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Lifting Millions of People Out of Poverty

KickStart image Have you heard of the social enterprise KickStart? It develops affordable technologies for small African businesses. It states its accomplishments in this way: “Since 1991, 160,000 successful new businesses have been started in Africa using our tools. Today more … Continue reading

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Literacy First with First Book

What’s the best way to improve literacy? Access to books! And that is what First Book does. First Book is a social enterprise that provides books to low-income school systems. Since it was founded in 1992, the non-profit organization has distributed more than … Continue reading

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Habitat for Humanity

Many, many people have heard about Habitat for Humanity. But what they do is worth repeating. In its own words, “Habitat for Humanity International builds, rehabilitates and repairs simple, decent houses with the help of homeowner families, volunteer labor, and … Continue reading

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Good From Caring and Feeling Cared For

Placebos are getting a fair amount of press lately. Yes, those “fake” remedies called “inert medications” that seem to be real treatments but aren’t are being talked about quite a bit. Recently, among others, health economist  Austin Frakt wrote about them … Continue reading

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“Turning Everyday Struggles into Everyday Greatness”

Now here’s an accomplishment: it’s the story of a blind “adventurer” named Erik Weihenmayer, who has done amazing things including reaching the top of Mount Everest and the world’s other highest mountains. When you log on to Erik’s website, you … Continue reading