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Sustainable Development becomes Bigger Business for Big Business

A significant trend in the corporate world is the mainstreaming of sustainable development concerns into their efforts to become more responsive corporate citizens. Many companies have upgraded their CSR programs, making them more substantial and tied more deeply into their business models. As part of this process, businesses are exploring ways to create more effective […]

Celebrating role models and champions for ending child marriage in Zambia

Our Rain Barrel team – Teresa Stuart, Andrew Carlson and Chola Lungu – working with the Government of Zambia through its Ministry of Gender, recently concluded a contract with UNICEF to develop a comprehensive advocacy and communication strategy and a monitoring and evaluation framework.  This time it was on “Ending child marriage in Zambia”. Working […]

New partnership announcement: youth video workshops for social change

  The One Minutes Foundation and Rain Barrel Communications are pleased to announce their new partnership to empower young people around the world to promote social change. Since 2002, The One Minutes Jr. has organized innovative workshops giving young people the opportunity to make their voices heard. Through creation of 60-second videos in a collaborative […]

Puerto Rico: Helping Those Who Help Others

Cover: Artist in front of her mural destroyed by hurricane Maria, picking up new material for the art of the future. Puerto de Tierra, San Juan, Puerto Rico, January 2018 (Photo E. Horbaty) By Elsbeth Horbaty * In January 2018, I spent three weeks in Puerto Rico supporting groups of women and men who have been […]

Year-end greetings from Rain Barrel

Dear Friends, All of us here at Rain Barrel – Robert, Paul, Paula and Andrea – send you warm, end-of-year greetings. Once again, we want to share our news and plans for the year ahead – our 10th. As you know, we are very fortunate that Paula Claycomb agreed to become Rain Barrel’s third director […]

So, who are the experts?

There are eight tables of 70 participants. Each has a mix of creative media talent: radio or TV production staff, scriptwriters, composers/singers and animators. They also include people working in Early Child Development and members of the Content Advisory Group from an extremely popular children’s radio series, Itetero, that just completed its second season. And […]

Letter from a Scottish mother about corporal punishment

Rain Barrel is starting to collaborate with a coalition to end corporal punishment of children in the United States. We took part in the recent summit on the issue hosted by the New York Foundling Hospital. One of the participants sent us a powerful letter from a Scottish woman about smacking — what we call […]

Crisis Intervention in the Aftermath of Mexico’s Earthquake

A personal account by Ivonne Klein* On 19 September 2017, an earthquake that registered 7.1 on the Richter scale hit Mexico, causing 420 deaths in several parts of the country – Mexico City, Morelos, Puebla, State of Mexico, Guerrero and Oaxaca.  In addition to its painful human toll, the quake felled hundreds of apartment buildings, […]