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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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Afghan Women’s Cycling Team Breaks Gender Barriers to Promote Women’s Rights

Thursday 12.19.2013 , Posted by
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Susan B. Anthony once said, “The bicycle has done more to emancipate women than anything else in the world. It gives a woman a feeling of freedom and self-reliance. The moment she takes her seat she knows she can’t get into harm unless she gets off her bicycle, and away she goes, the picture of free, untrammeled womanhood.” In Afghanistan, however, most women do not get to experience this freedom. Although men there are allowed to ride their bicycles, for women it is considered a sign of immortality and regarded as a social taboo. One of the best modes of transportation, it’s hard to believe that anyone could be chastised for riding a bicycle, but this is a reality for the women of Afghanistan. Twelve very brave women in Kabul have taken a stand against this gender oppression, forming the first Afghan Women’s Cycling Team. LET Media has turned their passionate story into an inspiring documentary called Afghan Cycles. [Read more...]

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A Website That Connects Artisans in the Developing World to the Global Market

Tuesday 12.10.2013 , Posted by
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The holiday season is getting into full effect and each day people are shopping around for their friends and family. Besides the malls, stalls, and Amazon, there is an alternative option that results in a positive social impact. ArtZoco.com is a company that helps artisans from the ‘developing world’ display their work on a website and participate in the global market. Many artisans in developing countries are not familiar with internet technology, but through the help of ArtZoco they are able to expand their markets to the world. What makes Artzoco unique is that it does not require a bank account for the seller, and it has an easy process for setting up their online shop. Within minutes, sellers can be supporting their families and communities in a completely new fashion. [Read more...]

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The First Ever Compassion and Technology Conference and Contest at Stanford University

Friday 12.06.2013 , Posted by

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In a world where each day more people are becoming familiar with technology and its social utilities, Stanford University is playing host to the first ever Compassion and Technology conference, which will bring social entrepreneurs, engineers and scientists together for discussion about technology designed to enhance compassion. [Read more...]

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Watch This Heartwarming Timelapse of a Homeless Veteran Getting a Makeover

Friday 11.08.2013 , Posted by

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Putting vanity aside, looking good can be a huge boost to your ego and make a big difference in your life. That’s the chance that Degage Ministries recently gave to homeless US army veteran Jim Wolf. After decades of dealing with poverty, homelessness and alcoholism, he volunteered last September to go through this physical transformation and have it filmed as a timelapse… what a difference a few minutes can make. [Read more...]

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Drawing on World Issues: Illustrations by Pawel Kuczynski Continue to Make Us Think

Friday 11.08.2013 , Posted by

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There are few things more appropriate for satirical critique that world politics and issues. Polish artist Pawel Kuczynski continues to enlighten us with his colored pencils, shedding light on the more confusing and contradictory elements of the world we inhabit. Often his work revolves around the issues of poverty, war, political honesty and wage disparity, each illustration giving us a chance to pause and ponder. [Read more...]

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Images From Yida Refugee Camp in South Sudan

Tuesday 10.15.2013 , Posted by

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As powerful economies fluctuate and governments shut down, it is sometimes difficult to factor in some of the other people inhabiting the planet. In a vast wetland near the border of Sudan and South Sudan lies the Yida Refugee Camp. What two years ago was just a village of 400 people today plays host to more than 70,000 Sudanese who have come back to their land after a heavily fought civil war. [Read more...]

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We Love Friday!- Burning Man on Instagram: Highlights From the Playa

Friday 09.06.2013 , Posted by

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This year an estimated 61,000 humans gathered to build a utopian community in the middle of a desert for a week, leaving no trace of their transformative experience behind. Black Rock City, Nevada is a land of radical self-expression and radical self-reliance that thrives on a gift economy, where logos and monetary exchange are prohibited (ice and coffee are the only items sold). For the first time in 5 years, sadly I was not a part of the festivities, but I was there in spirit. Burning Man is an experience that stays with you wherever you are, but nothing beats a re-charging week on the Playa. With the extra-terrestrial theme Cargo Cult, Burning Man 2013′s creative community brought beautiful art structures and installations into the world, many of which were ceremoniously burned as the week went on. Although it is hard to capture the surreal experience of this magical wonderland, we searched Instagram to bring you some of the photos that best demonstrate the essence of life on the Playa. [Read more...]

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Hippie Van Goes on Worldwide Adventure for a Cause

Wednesday 07.24.2013 , Posted by

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If there’s one thing I’ve learned, it’s that life is a current, and it’s up to you to fight against it or go with the flow.” These are some of the words of the Hippie Van Man also known to some as Aaron Neilson-Belman. Born and raised in Toronto, Aaron decided to start HippieVanMan.com and take his 1979 Volkswagen T2 Transporter on an adventure down to South America. The mission of Hippie Van Man is “Sharing the experience, inspiring people to fulfill their dreams, and to live in the now.” It’s also about the “Spirit of adventure, and spreading smiles and good vibes 1km at a time.[Read more...]

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