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New Social Progress Index Ranks U.S. 16th Out of 132 Countries

The Daily Beast | Brandy Zadrozny | Posted 04.04.2014 | World

America isn’t number one this time. Despite having the second-highest GDP on the 132-country list, the U.S. falls shorts on basic human needs, healt...

These Vintage Photos Remind Us How Far We've Come In Breaking Down Barriers That Divide Us

The Huffington Post | Karin Swanson | Posted 03.04.2014 | Impact

The United Nations' World Day of Social Justice is an opportunity to celebrate how far we've come in advancing civil rights. But recognizing the work ...

We Must Change the Contemporary View of Marriage

Daniel Raphael | Posted 02.18.2014 | Gay Voices
Daniel Raphael

The question that then emerges is what is marriage? How do we define marriage? There are several definitions, the most prominent being the joining of two or more elements.

Growth Is Not Enough, Young People Want to Live in a Decent Society

Michael Green | Posted 03.25.2014 | Politics
Michael Green

A newly published global survey reveals that, for young people at least, social -- not economic -- challenges are the major priority. Politicians and business leaders should take heed.

50 Years Later: The War on Poverty Needs an Update

Michael Green | Posted 03.11.2014 | Politics
Michael Green

Fifty years ago the President of the United States, Lyndon B. Johnson, delivered the State of the Union address that would put poverty reduction at the center of federal policy-making for a generation, declaring the beginning of a "War on Poverty" still being fought to this day.

Science Fiction and Social Fiction

Mark Moore | Posted 06.18.2013 | Impact
Mark Moore

"We have science fiction, and science follows it. We imagine it, and it comes true. Yet we don't have social fiction, so nothing changes." When Muhammad Yunus made this statement at the recent Skoll World Forum, there was a sense that this was a quotation we'd see repeated for years.

Zafen: Redefining "Interest" in the Changing World of Microfinance

Jim Luce | Posted 05.25.2011 | World
Jim Luce

Microfinance has taken a beating lately for shifting far afield from its humanitarian origins. It's become a good idea gone bad. But all is not lost.

Leviticus Loses: The Inevitability of Equal Rights for Homosexuals

Rabbi Irwin Kula | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Rabbi Irwin Kula

It behooves us to remember that the only difference between human rights activists and traditionalists, relatively speaking to the centuries of injustice finally being ameliorated, is having realized something just a bit earlier.

Homosexuality Redux: Can We Hear Each Other?

Rabbi Irwin Kula | Posted 05.25.2011 | Religion
Rabbi Irwin Kula

I knew equality for LGBT evoked passionate conversation, but I would never have imagined that my last post would generate nearly 1200 comments.