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Big Ideas: Nick Temple on the ‘long tail’ of social entrepreneurship

In our Big Ideas series, we check in regularly with creative thinkers in the field of social innovation. We want to know what they’re working on, what questions they’re wrestling with,…

Roberta Golinkoff on play and learning at the Ultimate Block Party

Roberta Michnick Golinkoff believes that American children don’t get enough time to play and that it’s negatively impacting their development. With joint appointments to the Departments of Psychology and Linguistics…

Arts and Urban Youth: Interview with Jeff McCarter on challenging teens to tell their stories on film

Urban arts programs often build confidence and agency among youth who are disheartened by  or disconnected from — public schools. Starting today, and over the newt few weeks, we’ll be…

Interview: Harry Rhodes on how learning to farm can rebuild the lives of homeless people

Harry Rhodes helps homeless and low-income individuals grow roots—both figuratively and literally. As the executive director of Growing Home, he works with people who are seeking to leave behind lives…

Back-to-school Interview: Aleta Margolis on why a dynamic classroom leads to greater learning

Aleta Margolis, founder and executive director of the Center for Inspired Teaching, believes all kids have an innate desire to learn. She also believes our schools are beating it out…

WATCH: Back-to-school special! Joan Sullivan on the importance of effective communication

A while back we conducted an interview with Joan Sullivan, who was then the Principal of the Bronx Academy of Letters, a New York City middle and high school founded…

FIAPS: Enlisting recent graduates to professionalize a new breed of schools in India

Oglethorpe University graduate Ember Melcher recently left for Hyderabad, India on a new fellowship program designed to support the development of private schools in India. But these private schools only…

Q&A with #SummerImpact winner Sarah Press

Earlier this month we launched our #SummerImpact contest where we asked you, our faithful readers, to tweet what you’d be doing this summer to make a social impact. We got…

Twitter Roundup – August 13: Health tips from Sesame Street, mentorship from i/o ventures, and street parking solutions from San Francisco

Search for the hashtag #socent and you’ll find wide-ranging interest in social entrepreneurship on Twitter. Here’s a roundup of a few thought-provoking tweets from the last week: Sesame Workshop, the…

Interview: Kristin Hayden on developing the next generation of global citizens through study abroad

Kristin Hayden, the founder of the Seattle-based OneWorld Now!, faced her share of rejection while trying to get her global leadership organization off the ground. She spent two years trying…

WATCH: Nancy Henkin on the importance of intergenerational contact

Nancy Henkin believes there isn’t enough contact across generations. For the past 30 years she’s been striving to remedy that imbalance. As the founder and executive director of the Intergenerational…

The Ingenuity Series Part 3: How to boost your creativity

Keeping with the creativity theme from last week, what can we do to augment our creative powers? One thing we know from the field of neuroscience is that, unlike computers,…

The Ingenuity Series Part 2: Make sure kids have the confidence to try out their ideas

Yesterday I wrote a post about the “creativity crisis” recently reported by Newsweek. Over the past 20 years, American children have steadily lost ground on a long-standing creativity assessment that’s…

The Ingenuity Series Part 1: How to reconstitute childhood and the American imagination

If you’re interested in children, education, social innovation, or, for that matter, the future of America, Newsweek‘s recent cover story on the “creativity crisis” by Po Bronson and Ashley Merryman…

Earl Phalen wants to turn summer from a loss to an advantage for low-income kids

Summer. For some kids, it means freedom, swimming, endless days and lasting memories; sadly, for many it can also mean falling far behind at school. Researchers call it “summer learning…