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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 04.29.2015 | 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 04.28.2015 | 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 04.27.2015 | 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.

What I Learned About Leadership From Addiction Recovery

Paul Schmitz | Posted 04.27.2015 | Impact
Paul Schmitz

The recent loss of an important early mentor has focused that reflection on something unexpected -- how much my recovery from addiction shaped my approach to leadership and social change.

Is Anger a Motivator for Change?

Hildy Gottlieb | Posted 04.21.2015 | Impact
Hildy Gottlieb

What part does anger play in creating change -- personal change, organizational change, social change? In a year that I've committed to exploring my own anger, this question just keeps arising.

3 Ways Broadband Internet Is Improving Health Care And Education

Tae Yoo | Posted 04.20.2015 | Impact
Tae Yoo

In many parts of the world, being able to download information on a smartphone, tablet or laptop in a few seconds is the norm. In Silicon Valley, wire...

Celebrating 21st-Century Feminism and Why It Matters

Emmanuelle Herman | Posted 04.17.2015 | Women
Emmanuelle Herman

In a room full of feminists the other day, someone asked 'What have we achieved over the past 10 years?' To my surprise, the room fell silent. Is it really that hard to name a couple of recent successes?

I Wish France Had Banned Underweight Models When I Was One

Ainsley McWha | Posted 04.13.2015 | Women
Ainsley McWha

My old agency director? He could have been imprisoned for what he said to me. That was almost 20 years ago, but I will never forget his words and their after effects.

Indian Women Take Down Their Country's Rape Culture In 3-Minute Rap

The Huffington Post | Robbie Couch | Posted 03.31.2015 | Impact

Two Indian women busted rhymes to make a point, and they got the world's attention. Uppekha Jain and Pankhuri Awasthi uploaded a video to YouTube o...

When Is It Bad to Seek Attention?

Matt Hartman | Posted 03.27.2015 | Impact
Matt Hartman

Most of us are called attention-seeking at some point, and it's usually a way to silence or delegitimize. We silence and delegitimize those who are oppressed -- those we want to stay in their place. Often, its done subconsciously, but just as, if not more, often it's done with purpose.

A More Accessible Union -- 25 Years to the ADA

Isaac Zablocki | Posted 05.19.2015 | New York
Isaac Zablocki

We should be a society that builds ramps whether it is requested or not. It is not that disability programs should be accessible, it is that everything should be accessible, and the disability community should be accessing like anyone else.

World Poetry Day: Poetry for Social Change

Tammara Fort | Posted 05.19.2015 | Impact
Tammara Fort

Poetry has been used for millennia as a means for transmitting historical and cultural information. Poets throughout history have also waged war on social ills and crimes against humanity through their verse

Florida Proposes "Stand Outside My Loo" Law

Warren J. Blumenfeld | Posted 05.16.2015 | Gay Voices
Warren J. Blumenfeld

The current bifurcated restroom designation contradicts the realities of peoples' sexed bodies, gender identities and gender expressions.

The White Shadow

Rev. Earl E. Johnson | Posted 05.13.2015 | Religion
Rev. Earl E. Johnson

I absorbed the dynamics of difference, because, I, too, was different. If rights were denied to others, my rights would be denied, someday, too. That's why we should care about Ferguson. Fearing our neighbor means losing our religion.

Culture Can Help Align Values With Actions: Interview with Tom David

Kathleen P. Enright | Posted 05.11.2015 | Impact
Kathleen P. Enright

In any organization, culture can help align values with actions. It can provide a shared sense of coherence. It helps establish and maintain appropriate standards of behavior and productivity across the organization and may simplify the task of integrating new staff into their jobs.

Putting People to Work Is a Good Thing -- And a Good Investment

Jim Gibbons | Posted 05.10.2015 | Impact
Jim Gibbons

More and more, as the social enterprise movement spreads around the world, we're finding that the best results actually happen for everyone when businesses look beyond the bottom line and invest in social change -- and that can only be good for everyone.

#Selma50, Storytelling Strategies and Social Change

Lee-Sean Huang | Posted 05.09.2015 | Politics
Lee-Sean Huang

By presenting a problem, and then a solution, it may leave the reader thinking that the problem is solved, but of course it is not solved. We have a choice to make, to continue the march towards a more just society, or to rest on the laurels of past victories. The choice is ours.

No, Everything Cool Isn't a Disruptive Innovation

Ryan Scott | Posted 05.05.2015 | Impact
Ryan Scott

Social change disruption, catalytic innovation -- whatever you want to call it -- the application of new ways of thinking about thorny issues that face our world is crucial to bridging the disconnect between different stakeholders, and forging a unified path.

Lauren Coodley's Upton Sinclair: California Socialist, Celebrity Intellectual

Lawrence Wittner | Posted 05.05.2015 | Books
Lawrence Wittner

Can a dedicated socialist have a significant impact upon American life? Lauren Coodley's biography of prominent novelist Upton Sinclair shows that it's possible.

Female Founders Take On the Startup World

Craig Newmark | Posted 05.04.2015 | Impact
Craig Newmark

There was some really good advice coming outta the hashtag #FemaleFounders, so my team and I put together a Storify to put some of our favorites in one place (folks, it was really tough to only choose a few).