Our blog is dedicated to facilitating the dialogue about social change and trends. Each entry, written by leaders and scholars on a diverse range of subjects, addresses the ways in which we function as both dreamers and doers—and our interconnectedness as a society.

Thomas Vaassen: Unlocking the value of land for Ghanaian farmers

Thomas Vaassen: Unlocking the value of land for Ghanaian farmers

Land is a precious commodity, and land ownership holds significant value in all parts of the world. In Ghana, land is not only viewed as a monetary asset. Land holds more personal value and Ghanaians view it as part of their heritage and culture. They feel that their land is a piece of them, something they will pass down from generation to generation. With this strong attachment to land, land rights are a very sensitive and pertinent issue. But in Ghana, owning land and having proof of land ownership do not necessarily go hand in hand.

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June 15, 201700
Let’s Talk Food, Coffee, Water, and Poverty Eradication

Let’s Talk Food, Coffee, Water, and Poverty Eradication

Yes, poverty eradication. That last point might seem off the table, but for social enterprises like Agro-Preneur Initiative, Farming Hope, Folia Water, and Vega Coffee, poverty, agriculture and water are more closely connected than one might first think.

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June 15, 201700
Creativity Versus Competition

Creativity Versus Competition

When you go to work, make your art or go about your business, there are so many reasons to do a good job. Keeping your word, having a good reputation and being consistent are a few reasons. But even deeper than that, I think there are two main places people come from when they create a project: creativity, or competition.

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June 7, 201700
Stevens Chan is Shining the Light on Blindness in Malaysia

Stevens Chan is Shining the Light on Blindness in Malaysia

In 2002, Malaysian native Stevens Chan was diagnosed with glaucoma. He didn’t know he had an eye disease, let alone one with no obvious symptoms, no cure, and which often leads to blindness. His vision loss occurred quickly. In just 5 years, he was blind. Stevens’ experience led him to establish a Malaysian branch of Dialogue in the Dark, a social enterprise that works to increase public awareness around preventable blindness and support individuals with visual impairments.

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May 31, 201700
Powering the Next Generation

Powering the Next Generation

“A few things I’m grateful for: my team, air conditioning, Uber, bug bites that don’t itch, and hotels that have hot water” – Erika Francks.
Miller Center for Social Entrepreneurship is committed to fighting global poverty to create a more just world. The center works towards this mission by supporting social enterprises around the world, through programs like the Global Social Benefit Fellowship.

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May 24, 20170
Bashar Humeid: Freedom is a greenhouse on your rooftop

Bashar Humeid: Freedom is a greenhouse on your rooftop

What’s on the roof of your house? How about on the rooftop of the building where you work or go to school? If you’re like me (and much of the world), your answer is “nothing”. Your rooftop is largely unutilized space. But what if your rooftop heated and cooled your house?

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May 17, 20170
From the managing editor…

From the managing editor…

Why is transparency within the realm of all types of communication—friend-friend, parent-child, husband-wife, manager-employee—so consistently elusive? Why must the ego so quickly approach the greasy fast-fed drive-thru that values expediency and quick profit over healthy dialogue? Why do so many start with perfection as the baseline, from which there is no room to breathe?

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May 28, 20170
A National Youth Orchestra of the World  |  属于世界的青少年交响乐团

A National Youth Orchestra of the World | 属于世界的青少年交响乐团

The applications for the first National Youth Orchestra of China are in and the selected members of the orchestra have been notified! These one hundred young musicians will soon embark on the adventure of a lifetime as they work with the world’s best musicians, perform in Carnegie Hall and across China, and make history. The quality and diversity of the applicant pool serves as enthusiastic evidence of how rapidly classical music is currently developing in China.

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April 24, 20170
From the managing editor…

From the managing editor…

No job is filled with creativity and stimulation 100% of the time. And yet we’re all born with passions that should be fully explored in the search for fulfilling careers. They’re out there; are you rushing to find them? Do you squeeze the most juice from each day? Maybe you love the outdoors; choose one of countless jobs that has you experiencing sunlight over fluorescent lights, breathing natural air rather than that from filtered air conditioning. Maybe you love food; choose one of equally countless jobs that has you preparing, cooking, creating, serving, owning. Do you get the idea? Choose!

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May 28, 20170
A National Youth Orchestra of the World  |  属于世界的青少年交响乐团

A National Youth Orchestra of the World | 属于世界的青少年交响乐团

The current classical-music scene in China is replete with astounding superstar soloists. From National Youth Orchestra of China soloist Yuja Wang and beyond, each year reveals a new crop of incredibly talented instrumentalists from China poised to take center stage. Yet many musicians ultimately find their calling playing among talented peers in an ensemble setting, whether in a professional orchestra or a chamber group. NYO-China aims to inspire in young Chinese musicians a love of ensemble playing.

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April 24, 20170
From the managing editor…

From the managing editor…

How easy to take for granted…
…the hundreds of thousands of people—men and women with lives, loves and labors—are responsible for that cardboard carton carrying everything from beer and books to papers and paraphernalia.

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March 29, 20170
How Leaders Can Develop An ‘Antifragile’ Response To Stress

How Leaders Can Develop An ‘Antifragile’ Response To Stress

My leadership clients, including those in nonprofit, often ask for advice regarding stress, expressing concerns about frustration, exhaustion or burnout. I have often seen executives “self-medicate,” binging on alcohol and comfort foods or engaging in risky behaviors. Even when leaders are “keeping it together,” their teams may feel a sense of impending crisis.

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April 7, 20170