Changemaker Nomination: Natural Doctors International

Next in our series of 2012 Changemaker Nominations suggested by a chocolate lover! 

Congratulations to Natural Doctors International: www.ndimed.org

Here’s what Rachelle has to say about this fearless organization:

“The doctors with NDI provide free natural medical care to the residents of rural Ometepe, Nicaragua who have limited access to healthcare. It is a poor farming community in which NDI participates on a much deeper level than providing treatment for diseases. They educate, empower and promote social justice through global health in Nicaragua, the United States and across the world. Much of what they do on a daily basis is through American and Canadian volunteers as well as paid Nicaraguan employees, providing a sources of income for the community. They are a leader in Natural Medicine and Social Justice and can use all the financial help and networking possible to further and expand their mission.
Thank you for condsidering Natural Doctors International.”

A little more info:

“NDI is about building relationships, community healing, and action. We are about reaching out, sharing and collaborating, promoting volunteerism and service – adventures of the heart. Step into the world of NDI and discover more about yourself by learning from your fellow brothers and sisters who may not have the luxuries often taken for granted in developed countries.

With our expansion, our volunteer opportunities for doctors and students are growing as well. We challenge volunteers to step into another culture and experience from within by building personal relationships and walking a mile in another person’s shoes. This direct experience of the often harsh economic imbalances present in the developing world, allows our volunteers to serve and act – not from afar, but in solidarity with their brothers and sisters around the world. Through cultural immersion and collaboration, volunteers gain first hand experience of global disparity, giving participants an understanding of how their own personal choices impact the larger global community.”

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Changemaker Nomination: Brian Dylan Dolphin

Next in our series of 2012 Changemaker Nominations suggested by a chocolate lover! 

Congratulations to Brian Dylan Dolphin: musicofnatureofmusic.blogspot.com

Here’s what Ben has to say about this fearless guy:

“Brian Dolphin, Watson and Fullbright Scholarship recipient traveled around the world (literally) pursuing his quest ‘The Music of Nature and the Nature of Music.’ Learning from master musicians of the indigenous societies in Senegal, Bali, Siberia, Nepal, India, Norway and more, just what the nature of music truly is to their society.

He continues to collect ‘the people’s’ true music/folk songs of many cultures and introduced me to FEARLESS CHOCOLATE! He makes a difference in the lives of many now as he teaches, lectures, gives workshops and sings music from around the world to children and adults in the US and Worldwide.

He is a definite candidate for being a Fearless Champion and I nominate him as a CHANGEMAKER. He needs support to bring the message of preserving indigenous peoples music before it is too late and lost.”

Brian Dolphin

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Changemaker Nomination: Humor Healing Humanity

Next in our series of 2012 Changemaker Nominations suggested by a chocolate lover! 

Congratulations to Humor Healing Humanity: www.humorhealinghumanity.com

Here’s what Emily and Sheldon have to say about this fearless organization:

“We are not just saying this because she is our daughter! We are in awe of Abby Lodmer because of her ability to inspire others (especially young people).  She sends the message: MAKE healthy food choices for vibrant wellness — with humor and caring. She is hilarious and magnetic, and would be a great representative for FEARLESS chocolate because she is that too.  (Fearless, that is!)”

A little more info:

Humor Healing Humanity is about documenting the LOVE and LIGHT and LAUGHTER and GOoD that is going on around the world, through HUMOR!

Conscious comedian, Abby Lodmer, brings attention to world issues and causes that need to be addressed ~ in a fun, fabulous way!
Keep on spreading the AWESOME AWARENESS!”

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Changemaker Nomination: Breast Wishes Fund

Next in our series of 2012 Changemaker Nominations suggested by a chocolate lover! 

Congratulations to Breast Wishes Fund: www.breastwishesfund.org

Here’s what Lexie has to say about this fearless organization:

“Breast Wishes Fund (BWF) empowers women of all ages with holistic breast cancer education, prevention and wellness.
We love advocating FEARLESSNESS through EMPOWERMENT, just like y’all and that’s why Breast Wishes deserves a donation.
Breast Wishes Fund wants to be part of the solution in reducing breast cancer diagnosis in young women with simple prevention. Our program, Speed Date with Wellness is an interactive community experience designed to increase awareness and inspire informed holistic decisions about health, food and beauty amongst college and high school students. A link for a short film from our University of New Mexico event may be seen here on the front page of our website.
The website, breastwishesfund.org seeks to expand our links for options to alternative cancer care, prevention and wellness.
We look forward to partnering with insurance companies to include non- invasive, non-radioactive cancer screening such as ultrasound and thermograms, prevention and less/non-toxic, holistic cancer treatment.”

A little more info:

“The Breast Wishes Fund improves access to integrative breast cancer education and wellness for women of all ages. $34 Billion has been spent on alternative and complementary therapies in the US alone, though how does one navigate the gauntlet of primarily uninsured possibilities?

We are dedicated to filling the need for a comprehensive knowledge base for integrative choices for treating breast cancer and wellness options for the next generation. Our goals are to broaden research for integrative breast cancer treatment, partnering with insurance companies to give options to women for prevention, treatment and screening. This might include thermograms to monitor a woman’s breast health and non/less invasive methods of breast cancer care and preventative wellness.”

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Changemaker Nomination: Grand Aspirations

Next in our series of 2012 Changemaker Nominations suggested by a chocolate lover! 

Congratulations to Grand Aspirations: www.grandaspirations.org

Here’s what Amanda has to say about this fearless organization:

“Grand Aspirations is the most fearless organization I’ve ever seen.  I’ve volunteered for many local, national and international organizations before…but this organization got guts.  Working with almost no resources, they develop the green economy through alternative energy, transportation, agriculture, and business initiatives.  But what really hit me when I volunteered for them was their attitude.  Other people would’ve given up or not even tried, but Grand Aspirations follows their aspirations like a chocolate addict to a bar of Fearless Chocolate. Give ‘em a bite!”

A little more info:

“Grand Aspirations’ mission is to empower, connect, and support youth leaders as they create innovative, self-sustaining, and inter-dependent initiatives that systemically integrate climate and energy solutions, economic security, and social justice.

The organization uses three broad approaches to meet our mission:

  • Train emerging leaders through hands-on initiatives.
  • Support the development of innovative green economy projects in communities across the country.
  • Foster collaboration between different local initiatives so that leaders exchange ideas and support each other in shared challenges.”

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Changemaker Nomination: The Peace Alliance

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Congratulations to The Peace Alliance: www.thepeacealliance.org

Here’s what Annie has to say about this fearless organization:

“The Peace Alliance was established to support the campaign for a U.S. Department of Peace. Please check out “Department of Peace” under “Issues and Advocacy” on their website to learn more. We MUST turn away from violence and war as tools to resolve differences (both at home and abroad)…they always lead to more pain and violence, more anger and destruction.”

A little more about this group:

“The Peace Alliance empowers civic engagement toward a culture of peace.

We are an alliance of organizers and advocates throughout the United States taking the work of peacebuilding from the margins of society into the centers of national discourse and policy priorities. Our network includes volunteer grassroots teams in hundreds of cities, towns, colleges and high school campuses.

A great need exists in our country and world for a comprehensive and coordinated approach to preventing and resolving violent conflict. From the growing rate of domestic incarceration to increasing problems of international conflict, the United States faces great challenges around the issue of violence in our homes, communities and world. We do our part in the following ways: Advocacy… Education: Spotlight Peacebuilding… Galvanizing a Movement.”

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Changemaker Nomination: Institute for Responsible Technology

Next in our series of 2012 Changemaker Nominations suggested by a chocolate lover! 

Congratulations to Institute for Responsible Technology: www.responsibletechnology.org

Here’s what Carina has to say about this fearless organization:

“I believe they deserve a donation because they do important work concerning GMO’s.”

A little more about Institue for Responsible Technology:

“The Institute for Responsible Technology is a world leader in educating policy makers and the public about genetically modified (GM) foods and crops. We investigate and report their risks and impact on health, environment, the economy, and agriculture, as well as the problems associated with current research, regulation, corporate practices, and reporting.”

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Changemaker Nomination: Intact America

Next in our series of 2012 Changemaker Nominations suggested by a chocolate lover! 

Congratulations to Intact America: www.intactamerica.org

Here’s what Jamie has to say about this fearless organization:

“Because the peacemakers at Intact America want to give little boys the right to their whole bodies and save them from death and physical, spiritual, psychological trauma. The butterfly effect that having a america full of whole little boys would be significant in ways we cant even fathom right now.”

A little more about Intact America:

“Intact America envisions a world where children are protected from permanent bodily alteration inflicted on them without their consent, in the name of culture, religion, profit, or parental preference.

Intact America works to protect babies and children from circumcision and all other forms of medically unnecessary genital alteration, whether carried out for cultural conformity or profit, in medical or non-medical settings.

We seek to achieve our goals through education, advocacy, public policy reform, and the empowerment of our supporters, partners, and volunteers. You can read our Statement of Principles here.”

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A FEARLESS STATEMENT ABOUT SUPERCHOCOLATE

Dear Fearless Family,

At Fearless Chocolate we are passionate about crafting the most delicious and most nutritious chocolate bars ever made! As we evolve, explore, test, and refine our approach in pursuit of optimal taste and nourishment, we have found that we are achieving a superior finished product by allowing naturally occurring temperatures during our cacao’s fermentation cycle, which often exceed the raw community concept of 118ºF. Additionally, experimentation with temperatures beyond 118ºF during the drying cycle of our raw cacao are yielding exceptionally positive results in both flavor development and the preservation of our cacao’s nutritional wealth.

It’s exciting to be making Fearless Chocolate as our efforts on both the farm and in the lab enable us to offer ever more vital and vibrant properties within our cacao. The Raw Food community too is evolving and maturing. With acknowledgement to purists who offer that any processed food challenges the boundaries of truly “raw” integrity, even with strict adherence to temperatures below 118F, we acknowledge that this refinement of our raw methodology marks a transformation. Accordingly, over the next 6 months the statement on our chocolate bar packaging will shift from “Raw Organic Chocolate” to FEARLESS Organic SuperChocolate. Fearless Organic SuperChocolate remains low-temperature processed to preserve superior nutrition and maximum deliciosity.

Yours in SuperChocolate,

Fearless

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Changemaker Nomination: Just Food

Next in our series of 2012 Changemaker Nominations suggested by a chocolate lover! 

Congratulations to Just Food: www.justfood.org

Here’s what Melissa has to say about this awesome organization:

“Just Food is creating a sustainable food system in New York City by connecting all citizens regardless of income with fresh locally grown produce. They do this through community supported agriculture (CSAs), by delivering fresh produce to food pantries, teaching people to grow food in New York City’s vacant lots and now in Farm School NYC! They also teach New Yorkers how to cook and advocate for food justice (access for all).”

A little more about Just Food:

“Just Food is a non-profit organization that connects communities and local farms with the resources and support they need to make fresh, locally grown food accessible to all New Yorkers. Just Food provides regional farmers and food producers, CSA organizers and everyday eaters with the resources and support they need to establish and experience healthy food systems—in every neighborhood.

Since 1995, Just Food has pioneered and championed the proliferation of sustainable food programs, including CSAs, community-run farmers’ markets, and farm-to-food pantry programs. Just Food serves thousands of New Yorkers by forging partnerships between local farms, neighborhood groups, and consumers, and by providing urban communities with a framework for growing, and knowing, healthy food.”

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