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Love in Action: Kindspring.org

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Yes! is one of my favorite magazines, with a clear-eyed view of the challenges we face and a commitment to featuring the work of ordinary people to bring justice to our society, health to our natural world and meaningful work.

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The Summer 2013 issue was titled “Love and the Apocalypse“. Now, that’s a catchy title! In the latest issue they highlight what began as a college prank gone good: encouraging people to do anonymous good deeds and leaving behind a “smile card” asking people to pass on the kindness. Kindspring.org grew out of this voluntary movement and claims they’ve shipped over 1 million smile cards, have over 19,000 registered users and their site has over 32,000 “kindness stories.”

I’ve made the pitch that Love is what makes a community. Here’s a way you can make it happen: order a smile card and do your deed!

Another group using a similar strategy is Sisters of the Road, in Portland, Oregon. Sisters is a non-profit cafè started over 20 years ago in skid road by Genny Nelson to offer healthy, low-cost food to everybody. If you don’t have the cash, you can work for a few hours for your meal. Sisters encourages people who are put off by pan handlers to purchase meal coupons to give out. At $2 each, they will buy a meal.

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Why Getting to 2100? The next century will be a test: can humans use their intelligence and foresight to successfully transition from our consumption-fueled economy to one that balances the needs of humans with the Earth’s available resources. Getting to 2100 aims to be a forum for sharing of good ideas and good works. Got a good example or a new idea? Share it with the world!

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