Data on gender that will make you smile, not groan

What does it take to create a news organisation that publishes a diversity of women’s voices? Explore the data and find out the reasons for the Global Voices’ success at gender equality

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Chart showing article gender by year, Global Voices. Graphic by Christine Oliver

This week, our Open Gender Tracker team was astonished to find a news organisation with equal participation by women. At the international citizen media news site Global Voices, 764 women have written 51% of all posts, a trend they have held consistent for years, our data shows.

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Dan Pallotta: The way we think about charity is dead wrong

We Need to Change the Way We Think About Changing the World

Activist and fundraiser Dan Pallotta calls out the double standard that we have with regards to the profit and nonprofit sectors and how that affects our relationships to charities. He argues that we reward nonprofits for how little they spend rather than how much the get done. He argues that in order for these organizations to take risks and innovate we can’t restrict how much of the donations go towards overhead costs. furthermore the timeframes we give them are too short considering the enormous task they have at hand. Sometimes to make more money and move forward we need to have expenses.  In order to expand the market of “compassion and love”, what he refers to the nonprofit sector,  Pallotta asks us to “change the way we think about changing the world.”

The Revolutionary Optimists: How far would you go to change your world?


The Revolutionary Optimists: How far would you go to change your world?

Filmakers Nicole Newnham Maren Grainger-Monsen follows lawyer turned activist, Amlan Ganguly who works to empowers children to become activists and educators, with powerful results.Using street theater, puppetry, and dance as their weapons, the children in Calcutta’s slums have cut their neighborhoods’ malaria and diarrhea rates in half, and turned former garbage dumps into playing fields. Now, pushing at the limits of optimism, Amlan is attempting to take his work into the brickfields outside Calcutta, where spend their days making and carrying bricks using methods unchanged by centuries.

The Revolutionary Optimists proposes a workable solution to intractable problems associated with poverty, including preventable diseases and ineffectual governance. Ganguly’s story suggests that education and child empowerment are crucial keys to lifting entire societies out of hopelessness.

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Viewpoint: The Millennial Generation Can Lead Us Out of Gridlock

One the reasons why the Republican Party looked to be demographically doomed after the last election is that young people voted overwhelmingly for Democrats. As several recent surveys have shown, the Millennial generation has generally progressive views on race, gay marriage, and the size of the state.

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What would the world be like if everyone learned sportsmanship, empathy, and fair play as children?

How an interactive, Global Curriculum Can Transform Students into Changemakers

What’s the value of informed, active citizens? Ricardo Capuano (@Ricarnitas) and Ashoka Fellow Dina Buchbinder (@dinabuchbinder) of Deport-es para Compartir discuss. 

Yuridia and Luz Belén, ages six and seven respectively, are two girls that live in the Matlahuacala community in Coyomeapan, Puebla. Life is tough in Puebla—two out of every three people live under the poverty line and, in that area alone, 1.2 million girls and boys live under the food poverty line. Normally, Yuridia and Luz Belén are seen as part of the problem, but as a matter of fact, they can play an important part in creating solutions to their community’s needs.

Young changemakers learn, share a laugh.

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Digital Evolution

Remember this?


Enjoy a short history lesson and look back at the communications and technological revolution that has shaped the life experience of the Millennial Generation.


How the Millennial Generation is Shaping the World

David Burstein, writer, filmmaker, and passionate believer in the millennial generation, is on the The Leonard Lopate Show to discusses how the millennial generation is shaping politics, business, media, and activism.  Although  memebers of this generation have been called entitled, narcissistic, dumb and even  accused of being the worst employees in history, in his book Fast Future, Burstein argues that the millennial generation’s unique blend of civic idealism and savvy pragmatism will actually help them come together for a better future.

Are we confusing awareness with activism? Is social media actually making us less coneccted and involved with our communities and with the world as a whole? Should everyone in the world be allowed to vote for the U.S. president?

Listen to the interview here and join the debate.

Also check out David Bustein’s organization Generation 18 (the largest nonpartisan youth engagement organization run by youth in the United States).

The Digital Power of Youth

The Digital Power of Youth

Since the century’s start, we’ve had an array of different terms used to describe the generation born somewhere between the 1980s and the early 200s. Marc Prensky, American author, speaker and consultant on education and learning coined the term “digital natives” to highlight the break from the previous generation (“digital immigrants”) who were not born into a world where technology has revolutionized the way we interact, see the world and even how we define ourselves. This generation has also been called millennials, in honor of the new millennium; gen Y, as successors of gen X; echo boomers, to emphasize their large numbers (it is estimated that today 43% of the world’s population is 25 years old or younger[1]); etc. Whatever you want to call them, there is a general consensus that although this is a generation difficult to pigeonhole, the widespread access to computers, the internet, cell phones etc… has given them opportunities that were previously unthinkable.

Millennials: The Challenger Generation, a global study done by Havas Worldwide (a future-focused global ideas agency), revealed that “sixty-one percent of millennials think social media is the “new power of youth,” and 70 percent consider it a force for change.”[2] In addition it was found that millennials consider ““the people, empowered by social media” a greater agent of change than politics — by a margin of more than two to one.” [3] In light of the Arab Spring revolutions there is an understanding of social media’s ability to mobilize individuals together and make change.

These following examples showcase just how millennials are using the technologies available to them to bring about change.

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Age is foolish and forgetful when it underestimates youth.
J. K. Rowling, Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince