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Indigenous Rights And A New Wave of Social Change

[field name=iframe] Every Thursday, thanks to a content partnership with brother-sister duo Journey of Action, we’ll be exploring Gen Y changemakers–and how they fit in with the rest of the world….

Fixing The Economy: Could Localism Provide A Boost?

[field name=iframe] Every Thursday, thanks to a content partnership with brother-sister duo Journey of Action, we’ll be exploring Gen Y changemakers–and how they fit in with the rest of the…

Solutions for New York City’s Sewer Problem

Last week, Harlem residents held their noses as millions of gallons of untreated sewage water flowed straight into the Harlem and Hudson rivers because of a sewage plant fire. On…

Live-Blog: Pencils of Promise Leadership Institute

Pencils Of Promise Leadership Institute aims to education, inspire and motivate young, community leaders with a series of seminars ranging from social media to female empowerment to public speaking. Dowser is there with the live-blog.

Using the law to do good: Kyle Westaway on Benefit Corporations and capitalism with a purpose

Business law assumes profit as a company’s singular motivation, making it hard, and sometimes illegal, for social enterprises to keep a social mission at the core of their operations. Kyle…

PresenTense: A sectarian model of social entrepreneurship

PresenTense, started in 2007 and inspired by the famous Y Combinator model, has flourished into a full-fledged ecosystem for social enterprise in a sectarian community. The organization matches teams of…

Start Small And Build. Sustainably.

“Can I have seconds on salad, please?” is not something middle-schoolers ask everyday. Most kids prefer the high-fat, low-nutrient tastes of foods like French fries or pizza to anything leafy,…

Commongood Careers: Talent Initiative Competition

For an organization to successfully achieve its social mission, it’s essential to have skilled and dedicated staff members on board; talent creates social change. Commongood Careers is a consulting firm…

Fossil free and politically correct: A biofuel company’s founder shares his story

Filled up your tank lately? Not only is it expensive, but it’s also hard – and, after the disastrous oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico last spring, getting harder…

The Obama administration gets entrepreneurial with StartupAmerica and ChooseMyPlate

It’s easy to be critical of government: it seems that our leaders never do enough to fix all the problems we face, whether they are economic, social, international, or domestic….

More than just a green space: Deep in Brooklyn, two farmers are redefining the notion of a “community garden”

On a recent Sunday afternoon, people gathered on the sidewalk outside Bushwick City Farms to rummage through bins of vegetables, rescued from grocery store dumpsters, and clothing, donated by local…

Looking Beyond Investigative Journalism (a Case for Solution Journalism)

Earlier this week, the New York Times published a powerful work of investigative reporting by Danny Hakim, which exposed terrible abuse and negligence in New York State’s institutions for the developmentally disabled. The story, which focused on the death of a 13-year-old autistic boy at the hands of a caretaker of the Oswald D. Heck Developmental Center (O.D. Heck) would fill any reader with outrage.

Hakim’s reporting is superb and detailed. Go read it. I hope he and his colleagues win awards for this and other stories on the issue.

But while the piece did a great job of exposing the problem, it said little about how we could fix it. This is an area where journalism often fails. And we want to know — how could we improve it?

The Mycelium School: A theory of fungal education

Mycelium are the vegetative part of a fungus, through which mushrooms absorbs nutrients from their environment as they spread out, latch on to the roots of plants and trees, and…

Citizen scientists set out to quantify the value of urban farms

In cities all over the U.S., urban agriculture has joined the farmer’s market as an accessible, even trendy, way for city dwellers to assert their commitment to living sustainably. But…

A new way to measure human rights may revolutionize global advocacy

In 1948, the United Nations passed the Universal Declaration of Human Rights in the hopes of creating a world in which individuals lived without oppression. In the decades that have…