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Pioneers for Change

Don't Wait for All You Need Before Making a Start

Pioneers for Change | March 31, 2015 | Impact
I don't think there is ever the perfect time or the perfect set of circumstances in which to start a project. If we delay until everything is in place, we could be delaying forever. Starting is the hardest part, but it is also the most important. Whatever your idea, I urge you, make a start on it today!
Dr. John Coonrod

Looking Local: Addressing Hunger, Poverty and WASH

Dr. John Coonrod | March 30, 2015 | Impact
Why does hunger persist in a world of plenty? In a world that has made so much progress in achieving many of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), cutting extreme poverty in half by 2010, why has it not yet cut hunger in half?
Ben Cohen 

6 Ways to Get Big Money Out of Politics

Ben Cohen  | March 30, 2015 | Politics
As gobs and gobs of money in the form of campaign contributions keep congesting our elections, "We the People of the United States" are forced out of this crucial political process. If we want to reclaim our seats at the decision-making table we're going to have to stamp out Big Money.
Marion Coutts

Notes on Loss

Marion Coutts | March 30, 2015 | UK Lifestyle
All research advances are to be applauded but we do worse with brain cancer than with other cancers and deaths are on the increase. At the moment only 1% of the national spend on cancer research is allocated to the disease, yet tumours in the brain kill more children and adults under the age of 40 than any other cancer.
Justin Forsyth

World Leaders Hold Syrians' Lives in the Balance

Justin Forsyth | March 31, 2015 | UK
World leaders are gathering in Kuwait today to decide the fate of millions of people in Syria and the neighbouring countries. The Kuwait pledging conference, the third of its kind, will bring together the UN and donor governments to pledge money to help civilians caught up in the spiralling violence. They will need to be generous - as the war enters its fifth year, Syrians and their neighbours are increasingly unable to cope with this unprecedented humanitarian catastrophe.
Charles Orgbon III

Society Praises the Activist That Looks the Most 'Normal'

Charles Orgbon III | March 30, 2015 | Impact
As a young boy, I remember when my Grandma Dorothy gave me the book Rosa by Nikki Giovanni, but it was not until more recently that I learned that Rosa Parks was not the first to woman to deny her bus seat to a white person.
Deborah De Santis

DC Unveils Plan to Reduce Homelessness

Deborah De Santis | March 30, 2015 | Impact
Earlier this month, Washington, D.C. Mayor Muriel E. Bowser and members of the Interagency Council on Homelessness there began circulating what is likely that community's most ambitious plan ever to end chronic homelessness.
William Lambers

Future Being Made Now for Syria's Children

William Lambers | March 31, 2015 | Impact
Syrians need a peace treaty to end the war in their country. They also desperately need food and they need it right away. Every time a donation is made to feed a child, the future that can be built from this generous act.
Kent G. Mendoza Morales

Moving Beyond Gangs and 'Gladiator School'

Kent G. Mendoza Morales | March 31, 2015 | Impact
Over the five years that I was incarcerated, I felt confused and often dehumanized. After dropping out of my gang, life became a daily struggle to survive. In no way was my incarceration an environment of rehabilitation. In fact, some even called our facility "gladiator school," because of the harsh treatments we faced daily.
Rescue Idiot

Animal Rescue World Loses a Hero - Andrew Chernovsky

Rescue Idiot | March 30, 2015 | Impact
Last Week marked the passing of Andy Chernovsky. Andy was the beloved husband of Little Shelter's Volunteer President, Maryann Chernovsky.
Tracy Hoover

The Cost of Doing Nothing

Tracy Hoover | March 30, 2015 | Impact
Employees have stopped writing #RaceTogether on cups at Starbucks, and critics have mostly stopped sneering at the effort. Will other companies now become wary of promoting or discussing social change?
Muffy Walker

Claims About Andreas Lubitz's Mental Health Further Stigmatize Mental Illnesses

Muffy Walker | March 30, 2015 | Healthy Living
I don't know if that is the case or not, and it's possible that Lubitz's intentions will never be known, but it is irresponsible to link the crash to his mental health.
Carla Javits

An Economy That Works for All of Us

Carla Javits | March 30, 2015 | Impact
After the mid-term elections, when the Republicans took control of the Senate and the House, exit polls showed the economy was the top issue on voters' minds.
Rosario Perez

As the Celebration of Women Moves On, Let's Leave No One Behind

Rosario Perez | March 30, 2015 | Impact
Poverty and health are intrinsically linked, yet the tools to combat them are frequently out of reach for poor women. More times than not, they find themselves in a constant cycle of scarcity -- scarcity of money, support, health and stability.
Frank Giustra

Dear Rich People: Learning to Give

Frank Giustra | March 30, 2015 | Impact
We should remind ourselves that using wealth simply to create additional wealth, and hoping that will bring peace, happiness and immortality, is nothing but an illusion. Once the needs of family are met, we should use the rest for social good.
Cari E. Guittard

The State of Masculinity in America and the One Film Every Man Must See

Cari E. Guittard | March 30, 2015 | Impact
This week I had the great privilege of attending a screening of Jennifer Siebel Newsom's latest film, The Mask You Live In, which embarks on a powerful exploration of the truth and consequences associated with modern masculinity in America....
Nick Grono

Why Does Modern Slavery Persist?

Nick Grono | March 30, 2015 | Impact
here is growing awareness on the part of governments and businesses of their responsibility. Certainly in the West, there is growing political will to tackle modern slavery, which is leading to a stronger regulatory environment, and a slow trickle of change down the supply chain.
Shawn Askinosie

The Mast Brothers Have it All Wrong: Success Is Not About Being Dangerous

Shawn Askinosie | March 30, 2015 | Impact
We have a saying here: "it's not about the chocolate, it's about the chocolate." We mean that we have a laser focus every single day on making the best chocolate we can with the best beans possible.
Neil Willenson

A Young Pear Tree Brings Comfort to Grieving Children

Neil Willenson | March 30, 2015 | Impact
While this small tree will not singularly take grieving children from a place of sadness to healing, I do believe that it serves a reminder to the children that brighter days are ahead.
Katie Hurley

Love Is All You Need

Katie Hurley | March 30, 2015 | Impact
I don't know if I saved that child from anything. I don't know if he carried my support with him as he grew or if my words slowly faded away with time and age. I don't know if my whispers were audible enough to carry him through whatever obstacles he might have faced once he left residential treatment. But I do know that he taught me a very valuable lesson: Meet the children where they are and always love them anyway.
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