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College for All: Sebastian Thrun, Udacity

  by Andre Dua Something big is up in higher education thanks to the advent of “massive open online courses” (MOOCs), which can reach millions around the world. What most people—including…

How to Build A Healthy Economy: Ron Schultz

An excerpt from Ron Schultz’s most recent book –  Creating Good Work—The World’s Leading Social Entrepreneurs Show How to Build A Healthy Economy If social entrepreneurs are in the business of…

What Silicon Valley Cannot Teach Social Entrepreneurs

Guest post by Matthew Manos, founder and CEO of verynice, a LA-based design studio that dedicates 50% of their efforts to free design for nonprofits.  ~~~ There had been a…

Paul Polak: Testing New Funding Model for His Second Global Venture

Paul became known for making the treadle pump accessible and affordable for low-income markets. It was his first foray into “social business.”   For the past three years, Paul has…

You Don’t Have to Go to College to Succeed. Really?

By Ben Thurman In 1997’s big hit, Good Will Hunting, Will Hunting scoffed, “You wasted $150,000 on an education you coulda got for a buck fifty in late charges at…

Share my Dabba: The Tiffin Has Just Become More Social

A new campaign in Mumbai uses the famous lunchbox network to feed the street children of the city.  Some would define it as “social innovation” – using an existing infrastructure…

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…

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…

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. …

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,…

Tech for Atrocities: Can Cell Phones Help?

by Tessa Farnsworth Curry How do you harness one of the world’s greatest tools for changing the way we live, and use it to prevent mass atrocities from occurring? Technology…

Clean Energy: Is Crowdfunding the Solution?

by David Bornstein This originally appeared in the New York Times as a Fixes column. **** If you wanted to get large numbers of people actively engaged in helping to solve…