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Missing the Forest for the Trees: It's Time to Shift Our Focus from Iran's Leaders to Its Youth

Marjan Ehsassi | Posted 06.02.2015 | Politics
Marjan Ehsassi

Regardless of the outcome of the nuclear talks, there exists an opportunity to promote a more durable relationship that is rooted in citizen to citizen engagement, particularly with Iran's burgeoning youth population.

How to Launch People in Poland

John Feffer | Posted 05.23.2015 | World
John Feffer

Stocznia, which is Polish for "shipyard," is a different kind of NGO. It functions like a university. It focuses on transforming people. And in that sense it's an educational institution -- but not like any educational institution you might have encountered in the past.

Hungary's Green Wave Crashes

John Feffer | Posted 05.22.2015 | World
John Feffer

When I met the biologist Gyongyi Mangel in 1990, her enthusiasm was contagious. So much was going on in Hungarian civil society that it was hard to keep track of all the new initiatives. She was passionate about connecting issues and it was hard not to get caught up in her can-do spirit.

Swaziland, the King of Old-Fashioned Repression

Brian Dooley | Posted 05.20.2015 | World
Brian Dooley

It sounds like a case from the 1950s: a human rights lawyer thrown into jail after daring to criticize the country's judiciary. But Thulani Maseko is unlucky enough to be living in Swaziland, Africa's only remaining absolute monarchy, and to be blessed with the sort of personal courage that makes him vocal about injustice.

Making Change: Nordic Countries And Gender Equality in Media

Magda Abu-Fadil | Posted 05.13.2015 | Media
Magda Abu-Fadil

Would Swedish actress and Casablanca star Ingrid Bergman have made a good producer or director? Hollywood movie fans may not know much about the Sca...

The Future of Peace

Annabel Hertz | Posted 04.27.2015 | Politics
Annabel Hertz

There is no reason to believe that citizens, more generally, cannot compel governments to act earlier and in concert to avert war. But this requires exerting an unprecedented, united, highly focused and sustained effort.

Countering Violent Extremism: The President's Call to Action

Benjamin Orbach | Posted 04.25.2015 | Impact
Benjamin Orbach

You could watch the news and conclude that countering this threat from ISIS and al Qaeda is a "Muslim problem." That isn't the case however -- this is a threat that impacts the wellness of all of our communities and tests the strength of our founding principles.

Advocating for Civil Society Space in 2015

Lindsay Coates | Posted 04.20.2015 | Impact
Lindsay Coates

As civil society organizations continue as donors and educators, implementers and advocates, we must ask the tough questions about financing, governance, and systems that perpetuate poverty and exclusion and deny dignity.

Invest to Save Lives and Build Sustainable Communities

Lindsay Coates | Posted 04.20.2015 | Impact
Lindsay Coates

To prevent future crises and help build resilient communities, it is necessary for the U.S. to continue investments in programs that help the world's poor and vulnerable populations obtain access to health care, clean water, nutritious food, and basic education, as well as promote economic growth and democracy and human rights.

Public and Private in Poland

John Feffer | Posted 04.20.2015 | World
John Feffer

Poles are happier than they've been in years. More than 80 percent report that they are "very happy" or "quite happy," and that number has risen steadily since 2000. But happiness in Poland seems to derive largely from private life. There's not a lot of volunteering, and even the rates of Church attendance have been going down.

Unlearning Intolerance

Colette Mazzucelli | Posted 04.13.2015 | Technology
Colette Mazzucelli

Unlearning Intolerance means accepting generative complexity and generative learning. We accept that former solutions are no longer succeeding in our complex world as we take responsibility for the learning and the knowledge we create.

Paris, Everywhere

Edit Schlaffer | Posted 03.14.2015 | World
Edit Schlaffer

If we are serious about working together, we have to acknowledge that the 'them and us' labels are a misleading distraction.

U.S. State Dept. Official's Speech May Fuel Global Civil Society Crackdown

Kay Guinane | Posted 03.11.2015 | World
Kay Guinane

Looks like the U.S. State Department -- or at least William Brownfield, Assistant Secretary for International Narcotics and Law Enforcement -- didn't get the memo.

5 Useful Things America's New Ambassador to Egypt Can Do

Brian Dooley | Posted 02.14.2015 | Politics
Brian Dooley

Although he doesn't decide U.S. policy on Egypt, he will be the U.S. official who gets to explain it to Egypt's government and people, setting the tone for how the U.S. embassy in Cairo operates and influencing U.S. credibility in Egypt and the region.

Togetherness Interruptus: Civil Society in the Age of the Smartphone

Amy Larkin | Posted 02.09.2015 | Technology
Amy Larkin

Smartphone abuse is not only rude, it's dangerous. This is decidedly addictive behavior. And like all addictions, the addict is not the only victim. Smartphones create a terribly discourteous, antisocial, particularly uncivil environment in public spaces. Look around. Someone might need your help and you might want to offer it.

A New Party for the Global Era

Indra Adnan | Posted 02.07.2015 | Politics
Indra Adnan

How can those of us who feel like global citizens already -- which is not everyone, granted -- begin to act like global citizens?

Simple Truths: We Will Only Win This - and Other Conflicts - with Allies on the Ground

Marjan Ehsassi | Posted 01.22.2015 | Politics
Marjan Ehsassi

President Obama has signaled a "new phase" in the fight against the Islamic State as we send 1,500 additional Americans into Iraq to train and advise the Iraqi army to "start going on some offense." Doing so will be no small task.

Big Job, No Rules?

Danny Sriskandarajah | Posted 01.20.2015 | World
Danny Sriskandarajah

At the national level all over the world, we are witnessing protests driven by a rejection of political and economic systems that serve and entrench elite interests.

The Top 6 Qualities to Unleash a Great Leader in You

Umesh Mukhi | Posted 11.17.2014 | Business
Umesh Mukhi

In my career of international youth affairs, I have met many leaders and change makers who have accomplished something commendable in their lives and ...

David vs. Goliath?

White Ribbon Alliance | Posted 01.07.2015 | Impact
White Ribbon Alliance

We hope that we can all fully recognize and support the hard work by citizen and civil society leaders which is still very much needed to ensure these promises truly make a difference.

How State Failure Is Deepening Class Tensions in Egypt

Sara Khorshid | Posted 01.05.2015 | World
Sara Khorshid

Pressure on the lower and middle classes is increasing in view of the state's continued failure to deliver at an acceptable level of efficiency as well as the absence of the rule of law, which results from the deeply rooted corruption and the weakening of the state after three years of protests and political turmoil.

Civil Society Engagment Crucial at IMF-World Bank Meeting

Lindsay Coates | Posted 12.08.2014 | Impact
Lindsay Coates

In our media moment, even the smallest demonstration, charitable effort or advocacy campaign can go global in an instant. Yet, the sum of modern civil society is more than a collection of breaking news headlines, viral videos or hashtags trending on Twitter.

Mobilizing Civil Society Against IS

Edit Schlaffer | Posted 12.06.2014 | World
Edit Schlaffer

Even if USA and their allies have declared war on IS there is an additional tactic in dealing with the problem that has been overlooked: the mobilization of a carefully planned and generously supported social response as the first line of defense.

Hate Speech is Undermining Turkey's Fragile Democracy

Emre Celik | Posted 02.12.2015 | World
Emre Celik

Erdogan has employed a multidimensional effort to intimidate, silence and otherwise persecute every institution or individual remotely associated with Gulen.

Without Peace, Can There Be Development?

Bonian Golmohammadi | Posted 11.30.2014 | Politics
Bonian Golmohammadi

Some governments think that peace and security should not be tackled within the agenda because it detracts from the agenda's goal: sustainable development. On the contrary, a development agenda that helps prevent conflict will free up resources to promote and enhance sustainable development.