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Water Woes with Shekhar Kapur

When I first met filmmaker and activist Shekhar Kapur, he asked me about my jeans.  Did I know their history?  In particular, did I know how much water was used…

In Haiti, a Social Enterprise Launches to Support Grassroots LGBT Activism

Alongside the surge in international attention since the 2010 earthquake in Haiti, there has been a sustained criticism of the way outside interventions have operated in the most destitute country…

Occupy Springs Forward: An Update On The Past Few Months And What’s Ahead

To readers of mainstream media, it would seem that Occupy Wall Street had been hibernating for the winter. But, in fact, Occupiers spent the winter working hard on movement-building, strategizing,…

Weekly Roundup: India and Its Numbers

Do India’s Numbers Add Up? India saw new figures this week. Poverty rates have dropped since India liberalized, with states such as UP and Bihar apparently progressing.  At first, the…

An Unlikely Obstacle to Girls’ Education: Improving Hygiene Around the World

There’s been a slow but steady push in recent years to improve girls’ access to education in developing countries. But while education has tremendous implications for gender equality and economic…

#PunkMoney Pilots an Alternative Currency using Twitter

Everywhere you look—the Republican primaries, Occupy Wall Street, the media—the spotlight is on fixing the economy. Some critics have charged that the economy, as we know it, never really worked…

Weekly Roundup: Banking, OpEds and Wall Street

Banking Gets A Beating? Former Goldman Sachs employee, Greg Smith wrote an OpEd this week in the New York Times that highlights the malignant work culture at a company that…

Working Toward Sustainable Energy for All

Every year, the UN chooses a social or environmental issue of global importance — such as biodiversity (2010) or microcredit (2005) or sanitation (2008) — to bring attention to the issue…

First Person: Matt Gunn of the Haitian Youth Development Center

Matt Gunn, a 34-year-old elementary teacher from Logan, Utah built a living quarters and school for orphans in Leogane, Haiti. He partners with other organizations so that the orphanage has…

Nuru: Photojournalism and Social Entrepreneurship Intersect

JB Reed, a photographer turned social entrepreneur is using a new revenue model to raise funds for sustainable social ventures.  After having his own work showcased in publications such as…

First person: Entrepreneurs on early lessons in the field — Keyne and Kirsten Monson of Elevita

Keyne and Kirsten Monson founded Elevita in May 2010 to help artisans in developing countries find a greater world market for their products. Dowser: What’s something concrete and tangible you’ve…

Don’t be a Slave to Rent: How to Live Rent-Free in Any Big City

You’re a twenty-something or thirty-something, aspiring-something, and you’re living in a bustling—read, expensive—city, like New York, or L.A., or San Francisco. Life is good, but you’re living paycheck-to-paycheck…month after month….

Education Generation: Crowdfunding Tuition

Eileen Knowles, founder and CEO of Education Generation, a new crowdfunding platform for education, says that she wants to “move away from pity-driven charity.”  Rather, she’s working to get stories…