Author: Mark Van Ness

3 Decisions That Will Define Your Life

It’s been 28 years since Julie Farkas and Seth Goldman made one of the most important decisions of their lives; to marry each other. In time, they chose careers they loved that were fulfilling: Julie creating and running programs focused on economic and racial equity and Seth as a social entrepreneur, both agreeing to take […]

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How Deval Patrick Shaped A Life Worth Living

Deval Patrick has been successful in the world of business, government and non-profits. In a recent conversation, I was curious to learn what leadership lesson he had taken away from each. Emerging from a childhood in a Chicago tenement to graduating from Harvard Law School, and serving as Governor of Massachusetts, his journey has been […]

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How to Lead a Divided America

The challenges facing the current U.S. president and congress is unlike anything in living memory. In case you haven’t noticed, the citizens of America are angry, and our patience with the dysfunction and corruption in Washington DC has run out. This election campaign in 2016 may have been a warning shot over your bow, your […]

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The United Nations Means Business!

Why have over 13,000 businesses (including Real Leaders) already joined the U.N. Global Compact in support of the new 17 Sustainable Development Goals for 2030? The answer is not what you might expect. Real Leaders founder Mark Van Ness sat down with U.N. Global Compact Executive Director Lise Kingo in New York to discuss how […]

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Your Next Big Business Opportunity: The United Nations

The United Nations Global Compact has made the private sector a central focus of its ongoing commitment to solving the world’s pressing problems.  “With less than 4,000 days to meet the UN Sustainable Development Goals by the 2030 deadline, there is urgent need for greater ambition and action from the global business community, and this […]

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How to Raise a Young Leader

Why are some kids only interested in playing video games while others take action to change the world? Real Leaders asked someone who knows. As a 12-year-old, Craig Kielburger (picture above, left) convinced his parents that he needed to fly half-way around the world when he learned that children were being sold into slavery. Upon […]

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It’s TED Time Again: Technology, Entertainment and Design

TED has always been the birthplace of ideas that impact the global village. TED talks have been seen more than 3.5 billion times, and nothing inspires quite like them. Started as a 4-day conference in California 30 years ago, TED has grown worldwide to support world-changing ideas with multiple initiatives with talks ranslated into 93 languages. TED fans are just about […]

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Warning: Singularity University May Cause Your Mind To Explode

Imagine spending 12 hours a day for a week having non-stop life changing, exponentially advancing technology breakthroughs downloaded into your primitive brain (they reminded us that our brains have not been upgraded in 50,000 years)! It is somehow both exhilarating and exhausting simultaneously. I am writing this as I near the end of a one […]

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Occupy Hollywood: How Films With A Conscience Are Invading Your Screen

What do these blockbuster films have in common?: Lincoln, The Help, Contagion, Waiting for Superman, Charlie Wilson’s War, The Kite Runner, North Country, An Inconvenient Truth, Good Night and Good Luck, Syriana. Participant Media of course. And they’re expanding our thinking while entertaining us.  The challenge founder Jeff Skoll presented to CEO Jim Berk (pictured […]

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A Lesson of Mandela That No One is Talking About

Do you wonder who Nelson Mandela would have been to the world if he had not been imprisoned for 27 years? Do you believe he would have been one of the great leaders of our world had he avoided that hardship? Given the revolutionary path he was on, and the likelihood of escalating violence intended […]

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Our 25 Day Italian Experiment On Sustainable Travel

I love Italy! The people, the food (Eat-aly), the wine, the history and the warmth… what’s not to love? Well ok, the overwhelming shiploads and busloads of tourists that sometimes give it that overwhelming “Disneyland” feeling. My PIBAL (Partner in Business and Life) Julie and I recently set out to experience the best of Italy […]

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