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Seven Trends in Social Change in 2012

Here are some of the most creative responses to some of the world's most difficult problems.

As a founding director of the Solutions Journalism Network, a strategist for the new $1,000,000 TED Prize, and a journalist myself, it is my job to pay attention to the kinds of creative responses that people all over the world are pioneering to address some of the world’s most difficult problems.

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Are Students at Women's Colleges Still Second-Class Ivy Leaguers?

Many Columbia students felt spurned by Obama's choice to speak at Barnard, and their disappointment brought out uncensored venom.

Fourteen years ago, I arrived on the Barnard College campus with my Kmart steamer trunk and my outlet mall power suit—the two things my parents back in Colorado were convinced someone would need at a fancy northeastern school. Upon setting foot on campus, I promptly learned I was a stupid slut. It wasn’t because of the nerdy luggage or the discounted attire, but simply because I had chosen to attend an all-women’s college affiliated with a coed school. Who knew?

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Hustlin': How I Became My Own Mentor in a Freelance Economy

As the "contingent" workforce grows, we need to embrace the freelance hustle.


In our weekly Hustlin' series, we go beyond the pitying articles about recession-era youth and illuminate ways our generation is coping. The last few years may have been a rude awakening, but we're surviving. Here's how.

At 32 years old, I’ve never had a real job. Or more accurately, I’ve had a shitload of them, just never one at a time. I’ve never had a desk where I was expected to be sitting during work hours, never had a chat by the water cooler (does that really happen?). I’ve never even had a boss.

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The Value of Connection: Microphilanthropy Challenge #30DaysofGOOD

It's $30 for 30 Days of GOOD, our microphilanthropy challenge. Here are three stories of people who donated money to help people connect.

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Give What You Know: Creative Microphilanthropy Advice for our #30DaysofGOOD Challenge

It's $30 for 30 Days of GOOD, our microphilanthropy challenge. How will you pledge to give away $30 this month?

Things are easier said than done, or so the old adage goes, and we couldn't agree more. That's why we do The GOOD 30-Day Challenge (#30DaysofGOOD), a monthly attempt to live better. Our challenge for December? Creative microphilanthropy.

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Reading, Writing, Empathy: The Rise of 'Social Emotional Learning'

At a time of contentious debate over how to reform schools, “social emotional learning” may be a key part of the solution.


Marc Brackett never liked school. “I was always bored,” he says, “and I never felt like any of my teachers really cared. I can’t think of anybody that made me feel inspired.”

It’s a surprising complaint coming from a 42-year-old Yale research scientist with a 27-page CV and nearly $4 million in career funding. But Brackett knows that many kids feel the way he does about school, and he wants to do a complete emotional makeover of the nation’s schools.

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