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A New Partnership to Accelerate Vaccine Research and Development

Impatient Optimists | Posted 01.23.2014 | Home
Impatient Optimists

Accelerating the development of affordable new vaccines for the developing world is one of the most important factors in reducing child deaths and lif...

Extending Financial Services to the World's Poor is Within Reach

Impatient Optimists | Posted 11.18.2013 | Impact
Impatient Optimists

This week, thousands of bankers and financial officials from around the world are gathering at the Sibos conference in Dubai to discuss the current st...

Ten Urgent Reasons Why We Must Do More For Women and Girls

Impatient Optimists | Posted 08.03.2013 | Women
Impatient Optimists

There are way more than ten reasons, honestly, that we need to do more to empower women and girls, around the world. But the ten tweets below are an e...

Cookie Monster: The Ultimate Impatient Optimist

Impatient Optimists | Posted 06.17.2013 | Impact
Impatient Optimists

Today, 2.5 billion people don't have access to toilets. Investing in sanitation leads to healthier people and stronger communities. The Bill & Mel...

3 Reasons We Need to Keep Talking About Newborn Health

Impatient Optimists | Posted 06.15.2013 | Impact
Impatient Optimists

Being a mom is hard work. I only have one child, but as he grows life just seems to become busier and busier. He is now at full time preschool, starti...

Facts About Newborn Mortality: Global Newborn Health Conference

Kristin Barclay | Posted 06.11.2013 | Impact
Kristin Barclay

This worldwide issue is off the charts, but unfortunately, also off the radar.

What Game Designers Want to Be When They Grow Up

Impatient Optimists | Posted 05.13.2013 | Parents
Impatient Optimists

Photo courtesy of Flickr user Mikal.Danielle A few years ago, Michael John, Game Director at the Games, Learning and Assessment (Glass) Lab, and a l...

Flat Bellies, Big Voices: How Crowdfunding is Changing Lives

Impatient Optimists | Posted 05.11.2013 | Women
Impatient Optimists

Photo courtesy of Girl Effect This post was originally published on January 3rd, 2013 at girleffect.org. "In our community, you couldn't find a fla...

8 Reasons We (Still) Need International Women's Day

Impatient Optimists | Posted 05.08.2013 | Women
Impatient Optimists

Photo courtesy of Flickr user, United Nations International Women's Day (IWD) is today,Friday, March 8. It's a day with an amazing history but make ...

When Did Naming a Newborn Become a Revolutionary Act?

Impatient Optimists | Posted 05.08.2013 | World
Impatient Optimists

Photo: Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation According to a long-held custom in Ethiopia, children aren't named at birth. Parents wait a few months becaus...

Learning Grammar with a Joystick and Math with a Mouse

Impatient Optimists | Posted 05.08.2013 | Technology
Impatient Optimists

When his young daughter was learning to read, Michael John, Game Director at the Games, Learning and Assessment (Glass) Lab--and known to friends and ...

Positively Disrupting the Global Community

Melinda Gates | Posted 05.06.2013 | World
Melinda Gates

Disruption is often unwelcome. But some disruption can be a positive -- even vital -- catalyst for change. That is why I am so thrilled about this year's TEDxChange theme of "positive disruption."

24 Mom Bloggers Share Their Breastfeeding Experience, Save the Children's New Report

Impatient Optimists | Posted 05.01.2013 | Parents
Impatient Optimists

Save the Children released a brand-new breastfeeding report, Superfood for Babies: How Overcoming Barriers Will Save Children's Lives that says 830,00...

What's Your Method?: A Blog Series on Contraception

Impatient Optimists | Posted 04.30.2013 | Women
Impatient Optimists

What's Your Method? is an Impatient Optimists blog series that offers a window into many of the contraceptive options for women and girls around the w...

What Every Advocate Can Learn from 'Gangnam Style'

Impatient Optimists | Posted 04.29.2013 | Impact
Impatient Optimists

"Gangnam Style" - a global phenomenon. If you haven't seen or heard of it, take a moment to watch this music video from Korean K-pop rapper PSY. Pho...

A Scientist's #OverlyHonest Tweets Go Viral

Impatient Optimists | Posted 04.24.2013 | Science
Impatient Optimists

January 6, 2013, wasn't a good day for Dr. Leigh -- her Internet pseudonym. "This is my third night this week on under 3 hours of sleep. I haven't slept 6 uninterrupted hours in ages. "

One Billion Rising to End Violence Against Women and Girls

Impatient Optimists | Posted 04.22.2013 | Impact
Impatient Optimists

On Valentine's Day, we danced in protest of gender-based violence as part of a worldwide movement, One Billion Rising.

The Surprising Facts About America's Student Debt

Impatient Optimists | Posted 04.22.2013 | College
Impatient Optimists

Even if students know how much they will need to repay, they often lack information about how much they will make. By requiring schools to report more data and integrating it with earnings information we could give students a better career roadmap.

A Scientist's #OverlyHonest Tweets Go Viral

Impatient Optimists | Posted 04.16.2013 | Impact
Impatient Optimists

The great promise of social media is that it allows a good message to reach people all around the world. But so often, even if the ambition is to go viral, it becomes a sermon to the choir. Dr. Leigh's conversation has shown that even scientists talking shop can have broad appeal.