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Job boards terrify me. So many fields. So many positions. So many questions: “Can I do that?” “What does a controller do anyway?” “Am I ‘comfortable with ambiguity’? Well, the ambiguity of this question scares me, so I guess not.” Read more.

This story is part of Heart at Work, a monthly series produced by Idealist.org and Echoing Green, in which we tilt the spotlight towards everyday people doing extraordinary work that makes the world a better place. Read more.

I was setting up for a workshop at a careers conference in Madison, Wisconsin two weeks ago when a goateed gentleman sauntered into the room and asked me, “So, what does Work on Purpose do?” Read more.

It's exactly the advice your mother didn't give you, unless your mom was a rule-breaker like my mine. Fear means go. This was one of my mom's favorite principles. Read more.

This story is part of Heart at Work, a monthly series produced by Idealist.org and Echoing Green, in which we tilt the spotlight towards everyday people doing extraordinary work that makes the world a better place. Read more.

Last year, we asked you a question: “What is your second greatest barrier to working on purpose?” We had a hunch that identifying your second greatest barrier would help you go beyond blaming that old scapegoat of choice (we’ve all got one) and zero in on what’s really holding you back. We received only two answers to this question. Read more.



We asked you what the world needed from you, and you answered with sixty-nine submissions, over seven thousand views and hundreds of votes. See the winners.


The events in Newtown have left us shocked and saddened, but also with many questions that we can't find the answers to. We offer this space for reflection and sharing. Read More.


I believe that it isn’t enough to know what you want to give to the world; if you want your life and your work to have real impact, you also need to know what the world needs from you. But when push comes to shove, how do you accurately identify the needs of others? Read More.


Today we’re excited to hear about a day in the life of a mover and a shaker in corporate philanthropy. Prior to joining the JPMorgan Chase Foundation, Ruthie Ackerman was an award-winning journalist who focused on women, wealth, and politics. Read More.

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