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Impossible Goals and My Quest to Lose 175 Pounds

Don McNay | Posted 01.01.2015 | Business
Don McNay

Some people think aiming to lose 175 pounds is insane. For me, it is the only way to get there. When I've set "impossible" goals in a business setting, I've always made them. I get excited and motivated. Small goals don't interest me at all.

It's Time for Youth and Governments to Fall in Love

Ravi Kumar | Posted 12.21.2014 | World
Ravi Kumar

Throughout history, young people have used protests to hold governments accountable. Now, their roles in governments are front and center.

"Stop Killing Us" Say Strong Youth Leaders in Ferguson, Missouri's Weekend of Resistance to Police Brutality

Ann Wright | Posted 12.20.2014 | Black Voices
Ann Wright

During the Weekend of Resistance, activists joined many actions planned by the youth organizers. On Friday, October 10, despite an intense rainstorm, hundreds marched in Clayton, Missouri demanding that the county prosecutor step down.

High Maintenance? Your Days Might Be Numbered!

Hans Hickler | Posted 12.20.2014 | Business
Hans Hickler

We have an obligation, a business plan to deliver. We hire people to achieve and lead certain pieces of that plan. It is the only reason we hire people -- to help us achieve the goals to which we have committed.

What Exactly Is the 'Real World'?

Steve Nelson | Posted 12.15.2014 | Education
Steve Nelson

Real maturity is when one comes full circle, realizing that imagination, romance and ideals are the "real world." The other stuff is only a tedious interlude to endure until you regain your perspective.

You're Not Going to Get Away With It

Michael Ramah | Posted 12.02.2014 | Business
Michael Ramah

I find it truly astounding that -- at a time when nearly everyone carries a device that can capture video, photos and audio, and then instantly upload that content online -- so many organizations still talk about transparency as if it is somehow optional. Or worse, aspirational.

Finding Paradise

Paula Puryear Martin | Posted 11.30.2014 | Healthy Living
Paula Puryear Martin

Paradise as a state of mind. It is a state of consciousness. It is a place we can inhabit anytime we want. Paradise is a myth (in Milton's Paradise...

Falling Is Not Failing

Tim McDonald | Posted 11.29.2014 | Healthy Living
Tim McDonald

I'm learning that the only failure we experience is something we don't learn from. Life is a journey, not a destination. Falling is part of the adventure. Failing to me is giving up.

Why You Need to Brag More and 3 Ways to Do It

Dr. Peggy Drexler | Posted 11.27.2014 | Women
Dr. Peggy Drexler

Taking accountability for yourself and your work means accepting the good along with the bad. If you own up to your mistakes, why shouldn't you own up to your victories? Here's how to start getting over the fear of healthy self-promotion.

What Yemen's Donors Need to Know

Belkis Wille | Posted 11.22.2014 | World
Belkis Wille

The Friends of Yemen are in a position to wield significant influence, given their crucial financial support for Yemen's failing economy, but they aren't doing enough to address the human rights abuses that lie at the core of Yemen's problems.

U.S. Foreign Policy Manipulation via Media Is Systemic, Warns Expert

Till Bruckner | Posted 11.22.2014 | Media
Till Bruckner

Foreign policy pundits have had a rough time recently in Washington, D.C.

Checks and Balances Ensure Transparency on Torture

Curt Goering | Posted 11.16.2014 | Politics
Curt Goering

On Constitution Day, let us remember that our American government was designed to put checks on the power of individuals in government who might slip out of control and begin making their own rules. The use of torture and cruelty was authorized by a handful of officials who believed they were exempt from oversight or review.

Getting Ultra-Sustainability to Be as Big and American as Burgers

Mark Coleman | Posted 11.15.2014 | Green
Mark Coleman

What if we allowed "ultra-sustainability" to seep into our lives the way ultra-excess has? What if we did not have to give up anything up to get ultra-sustainable?

Healing Vigilante: How Did You Grow From 9/11?

Aimee Le Zakrewski Clark | Posted 11.11.2014 | Impact
Aimee Le Zakrewski Clark

How does one process the vicarious tension and trauma picked up in those moments, even if just seeing it in the news?

Education Reform: Adding Insult to Injury

Peter Greene | Posted 11.11.2014 | Education
Peter Greene

It's not just the injuries that No Child Left Behind, Race to the Top and Waiverism (RttT Lite) have inflicted on education. It's the insults that have gone with them.

Time to Trust, Yourself

Mark Coleman | Posted 11.10.2014 | Green
Mark Coleman

Trust is the underlying bond that binds individuals to individuals, individuals to institutions, and institutions to society. The future of humanity then is very much tied to your actions, behaviors, and impact.

Fund a Think Tank, Buy a Lobbyist?

Till Bruckner | Posted 11.10.2014 | Politics
Till Bruckner

Beltway policy wonks of all stripes are in a flurry after the New York Times published an article last Sunday alleging that foreign governments "buy influence" by funding U.S. think tanks.

Excessive Talking Can Be a Killer

Dianna Booher | Posted 11.02.2014 | Business
Dianna Booher

Rather than the pay-off of praise from the finished project, people feed on the payoff from promises of what's to come. That makes executing the actual plans much less exciting--and much less likely to get done.

Those Hiding Truth About Disappeared Are Enemies of Humanity

Paul Seils | Posted 11.02.2014 | Impact
Paul Seils

No state or faction has a justifiable reason to keep the information of what they did a secret. The law, and more importantly the most basic concepts of human decency and human dignity demand it.

Trust Is Essential for a Sustainable Future

Mark Coleman | Posted 10.28.2014 | Green
Mark Coleman

The question is whether humans can harness the power of trust to envision and realize a shared fate that values each individual equally, and which honors other life on earth. Our time is up. It is time to trust!

Failure of D.C. Education Reform Initiatives Revealed

Elaine Weiss | Posted 10.11.2014 | DC
Elaine Weiss

This year's release of D.C. Public Schools standardized test scores came with much less fanfare than in 2013 -- growth in "proficiency" is smaller, and district leaders were recently called out for lack of transparency in past releases, and for using averages to hide growing race- and income-based gaps.

Low Carbon Cities in China, Serious Challenges and Signs of Hope

André Corrêa d'Almeida | Posted 10.08.2014 | World
André Corrêa d'Almeida

Despite the worst fears of impending environmental tragedy that arise from a reading of air quality data or the trajectory of coal use, China is walking a path that many cities and nations have walked before.

How Fitbit Helped My Career

Caroline Dowd-Higgins | Posted 10.08.2014 | Women
Caroline Dowd-Higgins

My Fitbit has taught me to flex new muscles both literally and figuratively. I have changed my daily routine by walking at daybreak every morning and I have a renewed appreciation for accountability in my life and career.

8 Criteria for Personal Accountability

Dianna Booher | Posted 10.06.2014 | Business
Dianna Booher

In recent years, people have attempted to take responsibility for their personal development with performance tools and peer feedback systems. Some have been successful and made significant changes. Others, not so much.

The Three Core Questions to Determine: When Is a Company Serious About Sustainability?

Alice Korngold | Posted 10.02.2014 | Business
Alice Korngold

Companies will maximize the success of their sustainability efforts by collaborating with NGOs. Companies bring valuable resources to bear in achieving social, environmental, and economic impacts.