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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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Adrian Grenier Is Flexing Media Literacy Muscle Nationwide

In today’s digitally enhanced climate filled with magazines, second screens, and celebritized gossip machines, how do we filter through all the noise? How do we teach our youth, as well ourselves, to fully comprehend the messages that are thrust upon us with every channel change, mouse click and ad campaign-clustered stroll down the street? Because the truth of the matter is that we all have a blind spot at times when it comes to spotting the truth. While a number of perspectives we ingest from…

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The Greatest Speech Ever Made

I can think of no other speech or presenter that could deliver a more spellbinding message about the power of human progress and the importance of unity. Please take a moment to listen to the great Charlie Chaplin.

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Richard Feynman On The Wonders Of Science And Beauty

“Nature is there, and she’s gonna come out the way she is. And therefore when we go to investigate it we shouldn’t pre-decide what is it we’re trying to do, except to find out more about it.” ~Richard Feynman Re-educating the world about the science of physics is paramount in triggering a deeper appreciation for art, the earth, and everything that keeps us connected to each other, as well as something bigger than ourselves. The late Richard Feynman said so, and surely he wasn’t joking….

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2012 BET Honors: Stevie Wonder-ful

Stevie Wonder was honored at the 2012 BET Honors with the Musical Arts Award on Monday. It got me thinking about the first time I sort-of met him. While covering a Grammy event in 2007, I stood along the red carpet reaching out my microphone to get a soundbite from the living legend. I wanted to touch him, but but I was afraid if I did the moment and his ethereal presence would be ruined. During my days as an entertainment journalist, I saw red carpets begin to…

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Why I Wear My Levis Until They Fit Like Gloves

Maybe the world breaks on purpose, so we can have work to do.” -Levi Strauss & Co When I hear the brand name Levi’s I think of youth. I think of cowboys. I think of those last few squats I should have done during Pilates class. I think of miners working their hands to the bone during the gold rush era in 1853, the year Levis was founded, and I think of how well Levi’s has built and maintained its brand over centuries. To date, one…

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Why Social Media is Vital to Corporate Social Responsibility

A cultural and corporate shift is taking place in the world. The result of things like the current economic climate and recognition of global climate change, society is starting to push past awareness and into action. As this transition takes hold, companies are evolving from their reactive states, and moving toward more pro-active approaches. Social media has begun to play a key role in how companies shape their corporate social responsibility (CSR) policies and present themselves as good corporate citizens. Corporate Social Responsibility Until recently,…

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Why Video Games are Scoring Big for Social Good

Cultural historian Johan Huizinga suggested that play and games have always been learning tools, key to the development of culture and civilization. Today, as the multi-billion dollar gaming industry continues to soar and begins to embrace social good integration, Huizinga’s theory reigns true. From FarmVille calling on players to support Haiti to an onslaught of environmental, educational, and corporate social responsibility initiatives being driven by games, the fastest growing segment of entertainment is evolving into a new force of digital activism and facilitating social change. The New…

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