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What Silicon Valley Cannot Teach Social Entrepreneurs

Guest post by Matthew Manos, founder and CEO of verynice, a LA-based design studio that dedicates 50% of their efforts to free design for nonprofits.  ~~~ There had been a…

Don’t Want that Sandwich? Can’t sell it? Don’t throw it away, though!

Dana Frasz is a food entrepreneur.  She wants to recycle food, taking the food that’s not consumed and putting it into the hands of those who cannot afford it.  She…

Making Music Even in Frugal Times

Students receive lesson at a Santa Fe workshop.  Photo Courtesy of Subject By: Adam S. Poswolsky “I grew up in a world where sports was everything,” remembers J. Curtis Warner, Jr.,…

OpEd: Connected but Neglected in Los Angeles

  In an effort to hear more directly from the source, we’re asking entrepreneurs to give their take on starting a business in varying cities, targeting different kinds of marginalized…

The Rainforest: Creating an Ecosystem for Impact at the Global Innovation Summit in Silicon Valley

Victor Hwang, co-founder of the Global Innovation Summit, addressed the audience.  (Photo Courtesy of Subject) The rainforest was at the heart of Silicon Valley last month. Greg Horowitt and Victor…

New California Law Combats Human Slavery via Supply Chain Transparency

January is Human Trafficking Awareness Month, a time to educate people that slavery exists today and build support for the fight to stop it. But this January also happens to be…

The Coming Capital Convergence

True Believers As attendees entered last week’s SoCap conference in an old Army warehouse on the San Francisco waterfront, they filed past a large graphic projected on a screen depicting…

Weekly Roundup: SOCAP11, the Green Jobs Debate and Boosting Small Business

Every week, we report on the conversations surrounding the big issues in the world of social entrepreneurship and change. SOCAP 2011 SOCAP11, the four-day conference that brings together global leaders…

The Bicycle Coffee Company: Sustainable From Bean To Cup

By now, most people have heard of “fair trade.” But the real-life, on-the-ground effects of the model are often overlooked. So here’s a quick breakdown of what fair trade really means.

Xóchitl Castañeda on helping farm workers (who grow our food) stay healthy themselves

We often think of agricultural workers as healthy, physically active and surrounded by produce, but obesity and diabetes are at epidemic levels in many farm-worker communities. Researchers at the University…

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…

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…