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The One Dangerous Thing Philanthropy Has In Common With Big Oil And Banks

Democracy Journal | Gara LaMarche | Posted 09.18.2014 | Impact

Though this is not the way I would usually describe my career, one way of looking at it is that I spent my first 20 working years trying to raise mone...

Bill Gates' Foundation Gives Its Largest Gift Ever To Combat Ebola Crisis

The Huffington Post | Robbie Couch | Posted 09.12.2014 | Impact

The fight against Ebola has found a deep-pocketed ally in Bill Gates. The billionaire philanthropist's foundation has pledged $50 million to fight ...

Big History: Why We Fail to See Life as Life Sees Itself

Vamsee Juluri | Posted 09.11.2014 | Religion
Vamsee Juluri

My assumptions about history began to change 13 years ago. I was teaching a class called Media, Stereotyping and Violence when the tragic events of 9/11 overtook our lives. In the days that followed, my students and I confronted a question: Is all this violence inevitable?

A Mom-Designed Solution: Keeping Children's Vaccine Records Current and Useful

Chrysula Winegar | Posted 09.04.2014 | Impact
Chrysula Winegar

Lisa Scharoun, PhD is a professor in graphic design teaching at Australia's University of Canberra. She's also a mother to Noah, who was born with a cleft palate. Lisa spent much of Noah's first nine months in hospitals.

Christina Wilkie

Internal Memo Recommends Major Global Charities Adopt New Outreach Strategy

HuffingtonPost.com | Christina Wilkie | Posted 09.03.2014 | Politics

WASHINGTON -- As the international community considers the next round of development goals to address some of the world's most critical challenges, mo...

Putting the Oxygen Back into Improving Education

Patricia McGuire | Posted 08.24.2014 | Education
Patricia McGuire

In the time remaining for his administration, Secretary Duncan can still make his place in history by rebalancing the educational reform initiatives in favor of providing more constructive supports for teachers.

Tony Wagner's The Global Achievement Gap Is More Relevant Than Ever

John Thompson | Posted 08.20.2014 | Education
John Thompson

We have always had plenty of soul-killing, drill and kill instruction. In the past, however, it was seen as education malpractice. Now, it is imposed in the name of "reform."

Fiddling With Schools While Our Nation Burns

Steve Nelson | Posted 08.06.2014 | Education
Steve Nelson

Attacking teacher unions and tenure, high stakes testing, NCLB, Race to the Top, Common Core, charter schools... all these things are just fiddling around while civil society burns.

Child Malaria Vaccine May Be Available In 2015

The Huffington Post | Eleanor Goldberg | Posted 07.31.2014 | Impact

A malaria vaccine for children may be available as soon as next year. A recent study released by PLOS Medicine and sponsored by GSK Biologicals, fo...

Top 10 YouTube Channels for Leaders

Larry P. Thomas | Posted 07.30.2014 | Business
Larry P. Thomas

Over the last year I've subscribed to a number of YouTube channels that have consistently helped me identify new trends, understand best practices, and spot high-impact opportunities. Here is a list of my favorites.

Here's Why We Definitely Approve Of This Bill Gates, John Green Bromance

The Huffington Post | Robbie Couch | Posted 07.29.2014 | Impact

If there ever were a selfie to feel excited about, it's this one of Bill Gates and John Green. The author behind "The Fault In Our Stars" -- which...

Peripheral Vision: Climate Change and Global Development in the 21st Century (Pt. IV: Long-Tail Liberation)

Peter Schwartz | Posted 09.15.2014 | Green
Peter Schwartz

Global warming poses an existential threat to life on Earth. This existential threat challenges our capabilities and calls into question the viability and effectiveness of mechanically conceived grid maintenance options.

Climate Change And Global Development in the 21st Century, Pt. III

Peter Schwartz | Posted 09.15.2014 | Green
Peter Schwartz

The emergence of an acceleration ecology for distributed solar power and storage technologies indicates the approach of a tipping point that begins to spawn an independent global power "hive" that operates largely beyond the purview of the regulated electric power grid.

Peripheral Vision: Climate Change and Global Development in the 21st Century (Pt. II)

Peter Schwartz | Posted 09.14.2014 | Green
Peter Schwartz

Going forward, the challenge facing established "financial grid" players -- commercial lending banks, investment banks, private equity firms, venture funds, and angel networks -- may not be whether they can match the growth arc of crowdfunding platforms. The financial grid itself may be at risk.

Peripheral Vision: Climate Change and Global Development in the 21st Century (Pt. I)

Peter Schwartz | Posted 09.10.2014 | Green
Peter Schwartz

Crowdfunding, depicted graphically, resemble nothing so much as the trajectory of space vehicles obtaining escape velocity from the earth's atmosphere. But for those with boots on the ground, the impact of these trends more likely resembles displacement associated with the cracking of tectonic plates.

The Excellent But False Messaging of the Common Core Standards

Diane Ravitch | Posted 09.10.2014 | Politics
Diane Ravitch

Have you ever wondered about the amazingly effective campaign to sell the Common Core standards to the media, the business community, and the public? How did it happen that advocates for the standards used the same language, the same talking points, the same claims, no matter where they were located?

Replace Arne Duncan with Secretary of Education Bill Gates

John Thompson | Posted 09.06.2014 | Education
John Thompson

Secretary of Education Bill Gates might confront the contradictions between his hypotheses on school improvement and reality. He might even recognize the impossibility of implementing value-added teacher evaluations and Common Core testing at the same time.

Is It Time to Escort Bill Gates Out of Our Schools?

John Thompson | Posted 08.31.2014 | Education
John Thompson

If Bill Gates would respect the fences that are necessary to protect educators and students, in particular, and our constitutional democracy in general, most of us would re-welcome his foundation back into school improvement.

Bill Gates: Eradicating Polio Is Easier Than Fixing American Education

AP | JERI CLAUSING | Posted 07.01.2014 | Impact

LOS ALAMOS, N.M. (AP) — Microsoft co-founder and philanthropist Bill Gates says eradicating malaria, tuberculosis and polio is easier than fixing th...

WATCH: How Do We Nourish Nine Billion People?

Posted 07.02.2014 | Impact

Watch Live at 5:00 - 6:00pm and 7:00 - 8:00pm EST. About half the world’s population suffers from some form of malnutrition -- two billion people...

Schools Need a Moratorium on Fear

John Thompson | Posted 08.24.2014 | Education
John Thompson

Our educators must block test scores out of their minds and use data for diagnostic, instructional purposes.

Lancet Series On Midwifery: Women Should Be In The Heart Of Decision-Making

Petra ten Hoope-Bender | Posted 08.23.2014 | Impact
Petra ten Hoope-Bender

I know from my experience as a midwife and an academic that midwifery is the best value option for delivering high-quality maternal and newborn care. By a long way, investing in well-educated midwives can give a 16-fold return on investment.

A Common Core of Corporate Profit

Diann Woodard | Posted 08.17.2014 | Education
Diann Woodard

Ironically, when advocates of this system of "profit education" talk about the growing poverty that exists in schools and the need to be able to provide for the well being of the total child, poverty is obfuscated by an insistent claim that it is an excuse, not a cause of poor performance.

Denver Teen Overcomes Hardship, Turns Suspension Into Scholarship

The Huffington Post | Ryan Grenoble | Posted 06.17.2014 | Teen

Aracely Navarro knows a thing or two about hardships. She also knows about overcoming them. The recent Denver North High School valedictorian is no...

Bill Gates To Stanford Grads: 'You Can Do Better At This Than I Did'

The Huffington Post | Eleanor Goldberg | Posted 06.23.2014 | Impact

When Bill Gates visited wards full of patients dying from tuberculosis in the South African township of Soweto in the '90s, his heart broke, but his r...