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Buffett Donates Big To Gates Foundation

AP | Posted 07.08.2013 | Impact

OMAHA, Neb. -- Billionaire Warren Buffett is giving five charities more than $2.6 billion worth of Berkshire Hathaway Inc. stock as part of his overal...

Celebrating Extraordinary Men This Father's Day

Melinda Gates | Posted 08.14.2013 | Impact
Melinda Gates

As Father's Day approaches, I want to pay tribute to all the fathers who share the hopes and dreams of their wives and daughters and, in so doing, help drive development.

Ten Urgent Reasons Why We Must Do More For Women and Girls

Impatient Optimists | Posted 08.03.2013 | Women
Impatient Optimists

There are way more than ten reasons, honestly, that we need to do more to empower women and girls, around the world. But the ten tweets below are an e...

The Toughest Places to Be a Mother

Mary Beth Powers | Posted 01.23.2014 | Impact
Mary Beth Powers

Imagine giving birth in one of the bottom-ranked countries. Your family's income may be less than $200 a person for the whole year. There's a good chance you were married as a child. If this is your first pregnancy, you may still be under 18.

Empowered Women Make Nations Strong

Melinda Gates | Posted 07.29.2013 | Impact
Melinda Gates

If women everywhere had the power to determine their futures, the world would be forever transformed.

Bringing Quality to Competency

John D. Haeger | Posted 07.28.2013 | College
John D. Haeger

What are the most effective ways to measure and assure student learning? How do we increase retention and graduation rates? What responses can we offer to rising student costs and falling state support?

Location Matters: A Small Tweak Brings Clean Water Innovations to 5 Million People

Maura O'Neill | Posted 07.24.2013 | Impact
Maura O'Neill

From the hills of western Kenya to the coastlines of Haiti, blue bins are popping up unexpectedly across local landscapes.

Common Core: The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly

Alan Singer | Posted 07.22.2013 | Politics
Alan Singer

Common Core standard needs to be separated from the push by publishers to sell for material, the high-stakes testing of children, and from the evaluation of teachers.

It's Time to Go Beyond the Credit Hour

Impatient Optimists | Posted 07.22.2013 | College
Impatient Optimists

At a time when students and families are seeking value in higher education, programs cost too much and too often fail to deliver on their promise of a...

To Empower Women, Don't Forget the Men

Impatient Optimists | Posted 07.21.2013 | Women
Impatient Optimists

It's a sweltering afternoon at the village school in Binkolo, in northern Sierra Leone. The "students"--a group of 50 men, ranging in age from their e...

The Time Steve Jobs Stiffed Bill Gates For Dinner

The Huffington Post | Posted 05.14.2013 | Technology

While CBS's Charlie Rose spent the majority of his talk with Bill Gates discussing his charitable work curing diseases and making toilets, the "60 Min...

From School Reform to Reform School

Patricia McGuire | Posted 07.07.2013 | DC
Patricia McGuire

Allocating one day out of 180 days of teaching to celebrate teachers when they are put down the rest of the year is just patronizing. If we really want to honor and celebrate teachers, let's show them some respect, support and encouragement.

On Molly Melching and However Long the Night

Melinda Gates | Posted 07.03.2013 | Books
Melinda Gates

Empowered, mobilized communities don't just address one single issue, such as female genital cutting; they work steadily to recognize and then meet all their needs.

Rural Women in India are "Leaning In"

Impatient Optimists | Posted 06.29.2013 | Women
Impatient Optimists

By now, you have probably read about or even finished Sheryl Sandberg's book Lean In. In it, she talks about the barriers that women face in the workp...

It's Time to Go Beyond the Credit Hour

Impatient Optimists | Posted 06.26.2013 | Impact
Impatient Optimists

At a time when students and families are seeking value in higher education, programs cost too much and too often fail to deliver on their promise of a...

Why We Need (And Want) Mothers to Speak Up On Behalf of Newborn Health

Impatient Optimists | Posted 06.25.2013 | Impact
Impatient Optimists

Newborn health was the topic of a global conversation last week, as you no doubt know if you’ve been following along on Impatient Optimists. In ...

What Nonprofits Can Learn from Consumer Reports and the Potato Chip

Impatient Optimists | Posted 06.25.2013 | Impact
Impatient Optimists

When my parents were first married in the mid 1960's, money was tight. My dad was in the air force and my mom was a nurse. My mom recently told me...

Unique Partnership Breaks Vicious Cycle and Saves Millions of Lives

Impatient Optimists | Posted 06.24.2013 | Impact
Impatient Optimists

Twenty years ago, while working with the US Agency for International Development, I was charged with getting more Haemophilus Influenzae type B (Hib) ...

The Thessaloniki Documentary Film Festival: From Torture and Killing to Book-Toting Camels

Karin Badt | Posted 06.24.2013 | Arts
Karin Badt

"I need a little respect and dignity in my life!" screams out a Finnish punk rocker with cerebral palsy. This line could be the refrain of many of the films that screened at the recent Thessaloniki Documentary Film Festival in Greece, now in its 15th year.

Manju: A Frontline Health Worker In Action

Impatient Optimists | Posted 06.23.2013 | Impact
Impatient Optimists

Manju Kumari is an "Anganwadi Worker" or frontline health worker in Bihar, one of India's poorest states. Chosen by her village as their health repres...

Celebrities Join Influential Online Moms to Launch Global Mom Relay Video

Posted 04.16.2013 | Impact

Celebrities and top mom bloggers gathered in New York City's Times Square last week for the premiere of the Global Mom Relay video. The video messa...

3 Reasons We Need to Keep Talking About Newborn Health

Impatient Optimists | Posted 06.15.2013 | Impact
Impatient Optimists

Being a mom is hard work. I only have one child, but as he grows life just seems to become busier and busier. He is now at full time preschool, starti...


Posted 04.08.2013 | Comedy

Bill Gates is willing to dish out $100,000 to anyone who can invent a better way to apply condoms, and slingshot master Joerg Sprave is willing to ans...

Catherine New

Condoms Get Major Upgrade | Catherine New | Posted 04.08.2013 | Small Business

Let's face it, for many people the classic latex condom is an unsensational product at best. And for nearly a century, no one really bothered to make ...

Listening as an Act of 'Positive Disruption': What I Learned From 2013 TEDxChange

Lisa Russell | Posted 06.05.2013 | Impact
Lisa Russell

I don't know what it is about Melinda Gates, but I have always been intrigued by her. Truthfully, I have not really ever known why.  Maybe it's the ...