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Where True Quality of Life Comes From

Maria Rodale | Posted 02.14.2015 | Impact
Maria Rodale

The following is an abridged version of the speech Maria Rodale delivered at the United Nations on Monday, December 8, 2014, upon receiving Auburn University's International Quality of Life Laureate Award.

Finding the Common Thread

Martina Buchal | Posted 11.16.2014 | Impact
Martina Buchal

To create empowering, inclusive dialogue around what the world is doing RIGHT, and what we, as people, aspire towards -- allowing a voice for all those who are interested in being a part of the solution.

How To Turn Your Anger Into Compassion

OWN | Posted 06.13.2014 | OWN

Since reading Eckhart Tolle's "A New Earth," Beth says she has been able to release anger from her personal life. When it comes to all of the injustic...

What If Your Story Is Mine?

Matt Murrie | Posted 07.13.2014 | Impact
Matt Murrie

The one thing that rarely happens is a genuine connection of empathy between those consuming the media stories and those who are living them.

Mujeres Unidas en Acción: Building Success for Women in Eastern Honduras

Ritu Sharma | Posted 10.09.2013 | Impact
Ritu Sharma

Make no mistake: Mujeres Unidas en Acción's success here belongs to these 21 women. But their story is a powerful testament of what we can do to help women like these unlock their potential, fast.

Guaranteeing Personal Security: A Key Goal for Global Development

Terra Lawson-Remer | Posted 05.14.2013 | World
Terra Lawson-Remer

Guaranteeing Civil Rights, Political Rights, and Personal Security is a critical development goal. This post discusses indicators for personal security. 'Personal security' is an inherently context-specific issue, so at least some indicators should be designed from the bottom up.

Civil and Political Rights: A Key Goal for Global Development

Terra Lawson-Remer | Posted 05.12.2013 | World
Terra Lawson-Remer

Given that civil and political rights targets aim to hold governments accountable for fulfilling international human rights treaty obligations, assessment should be external to government authorities, impartial, and conducted by legitimate international bodies.

Rule of Law and Access to Justice for All: A Key Goal for Global Development

Terra Lawson-Remer | Posted 05.07.2013 | World
Terra Lawson-Remer

Empowering individuals and communities to assert and realize their rights can ensure that the law protects against government corruption and discrimination, and gives a voice to the least politically powerful, who might otherwise be ignored.

Open and Accountable Government for All: A Key Goal for Global Development

Terra Lawson-Remer | Posted 05.05.2013 | World
Terra Lawson-Remer

Open and accountable government is a crucial aspect of socioeconomic development. Although open and accountable government may seem an abstract and immeasurable goal, it is indeed feasible to assess performance on these critical governance issues.

Combating Discrimination and Inequality: A Key Goal for Global Development

Terra Lawson-Remer | Posted 04.30.2013 | World
Terra Lawson-Remer

A clearer focus on combating discrimination and inequality in the post-2015 development framework would help ensure that the most marginalized and vulnerable groups are not left out and left behind in the pursuit of macroeconomic growth.

Setting the Bar and Measuring Progress for (New) Global Development Goals After 2015

Terra Lawson-Remer | Posted 04.28.2013 | World
Terra Lawson-Remer

In the last round of the Millennium Development Goals, governance and human rights issues were largely excluded, despite their critical importance to sustainable and equitable development. Of course, quantifying and evaluating progress on these complex issues is not simple.

Rethinking Global Development Goals

Terra Lawson-Remer | Posted 04.22.2013 | World
Terra Lawson-Remer

It is technically feasible and increasingly politically possible, on a global stage, to include governance and human rights goals and targets as part of post-2015 development priorities.

After the Millennium Development Goals: Where Do We Go From Here?

Terra Lawson-Remer | Posted 04.21.2013 | World
Terra Lawson-Remer

Human rights and good governance are critical aspects of global development. A significant body of research over the past fifteen years has decisively demonstrated that good institutions are a critical ingredient in eradicating poverty and creating equitable, sustainable, and inclusive growth.

Advancing Leadership Through Education

Adam Weinberg | Posted 09.15.2012 | College
Adam Weinberg

In its essence, leadership is about putting theory into practice -- figuring out what needs to be done, learning how to do it, but then finding the motivation to take meaningful action.

Why The Glass Is Half-Full

Deepak Chopra | Posted 03.13.2012 | Good News
Deepak Chopra

The point isn't that you have to believe the positive and ignore the negative. The two sides are intimately linked and inescapable. But you can align yourself with the positive side. The vote is cast at the level of consciousness.

What Does Global Citizenship Look Like Today?

Rev. Larry Hollon | Posted 10.30.2011 | World
Rev. Larry Hollon

A new survey that looks at American attitudes towards global citizenship underscores the increasing sense of connection people have with international events.

Kiran Bedi: A Police Chief With a Difference

TEDTalks | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

2010-12-13-ted.jpgBefore becoming Director General of the Indian Police Service, Bedi managed one of the country's toughest prisons and used prevention to turn it into a center of learning and meditation.

David Bismark: E-Voting Without Fraud

TEDTalks | Posted 05.25.2011 | Technology

2010-11-02-tedtalkspull.jpgDavid Bismark demos a new system for voting that contains a simple, verifiable way to prevent fraud and miscounting -- while keeping each person's vote secret.

Jessica Jackley: Poverty, Money -- And Love

TEDTalks | Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact

What do you think of people in poverty? Maybe what Jessica Jackley once did: "they" need "our" help, in the form of a few coins in a jar. The co-founder of talks about how her attitude changed.

Inge Missmahl Brings Peace to the Minds of Afghanistan (VIDEO)

TEDTalks | Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact

Inge Missmahl talks about her work helping to build the country's system of psychosocial counseling, promoting both individual and, perhaps, national healing.

Nic Marks: The Happy Planet Index

TEDTalks | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

2010-08-30-HPI.jpgStatistician Nic Marks asks why we measure a nation's success by its productivity, instead of by the happiness and well-being of its people.

20 Things I've Learned Traveling Around the World For Three Years

Gary Arndt | Posted 02.19.2013 | Travel
Gary Arndt

On March 13, 2007, I handed over the keys to my house and headed out to travel around the world with nothing but a backpack, my laptop and a camera. Here are some of the things I've learned.

Julian Assange: Why the World Needs WikiLeaks

TEDTalks | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media

You could say Australian-born Julian Assange has swapped his long-time interest in network security flaws for the far-more-suspect flaws of even bigger targets: governments and corporations.

Ethan Zuckerman: Listening to Global Voices

TEDTalks | Posted 05.25.2011 | World

2010-07-15-Ted.jpg Blogger and geek Ethan Zuckerman wants to connect the whole of the wider world -- via some smart strategies to open up your Twitter world and read news in different languages.

Roz Savage: Why I'm Rowing Across the Pacific

TEDTalks | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green