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Building Vision With No Sight: On Raising a Paralympic World Champion

Anique Y.M. Hameed | Posted 12.22.2015 | Parents
Anique Y.M. Hameed

The essence of what truly makes Lex different from us is the strength of his vision for his life, despite the hurdles.

How I Made It to India Without Spending a Dime

Alfred E. Blake IV | Posted 12.21.2015 | College
Alfred E. Blake IV

Help someone along the way, be a positive influence, lead like a champion and whomever you inspire or help with positive change, you travel with him or her to the heights of the world.

Holiday Giving: Ticking the Box or Making an Impact?

Kristin Nimsger | Posted 12.21.2015 | Impact
Kristin Nimsger

As we give more, we also have begun to wonder what happens after we drop the coins in the kettle, or hit 'Confirm Payment' on the screen. What is the outcome of this organization's initiative? What is the impact of that organization's work?

Social Workers: Stop Asking for Money! Do This Instead.

Anneke Krakers | Posted 12.21.2015 | Impact
Anneke Krakers

Charity doesn't evoke change. Research shows that for lasting change to take effect people have to be invested in their own transformation. So consistent charity or free services can actually harm service users, encouraging dependance and defeating the purpose of the help intended. As role models for their clients, social workers can't afford to set such poor examples.

60% of Sub-Saharan Africa's Population Is Under 25!

Trevor Waldock | Posted 12.17.2015 | Impact
Trevor Waldock

What do the youth of a continent all have in common? Potential. Not just some vague sort of ideal that we call "potential." There is a story inside of each one of them waiting to be written and it's big and it is hard-wired into their brains to write it.

Asia-Pacific Sex Workers Speak Out About Violence

Katherine Koster | Posted 12.30.2015 | Impact
Katherine Koster

On December 17th, the International Day to End Violence Against Sex Workers, the Asia Pacific Network of Sex Workers [APNSW] released a video series h...

How Edward Norton, Humans of New York, and craigconnects are Supporting Syrian Refugees

Craig Newmark | Posted 12.17.2015 | Impact
Craig Newmark

The deal is, if you can spare a few bucks, you will really be helping people like this who lost his wife and daughter when a missile tore through the house that he built for them in Syria. This father (featured above) is also battling stomach cancer and has not been able to afford treatment due to lack of health insurance.

Here's a Story That Just Might Restore Your Faith In Humanity This Holiday Season

Nina Tomaro | Posted 12.17.2015 | Impact
Nina Tomaro

What I think is most tragic, is that we've lost touch with the true magic that exists in every single one of us: the ability to help make someone else's dream come true. Here's a christmas story that will help you remember just how magical you are.

Jolina Auguste : An Empowered Woman

Renata M. Black | Posted 12.16.2015 | 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.

'Charity Is Not Enough': Funding Micro Enterprise

Karim Samra | Posted 12.16.2015 | Impact
Karim Samra

The statement made by Ahmad Ashkar, founder and CEO of the Hult Prize Foundation, that "charity alone is not enough," is no longer as controversial as it was in 2009. Today, this idea has become mainstream, as organizations increasingly deploy capital to the world's poorest through sustainable businesses, instead of traditional altruistic charity.

Intrapreneurs need to learn the TANGO

Mandar Apte | Posted 12.14.2015 | Impact
Mandar Apte

Since the past few years, there have been many voices that have come out in support of "Intrapreneurs" and encourage large organizations to create the...

5 Steps to Find More Purpose in Your Work and Make an Impact With Your Career

Mark Horoszowski | Posted 12.14.2015 | Business
Mark Horoszowski

Today's workforce wants it all: Earn a good living, make the world a better place, report to good managers, and feel purpose in their work. Unfortuna...

Companies Need to Know Who They Are Doing Business With: Why Beneficial Ownership Transparency Matters

Lida Preyma | Posted 12.09.2015 | Impact
Lida Preyma

Currently, opaque and poorly regulated beneficial ownership entities are used to launder money, finance terrorism, evade taxes and corrupt governments. In order for legitimate businesses to avoid involvement in these elements, the rules governing beneficial ownership need to be in place globally.

Men: Make a Greater Effort to Establish Friendships Outside Your Own Race!

Elwood D. Watson | Posted 12.09.2015 | Black Voices
Elwood D. Watson

Does not having any friends of other races make you a bad or racist person? Of course not. Does it make you a socially limited person? To a large degree, yes it does.

Who Speaks for the Innocent Victims in Syria?

Jack Leslie | Posted 12.09.2015 | World
Jack Leslie

We play right into the hands of ISIS when we let our fear and anger turn to prejudice. ISIS doesn't want Muslim refugees resettled in the West. They succeed if this struggle is seen as a war on Islam, rather than a war against religious extremists.

The Most Powerful Climate Solution You've Never Heard Of

P.J. Marshall | Posted 12.10.2015 | Green
P.J. Marshall

What if there was a powerful but overlooked tool that could reduce global warming by 0.5°C by the end of the century? Imagine if reversing the decline of ecosystems was good for economies. What if making our world more beautiful, also made it stronger and more resilient?

How Can We Help Women and Climate? Start With a Fire.

Archana Agarwal | Posted 12.08.2015 | Impact
Archana Agarwal

Women are disproportionately affected by the impact of climate change. Cleaner cooking resources are kept at arms length for women as male head of households dominate purchase decisions. As if the back-breaking work to collect wood to keep the fire burning was not hard enough, women get sick from the soot emitted from these very fires they light every day.

Follow Zuckerberg's Lead: Combine Philanthropy and Social Business

Perry Yeatman | Posted 12.07.2015 | Business
Perry Yeatman

Instead of supporting the antiquated antagonistic view of business vs. philanthropy, why don't you consider joining this hybrid movement and leveraging the power of both business and philanthropy to the greater benefit of all?

When Mass Shootings Become Typical, What Do You Believe?

Norma Cook Everist | Posted 12.07.2015 | Politics
Norma Cook Everist

"This was not a typical mass shooting day," he said. The words struck my heart as the newscaster described the variation in what had become a ritual i...

How Voting's Changing in the Digital Age

Craig Newmark | Posted 12.04.2015 | Politics
Craig Newmark

Hey, the Brennan Center for Justice has their boots on the ground and are working hard to ensure that everyone who's eligible has got the means to vot...

Honoring Our Veterans at Annual Luncheon

Marc A. Coronel | Posted 12.03.2015 | Los Angeles
Marc A. Coronel

While there are many companies in the entertainment industry that make considerable monetary donations to a variety charities, one company consistently takes philanthropy to another level entirely. United Talent Agency, with one of the most impressive talent rosters in the business, consistently raises the bar in terms of fostering a culture of generosity and giving back to the community.

Is There a 'Good' Side to Climate Change?

Jim Selman | Posted 12.03.2015 | Healthy Living
Jim Selman

If we've learned anything over the few thousand years we've been thinking about progress, human purpose and possibilities, it is that when our tribe is threatened we will come together, even enemies will unite in a common cause.

A Successful Transition to a Zero Carbon Future Must be a Just Transition

Sharan Burrow | Posted 12.14.2015 | Green
Sharan Burrow

Two and half million people have been displaced from their homes, and many workers are on the frontlines of the frontlines of the industrial transformation that is a necessity for a zero carbon future.

Best Way to Save the World? Put Women in Charge

Ryan Scott | Posted 12.01.2015 | Impact
Ryan Scott

Empowering women has been held up as an answer to myriad global problems, starting with poverty. According to the Global Poverty Project, women make up half the world's population and yet represent a staggering 70 percent of the world's poor.

#NoKidHungry Starts With #GivingTuesday

Tim McDonald | Posted 12.01.2015 | Impact
Tim McDonald

'Tis the season for Black Friday, Small Business Saturday and Cyber Monday. All deals you can't pass up on in an effort to get you to buy. Fortunately, today is Giving Tuesday, a day of giving back.