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The War on Poverty Gave Me a Chance at Success

Nikki Johnson-Huston, Esq. | Posted 03.11.2014 | Impact
Nikki Johnson-Huston, Esq.

President Johnson died in 1973, a year before I was born, but his legacy of the War on Poverty gave millions of children like me a chance to live a better life. Poverty has not been solved but millions of lives have been enriched because of these government programs and that is a legacy to be proud of.

Is This the Secret to Success?

Azeem Khan | Posted 03.10.2014 | Business
Azeem Khan

Just because you see a great opportunity doesn't mean it's the right opportunity for you.

Ending Poverty Isn't Enough -- We Need to Expand the War for Economic Opportunity

Andrea Levere | Posted 03.10.2014 | Money
Andrea Levere

Take a single mother with an income of $15,500. When her income increases to $15,600, statisticians will celebrate that we've moved that mother and her child out of poverty. But is there really much reason to celebrate? Is the mother now financially secure?

A Positive Legacy of the War on Poverty We Can All Agree Upon

Ira Silver | Posted 03.09.2014 | Impact
Ira Silver

The fact that private giving enables people in need to achieve successes that would be unimaginable without the work of so many worthy and respected charities across the U.S. is a significant legacy left by the war on poverty.

Closing the Opportunity Gap

Alex Wirth | Posted 01.25.2014 | Impact
Alex Wirth

This month's release of the Opportunity Nation index highlighted a figure we should all be concerned about: 5.8 million young people ages 16-24, one in every seven, are neither working or in school.

Let's Get People Cooking at Home

Matthew Robinson | Posted 01.25.2014 | Home
Matthew Robinson

Giving people a sure path to eating what they see on blogs and food TV could be the powerful enabler we need to get people cooking.

How to Leap From Employee to Intrapreneur (and Be The Change You Want to See)

Tom Lowery | Posted 01.23.2014 | Business
Tom Lowery

Simply put, intrapreneurship is behaving like an entrepreneur while you're working at a large organization. This involves assertive risk-taking and innovation, not just waiting around to be asked to do something.

What Happens in Vegas Should Inspire Your Business

Ian Altman | Posted 10.14.2013 | Business
Ian Altman

I spent this past week with a group of outstanding Maverick1000 CEOs focused on learning, enjoying, and giving back. The anticipated highlight of th...

How Do People Really Get Jobs?

Roger Wright | Posted 10.15.2013 | Business
Roger Wright

"It was the story in your book about Dr. Martin Luther King tossing the baseball to the little suburban kid." "Wait... what? THAT was the missing pie...

Wendy Davis Poised to Change History in Texas

Brent Budowsky | Posted 11.20.2013 | Politics
Brent Budowsky

Oct. 3 will someday be viewed by Texas historians, Texas media, Texas political leaders and Texas voters as the day the future began to change in Texas, as the day the tide began to turn.

When a Burned Down Church Becomes an Opportunity

Brian C. Stiller | Posted 11.04.2013 | Religion
Brian C. Stiller

This you have to see to believe. Here in a country known for opposition to Christian faith, long a stronghold of Islamic tradition and faith, sits a most spectacular church.

Opportunity and Accountability Now

Dr. Carol E. Quillen | Posted 10.30.2013 | College
Dr. Carol E. Quillen

Graduation rates, post-graduation employment rates, and loan repayment rates are crucial metrics for all schools, and we should make this data widely available. Beyond this, however, one size does not fit all.

Community Colleges in the Spotlight

Dr. Dustin Swanger | Posted 10.20.2013 | College
Dr. Dustin Swanger

Students all across the country are electing to take their first two years of college education at community colleges and transfer the credits to an upper-level institution, saving tens-of-thousands of dollars.

The Republican War on Women: A Red Herring

Jabril Faraj | Posted 10.18.2013 | Politics
Jabril Faraj

We will be better off as a country the more equal we are and the more opportunity we provide for the best and brightest to rise to the top, regardless of the economic station people are born into. Unfortunately, we've gotten away from this conviction over the last few decades.

How Much to Pay: Re-examining the Compensation Quandary

MaryEllen Tribby | Posted 10.08.2013 | Business
MaryEllen Tribby

As a business owner/entrepreneur, how many of the following phrases have you heard while someone was asking you for a raise?

An Educator-Activist Praises the Community College Movement

DeRionne P. Pollard, Ph.D. | Posted 10.06.2013 | College
DeRionne P. Pollard, Ph.D.

I believe deeply that community colleges are still part of a crucial movement in our great country -- that we are critical to the future economic health of our country and the continuation of the American Dream.

Weekly Rune: Perthro

Kelley Harrell | Posted 09.28.2013 | Healthy Living
Kelley Harrell

Perthro -- chance -- Most people ascribe the meaning "luck" to Perthro, though I find that our modern definition of luck doesn't come close to descri...

Housing Is the First Rung on the 'Ladder of Opportunity'

Terri Ludwig | Posted 09.25.2013 | Impact
Terri Ludwig

For families to have any chance of accessing the middle class, they need to start with a stable home in a strong community.

Getting Back on the Horse

Esther Lofgren | Posted 09.23.2013 | Sports
Esther Lofgren

In our final at the Lucerne World Cup last Sunday, we were in fourth place coming into the final few hundred meters. We called our final sprint... and seconds later, I heard a sickly crunching sound and the boat pulled hard to the side.

Up Next Syndrome

Kostas Mallios | Posted 09.21.2013 | Impact
Kostas Mallios

In the technology and business world, we tend to live in a culture of lists. I call it the "Up Next Syndrome." People want to know which trends matter, which technologies will change the future of business, and they turn to lists in order to find out.

Has My Entrepreneurial Mindset Done Me a Disservice in My Personal Life?

Michele Serro | Posted 09.18.2013 | Small Business
Michele Serro

Is my personal life falling down because of my startup mindset? In other words, could the same professional skills I assumed I could call upon to launch a successful relationship be exactly those that have made establishing one so elusive?

Half Of Knowledge Is Knowing Where To Find It

James Sekhonyane | Posted 09.16.2013 | Impact
James Sekhonyane

Before I came into contact with Siyafunda Community Knowledge Center (CKC) in Orange Farm, I was an IT professional working on a great team. However, something was missing. I never felt involved in changing and influencing people's lives positively. It was all about me.

How Criticism Can Change Your Life

Shayne Traviss | Posted 08.12.2013 | Healthy Living
Shayne Traviss

Every challenge in our lives presents us with a choice point, an opportunity to make the most suitable decision possible for our highest good. We can choose to react, which creates war or we can choose conscious action, which creates peace.

Aging Mars Rover Uncovers Planet's Watery Past

Space.com | Mike Wall | Posted 06.08.2013 | Science

NASA's Mars rover Opportunity has made perhaps the biggest discovery of its nearly 10-year career, finding evidence that life may have been able to ge...

Digital Fire: Northwest Voices in the Arts, Books, and Business on Reinvention

Russell C. Smith | Posted 07.31.2013 | Impact
Russell C. Smith

We asked a few Northwest people in the arts and business communities what reinvention means to them.