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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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Help Invisible Children Stop KONY In 2012

After only two days online, Invisible Children’s latest film “KONY 2012″ has reached viral heights with 15 million views on YouTube and Vimeo. Through the power and hyper-connectivity of the social web, Invisible Children founder Jason Russell and his team are accomplishing their goal of putting an international spotlight on Ugandan guerilla group leader Joseph Kony. Infamous in Africa, Kony is the head of the Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA), which has routinely taken over small towns, killed adults, sexually abused young girls, and brainwashed boys…

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George Clooney & Brad Pitt Perform Prop 8 Play

Time Magazine once hailed him as the “last movie star.” People Magazine once named him the sexiest man alive. In 2005, he won a Best Supporting Actor Academy Award for his performance in the politically charged Middle East thriller “Syriana.” The same year he received a Best Director nomination for his black and white McCarthy era film “Good Night, and Good Luck.” In 2010, he teamed up with Google to launch a human rights project designed to prevent civil war in Sudan. George Clooney is…

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Daniel Bedingfield Is Out Of His Head And Working For You!

It started out a bit rocky – the whole digital revolution and music industry convergence thing. In fact, the disruption was more than disastrous for a number of artists. But now that crowdfunding and social technology are being embraced, a new hybrid breed of digital music making entrepreneurs is on the rise. Sites such as the beloved KickStarter, RocketHub, and PledgeMusic are creating pathways to level the playing field for art to be supported and bestowed upon its true lovers. On top of putting the…

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LEGO Space Shuttle Sweeps Through German Skies

President Nixon approved the Space Shuttle program on January 5, 1972. The launches of Enterprise, Columbia, Challenger, Discovery, Atlantis, and Endeavour were monumental moments that will never be replicated again. While the end of the space shuttle era has arrived, and endless possibilities for more scientific exploration in space are still up in the air (pun intended), the miracle of flight lives on. A special LEGO aircraft tribute that took place in the skies of Germany is proof of that. On the last day of…

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What The World Needs Now Is Ukulele

Music transports me faster emotionally than anything else. Nostalgic arpeggios, romantic strings, greasy riffs, and the warmest chords imaginable can make us feel understood, enlightened and connected like nothing us under the sun. Sometimes having a different perspective is as simple as hearing the right song. Last year, musician Jake Shimabukuro wowed audiences at TED with his rendition of “Bohemian Rhapsody,” played on the ukulele, which is indeed the ”the underdog of all instruments,” as well as the “instrument of peace.”  Watch Shimabukuro’s peformance below and…

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A Prayer For The Wild At Heart, Kept In Cages

“A prayer for the wild at heart, kept in Cages.” ~Tennessee Williams  While it’s not a full sentence, it’s quite the powerful statement. Be heard.

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Lady Gaga To Livestream Social Good Initiative Launch

Listen up, Little Monsters and social good warriors! Lady Gaga and her mother, Cynthia Germanotta, are set to launch the Born This Way Foundation (BTWF), a nonprofit dedicated to reaching youth and creating a new culture of kindness, bravery, acceptance and empowerment, at Harvard University during a special ceremony on Wednesday, February 29th from 4:00-5:30pm EST. While the event is livestreamed from the BTWF website, the pop icon will unveil her new organization to a world-class roster of guests including Oprah Winfrey, Deepak Chopra, U.S….

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Spirit Science: The Religion Of The Future

Albert Einstein once said, “the religion of the future will be a cosmic religion. It should transcend personal God and avoid dogma and theology.” Whether we believe this ideology to be true or not one thing is certain, “just as you create your own reality, we are also co-creating our realities together. We are a collective! As a community, a city, a country, and a species, we decide where we want to go and how we want to flow. It is up to us to…

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Thinking Cities: How Cities Will Drive Global Change

Cities. Some are overpopulated repositories of pollution, violence, debt, and corruption, and many are experiencing financial crisis. However, cities are also filled with life and vitality. They are endless culturally rich resources that offer beacons of hope. They are destinations for great minds to intersect and devise plans for solutions to some of the world’s toughest problems. Urbanization isn’t going to evaporate, nor is it going to slow down, so we need to embrace it. As Elaine Weidman, VP of Sustainability and Corporate Responsibility at…

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Song Obsession Of The Week: ‘Oh My God’ By Michael Franti

Michael Franti is a force. He is the genuine article, and his music and timeless lyrics provoke the kind of thoughts and ache for change that swim through your veins and the deepest oceans of your heart. A Bay Area resident, Franti has integrated social activism, philanthropy, and the promotion of peace as part of this artistic fabric. He is currently an ambassador for CARE, a leading humanitarian organization against global poverty and a supporter of the, Power to the Peaceful Festival, which Franti has…

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