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The Real Future of Clean Water

What would it take to ensure that everyone in the world had access to clean water? I’m prompted to ask this question in response to a recent New York Times…

The Rise of the Social Entrepreneur

Recently, I wrote a column suggesting that, in the field of social change, we’re getting smarter. I went so far as to say that we may even be going through a new…

Goonj: Rescuing Uttarakhand and Bridging the Clothing Divide

In the hilly and scenic state of Uttarakhand, India, monsoon floods have become deadly – killing almost 10,000 people.  The flashfloods this month have absorbed villages, ravaged homes, and left…

Lobbying for the Greater Good

  This is part of David Bornstein’s regular series – Fixes – for the New York Times. In May, scientists reported that the concentration of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere had reached…

Social Business and Social Fiction: An Interview with Muhammad Yunus

David Bornstein interviewed Grameen Bank founder Muhammad Yunus last week.  Here’s part of his conversation.  For the full conversation, please go to the Fixes column here.  (Photo by Nasir Ali…

Clean Energy: Is Crowdfunding the Solution?

by David Bornstein This originally appeared in the New York Times as a Fixes column. **** If you wanted to get large numbers of people actively engaged in helping to solve…

The Power of the Playground

Ask a young child, “How was school today?” and you’re likely to hear about recess. My son is 7 years old, and like many children his age, recess is the…

A Light in India

When we hear the word innovation, we often think of new technologies or silver bullet solutions — like hydrogen fuel cells or a cure for cancer. To be sure, breakthroughs…

To Beat Back Poverty, Pay the Poor

The city of Rio de Janeiro is infamous for the fact that one can look out from a precarious shack on a hill in a miserable favela and see practically…

A Plan to Make Homelessness History

This is a story about a plan to end chronic homelessness in the United States. It’s not an indeterminate “war on homelessness,” but a methodical approach to do away with…

The Human Incubator

Sometimes, the best way to progress isn’t to advance — to step up with more money, more technology, more modernity. It’s to retreat. Towards the end of the 1970s, the…

Foreclosure Is Not an Option

Given the grim news in lending and home financing in recent months, it would appear that little can be done to stem the tide of foreclosures sweeping the nation. Nationally,…

A Safe Haven in Cartoon Confidants

For months, psychologists struggled to reach the eight year old boy in the burn unit of the Pediatric Hospital of Tacubaya, in Mexico City. He had been discovered in the…

Clean Water at No Cost? Just Add Carbon Credits

In America, I turn on the faucet and out pours water. In much of the world, no such luck. Nearly a billion people don’t have drinkable water. Lack of water…

Fighting Bullying With Babies

Imagine there was a cure for meanness. Well, maybe there is. Lately, the issue of bullying has been in the news, sparked by the suicide of Tyler Clementi, a gay…