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Five Bottom Line Reasons Why Employers Should Hire Ex-Felons

Mike Green | Posted 08.21.2015 | Business
Mike Green

There is no city in the nation that's growing faster than the population of 70 million Americans with criminal records. As one of them, former real estate developer R.L. Pelshaw is determined to turn this costly societal burden into an opportunity.

The Power of People and Networks

Jessica Lui | Posted 08.24.2015 | Impact
Jessica Lui

These challenges are not a reason to walk away from these ideals, but rather a calling to increase our efforts for the future. We do not have to live in an idealized world to advance ideals that will make it a better place.

What an Ebola Fighter Looks Like

Timothy La Rose | Posted 08.24.2015 | Impact
Timothy La Rose

From the beginning, it was clear that a medical response alone was not going to stop Ebola. And while doctors were rightly lauded for their incredibly heroic work, community mobilizers like Mariam were in the background laboring in the hot zones, changing minds almost one Guinean at a time, all the while exposing themselves to potential infection and violence.

The Unbearable Lightness of Non-Profit Propaganda

Daniela Kon | Posted 08.20.2015 | Impact
Daniela Kon

I became brutally mindful of the BS that clogs up the social change industry, specifically about the lies that we, as content creators, producers, and filmmakers are communicating to the public about the "glorious impacts" that foundations and non-profits have on impoverished communities.

From Aspirations to Reality: How to Effectively Measure the Sustainable Development Goals.

Sheetal Sharma | Posted 08.20.2015 | Impact
Sheetal Sharma

We cannot be conservative in our measurement of progress in the post-2015 agenda. The measurement framework must empower the implementation of the SDGs and improve equity, welfare and environment for all for greatest and most inclusive developmental impact.

Race: The Ongoing American Dilemma

Elwood D. Watson | Posted 08.21.2015 | Black Voices
Elwood D. Watson

Slavery, Jim Crow, lynchings, urban ghettoization, political disenfranchisement, discrimination and outright violence have deeply affected America's Black population and still linger with us today. Denying such hard truths will not bring us any closer to any sort of racial reconciliation.

Meet an Aid Worker Behind the Ebola Response in Liberia

Joel R. Charny | Posted 08.19.2015 | Impact
Joel R. Charny

Above all, we must recognize the people who took the largest risks -- those who applied medical science, demonstrated safe health practices, and engaged in community outreach all while losing close relatives and friends to the disease.

Determination in the Face of Crisis: Keeping Mothers and Babies Safe from Ebola

Bill Boyes | Posted 08.18.2015 | Impact
Bill Boyes

Throughout July and August of 2014, Ebola tore through Lunsar. Within only a few weeks, eight members of the staff at Massebeneh died, including the hospital's chief surgeon, Dr. Manuel García Viejo. The hospital was closed on September 24. Margaret still grieves for those friends she lost, but she also speaks empathetically about the women in the community who had nowhere to go. With no medical intervention she knows hundreds must have died, not of Ebola, but of other complications common in rural village communities.

Ling-Su Chinn: A Living Inspiration

Renata M. Black | Posted 08.18.2015 | 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 insights on how they have been able to turn weakness into strength.

Stand With the Real Coachella

Daniel Hamidi | Posted 08.18.2015 | Impact
Daniel Hamidi

Every year, thousands flock to the Coachella Valley for its iconic Music and Arts Festival. Just a short twelve-minute drive southeast of the festival location lies a different Coachella -- one not nearly as glamorous. It's actually quite the opposite: filthy, decaying and in need of your help.

4 Benefits That 4 B Corps Didn't See Coming

T.J. Cook | Posted 08.18.2015 | Impact
T.J. Cook

We spoke with four B Corp friends who described inspiring and unexpected benefits -- those that go beyond the obvious ones listed on the B Corp site.

Study: Rich are Fitter, Poor are Fatter

Ashley Brown | Posted 08.17.2015 | Black Voices
Ashley Brown

While cost is significant, structural barriers to fitness have an even greater impact on black women's health. The idea that anyone can just go outside for a run in their neighborhood makes a lot of assumptions about that neighborhood. People are less likely to take a nice evening stroll if there are no sidewalks or if they don't feel safe.

Lilly's Bold New Conversation: Race, Society and Work

John Fitzgerald Gates, Ph.D. | Posted 08.17.2015 | Business
John Fitzgerald Gates, Ph.D.

The Lilly forum succeeded in narrowing the divide between life and work, black and white, silence and innovation. It should be a model for companies everywhere.

John Kerry: Why I'm Going to Havana

John Kerry | Posted 08.19.2015 | Latino Voices
John Kerry

After 50 years of stagnation, the sense of progress and potential is real. We are under no illusions that Cuba will be transformed overnight, and we are clear-eyed about the challenges ahead. Among these is Cuba's continued denial of universal human rights.

Tackling Social Problems with Big Data

Olivia Deng | Posted 08.13.2015 | Technology
Olivia Deng

Dismissed by some as an overhyped jargon and heralded by others as a revolutionary technology, big data has caught fire, rapidly igniting companies and researchers to act. Companies marvel at its utility in marketing and optimizing business processes while researchers tout its promise.

Regrets and What to Do With Them

Jane Simon, M.D. | Posted 08.13.2015 | Healthy Living
Jane Simon, M.D.

Approaching regret from a cognitive point of view, reframing our thoughts from the past to the future, and asking, "What's next?" can also help to process regrets.

The Rucksack: What One Woman Carried Home From War

Lisa M. Van Wormer | Posted 08.13.2015 | Impact
Lisa M. Van Wormer

One of the many challenges of being a woman in the Army was that your hair always had to be in regulations: either cut into a bob that did not touch your collar or pulled back into a tight bun. Even in a sand storm, even under a Velcro-strapped Kevlar helmet, perfection was required.

Handcuffs Are Not the Solution to Children's Challenging Behaviors

Dr. Brigitte Vittrup | Posted 08.13.2015 | Impact
Dr. Brigitte Vittrup

When an adult responds to a child's behavior with pain inducing force, the child is more likely to become fearful and to reject any message the adult is trying to convey.

Free Media Initiative Brings Together Libyan Politicians and Citizens for Peaceful Dialogue

Conor McCormick-Cavanagh | Posted 08.12.2015 | World
Conor McCormick-Cavanagh

One woman from Benghazi, an eastern city in Libya, expressed her belief that "water and electricity are important, but we also need a constitution. We need to regain our political livelihood."

Share the Love

Eli Wolff | Posted 08.12.2015 | Impact
Eli Wolff

We heard his voice say "Share the love" to everyone he met. While his brave fight here is over, his voice is not silent. He speaks through all who heard him and loved him.

5 Lessons Learned Working for the World's Largest Youth-Run Company

Nkosana Mafico | Posted 08.12.2015 | Impact
Nkosana Mafico

AIESEC is the global youth network impacting the world through leadership development experiences. Present in over 124 countries and territories and with over 86,000 members, AIESEC is the world's largest youth-run organisation.

Investing to Combat Modern Slavery: What's the Impact?

Nick Grono | Posted 08.12.2015 | Impact
Nick Grono

The mission of the organisation I lead, the Freedom Fund, is to mobilize the capital and knowledge needed to end modern slavery. Measuring our impact is critical to our success, because one of the key ways we attract new investors is by showing evidence of our past performance.

Tourists, Please Stay Away From Kyrgyzstan... Or Not!

Claire Robinson | Posted 08.11.2015 | Travel
Claire Robinson

As I share on my blog about all the colorful and peaceful locations I discovered in Kyrgyzstan, I keep having this dilemma in my head: 'stop showing them how beautiful it is, tourism is going to ruin it!'

Young African Bamidele Is Advancing Africa's Agricultural Sector

Nkosana Mafico | Posted 08.11.2015 | Impact
Nkosana Mafico

Last week I had the pleasure of chatting to Bamidele Seun Owoola, a 24-year-old entrepreneur living in London, about her entrepreneurial journey and the impact she is making on the African continent.

New App, Fam-ess, Teaches Kids Financial Responsibility

Craig Newmark | Posted 08.11.2015 | Education
Craig Newmark

75% of American households live paycheck to paycheck and 25% have no savings at all. With our consumer debt hovering at $11.5 Trillion, it is clear th...