Author: Cassandra Ledger

Power Philanthropist Profile: Agnes Gund

Credit: Sotheby’s Wealth produces the image of a certain breed of human that seems so distant from most of us, yet is distinct in our collective picture. High fashion, poise, elegance—nose turned away from those below them as they attend their galas in favor of some distant, charitable cause. For many of us, this is the perfect vision of a wealthy giver. Perhaps this is the realm in which many philanthropists fall, but Agnes Gund is not one of them. Being consecrated as potentially one of the “last good rich [people]” out there by the New York Times clearly...

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Cycling and the City: How One Project Changed Calgary

Credit: Trover In recent years, we have seen a shift in how people get around their cities. Studies across the world report that people, on average, do not get enough exercise and are living unhealthy, sedentary lifestyles. Given the proportion of people who work desk jobs, this unfortunate statistic isn’t all that surprising. Turning the Tables Some cities, however, are hoping to promote change among their population. In 2012, Alberta’s largest city, Calgary, made a massive push in the right direction. Being that the city is eight times the size of San Francisco, traffic has become a massive point of...

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The Light Art Sheds on Puerto Rico

Credit: Pinterest On September 20, 2017, Hurricane Maria ravaged the small island of Puerto Rico. Meteorologists warned about the dire effects the storm would have. People were told to evacuate, if at all possible. Hundreds of  shelters opened to help protect those in need. Citizens of Puerto Rico knew Maria would be trouble. It can go without saying that no one knew just how catastrophic the damage would be. Puerto Rico was still recovering from the effects of Hurricane Irma two weeks prior to Maria. A vast majority of FEMA’s emergency relief resources had been already deployed, and had...

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The Long-Term Benefits of Travel are More than Just Memories

Credit: Avopix The Dream of a Far-Away World You’re going away for five days. You’ve packed a small suitcase full of clothes, essentials, and a charger for your phone. Just in case, you bring a book, and a journal. You don’t need your computer. The 12-hour drive is arduous, and something you aren’t necessarily looking forward to, but in the end, you will have reached a destination so vastly different from home that it practically seems you’ve entered a new world. For a few days, you’ll be free of e-mails, calls, and meetings. Work was left behind the moment...

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Exclusive Interview: Robbie Davison, Feeding Liverpool and Changing Lives with Can Cook

Credit: The Guardian  Editor’s Note: Robbie Davison is the director of a food organization, Can Cook, based out of Liverpool and Merseyside. Their mission is simple: provide those in food poverty with the quality food they deserve. The organization provides those in need with the tools they need to eat right, and teaches them how to execute that need. Every week, Can Cook offers fresh, healthy food to schools, nurseries, care homes, and individuals, feeding thousands of hungry citizens. This interview was conducted via e-mail. Developing Fresh Food For Those in Need Sophia News: Please describe your evolution from food...

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