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In A Girl of the Limberlost, Gene Stratton-Porter writes, “The world is full of happy people, but no one ever hears of them. You have to fight and make a scandal to get into the papers.” Here is your opportunity to hear the good news: Every day people like you build a grateful world through acts of creativity and compassion.
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People's Climate March draws 300,000 to Manhattan
Environmental activists were stunned by both the size and energy of the People’s Climate March, which organizers say is the largest climate protest in history. It was scheduled to coincide with the United Nations Climate Summit, in which nearly 100 heads of state will discuss global carbon emissions and seek to create a framework for an international agreement. » See video and Story
Using Gambling to Entice Low-Income Families to Save
Instead of attacking lotteries, a growing number of credit unions and nonprofit groups are using them to encourage low-income families to save. Prize-linked savings accounts are offered, which essentially treat every deposit as a ticket in a prizewinning raffle. The idea is to offer the thrill of gambling without the risk. Even perennial losers keep their savings. » Full Story
Berlin to Build a Mosque, Synagogue, and Church—All Under the Same Roof
House of One—an idea for a new building hosting a church, a mosque, and a synagogue.“We want to show that faith doesn't divide Jews, Christians and Muslims, but instead reconciles them.”
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For Some, ’Tis a Gift to Be Simple
Researchers have established that experiences tend to make people happier than possessions. And older people often draw as much happiness from ordinary experiences — like a day in the library — as they do from extraordinary ones.
Once called the “Murder Capital of the World,” Medellin has changed drastically in the last 10 years. The city’s poorest neighborhoods now have some of the most beautiful new buildings, including a new library, stunning botanical gardens, and a cultural arts center. » See video and Story
A Canadian built robot is going to hitchike across the country
What happens when the robot, with no human supervision, is simply thrust into the world and tries to survive? Will it be instantly scavenged for parts? Will they drop it, mangle it or mistreat it? » Full StoryHere is a second article that shows how the HtichBOT did on its cross-Canada trek.
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A Price Tag on Carbon as a Climate Rescue Plan
Bryan T. Pagel, a dairy farmer, watched as a glistening slurry of cow manure disappeared down a culvert. If recycling the waste on his family’s farm would help to save the world, he was happy to go along. The recycling would not have been built without a surprising source of funds: a California initiative that is investing in carefully chosen projects to reduce emissions as part of the battle against climate change. » Full Story
Lego Releases Female Scientists Set, May Appease 7-Year-Old Critic
Lego has released the Research Institute, a play set created by a real-life geophysicist, Ellen Kooijman. "I love Legos," 7-year-old Charlotte wrote. But there aren't enough girls — and the ones the company has made just "sit at home, go to the beach, and shop," while the boy characters "saved people, had jobs, even swam with sharks!"
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How the Affordable Care Act might transform the labor market
Research from Wisconsin and Tennessee shows that the law is not forcing anyone to stop working. And by leaving the labor force, those Americans open their jobs to others who are hungry for the work. It could boost part-time work, early retirement and entrepreneurship. » Full Story
UN Millennium Development goals: World cuts extreme poverty in half
For those who see little reason for optimism about global poverty and social trends, here’s something to cheer about: The world has made impressive progress towards meeting a set of development goals set by world leaders in 2000. One stand-out example: The goal of cutting global extreme poverty in half by 2015 has already been met.
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How to build peace, one teenager at a time
Seeds of Peace is an international organization that brings together young leaders from conflict regions to inspire and equip them with the relationships, understanding, and skills to advance peace, who see that diplomatic processes must be paired with transformational interactions between people. » Full Story
By Talking, Inmates and Victims Make Things ‘More Right’
Restorative justice, a process with roots in Native American and other indigenous cultures that resurfaced in the United States and abroad in the 1970s, has begun to make headway again. Advocates say it is key to rehabilitation and reduced recidivism. » Full Story
The 3 Scariest Words A Boy Can Hear
Those scary words, “be a man” have meant “athletic ability, sexual conquest, economic success” for years. But Joe Ehrmann, a former NFL defensive lineman and now a pastor and coach, re-defines “being a man” with these two qualities: a capacity to love and to be loved, and a commitment to a cause that makes this world a better place. And his style of coaching reflects that. » Listen to and Read the Full Story