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Why Global Civil Society Needs to Stand Together

Danny Sriskandarajah | Posted 04.09.2015 | Impact
Danny Sriskandarajah

In many ways, global civil society has flourished in recent years. The UN is making unprecedented formal efforts to facilitate civil society participation in the post 2015 global development framework and there is widespread recognition of the vital role civil society will play in delivering this agenda. And, on the streets, ours is an era of mass protest.

Feeling Trapped by Your Smart-Phone? Go Techno-Commando....

Paul LaRosa | Posted 04.07.2015 | Technology
Paul LaRosa

I never thought of that as freedom back then because there were no smartphones tracking our every move. We've all become techno-slaves and, being without one even temporarily, felt like I had all the freedom in the world.

Why Traditions Matter

Katharine Rose | Posted 04.03.2015 | Religion
Katharine Rose

I think there is a real beauty to be found in tradition - a beauty that may not propel us forward in the sense of quantifiable "progress" or change, but that does propel us forward as human beings in life wisdom, understanding and even emotional intellect.

How Much Is the Weave in the Window?

Gerard Kersey | Posted 04.01.2015 | Black Voices
Gerard Kersey

I don't believe anything is done by accident, the hair weave industry is a billion dollar industry with a large percentage of it being by black dollars. We can definitely choose any style we want but let's be wise and conscious of why?

The Glitch in 'Basic B*tch'

Kat Cowley | Posted 03.30.2015 | Women
Kat Cowley

Maybe it's because I'm currently working from Los Angeles, the mecca of discriminating in the name of social demand, or maybe it's because I've heard this phrase at least a dozen plus times this week alone -- but can we talk about the term "basic b*tch," please?

Being Yourself, That's the Greatest Gift and Service

Miriam Ava | Posted 03.30.2015 | GPS for the Soul
Miriam Ava

Readjust your vision. Refocus on what's true for you. What's that well inside you bringing forth? Where's that inner thrust leading you? Once you ma...

The Core of Every Crisis of Imagination is a Crisis of Identity

Success 3.0 | Posted 03.20.2015 | Healthy Living
Success 3.0

The core crisis facing a society is often not a crisis of funds or resources. It is a crisis of imagination. And at the core of every crisis of imagination is a crisis of identity. Imagination and identity are interior structures of consciousness. We need to re-imagine ourselves.

Harshing Brian Williams

Steven Kurlander | Posted 02.20.2015 | Media
Steven Kurlander

I don't know about you, but I'm really feeling sorry for NBC's Brian Williams. If you are a serious news addict, and consequently crave history, you should know that Brian Williams and his ilk are, in the traditional sense, actors rather than scribes.

Mother's Whispers

Catherine Nagle | Posted 02.20.2015 | GPS for the Soul
Catherine Nagle

Mothers' Whispers How many times have you read a new article and something resonates personally? I'm beginning to see clearer that these ideas ar...

The Moment Trumps the Selfie

Lisbeth Darsh | Posted 04.18.2015 | Healthy Living
Lisbeth Darsh

Some part of me wants to tell people to stuff their phones in their pockets and stand in front of an incredible piece of art and just be. Breathe and feel what the art brings forth in you. All of the emotions are not comfortable, but they're important to feel. Or at least I think so.

10 Historical Photos and Stories of Drag Queens

LGBT News | Posted 04.12.2015 | Gay Voices
LGBT News

"Queens," or men who defy gender norms and dress as women, have always been present in the LGBTQ community and pop culture. Their journey has been long, but as a society we have progressed to a level of acceptance which has unfortunately not always been a part of our culture.

Nannies, Ninnies, Nutrients and Nonsense

David Katz, M.D. | Posted 04.08.2015 | Healthy Living
David Katz, M.D.

When the New York Times reported recently that a lot of alleged nutrient supplements are devoid of nutrients and supplements, the scrum was immediately predictable. That much more so because we have seen a recent backlash against our over-hyped reliance on supplements as silver bullets.

I'm A Feminist Who's Flattered By Catcalling

Nikki Gloudeman | Posted 03.26.2015 | Women
Nikki Gloudeman

What kind of feminist must I be if I'm at odds with the fundamental feminist principle that street harassment dehumanizes women?

An Endearing Arrogance in the Islamic Republic of Iran

Jake Threadgould | Posted 03.23.2015 | Travel
Jake Threadgould

For Nasrin the headscarf transcends aesthetics, it is a symbol of the Islamic Republic itself. A symbol of that which reduces her to something that she is not. A symbol of something that can quite literally smother her identity. Only in the alcoves of this rigid regime, such as the corner of her friend's café, could she be herself.

Does Flawed Knowledge Result Into Flawed Happiness?

Sweta Saraogi | Posted 03.22.2015 | GPS for the Soul
Sweta Saraogi

Inorganic or flawed happiness has a temporary effect like fast food. Its tastes good at first but does nothing for the soul of the body.

Why Do You Care What Other People Think?

Dr. Gail Gross | Posted 03.22.2015 | Women
Dr. Gail Gross

Since primitive times, humans have relied on relationships to survive. If a man or woman was accepted into a tribe, then he or she had a greater chance of living to see another day. The person who was cast out would most likely not have survived the primitive world on his own.

Technology Gone Haywire: Why I Despise Cell Phones

Dean Dauphinais | Posted 03.18.2015 | Fifty
Dean Dauphinais

I don't own a cell phone. And when I say that, I don't mean that I don't own a smartphone. I don't even own a "dumb" phone. The only phones I have ar...

The 'Somebody' Syndrome: Are We Milestone Biased?

Kat Cowley | Posted 03.11.2015 | Healthy Living
Kat Cowley

This isn't about hurtful comment vindication. Upsetting comments and their narrators will come and go -- what it is about a collective cultural tolerance.

Bad Hair Days and Nine Other Reasons Being a Female Sucks

Unwritten | Posted 03.10.2015 | Women
Unwritten

Starting with the menstrual cycle, to feeling like every man in the world will never understand you, here are the top 10 reasons being a female can totally suck, and maybe this will make you feel less alone.

Here's to a Shameless 2015

Anjhula Mya Bais | Posted 03.07.2015 | Impact
Anjhula Mya Bais

As the year begins, let us ask ourselves why we continue to pretend or not acknowledge what there is to acknowledge?

Facebook: To Post or Not to Post

Tom Falco | Posted 03.06.2015 | Technology
Tom Falco

If you go into someone's personal page and look at it randomly, you really can get a sense of who that person is. So in this new year, we should think about what we're posing. Or maybe not, by calculating the posts, it maybe just takes away from the actual reality and truth of the whole thing.

Obstructing the Male Gaze in a Gaze-Dependent Culture

Maria X. Liu | Posted 02.15.2015 | Women
Maria X. Liu

Instead of naturally objectifying ourselves because it's expected, let's actively work on encouraging contributions, insights, ideas and voices.

Our Next Step Should Be Together

David Vognar | Posted 02.14.2015 | Good News
David Vognar

Now that the country has collectively pieced together more of what happened under the Bush administration in the past few weeks, it is imperative that we work on addressing a much-neglected form of bias that is responsible for many political and social ills: tribalism.

A Christmas Tree Story

Paula Vasan | Posted 12.10.2014 | Impact
Paula Vasan

I was thrilled when I heard the news that the town of Reading, Pennsylvania, officially decided to embrace its so-called Charlie Brown tree.

The Case For Taking A Facebook Break

Jock Gilchrist | Posted 02.09.2015 | Healthy Living
Jock Gilchrist

We are, of course, social creatures. We need other people. When our social nature expresses itself virtually, we have the option of controlling exactly what we look like and what words we use. We have the ability to create a self-advertisement that sells us well.