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What Does A Foolish 21 Year Old Know? Graduate With A Major First

Sar Haribhakti | Posted 10.08.2015 | Business
Sar Haribhakti

Don't know much about how traditional networking works. That sounds complex to me. For that, definitely seek out the right networking gurus. All I know and need to know is give, give, give and you shall get. A lot.

Win-Win < Win-Win-Win

Sar Haribhakti | Posted 10.06.2015 | Business
Sar Haribhakti

"Win-win-win" is situation in which you are not directly involved in an agreement between two people who stand to benefit, either in their personal or professional growth.

By the Community, For the Community: This Week in Daily Giving

Ari Nessel | Posted 09.29.2015 | Impact
Ari Nessel

Communities typically have the keys to their own liberation and ability to thrive. This week The Pollination Project celebrates projects that are by ...

Rolling Up Their Sleeves: This Week in Daily Giving

Ari Nessel | Posted 09.24.2015 | Impact
Ari Nessel

This week, The Pollination Project honors projects that dive deep into the heart of a problem and provide the inner and outer tools to address it. Our...

Opening to Heartbreak, Grief and Loss: Feeling the Heat of the Fires

Padma Gordon | Posted 10.07.2015 | GPS for the Soul
Padma Gordon

It has taken me some time to digest and metabolize the reality of the fires that are devastating Northern California. The fires have left a vast scar...

Friends Doing Business With Friends (and Changing the World in the Process)

Leisa Peterson | Posted 09.23.2015 | Business
Leisa Peterson

In the movie Pay It Forward, 12-year-old Trevor makes a bid to improve the situations of those around him. With limited resources, he devises a plan: to repay good deeds, but with a twist. Instead of a direct repayment, Trevor instead pays each good deed forward to three third party beneficiaries, along with an edict to each to pay that favor forward, thrice.

To The Wendy's Employee At The Drive-Through

Ashley Alteman | Posted 09.21.2015 | Parents
Ashley Alteman

I think you saw something in my eyes. I believe you noticed something was off and you led with what you, clearly, knew best: kindness.

10 Ways Meditation Will Free Your Mind

Ed and Deb Shapiro | Posted 09.21.2015 | Healthy Living
Ed and Deb Shapiro

Stillness is always there between our thoughts, behind the story, beneath the noise. What keeps us from experiencing this natural state of being is our habitual and ego-dominated monkey mind.

Determined to Succeed: This Week in Daily Giving

Ari Nessel | Posted 09.09.2015 | Impact
Ari Nessel

Every day The Pollination Project provides a seed grant of $1000 to a social change visionary who is making their community and the world a more sust...

3 Life Lessons from a Homeless Man Named Matt

Jessica Zemple | Posted 09.08.2015 | Impact
Jessica Zemple

I was walking to a workshop on Coaching Success in downtown San Diego with one of my favorite teachers, Dr. Robert Holden, when I passed by a young man who was wearing tattered clothes and looked as if he had not seen a shower in days. I said good morning, as I do with most people I see, and kept walking.

The 7 Sustainables

Paul Dunion, Ed.D., LPC | Posted 09.04.2015 | GPS for the Soul
Paul Dunion, Ed.D., LPC

We live in a time that calls for radical honesty about the nature of life and what it means to commit to a sustained relationship with our lived experience. The hope is that the seven sustainables offer a way to live more deeply while preparing the way for future generations.

Want to Build Relationships? Start by Serving Others

Sar Haribhakti | Posted 09.04.2015 | Business
Sar Haribhakti

My personal mantra for networking (read it as connecting) is adding net value to people around you and your communities without any ulterior motives. Such graciousness sets you up for accomplishments and satisfaction in both personal and professional spheres in the long run.

People Who Plant: This Week in Daily Giving

Ari Nessel | Posted 09.03.2015 | Impact
Ari Nessel

From Oakland, California to Busia, Kenya, many of our grantees this week are planting gardens and educating their communities about nutritious food, organic gardening and permaculture principles. We are honored to give $1000 seed grants to the following projects all over the world.

Fostering Authentic Generosity in Our Children

Jesua | Posted 09.02.2015 | Healthy Living

For myself, this breakthrough of bringing my genuine sadness to my children about hurtful tendencies I notice between them, and powerfully inviting them to embody, enact and extend authentic generosity to one another and the world around them, is one I will continue to learn from!

Food Matters: This Week in Daily Giving

Ari Nessel | Posted 08.27.2015 | Impact
Ari Nessel

This week we helped seed community and school gardens in Uganda, Cameroon, and St. Louis Missouri. These projects provide local residents with not just access to healthy food, but the tools to grow their own food and maintain ownership of their own food sources.

A Partnership for the Next Generation: This Week in Daily Giving

Ari Nessel | Posted 08.19.2015 | Impact
Ari Nessel

Please join me in celebrating these 20 inspiring youth leaders and the seed grants that we were able to give them.

The Soul of a Community: This Week in Daily Giving

Ari Nessel | Posted 08.18.2015 | Impact
Ari Nessel

This week we funded stories and soul around the world from Kandace Vallejo's Youth Rise Texas project that works with children of incarcerated parents, to Tracie Pouliot's Chair City Oral History project that tells the stories of a working class community in Massachusetts.

The Seeds are Planted: This Week in Daily Giving

Ari Nessel | Posted 08.06.2015 | Impact
Ari Nessel

This week we were honored to give seed grants of $1000 each to people around the world who are tackling environmental and social problems in their communities.

My Mentor Never Gave His Last Lecture

Adam Grant | Posted 08.05.2015 | Healthy Living
Adam Grant

To millions of beloved readers, Jeff Zaslow was the advice columnist who replaced Ann Landers and the bestselling author who captured our hearts with moving books like The Last Lecture with Randy Pausch. But to me and countless other writers, Jeff was a devoted mentor who gave countless hours of his time and energy to help aspiring authors.

Kindness Matters: This Week in Daily Giving

Ari Nessel | Posted 07.30.2015 | Impact
Ari Nessel

Imagine being a child in foster care, shuffled from home to home with your belongings in a trash bag. Or an elderly woman living alone with little to eat and no family to help you. This week at The Pollination Project our grantees have found ways to bring small kindnesses into the lives of others.

The Power of My Daughter's One-Cup-at-a-Time Legacy

Jay Scott | Posted 07.30.2015 | Impact
Jay Scott

We truly believe that you never know which dollar is going to make the difference and lead to the next big discovery to help kids with cancer, and that every single dollar adds up toward making those dreams of a cure a reality.

Meet a Visionary: Padmanaban Gopalan, the Robin Hood of Excess Food

Ari Nessel | Posted 08.05.2015 | Impact
Ari Nessel

We asked which visionary grassroots leader most inspired you -- and thousands of people answered. The winner of the 2015 Pollination Project Visionary Award is Padmanaban Gopalan, who started an ingenious effort to feed the hungry and reduce trash in Coimbatore, India.

Soulless Economics

Robert Koehler | Posted 07.16.2015 | Politics
Robert Koehler

An allegedly impersonal economic structure, which quietly benefits the infinitesimally few who have far more than they need, is no foundation for our future.

A Path to Liberation: This Week in Daily Giving

Ari Nessel | Posted 07.15.2015 | Impact
Ari Nessel

All over the world, people are rising up to support their communities towards sustainability and collective liberation. This week we share about two grantees in Oakland California who have launched local businesses that support and empower marginalized communities.

Intersectional Activism: This Week in Daily Giving

Ari Nessel | Posted 07.09.2015 | Impact
Ari Nessel

It is easy to get caught up in organizing and activism around a single issue or cause. This week, we proudly supported grantees who are working at the intersection of multiple issues, addressing the complexity and interconnectedness of the world we live in through their activism.