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100 Great Ideas for the Future of Libraries -- A New Paradigm for Civic Engagement

Rebecca Fishman Lipsey | Posted 01.29.2015 | Impact
Rebecca Fishman Lipsey

Co-authored by Francine Madera, MADERA inc. Access to information has changed dramatically in the past 2,200 years, yet the basic structure and fun...

Finding Our Society Beyond the Walls of Separation and Fear

Garrett Paknis | Posted 01.29.2015 | Healthy Living
Garrett Paknis

When our ideologies include any sort of oppression, whether it's hatred or an exclusion of self from community, we are disregarding the divine truths of life and need to question how to fully develop our human potential.

Want to Fight Human Trafficking? Volunteer.

Susan Danish | Posted 01.29.2015 | Impact
Susan Danish

Let's take as a given that an important piece of the solution to this seemingly intractable problem has to be creating awareness at the community level, where the traffickers actually make their money.

Suburbs of Survival, and the Democracy of Placemaking

F. Kaid Benfield | Posted 01.28.2015 | Green
F. Kaid Benfield

Those of us who style ourselves as "urbanists" -- myself included, much of the time - tend to get a bit snobbish and condescending about, you know, ordinary people.

The Value of Partnership

Jim Finkelstein | Posted 01.26.2015 | Business
Jim Finkelstein

It's the beginning of a new year, which means desks are organized, inboxes are empty, and the gym is full. Many of us are trying new things -- or at least will for another week or so -- but come February we will be back to our old ways and finding the same results as 2014.

A Grieving Community and the Healing Power Of Giving Back

Michelle Vale | Posted 01.24.2015 | New York
Michelle Vale

Let this be a calling and reminder to all, that no gesture is too little. You can help people and communities who are suffering, in a variety of ways. Monetary contributions are great, but time is just as precious.

Alena Hall

Wall Street Refugee Now Tells The Stories Of Those Fixing Our Country

HuffingtonPost.com | Alena Hall | Posted 01.21.2015 | Impact

Greg Behrman's resume highlights include Wall Street worker, federal government official, scholar and military veteran. But the latest entry could be ...

Building a Stronger Liberia After Ebola

Karin Landgren | Posted 01.20.2015 | World
Karin Landgren

At this juncture, Liberia must address the factors that made it possible for Ebola to spread so quickly -- including the deep mistrust among Liberians, weakly-functioning social services, poor accountability and an overly centralized government.

A Residency of One's Own

Jill Di Donato | Posted 01.20.2015 | Books
Jill Di Donato

It's exactly when you're feeling depressed about your writing career, or overly anxious to the point where you are doubtful about the work, that you need a residency.

Why Do You Care What Other People Think?

Dr. Gail Gross | Posted 01.20.2015 | Women
Dr. Gail Gross

Since primitive times, humans have relied on relationships to survive. If a man or woman was accepted into a tribe, then he or she had a greater chance of living to see another day. The person who was cast out would most likely not have survived the primitive world on his own.

MLK, Jr. Asked Us 'What Are You Doing For Others?' Here's How We Answered

The Huffington Post | Posted 01.20.2015 | Impact

In a legacy as profound as Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.'s, one thing is for certain -- the civil rights leader lived to help those who needed him most....

How to Break up With Everyone!

Stephanie D. Lewis | Posted 01.16.2015 | Comedy
Stephanie D. Lewis

It's true -- good help is so hard to find. But does that mean we need to stay monogamous for the rest of our lives with the people we pay? I needed to get braver at getting rid of the inadequate individuals I paid good money to -- so I kept a little journal to see where I had gone wrong.

Building a Shared Vision: The Next Step in American Progress

Irv Katz | Posted 01.16.2015 | Impact
Irv Katz

The nonprofit sector has become an indispensable part of the American economy and society. While there have been cuts in government investments, if the past hundred-plus years (as well as the interest and vigor of the millennials) are any indication, the sector will continue to grow.

LGBT Community: Evangelical Scholar Calls for Full Acceptance in the Church

Steve McSwain | Posted 01.15.2015 | Religion
Steve McSwain

Few issues have been more divisive within the church of the 20th and 21st century than the "full acceptance of LGBT Christians in the Church."

Some Assembly Required: A Church Without God

Jim Burklo | Posted 01.14.2015 | Religion
Jim Burklo

At the door, I was greeted by cheerful people who urged me to sign in on a clipboard, and, to my astonishment, I was handed a bulletin. Why should I have been surprised? Can't bulletins be godless, too?

Unity Amidst Terror

Sister Jenna | Posted 01.14.2015 | World
Sister Jenna

It is January 11, 2015 at the time of this writing and world leaders from over 40 countries gathered in Paris, linked arm to arm to march in peace for unity.

7 Ways Women Can Lift Up, Not Tear Each Other Down

Susan Skog | Posted 01.13.2015 | Women
Susan Skog

We can't afford to fall back into outdated, destructive ways: When we hold one woman back, we hold all women back. And when we empower and support each other, we all go big. The world is calling for us to go big!

'Community' Announces Official Return Date

The Huffington Post | Lily Karlin | Posted 01.13.2015 | Entertainment

"Community" is returning for a sixth season, but they don't even need to tell you the details. The cast is so confident you'll tune in to the show in ...

Goin' Down to Bitsyland

Marshall P. Duke | Posted 01.11.2015 | Fifty
Marshall P. Duke

There are ways to deal with the post-holiday doldrums, but they require our active participation. First of all, we must realize that "downs" are natural aspects of life. Everyone experiences them. But there are ways to ease them.

Three New Mantras: Talk to Strangers, Say Yes, and Give Back to Others

Brandi Megan Granett | Posted 01.09.2015 | Women
Brandi Megan Granett

While this is my blueprint for a Year of Awesome and yours may vary, I recommend the backbone of talking to strangers, saying yes, and giving back to others. Think about places to volunteer, new places to visit, or people you want to meet. You never know who or what you might find.

3 Farms That Represent the Community Spirit of Mesa, Arizona

Katka Lapelosová | Posted 01.09.2015 | Travel
Katka Lapelosová

Traveling from New York City, where even amongst 8.2 million people it's still possible to feel lonely, Arizona instantly made me feel at home. As a guest of Visit Mesa, I was provided with the chance to experience what this area had to offer, by exploring the unique farming communities in the area.

The Crippling Concern of Amazing Women

Schuyler Brown | Posted 01.08.2015 | Women
Schuyler Brown

The next time you hear a great woman utter that crippling phrase, look deep within yourself and then deep into her eyes, and ask her, "What can I do to help?" She's right, alone she isn't doing enough. But together, we have unlimited capacity and that's what it's going to take.

From Urbanizing to Urban, According to My Facebook Cover Page

Charles R. Wolfe | Posted 01.06.2015 | Arts
Charles R. Wolfe

During a year filled with four trips abroad and two months away, many of my 2014 Facebook cover photos helped fill my yearly urban and exurban diaries.

Feel Like Giving Up? 10 Things I Remembered in 2014 to Keep Going

Laura Aiisha | Posted 01.05.2015 | Healthy Living
Laura Aiisha

As the final weeks and days of this year have come and gone, I'm reminded of the ways that 2014 has pushed me backwards, pulled me forwards, lifte...

The Governors Cuomo

Steven Cohen | Posted 01.05.2015 | Politics
Steven Cohen

The Cuomos, father and son, remind us of the power of public service and the need to couple principles and ideals with pragmatism and the exercise of power and authority.