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Lynda Freeman | Posted 07.07.2015 | Good News
Lynda Freeman

For almost as long as I can remember my life has been very, very busy. I've been a wife, mother, teacher, the daughter of elderly parents, the advocate for a mentally ill sister, artist, writer and friend.

Open Letter to Jeff Weiner -- Help Make LinkedIn a Force for Good

Daniel Goleman | Posted 06.25.2015 | Media
Daniel Goleman

There's no doubt that LinkedIn has become the world's best place to connect professionally and build your network. I see a way it could be even better -- especially when it comes to managing your professional identity -- and letting users know if you're the right person for a job.

Art Drives Activism: One Musician's Response to Charleston

Sheila Moeschen | Posted 06.24.2015 | Media
Sheila Moeschen

In the wake of unspeakable terror, unthinkable violence, I am grateful for the way musicians allow themselves to feel called to put in a pin in the hustle for a livelihood and, instead, turn their gifts into opportunities to shift thought and make meaning out of what is unfathomable.

Is There an Inner Revolution Taking Place on This Planet? You Bet!

Beth Green | Posted 06.22.2015 | Impact
Beth Green

I have never been happier in my life, and I want to tell you why, because it's about you.

Plastic Pollution: A Social Justice Perspective

Lisa Kaas Boyle | Posted 05.21.2015 | Green
Lisa Kaas Boyle

We all have different tools in out tool boxes that we can use to fight the power of corporations that place short-term profit over the long-term health and well-being of people and the planet. The time is NOW to use all that we have to stop plastic pollution.

What Causes Do Americans Really Care About?

Simone Collins | Posted 05.09.2015 | Impact
Simone Collins

We live in an age in which our personal interests and activities can be tracked at scale. This enables us to understand our cultural values with a level of accuracy that would before seem unfathomable.

Five Years After: Long Live Howard Zinn

Bill Bigelow | Posted 03.29.2015 | Politics
Bill Bigelow

It's always worth dipping into the vast archive of Zinn scholarship, but at a moment of increasing social activism and global tension, now is an especially good time to remember some of Howard Zinn's wisdom.

LISTEN: 8 Freedom Songs That Promoted Social Activism

The Huffington Post | Brennan Williams | Posted 01.19.2015 | Black Voices

Since the dawn of human history, black people have been the catalysts and contributors to pivotal moments that have greatly affected our world. And du...

Kids Remind Us Why All People Should Be Viewed Through The Eyes Of The Child

The Huffington Post | Robbie Couch | Posted 01.14.2015 | Impact

Sometimes kids do the darndest things -- like prove that funny faces should be funny, regardless of who's making them. Parents and their children w...

I Took My Kids To The Protest

Jennifer Harvey | Posted 03.08.2015 | Parents
Jennifer Harvey

They have a deeply informed perspective on this. Kindness and fairness are a big deal in their lives.

Dear Parents: No, I Won't Run Your Child Over With My Wheelchair

Emily Ladau | Posted 02.23.2015 | Impact
Emily Ladau

But then, you heard your son's questions and you cut him off. You told him "She could run you over!" as you laughed a condescending laugh and pulled him away. It seems you entirely missed the point of what could have been a perfect teachable moment. And it stung.

Top 10 Social Activism Hashtags of 2014

Tasha Mitchell | Posted 02.16.2015 | Impact
Tasha Mitchell

Comparing how quickly activists came together to form the Civil Rights and Anti-War movements in the '60s, to current sprouting social movements fueled by hashtags like #ICantBreathe, one can observe the exponential amplification value that social media serves in activism today.

Slut Shaming is Still a Thing: How Women Are Shifting the Conversation Through the Arts

Monique Svazlian, CPCC | Posted 02.09.2015 | Arts
Monique Svazlian, CPCC

n response to this growing epidemic, Katie Cappiello and Meg McInerney, founders of The Arts Effect All-Girl Theater Company, decided to take on this complex and multi-layered issue facing women and girls today, namely slut culture, slut shaming and the culture of sexual violence.

Slacktivist and Proud Of It!

Tim McDonald | Posted 01.18.2015 | Impact
Tim McDonald

You can say I've moved beyond slacktivism and more into activism, but without getting involved originally as a slacktivist, I never would've take the first step to becoming more of an activist.

Social Media as a Formidable Force for Change

Ritu_Sharma | Posted 01.12.2015 | Impact
Ritu_Sharma

The power of social media is hard to dismiss. What once seemed like a trivial way to keep in touch with friends, sharing photos and jokes, has become a force for societal change, shining light on subjects previously unknown.

When Social Kills

David Sable | Posted 12.06.2014 | Business
David Sable

My fear is that we are beginning to look at our personal technology as a totem. The kind of totem that people once thought (and some still do) protected them from bullets or arrows or bears -- bottom line: an unnatural death.

How to Participate for Change and Peace in #Ferguson

Ritu_Sharma | Posted 11.03.2014 | Impact
Ritu_Sharma

Whether you're in the business of helping people or not, it's hard to sit back and watch a situation like Ferguson unfold. With information coming at us via social channels, muddied like a game of telephone, it can be difficult to discern which side is right or wrong (as if it's ever that simple anyway), much less take any sort of action.

An Open Letter to the Fans of the Washington Nationals and New York Mets Baseball Teams

Andrew Dudley | Posted 08.10.2014 | Green
Andrew Dudley

As you may know, on May 16 I made an appearance at the Washington Nationals and New York Mets baseball game. In the ninth inning, I walked onto the fi...

Disability Awareness Activist Uyanga Erdenebold, Ulaanbaatar Mongolia

Nomin Dari | Posted 05.17.2014 | Impact
Nomin Dari

Most of us know the difficulty of learning a foreign language. Now, imagine the triumph of learning a foreign language, blind. Uyanga Erdenebold, has not only done that, but is also the recipient of the first Fulbright Scholarship awarded to a blind Mongolian student.

I Won't Pretend That Disability Simulation Works

Emily Ladau | Posted 05.11.2014 | Impact
Emily Ladau

To me, it feels like the opposite of acceptance to have my entire identity as a person with a physical disability reduced to an isolated simulation experience. We must move away from equating empathy with acceptance

5 Of The Coolest, Craziest Ways To Stand Up For What You Believe In

The Huffington Post | Carina Kolodny | Posted 02.06.2014 | Impact

From craftivism to hacktivism, passionate people around the globe have been coming up with increasingly creative ways to stand up for what they believ...

FACE IT: Pete Seeger on My Mind

Michele Willens | Posted 03.30.2014 | Fifty
Michele Willens

Today, everyone will be writing their obits and playing "Turn Turn Turn," "Where Have All the Flowers Gone" and "If I Had a Hammer" in memory of the great and now late Pete Seeger.

Honor Mandela by Standing Up to Injustice

Lecia Brooks | Posted 01.25.2014 | Impact
Lecia Brooks

We honor Mandela when we stand up for social justice. We honor him when we break down social barriers that allow prejudice and suspicion to fester. We honor him when we reach out to others with a helping hand. We honor him when we keep fighting for justice even after we encounter failure.

Al-Mutanabbi Street Starts Here -- What Will Be Your First Step?

Jane Carlin and Barb Macke | Posted 01.23.2014 | Education
Jane Carlin and Barb Macke

As a poet and a bookseller, Beau recognized that Al-Mutanabbi Street would have been his home, and sought to raise awareness and to promote the role of the artist in social activism and the commonality between Al-Mutanabbi Street and any street that holds a bookstore, library, university, or arts organization.

5 Pointz Wins Another Extension and Calls Out to Banksy for Help

Anthony Papa | Posted 01.23.2014 | Arts
Anthony Papa

The artists involved in this case are calling out to the famous English artist Banksy to join their cause to stop the demolition of 5Pointz, known as the graffiti Mecca of the world.