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Kate Franzman in Indianapolis’s Farm Indiana

farm-indianaBee Friendly, June 2016

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“From her humble beginnings on an abandoned DeKalb County farm to her present status as a full-on honeybee advocate and urban farmer, Kate Franzman, founder of Bee Public, is on a mission. And it’s not about the honey. For Franzman, saving bees, a vital aspect of Indiana’s food chain, starts by raising awareness. Through her organization, Bee Public, she’s doing it one school, one hive and one city at a time.”

“Growing up on a farm in Indiana in the 1970s, I remember honeybees were everywhere, but we just don’t seem to have them like we used to. Do you have memories of encountering bees as a child? Yes, that’s how my childhood was, but how soon we forget, right, that the world used to literally be crawling with bees, and to be stung as you were running through the clover was just something that happened? It wasn’t a big deal, because bees were everywhere. Where I grew up, we had fruit trees, the fruit would fall to the ground and begin to rot and attract all kind of bugs, including bees, and it’s just something I grew up being around. I was totally a free-range child, running around on this abandoned farm.”

Read the whole article, Bee Friendly here.

Learn more about Kate Franzman’s project, Bee Public, here.

Devi Vaisya featured in Colorlines

‘Peacock Rebellion’ Empowers Queer Comics of Color to Find Their Voices , June 2016

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“For “Peacock Rebellion” co-creator Manish Vaidya, stand-up comedy isn’t just entertainment—it’s a space for healing, empowerment and social change. 
“People are open to so much when they are coming to be entertained,” said the Bay Area-based performer and organizer, who identifies as non-binary and uses the pronoun “they.” “There’s so much radical potential there.”
As they described in a new story from KQED, Vaidya turned to comedy to deal with their struggles as a “scrawny Hindu, queer, closeted, disabled kid in Catholic school in a really White town where one of the main extracurricular activities was the KKK.” They created Peacock Rebellion, a collective of artists and activists that brings queer people of color together for creative events and workshops that build community. One of those workshops, Brouhaha, trains participants in stand-up comedy and offers performance opportunities in popular stand-up showcases.”

Read the whole article, ‘Peacock Rebellion’ Empowers Queer Comics of Color to Find Their Voices here.

Learn more about Devi Vaisya’s project, Brouhaha here.

Natalie Kyriacou in startup smart

startup-smartThis Melbourne conservationist-turned-entrepreneur has created an app aiming to help save the environment, June 2016

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“A Melbourne conservationist-turned-entrepreneur has created an app aiming to have a real-world impact on the environment. Following years of dedicated volunteer work around the world and the launch of her social enterprise My Green World in 2013, Natalie Kyriacou embarked on her next big mission: a smartphone app that she says could change the world. After seeing the addictive power of simple apps like Angry Birds, Kyriacou looked to convert the time people spend on these games into positive impacts in the real world.”

Read the whole article, This Melbourne conservationist-turned-entrepreneur has created an app aiming to help save the environment here.

Learn more about Natalie Kyriacou’s project, My Green World, here.

Devi Vaisya featured in KQED Arts

How a Closeted Queer Kid Created a Comedy Community, June 2016

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“Growing up, Manish Vaidya used comedy for survival. “I was this scrawny Hindu, queer, closeted, disabled kid in Catholic school in a really white town where one of the main extracurricular activities was the KKK,” the artist and community organizer says. “I do not know how I would’ve made it through without cracking jokes,” they add. (Vaidya is non-binary and prefers the gender neutral pronoun “they”).

As the cocreator of Peacock Rebellion, a Bay Area group of artist-activist-healers, Vaidya brings together queer trans people of color (QTPOC) for creative workshops, events — and a very unusual comedy training program.”

Read the whole article, How a Closeted Queer Kid Created a Comedy Community here.

Learn more about Devi Vaisya’s project, Brouhaha here.

Juan Freitez Mora featured in PRI

Coming out twice: Once as undocumented, and then as gay, June 2016

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“He was a junior in high school. His economics teacher had planned a trip to Hawai’i for an academic decathlon. In order to go, Bailón had to fill out a form. In order to fill out the form, he needed a social security number. He didn’t have one. “I realized at that moment that I was not going to be able to be part of the program and that there was going to be more barriers to come,” he recalls. It made him feel like he was the only person who was facing those kinds of problems. “I just kind of shut down,” Bailón says. But a couple of years later, a law passed by President Barack Obama — Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) — helped Bailón stay in the US. “

Read the whole article, Coming out twice: Once as undocumented, and then as gay here.

Learn more about Juan Freitez Mora’s project, Community Grassroots Media, here.

Angeline Makore in Women Deliver

women-deliver4 Young Africans Who Are Changing the World, June 2016

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“The last few days have been full of meaningful deliberations and conversations around global development issues. Just last month, I was at the World Economic Forum on Africa in Kigali, Rwanda, where I had the honour of being one of the co-chairs. We talked about the various strategies to transform Africa. As is expected, making the most of Africa’s demographic dividend was one of the key themes that were discussed.”

Read the whole article, 4 Young Africans Who Are Changing the World, here.

Learn more about Angeline Makore’s Project, Community Girls Club, here.

Claudia Bernardi in California’s Del Norte Triplicate

Del norteThe dance of mural painting, June 2016

“Dozens of eyes regarded the panels against the windows.”

“They were the blank canvasses for the Yurok Tribe’s new mural, but before they could start, the artists had to introduce themselves to the panels. Swirls of crimson, fuchsia and turquoise flowed from their sponges. Three-year-old Casius Clay left indigo handprints. His mother, Lori Risling, drew a magenta heart with her finger.”

“Claudia Bernardi, who guided participants through the mural process, applauded as they filled the blank with a mosaic of color. Although their work wouldn’t stay, Bernardi congratulated the artists on a good start.”

Read the whole article, The dance of mural painting here.

Learn more about Claudia Bernardi here.

Angeline Makore in the World Economic Forum

world economic forum4 young Africans who are changing the world, June 2016

“The last few days have been full of meaningful deliberations and conversations around global development issues. Just last month, I was at the World Economic Forum on Africa in Kigali, Rwanda, where I had the honour of being one of the co-chairs. We talked about the various strategies to transform Africa. As is expected, making the most of Africa’s demographic dividend was one of the key themes that were discussed.”

“Angeline is an exceptional young leader from Zimbabwe, who is passionate about the health and well-being of women and girls in her country. As a young person, she was involved in rescuing child marriage victims and sexually abused girls, and offered psychosocial support to teenage mothers. This inspired her to work on reproductive, maternal, newborn, child and adolescent health (RMNCAH) issues as a volunteer at Girl Child Network Zimbabwe.”

Read the whole article, 4 young Africans who are changing the world here.

Learn more about Angeline Makore here.

Stuart Richardson featured in Peninsula Press

peninsula press logoBountiful Churchyards cultivates community through urban farming, May 2016

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“The University Lutheran Church (UniLu), at the corner of Bowdoin and Stanford Avenue in Palo Alto, welcomes local students and members of the community to foster volunteering and spiritual development. But it is the garden located at the back of the property that makes this church unique in its mission and day-to-day operations. Last year, Vicar Stu Richardson created Bountiful Churchyards to help churches and nonprofits plant edible gardens across the Bay Area. They hope to make local, healthy food more accessible to those who need it most. Stu Richardson is the church’s executive director and Bountiful Churchyards’ founder. (Jamie Stark/Peninsula Press) “Our vision is to provide a welcoming space for people with limited resources to grow or glean food for themselves and their families within walking distances of where they are living,” Richardson said.”

Read the whole article and watch the video, Bountiful Churchyards cultivates community through urban farming here.

Learn more about Stuart Richardson’s project, Seeding Bountiful Churchyards, here.

Hayu Patria featured on BBC, Indonesia

Hayu Dyah, meneliti tanaman liar untuk makanan sehari-hari, May 2016

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“Dusun Mendira dikenal sebagai dusun miskin, tetapi bagi peneliti tanaman liar Hayu Dyah, desa itu luar biasa kaya. Bersama ibu-ibu, mereka membudidayakan tanaman liar yang bernutrisi untuk makanan sehari-hari. Christine Franciska dan Haryo Wirawan bertemu mereka dan menceritakan kisahnya.”

Read the whole article and watch the video, Hayu Dyah, meneliti tanaman liar untuk makanan sehari-hari here.

Learn more about Hayu Patria’s project, Our Seeds, Our Future, here.

Marie Culver in The Virginian-Pilot

The Virginia PilotHer educational gardens, May 2016

“Gifted resource teacher Marie Culver arrived at Seatack Elementary School in Virginia Beach seven years ago with her mud boots on and her spade in hand.

Before Culver’s first year was over, the Seatack courtyard was recognized as a National Wildlife Federation Certified Wildlife Habitat. That was just the start. Culver has been leading the school community down the green path of caring for the environment ever since.”

Read the whole article, her educational gardens here.

Learn more about Grantee Marie Culver here.

Jaha Dukureh on WABE 90.1

Closer Look: Ending Female Genital Mutilation; And More, May 2016

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“Jaha Dukureh, founder of Safe Hands for Girls, speaks about her work to end female genital mutilation on ”Closer Look.””

Listen the interview, Closer Look: Ending Female Genital Mutilation; And More, here.

Learn more about Jaha Dukureh’s project, Campaign to End Female Genital Mutilation  here.

Lauren Griffiths featured on 4 WWL TV

4WWLTV logoLocal grad students help teach sustainability, healthy cooking choices, May 2016

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“A group of public health graduates is working to help people with chronic illness in a way that doesn’t include the usual medicine — working with them in the kitchen.Graduate students at the LSU School of Public Health had an idea. Take some campus green space for a vegetable garden and teach patients from University Medical Center with chronic health problems how to grow their own food and then create healthful dishes.”Food is medicine,” Jasmine Meyer said. Meyer is an LSUHSC public health student who is graduating with her master’s degree in May.

Read the whole article and watch the video, Local grad students help teach sustainability, healthy cooking choices here.

Learn more about Lauren Griffiths’ project, The Raised Root Student Garden, here.

Aimee Dunkle featured in NBC Los Angeles

Orange County Mom Campaigns for Overdose-Reversal Shot, May 2016

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“Aimee Dunkle will tell her story to anyone who will listen — it’s a story filled with the heartache of a mother who lost her 20-year-old son, Ben, to a heroin overdose.
‘The big thing was the shock that somebody like him could die,’ she said. ‘They just didn’t expect it.’ “

Read the whole article, Orange County Mom Campaigns for Overdose-Reversal Shot here.

Learn more about Aimee Dunkle’s project, The Solace Foundation, here.

Doniece Sandoval in San Francisco State University’s El Tecolote

El TecoloteLava Mae founder recognized for her positive impact, May 2016

“Doniece Sandoval, having seen the conditions of people living on the street, founded Lava Mae, an organization that provides buses retrofitted with showers and bathrooms for the homeless. For her efforts, she was one of six to be recognized at Hispanicize’s Positive Impact Awards, the annual gathering of Latino journalists, tech entrepreneurs and digital content creators.”

“One day I passed a young woman on the street, she was crying that she’d never be clean, and I wondered what her chances were of getting clean,” Sandoval said. “I went home that night and researched and found out that there were 16 showers [for] over 3,500 people living on the streets to use. I just thought that was appalling. This is a first-world country. San Francisco is one of the most affluent cities in the world and we have issues with water and sanitation, which is shocking.”

Read the whole article, Lava Mae founder recognized for her positive impact here.

Learn more about Doniece Sandoval here.

Sitawa Wafula in Ventures Africa

ventures africa42 African Innovators To Watch 2016 Edition, May 2016

“Last year Ventures Africa published 40 African Innovators to Watch and this year, the astounding talent pushed us to feature 42 innovators this time around. 42 African Innovators to Watch seeks to reposition how we consider innovation on the continent and by extension what it means to be an innovator. Each of the individuals we spotlight, share a commitment to something simultaneously infinite, yet quantifiable: change.”

Read the whole article, 42 African Innovators To Watch 2016 Edition here.

Learn more about Sitawa Wafula here.

Doniece Sandoval in the San Francisco Chronicle

San Francisco ChronicleHardworking heroes move faster than City Hall to help homeless, April 2016

“Within view of the mayor’s balcony at City Hall last week was a display of fast-moving, innovative, entrepreneurial work about homelessness. Say what?”

“We’ve told you before about Lava Mae, the nonprofit started less than three years ago to turn decommissioned Muni buses into mobile shower stalls for homeless people. It’s time for another check-in because in that short time, the organization has been copied around the world, has plans to expand to San Jose and Los Angeles, and has launched a Pop-Up Care Village. It was on display for the first time Tuesday next to the Main Library and furthers Lava Mae’s goal of “radical hospitality” for the homeless.”

Read the whole article, Hardworking heroes move faster than City Hall to help homeless here.

Learn more about Doniece Sandoval here.

Lauren Vining in Kentucky’s The Pioneer News

the pioneer newsFreedom teacher takes lessons learned to help show new ways to foreign educators, April 2016

“A local educator, hoping to see all teachers find similar success through shared platforms, ideas and resources, travelled to Africa during Spring Break to kickstart that success.”

“Freedom Elementary instructor Lauren Vining co-founded and established Pink Elephant, a non-profit organization dedicated to educating, mentoring and supporting teachers worldwide, especially in disadvantaged communities.”

“We want to connect all teachers in a global support system,” she said.

Read the whole article, Freedom teacher takes lessons learned to help show new ways to foreign educators here.

Learn more about Lauren Vining here.

Magali Queyranne featured in Peru’s Living in Peru

Greening in Lima, April 2016

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“Lima seems to be the urban version of the Amazonian jungle, with its own biodiversity, the sounds and the dangers, its unpredictability, never sleeping – just without rain. Out of Peru’s thirty million inhabitants, ten million live in the capital. The most touristic and safe district of Lima is Miraflores, where I suggest you to take the guided tour to the pyramid of Huaca Pucllana, a religious center from the 4th century A.D. dedicated to the goddess Mamacocha.”

Read the whole article, Greening in Lima here.

Learn more about Magali Queyranne’s project, Greening in Lima, here.

Hayu Patria featured in Femina, Indonesia

Nissa Wargadipura, Mendekatkan Spiritualitas dan Pertanian, April 2016

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“Saat femina menemuinya, Nisya Saadah Wargadipura (43), salah satu penggagas Pesantren Ekologi At-Thariq, Garut, baru saja kembali dari kursus singkat selama sebulan di The Navdanya Biodeversity Conservation Farm, Earth University, Dehradun, Uttarakhan, India. Ia terpilih sebagai salah satu penerima beasiswa belajar A-Z Agroecology and Organic Food System Course dari Dr. Vandana Shiva, seorang aktivis lingkungan India. Dalam kesempatan yang sama, Nissa juga mengikuti Bhoomi Festival di New Delhi dan The Soil Yatra di Indore dan Nagpur, India.”

Read the whole article and watch the video, Nissa Wargadipura, Mendekatkan Spiritualitas dan Pertanian here.

Learn more about Hayu Patria’s project, Our Seeds, Our Future, here.

Jaha Dukureh in The Guardian

The-Guardian-logoJaha Dukureh: From FGM survivor to Time’s ‘most influential’ list – video, April 2016

“Jaha Dukureh has been named one of the world’s most influential people by Time magazine for her tireless work to end female genital mutilation”

Read the whole article, Jaha Dukureh has been named one of the world’s most influential people by Time magazine for her tireless work to end female genital mutilation here.

Learn more about Jaha Dukureh here.

Jaha Dukureh in Time Magazine

TIMEThe 100 Most Influential People, April 2016

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“Sometimes when a thing is unbearable to imagine, we do the opposite of what we should: we turn away, shielding our hearts and minds in order to preserve our own peace. In speaking out against female genital mutilation, Jaha Dukureh has refused to let horror be silenced. When she was an infant, her external sexual organs were amputated in her native Gambia. Now living in Atlanta, she founded Safe Hands for Girls to fight the practice both internationally and in the U.S., where 500,000 women have been or are at risk of being victimized.”

Read the whole article, The 100 Most Influential People here.

Learn more about Jaha Dukureh, Campaign to End Female Genital Mutilation here.

Kate Franzman in Indianapolis Monthly

Indianapolis monthlyKate Franzman Is Indy’s Beevangelist, April 2016

“Call her a “beevangelist.” Since 2012, urban farmer Kate Franzman has installed hives around town at spots like The Sky Farm at Eskenazi Health, and educated students on the nationwide drop in the bee population through her nonprofit, Bee Public. Now, after winning a grant from SustainIndy, she’s partnering with Earth Charter Indiana to create Save the Bees Indiana, which will include setting up hives in schools and organizing public art shows. Why so much buzz over an insect? Take a look.”

Read the whole article, Kate Franzman Is Indy’s Beevangelist here.

Learn more about Kate Franzman here.

Suzan and Phil Wilmot in Uganda’s Waging Nonviolence

Waging NonviolenceWhat role can external actors play in Uganda’s post-election plunge? April 2016

“In any true democracy, the streets are filled with rejoicing upon a popular candidate’s electoral victory. The majority are excited and satisfied for a new beginning. In Uganda, the only things filling the streets after the February 18 voting day were military machinery and silence. General Yoweri Museveni’s continued stranglehold on his 30 years in power was underway.”

Read the whole article, What role can external actors play in Uganda’s post-election plunge here.

Learn more about Suzan and Phil here.

Natalie Kyriacou in in PRObono Australia

Australia pro bonoHer Green World, April 2016

“Natalie Kyriacou has spent most of her life standing up for society’s voiceless members. The wildlife campaigner is this week’s Changemaker.”

“For Natalie Kyriacou, helping to protect at-risk wildlife around the world means she is spending as much time thinking about humans.”

The wildlife warrior explains her work as ultimately “trying to forge new understandings of humanity’s relationship with nature”.

Read the whole article, Her Green World here.

Learn more about Natalie Kyriacou here.

Jillian Jordan in Natural News

natural newsWhile glyphosate continues to destroy entire populations, here’s something simple you can do to save the bees, April 2016

“(NaturalNews) In the age of glyphosate and neonicotinoids, it can feel like there’s nothing a single person can do to stem the alarming worldwide decline of pollinator populations. Yet, even as grassroots activists and policy makers battle over the larger issues killing pollinators worldwide, ordinary people can take simple actions to boost pollinator numbers in their backyards.”

“One such action is at the heart of a nonprofit called the Great Seed Bomb, which organizes bike rides in which participants seed their surroundings with pollinator-friendly plants. The bike rides also raise money for local conservation groups.”

Read the whole article, While glyphosate continues to destroy entire populations, here’s something simple you can do to save the bees here.

Learn more about Jillian Jordan here.

 

Eileen Jerrett featured on Michigan Radio

Could crowdsourcing be the key to political transformation?, April 2016

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“Iceland is one of those countries that you don’t tend to see in the international spotlight. That changed this week, when the so-called “Panama Papers” were leaked, revealing that a law firm in Panama allegedly set up secret shell companies and offshore accounts to help world power players avoid taxes. Iceland’s prime minister was the first major casualty of the Panama Papers. He stepped aside after the leaks showed he owned an offshore company with his wife. But this isn’t the only political upheaval in recent Icelandic history. Following a financial crisis that all but crippled the country, Icelanders decided it was time to rewrite their constitution. And to do so, they turned to crowdsourcing.”

Read the whole article, Could crowdsourcing be the key to political transformation? here.

Learn more about Eileen Jerrett’s project, Blueberry Soup, here.

Jacob Savage featured in Hoodline

Crisis Response App ‘Concrn’ Recruiting Tenderloin Street Team Volunteers, March 2016

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“For those who live, work and frequent the city’s center, witnessing mental and physical health crises unfold on the street is commonplace. But knowing if or how to respond—call 311? 911? Keep moving and try not to stare?—isn’t always obvious. That’s the need that new smartphone app Concrn hopes to satisfy. With the app, people can report what you’re seeing and where to a civilian response team—”when 911 isn’t the best option,” according to the company’s motto. Once they’re alerted of an issue in the Tenderloin, they’ll send a trained volunteer crisis responder to assess the situation and assist the individual with whatever (nonviolent) issue is going on—whether that’s a physical ailment, mental health or substance abuse problem or help accessing needed services.”

Read the whole article, Crisis Response App ‘Concrn’ Recruiting Tenderloin Street Team Volunteers here.

Learn more about Jacob Savage’s project, Concrn here.

Melissa Madera featured in The Denisonian

The denisonian logoAbortion diary exhibit provides space for women to share stories, March 2016

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“One in three women in the United States will have an abortion by her 45th birthday. Each woman has her own story and Melissa Madera is willing to listen. Madera, a Laura C. Harris Fellow in the Women’s and Gender Studies Program, is the founder of The Abortion Diary podcast online, which inspired her art exhibit, “Artifacts” displayed at the Denison Museum. For her podcast, she travels all over the U.S., and more recently, abroad, and speaks to women who want to share their abortion story. She listens to each woman’s story, records it and posts it online unedited. Listeners hear raw stories from real women who share every emotion and detail about their experience.”

Read the whole article, Abortion diary exhibit provides space for women to share stories here.

Learn more about Melissa Madera’s project, The Abortion Diary here.

Natalie Kyriacou in the Huffington Post

huff-post-h-logoHow A Pair Of Stolen Undies Led To The Development Of A Game Changing Wildlife Conservation App, March 2016

“A game of tug-of-war with an orangutan over a pair of underpants in the jungles of Borneo turned out to be one of the most pivotal moments in Natalie Kyriacou’s life.”

“Not only was it an hilarious encounter that the 28-year-old Melbourne entrepreneur will never forget, it was one that in 2012 prompted her to create My Green World, a social enterprise startup dedicated to the promotion of global conservation and animal welfare issues.”

Read the whole article, How A Pair Of Stolen Undies Led To The Development Of A Game Changing Wildlife Conservation App here.

Learn more about Natalie Kyriacou here.