Author Archives: Cassandra

About Cassandra

Hi, I'm Cassandra. I work in fundraising, love travelling, and am fascinated by how we can inspire one another to greatness and spread human kindness. Connect with me on twitter @cassandra_nz

Webspiration #8 – Using social media for social good

I’m going through a burst of inspiration and learning at the moment. Next month I’m starting a new job and the excitement, coupled with the fact that I am currently travelling at my leisure with plenty of time on my

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Webspiration #8 – Using social media for social good

I’m going through a burst of inspiration and learning at the moment. Next month I’m starting a new job and the excitement, coupled with the fact that I am currently travelling at my leisure with plenty of time on my

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Rethinking charity

While watching the inspiration channel (aka TED.com) the other night I saw Dan Pallotta’s passionate and convincing talk ‘The way we think about charity is dead wrong‘. He’s talking about something that is very dear to my heart – the

Rethinking charity

While watching the inspiration channel (aka TED.com) the other night I saw Dan Pallotta’s passionate and convincing talk ‘The way we think about charity is dead wrong‘. He’s talking about something that is very dear to my heart – the

Have a little faith

“Take the first step in faith. You don’t have to see the whole staircase. Just take the first step.” – Martin Luther King Jr.

Have a little faith

“Take the first step in faith. You don’t have to see the whole staircase. Just take the first step.” – Martin Luther King Jr.

Take a look in the mirror, or how to make sure the next Trayvon Martin lives

Trayvon Martin is dead. And he should be alive. While everyone debates the justice of the acquittal we also need to look forward. We need to make sure the next young man walking in his family’s neighbourhood at night will

Take a look in the mirror, or how to make sure the next Trayvon Martin lives

Trayvon Martin is dead. And he should be alive. While everyone debates the justice of the acquittal we also need to look forward. We need to make sure the next young man walking in his family’s neighbourhood at night will

Small ways to spread happiness

Everyone can make a difference. Everyone has some small way to spread happiness and make the world shine a little brighter. Last week, while traveling at Inle Lake in Myanmar (Burma) I met this ingenious young man. While eking out

Small ways to spread happiness

Everyone can make a difference. Everyone has some small way to spread happiness and make the world shine a little brighter. Last week, while traveling at Inle Lake in Myanmar (Burma) I met this ingenious young man. While eking out

Together we can do big things

Sometimes I find inspiration in the most unlikely of places. The other day I was walking through a luxury mall in Bangkok (I think it was Siam Centre) and I saw this sign and display (pictured). “Together we can do

Together we can do big things

Sometimes I find inspiration in the most unlikely of places. The other day I was walking through a luxury mall in Bangkok (I think it was Siam Centre) and I saw this sign and display (pictured). “Together we can do

Lee Hodgson: Bags for kids

Meet Lee Hodgson. He’s 42, originally from the UK and currently splitting his time between Indonesia and Malaysia. Lee is a true English lad, with a mischievous smile and a couple of bung knees. And he sews bags. The sight

Lee Hodgson: Bags for kids

Meet Lee Hodgson. He’s 42, originally from the UK and currently splitting his time between Indonesia and Malaysia. Lee is a true English lad, with a mischievous smile and a couple of bung knees. And he sews bags. The sight

Webspiration #7 – Lend a hand, spread some smiles

This week’s webspiration is all about making someone’s day and spreading a little joy. There are a thousand ways to lend a hand or spread some smiles. Here are just a few small ideas: 1.  Make someone’s whole week brighter

Webspiration #7 – Lend a hand, spread some smiles

This week’s webspiration is all about making someone’s day and spreading a little joy. There are a thousand ways to lend a hand or spread some smiles. Here are just a few small ideas: 1.  Make someone’s whole week brighter

Connor and Cayden Long: When you love, you win

If you haven’t heard about the Long brothers yet, you’re in for a treat. Connor is 9 years old and Cayden is 7. They compete together in triathlons. In fact, they recently won Sports Illustrated Kids’ SportsKids of the Year Award. You

Connor and Cayden Long: When you love, you win

If you haven’t heard about the Long brothers yet, you’re in for a treat. Connor is 9 years old and Cayden is 7. They compete together in triathlons. In fact, they recently won Sports Illustrated Kids’ SportsKids of the Year Award. You

Lessons from children

“A child can always teach an adult three things: to be happy for no reason, to always be busy with something, and to know how to demand with all his might that which he desires.” – Paulo Coelho

Lessons from children

“A child can always teach an adult three things: to be happy for no reason, to always be busy with something, and to know how to demand with all his might that which he desires.” – Paulo Coelho

You have to be happy to spread happiness

I haven’t posted a blog in a long time. Almost a year actually. There are many excuses for this, I’ve been busy being the most obvious. But the truth is simpler. I haven’t been very happy. This blog is all

You have to be happy to spread happiness

I haven’t posted a blog in a long time. Almost a year actually. There are many excuses for this, I’ve been busy being the most obvious. But the truth is simpler. I haven’t been very happy. This blog is all

Living and dying well

Not every day is filled with laughter. Yesterday I went to a funeral. It was the send off for a friend’s brother, Mark. Hundreds of people had driven to the corner of the city to pay their last respects to

Living and dying well

Not every day is filled with laughter. Yesterday I went to a funeral. It was the send off for a friend’s brother, Mark. Hundreds of people had driven to the corner of the city to pay their last respects to