One act at a time https://blog.billionacts.org Inspiration starts here Thu, 08 Feb 2018 20:56:30 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.9.2 107178145 We invite you to nominate yourself, or your favorite Business, Nonprofit, School, Youth or Community Act between now and March 25th to be considered for a 2018 Hero Award. https://blog.billionacts.org/2018/02/invite-nominate-favorite-business-nonprofit-school-youth-community-act-now-march-25th-considered-2018-hero-award/ https://blog.billionacts.org/2018/02/invite-nominate-favorite-business-nonprofit-school-youth-community-act-now-march-25th-considered-2018-hero-award/#respond Thu, 01 Feb 2018 20:51:17 +0000 https://blog.billionacts.org/?p=15634 The post We invite you to nominate yourself, or your favorite Business, Nonprofit, School, Youth or Community Act between now and March 25th to be considered for a 2018 Hero Award. appeared first on One act at a time.

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Female groundbreakers of 2017 https://blog.billionacts.org/2018/01/female-groundbreakers-2017/ https://blog.billionacts.org/2018/01/female-groundbreakers-2017/#respond Tue, 02 Jan 2018 01:03:39 +0000 https://blog.billionacts.org/?p=15194   The Independent picks the 20 names whose strides in their fields challenged preconceptions and stereotypes and provided inspiration   We have more female politicians on the world stage than ever before, from the UK to Germany and New Zealand. Countries are starting to tackle period poverty and abolish the tampon tax. A teenager in Mexico invented a bra that could detect breast cancer. Real and significant steps have been taken in the fight against female genital mutilation. The highest-paid boss in the UK is actually a woman. The vaginal mesh health scandal is finally getting the attention it deserves. And […]

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The Independent picks the 20 names whose strides in their fields challenged preconceptions and stereotypes and provided inspiration

 

We have more female politicians on the world stage than ever before, from the UK to Germany and New Zealand. Countries are starting to tackle period poverty and abolish the tampon tax. A teenager in Mexico invented a bra that could detect breast cancer. Real and significant steps have been taken in the fight against female genital mutilation. The highest-paid boss in the UK is actually a woman. The vaginal mesh health scandal is finally getting the attention it deserves.

And in the wake of the Harvey Weinstein scandal and the viral #MeToo campaign, we’ve seen an explosion of reckoning – and recognition – of endemic sexual assault and harassment in all kinds of industries. A tangible cultural shift has occurred, as more women feel empowered to speak out against gender violence and more men gain a better appreciation of channels of power and female oppression.

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A Year In Review https://blog.billionacts.org/2017/12/a-year-in-review/ https://blog.billionacts.org/2017/12/a-year-in-review/#respond Fri, 15 Dec 2017 19:03:24 +0000 https://blog.billionacts.org/?p=15134 With your help, 2017 was an incredible success! In 2017, PeaceJam increased its global impact of peace. We hosted over 15 conferences internationally, including our first ever conference in Liberia during their elections allowing PeaceJam to play a role in the country’s peaceful transfer of power. All of this was made possible through the generosity of people like you who have been integral to our mission and so, we thank you. Please consider supporting our upcoming 2018 initiatives. Over 34 Million Acts of Peace The Billion Acts of Peace campaign reached a milestone of 34.7 million acts of peace committed in over 145 countries, and launched a new tool allowing students and adults the ability to create a portfolio of […]

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With your help, 2017 was an incredible success!


In 2017, PeaceJam increased its global impact of peace. We hosted over 15 conferences internationally, including our first ever conference in Liberia during their elections allowing PeaceJam to play a role in the country’s peaceful transfer of power. All of this was made possible through the generosity of people like you who have been integral to our mission and so, we thank you. Please consider supporting our upcoming 2018 initiatives.

Over 34 Million Acts of Peace


The Billion Acts of Peace campaign reached a milestone of 34.7 million acts of peace committed in over 145 countries, and launched a new tool allowing students and adults the ability to create a portfolio of their service work that can be easily shared with colleges and prospective employers. Lets end 2017 on a high note by Creating 1000 Acts of Peace by Dec 31st!
All of this was made possible through the generosity of people like you who have been integral to our mission and so, we thank you. Please consider supporting our upcoming 2018 initiatives.

 Two new laureates joined our board!


Kailash Satyarthi 2017


More About PeaceJam


For over 20 years, PeaceJam has been creating young leaders committed to positive change in themselves, their communities, and the world through a year-long, ongoing educational program for youth ages 5-25. PeaceJam is the only organization in the world with 14 Nobel Peace Laureates working together long-term for a common cause – the leadership development of our youth.
Since our inception, more than 1.2 million young people worldwide have participated, 330 Youth Conferences have connected youth worldwide with Nobel Peace Laureates, and nearly 2.5 million community service projects were developed by PeaceJam participants. And we see the impact every day – participants in PeaceJam programs make significant gains in academics, show increased engagement at school and in the community, and incidents of violence decrease where PeaceJam programs are implemented.

Your Donations Will Be Matched!


Nobel Laureate Jody Williams with our PeaceJam Juniors in Denver, CO

Nobel Laureate Jody Williams with our PeaceJam Juniors in Denver, CO

As we close the door on 2017, we ask for your continued help – help to inspire, educate and encourage action around the world. Please consider making a donation of $50, $100, or $250 to support the important work of the PeaceJam Foundation, the Nobel Legacy Film Series, and our Billion Acts Campaign. A PeaceJam donor has volunteered to match each donation, up to $5,000, through the end of the year, so we encourage you to make your gift today. Together, with your help, we are unstoppable.

 

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1000 Acts of Peace in December https://blog.billionacts.org/2017/12/1000-acts-peace-december/ https://blog.billionacts.org/2017/12/1000-acts-peace-december/#respond Fri, 01 Dec 2017 22:15:58 +0000 https://blog.billionacts.org/?p=14934 Lets create 1000 Acts of Peace before the end of 2017! Add your Act Today! Some ideas of things you can do: Loan your money to third-world entrepreneurs through a website like Kiva. Ninety-nine percent of these loans are paid back, and you can truly change the lives of the families who receive the loans. Discover where to donate everything in your home, from books and electronics to clothes and sporting equipment. This website helps you target opportunities for kids and families to do good together. The Joy of Sox is a wonderful organization that provides new pairs of socks to homeless people. New […]

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Lets create 1000 Acts of Peace before the end of 2017!

Add your Act Today!

Some ideas of things you can do:

  1. Loan your money to third-world entrepreneurs through a website like Kiva. Ninety-nine percent of these loans are paid back, and you can truly change the lives of the families who receive the loans.
  2. Discover where to donate everything in your home, from books and electronics to clothes and sporting equipment.
  3. This website helps you target opportunities for kids and families to do good together.
  4. The Joy of Sox is a wonderful organization that provides new pairs of socks to homeless people. New socks are apparently the number one item needed, and people rarely donate them.
  5. Stand Up 2 Cancer is an amazing initiative developed to help accelerate innovative cancer research and work toward finding cures.
  6. If you and your family love to take on art and DIY projects, consider creating handmade cards for sick kids in hospitals all across America.
  7. Know you want to do some good, but don’t have any clue where to start? Volunteer Match can help you find opportunities in your area that will work with your schedule and passion.
  8. Another wonderful family activity over the holiday would be to volunteer for Habitat for Humanity. They are building homes all across the country with the hope that everyone has a decent place to live. They also accommodate group volunteering, so you could really get your whole extended family involved.

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4 Ways to Do Good Over the Holidays https://blog.billionacts.org/2017/11/4-ways-good-holidays/ https://blog.billionacts.org/2017/11/4-ways-good-holidays/#respond Wed, 15 Nov 2017 19:18:36 +0000 https://blog.billionacts.org/?p=14904 1: Teach Your Kids the Importance of Giving Teach your kids the importance of giving this holiday season.  Provide them with a pre-determined amount of money, and challenge them to find an organization or individual in need to support. Visit Billion Acts or a site like Charity Navigator to find organizations doing great work worldwide. 2: Use Amazon Smile Sign up with Amazon Smile and choose a charity of your choice that will benefit each time you make a purchase on Amazon. Be sure to use the smile.amazon.com URL instead of amazon.com. This is an easy way to support your favorite charity, and you can choose a new organization […]

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1: Teach Your Kids the Importance of Giving

Teach your kids the importance of giving this holiday season.  Provide them with a pre-determined amount of money, and challenge them to find an organization or individual in need to support. Visit Billion Acts or a site like Charity Navigator to find organizations doing great work worldwide.

2: Use Amazon Smile

Sign up with Amazon Smile and choose a charity of your choice that will benefit each time you make a purchase on Amazon. Be sure to use the smile.amazon.com URL instead of amazon.com. This is an easy way to support your favorite charity, and you can choose a new organization at the end of each year to spread the love around.

3: Stock Up on Gift Cards

Stock up on $5 or $10 gift cards (Amazon, American Express or Target, for example), and hand them out to people that you interact with often: a bank teller; a cashier at the supermarket you frequent; your favorite barista. Passing along a gift card with a simple “Happy Holidays!” wish will almost always bring a smile to someone’s face and inspire them to pay it forward.

4: Recurring Monthly Donations

A new survey shows that 69 percent of Americans would skip exchanging gifts if their family and friends agreed to it. As you plan your gift list for the holidays, consider donations instead of actual presents. For a special gift for someone (or for yourself) set up a recurring monthly donation for the organizations you most want to support – like BillionActs. Even a recurring $5 donation can make a huge difference.

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Students respond to rise in suicides by going offline https://blog.billionacts.org/2017/11/students-respond-rise-suicides-going-offline/ https://blog.billionacts.org/2017/11/students-respond-rise-suicides-going-offline/#respond Wed, 01 Nov 2017 20:44:55 +0000 https://blog.billionacts.org/?p=15003 Offline October After several years of rising suicide rates and news of two teen suicides in two days, a group of Colorado high school students took action and inspired their peers to take a break from social media for a month.   Offline October: Littleton students organize social media blackout after teen suicides After several planning sessions, they launched OfflineOctober.com and urged friends to delete four specific apps – Snapchat, Instagram, Facebook and Twitter – from their phones for a month. The goal, Kurowski explained, was to stop “hiding behind screens. … We wanted to try spending more time face […]

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Offline October

After several years of rising suicide rates and news of two teen suicides in two days, a group of Colorado high school students took action and inspired their peers to take a break from social media for a month.

 

Offline October: Littleton students organize social media blackout after teen suicides

After several planning sessions, they launched OfflineOctober.com and urged friends to delete four specific apps – Snapchat, Instagram, Facebook and Twitter – from their phones for a month. The goal, Kurowski explained, was to stop “hiding behind screens. … We wanted to try spending more time face to face, instead of just looking at phones.”

Listen to their Interview here on how taking a month off from social media proved to be a great thing.

 

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We can all make a difference https://blog.billionacts.org/2017/10/peacejam-alumni-living-dream/ https://blog.billionacts.org/2017/10/peacejam-alumni-living-dream/#respond Sun, 15 Oct 2017 22:38:12 +0000 https://blog.billionacts.org/?p=14724 When I was fourteen I joined Peacejam and it was a year later that I attended a workshop at a Peacejam New England conference about human trafficking. When I learned how prevalent human trafficking is within the US, and I understood how easily a young girl like me or my friends could be tricked into a lifetime of sexual slavery, it was like being hit in the face with a frying pan. I realized without a doubt that this is what I wanted to spend my life working against. Ever since, I have been working to raise awareness, fight trafficking […]

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Kailash Satyarthi 2017
Kailash Satyarthi 2017
Kailash Satyarthi 2017
Kailash Satyarthi 2017

When I was fourteen I joined Peacejam and it was a year later that I attended a workshop at a Peacejam New England conference about human trafficking. When I learned how prevalent human trafficking is within the US, and I understood how easily a young girl like me or my friends could be tricked into a lifetime of sexual slavery, it was like being hit in the face with a frying pan. I realized without a doubt that this is what I wanted to spend my life working against. Ever since, I have been working to raise awareness, fight trafficking at its roots, and heal survivors.

Recently I have been in a time of transition, and wondering what the next week, month, or year would hold for me. Instead of feeling fear around this uncertainty, I focused on the idea that this openness would bring me exactly what I needed, and trusting that I would end up right where I am supposed to be. When I got an email a few weeks ago from Peacejam telling me that our PJ Laureate partner Kailash Satyarthi was marching across India to end human trafficking and asking if I would want to join, it felt like a miracle. There was absolutely nothing holding me back and nothing I would rather be doing!! I immediately replied YES and before you know it, I was on a plane to India to join the Bharat Yatra!

The Bharat Yatra started on September 11 from the southern tip of India and traveled 11,000km all the way north to Delhi, with six routes coming together from all over the country, and a grand total of over 800,000 participants over the past month. As I write this on the culmination day, October 16, 2017, all of the groups from around the country have made it to Delhi. The energy is high – think Peacejam conference times twelve! Hundreds of people are here in Delhi united in the stand against human trafficking. Many have been marching for over a month. Many are survivors of trafficking, exploitation, and abuse themselves.

I marched Route 5, the Northern route stretching from Jammu to Delhi, with a group of 37 core marchers and many joining in each town along the way. Many of them are children who Kailash Satyarthi personally rescued from lives of slavery and abuse. Hearing their stories over the past two weeks and seeing the joy and resilience that they have in each day is truly humbling and inspiring. I have been beyond blessed to have spent this time with these children, and after the Yatra ends I will be volunteering at Kailash Satyarthi’s ashram and safe home where many of them live. Joining these kids as we march through India chanting for peace, demanding an end to child abuse, calling for education for all, and praying for an end to human trafficking has been one of the most meaningful experiences of my life.

One of my favorite memories is the night we passed through Rishikesh. This spiritual hotspot has always been a dream of mine – nestled at the feet of the Himalayas and with the holy Ganges rivers flowing through it, Rishikesh demands presence and prayer. We arrived as the sun was setting, and Kailash Satyarthi lead aarti and puja (traditional prayer ceremonies) on the banks of the Ganges, with thousands in attendance. We sang, we burned lamps and incense, we offered flowers and candles to the river, and we all raised our hands together in prayer for an end to human trafficking. We prayed for a world full of compassion for our children, where child abuse cannot exist. We prayed for the waters to be cleansed and for them to cleanse our world. I cannot imagine a more perfect way to see Rishikesh for the first time. That night I also met Kailash Satyarthi in person and was able to connect with him about our shared mission in life. Seeing him leading this march, hearing him speak about his lifetime working for this cause, and seeing the way he loves every child he meets as his own has been so inspiring, powerful, and beautiful.

I am forever grateful for Peacejam. For teaching me about human trafficking in the first place and uniting me with my life’s purpose, for empowering me to know I CAN make a difference, for enabling me to travel the world spreading the Peacejam message, and for supporting me in so many other ways.. I thank you from the bottom of my heart, over and over again. It was an honor to represent Peacejam during the Bharat Yatra and be able to spread our love and support with India. A special thank you to Graves Kiely for reaching out to me and wanting to send me here. Your generosity and passion are changing the world every day. Thank you for all you have done for Peacejam, for our beautiful interconnected Peacejam family,  and for me. Thank you to all Peacejammers, past and present, for working to create a world of peace. We may be fighting a monster with a thousand  ugly heads, but there are a MILLION of us. And we will win.

Peace,
Allie Sibner
PS I love you all 🙂

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Lead with Love https://blog.billionacts.org/2017/10/lead-with-love/ https://blog.billionacts.org/2017/10/lead-with-love/#respond Sun, 01 Oct 2017 19:58:47 +0000 https://blog.billionacts.org/?p=14544   Billion Acts invites you to Lead with Love Join Deepak Chopra, Marianne Williamson, Billion Acts and many other thought leaders, in Aspen, CO, October 26th-29th! Lead With Love is the global gathering and training ground for the leaders of our time. You will learn how to access your highest human potential from world-renowned presenters who are masters of their craft and leave more inspired than ever to lead. As a friend of PeaceJam and Billion Acts, we are sending you this special invitation to participate in this inspirational and transformative retreat at 20% off. Purchase your tickets today using the promo […]

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Billion Acts invites you to Lead with Love
Join Deepak Chopra, Marianne Williamson, Billion Acts and many other thought leaders, in Aspen, CO, October 26th-29th!
Lead With Love is the global gathering and training ground for the leaders of our time. You will learn how to access your highest human potential from world-renowned presenters who are masters of their craft and leave more inspired than ever to lead.
As a friend of PeaceJam and Billion Acts, we are sending you this special invitation to participate in this inspirational and transformative retreat at 20% off. Purchase your tickets today using the promo code PEACEJAM.  Tickets are going fast!
For more information and to purchase tickets visit, www.leadwithloveaspen.org

 

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International Day of Peace https://blog.billionacts.org/2017/09/international-day-peace/ https://blog.billionacts.org/2017/09/international-day-peace/#respond Fri, 15 Sep 2017 21:32:23 +0000 https://blog.billionacts.org/?p=15094 One of our favorite times of year is each September when so many in our network create incredible events and initiatives to celebrate and promote a more peaceful world. In a culture that often defaults to promoting war rather than diplomacy; provides much more financial assistance and media attention for stories focusing on conflict rather than peaceful solutions, we do our best at Billion Acts to highlight the work that so many organizations do every day to make the world a more peaceful, equitable and sustainable place. Everyone is invited to join this month’s International Day of Peace Campaign to see how much […]

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One of our favorite times of year is each September when so many in our network create incredible events and initiatives to celebrate and promote a more peaceful world.

In a culture that often defaults to promoting war rather than diplomacy; provides much more financial assistance and media attention for stories focusing on conflict rather than peaceful solutions, we do our best at Billion Acts to highlight the work that so many organizations do every day to make the world a more peaceful, equitable and sustainable place.

Everyone is invited to join this month’s International Day of Peace Campaign to see how much peace we can create together.

https://www.billionacts.org/campaign/InternationalDayofPeace2017

 

 

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Creating Community https://blog.billionacts.org/2017/09/creating-community/ https://blog.billionacts.org/2017/09/creating-community/#respond Sat, 02 Sep 2017 00:46:41 +0000 https://blog.billionacts.org/?p=14494 We are so proud of our friends in Arvada, CO! This past April, the city set a goal to reach 15,000 volunteer hours in one month.  More than 30 local organizations hosted community events and volunteer opportunities, and hundreds of Arvada citizens gave their time to help address important needs in their neighborhoods, and give back. The ripple effects of their challenge are still unfolding, and the 26,000 volunteer hours they reached brought the town together in a whole new way. View their campaign, and let us know if you are interested in doing the same thing in your community.    

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We are so proud of our friends in Arvada, CO!

This past April, the city set a goal to reach 15,000 volunteer hours in one month.  More than 30 local organizations hosted community events and volunteer opportunities, and hundreds of Arvada citizens gave their time to help address important needs in their neighborhoods, and give back.

The ripple effects of their challenge are still unfolding, and the 26,000 volunteer hours they reached brought the town together in a whole new way.

View their campaign, and let us know if you are interested in doing the same thing in your community.

 

 

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