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Together We're Creating The World We Want In 2030

Sarah Colamarino | Posted 08.25.2015 | Parents
Sarah Colamarino

What kind of world do you want for your family in 2030? We asked celebrities, experts, and moms and dads around the world that question. Their collective answers moved us, excited us, and left us with hope and optimism for the future.

Proof That When Girls Come Together There's Nothing They Can't Do

Melissa Hillebrenner | Posted 06.18.2015 | Impact
Melissa Hillebrenner

Girls are powerful. The passage of the Girls Count Act is an important reminder that when girls seek to empower one another, anything is possible!

Why The Most Important Man In A Girl's Life Is Her Father

Gary Barker, Ph.D. | Posted 06.16.2015 | Impact
Gary Barker, Ph.D.

Every day around the world, we as fathers make decisions about the future of our daughters -- whether they stay in school, marry too early (or against their will), whether we treat their mothers with respect, or whether we support our daughters to pursue their dreams and see themselves as competent and powerful.

Picturing A Future Where Beauty Is Defined By Doing Good

Nigel Barker | Posted 06.15.2015 | Impact
Nigel Barker

You ask any father, anywhere, from any religion, any culture, and they'll speak as if they love their daughters more than anything -- girls hold a special place in their fathers' hearts. Yet in all cultures, that changes when it comes to positions of power, and family, and role in society.

People Lovin' People

PS22 Chorus | Posted 06.11.2015 | Impact
PS22 Chorus

What kind of world do you want for 2030? The famed Staten Island PS22 Chorus answers in word and song.

By 2030, Every Girl Should Have The Right To Become A Mother When She's Ready

Nyaradzayi Gumbonzvanda | Posted 06.10.2015 | Impact
Nyaradzayi Gumbonzvanda

The world must take action where governments and communities have failed our girls. They deserve to live and not to die in childbirth. They deserve to thrive and live healthy lives. Above all, we must protect these girls so that they live a life free of violence, abuse and stigma and can raise healthy children.

Wanting The Best For Our Children

Ricky Martin | Posted 06.09.2015 | Impact
Ricky Martin

As a father, I want my children to be safe from harm, and I want that very same thing for their children. We owe it to them -- and we owe it to our families.

For Children In Need, No Gesture Of Help Is Too Small

Naya Rivera | Posted 06.08.2015 | Impact
Naya Rivera

I dream about a future for my child where there really is equal opportunity. Right now, a small percentage of the population does overwhelmingly better than the rest. Like every parent, I hope my child can have the best chances.

When You Share This Story, You Help Ensure A Child's Healthy Birth In Ethiopia

Dr. Endale Engida | Posted 06.03.2015 | Impact
Dr. Endale Engida

She weighed little -- just 1.5 pounds. Tragically, no one thought she would live another day. Betselot Addisu was born prematurely at around seven months. She had severe anaemia and the beginnings of damage to her intestinal tract -- the second most common cause of death in premature babies.

Every Child Has The Right To Be Happy, Healthy, Protected And Loved

Caryl M. Stern | Posted 06.01.2015 | Impact
Caryl M. Stern

All children deserve a childhood, and to dream big dreams. Let's make the world a place where their dreams can come true.

When We Celebrate Our Differences, We Make A Better World For All

Denice Torres | Posted 05.29.2015 | Impact
Denice Torres

Fifteen years from now, my daughter Sierra will be 29 years old. Born prematurely due to a virus, my girl has cerebral palsy, is nonverbal and spends the vast majority of her day in a wheelchair. She uses an iPad with a special app as her primary mode of communication. When she was 12 years old, the sweetest words I ever heard in my entire life were the digitized words, "I love you mommy."

Building A Better World Starts With Raising Healthy, Happy, Empowered Children

Jo Frost | Posted 05.26.2015 | Parents
Jo Frost

We as family make the biggest impression for molding those who will lead our society in 2030. I believe in change-makers and guardians of peace, and I believe together we can create a world where all children have a shot at making a difference in this world.

Nothing Has The Power To Change The World Like The Unconditional Love Of A Mother

Rosie Pope | Posted 05.20.2015 | Parents
Rosie Pope

With so much love to give it seems such a crime that we are not able to give more of it to each other. I don't think we can achieve balance alone. There is a reason we always existed in tribes, and that sense of community needs to return around the world.

The Power To Create A World Where No Child Dies From Preventable Disease Is In Our Hands

Minda Dentler | Posted 05.18.2015 | Impact
Minda Dentler

One month ago, I was nervously holding my 2-month-old daughter in my lap at our pediatrician's office in New York City, waiting for her to get her first series of vaccinations. What would have appeared to be a routine visit was, in fact, a huge moment in my life.

'Global Brotherhood' And Raising The Next Generation Of Givers

Kristin van Ogtrop | Posted 05.20.2015 | Parents
Kristin van Ogtrop

It is one thing for my children to read the news about Nepal, Syria, Liberia and Baltimore. It is another thing entirely for them to understand that they are part of one Brotherhood. To feel the connection that leads to action.

There's Always Something We Can Do To Help

Rachel Zoe | Posted 05.14.2015 | Impact
Rachel Zoe

My greatest dream for the future is for an environmentally sound world. I wish for universal acceptance and understanding of all beliefs, religions and cultures. I want to envision the world in 2030 as a peaceful place, where individuality is embraced and people are not judged and persecuted for their differences.

Behind Every Amazing Thing We Do There Is An Amazing Mom

Jennifer Lopez | Posted 05.20.2015 | Impact
Jennifer Lopez

When you become a mother, you want to make the world a better place. Our biggest job as mothers is to teach our children by example, by how we live and what we do. I want to teach my children to always come from a place of love.

A World Where Every Girl And Woman Is In Control Of Her Health

Kathy Calvin | Posted 05.11.2015 | Impact
Kathy Calvin

Every girl and woman should be in charge of her health and her future. Yet according to the United Nations, approximately 800 women die every day from complications related to pregnancy and childbirth. Most of these deaths are preventable -- a clear sign that we have a lot of work to do to ensure that women have the tools they need to stay healthy.

Girl Up: My Stroll With Melissa Hillebrenner

Ebenezar Wikina | Posted 12.07.2014 | Impact
Ebenezar Wikina

Girl Up's vision is that, all girls, no matter their geographical location, have the opportunity to become educated, healthy, safe, counted, and positioned to be the next generation of leaders.

The Urgent Need to Stand Against the Criminalization of Persons With Mental Illness

Ginger Lerner-Wren | Posted 11.23.2014 | Healthy Living
Ginger Lerner-Wren

(Author's note: I was asked to share my vision of social justice in support of the 2014 Mashable and 92Y Summit being held this week as part of the UN...

The Time Is Now To Take Action To Save The Lives Of Millions Of Mothers And Children

Posted 08.18.2014 | Impact

Fifteen years ago, a group of world leaders came together at the United Nations Headquarters in New York to commit to a vision of a better future. ...

A Different Kind of Social Enterprise Is Helping Communities See Clearly

Neil Blumenthal | Posted 08.11.2014 | Impact
Neil Blumenthal

Rather than simply handing out glasses, we worked to train individuals in developing countries to conduct vision screenings, educate their neighbors about the importance of eye care, and sell high-quality, low-cost glasses to their communities.

Why the World Needs Entrepreneurs

Elizabeth Gore | Posted 08.10.2014 | Impact
Elizabeth Gore

I have always known that entrepreneurs were risk takers: they make visions into reality by developing new products, processes and markets. So what happens when all the definitions for entrepreneurship merge?

Why Must We Pay Attention to Women's Economic Empowerment?

Tina Wells | Posted 08.09.2014 | Impact
Tina Wells

The question should not be, "Why must we pay attention to women's economic empowerment?" Instead, the question should be, "How can we afford to not pay attention to women's economic empowerment?"

18 More Quotes for Giving Tuesday

2morrowknight | Posted 02.02.2014 | Impact
2morrowknight

How do you connect people, nonprofits, foundations and businesses (across continents) to make a lasting difference? How does social media factor into your approach to build a better, more connected world -- one philanthropic effort after another?