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“To Catch a Dollar:” New Documentary Captures Microfinance in America

This is a guest post by filmmaker Gayle Ferraro, the director of a new documentary looking at Grameen America.  Financed and released by Sundance Institute, Participant Media, and Skoll Foundation,…

India’s Other Rural Dwellers

Rural issues dominate the discussions regarding India’s development. Without a doubt, the needs of rural India are great. As per the 2011 Census, more than 833 million people live in…

The Richest Country has Left Millions Out in the Cold: American Winter

By Tessa Farnsworth Curry America is facing a problem and ignoring it doesn’t make it go away. Since the Great Recession in 2008 11.7 million people are still unemployed, we…

Social Impact Session with Sonal Shah

  Brian Weinberg of Blended Profit speaks with Sonal Shah, a Tides Fellow and former Director of the Office of Social Innovation at the White House. SONAL SHAH is an entrepreneur and…

Simplifying the Legalities: myRight

(Photo Courtesy of Subject) This guest post is by Michael Niu, co-founder of legal tech startup, myRight. According to the Court Statistics Project, there were over 106 million incoming state…

David Brooks, Politics and Social Entrepreneurs

In a recent New York Times column, David Brooks takes note of the increasing popularity of social entrepreneurship – but unfortunately frames it as a kind of naïve idealism, a…

Sector Agnosticism Animates Bipartisan DC Conversation

One of the toughest challenges we face in solving social problems is that the three sectors of society—government, business and the citizen sector—do not have strong bridges that connect one…

Weekly Roundup: politics and social enterprise, famine in Somalia, and Murdoch, Murdoch, Murdoch

Didn’t have time to read the news this week? We’re reporting on the conversations surrounding the world of social entrepreneurship and innovation. This week was all about Big Structures and…

Social Impact Bonds: A revolution in government funding

In his recently proposed budget, President Obama has asked for up to $100 million to implement programs funded by Social Impact Bonds (SIBs). These bonds are the cornerstones of a…

In memory: Sargent Shriver, who transformed America’s moral imagination

Sargent Shriver is remembered as the founding director and architect of the Peace Corps, but his contributions to American, and global history, go well beyond that distinction. As the director…

Apps 4 Africa, an example of government crowd-sourcing, announces winners

Three winners have been announced for Apps 4 Africa, a contest initiated by the U.S. State Department that is aimed at harnessing Africa’s tech talent for social change. The competition,…

Twitter Roundup – September 17: British ex-prisioners, grading fish, and the future of air conditioning

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: According to the…

Big Ideas: Alan Khazei on reevaluating the roles of government and citizenship

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

Twitter Roundup – July 16: Recycling clothes in NYC, when ideas ‘have sex,’ goats and the city

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: Trendspotters PSFK (@psfk)…

Weekly Roundup: Who’s solving what and how

All around us, people are working on innovative solutions to pressing social problems. But those stories can be difficult to track down. Which is why we’re scouring the Web to…