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Feb 21, 2015

Many of us feel the need to take concrete action, with the hope that our children may have a better place to live in. However, without contemplating the deeper reasons for our problems, activism can become a Sisyphean task – acting repeatedly, without making any real change. Wangari Maathai, the late Kenyan Nobel prize winner, […]

Feb 20, 2015

An unfortunate truth about law school is that it can be a real downer. It’s expensive, demanding, and remarkably difficult. As a second year law student, I have spent the past two years watching most of my friends go through profound personal changes, often observing people I love spiral into cynical patterns of thought. I […]

Feb 19, 2015

Would you and your community benefit from a crowd sourced living room?   The Pop Up Space is literally just an empty room in the city of Malmö, Sweden where residents of the local communities are able to drop in and vote for what they’d like to see the room become. At the end of the […]

Feb 28, 2014

On Idealists in Action, we love to tackle your biggest obstacles to doing good. One we hear a lot is, “I don’t have the skills or knowledge to start something.” This week, we’re taking that behemoth down. — Raising money for a personal project is seldom a walk in the park. But with corporate social […]

Feb 27, 2014

Lack the skills or knowledge? Don't despair—your confidence can still get you there.

Feb 26, 2014

Sometimes you need to bring in the professionals.
Image via IMDB.
Did you ever wish you could magically find a professional designer, consultant, or strategist to help you with your project... for free or close to it? Well, the Internet is magic.

Feb 25, 2014

Elizabeth Svoboda's new book examines the roots of altruism, but the "hero" part needs to go. Here's why I think we need to hang up our capes, for good.

Feb 24, 2014

Artist Derick Tsai was moping around in sweatpants worrying about money and not having the skills to follow his dreams. How did he turn things around?