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Why True Neighborhood Building Requires the Dedication of a Few 'Zealous Nuts' | Cities on GOOD

Why True Neighborhood Building Requires the Dedication of a Few 'Zealous Nuts' | Cities on GOOD | Sizzlin' News | Scoop.it
We all have our own families, friends, and professional networks, and our own interests and hobbies that determine with whom we interact. Each of us is a member of many different communities that can extend over vast geographical areas.
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We all choose to be the kind of neighbors that we want to be, through the ways in which we interact with each other in our local streets and spaces. In so doing, we choose to make our neighborhood the place that it is. What kind of place do you choose to create?

 

Celebrate NEIGHBORDAY tomorrow, April 27, 2013!

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Create a Classroom or School Google+ Community

Create a Classroom or School Google+ Community | Sizzlin' News | Scoop.it
Google+ Community A Google+ community is a forum where people with common interests come together to interact on the Web. This would be an ideal tool for schools who use Google Apps in Education.

Via Ana Cristina Pratas
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Create a Classroom or School Google+ Community... What will be next?

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vananh.com's comment, April 20, 2013 4:36 AM
Oh, when did you start to use this in your school? Paul ?
carfrasa's curator insight, April 22, 2013 5:28 AM

Alcuni spunti per usare Google+ nell'insegnamento

Lily Bolig's comment, April 22, 2013 10:46 PM
I haven't had a chance to use it yet, but I'm definitely interested!
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Education Reform Starts With Community Reform

Education Reform Starts With Community Reform | Sizzlin' News | Scoop.it

We have an opportunity to pass a test that has challenged our nation for decades—to create schools that authentically represent the public and compel us to learn together. But we will miss this opportunity if we continue to focus on achievement tests. We must ask, are achievement tests a worthy measure of our ultimate goals?Education Reform Starts With Community Reform

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"We must be mindful when we are testing things we already know to be true. We know that all kids can learn. We also know that adults of all varieties can teach and lead. Yet we over-test because we have lost faith in both children and adults. You will hear the phrase "adult issues" spit about like bad okra."

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Redesigning 'Service': Why I Started a Design Group That Gives Away Half Its Work for Free

Redesigning 'Service': Why I Started a Design Group That Gives Away Half Its Work for Free | Sizzlin' News | Scoop.it
Redesigning 'Service': Why I Started a Design Group That Gives Away Half Its Work for Free

 

I started verynice in my apartment as an undergrad at UCLA by staying up late every night to design all kinds of things for non-profit organizations that I would find on craigslist and on campus, at no cost to them. At the time, I had a difficult time seeing verynice as a business, and I never bothered to ask myself the question: “How do I scale the impact I am making?”

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Who would have envisioned pro-bono services outside law offices? A totally new spin on 'service' has been initiated by a young designer.

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Celebrate Neighborday on April 27 | Neighboring on GOOD

Celebrate Neighborday on April 27 | Neighboring on GOOD | Sizzlin' News | Scoop.it
It’s crazy how few of us know our neighbors: their names, their phone numbers, what they’re about. The explosion of online "social" networking has only made it easier to avoid face-to-face contact in the real world.
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I remember the days when a neighborhood meant more than just a group of people living on the same block. It was a community of people whereby no one was treated any less than another and everyone called everyone by their first name, celebrated together, cried together and shared together...IN PERSON!

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At 826, Tomorrow

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At 826, Tomorrow's Volunteers are Today's Students

 

"I come here because I can relate to the students. I grew up this way. I struggled with English writing and English speaking. I know the importance of receiving positive reinforcement, and that's what students get when they come to 826LA. I volunteer because my heart is in helping students."—Vicente Ruvalcaba, 826LA volunteer

 

Imagine your city in the year 2050, when volunteering is as common as putting gas in your car or eating lunch. A time when individuals find the gratification they're searching for by helping and connecting with others. It can and must happen.

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The result will be more united, culturally richer, and stronger communities. Pledge 1 percent of your time—that’s 20 hours—to being part of the solution.

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Companies That Care: Brands That Give Back

Companies That Care: Brands That Give Back | Sizzlin' News | Scoop.it
In this economy getting the most for your money is more important than ever. And part of what defines good value is how your purchases give back to worthy causes.

 

This article highlights some of the major companies that give back. Nice to know there are companies out there that care.

 

Tide: Helping Victims of Disasters

L'Oreal Paris: Standing Up to Cancer

Burt's Bees and Habitat for Humanity: Making It Easy to Be Green

Hard Rock Cafe: Mastering the Art of Giving

Lee Jeans: Going Casual for a Cause

Mary Kay: Keeping Women and Girls Safe

Sonic: Improving Education

Trident: Brightening Kids' Smiles

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Caring means sharing and it is nice to know companies exist that give back to the communities without whom they could not prosper.

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