The GOODEST: Our Favorite Things to Learn and Do This Past Week The GOODEST: Our Favorite Things to Learn and Do This Past Week
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The GOODEST: Our Favorite Things to Learn and Do This Past Week

by Alessandra Rizzotti

December 2, 2012

Fish Poo Power: A Genius Countertop Aquaponics Garden

“We’ve been doing this [testing the gardens] for eight months, and it still blows my mind when I see the first one sprouting—out of rock. It’s just crazy. I get so excited about it, but imagine a little kid seeing that.” With a bit of the wonder that dwells in any farmer, Arora adds, “They’re never going to forget that for the rest of their lives.”

 
Instead of contributing to the profits of international mega-corporations which exploit their workers and the planet, use holiday spending as an opportunity to uplift your own community. When you buy from locally owned businesses, $45 of every $100 spent will remain in the local economy. Of that same $100 spent at a chain retailer, only $14 would remain locally.
 
 
 
Here I was in the heart of the Middle East and my Muslim mother-in-law, who at the time covered her hair with the veil and made no secret of her desire for a grandchild (three years of marriage with no baby to show is still nearly unheard of in Syria), had gotten a pill for me that would delay even further her desperate wish to become a grandmother. A pill that in the United States was still deeply controversial and difficult to come by.
 
 
 
Finding an innovative solution often involves getting lost. It's like setting out to find treasure with just a map and a compass—you may encounter mountains, seas and wild animals along the way, and how you choose to navigate those challenges releases your particular gifts and skills.
 
 
Illustration by Jessica De Jesus
 
Original image via (cc) flickr user kindercapes
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The GOODEST: Our Favorite Things to Learn and Do This Past Week