This Gives Me Hope
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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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Uprooting Racism in the Food System: African Americans Organize

A shovel overturned can flip so much more than soil, worms, and weeds. Structural racism -- the ways in which social systems and institutions promote and perpetuate the oppression of people of color -- manifests at all points in the food system.
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Roméo Dallaire’s crusade to get children off the battlefield

Roméo Dallaire found the two teenage deserters at a remote United Nations outpost in the northeastern corner of the war-torn Democratic Republic of the Congo.
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Very moving story that gives me hope - thanks to @just_usOkanagan for the link.

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Paul Inocencio's curator insight, April 2, 2013 1:05 PM

First mission, free child slaves 

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Happiness Goes Global -- How Will You Celebrate International Day of Happiness?

Happiness Goes Global -- How Will You Celebrate International Day of Happiness? | This Gives Me Hope | Scoop.it
How many times a year do you get an excuse to celebrate happiness? Why not right now? The UN has declared March 20, 2013 to be the first International Day of Happiness.
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STOP STEALING DREAMS: Seth Godin at TEDxYouth@BFS

STOP STEALING DREAMS: On the future of education & what we can do about it. Seth Godin is the author of 14 books that have been bestsellers around the world ...
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He asks the burning question I kept asking in my decade in public education: "What is school for?" His answers are at the heart of reforming it into a system that works - for children and for the future.

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Nina Katchadourian's Sorted Books project

Nina Katchadourian's Sorted Books project | This Gives Me Hope | Scoop.it

The Sorted Books project began in 1993 years ago and is ongoing. The project has taken place in many different places over the years, ranging form private homes to specialized public book collections. The process is the same in every case: culling through a collection of books, pulling particular titles, and eventually grouping the books into clusters so that the titles can be read in sequence, from top to bottom. The final results are shown either as photographs of the book clusters or as the actual stacks themselves, shown on the shelves of the library they were drawn from. Taken as a whole, the clusters from each sorting aim to examine that particular library's focus, idiosyncrasies, and inconsistencies — a cross-section of that library's holdings. At present, theSorted Books project comprises more than 130 book clusters.

 
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Very clever idea - now available as a book, in both print and digital editions.

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How can we stlil raed words wehn teh lettres are jmbuled up?

How can we stlil raed words wehn teh lettres are jmbuled up? | This Gives Me Hope | Scoop.it
Researchers have taken an important step towards understanding how the human brain 'decodes' letters on a page to read a word.
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First Major Canadian Grocer to phase out eggs, pork from confinement cages

First Major Canadian Grocer to phase out eggs, pork from confinement cages | This Gives Me Hope | Scoop.it
A vote by Calgary Co-op members on Wednesday set the chain on the path to becoming the first major grocer in Canada to phase out eggs and pork produced from pigs and chickens kept in confinement cages.
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THE MAN WHO LIVED ON HIS BIKE

I love being on a bike. It helps me feel free. I get it from my dad. After 382 days spent riding through the streets of Montreal, being sometimes quite cold, sometimes…

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Sweet, funny and a delightful story.

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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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This one's heartbreaking and heartening, all at the same time.

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Age Is No Barrier To Happiness - Or Greatness - Forbes

Age Is No Barrier To Happiness - Or Greatness - Forbes | This Gives Me Hope | Scoop.it
Your later years can be the best part of your life...here's how.
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Network Society Catalyzes Social Movements

Network Society Catalyzes Social Movements | This Gives Me Hope | Scoop.it
Read about how network society, the interactions between technology and people, has brought people together to create major social movements.
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Liz Rykert's curator insight, February 23, 2014 9:24 AM

Thanks Pat Thompson for finding this gem. Interesting to see integration of movements and networks.

june holley's curator insight, February 23, 2014 1:22 PM

Looking forward to reading this.

Leadership Learning Community's curator insight, February 23, 2014 6:17 PM

I just got a copy and will summarize soon.

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Loyal pals: Blind Labrador retriever helped by tiny terrier

Loyal pals: Blind Labrador retriever helped by tiny terrier | This Gives Me Hope | Scoop.it

The loyalty of a dog is like a brush with true love — whether you’re a human, or another dog.

 

As evidence, consider these photos of a tiny terrier named Milo helping his older “brother,” a blind Labrador retriever named Eddie.

 
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This is such a beautiful story of love, loyalty and companionship.

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Waiter defends boy with Down Syndrome, refuses to serve table

Waiter defends boy with Down Syndrome, refuses to serve table | This Gives Me Hope | Scoop.it
Watch the video Waiter defends boy with Down Syndrome, refuses to serve table on Yahoo! News
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Three Decades On, Ex-Guatemalan Leader Faces Genocide Charges : NPR

Three Decades On, Ex-Guatemalan Leader Faces Genocide Charges   : NPR | This Gives Me Hope | Scoop.it
Former military ruler Efrain Rios Montt, now 86, presided over one of the bloodiest periods in Guatemala's 36-year civil war. During his rule, thousands of Guatemala's Indians were killed.
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It's been a long wait, but this gives me hope that justice will be served and dictators elsewhere will be put on notice.

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Adopted dog treks 10 miles in freezing cold back to shelter to be with his beloved mate

Adopted dog treks 10 miles in freezing cold back to shelter to be with his beloved mate | This Gives Me Hope | Scoop.it
Ben (left) and Jade (right) are canine sweethearts. Photo: Tribune Star Two stray dogs met on the streets of Terre Haute and fell in love.
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These two dogs have formed an unshakable bond. Thank goodness the humans around them are respecting it.

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8 Ways Overcoming Fear Can Improve Your Health | Lissa Rankin

8 Ways Overcoming Fear Can Improve Your Health | Lissa Rankin | This Gives Me Hope | Scoop.it
Lissa Rankin offers up steps to overcome fear.
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Sage advice from one of my favourite bloggers. 

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Know thyself: How mindfulness can improve self-knowledge

Mindfulness -- paying attention to one's current experience in a non-judgmental way -- might help us to learn more about our own personalities, according to a new article.
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The Ultimate Green Roof

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A house for a family of three is built on a grassy plan between the ocean and the mountains in Japan. How do you build a house that sits between the two
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This one's on a home in Japan - blending into the environment.

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What impact do seas, lakes and rivers have on people's health?

What impact do seas, lakes and rivers have on people's health? | This Gives Me Hope | Scoop.it
New research has found that 'blue space' - sea, rivers, lakes and urban water features - can have a positive impact on mental and physical wellbeing, writes Tim Smedley
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The Anatomy Of A Calling

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If you've ever wondered what your calling is (and who hasn't) or if you've found your calling and are on the path, take the time to read Lissa Rankin's account of her journey toward understanding and answering her call. She is a physician whose path has moved her to be a bridge between medicine and spirituality.

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#606 This bug is an artist

#606 This bug is an artist | This Gives Me Hope | Scoop.it
I bow before the superior artistry of the caddisfly larvae. The ubiquitous insects weave complex silken sheaths to protect themselves in the watery homes where they await transformation. My uncle f...
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12-year-old chef 'living her dream' helping kids eat healthy

12-year-old chef 'living her dream' helping kids eat healthy | This Gives Me Hope | Scoop.it
Most kids can’t even spell “quinoa,” let alone cook it; but most kids aren’t 12-year-old Haile Thomas.
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#603 Think the Internet’s a wasteland? Try Upworthy

#603 Think the Internet’s a wasteland? Try Upworthy | This Gives Me Hope | Scoop.it
If you haven’t yet discovered Upworthy, prepare for some finds that will stimulate discussion, make you smile or set you to cheering. Their tag line is 100% accurate: “Things that matter.” This is ...
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Why We Can’t Shop Our Way to a Real Economy - Politics - Utne Reader

Why We Can’t Shop Our Way to a Real Economy - Politics - Utne Reader | This Gives Me Hope | Scoop.it
Wresting control of the real economy from corporate banks, commodity crops, and big-box retail means reversing policies that concentrate power at the top.
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"Speaking Dog" Can't Stop Talking to His Rescuers

"Speaking Dog" Can't Stop Talking to His Rescuers | This Gives Me Hope | Scoop.it
Filled with relief for having been saved from the streets of Bulgaria after he was run over, one dog can't stop talking to his rescuers.
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