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The Spaces We Work In: The Rust Belt’s New Hangouts

The spaces we work in. In Omaha, a warehouse for fruit and veg is now a creative hub.   A former storage unit for Nebraska’s famous crops has transformed into…

Strategic Branding: How to Market a Growing Nonprofit

As nonprofits feel the squeeze of funders cutting dollars for operating costs and organizations try to set themselves apart, many nonprofit managers focus on marketing individual programs and services first,…

SolePower Aspires to Put a Charge in Your Step

Cell phones are transforming lives in places like Sub-Saharan Africa, where they are crucial for advancing everything from education to medicine to commerce. The problem? Many developing countries lack access…

24 Millennials Rode the Rails and This is What They Learned

A classroom on wheels, vintage wheels. The Millennial Trains Project is a modern-day experiment in learning.  It’s indicative of a generation that’s seeking education beyond the classroom.   And piling into a…

Fixing Water Pumps in Nigeria with WASH

She could not help looking just a bit smug as she grabbed the wrench and went to work on the broken water pump that stood in the middle of the…

Shrimp and Sea Cucumber Farms Offer Models for Aquaculture Investments

From shrimp in Mexico to sea cucumbers in Madagascar, pioneering NGOs are testing new approaches to open ocean aquaculture that emphasize environmental stewardship and increasing local wealth — and lay the foundation for financially…

Eating Insects Makes for A “Sustainable” Snack

Last fall, I attended a conference hosted by the Dalai Lama Center for Ethics at MIT. The conference, entitled “Global Systems 2.0,” focused on potential interdisciplinary approaches to the environmental…

Newspapers Take to the Streets in Greece

For more than two decades, homeless and unemployed individuals have bought and sold magazines to make a living on the streets. In February the world’s newest ‘street paper’ launched in…

Powerful Tech: New Innovations to Fight Rape, Murder, and Atrocities

Can technology single-handedly prevent atrocities?  That may be far fetched. But, it can certainly help collect data, catalogue stories, and build awareness.  USAID and Humanity United, a foundation devoted to…

The Missing Link: Storytelling?

Good storytelling sparks innovation. Yet there can be no innovation without experimentation. From Ovid to Shakespeare, writers have used their creative power to engage the audience. Today social entrepreneurs all…

Crowdfunding 2.0: What Will it Look Like?

This is a guest post by London-based entrepreneur Anthony Ogunbowale-Thomas, founder of GOODFRUIT, a crowdfunding 2.0 platform. Has technology sparked a modern Renaissance? Over 5 centuries ago, in Northern Italy,…

Reduce, Reuse, Recycle, or Repair: The Pop Up Repair Shop in NYC

Throwing away broken stuff has never been an easier choice. For some items, prices have never been lower; for others, instant obsolescence means you always have an excuse to upgrade,…

Half the Sky Game: What went Right and What went Wrong

Asi Burak Since its debut on March 4, the Half the Sky game has seen more than 500,000 players (!) , who in total have contributed more than $160,000 in donations directly…

150-Year-Old Railways Inspire 21st Century Change: Millennial Train Project

As the Millennial Trains Project enters the two-week countdown for applications, the nation is responding to its provocative idea: Let’s use 150-year-old railways to inspire 21st century change. Over the span of ten days, 40…

Creativity at the Workplace – It Is Possible

Innovation is an elusive ideal, prized as the secret ingredient in economic growth, social progress, and technological acceleration.  Unlocking American innovation is the first step to “winning the future,” according…