Hello Repair the World readers – long time no write! I am thrilled to be back editing this site after a few months’ away (while I was filling in for an editor taking maternity leave at Saveur magazine). Thanks so much to Dvora Meyers for keeping the site running so smoothly, and keeping the powerful service-related stories flowing in my absence. I’m looking forward to picking up right where she left off – and to get things started, here is your weekly dose of inspiring bits and bytes from around the service blogosphere.

  • Our friends at Pursue recently published a fascinating essay by Shelley Buchbinder that shares her less-than-stereotypical educational background, and encourages others to share their own personal education experiences with the hope of starting a larger, honest conversation about education and equality.
  • The New York Times business section reports on Google’s pledge to dedicate 1% of its profits to charitable causes, and its struggles to meet its own ambitious philanthropic goals.
  • Evonne Marzouk, founder of the Jewish environmental organization Canfei Nesharim shares a compelling essay on Jewcology that seeks to bring a sense of empowerment to the conversation about the environment, and particularly global climate change.
  • eJewish Philanthropy reported that The Jewish Funders Network is forming a group of funders dedicated to “elevating special needs and disability advocacy in the Jewish community.”
  • The Huffington Post featured an in-depth interview with Katie Orenstein, founder of The OpEd Project, which works to increase the number of women’s voices in public discourse.