance to do good, to receive…
  • Beauty and Heroism

    Andrew Purchase
    22 Sep 2014 | 6:10 pm
    A story by Our Better World - simple, powerful stories that will make your heart smile and spirit soar. By Andrew Purchase It is an essential human truth that difficulties make heroes. We all have difficulties to overcome. It means we can all be heroic. Ludwig van Beethoven is one of humanity’s greatest musicians. He is responsible for some of the most beautiful music ever heard and his works are recognised the world over. But here’s the thing: Beethoven composed his most beautiful works while he was deaf. At age 26, when he was in his prime, deafness encroached. His ears developed…
  • Standing on Strangers' Shoulders

    Ashima Thomas
    16 Sep 2014 | 1:12 am
    A story by Our Better World - simple, powerful stories that will make your heart smile and spirit soar. When I was a kid and people asked me what I wanted to be when I grew up, I'd have many answers. It depended on my age, what I was doing, or what book, TV show or fad was making its way into my life at the time. There were no limitations on my dreams, because it was a given that I'd finish school and go to university to study whatever would make those dreams reality. As I grew up I started to realise that my path to a career wasn't the norm. I thought about this a lot recently when we were…
  • Start #chasingthegood

    8 Sep 2014 | 7:18 pm
    A story by Our Better World - simple, powerful stories that will make your heart smile and spirit soar. Things we chase: Dreams. Soul mates. Money. Adventure. The bus. Now we want you to chase the good. And once you start chasing it, we know you’ll catch it. #chasingthegood is Our Better World’s new movement to crowdsource social media content featuring everyday people in Asia doing good in small ways. It’s a hashtag with one purpose: to celebrate, honour and share the good that each of us encounters in our daily lives. #chasingthegood gathers your Tweets about friendly bus drivers;…
  • Ebola suspect in the room

    1 Sep 2014 | 11:10 pm
    A story by Our Better World - simple, powerful stories that will make your heart smile and spirit soar. "Dr Wai, you need to leave now because there is an Ebola suspect in this room." The doctor pointed to a screened-off bed next to where we were waiting.  Immediately, I left the tiny, cramped room with B and his frail, 74-year old crippled mother.  After an emotional, hair-tearing morning of navigating through the Uganda healthcare system, being shuffled uphill and downhill across rough terrain with Mama on a broken wheelchair, we had still not been attended to at the hospital yet. …
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