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Is A Game-Based Approach Key to Civic Engagement?

XXXXXJakub GXXXX | Posted August 7, 2012

So where do we look for those game-changers, or -- actually game-starters? We steal from the tables, not the database tables, but the normal wooded ones.
Jesse Seaver


Emerge America Is Putting More Women in Office

Jesse Seaver | Posted August 7, 2012

I am proud to live in a state where both of our Senators and 19 of the 53 Congressional Representatives are women.Compared to the rest of the country, California is far ahead in electing female politicians to federal office.
Lanie Zipoy


New York Theater Gets Political, Explores Sex Trafficking and Bradley Manning

Lanie Zipoy | Posted August 7, 2012

The play Trafficked offers a first hand look at how 15 young women -- the play's writers/performers -- are taking a stand against sex trafficking and giving a voice to those who do not yet have one.
Ginny Clarke


Homeless, But Not Helpless -- A Personal Story

Ginny Clarke | Posted August 7, 2012

It appeared as though this woman and her child, or children, were homeless. Why else would you have your children outside on a park bench at 5 in the morning?
Dr. Lawrence M. Schall


The Guatemalan Dream

Dr. Lawrence M. Schall | Posted August 7, 2012

I've lost count of which trip this is, which for me is a very good thing. I know I am a visitor and will likely always be one, but I am not a tourist -- I don't come to see anything, but instead I come to see people, the same people each time.
Anika Rahman


Protecting Children Requires More Than Just Car Seats: Shifting Cultural Norms to End Child Sexual Abuse

Anika Rahman | Posted August 7, 2012

With Jerry Sandusky's trial on the horizon, our solemn nation is reminded once again of the prevalence of child sexual abuse -- and that it most often happens close to home, by offenders our families know, trust and care deeply about.
Mark Joaquin Ruiz


What Social Entrepreneurs Can Learn From Aung San Suu Kyi

Mark Joaquin Ruiz | Posted August 7, 2012

"The Lady", as she is reverently and affectionately known, tackled her current thoughts, strategies, and actions for her country Myanmar.
Kevin M. Ryan


Stop the Murders of Street Kids

Kevin M. Ryan | Posted August 7, 2012

Children's human rights -- to safety, to an education, to shelter -- must be championed, not trampled. The brazen disregard for human life, particularly of poor children, is a profound and entirely unacceptable indictment on human rights in Honduras.
Robert J. Benz


David Asks Goliath to Quit or Leave

Robert J. Benz | Posted August 7, 2012

In the same place that generations of children learned about freedom, a employee may be accepting fees for ads that facilitate a contemporary form of slavery.
Christine Hill


Still Too Many Cracks in the System

Christine Hill | Posted August 7, 2012

After a decade of war, the expectation is our wounded will make a "seamless transition" from military service programs to receipt of needed VA services and benefits.
Otaviano Canuto


Bucking the Trend: Poverty Reduction and Inequality in Latin America

Otaviano Canuto | Posted August 7, 2012

Interestingly, this phenomenon -- mobility out of poverty accompanied by higher income concentrations and persistent inequality -- is evident in all regions of the world, with the exception of one: Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC)
Michael Spencer


Africa's Green Revolutionaries

Michael Spencer | Posted August 7, 2012

Can you imagine having so little money that you have to choose which of your children will receive a basic education? Sadly, that's the reality for the vast majority of rural families in Africa.
Rev. Dr. Cindi Love


Challenging the Church to Stop AIDS

Rev. Dr. Cindi Love | Posted August 7, 2012

For many years, my friend and colleague Don E. Messer has challenged the Church to break the conspiracy of silence about the global AIDS crisis. As we approach the 19th International AIDS Conference in Washington, D.C., I am particularly grateful
Bruce Campbell Ph.D.


Rio+20: Getting Global Governance to Work for Hunger and Climate Change

Bruce Campbell Ph.D. | Posted August 7, 2012

Can Rio+20 turn the corner for global governance for agriculture and food systems? We need to see a strong commitment to Sustainable Development Goals and approaches that integrate knowledge across sectors.
Craig Newmark


Some Big News Around Voting With Voto Latino

Craig Newmark | Posted August 7, 2012

A good friend of mine, Maria Teresa Kumar, Co-Founder and President of Voto Latino, and actress America Ferrera began a new media, grassroots campaign called America4America. The campaign is doing good stuff, educating young folks about issues like voter ID laws and immigration.
Toan Lam


The True Meaning of Life: In One Word

Toan Lam | Posted August 7, 2012

No matter what job title you hold, how many zeroes you have in your paycheck or where you came from, I know the true meaning of life can be summed up in one word: service.
Jonathan Talat Phillips


Occupying Consciousness: Spiritual Activism 2.0

Jonathan Talat Phillips | Posted August 7, 2012

The Evolver Social Movement has just released a free e-book anthology examining the unprecedented spiritual activism of the Occupy Movement.
Shai Reshef


One Million Support Not Having Tuition!

Shai Reshef | Posted August 7, 2012

Imagine attending university and not having to pay tuition. With skyrocketing tuition rates worldwide, many think this is a pipe dream. However, it is not. University of the People (UoPeople) is my nonprofit, online, tuition-free academic institution. Recently, the University crossed the million fans mark on Facebook -- showcasing the...
Gail Vida Hamburg


Stories to Remember in an Unkind World

Gail Vida Hamburg | Posted August 7, 2012

There are some stories one can't bear to hear, for to hear them is to lose a slice of our solidarity with all humanity, and to feel a sense of utter cosmic loneliness.
Kevin Jennings


Graduation Special -- What's an Education Really Worth?

Kevin Jennings | Posted August 7, 2012

Plain and simple, we're not graduating enough young people from high school and college in the United States. Barely two-thirds of today's high school students will graduate on time.
Jim Wallis


The Missing Religious Principle in Our Budget Debates

Jim Wallis | Posted August 7, 2012

Both Republicans and Democrats have a religion problem and it has nothing to do with same-sex marriage, abortion or religious liberty. Rather it is budgets, deficits, and debt ceiling deadlines that are their serious stumbling blocks.
Ryan Scott


The Volunteer Dating Game

Ryan Scott | Posted August 7, 2012

Imagine a world where the energy, passion and skills of volunteers aligned perfectly with the needs and capacity of nonprofits. Where expectations were calibrated and trust was built over time.
Christine Schanes


Homelessness and Hand-to-Hand Combat

Christine Schanes | Posted August 7, 2012

Violence. We all know that some housed people fight with each other in physical, hand-to-hand combat. But why do some homeless people, living bereft of everything, fight? To find out why some homeless people fight, I interviewed a 48-year-old man who lives in the streets. I thank him for...
Clay Walker


'What Do You Do When You're Handed Your Death Sentence on a Platter?'

Clay Walker | Posted August 7, 2012

For eight years I battled this disease privately while being in the public eye, but then it hit me -- without people raising awareness and being vocal, fewer people will hear about MS!
Jordan Kassalow


Prescriptions and Pride: VisionSpring's Journey to One Million

Jordan Kassalow | Posted August 7, 2012

Estimates for those who can have their vision restored with a pair of eyeglasses range from 500M to 1 billion. The vast majority simply do not have access to affordable glasses. Having seen the depth and persistence of the market failure to deliver this simple tool, I decided to do something about it.
James Peron


Why Kiwis Love This Gay University Student

James Peron | Posted August 7, 2012

When the first openly gay prime minister of New Zealand is elected, there are decent odds his name will be Sam.
Kathy Calvin


Global Motherhood: Harnessing Mobile Technology To Improve Children's Health

Kathy Calvin | Posted August 7, 2012

Every year, more than 3 million newborns die during their first month of life. This year alone, more than 7 million children around the world won't make it to the age of five. While these numbers are sobering, there is hope: Most of these deaths are preventable, and we already have the tools to help stop them.