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Paul Polak: Testing New Funding Model for His Second Global Venture

Paul became known for making the treadle pump accessible and affordable for low-income markets. It was his first foray into “social business.”   For the past three years, Paul has…

Does Bangladesh’s Garment Industry Respect its Workers?

By Nisha Kumar Kulkarni Last month’s garment factory collapse in Savar, outside of Dhaka, is being coined as the worst industrial disaster in Bangladesh’s history. Though the police ordered the…

iPads for Schools? Not that simple. Ed-Tech Needs “Design Research.”

Kim Campbell and Hila Mehr Last week, gaming company Zynga announced the launch of a $1M accelerator for educational games in partnership with the NewSchools Venture Fund. Similarly, ed-tech incubator…

Sparking Innovation – in the middle of the Pacific

by Brittany Koteles Unreasonable at Sea (UaS), a first-time collaboration between Unreasonable Institute, Semester at Sea, and Stanford’s d. school, was born with the objective to accelerate companies that are…

Sustainability: Not Just Fashionable

THOUGHTS POST SKOLL WORLD FORUM: When it comes to sustainability, one of the things that has always nagged me about companies that “go green” is that it typically just means…

Tap for Safety: Circle of 6 to Stop Rape

  by Rosie Spinks When Vice President Joe Biden—a longtime opponent of violence against women—announced the Apps Against Abuse technology challenge in 2011, Brooklyn-based filmmaker and activist Nancy Schwartzman knew…

The Power of Ideas on a Finite Planet: Ramez Naam

  Adapted from The Infinite Resource: The Power of Ideas on a Finite Planet, a new book by Seattle-based Ramez Naam who is a technologist and a writer.  In the book,…

Tech for Atrocities: Can Cell Phones Help?

by Tessa Farnsworth Curry How do you harness one of the world’s greatest tools for changing the way we live, and use it to prevent mass atrocities from occurring? Technology…

Focus on Clients, not Growth, says new Accion Report on Financial Inclusion

A new report on Financial Inclusion issued by Accion in partnership with Citi and Visa is a launchpad for their new campaign - FI2020 - which will try to unite the private…

After a Decade of War, Afghan Dreamers Project Seeks to Tell a Different Story

by Rosie Spinks When President Obama remarked in his last state of the union address that “by the end of next year, our war in Afghanistan will be over,” he…

Microsoft gets “smart” with phones 4Afrika

When Microsoft unveiled a multipronged investment in African technological capacity and human capital a few days ago, its new smart phone, manufactured by the Chinese company Huawei, dominated news coverage. Winning over…

Cost Shifting Eye Care: Sustainable HealthCare Model?

Dr. Gullapalli Rao is an ophthalmologist and founder of the Hyderabad-based  L V Prasad Eye Institute (LVPEI). The Institute, which opened in 1986 and provides primary eye care to underserved…

Travel for Heritage: GHF Preserves the World’s Most Delicate Sites

California-based nonprofit Global Heritage Fund preserves ancient and historical sites around the world that are otherwise neglected and crumbling.   Several of the sites that GHF has rescued have gone…

“I will not go to the bathroom,” says Matt Damon

  Matt Damon, co-founder of Water.org, held a press conference (a mock press conference) where he announced that he will not use the toilet.  Why?  To protest the fact that…

Changing the Face of Aid, Literally

By Lindsay Hebert In TV commercials 25 years ago, Sally Struthers held starving orphans and begged American viewers to help them. A new campaign by Oxfam America portrays aid recipients…