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The Future of Ocean Conservation: New Aspen Report from the Ocean Community Strategy Roundtable

David Monsma | Posted 06.24.2014 | Green
David Monsma

By elevating conservation to nationally-prioritized agendas -- like economic development and food security -- conservation groups are engaging new stakeholders in demonstrating the positive long-term impact of environmental protection.

Arts and Medicine. Do It.

Iva Fattorini | Posted 08.24.2014 | Impact
Iva Fattorini

I can't imagine the hospitals of the future without some form of the arts: visual, performing and literary -- with their latent therapeutic powers fully activated. This is a bold statement.

But What's the Cost of Not Addressing Poverty?

Catalina Escobar | Posted 08.24.2014 | Impact
Catalina Escobar

I realized after the first six to seven years of trial and error that we cannot change the broader cultural and economic problems such as social disparity, limited access to services and entrenched cultural norms that these girls face.

Green Building -- The Path to High-Road Jobs

Denise Fairchild | Posted 08.19.2014 | Impact
Denise Fairchild

The American Society of Civil Engineers' 2013 Report Card for America's Infrastructure defined energy efficiency/renewable energy as the "sweet spot" for immediate job creation. Multiple other studies foresee millions of new jobs in those sectors.

Make Personalized Learning a Reality Says Ed Tech Task Force

Stephen Balkam | Posted 08.17.2014 | Education
Stephen Balkam

Do we really need another Blue Ribbon committee to tell us our school system is broken and we, in the U.S., are hopelessly falling behind the rest of the world?

Tens of Thousands of Haitian Children Are Trapped in Child Labor Nightmare

Anick Supplice Dupuy | Posted 08.12.2014 | Impact
Anick Supplice Dupuy

As the sun sets in the West, the sea beyond Port-au-Prince turns a dreamy orange. This view of the ocean from Haiti's downtown capital can seem tranquil, but for tens of thousands of restavek children dusk marks a deepening nightmare.

The One Thing the Class of 2014 Needs to Hear Before Graduating

Zach Maurin | Posted 08.06.2014 | Impact
Zach Maurin

Cliches don't help careers or shape character. Real concrete opportunities do. National service -- a "service year" -- is one opportunity that every young person needs to hear about.

This Is Why National Service Is Necessary, Not Just Nice

Mary E. Bruce | Posted 08.05.2014 | Impact
Mary E. Bruce

Too frequently, and for too long, the potential of AmeriCorps alumni has gone unrecognized, unrewarded and under-leveraged.

The Timeless Stories of Service and Sacrifice Continue at Gettysburg

Joanne Hanley | Posted 08.04.2014 | Impact
Joanne Hanley

All of this and more has been accomplished so that this national treasure will be sustained for years to come -- ensuring that the soldiers who fought here "shall not have died in vain."

Ready to Serve: Fostering a New Generation of Engaged Citizens

Janet Riggs | Posted 08.04.2014 | Impact
Janet Riggs

The good news is many Americans, including our colleagues at the Aspen Institute, realize the importance of service -- both for the wellbeing of our society and for the growth and development of those serving.

WATCH: Franklin Project's 'Summit at Gettysburg'

Lance Gould | Posted 06.04.2014 | Impact

At some point in the near future, national service will be a de rigueur rite of passage for 18-28 year olds. That is the hope, anyway, of The Franklin...

Federal Funding Is Tenuous as Demand for National Service Reaches a High

Ilir Zherka | Posted 08.03.2014 | Impact
Ilir Zherka

New technologies offer boundless opportunities for us to increase the number of people serving communities, while budget-cutters in Congress threaten to end national service as we know it.

Barbara Bush: The Experience That Sparked My Career Shift Toward Global Service

Barbara Bush | Posted 08.02.2014 | Impact
Barbara Bush

Randomly placed at a table together, three of my co-founders worked to answer the challenge posed to the audience: how to engage young people in global health?

Service Corps: Broadening Approaches to Social Justice Issues

The Franklin Project | Posted 07.14.2014 | Impact
The Franklin Project

Volunteering for Cal Corps, interning at the Peace Corps, becoming an AmeriCorps Bonner Leader, and now serving as a fellow for the Global Health Corps. My enthusiasm has propelled me from one service corps to another.

How Race Factors Into the Pistorius and Kutumela Murder Trials in South Africa

Sisonke Msimang | Posted 07.14.2014 | Impact
Sisonke Msimang

It is hard for many South Africans not to draw the conclusion that in spite of racial progress, white lives have more value than black ones.

My 10 Years of Living With HIV in Nigeria

Adebisi Alimi | Posted 07.13.2014 | Impact
Adebisi Alimi

On that morning in May, I had just arrived at the conference when friends asked if I had ever been tested for HIV.

Innovating for Community

Chloe Sharfin | Posted 07.13.2014 | Impact
Chloe Sharfin

Before, there was a push to connect everyone and globalize the world through the Internet and get people online. While technology has certainly been empowering in several ways, it has made us more distant by giving us a false sense of connection.

Service As Success

Tara Maller | Posted 06.08.2014 | Impact
Tara Maller

Unfortunately, there has been no centralized and institutionalized way to harness the passion our generation has for wanting to give back to our communities and make the world a better place.

Aspen Women's Backcountry Ski Hut Trip (PHOTOS)

Stefani Jackenthal | Posted 05.28.2014 | Travel
Stefani Jackenthal

The three-day, two night all women's backcountry ski hut trip in the 10th Mountain Hut Trail System, led by Aspen Alpine Guides, promised ski touring, powder skiing, scrumptious food and wine.

Author Tom Reiss Shares Historic Story Behind The Black Count

Catherine C. Lutz | Posted 05.26.2014 | Books
Catherine C. Lutz

The author never set out to write a story about the French Revolution, nor its largely unknown place in history as a pivotal moment of racial integration. He was simply a lifelong fan of Alexandre Dumas the novelist.

Not Just Jobs: The Good Jobs Of Microbusiness

Joyce Klein | Posted 05.26.2014 | Impact
Joyce Klein

While there is no question that wages are a critical component of work, there are also other valuable aspects of a "good" job. Good jobs raise the floor by providing a basic level of stability through decent wages, benefits, stable schedules, well-structured responsibilities, safety, fairness and respect, and good communication.

Presidential Inauguration Poet Richard Blanco Discusses Journey to Podium

Catherine C. Lutz | Posted 05.19.2014 | Books
Catherine C. Lutz

On the surface, Blanco's story is that of a Cuban-American boy trying to figure out where he belongs: geographically, culturally and sexually. But as he intimately and expertly related through his poetry, his emotional experiences are universal.

The Sixth-Grader Test

Peter A. Georgescu | Posted 05.14.2014 | Business
Peter A. Georgescu

This happened for two reasons: greed and fear. Banks were manipulating their estimate of these rates in order to make money on tiny fractional differences: to the tune of millions of dollars per day.

What It Would Take To Get More Young People Serving

The Huffington Post | Karin Swanson | Posted 02.27.2014 | Impact

What does it mean to serve your country? That was the question at the heart of a HuffPost Live segment about civic responsibility that addressed Presi...

Learning How to Keep Culture Alive From Martin Luther King, Jr.

Kellie Cummings | Posted 04.27.2014 | Business
Kellie Cummings

Last night I attended a panel discussion at the Washington National Cathedral on Martin Luther King, Jr.'s "Letter from Birmingham City Jail." The pan...