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Cafe Impact: How To Tackle Thankless Social Change

Grunt work is annoying, sometimes demeaning, but necessary. Get over yourself. Accept grunt work with grace. The boring, awful details are the most important.

CafeImpact: How to Build a Social Justice Career

Critical advice on the first steps towards a social justice career.  Start with a small, local organization; listen; understand people; immerse yourself; learn and keep learning everything; don’t ask for…

College for All: Sebastian Thrun, Udacity

  by Andre Dua Something big is up in higher education thanks to the advent of “massive open online courses” (MOOCs), which can reach millions around the world. What most people—including…

India’s Other Rural Dwellers

Rural issues dominate the discussions regarding India’s development. Without a doubt, the needs of rural India are great. As per the 2011 Census, more than 833 million people live in…

Living Along Mumbai’s Giant Water Pipelines

  Hop, skip and jumping along one of the water pipes “There’s so much poverty to be seen here and at the same time so much joy and happiness.” This…

Filmmaker Mira Nair: The Global Storyteller

Mira Nair’s mantra is “If we don’t tell our stories, no one else will.” In her latest film, The Reluctant Fundamentalist, she’s exploring her Lahori roots with her contemporary lifestyle…

Connecting Everything: Cisco’s Padmasree Warrior

Cisco’s Chief Technology and Strategy Officer describes how the exponential growth of connectivity between people and devices, both mobile and network, will change commerce, business systems, and individual behavior. Despite…

Share my Dabba: The Tiffin Has Just Become More Social

A new campaign in Mumbai uses the famous lunchbox network to feed the street children of the city.  Some would define it as “social innovation” – using an existing infrastructure…

Social Impact Session with Sonal Shah

  Brian Weinberg of Blended Profit speaks with Sonal Shah, a Tides Fellow and former Director of the Office of Social Innovation at the White House. SONAL SHAH is an entrepreneur and…

After a Decade of War, Afghan Dreamers Project Seeks to Tell a Different Story

by Rosie Spinks When President Obama remarked in his last state of the union address that “by the end of next year, our war in Afghanistan will be over,” he…

Travel for Heritage: GHF Preserves the World’s Most Delicate Sites

California-based nonprofit Global Heritage Fund preserves ancient and historical sites around the world that are otherwise neglected and crumbling.   Several of the sites that GHF has rescued have gone…

America’s 50 Heroes Get Clicked: Everyday Heroes

Author Katrina Fried and the book’s photographer, Paul Mobley, have been busy promoting Everyday Heroes, their new book which catalogs the work of 50 social entrepreneurs in the United States….

Rebuilding Haiti Three Years Later

by Anja Tranovich January 12th marked the third anniversary of the Haiti earthquake. The total cost of the disaster was between $8 billion and $14 billion, the Inter-American Development Bank estimates, with 200,000…

Instagram-ing Tibet: Cellphone Photography

This short reflection illustrates how Instagram has become a portal for some journalists to quickly share photos of their travels and build a community online for their images.  How cellphones…

Tom Carter’s Epic Journey Through China

American photojournalist Tom Carter travelled over 35,000 miles, hitting 33 provinces, on a limited budget, with just a backpack and a digital camera. He encountering 56 different ethnic minorities, each with…