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The More Things Change: A Few Depressing Thoughts on Bias

Susan R. Meyer | Posted 12.18.2014 | Fifty
Susan R. Meyer

As we neared the end of our peer group meeting, one of the women brought up the difficulty she was having in finding baby dolls of color to donate to a charity she supports. The conversation moved on to finding good books with ethnically diverse characters for young readers.

Robin Williams' Sorrow and Terror

Marc Erlbaum | Posted 10.14.2014 | Impact
Marc Erlbaum

Life gives us constant opportunities to give up, to abandon ourselves to the conclusion that the great drama in which we are all actors is ultimately more tragedy than comedy.

Social Entrepreneurship Education: Helping Our Students Make a Difference

Rumeet Billan | Posted 11.23.2013 | Impact
Rumeet Billan

It is through social entrepreneurship education that we not only impact the lives of our students, we impact those whose lives they change.

Making Change in a Snap: Social Action Digitized

Noah Fitzgerel | Posted 09.07.2013 | Impact
Noah Fitzgerel

While many websites have enabled charities and foundations to accrue vast amounts of money, Changesnap is predicated on the notion that time is often just as important as dollars to social change.

How We Create the World

Jan Phillips | Posted 04.14.2013 | Arts
Jan Phillips

The creative journey is a heroic thing. It is a pilgrimage to the center of our lives where transmute tragedies and triumphs into new forms conjured in our private hours and offered to others like food for the soul, a wrap against the chill.

Shabbat Supper with Dr. King

Lynn Schusterman | Posted 03.23.2013 | Religion
Lynn Schusterman

This weekend, in honor of the more than 1,200 people from New York to Knoxville to San Francisco symbolically invited Dr. King to Shabbat dinner.

A Call To Action For Humanity

| Posted 11.07.2012 | Teen

This is a regular column featuring original poetry and fiction by and for teens, provided by Figment.com, an online community writing site for young p...

Feasting on Optimism

Amy Schrier | Posted 12.09.2012 | Impact
Amy Schrier

The solutions to social problems of the future will be born in the minds of optimists.

Freedom Summer

Marian Wright Edelman | Posted 08.09.2012 | Education
Marian Wright Edelman

The program provides summer and after-school enrichment that helps children fall in love with reading, increases their self-esteem, and generates more positive attitudes toward learning.

On a Mission With MISSION.tv

Amy Schrier | Posted 07.02.2012 | Impact
Amy Schrier

For some time I had been ruminating on the growing need for a humanitarian media brand, a source of content, videos, articles, photography and community that would serve as a platform for dialogue among the growing number of people interested in social action.

An Opinion on Kony 2012: Slactivism and Gullible Youth

TNGG | Posted 05.08.2012 | College
TNGG

There are other ways to get rid of Kony and end the exploitation of children in Africa that don't include violence or the American military. We shouldn't always fight violence with violence.

Not in our name: African human rights activists reject UK aid conditionality

Mark Canavera | Posted 01.29.2012 | World
Mark Canavera

An oft-told African proverb (whose precise culture of origin often changes with the teller) asserts that "When elephants fight, the grass suffers." Pu...

Top 5 Reasons Why Teachers Keep Leaving The Classroom

Posted 10.11.2011 | Education

Just as high school dropout and graduation rates are a persistent issue of concern in the education arena, teacher turnover rates are similarly troubl...

Amidst U.S. Heatwave, a Lesson on Drought and Famine in the Horn of Africa

Homa Sabet Tavangar | Posted 09.24.2011 | World
Homa Sabet Tavangar

While we live in comparatively great comfort, look at the disruption in our lives when it's so hot, even just by a few degrees. This makes me think about what those families are going through in Somalia, Kenya and Ethiopia.

PHOTOS: How To Sustain A Pro Bono Design Practice

An Xiao Mina | Posted 07.10.2011 | Arts
An Xiao Mina

In the two years since Matthew Manos founded A Very Nice Design Studio, the firm has worked for clients as diverse as a Canadian high school and the UN. About 3/4 of their work is pro-bono.

Concrete Verse

Tamsin Smith | Posted 06.29.2011 | Arts
Tamsin Smith

It begins like a joke that only a liberal arts professor would tell -- what do you get when you dress thirty poets in safety goggles and hardhats, and put them on a boat together?

Buddhism and Social Action: How Would Sid Treat the Homeless?

Lodro Rinzler | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Lodro Rinzler

Let's not forget that Prince Siddhartha himself was homeless after leaving the palace and relied upon the offerings of others, both before and after he attained enlightenment.

Memorial for Social Activist Betty Millard (1911-2010)

Jim Luce | Posted 05.25.2011 | New York
Jim Luce

Betty Millard of Chicago, a long-time social activist had danced with Zhou Enlai after the Chinese Revolution and then was called to testify as a host...

Beyond Thanksgiving -- Feeding the Hungry in New York City

Marcia G. Yerman | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Marcia G. Yerman

In an urban center of extremes where the haves and have-nots are acutely aware of each other, this fall's economic downturn has created a definitive shift.