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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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“The World Tomorrow” To Air On Russia Today

Days like today I wish had access to Russian television, but I suppose the Internet will suffice. Wikileaks Founder Julian Assange announced the debut of his new TV talk show, “The World Tomorrow,” which is scheduled to air on Russia Today on April 17th. The date marks 500 days since Visa, Mastercard, and Paypal stopped working with Wikileaks after the site released secret U.S. State Department cables. Assange is currently under house arrest in Norfolk, Britain, while facing possible extradition to Sweden for rape and sexual…

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The Healing Power Of Music Reigns Supreme

A video of an elderly man responding to his favorite music from back in the day has gone viral since being posted on April 7th, and is still raking in consistent views. Crazy about Cab Calloway, Henry, the man featured in the video, scats and sings for the camera. This is pretty impressive, considering he appeared to be uncommunicative for the most part and have barely any memory before hearing some tunes in an iPod. Watch music revive Henry’s spirit. This video incentivized us to…

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The Power Of Community & Social Enterprise, LA Style

Guest post by Michael DeHart When a business has the single goal of generating individual success and profit, they tend to create quid pro quo partnerships. These alliances spawn out of a need to pool resources to stay competitive, but once the problem is resolved the partnership is disregarded. Back in July of 2011 when Google+ came out swinging touting its superior ability to connect friends with integrated video conferencing, Facebook and Skype quickly joined forces leveling the playing field. Fast forward to last week…

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Going Barefoot Or Bust: TOMS One Day Without Shoes Movement

Do you ever have trouble deciding which shoes to wear? I do sometimes. My closet of shoes is overflowing. But not every part of the world lives this way. Fortunately, those of us who have plenty can give to those who don’t by joining TOMS One Day Without Shoes movement. Wanna join in on the action? Here’s how it works. All you have to do is leave your shoes at home when you get up in the morning and go to work. If you can’t…

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5 Ways Augmented Reality Can Change The World

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,…

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Kony 2012 Part II: With Great Virality Comes Great Responsibility

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…

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Lessons Learned From Teen Girls

Remember when you were a teen girl? At age 13 you had all the answers and thought because you were the same size as an adult, you must pretend to know just as much. Remember how easy it was to shake your confidence? Like the time when you thought you had on a cute outfit and someone made a snide remark about it. You would always remember that remark whenever you started to wear that outfit. Yes, it has probably been awhile but when you…

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Shattering the Silence of Sexual Violence

Guest post by Angela Rose Your sister. Your friend. Your mother. Your brother. You know someone who has been sexually assaulted, but more than likely they have kept this a secret from you. One in four girls and one in six boys will be sexual abused – the rate of sexual assault is extremely alarming, but the silence and shame that surrounds this issue allows it to continue. April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month and it is imperative that we work to create communities that…

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The Magic of Hub LA’s Community

It’s been less than a year since I was exposed to the Hub LA community, but they’ve had an impact on me that I’m already grateful for. Having studied finance through college, and blindly taking to advice from a few successful entrepreneurs, I found myself being rather individualistic, and very focused on making money. At one point though, when I heard the advice that I shouldn’t have any time for friends and family, I found myself wondering if entrepreneurship was for me. It was about…

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[Infographic] Being LGBT In The 21st Century

It appears we still have a long way to go where LGBT rights are concerned. In the last year, the national dialogue around the bullying of lesbian and gay youth has triggered activism and media attention addressing the issue. Lee Hirsch’s documentary “Bully” opened in theaters last week. Seventeen year old Caleb Laiesk, a former bullied high school student, is now working in the Phoenix mayor’s office to help put a stop to bullying among young people. But harassment a schools is still occurring at…

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