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The Entire Ocean in a Drop

The Entire Ocean in a Drop

One person can’t make a difference. - 7.8 billion people At The Pollination Project, we often say that the greatest untapped resource for social change is the potential for goodness within each human heart. I’ve lived long enough to know that one person can not only...

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Activism, Identity & Service

Activism, Identity & Service

The scholar Juana Rodriguez defines activism as “an engagement with hauntings of history, a dialogue between memories of the past and the imaginings of the future manifested through the acts of our own present yearning.” Her work examines the relationship between...

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Never Waste A Good Crisis

Never Waste A Good Crisis

The New York winter was beginning and I had just made a decision that was going to change life as I knew it. After a deep and prolonged time of contemplation, I came to a realisation - I had grown as much as I was going to grow as a monk. The time had come to hang up...

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Activism Takes Both Hands

Activism Takes Both Hands

Growing up in a working class town to immigrant parents, I found myself in the same kinds of mischief common to young boys the world over. And like many children, I was adept at justifying my actions whenever I was caught. Particularly in cases where I felt I was the...

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Seek and ye shall find

Seek and ye shall find

I have a dear friend who is a gifted biologist. Hiking with her, she always manages to notice a ring snake among the leaves, the curved tail of a salamander just below a river rock, or the fluttering wings of some reclusive bird species high up in the canopy. I...

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Seeds of responsible citizenship

Seeds of responsible citizenship

Active citizenship, community empowerment and volunteer experiences: how three Italian women are seeding the change and making responsible tourism bloom!The Pollination Project community is made of volunteer grassroots leaders who put their time and energy in service...

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Seeds to Trees

Seeds to Trees

Here in California, the western slopes of the Sierra Nevada range are the only natural habitat of the Giant Sequoia, the largest trees on earth. The majesty of these living giants is truly something to behold; some have even been measured to be more than 300 feet...

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Friends and Enemies

Friends and Enemies

“Every year, we receive many more applications than we can fund. While we value your work, we regret to inform you that we are unable to fund your application at this time, but wish you the very best in the future.”  Anyone who has experience in seeking grant funding...

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Living Your Legacy

Living Your Legacy

As you will read in our “Changemaker of the Week” blog this week, many of us are thinking of our friend, changemaker, and advisor Paul Talliard who recently passed away. Have you had moments like this that leave you considering the idea of legacy? When I am overcome...

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The Bree and Me Project: Camille Licate

The Bree and Me Project: Camille Licate

“Bree is a rooster, but he is an intelligent, feeling Being that craves love and peace, just like all of us. Most children grow up loving animals. My hope is that by meeting Bree and learning more about compassionate food systems, children can learn to reflect their...

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A Blade Of Grass Is The Journeywork Of The Stars

A Blade Of Grass Is The Journeywork Of The Stars

“A blade of grass is the journeywork of the stars.” -Walt Whitman What does the term “grassroots” bring up for you? For many it hearkens to street protests and the counterculture revolution of the 1960s. Perhaps for others it connotes efforts a lack...

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The Hole-y Bucket

The Hole-y Bucket

Earlier this week, our friends at Service Space retold Gopal Dada’s story of “The Hole-y Bucket” in their “Awakin Weekly” email. I was so moved by it and the significance I think it holds for our work at The Pollination Project that I felt compelled to share it with...

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Peace: Let it Begin With Me

Peace: Let it Begin With Me

“An enemy is one whose story we have not heard.”  These inspiring words from a recent application capture the spirit of an exciting new effort blossoming here at The Pollination Project. This week’s “Changemaker of the Week” is not about just one person, but a group...

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A Hidden Ecosystem: Tamara Blazquez Haik

A Hidden Ecosystem: Tamara Blazquez Haik

One day several years ago, photographer and animal activist Tamara Blazquez Haik was walking home when she came across a poisoned opossum lying dead on the sidewalk. Many people might have kept walking and not given this a second thought, but Tamara couldn’t help but...

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