THIS is the Way to End Ebola
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THIS is the Way to End Ebola

Setting up a quarantine system for Americans traveling back from these areas would make it difficult if not impossible to reach out and do our part. And this is the blessing (or as some stubbornly see it, a curse) of our modern, globalized era: a health crisis in West Africa will become a health crisis in America. We do not solve our crisis by leaving others to die. We solve our crisis by ending their suffering first. Continue reading »

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The 200-Year-Old Feminist Shaping the Future of Gender Equality
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The 200-Year-Old Feminist Shaping the Future of Gender Equality

Ada’s legacy has implications far beyond gender. Whether it’s race, sexual orientation, or socioeconomic class, there are always reasons why people who have equal talents and passions are robbed of opportunities to excel and receive credit for their brilliance. Part of being an everyday ambassador is having the perception to notice situations of inequality and injustice, whether it’s in your office, classroom, or home, and having the courage to act and change them. Continue reading »

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Making Sure Malala is Not Misunderstood
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Making Sure Malala is Not Misunderstood

There’s a lot we can take from her example, and for the most part, we can agree that she represents all that we should strive to be as global citizens: compassionate for the oppressed, unafraid to speak truth to power, and motivated to take individual daily actions to advance human rights and peace. And yet, there are levels of nuance to Malala’s Nobel Prize that are crucial to point out if we want to make the most out of the example she is setting. Her award hasn’t been all sunshine and roses, and though she’s been branded as a superhero for girls’ education, her legacy and this award goes far deeper than this single issue. Continue reading »

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How Hong Kong Teens are Teaching Us to Change the World
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How Hong Kong Teens are Teaching Us to Change the World

There’s something special happening in Hong Kong that is unlike any other urban riot in the year past, if not several years past. The organizers of the protest, mostly teenagers who are students across the city, have agreed to proceed in a manner that is strategic and non-violent, meticulously planned and highly purposeful. There are plenty of reasons our Everyday Ambassador team feels inspired right now by the Hong Kong protests, but there are three lessons in particular we think they’re offering the world right now. Continue reading »

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Can This Music Festival Really End Poverty?
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Can This Music Festival Really End Poverty?

New York City was shimmering this weekend:  sunshine, star power, and over 60,000 enthusiastic global citizens packed into Central Park for the annual Global Citizen Festival. Normally, a Festival attracting the ranks of Jay-Z, Beyonce, Alicia Keys, and Carrie Underwood would cost you at least $100 a pop. But the Global Citizen Festival? Free! The A-list performers?  They performed pro-bono (we’re … Continue reading »

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Ebola and Social Media: When Are We Doing More Harm Than Good?
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Ebola and Social Media: When Are We Doing More Harm Than Good?

For some issues, including the current Ebola epidemic, the emphasis on clicks and views can end up being detrimental to the goal of galvanizing action. We might care about deaths in West Africa for the day (or hour) a headline is up, but the space for caring that carves into our schedules is inevitably filled up soon after, with more headlines that grab our attention and push us, like pawns, to the next drama. In the meantime, have we done anything to meaningfully try and help or change that situation? Continue reading »

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