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Don’t Want that Sandwich? Can’t sell it? Don’t throw it away, though!

Dana Frasz is a food entrepreneur.  She wants to recycle food, taking the food that’s not consumed and putting it into the hands of those who cannot afford it.  She…

Does Bangladesh’s Garment Industry Respect its Workers?

By Nisha Kumar Kulkarni Last month’s garment factory collapse in Savar, outside of Dhaka, is being coined as the worst industrial disaster in Bangladesh’s history. Though the police ordered the…

iPads for Schools? Not that simple. Ed-Tech Needs “Design Research.”

Kim Campbell and Hila Mehr Last week, gaming company Zynga announced the launch of a $1M accelerator for educational games in partnership with the NewSchools Venture Fund. Similarly, ed-tech incubator…

Sparking Innovation – in the middle of the Pacific

by Brittany Koteles Unreasonable at Sea (UaS), a first-time collaboration between Unreasonable Institute, Semester at Sea, and Stanford’s d. school, was born with the objective to accelerate companies that are…

Sustainability: Not Just Fashionable

THOUGHTS POST SKOLL WORLD FORUM: When it comes to sustainability, one of the things that has always nagged me about companies that “go green” is that it typically just means…

Crowdfunding Gets Specific: 10 New Platforms

by Brittany Koteles As a follow-up to yesterday’s piece on the explosion of crowdfunding in 2012, here’s a list of new platforms that connect crowdfunding to people, communities, and causes. …

Crowdfunding Capitalism: Likely to Keep Growing in 2013

  By Brittany Koteles In 2012, crowdfunding platforms grew 81 percent, while venture capital investments fell for the first time in three years. While I’m not here to forecast the…

5 Talking Points Post Skoll World Forum

   by Mark Clayton Hand The Skoll World Forum, the world’s glitziest talking shop on social entrepreneurship and impact investing, is full of conversations. Here are four topics receiving major…

Social Business and Social Fiction: An Interview with Muhammad Yunus

David Bornstein interviewed Grameen Bank founder Muhammad Yunus last week.  Here’s part of his conversation.  For the full conversation, please go to the Fixes column here.  (Photo by Nasir Ali…

Tap for Safety: Circle of 6 to Stop Rape

  by Rosie Spinks When Vice President Joe Biden—a longtime opponent of violence against women—announced the Apps Against Abuse technology challenge in 2011, Brooklyn-based filmmaker and activist Nancy Schwartzman knew…

Techy Girls Gaining Ground

By Lindsay Hebert The stereotype “computer geek” carries with it the usual accoutrements: glasses, game consoles and lots of alone time. Even as technology has become ubiquitous through social networks…

The Power of Ideas on a Finite Planet: Ramez Naam

  Adapted from The Infinite Resource: The Power of Ideas on a Finite Planet, a new book by Seattle-based Ramez Naam who is a technologist and a writer.  In the book,…

How to do Sustainability Right: Andy Savitz

by Divya Srinivasan Quaker Oats, Gatorade, and Tropicana share one thing in common – they’re Pepsi Co’s attempt to sell nutritious products, not fizzy colas.  It could be classified as…

Sheryl Sandberg: What do you think?

  Sheryl Sandberg’s latest book “Lean In” has been much talked about – literally.  It’s been the feature of a NPR podcast, a CBS 60 Minutes episode, and an Oprah…

From a $3 Billion Hotel to a $25 Microfinance Loan

Adam S. Poswolsky interviews Bob Harris, the author of “The International Bank of Bob.”When you talk to writer Bob Harris, his deep, soothing voice makes you feel like you’re listening to the…