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A Tribute to Dame Anita

A new tribute site is up and running to honor the life’s work of Dame Anita Roddick, who died earlier this year. Roddick made socially-responsible business hip, engaging, and effective. Aside from a fun slide show from the I Am An Activist event, you can also download a short PDF to help awaken the inner activist. Here’s a sample from the splash page:
Anita Roddick traveled amongst the destitute, the oppressed, the exploited, and the condemned, but she never lost hope or stamina, because she knew that there was joy and possibility in creating new, imaginative ways to make things better. She had little patience for those who said they were too busy to be activists.“Then be a sittist! Sit at your computer and participate!” She knew that doing any small thing to improve a life, to right a wrong, brings joy to those who do as well as to those who benefit. That’s why she laughed all the way to changing the world.
This is the kind of site that Dame Anita would love: One that memorializes, not mourns, her passing.


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