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Nonprofits, Leave Your Charity at the Door

Nell Edgington | Posted 04.16.2014 | Impact
Nell Edgington

I hate the word 'charity.' Don't get me wrong, I'm not big on semantics. But 'charity' is more than a word; it's a destructive mindset that keeps the work of social change sidelined and impoverished.

Do You Want to Be a World Changer?

Maria Portas | Posted 04.08.2014 | Healthy Living
Maria Portas

Everyone seems to think that for change to occur, it has to be something outside of us that needs to happen. That only someone greater than yourself can really make a huge difference in the world.

The Perils and Possibilities of Transgender Visibility

Lisa Stulberg | Posted 04.04.2014 | Gay Voices
Lisa Stulberg

Visibility alone does not ensure social progress or progressive social change. It certainly comes with dangers.

Whose Cass Corridor?

Laura M. De Palma | Posted 04.04.2014 | Detroit
Laura M. De Palma

Stadiums and arenas are band-aids. Their construction does not take into consideration the city's rich and unique history; does not change structures that favor the wealthy and uphold the status quo; and does not facilitate participatory processes that allow community members to have equitable decision-making power.

4 Ways to Unsuck Philanthropy

Kandice Ferrell | Posted 04.03.2014 | Impact
Kandice Ferrell

Philanthropy can take on many forms. Short-term solutions can include providing a meal or offering your time at an event. Long-term solutions can involve creating systems or sustainable infrastructure, but it all matters.

A New Business: Helping Homeless Artists Become Visible

Liz Powers | Posted 04.03.2014 | Impact
Liz Powers

Whenever a woman said that she did not know what to paint, I would tell her to paint "hope." Through my art groups, I helped women build strength, realize their talents, and develop more self-confidence.

Malcolm Gladwell: People Are Empowered By Their Lack Of Power

The European | Malcolm Gladwell | Posted 03.20.2014 | World

Malcolm Gladwell has written a book about power and the people who challenge it: "David and Goliath: Underdogs, Misfits, and the Art of Battling G...

Slam Poetry: A History

Mehroz Baig | Posted 03.12.2014 | San Francisco
Mehroz Baig

Addressing issues of societal concern using the spoken word format is very appropriate considering San Francisco's history.

Artist Mark Barone's Portrait Project: 5,500 Shelter Dogs Who Are Gone, But Will Never Be Forgotten

Joan K. Smith | Posted 03.12.2014 | Impact
Joan K. Smith

Very few animals who enter the shelter system come out alive; instead, a high proportion are euthanized, often in horrific gas chambers, in spite of volunteer networks scurrying to place adoptable shelter dogs in homes before their short time runs out.

The Great Degeneration

Ricardo B. Salinas | Posted 02.28.2014 | Books
Ricardo B. Salinas

Society has become centered in the cities, and in the cities, there is only effectiveness when good government is present.

Consider the Giraffe, That Improbable Change Agent

Valerie S. Lies | Posted 02.28.2014 | Impact
Valerie S. Lies

Can we make the necessary changes, set aside our differences (including the differences in status, influence and power), and still create connective spaces for honest exchanges to take place in order to achieve true change?

Arizona and the Power of Boycotts

David Freudberg | Posted 02.27.2014 | Politics
David Freudberg

At a time of broadly acknowledged government gridlock, simple boycotts by concerned individuals and companies have the ability to bring about significant and sometimes quick changes, as the citizens of Arizona have just witnessed.

How to Start a Revolution

Anna Clark | Posted 02.26.2014 | Impact
Anna Clark

Starting a revolution is one thing, but persevering to the finish with dignity and some measure of peace is another feat entirely. Whether you are out to change the world or launch a new company, this work is not for the faint of heart.

Dying of a Heroin Overdose Does Not Make You a Scumbag

A. Thomas McLellan, Ph.D. | Posted 02.25.2014 | Healthy Living
A. Thomas McLellan, Ph.D.

Overdosing on heroin doesn't make you a scumbag. Having a drink after 20 years of sobriety doesn't make you weak. Having an addiction is not a moral choice. In fact, I think it is accurate to say that having an addiction is not a choice at all.

Davos Disconnects

Paul Stoller | Posted 03.29.2014 | Business
Paul Stoller

How can these economic leaders, the vast majority of whom have little direct experience with economic hardship, have any idea what to do about it? A one-hour radically chic sensitivity session is not likely change a corporate ethos in which the world is ruled rather than served by wealth.

American Idle: Why We Don't Care About the Grammys

Stephan Said | Posted 03.26.2014 | Entertainment
Stephan Said

Years from now, when people look back at this generation as one that created change on a scale not seen since the civil rights movement itself, they will know there was a soundtrack.

Grassroots: Why the Startup of Keystone XL South Makes Us Stronger

Maya Lemon | Posted 01.22.2014 | Green
Maya Lemon

Keystone XL South cuts through my community and puts my home and family in danger. The things I should write feel too painful and don't offer comfort or encouragement. The story I need to write therefore centers on this tiny clump of grass and the roots I cannot see.

Social Change via the Living Room

Rachael Chong | Posted 03.24.2014 | Impact
Rachael Chong

In New York, we went to interview Erica Ford in Jamaica, Queens, where for 340 days she and her team, I Love My LIFE, had stopped violence -- not a single shot, not a single murder happened.

M.L.K.'s Housing Legacy

Terri Ludwig | Posted 03.19.2014 | Impact
Terri Ludwig

On a sunny July day in 1966, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. took the stage at Chicago's Soldier Field before a crowd of 35,000 supporters. Building off m...

Pope Francis As the World's Greatest Social Innovator

Tiziana Dearing | Posted 03.17.2014 | Impact
Tiziana Dearing

At the risk of sounding like a starry-eyed groupie instead of a critical thinker, I would argue Pope Francis embodies all of those definitions, and a few more that truly mark social innovation.

Let Girls Lead Video Contest: Grace Mwase, Malawi

Let Girls Lead | Posted 03.12.2014 | Impact
Let Girls Lead

Harmful cultural practices are still of grave concern for many girls around the world. Let Girls Lead highlights a powerful video by Grace Mwase who is raising her voice to one of the most harmful traditional practices still present in Malawi.

Reducing the Toxicity of Modern Technology

Steven Cohen | Posted 03.08.2014 | Green
Steven Cohen

It may seem odd for me to believe that the solution for many of the environmental problems brought on by modern technology will be found in the development of even more modern technology. Why? Because political change tends to be slow and difficult.

Confessions of an Ecotourism Pioneer in Costa Rica

Ethan Gelber | Posted 03.03.2014 | Travel
Ethan Gelber

The contrast between the imagined urban cacophony below and the tranquil urban removal is part of what makes the latter so glorious.

Big Hopes for the Student Fossil Fuel Divestment Movement in 2014

Joe Solomon | Posted 03.02.2014 | Green
Joe Solomon

Young college students today have far more power than you realize. You are the first generation that isn't just fighting for your grandkids, or for your children per say -- but for your own future.

For My Dear Friend Roger Ebert and Other Loved Ones Lost in 2013

Cynthia Dagnal-Myron | Posted 03.01.2014 | Fifty
Cynthia Dagnal-Myron

This year, I knew I was old. And among the lamented were, for the first time, close friends who'd shared my journey. The first and most difficult for me, still, to release, was Roger Ebert, my old Sun Times colleague and biggest "fan"who believed in my talent more than anyone, always.