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We Found the Money, and It's On Wall Street

George Goehl | Posted 06.22.2013 | Business
George Goehl

The financial transaction tax that is central to the Inclusive Prosperity Act is a chance to make both big investments in our people and our infrastructure, and to make sure Wall Street pays their fair share.

How Crowdfunding Made Social Justice Cool

Posted 04.16.2013 | Impact

By Rose Spinelli, TakePart My first experience supporting a cause was “adopting” a Native American boy through Save the Children when I was in ...

Don't Save My Students... Teach Them

Dan Butin | Posted 06.11.2013 | Impact
Dan Butin

We of course must understand that our students do not walk in as blank slates through the classroom door. Indeed, we cannot be good teachers unless we understand that schools are always already part of their local communities.

Women's Voices for (a) Change

Jan Phillips | Posted 06.01.2013 | Arts
Jan Phillips

Fifty years ago, Betty Friedan's book, The Feminine Mystique, sparked a women's movement that rocked the world. It was about "the problem that has no name." They didn't know what to call it back then. But today, ask any woman if she's ever felt silenced, and chances are she'll say yes.

Open Data Platforms: A Tool to Revolutionize Governance

Jayaseelan Naidoo | Posted 06.05.2013 | Technology
Jayaseelan Naidoo

Having returned from speaking at a conference hosted by the World Bank President Jim Yong Kim on the issue of constituency feedback, I have re-learnt that important lesson: citizens always know better than the government or the market what works for them.

April 4, 1968: Honoring the Death of Martin Luther King, Jr., 45 Years Later

Binta Niambi Brown | Posted 06.04.2013 | Politics
Binta Niambi Brown

To ensure the vitality of our nation, it's continued progress, to more fundamentally remember who we are and honor the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, and all those who died fighting for us, we must remember....we all have a role to play.

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.

LGBTQ Equality and Justice Beyond Marriage

Ashe McGovern | Posted 05.28.2013 | Gay Voices
Ashe McGovern

In debating what justice and equality for LGBTQ communities looks like, how historic this moment is, and what other historic accomplishments are yet to be had, it's important for us to consciously support all types of relationships (married or not) and all forms of justice.

It's a Bird, It's a Plane, It's... an "It" Bag

Edward M. Epstein | Posted 05.27.2013 | Arts
Edward M. Epstein

I've never actually seen a Hermès Birkin bag. Most of what I know about these accessories, which I'm told go for as much as $150,000 each, is based on Mark Khaisman's colored packing tape mock-ups, now on view at Philadelphia's Pentimenti gallery.

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.

Organize to Scrutinize Your Local Sex Trafficking Laws

Margaret Howard | Posted 05.21.2013 | Impact
Margaret Howard

It's time to demand that local laws be held to the standard of state and federal law. Doing so may be a start to fixing how local law enforcement treats commercially sexually exploited and trafficked people of all ages.

My Open Letter to the W.I.S.E. Girls Family

Catherine Okafor | Posted 05.20.2013 | Women
Catherine Okafor

Relecting back to last year when I envisioned the program, it's a great feeling knowing that we are in our second year of the program. Thinking of how many girls we reached and helped to change their lives for the better truly makes my heart smile.

'The Hand That Rocks the Cradle Rocks the World'

Molly Alexander Darden | Posted 05.18.2013 | Impact
Molly Alexander Darden

Throughout Mary Robinson's career the fight for justice has driven her life-choices, and the enormity of her courageous decisions cannot be underestimated.

Freaky Friday: Why Sheryl Sandberg Should Thank Her Parents, and How She Can REALLY Change The World

Jennifer Delaney | Posted 05.15.2013 | Women
Jennifer Delaney

There are very few people in the world who wield the power to make large-scale social change. Sandberg is blessed with the good fortune to be one of them.

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.

The Parable of the Prodigal Son: Which Character Are You?

Rev. Daniel C. Kostakis | Posted 05.10.2013 | Religion
Rev. Daniel C. Kostakis

Every person we see is a child of God and destined to be in communion with the Divine, embrace by God's arms which are truly ours. Embrace a Prodigal today!

Intersectionality: Challenging Though Essential for Liberation

Warren J. Blumenfeld | Posted 05.07.2013 | Gay Voices
Warren J. Blumenfeld

Not knowing what else to do at this time with what they considered to be my gender non-conformity, my parents sent me to a child psychologist at the age of four until my 13th birthday because they feared that I might be gay (or to use the terminology of the day, "homosexual").

Where Do I Want To Be When Justice Rolls Down?

Derek Penwell | Posted 05.06.2013 | Religion
Derek Penwell

For God, justice doesn't mean simple fairness, flattening everything out so it's the same. Justice means seeking for everyone what they need to flourish.

A Place at the Table: It's Not a Film, But a Transmedia Project

Eduardo Navas | Posted 05.06.2013 | Media
Eduardo Navas

A Place at the Table is one of the most exceptional documentaries we have seen in recent times. The film should be celebrated not only for its striking portrayal of hunger in the United States, but also for its innovative use of networked and social media.

Millennial Interfaith Action

Rabbi Joshua Stanton | Posted 05.03.2013 | Religion
Rabbi Joshua Stanton

There is a fundamental shift afoot in the way social justice causes are pursued. As the gap between thought and action narrows, such that a Facebook "like" can mean participation, the means by which social justice will be realized in the world are changing rapidly.

Secretary Hillary Rodham Clinton's Legacy: Advancing Gender Equity and Social Justice Issues Worldwide

Alecia DeCoudreaux | Posted 05.02.2013 | College
Alecia DeCoudreaux

Eighteen years after her powerful speech in Beijing declaring that women's rights are human rights, Hillary Clinton is still fighting to advance women's rights. I have no doubt that she will not rest on her laurels, and neither should we.

Work, Two Popes and Freud

Peter Cove | Posted 04.30.2013 | Religion
Peter Cove

For much of my life, I thought of work as a means of monetary gain. Work was a way for people to make money, to escape poverty, not a way to find spiritual fulfillment.

Online Sparring Ensues Over Tenderloin Social Worker's VICE Interview

Turnstyle | Posted 04.30.2013 | San Francisco

by Nishat Kurwa Well, we were waiting for the other shoe to drop on this one. About a week ago, we began seeing this interview circulate: a Vice wr...

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.

Share the Gift of Story on World Read Aloud Day

Pam Allyn | Posted 04.29.2013 | Impact
Pam Allyn

Reading aloud delivers a deep comfort for a child. In stories, they find a safe place to return to, and tools to navigate life. Books provide a risk-free environment to grapple with the world's big questions.