Ripples is a 100% solar-hosted website based on the “ripple effect” idea that small actions produce positive change. Our website includes a blog, a newspaper column, resources, and services for individuals and organizations.
The Story Behind Ripples
Ripples began as a blog that was created in September 2011 as a way of sharing our story of converting our lifestyle to a sustainable one, and making available any resources we find along the way. We realized that when people saw our story, they needed more resources on sustainability to try things out for themselves. We also recognized that while we can make a difference living a sustainable lifestyle that supports social justice efforts, we can make a larger difference by offering services to non-profit organizations to enable them to help more people than we ever could alone. So we began trying to make positive ripples at the personal, local, and global levels. Ripples expanded to include Wikis and resources for individuals and organizations, a blog-based sustainability newspaper column, technology consultation services for non-profits, and an organic & fair trade gluten-free vegan baking business to raise money for future workshops on various topics. We also co-sponsored an online class for young leaders in non-profits who wanted to learn capacity building, or how to make their organization more efficient at meeting its mission – we hope to offer more classes in the future!
As of July 2013, Ripples blog has attracted 4,000 unique readers from over 94 countries, including over 50 subscribers who care about making a difference in the world. We’ve gratefully received 427 reader comments on the blog, as well as enthusiastic emails and Facebook comments – we will always be glad to respond to your mail! Our Facebook fans number almost 200. We have worked with dozens of awesome non-profit organizations, helping them with their website or expanding their capacity in other ways. There have been about 50 Making Ripples columns published to date, and we’ve featured 10 local heroes in our new photograph series People Making Ripples. Thank you for your inspiration!
Through our work at Ripples, I spend much of my time as a writer, baker, artist, researcher and teacher. Everything I do is “life crafting,” enabling me to spend my energy on living in a world I want to see exist. Life crafting means taking our innermost joys and deepest beliefs and acting upon them to change our own lifestyle. It’s fun, fulfilling, and one of the best ways I’ve found to follow Gandhi’s wisdom and “be the change.”
I enjoy reading, drawing, piano, tai chi, snuggling with my cats, and having picnics with my husband Ryan! What I like most about the world is watching wildlife. My favorite animals are the flying squirrel, pika, rabbit, wolf, quetzal, and tiger.
I enjoy video games, learning about all aspects of web, network, and server technology, creating and thrilling in music, and long walks exploring distant mountain ranges.
I split my time between working on non-profit websites; pondering the power, and ways to improve the process, of cooperation while managing the item and owner databases at Ozark Natural Foods; chatting, walking, or snuggling with my lovely partner; and challenging myself to embrace the beauty and serenity in every moment, especially the challenging ones.
You will rarely catch me alongside busy streets. Look for me on wooded side streets, walking or biking to my next destination, pulling the sights and scents of budding trees and flowers deep inside.