Dreaming of Community Wellbeing and a Sustainable Planet

Purple flowers growing everywhere in Salem park.
Hundredgivers is a collaborative effort to support and accelerate initiatives, individuals and organizations that are improving communities, giving back, and regenerating the planet. We are all givers in our own way, longing for human connection, community wellbeing and a sustainable planet. Hundredgivers is an affirmation that we all desire healthy, thriving communities and a sustainable environment. This is not wishful thinking, but a dynamic and practical belief that is actualizing with each positive, intentional moment. As Louis Hay said, affirmations are a way to ...

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Good to Remember: We are All Family and the Planet is Our Home

gratitude for our human family
For many, the concept of family has expanded beyond bloodlines to include friends, neighbors, colleagues, and others in the greater community. With so many lives experiencing traumatic events due to hurricanes, floods, wildfires and other disasters, now is a good time to remember the wise words of Louise Hay: "We are all family, and the planet is our home." For those who are experiencing traumatic events, a simple act of kindness, respectful listening and compassion from others can bring hope. Ask a few trauma-informed individuals. I just spent two days at a conference ...

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Homeless and Houseless – From Despair to Glimmer of Hope

With dark ringed eyes and look of despair, a shadow of someone’s son crossed my path and stood there watching me. He must have known that I could not refuse a simple request for lunch. He blurted: “Would you buy me a burger?” I nodded and readily agreed, happy to do something tangible that involved giving this thin frame some sustenance. I wondered how many burgers it would take for his shadow to become solid again. “What kind of burger would you like?” I was ready to give him the works – whatever he wanted to eat. He pointed at something that looked like a ...

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Filling Empty Bowls with Fresh Local Foods

I’ve spent a good many years planting perennial jungles and food forests wherever I hang my hat and coat (regardless of whether I own or rent). What’s most important for me is to contribute in areas that I can make a difference in the wellbeing of our community and environment. As a gardener, urban farmer, and dirt advocate I am learning to grow food and live in more sustainable ways. It’s an ongoing process to regenerate land and soil using holistic approaches and permaculture techniques (for example without chemical fertilizers and pesticides). It’s also deeply ...

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An Eye Opening Bike Ride: Changing Perspectives on the Trail

A bike, like a boat or a horse allows one to see the world through a different lens and to reach places that people might not otherwise venture. A bike ride can offer an escape hatch from any daily crisis (or opportunity to get out of Dodge), and it can also offer an eye-opening change in scenery and perspectives. My latest contribution to evolution are adaptations in my style of riding, along with a new change in perspective. I recently adjusted my seat to function more as a perch than a bench and I have added a device that extends the handlebars upward. This has ...

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Unlocking New Forms of Wealth

Mother Teresa embraces new forms of wealth
In this powerful TEDx talk, Nipun Mehta (founder of ServiceSpace) explores new forms of wealth as a way to improve the human experience. Mother Teresa who deals with poverty in its many forms, embraces alternative wealth with acceptance, tolerance, forgiveness, kindness, and compassion. Mehta asserts that we are too skewed towards accumulating financial wealth (money). Yet it hasn't worked out too well for most of us. Today there are 62 people in the world who own more financial wealth than the bottom 3.5 billion (more than half of the worlds population). Th...

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Opening Doors for the Homeless

welcome mat for a formerly homeless family
One cold morning a couple winters ago on my way into work our office door was partially blocked by a homeless person sleeping with a wet blanket, his feet uncovered revealing thin worn socks. For a brief moment I imagined wrapping this stranger in my arms to warm and stop the shivering as if he were one of my own children. Unsure what to do I made a plea to our office manager. New to the job, the office, and on the clock, I learned that homeless people sleeping in doorways was a frequent occurrence in Portland. We let the downtown authorities handle the problem. Unsettl...

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Unconditional Basic Income: hand out or hand in?

unconditional basic income
What would you do if you were given an unconditional basic income to count on monthly – just enough to pay the rent and maybe buy a little food - without commitment to work in exchange? Would you lounge around the house in your pajamas all day and watch your favorite movies? What would you do if you had this basic income for an entire year? What about if you had this unconditional source of income as a safety net now while you’re still healthy enough to enjoy it? These are precisely the types of questions being asked in social experiments ongoing since the early 1970s ...

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