December 14, 2011; Source: Boston Globe | Spurred by the annual census of Boston’s homeless population, the Boston Globe just published a powerful photo essay of people without shelter around the world. If you’re feeling worn down by budget brinksmanship, shallow sound bites, theoretical wrangling, or sheer exhaustion, look into the eyes of the people pictured here. Do these pictures make you feel more compassionate? Angry? Helpless? Compelled to act? All of the above?

In the words of Mother Teresa, “If we don’t have peace, it is because we have forgotten that we belong to each other.” This is why our work matters, locally and globally.—Kathi Jaworski