This artist creates stunning henna crowns for chemotherapy patients

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Good deeds can be as beautiful in execution as they are in intention.

Seattle-based henna company Sarahenna offers their stunning body art to customers for a myriad of occasions. From bridal looks to adorned pregnant bellies, the company is committed to making their clients feel beautiful. 

Beyond the typical duties of a henna studio, Sarahenna is dedicated to helping others who may really be in need of a confidence boost — offering complimentary “henna crowns” to women who have experienced hair loss due to chemotherapy.

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Creating opportunity and excitement for STEM careers

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The impact that technology has on our lives is incredible — it has changed the way we communicate, has created improvements in our health and has revolutionized the way we understand and interpret our world.   

As opportunities in the fields of science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) continue to grow, so do the possibilities. In fact, a recent analysis of 26 million job postings found that nearly half of all the jobs in the top quartile in pay require some coding knowledge or skills. That number will only grow larger in the years to come. By 2018, 51 percent of all STEM jobs are projected to be in a CS-related field.     Read more…

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Images of pure joy as people celebrate at Standing Rock

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A sense of victory swept through the camp of #NoDAPL protesters late Sunday and Monday.

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers said it wouldn’t grant an easement needed to finish the the $3.7 billion Dakota Access Pipeline near the Standing Rock Sioux reservation.

While the jubilation might be short-lived with President-elect Donald Trump waiting in the wings, for now, the mood at the camps in North Dakota is festive. 

Celebrations at Oceti Sakowin commence, you can hear the cheers of people all over#NoDAPL

— Lakota Law Project (@lakotalaw) December 4, 2016 Read more…

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How to have a sustainable holiday season and help make the world a better place

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The planet needs our help.   

According to the United Nations, less than 3 percent of the Earth’s water is drinkable, one in nine people in the world today are undernourished and some 103 million youth worldwide lack basic literacy skills.   

But by doing our part and starting at home, we can all make a difference. From deep economic chasms and climate volatility to increased needs in the fields of health, food systems and more, making positive changes to help create a better world is more important than ever.   

During the busy holiday season, it can be all too easy to get caught up in the hustle and forget what’s really important.     Read more…

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The 7 most impressive social good innovations from November

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Innovation is necessary in the fight toward social progress. Socially conscious inventions have a crucial impact on the world at large, but they often make the biggest difference for vulnerable communities.

For people facing inequality around the globe — like those living in poverty — these innovations can be game-changers, helping to tackle problems that directly threaten their survival.

Though certainly not an exhaustive list, these seven inventions made a difference for low-income communities in November, challenging inequality in innovative ways. Read more…

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These alternative Christmas cards will stop you in your tracks

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LONDON — As Christmas draws nearer, Christmas cards are beginning to land on doormats up and down the country.

One charity has created a series of alternative Christmas cards to remind people of the 2016 events that forced millions of people from their homes. 

International humanitarian medical charity Doctors of the World launched its arresting collection of Christmas cards, which paint a more sombre picture than the usual nativity and festive scenes emblazoned on our cards. 

Image: Doctors of the World

The card designs feature vintage biblical nativity scenes mixed with modern-day photos of conflict zones in the Middle East.  Read more…

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This is what it looks like when LGBTQ teens tell their own stories

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Young love is difficult for any teen to navigate, from decoding flirty texts to stealing kisses in high school hallways.

For queer youth, however, these universal hesitations and anxieties also come with the stigma of LGBTQ identity. Not only do queer teens have to worry about teachers scolding them for PDA, but they also fear judgment and ridicule from peers who may not accept their sexuality. 

A new video powerfully depicts what it’s like to be an LGBTQ teen finding new love — and why we need to empower at-risk teens to tell their own stories, and challenge media representation of queer lives. Read more…

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Giving Tuesday is here, and it’s time to make a difference

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The holiday season is in full swing and after a long weekend of shopping and searching for deals, we shift gears to Giving Tuesday – a day for charitable donations and giving back.

Whatever form your good acts take, it’s important to remember that the spirit of the season isn’t in materialism, but in making the lives of others a bit brighter. 

The good folks at eBay found that nearly three-quarters of Americans are more excited to give someone a gift if it benefits a charity.* That’s why, through the Giving Tuesday Charity Shop and Gifts that Give Back, eBay is delivering the widest selection of gifts that support nonprofit organizations as well as a new way to give in-kind donations. Read more…

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7 extremely useful sites and apps to help you organize in Trump’s America

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It’s been less than a month since President-elect Donald Trump’s victory, and everywhere you look, people are struggling to organize.

You can see a lot of it happening on our favorite social platforms. On Facebook, it comes in the form of repetitive pleas to “Call your legislator!” On Twitter, people retweet every 140-character nugget of pseudo-profundity they can find.

It can be confusing to know what to do when so much of our democracy is at stake, but a few new sites and apps (and even a couple of old ones) can help activists and concerned Americans pave a manageable path forward. Read more…

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Homelessness survivor tweets journey from sleeping rough to writing books

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LONDON — A survivor of homelessness has shared his journey from sleeping rough in a park in London to finding success as an author.

Craig Stone on Twitter recounted the series of events that caused him to lose his home, his subsequent experiences of being homeless and how he eventually found permanent housing. 

1/ I’m going to tell a story about how I went from living in a park with a fat beard, to being an author. Here goes…

— craig stone (@craigstone_) November 24, 2016

Stone set off his series of tweets with an explanation of the events which transpired shortly before he became homeless. He says he was almost 30 years old, working in the city and was “skint”, single and suffering from depression.  Read more…

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