Let Peace Begin w Technology

Tuesday, December 1, 2015
I've worked for both. This is heart warming:


December 1 is Giving Tuesday! What is Giving Tuesday, you ask? What better way to describe Giving Tuesday than through the site itself:

"We have a day for giving thanks. We have two for getting deals. Now, we have #GivingTuesday, a global day dedicated to giving back. On Tuesday, December 1, 2015, charities, families, businesses, community centers, and students around the world will come together for one common purpose: to celebrate generosity and to give.
It’s a simple idea. Just find a way for your family, your community, your company or your organization to come together to give something more. Then tell everyone you can about how you are giving. Join us and be a part of a global celebration of a new tradition of generosity."
It's a new thing that started in the U.S. in 2012 by 92nd Street Y and United Nations Foundation to celebrate the holidays by creating a movement different from the commercialism that the holidays often times brings. Giving Tuesday is a day for reflecting what matters to us most. 
So in the Giving Tuesday spirit I wanted to bring light to my 5 of some of my favorite non-profit organizations:

The Laurel Foundation

Malala Fund 
Children's Hospital LA
Bikers Against Child Abuse
Pacific Links Foundation

Peace for Paris, Peace for the World

Tuesday, November 17, 2015
It's not the fear or the hatred that defines the aftermath of terrorism,  it's the love we see afterwards It's the love we see from our next door neighbors and from our  neighbors across the world. Terrorism is defined by humanities ability to explain to a child what is good and what is bad. It's in the comfort of knowing that flowers  and candles  can be redefined as protectors. And it's in ability to recognize what's most important in life like family, love, education, resilience, and home.

To all those suffering, may France always feel like home.

Beacoup d'amour,


Tuesday, November 10, 2015

SEQUENCE JEWELRY: Disrupting the Sequence of Violence

Friday, November 6, 2015
As someone who was raised in the Silicon Valley I absolutely love when technology meets global good and fashion.

SEQUENCE is a collection of beautifully crafted knotted jewelry designed with the powerful message of nonviolence.
SEQUENCE was founded by designer Ariela Suster beginning in her homeland of El Salvador. Experiencing firsthand how violence affected lives, Ariela made it her life goal to create a brand that not only fulfilled her passion, but also created positive change for her country, and her country's people.

With help from two artisans from the local village of Tepecoyo, Oscar Bautista and Natali Orellana, the SEQUENCE family continued to grow through discovering, designing and producing their signature knotted bracelets.

Through their bracelets SEQUENCE is able to create impactful change in El Salvador by creating jobs, cultivating professional development, and improving the livelihood of individuals in a country challenged by violence.

Through a collaboration with Microsoft, SEQUENCE has crafted special edition bracelets that combine both fashion and technology.

The collection includes 3 new bracelets designed with an NFC chip that, when tapped against a smartphone, (Windows, Android, or Blackberry) the phone will play a short video clip of how the bracelet you're wearing was made.

This initiative was created to provide an innovative way to communicate powerful messages through socially conscious fashion brands.

The message is simple, yet powerful:
"SEQUENCE is set out to disrupt the sequence of violence that limits at risk youth"


This weeks Five Favorites is dedicated to a place that I love very much and called home for almost 5 years. It's dedicated to my beloved Los Angeles.

To the places and people I met who will always have a huge place in my heart: I am so grateful.

(/things I discovered there)

The sweetest picture of Roger and Debbie Cowan
They were my leasing managers and owners of Rockdyne Enterprises. 
One of the loveliest couples I was privileged to meet in LA. 

#Selfless: A Social Media Movement

Wether we like it or not, we're a very self-centered society. We're obsessed with ourselves, and who can blame us? Self promotion can open doors for individuals in this day and age. Sometimes it generates income, but mostly it cultivates validation in a world longing for it. But...what if... what if we flipped the script? What if instead of the focus being on us the focus is on the selflessness of others?

In an article written for the Huffington Post Impact, SydneyAnne Stone proposes a new movement entitled the #Selfless. 

Stone writes: "The #Selfless is simple. You take a picture of someone (other than yourself) doing something selfless for someone else and post it on social media with the hashtag selfless."

It's genius! How many times do you see good deeds happen on a daily basis? The kind of good deeds that make you feel warm and fuzzy on the inside? A lot, no? So why not share the warm and fuzzies? Gimme those warm and fuzzies!

So, with one simple hashtag lets start this movement of sharing the beauty of humanity, and capturing what we typically don't see when our lenses aren't too fixated on us. 

See something uplifting, share something uplifting, and use #Selfless.

For more information or articles by SydneyAnne Stone follow her on Twitter: www.twitter.com/SidneyAnneStone