Poverty is the root of countless conflict, and this human affliction will continue to be an exploitable phenomenon until the world wakes up and starts investing in both people and planet.
In 1969, Elvis Presley had a hit song titled "In the Ghetto." The song tells the heartbreaking story of a child born to grow-up, live and die a violent death trapped in a neighborhood and a cycle of poverty from which he couldn't escape.
In the past six months I've spent more time with a 61-year-old formerly homeless man than I have with many of my friends and family. As our friendship developed, I wondered what would happen if we approached homeless people like we do new relationships: with openness to learning about the other person.
They had no tangible means to move it so one came up with the idea of saying a prayer to God by a sincere deed that they had respectively carried out at some time prior for Him.
Building on their legacy of leading-edge ideas, Grameen Foundation has evolved from funding microfinance to designing disruptive solutions to the kind of poverty that's most challenging to reach, in remote rural areas, and to the poorest of the poor.
As the sustained media interest attests, Pope Francis's encyclical "Laudato Si" is a genuinely remarkable intervention. In exhaustive detail he identifies the two profound challenges facing our global civilization: poverty and the stability of the planet's life support system.
Being both poor and a woman is not easy. Add to that a constant barrage of attacks on your reproductive health, and you've got a nearly impossible situation. Yet, it's something that millions of American women are forced to endure every minute of every hour of every day.
The concept of bail is a long-standing part of our criminal justice system. Bail is specifically mentioned in the U.S. Constitution and actually originated in ancient Rome. But it has changed over the years and it no longer works.
Mariano Rivera. Babe Ruth. Christy Mathewson. Sandy Koufax. Jeremy Affeldt?! I sometimes wonder if I told people just how close (and how many times) I came to quitting the game altogether, whether they'd even believe me.
One issue that keeps popping up for me both at home and in each country I visit is ethics. In Greece, it's often been on the forefront of my mind.
Once in a while comes along a large, hulking tome of a book whose pages flop with fun-filled substance. "Sarge: The Life and Times of Sargent Shriver", by Scott Stossel, is just such a book.
Clay Water Brick is an engaging, worthwhile read equally applicable to Sustainable Development Goals policymakers, bootstrapping entrepreneurs, and those searching for ways to pay forward their passions in life.
The political will and financing to ensure that education is prioritized alongside other life-saving and rebuilding interventions is clearly and starkly missing.
"White privilege" is a term guaranteed to set off a white male like me. I grew up poor with a single mom. I moved to one side of the country and back; as the new kid, I was a frequent target of bullies. I had an abusive relationship with a stepfather.
The religious community is abuzz with commentary on the Pope's recently released encyclical on climate change and the moral imperative to address its consequences, borne disproportionately on the backs of the global poor.
Destitution means extreme poverty, something that separates the third world from the first. When people are homeless or hungry, they are said to be destitute. Does destitution exist in the United States, still the largest economy in the world? It certainly does, and on a large scale.