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Archive for the Doing good category

My win-win plan for building world peace + inner peace.

Friday, October 18th, 2013

If you are anything like me, you get dozens of fundraising requests every week. Between requests from independent artists crowdsourcing funds to make their film/record their album/publish their book and campaigns from non-profits or individuals raising funds to do great work in the world, it can be overwhelming. And very hard to decide which campaigns […]

Courage needs curiosity. And curiosity takes courage.

Sunday, September 15th, 2013

When I was a teenager, I went to my father – an elder in our Brethren Church – and told him I wasn’t sure I believed in hell. ‘It just doesn’t seem right to me’, I said. ‘Why would a loving God, who created us because we would give him joy, choose to banish us […]

10 questions to ask before you start a non-profit

Wednesday, September 4th, 2013

There’s a kind of person who – when faced with a big problem – gets on with the business of building a solution.  I love this kind of person.  Sometimes I AM this kind of person. The world needs this kind of person. AND here’s the tricky thing about this kind of person: sometimes we […]

Read this, next time you want to give up on making a difference

Thursday, August 29th, 2013

The world’s problems are big. And complex. And some days it feels like nothing we can do will make enough difference to be worth the effort. Next time you are ready to give up on making a difference in the world, I want you to remember these five things. 1. No act of kindness, however […]

Take a pause: Mindful in May

Tuesday, April 23rd, 2013

Is it just me, or has life got a bit crazier than usual lately? Somedays I feel like I’m on a roundabout that keeps speeding up, and I’m not quite sure how to slow it down or get off. The beauty of meditation is that it can help us find a little pause in the […]

Give a little Tuesday

Wednesday, November 28th, 2012

Today is ‘Giving Tuesday’. It seems only fair that organisations working to redress the economic, environmental, social and spiritual impacts of rampant consumerism would get their turn in the spotlight, right? The first thing I want to say is that more often than not, the most efficient and effective way to take action on issues […]

End Sex Trafficking Day

Friday, October 26th, 2012

Erin Giles knows what a calling sounds like. She watched a film about sex trafficking, was horrified by what she saw and knew it was time for her to do something about it. We all know what that feels like. But we don’t always know quite what to do next. Erin did what I recommend everyone […]

Put Yourself Out There

Tuesday, October 9th, 2012

Yesterday I wrote about the need to practice your passion and hone your skills. Today I wanted to talk about the shadow side of this approach and highlight one more essential element for doing your good work, and being a force of positive change in the world. The shadow of ‘honing your skill’ is that […]

The United Nations Superhero Man

Saturday, October 6th, 2012

While I’m on the theme of superheros and humanitarian work, I had to share this. It’s a music video from Norwegian brothers, Bard and Jegard Ylvisaker about U.N.’s former emergency relief coordinator, Jan Egeland. “When hand grenades are flying, there’s just one man you can trust. When there’s war and all is hell, send in Jan Egeland! The United Nations Superhero Man. Mad […]

The Shadow Side of Caring

Friday, September 28th, 2012

Everyone carries a Shadow, and the less it is embodied in the individual’s conscious life, the blacker and denser it is.” – Carl Jung All Superheroes have a Shadow Side. In fact some people have argued that Batman is only a superhero because he has embraced his Shadow Side, without this self-knowledge (and the power that comes with […]

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