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Opinion: Will Occupy Lead to Policy Change?

Due to the onset of winter and police crackdowns on encampments, Occupy movements in many cities have retreated from their initial tactics of long term public occupations. In this time…

Craig Kielburger on how giving young activists more executive power motivates them to stay involved

In 1995, 12-year-old Craig Kielburger was flipping through the Toronto Star looking for comics when he came across an article about the murder of Iqbal Masih, a Pakistani child labor…

Arts and Urban Youth: Ryan Keesling of Free Write Jail Arts on slipping art through the bars

Urban arts programs often build confidence and agency among youth who are disheartened by — or disconnected from — public schools. Over the next few weeks we’ll be presenting a…

Arts and Urban Youth: Interview with Jeff McCarter on challenging teens to tell their stories on film

Urban arts programs often build confidence and agency among youth who are disheartened by  or disconnected from — public schools. Starting today, and over the newt few weeks, we’ll be…

WATCH: Back-to-school special! Joan Sullivan on the importance of effective communication

A while back we conducted an interview with Joan Sullivan, who was then the Principal of the Bronx Academy of Letters, a New York City middle and high school founded…

Eric D. Dawson on how to create world peace one school at a time

How would you go about creating a world where people live in peace? Rather than dismiss the question as hopelessly naive, think of it as a practical challenge. Where would…

Interview: Gerald Chertavian on how he made the jump from business to social entrepreneur

Shortly after Gerald Chertavian landed a banking job on Wall Street in the late 1980s, he  became a Big Brother to David Heredia, a ten-year old who lived in a…

WATCH: David Bornstein talks about storytelling, problem solving and the idea behind Dowser

We thought our readers might enjoy a recent talk given by our founder, David Bornstein, at the Good Experience Live (Gel) conference in New York. It sheds light on our…

Top 5 graduation speeches for changemakers

Break out the champagne and mortarboards—it’s graduation time! A century and a half ago, abolitionist Robert Purvis said, “A graduation ceremony is an event where the commencement speaker tells thousands…

WATCH: Adam Green on kids who build boats and boats that build kids

Adam Green believes in teaching 21st century job and life skills through old fashioned wooden boat building. The idea first infected him as a Vassar College student in 1996, when…

How honey bees help ex-offenders find new beginnings

Brenda Palms Barber didn’t set out to make honey. But after spending six years teaching work and life skills to ex-offenders in Chicago—only to see them get rejected for jobs…

Seth Godin calls for an end to the age of conformity

In India, so many people suffer during dry spells that the government uses farmers’ suicide rates as an official measurement of drought, marketing guru Seth Godin told a gathering of…

Mother’s Day Interview: Vivian Stromberg on fighting for the rights of MADRES everywhere

In 1983, Vivian Stromberg traveled with a women’s delegation to Nicaragua in the midst of a brutal civil war. There, she witnessed day care centers, schools and clinics that had…

Emily Spivack on reinventing the wheel

Last week Changemakers interviewed our director, Emily Spivack, about her experiences as the founder of Shop Well with You, a body-image resource for women with cancer. Emily started Shop Well…

Earth Day Special: Gillian Caldwell, Majora Carter and Peter Goldmark on the past and future of green

Forty years ago, Wisconsin Senator Gaylord Nelson created Earth Day to call attention to impending ecological crises. Today, over 192 countries will observe it. To capture the day’s meaning, we…