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09/25/2012 11:11 pm ET Updated Nov 25, 2012

It's Exponential: Introducing Impact X

Global movements take off when people see that they can become the change they wish to see in the world. That is why The Huffington Post launched the first of our Impact sections in 2008, to highlight the stories of those working to make a difference in the world and give them a platform to spread the word about their ideas for change. Earlier this year, we launched Impact's Global Motherhood section, sponsored by Johnson & Johnson, devoted to covering all issues of importance to mothers, families and babies around the world. And this summer we launched Opportunity: What Is Working, a section dedicated to showcasing ideas from all sectors -- nonprofits, foundations, small businesses, technology -- that are helping to put people back to work.

And today I'm delighted to announce the launch of Impact X, our newest section in the HuffPost Impact family, sponsored by our launch partner Cisco, which will highlight the change-making power when humanity and technology come together. When they come together in a focused way, we see their impact multiplied -- hence the X. Impact X is about people using technology of all kinds to solve problems both in their neighborhoods and across the world. It's also a platform for innovators, thinkers, activists and anyone who wants to use technology to improve the world. And like all our Impact sections, it's a place to discover worthy causes, read truly inspiring stories and find ways to take action.

We are also excited to have as our content launch partner the Clinton Global Initiative, which is wrapping up its annual meeting putting the spotlight on solutions to our jobs crisis. We will also be keeping up with several ongoing CGI commitments focused on social innovation, as well as exclusive content -- starting with how the women's movement needs to get Boys on Board. We'll also feature contributions from our other partners ONE.org, Kiva, Crowdrise, U.N. Foundation, the Skoll Foundation and Twitter.

And in partnership with the Social Innovation Summit, we'll be running a weekly series called "5 X 5 X 5," which stands for "5 Leaders, 5 Sectors, 5 Questions." Here, five guests per category will answer questions on how technology and innovation can be used to tackle social issues. The first features actress and activist Maria Bello talking about her new network for women, We Advance University, an online interactive education and information site that will allow local women's groups from all over a country to connect and access services and tools that will empower them to move forward.

In addition, we will be highlighting news about innovations from partners such as the X PRIZE Foundation. The first one is a post about new voice software that can diagnose Parkinson's disease.

Additional bloggers include Cisco's Tae Yoo on how the Cisco Networking Academy is being used by people all over the globe to improve their lives; Twitter's Claire Diaz-Ortiz on the efforts to improve the lives of women and girls in Honduras; the actor Forest Whitaker on the launch of his nonprofit PeaceEarth Foundation, which helps men, women and children in war-torn areas tell their stories, find resources, connect with others and heal; CNN "Hero" Gary Oppenheimer on how the nonprofit he founded, Ample Harvest, "has been using the Internet to bring back to America what we've lost -- neighbors helping neighbors in need"; Kevin Bacon, who "wondered how I could use my name to do some good in this world" and decided to use his "six degrees of Kevin Bacon" meme to fight hunger; the Global Poverty Project's Hugh Evans and Simon Moss on their recently-launched Global Citizen, "a new platform for people here in the U.S. and around the world to learn more about the progress that's being made in international development and take action to build the movement to end extreme poverty forever"; and Eirene co-founder and "toilet hacker" John Kluge on using technology to help the 2.6 billion people across the world who have no access to basic toilets.

So please stop by and get involved. People all across the world are using technology in incredible ways to make the world, starting with their own neighborhoods, a better place. Impact X is a place to read their stories, share your own and connect.

So please join the conversation and drop us a comment to let us know what you think.

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