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The recently released historical drama “A Call to Spy” may be set in the popular film era of World War II, but its subject matter veers far from the usual wartime tropes of fighting and bloodshed. Instead, it focuses on a little-known directive given by Winston Churchill to his recently formed spy agency the Special Operations Executive: to recruit and train women as spies. …


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Nobody starts a business thinking “I only want to be around for a couple years.” The goal of creating a company is always to see it grow and flourish in the long-term, and it is becoming increasingly clear to many that one of the key elements of a business that has the ability to go the distance is placing a focus on sustainability. As climate change progressively grows to affect not only our own everyday lives but also the lives of every other species on the planet, in order for a business to be able to thrive long-term it must work to ensure there is a planet left to thrive in. In this way, operating a business sustainably is just as much good for the business itself as it is for the environment and society as a whole. …


A Broadening Body of Evidence Supports the Conclusion that Diversity in Schools, Communities, the Workplace, and Managing Bodies Leads to Better Decisions and Better Results. Government, Nonprofit Organizations, and Institutions of Higher Education are All Playing a Role in Shaping a Better Outcome for Our Collective Future.

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History is a Spectrum of Change

If we want to improve the world we must begin to understand where and who we are as a society and as individuals; it helps to look at where we have come from and establish a course for where we are going, for Rome was not built in a day and anything great takes time to create. While we could go into greater depth and further bounds, let us quickly look at just a few turning points that have brought us to where we are today.

The American Revolution

The United States of America was established in the late 1700’s — nearly 250 years ago at the time of writing — by a growing body of people who saw an opportunity to improve their world. At that time, much of the world was ruled over by an elite class of monarchs with vast colonial empires stretching all over the globe. These empires would clash in near unimaginably large skirmishes at sea and with enormous brigades of mostly conscripted soldiers fighting barbaric and brutal battles on the land. They enslaved masses of people everywhere they went in order to strengthen their power; the more similarity between the cultures, the more they worked together, while the more dissimilarity they found, the more they took advantage of one another. …


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Since March, there has been what seems like a whole dictionary worth of new terms thrown at us by media outlets. These aren’t newly invented words, they are simply words that previously had different and much less significant meaning in the cultural vernacular. New normal, social distancing, essential vs. nonessential, WFH — all comprise a set of linguistics that are essential to know living in the new normal.

In retrospect, changes in the collective vernacular nearly always represents larger scale changes in the collective consciousness. And with that, comes a choice, whether conscious or not, to either adapt gracefully or resist by continuing on with the same operating systems as before. From an evolutionary perspective, this particular threshold is especially interesting in that it’s essentially the first time that the globe has come into a new collective consciousness because of a disrupting force at nearly the same time. Never before has the collective consciousness shifted so drastically in the span of just one week. Technological advances over the past few decades have created a global network where communication is instantaneous, therefore affording our species an instantaneous collective paradigm shift. …


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Growing up, I was lucky enough to have parents who emphasized the importance of a global perspective. I am of Indian descent, and my childhood was spent between Paris and New York City where I attended the United Nations International School, a private school founded to simultaneously provide an internationally-focused education while still preserving the diverse cultural heritages of the students who attended it. …


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Premiering on June 21st, 2019 — the 75th anniversary of D-Day — at the Edinburgh International Film Festival, the film has gone on to win numerous awards. At the Whistler Film Festival it was awarded the Audience Choice Award, earning the highest percentage of votes since the 2016 festival in which “La La Land” took home the prize. At the 2020 Santa Barbara International Film Festival it won the Anti-Defamation League Award in a unanimous vote by the jury, and also received the “Best Women-Directed Feature” award from the Alliance of Women Film Journalists.

Originally published at https://www.wfmj.com.


As we move into another new decade this millennium, climate change continues to affect the lives of every species on the planet, including ourselves. Due to its reliance on land, resources, fossil fuels, and the non-stop cycle of production and consumption, human industry is a large part of the climate change picture, with one study finding that just 100 companies are responsible for 71% of global emissions. The scientific journal Environmental Sustainability found that the prioritization of rapid production and turnover of products within the business world has us on pace to produce 27 billion tons of solid waste by 2050, and the abundance of packaging has resulted in an island of plastic twice the size of Texas floating in the Pacific Ocean. …


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Across the globe, women around the world continue to experience hardships, inequalities, and contention. Fighting to champion the rights and privileges of all, women are also continuously raising each other up in the quest for equality, a humane society, empowerment of marginalized groups, and social justice.

Philanthropist has devoted her time and energy to championing these causes through involvement in various charitable organizations. Innovative modern artist Nalini Malani has also dedicated her artful expression to showcase the stories of traditionally marginalized people and works to propel education and understanding. …


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Philanthropy takes place in many forms. From food pantry handouts to free community resources, charitable giving makes an immediate impact for various marginalized, vulnerable, or underserved communities. While assistance via donations and gifts is certainly valued, the application and delivery of philanthropic resources and the model for this of great importance and providing educational opportunity ushers in the potential to create systemic change, inspire long-term success, and reshape outcomes for various communities.

Mothers2Mothers is a global organization that aims to forward the professional and community roles for women in sub-Saharan Africa. By providing educational and vocational opportunities for women, the organization champions an independent livelihood, formidable income, spread of knowledge, and community evolution for participants. The immediate impacts of these growth opportunities change the lives of participating women. Tertiary impacts create systemic change that can benefit future generations, incite cultural evolution, and empower communities. …


IFC Films will release Lydia Dean Pilcher’s film in theaters and on VOD on October 2.

Women rule the upcoming IFC Films release “ A Call to Spy,” a World War II espionage thriller from Oscar-nominated director Lydia Dean Pilcher. Not only is the narrative centered on Winston Churchill’s female recruits thrust into a bold mission, but the production team is also dominated by women throughout. IndieWire shares the exclusive trailer for the film, which hits theaters and VOD on October 2, below.

Here’s the synopsis: “In the beginning of WWII, with Britain becoming desperate, Churchill orders his new spy agency — SOE — to recruit and train women as spies. Their daunting mission: conduct sabotage and build a resistance. SOE’s ‘spymistress’ Vera Atkins (Stana Katic of ‘Castle’), recruits two unusual candidates: Virginia Hall (Sarah Megan Thomas of ‘Equity’), an ambitious American with a wooden leg, and Noor Inayat Khan (Radhika Apte of ‘Sacred Games’), a Muslim pacifist. Together, these women help to undermine the Nazi regime in France, leaving an unmistakable legacy in their wake. Inspired by true stories, this original screenplay draws on SOE, OSS, and CIA files.” …

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