Tag Archives: Impact News

My Mother: “God Damn It James, I Raised You Better Than That!”

New York, N.Y.  My mother’s words still ring out in my head, year after year. It was Thanksgiving 1998, Boston. I was continuing to complain about how traumatized I felt having experienced the Dicksonian conditions of the orphanage where I found my infant son Mathew in Indonesia. The warehouse institution was crib-to-worn-out-crib of children dressed […]

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Help Me to Support Education and Orphan Care in Bihar, India

Bodhgaya, India.  One of the highlights of my pilgrimage to India has been meeting Ranjan Kumar, founder and president of the Gyanjyoti Rural Development Welfare Trust. Ranjan is a 22-year-old Indian Hindu whose passion and education is rural development. He aspires to become a member of the national government here where he can help improve […]

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Close to My Heart, Habitat for Humanity Launches IndiaBUILDS

New York, N.Y.  Habitat for Humanity International was very important to my father. He had been a college professor and loved to build houses during the summer as his hobby. Eventually he volunteered with Habitat for Humanity, becoming our hometown’s construction supervisor. At his funeral in 2007, a professional looking woman approached me saying, “I believe you have […]

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At Clinton Forum, Western Union Highlights ‘NGO GlobalPay’

New York, N.Y.  I was delighted to breakfast with my friends at Western Union at the Clinton Global Initiative (CGI) this week, including its President and CEO Hikmet Ersek who I met last year at CGI, and Luella Chavez D’Angelo who I have interviewed in the past (piece). It was at last year’s breakfast I […]

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Akanksha Foundation Wows NYC Crowd

New York, N.Y.  The leader of India’s charter school movement, Akanksha Foundation, participated in the recent Clinton Global Initiative Conference for the second year in a row. Meeting after meeting this year I have heard ‘Haiti! Africa! India!’ Buzz about India often revolves around the Akanksha Foundation. Akanksha Foundation’s Vandana Goyal explained to those assembled the […]

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Film on Haitian Art: In the Eye of the Spiral

New York, N.Y.  The Haitian Cultural Foundation (HCF) has just released its nine-minute trailer for its upcoming film Dans l’oeil de la Spirale — In the Eye of the Spiral. If the film is only half as brilliant as the trailer, Haitian art will finally find its seat at the international table of culture where it belongs. Knowing both many […]

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Yale Honors Indian Actor Shah Rukh Khan

New Haven, CT.  Interpreting Indian culture to an American audience is a challenge, but Shah Rukh Khan is so important to global art and social activism, I will attempt to do just that. The largest Bollywood actor and producer, he is a major, global entertainment figure who cares deeply about creativity and humanity. For this reason, Yale University presented […]

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Art Students League’s “Scroll for Japan” Benefit

The Art Students League of New York, one of America’s premier art schools, will be unveilingBaptism of Concrete Estuary, an amazing and historic 30-foot-long scroll by Jave Yoshimoto, painted in the Japanese style of ukiyo-e woodblock prints — think 36 scenes of Mt. Fuji meetsDante’s Inferno. Jave Yoshimoto’s “Baptism of Concrete Estuary” is an amazing and historic 30-foot-long scroll. Photo […]

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Financial Analyst Agrees: Rising Global Temps Will Hurt Global GDP

UNDP Africa Launches Initiative to Respond to Violent Extremism

Here’s How Ikea’s Helping Make Greek Kindergartens More Joyful

Thanksgiving Ritual: Little Things that Really Mattered to Me

Thanksgiving: Beautiful Japanese Grandmother and Her Cat

Obama, Hollande to Meet in Wake of Paris Attacks re: ISIS