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Daily Meditation: The Art Of Giving

The Huffington Post | Antonia Blumberg | Posted 07.02.2015 | Religion

We all need help maintaining our personal spiritual practice. We hope that these Daily Meditations, prayers and mindful awareness exercises can be par...

The Fabric of Healthy Communities: This Week In Daily Giving

Ari Nessel | Posted 07.01.2015 | Impact
Ari Nessel

This week The Pollination Project honors people around the world who are helping their communities address some of their most basic needs. From a women-run business in Nigeria, to school gardens in Tanzania and Uganda, and a creative rebuilding effort in Gaza, Palestine, these grantees are showing us how small local initiatives really do make a difference.

A Global Solution Towards Human Evolution, Development and Empathy

Gaia Paradiso | Posted 06.30.2015 | Impact
Gaia Paradiso

Multiple deadly attacks arose multiple questions and covered up all my mind all long this first weekend of summer.

Win-Win Solutions: This Week in Daily Giving

Ari Nessel | Posted 06.26.2015 | Impact
Ari Nessel

From a project that creates viable work for formerly incarcerated women, to a youth farming initiative that cultivates nutritious fruit to sell, these grantees are bringing financial security to the most vulnerable people in their communities.

It Pays To Be Nice... Even When Other People Are Screwing You Over

The Atlantic | Olga Khazan | Posted 06.24.2015 | World

Research labs, like most workplaces, come in two broad varieties: The cut-throat kind, where researchers are always throwing elbows in a quest for pre...

Vote for a Visionary

Ari Nessel | Posted 06.22.2015 | Impact
Ari Nessel

Two and a half years ago, when I announced my intention to give away $1000 a day to an individual change-maker, every day for the rest of my life, people thought I was nuts.

9 Ways to Heal: This Week In Daily Giving

Ari Nessel | Posted 06.17.2015 | Impact
Ari Nessel

Healing happens in so many ways. From arts programs, to yoga, to support groups, many of our grantees this week are providing opportunities for communities to heal the challenging circumstances of their lives.

What's in Your Heart to Say?

Rick Hanson, Ph.D. | Posted 06.16.2015 | Healthy Living
Rick Hanson, Ph.D.

Of course, the most important person to speak truly to is yourself, with inner speech. Come to peace with the truth: the facts, your experiences and intentions, the goodness inside your heart, what's led to what for better or worse.

Building Resilience: This Week in Daily Giving

Ari Nessel | Posted 06.10.2015 | Impact
Ari Nessel

The Pollination Project celebrates the courage it takes to forge a new path, to try something new, to go against the grain and create a new paradigm for a community.

Why Is Receiving So Hard

Tamar Henry | Posted 06.05.2015 | Healthy Living
Tamar Henry

When I allow myself to receive and I recognize that receiving lets me increase my own generosity, another shift happens: I'm more inclined to be generous for no reason. I'm more attuned with the desire to pay it forward because of the experience I've just had.

It Takes a Community: This Week in Daily Giving

Ari Nessel | Posted 06.02.2015 | Impact
Ari Nessel

Each week, The Pollination Project announces our daily grants that we provide to individual social changemakers who are launching and expanding their projects around the world. A team of donors (myself included) provides $1000 of seed funding to help get these efforts off the ground.

The Subversive Side of Generosity

The Next Ten Challenge | Posted 05.21.2015 | Healthy Living
The Next Ten Challenge

Even for those of us who are spiritually inclined, it's hard not to see the world through the lens of materialism and consumerism. Each year, billions of dollars are spent on advertising telling us that something is missing in our lives, that we don't have enough.

Food Matters: This Week in Daily Giving

Ari Nessel | Posted 05.21.2015 | Impact
Ari Nessel

This week, The Pollination Project and our community of Daily Givers supported projects that strengthen our food supply by caring for bees, helping people find culturally-relevant ways to access and enjoy vegan food, encouraging people grow food and teaching people healthier ways to cook.

10 Ways To Stay Happily Married In A World Of Naysayers

Winifred M. Reilly | Posted 05.14.2015 | Weddings
Winifred M. Reilly

Some of the worst marriages I've seen have gotten as bad as they are because neither partner is willing to risk: to apologize, to reach out, to be vulnerable, to name what needs to be addressed. Remember, you have to step out of your comfort zone if you want your marriage to grow.

How An Unexpected Encounter Turned Around My Lonely Mother's Day Weekend

Mary Novaria | Posted 05.14.2015 | Fifty
Mary Novaria

The mariachis played horns and guitars in the midst of a large configuration of tables with pink and white balloons floating above. I tried to discern the occasion. Wedding? Baby shower?

The True Wealth Experiment: What Happened When We Gave 24 People $100 Each to Create Wealth

Ari Nessel | Posted 05.12.2015 | Good News
Ari Nessel

Three weeks ago, we gave away $2400 in $100 increments to people who showed up on a conference call about the meaning of "true wealth." And so began a week-long experiment in creating wealth in the world.

Remembering Dave Goldberg, The Ultimate Mensch

Adam Grant | Posted 05.10.2015 | Technology
Adam Grant

I don't believe this happened for a reason, but it has given us all a reason to be more present parents, more loving spouses, more supportive friends, and more caring leaders. The overwhelming sentiment from everyone who knew Dave is that he inspired us to be better human beings.

The Community Roots of Mother's Day

Ari Nessel | Posted 05.08.2015 | Impact
Ari Nessel

All of these moms have taught us, regardless of the obstacle -- be it extreme poverty, gang violence, managing children with special needs or even living in a refugee camp -- that there is nothing that a mom can't do when it comes to nurturing her community.

The Future of Buddhism: Race, Money, Mindfulness and the World

Yael Shy | Posted 05.21.2015 | Religion
Yael Shy

Buddhists have the opportunity to uplift and maximize one of the central principles that underlies the religion itself: we are all deeply, completely, inextricably interconnected.

Dare to Lead With Generosity

Shelley Zalis | Posted 05.07.2015 | Women
Shelley Zalis

Here are the Top 10 lessons I've learned from our daring pack in The Girls' Lounge that I shared at the Women in the World Summit:

Communities That Matter: This Week in Daily Giving

Ari Nessel | Posted 05.06.2015 | Impact
Ari Nessel

This week in daily giving we were honored to provide funding that helps make life better for people around the world. From a culturally sensitive Ebola-eradication effort in Sierra Leone to a free/low-cost means of legal support for African Immigrants in Texas, our daily giving community at The Pollination Project is happy to announce the seven micro-grants we've made this week.

7 Qualities To Seek In A Soulmate

Dr. Carmen Harra | Posted 05.05.2015 | Healthy Living
Dr. Carmen Harra

Often, we overlook flaws because we fall in love with a person. This is admirable, but we also have to recognize the principles that mold a partner into a soulmate -- those elements that fortify a loving bond for the long run. Consider these seven qualities as essential to fostering an incredible, lifelong partnership...

Can Business Leaders Help Prevent the Next "Baltimore"?

Matt Tenney | Posted 05.04.2015 | Business
Matt Tenney

Business leaders can help prevent future crises like the one in Baltimore with a simple character trait that also turns out to be very good for business - generosity.

See a Problem, Solve a Problem: This Week In Daily Giving

Ari Nessel | Posted 06.28.2015 | Impact
Ari Nessel

Zhou Zi Ru is a 15-year-old who has dedicated herself to advocating for harmonious relationships between stray cats and humans in Liaoning, China by procuring food scraps from restauranteurs and feeding her feline friends in centralized locations in order to coax them away from local food vendors.

The Day I Got Naked in Brooklyn (NSFW)

Michael Rohrer | Posted 06.29.2015 | Gay Voices
Michael Rohrer

Through relaxing conversation and the courage of vulnerability, we created images that turned out to be beautiful, provocative, and fully exposed, while I met a fantastic man for whose camera I'd comfortably get naked again.