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Dissenting, or Seeking Shelter? Homeless Stake a Claim at Protests
LOS ANGELES — Robert Gaffney, who came here from Oklahoma 10 years ago, settled on a scrap of burlap the other day on a grassy hill outside City Hall, surveying the tents and crowd that make up Occupy Los Angeles. For many of his neighbors at City Hall Park, this is a center of protest and political grievance. For Mr. Gaffney, it is the latest piece of land that he calls home. It is, he said, more comfortable than the sidewalk in Hollywood that he has been living on for the last few months. It is safer and less sketchy than Skid Row, the homeless colony a few blocks away. “It’s different here,” said Mr. Gaffney, 31. “I find myself getting sleep. Interesting conversation.” He held up a pair of dirty socks. “But I haven’t figured out how to do laundry.” Mr. Gaffney is hardly an unusual presence in the... Continue Reading
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Be KIND: Help Feed Senior Citizens This Thanksgiving
On Tuesday, November 1, Angelenos can do good just by being kind. Sounds simple, right? It is. And it will bring a happy and healthy Thanksgiving to hundreds of senior citizens. A KIND Healthy Snacks KIND Movement initiative, Do the KIND Thing hosts monthly KINDING Missions in new cities every first Tuesday of every month, also known as KIND Tuesday. L.A., November is our month. L.A.’s BIG KIND Act aims to feed senior citizens via the Los Angeles Regional Food Bank. With the help of selfless Angelenos, nutritious Thanksgiving meals will be delivered to hundreds of senior citizens facing hardship.... Continue Reading
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GoodSearch/GoodShop
Following the trend of people wanting to incorporate “doing good” into their everyday lives, more than 13 million people are helping feed the homeless, save the environment, cure cancer and help more than 100,000 nonprofits and schools just by searching the internet and shopping online. Six years ago, brother/sister team Ken and JJ Ramberg wanted to figure out a way to turn everyday actions into a way to support the causes trying to make this world a better place. So, they partnered with Yahoo and launched GoodSearch.com a Yahoo-powered search engine which donates about a penny a search to your... Continue Reading
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Featured NGOs: charity: water
It’s hard not to think about water today. In the western world, we face growing concerns about our stewardship of the world’s most precious resource. There’s talk of shortages, evidence of reservoirs and aquifers drying up, and of course, plenty of people who simply don’t care. But forget about us. Most of us have never really been thirsty. We’ve never had to leave our houses and walk 5 miles to fetch water. We simply turn on the tap, and water comes out. Clean. Yet there are a billion people on the planet who don’t have clean water. It’s hard to... Continue Reading
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New Wave in Oil Cleanup Technology Spurred by Competition
When the Deepwater Horizon rig exploded in 2010, we all watched in horror as oil gushed unchecked into the Gulf of Mexico. Cleanup crews flocked to the scene, but their ability to respond to the spill was limited: they were stuck using the same technology deployed during the Exxon Valdez disaster, 21 years earlier. Those outdated, inefficient booms and skimmers managed to pick up just 3 percent of the nearly 5 billion barrels of oil spilled in the Gulf. Philanthropist Wendy Schmidt, head of the Schmidt Family Foundation and an NRDC board member, knew America could do better. In June... Continue Reading
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Afghanistan midwives tackle world’s highest maternal mortality rate
A British GP training midwives in Afghanistan has spoken of the daily challenges facing her team as they work to save the lives of mothers and their children in a remote part of the country. Dr Sarah Pickworth, from Stratford-upon-Avon, is based in the mountainous Province of Ghor, which is sealed off by snow for half the year as temperatures plummet to minus 37 celsius. Afghanistan has the highest maternal mortality rate in the world; this is the number of women who die in pregnancy, labour and after childbirth. Four years ago, the district  “which has a population of 800,000,... Continue Reading
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Doing Good, Better: New Initiative Will Support Socially Focused Designers
From a story about Occupy Design’s infographic kits to a challenge asking readers to redesign the report card, GOOD features designers using their talents to improve their communities almost every day. But the triumph of solving a social challenge often comes at great cost: Most of this work is done without pay and during overtime hours, which can strain a designer’s business. “Designers say, ‘I’ll take my own time and my own resources and try and solve a problem alone,'” says Manuel Toscano, principal of the corporate identity firm Zago. “That’s wrong.” A new initiative by AIGA, one of the... Continue Reading
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CooKit solar panel cooker
Panel solar cookers are the first solar cookers that are truly affordable to the world’s neediest. In 1994, a volunteer group of engineers and solar cooks associated with Solar Cookers International developed and produced the CooKit, based on a design by French scientist Roger Bernard. Elegant and deceptively simple looking, it is an affordable, effective and convenient solar cooker. With a few hours of sunshine, the CooKitmakes tasty meals for 5-6 people at gentle temperatures, cooking food and preserving nutrients without burning or drying out. Larger families use two or more cookers. The CooKit is made of cardboard and foil... Continue Reading
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Today is International Day for the Eradication of Poverty – And Who Listens to the Poor?
When we think of the poor, we think in broad strokes. We think of a village devastated by a hurricane or a group of faceless beggars on the street or daily wage laborers huddled over a field. But the poor are not one entity. Far from it, they are Farida, who feared her dark skin led to a bad marriage, or Indu, a member of India’s marginalized tribal community, or Sukhibala, whose husband will not let her work outside the house. The voices of the poor are often forgotten when it comes to international development.  These voices are often drowned... Continue Reading
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