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Mini case study: BlueEngine addresses the need for academic rigor through intensive tutorials

PROBLEM: The “achievement gap” in education is one of the most pressing equal rights issues in the United States: all over the country, public schools students in low-income, largely minority…

Brooklyn Bridge to Cambodia; Ownership and empowerment at the heart of a water pump sales startup

Lack of access to water is a crucial roadblock in the path from poverty to wealth for many rural societies. Without irrigation techniques, farmers must rely on rainfall that may…

Big Solutions Start Small: How Ioby uses local crowdfunding to transform the global environment

Each Earth Day, programs, events and tree-plantings try to galvanize public awareness about environmental concerns.
But sometimes, widespread problems–like climate change–can seem so massive that individuals and grassroots groups may find it difficult to conceptualize how they can really make a difference–or even where to start.
NYC-based Ioby (In Our Back Yards) aims to change that.

4food: Creating healthy, sustainable, fast-food meals

While you can’t force people into eating healthfully, perhaps you can make it into an enjoyable or interesting experience, which they’re more likely to choose. That’s the approach that 4food,…

Natalia Oberti Noguera on launching the Pipeline Fund Fellowship

Natalia Oberti Noguera is on a mission to increase funding to for-profit social ventures by empowering more women to become investors and approach giving in a different way. Last year,…

Concrete Canvas: NYC public design competition

At its best, public art can transform urban landscapes from utilitarian to thought-provoking and give neighborhoods a renewed sense of ownership. Got an idea for a successful public art project?…

New York City’s bike share program to launch in 2012

New York City has been on a green-bent the last few years. The city kicked cars out of portions of Times Square creating pedestrian enclaves and painted a green network…

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: 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….