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Ferguson, Five Weeks Out and 800 Miles Away

Blair Forlaw | Posted 09.17.2014 | 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 09.15.2014 | 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 09.08.2014 | 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 09.04.2014 | 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 09.03.2014 | 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 09.02.2014 | 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 08.28.2014 | 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 08.15.2014 | 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 08.13.2014 | 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.

How A 90-Year-Old, A Composer, And A Struggling Music Student Are Changing Education Forever

Corey Ferrugia | Posted 07.31.2014 | Education
Corey Ferrugia

Critical thinking has been the buzzword in education for a while, but it's not critical or creative thinking. It's critical AND creative thinking.

Teens Fight Back Against Ronald And The Burger King With Catchy Rap Song

The Huffington Post | Avery Stone | Posted 08.04.2014 | Teen

There are a number of reasons not to say "I'm lovin' it" to fast food in America, but these Oakland, California-based kids say it in a powerful, catch...

How Do We Succeed and Manage Fresh Opportunities?

Olayiwola A. Alara | Posted 07.28.2014 | Business
Olayiwola A. Alara

The late Steve Jobs, Apple founder, lost the company he built to investors only for him to buy it back a few years later because he had learned from his own initial shortcomings. A vital component to managing fresh opportunities is not fearing to take risk.

Changing the Story of Our World

Abhi Nangia | Posted 07.28.2014 | Impact
Abhi Nangia

You've heard this story before. You know that there are millions of people making a living in trash dumps. You know that most youth don't have access to healthy, nutritious food. To safe drinking water. To toilets. You know that most youth don't make it past 30 here.

How to Make the Most of College as an Activist

Erin McKelle | Posted 09.15.2014 | College
Erin McKelle

When you're going into college (whether you're a freshman, senior, or somewhere in between) as someone who is, or aspires to be, an activist, the amount of preparation involved can seem overwhelming or even impossible to navigate. Believe me, I've been there.

Democracy: No Longer for Sale?

Robert Koehler | Posted 09.09.2014 | Politics
Robert Koehler

How does "getting together" actually unify and strengthen, rather than scatter, a given movement for social change?

Why You Should Go Play After Reading This -- A Q&A With Kevin Carroll

Marcus T. Wright | Posted 09.08.2014 | Impact
Marcus T. Wright

What is play to you? Is it something you haven't done in years? Has the hustle and bustle of life caused the world of play to become unfamiliar territ...

How to Help America's Vets and Heroes Right Now

Craig Newmark | Posted 09.01.2014 | Impact
Craig Newmark

I figure, the least we can do is give back. These charities do some really innovative work to support vets, and other American heroes.

The Riches of Nature v. Private Property: An Interview With Gerardo Cerdas

Beverly Bell | Posted 08.31.2014 | Impact
Beverly Bell

By Beverly Bell July 1, 2014 Gerardo Cerdas is coordinator of the Latin American- and Caribbean-wide social movement Grito de los Excluidos, Cry of...

Three Ways to Galvanize Youth Philanthropic Action

Adnan Mahmud | Posted 08.27.2014 | Impact
Adnan Mahmud

What I see over and over again is that many of today's youth wish to make positive change in their communities. The problem is that they need a little support and encouragement from the rest of us.

From The Ivory Tower Kitchen: Why Chefs Can and Must Lead Movements of Social Change

Hari Pulapaka, Ph.D., C.E.C. | Posted 06.25.2014 | Impact
Hari Pulapaka, Ph.D., C.E.C.

It is only fitting that our values, actions, and abilities be best utilized as tools of positive social change, both locally and globally.

The 1% In My Head

Abraham Lateiner | Posted 08.18.2014 | Politics
Abraham Lateiner

The belief that money is a reliable measurement of a person's value is not true and causes deep suffering. Money is a wildly inaccurate gauge of character.

Raising Hope Across Borders: Transnational Social Movements and Power

Beverly Bell | Posted 08.17.2014 | Impact
Beverly Bell

An interview with Gerardo Cerdas by Beverly Bell June 17, 2014 Gerardo Cerdas is coordinator of the Latin American- and Caribbean-wide social movem...

Concealment and Recognition at the 2014 FIFA World Cup

American Anthropological Association | Posted 08.16.2014 | Sports
American Anthropological Association

To many people, and certainly to FIFA and the IOC, sporting concerns do not, or at least should not, overlap with political ones. This viewpoint is troubling because it downplays the social price of sports.

Brazil and FIFA: A Time Bomb Ticking?

Otto Scharmer | Posted 08.11.2014 | World
Otto Scharmer

My dual impression from the week in Brazil boils down to this: amazing and inspiring individuals and groups, a strong sense of collective possibility -- and at the same time a screwed-up system that disregards the voices, aspirations, and needs of too many.