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It's Not My Fault Terrorists Exist, but It Is My Problem

Maria Montgomery | Posted 11.26.2015 | Impact
Maria Montgomery

It's not my fault. It's not my fault that South Africa is corrupt. It's not my fault that gang wars and criminality has swept through the town in Sweden where I'm originally from. It's not my fault that terrorists are bombing the world and the city I used to call home. A city that still feels like home.

Smarter, Creative Philanthropy for a Complex World

Sonal Shah | Posted 11.25.2015 | Business
Sonal Shah

Within portfolios, philanthropy can reward more entrepreneurial approaches to public-private partnerships, cutting-edge technology, cross-sector data and civic engagement. And it can leverage a modern toolkit, including social impact bonds and other innovative financing mechanisms, impact investing and outcome-focused partnerships with civil society, government and industry.

Why We Decided to Walk Off Wall Street

Don Shaffer | Posted 11.18.2015 | Impact
Don Shaffer

The only solution is for each of us to pull our money from publicly traded stocks and bonds. It's not that the companies or the people who work for them are bad, but that the trading system is being manipulated by a few people who are driven to make as much money as they can in the shortest time possible.

What I Learned From Ghana: Why Social Missions Matter

CommonBond | Posted 11.17.2015 | Impact

people will ask me why CommonBond has a social mission. If you had come on this trip with me, I think you'd understand. So, you can expect to hear more from me on our Social Promise and the impact it's having. The more that people understand the impact of a strong social mission, the more social missions I believe we'll see.

More Reflection. More Learning. More Impact.

Alex Budak | Posted 11.16.2015 | Impact
Alex Budak

In the startup world, Eric Ries has helped push forward the notion that the goal of a startup is to learn as much as possible, as quickly as possible. In fact, it's my very favorite definition of a startup. As a social entrepreneur, so too is your job to learn -- not just about your organization but also about yourself as a leader.

Africa, Moving Into the Light

Elizabeth L. Littlefield | Posted 11.11.2015 | Impact
Elizabeth L. Littlefield

This past July, a Boeing 777 headed toward take-off from the main international airport in Lagos, Nigeria crashed into another plane on the tarmac. Th...

Lifting your Voice for Justice: 3 Leadership Lessons from Laura Coates

Dr. Artika R. Tyner | Posted 11.05.2015 | Black Voices
Dr. Artika R. Tyner

Laura Coates is lifting her voice to make this vision a lived a reality. Her passion for making a difference and challenging injustice motivated her to become an attorney. Laura is mobilizing a social justice movement through her work as a legal expert and commentator.

Craft in the Contemporary

Pioneers for Change | Posted 11.03.2015 | Impact
Pioneers for Change

It is very important to me to work on reviving and sustaining craftsmanship, as artisans are the repositories of heritage traditions. We need to honor their knowledge and skill and ensure that they are given their dignity and due respect at the emotional and material level.

Hope And Humanity In The Jungle Of Calais

Pioneers for Change | Posted 10.30.2015 | Impact
Pioneers for Change

We eat the best meal I have while in France in Afghanistan. We sit inside the Afghan kitchen eating delicious aromatic spiced rice and beans while talking to a French volunteer who's been helping in the camp for one and a half years.

Fixing Democracy: Global Efforts to Tackle Poverty and Climate Change

Hollie Russon Gilman | Posted 11.20.2015 | Impact
Hollie Russon Gilman

At the end of this week, the U.N General Assembly will vote on the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) for the next decades. The SDGs are a set of goals and targets on international development that range from eradicating poverty, building sustainable cities, and combating climate change.

The Side Of Mexican Immigration That You Need To See

Raul Roman | Posted 10.22.2015 | Impact
Raul Roman

What these immigration stories have in common is a set of universal values that has always inspired Americans. These Mexican families embody the hope that moves us to dream a better life for ourselves and future generations. Hope and courage. So when you look at the pictures, you can probably see yourself.

When Being Cheap Isn't Worth the Cost for Non-Profits

Alex Budak | Posted 10.20.2015 | Impact
Alex Budak

I believe there are three specific areas where it's imperative that non-profits spend more money, rather than less. And paradoxically by spending more money in these ways, it will reduce the total amount of money the organization spends over the long-term, all while magnifying the impact.

How to Have an Impact on the World With Persuasive Speaking

Jonathan Li | Posted 10.20.2015 | Business
Jonathan Li

To make a big impact, we need to be persuasive in public speaking. But there are so many things we can focus on: storytelling, humour, body language... What should we focus on first?

6 Startups That (Actually) Make the World a Better Place

Jason Choi | Posted 10.16.2015 | Impact
Jason Choi

Entrepreneurs' braggadocio has long been an item of parody, but their claims to "make the world a better place by disrupting (insert jargon)" highlight a deep-rooted problem in the world of innovation.

Art for Social Impact

Pioneers for Change | Posted 10.12.2015 | Impact
Pioneers for Change

In 100 years' time I hope to see Bahrain as an established epicenter of art in the Middle East. My dream is for ArtBahrain to act as an accelerator for the celebration of culture and creativity, and our annual fair is something I hope that will become an inspiration for artists to become confident and recognizable on a global scale.

Youth Activism Is in the Air at Schools: And All Over the Internet

Randy Paynter | Posted 10.01.2015 | Impact
Randy Paynter

From passionate commitment to temporary hashtag campaigners, childhood activism is a great thing to those of us who ardently believe, contrary to the adage, that children should be seen AND heard. As a father of two and an advocate for many social and environmental causes myself, it's exciting to see the growing number of young activists.

From Trauma to Redemption: How My Teachers Helped Me Survive My Life

America's Promise Alliance | Posted 10.19.2015 | Education
America's Promise Alliance

When my guidance counselor tried to prevent me from applying to the colleges of my dreams, Dr. Ferrer was the first person to walk with me down to her office. He demanded that I apply to whatever college I wanted, he said, because I was just as capable as my peers.

Startup Insider: Watsi Cofounder Grace Garey - The Journey from Y Combinator to 5,000 Patients Funded

David Ongchoco | Posted 09.30.2015 | Impact
David Ongchoco

Startup Insider is a series of articles with the goal of helping aspiring founders and entrepreneurs understand the ins and outs of starting a startup...

First Do No Harm

Pioneers for Change | Posted 09.29.2015 | Impact
Pioneers for Change

If I was Prime Minister for the day I would work from the principle of "First Do No Harm". Can you imagine how powerful this principle would be in guiding policy decisions and how much it would support us all to live in harmony with each other?

Why the Social Sector Needs M&A

Perry Yeatman | Posted 10.02.2015 | Impact
Perry Yeatman

I've been straddling the worlds of business and philanthropy. First as a corporate executive and now as a consultant helping companies leverage social impact.This has made me a believer that business engagement is the key to solving social problems in ways that are sustainable, scalable and replicable.

Why I'm Excited About the 2015 Clinton Global Initiative Annual Meeting: An Insider's Perspective

Alex Amouyel | Posted 09.25.2015 | Impact
Alex Amouyel

As Director of Program for the Clinton Global Initiative, I can't wait for the start of CGI's 2015 Annual Meeting, to be held Sept. 26-29 in New York City.

The Art of Being Alive Series: 4 Reasons Millennials are motivated Differently By Justin Lafazan and Adedayo Fashanu  

Adedayo Fashanu | Posted 09.24.2015 | Business
Adedayo Fashanu

It is crucial to understand what our millennial generation is all about and what motivates this next generation to stay engaged, empowered and highly motivated especially in the work place.

Rolling Up Their Sleeves: This Week in Daily Giving

Ari Nessel | Posted 09.24.2015 | Impact
Ari Nessel

This week, The Pollination Project honors projects that dive deep into the heart of a problem and provide the inner and outer tools to address it. Our...

Clearly Social Angels

Pioneers for Change | Posted 09.23.2015 | Impact
Pioneers for Change

My father was a 1960s-style left-wing academic quite critical of capitalism. We passed many ideas around our dinner table, but not one of them was the potential benefit of trade and business. Surprisingly, when I left home, it was precisely that idea that crept in sideways.

Whole Larder Love

Pioneers for Change | Posted 09.17.2015 | Impact
Pioneers for Change

It was my body that told me to make change. It was my body that gave me no way to ignore the fact that I was my own worst enemy.