Last week a few HuffPost editors and I were treated to a visit by Bill Drayton and Mary Gordon. Bill Drayton is the founder of Ashoka and a longtime champion of social entrepreneurship, a term that he coined and that has now spread across the world. Mary Gordon is a former kindergarten teacher who founded Roots of Empathy, an organization dedicated to teaching emotional literacy and promoting empathy in children. As Mary told us, empathy is a two-way street and is best nurtured by example. Philosophers have known this for centuries. "No one can live happily who has regard for himself alone and transforms everything into a question of his own utility," wrote the first-century Stoic philosopher Seneca. And in practically every religious tradition and practice, giving of oneself is a key step on the path to spiritual fulfillment.
We can tap into joy every single day. It is always accessible, even if just for an instant. It is a conscious choice. With even a small amount of effort, we can fill our cloudy skies with a rainbow.
At recent event, I was asked: 'what is the best way to get onto a nonprofit board?' The simple answer is that one typically applies to serve on a Bo...
The kids go back to school next week, and let's face it, that means you do, too. But it doesn't have to mean that. It could mean freedom and relaxation this year instead of endless PTA projects and class mom responsibilities that never seem to end. Self, let's do things differently this year.
As September 11th approaches, now is this the right time to ask your company, your co-workers and yourself, "What will you do?"
With Labor Day weekend, the grand finale of summer behind us, I thought I'd share some simple "rules" to help your child rule this school year.
Once you scratch the surface and get beyond the statistics, you find a generation that shares the same fundamental goals as the Baby Boomers 40 years ago - they want to change the world. And I think they might just succeed more than other generations that lost their youthful idealism in the pursuit of success and possessions.
The penultimate trip this summer for me and Daniel can be summed up in two words: wolves rock. Still in awe, and it's been over a week since I was licked on the face by one.
Ironically, there are some laborers who don't get a day off even though the nation is celebrating them. This includes members of the military, hospital workers, emergency personnel and farmers. What better way to celebrate these workers then by giving them a hand?
August brought challenging news for the Great Lakes. Researchers announced the expansion of a dead zone in Lake Michigan near Green Bay.
Whether you are a student just setting out on your life's path, a professional who might be struggling in a job you may or may not love or a retiree looking to start again, find your purpose -- find your passion and follow it.
Think about all the time and energy you put into your first career, or planning your wedding or even researching your kid's college choices. You need to put in at least that amount of time or more when planning the next 20-40 years.
Even though the phrase "youth leadership summit" is drier than the Mojave Desert, this one was practically Niagara Falls. We had absolutely no idea what to expect, but were pretty much sold once they gave each attendee a nifty trivia answering pad.
It's getting to be the end of August, and thus the end of summer. It's that time of year when people are breaking out the boots, jeans, and flannel o...
True human capabilities will not find expression in competition. When you are trying to race with somebody, you are only thinking of going one step ahead of him. You are not thinking of what your ultimate potential is. True human capabilities will find expression only in absolute relaxation.
More often than not, we see the hardship and downfall of the human spirit across our news feeds and television stations. But, what about the triumph of the human spirit? The compassion? The will to do what we can to make the world a better place?