August 15, 2014

However Long The Night: How One Woman Is Changing Culture

By |August 15th, 2014|Categories: Social Innovation|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , |

This week, I’ve been reading a powerful book called However Long The Night by Aimee Molloy. The book shares the story of Molly Melching, a woman you have probably never heard of, whose work is dramatically affecting the lives of millions of African girls. Melching has received numerous awards for her work in empowering African communities through education and training in proper health practices and entrepreneurship. Most importantly, Melching’s organization, Tostan, has done something no other organization has been able to do before: helping to bring an end to the practice of female genital cutting (FGC). FGC is a 2,000 [...]

Do People Like Me Do Something Like This?

By |August 1st, 2014|Categories: Vanguard Movement|Tags: , , , , , , , , , , |

Whether we realize it or not, we are constantly using this question as a lens to evaluate the world we live in. Everything from products to social movements rises and falls on this question. Do people like me use this? Do people like me go there? What do people like me believe about this idea? We may not want to admit it, but subconsciously, we like to flow with the herd. It makes life easier. A filter helps when I am being bombarded with choices. There's also a security in knowing that my friends, or the people I want to [...]

July 11, 2014

Fat Or Fight: It’s Time To Choose

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I have had a problem with obesity for most of my life, although I didn’t know it. Since I was nine years old, I have been consuming a lot. I consume when I feel bad about myself and when I am worried about my family. I also consume simply because it feels good.  I've tried to do something about it, but just when I get moving, something seems to happen that gets my focus back on consuming. I didn’t think I had a problem. I didn’t notice it was happening.  Until, one day…I looked in the mirror and I didn’t [...]