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The Ingenuity Series Part 1: How to reconstitute childhood and the American imagination

If you’re interested in children, education, social innovation, or, for that matter, the future of America, Newsweek‘s recent cover story on the “creativity crisis” by Po Bronson and Ashley Merryman…

Twitter Roundup – July 23: Google buys wind energy, MLB stars make PSAs, Paul Allen takes the Giving Pledge

Search for the hashtag #socent and you’ll find wide-ranging interest in social entrepreneurship on Twitter. Here’s a roundup of a few thought-provoking tweets from the last week: Google (@google) announced…

Weekly Roundup: Who’s solving what and how

Everywhere, people are working on innovative solutions to pressing social problems. Often, though, those stories can be difficult to track down. Which is why we’re scouring the Web to bring…

Earl Phalen wants to turn summer from a loss to an advantage for low-income kids

Summer. For some kids, it means freedom, swimming, endless days and lasting memories; sadly, for many it can also mean falling far behind at school. Researchers call it “summer learning…

Twitter Roundup – July 16: Recycling clothes in NYC, when ideas ‘have sex,’ goats and the city

Search for the hashtag #socent and you’ll find wide-ranging interest in social entrepreneurship on Twitter. Here’s a roundup of a few thought-provoking tweets from the last week: Trendspotters PSFK (@psfk)…

Nancy Lublin of Do Something on how to do more with less

I swung by the 92Y Tribeca here in New York Tuesday evening for a cool book event: Nancy Lublin, author of the new book Zilch: The Power of Zero in…

Weekly Roundup: Who’s solving what and how

All around us, people are working on innovative solutions to pressing social problems. But those stories can be difficult to track down. Which is why we’re scouring the Web to…

Big Ideas: J. Gregory Dees makes the case for social entrepreneurship

Starting today, we’re going to check in regularly with big thinkers in the field of social innovation. We want to know what they’re working on, what questions they’re wrestling with,…

Want to be a more effective changemaker? Play to your strengths

Kristin Ivie, social innovation program manager for the Case Foundation, recently put together a helpful list of seven tips for changemakers and idealists at Social Citizens. There’s one suggestion, however—in…

100K Homes’ campaign goal: End chronic homelessness by 2013

More than 100,000 Americans are “chronically homeless,” meaning they live on the streets or in shelters for a year or more. If a new campaign launched yesterday meets its goal,…

How to avoid more oil spills? Abolish the payroll tax!

Sometimes you have to put two stories side by side to highlight the strange tradeoffs we make every day in a complex world. Today, in the New York Times, for…

Weekly Roundup: Who’s solving what and how

All around us people are working to solve pressing social problems, but these stories can be difficult to track down. So we’ll be scouring the Web regularly to highlight a…

NYWSE: Training women to be effective intrapreneurs

In coverage of social innovation, entrepreneurs get most of the play. But intrapreneurs—employees who innovate within organizations—are key drivers of change, too. With this in mind, New York Women Social…

Twitter Roundup – July 2: Omidyar gives $2.3 million to boost democracy, Tesla goes public, Panera expands pay-what-you-wish

Search for the hashtag #socent and you’ll find wide-ranging interest in social entrepreneurship on Twitter. Here’s a roundup of a few thought-provoking tweets from the last week: The Guardian‘s Michael…

Can Blue Engine Fellows bridge the gap between college-eligible and college-ready?

Think back to the toughest class you took in high school.  Would you have performed better with an experienced coach by your side?  And what if that coach had been…