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Waves of Valor

Annie Stein | Posted 10.20.2014 | Impact
Annie Stein

After attending the August 9th surf camp, which for me gave new meaning to the expression "fun in the sun" I couldn't wait for the next one; the final surf camp at Chico State Beach in Huntington Beach which was on Sept 27th.

Are Nosy Neighbors Good For Something?

Dr. Gregory Jantz, Ph.D. | Posted 10.17.2014 | Healthy Living
Dr. Gregory Jantz, Ph.D.

Have you ever lived on a street with a nosy neighbor? You know; that neighbor who always seems to be peeking out the front room window or crossing th...

Finding Your Motivation: How Internal and External Rewards Work Together to Synergize Creative Work

Peter Himmelman | Posted 10.15.2014 | Healthy Living
Peter Himmelman

Fear, and not lack of self-discipline, (or lack of organizational skills) is what prevents us from making our dreams manifest. We are often motivated to create to derive a sense of validation and purpose: to bring forth a sense of belonging.

Let's Create a Bully-Free Nation 2014

Brad Jamison | Posted 10.15.2014 | Impact
Brad Jamison

As you are likely aware, every month of the year is designated to bring awareness to a disease, social issue or cause. And, October is no different - in fact, this month is dedicated to numerous issues, including breast cancer and bullying.

Tech Justice: Social Justice Emerges From the High Tech Arena

Nadeem Mazen | Posted 10.13.2014 | Technology
Nadeem Mazen

Imagine a system with complete data security where program coordinators can proactively recruit promising students based on academic need, workforce development initiatives, or neighborhood demands.

Interview With Social Media Advertising Strategist, Daniel Reed

Christina Scribner | Posted 10.13.2014 | Business
Christina Scribner

As a club promoter in Baltimore, Daniel Reed quickly learned how powerful of a marketing tool social media can be. After reaching out to his thousands of followers on various sites, he saw dance floors become more crowded than they had ever been before.

Sustainable Consumption and the World of Endless Images, Voices, and Ideas

Steven Cohen | Posted 10.13.2014 | Green
Steven Cohen

If the past fifty years has taught us anything, it is that one should never project the next fifty years. People and their needs remain constant. Little else seems to be very stable.

Why the 'Finesse of the Avenue' Is What Cities Need

Charles R. Wolfe | Posted 10.08.2014 | Arts
Charles R. Wolfe

While Cassis is known as a fishing village turned touristic haven (and a departure point for dramatic rock faces above the Mediterranean and remarkable inlets along coast, a short distance from Marseille), this essay is hardly a travelogue.

Helping Those Closest to You

Brad Jamison | Posted 10.09.2014 | Impact
Brad Jamison

when most people think about giving, usually images of donating to a worthy charity or cause -- such as signing up to sponsor an impoverished child -- come to mind.

How Marketers Should Appeal to Women

Bob Deutsch | Posted 10.07.2014 | Business
Bob Deutsch

Marketers targeting a female audience need to understand the critical difference between men and women. Namely, women cycle and men consummate.

The Legacy of Community

Rachael Freed | Posted 10.03.2014 | Healthy Living
Rachael Freed

I recently worked with a women's book club. They'd chosen of my three Legacy books, The Legacy Workbook for the Busy Woman. I invited them to read cha...

The Healing of Community

Jean-Paul Bedard | Posted 10.03.2014 | Healthy Living
Jean-Paul Bedard

So much of our identity is enshrined in our community, so is it any wonder that when we subvert our "true" identity simply to satisfy our thirst for belonging, we sabotage any hope of actual connection?

The Next Big (Small) Thing for #TheStitch...

Matt Pipkin | Posted 10.02.2014 | Impact
Matt Pipkin

While sharing about BLVR's investment in us, I shared my personal story of being sexually abused by a family friend when I was six, keeping it secret until after graduating college, and about the heavy toll it took on my life.

A Case for Community in Cultural Planning for New York

Lane Harwell | Posted 10.03.2014 | New York
Lane Harwell

Today I add new learning about the importance of "community" to discussions underway about including a comprehensive cultural plan requirement in the New York City Charter.

Get Involved in Your Startup Community - for Your Mental Health 

Jen Consalvo | Posted 09.30.2014 | Technology
Jen Consalvo

The tricky thing about stress is that it drives us away from one of the best stress busters: people! "No time for breaks, no time for socializing," st...

How We Can Help the Homeless

Lissa Coffey | Posted 09.30.2014 | Impact
Lissa Coffey

Although I showed her kindness and respect, I questioned what I could have done differently, how I might have been able to help her.

This 4-Year-Old Has A Powerful Message For The World

Karri-Leigh P. Mastrangelo | Posted 09.30.2014 | Parents
Karri-Leigh P. Mastrangelo

My 4-year-old daughter loves to create imaginative stories as she flips through her books, but will only recite them aloud if she believes she is alone. Sneaking upon her one afternoon, I heard the most incredible thing.

The Look and Feel of 'Inevitably Urban'

Charles R. Wolfe | Posted 09.30.2014 | Arts
Charles R. Wolfe

I have compiled 25 photographs for this essay -- taken in multiple locations since 2009, including cities on four continents. The photographs are presented in black and white, to better show the contrast between the human and built environment, yet also emphasize the undeniably symmetry between.

Falling Is Not Failing

Tim McDonald | Posted 09.29.2014 | Healthy Living
Tim McDonald

I'm learning that the only failure we experience is something we don't learn from. Life is a journey, not a destination. Falling is part of the adventure. Failing to me is giving up.

How I Found Opportunity In Sharing My Secret Disorder

Sandy Rosenblatt | Posted 09.25.2014 | Women
Sandy Rosenblatt

I was positive people wouldn't accept me if they knew I pulled out my hair. And I was even more positive that if they did find out, if they didn't judge me for pulling, they'd reject me for the fact that I didn't know why I was doing it, and that I wasn't able to stop myself.

3 Roads to Joy: 5 Questions to Start the Journey Now

Steven Crandell | Posted 09.25.2014 | Healthy Living
Steven Crandell

If you believe the idea of life being joy-centered is a falsehood, you have bought the snake oil of disillusionment, and you are probably still taking a tablespoonful of its bitterness every morning. My recommendation is to skip a day, open up to the possibility of joy, and see how you feel.

An Urgent Warning About 'Impact'

Richard C. Harwood | Posted 09.24.2014 | Impact
Richard C. Harwood

My experience working with people in communities, with foundation leaders, with various national initiatives and with a variety of others is that the deifying of this word has produced a cascading effect of collective responses that endanger our mission.

Uses of Power that Start with A: Abnegation, Abuse, Avoidance

Rev. Meg Riley | Posted 09.23.2014 | Impact
Rev. Meg Riley

In my family this week, thoughts are focussed on the use of power by authority figures, and how that leads to trust or to brokenness. Authorities can always wrap themselves in rules, or innuendos, or righteousness, and most people will support them without thinking

How to Start a Service Organization at Your School

Brad Jamison | Posted 09.23.2014 | Impact
Brad Jamison

Sometimes there aren't any organizations that are actively working to fix the problem. When that happens, you might want to consider starting your own organization.

Don't Judge Me, I'm A Mom

Shaney Vijendranath | Posted 09.23.2014 | Parents
Shaney Vijendranath

There is no such thing as the perfect mother. We all make mistakes and learn from them. Most moms do not have supermodel figures after having two kids.