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Mark Tercek

Two Years Later: New Partnership for People and Nature in the Gulf

Mark Tercek | Posted June 20, 2012

In May 2010, I flew over the Deepwater Horizon oil spill. As we made our way over the Gulf, we saw the slick spreading like fingers toward the coast. We also saw shrimp boats pressed into service as oil skimmers, and met people whose livelihoods depended on healthy...

Myra J. Biblowit

Pink Power

Myra J. Biblowit | Posted June 20, 2012

Women are changing the world of philanthropic giving and my dear friend and colleague, Evelyn Lauder, led the way. Almost 20 years ago, Evelyn founded The Breast Cancer Research Foundation® to increase public awareness about breast cancer and to find a cure and prevention in our lifetime. Evelyn understood that...

The Technician

America, the Beautiful

The Technician | Posted June 20, 2012

By Alex Lewis

Recently, I found myself in the presence of a survivor of Pearl Harbor. After reading the words on his hat which denoted his status, I could only imagine what he has endured for the sake of this great country.

Well groomed, he gave off an aura...

Arlene Samen

Saving the Lives of Mothers and Newborns in Remote Areas of Nepal

Arlene Samen | Posted June 20, 2012

One Heart World-Wide, a 501c3 nonprofit organization dedicated to the prevention of maternal and neonatal deaths, has been setting up birthing centers in Nepal.

Our most recent project established a birthing center in Dolpa district, one of the five districts of the Karnali Zone in Western Nepal. Dolpa is an...

Lori Sokol

Why a Woman's Agenda Means More Than Her Gender

Lori Sokol | Posted June 20, 2012

"I'm too male, too pale, and too stale." While this self-description would typically brand most middle-aged, white males as being out-of-touch with today's youthful, progressive and diverse society, it did nothing of the sort for a man who was recently honored by a leading feminist organization focused on these three...

Ted Danson

Wild Seafood: An Unlikely Key to Combating Climate Change

Ted Danson | Posted June 20, 2012

Here's some food for thought on this upcoming Earth Day: Agriculture is the leading contributor to greenhouse gas emissions in the world. It even beats out transportation. The food we raise, especially meat like pork, beef and chicken, is contributing more to climate change than the cars and SUVs that...

M. Sanjayan

This Earth Day, Appreciate the Value of Small Actions

M. Sanjayan | Posted June 20, 2012

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Image credit: Erika Nortemann/TNC

I am usually a pretty optimistic guy, but twice a year, like clockwork, I get depressed. The first is in December, on my birthday, and the story involves my childhood, a birthday cake and a monkey that (supposedly) stole it....

Shawn Lawrence Otto

Science, a Force for Freedom and Human Rights

Shawn Lawrence Otto | Posted June 20, 2012

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Fang Lizhi photo credit< physics dept at U AZ

Chinese astrophysicist and humanitarian Fang Lizhi
Photo: University of Arizona Physics Department

Nicki Richesin

Conversation With Jaida Im of Freedom House

Nicki Richesin | Posted June 20, 2012

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When I met Jaida Im founder of Freedom House a few weeks ago, I was struck not only by her passion for helping human trafficking survivors, but also her absolute faith in the work that she's doing through her shelter. On Saturday,...

Robert Listenbee Jr.

Be Part of the Solution to Violence Against Children

Robert Listenbee Jr. | Posted June 20, 2012

A few years ago, I was at a middle school teaching the students about the law. I asked the class: "How many of you have seen someone who has been shot or have a relative or friend who has been shot or have been injured by a shooting yourself?" Out...

Jesse Seaver

A Guy Who's Plugged In: How Our Spending Can Change the World

Jesse Seaver | Posted June 20, 2012

I had a conversation with my friend Spencer Sherman this week. He is the CEO of Abacus, a small financial advisory firm with offices on both coasts. I've known him to be someone who is passionate about philanthropy. He values top-notch childhood education for all, quality food for...

Toni Nagy

Why So Snarky to Those Trying to Make a Difference?

Toni Nagy | Posted June 20, 2012

If you are an unapologetic capitalist you will suffer less public scrutiny than if you are someone who is trying to do something meaningful with your life. When a project is socially responsible or provocative, critics will jump to pick apart the person behind it much more so then if...

Sylvia Earle

Save the Polar Bears, Save Ourselves

Sylvia Earle | Posted June 20, 2012

For thousands of years humans have found ways to respond to the challenges of living in a frozen world of the Arctic. But even the oldest human cultures in the far north have been preceded by thousands of millennia by creatures exquisitely adapted to a realm where water, the single...

Bonnie St. John

How Do We Move the Needle on Women's Leadership?

Bonnie St. John | Posted June 20, 2012

Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg's recent confession that she leaves work at 5:30pm to have dinner with her kids -- but was afraid to talk about it for years -- highlights the way women continue to navigate a road to leadership very different from the route men face. Sheryl...

Twesigye Jackson Kaguri

Follow Your Passion

Twesigye Jackson Kaguri | Posted June 20, 2012

In 2010, when I left my position at Michigan State University , I had raised millions for the college of Agriculture and Natural Resources. I had moved up the ranks from Assistant Director to Associate Director, and was on the verge of becoming a senior director of development....

Megan Rosker

Playgroundology: An Emerging Social Science

Megan Rosker | Posted June 20, 2012

Few of us think much of pulling up to the playground at the end of the day, swinging open the car doors and letting loose the wild children in the back seat.

But what happens on the playground -- the social, emotional and physical development, as well as the old...

Tavis Smiley

Ten Lies About Poverty That America Can No Longer Afford (EXCERPT)

Tavis Smiley | Posted June 20, 2012

Excerpt taken from "The Rich and the Rest of Us: A Poverty Manifesto" (April 2012) courtesy of SmileyBooks.

There are nearly 150 million persistently poor and near poor people in America who are not responsible for the damage done by the Great Recession. Yet they pay the...

Ann Lopez

A Call to Arms for Organ Donation

Ann Lopez | Posted June 20, 2012

Today, Donate Life America celebrates National Donate Life Blue and Green Day to inspire people to register as organ donors. It was seven years ago this week that I donated a kidney to my former husband, George Lopez. Giving the Gift of Life, as organ donation is called, has had...

Naomi Mandelstein

Continuous Learning in Philanthropy

Naomi Mandelstein | Posted June 20, 2012

The legacies of Rockefeller and Carnegie-and particularly their ethos of questioning and continual learning-were alive on the final day of the Global Philanthropy Forum's annual conference. Attendees reflected the fruits of this legacy, with sessions that conveyed lessons learned on the importance of transparency in philanthropy -- in our strategy,...

Sally Osberg

Social Entrepreneurs "Refreshingly Uncynical" -- But Not at All Delusional

Sally Osberg | Posted June 20, 2012

Just as I was coming up for air after our ninth Skoll World Forum, held each spring in the U.K. at Oxford University, David Brooks' New York Times column on social entrepreneurs hit my desk. Talk about timing!

For starters, Mr. Brooks cites coffee shops, universities...

Nancy Parrish

The Pentagon Is Camouflaging the Truth About Rape in the Military

Nancy Parrish | Posted June 20, 2012

On Friday of last week, the Department of Defense issued its Annual Report on Sexual Assault in the Military. First conducted in 2004, this report has helped shine a light on the severity and scope of the crisis of rape in the US military. The disturbing statistics that...

Steven Culbertson

Introducing the 25 Most Powerful and Influential Young People in the World

Steven Culbertson | Posted June 19, 2012

Youth changing the world. Some may recognize that youth are always at the center of social change. Others may still think this is a radical idea.

But consider this: Bill Gates and Steve Jobs both started their careers in the family garage as teenagers. When Gustavo Dudamel was named...

Tamer Shaaban

There is Nothing More Contagious Than Passion

Tamer Shaaban | Posted June 19, 2012


This is the first installment in our new series "Gen: Change," in partnership with Youth Service America, featuring stories from the 25 most influential and powerful young people in the world.

It was on the beach, a couple streets away from...