Sustaining Self in a Life of Institution - Banned Books Week Essay Contest Winner

Editor's Note: Congratulations to Gemma Baumer, the winner of the Thoreau Center for Sustainability's Student Essay Contest, sponsored by the Whole Earth Library.  The contest is a commemoration of Banned Books Week and is held in conjunction with The Bay School of San Francisco.

Banned Books Week is an annual event celebrating the importance of intellectual freedom by raising awareness of the all-too-frequent efforts to limit access to books and other materials in schools, libraries, and bookstores.  In 2010...

Experience Progressive Change at This Year’s Bioneers Conference

Editor's Note: This guest post comes from Nina Simons, Co-Founder and Co-CEO of Bioneers.

It’s going to be a truly breakthrough year at the Bioneers Conference, rife with relevant ideas, innovations, great people, systemic reinvention, and renewal.   This year, we are bringing an exceptionally high degree of strategic reinvention as we birth Bioneers 3.0.  No other gathering brings together cutting-edge innovators from all walks of life, addressing the widest range of issues imaginable – all within...

One Heart World-Wide Battles Maternal Mortality

Earlier this month, Arlene Samen and Carlos Tapadera Concheño of One Heart World-Wide visited the Tides Learning Community in San Francisco to speak about their excellent work in teaching good birth practices and preventing maternal mortality in Tibet, Mexico, and Nepal.  Samen originally launched the One Heart program in Tibet, where in just ten years, they saw the annual number of women who died in childbirth drop from 33 to zero in two counties they worked in.  As Samen noted, even after China’s crackdown on...

SXSW Eco: Discounted Registration for Tides Community

SXSW Eco is a three-day conference acknowledging the need for a concerted, cross sector approach to solving the recognized challenges facing the natural world, the globalized economy, and humankind.  Hosting an international audience of executive level decision makers from the public and private sectors, as well as thought leaders from academia, the event will evolve this critical conversation beyond rhetoric and towards tangible solutions.

SXSW Eco is for professionals at the forefront of the post-recognition discussion...

Congratulations to the Winner of the Tides 35th Anniversary Poster Contest!

Congratulations to Laura Larson, a student at Iowa State University and the winner of the Tides 35th Anniversary Poster Design Contest!  Laura will receive a $500 cash prize and a limited edition run of her poster will be printed in celebration of this momentous year. Please click on her winning design at the right to enlarge it.

We asked Laura to share some of her inspiration with us, and here's what she has to say:

We as a global community are responsible for standing up to social injustices in any way that we...

Melissa Bradley to give Closing Keynote at the Nonprofit Management Institute

Tides CEO Melissa Bradley will give the closing keynote speech at the Stanford Social Innovation Review and Association of Fundraising Professionals' annual Nonprofit Management Institute, September 27 and 28, 2011, held at Stanford University.  The Institute is a gathering space for senior-level nonprofit leaders to share ideas and research, this year with an emphasis on innovation in the context of the economic recession.  Here's more on Melissa's keynote:

Partnering for Scale and Impact Melissa Bradley, Chief...

Congratulations to Tides Project Leaders Named Human Rights and National Security Reform Fellows

Tides is proud to announce that three Tides Center project leaders have been named 2011 Human Rights and National Security Reform Fellows by the Rockwood Leadership Institute.  Throughout the Fellowship, these 24 leaders will participate in two 5-day residential retreats, receive professional and peer coaching, and additional leadership support.

Read more about these inspiring leaders:

Lynn Fahselt Co-Founder & Executive Director ReThink Media

Lynn Fahselt is the Executive Director and Co-Founder of ...

Tides 35th Anniversary Poster Design Contest

Artists and storytellers are an integral part of creating social change—you help illustrate messages, draw connections, and make our movements more compelling and beautiful.  It is in this spirit, that we invite poster submissions from artists, graphic designers and anyone in the Tides community in celebration of our 35th Anniversary (self-taught artists and amateur designs are very welcome).  Submissions can be drawn from any area of Tides’ issue areas, reflect on building community for social change, or offer...

Measuring Impact, Sharing Success

Members of the Tides community -- from philanthropists to activists and policy makers -- are constantly creating change in our local communities and on a global scale.  But what metrics do we use to gauge our success?  What stories can we tell to attract  supporters?  Too often it's easy to get caught up on the day-to-day details and it becomes difficult to step back and reflect on the bigger picture, especially when we're dealing with pressing issues like homelessness or immigration, which can literally have...

Game Changers: Interactive Media Makes Social Change

Tides is proud to highlight the work of innovative organizations like Games for Change, the leading global advocate for supporting and making games for social impact.  By supporting and showcasing digital and non-digital games, Games for Change engages children, youth, and adults to think about and take action on a wide range of pressing social issues, racial inequalities, livable communities, and energy consumption.

Games for Change Festival 2011

The annual Games for Change Festival is the largest gaming event in New...