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Heroes

Most businesses watch 1 bottom line. This one keeps an eye on 3. That's why people love 'em.

What they're doing seems so obvious. So why isn't it happening everywhere?

Not long ago, things weren't going too well for Clarence White.

The young father spent too much of his early adulthood behind bars for "hanging with the wrong crowd, getting in trouble."


Today, White is among dozens of people who are getting second chances from a group whose name is as authentic as it is cliché.

They're called Second Chance, Inc., and they're a Baltimore-based nonprofit salvage company that trains people to deconstruct abandoned homes and buildings that would otherwise be smashed and stashed in landfills. Then the materials are sold at a discount for reuse.

Second Chance has a triple bottom line mission.

Where most companies' primary, if not exclusive, focus is to maximize profits (i.e., securing their bottom lines), a triple bottom line company holds their own feet to the fires of justice by making their their social and environmental "bottom lines" equal priorities to their financial bottom line.

They want their people to succeed.

They want the planet to live on.

And not-so-miraculously, their inherent goodness has helped them become a financially sustainable social enterprise.

Between sales, donations, and volunteer support, the company will be in business for the foreseeable future. According to their website, they've achieved remarkable results so far this year:

  • Labor hours created: 86,940
  • Consumer dollars saved: $1,854,513
  • Landfill waste diverted: 6,375,186 pounds
  • Volunteer hours donated: 2,898

But try as we may, the true value of what Second Chance is doing is immeasurable.

Here's to the rise of a triple bottom line economy.

Check out this report by VOA News and visit the Second Chance website to learn more.

via UNSW

This article originally appeared on 07.10.21


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Small actions lead to big movements.

Acts of kindness—we know they’re important not only for others, but for ourselves. They can contribute to a more positive community and help us feel more connected, happier even. But in our incessantly busy and hectic lives, performing good deeds can feel like an unattainable goal. Or perhaps we equate generosity with monetary contribution, which can feel like an impossible task depending on a person’s financial situation.

Perhaps surprisingly, the main reason people don’t offer more acts of kindness is the fear of being misunderstood. That is, at least, according to The Kindness Test—an online questionnaire about being nice to others that more than 60,000 people from 144 countries completed. It does make sense—having your good intentions be viewed as an awkward source of discomfort is not exactly fun for either party.

However, the results of The Kindness Test also indicated those fears were perhaps unfounded. The most common words people used were "happy," "grateful," "loved," "relieved" and "pleased" to describe their feelings after receiving kindness. Less than 1% of people said they felt embarrassed, according to the BBC.


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Gemma Copeland shared her story on Facebook, which was then picked up by the Facebook page Boobie Babies. Photos show the mom breastfeeding her baby next to the window of the zoo's orangutan habitat, with a female orangutan sitting close to the glass, gazing at them.

"Today I got feeding support from the most unlikely of places, the most surreal moment of my life that had me in tears," Copeland wrote.

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