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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…

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…

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…

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…

NextDrop: The ‘Big Data’ Influence

The proliferation of mobile-supported business models in India is substantial. Given its ubiquity amongst lower-income groups, mobile technology is recognized as a maximum impact tool, particularly for grassroots data collection….

SolePower Aspires to Put a Charge in Your Step

Cell phones are transforming lives in places like Sub-Saharan Africa, where they are crucial for advancing everything from education to medicine to commerce. The problem? Many developing countries lack access…

The Crucial Role of Empathy: Molly Melching

A conversation with Molly Melching, founder and executive director of Tostan and the protagonist of Aimee Molloy’s However Long the Night.Molly Melching was 24-years-old when she first arrived to Senegal as a University…

Keeping Hope Alive in Somalia: Dr. Hawa Abdi

Her nicknames range from “Mama Hawa” to “Mother Theresa meets Rambo.” When the Somalian government collapsed in 1991, Dr. Hawa Abdi was a young doctor operating a small clinic on…