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When Pigs Escape

When Pigs Escape

Animal welfare, rights, protections—which term is best, and how does one define it? The lines get convoluted, and the topic is controversial. Matilda, a postpartum pig, sparked much debate when she made international headlines last year as a commercial farm fugitive....

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Greenhouse: Spiritual Capital

Greenhouse: Spiritual Capital

The final session of Greenhouse, the community & capacity-building experiment we’ve been embarking on for the last six weeks, was led on Tuesday by Ariel Nessel, co-founder of The Pollination Project.  Through guided group meditation, breakout room discussions,...

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Experiential Capital:  The Value of Experience

Experiential Capital: The Value of Experience

This week in Greenhouse, our community came together to explore the idea of Experiential Capital; in other words, the perspectives and knowledge gained from firsthand experiences. In this form of capital, our cohort of grassroots volunteer leaders is undeniably...

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Financial Capital: Let’s Keep the Light On

Financial Capital: Let’s Keep the Light On

Financial Capital. This one topic has the potential to stir fear in the hearts of changemakers. However, Carolyn Ashworth invited Greenhouse participants to explore this topic through the lens of knowing oneself, knowing others - specifically funders - and knowing how...

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Reflections from the Greenhouse

Reflections from the Greenhouse

“Nothing for us without us.”  This basic but powerful idea was the underlying foundation behind this week’s Greenhouse sessions, which explored the value of cultural capital along the path of service.  Participants talked about the beliefs, assumptions, expectations,...

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Butterfly Academy: Art for All

Butterfly Academy: Art for All

“I want to say thank you for opening my eyes to new things and now, thanks to you, I love writing, drawing, and most of all, I love art. I love all the projects you bring every Wednesday, even though I face some challenges. Love, Kynnedi” (6th grade)One might suppose...

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Spotlight on the Arts

Spotlight on the Arts

“Art is unquestionably one of the purest and highest elements in human happiness. It trains the mind through the eye, and the eye through the mind. As the sun colors flowers, so does art color life.”  - John Lubbock, author When I joined TPP in January of 2020, I...

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Focus On Health & Wholeness

Focus On Health & Wholeness

At The Pollination Project, we think about the word “health” holistically, encompassing physical health, mental health, and inner transformative practice, as well as considering critical elements within the social determinants of what makes someone “healthy.”  Over...

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Focus on Human Rights & Dignity

Focus on Human Rights & Dignity

This week, we continue looking in-depth at stories and projects within each of our focus areas. Through our Human Rights & Dignity panel, over the last ten years the community has supported 486 grassroots projects in 84 countries. These projects vary widely, but...

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Focus on Education

Focus on Education

“Education is the kindling of a flame, not the filling of a vessel.”– SocratesOver the last ten years, The Pollination Project community has funded 1,193 education-focused projects in 97 countries. This remains the area in which we regularly receive the most...

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Spotlight on Women and Girls

Spotlight on Women and Girls

Over the last ten years, The Pollination Project has funded 2,208 woman-led projects, and 848 projects expressly focused on empowerment of women and girls. This work is diverse, unfolding across 77 countries, yet many commonalities emerge in reviewing the stories...

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