TOMS Marketplace is a platform of products to purchase for good. The marketplace includes hundreds of products that support causes ranging from education and health to nutrition and clean water.
Each of the partner brands has a meaningful story and shares TOMS’ deep commitment to giving to those in need, spanning a wide range of causes and geographic areas of impact.
And is currently my new favorite store.
Buy stuff. Do Good. Thanks Tom.
This is your brain on drugs. Classic.
“You must not lose faith in humanity. Humanity is an ocean; if a few drops of the ocean are dirty, the ocean does not become dirty.” – Ghandi
8,336,615 (New York) – The paradox of feeling lonely in a city of 8 million.
Once upon a time the United Nations outlined what basic rights and freedoms we are ALL entitled to, called the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. Seems we as the general population may need a refresher.
THE UNIVERSAL DECLARATION OF HUMAN RIGHTS
and for those more visual, a great simplified and drawn version from Zen pencils
First a little background:
What is Google autocomplete?
As you type, autocomplete predicts and displays queries to choose from. The search queries that you see as part of autocomplete are a reflection of the search activity of all web users and the content of web pages indexed by Google.
In other words it’s like a peak into our thoughts.
And when you Google women shouldn’t or women can’t, autocomplete tells us something pretty interesting (and in this case, wrong) about our questions and searches. Some recent ad’s by UN Women highlight some of these REAL searches.
Go ahead try it for your self, then decide not to be THAT guy.
Rebel Rocket Attack from the one and only street artist Banksy.
This Craigslist Ad gave me a good laugh today.
The ad reads:
So my roommates all left because of a job thing and I need to make rent. I really think this place is great and I’ve been living here for a while (incumbency FTW!). I don’t want to leave but the utilities are a real bitch to afford on your own. Some facts about the digs:
It’s about 775,000 square feet. Yeah, it’s big, I know. But don’t let the size alone fool you! It’s cozy too — lots of individual rooms!
Location, location, location. It’s close to everything you could possibly want. The Botanical Gardens (they’re temporarily closed, but don’t let that stop you); the metro, and plenty of bars. The bars are important, because what else are we gonna do?
It’s historic too! It was built in like 1800 something. Don’t ask me the specifics, there’s a plaque somewhere. Let’s just say it’s pretty sweet. There are plenty of cool things inside, like a giant statue of King Kamehameha I. It makes for weird midnight runs to the bathroom, but whatever.
Wanna know more just ask!
About you: Must be LGBT friendly. Must not be a Republican. Don’t be racist. Don’t hate women. Must think poor Americans are people.
Oh, and don’t be an Eagles fan, because, gross.
“It was Krishnamurti, the great Indian philosopher, who said “It is no measure of health to be well adjusted to a profoundly sick society.”
I submit to you, if you’re willing to take your hand off the throttle of your life, that there is intelligence in anxiety.
This intelligence, so familiar to teenagers, yet misinterpreted by adults, is knowing that things aren’t supposed to be this way.
Work isn’t supposed to suck. Styrofoam isn’t supposed to last hundreds of years after minutes of use. The Gulf of Mexico isn’t supposed to be drowning in spilled oil. And we aren’t supposed to accept how many species have gone extinct since the sun rose this morning.
If you really let these proclamations hit you, if you stop, it can take your breath away. In fact, it’s supposed to break your heart.
Take care of your inner self, yes, but know this: there’s nothing fucking wrong with you.”
If I were a teacher, this print would make for an awesome lesson plan.
Interesting new infographic from Huffington Post about how your phone is harming your health. Click here for full size infographic.
Real Monsters is a series of artwork created by Toby Allen, depicting common mental illnesses as real monsters. The artist states:
The artwork is not at all intended to make light of these conditions but instead is intended to give these intangible mental illnesses some substance and make them appear more managable as physical entities.
Awesome article over at the Huffington Post about the 21 Habits of Supremely Happy People.
THE HABITS OF SUPREMELY HAPPY PEOPLE
Read it. Apply it, and be happy my peops.
This Homeless Jackpot prank made me smile.
‘Fabulous At Every Age’ campaign from Harper’s BAZAAR and Estée Lauder highlights the power and beauty of women at every age,
The magazine’s beauty director Alexandra Parnass explains that,
“They’re humans, you know? None of them are absolutely perfect head-to-toe, as none of us are. It really strikes you when talking to any of these women that they are truly not bothered by the little things in life.”
The contest honored five BAZAAR readers, spanning five decades, who embody the theme of female empowerment at any age.
I guess what they say is true, age really ain’t nothing but a number.
The One Percent Foundation makes philanthropy accessible to Millennials+ and empowers them to change the world together. One Percent Foundation’s goal is to inspire young adults to give at least 1% of their income to philanthropic causes.
Through their programs their vision is to build a movement of young philanthropist, and I think they do a dang good job.
Release you inner philanthropist through one of their programs here.
Artist Steve Lambert said he created these shirts while teaching at a high school where students wore logo and company names on their chest with pride.
Quite fitting, if I might say so myself.
The best things in life really are free, sometimes we just need to be reminded. Steve Lambert did just that.
I’m not going to lie, I’ve been thus far pretty ignorant on the whole climate change issue, but thanks to going back to my elementary school roots I decided to listen to what good ‘ole Bill Nye The Science Guy had to say about it all, and well my eyes have been opened. Time to make some changes.
See more Victoria’s Secret Models without make up here.
“For beautiful eyes, look for the good in others; for beautiful lips, speak only words of kindness; and for poise, walk with the knowledge that you are never alone.” – Audrey Hepburn
Who Gives A Crap is a toilet paper company started by these guys. Why toilet paper? Well, they say after learning that 2.5 billion people across the world are without toilets and thousands are dying of diarrhea related illness every day, the team at Who Gives a Crap decided to take a stand, or in this case, a seat. So what exactly makes their toilet paper so different?
Flush Poverty Down the Loo
At present, 40% of the world’s population don’t have access to a toilet. Diarrhoea related illnesses fill over half sub-Saharan African hospital beds and kill over 2,000 children under 5 every day. We think that’s pretty crap. That’s why we give 50% of our profits to WaterAid to build toilets and improve sanitation in the developing world.
Make Every Wipe Count
We believe that the need to wipe shouldn’t mean we wipe out the planet. That’s why we only use 100% recycled fibers in our toilet paper. It saves on trees, water and landfill which means you’re doing your bit while doing your bit to help keep our planet great.
Only test on bottoms
We don’t use any chlorine, inks, dyes or weird perfumes in our toilet paper. We just pulp the clean fibers at 400C to make WGAC biodegradable, safe in septic tanks and as strong as it is silky soft. And since it’s only tested on the finest human bottoms, our toilet paper is as good for your bum as it is for the planet.
Who knew you could do so much with just toilet paper??? Apparently these guys did, and they’ve made me give a crap as well.
Give a crap and order your toilet paper that builds toilets here!
I Will Talk With Anyone About Anything is a project by Artist Steve Lambert, in which he set up a table near other individuals and organizations tabling for political, religious and other causes and when people approached his table he offered to talk to them about whatever they would like.
If they don’t know what they want to talk about I keep a list of questions such as:
- how about this weather?
- what have you been up to lately?
- what are you doing after this?
- how are things?
This formula has lead to conversations with all kinds of strangers on topics from the weather to the Iranian revolution, Native American philosophy, agricultuture, film, etc. The table is very popular.
So like other great artists before him he left instructions on how to do it yourself, below are the instructions on How To Talk To Anyone.
This Is A Good Sign is a movement founded by Eric Dennis in which his aim is to simply spread happiness and make people feel better by simply sharing his signs of hope (as seen above) all over the world.
Get your free sign here and join the movement with us!
Once upon a time a man named Ivan Pavlov made a breakthrough in psychology when he discovered the concept of a conditioned reflex.
He had come to learn this concept of conditioned reflex when examining the rates of salivations among dogs. Pavlov had learned then when a bell was rung in subsequent time with food being presented to the dog in consecutive sequences, the dog will initially salivate when the food is presented. The dog will later come to associate the ringing of the bell with the presentation of the food and salivate upon the ringing of the bell. (wikipedia)
Years later Robert R. Morris and Dan McDuff decided to use the same concept to help themselves and others hopelessly addicted to email, social networking, or other online distractions.
Their invention? The Pavlov Poke, a keyboard accessory that will surprise you with an electric shock every time you try to go onto Facebook.
This is definitely an art/design project that made me smile.
Hello all you beautiful people, for all those who follow the site and even all those who just come and visit, first and foremost, THANK YOU!
There are several new things going on and we just wanted to keep you up to date on everything as to make sure you don’t miss a beat.
1.We have several new projects launched you should check out:
Good News (a regular dose of feel good news)
Do Good Directory (an online directory of the best tools and resources for doing good)
2.We have several new projects in the works:
Public Service Announcements (coming)
This Book Will Change Your World (coming)
3. And last but not least if you live in the Houston area we are launching a street team like no other street team you’ve seen before (and no it won’t be a Philanthropy Factory promo team, but waaaaay cooler!) So stay tuned and be sure to check out all the new things as well as check back for the things to come!
Other then that, all that’s left to say is a good day to you sir/maam.
The 1% Giving Pledge (by One Percent Foundation) is a public commitment to give at least 1% of your income to philanthropy. In other words it’s only $1 out of every $100, you can’t afford not to do this one people!
Philanthropedia is a charity rating organization/website. The site features more than 11,000 reviews from 1,400 experts who are interviewed and surveyed.The site also features rankings based on a combination of in-depth surveys and conversations with experts, including academics, funders, grant makers, policy makers and consultants.
Yeah we know, what the world doesn’t need is another app, BUT then there are those few that come around a change the game, and Instead is one of those apps.
Instead is an app that challenges you to buy less of the things that don’t really matter so that you can give more to the things that do. Like this:
“Instead of eating at the Cheesecake Factory, how about eating at Chipotle and giving the difference?” Davis suggests. “Or, instead of going to the movies, use Redbox, and give the difference.”
via Alex Goldmark/GOOD
TakePart has a new petition on their site about raising minimum wage, here’s what they have to say:
If the federal minimum wage kept up with inflation over the past 40 years, it would be $10.74 — $3.49 above where it is now. The Fair Minimum Wage Act of 2013, if passed, would raise the minimum wage to $10.10 an hour by 2015. It would also increase the hourly wage for tipped employees, such as waiters, for the first time in 20 years.
The annual income of a full-time employee working at the federal minimum wage is$15,080. These individuals live $3,000 under the poverty level and struggle to meet basic needs.
Today, 17 million children have a parent who works for minimum wage. The Fair Minimum Wage Act of 2013 could have a dramatic impact on fighting poverty and hunger.
Well I know where I stand on this one. Sign the Petition.
In his Photoshop project Celebrity Make Under Artist Danny Evans combines images of people in everyday settings with the faces of famous singers and actors to give an example of what the Hollywood stars might have looked like had they not made it as a household name.
“It was a reaction to the over-Photoshopped images of celebrities that we see everyday,” he told The Patriot News. “I thought it would be interesting to take it in the opposite direction.”
An activist carrying an “I LOVE OPD” sign at a rally protesting the arrest of Food Not Bombs members who fed homeless people without a license. A TV crew then comes up to interview him on why he was standing up for the Orlando Police, he answers with extreme sarcasm/political satire at it’s finest.
face blurring – a new tool that allows you to obscure faces within videos with the click of a button.
As citizens continue to play a critical role in supplying news and human rights footage from around the world, YouTube is committed to creating even better tools to help them. According to the international human rights organization WITNESS’ Cameras Everywhere report, “No video-sharing site or hardware manufacturer currently offers users the option to blur faces or protect identity.”
YouTube is excited to be among the first.
Whether you want to share sensitive protest footage without exposing the faces of the activists involved, or share the winning point in your 8-year-old’s basketball game without broadcasting the children’s faces to the world, our face blurring technology is a first step towards providing visual anonymity for video on YouTube.
Visual anonymity in video allows people to share personal footage more widely and to speak out when they otherwise may not.
A video of an installation by Banksy turning a kiddie ride into an anti- BP statement.
From the DSM-V, the fifth edition of the American Psychiatric Association’s (APA) Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders:
Early on-set textophilia is accompanied with feelings of euphoria, wholeness and exuberant empowerment, soon followed by social and environmental seclusion. Symptoms include an inability to look up, walk with eyes forward, complete full sentences, or engage in uninterrupted physical conversation for bursts longer than 60 seconds.
Without treatment, patients regard texting as more real than flesh-to-flesh communication. This feeling is reinforced by quick dopamine and oxytocin hits to the brain.
In advanced cases (25+ texts per day) life without texting becomes unbearable, empty and meaningless. At this stage, textophiliacs develop an inability to distinguish cognitively between device and existence.
Sudden withdrawal can lead to total collapse of identity and rediscovered freedom.
A video about why despite all your social media connections, you may be getting lonelier.
You are awesome. Just saying.
Because we all know the world can use more happiness kits. And I want one.
The philosophy of Søren Kierkegaard mixed with the tweets of Kim Kardashian = Culture Jamming at it’s finest. Thank you Kim Kierkegaardashian.
Terms and Conditions May Apply is a new documentary about online privacy. Or better put, about the lack thereof.
Plastic Jesus recently installed a fake product on the shelves on a few Best Buy shelves in LA, called the Useless Plastic Box 1.2. A sweet parody on all the gadgets we own and yet don’t really need.
an open-access, user-generated database of creative activism. It’s a place to share, read about, and comment upon experiences and examples of how activists and artists are using creative tactics and strategies to challenge power and offer visions of a better society.
And yet another of my new favorite websites.
Amy Krouse Rosenthal wants to help make your dream come true, with her project How Can I Help Make Your Dream Come True? On the page she says if she can help she will and you will hear from her. Amy you are a cool lady.
The Mending Machine is (in the creators own words) A wee and free bit of existential nourishment. I couldn’t agree more. This project makes me smile.
Human Mode wants to help humans disconnect from their phones and be there for a change. You know, be humans again.
You can get the human mode app here.
her is an upcoming romance/comedy film about a lonely writer develops an unlikely relationship with his newly-purchased operating system that’s designed to meet his every need.
Although the movie is not based on a true story, in this day and age I’m convinced it could be. Definitely looking forward to seeing his one.
Enjoy some joy from the one and only SoulPancake.