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World Water Day: Wello on developing solutions in the water crisis

Over one billion people around the globe don’t have access to clean running water. There are no faucets; water must be carried into the home in arms, and on heads,…

Retelling and rethinking masculinity

Why are gender-based issues primarily considered “women’s” issues? Josie Lehrer founded the Men’s Story Project (MSP) to rethink this faulty truism. Intended for local replication, the MSP uses performance and…

Unintended consequences: Christian Pena of Conexiones

Starting a social enterprise is full of surprises. In this series entrepreneurs discuss unintended consequences on the path of social innovation and how they adjusted to new circumstances — from…

Quench: Development lessons in a startup

International development projects have long been subject to critiques that they are unsustainable, inattentive to local needs and overly costly. But young self-starters continue to see value in bringing their…

On Fundraising: Michael Gray of Fairbourne Consulting Group

The best social innovations can get stalled in the ideas-phase without funds to get started. In this series social entrepreneurs discuss fundraising: the strategies, pitfalls and sweat spent on the…

On starting over: Liliana Valle of Mistti

When a good idea is executed poorly, the smart social entrepreneur will often scrap the project and go back to the drawing board. In this series entrepreneurs talk about discarding…

On fundraising: Lewis Hower of the University Impact Fund

Even the best social innovations can get stalled in the ideas-phase without funds to get started. In this series social entrepreneurs discuss fundraising: strategies, pitfalls and sweat spent on the…

GetRaised advises women on the art of asking for a raise

While most of us have experienced the agony of getting up the nerve to ask our boss for a raise, perhaps we haven’t considered the large-scale effects of asking, or not…

Interview: Eboo Patel on promoting religious plurality in America

Growing up Muslim in Chicago, Eboo Patel was familiar with faith-based tension from an early age, and has watched as jihad entered the cultural lexicon and Islam became synonymous with…

Interview: Allison Mannos of City of Lights on advocating for a diverse cycling community

Bikes may be trendy, but they are also just a way to get around. How can people who use bikes in different ways be united for the good of the…

Interview: A Spoke to reinvent fast food

Could a jiu-jitsu approach to fast food be the best way to beat it? 24-year-old entrepreneurs David Gumbiner, Deborah Meisel and Ian Sherman of The Udon Project formed The Spoke…

Interview: Just Vision’s Ronit Avni on nonviolent leaders in the Middle East

Eight years ago, the human rights activist and award-winning filmmaker Ronit Avni conducted over 475 interviews with Israeli and Palestinian activists to find out what kind of support they needed…

Interview: SOCAP’s Kevin Jones on trends to look for in 2011

Kevin Jones is perhaps best known as one of the fathers of SOCAP, a series of annual events dedicated to the flow of capital to social enterprises. SOCAP 2010, which…

Interview: Acumen Fund’s Sasha Dichter on trends to look for in 2011

As the director of business development at Acumen Fund, a global venture fund that invests in entrepreneurial approaches to poverty, Sasha Dichter has a firm grasp on the evolving discussion…