The formerly hyper-leftish political blogger conference formerly known as The Yearly Kos, formerly made up only of a tight circle of political bloggers, has blossomed into a far more diverse and interesting community. Now known as Netroots Nation, they met last weekend in Pittsburgh, which knows a thing or two about working class life, and about tough times. And, it seemed to me, the group demonstrated commitment and compassion different from that of the tighter, earlier community.
Hey, if you live in Jacksonville, Florida, you may have already seen PETA's latest billboard, which depicts an overweight woman spilling out of her bikini and underneath "Save the Whales" declares, "Lose the blubber: Go vegetarian."
According to Mobile Active, although nonprofits in the United States have been slower to embrace mobile phones for health purposes than other parts of the world, the use of mobile phones by nonprofit social service agencies in the US is gaining traction according to a recent post by MobileActive.
Take for example sex education programs. Back in February, 2009, the Adolescent Pregnancy Prevention Campaign in North Caorlina launched the Birds and Bee Text Line where teens could ask questions anonymously, free of charge by a sexual health educator, according to an article in the New York Times.
Need a little pick me up today? Watch this adorable video on TakePart.com of 5th Grader, Damon Weaver, interviewing President Obama. Damon asks the President about education reform, school lunches, and my favorite question, "I notice as President that you get bullied a lot. How do you handle it?"
"Blogs are great because you can re-purpose some of the content from your posts in your e-newsletter," I told a large group at a recent social media training. "How many of you have an e-newsletter?"
No one raised their hand.
I know everyone is all abuzz about Twitter and blogs and Facebook, but the reality is, not everyone uses social media; almost everybody uses email.
Last year during the holiday giving season, the recession was really gloomy news for nonprofits. Colleagues Allison Fine and Marnie Web started something called the Givelist. It was a crowd sourced list of ways that one could support causes that don't necessarily require writing a check.
From October 2009 through April 2010, I will be volunteering as a Kiva Fellow in Latin America. I will be working directly with one of Kiva’s partner microfinance institutions (MFIs), interviewing entrepreneurs and creating profiles on the Kiva website so that generous lenders like you can learn about their situation and lend them the capital they need to start or expand their microenterprises. Women in developing countries make up the majority of microfinance loan recipients. The work of Kiva, Kiva's partner MFIs and Kiva Fellows improves the standard of living for the business owners, their families and their communities.
"Forgiveness is a virtue of the brave." --Indira Gandhi
As I approach my 40th birthday, I've been thinking a lot about the past before I move into a new middle aged (good heavens!) present. As is the case anytime you reflect on the past, there are going to be memories of people who hurt you, of people you hurt, and of times you hurt yourself.
Considering forgiving someone, asking for forgiveness, or even forgiving yourself can make you feel vulnerable and scared, but consider the benefits:
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