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Kate Ostertag

One Heart at a Time

Kate Ostertag | August 28, 2015 | Good News
We taught him to ride in the car, to say Momma and to sleep under the covers. He taught us to make up our own minds, to laugh at him and ourselves. He was the first "pit bull" we opened our hearts and home to but not the last.

Crops Ahoy: Farms That Float

XPRIZE | August 28, 2015 | Impact
No Land? No Problem. If Barcelona-based Forward Thinking Architecture has its way, farms of the future will operate autonomously as they float on the open sea. Stretching eco-friendly concepts to the limit, the ambitious design firm has come up with the idea of Smart Floating Farms.
Monica Engebretson

Argentina and Russia Take Cruelty Free Step

Monica Engebretson | August 28, 2015 | Impact
With more than 8,000 miles between them and marked differences in climate and culture, Argentina and Russia seem to be worlds apart, but recently something spectacularly similar happened in these two countries -- the introduction of bills to end animal testing for cosmetics.
Dr. Artika R. Tyner

Leadership for Social Justice Project in Tanzania: Making a Difference in the World

Dr. Artika R. Tyner | August 28, 2015 | Black Voices
Change begins with the development of a collective vision of the future. Leaders inspire others to envision a world where justice and freedom reign supreme. This is a vision of fostering a global community that promotes love, justice, equity, and compassion.
Tobias Roberts

Redefining the Messiah Complex

Tobias Roberts | August 28, 2015 | Religion
For those of us who work in the world of faith based non-government organizations (NGOs), we're well accustomed to the snubs and not so subtle criticism of our "secular" NGO peers.
Kelly Ruemmele

Why We Should Say Goodbye to the Lazy Summer Fantasy

Kelly Ruemmele | August 28, 2015 | Education
At the end of the last school year, two North Kansas City schools transitioned to the year round calendar. Parents had the opportunity to transfer their children to a traditional school or participate in the year round 45-15 plan. Some 95 percent of parents opted to stay.
Mohammed Omer

A Year Ago, a Cease-Fire Was Announced in Gaza. But This Boy's Life Had Already Changed Forever.

Mohammed Omer | August 28, 2015 | World
JABALYA Refugee Camp, Northern Gaza -- Children that are left behind are usually taken on by extended family members, but the scars prove hard to heal. The trauma of losing a limb, or a loved one, is likely to endure long after the smell of explosives and decomposing bodies begins to fade.
Brian Castrucci

Partnering to BUILD a New U.S. Health System

Brian Castrucci | August 28, 2015 | Impact
Last night, a mother hurriedly gathered clothes, insurance cards, toys, and medications. She was heading to the ER again because of her daughter's asthma. She was worried about missing work the next day. She was concerned about the number of school days that her daughter had missed. She was not...
Jeff Biggers

Call It What It Is: A Global Migration Shift From Climate, Not a Migrant or Refugee Crisis

Jeff Biggers | August 28, 2015 | World
A far more dangerous precedence of denial over a looming global shift of populations largely from climate change is taking place. There is not a migrant or refugee crisis. We're in the midst of a global migration shift.
Liz Scott

What September Means to Me, The Parent of a Childhood Cancer Fighter

Liz Scott | August 28, 2015 | Parents
For many parents, September represents a return to routine, a return to normalcy and perhaps even a joyous occasion as the children return to school. Once upon a time, I was one of these parents, oblivious to what September represents for the childhood cancer community.
Melissa Fenton

17 Year Old Patient to Raise $100,000 for St. Jude Children's Research Hospital and September's Childhood Cancer Awareness Month

Melissa Fenton | August 28, 2015 | Impact
Adam was diagnosed with ALL at age 17, underwent treatment at St. Jude, and is currently in remission. September is Childhood Cancer Awareness Month and Adam has set a goal to raise $100,000 to give back to the place that is giving him both hope and a future.
Mary Olushoga

Doing Business in Nigeria: How Technology Is Changing the Way We Operate

Mary Olushoga | August 28, 2015 | Impact
Africa is rising and technology is changing the way we do business. We as entrepreneurs have a responsibility to operate at the highest level of professionalism and excellence.
John Roman, Ph.D.

Making Government Better

John Roman, Ph.D. | August 28, 2015 | Impact
Performance management is most effective when organizations stick to best practices in program implementation, identify rigorous outcomes, and make those outcomes the focus of the intervention. These principles may seem obvious, but they rarely guide actual performance.
Karin Kloosterman

This Is How You Grow Girls in Harlem!

Karin Kloosterman | August 28, 2015 | New York
In the middle of Harlem on a derelict plot of land where old men used to play cards, with no kids allowed, is growing one of the most exciting social projects I've seen this year as I go out looking for business partners.
Katy Reckdahl

Brothers' Keepers: How the Walker High Football Team Survived Katrina--and Its Aftermath

Katy Reckdahl | August 28, 2015 | Black Voices
Forced to leave their world behind, members of a top-ranked team leaned on one another for support in their new communities.
Josef Benedict

Malaysia Must Listen to What Protesters Have to Say, Not Attack Them

Josef Benedict | August 28, 2015 | World
LONDON -- Malaysian authorities must ensure that this weekend's protest is not a repeat of the one in 2012 that resulted in protesters tear-gassed and arrested. The government has a duty to respect people's right to freedom of expression and to peacefully protest. A heavy-handed response by the authorities could sow the seeds of further resentment.
Kim Thiboldeaux

Patients, Raise Your Voices!

Kim Thiboldeaux | August 28, 2015 | Impact
The emergence of Medicare, Medicaid, labor unions, private insurance companies, etc. resulted in care being based on formulas -- not individuals. Likewise, the significant medical and scientific advances in testing and treatments have saved countless lives but further distanced patients from their doctors.
Shad Meshad

When Time Is More Than Money: Waiting for VA Benefits

Shad Meshad | August 28, 2015 | Impact
As of August 22, 2015, the average length of time to complete a fully developed claim (FDC) for VA benefits was 141.1 days. What does "fully developed" mean? It means all the i's dotted and all the t's crossed. It means all the evidence supporting the claim is filed when the claim is initiated, there's no additional evidence, and it's filed electronically.
Jaye Watson

Roanoke: He Was Not One of Us

Jaye Watson | August 28, 2015 | Media
The live aspect of our business is just one of the many reasons that television news is not for the faint of heart. Nor is it for the thin-skinned. And in the hours after we found out that Adam and Alison's killer was someone who had been a journalist, I had one thought -- he wasn't one of us.
Raymond C. Offenheiser

A Post-Katrina Disaster Checklist: Water, Food, Community Organizing

Raymond C. Offenheiser | August 28, 2015 | Impact
When Katrina slammed into the Gulf Coast ten years ago, the fundamentals of disaster relief poured in: water, sanitation, food, shelter. But looking back, we can see that the most effective tool for the hardest hit was something else altogether: community organizing.
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