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My Mother's Courage Inspired Me to Become the Man I Am Today

Diriye Osman | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Diriye Osman

My mother reminds me everyday that human kindness and empathy have no borderlines. This is not an abstract conceit mired in convoluted politics. It's an elementary part of being cognizant and alive.

Why Do We Write About Cities?

Charles R. Wolfe | Posted 05.30.2014 | Green
Charles R. Wolfe

In 2011, amid a visit to San Francisco and just back from Africa, I offered some thoughts about why we write about cities. Three years later, I'm not sure much has changed.

Community & Security with Freedom: What Canada Geese Can Teach Us

Warren J. Blumenfeld | Posted 05.31.2014 | Impact
Warren J. Blumenfeld

I look forward each spring and autumn to the heavenly performance overhead as Canada geese (Branta canadensis) migrate in their distinctive V-shaped f...

Writing Our Future

Michele Kotler | Posted 05.28.2014 | New York
Michele Kotler

In the ongoing dialogue regarding education reform and the quality of New York City's public schools, one voice is almost completely silent: the voice of the students.

Power of Organizing Rooted in Participatory Action Research

Donna Nevel | Posted 05.27.2014 | Education
Donna Nevel

El Museo del Barrio offered a warm, welcoming space consistent with the spirit of the day. Working with social justice oriented childcare and interpretation collectives and community food cooperatives contributed to an inclusive and participatory event that celebrated the strengths of the many communities that were there.

Learning Los Angeles: Aaron Paley Founder of CicLAvia, "I'm So Excited About Living Here!"

Cathy Weiss | Posted 05.28.2014 | Los Angeles
Cathy Weiss

Aaron Paley of CicLAvia is a San Fernando Valley kid who knew there was more to LA than his suburban neighborhood. He grew up organizing family festi...

Expanding the Concept, and Reality, of Jewish Community

Jerry Silverman | Posted 05.27.2014 | Religion
Jerry Silverman

This piece originally appeared in New York Jewish Week. Nate couldn't decide what he wanted to be for Purim -- follow his heart and dress as an alien...

New Look, Same Great Mission

Neil Mulholland | Posted 05.26.2014 | Impact
Neil Mulholland

This week, we began a new chapter in our story at the National Park Foundation. We have unveiled a new look -- one that underscores our role as the...

Who's Better Off?

Sally Fay | Posted 05.22.2014 | Divorce
Sally Fay

Character is not something that hides. It stands up, honestly, courageously and truly.

Speak Up With Jimmy: Can 'The Love Mob' Change the World? (VIDEO)

Jimmy Nguyen | Posted 05.19.2014 | Good News
Jimmy Nguyen

Can you transform the world by gathering people together on a street to cheer, sing and express love? To find out, I interviewed Preston Smiles, founder of The Love Mob, the organization behind "organized acts of love" -- flash mobs -- that support various causes and messages.

What Does Public Innovation Mean?

Richard C. Harwood | Posted 05.19.2014 | Impact
Richard C. Harwood

We must be willing to see and hear people around us, especially those who are different from us and who challenge our own comfort levels.

The Unauthorized Transformation of the Heidelberg Project

Jenenne Whitfield | Posted 05.19.2014 | Detroit
Jenenne Whitfield

there certainly is a perpetual cycle of hopelessness in the Heidelberg Community, but Tyree says it's deeper than that. I know what he means: Detroit is a microcosm for the world, but change for many is scary and sometimes violent, as we have recently witnessed with the fires.

Coming Home to Santiago, Where I've Been All Along

Mason Bryan | Posted 08.05.2014 | Travel
Mason Bryan

I hadn't been in Santiago for a while. Now that I'm back, however, the truth is I'm not filled with the same apathy I was when I left three months ago to gallivant around Patagonia .

Targeting the Place-Receiving in Placemaking, and Why

Charles R. Wolfe | Posted 05.17.2014 | Green
Charles R. Wolfe

In the end, we should focus more on place-receivers as the most authentic stakeholders of meaning in the urban experience. If people cannot place-receive with a sense of acceptance and inspiration, placemaking may mean very little indeed.

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...

Beware the Ides of March: TV Characters Who Really Need a Comeuppance

Hulu.com | Posted 05.14.2014 | Comedy
Hulu.com

Since our backs are usually nestled in between couch cushions in front of the TV, we actually feel pretty safe. But we know a few people out there in TV Land who definitely deserve to be taken down a notch or two, and we have just the recipe for each one.

Transgender Activist Cecilia Gentili on Identity and Putting the 'T' Back in LGBT

Daniel Lyons | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Daniel Lyons

Since leaving Argentina, Cecilia Gentili has embarked on an incredible journey of transformation, ultimately turning her into a widely respected advocate for trans rights in New York City. I had the pleasure of sitting down with Cecilia and hearing first hand how her story has unfolded.

The New Mongrels: A Resurrection of an Old Idea

Marcel Hidalgo | Posted 05.12.2014 | Arts
Marcel Hidalgo

The New Mongrels, a collective musical society, have a long history that goes back to the Civil War. As the story goes, a soldier named Henry Brooke who came back from the bloody war shell-shocked and deaf in one ear had an idea.

Anti-Gentrification? Build Community

Yvahn Martin | Posted 05.11.2014 | Black Voices
Yvahn Martin

Where there is no goodwill, the dialogue cannot begin, and there is only polite silence masking anger and distrust.

Love: Who Cares?

Dan Butin | Posted 05.10.2014 | Education
Dan Butin

I am as such much more interested in the question of "how" than of "what." How can we truly hear our students? How do reciprocal partnerships look and work? How do youth engage in their own learning? How is equality sustainability?

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...

Dan Harmon Talks "Harmontown" and Dungeons & Dragons at SXSW

Shira Lazar | Posted 05.09.2014 | Entertainment
Shira Lazar

At the Samsung Blogger Lounge at SXSW 2014, "Community" creator Dan Harmon and filmmaker Neil Berkeley discuss the documentary "Harmontown" with Shi...

On Making Harmontown

Neil Berkeley | Posted 05.07.2014 | Entertainment
Neil Berkeley

We may occasionally be heroes and sometimes villains but mostly we're just people ... Truth is we're mostly extras.

Letter to My Generation: 6 Reasons Why You (Just) Might Want to Reconsider Joining a Synagogue

Rabbi Jordie Gerson | Posted 05.07.2014 | Religion
Rabbi Jordie Gerson

If you make time each week to slow down, stop and reflect on the joys and challenges of the past six days, you live at a different, more modulated pace.

Social Entrepreneurship: A Shift in the Traditional Business Mindset

Heather Hummel | Posted 05.02.2014 | Business
Heather Hummel

A new corporate structure, the social enterprise, was born. This entity, which can be structured either as a for-profit or non-profit, considers the impact of its decisions on communities, the environment and employee welfare.