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How Teens Are Making Meaning Out of the Pandemic

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These five adolescents are finding a sense of purpose in helping others.

Many people in the media and government have painted an uninspiring portrait of adolescents facing COVID-19. Young people, we are told, are either indiscriminately spreading the virus by failing to follow public health guidelines, or are at risk of stifled social and emotional growth because of restrictive social-distancing guidelines that hamper key tasks of adolescent development, such as developing a clear and coherent sense of self.

By Michael T. Warren Pathologizing adolescence in the West stems from deeper historical roots. Inaugurating its scientific study in 1904, G. Stanley Hall characterized adolescence as a period of inevitable “storm and stress,” a time of upheaval when young people transition from inhumane childhood to civilized adulthood. Fifty years later, Anna Freud remarked that “to be normal in adolescence is abnormal” and advised parents that if their teen was doing well, the…

Turn Your Utility Bill into Endless Fun with This World-Record Holder

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Turn your utility bill into a swooshing supply of endless fun! John Collins, a man who flew one of his folded paper creations hundreds of feet through the air, smashing the world record, shows us the world of wonder we can all find in a few simple creases.

When was the last time you actually had fun with your phone bill? I’m guessing approximately never. But it turns out, there’s good old-fashioned fun waiting for us in the most simple, yet overlooked places. So, settle in, dear reader, because that bummer phone bill could not only be the source of hours of fun, but it could also be a world record-breaker!

By Callie Burkey
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Mark and Doug: The Power of Friendship

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Mark Redding survived a devastating traumatic brain injury in an auto accident when he was in his early 20s. Almost 30 years later, Mark met Doug Kline through the PALS (Providing a Link for Survivors) program at Brain Injury Services, a program that enables clients and community volunteers to connect in a mutually enriching friendship to build skills and combat isolation through community integration. The two became instant "bros." In this video, Doug reflects on the beautiful friendship they shared together for 6 years.
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Living Medicine: On Plant Intelligence and Natural Healing

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"Every time some new evidence of plant-based intelligence intrudes on my awareness, it confronts perspectives about the world that I inherited from my culture or my family or my schooling, and some portion of that received worldview crumbles, and something new takes its place. The world is a great deal different than we have been led to believe. In fact, we know very little about what goes on here. The ancient Athenians had a word for that moment when some intangible part of ourselves leaves our bodies and touches a living intelligence in the world: aisthesis. There is an exchange of soul essence accompanied by a gasp of recognition, a deep breath, an inspiration." In this compelling interview Stephen Harrod Buhner shares profound insights into the spirit and science behind plant intelligence and natural healing.
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Unconditional Presence: Letting Yourself Have Your Experience

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"The journey from self-hatred to self-love involves learning to meet, accept, and open to the being that you are. This begins with letting yourself have your experience. Genuine self-acceptance is not possible as long as you are resisting, avoiding, judging, or trying to manipulate and control what you experience. Whenever you judge the experience you're having, you're not letting yourself be as you are. And this puts you at odds with yourself, creating inner division and conflict. The way to free
yourself from shame and self-blame is through making friends with your experience, no matter what experience you're having." John Welwood shares how a process of acknowledging, allowing, opening and entering can bring us into our own unconditional presence.
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A True Tale of Finding a Best Friend in a Beluga Whale

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Can an unlikely friendship help save an entire species? When an aquarium trainer met her counterpoint in a friendly beluga whale, a bond was formed that can teach us more than we ever dreamed possible. Let’s dive into a real-life story that will have you heading to the nearest aquarium in search of a new best friend!

There are only a handful of lucky people in the world who can say that their best friend is a big, white whale, and you’re about to meet one! Kelsey Ford has a connection that will brighten your entire day. She and her BFF, Maple, are working together to fill our hearts with joy while saving generations of belugas to come!

By Renee Laroche-Rheaume


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Where Do We Go From Here? Chaos or Community

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In 1967, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. delivered his "Where Do We Go from Here?" sermon at the annual convention of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference in Atlanta, Georgia. The country was at a crossroads. The "evil triplets" of the times, militarism, racism, and poverty called for what King called a "radical revolution of values." Will we move in the direction of chaos or community? The question he posed so many years ago is piercingly relevant today. Read the full text of the speech here.


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What Is Black Fatigue, and How Can We Protect Employees from It?

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Here are eight tips for organizations embarking on a diversity, equity, and inclusion process.

For almost four decades, I have been telling leader after leader about the inequities faced by marginalized groups in their organizations. My diversity, equity, and inclusion consultancy, the Winters Group, has conducted thousands of focus groups with Black and brown employees who report more toxic environments than their white coworkers. In addition, the results of our cultural audits often show statistically significant disparities for Black and brown people in hiring, promotions, involuntary terminations, and performance reviews.

By Mary-Frances Winters


The Winters Group consults with just about every industry—and the voices from Black employees in every industry carry the same emphatic messages of feeling undervalued, disrespected, and very much like an outsider. I wrote my new book, Black Fatigue: How Racism Erodes the Mind, Body, and Spirit, in response to what I heard from Black employe…

The Big Bang of Equity + Systems Change

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"How can we reimagine and rebuild our current society? At what point do we let a broken system fail? How can we protect vulnerable or disproportionately impacted people who might fall between cracks as we let go of what no longer works? How might we include more people not only at the receiving end of these systems, but in the designing of them? How can we build systems that truly serve and work for all? As a practice --not a destination --equity begins with those questions. For the way forward, here are five never-forget touchstones and yield signs for leaders." Tuesday Ryan-Hart and Tim Merry share more in this piece.

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How to Avoid Doing Harm When You Discuss Race at Work

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Race dialogues at work have the potential to leave minority employees feeling distressed, exhausted, or dismissed.

The year 2020 has been a rough one, especially for Black Americans. The global coronavirus pandemic’s disproportional impact, combined with multiple police murders of unarmed Black people, cast a brighter light on systemic racism in the United States. In many instances, the killings were caught on phones and the images repeatedly replayed on social media and the news.

By Shanna B. Tiayon


Somewhere around the end of May to early June, corporations sent out public statements en masse in support of Black Lives Matter. Ironically, in the wake of the COVID-19 shutdowns, a couple of months prior, job listings for diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) roles had fallen by 60%, but increased by 50% as Black Lives Matter protests spread. Corporations started to hold DEI dialogues inside their organizations to complement their external messaging—perhaps because 69% of Americans belie…

Barbara Kingsolver on Knitting as Creation Story

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"It starts with a craving to fill the long evening downslant. There will be whole wide days of watching winter drag her skirts across the mud-yard from east to west, going nowhere. You will want to nail down all these wadded handfuls of time, to stick-pin them to the blocking board, frame them on a twenty-four-stitch gauge. Ten to the inch, ten rows to the hour, straggling trellises of days held fast in the acreage of a shawl. Time by this means will be domesticated and cannot run away. You pick up sticks because time is just asking for it, already lost before it arrives, scattering trails of leavings." More in this evocative essay by Barbara Kingsolver.


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Have You Heard of Lizzo? Here’s Her Secret to Success

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Are you trying to achieve a goal? Is it taking longer than you thought it was? Here’s the motivation you need to keep pushing forward from one of the world’s most influential stars: Lizzo!

Anyone will tell you that the road to success is a bumpy one, but sometimes, we just need to hear that it’s all worth it from someone who’s come out on the other side of the journey. You’ve heard her name before, seen her on the magazine covers, but the stories behind this superstar’s success can help us all embrace where we are and what we’ve gone through in a new light!

By Sam Burns


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We Can Do This: A Conversation with Paul Hawken

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"Paul Hawken is an environmentalist, entrepreneur, author and activist who has dedicated his life to environmental sustainability and changing the relationship between business and the environment. He is one of the environmental movements leading voices, and a pioneering architect of corporate reform with respect to ecological practices. His work includes founding successful, ecologically conscious businesses, writing about the impacts of commerce on living systems, and consulting with heads of state and CEOs on economic development, industrial ecology, and environmental policy. Paul is Founder of Project Drawdown, a non-profit dedicated to researching when and how global warming can be reversed. The organization maps and models the scaling of one hundred substantive technological, social, and ecological solutions to global warming. His forthcoming book is entitled Regeneration: Ending the Climate Crisis in One Generation, and will be published April 2021 by Penguin.…