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This Guy Rode His Unicycle From Canada to Mexico to Fight Human Trafficking

Wednesday 10.29.2014 , Posted by
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As if the 2,755 mile Great Divide mountain bike trail from Banff, Canada to the Mexican border weren’t difficult enough, Gen Shimizu tackled it on a mountain unicycle! With a mission to raise money for Polaris Project and bring awareness to the modern day slavery that is human trafficking, he spent 88 days on the trail and documented his journal entries each night on his blog. Considering the fact that the profits from human trafficking exceed Google, Nike, and Starbucks combined, Shimizu’s efforts were much needed. From the contributions of people following the trip, Shimizu was able to raise $10,000 for Polaris Project. [Read more...]

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Building an Innovative Maker Space in Post-Disaster Philippines

Tuesday 10.28.2014 , Posted by
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Typhoon Haiyan tore a path of destruction 100 miles wide through the Philippines last November, affecting 14 million people and displacing 5 million. Almost a year later, the people of the Philippines are still recovering from the massive disaster. Many homes were destroyed and while Filipinos have the motivation to rebuild again, they often lack the tools and resources to do so. [Read more...]

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Judging America: Photographer Shows The Stark Contrast Between Prejudice And Reality

Thursday 10.02.2014 , Posted by
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Sometimes we think we know things about people we’ve never even met. By the way they are dressed or their ethnicity or a tabloid article, we think we can leap to some conclusions about who they are as people. Judgment is a natural part of being human, but this series will make you think twice before you mistake your prejudices for knowledge. A former U.S. Marine with a passion for photography, Joel Parés shows that looks can be deceiving in this diptic photo series. He took successful people of all races and showed them first as the way people might falsely judge them, followed by a representation of who they are as people, demonstrating how they serve the world. [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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