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Broadmoor Lives On: How a Community Saved Their New Orleans Neighborhood Following Katrina

LaToya Cantrell | Posted 08.31.2015 | Impact
LaToya Cantrell

Broadmoor wasn't a perfect community before the levee failures. We suffered from the systemic problems of poverty  --  blight, slum apartments, and a failing public school  --  and the deadly scourge of violent crime. But we possessed many assets  --  historic homes, a public library, and an active neighborhood association  -- and the greatest attribute of all, our people.

Why We Should Say Goodbye to the Lazy Summer Fantasy

Kelly Ruemmele | Posted 08.28.2015 | Education
Kelly Ruemmele

At the end of the last school year, two North Kansas City schools transitioned to the year round calendar. Parents had the opportunity to transfer their children to a traditional school or participate in the year round 45-15 plan. Some 95 percent of parents opted to stay.

Here's Why Scientists Are Giving Honeybees Tiny 'Backpacks'

The Huffington Post | Jacqueline Howard | Posted 08.28.2015 | Science

These tiny "backpacks" aren't your typical fashion accessory.  An international research team, leading the Global Initiative for Honeyb...

Making Government Better

John Roman, Ph.D. | Posted 08.28.2015 | Impact
John Roman, Ph.D.

Performance management is most effective when organizations stick to best practices in program implementation, identify rigorous outcomes, and make those outcomes the focus of the intervention. These principles may seem obvious, but they rarely guide actual performance.

Hurricane Katrina: Three Objects of the Storm and Three Objectives of Service

Rob Lalka | Posted 08.28.2015 | Impact
Rob Lalka

Katrina's devastation was, by so many measures, due to the mistakes of people. And the recovery is, by every measure, due to the strength of people.

Ideagen Exclusive Interview With Ritz Carlton's Sue Stephenson

George Sifakis | Posted 08.27.2015 | Impact
George Sifakis

It was an honor to have Sue Stephenson, a Corporate Responsibility Executive with The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company, as a speaker at our Ideagen ( Summit in June.

Who's the "Mentally Ill, Homeless Man" Down the Street?

Matt Hartman | Posted 09.09.2015 | Impact
Matt Hartman

The next time you see someone rambling on the street or asking for money, put yourself in their position. We need to imagine lacking a family, lacking food and lacking simple roofs over our heads. Maybe then, we'll understand and begin showing compassion.

5 Things You Should Know About Oncofertility

Emily Drake | Posted 08.26.2015 | Healthy Living
Emily Drake

Not all surgeries, chemotherapies and radiation treatment options affect fertility and in some cases people assume that they are infertile, only to be surprised by an unplanned pregnancy after unprotected sex.

10 Years Later: Katrina's Legacy of Service

Reese May | Posted 08.26.2015 | Impact
Reese May

But despite the storm's destruction, and the ongoing problems with disaster recovery in America -- New Orleans' story is hardly all doom and gloom. In the years since Katrina, New Orleans has given many the opportunity to become our very best selves.

Putting a Woman on Our Currency is Much Bigger than the $10 Bill

Rosie Rios | Posted 08.27.2015 | Women
Rosie Rios

The Treasury Department's exciting announcement that U.S. paper currency will soon feature the image of a historical American female was a long time coming.

Confessions of a Millennial in Shame

Ernest Owens | Posted 08.26.2015 | Impact
Ernest Owens

They say that some things in life won't be realized until you get a little older. I've been stubborn to coming around the following truth I'm about to profess, but I think it's time to admit it. I'm ashamed to say this: but millennials, we are lazy as hell.

Putting Your Positive Thoughts in High Impact Social Enterprise Action

Steve Mariotti | Posted 08.25.2015 | Impact
Steve Mariotti

Social entrepreneurship gets thrown around. A lot. Countless are published tips for social entrepreneurs, talks are given about the social good, and I too have had the privilege to write about the incredible social entrepreneurs I have met in my journey to boost entrepreneurship for youth around the world.

Diversity and Inclusion

Adrian Coysh | Posted 09.08.2015 | Impact
Adrian Coysh

Recruiters often take the path of least resistance, or choose a low risk option rather than either stretching the boundaries, or taking a high risk gamble on someone who "looks wrong, but is right".

Employing Veterans: Debunking the Myths

Robert L. Gordon III | Posted 08.24.2015 | Impact
Robert L. Gordon III

The report found that we veterans are not the "broken heroes" that our national leaders and the media have made us out to be. To be sure, some veterans do struggle with unemployment, homelessness and Post-Traumatic Stress (PTS), but on the whole we are a resilient bunch.

How to Stop Policing Girls and Women

Stephanie Hepburn | Posted 08.24.2015 | Impact
Stephanie Hepburn

Unfortunately, policing of females doesn't diminish as we get older and it trickles into our social lives, our interactions with the general public and at work. Dress codes -- on paper or through verbal expectations -- are an easy way to determine if there is disparate treatment of the genders.

You Have Giving All Wrong

Tim McDonald | Posted 08.23.2015 | Impact
Tim McDonald

Giving has always meant, to me, being able to give a gift or listen to someone by giving my time and energy. But I had no idea the path I would take -- as a result of one simple idea I had -- that would fundamentally change my outlook on life.

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.