If You Want Change to Happen, You Have to Do It Yourself
From Gillian Whitcombe at The Sewcialists: “Sewing is amazing because it’s really creative and really logical at the same time. It’s not like, ‘Why don’t I fit into this size?’ You know your body inside and out; it’s really empowering that way.”
I’ve Always Seen Myself as a Bridge, Connecting People, Knowledge, and Ideas
Faisal Saeed Al Mutar of Ideas Beyond Borders on making more resources available in Arabic: “I had this belief about the importance of removing barriers. . . . The motto of our translation project is ‘making the inaccessible accessible.’”
I’m Not the Hero. I’m Just a Piece of This Puzzle.
“I thought, why can’t I just go on the internet and buy coffee from farmers?” In this interview with co-founder Thaleon Tremain, learn how Pachamama Coffee connects growers directly with customers in the U.S.
#AnythingIsPossible: Readers Respond
We asked readers: “what would you do if you could do anything?” Here are some of your responses.
I Inspire Women to Keep Wearing — and Doing — What They Love
“When I was pregnant with my fourth child, Maely, I just wanted to keep wearing my jeans.” Holly Kjar discusses the product she created for pregnant women, the Maeband, and the growth of her business and online community.
My Goal Since the Beginning Was to Individualize the Victims
“By colorizing their photographs, they become less abstract. They are no longer just representing something old, a historical event that happened so many years ago.” For the Faces of Auschwitz project, photo colorist Marina Amaral transforms photos of Holocaust victims.
There Is So Much Power in Giving Back to People
“I want people to smile. I know that’s simple, but there is so much power in doing something uplifting.” International street artist Kelsey Montague creates large-scale murals that are meant to be interacted with and shared.
I Have a Passion for Creating Things that Have Value for Other People
“Spelling really taught me time management and work ethic.” Cole Shafer‑Ray of The Spelling Champ turned his knack for words into an online consulting business.
What Would You Do If You Could Do Anything?
What would you do if you could do anything? Tell us in the comments or in a new post.
I Want to Make Sure It Stays What It Is: A Kind, Safe Space
“It’s very intimidating, and it’s predominantly men in the business, even though you’re starting to see a lot more women in breweries.” Kate Christensen couldn’t find an online space to connect with other women who like craft beer — so she created one: Beer&Body Craft Beer Girls.
We Have this Really Powerful Tool to Effect Change
“But it became crystal-clear that queer youth needed to see what their futures could look like. They needed to see that there was light at the end of the tunnel…” Brett M. Peters from the It Gets Better Project talks about the power of uplifting storytelling.
We Knew that We Could Start from the Bottom and Build It Up
“One early challenge we had is us being young black women: I feel like a lot of people didn’t take us as seriously as they should have.” Melissa Roche talks about her NYC hair salon, NappStar — a business she runs with her sister Annette.
Don’t Listen to Anyone Who Says You Shouldn’t Be Doing This
“If you take yourself seriously other people should take you seriously.” Hilde Lysiak started her town’s only newspaper, Orange Street News, when she was eight years old. Now she’s got a six-book deal and an upcoming Apple show.