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Adopting the Global Goals for Sustainable Development

Adopting the Global Goals for Sustainable Development

World leaders seek to eradicate extreme poverty, end climate change and fight inequality with ambitious goals through 2030
This September, 193 national leaders will commit to adopting 17 global goals as part of the Global Goals for Sustainable Development (SDGs) initiative …

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SPLITSQUARE
Philanthropy can do much more to warn of climate-change…

Philanthropy can do much more to warn of climate-change dangers

Turn on the television in Washington, D.C., and you will see ad after ad promising that America is being turned into a land of plenty thanks to oil, coal, and gas. We will be energy-independent, with jobs and prosperity for …

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We know how to end global poverty. Now what?

We know how to end global poverty. Now what?

A groundbreaking study of global poverty programs published this month in the journal Science proves the effectiveness of a multi-pronged, comprehensive approach that can help end global poverty by 2030.

So what are we waiting for? Let’s get to work.

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Earth Day
Changing light bulbs isn’t enough: 4 things to do…

Changing light bulbs isn’t enough: 4 things to do today

This Earth Day, Fenton invites you to take a lead on the climate crisis. The time for changing light bulbs is past – we’ve got to turbocharge our efforts. Here are four things you can do now to make a …

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What do you get when you cross a liberal…

What do you get when you cross a liberal with a libertarian? A price on carbon.

I had one of my favorite meetings ever last month. It wasn’t a chance encounter with a celebrity or super hero. Nope, way cooler. I was packed in close quarters with a gaggle of conservatives and libertarians. #woah

Albeit they were …

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Free clean solar power for your car

Free clean solar power for your car

This short video shows me charging my Ford plug-in electric/gas hybrid with my solar panels. I believe the time is coming soon when many people will do this to save the climate and human civilization. Plus, with solar (and soon …

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Scott Walker
The Education Class Warfare of Governor Scott Walker

The Education Class Warfare of Governor Scott Walker

For the record: I’m not from Wisconsin, and I did not attend its world-class university, but I do like cheese. My credentials to engage in this debate are that I care deeply and passionately about access to higher education at …

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Safe Spaces

Safe Spaces

A dozen digital communicators gathered for Saturday evening’s Digital Communicators’ Caucus, held at the 2015 Creating Change Conference in Denver, to discuss trends, challenges, and opportunities in the digital LGBTQ movement.

As a co-facilitator of this caucus, I was struck …

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The Call for Free Community College

The Call for Free Community College

In a commentary piece published online in Roll Call on February 5th, American Association of Community Colleges President and CEO Dr. Walter G. Bumphus and five other top leaders in the community college field urged Congress to support …

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Happy Birthday to Us

Happy Birthday to Us

Today is our 33rd anniversary. We started in two small rooms at 250 West 57th Street on this day in 1982, when I was 29 years old. We then opened our DC office six months later. Our first clients were …

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SOTU 2015
How did you follow the State of the Union?

How did you follow the State of the Union?

For an hour on Tuesday night, President Obama delivered his State of the Union address. He opened his speech remarking that we are 15 years into this new century. To me it felt like the first truly contemporary SOTU. Perhaps …

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Carbon Tax
A Bipartisan Solution to Climate Change

A Bipartisan Solution to Climate Change

In his 1/9 Washington Post oped, “Raise the gas tax. A lot,” conservative columnist Charles Krauthammer argues for a hike in the gas tax of a dollar a gallon. After double-checking I wasn’t reading The Onion, I wrote a

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Call for Evangelizing in 2015

Call for Evangelizing in 2015

This is not, I repeat, not, a tired and ill-fated New Year’s Resolution. Like so many Ab Blasters and Grapefruit Diets relegated to the trash heap of self-improvement history, I am giving up that convention for the Open Call. I’d …

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Solar power on the darkest day of the year

Solar power on the darkest day of the year

I charge my plug-in hybrid car with the solar panels on my roof. Ford included me in a beautifully shot web ad on the winter solstice with two others who also run their cars on the sun, even on the …

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Violence and the Media in 2014: Q&A with Lori…

Violence and the Media in 2014: Q&A with Lori Dorfman

This piece originally ran on the the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Culture of Health blog. 

A culture of violence is the antithesis to a Culture of Health. As Robert Wood Johnson Foundation president and CEO Risa Lavizzo-Mourey recently said in …

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Artists Against Fracking
Governor Cuomo says No to Fracking

Governor Cuomo says No to Fracking

Governor Andrew Cuomo’s decision to ban fracking in New York will go down as among his most significant acts, fast-forwarding the state to a clean energy future. His courage to buck the conventional wisdom that fracked gas is a needed …

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NY Times: New Owners for an Agency That Markets…

NY Times: New Owners for an Agency That Markets for a Cause

Published by NY Times December 16, 2014

ONE of the first agencies devoted to handling communications efforts for causes, nonprofit organizations, charities, foundations and activists seeking social change — a specialty that is now thriving — is being sold by …

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Measuring Success, Not Just Numbers

Measuring Success, Not Just Numbers

“Was it a good ROI?”

“What was our reach?”

“But did it go viral?”

If you’ve ever run a digital campaign, you’ve surely encountered these three questions in one shape or another. Digital campaigners are a data-obsessed group, and often …

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