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The Real Kickstarter: How global capital markets can help support the refugee crisis

Akash Goel | Posted 02.05.2016 | Impact
Akash Goel

If we look hard enough, we're likely all the products of refugees. The very founding of America was based on the concept refuge. It stands to reason ...

Zika Is a Wake-Up Call for All of Us

Mandeep Dhaliwal | Posted 02.05.2016 | World
Mandeep Dhaliwal

If we do not take climate change and the impact that environmental degradation has on disease vectors seriously and if we do not address gender inequality and improve the daily conditions for people living in poverty, public health at-large will be increasingly at risk.

Citizens, the Private Sector and SDG implementation: Scale success and scrap the rest

Johannes Jütting | Posted 02.02.2016 | Technology
Johannes Jütting

SDG implementation requires the production of more and better data at country, sub-regional and city level. The public sector alone is not up to the task and so other actors need to be brought into the game.

How about a dose of optimism?

Erik Solheim | Posted 02.02.2016 | World
Erik Solheim

2015 was the best year throughout the history for most people. There was no lack of negative comments by the end of 2015. Both media and politician...

Neither Rashly Nor Timidly

Pawel Adamowicz | Posted 01.25.2016 | World
Pawel Adamowicz

"Nec Temere, Nec Timide" is a phrase in Latin, which one could translate to "neither rashly nor timidly." These words have been the motto of Gdansk for many years and yet it perfectly describes the way that we see shaping the future of our city.

Muhammad Ali and the Universality of Mentoring

Eli Wolff | Posted 01.19.2016 | Impact
Eli Wolff

What makes mentoring work? What is the universality of mentoring? We can learn a lot from Muhammad Ali and his six core principles and how they shape our thinking about mentoring and mentoring relationships.

10 Self-Help Books for Personal Development

Dr. Nikki Martinez, Psy.D., LCPC | Posted 01.06.2016 | GPS for the Soul
Dr. Nikki Martinez, Psy.D., LCPC

There is a famous quote by Lao Tzu that says, "When I let go of what I am, I become what I might be." This drives what I feel is true about self-help ...

Technology Brokering in Silicon Valley

Soren Petersen | Posted 01.06.2016 | Business
Soren Petersen

How do engineers contribute to concepts through integration of new technologies? How do they turn inventions into innovative applications supporting new or existing user needs?

From Hate to Hope: A Roadmap for 2016

Susan M. Blaustein | Posted 01.05.2016 | Women
Susan M. Blaustein

The year closed in an epidemic of fear and displacement. Fear of terror, of violence, of speaking up, of being gunned down -- in church, in the street, in a park, at an office party, in one's own home. Displacement, due to barrel bombs and cluster bombs, terrorist thuggery and the very real threats on multiple continents from dictators clinging to power.

It's Time to Redraw the World's Very Unequal Knowledge Map

The Conversation Africa | Posted 01.04.2016 | World
The Conversation Africa

If the world were mapped according to how many scientific research papers each country produced, it would take on a rather bizarre, uneven appearance.

Meterless Solar Microgrids in Rural India

Lucas Spangher | Posted 12.29.2015 | Impact
Lucas Spangher

On May 25, 2015, solar microgrid lighting illuminated the small farming village of Bommekallu, Karnataka, for the first time. Two grids, self-contained, connected two large solar panels to 22 houses, providing lighting insurance against the two to four hours of daily power cuts.

Global Common Allies and Adversaries

Mohammad Shafiq Hamdam | Posted 12.28.2015 | Politics
Mohammad Shafiq Hamdam

Double standards in any relation, particularly in the war on terror would not be in the interest of anyone. Muslims and non-Muslims should end the blame game and they should leave their differences aside and unite against this common enemy.

'Naming and Faming' Liberia's Most Honest Government Officials

Blair Glencorse | Posted 12.23.2015 | Impact
Blair Glencorse

This raises the question: Why don't we find, celebrate and work with people like Oliver? Instead of "naming and shaming" perpetrators of corruption, why don't we "name and fame" the propagators of integrity?

Beyond Development: Escaping the Linguistic Prison

Jonathan Dawson | Posted 12.22.2015 | Education
Jonathan Dawson

Today, as a society, the bars of our prison comprise the language we use to define the challenges we face and the range of options available to us, obscuring from view all kinds of new creative thinking and solutions that are potentially open to us.

Data - The First Hurdle to Overcome to Attain the SDGs

Mahmoud Mohieldin | Posted 12.19.2015 | World
Mahmoud Mohieldin

With the start of the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), the international community must take a close look at what it will take to meet the ambitious set of targets.

Fighting Climate Change with Trees in Africa

Wanjira Mathai | Posted 12.18.2015 | Green
Wanjira Mathai

Restoration is Africa's best chance to protect itself from climate change. Even though the continent as a whole has contributed minimally to the global climate change problem, Africans will be among those most affected.

Education as a Critical Ally to Middle East Security

Sarah Elzeini | Posted 12.11.2015 | World
Sarah Elzeini

The Arab World has reached a point where the youth are at a record-breaking proportion to adults in the region's history. The forth-coming decade i...

Development Banks Failing in the Fight Against Climate Change

Nezir Sinani | Posted 12.08.2015 | Green
Nezir Sinani

Co-authored by Nicole Ghio, Senior International Campaign Representative at Sierra Club New research published today reveals that not one of the worl...

G20 Can Do What Paris Climate Summit Can't -- Tax Carbon

Brigitte Knopf | Posted 12.14.2015 | Science
Brigitte Knopf

In contrast with the many climate change conferences of recent years, the conference in Paris promises a new vision. Almost all countries put their planned climate protection efforts on the table.

A Museum of Lessons

Kelsey Hatchitt | Posted 12.07.2015 | Impact
Kelsey Hatchitt

As a society today, we speak only of our successes, putting taboos on our failures, by refusing to acknowledge that they happen out of pride and shame. But by refusing to look at these failures, we limit the capacity to change and develop ideas, which, with minor adjustments, may shift the functionality of the program and in doing so, change lives.

Permanent Innovations

Robert E. Slavin | Posted 12.03.2015 | Education
Robert E. Slavin

My wife Nancy and I were recently in Barcelona, a beautiful and fascinating city famous for its innovations in architecture, art, and design. We were speaking to various groups about evidence-based reform in education and about cooperative learning.

Historic Brookyln District Fights Big Development

Isa Freeling | Posted 12.08.2015 | New York
Isa Freeling

New Yorkers need to be vigilant and protect their city from over zealous development before it's too late. We need our politicians to make sense and keep New York's character and beauty unspoiled. We cannot keep building at this rate and keep life in all the boroughs safe, healthy and balanced.

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

Hannah Laufer-Rottman | Posted 11.29.2015 | 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.

Interiors -- The New Frontier of Automotive Design

Soren Petersen | Posted 11.29.2015 | Technology
Soren Petersen

At a first glance, walking through the Los Angeles Auto Show was not an overly exciting experience. Although all automakers can create a beautiful looking car, the only car immediately making heads turn was an Alfa Romeo TZ2 race car from the '60s.

Generous Souls Fundraise Better

Cat Moore | Posted 11.20.2015 | Religion
Cat Moore

Written in conjunction with Nicholas Warnes* Unlike professional fundraisers, non-profit founders like Cissy Brady-Rogers are rarely excited (or skil...