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Promise Zones Provide Opportunity and a Pathway to an Equitable Future

Angela Glover Blackwell | Posted 11.06.2014 | Politics
Angela Glover Blackwell

First announced by President Obama in his 2013 State of the Union address, the Promise Zone Initiative aims to build a broader middle-class through partnering with local communities and businesses to create a pathway to greater economic stability for struggling families.

Beat of the Drum in Dong Village

Vincent L. Michael, Ph.D. | Posted 11.13.2014 | Impact
Vincent L. Michael, Ph.D.

It has been six months since my last visit to China. This time around, the fragile architecture of Dali Dong village was wrapped in supporting beams and scaffolding as part of the efforts in progress to restore its heart and soul.

Principles for a Detroit Organizer Who is Not From Detroit

Laura De Palma | Posted 12.21.2014 | Detroit
Laura De Palma

Detroit's history and is rich and complex. Learn it. Understand it. Embed it in the way you conceptualize change in the city and how to join in the struggle.

Living the Wage: Lessons on Privilege and the Unexpected

Joshua Mbanusi | Posted 11.03.2014 | Impact
Joshua Mbanusi

I found the psychological and behavioral privilege associated with living wage work to be startling. I became aware of how far I had disconnected from the reality that forces those who earn a minimum wage to forego the convenience and peace of mind that a few thousand extra dollars a year can quite literally buy.

Place Matters!

Edward Summers | Posted 10.29.2014 | College
Edward Summers

'Location, location, location' may be considered the realtor's mantra, yet colleges and universities also know it well. Some institutions are situated in rural parts of the country, others in small and mid sized urban centers that have seen tremendous decline and disinvestment.

Lessons From Miami

Rebecca Fishman Lipsey | Posted 10.13.2014 | Miami
Rebecca Fishman Lipsey

Let's allow this be a teachable moment -- first for us in Miami who may still wear these insults like a scarlet M, not realizing what a gift it is to live in a city during its adolescence.

The Mechanics of Change

John Feffer | Posted 10.15.2014 | World
John Feffer

Janos David is a sociologist who has spent his professional life studying change. He experienced the Hungarian uprising of 1956 firsthand and much later helped to produce documentaries about it.

Stephanie Raill Jayanandhan: Meeting Our Customers in Brownsville

Significance Labs | Posted 09.22.2014 | Impact
Significance Labs

Going to Brownsville is the highlight of my week, these days. Yes, sometimes I'm afraid. But being afraid isn't an excuse.

For Economic Prosperity, Advance an Equity-Driven Working Families Agenda

Angela Glover Blackwell | Posted 08.23.2014 | Politics
Angela Glover Blackwell

Supports at work and at home aren't just good for working parents. Helping them to succeed at work and at home is better for companies' bottom lines and for the nation's economic competitiveness. That's the theme of Monday's White House Summit for Working Families.

An Update From Uganda

Nourish International | Posted 08.10.2014 | Impact
Nourish International

This post was written by Nourish International student interns from Penn State University and Duke University, currently working with Community Concer...

Fresh Perspective On Sustainable Travel Yields Inspiring Results for Indigenous Women

Irene Lane | Posted 08.03.2014 | Impact
Irene Lane

Given the persistent global issues of climate change and marginalization of the poor, it's no wonder that the notion of vacations that actually benefit women (like Luisa Quispe shown above) is met with slight skepticism.

An Update from Nourish Interns in Guatemala

Nourish International | Posted 07.28.2014 | Impact
Nourish International

The past week, we have been busy traveling and experiencing more of the culture here in Pana and in the towns around the lake.

Feeling the Burn: How a Switch from Oil to Affordable Solar Can Electrify Africa

Erica Mackey | Posted 07.22.2014 | Impact
Erica Mackey

This week, Off.Grid:Electric, a company which delivers clean energy to people in developing countries, was recognized with the 2014 Citi Ashden Award ...

It Really Takes a Village to Make Culture Change

Chai Shenoy | Posted 06.14.2014 | DC
Chai Shenoy

In February 2012, my small village of individuals in Washington, DC came to Pennsylvania Avenue and testified in front of the Council of the District of Columbia that they had been sexually harassed or assaulted on a bus or metro train of the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (WMATA), the area's public transportation agency.

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How Shakespeare Is Helping Women Prisoners Help Themselves

HuffingtonPost.com | Alena Hall | Posted 04.04.2014 | Impact

Frannie Shepherd-Bates graduated from college with a passion for theater and the desire to use her art in ways that made a difference beyond the stage...

Social Entrepreneurship: A Shift in the Traditional Business Mindset

Heather Hummel | Posted 05.02.2014 | Business
Heather Hummel

A new corporate structure, the social enterprise, was born. This entity, which can be structured either as a for-profit or non-profit, considers the impact of its decisions on communities, the environment and employee welfare.

The Kardashian Index: On the "How" and "Why" of International Development Work

Ming Holden | Posted 04.06.2014 | Impact
Ming Holden

I wondered what the tenuous connection was between Britney Spears the breathing human and the faded sticker bearing her image thousands of miles away.

"I Want to Follow Your Footsteps," -- Schools and Social Capital

Andrew Frishman | Posted 03.25.2014 | Education
Andrew Frishman

I open my mailbox and find an envelope addressed to my wife, handwritten in an almost illegible scrawl: Dear Dr. Leigh Needleman, I am very intere...

M.L.K.'s Housing Legacy

Terri Ludwig | Posted 03.19.2014 | Impact
Terri Ludwig

On a sunny July day in 1966, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. took the stage at Chicago's Soldier Field before a crowd of 35,000 supporters. Building off m...

Impact Investing: It's Time

Ben Thornley | Posted 03.11.2014 | Impact
Ben Thornley

We must ensure that, here at home, the urgency of the moment bolsters a unified vision and continuous legacy of policy innovation, creating pathways of opportunity for low-income people and places and making the American dream an achievable reality.

From Galaxy Street to Jerk Close: Addressing the Future of an Oil City

David Weiss | Posted 03.10.2014 | Impact
David Weiss

There are huge economic and business benefits to addresses, but the main initial purpose of the mapping and addressing is to ensure that the half-million residents of Sekondi-Takoradi can get appropriate and well-funded public services.

The World's Only College for the Rural Poor: Channeling Gandhi, Creating 21st Century Solutions

Barefoot College | Posted 01.23.2014 | Impact
Barefoot College

2013-09-23-EntChallenge.jpgMore than one billion people live on less than one dollar a day.

If Your City Could Talk, What Would It Say?

Zia Yusuf | Posted 01.23.2014 | Business
Zia Yusuf

Cities are epicenters of creativity, innovation, adventures, energy, and life. They're moving, breathing, and living. Cities have a heart, personality, and looks. But a city lacks one thing: a voice. Thanks to the Internet of Things, this is quickly changing.

To Curb Medicaid Spending Tomorrow, Invest in Housing Today

Terri Ludwig | Posted 01.23.2014 | Impact
Terri Ludwig

As more states look to revamp their Medicaid programs in the coming months, we urge them to balance the rising need to care for low-income people and aging adults with a long-term goal of controlling healthcare and other spending.

Targeting the Ultra-Poor: A Conversation About Ending Extreme Poverty

BRAC | Posted 12.25.2013 | Impact
BRAC

The ultra-poor are global development's last mile -- the last remaining households that have yet to reap any benefits from widespread economic growth, or from existing development interventions like microfinance, community health workers or community-based schools.