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Roberta Golinkoff on play and learning at the Ultimate Block Party

Roberta Michnick Golinkoff believes that American children don’t get enough time to play and that it’s negatively impacting their development. With joint appointments to the Departments of Psychology and Linguistics…

George Overholser on how to finance social organizations so they learn to fend for themselves

One of the key questions in the social sector is: What kind of financing is needed to help build great organizations, i.e. organizations that genuinely succeed in solving problems and…

Big Ideas: Pamela Hartigan on why you don’t have to be a social entrepreneur to make change

In our Big Ideas series, we check in regularly with top thinkers in the field of social innovation. We want to know what they’re working on, what questions they’re wrestling with,…

Arts and Urban Youth: Interview with Jeff McCarter on challenging teens to tell their stories on film

Urban arts programs often build confidence and agency among youth who are disheartened by  or disconnected from — public schools. Starting today, and over the newt few weeks, we’ll be…

Twitter Roundup – September 24: Student microloans, sparkling water, dog poop, and cruise ship greenhouses

Search for the hashtag #socent and you’ll find wide-ranging interest in social entrepreneurship on Twitter. Here’s a roundup of a few thought-provoking tweets from the last week: That’s right, microlending…

Interview: F.K. Day on how bikes can catalyze economies

Before creating World Bicycle Relief, F.K. Day ran SRAM, one of the world’s top manufacturers of bicycle parts.  In 2005, struck by the images of people struggling to cope after…

A tale of two gap years: from Thailand to the Middle East before college

It’s becoming increasingly popular to take a gap year either before college or between college years. Many youths are choosing to use that time to make a positive impact in…

Interview: Harry Rhodes on how learning to farm can rebuild the lives of homeless people

Harry Rhodes helps homeless and low-income individuals grow roots—both figuratively and literally. As the executive director of Growing Home, he works with people who are seeking to leave behind lives…

Interview: Jacqueline Novogratz on the art of investing in business to change the world

Jacqueline Novogratz is the founder of the Acumen Fund, a nonprofit venture capital firm, which makes loans and equity investments in companies that deliver health care, water, housing, and energy…

Twitter Roundup – September 17: British ex-prisioners, grading fish, and the future of air conditioning

Search for the hashtag #socent and you’ll find wide-ranging interest in social entrepreneurship on Twitter. Here’s a roundup of a few thought-provoking tweets from the last week: According to the…

Dowser writer Steve Spillman offsets his carbon footprint and reports back

From the grassroots to the mainstream, a growing number of Americans are learning about ways to offset their carbon footprints for a more sustainable future. There’s even an entire cable…

Interview: Allen Wilcox of VillageReach on his post-Microsoft job: changing healthcare in Mozambique

One of the toughest challenges facing social innovators today is attracting the talent needed to build world-class organizations. That’s why we feel it’s significant when a high-ranking business leader decides…

Big Ideas: John Elkington on fighting to preserve the meaning of social entrepreneurship

In our Big Ideas series, we check in regularly with leading thinkers in the field of social innovation. We want to know what they’re working on, what questions they’re wresting with,…

Interview: Betsy Krebs on how foster kids can get out of the system

Foster care kids don’t get many breaks. Imagine being abandoned by or forcibly separated from your parents, and then having to adjust to life in a new family or within…

Twitter Roundup – September 10: Legal updates via SMS, US gov’t offers prizes for citizens’ solutions, and more

Search for the hashtag #socent and you’ll find wide-ranging interest in social entrepreneurship on Twitter. Here’s a roundup of a few thought-provoking tweets from the last week: FrontlineSMS is free…