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Sector Agnosticism Animates Bipartisan DC Conversation

One of the toughest challenges we face in solving social problems is that the three sectors of society—government, business and the citizen sector—do not have strong bridges that connect one…

Bill Moggridge On Socially-Responsible Design, Connectivity, And Globalization

Bill Moggridge has pioneered evolutions in design by responding to the quick global transformations in communications technology. He founded the design and business consulting firm IDEO, which is piloting an…

Amplify Brooklyn: Designing A Sustainable Economy At The Community Level

The concept of “wicked problems” refers to issues that are considered near impossible to solve because of complex interdependencies within a system; only discrete and context-specific interventions can be applied…

Economics And The Environment: Why Oregon Plans To Go Coal-free

Past the debate around Solyndra and tension around how, exactly, government should support green tech, another energy story is emerging. The combination of new emissions regulations and cheaper alternative energy…

Occupy the Web: Votocracy and AmericansElect seek to reshape election 2012

The 2012 presidential election is over a year away, and tensions are already running high. A recent Gallup poll shows President Obama’s approval ratings to be the lowest in his…

Teaching Through Food: Conflict Kitchen Sparks Dialogue in Pittsburgh

One of the first reasons that Jon Rubin and his partner, Dawn Weleski, started the Conflict Kitchen was as a response to what was missing in Pittsburgh. The Conflict Kitchen…

Reading, Writing, Empathy: The Rise of ‘Social Emotional Learning’

Marc Brackett never liked school. “I was always bored,” he says, “and I never felt like any of my teachers really cared. I can’t think of anybody that made me…

Preparing For Cold In Zuccotti Park

“Next week it’s gonna be very, very cold here. Temperatures at night are gonna be in the low forties, upper thirties – and with wind it’s gonna feel like it’s…

Occupy Wall Street: They Are The 99 Percent (And So Are You)

Most media outlets have been and continue to be critical of the Occupy Wall Street protest in New York City, now in its third week. The protesters’ message tries to…

Innovating New Models for Change With ITP and The Grameen Creative Lab

The notion that change requires a model, and that certain models are more effective than others, was the driving force behind Change Model, a two-day conference held this weekend at…

Interview: Andrew Rasiej on technology as a new ecology, not just a medium

This week Dowser is revisiting our best tech stories while our writers report back from the Social Good Summit. Check back often for our conference coverage – we’ll examine the…

Heeding Obama’s Call to Rebuild and Improve our Nation’s Schools

During President Obama’s recent speech to Congress outlining his American Jobs Act, he acknowledged the state of America’s schools: “There are schools throughout this country that desperately need renovating. How…

ChopChop: Childhood nutrition in magazine form

When a kid makes a face and says “ugh” at the site of tofu, and you find a way to prepare it that he loves and can’t get enough of, you know you’re doing something right. And that is the kind of thing Sally Sampson is seeing time and again as a result of ChopChop Magazine, which she founded in 2010.

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…