Exploring And Ending Modern Homelessness, Let’s Give It A Try

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Since the dawn of social media, there has been great debate over whether or not online activism constitutes “real activism.” The term slacktivist evolved when supporters of digital social change campaigns began to participate in droves via cyberspace. This is a pointless argument. There are always going to be people who do their part to contribute to a cause by retweeting, downloading Twibbons, and liking a campaign’s Facebook page. In the same vein, there are going to be humanitarians who form committees, travel to conflict…

Dell Shines A Light On How 100 World Changers Are Redefining Tech

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This past weekend, I went to see the DreamWorks animation “Rise of the Guardians,” which follows the story of Santa Claus, the Tooth Ferry, the Easter Bunny, the Sandman, and Jack Frost as they come together to protect the children of the world against Pitch Black, aka the Boogeyman. Suffice to say, I thoroughly enjoyed the movie, and it got me thinking about the rise of human guardians roaming the real world–the change makers who dedicate their lives to improving society through entrepreneurship and philanthropy….

The New Presidential Paradigm

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President Barack Obama did not just win re-election tonight. His victory signaled the irreversible triumph of a new, 21st-century America: multiracial, multi-ethnic, global in outlook and moving beyond centuries of racial, sexual, marital and religious tradition. ~Howard Fineman

Los Angeles Social Innovators Gear Up For The Fast Pitch

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Who says Los Angeles doesn’t have heart and depth? On October 24th, 20 of LA’s most promising nonprofit entrepreneurs are sharing their freshly minted communications and business skills during the culmination of the Social Innovation Fast Pitch, a free two-month training program that connects nonprofit leaders with business mentors and funding opportunities. During the event, 10 finalists will make three-minute pitches to a panel of judges and an enormous audience filled with investors, philanthropists and foundation executives. The grand prize is $45,000 in awards. Presented by…

Lessons Learned from 9/11

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New York, New York, the greatest survivor to teach me how to survive ,we’re at your service. I wrote the following post two years ago, as a Day of Service passage for the 9/11 victims, survivors, and their loved ones. Do you remember where you were on 9/11?  What messages from the media and global voices resonated with you most?  Most importantly,  how did the event affect your perspective on humankind? September 11th drudged up the darkest and most luminous parts of humanity–our propensity to…

How A 15-Year-Old Is Changing The Face Of Cancer Detection

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Fifteen year old Jack Andraka doesn’t pay attention in science class, but that’s not stopping him from changing the face of science. In May, the teen genius won the grand prize of $75,000 at the 2012 Intel International Science and Engineering Fair (Intel ISEF 2012), or as Jack calls it “the Olympics of science fairs.” After high school, he’s attending John Hopkins University to further develop his scientific breakthrough–a test for early stage pancreatic cancer. According to FastCoExist.com, the test is 90% accurate, 400 times…

She Shoots, She Scores With The Soccket

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I love Millennials. Yeah…sure. I know the drill. There is undoubtedly a negative stigma attached to the Millennial generation pervading our society and screaming that this demographic is overflowing with self-entitled, lazy brats. But maybe the world isn’t looking closely enough at this group, or perhaps we’re looking in the wrong places for altruism, ambition, and creativity, because it’s here. It’s all around us. There are approximately 78 million Millennials in the U.S., and they want social change. Some of them want this change so…

Tweet It, Facebook It, Shoot It — The Future You Want In 6 Minutes

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“If you don’t know how to fix it, please stop breaking it.” Severn Suzuki (when she was 12 years old) In 1992, 12-year-old Severn Suzuki made history when she attended the Rio Summit and delivered a six-minute speech about her concerns for the future of the planet. She sent out a call to action to the global leaders at the event, and urged them to be forward thinking when addressing the world’s environmental issues. On June 19th, the UN Conference on Sustainable Development, or Rio+20…

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…

Lessons Learned From Teen Girls

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Remember when you were a teen girl? At age 13 you had all the answers and thought because you were the same size as an adult, you must pretend to know just as much. Remember how easy it was to shake your confidence? Like the time when you thought you had on a cute outfit and someone made a snide remark about it. You would always remember that remark whenever you started to wear that outfit. Yes, it has probably been awhile but when you…

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