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.
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.
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.
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.