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Jun
17
2013
Active citizenship means people getting involved in their local communities and democracy at all levels, from towns to cities to nationwide activity. Active citizenship can be as small as a campaign to clean up your street or as big as educating...
Jun
14
2013
A provocative mix of the new Silicon Valley establishment, politicos, activists, new media practitioners, academics and fledgling online entrepreneurs came together last week at the 10th annual Personal Democracy Forum. Among the speakers and...
Jun
14
2013
David Brooks, the New York Times columnist, wrote a column (New York Times, May 20) discussing a study on the frequency of word usage made possible by new search tools developed by Google. It revealed that over the past 48 years frequency of use of...
Jun
13
2013
What began as a protest to save a park from being demolished in Istanbul’s historic city center, Taksim, has become a movement that can reshape the concept of citizenship in Turkey. The crowd today comprises individuals, each distinctive and in...
Jun
07
2013
Think about the last time you volunteered your time and talents to an important effort or cause. How did it make you feel? With the busy lives we lead, just the thought of volunteering might seem overwhelming, but in reality it could be very...
Jun
06
2013
Let's face it: As much as we try to make everything equal for our children these days (yes, honey, everyone gets a trophy at the Little League championship!), there are some kids who just stand out. Take this guy, for example: Real-life Doogie...
Jun
05
2013
When Benjamin O’Keefe read the words of Abercrombie & Fitch’s chief executive, Mike Jeffries, suggesting that the retailer wanted its clothes worn only by thin, attractive “cool kids,” he wasn’t happy. Mr. O’Keefe, 18, struggled with weight...
Jun
04
2013
When Jacob Harold joined GuideStar as its new chief executive in October, he walked into an organization that was looking for its place in a rapidly changing world. GuideStar has long been known as the publisher of financial information about...
Jun
04
2013
Michael Smith
If you talk to the chief executives of any successful company, they will usually attribute their success to three things: talent, talent, talent. Steve and I have always believed this to be true, both in our work in the private sector, as well as in...
Jun
03
2013
WHEN Julia Geist was asked to draw a picture of a computer scientist last year, the 16-year-old sketched a businessman wearing glasses and a tie. Looking around at her classmates’ drawings, she saw similar depictions of men. Now, Ms. Geist said, “I...
May
30
2013
Eliza Bubes, 18, could have signed up for a photography camp, a music camp or an art camp. She could have spent her summer afternoons in the comfort of air conditioning, at any number of area camps tailored to her interests. Instead, last summer she...
May
21
2013
Whether during times of conflict abroad, or coming to our aid here at home in times of tragedy or natural disaster, military service members and first responders embody the Be Fearless spirit. They let urgency conquer fear and rush in before anyone...

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