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What It's Like Living With Synesthesia

Marianne Kuzujanakis | Posted 06.09.2015 | Healthy Living
Marianne Kuzujanakis

Synesthesia in its true sense is not a mental health condition, artificially-induced condition, nor anything more than an inheritable trait, much like hair color and height.

What Does The Future Hold For The Women of Jordan?

Zeena Saifi | Posted 06.08.2015 | Women
Zeena Saifi

Despite the obvious imbalance that Jordanian society has reached, a majority of women have come to accept the notion of a male-dominated society. Why have the women of the developing world been equal in responsibilities and burdens, but unequal in entitlements and rights?

World Environment Day: Trade More, Trade Greener

Arancha González | Posted 06.05.2015 | Green
Arancha González

Today is World Environment Day, a day that should warrant some reflection on how we relate to our surroundings. For me, working in trade, it is an occasion to think a little bit harder about how we can make international commerce greener without compromising on its potential to improve people's livelihoods.

Pollution and Inequality: A Shared History

Nourish International | Posted 06.06.2015 | Green
Nourish International

It's important to realize how this line of thinking is still hugely influential today as developing nations remain prime targets for businesses looking to offload pollution and exploit cheap labor.

How Being Tall As a Child Impacted Me

Alexandra Allam | Posted 06.02.2015 | Women
Alexandra Allam

When you're a tall girl growing up, you don't get to be the tall guy's shoulder-rest. You miss out on being the one chosen to practice séances on at sleepovers. You can't fit into good niches in hide-and-go-seek.

Better Data Might Cost Huge Chunk of Global Aid

Bjørn Lomborg | Posted 06.02.2015 | World
Bjørn Lomborg

Most of the available numbers behind the MDGs are, rather, projections and estimates, not data. In total, there are more gaps than real observations and the observations themselves are often dubious. This matters, because the world is now discussing a new set of targets for the next decade and a half.

A New Type of Sustainable Development: Embracing Shared Value

Akash Goel | Posted 05.29.2015 | Impact
Akash Goel

From the classic Friedmanite doctrine of the 70s to present day, there is an evolving perspective on the role of business in society. Business's sole responsibility, as Milton Friedman argued, is to return profit to its shareholders.

Developers Build for Niche Buyers

Toni Haber | Posted 05.26.2015 | New York
Toni Haber

Niche clientele. Developers of New York City's residential real estate market have been designing properties suited for buyers with a specific focus, including the health-centric buyer and the swimming buyer.

Hiding in Plain Sight: Progress in the Middle East and North Africa

Neil Ghosh | Posted 05.20.2015 | Impact
Neil Ghosh

While significant development challenges remain in the region, progress is being made in a number of key areas by both governments and local communities.

When Tourism and Sports Team Up for Development and Peace

Gaia Paradiso | Posted 05.15.2015 | World
Gaia Paradiso

From an international tourist's perspective traveling for leisure purposes, the main reasons to travel to Brazil are 1. Sun & beach 65,9 % ; 2. Nature, 3. Eco-tourism and Adventure 19 %; 4. Culture 11, 4 %, 5. Sports 1, 8 %, 6. Night entertainment 0, 9%.

World Bank: Let Some Sunlight In

Nezir Sinani | Posted 05.06.2015 | Impact
Nezir Sinani

Information on projects worldwide should be available for all to see online when it becomes available. A completely new culture of openness at the bank would go a long way toward growing trust between the bank, civil society organizations, the private sector and bank clients the world over.

Smart People Should Create Things

James Clear | Posted 06.28.2015 | Healthy Living
James Clear

The most important thing isn't to create something world-changing, but simply to create. You don't have to build something famous to build something meaningful.

The Next Generation of Community Health Worker Programs

John M. Zervos | Posted 06.27.2015 | Impact
John M. Zervos

Just recently, leading global health expert Dr. Paul Farmer was asked, "Which single intervention would do the most to improve the health of those living on less than $1 per day?" He responded, "Hire Community Health Workers to serve them."

Seventy Years and Counting: The Long Wait for World Bank Gender Safeguards

Winnie Byanyima | Posted 06.24.2015 | Impact
Winnie Byanyima

For the past 70 years, the World Bank has strived to foster worldwide economic development, all while taking care not to cause undue harm in its wake. It has had some great successes and some humbling defeats. Now, in 2015, it's time the Bank makes good on its promise to ensure women are not harmed by but rather can contribute to and benefit equally from Bank investments.

Can Smart Development and the Rule of Law Help Curb Crime?

Irene Khan | Posted 06.23.2015 | Impact
Irene Khan

Efforts to strengthen the rule of law pay off in ways that few other forms of development aid can. But success does not happen overnight. Legal reform, institution-building and greater levels of access to justice are initiatives that take time, financing and political will.

Leaders Everywhere Are Failing the Most Vulnerable Children

Kolleen Bouchane | Posted 06.17.2015 | Politics
Kolleen Bouchane

Pay now or pay later the saying goes. But in global education it is more serious than that. We can either increase overall ambition and resources to reflect the scale and urgency of the challenge of out-of-school children or lose actual children, communities, and in some cases entire countries because of the failure of our leaders to match their rhetoric with investments.

Nothing About Us, Without Us: A Reflection on the Young Americas Forum

Martina Buchal | Posted 06.15.2015 | Impact
Martina Buchal

When I was invited by the Office of the Vice President of Panama to speak at the Young Americas Forum as part of the Summit of the Americas, I knew this was a rare opportunity to get the youth voice to the eardrums of world leaders.

The Price of Development and the Cost of Inaction

Kanayo F. Nwanze | Posted 06.15.2015 | Impact
Kanayo F. Nwanze

April 15 is a day when millions of Americans are focused on the question of resources -- where they come from, what's going to be left over for tomorrow and what their children may expect to inherit.

Don't Let There Be Anonymity After Death

Dan Pontefract | Posted 06.13.2015 | Impact
Dan Pontefract

Like snowflakes, humans descend in various shapes and sizes. We're all unique. Some of those snowflakes are used to build snowmen. Others lie within the serenity of an open field, undisturbed until the warmth of spring peeks through.

Sport for Development and Peace 365

Eli Wolff | Posted 06.13.2015 | Impact
Eli Wolff

We need to publicly value and promote sport for development and peace organizations serving youth and adults around the world. We need to continue to create acceptance and awareness for sport as a vehicle and catalyst for social change.

Damaged Goods

Beth Whitley | Posted 06.09.2015 | Parents
Beth Whitley

Sometimes, in trying to explain the impact that Rett Syndrome has had on our lives, I have referred to myself and my husband as "damaged goods." People don't respond to this very well.

Right Things. Right Places. Right Now.

Amb. Deborah L. Birx, M.D. | Posted 06.06.2015 | Impact
Amb. Deborah L. Birx, M.D.

I've been privileged to lead PEPFAR for a year now, working with countries to achieve the potential of an AIDS-free generation, together.

Breaking the Poo Taboo

Ron James | Posted 06.06.2015 | Impact
Ron James

Open defecation causes significant harm to the environment and consequently, human health. Ninety per cent of sewage in the developing world is dumped, untreated, into lakes, rivers and oceans.

Why Britain Joining China-Led Bank Is a Sign of American Decline

Kishore Mahbubani | Posted 05.16.2015 | World
Kishore Mahbubani

SINGAPORE -- The U.S. can no longer dominate world history. A new power has also arrived. The British decision to join the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank was an epochal event. It may have heralded the end of the American century and the arrival of the Asian century.

Could Placemaking Become the New Golf? Repurposing Obsolete Courses

F. Kaid Benfield | Posted 05.16.2015 | Green
F. Kaid Benfield

Can this surplus land be repurposed in a way that helps give our suburbs a stronger sense of place, that contributes nonsprawling infill development and, at the same time, better-ordered public green space and ecological services? A few signs are starting to point in that direction.