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

    Friday, April 26, 2013

    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…

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    Dell Shines A Light On How 100 World Changers Are Redefining Tech

    Monday, December 10, 2012

    This past weekend, I went to see the DreamWorks animation “Rise of the Guardians,” which follows the story of Santa Claus, the Tooth Ferry, the Easter Bunny, the Sandman, and Jack Frost as they come together to protect the children of the world against Pitch Black, aka the Boogeyman. Suffice to say, I thoroughly enjoyed the movie, and it got me thinking about the rise of human guardians roaming the real world–the change makers who dedicate their lives to improving society through entrepreneurship and philanthropy….

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    The New Presidential Paradigm

    Wednesday, November 7, 2012

    President Barack Obama did not just win re-election tonight. His victory signaled the irreversible triumph of a new, 21st-century America: multiracial, multi-ethnic, global in outlook and moving beyond centuries of racial, sexual, marital and religious tradition. ~Howard Fineman

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    Los Angeles Social Innovators Gear Up For The Fast Pitch

    Thursday, October 11, 2012

    Who says Los Angeles doesn’t have heart and depth? On October 24th, 20 of LA’s most promising nonprofit entrepreneurs are sharing their freshly minted communications and business skills during the culmination of the Social Innovation Fast Pitch, a free two-month training program that connects nonprofit leaders with business mentors and funding opportunities. During the event, 10 finalists will make three-minute pitches to a panel of judges and an enormous audience filled with investors, philanthropists and foundation executives. The grand prize is $45,000 in awards. Presented by…

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    Lessons Learned from 9/11

    Tuesday, September 11, 2012

    New York, New York, the greatest survivor to teach me how to survive ,we’re at your service. I wrote the following post two years ago, as a Day of Service passage for the 9/11 victims, survivors, and their loved ones. Do you remember where you were on 9/11?  What messages from the media and global voices resonated with you most?  Most importantly,  how did the event affect your perspective on humankind? September 11th drudged up the darkest and most luminous parts of humanity–our propensity to…

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Street Art Historians: The Wit of NYC’s Division Street

Guest post by Kat Koh     I  go to the gym six days a week, around 7:00 a.m. There are eight TVs tuned into CNBC, CNN, Fox News, an infomercial for the Insanity workout, old “Law and Order” episodes, or some kind of Euro pop chart dance channel I can’t ever figure out. I absolutely cannot deal with the tragedies or political bickering on any of these, so I make sure to get the elliptical in front of ESPN. I think ESPN might be…

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Can Jenny McCarthy’s Generation Rescue Bring Good Karma?

Guest post by Danielle Herring Jenny McCarthy, an actress, author, model,  and activist has pioneered her son’s plight with autism into acute advocacy in serving as President of Generation Rescue, an organization she founded in 2005, while working through the difficulties in finding answers for her son.  She has become the key public figure in raising awareness and soliciting funds for the organization.  Most recently, Jenny partnered with the Karma Foundation as the beneficiary of the charitable funds raised at their Tentpole Event, Kandyland, held…

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Revolutionizing The Food System: It’s About That Time

Guest post by Sam Rye What if the food system was the next industry to become more decentralized like music, communication and e-commerce? Well, we think that’s going to happen. In short, because it has to happen. Plain and simple, the centralised, industrialised food system which currently produces 99% of food in the United Stated, United Kingdom, and Australia is unsustainable in its current form and is ripe for disruption. The last 50 years of agriculture and food distribution have seen many advancements including better access…

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A Seer’s Public Heart Check

Guest post by Klayton Korver I woke up this morning with this thought in my head. We can only do great things in small ways.  This isn’t the mindset I’ve had over the last few years while working in the for-profit /non-profit world. Having spent a great deal of time considering what the world needs and wants (i.e. this country, our city, culture, the 20-30 somethings), I think I’ve been looking for the most dramatic way I can make an impact. What has happened as a…

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Why Water Is Life & Everyday Should be World Oceans Day

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…

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

“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…

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Roozt Tuesday: Rock Out For A Cause With Rockin’ Baby This Mother’s Day

Our friends at Roozt, the world’s online marketplace for cause-brands, are featuring some fantastic cause-brands just in time for Mothers’ Day. If you’re a new or expecting mom or know some that could use a handy and fashionable way to carry their little ones, check out Rockin’ Baby. For every Rockin’ Baby sling purchased, the “Mother to Mother” brand will donate a sling to a mother in need and educate her on the importance of holding her child. Made out of 100% cotton, the pouches…

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A Crash Course In Philanthropy

As Global Philanthropy Group highlights in this video, philanthropy  is something anyone can do, irrespective of their age, income or location. Philanthropy in Greek means for the love of humanity. So, the incentive behind it involves much more than donating funds. When powered by generosity and community, any idea can take shape and have lift off. This crash course in philanthropy breaks down four steps for giving back and going big.       1. Know what you care about; look at how you spend most…

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Love Yourself For Everyone’s Sake

Guest post by Katie Cahnmann “When people believe in themselves they have the first secret of success.” ~Norman Vincent Peale Self-Love, Self-Esteem, Self-Confidence, Self-Awareness, Self-Worth…. The recurring theme here is “SELF!” Yes, YOU matter. I have long been a strong believer in the importance of self-recognition and being able to love oneself, which sounds simple enough. But in reality it poses quite the challenge, especially for individuals who were raised in households unable to provide them with the necessary love and nurturance needed to thrive…

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5 Keys to Success For Social Entrepreneurs

Guest post by Jack’s Soap Co-Founder Bridget Hilton Diving into entrepreneurship is a commendable action. Deciding to plunge into social entrepreneurship is enlightening. However, deciding to build a business that turns a profit while benefitting the earth and humanity poses great challenges. Cynics believe there’s no way to do good, while reaping financial rewards. We beg to differ. Here are five keys for creating and sustaining a successful social enterprise. Build a Brand Unfortunately, charity is generally not thought of as “sexy”. Websites are often…

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