Fifteen years after 9/11, we face a new attack, a new crisis for immigrants and human rights _________________________________ The morning after the election my mom called and told me to be careful. Just like my dad did after September 11. Fifteen years ago, Dad was worried … [Read more...] about Love, Listen, Learn | Coping With the Crisis for Immigrants & Humanity
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A Conversation with Nancy Pelosi about what it will really take to make a woman president _______________________________ Four years ago, when I first began writing my book, What Will It Take to Make a Woman President? Conversations About Women, Leadership & Power, there were … [Read more...] about Nancy Pelosi: What Will It Take to Make a Woman President?
Nadia Lopez transforms her life — and that of a struggling neighborhood — through the school she founded ____________________________ Mott Hall Bridges Academy in Brownsville, Brooklyn was born from the journey of my self-discovery and desire to create a learning institution … [Read more...] about When One Door Closes | The Lopez Effect: Transforming Self & Community
Michelle Long champions localism, local economies and values-driven enterprise as keys to a strong economy _______________________ It’s the second time in a month that I have the pleasure of being in the audience as Michelle Long, Executive Director of BALLE (Business Alliance … [Read more...] about What if? | Localism & Social Enterprise — Michelle Long On The Keys to a Strong Economy
Despite our best efforts at conscious ecological responsibility, we are, in fact, each an environmental liability Photographs of Alaska by Dave Cannon _______________________ I do not propose to write an ode to dejection, but to brag as lustily as chanticleer … [Read more...] about The Environmental Cookie Thief | Our Environmental Liability
The best prescription is often right outside ________________________ Nowadays everything has a brand and marketing campaign. What about nature? ~ Justin Bogardus, writer/director of Nature Rx What is at the root of all life’s ills? As a filmmaker, I was inspired to explore … [Read more...] about Nature Rx | The Healing Power Of Nature
Learning from youth activism: 3 case studies Who do you consult for guidance or confirmation to determine that you are on the best path? We may often look inside ourselves, up to a higher power, or to an experienced guru. Have you considered actively listening to the generation … [Read more...] about Youth Activism | Are You There? Messages From Our Future
A Fish Story One doesn’t have to delve too deeply to see that, as a whole, fish biologists haven’t done a stellar job of sustaining fish populations…and I’m not just talking the U.S., but worldwide. It’s not necessarily our fault, however; it has a lot to do with psychology. … [Read more...] about A Fish Story: One Biologist’s Call To Environmental Action
The world has to offer today's youth something better. –President Barack Obama Whether you are considering the recent events in America’s cities, or those across the globe in Europe, the Middle East, and Africa, young people’s voices are crying out to be heard. A youth … [Read more...] about Youth Leadership | 4 Reasons We Need Youth as the Leaders of Today
Surviving the Hillsborough tragedy at the FA Cup in England as a boy of 16, Chris Arnold founded World Merit to develop and empower young global leaders — April 15th 1989 ended the lives of 96 people at a stadium in the UK; it also irreversibly influenced the lives of … [Read more...] about Breathing Room | The Hillsborough Tragedy
Reflecting on the joys of inspiring youth, schoolteacher Rebekah Stoll realizes that her students have equally inspired her ________________________ Twenty students gathered around five working kitchens, aprons in place, recipes set before them with excitement in the air and … [Read more...] about Inspiring Youth | Who’s Teaching Whom?
Maggie Wheeler leading the Golden Bridge Community Choir. Photograph by Alexandra DeFurio Actress Maggie Wheeler finds a deeper calling in leading communal singing — "I used to say, 'I act for my supper and I sing for my soul.'" Maggie Wheeler is describing her … [Read more...] about Maggie Wheeler | The Yoga of Song