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Real Prosperity Starts Here

Michelle Long | Posted 09.12.2014 | Impact
Michelle Long

After decades of single bottom-line decisions made in board rooms thousands of miles away from the people who are impacted by them, a grassroots upwelling of local businesses has taken matters into their own hands.

Celebrating One Year and Many Victories

Alyssa Ramos-Reynoso | Posted 09.04.2014 | Impact
Alyssa Ramos-Reynoso

Here at Schools for Sustainability (S4S), we are jumping for joy as we celebrate the first anniversary of our organization. In merely one year, what b...

Your Network is Your Net Worth: Designing Social Capital for Breakthrough Innovation

Soren Petersen | Posted 08.29.2014 | Business
Soren Petersen

One's network of family, friends, colleagues and acquaintances largely dictates attitude, values, beliefs and how one behaves. Yet, few will challen...

A Resident-Led Approach to Realizing American Opportunity

Mauricio Lim Miller | Posted 10.16.2014 | Impact
Mauricio Lim Miller

These ten groups didn't wait for policy-makers, service agencies, or philanthropy to create an institution or program to help them. Instead, they rallied together to pool their own resources, talent, and ideas to address issues that were most important to the families in their communities.

How Colleges Can Produce More Career-Ready Grads

Jessica Pliska | Posted 10.04.2014 | Education
Jessica Pliska

The value of college is more and more frequently linked to career outcomes for students, and that is creating shockwaves in higher education. It's h...

The Day I Lost My Pet Monkey

Richard Koch | Posted 09.07.2014 | Business
Richard Koch

We can view life -- our planet's life, the life of humankind, our own life, and that of society and the economy -- as a huge tussle between things that get used up, and things that don't. Do you prefer to be depressed, or to be cheerful? If the latter, here are five things to celebrate.

Homelessness at the Holidays Hits Hard for Kids in Foster Care

Gary Stangler | Posted 02.20.2014 | Impact
Gary Stangler

Last month I recalled the story of Antwone Fisher, who was informed upon aging out of foster care at 18 years old that he was on his own. He was directed to a nearby homeless shelter, and left to figure out the rest himself. That continues to happen every day across the United States.

140 Characters: Not Much There!

Frank Islam | Posted 01.23.2014 | Business
Frank Islam

Twitter's IPO offering on its first day opened at $26 a share and after a trading frenzy closed at $44.90 a share - 73 percent above the IPO price for an initial valuation of $31.7 billion. The stock closed at $41.65 - down about 5%.

SOCAP 2013 - Who Should Be in the Room?

Jennifer Hirsch | Posted 11.11.2013 | Impact
Jennifer Hirsch

SOCAP can start the conversation. But what will make it impactful is carrying it forward into our diverse communities to have the ideas grow into ventures.

WATCH: It Pays To Be Friends With White People

Posted 08.29.2013 | Black Voices

A recent Reuters poll revealed that many Americans don't have friends of a different race. But according to a conversation on HuffPost Live, having wh...

Culture War, Not Gun Control: The Real Reason the NRA Matters So Much

Nathan Hegedus | Posted 07.04.2013 | Politics
Nathan Hegedus

Gun violence is very likely more a symptom of an American disease than the root cause. But this doesn't mean the NRA is good or justified in its nasty campaigns to expand "gun rights" as aggressively as possible.

What's the 'Next Big Thing' in the World of Philanthropy?

John F. Ince | Posted 06.15.2013 | Impact
John F. Ince

No longer do funders see their primary role to be writing big checks. Spurred by the entrepreneurial drive of a new generation, new philanthropists are developing their own blueprints for change.

Building Trust and Compassion in Banking Through Transparency and Social Capital

Project Compassion Stanford | Posted 06.04.2013 | Business
Project Compassion Stanford

Trust can be restored to banking, when transparency exists to show that the bank and its customers, employees and stakeholders quantifiably improve safety for all, and function holistically as exchanges for capital in all its forms.

Social Media "Capitalism Edition": How Much Would It Cost to Message You on Facebook?

Rami Khater | Posted 02.22.2013 | Technology
Rami Khater

Facebook's announcement this morning is already causing a fuss online, they are testing a feature where you can message people who are not on your friends list for the easy price of 1 dollar. Of course, that's a low price if you don't live in a country where your average daily income is a couple of dollars a day - but we wont go there!

Blue-Print for Economic Mobility

Mauricio Lim Miller | Posted 01.08.2013 | Impact
Mauricio Lim Miller

After the election dust settles, one thing we need -- regardless of who is in the White House -- is a new approach to reignite this country's economic mobility.

Joe Van Brussel

Global Impact Investors Build Emerging Industry Together

HuffingtonPost.com | Joe Van Brussel | Posted 10.24.2012 | Money

Innovators from San Francisco to Sao Paolo are rethinking the roles of markets and philanthropy to address the world's most pressing problems -- and n...

Why We Shouldn't Avoid Talking About Reform in Education

Greg Taylor | Posted 12.02.2012 | New York
Greg Taylor

Recently, a notable and respected community leader here in Newark, New Jersey cautioned me not to use the word "reform." Fair enough. But fears over word choice have to take a back seat to the critical needs of our students.

What Makes A Community Economically Resilient?

Bob Stephens | Posted 10.15.2012 | Impact
Bob Stephens

Springfield is a community that collaborates (it might be in the water). We work together as a team to ensure any prospective employer receives seamless, top-quality service.

It Will Take Social Capital To Get America's Economy Humming Again

David B. Smith | Posted 09.24.2012 | Impact
David B. Smith

City councils, governors' cabinets, and President Obama's own economic advisors have searched for creative ways to improve our economy. In how many of these discussions do you think volunteerism, neighborliness or nonprofits ever came up?

Are Charter Schools the Answer to - or One Reason for - Chicago's Violence?

Julie Woestehoff | Posted 09.16.2012 | Chicago
Julie Woestehoff

Even the national media has taken notice of the disastrous upsurge in Chicago youth violence. But charter schools may not be the answer. They don't equate with quality, and some communities believe they actually increase violence.

The Social Capital Generation Machine

David Brancaccio | Posted 09.12.2012 | Impact
David Brancaccio

A better economy may start with the relationships that are forged within communities. It is these kinds of links that can lead to wider policy changes that are also necessary to create a new kind of economy that lifts up the well being of more people.

(Graduation) Hats Off to Mothers

Anne Mosle | Posted 07.15.2012 | Impact
Anne Mosle

With Mother's Day flowers still fresh and commencements kicking off this week, let's turn our energy toward saluting the achievements of resilient student mothers.

Where's Tom Joad Anyway?

Craig Werner | Posted 06.25.2012 | College
Craig Werner

This idea that the American Dream involves making as much cash as possible for yourself is well out of date, and the time has come for a change.

Dirty Networks and How They Fall Apart

Philip N. Howard | Posted 02.26.2012 | World
Philip N. Howard

One of the least understood aspects of network interaction concerns negative social capital and links between dictators -- what I would call "dirty networks."

Did you Build your Network by Design or Default?

Andy Lopata | Posted 09.30.2011 | Business
Andy Lopata

When you built your network, how did you decide to whom you should connect and why?