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Meseret's Story

Courtenay Cabot Venton | Posted 02.11.2014 | Impact
Courtenay Cabot Venton

I meet Meseret in a town in Ethiopia called Nazareth. We are sitting in a small room, rain falling on the tin roof. As she speaks, I know that he...

Activist, Millennial Denounces Climate Change Denier

Christopher Norris | Posted 02.11.2014 | Green
Christopher Norris

After years in the rumor mill, it's safe to say Mother Nature is bipolar, but it's not her fault. For decades, analysts have pointed to a steady decline in the Earth's natural environment.

So You Want to Save the World? Part 2 -- To Masters or Not to Masters?

Alex Amouyel | Posted 02.11.2014 | Impact
Alex Amouyel

I am frequently asked whether a Masters is essential for the international development sector. The short answer is 'Probably Yes'.

Why Teach Computer Science in High Schools?

Brian Heese | Posted 02.11.2014 | Impact
Brian Heese

There is a lot of debate about whether we need more STEM-skilled professionals. Skills taught in classes like computer programming develop students in ways that help them over the long term.

The Resume Has No Clothes

Roger Wright | Posted 02.10.2014 | Business
Roger Wright

When do resumes fall short? Every time we think they are enough to make a decision about who should fill a job. Say you're looking for a baker. How...

I Am Human Rights and So Can You

Liz Rebecca Alarcon | Posted 02.10.2014 | Impact
Liz Rebecca Alarcon

Human rights are so broad and all-encompassing, that it's almost impossible not to be able to incorporate some form of awareness into our daily practices.

The Real Opportunity Is With the Middle Class

Barbara Dyer | Posted 02.09.2014 | Business
Barbara Dyer

A fix for people at the lowest rung on the economy, while vitally important, will not provide the needed lasting solution for American economic resurgence. Rather, we should look at another glaring "inconvenient truth" - there is limited opportunity for people in the middle.

The Millennial Generation and the Civil Rights Movement

Ola Ojewumi | Posted 02.08.2014 | Impact
Ola Ojewumi

The obligation to propel Dr. King's message of social equity into the modern day rests on the shoulders of this generation.

A Big Idea Gets Philadelphia's Young People Writing Clearly

Christopher Norris | Posted 02.08.2014 | Impact
Christopher Norris

According to everyone I spoke to, Mighty Writers represents more than just a writing program or a colorful logo, it represents a dream whose time has come.

"Finding Work" FAQ Part II

Roger Wright | Posted 02.05.2014 | Business
Roger Wright

Fighting ageism by battling a culture, a gatekeeper, a stereotype, or a blind job ad can be a noble pursuit. But it can also be like throwing cotton balls into the wind.

Celebrities Take To Twitter To Honor Mandela

The Huffington Post | Hilary Miller | Posted 01.25.2014 | Celebrity

Former South African President, Nelson Mandela, has died at age 95. With little time having passed since his death, celebrities have turned to social...

Bridging the False Dichotomy Between Poverty and Education Reform

Dan Cardinali | Posted 02.03.2014 | Impact
Dan Cardinali

In Kalamazoo, the silos that separate schools, businesses and civic organizations are coming down as everyone accepts a shared responsibility to prepare young people for a successful, productive life.

Schools for Sustainability -- Applying the Motto, 'Your Education Will Be Your Liberation'

Alyssa Ramos-Reynoso | Posted 02.01.2014 | Impact
Alyssa Ramos-Reynoso

Schools for Sustainability will establish high schools that teach students how to construct and maintain environmentally sustainable closed-loop systems.

An Artist With Unbreakable Dreams Gives Back

Steve Mariotti | Posted 02.01.2014 | Impact
Steve Mariotti

She dances, she flips, she acts, she sings, and now, Rachele Brooke Smith has become the founder and CEO of Unbreakable Dreams, a company that brings motivational speeches, activities, and dreams to those devoid.

This Time We Must All Be Filipino

Stephen P. Groff | Posted 01.29.2014 | World
Stephen P. Groff

What can I write in its aftermath that could help ease their agony? What can I possibly say that might lighten their load? Following my visit to Tacloban and surrounding areas, I know that there are no words that will alleviate their suffering; no literary unction that will sooth their pain.

Link Between Domestic Abuse and Long-Term Women's Health

Ludy Green, Ph.D | Posted 01.27.2014 | Impact
Ludy Green, Ph.D

The physical and mental health effects of domestic violence can have a devastating and long-term impact on victims. In a recent ABC News report on t...

Gabrielle Bernstein: A Dose of Wisdom, Tips, And Spirituality

Victoria Oldridge | Posted 01.26.2014 | Women
Victoria Oldridge

In a world where we are fortunate to have instantaneous information access at our fingertips, we're also more inundated than ever. To compound our surreal pace, even in a strained economy we're consuming more than ever and looking toward external variables to fulfill us.

Generosity Without Borders on #GivingTuesday

Randal Mason | Posted 01.26.2014 | Impact
Randal Mason

#GivingTuesday, which started as a domestic push to increase charitable donations and volunteering following Black Friday and Cyber Monday, has now gone international, with new countries signing on board for this year.

The Mayor of Mayors

Rabbi Daniel Cohen | Posted 01.25.2014 | Healthy Living
Rabbi Daniel Cohen

Whether in your home town, your place of work, house of worship or social network, we all bear the responsibility and possess the opportunity to bring some light to our environments and our world.

Tell Us How You're Making the Internet and the World a Better Place

Larry Magid | Posted 01.23.2014 | Parents
Larry Magid

"Goodness" can be infectious. We keep hearing about an epidemic of cyberbullying (actually there isn't one), but we'd much rather be talking about an epidemic of kindness because that's exactly what is happening right now.

How Diversity in Computer Programming Will Benefit Everyone

Rebecca Novak | Posted 01.23.2014 | Impact
Rebecca Novak

There are many obstacles for students to learn computer science. Whether or not one believes that everyone can be a programmer, the fact remains that 90 percent of high school students never even have the opportunity to learn.

An Answer for Peter Buffett -- Part 3

Bradley Good | Posted 01.23.2014 | Impact
Bradley Good

In order for the philanthropic industry to address this problem, or any problem our society faces, there are a few critical questions that need to be asked.

A Better World Is the New Bottom Line

Abhi Nangia | Posted 01.25.2014 | Impact
Abhi Nangia

We can't let these better choices make us complacent. We can't use that better buy to justify the rack of sweatshop-sourced products in our closet. Every product has a story, and it's up to us to choose which story we want to live on.

Millennial Venture Pours Resources Into Former Foster Youth

Christopher Norris | Posted 01.23.2014 | Impact
Christopher Norris

Miccolis shares that Ephraim is the inspiration behind her award-winning, Philadelphia-based social venture, that's bridging to the gap between foster care and interdependence, while providing great coffee in a supportive community-driven environment.

It's Not About Me, It's About Philly. Ignition Philly.

Dhairya Pujara | Posted 01.23.2014 | Impact
Dhairya Pujara

ignition Syllabification: (ig·ni·tion) Origin: early 17th century (denoting the heating of a substance to the point of combustion or chemical chang...