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A Short Guide to Understanding Female Genital Cutting

Female genital cutting (FGC) used to be an issue that only feminists and anthropologists discussed. Over the past decade, however, the issue has been rising in the global agenda. Just…

The world’s most colorful protest: How paint helped Turkish people win a stare-down with the government

In the 1500+ cream-of-the-crop TED and TEDx videos that make it to TED.com, Derek Sivers’s 3-minute breakdown of How to Start a Movement is the 32nd most viewed. His story…

A Simple Bridge is the Solution

In rural Ethiopia, a river three football fields wide can prevent a child from getting to the closest medical clinic.  The problem: no bridges to bypass bodies of water. A…

Kajol: Handwashing Saves Lives

A child dies from diarrhea or pneumonia every 15 seconds. Hand washing alone could reduce diarrhea by 45 percent and pneumonia by 23 percent. Yet to many in the developing…

Beyond the Threshold: Investing in Women-led Businesses

According to the Aspen Network of Development Entrepreneurs, a third of all small and medium enterprises in the developing world are led by women, so there’s a huge opportunity that’s…

Harnessing Private Investment to Finance Clean Water and Sanitation

The World Health Organization (WHO) estimates that approximately 768 million people worldwide lack access to improved drinking water, and over 2,500 million people lack access to sanitation facilities. WHO also…

The Women Effect: a Billion Women are about to Transform the Global Economy

Janet Yellen, Christine Lagarde and a handful of U.S. senators notwithstanding, women are still underrepresented in the world of finance. So it was a reversal earlier this month to be…

Who is Poor Enough for Cash Transfers? Difficult Problem in Malawi

One of the biggest challenges facing cash transfer programs in Malawi is deciding who is poor enough to get the money. The meeting was supposed to start half an hour…

Richard Branson’s “B Team:” Business for Good

Andrew Rasiej, founder of Personal Democracy Media and Chair of New York Tech Meetup, talks to Sir Richard Branson, founder of Virgin Group, about “the greatest challenge and opportunity of…

Malala: A Peaceful Voice for Education

Malala Yousafzi was shot by the Taliban for wanting to go to school. At the Mashable Social Good Summit, she is joined by her father, Zia, the CEO of the…

India’s New Age Investor, Inspired To Create A Global Brand

India has been referred to as a ‘hotbed’ for social enterprise and startups. Millennials are turning to careers in tech and innovation, launching their own ventures instead of signing up…

From Silos to Solution Ecosystems

A couple of weeks ago, pianist Jonathan Biss was set to teach an online course on Beethoven’s Sonatas.  A whopping 32,000 people signed up for the course when it went…

Money Does Grow on Trees in One Peruvian Town

How Forestry Has Transformed a Small Farm Town in Peru The Andes Mountains, the largest mountain range in the world, are home to 32% of Peru’s population, many of which…

Movirtu Offers Many Calls from One Mobile

London-based startup Movirtu is rethinking SIM cards.  Why carry around various SIM cards for multiple phones?  Movirtu has created a “virtual” SIM card that gives users in developing countries access…

The Elephant has left the room

In late 2012, at the Booth Theater in New York, I watched Edward Albee’s “Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf”. During intermission, seeking distraction from the pain of the play, I…