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Competency-Based Education: No More Semesters?

"I went to a four-year university." "That job requires a one-year certificate." "It's a two-semester course." "She's a fifth-year senior." What do these expressions have in common? They use time as the yardstick for higher education.<p>Essentially, this means measuring not how much you've learned, but …

Sheryl Sandberg Said This About Leadership And It Was Incredibly Insightful

In one quick sentence she showed the true meaning of powerful leadership.<p>Leaders need more than one good quality to make them a quality leader. Still, there are certain attributes that separate leaders and great leaders.<p>As we've seen throughout history, leadership takes many forms. In …

Leadership

Science Says This Technique Can Help You Raise Calmer, More Resilient Kids

This 2-step tool can bring them out of chaos and into confidence. It works for grownups, too.<p>My eighth grader is back to the books after a week of pneumonia-induced absence. With each missed school day came another layer of overwhelm at the thought of making up all that work.<p>He'd finish a coughing …

7 Tools to Streamline Your Business Operations

Using the right tools, it's easier than ever to run your business.<p>When you're running your own business, every minute is valuable. You can't afford to waste any time. But with so much on your plate and limited hours in the day, how do you make sure everything gets done - and done right?<p>The success …

How America's public schools keep kids in poverty | Kandice Sumner

Why the war on poverty failed — and what to do now

Last summer, Black Lives Matter presented an extensive platform of remedies for the crisis in black America. A time traveler from 1964, if given a printed-out copy of this platform, could have mistaken it as an archival document from the Johnson administration’s “war on poverty” — that is, jobs …

Social Issues

Even the Insured Often Can't Afford Their Medical Bills

The debate over the future of healthcare is obscuring a more pedestrian reality: Insurance may handle most costs, but many Americans still need to turn to charity for help when they get sick.<p>A chance trip to Long Island’s Adventureland amusement park just might have saved Cassidy McCarthy’s life. …

Health Care

The Reformation, led by Luther, failed. Here's how we could finally reunite the Christian church

On Oct. 31, 1517, Martin Luther nailed his 95 Theses, a list of propositions aimed at problems in the Roman Catholic Church, to the door of the university church in Wittenberg, Germany. He wanted to start a theological debate. Instead, he started the Reformation.<p>As Luther’s teaching reverberated …

Theology

Fighting Poverty One Neighborhood at a Time

12 Oct 2017<p>A life dedicated to service is helping rebuild communities by addressing problems in housing, education, and health<p>by Deborah …

Four Reasons Nonprofit Should Consider the Authentic Storytelling Method

<b>Four Reasons Nonprofit Should Consider the Authentic Storytelling Method</b><br>Guest Post by Lewis HaidtFor many nonprofits, taking the “right” photograph …

Leadership

Mobile Fundraising Technology Company Gesture Helps Nonprofits Raise $500 Million

CHICAGO, Oct. 25, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- Gesture, a Chicagoland mobile fundraising technology company, celebrates helping their nonprofit clients raise over $500 million through the use of mobile technology. The impact for nonprofit organizations who implement mobile fundraising techniques has been a …

Mobile

Toys ‘R’ Us Might Be Dying, but Physical Retail Isn’t

The recent bankruptcy filing at Toys “R” Us has roiled the toy industry. Yet the struggles at the company are not new. The firm was taken private in a $6.6 billion leveraged private equity buyout in 2005, with the aim of turning the chain around, but the resulting debt has proved to be …

Without Emotional Intelligence, Mindfulness Doesn’t Work

Mindfulness has become the corporate fad <i>du jour</i>, a practice widely touted as a fast-track to better leadership. But we suspect that not all the benefits laid at its feet actually belong there. Our research and analysis has revealed a complicated relationship between mindfulness and executive …

What should schools put first? Discipline or creativity?

<b>What type of schools do we want? Should it be about creativity and independent thinking? Or should it be about getting the basics right and taking a tough line on discipline?</b><p>Of course, these things are not mutually exclusive. Many people would probably want both.<p>But an international study from the …

Education

The One Nutrient That Science Says Can Help Your Child Perform Better in School

It turns out there is one more reason to get your kids to eat more vegetables. In addition to being part of a healthy diet, they can also help them …

How to Start Your Own Business Using Any 1 of These 12 Marketing Skills

Do you want to start a small business? Are you looking for a great side hustle? Do you have marketing skills? If your answers are yes, read on.<p>Maybe you want to start a business. But maybe you don't want to quit your full-time job -- at least not yet. You're trying to find a side hustle, but you're …

Marketing

Here's the 4-question framework I used to make my 8-figure business a success

I created a simple four-question framework to help you.<p>It's what I've used to grow Sumo from $0 into an 8-figure business, and has been tested with thousands of customers in my Monthly1k program to start their own successful businesses.<p>Here are the four questions you should ask yourself.<p><b>1. What's</b> …

Small Business

Why the U.S. needs an economic fair housing act

A new report lays out a stubborn barrier to equality and upward mobility<p>Anniversaries are great times to reflect. With the looming 50th anniversary of the landmark Fair Housing Act coming up next year, researcher and scholar Richard D. Kahlenberg, a senior fellow at the Century Foundation, decided …

If You Aren't Using Social Media This Way, You're Leaving Money on the Table

Building an audience organically is time-consuming and painful. Unless you use this hack.<p>Here's the thing that all the social media gurus always leave out of their pitch: building an audience is tedious, time-consuming, long term and definitely not free. The same marketers who say, "You can't build …

LinkedIn

Rewriting Jesus: A New Take on the Gospel of Matthew.

Earlier this year, Thomas Moore published The Book of Matthew: A New Translation with Commentary in which, as the title indicates, he reinterpreted …

Artists

How to Create a Stellar Social Media Marketing Plan for Under $100

Here are some ways to get the most value out of every penny.<p>11 min read<p>This story originally appeared on Buffer<p>How big is your social media budget?<p>I’ve heard of companies that spend millions on marketing and others who spend zero (we skew toward the zero side at Buffer).<p>Regardless of how much you …

Marketing

Wes Moore: The War on Poverty Has Become a War on the Poor

I grew up on the brink of poverty in Baltimore and the Bronx during the ’80s and ’90s. I remember those streets you couldn’t pass through after dark, …

Why solving ‘hidden’ suburban poverty is trickier than helping cities

A new book, Places in Need, explores how preconceptions make harder to combat suburban poverty<p>Lake County, Illinois, located north of Chicago, is considered one of the wealthier parts of the large belt of suburbs that surround the Midwestern metropolis. It’s long been seen, by itself and others, as …

10 Tools to Help Automate Your Small Business Tasks

Whenever you can automate a task, do it.<p>As a small business owner, you’re probably looking to save as much time, money and labor as you can. Saving is the name of the game.<p>However, while it might save you slightly to do certain things yourself, your time is valuable. Certain processes are cheaper, …

How to Boost Sales Using 4 Apps You Already Use

Ready to increase awareness and sales for your business, no matter the size? Then give these specific social media tactics a try.<p>Chances are, if you're reading this article and you're a small business owner, startup founder, or other kind of entrepreneur, you read a lot of helpful content. For this …

Marketing

The Ultimate Guide to Instagram Analytics: Metrics, Insights, Tools, and Tips

More than 15 million businesses now use Instagram as a marketing tool.<p>And one of the the most important aspects of any Instagram marketing strategy …

Philanthropies Need A Better Way To Measure If Their Fundraising Is Successful

Charitable organizations’ finances are often judged by just one metric. A new proposal offers a more holistic way of determining how effectively they’re using their money.<p>Charitable groups have developed lots of ways to ask for money. That ranges from broad, impersonal salvos like telemarketing and …

The Dalai Lama Reveals How You Can Discover the True Nature of Reality

Have you ever wondered about the true nature of reality? Is everything an illusion or is it real?<p>The Dalai Lama, as one of the world’s most …

Dalai Lama

Slow Down, Simplify, and Clear Your Mind and You’ll Get Better Results

<b>“The real you, the inner you, is pure, very pure. It understands. It has patience. It will wait forever while your ego trots all over everywhere</b> …

Positive Thinking

The Explainer: How to Write a Great Business Plan

A business plan that asks -- and answers -- the right questions is a powerful tool.