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Mumbai's Signal Shala: A School in a Shipping Container
"Signal Shala" or Signal School is a school that operates out of a shipping container under a flyover in Mumbai, India, and facilitates education for children who otherwise beg or sell small items at traffic signals to earn a living for themselves and their families. 28-year old Aarti Parab is a teacher at Signal Shala. In this article she shares what inspires her to co-create an environment of l... posted on Dec 08 2016, 2,701 reads


Staying Alive: Mary Oliver on How Books Saved Her Life
"Adults can change their circumstances; children cannot...Whatever can take a child beyond such circumstances, therefore, is an alleviation and a blessing." Mary Oliver shares how books provided salvation, a place into which she could disappear, and how her passion for language helped her conquer her pain and find power through her work.... posted on Dec 07 2016, 7,354 reads


The Pilgrim Who Walked 8000 Miles 50 Years Ago
Satish Kumar commemorates the 50th Anniversary of his Peace Walk from India to Washington D.C. with a 50 mile walk along the River Thames. In this short beautifully made video narrated by Kumar, he enumerates all the things you can learn by walking, as well as ways in which you can learn to make peace with people and with the earth. So, let us "accept life as it is, in its abundant form and celebr... posted on Dec 06 2016, 2,869 reads


Wisdom from the Women at Standing Rock
"For months, the Standing Rock Sioux Reservation in North Dakota has become ground for resistance against the construction of a crude-oil pipeline that desecrated sacred burial and prayer sites and threatens the water supply of the surrounding Native American community. The growing encampment of water protectors at Standing Rock has drawn supporters from across the United States amid escalating te... posted on Dec 05 2016, 15,473 reads


Social Permaculture
We need the power of creative and compassionate groups and communities working together to move us toward a more kind and sustainable world. However, maneuvering relationships within communities and keeping them united can be very challenging. In this piece, a life-long permaculturist shares the wisdom she's gathered from four decades of work with intentional communities and groups of changemakers... posted on Dec 04 2016, 7,930 reads


What Great Leadership and Music Have in Common
Management consultant Jim Crupi. who founded and runs Strategic Leadership Solutions, says all leaders should aspire to inspire, just as great music does, pointing out that "Our reaction to a great song can be so visceral that we are forever connected to it...reliving a wonderful moment." In this article he outlines seven ways a good leader can make great music to his staff or followers.... posted on Dec 03 2016, 4,857 reads


On Discerning Your Purpose & Letting Your Life Speak
"'Someone has a great fire in his soul and nobody ever comes to warm themselves at it, and passers-by see nothing but a little smoke at the top of the chimney,'" young Vincent van Gogh wrote in a letter as he floundered to find his purpose. For the century and a half since, and undoubtedly the many centuries before, the question of how to kindle that soul-warming fire by finding one's purpose and ... posted on Dec 02 2016, 10,783 reads


Annie Dillard: On Seeing
"When I was six or seven years old, growing up in Pittsburgh, I used to take a precious penny of my own and hide it for someone else to find. It was a curious compulsion; sadly, I've never been seized by it since. For some reason I always "hid" the penny along the same stretch of sidewalk up the street. I would cradle it at the roots of a sycamore, say, or in a hole left by a chipped-off piece of ... posted on Dec 01 2016, 7,796 reads


The Running Program That's Pulled 1,300 People Out of Homelessne
At 5:45 a.m., on a Friday morning, a group of about 20 homeless guys warmed up in a parking lot in East Harlem. In a circle, they did jumping jacks, twisted their torsos and touched their toes, and then huddled up, they chanted the Serenity Prayer ("God give me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change...") and took off running. They ran with Back On My Feet, a program started by social en... posted on Nov 30 2016, 7,219 reads


How Poetry Captivates Us
Robert Hass is one of contemporary American poetry's most celebrated and widely-read voices. He served as U.S. Poet Laureate from 1995-1997 and has won both the National Book Award and the Pulitzer Prize. In the mid-1990s, Cofounder of the River of Words organization, which provides tools for teaching ecoliteracy to young students through multidisciplinary, interactive curricula, Hass is Distingui... posted on Nov 29 2016, 5,149 reads


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