Paying It Forward Online: 5 Ways to Help

“She wants to learn. She wants to get an education.

She goes to school five days a week. She does her homework.”

Malala Yousafzai, the young girl shot by Taliban extremists in 2012, is now 17 and a well-known advocate for girls’ education, made the above comments about her mother—Tor Pekai Yousafzai—in a recent interview with Jodi Kantor at the New York Times.  Malala’s mother is learning to read and write and her life is changing for the better as a result. Read more

Project JAR–back in Manhattan

Learning to fly

Learning to fly

The Studio’s guest bloggers this week–Maddy Cohen and Kate Burrows–are back in Manhattan. They have finished their driving journey around the United States to not only collect stories of, but share and raise awareness of, clean water issues in this country. Things did not always go as planned…but finished well. Here is their post introducing Project JAR (Just a Ride) to WLS readers a few weeks ago.  Keep reading to see what happened.    


Project JAR made it back to the east coast in one piece, with a collection of stories that we are truly excited to be able to share. That being said, it was not always easy (and sometimes downright frustrating). Below we detail some of our proudest accomplished goals as well as our tougher obstacles. Read more

Take the Lead in Learn, Lead, Connect Online

I’ve been thinking a lot about leadership lately because it feels like we are at a crossroads in leadership development. On the one hand, programs and leadership professional development often focus, importantly, on self awareness, emotional intelligence, interpersonal relations, communication, and consensus-building skills. On the other hand, more and more organizational work is done online, yet online leadership skills that capitalize on the connectivity to ideas and people that the internet affords us are not being taught in concert with leadership skills that work well in face-to-face organizational settings.

A few recent reports as part of the Global Leadership Forecast 2014/2015 emphasize the need for changing the leadership development opportunities to better fit the changing world of today and the soon to come world of tomorrow. Working across cultural, generational, and gender divides, especially online, requires new ways of defining and being a leader. Indeed, the title of the report is: Leadership Outlook: Going No Where Fast. Read more