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If We Don't Address Poverty, We Won't Reduce Gun Violence

Dorothy Stoneman | Posted 08.31.2013 | Crime
Dorothy Stoneman

If America spent as much money offering opportunities to every 16 to 26 year old as we spend locking them up for minor offenses that further cut them off from a positive future, we could end poverty in a generation or two.

Let's Not Make Things Worse for Young Adults

Terri Ludwig | Posted 06.28.2013 | College
Terri Ludwig

America's young adults face a treacherous road ahead, and it's clear that student loans are exacerbating the problem. Lawmakers in Washington should be careful not to make matters worse.

Where Will You Serve?

Aaron Marquez | Posted 08.28.2013 | Impact
Aaron Marquez

I serve because I believe national service is the most powerful idea we have to transform America. Through it, we redefine the foundation of citizenship and what we expect from all Americans.

Finding Yourself in Helping Others

Opal Vadhan | Posted 08.26.2013 | Impact
Opal Vadhan

Wow, this isn't the Jamaica you hear about in the commercials for the resorts or vacations! I've been in Kingston, Jamaica, since Wednesday, June 12 and it's already changing my life.

Dear B Team, Be the Change

Axelle Tessandier | Posted 08.25.2013 | Impact
Axelle Tessandier

Can you feel it? This quest for more purpose, more meaning, more impact. This is not a simple vision of a few early adopters. A revolution is happening and it is bringing scary and exciting transformations.

The Last Frontier: The Sustainable Fashion Revolution

David Dietz | Posted 08.24.2013 | Impact
David Dietz

A revolution is coming. No, not in Turkey. This is a different kind of revolution. A revolution inspired by our generation of millenials to bring about positive and lasting change through what we wear.

One Small Step for You: A Look Into the Slumdog Children Across the World

Hillary Kaylor | Posted 08.24.2013 | Impact
Hillary Kaylor

You walk from place to space, your shoes carrying you all the way. Protected and safe. But what if they took you somewhere else? To a prison, to a war zone, into a burning garbage dump?

What SMEs Do (and Don't Do) for Jobs

Tilman Ehrbeck | Posted 08.24.2013 | Small Business
Tilman Ehrbeck

For any budding Bill Gates and Steve Jobs, there are literally thousands of craftsmen, real estate agents, lawyers, and small shop or restaurant owners who might take the tax break, but won't create new jobs.

Nonprofit Emaciation: Confessions of a Do-Gooder Who Starved an Organization to Death

Kjerstin Erickson | Posted 08.21.2013 | Impact
Kjerstin Erickson

When I started the organization, I was young, idealistic and naive. Not experienced enough to know better, I bought the hype: that to be truly altruistic and efficient, we needed to operate at the highest possible levels of self-sacrifice.

Making an Impact: Do You Live, or Merely Exist?

Gil Laroya | Posted 08.20.2013 | Business
Gil Laroya

As I drove into work this morning, I looked around at the lanes the traffic, and I saw faces of people making a living -- going to work, doing tasks a...

Investing in Solutions for Two Generations: The $1 Million Aspen Institute Ascend Fund

Anne Mosle | Posted 08.19.2013 | Impact
Anne Mosle

Today we are launching the Aspen Institute Ascend Fund, a $1 million fund that will invest in solutions like these that tap the creativity, knowledge, and assets of all sectors of our society to create a cycle of opportunity for children and their parents.

Time to Reauthorize the Federal Education Law

Mark Edwards | Posted 08.18.2013 | Impact
Mark Edwards

At a time when little legislative action is taking place, Opportunity Nation is pleased to see progress on our Shared Planed in the version of the bill passed by the Senate, including several objectives in the Improving Secondary Schools Program.

Denver Definitely Cares About Water

Amber Stenson | Posted 08.13.2013 | Denver
Amber Stenson

As Colorado faces another long and dry season with devastating wildfires, water is definitely becoming a top issue. And it should be.

Stop Playing by the Rules and Calling It Disruption

Dustin Farivar | Posted 08.13.2013 | Small Business
Dustin Farivar

I spend a lot of time with people who want to change the world and with people who actually do. The difference between them isn't intelligence, money, connections, or even force of will -- it's perspective.

Happy Father's Day to Mom

Don McNay | Posted 06.12.2013 | Impact
Don McNay

Father's Day is an empty day for a lot of people. We have a nation being raised by single mothers who are stepping up to the plate and filling both roles.

Change Our Story: How Much Is Enough?

Peter Buffett | Posted 08.12.2013 | Business
Peter Buffett

I keep coming back to the question, "how much is enough?" Now you may think that's a pretty ironic question coming from the son of one of the richest people in the world. But actually, it might just make me an expert on the subject.

Every Child Deserves to Play: Camp Zeitouna Helps the Youngest Syrian Refugees

Ehsan Zaffar | Posted 08.11.2013 | Impact
Ehsan Zaffar

Already many experts and aid organizations are describing these children as Syria's "lost generation." We should work to counter this assumption. This is the generation that will rebuild Syria, but only if we give them a chance, and the tools, to do so.

Volunteering is a Must for Your Resume!

Christian HELP | Posted 08.11.2013 | Impact
Christian HELP

Have you ever stared at your resume thinking, "Man, I haven't added anything new to this in over a year!"? For those of you that can say no to that qu...

Amy J. Sennett: Impact as the Third Metric for Women and Men

Amy J. Sennett | Posted 08.11.2013 | Women
Amy J. Sennett

Impact -- a third metric beyond money and power -- is so important for women and men. And it does not have to mean working for non-profit, charitable causes. Impact can mean designing a time-saving app for smartphone users.

A Modest Proposal: Thinking Outside the White Male Box

Hank Williams | Posted 08.11.2013 | Technology
Hank Williams

I have a modest proposal that could easily quadruple the inventive capacity of the country. It's simple, yet powerful, and with the right funding, it could be a game changer. The idea: let's completely remove the shopworn expression "think outside the box" from circulation for retooling.

Changing the World Can Be Draining: Here Are 12 Ways to Stay Inspired

Allison Jones | Posted 08.07.2013 | Impact
Allison Jones

I think there are things we can do on a regular basis that allow us to grow professionally while reconnecting us with the reasons we decided to pursue social-impact careers in the first place. Here are activities to try every day, week, month, and year.

Family Planning 101: Delaying Marriage and Motherhood in India's Heartland

International Center for Research on Women | Posted 08.05.2013 | Impact
International Center for Research on Women

By Jennifer Abrahamson Uttar Pradesh, India - Shrimati is two years behind in her studies, a reflection of her circumstances, not her capacity to lea...

Using Marketing Expertise to Help Causes in a 24-Hour Blitz

Rachael Chong | Posted 08.03.2013 | Impact
Rachael Chong

Cathy Monetti is the founder of CreateAthon, where ad agencies take a day off to help nonprofits with their branding and message -- over the course of a single, frenetic day.

A Life More Enlightened: Giving Girls a Second Chance in Egypt

International Center for Research on Women | Posted 08.03.2013 | Impact
International Center for Research on Women

By Allie McGonagle Glinski Beni Suef, Egypt - The lives of many adolescent girls living in Upper Egypt resemble those of young children in perpetuity...

Ben Vereen on Life After Diabetes Diagnosis

Bryan Cain-Jackson | Posted 07.31.2013 | Impact
Bryan Cain-Jackson

We all know it to be a debilitating disease. In a recent conversation with the legendary actor, he was good enough to share his words of wisdom and remind us that it doesn't have to be life changing.