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How Choosing to Go Public With Your Life Challenges Can Change the World

Kathy Caprino | Posted 04.19.2015 | Impact
Kathy Caprino

Claire's story reinforces a fundamental truth that is so important to remember but so easy to forget: Everyone you meet is fighting a hidden battle that you know nothing about. Be kind, and live from your heart, and share your love and support.

Social Impact: Everyone Has a Part to Play

Pioneers for Change | Posted 04.19.2015 | Impact
Pioneers for Change

This interweaving of people from different walks of life enhances the work we do and helps to prove that the barriers so many people with learning disabilities face in society can be overcome.

The Fountain of Youth: A Childhood Lesson in Healthy Competition

Katy Blevins | Posted 04.15.2015 | Business
Katy Blevins

I'm a big fan of reality tv. There, I said it. Shame on me. I love nothing more than to be sucked into the relentless drama of the human race, captured in minute, ridiculously over-the-top egotistical fashion. Me, me, me. I, I, I. Everyone for themselves. Survival of the fittest. Kill or be killed. I love it.

Ordinary People, Extraordinary Power -- The Energy of a United Community

Krishna Pendyala | Posted 04.15.2015 | Good News
Krishna Pendyala

It feels so much like déjà vu as I reminisce the devotion of a group of everyday people from Wichita, KS. Approximately 28 years ago, a similar gr...

There's One Way The Original 'Community' Cast Could Get Back Together

The Huffington Post | Bill Bradley | Posted 02.13.2015 | Entertainment

"Community" star Joel McHale is a busy guy. Besides filming the new season of the show on Yahoo and working on "The Soup," he also stars in a new vide...

Adjusting the Frequency: Women Take to the Airwaves

UN Women | Posted 04.15.2015 | Impact
UN Women

. The discussion revolves around key questions: how has the women's causes changed; are women accessing decision-making roles; are they more equal today?

No One Stands Alone: The Power of Community

Brant Secunda and Mark Allen | Posted 04.14.2015 | Healthy Living
Brant Secunda and Mark Allen

Earlier this year, nearly 2 million people gathered together in Paris to honor the 17 victims of the Charlie Hebdo shootings, and the days that follow...

The Precarious Space Between Chemotherapy and Returning To Work

Bret Hoekema | Posted 04.14.2015 | Healthy Living
Bret Hoekema

So, when do you think you'll be ready to go back to work? For quite some time now friends and family have been asking this question. I know why they ask. I know why others don't ask even though they want to. I know why I don't always feel comfortable answering.

Outliving Ourselves: Long-Term Survivors of AIDS Come Together

Robert Levithan | Posted 04.13.2015 | Gay Voices
Robert Levithan

For some of us, AIDS was a call to action. We created support systems, or stormed the FDA with Act Up. We stayed fully in the mainstream of our lives. We continued to work, to have relationships, to build a future around a "new normal." Some of us lost our way.

"Achieving The American Dream Is Hard": How One Nonprofit Is Helping Underserved Women "Move Up"

Ravishly | Posted 04.12.2015 | San Francisco
Ravishly

As most millennials can attest, the job market is rough. Attempting to navigate it is, at best, an enervating challenge. And that's for Americans who speak the language and understand the job searching tools at their disposal.

Reading Cities, Cover to Cover, And Why

Charles R. Wolfe | Posted 04.12.2015 | Arts
Charles R. Wolfe

When Charles Montgomery penned The Happy City, he knew that going forward, evolving cities need to honor human emotion. His follow-up labs attempt to measure what humans want and need in urban environments.

Seeking a Secular Community in College

Matt Camarda | Posted 04.12.2015 | College
Matt Camarda

We should spend less time denying there's a big man in the sky and more time wrestling with its moral implications -- trying to build lives as rich, purposeful and filled with beauty as those of the faithful.

10 Historical Photos and Stories of Drag Queens

LGBT News | Posted 04.12.2015 | Gay Voices
LGBT News

"Queens," or men who defy gender norms and dress as women, have always been present in the LGBTQ community and pop culture. Their journey has been long, but as a society we have progressed to a level of acceptance which has unfortunately not always been a part of our culture.

What Planned Parenthood Means to Me

Susan Chatzky | Posted 04.11.2015 | Women
Susan Chatzky

All people are valuable and have something to offer. What they need is the opportunity and the encouragement. Planned Parenthood provides sexual and reproductive healthcare, education, information, and outreach to more than five million women, men, and adolescents worldwide each year.

The Measles Outbreak: A Predictable Surprise

Terry Newell | Posted 04.08.2015 | Politics
Terry Newell

Vaccination rates in many locales have dropped below the 95-percent level needed for "herd immunity." For too many, it seems, the individual's "right" to avoid vaccination trumps that individual's responsibility to help protect the community's most vulnerable citizens, who cannot be vaccinated due to age or medical condition.

The Re-Education of We Are the Ones

Adebukola Ajao | Posted 04.08.2015 | Black Voices
Adebukola Ajao

WATO stresses the pronoun "WE." We encourage all sisters and brothers in the struggle to find their passion, and use it to create positive change, because the goal of a true leader is to create more leaders.

You Can Be Anything You Want to Be (Well... Sort Of)

Mark W. Guay | Posted 04.07.2015 | Impact
Mark W. Guay

Agency, as a quick reminder, refers to one's ability to act in his world. It's the ability to make choices and then act on them, or not act on them, given the influence of one's environment. These include what we are in control of and those we are not

This February, Heart Bomb the Historic Place You Love Most

National Trust for Historic Preservation | Posted 04.07.2015 | Arts
National Trust for Historic Preservation

At its heart, preservation is about love -- love for buildings, love for places, love for history, love for community, and love for the people who rally together to protect all these important things.

Connecting With Children Through the Arts

Melanie Hope Greenberg | Posted 04.05.2015 | Education
Melanie Hope Greenberg

I can say with certainty the best part of having a publishing background is meeting the people who read my books and like my art. I will confess, my most favorite part is connecting with young audiences.

Resonance

Lynda Freeman | Posted 04.05.2015 | Good News
Lynda Freeman

I fed him and showered him and fell in love with him. I invited him to stay and he did. He moved in with me. It took us eight years to commit to marriage, but we already had the relationship. We've been together for 32 years.

Thanks to Community Outreach, Obamacare Is Working for Diverse Groups

Kathy Ko Chin | Posted 04.01.2015 | Healthy Living
Kathy Ko Chin

Among those who were uninsured, 87 percent of the individuals surveyed spoke a language other than English. Not surprisingly then, being able to get information that was easy to understand and in a person's primary spoken language was one of the deciding factors in getting covered.

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

Rebecca Fishman Lipsey | Posted 03.31.2015 | 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 03.31.2015 | 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 03.31.2015 | 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 03.30.2015 | 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.