"It's the only car I've ever loved. It's guilt-free driving. And I'm proud to be seen in it. I never had a sports car, but everyone is looking at me as if I'm the coolest guy on the block. They ask if it's really fully electric, and are amazed that there is no place for the gasoline!'"
I believe that we are all, with the possible exception of a very few, born with compassion. Thus, for most of us, the quality of compassion is already within ourselves from birth -- we need only to find and awaken our compassion.
The Haggadah that we read at the seder table, instructs that the history of liberation be remembered as a personal experience, commanding that parents tell the story to their children in the first person: "I myself went free from Egypt."
Two years later, while many in Mongolia continue to recover from the 2010 dzud, the trend of urbanization still continues, and at a rapid rate. Many herders now agree that pasture quality and the harshness of recent winters are so bad that herding has become untenable.
New figures from the Organisation of Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) show that global aid fell in 2011 for the first time in 14 years. The cut of nearly 3% will impede progress in reducing poverty and cost children's lives.
For millions of indigenous villagers and pastoralists it means forced relocation, loss of livelihoods, and a death blow to their ancient cultures. Ethiopia is a sad example of the worst of these outcomes.
You're an activist in Kenya. You're mad about corruption in your country -- with hundreds of millions of dollars meant to aid people in poverty being siphoned off by greedy officials. You want to speak out, but worry that doing so might put your life in danger. What should you do?
Right now many states are attempting to put new voting restrictions in place that parallel all the old tricks and turn back the clock on civil rights to the days when voting was used as a tool for political control and exclusion.
Why is there such a focus on women's education and empowerment in the developing world? It's not altruism. It's because women are the ones making the best long-term decisions for their families. But for several thousand years, nobody was paying attention