Tuesday, December 24, 2019
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None of us are getting out of here alive. So, please stop treating yourself like an afterthought. Eat the delicious food. Walk in the sunshine. Jump in the ocean. Say the truth that you're carrying in your heart, like hidden treasure. Be silly. Be kind. Be weird. There's no time for anything else.
photo: © Bruce Behnke 2019
Monday, November 18, 2019
This is a very different
post. I hope you will read it and give it serious consideration. kind of
If you knew a kid down the street had a simple need, say she needed sneakers for school, chances are you’d help, right? But, it’s hard to know the needs of real people in your community because there’s never been a way to connect people who could really use help with people who want to offer it. Enter the app
. Its name comes from combining the words 'purpose + generosity,' and it’s designed to connect the individual needs of people near you in your neighborhood, community or city. Purposity
“We live in an age when we can make a doctor’s appointment right from our phone,” said founder Blake Canterbury, adding, “but we have no way of knowing if the family down the street has food on its table or if their children have shoes on their feet.”
looks to bridge that gap locally. Purposity
Canterbury believes the app is a new way to invite people to engage with their neighbors, directly meeting their most pressing needs, and ultimately building better, and stronger communities. “We’re creating a movement for good and a
new model of living, starting at the completely level. By supporting the systems of well-established nonprofits, engaging neighbors to join us, real change can occur in communities with better long-term solutions for all.” hyperlocal
For example, a brother and sister were both falling asleep in class because they were sleeping on the floor. Through Purposity, people gave items priced $15 to $110 to help give the brother and sister duo a place to sleep, providing everything from sheets to the bed themselves. And one of the best parts of Purposity: Once a need
, that giving opportunity is closed. It makes people feel like they’ve really accomplished something. is filled
This is how the app works: A donor reads a student’s story and then foots the bill for a requested item.
buys it and mails it to the Education Department, which gets it to the student. Identities and personal information Purposity and donations are are protected . tax-deductible Purposity by sponsoring businesses so there is no charge for the services and is underwritten out of a donor’s contribution. no fees are taken
“The app asks you if you want to set a donation goal for the year," Portner said.
You can say I want to meet three needs or 12 needs, that’s optional.” “
“We know people want to do good, but they don’t know where to start. This app gives you opportunities to do good in the simplest and easiest way possible in your community. And you can really make an impact with small donation amounts,” Canterbury said. He and his team at Purposity already have proved the concept: They launched Purposity as a web-based platform in targeted cities and communities, including Atlanta, Denver and Nashville over the past two years.
People who opt in receive a weekly text message with a link that takes them to a current need in their community. They can
meet that need in under two minutes from their phone. The app aims to streamline this process, allowing users to make an impact even faster. choose to
The app has also attracted the attention of local public schools
and has – meet over 8,000 needs nationally, including, among others, Atlanta, Denver and Honolulu. been able to help
“This app is a place for people to know where to
do good, to feel like they can make meaningful differences,” said Canterbury. “We’re excited where this could lead. It opens up so many possibilities. Every kid should have food on their table, clothes on their back. start to gives people a way to help solve huge, long-term issues Purposity by starting in their own communities.” simply
Sunday, November 17, 2019
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Monday, September 23, 2019
Today is the autumnal equinox. In China and Taiwan this past week has seen celebrations of the mid-autumn festival, but
Chinese poet Li Bai (李白) (701-762) wrote this thirteen hundred years ago:
Quiet Night Thoughts (靜夜思)
床前明月光。 Before my bed there is bright moonlight,
舉頭望明月。 Lifting my head I watch the bright moon,
低頭思故鄉。 Lowering my head I dream that I’m home.
photo: bruce behnke