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You Don't Know What It Means to be Successful

Danielle Posa | Posted 12.09.2014 | Healthy Living
Danielle Posa

Don't get caught up in the machine. And if you think you're stuck, or that you don't have any other options because you can't get out of your job, or (insert reason here), just simply start talking about what you want. You might be surprised how quickly people want to be part of it, and who would be willing to help you get there.

You Don't Need to Found a Company to Change the World

Jeremy Pesner | Posted 11.06.2014 | Small Business
Jeremy Pesner

With all of these wonderful resources, what could possibly be the downside of entrepreneurship? Well, there are a few reasons, and they indicate the wider systems of institutions, policies and economics that play just as large a part in shaping the state of the world.

Good but Not Good Enough: Moving Public Will on Early Childhood Education

Franklin D. Gilliam, Jr. | Posted 11.06.2014 | Education
Franklin D. Gilliam, Jr.

The Obama White House has proposed that high-quality pre-school be extended to every child in America and has been convening meetings around the country with a broad group of stakeholders dedicated to his early learning agenda.

In Defense of 'Nudging': When the Government Nudges, Everyone Wins

Jon Jachimowicz | Posted 10.29.2014 | Healthy Living
Jon Jachimowicz

'Nudging' -- intentionally designing our environments to make certain decisions more likely than others -- can be an effective and ethically sound tool to help people make better decisions for themselves and for society at large.

Why Turning Out the Vote Makes a Huge Difference in Four Charts

Sean McElwee | Posted 10.27.2014 | Politics
Sean McElwee

Recent studies of the non-voting population suggests that wide gaps have opened up between voters and non-voters.

Sorting Out the 911s

Bill Couzens | Posted 10.20.2014 | Healthy Living
Bill Couzens

These two smokers in the parking lot understandably are concerned about Ebola impacting their lives yet comforting themselves with the very thing that very likely will kill them.

Missouri Coalition Pushes State to National Leadership on LGBT Health

Scout, Ph.D. | Posted 12.16.2014 | Gay Voices
Scout, Ph.D.

After today you might want to rethink the charms of the Show Me State. For the last year a local coalition has been pushing adoption of LGBT-welcoming policies at hospitals. In this week's release of HRC's Healthcare Equality Index, Missouri zoomed from 37th in the country to sixth in the number of local LGBT leader hospitals.

A Case for Community in Cultural Planning for New York

Lane Harwell | Posted 12.01.2014 | New York
Lane Harwell

Today I add new learning about the importance of "community" to discussions underway about including a comprehensive cultural plan requirement in the New York City Charter.

Our Sodas, Stars and Selves: Where the Buck -- and Calories -- Stop

David Katz, M.D. | Posted 11.29.2014 | Healthy Living
David Katz, M.D.

Big Soda might have said: "We know you are getting fat and sick, and feel we are implicated; but frankly, we don't give a damn as long as you are foolish enough to keep buying what we sell." Actually, that would have been refreshingly honest.

Kids vs. Pesticides

Bill Couzens | Posted 11.19.2014 | Green
Bill Couzens

It is an idyllic childhood for children to grow up around farming. However, some farming uses conventional methods of agriculture that include the use of some harmful pesticides.

Resilience and the Arts

Lane Harwell | Posted 11.16.2014 | New York
Lane Harwell

This National Preparedness Month, New York's arts and cultural communities continue responding to superstorm Sandy, which hit the state nearly two ye...

The Floor Beneath Our Feet

AVODAH | Posted 11.12.2014 | Religion
AVODAH

By Jonathan Huberman This post originally appeared at TalkPoverty. Last year, I participated in AVODAH's Jewish Service Corps in New York City, eng...

Obesity on the Nile

David Katz, M.D. | Posted 10.29.2014 | Healthy Living
David Katz, M.D.

Should we know whether or not our kids, or ourselves, are overweight? Of course, just as we should know -- before a mechanical calamity -- that the oil in our car needs changing, or our tire pressure is low.

Brazil's Passion Trumped Logic -- And That's a Good Thing

Suraj Patel | Posted 07.04.2014 | Sports
Suraj Patel

t's hard to think that Russia, or Qatar, or frankly anywhere could match that atmosphere.

The Case to Stop Campaigning and Start Governing

Mack McLarty | Posted 08.30.2014 | Politics
Mack McLarty

With midterm elections four months away, there are signs that a bitterly polarized electorate will again deliver a government incapable of working together. This is our era's sad twist on the maxim "all politics is local." You can win local elections at the extremes. But you can't govern from there.

Impact Investing: $1.5 Billion in Commitments and a New Resource for Policymakers

Jean Case | Posted 08.25.2014 | Impact
Jean Case

As we look at a world with urgent needs, many realize that there is an incredible opportunity to more effectively bring companies and entrepreneurs into the business of solving social problems by both tapping the entrepreneurial spirit, and by leveraging the power of the private sector.

If We Want People To Eat Real Food, We Must Make It Easier To Eat Real Food

Brad Stulberg | Posted 08.13.2014 | Healthy Living
Brad Stulberg

When it comes to eating healthy, the deck is rigged against us. If we are going to invest in a broad campaign telling people to "eat real food," we must also invest in a broad campaign to make eating real food an "easier" choice to make.

Why Philly Must Persist in Protesting

Christopher Norris | Posted 08.11.2014 | Education
Christopher Norris

There's a lot at stake when it comes to fairly funding public education, but it seems only the teachers, students and parents are sacrificing -- I've never heard of a stadium being closed because the team didn't make the points or a politician's salary being drastically cut to make ends meet.

Bringing Climate Solutions Down to Earth

Nithya Ramanathan | Posted 08.07.2014 | Green
Nithya Ramanathan

This week's announcement by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to cut carbon pollution from coal-fired power plants by almost one-third is a great step in the right direction. But global warming is not only caused by carbon dioxide. Climate change is a multifaceted problem that requires a multifaceted set of solutions.

Obama's New Carbon Emissions Rule: Drumroll, Please...

Bill Chameides | Posted 08.03.2014 | Green
Bill Chameides

Could it be that Obama's announcement is a step, albeit a huge one, that leads to the biggest step of them all -- a new international agreement on climate change? It's kind of a fife and drum question. It could be a pipe dream or it could be drumroll.

Fed Up: Fighting Obesity Together

Nicole Patterson | Posted 07.27.2014 | Green
Nicole Patterson

Is the food industry to blame for the increasing epidemic of obesity in our society today?

A Modern Day Illegal Immigrant

Martine Kalaw | Posted 07.23.2014 | Politics
Martine Kalaw

I'd spent so much of my life fighting the system, working side-by-side with lawyers and bonding with my fellow undocumented immigrants in community and camaraderie. Becoming American felt like abandoning them.

You Can Chew It. You Can Swallow It. But Is It Food?

David Katz, M.D. | Posted 07.21.2014 | Healthy Living
David Katz, M.D.

Despite thinking at first that warning labels might go too far, I wound up realizing they wouldn't go nearly far enough. Junk should never have been glorified as a food group in the first place.

States of Denial: We Don't Need No Climate Education

Bill Chameides | Posted 07.21.2014 | Green
Bill Chameides

Our story of the cozy partnership between political leaders and the fossil fuel industry now moves to Wyoming, where the state has moved to block the efforts by 26 states to modernize the science curriculum taught in our nation's schools.

What the White House Isn't Getting About Sexual Assault

Amber Madison | Posted 07.14.2014 | Women
Amber Madison

Although the White House tackling sexual assault is a victory for advocates for sexual assault survivors and prevention, the way the task force is framing this issue is fundamentally flawed. This PSA, while an honorable effort, promotes an extremely patriarchal view of women