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How Food Is Revitalizing Detroit

“There’s different people–black, white, rich, poor–coming together to talk about why their tomatoes aren’t growing,” says Scott, a 30-ish homesteader in Detroit’s heavily blighted Brightmoor neighborhood. “Gardening is a common…

Weekly Review: Global Governance Afterthoughts

In this series we interview thought leaders on the big concepts in the week’s news. Below we examine the G8 and global governance issues with Parag Khanna. Parag Khanna spends…

Shivani Siroya of InVenture Bridges the ‘Middle Gap’ with Mobile Technology

Shivani Siroya, an Unreasonable Institute fellow, is tackling the cash-based economy with a new investment model and mobile technology.  After a career in finance and development that took her to…

The Millennial Version of “Mad Men”: Office Kuki Offers Sustainability Brand Consulting

Back in the days of “Mad Men,” companies would spend big bucks on advertising in magazines and billboards. That still happens, but small start-ups can’t afford to shell out for…

The Unreasonable Institute At Sea: A Mobile Incubator

The Unreasonable Institute, an incubator for social enterprise start-ups from around the world, has teamed up with Stanford’s d.school and the study abroad program Semester At Sea to offer a…

Drink Water? 999Bottle Lets You Measure How Much Plastic You Don’t Use

If you’ve started to feel like plastic has taken over the world, it has — from the Tupperware in our kitchens to children’s toys to the remote patches of ocean…

Are Too Many Social Enterprises Adding To Our Problems?

If you want to change the world—whether locally or globally, big or small—you’ve probably thought about starting up your own social enterprise or nonprofit. Think again. Author and Columbia University…