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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…

On Anniversary of 9-11, New Buildings at Ground Zero Site Promise a More Sustainable Urban Future

On September 11, 2011, Americans turned their eyes to New York City, and the vacant space in the skyline where the towers that fell 10 years ago would still be….

The Greenest Gas Station In The United States

The biofuel industry has been gaining popularity and attracting significant investor and media attention all across the US. A report released this month by independent research organization Worldwatch reveals that global biofuel production increased by 17 percent in 2010.

In the video above, brother-and-sister Journey of Action duo were enthralled to stumble upon one of the gas stations run by biofuel marketing and retail company SeQuential, in conjunction with their production wing SeQuential Pacific Northwest.

Weekly Roundup: World Water Week, For-Profit Hybrids and Protesting Big Oil

Didn’t have time to read the news this week? Every week, we report on the conversations surrounding the big issues in the world of social entrepreneurship and change. (this week by Rachel Signer and Blair Hickman)

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.

Slideshow: Pencils of Promise Leadership Institute

This summer, Pencils of Promise also hosted a series of free Leadership Institutes for high school students, held in New York City. By bringing in speakers like Warby Parker’s Niel Blumenthal, each day-long event aimed to teach participants the essentials of changemaking leadership: public speaking, entrepreneurship, advocacy. The list goes on.