#Seeds: Our Blog
Social Sustainability

Social Sustainability

TPP grantees are attached to the fundamentals that will grow their communities and nourish the qualities that need to emerge within every individual. They implement social sustainability by honoring the planet, expanding access to technical resources, promoting...

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In Solidarity: The TPP Community & the Coronavirus

In Solidarity: The TPP Community & the Coronavirus

Our community of changemakers means everything to us–we exist to support it, to support you. Our goals have been and always will be the same: to uplift and empower individuals to create change for a more compassionate world. So when our community undergoes hardship, we take it very seriously, and we want to make sure that no member of our community feels alone. Our team is here to listen, provide guidance, and encourage you as our world grapples with the coronavirus outbreak.

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Global Practices

Global Practices

TPP grantees demonstrate and capture the beauty of placing matters into the hands of the community and how to reconfigure present and future moments with the resources and opportunities that currently exist. Taking charge of the current moment is how to create future...

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The Power of Art

The Power of Art

Art has its own unique and special way of spreading self expression and magnifying the voices of communities around the world. TPP grantees incorporate all forms of art and encourage individuals to create with their mind, body and spirit. Whether it is a workshop to...

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Am I Good Enough?

Am I Good Enough?

…the real problem lies somewhere else: how to make sure that people who care about social change do not retreat because they fear failure and do not quit because they are convinced that they are not good enough…

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Global Activists

Global Activists

Change begins with having a dream or an idea. It is accomplished with leadership, determination and a loyal community that is eager to join the movement. The grantee projects below demonstrate what occurs when someone becomes proactive about their curiosity and...

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Solidarity

Solidarity

The TPP grantees featured below are dedicated to helping women and children explore and succeed on a path towards economic and emotional stability, and detach from the perception of displacement. There is never only one individual who is experiencing a life challenge...

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“You Can’t Unsee It”: Ann Ratnayake Macy Take on Policy Gaps in Child Torture Cases

“You Can’t Unsee It”: Ann Ratnayake Macy Take on Policy Gaps in Child Torture Cases

TPP provided a grant to NCCASP in publishing a groundbreaking article that brings light to this gap in the U.S. criminal code. NCCASP was able to document the gap within state criminal codes and publish a groundbreaking article in Journel of Child and Youth Review in 2019. This report educates legislatures on the issue for the purpose of updating state criminal codes to close loopholes in child torture cases.

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One For All, All For One

One For All, All For One

There are infinite issues and concerns in the world that seem crushingly overwhelming to tackle and transform. TPP grantees use this as an opportunity to implement local change and include others in the mission to solve global hardships without the burden or pressure....

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Two TPP Grantees Join Forces to Plan a Valentine’s Day Gift for Mother Earth

Two TPP Grantees Join Forces to Plan a Valentine’s Day Gift for Mother Earth

Before being introduced by TPP’s Grantee Community and Special Program Developer, Selene Gonzalez-Carrillo, TPP grantees Nina Magpili-Smith and Becky Suzik, both working in North Carolina, didn’t know about their mutual connection to TPP. Later, after meeting in person at a TPP grantee gathering, Magpili-Smith and Suzik decided to join forces to plan an upcoming event that captured both their hearts: the Valentine’s Day Climate March.

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Open Hearts, Inclusive Minds

Open Hearts, Inclusive Minds

TPP grantees are masters at rekindling the spark that lives inside each and every one of us. They allow their communities to approach life with confidence, and challenge limiting societal views of what can and can not be achieved. Through imagination and solid project...

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A Daily Purpose

A Daily Purpose

In our day to day lives we do not always recognize the realities that many people face around the world. At TPP, we are honored to stand beside grantees who remind the world of the challenges and beauty that we are unable to perceive. We all have the ability to choose...

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A Safe Haven

A Safe Haven

A significant element for creating global change is building safe havens for people to gather. Whether it is a physical space or a digital platform, building an environment for communities to grow, learn and reclaim their well-being is essential for long term success...

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Continuous Commitment

Continuous Commitment

TPP grantees portray a version of all of us that we can’t give up on. They are able to vision hold for individuals and communities who have dreams, small or grand that move the needle forward. When life is uncertain, anything is possible. It takes courage, love and...

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Grand Visions

Grand Visions

Being a changemaker goes beyond the successful execution of a community-based project. TPP grantees are visionaries because they can authentically spread their positive perception to others. In order to reimagine the future and leave strong legacies, TPP grantees do...

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Sustain and Restore

Sustain and Restore

Strengthening our connection to Earth has the ability to ignite our inner leadership, spirituality, and foster community. All around the world, TPP grantees utilize the richness of what nature has bestowed on us to transform food systems, build economic stability and...

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Nourishing Our Youth

Nourishing Our Youth

Do you remember the first time you were inspired as a child? Did you have people in your life to advocate for your health, education and overall wellbeing? As children, our self confidence and life perspective is highly impressionable. TPP grantees understand the need...

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Positive Perception

Positive Perception

How do you identify your individual greatness? Although this can be discovered on one’s own, at TPP, we believe inner transformation is best discovered through communal experience with others. Recognizing the beauty and power in someone else mirrors the power that...

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Environmental Champions

Environmental Champions

The way TPP grantees engage with our planet is astounding and ever evolving. From organic farming, gardening, rain water harvesting and clean water initiatives, there are infinite ways to heal and develop a community. Although each project below is passionately...

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Spreading Magnificence

Spreading Magnificence

There are moments in life when our problems feel bigger than our wins. TPP grantees understand that the answer is not hoping the situation disappears, but to hold less faith in the problem and more appreciation in the communities that make life worth living for. This...

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Existing Magnetism

Existing Magnetism

TPP grantees generate change by utilizing the resources, knowledge and cultural traditions that already exist in communities around the world. They see the beauty in the land and talent within people that can be used to propel communities to new heights. Through...

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Renewable Leadership

Renewable Leadership

TPP grantees continuously demonstrate that life struggles can transform into ongoing progression when we utilize the healing powers of our planet, provide people with sustainable hygienic resources, and bring communities back to nature. From community gardens to...

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Knowledge Is Power

Knowledge Is Power

Education can be taught and received through infinite mediums. TPP grantees unite and educate their communities through art, curated trainings and basic necessities that allow others to fully follow their goals. Whether it is through literature, documentaries or...

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“This Project Is for Us All”: How The Pride Candles Project Is Changing the Lives of Sex Workers and LGBTQ Youth in Uganda

“This Project Is for Us All”: How The Pride Candles Project Is Changing the Lives of Sex Workers and LGBTQ Youth in Uganda

Five years ago, Fatumah found out she was HIV positive. She also found out she was again pregnant. Though she had little hope of ever having the opportunity to see her child grow, she continued to attend her prenatal check-ins at the hospital. She also continued her sex work, as she had no other means of supporting herself or her growing family.

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Boundless Opportunity

Boundless Opportunity

Having a solid community is one of the most vital assets to our livelihood and forward progression. Being surrounded by people who affirm our strengths, potential and advocate for our human rights can change the outcome of our life experiences. As a child, receiving...

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Back to Basics

Back to Basics

Finding solutions that impact the world, local communities, and us as individuals can initially seem crushingly overwhelming. However, TPP grantees prove that change begins with simply going back to the basics. They use the Earth’s natural resources to allow people to...

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“Seeds Are the Foundation of Life”: Five Questions with Soledad Saburido Álvarez, founder of Somos Semilla Seed Library in Mexico

“Seeds Are the Foundation of Life”: Five Questions with Soledad Saburido Álvarez, founder of Somos Semilla Seed Library in Mexico

The first time we received the TPP grant in 2015, we carried out programming based as a Mobile Seed Library, and we were able to reach rural communities … especially among groups of women who are running small community gardens. This was our most important jump to be recognized by our community, and we started to believe in our dream.

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“It’s time to stop limiting women’s potential”: Selassie Tay takes on training women to be independent in Ghana

“It’s time to stop limiting women’s potential”: Selassie Tay takes on training women to be independent in Ghana

For Selassie, the sight of Grace’s dilapidated house and weary expression was not unfamiliar—as the son of a single mother and brother to two sisters, Selassie knew the heartbreak of this situation well. From his experience with his mother, he also sensed that, despite the bleakness of Grace’s situation, that she wanted—and was capable of—more.

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Collective Rising

Collective Rising

TPP grantees always connect youth to the programs, projects and visions they hold for a better world. In order for change to last, we must provide alternative perspectives and resources to youth who will grow up believing in themselves, their communities and their...

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Celebrating Change

Celebrating Change

Breakthroughs and transformation can occur independently, but with a united community these transformations are firmly rooted for infinite progression. People need help and guidance throughout the world, and TPP grantees not only provide assistance, but also celebrate...

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Believing in People

Believing in People

Believing in people is foundational for us at The Pollination Project. We believe everyone is extraordinary and equipped to build a world of greater compassion, goodness and kindness, in their own unique way.

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Shared Confidence

Shared Confidence

The desire to generate change can not be completed without the boundless trust in others and most importantly, the trust within yourself. TPP grantees hold confidence in their vision and travel through the process of discovery one step at a time. In a world where...

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Two TPP Grantees “Go Upstream” to Clean Up Cameroon

Two TPP Grantees “Go Upstream” to Clean Up Cameroon

Ada Acobta and Linus Ayangwoh Embe both had the goal to clean the ocean of plastic waste. Both of them developed stunningly inventive projects to achieve that goal. Both of them submitted an application for a TPP grant. Both of them live in Cameroon—Ada a mere 26 miles upstream from Linus. Yet, neither of them knew the other existed.

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Miracles in Motion

Miracles in Motion

TPP works alongside organizations and leaders across the globe. The latest grantees introduced below show that regardless of where we are on the map, world causes trickle or flood into all of our lives. Gender based discrimination that occurs in Malawi is also...

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Perfection Is Not the Goal, It’s Action

Perfection Is Not the Goal, It’s Action

The greatest lesson I got from this experience is the realization that, while empathy is a beautiful quality, only empathizing with somebody’s pain will drain me, consume me and render me incapable of doing something to help lessen that pain. It’s only when compassion follows that I’m helpful, when I use that empathy as fuel to act.

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Creation Comes Full Circle

Creation Comes Full Circle

Serving others can take the form of money, emotional support, counseling, friendship, and education. The forms and methods are nearly infinite, and the resulting impact increases when people create solutions together. TPP supplies grants, belief, and other...

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