Health and Education Advocates

This week we take a peak into the lives of a health guru, community builder, and public health specialist and a consultant. Phil, Ashley, Ernesto and Vanessa are passionate about health and wellness and teach people how to make changes that improve their lives.

Phil Echols whose photo heads off this post, is a school counselor at Wake County Public Schools and owns BecomeBetter consulting. BecomeBetter encourages people to become the best versions of themselves.

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Passport To Japan


This week, we celebrate our growing community based in Japan. Japan is the world’s 10th largest country with a population of 126 million people. Similarly, Japan is one of the highest represented countries at

Join us in traveling to Japan through the pages of NaokoJérômeAkari and Akira.

Akari Yanagawa works in the Animation Industry, specifically on spreading Japanese ANIME around the world. Akari studied at Keio University in Minato-ku, Tokyo, Japan.

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How One Industrial Designer Revolutionizes Community Health

Jasmine Burton is putting her creative potential to great use.

When Jasmine learned that pubescent girls often drop out of school because they lack toilets, she made it her 18-year-old mission to design toilets. Since then, Jasmine hasn’t slowed down.

Jasmine’s transforming water, sanitation and hygiene in communities that lack the resources to build safe systems for themselves. Jasmine does this by harnessing her design skills to build systems that support people, specifically women and minorities. In our interview, Jasmine describes her life as 1 of 9 Americans in a Global Health fellowship in Zambia and her 3 tips for designers seeking to make the world a better place.

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Talented Storytellers and Content Creators

Terra, Paul, Jane and Lance create enriching content that entertains and challenges our notions of what it means to be human, today. From gaming and film to contemporary fiction and digital media, these community members’ work spans across a wide range of medium. Read on to learn more about each gifted writer.

Terra Clarke Olsen, whose photo heads off this post, is a writer, gamer and content creator. Terra writing has appeared in publications such as Seattle Weekly, Crosscut, and, and she’s the founder of the blog, Have You Nerd.

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5 (Unexpected) Elements of Great Design From One Talented Artist

Nate Bolt designs to awe.

His design work does not necessarily follow a set of principles. Instead, Nate follows the paths of great designers, using their work as inspiration. Nate believes that great design is a combination of “skill, talent, love, obsession, and luck.”

Read on to learn about the work and artists that inspire Nate, what his dream project would look like, and why he loves creating tools that support peoples’ workflows.

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Passport To Italy

Benvenuto in Italia!

This week we travel to Italy, home to many talented artists, entrepreneurs, athletes and authors in our community. Today we’re given a snapshot of a day in the Italian life through the pages of Stefania, Marco, Gaia and Maurizio. We hope you enjoy reading their stories as much as we do.

Stefania Micòl Sabrina Ciocca is a photographer, writer and social media specialist living in Italy. Stefania has a BA in History of Performing Arts and enjoys blogging and theater.

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Marketers and Photographers

This week’s community members are marketing and communication gurus and photographers with wide ranging specialities. Hailing from France, New Zealand, Nova Scotia and Spain, these talented professionals span the globe.

Matthias Etienne Contius who heads off this post, is an art lover, creative thinker and idea catalyst specializing in marketing and advertising. Matthias lives in Paris, France and believes nothing is more exciting than communication done well.

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