Poverty, money - and Love

What do you think of people in poverty? Maybe what Jessica Jackley once did: "they" need "our" help, in the form of a few coins in a jar. The co-founder of Kiva.org talks about how her attitude changed - and how her work with microloans has brought new power to people who live on a few dollars a day.

Kiva.org, an online community that helps individuals loan small amounts of money, called microloans, to entrepreneurs throughout the world, inspired but the work of Muhammad Yunus and his social businesses, like the Grameen Bank.

Kiva mixes the entrepreneurial daring of Google with the do-gooder ethos of Bono.
— Knowledge@Wharton report, Forbes

The Secret Gardener

Have you ever wondered why big cities are so grey? Or about how there seems to be a lack of public space in which to grow beautiful things? These types of questions have brought about action from "Guerrilla Gardeners" such as these folks, in the form of illicit cultivation in cities around the world.

Lea Du Plessis, a 22 year old that lives in Johannesburg, puts on a pink wig at night, plants trees and spreads love all over her city. Some people call her crazy, but she says she just wants to spread smiles on people's faces.

Check out Lea's tumblr where she gathers pictures, inspirations and documents her missions across Johannesburg and other cities she visits.

The earth laughs in flowers.
— E.E. Cummings

Evidence of a recent hanging up guerrilla gardening session by the Secret Gardener in Johannasburg, South Africa.

The world needs more love letters

Up until today, Hannah Brechner's family communicates with each other via handwritten letters, in a world where, as she puts it,  “everything is paperless and where some of our best conversations have happened upon a screen.”

When she fell into depression after college, she started writing love letters to strangers, and spreading them all over New York City, for people to randomly discover. Shortly after, she made a promise to the internet on her blog : whoever wanted a hand-written letter from her, all they had to do was ask. She would send one straight away.

Over the next year, she wrote over 400 hand-penned letters and started a global initiative called The World Needs More Love Letters dedicated to connecting strangers all over the world via the art of letter writing. With love, intention and cursive handwriting.

Hannah and the More Love Letters team believe that that’s basically what the world needs:
“Love. Pure, old-fashioned, never goes out of style Love.
Ridiculous, oozing, cannot pack this thang into 140-characters kind of love.”

Loveisall.com.br agrees.

Watch here her inspiring 6 minute TEDtalk, learn more about the movement, whip out your best stationary (do you even own any?) and get that cursive going.

[To] sit down, pull out a piece of paper and think about someone the whole way through … is an art form that does not fall down to the Goliath of ‘get faster.
— Hannah Brencher @ted.com