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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.

The Generation That Gives Back

Dina Khayal | Posted 09.21.2013 | Impact
Dina Khayal

Now not only do we have the ambitions, power, and mission necessary to change the world but we also have a social good platform to help navigate the world.

Turning Lessons 'Listed' Into Lessons 'Learned'

Kathleen P. Enright | Posted 09.21.2013 | Impact
Kathleen P. Enright

Clearly failure is a universal experience. Yet the stories illustrated that how a person responds to failure says much more about him or her than the failure itself.

Fail and Shine

Axelle Tessandier | Posted 09.18.2013 | Healthy Living
Axelle Tessandier

We hear it a lot. So many stories, entrepreneurs, innovators, inspiring figures who share with us their ultimate advice: fail. Fail a lot, often, fast and repeat. Easy to say, not so easy to do.

Wisdom From the Periphery: Zoila's Gift

Dan Cardinali | Posted 09.15.2013 | Impact
Dan Cardinali

During a study abroad program in Quito, Ecuador, I met woman named Zoila who showed me that an education, for so many people in the world, is not a luxury like a car. Instead, it's something far more elemental -- a bus ticket, perhaps, to a whole new world.

Dead Lawyers and Dying Young People

Don McNay | Posted 09.14.2013 | Celebrity
Don McNay

"Though it's cold and lonely in the deep dark night" -Jim Steinman (song by Meat Loaf and later the cast of Glee) My first news on Sunday was seeing...

Protecting Our Planet and Protecting Ourselves: The Importance of Organic Cotton

David Dietz | Posted 09.10.2013 | Green
David Dietz

Organic cotton is grown in a way that uses methods and materials that lessen the impact on our environment while conventionally grown cotton uses more insecticides than any other crop in the world.

What We Heard: Initial Thoughts From the Listening Tour

Elisa Villanueva Beard | Posted 09.10.2013 | Impact
Elisa Villanueva Beard

A big tent that holds a truth that unites us all: a belief that all kids -- no matter what their race, background, or socio-economic status -- can achieve at the highest levels.

Malala Day: Let Us Turn The Dream Into Reality

Vikas Pota | Posted 09.10.2013 | Impact
Vikas Pota

Malala reminds us of the injustice girls face, but more than anything else, her story speaks to me about the desire of children to learn and dream about better futures for themselves and their communities.

Declining Educational Attainment

Marc F. Bernstein | Posted 09.09.2013 | Impact
Marc F. Bernstein

The good news is that the United States continues to have the fifth highest percentage of adults age 25 to 64 who have a college degree. However, the U.S. has dropped to rank 12 among the 37 OECD and partner countries surveyed for those aged 25 to 34 who graduated from college.

Not Just Talk - The Carmen Mathis Show

Sandra Kwesi Cameron | Posted 07.09.2013 | Entertainment
Sandra Kwesi Cameron

The Carmen Mathis Show is a half hour variety/talk show on the public access cable station Manhattan Neighborhood Network (MNN).

Drowning in Electronic Words: Starving for Touch

Robert Hall | Posted 08.27.2013 | Impact
Robert Hall

We are a society drowning in text and starving for touch. The onslaught of electronic interactions and transactions has structurally changed how we r...

Why What We Do Should Be Who We Are

Axelle Tessandier | Posted 09.08.2013 | Impact
Axelle Tessandier

There was a time where work and life were conceptualized as two different things. This absurd time is over.

EcoDistricts As Incubators of Innovation Too

John M. Eger | Posted 07.10.2013 | Impact
John M. Eger

Last month, eight cities gathered in Portland, Oregon for an "EcoDistricts Incubator." The Incubator is a "three-day intensive workshop designed to a...

It's 1984 All Over Again and I've Got a Doublespeak Headache

Paula Puryear Martin | Posted 09.05.2013 | Politics
Paula Puryear Martin

Logic and facts have gone out the window, replaced by a rhetoric that's no less persuasive in the public square for making absolutely no sense.