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It was an incredible experience: teaching a set of people without any prior knowledge a new, relatively difficult skill that they were unfamiliar with. Even though the workshop had started off as something haphazard and improvised, the attendees had learned something. And so had I.NEW DELHI -- The offer-and-negotiate approach to climate change on display in Paris created a glacial pace of progress that might make the world incapable of stemming the onset of abrupt climate change by the end of this century.Now is the time for the private sector to "come out" and come together to improve conditions for the global LGBT workforce, and we invite other companies to partner with us.Cynthia MarshallAT&T Senior Vice President & Chief Diversity Officer- Human ResourcesWhat does it take to carry a deeply passionate responsibility for retaining the city's diversity on one's shoulders? What does it take to be a voice for so many? Here are four powerful lessons from Josh Zakim on how anyone can make a positive dent in the universe.In seeking to dismantle racism, it is imperative to first acknowledge that manifestations of - - racism don't happen just because of a few social miscreants. They occur because the environment of racism nurtured and still promoted by a culture rooted in apartheid didn't end with the casting of ballots.Today in my interactions with college students and - visit here - young scientists in training, I'm often struck by the limits that they are placing on their own potential by comparing their achievements to those of others.Tricia SerioHead of the Department of Molecular and Cellular Biology at the University of Arizona and Public Voices Fellow with The OpEd ProjectI have a very rare neurological disorder that renders me unable to feel pain, temperature and touch in the same way most people do. I don't have reflexes and can't regulate my own body temperature. I'm deaf. I also can't do things like tie my own shoes. Did I mention I just moved away from home?Megan ZahneisCollege student living with a rare neurological disorder, and dedicated to a career as a writer, storyteller and advocateWhile offsetting CO2 emissions may be a means for compensation, for conference organizers and participants, it's not as easy to walk the talk.These two global agreements underscore the magnitude of the challenge of maximizing and protecting population health. That's a challenge that the field of public health recognizes well --and one that requires the commitment of the entire world.Linda P. FriedDean and DeLamar Professor of Public Health, Columbia University Mailman School of Public HealthWhen it comes to friendship, many people stick with their own age group. But a close friendship spanning different generations can offer a fresh perspective on life as well as other unique benefits.Rita WilsonEditor at Large, Huff/Post50; Actor, Producer, SingerFor 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 - you can look here - 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 good