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Your phone is a window.

Through that window, you can see — and stay connected to — nearly the entire world.



This girl's either texting her BFF or pondering the vastness of human connections. Image via Thinkstock.

Stay with me here and think about this for just a minute. Your phone doesn't just have to be a weight in your hand to distract you while you wait in line. It's a powerful tool through which you can learn anything and stay connected to the world.

What does that mean for us?

Meet Jason Silva — he's what you might call a performance philosopher.

Here's Silva, philosophizing. All remaining images by "Shots of Awe."

Jason's a filmmaker known for his series "Shots of Awe" — a set of bite-sized videos that encourage people to think, to ask questions, to dig deeper. He calls them "philosophical espresso shots."

And by the way, they're beautiful. Like, what was that, mesmerizing, amazing kind of beautiful.

In his installment "Captains of Spaceship Earth," created in collaboration with Leonardo Dalessandri, Jason discusses how rapidly the world's technology is advancing.

Technology, he says, isn't driving humanity apart.

Jason quotes a great line: "Empathy rarely extends beyond our line of sight." Because "out of sight, out of mind," right?

You might think the same applies to our smartphones and screens, but he says technology allows us to expand our empathy. "If anything," Jason explains, "these wireless communication technologies are radically extending our line of sight. ... We never had such tools to overcome all the limitations of our humanity."

"If anything, these wireless communication technologies are radically extending our line of sight."

"We are seeing the big picture, we are seeing that we are captains of spaceship Earth." — Jason Silva.

Tech connects us and allows us to reach out to each other more than ever before.

Technology is always advancing. We're always becoming increasingly connected with the rest of humanity. In this world, Jason suggests, our goal in life should be to positively affect as many people as possible.

"We need to extend our hands to one another. ... This should be our goal. This is our responsibility. Here's our chance."


How's that for your daily dose of philosophical pondering?

Don't take it from me, though — Jason's explanation is far better.

And quite an experience to watch:

All images provided by Bombas

We can all be part of the giving movement

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We all know that small acts of kindness can turn into something big, but does that apply to something as small as a pair of socks?

Yes, it turns out. More than you might think.

A fresh pair of socks is a simple comfort easily taken for granted for most, but for individuals experiencing homelessness—they are a rare commodity. Currently, more than 500,000 people in the U.S. are experiencing homelessness on any given night. Being unstably housed—whether that’s couch surfing, living on the streets, or somewhere in between—often means rarely taking your shoes off, walking for most if not all of the day, and having little access to laundry facilities. And since shelters are not able to provide pre-worn socks due to hygienic reasons, that very basic need is still not met, even if some help is provided. That’s why socks are the #1 most requested clothing item in shelters.

homelessness, bombasSocks are a simple comfort not everyone has access to

When the founders of Bombas, Dave Heath and Randy Goldberg, discovered this problem, they decided to be part of the solution. Using a One Purchased = One Donated business model, Bombas helps provide not only durable, high-quality socks, but also t-shirts and underwear (the top three most requested clothing items in shelters) to those in need nationwide. These meticulously designed donation products include added features intended to offer comfort, quality, and dignity to those experiencing homelessness.

Over the years, Bombas' mission has grown into an enormous movement, with more than 75 million items donated to date and a focus on providing support and visibility to the organizations and people that empower these donations. These are the incredible individuals who are doing the hard work to support those experiencing —or at risk of—homelessness in their communities every day.

Folks like Shirley Raines, creator of Beauty 2 The Streetz. Every Saturday, Raines and her team help those experiencing homelessness on Skid Row in Los Angeles “feel human” with free makeovers, haircuts, food, gift bags and (thanks to Bombas) fresh socks. 500 pairs, every week.

beauty 2 the streetz, skid row laRaines is out there helping people feel their beautiful best

Or Director of Step Forward David Pinson in Cincinnati, Ohio, who offers Bombas donations to those trying to recover from addiction. Launched in 2009, the Step Forward program encourages participation in community walking/running events in order to build confidence and discipline—two major keys to successful rehabilitation. For each marathon, runners are outfitted with special shirts, shoes—and yes, socks—to help make their goals more achievable.

step forward, helping homelessness, homeless non profitsRunning helps instill a sense of confidence and discipline—two key components of successful recovery

Help even reaches the Front Street Clinic of Juneau, Alaska, where Casey Ploof, APRN, and David Norris, RN give out free healthcare to those experiencing homelessness. Because it rains nearly 200 days a year there, it can be very common for people to get trench foot—a very serious condition that, when left untreated, can require amputation. Casey and Dave can help treat trench foot, but without fresh, clean socks, the condition returns. Luckily, their supply is abundant thanks to Bombas. As Casey shared, “people will walk across town and then walk from the valley just to come here to get more socks.”

step forward clinic, step forward alaska, homelessness alaskaWelcome to wild, beautiful and wet Alaska!

The Bombas Impact Report provides details on Bombas’s mission and is full of similar inspiring stories that show how the biggest acts of kindness can come from even the smallest packages. Since its inception in 2013, the company has built a network of over 3,500 Giving Partners in all 50 states, including shelters, nonprofits and community organizations dedicated to supporting our neighbors who are experiencing- or at risk- of homelessness.

Their success has proven that, yes, a simple pair of socks can be a helping hand, an important conversation starter and a link to humanity.

You can also be a part of the solution. Learn more and find the complete Bombas Impact Report by clicking here.

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