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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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Hershey’s Big Kiss: Chocolate, Community & Fair Trade?

Holy chocolate! As it turns out, Hershey stands for more than just loading us up with sugary sweetness and benefitting from child labor. On Monday, the Hershey Company released its second Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) Report, “Listen, Learn, Act,” which reportedly listed ample progress with regard to its social change and sustainability goals of 2010. The report highlights Hershey’s priorities and initiatives in four main areas. These include: Marketplace, which includes the company’s commitment to fair and ethical business dealings; Environment, which includes Hershey’s environmental…

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Facebook Status: From It’s Complicated To Organs All Good

No one knows how to leverage the power of peer pressure better than Facebook. And now, the social network is putting its influence to good use for medical purposes. On Tuesday, the platform announced a plan to urge its members to openly list their organ donor status on their profiles. According to the New York Donor Network, 113,000 patients in the U.S. are waiting in the wings for organ transplants, and an average of 18 of people die every day during this process. According to…

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The New Nonprofit Way: Collaboration & Innovation

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…

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

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…

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Tesla: Electrical Genius, Master Of Lightning

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,…

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World Malaria Day: What’s Next?

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…

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Visa-Free Floating Cities: In The Air For Innovation

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…

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Food Revolution Day: Stand Up For Real Food!

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…

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The Humanity Factor: CSR As An MBA Trend

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…

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

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…

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