Writing about a social impact area? Consider this approach. Otherwise, consider writing about a social impact area.

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Photo of a planter with coins instead of soil, by Visual Stories || Micheile on Unsplash
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Social media influencers usually earn the bulk of their revenue indirectly, even when they participate in partnership and other revenue-sharing programs on their platforms. If you create content with a social-good angle, one monetization opportunity is through the nonprofit route.

An Example — Unity is Strength

My own forum, Unity is Strength on Quora.com, is dedicated to discussions of Israel-Palestine issues. Its focus is on educating the readers and on promoting the shared interests of all the people in the region. The Israel-Palestine topic is especially well suited for this revenue model. Because of the strong opinions people have about this political dynamic, content about Israel-Palestine…

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Photo of Boston’s skyline by Zixi Zhou on Unsplash
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Earlier this year, the Boston-based workflow automation company airSlate announced that it had raised $40 million in venture capital, bringing its total amount raised to $80 million. It specializes in no-code solutions, originally PDF editing. With the help of acquisitions, airSlate had rapidly grown into providing legal forms, legally recognized eSignatures, and other workflow automation products in the past several years.

The Person Behind airSlate

Its cofounder and CEO, Borya Shakhnovich, is a very Boston-area success story. Born in the former Soviet Union to an academic family, he spent his early childhood living in a small city near Moscow which had been built for…

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Israel’s immigration rates under the Jewish Law of Return have slowed, leading to Israel needing to find additional pools of immigrants — preferably Jewish. A large number of Jews outside Israel are descendants of Spanish and Portuguese forced converts, and their awareness of Judaism is increasing through efforts by a number of organizations. Thousands of would-be converts currently in Latin America, however, face a unique and discriminatory obstacle to immigrating to Israel under the Law of Return. And Israel’s government can remove this obstacle.

The Ministry of the Interior, under Aryeh Deri, required that those immigrating through the Jewish Law…

Data Science belongs in the humanities, as much as it belongs in science and engineering.

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More than fifty years ago, the English novelist and physical chemist C.P. Snow gave his classic lecture The Two Cultures at the University of Cambridge, describing the intellectual and cultural gulf that had already opened between the sciences and the humanities. Both the sciences and the humanities provide valuable tools to understand the world, and each toolkit is incomplete without the other. Snow lamented the scientific and technical ignorance of humanists and the humanistic ignorance of scientists, as major obstacles to human advancement.

Decades later, the gulf between the sciences and the humanities remained, perhaps becoming even wider. However, synthesis…

I’ve done it. My online Israel-Palestine peacebuilding forum, Unity is Strength, has over one million views per year. Here are some tips.

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I’ve done it. I’ve created an online forum, Unity is Strength, with over one million views per year. It started on Quora.com and has expanded to other online platforms. It was the first Space — collaborative blog — on Quora.com to have been awarded external grant funding, with the award coming from Sustainable Israeli-Palestinian Projects (SIPP). It is now tied into real nonprofits and is a graduate of the GreaterSum Foundation’s nonprofit incubator.

It is about peace in Israel-Palestine and is getting attention from all over the world. …

signNow is a software as a service (SaaS) platform enabling individuals and businesses to manage the legally recognized signing of documents. It is a useful service for freelancers and small businesses, who send many contracts out for signing.

To explore the signNow service on a desktop or laptop computer, go to and click “Login” on the upper right-hand corner of the screen. Signing in through the service of your choice, you will be directed to the free trial account. The home screen will look like this.

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The COVID-19 pandemic abruptly forced many workers to stop coming to work, work from home, and dial in. Now, as ever more people are vaccinated, more people are coming into the office. However, a growing number of workers will only work from home, and another group is returning to the office part-time and continuing to work from home part-time. Offices, as they reopen, are implementing masking and social distancing.

Technology is adapting to the new status quo. Many activities which were once done in person or through paper, are now done electronically. Technologies for performing these activities existed before the…

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Signature fraud is real, and its consequences can be devastating. The Australian Football League, for example, was rocked by a doping scandal in which a sports scientist allegedly forged the signatures of a pharmacist and a doctor, enabling players to receive dangerous banned substances. The scientist was found guilty of trafficking in the substances and was barred from associating with the Australian Football League for life. Depending on the circumstances, handwritten signatures can be difficult for even trained handwriting experts to verify.

In 2011, Chris Hawkins, a West Point graduate and an ex-U.S. Army platoon leader, and Andrew Ellis, a…

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The Israel-Palestine political dynamic is a particularly interesting case study in combating online hate. The peace process between the governments collapsed due to violence and mistrust. A separation barrier has made Israelis’ daily lives safer, but the pressure on Palestinians continues. Stereotyping of members of each side as violent and duplicitous by the other, including online, is pervasive. De-incitement of both groups, the Israelis and the Palestinians, as well as the pro-Israel and pro-Palestine movements in other countries, can reduce the threat of violence. …

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On May 5th, Yair Lapid, head of the Yesh Atid party, received the mandate to put together a government from Israeli President Rivlin. Yesh Atid is the second-largest party in the Knesset, the Israeli Parliament, with 17 seats. Immediately prior, after the fourth national election in less than two years, Prime Minister and front-runner Benjamin Netanyahu had fallen short of the support needed to put together a government and win reelection.

Lapid’s task is to cobble together a coalition government of left, center-left, and right-wing parties euphemistically called the “government of change.” These disparate groups have little in common beyond…

Rebecca Sealfon

Former software engineer at Google, U.S. National Spelling Bee champion, and synesthete, based in New York, NY. Loves books, liberal Judaism, and nature.

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