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Fair trade certification expands to the apparel industry

In time for the gift-buying season, Fair Trade USA launched a new a fair trade certification for apparel. Their other certifications, like the ubiquitous fair trade coffee, enable consumers to…

Richard Cherry of the CEC on confronting climate change with better buildings

Richard Cherry’s organization, the Community Environmental Center (CEC) bridges climate and low-income issues by focusing on the building sector. Using seemingly simple tools like weatherization, the CEC is able to…

On Food: Gary Maxworthy’s Farm to Family has redefined the way food banks work

Food issues in the U.S. are often shaped by frustrating paradoxes: We produce an excess of food — yet there are still 50 million people living in food-insecure households; we…

On Food: The Brooklyn Food Coalition’s Nancy Romer talks about building a food movement one neighborhood at a time

In 2009, Nancy Romer, a psychology professor at Brooklyn College, got the idea to organize a one-day conference on food sustainability in New York City — and, surprise, 3,000 people…

On Food: Bill Shore of Share Our Strength is now aiming at childhood hunger in the U.S.

In our Risk-taking series, Tulane University and Ashoka U students Katie Smalley and Laura White interview social innovators, inquiring about the bold steps they’ve taken to advance their work. Today,…

On Food: Interview with the directors of GROW!, a film about young organic farmers in Georgia

As part of our pre-Thanksgiving “On Food” series, today we feature a story about Christine Anthony and Owen Masterson and a film they created called GROW!, which highlights the challenges…

On Food: Dickson Despommier, author of The Vertical Farm, on skyscrapers filled with vegetables

With Thanksgiving approaching, we’re turning an eye to the question of food – specifically how it moves from the soil to the grocery bag, in New York and Africa alike….

On Food: How One Acre Fund’s Andrew Youn helps subsistence farmers in Africa to double their yields

With Thanksgiving approaching, we’re turning an eye to the question of food — specifically how it moves from the soil to the grocery bag, in New York and Africa alike….

Interview: Jamie Berger of the Thrive Project on helping overlooked young adults build meaningful careers

Think of able-bodied young adults in beautiful leaf-peeping Western Massachusetts, and you don’t think of kids who’ve dropped out of high school or gotten stuck in dead-end jobs. But after…

Arts and Urban Youth: Sarah Green on teaching poetry to at-risk youth

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

Interview: Erin Krampetz of Ashoka U on taking measured risks to transform higher education

In our Risk-taking series, Tulane University and Ashoka U students Katie Smalley and Laura White shed light on the value of risk-taking. By interviewing social innovators about bold steps they’ve…

Interview: Steve Barr on how Green Dot’s schools are beating the odds in Los Angeles

Rather than lobby the State Board of Education to create reform in the public school system, Steve Barr uses grassroots political tactics to motivate families to demand change. A co-founder…

Arts and Urban Youth: Ryan Keesling of Free Write Jail Arts on slipping art through the bars

Urban arts programs often build confidence and agency among youth who are disheartened by — or disconnected from — public schools. Over the next few weeks we’ll be presenting a…

Interview: Kyle Berner of Feelgoodz on risks and flip-flops

In our Risk-taking series, Tulane University and Ashoka U students Katie Smalley and Laura White shed light on the value of risk-taking. By interviewing social innovators about bold steps they’ve…

Interview: Deb Delman on how The Pangaea Project creates global citizens

The Pangaea Project arranges overseas learning experiences for low-income high school students from Portland, Oregon. In the eight-month-long program, students meet social entrepreneurs and activists working on issues related to…