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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 Joha...

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 ...

Pakistan's Polio Program: Suspended at Zero Dark Thirty

Qanta Ahmed, MD | Posted 05.28.2013 | Religion
Qanta Ahmed, MD

Polio is a devastating infectious disease paralyzing many of those infected, but following the Taliban's execution of 16 health workers engaged in Pakistan's polio eradication program in the Islamic Republic of Pakistan, preventing polio is now deadlier than the disease.

Why Education Must Come First: Global Education and Skills Forum

Vikas Pota | Posted 05.11.2013 | Impact
Vikas Pota

The overwhelming evidence points to the inability or motivation of governments to challenge the status quo. Are NGO's able to leverage their expertise? And is there a role for the private sector?

Why Moms Matter

Elizabeth Gore | Posted 05.07.2013 | Impact
Elizabeth Gore

Today, we launch Global Mom Relay -- an interactive, online conversation over the next 62 days that features moms, celebrities, experts and others who will shares stories of motherhood and talk about what we can do to improve the health of mothers and children around the world.

Doctors Arrested For Alleged Embezzling From Gates-Backed Charity

Reuters | Posted 04.27.2013 | Impact

NIAMEY, Feb 25 (Reuters) - Niger arrested about 20 doctors suspected of embezzling funds from a charity promoting vaccination in poor countries, set...

Why I Traveled 3,000 Miles to Advocate for Children Who Aren't Mine

Lois Alter Mark | Posted 04.24.2013 | Impact
Lois Alter Mark

Every 20 seconds, a child around the world dies from a disease that could have been prevented by a vaccine. Annually, that number equals almost half the children entering kindergarten in the United States alone this year.

Small Schools: Miracle or Mirage?

Marc Epstein | Posted 04.23.2013 | New York
Marc Epstein

Whenever I read a Bill Gates prescription for healing our public schools or society I'm reminded of the old E.F. Hutton commercial, "When E.F. Hutton ...

Gates Talks Charity, Tech, Cheap Thrills On Reddit

Posted 02.11.2013 | Impact

Bill Gates has taken to Reddit for a gabfest on everything from philanthropy to his bucket list, with a strong emphasis on global development. The...

WATCH: Gates Talks Saving World, Being 'Geekier' Than Steve Jobs On Colbert

The Huffington Post | Eleanor Goldberg | Posted 01.31.2013 | Impact

Stephen Colbert told Bill Gates that he’s not as “cool” as Steve Jobs, but he has a chance of getting there if saving the world, ya know, ever g...

Bill Gates: Education Should Be America's Top Concern

Posted 02.01.2013 | Impact

Bill Gates was on "Morning Joe" Wednesday to talk about the role of innovation in humanitarian aid, but singled out education as the issue that could ...

My Hope for 2030: The New Normal

Impatient Optimists | Posted 03.30.2013 | Impact
Impatient Optimists

Malala is an icon for the struggle which seems so foreign to girls like me, comfortable in our "normal" while girls our age must fight and sacrifice and face seemingly insurmountable odds to change theirs.