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After Ferguson: Are Christians Even On the Same Page? Progress Requires Working Together

Sarah Cunningham | Posted 09.04.2014 | Religion
Sarah Cunningham

As the country continues to sort through the shooting of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri, few are surprised that some of the most outspoken commentators are those from the faith community.

Addressing the World's Water Challenges Demands Business Collaboration

Michael Green | Posted 09.04.2014 | Green
Michael Green

Many of the great challenges faced by humanity, such as climate change, energy security, and food security, cannot be managed without also ensuring that our citizens have access to reliable water and sanitation services.

CHART: In Terms of Social Progress, America is Not #1 -- It's #16

Michael E. Porter | Posted 07.14.2014 | World
Michael E. Porter

As Americans, we like to think of ourselves as a world leader. Yet the new Social Progress Index, a comprehensive framework measuring numerous important social outcomes, paints a very different picture - the U.S. ranks only 16th of 132 countries measured, behind other large countries such as Germany, the UK, Japan and Canada. On Health and Wellness, for example, we spend more on health care than any country in the world but in terms of the outcomes achieved--such as obesity and life expectancy--we are number 70 in the world, way below our advanced economy peers.

New Social Progress Index Ranks U.S. 16th Out of 132 Countries

The Daily Beast | Brandy Zadrozny | Posted 04.04.2014 | World

America isn’t number one this time. Despite having the second-highest GDP on the 132-country list, the U.S. falls shorts on basic human needs, healt...

These Vintage Photos Remind Us How Far We've Come In Breaking Down Barriers That Divide Us

The Huffington Post | Karin Swanson | Posted 03.04.2014 | Impact

The United Nations' World Day of Social Justice is an opportunity to celebrate how far we've come in advancing civil rights. But recognizing the work ...

We Must Change the Contemporary View of Marriage

Daniel Raphael | Posted 04.20.2014 | Gay Voices
Daniel Raphael

The question that then emerges is what is marriage? How do we define marriage? There are several definitions, the most prominent being the joining of two or more elements.

Growth Is Not Enough, Young People Want to Live in a Decent Society

Michael Green | Posted 03.25.2014 | Politics
Michael Green

A newly published global survey reveals that, for young people at least, social -- not economic -- challenges are the major priority. Politicians and business leaders should take heed.

50 Years Later: The War on Poverty Needs an Update

Michael Green | Posted 03.11.2014 | Politics
Michael Green

Fifty years ago the President of the United States, Lyndon B. Johnson, delivered the State of the Union address that would put poverty reduction at the center of federal policy-making for a generation, declaring the beginning of a "War on Poverty" still being fought to this day.

Science Fiction and Social Fiction

Mark Moore | Posted 06.18.2013 | Impact
Mark Moore

"We have science fiction, and science follows it. We imagine it, and it comes true. Yet we don't have social fiction, so nothing changes." When Muhammad Yunus made this statement at the recent Skoll World Forum, there was a sense that this was a quotation we'd see repeated for years.

Zafen: Redefining "Interest" in the Changing World of Microfinance

Jim Luce | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Jim Luce

Microfinance has taken a beating lately for shifting far afield from its humanitarian origins. It's become a good idea gone bad. But all is not lost.

Leviticus Loses: The Inevitability of Equal Rights for Homosexuals

Rabbi Irwin Kula | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Rabbi Irwin Kula

It behooves us to remember that the only difference between human rights activists and traditionalists, relatively speaking to the centuries of injustice finally being ameliorated, is having realized something just a bit earlier.

Homosexuality Redux: Can We Hear Each Other?

Rabbi Irwin Kula | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Rabbi Irwin Kula

I knew equality for LGBT evoked passionate conversation, but I would never have imagined that my last post would generate nearly 1200 comments.