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South Carolina Man Uses His Troubled Past To Train Police

The Stepping Up Initiative | Posted 07.24.2016 | Impact
The Stepping Up Initiative

It's hard to describe mania to someone who has never experienced it. One minute I'm so high that my mind and body enter a nirvana-like state with feelings of ultimate power and supreme authority. And then in the next minute I feel so paranoid and scared that I think my heart will thump out of my chest.

Paul Gaudio: On the United Creative Force

Renata M. Black | Posted 07.22.2016 | Impact
Renata M. Black

Paradigm Shifters is a series of interviews with a select group of women and men from eclectic walks of life. It will highlight unspoken, real life in...

Becoming a "Brand New Man" after weight loss surgery

Don McNay | Posted 07.21.2016 | Business
Don McNay

Obesity was messing with my "you can do anything you set your mind to" theory. On weight loss, I felt like Sisyphus from Greek mythology, who was punished by the gods by pushing a boulder up a hill each day and then having the boulder roll back down. Forever.

Merit Or Need-Based Scholarships: How Donors Can Turn The Tide Towards More Equitable Financial Aid

The Sillerman Center | Posted 07.20.2016 | College
The Sillerman Center

Today, many qualified students with demonstrated financial need are receiving inadequate aid packages from colleges. The term "admit-deny" even exists for schools that intentionally offer insufficient aid to students with need, with the expectation that they will not enroll.

Five Reasons You Should Do the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge Again!

Mark Malinowski | Posted 07.17.2016 | Impact
Mark Malinowski

All diseases are bad, but I've seen ALS up close and personal for nine years and it is horrific. My partner and husband Randy died in 2014 and he was only 41. He was young and vital and this disease slowly took over and killed him in the cruelest way imaginable. We need to find a cure now.

Forward Cities: An Introduction

Forward Cities | Posted 07.17.2016 | Impact
Forward Cities

It is said that Detroit reinvents itself every 100 years. But as Detroit leaders develop a robust innovation ecosystem that can foster entrepreneurial growth, how can it also nurture a diverse array of entrepreneurs and create opportunities for inclusive innovation?

Why We Need to Empower Women's Political Leadership Globally

Craig Newmark | Posted 07.16.2016 | Impact
Craig Newmark

Folks, the first-ever Women Startup Challenge just took place, and some important women-led startups really worked hard to raise money for their ventures. My team and I interviewed one of the ventures, Mina's List, about their inspiring work.

For U.S. Economy, Education and Opportunity Gaps are Costly

Joe Echevarria | Posted 07.16.2016 | Impact
Joe Echevarria

When President Obama launched the My Brother's Keeper, he recognized that each of us has a role in closing opportunity gaps faced by boys and young men of color. But our changing demographics poses challenges not just to this community, but to our nation's economy as a whole.

Failure as a Public Good

Ben Hecht | Posted 07.16.2016 | Impact
Ben Hecht

Last week, Jim Anderson of Bloomberg Philanthropies and Andrea Phillips of Goldman Sachs shared lessons from their investment in a social impact bond to reduce recidivism at Riker's Island.

The Tragic and Rapid Demise of Bill Cosby

Elwood D. Watson | Posted 07.14.2016 | Impact
Elwood D. Watson

While none of us is above criticism regardless of who we are, the fact is Cosby's current predicament is a classic example of why all of us should tread with caution before we become too overly harsh in our judgment of others for what we perceive to be their shortcomings.

3 Things You Can Do to Engage Millennial Employees

Brady Josephson | Posted 07.13.2016 | Business
Brady Josephson

As companies become filled with Millennials and they start to drive more of the work and giving culture, the relationship between companies and causes will only grow in importance.

Aspen Ideas Festival 2015

Joyce Rey | Posted 07.10.2016 | Impact
Joyce Rey

There is so much to say about the Aspen Ideas Festival, it's hard to know where to begin. It was the best yet! Congratulations Kitty Boone and Walter Isaacson and to their wonderful staff. The format is always fascinating.

Redlined for Failure and the Prison Pipeline

Marian Wright Edelman | Posted 07.10.2016 | Politics
Marian Wright Edelman

Ndume Olatushani is an artist, organizer, and a passionate advocate for justice who works with the Children's Defense Fund's Nashville organizing team. He helps us fight to keep children and people of color, especially Black boys, out of the Cradle to Prison Pipeline™.

Here's How Photographer Nigel Skeet Turns Homeless People Into "Rock Stars"

Bibbi Abruzzini | Posted 07.09.2016 | Arts
Bibbi Abruzzini

How do you feel when you find yourself face to face with a homeless person? We know hunger and homelessness are increasing in the United States. This ...

Getting Too Wrapped Up In Symbolic Gestures Diverts Attention From More Searing Issues Plaguing Many Black Communities

Elwood D. Watson | Posted 07.06.2016 | Black Voices
Elwood D. Watson

There are many pressing issues that require our immediate attention and will require a dedicated level of commitment. Making a substantial effort to combat such an unhealthy level of potentially destructive vices that plague our communities as opposed to unwittingly falling prey to embracing fleeting issues should be our primary ongoing and permanent goal.

In Search of Death Plunge Asteroids

Mark Boslough | Posted 07.07.2016 | Science
Mark Boslough

Much to the delight of scientists and technicians, the frigid sky over the snow-covered Siberian fields and villages remained clear as dawn approached.

Women Rule the Tech World at Women Startup Challenge and Win $50K

Craig Newmark | Posted 07.02.2016 | Technology
Craig Newmark

The first-ever Women Startup Challenge Pitch Competition was a huge success in Washington, DC. 12 women-led startups pitched their innovative and disruptive ventures to a panel of tech investors at General Assembly/1776.

How to Quit Wall Street and Crowdfund Pizza for the Homeless

NationSwell | Posted 07.02.2016 | Impact

You can't buy much for $2 these days, but in Philadelphia, you can feed yourself and a homeless neighbor with just a couple of bucks.

Andrew Lord

This Pill Dispenser Is Designed To Fight Addiction | Andrew Lord | Posted 07.01.2015 | Business

The Foundation for a Drug-Free World released 16 award-winning public service announcement videos in 2009 exposing the endemic problems of prescriptio...

44 Ways to Make It Work: Secrets of Successful Cities

Alexander Shermansong | Posted 06.30.2016 | Impact
Alexander Shermansong

Representatives from 44 cities gathered in Miami last week. Why were so many cities, ranging from the bucolic to the megalopolis, gathered together?

Why We Need a Muscular Compassion

Daniel Goleman | Posted 07.01.2016 | Impact
Daniel Goleman

The Dalai Lama's version of compassion is more muscular than Sunday-school stereotypes of a benign but soft and flabby kindness. He sees such full disclosure as one application of compassion in the public sphere, as is forceful action to right injustice of every kind.

Andrew Lord

Adidas Created A Shoe That Is Literally Made Out Of Trash | Andrew Lord | Posted 05.13.2016 | Business

Recycled ocean trash sneakers might be the new Air Jordans. German apparel giant Adidas has created a prototype for a sustainable new shoe made al...

Stop Differentiating Social Entrepreneurs

Alexandre Mars | Posted 06.29.2016 | Impact
Alexandre Mars

Are you an entrepreneur if you launch a nonprofit? When I ask my peers to give me the most notable examples of innovation and entrepreneurship in the last fifty years, most mention a game-changing technology in Silicon Valley.

Detroit Horse Power: Urban Horsemanship Provides A Proven Tool For Changing Lives

Nancy Kotting | Posted 06.27.2016 | Detroit
Nancy Kotting

There are models across the country where horses are brought into urban environments to enhance the lives of those within. They exist legally via ordinance or special use permits, some for recreational purposes such as the Los Angeles Equestrian Center.

Dylann Storm Roof, the Confederate Flag and Contemporary Racism

Elwood D. Watson | Posted 06.22.2016 | Black Voices
Elwood D. Watson

While the nation has made considerable strides, the fact is that racism is still a potent adversarial force in the lives of far too many Black Americans. This is evident in chronically unemployment rates in many Black (and Brown) communities. Obscenely high incarceration among Black men.