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Nancy Lublin
As CEO of, the largest organization for teens and social change in the world, Nancy Lublin is able to name all 5 members of One Direction without a smidge of sarcasm. An expert on youth, social media, and pop culture, brands like Pepsi and Chase and several tech start-ups have sought her advice and Fast Company has named her to their Most Creative People list.

Entries by Nancy Lublin

Weird, Smart, Impatient: Are You an Entrepreneur?

(1) Comments | Posted March 24, 2014 | 3:29 PM

At some point, lots of kids in the United States realize that China is on the opposite side of the globe from us. They imagine digging a tunnel to China. I actually started digging. The hole was so big, my parents had to call a landscaper to come fix it.

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Too Many Nickelbacks

(1) Comments | Posted December 26, 2013 | 1:47 PM

Confession: sometimes, when I am alone in the car, I sing to Nickelback. I sing loud and I sing with a smile, but I'm not proud of this fact...because Nickelback kinda sucks. Every song is the same three chords. The lyrics are unimaginative. And they either scream or whisper.


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Do College Admissions Officers Care About Community Service?

(1) Comments | Posted December 12, 2011 | 2:54 PM

Over 1 million high school seniors spent Thanksgiving writing college application essays. It is expected that 1.5 million kids will apply to U.S. Colleges and Universities this year.

The competition is tougher than ever. More kids are applying for fewer spots.

Thanks to places like U.S. News...

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My Money's Just Not That Into You

(2) Comments | Posted August 16, 2010 | 12:25 PM

I've been waiting for a returned phone call or email or even a smoke signal from a potential corporate partner for the last 5 weeks. I flew to Chicago for one day, just to make the pitch. We had a terrific in-person meeting. I sent the proposal the next day....

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Leadership to the Rescue

(4) Comments | Posted July 13, 2010 | 2:26 PM

As an estimated 80 million gallons (and counting) of oil has spilled into the Gulf. It feels like we're watching a class of kindergarteners try to perform a root canal. The problem is twofold: a lack of technical knowledge coupled with a failure of leadership.

Great minds (we assume)...

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The Power of ZERO in Business: Finances

(0) Comments | Posted July 1, 2010 | 3:54 PM

Not-for-profits use money in a completely different way from our for-profit siblings. Our goal isn't to maximize profit and we don't use the "industry standard" to measure return on investment. So why should you listen to us not-for-profits?

Simply, the best not-for-profits have incredible fiscal policies that are great at...

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The Power of ZERO in Business: Branding

(2) Comments | Posted June 30, 2010 | 11:27 AM

Not-for-profits know a lot about managing with zilch. That's right. A bit counter-intuitive, eh?

Cherished, valuable brands like Teach for America, Habitat for Humanity and Make a Wish could teach a lot to start-ups, government, even ginormous businesses about how to build brand equity... without taking a Superbowl ad...

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Young People Grade Obama's First Year

(33) Comments | Posted January 20, 2010 | 5:56 PM

Despite disappointment on some key issues, majority of young people would still vote for President Obama.

Today is the 1 year anniversary of President Obama's inauguration, so asked young people whether they think President Obama "made the grade" during his first year in office. Their responses garnered some...

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Obama's Chance to Lead: Sign the Disability Treaty

(10) Comments | Posted July 1, 2009 | 12:06 PM

President Obama has made it a priority to re-position the United States as a leader in the global arena. One area where we are conspicuously silent--and could lead or at least participate more fully--is disability rights.

Over all, according to the U.N., 650 million people, 10% of the world population,...

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What the Service Movement Can Learn From Tehran

(10) Comments | Posted June 24, 2009 | 8:42 PM

Today was the last day of the National Conference on Volunteerism and Service. Nearly 4,000 people attended the gathering in San Francisco, including First Lady Michelle Obama, Governor Schwarzenegger, and other notables.

At the same time, thousands of young people across the globe were taking to the streets, organized via...

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Lower the Voting Age

(28) Comments | Posted May 28, 2009 | 1:48 PM

Apathetic. Vain. Indifferent. Selfish. These are typical words used to describe teenagers today...on TV, in movies, by frustrated parents. But these words don't actually represent this generation at large. Instead, statistical evidence and trendspotting refers to today's teens as outspoken, informed, mature and wired. I'd like to call them something...

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Credit Card Bill of Rights

(2) Comments | Posted May 7, 2009 | 11:23 AM

Today I was on a conference call with senior chief advisor to the President, Michael Barr, during which I learned about the Credit Card Bill of Rights. I think this is a great start on behalf of young people, all of whom either have been or will be solicited to...

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On Underdogs

(1) Comments | Posted April 16, 2009 | 10:41 AM

I love an underdog. No, I don't necessarily mean the cartoon. I mean like David, as in Goliath, or the Bears, as in The Bad News Bears. (Yes, that might be the first time those two things were ever in the same sentence.)

This week, was nominated for a...

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Another Nice Guy Bites The Dust

(14) Comments | Posted April 2, 2009 | 5:00 PM

Rick Wagoner's forced resignation proves the common stereotype: nice guys finish last. He is a man who doesn't live in excess, is honest, works hard, and values philanthropy. But he isn't just a nice guy he's a smart businessman. I know this because Rick Wagoner is my friend.


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No Answer

(2) Comments | Posted March 18, 2009 | 11:11 AM

I hate caller-id. Sure, it allows me to screen calls from my mother, but it also allows foundations to screen my calls.

I run a charity. If my name pops up in your call id, chances are I'm about to ask you for something--money, free ad space, your first born....

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Innovation is Great but Execution is Better

(1) Comments | Posted March 3, 2009 | 4:23 PM

The White House is quietly launching a Social Innovation Office. From what I can glean online (gossip) leads me to believe that the concept is to gather "founders" of innovative social organizations all in one place and pick their creative brains for ways to implement change.... kind of a government-sponsored...

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How The Gays Can Save Us

(8) Comments | Posted February 23, 2009 | 3:47 PM

I've got a simple, cost-free proposal for stimulating the economy: legalize gay marriage.

Forget your politics. Shelve your bigotry. Just listen to the numbers....

The average American wedding costs $20,000. The number of gay couples living together without the benefit of marriage is estimated at 3 million. Using those numbers,...

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An Ugly Truth

(3) Comments | Posted February 12, 2009 | 3:26 PM

Nobody seems to know this awful fact: one out of every three homeless in America is under the age of 18. Yikes.

This year alone, there are 1.6 million young American adults who are homeless. According to the National Coalition for the Homeless, the majority of homeless and runaway...

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Not for Nothing: Reforming TARP Compensation

(4) Comments | Posted February 6, 2009 | 4:54 PM

"They don't get it...What planet are these people on?" cried Senator Claire McCaskill (D-MS). Billionaire investor Carl Icahn called it "egregious" and "absurd." The only people happy about bloated executive compensation? The late-night talk show hosts.

So this week, President Obama -- while calling these pay packages "shameful" and "the...

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Our Not-for-Profit Business

(0) Comments | Posted September 21, 2008 | 6:15 PM

I don't run a non-profit. There are lots of non-profits in America--in Detroit, parts of Wall Street, etc. I run a not for profit. We're a business. The only difference is that instead of selling soap or sneakers, we sell hope and leadership.

For a long time, the for profit...

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