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Join the #MiracleMarathon to Support @CMNHospitals this September!

The Miracle Marathon is a 27-day virtual fundraising campaign in which participants run/walk (or achieve forward motion of any kind!) one mile per day at their leisure. The first 26 days are completed at your own pace—wherever and whenever you want. On Day 27, the final 1.2 miles will be started as a group at 2:27 pm EST.

Get it? It’s a marathon, plus a mile, for the kids! And it’s perfect for those of us who like the idea of completing a marathon but would rather not complete all those grueling miles at once. (Who’s with me?)

Read more about the #MiracleMarathon and how you can join my team, Maine Miracles, create your own, or just support the campaign and the kids who benefit from it

The case for making an improved wellbeing a global priority (via @HuffPoLifestyle)

What then should be the world’s development goals for the coming years? Making wellbeing our global priority would surely underpin, rather than undermine, existing sustainable development aims. It would also provide a consistent means to track how successful countries are in delivering improvements in people’s quality of life. The reason that existing goals like universal education, gender equality, maternal health and sustainability matter so much is because they are all fundamental to human wellbeing.

Wellbeing isn’t some luxury for the privileged few, it’s the thing all of us want most for ourselves and the people we care about - whether in a field in Angola or an office in London. It should be at the heart of every discussion of local, national or global priorities.

Read the full article on HuffPost Lifestyle UK

Geeking out on global development and @PSIimpact

I recently had the honor of visiting a scorching hot Washington, DC, to spend the day at PSI’s headquarters. Though it’s hard to leave Maine in the summer, I was elated to win their contest, which invited global citizens to enter for the opportunity to explore the “leading-edge thinking for doing international development differently” with PSI experts.

My day was jam-packed with meetings and presentations with several members of PSI’s staff. I also had the opportunity to visit the USAID office for a presentation on PSI’s family planning programs in Madagascar. I have to admit, it was fun to geek out on global development for the day.

I was familiar with PSI, but I found out quickly that my knowledge of PSI barely scratched the surface of the work they do worldwide.

Here are 5 highlights, which were also somewhat surprising to me, during my visit:

Read the full post on the PSI Impact blog

Taboo Busting and Raising a Maxi-Pad Princess

When asked the proverbial cocktail-party question: “What do you do?” I have no qualms to launch right into it with gusto.” I work for SHE, a social enterprise that develops innovative products to drive social and economic change. Right now through our SHE28 initiative, we are making menstrual pads out of banana stem fibers in Rwanda.” On queue, I get that wide-eyed look that reads as “Really?” but I continue to plow through and keep explaining SHE’s work like a farmer in his field with a thunderstorm on the horizon. And then, as if magic, we are openly and comfortably discussing menstrual pads and why girls and women around the world lack access to affordable pads keeping them from participating in school and work to their full potential. And, most often than not, I get “Wow! I had no idea. That’s fascinating!”

Read the full post from cece camacho on Medium

Become a sponsored athlete and earn money for a cause with @CharityMiles

Charity Miles is a free iPhone/Android social good fitness app that allows you to become a sponsored athlete and earn money for a cause. All you have to do is download the app, choose a charity to support, press “start” and then go on your run, walk or bike ride as usual.

The app tracks your distance and money earned. Bikers earn 10¢ a mile and walkers and runners earn 25¢ a mile. When you are done exercising, you accept your sponsorship, spread the word via social media and Charity Miles sends you a note confirming your “good work.”

Great excuse / inspiration to get out and get moving, right?

Read the full post on anotherjennifer.com

O is for Opportunity

As the wife of the owner of a top winery in Washington, DeLille Cellars, Stacy observed how charities would often ask for donations of wine. She would also throw client appreciation events with high end wines in the corporate world. She came up with the idea of creating a wine that gave back to the community. But she didn’t want it to be just another label at her husband’s winery that donated proceeds to charity. She wanted to create her own brand.

Read more about O Wines on anotherjennifer.com

Do you know how your clothes were made? (via @raisinghumans)

I’m starting to realize that doing good starts with the way we choose to live here. It doesn’t have to be as big as a big ‘ol plane ticket and shocking my body into near meltdown on an 8-hour long flight. It can be as big as intentionally selecting the coffee that we brew, the fruit that we buy, the threads we choose to curl up in. It can be as big as reading and learning what fair trade really means. And exploring whether or not the products that float in and out of our cozy little world are sustainable. Whether the people whose fingers wove that fabric were treated and paid fairly for their art.

Read the full post on Raising Humans

Pioneers for Change

Pioneers for Change is a 6-month fellowship that will kick off in November with a 2-day residential in London followed by 6 months of individual, virtual executive coaching and mentoring. The highly interactive program combines the latest thinking, dynamic dialogue, and storytelling from renowned expert contributors. The small cohort of selected fellows will gain new perspective; a network of brilliant, like-minded people; tangible tools; and insight from international leaders on the forefront of their fields. In essence, Pioneers for Change will act as a catalyst for change, by inspiring and empowering those who want to do more than just write a check, to help address the greatest issues of our time.

Read the full article on anotherjennifer.com