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Professor Kennedy Should Not Undermine Racism at Harvard

Bianca Tylek | Posted 11.30.2015 | College
Bianca Tylek

Professor Kennedy began by slyly referring to the almost two-inch wide black tape used to deface black faculty portraits as mere "slivers," immediately looking to diminish their much more important implication.

Calling All Social Intrapreneurs!

Pioneers for Change | Posted 11.20.2015 | Impact
Pioneers for Change

We are all moved by different social issues. Some disturb us to the point where a fire is ignited within. We cannot turn a blind eye, change the channel and simply put it out of our mind.

A Radical Approach to Self Care

Justin Haaheim | Posted 11.19.2015 | Healthy Living
Justin Haaheim

We struggle with self care. We want to practice better self care. We want to do more of it. We don't think we have the time for it.

For Philanthropy, Make No Little Plans And Take Bold, Small Actions

Brady Josephson | Posted 11.17.2015 | Impact
Brady Josephson

The World's Columbian Exposition wasn't as much about a fair but an emerging city fighting for the respect of the world in times of change. Similarly, BBCON for me was less about a technology conference but the current changes that will affect the philanthropic sector in the near future.

How to Change the World

Pioneers for Change | Posted 11.12.2015 | Impact
Pioneers for Change

A professor of social work advised me not just to try to do good, but to use some skill I had to do good. The skill I decided that I had was that I spoke English. So I decided to start a language teaching program for incoming children families who could not speak English.

Hope And Humanity In The Jungle Of Calais

Pioneers for Change | Posted 10.30.2015 | Impact
Pioneers for Change

We eat the best meal I have while in France in Afghanistan. We sit inside the Afghan kitchen eating delicious aromatic spiced rice and beans while talking to a French volunteer who's been helping in the camp for one and a half years.

Why 'Black Lives Matter' to Us All

Dr. David Anderson | Posted 10.28.2015 | Black Voices
Dr. David Anderson

If it is true that all lives matter, then let's prove it by demonstrating our care for the lives that have mattered the least in America...Black Lives.

The Problem with Normality - A Look at a South African Township

Maria Montgomery | Posted 10.22.2015 | Impact
Maria Montgomery

Normality is simply what we're used to. And once we're used to it, we stop paying attention to it. It goes unseen. Even our own thoughts. Maybe ever so often something alerts us to the fact it isn't what it should, or could, be.

Let's End Burnout in the Movement

Victor Narro | Posted 10.08.2015 | Healthy Living
Victor Narro

It takes courage to radically change direction towards a more sustainable and healthy movement for justice. But change makers owe nothing less to the millions of community members impacted by the economic injustices they fight for every day. If we can truly support one another and open our hearts, we can connect and create a radical solidarity.

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.