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In-deed! July 30, 2010

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Hey! Young people! Start an organization. . .now! Start with Ashoka’s Youth Venture:

In-deed! July 23, 2010

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Jean Carter-Hill

Check out Jean’s organization Imagine Englewood If.

Who is a leader in your community making progressive change? How about planning an appreciation event recognizing their efforts? You can use a community center in your area, gather community folks and contact your local media to celebrate those who commit to and act on change.

In-deed! July 9, 2010

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Keeping It Local

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When you receive change after making a purchase at your local grocery store, boutique or restaurant, ever wonder where that money has been? Ever where your dollar goes?

These are questions that have only entered my mind just a few years ago when I was making my transition from being an Oakland, CA resident to a Berkeley, CA resident. In researching the answers to these questions and what it means to buy local, I discovered why it is so vital for us, no matter where we are in the world, to spend our money locally as much as possible. Here are some great reasons why it’s super cool to “make it rain” in your city (not just Berkeley, CA):

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1. It keeps dollars in your local economy.

2. It creates local jobs.

3. It helps the environment (who would of thought!).

4. It nurtures your community.

5. It conserves tax dollars.

6. It creates more choices to you, the consumer.

7. It invests in entrepreneurship.

8. It makes your city a destination.

Intrigued? The next time you think about pulling out those dollars, try keeping it local.

It keeps dollars in our economy

In-deed! April 9, 2010

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Our Elders

I absolutely LOVE elders. They have so much to teach and so much to share. Two of our most valuable sources of wisdom (Common Sense): children and elders, yet they are outrageously devalued and neglected in our society. The time to reconnect is severly past due.

Don’t have a senior in your life? Check out the West Oakland Senior Center or visit your city’s official website for centers in your area.

In-deed! March 19, 2010

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Taproot Foundation

The Taproot Foundation is a great organization that I found out about in college. Do you have a skill in marketing, graphic design, HR, IT, or business and strategy management? Then this is an opportunity for you to go pro bono. Taproot seeks professionals across the country to provide access to professional services for non-profits across the country.

In-deed! March 12, 2010

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Whew! Five up, four to go. Well folks, you can now purchase the first five out of nine posters for $9 a piece here! The remaining will go up for purchase on Monday. Remember, proceeds from this series benefits each of the organizations listed here. Can’t quite recall my purpose? Refresh your memory on My Mission here. Can’t forget to give major big-ups to MOJA MA’AT!!!!! He is the wonderful photographer for the poster series and I couldn’t have done this without him. Check him out here.

So folks, go ahead, purchase a poster, heck, purchase the whole series! Spread the word and let the movement move!

Warmly,
Oluwakemi

In-deed! March 5, 2010

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Niroga Institute

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An organization that provides a training program for people of color to teach yoga in their communities. Scholarships of various levels are offered for the program and any balance cost for training can be paid off in teaching within selected programs by the institute. A great way to give to yourself and give to others. Click here for more details and to obtain an application for the program.

In-deed! February 26, 2010

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Photo from B.L.I.P. 2010

Hey ya’ll it’s Black history month.  .  . yeah, I know, a whole group of people relegated to one month and yeah, I know, every month should be Black history month. But why not take this opportunity to start celebrating Black people all around the world? You know you want to. Here’s an idea, if you are in the Bay Area this Sunday, February 28 and are available between 12noon and 1pm, check out the Intimacy Project’s annual Black Love event:

HOW will I find out WHERE the gathering is?
RSVP through Facebook or join The Intimacy Project on Twitter to receive the exact location the night before.
It will be in a VERY CENTRAL location in San Francisco, accessible to public transportation but we have to keep this info under wraps until closer to the actual time so that we do not draw the attention of city officials.

I won’t be able to make it, will there be OTHERS?
Yes. But annually.
Plenty of time for you to save up all the love you receive over 365 days and pay it forward.

Is this one big MAKE OUT session?
You can make out if you like, but please… no “indecent exposure”.
Remember that there are many ways of showing affection – HUGS, KISSES, CUDDLES, EMBRACES.
Be creative.

I heard something about FREE CHOCOLATE, is that true?
You’ll have to come and see for yourself.

If you will not be in the Bay on Sunday, just do what many Black folks have done for years – DIY it! Come together with family and friends at your local park, street corner, cafe, wherever, and show some love!

In-deed! February 19, 2010

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Aid to Artisans

A great organization that I will be working with in the near future (will reveal in the coming weeks) that works with artisans around the world to sustain a humane, fair and fruitful living.

Aid to Artisans encourages people with various expertise (i.e. economic development, business management, research, graphic design, etc.) to volunteer in aiding artisans in key aspects of sustaining their economic well being. Click here for more information.

In-deed! February 12, 2010

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Fair Trade Travel

My international volunteer post led me to thinking about alternative ways to travel. It’s certainly fun to lay on a sunny beach and eat great food from the tropics but in case you want to do a bit more the Fair Trade Federation has great options.

Another Land Tours

MayaWorks