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The Social Change Lessons MLK Taught Us

Paul Schmitz | Posted 03.23.2013 | Impact
Paul Schmitz

When we dig a little deeper into two of the milestone moments of the Civil Rights movement, we learn leadership lessons that can inspire us all to step up

What's Fracking Our Minds? Reality, Imagination and What Is Below the Surface

G. Benjamin Bingham | Posted 03.19.2013 | Impact
G. Benjamin Bingham

The word "Impact" standing alone could be good or bad -- or both. Crashing into something is not the same as transforming it, and in a media rich world there is a constant flood of conflicting data and confusing innuendo.

STEM in Words: Let's Make What We Say Count

Angela Maiers | Posted 10.01.2013 | Impact
Angela Maiers

The next time students file into your classroom, let's give them words to which they can tie their aspirations. Then, let us stop and listen to the students who choose to share with us their dreams of changing the world.

Rediscovering the Sandbox

Sebastian Lindstrom | Posted 03.18.2013 | Impact
Sebastian Lindstrom

When we were young, the sandbox represented our purest form of creativity: an environment in which we could play, explore, build and re-build, and discover lifelong friends.

Making A Difference: The World of Giving - Martin Luther King, Jr. Day: A Day of Service and the President's Inauguration

Lisa M. Dietlin | Posted 03.18.2013 | Impact
Lisa M. Dietlin

Let's make this Martin Luther King, Jr. Day the most successful national service day yet. Here are five ideas to use if you or someone you know has an excuse for not participating.

Continued Learning at Next-to-No Cost? No Brainer!

Jen Bokoff | Posted 03.05.2013 | Impact
Jen Bokoff

Part of what defines the Brainery, and more broadly the millennial generation, is its ability to go with the flow... Communities could wield incredible internal ability and capacity by shifting traditional ways we think about learning to include skill share centers.

Death of a Mentor: What I Learned About the Meaning of Impact

Winnie Kao | Posted 03.02.2013 | Impact
Winnie Kao

Maybe he didn't know how much an honest conversation or encouraging word meant to a kid -- but it set in motion a string of positive actions that helped me become the person I am today -- and I hope to honor his legacy by passing it forward.

Cheers! The Inspiring Way Bartenders Are Spending Their Tip Money

Jen Bokoff | Posted 02.24.2013 | Impact
Jen Bokoff

When Brian Floyd decided to donate his tips from a shift of bartending at The Vanderbilt in Brooklyn, N.Y. to tsunami relief in early 2011, he had no idea what this selfless act would inspire.

Santa Pays a Virtual Visit to Hospitalized Kids

Blair Christie | Posted 02.24.2013 | Impact
Blair Christie

Through the magic of Cisco's video collaboration technologies, children virtually connect to the "North Pole" and are able to share their holiday wishes and Christmas lists with Santa directly.

Are We Inspiring the Next Generation of Leaders?

John Connell | Posted 02.20.2013 | Impact
John Connell

Whatever our own standpoint might be, we should accept that one voice is often missing from this unruly discourse: that of young people, the very group most often affected by the decisions of education leaders. Just as they are absent from educational debates generally, so youthful voices are too often muted when the topic is the leadership of the social good that is utterly central to their futures: their education.

Beyond the Hype: Driving Real Impact with Mobile

Chuck Slaughter | Posted 02.17.2013 | Impact
Chuck Slaughter

The unprecedented increase in mobile connectivity across emerging markets is captivating the world, and for good reason.

The New Nonprofit Is Transparent, Open, And Engaged

Rachael Chong | Posted 02.16.2013 | Impact
Rachael Chong

Beth Kanter, whose blog is a clearinghouse for information on how organizations can use new technology for good, is rethinking how a nonprofit acts in the digital world.

Making a Difference: The World of Giving - The Holidays and Theft

Lisa M. Dietlin | Posted 02.12.2013 | Impact
Lisa M. Dietlin

Did you know December is Identity Theft Prevention and Awareness Month because of the increase in instances of theft in the last few months of the year? Theft comes in all sorts of shapes and sizes and it is important to realize we are all susceptible.

The Future of Food Series: Exponential Solutions to Transforming Our Food System

Christiana Wyly | Posted 02.12.2013 | Green
Christiana Wyly

By 2050, we need to figure out how to not only feed but also nourish the three billion new people who will be joining the seven billion of us who are already here on the planet. And we need to figure out how to do this as effectively, ethically and as environmentally sensibly as possible.

Building the Future of Africa, One Young Person at a Time

African Leadership Academy | Posted 02.11.2013 | Impact
African Leadership Academy

Since 2008, ALA's young leaders have put their ideas into action with the launch of 38 non-profit and for-profit enterprises that have the potential to transform Africa.

How NYC Businesses Help Local High School Students Get to Work

Michael Haberman | Posted 02.10.2013 | New York
Michael Haberman

Successful businesses understand that it's best to make investments early. And that's why so many of New York City's top firms are investing in local high school students through the PENCIL Fellows Program: investing in our students means a better, more productive workforce tomorrow.

Making My Way Toward Success

Nokwanda Ramatheko | Posted 02.06.2013 | Impact
Nokwanda Ramatheko

Although some may say I have made it, I feel like I'm still hunting the pieces of my puzzle. When I feel that I have found all the pieces of complete self-discovery, prosperity, effective leadership and influence, I will sit down and put them together. I will look in the mirror again, and this time I will be greeted by the smile of feeling content with myself.

It's Time to Put Youth Sports Back in the Game

Anita L. DeFrantz | Posted 02.05.2013 | Sports
Anita L. DeFrantz

Last month's election was monumental for young people in California. Voters approved the first statewide tax increase since 2004, dodging $6 billion in cuts that would have crippled our public schools and universities.

Sending Clowns

Sam Lee | Posted 02.05.2013 | Impact
Sam Lee

In 2008, I bumped into two clowns on a rooftop in India and was both surprised and intrigued when they announced they were from an organization called Clowns without Borders.

Ama Ghar Children's Home

Jesse Seaver | Posted 12.05.2012 | Impact
Jesse Seaver

Ama Ghar, which means "motherly home," houses 46 orphaned children ranging in age from four to 18, and accepts new children on a rolling basis.

Defeating Malaria to Defend Dreams

Tasha Chambers | Posted 02.04.2013 | Impact
Tasha Chambers

Three months ago, I shared a story about a Ugandan girl -- Christine Akullo -- who was preparing to compete in the Paralympics in London. The events for which Christine had trained so hard went on without her, because she suddenly became ill with malaria.

Healthcare in the Digital Age

William Kennedy, MD | Posted 02.04.2013 | Impact
William Kennedy, MD

Using modern digital technologies, doctors may soon return to the practice of making house calls, not by carrying a black bag, but by using secured medical airwaves, USB compatible medical diagnostic equipment and their tablet computer.

World AIDS Day: Mobile Messaging Limits Mother-to-Child Transmission

Dr. Mitchell Besser | Posted 01.30.2013 | Impact
Dr. Mitchell Besser

For pregnant women around the world, a healthy pregnancy thrives first on information. From what to eat, to what are normal signs of pregnancy, to how a baby grows and develops inside the womb - these messages, the knowledge they impart to an expectant mother, the confidence they bring to her, and the actions that result lead to a safe pregnancy and a healthy mother and baby.

Businesses with Impact : The conference (and network)not to miss twice a year.

Jesse Seaver | Posted 01.30.2013 | Impact
Jesse Seaver

The attendees at the Social Venture Network (SVN) conference ranged from first-time entrepreneurs to CEOs of major corporations to some of the industry's leading investment advisors and marketing firms.

Rockdrive: Changing the World, One Stage at a Time

Max Lugavere | Posted 01.29.2013 | Impact
Max Lugavere

Unlike the highly publicized, how-big-can-we-go charity concerts that we're used to hearing about every so often, Rockdrive began with the simple wish to use the power of music to give where you live.