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Sewing The Fabric Of New Lives, One Stitch At A Time

To The Market | Posted 12.19.2014 | Impact
To The Market

ver 60,000 women work in more than 22 Red Light Districts in Kolkata, India, alone. Sarah and Kristin wanted to create an alternative for Pinkie, and for all of the women wanting to leave or were vulnerable to the sex industry.

Wanted: African American Leadership

Victor Burt | Posted 12.16.2014 | Black Voices
Victor Burt

We waited. Trayvon Martin. Mike Brown. Eric Garner. Nothing.

Mean Gays: What the Gay 'Community' and the North Shore High School Cafeteria Have in Common

Nathan Schaaf | Posted 12.14.2014 | Gay Voices
Nathan Schaaf

As I've observed my own behaviors and those of my peers, friends, and acquaintances, I've become increasingly certain that the gay community is no longer a true community at all but a hierarchy of cliques and labels.

Finding Justice in the "Giving Season"

Rebecca Todd Peters | Posted 12.12.2014 | Religion
Rebecca Todd Peters

Tis the season of giving. Right? From "Giving Tuesday" to Salvation Army bell ringers to frantic online donations or checks postmarked by Dec. 31, charitable giving spikes in December.

Finding Peace in the Wake of Tragedy: Eric Garner's Death

Paige Smith | Posted 12.09.2014 | Women
Paige Smith

It's moments like these that can cause even the most levelheaded and peaceful person to feel angry and disillusioned with the state of the world. That may sound dramatic, but it's true. More than the indignation or the confusion, however, I think each of us feels an overwhelming sense of helplessness.

No One Is Talking About the Source of Our Racial Divide

Dianne Collins | Posted 12.07.2014 | Impact
Dianne Collins

As well intentioned as we are in our dialogues and in our actions, the truth is as a society we haven't yet focused on the source of what has engendered the racial divide in the first place.

A Response From One Conscious Woman Rising to Eric Garner's Death

Juliet Turalski | Posted 12.06.2014 | Impact
Juliet Turalski

Now with this fresh, open wound in the "city that never sleeps" we have an opportunity to never fall asleep again and become conscious to our own source of power that gives us life to speak and act in truth that sets every person free.

10 Last-Minute Fundraising Strategies For The Holiday Season

Rebecca Fishman Lipsey | Posted 12.04.2014 | Impact
Rebecca Fishman Lipsey

'Tis the season to... raise more money. People feel sentimental, it's the "giving" time of the year, and as the fiscal year closes many people and corporations are determining where to spend their leftover charity dollars.

How Change Happens: The Real Story of Mrs. Rosa Parks & The Montgomery Bus Boycott

Paul Schmitz | Posted 12.01.2014 | Impact
Paul Schmitz

I've told the real Rosa Parks story dozens of times to diverse audiences, and have been amazed how few know it. Understanding the truth beyond the myths can help us organize better against current injustices.

An Open Letter to Business Owners Everywhere: You Can Do Better

Alexandra Ostrow | Posted 11.20.2014 | Impact
Alexandra Ostrow

As the founder of a marketing consultancy that focuses on social change, I work with my fair share of nonprofits. My team builds awareness around issues like lack of access to healthcare and clean water.

The Alchemy of Purpose

Greg Woodburn | Posted 11.21.2014 | Impact
Greg Woodburn

It seems to me that the Social Innovator's Dilemma is how we balance the patience required for building enduring impact with the urgency that compels us to impassioned action.

Women Leaders Talk Personal: How to Be a True Philanthropist

Cristina M. Regalado | Posted 11.18.2014 | Impact
Cristina M. Regalado

Becoming a true philanthropist is a journey of self-discovery. It is also an invitation to take part in social transformation - when individuals and communities are changed for the better. The act of giving touches both the giver and the recipient; each one is changed as a consequence.

Harnessing the Power of Theater for Social Change

Kaethe Morris Hoffer | Posted 11.18.2014 | Arts
Kaethe Morris Hoffer

For all those who are interested in the fight against sex trafficking, which is a fight absolutely aligned with the fight against domestic violence and sexual assault, this play has the power to spark important conversations, and it is worth your time and consideration.

New Book Sets Record Straight on Who Won Marriage Equality -- and, More Importantly, How

Jeffrey S. Trachtman | Posted 11.18.2014 | Gay Voices
Jeffrey S. Trachtman

Author Marc Solomon demonstrates that social change doesn't occur spontaneously or arrive as a gift from above. Even Thurgood Marshall's victories were built on decades of unglamorous labor by hundreds of others organizing, educating, and persuading as well as litigating.

Change Is Hard

Carla Shutak | Posted 11.05.2014 | Politics
Carla Shutak

I look at the Republican Party I grew up respecting and I don't recognize it anymore. I traveled to countries that don't have the same level of infrastructure as The United States of America. I talked with people who had differing belief systems.

Educating Reformers and Activists: Dr. Howard Fuller's Powerful Example and Lessons

Paul Schmitz | Posted 11.04.2014 | Books
Paul Schmitz

Dr. Howard Fuller's new memoir, No Struggle, No Progress: A Warrior's Life from Black Power to Education Reform should be a textbook for how a leader defines and lives by the integrity of such purpose and values.

What Composers and Social Entrepreneurs Have in Common

Patrick Struebi | Posted 12.24.2014 | Small Business
Patrick Struebi

But it starts with some hard questions: Do we feel that satisfaction now? Are we working for something that goes beyond us? Have we felt what it's like to devote ourselves to something beyond us?

Young People Use Gorgeous Instagram Pics To Show There's More To Haiti Than Poverty

The Huffington Post | Robbie Couch | Posted 10.24.2014 | Impact

If you ask Paola Mathé, Instagram isn't just for shameless selfies and pics of delicious foods -- it's a great way to change negative perceptions of ...

Art and Activism Lessons With André Cymone

Lee-Sean Huang | Posted 12.22.2014 | Impact
Lee-Sean Huang

In his recent work, André is working to revive a rich American tradition of socially conscious music. We discussed ways we could all could use our creativity and talents to improve our communities and country

Rep. Tim Ryan On Meditation: 'Get Off The Mat And Into The World'

The Huffington Post | Carolyn Gregoire | Posted 10.16.2014 | Healthy Living

Congressman Tim Ryan has fought to bring mindfulness to at-need populations, including veterans with PTSD and children in inner-city public schools, a...

Millennials and Meaning

Martina Buchal | Posted 12.09.2014 | Impact
Martina Buchal

We all know that we leave an imprint on the world through the decisions we make daily and these decisions are now getting the attention of major business players and government bodies as the economy and workplace change around us -- or more so perhaps, have to change to work with us.

Evolving the Paradigm of Social Change with Markets and Civil Society

Chloe Sharfin | Posted 12.02.2014 | Impact
Chloe Sharfin

September is one of the most inspiring times to be in New York. Despite the end of summer and the slow return to the daily grind of the city that neve...

Is Change Always About Tearing Down What's Wrong?

Pioneers for Change | Posted 11.30.2014 | Impact
Pioneers for Change

Endowed grantmaking foundations are an interesting lot. We have virtually no competitors or market forces pushing us to be better. The drive for improvement must come from within.

Innovation Starts with You

Tim McDonald | Posted 11.24.2014 | Business
Tim McDonald

We are all innovators. If we start with ourselves, and the relationships we form, we have the building blocks for creating purposeful change that will touch the lives of many. And anything becomes possible.

Ferguson, Five Weeks Out and 800 Miles Away

Blair Forlaw | Posted 11.17.2014 | Impact
Blair Forlaw

There must be tens of thousands of people like me who spent years living and working in St. Louis, but now reside somewhere else. And, like me, many probably left a piece of their hearts in St. Louis. That's why we scan the national news frequently for the latest on our old home town. This was especially true during "Ferguson."