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  • Susan Raisch, founder of Tangled Ball

    October 16, 2013

    IMG_7158This month, during Bullying Prevention Month,  we interviewed Susan Raisch to learn more about her work through Tangled Ball.  Susan S. Raisch, founder of Tangled Ball and co-creator of One Can Count, has over 25 years of experience in public affairs, specializing in issues that affect the home, education and health. She has worked on projects for a wide variety of television and publishing companies, including HBO, MTV, Sesame Street, Scholastic, ABC and History Channel, among others. Several years ago, Ms. Raisch turned her attention to early bullying prevention and specializes in promoting leadership as the anti-bully.

    Susan shares with us the vision of the Tangled Ball and which strings in the tangled mess of the bullying issue that she focuses on.  Her work with students focuses on leadership training, providing skills for students to be empowered to create change. This program includes a mentoring program which is beneficial to both the younger children and their older mentors.

    Susan Raisch Interview from Sprigeo on Vimeo.

    Another tool that Tangled Ball recommends encourages students to catch each other in the act of being leaders and showing kindness. What is leadership? It’s doing what’s right even when no one is looking …but leadership is also recognizing the good deeds of others. Students can recognize those random acts of kindnesses by presenting their peers and others in their life with a special MEDABO card.  This is a reminder that everyone can Make Every Day A Better One in big and small ways.  To order cards, click here.

    One Can Count focuses on engaging “trusted adults.”  If you go to Tangled, there is a Go-To Adult certificate that kids fill in and give to a parent (usually).  On the back are Tangled Ball tips on how to be the best “Go-To Adult.”

    Susan can be reached through the Tangled Ball website, by phone at 718-667-5576, email:, Twitter: @susanraisch , or Facebook: Tangled Ball.

  • Sprigeo Expert – Marc Brackett, Ph.D., Yale Expert in Emotional Intelligence

    October 9, 2013

    Dr Marc Brackett_Jan2011We are thrilled that Sprigeo had the opportunity to interview Dr. Brackett and discuss his recent work with Facebook surrounding anti-bullying. Facebook has now added a new emotionally intelligent bullying prevention system as a result of his input. Take a look at this video clip to learn more about the background behind the recent changes to Facebook.

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  • Dr. Kimberly Mason Interview

    October 2, 2013

    Kim_MHSummitWe recently had the opportunity to interview Dr. Kimberly Mason regarding her brand new book, Bullying No More.  It was terrific to learn more about her book that was written for parents so they can recognize bullying behaviors as well as learn effective intervention and prevention strategies.  Click here for more information about her book.

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  • Richard Guerry – Sprigeo Expert Interview

    July 24, 2013

    Richard Guerry also participated in the National Conference for Girl Bullying in Las Vegas earlier this month.  We caught up with Richard back at home after the conference and had an opportunity to ask him some questions surrounding the topic of internet safety.  He is the founder of the Institute for Responsible Online and Cell-Phone Communication (IROC2), teaching students across the country and beyond how to be responsible with digital media.  His message is especially relevant since it creates a mindset for all digital media instead of being specific to the latest popular website or application.

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  • Dianna Flett – Sprigeo Expert

    July 9, 2013

    We had the pleasure to interview Dianna Flett last week during the National Conference for Girl Bullying in Las Vegas.  Dianna is doing incredible work with girls preventing bullying behaviors through the “Girl Smarts” program.  Take a few minutes to watch her interview and learn more about how her workshops empower students before they reach middle school.  The Girl Smarts sessions cover a variety of topics including one workshop entitled, “Beauty and the Beast.”

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  • Gary and Aidan McDaniel, Morgan County, West Virginia

    January 10, 2012

    Father Son Duo - Heroes in the truest sense of the word

    After first meeting Gary and his son Aidan in New Orleans this past November we knew that they would be great additions to the Heroes project. Both father and son are heroes in their own right as you will see below. Together though, they are brilliant! Thanks for your contribution to the world Gary and Aidan McDaniel.

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