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Holocaust Films Rise This Fall

Isaac Zablocki | Posted 09.28.2015 | Arts
Isaac Zablocki

Every few years I am inspired to take a look at the changing trends in Holocaust related cinema. This Fall/Winter season brings another excellent crop of fascinating films that bring new perspectives to how the Holocaust is presented in widely-released movies.

Fighting Social Change, and Hiding Behind Religion

Ray Brescia | Posted 09.23.2015 | Politics
Ray Brescia

In 1810, Congress passed a federal law requiring postal clerks to circulate mail on the day it arrived, making no exception for Sundays. Once Congress entered into what some considered an entirely religious matter, church leaders from across the country sought to repeal the law. Sound familiar?

Permission to Pause -- A Mindfulness Requirement

Treasure Milinovich | Posted 09.23.2015 | Education
Treasure Milinovich

One thing is certain, as we continue our work with the teachers it is glaringly apparent that they NEED permission to pause. They NEED permission to reflect. They NEED permission to understand themselves better so they are better able to handle the rigors of teaching.

Going Beyond the Extraordinary

Bhavani Esapathi | Posted 09.22.2015 | Healthy Living
Bhavani Esapathi

To be extraordinary, you need to surpass being normal, but what if you're not normal to begin with? This is my story: Growing up as a girl in India I ...

Inequalities, Wasted Opportunities, and Humanitarian Crises: Awaiting Social Progress

Marc Fleurbaey | Posted 09.21.2015 | World
Marc Fleurbaey

Looking at the long-term prospects for social progress, as this Panel sets out to do, is not a diversion away from the management of the most urgent challenges. It is the wisest way to address these challenges.

Can Money Create Social Change?

The Sillerman Center | Posted 09.15.2015 | College
The Sillerman Center

Many philanthropists and foundations have recently been making impact investments in an attempt to influence social policy. But are these investments producing dividends toward social change?

"The Social Conscience of the Saint John's Bible I -- the Invitation to Forgive, Today and Always"

Paul N. Anderson | Posted 09.16.2015 | Religion
Paul N. Anderson

The beauty of the calligraphy and the artwork produced by thirteen scribes and artists is unprecedented, and yet most striking is the social conscience of the artwork.

A Better Place to Be: Induct Harry Chapin into the Songwriters Hall of Fame

Craig E. Sherman | Posted 09.14.2015 | Entertainment
Craig E. Sherman

Chapin's untimely death in 1981, undoubtedly robbed the world of some of the most prolific and beautiful songs that he sadly was never able to write.

The Wisdom Of Embracing Your Inner 'Inconvenient Woman'

Pamela Madsen | Posted 09.08.2015 | Fifty
Pamela Madsen

At some point each convenient woman needs to simply jump into the land of being an inconvenient woman. She's the one that does not show up at Thanksgiving because she is riding her RV through the country, dancing tango in Spain, or embracing her midlife sex goddess in Tuscany.

Why Merriam-Webster Changed Its Racist Definition of "Nude" | Posted 08.31.2015 | Impact

This may feel like a small win, but the language we use has an enormous impact on the reality we live. Plus, it shows that even a small but mighty army of young people can create racial progress. Here's hoping that army grows larger and mightier every day.

I Am Mad

Donna Henes | Posted 08.26.2015 | Women
Donna Henes

My partner often questions why I watch the news if it makes me so mad. Because it is important for me to know what is going on around me. I do not want to be deaf and blind to ignorance or violence, even if the shrill blare and horrendous images are painful.

The Unbearable Lightness of Non-Profit Propaganda

Daniela Kon | Posted 08.20.2015 | Impact
Daniela Kon

I became brutally mindful of the BS that clogs up the social change industry, specifically about the lies that we, as content creators, producers, and filmmakers are communicating to the public about the "glorious impacts" that foundations and non-profits have on impoverished communities.

5 Ways To Create Lasting Change In Your Life

Kimanzi Constable | Posted 08.20.2015 | Healthy Living
Kimanzi Constable

Society has conditioned us against stepping out and claiming the kind of life we want to live. Life is short and time can never be recovered. Each moment is precious and should be lived to the fullest. Here are five ways to create lasting change that leads to an amazing life.

Should All Businesses Have Trusted Advisors?

Jennifer Love | Posted 08.20.2015 | Business
Jennifer Love

The truth is, our peers, friends, family and staff can provide helpful insight, and you don't want to discount the importance of their advice. But, you also want to seek out formal trusted advisors who have a deep understanding of your business, along with the wisdom you need to compensate for your blind spots.

11 Creative Ways Your Thumbs Can Prevent Texting While Driving

Gabriel Gomez | Posted 08.19.2015 | Impact
Gabriel Gomez

Yep, these lil' protective coverings for your thumbs remind others not to text behind the wheel. Here's how 11 members got super creative while keeping their friends super safe.

Mauritania: Scholar Warns of "Implosion" Unless Leadership Embraces Change

Till Bruckner | Posted 08.18.2015 | World
Till Bruckner

I spoke with Amadou Sall, a lecturer of social anthropology at the University of Nouakchott and leading member of the Mauritanie Perspectives think tank, about politics, social change and the prospects for democracy in this rapidly changing West African nation.

My Resilient State -- Resilience Is the Answer to Our Increasingly Stressful Lives

Pioneers for Change | Posted 08.13.2015 | Impact
Pioneers for Change

I think it's fair to say that I've had my share of knocks over the years. Falling out with my boss despite being recognised as a talented individual in my field, started the ball rolling. But what then followed was a cascade of life-changing heartbreaks.

The Tragic Death of Shira Banki Should Resonate With Anyone Who Grew Up LGBTQ

Sean O'Toole | Posted 08.04.2015 | Gay Voices
Sean O'Toole

In pre-marriage equality Israel on Sunday, hatred took away a very important young person. The type of young person who changes minds, mobilizes, supports, believes in dignity and equality. A young person who could have very conceivably grown into a leader, organizer, campaigner and difference-maker.

3 Ways to Become a More Conscious Entrepreneur

Stephanie Seibel | Posted 08.10.2015 | Green
Stephanie Seibel

You're busy. Your phone's buzzing with notifications, your desk's a storm of Post-It notes, and your news feed says the world's got more than enough problems to solve (...Like this "sixth mass extinction" business? Your email inbox is already a black hole of doom!)

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 08.18.2015 | 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. T...