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Born Lucky

Katrin Macmillan | Posted 09.09.2016 | Impact
Katrin Macmillan

It's luck that affords us privilege, luck of birth. I suspect we want to feel special, somehow worthy of the luxuries we were born into, luxuries like a place to live, in a country where there is no war, food to eat, an education, sexual and reproductive rights, the luxury of raising our children in a place where we can expect them to be safe.

The One Surprising Lesson They Never Taught Me at University

Weh Yeoh | Posted 09.03.2016 | Impact
Weh Yeoh

I left university with the notion that large institutions worked methodically on all issues of need in poor countries. When a met Ling, a boy from Cambodia desperately in need of speech therapy services, I discovered that there was a significant need in the developing world being ignored by our world's largest aid organisations.

Why We Need to Take Investment in African Development Seriously

Atti Worku | Posted 09.03.2016 | World
Atti Worku

This July, President Barack Obama visited Ethiopia and addressed the African Union (AU). In doing so, he became not only the first U.S. president to address the AU in its 52-year history, but the first sitting U.S. president to ever visit the country of Ethiopia.

R&D That Makes a Difference

Robert E. Slavin | Posted 08.26.2016 | Education
Robert E. Slavin

Over the course of my career, I've written a lot of proposals. I've also reviewed a lot, and mostly, I've seen many funded projects crash and burn, or produce a scholarly article or two that are never heard of again.

Lack of Relations Was the Greatest Poverty: Modi's Promising Visit to the UAE

Sarah Elzeini | Posted 08.20.2016 | World
Sarah Elzeini

If the United Arab Emirates can maintain strong cooperation with Pakistan, if India can cooperate on counterterrorism efforts with Pakistan despite Kashmir-related tensions, and if countries from the United States to the Arab World can mend relations.

Have a Moment

Dina L. Relles | Posted 08.19.2016 | Parents
Dina L. Relles

Wasn't this what we all hope for? That our kids become these self-sufficient beings, capable of walking off -- first down the hallway, then down the street, across town, and ultimately out of our household to create another -- without us?

How Real is the Ethiopia Rising Narrative

Dawit Ayele Haylemariam | Posted 08.18.2016 | World
Dawit Ayele Haylemariam

If you ask "Is Ethiopia rising?" the answer will most likely depend on who you are asking. If you ask a regular follower of the country's public media outlets, the answer will be an astounding yes!

Crowdfund: Real Tolkien City of Minas Tirith

Nicholas Denmon | Posted 08.17.2016 | Business
Nicholas Denmon

A crowdfunding project on Indiegogo has launched a campaign to secure £1.85 billion (around $2.9 billion) in order to realize an exact replica of the city as portrayed in the novels.

Fostering Multi-Stakeholder Collaboration

Kevin Steinberg | Posted 08.12.2016 | Green
Kevin Steinberg

Challenges like climate change and those raised by the SDGs are too systemic, interrelated and complex for any single nation, organization or sector to address alone. Some of the greatest past successes as well as some of the most promising upcoming opportunities to address them stem from collaboration across different players and sectors.

How Engineers Want to Work with Product Managers

Brian de Haaff | Posted 08.10.2016 | Technology
Brian de Haaff

Engineers want to build the product. They do not want to manage it. So, you can see why a good product manager is an engineer's dream come true. They empower the engineers on their team to build things that matter by setting clear and comprehensive goals, strategy, and initiatives.

The Real Victims of India and Pakistan Proxy War

Mohammad Shafiq Hamdam | Posted 08.07.2016 | World
Mohammad Shafiq Hamdam

Hostility between Afghanistan and Pakistan has been ongoing now for about four decades, whereas hostility between Pakistan and India has been present since 1947. The proxy war between between India and Pakistan lies in Afghanistan.

Reflecting Before We Evaluate: Measuring Women's Development in the Gulf

Sarah Elzeini | Posted 08.05.2016 | World
Sarah Elzeini

The Gulf region, indeed, holds some of the most conservative laws in the world in comparison, and it is essential for them to transition out of this -- however, the reality is, very few places on earth have come so far and so fast, as the Arabian Peninsula in the 21st century.

20 Things Software Developers Should Stop Saying

Brian de Haaff | Posted 08.03.2016 | Technology
Brian de Haaff

If you know an engineer, it's time to help him stop. Intervene because the phrases are often so annoying that they are "counter-productive" or worse a "red herring" and distract from what really needs to be said (and done).

How is Economic Slowdown and Environmental Degradation Democratizing China?

André Corrêa d'Almeida | Posted 08.03.2016 | World
André Corrêa d'Almeida

While many discuss whether some signs of environmental improvement result from economic slowdown, and less intensive use of natural resources, or from successful pro-green regulations, we argue that a much deeper transformation is happening across China.

5 Signs You Are a Expert Product Manager

Brian de Haaff | Posted 07.30.2016 | Technology
Brian de Haaff

Leading a product team is invigorating. As the CEO of the product, the product manager has one of the best jobs in the company as well as one of the hardest.

Mobile Phones and Fridges: Changing Breastfeeding in Africa One Innovation at a Time

David de Ferranti | Posted 07.31.2016 | Impact
David de Ferranti

Meet Joyce. She's a hairdresser. She has a newborn baby. She believes "breastfeeding is its right." But sadly, that instinctive maternal belief isn't supported by the day-to-day reality of her life. Because there is another thing about Joyce: she lives in urban Kenya.

Getting It Right on Population

Bjørn Lomborg | Posted 07.30.2016 | World
Bjørn Lomborg

The problem is that, although everyone agrees that we should be doing everything we can to make poor people's lives better, prioritizing a particular set of targets is difficult.

4 Ways Confident Product Managers Deal With Failure

Brian de Haaff | Posted 07.29.2016 | Technology
Brian de Haaff

Failure at some point in your product career is inevitable. When it happens, your first instinct may be to run and hide out rather than face your mistake. Or worse, maybe you are starting to point a finger at others. But you are better than that -- and there is too much at stake.

A Way Out of Afghanistan's Crisis

Mohammad Shafiq Hamdam | Posted 07.24.2016 | Politics
Mohammad Shafiq Hamdam

After massive fraud during the 2014 presidential elections in Afghanistan, in September 2014 against the constitution a deal to form a national unity government (NUG) has been signed by President Mohammad Ashraf Ghani and Chief Executive Abdullah Abdulah.

Why Kanban Is Never Enough for Product Development

Brian de Haaff | Posted 07.25.2016 | Technology
Brian de Haaff

There is a growing trend. I hear about it on a daily basis. Product teams implementing Kanban style boards to speed up innovation and improve their development process. But many of them quickly realize they have made a mistake.

The Product Manager Is the Product Owner

Brian de Haaff | Posted 07.24.2016 | Business
Brian de Haaff

The best product leaders thrive in complex environments where they are responsible for leading the success of a product. And they do so with grace.

Tackling Non-Communicable Diseases to Avoid Premature Deaths

Bjørn Lomborg | Posted 07.24.2016 | Impact
Bjørn Lomborg

For the poorer world, people often assume that infectious diseases like diarrhea, tuberculosis, AIDS, malaria, measles and tetanus are the biggest killers. That is no longer true.

America Supporting Entrepreneurs: Every Step of the Way

Elizabeth L. Littlefield | Posted 07.23.2016 | Impact
Elizabeth L. Littlefield

The spotlight in Kenya this week at the Global Entrepreneurship Summit will be on the creation of jobs, jobs and more jobs. That is both wise and overdue.

Eye of the Elephant -- Part II

Jim Finkelstein | Posted 07.22.2016 | Business
Jim Finkelstein

Culture is the talk of your organization and how people within your organization walk said talk. It goes beyond the stated mission, vision and values and extends into the informal ways work gets done.

How to Deal With an Unpredictable Product Manager

Brian de Haaff | Posted 07.18.2016 | Technology
Brian de Haaff

We do not get to build many things in our lifetime, so what we do build should be great.