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A lesson in making a difference | Brown University News and Events
Students in “SOC1870A – Investing in Social Change: The Practice of Philanthropy” get a real-world immersion into the strategic giving process, taking on the challenge of awarding $45,000 in grants to local community organizations. This semester, for the first time, the class has partnered with United Way of Rhode Island, with employees from the nonprofit offering guidance and community connections as students navigate the complexities of the philanthropic world. PROVIDENCE, R.I. [Brown University] — How would you make a difference with $15,000? It may sound like a daunting question, but it’s one that students in a sociology class at Brown are working hard to answer. “SOC1870A – Investing in Social Change: The Practice of Philanthropy” immerses students in the philanthropic process in a very real way. Since its inception in 2007, the class has charged students with awarding up to $45,000 in grants to local nonprofit organizations during each of the... Continue Reading
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Plastic Bottle Ban In Concord, Massachusetts Goes Into Effect
Concord, Massachusetts has become one of the first communities in the U.S. to ban the sale of single-serving plastic water bottles. According to the Associated Press, the plastic bottle ban resulted from a three-year campaign by local activists. The activists pushed to reduce waste and fossil fuel use. Octogenarian Jean Hill lead the charge, telling The New York Times in a 2010 interview, “The bottled water companies are draining our aquifers and selling it back to us.” She declared, “I’m going to work until I drop on this.” The campaign Ban the Bottle claims that “It takes 17 million barrels of oil per year... Continue Reading
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Man’s Time on Earth, in Depressing Cartoon Form
MAN from Steve Cutts on Vimeo. Artist Steve Cutts produced a short, animated history of humans’ time on earth—and maybe a prediction of what’s next. It’s pretty bleak, so early in the morning in a fresh, brand-new year is probably the best time to check it out, right?... Permalink
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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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Intermission: What If Money Didn’t Matter?
Very inspiring video narrated by British philosopher Alan Watts. In our money-driven society, this is a refreshing reminder that financial success doesn’t always equal happiness and that you should pursue what truly matters to you every day.... Permalink
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Phish’s story of philanthropy
It all started when four friends at UVM formed a band. Their improvisational style spawned a success story that’s now 30 years old. The band is Phish and their story is one of giving back. via Phish’s story of philanthropy.... Permalink
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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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84 Year Old, Leaves Condo To Homeless
Before Leila Boroughs died at the age of 84, the San Francisco, Calif., woman decided to leave her greatest possession to people she had never met. The former nurse left in her will her $400,000 condo to the homeless, asking for it to be turned into a shelter, NBC Bay Area reports. Boroughs, who never married and lived alone, said she didn’t have close relatives to whom she could leave the estate. She specified that if the 525-square-foot condo wasn’t suitable for a shelter, the city could sell it and use the money to fight homelessness, the news source reported.... 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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