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Awaking the Sleeping Giant: Curry Sparks a Resurgence in Social Activism

Marcus Bright | Posted 01.20.2013 | Miami
Marcus Bright

The efforts of Curry, Sharpton and others in Florida during the Operation Lemonade effort illustrate the power and potential of what a diverse and committed coalition can do in the face of significant man-made barriers.

Feasting on Optimism

Amy Schrier | Posted 12.09.2012 | Impact
Amy Schrier

The solutions to social problems of the future will be born in the minds of optimists.

K'naan: The Reluctant Advocate

Tom Murphy | Posted 11.25.2012 | Impact
Tom Murphy

Somali-born hip-hop artist K'naan fled with his family from Mogadishu when he was 13 years old. The country at the time was experiencing a civil war that has left the country in a state in instability. His music has a series of influences that range from Nina Simone to Bob Marley to Bob Dylan.

Socially Responsible Investing: Whence Did We Come? And Whither Are We Going?

Robert Zevin | Posted 11.06.2012 | Business
Robert Zevin

Many of us are now embarrassed to say that our religious or moral or political views should and do affect our investment selections. We know the gatekeepers don't want to hear it; and they know that many of their institutional clients definitely don't want to hear it.

Why You Should Start a Social Enterprise in College

My Card My Story | Posted 09.22.2012 | Impact
My Card My Story

It is difficult to believe that we started a company -- let alone a social enterprise -- as undergraduates. Our venture, My Card My Story, would never have become a reality without the exposure and resources that college life has offered us.

Whose Roads? Our Roads! OWS Activist Gets Low Mileage But High Visibility

Jerry Ashton | Posted 07.20.2012 | New York
Jerry Ashton

In her "mobile extension" of the OWS Protests, Occupy Wall Street's Janet Wilson is proving that authorities might evict Occupy from streets and parks, but cannot keep it off the road.

The New Monastic Individuals

Kingsley Dennis, Ph.D. | Posted 08.20.2012 | Healthy Living
Kingsley Dennis, Ph.D.

The future is going to be about the people on the ground. It will be about the changes each of us makes in our lives to be more aligned with moving forward. It will be about how to cultivate a focused and positive state of mind and being.

Leveraging Online Activity Into Offline Action

Dan P. Morrison | Posted 07.08.2012 | Detroit
Dan P. Morrison

I want good old-fashioned online activity to inspire people to do something in the real world. Let's get social. Doing good has never been so much fun.

When Doing Good Lands You Among The TIME 100

Tijana Milosevic | Posted 05.06.2012 | Impact
Tijana Milosevic

Living in a society where personal projection, ego-management and soft-skills account for much of one's success, I wonder to what extent will celebrity status motivate future online activists?

Black Males and the Nature of Suspicion: Uncovering What Really Killed Trayvon Martin

Roderick Carey | Posted 06.17.2012 | Black Voices
Roderick Carey

What killed Trayvon is more important to discuss, than whom. While justice will hopefully take care of the who, it is up to us as a collective to problematize the what. In some regards, grappling with the problems on an individual is a far easier task than delving deeply into the societal ills informing individual mindsets and actions.

In Defense of Hypocrisy

The Cornell Sun | Posted 06.12.2012 | College
The Cornell Sun

As a white activist, I get this a lot. What does a white liberal weekend revolutionary know about police brutality? What gives me the cultural authority to quote the poetry of Gil Scott-Heron? And who the hell do I think I am?

VOTE! Webby Awards Nominates 5 Sites For Social Change Award

Posted 04.12.2012 | Impact

Nothing will replace the immeasurable power of a protest that gathers thousands of people in a city square. But a number of organizations and social n...

Watch: Is the Future of Social Activism Here Now?

Bill Moyers | Posted 06.03.2012 | Impact
Bill Moyers

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Why 'Kony 2012' Doesn't Do Enough To Create Effective Social Change

Mikaela Luttrell-Rowland | Posted 05.19.2012 | Impact
Mikaela Luttrell-Rowland

The Kony 2012 campaign does not do enough to deliver effective social change. How could it? The film depends on a simplistic story line, which ...

Human Rights Is a Lifestyle Choice, Not a Fad

Elischia Fludd | Posted 04.22.2012 | Impact
Elischia Fludd

I am often plagued by the nonsensical way in which things operate. World systems for economy, international dialogue and civic participation all seem foreign to the way they should intuitively run.

Craigslist Foundation Winds Up Its Good Work... And Demonstrates the Meaning of Community

Robert J. Rosenthal | Posted 03.13.2012 | Impact
Robert J. Rosenthal

So yes, hats off to Craigslist Foundation for 10 great years of making a difference. But credit too, to the staff and board for recognizing the strengths of other organizations that were doing good work too.

2011: The Year of the Activist

Biko Baker | Posted 02.19.2012 | Black Voices
Biko Baker

2011 was the year that America experienced an explosion of grassroots community activism. Seeing our hijacked democracy hurtling towards a fiery crash, the American citizen wrestled itself into the driver's seat, and is putting our country back on track.

Not in our name: African human rights activists reject UK aid conditionality

Mark Canavera | Posted 01.29.2012 | World
Mark Canavera

An oft-told African proverb (whose precise culture of origin often changes with the teller) asserts that "When elephants fight, the grass suffers." Pu...

PHOTOS: Architecture For The City Bird

Jaime Rojo & Steven Harrington | Posted 12.29.2011 | Arts
Jaime Rojo & Steven Harrington

Architect to the urban aviary set, Street Artist XAM is one rare bird. Averaging one per week over the last year, the California born former graffiti ...

Calling All Social Innovators!

Denielle Sachs | Posted 12.30.2011 | Impact
Denielle Sachs

If you or your organization has developed an innovative solution to a crushing social problem and you want to share your story with a large, elite and influential audience, we encourage you to submit a video.

What Making 100 Quilts in One Year For Lutheran World Relief Taught my Church Group

Joan Brunwasser | Posted 12.10.2011 | Women
Joan Brunwasser

I have been attending the evening quilting sessions at our church for almost two decades. In the early years, we might make 10 or 15 quilts a year. This year, our goal was to create 100 quilts.

Great Soul Gandhi: Activist or Entrepreneur

Kavita N. Ramdas | Posted 12.04.2011 | Politics
Kavita N. Ramdas

While the buzz about social entrepreneurship in philanthropy and development is encouraging, I am puzzled both by its lack of historical analysis and connection to social movements.

Latinos Tweeting Their Issues And Ideas To Top

www.cnn.com | Posted 12.02.2011 | Latino Voices

As a musician and social justice activist, online social media has helped Maria Isa sell more CDs and mobilize the growing number of Latinos in her ho...

It's Time for a New Type of Leadership

Ronit Herzfeld | Posted 11.26.2011 | Los Angeles
Ronit Herzfeld

We are at a juncture in human development that calls for a whole new type of leadership -- collaborative leadership.

From Good for Good

Tamsin Smith | Posted 11.09.2011 | Impact
Tamsin Smith

My fellow panelists and I have been challenged to illustrate "What Good Looks Like" with three examples of innovative solutions from non-profits, foundations, or social enterprises.