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3 Eco Adventures for This Fall

(0) Comments | Posted September 25, 2015 | 12:38 PM


Image of Zion National Park in Autumn via Shutterstock


We all know that wistful feeling towards the end of summer, that twinge of nostalgia as we sense the sun-soaked days beginning to slip...

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What It Feels Like to Be Part of the First U.S. Generation Worse Off Than Their Parents

(7) Comments | Posted August 17, 2015 | 12:39 PM



Every day I am somehow reminded that I am a part of the first American generation to have it worse than my parents. I wake up at 5 every morning, my shoulders ache from making sushi for six hours (the newest...

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Kenton Lee's "The Shoe that Grows" Brings Much Needed Innovation to Footwear Design

(1) Comments | Posted June 24, 2015 | 6:14 PM



By Chelsea Stuart

In 2007, Kenton Lee was living and working in Nairobi, Kenya when he noticed just how many children in the community were either shoeless or wearing shoes that didn't fit...

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Where to Find Your Favorite Foreign Cuisine in the States

(1) Comments | Posted June 24, 2015 | 4:35 PM

Chances are that if you ask Americans what kind of foreign food they've tried locally, the answer will most often be Chinese, Thai or Indian food. While there is certainly nothing wrong with these cuisines, chains in the U.S. tend to highly Americanize their recipes, leaving the search for authentic...

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How "Liter of Light" Is Illuminating the Globe With Repurposed Two-Liter Bottles

(0) Comments | Posted June 17, 2015 | 1:57 PM

By Chelsea Stuart


Photo via Padarth

Why We Love Liter of Light:

Liter of Light is the latest project launched by the MyShelter Foundation, an organization dedicated to bringing low-cost,...

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Eco-Friendly Museums With More Than History to Admire

(2) Comments | Posted May 15, 2015 | 12:19 PM

By Chelsea Stuart

We all know that museums are dedicated to the preservation of history, art and culture, but what about the environment? While the answer is usually a resounding 'no,' the following institutions are hard at work valuing not only relics of the past, but the...

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Bet You Didn't Know Just How Green These American Breweries Are

(2) Comments | Posted May 15, 2015 | 12:14 PM


In 2013 the Brewers Association reported that the U.S. had a total of 2,768 microbreweries, brewpubs and regional craft breweries. While it may surprise you to learn that the total number of craft breweries grew by 15.3 percent...

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How to Spend a Day in the Life of Your Favorite Fictional Character

(1) Comments | Posted May 14, 2015 | 4:39 PM

Setting is often key in creating mood, adding color to characters and grounding readers in an established culture. Whether your favorite read is a pillar of classic literature, a bold travel memoir or a piece of modern fiction, chances are you've imagined yourself in the time and place your...

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Caribbean Islands You Probably Haven't Been To

(1) Comments | Posted May 13, 2015 | 7:57 PM


By Chelsea Stuart

Chances are that if you've been lucky enough to vacation in the Caribbean, you've probably hit up hot spots like Aruba, Jamaica and the Bahamas. While there is nothing wrong with these popular tourist destinations,...

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If You Do Anything in Jamaica it Should be This

(2) Comments | Posted March 7, 2015 | 7:46 PM


By Maria Russo

The whistling willows called out as the cool ocean breeze flowed through their spindly fingers and over the misty mountain. We sat quietly dipping golden breadfruit chips into ceramic bowls filled with the deep green hues of chimichurri...

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Jamaica Hosts First Ever Nexus Caribbean Youth Summit

(0) Comments | Posted February 12, 2015 | 5:41 PM

half moon resort

By Maria Russo

MONTEGO BAY, JAMAICA - The first Nexus Caribbean Youth Summit commenced last Thursday evening at the Half Moon Resort with a cocktail reception led by speeches from thought leaders and philanthropists such as Adam Stewart, CEO and...

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Women in Rwanda Don't Want Care Packages

(0) Comments | Posted January 12, 2015 | 5:18 PM

Women in Rwanda do not want care packages. They do not want handouts.

A Rwandan woman, like you, wants to be empowered. She wants to earn an income that adequately supports her family. She wants to have the knowledge to make informed decisions about her body. She dreams of...

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For $6 You Can Give a Coffee Tree and Help Empower 50 Widow-Led Families in Rwanda

(0) Comments | Posted December 8, 2014 | 4:04 PM

kula project

In early November we visited Rwanda to learn more about how The Culture-ist and a sister organization we are developing can work with local...

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This Organization Is Changing the Lives of Farmers in Rwanda

(0) Comments | Posted August 29, 2014 | 1:30 PM


By Diana Smith for The Culture-ist

Sarah Buchanan didn't grow up on a farm. She didn't study agriculture at her university, Georgia State, and until a few years ago, the only plant she may have envisioned herself cultivating was...

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This Bakery May Have the Best Artisan Breads in the U.S.

(2) Comments | Posted July 2, 2014 | 2:36 PM

By Maria Russo for The Culture-ist

It was a perfect day, the kind where the sun glimmers and slowly glides across an impossibly blue sky and the warm wind gently kisses your face as it passes by.

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The Trans Day of Action: Taking Back Stonewall

(1) Comments | Posted June 25, 2014 | 11:15 AM

Trans day of action

Solidarity LGBT photo via Shutterstock

By Beth Lalonde for The Culture-ist

Walk down the main street of any city next weekend and you'll see them: rainbows. They're on every corner,...

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The First Pop-up Burrito Stand in Hanoi, Vietnam

(0) Comments | Posted June 20, 2014 | 10:19 AM

Mamacita's Vietnam

Photo by Alex Marrs

By Aimee Millwood

Oisin Barr speeds on a Honda Win motorbike, comes to a halt, parks, and begins setting up shop. Off comes his helmet and out come frying pans, flour, and containers of...

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5 of the Best Places to Stay In Sri Lanka

(2) Comments | Posted May 23, 2014 | 12:30 PM

ulagalla room feature

By Maria Russo

Sri Lanka may just be the most beautiful place on earth (in my humble opinion), so staying at chic boutique properties only adds to an otherwise special experience.

We always seek out hotels that...

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The World's Most Unforgettable Bathroom View is in this Luxury Ecolodge

(0) Comments | Posted March 25, 2014 | 3:46 PM

black sheep inn

By Aimee Millwood

At first, the Black Sheep Inn ecolodge -- with comforts including a yoga studio; sun deck perched at a breathtaking 10,500 feet; wood stove heated sauna; and solar-powered Native American-style soaking tub -- seems...

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How One Woman is Changing the Face of Education in Asia

(0) Comments | Posted March 19, 2014 | 11:59 AM

By Margaret Barthel

AWLU Project leaders in Malaysia

Educational change is coming to Asia in 2016, if Barbara Hou has anything to do with it. Hou, a lawyer with a serious interest in international development in Asia, is the Founder...

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