After three and a half days of being around world leaders, past presidents, international business power houses, Nobel Peace Prize winners and of course my inspirational peers, it is hard to put into words what this experience gave me.
So many of the nonprofit leaders I photographed are incredibly young and ambitious. Their resourcefulness and imagination are refreshing and goes to prove that there are truly as many ways to give back as there are people in the world.
On January 28, equipped with a backpack, laptop, cellphone, some Brooks running gear and a few energy bars, I started walking north from Miami on a 3,475-mile journey to San Francisco to raise awareness and support for orphans.
The political landscape is rife with talk of "fixing problems," "overhauling ailing systems" and "taking care of our children and our children's children." And yet, what do those doing all this stand for? Where's the action? We've heard the words; where are the deeds?
A single pair of shoes effectively prevents disease, parasites, and the general stigmatization that comes from inadequate or even non-existent shoes. Collecting and donating is a simple way to make a difference, in both humanitarian and environmental terms
Today, even though we have this information as well as how they are transmitted, there is still the likelihood of a widespread epidemic occurring if steps are not taken to protect our families and communities. Vaccination is one of these steps and by doing so you just might become a hero yourself.
Nearly 30 years after the death of the man that Marshall McLuhan labeled "the 20th century Leonardo da Vinci," Bucky's legacy and the solutions he posed for all our problems generally go unnoticed and ignored.
As you plan for this week's holiday, think about the many ways you can honor the men and women who are serving on behalf of all of us, and support others who are solving problems and making life better for our communities
For this year's graduates it's a time of celebration and, for many, concern. A tough economy is only part of it. What to do next? I'd like to suggest they look outside the usual paths and consider a career in the nonprofit sector.