How Life Below The Line Affects Us All

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There are lines everywhere. Lines being drawn, crossed, walked around, and even erased when necessary, or when someone has the power to do so. There is an ugly, unjust line that isn’t serving any of us, and killing many who live below it. This is the poverty line. Today, 1.2 billion people around the world live at or below the poverty level, and they exist on $1.50 per day. This sounds unfathomable, but it’s a real fact and a real crisis. To address the issue,…

Exploring And Ending Modern Homelessness, Let’s Give It A Try

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Since the dawn of social media, there has been great debate over whether or not online activism constitutes “real activism.” The term slacktivist evolved when supporters of digital social change campaigns began to participate in droves via cyberspace. This is a pointless argument. There are always going to be people who do their part to contribute to a cause by retweeting, downloading Twibbons, and liking a campaign’s Facebook page. In the same vein, there are going to be humanitarians who form committees, travel to conflict…

The Clinton Global Initiative & Mashable Social Good Summit Take Manhattan

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  New York, New York, here we come! There’s nowhere else in the world I’d rather be this weekend than my old stomping grounds. The Clinton Global Initiative is holding its annual meeting in Manhattan on Sept. 23 to 25, and Incentivize is going to be there to see all the magic happen!  With more than 1,000 participants including global leaders, Fortune 500 CEOs, nonprofit organizers, and celebrity activists convening to instigate social change, mountains are sure to fall. Focused on how business and human capital…

5 Kick-Ass Crowdfunding Campaigns For Social Good

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When graphic footage of a school bus monitor being bullied by children hit YouTube, it shocked viewers worldwide. The ten minute video featured below shows 68-year-old Karen Klein being verbally abused; being called a “fatass”, “poor”, “ugly” and other derogatory names that leave her weeping and unable to escape the torment. After the clip went viral, the Athena Middle School students shown in the video were swiftly suspended from the school for the whole year. However, that was far from the worst of their punishment. The kids…

Why Water Is Life & Everyday Should be World Oceans Day

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Water is life. Let’s not wait until it runs dry. Our oceans cover 71 percent of the Earth’s surface and contain 97 percent of the planet’s water. This Friday, June 8th, is World Oceans Day –a time to celebrate and honor the oceans that connect us all globally, and provide beauty, energy, mystery and life. To participate in the movement, you can dive into a number of  events being held around the world. Don’t worry if you can’t make it in person.  Just toss on a blue or…

Tweet It, Facebook It, Shoot It — The Future You Want In 6 Minutes

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“If you don’t know how to fix it, please stop breaking it.” Severn Suzuki (when she was 12 years old) In 1992, 12-year-old Severn Suzuki made history when she attended the Rio Summit and delivered a six-minute speech about her concerns for the future of the planet. She sent out a call to action to the global leaders at the event, and urged them to be forward thinking when addressing the world’s environmental issues. On June 19th, the UN Conference on Sustainable Development, or Rio+20…

Facebook Status: From It’s Complicated To Organs All Good

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No one knows how to leverage the power of peer pressure better than Facebook. And now, the social network is putting its influence to good use for medical purposes. On Tuesday, the platform announced a plan to urge its members to openly list their organ donor status on their profiles. According to the New York Donor Network, 113,000 patients in the U.S. are waiting in the wings for organ transplants, and an average of 18 of people die every day during this process. According to…

5 Ways Augmented Reality Can Change The World

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It’s been a long time coming, but augmented reality (AR), or the overlaying of the digital world onto the real world, is entering mainstream marketing. Just ask a Google employee or two sporting the search engine giant’s Project Glass augmented reality glasses. Yes, we are clearly becoming cyborgs. From invisible pop-up stores that are turned into retail wonderlands to Amazon’s augmented reality shopping app, Flow, virtually sensitized tools designed to enhance retail experiences are about to infiltrate the marketplace. With the help of augmented reality,…

Kony 2012 Part II: With Great Virality Comes Great Responsibility

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With great virality comes great responsibility for the content creator, as well as the content consumer—case in point: Invisible Children’s behemoth video campaign Kony 2012. The 30-minute juggernaut documentary about Ugandan Rebel leader Joseph Kony has been cited as the most viral video in history. Along with that record-breaking status, an onslaught of criticism has ensued. Not only was the effectiveness and validity of the campaign attacked, the moral integrity and nonprofit status of Invisible Children was scrutinized. In a day and age, when mass…

Janelle Monae Rallies Fans And Seeks Social Justice For A Young Boy’s Family

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“Tightrope” singer Janelle Monae is on the top of her game. She’s been nominated for a few Grammys, has been given the fashion thumbs up by Karl Lagerfeld (a rare feat that JUST might be harder than winning a Grammy) and has a cameo in the hit single, fun.’s “We are Young.” So it’s great to see her raising awareness for issues she truly cares about. Last night, the soul singer tweeted to her fans asking them to show their support for the life of…

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