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Gabriela Mistral on Service
Gabriela Mistral calls on us to serve as nature serves, suggesting each of us could be the one to remove the rock from the field or hate from the human heart. Read her lovely poem about service here...... posted on Aug 31 2015, 3,657 reads


Learning to Not Know
For centuries, our ancestors have gathered around the proverbial fire, so to speak--holding space for unity and peace. In many ways, these 'circles' have helped to foster dialogue, to grow community, and engage in a shared path of understanding. In this lovely interview, Kay Pranis, a national leader in restorative justice, discusses the wisdom within our collective knowledge, and the blessing our... posted on Aug 30 2015, 5,415 reads


Co-Working Spaces in Trees
Coworking is all the rage these days - with innovative spaces cropping up all around, designed to help invoke our inner creative spirit. There are spaces which double as coffee shops and climbing gyms. And, now? There is a shared space within the trees. Dubbed TreeXOffice, the project brings together six to eight people at a time to work under the canopy of a tree. It is designed with the intentio... posted on Aug 29 2015, 4,315 reads


How Awe Makes Us Generous
"What do the Grand Canyon, Sistine Chapel, and gazing at distant stars all have in common? They can awaken a deep appreciation for the world around us and inspire a profound sense of awe. This sensation is often accompanied by an awareness of something larger than ourselves -- that we play a small part in an intricate cosmic dance that is life." In this article, author Adam Hoffman describes rece... posted on Aug 28 2015, 5,483 reads


My Bucket List of Gratitude
We typically think of a 'bucket list' as that special list of things we wish to do, see, or accomplish before we say our final farewells. But, what if there was another way to view it? That is, to create a list comprised of life's most special moments already lived? In this lovely story, a young woman recounts how much the kindness of neighbors helped to restore her faith -- inspiring a whole new ... posted on Aug 27 2015, 9,661 reads


How Groups Shape Individual Judgement
Peer pressure, herd mentality, groupthink -- all various phrases that hint at a central truth: the mind of the group often sways the mind of the individual. But how and why does this happen? The scientists at the Greater Good Science Center of UC Berkeley endeavor to find out.... posted on Aug 26 2015, 6,415 reads


A Track Inspector's Good Deed Goes Viral
"Everyone has it in their heart to do things like this." Those are the words spoken by Josh Cyganik, who one day decided to take action and simply turn a negative into a positive. Enjoy this uplifting story about how one man's inspiration ended up having a ripple effect that then inspired many others to help out an elderly man and his wife transform their home.... posted on Aug 25 2015, 7,736 reads


The Whole Child & Urban Education
In this rich interview, Ida Oberman, founder of the Community School for Creative Education in East Oakland, California, talks to Richard Whittaker about applying the enrichment of a Waldorf education to urban public schools.... posted on Aug 24 2015, 3,530 reads


Service Surf Dog Ricochet
Ricochet was a puppy prodigy. From the moment she was born, she was training to become a service dog for a person with a disability. As she grew, it was clear her talents were undeniable; but her free, youthful spirit could not be contained -- Ricochet would give in to her instincts to run playfully and chase birds and small animals. A definite no-no for a service dog. Rather than push harder to m... posted on Aug 23 2015, 3,868 reads


We Can't Eat GDP
What does GDP - gross domestic product - fail to account for? When we really start to dig into the numbers, we find that this long-held standard for a country's "success" ignores many of the positives (and negatives) that determine a population's welfare and well-being. But new possibilities are already out there. Lorenzo Fioramonti shares exciting ideas for new measurements of progress, and what ... posted on Aug 22 2015, 4,833 reads


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