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How The Red Cross Is Saving Lives Through Social Data

Laura Howe | Posted 04.17.2014 | Impact
Laura Howe

Nearly four years ago, as Haiti struggled to overcome an earthquake that killed tens of thousands, humanitarian response agencies -- the Red Cross among them -- swung into action.

10 Big Lessons We Learned In The Business of Intelligent International Development

Mark Charmer | Posted 04.09.2014 | Impact
Mark Charmer

Akvo means "water" in Esperanto, the international language. It felt like a good name. Seven of us started Akvo as a tech foundation that summer and returned to Stockholm World Water Week to tell the world we were something new -- an internet startup that could transform international development and help fix global poverty.

How Video Conferencing Delivers Education And Mental Health Care To The Arctic Circle

Willa Black | Posted 04.08.2014 | Impact
Willa Black

The territory of Nunavut, Canada is incredibly cold and remote. It's roughly a four-hour plane ride north of Toronto, with temperatures well below the freezing mark for eight months of the year, dark in the winter months and light all summer long. The communities in the north face unprecedented challenges.

The Secret To Startup Success? Fail Fast -- And Often.

Quim Sabrià | Posted 04.03.2014 | Impact
Quim Sabrià

Teaching at a public high school in Barcelona, I witnessed daily, and sometimes hourly, failure: students struggling through exams despite hours of preparation, missing days of school, threatening teachers and losing their motivation.

How The REDD+ Community Leverages Online Learning To Protect Our Forests And Reduce Carbon Emissions

Breen Byrnes | Posted 04.04.2014 | Impact
Breen Byrnes

Forests have a critical role to play in the fight against global climate change. Forest loss accounts for up to 20 percent of global carbon emissions -- more than all the cars, trucks, trains, planes and ships in the world. By reducing forest loss, we can reduce carbon emissions and fight climate change. It's that simple.

How The New York Hall Of Science Is Building Learning Networks Worldwide

Stephen Miles Uzzo, PhD. | Posted 03.28.2014 | Impact
Stephen Miles Uzzo, PhD.

What quickly became evident as I walked through the doors of the Science Centre World Summit near Brussels last week was the diversity of cultures and perspectives that had converged on this one spot for just a few days. So how do we weave diversity into how we communicate vital STEM ideas at the New York Hall of Science (NYSCI)?

Fighting Diabetes With Feeding America: One Woman's Story

Colleen Callahan | Posted 03.27.2014 | Impact
Colleen Callahan

Research strongly suggests a connection between food insecurity and diet-related disease. The connection makes sense: after all, milk often costs more than soda, and candy less than fruit. People facing hunger are not able to afford the healthy food they need.

How Women's World Banking Has Designed A Community With Purpose

Sarah Buitoni | Posted 04.09.2014 | Impact
Sarah Buitoni

How do you bring people working in geographies as far-flung as the Dominican Republic, Bosnia, Uganda, Mongolia and Tonga together? The simple answer is: technology. But if you want these people to achieve a specific goal, you'll need more than technology, you'll need a community designed with purpose.

How to Make Sanitation Sexy

Sherina Munyana | Posted 03.19.2014 | Impact
Sherina Munyana

An estimated 2.5 billion people around the world lack access to working sanitation facilities and the statistics continue to soar every day. The knee-jerk reaction by humanitarian organizations has been to build free toilets for households and communities, and while this may offer some reprieve, it's a little like trying to drain the ocean with a teaspoon.

How To Create Social Impact Through Thoughtful Networks

Katrina Pugh | Posted 04.09.2014 | Impact
Katrina Pugh

Many nonprofits have been surprised that genuine collaboration rarely endures when the community or network is left to its own devices. Members lose interest, content becomes stale, someone goes on a rant. In the end, everyone wonders why they started in the first place.

How Can We Encourage Students Of All Backgrounds To Go Into STEM?

Blair Christie | Posted 03.17.2014 | Impact
Blair Christie

Three things are true in STEM: There are a lot of job openings. These jobs pay well. And there are not enough qualified people to fill these jobs.

How Your Phone Can Actually Save Your Life

Dom Tolli | Posted 04.01.2014 | Impact
Dom Tolli

As smartphones become ubiquitous in society, so does their use in emergency situations.

Why Saying "Yes" To Mentors Can Help Women In IT Climb The Ladder

Shae Howard | Posted 03.13.2014 | Impact
Shae Howard

Early in my career, I had loads of excuses for not getting a mentor. Only people who want to be CEOs have mentors, right? Doesn't your mentor have to be some old wizened, eccentric dude who takes you under his wing after a chance meeting, sits on a dozen boards and runs his own wildly successful company from the back of a chauffeured limousine?

Girls Among the Geeks: Why Women Should Absolutely Seek Careers in Tech

Rachael McBrearty | Posted 03.13.2014 | Impact
Rachael McBrearty

If you think careers in technology are only for computer programmers, then you are severely limiting your possibilities.

Diversifying The Inner Circle: Why It Matters To Your Workplace, And How It's Done

Patrick Finn | Posted 03.05.2014 | Impact
Patrick Finn

I truly do believe that the significance and benefits of embracing a business culture of inclusion and diversity has been heard loud and clear, and that the reasoning behind the push to diversify the workforce is supported. But somewhere between that realization and making it a reality in our workplaces and in the boardrooms, the dots are not aligning.

One-Third Of Women In STEM Said They Felt Isolated At Work. Here's How We're Helping.

Kathy Mulvany | Posted 03.04.2014 | Impact
Kathy Mulvany

When people ask why we should encourage women and girls to pursue technology education, I tell them about Soso Luningo.

Why Giving Work Is Better Than Giving Aid

Kate Moynihan | Posted 03.03.2014 | Impact
Kate Moynihan

Why give work? The opportunities we provide to the under-resourced are transformative. Here are five reasons to give work rather than aid.

How We Can Help Our Daughters Remove Social Boundaries

Lauren Woodman | Posted 03.03.2014 | Impact
Lauren Woodman

As I was growing up, my mother often told me "girls can be anything they want to be." She had spent her childhood in the South during a time when young women were limited to only a few career options -- nursing, teaching and secretarial work.

Why You Shouldn't Ignore Millennial Talent

Monique LeFors Edmondson | Posted 02.28.2014 | Impact
Monique LeFors Edmondson

How do I work with the millennial generation? Can they really add value in this enterprise environment? Are they only going to stay for a short time and then leave? These are questions I hear time and again. My answer is always a resounding "YES!"

How Teachers Can Use Digital Technologies to Motivate Students and Encourage Learning By Failing

Chris Liang-Vergara | Posted 02.28.2014 | Impact
Chris Liang-Vergara

The promise of blended learning -- to guide students through an infinite range of content and learning experiences -- is amazing, but the digital content can't do it alone. Blended-learning approaches must respect the role, and the power, of the teacher.

The Surprising Upsides of Volunteering

Dr. David Jones | Posted 02.25.2014 | Impact
Dr. David Jones

Through my work with Citizen Schools, I've seen firsthand the dramatic impact that Citizen Teachers can have on young minds, but as a professor of management in the school of business at the University of Vermont, what I am really fascinated by is research findings showing that many employees respond positively when their employer provides opportunities to serve their communities. I've been conducting studies to understand why.

From Brazil to Bangladesh: Saving Lives the Old-Fashioned Way, with Fire Drills and Phone Calls

Heather Franzese | Posted 04.20.2014 | Impact
Heather Franzese

Imagine yourself working in a factory. One day you smell smoke. What do you do? Ignore it? Panic? Or follow the fire drill procedure you learned at a training last week? What you choose could save your life.

How Cisco and Universidade Federal de Sergipe Are Bringing Specialty Health Care To Brazilians

Mario Adriano dos Santos, M.D. | Posted 04.19.2014 | Impact
Mario Adriano dos Santos, M.D.

I grew up in the state of Sergipe in Brazil. It is located in one of the poorest regions of the country, a small, almost rural state, about 1000 kilometers northeast of Rio de Janeiro. We faced many challenges in Sergipe, but one of the biggest was not being able to access good health care.

School Days 2.0: Connected, Borderless, and Highly Inclusive

Joseph Bradley | Posted 04.19.2014 | Impact
Joseph Bradley

The same educational mode has persisted since the 1800s -- if not since Aristotle. Students and their classmates sit within the same walls and absorb rote knowledge from one teacher at a time. And woe to those who fail to show up for the morning bell or to follow the lesson plan!

Do you propagate 'well-meaning' stereotypes?

Joel Bion | Posted 04.15.2014 | Impact
Joel Bion

Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg recently recalled sharing a stage with Cisco CEO John Chambers where he mentioned to the audience: "I realized that we [...] have called all of our senior women too aggressive, and I'm standing on this stage, and I'm sorry. And I want you to know we're never going to do it again." I was lucky enough to be in the audience.