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Religion and the Current State of Ambivalence Among the American Populace

Elwood D. Watson | Posted 06.04.2015 | Religion
Elwood D. Watson

If the individuals polled by Pew Research are indeed indicative of the larger public, the fact is that it appears that Americans of all age groups -- millennials, Generation Xers, baby boomers, the silent generation -- are walking a fine line these days when it comes to the issue of religion.

5 Lessons Learned From My Social Entrepreneurship Journey

Eric Cope | Posted 06.03.2015 | Business
Eric Cope

The bottom line is this: I want my life and vocation to matter. I want to make a positive difference in the lives of others around the world, especially children, who are not as fortunate. Smile Squared has given me a way to do just that.

An Open Letter to All of the Impacted

Taylor Johnson | Posted 06.03.2015 | College
Taylor Johnson

So, I leave you with this: Did you ever imagine seeing your name Sharpied on some ones hand? I hope so, because that is what life is all about.

Enough Doom And Gloom. It's Time To Change The Dialogue

Shannon Schuyler | Posted 06.02.2015 | Business
Shannon Schuyler

With as many as 17 bad stories to every good story, the cycle of disparity keeps our minds attuned to more. But what if we could begin to change this phenomenon? What if we could turn up the volume on the positive, pile on the good, disrupt the imbalance of bad things to good things and build a sense of hope instead of a sense of depression?

What if the Magic Lies in Making Others Feel Important?

Lacey Johnson | Posted 06.02.2015 | Impact
Lacey Johnson

We have a responsibility to each of our fellow human beings: We must understand that each of our lives are relevant, each exist without chance and each deserve the recognition of importance.

That Time I Had Sex With Another Queer Cripple

Andrew Morrison-Gurza | Posted 06.02.2015 | Gay Voices
Andrew Morrison-Gurza

The effects of ableism and the scripts that we have been indoctrinated with when it comes to sex and sexuality do not discriminate. Anybody is susceptible to these fears and prejudices, disability notwithstanding.

Women's Rights Activist On Trial in Iran

Women's Rights News | Posted 06.02.2015 | Women
Women's Rights News

Atena Farghadani, a 29-year-old Iranian painter and women's rights activist, is on trial in Tehran, Iran. She is charged with spreading propaganda against the ruling establishment, but she is considered by Amnesty International to be a prisoner of conscience.

Everyone Can Be An Impact Investor -- Here's How To Start

Don Shaffer | Posted 06.02.2015 | Impact
Don Shaffer

While the term "impact investing" has come to mean positive social and environmental impact, in truth all investments have an impact. Are your current investments having the impact you want? What do you want your impact to be? What issues are most important to you?

Enough Doom And Gloom. It's Time To Change The Dialogue

PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) | Shannon Schuyler | Posted 06.02.2015 | Business

The good news is there is good news. The bad news is very few know about it. Newspapers, news stations and endless digital posts flash across the ...

Moneyball, Lawyers and the Vanderbilt Baseball Mama

Don McNay | Posted 06.01.2015 | Sports
Don McNay

Walker Buehler was a key contributor to Vanderbilt's national championship baseball team last year. According to the Vanderbilt Hustler, Vanderbilt's student newspaper, Buehler is listed as high as the second best overall prospect in the upcoming Major League Baseball draft.

The Costs of Not Building Housing

Toni G. Atkins | Posted 05.29.2015 | Impact
Toni G. Atkins

When we talk about affordable housing, it's easy to get tangled in a debate over what and how much the government should do about the crisis. It can help, and I've proposed a package of measures that, taken together, will create new housing opportunities for many struggling Californians.

A New Type of Sustainable Development: Embracing Shared Value

Akash Goel | Posted 05.29.2015 | Impact
Akash Goel

From the classic Friedmanite doctrine of the 70s to present day, there is an evolving perspective on the role of business in society. Business's sole responsibility, as Milton Friedman argued, is to return profit to its shareholders.

A Year of Lessons: What I Learned From Working and Traveling in Chile, Turkey and Myanmar

Women’s iLab | Posted 05.26.2015 | Impact
Women’s iLab

Working, living, and generally spending all of our time together with these people, often in challenging environments, tested our patience and raised our threshold for stress and aptitude. It was simultaneously the most challenging and the most rewarding year of my life.

How and Why Everyone Needs to Support LGBTQQ Young Adults Who Are Living with Cancer

Emily Drake | Posted 05.22.2015 | Gay Voices
Emily Drake

Regardless of age, having cancer is a difficult experience. Living with cancer as a young adult presents unique challenges, such as dealing with reduced or impaired fertility rates, disruptions in education plans, etc. However, being diagnosed with cancer as a LGBTQQ-identified person, involves other difficulties.

The Toughest Audience I've Ever Pitched

Mohammed Ashour | Posted 05.20.2015 | Impact
Mohammed Ashour

Ever since that Friday two years ago, I now go out of my way to pitch my business to any kid willing to lend me an ear (preferably two). And why wouldn't I? Who would pass up a no-cost, high-yield brainstorm session with a true outside-the-box thinker?

Designing for a Human-Centered Community

Chloe Sharfin | Posted 05.19.2015 | Impact
Chloe Sharfin

I was recently blind for five minutes and felt as though my eyes had never been more open. I didn't have some freak accident or momentary medical issue; I was participating in a mini human-centered design challenge.

Touch Me, Tease Me, Tickle Me: What the Experience of Touch Can Mean to a Person With a Disability

Andrew Morrison-Gurza | Posted 05.19.2015 | Gay Voices
Andrew Morrison-Gurza

Touch is, without question, the most intimate and personal act that we can bestow on another person. It connects us to those that we love, to those who we care for; it reminds us that we are part of the human experience.

Stopping a Silent Killer in Africa

Heather White | Posted 05.18.2015 | Impact
Heather White

So, how can we meaningfully address NCDs worldwide? It must be done through strategic partnerships, where we leverage the skills and expertise of each player. It's only then can we build healthier and wealthier communities.

Growing Up Oprah

Erin Parker | Posted 05.16.2015 | Impact
Erin Parker

Every fiber of my being aches to be a part of positive change. Since the tender age of six or seven, I have been quietly carrying an unquenchable feeling that I was put on this earth to make an impact on a large scale. The cause? I am a part of Generation O.

Becky Straw On Realizing Purpose

Renata M. Black | Posted 05.14.2015 | Impact
Renata M. Black

I hope after reading these stories you will look at your own situations, struggles and accomplishments through a different lens and, at the very least, be better equipped to change your own paradigm.

There's Always Something We Can Do To Help

Rachel Zoe | Posted 05.14.2015 | Impact
Rachel Zoe

My greatest dream for the future is for an environmentally sound world. I wish for universal acceptance and understanding of all beliefs, religions and cultures. I want to envision the world in 2030 as a peaceful place, where individuality is embraced and people are not judged and persecuted for their differences.

5 Truths about Parenting Generation Z

Stacey Steinberg | Posted 05.13.2015 | Parents
Stacey Steinberg

Many of us entered adulthood excited about the future. As we prepare our children to come of age, we need to focus less on our differences and more on our shared goals

Why Business School Rankings Have the Wrong Metrics of Success

Daniela Papi | Posted 06.02.2015 | Impact
Daniela Papi

If business schools are designed to shape the future by educating our future global business leaders, then the measurement of success should be on how well those business leaders are doing at shaping the world. But that is not what we are measuring.

Why on Earth Would You Give Away Your Money?

Frank Giustra | Posted 05.12.2015 | Impact
Frank Giustra

I was at a loss for words. I had just been asked why I give away my money. I could tell this person was somewhat suspicious of my motives. My first reaction was "why do you think it's that strange that someone chooses to give away their money?".

Top Hip-Hop Artist Brings Awareness to the Killing Fields

Lauren Kruczyk | Posted 05.12.2015 | Impact
Lauren Kruczyk

With lyrics in Khmer and English and a focus on Killing Fields era legacies, Khmer American rapper praCh Ly's first album, Dalama, was not only credited with introducing hip-hop to Cambodia--it introduced this history to a new generation largely unaware of its genocidal past.