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Jed Emerson: What Impact Investing Has to Offer in Today’s Rocky Economy

Jed Emerson and Antony Bugg-Levine have co-authored a new book titled Impact Investing: Transforming How We Make Money While Making A Difference. Emerson has worked at Harvard and Stanford, focusing…

Social Enterprise Bootcamp in Seven Steps

Directed at budding social entrepreneurs, Social Enterprise Bootcamp, a recent two day workshop organized by students at Columbia, NYU and the School of Visual Arts, offered practical advice from an…

The Silicon Valley of Shit: Nairobi Is Ground Zero for Sanitation Innovation

A “flying toilet” is a particularly Kenyan device: a small grocery bag used as a toilet and then tossed out the window onto the street. The first encounter is both…

Weekly Roundup: Global Fund Takes a Hit And Occupy Protests Face Serious Challenges

Every week, we roundup the conversation surrounding the news in the world of social innovation. Global Fund Takes a Hit The Global Fund to Fight AIDS,  Tuberculosis, and Malaria will…

The Other Half of the Story: The HPV Vaccine in Rwanda

Several weeks ago, as GOP presidential hopefuls Michele Bachmann and Rick Perry wrangled over the ethics and implications of vaccinating preteen girls against the human papillomavirus (HPV)—the virus that causes…

Can’t Pay? Don’t Pay! Or, Become An Edu-Punk: Some Solutions To The Problem Of Student Debt

Chances are, if you have a college or postgraduate degree, you also have student loans to pay back. Nationwide, Americans have around $1 trillion in education debt; each year, the…

Sector Agnosticism Animates Bipartisan DC Conversation

One of the toughest challenges we face in solving social problems is that the three sectors of society—government, business and the citizen sector—do not have strong bridges that connect one…

Weekly Roundup: Global Entrepreneurship Week, Mobile Banking and OWS

Global Entrepreneurship Week Invokes the Startup Spirit “New firms are indeed the greatest source of new wealth for struggling economies and a powerful weapon against poverty.”  – Jonathan Ortmans, president…

Bill Moggridge On Socially-Responsible Design, Connectivity, And Globalization

Bill Moggridge has pioneered evolutions in design by responding to the quick global transformations in communications technology. He founded the design and business consulting firm IDEO, which is piloting an…

Amplify Brooklyn: Designing A Sustainable Economy At The Community Level

The concept of “wicked problems” refers to issues that are considered near impossible to solve because of complex interdependencies within a system; only discrete and context-specific interventions can be applied…

Encore Entrepreneurs: Founders of a Certain Age Kickstart Social Impact Business

Our sputtering economy needs workers with more of that entrepreneurial spirit. Think tank Civic Ventures suggests they might come from an unexpected demographic: workers who are approaching middle age or…

Weekly Roundup: The G-20 Stalls and Stanford gets Flush

G-20: Fury with International Leaders This past week, the world’s leaders convened for the annual G-20 summit in France titled “New World, New Ideas.”  The hottest topic of discussion?  The…

Skillshare’s Michael Karnjanaprakorn 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…

Economics And The Environment: Why Oregon Plans To Go Coal-free

Past the debate around Solyndra and tension around how, exactly, government should support green tech, another energy story is emerging. The combination of new emissions regulations and cheaper alternative energy…

Weekly Roundup: China Teams up with Gates, the Seven Billion Mark and Occupy Oakland

Population Hits 7 Billion On Monday this week, the world population ballooned to 7 billion people. News agencies clambered to find that 7 billionth child, finding him again and again…