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Families Experience Guatemala with Rick Steves Tour Guide

Experience Guatemala is not your average tourist excursion. On November 19 through November 27, 2011, 17 people travelled to Guatemala guided by Jennifer Gouge from Rick Steves tours. Experience Guatemala is an opportunity for people of all ages to learn about the work of Global Visionaries in the communities of Guatemala as well as contribute…

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Cool Aid: Shoes versus Sanitation

Written by Valerie Lopez In a recent editorial in The Seattle Times, Marla Smith-Nilson, executive director of Seattle-based Water 1st International, praised Melinda Gates and her approach in solving sanitation-based mortality in developing countries: “Congratulations to Melinda for being smarter than Bill. I agree with her that diarrhea in children is best prevented by increased…

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The Social Justice Model of Generosity

by Valerie Lopez Dāna, Tzedakah, Zakat, Charity. The act of generosity towards the most vulnerable is so deeply-rooted and universal in world religions and cultures, we can only conclude that charity must be a human impulse, if not a societal one. But the simple act of giving might not actually be so simple. Physician-anthropologist Paul…

Innovation Is Not as Important as You Think in Solving Today’s Social Problems

Written by Tim Takechi What exactly does the word “innovation” mean? Think about how often you’ve heard the words “innovative solution” in regards to solving the world’s problems. Information technology (IT) companies promise innovative thinking when fixing your computers. Environmental engineering firms say they’re developing products that will pioneer the 21st century green movement. The…

Poem by Eric Menter

July 2, 2010 The valley fills with trash Plastic just continues to be piled up The mound grows day by day In the dump the children play As the families gather trash The hunting vultures swirl about Perched on tombstones above the ditch They watch as humans dump their shit Truck after truck rolls down…

Book Review: A Hope in the Unseen

June 29, 2010 A Hope in the Unseen, written by Ron Suskind, is the amazing story of Cedric, a teenager who grew up in one of the most dangerous neighborhoods of Washington, D.C. in the early 1990s and his determination to leave and attend an Ivy League school. It is a true success story among…