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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 10.24.2014 | 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 10.22.2014 | 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 10.09.2014 | 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 10.02.2014 | 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 09.30.2014 | 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."

The Happiness of Pursuit: Chris Guillebeau on Finding the Quest That Will Bring Purpose to Your Life

Mark W. Guay | Posted 11.15.2014 | Healthy Living
Mark W. Guay

Hearing the words "once upon a time" brings a tingle to my spine: memories of hearing Dr. Seuss folklore, tales of Odysseus fighting to find home and ...

Finding Our Solo Vigils

Paul Shoemaker | Posted 11.08.2014 | Impact
Paul Shoemaker

You don't become better and stronger in life without solo vigils along the way. We've learned to celebrate entrepreneurs who fall and get back up, well we should.

Why We Need to Build World-Changing Ideas That Scale

Pioneers for Change | Posted 11.04.2014 | Impact
Pioneers for Change

From a young age I understood that humans were infinitely powerful, but that some had less access to resources, inhibiting them from bringing their full potential to life.

Difret: Building a Culture of Courage

Mehret Mandefro | Posted 09.04.2014 | Impact
Mehret Mandefro

The Difret engagement campaign asks one simple question: what can you do as an ordinary individual to help build a culture of courage that supports and protects women and girls?

How to Participate for Change and Peace in #Ferguson

Ritu_Sharma | Posted 11.03.2014 | Impact
Ritu_Sharma

Whether you're in the business of helping people or not, it's hard to sit back and watch a situation like Ferguson unfold. With information coming at us via social channels, muddied like a game of telephone, it can be difficult to discern which side is right or wrong (as if it's ever that simple anyway), much less take any sort of action.

A Week to Be Aware -- and To Be Kind

Joanne Goldblum | Posted 11.02.2014 | Impact
Joanne Goldblum

We still call diaper need a "silent crisis," because many Americans don't know that one in three low-income families struggles to afford clean diapers for their children.

Middle East Film Festival Politics

Isaac Zablocki | Posted 10.28.2014 | Arts
Isaac Zablocki

Films provide visions from around the world and an opportunity to show how similar our humanity is and how much we share, not remind us of our physical and emotional borders.

Actions Speak Louder Than Words

Paul Benjamin | Posted 10.14.2014 | World
Paul Benjamin

IS, Islamic State formerly known as ISIS/ISIL, has been ethnically cleansing the indigenous roots of Iraq which belong to the Assyrians. As a resul...

Our New Brave World: A Black Philanthropy Month 2014 Call to Action

Jackie Copeland-Carson | Posted 10.13.2014 | Black Voices
Jackie Copeland-Carson

I created Black Philanthropy Month (BPM) back in 2011 as a time to celebrate, review and renew our rich traditions of giving, self-help and social innovation. As has been true throughout our history, our collective giving and action are still keys to our success.