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Kickstarter Co-Founder Yancey Strickler on Creating Crowdfunding

92nd Street Y | Posted 03.12.2017 | Technology
92nd Street Y

"Could there be a world where a great idea can happen just because other people thought it was cool? Isn't that a universe we should live in where tha...

The Power of Pairs: Mentor + Protégé = Genius

Lily Liu | Posted 03.11.2017 | Women
Lily Liu

When I hear the word genius, my thoughts turn towards divine gifts bestowed only upon a lucky few; That it was written in the stars for geniuses and us regular folk just weren't destined for such great feats.

The Lone Genius Paradigm and Our Infatuation With Intellectual Heroes

Ágnes Mócsy | Posted 03.10.2017 | Science
Ágnes Mócsy

Let's be frank. Most of us physicists are not geniuses, though we are often labeled that way. We achieve with hard work, commitment, passion, mentoring, and collaboration.

Ruth Bader Ginsburg: Notorious and Genius

Irin Carmon | Posted 03.09.2017 | Women
Irin Carmon

Ginsburg was a legal visionary born at a time when girls were expected to marry lawyers. Though she was consistently academically excellent, she did not become a feminist until mid-life, defying the early-bloomer narrative. But when she did, she spent a decade deliberately transforming women's status under the law.

Where Genius Lies

Connor Franta | Posted 03.08.2017 | Impact
Connor Franta

Arguably the most difficult part of creating something "genius" is having a genius idea in the first place. Every great novel, hit record, and innovative business model began with an idea. In fact, every single thing you see in this very moment came into being after a person had an idea.

Nature's FARMacy: Inspiring Scientific Geniuses Through the Kitchen

92nd Street Y | Posted 03.06.2017 | Science
92nd Street Y

Vayu Maini Rekdal is a chef-scientist originally from Stockholm, Sweden. He is currently a PhD student in the Molecules, Cells and Organisms program a...

If You Could Invent A Religion, What Would It Look Like?

The Huffington Post | Antonia Blumberg | Posted 01.20.2016 | Religion

If you could start a new religion that would change the world for the better, what would it look like? If some ideas are bubbling to the surface, then...

Giving Young People the Gift of Hope

Tom Valentine | Posted 11.30.2016 | Impact
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Tom Valentine

There are so many young people who just need a little help and they'll do the rest to build a productive future for themselves and their families. Through my work I've witnessed countless examples of individual transformation ignited by a single opportunity or the guidance of a caring mentor.

A Peaceful and Just Future Will Require Mindset Mentors

Rodney Walker | Posted 11.27.2016 | Impact
Rodney Walker

Since I was five years old, I spent my childhood in and out of foster homes after my parents developed drug addictions on the south side of Chicago. My world changed when I met my mentor at 17 years old.

My Giving Story

Sue Desmond-Hellmann | Posted 11.26.2016 | Impact
Sue Desmond-Hellmann

Generosity isn't just about money; it comes in all shapes and sizes.

Give Opportunity on Giving Tuesday

Ann Wang | Posted 11.25.2016 | Impact
Ann Wang

I realized that talent may be spread evenly around the world, but opportunity is not. From this point on, I was insatiable in my quest for answers -- looking for both why poverty exists and how we tackle such an overwhelming challenge.

Giving Girls Around the Globe an Education Is the Most Powerful Way to Fight Poverty

Marc Kielburger | Posted 11.24.2016 | Impact
Marc Kielburger

When you educate a girl, you lift up her whole family and entire community so they can stand on their own. I

Syrian Artist Finds New Home In Mississauga

Anu Vittal | Posted 11.23.2016 | Impact
Anu Vittal

We hear about artists who left war torn countries, who left small towns, and even who left other lucrative art careers to pursue life in a new country. Every one of these artists is looking to turn their passion for art into their career.

How Giving Begins: My Family's Story

Dr. Marti Smye | Posted 11.20.2016 | Impact
Dr. Marti Smye

Then we waited for my mother to pick up her fork, which was our cue to follow suit. This was not just an Emily Post moment; it was the nightly ritual that signified that we were beginning our meal together.

#PlayItForward With the Gift of a Toy

Shaquille O'Neal | Posted 11.19.2016 | Impact
Shaquille O'Neal

One Christmas morning, when I was a kid, I was given my very own Dr. J autographed basketball. That present changed my life. It inspired me to believe that one day I could be a basketball star.

For Millions of Kids, After-School Programs Light the Way

Ben Paul | Posted 11.18.2016 | Impact
Ben Paul

Countless families who rely on after-school programing agree: the programs fill a much-needed gap between the ringing school bell at 3pm and the time mom and dad head home at 6pm. Sadly, after-school programs aren't available everywhere.

Keeping Families Close: One Dad's Bond With His Critically-Ill Daughter

Jared Calhoun | Posted 07.03.2016 | Impact
Jared Calhoun

In the isolation unit, parents handle much of the daily care like changing diapers and sheets and administering medications. Since I was on my own, I kept odd hours, sneaking away only when Katelyn slept.

Giving the Gift of Childhood on #GivingTuesday

Bethany Rubin Henderson | Posted 07.02.2016 | Impact
Bethany Rubin Henderson

What Ingrid's, Betelihem's, Carlos', Claudia's and Jose's stories show is the transformative impact that sports, arts and service can have on young children's lives. An impact you don't realize is missing until you experience a childhood without them.

The Joy of Giving: Life Lessons From an Entrepreneur

John Hallward | Posted 11.13.2016 | Impact
John Hallward

The truth is, the very first time I donated to charity, I was forced into it!

Make a Difference: Give Wisely on Giving Tuesday

H. Art Taylor | Posted 11.12.2016 | Impact
H. Art Taylor

I can see how charities uplift our giving spirit when they live up to standards that give us confidence in them. This is no small matter. Americans are incredibly generous. We give more than any other people on the planet.

'I'm 17, and I'm Paying for My Bone Marrow Transplant'

Andrew Davies | Posted 11.11.2016 | Impact
Andrew Davies

One day, after the news had sunk in a bit, I asked Julie, my bone marrow transplant specialist nurse, how much a bone marrow transplant would cost the NHS. Suddenly I had my answer to how people could help me.

Giving Is Your Superpower

Dale Nirvani Pfeifer | Posted 11.10.2016 | Impact
Dale Nirvani Pfeifer

I see generosity as a superpower. Everyone has the potential to tap into it and become a force for good; it brings health, happiness and meaning to life. We have the power to change our world and the worlds of those around us through the simplest acts.

How My Son's Accident Made Me Believe In The Power of Bicycles

Amy Thompson | Posted 11.09.2016 | Impact
Amy Thompson

Bicycles change lives. I know because a simple bicycle changed my family.

'Our Innermost Wish Is For Syria and Its Population to Finally Find Peace'

Karsten Malige | Posted 11.06.2016 | Impact
Karsten Malige

When I came to Syria for the first time in 1997 to conduct survey work for an archaeological excavation, this wonderful land was instantly strangely familiar to me. Whatever it was: ever since, Syria has not let go of me.

Why the Zoo Should Matter to You

Elliot Zirulnik | Posted 11.05.2016 | Impact
Elliot Zirulnik

Tens of millions of Americans live in urban areas that might be described as concrete jungles, largely devoid of nonhuman life. Sure, there's probably a nicely manicured oak tree on the street corner and your apartment building may be overrun by roaches, but when was the last time you truly connected with nature? Let me guess: your childhood?