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Obama's Speech Was a Call to Support Social Impact Organizations

Traci Donnelly | Posted 01.13.2017 | Politics
Traci Donnelly

If there's anything Americans take from the speech, I hope it's these four calls to action: get involved, get engaged, come together, and demand.

Communicating As A Leader: More Than Words

Kathleen Schafer | Posted 01.13.2017 | Politics
Kathleen Schafer

This year has provided so many topsy-turvy examples of leadership, encapsulated by the unexpected rise of President-Elect Trump, who prevailed despite...

Environmental Science and Speaking Truth to Power

Steven Cohen | Posted 01.04.2017 | Green
Steven Cohen

I am not an expert in toxicology, climate science, ecology or hydrology, but in environmental policy, organizational management, policy formulation, p...

Democracy Hero: Rep. John Sarbanes (Part Two)

Frances Moore Lappe | Posted 12.06.2016 | Politics
Frances Moore Lappe

Last April, as part of Democracy Spring, we marched from Philadelphia to D.C. with four game-changing demands for Congress.

After the Election: A Time for New Voices and Partners

Jesse Rosen | Posted 11.28.2016 | Arts
Jesse Rosen

Like many of our colleagues in the national nonprofit and cultural communities, we at the League of American Orchestras have been discussing the great...

New President Must Move Quickly On Opioids

Gary Mendell | Posted 11.27.2016 | Impact
Gary Mendell

Just a few weeks from now, Donald J. Trump will become our 45th president. He won with the support of working-class Americans who feel as if the world...

Count Care In: From GDP To A Social Wealth Economic Index

Riane Eisler | Posted 11.08.2016 | Politics
Riane Eisler

Policy makers need studies like the Care Index. Beyond this, they urgently need a broader index that shows the enormous human and economic benefits of valuing care in both homes and the market.

Dave Hoppe, Hero for People with Disabilities

Jennifer Laszlo Mizrahi | Posted 09.01.2016 | Impact
Jennifer Laszlo Mizrahi

With the attention focused on the Presidential election, it is easy to forget that there are committed professionals working in public service in our ...

Sustaining The Olympic Legacy: Women, Sports, And Public Policy

Beth Brooke-Marciniak | Posted 08.26.2016 | Impact
Beth Brooke-Marciniak

The Summer Olympics inspire us. They motivate us. For a few weeks every 4 years, we focus on achievement, hard work, pain, glory, and defeat in stunning athletic competition. And this year, we cannot miss the good news story of not just of one athlete, but of a whole group of athletes -- women.

Education Crowdfunding: An Engine of Good That Could Move Us Toward Equity

The Sillerman Center | Posted 08.23.2016 | Education
The Sillerman Center

When public school budgets shrink, it's students who pay the price. Classes get larger, fewer field trips get scheduled, athletic programs charge fees, and technology doesn't get updated.

Marketers Should Stop Equating Guns With Manly Sex Appeal

Liana Downey | Posted 08.05.2016 | Impact
Liana Downey

For citizens who have been raised in this advertising-rich environment, which comfortably equates guns and safety, sexiness, and manliness, it can be hard to see the marketing for what it is.

Advancing Policies Over Politics

K. Sujata | Posted 08.02.2016 | Chicago
K. Sujata

Popular political rhetoric often suggests an "up from the bootstraps" approach to economic security. When it comes to the real issues affecting our communities, though, individual hard work is not enough to solve inequality.

Europe's Pseudo-Solidarité

Dante Disparte | Posted 08.01.2016 | World
Dante Disparte

As the tug-o-war pulling apart Europe's political, social and economic cohesion plays out on the fringes -- with the improbable Brexit vote on one side and the failed coup in Turkey on the other -- forced solidarity is being called into question by an increasing number of once loyal countries.

The Senate Must Act Now to Put Families First

Donna M. Butts | Posted 07.07.2016 | Politics
Donna M. Butts

All children deserve what she now has--a safe and stable family where they can grow roots and thrive. As a country, where would we be without grandparents and other relatives who are sacrificing to raise the children in their care? The Senate needs to do the right thing and put families first.

My Advice For Future Policymakers: See The Public's Success As Your Success

Sri Mulyani Indrawati | Posted 07.06.2016 | World
Sri Mulyani Indrawati

The most important word in "public policy" is "public" -- the people affected by the choices of policymakers. But who are these people? And what do they care most about?

Let's turn #OrlandoStrong into #AmericaStrong (Don't just pray for Orlando, do something about it)

Allison Berkowitz | Posted 06.15.2016 | Politics
Allison Berkowitz

I don't cry about the news. Mass murders, celebrity deaths, cholera in Haiti - I always take a moment to think about what a sad state the story reflec...

Got Science? The Best Way to Boost US Clean Energy (That You've Never Heard of)

Pamela Worth | Posted 06.09.2016 | Science
Pamela Worth

Federal action on wind and solar in the United States has been historically slow and inadequate. A disheartening number of U.S. lawmakers still won't even accept the urgent need to lower carbon emissions by accelerating our transition away from burning fossil fuels.

Reducing Harms of Harmless Pleasures: The Role of Civil Society

Katherine Pettus | Posted 06.06.2016 | Politics
Katherine Pettus

Nation states and drug cartels are not the only powerful institutional actors in the international community. Transnational civil society networks can also be powerful, which is why some member states discourage them.

Why The Next Five Years Will Determine Our Clean Energy Future

Tom Werner | Posted 06.06.2016 | Green
Tom Werner

It's critical that we now focus on the important steps that build on existing momentum and embrace new technologies and approaches that lay the groundwork for a clean energy future.

The Three Biggest Factors That Will Determine the Success or Failure of Solar Energy

Quora | Posted 05.13.2016 | Green

Are we going to see a bubble in the Clean Energy Space in the next 15 years? originally appeared on Quora - the knowledge sharing network where compel...

Homelessness and Neoliberalism in LA: A Crisis of Values

Jonathan Russell | Posted 04.26.2016 | Religion
Jonathan Russell

In order to avoid simply remaking our "neoliberal bed," we will need to remake our values as we replenish the housing stock. If people of faith are willing to risk and speak out as prophets -- prophets with social service know-how -- they might be able to contribute to the construction of a more livable world, a world not as hard as the otherwise austere neoliberal bed.

7 Lessons on Leadership, Navigating One Mile of the Hudson

Mark Coleman | Posted 04.13.2016 | Green
Mark Coleman

Today, more than ever, we need constructive collaboration between stakeholders, and leaders who evoke inclusive decision-making, trust-building and mutual solutions.

6 Undeniable Facts About Cannabis (That Some People Are Still Denying)

Mark Kleiman | Posted 04.12.2016 | Crime
Mark Kleiman

Cannabis policy has a hard time shaking off its roots in the culture wars. Since the action around non-medical legalization action so far has largely been through voter initiatives rather than conventional legislation, the argument takes place mostly in sound-bites rather than policy memos.

Liberal Arts, Public Policy and Public Service: A Perfect Combination

Noah S. Leavitt | Posted 04.06.2016 | College
Noah S. Leavitt

Our students came away from the week telling us that they gained an expanded appreciation for why their liberal arts experience can help them play a role in shaping their communities, on behalf of their communities.

If We're Serious About Tackling Poverty, Let's Talk About Housing

Terri Ludwig | Posted 04.05.2016 | Impact
Terri Ludwig

The rising cost of housing in U.S. cities like San Francisco and New York is a well-known problem. Flying under the radar: an affordable housing crisis is growing in every state in the union.