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Every Three Seconds

The stories of five regular people – a boy, a college student, a thirty-something, and two seniors – whose lives went from ordinary to extraordinary based on one simple decision: to engage, taking on two of the most challenging issues of our time: hunger and extreme poverty.

Director: Daniel G. Karslake
Year: 2014
Time: 99 min

 Every Three Seconds
(2014) on IMDb

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Help share the films message through donating to the impact and education program for the film.

Donate an old cell phone to Hope Phones by Mobile Medic, enabling doctors in rural communities across the globe to help those who would be otherwise isolated from receiving medical care.

Read A Thousand Sisters written by Lisa Shannon on her experiences in the Congo. Keep your eyes open for Yes, You! Everywoman’s Guide to Becoming a World Leader, which she is currently co-authoring.

Support children by donating money or starting a fundraiser. Organisations like UNICEF aids children around the world. 

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Can Fighting Poverty Make You Happy?

“If everyone would engage to whatever extent that they could in an issue like hunger and extreme poverty, which is so solvable now, this would be a different world.”

Greater Good interview director Daniel Karslake on the making of EVERY THREE SECONDS, fighting poverty and the happiness in giving.

Zainab Salbi

“Iraqi-born Zainab Salbi founded and runs Women for Women International, and has dedicated her life to helping women in war-torn regions rebuild their lives and communities.” Find out more about her inspirational journey here.

Find Out How on ONE.org

In 2000, leaders from 189 nations signed on to the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), a set of 8 poverty-busting goals designed to significantly reduce global poverty and disease by 2015.

The Science of Extreme Altruism

“Carnegie Hero Fund has awarded medals to over 9,500 people. Every single one of these people risked his or her life to “an extraordinary degree” in attempting to save the life of another person. ”

Find out more about the science behind these kinds of selfless actions: the phenomenom that  psychologists and neuroscientists refer to as “extreme altruism”.

Relentless, Positive Storm

“More than any other in recent memory, the generation now emerging from our educational system believes that just one person – armed with powerful, innovative and disruptive ideas or concepts – can change the world through a “relentless, positive storm.”

Read the full text here.

The Congo Crisis

Educate yourself on the Congo Crisis, what’s happening, what’s being done and what you can do.

Gleaning for Good

“An old-fashioned concept—gleaning for the greater good by harvesting unwanted or leftover produce from farms or family gardens—is making a comeback. In cities, rural communities, and suburbs across the country, volunteer pickers join forces to collect bags and boxes of fruits and vegetables that find their way to homeless shelters, soup kitchens, and food pantries, as well as senior centers, low-income homes, and school lunch programs.”

Read more on Civil Eats.

6 Ways to Teach Your Children Philanthropy

“Core values about sharing and giving are values that all of us would like to pass on to our children and grandchildren. But how can you instill those principles in today’s fast-paced, social media–driven world?”

Forbes put together six tips on how to get started with teaching your children to be engaged and involved members of their community and the world at large.

Read them here.


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