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Have faith in your journey. Everything had to happen exactly as it did to get you where you are going next - Mandy Hale. Happy Monday!
Have faith in your journey. Everything had to happen exactly as it did to get you where you are going next - Mandy Hale. Happy Monday!
It is incredibly important for young people to have positive role models. This image shows one of our local partners in Kenya Charles Kigs with a group of students at one of the local schools. A role model should be someone who helps guide you through life, development and decision-making, but a role model should also be someone you can laugh with!
It is incredibly important for young people to have positive role models. This image shows one of our local partners in Kenya Charles Kigs with a group of students at one of the local schools. A role model should be someone who helps guide you through life, development and decision-making, but a role model should also be someone you can laugh with!
The Platform is a vibrant space filled with game-changers, dreamers and creatives! Not only are we an events space for not-for-profits and social enterprises, but we're also a community that is all about sparking innovation and change-making on a local and global scale.
The Platform is a vibrant space filled with game-changers, dreamers and creatives! Not only are we an events space for not-for-profits and social enterprises, but we're also a community that is all about sparking innovation and change-making on a local and global scale.
At Initiate, we believe that education is one of the most powerful tools you can use to change the world.
At Initiate, we believe that education is one of the most powerful tools you can use to change the world.
Why can't we make the societal norm be to choose awesome? First let's lift ourselves up and then let's help lift each other up. Life can be as beautiful as we make it. #changemaking #selflove #aimandglow #community #goodvibes #goodvibesonly #tropical #bethechange #bethedifference #makethedifference #dopesoul #yourvibe
This #FollowFriday, we are highlighting the #changemaking foundations that you should follow on Instagram! These orgs bring you everything from inspirational narratives to adorable pups: an #instadream, enjoy 馃槉
This #FollowFriday , we are highlighting the #changemaking  foundations that you should follow on Instagram! These orgs bring you everything from inspirational narratives to adorable pups: an #instadream , enjoy 馃槉
1/2: What do you carry in your changemaking toolkit? How do you continue doing your work while taking care of yourself physically, emotionally and mentally? How do you prepare yourself for the challenges you face in your area of work? We asked several change leaders to talk about some items they use to guide, strengthen and keep them well. Check out part 2 to see what else is in @asad_ch's toolkit:
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#inspiritfdn #changeleaderfridays #changeleaders #canada #changemaking #pluralism #equity #inclusion #socialjustice
1/2: What do you carry in your changemaking toolkit? How do you continue doing your work while taking care of yourself physically, emotionally and mentally? How do you prepare yourself for the challenges you face in your area of work? We asked several change leaders to talk about some items they use to guide, strengthen and keep them well. Check out part 2 to see what else is in @asad_ch's toolkit: . #inspiritfdn  #changeleaderfridays  #changeleaders  #canada  #changemaking  #pluralism  #equity  #inclusion  #socialjustice 
2/2: What do you carry in your changemaking toolkit? How do you continue doing your work while taking care of yourself physically, emotionally and mentally? How do you prepare yourself for the challenges you face in your area of work? We asked several change leaders to talk about some items they use to guide, strengthen and keep them well. Check out parts 1 & 2 to see what's in @asad_ch's toolkit:
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#inspiritfdn #changeleaderfridays #changeleaders #canada #changemaking #pluralism #equity #inclusion #socialjustice
2/2: What do you carry in your changemaking toolkit? How do you continue doing your work while taking care of yourself physically, emotionally and mentally? How do you prepare yourself for the challenges you face in your area of work? We asked several change leaders to talk about some items they use to guide, strengthen and keep them well. Check out parts 1 & 2 to see what's in @asad_ch's toolkit: . #inspiritfdn  #changeleaderfridays  #changeleaders  #canada  #changemaking  #pluralism  #equity  #inclusion  #socialjustice 
Twenty years from now, you will be more disappointed by the things you didn't do than by the things you did do. Explore. Dream. Discover. - Mark Twain.
Twenty years from now, you will be more disappointed by the things you didn't do than by the things you did do. Explore. Dream. Discover. - Mark Twain.
Mark your calendars and save the date - our quarterly Gather for Good event is set to be on Friday, 27 October! If you missed our last event, you won't want to miss this. The theme for this gathering will be centered around the topic of collective and philanthropic giving. Whether you have $10 or $100000 in savings, you have the ability to GIVE. Our guest speakers will be breaking down common misconceptions and barriers around making a difference and exploring how far your dollar can go. Keep your eyes peeled when ticket sales open. It'll be a sellout!
Mark your calendars and save the date - our quarterly Gather for Good event is set to be on Friday, 27 October! If you missed our last event, you won't want to miss this. The theme for this gathering will be centered around the topic of collective and philanthropic giving. Whether you have $10 or $100000 in savings, you have the ability to GIVE. Our guest speakers will be breaking down common misconceptions and barriers around making a difference and exploring how far your dollar can go. Keep your eyes peeled when ticket sales open. It'll be a sellout!
I had an incredible weekend learning from the intelligent but down to earth Phil Town. If anyone has the opportunity to learn about investing from him I highly recommend it. .
There is another workshop this weekend in Vancouver. .
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#philtown #rule1 #rule1investing #powerofsuccess #changemaking #womaninvestors #thankful #vancouver #yvr #womanwhoinvest #girlboss
One of the simplest things you can do to help yourself feel better is drink water! (Post on the blog to follow soon) Today's mid week reminder is drink more water. If you're someone who thinks water has no taste, make it fun and flavourful by adding some fruit. Almost any kind of fruit makes water taste amazing. So what fruit will you add to your water today? .
Also, @eazu_wellness is running a 30 day self-care challenge and day 2 was drink more water. Get on her page if you want to follow along the rest of the challenge!
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#fruitwater #lemonwater #orangewater #drinkmorewater #foodhealth #changemaking #aimandglow #selfcare #selfcarechallenge #smashthemold
One of the simplest things you can do to help yourself feel better is drink water! (Post on the blog to follow soon) Today's mid week reminder is drink more water. If you're someone who thinks water has no taste, make it fun and flavourful by adding some fruit. Almost any kind of fruit makes water taste amazing. So what fruit will you add to your water today? . Also, @eazu_wellness is running a 30 day self-care challenge and day 2 was drink more water. Get on her page if you want to follow along the rest of the challenge! . #fruitwater  #lemonwater  #orangewater  #drinkmorewater  #foodhealth  #changemaking  #aimandglow  #selfcare  #selfcarechallenge  #smashthemold 
Hump day skies and vibes
Hump day skies and vibes
I spent my Monday workday in the sun, with a bunch of young women, planning beautiful community events that will connect, nourish and break down barriers #dreamjob #Tasmania #tassielife #tassieliving #changemaking #youthwork #youthempowerment #Wynyard #workthatconnects
The Platform offers excellent meeting rooms for not-for-profits and social enterprises. Join us on our Open House Tours held every Wednesday to experience the beautiful space. To book a tour, visit us on www.theplatform.space, we would love to meet you.
The Platform offers excellent meeting rooms for not-for-profits and social enterprises. Join us on our Open House Tours held every Wednesday to experience the beautiful space. To book a tour, visit us on www.theplatform.space, we would love to meet you.
Check out @breakthedivide featured in @cbc2017! We were honoured to speak about creating a more inclusive and connected Canada for the coming 50 years! Link in boi 馃寧

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#btd #discuss #dialogue #britishcolumbia #inuvik #northwestterritories #canada #canada150 #canada150plus #cbc #cbc2017 #cbccanada150 #breakthedivide #globalcommunity #activists #changemaking
Make time for time for your brand, today. A short reflection on branding by our founder. Follow the link below

Dedica tiempo a tu marca, hoy. Una breve reflexi贸n sobre la gesti贸n de marcas. Este es el link:

https://medium.com/to-do-better/make-time-for-your-brand-today-43739d24f884 .
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#weisabout #brandthinking #people #design #connection #changemaking #challengebranding #branding #brand #identity #strategy
Visiting @fhilab today was energizing, promising and rejuvenating that great things are happening. Social Innovation and Entrepreneurship is a great vehicle for #changemaking.
Visiting @fhilab today was energizing, promising and rejuvenating that great things are happening. Social Innovation and Entrepreneurship is a great vehicle for #changemaking .
2/2 How do you show up? What do you carry in your changemaking toolkit? How do you prepare yourself for the challenges you face in your area of work? We asked several change leaders to talk about some items they turn to in their day-to-day work to guide, strengthen and keep them well physically, mentally and emotionally. Check out parts 1 & 2 to see what @tootahassanien has in her toolkit:
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#inspiritfdn #changeleaderfridays #changeleaders #canada #changemaking #pluralism #equity #inclusion #socialjustice
2/2 How do you show up? What do you carry in your changemaking toolkit? How do you prepare yourself for the challenges you face in your area of work? We asked several change leaders to talk about some items they turn to in their day-to-day work to guide, strengthen and keep them well physically, mentally and emotionally. Check out parts 1 & 2 to see what @tootahassanien has in her toolkit: . #inspiritfdn  #changeleaderfridays  #changeleaders  #canada  #changemaking  #pluralism  #equity  #inclusion  #socialjustice 
1/2 How do you show up? What do you carry in your changemaking toolkit? How do you prepare yourself for the challenges you face in your area of work? We asked several change leaders to talk about some items they turn to in their day-to-day work to guide, strengthen and keep them well physically, mentally and emotionally. Check out parts 1 & 2 to see what @tootahassanien has in her toolkit:
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#inspiritfdn #changeleaderfridays #changeleaders #canada #changemaking #pluralism #equity #inclusion #socialjustice
1/2 How do you show up? What do you carry in your changemaking toolkit? How do you prepare yourself for the challenges you face in your area of work? We asked several change leaders to talk about some items they turn to in their day-to-day work to guide, strengthen and keep them well physically, mentally and emotionally. Check out parts 1 & 2 to see what @tootahassanien has in her toolkit: . #inspiritfdn  #changeleaderfridays  #changeleaders  #canada  #changemaking  #pluralism  #equity  #inclusion  #socialjustice 
Teacher Anne, one of the teachers at Grace Academy in Kenya walks over one hour each day to teach.

Since 2004, over 250 children have transitioned successfully to primary school education. Another 20 are currently in high school with the first ones from the program completing 'Form 4' this year making it their final year of high school!
Teacher Anne, one of the teachers at Grace Academy in Kenya walks over one hour each day to teach. Since 2004, over 250 children have transitioned successfully to primary school education. Another 20 are currently in high school with the first ones from the program completing 'Form 4' this year making it their final year of high school!
Monday thoughts 鈽猴笍 Artwork: @louieluxe
Monday thoughts 鈽猴笍 Artwork: @louieluxe
The vision for The Platform is 'to gather, develop and mentor individuals for change.' From attending one of our events, to signing up as our partner if you're part of a not-for-profit or social enterprise, The Platform provides a space for change-makers to connect and inspire. For more details, visit us at www.theplatform.space
The vision for The Platform is 'to gather, develop and mentor individuals for change.' From attending one of our events, to signing up as our partner if you're part of a not-for-profit or social enterprise, The Platform provides a space for change-makers to connect and inspire. For more details, visit us at www.theplatform.space
"I think the success of a project really relies on the passion and involvement you have with the species or place in focus. To obtain results that can really have a positive impact in the world, it is necessary to throw yourself body and soul in and immerse yourself deeply within the local questions, to be able to understand your real role as a researcher and the real necessity of your research." 鈥擫eandro Moreira, #Brazilian primatologist working towards the #preservation of the #northernmuriqui, an endangered #monkey endemic to the #AtlanticRainforest.
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#conservation #animals #animal #monkeys #forest #green #animalwelfare #animalprotection #southamerica #science #research #socialimpact #changemaking #changetheworld #brasil #science #scientist #socialgood
"I think the success of a project really relies on the passion and involvement you have with the species or place in focus. To obtain results that can really have a positive impact in the world, it is necessary to throw yourself body and soul in and immerse yourself deeply within the local questions, to be able to understand your real role as a researcher and the real necessity of your research." 鈥擫eandro Moreira, #Brazilian  primatologist working towards the #preservation  of the #northernmuriqui , an endangered #monkey  endemic to the #AtlanticRainforest . . . Read our interview in the link above 馃敐馃敐馃敐 . . #conservation  #animals  #animal  #monkeys  #forest  #green  #animalwelfare  #animalprotection  #southamerica  #science  #research  #socialimpact  #changemaking  #changetheworld  #brasil  #science  #scientist  #socialgood 
Opening new doors at #museumcamp Photo credit to @museumofimpact Check out their page for incredible work and inspiration. .
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#art #history #museum #camp #conference #inspiration #love #beautiful #change #changemaking #red #colorful #santacruz #santacruzmah #mah #artmuseum #door #santacruz
Inhale confidence, exhale doubt. Repeat. Happy weekend friends!
Inhale confidence, exhale doubt. Repeat. Happy weekend friends!
Gaining knowledge, is the first step to wisdom. Sharing it, is the first step to humanity. The Platform believes in the power of gathering like-minded individuals in making transformational impact for the greater good.

Pc: @marceloproductions
Gaining knowledge, is the first step to wisdom. Sharing it, is the first step to humanity. The Platform believes in the power of gathering like-minded individuals in making transformational impact for the greater good. Pc: @marceloproductions
Hey check it out, I'm coproducer of a podcast This is our time with Samantha Hodder. It's about a women in science and leadership expedition in Antarctica I joined -and much more - and with 5 amazing women scientists we tell stories of the expedition, life, climate change, penguin knees, humans of Antarctica, knowing yourself, and more. It's about these beautiful discombobulated times we live in and navigating. Check out our kickstarter-14 more days! And standby for polar women's storytelling. #women #stem #podcast #leadership #antarctica #homewardbound #samanthahodder #caroldevine #ice #politics #storytelling #friendship #challenges #thisisourtime #glaciers #kickstarter #voices #expedition #science #climatechange #solidarity #changemaking #oceans #womeninpolarsci #iamstillin #iamprosnow #adventure #journey #icebergs
Hey check it out, I'm coproducer of a podcast This is our time with Samantha Hodder. It's about a women in science and leadership expedition in Antarctica I joined -and much more - and with 5 amazing women scientists we tell stories of the expedition, life, climate change, penguin knees, humans of Antarctica, knowing yourself, and more. It's about these beautiful discombobulated times we live in and navigating. Check out our kickstarter-14 more days! And standby for polar women's storytelling. #women  #stem  #podcast  #leadership  #antarctica  #homewardbound  #samanthahodder  #caroldevine  #ice  #politics  #storytelling  #friendship  #challenges  #thisisourtime  #glaciers  #kickstarter  #voices  #expedition  #science  #climatechange  #solidarity  #changemaking  #oceans  #womeninpolarsci  #iamstillin  #iamprosnow  #adventure  #journey  #icebergs 
It has been said, that beauty satisfies a psychological need and is a source of moral inspiration. PC: @roehnerryan
It has been said, that beauty satisfies a psychological need and is a source of moral inspiration. PC: @roehnerryan
There's a Method to our Madness. Campers start by Mind mapping #changemaking at #MuseumCamp 
@museumofimpact
The prompt: Describe #ChangeMaking....Can you tell which ones are mine? 馃槇
The prompt: Describe #ChangeMaking ....Can you tell which ones are mine? 馃槇
Another beautiful day for SLIP @summerworks_festival! Laura and Mark enjoying a quick prep-check in the sun on the steps of @youngplaceto. Creative Case for Relaxed Performances at 10am w @tangled_arts, Anti-Oppression and Anti-Racism at 2pm w #bcurrentmag. .
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#sw17 #torontoarts #artfulconversation #changemaking #growthprocess #makingspaceforconversations #relaxedperformances #antioppression #antiracism #torontotalks
The Platform was lucky enough to hear from some amazing speakers during the UNAA's 'Conversations in the Community' event. People of the community had the opportunity to gain a better understanding on the local and global movement of people, and how migration contributes to a diverse and vibrant society. For more photos, check out our Facebook page.
The Platform was lucky enough to hear from some amazing speakers during the UNAA's 'Conversations in the Community' event. People of the community had the opportunity to gain a better understanding on the local and global movement of people, and how migration contributes to a diverse and vibrant society. For more photos, check out our Facebook page.
Hump day vibes and clean aesthetics. www.theplatform.space

PC: @marteen_l
Hump day vibes and clean aesthetics. www.theplatform.space PC: @marteen_l
Love yourself enough to take the actions required for your happiness 馃挆
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 #selflove #aimandglow #changemaking #insidefirst #happyandhealthy #happinessinsideandout
No one should ever experience homelessness. This year's theme for Homelessness Week in WA is 'Let's end homelessness, not just manage it'. The Platform is excited to be the venue of choice for the opening and closing events. Get informed and involved with the calendar of events across the city this week! PC: @marceloproductions
No one should ever experience homelessness. This year's theme for Homelessness Week in WA is 'Let's end homelessness, not just manage it'. The Platform is excited to be the venue of choice for the opening and closing events. Get informed and involved with the calendar of events across the city this week! PC: @marceloproductions
Her name is #KatarinaCarroll the Commissioner for Queensland Fire and Emergency Services my #rolemodel! I first met her 2 years ago when we were both speaking at an event and she truly personifies the superwoman..yes an incredible changemaker. It was great to catch up again at the Qld Multicultural Awards couple of days ago. Queensland Fire and Emergency Services - QFES #QMM2017
#women #leaders #changemaking #changemaker #womensupportwomen #wonderwoman #Brisbane #BrisbaneAnyDay #womenleadership #africanaustralian #ourstory #momlife #mommyblogger #lifestyleblogger #brisbaneblogger #Queenslander #lovequeensland #shecan #sheleads #motswana
Her name is #KatarinaCarroll  the Commissioner for Queensland Fire and Emergency Services my #rolemodel ! I first met her 2 years ago when we were both speaking at an event and she truly personifies the superwoman..yes an incredible changemaker. It was great to catch up again at the Qld Multicultural Awards couple of days ago. Queensland Fire and Emergency Services - QFES #QMM2017  #women  #leaders  #changemaking  #changemaker  #womensupportwomen  #wonderwoman  #Brisbane  #BrisbaneAnyDay  #womenleadership  #africanaustralian  #ourstory  #momlife  #mommyblogger  #lifestyleblogger  #brisbaneblogger  #Queenslander  #lovequeensland  #shecan  #sheleads  #motswana 
Trailblazing. There's nothing we'd rather be doing! The Platform is 4 months in and just getting started. Shout out to all our fellow trailblazers out there. Don't stop hustling - when you feel like quitting, learn to rest and keep going again. Back up and refocus on the big picture. Happy Tuesday! Beautiful photo by @airloft
Trailblazing. There's nothing we'd rather be doing! The Platform is 4 months in and just getting started. Shout out to all our fellow trailblazers out there. Don't stop hustling - when you feel like quitting, learn to rest and keep going again. Back up and refocus on the big picture. Happy Tuesday! Beautiful photo by @airloft
Eat the City is an on-going social experiment based on the principles of food and knowledge sharing, theoretically underpinned by ideas around increased global precarity and building resilience. As part of the 2017 Social Impact Festival, a lovely lunch was hosted to talk about the implications which are related to this cause. Visit our Facebook page for more photos of SIF! #SIFEST17 pc: @marceloproductions
Eat the City is an on-going social experiment based on the principles of food and knowledge sharing, theoretically underpinned by ideas around increased global precarity and building resilience. As part of the 2017 Social Impact Festival, a lovely lunch was hosted to talk about the implications which are related to this cause. Visit our Facebook page for more photos of SIF! #SIFEST17  pc: @marceloproductions
A little inspo to start the new week: It is only with the opposite element where things can be changed. Let us be reminded to spread love and positivity to drive out the hate and darkness in the world!
A little inspo to start the new week: It is only with the opposite element where things can be changed. Let us be reminded to spread love and positivity to drive out the hate and darkness in the world!
The Platform had the privilege to host @global_design_studio 2017 Inaugural Creative Cans Speaker Series: TransFormAction Symposium a few weeks back. Up to 50 Masters of Architecture postgraduate students from Curtin University gathered at our space to seek transformational problem solutions through collaborative design-thinking. We loved having like-minded, purpose-driven people in the space and that continues to be the vision of The Platform. For more information on upcoming events, visit our events page at http://theplatform.space/events/
The Platform had the privilege to host @global_design_studio 2017 Inaugural Creative Cans Speaker Series: TransFormAction Symposium a few weeks back. Up to 50 Masters of Architecture postgraduate students from Curtin University gathered at our space to seek transformational problem solutions through collaborative design-thinking. We loved having like-minded, purpose-driven people in the space and that continues to be the vision of The Platform. For more information on upcoming events, visit our events page at http://theplatform.space/events/
Working at Ashoka is also about meeting these amazing interns who join the family, help us achieve more and contribute their new ideas to our projects. Thanks to them the magic happens. Thank you @joetanyz and @desireeyang for these wonderful 3 months! #changemaking #socents
Working at Ashoka is also about meeting these amazing interns who join the family, help us achieve more and contribute their new ideas to our projects. Thanks to them the magic happens. Thank you @joetanyz and @desireeyang for these wonderful 3 months! #changemaking  #socents 
Good morning friends! July has been a beyond blessed month for us here at The Platform, filled with a multitude of exciting events and beautiful people. "There is virtue in work and there is virtue in rest. Use both and overlook neither," -
 Alan Cohen. Let's rest up and be thankful for all that we have. Have a lovely Saturday! 馃摳: @elicottrell
Good morning friends! July has been a beyond blessed month for us here at The Platform, filled with a multitude of exciting events and beautiful people. "There is virtue in work and there is virtue in rest. Use both and overlook neither," - Alan Cohen. Let's rest up and be thankful for all that we have. Have a lovely Saturday! 馃摳: @elicottrell
A very long and busy week...glad to catch moments of quiet down...
#wineoclock about to start馃槏
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#busy #changemaking #sharonorapeleng #brisbanemom #brisbaneblogger #lifestyleblogger #Brisbane #mommyblogger #lovequeensland #chill #winddown #african #africanaustralian #fridayvibes  #friday
When we'd first moved to the US, my mom barely spoke a word of English. Despite having earned her master's degree in Russia, she took a low-paying babysitting job to help keep her family afloat. I remember she'd cry at home sometimes when someone was insulting and mistook her struggling to understand another language for being uneducated. While working a full-time job, she began taking college classes at night and eventually earned another master's in special education. Today, she speaks better English than a lot of Russian folks that grew up here. 
During college, I'd worked in a nursing home teaching English to a group of immigrant senior citizens. These people were doctors, chemical engineers, and professors of literature back at home. Now, in the later stages of their lives, instead of sitting back and relaxing, they were giving everything they had to learn a new language so that they could integrate into the country that opened her arms to them. 
In light of the recent proposal from this administration to curb immigration based on merit, I argue that individuals such as these--such as my mother, my entire family, and the senior immigrants I'd taught--are precisely so much of what makes this nation so great. Their merit was earned through blood, sweat, and tears on her lands. They are what made her the welcoming land of opportunity I'd like to think of her as to this day. (I, too, had not spoken English when I came here and trembled at the fear of saying something wrong and being misunderstood. This country has given me so much in return and I am forever grateful.) Who, exactly, are we trying to stop? What are we so afraid of? 
We need our spirits to rise above the fear and hatred. 
We need our hearts to remain open. 
We need our voices to remain strong. 
I urge anyone with similar stories (and there are so many) to please share theirs. 
#immigration #elfenworks
When we'd first moved to the US, my mom barely spoke a word of English. Despite having earned her master's degree in Russia, she took a low-paying babysitting job to help keep her family afloat. I remember she'd cry at home sometimes when someone was insulting and mistook her struggling to understand another language for being uneducated. While working a full-time job, she began taking college classes at night and eventually earned another master's in special education. Today, she speaks better English than a lot of Russian folks that grew up here. During college, I'd worked in a nursing home teaching English to a group of immigrant senior citizens. These people were doctors, chemical engineers, and professors of literature back at home. Now, in the later stages of their lives, instead of sitting back and relaxing, they were giving everything they had to learn a new language so that they could integrate into the country that opened her arms to them. In light of the recent proposal from this administration to curb immigration based on merit, I argue that individuals such as these--such as my mother, my entire family, and the senior immigrants I'd taught--are precisely so much of what makes this nation so great. Their merit was earned through blood, sweat, and tears on her lands. They are what made her the welcoming land of opportunity I'd like to think of her as to this day. (I, too, had not spoken English when I came here and trembled at the fear of saying something wrong and being misunderstood. This country has given me so much in return and I am forever grateful.) Who, exactly, are we trying to stop? What are we so afraid of? We need our spirits to rise above the fear and hatred. We need our hearts to remain open. We need our voices to remain strong. I urge anyone with similar stories (and there are so many) to please share theirs. #immigration  #elfenworks 
When we'd first moved to the US, my mom barely spoke a word of English. Despite having earned her master's degree in Russia, she took a low-paying babysitting job to help keep her family afloat. I remember she'd cry at home sometimes when someone was insulting and mistook her struggling to understand another language for being uneducated. While working a full-time job, she began taking college classes at night and eventually earned another master's in special education. Today, she speaks better English than a lot of Russian folks that grew up here. 
During college, I'd worked in a nursing home teaching English to a group of immigrant senior citizens. These people were doctors, chemical engineers, and professors of literature back at home. Now, in the later stages of their lives, instead of sitting back and relaxing, they were giving everything they had to learn a new language so that they could integrate into the country that opened her arms to them. 
In light of the recent proposal from this administration to curb immigration based on merit, I argue that individuals such as these--such as my mother, my entire family, and the senior immigrants I'd taught--are precisely so much of what makes this nation so great. Their merit was earned through blood, sweat, and tears on her lands. They are what made her the welcoming land of opportunity I'd like to think of her as to this day. (I, too, had not spoken English when I came here and trembled at the fear of saying something wrong and being misunderstood. This country has given me so much in return and I am forever grateful.) Who, exactly, are we trying to stop? What are we so afraid of? 
We need our spirits to rise above the fear and hatred. 
We need our hearts to remain open. 
We need our voices to remain strong. 
I urge anyone with similar stories (and there are so many) to please share theirs. 
#immigration #elfenworks
When we'd first moved to the US, my mom barely spoke a word of English. Despite having earned her master's degree in Russia, she took a low-paying babysitting job to help keep her family afloat. I remember she'd cry at home sometimes when someone was insulting and mistook her struggling to understand another language for being uneducated. While working a full-time job, she began taking college classes at night and eventually earned another master's in special education. Today, she speaks better English than a lot of Russian folks that grew up here. During college, I'd worked in a nursing home teaching English to a group of immigrant senior citizens. These people were doctors, chemical engineers, and professors of literature back at home. Now, in the later stages of their lives, instead of sitting back and relaxing, they were giving everything they had to learn a new language so that they could integrate into the country that opened her arms to them. In light of the recent proposal from this administration to curb immigration based on merit, I argue that individuals such as these--such as my mother, my entire family, and the senior immigrants I'd taught--are precisely so much of what makes this nation so great. Their merit was earned through blood, sweat, and tears on her lands. They are what made her the welcoming land of opportunity I'd like to think of her as to this day. (I, too, had not spoken English when I came here and trembled at the fear of saying something wrong and being misunderstood. This country has given me so much in return and I am forever grateful.) Who, exactly, are we trying to stop? What are we so afraid of? We need our spirits to rise above the fear and hatred. We need our hearts to remain open. We need our voices to remain strong. I urge anyone with similar stories (and there are so many) to please share theirs. #immigration  #elfenworks 
#onthephone: Martin is the #networker between the two of us. He is a force to be reckoned with, his contacts are legendary, and he's never shy to build a new alliance for good. In fact, this may be one of our most basic insights: #changemaking requires teaming up with like-minded folks. No body can do it on their own or ever has. #TeamUp 
Thanks to @digitaleatery for providing a relaxed, inspiring, and work conducive environment. We'll be back! 
#workworkwork #activistlife #activist #Berlin #UnterdenLinden #changemakers #livingthedream #instagood #FreeInterrail #WhoIfNotUs #whiteshirts #busy #productiveday #firstinstapost #firstpost #teamwork
#onthephone : Martin is the #networker  between the two of us. He is a force to be reckoned with, his contacts are legendary, and he's never shy to build a new alliance for good. In fact, this may be one of our most basic insights: #changemaking  requires teaming up with like-minded folks. No body can do it on their own or ever has. #TeamUp  Thanks to @digitaleatery for providing a relaxed, inspiring, and work conducive environment. We'll be back! #workworkwork  #activistlife  #activist  #Berlin  #UnterdenLinden  #changemakers  #livingthedream  #instagood  #FreeInterrail  #WhoIfNotUs  #whiteshirts  #busy  #productiveday  #firstinstapost  #firstpost  #teamwork 
Have you heard? The photos to our recent Gather for Good event are out on our Facebook page! We had the privilege of hearing the stories of amazing social entrepreneurs, Darren Lomman and Elim Chew and met so many driven and passionate individuals. This event would not be possible without the support of our partners, pioneers and patrons. 
Gather for Good is a quarterly event by The Platform to inspire change-makers in Perth, the next event date will be announced soon. Stay tuned!
Have you heard? The photos to our recent Gather for Good event are out on our Facebook page! We had the privilege of hearing the stories of amazing social entrepreneurs, Darren Lomman and Elim Chew and met so many driven and passionate individuals. This event would not be possible without the support of our partners, pioneers and patrons. Gather for Good is a quarterly event by The Platform to inspire change-makers in Perth, the next event date will be announced soon. Stay tuned!
It's easy to say you want to feel happier in your life but when you ask yourself what happiness means to you do you know the answer...? What does happiness look like to you? 
Knowing your truest desires is the most important step. 
#aimandglow #changemaking #happinessis #happyandhealthy #happiness #desiredstory #creativespace
What will motivate you to ride your bike over driving? Why do you choose to get physical for your health? Figure out your reason and allow it to keep you moving! 
#physicalmovement #aimandglow #biking #bicycle #chooseaction #choosemovement #changemaking
What kind of change do you dream about today? Monday represents the start of a new week, new possibilities, and a chance to begin again. #changemaking Monday has a nice ring to it. What will you change today? 
#aimandglow #growth #changemaking #desiredstory #dream #monday #makeithappen
@WorldVision suggests governments take the following actions to eliminate child trafficking. What other recommendations would you include in this list, and how can NGOs/community partners play a role in this work?
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#endht #endhumantrafficking #childtrafficking #humantrafficking #ht #socialjustice #advocacy #ngo #nonprofit #partnership #change #changemaking #trafficking #endtrafficking #takeaction #governments #development #dialogue #inspo #follow #children #advocate #humanrights #child #un #unitednations #unicef #unicefusa #bethechange
@WorldVision suggests governments take the following actions to eliminate child trafficking. What other recommendations would you include in this list, and how can NGOs/community partners play a role in this work? . . . . . #endht  #endhumantrafficking  #childtrafficking  #humantrafficking  #ht  #socialjustice  #advocacy  #ngo  #nonprofit  #partnership  #change  #changemaking  #trafficking  #endtrafficking  #takeaction  #governments  #development  #dialogue  #inspo  #follow  #children  #advocate  #humanrights  #child  #un  #unitednations  #unicef  #unicefusa  #bethechange 
Want to feel happier? Here we will look at ways you can choose to be happier everyday! #aimandglow #choosehappy #happyandhealthy #changemaking
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#鞓る姌靷措”#鞓る姌霃勲靷瀳#鞓る頌#guilty
#thesatellite#鞖旍靻嶋嫶#牍勳槵霛茧嫎霃勲剤氍措⿱鞝胳殧
#changemaking#awesome#space
#socialimpact#socialenterprise#於旊Μ鞚橅晿耄
#鞂╇Π#頃勴劙臧歆膘澊欤
. 鞖办棸頌 霌れ柎靹 瓿店皠鞐, 鞖办棸頌 毵堨<頃 鞚岇晠鞐, 鞖半Μ鞚 頄夒车鞚 鞓る姌霃 氍挫偓頌堭煒 . 韥赴鞕 靸侁磤鞐嗠姅, 氤頇旊ゼ 鞙勴暅 氅嬱 瓿店皠. 雮橃鞐 霃 毵庫澊 氩岆┐ 雮橂弰 鞚措煱 瓿店皠 昙 毵岆摛瓯半嫟馃馃徎 . 攴鸽儱 歆雮橃箻氅 鞎堧悩電 瓴冸摛鞐 雽頃 臁瓣笀 雿 靹劯頌 氚橃潙頃橁碃, 甏鞁潉 臧歆電 瓴 肟愳澑雿 鞛愳公 雮摛鞐愱矊 鞓堧頃橂嫟 旃橂秬霅橃柎 氍措帉鞝戈皜電 鞎勳壃鞖 瓴冸摛鞐 雽頃 雲鸽灅頃橂姅 "靻£吵臧欖潃" 氅嬱 鞎勴嫲鞀ろ姼, 鞚戩洂頃挫殧!:) . #鞓る姌靷措” #鞓る姌霃勲靷瀳 #鞓る頌 #guilty  #thesatellite #鞖旍靻嶋嫶 #牍勳槵霛茧嫎霃勲剤氍措⿱鞝胳殧  #changemaking #awesome #space  #socialimpact #socialenterprise #於旊Μ鞚橅晿耄  #鞂╇Π #頃勴劙臧歆膘澊欤 
At Initiate Australia, we are passionate about partnering with local people in their community to work with them in developing initiatives that bring about change.
At Initiate Australia, we are passionate about partnering with local people in their community to work with them in developing initiatives that bring about change.
What a privilege it is to share the mindset of 5-Star service with #wonderful #souls from #iDentalClinic, with the only #internationally registered and certified #somatic #movement #guru in #Singapore, Vincent. He spoke about giving attention to self for #awareness before extending that to the #patients. Accessing the #heart to know, feel, #sense and #care for self and others is #key to any type of #changemaking. I was #blown away totally! 
#iDental #invisalignblackdiamondprovider #propelorthodontics #dentist #dental #orthodontist #Propel #Vpro5 #dentalwellness #invisalign #excellerator #coolpeople #capitaltower #dentalstafftraining
What a privilege it is to share the mindset of 5-Star service with #wonderful  #souls  from #iDentalClinic , with the only #internationally  registered and certified #somatic  #movement  #guru  in #Singapore , Vincent. He spoke about giving attention to self for #awareness  before extending that to the #patients . Accessing the #heart  to know, feel, #sense  and #care  for self and others is #key  to any type of #changemaking . I was #blown  away totally! #iDental  #invisalignblackdiamondprovider  #propelorthodontics  #dentist  #dental  #orthodontist  #Propel  #Vpro5  #dentalwellness  #invisalign  #excellerator  #coolpeople  #capitaltower  #dentalstafftraining 
What a privilege it is to share the mindset of 5-Star service with #wonderful #souls from #iDentalClinic, with the only #internationally registered and certified #somatic #movement #guru in #Singapore, Vincent. He spoke about giving attention to self for #awareness before extending that to the #patients. Accessing the #heart to know, feel, #sense and #care for self and others is #key to any type of #changemaking. I was #blown away totally! 
#iDental #invisalignblackdiamondprovider #propelorthodontics #dentist #dental #orthodontist #Propel #Vpro5 #dentalwellness #invisalign #excellerator #coolpeople #capitaltower #dentalstafftraining
What a privilege it is to share the mindset of 5-Star service with #wonderful  #souls  from #iDentalClinic , with the only #internationally  registered and certified #somatic  #movement  #guru  in #Singapore , Vincent. He spoke about giving attention to self for #awareness  before extending that to the #patients . Accessing the #heart  to know, feel, #sense  and #care  for self and others is #key  to any type of #changemaking . I was #blown  away totally! #iDental  #invisalignblackdiamondprovider  #propelorthodontics  #dentist  #dental  #orthodontist  #Propel  #Vpro5  #dentalwellness  #invisalign  #excellerator  #coolpeople  #capitaltower  #dentalstafftraining 
What a privilege it is to share the mindset of 5-Star service with #wonderful #souls from #iDentalClinic, with the only #internationally registered and certified #somatic #movement #guru in #Singapore, Vincent. He spoke about giving attention to self for #awareness before extending that to the #patients. Accessing the #heart to know, feel, #sense and #care for self and others is #key to any type of #changemaking. I was #blown away totally! 
#iDental #invisalignblackdiamondprovider #propelorthodontics #dentist #dental #orthodontist #Propel #Vpro5 #dentalwellness #invisalign #excellerator #coolpeople #capitaltower #dentalstafftraining
What a privilege it is to share the mindset of 5-Star service with #wonderful  #souls  from #iDentalClinic , with the only #internationally  registered and certified #somatic  #movement  #guru  in #Singapore , Vincent. He spoke about giving attention to self for #awareness  before extending that to the #patients . Accessing the #heart  to know, feel, #sense  and #care  for self and others is #key  to any type of #changemaking . I was #blown  away totally! #iDental  #invisalignblackdiamondprovider  #propelorthodontics  #dentist  #dental  #orthodontist  #Propel  #Vpro5  #dentalwellness  #invisalign  #excellerator  #coolpeople  #capitaltower  #dentalstafftraining 
What a privilege it is to share the mindset of 5-Star service with #wonderful #souls from #iDentalClinic, with the only #internationally registered and certified #somatic #movement #guru in #Singapore, Vincent. He spoke about giving attention to self for #awareness before extending that to the #patients. Accessing the #heart to know, feel, #sense and #care for self and others is #key to any type of #changemaking. I was #blown away totally! 
#iDental #invisalignblackdiamondprovider #propelorthodontics #dentist #dental #orthodontist #Propel #Vpro5 #dentalwellness #invisalign #excellerator #coolpeople #capitaltower #dentalstafftraining
What a privilege it is to share the mindset of 5-Star service with #wonderful  #souls  from #iDentalClinic , with the only #internationally  registered and certified #somatic  #movement  #guru  in #Singapore , Vincent. He spoke about giving attention to self for #awareness  before extending that to the #patients . Accessing the #heart  to know, feel, #sense  and #care  for self and others is #key  to any type of #changemaking . I was #blown  away totally! #iDental  #invisalignblackdiamondprovider  #propelorthodontics  #dentist  #dental  #orthodontist  #Propel  #Vpro5  #dentalwellness  #invisalign  #excellerator  #coolpeople  #capitaltower  #dentalstafftraining 
What a privilege it is to share the mindset of 5-Star service with #wonderful #souls from #iDentalClinic, with the only #internationally registered and certified #somatic #movement #guru in #Singapore, Vincent. He spoke about giving attention to self for #awareness before extending that to the #patients. Accessing the #heart to know, feel, #sense and #care for self and others is #key to any type of #changemaking. I was #blown away totally! 
#iDental #invisalignblackdiamondprovider #propelorthodontics #dentist #dental #orthodontist #Propel #Vpro5 #dentalwellness #invisalign #excellerator #coolpeople #capitaltower #dentalstafftraining
What a privilege it is to share the mindset of 5-Star service with #wonderful  #souls  from #iDentalClinic , with the only #internationally  registered and certified #somatic  #movement  #guru  in #Singapore , Vincent. He spoke about giving attention to self for #awareness  before extending that to the #patients . Accessing the #heart  to know, feel, #sense  and #care  for self and others is #key  to any type of #changemaking . I was #blown  away totally! #iDental  #invisalignblackdiamondprovider  #propelorthodontics  #dentist  #dental  #orthodontist  #Propel  #Vpro5  #dentalwellness  #invisalign  #excellerator  #coolpeople  #capitaltower  #dentalstafftraining 
What a privilege it is to share the mindset of 5-Star service with #wonderful #souls from #iDentalClinic, with the only #internationally registered and certified #somatic #movement #guru in #Singapore, Vincent. He spoke about giving attention to self for #awareness before extending that to the #patients. Accessing the #heart to know, feel, #sense and #care for self and others is #key to any type of #changemaking. I was #blown away totally! 
#iDental #invisalignblackdiamondprovider #propelorthodontics #dentist #dental #orthodontist #Propel #Vpro5 #dentalwellness #invisalign #excellerator #coolpeople #capitaltower #dentalstafftraining
What a privilege it is to share the mindset of 5-Star service with #wonderful  #souls  from #iDentalClinic , with the only #internationally  registered and certified #somatic  #movement  #guru  in #Singapore , Vincent. He spoke about giving attention to self for #awareness  before extending that to the #patients . Accessing the #heart  to know, feel, #sense  and #care  for self and others is #key  to any type of #changemaking . I was #blown  away totally! #iDental  #invisalignblackdiamondprovider  #propelorthodontics  #dentist  #dental  #orthodontist  #Propel  #Vpro5  #dentalwellness  #invisalign  #excellerator  #coolpeople  #capitaltower  #dentalstafftraining 
At end of each week @wscah_ #foodpantry cleans up, clears out and readies for more #changemaking .  Truly #thankful for Incredible effort by our #staff #volunteers #customers each and everyday! #tgif
What a privilege it is to share the mindset of 5-Star service with #wonderful #souls from #iDentalClinic, with the only #internationally registered and certified #somatic #movement #guru in #Singapore, Vincent. He spoke about giving attention to self for #awareness before extending that to the #patients. Accessing the #heart to know, feel, #sense and #care for self and others is #key to any type of #changemaking. I was #blown away totally! 
#iDental #invisalignblackdiamondprovider #propelorthodontics #dentist #dental #orthodontist #Propel #Vpro5 #dentalwellness #invisalign #excellerator #coolpeople #capitaltower #dentalstafftraining
What a privilege it is to share the mindset of 5-Star service with #wonderful  #souls  from #iDentalClinic , with the only #internationally  registered and certified #somatic  #movement  #guru  in #Singapore , Vincent. He spoke about giving attention to self for #awareness  before extending that to the #patients . Accessing the #heart  to know, feel, #sense  and #care  for self and others is #key  to any type of #changemaking . I was #blown  away totally! #iDental  #invisalignblackdiamondprovider  #propelorthodontics  #dentist  #dental  #orthodontist  #Propel  #Vpro5  #dentalwellness  #invisalign  #excellerator  #coolpeople  #capitaltower  #dentalstafftraining 
The story behind @naturespickins has yet to be told and we hope to help tell it. I just sat down with one of the owners today and was blown away by their vision and mission. Excited to share what I think is the best kept secret in #abbotsford with you all very soon. So happy to support #local #changemaking #innovative #futureisbright #entrepreneurs
The story behind @naturespickins has yet to be told and we hope to help tell it. I just sat down with one of the owners today and was blown away by their vision and mission. Excited to share what I think is the best kept secret in #abbotsford  with you all very soon. So happy to support #local  #changemaking  #innovative  #futureisbright  #entrepreneurs 
Here's another #throwbackthursday to last summer! Beth Reno, Give Her Life president, met with a group of Indian government officials for training about the laws on gendercide and how they can be put into action.
Here's another #throwbackthursday  to last summer! Beth Reno, Give Her Life president, met with a group of Indian government officials for training about the laws on gendercide and how they can be put into action.
Throwback to our training and discussion night for our 12 Buckets mentors a few weeks ago!

It was great sharing with our volunteer mentors and dreaming together ways we can positively impact the lives of young children. 
Initiate Australia is incredibly grateful to be able to collaborate with @12Buckets here in Perth.
Throwback to our training and discussion night for our 12 Buckets mentors a few weeks ago! It was great sharing with our volunteer mentors and dreaming together ways we can positively impact the lives of young children. Initiate Australia is incredibly grateful to be able to collaborate with @12Buckets here in Perth.
|| Inaugural @cofolkco meetup. Excited about the opportunity to make change with like minded Melburnians! Thanks for the opportunity @katemccreadyhq 馃挕||
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#change #changemaking #cofolk #cofolkco #paradigmshift #humancentreddesign #consciousbusiness #worklifebalance #brunswickeast #thecoworkco #acolorstory #vsco #vscocam
A reminder for always 馃槏 #womandla #changemaking
Start now. Start where you are with what you have. Don't wait for a better world. Start now to create a world of justice, harmony and peace.
Start now. Start where you are with what you have. Don't wait for a better world. Start now to create a world of justice, harmony and peace.
The most playful elements of GRINC identity: the icons collection. Its characteristic double stroke is a simple and direct reference to the logo. Great work by designer @disnois

Uno de los aspectos m谩s l煤dicos de la identidad de GRINC: la colecci贸n de 铆conos. Su doble trazo caracter铆stico es una referencia simple y directa al logotipo.

#simple #honest #design #work #weisabout #people #connection #changemaking #challengebranding #branding #worksnapshots #sustainable #environment #grinc #iconography #identity #grinc #ambiente @grinc_ambiente
The most playful elements of GRINC identity: the icons collection. Its characteristic double stroke is a simple and direct reference to the logo. Great work by designer @disnois Uno de los aspectos m谩s l煤dicos de la identidad de GRINC: la colecci贸n de 铆conos. Su doble trazo caracter铆stico es una referencia simple y directa al logotipo. #simple  #honest  #design  #work  #weisabout  #people  #connection  #changemaking  #challengebranding  #branding  #worksnapshots  #sustainable  #environment  #grinc  #iconography  #identity  #grinc  #ambiente  @grinc_ambiente
We imagine a world where every business contributes to building a pleasant place. We work towards this vision through design and branding.

Imaginamos un mundo en el que todo negocio contribuye en la construcci贸n de un mundo m谩s agradable. Enfocados en esta visi贸n, desafiamos al dise帽o y al branding.

#weisabout #people #design #connection #changemaking #challengebranding #optimism #why #how
We imagine a world where every business contributes to building a pleasant place. We work towards this vision through design and branding. Imaginamos un mundo en el que todo negocio contribuye en la construcci贸n de un mundo m谩s agradable. Enfocados en esta visi贸n, desafiamos al dise帽o y al branding. #weisabout  #people  #design  #connection  #changemaking  #challengebranding  #optimism  #why  #how 
Initiate Australia works to initiate change and sustainable development with the world's poorest individuals, families and communities both within Australia and overseas. Central to this is building relationships and partnerships in all sectors of society.

This image was captured on set while filming Running the Rift documentary. To watch the documentary trailer, click the link in our bio!
Initiate Australia works to initiate change and sustainable development with the world's poorest individuals, families and communities both within Australia and overseas. Central to this is building relationships and partnerships in all sectors of society. This image was captured on set while filming Running the Rift documentary. To watch the documentary trailer, click the link in our bio!