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An Open Letter to My Grandfather

Kimanzi Constable | Posted 01.18.2015 | Good News
Kimanzi Constable

I'm not even sure where to start. There's a lot that hasn't been said out loud, but it's not necessary because I know how you feel. More than anything, I want to say thank you and I love you.

From 21st to 1st: How Google Won in a Saturated Market

Maura O'Neill | Posted 01.16.2015 | Business
Maura O'Neill

As we think about a new idea we shouldn't dismiss existing markets. Often the biggest opportunities are right in front of our face -- whether it is developing a new retail concept or bringing clean water each day to the 2 billion that don't have it.

In the DRC, Determined Women Learn New Skills for Respect and Revenue

Claire Armitage | Posted 01.13.2015 | Impact
Claire Armitage

At emerge poverty free, we have seen the effects of this empowerment on the ground in East Africa, where we run a variety of projects to educate and train women, working closely with local partners like the BCHC in eastern DRC.

Fighting Veteran Unemployment by Closing the Skills Translation Gap

Steve Cooker | Posted 01.13.2015 | Impact
Steve Cooker

Providing insight and tools to both employers and veterans can help to re-shape the way they think about military skills and help them to better understand all of the qualifications a transitioning service member/veteran processes.

2 Girls Who Want to Fight Malaria With Code

Dhairya Pujara | Posted 01.13.2015 | Impact
Dhairya Pujara

"Connect the Dots" is an electronic reporting-tool that enables near real-time monitoring of essential stocks and data on certain notifiable or outbreak diseases, starting with Malaria initiative.

The Incredible Moment When A Teen Who Was Born Deaf Learns To Communicate

The Huffington Post | Dominique Mosbergen | Posted 11.13.2014 | Impact

Patrick Otema was born deaf. The 15-year-old is said to live in a remote area of Uganda, and with no access to schools for the deaf he’s never learn...

Letting You In: The Complexities of Post-coital Care as a Queer Person With a Disability

Andrew Morrison-Gurza | Posted 01.12.2015 | Gay Voices
Andrew Morrison-Gurza

By agreeing to help me with post-coital care and attempting to understand the realities of my disability, he was being more intimate with me than any one-night stand had ever been. And I was showing him my true self, my vulnerabilities and my realness. My disability and all that it encompasses were laid bare without apology or exception.

The Road Less Traveled...

L. Y. Marlow | Posted 01.12.2015 | Impact
L. Y. Marlow

I do not take it lightly when I say that I have dedicated my life to saving Promise and the countless other Promises and families that are affected by this terrible crisis. Therefore, from my heart to yours, I ask you to join us.

Why We Must Tell the Untold Story

Shannon Schuyler | Posted 01.10.2015 | Education
Shannon Schuyler

Many, if not most of us, believe that President Barack Obama and high-profile sports, media, and entertainment personalities, such as LeBron James, Beyoncé, Robin Roberts, are exceptions -- the only African Americans making great contributions. Many of us are wrong.

Unpacking Failure

Maura O'Neill | Posted 01.10.2015 | Women
Maura O'Neill

When I used to work in D.C., I was struck by how paralyzed people are about failing. While failing may prevent you from getting hauled up in front ...

A Steep Climb -- No Regrets

Bill Couzens | Posted 01.10.2015 | Impact
Bill Couzens

Our organization's mission and the elevator speech for our work is "Less Cancer." Our focus has always been on the global community when it comes to ...

Haiyan, One Year Later: From Relief to Reconstruction

Stephen P. Groff | Posted 01.08.2015 | Politics
Stephen P. Groff

The Philippines must keep the recovery process moving smoothly until the job is done. Building back better from Haiyan won't erase the pain. But the safer and sustainable communities it delivers might leave a legacy that will be more lasting.

Educating Reformers and Activists: Dr. Howard Fuller's Powerful Example and Lessons

Paul Schmitz | Posted 01.03.2015 | Books
Paul Schmitz

Dr. Howard Fuller's new memoir, No Struggle, No Progress: A Warrior's Life from Black Power to Education Reform should be a textbook for how a leader defines and lives by the integrity of such purpose and values.

The Truth of Living Alongside the Beauty Ideal

Maja Tosic | Posted 01.04.2015 | Impact
Maja Tosic

My first tackle happened before birth. As my gentle mother looked onto the screen and saw that she was having a girl, my fall was born. In this unfair world, my descent was given life before my first breath awoke me in tears and screams.

Losing Our Fears So We Don't Lose Ourselves

Jacqueline Novogratz | Posted 01.03.2015 | Impact
Jacqueline Novogratz

America is so much better than we sometimes think we are. Fear makes us forget this. It makes us smaller when we have the chance to be expansive. We have the chance to rally around exporting the best of who we are.

As a Society, We Need to Remind Ourselves of the Importance of Civility

Elwood D. Watson | Posted 12.29.2014 | Impact
Elwood D. Watson

The fact is that all of us are human and will manage to make mistakes in our lives along the way. Imperfections aside, it is important that all of us , especially adults, make an effort to do our part to contribute to the making of a society that as civil as possible. After all, the children and young people in general are watching us.

The Real Noah's Ark

Sidonie Sawyer | Posted 12.28.2014 | Impact
Sidonie Sawyer

A bear, a lion and a tiger. The closest shared genre is of course the tiger and the lion, but in the jungle, they would never mingle. They would probably ignore each other and mind their own territory, or fight over food if they encountered a common prey.

Standing Up For What We Believe in Is a Little Like Streaking

Hans Hickler | Posted 12.25.2014 | Business
Hans Hickler

Courage has many faces. I'm speaking about personal courage, staring honesty in the face and the boldness to stand up for what we believe.

Ebola Crisis Sparks Need to Address Conspiracy Theories

Saleem H. Ali | Posted 12.23.2014 | Media
Saleem H. Ali

If there is any silver lining to conspiratorial thinking, it is a willingness to question what might seem obvious to the linear observer. As a scientist, I always consider such questioning to be positive.

Move Over, Avengers: Single Parents Are The Real Superheroes

Kaly McKenna | Posted 12.22.2014 | Divorce
Kaly McKenna

As a single mom, the one thing I do have in common with these characters of fiction found in your local costume aisle is that I hide my superpower. I hide it really, really well. Instead of a mask, I hide my superpowers behind my tired eyes and weary yawns.

Breast Cancer Awareness Month Brings the Usual 'Pinkwashing' and Unethical Cause-Marketing Partnerships

John Brothers | Posted 12.22.2014 | Impact
John Brothers

Often the most visible aspect of the Breast Cancer Awareness month is the number of products that are recolored pink to bring awareness and donations to the cause. A growing number of people and organizations are challenging the idea that these areas are actually bringing real benefit -- calling this trend "pinkwashing".

My Friend Dated My Rapist

Anna C. Bloomberg | Posted 12.21.2014 | Women
Anna C. Bloomberg

For the past five years, I essentially suffered in silence because I wanted to believe I was the same person I was before the attack. I refused to acknowledge it because I didn't want to be known as the girl who was raped her freshman year.

When We Connect to One, We Unite With All

Julie Barnes | Posted 12.20.2014 | Technology
Julie Barnes

Social media has become an amazing connector where building friendships and communities happens on a daily basis. It still amazes me that I have c...

Why We Fast With Divest Harvard

Talia Rothstein | Posted 12.20.2014 | Green
Talia Rothstein

On October 20, Harvard students, faculty, staff, alumni and community members will begin a week of fasting and reflection to call on our university to divest its $36.4 billion endowment from the fossil fuel industry. We believe that we have no other choice.

Satya Nadella's Accidental (and Valuable) Gift

Ritu_Sharma | Posted 12.17.2014 | Impact
Ritu_Sharma

But in situations like this, it's important that our voices not lose perspective - as the progress and change we desire only comes when we leave our emotional silos, seeking to understand and then hopefully educate people from diverse (different from our) viewpoints.