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  • My son nearly ran me into a tree

    Our Better World
    Joshua Lye
    24 Mar 2015 | 1:38 pm
    A story by Our Better World - telling stories of good to inspire action. The morning before Mr Lee Kuan Yew died, my family joined Runninghour's 'Run So Others Can' event at Marina Bay's Promontory. It was a unique event, giving participants the opportunity to try running part of the distance blindfolded. My son, wife and I each took turns running blindfolded and guiding for a few hundred metres, before completing the 5km event sighted. Running blind was nothing like I'd imagined. It's tough. Seems obvious, and I thought I knew what it would be like. But it was much tougher than I'd thought.
  • Rewarding activities

    27 Mar 2015 | 9:00 pm
    Happiness consists in activity.  It is a running stream, not a stagnant pool.  ~ John Mason Good- What activities help to engage you?
  • Can a Pill Make You More Compassionate?

    Greater Good
    Greater Good
    25 Mar 2015 | 1:10 am
    What if there were a pill that made you more compassionate and more likely to give spare change to someone less fortunate? UC Berkeley scientists have taken a big step in that direction. A new study by UC Berkeley and UC San Francisco researchers finds that giving a drug that changes the neurochemical balance in the prefrontal cortex of the brain causes a greater willingness to engage in prosocial behaviors, such as ensuring that resources are divided more equally. The researchers also say that future research may lead to a better understanding of the interaction between altered…
  • What Neuroscience Tells Us About A Child's First Years: Q&A with Dr. Martha J. Farah

    High Impact Philanthropy Blog
    19 Mar 2015 | 1:04 pm
    This is the second in our series of blogs on some of the latest issues in early childhood education, leading up to the release of our new and improved early childhood donor toolkit, Invest in a Strong Start for Children, in early April.   What does science tell us about brain development in early childhood, and how can this inform better philanthropic giving? We interviewed Dr. Martha J. Farah to help donors find out.  Martha J. Farah, PhD, is a cognitive neuroscientist and the Walter Annenberg Professor of Natural Sciences at the University of Pennsylvania.  She has written…
  • Drones for Good: 4 Lessons from SXSW Interactive

    Direct Relief
    Andrew Schroeder, Director of Research and Analysis
    27 Mar 2015 | 2:37 pm
    The view of small unmanned aerial vehicles, or “drones,” has evolved quickly in the past two years from objects of fear or hobbyist fascination to the forefront of global discussions of how to improve humanitarian operations. Emerging applications range from high-resolution digital mapping to rapid situational awareness to potentially enormous changes in how we distribute essential relief goods to remote […] The post Drones for Good: 4 Lessons from SXSW Interactive appeared first on Direct Relief.
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    Have Fun • Do Good

  • Have Fun, Do Good Has Moved to

    Britt Bravo
    20 Mar 2015 | 10:32 am
    Hello Have Fun, Do Good Readers!After almost 10 years of writing Have Fun, Do Good on the platform, I've decided to integrate it into my Big Vision Consulting website at you would like to continue to receive my posts via email or RSS, the prompts to subscribe are at the bottom of hope to see you over there soon!Warmly,Britt
  • What pollinators for your big vision do you want to attract this spring?

    Britt Bravo
    12 Mar 2015 | 12:25 pm
    Q. What is the function of a flower?A. The purpose of a flower is to attract pollinators to a plant to aid in fertilization so that the plant creates seeds. Bright colors, strong scents and sweet nectar all work together to attract birds, bees and other insects to move pollen from one flower to another. After pollination occurs, the flower develops seeds. ~ via'm reading journalist Gail Sheehy's memoir right now, Daring: My Passages: A Memoir. I've only read up to 1981, when she is 44, but so far she has been a founding writer of New York magazine, interviewed all kinds of people…
  • Which is better: structure or flow?

    Britt Bravo
    18 Feb 2015 | 7:53 am
    Neither.You need both.If you think of yourself as a creative, visionary, intuitive and/or spiritual person, you might feel more comfortable with moving towards your big vision by "going with the flow." It allows you to come up with amazing ideas, have big aha's, experience incredible synchronicities, create prolifically, and feel connected to something greater than yourself.Going with the flow can also make you feel confused, overwhelmed by possibilities, disorganized and like you're going around and around in circles rather than towards your big vision.Maybe you're naturally a more…
  • How do I find time to ___________?

    Britt Bravo
    10 Feb 2015 | 8:27 am
    Many of us feel time-crunched. Like we need more spaciousness in our lives for all kinds of things, including working on our big vision.Now sometimes, "I don't have enough time," can really mean, "I'm exhausted and need more sleep," or "I'm afraid," or "I don't want to fail," or "I don't want to have to make a decision and focus on one project." But when time is truly the issue, we have two choices:1. Eliminate some of the things that have been taking up the space we need to create.2. Adapt to the space we have and embrace our limits. For example, let's say you were hoping to sit down at…
  • One question for you

    Britt Bravo
    2 Feb 2015 | 7:05 pm
    As I make some changes to my business, Big Vision Consulting, I want to know:What challenges are you facing around your big vision for your work in the world?Some normal obstacles that come up when you are pursuing your dreams are:Lack of clarity around your vision. Haziness around the required action steps to reach it. Fear of failure. Lack of time, money, skills, energy, or other resources.I would be honored if you would share the challenges you're experiencing as you work towards your big vision either in the comments of this post, or on this anonymous form.Thank you!Photo of…
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    GoodGuide Blog

  • Behind the Ratings: Baby and Kids Personal Care

    3 Mar 2015 | 11:36 am
    The average American is said to use nine personal care products containing more than 126 different ingredients every day. When choosing products we use on and around us, is it best to choose the product with less ingredients? Or the product with the most natural ingredients? What about simply choosing a product based on the packaging claims, like “hypoallergenic”, “all natural” or “dermatologist recommended”? Take Our Poll   The importance of choosing the right product increases exponentially when making the choice for our children, and — let’s be honest —…
  • Healthy Handwashing

    18 Feb 2015 | 2:35 pm
    A recent article published by WebMD reported 80% of infectious diseases are transmitted by touch. Good handwashing, then, is still one of the best ways to avoid getting sick. We all know we’re supposed to wash our hands, right? But how often do we skip it? In 2013, researchers at Michigan State University conducted an undercover study to see how many people actually washed their hands before leaving a public bathroom. What they found was … kind of gross. While only 7 percent of women and 15 percent of men skipped washing their hands all together, a whopping 95 percent of people didn’t…
  • Halloween Candy: What you need to know before you shop.

    13 Oct 2014 | 1:11 pm
    Spooked at the thought of shopping for Halloween candy? GoodGuide can help. Are all those super-sized bags of miniature chocolates, rolls of sweet tarts, sacks of candy corn, and lollypops by the dozen taunting you in the supermarket aisles? Us too. If the sheer number of choices isn’t enough to make your eyes glaze over, then the minuscule list of cryptic ingredients certainly is: Sugar, Corn Syrup, Hydrogenated Palm Kernel Oil; Citric Acid, Tapioca Dextrin, Modified Corn Starch, Natural and Artificial Flavors, Colors (Red 40 Lake, Titanium Dioxide, Blue 2 Lake)… Don’t despair.
  • Behind the Ratings: Labor Rights

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

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

  • How Touch Shapes Emotion

    Greater Good
    31 Mar 2015 | 1:55 am
    Many of us could probably close our eyes or plug our ears and get a rudimentary sense of what it might be like to lose our sight or hearing. But it’s impossible to imagine what life would be like without a sense of touch, writes David Linden, in his new book Touch: The Science of Hand, Heart, and Mind. In his book, the Johns Hopkins neuroscientist leads us on a delightful tour of the science of touch, sharing discoveries that shed new light on this highly under-appreciated sense. If you’ve ever wondered why we call emotions “feelings” and not “sightings” or “sounds,” you may…
  • Seven Ways Mindfulness Can Help Teachers

    Greater Good
    30 Mar 2015 | 1:25 am
    Over the course of my over forty years as an educator and researcher, I’ve learned that teachers are often incredibly altruistic and devoted to making a positive difference in children’s lives. But too many of them are not well prepared for the social and emotional demands of today’s classroom. Stressful conditions—like high-stakes testing or students with severe psychological problems—can lead us to feel discouraged, burnt-out, and ready to quit. Most teacher training focuses primarily on content and pedagogy, overlooking the very real social, emotional, and cognitive demands of…
  • An Upbeat Emotion That’s Surprisingly Good for You

    Greater Good
    26 Mar 2015 | 4:20 pm
  • Gratitude is Good for Athletes

    Greater Good
    26 Mar 2015 | 12:56 pm
    In this presentation at the Greater Good Gratitude Summit, Teri McKeever explains why gratitude is good for athletes, and how she has tried to foster it as a swim coach.
  • Can a Pill Make You More Compassionate?

    Greater Good
    25 Mar 2015 | 1:10 am
    What if there were a pill that made you more compassionate and more likely to give spare change to someone less fortunate? UC Berkeley scientists have taken a big step in that direction. A new study by UC Berkeley and UC San Francisco researchers finds that giving a drug that changes the neurochemical balance in the prefrontal cortex of the brain causes a greater willingness to engage in prosocial behaviors, such as ensuring that resources are divided more equally. The researchers also say that future research may lead to a better understanding of the interaction between altered…
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    The Good News Network

  • Cafe Serves Up Second Chances to Homeless Youth in Denver

    Good News Network
    30 Mar 2015 | 8:00 pm
    The Purple Door Coffee shop, celebrated on Yelp for its stellar French espresso and unique house blends, is considered one of Denver’s best—and not just because of the beans. Here’s the scoop: the shop’s owners, Madison Chandler and Mark Smesrud, opened their “royal” purple doors two years ago with the intention of employing The post Cafe Serves Up Second Chances to Homeless Youth in Denver appeared first on The Good News Network.
  • Chocolate Lovers Swoon for Room-Sized Easter Egg (WATCH)

    Terry Turner
    30 Mar 2015 | 5:32 pm
    Not only is the Easter egg (below) impressive in its size, but every inch of this seven-foot chocolate wonder is being sold to benefit a UK charity. Britons love their chocolate Easter eggs. They eat about 80 million of them a year, accounting for almost 10% of chocolate consumed all The post Chocolate Lovers Swoon for Room-Sized Easter Egg (WATCH) appeared first on The Good News Network.
  • Fire Extinguisher of the Future is ALL About That Bass

    Good News Network
    30 Mar 2015 | 3:36 pm
    Could this be the end of old-school fire extinguishers? These college kids seem to think so. A pair of engineering students at George Mason University in Virginia have built a device that puts out fires by literally “dropping the bass” on blazes. The sound waves create pressure that robs a The post Fire Extinguisher of the Future is ALL About That Bass appeared first on The Good News Network.
  • Why These Old Ladies Want You to See Them Nearly Naked

    Helaina Hovitz
    30 Mar 2015 | 1:37 pm
    These aren’t your father’s pinup girls. Actually, maybe they are. This 2015 calendar, called Pleasant View, Pleasant Point is stocked with photos of lovely ladies like Dottie Rutter, pictured enjoying a bubble bath and chocolates, with lingerie close at hand. At 87 years old, she’s the youngest of all the Pleasant Point models. Earlier The post Why These Old Ladies Want You to See Them Nearly Naked appeared first on The Good News Network.
  • One Man’s Native American Devotion to Rescuing Birds of Prey

    Good News Network
    30 Mar 2015 | 11:44 am
    Larry WhiteEagle-Fisher is certain that his Native American heritage is the source of his passion for birds of prey, and every day he cares for the injured ones like they’re family. “They’re our brothers,” he told the Good News Network. “You can’t just leave them lying on the side of The post One Man’s Native American Devotion to Rescuing Birds of Prey appeared first on The Good News Network.
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    Good News - The Huffington Post

  • Good Things Are Happening In The Wake Of Indiana's 'Religious Freedom' Law

    30 Mar 2015 | 3:55 pm
    Apple CEO Tim Cook has called it "dangerous." Ashton Kutcher has tweeted his outrage. The Indiana Chamber of Commerce deemed it "entirely unnecessary." Even as gay rights supporters reel from the passage of an Indiana law that critics argue will allow businesses to discriminate against lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people, the resulting outrage offers what might be considered a silver lining. “I’ve honestly never seen anything like it in Indiana. It’s been just awesome,” Katie Blair, campaign manager for Freedom Indiana, told The Huffington Post on Monday. “To see folks…
  • 5 Pieces Of Career Wisdom From Women Who've Made It

    30 Mar 2015 | 3:25 pm
    Creating a successful career doesn't happen overnight -- take it from the women who've done it. Created by SheKnows Media and BlogHer, a new video features four women who are successful in their careers discussing some of the best work advice they've received. All of the women found that working hard and staying true to themselves led them to a success in their careers. The women in the video include managing partner of Greenroom Communications Kim Holderness, CEO of Pipeline Fellowship Natalia Oberti Noguera, the founder of Digital Undivided Kathryn Finney and the founder of Femsplain Amber…
  • Get Ready To Cry Over This Surprise Wedding Prank

    30 Mar 2015 | 3:10 pm
    The words "wedding," "surprise," and "prank" rarely -- if ever -- belong in the same sentence. Yet in this surprise wedding, orchestrated for a couple in love by's "Prank it Forward" campaign, those three words combine for a heartfelt and moving event. Mario and Elaine of Jersey City have been together through thick and thin, including Elaine's battle with Hodgkin's Lymphoma. She was diagnosed at age 30, shortly after the two got engaged, and medical bills forced them to postpone their wedding for six years. But with the right mix of sneaky inspiration and corporate sponsorship, the…
  • Quadruple Amputee Veteran To Build Fully Accessible Retreat Home For Wounded Vets

    30 Mar 2015 | 2:50 pm
    Travis Mills is at it again. The retired staff sergeant and quadruple amputee announced last week that his organization -- the Travis Mills Foundation -- purchased the Maine Chance Lodge in Rome, Maine, and plans to convert it into a retreat for veterans with disabilities and their families, WCSH 6 News reported. The Travis Mills Foundation Retreat (TMF), which will be able to accommodate up to 10 families at a time, allows for veterans with disabilities to "recover, relax and enjoy a wide range of adaptive sports and activities" -- like kayaking, fishing and swimming -- Mills told the…
  • Good Human! These Pups Trained Their Obedient Owners To Scratch, Pet, Rub On Command

    30 Mar 2015 | 2:10 pm
    Humans. What are they good for? Belly-rubs and petting! Watch the patient dogs in the above video compilation train their obtuse humans to become serviceable canine masseurs. Sure, the pups are a little demanding in their requests for human affection. But at least, unlike their feline counterparts, they let you know when they're done with your services with a gentle hand lick, rather than turning your arm into a scratching post. If the above video makes you want to find your own dog, the ASPCA adoption page is a good place to start the search. Like Us On Facebook Follow Us On Twitter
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    how to save the world

  • The End of Politics

    Dave Pollard
    25 Mar 2015 | 5:17 pm
    My latest article, The End of Politics, is up at SHIFT magazine as part of its eighth 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). Here’s the beginning of the article: If you’ve contemplated the possibility of civilization’s global collapse, you likely envision its social and political consequences to be violent and chaotic — a world dominated by struggle to fill the power vacuum, leading to despotism and…
  • Self-less

    Dave Pollard
    15 Mar 2015 | 4:32 pm
    (image by Darren Hopes from Frequent readers of my blog are likely aware that, beyond my creative works, my posts focus mainly on two subjects: (1) how the world really works, what state our civilization is in and what we can do to prepare for its inevitable collapse, and (2) what it means to be human, and who ‘we’ as individuals and cultures really are. As a result of an extremely stressful situation late last year, I have been preoccupied in recent months with the second subject, and in particular with discovering some means of better coping with both chronic…
  • Turn On, Tune In, Drop Out

    Dave Pollard
    7 Feb 2015 | 8:01 pm
    wallpaper from Marshall McLuhan had the right idea about striving to be present in a world that is ever-more absent, preoccupied, disconnected, and distracted. The process to move from absent-mindedness to presence, I am learning, involves three steps, and they are captured perfectly in the famous expression Turn On, Tune In, Drop Out (the expression was popularized by Timothy Leary, but at least according to Wikipedia he acknowledged that it was coined by McLuhan) Turn On means let go of the myth of self and reconnect with and be carried along as part of the staggeringly…
  • Links of the Month: January 29, 2015

    Dave Pollard
    29 Jan 2015 | 7:49 am
    The enormous cognitive dissonance between our growing awareness of our civilization’s accelerating collapse, and the ‘news’ in the media and the subjects of most public discourse, continues to baffle me. Though I suspect it shouldn’t. We are all slow learners, preoccupied with the needs of the moment, with a preference for reassurance over truth. I often find myself, these days, at social and other events, at a loss for words, not saying anything, as a result. It’s as if I speak an utterly different language from the people I meet in my day-to-day life, so…
  • Technology’s False Hope

    Dave Pollard
    27 Jan 2015 | 8:13 pm
    My latest article, Technology’s False Hope, is up at SHIFT magazine as part of its seventh 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). Here’s the beginning of the article: Only a decade ago, I was part of the Strategy and Innovation Core Team for a huge multinational consultancy, and writing exuberantly on my (then-new) blog about innovation and technology and how they could possibly save the world. The…
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  • Me Through You

    Howard Glasser
    30 Mar 2015 | 12:12 am
    Everyone gets to listen in and hear what Spirit uniquely conveys to them. The wisdom that I would pass along if I were down to my last 500 words would be about what I heard when I asked about an expression that kept floating into my consciousness. I simply inquired: What do you mean by ‘me through you’? If I were the voice of the universe, I would communicate me through you. I would give you ways and words that would support you in making your life an inspiring expression of my nature. Your explorations would show me all of life’s possibilities. Your greatness would be celebrated and,…
  • An Open Heart Heals

    Mary O'Malley
    19 Mar 2015 | 12:02 am
    The willingness to meet whatever is showing up in our lives takes courage.  Did you know that the root for the word courage means “of the heart”?   It takes an open heart and deep compassion to see all of the conditioned stories in our heads that keep us separate from life.  It takes courage to see them, love them and, under that gaze of compassion, allow them to evaporate like the summer fog when it is touched by the morning sun. I have been experiencing a lot of pain in my back and leg for quite some time now.  I had spine surgery several months ago but it did not fully heal the…
  • When Control is Out of Control

    Melissa Heisler
    16 Mar 2015 | 12:02 am
    Margie was the best hostess. She greeted everyone at the door. She passed appetizers and offered drinks. Margie ensured that everyone had a good time and that absolutely everything was perfect. The problem was – this was not Margie’s party. She was a guest at the party like everyone else and yet she acted as if she owned the place. Margie is a control freak. She needs to be in charge. She needs to be in control. I used to be like Margie. When I was in the height of my Type-A days, I was a major control freak. I felt responsible for the feelings and actions of all those around me. I…
  • In This Moment You Are A Perfect You

    Ariel and Shya Kane
    12 Mar 2015 | 12:02 am
    Where did you learn what a perfect body looks like? Where did you learn what is beautiful? Where did you learn what is ugly? How old were you when you came to these conclusions? We were walking down the street in Paris several years ago to find ourselves taken by a body image considered to be “beautiful.” We were looking at the street lamps in front of the Paris Opera House. Built in the mid-1800’s, those lamps are supported by statues of naked women. These castings done in the Neo-Baroque style are curvy with rounded bellies and by today’s standards they all need to…
  • Struggling? 10 Steps for Overcoming Tough Times

    Gail Lynne Goodwin
    9 Mar 2015 | 12:02 am
    As a member of the human race, we have more in common with one another than we have differences. Just like death and taxes, we all experience tough times, and therefore, we can learn from each other’s mistakes to make our walk on the road just a little bit easier. From the more than 1000 Luminaries that we’ve featured on, here’s the collective wisdom on how to get through tough times, that just might help you get through a difficult experience. Look at the worst thing that can happen. Feel it. Mourn it. Cry through it. Then picture the worst that can happen and…
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    The Road to the Horizon

  • Another view on our expedition to Heard Island

    12 Mar 2015 | 4:19 am
    An excellent video by my friend James Brooks about our 1997 expedition to Heard Island in the Antarctic. This video draws an excellent parallel between our expedition and the first scientific expedition in 1947, 50 years before ours. It features some unique historic perspective and old film footage. The video was made in broadcast quality, geared for commercial TV stations. Another video about this expedition, geared for the radio amateur public can be viewed here. If you are interested in... Full post on
  • #jesuischarlie, or not?

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

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

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

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

  • Quick Hits

    Emeka Okafor
    30 Mar 2015 | 4:00 am
    A U.S. private-equity push into EthiopiaA patent for the conversion of urine into flammable gases Urban farming in Zimbabwe Akua Wood founder of Shea Butter Cottage via Africa on the Blog
  • Ethiopia's 'Metal & Engineering Corporation'

    Emeka Okafor
    30 Mar 2015 | 3:00 am
    METEC is pioneering the production of heavy machinery, from railcars: The Metals and Engineering Corporation (METEC) announced that it has started production of railcars aiming to substitute them locally.The locomotive industry under the corporation has commenced the manufacturing of the railcars after finalizing the design and the prototype, Major Nigusu Solomon, head of the locomotive industry told ENA.The trial of the prototype lasted for four years, he said.The plan of the industry is to substitute railcars the nation would import to operate on the railway lines the nation has…
  • Exposure Robotics

    Emeka Okafor
    29 Mar 2015 | 3:00 am
    From SmartmonkeyTV: Education entrepreneur Obinna Ukwuani, Exposure Robotics’ plans to launch the first African STEM secondary school in NigeriaA problem solving tool: There’s no vocational niche for anybody who knows robotics in Nigeria yet but that’s not really the point. Like Seymour Papert’s work with Logo, getting students to programme a robot is about something else. The curriculum has three elements: applied maths and science, computer programming and engineering design. “We use robotics as a platform for creative problem solving and programming.” In addition, its students…
  • “Hackerspaces are really taking off in China”

    Emeka Okafor
    28 Mar 2015 | 3:00 am
    Over at the Makery: image via the Makery“Hackerspaces are really taking off in China”, writes Mitch Altman. The co-founder of Noisebridge hackerspace in San Francisco, has been travelling there for more than a decade, organizing Hacker Trips to visit universities, manufacturers and new hackerspaces. Makery asked him to deliver his point of view on the emerging hacker/maker scene in China. Big news!: in January the Chinese Premier, the head of government of the entire country, made a big show of visiting a popular Chinese hackerspace in Shenzhen, a big city in the south, and the largest…
  • Digital Microfluidics on Printed Circuit Board

    Emeka Okafor
    27 Mar 2015 | 3:00 am
    From Gaudi Labs: Demonstration of a prototype of a Digital Microfluidics Device based on Electrowetting (EWOD) technology, built with printed circuit board fast prototyping method. Open Science.
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    Echoing Green Blog

  • Bold in Action: Expanding Learning In and Outside the Classroom

    Scott Ballum Cohen
    30 Mar 2015 | 10:03 am
    “When you give these 11, 12, 13 year old kids a chance to work with a rocket scientist and launch rockets, or chance to work with lawyers to argue a mock trial in front of a federal judge, it is a life changing experience.” Meet 1995 Echoing Green Global Fellow Eric Schwarz, co-founder of Citizen Schools. Through an Extending Learning Program, Citizen Schools is increasing academic achievement for children in low-income communities, making expanded learning days – for all kids – the new normal. Learn more about Eric and Echoing Green’s Global Fellowship. This video is part of a…
  • Bold in Action: Finding Answers for Families of the Missing

    Scott Ballum Cohen
    23 Mar 2015 | 6:33 am
    “I didn’t realize that coming to the U.S.-Mexico border, I was coming to a disaster scene.” Meet 2014 Echoing Green Global Fellow Robin Reineke, co-founder of Colibrí Center for Human Rights. Robin’s team at Colibrí is working to ensure the families of those last seen trying to cross the border can have answers, and that the dead can be returned home for a proper, dignified burial. Learn more about Robin and Echoing Green’s Global Fellowship. This video is part of a weekly series of portraits of Echoing Green Fellows. Learn about their organizations, their moments of obligation,…
  • Bold in Action: Believing in Our Youth

    Scott Ballum Cohen
    16 Mar 2015 | 6:15 am
    "What they were doing to this family was so incredible that I knew I'd be dedicated to this cause for the rest of my life." Meet 2006 Echoing Green Global Fellow Laurie Parise, founder of Youth Represent. After witnessing the effects of the criminal justice system on young individuals, Laurie started the holistic legal services organization to give them an opportunity to successfully reintegrate into their communities. Echoing Green believed in her passion and vision, and she shows how that belief in others is paying off. Learn more about Laurie and Echoing Green’s Global Fellowship. This…
  • Social Impact Jobs March 2015

    Lara Galinsky
    13 Mar 2015 | 2:54 pm
    Photo courtesy of  Baltimore Corps Over the past four years, Echoing Green has collected data from our diverse applicant pools to spot trends, improve our work, and examine the social impact field as a whole. And in our recent post, Seven Trends We’re Seeing in 2015, we came across a variety of striking data points. But the one that stuck out to me the most is this: social entrepreneurship is continuing to grow and continuing to evolve. With all of the shifts in the social innovation space, it’s no surprise that we’re seeing important job opportunities with the potential to drive…
  • The Data: Seven Trends We're Seeing in 2015

    Kayleigh Rogers-Torres
    10 Mar 2015 | 9:55 am
    This year, Echoing Green received 3,165 applications for the Echoing Green Fellowship program and 432 were already selected as Semi-Finalists. As we continue to review individual candidates, we are also looking to aggregate and analyze data from the entire applicant pool to spot trends, improve our work, and share our learning with the broader field of social impact. The trends below are based on comparisons of the last four years of Echoing Green applicant data. What’s clear from looking at this year’s applicants is that ideas for social change can come from many places, people, and…
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  • Education for the underserved

    26 Mar 2015 | 9:51 am
    In this podcast, the World Economic Forum meets William Adams, otherwise known as The musician, entrepreneur and philanthropist was at our Annual Meeting in Davos in January to discuss his foundation, which aims to change lives by providing education in technology and scholarships to people in some of American's poorest districts. Author: Mike Hanley is Senior Director, Communications at the World Economic Forum. Image: William Adams, Founder, I.Am.Angel Foundation, USA speaks during the Press Conference 'William Adams 'Will.I.Am' in the congress centre at the…
  • The next generation of leadership

    19 Mar 2015 | 8:33 am
    In this podcast, we ask - what makes a Young Global Leader? John Dutton, Head of the Forum of Young Global Leaders, talks about this year's class of over 170 individuals under the age of 40 who have been selected to be part of this dynamic community and what they reflect about the nature of leadership in the modern world. Author: Mike Hanley is Senior Director, Communications at the World Economic Forum. Image: A man looks at the Pudong financial district of Shanghai November 20, 2013. REUTERS/Carlos Barria
  • 10 technologies that will change the world

    5 Mar 2015 | 4:58 am
    Ten technologies, each world-changing in its implications, mind-blowing in complexity, and hugely significant for our futures. Each year, the World Economic Forum’s Meta-Council on Emerging Technologies works with the broader network of councils to pinpoint which tech trends are likely to emerge as the most significant over the short term. In this podcast, Bernard Meyerson, Chief Innovation Officer at IBM and chair of the Meta-Council on Emerging Technologies, walks us through each of the technologies and how they are likely to change the world. This year's list: Recyclable Thermoset…
  • Deconstructing the brain

    26 Feb 2015 | 1:43 pm
    In this podcast, we dig deeper into the brain. What happens in leaders' brains when they make decisions? How can a better understanding of the neural basis of behaviour lead to healthier decision making? Voices in this podcast include: Tania Singer, Director, Max Planck Institute for Human Cognitive and Brain Sciences Bob Knight, Professor of Psychology and Neuroscience; Director, Knight Cognitive Neuroscience Lab, University of California, Berkeley David Halpern, Chief Executive Officer, The Behavioural Insights Team Mariette DiChristina, Editor-in-Chief, Scientific American…
  • 21st-century cooperation – looking back to look forward

    19 Feb 2015 | 10:01 am
    Each year, the need for cooperation and collaboration between global leaders ratchets up. Meanwhile, the complexity of the global environment multiplies as economics, politics, technology and society accelerate. How can leaders keep up and what are the principles they can apply? What can leaders learn about the nature of cooperation from the origins of life to megacities? In this podcast, experts look at our future by looking back at our past. Voices in this podcast include: Ngaire Woods, Dean, Blavatnik School of Government, University of Oxford, United Kingdom; Kishore Mahbubani, Dean, Lee…
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    Green Parent Chicago

  • Freebie of the week: Get started canning with this free guide

    Christine Escobar
    30 Mar 2015 | 7:32 pm
    It's time to get ready for the garden season. Whether you plan to grow your own produce or take advantage of local farmers' markets, canning and preserving is a great way to extend the harvest and continue to eat local throughout the year.  Offered by Chicago's Jane Addams Hull-House Museum and available for download in your choice of colors, check out this handy-dandy canning guide perfect for beginners. photo credit:Rachel Tayse, flickr
  • "Class Dismissed" documentary back in Chicago this Sunday by popular demand

    Christine Escobar
    11 Mar 2015 | 6:31 pm
    As parent backlash grows in response to unnecessary standardized testing and excessive homework, more and more families in the U.S. are turning to alternative methods of instruction to ensure that their children receive a well rounded education, free of a high stakes, pressurized environment focused on test scores over individual achievement. One of these growing alternative educational movements is homeschooling, often still seen as controversial to some, and the even more poorly misunderstood related method known as unschooling.  No formal numbers exist to illustrate the number of…
  • EarthTalk: Microbeads and Marine Pollution

    Christine Escobar
    3 Feb 2015 | 9:45 am
    Products like facial scrubs, soaps and toothpaste contain thousands of polyethylene and polypropylene microbeads, ranging from 50-500 microns (or ½ mm) in diameter. Credit: 5 Gyres Institute. Dear EarthTalk What on Earth are plastic “microbeads” and how are they threatening the Great Lakes? -- Billy Alexander, Macon, GA Can brushing your teeth or using an exfoliating face or body wash be an act of pollution? Perhaps so, because over 1,000 personal care products contain tiny plastic “microbeads,” each about a half millimeter in diameter. The Los Angeles-based 5 Gyres Institute, which…
  • 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…
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    Acumen Fund Blog

  • Dispatch from Pakistan: Hope in Place of Fear

    Jacqueline Novogratz
    11 Mar 2015 | 12:16 pm
    There is fear in the streets of Pakistan. I sit in traffic, just a few hundred feet from my hotel where my next meeting is scheduled. I could arrive at my destination in five minutes if I walked, but it is not advised to walk. On the right side of my car, four men pointing automatic weapons stand in the back of a police van. Just in front is a black SUV with four commandos in the back, each with AK-47s, I think, though I’m no expert in guns. Let’s just say they are very big and look very menacing. A few cars to the left is another gun-filled vehicle pushing other cars out of its…

    19 Feb 2015 | 1:39 pm
    Acumen announces its new investment in First Access, a data analytics company improving access to formal financial services for low-income East African communities. In East Africa, only 22 percent of the population has access to formal financial services with the region’s poor having even less at 10 percent. First Access presents an opportunity to increase the ability of these low-income communities to save, manage risk responsibility, invest in such critical services as education, and ultimately rise out of poverty. Using a combination of financial and mobile data, First Access has created…

    15 Feb 2015 | 1:00 pm
    Acumen is proud to announce the selection of our third cohort of Pakistan Fellows. After a competitive application process, we’ve chosen a diverse group of 20 leaders working in provinces across the country. This year’s Fellows are fighting poverty and changing lives across Pakistan through unique initiatives that range from advocating for vulnerable prisoners’ rights, to creating solutions to address low-quality education, to developing branchless banking channels for low-income customers, and more. Read more about each Fellow and their inspiring work below. Shahzad Akbar Shahzad is…
  • Lean Data Goes Deeper

    Sasha Dichter
    12 Feb 2015 | 7:33 am
    One of the most interesting questions we’re grappling with right now on the Impact team at Acumen is how to develop a more robust, rigorous, and transparent form of quantifying the social value our companies create. While I don’t believe we will ever fully understand all the social value created – and while there will always be room for debate and interpretation – I do think today we have the tools to get a lot closer to customers and hear how they value products. And if we can figure this out in a clear and compelling enough way, I believe that would open the door to creating a…
  • Unilever, Acumen and the Clinton Giustra Enterprise Partnership announce USD $10 million Clinton Global Initiative Commitment to Action to support smallholder farmers

    10 Feb 2015 | 1:10 pm
    New “Enhanced Livelihoods Investment Initiative” to catalyze economic growth in low-income communities February 10, 2015 (New York, NY) – Unilever, Acumen and the Clinton Giustra Enterprise Partnership, an initiative of the Clinton Foundation, have launched a landmark Clinton Global Initiative (CGI) Commitment to Action called the Enhanced Livelihoods Investment Initiative (ELII) to improve the livelihoods of as many as 300,000 smallholder farmers and their communities in Africa, South Asia, Latin America, and the Caribbean. President Bill Clinton and Frank Giustra, Co-Founders of the…
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    Chris Blattman

  • Can you imagine a modern New York where several million people move apartments every May 1st?

    Chris Blattman
    27 Mar 2015 | 6:18 am
    From the pre-Revolutionary period until World War II, tenants in New York City were uniformly given three months’ notice of annual rent increases on February 1 (known as Rent Day). Many then sought cheaper deals, and when all leases expired on May 1 (called Moving Day) as many as a million residents changed houses in what amounted to a single mass migration. Lately there’s been another, more specialized real estate frenzy afoot in America’s largest city. Its most visible manifestations concern the world’s very richest people. An NYRB article on New York’s hyper-luxury tower…
  • We interrupt this lovefest for Lee Kwan Yew with this important message

    Chris Blattman
    26 Mar 2015 | 7:47 am
    No, I’m not going to complain about the whitewashing of an authoritarian regime. I’m used to people trading off someone else’s freedom for GDP growth. Or forgetting that for every transformative dictator there are many more who take the country down the toilet. Rather, I want to highlight this point from political scientist Tom Pepinsky: The coverage of Singapore under the late Lee Kuan Yew consistently emphasizes a theme of rapid economic development in an inauspicious context, encapsulated by the slogan “From Third World to First.” …Now, no one should doubt that…
  • IPA’s weekly links

    Jeff Mosenkis (IPA)
    26 Mar 2015 | 7:30 am
    Guest post by Jeff Mosenkis at Innovations for Poverty Action. In case you missed it last week, Chris is letting Innovations for Poverty Action (where he’s a Research Affiliate) share our internal weekly links on his blog, we presume so he can spend time looking for an even more progressive daycare for his kids. From our blog: Development March Madness brackets for all the evaluation superfans out there. Bill Gates argues in the New York Times that as bad as Ebola has been, the next crisis will be worse. Among other things, we have very bad disease tracking systems (IPA’s working on…
  • Links I liked

    Chris Blattman
    25 Mar 2015 | 10:23 pm
    Obama floated the idea of mandatory voting. John Sides says it won’t make a difference. X-Files is returning to Fox for 6 episodes Not The Onion: George Zimmerman compares himself to Anne Frank, blames Obama for his woes. Anne Frank! “Professors, what is the simplest thing students do which gets them your respect or annoys you to death?” (A Reddit thread) IPA Liberia has an open research position Children responding to the question: “What do you think being a grown up is like?” An unfortunate Georgia university course catalog cover (via @TimHarford). The post…
  • One for the rabid Star Wars Fans

    Chris Blattman
    25 Mar 2015 | 9:22 am
    I’m amazed there are people who make this quality of fan animation on their own. I don’t know if I’m amazed by the talent, the drive, or the sheer amount of free time they seem to have. (As I write these words, though, I realize that’s kind of what my colleagues say to me about this blog). Hat tip to @smsaideman. The post One for the rabid Star Wars Fans appeared first on Chris Blattman.
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    ... My heart’s in Accra

  • “It’s scary when we can do this out of love and there’s nothing you can threaten us with”

    6 Mar 2015 | 7:45 am
    What’s a “holy shit visualization”? It’s a way of looking at data that makes turns a statistic you might have flipped past in a book or skimmed by on a web page into something that you can’t forget. It’s a visceral reminder of the power of images and the power of looking at dry numbers in human terms. For Mike Evans, the map below was a holy shit visualization. Properties in yellow are in tax distress. Those in orange are under tax foreclosure. Those in red have been foreclosed. In 2014, 50% of properties in the city of Detroit were in danger of…
  • Helping Launch the NetGain Challenge

    11 Feb 2015 | 10:28 am
    This morning, I’m at the Ford Foundation in New York City as part of the launch event for NetGain. NetGain is a new effort launched by the Mozilla, Ford, Open Society, Macarthur and Knight Foundations, to bring the philanthropic community together to tackle the greatest obstacles to digital rights, online equality and the use of the internet to promote social justice. The event is livestreamed here – in a moment, you can head Tim Berners-Lee and Susan Crawford in conversation about the future of the web. For the past six months, I’ve been working with Jenny Toomey and Darren Walker…
  • Global Voices at 10: Food for Thought

    27 Jan 2015 | 4:15 pm
    I spent last week in Cebu, the second largest city in The Philippines, with three hundred journalists, activists and media scholars from more than sixty countries. The occasion was the Global Voices Citizen Media Summit, a biennial conference on the state of citizen media, blogging, journalism and activism. This summit coincided with the tenth anniversary of Global Voices, the citizen media website and community Rebecca MacKinnon and I helped to found in late 2004. We’ve held the conference six times, and it’s always been an excuse to gather core members of the Global Voices…
  • Global Voices Summit: Do We Feed the Trolls?

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

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

    30 Mar 2015 | 9:00 pm
    Character is the sum total of all our everyday choices.  ~ Margaret Jensen- What do your everyday choices reveal about you?
  • Every day

    29 Mar 2015 | 9:00 pm
    Write it on your heart that every day is the best day in the year. ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson- What will make today a very good one?
  • Rewarding activities

    27 Mar 2015 | 9:00 pm
    Happiness consists in activity.  It is a running stream, not a stagnant pool.  ~ John Mason Good- What activities help to engage you?
  • Enriching opportunity

    26 Mar 2015 | 9:00 pm
    Seek opportunities to be remarkable.  ~ Seth Godin- What enriching opportunity awaits you?
  • The most of each day

    25 Mar 2015 | 9:00 pm
    Hope for the best. Expect the worst. Life is a play. We're unrehearsed. ~ Mel Brooks- What helps you to prepare for each day?
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    Gift Hub

  • Human Truth Eyes Shut Ears Stopped

    Phil Cubeta
    29 Mar 2015 | 7:42 am
    The guttural voice of the group id. Yik Yak, the anonymous gossip app. Masquerade. Life as a cabaret vs. the world of polite power, played with pious faces. The "carnivalesque." The Lord of Misrule. Channeling violence and obscenity, at times for a higher purpose, anonymous for good reason, and sometimes just harassment or mob rule, like a lynching. On our best behavior not much can be said to overturn stifling decorum, which itself blocks self knowledge, and social change. Oscar Wilde said, "Man is least himself when he speaks in his own person. Give a man a mask, and he will…
  • Mnemosyne's Journey

    Phil Cubeta
    27 Mar 2015 | 12:39 pm
    "The paths of glory lead but to the grave," the poet writes. Lost myself, on the Journey from Success to Significance, having found neither, I crossed paths with Mnemosyne. In her dotage she had lost her memory and her mind. I asked her name, next of kin, her home address, and all she could mutter were a few clichés.  Sic transit Gloria. God help us all. She died intestate. Her intellectual property was distributed to Marketing, Avarice, Mendacity, Cunning, and Folly. Their mentor, Wisdom, turned…
  • Old Lady Wisdom in Clogs

    Phil Cubeta
    27 Mar 2015 | 6:11 am
    Interesting article on Jay Hughes from a publication in China. Jay uses proverbial wisdom to help dynastic wealth and power retain its privileges for as long as possible, in the face of entropy, corruption, enervation, despair, fortune's ever-turning wheel, familial infighting, pathology, social unrest and justice. For this shtick to be plausible as a moral position requires a selective reading of the Tao and the Gospels, Virgil, Dante, and Chaucer, and an audience largely post-literate, but tends to attract the interest of those who find in Wealth a lodestar. The role of Advisor who…
  • Shark Tank Philanthropy in Wealth Bondage

    Phil Cubeta
    25 Mar 2015 | 7:49 am
    After thankless decades toiling in Wealth Bondage, for slave wages under the heel of my immediate superior, and generous patron, the Goddess of the Free Market, she who rules us all, Mistress Candidia, the self-made billionaire, with, as she says, "a fucking Harvard, MBA," I was delighted to see others being thrown to the sharks for once. If we losers cannot make the case for our own survival, we deserve to perish. Nature and Markets are cruel. Philanthropy is love, but love of a certain sort - many kneel, one gloats. If you feel there is no Market for that, you…
  • Making 'Wealth Disparity' personal - and profitable

    Phil Cubeta
    17 Mar 2015 | 10:23 am
    "Is it safe to go shopping?" asks a women in a new Porsche, as the hedge fund protesters move through Greenwich, CT. Increasingly, I believe, wealth disparity will be assigned a human face - with protests not in public parks, as with Occupy, but on the doorstep of high profile "job creators" whose job creation has fallen short. As here, too, when 26 were arrested outside Alice Walton's NYC apartment. The photo of a bin chained to her awning pole here, went viral on Twitter, to the delight of labor organizers who consider it a case study in…
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  • Can You Appreciate All That Shows Up?

    Erica Ross-Krieger
    24 Mar 2015 | 9:14 am
    Welcome Spring and all that is new. I’ve been reading and contemplating a beautiful passage about arrivals from Rumi this week (as interpreted by Coleman Barks). It helped me see a challenging situation in new light…and a door opened. Perhaps it will open a door for you, too.   “This being human is a guest house. Every morning a new arrival.   A joy, a depression, a meanness, some momentary awareness comes as an unexpected visitor.   Welcome and attend them all! Even if they’re a crowd of sorrows, who violently sweep your house empty of all its furniture,…
  • Jigsaw-Puzzle Wisdom for Your Health & Wellness Business

    Erica Ross-Krieger
    4 Feb 2015 | 7:15 pm
    I confess. I adore putting jigsaw puzzles together. The big ones. The 1000-piece size. The entire process of putting them together delights me no end. From the joy of selecting which puzzle I’ll buy, to the sound of the pieces rattling around as I rummage through the box, to the trial and error method I resort to when I’m assembling a huge section of all blue sky. I love it all. I even like pulling the whole puzzle apart when I’m finished, and returning the pieces to the box. It’s a Zen thing for me. And the practice itself helps my business. How? When we apply “jigsaw puzzle…
  • 7 Simply Powerful Habits You Must Adopt to Grow Your Wellness Coach Business

    Erica Ross-Krieger
    18 Feb 2014 | 12:31 pm
    Through the course of 20 years, coaching thousands of clients, I find myself continually repeating and highlighting 7 simple yet powerful habits that help wellness coaches grow successful businesses. Habits that will make the puzzle of growing a business much more manageable. Yes, times have changed dramatically these last 20 years. Yes, there are new avenues for marketing our businesses, yes there are social media avenues we now use, and yes there are also other brilliant options for leveraging technology. But these 7 simple habits for building a highly successful business remain the same.
  • How to Hire a Great Wellness Coach in 3 Powerful Steps!

    Erica Ross-Krieger
    3 May 2012 | 12:07 pm
    Congratulations! You’re ready to make an investment in yourself that will forever change your life – you’re ready to hire a great Wellness Coach. With a simple plan, you can do so in 3 simple steps: I.   Get Clear II.  Get Answers III. Get going   I. Get Clear! What you put into your personal Wellness Coaching journey will determine what you get out of it. The journey begins with you getting clear about what’s important to you and what you want in a great Wellness Coach. • Take the time to answer these 10 questions: 1. Why I am hiring a Wellness Coach? 2. What is/are my…
  • 5 Sure-Fire Ways To Block Your Own Success

    Erica Ross-Krieger
    27 Apr 2012 | 1:14 pm
    “Are you interested in your own success or committed to it?”– John Assaraf When you’re interested in your own success, you dream a lot, wish a lot, hope a lot and focus on the roadblocks in your way. Thinking you’ll achieve success “someday”, you don’t even see that you’re the one actually putting up those roadblocks. When you are committed to your success, you see clearly that the roadblocks are of your own making. You breathe, simply notice what you are doing and, in that moment of witnessing, you activate what author Rick Carson calls The Zen Theory of Change in…
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    Case Foundation » What’s New

  • What’s So Wrong with Nonprofits Playing by Market Rules?

    Elyse Kort
    27 Mar 2015 | 6:33 am
    This post was written by Sheila Herrling and Allyson Burns on behalf of the Case Foundation. Here’s the thing about markets – they have this uncanny way of being candid, sending demand signals that companies need to pay attention and adapt to in order to thrive, if not survive. So why is it that the nonprofit […] The post What’s So Wrong with Nonprofits Playing by Market Rules? appeared first on Case Foundation.
  • The Future of Transportation: More than Just Convenience

    Elyse Kort
    25 Mar 2015 | 10:42 am
    I’d venture to guess that most of you reading this blog have used technology in some way to help us navigate our cars around town or make transportation from one place to another easier – from Google Maps or other online maps services (MapQuest, anyone?) to Uber or Lyft. Or you may have already started […] The post The Future of Transportation: More than Just Convenience appeared first on Case Foundation.
  • Village Capital: Getting Startup Funding to Nontraditional Entrepreneurs

    Elyse Kort
    24 Mar 2015 | 1:38 pm
    As part of our ongoing series on social entrepreneurship with, in partnership with ImpactAlpha, this week’s spotlight is on Village Capital. This startup accelerator is banking on the idea that the best solutions to community problems come from local entrepreneurs who have firsthand knowledge of the challenges being addressed. Village Capital is specifically focused […] The post Village Capital: Getting Startup Funding to Nontraditional Entrepreneurs appeared first on Case Foundation.
  • Did Potato Salad Save or Kill Crowdfunding?

    Elyse Kort
    24 Mar 2015 | 11:50 am
    It started with a little campaign to raise money for making potato salad. It went viral, raising $55,000 and became one of the highest-viewed campaigns in Kickstarter history. Some rolled their eyes, thinking that this just showed all that was wrong with crowdfunding. Others thought this was a breakthrough moment – a crowdfunding campaign, albeit […] The post Did Potato Salad Save or Kill Crowdfunding? appeared first on Case Foundation.
  • Measure What Matters: Announcing a New Partnership Between the Case Foundation and B Lab

    Elyse Kort
    23 Mar 2015 | 9:12 am
    This post was written by Andrew Kassoy, Co-founder of B Lab, and Kate Ahern on behalf of the Case Foundation: The Case Foundation and B Lab are pleased to announce a new partnership called ‘Measure What Matters’ that will leverage the power of the B Corp community to help all companies use business as a force […] The post Measure What Matters: Announcing a New Partnership Between the Case Foundation and B Lab appeared first on Case Foundation.
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    GoodGuide Blog

  • Behind the Ratings: Baby and Kids Personal Care

    3 Mar 2015 | 11:36 am
    The average American is said to use nine personal care products containing more than 126 different ingredients every day. When choosing products we use on and around us, is it best to choose the product with less ingredients? Or the product with the most natural ingredients? What about simply choosing a product based on the packaging claims, like “hypoallergenic”, “all natural” or “dermatologist recommended”? Take Our Poll   The importance of choosing the right product increases exponentially when making the choice for our children, and — let’s be honest —…
  • Healthy Handwashing

    18 Feb 2015 | 2:35 pm
    A recent article published by WebMD reported 80% of infectious diseases are transmitted by touch. Good handwashing, then, is still one of the best ways to avoid getting sick. We all know we’re supposed to wash our hands, right? But how often do we skip it? In 2013, researchers at Michigan State University conducted an undercover study to see how many people actually washed their hands before leaving a public bathroom. What they found was … kind of gross. While only 7 percent of women and 15 percent of men skipped washing their hands all together, a whopping 95 percent of people didn’t…
  • Halloween Candy: What you need to know before you shop.

    13 Oct 2014 | 1:11 pm
    Spooked at the thought of shopping for Halloween candy? GoodGuide can help. Are all those super-sized bags of miniature chocolates, rolls of sweet tarts, sacks of candy corn, and lollypops by the dozen taunting you in the supermarket aisles? Us too. If the sheer number of choices isn’t enough to make your eyes glaze over, then the minuscule list of cryptic ingredients certainly is: Sugar, Corn Syrup, Hydrogenated Palm Kernel Oil; Citric Acid, Tapioca Dextrin, Modified Corn Starch, Natural and Artificial Flavors, Colors (Red 40 Lake, Titanium Dioxide, Blue 2 Lake)… Don’t despair.
  • Behind the Ratings: Labor Rights

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

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

    Tasbeeh Herwees
    30 Mar 2015 | 5:15 pm
    Screencap from the BBC video. If only I knew knitting could be a gateway into the medical career my parents always wanted for me, I’d have taken my after-school knitting club more seriously. In Bolivia, highly skilled knitters have been enlisted to knit heart plugs for kids with holes in their hearts. At a clinic in La Paz, the women sit in a clean medical room and knit tiny, delicate occluders—medical devices for people who suffer from the congenital heart defect known as patent ductus arteriosis. These nimble-fingered women knit the occluders in under two hours with a single metal…
  • Girls Going Gray Is Now A Popular Thing To Do 

    Adam Albright-Hanna
    30 Mar 2015 | 4:45 pm
    In a trend some are calling “Granny Hair,” there appears to be a surging interest in going gray. If a bunch of photos on the internet are to be believed, having silver hair is the hot new look. Here’s a look at some of the prematurely (and artificially) gray haired models sporting the new (old?) style. 
  • A Handy Primer on Jon Stewart’s The Daily Show Replacement, Trevor Noah

    Isis Madrid
    30 Mar 2015 | 3:25 pm
    Before Trevor Noah officially takes over The Daily Show later this year (or early next), get to know the witty South African comedian with these interweb gems. Noah’s correspondent debut this past December tackled police brutality, Ebola, apartheid, and the continent of Africa’s unfair reputation as “just one giant village full of AIDS, huts, and starving children.” Noah is an ace when it comes to discussing identity politics, and much of his standup material is rooted in his dynamic childhood. When Noah was born, his parents’ interracial relationship was illegal in South Africa.
  • This Is How You Destroy A Heckler. Mention Your 13 Years Of Hard Work. 

    Adam Albright-Hanna
    30 Mar 2015 | 12:05 pm
    When a drunk audience member decided to interrupt his show last week at a comedy club in Delaware, comic Hannibal Buress was eventually able to shut-up the heckler through a fine array of insults, psycho-analyzing, and, most-successfully, mentioning the years of hard work he endured to earn his place in the spotlight.  Check it out: Share this on Facebook? (h/t: Salon)
  • Palestinian Hip-Hop Group DAM Has a Message for the Patriarchy

    Rafi Schwartz
    30 Mar 2015 | 11:15 am
    Image via youtube screen capture For the rappers that make up DAM, “make believe,” fair-weather feminism can be just as troubling as the gender inequality they see on a regular basis. This past week the Palestinian hip-hop trio released their latest single “Who Are You?/مين انت” with sights set uncompromisingly on the gender stereotypes and double standards faced by women in their community. MC’s Tamer and Suheil Nafar, Mahmood Jreiri, and singer Maysa Daw (the group’s most recent–and sole female–member) penned the song as part of a partnership program with the…
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  • Disney’s Create Tomorrowland Xprize Challenge: Share Your Vision Of The Future

    3BL Media
    30 Mar 2015 | 12:36 pm
    Inspired by the upcoming Disney movie “Tomorrowland,” The Walt Disney Studios, Disney Citizenship, and XPRIZE announce a nationwide challenge for young innovators. Beginning April 22, 2015, Disney’s Create Tomorrowland – [...] The post Disney’s Create Tomorrowland Xprize Challenge: Share Your Vision Of The Future appeared first on SocialEarth.
  • The Robots For Good Project: Aiming To Improve Lives Of Hospitalised Children

    Sangeeta Haindl
    30 Mar 2015 | 12:24 pm
    The Inmoov Explorer is a full size 3D printed robot that will allow children to explore the world from their hospital room here in the U.K. and is known as the [...] The post The Robots For Good Project: Aiming To Improve Lives Of Hospitalised Children appeared first on SocialEarth.
  • Greenpeace Highlights ‘Detox’ Fashion Leaders: Levi’s, Limited Brands, Adidas, Benetton, Esprit, H&M, M&S, Inditex

    Vikas Vij
    27 Mar 2015 | 5:42 am
    The fashion industry worldwide is going through a big shift to support sustainability. Many of the leading apparel brands have woken up to the environmental hazards posed by the use [...] The post Greenpeace Highlights ‘Detox’ Fashion Leaders: Levi’s, Limited Brands, Adidas, Benetton, Esprit, H&M, M&S, Inditex appeared first on SocialEarth.
  • Singlecue Breaks New Barriers in Gesture Recognition Software

    26 Mar 2015 | 5:39 am
    Gesture recognition technology has been fascinating researchers for years. The concept that we could one day control the TV, sound system and utilities in our homes with a wave of [...] The post Singlecue Breaks New Barriers in Gesture Recognition Software appeared first on SocialEarth.
  • Large Renewable Energy Commitments Announced by IBM, Walmart, Dow Chemical

    Vikas Vij
    25 Mar 2015 | 4:37 am
    The share of solar, wind, geothermal, hydropower, biomass, and waste-to-energy technologies is on the rise in total world energy output as costs reduce and companies seek to limit their environmental [...] The post Large Renewable Energy Commitments Announced by IBM, Walmart, Dow Chemical appeared first on SocialEarth.
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    Sasha Dichter's Blog

  • The Long Haul

    31 Mar 2015 | 2:00 am
    “I’ve just heard about a great new ______ that will solve the ______ problem!” And so goes the optimistic, well-intentioned refrain. The blanks can be straws or a well or hospital on a boat or a cheap rugged laptop or or or….it doesn’t matter, because the trope is the same: there’s a thing that someone has invented (usually in the West) and it will finally solve such-and-such problem for good. (And, implied, it will be quick and easy!) I’m torn about how to react to this. There’s a version of this story that I find hugely energizing, and another that feels like a modern,…
  • Something to Push Against

    27 Mar 2015 | 2:00 am
    It is natural to seek out the roadblock, the check-point, the official approval gate: someone whose job it is to green light your idea, give you your next gig, say yes. The search for something to push against, a hurdle to overcome, is also a chance to hide: to take small steps, to describe nothing more than the bit that could get an OK within the confines of how things work today. At its worst, seeking out a “yes” can even  be a clever, acceptable way of being OK with a “no.” It’s a way to hide, to shift blame, to take on too little, to search for a wall to point to that we…
  • Being Mortal by Atul Gawande

    25 Mar 2015 | 2:00 am
    I’ve been a big fan of Atul Gawande ever since I read Complications, which is still one of my favorite books. Gawande is a surgeon at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston, a professor at Harvard Medical School and the Harvard School of Public Health.  He’s also an acclaimed writer who welcomes his reader into his personal exploration of the assumptions he brought in to his surgical practice and where those assumptions have fallen short.  I enjoy Gawande’s skills as a writer and an observer, and I deeply respect his capacity for introspection, honest self-critique, and his…
  • There really is green grass under the snow

    9 Mar 2015 | 2:00 am
    No matter how many feet deep you have to dig to find it. Not just metaphorically. Actual green grass, just waiting there for the spring. Helps to remember that every now and again.
  • People like us

    5 Mar 2015 | 2:00 am
    A few years into my job as a fundraiser, one of the things I grew to hate was being sent lists of rich people. What, exactly, was I supposed to do with them? Of course, by definition the people who can give a lot of money are the people who have a lot of money, but that qualifier alone means next to nothing. As Seth keeps reminding us, our work is to find our tribe, people who share a worldview, and to communicate to them that “people like us do things like this.” This Wall Street Journal ad nails it for me. While the WSJ no doubt has all the obvious data you’d hope they have – about…
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  • The FPA’s Must Reads (March 27 – April 2)

    FPA Administrator
    27 Mar 2015 | 1:47 pm
    The view from a rooftop in Sana’a, the capital of Yemen, where violence has engulfed on of the most historic cities in the region (Photo: Richard Messenger via Flickr). The Crash of EgyptAir 990 The Atlantic By William Langeweische In light of Germanwings Flight 9525 crashing into the Alps this week, read this in-depth review of the technical and emotional review surrounding an EgyptAir pilot’s decisio n to plunge a passenger jet into the Atlantic in 1999. Iran expands regional ‘empire’ ahead of nuclear deal Reuters By Samia Nakhoul As Iran negotiates with world powers…
  • Will Dilma Face Impeachment?

    Gary Sands
    26 Mar 2015 | 8:18 am
    Demonstrators hold a Brazilian flag during a march in Sao Paulo on Sunday demanding the impeachment of President Dilma Rousseff. Demonstrators hold a Brazilian flag during a march in Sao Paulo demanding the impeachment of President Dilma Rousseff. ( Andre Penner/Associated Press) Will Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff face impeachment and be forced to step down?  According to recent polls, if a majority of Brazilians have their way she could be forced from office.  In a poll taken by MDA from March 16-19, commissioned by the national transport lobby group CNT, 60 percent of the 2000…
  • Let Them Eat Crimean Butter

    Paul Mutter
    26 Mar 2015 | 8:07 am
    “Liberty cabbage.” “Freedom fries.” And in Russia, there is now “Crimean Butter,” a new cheese brand introduced to consumers after the annexation of Sevastopol by the Russian Federation last spring. Such nationalistic kitsch has been appearing in Russian stores since 2014. What is disturbing about these products is not the jingoism on display, but the reality of scarcity of products in grocery stores. How did it come to this? The current crisis has been partly driven by the government’s policies, partly by global factors beyond its control – but it has been a long time coming…
  • Gulf Canvases and the Cultural Renaissance

    Sarah Elzeini
    24 Mar 2015 | 10:21 am
    For decades in the Middle East, art has been frequently divorced from the public scene. But for the first time in a long while, the arts seem to be getting more eclectic and freer. Over the past fifty years, art in the Gulf has witnessed an artistic revolution, starting in Kuwait. In the 1960s and 1970s, Kuwait was known for its liberal environment and support of the arts. Kuwait’s Sultans were big patrons of the arts, and even hosted big names like Andy Warhol. In 1969, the Sultans opened The Sultan Gallery, which introduced Arab artists to international audiences. However, the Gulf…
  • The Armenians Remember

    Jim Quirk
    24 Mar 2015 | 7:48 am
    Armenian Genocide Orphans in Arnavutkoy. K. Polis : Published by M. Hovakimean, 1920. A new United Nations report documents Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) actions against the Yezidis as genocide, while the Armenians prepare to commemorate the centennial of their own. “It is reasonable to conclude that some of these incidents, considering the overall information, may constitute genocide. Other incidents may amount to crimes against humanity and war crimes.” UN Report, sec. II.A.1.16. ISIS (sometimes referred to as ISIL, or now IS) took over much of Iraq’s Anbar…
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    High Impact Philanthropy Blog

  • Investing in Kids Can Yield High Returns: Q&A with Dr. Lynn A. Karoly
    26 Mar 2015 | 9:53 am
    This is the third in our series of blogs on some of the latest issues in early childhood education, leading up to the release of our new and improved early childhood donor toolkit, Invest in a Strong Start for Children, in early April. Lynn A. Karoly, PhD, is a senior economist at the RAND Corporation, professor at the Pardee RAND Graduate School, and has written extensively on the topic of economic returns to early childhood programs. Question #1: What is one thing you would like donors interested in early childhood to know about the potential economic benefits associated with funding early…
  • What Neuroscience Tells Us About A Child's First Years: Q&A with Dr. Martha J. Farah
    19 Mar 2015 | 1:04 pm
    This is the second in our series of blogs on some of the latest issues in early childhood education, leading up to the release of our new and improved early childhood donor toolkit, Invest in a Strong Start for Children, in early April.   What does science tell us about brain development in early childhood, and how can this inform better philanthropic giving? We interviewed Dr. Martha J. Farah to help donors find out.  Martha J. Farah, PhD, is a cognitive neuroscientist and the Walter Annenberg Professor of Natural Sciences at the University of Pennsylvania.  She has written…
  • Investing in Early Childhood Innovation: Q&A with Dr. Jack P. Shonkoff
    12 Mar 2015 | 1:01 pm
    This is the first in our series of blogs on some of the latest issues in early childhood education, leading up to the release of our new and improved early childhood donor toolkit, Invest in a Strong Start for Children, in early April.  Why is it so important to invest in early childhood innovation, and what do donors who care about impact in this area need to know? We interviewed Dr. Jack P. Shonkoff to help donors start to answer these important questions.  Jack P. Shonkoff, M.D., is Director of the university-wide Center on the Developing Child at Harvard University, where…
  • Recruiting Our 2015 Summer Associate Class
    26 Feb 2015 | 12:09 pm
    Despite (or because of?) the ice and 20 degree weather here on campus, our thoughts are quickly turning to summer. With graduation and the warm weather comes the opportunity for our team to work with a new cohort of summer associates. Teaching, advising, and working with summer associates are ways we hope our work prepares the next generation of social impact leaders.  Summer associates serve as either research associates who help us generate answers to how funders can have high impact, or communication/design associates who help make sure those answers are accessible to those who wish…
  • Improving Your Social Impact Measurement Practices (part 2): 3 Distinctions on the Path to Impact
    19 Feb 2015 | 2:06 pm
    Adapted from our presentation at the General Assembly 2014. There is a growing chorus insisting that donors and nonprofits 'measure to results' in order to 'achieve impact'. Laudable goals.  But how do you actually do that? How can your measurement practices provide real insight and confidence of progress, as opposed to simply turning into a bureaucratic compliance exercise?  That was the question our team sought to answer in Beyond Compliance, our recent collaborative effort with Wharton Social Impact Initiative.  In last week's blog, we suggested 3…
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    Asian Philanthropy Forum

  • Asia-Pacific Family Offices and Philanthropy

    Dien Yuen
    24 Mar 2015 | 9:29 pm
    The Global Family Office Report 2014 by Campden Wealth and UBS offers the first comprehensive study of family offices worldwide. The section on philanthropy involvement and practices in the Asia Pacific region caught our attention. Globally, the survey found far more similarities than differences, with offices focusing on similar objectives as well as investment and management strategies. Broadly speaking, the study found that offices focusing on growth-based strategies performed better against investment benchmarks, but also spent more overall and outsourced less. Those offices with the…
  • Going to the AVPN Conference 2015?

    20 Mar 2015 | 3:39 am
    The AVPN Conference 2015 will bring together venture philanthropy and social investing leaders and active supporters from Asia, North America and Europe. The conference will promote shared learning, best practices and active networking across diverse sectors to build a vibrant and high impact venture philanthropy community in Asia. This year, the AVPN Conference will deep dive into five focus areas: Pre-deal processes; Capacity building of social organizations; Impact assessment, Portfolio management and Multi-sector collaboration. The panels, workshops and breakout sessions will revolve…
  • Rules to Give By: A Global Philanthropy Legal Environment Index

    Dien Yuen
    18 Mar 2015 | 3:28 pm
    A new study by Nexus, McDermot Will & Emery LLP, and Charities Aid Foundation (CAF), Rules to Give By: A Global Philanthropy Legal Environment Index, investigates how 177 governments support philanthropic giving in a comparable and standardized way. The purpose of the report is “to summarize the relevant tax laws that affect non-profit organizations, corporate and individual donors, and estates, and to score countries on these regulations.” Those scores, on a scale of one to eleven, provide a standard baseline for comparisons between countries. The key findings of the study indicate…
  • Recap: Asian Philanthropy & Sustainability Forum

    Andy Ho
    20 Nov 2014 | 9:45 pm
    Last week, we held our inaugural Asian Philanthropy & Sustainability Forum at the beautiful Asian Art Museum in San Francisco. A small group of funders, nonprofit executives, and social innovators gathered to connect with and learn from one another. Social Innovation in China – the story of Half the Sky Foundation Jenny Bowen, President and CEO of Half the Sky Foundation, shared her inspiring story of how she started with a simple premise to find a way to improve the livelihood of orphaned girls in China. In the 16 years since she began her efforts, her organization has built 51…
  • China Philanthropy Summit: Next Generation Philanthropy

    Andy Ho
    8 Nov 2014 | 2:05 pm
    At the China Philanthropy Summit last week, there was a session on next generation philanthropy in China, featuring several Indiana University philanthropy graduate students from China as well as Connie Leong, co-founder of Philanthropy in Motion, based in Hong Kong. It was an opportunity to hear about their views on the future of philanthropy in China. Panelists spoke of opportunities even in the midst of challenges. The challenges: There is still a low level of public understanding of philanthropy in China Philanthropy still seems inaccessible, too daunting, like “a faraway dream”…
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    The Change Blog

  • Digging Deep Inside to Get Out of Debt

    Jon Dulin
    24 Mar 2015 | 4:49 am
    Do you have a spending problem? Chances are you don’t. Whenever I hear people talk about how they are in debt because of a spending problem, I tell them they don’t have a spending problem but rather a personal problem. What do I mean by this? We overspend because something is missing in our lives. Maybe we aren’t happy with our job or relationship status. Or maybe we have other personal issues going on like low self-esteem. That is what got me into debt. My Debt Story I first got into credit card debt back in college. Up until this point, I was good with my credit card. I paid the…
  • How to Fight Smarter, Not Harder

    Laura Bennett
    22 Mar 2015 | 7:18 am
    “Having your wounds kissed by someone who doesn’t see them as disasters in your soul, but cracks to put their love into, is the most calming thing in this world.”   ― Emery Allen Conflict is inevitable. But we can greatly influence the quality of conflict in our relationships. We can develop skills that help us transform conflict into a less destructive occurrence. If done well, conflict can actually be a bonding activity. My husband and I have been married for less than a year and in the months before our wedding, we attended 12 sessions of Marriage Preparation Counseling at…
  • How Spending Time Alone Helped Me to Find Peace and Rediscover Happiness

    Leanne Lindsey
    19 Mar 2015 | 4:46 am
    “All of our unhappiness comes from our inability to be alone.” – Jean de la Bruyere Being alone and being lonely are not the same thing. I am used to spending time alone. I’ve been single for years and I was technically an only child until I was fourteen. However, over the past two years I learned how to really be alone and I have grown to love it. This has caused many people in my life to worry about me. They think something is wrong. They think I am depressed and unhappy. Whilst others think I have become unsociable and some have taken it personally. Up until two…
  • Flowing with Change

    Deborah Perdue
    17 Mar 2015 | 4:38 am
    “The only way to make sense out of change is to plunge into it, move with it, and join the dance.” – Alan W. Watts My life has been composed of two divergent parts, almost as if I have lived two incarnations in one lifetime. The first part was a rock ‘n roll lifestyle – I had a musician husband and we spent most of our time partying and drinking and drugging. We didn’t have kids by choice, and were self-indulgent and hedonistic. We had fun but I also clearly remember feeling shame often, when I woke up, as I barely recalled events from the night before, when I…
  • Light After Darkness: 6 Ways to Keep Going During Tough Times

    Vishnu's Virtues
    15 Mar 2015 | 5:27 am
    “Hope is being able to see that there is light despite all of the darkness.” – Desmond Tutu Throughout the past three years, I’ve experienced the most profound darkness in my life. A relationship that I cared about ended. A fragile marriage reached its breaking point and unraveled as I came to realize how little control I had over parts of my life. I lost my partner, grew apart from my family and became increasingly isolated. I left a legal job. Quit my career in law. And floundered around in the dark, wondering what to do next. I gave up my permanent address. Moved around the state.
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    The GiveWell Blog

  • Investigating neglected goals in scientific research

    26 Mar 2015 | 10:55 am
    A major goal of the Open Philanthropy Project is to explore the topic of scientific research funding, starting with life sciences.This post discusses the process we’ve used so far, including some of the challenges we’ve faced and changes we’ve made in our investigation methods: We first discuss some of the general challenges of finding good giving opportunities in this space. We then introduce the concept of scientific research “gaps” – areas that the existing system doesn’t put enough investment into, leaving potential philanthropic opportunities.
  • General progress and plans for GiveWell as an organization in 2015

    17 Mar 2015 | 10:20 am
    This is the fifth post (of six) we’re planning to make focused on our self-evaluation and future plans. Previous posts have discussed our 2014 progress on, and 2015 plans for, Our traditional work on top charities delivering evidence-backed interventions. See our posts on 2014 progress and 2015 plans. The Open Philanthropy Project. See Open Philanthropy Project: Progress in 2014 and Plans for 2015. This post outlines our plans and thoughts on issues that cut across these two projects, and pertain to GiveWell the organization as a whole. Our staff has expanded significantly, and we…
  • Open Philanthropy Project: Progress in 2014 and Plans for 2015

    12 Mar 2015 | 2:59 pm
    This is the fourth post (of six) we’re planning to make focused on our self-evaluation and future plans. We’re in the midst of finalizing detailed updates on Open Philanthropy Project progress and plans. This post gives a high-level summary, comparing our progress and stage of development with what we hoped for as of a year ago. In brief: We made substantial progress on our main priorities: U.S. policy and global catastrophic risks. The precise nature of our goal (“commitments” to causes) shifted, but we have completed a substantial number of high-level cause…
  • Open Philanthropy Project Update: Global Catastrophic Risks

    11 Mar 2015 | 11:54 am
    This post lays out our progress, since last year, on identifying potential focus areas for our work on global catastrophic risks. SummaryNote: this section is similar to the introduction of our previous post on U.S. policy. The overall approach of our work has evolved similarly in the two areas. Last year, we set a “stretch goal” for the Open Philanthropy Project: There are two types of causes – global catastrophic risks and US policy issues – that we now feel generally familiar with (particularly with the methods of investigation). We also believe it is important for us to…
  • Open Philanthropy Project Update: U.S. Policy

    10 Mar 2015 | 1:17 pm
    Last year, we set a “stretch goal” for the Open Philanthropy Project: There are two types of causes – global catastrophic risks and US policy issues – that we now feel generally familiar with (particularly with the methods of investigation). We also believe it is important for us to pick some causes for serious commitments (multiple years, substantial funding) as soon as feasible, so that we can start to get experienced with the process of building cause-specific capacity and finding substantial numbers of giving opportunities. As such, our top goal for 2014 is a stretch goal…
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    RELEVANT Magazine

  • So, What Exactly is Tidal?

    30 Mar 2015 | 2:48 pm
    On Monday afternoon, Jay-Z and a host of other famous musicians (Kanye, Beyonce, Daft Punk, Madonna, Jack White, Chris Martin, Jason Aldean, Alicia Keys, members of Arcade Fire, Rihanna and more) introduced their new artist-owned streaming service, Tidal at a press conference in New York City. The press conference didn’t give much information that wasn’t already out there, with the group re-affirming their dedication to “re-establish the value of music” and “create a better experience for both fans and artists.” So what sets Tidal apart from other streaming services? First and…
  • Bringing the Forgotten Story of the Early Church to Life

    30 Mar 2015 | 1:54 pm
    Roma Downey on her new series 'A.D.: The Bible Continues,' diversity in Bible movies and the drama of the early church. Back in 2013, Mark Burnett and Roma Downey’s miniseries, The Bible, brought in millions of weekly viewers. Now, the husband and wife producer team is back with A.D.: The Bible Continues, a 12-episode series that delves into the story of the early church after Jesus’ death. The first episode premieres Easter Sunday on NBC.
  • McDonald’s May Start Serving Breakfast Around the Clock. The Revolution Begins.

    30 Mar 2015 | 12:42 pm
    For those who have screeched into a McDonald’s at 10:35 am, yearning for a combination of egg, sausage and fast-food biscuit, only to find out it would be another 24-hours before your cravings could be satisfied, we have good news: Your cries have been heard. Your suffering is not in vain. Starting this fall, McDonalds will start testing all-day breakfast service in select locations. Though the handful of restaurants experimenting with 24/7 Egg McMuffins are only in the San Diego area, the move is the first sign that the round-the-clock breakfast revolution is upon us ...
  • A Lot of Artists Seem to Be Excited About Jay-Z’s Streaming Music Service, Tidal

    30 Mar 2015 | 12:09 pm
    This afternoon (at 5:00 pm), Jay-Z will announce the details of his relaunch of the streaming music service Tidal, but he’s already got the support of some very high-profile fellow artist. A video tweeted out this morning shows that Jack White, Beyonce, Kanye West, Daft Punk, Arcade Fire, Usher, Madonna and Chris Martin are among the artists evidently involved in the #TIDALforALL campaign. A handful of major artists have also changed their profile pictures to Tidal-blue squares as part of the launch day promotion. Though details about what will differentiate Tidal from streaming competitors…
  • Several Music Festivals Are Wisely Banning Selfie Sticks

    30 Mar 2015 | 10:34 am
    The organizers of two of the summer’s biggest music festivals would like you to know that selfie sticks are not welcomed on their concert grounds. Lollapalooza and Coachella have officially banned attendees from bringing the ridiculous looking reach-extenders used to take pictures of yourself, or as this year’s Coachella Rules and Policies reads, "no selfie sticks/narcissistics." Thankfully, at most festivals, those hilarious giant head cutouts on a stick, are still fair game ...
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    Ignited Fundraising

  • Numbers Don’t Lie: Major Gift Fundraising By the Numbers

    Lori Jacobwith
    24 Mar 2015 | 10:01 pm
    Take a moment, right now, click the link, and check out this Major Gift Fundraising infographic from the wise team at Bloomerang. Individual donor fundraising is my passion. And major gift fundraising is THE tool to grow your individual donor fundraising exponentially. Whether you already do major gift fundraising or not yet, there’s some great stuff to ponder and dissect with your team. Please, don’t hold back. Go forth and invite people to make a major gift to your organization! The post Numbers Don’t Lie: Major Gift Fundraising By the Numbers appeared first on Ignited Fundraising.
  • Before, During & After: Sharing Your Story at Nonprofit Events

    Lori Jacobwith
    17 Mar 2015 | 10:01 pm
    It’s spring event season. Just about everyday I am providing clients with storytelling edits and coaching speakers for their upcoming events. It’s a hectic and exciting time of year, so I figured I’d give you a hand. I’ve gathered up a bunch of resources you can use to help guide you in sharing your story at nonprofit events. First, I have a free eBook Mission Possible: Checklists for Successful Storytelling, which you can download FREE! In this book I’ve gathered together a few of my favorite storytelling tips. Here’s a small sample, of what you’ll…
  • Using Powerful Stories to Stand Out From the Crowd

    Lori Jacobwith
    10 Mar 2015 | 10:01 pm
    Since the beginning of time we’ve used storytelling to convey our experiences. The buzz, now, in the 21st century is for nonprofit organizations to share impact stories often and through every mode of communication possible. I, myself, teach people to create and share two-minute stories, six-word stories, and short, powerful mission moments. We’re all on such a race to talk about the people we serve that we’ve forgotten sharing a story is both an art and a science. And the timing of when you share it matters. The result: A lot of, what I call, “reports” about people swirl around us…
  • Change Your Success Story: What’s on Your Not-To-Do List?

    Lori Jacobwith
    3 Mar 2015 | 10:01 pm
    I’ve taken the suggestions from this Business Insider post, Things successful people do NOT do every day, and adapted them for those of us in the social sector. How many of these are you still doing? 1. Wait until you’re sure you will succeed. You don’t increase revenues from individual donors because you don’t know how to ask for money. OR You don’t ask because you know you aren’t good at it, yet. Stop waiting! You can’t get yeses until you ask. 2. Multi-task during a meeting. I love this: “The easiest way to be the smartest person IN the room is to be the person who pays the…
  • 7 Powerful Ways Board Members Can Help & NOT Ask for Money

    Lori Jacobwith
    24 Feb 2015 | 10:01 pm
    As we close out the month of focusing on how to change your board story here is a list I share at my fundraising action planning sessions and other coaching and training I deliver. When board members embrace one or more of these actions I’ve seen, first-hand, the organizational culture shifts dramatically. The list contains a number of simple tasks I’ve talked about before. While they seem simple, I promise, these actions have the power to change the bottom line at your organization. And most importantly they have the power to build an engaged, committed and well-prepared board. Click on…
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    ApplaUSe For A Cause

  • Help Your Favorite Charity With A Personal PSA

    30 Mar 2015 | 9:36 am
    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! ]]
  • Volunteer Work Gives Job Experience for Teens

    22 Mar 2015 | 3:30 am
    Samsung volunteer club (Photo credit: Wikipedia)Volunteer work can be one easy way for teens to plump up their resume.                  While there... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Bite-sized Benevolence for Businesses. Who To Shake A Stick At?

    10 Mar 2015 | 7:25 pm
    Volunteers fit new windows at The Sumac Centre in Nottingham, UK. (Photo credit: Wikipedia) Bite-sized Benevolence for Businesses. Who To Shake A Stick At?     ... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Challenge 2015

    10 Mar 2015 | 7:14 pm
       #Challenge2015 United Kingdom's Prime Minister's "Points of Light" Award February 2015 winners:               ... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Remember The Homeless

    18 Feb 2015 | 7:02 pm
    English: Beds at new homeless shelter in Portland, Maine. (Photo credit:... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
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    Shareable New Articles

  • Pizza Shop Gives Away 10,000 Slices with Its Pay It Forward Program

    Cat Johnson
    30 Mar 2015 | 8:38 pm
    After working a computer job on Wall Street for three years, Mason Wartman wanted to try something new. He opened Rosa’s Fresh Pizza in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Little did he know that his pizza shop would soon help feed local homeless people and receive global attention.
  • Guerrilla Wayfinding Toolkit to Create More Walkable Cities

    Cat Johnson
    30 Mar 2015 | 8:15 pm
    Guerrilla urbanism empowers everyday people to change their surroundings for the better. One branch of the guerrilla urbanism tree -- guerrilla wayfinding -- consists of covertly putting up wayfinding signs directing people to parks, cultural hot spots, music venues, community gardens, shopping plazas, and other walkable destinations.
  • Interviewed: Gustavo Soto Santiesteban on El Buen Vivir & the Commons

    Silke Helfrich
    30 Mar 2015 | 6:20 am
    Gustavo Soto Santiesteban is a writer, semiotician and consultant on indigenous rights at Bolivian universities. Article is cross-posted from The Wealth of the Commons. Photo credit: szeke.
  • Sharing Platform Share N Save Is Now Open Source

    Cat Johnson
    28 Mar 2015 | 7:21 am
    Matt Scales and Sharon Ede went to Ouishare Fest in Paris last May to present Share N Save, an interactive map of sharing activities in Adelaide, South Australia (SA). While there, Scales, who is Manager for Media, Digital and Brand Delivery at Zero Waste SA, would try to sell or license the platform to other organizations.
  • New (Fake) App Lets Users Share Their Privilege with Those in Need

    Kelly McCartney
    24 Mar 2015 | 6:07 am
    As much flak as the Sharing Economy catches, Silicon Valley gets even more. So, when the two victims of derision collided at Comedy Hack Day last month, much (fake) technological foolery ensued. 
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    Donate a Car to Charity - blog

  • Technology Allows Insights on Teenage Driving Habits

    25 Mar 2015 | 9:05 am
    Many teenage injuries in emergency rooms are due to preventable car accidents. Overall, teenage drivers drive faster and ride closer to the bumper in front of them than older drivers. Teenagers also are less likely to wear seatbelts then anybody else. Chevrolet has announced that it will offer parents a creepy level of oversight when it comes to letting the kids borrow the family ride, and the NSA-style spying begins with the 2016 Malibu. A system dubbed Teen Driver will debut on the bow-tie brand’s newest mid-size sedan (which itself bows at the 2015 New York auto show). It allows…
  • The Unveiling of Discovery Velocity and Its Automotive Programming

    18 Feb 2015 | 7:41 am
    Discovery Velocity is a new channel spread across Canada to deliver car-related programming. This channel will introduce old favourites that car enthusiasts have missed since the cancelation of Speed, as well as a variety of new programs designed to appeal to their interests. “We’re looking to provide a really high-adrenaline, really exciting schedule and be somewhere that people can watch things they can’t see anywhere else in Canada,” said Director of Programming, Discovery Networks Lindsay Cowan Dotchison. The new channel takes its name from Discovery Communications’ U.S.
  • Finally some relief comes to Honda in the F1

    19 Jan 2015 | 9:23 am
      After being left in the dust, Honda motorsport has been awarded the same courtesy that Ferrari and Renault had already been given. Formula One places a significant value on technical innovation. After the regulators handed Mercedes an advantage, the loophole opened up allowing Ferrari and Renault the advantage of updating engines throughout the year. As is often the case, the issue revolves around the specific wording of the regulations. Ferrari and Renault successfully argued that, contrary to its spirit, the letter of the law (or regulations, in any event) didn’t actually…
  • Car thefts down since 1991 all time high

    22 Dec 2014 | 7:41 am
    You’ll always worry about your vehicle. It comes with the territory, what that weird ticking noise is, letting your kids take it out for the night, keeping the oil maintained, and making sure that the engine is in good and working order. Yet according to the FBI theft of your vehicle is not something most people worry about, because they don’t have to. According to statistics, 2013 showed the lowest number of stolen cars since 1967. There were 699,594 vehicles reported stolen in 2013 – a positive figure no matter how you compare it to years past. Thefts were down by about 20,000…
  • 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…
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    Charity Car Donation News

  • Young Canadian Drivers Rewarded for Good Driving

    25 Mar 2015 | 9:00 am
    Should auto insurance be based on age or driving record? New to Canada is a company called Ingenie. It’s an Aviva Insurance company that is now offering better insurance to younger drivers. Normally insurance payments are steep until drivers reach 25. However, with this new UK based company operating in Canada, drivers between the ages of 16 and 24 have the chance to prove they are good drivers and receive lower rates. How this is done is through an internet operated device that will review, record, and evaluate driving habits. This is a first in North America, as most drivers must wait…
  • Apple Technology’s New Development Into the Automotive World

    18 Feb 2015 | 7:36 am
    Apple, well known for the highly addictive handheld devices enters a new division of technology after the loss of workers to Tesla Motors. Apple has reportedly been recruiting talent in the automotive industry from companies like Mercedes-Benz. With top talent coming together at a location in Silicon Valley, the possibilities are endless. Among those hires is Johann Jungwirth, who until very recently was President and CEO of Mercedes-Benz Research & Development North America. His arrival, plus talk of other automotive engineers joining the ranks more quietly, has a lot of people…
  • Veloster gets a facelift

    21 Jan 2015 | 1:42 pm
    After getting its mid-life face lift in its home market in South Korea the Hyundai Veloster. It’s as what we thought it would be; minor improvements, same engine, not much new. If you expected the facelift of this car to be more potent to its competitor the Volkswagen Golf, you might just be a little disappointed. As the 1.6-liter four-pot cranks out the same 201 horsepower and 195 pound-feet of torque. Fortunately, there is a bit of important news in the drivetrain department, in the form of a seven-speed, dual-clutch gearbox. The unit that debuted on the i30 in 2014 replaces the…
  • Fun Driving Facts.

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

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

  • Will Give Local America Be The Largest Crowd Funding Event in History?

    30 Mar 2015 | 10:28 am
    Note from Beth: Give Local America, powered by Kimbia’s technology, is an effort to coordinate giving days on one platform.   Last year, Give Local America raised more than $53 million from more than 306,000 gifts in 2014.  Though Give Local America is a national giving day event,  it has many community foundations and nonprofits running unique campaigns in their various communities.    Lori Finch,  Vice President of Community Giving,  Kimbia and the General Manager of Give Local America,  shares five new tactics they plan to use in 2015 to make this national day of giving the…
  • Nonprofit Crowd Funding Success Formula: Robust Planning, Networks, and Blessings

    26 Mar 2015 | 11:03 am
    After publishing this post about Save the Children’s Crowd Funding Campaign – where I mentioned the Dalai Lama Foundation’s successful campaign, I noticed this tweet in my stream from Brian Rusch the former deputy director for the DLF: Woohoo! The crowd-funding campaign I ran for the Dalai Lama Foundation got a shout-out on @kanter‘s blog today! — Brian Rusch (@alohalife) March 25, 2015 I’m always on a higher path of learning. So, I reached out to Brian to learn more about the inside story of their success and lessons learned.   The…
  • Crowdfunding: Can Partnering With An Internet Celebrity Make Your Campaign An Overnight Success?

    25 Mar 2015 | 8:27 am
    Ask any high school boy who likes video games who PewDiePie is and they will tell you that he is the most watched video personality on YouTube.  The main focus of PewDiePie’s videos is his commentary and reactions to various video games as he plays, captured on video and shared on his YouTube Channel. PewDiePie’s channel is the most subscribed channel on YouTube,and reaches over 34.8 million subscribers. Currently, the PewDiePie channel has received over 8 billion video views.  Due to his popularity, PewDiePie’s coverage of indie games has created an Oprah effect on video…
  • Case Study: How Human Rights Watch Leverages Employee Personal Brands on Twitter

    24 Mar 2015 | 8:36 am
    There are no better champions for your organization’s communication’s strategy than your staff.  Leveraging the networks and personal brands of your staff as champions can help your organization’s communications strategy have more impact.    With a few guidelines and a little  training, employees can use social channels effectively  in service of  your organization’s mission AND their own learning.  I asked colleagues what nonprofits had good employee champion programs and Chris Tuttle pointed me to Human Rights Watch. I interviewed Jim Murphy,  Senior Online Editor,…
  • A Few Good Tools To Manage Your Online Professional Network Connections

    20 Mar 2015 | 11:34 am
    Flickr Image: Myles Grant The last two posts I published on professional networking, “Smart Professional Networking Online” and “Tidying Your Online Connections” prompted some great discussion when I shared on Facebook. Heidi Ketroser Massey and Nancy Schwartz asked about tools to help manage the process. This post was inspired by that discussion. Back when I first started working, my best professional networking tool was my Rolodex. Whenever I met someone new, the business card would get added to it, along with some notes on how we met and their expertise. Whenever I…
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    Forgiveness Project

  • NEWS: We’re Recruiting – Executive Director!

    30 Mar 2015 | 3:32 am
    2015 is an exciting time of change at The Forgiveness Project as we are now recruiting a new Executive Director. Full details on how to apply are below! The Forgiveness Project – Executive Director The Forgiveness Project is seeking an exceptional leader to scale up its extraordinary, powerful and award winning work in the next stage of our development. The Forgiveness Project offers stories of forgiveness, and a space for open reflection, to build understanding and give people the opportunity to move forward from trauma and conflict, enabling both personal and societal…
  • NEWS: Finally our book is launched!

    26 Mar 2015 | 10:32 am
    Last night we celebrated the launch of The Forgiveness Project: Stories for a Vengeful Age, the new book by The Forgiveness Project’s founder and director Marina Cantacuzino. The evening was kindly hosted by the Romanian Cultural Institute and speaking at the event were Marina herself, our publisher Jessica Kingsley, and author and actor Michael Simkins. We are incredibly grateful to everyone who worked so hard to make this project a reality. ‘The Forgiveness Project’ includes stories from a survivor of the ‪ Norway island massacre, a woman who now considers her child’s killer her…
  • NEWS: The Forgiveness Project goes to Edinburgh…

    23 Mar 2015 | 4:23 am
    On the evening of Monday 9th March we held our first regional Forgiveness Conversation in collaboration with the University of Edinburgh Chaplaincy. This multi-faith public conversation asked the question Can Radical Compassion Win the War on Violent Extremism – a discussion title that one audience member challenged, stating that it was terminology used to perpetuate national panic, Islamaphobia and racism. Speaker Yasmin Mulbocus who had formerly been radicalised by a “cult” Islamic group agreed that terminology is key, and that she did not like the term ‘war on violent…
  • GUEST BLOG: A Stunning Lesson on Forgiveness by Pierre Pradervand

    19 Feb 2015 | 9:28 am
    As a way of achieving our central aim of creating opportunities for people to explore and examine concepts of forgiveness, The Forgiveness Project aims to post occasional Guest Blogs from people who have thought about or experienced forgiveness in different and diverse ways. The views expressed in Guest Blogs are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect the views of The Forgiveness Project. We are honoured to present our first guest blog by Pierre Pradervand, author of The Gentle Art of Blessing and Messages of Life from Death Row. Pierre lives in Switzerland and has a rich…
  • EVENT: New Series of Forgiveness Conversations – Edinburgh, 9 March 2015

    18 Feb 2015 | 11:54 am
    We are delighted to announce a new series of Forgiveness Conversations, the first of which will take place on 9th March 2015. The talk will be held in collaboration with the University of Edinburgh Chaplaincy as their annual Multi-faith Public Conversation. The event will explore the question, Can radical compassion win the war on violent extremism? Speakers will include: Yasmin Yar Mulbocus, formerly a member of a radical Islamist organisation who now works to ‘Educate, Empower and Engage’ women to become proactive citizens in their communities; Jo Berry whose father, Sir Anthony Berry,…
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    Raghava's Blog

  • Would you Date a Woman with a Disability?

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

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

    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.
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    Tiny Buddha

  • The Difference Between True Love and Love Addiction

    Vironika Tugaleva
    30 Mar 2015 | 5:54 pm
    “We often say ‘love’ when we really mean, and are acting out, an addiction—a sterile, ingrown dependency relationship, with another person serving as the object of our need for security.” ~Stanton Peele When I was sixteen, I fell in love. At least I thought I did. I had all the symptoms—quickened pulse, butterflies, and a head so full of him that all my pain and all my problems magically disappeared when we were together. I called this love. And why wouldn’t I? Why wouldn’t any young girl? Isn’t that what love is—when you can’t live without each other, when…
  • 5 Questions to Ask Yourself if You’re in an Unhealthy Relationship

    Taylor Linn
    30 Mar 2015 | 5:43 pm
    “My best friend is the one who brings out the best in me.” ~Henry Ford A few days ago, a close friend called me and asked for advice on whether he should end a toxic relationship with his ex-girlfriend. He still loved her as a human being, but he felt that she was using him for her own personal needs, such as a ride from the airport, and did not truly care about his well-being. I thought back to my most recent relationship challenge. A while back, I moved in with a group of close friends, after breaking up with my ex-boyfriend a few months prior. We shared a large number of friends, so I…
  • How to End the Persistent Feeling of Emptiness

    Edward Noel
    29 Mar 2015 | 6:21 pm
    “Do not dwell in the past, do not dream of the future, concentrate the mind on the present moment.” ~Buddha Admit it… Emptiness has taken over. You think back to those exciting days when you had so much energy. You remember that burning feeling of raw energy deep down in your stomach. That shiver of excitement running through your body. When life was just alive with positive emotions running wild. It was incredible. And you can’t help but think… Where has it gone? How did I lose it? Will it ever come back? You think if you keep moving, everything will work out for the best, right?
  • You Have Value (and You Can Be Happy) Regardless of Your Relationship Status

    Sabrina Saada
    29 Mar 2015 | 6:18 pm
    “You yourself, as much as anybody in the entire Universe deserve your love and affection.” ~Buddha Relationships give us the opportunity to learn about ourselves though identifying with another. I’ll be the first one to admit that some of my relationships didn’t end on ideal terms. I’ve managed to stay in touch with a few partners over the years, but for the most part, they’ve fallen to the wayside. Here’s how most of them played out: The initial phase was intoxicating, I was completely enamored with the other person, and likewise, they made me feel like the object of their…
  • Let Go of Control: How to Learn the Art of Surrender

    Dr. Amy Johnson
    26 Mar 2015 | 8:51 pm
    “If we are facing in the right direction, all we have to do is keep on walking.” ~Proverb I’ve noticed that things go much more smoothly when I give up control—when I allow them to happen instead of making them happen. Unfortunately, I’m terrible at this. Although I’m much better than I used to be, I’m a bit of a control freak. I often use perfectly good energy trying to plan, predict, and prevent things that I cannot possibly plan, predict, or prevent. For example, I wonder if my baby is going to get a proper nap when we travel and, if not, just how crabby she might be. I think…
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    Farnam Street

  • Five Techniques to Improve Your Luck

    Shane Parrish
    30 Mar 2015 | 4:30 am
    It isn’t enough to be good. You need luck. We tend to think that smart people make good decisions and stupid people make bad decisions and that luck plays very little role. That is until we’re one of those smart people who has a bad outcome because of luck. You can’t ignore luck and you really can’t plan for it. Yet much of life is the combination, to varying degrees, of skill and luck. This continuum is also what makes watching sports fun. The most talented team doesn’t always win, luck plays a role. However elusive, luck is something that we can cultivate.
  • A Few Lessons

    Shane Parrish
    26 Mar 2015 | 4:30 am
    Looking back on my first years out of school and the countless mistakes I made, I can’t help but feel that any success I’ve enjoyed is more through dumb luck than any particular brilliance on my part. Through Farnam Street, I detail my journey of self-discovery and learning. Basically, I explore two things in parallel: First is the enduring search for how we should live and what it means to live a good life. And second, more practically, I explore things we can learn and connect that better equip us to solve problems by thinking. While unqualified, I’m often asked to give…
  • Mental Models: The Mind’s Search Algorithm

    Shane Parrish
    25 Mar 2015 | 4:30 am
    Mental models are tools for the mind. In his talk: Academic Economics: Strengths and Weaknesses, after Considering Interdisciplinary Needs, at the University of California at Santa Barbara, in 2003, Charlie Munger honed in on why we like to specialize. The big general objection to economics was the one early described by Alfred North Whitehead when he spoke of the fatal unconnectedness of academic disciplines, wherein each professor didn’t even know of the models of the other disciplines, much less try to synthesize those disciplines with his own … The nature of this failure is that…
  • Bruce Lee: The Four Basic Philosophical Approaches

    Shane Parrish
    24 Mar 2015 | 4:00 am
    As found in Bruce Lee: Artist of Life, which provides unique insight into the mind of Bruce Lee through his private letters and writing. 1. Aboutism keeps out any emotional responses or other genuine involvement — as though we were things. In therapy, Aboutism is found in rationalization and intellectualization, and in the “interpretation” games where the therapist says “This is what your difficulties are about.” This approach is based on noninvolvement. 2. With Shouldism you grow up completely surrounded by what you should and should not do, and you spend much of…
  • 6 Books Bill Gates Recommended for TED 2015

    Shane Parrish
    23 Mar 2015 | 3:38 pm
    Bill Gates, long an avid reader, attended the TED conference again this year and continued his tradition of recommending books to fellow attendees. 1. Business Adventures, by John Brooks Warren Buffett recommended this book to me back in 1991, and it’s still the best business book I’ve ever read. Even though Brooks wrote more than four decades ago, he offers sharp insights into timeless fundamentals of business, like the challenge of building a large organization, hiring people with the right skills, and listening to customers’ feedback. (Here’s a free download of one of my favorite…
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    Triple Pundit: People, Planet, Profit

  • Is There a Future With Enough Food — But Without Big Ag?

    3p Contributor
    31 Mar 2015 | 2:00 am
    Mono-crops certainly have their problems. But the volume of corn and soybean calories they produce are difficult to argue with, especially with a rapidly expanding population. What to do?
  • Is It Innovation If It Has Been Done Before?

    3p Contributor
    31 Mar 2015 | 1:30 am
    When I joined the World Bank five years ago, I remember someone telling me that we love innovation as long as it’s been done before. Having been hired to manage an innovation practice, I was puzzled. Wasn’t innovation about risk and venturing into the unknown? But as counter-intuitive as it sounds, I’ve come to understand the spirit of the idea and recognize that any innovation ecosystem needs early adopters and scalers.
  • Novelis Launches Line of 100 Percent Recycled Aluminum Products

    Leon Kaye
    31 Mar 2015 | 1:00 am
    Novelis evercycle products -- 100 percent recycled cans and food containers -- are an important step in the overall sustainability of the aluminum industry.
  • The Mining Industry’s Surprising Turn to Solar and Wind Energy

    3p Contributor
    31 Mar 2015 | 1:00 am
    An embryonic corporate social responsibility (CSR) narrative is glimmering within the mining industry – one with seismic possibilities for international investment to turn the tide against global climate change. As glaciers ebb and crops wither, miners in the Americas, Australia and Africa are beginning to economize with solar, wind and geothermal power where grid electricity is expensive – or non-existent.
  • Your Seafood May Be Connected to Slave Labor

    Gina-Marie Cheeseman
    30 Mar 2015 | 3:00 am
    Seafood products sold in the U.S. might be traced back to human and labor rights abuses, the AP reveals in a new report.
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    Eat. Sleep. Be

  • Energy Efficient Living Tips from the Kitchen Cousins

    27 Mar 2015 | 3:30 am
    People are moving in droves to smarter, more energy-efficient living, such as upgrading home appliances and décor. Even small improvements can lead to a big difference in your home’s energy-use. Some of these upgrades are incredibly easy and low cost investments, such as replacing old light bulbs for LED bulbs. Additionally, an increasing number of appliances can be controlled wirelessly, saving homeowners on their electric bills. Anthony Carrino and John Colaneri are the popular co-hosts of HGTV’s Kitchen Cousins, and the upcoming new show, America’s Most Desperate Kitchens. These New…
  • Gluten-Free “Fried” Rice Stir Recipe

    26 Mar 2015 | 5:29 am
      Several weeks ago I shared with you a recipe for a healthy, gluten-free Tex-Mex Rice Stir recipe that, by the way, my older son has been bugging me all week to make again. A Stir is a dinner recipe that begins with a base of Della rice. Toppings can include a variety of proteins, vegetables, and sauces. You pick. You decide. You create your own stir and dinner is served! These rice bowl creations are made with ingredients that you already have on hand and enjoy eating. It also allows you to get really creative! Over the past couple of months, myself and all of the Della…
  • Stop Getting Slumberjacked! Tips for a Better Night’s Sleep

    24 Mar 2015 | 4:55 am
    With the advent of fitness trackers and all sorts of sleep apps, we are slowly becoming obsessed with monitoring our sleep, and getting a better quality rest at night. The reality is that we are still letting ourselves be slumberjacked by skipping the easy things that promote good sleep. Here are five things that may be impacting your sleep, according to the sleep experts at AllerEase: 1. Sleeping with your pet. Dander, flees, hair and pet slobber, just don’t do it! 2. Using an old mattress. Does your mattress need to be retired? About 70% of Americans report their mattress is at least…
  • What All Women Need to Know About the BRCA Gene

    22 Mar 2015 | 3:45 am
      Over the past few years, breast cancer has become a part of everyday conversation. I have close friends who have battled the disease at various levels, those who have had serious scares, and those who have a family history that leaves them apprehensive about a potential diagnosis. After participating in the Komen 3 Day walk for breast cancer last year, I thought I had learned quite a bit more about this dreaded disease that affects so many women every single day. In that overwhelming sea of pink, there were also stories to be heard, and people walking in honor of lives lost and lives…
  • 8 Easy Ways to Walk More During the Day

    20 Mar 2015 | 3:10 am
      Spring is one of my favorite times of year. Not just because it is finally getting warmer, and because that warm weather means that I can get outside and take long walks once again. Sometimes I walk on my own, sometimes with a friend or two in the neighborhood. Getting out for a long walk outside is one of the most gratifying activities I can do for myself. It allows me to breathe feely, to soak up the sun, to do some of my best thinking, and to get exercise at the same time. Actually, studies even show that people have more creative thoughts when they are walking than when they are…
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    Learning from Dogs

  • Misery Is Optional

    Paul Handover
    31 Mar 2015 | 1:00 am
    Another guest essay from the old lamplighter. It seems to me that it is so incredibly easy to be influenced, even engulfed, by bad news. Back on the 20th I posted an item that had been sent to me by John Hurlburt, who is the old lamplighter, called Interstellar News. Here’s another essay from John that is a great reminder of that old adage: We are what we think. ooOOoo Misery Is Optional There’s always been a delicate balance in the struggle between growth and stagnation. The emerging universe invariably prevails. The good news is that absolutely insisting upon the denial of…
  • Call of the wild.

    Paul Handover
    30 Mar 2015 | 1:00 am
    A Monday morning reminder of our beautiful planet. American Wilderness: The John Moulton Barn on Mormon Row at the base of the Tetons. Photo: Jon Sullivan Just a random picture found by doing a web search. (Actually found on what looks like a great blog: I am Wilderness.) This morning’s post was prompted by listening to one of my favourite music groups: The Alan Parsons Band. Listening to this particular track: Call of the Wild. From his third solo album The Time Machine released in September, 1999. Lyrics written by Ian Bairnson Well I’ve talked to the wind and I’ve…
  • Picture parade eighty-nine.

    Paul Handover
    29 Mar 2015 | 1:00 am
    Some family memories. I can’t believe that it is four weeks tomorrow since Alex, my son, left us to return to England.  I wanted to share some photographs with you. Bummer Creek that runs across our property is reputed to hold gold. oooo None found – but not for the lack of trying. oooo Pharaoh, instinctively, thought that a dog’s nose would raise the odds of a find. oooo Alex, I think I see the glint of something! oooo Gold! Did someone mention GOLD! oooo OK! Oliver’s got involved. I’ll just stand here and watch the goings-on! Let me bring today’s picture…
  • Cognitive ageing!

    Paul Handover
    28 Mar 2015 | 1:00 am
    Or put another way: I can remember everything except the things I forget. Like many others of my age, the short-term memory is not as sharp as it used to be (not that I can remember when that was! ) So with that in mind, and only for my dear readers who understand where I am coming from, here’s a lovely item that was sent to neighbour Dordie who then passed it on to me. ooOOoo Your Yearly Dementia Test (only 4 questions) Yep, it’s that time of year again for us to take our annual senior citizen test. Exercise of the brain is as important as exercise of the muscles. As we grow…
  • We all have a story to tell.

    Paul Handover
    27 Mar 2015 | 1:00 am
    Featuring David Isay and StoryCorps. Jean and I were late back home on Wednesday evening and after our evening meal only had half-an-hour or so before it was time for bed. We browsed some of the talks on TED (we don’t have TV) and noticed one that sparked our interest: Everyone around you has a story the world needs to hear.  This is how the talk was introduced on TED. Dave Isay opened the first StoryCorps booth in New York’s Grand Central Terminal in 2003 with the intention of creating a quiet place where a person could honor someone who mattered to them by listening to their…
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    Frank Sonnenberg Online

  • How Are You Viewed on Social Media?

    Frank Sonnenberg
    24 Mar 2015 | 3:45 am
    How Are You Viewed on Social Media? Social media is a wonderful way to keep in touch with friends and family. We share wonderful memories, hilarious jokes, breathtaking photos, and interesting articles. Sometimes we even raise controversial subjects and rant over things that get under our skin. The interesting thing is that many of us post things on social media that we wouldn’t dare say in person. Have you ever thought about the image that you present to your friends and colleagues on social media? You ARE Your Message. Additional Reading: Reputation: You Can’t Run from Your Shadow…
  • 10 Tips to Create Better Life Balance

    Frank Sonnenberg
    17 Mar 2015 | 3:45 am
    Many of us take each day as it comes and then seem surprised to find where life has taken us. We’ve risen to the top, but regret what we’ve lost during the journey; we’ve accumulated fancy possessions, but learned that money can’t buy the best riches in life. It’s as if we’ve followed a prepared script rather than consciously choosing the right path for us. Here are 10 tips to create better life balance: Remain focused and disciplined. Do you feel overwhelmed at times? That may be because you value quantity over quality. Priorities serve as guideposts to keep you on track. Your…
  • Honor: Your Word Is Your Bond

    Frank Sonnenberg
    10 Mar 2015 | 3:45 am
    There was a time when keeping your word held special significance. We took great pride in being of good character. Personal integrity was both expected and valued. That was a time when everyone knew each other’s family, and you wouldn’t do anything that would cast a shadow on your family’s good name. It was a time when integrity was instilled in children at a very early age and was viewed as instrumental in achieving success. The truth is, our world may have changed, but the importance of integrity has not. While we may not know everyone in our own town, the world is still smaller than…
  • You Think You Have Problems?

    Frank Sonnenberg
    3 Mar 2015 | 3:45 am
    Complaining, complaining, complaining. For some people, it’s their job. (And they’re good at it.) They complain about the weather, the noise level, and their personal comfort. They complain about their job, their kids, and how the world’s been unfair to them. In fact, they pretty much complain about everything. If you didn’t know better, you’d think they have real problems, but the fact is they don’t. Their biggest problem is that they complain too much. As Sydney J. Harris, the American journalist said, “When I hear somebody sigh, ‘Life is hard,’ I am always tempted to ask,…
  • 13 Ways to Spot a Lie

    Frank Sonnenberg
    24 Feb 2015 | 3:45 am
    The truth is . . . we can’t build relationships if we mistrust what friends say; we won’t follow leaders if we mistrust what they do; and we can’t make good decisions if we doubt the accuracy of the information that we receive. So why do people lie? The reasons are countless. Regardless of the motive, the ultimate results are the same. As someone once said, “The worst thing about being lied to is knowing you’re not worth the truth.” Can You Spot a Lie? Here are some common forms of dishonesty that masquerade as acceptable behavior: Misrepresentation. Distorting facts to…
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    Self Stairway

  • Why Being Polarizing Is Actually a Good Thing

    Vincent Nguyen
    30 Mar 2015 | 4:00 am
    Do you want to be loved by everyone? Sure you do. I did and still do, to some extent. It’d be great if every single person we met fell in love with us and laughed at all of our jokes (or at least half of them would do for me). But as fantastic as that sounds, it’s unrealistic. Everyone has a crowd of non-fans. Some people are so afraid of external disapproval that they aim to be as vanilla, average, and “normal” as possible to avoid drawing any negative attention. They think if they do nothing out of the ordinary, there couldn’t possibly be anyone who would think badly of them.
  • Stop Feeling Guilty For Enjoying Yourself

    Vincent Nguyen
    23 Mar 2015 | 4:00 am
    If you’re in the US, you’re familiar with how workaholics are praised for putting in countless hours and for never wanting to put work down. Let’s call it Last One to Leave the Office Syndrome (LOL OS, if you will). The majority of us run on LOL OS. It’s our daily operating system. And we get external reinforcement from our friends, family, co-workers, and bosses that further strengthens the desire to work ourselves harder. People look up to workaholics and encourage them. “You worked 80 hours last week? Awesome!” “Overtime five nights in a row? Yeah buddy!” You get the…
  • The Good Old Days Are Now

    Vincent Nguyen
    16 Mar 2015 | 4:00 am
    “I wish there was a way to know you’re in the good old days before you’ve actually left them.” –Andy Bernard, The Office Ever find yourself thinking back to some distant memory and saying to yourself, “Ah… Those were the good old days”? Getting nostalgic and reminiscing allows us to look back at how good we’ve had it. It’s a way to appreciate our life story as it unfolds, leading us to where we now stand. But we almost never look at the present with the same affectionate eyes. We never say to ourselves, “We’re living in the good old days right now.”…
  • 4 Ways to Spark Your Creativity and Productivity

    Vincent Nguyen
    9 Mar 2015 | 4:00 am
    Creativity and productivity is almost always a struggle for me. Sure, there are times where they’re easy and I just feel “on”, but more often than not, they’re things I have to make a conscious effort to achieve. And of course, if I had a day planned for productive work but I realize I got nothing significant done that day, I feel like I had just let myself down. Fortunately, there are several intentional actions I could take that help me kick myself back into high gear and remove myself from mental slumps. 1) Changing Your Physical Environment One of the biggest determinants…
  • It’s Supposed to Be Hard

    Vincent Nguyen
    2 Mar 2015 | 3:00 am
    Have you ever given up on something because it was too difficult? I stopped playing tennis after practicing for five years because I felt I was nowhere as skilled as I should be for someone who has clocked in as many hours as I have. I practiced every day for several years, competed against other schools, and even hired a private coach. It seemed like everyone around me was more consistent than I was in their strokes. They knew how to move their feet and keep the ball in play. I couldn’t keep up. Keeping this website going is probably one of the hardest things I do each week. I really…
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    Ahh The Simple Life

  • The Positivity Project: Positivity Portfolio

    Carol Ann Preibis
    28 Mar 2015 | 10:25 am
    The more I learn about positive psychology, the more I am convinced of its tremendous potential. Potential to transform… The post The Positivity Project: Positivity Portfolio appeared first on Ahh The Simple Life.
  • Living a Good Life: Positivity

    Carol Ann Preibis
    28 Mar 2015 | 7:07 am
    Every human being, whether living now or in a future generation, should be afforded the opportunity to live a… The post Living a Good Life: Positivity appeared first on Ahh The Simple Life.
  • Low-Fat Fettuccine Alfredo With Asparagus

    Carol Ann Preibis
    27 Mar 2015 | 6:48 pm
    This recipe is so delicious, so satisfying that you will never miss the fat! It’s Spring, asparagus is in… The post Low-Fat Fettuccine Alfredo With Asparagus appeared first on Ahh The Simple Life.
  • The Gradual Vegetarian

    Carol Ann Preibis
    26 Mar 2015 | 7:38 pm
    Considering a vegetarian diet? There are many reasons you should! The Gradual Vegetarian can help you make the transition. Reasons… The post The Gradual Vegetarian appeared first on Ahh The Simple Life.
  • Living a Good Life: Happiness

    Carol Ann Preibis
    22 Mar 2015 | 12:28 pm
    Every human being, whether living now or in a future generation, should be afforded the opportunity to live a… The post Living a Good Life: Happiness appeared first on Ahh The Simple Life.
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    Wan of a Kind

  • Foreign Domestic Workers (FDW) of Today and the Majie of the Yesterday

    William Wan
    17 Mar 2015 | 2:09 am
    I have just received some copies of the latest Infocus, a Ministry of Manpower publication for employers of foreign domestic workers. The cover story Kindness is the Movement is an interview I gave to its writer.What are some ways in which employers can help FDW adapt to living and working in Singapore, I was asked. Though we had never engaged a FDW, I had spent periods of time with families with FDWs and I shared some of my observations of the way FDWs are treated that facilitated their happy adaptation. They include,The children addressing them as aunties – there is…
  • Kindness in the Year of the Goat

    William Wan
    22 Feb 2015 | 5:20 pm
    On Wednesday 18th of February, more than a billion Chinese around the world welcomed the dawn of another lunar new year. In traditional Chinese astrology, different animals symbolize the character of the year in a twelve-year cycle. This New Year happens to be the Year of the Goat. Some prefers to call it the Year of the Ram, and yet others, the year of the Sheep. In Mongolia, they prefer their gazelle! There are people who debate about which is the correct animal. According to an official Xinhua news agency, some scholars argue goat is a better option for the traditional Han Chinese holiday,…
  • United by Kindness

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

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

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

  • Mud Doll Tugs At The Heartstrings To Inspire Kindness

    29 Mar 2015 | 11:06 pm
    SKM’s “A Nation of Kindness” Hums A New Tune Singapore, 30 March 2015 – The Singapore Kindness Movement today released “Mud Doll”, an emotive short film that deals with themes of simple acts of kindness and intergenerational bonding. The 120-second spot premieres on Channels 5 and 8 today, while a 60-second version begins its run in selected cinemas island-wide. The full-length clip is on SKM’s YouTube channel, KindnessSG. Continuing with its overarching theme of “A Nation of Kindness Starts with One”, “Mud Doll” explores the unlikely relationship between a persistent…
  • Kindness Badge 2015

    29 Mar 2015 | 10:15 pm
    On the 7 March 2015, when most of us were having our weekend break, more than a hundred students from Girl Guides of Singapore (GGS), Singapore Scouts Association (SSA), and St John Singapore (SJS) gathered for the launch of Kindness Badge 2015. Attendees were briefed on the scope to carry out kindness related projects to impact the Singapore community. The Kindness Badge Awards (KBA) was successfully launched on 13 November 2014 with the GGS and SSA. For the inaugural year, the projects were quite influential in its reach. The projects ranged from a pledge to return trays at food centres, to…
  • Video: I care to clean

    29 Mar 2015 | 8:48 pm
    Singapore has the reputation of being one of the cleanest cities in the world, but is Singapore really clean? Can Singapore be a clean city? And who’s responsibility is it to keep Singapore clean? Find out from the documentary below by the Keep Singapore Clean Movement:
  • KSC Networking Session 2015

    23 Mar 2015 | 7:41 pm
    A Nation of Kindness starts with one…individual or ground up movement. That was seen when SKM organised a kindred spirit circle networking session on 17th March 2015. It was an intimate gathering of 40 individuals and ground up movements (GUM) coming together to network and share ideas relating to kindness. SKM ran a campaign on the theme of “A Nation of Kindness Starts with One”, encouraging everyone to take ownership and be more pro-active about being kind. The real-life stories and efforts of several important individuals helped to bring our campaign to life. We also…
  • Happy workplace, happy workers, greater productivity

    15 Mar 2015 | 9:03 pm
    WHILE the Transition Support Package helped businesses invest in productivity-boosting automation (“Package to boost productivity to be phased out”; Feb 24), there might also be a need to review the underlying assumptions about productivity and consider a different approach. Professor Kishore Mahbubani attributes happiness and fun at work as being more effective contributors of productivity than economic incentives (“Want to be more productive? Have fun at work”; Feb 14). There is support for this idea. Researchers at the Harvard Business School found that happy…
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    Live With Soul

  • don't be fooled by guilt

    20 Mar 2015 | 10:43 am
    don’t be fooled by guiltit sneaks upon you -  planting its roots before you even notice its presencethen comes the self-talkabout what we shoulda, coulda, woulda donehating on ourselves  -before we even gave ourselves a chance.know this…guilt removes the possibility of happiness,the possibility of takes you out of the present momentturns you against yourselfand others --and conceals the natural,unconditionaland unending love we are capable of feelingfor ourselves othersand all of life.don’t let guilt rob you of love.and the love for matter the circumstance…
  • transformational weight loss and weight stability = mind + body + soul connection

    20 Feb 2015 | 9:15 am
    Like many other young females, I am somebody who at several points in my life experienced an eating disorder. I was "successful" at this disorder and at one point got down to nearly 100 pounds on my 5’5” frame. Everyone told me I was ‘too skinny’ and little did they know that was feeding my desire to be thin, and encouraging me to become even thinner.In hindsight, believe my obsession with my weight and food management was largely attributed to my desire to control the situations I was in. Each time I fell back into my eating disorder, I was living in an unstable home/work/life…
  • Through experience comes wisdom

    17 Feb 2015 | 10:52 am
    There is much to be said about the personal growth that comes through experience. We often hear of people “learning the lesson the hard way” and there is much truth and personal proof to that. At times, we may look for that shortcut to our own improvement, only to realize that we often need personal and direct experiences – to learn the lesson the hard way, in order to cause a permanent and fundamental change of beliefs.   These experiences come in many forms – both good and bad, and sometimes even involve reaching a rock bottom in order absolutely feel the need to change not…
  • our mentors are our mirrors

    6 Feb 2015 | 10:09 am
    I am somebody who seeks mentorship anywhere I can. I know a mentor when I feel their impact in my heart and soul. They move me, motivate me and inspire me to be a better person. I aspire to fully live out my life as they do theirs. This comes in many forms – friends, colleagues, books, teachers, speakers, bloggers, movies and even strangers.One misconception I have come to realize which I have with my mentors is that, in a way, I tend to put them on a pedestal. I see them in a light of perfection that feels beyond my grasp.  A belief exists within me which seems to teeter…
  • Jewel "Deep Water" Lyrics

    29 Jan 2015 | 5:21 pm
    The lyrics to this song...   L O V ET H E MO HS OM U C H <3 "Deep Water"You find yourself falling downYour hopes in the skyBut you heart like grape gum on the groundAnd you try to find yourselfIn the abstractions of religionAnd the cruelty of everyone elseAnd you wake up to realizeYour standard of living somehow got stuck on surviveWhen you're standing in deep waterAnd you're bailing yourself out with a strawAnd when you're drowning in deep waterAnd you wake up making love to a wallWell it's these little times that help to remindIt's nothing without loveYou wake up to…
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    VolunteerMark Blog

  • How to Ensure that Our Organizational Efforts are Responsive to Change

    29 Mar 2015 | 9:15 pm
    Because of our continuously altered political, social, economic, and environmental landscape, I think it’s in nonprofits’ best interests to constantly re-examine their mission, purpose, organizational efforts, and methods of operating. Similarly to how for-profits challenge and question the relevancy and usability of their brand and product, I think it’s crucial for nonprofits to adopt a similar practice. Staying stagnant in our efforts, advocacy, and education will inevitably drive us into a roadblock where our ability to advance social change will be ineffectual.
  • Community Leadership and Volunteering: A Gateway to Happiness

    26 Mar 2015 | 8:00 am
    Volunteering your time serves an important function in your community. To put this into perspective, in 2011 American’s volunteered almost 8 billion hours of their time, which accounted for over $170 billion worth of labor. This saved money across the board and helped many non-profit organizations stay afloat. So, you want to help better the world around you through volunteering? That’s great! Follow these guidelines and you will be well on your way to successfully bettering your community.
  • Nonprofit Internship Tips: Your Co-Workers, You, and Your Passion

    19 Feb 2015 | 1:15 pm
    While navigating through my nonprofit internships as a college student and trying to make sense of my future and how to piece my nonprofit passion and experiences together, I found that my co-workers were extremely helpful and willing to support and further my passions within the sector. The relationships I was able to foster with my co-workers are part of the reason I am where I am today as a recent post-grad.
  • The health of volunteering in the UK

    17 Feb 2015 | 5:15 am
    A brief overview of the voluntary sector in the United Kingdom. I want to see the real aspect of volunteering across the pond, rather than the stereotypical soup kitchen support and “Extreme Makeover: Home Edition”style philanthropy of the US, compared to the Dickensian cliches of British Childrens Charities.
  • Helping Students Discover Why Volunteering is Important

    7 Feb 2015 | 9:45 am
    Often, young people see older adults in positions of power and success and think that in order to effect change they have to be of a certain age and status in society. But that’s not true at all. It’s time we start teaching young people that they can make a positive and lasting impact in their community and society-at-large.
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    Direct Relief

  • Helping Hands Increase HIV Testing & Treatment in the Bronx

    Hannah Rael, Communications Associate
    30 Mar 2015 | 11:59 am
    A recent immigrant to the U.S., Asha* was grateful to connect with Kalina*, a Helping Hands Program recruiter with Morris Heights Health Center (MHHC) located in the Bronx, N.Y. After getting to know her, Kalina suspected Asha was pregnant and guided her to MHHC, where her pregnancy was confirmed. Unfortunately, she also tested positive for the Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV), […] The post Helping Hands Increase HIV Testing & Treatment in the Bronx appeared first on Direct Relief.
  • Drones for Good: 4 Lessons from SXSW Interactive

    Andrew Schroeder, Director of Research and Analysis
    27 Mar 2015 | 2:37 pm
    The view of small unmanned aerial vehicles, or “drones,” has evolved quickly in the past two years from objects of fear or hobbyist fascination to the forefront of global discussions of how to improve humanitarian operations. Emerging applications range from high-resolution digital mapping to rapid situational awareness to potentially enormous changes in how we distribute essential relief goods to remote […] The post Drones for Good: 4 Lessons from SXSW Interactive appeared first on Direct Relief.
  • Emergency Update: Tornadoes Tear Through Oklahoma

    Tony Morain
    26 Mar 2015 | 12:37 am
    A powerful series of tornadoes brought on by severe storms bore through Oklahoma Wednesday night, causing one death and dozens of injuries. CNN reported significant damage across a 2-mile square area in Moore, Oklahoma, where high winds tore roofs from homes and downed trees. As many as 36,000 households were without power as of early Thursday morning. Patients with minor injuries sought care at the Moore Medical […] The post Emergency Update: Tornadoes Tear Through Oklahoma appeared first on Direct Relief.
  • Update: Vanuatu Cyclone Response

    Gordon Willcock, Emergency Preparedness &#38; Response Manager
    20 Mar 2015 | 4:26 pm
    View image | Direct Relief’s Emergency Preparedness and Response Manager Gordon Willcock is in Vanuatu conducting assessments after Category 5 Tropical Cyclone Pam tore across the South Pacific last weekend. His update from the field below: Reports from the northern islands indicate they are okay, apart from the eastern coast of Pentecost. The southern island group, especially Tanna, were […] The post Update: Vanuatu Cyclone Response appeared first on Direct Relief.
  • Aid Bound for Chile Following Wildfire Near Port Cities

    Hannah Rael, Communications Associate
    20 Mar 2015 | 4:11 pm
    View image | A shipment of medical supplies is headed to Chile in response to a wildfire that burned near the port cities of Valparaíso and Viña del Mar, which forced nearly 7,000 people to evacuate their homes. The delivery, bound for the Foundation for Education, Social, and Economic Development (FEDES), includes first aid supplies, exam gloves, and hygiene items […] The post Aid Bound for Chile Following Wildfire Near Port Cities appeared first on Direct Relief.
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    Our Better World

  • After death comes life

    30 Mar 2015 | 8:35 pm
    A story by Our Better World - telling stories of good to inspire action. This past week an entire nation has contemplated the passing of the late, great, Mr Lee Kuan Yew. I am one of those people who think about death a lot.  Not because I am morbid. It's just that death seems to be of central significance to our lives.  So often we live pretending death isn't a part of life.  They say that successful people begin with the end in mind.  A contemplation of our death ought to set the agenda for our lives.  When that day comes, who do we want to have become? What do we…
  • My son nearly ran me into a tree

    Joshua Lye
    24 Mar 2015 | 1:38 pm
    A story by Our Better World - telling stories of good to inspire action. The morning before Mr Lee Kuan Yew died, my family joined Runninghour's 'Run So Others Can' event at Marina Bay's Promontory. It was a unique event, giving participants the opportunity to try running part of the distance blindfolded. My son, wife and I each took turns running blindfolded and guiding for a few hundred metres, before completing the 5km event sighted. Running blind was nothing like I'd imagined. It's tough. Seems obvious, and I thought I knew what it would be like. But it was much tougher than I'd thought.
  • Close your eyes. Now let's play tennis

    20 Mar 2015 | 6:38 pm
    A story by Our Better World - telling stories of good to inspire action. The players mostly missed. That's the truth. It was 2012 and Our Better World had just started. We were looking for an inspiring story to tell.  It came to us wrapped in one of those “someone I know is doing something interesting” kind of moments: a group was teaching blind and partially blind people to play tennis.  How could we not check it out?  When we visited the place where they practised, I was amazed and humbled. This was clearly something unique and full of good.  We watched as volunteers…
  • Not your ordinary superwomen

    Joshua Lye
    9 Mar 2015 | 11:57 am
    A story by Our Better World - telling stories of good to inspire action. We don't think it's special for women to be outstanding in their fields, wear multiple hats or be ridiculously successful. But we do think it's really something when people have the courage to define success differently; when they work to change lives. So for International Women's Day, we celebrate some of the women whose stories we've had the privilege of telling.
  • Behind the 'Bangla'

    5 Mar 2015 | 12:52 pm
    A story by Our Better World - telling stories of good to inspire action. Anonymous and invisible, the Bangladeshi migrant worker is often merely a nameless face in crowded Singapore. He is the construction or shipyard worker, the cleaner, the Bangla. Could there be more to his story? Three young Singaporeans travelled to Bangladesh to find out. One of the trio, Bernice Wong, said the group "felt it was timely and necessary to expand the narrative" beyond "the deeply-entrenched image of them as low cost economic digits or cogs in our industrial machine." "We went to unearth what is it that…
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    Life Made to Order

  • Mini-Blogging Break and Wisdom Nugget

    Kelli Cooper
    22 Mar 2015 | 3:49 am
       I am very happy to have a good friend from New Jersey visiting me here in Bali, and I have been pretty busy these last couple of days. My normal schedule is thrown a bit out of whack and I am going to take a mini blogging vacation and will be back with a post on March 31st. I was attempting to put together my Monday post, but my brain was just not cooperating. And I never want to publish something I don’t feel is as good as it could be because then my audience probably wouldn’t like it very much, and I don’t want that to happen.  This experience is a great lesson…
  • Law of Attraction: 3 Snafus Keeping Your Manifestations in Limbo

    Kelli Cooper
    18 Mar 2015 | 3:47 am
    Frustration is a common feeling when it comes to working consciously with law of attraction. We have our sights set on certain things, and we just want them so badly. It is supposed to be so easy, and at the core, it is, but over the years, we haven’t exactly been groomed to become the all-powerful creators we truly are. In fact, we are led to believe we are not very powerful at all. Sure, there is a lot of lip service about being able to achieve anything, blah,blah,blah, but on the whole, we are not very positive, nor do we expect much. We are taught to get anywhere, we have to suffer,…
  • How Did I Get Here? Reining in Your Runaway Life

    Kelli Cooper
    16 Mar 2015 | 3:35 am
    Are you looking at your life wondering how things went so wrong? Are you at a loss as to when things got so off track? When did your life totally get away from you? Do you feel like you don’t even recognize yourself? At what point did you give up on the hopes and dreams you harbored? Are you worried it’s too late to do anything now? Do you want to change, but don’t know where to start? If you have asked yourself any of those questions, then this post is for you….enjoy Be Prepared for Some Uncomfortable Feelings, But Know It Gets Better When we finally realize what has…
  • Law of Attraction: Acting ‘As If” Regardless of Your Current Reality

    Kelli Cooper
    13 Mar 2015 | 4:02 am
    Law of attraction isn’t about thinking certain things and then making those exact thing is about attracting experiences that feel the same as we are feeling now, that match our current predominant beliefs. Whether we are fully aware of certain beliefs and feelings…that’s another story, but I digress…. Though we often line up with the exact thing we are thinking about because it is a good representation of what we actually want. But, again, it’s really not about the thoughts, though they certainly play a role. And with that little nugget of wisdom, it…
  • You Vs Brain: 4 Tips for Defeating Calamitous Racing Thoughts Syndrome

    Kelli Cooper
    11 Mar 2015 | 2:48 am
    Today I am happy to bring you an awesome guest post by my husband Ryan Biddulph. He is one of the wisest people I know, and highly committed to this whole ‘being the best person you can be’ thing. I don’t know anyone who has a better grip on all the ‘stuff’ that can derail us, and I’m not just saying that because he’s my man. I learn from him everyday, and am so appreciative of the fact I have access to someone like him anytime I want. Enjoy! I want to write this blog post for my wife. But I also need to finish proofreading my next eBook in the…
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  • 7 Lies About Welfare That Many People Believe Are Fact

    Danica Johnson
    30 Mar 2015 | 1:44 pm
    This story was originally published on Everyday Feminism, and has been reproduced here with their permission. Angry Americans have a lot to say about welfare. Some of it’s questionable, most of it’s derogatory, and almost all of it is incorrect. There are millions of people who currently receive government assistance in our country. To some Americans, this rings alarm bells. But how much do they really know about what welfare actually is, or about the people who need it? First of all, many people would be surprised to discover that there is no one program called “welfare.” The…
  • These Businesses Are Fighting Back Against Indiana’s Outrageous New Law

    Aja Frost
    27 Mar 2015 | 1:58 pm
    A lesbian couple walks into a bakery in Indiana. The owner, a conservative Christian who doesn’t believe in gay marriage, refuses to make them a cake for their wedding day. The couple walks out. They’re furious, sad, and disappointed—but legally, there’s nothing they can do. No, this isn’t the ’50s. It’s modern-day Indiana. On March 27, 2015, Governor Mike Pence signed a bill allowing Indiana business owners to refuse service to LGBT customers.  Known as the Religious Freedom Restoration Act, the law stops the government from “substantially burdening” a person’s religious…
  • A Love Letter to Ugly Produce

    Kelsey Ryan
    27 Mar 2015 | 1:24 pm
    Do looks matter, when it comes to grocery store produce? If I’m being honest, I know that it does. Why would I buy an ugly apple, if I could have a picture-perfect one for the same price? On a silly note, it’s easy to see why I’d want an unblemished fruit or vegetable: because I like when things look pretty. What if I (gasp!) can’t Instagram my dinner prep, because my carrots look so visually unappealing? (Don’t lie to me, Instagram users; I know I’m not alone here!) But my worries go deeper than just a vain preference for pretty produce. When I see a…
  • This Problem Is Only Getting Worse: 5 Earth-Loving Trends that Can Reverse It

    Chrislyn Laurie Laurore
    27 Mar 2015 | 1:10 pm
    There’s no two ways around it: we waste a lot of packaging. Keurig-lovers the world over were exposed to criticism when Egg Studio’s Kill The K-Cup video went viral on YouTube earlier this year. The popular single-use coffee pods are notoriously unsustainable and have been claiming more and more landfill space since their conception in 1993. In an article for Mother Jones, Maddie Oatman estimated that laid end to end, the K-Cups sold in the year 2013 alone would circle the earth upwards of 10.5 times. But Keurig Green Mountain is only the latest in a long list of American companies…
  • March Madness is My Life. But What Are the Ethics of College Basketball?

    Emily Rabbitt
    26 Mar 2015 | 2:16 pm
    College basketball is one of the best examples of exceptional athleticism out there. There is nothing more satisfying in sport than the pure swish of jump shot, no defensive maneuver more decisive than a soundly blocked shot. I don’t watch all season, but I totally watch March Madness. And in general, there’s something about college basketball that I love—the pace, the precision, the community, and the high stakes competition of the single elimination tournament. But my enthusiasm has waned in recent years. It seems like every year there’s some new college sports scandal: recruits…
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  • Folly: A Canine Partner – Amazing Animal of the Month

    Nisha Kotecha
    31 Mar 2015 | 12:51 am
    Our ‘Amazing Animal of the Month’ for March 2015 is Folly, a canine partner to Katy since 2013. Katy was born with cerebral palsy. Below is their story in Katy’s words.  As a young woman, I now feel like I have everything to live for and want to get out there and seize every adventure that comes my way but this wasn’t always the case. A few hours after I was born I was diagnosed with cerebral palsy and my parents were given a very bleak prognosis. Ever since then my life has been a long series of fights, sometimes even to just stay alive. There is a wrongful assumption…
  • Dogs really are a man’s best friend

    Ellena Rowlin
    30 Mar 2015 | 12:55 am
    Glyn Jones and his Labrador Osbourne are best of friends. He pulls the quilt cover over Glyn’s feet at night, he brings Glyn health and happiness every day. Glyn recalls how he never feels lonely when Osbourne is around. Glyn has MS. When Glyn was diagnosed with Multiple sclerosis after failing his medical to extend his work in the Royal Navy he felt completely alone in the world. By 2006 he was wheelchair dependent and had to let go of his beautiful three bedroom home out in the country to a small, sheltered flat. Glyn and his well-loved Alsatian, Bud, missed the spacious fresh air and…
  • For Women in Science Award Winner Talks About Her Unusual Path to Success

    Nisha Kotecha
    27 Mar 2015 | 1:50 am
    L’Oréal-UNESCO For Women in Science Awards For 17 years, women in the science industry have been celebrated for their incredible efforts and contributions to the research field, from curing diseases to protecting the environment, at the annual L’Oréal-UNESCO For Women in Science Awards. This year, Professor Dame Carol Robinson has been awarded the European Laureate award, making her the fifth British scientist to have won the European award in the 17 years of the programme’s existence. An Unusual Path to Success Working in physical chemistry with the mass spectrometer, Professor…
  • Local Policeman Gives Four Year Old Cancer Patient a Day to Remember

    Laura Stockin
    26 Mar 2015 | 1:46 am
    Four year old Persian has always been fascinated by the police. Persian was diagnosed with kidney cancer in May 2013. He has undergone two courses of chemotherapy and has had a tough 12 months but this has not dampened his enthusiasm for the police. He is particularly interested in police cars and helicopters. The charity Make-A-Wish UK gave Persian his dream day – a special policeman experience  with his favourite local policeman, George. Persian arrived at the police training centre in Birmingham in style by travelling in a Hummer limousine. He had his own police uniform and…
  • Cyclone Pam: People Come Together to Rebuild Community

    Nisha Kotecha
    25 Mar 2015 | 1:48 am
    When Unicef restored water to their community after Cyclone Pam, Adelaide, 11, and her family, were finally able to shower and clean up their home. Adelaide, 11, and her younger sister Catalia, 1, are able to access clean water now after Unicef restored their community’s water system. © Unicef Pacific/2015/Sevenier Tropical Cyclone Pam is regarded as one of the worst natural disasters in the history of Vanuatu. At least 17 people are known to have lost their lives and approximately 65,000 have been left homeless. The storm’s impacts were also felt, to a lesser extent, in other…
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  • Life at Wesrom – March 2015

    Robert Indries
    30 Mar 2015 | 12:12 am
    Another amazing month for Wesrom! It’s incredible just how many good things can happen (or be accomplished) when you are dedicated to adding as much value as you can and creating the best user/reader/client experience that you are capable of! This March we really pushed ourselves to open up even more to the world. We started several initiatives (described below) that we feel will add even more value to anyone that reads our blog, was directed to us, or simply just found our site whilst browsing. (Yes, that’s you! Welcome!) So now, join me for a few minutes as I describe what…
  • The 4 real killers of productivity

    Robert Indries
    26 Mar 2015 | 1:14 am
    I’m obsessed with being productive. I realized that I have just one life and I am NOT going to let it pass me by just because I was too lazy to figure things out and use that knowledge to my advantage. About one month ago I wrote an article on what true productivity really means. Today, I would like to help you even more by adding, what I believe, are the 4 main obstacles between you and the best results you’ve ever had! I won’t talk about things like slow computers or Facebook, because you can buy a better computer and simply stop yourself from checking Facebook. I’ll…
  • 7 great benefits of reading

    Robert Indries
    23 Mar 2015 | 12:54 am
    In the very first article I’ve written, I talked about how the habit of reading has forever changed my life for the better, much better. Since then, I’ve read a dozen other books and am even more passionate about the topic. Because I think it’s so important and I wanted to add as much value to you, my dear reader, as I possibly can, I asked a question: What could I do to make the habit even more attractive? The (fairly obvious) answer? Write a post about the benefits of reading! I can only provide you with a limited amount of helpful articles, but there are countless amazing…
  • The 3 steps to fully enjoy life

    Robert Indries
    19 Mar 2015 | 12:55 am
    People are truly amazing. Each of us have a brain that is one of the most outstanding inventions of evolution. What do we do with it? Check for updates on Facebook, gossip about other people (as if we’re any better), watch hundreds or maybe even thousands of hours of TV and a few dozen other activities that and zero value to neither our lives, nor to the lives of others. (except for the creators of the products and services we consume, which are getting richer by the minute) Me, you and everyone we know has their own way of wasting time. Some waste more time than others, but then again,…
  • How to find the perfect partner

    Robert Indries
    16 Mar 2015 | 12:50 am
    I see and hear about it all the time. Single people that wish they would be in a relationship or people that are already in a relationship that wish they would be single. Funny how life works, isn’t it? The honest truth is that parents don’t really teach their children very practical ways to find the right person. At least I know I didn’t get much help on this specific topic. Have you? Even if you have and even if you haven’t, I hope today’s article will be useful for you. Enjoy. First of all, you need to create a void Don’t expect the perfect person to…
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