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Eric D. Dawson on how to create world peace one school at a time

How would you go about creating a world where people live in peace? Rather than dismiss the question as hopelessly naive, think of it as a practical challenge. Where would…

Interview: Scott Belsky on what it takes to bring good ideas to life

How do you feel when you see a promising idea that’s going nowhere? If you’re like Scott Belsky, the founder of Behance Network, a popular online platform for creative professionals…

Interview: Bob Lenz on how Envision Schools prepare low-income high schoolers for college

Bob Lenz, co-founder and CEO of Envision Schools, is not satisfied with teaching history and science: he wants students to practice being historians and scientists. That’s why at his schools…

Interview: Patricia Walker on art, spirituality and international development

After evaluating dozens of disappointing aid projects in places like Togo, Swaziland, and Senegal, Patricia Walker asked herself: Why don’t more of these projects succeed?  In response, Walker, a Buddhist…

Interview: Justin Zoradi on soccer, South Africa and…not the World Cup!

Justin Zoradi never expected to write a business plan, much less start his own organization. (“I got a C-minus in microeconomics in college!”) But after a service trip to South…

Interview: How Hannah Taylor launched the Ladybug Foundation (in first grade) and turned empathy and creativity into $2 million to help the homeless

When Hannah Taylor was 5, she saw a man eating out of a trash can.  For the next year, Taylor interrogated her mother with questions about homelessness.  One day, her…

Interview: Suzanne McKechnie Klahr on social entrepreneurship from high school to law school

After graduating from Stanford Law School, Suzanne McKechnie Klahr created a counseling program and consultancy for adult entrepreneurs in East Palo Alto, one of California’s poorest cities. One day in…

Interview: Eric Schwarz on how to transform education with ‘citizen teachers’

Eric Schwarz wants Americans to re-imagine how and when learning happens. In 1995, he founded Citizen Schools, a network of afterschool programs that enlists adult volunteers to provide hands-on apprenticeships…

Interview: R. Paul Herman on how to invest to maximize social impact and profit

“Capitalism used to be easy,” writes R. Paul Herman in the opening line of his new book, The HIP (Human Impact+Profit) Investor: Make Bigger Profits by Building a Better World….

Interview: Gerald Chertavian on how he made the jump from business to social entrepreneur

Shortly after Gerald Chertavian landed a banking job on Wall Street in the late 1980s, he  became a Big Brother to David Heredia, a ten-year old who lived in a…

Interview: Jeremy Hockenstein on how Digital Divide Data attacks poverty in Cambodia and Laos

Jeremy Hockenstein is the son of a Holocaust survivor, a fact that made his first visit to Cambodia in 2000 intensely personal.  Much like his mother’s Jewish contemporaries in Nazi…

Interview: Darell Hammond on building playgrounds that transform communities (1,750 and counting…)

The day Darell Hammond read a Washington Post story about two children who had suffocated in a car because they had nowhere else to play, he knew he had reached…

Interview: Adam Bucko on how homeless youth can turn their creativity into careers

Adam Bucko helps homeless youth channel their passion into creative careers. His organization, the Reciprocity Foundation, connects youths living on the streets in New York City with college scholarships and…

Interview: Gina Harman uses small loans to combat big recession

When the U.S. economy took a nose dive, and banks cut back on lending, many small American businesses turned to a credit source typically associated with the developing world: microfinance….

Mother’s Day Interview: Vivian Stromberg on fighting for the rights of MADRES everywhere

In 1983, Vivian Stromberg traveled with a women’s delegation to Nicaragua in the midst of a brutal civil war. There, she witnessed day care centers, schools and clinics that had…