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Confessions of an Ecotourism Pioneer in Costa Rica

Ethan Gelber | Posted 03.03.2014 | Travel
Ethan Gelber

The contrast between the imagined urban cacophony below and the tranquil urban removal is part of what makes the latter so glorious.

Big Hopes for the Student Fossil Fuel Divestment Movement in 2014

Joe Solomon | Posted 03.02.2014 | Green
Joe Solomon

Young college students today have far more power than you realize. You are the first generation that isn't just fighting for your grandkids, or for your children per say -- but for your own future.

For My Dear Friend Roger Ebert and Other Loved Ones Lost in 2013

Cynthia Dagnal-Myron | Posted 03.01.2014 | Fifty
Cynthia Dagnal-Myron

This year, I knew I was old. And among the lamented were, for the first time, close friends who'd shared my journey. The first and most difficult for me, still, to release, was Roger Ebert, my old Sun Times colleague and biggest "fan"who believed in my talent more than anyone, always.

Fostering Female Social Entrepreneurs

Nusha Balyan | Posted 02.18.2014 | Small Business
Nusha Balyan

Financing can be "a poisoned gift. You really need to spend a lot of time in mentoring [women] and make sure they understand how they're going to make that money back."

Meseret's Story

Courtenay Cabot Venton | Posted 02.11.2014 | Impact
Courtenay Cabot Venton

I meet Meseret in a town in Ethiopia called Nazareth. We are sitting in a small room, rain falling on the tin roof. As she speaks, I know that her sto...

Learning to Be Kind

Kaitlin Roig-DeBellis | Posted 02.09.2014 | Education
Kaitlin Roig-DeBellis

"All I really need to know I learned in Kindergarten." This tried and true phrase has been used over and over again by people seeking to explain the ...

How to Change Your Life -- and the World -- in One Easy Step

Gabrielle Canon | Posted 02.08.2014 | Impact
Gabrielle Canon

Rather than volunteer, I wanted to try something different -- an event that would showcase an issue. One that would raise money, and, ultimately, would bring more people together to grow our budding community.

Make CSR Hard Core

Jens Martin Skibsted | Posted 02.05.2014 | Business
Jens Martin Skibsted

Corporate ethics is booming. Every major company has its own Corporate Social Responsibility program. CSR consulting is big business, and more and more companies are following suit. But is social responsibility also economically sustainable?

"Who Cares" Generation

Dhairya Pujara | Posted 02.05.2014 | Impact
Dhairya Pujara

I use the same two words: "Who cares?" -- not as a phrase, but as a question. And if I don't have an answer, I realize I don't know enough about this and I have to learn.

Q&A With Actor and Activist Ian Somerhalder (Lost, The Vampire Diaries) on Social Change and Animal Rights

Quora | Posted 02.04.2014 | Impact
Quora

We need to support companies that we know do NOT test on animals, work with local shelters and rescues who aid many of our abused, neglected and abandoned creatures, refuse to support factory farms, fight for anti-cruelty laws on all levels of government, and even keep a watchful eye on our neighborhoods looking for reportable signs of animal cruelty.

7 Ways to Take Action Around Clean Water on #GivingTuesday

David Winder | Posted 02.02.2014 | Impact
David Winder

As a proud partner of #GivingTuesday this December 3, WaterAid has a whole slew of things happening, all of which are ripe with opportunities for you to make a difference.

The Next Wave: HI Grassroots Activists

Frank DeGiacomo | Posted 01.25.2014 | Hawaii
Frank DeGiacomo

I moseyed on over to a panel discussion up at UH Manoa, entitled, "Coexist or Die." I figured at least they were bringing together various movement activists, so it looked like they were working toward the "coexist" part, and trying to avoid the "die" part.

Drumming to Success: Why Teaching Music Matters

Jason Chuong | Posted 01.25.2014 | Education
Jason Chuong

When music is taught in school, it offers a crucial link to the outside world -- to one of the most prominent facets of our culture. It acts as a bridge from the classroom to the community.

Obscure Is the New Cool

Martin Hosking | Posted 01.25.2014 | Style
Martin Hosking

Not so long ago being cool was choosing what everyone else was choosing, wearing, drinking and smoking. Ultimately, cool was defined by Madison Avenue. You knew it was time to change brands when Pepsi became the new cool, and a generation shifted.

I Want to Move Through the World With Open-Minded, Collaborative, Let's Get Real *%@* Done Together Disruptors -- How About You?

Tracey Durning | Posted 01.23.2014 | Impact
Tracey Durning

What turns me on in life more than anything else is finding kindred spirits. Professionally, kindreds are wide open, walls down, let's-break-new-groun...

Find Your Medicine and Use It

Lindsey Kesel | Posted 01.25.2014 | Hawaii
Lindsey Kesel

My medicinal recipe is a zesty concoction of reggae music, dancing, travel, avocados and ginger, conversations with momma, soul writing, jiu-jitsu, jungle hikes, nephew hugs, beach cleanups, stretching, singing and trusting myself.

The Survival Girls -- Ming Holden's Book Debut

Michael Solis | Posted 01.23.2014 | Books
Michael Solis

Ming Holden makes her book debut with her non-fiction novella, The Survival Girls, based on her work with Congolese refugee women who are survivors of gender-based violence. Ming's work is proof of what fresh energy can bring to a development project.

Mindful Sustainability

Marc Anderson | Posted 11.08.2013 | Healthy Living
Marc Anderson

In order to meet present day needs and adapt to unavoidable change in sustainable ways, we must see the world and our place in it clearly. Mindfulness is the operating system that supports that view.

On the Path to a More Resilient New York

Dr. Judith Rodin | Posted 01.23.2014 | Impact
Dr. Judith Rodin

Superstorm Sandy was a reminder that we need to prepare our cities, New York included, to withstand crises and bounce back quickly and effectively.

You Want to Change the World? Start With You

Tracey Durning | Posted 10.25.2013 | Impact
Tracey Durning

I tweeted this not too long ago: @traceydurning Sometimes I wish I'd gone into the private sector. I'm sure there's outta control ego, but at least i...

An Oasis in a Food Desert

Bill Moyers | Posted 01.23.2014 | Politics
Bill Moyers

On this week's Moyers & Company, historian and author Peter Dreier tells us that the current political crisis is fraught with possibility for progressives in America -- and shares the reasons he continues to be optimistic.

Creating Social Change Through Inner Change: Meditation and Meaningful Work

Lodro Rinzler | Posted 01.23.2014 | Impact
Lodro Rinzler

There are so many people in their twenties and early thirties that yearn for social change, but don't know how to do go about affecting it.

15 Women in Tech to Follow on Twitter

Craig Newmark | Posted 01.23.2014 | Technology
Craig Newmark

I'm no expert, but I do have suggestions for some women in tech who really have their boots on the ground, and are doing good work.

Charity Navigator's Focus on Results Isn't a Slam Dunk

Tiziana Dearing | Posted 01.23.2014 | Impact
Tiziana Dearing

Charity Navigator, a web site that provides potential donors with a way to evaluate in which nonprofits to invest, has announced a shift in how it will evaluate nonprofits itself. Some nonprofits are up in arms over whether such reporting will be fair and sufficiently nuanced.

6 Ways Mobile Technology Has Transformed the World's Poor

Clara Tsao | Posted 10.08.2013 | Technology
Clara Tsao

In recent years, the growth of mobile health technologies, including health text messaging projects, remote monitoring, portable sensors, and mobile phone apps, have changed the way healthcare is delivered globally.