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Courageous Conversation: A Systems View of Sustaining All Life on Earth with Dr. Tom Hay

Courageous Conversation: A Systems View of Sustaining All Life on Earth with Dr. Tom Hay

Dr. Inger Anderson, Executive Director of the UN Environmental Programme addressed the UN in 2020 with the following words: “That we even need to utter the phrase “Sustaining All life on Earth” at all should ring alarm bells. We have long assumed that nature will provide for us no matter what. For too long we have seen the living world as an endless, inexhaustible resource for us to tap. But the veil is falling. Human activities are pushing the natural world’s limits to breaking point, placing the well-being of all life on earth, including our own, in grave peril. The…
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Courageous Conversations about Climate Change Featuring PRX Living on Earth Podcast

Courageous Conversations about Climate Change Featuring PRX Living on Earth Podcast

What happens when you hear or read the words “climate change”? Are you curious? Do you think about your, or your children’s life or lifestyle? Do you feel threatened? Or do you wonder what’s the big deal? Or do you deny that climate change exists? The following information is not meant to scare but to raise awareness of our planet’s condition. That is why it is a part of the series titled a courageous conversation.  Consider this: The changes in climate to date have little parallel in human history.  The last decade is quite likely the hottest the planet has…
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How often do you as a woman consider: How Climate Anxiety Is Shaping Family Planning?

How often do you as a woman consider:  How Climate Anxiety Is Shaping Family Planning?

In recent months, the notion of family planning as a means of fighting climate change has emerged from the eco-warrior fringe and entered the mainstream public conversation. Last winter, on the Facebook page, BirthStrike, a group of about 650 people based in Britain, have pledged to forgo having children because of “the severity of the ecological crisis.” One post BirthStrike post shared the following: “For several months after her daughter was born in 1991, Lori Day had terrifying anxiety dreams about failing to protect her baby. Decades later, the recurring nightmares about her daughter’s safety have returned, triggered by the prospect of…
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From convict to star citizen, a courageous conversation with Helenia Bragg.

From convict to star citizen, a courageous conversation with Helenia Bragg.

This story deserved a rewind. We all have times or seasons when it requires courage to make it from one moment to the next; to take the next step or to say the next word. And sometimes we let fear, shame, and guilt demonize our potential to overcome. What we discovered is that the ability to have a courageous conversation is often a process, a journey, not an event. It doesn’t always happen when it logically should; sometimes you have to grow into it.  And sometimes courageous conversations happen in and stay in our heads… or our hearts. Sometimes our…
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New weapons in the fight against human trafficking revealed with advocate Ms. Anne Basham

New weapons in the fight against human trafficking revealed with advocate Ms. Anne Basham

Researchers have found that sex traffickers often target children and youth with a history of maltreatment, sexual abuse, low self-esteem, and minimal social support. About 10,000 children a year suffer the horrors of commercial sexual exploitation in the United States. Each victim on average is forced to have sex more than five times a day. Yet the buyers who fuel the child sex trade are seldom held accountable. Most just blend back into their families, jobs, and neighborhoods. My guest at the table today is a wonderful resource to educate us about the human trafficking space. Beyond that, she is also an expert and advocate in the…
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A Courageous Convervation about Human Trafficking with Advocate Bill Woolf

A Courageous Convervation about Human Trafficking with Advocate Bill Woolf

When Tonya was 13, she met Eddie (a pseudonym) at the apartment she lived in with her mother in the Dallas, Texas, area. His estranged wife was the property manager. Tonya was classmates with Eddie’s stepdaughter, so the two would often see each other at the apartment and in the local grocery store. It was there that the two first exchanged numbers. “It was a casual relationship at first. You could see there was a mutual connection. I thought he was cute,” Tonya recalled. “I could tell he was really flirtatious with me. We would talk and flirt a lot,…
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What About the Children? Courageous Conversation with Susan Young about Human Trafficking and her Daughter..

What About the Children? Courageous Conversation with Susan Young about Human Trafficking and her Daughter..

Dollar-for-dollar, human trafficking in America is far worse than it is overseas. It is a market that is growing exponentially, putting $975 million in the pockets of human traffickers every year. Every 2.5 hours, a child is taken by human traffickers. Seven years is the average lifespan of a child victim once taken. Ninety-six percent of trafficking victims are female. Every trafficked child is purchased for sex 5.4 times a day. Human traffickers use any tool available to them to connect with potential victims. Contrary to popular belief, these predators rarely kidnap victims but rather employ psychological manipulation to get…
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Voices from the Future. Meet the Praise Warriors and Script Hop 101!

Voices from the Future. Meet the Praise Warriors and Script Hop 101!

The recent challenging cultural and societal circumstances have forced my heart to turn to our future and ask the question, “What About the Children…and those who love them”. The children are both our future and our now. What they see us do, what they hear us say, shapes who they become. To give the question a platform, Frankly Speaking, has been highlighting stories where young people speak for themselves through their testimonies, their gifts, conversations with peers, siblings, and parents. The outcome has created a dramatic landscape that is entertaining, creative, courageous, and inspiring.  I title these stories “Voices from…
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What About the Children? Dr. Roz, Child and Family Therapist, Considers Their LandscapeToday

What About the Children? Dr. Roz, Child and Family Therapist, Considers Their LandscapeToday

The challenge for all of us today is to be a lighthouse in the next generation’s lives. In this season of intense uncertainty and unrest, be on the lookout for lost souls. Be alert to those who may be in need and have nowhere to go or no way to get there. Be sensitive to children who find themselves left out, leftover, or left behind. Be a lighthouse to a child. Show children protection and guidance. You don’t have to say much; just let the child know you are there should the need arise. Roselyn V. Baker-Black, affectionately known as…
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Rotary Opens Opportunities Through Service Featuring Ambreen Rizvi, President of Tysons Rotary Club District 7610

Rotary Opens Opportunities Through Service Featuring Ambreen Rizvi, President of Tysons Rotary Club District 7610

What comes to mind when you hear the words, ” compassion without borders”? For global citizen, civic leader, local non-profit CEO, mother, and president of Tysons Rotary Club, Ambreen Rizvi, it is her life’s strategy. Ambreen embodies Rotary International’s motto, Service Above Self. She is a woman of action who has the gift of intellect, a servants’ heart, and determination to get the job done. Both Rotary International and Ambreen are examples of how a person living in Northern Virginia can make a huge impact globally through service. Ambreen’s story began in Pakistan, continued in Paris, and exciting new chapters…
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