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Time Banking: An Idea Whose Time Has Come?

Time Banking: An Idea Whose Time Has Come? | Our Collective Good | Scoop.it
Why let the availability of money determine the range of the possible? Time banks are taking off, in ways you never expected.
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Wishadoo! - Creating Compassionate, Cooperative Communities

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Wishadoo! is a one-stop grassroots gateway to connect, dream, innovate, truly integrate and build Cooperative, Compassionate Communities. Explore the Wishlist ("a craigslist of compassion"), Groups, Compassion Pages & more! If it’s wishable, it’s doable @ Wishadoo!
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The Light of Human Kindness

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Come help kick off #RVA's Light of Human Kindness interactive mural project on 8/17 https://t.co/ChFaqb8T1k http://t.co/r5SR9CdkF8
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Cinnaminson Students Honored for Good Deeds - Patch.com

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Although the students' stories of kindness varied, Superintendent Salvatore Illuzzi said one theme united all of them. "Not once was someone asked to do something," he said.
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The Simple Act of Validation & Acknowledgement

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When you can spare five minutes, please use it to watch this touching video.  It shows interaction between Naomi Feil, who developed what she has termed Validation Therapy for older people with cognitive impairments and dementia.


In this video she is administering Validation Therapy to Gladys Wilson, an elderly Alzheimer's patient who is non-communicative.  The basic principle of the therapy is the concept of validation or the reciprocated communication of respect which communicates that the other's opinions are acknowledged, respected, heard, and (regardless whether or not the listener actually agrees with the content), they are being treated with genuine respect as a legitimate expression of their feelings, rather than marginalized or dismissed.

 


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Cathryn Wellner's curator insight, April 28, 2013 9:34 AM

This is so simple and powerful - and poignant

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Sunflower Lady plants seeds of contentment

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On a rainy afternoon, Tamara Litke hands out seeds to Ms. Collins's Grade 3 class at General Wolfe Elementary.

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Cathryn Wellner's curator insight, April 28, 2013 10:57 AM

She wants to leave a legacy and has discovered a beautiful way to do it.

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How to develop compassion in every facet of community

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Compassion -- whether the underlying force in individual lives, for crafting new laws, or for teaching students life lessons -- may be one of the key elements of human civilization we take for granted.

 

In a two-day workshop on Compassion and Creativity at the Portuguese Cultural Center, starting Friday and organized by Western Connecticut State University, doctors, educators, clergy, and government leaders examined how to shift the focus from "me to we," how to turn a destructive event into something constructive and how compassion affects the dynamics of the community.

Eileen FitzGerald and Robert Miller


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Mary Meduna, PhD's curator insight, April 15, 2013 5:18 AM

And a follow-up.  Shifting the focus from "Me to We".

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More Than Just Angry Birds, Apps Can Have A Humanitarian Side Too : NPR

More Than Just Angry Birds, Apps Can Have A Humanitarian Side Too : NPR | Our Collective Good | Scoop.it
There's a trend in the startup world toward combining business and smartphone apps with altruistic goals. From human trafficking to helping farmers in Uganda, experts say, there's a market for doing social good with technology.
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ANTI-BULLY: New collaboration aims to establish positive culture at school - Greenville Daily News

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ANTI-BULLY: New collaboration aims to establish positive culture at school Greenville Daily News In a collaborative effort between the Montcalm Area Intermediate School District (MAISD) and all seven public school districts in the county, a new...
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Fed-up officer says 'enough,' starts senior outreach - CNN.com

Fed-up officer says 'enough,' starts senior outreach - CNN.com | Our Collective Good | Scoop.it
As a Florida police officer, Zach Hudson has seen many senior citizens in tragic circumstances. Now, he's trying to help.
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Leduc residents are paying it forward - Leduc Representative

Leduc residents are paying it forwardLeduc RepresentativeThe webpage depicts several people telling stories of kindness on the page daily, with many expressing their gratitude towards complete strangers.
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Good Virus – Kindness Is Contagious | Pondly

Good Virus – Kindness Is Contagious | Pondly | Our Collective Good | Scoop.it
Street performers, soup kitchen volunteers, police officers, models, CEOs, baseball players, roller girls, concert pianists, artists, and many more tell you their heartfelt stories of kindness and generosity.
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One Beach

Barefoot Wine presents One Beach. A film about creativity, optimism and having fun cleaning our beaches around the world. Directed by Jason Baffa. Premiering...
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Lily Yeh: Beauty in Broken Places

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The YES! Breakthrough 15: Healing war-torn, broken, and economically devastated communities through art.
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Panhandler saves blind man from danger - ksl.com

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ksl.com Panhandler saves blind man from danger ksl.com I forgot my thoughtless priorities as this panhandler, often seen as a community nuisance, taught me a lesson in human kindness as he led this man -- apparently a service missionary -- by the...
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Random Acts of Kindness: Novice runner got her medal in a way she really ... - Pittsburgh Post Gazette

Random Acts of Kindness: Novice runner got her medal in a way she really ...
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Homeless Men Raise Funds For Little Girl With Cancer

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The don’t have a home, and most just own the clothes on their backs, but a group of homeless men at a shelter in Missouri have raised hundreds of dollars for a little girl with cancer.
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EU Embraces 'Suspended Coffee': Pay It Forward With A Cup Of Joe : NPR

EU Embraces 'Suspended Coffee': Pay It Forward With A Cup Of Joe : NPR | Our Collective Good | Scoop.it
About a century ago, a beautiful tradition emerged in the Italian city of Naples: Cafe-goers would buy a cup of coffee anonymously and in advance for a less-fortunate stranger.
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Boston doctor's kindness helps save homeless - CBS News

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Boston doctor's kindness helps save homeless
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"It's not a system, it's a giving of human kindness to people who just need to be acknowledged and validated and appreciated," she said. Donna O'Connell.
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Accidental hero: Human kindness in the midst of Holocaust horror - Deseret News

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Deseret News Accidental hero: Human kindness in the midst of Holocaust horror Deseret News Jerry Meents pins on the original star that he received as a 12-year-old Jewish boy living in Amsterdam in 1942 at the Holocaust Memorial Commemoration at...
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Playing to Inspire, Engage and Create Change: Eco-Gamification - Justmeans

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Playing to Inspire, Engage and Create Change: Eco-Gamification
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I love being a staff writer for 3BL Media/Justmeans on topics - Social Innovation, Social Enterprise and Social Entrepreneurs.
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Good News: Playing Outside is Incredibly Profitable - Care2.com (blog)

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Good News: Playing Outside is Incredibly Profitable
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The outdoor recreation economy is big business in America.
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Spreading the 'Good News' - Morning Star

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Spreading the 'Good News'Morning StarDanielle Horvath, a local freelance writer, recently launched Good News Michigan at www.goodnewsmichigan.net, which features articles about businesses, communities and individuals doing positive things...
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A New Year Resolution

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As the year comes to an end and we reflect over the past year many of us consider the things that we would really like to change in our lives, it maybe to lose those extra
kilos, drink less, eat more veggies or take that evening class that has been
delayed for years. There is one resolution that is probably not on our lists, and it should be, it's a small change but it can make our lives and the lives we touch
substantially better. In 2012 resolve to be kinder.

 

" Too often we underestimate the power of a touch, a smile, a kind word, a listening ear, an honest compliment, or the smallest act of caring, all of which have the
potential to turn a life around." Leo Buscaglia

 

Here is a list of 10 ways that we can be the change we would like to see in the world.

 

Give-Be generous with your time; invite that stressed mum to go through the check-out before you , let that car in during peak hour traffic ,say " you first " more often.

 

Listen-Listen attentively to the chatter of the kids as they run in from school, to the stories of others, to the elderly lady next door who wants to share the pleasure of her new roses

 

Grow- Plant a tree that produces food for the birds to eat, work with the local Land-care, get a plot at the community veggie garden.

 

Smile!- at the bus driver, the girl in the lift, the man you walk past when walking the dog, your kids , workmates, strangers.

 

Praise- Give positives and encouragement often and sincerely

 

Respect- Offer tolerance for difference often and sincerely

 

Share- your knowledge, your skills, your home , your possessions, your feelings.

 

Care -for the planet, don't forget the shopping bags, do turn off the computer, read manufacturers labels to see if the products are made in an environmentally friendly way, choose fair-trade coffee more often.

 

Speak - Take an active part in getting those in power to be more compassionate. Send emails to politicians, offer support for causes close to your heart, be outspoken when
you encounter injustice.

 

Hug - Often


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Teen Doula Forges Special Relationship with Young Moms

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Maine South student offers support, information to teens giving birth.
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There are so many people out there that want to help teen moms and teach them how to be a mother. There is so much support and information out there to be given in America that teen moms are lucky they live in a country like this. From giving birth, to breast feeding, and being a mom, theres so many classes and programs of people who love to support teen moms.
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Roots of the Local Food Movement

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Photo Essay: The modern locavore movement isn't the first time Americans have appreciated the broad impact of home gardening and conservation. These wartime posters remind us of another time when the U.S.
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Who’s Building the Do-It-Ourselves Economy?

Who’s Building the Do-It-Ourselves Economy? | Our Collective Good | Scoop.it
Corporations aren’t hiring, and Washington is gridlocked. Here’s how we take charge of our own livelihoods.
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