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

    Friday, April 26, 2013

    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…

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

    Monday, December 10, 2012

    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….

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    The New Presidential Paradigm

    Wednesday, November 7, 2012

    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

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    Los Angeles Social Innovators Gear Up For The Fast Pitch

    Thursday, October 11, 2012

    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…

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    Lessons Learned from 9/11

    Tuesday, September 11, 2012

    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…

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What’s Your Personal Triple Bottom Line?

By Nina Hodjat Some companies sling the Triple Bottom Line concept of focusing on people, planet, and profit versus just profit like they’re offering the sexiest narcotic previously available only to the elite, now available to the commoner. Corporations are wooing the masses with promises that purchasing their services or goods will result in the ultimate high: the wondrous feeling that spending money is synonymous with “doing good” in the world. While “doing good” isn’t a bad thing, I believe it’s high time to explore the next frontier of…

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The Clinton Global Initiative & Mashable Social Good Summit Take Manhattan

  New York, New York, here we come! There’s nowhere else in the world I’d rather be this weekend than my old stomping grounds. The Clinton Global Initiative is holding its annual meeting in Manhattan on Sept. 23 to 25, and Incentivize is going to be there to see all the magic happen!  With more than 1,000 participants including global leaders, Fortune 500 CEOs, nonprofit organizers, and celebrity activists convening to instigate social change, mountains are sure to fall. Focused on how business and human capital…

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Eating, Drinking, And Musing In Australia

Everyone needs a champion, and everyone needs a chance to explore the deeper part of themselves that wants to be set free–that caged wild heart that bows at every prayer and screams for someone to say “I accept you. I celebrate you, and I love you.”  I meditated on this as the wine flowed and laughter wafted through the rafters during my last night in Brisbane. I felt the comfort that comes with being blessed with new friends. Unsure of my footing and feeling alone for…

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Lessons Learned from 9/11

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…

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Great Orgs in the Spotlight: Transforming Youth Through Education And Art

I am an advocate for human rights and education. Recently, I walked smack into the face of two amazing youth advocacy orgs which help less fortunate youth gain access to art, vocational support and educational assistance. It would be a disservice not to share with the world the work these two organizations do. Each One Reach One (EORO) is an organization which uses theatre arts to help incarcerated youth understand how to break free from negative patterns. By writing out their stories and recounting experiences,…

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Sarah Hill Delivers Hybrid Newscast Via Google+ Hangouts

During the last few years, the fusion of social media and journalism has been an exciting, invigorating and somewhat frightening. With our constant connectivity, the onslaught of real-time posts at our fingertips, and rapid fire factoids being watered down and lacking second sources, the proliferation of misinformation has become a borderline, social norm.  However, the flip side of social media and the news is sparking hope for mass media consumption. The intersection of journalism and the social web doesn’t have to lead to a dark…

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Red Bull Creation 2012

The second year of the colorful, national maker/inventor/hacker Red Bull Creation competition is underway! The top 12 teams who qualified during 2012’s “Bullduino’ are competing in the LIVE, online 72-hour build which started on Friday, 7/19 at 9pm EST. So, who will win? It’s up to both the public and participating teams to vote. High scoring teams will take their creations to the ultimate stage, the 2012 Maker Faire in NYC. Home to over 40,000 visitors across two days, the Maker Faire is a family-friendly…

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5 Kick-Ass Crowdfunding Campaigns For Social Good

When graphic footage of a school bus monitor being bullied by children hit YouTube, it shocked viewers worldwide. The ten minute video featured below shows 68-year-old Karen Klein being verbally abused; being called a “fatass”, “poor”, “ugly” and other derogatory names that leave her weeping and unable to escape the torment. After the clip went viral, the Athena Middle School students shown in the video were swiftly suspended from the school for the whole year. However, that was far from the worst of their punishment. The kids…

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

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…

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She Shoots, She Scores With The Soccket

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…

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