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Extraordinary, positive changes are happening all around the world and are often overlooked. Come in and get inspired as we showcase the uplifting news stories you might have otherwise missed.



 



Fly by Light Music Video

Thu, 14 Dec 2017 00:00:00 -0800

In the shadow of our nation's capital, high school students face more than just the challenges of schoolwork. They have to deal with inner-city gangs, drug dealers, drive-by shootings, a lack of role models, and little parental support. It can be a struggle just to stay alive -- which is why many D.C. teenagers never graduate. The Fly By Light program seeks to break this cycle with a series of after-school workshops culminating in an 8-day nature retreat. For many of them, it is their first time leaving the city, hiking in the woods, cooling off in a creek, uncovering difficult emotions, or expressing their feelings through art. Let this music video from the program wash over you like a cool stream, move you with raw emotion, energize you with the beat of drums. It is the sound of transformation, self-acceptance, friendship, and hope for a brighter future.



Being and Doing

Wed, 13 Dec 2017 00:00:00 -0800

Sometimes life seems like a never-ending battle between doing and being. If I wish to be present, I need to turn my attention toward myself, but most of us lose our connection with ourselves as soon as we go into movement. Yet as we watch great dancers, great athletes and great actors move, we can't help but see how deeply connected they are with themselves, seemingly listening to themselves while giving a superlative performance. What's their secret? It clearly has to do with attention, with focus. They offer hope that it's possible to do and be at the same time.



Seven Ways to Help High Schoolers Find Purpose

Tue, 12 Dec 2017 00:00:00 -0800

How do we bring engagement, real-life lessons, and a sense of meaning into teens' lives? Patrick Cook-Deegan discovered after years of experience and research that the most fulfilling and useful real-world lessons are not being taught in typical high school classrooms -- like collaboration, passion, and learning from failure. In a system that values extrinsic rewards over internal values, students are likely to become bored and disillusioned. On top of this, teens are reporting that they are not developing meaningful relationships with adults at school, an important aid in finding purpose. In this age of technology and distraction, Cook-Deegan has found that the answer begins within, an idea that makes sense not just for teenagers but for all of us. Whether you have teens or not, you'll appreciate these concise, insightful suggestions on how to bring meaning to your life -- and help others find purpose for themselves.



Head, Heart and Hands: 25 Years of Schumacher College

Mon, 11 Dec 2017 00:00:00 -0800

Inspired by Nobel laureate Rabindranath Tagore's vision, Schumacher College uses head, heart, and hands to teach its student body not only knowledge but wisdom by encouraging creativity and service. Set in the grounds of the historic Dartington Hall in rural south west England, the college has gained an international reputation as much for its pioneering approach to student life as for its innovative courses. Students experience what is described by some as 'deep immersion' as they explore themes around ecology, economics and spirituality, while sharing the responsibilities and the struggles of living together as a community.



Social Bite: Cafes Helping People Out of Homelessness

Sun, 10 Dec 2017 00:00:00 -0800

In the hustle and bustle of daily life, it's easy to forget about our homeless population. In the United States alone, in just one night there are over half a million homeless people, a quarter of whom are children. Worldwide, an estimated 100 million people are homeless, with a total of 1.6 billion are lacking adequate housing. Scottish entrepreneur Josh Littlejohn wanted to make a difference in these statistics by starting a social business, which is a business invested in a particular cause, where the profits go to paying off business costs, charity, and bettering the community. To find out more about Social Bite, Littlejohn, and social businesses, read on.



The Greatest Danger

Sat, 09 Dec 2017 00:00:00 -0800

"Thich Nhat Hanh was asked, "what do we most need to do to save our world?" His answer was this: "What we most need to do is to hear within us the sounds of the Earth crying."...What disintegrates in periods of rapid transformation is not the self, but its defenses and assumptions. Self-protection restricts vision and movement like a suit of armor, making it harder to adapt. Going to pieces, however uncomfortable, can open us up to new perceptions, new data, and new responses." Joanna Macy shares more in this powerful essay.



Who Do You Choose to Be?

Fri, 08 Dec 2017 00:00:00 -0800

There have been other historical times that were volatile, uncertain, complex, and ambiguous, and leaders arose to guide people through them. We are again in one such time. Margaret Wheatley calls on each of us to step forward to serve, rather than withdraw into denial and self-protection. She implores us to become leaders who create islands of sanity where good work still gets done and people enjoy healthy relationships in the midst of chaotic conditions, fierce opposition, and heart-breaking defeats. Wheatley describes the sane leader as someone who has unshakable faith in people's capacity to be generous, creative and kind and who creates the conditions for these capacities to blossom. She believes that even if we fail, we can be satisfied that we did the work well. She asks if we are ready to serve. Answer her questions to find out.