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Infinity Boxes Are Going On Tour and We Need Your Help!

Thursday 07.31.2014 , Posted by
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Earlier this year, we introduced you to one of our favorite installations on Earth, Matt Elson’s incredible infinity boxes, which we first discovered at Burning Man. The socially interactive mirror boxes require 2 participants to activate their magic so they are a great way to turn strangers into friends. Videos can’t do justice for the live experience of an infinity box, but you can get an idea in the link above or the video below. Now Elson and his crew have been invited to take their Infinity Boxes beyond The Playa in Black Rock City, Nevada and other festivals in California so that more people can enjoy them, but he needs your help! [Read more...]

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Video Reveals Surprising Life Stories From the Homeless

Wednesday 07.23.2014 , Posted by
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It’s easy to think that homeless people are far different than ourselves – but just a short conversation can quickly reveal how easy it is to lose your footing in society. Forget about drug problems and being mentally disabled, a lot of homeless are just like us. [Read more...]

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The World’s First Humanitarian 3D Printing “Make-A-Thon” is Underway in Israel

Monday 06.30.2014 , Posted by
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Tikkun Olam are two deeply meaningful Hebrew words which literally translate to “repair the world.” It is a core value of Jewish culture, and is manifesting itself in a beautiful and modern way this week in the city of Nazareth, Northern Israel. For a non-stop 72 hours that began yesterday, a 3D printing “Make-A-Thon” similar to Hack-A-Thons is underway; one where 120 of the top designers, engineers and makers from Israel and the world are bringing customized assistance to those with physical disabilities. It is an open-sourced event with hopes to make a huge impact to those who need help the most. [Read more...]

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It’s a Lunatic Bum. It’s a New Age Tom Green. It’s Matthew Silver: The Great Performer

Friday 06.27.2014 , Posted by
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Laughter is contagious. Energy moves through the universe in a ripple affect. When we take ourselves too seriously, we block this powerful flow, but Matthew Silver is trying to break the dam that society has built and remind the world that it’s okay to laugh. It’s okay to look up and interact with people. It’s okay to be the “village idiot” and it’s okay to laugh with strangers. And the more we do, the happier the world will be. Like Tom Green with a positive message, street artist Matthew Silver can bring a smile to the faces of even the most serious New Yorkers. With an element of surprise, he acts as a modern day jester and works just as hard to make people laugh as others do to buy more stuff. [Read more...]

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Summer Camp for Adults: Unplug and Be a Kid Again at Camp Grounded

Thursday 06.19.2014 , Posted by
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How many hours per day do you spend staring at a screen? How many times do you scroll your Facebook feed? How many buzzing notifications on your phone interrupt your life? If you’re like most people, whatever number answers you responded with might be overwhelming. How did we become so reliant on technology and is it really making us more connected? Many of us could use a digital detox- and Camp Grounded is just the place to begin. In the beautiful California Redwoods, 200+ adults gather to disconnect from all devices including clocks, leave their identities, work talk and networking behind, and work on authentic connection- like they did as children. With healthy communal meals, yoga, games, creative workshops, stargazing, talent shows and more, to help adults remember what came so naturally to them as children. [Read more...]

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The Drinkable Book: More Than a Good Read, It Has 4 Years of Clean Water in its Pages

Monday 05.19.2014 , Posted by
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The problem with contaminated drinking water in poor regions of the world isn’t ignorance of an issue. The problem is education and access when it comes to a solution.

Charity group WATERisLIFE aims to fix that… with a book.  [Read more...]

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A Man With a Very Big Heart Repurposes Trash to Make Tiny Homes for the Homeless

Friday 05.09.2014 , Posted by
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In Oakland, one compassionate artist named Gregory Kloehn, with the help of many others in the community, is turning trash into treasure for the homeless. He gathers various materials from dumpsters, curbs, and commercial waste to create tiny mobile shelters. Like snowflakes, no two homes are exactly alike- they are even uniquely painted, but they all have a roof to shelter from the rain and wheels to take them wherever they need to go. Many of the homeless people in Oakland have had all of their belongings swept up by police abiding by Oakland’s public safety laws and Kloehn is hoping his mobile home designs will circumvent this issue. [Read more...]

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Gorgeous Henna Crowns Empower Cancer Patients Who Have Lost Their Hair

Sunday 05.04.2014 , Posted by
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Every human is a beautiful work of art and Henna Heals works to exemplify that beauty. People experiencing complete hair loss as a result of chemotherapy or Alopecia often seek to hide their heads beneath wigs or hats, but with these beautiful, temporary henna crowns, their heads become the canvas for stunning works of art. Started by Frances Darwin in Toronto, Canada, Henna Heals also offers henna services for special events and belly painting for mothers-to-be, but they always donate 10% of their proceeds to help subsidize the cost of crowns for those who need them the most. They use 100% natural, home-made henna paste. [Read more...]

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“Love From Hawaii”- People in Hawaii Send Encouraging Advice to Complete Strangers Around the World

Tuesday 02.18.2014 , Posted by
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In this life we all have good days and bad days, struggles and triumphs, hopes and fears, but we are all in this “human” thing together and sometimes encouraging words from another human can help us put things in perspective. Jeff Hamada, founder of Booooooom.com, decided to help orchestrate this process with a project he calls “Love From Hawaii.” Last year, he asked readers to explain why they were in need of encouragement and received hundreds of responses with stories. He brought these responses with him to beautiful Honolulu, where he was attending the annual Pow! Wow! Hawaii Art Festival and hit the streets to ask random people to take one of the stories and send the encouragement-seeker a postcard with some words of advice. [Read more...]

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What Can We Do if Climate Change Is Inevitable? This Fascinating New Website Gives Us the Data

Friday 02.07.2014 , Posted by
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This is one of the most important articles I will write this year, and it’s only February. Climate Change is a fact of life in our world, and one that increasingly makes itself known through natural disasters, crop failures and economic impacts. Being human however, it’s easy to think that everything is normal – status quo. [Read more...]

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