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Change The Shape

Have you noticed our #changetheshape hashtag? Wonder what it means? It is a reference to the Bottom of the Pyramid (or BOP). “The bottom of the pyramid… is the largest, but poorest socio-economic group. In global terms, this is the 2.7 billion people who live on less than $2.50 a day.”2ndSG exists to see this pyramid changed. It isn’t right that a mother should have to choose which child gets to eat that day or that people die from curable diseases due to poor nutrition or unclean drinking water. I would propose to you that it isn’t an issue of there not being enough money in the world, but more an issue of strategy. What if we moved from aid to trade?...

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Woven Together

You wanna know one of the main reasons 2nd Goods Is able to do what we do? It’s because of YOU, the customer. You said yes to being involved in the conversation and because of it we’re changing the world together. It’s not about finding the cheapest most convenient thing anymore, it’s about making mindful purchases! When you buy a baby mobile, pillow, or rug from a company that has a high value for the humans making the product and their children (and their children’s’ children) your purchase expands from just meeting your decor needs to impacting a family line. I know that sounds dramatic, but it it’s the honest truth. That’s why we are so passionate about sharing the...

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Big Question Monday: Corporal Punishment and Parenting Skills

Today the topic of conversation began as “Is it ok for school teachers to whip, slap or grab and twist the ears of our kids?   One of our moms came in wrestling with this problem.  So i said, lets talk about it.  Is this common practice?  How do you feel about this form of discipline? Out came the stories!   Parents afraid for their children. Adults with stories of being afraid of school every day, lest they answer a question wrong or forget a homework assignment and get the back of their hand slapped hard with a ruler, or worse, made to bend over in front of the class while a leather belt is used by the teacher or administrator against...

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Sons, Not Thugs.

sons, not thugs.Last week we closed on the property! The Marketplace Gonaives is in our hands. After almost 3 years of work, process, doubt, fear, more work, more help from much smarter people than we… we now have the document that says it is ours. Problem is, the property has sat empty for 12 years. Not empty exactly. Lack of formal activity invites a world of the “informal”. It had become a passageway of sorts from the neighborhood behind to the main road in front. And there were folks living in the shadows, collections of things in piles, a business used the front corner, and a small group of merry men had claimed the back corner of the building where...

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10 Minuet Essays 1

Theme - Live like you mean it.  Author - Kathy Brooks Live like you mean it We can.   That is the astonishing thing.  We absolutely CAN.  For me, it is in the smallest decisions of every day life that this truth plays out .It is rarely about the big things.  Those seem to take care of themselves when I get the small things right.  Live like you mean it means …be the boss over my thoughts.  Some are beautiful and welcome guests…other are loud mouth bullies , live like you mean it means ..be the bouncer,  Invite the bullies to leave and enforce their departure.  Entertain the serious thoughts that need to stick around awhile, offer them tea! Live like you mean it means: Honesty; A personal...

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