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While modern media is filled with stories of violence, conflict, and strife around the world, we rarely hear stories of peaceful endings, reconciliation and hope for the future. The Boston-based organization, Beyond Conflict, offers some hope to our bookshelves with its first book, simply titled Beyond Conflict.

Beyond Conflict is an organization that assists leaders in countries transitioning from conflict...

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It's not at all controversial to say that people want to be healthy. But health priorities can differ between individuals. The just-married 30-somethings want a healthy environment in which to raise children, but the just-retired 60-somethings want one in which they can have rewarding and fulfilling post-retirement lives.

A new book from TIME Books identifies places that are among America's healthiest by some...

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The Tanzanian shore of Lake Victoria is one of the most densely populated areas of the country, which sadly makes it...

Presidents of colleges and universities from California to Maine, including community colleges, four-year colleges,...

A new global report by The United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNISDR) teamed with...

Preparing communities to cope with potential disasters is a tricky challenge, particularly when no one can predict...

The United Nations Environment Programme launched a new initiative in June 2012 called Principles for Sustainable...

The Rockefeller Foundation has established a bold new project aimed at improving the resilience of cities around the...

The cloud-computing industry, a huge and rapidly growing area of the technology sector, has been making headlines...

Is there a connection between neuroscience and conflict resolution? Beyond Conflict, a Cambridge-based NGO, would...

It is said that history repeats itself. Facing History and Ourselves is an NGO seeking to prevent some of history's...

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Let's get two things straight from the beginning: First, Benjamin Barber is one smart fellow. Second, his prescription for saving democracy is wildly off base. In his most recent book, If Mayors...
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For non-profit organizations focused on advancing their causes, communicating their work to the public may not be a priority. A media organization led by the granddaughter of French marine scientist...
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We live in a culture that values order and predictability. As a result, most of our artifacts and institutions are fragile—easily damaged by random forces. What if an object were antifragile, and...
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Associate Guest Editor for the Resilience Issue Resilience Practice ably picks up where Resilience Thinking (2010) left off. The book lays out examples of how people around the globe have put...
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Teaching students to live in a global world seems more important each year, but how is that possible if teachers remain locked in their classrooms? An organization is providing the resources to bring...
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Estuaries of Australia in 2050 and Beyond addresses important questions currently facing the continent: Is Australia's rapidly growing human population and economy environmentally sustainable for its...
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People who live in the relatively rich world consume too much. We consume too much for our health, too much for the future of the ecosystems in which we live, and too much for global freedom from...
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Following the Pulitzer prize victories of organizations like Inside Climate News and Pro Publica, non profits are growing in acclaim and credibility as journalistic organizations. The latest...