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The Changing Face of Foreign Assistance

Gabriel Sanchez Zinny | Posted 12.04.2012 | Latino Voices
Gabriel Sanchez Zinny

The rise of emerging economies has been the dominant economic story of the past decade. While traditional economic powerhouses continue to make up the largest share of total output, developing economies have been growing faster and representing an ever larger share of world GDP.

World Vision: Waking Up From Suburbia Stupor -- Lessons From a Global Soccer Mom

Cat-Dan Lai-Smith | Posted 12.02.2012 | Impact
Cat-Dan Lai-Smith

Meet stay-at-home mom Shayne Moore. She spends her time supervising homework and driving her kids to sports practices. In the midst of all that, she wrote a book called Global Soccer Mom that's about how the "soccer mom" demographic can be global thinkers.

The Surprising Thing Children Enjoy

Art Markman, Ph.D. | Posted 11.28.2012 | Parents
Art Markman, Ph.D.

Little kids like to help out. An easy way to engage a toddler in play is to start to work on something and make it look like you need help. Often, they will come over immediately and work to help you with whatever you are doing.

Aid Transparency: Will Obama and Romney Walk the Walk?

George Ingram | Posted 11.28.2012 | World
George Ingram

In an era when people empowered by technology demand transparency and accountability from public institutions, foreign assistance must keep pace with trends toward greater openness and participation.

From Farms to Family Planning: Investing in Women on World Contraception Day

Melinda Gates | Posted 11.28.2012 | Impact
Melinda Gates

Today is World Contraception Day. I am celebrating by visiting a cassava farm in Tanzania. It might seem like a strange way to observe the day, except for this fact: the women who do the majority of the labor on small family farms are often the very same women who are asking for contraceptives.

You Are Not Alone... Mark Zuckerberg

Chris O'Connor | Posted 11.21.2012 | Small Business
Chris O'Connor

One of the best feelings must be your stock price improving after you open your mouth and that's exactly what happened to Facebook and Mark this week. Cries for "more Mark" can't feel bad.

Help Them Grow!

Marshall Goldsmith | Posted 11.19.2012 | Books
Marshall Goldsmith

My good friend Beverly Kaye and her co-author Julie Winkle Giulioni have just published a fascinating book about career development called Help Them Grow or Watch Them Go.

Is It Immoral to Earn Attractive Profits From Poor Customers?

Paul Polak | Posted 11.20.2012 | Impact
Paul Polak

We could unleash the full power of the greatest force in human history -- profit -- and start ending poverty by the hundreds of millions. It would be immoral to do anything else.

Back to School

Anne Goddard | Posted 11.18.2012 | Impact
Anne Goddard

Education lays the foundation from which dreams grow, and those dreams are no less ambitious for children in developing countries. But as is often the reality, those whose hopes are the highest will have the most challenging path toward achieving them.

'The Rational Optimist': Review

Ricardo B. Salinas | Posted 11.12.2012 | Books
Ricardo B. Salinas

In Matt Ridley's latest book, The Rational Optimist, he invites us to adopt a positive view of the world, human capacity, and global trade.

Digital Gridlock: Could Social Entrepreneurship Help the Struggling Publishing World?

Tanyella Evans | Posted 09.12.2012 | Impact
Tanyella Evans

Fortunately, existing mobile technology in developing nations offers these countries the opportunity to 'leapfrog' the development of library infrastructure that could take decades, and reach users directly with e-books and other content.

Africa Is Not Hopeless

Ruzan Sarwar | Posted 11.07.2012 | World
Ruzan Sarwar

Africa will never pull itself out of its economic abyss. Everyone in Africa lives in poverty. The kids are all malnourished. Malaria is ubiquitous and...

Donor Fatigue

Michael Kaiser | Posted 11.10.2012 | Arts
Michael Kaiser

Some believe that donor fatigue is an inevitable consequence of long-term involvement with an arts organization, or other not-for-profit venture, and that these organizations must be prepared to replace their major donors regularly. I do not agree. I do not believe donor fatigue is inevitable.

Myanmar: Asia's Next Growth Story?

Stephen P. Groff | Posted 11.05.2012 | World
Stephen P. Groff

There will be countless challenges along the way, but if the country makes the right moves at the right times, and maintains its strong commitment to reforms, a more prosperous future undoubtedly awaits Myanmar's people.

Back to School

Greg Woodburn | Posted 11.04.2012 | Impact
Greg Woodburn

I am leading my non-profit organization Give Running full-time. Like the first day of school, it is intimidating but more so exhilarating.

My Very Secret Pleasure

Michael Kaiser | Posted 11.04.2012 | Arts
Michael Kaiser

The goal of a strong fundraising effort is to determine what a specific donor wants during the cultivation process so that it can be offered when that donor is solicited.

Healing and Rehabilitation in Laos

Noam Schimmel | Posted 08.31.2012 | World
Noam Schimmel

The suffering, disability, and poverty that results from Laotian civilians being maimed by U.S. ordinance is massive and no amount of aid can bring back the individuals killed by these bombs, nor the quality of life for individuals who are now injured.

Strategic Innovation Secrets: What Technology Leaders Do Differently

Scott Steinberg | Posted 10.28.2012 | Business
Scott Steinberg

Like scrappy young startups such as Flipboard and Pinterest, success isn't solely rooted in online innovations and cutting-edge electronic advancements. It's also founded in basic management, marketing and strategic innovation principles that every entrepreneur can learn from.

Stop Acting Like an Adult

Shruti Eva Saini | Posted 08.16.2012 | Business
Shruti Eva Saini

The group was certainly a hot shot bunch, but they didn't have PhDs. I don't even think many had their full set of adult teeth yet. It was a team of elementary school children. So what were these children doing right that had baffled a room full of advanced degrees?

Social Entrepreneurship Conferences 101: The Where and What

Daniela Papi | Posted 08.16.2012 | Impact
Daniela Papi

There seem to be more conferences targeting social entrepreneurs than there were Olympic athletes. I'm fairly certain that, if you were so inclined, you could spend every week of the year at a different conference and have "networked" your way around the world.

Nonprofits and the Government: A Relationship Strained by Bureaucracy

Richard Buery | Posted 08.14.2012 | New York
Richard Buery

Our country faces existential challenges, like rising income inequality, poor educational outcomes and long-term health costs. By rethinking how governments fund the agencies doing vital work, we can finally put the welfare of our citizens first.

Are We Ignorant About Our Personal Success?

Heidi Grant Halvorson, Ph.D. | Posted 10.07.2012 | Healthy Living
Heidi Grant Halvorson, Ph.D.

If you want to be more successful -- at anything -- than you are right now, you need to know yourself and your skills. And when you fall short of your goals, you need to know why.

What Peace Corps Taught Me About Managing People

Willy Volk | Posted 08.04.2012 | Business
Willy Volk

Simultaneously, and without knowing it, I learned many valuable lessons. When I started, I was a long-haired kid who couldn't manage his way out of a dim room. By the time I left, I had acquired a solar system of management training. Here's some of what I learned...

How Firstborns and Secondborns Compare

Heidi Grant Halvorson, Ph.D. | Posted 09.29.2012 | Healthy Living
Heidi Grant Halvorson, Ph.D.

People have long been fascinated with birth order and how it shapes our lives; and recent research indicates that first- and secondborns do indeed see the world differently in ways that impact their motivation and likelihood of career and personal success.

Unrealistic Expectations

Michael Kaiser | Posted 07.30.2012 | Arts
Michael Kaiser

If board members are not helping to raise money from their friends and associates, they are not performing one of the central responsibilities of board membership. But for many arts organizations, there is a relatively quick fix to this problem.