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How Firstborns and Secondborns Compare

Heidi Grant Halvorson, Ph.D. | Posted 09.29.2012 | Healthy Living
Heidi Grant Halvorson, Ph.D.

People have long been fascinated with birth order and how it shapes our lives; and recent research indicates that first- and secondborns do indeed see the world differently in ways that impact their motivation and likelihood of career and personal success.

Unrealistic Expectations

Michael Kaiser | Posted 07.30.2012 | Arts
Michael Kaiser

If board members are not helping to raise money from their friends and associates, they are not performing one of the central responsibilities of board membership. But for many arts organizations, there is a relatively quick fix to this problem.

Opportunities to Support Marginalised Groups in Thailand Must Be Seized

Matt Crook | Posted 09.24.2012 | Impact
Matt Crook

As we near the 2015 target for achieving the Millennium Development Goals, there is a great need to ensure the rights of women and girls are at the forefront of the minds of everyone, from government to civil society.

7 Ways to Pick Up, Practice or Perfect a New Skill

Women & Co | Posted 09.23.2012 | Women
Women & Co

Here are seven of the best ways to pick up, practice or perfect a new skill and increase your visibility -- and network -- while doing it.

Nonprofit Paddle Boarding

Hayden Bixby | Posted 09.18.2012 | Impact
Hayden Bixby

Nonprofit work is not significantly backed by public policy and relies entirely on the work of volunteers. The needs we're trying to address are enormous, and the people whose lives are most affected by our work are also those who live on the most precarious edges of our global society.

Do You Have Evolutionary Eyes?

Liz Sterling, M.A. | Posted 09.18.2012 | Healthy Living
Liz Sterling, M.A.

With evolutionary eyes, once and for all -- we can see what we can be: one great big humanity! This is life at its best, lest we create it, or lose the rest.

Unlocking Local Solutions to Better Health and Education

David de Ferranti | Posted 09.15.2012 | Impact
David de Ferranti

Governance is so much more than just elections or the number of women or minorities in public office. It's about how much the public feels they're a part of the decision-making process.

Pastoralism: Good News From a Troubled Region of Africa

Ian Scoones | Posted 09.12.2012 | World
Ian Scoones

A new book argues that the livestock trade in the Horn of Africa, across Ethiopia, Somaliland, Somalia, Sudan and Kenya, much of it unrecorded, informal and often illegal, amounts to around $1 billion each year.

"Development" With Blinders at the World Bank

Jessica Evans | Posted 09.11.2012 | World
Jessica Evans

Dr. Kim has the opportunity to set a new tone at the Word Bank by sending a firm message that the bank will not condone development by force, directly or indirectly.

Why it Matters That 15 Women in Rural Bangladesh Have Pictures of Me in Their Phones

Dr Layla McCay | Posted 09.05.2012 | World
Dr Layla McCay

When I asked the women I met in rural Bangladesh how many owned phones, most did. But when I probed on what they used them for, the answer was calling and photos.

Ignoring Children's Long-term Needs During Disasters Prolongs Their Effects

Anne Goddard | Posted 09.04.2012 | Impact
Anne Goddard

Beyond helping the victims survive the crisis healthy and intact, we must help these countries preserve and sustain the gains they have made over many years. And just as importantly, we must ensure that the children of these nations do not bear abiding, irreversible burdens.

Myanmar: Potential To Prosper

Stephen P. Groff | Posted 09.02.2012 | World
Stephen P. Groff

Myanmar's prolonged isolation and economic stagnation left a mark on almost every sector the country needs to prosper -- from energy and transport to agriculture, education and health. So where to begin?

Chronic Crisis in the Sahel Calls for a New Approach

Nancy Lindborg | Posted 09.01.2012 | Impact
Nancy Lindborg

We can't prevent what appears to be increasing cycles of drought, but we can and are working to create better solutions and build greater resilience among the most vulnerable.

Climate Politics: North Carolina House Whiffs on Controversial Sea-Level Bill

Bill Chameides | Posted 08.25.2012 | Green
Bill Chameides

North Carolina's now infamous bill, House Bill 819 -- designed to outlaw accelerated rates of sea-level rise in North Carolina has hit a snag... at least for now.

Asia's New Social Focus

Stephen P. Groff | Posted 08.21.2012 | Impact
Stephen P. Groff

Asia's growth has brought a new set of challenges, from food insecurity to growing urban slums to rising inequality.

Imagine If Every Resident of Mumbai Had a Car?

Mark Hillary | Posted 08.21.2012 | Business
Mark Hillary

Economic growth benefits those who are lifted from poverty, but how can the world really cope with billions of new drivers all expecting their own car?

What Have Economists Learned About Indigenous Peoples?

Marcelo Giugale | Posted 08.21.2012 | World
Marcelo Giugale

Does attachment to cultural values and traditions that never change help you or hurt you in a market economy that is always changing?

How Tourism Is Helping Namibia

Elevate Destinations | Posted 08.19.2012 | Travel
Elevate Destinations

Namibia is in the midst of a conservation revolution, exchanging generations of wildlife conflict, poaching and unsustainable land-use practices for unparalleled levels of habitat protection, wildlife conservation and sustainable development.

Heads in the Cloud and Eyes to the Stars: Why Afghanistan's Answer to Post-Conflict Development Is Just a Ringtone Away

Dr Layla McCay | Posted 08.12.2012 | Impact
Dr Layla McCay

When I sat down to choose my new Internet provider in the U.S., I never imagined longing for Afghanistan. But after being forced to choose between the...

RIO+20 and Sustainable Agriculture: How to Feed the World Without Wrecking the Planet?

Bruce Campbell Ph.D. | Posted 06.11.2012 | Green
Bruce Campbell Ph.D.

I interviewed Dr. Frank Rijsberman, the newly appointed CEO of the CGIAR Consortium, to find out how agriculture and the environment are now "best friends."

Higher Ed Online: Curriculum, Context, and the Culture of Innovation

Muhammad H. Zaman | Posted 08.07.2012 | Education
Muhammad H. Zaman

Higher education around the world is changing, and it's changing fast. Despite this remarkably exciting era in higher education globally, there is a danger lurking in the shadows of this revolution.

How Renewable Energy Solutions Reduce Poverty Around the World

Peter Bosshard | Posted 08.06.2012 | Green
Peter Bosshard

Renewable energy solutions are not only good for the environment. If done well, they can pay for themselves and reduce poverty around the world.

Understanding Community Development on a Global Level

Tom Murphy | Posted 08.04.2012 | Impact
Tom Murphy

I had the chance to speak with Lara Crampe, Development Officer for IIRR. She has proposed to give the talk titled "Sex, Slacktivism, and How Not to C...

America's Next Move in Afghanistan Must Be a Non-Military One

Michael Shank | Posted 08.01.2012 | Politics
Michael Shank

The best way America can establish the infrastructure for long-term security and stability in Afghanistan is less through military means and more through improvements to quality of life and basic services.

Timor-Leste: Escaping Fragility

Stephen P. Groff | Posted 08.01.2012 | World
Stephen P. Groff

After centuries of foreign rule, Timor-Leste has readied itself to be a full partner in what is shaping up as Asia's century.