iOS app Android app

Impact.

Ebola Crisis Sparks Need to Address Conspiracy Theories

Saleem H. Ali | Posted 10.23.2014 | Media
Saleem H. Ali

If there is any silver lining to conspiratorial thinking, it is a willingness to question what might seem obvious to the linear observer. As a scientist, I always consider such questioning to be positive.

Move Over, Avengers: Single Parents Are The Real Superheroes

Kaly McKenna | Posted 10.23.2014 | Divorce
Kaly McKenna

As a single mom, the one thing I do have in common with these characters of fiction found in your local costume aisle is that I hide my superpower. I hide it really, really well. Instead of a mask, I hide my superpowers behind my tired eyes and weary yawns.

Breast Cancer Awareness Month Brings the Usual 'Pinkwashing' and Unethical Cause-Marketing Partnerships

John Brothers | Posted 10.22.2014 | Impact
John Brothers

Often the most visible aspect of the Breast Cancer Awareness month is the number of products that are recolored pink to bring awareness and donations to the cause. A growing number of people and organizations are challenging the idea that these areas are actually bringing real benefit -- calling this trend "pinkwashing".

My Friend Dated My Rapist

Anna C. Bloomberg | Posted 10.21.2014 | Women
Anna C. Bloomberg

For the past five years, I essentially suffered in silence because I wanted to believe I was the same person I was before the attack. I refused to acknowledge it because I didn't want to be known as the girl who was raped her freshman year.

When We Connect to One, We Unite With All

Julie Barnes | Posted 10.20.2014 | Technology
Julie Barnes

Social media has become an amazing connector where building friendships and communities happens on a daily basis. It still amazes me that I have c...

Why We Fast With Divest Harvard

Talia Rothstein | Posted 10.20.2014 | Green
Talia Rothstein

On October 20, Harvard students, faculty, staff, alumni and community members will begin a week of fasting and reflection to call on our university to divest its $36.4 billion endowment from the fossil fuel industry. We believe that we have no other choice.

Satya Nadella's Accidental (and Valuable) Gift

Ritu_Sharma | Posted 10.20.2014 | Impact
Ritu_Sharma

But in situations like this, it's important that our voices not lose perspective - as the progress and change we desire only comes when we leave our emotional silos, seeking to understand and then hopefully educate people from diverse (different from our) viewpoints.

Ebola Is Not the Only Story About Africa: An African Technological Renaissance

Nathaniel Manning | Posted 10.17.2014 | Technology
Nathaniel Manning

What is exciting is building manufacturing capacity in Africa might be one of the biggest opportunities for pulling millions of people out of poverty.

Mayor De Blasio's Bold Move: Putting Low Income Kids and Families First

Darell Hammond | Posted 10.17.2014 | Impact
Darell Hammond

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio recently announced the allocation of $130 million in taxpayer funds to repair 35 parks and playgrounds in low-incom...

Freshman Who Was Born Blind Scores His First Football Touchdown

The Huffington Post | Avery Stone | Posted 10.16.2014 | Teen

Justin Olenginski scored his first touchdown on Oct. 11. It was an extraordinary moment for the 15-year-old, who was born blind and has special needs ...

Sharing Cancer Stories on Facebook

Roger Wright | Posted 10.15.2014 | Fifty
Roger Wright

"So the odds of recovery are 94-99%. Pretty good, huh?" We were two middle-aged guys whose morning routine included a walk to the corner to buy a newspaper from a blue, metal stand.

One Man's Quest for Standardized Electronic Health Records

Claire Fordham | Posted 10.15.2014 | Impact
Claire Fordham

The Kanters' recipe for a long, healthy life is moderation in all things, a good diet and regular exercise. And standardized electronic health records could go a long way toward longer lives for everyone.

#ENDFGM: A Tipping Point for Female Genital Mutilation?

Soraya Chemaly | Posted 10.15.2014 | Impact
Soraya Chemaly

The World Health Organization defines FGM as any of a range of procedures (four major types) that "intentionally alter or cause injury to the female genital organs for non-medical reasons."

What if Entrepreneurship Isn't the (Only) Answer?

Mark Newberg | Posted 10.13.2014 | Impact
Mark Newberg

There are already 4.8 million job openings in the American labor market, and we know that entrepreneurship isn't the answer for everyone. To meet this growing demand for impact jobs while helping build the next generation of impact leaders, we'll need to focus on intrapreneurship.

Measure Impact More Than Money

Jeffrey Shaw | Posted 10.13.2014 | Business
Jeffrey Shaw

Before you know it, 2015 will be upon us. I like to set a personal "theme" for each new year; it's a practice that I find helps keep me grounded in my intention throughout the year. I pick a word, sometimes two, to represent what I most want to accomplish in the coming year.

Share a Meal: Fighting Childhood Hunger

Josh Duhamel | Posted 10.14.2014 | Impact
Josh Duhamel

While at the food bank, I talked with other volunteers as well as those there to collect food -- an experience that opened my eyes to the faces of hunger in our country. The people in line who needed food were often indistinguishable from the volunteers.

A Reason to 'Sing for Hope'

Camille Zamora | Posted 10.10.2014 | Impact
Camille Zamora

There are no better words to describe the volunteers and residents of Bering Omega Community AIDS Services, whom we honor each year with our song. The loss of my friend Frank connected me to this community, and this community connected me to something essential in this art of ours.

The Merger of Business & Philanthropy

Steven Crandell | Posted 10.09.2014 | Business
Steven Crandell

An Open Letter to Bill Gates and Kevin Roberts Dear Bill and Kevin, The people of the world are ready for one of the biggest innovations eve...

One Community at a Time

Julie Barnes | Posted 10.08.2014 | Impact
Julie Barnes

I am constantly amazed and inspired by the amazing human beings that I cross paths with on a weekly basis, from the women I work with who are overcoming their fears to follow their dreams, to the people who are out quietly creating change and making an impact in their communities.

The Ebola Outbreak: Good Medicine Against Public Panic

John P. Howe, III, M.D. | Posted 10.07.2014 | Impact
John P. Howe, III, M.D.

As a former senior health administrator in Texas, and now as the leader of a major international medical NGO, I know from experience that in the United States and other developed nations, we have the tools, experience and procedures that can halt any Ebola outbreak in its tracks.

Curiosity: Your Super Power for Connection and Impact

Anese Cavanaugh | Posted 10.03.2014 | Impact
Anese Cavanaugh

"What's important about that to you?" He asked me over a meal of steak, asparagus, and a bottle of Pellegrino. I told him.

Evolving the Paradigm of Social Change with Markets and Civil Society

Chloe Sharfin | Posted 10.02.2014 | Impact
Chloe Sharfin

September is one of the most inspiring times to be in New York. Despite the end of summer and the slow return to the daily grind of the city that neve...

Pin 'Em Up: Glamour for Veterans

Cat del Valle Castellanos | Posted 10.03.2014 | Impact
Cat del Valle Castellanos

Pin-Ups for Vets is not a typical non-profit. The pin-up calendar, now in its ninth year, featuring twelve US Veterans, is a unique community-building tool. The calendar raises funds to improve Veterans' healthcare, donates funds to VA hospital for medical equipment, improves quality of life for ill Veterans across the US through personal visits, and supports other initiatives, all thanks to pin-ups in decadent 1940s-style outfits.

The Next Big (Small) Thing for #TheStitch...

Matt Pipkin | Posted 10.02.2014 | Impact
Matt Pipkin

While sharing about BLVR's investment in us, I shared my personal story of being sexually abused by a family friend when I was six, keeping it secret until after graduating college, and about the heavy toll it took on my life.

A First-Hand Look at Juvenile Justice Reform

Eric Kessler | Posted 09.30.2014 | Impact
Eric Kessler

What makes juvenile justice reform so compelling is that it touches on education, public safety, and economic and racial equality, and my colleagues and I have witnessed its promising effects on both individual youth and the social sector at large.