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#GivingTuesday

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"WHAT IS #GIVINGTUESDAY? We have a day for giving thanks. We have two for getting deals. Now, we have #GivingTuesday, a global day dedicated to giving back. On Tuesday, December 2, 2014, charities, families, businesses, community centers, and students around the world will come together for one common purpose: to celebrate generosity and to give. It’s a simple idea. Just find a way for your family, your community, your company or your organization to come together to give something more. Then tell everyone you can about how you are giving. Join us and be a part of a global celebration of a new tradition of generosity."

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Henry Miller on the Beautiful Osmosis of Giving and Receiving (by Maria Popova)

Henry Miller on the Beautiful Osmosis of Giving and Receiving (by Maria Popova) | Generosity and Helpfulness, and Giving back | Scoop.it

"It's only when we demand that we are hurt."
"In The Diary of Anaïs Nin, Vol. 3: 1939-1944 (public library) — from whence this poignant meditation on the difference between Paris and New York came — Nin shares a letter she received in the summer of 1942 from Henry Miller, with whom she’d been closely involved creatively, intellectually and, for a long time, romantically"...

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21 Pictures That Will Restore Your Faith In Humanity

21 Pictures That Will Restore Your Faith In Humanity | Generosity and Helpfulness, and Giving back | Scoop.it
People aren't always awful. Sometimes, they're maybe even just a little bit wonderful. Here are 21 pictures to remind you of that fact.
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Holy Philanthropy! Andreessen Horowitz GPs Pledge to Give Half of Their Income to Charity (by Sarah Lacy)

Holy Philanthropy! Andreessen Horowitz GPs Pledge to Give Half of Their Income to Charity (by Sarah Lacy) | Generosity and Helpfulness, and Giving back | Scoop.it

Andreessen Horowitz is announcing that the firm’s six general partners will donate at least half of all income from their venture capital careers to philanthropic causes. That’s at least half of everything they make from venture capital — for life. It includes all fees, carry, salaries – everything. The lucky recipient charities will be at the discretion of each partner.

The firm is also announcing an initial $1 million gift to six charities including Via Services, Ecumenical Hunger Program, Second Harvest Food Bank, Fresh Lifelines for Youth, Canopy, and The Shelter Network...

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Zero to 1 million in 999 days (by Howard Kingston)

Zero to 1 million in 999 days (by Howard Kingston) | Generosity and Helpfulness, and Giving back | Scoop.it

"On 2nd July 2011 – I set myself a goal of making $1 million dollars in 999 days. I’ll be posting my strategy, what I’ve learnt and how much I’ve made so far."

The funny thing is, I’m not motivated by money at all. I just felt $1 million was a figure that was big enough to inspire me, and others to do something truly amazing.
In fact, if everything goes to plan I’ll have given away – $20K+ – and be in a position to help even more people at the end. I think that’s pretty cool.

Every time I reach a financial milestone I’ll give away 10% of that amount to charity. I’ll do this where I’m ahead, behind or bang on schedule in reaching this milestone.

(Yes, I do realise that giving away 10% of each milestone will take me further away from the goal of $1 million, but I believe this very act of giving will ultimately take me four steps closer to my ultimate goal. Have I confused you yet? I explain it more in the next point)...

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LinkedIn’s Reid Hoffman Gives Kiva $1 Million To “Empower Everyone”

LinkedIn’s Reid Hoffman Gives Kiva $1 Million To “Empower Everyone” | Generosity and Helpfulness, and Giving back | Scoop.it

“How you build the future is you motivate people to pay attention and act, to improve their circumstances and run their own lives”, LinkedIn co-founder and philanthropist Reid Hoffman tells me. That’s why his support of microlending platform Kiva’s kiva.org/free program has a double positive impact. He put up $1 million so 40,000 people could try helping the impoverished via microfinance without spending their own money. They get inspired, while those who receive the microloans can start small businesses and become self-reliant...

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One Million Acts of Kindness

One Million Acts of Kindness | Generosity and Helpfulness, and Giving back | Scoop.it
Follow Bob and Bogart as they travel the country spreading the idea of One Million Acts of Kindness. Be a part of this Kindness Movement.

One Million Acts Of Kindness is a goal. A goal for each person to individually perform One Million Acts Of Kindness in their life. Can you imagine a greater goal for one’s life? It is a constant mind-set of kindness every day of your life for the next fifty-five years. Doing for others and kindness in your heart for everyone. It is my wish that you will dedicate your life to a charity… finding the passion in your heart for something or someone in need.

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Woman Hasn’t Used Money in 15 Years

Woman Hasn’t Used Money in 15 Years | Generosity and Helpfulness, and Giving back | Scoop.it
Heidemarie Schwermer is a German woman who hasn't used money in the last 15 years, since 1996.
Heidemarie’s incredible story began 22 years ago, when she, a middle-aged secondary school teacher emerging from a difficult marriage, took her two children and moved to the city of Dortmund, in Germany’s Ruhr area. One of the first things she noticed was the large number of homeless people, and this shocked her so much that she decided to actually do something about it. She had always believed the homeless didn’t need actual money to be accepted back into society, only a chance to empower themselves by making themselves useful, so she opened a Tauschring (swap shop), called “Gib und Nimm” (Give and Take).
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Money & Life - Extended Trailer

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There is a sea change occurring in the world today, the so-called "paradigm shift" of the globalized world. Economist Bernard Lietaer states that "money is the highest leverage point for change in our society." Money & Life aspires to be a part of bringing a new consciousness to our understanding and the practices in the world of money through a film that will be part-investigative journalism, part-cinematic essay, serious ad light-hearted, intimate and inspiring. It will inform you and more importantly it will open your heart, expand your mind, and help us collectively realize our greatest capacity as human beings.
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Pay It Forward Foundation

The Pay It Forward Foundation was established in September 2000 by author Catherine Ryan Hyde and others to educate and inspire students to realize that they can change the world, and provide them with opportunities to do so. By bringing the author's vision and related materials into classrooms internationally, students and their teachers are encouraged to formulate their own ideas of how they can pay it forward.
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Generosity, the Power of Giving (by Mike Walsh)

Generosity, the Power of Giving (by Mike Walsh) | Generosity and Helpfulness, and Giving back | Scoop.it

Generosity has far greater reach than many of us imagine. Our generosity has a ripple effect that quickly reaches millions. Let's all be a bit more generous.
I’ve been writing about generosity for about a year now. I haven’t published much of it, yet. Most of the book interviews that I have completed are about people that are investing their time toward a passion that has the interest of others at the forefront. The people I have interviewed include teachers, religious leaders, leaders at non-profits, philanthropists and business leaders that donate a bunch of their time. The names that you may be familiar with include Gates, Zander, Sacca, Gupta, Hsieh, Benioff, Mycoskie, Bush and Harrison, among others. What they are doing is awesome.

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Indiegogo #GivingTuesday (by Indiegogo)

Indiegogo #GivingTuesday (by Indiegogo) | Generosity and Helpfulness, and Giving back | Scoop.it
There’s Black Friday, Cyber Monday, and now #GivingTuesday—a movement to create a global day of giving on Tuesday, December 2nd, 2014. Start a campaign by December 2nd, 2014: Participating nonprofit & social-impact campaigns will receive the campaign amplification package, including: Our Amplification Guide. An Indiegogo fee discount of at least 10%. $80 marketing package (via GreenInbox). … read more
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Amanda Palmer on the Art of Asking and the Shared Dignity of Giving and Receiving (by Maria Popova)

Amanda Palmer on the Art of Asking and the Shared Dignity of Giving and Receiving (by Maria Popova) | Generosity and Helpfulness, and Giving back | Scoop.it

"When we really see each other, we want to help each other."

“It would be a terrible calamity,” Henry Miller wrote in his meditation on the beautiful osmosis between giving and receiving, “for the world if we eliminated the beggar. The beggar is just as important in the scheme of things as the giver. If begging were ever eliminated God help us if there should no longer be a need to appeal to some other human being, to make him give of his riches.” And yet, we live in a culture that perpetuates the false perception of a certain power dynamic between giver and receiver, and — worse yet — stigmatizes the very act of asking as undignified...

 

 

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TEDGlobal 2012: 'The more you give away the more you get back'

TEDGlobal 2012: 'The more you give away the more you get back' | Generosity and Helpfulness, and Giving back | Scoop.it

First there was "open" – open source, open tech, open journalism. And now? Prepare yourself for "radical openness".

This, according to Bruno Giussani, the European director of TED, the annual ideafests in California and Edinburgh, and its online offshoot TED Talks, is one step beyond mere ordinary openness. And it must be true. Or at least, it has been true for TED. "We realised that it was what we were doing. Radical openness is the organising principle of everything that we do at TED."...

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Giving Back: How Every Startup Can Be Philanthropic (by Chuck Dietrich)

Giving Back: How Every Startup Can Be Philanthropic (by Chuck Dietrich) | Generosity and Helpfulness, and Giving back | Scoop.it

The technology industry is thriving, fueled by a rise in innovative startups, an influx of venture capital funding and the promise of high value initial public offerings. Facebook’s IPO is poised to be the largest U.S. stock market debut of all time, and Steve Jobs left a legacy that forever raises the bar on innovation and leadership in the industry.

While the size and success of these behemoths is the exception, technology companies of any size have the opportunity and responsibility to give back. Social philanthropy not only benefits the recipients but has innumerable benefits to the giver. A culture of giving can be a powerful force in the tech talent war, as more people seek work that embodies personal, professional and philanthropic ideals. This is especially true for new workers who want to bring their whole person to work, with an ability to do work while contributing to the greater good...

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Visit kiva.org/free To Microlend $1 Million Of Reid Hoffman’s Money

Visit kiva.org/free To Microlend $1 Million Of Reid Hoffman’s Money | Generosity and Helpfulness, and Giving back | Scoop.it

Today you can help someone escape poverty by trying out microlending platform Kiva, and it won’t cost you a dime. Go to kiva.org/free where Reid Hoffman has put up $1 million of his money to let 40,000 people give $25 microloans to help those in need start farms and general stores that can support their families. The Kiva Free Trials program hopes to introduce people to the positive impact of microfinance philanthropy, and get them to lend their own money next time...

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The Birthday Project (by Robyn Bomar)

The Birthday Project (by Robyn Bomar) | Generosity and Helpfulness, and Giving back | Scoop.it

The mission of The Birthday Project is to create a shift in the way people from all walks of life think about and celebrate their birthday (and other milestones). The Birthday Project serves as a source of information and inspiration on the infinite ways to do this, including highlighting lesser-known charities, insight on party/event ideas, tips on charitable giving, testimonials from both those participating in this movement and recipients of random acts of kindness and much, much more.

 

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Amit Gupta [Needs->Loves] You!

Amit Gupta [Needs->Loves] You! | Generosity and Helpfulness, and Giving back | Scoop.it

[update] -> http://tumblr.amitgupta.com/post/16079119166/many-of-you-have-asked-so-heres-whats-going-on

 

Amit Gupta is the founder of Photojojo! and Jelly, and he was instrumental in launching ChangeThis with Seth Godin. Amit was recently diagnosed with leukemia and will need a bone marrow transplant. Unfortunately, people of South Asian descent are severely underepresented in the National Bone Marrow Registry. Find out how you can help...

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The Generosity Experiment

In this inspiring talk from the NextGen:Charity conference, Sasha Dichter of the Acumen Fund shares the results of his month-long "Generosity Experiment" where he said "Yes" to every request for help.


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How to avoid poor immigrants spending too much money in internet café, with a (existing?) cheap device.

How to avoid poor immigrants spending too much money in internet café, with a (existing?) cheap device. | Generosity and Helpfulness, and Giving back | Scoop.it
We have plenty of Internet connection, and there are a lot of humans at our physical reach with a strong need of connection with the world, basically for texting purposes, wasting their time smiling at people to get enough money to eat and connect to the Internet. There's something wrong in that, maybe we could fix it with a texting device cheap enough to be offered to them without friction for its ownership (i.e. fighting against the risk that it won't return anymore, or broke, be sold, etc.).
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Pay It Forward Movement

The Pay It Forward Movement is the real-life reaction to the release of my novel in early 2000, followed by the creation of the Pay It Forward Foundation, followed by the Warner Brothers movie. I didn't write the novel expecting a social movement, but it's certainly been exciting to watch it grow.
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TEDxWarwick: Making Money From Doing Good. By Noam Kostucki

Noam Kostucki is a social entrepreneur who co-founded Seeducation & SeedPro through which he has coached and trained thousands of people from numerous organi...
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