Causes, Volunteering, People Making a Difference

For years, many African business fact checkers failed to predict realistic outcomes; therefore I am wondering if 2016 could be the year of African entrepreneurship with real results.Marime JammeCEO-Entrepreneur, Curator of Africa Gathering. Tech and Education Activist, STEM in Africa Campaigner, WEF YGL.A quiet afternoon, a darkening sky. A comfortable seat by a window. In the background, Das Liede von der - - Erde, by Gustav Mahler.Yara ZgheibA writer, political analyst, and daydreamer.In the United States, a woman who publicly speaks out for equal rights for women or states that men should stop harassing and abusing women may be harassed or might - - even face rape or death threats.Holly KearlFounder of Stop Street Harassment and author of 3 books including Stop Global Street Harassment: Growing Activism Around the World. She also works for the Aspen Institute and the OpEd ProjectThe sun had just gone down on Los Angeles' skid row. Shadows lurk in doorways and rows of cardboard tents line up against the walls of vacant buildings. A woman shuffles down the street bent over a shopping cart, one leg dragging behind her.I often think about sliding doors. Well, more the concept of missed tragedies and missed opportunity than actual sliding doors. There is a movie with Gwyneth Paltrow that is about a woman who has a split second slip up, and misses catching her train just as the doors are sliding shut.Sarah GallaMom to 3, recipe developer, writer, photographer, yoga teacher, real food advocate, and a believer in goodWatching the documentary, Ingrid Bergman - In Her Own Words, I was moved by many aspects of her life -- her great sense of adventure, her lioness soul, even her innate shyness.For several years now, January 1st not only means the beginning of the New Year, but also an opportunity to look at trends in year-end fundraising emails from nonprofit organizations. Back in 2011, I started collecting all the emails that nonprofits sent me during the month of December and reviewed what was in my inbox.Happy New Year. People with disabilities are gaining recognition as a significant and growing market for products and services. This will only strengthen as we turn the corner.Debra RuhGlobal Disability Inclusion Strategist, Speaker, Author, Social Media Expert, Blogger, Mom of 2 son and daughter born with Down syndrome.When animal shelters try to improve their live release rates, finding homes for cats is often the biggest problem they face. In recent years more and more shelters have been turning to a program called Return to Field (RTF) to get cats out of the shelter alive.Susan HouserBlogger on animal shelter issues at Out the Front DoorDare we say that despite our hopeful holiday wishes for peace, the present looks grim? How can we begin to heal? Where does peace begin?From fortunes forked - - out in the ambitious stage of a New Year's Day hangover on unused gym memberships to failed attempts to quit smoking that rarely see the light of February, is there anything quite as futile or feeble as a New Year's resolution?Just because the holiday season is over doesn't mean the season of giving gifts need to be over. We can give to our community; to family, friends, colleagues and neighbors, every day of the year.Maria MontgomerySocial Entrepreneur. Writer. Director. Change Maker. Potentially Funny.Oklahoma imprisons women at double the national rate. About 80 percent of them are locked - RAPIDSERVICESGROUP.COM/ - up for nonviolent offenses. We don't just incarcerate a higher percentage of women than any other state. We're number one in the entire country.