Rolling Jubilee is a Strike Debt project that buys debt for pennies on the dollar, but instead of collecting it, abolishes it. Together we can liberate debtors at random through a campaign of mutual support, good will, and collective refusal. Debt resistance is just the beginning. Join us as we imagine and create a new world based on the common good, not Wall Street profits.
The Asymptotic Leap's insight:
$14M in medical debt abolished for 2,693 debtors in 45 states...anonymously. Amazing.
I was diagnosed with breast cancer on my birthday, five years ago. Before I headed home to cake and candles, my doctor told me what to expect: radiation, chemotherapy, surgery — and plenty of medical bills. My family and I, we were ready for all that.
What we didn't know was that fighting cancer would be about way more than just treatment. Beyond the nausea and the pain there was fear, confusion, and isolation. What I needed more than anything was comfort.
The love my family poured into me was a lifeline. The smallest gesture from a friend or coworker – flowers, a giant teddy bear, a cup of tea and a warm blanket – suddenly meant the world. And when strangers offered random acts of comfort, from a smile in the checkout line to a kind word from a fellow survivor, that truly helped me feel like I wasn't alone.
So now that I’m a survivor, I'm paying it forward. This pledge seemed like as good a place to start as any (and a charity called Giving Comfort helped me get it off the ground). If 500 people sign it, that's 500 moments of kindness we're creating in the world. If 5,000 signed it, we'd really be making a difference.
Will you pledge to practice random acts of comfort for cancer patients in need?
More than 1.6 million people in this country are diagnosed with cancer every year. Many don't have the kind of support I did. They need comfort. We can help. — Wanda J., Columbia, South Carolina
This video will take you out of the tempting narrow focus of your own existence and give you some perspective about your neighborhood, your community, and your world. This speech was delivered at Kenyon College way back in 2005 by David Foster Wallace.
an experience that transforms astronauts' perspective of the planet and mankind's place upon itCommon features of the experience are a feeling of awe for the planet, a profound understanding of the interconnection of all life, and a renewed sense of responsibility for taking care of the environment.
Over 7,000 people at Manhattan’s South Street Seaport listened to a pre-downloade MP3 simultaneously filled with crowd- delighting, sometimes silly instructions. Participants were instructed to dress as tourists to blend in with the crowd and surprise real tourists with their unexpected synchronized actions. This was all part of a tenth annual Mp3 Experiment event.
Without telling their coaches, the football players of Olivet Middle School conspired to execute an extraordinary play at their next home game. Actually, it was two plays. The first was to get as close to the goal line as possible without scoring. And the second? Well, you'll just have to watch the video to find out. The most remarkable effect of the play? "I kind of went from being somebody who mostly cared about myself and my friends to caring about everyone and trying to make everyone's day and everyone's life." Now that may make this the most successful football play of all time.
When Isaac Theil let a sleepy stranger take a little catnap on his shoulder, it was because "I simply remembered the times my own head would bop on someone’s shoulder because I was so tired after a long day," he recounted to Tova Ross of Tablet Magazine.
Over the past few years of practicing rock balance, simple curiosity has evolved into therapeutic ritual, ultimately nurturing meditative presence, mental well-being, and artistry of design. Alongside the art, setting rocks into balance has also become a way of showing appreciation, offering thanksgiving, and inducing meditation. Through manipulation of gravitational threads, the ancient stones become a poetic dance of form and energy, birth and death, perfection and imperfection. they become a reflection of ourselves in a way; precariously sturdy, mysterious and fragile. The ephemeral nature of the balance often encourages contemplations of non-attachment, beauty, and even death. one of the most lovely experiences in practicing rock balance is the unspoken dialogue between the rocks, the surrounding environment and my own creative flow. It is a remarkably sensual experience to feel for balance points and realize them… The positive reactions from people and community often inspire me to continue balancing in public areas. The effect it has tends to be spiritual in nature. For most people, seeing rocks precariously balanced is completely out of the ordinary. the eyes will often argue with the mind over how such a structure can remain in equilibrium.
A former corporate executive in manufacturing, Charley has been a longtime supporter of the Pay it Forward mission.
A former corporate executive in manufacturing, Charley has been a longtime supporter of the Pay it Forward mission. In fact, Charley is so passionate about Pay it Forward that he left his company and career behind in 2011 to help advance its mission and bring back simplicity in a complex world. As the president of the Pay it Forward Foundation and head of the worldwide Pay it Forward Movement, he is the creator of the Pay it Forward bracelet, a physical reminder to do good that has been sent to over 1.3 million people in 117 countries. He founded the PIF Experience, the official website of the Pay it Forward Movement, responsible for keeping the world up to date on all things Pay it Forward. Charley also founded the Pay it Forward Hall of Fame in 2011.