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Social Change

Don't Dismiss 'Slacktivists' -- Give Them The Tools To Do More

Bob McKinnon | Posted 05.25.2012 | Impact
Bob McKinnon

How does social change happen - with marches or clicks? To anyone who grew up in the 60's this seems like an absurd, if not offensive question. But t...

What Are Conservatives Trying to Conserve?

Ira Glasser | Posted 05.24.2012 | Politics
Ira Glasser

Chait's emphasis on demographic shifts is powerful and mainly on target, but there is a broader historical context to his analysis that complements, extends and better explains the hysteria dominating the current rhetoric of the Republican party.

Nonprofits Should Be in the Business of Going Out of Business

Thenera Bailey | Posted 05.15.2012 | Impact
Thenera Bailey

Too often, creating sustainable solutions to social problems gets replaced by the creation of solutions that will sustain our organizations and keep our doors open.

Kony as a Catalyst

Kate Otto | Posted 05.12.2012 | Impact
Kate Otto

Viral campaigns should bring people far away closer together, not push people farther away from each other. And so I hesitate to endorse Kony2012, because I fear they're doing more of the latter. Here is why.

Who Is Kony?

Noah Fitzgerel | Posted 05.07.2012 | Teen
Noah Fitzgerel

Joseph Kony, the leader of the Ugandan Lord's Resistance Army, has managed to systematically terrorize and manipulate central Africans in order to stay in power for 26 years.

The Yellow Boat of Hope

Jay Michael O. Jaboneta | Posted 05.02.2012 | Impact
Jay Michael O. Jaboneta

You cannot help people without getting both your hands and your feet dirty. When we want to help people, we should act on it. Only in doing so can we gain insights into how our efforts and operations can be made better.

VOTE: 15 College Students Changing The World Compete For Huge Award

Posted 03.02.2012 | Impact

When it comes to rewarding those who are combatting the nation's most pressing issues, President Barack Obama is looking to the freshest of faces -- c...

The World Needs Us To Be Fearless

Jean Case | Posted 04.30.2012 | Home
Jean Case

Because the very idea of fearlessness can bring out fears, it's important to state up front what it isn't: We're not talking about reckless abandon here. We're talking about sincere, diligent efforts to innovate -- to find new ways to try to solve old problems.

Human Rights Is a Lifestyle Choice, Not a Fad

Elischia Fludd | Posted 04.22.2012 | Impact
Elischia Fludd

I am often plagued by the nonsensical way in which things operate. World systems for economy, international dialogue and civic participation all seem foreign to the way they should intuitively run.

Things Should Never Have Reached This Point

George Goehl | Posted 04.16.2012 | Impact
George Goehl

Every day, the American Dream seems a little farther away. More of our grandparents are being thrown from their homes. Our mothers and fathers can't...

It's a Mad, Mad World

Paul J. Stockinger | Posted 03.21.2012 | Politics
Paul J. Stockinger

In May I will turn 71. From the perspective those years bring, I find the world seems to be changing in strange ways. It seems to be changing in funda...

Where Does Change Come From?

Bob McKinnon | Posted 03.07.2012 | Impact
Bob McKinnon

In moving the world forward and creating social change, one without the other doesn't quite cut it. As they say, it takes two to tango.

Share Your User Manual

Aaron Hurst | Posted 03.05.2012 | Business
Aaron Hurst

As we kick off the New Year, sharing your user manual is a great way to both self-reflect and create a valuable tool to help you and your team start out on the right foot.

Tribute to Youth Activism & Possibility for a Better Tomorrow

Warren J. Blumenfeld | Posted 02.28.2012 | Education
Warren J. Blumenfeld

Young people have been integral in the development and success of social movements from the very beginning, and today, they are shaking up traditionally dichotomous notions of male/female gay/straight, and masculine/feminine.

How Not to Keep Up With the Joneses

Barbara Becker | Posted 02.01.2012 | Parents
Barbara Becker

How can we instill in our children an appreciation for what they already have -- especially when the people around them seem to have just about everything? Here's one family's holiday tip.

Best of TEDTalks 2011 #17: On Regret (Premiere)

Kathryn Schulz | Posted 02.01.2012 | Technology
Kathryn Schulz

2011-12-02-edterjekjfkjeeted.jpgAt a time of year when most people are looking to the future and enumerating their resolutions for the new year, I encourage you to take a moment and dwell on your regrets instead.

Now More Than Ever We Need Mindfulness

Larry Yang | Posted 01.31.2012 | Religion
Larry Yang

Our Mindfulness practice is always a reminder that in order to change any unhealthy or harmful patterns -- in order to transform any suffering -- we have to first become aware of the patterns themselves.

Not in our name: African human rights activists reject UK aid conditionality

Mark Canavera | Posted 01.29.2012 | World
Mark Canavera

An oft-told African proverb (whose precise culture of origin often changes with the teller) asserts that "When elephants fight, the grass suffers." Pu...

18 Great Ideas From 2011 That Can Shape 2012

Arianna Huffington | Posted 01.31.2012 | Technology
Arianna Huffington

On behalf of The Huffington Post and TED, we are delighted to invite you on a year-end journey of ideas that can help shape the world in 2012. Starting today, we will be counting down 18 of 2011's most impactful TEDTalks.

Holiday Conversations That You May Want to Have With Your Kids

Barbara Greenberg | Posted 01.30.2012 | Parents
Barbara Greenberg

How on earth did we get to the point where we watch or hear about others getting tormented and stand by idly? Consider the following recent events.

Antibiotics With Your Thanksgiving Leftovers?

Josh Tetrick | Posted 01.26.2012 | Impact
Josh Tetrick

Spit out that Thanksgiving leftover ham and pick up a barf bag. Because even the hardy Pilgrims would take a pass on some of those leftovers if they k...

Kevin Slavin: How Algorithms Shape Our World

Ted | Posted 12.09.2011 | Technology

jQuery(function($) { $('#ad_sharebox_260x60').prepend(''); }); In this special year-end collaboration, TED and The Huffington Post are ex...

Can Meditation Create Social Change?

Jeanne Ball | Posted 01.26.2012 | Healthy Living
Jeanne Ball

Everybody needs to dissolve stress, and research shows that effective meditation is the most powerful stress buster there is.

A New Century of Social Innovation

Kingsley Dennis, Ph.D. | Posted 01.22.2012 | Healthy Living
Kingsley Dennis, Ph.D.

The upcoming decades will be different from what has gone before. Our global society is in the midst of great transformations that will usher in new social and cultural formations.

How to Solve the World Water Crisis Today

Auren Kaplan | Posted 01.21.2012 | Impact
Auren Kaplan

The LifeStraw is a life-saving technology that allows any individual to insert the straw into water, no matter how dirty, and an advanced filtration system ensures that the only liquid coming out the other end is clean, potable drinking water.