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What Is Your Message to the World? A Global Call for Inspiration and Action

Gaia Paradiso | Posted 09.25.2015 | Impact
Gaia Paradiso

We must engage in our work, in our professional and personal life, within our community, around the world, with family, friends and new people changing the dynamics and happenings in our ordinary lives, to make extraordinary things.

What Happens When a Crack House Becomes an Early Childhood Learning Center?

Martin J. Blank | Posted 09.13.2015 | Education
Martin J. Blank

Oyler has become a beacon of what is possible when the community, city leaders, families, educators and partners work together.

Chicago Is Not Broke -- Funding the City We Deserve

Tom Tresser | Posted 09.03.2015 | Chicago
Tom Tresser

I'd like to offer three pots of money available to the city that would wipe out that forecast deficit and replace it with a surplus.

Leaders as Entrepreneurs: The Power of Creating Change

Dr. Artika R. Tyner | Posted 08.19.2015 | Impact
Dr. Artika R. Tyner

Leaders have the power and influence to address some of the most pressing social justice issues of our time. The exercise of this power begins with entrepreneurship since it serves as an indispensable tool for advancing social change.

10 Years After Katrina, a New Kind of Leadership Emerges in New Orleans

Shirley Franklin | Posted 08.24.2015 | Business
Shirley Franklin

In the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, three New Orleans businessmen and civic leaders, Gerry Barousse, Mike Rodrigue and Gary Solomon, teamed up to play an inspirational role in the rebirth of their beloved city.

As Maine's Waters Warm, a Seafood Investor Fosters Climate Resiliency

David Bank | Posted 07.31.2015 | Impact
David Bank -- An invasion of green crabs. Plummeting populations of northern shrimp and cod. Shifting seasons for lobster, the anchor of Maine'...

Community Development Priorities for Your Family Business

Daphne Mallory | Posted 07.13.2015 | Business
Daphne Mallory

At your finger tips lies the power to create better communities. It's the gift inherent in building any solid family business. You have to decide what it is you want. What changes do you want to see?

Don't Give Up on America's Sandtowns

Terri Ludwig | Posted 06.03.2015 | Impact
Terri Ludwig

But the issues that plague Sandtown are not unique to Baltimore. As we increasingly understand what it takes to turn around struggling communities, we should apply these lessons to Sandtown and communities like it everywhere.

Where Does Your Money Spend the Night? Rethinking Capitalism

Tyler Jackson | Posted 06.02.2015 | Impact
Tyler Jackson

If we want to effect social change at scale, investors need to enlist the capital markets by injecting intention and purpose into every financial decision.

Black Christian Leaders Changing the World (Part 2 of 3)

Rev. Dr. Mae Elise Cannon | Posted 04.21.2015 | Religion
Rev. Dr. Mae Elise Cannon

This is the second installment of a three-part series highlighting a few of the many Black Christian leaders I've had the privilege of learning from throughout my career.

Black Evangelical Leaders Who Are Changing the World

Rev. Dr. Mae Elise Cannon | Posted 04.10.2015 | Religion
Rev. Dr. Mae Elise Cannon

I've had the privilege of working alongside a prodigious group of Black Christian leaders throughout my career as a social justice activist. Their lives and ministries have shaped me deeply and continue to do so as I grow in my own ministry of racial reconciliation and justice.

Using Health Know-How to Build Healthier Communities

Alina Tugend | Posted 04.07.2015 | Healthy Living
Alina Tugend

In the world of community development, the fact that ZIP code often trumps genetic code in determining a person's overall health has become convention...

Capacity Builders vs. Dandelion

Jason Lorimer | Posted 01.20.2015 | Impact
Jason Lorimer

There is a cottage industry of "capacity builders" that make up a growing portion of the nonprofit space. Almost all of these service providers are on...

What Philanthropists Can Learn From Hollywood

Jason Lorimer | Posted 03.10.2015 | Impact
Jason Lorimer

This misalignment reminds me of an inefficiency that Hollywood studios have found a way to correct. Studios will fund a project and for any number of reasons it might fall apart before it hits the big screen.

Where We're Going

Richard C. Harwood | Posted 03.02.2015 | Impact
Richard C. Harwood

"Scale" and "scaling change" are terms that are thrown around so much in professional circles that they have become cliché. Yet, for all of us in the business of improving lives and building stronger communities, they are the terms that often are the source of both our frustration and our inspiration.

Promise Zones Provide Opportunity and a Pathway to an Equitable Future

Angela Glover Blackwell | Posted 01.06.2015 | Politics
Angela Glover Blackwell

First announced by President Obama in his 2013 State of the Union address, the Promise Zone Initiative aims to build a broader middle-class through partnering with local communities and businesses to create a pathway to greater economic stability for struggling families.

Beat of the Drum in Dong Village

Vincent L. Michael, Ph.D. | Posted 01.03.2015 | Impact
Vincent L. Michael, Ph.D.

It has been six months since my last visit to China. This time around, the fragile architecture of Dali Dong village was wrapped in supporting beams and scaffolding as part of the efforts in progress to restore its heart and soul.

Principles for a Detroit Organizer Who is Not From Detroit

Laura De Palma | Posted 12.21.2014 | Detroit
Laura De Palma

Detroit's history and is rich and complex. Learn it. Understand it. Embed it in the way you conceptualize change in the city and how to join in the struggle.

Living the Wage: Lessons on Privilege and the Unexpected

Joshua Mbanusi | Posted 11.03.2014 | Impact
Joshua Mbanusi

I found the psychological and behavioral privilege associated with living wage work to be startling. I became aware of how far I had disconnected from the reality that forces those who earn a minimum wage to forego the convenience and peace of mind that a few thousand extra dollars a year can quite literally buy.

Place Matters!

Edward Summers | Posted 10.29.2014 | College
Edward Summers

'Location, location, location' may be considered the realtor's mantra, yet colleges and universities also know it well. Some institutions are situated in rural parts of the country, others in small and mid sized urban centers that have seen tremendous decline and disinvestment.

Lessons From Miami

Rebecca Fishman Lipsey | Posted 10.13.2014 | Miami
Rebecca Fishman Lipsey

Let's allow this be a teachable moment -- first for us in Miami who may still wear these insults like a scarlet M, not realizing what a gift it is to live in a city during its adolescence.

The Mechanics of Change

John Feffer | Posted 10.15.2014 | World
John Feffer

Janos David is a sociologist who has spent his professional life studying change. He experienced the Hungarian uprising of 1956 firsthand and much later helped to produce documentaries about it.

Stephanie Raill Jayanandhan: Meeting Our Customers in Brownsville

Significance Labs | Posted 09.22.2014 | Impact
Significance Labs

Going to Brownsville is the highlight of my week, these days. Yes, sometimes I'm afraid. But being afraid isn't an excuse.

For Economic Prosperity, Advance an Equity-Driven Working Families Agenda

Angela Glover Blackwell | Posted 08.23.2014 | Politics
Angela Glover Blackwell

Supports at work and at home aren't just good for working parents. Helping them to succeed at work and at home is better for companies' bottom lines and for the nation's economic competitiveness. That's the theme of Monday's White House Summit for Working Families.

An Update From Uganda

Nourish International | Posted 08.10.2014 | Impact
Nourish International

This post was written by Nourish International student interns from Penn State University and Duke University, currently working with Community Concer...