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The 1% In My Head

Abraham Lateiner | Posted 08.18.2014 | Politics
Abraham Lateiner

The belief that money is a reliable measurement of a person's value is not true and causes deep suffering. Money is a wildly inaccurate gauge of character.

Raising Hope Across Borders: Transnational Social Movements and Power

Beverly Bell | Posted 08.17.2014 | Impact
Beverly Bell

An interview with Gerardo Cerdas by Beverly Bell June 17, 2014 Gerardo Cerdas is coordinator of the Latin American- and Caribbean-wide social movem...

Concealment and Recognition at the 2014 FIFA World Cup

American Anthropological Association | Posted 08.16.2014 | Sports
American Anthropological Association

To many people, and certainly to FIFA and the IOC, sporting concerns do not, or at least should not, overlap with political ones. This viewpoint is troubling because it downplays the social price of sports.

Brazil and FIFA: A Time Bomb Ticking?

Otto Scharmer | Posted 08.11.2014 | World
Otto Scharmer

My dual impression from the week in Brazil boils down to this: amazing and inspiring individuals and groups, a strong sense of collective possibility -- and at the same time a screwed-up system that disregards the voices, aspirations, and needs of too many.

Why We All Want to Change the World (And Why We Often Fail)

Maya Mathias | Posted 08.06.2014 | Impact
Maya Mathias

On a week when the world marks the 25th anniversary of the Tiananmen Square incident, I wonder about the connection between our individual perceptions versus the collective reality of what humanity wants to change.

Is Crowdfunding for Social Change More Than Hype?

Nell Edgington | Posted 08.02.2014 | Impact
Nell Edgington

I hate to be a Debbie Downer, but I'd like us to dig a bit deeper to understand what the real effects of crowdfunding are so far and what it's true promise is.

Mad Men To the Moon: Classic Series Returned To Form in 2014

William Bradley | Posted 07.27.2014 | Entertainment
William Bradley

Why is an episode about victory named after one of the most famous defeats in world history? Is it because the crushing blow to Napoleon proved to be a smashing victory for the British Empire and its allies?

"New Detroit": A Critical Perspective

Laura De Palma | Posted 07.23.2014 | Detroit
Laura De Palma

Although there are various ways "change" is happening in Detroit, the dominant paradigm of changemaking is too often top-down and exclusionary.

National Foster Care Awareness Month

Gary Stangler | Posted 07.23.2014 | Impact
Gary Stangler

Efforts like these are important because letting kids engage in typical childhood activities is more than just letting them be normal. It is also critical to their healthy development.

New App Ensures Homeless People Don't Use Donations On Alcohol, Cigarettes

The Huffington Post | Robbie Couch | Posted 05.24.2014 | Impact

Some people face a fairly common dilemma when coming across a homeless person they'd like to help: Will my spare change be used for food or water, or ...

Social Movements and Power: Change From Below in the Dominican Republic

Beverly Bell | Posted 07.22.2014 | Impact
Beverly Bell

An Interview with Pedro Franco From Santo Domingo, Pedro Franco is an organizer of social movements and mutual-aid cooperatives. He is also a member ...

Changing the Corporate Battlefield

Melissa Riddington | Posted 07.14.2014 | Business
Melissa Riddington

I collapsed at work. Twice. Once was not enough for the perfectionist in me. But, thankfully that was several years ago. My body forced me to stop, whether I liked it or not. I finally listened and made what I thought at the time were difficult decisions.

'Political Paralysis' From The Impossible Will Take a Little While

Paul Loeb | Posted 07.15.2014 | Impact
Paul Loeb

We don't have to be perfect saints or know every answer to every question to begin working for a more just world. We can be wounded or hesitant ourselves, sometimes profoundly so.

For These Are All Our Girls

Pam Allyn | Posted 07.08.2014 | Impact
Pam Allyn

The kidnapping of the Nigerian schoolgirls is a crisis of our humanity. What will become of us if half of humanity is not fully safe, empowered and free? We will all perish. Let us begin to repair the world today.

Honoring Initiators Who Lead Social Change

Jane Marcus, Ph.D. | Posted 07.08.2014 | Impact
Jane Marcus, Ph.D.

In those cities, residents and visitors gathered to celebrate the states' historic votes to legalize and regulate recreational use of marijuana.

College Campus Safety: What Parents and Students Should Know

Avital Zeisler | Posted 06.29.2014 | College
Avital Zeisler

In a letter penned to the Senate Committee Appropriations leaders, Senators Gillibrand (D-N.Y.) and McCaskill (D-Miss.) called for an increase in the federal funding required for better investigation and appropriate enforcement of sexual assault laws.

How to Use Social Media to Help Social Causes

Russell Bishop | Posted 06.28.2014 | Impact
Russell Bishop

One of the biggest challenges not-for-profits face in gaining support is the simple fact that no one cares what they do until they know why it matters. It's pretty much a take off on the old cliché: No one cares what you know until they know how much you care.

Cause Vs. Purpose

Merry Carole Powers | Posted 06.28.2014 | Business
Merry Carole Powers

A cause is based on a desire to stop something. A purpose is rooted in a desire to start something. Cause is charity. Purpose is empowerment. A cause is your nemesis. A purpose is your muse. Should we break it down? Let's use hunger as an example.

Donald Sterling: Who's Responsible?

Ginnie Love | Posted 06.27.2014 | Impact
Ginnie Love

America, while we're not defined by this man's opinion, we are defined by our reactions. If you want a better world you can't react from the same sepsis vein of ignorance to heal the whole.

It's Time to Talk: Ending Burnout in Movements for Social Change

Justin Haaheim | Posted 04.25.2014 | Green
Justin Haaheim

It's like trying to run a marathon on no sleep and a twisted ankle, and continuing to do things this way is keeping us from winning victories. We are facing a crisis of planetary proportions. We have got to do better than this.

Nonprofits, Leave Your Charity at the Door

Nell Edgington | Posted 06.16.2014 | Impact
Nell Edgington

I hate the word 'charity.' Don't get me wrong, I'm not big on semantics. But 'charity' is more than a word; it's a destructive mindset that keeps the work of social change sidelined and impoverished.

Do You Want to Be a World Changer?

Maria Portas | Posted 06.08.2014 | Healthy Living
Maria Portas

Everyone seems to think that for change to occur, it has to be something outside of us that needs to happen. That only someone greater than yourself can really make a huge difference in the world.

The Perils and Possibilities of Transgender Visibility

Lisa Stulberg | Posted 06.04.2014 | Gay Voices
Lisa Stulberg

Visibility alone does not ensure social progress or progressive social change. It certainly comes with dangers.

Whose Cass Corridor?

Laura De Palma | Posted 06.04.2014 | Detroit
Laura De Palma

Stadiums and arenas are band-aids. Their construction does not take into consideration the city's rich and unique history; does not change structures that favor the wealthy and uphold the status quo; and does not facilitate participatory processes that allow community members to have equitable decision-making power.

4 Ways to Unsuck Philanthropy

Kandice Ferrell | Posted 06.03.2014 | Impact
Kandice Ferrell

Philanthropy can take on many forms. Short-term solutions can include providing a meal or offering your time at an event. Long-term solutions can involve creating systems or sustainable infrastructure, but it all matters.