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Why Is PDS So "Progressive"? Warning: Strong Opinions, Language and Sarcasm

Pacific Diversified Services | Posted 04.28.2013 | Impact
Pacific Diversified Services

2012-11-13-jrlogo300x60.gifBy now you've hopefully read a few of our blogs and gotten to know some of the PDS clients... but we thought we would take the time to talk about the bigger picture.

Searching for Superman and Finding Myself

YouthBuild USA | Posted 04.27.2013 | Impact
YouthBuild USA

2012-11-13-jrlogo300x60.gifPlaying Batman and Robin as a child is one of the fondest, perhaps most innocent, memories I recall.

Meet Lisa, Robin and Victoria: The Banana Republic Posse

Pacific Diversified Services | Posted 04.22.2013 | Impact
Pacific Diversified Services

2012-11-13-jrlogo300x60.gifLisa grabs a big handful of packaged tights from the back room and then heads out to the sales floor. She knows exactly what to do and how to do it, because she has worked at Banana Republic now for 15 years. Lisa has Down Syndrome.

From Statistic to Entrepreneur through YouthBuild

YouthBuild USA | Posted 04.22.2013 | Impact
YouthBuild USA

2012-11-13-jrlogo300x60.gifI attended YouthBuild Brockton in the fall of 2007 because I wanted to get my life on the right track. I had a long history of smoking marijuana and selling drugs throughout the Boston area.

YouthBuild and Plato's Allegory of the Cave

YouthBuild USA | Posted 04.22.2013 | Impact
YouthBuild USA

2012-11-13-jrlogo300x60.gifAs Brandon Menjares approached the podium for his YouthBuild Just-A-Start graduation speech, I fully expected to be blown away.

Compassionate Capitalism Canards Called Out

Jonathan Lewis | Posted 04.22.2013 | Business
Jonathan Lewis

Whether you side with Khosla or with E.B. White ("The trouble with the profit system has always been that it was highly unprofitable to most people"), ideological debate distracts us. Let's be informed impact investors without being misinformed social commentators.

Building Futures and Helping Others

YouthBuild USA | Posted 04.15.2013 | Impact
YouthBuild USA

2012-11-13-jrlogo300x60.gif I went from not knowing anything about construction to building hospitals, banks, and luxury condos. I was given the chance to help build the very city I grew up in.

Solutions to Ending Poverty in the 21st Century: Part 3

Nikki Johnson-Huston, Esq. | Posted 04.14.2013 | Impact
Nikki Johnson-Huston, Esq.

A traditional four-year college education is not the path for everyone or all careers, but what are we doing to ensure good opportunities for the other 70 percent?

Helping Young People Realize Their Career Aspirations

YouthBuild USA | Posted 04.14.2013 | Impact
YouthBuild USA

2012-11-13-jrlogo300x60.gifWhen I was a ten-year-old girl growing up in Colombia, I wanted to become a zoologist and research great apes like Dian Fossey after watching a TV show featuring her work in the mountains of Rwanda.

Are Social Entrepreneurs Failing to Fail?

Jonathan Lewis | Posted 04.10.2013 | Impact
Jonathan Lewis

Social entrepreneurs hate admitting failure. None of us brags about our failures unless we can spin them (hide them?) with a triumphant social-entrepreneur-overcomes-adversity success story. I'm as guilty as anyone.

The Trials and Tribulations of Becoming Your Own Boss and Finding Your Passion in the Process

Adam Greenwald | Posted 04.09.2013 | Impact
Adam Greenwald

If you have aspirations of becoming your own boss and finding your passion in life, you have the power to do so. I'm here to curb all the skepticism that any person cannot do what he or she wants. You can make a change in your career if you're not satisfied.

Danger and Opportunity: Breaking the Cycle of Poverty

Urban Alliance | Posted 04.08.2013 | Impact
Urban Alliance

2012-11-13-jrlogo300x60.gif While we all recognize that the root causes of poverty are complex and there are no silver bullets, there's still a lot President Obama can do in his second term to move the needle.

The Economic Oversight in Manufacturing Cotton (Part 2)

Jolie Bensen | Posted 04.07.2013 | Business
Jolie Bensen

If the U.S. is the second largest producer of cotton in the world, then why can't we buy U.S. grown, U.S. spun cotton fabric? Or any fabric grown and processed here in the U.S.?

Positioning Opportunity Youth to Be Tomorrow's Leaders

YouthBuild USA | Posted 04.03.2013 | Impact
YouthBuild USA

2012-11-13-jrlogo300x60.gif Opportunities go to those who have the necessary skills. At YouthBuild programs, we clearly communicate labor market realities to young adults so they know what occupations are in demand and how to obtain the appropriate credentials to advance vocationally.

A Better Way To Wish 'Good Luck'

Marci Rich | Posted 04.02.2013 | Fifty
Marci Rich

Instead of reflexively wishing someone (or myself) "good luck," I will try instead for the will to be fallible -- the courage to believe that I don't know everything -- that I cannot control everything. In that way, perhaps, I'll find myself in the realm where miracles happen.

The Redefinition of Work

Shelby Clark | Posted 04.01.2013 | Small Business
Shelby Clark

While finding a traditional job may seem harder than ever for the average American, it has never been easier to be an entrepreneur and earn income from non-traditional sources.

Meet JR -- A Valued Asset to Our Workforce

Pacific Diversified Services | Posted 03.31.2013 | Impact
Pacific Diversified Services

2012-11-13-jrlogo300x60.gif JR moves slowly, his gait a bit unsteady from a seizure disorder that has caused brain damage. Once he gets rolling with his work, he picks up speed, using a shopping cart for support, and stopping when he sees boxes and carefully placing them into the cart.

Building Bridges Between Leadership and Career Development

YouthBuild USA | Posted 03.30.2013 | Impact
YouthBuild USA

2012-11-13-jrlogo300x60.gif There is something I learned in YouthBuild that I constantly pass on to others: Do not be afraid of learning more; do not be afraid of growing more; do not be afraid of success.

Unrecruitment: It's Time to Change the Employment Game

Rajeeb Dey | Posted 03.30.2013 | Business
Rajeeb Dey

In a world with 75 million unemployed young people, it's time to break the cycle of recruitment, to change the employment game to one where the rules are actually fair.

Are You Willing to Ride the Start-up Rollercoaster?

Julie Kantor | Posted 03.27.2013 | Small Business
Julie Kantor

Learning for future successes and challenges -- it's up to you. Are you willing to step into that car alone or again with some awesome advisers and partners?

Coding for GOOD Update: Why We Stopped Recruiting and Started Teaching

Ben Goldhirsh | Posted 03.25.2013 | Technology
Ben Goldhirsh

Business leaders should consider how making an investment in curriculum and teaching resources may better suit their hiring needs than conventional recruiting methods -- especially as the nature of the 21st century workforce continues to evolve.

If Opportunities Aren't Knocking...

Sophie Gold | Posted 03.24.2013 | Business
Sophie Gold

Invite everyone you meet for drinks, coffee or dinner. Having just moved to New York I didn't know anyone, so decided to take bold action. I had r...

Who Do You Think You Are? A 2013 Guide From Soul

Dr. Cara Barker | Posted 03.11.2013 | Healthy Living
Dr. Cara Barker

It may not look like it, but this moment is the most powerful time to shift your story. This month, the planet celebrates a new beginning. Summing up the past, we're given the opportunity to witness who we really are beneath the charade, writing a fresh, preferred chapter.

Wealth School: Being Fabulous -- The Spirit of Eli Davidson

Anne Naylor | Posted 02.19.2013 | Healthy Living
Anne Naylor

Is it possible to run a successful business and be committed to your spiritual practice? How can your inner wealth translate into financial achievement? How does building wealth equate with spiritual values?

What Makes Texas Bigger... and Better, for Startups

Trey Bowles | Posted 02.18.2013 | Small Business
Trey Bowles

Last Friday, as a couple hundred people descended upon the world famous Cowboys Stadium, the anticipation was palpable. They were about to witness a pitch contest featuring Texas-based startups, but no one had ever held a "pitch contest" in such a large and extraordinary space.