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As Migrant Deaths Mount, EU Needs to Rethink Border, Aid Policies

Mohamed Abdulkadir Ali | Posted 01.23.2014 | Impact
Mohamed Abdulkadir Ali

The Mediterranean Sea has become a death valley for thousands of migrants desperate to enter Europe. On Friday a boat containing 200 migrants capsized off the coast of Italy, killing 34.

As HIV Drugs Spread Hope, Africa's Health Systems Struggle

Jeffrey Misomali | Posted 01.23.2014 | Impact
Jeffrey Misomali

I walked slowly through a maze of queues into the clinician's small office stacked high with patients' files. It was 7:30am on a cold winter morning and the facility was crowded with people.

Beyond the Ivory Tower: Higher Education and The Franklin Project

Mark D. Gearan | Posted 11.20.2013 | Impact
Mark D. Gearan

Fall is a season full of hope and promise on college and university campuses when students arrive to begin a new academic year. They bring with them energy, talent and exuberance for their academic and co-curricular interests, and, increasingly, they bring a deeply held belief in their responsibilities to one another and their communities.

AmeriCorps Alums: The Return on Your Investment

Ben Duda | Posted 11.20.2013 | Impact
Ben Duda

Since the founding of AmeriCorps 20 years ago, 800,000 Americans have contributed 1 billion hours of service at 15,000 community-based organizations. And, after 20 years of testing, we know the AmeriCorps experiment worked.

Teaching Children How To Make History

Geoffrey Canada | Posted 11.18.2013 | Impact
Geoffrey Canada

As we look ahead to the new school year and think about what's possible for our children, we should think big. The national debate this year will be around the Common Core Standards, which I support, but just as important is public service. Our children need to understand that we care about their ethical and moral development as well as their academic.

National Service Provides Key to Nation's Toughest Issues

Audrey Suker | Posted 11.17.2013 | Impact
Audrey Suker

As AmeriCorps turns 20 and transitions to "adulthood," it's exhilarating to witness how its people power combined with evidence-based practices can, in fact, be a tool to solve unsolved problems.

National Service is a "No Brainer"

Terry Branstad | Posted 11.16.2013 | Impact
Terry Branstad

It is no secret in Iowa that service and volunteerism are near and dear to my heart. Service was a core component of my first inaugural address in 1983 and, in my most recent inaugural address in 2011, I highlighted service as part of a new covenant between government and the people we serve.

Citizen Power, Multiplied

Eric Schwarz | Posted 11.13.2013 | Impact
Eric Schwarz

"I want to be a professional football player in the NFL," Abdullah said, on the first day of a professional networking class he signed up for at his middle school.

Have Faith in National Service

John J. Dilulio, Jr. | Posted 11.12.2013 | Impact
John J. Dilulio, Jr.

Each day in America, faith-based organizations, national and local, large and small, perform civic miracles. For instance, cash-strapped urban congregations supply many social services, from day care to health care, from sheltering the homeless to finding jobs for ex-prisoners.

Reporting for Duty. Again.

Eric Greitens | Posted 11.11.2013 | Impact
Eric Greitens

Five million volunteers. Five million husbands, wives, sons, and daughters. Five million soldiers, sailors, airmen, and Marines who have fought for a dozen years. Next year, the last of these men and women will come home from Afghanistan. What comes next for this generation of veterans? What will their legacy be?

The Power of Service

Angel Taveras | Posted 11.10.2013 | Impact
Angel Taveras

When I graduated from college, I had a great opportunity to return home and dedicate myself to serving the community that had given me so much.

What it Means to Serve your Country

Jason Mangone | Posted 11.09.2013 | Impact
Jason Mangone

Serving my country was an inflection point--it set my life on a new course. A former Marine, I find myself in a constant pursuit of re-attaining the meaningfulness of those four years, chasing the feeling I had when my profession involved working in challenging conditions with teams of great people to solve big problems whose scope exceeded personal gain.

WATCH: Why Fiji Water Co-Owner Gifts Her Employees $1,000

Posted 06.28.2013 | Impact

She goes by the "POM Queen." Lynda Resnick, who co-owns POM pomegranate juice and Fiji Water, talked with HuffPost Live Thursday at the Aspen Idea...

WATCH: Arianna Huffington And Walter Isaacson Announce New Partnership

Posted 06.27.2013 | Impact

What happens when two powerful minds (and old friends) come together at a festival about ideas? A freewheeling conversation about the future of the me...