Yes, there has been a long gap since the last issue of Starlink! Our apologies - being incredibly busy is the reason, though not an excuse. :)
To make up - perhaps just a little - for the delay, you'll find the pdf file this month is a 'bumper issue". Six pages of useful or interesting resources for schools and community agencies. Enjoy! :)
Sue & Chris
BJ Seminars International
Worth reading is the report Disrupting Philanthropy: Technology and the Future of the Social Sector, by Lucy Bernholz with Edward Skloot and Barry Varela.
It explores the immediate and longer-term implications of networked digital technologies for philanthropy. Our claim is that information networks are transforming philanthropy. Enormous databases and powerful new visualization tools can be accessed instantly by anyone, at any time.
Just the thing to brighten your day when you have a few minutes to spare. :) Take a look at these ten short films, courtesy of the Gimundo website.
So much imagination, fun, quirkiness ... and yes, even moving moments .. captured in just a few minutes of film.
The longest one, Validation, we've mentioned in a previous issue of Starlink - but it's definitely worth watching again! :)
Storycorps is a US-based independent nonprofit whose mission is to provide Americans of all backgrounds and beliefs with the opportunity to record, share, and preserve the stories of our lives. Since 2003, StoryCorps has collected and archived more than 30,000 interviews from more than 60,000 participants.
The heart of StoryCorps is the conversation between two people who are important to each other: a son asking his mother about her childhood, an immigrant telling his friend about coming to America, or a couple reminiscing on their 50th wedding anniversary. By helping people to connect, and to talk about the questions that matter, the StoryCorps experience is powerful and sometimes even life-changing.
Our goal is to make that experience accessible to all, and find new ways to inspire people to record and preserve the stories of someone important to them. Just as powerful is the experience of listening. Whenever people listen to these stories, they hear the courage, humor, trials and triumphs of an incredible range of voices.
And finally ... here is a small poem in honour of the Appreciative Inquiry Forum, the Celebrating Story Conference and the other amazing stories we've discovered as we prepared this issue of Starlink.
You may have tangible wealth untold,
caskets of jewels and coffers of gold.
Richer than I you could never be;
I know someone who told stories to me.
(Cinthia Pearl Maus)
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