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  • Dog With No Paws Runs for First Time With 3D-Printed Legs

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    21 Dec 2014 | 11:51 am
    A South Carolina tech company has successfully outfitted Derby the dog with 3D printed prosthetics, allowing him to run down the street for the first time ever. Derby couldn’t be happier and his adopted parents couldn’t be more amazed at the transformation. “He runs with Sherri and I every day, The post Dog With No Paws Runs for First Time With 3D-Printed Legs appeared first on The Good News Network.
  • The Fear to Volunteer

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

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    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…
  • Variety is the Spice of Emotional Life

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    22 Dec 2014 | 8:24 am
    In Disney’s Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, each dwarf has a distinct personality and predominant emotion. There’s Happy, forever joyful and laughing; Grumpy, full of dissent and skepticism; and Bashful, prone to embarrassment and red cheeks. Together, they all have a role to play in Snow White’s life, driving the plot forward and helping her survive. It turns out Walt Disney was onto something, even 77 years ago. A new paper in the Journal of Experimental Psychology: General by researchers from four countries and six institutions—including Yale University and Harvard Business…
  • US Captain Saved 9 Chinese Fishermen Adrift After Explosion

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    22 Dec 2014 | 9:45 am
    Eleven Chinese fisherman drifted in a life raft with four of them badly burned or dying in the middle of nowhere on the Pacific Ocean after their boat burst into flames on May 2, 2014. Heeding the signs of a smoke plume in the distance, a native of California, Capt. The post US Captain Saved 9 Chinese Fishermen Adrift After Explosion appeared first on The Good News Network.
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  • Variety is the Spice of Emotional Life

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    22 Dec 2014 | 8:24 am
    In Disney’s Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, each dwarf has a distinct personality and predominant emotion. There’s Happy, forever joyful and laughing; Grumpy, full of dissent and skepticism; and Bashful, prone to embarrassment and red cheeks. Together, they all have a role to play in Snow White’s life, driving the plot forward and helping her survive. It turns out Walt Disney was onto something, even 77 years ago. A new paper in the Journal of Experimental Psychology: General by researchers from four countries and six institutions—including Yale University and Harvard Business…
  • Three Easy Strategies for Dealing with Difficult Relatives

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    18 Dec 2014 | 9:10 am
    “I had a great teacher in India who said to me, ‘If you think you’re spiritual and evolved and enlightened, go home for Christmas.’” —Elizabeth Gilbert When I was little, I had a controversial grandmother. She was the woman my grandfather remarried after my father’s mom’s premature death. We pretty much only saw her twice a year: once for a family reunion, and once for a Christmas party. I adored her (except that she always smelled like cigarettes and had a lot of rules). But my parents and aunt and uncle were very tense around her. Fights rarely broke out at…
  • Can Positive Thinking Really Make Dreams Come True?

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    17 Dec 2014 | 8:35 am
    I confess I’ve never read the bestselling book, The Secret. But its basic premise—repeated ad nauseam in cheesy self-help books—goes something like this: Visualize what you want in life and really believe it will happen, and you will attract it to you. Whether it’s wealth, health, or better relationships you want, the “power of positive thinking” is all that it takes to make it manifest. But nothing could be further from the truth, according to Gabriel Oettingen, a motivation researcher at New York University and author of the new book, Rethinking Positive Thinking. Not only does…
  • The Science of Happiness - with Emiliana Simon-Thomas from UC Berkeley

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    15 Dec 2014 | 9:47 am
  • Five Ways to Get the Gift Right

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    15 Dec 2014 | 7:49 am
    Christmahannukwanzadan is coming! Does anything about that make you anxious? The holidays are supposed to be a joyous occasion, but they can also be stressful. Thinking about gifts can especially involve both ticklish anticipation and dread. How many people are on your list? Can you get them all things they’ll adore, without breaking your bank? What if one of your otherwise-thoughtful gifts is met with shrouded disappointment? Science can help! Here are five research-based techniques that can help ease the stress, and bring the joy back into exchanging gifts. 1. Think about the good timesWe…
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  • US Captain Saved 9 Chinese Fishermen Adrift After Explosion

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    22 Dec 2014 | 9:45 am
    Eleven Chinese fisherman drifted in a life raft with four of them badly burned or dying in the middle of nowhere on the Pacific Ocean after their boat burst into flames on May 2, 2014. Heeding the signs of a smoke plume in the distance, a native of California, Capt. The post US Captain Saved 9 Chinese Fishermen Adrift After Explosion appeared first on The Good News Network.
  • Heroic Monkey Saves ‘Dying’ Friend at Kanpur Train Station

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    22 Dec 2014 | 8:31 am
    A monkey saved the life of another monkey who fell unconscious after being electrocuted by high tension wires at a train station in India. The life-saving monkey put forth a heroic effort to revive his friend — biting, shaking, hitting his head and finally rolling him into a trough of The post Heroic Monkey Saves ‘Dying’ Friend at Kanpur Train Station appeared first on The Good News Network.
  • Good News in History, December 22

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    22 Dec 2014 | 2:00 am
    On this date in 1958, “Christmas Don’t Be Late,” by The Chipmunks, hit No. 1 on the Billboard charts and stayed there for four weeks. The song, written and performed by Ross Bagdasarian Sr. (a.k.a. David Seville), also went on to win three Grammy Awards and became the only Christmas The post Good News in History, December 22 appeared first on The Good News Network.
  • Dog With No Paws Runs for First Time With 3D-Printed Legs

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    21 Dec 2014 | 11:51 am
    A South Carolina tech company has successfully outfitted Derby the dog with 3D printed prosthetics, allowing him to run down the street for the first time ever. Derby couldn’t be happier and his adopted parents couldn’t be more amazed at the transformation. “He runs with Sherri and I every day, The post Dog With No Paws Runs for First Time With 3D-Printed Legs appeared first on The Good News Network.
  • 6-year-old Cancer Survivor Donates 700 Toys to Sick Kids

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    21 Dec 2014 | 10:11 am
    A 6 year-old girl, who knows what it’s like to be sick at Christmas, collected and donated more than 700 toys to children spending their holiday at the Mary Bridge Children’s Hospital. “I had cancer and I got lots of toys,”  Dryden Shirks told KING-5 News. “I want to make The post 6-year-old Cancer Survivor Donates 700 Toys to Sick Kids appeared first on The Good News Network.
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  • When Jiff The Pomeranian Helps Pop The Question, There Is Only One Answer

    22 Dec 2014 | 11:29 am
    Who could say no to cute, fluffy and irresistible? A Washington, D.C.-area man enlisted the help of a famous pomeranian to help him propose on Friday. Jeff Ferraro told The Huffington Post that his girlfriend, Lauren Russo, is a huge fan of the social media star pooch Jiff. So Ferraro arranged with Jiff's handler to post a video online of Jiff with a sign that reads, "Lauren, Jiff thinks you should marry Jeff." jiff A video posted by jiff (@jiffpom) on Dec 12, 2014 at 3:18pm PST Ferraro's plan was to invite Russo to go check out the National Christmas Tree together on Friday, where he would…
  • 'Twas the Default Magic Maker

    22 Dec 2014 | 11:16 am
    'Twas the week before Christmas when all through the house, Stuff was getting done, But not by a mouse. The stockings were hung By the chimney with care, They have to be filled, Insert a swear word here. The children were ignoring me all on their phones, While visions of video bloggers Taught them sassy tones. And Dan at his office And me up to my ears in crap, Had come to the conclusion that I would never ever get a nap. When out in the family room There arose such a clatter, I sprung from my home office To see what was the matter. Away from my computer I flew like a flash, Tore open my door…
  • How 'Santa' Changed Two Children With $100

    22 Dec 2014 | 10:29 am
    My friend Jeremy is an amazing soul. He's one of the funniest people I've ever met and always knows how to take a conversation just one step too far. He also has an amazing heart, never failing to help me and everyone at The Half Fund to further our mission of lifting the veil on cancer, one story at a time. He's also a cynic, and anyone I've ever seen try to pull one over on him encourages a scathing wit that I would not wish on my worst enemy. Now that you know all of this, it makes it all the more cosmically unbelievable what happened to him last week. As Jeremy told me, "I was in a coffee…
  • If Anyone Deserves A Little Help This Holiday Season, It's These Families

    22 Dec 2014 | 9:42 am
    Spreading holiday cheer means more than giving gifts -- it's also about giving back. To provide you with opportunities to do just that, we're telling stories from 12 families in need over 12 days. Moms, Dads and kids talk to us about working to get by, what they might go without this holiday and how you can help. Scroll below to learn more about The Huffington Post's 12 Days Of Giving series. Click to read each family's story and find ways you can donate if you feel inclined. This post is being updated as stories are published. A series partnership with HuffPost Impact, Good News, Religion…
  • 10 Reasons Christmas Makes Me Love My Husband Even More

    22 Dec 2014 | 9:35 am
    No, it's not the presents. It's all the little things -- sweet, goofy, endearing -- that make me feel so happy I chose this particular dude to be my partner in doing this whole life and love thing. So here, in no particular order, are the top 10 things that make me love spending the holidays with my husband: 1. He always wants to buy the loneliest Christmas tree on the lot. Yes, we have a tiny house that is already way too full with three dogs, two kids, a lizard and the messes he and I are really good at making. But that's not why he always tries to buy the littlest, saddest, most pathetic…
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  • A Gift Circle: Our Amazing Experience

    Dave Pollard
    16 Dec 2014 | 12:12 pm
    Gift circles (not to be confused with “gifting circles”, a pyramid scheme that involves giving someone a large sum of money) have been around for a few years. I am familiar with them from my visits to Eugene, Oregon, where Tree and her colleagues have organized them for some time. I actually like the Eugene variant of the gift circle process, and when I described it to my Bowen in Transition colleagues they encouraged me to try leading one on our island. We did this a couple of weeks ago, and it was a remarkable success. Here’s the process we used: 1. Start with a potluck supper. 2.
  • A Community-Based Resilience Framework

    Dave Pollard
    14 Dec 2014 | 8:38 pm
    When I am asked by people “What can we do now?” to prepare for economic, energy or ecological collapse, I have of late been suggesting doing the things shown in boxes 2, 3, 4 and 7 in the graphic above — healing (and self-healing), learning new skills to liberate yourself (and others) from dependence on large centralized systems (these systems will be the first to collapse), modelling resilience (exemplifying sustainable, joyful, present living so that others can see what that looks like), and building community. I’ve started to realize that this is an incomplete…
  • Coming Out of Hiding

    Dave Pollard
    8 Dec 2014 | 2:04 pm
      We are all, I believe, suffering from Civilization Disease, struggling in varying ways and to varying degrees to cope physically, emotionally and psychologically with the stress, anxiety, violence, trauma, brutality, coercion, and the sheer unnaturalness of our global industrial civilization culture. We are not meant to live this way, and we are all trying, I think, in our own ways to heal from this culture’s incessant horrors, and longing for what we have lost: a simple, connected, joyful, peaceful, leisurely, cooperative, natural way of living. My way of coping, since I began…
  • See No Evil: The Morality of Collapse

    Dave Pollard
    29 Nov 2014 | 9:20 pm
    My latest article, See No Evil: The Morality of Collapse, is up at SHIFT magazine as part of its sixth edition. Check out the whole magazine! And if you like what you read, or prefer to read hard copy, please get this issue as a digital download (beautiful magazine layout) or sign up for an annual subscription (6 issues). In this article, I ask the reader to consider these questions: Is it acceptable to use violence when pacifism seems inadequate to confront the most devastating aspects of industrial civilization? Are large public protests a means of raising awareness and political pressure,…
  • The Wild Man

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

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

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

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

    Emeka Okafor
    21 Dec 2014 | 7:54 pm
    Caroline Grellier writing in the Makery: The InnovAfrica forum in Togo, held from the 24th to the 28th of November, brought together 150 Africans from 15 French speaking countries. The trend for 2014 is a strong presence of women and lab projects galore. African innovation as seen by 7 of its actors. Six years already that the last week of November is a key event in the African innovators and makers’ diaries. Each year, the InnovAfrica forum initiated by Imagination for people, together with the United Nation Programme for Development (UNPD) and Orange Labs, is held in an African capital so…

    Emeka Okafor
    21 Dec 2014 | 7:38 pm
    Anna Kaziunas France writing in Make:There’s a bio-revolution on the horizon!The Inaugural BIOFABRICATE Summit that took place on December 4th, 2014 was the first event to focus on commercial, artistic and research the disruptive technologies that comprise the emerging field of grown materials.The summit was masterminded Suzanne Lee, the director of the Biocouture research project (whose TED talk bio describes as a “fashion designer turned biological conjurer”), in partnership with synthetic biology community leader SynBioBeta...[continue reading]
  • Biocoding For Beginners

    Emeka Okafor
    21 Dec 2014 | 9:57 am
    In Fast Company: image courtesy of Fast CompanyCathal Garvey used to work in cancer research. Now he is the scientific director of IndieBio, a biotech accelerator based in Cork, Ireland which is about to open a branch in San Francisco. Garvey originally studied genetics. "I got into genetics after seeing a documentary about it when it was quite young." he says."I had already decided that I was going to be a biologist at an even younger age. And then I thought ‘Oh my God, living things operate on a code.’" After graduating, Garvey became interested in the DIYBio movement of amateur…
  • Why kids should learn to code for Christmas

    Emeka Okafor
    21 Dec 2014 | 8:44 am
    From Htxt's maker channel: This Christmas, the best gift you can give your kids (or yourself for that matter), is an opportunity to learn how to code. In today’s competitive job market, digital literacy has become a highly sought after skill that virtually guarantees employability.In its recent Salary Review for 2014, Career Junction found that Information Technology is one of the ten most popular industry sectors in the South African jobs market and that IT labour demand has continued to increase year on year. According to ITWeb’s Salary Survey for 2014, IT salaries continue to outstrip…
  • Run Cheetah Run

    Emeka Okafor
    20 Dec 2014 | 4:08 pm
    Over at the 1% club: Run Cheetah Run - A New Generation of African Changemakers from 1%Club on Vimeo.
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  • 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…
  • Social Impact Jobs December 2014

    Lara Galinsky
    1 Dec 2014 | 8:07 am
    Photo courtesy of Blue Engine At Echoing Green, our work brings together a diverse swath of people, organizations, and thought leaders to support a global social change movement driven by entrepreneurial ideas and bold action. One of the principles that steers the growth of this movement is a willingness to take risks. I believe that to embrace risk is to glean the lessons from your own experiences and your community to gain a perspective that helps you make bold and ambitious decisions. Part of the trick is expanding our definition of community – we must consider happenings beyond our…
  • Our Building Blocks of Early-Stage Support

    Erica Lock
    23 Oct 2014 | 8:03 am
    Echoing Green’s approach to supporting groundbreaking, early-stage social entrepreneurs runs much deeper than a two-year stipend and health insurance. Over the past several years, Echoing Green has worked to deepen our support for our Fellows, even as we expand the Fellowship program as part of the strategic growth of the organization. Through working with–and learning from–over 600 Fellows, we’ve developed a standard rubric and clearly defined building blocks for approaching and measuring our support. We’ve also identified the need for any standardization to be flexible enough to…
  • Raj Panjabi Leads Ebola Response Efforts

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    27 Nov 2014 | 6:10 pm
    I helped make food today at a local restaurant to feed the homeless for Thanksgiving. Got to work in the kitchen.
  • Gorillas

    22 Nov 2014 | 8:38 pm
    I made a donation to the Dian Fossey Gorilla Fund.  I like to support her.
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    Chris Blattman

  • The only thing worse than Comcast technical support?

    Chris Blattman
    21 Dec 2014 | 6:48 am
    In June, Two wealthy Macau residents stayed at Caesar’s Palace in Las Vegas. The hotel suspected that they were running an illegal gambling operation out of their room. They enlisted the police and the FBI, but could not provide enough evidence for them to get a warrant. So instead they repeatedly cut the guests’ Internet connection. When the guests complained to the hotel, FBI agents wearing hidden cameras and recorders pretended to be Internet repair technicians and convinced the guests to let them in. They filmed and recorded everything under the pretense of fixing the Internet,…
  • Turning our understanding of Russian politics upside down

    Chris Blattman
    19 Dec 2014 | 6:50 am
    While watching the roller coaster that is the Russian ruble, I recalled how much I liked this NYRB review of Karen Dawisha’s new book, Putin’s Kleptocracy: Who Owns Russia? An excerpt: For twenty years now, the Western politicians, journalists, businessmen, and academics who observe and describe the post-Soviet evolution of Russia have almost all followed the same narrative. We begin with the assumption that the Soviet Union ended in 1991… We continue with an account of the early 1990s, an era of “reform,” when some Russian leaders tried to create a democratic political…
  • My favorite novels of the year

    Chris Blattman
    18 Dec 2014 | 7:16 am
    Yesterday I talked about my favorite book of the year. An autobiography. Here are the novels I liked best, excellent for holiday reading or last-minute stocking stuffers. To the purists: Please keep in mind that I’m not one of these intellectuals who mysteriously have the time to only read and recommend books published in 2014. Or read all the seemingly best books. Frankly I’m still working on my 1985 catalog. So this is an incomplete, 2014-ish list. I left off anything before 2013. (Sort of. There’s some cheating.) Books where I’m unabashedly enthusiastic: Every…
  • Among all the other things police are being called these days, the latest is “fat”

    Chris Blattman
    17 Dec 2014 | 7:00 pm
    From the WSJ, obesity by occupation: Police are at the top. At the bottom are economists. It’s kind of perfect. The charitable interpretation: all that muscle mass in police is edging them up the BMI scale. I’m sympathetic, since even in my leanest and most athletic years I was thickset enough to be obese on the crude BMI scale. I guess that means I’m pulling the economist average up. But I’m willing to bet donuts play a more significant role.   The post Among all the other things police are being called these days, the latest is “fat” appeared first…
  • The economic and social returns to building character

    Chris Blattman
    17 Dec 2014 | 10:58 am
    I personally find this line of research fascinating and in need of more international research. A new paper by Tim Kautz, Jim Heckman, and coauthors: This paper reviews the recent literature on measuring and boosting cognitive and noncognitive skills. The literature establishes that achievement tests do not adequately capture character skills/personality traits, goals, motivations, and preferences that are valued in the labor market, in school, and in many other domains. Their predictive power rivals that of cognitive skills. Reliable measures of character have been developed. All measures…
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    ... My heart’s in Accra

  • Pronoia, beautiful inefficiency, and an artwork built for one

    8 Dec 2014 | 5:23 pm
    In the fall and winter of 2013, the writer Rick Moody experienced a set of events designed to change his life. His priest gave him a book, apparently written decades ago (though actually specially crafted just for him), to read with his daughter. It told the story of a secret room, and soon afterwards, Moody was led by friends to his own secret room, a disused hardware store in Brooklyn, where he encountered objects that evoked moments in his life and in the book. Music he encountered in the secret room reoccurred, when the artists orchestrating these events picked Moody up in New York City,…
  • Why cameras alone won’t protect black mens’ lives

    5 Dec 2014 | 10:59 am
    I wasn’t expecting the grand jury to indict Darren Wilson, the police officer who shot and killed Michael Brown in Ferguson, MO. I was disappointed and outraged, but not surprised. Unfortunately, the response of local and state government in Ferguson to the shooting and subsequent protest raised serious doubts about the fairness of those institutions. Furthermore, there’s a dispute at the center of the Michael Brown case as to what happened when Wilson confronted Brown. While I agree with Ezra Klein’s conclusion that Wilson’s story is “literally…
  • Three selfies, and two appreciations of fellow travellers

    2 Dec 2014 | 1:31 pm
    I took the fall semester off from teaching, which is a good thing, as I’ve been traveling far more than is healthy, mostly to give talks. I was in Sao Paulo last week talking about Brazil role as a center for democratic innovation, and hope to post either notes or a video of that talk soon. But here are two others that are already online and that I’m proud of: “Journalism after Snowden: Normalizing Surveillance” The estimable Emily Bell of Columbia’s Tow Center is editing a volume of essays about how the documents revealed by Edward Snowden have changed…
  • Pixação, or why São Paulo looks like a death metal album cover

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

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

    18 Dec 2014 | 9:00 pm
    Wealth is the ability to fully experience life.  ~ Henry David ThoreauWealth consists not in having great possessions, but in having few wants.  ~EpictetusMake money your god and it will plague you like the devil.  ~Henry FieldingNot he who has much is rich, but he who gives much.  ~Erich FrommI desire ... to leave this one great fact clearly stated. THERE IS NO WEALTH BUT LIFE.  ~John RuskinQuotes about wealth and lifeReaders, I am taking a break for several weeks and will return in the new year.  Holiday best wishes to all.
  • Everything we Do

    17 Dec 2014 | 9:00 pm
    A person educated in mind and not in morals is a menace to society.  ~Juanita Kidd StoutWe pay a price when we deprive children of the exposure to the values, principles, and education they need to make them good citizens.  ~Sandra Day O'ConnorPeople need religion. It's a vehicle for a moral tradition. A crucial role. Nothing can take its place.  ~Irving KristolThe recognition of the sanctity of the life of every man is the first and only basis of all morality.  ~Leo TolstoyThe act of acting morally is behaving as if everything we do matters.  ~Gloria SteinemQuotes…
  • Never too Late

    16 Dec 2014 | 9:00 pm
    Few are those who see with their own eyes and feel with their own hearts.  ~Albert EinsteinFind out who you are and do it on purpose.  ~Dolly PartonIn matters of style, swim with the current; in matters of principle, stand like a rock.  ~Thomas JeffersonNever bend your head. Always hold it high. Look the world right in the eye.  ~Helen KellerIt is never too late to be what you might have been.  ~George EliotQuotes about being true to yourself
  • There is Enough

    15 Dec 2014 | 9:00 pm
    Good, the more communicated, more abundant grows.  ~John MiltonWhen we give generously, with an abundance mentality, what we give away will multiply.  ~Henri NouwenThe more you praise and celebrate your life, the more there is in life to celebrate.  ~Oprah WinfreyToo often we visit the well of divine abundance with a teacup instead of a bucket.  ~Elinor MacDonaldThere is enough in the world for everyone's need; there is not enough for everyone's greed.  ~Mohandas GandhiQuotes about abundance
  • We Must Focus

    14 Dec 2014 | 9:00 pm
    Inspiration exists but it must find you working. ~ Pablo PicassoWe delight in the beauty of the butterfly, but rarely admit the changes it has gone through to achieve that beauty. ~ Maya AngelouYou can't wait for inspiration. You have to go after it with a club. ~Jack LondonThe first and final thing you have to do in this world is to last it and not be smashed by it. ~ Ernest HemingwayIt is during our darkest moments that we must focus to see the light.  ~Aristotle OnassisQuotes about inspiration
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  • On America's Largest Homeless Camp plus insights into the World of Ultra-Wealthy Inheritors

    Phil Cubeta
    12 Dec 2014 | 1:36 pm
    I know someone well who works not in San Jose, but in the San Francisco parks system, as a gardener. She tells me that the homeless in the parks are now so numerous that her gardening duties are sometimes subordinated to working around their encampments. On what may appear an unrelated note, I am reading a $99.99 plus $5.99 handling and shipping paperback of some 177 pages, Taking the Reins: Insights into the World of Ultra-Wealthy Inheritors. The cut point for Ultra-wealthy for the study is control of $100 million or more. Topics include working with advisors,…
  • "Do you know the difference between a talent and a charism?"

    Phil Cubeta
    6 Dec 2014 | 8:59 am
    She asked me the question at a reception for a financial services college where I work (as a moral fraud) to which she and her parents have long been donors. Her father at 91 had taken a credential in philanthropy that I teach. ("At my age, Phil" he had said, "this is my market.") Before asking me the question, she had asked if I am Catholic, which seemed like a yes or no, so I had said yes. Her father died this year; her husband died this year; her prior husband had died prematurely years ago. Her children are grown and will not enter the family financial services…
  • A Whiff of Rotten Broccoli - The Commons as Refrigerator

    Phil Cubeta
    4 Dec 2014 | 6:07 am
    Leaving the elevator today, wearing shoes and a shirt, as well as my trousers, since I am "on the clock," headed for my cubicle, under the surveillance camera, I smelled what seemed to be a dead thing, like a week old possum in the road, or a sack of garbage in summer, when the garbagepersons are on strike. Turns out it was only a bag of broccoli left too long in the communal refrigerator, the one luxury for "we the people" here in the extremely well-run Wealth Bondage: America's Optimized Experience. At every organization where I have been lucky enough to work,…
  • Tick, tock - How much to give, when, and whether?

    Phil Cubeta
    3 Dec 2014 | 6:49 am
    Tracy Gary makes an impassioned plea for those who have more, to do more, now that the markets are up, and social needs are greater than ever.  How does a person know how much she or he can give? Over what period of time? That is actually a fairly basic, 101, question for any financial advisor who is good with numbers and has basic financial planning software. What these advisors tell me is that the right answer is never the answer. A donor worth $10 mil, reassured she needs only $5 mil for her lifetime financial needs, and who wants to leave $1 mil to each of two children, will…
  • Presciption for Wealth Advisors, after Diagnosis

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

  • How a new type of social graph could change philanthropy

    Lauren Burton
    17 Dec 2014 | 10:20 pm
    This post was written by Will Grana on behalf of the Case Foundation: Before you clicked to this blog post, you probably checked your email, liked a page on Facebook, followed your favorite musician on Twitter, shared a video, searched for a restaurant on Google, and let your online friends know about the good deal you […] The post How a new type of social graph could change philanthropy appeared first on Case Foundation.
  • #GivingTuesday Moves from Campaign to Tradition

    Lauren Burton
    2 Dec 2014 | 9:28 pm
    Yesterday millions of individuals across the globe united for one purpose – to give back to their communities and kick off the holiday season with an act of good. In its third year, #GivingTuesday harnessed the collective power of charities, online social media, businesses and individuals to transform how people think about and participate in […] The post #GivingTuesday Moves from Campaign to Tradition appeared first on Case Foundation.
  • Know Your Numbers: #GivingTuesday

    Lauren Burton
    24 Nov 2014 | 9:41 pm
    Each holiday season, reporters and economists anxiously await the release of key holiday shopping figures—how much money did consumers spend on Black Friday, Small Business Saturday and Cyber Monday; what were the fastest selling toys; and what does this all say about the health of our economy? This year, the forecast looks good: the National […] The post Know Your Numbers: #GivingTuesday appeared first on Case Foundation.
  • We Can’t Wait – World Toilet Day 2014

    Lauren Burton
    18 Nov 2014 | 9:55 pm
    These days, it seems like there’s a dedicated “day” for pretty much everything – to raise awareness for important issues, to give to local charities, or to celebrate important people in our lives. I don’t ultimately think it’s a bad thing, as it causes us to pause and reflect on important moments and issues. One […] The post We Can’t Wait – World Toilet Day 2014 appeared first on Case Foundation.
  • 11 Ways to Honor America’s Veterans on 11/11

    Lauren Burton
    10 Nov 2014 | 10:10 pm
    “As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words, but to live by them.” – John F. Kennedy Veterans Day is our Nation’s opportunity to acknowledge the Veterans of the United States Armed Forces for their fearlessness, courage and leadership. While it is important to express […] The post 11 Ways to Honor America’s Veterans on 11/11 appeared first on Case Foundation.
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    How I changed the world today.

  • 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.
  • Made food for Thanksgiving for homeless/needy folk

    27 Nov 2014 | 6:10 pm
    I helped make food today at a local restaurant to feed the homeless for Thanksgiving. Got to work in the kitchen.
  • Gorillas

    22 Nov 2014 | 8:38 pm
    I made a donation to the Dian Fossey Gorilla Fund.  I like to support her.
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  • Roll Your Eyes All You Want. Portland Is Going to Keep Being Itself.

    Bethlehem Shoals
    22 Dec 2014 | 9:00 am
    Dear Portland, There’s no way around it. You’re what everyone thinks you are: America’s most carefully curated city; a hipster paradise; the all-artisanal-everything land of food carts, beards, and tattoos. But I wasn’t lured here by the quality of life or culture. I moved here for a job. At first, I resented this place for being exactly as advertised. But at some point, I stopped worrying and learned to love this side of Portland. I wake up with carefully brewed Stumptown coffee. Weather permitting, I bike to work in the Pearl District, a hub for creative class jobs like my own. For…
  • Google’s Big Data Overfishing Project Flounders

    Mark Hay
    21 Dec 2014 | 2:05 pm
    Illustration by Tyler Hoehne Last month at the International Union for Conservation of Nature’s World Parks Congress in Sydney, Australia, Google unveiled a project it bills as a groundbreaking leap in the use of cloud computing, big data, and satellite networks—all to stamp out overfishing. The program, Global Fishing Watch, launched in beta with the help of environmental outfits Oceana and SkyTruth, uses the signals from Automatic Identification Systems (emergency devices installed in all major ships) to plot the trajectory of every commercial fishing vessel on the ocean. If they can…
  • The GOOD Gift Guide: Non-Self-Help Books That Will Improve Your Life

    Callie Enlow
    21 Dec 2014 | 12:30 pm
    Under no circumstances should you ever gift someone a self-help book. But giving a present that has the end result of improving the receiver’s life? That just might be priceless. It’s a hard trick to pull off, though. We’ve selected a few nifty, new publications that happen to be both aesthetically dreamy and intellectually stimulating, all but assuring your loved one will be more creative, a better cook, more globally savvy, happier, or perhaps just the coolest person at their next party. A Pretty, Easy Way into Mindfulness For the harried man or woman in your life that you…
  • Girl Gang's Open Invitation

    Isis Madrid
    19 Dec 2014 | 6:20 pm
    In a sun-dappled Los Angeles apartment, a quartet of young women sits down to breakfast after what looks like a punk rock sleepover party. But a distressing text message from a friend in need cuts short the cheerful morning. The women trade their pajamas for black t-shirts and their OJ for weapons and dash out the door. They quickly locate their troubled friend, who’s being harassed by a menacing, oblivious young dude. The quartet brandishes chains and box-cutters, chasing the guy away and straight into a raucous, all-female punk show. Soon enough, even the douchebag is embracing, and being…
  • Hey, Your Breath Smells Like Fat

    Caroline Pham
    19 Dec 2014 | 6:05 pm
    Illustration by Tyler Hoehne It’s almost the new year. Time for resolutions and a game plan for chiseling away at that extra layer the holiday season so unceremoniously padded your midsection with. It’s not going to be fun, but you’ve wrought this evil upon yourself. So while you’re waiting on hold to renew that gym membership, ponder this: Do you really know where the fat you’re burning goes? As crazy as it may sound, you’re breathing most of it out. Chances are you thought it gets converted into energy, or turns into muscle, or maybe just gets excreted and is left to the sewer…
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  • The List: 6 Eco-Friendly Ways to Gift

    3BL Media
    19 Dec 2014 | 5:27 am
    Are you shopping green for your holiday gifts? As I’ve been rounding up gifts for my family and friends, I’ve been trying to be as responsible as possible: I’m shopping [...] The post The List: 6 Eco-Friendly Ways to Gift appeared first on SocialEarth.
  • Connecting Veterans to Opportunities in Agriculture

    3BL Media
    19 Dec 2014 | 5:10 am
    When I graduated from college in 1980 (yes, I’m aging myself), I had a degree in Agricultural Journalism because there were so many open jobs in the agricultural industry. We’ve [...] The post Connecting Veterans to Opportunities in Agriculture appeared first on SocialEarth.
  • PepsiCo Partners to Deliver Safe Water: CWDF’s Water Cellars for Mothers

    3BL Media
    18 Dec 2014 | 1:53 pm
    China is a dynamic industrial engine and an emerging leader in the world economy. However, there is another China, full  of rural communities, often lacking basic infrastructure and competing for limited [...] The post PepsiCo Partners to Deliver Safe Water: CWDF’s Water Cellars for Mothers appeared first on SocialEarth.
  • 51 Schools Nationwide Named State Winners in the $2 Million Samsung Solve for Tomorrow Contest

    3BL Media
    18 Dec 2014 | 5:25 am
    Samsung today announced the 51 state winners in the Solve for Tomorrow Contest, a nationwide competition to raise enthusiasm for science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) by challenging students and [...] The post 51 Schools Nationwide Named State Winners in the $2 Million Samsung Solve for Tomorrow Contest appeared first on SocialEarth.
  • Real vs. Fake: The Great Christmas Tree Debate

    3BL Media
    17 Dec 2014 | 8:33 am
    Are they real or fake? Most of us who celebrate the holidays with a Christmas tree have an opinion about which type of tree is better, so we decided to take [...] The post Real vs. Fake: The Great Christmas Tree Debate appeared first on SocialEarth.
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    Sasha Dichter's Blog

  • Individual and Institutional Fundraising

    17 Dec 2014 | 2:00 am
    Over the past six months, a greater proportion of the fundraising I’ve been doing has been institutional rather than individual. By “institutional” I mean fundraising from people who have been charged with donating somebody else’s money – whether or not it’s a formal, recognized institution (e.g. a large private foundation, a corporation, etc.). In both individual and institutional fundraising, there’s a strategic element and a people element. The strategic conversations are around goals and outcomes and what success looks like. The people element is around what motivates a…
  • Disney or Paris?

    12 Dec 2014 | 7:16 am
    I recently came back from my first four-day vacation with my family at Disney / Universal in Orlando. It was a lot of fun. On our last day, I was eating lunch with my three kids at The Three Broomsticks, the favorite haunt of witches and wizards at Hogsmeade (the town next to Hogwarts in Harry Potter, for those few of you who didn’t read all those books and see all of those movies). Our section of the restaurant suddenly hushed when three sparrows dive-bombed across the hall and perched on the fireplace. Everyone started tittering and pointing, asking, “Are those birds real?!” So much…
  • Those closest to us

    10 Dec 2014 | 2:00 am
    Our friends, allies, the people who care, they are the ones who are most likely to say the little things that we need to hear. Especially the things we don’t always want to hear. Yes, we all crave more pats on the back, but as long as people are speaking up and telling us what’s not working for them, it means they still care and they’re still paying attention. The dangerous thing is when we speak and we hear nothing back. Crickets. What we need to avoid isn’t criticism, it’s the deafening silence of apathy.
  • TGIM

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

    13 Nov 2014 | 6:10 am
    I got back on my yoga mat this morning for the first time in a long, long time.   I used to have a regular practice, but my days keep getting fuller, my kids are going to bed later, and time is squeezed. Yoga is a healing practice, and lately, without yoga, I’ve been walking around only noticing the things in my body that hurt a bit: my left knee, thanks to a torn ACL 20 years ago; one of the joints in my left foot; my right Achilles tendon that I tweaked a bit playing squash; the rotator cuff on my right shoulder that is still only back to 90% three years after an over-zealous week of…
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    High Impact Philanthropy Blog

  • High Impact Year-End Giving Guidance
    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
    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…
  • Family Philanthropy in Asia: Q&A with Jenny Santi
    30 Oct 2014 | 6:14 am
    As part of our series on Philanthropy in Asia, we sat down with Jenny Santi, a philanthropy advisor to ultra high net worth philanthropists, including an Oscar-winning actress and signatories of the Buffet-Gates Giving Pledge. At 28, she became the head of UBS's award-winning Philanthropy Services department in Southeast Asia. In 2011, she conceptualized and led UBS-INSEAD's study on Asian family philanthropy, the most comprehensive report of its time. She is also the author of "The Giving Way to Happiness: True Stories and Science Behind the Transformative Power of Giving"…
  • Philanthropy in Asia: Playing Catch-up or Leapfrogging?
    23 Oct 2014 | 6:12 am
    In the past few decades, Asia as a region has seen enormous economic growth.  And economists project this growth will remain robust into 2018 and beyond. Along with this economic development have come increasingly visible philanthropic efforts. Some examples include: Singapore’s climb up 50 spots to rank 64th in the Charities Aid Foundation's (CAF) World Giving Index this year (see Singapore moves up 50 spots in World Giving Index, but trails behind in helping strangers); the recent increase in both individual and corporate giving in India (see India’s rich donate more,…
  • Global Refugee Work Rights Report: Q&A with Emily Arnold Fernandez
    16 Oct 2014 | 6:08 am
    According to the UN Refugee Agency, today there are approximately 16 million refugees, people who have fled their own country to escape persecution or civil war. Emily Arnold-Fernandez, founder and executive director of Asylum Access, is a social entrepreneur working to transform the human rights landscape for refugees worldwide. To date, her work has impacted over 1 million refugees and earned numerous international accolades, including the Grinnell Prize; the Echoing Green fellowship; and recognition by the Dalai Lama as one of 50 “Unsung Heroes of Compassion” worldwide. In this…
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    The Change Blog

  • Why You Should Celebrate the Thing We’re Taught to Dread

    Allyson Stroschein
    16 Dec 2014 | 4:37 am
    This blog post is inspired by and dedicated to my mother. “It takes a long time to become young.” – Pablo Picasso At some point in my late 20s I started to dread my birthday. I dreaded signs of crow’s feet, cellulite, and failure in reaching my goals. In fact, I had developed a wide range of fear around aging common to many of us who grew up in Western culture. We are taught to cherish birthdays as children, but at some point that excitement should wane until birthdays become a day of dread. And we should especially rue birthdays ending in zero because there be dragons in a new…
  • 7 Ways to Fall in Love With Life

    Donna Higton
    9 Dec 2014 | 6:19 am
    “I finally figured out the only reason to be alive is to enjoy it.” ― Rita Mae Brown In 1999 I was the most cynical, negative and pessimistic person you could ever hope to meet.  My ‘life motto’ was life sucks and then you die.  I was fed up with life, had a job I hated, no money, and I constantly said to myself “there must be more to life than this“.  I was 26.  Luckily, at this point I started actively looking for a better way to live. I found coaches and writer and mentors who showed me that there was indeed ‘more to life’.  One recurring…
  • How Change Creates Fear in Others

    Donna DeRosa
    7 Dec 2014 | 8:45 am
    “If we don’t change, we don’t grow. If we don’t grow, we aren’t really living.” — Gail Sheehy Have you made any changes in your life recently and been surprised by the reactions from the people you love? Oftentimes when we make big changes, the people around us resist. Years ago I moved to New York City to attend acting school. Besides teaching drama and theatre history, the school also trained us how to speak for the stage in accent-free English. They showed us how to walk with good posture so we could be more commanding on the stage. With enough…
  • A Father’s Legacy – The 5 Life Lessons He Left Me

    Hilary Neiman
    4 Dec 2014 | 6:13 am
    My Dad was a phenomenal parent, the kind that should have had a hundred kids because he was just so darn good at it. He had this gift for turning any ordinary event into a teaching point. Leave it to him to turn even his battle with cancer into opportunities to impart his wisdom. Maybe he knew he wasn’t going to win his fight so he chose to leave me with as much counsel as he could in the time he had left, or maybe that’s just the way he was. In any event, he left me with five invaluable lessons I’ll carry with me the rest of my life – lessons on how to live every day – no matter…
  • How to Work With Your Strengths, Not Against Them

    Kathryn Hall
    2 Dec 2014 | 6:12 am
    “Find your own ‘sweet spot’. Take your talents and enjoy them, share them, expand them.” - Kofi Awoonor I sometimes wonder how I survived the first 10 years of my career. Caught in a circle of jobs that didn’t fulfill me, I was so drastically out of sync with who I was, where my desires lay and what my natural born strengths were that it’s hardly surprising I spent most of my early career feeling drained and unhappy. I’d somehow found myself applying to jobs where I had to work with people constantly, organise busy events, give presentations to rowdy teenagers, and work…
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    Charitable Gift Giving

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

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

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

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

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

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

  • We’re happy to talk to you!

    19 Dec 2014 | 2:41 pm
    If you’re currently trying to figure out where you’ll give this year, and you think it might be helpful to talk to us about your decision, feel free to contact us at We work hard to put all the relevant information about our recommendations on our website, but we know it can sometimes be hard to fully digest, so don’t hesitate to reach out to us and talk. Talking to donors about their plans for allocating their giving is something we do regularly and we’d be happy to do more of it. We’re not sure how big a response we’ll have to this and…
  • Donor coordination and the “giver’s dilemma” – Part II

    19 Dec 2014 | 8:36 am
    We recently wrote about three questions we faced that relate to donor coordination. This post is a continuation of that topic and may only appeal to donors who are particularly interested in this issue. Over the past two weeks, we’ve been discussing the question: how should we allocate funds that donors give us for regranting to our top charities? We plan to allocate these funds according to the recommended allocation explained in our previous post up to the point where one of our top charities reaches the maximum target from individuals we have set (explained here). The question we…
  • Staff members’ personal donations – giving season 2014

    17 Dec 2014 | 6:24 pm
    For this post, GiveWell staff members wrote up the thinking behind their personal donations for the year. We made a similar post a year ago. Elie HassenfeldMy wife and I are planning to give more to GiveDirectly than the GiveWell allocation. Organization GiveWell allocation Our allocation AMF 67% 45% GD 13% 45% SCI 13% 5% DtWI 7% 5% I agree with the relative strengths and weaknesses of each organization as summarized in this table but I differ from the reasoning behind the GiveWell allocation in two ways: I put less weight on explicit cost-effectiveness analysis. Conceptually, my goal is to…
  • Donor coordination and the “giver’s dilemma”

    2 Dec 2014 | 7:08 am
    This year we’ve dealt with some particularly intense manifestations of what one might call the “giver’s dilemma.” Imagine that two donors, Alice and Bob, are both considering supporting a charity whose room for more funding is $X, and each is willing to give the full $X to close that gap. If Alice finds out about Bob’s plans, her incentive is to give nothing to the charity, since she knows Bob will fill its funding gap. Conversely, if Bob finds out about Alice’s funding plans, his incentive is to give nothing to the charity and perhaps support another…
  • Our updated top charities

    1 Dec 2014 | 9:35 am
    Our top charities are (in alphabetical order): Against Malaria Foundation (AMF) Deworm the World Initiative (DtWI), led by Evidence Action GiveDirectly Schistosomiasis Control Initiative (SCI) We have recommended all four of these charities in the past. We have also included four additional organizations on our top charities page as standout charities. They are (in alphabetical order): Development Media International (DMI) The Global Alliance for Improved Nutrition’s Universal Salt Iodization program (GAIN – USI) International Council for the Control of Iodine Deficiency Disorders…
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    RELEVANT Magazine

  • Invisible Children Has Posted Their Final Video

    22 Dec 2014 | 10:58 am
    Ten years after founding, and two years after the Kony 2012 video brought them into the international spotlight, Invisible Children has posted their final video. The organization recently announced that they would be closing their offices, and would hand off the operations they started to partners in Africa, in the coming year. As the video shows, they are still raising money for a “Finishing Fund,” and have launched a political awareness group called Citizen ...
  • ‘The Rob Bell Show’ Premiere Was About the Cross

    22 Dec 2014 | 8:01 am
    'The Rob Bell Show' wasn’t made to answer his critics—its premiere episode was tailored to point hurting people in the direction of the cross. Last night, the highly anticipated premiere of The Rob Bell Show aired on OWN (Oprah Winfrey’s network), and audiences, fans and critics finally got a chance to see what Bell’s collaboration with Winfrey would look like. And, perhaps unsurprisingly, Bell sounded a lot like a pastor.
  • NY Yankees Foundation to Pay for the Education of Murdered Officer’s Kids

    22 Dec 2014 | 7:55 am
    The Yankee Silver Shield Foundation has announced that they will pay for the education for the sons of one of the officers murdered this weekend in Brooklyn. Officer Rafael Ramos, who was murdered with his partner in a brutal attack, has one son who is currently in college and another who is 13-years-old. Ramos’ partner had no children. The organization, founded by late Yankees owner George Steinbrenner, is dedicated to helping the children of New York City firefighters and police officers, as well as other members of the local law enforcement community ...
  • Man Who Killed Two NYC Police Officers Bragged on Instagram Before Shooting

    22 Dec 2014 | 6:46 am
    The man who executed two police officers in Brooklyn this weekend, bragged about “what I'm going to do" on Instagram before walking up to a squad car and murdering two uniformed police officers. In social media posts leading up to the shooting, Ismaaiyl Brinsley also insinuated that his actions were vengeance for the deaths of Eric Garner and Michal Brown. Brinsley shot himself moments after the murder. The 28-year-old had an extensive criminal record, and before the tragic murder of the officers, he shot and wounded an ex-girlfriend. According to a report from the AP, Brinsley has also…
  • SNL's Christmas 'Serial' Parody Hits It Out of the Park

    22 Dec 2014 | 6:05 am
    SNL continues this season's unusually strong run with this spot-on parody of Sarah Koenig's runaway podcast hit, Serial. Cecily Strong delivers a truly uncanny impersonation of Koenig, and their subject—a mysterious deliverer of Christmas presents—is ripe for Serial's investigative reporting ...
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    Ignited Fundraising

  • 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…
  • Culture Shifting to Raise More Money

    Lori Jacobwith
    9 Dec 2014 | 10:01 pm
    cul-ture noun \ˈkəl-chər\ A way of thinking, behaving, or working that exists in a place or organization.Source: Merriam-Webster. In the social sector we are talking a lot about culture shifting these days. It also happens to be one of the most important outcomes I promise when I work with any organization. Why change your culture? And even more importantly, how to make the culture shift stick? First the WHY. Because you want to increase: Agency visibility Program reach or impact Dollars raised each year Doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results, as we know,…
  • 5 Ways to Create a Successful Year-End Fundraising Campaign

    Lori Jacobwith
    2 Dec 2014 | 10:01 pm
    It’s December, which means year-end fundraising season is here! This is an important and busy time for nonprofit organizations because, according to Network for Good, about one-third of online giving occurs in December and a high percentage of that is within the last three days of the month! As you can see by the Network for Good graph here, “generous procrastinators dominate in December.” This graph is from their Year-end Fundraising Survival Guide, which you can download free. . In it you’ll find a lot of solid advice for making the most of the season’s…
  • Tips for Making Authentic, Meaningful Thank You Calls

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

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

  • Merry Christmas!

    20 Dec 2014 | 5:11 am
                     Hoping you and your family will have a very Merry Christmas and the most blessed of New Years!... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Guest Post: Shoe Box Aid And Other Great Charity Giving Ideas

    20 Dec 2014 | 4:37 am
    Google+ Pin It Want to be more pro-active about what you give to charity? Don’t have time to volunteer but want to be able to do something real? Can’t get out and want a worthwhile project you can... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Help Your Favorite Charity With A Personal PSA

    11 Dec 2014 | 2:46 pm
    Follow my blog with Bloglovin This was originally posted in 2010                   This isn't for the... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • The Best of ApplaUSe4ACause

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

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

  • 5 Open Access Journals for Open Source Enthusiasts
    22 Dec 2014 | 9:28 am
    Article and image cross-posted from, written by Joshua Allen Holm. Please share with Shareable! Click here to support our coverage of the real sharing economy.
  • Owning is the New Sharing

    Nathan Schneider
    21 Dec 2014 | 8:57 am
    Image from's post, "Don't Build a Better Mousetrap. Change the Business Model."
  • Interviewed: Ken Greene of Hudson Valley Seed Library

    20 Dec 2014 | 7:56 am
    Greene with Vandana Shiva, renowned environmental activist. Credit: Hudson Valley Seed Library Please share with Shareable! Click here to support our coverage of the real sharing economy.
  • Interviewed: Footscray Maker Lab's Co-founder Jose Ramos

    Darren Sharp
    17 Dec 2014 | 10:08 pm
    Top image: Footscray Maker Lab in Melbourne Australia. The Dream Factory! Please share with Shareable! Click here to support our coverage of the real sharing economy.
  • Spread the Hygge!

    Cat Johnson
    17 Dec 2014 | 7:34 am
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    Donate a Car to Charity - blog

  • Shelby RTR loosely based on an old classic

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

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

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

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

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

  • The ALS Ice Bucket Donor Retention Challenge

    11 Dec 2014 | 10:09 am
    Last month,  I had the pleasure of attending the Social Innovation Summit,  a twice annual event that represents a global convening of thought leaders in technology, investment, philanthropy, international development, and business.   I’ve been going every year since 2009 to cover the event on my blog.    Out of all the amazing speakers and discussions,  I was lucky enough to sit down with Barb Newhouse, President & Chief Executive Officer ALS Association and discuss the Ice Bucket Challenge. Barb Newhouse was appointed to her job at the ALS Association chief executive in…
  • What Social Media Analytics Can’t Tell You About Your Audience

    9 Dec 2014 | 3:23 pm
    My colleague, Alexandra Samuel,  has published a report over at Vision Critical based on integrating survey data with consumers actual social media usage versus self-reporting.    So, in other words, research respondents opt-in to integrating their answers with their social media profiles.   The methodology and report provide some great insights about how to think about social media behaviors of our audience.   While the study looks at the details of consumer behavior, motivations, AND their actual social usage for three major corporate brands, the findings are useful for any nonprofit…
  • Hatch: A Tool for Digital Storytelling for Social Impact Launches

    5 Dec 2014 | 9:47 am
    Note from Beth:  Over the past six months,  I’ve been on an advisory group for project that my colleague Jay Geneske at the Rockefeller Foundation has spearheaded to help build the capacity of nonprofits in storytelling skills. The Foundation recognized that a big opportunity exists between the intersection of story and technology, and  launched a research project to consider the role that digital technology can play in elevating the practice of storytelling as a means to improve the well-being of the poor and vulnerable around the world.   Based on the research,  they have…
  • Thank You Wednesday: The Gift of Giving Tuesday

    3 Dec 2014 | 11:16 am
    It is early here in Sao Paulo, Brasil, but I wanted to capture some quick reflections about the experience of GivingTuesday. Maybe it is because I am in a different country, but I felt the magic of what Giving Tuesday was intended to be when it launched two years ago. Yesterday, Giving Tuesday showed the abundance and generativeness that working in networks, movements, and community or whatever you want to call them can produce. Giving Tuesday is more than a gigantic Kickstarter campaign for nonprofits to beg for money from people they haven’t spoken to all year round. GivingTuesday is…
  • Join Me Live From Brasil to Celebrate #GivingTuesday #DiadeDoar on 12/2 at 11:00 AM PST

    1 Dec 2014 | 5:33 am
    I’m in Sao Paulo, Brasil to speak at Telefonica’s Conference on virtual volunteering that takes place on December 2nd (GivingTuesday).  I’ll be talking about how individuals and NGOS can have a great impact by building relationships online and inspiring their networks to take action – whether volunteering, giving money,or  educating others. I’ve been a champion for GivingTuesday , a global day of giving to kick off the giving season, since the beginning because the idea of encouraging everyone give – either money or time  and in small amounts can have a…
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    Forgiveness Project

  • NEWS: Our 10th Anniversary Christmas Appeal

    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!

    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

    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…
  • NEWS: The right words at the right time…

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

    4 Nov 2014 | 3:52 am
    It has been said that the most difficult time comes after a revolution — a sentiment born out in the tough reality of post-apartheid South Africa. At a conference in Bloemfontein that set out to examine issues of freedom, responsibility and reconciliation, a young black South African man posed a difficult question. “I was born in a multiracial country,” he said, “so why are my friends now fighting over race?” Another put it slightly differently: “Sometimes we think it would be easier if all the people from the past generation who experienced the apartheid…
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  • I Love Myself…Even When I’m Not Very Loveable

    4 Dec 2014 | 2:32 pm
    I love myself. when I wake up when I go to sleep when I oversleep when I drink soda for breakfast when I eat salad for lunch I love myself. when I teach my child good manners when I’m unkind to my husband when I say something inappropriate when you roll your eyes at me when I silently pray for a stranger I love myself. when my pants are getting tight when my pants are getting loose when I judge others when I know that you are judging me when I make someone smile I love myself. when my shower needs cleaning when my hair needs coloring when I’ve been a disappointment when I’ve…
  • The Best Way to Share Photos with Your Low Tech Relatives

    3 Dec 2014 | 11:08 am
    Mobile phones have given us the ability to take and share photos to anyone at anytime. Unless…they don’t have a mobile phone. Or a tablet. Or a (gasp) computer. Often, these low-tech relatives are the ones that most want to see photos of your adorable children. Enter postagram. Postagram is an app that you can download to your iPhone or Android device and it creates postcards for your analog mom in a matter of about 60 seconds.   After you snap the cutest photo in the world, you simply open the postagram app and select the photo that you would like featured on your postcard.
  • Thanksgiving Isn’t Tomorrow

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

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

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

  • world is a false impression

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

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

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

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

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

  • How to Stop Feeling Inadequate and Let Go of Heavy Expectations

    Avery Rogers
    21 Dec 2014 | 7:40 pm
    “No one is useless in this world who lightens the burdens of another.” ~Charles Dickens When I was seven years old, my parents had me take an IQ test for an application to a private school near our new home. I vaguely remember sitting with the proctor, answering question after question about vocabulary and spatial recognition. To seven-year-old me, the test was nothing more than a fun logic puzzle, and I delighted at each question I knew the answer to, bright eyed and enthusiastic. While I don’t recall my exact score, the numbers were unusually high—in fact, so high that the proctor…
  • 4 Questions to Help You Let Go And Allow Life To Happen

    Lynn Newman
    21 Dec 2014 | 7:40 pm
    “If you let go a little you will have a little happiness. If you let go a lot you will have a lot of happiness. If you let go completely you will be free.” ~Ajahn Chah I’m a smart woman. And being smart gets me in trouble. I know how to cross my “T’s” and dot my “I’s”—to prepare for what might come. I know how to plan, to pack, to book tickets, to be the perfect tour guide. I know how to make lists—very well. I know how to calendar myself and how to produce events. I know how to assess situations and make them seemingly work out well. Or do they? Too often, I have…
  • Why People Who Embrace Their Imperfections Go Far

    Elizabeth Rosselle
    18 Dec 2014 | 8:58 pm
    “A beautiful thing is never perfect.” ~Proverb I was having a conversation with a group of friends that I meet up with occasionally, and my friend—let’s call her Sarah—started talking about perfectionism. She said that people used to describe her as a perfectionist and she’d wonder what they were talking about because, according to Sarah, she couldn’t do anything right. And then one day it dawned on her that her perfectionism was rooted within the idea that if she couldn’t do something perfectly, she wasn’t doing it right. So she had best not do it at all. I can relate to…
  • How to Free Yourself from Bitterness by Forgiving Others

    Jilliann Woods
    18 Dec 2014 | 8:57 pm
    “Forgiveness is not an occasional act, it is a constant attitude.”Martin Luther King Jr. “Stop the world, I want to get off!” I felt like screaming this phrase at the top of my lungs during a difficult period of my life. Obviously, stepping off terra firma into outer space was not an option; what I desperately needed was to be free of chronic fatigue, stress, anxiety, and negative emotions and behaviors. Sleepless nights spent rehashing painful events past and present also needed to end. Leading up to this period, I had struggled through a lengthy and emotional divorce proceeding and,…
  • You Have the Strength and Wisdom to Thrive Through Hard Times

    Samantha Lozier
    17 Dec 2014 | 8:00 pm
    “And in the end, it’s not the years in your life that count. It’s the life in your years.” ~Abraham Lincoln Nothing can ever really prepare you for a cancer diagnosis, but it can quickly turn your life into an unplanned story. Diagnosed at the age of twenty-eight with ocular melanoma, I was treated with surgery and proton beam therapy, and gratefully continued on with my life (though certainly a changed person). But every year I went for a MRI of my liver/abdomen because if ocular melanoma spreads, it most likely goes to the liver. And every year when I got a clean bill of…
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    Farnam Street

  • The Relationship Between Design and Planning

    Shane Parrish
    22 Dec 2014 | 4:00 am
    While I’m not all that interested in military doctrine and tactics in and of themselves, I am interested in complex systems, how the weak win wars, and the lessons military leaders offer (for example, see the lessons of William McRaven and Stanley McChrystal). This is how I found myself flipping through The U.S. Army / Marine Corps Counterinsurgency Field Manual, which was written to facilitate a common understanding of the problems inherent in counterinsurgency campaigns. There was a fascinating section on the difference between designing and planning that caused me to pause and…
  • Ursula K. Le Guin on The Human Spirit

    Shane Parrish
    18 Dec 2014 | 5:00 am
    In her acceptance speech for the National Book Foundation’s 2014 Medal for Distinguished Contribution to American Letters, Ursula K. Le Guin offered this soul-touching look at humanity. I think hard times are coming, when we will be wanting the voices of writers who can see alternatives to how we live now, and can see through our fear-stricken society and its obsessive technologies, to other ways of being. And even imagine some real grounds for hope. We will need writers who can remember freedom: poets, visionaries—the realists of a larger reality. Right now, I think we need writers who…
  • Albert Einstein on Sifting the Essential from the Non-Essential

    Shane Parrish
    17 Dec 2014 | 4:00 am
    Charlie Munger once said: “We have a passion for keeping things simple.” Einstein says, “I soon learned to scent out what was able to lead to fundamentals and to turn aside from everything else, from the multitude of things that clutter up the mind.” Most of us try to consume more information, thinking it will lead to more signal, without thinking about how we filter and how we process the information coming in. Knowing some basic principles helps as does knowing how to combine them. As Einstein says “A theory is the more impressive the greater the simplicity of its…
  • Learned Helplessness

    Shane Parrish
    16 Dec 2014 | 4:00 am
    That quote sounds like something Viktor Frankl would say only it’s Greg McKeown in Essentialism: The Disciplined Pursuit of Less. How is it that we forget our ability to choose? One important insight into how and why we forget our ability to choose comes out of the classic work of Martin Seligman and Steve Maier, who stumbled onto what they later called “learned helplessness” while conducting experiments on German Shepherds. Seligman and Maier divided the dogs into three groups. The dogs in the first group were placed in a harness and administered an electric shock but were also…
  • Stephen King’s Top 10 Favorite Books

    Shane Parrish
    15 Dec 2014 | 4:00 am
    Stephen King, author of Carrie and The Shining, has said that we don’t challenge ourselves enough while reading. Found in the 2007 book, The Top Ten: Writers Pick Their Favorite Books, King reveals what he likes to read. Certainly not what I expected. The Golden Argosy, The Most Celebrated Short Stories in the English Language – edited by Van Cartmell and Charles Grayson The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn – Mark Twain The Satanic Verses – Salman Rushdie McTeague – Frank Norris Lord of the Flies – William Golding Bleak House – Charles Dickens 1984 – George Orwell The Raj…
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    Eat. Sleep. Be

  • 9 Ways to Free Yourself from “To-Do List” Stress

    22 Dec 2014 | 3:15 am
    Recently I had the wonderful opportunity to meet Cheryl Rice, who has made a fantastic career of providing women with proven techniques for improving confidence, mitigating fears, and harnessing their internal wisdom. One of those techniques includes mastering the dreaded to-do list. Because let’s face it. We’re all busy. We all have to do. So what are the tips to mastering the list? Well, Cheryl had this to say about the tyranny of the to-do list: I love my to-do list. I hate my to-do list. I love/hate my to-do list. Yes. That’s it! And I know I’m not alone. Just last week…
  • My Word of the Year for 2015

    18 Dec 2014 | 4:30 am
    Each new year for me begins with one word or phrase chosen specifically to guide me through the next 365 days. Those of us who practice this annual effort know that usually it is not difficult to find that word or two. That word finds us. It is a gift from our inner voice. The word expresses what we want to accomplish in the coming months, or perhaps fill a space where at present there is a void. Whatever the reason, the word arrives and then suddenly it all seems very clear. Heading in to 2015, my word will be TIME. It is not a sophisticated word, yet it has so many meanings. It was the…
  • When Bloggers and Brands Pay It Forward Together

    17 Dec 2014 | 4:56 am
    This is the time of year when there seems to be a little extra magic in the air. As hectic as it may be, people are ready for a celebration. Kindness and generosity abound, towards people we may know and towards those we may not. Tis the season, as they say! Yet for some people, the holiday season is just like any other. My friend Colleen of Souffle Bombay had the idea to reach out to other bloggers as well as some of our collective contacts to pull off a fantastic holiday surprise for children who live in a small remote village in Alaska. Twin Hills has a population of 76. They are Native…
  • Let There Be No More Unfound Families

    16 Dec 2014 | 7:00 am
    I distinctly remember when she said that, in her opinion, the most selfless act anyone could perform is to adopt a child. She was a representative from the Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption, and an adoptive parent who followed that statement by saying that adoption is also the single most rewarding, momentous, fulfilling action she had taken in her lifetime. The reason why I remember that statement so clearly is that at the time, it seemed that adoption may have been in my future. After several miscarriages and years of infertility, the terms “surrogacy” and “adoption” were becoming…
  • An Aventura Clothing Holiday!

    12 Dec 2014 | 10:32 am
    Still not sure what to get for the holidays? Or perhaps maybe you really want to get a little something (or two) for yourself? Well, then do yourself a favor and head over to Aventura clothing. I am honored to be a brand ambassador for this company. It is now my go-to brand for value, quality, and comfort. I have fallen in love with their comfortable fabrics as well as their mission, and I became an ambassador for their brand. Aventura Clothing is a family owned lifestyle apparel brand that takes sustainability seriously. Their eco-friendly items prevent synthetic fertilizers and farm…
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    Learning from Dogs

  • The Book! A way into our own soul

    Paul Handover
    22 Dec 2014 | 12:30 am
    To my dear readers. The final two parts of the book, How the dog offers us a way into our own soul, and, And show us the way to embrace death, are offered today and tomorrow. I can’t tell you what it has meant to me to have the many ‘Likes’ and comments along the way; just take it from me that it has been enormously inspiring and motivational and part of me can’t believe that the project that started in November 2013 under the NaNoWriMo-2013 umbrella was completed this November just gone, for a draft word count of a little over 104,000 words! Come the New Year and the…
  • Ancient rhythms.

    Paul Handover
    21 Dec 2014 | 3:03 pm
    The Winter Solstice. I’m breaking the pattern of publishing a new post at midnight, Pacific Time, (08:00 UTC) because it seemed like fun to publish Monday’s post at the moment of the Winter Solstice; namely Sunday, December 21 at 23:03 UTC (15:03 PST). There is no doubt in my mind that everyone is familiar with the Winter Solstice being the moment when the planet has perfect opposites, in terms of light and darkness, as the following image shows so clearly. Day and night sides of Earth at the instant of the December 2014 solstice (2014 December 21 at 23:03 Universal Time). Note…
  • Picture parade seventy-five

    Paul Handover
    21 Dec 2014 | 12:00 am
    I saw the following images published over on the blogsite Decidingly Bob, that has the sub-heading of Life as I see it!  What was so perfect was that the ‘I’ is a dog! The post from which these images are taken, with Bob’s permission, was published on December 12th under the post title of “Bob’s Diary. ..I am not a Reindeer!“ They seemed perfect for the last Picture parade before Christmas Day! ooOOoo Bob’s Diary. ..I am not a Reindeer! “After the Christmas Reindeer story, I thought I was safe for a few weeks. Life can be cruel can’t it? I knew there…
  • Yoga for dogs

    Paul Handover
    20 Dec 2014 | 12:00 am
    Have a gorgeous Saturday smile!
  • The book! Part Five: Stillness

    Paul Handover
    19 Dec 2014 | 12:30 am
    The last quality that I want to write about, as in the last quality that I see in our dogs that we humans should learn, is about stillness. There was a very deliberate reason to make it the last one. But, if you will forgive me, I’m not going to explain why until near the end. Stillness! The dog is the master of being still. Being still, either from just laying quietly watching the world go by, so to speak, or being still from being fast asleep. The ease at which they can find a space on a settee, a carpeted corner of a room, the covers of a made-up bed, and stretch out and be still, simply…
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    Frank Sonnenberg Online

  • 7 Ways to Live Life With a Purpose

    Frank Sonnenberg
    16 Dec 2014 | 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. Although everyone is different, there are common threads that bind a life with purpose. Live by your beliefs and values. People who live a life of purpose have core beliefs and values that influence their…
  • Make Every Moment Matter

    Frank Sonnenberg
    9 Dec 2014 | 3:45 am
    Make Every Moment Matter Everyone was put on this earth for a reason. What’s yours? Find your purpose and pursue your passion with gusto. Believe in the impossible because everything seems impossible until you prove that it can be done. Reach for the stars and be proud of your achievements, but also take pride in the way that you achieve them. Make good choices because your life will grow to be the sum of those decisions. Do what’s right, not out of fear of getting caught, but because integrity matters. You have to live with yourself for the rest of your life. Make a difference in…
  • 25 of Life’s Most Powerful Lessons

    Frank Sonnenberg
    2 Dec 2014 | 3:45 am
    It’s important for you to believe in yourself, stand up for the principles that you hold dear, and see the world for what it really is, not what you want it to be. Don’t be afraid to embrace change, confront uncertainty, and face the unknown. For these things are ways of life. Make sure to be bold, follow your heart, and dream BIG. As Walt Disney once said, “All our dreams can come true if we have the courage to pursue them.” Here are 25 of Life’s Most Powerful Lessons excerpted from Follow Your Conscience: “Listen to your conscience. That’s why you have one.”…
  • Good Relationships Don’t Keep Score

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

    Frank Sonnenberg
    18 Nov 2014 | 3:45 am
    Moral character is the DNA of success and happiness. Follow Your Conscience by Frank Sonnenberg, is jam-packed with actionable advice on improving your relationships, strengthening your career, and finding your purpose in life. Follow Your Conscience answers questions such as: How do you build a solid reputation? How do you achieve better balance in life? What makes relationships last? How can you spot a counterfeit leader? What steps should you take during tough times? What separates the haves from the have-nots? How do you build a solid foundation for your kids? What are proven ways to…
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    Self Stairway

  • 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…
  • Quick Tip on Perspective

    Vincent Nguyen
    15 Dec 2014 | 3:00 am
    Back when I was living in Davao City, I had a condo in a gated community. It had a nice blue swimming pool, people who look well-rested and content with their lives, and guards stationed outside every building. You’d think Davao was all luxury if this small community was all you knew. But look outside the window of my room, into the city center, and you see a different scene, not far from the gates of my community. You see homes that don’t look like they’d withstand a storm. Look further ahead and you’ll see people sleeping on the streets. To your left you see kids,…
  • Powering Through (While Your Entire Body Is Shaking)

    Vincent Nguyen
    8 Dec 2014 | 3:00 am
    It’s been a year and a half since I last presented in front of an audience. The last time was at Arizona State University, just one day before I found out I was hired by Empire Flippers. The room was filled with MBAs and Arizonian startup founders. I was there representing a co-working space, Gangplank. And I blew it. I forgot what I was supposed to say. I kept nervously shifting my weight. I stumbled over my own words. It was over for me. My partner looked at me, knew I lost my place, and he calmly picked up where I had left off. He powered through. The whole time I was standing there…
  • Don’t Rely on Ego Boosts to Get Through Your Day

    Vincent Nguyen
    1 Dec 2014 | 3:00 am
    I’m a constant validation seeker. If I go too long without some sort of compliment then I start feeling withdrawal symptoms and I can feel myself getting sad and mopey. Aside from the fact that it’s not an attractive trait—which is why I try to hide it—it’s a flaw that holds me back from my main goal: to be happy as often as possible. If your happiness is reliant on something outside of your control, you’re going to be disappointed most of your life. The other day, I was walking into Coffee Bean to start my workday. Outside, a girl with her friend smiled at me and said hi. I…
  • The People You Least Suspect

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

  • Build Resilience to Fight Stress

    Carol Anne Preibis
    21 Dec 2014 | 10:20 am
    Stress is such an insidious problem. It endangers our health and diminishes our quality of life. Chronic stress can be psychologically and… The post Build Resilience to Fight Stress appeared first on Ahh The Simple Life.
  • Age of the #Unselfie

    Carol Anne Preibis
    14 Dec 2014 | 12:27 pm
    A new year. Renewed hope. There’s good reason to believe we will see the dawning of a new age. This new… The post Age of the #Unselfie appeared first on Ahh The Simple Life.
  • What I Want for Christmas

    Carol Anne Preibis
    10 Dec 2014 | 2:03 pm
    A Christmas Story The movie is based on the memoirs of Jean Shepherd, the humorist whose radio programs and… The post What I Want for Christmas appeared first on Ahh The Simple Life.
  • Resolve To Care For Our Children

    Carol Anne Preibis
    8 Dec 2014 | 8:03 pm
    New Year’s Resolution For Our Country: This year let’s resolve to care for our children. The first eight years… The post Resolve To Care For Our Children appeared first on Ahh The Simple Life.
  • V Is For Vinegars

    Carol Anne Preibis
    6 Dec 2014 | 8:26 pm
    All About Vinegars We’ve known vinegar as long as we’ve known wine, using it as a food, flavoring and… The post V Is For Vinegars appeared first on Ahh The Simple Life.
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    Wan of a Kind

  • 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…
  • Humour : A Saving Grace

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

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

  • Youth not lagging behind in kindness

    18 Dec 2014 | 5:02 pm
    MR ANDREW Leung Weng Kan’s letter (“Unfair to label younger generation impolite”; Forum Online, Dec 10) zeroes in on the crux of the matter – that tarring our young people with the same brush is unfair to the many who are polite. The Singapore Kindness Movement works regularly with “ground-up” movements – individuals or groups that volunteer their time and ideas to help make Singapore a kinder and more gracious nation. These movements are usually initiated and run by individuals motivated to create real change in society – and they tend to be…
  • Contentment frees us up to be generous

    14 Dec 2014 | 7:54 pm
    MR TOH Soon Huat’s decision to give up his well-paying job in order to devote his full attention to saving an ailing charity (“Driven by passion to help the poor”; last Monday) demonstrates remarkable compassion for and commitment to Singapore’s less fortunate. Critics may point out that it is easy for successful business people, like Mr Toh, to make sacrifices for charities. After all, they already have so much that it must be easy for them to give up the accumulation of more wealth. I am not sure that is always true, for, in reality, it is very difficult for any of…
  • You Answer, Pearlie White Donates!

    12 Dec 2014 | 12:45 am
    A smile is a curve that sets everything straight. This year, Singapore Kindness Movement and Pearlie White, a home-grown Singapore brand, are asking all Singaporeans to help put smiles on the faces of low-income individuals and families here. Having a great set of teeth and gums means practising good oral hygiene, and the simple step of brushing daily should not be overlooked. Using a toothbrush with damaged or worn out bristles will lower cleaning effectiveness or worse, damage gums. It is extremely important to change a toothbrush after 2 to a maximum 4 months of use. Yet, low-income…
  • Know of any Good Neighbours?

    8 Dec 2014 | 10:54 pm
    These are some of our past Good Neighbour Award recipients who have enriched their community with their care and neighbourly efforts. If you know a neighbour like them, nominate him or her for the Good Neighbour Award 2015. Visit, call 1800-8663079, or pick up a nomination form from your Community Club / Centre, RC Centre or HDB Branch to submit your nomination now! Nominations are open till 31 Jan 2015.
  • Job Posting: Part-time Kindsville Tour Facilitators (5 vacancies)

    6 Dec 2014 | 6:22 pm
    The Singapore Kindness Movement reaches out to pre-schoolers through various activities and programmes. The Kindsville Tour is one of the programmes for kindergartners to learn more about kindness. Roles & Responsibilities Lead a group of pre-schoolers (K1’s or K2’s) through The Kindness Gallery for the Kindsville Tour consisting of 3 stations: Gallery Tour Arts & Craft Storytelling Roles will be rotated among part-timers throughout the year. Additional responsibilities include replenishing the gallery with tour materials before the tour commences. Training will be provided.
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    VolunteerMark Blog

  • How we won an award for doing what is right.

    19 Dec 2014 | 1:30 am
    We recently won a Mobiley award, which is an award for entrepreneurs who inspire and make a difference through mobile innovation. The process taught us a lot about these sorts of crown campaigns online, and we think these lessons could be of great help as we try to get people to volunteer, 'like' us on Facebook, or comment on our webpages.
  • Movements Need Champions

    15 Dec 2014 | 1:30 am
    When you offer your head, heart and hands to serve others, you make a difference. Question is, how long does it last? Only for the time you volunteer? Or, does it linger because an insider now carries the flag of the movement? Movements need champions to thrive. Read to discover the champion that creates lasting change.
  • Are you hiding behind your status?

    12 Dec 2014 | 1:30 am
    We non-profits benefit greatly from our legal status, but we also need to be open to other legal structures that may not be non-profit, yet nonetheless allow for an awesome community impact. Today, we explore that landscape...
  • We wanna make you a movie!! But we need your help...

    9 Dec 2014 | 8:00 am
    That's right folks! We're making a movie and it's all about you - we want to help you find a solution to your largest organizational challenge for 2015! But - we can't do that until we know what that is!! Please please please comment here, or on facebook, or on twitter, and let us know how we can best help you with an awesomely amazing movie to launch 2015 in fine style!
  • How to avoid the non-profit 'halo effect'

    8 Dec 2014 | 1:30 am
    For too long we non-profits have benefited from undue credit for our legal status while for profits face undue criticism for theirs - join the conversation today as we discover that it's much more effective to focus on impact than legal structure.
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    Direct Relief

  • Reflections on the 2014 UN Global Humanitarian Policy Forum

    Andrew Schroeder, Director of Research and Analysis
    18 Dec 2014 | 10:31 am
    Each year, the policy analysis and innovation section of the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) blocks off the first week of December to gather at UN headquarters a broad range of UN agencies, non-governmental organizations (NGOs), academics and others for an intensive three-day reflection on the state of the global humanitarian system and its possible […] The post Reflections on the 2014 UN Global Humanitarian Policy Forum appeared first on Direct Relief.
  • Zelda, The Legend, The Philanthropist

    Tony Morain
    17 Dec 2014 | 6:09 pm
    Proving that charitable fundraisers aren’t limited to bake sales and golf tournaments, the team at Zeldathon — a semiannual gathering of socially-minded  Zelda enthusiasts — has raised more than $300,000 for charities worldwide by livestreaming their gameplay of the The Legend of Zelda series. The team is now gearing up for Zeldathon Relief, the 13th Zeldathon, which kicks off December 27 in support of Direct Relief. Fans of the marathon can look […] The post Zelda, The Legend, The Philanthropist appeared first on Direct Relief.
  • Detroit Health Center Gives People in Need the Gift of Healing

    Hannah Rael, Communications Associate
    17 Dec 2014 | 10:38 am
    Michael Morgan had a special wish last year: “I wanted a nice smile for Christmas.” As a result of an 18-year drug addiction, Michael had only 13 teeth remaining. Most adults have 32. Michael was turning his life around through a recovery program and wanted to repair his smile as part of his start to a renewed life. Michael found […] The post Detroit Health Center Gives People in Need the Gift of Healing appeared first on Direct Relief.
  • Aid Delivered to Communities Affected by Typhoon Hagupit

    Hannah Rael, Communications Associate
    16 Dec 2014 | 12:20 pm
    Direct Relief’s Emergency Response Team on the ground in the Philippines continues to deliver life-saving medicines in areas affected by Typhoon Hagupit (locally known as Ruby). The typhoon made at least four landfalls in the island nation on Dec. 7, with winds reaching 125 mph, according to The Weather Channel. More than 30 million people have been affected by the […] The post Aid Delivered to Communities Affected by Typhoon Hagupit appeared first on Direct Relief.
  • Next Up: Humanitarian UAVs (Drones) with Singularity University and Nethope

    Tony Morain
    15 Dec 2014 | 2:03 pm
    In case you missed the most recent of the Nethope webinar series on Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (drones), in which Direct Relief’s Director of Research and Analysis Andrew Schroeder facilitated a discussion with Esri on use of the ArcGIS platform for managing, processing, and sharing UAV data, a recording of the webinar is now line at the Nethope Solutions Center. In the webinar, Esri Technical Product Manager Cody Benkelman highlights […] The post Next Up: Humanitarian UAVs (Drones) with Singularity University and Nethope appeared first on Direct Relief.
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    Our Better World

  • 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…
  • The Fear to Volunteer

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

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