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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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#864 Paul Quinn College grows health and teaches hope

#864 Paul Quinn College grows health and teaches hope | This Gives Me Hope | Scoop.it
In a football-mad state, a college that boots the sport out of its offerings is taking a big risk. But that is exactly what Dallas-based Paul Quinn College did in 2007, and the gamble is paying off...
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Amazing story of a college that booted football and planted a market garden instead.

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#862 Mobile Good Food Market brings rain to Toronto’s food deserts

#862 Mobile Good Food Market brings rain to Toronto’s food deserts | This Gives Me Hope | Scoop.it
Urban neighbourhoods with limited access to fresh food are so common they have a special name: “food deserts”. One way cities try to address the problem is by persuading convenience stores to carry...
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Community, conversation and great food - the winning combination surrounding Toronto's new Mobile Good Food Market.

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#861 Mighty midget algae fight climate change

#861 Mighty midget algae fight climate change | This Gives Me Hope | Scoop.it
Emitting a soft green glow, these microalgae lamps gobble CO2 for lunch. They are so efficient just one of them can consume a ton of carbon dioxide in a year. An exact comparison with how much CO2 ...
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Algae preceded  us on the planet. Pierre Calleja is turning them to help save us from our own folly.

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#860 A salute to the misfits and rebels

#860 A salute to the misfits and rebels | This Gives Me Hope | Scoop.it
Christmas 2003 my brother, a PC fan, gave me a bad time about sticking with Apple computers. “They will be out of business in two years,” he insisted. He was not the only one who had been nattering...
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It takes more than vision to walk the untrod path. It also takes a rebellious streak, a willingness to keep going when the doubters say, "but we've always done it that way" or "that's not possible". So here's to the dreamers.

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A Teacher in Tokyo | KarmaTube

A Teacher in Tokyo | KarmaTube | This Gives Me Hope | Scoop.it
Your class goal is to understand how to be happy and care for other people. It sounds like the sort of class a stressed or overworked adult would find, long after they graduated school.
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Very moving. Imagine if we always felt safe enough to share our deepest sorrows, hopes, joys, troubles.

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#858 Next generation of tech stars in L.A.s grittiest neighbourhoods

#858 Next generation of tech stars in L.A.s grittiest neighbourhoods | This Gives Me Hope | Scoop.it
They come from neighbourhoods where less than half graduate from high school. Their home grounds of South Los Angeles and Watts are well known for gangs and crime. With so many hurdles to jump, the...
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URBAN TxT is stretching hands across the digital divide, offering a vision for a bright future to L.A.s marginalized youth.

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Passengers Exit In Solidarity After Blind Man is Kicked Off Flight

Passengers Exit In Solidarity After Blind Man is Kicked Off Flight | This Gives Me Hope | Scoop.it
When US Airways personnel discriminated against Albert Rizzi and his guide dog, fellow passengers stood up for him.
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It's that kind of solidarity that can raise awareness and end discriminatory policies.

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Communities Grow Stronger with Fruit Tree Projects - Community - Utne Reader

Communities Grow Stronger with Fruit Tree Projects - Community - Utne Reader | This Gives Me Hope | Scoop.it
Fruit Tree Projects are helping feed communities all over the world. Here’s how the Santa Cruz fruit tree project got started.
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And we even have one right here in Kelowna, thanks to committed volunteers.

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How to Think Like A Wise Person, by Adam Grant

How to Think Like A Wise Person, by Adam Grant | This Gives Me Hope | Scoop.it
If I asked you to judge how smart someone is, you
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Wisdom emerges not from experience itself, but rather from reflecting thoughtfully on the lessons gained from experience.

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From the Article:  Wisdom emerges not from experience itself, but rather from reflecting thoughtfully on the lessons gained from experience ... Cultivating wisdom is a deliberate choice that people can make regardless of age and intelligence.


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A teacher, a student and a 39-year-long lesson in forgiveness

A teacher, a student and a 39-year-long lesson in forgiveness | This Gives Me Hope | Scoop.it

When he was 12 years old, the boy did something he only later realized probably hurt his seventh-grade teacher. It was minor -- he was, after all, a kid -- but in time, when he was older and wiser, he wanted to find this teacher and apologize.


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I have a big lump in my throat after reading this beautiful story about the power of apology and forgiveness.

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This Elaborate Make-A-Wish Foundation Scheme Will Make You Believe In Miracles

This Elaborate Make-A-Wish Foundation Scheme Will Make You Believe In Miracles | This Gives Me Hope | Scoop.it
In his battle against leukemia, five-year-old Miles finds inspiration in the strength of superheroes -- Batman, in particular. Next month, all of San Francisco is getting in on a stunt that enlists Miles’ help to save the city.
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Go, Bat Kid - thanks for the tip on this, @MarilynRaymond

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Educating Yorkshire - Mushy Finds His Voice -

Educating Yorkshire - Mushy Finds His Voice - | This Gives Me Hope | Scoop.it
Mushys twitter - @Musharafasgar Mr Burtons Twitter - @MatthewCBurton Instagram - xJaaames
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This may be the most inspirational video you will see all day.

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#863 Government innovation is not an oxymoron

#863 Government innovation is not an oxymoron | This Gives Me Hope | Scoop.it
Anti-government pundits might not want to hear this, but Mariana Mazzucato makes a compelling case that the reason America is widely viewed as the hotbed of creativity and innovation is government....
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Good government builds the nest from which creativity and innovation can fly. No idea or invention soars on its own. Rather, it borrows from all that has gone before. It recombines in new ways but leans on the supports offered, be they infrastructure, research or services.

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The Simple, Beautiful Gesture That Can Turn A Crowd To Love Instead Of Hate

The Simple, Beautiful Gesture That Can Turn A Crowd To Love Instead Of Hate | This Gives Me Hope | Scoop.it
You can feel the tide turn and the love spread to the whole room with one simple action.
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#859 Finding our rainbow connection

#859 Finding our rainbow connection | This Gives Me Hope | Scoop.it
By the time Paul Williams and Kenny Ascher wrote “Rainbow Connection” for The Muppet Movie, I was well beyond childhood and missed the whole phenomenon. I might never have become a fan of this spec...
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I'm feeling tender today, on the 50th anniversary of the assassination of J.F. Kennedy. So this post about finding our rainbow connections is a reminder to me that as we rise out of the ashes of hard experiences we see, once again, a rainbow leading us back to joy.

 

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The 20 Things You Need To Let Go To Be Happy | Elite Daily

The 20 Things You Need To Let Go To Be Happy | Elite Daily | This Gives Me Hope | Scoop.it
Everyone has one common goal in life: to achieve true happiness. The biggest factor holding us back from achieving our dreams is, simply and sadly, our own selves.
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We put limitations on ourselves everyday, whether intentionally or unintentionally. There are so many ways we can alleviate these restraints.

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Watch Liberated Research Chimps See the Sky for the First Time

Watch Liberated Research Chimps See the Sky for the First Time | This Gives Me Hope | Scoop.it
Chimp Haven, the sanctuary for retired biomedical research chimps, has released a moving video that shows government research chimps as they go out into the simulated wild for the very first time.
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Shutdown's Mystery 'Lawnmower Man' Will Use His Reward to Do More Good Deeds

Shutdown's Mystery 'Lawnmower Man' Will Use His Reward to Do More Good Deeds | This Gives Me Hope | Scoop.it
During the government shutdown, one man took it upon himself to mow and keep clean the areas around national monuments to honor visiting veterans.
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A World Transformed: What Are the Top 30 Innovations of the Last 30 Years?

A World Transformed: What Are the Top 30 Innovations of the Last 30 Years? | This Gives Me Hope | Scoop.it
Imagine this is 1979: If you were reading this article back then, chances are you would have read it on paper -- with a printed newspaper or magazine in your hands.
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#857 Nothing keeps Rodan from his beloved Malena

#857 Nothing keeps Rodan from his beloved Malena | This Gives Me Hope | Scoop.it
A love story made the rounds of the Web in 2010, and it is worth retelling. Like all storks, Rodan and Malena had mated for life. In 1993 a hunter shot one of Malena's wings. Thanks to the kind car...
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Since 1993 a pair of storks have been separated each winter because of her shattered wing. But every spring the male returns to his mate, and the storks spend the summer nurturing their offspring.

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#856 Mission Kids mend lives

#856 Mission Kids mend lives | This Gives Me Hope | Scoop.it
When Risa Vetri Ferman was a young prosecutor dealing with child abuse cases, she says, “I found that the system we have, the criminal justice system, really did a lot of damage to kids.” With no c...
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Healing from abuse is so hard. Mission Kids brings together all the people who provide services in child abuse cases so the child only has to tell her or his story to one, trusted person. 

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‘Innovative’ Housing With Rooftop Farms Set for South of UC Berkeley Campus

‘Innovative’ Housing With Rooftop Farms Set for South of UC Berkeley Campus | This Gives Me Hope | Scoop.it
City zoning board members approved a 77-unit mixed-use housing development near downtown Berkeley late last week, expressing excitement about a “unique” design set to include more than a dozen working rooftop farm plots and a novel approach to...
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How Indigenous Communities Are Conserving the Earth's Last Wild Places

How Indigenous Communities Are Conserving the Earth's Last Wild Places | This Gives Me Hope | Scoop.it
Jeff Wells, science adviser for the international boreal campaign, explores his experience at the October World Wilderness Congress in Spain.
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