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Interview: James Cleveland of Jumpstart on preschoolers, connections and literacy

Five-year-olds from low-income communities have one-quarter the vocabulary of their more affluent peers, and half of them enter first grade as much as two years behind in preschool skills. That’s…

Big Ideas: Nick Temple on the ‘long tail’ of social entrepreneurship

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

Interview: Rachel Botsman on sharing cars, gardens and money—and the evolution of “collaborative consumption”

Rachel Botsman is fascinated with our increasing desire to share, barter, and swap and our decreasing need for consumption of material goods. She began noticing these trends while working on…

Interview: Deron Triff on building a business that draws out stories of change from 30 countries

After spending six years at PBS as the vice president of digital ventures, Deron Triff saw a need for more first-person stories generated by changemakers themselves. So, he launched Changents.com,…

Arts and Urban Youth: Interview with Phyllis Novak on why homeless youths need art studios, not just shelter

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 featuring a…

Co-founder Kevin Jones on his vision for this year’s SOCAP conference

The Social Capital Markets (SOCAP) conference gets underway on Monday and the social enterprise community is coming from around the globe to participate, present, network, fundraise, and learn. We checked…

Roberta Golinkoff on play and learning at the Ultimate Block Party

Roberta Michnick Golinkoff believes that American children don’t get enough time to play and that it’s negatively impacting their development. With joint appointments to the Departments of Psychology and Linguistics…

George Overholser on how to finance social organizations so they learn to fend for themselves

One of the key questions in the social sector is: What kind of financing is needed to help build great organizations, i.e. organizations that genuinely succeed in solving problems and…

Arts and Urban Youth: Interview with Jeff McCarter on challenging teens to tell their stories on film

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

Interview: F.K. Day on how bikes can catalyze economies

Before creating World Bicycle Relief, F.K. Day ran SRAM, one of the world’s top manufacturers of bicycle parts.  In 2005, struck by the images of people struggling to cope after…

Interview: Harry Rhodes on how learning to farm can rebuild the lives of homeless people

Harry Rhodes helps homeless and low-income individuals grow roots—both figuratively and literally. As the executive director of Growing Home, he works with people who are seeking to leave behind lives…

Interview: Jacqueline Novogratz on the art of investing in business to change the world

Jacqueline Novogratz is the founder of the Acumen Fund, a nonprofit venture capital firm, which makes loans and equity investments in companies that deliver health care, water, housing, and energy…

Interview: Allen Wilcox of VillageReach on his post-Microsoft job: changing healthcare in Mozambique

One of the toughest challenges facing social innovators today is attracting the talent needed to build world-class organizations. That’s why we feel it’s significant when a high-ranking business leader decides…

Interview: Betsy Krebs on how foster kids can get out of the system

Foster care kids don’t get many breaks. Imagine being abandoned by or forcibly separated from your parents, and then having to adjust to life in a new family or within…

Back-to-school Interview: Aleta Margolis on why a dynamic classroom leads to greater learning

Aleta Margolis, founder and executive director of the Center for Inspired Teaching, believes all kids have an innate desire to learn. She also believes our schools are beating it out…