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OpenIDEO.com – expanding the community of problem-solvers

The theory behind OpenIDEO.com is that ideas emerge through a collaborative process, and that this process is most effective when it is inclusive and open to non-experts. OpenIDEO.com is an…

What Kids Can Do

In an era of increasing anxiety about America’s education systems and headlines that ring alarms about US students’ poor international ranking, Barbara Cervone and Kathleen Cushman are working on a…

Interview: St. Bernard Project founders on risk-taking

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…

Growing Austin’s urban roots

Urban Roots started four years ago to connect students in Austin, Texas to their environment and food; today the project grows more than 25,000 pounds of vegetables and herbs each…

Twitter Roundup: March 25 – Job creation, Kiva’s accomplishments, and cooperation in social ventures

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

Mini Case Study: How to resurrect a social service cut by tight government budgets

PROBLEM: In 2006, residents of Arlington, VA were close to losing an after-school program that taught kids how to fix bikes. Community Spokes, as the program was known then, recruited…

Concrete Canvas: NYC public design competition

At its best, public art can transform urban landscapes from utilitarian to thought-provoking and give neighborhoods a renewed sense of ownership. Got an idea for a successful public art project?…

World Water Day: Wello on developing solutions in the water crisis

Over one billion people around the globe don’t have access to clean running water. There are no faucets; water must be carried into the home in arms, and on heads,…

Twitter Roundup: March 18 – Business incubators, development and design

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

Retelling and rethinking masculinity

Why are gender-based issues primarily considered “women’s” issues? Josie Lehrer founded the Men’s Story Project (MSP) to rethink this faulty truism. Intended for local replication, the MSP uses performance and…

Solution Snapshot: Creating music and opportunity in Birmingham

To many, the shrill wails and screeches of an inexperienced orchestra are something to avoid. But for 130 low-income children in Birmingham, Alabama, that’s the sweet sound of opportunity. Scrollworks,…

“Hero” rats sniff out tuberculosis and land mines in Africa

One of the most difficult problems with tuberculosis is detecting it. In 2007, for example, half of all cases in Tanzania were missed, adding to a large death toll. The…

Social Impact Bonds: A revolution in government funding

In his recently proposed budget, President Obama has asked for up to $100 million to implement programs funded by Social Impact Bonds (SIBs). These bonds are the cornerstones of a…

Twitter Roundup: March 11 – Smart activism, spreading ideas, and mitigating homelessness

Search for the hashtag #socent and you’ll find wide-ranging interest in social entrepreneurship on Twitter. Here’s a roundup of a few interesting tweets from the last week: If you’re considering starting…