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  • Don't be shy. Run towards your big vision.

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

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

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    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.
  • Just One Thing: Be Amazed

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    30 Oct 2014 | 1:26 am
    Last night, stressing about undone tasks, I glanced in a mirror and saw my T-shirt, with its picture of a galaxy and a little sign sticking up out of its outer swirls, saying “You are here.” A joke gift from my wife, I’ve worn this shirt many times—yet for once it stopped me in my tracks. In William Blake’s phrase, the doors of perception popped open and it really hit me: Yes we are actually here, off to the edge of a vast floating whirlpool of stars, alive and conscious, walking and talking on a big rock circling a bigger burning ball of gas. Here, now, nearly fourteen billion…
  • lessons from a bird, again

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    Dave Pollard
    25 Oct 2014 | 2:01 pm
    1. self-healing: first, you breathe. then, gently, take stock of your wounds, your fever, whatever is not well. if you’ve been in shock, shake it off, violently, with every muscle in your body, don’t give it purchase to haunt you, let it go entirely, now. it’s over. next, find a warm, quiet, safe place, near water, and rest. as long as it takes. that’s all. 2. healing others: fend off the danger, get the obstacles to the other’s self-healing out of the way. bring fresh food and warm liquids. let the other know you’re there, close by, listen, and sing your empathy and love. no…
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  • Be open to Big Vision photobombs

    Britt Bravo
    24 Oct 2014 | 1:26 pm
    While visiting New Mexico this summer, I raised my phone to take a photo of some pink flowers against a blue sky when this happened:This hummingbird flew right into my frame and posed for a long time (at least by hummingbird standards). It was a magical moment, especially because hummingbirds have always been an "auspicious symbol" for me.Sometimes when we're working on our big vision: noticing what sparkles, letting go of old visions to be open to the new, and running towards what excites us, something unexpected shows up right in front of our face. It might even be more wonderful than the…
  • Don't be shy. Run towards your big vision.

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

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

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

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

    GoodGuide
    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

    GoodGuide
    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 GoodGuide.com

    GoodGuide
    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 GoodGuide.com 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…
  • WEF14: Why is Sustainability So Hard?

    Dara O'Rourke
    29 Jan 2014 | 2:03 pm
    This post first appeared on The Guardian Sustainable Business Blog (Jan. 24, 2014) Sunrise over the Swiss Alps, Davos 2014. Photo by Good Guide co-founder, Dara O’Rourke. One thing that has surprised me in my time in Davos is how often I’ve heard CEOs complain about how hard it is to promote sustainability and social responsibility inside their companies. In session after session, it has been clear that even the most powerful CEOs feel that transforming their organizations is hard. Very hard. In one of the few “public” sessions where CEOs talked about this, the panelists presented…
  • WEF14: New millennial consumers and sustainability

    Dara O'Rourke
    29 Jan 2014 | 1:45 pm
    This post first appeared on The Guardian Sustainable Business Blog (Jan. 23, 2014) Dara O’Rourke, a professor at UC Berkeley and the co-founder of GoodGuide.com, is the chair of WEF’s Global Agenda Council on Sustainable Consumption. The next generation of consumers is clearly on the minds of the CEOs and CMOs at Davos. A number of sessions have touched on what emerging “millennial” consumers of China, India, Brazil, and beyond will look like in 10 years. And similarly, how the next generation of consumers in the US and Europe will act. Everyone seems to agree that new…
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  • Just One Thing: Be Amazed

    Greater Good
    30 Oct 2014 | 1:26 am
    Last night, stressing about undone tasks, I glanced in a mirror and saw my T-shirt, with its picture of a galaxy and a little sign sticking up out of its outer swirls, saying “You are here.” A joke gift from my wife, I’ve worn this shirt many times—yet for once it stopped me in my tracks. In William Blake’s phrase, the doors of perception popped open and it really hit me: Yes we are actually here, off to the edge of a vast floating whirlpool of stars, alive and conscious, walking and talking on a big rock circling a bigger burning ball of gas. Here, now, nearly fourteen billion…
  • Super G: The Confluence of Gratitude and Giving

    Greater Good
    29 Oct 2014 | 9:52 am
  • Four Reasons to Stay Single

    Greater Good
    29 Oct 2014 | 1:02 am
    Settling is an ugly, depressing word. Few people would suggest outright that you should settle for less than you want and deserve in a relationship. Even Lori Gottlieb, author of Marry Him: The Case for Settling for Mr. Good Enough, disapproved of the use of the word in her book title, a decision she said was made by her publisher. But the pressure to settle can be very real, even if it is not communicated explicitly. People who are single after a certain age may be seen as “too picky” and urged to lower their standards. Singles are also likely to face social stigma due to their…
  • The Teenage Opportunity

    Greater Good
    28 Oct 2014 | 1:09 am
    My young adult daughter recently phoned me, clearly upset. She was mentoring a 17-year old boy through his college applications and had shown him her own application essays by way of example. But when she saw his early draft, she realized that he had directly lifted portions of her essays—a discovery that left her feeling betrayed, angry, and, frankly, puzzled. “Why did he do it?” she asked me. “He’s smarter than that. If he’s caught plagiarizing, all his offers could be rescinded.” “He wasn’t thinking,” I said. She was unsatisfied. “No, really,” I added, “He…
  • At Facebook, Creating Empathy Among Cyberbullying

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    27 Oct 2014 | 9:59 am
 
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  • lessons from a bird, again

    Dave Pollard
    25 Oct 2014 | 2:01 pm
    1. self-healing: first, you breathe. then, gently, take stock of your wounds, your fever, whatever is not well. if you’ve been in shock, shake it off, violently, with every muscle in your body, don’t give it purchase to haunt you, let it go entirely, now. it’s over. next, find a warm, quiet, safe place, near water, and rest. as long as it takes. that’s all. 2. healing others: fend off the danger, get the obstacles to the other’s self-healing out of the way. bring fresh food and warm liquids. let the other know you’re there, close by, listen, and sing your empathy and love. no…
  • Links of the Month: October 23, 2014

    Dave Pollard
    23 Oct 2014 | 7:53 pm
    image by Marsel van Ooosten via overgrowthesystem.com  My worldview continues to shift between those of 5 of the ‘camps’ in my New Political Map: The Existentialist/Dark Mountain camp (J), where my heart lies, and which calls on me to focus attention, for now, on learning presence, self-awareness, healing and becoming less dependent on industrial civilization as it collapses; The Communitarian/New Tribal camp (I), which calls on me to focus attention on the collective work of building resilient communities and collective (rather than personal) capacity where I live, now, so the…
  • Grimly Letting Go of the Old Story

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

    Melissa Heisler
    30 Oct 2014 | 12:02 am
    “Now that I am trying to change, I don’t like who I am.” At some point, many of my clients say this or something similar. When they finally see a new way to be, but are not yet capable of acting that way, they begin to attack themselves. “I am a horrible person.” “Being this way is bad.” “It is wrong to act like this.” These thoughts are natural, but not helpful. There are some very simple ways to begin accepting who you are so you can move into who you want to be. See the Truth When I work with individuals who are trying to lose weight, the first step is for them to truly…
  • Facing Pain And Finding Freedom

    Camille Lucy
    28 Oct 2014 | 12:02 am
    So… I was at the nail salon once and decided I was quite overdue for an eyebrow wax (admittedly I don’t go as often as perhaps I should – only several times a year max – since I don’t really grow messy or bushy eyebrows). I’m not sure if it’s because I am not used to it, or if it is just plain old painful, but each and every time I go, my eyes water from the discomfort (I habitually leave with black mascara running down my face), and I try to find ways to distract myself from it. I have experimented with many methods of coping. Pinching my hand.
  • How Do I Take The Next Step in My Career?

    Michael Grandinetti
    22 Oct 2014 | 12:06 am
    “As a medical professional, I feel that I have reached a plateau at my job. I love the job with all of my heart (patients). I work hard on a daily basis. I feel that I could use a pay increase. It has been 6 years since I last had an increase in pay. At the same time, I feel with all of my heart that I was put on earth to do something really great as far as serving people. How do I find out what my next step is in life? I feel stuck.” ~ Brenda, Georgia Hi Brenda, First of all, congratulations on your success in the medical profession. I greatly admire your passion for what is…
  • Go Ahead, Jump On The Bed…With Your Shoes On!

    Camille Lucy
    21 Oct 2014 | 12:02 am
    If I asked you to jump on the bed right this very moment, would you be able to do it?  I mean really do it, without stopping to take your shoes off… without thinking for even one split second prior to taking the first step towards the bed? Most of you will instinctively stop first, think about your shoes, the bed, the sheets… your eyes would probably wander from one to the other… even if you pause for just a brief moment, it would feel awkward – perhaps even uncomfortable and unsettling – to dive onto the bed as is. Interesting, huh? So, why is this? According…
  • Is Worry Holding You Down?

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

    Emeka Okafor
    27 Oct 2014 | 1:05 pm
    A profile from SciDev's PhDs in Focus: Sugar cane is one of Kenya’s most important cash crops. Currently, most of the pulp, or ‘bagasse’, left after the cane’s juice is extracted goes to waste. In this film, John Mwero, an engineer at the University of Nairobi, talks about his PhD research on adding the ash left after burning bagasse to cement. Not only does doing so recycle this readily available by-product, but it also strengthens concrete.
  • Potentially a $15.5 billion industry - African Fashion

    Emeka Okafor
    27 Oct 2014 | 4:29 am
    From CNBC:The recent Africa Fashion Week New York is an annual showpiece that signifies the emergence of Africa in the global fashion scene. It shows that Africa is no longer a passive spectator but an active player in the world's top league of innovators and producers. But why should investors is looking at the African fashion industry? Joining CNBC Africa for more is Deola Sagoe, founder of the House of Deola Sagoe.image courtesy House of Sagoevia CP Africa
  • Mud House Design Winners

    Emeka Okafor
    25 Oct 2014 | 12:58 pm
    Results are in from a previously highlighted competition held by NKA foundation: Reinventing the African Mud Hut TogetherThe competition was open to recent graduates and students of architecture, design and others from around the world. The challenge was to design a single-family unit on a plot of 60 x 60 feet to be built by maximum use of earth and local labor in the Ashanti Region of Ghana. The client of the design entry is the middle-income family at any township in the region. Total costs of constructing the design entry was capped at $6,000; land value was excluded from this price point.
  • HiviSasa

    Emeka Okafor
    25 Oct 2014 | 7:21 am
    Crowdsourced news from Kenya: HiviSasa (or "HiviSasa.com") is an online, local, county-level Kenyan newspaper that crowd-sources all content from local citizen reporters paying them per published story. Funded by the internet startup seed fund 88mph, HiviSasa.com has been running since early 2014. "Hivi sasa" can be translated into "right now" in Kiswahili. As of October 2014, HiviSasa publishes more than 60 articles daily written by more than 620 citizen reporters.-Wikipedia
  • Entrepreneurship development from the Songhai Centre

    Emeka Okafor
    24 Oct 2014 | 5:55 pm
    In Benin: This video presents the SONGHAI center, a sustainable center of micro-enterprise which also trains many young Africans. It is considered as a model of best practices for rural development, sustainable development, employment and training of youths, and self-financing of a company.This sustainable African initiative is recognized as a 'centre of excellence'. It employs over 400 people and trains more than 500 students and receives more than 20,000 visitors a year. SONGHAI has trained more than 2,650 people, most of whom have created their own companies. In addition, the center has…
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  • Our Building Blocks of Early-Stage Support

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

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

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

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

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

    wefmediateam
    29 Oct 2014 | 12:45 pm
    Mexico is poised to become Latin America’s economic star in the coming decade. The government’s recent reform of the energy sector will contribute directly to economic performance by reducing the cost of manufacturing. In the context of the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA), the resulting increase in manufacturing competitiveness promises to boost Mexico’s growth substantially. Until the government adopted the necessary constitutional amendment and enacted the associated enabling legislation, Mexico’s energy sector was entirely state-owned. The sector’s most important…
  • How big a problem is wealth inequality in the US?

    wefmediateam
    29 Oct 2014 | 10:23 am
    There is no dispute that income inequality has been on the rise in the US for the past four decades. The share of total income earned by the top 1% of families was less than 10% in the late 1970s, but now exceeds 20% as of the end of 2012 (Piketty and Saez 2003). A large portion of this increase is due to an upsurge in the labour incomes earned by senior company executives and successful entrepreneurs. But is the rise in US economic inequality purely a matter of rising labour compensation at the top, or did wealth inequality rise as well? Before we answer that question (hint: the answer is…
  • A chemical sponge for carbon capture

    wefmediateam
    29 Oct 2014 | 8:38 am
    Looking back, a career in science was always on the cards. When I was about four, for behaving myself I wanted to be allowed to add lots of numbers up. Growing up in Western Sydney, we didn’t have much, and a long university degree didn’t really match the budget. What made the difference was my mother deciding that my sister and I were going to university no matter what, even though no one in our family had gone before. As I headed to university, I thought I’d be a mathematician, but it turned out I just wasn’t quite good enough. I also really enjoyed chemistry, so I got into a…
  • Casinos: a cost benefit analysis

    wefmediateam
    29 Oct 2014 | 8:20 am
    During the past two decades, the US casino industry has expanded dramatically. According to the American Gaming Association, there are now nearly 1,000 commercial and tribal casinos in the country. Plans to expand casino gaming are typically controversial. Massachusetts presents one of the most interesting cases, with voters currently contemplating a measure to reverse casino legalization this coming Tuesday November 4. The cost benefit analysis Each time casino legalization or expansion is considered, similar issues come up. Casino proponents argue that casinos will create tax revenues,…
  • The dangers of generational prejudice

    wefmediateam
    29 Oct 2014 | 7:51 am
    A medical colleague was shaking his head in disgust. “What is wrong with these medical students today?” he asked. “They just don’t have the same work ethic they used to. In our day, we didn’t have to be coddled. They told us what work had to be done and we did it – no questions asked. But today students need someone to hold their hand and explain why they are being asked to do each little thing. These Gen Xers and Millennials – what does all this talk about meaning and work-life balance really amount to when a patient is suffering cardiopulmonary arrest at 3am?” Everyone needs…
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  • "Class Dismissed", New Indie Documentary on Home Education Receiving Amazing Audience Response

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  • The science of activism

    Chris Blattman
    29 Oct 2014 | 7:37 am
    A new APSR paper by Daniel Carpenter and Colin Moore: Examining an original dataset of more than 8,500 antislavery petitions sent to Congress (1833–1845), we argue that American women’s petition canvassing conferred skills and contacts that empowered their later activism. We find that women canvassers gathered 50% or more signatures (absolute and per capita) than men while circulating the same petition requests in the same locales. Supplementary evidence (mainly qualitative) points to women’s persuasive capacity and network building as the most plausible mechanisms for this…
  • “10 Hours of Walking in NYC as a Woman”

    Chris Blattman
    28 Oct 2014 | 5:15 pm
    hat tip to @dandrezner Some depressing commentary The post “10 Hours of Walking in NYC as a Woman” appeared first on Chris Blattman.
  • Is it ok for researchers to mess with elections?

    Chris Blattman
    27 Oct 2014 | 10:29 am
    The events: Three political scientists sent out official-looking election mailers to 100,000 Montana voters The mailer described the ideological standing of technically non-partisan candidates for the Montana Supreme Court, putting one close to Obama and one close to Romney. The mailer had the state seal among other logos, and the fine print said that the mailer sent by researchers from Dartmouth College and Stanford University, part of their research into voter participation The academic controversy, from Talking Points Memo: …political scientists consulted by TPM described the…
  • What I’ve been reading

    Chris Blattman
    27 Oct 2014 | 7:37 am
    Factory girls, by Leslie Chang. A WSJ journalist writes about factory girls she met in China. It is not what you might expect. This is possibly one of the best long form journalism books I’ve read in a year or two. Augustus, by John Williams. A life of Caesar Augustus, through fictional letters written by his contemporaries. A classic re-released. This is the NYRB review that made me buy it. Perfect if you have an appetite for history but you prefer a compelling narrative over true facts. Ides of March, by Thornton Wilder. The life of Julius Caesar, told through letters by…
  • Unwilling entrepreneurs

    Chris Blattman
    25 Oct 2014 | 6:35 am
    A common sensical but useful new paper by Nagler and Naude, on how many if not most African households make their money. Descriptive analysis is underrated. Although non-farm enterprises are ubiquitous in rural Sub-Saharan Africa, little is yet known about them. The motivation for households to operate enterprises, how productive they are, and why they exit the market are neglected questions. Drawing on the Living Standards Measurement Study — Integrated Surveys on Agriculture and using discrete choice, selection model and panel data estimators, this paper provide answers using data…
 
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  • Helen Nissenbaum on Ad Nauseum, resistance through obfuscation, and weapons of the weak

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

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

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

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

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

    29 Oct 2014 | 9:00 pm
    Applicants for wisdom, do what I have done: Inquire within.  ~HeraclitusI hold those wise who know how to be happy.  ~Ninon de LenclosA loving heart is the truest wisdom.  ~Charles DickensThere is little room left for wisdom when one is full of judgment.  ~Malcolm HeinWisdom is nothing more than healed pain.  ~Robert Gary LeeNine-tenths of wisdom is appreciation. Go find someone's hand and squeeze it, while there's still time.  ~Dale DautenThe invariable mark of wisdom is to see the miraculous in the common.  ~Ralph Waldo EmersonWhere is the Life we have…
  • If We Only Knew

    28 Oct 2014 | 9:00 pm
    All sorrows can be borne if you put them into a story or tell a story about them.  ~Isak DinesenEvery life comes with a story ... and a possibility for a great adventure.  ~Kobi YamadaIn the book of life we are chapters in one another's stories.   ~unknownThe stories that you tell about your past shape your future.  ~Eric Ransdell The best teachers are the best storytellers. ~Frank SmithIs there anyone we wouldn't love if we only knew their story?  ~Mary Lou KownackiQuotes about story telling
  • Even if You Lose

    27 Oct 2014 | 9:00 pm
    The difference in winning and losing is most often, not quitting.  ~Walt DisneyThe next best thing to winning is losing! At least you've been in the race.  ~Nellie Hershey TullisRemember, nobody wins unless everybody wins.  ~Bruce SpringsteenVictory is won not in miles but in inches. Win a little now, hold your ground, and later, win a little more.  ~Louis L'AmourThere are victories of the soul and spirit. Sometimes, even if you lose, you win.  ~Elie WieselQuotes about winning
  • Completes the Circle

    26 Oct 2014 | 9:00 pm
    He that does good to another does good also to himself.~SenecaThe best portion of a good person's life is his little, nameless, unremembered acts of kindness and of love.  ~William WordsworthNo longer forward nor behindI look in hope or fear;But, grateful, take the good I find,The best of now and here.  ~John Greenleaf WhittierThe greatest pleasure I know is to do a good action by stealth and have it found out by accident.  ~Charles LambIn helping others, we shall help ourselves, for whatever good we give out completes the circle and comes back to us.  ~Flora EdwardsQuotes…
  • Too Sweet to Lose

    24 Oct 2014 | 9:00 pm
    What was any art but a mould in which to imprison for a moment the shining elusive element which is life itself - life hurrying past us and running away, too strong to stop, too sweet to lose. ~ Willa CatherA musician must make music, an artist must paint, a poet must write, if he is to be ultimately at peace with himself.  ~Abraham MaslowFor art is order, but it is born out of the chaos of life.  ~May SartonAll the arts we practice are apprenticeship. The big art is our life.  ~M. C. RichardsEach of us is an artist of our days; the greater our integrity and awareness, the more…
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    Gift Hub

  • Prayer Vigils for the Walton Family

    Phil Cubeta
    25 Oct 2014 | 3:25 pm
    A number of those reading Gifthub (secretly) are advisors to some of the world's wealthiest families. They read for years and say, "I have no idea what you are talking about." I ask you, those who identify as Consiglieres, Trusted Advisors, or Secular Priests, to dynastic wealth to imagine that you were with Alice Walton, or another of your best clients,  showing her how her family could own and control as much money as the bottom 42%, as today but more and more than that, as time goes by, if they follow your suggestions and pay you well. At about the point you have…
  • False Art

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

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

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

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

  • Mexican CHEESE Farmer from Kiva

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

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

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

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

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

  • Change the world.

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

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

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

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

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

  • Halloween Candy: What you need to know before you shop.

    GoodGuide
    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

    GoodGuide
    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 GoodGuide.com

    GoodGuide
    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 GoodGuide.com 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…
  • WEF14: Why is Sustainability So Hard?

    Dara O'Rourke
    29 Jan 2014 | 2:03 pm
    This post first appeared on The Guardian Sustainable Business Blog (Jan. 24, 2014) Sunrise over the Swiss Alps, Davos 2014. Photo by Good Guide co-founder, Dara O’Rourke. One thing that has surprised me in my time in Davos is how often I’ve heard CEOs complain about how hard it is to promote sustainability and social responsibility inside their companies. In session after session, it has been clear that even the most powerful CEOs feel that transforming their organizations is hard. Very hard. In one of the few “public” sessions where CEOs talked about this, the panelists presented…
  • WEF14: New millennial consumers and sustainability

    Dara O'Rourke
    29 Jan 2014 | 1:45 pm
    This post first appeared on The Guardian Sustainable Business Blog (Jan. 23, 2014) Dara O’Rourke, a professor at UC Berkeley and the co-founder of GoodGuide.com, is the chair of WEF’s Global Agenda Council on Sustainable Consumption. The next generation of consumers is clearly on the minds of the CEOs and CMOs at Davos. A number of sessions have touched on what emerging “millennial” consumers of China, India, Brazil, and beyond will look like in 10 years. And similarly, how the next generation of consumers in the US and Europe will act. Everyone seems to agree that new…
 
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    GOOD

  • Teacher’s Little Reading Helper

    Manuel Rapada
    29 Oct 2014 | 9:50 pm
    In trying to create a children’s reading app, engineer Keenan Wyrobek discovered he had a feedback problem. More specifically, he learned that teachers frequently didn’t have time to give individual attention to students as they practiced reading aloud. “As a teacher with 20, 30 kids, I only listen to each kid once a week—best-case scenario,” one educator informed Wyrobek. He decided that’s what would make his app, Bam Boomerang, different. Plenty of reading software already competes for children’s attention. A search of the Apple app store nets plenty of vibrantly illustrated…
  • How Elves and Serpents are Saving Iceland for Future Generations

    Mark Hay
    29 Oct 2014 | 9:40 pm
    Illustration by Tyler Hoehne Last month, the mayor of the 2,200-person town of Egilsstaðir in eastern Iceland matter-of-factly announced that his government had verified video proving the existence of the Lagarfljótsormur, the Iceland Worm Monster. A fixture of Icelandic myth since 1345, the Worm is supposedly a 300-foot sea serpent, which thrashes about and slithers up onto the surface from within the glacier-fed Lagarfljót Lake. Some say the Lagarfljótsormur was put there by men, some say it was tied to the bottom by Finns to keep its bloody appetites in check, and some say its lashing…
  • 5 Tales of Halloween Heartbreak   

    Tasbeeh Herwees
    29 Oct 2014 | 1:45 pm
    Illustration by Addison Eaton It’s too late for me. I’m almost 23 years old—long past the age where it’s appropriate. I have no kids of my own and I don’t particularly enjoy the company of children. So, in addition to going to prom, getting drunk on grad night, and loving Bruce Springsteen, it seems like I’ll have to add trick-or-treating to the long list of Great American traditions I will never experience. I’m not bitter. I can buy my own candy now—as much as I want, whenever I want—because I’m an adult. But at 12 years old, when every kid in your class is out dressed in…
  • Globetrot Like a Local

    Josh Covarrubias
    29 Oct 2014 | 12:50 pm
    We're in a golden age of connectivity— faraway people, places, and things are accessible with a few strategic clicks, and, suddenly, we're whisked away from the mundane of our everyday. The internet is perfect for the armchair traveler in each of us, those who aren't privy to the jetset lifestyle can now experience unique, signature events that happen in cities around the world. And so we present a calendar full of these fantastic cultural moments for you to peruse, and to stalk, whether in person, if you're lucky, or you can get a taste virtually as well. Either way, these signature…
  • Thomas Nestor Jr. Joins the Ranks

    Aubrey Larson
    29 Oct 2014 | 9:00 am
    Tradition is not taken lightly in Tom Nestor Jr.’s family. “My grandfather, father, and numerous uncles are members in the firehouse, or were,” Nestor says proudly. So, once Nestor turned 16, he rushed to join the ranks of the very same Point Breeze Fire Department that he had basically grown up in. Now 17 years old, Nestor is the acting chief’s aide within New York’s Breezy Point volunteer fire department, committed to not only upholding his family’s legacy but also to protecting the greater Breezy community. In celebration of Fire Prevention Month, GOOD is partnering with Nest…
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    SocialEarth

  • More of Today’s Social Change Agents Focus on the Future Than the Present

    3BL Media
    28 Oct 2014 | 8:45 am
    Even in a world of instant gratification, adults across the globe are working toward long-term positive social change. According to Walden University’s 2014 Social Change Impact Report, more people believe [...] The post More of Today’s Social Change Agents Focus on the Future Than the Present appeared first on SocialEarth.
  • #GivingTuesday: A Day to Flex Your Corporate Philanthropy Muscle

    Ryan Scott
    28 Oct 2014 | 8:39 am
    Can you hear it?  The holiday drumbeat has begun.  It’s a long march up the hill towards Halloween, straight to Thanksgiving, ‘round the curve past Black Friday, down the path [...] The post #GivingTuesday: A Day to Flex Your Corporate Philanthropy Muscle appeared first on SocialEarth.
  • 7 In Depth iTunesU Courses to Inspire Social Entrepreneurs

    Grant Trahant
    28 Oct 2014 | 8:36 am
    Digital education is moving very fast. We now have tons of options to choose from. One great option is iTunesU. It has free courses and classes from some of the [...] The post 7 In Depth iTunesU Courses to Inspire Social Entrepreneurs appeared first on SocialEarth.
  • Greenbuild 2014 Showcases Efforts of Google and Brad Pitt’s Make It Right

    Vikas Vij
    27 Oct 2014 | 7:57 am
    Green building is more than just a development trend. It involves a range of environmental aspects such as emissions reduction, water conservation, storm water management, temperature moderation, and waste reduction. [...] The post Greenbuild 2014 Showcases Efforts of Google and Brad Pitt’s Make It Right appeared first on SocialEarth.
  • CommonCause.org is All About Crowdsourcing the Positive

    Sangeeta Haindl
    27 Oct 2014 | 5:20 am
    Common Cause, a U.K. based charity, is a brilliant and simple idea: is the first crowdfunding site that allows people to work directly with individuals from disadvantaged backgrounds, helping them [...] The post CommonCause.org is All About Crowdsourcing the Positive appeared first on SocialEarth.
 
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    Sasha Dichter's Blog

  • Don’t ask for career advice

    Sasha
    30 Oct 2014 | 2:00 am
    Most of the time, most of the people you ask for career advice don’t know you well enough to usefully tell you what to do. Most of the time, they will instead tell you what they did at that time and in that situation. That’s useful to know too, but they are not you. While they will likely have more experience than you, and, possibly, more wisdom, there’s a bright line between “what have you learned?” and “what should I do?” Ask them about what they have seen and understood. Ask them to share what the view looks like from where they sit. Ask them for perspective on what it takes…
  • The main course

    Sasha
    28 Oct 2014 | 2:00 am
    I stopped eating meat almost four years ago, primarily for health reasons after reading The China Study, and cut out most dairy too. I do eat a bit of fish, for the vitamin B12 (and because it keeps me sane), and I still eat things that have butter in them/on them, because that makes me happy. I’ve noticed over these past few years that, in the US at least, there are more and more veg-friendly options out there. Salad shops, soup shops, and also food from around the world that is delicious and not made with meat. Where I still feel vegetarians are misunderstood is that, because it can be…
  • No Soup for You

    Sasha
    21 Oct 2014 | 2:00 am
    I was having a light-hearted disagreement with a colleague about the loyalty card programs of the lunch places across the street from Acumen – the cards where you get 10 punches / stamps and get a free lunch. Some of them, like Chelsea Thai, allow you to combine different cards, so if you don’t always have your card with you, you can still get a stamp and combine cards. Others, like Hale & Hearty Soup, have a strict policy: no combining of cards. The disagreement was whether there’s a meaningful difference between the two. I discovered the intricacies of the Hale & Hearty stamp…
  • Most of your meetings will be better if you…

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

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

  • Philanthropy in Asia: Playing Catch-up or Leapfrogging?

    impactsp2@gmail.com
    24 Oct 2014 | 8:58 am
    In the past few decades, Asia as a region has seen enormous economic growth.  And economists project this growth will remain robust into 2018 and beyond. Along with this economic development have come increasingly visible philanthropic efforts. Some examples include: Singapore’s climb up 50 spots to rank 64th in the Charities Aid Foundation's (CAF) World Giving Index this year (see Singapore moves up 50 spots in World Giving Index, but trails behind in helping strangers); the recent increase in both individual and corporate giving in India (see India’s rich donate more,…
  • Global Refugee Work Rights Report: Q&A with Emily Arnold-Fernandez

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

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

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

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

  • Embrace Your Delusions

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

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

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

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

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

  • The Gift of Struggle

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

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

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

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

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

  • Gift Box made of Cinnamon that contains Cinnamon!

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

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

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

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

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

  • Update on SCI’s evidence of impact

    Ben Rachbach
    26 Oct 2014 | 4:02 pm
    Note: Consistent with our usual practices, SCI reviewed a draft of this post prior to publication, but the final product is ours. We wrote last year about reevaluating studies we relied on in our evaluation of the Schistosomiasis Control Initiative (SCI), which is one of our top charities. We noted at the time that we were planning to continue learning about the studies. We have now revisited these studies and discussed them in depth with SCI. We have two main takeaways from this investigation: We now feel that some of the panel studies we previously relied on in our evaluation of SCI do…
  • Reminder: annual rankings refresh

    Natalie
    25 Oct 2014 | 12:13 pm
    This is just a reminder to donors considering supporting our top charities in the next month. As we do every year, we’re planning to refresh our list of top charities before December 1st. (More on why our website can get out of sync with our internal views around this time of year.)
  • Investigating the Ebola response

    Holden
    23 Oct 2014 | 12:30 pm
    Should you donate to efforts to contain the Ebola outbreak in west Africa? With hundreds of millions of dollars coming in from other donors, will your donation make a difference? How does this compare to giving to GiveWell’s top charities? These are difficult questions. It’s always hard to estimate how much good a donation does; it’s much harder in the midst of a rapidly evolving situation like this one. It requires predicting the future path of the pandemic and the effects of response efforts. New information (and new donations) are constantly changing the picture. Further…
  • Our ongoing review of Living Goods

    Natalie
    22 Oct 2014 | 7:46 am
    Living Goods runs a network of Community Health Promoters (CHPs) who sell health and household goods door-to-door in their communities in Uganda and Kenya. CHPs also provide basic health counseling. Living Goods also provides consulting and funding to other organizations to run similar networks in other locations. We have been considering Living Goods for a 2014 recommendation. We’ve now spent a considerable amount of time talking to Living Goods and analyzing documents Living Goods shared with us. This post shares what we’ve learned so far and what questions we’re planning to focus on…
  • Expert philanthropy vs. broad philanthropy

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

  • How Do I Recover From Being The 'Other Woman'?

    eddiekaufholz
    29 Oct 2014 | 1:33 pm
    Repenting and recovering from a sinful relationship. Before we get started, I’d like to remind the folks who are commenting that this question is from a real person. Feel free to say what you will about my reply, but I beg you to be kind to her. Remember that even though you’re commenting on the Internet, your comments will actually mean something to Laurie—let’s love her well.
  • We've Already Got a New 'Avengers: Age of Ultron' Clip

    29 Oct 2014 | 1:31 pm
    In what is probably the first of many, many clips we'll be getting of Avengers: Age of Ultron, director and geek god Joss Whedon has released this clip at the front of the trailer that detonated the Internet a few days back. So, here's all our old pals trying to lift Thor's hammer. What do you think? Could you lift Thor's hammer? ...
  • Why Did Police Shoot Darrien Hunt?

    29 Oct 2014 | 12:29 pm
    An autopsy of Darrien Hunt is ensuring that America's ongoing struggle with why young black men are getting killed by police isn't going anywhere soon (whether or not the conversation itself goes anywhere is up to us). The bare facts of the case are this. Darrien Hunt was a 22-year-old black man in Saratoga Springs, Utah who was shot while carrying a samurai-style sword as part of his anime costume. At least two people saw the sword while Hunt was walking around a strip mall and called police. What follows is a little unclear. Police say Hunt asked them for a ride, and they told him they…
  • Taylor Swift Is Set for a Historical Record, Global Dominion

    29 Oct 2014 | 11:54 am
    Global superstar and human s'more Taylor Swift released 1989 this week. Maybe you heard. And while she may have her share of hate, hate, hate, haters, she also has some fans. Enough that Billboard predicts her album will sell a million copies in a week's time. If she does, she'll be history's first artist to pull of an incredible hat trick—three consecutive releases to reach platinum in a week. As a matter of fact, 1989 would be only the nineteenth album to sell a million copies in its first week since people started keeping track of all this. And people say the album format is dead ...
  • Houston Mayor Rescinds Sermon Subpoenas

    29 Oct 2014 | 11:39 am
    After igniting a national debate over religious freedom, the separation of church and state and LGBT rights, Houston mayor Annise Parker has told the city to rescind the sermon subpoenas issued to five local pastors. The decision came on the heels of a meeting Mayor Parker held with the pastors in question, along with many other religious leaders who said that subpoenaing sermons was a breach of their constitutional rights. Mayor Parker said that she believes, following some editing changes to the initial subpoenas, that she was within her legal rights, but she didn't "want to have a national…
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    Ignited Fundraising

  • Quick & Easy Tips to Help You Retain Donors

    Lori Jacobwith
    28 Oct 2014 | 10:01 pm
    I’m going to piggyback on last week’s three item checklist for donor retention, with five more quick & easy tips to help retain your current donors. 1. Share what you need the money for. How many of your current donors & volunteers clearly understand what it is you are raising money for? Do you share the cost of your programs for one week for one child or one adult? A donor recently told me, “If the organizations I support were not just saying they need money, but were telling me why and what impact that money will have, I may give even more.” 2. Personally contact as…
  • Your 3 Item Checklist to Retain More Donors

    Lori Jacobwith
    21 Oct 2014 | 10:01 pm
    Last week I was honored to have Jay Love, CEO of Bloomerang as our guest speaker for our monthly Ignited Fundraising Community member webinar. During the hour-long session Jay tackled the sticky issue of donor retention and how to optimize your donor database for retention success. If you’re a community member, you can login and find the webinar & slides in the latest resources section. Here’s a brief summary of what Jay shared, because we all know donor retention is the key to meeting your fundraising goals: - In 2013 for the first time nationwide donor retention rates…
  • Nonprofit Resource: Social Media Platform Cheat Sheet

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

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

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

  • Swagbucks for Good

    22 Oct 2014 | 1:22 pm
                 If you haven't tried Swagbucks, now is a good time to join. Swagbucks is a site where you can shop, search the web, play games... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • Help Your Favorite Charity With A Personal PSA

    20 Oct 2014 | 9:35 pm
    Follow my blog with Bloglovin This was originally posted in 2010                   This isn't for the... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]
  • News Roundup for Operation Blessing

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

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

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

  • ShareHub: at the Heart of Seoul's Sharing Movement

    Cat Johnson
    29 Oct 2014 | 7:36 am
    In 2012, Seoul publicly announced its commitment to becoming a sharing city. It has since emerged as a leader of the global sharing movement and serves as a model for cities around the world. Supported by the municipal government and embedded in numerous parts of everyday life in Seoul, the Sharing City project has proven to be an inspiration to city leaders, entrepreneurs, and sharing enthusiasts around the world.
  • Report: US Cities Criminalizing Sharing Food with Homeless

    Common Dreams
    28 Oct 2014 | 9:18 am
    Photo credit: Ed Yourdon. Article cross-posted from Common Dreams. Authored by Nadia Prupis. As the number of U.S. cities criminalizing sharing food with the homeless continues to rise as a result of burdensome requirements on food pantries and individuals, rights groups are condemning the cities for their focus on punishment over solutions.
  • 300,000 People Weigh In On the Future of the Internet

    Cat Johnson
    28 Oct 2014 | 7:41 am
    The Internet is an incredible tool that enables people around the world to connect, share and co-create. But the ever-looming threat of big business and government putting restrictions on our freedom to share online is very real and could impede the things we value most about the Internet.
  • Living the New Economy Convergence Draws Passionate Crowd

    nbeaston_38093
    27 Oct 2014 | 9:29 pm
    For four days this past week, hundreds of activists, speakers, panelists, thinkers, visionaries, and caring citizens came together in Oakland, California for the first annual Bay Area Living the New Economy Convergence. Over breakfasts, lunches, presentations and round tables, they discussed ideas and tools for shifting away from the current profit-driven system and into a new economic paradigm, one that puts people and ecology at the heart of business models.
  • Living on the Edge @unMonastery

    Jeffrey Andreoni
    27 Oct 2014 | 10:11 am
    Arriving at the unMonastery in Matera, Italy after so many months revived me. I felt as a saint being greeted so effusively as I made the rounds of the building where the unMonasterians once resided and would once again for the duration of the social innovation conference, Living on the Edge 4 (#LOTE4), the theme of which would
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  • US Car Sales Projected to Rise Only Modestly in 2015

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

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

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

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

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

    Beth
    29 Oct 2014 | 7:15 am
    I’ve been a huge fan of GivingTuesday since I first heard about it back in September, 2012 during a conference at Stanford.  I’m pleased to see that some of the skepticism and complaints have now morphed in to more capacity builders providing tips for nonprofits to take advantage of this national day of giving. Giving Days organized by local communities are being adopted by many more communities than ever before and a stronger understanding how these efforts can help build the capacity of nonprofits to embrace social media and online giving, engage more donors, and raise…
  • Pioneers in Justice: Building Networks and Movements for Social Justice

    Beth
    28 Oct 2014 | 8:31 am
    Click to View Full Infographic Note from Beth: How do we build networks and movements around important social change issues.  A generative social impact network links people together through relationships.  They create social capital or value by making their skills, resources, and knowledge available to each other.    Engagement in the network provides a bigger benefit than to the individual member, the networks can work on finding solutions to big social issues.  A social impact network is different than a coalition or alliance – where the agenda and actions are controlled.  And they…
  • Using Design Thinking to ReThink Our Nonprofit or Community Foundation Work

    Beth
    27 Oct 2014 | 10:05 am
    Last week I was lucky enough to facilitate a mini-innovation lab for 60 community foundation program officers at the first meeting of ProNet during the Council on Foundations conference in Cleveland, Ohio that celebrated 100 years of community philanthropy. To facilitate the lab, I used human centered design techniques (for a good overview see Jen Bokoff’s terrific overview post here) and more specifically the Luma Institute methods (for more, see my post here.) The intent was to provide a deep dive for program officers to reflect on the way they currently work, identify what needs to…
  • The Power of Our Collective Professional Networks and Transdisciplinarity Learning

    Beth
    24 Oct 2014 | 9:17 am
    Earlier this month, I had an opportunity to facilitate a full-day innovation lab for an amazing group of network thinkers using human design methods to inform the design of a leadership network.    It has been exactly a year since I have committed to practicing the methods from Luma Institute as part of improving my facilitation practice.   It was a great learning experience from both a process and content perspective. Since we were working on how to integrate networked leadership principles into the design of a program, I wanted to incorporate an icebreaker that helped us visualize our…
  • Book Review: Connecting to Change the World

    Beth
    23 Oct 2014 | 11:24 am
    Almost five years ago to the day,  I was lucky enough to meet Peter Plastrik and Madeleine Taylor while I was Visiting Scholar at the Packard Foundation.   Peter and Madeleine were the among the pioneers in writing about, designing, facilitating, and evaluating networks in the social impact space.  Almost tend years ago, they co-wrote “Net Gains,” one of the first practical handbooks on building and working in networks for social change. Whether it is a network of organizations or individuals, the handbook provides a wealth of theory and practice on build, manage, and fine tune…
 
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    Forgiveness Project

  • NEWS: The potential of empathy…

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

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

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

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

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

  • The Problem with Us Against Them

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

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

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

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

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

  • Redefining Closure in Order to Move On and Get Living Again

    Melanie Hoffman
    29 Oct 2014 | 8:52 pm
    “You can’t start the next chapter of your life if you keep re-reading the last one.” ~Unknown I would love to identify as someone who, when her relationships crumble either gradually or all at once, is able to wipe her hands clean and go about her life without any closure. I fantasize about the tears, time, and energy I would save if I didn’t feel the need for closure and if I didn’t agonize about trying to have these heartfelt and “necessary” conversations with the people with whom I’ve had falling outs. For years, I was shackled to the belief that there must be a formal end…
  • 5 Ways to Cope with Family Bullies

    Katherine Mayfield
    29 Oct 2014 | 8:51 pm
    “When we can longer change a situation, we are challenged to change ourselves.” ~Viktor Frankl Bullies are everywhere. One of the most insidious and destructive forms of bullying is family bullying, because it’s often done in the name of love. As someone who was bullied by family members for more years than I care to count, I spent a lot of time learning that most of the bullying going on was not about me or my failings—it was more about what other people needed to unload. Family bullies often pretend to (or believe they can) help by offering criticism. But a majority of the criticism…
  • Nothing Is Permanent: Letting Go of Attachment to People

    Alisa Hutton
    28 Oct 2014 | 8:41 pm
    “Impermanence is not something to be afraid of. It’s the evolution, a never-ending horizon.” ~Deepak Chopra I have been reading a lot lately on attachment and impermanence. It’s a big topic, one that is often hard to wrap your head and heart around. How can I live a life without attachment? Doesn’t that mean that I am not being a loving or caring person? I mean really, no attachment—it just seems cold. This all started for me when the love of my life told me, “I love you, I am just not in love with you.” Ouch. To say I was hurt would be a gross understatement. How could…
  • 5 Lessons from a Breakdown: How to Make Hard Times Easier

    Toni White
    28 Oct 2014 | 8:39 pm
    “Never apologize for showing feelings. When you do so, you apologize for the truth.” ~Benjamin Disraeli Three years ago, at twenty-five, I had a breakdown that stole over two years of my life and almost killed me. People often think of breakdowns like car accidents—one almighty crash that results in the dissolution of that person’s being. But for most of us, breakdowns are a slow decent into madness. They creep up on you. They change you one small step at a time until the point when you no longer recognize yourself. You get exhausted walking around the supermarket for your weekly…
  • 3 Surefire Ways to Embrace Being Different

    Nicole Knox-Gray
    27 Oct 2014 | 8:42 pm
    “To be nobody but yourself in a world doing its best to make you everybody else means to fight the hardest battle any human can ever fight and never stop fighting.” ~e.e. cummings I’m gay. I’m married to a woman and we have a beautiful daughter together. I also have an ex–boyfriend that I was with for quite a significant time. Most of my friends are straight, and I thought I was too until about five years ago when I fell in love with my now-wife. It was a crazy time, and I suddenly had to deal with being different than most of my friends. I was extremely lucky because I had a huge…
 
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    Farnam Street

  • The Ten Pillars of Cutthroat Zen

    Shane Parrish
    29 Oct 2014 | 5:00 am
    Dan Harris turned to meditation after a panic attack on live TV in front of millions of people. In the back of his excellent book, 10% Happier: How I Tamed the Voice in My Head, Reduced Stress Without Losing My Edge, and Found Self-Help That Actually Works–A True Story, he writes a section that he wanted to call “The Ten Pillars of Cutthroat Zen” but ended up calling The Way of the Worrier. 1. Don’t Be a Jerk 2. (And/ But . . .) When Necessary, Hide the Zen 3. Meditate 4. The Price of Security Is Insecurity— Until It’s Not Useful 5. Equanimity Is Not the Enemy of…
  • What Is Time?

    Shane Parrish
    28 Oct 2014 | 5:00 am
    St Augustine, the theologian and philosopher, famously posed the question ‘What is time?’ in The Confessions. After waxing on for a bit about what he can say about time he admits (that he’s in a) “sorry state, for I do not even know what I do not know!”. Augustine is not alone. Introducing Time: A Graphic Guide aims to help us understand the concept of time and its related puzzles “such as whether the past and future are real, whether time travel is possible, and the explanation of the direction of time.” Clocks In everyday life, we are probably most familiar…
  • John Steinbeck on Love

    Shane Parrish
    27 Oct 2014 | 5:00 am
    Nobel laureate John Steinbeck is best known as the author of The Grapes of Wrath and Of Mice and Men but we can pull from his letters a mix of insight and language that rivals that of Hunter S. Thompson. Steinbeck hated the telephone. Letter writing was a more natural way for him to communicate his thoughts with both the people he liked and the ones he hated on all manner of subjects. Found in Steinbeck: A Life in Letters, the master pens this beautiful and passionate response to his eldest son Thom’s 1958 letter confessing his love for a girl named Susan. While Steinbeck urges…
  • How Sugar Affects The Brain

    Shane Parrish
    26 Oct 2014 | 5:00 am
    When you eat something loaded with sugar, your taste buds, your gut and your brain all take notice. This activation of your reward system is not unlike how bodies process addictive substances such as alcohol or nicotine — an overload of sugar spikes dopamine levels and leaves you craving more. Nicole Avena explains why sweets and treats should be enjoyed in moderation. Still curious? Here are some additional resources to explore. Sugar Cravings: How sugar cravings sabotage your health, hormone balance & weight loss, by Dr. Nicole Avena and Dr. Sara Gottfried. Why We Get Fat: Gary…
  • What Matters Most

    Shane Parrish
    23 Oct 2014 | 4:56 am
    The Holstee Manifesto sits above my fireplace. A reminder to live a life of purpose and meaning. This is your life. Do what you want and do it often. If you don’t like something, change it. If you don’t like your job, quit. If you don’t have enough time, stop watching TV. If you are looking for the love of your life, stop; they will be waiting for you when you start doing things you love. Stop over-analysing, life is simple. All emotions are beautiful. When you eat, appreciate every last bite. Life is simple. Open your heart, mind and arms to new things and people, we are…
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    Holstee

  • #regram from @mitchvancouver’s #holsteepotluck - thanks...

    29 Oct 2014 | 1:09 pm
    #regram from @mitchvancouver’s #holsteepotluck - thanks for hosting! #host #dinner #potluck #dowhatyoulove #shareyourpassion #foodrules #buylocal / taken with Instagram http://ift.tt/1wEhqBR
  • Here’s what we have to say about #nationalcatday....

    29 Oct 2014 | 10:03 am
    Here’s what we have to say about #nationalcatday. Available at holstee.com (and 20% off!) for all the cat lovers out there. #celebrate #putacatonit #kitty #cat #poster #screenprint / taken with Instagram http://instagram.com/p/uvn0q_ttId/
  • Our Manifesto cards in progress at @emletterpress. Thanks for...

    29 Oct 2014 | 10:03 am
    Our Manifesto cards in progress at @emletterpress. Thanks for this awesome shot! #letterpress #letterpresslove #ink #press #supportlocal #partners #printers #greetingcard #letterpresscard #dowhatyoulove #thisisyourlife #shareyourpassion #traveloften / taken with Instagram http://instagram.com/p/uvmxktNtGb/
  • Is a whiskey #selfie technically a welfie? Asking for a friend....

    29 Oct 2014 | 8:13 am
    Is a whiskey #selfie technically a welfie? Asking for a friend. #regram from @missmmccarthy of last night’s #learninglab bunch at How To Be A Whiskey Enthusiast. Thanks Han Shan and @hudsonwhiskey! #whiskey #howto #workshop #brooklyn #dowhatyoulove #shareyourpassion #learnsomething #class #inspiration #gowanus / taken with Instagram http://instagram.com/p/uvYy3QttAR/
  • Eyes on the stars, feet on the ground: what will you accomplish...

    29 Oct 2014 | 7:11 am
    Eyes on the stars, feet on the ground: what will you accomplish today? #generosity #mindfulmatter #quote #inspiration / taken with Instagram http://instagram.com/p/uvSJ29ttE5/
 
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    Eat. Sleep. Be

  • Halloween at Hershey Park and Chocolate World

    Jessica
    28 Oct 2014 | 6:42 am
    Here on this site, I talk a lot about acts of kindness, though I am not quite used to acts of kindness when they happen to me and my family. Last weekend, however, we were the recipients of several acts of kindness. It all started with a tweet. Several weeks ago I was on a Twitter chat hosted by my pal Fadra at All Things Fadra. The topic was local travel destinations. At one point she asked about a local destination that we had never been to but would love to visit. My answer was Hershey Park. And then, this happened. Before I knew it, we were on our way to Hershey. The reason we had not…
  • The Health Benefits of Turmeric and How to Get More in Your Diet

    Jessica
    24 Oct 2014 | 9:02 am
    Turmeric is the spice that would have been chosen last in gym class. What you may not know about turmeric, however, is that this spice is like the king of the dodgeball game. The health benefits of turmeric have been long known but little utilized in western society. Also known as curcumin (a property of turmeric), this herb popular in eastern cultures is thought of as a natural antibiotic. In Ayurvedic medicine it is used to treat inflammation as well as digestive issues such as indigestion, peptic ulcers, ulcerative colitis. According to the University of Maryland Medical Center, turmeric…
  • 7 Easy Ways to Help Your Family Stay Healthy Naturally

    Jessica
    22 Oct 2014 | 3:55 am
    With cold and flu season approaching, the enterovirus 68 on the loose this year, and a nasty stomach bug going around schools all over the United States, it is getting harder and harder to keep germs at bay and our of our homes. Here’s what we are doing to in my home to try to prevent and fight off illnesses: Wash hands frequently. This one is the most obvious, but it is super important. Hand washing is one of the best ways to avoid and eliminate germs. We aren’t into using hand sanitizers when soap and water are readily available. We keep hand sanitizers available for times when we are…
  • The Teal Pumpkin Project from a Food Allergy Parent’s Point of View

    Jessica
    20 Oct 2014 | 12:51 pm
    Being a food allergy parent and a writer, people have asked me for years why I don’t just start a blog about food allergies. The reason for me is simple. My son’s food allergies have pretty much run my life for the past eleven years. That may sound extreme to you, but it is 100% true. Having so many severe food allergies, some of which were potentially life-threatening, and a food allergy related disease, my thoughts were constantly on planning ahead and on keeping him safe. So for me, the thought of writing about food allergies on a regular basis seemed quite the opposite of cathartic.
  • Show Your Purple to Support LGBT Youth Against Bullying

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

  • Vested interests, perhaps.

    Paul Handover
    30 Oct 2014 | 1:00 am
    I’m being very brave and stepping into the climate change cauldron! Learning from Dogs has been posting a wide range of items for well over five years. Indeed, today’s post is number 2,238! Over those five years, my position regarding climate change or global warming has been pretty clear: a belief in the proposition that man’s behaviours are changing the very climate of our planet.  For instance, a little over a year ago I posted under the title Sceptical about global warming?  It opened: Learning from Dogs is not a blogsite about climate change! Why, you may ask, do I…
  • The intelligence of dogs?

    Paul Handover
    29 Oct 2014 | 1:00 am
    Fascinating article in the UK’s Daily Telegraph newspaper. This post was written last Monday in the hope that I will be back home from my ‘op’ by today, or more accurately expressed as hoping I was back home yesterday. Friend, Chris Snuggs, sent me an item that appeared in The Daily Telegraph about measuring the intelligence of your dog.  Here’s how it opened: Quiz: how intelligent is your dog? Take our special test to gauge your pet’s brainpower Canine brains: test your dog’s intelligence Photo: Alamy By Andrew Bake 7:00AM BST 25 Oct 2014 We all love our…
  • Lights out for the first time!

    Paul Handover
    28 Oct 2014 | 1:00 am
    My first general anaesthetic in nearly 70 years! Today, I have an appointment with a urologist surgeon at the Rogue Regional Medical Centre in Medford, about an hour south of where we live in Merlin. All being well I should be out the same day but will need to take it easy for a couple of days thereafter.  I’m curious about the experience of having a general anaesthetic; the first one I have had. Also this week I need to get my head down and commit to another month of writing under the NaNoWriMo banner. Last November, participating in the National Novel Writing Month was critical in me…
  • Returning to the land – a guest essay.

    Paul Handover
    27 Oct 2014 | 1:00 am
    A question of a possible catastrophe Note: As tomorrow’s post will explain, the next few weeks will be encroaching seriously on my blogging time. So it was very timely to receive this guest essay from John in the last couple of days and even more generous of him to give me permission to republish it. It will make an interesting comparison to an item from Dan Gomez being published on Thursday. ooOOoo Notes on Dealing With Imminent Catastrophe We know that our world economy is leveraged at least twenty-five times beyond any earthly material foundation. Regardless of this reality, we have…
  • Picture parade sixty-seven.

    Paul Handover
    26 Oct 2014 | 1:00 am
    The second wonderful set of photographs sent to me by Dan Gomez. Continuing the theme of how our pets react to mentioning the word ‘vet’! oooo oooo oooo oooo oooo oooo oooo oooo Aren’t they just wonderful! Another set in a week’s time.  You all take care of yourselves meanwhile.
 
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    Frank Sonnenberg Online

  • Attention, Control Freaks: It’s Time to Delegate

    Frank Sonnenberg
    21 Oct 2014 | 3:45 am
    You’re smart, you’re gifted, and you’re self-assured. You dot your i’s, you cross your t’s, and you’ve got pride and a work ethic that’s second to none. In fact, when you put your mind to something, your work is always outstanding. So I completely understand why you believe “the only way to get things done right is to do them myself.” BUT … if you’re a control freak, and prefer not to delegate, you may be hurting yourself in ways you’ve never imagined. Sure … when you do things yourself, you won’t have to worry about whether they’re done properly. And you’ll…
  • Ever Hear the Excuse “Everybody Does It”?

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

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

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

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

  • Gentle Reminder: You’re Never Alone

    Vincent Nguyen
    27 Oct 2014 | 4:00 am
    There’s always pressure on me to act a certain way. Running this website, talking about things like gratitude and happiness, I feel I always have to practice what I teach 24/7. I should always be content. I should always be grateful for what I have. I should always make the right decisions or tackle my fears head-on. But the truth is, I fall flat of my ideal self too. Sometimes I lie in bed and wonder what gives me the right to tell people to be optimistic when there are often days where I want to do anything but? I’m deathly scared of being called a hypocrite. A fraud. I wonder what…
  • We’ve All Got Bad Days (Sometimes One After the Other)

    Vincent Nguyen
    20 Oct 2014 | 4:00 am
    11 months and 13 days. That’s how long it took for me to leave the Philippines. My experiences there have been incredible and I couldn’t possibly ask for more. But my last week… Was miserable. And no, it wasn’t because I was suffering from “I’ll Miss This Place-itis” (though I’ve had a horrible cough for over two weeks now). I woke up this Monday to some horrible news. My grandpa, the man who practically raised me from birth until high school graduation, had a minor stroke and was in the hospital. Several hours later, we get some bad news at work. I won’t bore you with…
  • Kick Fear in Its Face

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

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

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

  • Quote Of The Day - 2014-10-13

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

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

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

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

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

  • Free Recipe Book For Our Subscribers

    Carol Anne Preibis
    28 Oct 2014 | 7:31 pm
    As Our Thanks To Our Subscribers We are offering a free recipe book to all of our subscribers. The book… The post Free Recipe Book For Our Subscribers appeared first on Ahh The Simple Life.
  • Better Ways to Trim Your Grocery Bill

    Carol Anne Preibis
    26 Oct 2014 | 2:36 pm
      There are lots of ways to trim your grocery bill. Here are my suggestions for some better ways to trim… The post Better Ways to Trim Your Grocery Bill appeared first on Ahh The Simple Life.
  • Y Is For Yams

    Carol Anne Preibis
    22 Oct 2014 | 1:51 pm
    What Are Yams? Are they the same as sweet potatoes? See What’s The Difference Between Sweet Potatoes and Yams? A real… The post Y Is For Yams appeared first on Ahh The Simple Life.
  • Mindfulness in Everyday Life

    Carol Anne Preibis
    20 Oct 2014 | 11:45 am
    Mindfulness is a mainstream topic these days. You probably already know that mindfulness meditation can have positive effects on your… The post Mindfulness in Everyday Life appeared first on Ahh The Simple Life.
  • Help Mercy Home Fight Child Poverty

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

  • Humour : A Saving Grace

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

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

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

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

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

  • Park Hotel promotes a workplace culture of appreciation and friendship

    SKM
    29 Oct 2014 | 8:53 pm
    In conjunction with the Kindness@Work programme, Park Hotel Group organised a series of kindness activities during its Employee Care Week from 25 Aug 2014 to 5 Sept 2014 to generate a happier and more gracious workplace environment. Two “Thank You” corners were set up in the corporate office where staff eagerly pinned up notes of appreciation and group photos. Park Hotel Group also had their staff write down names of colleagues that they would like to get to know better to encourage closer workplace friendships and stronger team bonding. Park Hotel Group’s Thank You corner at one of the…
  • Hashtagging for a #nationofkindness

    SKM
    29 Oct 2014 | 6:35 pm
    From October to December 2014, Singapore Kindness Movement will conduct a digital initiative that brings the corporate sector together with the public to do good. Those who are savvy with social media are invited to share their kindness encounters, show appreciation to others and even deliver a message of encouragement on their own platforms. Apart from spreading some positivity on online spaces, with the support of SKM’s partners, their posts will go even further to contribute an item to a needy household in Singapore. #NationOfKindness posts on Makesomeonesday.sg In line with “A Nation…
  • Random Acts of Kindness: Unleashed

    SKM
    29 Oct 2014 | 6:24 pm
    On 11 October, it was another balmy afternoon along Orchard Road where the crowds had begun to fill the walkways, accompanied with family and friends. Many were walking briskly with a purpose, either with heads bowed to their mobile phones or caught up in animated conversations with their companions. Among the passersby, those who were more observant were quick to spot a mysterious bright yellow structure holding station in the middle of the walkway outside Ngee Ann City. A countdown timer mounted to the structure was counting down… to something. It was not long before a crowd of…
  • 454 transport service professionals recognised for going the extra mile

    SKM
    23 Oct 2014 | 11:47 pm
    This was an increase on the 425 awards given out last year. The high quality of service rendered by these transport service professionals plays a critical role in encouraging more Singaporeans to use public transport, in addition to the infrastructure improvements being made, Transport Minister Lui Tuck Yew said at the awards ceremony at the School of the Arts on Friday. Mr Lui noted that 63 per cent of travel within Singapore is done on public transport, which translates to an average 7 million trips on buses, trains and taxis every day. And the figure will jump to 75 per cent by 2030, he…
  • Best defence against terrorism

    SKM
    20 Oct 2014 | 2:30 am
    LAST year, the Singapore Kindness Movement started supporting an initiative called Let’s Makan, to encourage Singaporeans and other residents to get to know those around them. When I read last Saturday’s editorial (“Terror test for Singapore again”), I wondered if the neighbourliness we are trying to encourage is a good starting point for building up vigilance against radicalism in our midst. The best defence against terrorism is a strong, united people who feel committed to Singapore and trust their fellow men. This nation of kindness we are fostering should be an…
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    Live With Soul

  • who impacts you

    21 Oct 2014 | 7:31 pm
    you never know who it will be to impact youmake that differencea stampthat is ever lasting in your lifewe expect it to be family, close friends, significant othersand they do…but at times there are those who make a mark on your life --impacting you so much that it changes youand when they're gone….you finally realizethat they changed you.and how they changed you.and that because of their impactthey will live on in you forever
  • to create

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

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

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

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

  • It's a fact: volunteering makes employees better. Here's some data...

    29 Oct 2014 | 1:30 am
    Ever wanted some data to show local HR reps how volunteering at your nonprofit will help their employees? Then you've gotta read this guest post from our friends at realizedworth.com - it will give you all the data you need in your arsenal to make a compelling case for HR folks sending volunteers your way.
  • "Millennial volunteers just don’t get it!"

    27 Oct 2014 | 1:30 am
    No, I don't believe that. But others do, as I discovered while leading a workshop of leaders of volunteers recently. Dig into the perspective of these leaders, and uncover the ways limiting beliefs such as these inhibit volunteers from serving at their highest potential. Also, explore how every volunteer, no matter their generational affiliation, can assume greater ownership of the sharing of their time and talents.
  • Forget ice buckets - let's stop Ebola.

    24 Oct 2014 | 1:30 am
    Ice buckets were great on the surface, but its time we started a campaign that requires sacrificial giving on the part of donors and volunteers. That's why we at Volunteermark are calling on our community to STOP EBOLA. Read on to find out what we're doing...
  • Do you fear or embrace disruptive change at your nonprofit?

    22 Oct 2014 | 1:30 am
    Technological change is disruptive, and it can usher in a new era of nonprofit engagement and impact. This will only happen, however, to the extent that we in the nonprofit space learn to embrace change and accept it as the new normal. Today, I discuss a some of the most major technological shifts and how we can turn them into a force for good in our nonprofits.
  • The Perfect Volunteer Experience

    19 Oct 2014 | 1:30 am
    In deference to Craig and Arianna, the popular SNL cheerleader skit from a few years back, I offer the PERFECT CHEER for the perfect volunteer experience. What made it perfect for me? The operation, the other volunteers, the environment, and most importantly, the leaders. This organization is my new philanthropic crush. Discover what earns my time in service at A Gift for Teaching, a Central Florida nonprofit serving the education system, such high praise . . .
 
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    Direct Relief

  • 6 Month Update: Response to the World’s Deadliest Ebola Epidemic

    Direct Relief
    29 Oct 2014 | 4:43 pm
    With your support, over the past six months Direct Relief provided over $6.98 million in total aid to ensure medical responders in West Africa have the medicines and supplies they need as they work to contain the Ebola epidemic. Thanks to you, Direct Relief has been able to support health professionals working locally and mobilize this targeted, large-scale response in […]The post 6 Month Update: Response to the World’s Deadliest Ebola Epidemic appeared first on Direct Relief.
  • 5 Impressions From Caring for Syrian Refugees

    Direct Relief
    29 Oct 2014 | 3:32 pm
    According to the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), 6.8 million Syrians have been displaced and require humanitarian assistance since civil conflict began in 2011. Longtime Direct Relief board member Bert Green, MD recently led a mission to Jordon to provide medical care to refugees. Below are five impressions he shared after the trip. 1. War crosses all classes […]The post 5 Impressions From Caring for Syrian Refugees appeared first on Direct Relief.
  • Hurricane Sandy: Support Continues Two Years Later

    Direct Relief
    28 Oct 2014 | 3:24 pm
    Two years ago, Hurricane Sandy – the largest Atlantic hurricane on record – hit the Caribbean nations of Haiti, Jamaica, and Cuba before making its way up the mid-Atlantic region of the United States with powerful winds, driving rain, and high storm surges. More than 100 people died, thousands of homes and businesses were damaged or destroyed, and tens of […]The post Hurricane Sandy: Support Continues Two Years Later appeared first on Direct Relief.
  • CVS Health and Direct Relief Partner to Donate $1 Million in Flu Shot Vouchers to Uninsured Patients of Community Health Clinics

    Direct Relief
    23 Oct 2014 | 10:09 am
    WOONSOCKET, R.I. and SANTA BARBARA, Calif., Oct. 23, 2014 - CVS Health and Direct Relief announced today that they have partnered to provide $1 million in flu shot vouchers to community health clinic patients in underserved communities who lack health insurance. Nearly 100 participating clinics will identify uninsured individuals from their existing patient populations and provide them with a flu […]The post CVS Health and Direct Relief Partner to Donate $1 Million in Flu Shot Vouchers to Uninsured Patients of Community Health Clinics appeared first on Direct Relief.
  • Help Save Lives: How To Create A Fundraising Webpage

    Megan Merenda, Donor Relations Manager
    21 Oct 2014 | 2:54 pm
    Want to rally your friends and family to support Direct Relief? Creating a fundraising webpage is an easy way to bring people together for a cause. Below is a step-by-step guide to help you get started. 1. Begin by clicking on Create A Fund Get there via www.directrelief.org > Participate > Fundraise on Our Behalf > Create your own fundraising […]The post Help Save Lives: How To Create A Fundraising Webpage appeared first on Direct Relief.
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    Our Better World

  • For Sharks' Sake, Take a Vacation

    Kathy Xu
    29 Oct 2014 | 7:45 pm
    A story by Our Better World - simple, powerful stories that will make your heart smile and spirit soar. People are often quick to associate sharks with just one breed, the Great White, thanks to the movie Jaws. I wanted more people to appreciate the many other species of less or non-aggressive sharks that one can swim with freely and revel in their magnificence.  So I started The Dorsal Effect to engage shark fishermen in an alternative source of livelihood so that they can stop hunting shark. HOW DOES IT WORK? I thought it'd be great for people looking for a chance to do good, to receive…
  • Dirty Water on My Face

    Andrew Purchase
    22 Oct 2014 | 8:35 pm
    A story by Our Better World - simple, powerful stories that will make your heart smile and spirit soar. By Andrew Purchase Every so often, the universe has a way of teaching you a lesson. Mine happened on a rainy day in Singapore. It had been raining hard. Really hard. It was one of those monsoon storms - short and sharp and very wet. I was on Braddell Road, walking on the pavement. Now a certain part of Braddell Road has a small crater. When it rains the crater becomes a pond.  I approached the pond at a walking speed of 5kmh. At exactly the same moment, in the opposite direction, a…
  • Beauty and Heroism

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

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

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