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

Maureen Conway | Posted 04.03.2015 | 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 04.02.2015 | 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 03.13.2015 | 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 03.12.2015 | 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 03.11.2015 | 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 03.06.2015 | 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 03.05.2015 | 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.

Young People: Changing the World for a Better Tomorrow, Today

Eric Dawson | Posted 04.08.2015 | Impact
Eric Dawson

Young people are not the future. They are the present. And in many ways they are the best hope we have for repairing a world divided by fear, hatred, and violence.

Service Year at Home or Abroad

Shirley Sagawa | Posted 04.07.2015 | Impact
Shirley Sagawa

Too many students today fail to complete their studies with huge consequences to them, higher education, and society.

In DC, Each Education Challenge Represents An Opportunity To Innovate

Kaya Henderson | Posted 04.01.2015 | Education
Kaya Henderson

We have set the tone in the district over the past several years with a motto of "we are DCPS and we can do this." Over the coming weeks, our students will take the Aspen Challenge head on, and I am going to be squarely in their corner cheering them on.

Youth Sports: For Everyone or Elites?

Beau Dure | Posted 03.30.2015 | Sports
Beau Dure

Soccer is the shining example of U.S. sports trends today -- it's getting more serious, with youth clubs scrambling for places in national competitions, while fewer kids are playing.

Is "Upskilling" Just a State of the Union Pipedream?

Julian L. Alssid | Posted 03.24.2015 | Education
Julian L. Alssid

President Obama may only have named two example of business upping its game in educating its workforce, but that hardly means he is wanting for examples. They're out there.

To the CEO of Aetna: Three More ideas to Reduce Inequality

Judith Samuelson | Posted 03.19.2015 | Business
Judith Samuelson

Cynics will point out that while Aetna may be a first mover in the health care industry, the total cost of Bertolini's announcement is chump change. Aetna's profits weigh in at about $2 billion per year.

2015: 'Let's Ask the Right Questions About Corporate Compensation'

Judith Samuelson | Posted 03.08.2015 | Business
Judith Samuelson

Fresh winds are blowing through both boardrooms and MBA programs these days, stirring up debate about the fundamentals of doing business.

What Sony and the NFL Have in Common

Judith Samuelson | Posted 03.01.2015 | Business
Judith Samuelson

When money and judgment collide today, it seems we pretty much always go with the money.

Engaging the Tanzanian Market? Hakuna Matata!

Mickey Bergman | Posted 01.21.2015 | Small Business
Mickey Bergman

"Zanzibar" elicits images of sandy beaches, clear calm waters, private resorts, and idyllic vacations filled with great food, spices, music and cultur...

WATCH: Developing Resilience In A Chaotic World

Posted 12.01.2014 | Impact

Watch Live Nov. 20 from 12:00pm - 1:30pm EST. The Alma and Joseph Gildenhorn Book Series will feature Judith Rodin, President of The Rockefeller Fo...

Can National Service Save the Economy?

Tae Yoo | Posted 11.20.2014 | Impact
Tae Yoo

Last year at a conference on national service, I heard a young man named Johann Shockency speak. Johann said that as a child, he had one goal: to serve his country through the armed forces.

Changing The Narrative For Native American Youth

Chaske Spencer | Posted 01.19.2015 | Impact
Chaske Spencer

As Native Americans, we are still connected to our cultures and our traditions, but we live in modern society and the world needs to understand and respect that. Native Americans are not frozen in time; we are not tragic statistics and we are not worn out caricatures. That is not our narrative.

Artists as Global Citizens

Lane Harwell | Posted 01.19.2015 | Arts
Lane Harwell

An opportunity for our artists and arts institutions to lead, globally, is to approach their identity and creation of art holistically and with intention--to be global citizens

WATCH: Native American Youth: Changing the Narrative

Posted 11.20.2014 | Impact

Watch Live Nov. 19 from 12:30pm - 1:30pm EST. Native American youth are often overlooked in the national dialogue and continue to be misrepresented...

WATCH: Common Core Implementation: What Do We Know And How Can We Know More?

Posted 11.19.2014 | Impact

Watch Live Nov. 18 from 9:30am - 11:00am EST. The Aspen Institute and Achieve are releasing two tools designed to help school-level staff and state...

WATCH: CDC Director Tom Frieden Discusses Ebola And Protecting America From Diseases

Posted 11.17.2014 | Impact

Watch Live Nov. 17 from 12:00pm - 1:00pm EST. Tom Frieden, MD, MPH, is director of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), our nation...