Monday, July 31, 2017

How One Man Created A Forest Bigger Than Central Park

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July 31, 2017

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How One Man Created A Forest Bigger Than Central Park

Everyone can do simple things to make a difference, and every little bit really does count.

- Stella McCartney -

How One Man Created A Forest Bigger Than Central Park

For more than 30 years, one man planted trees in a remote, northeastern region of India. As a teenager, Jadav Payeng noticed the effect the environment was having on Majuli Island, which is home to about 170,000 people and has lost 70 percent of its landmass over the last century. He decided to plant trees, creating a forest in the process. But after a while, Jaday also realized he had to protect the trees. Now, Jaday's story is available to watch in a 2013 documentary called "Forest Man." { read more }

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Plant a tree, reuse water bottles, or more. What is one thing you can do this week to help protect the environment?


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Sunday, July 30, 2017

Power My Learning

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Power My Learning

What we learn with pleasure we never forget.

- -Alfred Mercier- -

Power My Learning

PowerMyLearning is an educational non-profit organization focusing on improving results for low-income students by using technology to encourage them, their families, and their teachers to work together to ensure student success. This collaboration fosters an atmosphere of learning, whereby children who may not otherwise be able to reach their full potential can thrive. Elisabeth Stock is the co-founder of PowerMyLearning, and became interested in the educational inequality while volunteering in west Africa for the Peace Corps. PowerMyLearning began in 1999 and is now used in over 30,000 schools across the United States. One of the reasons the organization is so successful is because it empowers students to take charge of their own education, while being supported by their families and schools. Teachers are also empowered by having the ability to adapt the technology to each group of students, or to individuals. When students have ownership over their ability to learn, teachers have the resources they need, and families are invited to join the process, everybody wins. { read more }

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If you'd like to partner, volunteer, donate technology, or make other contributions to PowerMyLearning, visit their website. { more }


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Saturday, July 29, 2017

The Boy & Dog Who Changed Each Other's Lives Forever

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July 29, 2017

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The Boy & Dog Who Changed Each Other's Lives Forever

Animals stimulate us not only by touch, but by some deeply buried aspect of nature within us, a connection to part of something greater, more healthy, more whole.

- Peter Levine -

The Boy & Dog Who Changed Each Other's Lives Forever

Jonny Hickey is a young boy with autism who had trouble making connections with other people and interacting with the family's pets, had limited vocabulary, and would isolate himself, even with family members sometimes. That is, until Xena walked into his life on her four paws, and brought him out of his shell. The Hickeys adopted Xena, a rescue dog who had been previously so severely abused for months that by the time she was rescued, it wasn't certain she would survive. When Xena and Jonny met, magic ensued. This heartwarming video captures the journey of both the boy and the dog who are flourishing in each other's companionship. { read more }

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Consider connecting with an animal or bird -- perhaps your pet, or even a spider or bug in the garden. What can you learn from it today?


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Friday, July 28, 2017

How To Give Away A Billion -- Or Not

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How To Give Away A Billion -- Or Not

We need to repair the social fabric, without which all other solutions are patch work.

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How To Give Away A Billion -- Or Not

Best-selling author David Brooks was asked what he would do if he had a billion dollars to give. In his recent NY Times op-ed piece, he answers: "Only loving relationships transform lives, and such relationships can be formed only in small groups. I'd seed 25-person collectives, a group of people who meet once a week to share...Each collective would have a curriculum, a set of biographical and reflective readings, to help members come up with their own life philosophies, to help them master the intellectual [foundation of] virtues." In this piece, Nipun Mehta shares that ServiceSpace (DailyGood's umbrella organization) has been successfully running on this core principle since 1999 without fundraising a single penny. He challenges the currently prevailing view that financial capital is the solution to social problems and urges us to consider the other forms of capital that are often underutilized and overlooked. "We need to repair the social fabric," Nipun shares, "without which all other solutions are patch work." { read more }

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What can you do today to begin to repair the social fabric in your home or place of work?


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