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How One Bike Changed a Village
When Bill and Nancy Bamberger from San Diego first visited Cambodia as tourists in 2002, they were struck by its long history, the warmth of its people, and the devastation that was still evident from long years of violence and neglect. A whole generation of educated people had been killed or fled the violence of the Khmer Rouge, holding back the growth of Cambodia today. To help reverse that trend, the Bambergers created the Cambodian Village Fund, supporting education in the rural village of Kaun Khlong. The Bambergers’ 40th anniversary was approaching soon after they returned to San Diego, when Nancy talked with her new hairdresser Chanra Chheum, who was born in Cambodia and had come to the U.S. as a teenager to escape the violence. Chanra had recently visited Kaun Khlong, where she still had family, and had bought a bike for the village for $40. There was little transportation... Continue Reading
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People Are Awesome: Man Moves in With Parents So a Homeless Family Can Live in His House
“You don’t have to be Bill Gates or Warren Buffet or Oprah,” to help someone in need says Los Angeles attorney Tony Tolbert. The 51-year-old is certainly walking the talk in a seriously inspiring way. He gave his home—rent free and fully furnished for an entire year—to a homeless family. And he’s moving back in with his parents so he can do it. Tolbert’s mother, Marie, says when she first heard about her son’s plans, she asked him, “Have you lost it?” But the family has a long tradition of service and extending a helping hand to those in need.... Continue Reading
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Pay-It-Forward Chain In Winnipeg Lasts For 3 Hours
Winnipeg’s residents are at it again. According to Yahoo News, customers at a Tim Hortons coffee shop in Winnipegstarted a chain of goodwill that ended up extending to 228 lucky residents on Friday. “One generous customer at the restaurant on Beaverhill Blvd. started a chain of customers paying for the person behind them that lasted about three hours,” an employee told CBC News. Troy Thompson, who manages the restaurant, told the news source that the energy among the staff and customers was infectious. “They were calling out the numbers, ‘We’re at 162,’ and they made a really big deal of it,” he said.... Continue Reading
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Random Acts of Kindness Day: February 17
Random Acts of Kindness Day is the name of an unofficial holiday increasingly celebrated around the world on February 17 in order to encourage acts of kindness. This unofficial holiday is not much popular in CIS countries yet, but some NGOs organize occasional events to encourage people to do something kind for a friend or a stranger – for no reason. Research shows that there are strong links between random acts of kindness and improvements in the health of people, so do not forget to do something kind today. Related articles Happy Random Acts of Kindness Day (living4bliss.wordpress.com) It’s random... Continue Reading
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Tweenbots: What Technology Can Reveal About Empathy And Cooperation
Tweenbots are human-dependent cardboard robots that navigate the city with the help of pedestrians they encounter. Rolling at a constant speed, in a straight line, Tweenbots have a destination displayed on a flag, they rely on people they meet to read this flag and to aim them in the right direction to reach their goal. The Tweenbot’s success is dependent people’s willingness to step outside of habitual actions and engage with a technological object in the city space. As emotive characters placed in the improbable setting of the city, Tweenbots create an unexpected interaction, disrupting the narratives of our everyday... Continue Reading
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Kindness Challenge Jan 2012 – Warm the world in 31 days
This post is to help support a group of family and friends from Minnesota who want to make a difference. Their goal is to inspire people around the world to perform 1,000,000 acts of kindness during Jan, 2012 thus creating enough momentum to cause a shift in the world – a shift to a warmer and friendlier place. The Kindness Challenge is looking for warmhearted people who also want to make that difference. “It’s free, it’s simple and it’s good for you to do something nice for someone. It feels great, and it will make someone else feel great, too.... Continue Reading
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Occupy Wall St – The Revolution Is Love
  PLEASE SHARE WIDELY! HELP SUPPORT THE FILM This is a community funded film. Help us rush this film to the theatres and onto the streets. We know we have something amazing on our hands, that can be of great service in this time of enormous transformation, this time of enormous crisis. Thank you for your support. Love is the movement! “Love is the felt experience of connection to another being. An economist says ‘more for you is less for me.’ But the lover knows that more of you is more for me too. If you love somebody their happiness... Continue Reading
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Good Samaritan Pays Fares
The holidays are upon us and the spirit of giving is already in full swing in the Northland. An anonymous good Samaritan is paying it forward today. It’s the time of year when we do what we can to help others, especially those who’ve fallen on misfortune. A man from Duluth recently came upon some good fortune. After losing his wallet for a spell, it made it’s way back to him with everything accounted for. “It came to him in the mail and everything was there and so he said he was just overjoyed obviously that his wallet came back... Continue Reading
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Tower of Nests Designed to House Displaced Urban Wildlife
As more people begin moving from rural areas and into swelling urban centers around the world, it usually means that local wildlife gets the boot. But now, thanks to a revolutionary new building called Tower of Nests proposed for construction in Shanghai, city squirrels, birds, and insects that might otherwise be displaced will have a high-rise to call their very own, living in peace with human residents. The designers behind the tower hope that it will usher in a new era of urban architecture — one that promotes sustainability and harmony with nature. The Tower of Nests, brainchild of Kjellgren... Continue Reading
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