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At the Heart of New Ways of Working Are Trusted Communities

Ayelet Baron | Posted 12.18.2014 | Business
Ayelet Baron

A connected network knows no boundaries as it enables people internally and externally to connect around purpose and common needs and interests.

Cops and Courage

Ann Medlock | Posted 12.02.2014 | Crime
Ann Medlock

What's going on when some police officers escalate violence instead of calming it? Why would a professionally trained cop panic and kill when he could disable the person he sees as threatening? How are law-enforcement officers recruited?

The Diversity Deficit

Sylvana Storey | Posted 11.26.2014 | Business
Sylvana Storey

Diversity is a concept that persists in the daily lexicon of the press and in the narrative of organizations. A concept akin to a green ant -- gently nipping away at the top layers of the skin and trying its very best to get to the core!

10 Things You'd Miss If the Ocean Called It Quits

Sebastian Troeng | Posted 12.16.2014 | Green
Sebastian Troeng

It is pretty obvious that we wouldn't do well without the benefits provided by a healthy ocean. In fact, we most likely would not survive. The good news is that many people are realizing what is at stake; even global and national leaders are catching on.

'Big Bang' Budget Bad for Illinois

Emily J. Miller | Posted 11.11.2014 | Chicago
Emily J. Miller

In a recent editorial, the Wall Street Journal wrote a disastrous economic prescription for Illinois, one that calls for a "big bang" of the sort that has blown up Kansas' budget and turned that state into a poster child for reckless and short-sighted financial management.

Corporal Punishment: The Monster That Won't Leave Us

Devishobha Ramanan | Posted 10.22.2014 | World
Devishobha Ramanan

Schools have the potential to break the patterns of violence by giving children, their parents and communities the knowledge and skills to communicate, negotiate and resolve conflicts in more constructive ways. Losing this great opportunity could cripple the entire human race.

U.S. World Cup Win: A Civic Parable for Our Time

Richard C. Harwood | Posted 08.16.2014 | Impact
Richard C. Harwood

As a huge soccer fan, I was ecstatic about the U.S. national team's 2-1 victory over Ghana Monday. As an American, I was struck even more by the words...

The Glaring Moral Issue Omitted from the President's Emissions Policy

Paul Abrams | Posted 08.11.2014 | Politics
Paul Abrams

Indeed, a serious, robust, sensitive policy to address the front-line soldiers in the battle against greenhouse gas emissions would create the political space enabling truly impactful climate change legislation to be enacted.

Here's Evidence That Coming Together Is A Beautiful Thing

Posted 06.09.2014 | Healthy Living

The stress and strain of constantly being connected can sometimes take your life -- and your well-being -- off course. GPS For The Soul can help you f...

On Defining Moments, Honesty and Looking Behind the Curtain: How Philly School Families Are Fighting Back

Hillary Linardopoulos | Posted 07.02.2014 | Education
Hillary Linardopoulos

It's a disheartening and messy time in Philadelphia's school system. Some days I wake up and wonder if things will ever get better -- will we ever be able to look our children in the eyes and tell them that every school is equipped with the resources they need to get a quality education?

Companies Without Strong Communities Will Die Away

Peter Cardon | Posted 04.27.2014 | Business
Peter Cardon

The business world is abuzz with terms like collaboration, teamwork, engagement and sharing. The goal of course is more innovation, productivity and agility in a rapidly changing business environment.

New Online Publication Highlights the Altruism of Black Males

Christopher Norris | Posted 04.05.2014 | Black Voices
Christopher Norris

2014 Echoing Green Search Partner Techbook Online Publishes "The Black His-Story Book: A Collection of Narratives from Black Male Mentors." In an eff...

When a Community Comes Together for a Cause

Tim McDonald | Posted 03.26.2014 | Impact
Tim McDonald

Maximizing the reach of an inspirational message or important piece of information requires the dedication of humans to staying open to sharing and consuming content that raises awareness.

Smart Growth: Creating Sustainable Cities Through Higher Education

Jamie Merisotis | Posted 02.03.2014 | Impact
Jamie Merisotis

The benefits of increased college attainment go beyond economics. Significant social benefits ripple out as well: greater civic and social engagement, higher rates of voter participation and volunteerism, healthier lifestyles, less dependence on public assistance.

Can Online Communities Be Healing?

Dr. Dean Ornish | Posted 11.19.2013 | Healthy Living
Dr. Dean Ornish

With everything that you can imagine at our fingertips, many of the social interactions that help tie people together in a community have faded away. Are communities traditionally built on relationships, trust and familiarity a thing of the past?

As Americans Struggle to Climb Economic Ladder, Corker-Warner GSE Reform Effort Falls Badly Short

John Taylor | Posted 09.29.2013 | Politics
John Taylor

This is a perilous time for opportunity in America. The housing crisis, which stemmed from a terrible confluence of malfeasant lending, Wall Street ma...

What to Do at the Susan G. Komen Foundation

Richard C. Harwood | Posted 08.21.2013 | Politics
Richard C. Harwood

The crisis at Komen is about authenticity. Does the organization have the people they serve clearly in their line of sight, or has it lost sight of them amid its troubles and pressures?

Vermont Home Care Providers Come Together With AFSCME

Laura Reyes | Posted 07.29.2013 | Politics
Laura Reyes

I was honored to be in Vermont today and to stand with all the members of AFSCME Vermont Homecare United. Together, we will work to improve conditions for home care providers and enhance the lives of all the people we serve.

Can Art and Culture Districts Shape the Cities of the Future ?

John M. Eger | Posted 06.11.2013 | Arts
John M. Eger

Now more than ever, business and industry are dependent upon an economic system that rewards innovation. But to have innovation, you also need creativity; and a creative and innovative community is vital to that effort.

The Most Important Skill You Have (But Are Probably Ignoring)

Edward Muzio | Posted 03.21.2013 | Healthy Living
Edward Muzio

We know that the key to positively influencing adult behavior lies in getting individuals to practice existing skills in novel contexts. Our solution, therefore, is simple: We must take our existing complex thinking and problem-solving skills and use them more often.

To Change Washington, Obama Must Turn to Main Street - Part II

Richard C. Harwood | Posted 03.19.2013 | Politics
Richard C. Harwood

If we fail to go down this road, we can expect more endless debates, gridlock, and cynicism. More false promises. More grandiose pledges for progress. That path is well known, and it is one of lost opportunity and hope.

Sensation of Community

Maggie Lyon | Posted 02.26.2013 | Healthy Living
Maggie Lyon

Remember that the more you lean out, the more you tweet and seek and stretch to find another like you, there is a very deserving beautiful creature waiting and calling for your friendship too, and that creature is you.

I Voted for Libraries

Rachael Berkey | Posted 01.06.2013 | Books
Rachael Berkey

It's Election Day in the U.S. and it's pretty much the only thing on my mind. I even stepped out of the house without a book in my purse. I know. I don't understand this either.

Pittsburgh's New Green Renaissance

Jeremy Hays | Posted 12.01.2012 | Business
Jeremy Hays

The city of Pittsburgh, at one time, was so choked by coal pollution that Boston writer James Parton dubbed it "hell with the lid off." A series of vintage photos recently published in The Atlantic show city streets so dim with smog that you'd think a massive fire was smoldering nearby.

Raising U.S. Hunger Awareness In 52 Weeks Across 48 States On 1 Bus (VIDEO)

Bus 52 | Posted 11.05.2012 | Impact
Bus 52

No matter who wins in November, hunger is a defining issue. You don't need a focus group to see the problems, and you don't need a poll to find out what works.