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A Post-Katrina Disaster Checklist: Water, Food, Community Organizing

Raymond C. Offenheiser | Posted 08.28.2015 | Impact
Raymond C. Offenheiser

When Katrina slammed into the Gulf Coast ten years ago, the fundamentals of disaster relief poured in: water, sanitation, food, shelter. But looking back, we can see that the most effective tool for the hardest hit was something else altogether: community organizing.

First Ever White House Tech Meetup Connects Community Leaders to Drive Innovation

Brett Greene | Posted 06.20.2015 | Denver
Brett Greene

Speaking at the first ever Tech Meetup at the White House and speaking from the same podium President Obama stands behind wasn't on my bucket list, but now I can add it and check it off.

Where We Are

Richard C. Harwood | Posted 03.01.2015 | Impact
Richard C. Harwood

Our work is being scaled in local communities. There, we are developing a critical mass of public innovators and boundary-spanning groups that can collectively address local challenges and shift the civic culture of those communities.

The Boggs School Oral History Project: Linking Youth and Elders to the Past, Present and Future

Laura De Palma | Posted 02.16.2015 | Detroit
Laura De Palma

The Oral History Club is a powerful example of the importance of intergenerational dialogue between our youth and the elders. It is the knowing of what has been that informs the limitless possibility of what can be.

Hearing the Voice of the Deaf Community

Lydia L. Callis | Posted 12.22.2014 | Impact
Lydia L. Callis

Using the tools of the modern age, the deaf community is able to amplify its voice. Finally, the mainstream world is staring to listen.

The Culture of Collective Impact

Paul Schmitz | Posted 12.22.2014 | Impact
Paul Schmitz

I came to believe in collective impact from a cognitive dissonance I increasingly experienced during two decades of work in the nonprofit sector.

An Urgent Warning About 'Impact'

Richard C. Harwood | Posted 11.24.2014 | Impact
Richard C. Harwood

My experience working with people in communities, with foundation leaders, with various national initiatives and with a variety of others is that the deifying of this word has produced a cascading effect of collective responses that endanger our mission.

These Photos Prove That Everyone Sees The World Differently (WATCH)

The Huffington Post | Sahaj Kohli | Posted 09.19.2014 | Arts

Everyone sees the world differently, and when we put our images and unique visual perspectives together, it can create an amazing patchwork of visual ...

Why I'm a Transformative Language Artist

Caryn Mirriam-Goldberg | Posted 10.25.2014 | Arts
Caryn Mirriam-Goldberg

Leary of bedpans, I was too clumsy to serve people in the friendly airs or plié on the unfriendly stage, too short and stubby to model, too easily-distracted to take dictation, and too much of a ham to be a good actress.

Pilgrimage to the Holy City of Copán

Marco Cáceres | Posted 10.05.2014 | Travel
Marco Cáceres

I would like to add the town of Copán Ruinas, Honduras, to the list of holy cities. Strange, you might think.

A Foster Youth in Need Galvanizes a Community

Georgie Smith | Posted 07.14.2014 | Good News
Georgie Smith

Recently, I discovered an amazing way for people to come together as a community. The incredible experience was inspired by a young man named Barry Bartlett and captured in this video.

Changemakers in Every Village: This Week In Daily Giving

Ari Nessel | Posted 05.20.2014 | Impact
Ari Nessel

Changing ourselves changes the world. In 2013, a group of daily givers, myself included, committed to provide seed funding to a fledgling social chan...

Dreams Worth Having: This Week in Daily Giving

Ari Nessel | Posted 05.14.2014 | Impact
Ari Nessel

Changing ourselves changes the world. In 2013, a group of daily givers, myself included, committed to provide seed funding to a fledgling social chan...

We All Deserve Access to Great Opportunities: This Week in Daily Giving

Ari Nessel | Posted 05.07.2014 | Impact
Ari Nessel

Changing ourselves changes the world. In 2013, a group of daily givers, myself included, committed to provide seed funding to a fledgling social chan...

Spike Is Right! Crooked Landlords Terrorize Brooklyn Tenants (Pt 1)

Antonia Marrero | Posted 05.05.2014 | New York
Antonia Marrero

This development has brought incredible resources to the area, but the rent-regulated homes of Williamsburg are being systematically and violently dismantled by crooked landlords.

Bridging the Worlds of Yoga and Social Activism

Rob Schware | Posted 05.03.2014 | Impact
Rob Schware

From 2007 to 2011 Andrea MacDonald served as an activist against climate change. She eventually left her role as a community organizer against the Enbridge Gateway pipeline in British Columbia and started yoga teacher training.

Recovery and Renewal in Haiti

Victoria Dunning | Posted 03.17.2014 | Impact
Victoria Dunning

Never have I observed that more than on that trip to Haiti, as people greeted me and welcomed me inside their homes to be interviewed about their experiences, and as I helped a woman, baby on her back, hang her laundry on the line.

Why No One Visits Your Small Business Website

Daniel Newman | Posted 10.22.2013 | Small Business
Daniel Newman

I didn't study SEO in college. I'm not an SEO expert, at least I would never tell anyone that I am. I don't perform any black magic or tricks that will bring you millions of hits to your website. But what I can tell you is this...

This Is My Premiere Blog

Carole Sumner Krechman | Posted 06.11.2013 | Impact
Carole Sumner Krechman

we need to look beyond that world and help expand connections, with a view towards sharing and giving. I don't think we need to look backward to a better time, but take a view forward, time to speak with those closest to you.

Creating Community as We Age... a Role for Philanthropy?

Claudia Jacobs | Posted 04.24.2013 | Impact
Claudia Jacobs

Gone is the word "retirement" from our lexicons, replaced by words like "rebooting" and "re-wiring.

Is The Kingdom Of God Built Of Vegetables?

Jeremy John | Posted 12.11.2012 | Religion
Jeremy John

Vegetables. Who could have imagined an economy in which gentle vegetables were subversive? But this is our world. A world where a vegetable, whose growth is imperceptible to the naked eye, can spider a crack into the concrete of our industrial food system.

The Role of Satire, Snark And Sarcasm In Building Community

Bruce Reyes-Chow | Posted 10.27.2012 | Religion
Bruce Reyes-Chow

In no way am I above this, as I too have leaned on what I think is funny in order to take a swipe at someone with whom I disagree. It can be cathartic and, truthfully, when you hit a snark-homer, it feels awesome.

A Challenge to the Yoga World: How Are You Serving Others?

Clive Mayhew | Posted 09.30.2012 | Impact
Clive Mayhew

That drive to serve is what draws us together as a community: the Yoga Community has a divine spirit, but does it have the tools to make a difference? My wife and I had an idea to help ALL of us use our practice to do good. Together.

Swings! Tampa Bay (VIDEO)

Bus 52 | Posted 08.13.2012 | Good News
Bus 52

Hand-decorated swings are popping up all over St. Petersburg, Florida. Hanging from trees, overpasses, and anything else that would support both the weight of a transformed plank of wood and its passenger, are brightly decorated swings.

Block By Block, Kirk Mayes Envisions A Better Brightmoor

Urban Innovation Exchange | Posted 06.05.2012 | Detroit

This article first appeared on the Urban Innovation Exchange. By Tunde Wey Tall with an easy saunter, Kirk Mayes is an ambitious man. His gentle...