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10 Years Later: Katrina's Legacy of Service

Reese May | Posted 08.26.2015 | Impact
Reese May

But despite the storm's destruction, and the ongoing problems with disaster recovery in America -- New Orleans' story is hardly all doom and gloom. In the years since Katrina, New Orleans has given many the opportunity to become our very best selves.

Is the SEC Against Income Inequality -- or for It?

Judith Samuelson | Posted 08.11.2015 | Business
Judith Samuelson

Let's not pop the Prosecco just yet. Another SEC rule being debated now would effectively endorse the root cause of excessive CEO pay -- the practice of paying CEOs based on the company's stock price.

Transforming Education in Haiti Takes Collaboration

Jean-Claude Brizard | Posted 07.28.2015 | Education
Jean-Claude Brizard

In Haiti, only 30 percent of children from low-income households will successfully complete primary school. Ten percent will complete high school and 1 percent will reach university.

Moving The Country Forward -- Dartmouth College Elects to Become a Model for Civic Engagement via The Franklin Project

Marshall Brown | Posted 07.23.2015 | Education
Marshall Brown

How do we teach civic values to young people at a time when money has thoroughly corrupted politics, where serious policy discussions have been drown out in favor of infotainments, manufactured outrage and 'click-bait?'

Collaboration is Cumulative

Tamsin Smith | Posted 07.23.2015 | Impact
Tamsin Smith

Questions about the future -- how we not only navigate it, but lead it responsibly -- require us to look backwards and to look around in the present, as well as to look forward. If we fail to respect each other, how can we expect the future to be kind?

How The New York Public Library Is Bridging The Digital Divide

The Huffington Post | James Thilman | Posted 07.21.2015 | Arts

 The 11th annual Aspen Ideas Festival drew impressive crowds to the picturesque Colorado mountain town in late June, inspiring audienc...

Five Great Moments from Aspen Ideas Festival 2015

Judith Samuelson | Posted 07.09.2015 | Impact
Judith Samuelson

My advice for newcomers: skip the pundits and lean in to innovative change agents -- the "makers" who work across the spectrum of business, arts, education and politics. You know an event is a success when your hope for the future is renewed.

Jimmy Carter Calls Obama's Foreign Policy Success 'Minimal'

The Huffington Post | Dhyana Taylor | Posted 07.01.2015 | Politics

Former President Jimmy Carter said recently that he finds President Barack Obama's success on the world stage to be "minimal." “I think he’s do...

Helping Transition in Myanmar, One Book at a Time

Mickey Bergman | Posted 06.19.2015 | Politics
Mickey Bergman

Most things can be found in Myanmar now (and cheaply) but books are still costly for most Myanmar people or just not accessible. Mindy Walker, who works with the Richardson Center for Global Engagement in Myanmar, tries to get colorful books into children's hands.

Is It Time To Extend The Say On Pay To The Employees?

Judith Samuelson | Posted 06.15.2015 | Business
Judith Samuelson

We need a fresh look at the whole concept of "Pay for Performance." But maybe the problem isn't with the basic concept of Say on Pay -- it's that the wrong group is asked to weigh in.

The Mindset of the Millenial: Disruptive & Committed for the Long Run

Harlan Loeb | Posted 06.01.2015 | Business
Harlan Loeb

Both in the context of their class participation and their assigned work, the differences in their thinking and social behavior proved startling to me, a Baby Boomer. My takeaway: This definitely is the generation that will change how we think and how our largest institutions behave.

American Think Tanks and Foundations Manipulate German Politics, Claims Whistleblower

Till Bruckner | Posted 06.30.2015 | World
Till Bruckner

As American pundits are discussing the Clinton Cash affair and worrying about possible undue foreign influence on U.S. foreign policy via donations to...

Making a Health Impact Through Service at UMass Dartmouth

The Franklin Project | Posted 05.01.2015 | College
The Franklin Project

UMass Dartmouth is committed to providing activities that meet the challenge of providing active student learning opportunities while meeting and addressing community needs.

Can Etsy Keep its Edge Post-IPO? 3 Ways to Defy Capital Market Norms

Judith Samuelson | Posted 06.29.2015 | Business
Judith Samuelson

The buzz about Etsy's IPO runs something like this... the company that connects artisans and home-based craft makers to a new kind of consumer hungry for unique products -- has met its nemesis: the public equity markets.

Higher Ed + Service Year = Community and Economic Development

The Franklin Project | Posted 06.29.2015 | College
The Franklin Project

As we examined our economic and community impact, we began to explore what experiences could be designed to link these two distinct roles of the university. The concept of the service year emerged as an ideal pilot to begin cultivating our work.

Three Tests of Leadership in the New Disengagement Economy

Robert Hall | Posted 06.21.2015 | Business
Robert Hall

The growing concern regarding disengaged employees reflects a simple truth: leadership requirements have changed, most leaders have not.

McDonald's and Walmart Raise the Floor on Wages: Six More Moves for Business on Inequality

Maureen Conway | Posted 06.03.2015 | Business
Maureen Conway

Co-authored by Judith Samuelson Inside of a few weeks, business has shifted the national dialogue about what constitutes a fair wage. Aetna CEO Mark B...

McDonald's and Walmart Raise the Floor on Wages: Six More Moves for Business on Inequality

Judith Samuelson | Posted 06.02.2015 | Business
Judith Samuelson

Inequality is a problem for everyone -- for business, for the health of the democracy and for society at large. Our free-enterprise system is the driver of income and wealth. Business leaders don't have to wait for government solutions to the inequality problem. They have the tools at hand -- they just need the courage to step away from the pack and use them.

Spinning the Future: How Ancient Weaving Techniques Save the Earth

Forest Trends | Posted 06.08.2015 | Green
Forest Trends

The use of natural dyes over chemical dyes, the preservation and promotion of biodiversity in the indigenous plant and animal species that are vital to the weaving, in the bigger picture of recovering centuries-old environmentally friendly methods of weaving, has made the Center for Traditional Textiles of Cusco a model for climate change mitigation.

Would a Year of Voluntary Public Service Bring Out America's Best?

Michael Friedman, Ph.D. | Posted 05.11.2015 | Impact
Michael Friedman, Ph.D.

This national shift in priority would give young adults not only the opportunity to address significant national problems, but also develop the qualities that would help improve their own health and well-being.

Living as a Seed of Hope During and After AmeriCorps

Sondra Samuels | Posted 05.11.2015 | Impact
Sondra Samuels

Who is accountable for improving the lives of low-income people of color for whom the American dream has been denied? Of course each individual is responsible for his or her own success, but we cannot do it alone. We need each other more than ever now.

Making Purpose Work

Judith Samuelson | Posted 05.06.2015 | Business
Judith Samuelson

The question on the table now goes to the heart of bold and persistent experimentation: If we think there is a better way to operate, what is it, and what is needed to move the needle at scale? How will the change take place?

Tunisia: An Opportunity

Toni Verstandig | Posted 05.05.2015 | Politics
Toni Verstandig

In Tunisia, the birthplace of the Arab Spring, hope springs eternal.

The Inspiration of John C. Whitehead

Judith Samuelson | Posted 04.15.2015 | Business
Judith Samuelson

Whitehead served at Omaha Beach as well as in the State Department, and he made his mark on New York City on occasions too numerous to count. He lived long and well, and deserves all the accolades we can offer up.

Students Embrace the Business of Social Change

Jo-Ann Tan | Posted 04.15.2015 | Impact
Jo-Ann Tan

"I want to help people!" Maya's* brow wrinkles with frustration as her story tumbles out in fits and starts. Her parents want her to focus on building the skills to run their family business, but she is intent on studying Sociology.