children’s health

Sweet Potato Fries and the US Federal Budget

I know. You’re wondering, has she finally lost it. Because what on earth could the humble sweet potato possibly have to do with the US Federal Budget? Well, I’ll get there. But first…Some of you know I’m an Aussie. So my experiences with sweet potato have nothing to do with Thanksgiving or marshmallow (that’s a […]

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Is Social Good Just Noise? Or Are We Really Doing Something?

Social media and technology don’t change the world. A phone doesn’t feed a hungry child. A tweet doesn’t save a mother from dying in childbirth. A Facebook page doesn’t overthrow dictators. And yet I’ve just spent three days immersed in the world’s biggest social good conversation at the Social Good Summit. I left reinforced in […]

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Why Social Good Summit is My Favorite Event of the Year

Three years in to the ground breaking event that is the Social Good Summit, I still pinch myself that I get to be a part of it! A host of conversations with world leaders, companies, nonprofits and representatives from various United Nations agencies opens up the world of the UN to the world via digital […]

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I’m Walking in Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week in NYC Tonight!

You guys!!! Strut. The Fashionable Mom Show is at Lincoln Center in New York City tonight, and I’m in it! Egads! The theme is real mothers, wearing fabulous outfits styled by Rent the Runway! I went for my fitting on Friday afternoon and they are such a delightful team. Blaire, our show stylist is warm and practical […]

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Bloggers: You WANT To Do This! Join the Social Good Summit in NYC Sept 22-24!

I got to shake Archbishop Desmond Tutu’s hand at last year’s Social Good Summit. I’d like to write that in caps, but I don’t want you to think I’m shouting at you. I still freak out when I think about it. Desmond Tutu people!!! AMAZING. OK, now I’m shouting — but it’s the joyful kind :). […]

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We did it! YOU did it!

Today’s the day! Shot@Life’s Blogust: Blog Relay for Good reached their goal of 10,000 comments. The comments, which are being matched at $20 each by donors (up to $200,000), have raised enough to vaccinate 10,000 of the world’s hardest to reach children. 10,000 kids!!! And YOU, dear friends, are part of the incredible community who made it […]

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$620 to Vaccinate Kids Using Only Your Time and Your Keyboard

I need your help with something really important. With five minutes of your time you can help me vaccinate a child in the developing world. For reals! Donors have given $200,000 Shot@Life’s Blogust: BlogRelay for Good. Every day in the month of August, a different blogger writes about how comments and their communities have supported them. The goal is to […]

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Can Anyone Help Save My Child?

Have you heard about mothers in parts of sub-saharan Africa who don’t cry when their babies die? Who feel numb and unable to share the grief ripping them apart, because it is so commonplace, so every day? Because they expect their children to die. I wonder if they had access to a computer and the […]

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Are You Glued to the Olympics? What Do They Represent for You?

I’m not  sporty person, but like millions, I’m transfixed by the Olympics. I consumed every moment I could of the opening ceremony, quietly teary as the athletes of the 204 competing nations entered the stadium. By the lighting of the cauldron I gave up all pretense of not crying. It was a monumental moment. “As […]

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It’s More Than Just Your Vote — Why Citizen Advocacy Matters

I’ve lived in four democracies and one partial democracy in my life. As a child and teen I had a handful of opportunities to visit with elected officials. It always felt very special and rarified. As I got older and more cynical, the exercise felt less valid. And I stopped. After a hiatus of more […]

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