Giving Back

Giving Tuesday

November 27, 2012

Today is an important day. It is not just November 27th. It is not just the Tuesday after Black Friday and Cyber Monday. It is #GivingTuesday. A day that symbolizes the potential impact that each of us can have to help build capacity in others through gestures, through actions, through whatever it is that we […]

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The Grow Method

October 15, 2012
Oxfam Grow Method | Ciao Mom

Do you remember when you were young and your parents told you that you had to eat everything on your plate so that food would not be wasted?  I do.  I remember it, and have probably used the same argument with my daughter over the years to get her to eat her meals. The idea […]

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5 Ways You Can Build Capacity in Women and Children

October 11, 2012
Day of the Girl | 10x10 act

Giving agency to those who own the story is an important part of building capacity in others. Think about it, who has the best perspective to tell a story? The person who lived through the experience of course. But sometimes, it can be hard because those stories…they never have a chance to be told. They […]

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Whose Story is it Anyway?

October 5, 2012
Giving Agency to empower others | Ciao Mom

Building capacity in others is a key to creating sustainable growth, in any field. But building capacity also means allowing people to “rise to their own microphone,” as TMS “Teddy” Ruge, Co-Founder of Project Diaspora says, when they are ready, to tell their ow story, in their own way. Sometimes this idea of letting people […]

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A More Birthdays Recipe for Life

October 4, 2012
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The perfect recipe for any birthday celebration is actually a very easy to create mix of three things: laughter, family & friends, and an activity that gets you off your feet and moving. The truth is that this recipe of laughter, movements, and family or friends is also a perfect blend for living life.   […]

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Values and Interdependency: Social Good Summit Takeaway

September 25, 2012
Major takeaway from the social good summit | Ciao Mom

The Social Good Summit wrapped up yesterday in New York City amidst the excitement of United Nations Week. #SGSGlobal was a global conversation created in partnership with Mashable, 92nd Street Y, the United Nations Foundation, Ericsson, the United Nations Development Programme, and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. To say that three days at the […]

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The Gift of Social Media is in the Interaction

August 14, 2012
Social Media Touches are a gift | Ciao Mom

Today I am thrilled to participate in Shot@Life’s Blogust: Blog Relay for Good, where 31 bloggers, one each day in August, are writing about people from our communities who have inspired us and where YOU have the chance to make a difference and give a gift with just one comment. Becoming a blogger was never […]

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Social Action….What does that mean?

August 6, 2012
Bloggers for More Birthdays | Ciao Mom

Social action. Social good. Social Responsibility. Giving Back. Many words. Many meanings. Many intentions. But many questions can arise too. What does it mean to be committed to social good? What does it mean to give back? How do we advocate for social good from behind the laptop screens at our desk? How can one […]

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Showing Up to Do Good

July 21, 2012
Showing up to do Good with Toyota | Ciao Mom

Doing good is a term that many people and companies use very loosely and abstractly. People talk about doing good, they talk about giving back. In many cases they participate in giving back to charitable causes by giving money. Which, don’t get me wrong, is a great start. But I learned something this year as […]

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I am a TWIN!

May 29, 2012
Toyota Womens Influencer Network | Ciao Mom

I have always wanted to be a twin. Being able to share secrets, play tricks on family, friends,  and teachers. Which of course, never happened. But…as I approach my 38th birthday this summer, I am thrilled to finally be a twin. As in a member of the Toyota Women’s Influencer Network aka…TWIN. We have two […]

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