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Can We End Extreme Poverty?

Can We End Extreme Poverty?

We can address root causes: Due to unfair trade deals and loans, land grabs, tax evasion and corruption by the wealthy nations, the unequal costs of climate change and other injustices, the world’s poorest people and nations subsidize the world’s richest with a net $3...

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International Day of Charity

International Day of Charity

Let’s Celebrate Giving! Today, is the International Day of Charity. We’d like to thank every person who makes our work ending extreme poverty possible. How much do you know why the International Day of Charity is celebrated? September 5th was originally a Hungarian...

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Seeking SEO Volunteers

Seeking SEO Volunteers

Handle SEO for our website so its pages are represented accurately in search engines, presenting information in ways that make it easier to find the organization.

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Seeking CRM volunteers

Seeking CRM volunteers

VolunteerSeeking CRM volunteers Job description Hearts and Minds works to help end extreme global poverty more quickly. Our public education and grassroots advocacy raise support for the most achievable, cost-effective methods. Our new website...

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How much of a difference can one person make?

How much of a difference can one person make?

 - a look at your full potential It's a big world. Life is difficult, sometimes confusing, often frustrating... It can be difficult enough to control our own life, what to speak of making an impact on the world around us. But your potential to make a difference...

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Better Health and Healing – the power of mind and spirit

Better Health and Healing – the power of mind and spirit

Many studies demonstrate that our mind has tremendous influence over our health. It's no secret that placebos - "pills" that look like medicine but don't contain any - often produce results as good or better than standard medications. I'm not advising you to set aside...

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How to be Relaxed – anywhere and anytime

How to be Relaxed – anywhere and anytime

The cost of stress Stress ages us. It weakens our immune system, making us more susceptible to illnesses. Stress is also linked to heart attacks, ulcers, muscle and tendon injuries and just about everything else that ails us. A growing problem Modern life is...

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Empowering Quotes from the Secret

Empowering Quotes from the Secret

These will give you an idea of how The Secret works. This will help you to begin applying the power of positive thinking and achieve more of value in your life: We all work with one infinite power. The secret is the law of attraction. Whatever is going on in your mind...

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Revolutionary Road – a great, thought-provoking film

Revolutionary Road – a great, thought-provoking film

I think it's one of the greatest film ever made. It’s about a passionate, young married couple in the mid-1950s and how they deal with their relationship, their shifting desires, pressures to conform or break free and feel fully alive. This film really moved me, like...

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An Empowering Way to See Poverty

An Empowering Way to See Poverty

In the Dark I used to walk around with blinders on. I knew poverty existed, but I didn’t let myself fully see it. To me, it was a problem that existed in the mythical “Over There,” a faraway place that I would only see on infomercials. And it happened to others who I...

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Brazilian Feijoada Feast

Brazilian Feijoada Feast

Hearts & Minds is serving a very special Brazilian Feijoada fundraising dinner this Saturday, March 21. Since the home location, food, and cooking are donations, all contributions will go to our End Poverty Campaign. What’s for dinner? A feijoada is a hearty stew...

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The Delicate Task of Asking People to Give More

The Delicate Task of Asking People to Give More

All of us benefit when people give more, often most of all the giver. But it's not always easy to ask. Unless handled with care, it can even be harmful to ask a generous person to give more. I think Hearts & Minds should not hesitate to tell the wealthy nations of...

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How Much Should People Give?

How Much Should People Give?

There are many generous people out there. And yet very serious problems continue to threaten all of us. We face global survival issues: poverty, the environment and terrorism. With the lives of billions of people in the balance, quite possibly including our own, we...

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How to Get More out of Your Life

How to Get More out of Your Life

A surprise topic? Is it something really special... or am I just having trouble thinking of a topic? Hint: It may be one of the most surprising things you, too, are learning about life. Hmm, that was a tall offer, do I really have anything to back it up? Actually, I...

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Movements that Start Small Can Change the World

Movements that Start Small Can Change the World

Movements that start small can change the world. This is shown in the recent film, Amazing Grace. It's about Henry William Wilberforce who in 1787 began working as a leader in the anti-slavery movement. At first no one came to his meetings. Finally a few people...

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How We See You as More than You Already Are

How We See You as More than You Already Are

If you're like most people, chances are good that you don't fully realize your potential to change the world. Big problems like global poverty, terrorism and the environment may seem abstract and out of reach. "What difference can one person really make?" you may ask....

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End Poverty Campaign Update

End Poverty Campaign Update

Our campaign to end global poverty is growing. We're particularly active in New York City and Chicago. Now we're establishing contacts in other cities and hope to soon have local chapters nationwide. Our goal is to educate the public and raise support for programs...

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The Idealism of Youth vs. the Cold Realities of Growing Up

The Idealism of Youth vs. the Cold Realities of Growing Up

Growing up in the 60s and 70s, I remember how much I cared about the way the world was going. I was really angry with the shortsighted selfishness and conformity of those in power. I wanted to change the whole world. So did many other young people I knew... Now many...

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Thoughts from China to Walmart

Thoughts from China to Walmart

I love China, its people, culture, history, language and countryside. Parts of China are very beautiful. Near Guilin in southern China, rows of limestone crags look like an ancient ink painting, exquisitely fading into mist… Actually, nowadays it’s more pollution …...

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How to Stay Inspired

How to Stay Inspired

Our Ending Poverty Campaign asks for a huge shift in how entire nations see and do things. It's not surprising that most people are not going to instantly agree with us, even though I think what we're asking for is only fair and common sense... Many widely accepted...

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Update on Our Campaign to End Extreme Poverty

We can't change the whole world in a day, but we can make good progress every day. For ten years we've built a website filled with very effective ways you can Help Yourself and Others. Over five million people have downloaded over 20 million articles from our website....

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Global Survival: New Thinking at Hearts & Minds

Global Survival: New Thinking at Hearts & Minds

Hearts & Minds' Global Survival CampaignSMtakes on some very big issues - Poverty, Terrorism, and the Environment. That's plenty. But as we grow, we can address all three more and more effectively on an ever larger scale. To start we're heavily focused on helping...

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Anger’s Upside Downside

Tuesday, December 12, 2006 Anger's Upside Downside Are there any "bad" emotions? Anyone can get angry, especially when facing big frustrations Anger, resentment, hatred, sadness, frustration... They're an unavoidable part of life. I think it's important to allow...

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My Volunteer Experience

My Volunteer Experience

By Janet Lee, Interned at Hearts and Minds in 1999 I've been working at Hearts and Minds for a month and I've already learned a lot. When I found out about internship positions available here, I was really excited. I'm a student at the Wharton School of Business...

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How You Can Help Make History

You can help change the course of history. Yes, you. When you think about it, history is really the sum total of what individual people do. You're one of those people. And with modern communications, including this Hearts & Minds website, you can reach people all...

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Some Lessons from History

It's amazing how much things have changed in the last 100 years. It's also very interesting how similar some things are. About a hundred years ago, a few miles from where I sit, New York City's Lower East Side was as impoverished and crowded as many cities in Latin...

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Thanksgiving Thoughts

We Americans and people in all the more developed nations have plenty to be thankful for. Most of us enjoy a higher standard of living with a longer life expectancy than ever before in history. In many ways, we're much better off than kings just a hundred years ago....

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How You Benefit from Helping Others

Helping people can make your life much better, too - in many ways. This includes a beautiful sense of meaning and fulfillment. Whether we realize it or not, deep down we humans crave a connection with something much larger than ourselves. Our families and local...

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Social Justice is our Best Defense

The USA has the world's largest military budget - by far. But this alone cannot protect us. We need to be concerned how likely it is for people around the world to want to help defend or kill us. The military budget is starting to bankrupt the country. It's got so...

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The Limits and Great Potential of Human Nature

We humans evolved in a very different time and place. Many of our now problematic behaviors had great survival value for small tribes on the wild plains of Africa. A week ahead of Halloween, my short piece on the Dark Side of Human Nature offers some scary specifics....

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A Big Paradigm Shift: How the Impossible Becomes Accepted

Our world needs a major paradigm shift. A paradigm is a shared way of seeing things. Based on this, entire civilizations make assumptions about the limits of change. Slavery was accepted as part of God's plan. Many considered it a fine way to get rich. Slavers could...

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It’s bad luck to be superstitious 🙂

Friday the 13th Part I, October 2006 It's bad luck to be superstitious 🙂 Since it's Friday the 13th, I wanted to get this thought out there: I feel strongly we have a major role creating our own luck and even our world. And though we can't always choose what comes...

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A Method to Our Madness

How can an all-volunteer organization spending about a thousand bucks a month ($1000) have the nerve to propose ending hunger and poverty... worldwide? We also advocate bringing total, global greenhouse emissions to under 50% of 2006 levels... while protecting...

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How Hearts & Minds Began

9:35 pm Tuesday October 10, 2006 How Hearts & Minds began - prologue to a potentially perspicacious and quite possibly most powerful proposal (We Can Change the World) I did the following doodle while waiting for pancakes with my friend, Stephen Weinberg, at an April...

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How Much Change Do We Want?

Ben, Steve, Andre and I, all Hearts & Minds volunteers, met last night. We talked about where we're going with our new Global Survival CampaignSM and how best to get there. We’re adding to the platform of global changes we want to see. Our first question is: How much...

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Something Big: Crisis and Opportunity

We’re onto something really big here at Hearts & Minds, even if we don't yet have the funds to fully achieve one of our main goals. We want to empower everyone, everywhere to realize: You Can Change the World Our Global Survival Campaign offers you very specific ways...

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Easy, effective actions you can do right now!

11 am Thursday September 28, 2006 Over the last few days, while also working on our new, growing Global Survival Campaign, I've traded e-mails with a writer whose ideas for positive changes are an inspiration to me. He has plenty of value to offer, and I was excited...

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Welcome

Welcome

From our president, Bill Blackman: In this blog we're sharing personal thoughts on how you can have a more beautiful life. We'll also update you on Hearts and Minds, the End Poverty Campaign℠ and how you can help change the world. There will be an additional focus in...

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