Who inspires you to make a difference? I am inspired by Dr. Carey Jackson, who runs the International Medicine Clinic at Harborview Medical Center in Seattle. In turn, Dr. Jackson is inspired and motivated by his patients, many of whom are refugees and first-generation immigrants.
The death of two parents spread over such a chasm of time reassures me that I have grown up. had feared the brutal spectacle and harsh rattle of death. I had feared being alone with her at the final judgmental moment of leaving, feared I would abandon her and not offer a last comfort, that split second of reassurance as she left. Yet none of those fears came true.
I think everyone wants to feel connected and feel like they are part of something. I think we all want to "belong," and participating in the ice bucket challenge was a way for me to connect with others and be part of the collective.
They remind us that we are on this journey because we fundamentally believe in the powerful combination of women and knowledge; and we know that Mongolia is a land of exceptionally strong women.
The industry giants have dedicated millions of dollars to massive PR campaigns, going so far as to launch "conscious collections" and donate proceeds to worthy causes. Yet despite these efforts, the truth remains -- fashion is one of the dirtiest industries in the world.
Willi White wants badly to speak for himself. Like many people on Pine Ridge Indian Reservation in South Dakota, he's tired of outsiders coming in to tell his people's stories.
While I wish it didn't take tragedies like this to bring such conversations to the mainstream, I am thankful that the dialogue has been amped up and that people seem to be listening.
In the wake of Congress' failure to advance meaningful immigration reform, it has become crystal clear that Congress will not act in any way that matters. One thing that can be fixed now with a swipe of the pen is the regulation impacting DREAMers, preventing them from accessing health care.
If hashtag activism builds on and replicate this assumed association between moral outrage and social justice through images and short communication, does it further offer the possibility of a more informed and effective strategy for social impact?
Quick, avoid the peacock! Watch out! Throw the boomerang! Grab that mango! Because Maya's community's water pump has broken down, she is forced to withdraw from school to fetch water for her family. But, with your help, "Phew," Maya has filled up her water bucket and is back in school.
He had a legion of fans who found him a fountain for laughter, but he also had a number of us who knew him as a wellspring for support for human rights and human dignity.
And while some parents may balk at the idea of corralling the kids into the kitchen after a long first day of the week, starting the week off by engaging in this habit is well worth the effort.
Perhaps not every homeless person on the street can be saved, but more can be done.
By reading newspapers, magazines, blogs, online news and talking to people, the two most used words nowadays are war and peace. War in Iraq, Gaza, Libya, Ukraine; war of oil and gas; war of powers; always war, even third world war.
When you notice places of business and employment positions where people with intellectual disabilities might fit in, take a few minutes to write a letter to management.
No one will ever know why Robin Williams took his own life. That is not for us to know. However, for us to even entertain the suggestion that disability was the primary contributing factor is shameful, telling and chilling all at once.
Mexico will face a shortage of about 115,000 professionals with computer networking skills by 2015, according to research by IDC. Young people who develop these skills now will have better opportunities in tomorrow's workforce -- and fewer reasons to yield to criminal activity.