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.

4 Keys to Campus Wide Change

4 Keys to Campus Wide Change

It is infinitely harder to change what already exists rather than start from scratch.  This is especially true with long-entrenched cultures, and structures.
On the flip side, the potential for shifting resources within a large, well-respected institution can lead to results on a much larger scale than a start-up. This is the power and potential for leading change within an institutional context.

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August 9, 201700
The Benefits of Slacking Off

The Benefits of Slacking Off

I spend about five hours a day slacking off. Really: I spend that much time doing stuff I enjoy, that isn’t on a task list anywhere. I walk through the beautiful university campus near my house – during the workday. I cook for pleasure. I lay around on my daughter’s bed reading while she does her homework.
You’re probably thinking, “I could never do that!! Because I have to [insert 500 good reasons]!” Maybe you now believe that I am lazier and more pampered than you previously imagined.
Here’s the truth: I slack off not because I’m lazy or don’t care about being productive. In fact, I’ve found that slacking off makes me more productive because I slack strategically – meaning that I take breaks at designated times, for regular intervals, in ways that sharpen my focus when I sit back down to work.

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August 9, 201700
Saving Journalism: What Big Media Can Learn from Non-profits

Saving Journalism: What Big Media Can Learn from Non-profits

The reach of The Christian Science Monitor is relatively small among news organizations. But the place CSM has in the lives of its audience is the envy of much larger media players. “We have a very solid, loyal base of readers who will follow us through fire,” notes CSM associate publisher David Grant. He emphasizes that CSM’s readers include both church members and a wide readership beyond it.

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August 2, 201700
Mindfulness in the Classroom

Mindfulness in the Classroom

Students at Momentous School engage in mindful breathing at least three times a day. If you’re a teacher, right now you might be wondering how on earth we fit that in. (This is one of the most popular topics of conversation when people tour our school.)

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July 20, 20170
The Ripple Effect of Replication

The Ripple Effect of Replication

How do we define replication at Miller Center? An analogy for social enterprise replication is to imagine a rock thrown into a pond. Where the rock hits the water is the splash of a pioneering social enterprise technology or business model tackling a social problem. The growth of the original social enterprise or the adoption of the enterprise model are the ripples in the water.

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July 20, 20170
Providing a Bright Future For Rural Uganda

Providing a Bright Future For Rural Uganda

“If you pick fruit from a tree while menstruating, the tree will go barren.”
This notion is among many myths that primary school girls are taught in Uganda. Even as the girls advance to secondary school, they are shy to address beliefs that result in unsafe methods and that fail to protect them.

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June 15, 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

For as long as I remember, I have been following my passion for music and have been constantly humbled by the doors that the piano has opened for me. Most recently, I was invited to perform Tchaikovsky’s Piano Concerto No. 1 alongside the members of the inaugural National Youth Orchestra of China (NYO-China) during their concert tour of China next month.

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June 27, 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

If you ever happen to find yourself having dinner at one of Yale’s 12 undergraduate dining halls, it probably won’t be long until you overhear a student talking to his or her classmates about some nascent ambition to create the next big thing. Sometimes the conversation is as simple as pointing out a problem that needs to be addressed. Other times, when a speculative product or service is proposed, friends are usually quick to rebut that a better solution already exists.

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June 27, 20170
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, 20170
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, 20170
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, 20170