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Girls Among the Geeks: Why Women Should Absolutely Seek Careers in Tech

Rachael McBrearty | Posted 05.06.2014 | Impact
Rachael McBrearty

If you think careers in technology are only for computer programmers, then you are severely limiting your possibilities.

Diversifying The Inner Circle: Why It Matters To Your Workplace, And How It's Done

Patrick Finn | Posted 05.05.2014 | Impact
Patrick Finn

I truly do believe that the significance and benefits of embracing a business culture of inclusion and diversity has been heard loud and clear, and that the reasoning behind the push to diversify the workforce is supported. But somewhere between that realization and making it a reality in our workplaces and in the boardrooms, the dots are not aligning.

One-Third Of Women In STEM Said They Felt Isolated At Work. Here's How We're Helping.

Kathy Mulvany | Posted 05.03.2014 | Impact
Kathy Mulvany

When people ask why we should encourage women and girls to pursue technology education, I tell them about Soso Luningo.

Why Giving Work Is Better Than Giving Aid

Kate Moynihan | Posted 05.03.2014 | Impact
Kate Moynihan

Why give work? The opportunities we provide to the under-resourced are transformative. Here are five reasons to give work rather than aid.

How We Can Help Our Daughters Remove Social Boundaries

Lauren Woodman | Posted 05.03.2014 | Impact
Lauren Woodman

As I was growing up, my mother often told me "girls can be anything they want to be." She had spent her childhood in the South during a time when young women were limited to only a few career options -- nursing, teaching and secretarial work.

Why You Shouldn't Ignore Millennial Talent

Monique LeFors Edmondson | Posted 04.30.2014 | Impact
Monique LeFors Edmondson

How do I work with the millennial generation? Can they really add value in this enterprise environment? Are they only going to stay for a short time and then leave? These are questions I hear time and again. My answer is always a resounding "YES!"

How Teachers Can Use Digital Technologies to Motivate Students and Encourage Learning By Failing

Chris Liang-Vergara | Posted 04.30.2014 | Impact
Chris Liang-Vergara

The promise of blended learning -- to guide students through an infinite range of content and learning experiences -- is amazing, but the digital content can't do it alone. Blended-learning approaches must respect the role, and the power, of the teacher.

The Surprising Upsides of Volunteering

Dr. David Jones | Posted 04.26.2014 | Impact
Dr. David Jones

Through my work with Citizen Schools, I've seen firsthand the dramatic impact that Citizen Teachers can have on young minds, but as a professor of management in the school of business at the University of Vermont, what I am really fascinated by is research findings showing that many employees respond positively when their employer provides opportunities to serve their communities. I've been conducting studies to understand why.

From Brazil to Bangladesh: Saving Lives the Old-Fashioned Way, with Fire Drills and Phone Calls

Heather Franzese | Posted 04.20.2014 | Impact
Heather Franzese

Imagine yourself working in a factory. One day you smell smoke. What do you do? Ignore it? Panic? Or follow the fire drill procedure you learned at a training last week? What you choose could save your life.

How Cisco and Universidade Federal de Sergipe Are Bringing Specialty Health Care To Brazilians

Mario Adriano dos Santos, M.D. | Posted 04.19.2014 | Impact
Mario Adriano dos Santos, M.D.

I grew up in the state of Sergipe in Brazil. It is located in one of the poorest regions of the country, a small, almost rural state, about 1000 kilometers northeast of Rio de Janeiro. We faced many challenges in Sergipe, but one of the biggest was not being able to access good health care.

School Days 2.0: Connected, Borderless, and Highly Inclusive

Joseph Bradley | Posted 04.19.2014 | Impact
Joseph Bradley

The same educational mode has persisted since the 1800s -- if not since Aristotle. Students and their classmates sit within the same walls and absorb rote knowledge from one teacher at a time. And woe to those who fail to show up for the morning bell or to follow the lesson plan!

Do you propagate 'well-meaning' stereotypes?

Joel Bion | Posted 04.15.2014 | Impact
Joel Bion

Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg recently recalled sharing a stage with Cisco CEO John Chambers where he mentioned to the audience: "I realized that we [...] have called all of our senior women too aggressive, and I'm standing on this stage, and I'm sorry. And I want you to know we're never going to do it again." I was lucky enough to be in the audience.

How Video Hackathons Are Strengthening Creative Communities Nationwide

Posted 02.13.2014 | Impact

This piece is a follow-up on our coverage of the 2014 DoGooder Awards. Are you a video visionary? Read more on how to enter here. After eight years...

Want to Change the World Forever? Follow These Three Rules of Philanthropy

Dan Klinglesmith | Posted 04.13.2014 | Impact
Dan Klinglesmith

Philanthropy wants to change the world: make it a better place, protect the environment, create social equality, end hunger, stop conflict. Here at Water For People, we want to ensure that people around the world have safe drinking water and a decent place to poop -- not just temporarily, but for generations to come.

WATCH: The Best Cause-Related Videos From 2013

Posted 02.04.2014 | Impact

Calling all visionaries! It's time for the 2014 DoGooder Awards, a contest celebrating cause advocates who tell their stories with video. In its...

The Reason Why 1 In 10 African Girls Drop Out Of School Is Absolutely Troubling

Tae Yoo | Posted 03.25.2014 | Impact
Tae Yoo

Research resoundingly reveals that when girls and women are educated, the income they earn is primarily returned to their families, which in turn helps build stronger families and more stable communities. But can something as simple as a dirty bathroom break that positive cycle?

Why We Should Turn To Technology When Disaster Strikes

Gisli Olafsson | Posted 03.23.2014 | Impact
Gisli Olafsson

As Typhoon Haiyan struck the Philippines in early November 2013, the world was kept in the loop with near-instantaneous updates via live tweets, images and videos from the region. But in order to provide disaster relief of any kind -- water, food, medicine -- we need to have access to reliable information about the situation in affected regions so we can actively provide support to those who are most in need.

The Elephant in the Waiting Room

Gary H. Cohen | Posted 03.18.2014 | Impact
Gary H. Cohen

Amid the Obama administration's mismanagement of the electronic enrollment process in the health care marketplace and Republicans' obsessive calls for repealing the Affordable Care Act, neither party is addressing the fundamental flaw in the entire health care system -- we only know how to treat sick people.

How Empowering Women In STEM Can Spur Economic Development

Tae Yoo | Posted 03.15.2014 | Impact
Tae Yoo

It's a startling pair of statistics: When women are able to earn an income, they typically reinvest 90 percent of it back into their families and communities. And, for every year a girl stays in school, her future earnings will increase exponentially.

Not Your Mother's Food Drive

Kevin Lutz | Posted 03.09.2014 | Impact
Kevin Lutz

Most likely, you've been asked to participate in a food drive this holiday season. It may have been through your child's school, at your workplace, your place of worship, or a food drive run by your local food bank. What you may not know is what happens after the donation is made.

How A Virtual Visit From Santa Can Create Christmas Magic For Sick Kids

Rowan Trollope | Posted 02.25.2014 | Impact
Rowan Trollope

When your child is spending a lot of time in the hospital, nothing is normal. You don't have time or energy to try to "do Christmas" and the outside world pretty much goes on as if everything is status quo.

There's No Place Like (a Connected) Home

Joseph Bradley | Posted 02.22.2014 | Impact
Joseph Bradley

It doesn't take long to realize it's going to be one of those mornings. But thanks to the Internet of Everything (IoE) -- the explosion in connectivity that is transforming the world as we know it -- you'll find ease and efficiency in the most time-consuming tasks.

SNAP: A Critical Safety Net for Millions in Need

Colleen Callahan | Posted 02.18.2014 | Impact
Colleen Callahan

Recently, I traveled to San Antonio, Texas to interview Virginia, whose story illustrates the important role SNAP (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program) plays in the lives of 48 million Americans. This program, formerly known as the food stamps program, is the federal government's first line of defense against food insecurity in the United States.

For Girls in STEM, Belonging, Not Brain Structure, Makes the Difference

Stephanie Kelly | Posted 02.08.2014 | Impact
Stephanie Kelly

Little real evidence is available to indicate that the brains of men and women are "hardwired" differently, yet, perhaps due to lingering stereotypes, women remain underrepresented in the science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) fields.

The Surprising Tool That is Helping HIV/AIDS Patients in Africa

Dr. Stanley Ndwiga | Posted 02.02.2014 | Impact
Dr. Stanley Ndwiga

Ten years ago, an AIDS epidemic was ravaging sub-Saharan Africa. Today, thanks to better drugs, community outreach, and education, fewer Kenyans are acquiring HIV. At Gertrude's Children's Hospital in Nairobi, clinicians have been given a big boost in the fight against HIV/AIDS through web technology.