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Change Isn't the Greatest Political Challenge, Sustaining It Is

Ben Hecht | Posted 07.28.2015 | Impact
Ben Hecht

In my mind, this is a clear and powerful articulation of the elements critical to enabling cities to deal with our society's most intractable problems by thinking outside of the box.

Social Media & Censorship: Freedom of Expression and Risk

Layla Revis | Posted 07.22.2015 | Technology
Layla Revis

If we are too afraid to say things because the consequences outweigh human progress, then we must all ask ourselves, "What are we even living for?"

Carrying the Torch for Inclusion, After the Games Are Over

Torrie Dunlap | Posted 07.22.2015 | Los Angeles
Torrie Dunlap

The Special Olympics World Games will, for a short period of time, make disability visible. But we should not be persuaded that this is what inclusion looks like, and should continue to fight for greater participation by students with disabilities in our schools, communities, and even our sports leagues.

Power of Mentoring for Social Change

Eli Wolff | Posted 07.19.2015 | Impact
Eli Wolff

Mentors do more than help new employees learn the basics of the workplace. They also help others develop values and new perspectives on the world.

Failure as a Public Good

Ben Hecht | Posted 07.19.2015 | Impact
Ben Hecht

Last week, Jim Anderson of Bloomberg Philanthropies and Andrea Phillips of Goldman Sachs shared lessons from their investment in a social impact bond to reduce recidivism at Riker's Island.

Here's How Photographer Nigel Skeet Turns Homeless People Into "Rock Stars"

Bibbi Abruzzini | Posted 07.09.2015 | Arts
Bibbi Abruzzini

How do you feel when you find yourself face to face with a homeless person? We know hunger and homelessness are increasing in the United States. Thi...

In Iran Today Little Changes Mean a Lot

William O. Beeman | Posted 07.02.2015 | World
William O. Beeman

Iran is changing. The behavior of the people today would have not been tolerated 35 years ago in the immediate post-Revolutionary period. The cumulative effect of these behavioral and cultural changes is a transformation of Iranian society that will likely never be reversed.

Women Rule the Tech World at Women Startup Challenge and Win $50K

Craig Newmark | Posted 07.06.2015 | Technology
Craig Newmark

The first-ever Women Startup Challenge Pitch Competition was a huge success in Washington, DC. 12 women-led startups pitched their innovative and disruptive ventures to a panel of tech investors at General Assembly/1776.

The Truth About Millennial Republicans

Steven Petite | Posted 06.30.2015 | Politics
Steven Petite

When the Supreme Court handed down the historic ruling that same-sex marriage is legal in all fifty states, I began to notice social media posts, news headlines, and off hand comments from people stating that it was another blow to conservatism, that Republicans were not in favor of this ruling.

Celebrating the Humanitarian in Sport

Eli Wolff | Posted 06.30.2015 | Sports
Eli Wolff

Just as we celebrate the athletes who score amazing goals and bring us fantastic finishes, it is equally important to celebrate the humanitarians who utilize the platform of sport to champion social issues and social change.

What Would Edward Sagarin Think? Or Donald Webster Cory?

Philip Goldberg | Posted 06.29.2015 | Politics
Philip Goldberg

I'm thinking of Dr. Sagarin, who was my sociology professor and something of a mentor in the 60s, in the wake of Friday's monumental Supreme Court decision on gay marriage. If his soul is looking on from somewhere in the cosmos, he is surely as astonished by that turn of events.

The Iranian Post-Revolutionary Generation Comes of Age

William O. Beeman | Posted 06.24.2015 | Politics
William O. Beeman

For several years I have been writing about a dramatic demographic shift that is about to take place in Iran. It is the emergence of the Post-Iranian Revolution Generation. This new generation has arrived and will create great changes in Iran in the near future.

Artist Creates Ripples by Illustrating Father-Daughter Stories

Brittany Hodak | Posted 06.19.2015 | Arts
Brittany Hodak

I awoke one winter morning to find an email in my company's general inbox from Dasgupta. Her message explained that she was an artist with an initiative "dedicated to all fathers who stand as the pillars of support for their daughters."

Why Is Profit a Dirty Word?

Emma 'The Gecko' Davidson | Posted 06.22.2015 | Business
Emma 'The Gecko' Davidson

It's been suggested to me that I should not be making any profits, that my business should be a charity, and that I should not pay myself a salary.

This Is What a Real Woman Looks Like

Skylar Liberty Rose | Posted 06.08.2015 | Women
Skylar Liberty Rose

We don't need to marginalize ourselves. We don't have to play down the parts of our personality that want to be seen. We don't have to hide our physique or change how we look. We can embrace all of who we are without comparing ourselves to anyone else. We can be real and we can own it. All of it. Every last badass bit.

What Does The Future Hold For The Women of Jordan?

Zeena Saifi | Posted 06.08.2015 | Women
Zeena Saifi

Despite the obvious imbalance that Jordanian society has reached, a majority of women have come to accept the notion of a male-dominated society. Why have the women of the developing world been equal in responsibilities and burdens, but unequal in entitlements and rights?

The Simple Way to Make Education More Accessible for Tens of Thousands of Americans

NationSwell | Posted 06.02.2015 | Impact
NationSwell

Partnering with the organization Pencils of Promise, which provides education to underserved students in developing countries, CommonBond funds a year of schooling for a child abroad for every degree fully funded through its platform.

A New and Powerful Tool for Achieving Sustainable Development

Paul Polman | Posted 05.22.2015 | Impact
Paul Polman

Ecosystems provide for a plethora of human needs, from nutritious food, to timber, fiber and fuel. Yet, over the past 50 years, humans have degraded ecosystems more rapidly than in any comparable period in history.

Interpretations of Globalization

Nausheen Khan | Posted 05.21.2015 | Impact
Nausheen Khan

Globalization is a fairly novel concept associated with modernity, democratization, connectivity, international trade and technological advancement. When I was first introduced to the term, I associated it with global markets, comparative advantage, removal of trade barriers and so on.

When Tourism and Sports Team Up for Development and Peace

Gaia Paradiso | Posted 05.15.2015 | World
Gaia Paradiso

From an international tourist's perspective traveling for leisure purposes, the main reasons to travel to Brazil are 1. Sun & beach 65,9 % ; 2. Nature, 3. Eco-tourism and Adventure 19 %; 4. Culture 11, 4 %, 5. Sports 1, 8 %, 6. Night entertainment 0, 9%.

Silence Isn't Always Compliance... Sometimes It's the Activism of Listening

Lorraine Devon Wilke | Posted 05.11.2015 | Politics
Lorraine Devon Wilke

With so much angst and unrest unfolding throughout the world, most of which we're made aware of in minute-by-minute bursts, the pressure to show our social activism bona fides is intense, ofttimes bearing down like a hurricane with an agenda.

Beta-Testing Empathy With TableTribes

Erica Schlaikjer | Posted 04.28.2015 | DC
Erica Schlaikjer

"If an entire city could share a single conversation, what would we talk about?" That's the premise of TableTribes, a mobile app that aims to bring...

Grateful for Gen Z

Amy Schoenberger | Posted 06.27.2015 | Impact
Amy Schoenberger

We all know more than enough about Millennials - who they are, how they consume media, what they want from brands, and other assorted minutiae from the foods they eat to the slang they use.

Out Loud and Off-Screen: The Power of the Spoken Word

Graeme Blackman | Posted 06.28.2015 | Education
Graeme Blackman

As April comes to an end and the city of Baltimore is seared by racial conflict, I have been thinking about one of the great examples of the enormous power of public oratory, which occurred 47 years ago and whose anniversary is rarely noted.

UVA's Need to Shout for Solidarity

Andrew Isaac Burrill | Posted 06.21.2015 | College
Andrew Isaac Burrill

Although the University of Virginia has gone through so much darkness this year, we have to remember that in times of doubt and despair, we must come together as a community and strive to do better through notable action.