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  • The Impact Investing Landscape in India: An Overview

    Acumen Fund Blog
    Acumen
    24 Dec 2014 | 9:14 am
    The impact investing landscape in India has grown quickly over the last decade. In 2000, $1.17 million of capital was injected into social enterprises in India; in 2011, this figure rose to $250 million per annum, according to Intellecap. While dollars invested are relatively easy to measure, impact is much less so. Acumen recently surveyed several other impact investing funds in India to learn how they approach impact. Both pre and post investment funds are using a range of methods to hone in on their impact, from randomized control trials to new industry tools such as PRISM. Pre-investment…
  • 10 Priceless (And Free) Gifts For Parents To Give Their Child

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    Camille Lucy
    2 Dec 2014 | 12:02 am
    Many are saying this generation has bred some of the rudest, crudest and most insincere children there are. Every older generation has probably said that about the younger ones. Let’s face it, folks, the generations are what we create. We are, after all, the ones molding them. Though it is not necessarily true (Generation: R for Rude), it is the collective perception. With iPads, iPhones, iThis and iThat out there, perhaps there is a disconnect at home. More time is being spent virtually, with technology rather than with people. Amidst all of the technological advances (distractions), the…
  • Want Success and Happiness? Be Divergent, Not Perfect

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    Greater Good
    19 Jan 2015 | 4:17 am
    One of the tenets of my Sweet Spot Manifesto is “Accept that you are divergent. Go with it.” A lot of people are asking me what I mean by that. My daughters—and all their middle school friends—love the dystopia that Veronica Roth creates in her book Divergent (the movie version of the sequel, Insurgent, will be released this season). In it, the characters are allowed to develop and display only one of the following character strengths: intelligence, courage, honesty, peacefulness, or selflessness. People who demonstrate more than one strength are considered “divergent,” which is…
  • Creativity is not just for artists

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    Britt Bravo
    10 Jan 2015 | 11:40 am
    "Creativity is not just for artists. It's for businesspeople looking for a new way to close a sale; it's for engineers trying to solve a problem; it's for parents who want their children to see the world in more than one way." ~Twyla Tharp, author of The Creative Habit: Learn It and Use It for LifeTwenty plus years ago, I went through a graduate program to earn an M.A. in Creation Spirituality. The premise of much of the curriculum was that if you believe in some kind of greater creative force, then you will be your truest self and closest to that source when you are being creative.One of the…
  • Emotional Intelligence Needs a Moral Rudder

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    Greater Good
    22 Jan 2015 | 8:50 am
    More and more schools are teaching students how to manage their emotions, in hopes that these skills will improve students’ behavior and relationships with peers and teachers. There is also evidence to suggest that emotional intelligence—or EI—is linked to academic success. While it would be such a relief for schools if helping students become “good” was as simple as teaching them emotional skills, a recent study suggests that there’s a lot more to acting morally than knowing how to manage your emotions. In this particular study, researchers in the UK found that young adult women…
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  • Creativity is not just for artists

    Britt Bravo
    10 Jan 2015 | 11:40 am
    "Creativity is not just for artists. It's for businesspeople looking for a new way to close a sale; it's for engineers trying to solve a problem; it's for parents who want their children to see the world in more than one way." ~Twyla Tharp, author of The Creative Habit: Learn It and Use It for LifeTwenty plus years ago, I went through a graduate program to earn an M.A. in Creation Spirituality. The premise of much of the curriculum was that if you believe in some kind of greater creative force, then you will be your truest self and closest to that source when you are being creative.One of the…
  • Juicy Blogging E-Course: The Art and Play of Blogging

    Britt Bravo
    2 Jan 2015 | 12:39 pm
    The Juicy Blogging E-Course is back!Do you want to re-energize your blog and blogging practice, or rediscover the ♥ of your blog?I’ll be offering this ever popular e-course January 20-February 17, 2015. During the course, you’ll play with fun assignments on a private blog with your fellow juicy bloggers.“The best part of it all is that it is just so much fun!” ~ Juicy Blogging E-Course studentThe course consists of three kinds of fun-work:• Reflection questions to refine your blog’s purpose• Connection assignments to build community and traffic• Creative and juicy blog post…
  • Be open to Big Vision photobombs

    Britt Bravo
    24 Oct 2014 | 1:26 pm
    While visiting New Mexico this summer, I raised my phone to take a photo of some pink flowers against a blue sky when this happened:This hummingbird flew right into my frame and posed for a long time (at least by hummingbird standards). It was a magical moment, especially because hummingbirds have always been an "auspicious symbol" for me.Sometimes when we're working on our big vision: noticing what sparkles, letting go of old visions to be open to the new, and running towards what excites us, something unexpected shows up right in front of our face. It might even be more wonderful than the…
  • 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…
 
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  • Emotional Intelligence Needs a Moral Rudder

    Greater Good
    22 Jan 2015 | 8:50 am
    More and more schools are teaching students how to manage their emotions, in hopes that these skills will improve students’ behavior and relationships with peers and teachers. There is also evidence to suggest that emotional intelligence—or EI—is linked to academic success. While it would be such a relief for schools if helping students become “good” was as simple as teaching them emotional skills, a recent study suggests that there’s a lot more to acting morally than knowing how to manage your emotions. In this particular study, researchers in the UK found that young adult women…
  • How to Find Your Sweet Spot

    Greater Good
    21 Jan 2015 | 12:20 pm
    In 2009, Christine Carter felt like she had it all. On top of her dream job here at UC Berkeley’s Greater Good Science Center, she had two wonderful kids, a best-selling book called Raising Happiness, a popular blog, and frequent requests for speaking engagements. Then she got sick. At first, it seemed like no big deal—just a little strep throat. She took a round of antibiotics, but didn’t recover; then she took more. Nine courses of antibiotics later, she still hadn’t healed. Instead, she ended up in the hospital with a severe kidney infection. The diagnosis? “Exhaustion,” says…
  • Christine Carter on Managing Life’s Complexities

    Greater Good
    20 Jan 2015 | 4:25 pm
  • Five Ways Music Can Make You Healthier

    Greater Good
    20 Jan 2015 | 5:22 am
    When I gave birth to my first-born, I listened to CDs of classical music in the hospital. I figured that music would help calm me and distract me from the pain. You might use music to distract yourself from painful or stressful situations, too. Or perhaps you’ve listened to music while studying or working out, hoping to up your performance. Though you may sense that music helps you feel better somehow, only recently has science begun to figure out why that is. Neuroscientists have discovered that listening to music heightens positive emotion through the reward centers of our brain,…
  • Want Success and Happiness? Be Divergent, Not Perfect

    Greater Good
    19 Jan 2015 | 4:17 am
    One of the tenets of my Sweet Spot Manifesto is “Accept that you are divergent. Go with it.” A lot of people are asking me what I mean by that. My daughters—and all their middle school friends—love the dystopia that Veronica Roth creates in her book Divergent (the movie version of the sequel, Insurgent, will be released this season). In it, the characters are allowed to develop and display only one of the following character strengths: intelligence, courage, honesty, peacefulness, or selflessness. People who demonstrate more than one strength are considered “divergent,” which is…
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  • Arkansas Woman is Hero to Thousands of Ex-Offenders Who Need Jobs

    Good News Network
    25 Jan 2015 | 4:02 pm
    After prison, many of those who have paid their debt to society confront major hurdles in providing for themselves and their families. Darlene Lewis, whose son faced the same situation, decided to dedicate herself to helping ex-convicts find jobs so they don’t fall back into a life of crime. Last year The post Arkansas Woman is Hero to Thousands of Ex-Offenders Who Need Jobs appeared first on The Good News Network.
  • Donated Eyewear Allows Blind Mother to See Her Newborn Baby (WATCH)

    Good News Network
    25 Jan 2015 | 12:20 pm
    Kathy Beitz has been legally blind since she was 11 years old. She had never even seen a baby before, but with an amazing new technology, she was able to gaze upon her newborn son. The 29-year-old Ontario woman became the latest recipient of eSight glasses, which use a video The post Donated Eyewear Allows Blind Mother to See Her Newborn Baby (WATCH) appeared first on The Good News Network.
  • Good News in History, January 25

    Good News Network
    25 Jan 2015 | 2:00 am
    On this date 125 years ago, pioneering journalist Nellie Bly completed a record breaking trip around the world in 72 days, to prove that Jules Verne’s fictional journey (“Around the World in 80 Days”) could be achieved. She traveled the 24,899 miles, mostly alone, using steamships and trains, wearing only the The post Good News in History, January 25 appeared first on The Good News Network.
  • Stage 4 Brain Tumor Survivor: 12 Years Cancer-Free and Running Marathons

    Janis McCarty
    24 Jan 2015 | 7:13 pm
    This is a true story of an ordinary man named Liam Ryan who beat huge odds against stage 4 brain cancer. Not only does he have one of the most astonishing and heart lifting survival stories, but he has abundant determination, resilience and spirited generosity. Liam is undeniably the most inspirational The post Stage 4 Brain Tumor Survivor: 12 Years Cancer-Free and Running Marathons appeared first on The Good News Network.
  • Caregiver Wins TEDx Award For Helping Others With Ill Relatives

    Sergio Vorst
    24 Jan 2015 | 5:36 pm
    I was a caregiver for my ill parents and my wife. I told my story on TEDx Amsterdam and I won a second place! Now I’m able to help other people in need with my Bucket Line Foundation. When his wife was diagnosed with cancer. His parents were taken ill, almost The post Caregiver Wins TEDx Award For Helping Others With Ill Relatives appeared first on The Good News Network.
 
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  • Frances Bean Cobain And Courtney Love Attend Kurt Cobain Documentary Screening At Sundance

    25 Jan 2015 | 12:22 pm
    Mother-daughter duo Courtney Love and Frances Bean Cobain shared a sweet moment on the red carpet at the 2015 Sundance Film Festival on Saturday. The pair embraced as they attended the screening of "Kurt Cobain: Montage Of Heck," a documentary following the the life of the late Nirvana frontman: The film was directed by Brett Morgen and executive produced by Cobain, 22. Proud mom Love took to her Twitter account to share praise for the movie: So sad @brettmorgen @alka_seltzer666 so so sad yet so uplifting, beautiful and gorgeous. Your daddy would be so proud of you baby. thank u— Courtney…
  • The 8 Steps to Happiness

    25 Jan 2015 | 11:20 am
    1. Know what you want. Don't think you know what you want -- really, truly 110 percent KNOW what you want. Don't chase titles in your career or in your relationships. Don't say you want something just because you have some ridiculous life timeline that includes said something. Don't think you want something just because you always have and are now in some race to get said something. People change. Wants change. Life changes. Always be able to admit to yourself when something goes stale and never be afraid to be honest with yourself and everyone else around you. 2. Go after what you want. Do…
  • 15 Rules to Live by for a Happier Life

    25 Jan 2015 | 11:17 am
    1. Treat every day as a beautiful gift. Hands up if you count down the days until Friday. We're wishing away more than half of our week while simultaneously lamenting that "life is too short." We're saving our favorite things for "a special occasion," which automatically sends a message to our brain that today will be ordinary. Make it a habit to wake up with an appreciation for the day you've been given -- a whole new opportunity to experience life, grow, eat, laugh, explore, create, achieve and discover what it feels like to be you. 2. Learn to open up and lean on people. Many of us are…
  • Guy's Chin Debuts As 'Ed Sheerchin,' Perfectly Performs 'Thinking Out Loud'

    25 Jan 2015 | 11:01 am
    World, meet the latest ginger-haired singing sensation: Ed Sheeran Sheerchin. Redditor DevilDevine uploaded a hilarious video Saturday featuring his friend Shaun Solomon and his chin-with-a-face cheerfully lip-syncing to Ed Sheeran’s hit song “Thinking Out Loud.” The performance is disconcertingly uncanny and entirely wonderful. Watch it above.
  • Henry The Dog Was Allegedly Left For 7 Days In A Cage With A Broken Back. Here's His Second Chance.

    25 Jan 2015 | 10:02 am
    It's hard to think of this little terrier as lucky, until you know how things might have turned out for him. Henry was rescued out of a Jacksonville, Texas, animal shelter, where he'd been taken in as a stray. Animal control brought the dog to the designated location after he was hit by a truck. Cindy Nash, founder of Nicholas Pet Haven, came for him on a Thursday in mid-January after seeing his photo on the department's Facebook page. Convinced the pup belonged to someone, Nash figured she'd get Henry groomed then go on the hunt for his owner. She knew his legs were hurt, but she didn't know…
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  • How To Work With Your New Year’s Intentions

    Mary O'Malley
    5 Jan 2015 | 12:02 am
    Here we are again, at the time of year when we are invited to change our lives by making New Year’s resolutions.  So we set goals, but after the first few weeks they begin to fade.  Why does that happen?  Because healing does not come from trying to make yourself or your life into what you think it should be.  In fact, whatever you want to get rid of you actually empower (and if you look closely, you will see most of your goals are about getting rid of something you don’t like so you can get to what you perceive as the good stuff).  You may say you are going to go on a diet…
  • Use Your New Year Wisely

    Gail Lynne Goodwin
    1 Jan 2015 | 12:02 am
    This New Year gives us the gift of more than 525,600 minutes. Many of us say we “don’t have enough time”, but for this next year, as with all other ones, we all get the same amount of time- about 525,600 minutes. What we do with the gift of these minutes determines the quality of our life, the level of our happiness, the value of the memories we create and the difference we can make in the world. Our lives are determined by how we choose to live our 525,000 minutes each year. Minutes spent stressed or worrying are wasted. Fear not only kills our dreams, it also diminishes…
  • Merry Christmas!

    Gail Lynne Goodwin
    25 Dec 2014 | 12:02 am
    On this beautiful Christmas Eve, I’d like to share a small gift with you. This is my very favorite Christmas carol, Silent Night. This version was recorded by my daughter, Carly, a few years ago on her holiday CD. I’m happy to share it with you, in the hopes that it brings the spirit of Christmas into your home this Christmas Eve. Turn down the lights, light a candle, turn up your speakers, close your eyes and just listen. Soak it in. I hope it touches your heart as you have touched mine. Our Christmas wish for you…. May you be surrounded by those you love and make the time…
  • How To Let Your Brilliant Being Shine

    Mary O'Malley
    8 Dec 2014 | 12:02 am
    I recently came across one of my favorite poems, My Brilliant Image, by the fourteenth century Persian Poet, Hafiz: One day the sun admitted, I am just a shadow. I wish I could show you The Infinite Incandescence That has cast my brilliant image! I wish I could show you, When you are lonely or in darkness, The astonishing Light Of your own Being! Hafiz is telling us that the astonishing light, the brilliance of our own being, is already with us.  We are filled with great light that permeates everything.    Brian Swimme, Evolutionary Philosopher and Co-Collaborator of the documentary film,…
  • 10 Priceless (And Free) Gifts For Parents To Give Their Child

    Camille Lucy
    2 Dec 2014 | 12:02 am
    Many are saying this generation has bred some of the rudest, crudest and most insincere children there are. Every older generation has probably said that about the younger ones. Let’s face it, folks, the generations are what we create. We are, after all, the ones molding them. Though it is not necessarily true (Generation: R for Rude), it is the collective perception. With iPads, iPhones, iThis and iThat out there, perhaps there is a disconnect at home. More time is being spent virtually, with technology rather than with people. Amidst all of the technological advances (distractions), the…
 
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    The Road to the Horizon

  • #jesuischarlie, or not?

    23 Jan 2015 | 5:52 am
    Nothing justifies curtailing the freedom of expression, press freedom, nor the killing of journalists. Nothing justifies the slaughtering of the Charlie Hebdo cartoonists and journalists. But there is something to be said about tolerance and acceptance of other cultures. If I look through some of the previous Charlie Hebdo cartoons (and I purposely did not publish any here, but look here and here), I hesitate between freedom of expression and the right to insult purposely. We have the right... Full post on www.theroadtothehorizon.org
  • The Afghan Quarterback

    5 Apr 2014 | 4:05 am
    The coach had put together the perfect team for the Chicago Bears. The only thing that was missing was a good quarterback. He had scouted all the colleges and even the Canadian and European Leagues, but he couldn't find a ringer who could ensure a Super Bowl win. Then one night while watching CNN he saw a war-zone scene in Afghanistan. In one corner of the background, he spotted a young Afghan soldier with a truly incredible arm. He threw a hand-grenade straight into a 15th story window 100... Full post on www.theroadtothehorizon.org
  • The US and dirty wars

    16 Mar 2014 | 6:26 am
    They say if you put a frog in water and slowly warm up the pot, the frog will not notice the increasing temperature and boil to death. A metaphor showing how often we get used to situations, as they gradually get worse and run out of control... I watched the documentary movie "Dirty Wars" by Jeremy Scahill, an American investigative journalist who also exposed the "frog in boiling water" role of Blackwater in US wars and homeland security. "Dirty Wars" exposes the increasing role of US... Full post on www.theroadtothehorizon.org
  • Empower youth by highlighting their projects

    23 Feb 2014 | 12:33 pm
    In the recent years, I had the opportunity to help highlighting the work young people do, throwing the spotlight on their projects and success stories, their struggles and challenges. I firmly believe that putting young people on a platform, enabling them to bring their message, automatically empowers them, their causes and youth in general. It not only gives the individual a well-deserved chance to show their project, but each of those projects reminds the world that young people *are* the... Full post on www.theroadtothehorizon.org
  • Travel the world in just a minute

    23 Feb 2014 | 12:32 pm
    Rick Mereki -filmmaker and traveller traveled through 11 countries in 44 days and made this video which is both simple and complex at the same time.. Love it. PS: 11 countries in 44 days, I did better than that back in 2000... Did not have a video camera, though :-) Video discovered via So Bad So Good Full post on www.theroadtothehorizon.org
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    Timbuktu Chronicles

  • First All-Female Boot Camp

    Emeka Okafor
    25 Jan 2015 | 10:02 am
    In Lagos, from the folks at Andela:
  • Foldscope Explore

    Emeka Okafor
    17 Jan 2015 | 10:54 pm
    Explore the Microcosmos with Foldscope from Manu Prakash:"Foldscope is a low cost paper microscopy platform for education purposes."
  • Adventures in Extreme manufacturing

    Emeka Okafor
    17 Jan 2015 | 10:29 pm
    From the TED Blog:A backhoe manufacture in progress at Factor E Farms. Photo: Open Source EcologyWhat if you could build a civilization from scratch, using tools that could also be built from scratch? In his talk “Open-sourced blueprints for civilization” at TED2011, Marcin Jakubowski introduced the Global Village Construction Set, open-source blueprints that would essentially allow anyone with a heap of scrap metal — and a few production tools — to make 50 machines covering all the needs of a basic civilization: agriculture, energy, transportation and production. In the last two…
  • RESEWO - Building the Indigenous Food Movement

    Emeka Okafor
    16 Jan 2015 | 7:54 am
    From CNN's African Voices: image courtesy of Goshen College...Mussa is new to the world of agriculture and has enjoyed cultivating her favorite crops this morning. "I didn't know they were edible and now I know, I eat them." In fact, she eats them for lunch, along with the rest of her school.Mussa's school is putting African traditions back on the menu in a new era of indigenous school meals. Plants native to her home country, Tanzania, are being harnessed as a result of an idea pioneered by people at the other end of the age spectrum -- retired women -- the Regent Estate Senior Women's Group…
  • 'Wakati' Food Preservation Tent

    Emeka Okafor
    16 Jan 2015 | 7:34 am
    PSFK reports: Wakati is Swahili for ‘time’ and describes an often under-considered enemy in the fight against starvation. Poor refrigeration and highways that take three to four times as long to traverse lead to more food spoilage. This translates to less food — 45% less, according to the United Nations — and more hunger than a developed nation would experience with a harvest of identical size. The Wakati Device aims to help keep food fresh longer, directly alleviating this problem. It’s a simple, zippable tent-like box with a solar-powered fan that uses evaporation cooler…
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    Echoing Green Blog

  • Bold in Action: Hacking Isolation

    Scott Ballum Cohen
    19 Jan 2015 | 5:44 am
    Today we celebrate the leadership and influence of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., one of the United States' best remembered social justice leaders. As a global organization working with social entrepreneurs driving change, we are inspired to take today and the upcoming Black History Month to spotlight our Black Male Achievement Fellows working to improve the life outcomes of black men and boys here in the United States. While some of them use tools like coding and technology that Dr. King couldn't have imagined, their tenacity and vision of social and racial justice are rooted in his ideals.
  • Social Impact Jobs January 2015

    Lara Galinsky
    15 Jan 2015 | 7:46 am
    Photo courtesy of myAgro At Echoing Green, we’re known for investing in innovation, and we carry that spirit into everything we do. Last year, in 2014, we put new ideas into action to deepen and grow our support of big, bold change in the world. We increased the number of Fellows we supported by thirty-five percent, we trained 425 facilitators with our Work on Purpose curriculum, and our staff grew by ninety percent. And that’s just a snapshot of our commitment to growth. All of our work is about connecting talent to the resources they need to have the deepest social impact.While I…
  • #EGFellows Making Headlines January 2015

    Echoing Green
    9 Jan 2015 | 8:11 am
    This January, eighteen Echoing Green Fellows were recognized on Forbes' annual 30 under 30 list for their tenacity, ability to influence change, and creative problem solving as they work to address some of the world's most intractable challenges. The fourth annual list is a presentation of groundbreaking "young game changers, movers, and makers" working in twenty fields, including social entrepreneurship, education, and energy. Congratulations to our Black Male Achievement, Global, and Climate Fellows who were recognized: 2009 Fellow Jonny Dorsey, 2011 Fellow Michael Carter, 2013 Fellows…
  • Five Lessons to Drive Big Bold Change

    Lindsay Booker
    11 Dec 2014 | 10:51 am
    Last month Echoing Green held our All Fellows Conference, an annual gathering bringing together the world’s most promising social entrepreneurs, impact investors, and thought leaders for peer learning, workshops, and advisory sessions. More than 150 Fellows gathered in Mumbai, together representing almost three decades of extraordinary individuals from across the globe doing extraordinary work in poverty alleviation, breaking the school-to-prison pipeline, increasing diversity in tech – the list goes on and on. The All Fellows Conference celebrated the diverse landscape of social…
  • Fellows' Perspectives: The Executive Action on Immigration

    Echoing Green
    3 Dec 2014 | 6:28 am
    Students of ConTextos in El Salvador, founded by 2013 Fellow Debra Gittler Last week, President Obama announced his plan to use his executive authority on immigration policy, protecting millions of people living within the United States from deportation. “The President’s plan focuses on cracking down on illegal immigration at the border; deporting felons, not families; and accountability through criminal background checks and taxes,” the White House announced. To help understand the context, and impact, of the policies, we opened the floor for Echoing Green Fellows whose work is…
 
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    Acumen Fund Blog

  • We Are Each Other’s Destiny

    Jacqueline Novogratz
    19 Jan 2015 | 6:53 pm
    To reflect on the life of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. is to consider deeply our human interconnectedness and the world we want to build. Each year on this day, I re-read his extraordinary, elegiac “Letter from Birmingham Jail” to remember his commitment to human equality and the price he paid. I read it to remind myself of the power of idealism grounded in pragmatism. I read it to renew my belief in our individual and collective abilities to help bend the moral arc ever more toward justice. Nearly everywhere is an uneasy shadow of weariness, a quickening fear of growing divides…
  • Let’s Work Together

    Avinash Mishra and Keya Madhvani
    9 Jan 2015 | 7:51 am
    Acumen has offices in New York, Mumbai, Karachi, Bogota, Nairobi and Accra. Last August, Avinash Mishra, a Senior Portfolio Associate in the India office, and Keya Madhvani, the Internal Communications Associate in the New York office, were nominated to attend the One Young World Summit in Dublin. Below, they share lessons learned at the summit.  In August of this year, we received an email – “Avinash, Keya – Congratulations! You have been selected to represent Acumen at the One Young World Summit (OYW) in Dublin!” We were both thrilled at the prospect of attending OYW, a gathering…
  • The Impact Investing Landscape in India: An Overview

    Acumen
    24 Dec 2014 | 9:14 am
    The impact investing landscape in India has grown quickly over the last decade. In 2000, $1.17 million of capital was injected into social enterprises in India; in 2011, this figure rose to $250 million per annum, according to Intellecap. While dollars invested are relatively easy to measure, impact is much less so. Acumen recently surveyed several other impact investing funds in India to learn how they approach impact. Both pre and post investment funds are using a range of methods to hone in on their impact, from randomized control trials to new industry tools such as PRISM. Pre-investment…
  • Terrorism: The Single Story of Pakistan

    Henry Chim
    19 Dec 2014 | 8:02 am
    Henry Chim is a Global Fellow working at Acumen’s housing investee AMC in Lahore, Pakistan. On Tuesday, the Taliban took their war on education to a new low with an assault on a school in Peshawar that killed 145 people. Below, Henry reflects on the effects of terrorism on Pakistan. When I attempt to fathom what happened in Peshawar, I imagine a room full of 145 bright flickering candles being extinguished in one single blow. Why isn’t there more love in the world? The kind of love that can end this madness is the same love that allows us to forgive and understand those who stand…
  • Guiding philanthropists through their first impact investment

    Ambika Sampat and Carlos Miranda
    16 Dec 2014 | 5:00 am
    This article was originally published in the December 2014 issue of Alliance magazine. Despite the exponential growth of impact investing and the surrounding buzz, and the billions of new investments made every year (it’s expected that the UK alone will see £1.1 billion worth of new impact investments in 2015), most philanthropic donors are still impact investment neophytes. So how best to guide a philanthropist through their first impact investment? For the purpose of this article, we will adopt the World Economic Forum definition: ‘impact investing is an investment approach…
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    How I changed the world today.

  • Kiva zip - loans to California

    Julia
    12 Jan 2015 | 7:52 pm
    I made 3 loans today to people in California through the kiva zip program.
  • Kiva

    Julia
    4 Jan 2015 | 10:09 pm
    I made 10 Kiva loans today to use up credit that acculated over the holidays. One was to a new industry, the others to new microlenders. I'm still trying to get one in each category. I like completing things. And data.www.kiva.orgI want to go fly my Kiva plane. Wonder if I still have it.
  • Dinner for one

    Julia
    1 Dec 2014 | 6:09 pm
    I bought a meal today for a street person who was sitting outside Whole Foods. I got him something hot - a chicken bowl with veggies. And a drink.  Made his world a bit better today.
  • Christmas presents from local artisans

    Julia
    30 Nov 2014 | 8:49 pm
    My co-op (that just opened this year) had a crafts fair with local artisans. I decided to do all my christmas shopping there. I usually try to do it all in one place, supporting one thing. I've adopted Gorillas and given Kiva gift certificates and shopped at 10,000 villages.This year everyone is getting items from co-op members.  I had a necklace for my mom elongated and the artisan stopped by my house to deliver. How's that for personal service!
  • 11 Kiva loans

    Julia
    29 Nov 2014 | 8:56 pm
    I have lots of kiva credit so made 11 kiva loans to lenders I haven't lent to, to finish those stats.
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    Social ROI: Stories About Social Entrepreneurship

  • Pioneering Affordable Water Purification

    john
    8 Jan 2015 | 10:24 am
    TweetI’ve been thinking of water purification for a few days after I saw Bill Gates drinking a glass of water that was purified from feces (poop!). Before this, I had heard of the Desolenator, a solar powered device that’s the most affordable and efficient way to purify water. They are currently preparing for mass production thanks to the success of its ongoing fundraising campaign on Indiegogo. Here’s some data on the problem these devices are trying to solve: According to the UN Water GLAAS 2014 Report, 748 million people lack access to improved drinking water and an…
  • Natura, a Brazil-based Cosmetics Maker, Becomes a B Corp

    john
    31 Dec 2014 | 7:17 am
    Tweet I got to know Natura many years ago when I traveled to Brazil.  I tried their products and was very impressed by them.  I was even more impressed when I heard about their focus on protecting the rainforests of Brazil. They recently filed for B Corp status and earned it.  
  • The XO-1 laptop is history

    john
    11 Mar 2014 | 2:22 pm
    TweetThe great excitement, energy, and enthusiasm that brought us together is gone. OLPC is dead. In its place, is the reality that technology is a force in education, and we all need to be vigilant about when, where, and how it’s used. – See more at: http://www.olpcnews.com/aboutolpcnews/goodbyeonelaptopperchild.html
  • Jimmy Wales’s Plan to Save the World With Mobile Phones

    john
    28 Jan 2014 | 7:10 am
    TweetGreat to see more stuff like this: “The basic concept is that 10 percent of your [mobile phone] bill goes directly to a cause of your choice, straight off the top,” he said. via Recode
  • Cellphones Have Become Tool for Doing Good Globally

    john
    12 Nov 2013 | 4:50 pm
    TweetThe World Health Organization estimates that more than 700 million people do not have access to clean drinking water and over 2.5 billion have no access to toilets. Yet according to the International Telecommunications Union, 96 percent of the world is connected via cellphone — which is why it has become a means of doing good.   Continue reading at NYTimes.
 
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    Chris Blattman

  • The New York Times takes an early lead for correction of the year

    Chris Blattman
    23 Jan 2015 | 7:33 am
    An earlier version of this article misstated the name of the country whose army chased Tommy Caldwell’s kidnappers. As the article correctly noted elsewhere, Caldwell was in Kyrgyzstan, not Kyrzbekistan, which does not exist. Source. Hat tip to the Innovations for Poverty Action communications team. The post The New York Times takes an early lead for correction of the year appeared first on Chris Blattman.
  • Grading Bill and Melinda Gates’ annual letter

    Chris Blattman
    23 Jan 2015 | 7:28 am
    It’s my second year, so this makes it a tradition. I take the conceit of grading it like one of my development class exams. But this year I do it in the Washington Post’s Monkey Cage blog. The letter makes a “big bet”, that technological breakthroughs—especially in vaccines, online education, agricultural extension, and mobile banking—will give the poor unprecedented opportunities. An excerpt: to preview, my overall grade is a B. I have three reasons: Over-claiming: Making big steps sound like monumental leaps Providing solutions that will work best…
  • What the cost of your wedding says about the chances you divorce

    Chris Blattman
    22 Jan 2015 | 7:20 am
    Specifically, the study found that women whose wedding cost more than $20,000 divorced at a rate roughly 1.6 times higher than women whose wedding cost between $5,000 and $10,000. And couples who spent $1,000 or less on their big day had a lower than average rate of divorce. Article. As usual, I don’t quibble with causal inference when I prefer to believe the result, whether or not it is true. I highly recommend our strategy: immediate family only. We had 13 adults and three toddlers, total. Outdoors. Then a nice dinner. The families had never met and it was the last day of a week…
  • Links I liked

    Chris Blattman
    21 Jan 2015 | 11:53 am
    Russ Roberts interviews Josh Angrist, king of causality Does LaTeX lead to more paper errors than R? (I prefer LyX) (Hat tip to Development Impact blog for the last two) AEJ Applied has an astonishingly good special issue devoted to microfinance How to avoid sexism in academia, when writing recommendation letters The dog that played Toto in The Wizard of Oz was paid a salary higher than the actors who played the Munchkins  “I’ll have the tabby”: A cafe in NYC allows you to cuddle with house cats The post Links I liked appeared first on Chris Blattman.
  • Talks next week in London/Oxford

    Chris Blattman
    21 Jan 2015 | 7:20 am
    I’m giving some talks next week on some new, not released papers: Monday Jan 26, 1230-2pm “More sweatshops for Africa? A randomized trial of industrial jobs in Ethiopia” Center for Global Development Europe Details and registration Tuesday Jan 27th, 1-230pm “More sweatshops for Africa? A randomized trial of industrial jobs in Ethiopia” Oxford University CSAE Wednesday Jan 28th, 12.45-2pm “Reducing crime and violence: Experimental evidence from behaviour change therapy and cash transfers in Liberia” London School of Hygiene & Tropical…
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    ... My heart’s in Accra

  • Global Voices Summit: Do We Feed the Trolls?

    Ethan
    24 Jan 2015 | 11:00 pm
    Five days with Global Voices leaves me feeling pretty good about the state of the world, and the shape of the internet. But the ‘net is not always a friendly place. Our post-lunch session on the closing day of our conference is “Do We Feed the Trolls?”, hosted by the estimable Jillian York, of Global Voices and the Electronic Frontier Foundation. Noemi Lardizabal-Dado, a celebrated Filipina momblogger. In 2006, she started blogging as a mother who had lost a child. In 2009, she founded blogwatch.ph, a leading Filipino citizen media site. She’s now an empty nester after…
  • Global Voices Summit: Online Crisis Reporting

    Ethan
    24 Jan 2015 | 8:03 pm
    Many of the panels at the Global Voices summit offer a global perspective on difficult reporting challenges. “When the Stakes Are High and the Story Ever Changing: Online Crisis Reporting” Moderator Lauren Finch explains that these look like simple stories to handle: they erupt, a professional or citizen reporter offers their take, and we repeat as necessary. But that’s becoming harder and harder. Governments routinely go into propaganda overdrive, and we need to unpack what’s real, what’s imagined and aspirational. A flood of citizen generated media means we can…
  • Howard French on the media’s coverage of Boko Haram massacres

    Ethan
    24 Jan 2015 | 5:33 pm
    Foreign correspondent, journalism professor and author Howard French recently weighed in on the debate about media coverage of Charlie Hebdo and the massacres in Baga with a memorable stream of tweets. French has a deep understanding of Africa in the news, as a former professor in Côte d’Ivoire and the author of two must-read books about Africa, A Continent for the Taking and China’s Second Continent, about Chinese expansion in Africa. French was reacting in part to a New York Times Public Editor note from Margaret Sullivan on the New York Times’s coverage of the two…
  • Global Voices Summit: Social Media in the Philippines

    Ethan
    23 Jan 2015 | 8:46 pm
    We’ve been asked several times why Global Voices is holding a summit in Cebu, the second-largest city in the Philippines. That’s a pretty easy answer: Nini Cabaero of the Sun Sentinel, a former student of mine at MIT, made a great case for the friendliness of the Cebuano people and argued that we would get a richer picture of the Philippines if we met outside the highly globalized and cosmopolitan capital. (She’s right – it’s been a fantastic introduction to the diversity of the Philippines, a nation of 7000 islands, and of many different languages and cultures.)…
  • Global Voices Summit: “Our Voices, Ourselves”

    Ethan
    23 Jan 2015 | 7:29 pm
    One of the more remarkable efforts Global Voices is engaged with is Rising Voices, a mentoring and microgranting project that calls attention to stories from marginalized people and groups around the world. One of the projects were are currently supporting is “Our Voices, Ourselves”, a project focused on girls’ rights in Kyrgyzstan. It’s represented by Dariya Kasmamytova and Aishoola Aisaeva in Cebu, both under 21 years old. They are leading a campaign that is helping young women talk about the barriers and persecution they experience in their daily lives. Dariya tells…
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    quoteflections

  • To Live By

    23 Jan 2015 | 9:00 pm
    It is not hard to make decisions when you know what your values are.  ~ Roy Disney - What are some of your key values and principles which help to guide you?
  • From Day to Day

    22 Jan 2015 | 9:00 pm
    How we spend our days is, of course, how we spend our lives.  ~ Annie Dillard- What small steps can you take to transform or enrich your days?
  • In Every Step

    21 Jan 2015 | 9:00 pm
    Smile, breathe, and go slowly.  ~ Thich Nhat Hanh- How can you nurture more peace in your life?
  • Confronting Challenges

    20 Jan 2015 | 9:00 pm
    The only way out is through.  ~ Carl Jung - Why is confronting challenges often the better option?
  • A Daily Choice

    19 Jan 2015 | 9:00 pm
    The remarkable thing is we have a choice every day regarding the attitude we will embrace for that day....Life is 10% what happens to me and 90% how I react to it. ~ Charles R. Swindoll- How can you maintain a positive attitude through life's daily challenges?
 
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  • When we dance with the devil who steps on whose hooves?

    Phil Cubeta
    22 Jan 2015 | 10:58 am
    What are your client's core values? What is the self they wish to enact, the legacy they wish to leave, the impact they wish to have on the world? All around the WB Ballroom, clomp, clomp, clomp, and the cries of pain. Integrity - ouch.  Spirituality - ouch, OMG.  A good Mission Statement for a Dynastic Family, can put a team of  Taxi Dancers in the Hospital with smashed toes, and broken arches. But it is worth it in the end if those kind of Governing Instruments can preserve a Dynasty for 100 years, or more. Best to wear combat boots,…
  • If a church for the deeply depressed....

    Phil Cubeta
    22 Jan 2015 | 7:40 am
    ....for those without any money or any prospect of it, with a statue at the door, of our Lady of Sorrows, facing a cross in the nave, on which her son died, were to have a liturgy, I wonder how that would differ from the Gospels? To which feckless query, my Tutor replied, Who should we ask, Phil, who would know? Someone wise, probably, don't you, think? Tutor is getting more difficult, more intransigent, and less coherent, as he gets older. He is wrestling with his own mortality, the mess he made of his life, and long-term effects of alcoholism and academic study. What…
  • In Service to what?

    Phil Cubeta
    22 Jan 2015 | 6:10 am
    Lear, I opined to my mentor, The Happy Tutor, Dungeon Master to the Stars in Wealth Bondage, is a play about family, governance, and about loyal service. Cordelia, who cannot heave her heart into her mouth, is faithful to herself, and her father, the King, but her father. The Fool? To what is he in service? To the King, Cordelia's father, but the King as King, whose body is the body politic, and whose rule is divine by right. In serving what is kingly in the King, he serves God and man, the raggediest among us. Wealth in Families, Flourishing Families, but who will plausibly…
  • Wisdom Comes to Market

    Phil Cubeta
    20 Jan 2015 | 9:16 am
    Very hard, even for one as wise as I am, to make a rational market in Wisdom.  The need is there, but not much demand. The ones who need it most value it least. And when it comes to rating a Wisdom Provider, how can a Fool rate Wisdom wisely? Even "liking" a proffered wisdom nugget, even Tweeting it, does not necessarily translate into mastering it. Generally, in sales, step one is translating a Need into a Want, but when I try to get Fools to acknowlege the need for wisdom, I get called an impudent fool, and beaten in my turn. It ever has been thus in our noble trade.
  • In Wealth Bondage, I constantly hear my fellow professionals bitching....

    Phil Cubeta
    20 Jan 2015 | 8:33 am
    Having prostituted all that is holy, they still can't pay the bills. I tell them to develop expertise in something unusual, such as Wisdom or Virtue. Nun, Priest, Swami. If you are an Ultra High Net Worth (UNHW) client whose planning calls for Wisdom and Virtue, just pucker up and blow. I will be in the next room reading War and Peace.
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    Case Foundation » What’s New

  • Introducing the Three Pillars of the Case Foundation

    Elyse Kort
    20 Jan 2015 | 4:39 am
    Ask anyone at the Case Foundation what kind of response they get when they explain the work of our foundation through our tagline: “We invest in people and ideas that can change the world,” and they’ll tell you they are often met with a smile followed by more questions. “Hmm… interesting, like what?” or “So […] The post Introducing the Three Pillars of the Case Foundation appeared first on Case Foundation.
  • Welcome to Our New Website!

    Elyse Kort
    20 Jan 2015 | 4:35 am
    This post was written by Allyson Burns and Brian Sasscer on behalf of the Case Foundation: After a few weeks of being in “stealth mode,” we’re incredibly excited today to unveil a new look and feel here at CaseFoundation.org! This is the first step in the rollout of our new “Digital Roadmap” to ensure we’re putting […] The post Welcome to Our New Website! appeared first on Case Foundation.
  • Spotlight on Social Enterprises: KZ Noir

    Elyse Kort
    19 Jan 2015 | 11:30 pm
    This week the Case Foundation and Entrepreneur.com magazine, in partnership with ImpactAlpha, are spotlighting KZ Noir on the Entrepreneur.com Impact Investing topic hub. As coffee culture continues to demand high quality, exotic coffee flavors, consumers are also increasingly driven by environmental and social concerns. There is a high demand for coffee that is sustainably grown […] The post Spotlight on Social Enterprises: KZ Noir appeared first on Case Foundation.
  • Finding Unity Through a National Day of Service

    Elyse Kort
    17 Jan 2015 | 8:34 am
    Reading through national headlines from these past few months it is clear that there are many challenges that await us in the new year. This is not the first time in our nation’s history that social divides, cultural divisions and challenges have seemed to be insurmountable. So it is not surprising to me that many […] The post Finding Unity Through a National Day of Service appeared first on Case Foundation.
  • Can Startups Save the American Dream?

    Elyse Kort
    14 Jan 2015 | 7:27 am
    Last year, I traveled more than 1,800 miles to witness first-hand the role that entrepreneurs are playing in reviving local economies and driving innovation in cities throughout the heart of America. I’m thrilled to see that the rest is certainly rising in places like Pittsburgh, which is taking advantage of its Steel City roots to […] The post Can Startups Save the American Dream? appeared first on Case Foundation.
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    How I changed the world today.

  • Kiva zip - loans to California

    12 Jan 2015 | 7:52 pm
    I made 3 loans today to people in California through the kiva zip program.
  • Kiva

    4 Jan 2015 | 10:09 pm
    I made 10 Kiva loans today to use up credit that acculated over the holidays. One was to a new industry, the others to new microlenders. I'm still trying to get one in each category. I like completing things. And data.www.kiva.orgI want to go fly my Kiva plane. Wonder if I still have it.
  • Dinner for one

    1 Dec 2014 | 6:09 pm
    I bought a meal today for a street person who was sitting outside Whole Foods. I got him something hot - a chicken bowl with veggies. And a drink.  Made his world a bit better today.
  • Christmas presents from local artisans

    30 Nov 2014 | 8:49 pm
    My co-op (that just opened this year) had a crafts fair with local artisans. I decided to do all my christmas shopping there. I usually try to do it all in one place, supporting one thing. I've adopted Gorillas and given Kiva gift certificates and shopped at 10,000 villages.This year everyone is getting items from co-op members.  I had a necklace for my mom elongated and the artisan stopped by my house to deliver. How's that for personal service!
  • 11 Kiva loans

    29 Nov 2014 | 8:56 pm
    I have lots of kiva credit so made 11 kiva loans to lenders I haven't lent to, to finish those stats.
 
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    GOOD

  • Don’t Freak Out About Beef Trade With Mad Cow Countries

    Mark Hay
    23 Jan 2015 | 4:50 pm
    Illustration by Addison Eaton To anyone who follows the business of red meat in America (beyond shoving it down their maw), 2015 got off to a controversial start, as the U.S. government announced that we’re going to start importing beef from Ireland again. This probably sounds like some minor, niche agricultural issue until you consider why we stopped eating Irish cows back in 1996: mad cow disease. After two decades of closure and paranoia that transformed global agricultural markets, by now opening our meat gates to the Emerald Isle, America is declaring that it’s once again ready to…
  • Millihelen Promises to Deliver No-Bullshit Beauty Tips and Tricks

    Tasbeeh Herwees
    23 Jan 2015 | 2:30 pm
    Someone at Jezebel recognized a need for a beauty site that delivers all the good make-up tips with a side of snark and feminist verve and they made it happen. It’s called Millihelen and it promises to help you navigate the grooming industry. The name refers to Helen of Troy, the woman whose face helped launch a thousand ships, who was also complete lie (it’s not something the Jezebel came up with on their own but a preexisting expression). From Jane Marie, our Millihelen host: A millihelen is a humorous unit of measure: the amount of beauty it takes to launch just one ship. We hope…
  • Out Of Silence Sparks Dialogue About Abortion

    Dana Driskill
    23 Jan 2015 | 2:00 pm
    Photo Courtesy of Advocates for Youth A new play debuted in Washington D.C. earlier this week called Out of Silence, which consists of 13 different scenes about abortion based on real people’s accounts. The personal abortion stories were collected through the reproductive health organization Advocates for Youth over the course of the last several years as part of its 1 in 3 Campaign, a name that reflects the fact that one in three U.S. women will have an abortion in her lifetime. Nearly 20 years ago, Eve Ensler’s Vagina Monologues—a collection of monologues about women’s sexuality…
  • Kenyan Grandmother, 90-Year Old Badass, Is the Oldest Person to Attend Primary School

    Tasbeeh Herwees
    23 Jan 2015 | 1:15 pm
    This 90-year old grandmother is not the hero we deserve, but the hero we need right now. Priscilla Sitienei decided to go back to school five years ago to learn how to read and write alongside six of her great-great-grandchildren. Her classmates call her “Gogo”, which is an affectionate designation for grandmothers in the Kalenjin language. If your grandfather is like, “When I was your age, we had to walk five miles in the snow to get to school”, Gogo can top it, because she’s like, “When I was your age, we didn’t even have school.” And she makes all the kids hear it, because…
  • Scientists Shatter An Old Myth About Glass

    Jed Oelbaum
    23 Jan 2015 | 12:40 pm
    Photo by Flickr user Fabi42 As a young know-it-all, one “factoid” I always loved dropping on my friends and colleagues was the one about glass not being a real solid. Old church windows, the story went, had become thicker on the bottom over time, as the glass, though appearing solid, continued to very, very slowly flow with gravity. I first heard this idea in an art history class, when my teacher, an elderly German woman with a white shock of hair, led me astray, her authoritative, Einsteinian aura beyond question at the time. But she was wrong, and I dutifully repeated the myth over and…
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    SocialEarth

  • A Visit to Shams-1: Abu Dhabi’s Unique Solar CSP Hybrid Power Plant

    Justmeans
    22 Jan 2015 | 10:26 am
    One of the first questions I asked upon arriving in Abu Dhabi, a very modern city in a very oil-rich country, with a very progressive stance towards renewables, was, why? [...] The post A Visit to Shams-1: Abu Dhabi’s Unique Solar CSP Hybrid Power Plant appeared first on SocialEarth.
  • UL Environment and LG Electronics Expand ‘GREENGUARD’ Television Certification

    3BL Media
    22 Jan 2015 | 9:52 am
    New 55-, 65- and 77-inch class 4K Ultra HD OLED TVs from LG Electronics have received the coveted “GREENGUARD” Certification, which sets a new precedent for television manufacturers to help [...] The post UL Environment and LG Electronics Expand ‘GREENGUARD’ Television Certification appeared first on SocialEarth.
  • Is Nature The Largest “Company” On Earth?

    Sangeeta Haindl
    22 Jan 2015 | 6:24 am
    Can we put a price on nature? If so, how? Over the past few years, diehard conservationists and bottom-line businesses believe you can do just that. They believe that putting [...] The post Is Nature The Largest “Company” On Earth? appeared first on SocialEarth.
  • Dow, Kraft, GE Create Solutions to Save Billions of Gallons of Water

    Vikas Vij
    21 Jan 2015 | 10:21 am
    Nearly 98 percent of the water on earth is saline, and about two-thirds of the remaining fresh water is frozen in ice caps and glaciers. That leaves less than one [...] The post Dow, Kraft, GE Create Solutions to Save Billions of Gallons of Water appeared first on SocialEarth.
  • Green Builder Media Launches Internet of Things Website

    Antonio Pasolini
    21 Jan 2015 | 6:16 am
    Do you want to have an inkling of what the future will be like? The Internet of Things may provide you a clue. The increasingly popular concept refers to the [...] The post Green Builder Media Launches Internet of Things Website appeared first on SocialEarth.
 
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    Sasha Dichter's Blog

  • Egg whites, scrambled eggs, and egg shells

    Sasha
    23 Jan 2015 | 2:00 am
    I’m seeing eggs everywhere this week. Seth Godin’s amazing new book, What to Do When It’s Your Turn – which you can still order and share here – has a great parable about his 8 egg white omelet. It is a story about the slippery slope of compromise and the taste of fresh herbs, and his omelet is fabulous enough to convince a skeptical food critic that there is, in fact, such a thing as a “delicious egg white omelet.” Then I came across this video about how to make a scrambled egg without breaking the shell. And Tim Ferris has a video that was seen more than six million…
  • Subway Portrait

    Sasha
    16 Jan 2015 | 2:00 am
    “Excuse me, m’am, may I draw your picture?” he says, white pad on his lap, fingers stained with charcoal. “Pardon me?” says the woman sitting across from him on the subway, looking confused and a bit taken aback. “Your picture…is it alright with you if I draw your picture?” he reiterates. “Uh…sure.” And then, as his hands glide across the page, his patter begins, not interrupting the drawing, which has to be complete in the two minutes before the last stop. “This is what I do,” he says, “I draw pictures of people. Portraits. Been doing this for years, I’ve drawn…
  • Impact: The Future is Now (Take 2)

    Sasha
    13 Jan 2015 | 5:10 am
    Something strange happened with the embedded YouTube video in my last post for email subscribers. Until I figure that out, here it is again:  
  • Impact: The Future Is Now

    Sasha
    13 Jan 2015 | 2:00 am
    One of my greatest points of pride from 2014 is how far we have come at Acumen in how we think about and measure impact. So much of the talk in impact investing feels stalled on the question of whether to measure impact, and we’ve spent almost no time or energy, as a sector, on the HOW of measuring impact. I believe if we get this how right, we can measure impact in a way that makes sense for entrepreneurs and brings us real and real-time insight into customers and how we are meeting their needs. In this talk at Acumen’s Partner Gathering from November, I share my thoughts on how we can…
  • Bryan Stevenson – Proximity

    Sasha
    10 Jan 2015 | 2:00 am
    The other day, I had the honor and privilege to hear Bryan Stevenson speak in a small group setting. Bryan is a lawyer and a fighter for justice and racial equality, the founder and Executive Director of the Equal Justice Initiative who has a list of accolades and awards too long to tackle properly. Among other things, his TED talk, which has been viewed more than two million times, apparently got the “longest and loudest standing ovation in TED history”; he’s recently written a book that I’ve just bought called Just Mercy (it has a 4.9 out of 5 star rating on Amazon); he will be…
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    High Impact Philanthropy Blog

  • Ebola: What’s Next and How Can I Help? (Liberia Case Example)

    impactsp2@gmail.com
    22 Jan 2015 | 1:43 pm
    The Situation In terms of the number of Ebola cases, the conditions on the ground have rapidly improved over the past three months since our last blog on the outbreak. Though numbers are not always easy to verify,  the latest World Health Organization report from the middle of January indicates that Liberia is experiencing its lowest number of cases since early June, with no new cases reported in the final two days of the last week for which figures are available. This, after over 3,500 people have died in Liberia. Cases have also declined markedly in Sierra Leone and Guinea, the other…
  • The Giving Conundrum

    impactsp2@gmail.com
    15 Jan 2015 | 12:46 pm
    A re-post of Courtney E. Martin's original blog piece The Giving Conundrum, featured in On Being. When I hear the word “tithe,” it makes me think of a fraying wicker basket, passed from hand to hand down a long aisle of faithful friends, slowly filling up with hard-earned greenbacks and a few shiny coins dropped from grubby child hands. There’s beautiful organ music, a shared sense of wise sacrifice, the smell of Christmas in the air. Here’s what tithing actually looks like in my terribly unromantic modern life: I sit in front of my laptop and peck away, moving…
  • 2015 Brings New Staff and Renewed Energy to our Center

    impactsp2@gmail.com
    8 Jan 2015 | 1:12 pm
    Happy new year! Here at the Center, we’re starting 2015 with renewed energy thanks, in large part, to the addition of our new team members.  Rebecca Hobble has joined us as a Research Assistant, and Kyle Sherman is our newest Social Impact Fellow. Rebecca Hobble Rebecca will serve as a Research Assistant in support of our ongoing guidance projects and communications. Prior to joining the Center, Rebecca worked as a Policy & Strategy Research Assistant at PolicyLab at The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, where she assisted a cross-disciplinary team of pediatric and…
  • High Impact Year-End Giving Guidance

    impactsp2@gmail.com
    4 Dec 2014 | 1:42 pm
    Note to our readers: We'd like to apologize that our server sent two emails out to our blog subscribers (one in November, and one earlier this week) without being prompted.  The University has been experiencing server issues, and has (hopefully) reconciled them as of today.  Again we apologize for the inconvenience and for clogging your inboxes! High Impact Year-End Giving Guidance Our team is pleased to annouce the release of our annual, high impact year-end giving guidance.   And we’re very excited to share that the guide has already been featured in Money…
  • Notes from the Field: Early Childhood in Philadelphia and Jewish Federation General Assembly, a Global Community

    impactsp2@gmail.com
    20 Nov 2014 | 1:07 pm
    Given our role in the sector, our team members often participate in conversations where we see opportunities to support donors and nonprofits alike. In this blog post, we share a few takeaways from two recent gatherings, one with a local group interested in Greater Philadelphia, and the other a major gathering with a decidedly global perspective. Invest in a Strong Start for Children, a local conversation This spring, we released our early childhood donor toolkit that outlines high impact strategies to address this critically important phase in children's development. Since then, we…
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    The Change Blog

  • Burn Your Beliefs.. Literally

    Brianna Johnson
    25 Jan 2015 | 4:49 am
    Are you a belief-hoarder? I most certainly am. I found myself listening to some speakers who had a few things to say about replacing old, negative beliefs with positive ones. “We construct our own reality. We are what we think. Blah blah blah.” I had heard it all before. They were right of course, but after a while, we begin tuning things out – especially when we hear it too many times without implementing it. Oddly, I think listening to too many gurus can actually desensitize you to action - the very actions you want to take. It’s one thing to tell someone,…
  • How I Manifested My Sabbatical & Why It Changed My Life

    Jodie Hebbard
    22 Jan 2015 | 5:32 am
    “Believe you can and you’re halfway there.” – Theodore Roosevelt A couple of years ago, I was at a cross roads in my life. I was ready for a change, but I didn’t know what it was that I wanted to do. I felt lost and I needed some time to think. A time out from career and my life to be able to regroup and reevaluate so I decided to take a sabbatical. The problem was, I had no idea where I was going to go or how I was going to manage to pull this off. Having struggled with finding my purpose for a number of years, I knew this was what I needed and so I was committed making it…
  • “Have You Lost Weight?”

    Jenny Kanevsky
    20 Jan 2015 | 7:40 am
    Ah, the loaded question, “have you lost weight?” If I only had a slice of cheesecake for every time someone asked me that. I’d have a lot of freaking cheesecake. I like New York traditional, by the way, and then chocolate, because a girl can get bored, and we are talking a lot of cheesecake. The question implies that I needed to lose weight, that something about me needed to change; and that now I am better. When I am asked this question, even today, my first feeling is joy. I can’t help it, I don’t want to feel it, I don’t like that I feel it, but that’s what happens. That is…
  • How to Stop Killing Your Own Happiness

    Jenna Drew
    18 Jan 2015 | 8:04 am
    “If you are unhappy with your life and the state of the world, the best place to start changing things is within yourself.”- Bryant McGill One of my feel-good, “make me happy” activities is my morning walk/run.  I love being amongst the trees and flowers in the park, or watching ferries on the river as the walkway hugs its banks.  Some months back while I was running, I felt my knee give way.  Ouch!!  That pulled me up very smartly.  I knew there was trouble ahead, healthwise. Several trips to the doctor and physio later, I was feeling quite miserable.  My daily routine had been…
  • 5 Reasons You Can Be Glad You’re Flawed

    Meredith Walters
    15 Jan 2015 | 6:05 am
    “All of you are perfect just as you are and you could use a little improvement.” - Shunryu Suzuki As long as I can remember, I’ve been obsessed with self improvement. I’ve tried many things over the years to do better, be better, or feel better.  When I was 8, I made a minute-by-minute after-school schedule for myself so I didn’t skimp on homework, exercise, or healthy snacks.  For years I’ve read just about any article on health, wellness, or personal effectiveness that I could get my hands on.  And I’ve spent god-knows-how-many hours of my time in therapy, coaching,…
 
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    Charitable Gift Giving

  • Accurate Digital Bathroom Scale from Weight Gurus on Sale at Groupon

    steve
    23 Jan 2015 | 10:06 pm
    So I’ve been in the market for a scale since New Year’s. No, I didn’t make a New Year’s resolution this year. But my wife, who’s generally underweight, needs to gain weight, I of course perennially need to lose weight, and the one scale we have today is rickety, falling apart, and gives wildly inaccurate readings (which on certain days I welcome wholeheartedly). I did research on the best bathroom scales to buy, and happily, one of the best reviewed ones happens to be from a company that also does good, called Greater Good. Specifically, they have a line of…
  • iTunes Store Apps that help the fight against AIDS and the RED Global Fund

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

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

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

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

  • Organizations promoting generous, effective giving

    Holden
    8 Jan 2015 | 1:08 pm
    GiveWell focuses on doing high-quality research on where to give; we put relatively little effort into marketing, community building, or encouraging people to give more. We’d like to give a shout out to some organizations – most of them relatively young – that do focus on this important work. Giving What We Can is an international society dedicated to eliminating extreme poverty. It provides a variety of resources to encourage people to give generously, including a membership pledge for lifetime giving of 10% of income, a “try giving” program for shorter and more…
  • Update on GiveWell’s web traffic / money moved: Q3 2014

    Natalie
    1 Jan 2015 | 11:58 am
    This post covers the first three quarters of 2014 and is being published late due to staff focusing on updating GiveWell’s charity recommendations in the fourth quarter. In addition to evaluations of other charities, GiveWell publishes substantial evaluation of itself, from the quality of its research to its impact on donations. We publish quarterly updates regarding two key metrics: (a) donations to top charities and (b) web traffic. The table and chart below present basic information about our growth in money moved and web traffic in the first three quarters of 2014 (note 1). Money…
  • December 2014 update on GiveWell’s Funding Needs

    Elie
    29 Dec 2014 | 10:29 am
    This post provides an update on GiveWell’s operating budget and funding needs. It is aimed at close followers of GiveWell, particularly those who have a high degree of trust in and alignment with us and are primarily seeking to make the highest-impact gift according to our (admittedly biased) opinion. Our opinion is that for such people (as opposed to the bulk of our donors, who we feel place more emphasis on neutral recommendations, evidence bases, etc.), direct, predictable support of GiveWell represents the highest-impact giving opportunity. Below, we provide more details on our…
  • Request for input

    Elie
    29 Dec 2014 | 10:28 am
    We’re planning to redesign our website in early 2015. We last worked on our website in 2009, and it’s time to refresh it. Please let us know if you have any suggestions you’d like us to consider. In particular: Is there functionality you wish our website had? Is there information you wish were easier to find? Is there a message you think we should be more actively communicating? If you have thoughts, please share them either via blog comment or by emailing us at info@givewell.org.
  • Update on the Ebola outbreak

    Holden
    23 Dec 2014 | 12:41 pm
    Over the past couple of months, we’ve put some time into trying to understand the Ebola containment effort and whether it represents a strong giving opportunity. Our process has included conversations and correspondence with about 15 people including major private donors to the containment effort and representatives of the UN, CDC, WHO, and Doctors without Borders. We have also kept informed on the outbreak by reading updates from the UN, CDC, WHO, and University of Pittsburgh Medical Center. (More on our process) Yesterday, we published a writeup summarizing the status of the outbreak…
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    Live United Blog

  • Hello world!

    admin
    18 Jan 2015 | 7:45 am
    Welcome to WordPress. This is your first post. Edit or delete it, then start blogging!
 
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    RELEVANT Magazine

  • Michael K. Williams

    Anonymous
    23 Jan 2015 | 1:50 pm
    This week we talk to actor Michael K. Williams about his role in shows like The Wire and Boardwalk Empire, and we also get him to open up about his life outside of acting and what he hopes his legacy will be. We also bring back an old podcaster from Australia, introduce a new segment and officially debut our first video podcast extract (bonus: we’re releasing 3 of them today!).
  • Introducing the RELEVANT Podcast's Video Extracts.

    Anonymous
    23 Jan 2015 | 1:26 pm
    Maybe you've heard, maybe you haven't, but RELEVANT actually has a podcast. If you're listening to it, you're definitely aware that it's worth your time. If you're not listening, well, we just don't know what to tell you. You'll come to your senses eventually. But starting this week, we're launching a new feature: Video Extracts. Basically, we'll take a few highlights from each podcast and post it on YouTube, to delight your eyes just as much as it already soothes your ears. We are hoping to move into all five senses eventually, but we're starting here. Enjoy ...
  • Meet Your Newer, Younger, Hipster X-Men.

    Anonymous
    23 Jan 2015 | 1:13 pm
    Kids these days. Getting cast in every movie. It's been 15 years since Bryan Singer's original X-Men suited up and now that X-Men: First Class and Days of Future Past have revitalized the franchise, the original team is getting recast. Specifically, Cyclops, Jean Grey and Storm (played by ancient geezers James Marsden, Famke Janssen and Halle Berry in the original) are going to be played by a trio of teenagers in 2016's X-Men: Apocalypse. Oh, teens. With their Ariana Grande and their Code Red: Mountain Dew. What superhero roles will they steal next? The most famous of the bunch is your new…
  • 11 Church Phrases That Freaked Me Out as a Kid

    robfee
    23 Jan 2015 | 11:00 am
    What do you mean I'm gonna be 'washed in the blood?' The Sea of Forgetfulness. Partaking in Christ’s body and blood. Dying to yourself. The mark of the beast. Getting caught up in the air. Out of context, some of the language used regularly in church sounds more like it belongs in some sort of weird horror movie. As a kid listening to the sermon every week from my wooden pew (that, no doubt, caused a great deal of scoliosis to invade my back), I would constantly hear phrases I didn’t understand at all—but that didn’t stop them from terrifying me to the core of my tiny…
  • Bob Dylan Is Giving His New Album Away to Senior Citizens, Wait, What?

    Anonymous
    23 Jan 2015 | 10:22 am
    Noted senior citizen Bob Dylan gave his first interview in three years to AARP Magazine of all place—a magazine that caters to the 50+ demographic. Probably a smart move, given that Bob Dylan's upcoming release is entirely Frank Sinatra covers (you can listen to the very pretty first single here). But subscribing to AARP is pretty smart move too—it turns out he'll be giving away copies of his new album, called Shadows In the Night, to 50,000 randomly suspected AARP subscribers. Senior citizen Dylan may be, but it hasn't slowed him down much. He's spent the past few years working out a…
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    Ignited Fundraising

  • Getting a Handle on All There is To Do

    Lori Jacobwith
    20 Jan 2015 | 10:01 pm
    Last week I talked about changing my story this year to one of being enough. That also means I may have to change, update, or simply use systems to keep myself organized and feeling like things aren’t slipping through the cracks. Here are two tools I use to put ease into the “remembering & doing” in each day: I use Evernote for pretty much anything I want to remember later. I have book lists, blog topic lists, a revolving grocery list, links to refer back to when I was searching for a new washing machine, birthday present lists. . . you name it, I likely have a list for it on…
  • Being Enough

    Lori Jacobwith
    13 Jan 2015 | 10:01 pm
    I admit here, out loud, today, to you, that I have a very deep daily struggle with being and doing enough. My hunch is some of you do as well. I’m sharing this personal story with you because when I worked as a development director and executive director that feeling of a “lack of enoughness” wreaked havoc with the way I felt about my staff, myself, and, of course, our board. How my lack of feeling enough shows up for me now: I say yes to more than my schedule can adequately allow I work and work and work on a project to make sure it’s “just so” To get it all done, I often work…
  • Seven Tips to Help You Talk to Donors About Planned Giving

    Lori Jacobwith
    6 Jan 2015 | 10:01 pm
    Guest Post by Mary Ellis Peterson I’ve got a terrific way to start off your year. Talk with those passionate supporters who made contributions in the past 60 days and invite their deeper support through a planned giving conversation.  To help guide your conversations  I’m delighted to share this post from Mary Ellis Peterson who is teaching the members of my Ignited Fundraising Community about planned giving on January 15th. Join us to learn how to remove some of the fear and add ease to your planned giving conversations. There is a lot of work involved when you’re preparing…
  • Holiday Wishes for Ease & Fun in 2015

    Lori Jacobwith
    22 Dec 2014 | 10:01 pm
    As you wind down the year, take just a moment to listen to my wishes for your off-the-charts successful 2015! And, hey, would you do me a favor?  Please leave your comments or video links about how YOU are shifting your fundraising culture and even adding fun to your work. Happy Holidays!
  • A Powerful & Simple Way to Increase Visibility

    Lori Jacobwith
    16 Dec 2014 | 10:01 pm
    As a master storyteller and fundraising culture changer my work is really only about one thing: Helping nonprofit organizations raise more money from individual donors. My passion is to help you do that with ease and joy. So, I focus on the most powerful and simple way you can increase visibility and dollars: Share a story. The most effective way to increase your fundraising dollars is to let your supporters see and feel how their gift is making an impact. Stories with pictures do just that. But, sometimes stopping to draft a few paragraphs of a story takes more time than you have, right? I…
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    Happiness Blog for The Seekers of Inner Happiness

  • A sincere new year wish

    1 Jan 2015 | 7:58 am
    New-year time – the time of joy and freshness; the time to celebrate and welcome the new year with a lots of hope, optimism and enthusiasm; time to be with friends and family; time to make new resolutions; time to thank God for all the blessings and pray for more. Yes, once again it’s that time of the year which brightens us all.A true seeker of inner happiness also remembers that along with the festivities and celebrations, it’s the time for some calibration – the time to review and grade ourselves against the true goals of human life – the goal of realizing the Truth; the goal of…
  • The importance of performing rituals

    14 Dec 2014 | 7:53 am
    Gautam the Buddha went to meet Rishi Kashyap. Rishi Kashyap was performing Yagna along with his hundreds of disciples. Gautam Buddha sat and observed the rituals being performed. On the first sight, Rishi Kashyap was impressed by the blissful aura of Gautam Buddha. After finishing those rituals, Gautam Buddha went for a walk on the banks of a small river. During their spiritual discussions, Budha started talking about the importance of living in the moment and meditation. Rishi Kashyap knew that Buddha discourages performing rituals and other symbolic prayers. In the confused state of mind,…
  • The higher form of sacrifice

    9 Nov 2014 | 9:11 am
    The Saints have wonderful ways of delivering the spiritual message. At times their acts and their talks seem unusual, but all of those are motivated by compassion and goodwill for the benefit of the true seekers. Once, a prince was riding his well decorated chariot towards the outskirts of his kingdom. Suddenly he saw a small hut, outside which a saintly looking old man was sitting in peace. A few young men were also sitting there surrounding the old man. As he came closer, he recognized the old man who used to be rich minister in his father’s ministry and turned into a Saint a few years…
  • Importance of peaceful mind

    12 Oct 2014 | 9:13 am
    Hindu mythology is an ocean filled with the treasures of wisdom. Our Rishis knew that the best way to convey the deep wisdom of the Vedas is to tell it in the form of a story with a deeper message. It is easier for the human minds to remember the stories and understand the deep purport hidden in those stories. This is the reason our ancestors wrote Puranas to convey the messages of spiritual wisdom hidden in the Vedas and Upnishads.  Once the circumstances built in such a manner that Sri Kartikeji, who was also the Chief Commander of Devtas Army, had to fight a battle even though Shivji…
  • Magnificent bars of spiritual wine

    7 Sep 2014 | 7:08 am
    It is very common to divide different religious philosophies of the world into two categories – the Western religions and the Eastern religions. Western religions refers to the faiths that originated within Western culture, and are thus historically, culturally, and theologically distinct from the Eastern religions. A true seeker never compares any of the paths that lead to the Supreme Truth. Different paths have their own beauty, magnificence and importance. All the religions of the world provide a different window view to the same Truth, to the same Light and to the same God. As mentioned…
 
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    Shareable New Articles

  • New Minnesota Bill a Step in the Right Direction for Seed Sharing

    Cat Johnson
    21 Jan 2015 | 9:17 am
    Last week, SF 132, a bill exempting certain organizations from Minnesota seed law, was introduced to the Minnesota State Legislature.
  • New Report Details Need to Design for a Shared Future

    ann.light_38127
    21 Jan 2015 | 7:11 am
    As a professor, I spend my days asking what inspires people to take steps for change in local neighbourhoods (in the UK, where I live, and beyond). I also look at the impact of grassroots and DIY activity, like making, growing and sharing together. I’ve just completed Design for Sharing [pdf], a study about how people build sharing resources locally and what kind of environment supports it.
  • Composting Coop Taps into the Unbroken Spirit of Rust Belt Cities

    Daniel Brown
    20 Jan 2015 | 2:01 pm
    Above photo: Rust Belt Riders co-founders Daniel Brown (left) and Michael Robinson (right) on Cleveland's Lorain-Carnegie Bridge  Daniel Brown is co-founder of Rust Belt Riders Composting, a worker-owned, bike-based, organic waste removal company in Cleveland. Here, he shares the story of how the Riders got their start, how cooperatives create a new framework for communities, and how rust belt cities are imbued with a changing, yet unbroken, spirit.
  • 11 Ways Transit, Bikes & Walking Moves the US Toward a Brighter Future

    Jay Walljasper
    20 Jan 2015 | 2:21 am
    Photo credit: Moyan_Brenn / Foter / CC BY-ND.
  • New Report Points to Sharing as Unifying Force for Global Change

    Cat Johnson
    19 Jan 2015 | 7:00 am
    An independent, civil society organization campaigning for a fairer sharing of wealth, power and resources, Share the World's Resources (STWR) recently released Sharing As Our Common Cause, a report detailing all the ways sharing can act as a unifying force to address multiple planetary crises.
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    Charity Car Donation News

  • Fun Driving Facts.

    jg
    30 Dec 2014 | 6:40 am
    Sometimes you hear stories about how a boarder guard asked a friend of a friend if they’ve ever smoke a joint. Then they were forced to turn around if they said yes. We all hear them and we all pay no attention to them, because as if they’d ever happen to us. Fat chance right? Here’s the thing, there are some interested driving fact that are out there, that you wouldn’t believe. For starters here’s some ones that I thought were interesting 1) You can get charged for leaving your older kids in the car 2) You can get a ticket if someone takes a video of you texting…
  • Canadian Auto Makers Show Support for Movember

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

    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…
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    Beth’s Blog

  • Talking Shop with Network Designers and Weavers for Social Change

    Beth
    22 Jan 2015 | 9:50 am
    We learn so much about professional practice from having honest and candid conversations. Not only do we learn something new, but it feels great to connect with other people who are asking the sames types of questions about their work.   A part of my practice is around network design and facilitation and one of my most respected colleagues in this area is Eugene Eric Kim.   So, when he sent around an email that Janne K. Flisrand, who is a network weaver for sustainability networks, was in town and he was organizing an informal gathering. Eugene is always thought in the way he designs and…
  • Nonprofit Blog Carnival Call for Submissions: What’s Your Best Online Personal Productivity Tip?

    Beth
    7 Jan 2015 | 7:57 am
    I’m honored to be hosting the January, 2015 Nonprofit Blog Carnival and theme is personal productivity online.   2015 has arrived!    If you’re like most nonprofit folks, you’ve probably made a few New Year’s resolutions that include being more productive and effective at your nonprofit job. But maintaining productivity, especially online, can be challenging.  We are living and working ina world that is connected and where sacred space and deep thinking – essential ingredients to online personal productivity –  is almost becoming extinct. What is online…
  • What Nonprofits Need To Do More in 2015: Embrace Stillness

    Beth
    6 Jan 2015 | 9:21 am
    The new year is always a popular time for all of us to take stock and see the big picture.   And, every year when the calendar flips over, we embrace reflection and setting goals.   However, we live in a connected world where we have gotten so go at being in touch, informed, and connected, that we don’t know how to be alone and step away more regularly. People who work in the social good sector world are busy people, flitting from task to the next text or email.     Too often, we can caught up on this endless slideshow that is our digital and mobile lifestyle.   We focus more…
  • Happy New Year: What’s Your Theme for the Year?

    Beth
    2 Jan 2015 | 11:11 am
    The Sun Sets on 2014 This year I took off a full two weeks during the holiday, spending time with family on the Big Island on a coffee farm and mostly offline.   I didn’t do a complete unplug, as we’re so dependent on the Internet for information in navigate our daily lives, which is a huge change since I first got online in 1993.    And, now with those beautiful sunsets behind me, I look ahead to 2015. I have a couple of New Year’s rituals that help prepare me for a new year.  These include a review of the year’s accomplishments and two techniques that help you focus on…
  • 5 Book Recommendations for Nonprofit Networking and Data Nerds

    Beth
    22 Dec 2014 | 12:07 pm
    There’s lots to enjoy during the holiday season – from gathering with friends and family to the festivities and fun.   But it is also a quiet time of year and a good time to catch up on reading.    Also, if you are looking for a last minute gift for the nonprofit networking and data nerd in your life, here’s some book recommendations. 1.  The Digital Mystique by Sarah Granger Online social networks and the Internet are a part of our everyday life, work, and even death – whether we embrace it or not, we need a good guide to navigating this world.   My colleague…
 
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    Forgiveness Project

  • NEWS: Commemorating bloodshed should be a time to remember what unites us – The F Word launches at the EU

    rachel
    22 Jan 2015 | 9:13 am
    This January it has been a great honour to see The F Word exhibition displayed on the 6th Floor of the Jacques Delors Building at the invitation of the European Economic and Social Committee (EESC) at the EU in Brussels. Over the course of the past ten years The F Word has been exposed to diverse audiences in numerous communities around the world but this is the first time the exhibition has been shown in any parliament. Sixty people attended the launch which was introduced by the President of the EESC, Mr Malosse. Mr Malosse spoke about his strong commitment to reconciliation – but…
  • EVENT: The F Word at the European Economic and Social Committee

    rachel
    15 Jan 2015 | 7:03 am
    We are delighted to report that The Forgiveness Project’s exhibition, The F Word: Images of Forgiveness will be on display in Brussels, at the invitation of the European Economic and Social Committee (EESC) as part of their activities to commemorate the anniversary of the First World War. The president of the EESC, M. Henry Malosse, will open the  exhibition at 7pm on Wednesday 21st January. This will be followed by a reception at which Marina Cantauzino, founder and director of The Forgiveness Project, will be speaking. The exhibition will then be on display on the ground floor of JDE…
  • NEWS: Our 10th Anniversary Christmas Appeal

    rachel
    19 Dec 2014 | 9:59 am
    This year has been our 10th anniversary – a landmark for The Forgiveness Project. We know we would not be here without the support, both financial and otherwise, of so many people, allowing us to grow into an organisation with a reach far exceeding anything we could ever have hoped for. As we come to the end of our anniversary year we’d like to ask for your help with a donation of just £10 (or equivalent in your local currency) to support the next ten years. If everyone gave £10 we could do so much — create an entirely new exhibition, redesign the website, develop Forgiveness…
  • NEWS: The Forgiveness Project awarded the Longford Prize!

    rachel
    8 Dec 2014 | 9:23 am
    On Thursday 27th November we were thrilled to be awarded the 2014 Longford Prize.  The Longford Prize recognises the contribution of an individual, group or organisation working in the area of penal or social reform in showing outstanding qualities of humanity, courage, persistence, originality and commitment to diversity.  Having been runner-up in 2007 it was especially gratifying to be this year’s winner. Marina Cantacuzino was awarded the prize (a certificate and a cheque for £1500) at the Longford Lecture in London by Channel 4 broadcaster, Jon Snow, and Nils Oberg, who went on to…
  • NEWS: Forgiving the unforgiveable

    rachel
    8 Dec 2014 | 7:14 am
    On 1st December 2014, we held the last in our series of ’10 Conversations on Forgiveness’ at St Ethelburga’s Centre for Reconciliation and Peace, bringing what has been an immensely successful programme to a close. At our final talk Marina Cantacuzino, founder and director of The Forgiveness Project, was in conversation with Richard McCann whose mother was the first victim of Peter Sutcliffe, the Yorkshire Ripper. The evening began with a short film highlighting key moments from the previous nine conversations. Richard then told his story, beginning with the murder of his mother in…
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    Raghava's Blog

  • Being Happy

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

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

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

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

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

  • We All Deserve to Receive What We Need (and It’s Not Selfish)

    Lizzy Doole
    22 Jan 2015 | 5:57 pm
    “We think that we have to learn how to give, but we forget about accepting things, which can be much harder than giving…Accepting another person’s gift is allowing him to express his feelings for you.” ~Alexander McCall Smith We all know the importance of giving. In fact, it feels rather nice to give to others; we have all experienced that warm glow in the stomach when we do something thoughtful for another person or exchange kind words. To make someone smile is one of the best feelings in the world. But sometimes, do we get so caught up in the giving that we forget to receive? And in…
  • A Simple Shift in Perspective That Can Improve Your Relationships

    Shawn McKibben
    22 Jan 2015 | 5:50 pm
    “I would rather have a mind opened by wonder than one closed by belief.” ~Gary Spence Right after college, I joined AmeriCorps. Not really knowing what I wanted to do with my life, I decided to apply for a program teaching classes on HIV/AIDS. I knew a little about the subject, but I have family members affected by the disease. A couple of cities hosted the program, and I was accepted into the Chicago one. I’m from a small town in Colorado and, to me, Chicago was a huge city. Well, it is the third largest city in the US, but as people will tell you, it’s no New York City. After…
  • Radically Accept What Is Instead of Labeling it “Good” or “Bad”

    Mallie Rydzik
    21 Jan 2015 | 6:14 pm
    “The boundary to what we can accept is the boundary to our freedom.” ~Tara Brach I was in the heart of my Ph.D. program when I received the diagnoses: OCD, depression, and binge eating disorder. It explained a lot, of course. All those years of anxiety, self-doubt, and intrusive thoughts were not normal after all. Eating to the point of gaining forty pounds in a few months was foreign to most people. I wanted an explanation. Why me? I had done everything right: I made a decent living, I was kind to everyone, and I was presenting my scientific research at international conferences. Why…
  • Stop Pushing Yourself: 10 Crucial Steps to Avoid Burnout

    Annica Törneryd
    21 Jan 2015 | 6:14 pm
    “I actually think burnout is the wrong description of it. I think it’s ‘burn up.’ Physiologically, that is what you are doing because of the chronic stress being placed on your body.” ~Richard Boyatzis Some years ago, when my mother told me that a friend of hers had experienced burnout, I didn’t really listen. Actually, I didn’t want to hear about it. I even felt irritated because she felt sorry for people who got burned out. My opinion was that they were just being ridiculous and exaggerating. It was an excuse, supported by a medical certificate from some doctor they knew well,…
  • The Value of Following Your Dreams When They Don’t Make Money

    Kym Wilson
    20 Jan 2015 | 7:06 pm
    “The real measure of your wealth is how much you’d be worth if you lost all your money.” ~Unknown Five years ago, in a move I wasn’t sure was so brilliant at the time, I quit my career at a rapidly growing ASX-listed financial services organization, packed up my life, and flew to Thailand to pursue my love of scuba diving. I thought I was just going for twelve months, that I’d get it out of my system then return to Melbourne and settle down—get a job in the not-for-profit industry, buy a house, maybe get married and have kids, save for my retirement…the usual rite of…
 
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  • 113 micro-finance loans to women working in agriculture

    Peter
    24 Jan 2015 | 10:46 am
    Nursuluu from Kyrgyzstan needs a loan to buy extra fertilizer Nursuluu from Kyrgyzstan is 34 years old and has 7 children. She has been involved in agriculture for many years, starting this business in 2010 with almost nothing. Today Nursuluu’s profit amounts to about 20,000 som (KGS) per month. Her farm has 5 cows, 41 sheep, and 1.3 hectares of land, where she grows cotton, tomatoes and cantaloupe. She sells her ecologically-clean and delicious produce to wholesale customers. In order to further develop her business, Nursuluu requested a loan in the amount of 80,000 som KGS (US$1,400)…
  • 42 new micro-finance loans to women working in agriculture

    Peter
    26 Jan 2014 | 7:48 am
    Shoghik from Armenia compliments her income as a teacher with agriculture Shoghik is from Dalarik in the Armavir region (Armenia). She lives with her husband, their two children (3 and 7 years old), her parents-in-law and brother-in-law. Shoghik works as a teacher at the village local school, where her mother-in-law also teaches. Her husband is a policeman. However, their salaries are too low to sustain their living expenses. So, Shoghik and her family are also involved in cattle breeding, in breeding pigs and piglets, and in the cultivation of alfalfa, peaches and apricots. The family sells…
  • New microfinance loans went to 20 countries

    Peter
    6 May 2013 | 9:09 pm
    We help Rita from Kyrgyzstan to expand her livestock Nicaragua, Tanzania, Philippines, Georgia, Senegal, Congo, Rwanda, Mongolia, Kyrgyzstan, Pakistan, Mali, Bolivia, Burundi, Cambodia, Costa Rica, Mexico, Ghana, Armenia, Peru, and Azerbaijan. That’s 20 countries. That’s how many countries our new Kiva loans went to, today. Most of the entrepreneurs we lend to, are women working in agriculture. You might think I am a half-millionaire to allocate US$3,475 of new loans in one go. However, these were all repayments from previously allocated loans. Re-investing in people, to help…
  • New loans to women groups

    Peter
    8 May 2012 | 7:50 am
    Jamila (L) and her microfinance entrepreneural group  Today, we issued a new batch of microfinance loans. This batch contained only loans for groups, mainly consisting of women. In a group loan, each member of the group receives an individual loan, as a part of a larger group of individuals. The group is there to provide support to the members and to provide a system of peer pressure. Groups may or may not be formally bound by a group guarantee, where members of the group are responsible for paying back the loans of their fellow group members in the case of delinquency or default.
  • 70 more loans to women, working in agriculture

    Peter
    18 Mar 2012 | 4:15 pm
    Zaripakhon in Kyrgyzstan Would you even know where Kyrgyzstan is? Leave alone, been there? And would you even have thought to finance an entrepreneur there? Ever? Well we did. On all three accounts: “Knew”, “Visited”, and “Financed”… We just financed our 1,666th loan (that is one thousands six hundred and sixtysixthththth) loan with our Kiva micro financing team. The loan went to Zaripakhon, 52 years and mother of three children. She is a cattle farmer since 2000 selling milk and dairy products. To order further develop her business, Zaripakhon…
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  • The Difference Between Seeing and Observing

    Shane Parrish
    25 Jan 2015 | 9:20 am
    In A Scandal in Bohemia, Sherlock Holmes teaches Watson the difference between seeing and observing: “When I hear you give your reasons,” I remarked, “the thing always appears to me to be so ridiculously simple that I could easily do it myself, though at each successive instance of your reasoning, I am baffled until you explain your process. And yet I believe that my eyes are as good as yours.” “Quite so,” he answered, lighting a cigarette, and throwing himself down into an armchair. “You see, but you do not observe. The distinction is clear. For example, you have frequently…
  • Remember Not to Trust Your Memory

    Shane Parrish
    22 Jan 2015 | 4:00 am
    Memories are the stories that we tell ourselves about the past. Sometimes they adjust and leave things out. In an interesting passage in Think: Why You Should Question Everything, Guy P. Harrison talks about the fallibility of memory. Did you know that you can’t trust even your most precious memories? They may come to you in great detail and feel 100 percent accurate, but it doesn’t matter. They easily could be partial or total lies that your brain is telling you. Really, the personal past that your brain is supposed to be keeping safe for you is not what you think it is. Your…
  • Frederick W. Taylor: Time Management Skills

    Shane Parrish
    21 Jan 2015 | 4:00 am
    “There is no question that the tendency of the average man (in all walks of life) is toward working at a slow, easy gait, and that it is only after a good deal of thought and observation on his part or as a result of example, conscience, or external pressure that he takes a more rapid pace. “ From Frederick W. Taylor’s 1904 book Shop Management, which appeared long before his Principles of Scientific Management (1911). Taylor is considered the father of management consulting. The natural laziness of men is serious, but by far the greatest evil from which both workmen and…
  • The Difference Between Good And Bad Organizations

    Shane Parrish
    20 Jan 2015 | 4:00 am
    Which organization do you work for? This excerpt is from one of the best business leadership books I’ve ever read: The Hard Thing About Hard Things: Building a Business When There Are No Easy Answers At Opsware I used to teach a management expectations course because I deeply believed in training. I made it clear that I expected every manager to meet with her people on a regular basis. Then one day, while I happily went about my job, it came to my attention that one of my managers hadn’t had a one-on-one meeting with any of his employees in more than six months. While I knew to…
  • Big Data as a Lens on Human Culture

    Shane Parrish
    19 Jan 2015 | 4:00 am
    “Which would help you more if your quest was to learn about contemporary human society—unfettered access to a leading university’s department of sociology, packed with experts on how societies function, or unfettered access to Facebook, a company whose goal is to help mediate human social relationships online?” In 2005, when Erez Aiden Jean-Baptiste Michel were grad students, they spent a lot of time “thinking about the kinds of scopes scientists had access to and the ways in which those scopes made science possible. We became intrigued by what seemed like an…
 
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  • On Being

    renjie
    31 Dec 2014 | 2:22 pm
    For the first time in a long time, I’m entering the new year with a lot more love, generosity and kindness than I have in past years, both for myself and for everyone around me. I will also be entering the new year with a lot more intention, focusing on being kinder and more gracious towards myself, while working towards my goals, simplifying my life and minimizing distractions in the process. “Success isn’t owned; it’s leased and you pay rent every day.” — JJ Watt 2014 was quite the year marked by a lot of travel, project successes and setbacks, and the recognition partway…
  • My experience using PINE

    renjie
    25 Nov 2014 | 2:08 pm
    In September 2013, I published a personal blog post outing myself as a startup founder living with depression. It’s been great to get that weight off my shoulders while also helping to further the conversation on mental wellness within the startup community. Since putting everything out there, I’ve had a lot of open and honest conversations with friends, family and mentors that I otherwise would not have been able to have. Surprisingly, there were also people who reached out, many of them acquaintances, who mentioned they had gone through a similar experience as well. Fast forward to a…
  • The Creative Struggle of Michelangelo (1475–1564)

    renjie
    29 Oct 2014 | 3:39 pm
    There is an incredible exhibit taking place at the Art Gallery of Ontario (AGO) in Toronto right now that challenges the myth that geniuses produce works of art without any effort or disappointment along the way. In many ways, this is similar to many of the overnight success stories that we often read about on TechCrunch, TechVibes, etc., where Startup Y is acquired by Company Z for millions of dollars within a seemingly short period of time. Anyone who has ever attempted to build a startup company from the ground up could tell you that this is so far from the truth. It is not that easy.
  • Start Here.

    renjie
    21 Oct 2014 | 3:30 pm
    I’ve been wanting to get into the habit of writing on a regular basis again but often fall into the perfectionist trap of feeling the need to have the perfect blog post all set up and mapped out before I even begin to write one word. This often leads to not even starting at all, running counter to the startup mantra of iterate fast and release often that I embody in my professional life, where everything is treated as a thought exercise towards building a better product or venture. Before you know it, winter turns into spring, spring into summer, the summer into fall with winter on its way…
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    admin
    11 Oct 2014 | 1:35 pm
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  • Some of the Best Essential Oils for Moms

    Jessica
    21 Jan 2015 | 5:30 pm
    Between work, homework, home life, meals, carpools, doctor appointments, bedtime, and so on, the life of a mother is just plain hectic. More and more, I have noticed this clear as day pattern when talking with women about the benefits of essential oils for their families. Interestingly, it is always the moms who inquire about the essential oils, for their children, their husband or their own medical needs. They want a natural alternative to promote their family’s overall wellbeing. Though what I have noticed since I began as a Young Living distributor is that these same women never inquire…
  • How to Green Your Road Trip… and Save Money too!

    Jessica
    20 Jan 2015 | 5:30 pm
    Over the past 18 months, I have made over 40 road trips from Pennsylvania to Boston. Five plus hours and 285 miles each way. That is a lot of driving, people! There is also a lot that I have learned in that time about making environmentally friendly road trips. Believe it or not, it can be done with just a little bit of forethought! Here are my tips for a green road trip, so you can make your next car trip environmentally friendly: Before the Trip: Plan your route ahead of time. The shortest route will be the most gas-saving one too. And less gas used equals less money spent on gas! Get your…
  • How to Find Out if Your Favorite Brands Give Back

    Jessica
    16 Jan 2015 | 3:20 am
    I am a huge believer that the best way to make change happen is with our wallets. Everything is about business, about the bottom line. As individuals, we can preach it from the mountaintops. We can rally the crowds. But only when consumers talk do businesses listen. The government, let’s not forget, is influenced by business too. That is precisely, in my opinion, how and why companies like Monsanto are still around today, having spent over $3.3 million in lobbying in 2014 alone and more than $57 million in the past 10 years. Every day millions of dollars are spent around the country at…
  • 7 of the Best Books for Young Athletes

    Jessica
    14 Jan 2015 | 4:00 am
      With a tween athlete at home who is quickly becoming an avid reader, we have been going through books like crazy around here. Since you too might have a young athlete at home, you may be wondering what books would keep him or her intrigued while learning about ways to become healthier, get stronger, and perform better. So here are 7 recommendations of the best books for young athletes: The Omnivore’s Dilemma: The Secrets Behind What You Eat, Young Readers Edition  by Michael Pollan It is important that athletes young and old understand how the foods they eat are impacting their…
  • 50+ Ways to Protect Yourself & Your Identity

    Jessica
    13 Jan 2015 | 5:33 am
    Personal security has been a common topic of conversation in my house. Perhaps it is because my son has been taking martial arts for the past eight years. Or maybe it is simply because I watch the news and my children hear about all of the crazy happenings going on in the world today. I try to use our talks to teach them about the need to be aware of their surroundings so that they will become alert rather than afraid. It is not always an easy discussion, but I hope it will benefit them in the future. There is, of course, no guarantee that nothing will happen. That is the reality. We can…
 
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  • Picture parade eighty.

    Paul Handover
    25 Jan 2015 | 12:00 am
    Winter wonderland four, the last of the series. (One was here, two was here, and three was here.) Background information is after the last photograph. oooo oooo oooo oooo oooo oooo oooo These animals were photographed just north of the Barber Lake on a highway near Mine Center, Ontario, Canada. The odds of seeing an albino moose are astronomically rare; let alone seeing two of them. It really doesn’t matter the colour of their fur; white or dark brown. Once in a while there is an opportunity to take in a piece of nature that most of us may never see ‘in the wild’. A huge…
  • Out of this world!

    Paul Handover
    24 Jan 2015 | 12:00 am
    Literally! I noticed the other day a series of photographs of the moon and Venus that were included in an item on EarthSky News. All I am going to do is to republish a selection of the photographs so if you would like to read the full item, including all the photographs, then here is the link. Mohamed Laaïfat Photographies in Normandy, France caught the little planet Mercury, too, along with the moon and Venus, on January 21. oooo João Pedro Marques caught bright Venus and the waxing moon on the evening of January 22, 2015, from Portugal. The reddish “star” above and to the left of the…
  • Who am I, Part Two!

    Paul Handover
    23 Jan 2015 | 12:00 am
    Trying to make sense of our place in the world – and probably failing! Yesterday’s post, Making sense of who we are?, was built upon a recent essay from George Monbiot: A Small and Shuffling Life. It is a terrific essay, in the very best tradition of George Monbiot. I really hope you read it in yesterday’s post because today’s introspective jaunt is built on that essay. Two particular paragraphs of his essay really ‘spoke’ to me. The opening paragraph: Live free or die: this is the maxim of our age. But the freedoms we celebrate are particular and limited.
  • Making sense of who we are?

    Paul Handover
    22 Jan 2015 | 12:00 am
    The psychology of self. One of the huge differences between humans and our beloved dogs is that dogs live entirely in the present and do not engage in abstract thinking. Indeed, one of the most glorious aspects of owning a dog is being able to lose oneself in those moments of intimacy between yourself and your dog. Here’s a wonderful example of that when Bridget from Oregon Wild visited us recently and enjoyed a moment of bliss with Hazel. So with that in mind, I am now going to be very un-dog-like and very human by offering an essay that is most abstract in manner.  Not my essay, I…
  • Loving life unreservedly!

    Paul Handover
    21 Jan 2015 | 12:00 am
    The appalling attitudes of those who kill wild animals for fun! You will recall that in yesterday’s post, I referred to the fact that Jean and I are supporters of Oregon Wild. If you drop in on the OW blog, one of the items you will read is A New Year for Oregon’s Wolves.  Here’s how it starts: Jan 12, 2015 | Rob Klavins Photo of a young wolf from the Walla Walla Pack taken on Feb 5, 2014. Photo courtesy of ODFW. A new year provides opportunities for reflection – and prognostication. For wolves in Oregon, 2014 was a good year. Journey finally found his mate and Oregon…
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  • I was caught beating the red light

    Dominic
    8 Jan 2015 | 11:57 pm
    Imagine a busy road without a traffic light. Messy. It is supposed to keep order among competing flow of cars and pedestrians. Roads are already chaotic even with traffic lights. How much more without it? I look at it just like how I approach my life. The green light tells me to go. There were instances in the past, however, where I held back from going even with a green signal. It was annoying especially to those behind me. The yellow light tells me to slowly stop. There are times when we need to slow down. Sometimes the green light is tiring that the yellow light provides some relief…
  • Today, I woke up broke.

    Dominic
    12 Nov 2013 | 6:00 am
    Feeling broke, actually. Why do we tend to associate being broke with not having enough money, or the total lack of it? I have some money. I can still afford a cup of coffee. What I have is not enough, but it’s money just the same. A lot of people can’t even buy a cup of coffee. I am broke because the current situation dictates that I am broke. It’s a feeling. Or maybe there’s a deeper reason. What are my options given this situation? One option is to go sneak at the Freedom Tower and take a leap. I have a GoPro. That would be cool to document that jump. First person…
 
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  • Retirement: How to Prepare for Your Golden Years

    Frank Sonnenberg
    20 Jan 2015 | 3:45 am
    Whether we’re talking about saving money, exercising, eating fruits and vegetables, or preparing for retirement, the conventional wisdom is the same: A little is good, more is better. But most of us aren’t doing nearly enough. One of the things that we don’t like to discuss is that we’re all getting older. In fact, many of us believe that if we ignore this reality, it might go away. The problem is, failing to prepare for retirement may lead to regret — never mind adding an extra burden on family members and friends. So face the facts…and cast aside the “Maybe I’ll think…
  • Truth Be Told: 13 Ways to Demonstrate Honesty

    Frank Sonnenberg
    13 Jan 2015 | 3:45 am
    Truth Be Told: 13 Ways to Demonstrate Honesty Think before you speak. Say what you mean and mean what you say. Bend over backward to communicate in an open and honest fashion. Simplify your statements so that everyone clearly understands your message. Tell it like it is rather than sugarcoating it. Present both sides of each issue to engender objectivity. If you have a personal bias or a conflict of interest, make it known. Tell people the rationale behind your decisions so that your intent is understood. If something is misinterpreted, quickly correct the record. Don’t shoot the messenger…
  • Congratulations On Your Success

    Frank Sonnenberg
    6 Jan 2015 | 3:45 am
    Congratulations on your success. You deserve it! You’ve worked long hours, you’ve made major sacrifices, and you didn’t quit, even after witnessing many of your colleagues dropping by the wayside. I know your journey wasn’t easy. The work was hard, the pain was significant, and the temptation to quit was never-ending. So now that you’ve crossed the finish line, it’s time for you to take a bow. You made it. You earned it. And the truth is, you deserve it! Some people may mutter why you. Others may assert that it’s not fair. And still others may even get angry as their stomachs…
  • 6 Ways to Know You Need A Course Correction

    Frank Sonnenberg
    1 Jan 2015 | 3:45 am
    Some people measure success by the wealth they’ve accumulated, the power they’ve attained, or the status they’ve achieved. Yet, even though they’ve reached success beyond their wildest dreams, they still have an empty feeling — something is missing from their life. In order to fill that void and be completely fulfilled in life, their soul may be searching for something more. Here are a few scenarios that describe this emptiness: Lonely at the top. I was obsessed with making it to the top. When I arrived, however, I learned that it wasn’t all it was cracked up to be. I now realize…
  • We Owe It to Our Kids

    Frank Sonnenberg
    30 Dec 2014 | 3:45 am
    It doesn’t matter whether you’re black or white, rich or poor, fat or thin, Christian or Muslim, male or female –– we all arrive and leave this world the same way. What makes us unique is how we live our special gift called life. And yet, even though we select different paths, we share a responsibility to respect everyone’s choices, live in harmony, and leave the world better for future generations. My wish for the New Year is that we take that responsibility to heart. We owe it to our kids. 28 Ways to Enrich Our World If you want to make the world –– or the world around you…
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  • The Scariest Decision of My Life

    Vincent Nguyen
    19 Jan 2015 | 3:00 am
    I had to make the hardest decision of my life a month ago. I had spent my last month in Southeast Asia in Thailand, much of it in Chiang Mai, and had to fly through Bangkok to Manila airport, before finally getting on my 13-hour flight to California. It was mid-November, a year and two weeks since I’ve been gone from the U.S. My last night in Asia consisted of catching up with one of my bosses, Justin. One of Justin and Joe’s (my second boss) concerns was that I would stay in the states and leave the company. This happened with a previous hire who had decided the location independent…
  • How Far Would You Go to Be Great?

    Vincent Nguyen
    12 Jan 2015 | 3:00 am
    Whiplash was one of the most intense movies I’ve ever seen. I can’t recommend it enough. And don’t worry, there aren’t any spoilers below that you don’t already see in the trailers. Watch this movie if you want to be at the edge of your seat sweating like you just ran a 3-mile cross country meet while simultaneously being inspired to do something awesome. The whole thing boils down to this: Andrew Neyman wants to be the world’s greatest drummer. If being great means he had to endure the psychological (and physical) torture of a teacher who goes too far, so be…
  • What Topics Would You Like to See?

    Vincent Nguyen
    5 Jan 2015 | 3:00 am
    After nearly two years of running this site, I realized I’ve never opened the floor to article suggestions via an entire post. I’ve had private conversations that birthed new material but it’s about time I ask more publicly. I know it’d be easier for you if I gave a hint of what I’m looking for, but honestly, this website has few rules and lacks strict guidelines. The overall topic is self-improvement. But what does that even mean? One of my first articles was a satirical piece on college education. Some recurring themes have been on self-motivation and confidence. I’ve also…
  • New Years’ Resolution: Stop Saying “I’m Too Busy”

    Vincent Nguyen
    29 Dec 2014 | 3:00 am
    Last week, I had the pleasure of finally meeting up with Neil Patel in person. Neil helped me get my job with Empire Flippers when I first reached out and asked for a quick video recording. He didn’t know me, but I knew exactly who he was. His articles helped me in my early days of internet marketing and his content got my website to the traffic levels it’s at today. And if I had to think of a list titled 10 People Who Can Truly Say “I’m Too Busy”, Neil would definitely be on there. Without a doubt, he’s getting tons of emails every day, soliciting advice or partnership deals. His…
  • How to Be Resilient

    Vincent Nguyen
    22 Dec 2014 | 3:00 am
    Three weeks ago, I wrote about my audition for a TEDx talk. Sorry to disappoint team #vinceforTEDx (was that ever a thing?) but I didn’t get it. Without getting into speculation, I’ll just skip ahead and say I was caught off guard. I really thought I had it, although that may have just been my arrogance blindsiding me into celebrating early. The talk was something I really wanted and I can’t pretend like I’m not disappointed. Such strong desire is a rare feeling for me. I had poured hours and hours into practicing for the audition. I had even attended a Toastmasters event to solicit…
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  • Groundhog Day Spells HOPE

    Carol Anne Preibis
    24 Jan 2015 | 10:31 am
    Hello Everyone, Did you wake up to this today? Does hating winter in New England make me a bad… The post Groundhog Day Spells HOPE appeared first on Ahh The Simple Life.
  • LEGO: More Than Just Blocks!

    Carol Anne Preibis
    23 Jan 2015 | 3:40 pm
    How I Fell in Love with LEGO As a child, I truly enjoyed playing with building toys — Tinker Toys,… The post LEGO: More Than Just Blocks! appeared first on Ahh The Simple Life.
  • The Healing Power of Nature

    Carol Anne Preibis
    19 Jan 2015 | 7:33 am
    To me, nature is everything – the source of life, grace and beauty, and God. — Elizabeth Murray, author of Living… The post The Healing Power of Nature appeared first on Ahh The Simple Life.
  • Play Pretend {It’s Not Just for Kids!}

    Carol Anne Preibis
    17 Jan 2015 | 1:08 pm
      Who looks outside, dreams. Who looks inside, awakes. ~Carl Jung~ Pretend Play for Children Child psychologist’s have long… The post Play Pretend {It’s Not Just for Kids!} appeared first on Ahh The Simple Life.
  • Overcoming Prejudice

    Carol Anne Preibis
    15 Jan 2015 | 1:49 pm
    We know that prejudice can wreak all kinds of harm — on societies as well as individuals, on perpetrators… The post Overcoming Prejudice appeared first on Ahh The Simple Life.
 
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  • United by Kindness

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

    William Wan
    6 Jan 2015 | 6:47 pm
    “The object of a New Year is not that we should have a new year. It is that we should have a new soul... Unless a particular man made New Year resolutions, he would make no resolutions. Unless a man starts afresh about things, he will certainly do nothing effective.” - G. K. Chesterton.It is often said that New Year’s resolutions are made to be broken. I certainly hope that is not true of us. I do believe that it is a good time to make some simple resolutions.Since people do not care about what we know until they know that we care, it is good to resolve to walk the talk. It is cheap to…
  • The ABCs of Living Beyond the Possession of Things

    William Wan
    9 Dec 2014 | 8:27 pm
    “Live as if you were to die tomorrow. Learn as if you were to live forever.” - Mahatma Gandhi.In an internet article, The Fallen Stars: Regret or Relief?, co-authors Tan Wei Yuan and Loh Chuan Junn posed the sobering questions, “Why do celebrities choose to end their lives when it seems like they have everything in their grasp?”They highlighted a number of young performing artistes who have chosen to make their own lives. In chronological order, these include:Marilyn Monroe (1926 – 1962) Age: 36 Kurt Cobain (1967 – 1994): Age: 27 Leslie Cheung (1956 – 2003) Age:…
  • A Purposeful Life

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

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

    SKM
    21 Jan 2015 | 4:49 pm
    Chinese Journalists at the Kindness Gallery Over a Nasi Lemak lunch, some of our staff broke into English-Mandarin chatter at the Old Hill Street Police Station with 6 journalists from China. Under Singapore International Foundation’s (SIF) Journalist Visit Programme themed ‘At the Heart of Urban Singapore’, a team of Chinese journalists (representing China News Service, China Daily, Phoenix New Media, Global Times, GolinHarris International  and The Paper) visited our office to learn more about SKM’s programmes and activities – particularly how Singapore, as a fast modernising…
  • Happy Go Round

    SKM
    13 Jan 2015 | 5:30 pm
    “Recognize yourself in he and she who are not like you and me.”  That was what 100 volunteers did at Happy Go Round, which was held on 10 January 2015. The volunteers had the opportunity to visit a dormitory at Tuas and befriend 400 migrant workers. An appreciation BBQ was prepared by our partner EZBBQ and the men also enjoyed a night of song and dance put together by Goducate. Cheers and laughter filled the night as the volunteers and migrant men got to know each other better, breaking down barriers between them. Happy Go Round is an idea by Dr Leslie Tay, in a bid to appreciate the…
  • Morning Greeters 2nd Anniversary Run

    SKM
    13 Jan 2015 | 5:22 pm
    Singapore Kindness Movement supports ground up movements with their initiatives, to spread their message of kindness through their own unique ways. SKM’s ground up movement – The Morning Greeters, have recently celebrated their 2nd Anniversary with an island wide Run on 4th January 2015. Setting out from various locations in the north, south, east and west, approximately 250 runners have come forward to join in the fun run to greet and smile at others along the way. Here at the Kindness Movement, we always encourage greeting and smiling at people we meet along the office walkway, or…
  • Kindness Benefits You!

    SKM
    13 Jan 2015 | 4:57 pm
    It is our privilege to have to be in partnership with SHA for 20 years. We have both been blessed with the joy of seeing our National Kindness Gold Service Award grow to where we are today. I passionately believe that kindness is good for all of us, not only from the perspective of gold service at work, but also from the perspective of personal health. That is why I wrote the booklet Five Amazing Benefits of Being Kind which was given to all participants at the conference. This booklet is available without charge to any of your companies in large quantities. You can use it as a door gift…
  • Why Kindness Works for Parkinson Warriors and their Caregivers

    SKM
    11 Jan 2015 | 10:01 pm
    It is a fact based on research that being kind to oneself helps, in the best of circumstances. It means having a positive attitude, “can do” mindset. And this is very helpful to Parkinson Warriors. “One of the words I have heard over and over is ‘If you really want to do it, don’t let PD tell you that you can’t!’ Throughout this journey I have seen things change in my life that I struggle with daily. Lately I have lost the ability to sing. That has been my biggest loss to date as I have sung my whole life. So, today I do a great lip sync with any song I hear. As I have…
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    Live With Soul

  • good.

    17 Jan 2015 | 12:32 pm
    "being a good person is more than just not being a bad person."-- a. lee martinezto be good is something that has become as natural to me as breathing.why that is i cannot say. maybe it was the way i was raised...the circumstances i've faced in life - positive and negative.the feeling of love i have from deep within,the connection to my higher power,my deep appreciation for all of life...or maybe it's all of these and more.anything other than good hurts… it feels suffocation, feels wrong.but, what is good?good is right. good is truth. good is sustainable to life and a conscious decision we…
  • 18 thoughts to carry with you throughout your day

    14 Jan 2015 | 8:31 pm
    start your day happy18 positive thoughts… affirmations… remindersto carry with you throughout the daythy will not my will be done.unlimited creativity flows through me.my insecurity is no more real than a shadow.remember, we create in the positive or we create in the negative.i'm here to bring positive, creative energy into the world.creative energy can create, nourish or destroy you. call forth the confidence to continue practice in the face of mistakes, difficulties and setback.i deserve financial freedom.my work is creative and i love what i do.i am safe.I don't need anything or…
  • Frustration moves you

    13 Jan 2015 | 8:37 am
    The energy behind frustration… behind anger is a powerful force. It can create a momentum that generates change. A change that you have potentially wanted for a long while – whether consciously or subconsciously, but have not had a force influential enough to make it happen.Early on in my awakening I thought of these emotions as simply negative. I thought they were bad and we should not allow them to surface. What I have learned, however, is that these “negative emotions” are only bad if we impulsively react to them. This sort of reaction can produce negative and harmful effects where…
  • The Law of Higher Will

    4 Jan 2015 | 10:59 am
    excerpt from "The Life You Were Born to Live" by Dan Millman.page 381The Law of Higher Will"From the viewpoint of our separate selfand smaller will,it's normal to act on the basisof our own desires and preferences;when we surrender to our smaller self and willto the guidance of a higher willand dedicate our actionsfor the highest good of all concerned, we feel an inspired glowat the center of our life."Life is this simple:We are living in a transparent world,and God shine through in every moment.This is not just a fable ora  nice story;it is living truth.If we…
  • The Freedom of Self Control

    3 Jan 2015 | 9:48 am
    "Through discipline comes Freedom."- Aristotle I feel the idea of 'self control' has a sort of negative connotation to it that intimidates people from it. It feels difficult and like hard work.  But without self control, there is only impulse - right or wrong. To me, self control is the daily practice of mindfulness. Where in the present moment, you take the opportunity to consider how your decision now will impact your future self… meaning, your future self 5 minutes, 5 days, 5 months from now. Though this practice, you gain awareness of the present moment. You gain the…
 
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    VolunteerMark Blog

  • Making a difference: It takes a village

    23 Jan 2015 | 8:00 am
    Hello my name is Andrew. I'm the co-founder of VolunteerMark. I'm not a regular blog contributor but today I just wanted to reflect on some of the amazing opportunities we have been given. Thank you to all our great partners. I hope that by reading this, you will be inspired to collaborate with someone new, possibly unexpected, and work together to solve an important problem. Nobody can work alone!
  • Being a Visionary in Your Volunteer Work

    19 Jan 2015 | 4:00 am
    When tackling social justice issues (which much volunteer work and nonprofit organizations are devoted to), it is important for us to have a productive, caring, and positive outlook. In essence, social justice work is very future-focused. As advocates and volunteers, we strive to alleviate present-day challenges and hardships that many people face in our world today. But, we also understand that in order to systemically eliminate and solve our world’s complex problems, we need to think ahead. We need to not just put band-aids over the issues and injustices, but find the roots, focus on the…
  • Understanding and Accepting that it’s a Privilege to be able to Volunteer

    14 Jan 2015 | 4:00 am
    It is important to deeply and honestly examine your privileges in life and utilize that awareness to better your volunteer experience and inform the relationships you build while volunteering. By being more aware of the privileges that exist in our society, we will be able to approach social justice through a more informed, developed, and empathetic lens.
  • Comfort Is the Frenemy to the Leader of Volunteers

    12 Jan 2015 | 4:00 am
    Comfort is a word that typically brings comfort. You know, it’s comfortable. But, comfort may not be your friend if you lead others. Comfort can work against you. A little story about CJ will help us see more clearly how comfort can be your frenemy.
  • Our favorite VolunteerMark content from this year!

    2 Jan 2015 | 1:30 am
    Wow! 2014 was a great year for VolunteerMark. We had some amazing contributions on our blog from guest writers, launched one of the few podcasts dedicated to non-profit leadership, and even ventured into video production at the end of the year! Who would've thought a year could bring so much. Join as we celebrate the best blogposts, podcasts, and videos in this year end review!
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    Direct Relief

  • Expanding Cervical Cancer Screening for Underserved Women in Omaha

    Hannah Rael, Communications Associate
    22 Jan 2015 | 2:58 pm
    Leah Margolis says that one of the most rewarding parts of her job as a community health navigator is empowering the people she serves by educating women about cervical cancer and how to prevent it through screening. “Their eyes are lighting up,” she said. “That simple knowledge helps them feel they have a lot of control.” Leah helps support the […] The post Expanding Cervical Cancer Screening for Underserved Women in Omaha appeared first on Direct Relief.
  • Inspiring: Volunteer Edythe Turns 107!

    Hannah Rael, Communications Associate
    22 Jan 2015 | 10:46 am
    Direct Relief’s longest-serving volunteer, Edythe Kirchmaier, is celebrating her 107th birthday today – and still continuing her amazing legacy of service to others that began when she was a little girl knitting “cootie belts” for soldiers… during WWI. Every Tuesday, including this week, Edythe comes to Direct Relief to hand-write thank you notes to supporters, brightening the day of everyone […] The post Inspiring: Volunteer Edythe Turns 107! appeared first on Direct Relief.
  • Readying Emergency Supplies for Flood-Affected Malawi

    Gordon Willcock, Emergency Preparedness & Response Manager
    21 Jan 2015 | 10:29 am
    View image | gettyimages.com Direct Relief is preparing an emergency shipment of medicines and supplies for people affected by severe flooding in southern Africa. An estimated 121,000 people have been displaced by the flooding in Malawi alone, where at least 53 people are reported dead. Concern across the affected countries is now turning to the potential for disease outbreaks, with […] The post Readying Emergency Supplies for Flood-Affected Malawi appeared first on Direct Relief.
  • Chief for a Day: Celebrating Edythe’s 107th Birthday

    Hannah Rael, Communications Associate
    20 Jan 2015 | 4:26 pm
    A volunteer with Direct Relief for 40 years, Edythe Kirchmaier celebrated her upcoming 107th birthday at headquarters today surrounded by her family, friends, fellow volunteers, and members of the community. Edythe turns 107 on January 22, but wanted to celebrate on a Tuesday – the day she regularly comes to the office to help write thank you letters to supporters […] The post Chief for a Day: Celebrating Edythe’s 107th Birthday appeared first on Direct Relief.
  • A Lifetime of Giving Back: Celebrating Edythe Kirchmaier at 107

    Hannah Rael, Communications Associate
    14 Jan 2015 | 6:07 pm
    A 107th birthday is call enough for celebration, but what’s really extraordinary is the way Edythe Kirchmaier – Direct Relief’s volunteer of 40 years – has lived those 107 years. Born January 22, 1908, Edythe’s been serving others nearly her entire life. Helping Soldiers Abroad & People at Home During World War I Edythe’s commitment to others dates back to […] The post A Lifetime of Giving Back: Celebrating Edythe Kirchmaier at 107 appeared first on Direct Relief.
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    Our Better World

  • A Farm for People

    Shubhpreet Kaur
    20 Jan 2015 | 7:13 pm
    A story by Our Better World - simple, powerful stories that will make your heart smile and spirit soar. A seed is a tiny, yet incredible thing. It has the capacity to transform into something so much bigger than itself, to provide food, shade and even the air we breathe. But even the toughest seeds need nature to nurture it with sunlight, water and the right kind of soil. There's a place in Indonesia where the youth have a particularly strong understanding of this sort of nurturing. CHALLENGING Coming from various challenging backgrounds, these youths learn life lessons by having nature as…
  • Can $20 Buy Happiness?

    Andrew Purchase
    11 Jan 2015 | 7:07 pm
    A story by Our Better World - simple, powerful stories that will make your heart smile and spirit soar. By Andrew Purchase What's the best you can do with $20? That was a question I asked myself the other day. I decided to conduct a social experiment: What would happen if I took $20 and used it to creatively benefit 10 people? Here is what I found: On the first day of the challenge, little Ella, my youngest daughter, happened to walk past an SPCA collection box. "Pleeeeease, can we give the sick doggies and cats some money?" she importuned. "Ok," said I, "here's $2." FAILURE To be honest, it…
  • 7 Ways to Feel Great this Christmas

    Joshua Lye
    21 Dec 2014 | 8:16 pm
    A story by Our Better World - simple, powerful stories that will make your heart smile and spirit soar. So much to do in the Christmas season, so little time. We've put together a list of things to do, savour and enjoy that we think will leave you feeling fantastic this season. Bonus prize: there's a good chance you'll help others feel great while you're enjoying yourself. 1. EAT Christmas calories don't count, so indulge away! We've assembled a small list of outlets (in Singapore) where you can inhale some seriously great food and beverages. 2. COOK Ever wondered what it's like to cook for…
  • 'It wasn't that hard to be friends'

    Thomas Franks
    15 Dec 2014 | 5:50 pm
    A story by Our Better World - simple, powerful stories that will make your heart smile and spirit soar. Filming Sok Hwee's and Senthil's story of friendship reminded me to see migrant workers as people. Not migrants, not workers, not an economic necessity or worse. It reminded me to be grateful for my own friendship with Mahes. I met Mahes at a neighbourhood Lantern Festival party in 2010. He didn't speak much English then, and I didn't speak Tamil. I'm still amazed at how we were able to talk to each other. If our friendship were a photo album, it would make for a great tourism…
  • He was Facing Death for Drugs

    Andrew Purchase
    9 Dec 2014 | 8:14 pm
    A story by Our Better World - simple, powerful stories that will make your heart smile and spirit soar. By Andrew Purchase This is how I became a court interpreter. My boss and I were working on a case. We're lawyers. In a tea-break we got introduced to the head interpreter at the court. The conversation went like this: Interpreter: "I heard your South African accent. Can you speak Afrikaans? We need an Afrikaans interpreter." Me: "My Afrikaans is weak to poor." My boss: "His Afrikaans is perfect." Interpreter: "Excellent. Can you act as an interpreter in a capital punishment trial then? The…
 
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    Life Made to Order

  • Pulling Yourself Out of the Pit: How to Deal When You Are Hating Life

    Kelli Cooper
    23 Jan 2015 | 6:19 am
    Are you currently in a space where you basically hate everything about your life? Nothing seems to be going right and you just want to throw in the towel on existing? Do you have a nasty stew of emotion brewing beneath the surface at all times—that lovely mix of anger, depression, anxiety, fear, resentment, and despair that comes with thinking that things are never going to change, and this is it? Are you engaging in all sorts of self-sabotage and self-destructive behavior? This isn’t a pretty place to be, and it isn’t a place you have to stay. There is always a way out. There…
  • Law of Attraction: 3 Things that May Make You Feel Icky and How to Deal

    Kelli Cooper
    21 Jan 2015 | 4:31 am
    You started consciously working with your energy to create all sorts of great stuff in your life. Taking control of our energy, letting ourselves want the things we truly want, and operating from a space of empowerment is pretty awesome and creates good feelings all around. When we start this whole deliberate creation thing, we may expect an easy ride, full of warm fuzzies and all sorts of great things pouring in from every corner. But, then after a bit, we may start to run into some unpleasantness. This attracting thing is not as easy as it is made out to be—it actually is, but we just…
  • Law of Attraction: Dealing with those Pesky Limiting Beliefs

    Kelli Cooper
    16 Jan 2015 | 5:00 am
    Just a reminder the LOA group call is coming up on January 19th. You will have a chance to ask me questions about attraction, as well as benefit from the questions of others. Head over here to learn more about it, and sign up. I sense good times on the horizon. And now back to our regularly scheduled programming….. If it wasn’t for those damn limiting beliefs, this whole manifesting thing would be a breeze. But, we all have our fair share that have been put there courtesy of a variety of outside influences, from religion to well-meaning people who just haven’t a freaking…
  • Law of Attraction: 3 Tips for Hopping on the Trust Train

    Kelli Cooper
    14 Jan 2015 | 4:18 am
    Of all the issues we have with strengthening our manifesting mojo, a lack of trust is basically at the root of it all when you really think about it. We read about LOA and something just resonates..we think there is something to it. We start doing our work, and manifestations are popping up in all areas of our life. This ‘proof’ makes us believe even more, but there may be certain areas of our life where the more’negative’ energies are really strong, and things aren’t moving as swimmingly as we would like them. There are certain things we want that are…
  • Law of Attraction: 3 Burning Questions of Many a Conscious Creator

    Kelli Cooper
    12 Jan 2015 | 5:02 am
    The title is pretty self-explanatory, so let’s just get right to it, shall we? But, first, I want to let everyone know that I will be holding a group LOA call on January 19th from 8-930 pm EST. I was inspired to do this after listening to a group call for a program I am currently doing. Not only will you be able to ask me a question directly, you will benefit from listening to my responses to other people’s questions, which are highly likely to contain some useful nuggets for your current situation—that is just how attraction works as we all know! And if you’re the shy and…
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