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Connecting People Is The Future Of Social Change

Grace Garey | Posted 10.24.2013 | Impact
Grace Garey

This post is part of our Millennial Impact spring series "Getting Fresh." These blogs highlight our young, innovative contributors who have new ideas ...

Teaching Students to Do Good Well

Jennifer Przybylo | Posted 04.04.2013 | Impact
Jennifer Przybylo

There is a critical need to incorporate the fundamentals of civic and community engagement into K-12 education. Students should possess the knowledge and skills necessary to tackle the problems and to work with others to produce real, lasting societal change.

Social Change for Free Is a Difficult Price Point to Undersell

Jonathan Lewis | Posted 06.03.2013 | Impact
Jonathan Lewis

We can and must learn to acknowledge -- indeed respect -- the sincerely committed social innovator without unthoughtfully endorsing every social innovation.

Building a Campus Movement One Step at a Time

Liz Maw | Posted 06.02.2013 | College
Liz Maw

Imagine the impact if dozens of people - or hundreds, or thousands - each gave blood just once. That's the power behind the Small Steps, Big Wins Challenge, a nationwide competition sweeping college campuses across the U.S.

When it Comes to Gay Marriage and Global Warming, People Are Starting to Believe Their Own Eyes

Byron Kennard | Posted 06.02.2013 | Green
Byron Kennard

In our time, as never before, direct personal experience permits people to contravene what they've been told to think by convention or authority.

Equal Signs on Facebook: How Social Media Can Cause Social Change

Brian Levin | Posted 05.29.2013 | Technology
Brian Levin

You have no doubt seen the Human Rights Campaign's new red and pink equal sign avatar that is sweeping through Facebook this week as well as pictures and status updates affirming support for same-sex marriage. But what does it all mean? Why does it matter?

Go BIG with Your Social Impact Career

Jonathan Lewis | Posted 05.26.2013 | Impact
Jonathan Lewis

No question, but that it is easier on the soul to work for a NGO, a social enterprise or an economic development agency. Purity is emotionally safe.

The Super-Rich and Their Enablers Are Playing With Fire

Allan Brawley | Posted 05.19.2013 | Politics
Allan Brawley

Unfortunately, the inevitable social explosion that their grasping for unlimited political power and even greater concentration of income and wealth than presently exists will produce collateral damage and unpredictable outcomes.

Drive Change: Delicious Advocacy on the Move in NYC

Heritage Radio Network | Posted 03.20.2013 | New York
Heritage Radio Network

What has four wheels, serves pulled-pork sandwiches and delivers a message of social justice? It's the Drive Change food truck and it's coming to the streets of Manhattan and Brooklyn this summer.

Get YOUR Social Justice Career Started Today

Jonathan Lewis | Posted 05.12.2013 | Impact
Jonathan Lewis

Falsely, neophyte social entrepreneurs often suppose that innovative social change starts with a great idea -- a brilliant insight. Maybe.

Why Music, Part 7: Beyond Genre

Frank Fitzpatrick | Posted 05.01.2013 | Arts
Frank Fitzpatrick

Although genres in music may be useful in helping us organize our song libraries, like any labels -- racial, cultural, artistic or spiritual -- genres can limit the potential to staying open to more encompassing visions and a greater sense of personal connection.

Ready to Change the World? Not So Fast

Jonathan Lewis | Posted 04.30.2013 | Impact
Jonathan Lewis

Social entrepreneurship is undeniably an adventure, an elixir, an exhilarating rush... a one-person fountain of youth. Well and good, but a social change career is not intended as personal therapy, these social change experts are warning social change novices.

Compassionate Capitalism Canards Called Out

Jonathan Lewis | Posted 04.22.2013 | Business
Jonathan Lewis

Whether you side with Khosla or with E.B. White ("The trouble with the profit system has always been that it was highly unprofitable to most people"), ideological debate distracts us. Let's be informed impact investors without being misinformed social commentators.

Are You Ready to Fund a Failure?

Phillip Haid | Posted 04.22.2013 | Impact
Phillip Haid

Imagine if failure was embraced and organizations could openly speak about the attempts at new programs and campaigns that didn't work. Even better, imagine if donors, funders and supporters rewarded the failure with more money to try again.

Of Music and Destiny-Making: Matt Sucich Gets Real

Laura Cococcia | Posted 04.17.2013 | Arts
Laura Cococcia

I wonder how much time on average artists spend trying to be good at something else other than what they are destined to do? Matt Sucich is one of the exceptions who stays true to his talent and his desire to make great music.

Five Companies Inspiring Us to Champion Change

Claudia Chan | Posted 04.16.2013 | Impact
Claudia Chan

I'm a firm believer that we can't depend only on our politicians and heads of state to improve our world. It's up to civilians -- you and me -- and the businesses we create and buy from, to actually advance the public good in the world that we all share.

Creating the Future: Through Engagement, Openness, and Compassion

Jessica R. Dreistadt | Posted 04.13.2013 | Impact
Jessica R. Dreistadt

Last summer, I responded to a call for volunteers from Creating the Future. Having read The Pollyanna Principles, and having loved every single page, I applied to become the new board recording secretary and documentarian.

Are Social Entrepreneurs Failing to Fail?

Jonathan Lewis | Posted 04.10.2013 | Impact
Jonathan Lewis

Social entrepreneurs hate admitting failure. None of us brags about our failures unless we can spin them (hide them?) with a triumphant social-entrepreneur-overcomes-adversity success story. I'm as guilty as anyone.

Spreading the Message of Design for Change

Rachael Chong | Posted 04.08.2013 | Impact
Rachael Chong

Through a program called Design Ignites Change, Mark Randall and Worldstudio are inspiring a new generation of designers and architects to give back. ...

Are Social Entrepreneurs Burning Out?

Jonathan Lewis | Posted 03.30.2013 | Impact
Jonathan Lewis

We are bruised by long hours, stress, rejection and constant disappointment. Bruised by the enormity of intractable social problems. Worn thin by the constant need to sell solutions and pitch programs -- to be the hot new idea (or claim to be).

Obama Oratory vs. Obama Reality

Norman Solomon | Posted 03.25.2013 | Politics
Norman Solomon

Despite often nice-sounding rhetoric from the president, this administration has continued with a wide range of policies antithetical to progressive values.

The #1 Conversation To Have With Aging Parents

Tara Sophia Mohr | Posted 03.17.2013 | Fifty
Tara Sophia Mohr

We know that if there is one thing that everybody in this wide, diverse and sometimes contentious world shares, it's their mortality. That is something that all of us will go through with the people we love and then ultimately with ourselves.

End of Year Reflections on American Culture and Politics

Paul Stoller | Posted 03.01.2013 | Politics
Paul Stoller

It is clear that lists of events are sometimes indicative of social and political change, but do they tell us anything about the state of contemporary American culture and politics? Here is my anthropological take.

Creating Meaningful Content to Catalyze Change

Rachael Chong | Posted 02.18.2013 | Impact
Rachael Chong

Giselle Diaz Campagna is a media entrepreneur whose daily mission is to actively promote social change. Our list of social media mavens would not complete without recognizing this outstanding professional from the Catchafire community.

Barriers to Change in America

Howard Steven Friedman | Posted 02.11.2013 | Politics
Howard Steven Friedman

Americans who aspire to see America truly thrive need to understand that it is a battle to implement any substantial change in America, but this is a battle worth having - not just for our own sake, but for the sake of future generations.