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What Yemen's Donors Need to Know

Belkis Wille | Posted 09.23.2014 | World
Belkis Wille

The Friends of Yemen are in a position to wield significant influence, given their crucial financial support for Yemen's failing economy, but they aren't doing enough to address the human rights abuses that lie at the core of Yemen's problems.

U.S. Foreign Policy Manipulation via Media Is Systemic, Warns Expert

Till Bruckner | Posted 09.22.2014 | Media
Till Bruckner

Foreign policy pundits have had a rough time recently in Washington, D.C.

Checks and Balances Ensure Transparency on Torture

Curt Goering | Posted 09.16.2014 | Politics
Curt Goering

On Constitution Day, let us remember that our American government was designed to put checks on the power of individuals in government who might slip out of control and begin making their own rules. The use of torture and cruelty was authorized by a handful of officials who believed they were exempt from oversight or review.

Getting Ultra-Sustainability to Be as Big and American as Burgers

Mark Coleman | Posted 09.15.2014 | Green
Mark Coleman

What if we allowed "ultra-sustainability" to seep into our lives the way ultra-excess has? What if we did not have to give up anything up to get ultra-sustainable?

Healing Vigilante: How Did You Grow From 9/11?

Aimee Le Zakrewski Clark | Posted 09.11.2014 | Impact
Aimee Le Zakrewski Clark

How does one process the vicarious tension and trauma picked up in those moments, even if just seeing it in the news?

Education Reform: Adding Insult to Injury

Peter Greene | Posted 09.11.2014 | Education
Peter Greene

It's not just the injuries that No Child Left Behind, Race to the Top and Waiverism (RttT Lite) have inflicted on education. It's the insults that have gone with them.

Time to Trust, Yourself

Mark Coleman | Posted 09.10.2014 | Green
Mark Coleman

Trust is the underlying bond that binds individuals to individuals, individuals to institutions, and institutions to society. The future of humanity then is very much tied to your actions, behaviors, and impact.

Fund a Think Tank, Buy a Lobbyist?

Till Bruckner | Posted 09.10.2014 | Politics
Till Bruckner

Beltway policy wonks of all stripes are in a flurry after the New York Times published an article last Sunday alleging that foreign governments "buy influence" by funding U.S. think tanks.

Excessive Talking Can Be a Killer

Dianna Booher | Posted 09.02.2014 | Business
Dianna Booher

Rather than the pay-off of praise from the finished project, people feed on the payoff from promises of what's to come. That makes executing the actual plans much less exciting--and much less likely to get done.

Those Hiding Truth About Disappeared Are Enemies of Humanity

Paul Seils | Posted 09.02.2014 | Impact
Paul Seils

No state or faction has a justifiable reason to keep the information of what they did a secret. The law, and more importantly the most basic concepts of human decency and human dignity demand it.

Trust Is Essential for a Sustainable Future

Mark Coleman | Posted 08.28.2014 | Green
Mark Coleman

The question is whether humans can harness the power of trust to envision and realize a shared fate that values each individual equally, and which honors other life on earth. Our time is up. It is time to trust!

Failure of D.C. Education Reform Initiatives Revealed

Elaine Weiss | Posted 08.12.2014 | DC
Elaine Weiss

This year's release of D.C. Public Schools standardized test scores came with much less fanfare than in 2013 -- growth in "proficiency" is smaller, and district leaders were recently called out for lack of transparency in past releases, and for using averages to hide growing race- and income-based gaps.

Low Carbon Cities in China, Serious Challenges and Signs of Hope

André Corrêa d'Almeida | Posted 08.13.2014 | World
André Corrêa d'Almeida

Despite the worst fears of impending environmental tragedy that arise from a reading of air quality data or the trajectory of coal use, China is walking a path that many cities and nations have walked before.

How Fitbit Helped My Career

Caroline Dowd-Higgins | Posted 08.08.2014 | Women
Caroline Dowd-Higgins

My Fitbit has taught me to flex new muscles both literally and figuratively. I have changed my daily routine by walking at daybreak every morning and I have a renewed appreciation for accountability in my life and career.

8 Criteria for Personal Accountability

Dianna Booher | Posted 08.06.2014 | Business
Dianna Booher

In recent years, people have attempted to take responsibility for their personal development with performance tools and peer feedback systems. Some have been successful and made significant changes. Others, not so much.

The Three Core Questions to Determine: When Is a Company Serious About Sustainability?

Alice Korngold | Posted 08.02.2014 | Business
Alice Korngold

Companies will maximize the success of their sustainability efforts by collaborating with NGOs. Companies bring valuable resources to bear in achieving social, environmental, and economic impacts.

The Real Point Of Going Off The Grid

Kristen Noel | Posted 08.02.2014 | Healthy Living
Kristen Noel

It was time to unplug -- and not because I was guilted or shamed into it, but rather because it was time to seize another opportunity. The good news is that there is room for all of it, if you carve out the space. Balance.

Rescue for the Global Ocean (Part 4)

Peter Neill | Posted 07.28.2014 | Green
Peter Neill

While the past decade has demonstrated great public awareness of ocean issues, and in some cases some striking successes in ocean protection and stewardship, our overall progress toward a global solution has been limited.

Making Justice a Reality Where It Counts

Paul Seils | Posted 09.16.2014 | Politics
Paul Seils

Citizens must see social institutions at work in their home countries, as it is there that courts can repudiate wrongdoing and reaffirm the most fundamental elements of the contract that binds a society together. It is there that having the dignity of a citizen can have its fullest meaning.

Feel-Good (and Feel-Bad) Moments, Brought to You by Facebook

Bea Edwards | Posted 09.08.2014 | Technology
Bea Edwards

Whatever the terms of use included, no users agreed that their moods belonged to Facebook. If controlling your data means controlling your mood, then we need to take a step back.

Join National Campaign to Put Focus of Public Education on Student Learning

Dennis Van Roekel | Posted 09.08.2014 | Education
Dennis Van Roekel

The average American student and teacher now spend about 30 percent of the school year preparing for and taking standardized tests. This is time that schools could use to achieve their primary purpose of educating students. Instead, they become nothing more than test factories.

'Tunisian Spring' Continues, But Challenges Remain

David Tolbert | Posted 09.07.2014 | World
David Tolbert

The launch of the Truth and Dignity Commission in June marks a turning point in Tunisia's transition -- a groundbreaking step toward justice in a country that has experienced many human rights abuses, particularly during the reign of its last dictator Zine El Abidine Ben Ali.

Number One Way to Not Forget Your Child in the Car? Be More Present

Aimee Le Zakrewski Clark | Posted 09.01.2014 | Parents
Aimee Le Zakrewski Clark

I am definitely not a perfect parent. Sometimes things slip my mind, but I can assure you I never forget my kids in the car. So, my solution and challenge for all parents: Be more present. Be better. Thrive. Hold yourself accountable to be more aware so things like this do not happen.

Resist the Rescue!

Nora T. Akins | Posted 08.27.2014 | Business
Nora T. Akins

Some managers, especially those new to the role believe they need to know everything. They see themselves as the answer-man or the go-to-person. This thinking unnecessarily reduces one's confidence and works against the role of manager, coach or leader.

Washington to Cairo: Start Acting Like a Democracy

Daniel R. DePetris | Posted 08.24.2014 | Politics
Daniel R. DePetris

For the United States and many other foreign leaders around the world, from Great Britain to Australia, this sentence was a vivid reminder of Egypt's grotesque reality: that of a country dominated by the military, where the right to a fair trial, a free press, and free expression are blatantly crushed.