Holly Olsen is a mother of four daughters. She has a long history of activism, creating ripples that have been recognized by the United Nations humanitarian endeavors and Global Citizen. She is a published author, a co-founder of two non-profit organizations, a professor, and is known for her ability to create positive social change. In her blog, you will read about her adventures with and attempts to further the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (Global Goals).

The KKK skeleton in my closet

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This post addresses Global Goal #10: Reduced Inequalities.   I had the opportunity to visit the The International Civil Rights Center and Museum in Greensboro, NC recently with my girls. It is the place where, back during the civil rights movement, four brave black college students decided to sit at a “white’s only” lunch counter. We got to see the original lunch …

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Where’s the Beef??

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This post addresses Global Goal #13: Climate Action As a family, we started watching documentaries and eating air-popped popcorn topped with equal parts maple syrup and coconut oil and a bit of salt (trust me, it is a winning combination). When we do this, we call it "Pop 'n Doc" because that is more fun to say than popcorn and a …

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What are carbon offsets…and why should I care?

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This post addresses Global Goal 13: Climate Action (take urgent action to combat climate change and its impacts) We just returned from an amazing trip to Costa Rica (don’t hate us)! It was truly beautiful and so much fun. We played in the ocean, soaked in the sun on pristine beaches, hiked to a gorgeous waterfall, and saw some incredible wildlife, …

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Teaching Activism: Getting Creative

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Activist: A person who campaigns to bring about political or social change. "Anyone can be an activist", I tell my kids. "It isn't something that only grown-ups or famous people can do. Just think about what's important to you. What do you care deeply about? (Make a list!) Is there anything that needs to be done to help the causes you feel strongly …

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Feel the LOVE? …Share the LOVE!

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This post primarily addresses Global Goal #1 (No Poverty), but it has the potential to address Goals 2 (Zero Hunger), 3 (Good Health and Well-Being), 4 (Quality Education), 5 (Gender Equality), and 6 (Clean Water and Sanitation)! Learn more about why this matters here. #17in17   "Dapika Chores" Every Saturday morning, my 9 year old nephew Peter wakes up early as the sun rises on the Wasatch Mountains of Northern Utah. …

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Audi Super Bowl Commercial Causes Mind-Boggling Controversy

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I just watched the new Audi Super Bowl commercial. It has a powerful message of hope for young girls everywhere: that equal pay is something they might have and see in the future. The message about equality was heartfelt and inspiring to me as I raise daughters with the hope that the message might someday be a reality. Let's be honest, …

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My Daughter’s 4th Grade Textbook

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This post addresses Global Goals #4 and #10! Learn more about why this matters here. #17in17 It was as evening like any other school night in November, we had just finished dinner and my kids were wrapping up their homework. My 4th grader asked me if I would quiz her using flashcards she had made at school to help prepare for …

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Women’s March on Washington: Part 2

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#17in17: This post reports on progress for Global Goals 5: Gender Equality, 10: Reduced Inequalities, and 16: Peace, Justice, & Strong Institutions! For more info about what this means, click here. While I recognize that there is no way to fully describe the events and feelings surrounding the Women’s March yesterday, I must try to convey my experience. This post is long, …

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Women’s March on Washington: Part 1

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#17in17: This post reports on progress for Global Goals 5: Gender Equality, 10: Reduced Inequalities, and 16: Peace, Justice, & Strong Institutions!    As soon as I heard about it, I was intrigued. A Women’s March on Washington the day after the presidential inauguration? This was going to be BIG...bigly BIG! I have to admit that I’ve fantasized and romanticized about what it …

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17 in ‘17: Introducing my year with the Global Goals

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These Goals. They are what consume me and motivate me lately. I mean, they represent my dream world - OUR dream world. There are 17 of them. 193 world leaders came together and agreed upon them at the UN in 2015.  Now that it is 2017, I thought it would be perfect to give myself the resolution to do something …

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