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Twitter Roundup – October 29: Water pumps, toilet paper and BP oil

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: This weekend, the…

Arts and Urban Youth: Ryan Keesling of Free Write Jail Arts on slipping art through the bars

Urban arts programs often build confidence and agency among youth who are disheartened by — or disconnected from — public schools. Over the next few weeks we’ll be presenting a…

Interview: Kyle Berner of Feelgoodz on risks and flip-flops

In our Risk-taking series, Tulane University and Ashoka U students Katie Smalley and Laura White shed light on the value of risk-taking. By interviewing social innovators about bold steps they’ve…

Interview: Deb Delman on how The Pangaea Project creates global citizens

The Pangaea Project arranges overseas learning experiences for low-income high school students from Portland, Oregon. In the eight-month-long program, students meet social entrepreneurs and activists working on issues related to…

Filling the Gap Between Farm and Fair Trade

We’ve all seen the ads for fair trade coffee with the beautiful photos of villagers hand picking coffee cherries in exotic regions around the globe. Fair trade is one of…

Interview: BSR’s Aron Cramer on how to build a global network of responsible corporations

Financial and social profits don’t always go hand-in-hand; many view the two as antithetical. Aron Cramer has made a career out of upending this notion. Driven by a belief that…

Twitter Roundup – October 22: Dollars for Docs, Kiva goes domestic, and the DoE tells you how to save energy at home

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: Investigative journalism outfit…

Interview: Bob Bates on how art gives kids lifelong problem-solving skills

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

SeeClickFix: Infrastructure solutions 2.0

An enlarging pothole is threatening the safety of drivers or bicyclists in your neighborhood, but your city has no hotline for non-emergencies. What do you do? It can be frustrating…

Interview: Kathryn Hall-Trujillo on taking risks to fight infant mortality

In our Risk-taking series, Tulane University and Ashoka U students Katie Smalley and Laura White shed light on the value of risk-taking. By interviewing social innovators about bold steps they’ve…

Interview: Debra Natenshon explains why you need to know what’s working if you want to change the world

The difficulty of measuring impact is one of the most persistent and nagging challenges in the social arena. Organizations evaluate their results in different ways, using different tools and benchmarks….

Health Care and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance

Welcome to Fixes. This is a series about solutions, or potential solutions, to real world problems.  It focuses on the line between failure and success, drawing on the stories of…

Mini Case Study: Why VolunteerMatch rejected venture financing and the prospect of fast growth

PROBLEM: VolunteerMatch, an online service that matches volunteers and organizations, had operated for about a year when it faced a wrenching choice: either become a for-profit business, which would allow…

Twitter roundup – October 15: Phonebooks, wind farms and California’s victory

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: This week the…

How to pursue an ‘encore career’ — a meaningful alternative to retirement

Every day thousands of Americans turn 55 years old with no plans of retiring anytime soon. (If retirement is still decades away for you, then consider reading on for a…