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North Plains couple's 'passive house,' built by Hammer & Hand, saves energy

North Plains couple's 'passive house,' built by Hammer & Hand, saves energy | This Gives Me Hope | Scoop.it
The ultra-energy-efficient house is one of six Northwest homes being showcased by the Northwest Energy Efficiency Alliance.
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Hope is sturdy; instead of drowning in despair, it rolls up its sleeves and sets out to change things.
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100-Year-Old Tennessee Woman Sees Ocean for First Time

100-Year-Old Tennessee Woman Sees Ocean for First Time | This Gives Me Hope | Scoop.it
It was during a water-gun fight at her senior living facility over the summer that Ruby Holt told bystanders she had always wanted to see the ocean, which she h
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Food Runners | KarmaTube

Food Runners | KarmaTube | This Gives Me Hope | Scoop.it
There are over 800 million undernourished people in the world today. Hunger and malnutrition are in fact the number one risk to health worldwide. Yet there is enough food in the world to feed everyone. In San Francisco, California, 1 out of 4 people go hungry at some point during the month. There are also more than 4,000 restaurants in the city that throw away excess food. Mary Risley, founder of Tante Marie's Cooking School, decided to do something to prevent that. In 1987, together with a small group of women, she started a grassroots initiative called Food Runners to help alleviate hunger, prevent food waste, and create community. San Franciscans connecting with other San Franciscans.
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We have these programs in B.C. as well - feeding people wonderful food while staving off waste. A win-win

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The Psychological Benefits Of Saying Grace

The Psychological Benefits Of Saying Grace | This Gives Me Hope | Scoop.it
Thanksgiving is, quite literally, a holiday built upon the notion of giving thanks. If at no other time of the year, it's the one day when we come together with loved ones to express gratitude at the dinner table. Before digging into the turkey feast...
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Sources of Light, by Karen Horneffer-Ginter

Sources of Light, by Karen Horneffer-Ginter | This Gives Me Hope | Scoop.it

When Kobun Otogawa was asked in the wake of 9/11, "How can I deal with the enormous fear and anger that I feel about what happened?" He replied simply, "Do one kind thing for someone every day." And though the advice might seem overly simplistic, it does cause us to realize - that it is through our own light that this world can be made a little brighter.

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Repair Cafe

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Repair Cafés are free meeting places and they’re all about repairing things (together).  At the Repair Café you will find all the tools and materials required to help you make many repairs you need. Volunteer specialists will be on hand to help and guide the repairs.  You can enjoy a cup of tea or coffee or even lend a hand with someone else’s repair job.

The Repair Café concept was formulated in 2009 by Amsterdam-based journalist/publicist Martine Postma and sustainability guru Peter van Vliet, in Groningen, the Netherlands.  Their idea was to set up low-key meeting places nationwide where neighbours could repair their broken items themselves supported by specialist in a relaxed atmosphere.  Visit www.repaircafe.org for more info

 
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Wow - so good to see this happening in my own home town. It was Nov. 22nd - hope there'll be more of them.

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The future of travel for the last mile, by Andrea Coleman, Ashoka

The future of travel for the last mile, by Andrea Coleman, Ashoka | This Gives Me Hope | Scoop.it
Solving community problems requires more than newer and better technology for the poor. It requires something more radical than that--that we rehumanize the poor. People require not only new technologies to solve some of the biggest challenges in rural health and development, they require basic technologies--like transportation for the cadres of health care workers and others. Riders for Health realized this and is changing lives--their own and others--through their simple realization that transportation is not a privilege but a necessity.
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Rewriting the Book of Belonging: Anne Lamott on the True Gift of Friendship

Rewriting the Book of Belonging: Anne Lamott on the True Gift of Friendship | This Gives Me Hope | Scoop.it
"Trappings and charm wear off... Let people see you."

Beyond having written one of the finest books on writing ever published, Anne Lamot
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A Beauty Shop That Goes Way Beyond Skin Deep

A Beauty Shop That Goes Way Beyond Skin Deep | This Gives Me Hope | Scoop.it
In Pakistan, a salon employs the victims of acid attacks to help them re-enter society on their own terms
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This Man Skips Lunch to Feed Hungry Kids. He Asks: 'Will You Join Me?', by Melissa Binder

This Man Skips Lunch to Feed Hungry Kids. He Asks: 'Will You Join Me?', by Melissa Binder | This Gives Me Hope | Scoop.it
For Anton Cobb, inspiration came in the form of an online article telling of a girl whose family had benefited from a local food bank. The 32-year-old salesman then decided to turn that inspiration into a simple and creative way to help raise awareness and support for the Oregon Food Bank. Each Wednesday afternoon Cobb sacrifices buying his own lunch to donate to those in need. And sitting alone at a table with a red and white checked tablecloth in downtown Portland, he joyfully invites others to follow suit.
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Such a simple, beautiful idea

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Floating Boat Schools Give Students A Second Chance

Floating Boat Schools Give Students A Second Chance | This Gives Me Hope | Scoop.it
Where floods make permanent structures risky and discrimination makes education inaccessible, one group takes a novel approach toward school
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These Mothers From Mizoram Are Weaving A Strong Future

These Mothers From Mizoram Are Weaving A Strong Future | This Gives Me Hope | Scoop.it
In the hope of weaving a better future for their kids, read how the women of Mizoram are trying to keep alive their traditional art of weaving.
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Friday Funnies: Dad Breakdances with his 2-year-old (Video) - The Good News Network

Friday Funnies: Dad Breakdances with his 2-year-old (Video) - The Good News Network | This Gives Me Hope | Scoop.it
Here's something to lift your spirits. A fun dad dances with his son while also teaching the lad how to wait his turn.
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High cuteness factor here

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How painting can transform communities

How painting can transform communities | This Gives Me Hope | Scoop.it
Artists Jeroen Koolhaas and Dre Urhahn create community art by painting entire neighborhoods, and involving those who live there -- from the favelas of Rio to the streets of North Philadelphia. What's made their projects succeed? In this funny and inspiring talk, the artists explain their art-first approach -- and the importance of a neighborhood barbecue.
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Arun Dada and Mira Ba, by Nipun Mehta | DailyGood

Arun Dada and Mira Ba, by Nipun Mehta | DailyGood | This Gives Me Hope | Scoop.it
How easy is it to "love your neighbor" when your intoxicated neighbor wakes you up in the middle of the night and insults you? For people dedicated to the path of nonviolence, like Arun Dada and his wife Mira Ba, it's not only the right thing to do, it's the only thing you can do. Instead of getting angry, they chose to try and transform the relationship through compassion. And in doing so they inspired their neighbor to replace his steady stream of obscenities with three words embodying their shared highest ideals. Read on for this profound story of forgiveness and friendship.
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4 Incredibly Easy Ways To Practice Everyday Gratitude

4 Incredibly Easy Ways To Practice Everyday Gratitude | This Gives Me Hope | Scoop.it
With Thanksgiving here, now is the time when many of us pause to reflect on all that we have and give thanks. But research shows there are major benefits to practicing gratitude -- which Robert Emmons, a professor in UC Davis' psychology department a...
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Cooking with the Enemy

Cooking with the Enemy | This Gives Me Hope | Scoop.it
Artist Michael Rakowitz brings Arab-Jewish culture, and all its current political implications, to the forefront in his Enemy Kitchen, a culinary intervention.
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My Project: Goldie Hawn and The Hawn Foundation - NBCNews.com

My Project: Goldie Hawn and The Hawn Foundation - NBCNews.com | This Gives Me Hope | Scoop.it
The Goldie Hawn FoundationAs an Academy Award-winning actress, author, and producer, Goldie Hawn has entertained countless millions around the globe, but it’...
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'Doctor Who' Peter Capaldi sends heartwarming message to grieving fan

'Doctor Who' Peter Capaldi sends heartwarming message to grieving fan | This Gives Me Hope | Scoop.it
"We're on your side," Doctor Who actor Peter Capaldi tells 9-year-old fan grieving the loss of his grandmother.
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8 Mobile Phone Ideas That Are Changing Lives In Rural India

8 Mobile Phone Ideas That Are Changing Lives In Rural India | This Gives Me Hope | Scoop.it
The simple ubiquitous and mobile phone is transforming the lives of thousands of people in rural India. Here are 8 amazing mobile initiatives that show how its done.
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She Is Not Just A Tribal Woman In Rural Madhya Pradesh, But A Radio Jockey Too! - The Better India

She Is Not Just A Tribal Woman In Rural Madhya Pradesh, But A Radio Jockey Too! - The Better India | This Gives Me Hope | Scoop.it
Watch how Ramvati, a tribal woman in Madhya Pradesh and a radio jockey for a local radio station, is changing the lives of people in her village through her radio programme.
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Solar-Powered Glowing Bicycle Path In Netherlands Inspired By Van Gogh’s Starry Night

Solar-Powered Glowing Bicycle Path In Netherlands Inspired By Van Gogh’s Starry Night | This Gives Me Hope | Scoop.it
Dutch artist and designer Daan Roosegaarde has created a beautiful and innovative glowing bike path that, when illuminated at night by glowing pebbles and LEDs, looks like Van Gogh's famous Starry Night painting. The kilometer-long bike path is located in Brabant, the Dutch county where Van Gogh was born and raised.
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This Grandma Went Running In The Rain! I Was Moved When I Found Out Why.

This Grandma Went Running In The Rain! I Was Moved When I Found Out Why. | This Gives Me Hope | Scoop.it
A simple, but powerful reminder to savor the smaller pleasures in life.
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Arizona farm helping cancer patients grow healthy foods

Arizona farm helping cancer patients grow healthy foods | This Gives Me Hope | Scoop.it
There's strong evidence that eating healthy plays a big role when it comes to healing.
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Converting Your Terrace Into A Tiny Organic Farm Is Just So Easy!

Converting Your Terrace Into A Tiny Organic Farm Is Just So Easy! | This Gives Me Hope | Scoop.it

WWant to grow a terrace garden at your home? Here is your guide to growing wonderful flowering plants, or healthy & organic vegetables and fruits yourself.

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The "so easy" requires a lot of work and a terrace much larger than mine - and a strata council that agrees - but I love the idea and what this couple has done.

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5 ways small cities are fighting climate change

5 ways small cities are fighting climate change | This Gives Me Hope | Scoop.it

MyBen & Jerry's highlights five small cities which are stepping up to address the factors leading to global warming. It's time for renewable energy.

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My small city could do this if we had the will

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