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What Is the Real Meaning of Development and How Can We Achieve Sustainable Results?

Hannah Laufer-Rottman | Posted 11.25.2015 | Impact
Hannah Laufer-Rottman

As Palms for Life Fund implements its second development project in Swaziland, we are constantly faced with questions that give us tremendous pause for thought.

Learning About Gratitude at Thistle Farms

Tajci Cameron | Posted 11.25.2015 | Impact
Tajci Cameron

Gratitude activates Grace in our lives. Grace brings the awareness of Love always present, always free. Unconditional, non-judgmental Love that...

Recreating the Refugees Narratives: From Sympathy to Dignity

Lara Zahabi-Bekdash, MD, PhD | Posted 11.25.2015 | World
Lara Zahabi-Bekdash, MD, PhD

In Toronto, the community event Supper with Syria, is a social experiment to allow Syrians, some of whom are refugees, to become co-creators of the narratives on Syria and refugees, by showcasing their culture and their stories.

A Community Unites to Keep Beloved Actors Conservatory Theatre

Plumfund | Posted 11.25.2015 | Impact

Ava has performed in several musical roles in which she shines as the blossoming actress she is. While the theater is being renovated to be a safe, thriving space, other children with disabilities like Ava lose a big outlet for creativity and community support of the arts.

The Value of the Social Workplace

Despina Katsikakis | Posted 11.24.2015 | Business
Despina Katsikakis

The workplace can affect the physiological and psychological performance of people, so it is necessary to work with the users to codesign places that energize, encourage social interaction and collaboration, and enhance personal control.

Former Dallas Cowboy and Washington Redskins NFL Players Join the Real-Life Hunger Games

Dr. Cheryl Action Jackson | Posted 11.23.2015 | Impact
Dr. Cheryl Action Jackson

What happens when we realize the title, "The Hunger Games," really isn't what it is? As you read this article, I hope you reflect on the movie and also understand that the reality is that hunger is NOT a game.

When We Run Away From Our Strength

Dr Perpetua Neo | Posted 11.20.2015 | Healthy Living
Dr Perpetua Neo

Sometimes we're so accustomed to seeing ourselves as one thing, that what's on the other side feels too uncomfortable. The comfort zone may feel like quicksand, but it feels soft, pillowy and safe too. We're also not taught to take care of ourselves and our emotions, and we don't know how to be vulnerable.

An Old, New Art Form Your City Needs: Graffiti

John M. Eger | Posted 11.19.2015 | Arts
John M. Eger

Across the world graffiti is labeled a nuisance by government officials and citizens alike. Increasingly, however, some communities see graffiti as a new art form that ought to be nurtured and seen as an expression of a vibrant culture and a forward thinking community.

Look For The Good

Rose Tafoya | Posted 11.18.2015 | Good News
Rose Tafoya

Our resilience to tragedy is never realized until we are faced with it. When the reflection of what we know or how it is becomes distorted, we try to find some type of understanding, but the reality is that we can become paralyzed in fear, express anger and outrage as never seen before.

How to Ramp Up Your Social Media Presence

Craig Newmark | Posted 11.18.2015 | Technology
Craig Newmark

I've been suggesting for some time now that nonprofits spend more time on social media. One way to do that is to make sure you're sharing what you're up to on Facebook and Twitter, and another way to do that is by targeting your content to your audiences with Facebook's advertising.

In the Name of Paris

Stephen D. Smith | Posted 11.17.2015 | Religion
Stephen D. Smith

Paris. The way we think of that beautiful city has changed. That's what they want. They want us to think about things differently, to use Paris as a symbol of bloodshed and fear, not the one we know and love of liberty and culture.

Choose Peace in a Time of Terror

Romila “Dr. Romie” Mushtaq, MD | Posted 11.16.2015 | GPS for the Soul
Romila “Dr. Romie” Mushtaq, MD

Are you a peacemaker or an agitator? Every individual has the ability to be either a peacemaker or an agitator. In this time of global tragedy, I am calling upon the peacemakers.

A Multi-Faith Prayer Vigil For Peace: Why?

Dave Norman | Posted 11.15.2015 | Religion
Dave Norman

With all of the many divisions in our world, why wouldn't people of different faiths want to demonstrate that there is a way for us to come together and pray for peace?

Give Miami Your Money -- You'll Thank Me Later

Rebecca Fishman Lipsey | Posted 11.12.2015 | Impact
Rebecca Fishman Lipsey

I like you. You're reading my blog, and we're not even related. And because you've done something nice for me, I'd like to return the favor. So I'm going to invite you to empty your pockets on November 19th.

The Power of Community: It's Just About... Life

Mark Brodinsky | Posted 11.12.2015 | GPS for the Soul
Mark Brodinsky

It was Aristotle who first defined the word "community" as a group established by men having shared values.  Merriam-Webster defines it as a group o...

What is the Role of Business in Society?

Jay Coen Gilbert | Posted 11.13.2015 | Impact
Jay Coen Gilbert

Capitalism is the most powerful man-made force on the planet. It has played a central role in improving the quality of life for billions of people...

Transphobia at School

Taylor Vidmar | Posted 11.11.2015 | Teen
Taylor Vidmar

Transphobia is not what we should be teaching at our schools. Instead, we should be preaching and practicing tolerance and acceptance. Remember that transgender students are not lying, they are not dangerous, they are not tools for your bigotry.

Serve and Be Served: Honoring Our Military Community on Veterans Day

Lisa Smith Molinari | Posted 11.10.2015 | Good News
Lisa Smith Molinari

This Veterans' Day, open your eyes to fellow military members in your community. Share stories, show respect, and lend a helping hand.

The Maasai

College Tourist | Posted 11.09.2015 | Travel
College Tourist

Have you ever dreamt of embarking on a journey to the most remote and mysterious corners of the world? About visiting a place where you can enjoy unspoiled wilderness and meet a real warrior?

Through the Power of Their Creativity, Our Veterans Continue to Serve

Robert L. Lynch | Posted 11.09.2015 | Arts
Robert L. Lynch

The artist within that Curtis discovered as a result of working through his own PTSD experiences made him passionate about helping fellow Veterans recover from the ravages of combat.

Lifting your Voice for Justice: 3 Leadership Lessons from Laura Coates

Dr. Artika R. Tyner | Posted 11.05.2015 | Black Voices
Dr. Artika R. Tyner

Laura Coates is lifting her voice to make this vision a lived a reality. Her passion for making a difference and challenging injustice motivated her to become an attorney. Laura is mobilizing a social justice movement through her work as a legal expert and commentator.

An Open Letter to the Silent Yale

Nicole Angela Tinson | Posted 11.04.2015 | College
Nicole Angela Tinson

Dear Yale, I may be Black, but I'm not silent. I spent a year at Yale, and I am still taken aback by the lack of acknowledgment of the issues that take place on this campus day in and out. The racism, both explicit and implicit, bothers me, and I can no longer be (publicly) silent about it.

Jesus is Our Reason and Purpose

Jeremy Affeldt | Posted 11.04.2015 | Religion
Jeremy Affeldt

A lot of people don't get why we're here. They really wonder about the meaning of life. This includes some Christians! So think about the people that don't believe in God. I think they would be even more lost!

'Everything Must Go.' The Loss of Our Neighborhood Grocery Store

Sara Lindberg | Posted 11.04.2015 | Impact
Sara Lindberg

It was raining this morning. I was thankful for that. Running up my last hill on the final stretch, I stopped. There it was. The sign I have been waiting for. "Everything Must Go." I have run past this store hundreds of times, but today was different.

Saving the Planet, One Pair of Socks at a Time

Craig Newmark | Posted 11.03.2015 | Impact
Craig Newmark

Socks for Seniors is a national nonprofit community service project to help senior citizens keep their feet warm this winter. Kitty told me that she didn't want money, instead she asked that I donate socks.