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Razan Rashidi

Unicef School Clubs Help Syrian Children Catch Up During Summer Break

Razan Rashidi | August 27, 2014 | UK
For thousands of children in Syria, summer vacation is no longer about taking a break from their hectic school lives. On the contrary, with displacement and violence regularly interrupting normal classes, many children around the country used their summer break to visit school clubs and catch up on lost school days.
Michael Levin


What Do 4,400 Kids With Disabilities and One Crazy Irishman Have In Common?

Michael Levin | August 27, 2014 | Impact
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4,400 disabled kids are going back to New York City schools this week, wearing running shoes they won for having run a virtual marathon 26.2 miles over the course of the last school year.
Shar McBee


A Huge Economic Impact But Who Knew?

Shar McBee | August 27, 2014 | Impact
Do you know that there is a sector of the economy that is larger than the construction industry, employs more people than real estate, and creates fifty times more jobs than agriculture... but this sector is almost totally ignored?
Anu Sridharan

How a Text-Powered Smart Grid Solution Is Improving Water Distribution in India

Anu Sridharan | August 27, 2014 | Impact
For many people, especially in parts of Europe and North America, the answer to "When will I get my water next?" is as simple as, "When I turn on my tap." But for three billion others around the world, the answer is much more complicated.
Ethan Casey


Why Bother Trying to Change the World?

Ethan Casey | August 27, 2014 | Impact
Like establishing a garden or writing a book, building a patio in an uncertain world is an exercise in enlisting the passage of time to advantage: an act of faith.
Chris Dean

Try Looking Past the Elephant

Chris Dean | August 27, 2014 | Politics
Why, you ask, isn't anyone talking about the class issue if it figured so heavily into it? Because people are more comfortable talking about things that are beyond their control.
Jeryl Brunner


See 48 ALS Ice Bucket Challenges from Celebrities

Jeryl Brunner | August 27, 2014 | Impact
Meanwhile, we've seen challenges both stylish (go Anna Wintour! And what's with that onesie Ninja Turtle getup, Liam Hemsworth?) and resourceful (no one can go bucket-less like Robert Pattinson).
Vicky Kelberer

The Long War: Defending Human Rights in the Middle East

Vicky Kelberer | August 27, 2014 | Impact
The inability to incorporate nuance into ideas about whose rights are being violated in the Muslim-majority world is the death of sound human rights policy.
Britt Bolnick

From Food Stamps to Financial Success -- Without Burn Out

Britt Bolnick | August 27, 2014 | Women
When my daughter was 14-months-old, her father left us, leaving me with a hefty mortgage, a physically taxing waitress job, a baby who clung to me all her waking hours, and a body, heart and mind that was steps away from a complete breakdown. My discomfort led to a moment of clarity: I could make a decision about how we wanted to live.
Dagmara Domińczyk


I Could Leave My House Without Makeup, But Here's Why I Don't

Dagmara Domińczyk | August 27, 2014 | Women
Why is it that a woman has such a hard time feeling good in her skin when her skin is stripped bare of potions and lotions and creams, when there is not filter or Photoshop?
Ray Flynn

The Real Meaning Of Life Begins When You Find A Cause

Ray Flynn | August 27, 2014 | Fifty
NBA and college basketball great Jimmy Walker once said to me, 'Ray, you were one of the best outside shooters in college basketball and the highest vote getter in Boston history, when you were Mayor of Boston, so now that you are out of politics and sports, does all that excitement and meaning in life come to an end? Basketball is over for me, so what happens next?'
David Garfinkel


Being an Entrepreneur: What Your Kid Probably Won't Learn in School

David Garfinkel | August 27, 2014 | Business
Today, entrepreneurship is hot. And everything points to it getting hotter still. Do you ever worry that maybe your kids won't be ready for the vastly different job and business world, when it's their time to start making a living?
Fatou Wurie


The Ugly Face of Ebola Tells Us Africa Is NOT Rising

Fatou Wurie | August 26, 2014 | Impact
The message is clear, Africa is not rising, as the popularized term often indicates a consolidated unified upward movement from the continent, rather each African nation is grabbing life jackets to remain above water.
Dan Duffy


How the Irish Save the World

Dan Duffy | August 26, 2014 | Impact
We should all be like the Irish, a people who continue to show that a brighter day is always just around the corner.
Zaid al-Rawni


Despair in the Desert - In One of Iraq's Deadliest Places

Zaid al-Rawni | August 26, 2014 | UK
In the school I sat with Sherman Haj, a woman of around 40 who looked at least 10 years older. She had arrived at the school with her two youngest children nearly two weeks previously. Sherman Haj was still grappling with the sudden shock of how her life had been torn apart.
Matt Richardson


The Last Three Inspirational Quotes You'll Ever Need

Matt Richardson | August 26, 2014 | Good News
These are the three best of the many, many thousands of bite-sized quotes that I've procured over time. These are the only three you need, really.
Kelsey Timmerman


Craft Chocolate Sourced and Produced in Africa Fairly and Directly

Kelsey Timmerman | August 26, 2014 | Impact
Think of the bean-to-bar movement as being in the early stages of the craft beer movement. In fact, many are referring to it as craft chocolate.
Kathleen P. Enright


"Too Strong for Our Support" -- How Does That Logic Work?

Kathleen P. Enright | August 26, 2014 | Impact
Imagine you're a foundation program officer funding in the area of youth development and education. You're approached for renewal support by a nonprofit that provides mentors to high school students. It has a great reputation, is strong, well led and has achieved impressive results. Nearly 100 percent of their students...
Ai-jen Poo


On Women's Equality Day, All Lives Matter

Ai-jen Poo | August 26, 2014 | Politics
We are still working toward democracy and equality for every woman -- without restrictions based on race, class, age or experience. And we have some distance to travel.
Amanda Gutterman


Doing the Ice Bucket Challenge Is Not the Same Thing as Actually Supporting ALS Research

Amanda Gutterman | August 27, 2014 | Impact
My dad who died of ALS would be frustrated, as I am, that the Ice Bucket Challenge gives the political adversaries of scientific research a pretext to disguise their views and pretend they haven't made it harder to find a cure, for any disease at all.
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