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Opposing child labor with consumer demand: Nina Smith of GoodWeave

April 16th marks the anniversary of the death of Pakistani rug-slave-turned-activist Iqbal Massih who championed work against child labor and inspired the work of GoodWeave, a market-based solution to child…

What Kids Can Do

In an era of increasing anxiety about America’s education systems and headlines that ring alarms about US students’ poor international ranking, Barbara Cervone and Kathleen Cushman are working on a…

Growing Austin’s urban roots

Urban Roots started four years ago to connect students in Austin, Texas to their environment and food; today the project grows more than 25,000 pounds of vegetables and herbs each…

Retelling and rethinking masculinity

Why are gender-based issues primarily considered “women’s” issues? Josie Lehrer founded the Men’s Story Project (MSP) to rethink this faulty truism. Intended for local replication, the MSP uses performance and…

Solution Snapshot: Creating music and opportunity in Birmingham

To many, the shrill wails and screeches of an inexperienced orchestra are something to avoid. But for 130 low-income children in Birmingham, Alabama, that’s the sweet sound of opportunity. Scrollworks,…

Unintended consequences: Christian Pena of Conexiones

Starting a social enterprise is full of surprises. In this series entrepreneurs discuss unintended consequences on the path of social innovation and how they adjusted to new circumstances — from…

Quench: Development lessons in a startup

International development projects have long been subject to critiques that they are unsustainable, inattentive to local needs and overly costly. But young self-starters continue to see value in bringing their…

On fundraising: Lewis Hower of the University Impact Fund

Even the best social innovations can get stalled in the ideas-phase without funds to get started. In this series social entrepreneurs discuss fundraising: strategies, pitfalls and sweat spent on the…

Interview: Just Vision’s Ronit Avni on nonviolent leaders in the Middle East

Eight years ago, the human rights activist and award-winning filmmaker Ronit Avni conducted over 475 interviews with Israeli and Palestinian activists to find out what kind of support they needed…

Recent McKinsey report culls from the successes of worldwide school reformers

What makes school reform succeed? A report recently released by the consulting firm McKinsey & Company suggests that school reform is most effective when under-performing school systems identify where they…

Interview: Gabriel Brodbar of NYU’s Program in Social Entrepreneurship on trends to look for in 2011

Gabriel Brodbar is the founding director of the Catherine B. Reynolds Program in Social Entrepreneurship at NYU, which is designed to attract, train, and encourage the next generation of leaders…

Twitter Roundup: January 21 – Changemaking degrees, crowdfunding and LinkedIn startups

Search for the hashtag #socent and you’ll find wide-ranging interest in social entrepreneurship on Twitter. Here’s a roundup of a few interesting tweets from the last week: Get some advice…

The Excel Center: A new model for adult education

About 1.2 million American students drop out of high school each year, at great cost — high school graduates earn ten times more wealth over their careers than dropouts. If…

WITNESS on how to use video advocacy to promote human rights

Video has a unique power to convey human experience, to make a viewer lean forward, engage, and empathize with the subject on film. Using the tagline “See It, Film It,…

Mark Hanis on what comes after the Sudanese referendum

let’s say, best-case scenario, in July — which is the date set to allow the storm to calm — everything is going smoothly. First variable: there’s a border region called Abyei that’s heavily militarized, very contentious. It’s supposed to have a referendum vote on January 9th, as well, but it seems very unlikely that will happen. So we have to make sure there’s still engagement, pressure, consequences, incentives, disincentives.