Fontoh Desmond founded an organization called Crusaders for Environmental Protection and Ozone Watch, which received early support from The Pollination Project for environmental education initiatives in the school systems and communities of Cameroon. “I believe in having a to-do list, not a wish list,” Fontoh says. “Starting small, and focusing on service matters. Connections with others who share my passion have been just as important as money.”
It has been said that a person cannot step in the same river twice, for it is not the same river and you are not the same person. In case we needed a reminder, 2020 has shown us the relentless constancy of change. In theory, change is a hopeful thing that many of us profess to welcome. In practice, change is something we more frequently resist.
Jessica Gonzalez Castro is a reader. Her work has all been driving towards one bigger dream: making speciesism visible. “Animal suffering happens out of human sight.” says Jessica, “So our responses should be as visible as possible. We give people books they can hold, a community of friends they can hug, and food they can eat.”
For much of history, giving happened directly. Our model of direct giving to early-stage changemakers acts as an antidote to civic apathy. In truth, we all have a place in this ecosystem of philanthropy: organizations of all sizes, individual grassroots volunteers, and everyone in between. As in any ecosystem, diversity will be our strength.
Human perception is reductive by nature. When we approach the world with humility and curiosity and meditate, without judgment or stereotype, on the unique paths of those whose shoes we may never walk in-- this is empathy.
A year ago Malak and a friend had begun building The Volunteer Circle, a skill-sharing platform to connect Lebanese volunteers to the causes that needed their talents. Believing that purpose married to experience is empowering, her desire was to give people paths to make an impact in ways that were most meaningful for them. And now, every day since the blast, they have deployed teams of volunteers to areas where they are most needed.
To many in the modern world, particularly those in business, dedicating any regular time to meditation may seem impossible given the pace of life [...] Yet this worldview doesn’t align with my own experiences of leadership and growth. I continue to embrace meditative practice because I believe that pressing “pause” is actually more productive than constantly living in “fast-forward.”
Perhaps you have dreamed of a project that would make the world a better place, but worried you needed to wait for large donations to make it happen. I am here to tell you that you can have an indelible impact in your community right now, just as you are. Whatever your vision, you already have the most important elements to see it through. In the words of Rumi, “What you seek is seeking you"...
Ruthless Kindness, Sarah and Kate’s new organization, hopes to be available 24/7 for domestic violence victims who need help with their pets. Knowing the power of the human animal bond, they believe that victims of domestic violence and their children shouldn't have to leave a pet behind or delay leaving a dangerous situation because they can't bring their pet.
How do we truly end systemic racism, stop climate change, heal our school systems, upend global poverty, or alleviate the unnecessary suffering of non-human animals? For Margaret Wheatley, the answer is emergence.