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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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'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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What Happens When a Teacher Walks in Her Students' Shoes?

What Happens When a Teacher Walks in Her Students' Shoes? | This Gives Me Hope | Scoop.it
This is something that every educator should consider doing.
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A Light in India | Dowser

A Light in India | Dowser | This Gives Me Hope | Scoop.it
When we hear the word innovation, we often think of new technologies or silver bullet solutions — like hydrogen fuel cells or a cure for cancer. To be
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What It Really Means to “Live Our Mission”

What It Really Means to “Live Our Mission” | This Gives Me Hope | Scoop.it
A beautiful meditation on how we learn to stand at the gates of hope in troubled times.

"How are we so optimistic, so careful not to trip
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The Most Incredible #ActsofKindness

The Most Incredible #ActsofKindness | This Gives Me Hope | Scoop.it

My It may be hard to believe, but Instagram isn't just full of selfies and party photos. Searching hashtags like #payitforward and #actofkindness will lead you to a whole 'nother world that'll make you feel fuzzy inside. For the ultimate midweek pick-me-up, check out the most moving photos of people being kind to one another, filter or no filter. Source: Instagram

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My friend Judith just topped up my hope quotient with these.

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Jane Goodall On Empathy, by Maria Popova

Jane Goodall On Empathy, by Maria Popova | This Gives Me Hope | Scoop.it
Enjoy this wonderful video from NOVA's series "The Secret Life of Scientists and Engineers," where Dr. Jane Goodall, the world-famous primatologist, talks about what she feels is one of life's most important aspects -- empathy. Not only does she believe empathy plays a key role in her studies of chimpanzees, but she also feels strongly that having empathy for other beings in turn brings us closer to our own highest human potential.
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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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Being Severely Burned Didn't Stop This Veteran From Hitting the Links

Being Severely Burned Didn't Stop This Veteran From Hitting the Links | This Gives Me Hope | Scoop.it
It's a story of compassion, ingenuity and 3-D printing.
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Beyond Charity: Turning The Soup Kitchen Upside Down

Beyond Charity: Turning The Soup Kitchen Upside Down | This Gives Me Hope | Scoop.it
For 25 years, DC Central Kitchen has been a place for the hungry to feed themselves and learn new skills. Now a bustling social enterprise, it's inspired similar programs across the nation.
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L.A. New Homeless Shelter Offers More Than Just Four Walls and a Roof to Those in Need

L.A. New Homeless Shelter Offers More Than Just Four Walls and a Roof to Those in Need | This Gives Me Hope | Scoop.it
Every citizen should have more than just a roof and four walls.
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Daily Bread: Social Change Without Money | ServiceSpace.org

Daily Bread: Social Change Without Money | ServiceSpace.org | This Gives Me Hope | Scoop.it
           

Simplicity can be disarming.

That’s what Carolyn North discovered.

It started with an impulse to save the leftover Thanksgiving turkey her neighbor had discarded as trash. Thirty years later, she and a rotating team of friends-turned-volunteers have been quietly recovering surplus food and delivering it to free
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