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The Dyett Hunger Strikers and Julius Rosenwald

Martin J. Blank | Posted 09.02.2015 | Education
Martin J. Blank

Rosenwald was a corporate magnate at Sears Roebuck in Chicago. But his greatest contribution to American life was as a philanthropist. Rosenwald seeded the development of more than 5,300 schools in rural African-American communities throughout the South.


Kim Kalicky | Posted 08.31.2015 | GPS for the Soul
Kim Kalicky

"These are the girls who will be at my wedding, I thought... These are the friends who will bring me flowers at the birth of my first child, and th...

Being in Community Gives Us a Sense of Belonging

Padma Gordon | Posted 08.31.2015 | GPS for the Soul
Padma Gordon

I arrive back in Northern California with a tender heart, feeling both tired and very well loved. I traveled back to the East Coast with my daughter...

The Human Side of Business Communications: An Interview With Kathy Klotz-Guest

Phil Simon | Posted 08.30.2015 | Business
Phil Simon

Along with relying too much on email, far too often at work we use jargon when simple language would suffice. It doesn't just offend the language sensibilities of learned folks, it's just plain bad business.

Disability Housing: Living, Supporting, and Loving Intentionally

Micaela Connery | Posted 08.28.2015 | Impact
Micaela Connery

A leisurely conversation-filled dinner with not a single phone on the table. Religion that was welcoming and inviting (and-not-even-a-tiny-bit-divisive). Morning greetings of "Wow, looking good!"

Nonprofits: Equity Must Begin Within

Paul Schmitz | Posted 08.27.2015 | Impact
Paul Schmitz

Equity recognizes that we don't all start at the same place. It recognizes that persistent disparities will not be solved without targeting certain opportunities and supports to individuals who start further behind or face additional barriers.

Who's the "Mentally Ill, Homeless Man" Down the Street?

Matt Hartman | Posted 09.09.2015 | Impact
Matt Hartman

The next time you see someone rambling on the street or asking for money, put yourself in their position. We need to imagine lacking a family, lacking food and lacking simple roofs over our heads. Maybe then, we'll understand and begin showing compassion.

Community Building 101: The Basics

Amol Sarva | Posted 08.26.2015 | Business
Amol Sarva

You can spend weeks attending events, meetups, and happy hours and never find one real community. Why not? It turns out bringing people together into a room, bar, or event space isn't enough.

Set a Dialogue World Record in Your Community

Living Room Conversations | Posted 08.26.2015 | Impact
Living Room Conversations

We'd love our initiative to provide leverage for disseminating civil dialogue in other neighborhoods and communities. So we urge you to leave Sedona in the dust by charging forward to set your own LRC world record!

The Ultimate Guide to Being A Lady Nomad

Nicole Kelner | Posted 08.24.2015 | Travel
Nicole Kelner

In the past 2.5 years I have been to 47 cities across three continents. Some of these tricks apply specifically to women, but a lot are just helpful for anyone who likes to travel. Here's a massive brain-dump, so let's do this!

You Have Giving All Wrong

Tim McDonald | Posted 08.23.2015 | Impact
Tim McDonald

Giving has always meant, to me, being able to give a gift or listen to someone by giving my time and energy. But I had no idea the path I would take -- as a result of one simple idea I had -- that would fundamentally change my outlook on life.

Five Bottom Line Reasons Why Employers Should Hire Ex-Felons

Mike Green | Posted 08.21.2015 | Business
Mike Green

There is no city in the nation that's growing faster than the population of 70 million Americans with criminal records. As one of them, former real estate developer R.L. Pelshaw is determined to turn this costly societal burden into an opportunity.

Civic Engagement and Our Responsibility in Higher Education

Rassoul Dastmozd, Ph.D. | Posted 08.21.2015 | College
Rassoul Dastmozd, Ph.D.

For public two-year college presidents, who serve nearly 1,400 communities, it is our moral responsibility to provide fearless leadership. We welcome the most vulnerable members of our communities.

On Why People Give Money to Their Church

Matthew L. Skinner | Posted 08.20.2015 | Religion
Matthew L. Skinner

The New Testament praises those who give generously to the needy and to support the people who provide leadership to Christian communities. Almost just as often, it tells those leaders not to be financial burdens to others or to create circumstances in which they appear to be unduly profiting from their preaching.

Why I Left Corporate America

The Modern Femme Movement | Posted 08.20.2015 | Business
The Modern Femme Movement

I found myself divorced, on anxiety medication, with disappointed children angrily clamoring for my attention and love. But at least I had my bank account, right?

The Longing for Belonging

Charles Eisenstein | Posted 08.20.2015 | GPS for the Soul
Charles Eisenstein

How do we reclaim our sense of belonging in the world when it is constantly being eroded by modern society in the form of the economy, technology, edu...

The Best Way To Celebrate Turning 30

Alicia Raia-Hawrylak | Posted 08.20.2015 | Women
Alicia Raia-Hawrylak

Instead of a narcissistic entry into this new decade, I am choosing one of reflection, gratitude and service. I can't think of a better way to celebrate this milestone than by reflecting on blessings and confronting unearned privileges and finding ways to promote awareness and kindness in others.

The Winding Path: Leaving Ultra-Orthodoxy Without Losing 'Community'

Shira Hirschman Weiss | Posted 08.20.2015 | Religion
Shira Hirschman Weiss

While responses to those resisting orthodox conventions vary, tales of excommunication abound. Some of this is in light of a genre of memoirs by those who refer to themselves as Off The Derech (OTD. "Derech" is Hebrew for "path.")

Florida Community Group Takes Action To Address Rising Sea Levels

The Huffington Post | Aaron Barksdale | Posted 08.19.2015 | Media

The Christian Science Monitor: Climate change crusade goes local As the effects of global warming, rising seas and natural disasters become more...

Young Kenyan Sees Permaculture Seeding Peace

Mel Sellick | Posted 08.19.2015 | Green
Mel Sellick

It's a lofty goal to shift things around for these villagers who battle extreme poverty and have a "zero" diet. They survive by growing and eating genetically modified corn, heavily laden with pesticides.

Cash4Class: How Male Escort Site Is Funding Higher Education

Kitty Stryker | Posted 08.17.2015 | Gay Voices
Kitty Stryker

When being a member of the site gives you potential benefits like this, why advertise somewhere else? It's a strategy many companies have taken up, and it's kind of exciting to see sex work following suit.

Horizons of Opportunity for Young People

Frank A. Weil | Posted 08.14.2015 | Impact
Frank A. Weil

While there is no need for everyone in America to be a doctor or lawyer, and there is a real need for many people to do different, perhaps less intellectual things, it is crucial for our schools to enable as many young people as possible to know and understand about higher horizons.

How Women Can Unleash Self-Worth

Noelle Kirchner, M.Div. | Posted 08.13.2015 | Parents
Noelle Kirchner, M.Div.

As a woman in her thirties, I see the challenge to female self-worth as a mother raising young boys in the world. I think about the kind of respect I want them to have for women. I also see it as a woman thinking about what I want to accomplish in life as the wrinkles are beginning to form.

Creating Community One Vegetable at a Time: Farmer's Markets Are Becoming a Way of Life All Over New York

Dr. Tian Dayton | Posted 08.12.2015 | New York
Dr. Tian Dayton

The foodies of the baby boomer's kids are taking over the world of eating with the same fervor and intelligence that their parents took to politics. "Think global, act local" it turns out can be about food as well as political agendas; in fact food has its own politics in the way we eat it.

100 Great Ideas For the Future of Airports: An Exercise in Civic Engagement

Rebecca Fishman Lipsey | Posted 08.13.2015 | Impact
Rebecca Fishman Lipsey

If you care about the future of your city, few infrastructures have as much impact as your closest airport. But how can engaged citizens do anything meaningful to improve something so massive?