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Accountability

A Path Beyond the Opt-Out Movement

Kevin Welner | Posted 11.21.2014 | Education
Kevin Welner

Reforms like test-based accountability give us the feeling of doing something--of demanding excellence--without providing the capacity to achieve our goals. Continuing down that path will continue to leave us disappointed. But, opt-out or no opt-out, that's where we're still headed.

Strengthening Children's Rights Through Better Data

Dr. Jody Heymann | Posted 11.20.2014 | World
Dr. Jody Heymann

Pop quiz: Will secondary school be free for your children? Do all girls and boys have access to health care? Are children and youth protected from hazardous labor? Are there any exceptions to these rules? Are you sure?

Are You Showing Up?

Kristen Noel | Posted 11.18.2014 | Healthy Living
Kristen Noel

Are you showing up for yourself? For others? If you can't show up for yourself, there's no point trying to do it for someone else. Start with asking, what feels right in my heart? What do YOU need?

85 Million Children Work in Dangerous Conditions: Are Governments Fulfilling Their Promise to Prevent This?

Dr. Jody Heymann | Posted 11.13.2014 | Impact
Dr. Jody Heymann

In countries around the world, kids work in gold mines, salt mines, and stone quarries--while millions more toil in fields, factories, or construction sites.

Management: Your Version, Your Team's Version, and the Truth

Alex and Cadey Charfen | Posted 11.12.2014 | Small Business
Alex and Cadey Charfen

There are very few people, if any, who like being micromanaged. The discrepancy between managing and micromanaging is simple, a perspective difference -- the perspective of the business owner and perspective of the team members.

Childhood: Where Trust Is Born or Torn

Mark Coleman | Posted 11.07.2014 | Healthy Living
Mark Coleman

Trust is a foundation of all individual and social relationships. Whether you ultimately trust yourself to be able to catch the ball, or put trust into others to guide your ongoing development, trust is an essential element of personal growth and success.

Using the Data Revolution for Mutual Accountability & Transparency in the Era of Sustainable Development

Dr. Paul Zeitz | Posted 11.04.2014 | Impact
Dr. Paul Zeitz

Recognizing that we as global citizens, are, at a critical inflection point in global sustainable development, in the design and implementation of data revolution 2.0, to ensure better data for better programming, delivery and mutual accountability.

Where's the Accountability?

Sam Inglot | Posted 11.04.2014 | Politics
Sam Inglot

The department might as well have set a filing cabinet of public records on fire or shoved hundreds of pages of communications through a paper shredder. In this case, someone pressed delete and the public's right to know went completely out the window.

Development Folks, What Can We Learn From the Private Sector?

Jeff Thindwa | Posted 11.03.2014 | World
Jeff Thindwa

If governments, service providers, and donors learned from the private sector and treated recipients of public services like actual customers, greater sustainable development could be achieved.

Rotten Apples? It May Be the Principal of the Thing

Randy Turner | Posted 11.03.2014 | Education
Randy Turner

To far too many of those who are making the decisions in our nation's schools, teachers are interchangeable parts; one is just as good as another. If they weren't smart enough to get out of the classroom and get into a higher paying job, they deserve whatever they get.

Impossible Goals and My Quest to Lose 175 Pounds

Don McNay | Posted 11.03.2014 | Business
Don McNay

Some people think aiming to lose 175 pounds is insane. For me, it is the only way to get there. When I've set "impossible" goals in a business setting, I've always made them. I get excited and motivated. Small goals don't interest me at all.

It's Time for Youth and Governments to Fall in Love

Ravi Kumar | Posted 10.21.2014 | World
Ravi Kumar

Throughout history, young people have used protests to hold governments accountable. Now, their roles in governments are front and center.

"Stop Killing Us" Say Strong Youth Leaders in Ferguson, Missouri's Weekend of Resistance to Police Brutality

Ann Wright | Posted 10.21.2014 | Black Voices
Ann Wright

During the Weekend of Resistance, activists joined many actions planned by the youth organizers. On Friday, October 10, despite an intense rainstorm, hundreds marched in Clayton, Missouri demanding that the county prosecutor step down.

High Maintenance? Your Days Might Be Numbered!

Hans Hickler | Posted 10.20.2014 | Business
Hans Hickler

We have an obligation, a business plan to deliver. We hire people to achieve and lead certain pieces of that plan. It is the only reason we hire people -- to help us achieve the goals to which we have committed.

What Exactly Is the 'Real World'?

Steve Nelson | Posted 10.15.2014 | Education
Steve Nelson

Real maturity is when one comes full circle, realizing that imagination, romance and ideals are the "real world." The other stuff is only a tedious interlude to endure until you regain your perspective.

You're Not Going to Get Away With It

Michael Ramah | Posted 10.02.2014 | Business
Michael Ramah

I find it truly astounding that -- at a time when nearly everyone carries a device that can capture video, photos and audio, and then instantly upload that content online -- so many organizations still talk about transparency as if it is somehow optional. Or worse, aspirational.

Finding Paradise

Paula Puryear Martin | Posted 09.30.2014 | Healthy Living
Paula Puryear Martin

Paradise as a state of mind. It is a state of consciousness. It is a place we can inhabit anytime we want. Paradise is a myth (in Milton's Paradise...

Falling Is Not Failing

Tim McDonald | Posted 09.29.2014 | Healthy Living
Tim McDonald

I'm learning that the only failure we experience is something we don't learn from. Life is a journey, not a destination. Falling is part of the adventure. Failing to me is giving up.

Why You Need to Brag More and 3 Ways to Do It

Dr. Peggy Drexler | Posted 09.27.2014 | Women
Dr. Peggy Drexler

Taking accountability for yourself and your work means accepting the good along with the bad. If you own up to your mistakes, why shouldn't you own up to your victories? Here's how to start getting over the fear of healthy self-promotion.

What Yemen's Donors Need to Know

Belkis Wille | Posted 11.22.2014 | 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 11.22.2014 | 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 11.16.2014 | 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 11.15.2014 | 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 11.11.2014 | 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 11.11.2014 | 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.