Archive for April, 2008

10 apr

An Endangered People Movement?

It’s interesting that there is an “endangered species” movement yet no endangered “people movement ” while so many human beings continue to lose their lives in violence around the world.

Part of the problem may be that when there is a global crisis, most of us pull away from the world, instead of working to find a solution — if we want to see change, we have to become that change.

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Posted by First 30 Days on April 10th, 2008 in Uncategorized | No comments

08 apr

Party Switchers

If elections are all about change, the tight democratic race is taking it to a new level. Voters are not only changing their views on politics (becoming decidedly more interested in the process) and increasing their hope for a brighter future, but many are also changing their political party.

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Posted by First 30 Days on April 8th, 2008 in Uncategorized | No comments

08 apr

The Matrix Awards

Yesterday I attended the annual Matrix Awards, hosted by New York Women in Communications, Inc. The event honored an awe-inspiring group of women, including Robin Roberts from “Good Morning America,” Anne Sweeney from ABC Television, Linda Greenhouse, the Supreme Court writer for The New York Times and Diane von Furstenberg. And equally impressive people introduced each honoree: Christiane Amanpour, Diane Sawyer, Wolfgang Puck, Bob Woodruff and more.

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Posted by First 30 Days on April 8th, 2008 in Uncategorized | No comments

08 apr

Phone Numbers for All

Homeless people are often stuck in a terrible cycle: They can’t get a job without a home phone number and they can’t get a home number without a job. But cycles can be broken. Things can change. Through Project Homeless Connect, Google provides free phone numbers and voicemail to the homeless in San Francisco.

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Posted by First 30 Days on April 8th, 2008 in Uncategorized | No comments

08 apr

Asking for what we need? What a concept!

I heard Dr. Laura Trice speak at TED a month ago and she brought up a question that I can’t get out of my mind: Why don’t we ask for praise?

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Posted by First 30 Days on April 8th, 2008 in Uncategorized | No comments

06 apr

SolesUnited

In the truest spirit of going green, Ron Snyder, the CEO of Crocs (those brightly colored clogs found on everyone from toddlers to gardeners to chefs), has created SolesUnited, a new company dedicated to recycling old Crocs into brand new shoes for those in need.

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Posted by First 30 Days on April 6th, 2008 in Uncategorized | No comments

04 apr

Musings from Montana

I just spoke to a wonderful group of soon-to-be college graduates in Billings, MN. Graduation is a time of major change, stress and uncertainty that brings up tons of questions: Where will I work? Where will I live ? How will I pay my student loans? (Will I ever get out of debt?)

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Posted by First 30 Days on April 4th, 2008 in Uncategorized | No comments

03 apr

Meaning-Based Business

I’ve noticed a trend among those who are unhappy with their jobs: They all long for a sense of meaning in their work. In today’s world, the 40-hour workweek easily spills over to 60, 70 and even 80 hours of our lives each week, so it makes sense that more and more people want to give their time and energy to something greater than their financial status or the company’s bottom line. People want to feel like they are contributing to the greater good and are giving back — to do this and earn a paycheck, well, that would be a dream job.

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Posted by First 30 Days on April 3rd, 2008 in Uncategorized | No comments

02 apr

Maps that Matter

If you want to see the things that truly need to change in the world check out Worldmapper, a collection of maps that detail the areas of the world experiencing the most deaths from AIDS, the highest infant mortality, the greatest population of wealthy citizens and so on. While the colorful maps expose hard issues like child labor, human poverty and death from malaria, it also sheds light on lighter statistics like the most films watched (India), most personal computers used (U.S., Japan, China and Germany) and most babies born (Africa).

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Posted by First 30 Days on April 2nd, 2008 in Uncategorized | No comments

01 apr

Dining Out? Skip the Lemon

I’ve always viewed the lemon as a symbol of health and wellness — tart, cleansing and refreshing. But a recent study has found that the lemon wedges gracing the rims of beverages in many restaurants are actually breeding grounds for harmful germs.

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Posted by First 30 Days on April 1st, 2008 in Uncategorized | No comments