News & Culture >> Browse Articles

Browse People and Interviews Articles

  • +1

    How one charity turned into a thriving business

    How one charity turned into a thriving business
    An entrepreneur turned a side project for charity into a working business that is not only personally satisfying, but profitable. Blake Mycoskie, founder of Toms Shoes in Los Angeles, said he was on vacation in Argentina four years ago and discovered children in a village outside of Buenos Aires couldn't go to school because they lacked shoes. He decided to help. ...
    Published over 7 years ago | Rated: +1
  • +2

    Entrepreneur and Philanthropist Reflects on a Year of Philanthropy

    Mouli Cohen, Founder and Chairman of Voltage Capital, spoke today about his views on the year 2009 in philanthropy. This has been an extraordinary year for the creation of new-media organizations and web sites, the entrepreneur and philanthropist mentions to us in an interview Thursday afternoon. “A big reason is the money that foundations and wealthy individuals are investing. Thousands of ...
    Published over 7 years ago | Rated: +2
  • +3

    Setback Becomes Springboard for Nonprofit Career

    Setback Becomes Springboard for Nonprofit Career
    On Aug. 24, 2005, Kirt Barden was a veteran corporate manager with a thriving new business. On Aug. 25, Hurricane Katrina blew it all away. Barden, 57, lost 80 percent of his personal assets in the storm, but what he gained was much greater. In the days and months that followed, Barden witnessed a great outpouring of charity and was inspired ...
    Published over 7 years ago | Rated: +3
  • Rate

    Write Your Resume With a Branding Statement

    Write Your Resume With a Branding Statement
    If you brand it will they come? While it may sound like one big field of dreams, a carefully crafted and customized personal brand will not only convey your value and define your vision it will also offer a unique perspective to prospective employers and hiring managers. It’s all about marketing yourself in the way that is going to get you ...
    Published about 7 years ago | Rate This
  • +2

    Try Volunteering, Grads Advise

    Try Volunteering, Grads Advise
    To the list of things university graduates need nowadays to get ahead, career adviser Jason Connell adds one major, perhaps surprising, attribute: a willingness to work for free. Connell, 24, makes a modest living advising students how to volunteer with non-profit groups, locally and abroad, after graduating, rather than working for pay. Doing so can provide unparalleled personal growth, he said, ...
    Published over 7 years ago | Rated: +2
  • Rate

    Sherman Alexie: Don't Call Me Warrior

    Sherman Alexie: Don't Call Me Warrior
    America's most famous Indian author on Obama's tribe, Native wannabes, and why Kindles aren't sexy. Sherman Alexie's literary ambitions often collide with his unofficial role as America's most famous Indian author. So he suspects that his new short-story collection, War Dances, which features some distinctly unsavory Native American protagonists, might tick off sensitive readers. "I'm going to get grief from certain ...
    Published almost 8 years ago | Rate This
  • +2

    5 Life Lessons From Dr. Martin Luther King

    5 Life Lessons From Dr. Martin Luther King
    There is probably no other American figure that epitomizes the qualities of leadership and self-sacrifice in the face of overwhelming odds more than Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. As we celebrate his life on the day set aside to honor him, let’s look back at some of the most important events in his life. From them, there are plenty of lessons ...
    Published over 7 years ago | Rated: +2
  • +1

    Bill Gates Launches Blog and Twitter Account

    Bill Gates Launches Blog and Twitter Account
    A day after he entered the world of Twitter, Bill Gates is weighing in with his first personal blog. The Gates Notes, which just launched, is an online forum where several times a week the Microsoft co-founder plans to shares his thoughts on the Gates Foundation and his personal interests in energy and the environment. A good chunk of the blog ...
    Published over 7 years ago | Rated: +1
  • +1

    New Yorkers Rackstraw Downes, Deborah Eisenberg, Theodore Zoli Get MacArthur 'Genius Grants'

    New Yorkers Rackstraw Downes, Deborah Eisenberg, Theodore Zoli Get MacArthur 'Genius Grants'
    A painter, a bridge builder and a short-story writer are three New Yorkers with a new title - "genius." Artist Rackstraw Downes, author Deborah Eisenberg and structural engineer Theodore Zoli are among 24 people tapped to receive $500,000 MacArthur Fellow grants. "I still can't quite believe it," said Eisenberg. "It didn't sound like a prank, but it's so impossible that you ...
    Published over 7 years ago | Rated: +1
  • +1

    Former Maine Artist Wins MacArthur Genius Grant

    Former Maine Artist Wins MacArthur Genius Grant
    Portland, ME - Rackstraw Downes, a New York painter with deep Maine roots, is among the recipients of this year's prestigious MacArthur Fellowships. The awards, announced Monday, come with $500,000 prizes over the next five years and carry no obligations, said the John D. and Catherine T.MacArthur Foundation, which administers the fellowships. They are designed to give recipients freedom to reflect, ...
    Published over 7 years ago | Rated: +1
  • Rate

    New Museum Reveals the Man Behind the Mouse

    New Museum Reveals the Man Behind the Mouse
    Walnut Creek, CA -From the moment one delves into the new Walt Disney Family Museum in San Francisco's Presidio, it becomes apparent that this is no Mickey Mouse operation. Yes, the cartoon rodent who helped spawn a vast entertainment empire is here in all his glory. But he's just a small part of a wide-ranging, state-of-the-art presentation intended to please casual ...
    Published over 7 years ago | Rate This
  • +2

    Philanthropy with a Business Model

    Philanthropy with a Business Model
    For social entrepreneur Pamela Hawley, the "season of giving" is about nine months too short. Hawley has been a philanthropist since she was 12, when she got her first startling look at poverty and hunger during a family trip to Mexico. Since then, she has been a volunteer around the world--from soup kitchens and crisis hotlines in the United States to ...
    Published over 7 years ago | Rated: +2
  • +2

    The Participation Problem Solver

    The Obama Administration's Office of Social Innovation and Civic Participation is charged with finding, amplifying, and scaling innovative solutions to social issues. The office’s five full time staff members are innovating where they can and asking others to fill in where they can’t. Not quite a year old, the office has written its job description on the fly, figuring out ...
    Published over 7 years ago | Rated: +2
  • +2

    Obama Reads to Children at Boys and Girls Club

    Obama Reads to Children at Boys and Girls Club
    WASHINGTON — Barack Obama brought a beloved book to read. He brought a press entourage. He brought cookies shaped like Bo the dog. Hey, he brought himself. But the president of the United States still got a little Christmas reality Monday from a bunch of kids: High-tech toys rule. Dashing into a Boys & Girls Club in northeast Washington, Obama asked ...
    Published over 7 years ago | Rated: +2
  • +1

    How One Woman Survived Unemployment: She Enjoyed It

    How One Woman Survived Unemployment: She Enjoyed It
    During her eight-month jobless stint, Amy Tinsley of Houston may well have been the happiest unemployed woman in America. Tinsley, a former marketing director for a local law firm, was laid off in December. It was the first time since age 16 that she'd been without a job. Unlike most of America's unemployed, however, Tinsley wasn't fretting about her down time. ...
    Published over 7 years ago | Rated: +1