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The Government Shutdown Isn't Because of a Resource Problem

Perry Yeatman | Posted 12.08.2013 | Politics
Perry Yeatman

We can't spend more and we can't stop helping and protecting people. But by prioritizing outcomes we can shift from a budget fight to a constructive debate about investments and returns, rather than programs and spending.

Doing Good With Book Bags and Saplings in Malawi

Ethan Gelber | Posted 01.23.2014 | Impact
Ethan Gelber

Like all illustrations of generosity at the interface between social enterprise and social good, it involves people who opened their hearts, minds and wallets to the unlikely, who rallied around common causes and who improved everyone's lives.

Want Social Change? Make Politics Part of the Equation

Michelle Arevalo-Carpenter | Posted 01.23.2014 | Impact
Michelle Arevalo-Carpenter

When planning our work, political context is often relegated to the column of uncontrollable variables. Our communities need smart, honest and principled politicians, but are millennials up for the challenge?

Booktober: Celebrating One Month to Change the World

Erin Ganju | Posted 01.23.2014 | Impact
Erin Ganju

This October, Room to Read is launching our annual Booktober campaign -- a month long movement, incubated by our chapter network, to raise awareness and funds for global literacy, because every child deserves to develop a habit and joy of reading

Why Don't Women Change This?

Grown And Flown | Posted 11.30.2013 | Women
Grown And Flown

It never occurred to me that the massive social changes of the late 20th century would mean that some things would change beyond recognition (e.g. the number of women in medical school) and other things barely at all (e.g., the number of women CEOs).

The Truth About Social Good: It's More Than a Good Idea

Erica Williams | Posted 11.27.2013 | Impact
Erica Williams

Leaders and social do-gooders are looking for people to talk about the the values, theories and skills that have helped every generation before ours turn moments into movements, reactions into revolutions and big ideas into lasting legacies.

Social Good for All: Dialing Hartford From the Echo Chamber

Micaela Connery | Posted 11.25.2013 | Impact
Micaela Connery

Do we claim to speak for a generation, our beloved millennials, when, perhaps, we actually speak for a small sect of highly educated, relatively affluent, big-city-hopping progressives?

The Life Out Loud: Weaving Stories to Change Lives

MeiMei Fox | Posted 11.24.2013 | Impact
MeiMei Fox

One night, Eve was confronted with the tragedy of human trafficking when she overheard a Caucasian man discussing his purchase of a very young girl for sex. Eve felt called to take action around this issue.

Changing the Game

Mark Edwards | Posted 09.22.2013 | TED Weekends
Mark Edwards

Our culture has created a false choice between doing good for ourselves and doing good for others. It's not a choice at all. What is good for others is also good for us.


Dan Butin | Posted 11.20.2013 | Impact
Dan Butin

The average age of a US Senator is 63. Less than 10 percent of Congress is 40 years old or younger. Yet young adults -- those between 18 and 29 -- make up 30 percent of the voting population. They, literally, cannot envision themselves a part of such a process.

Back To Basics

SidneyAnne Stone | Posted 11.19.2013 | Healthy Living
SidneyAnne Stone

In addition to the world and the workplace changing, we are changing. We, as a society, have evolved tremendously over the last dozen years. Sometimes it is glaringly apparent and sometimes it is hard to notice in the midst of all the chaos, but if you stop for a moment every once in a while you will surely notice.

Have a great idea? Here's what you need to do next

Hrag Richard Toutikian | Posted 11.18.2013 | Impact
Hrag Richard Toutikian

It has been an incredible experience and truly an eye-opener hosting the first four UnLtd USA Startup + Drive events which were held in Oakland, Bould...

Can the Philanthropic Community Find Its Courage and Become More Effective?

Aaron Dorfman | Posted 11.18.2013 | Impact
Aaron Dorfman

Today, our nation faces new mega-challenges: global warming, worsening income inequality and widespread (often intentional) voter disenfranchisement, to name the most obvious. Will today's foundations do their part to overcome these challenges?

Stone Soup and the Power of Collective Enoughness

Hildy Gottlieb | Posted 11.18.2013 | Impact
Hildy Gottlieb

Our power together lies not just in our abilities but in our collective resources. As a community, we already have so much of what we need. Because together, there is always enough. It is only on our own that we experience scarcity.

5 Reasons for Hope From a Gathering of Nonprofit Leaders

Spencer Critchley | Posted 11.17.2013 | Impact
Spencer Critchley

People who set out to change the world often get the feeling they may have to settle for a few square feet. That's why an event like this year's Nonprofit Management Institute conference is so welcome.

What Will The World Look Like In 50 Years?

Felicity McLean | Posted 11.16.2013 | Impact
Felicity McLean

We need to make radical changes to the frameworks in which we operate. The world is now an interconnected neural network, where problems are considered shared and where solutions are crowdsourced -- we're no longer living in silos.

I Am A Product Of Privilege And You Are, Too

Deborah Chang | Posted 11.14.2013 | Impact
Deborah Chang

I am a child of immigrants who came to the United States with next to nothing. When I was twelve, my father suffered from a stroke and has not been able to work since.

Sophie Wade: The Changing Nature of Work (and What That Means for You)

Sophie Wade | Posted 11.13.2013 | Women
Sophie Wade

How have your work habits been changing over the last few years? What might you be enjoying or resisting and why?

Are Nonprofits Designed to Fail?

Spencer Critchley | Posted 11.10.2013 | Impact
Spencer Critchley

Too often, the starfish story is told to justify a charitable effort that's not making real change. When our starfish rescuer shows up for work tomorrow, there's going to be a whole new batch of starfish.

Wake Up, Burners! Time to Get "Radical"

Steve Heilig | Posted 11.09.2013 | Green
Steve Heilig

Given their stated high ideals, Burning Man should go truly "carbon-neutral" -- in total, not just at the event.

My Teen: Homeless Children In Search of Smart Adults

Anni Bricca | Posted 11.06.2013 | Impact
Anni Bricca

Reams have been written about the issue with lots of concerned citizen comments. While all that concern is great, nothing seriously tangible is being done, further underscored by the fact the numbers in my city just increased by 2000 more children.

A Rare Moment of Good

Allison Hope | Posted 02.02.2016 | Queer Voices
Allison Hope

This was the first time that someone had apologized to me in the face of misjudging my sexuality. It was a tiny blip on the map for LGBT equality, but it felt like much more. It felt indicative of a seismic shift in consciousness that's slowly but surely occurring.

Dispelling the Three Myths That Are Preventing You From Being A Changemaker

Zubin Sharma | Posted 11.03.2013 | Impact
Zubin Sharma

Let us close the gap between the status quo and what us millennials want to do. The best way to move beyond the jarring statistics is to commit yourself to service of others so that you understand those you are serving as individuals, as opposed to as "lives under a dollar per day."

What Americans Can Learn from the Japanese

Monique Svazlian Tallon, CPCC | Posted 11.03.2013 | World
Monique Svazlian Tallon, CPCC

I recently took a trip to Japan, and got a first hand look at this centuries-old culture. Although only there for a week, it was enough time to leave a hugely positive impression and inspired thinking about what we as Americans can learn from the Japanese.

Images for Impact

Monique Villa | Posted 11.03.2013 | Impact
Monique Villa

Imagine the unimaginable. Think for a moment of a world without pictures. Assume that cameras were no more, that humanity had lost the power to document reality with images.