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Dancing for Kindness

As you may know, dance has played an important part in my life. There’s something transcendent about the union of body, mind and spirit that happens through dance. Whether its the sweet progression of a Viennese Waltz by Strauss or pounding beats of a Samba or New York Hustle, the movement, in synchronization with yourself […]

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Remixing the Archives

Humans create stuff… a lot of stuff. The widespread availability of the Internet has ushured in a world of unprecidented creative output (and consumption). Let’s look at some statistics from the very popular site YouTube.      At the time of this article’s writing: 100 hours of video is uploaded to YouTube every minute More than 1 […]

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Taking a Stand Against Slavery

Earlier today, a groundbreaking interfaith initiative, the Global Freedom Network, was announced. A collaboration between the Vatican, the Anglican Church and the grand imam of Al-Azhar University in Cairo, Egypt, the renown seat of Sunni Islam learning, this project aims to fight against worldwide through government and business initiatives. Worldwide, it is estimated over 30 […]

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Meet the WDS Attendees: Part III

[Part I] [Part II] [Part III] This is the final installment highlighting the stories of WDS attendees from this last year. In this last video, attendees were only given one minute each to tell their story (though it wasn’t strictly enforced). They talk about: Finding the right company to work for and making it happen […]

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Meet the WDS Attendees: Part II

[Part I] [Part II] [Part III – coming soon] Last week I started this three-part series of sharing WDS attendee stories. In this session, five attendees spoke of their passions and how it applied to all the others in attendance. They spoke of: Inviting those with disabilities to participate and contribute to the world around […]

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Meet the WDS Attendees: Part I

[Part I] [Part II] [Part III – coming soon] Last year I attended WDS for the first time. At this point, I’m sure there are some of my friends who are a little tired of hearing about how amazing the conference was. I bring it up here again because I’m now in the planning phase […]

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Winning the War on Polio

January 13, 2014, India was declared polio-free by the World Health Organization. Five years ago, India accounted for nearly half the new polio cases in the world, but has now gone three years without a single case of wild poliovirus. It is an amazing feat that speaks to the dedication of doctors, volunteers and many […]

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International Bank of You

I have recently ordered and wait in great anticipation for my copy of Bob Harris‘ The International Bank of Bob. It’s the story of how one man decided to verify his micro-lending made through kiva.org actually made a difference. So, he traveled out into the world to meet the people to whom he’d made loans. […]

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Collaborating on Education

It was a dark and stormy night morning… The pre-dawn darkness is slowly folding back. I’m standing in the cold, the light dampness of misty rain ever pressing on my poncho and helmet. Off in the distance, I see a couple of young elementary school children making their way towards me. When they get here, […]

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Stepping into the Dark

I need to know I can be lost and not afraid. ~ Trip the Light This lyric, from the most recent Where the Hell is Matt? video, really resonates with me. To travel to an unknown land and to explore it beyond the bounds of the neatly curated tourist experience is truly a special experience […]