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Seizing Opportunities

Malene Barnett | Posted 06.23.2013 | Small Business
Malene Barnett

Turn your abilities into resources to help you grow your business. Don't be afraid to set a trend rather than follow one; and be bold, the rewards it brings are immeasurable!

The Forgotten College Student

Quentin Wilson | Posted 06.03.2013 | College
Quentin Wilson

Who do you typically think about when you visualize someone going to college? Is he or she one of the more than three million high school students graduating each year?

The Youth Build Movement - Service as Public Work

Harry Boyte | Posted 05.26.2013 | Impact
Harry Boyte

YouthBuild USA contrasts starkly with sentimental or cynical invocations of service. It uses unabashedly affective terms like "love" to describe its highly effective philosophy of working with low-income and minority young people for their educational and civic growth and development.

Motivation Lies Within Us

Career Wardrobe | Posted 05.26.2013 | Impact
Career Wardrobe

Use your independence. Use your confident and independent voice to show your professional style, your professional work ethic. Use your unique mindset to set you apart from the rest.

Pathways to Employment: Graduating Students Ready for College and Career

Lydia Dobyns | Posted 05.22.2013 | Impact
Lydia Dobyns

It was 10 years in the making, but when the Applied Technology Center opened its doors in 2011 to high school freshmen, it had been entirely funded through a local bond because the community saw the value of the school and supported it.

How To Make Your Own Luck

Rob White | Posted 05.17.2013 | Healthy Living
Rob White

You have it within your power to create your own luck. Real luck is about taking control of your life and being receptive to opportunities that come your way. Here are five tips for making your life a lucky one.

How to Get -- and Keep -- a Culture of Innovation

Lisa Arie | Posted 05.12.2013 | Business
Lisa Arie

Fresh, new ideas are the currency of growth. Companies are best served when they nurture a culture of ideas. To do so, an enterprise needs to be that crucible where everyone feels safe enough to let his or her imagination soar and create the innovation that's the lifeblood of success.

Turning Chaos Into Opportunity; Facing Adversity, Problems and Flaws

Rob Kall | Posted 05.11.2013 | Healthy Living
Rob Kall

Adversity can be both awful and wonderful. Soldiers regale each other with tales of heroism and courage in the face of adversity. Adversity shapes us slowly but steadily just as water carves out canyons and wears down mountains.

From Rome With Love? The Three Issues to Watch for Italy and Global Markets

Gemma Godfrey | Posted 04.30.2013 | Business
Gemma Godfrey

The possible loss of eagerly anticipated labour reforms, financial restrictions and market contagion provide shorter term sources of turmoil. However, existing reforms are likely to continue, market retrenchment is healthy and to be exploited for longer term opportunities.

Why Is PDS So "Progressive"? Warning: Strong Opinions, Language and Sarcasm

Pacific Diversified Services | Posted 04.28.2013 | Impact
Pacific Diversified Services

2012-11-13-jrlogo300x60.gifBy now you've hopefully read a few of our blogs and gotten to know some of the PDS clients... but we thought we would take the time to talk about the bigger picture.

Searching for Superman and Finding Myself

YouthBuild USA | Posted 04.27.2013 | Impact
YouthBuild USA

2012-11-13-jrlogo300x60.gifPlaying Batman and Robin as a child is one of the fondest, perhaps most innocent, memories I recall.

Meet Lisa, Robin and Victoria: The Banana Republic Posse

Pacific Diversified Services | Posted 04.22.2013 | Impact
Pacific Diversified Services

2012-11-13-jrlogo300x60.gifLisa grabs a big handful of packaged tights from the back room and then heads out to the sales floor. She knows exactly what to do and how to do it, because she has worked at Banana Republic now for 15 years. Lisa has Down Syndrome.

From Statistic to Entrepreneur through YouthBuild

YouthBuild USA | Posted 04.22.2013 | Impact
YouthBuild USA

2012-11-13-jrlogo300x60.gifI attended YouthBuild Brockton in the fall of 2007 because I wanted to get my life on the right track. I had a long history of smoking marijuana and selling drugs throughout the Boston area.

YouthBuild and Plato's Allegory of the Cave

YouthBuild USA | Posted 04.22.2013 | Impact
YouthBuild USA

2012-11-13-jrlogo300x60.gifAs Brandon Menjares approached the podium for his YouthBuild Just-A-Start graduation speech, I fully expected to be blown away.

Compassionate Capitalism Canards Called Out

Jonathan Lewis | Posted 04.22.2013 | Business
Jonathan Lewis

Whether you side with Khosla or with E.B. White ("The trouble with the profit system has always been that it was highly unprofitable to most people"), ideological debate distracts us. Let's be informed impact investors without being misinformed social commentators.

Building Futures and Helping Others

YouthBuild USA | Posted 04.15.2013 | Impact
YouthBuild USA

2012-11-13-jrlogo300x60.gif I went from not knowing anything about construction to building hospitals, banks, and luxury condos. I was given the chance to help build the very city I grew up in.

Solutions to Ending Poverty in the 21st Century: Part 3

Nikki Johnson-Huston, Esq. | Posted 04.14.2013 | Impact
Nikki Johnson-Huston, Esq.

A traditional four-year college education is not the path for everyone or all careers, but what are we doing to ensure good opportunities for the other 70 percent?

Helping Young People Realize Their Career Aspirations

YouthBuild USA | Posted 04.14.2013 | Impact
YouthBuild USA

2012-11-13-jrlogo300x60.gifWhen I was a ten-year-old girl growing up in Colombia, I wanted to become a zoologist and research great apes like Dian Fossey after watching a TV show featuring her work in the mountains of Rwanda.

Are Social Entrepreneurs Failing to Fail?

Jonathan Lewis | Posted 04.10.2013 | Impact
Jonathan Lewis

Social entrepreneurs hate admitting failure. None of us brags about our failures unless we can spin them (hide them?) with a triumphant social-entrepreneur-overcomes-adversity success story. I'm as guilty as anyone.

The Trials and Tribulations of Becoming Your Own Boss and Finding Your Passion in the Process

Adam Greenwald | Posted 04.09.2013 | Impact
Adam Greenwald

If you have aspirations of becoming your own boss and finding your passion in life, you have the power to do so. I'm here to curb all the skepticism that any person cannot do what he or she wants. You can make a change in your career if you're not satisfied.

Danger and Opportunity: Breaking the Cycle of Poverty

Urban Alliance | Posted 04.08.2013 | Impact
Urban Alliance

2012-11-13-jrlogo300x60.gif While we all recognize that the root causes of poverty are complex and there are no silver bullets, there's still a lot President Obama can do in his second term to move the needle.

The Economic Oversight in Manufacturing Cotton (Part 2)

Jolie Bensen | Posted 04.07.2013 | Business
Jolie Bensen

If the U.S. is the second largest producer of cotton in the world, then why can't we buy U.S. grown, U.S. spun cotton fabric? Or any fabric grown and processed here in the U.S.?

Positioning Opportunity Youth to Be Tomorrow's Leaders

YouthBuild USA | Posted 04.03.2013 | Impact
YouthBuild USA

2012-11-13-jrlogo300x60.gif Opportunities go to those who have the necessary skills. At YouthBuild programs, we clearly communicate labor market realities to young adults so they know what occupations are in demand and how to obtain the appropriate credentials to advance vocationally.

A Better Way To Wish 'Good Luck'

Marci Rich | Posted 04.02.2013 | Fifty
Marci Rich

Instead of reflexively wishing someone (or myself) "good luck," I will try instead for the will to be fallible -- the courage to believe that I don't know everything -- that I cannot control everything. In that way, perhaps, I'll find myself in the realm where miracles happen.

The Redefinition of Work

Shelby Clark | Posted 04.01.2013 | Small Business
Shelby Clark

While finding a traditional job may seem harder than ever for the average American, it has never been easier to be an entrepreneur and earn income from non-traditional sources.