The New Nonprofit Way: Collaboration & Innovation

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Guest post by Heidi Massey It is 2012. We are in the 21st century, yet many nonprofits are still practicing 20th century methods. Not enough organizations are embracing technology to become more efficient and effective. It continues to be rare to find nonprofits that are willing to stop defending their turf long enough to actually discover the joys of collaborating with other groups in their community. Plus, a number of organizations arguably focus more energy on perpetuating their establishment versus fulfilling their mission. Case in…

Living A Life Without Limits: Sports Diplomat Kareem Abdul-Jabbar

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Is there anything Kareem Abdul Jabbar isn’t capable of crushing? The baller, formerly known as Lew Alcindor, recently celebrated his 65th birthday April 16th.  Needless to say, the six-time champion, six-time regular season MVP, and NBA’s all-time leading scorer had much more than his hoops skills to celebrate when blowing out his candles this year. In January, Jabbar was named U.S. Global Cultural Ambassador by Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton. The honor is part of her “Smart Power” initiative, which aims to get young people engaged…

Tesla: Electrical Genius, Master Of Lightning

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I recently came across this documentary about Nikolai Tesla. Fascinating. A technological wizard of his time and today, Tesla was largely responsible for shaping the modern world with electrified cities and wireless power. The progressive development of man is vitally dependent on invention. It’s ultimate purpose is the complete mastery of mind over the material world, the harnessing of the forces of nature to human needs. This is the story of a modern prometheus who changed the world with electricity. If he were alive today,…

World Malaria Day: What’s Next?

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World Malaria Day is upon us. Why is it important? Well, for starters a child dies every 60 seconds as a result of being infected with the tragic illness. In the year 2012, doesn’t this seem preposterous? Most malaria cases take place in sub-Saharan Africa, where people have little to zero access to proper medical treatment. Fortunately, a number of campaigns such as Nothing But Nets and Malaria Foundation International’s Blue Ribbon Campaign to End Malaria have improved malaria control significantly over the years. Since…

Visa-Free Floating Cities: In The Air For Innovation

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There’s something about California that doesn’t let you leave. Perhaps, it’s the the spirits of the Gold Rush era. Maybe it’s the fact this land is where we run out of continent. Perhaps, it’s the push, pull, and rush of Hollywood and Silicon Valley. Part of me is anticipating the day the state breaks off into the sea from a tremendous quake or from over-population, and becomes one with Atlantis. The other part of me is highly intrigued by what a group of entrepreneurs called…

Food Revolution Day: Stand Up For Real Food!

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It’s time to party, people! And how can you refuse a shindig hosted by celebrity chef Jamie Oliver? This May 19th, you’re invited to participate in Jamie’s first ever Food Revolution celebration, which is encouraging a worldwide effort to promote healthy eating. Food Revolution Day was created to inspire people to get back to the basics, and start thinking about where the sources of their food. Remember, you are what you eat! For me, this means being healthier by cutting back on processed foods and…

The Humanity Factor: CSR As An MBA Trend

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Henry Ford once said: “A business that makes nothing but money is a poor kind of business.” We interpret Ford’s declaration to mean that while a business transaction should be rewarding financially, it should equally be about the morale of employees, customer engagement, and the power of community. As business moves further into the 21st Century, an unparalleled new crop of leaders are emerging. They are high-energy, open-minded, and focused on human potential, not just profits and systems. This focus falls under corporate social responsibility…

Just What the Dr. Ordered: Dr. Pepper Snapple Group Gears Up For Earth Day

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Earth Day is right around the corner, and Dr. Pepper Snapple Group is prescribing a potent dose of eco-power for the occasion. The company is kicking off its second year of green teamwork with Student Conservation Association (SCA), which provides students of all ages in all 50 states with leadership programs and projects promoting environmental conservation. Last year, the partnership led to sustainability education for more than 1.5 million Americans. This year, DPS and SCA are holding Earth Day festivities in nine cities from Seattle…

“The World Tomorrow” To Air On Russia Today

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Days like today I wish had access to Russian television, but I suppose the Internet will suffice. Wikileaks Founder Julian Assange announced the debut of his new TV talk show, “The World Tomorrow,” which is scheduled to air on Russia Today on April 17th. The date marks 500 days since Visa, Mastercard, and Paypal stopped working with Wikileaks after the site released secret U.S. State Department cables. Assange is currently under house arrest in Norfolk, Britain, while facing possible extradition to Sweden for rape and sexual…

The Healing Power Of Music Reigns Supreme

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A video of an elderly man responding to his favorite music from back in the day has gone viral since being posted on April 7th, and is still raking in consistent views. Crazy about Cab Calloway, Henry, the man featured in the video, scats and sings for the camera. This is pretty impressive, considering he appeared to be uncommunicative for the most part and have barely any memory before hearing some tunes in an iPod. Watch music revive Henry’s spirit. This video incentivized us to…

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