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One Week and Light-Years of Progress

Alyssa Ramos-Reynoso | Posted 03.21.2015 | Impact
Alyssa Ramos-Reynoso

What happens when you unite three remarkable women with unstoppable drive and insurmountable energy? You yield a plan, 22 acres of land, invaluable connections, and progress of considerable magnitude.

Taino Farms Adventure

Alyssa Ramos-Reynoso | Posted 02.28.2015 | Green
Alyssa Ramos-Reynoso

The eco world is all abuzz over aquaponics as the latest go-to green technology. It is an effective method for raising seedlings and fish farming in closed-loop systems. With this knowledge, Schools for Sustainability trekked across an island to find this still-rare system in action in a country that has been using aquaponics since pre-Columbian times!

Soy: The Crop That Carried Esperanza Through

Julia Gunther | Posted 11.17.2014 | Impact
Julia Gunther

Although I've now spent hours driving through rural Guatemala, passing corn fields, rubber trees and sugar cane plantations for what seems like infinity, I never saw a single soy plant. Though soy is a very uncommon crop in Guatemala, Esperanza has managed to build her life off of it.

Changing the Way We Change the World

Dhairya Pujara | Posted 11.11.2014 | Impact
Dhairya Pujara

In 2012, after quitting my corporate job on first day, I was idealistic and determined to change the world. So much so, I decided to start with Africa. This is probably the most clichéd beginning for a story of many young Millennial "change-makers."

Go Solar in Africa

Dhairya Pujara | Posted 10.06.2014 | Impact
Dhairya Pujara

On June 1, 2014, at Ycenter, we saw six projects developed by university students in 48 hours, each of them with a potential to solve problems for communities in Africa and impact millions of lives.

Foosball Figurines Reignite the Spanish Imagination

Patricia Echeverria | Posted 09.22.2014 | Impact
Patricia Echeverria

Everywhere, we hear that the Spanish economy is drowning. The narrative is one of corruption, laziness, and discontent. But what if we were to change that story, if we depicted a more colorful narrative to re-ignite the Spanish imagination?

Entrepreneurs Do Not Have Dream Jobs

Dhairya Pujara | Posted 09.02.2014 | Impact
Dhairya Pujara

Earlier this year I was invited to speak at Wharton Business School at an event, Rebuilding America - Path of Entrepreneurship. Check out the full tal...

Revving Our Engines: 10 Lessons From Launching an Impact Accelerator

Jamie N. Jones | Posted 08.24.2014 | Impact
Jamie N. Jones

Impact entrepreneurs and impact investors are interconnected and mutually dependent: Early-stage companies need investment to fund their development and growth, and impact investors need good deals to fund.

New Environmentalism: Protecting Your Female Ecology

Molly Hayward | Posted 08.09.2014 | Impact
Molly Hayward

Ecology refers to the relations of organisms to one another and to their physical surroundings. I was recently introduced to the work of Sandra Stein...

Los Angeles: After the American Dream

Patricia Echeverria | Posted 08.04.2014 | Impact
Patricia Echeverria

It's time to re-write our dreams: to revisit our personal and collective narratives. The hope for upward mobility is dead, at least amongst our youth....

How to Outsmart Your Genes and Live a Better Life

Lillie Rosenthal | Posted 07.21.2014 | Healthy Living
Lillie Rosenthal

Contrary to popular belief, our DNA is not our destiny, in fact, 80 percent of how we age is determined by how we behave. We do not inherit bad genes or bad luck, just bad habits! Should I eat those chips or should I reach for a nutrient dense apple? We all know that choices matter, but how much... really?

Is Experience the New Graduate Degree?

Hila Mehr | Posted 07.21.2014 | Impact
Hila Mehr

With news that the graduate Stafford loan rates will increase next year, and New York Times headlines like 'It Takes a B.A. to Find a Job as a File Clerk,' you don't need to look far to see that the higher education experience is broken.

Schools for Sustainability Welcomes (SuperMOM and Permaculture Expert) Melissa Miles, Environmental Biologist, to their Team

Alyssa Ramos-Reynoso | Posted 07.21.2014 | Impact
Alyssa Ramos-Reynoso

Some women have it all, leaving us wondering, "How DOES she do it?" Melissa Miles is no exception.

Philadelphia's Silent Majority

Kellan White | Posted 07.15.2014 | Impact
Kellan White

It is our needs and our voice, more so than any generation, that represents the change needed to move the City of Philadelphia forward. If we remain silent at the polls our pleas and needs, and therefore the change our city desperately needs, will never be heard.

The Disillusion of Time: And Why We Should Avoid Falling Into Life's Cycles

Antoinette Brock | Posted 07.14.2014 | Impact
Antoinette Brock

Life cycles such as a new year or birthday can trap us into thinking something has changed simply because time has passed. We have all experienced this false sense of accomplishment that results in us maintaining our routines and normal procedures without any real change happening.

Naked Storytelling

Molly Hayward | Posted 07.06.2014 | Impact
Molly Hayward

I have learned that I need not look beyond my own city to establish the community -- of men and women -- that cares deeply about this issue. I don't need to make a global appeal for support. I can turn to my neighbor and ask for her or his hand first.

Igniting Good in Philadelphia: It Starts By Stepping Outside Your Door

Rachel E.S. Walton | Posted 07.06.2014 | Impact
Rachel E.S. Walton

I dragged my shy, introverted self outside. I brought out some tools and started digging up and turning over the grass on our little patch of land above the sidewalk. I figured out how to build wooden boxes for raised garden beds.

How to Do Some Good -- The Mission of Millennials Today and Everyday

Mario Tenaglia | Posted 07.01.2014 | Impact
Mario Tenaglia

In a world of skepticism, negativity and tattered truths, I found Ignite Good by happenstance really. Paul Kaye, the President of MSIA and the Heartfelt Foundation invited me and a bunch of other spirited and eager millennials

The LA River Connects Us All

Jason Foster | Posted 07.01.2014 | Impact
Jason Foster

This is the power of the Ignite Good organization. I no longer feel the speaker's remorse from last night will be permanent. I now understand that my personal narrative is an ever-evolving story with many characters, twists, and turns.

Your Genius Lies in Your Truth

Priscilla Munoz | Posted 06.30.2014 | Impact
Priscilla Munoz

If I clicked my mouse one more time and didn't take that leap, I would have continued to do disservice to everyone, including myself. Our genius lies in our truth and when we pursue it, the world gets to experience it.

My Story Matters, Again

G Proby | Posted 06.29.2014 | Impact
G Proby

Whether it was breaking up with a significant other, moving to a new city or quitting a good job. There's something in you that gets fed up with the status quo and causes you act, and act fast. Well my attendance of the Ignite Good program was my something.

The Science of Prayer and Service

Michael Morgan | Posted 06.29.2014 | Impact
Michael Morgan

When is the last time you stopped everything you were doing: turned your phone off (yes, totally off!), sat still, closed your eyes and held your city in a thought-space filled with nothing but pure goodness? Does it seem impossible?

Opening the World to Change One Heart at a Time

Elizabeth Bagish | Posted 06.29.2014 | Impact
Elizabeth Bagish

As I entered the workshop not knowing what was going to happen I felt insecure and like I didn't really have a story that could touch others let alone help them. I watched individuals and myself open up and begin to share from their hearts their unique stories of self.

My Ignite Good Experience

Morgan Hartley | Posted 06.23.2014 | Impact
Morgan Hartley

I have not yet engineered the new willingness to be vulnerable into a complete 'story of me' -- a compelling reason that I would make personal sacrifices to drive change. That will take time. But now, at least, I know to look for it and where.

Get a Perspective

Dhairya Pujara | Posted 04.01.2014 | Impact
Dhairya Pujara

People call me 'social entrepreneur.' What I really think they mean is an entrepreneur with perspective that drives him towards social change. Opinions can be formed based on reading and learning, but perspective comes from empathy and wisdom.