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How We're Fighting Conflict and Fragility Where Poverty is Deepest

Sri Mulyani Indrawati | Posted 05.31.2016 | World
Sri Mulyani Indrawati

View from cave, Mali. © Curt Carnemark/World Bank For the first time in history, the number of people living in extreme poverty has fallen bel...

Positive Impact of School Counselors on Our Students

Shari Medini | Posted 04.22.2016 | Parents
Shari Medini

I am glad to be seeing a shift within the school system that values the emotional and social development of children, and therefore, values the school counselors that are there to support that development.

The Role of Sport and Institutions With a Faith-Base Serving Society

Louis Bolling | Posted 01.07.2016 | Religion
Louis Bolling

"Sport is a tool for communicating the values, which foster the good of the human beings and contribute to build a more peaceful and fraternal society. Let's think about loyalty, perseverance, friendship, sharing and solidarity." - His Holiness Pope Francis Bergoglio, 2014

Drake: The Rapper We Deserve, But Not the Rapper We Need

Alexander Williams | Posted 11.24.2015 | Black Voices
Alexander Williams

This need to embody a tough and masculine character is a major problem among musicians like Drake, and adds to the amount of societal pressure for young Black men to fulfill damaging stereotypes.

What Will It Take to Realize Pakistan's Potential?

Sri Mulyani Indrawati | Posted 08.12.2015 | World
Sri Mulyani Indrawati

As a former finance minister myself, I know that the logic of better policies often clashes with entrenched attitudes, vested interests and real or perceived security concerns. It takes tough decision-making and persistence to succeed.

Empowering Survivor Communities Through Commerce

Carlos M. Gutierrez, Jr. | Posted 06.27.2016 | Impact
Carlos M. Gutierrez, Jr.

Economic empowerment is a commonly used term these days. Programs upon programs are developed and implemented with the hopes of providing disadvantaged populations with the necessary tools, skills, and resources that will allow them to improve their economic conditions.

Is Online Video Gaming a Haven for the Insecure?

Joseph Nowinski, Ph.D. | Posted 10.04.2014 | Healthy Living
Joseph Nowinski, Ph.D.

What this research yielded challenges to a significant extent the popular belief that "excessive" online gaming is psychologically harmful, or that "gamers" lack social skills. What they found was that social skills were not predictive of devoting more time to online gaming.

World Bank Poised to Deny Africa's Indigenous Peoples Their Rights

Nezir Sinani | Posted 09.15.2014 | Impact
Nezir Sinani

The fight over indigenous peoples' rights in Africa is much larger than the World Bank, where its Indigenous Peoples Policy is applied infrequently. The greatest danger comes instead from the World Bank's image, for good or ill, as a global standard-setter.

Empowering Families: Parenting Education Is Essential

Eve Sullivan | Posted 06.28.2014 | Parents
Eve Sullivan

Our goals are the same: we seek to take the best of both tradition and innovation while avoiding the worst of either. This is quite a juggling act, to be sure. I believe parents in the Arab world and the West, indeed parents around the world, can more effectively help each other if we see our common concerns.

I'm a Mom Who Loves the iPad Bouncy Seat. Let's Make It Even Better!

Andrea Bonior | Posted 02.12.2014 | Parents
Andrea Bonior

Let's face it-- we live in a technological world, and babies need to be prepared for this from Day One. What happens if your child starts preschool and he or she is behind because they have not yet developed crucial electronic life skills, like touching a screen at exactly the right angle?

Kate Sheppard

Changes At World Bank Spark Worry About Role Of Social Development

HuffingtonPost.com | Kate Sheppard | Posted 10.17.2013 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- At its annual meeting last week, the World Bank Group announced major reorganization plans, along with a $400 million budget cut. The sh...

Which Kindergartener Did I Send to School?

Diana Grycan | Posted 11.30.2013 | Parents
Diana Grycan

Parents of kindergarten-aged children are constantly in doubt. After spending 12 years teaching these little ones, I have concluded that there are three basic concerns that permeate a parent's mind as they cross into the giant threshold of elementary school.

Narendra Modi: Extremist Conservative? Really?

Parth Parihar | Posted 10.09.2013 | World
Parth Parihar

"Merchant of death," Milosevic, Hitler, fascist, murderer, Bhasmasura. If you can name an insult, it has been hurled at Gujarat Chief Minister Narend...

Be True To Yourself (And Not Self-Absorbed)

Mike Robbins | Posted 09.01.2012 | Healthy Living
Mike Robbins

Honoring our feelings isn't about being self-absorbed or arrogant -- it's really about being true to ourselves, honest about how we feel, and willing to engage in authentic conversations with other people. So why can it be so challenging for us to honor our own feelings? 

Do You Have Needs or NEEDS!

Dr. Jim Taylor | Posted 05.29.2012 | Healthy Living
Dr. Jim Taylor

Just as your basic physical needs (e.g., food, water, shelter) must be met to ensure your physical survival and growth, another set of needs must also be satisfied to guarantee your psychological and emotional survival and growth.

Gravitate Toward What You Hate

Laurie Gerber | Posted 03.27.2012 | Healthy Living
Laurie Gerber

This year, gravitate toward what you hate at least some of the time. Sure, follow your bliss too -- rock on! But make sure you give serious thought to facing your deep, dark demons and your daily demons, too. If you tackle one, the rest will fall much easier.

Nicholas Kristof's Boneheaded "Paean to Economists"

Mark Engler | Posted 08.07.2011 | Impact
Mark Engler

The injustices of unfettered capitalism are not an accident -- they are a product of a system whose academic advocates have a lot to answer for. Economists have done enough of late. Let's hold the paeans.

Prom: An American Tradition Gone Awry

Adora Svitak | Posted 07.22.2011 | Education
Adora Svitak

The current concept of prom just seems so empty. Teenagers get dressed up to go to a dance at a fancy location. It encourages social inclusion or exclusion based on your ability or inability to snag a date.

Jerry Brown's Budget: A Danger to Himself and Others

Christopher Newfield | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Christopher Newfield

The core feature of Brown's proposed budget is that it delivers cuts in a framework of austerity, rather than development within short-term constraints. It continues the Hooverite smothering of California society.

If You Want Magic, Go to Vegas

Jan Shepherd | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Jan Shepherd

I could chose to love myself then and there by not beating myself up for what I just put into my mouth or stop with the next bite or love myself regardless of what action I took.