Shareable has published many stories about the gift economy and living without money. While they're often inspiring and popular, they often bring up fear of survival. People ask, “Is this really possible for ME?” or “Will I become homeless or sick and die from poverty?” Personally, I've questioned whether living in the gift economy is realistic only for privileged, healthy people.
A Colorado man made history at the Johns Hopkins University Applied Physics Laboratory (APL) this summer when he became the first bilateral shoulder-level amputee to wear and simultaneously control two of the Laboratory’s Modular Prosthetic Limbs. Most importantly, Les Baugh, who lost both arms in an electrical accident 40 years ago, was able to operate the system by simply thinking about moving his limbs,
Philani is a 24 year-old South African homeless man and sidewalk bookworm (currently based in Johannesburg). He spends his days on different street corners with his expansive library of books, which he reviews at anybody’s request. He has read all the books in his collection, sells some to raise money for himself and his homeless friends, and give some children’s books away to encourage kids to read.
What better way to give back than giving to people who give? I really think the whole concept is genius and completely original. Everyone on Youtube has been making videos about giving to the homeless (Including myself) so I thought i'd step outside the box and give to the people who are doing the giving.
Ripil is a free iPhone app that lets you connect with people on a human level, express your kindness toward the world around you, and allows you to keep track of the continued good that happens after your deed is accomplished.
You don't know me. You have no clue that my family has gone through the wringer. You have no clue that we have faced unbelievable hardship. You know none of this but you didn't let that stop you from being compassionate and generous to someone you had never met...
If you live in San Francisco, California, then you may be lucky enough to come across the art of Andres Amador. He doesn’t paint or sculpt. He prefers a medium that is temporary but absolutely beautiful: a sandy beach at low tide. He uses a rake to create works of art that can be bigger than 100,000 sq. ft.
A small act of kindness that doesn't break the bank and helps those less fortunate feel cared for an included.
Here's how it works, as told in a small story:
“We enter a little coffee house with a friend of mine and give our order. While we’re approaching our table, two people come in and they go to the counter. ‘Five coffees, please. Two of them for us and three suspended.’ They pay for their order, take the two and leave.
I ask my friend: ‘What are those ‘suspended’ coffees?’ ‘Wait for it and you will see.’ Some more people enter. Two girls ask for one coffee each, pay and go. The next order was for seven coffees and it was made by three lawyers - three for them and four ‘suspended’.
While I still wonder what’s the deal with those ’suspended’ coffees, suddenly a man dressed in shabby clothes who looks like a beggar comes in through the door and kindly asks, ‘Do you have a suspended coffee?’"
We have all seen “dash cam” videos on Youtube and on TV. In some countries, such as Russia, a large percentage of drivers have dash cams. While they are mostly used as a security and preventive measure against bad driving, you will be pleasantly surprised at what else they captured.
Raising enough to get one man off the streets for good.
After leaving the army at 21 to care for his ill parents, Martin's life sadly went downhill. With his parents passing away when he was 28, Martin became depressed. After moving in with the love of his live, he found out that she had been cheating on him - and as a result, was told to leave her flat. With nowhere else to go, Martin asked the city council for help; shelters were full, all they could do was offer him a sleeping bag. Martin has been living on the streets for two years now.
I walk past Martin most days on the way to work, It wasn't till I stopped and listened to his story that I realised I could help. As an advertising Creative, I normally spend a lot of time promoting big businesses and in turn, making them money. Who's to say doing the same won't work for Martin.
"After 11 months apart, one military serviceman couldn't wait to get home to his family - including his 11-month-old son. You have to see what the random stranger he sat next to on the plane did to honor him."
It’s the little choices that matter. Do you set up your own home office or join a co-working community? Shop at a chain grocery store or a local food co-op? Bank or credit union? We all face these decisions every day. The choice is deceptively simple -- go it alone or build something together. Building together always ends up better. That’s the biggest lesson I’ve learned from freelancers -- your network is everything. The most successful independent workers are the ones who know you need people to turn to when you’re in a dry spell, or you’re overloaded with ...
Since 2006 artist Joe Mangrum has taken to the streets of New York, Chicago, San Francisco and elsewhere armed with sacks of colored sand that he sprinkles by the handful to create sprawling temporary paintings. Each work is spontaneous in its design and evolves as Mangrum works, spending upwards of 6-8 hours hunched over the ground to complete each piece. The artist estimates he’s completed nearly 550 paintings over the last few years. A graduate of the Art Institute of Chicago, his paintings have appeared at The Corcoran Gallery, theMuseum of Arts and Design in NYC, as well as The Asia Society. He also made a recent appearance onSesame Street. You can see works in progress over on Facebook, and limited edition prints are available through King Art Collective.
Had a great time giving $100 to some of the nicest people we've ever met. GiveBackFilms is all about giving back and helping people who are less fortunate or going through hard times. We hope that by putting these videos on YouTube, some of you are inspired to go out and do the same type of things.
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