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After a violent insurgence of illegal loggers decimated their lands, a group of 15 fearless Purhépecha women led a revolution that brought an indigenous Mexican culture—and its beloved wild mushrooms—back from the brink.
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Stunning Moment of Compassion as High School Coach Disarms and Then Hugs Student
Jay Moye
By  Jay Moye
October 18, 2019
After a violent insurgence of illegal loggers decimated their lands, a group of 15 fearless Purhépecha women led a revolution that brought an indigenous Mexican culture—and its beloved wild mushrooms—back from the brink.
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The nationally recognized BraveHearts program pairs wild mustangs with military veterans to assist in their transition back to civilian life and help curb depression and self-sabotaging behaviors.
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By  Tracey Harrington McCoy
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Bringing ill and wounded veterans together for friendly competition and camaraderie, this nonprofit is committed to making a meaningful difference in the lives of those who have sacrificed so much.
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By  Inspire Confidence Staff
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Student protestors from more than 150 countries skipped school as part of the Global Climate Strike.
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In partnership with the government of Mozambique, he is restoring Gorongosa National Park, a southeast African jewel left ravaged and fallow by almost 20 years of bitter civil war.
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Philip Ball shares what he’s observed in more than 15 years of examining the science behind nature’s beauty.
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Why something so seemingly small as a solar-powered refrigerator is a tall order in some parts of the world.
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You could go around randomly asking people whether they need help with anything, but it's not the only way to introduce more kindness into your actions. The website Kindness.org offers several...
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By  Julie Besonen
January 19, 2017
From teaching to coaching to organizing charitable efforts at work, Parker Ramsdell has made it a priority to help others.
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By  John Strege
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Riding a bicycle seems like a rite of passage for kids, but that’s not always the case.
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One day more than a decade ago, Tom Robertson saw a man carve a bear in a friend's backyard. That moment launched a new calling, and a new identity: Robertson soon became known to friends as "Chainsaw."
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By  A. Trouy
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Often, the young men who partnered with these dogs yearn to adopt them—but it takes money, time, and the ability to navigate bureaucracies. Enter Molli Oliver.
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"One of the hardest parts about being an ice cream dude is seeing the disappointment on a kid's face when all of their friends buy ice cream but they're left out because they don't have a dollar," ...
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World War II veteran invited to throw the first pitch at a Mariners' game against the Padres turns in an admirable performance.
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Luchita Hurtado has been creating artwork for decades, but it’s only now—on the cusp of her 100th birthday and by a stroke of luck—that the rest of the world can finally see her paintings and witness her agelessly infectious lust for life.
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By  Jay Moye
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By  John Strege
December 19, 2016
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By  Kathleen Potter Shriver
November 17, 2016
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By  Louisa Stovall
October 15, 2019
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Tracey Harrington McCoy
By  Tracey Harrington McCoy
September 24, 2019
When CEO Dan Price cut his own $1.1 million salary to help pay each of his 120 employees a minimum annual salary of $70,000, he made the cover of Inc. Magazine alongside the headline, “Is This the Best Boss in America?” He's making waves again with his unique—though still very unproven—wage plan.
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The Washington Monument looked a little different this past weekend as crowds flocked to witness a spectacular light show in celebration of the 50th anniversary of Apollo 11.
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Observations from a yearlong trek to all 50 states, stopping in schools of all sizes, types and philosophies to hear educators discuss what works best, and how innovation happens in the process.
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August 06, 2019
What started as a small science camp celebration more than two decades ago has since exploded into a multi-state STEM experience for more than 5,000 kids in the Washington metro area.
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The oldest of five boys, he was tasked with raising his four younger brothers. He balanced work and school, all while taking care of his family. Years later, he's now taking care of his community.
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By  Kathleen Potter Shriver
July 26, 2016
Solar-powered aircraft trip around the globe invites the world to reimagine what is possible with solar energy.
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By  Eli Epstein
July 21, 2015
Armed with a degree and resolve, Mohammed Rezwan returned to his birthplace to help solve one of Bangladesh's biggest problems.
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By  Louisa Stovall
October 10, 2019
Insisting that equality is achievable over the next 10 years, the philanthropist pledged significant funding and unveiled a bold, three-step plan toward affecting meaningful and expansive societal change.
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By  Louisa Stovall
September 25, 2019
A fledgling vocational training program in Washington, D.C., is helping individuals with special needs thrive in the workplace, while simultaneously addressing a nationwide caregiver shortage.
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August 16, 2019
The Starry Night Café is more than just a place to buy coffee; it’s a place where differences are championed and meaningful friendships are cultivated.
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July 29, 2019
Over a year since her her husband was gunned down, Andrea Chamblee is finishing an important and poignant chapter in her life—quite literally—honoring his legacy by finishing the last chapter of his book.
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July 26, 2019
Here are memorable moments from some of the most inspiring commencement speeches of 2019.
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September 09, 2016
When Andrew Brennan returned home from flying Blackhawk Helicopter missions in Afghanistan, he got a job working in logistics for Best Buy. Three months into the job, he knew shepherding electronic...
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July 06, 2016
Armed with a cane, she steadily makes her way to the finish line, often after everyone else has finished the race. But she’s far from alone.
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Charles Linville and Chad Jukes take on climbing as a way to recover from their own war wounds and offer hope to others.
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September 23, 2019
Jesse Israel’s life had to get pretty loud before it could get quiet.
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In chronicling their own demises, four writers taught themselves how to live.
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By  Rose Pleskow
March 21, 2017
I have never let lifelong epilepsy or my intellectual disability stop me from doing the things I want to do in life. In high school, I ran track and field. I compete in swimming in the Special Olympics. I also work at Perfect Sense, a software product company in Reston, Virginia.
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November 01, 2016
"I never get tired of it," says Dwayne King of the hundreds of miles of glaciers and beauty he regularly traverses as a pilot in Alaska. King appears in "Living Free," a short film about life in the Last Frontier state. King is a pilot who operates Kingdom Air Corps out of Sutton, about 75 miles northeast of Anchorage.
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June 28, 2016
One summer trip turned into a longer, life-changing adventure for James Campbell and his teenage daughter, Aidan.
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By  Cathaleen Curtiss
January 26, 2016
Photographer snaps secret candids of strangers and then gives them the photo as a gift. She calls this series 'anti-selfies'.
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By  Gary Hopkins
January 04, 2016
When I first began studying photography, I learned to shoot in black and white. We used black and white film, processed it ourselves, and made black...
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Teenagers carry caskets of homeless veterans. Corporations donate materials and labor to build homes for severely wounded service members...
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January 19, 2017
From teaching to coaching to organizing charitable efforts at work, Parker Ramsdell has made it a priority to help others.
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Kathleen Potter Shriver
By  Kathleen Potter Shriver
January 12, 2017
Edwin Bancroft Henderson was born on Nov. 24, 1883 in Washington, D.C. About 20 years later, he introduced basketball to African Americans in D.C. and along the entire East Coast on an organized basis for the first time in history, earning him status as the "grandfather of black basketball."
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August 26, 2019
Every halftime at D.C. United’s Audi Field, focus shifts away from the soccer players and on to a different type of star—the Community Star. This award honors young people who are making a meaningful impact in their local communities.
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From Syria to Rio 2016 - The story of Yusra Mardini | Refugee Olympic Team
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By  Kathleen Potter Shriver
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We see professional skier Aiden Sheahan practice mindfulness in the short film Insight: Envisioning Before You Execute. Is meditation important for all athletes? Studies say yes.
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July 01, 2019
Since 2013, this annual, championship-level golf competition has brought together teenagers, wounded veterans and individuals with mental disabilities for friendly competition but also for something much greater: a shared goal to bridge the gap between differences and cultivate meaningful, lasting relationships.
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September 08, 2016
Through sport, these courageous men and women personify the meaning of the word invictus—unconquered.

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