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Exchange Tourism Initiates a Dialogue on Smart Cities

Mehrunisa Qayyum | Posted 09.16.2014 | Technology
Mehrunisa Qayyum

Yet, the push towards urbanization often ignores the social and cultural benefits that rural environments still offer -- and at a lower cost with more sustainable ways to operate.

Five Key Ingredients of a ‘Sticky' Story

Sarah-Marie Hopf | Posted 12.31.2013 | Impact
Sarah-Marie Hopf

"Anyone who has a new idea and wants to change the world will do better by telling stories than by any amount of logical exhortation." - Stephen Denni...

How to Make Kindness The Foundation of School Culture

Laura White | Posted 01.23.2014 | Impact
Laura White

Although it may seem simple, making kindness the foundation of a school culture is very challenging in practice.

Are You a Prisoner of the Past or Will You Be a Pioneer of The Future?

Beverly Schwartz | Posted 01.23.2014 | Impact
Beverly Schwartz

Social entrepreneurs, are here to leave their mark, finding innovative solutions to tackling the world's most pressing social problems. In their quest for improved and sustainable social impact, they have shifted and are re-inventing the way they interact and work -- from transactional to transformative thinking, to business-as-usual to business-as-unusual and from repetition to reformation.

Beautiful Bronx! Young Men Take Action

Sharon Rose Beier, MD | Posted 11.20.2013 | Impact
Sharon Rose Beier, MD

Approximately 100 young Black and Latino men have participated in our Young Men's Group, creating/maintaining several community gardens with the NY Botanical Gardens, Bronx Green-Up. They are continuing their education, getting jobs and feel responsible for, and proud of, their community.

Reversing the School-to-Prison Pipeline, Building College Pathways From Rikers Island

Aviva Tevah | Posted 11.20.2013 | Impact
Aviva Tevah

What they found was that lack of information and self-confidence are frequent barriers to college success for young men of color in the criminal justice system, who are often deterred by incomplete and inaccurate information about financial aid, admissions, and the benefits of a degree.

PUSH Youth Project

Eric Fernandez | Posted 11.19.2013 | Impact
Eric Fernandez

The project's goal is to provide young people with a sense of belonging and a space where they are just supported by "staff," but also engage with their peers to build strong relationships and a stronger support system.

South Bronx United

Andrew So | Posted 11.19.2013 | Impact
Andrew So

The power of sport, and specifically of soccer, to bring these adolescents together was clear from the beginning. But I started to realize that soccer could provide much more than just a safe environment and youth camaraderie.

The MUSA Project

Tracy Caldron | Posted 11.18.2013 | Impact
Tracy Caldron

Nationally 3,707 black and Latino youth under the age of 18 died from drowning, including 121 deaths in New York. Eighty percent of the victims were male.

Hip-Hop Debate Institute -- Remixing Literacies For The 21st Century Classroom

Jen Johnson | Posted 11.18.2013 | Impact
Jen Johnson

Youth of color are using hip-hop to demand that they see their culture and issues reflected in competitive academic policy debate, in education and in the larger society around them.

It's Time For A Paradigm Shift: Teen Dads As Community Leaders

Brooke Richie-Babbage | Posted 11.17.2013 | Impact
Brooke Richie-Babbage

As a lawyer working with low-income single parents and their children, I saw first-hand the unique frustrations of the young Black and Latino fathers that I worked with as they attempted to effectively parent the children they loved, while also navigating the trials and tribulations of adolescence.

ScriptEd: Empowering Kids by Teaching Them to Code

Maurya Couvares | Posted 11.17.2013 | Impact
Maurya Couvares

Young black and Latino students are particularly underrepresented in the software engineering industry. To remain innovative, the industry must employ a diverse workforce, and young black and Latino students should be included in that workforce.

Project: Starter Pack Program

Darius Brown | Posted 11.16.2013 | Impact
Darius Brown

I want job-seeking to be less stressful and more reciprocal.

Practice Makes Perfect

Karim Abouelnaga | Posted 11.16.2013 | Impact
Karim Abouelnaga

One of the biggest problems in education reform today is that many of the initiatives to improve the public education system are done from an "outside-looking in" perspective. Our most admirable education reformers have never attended or gone through an inner-city public school themselves.

Meet 10 Social Entrepreneurs Making NYC Stronger Than Ever

John Converse Townsend | Posted 11.16.2013 | Impact
John Converse Townsend

The "My Voice, Our City" competition seeks to empower black and Latino young men, ages 16-24, local organizations, and community leaders to submit program ideas that will brighten the future of New York City. The competition's judges have selected 10 finalists and it's now your turn to have a say.

The Empathy Formula

Sam Chaltain | Posted 01.13.2013 | Education
Sam Chaltain

Instead of offering disconnected but well-intentioned efforts to help children think, feel or act, would adults start to help children think, feel and act? Would communities be increasingly populated with people who were neither narcissistic nor emotionally empty?

Antidote To Compassion Fatigue: Lessons From West Africa For US Health Care

Alison Craiglow Hockenberry | Posted 07.01.2012 | Impact
Alison Craiglow Hockenberry

Compassion fatigue has an antidote. True, we can become weary of the seemingly infinite number of problems plaguing our fellow humans. But that same interconnectedness allows us do more than just learn about what's happening around the world. We can learn from it.

Getting Health Care Out of the Middle Ages and into the 21st Century

Alison Craiglow Hockenberry | Posted 05.29.2012 | World
Alison Craiglow Hockenberry

As we discovered with banking, you don't need to visit a polished institution with rigid hours to access your money -- yet we still generally schlepp to a hospital or other formal health care facility for every manner of health service.

Disrupting College: A Mother of Five's Search for Answers as Tuition Looms

Alison Craiglow Hockenberry | Posted 04.10.2012 | Education
Alison Craiglow Hockenberry

But it's a very different world now. For one thing, graduates are drowning in debt. Textbooks alone cost students as much as $1,000 a year or more. That's another area where innovation is challenging the old models.

Intersection: A World-Changing Mash-Up

Alison Craiglow Hockenberry | Posted 03.13.2012 | Impact
Alison Craiglow Hockenberry

So, a movie star, a yogi and a vet walk into a bar. What happens? They change the world. No joke.

Citizen Media: Collaborating to Accelerate Change

Alison Craiglow Hockenberry | Posted 01.20.2012 | Impact
Alison Craiglow Hockenberry

Changemakers has been a leading platform for social innovators to grow and scale their ideas for a decade. This time, the very nature of the innovations and the competition theme itself enhanced the process, speeding up the rate of collaborative changemaking even more.

I Spy Occupy

Alison Craiglow Hockenberry | Posted 12.28.2011 | Technology
Alison Craiglow Hockenberry

Big business has long employed social media monitoring companies to track and analyze the "chatter" about their products and brands. This infrastructure is a natural tool for confronting the Occupy Wall Street movement.

An Artsy Fartsy Mom Gets All Techy: Why I Embrace Science and Math

Alison Craiglow Hockenberry | Posted 12.20.2011 | Education
Alison Craiglow Hockenberry

All parents want a bright future for their kids. Which is why this history major, French-poetry minor, writer mom wants her kids to ditch the artsy, literary track I once held as the height of achievement.

Arab Spring -- and the Long Winter Ahead

Alison Craiglow Hockenberry | Posted 10.16.2011 | Impact
Alison Craiglow Hockenberry

While we celebrate the fact that two billion people now have access to the Internet's opportunities for speaking out, five billion others are still waiting for their chance to be heard.

Innovating Toward a Healthier World

Alison Craiglow Hockenberry | Posted 10.15.2011 | Impact
Alison Craiglow Hockenberry

When health innovation expert David Aylward is asked if the developing world can learn from the U.S. healthcare system, his answer is an emphatic yes -- "They should do the opposite!"