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Sama Group is ENDING poverty for thousands

By Cathryn Wellner / November 20, 2015

What if poverty were not inevitable? What if your charity donations could help people become tax payers instead of tax recipients? Would that influence your thinking about immigration, poverty, and…why not…the future of the world? After watching the interview Marie Forleo did with Leila Janah, I’m prepared to throw my hat into the ring of […]

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Puppets bring a street performer and an aging activist together

By Cathryn Wellner / August 7, 2015

Ricky Syers has been performing on New York streets for years. He got tired of working as a laborer, turned to music, then began creating puppets that make even harried grownups slow down to watch. Recently, the 50-year-old performer met Doris Diether and made a marionette of the 86-year-old activist. The friendship blossomed, and now […]

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Crowdsourcing a cancer cure

By Cathryn Wellner / August 3, 2015

Just when you think you’ve heard everything… Artist Salvatore Iaconesi was given a fearful diagnosis: brain cancer. He told a TED audience in 2013 that he did not want to be a patient, “the one who waits.” His response was novel. He asked for a print-out of his cancer. He spoke to it, telling the […]

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What does a ‘learning disabled’ kid look like? You. Me. Them.

By Cathryn Wellner / June 19, 2015

What do Cher, Whoopi Goldberg, and Will Smith all have in common? They all have learning disabilities. School can be tough for kids who are “different thinkers”—living with dyslexia, ADHD or other learning challenges. Being mentored by high school or college youth who know those different abilities firsthand is an enormous boost. Eye to Eye […]

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Watch out! Granny’s got a spray can

By Cathryn Wellner / June 3, 2015

They set out with spray paints, stencils, creativity and determination. Their intent is to enliven some of Lisbon’s neighbourhoods. What is groundbreaking is that they are seniors, not youth. LATA 65 is an initiative designed by Cowork Lisboa in partnership with Wool – Covilhã Urban Art Festival. The intergenerational project brings together Lisbon, Portugal’s young […]

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#1191 “The world would be empty without books”

By Cathryn Wellner / January 19, 2015

Cleveland, Ohio, has produced an 8-year-old book lover whose passionate love of books rings out in this sweet video. WKYC Channel 3 interviewed Madison Reid at the grand opening of a new Little Free Library. She may have a future on the stage or in the pulpit. She delivers her praise of books and reading […]

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#1175 If you see a fawn in these woods, call Hope for Wildlife

By Cathryn Wellner / December 10, 2014

A cat-battered robin was Hope Swinimer’s first rehab animal. That was in 1995, when she was managing the Dartmouth Veterinary Hospital in Nova Scotia. No one knew how to treat the injured bird so Hope took it home and began studying wildlife rehabilitation. Within a year she had treated 40 animals. The work required a […]

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#1132 The neighbours love him so they set out Chairs for Charlie

By Cathryn Wellner / September 26, 2014

Charlie George has been walking his dogs twice a day in the decade since he moved into the Houston, Texas neighborhood. People look forward to chatting with the friendly guy. Three years ago he was diagnosed with leukemia. That started to slow him down. So his neighbours started “Chairs for Charlie”. A dozen homes put […]

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