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Why Good Causes Need Great Design
In March of 2010, Nikhil Arora was finishing his degree in Political Science and Business at UC Berkeley, getting ready to start a career in corporate America. Passionate about making a difference, but without a clear path to make a career out of his interests, he decided to pursue a more traditional path—that was until an unusual school project sent his ambitions in a very different direction. When we sat down with Nikhil, he told us: “We came about this idea of growing mushrooms from coffee grounds just a few months before graduating. [My partner] Alex Velez and I were... Continue Reading
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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... 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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London, ON Delivers On 1000 Acts of Kindness Challenge
1,000 Acts of Kindness Challenge started Oct. 1 and continues through end of the month Londoners are drastically exceeding the challenge goal: Nearly 55,000 kind acts reported in last year’s effort Londoners are performing nearly 53 kind acts a day as the clock ticks down in the 1,000 Acts of Kindness Challenge.The city’s kindness quotient stood at about 900 Monday morning as police got rolling on an effort to up the ante.Officers started the day with more than 500 stuffed animals — dubbed Hero Bears and dressed in patrol or tactical uniforms — that they planned to give away at... Continue Reading
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Who Left A Tree, Then A Coffin In The Library?
It started suddenly. Without warning. Last spring, Julie Johnstone, a librarian at the Scottish Poetry Library in Edinburgh, was wandering through a reading room when she saw, sitting alone on a random table, a little tree. It was made of twisted paper and was mounted on a book. Gorgeously crafted, it came with a gold-leafed eggshell broken in two, each half filled with little strips of paper with phrases on them. When reassembled properly, the strips became a poem about birds, “A Trace of Wings” by Edwin Morgan. What was this? Chris Scott/flickr “This is for you in support of... Continue Reading
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Is it Just Me, Or is it Getting Kinda Crowded in Here?
Though it’s impossible to say exactly when it will happen, demographers have chosen the date to mark the milestone. Humanity remains on a steep growth curve. It took only a dozen years for humanity to add another billion people to the planet, reaching the milestone of 7 billion Monday — give or take a few months. Demographers at the United Nations Population Division set Oct. 31, 2011, as the “symbolic” date for hitting 7 billion, while acknowledging that it’s impossible to know for sure the specific time or day. Using slightly different calculations, the U.S. Census Bureau estimates the 7-billion... Continue Reading
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Keep Wall Street Occupied
Postage Paid Protest of the Day: YouTuber ransackedroom — a San Francisco-based “poet, editor, and marketer” — has come up with a rather ingenious way ordinary people can support the Occupy Wall Street movement without ever leaving their homes. It involves taking the business reply mail envelope that comes with most unsolicited credit card offers, and sending it back to the banks with a message inside that ransacked hopes will help open “a dialogue.” He says: This isn’t really about running up the postage bill on the big banks, although that’s a nice side effect. The real effect of this... Continue Reading
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David de Rothschild Prepares for a New Adventure in the Amazon
(Interview between treehugger & David de Rothschild) For the Plastiki expedition, David de Rothschild sailed across the Pacific in a boat made of plastic to raise awareness of ocean pollution. His newest adventure, which sets off next week, will take him into the heart of the Amazon region in Brazil. TreeHugger: We hear you’re preparing for another adventure. What’s the destination this time? David de Rothschild: Yes, I am getting ready for another adventure. We’re heading off for the amazon early next week. Part of the team is already down there now. It’s a pretty interesting adventure, and we will... Continue Reading
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