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Inspiration vs. Manipulation

Merry Carole Powers | Posted 10.19.2013 | Business
Merry Carole Powers

When you stand for something, you inspire. You take a stand for something, usually bigger than yourself, and people relate. It motivates rather than manipulates.

Get a Lawyer Son, Get a Real Good (and Pro Bono) One

Hugh Whalan | Posted 10.19.2013 | Impact
Hugh Whalan

Too many for-profit social enterprises make one huge mistake in their first year... something that potentially costs them hundreds of thousands of dollars. They don't take the time to secure pro bono support.

Play, Learn, Grow

Mark Teixeira | Posted 10.15.2013 | Sports
Mark Teixeira

After I caught the final out of the Yankees 27th World Series title, I met my father in the clubhouse and we enjoyed a very emotional embrace, where I thanked him for teaching me to play and love the game of baseball. All children need heroes and role models. All children deserve the opportunity to reach their goals.

Resourcing Big Ideas

Guy Viner | Posted 10.14.2013 | Impact
Guy Viner

"With the amount of money, brains, and resources we have, there is no reason for the current level of poverty to persist," says Patel, linking a lack of inspiring human and cultural change to the call for action by President Clinton.

Well, There's a Wide Wide World of Noble Causes

Leila de Bruyne | Posted 08.13.2013 | Impact
Leila de Bruyne

I met a woman the other day at a cocktail party in Boston. She seemed fun and funny, probably in her late 40's, she had pale skin and freckles, re...

Reflecting on Peter Buffett's Challenge

Dan Cardinali | Posted 10.12.2013 | Impact
Dan Cardinali

At the end of the day, Buffett raised some serious questions in an honest and courageous way. Those of us in the nonprofit sector would do well to consider whether our role in the "charitable-industrial complex" is making the world a better place -- or merely perpetuating "conscience laundering."

Doing Good While Doing Well--The New Mantra Of Next-Gen Wealth

April Rudin | Posted 10.06.2013 | Impact
April Rudin

Today, due to technological advances, IPO millionaires, successful succession planning, there is a younger breed of wealth that will soon surpass the baby-boomers in both dollars and influence. Wealthy baby boomers are far different in their likes, dislikes and values from their own next-generation children. Where there is significant wealth involved, it becomes even more critical to understand the differences between how to market and appeal to this next gen of wealth.

For Want of a Toilet, a Life Will Be Lost

Amy L. Freeman | Posted 10.06.2013 | DC
Amy L. Freeman

The reasons that people experiencing homelessness are tremendously medically vulnerable are both physical and psychological, the factors quite complex. But there is that solution to the equation: Housing as healthcare.

Keen and Laura Babbage and the battle against cancer

Don McNay | Posted 10.05.2013 | Impact
Don McNay

"We can't afford to be innocent Stand up and face the enemy It's a do or die situation-we will be invincible" -Pat Benatar The contemporary that I n...

Income Immobility -- Educational Implications? Part 1

Marc F. Bernstein | Posted 10.01.2013 | Impact
Marc F. Bernstein

Most importantly for those interested in the role education plays in our society, and the progress of society itself, one must ask the extent to which current school reform efforts can make a difference given this study's findings.

3 Things to Stop Doing Today to Transform Your Nonprofit

Simone N. Sneed | Posted 10.01.2013 | Impact
Simone N. Sneed

If you've worked in a nonprofit in the past or currently work in one, you know that the way you manage your resources (people, goods and time) is a critical determinant of your success. How you prioritize dramatically impacts your fate.

What Is the Biggest Challenge In Indian Education?

Devanik Saha | Posted 09.30.2013 | Impact
Devanik Saha

When we were young, we had so many aspirations of becoming doctors, engineers, astronauts, etc. Whenever we used to discuss the various career options...

Luxury Seaplanes from Southampton to New York, Circa 1937

Heidi Legg | Posted 09.30.2013 | Style
Heidi Legg

Summer for me will forever be associated with jumping off the wharf, mooring to the wharf, youthful loitering and drinking on the Pointe-du-Chêne Wharf in Shediac, New Brunswick, Canada.

Business with Both Hands: Redefining Success in America

Kalon Gutierrez | Posted 09.30.2013 | Impact
Kalon Gutierrez

Success in today's business world is defined by right-handed, tangible metrics: a promotion, higher salary, sizable bonus, board seat or allocation of equity. But our realities are different than they were even a decade ago. Now is the time to become ambidextrous.

The Faces of Afghanistan's Future

Emily O'Dell | Posted 09.29.2013 | World
Emily O'Dell

When I read about bomb blasts and drone strikes in Afghanistan, I can't get these faces out of my mind. So let me introduce you to some of my small friends, whose entire lives have been marked by America's longest and least talked about war.

The Serval Project: Reclaiming Your Phone

Paul Gardner-Stephen | Posted 09.29.2013 | Impact
Paul Gardner-Stephen

I still remember when I heard the first news about the earthquake in Haiti in early 2010. I knew that when a society loses the ability to communicate ...

Ramadan Nights in Beirut: Serving the Poor and Displaced

Emily O'Dell | Posted 09.29.2013 | Religion
Emily O'Dell

It's not easy in the dizzying heat of summer in Beirut to serve hundreds of meals a night to the displaced and poor for a month -- but Bob and I have been doing our best, under a giant tent set behind a welcoming statue of a whirling dervish.

I'm Gonna Pop Some Tags: Top 10 Pop Culture Moments That Made Thrift Chic

Jim Gibbons | Posted 09.29.2013 | Style
Jim Gibbons

There was a time, not all that long ago, when thrift stores and consignment shops were seen exclusively as the domain of penny-pinching grandmas. But ...

On Pins and Needles in Beirut

Emily O'Dell | Posted 09.28.2013 | Religion
Emily O'Dell

When most people think of acupuncture and Chinese medicine, they don't think of the Middle East -- or Islam. I didn't either, until I moved to Beirut and asked a colleague where I could find an acupuncturist -- expecting to find none.

Nepal: Pen and Poltergeist

World Pulse | Posted 09.24.2013 | Impact
World Pulse

It is necessary to feel this intensity of gratitude for writing -- especially in a war-trodden and poverty-ridden country like Nepal. A pang of strange guilt and remorse grips my heart as I think of those thousands of innocent girls who are denied basic human rights.

We Know Geography Matters Too Much: It's Time to Change That

Mark Edwards | Posted 09.25.2013 | Impact
Mark Edwards

All too often your zip code determines your economic destiny. This harsh reality contradicts our cherished belief in the American Dream -- that we are a country that rewards hard work with a better life for each successive generation.

Positive Impact, Positive Returns – Tips for the Impact Investment Job Search

Danielle Ginach | Posted 09.23.2013 | Impact
Danielle Ginach

Last summer's communications associate at Acumen, Emma Vaughn, kindly offered MBA students and job seekers "7 Tips to Landing a Job in Impact Investin...

Change Our Story: Stories

Peter Buffett | Posted 09.23.2013 | Impact
Peter Buffett

What we're really looking for is a new story -- a story to live in to. Not old stories to live out of. That takes some extraordinary imagination.

Social Enterprise: Is it a Necessity?

Christian HELP | Posted 09.22.2013 | Impact
Christian HELP

They say necessity is the mother of invention. After the recession of 2008, government funding declined for social programs. Despite recovery, we will...

Troubleshooting The Need For More Girls In STEM

Julie Kantor | Posted 09.22.2013 | Technology
Julie Kantor

The goal is to move the needle of young girls pursuing STEM degrees, staying in the workforce and understanding that women and men in STEM careers that have carved out their place again have custom-built great fulfilling jobs.