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DC Comics, Time Warner, Warner Bros Announce Campaign to Increase Aid to the Horn of Africa

On January 23, DC Comics announced a new campaign to support to humanitarian work in the Horn of Africa, where a confluence of drought, famine, and Islamist militia rule have…

Waste Farmers: A Company Aims to Put Nutrients From Food Waste Back Into the Soil

The United States has a topsoil problem. About 75 percent of it is gone, primarily because the large, single-crop farms that dominate American agriculture rely on chemicals and synthetic fertilizers…

New California Law Combats Human Slavery via Supply Chain Transparency

January is Human Trafficking Awareness Month, a time to educate people that slavery exists today and build support for the fight to stop it. But this January also happens to be…

First Person: Jennifer Chan of Exhibit Change on Early Lessons as an Entrepreneur

Jennifer Chan founded Exhibit Change to encourage impact through design thinking and to promote community building. The organization serves as a think tank for people to share ideas and designs,…

Get an MIT education for free, with soon-to-launch MITx

Most of the people I know have debt from education. And they were reluctant to take it on—but, many of them tell me, they felt that their choices were either…

Weekly Roundup: Haiti’s Road to Recovery and India’s Recent Milestone

Two Years Later, Haiti is Regaining her Strength Two years ago, a 7.0 earthquake shook Haiti, destroying the country and killing over 300,000 people.  Then, the country faced another disaster-…

New MFA program in Social Innovation Seeks to Create Social Entrepreneurs

These days, it’s a tough decision to go to graduate school: with unemployment still near nine percent and the prospect of a lifetime paying off student debt, many young people…

In Ohio, ESOP Pilots A Fresh Approach to Mortgage Modification

In 2010, when Antonio Martin, a 36-year-old husband and father of three who lives in a suburb of Cleveland, was laid off from his job at a Verizon retail store,…

Weekly Roundup: B Corps in California and India’s New Rickshaw

CA Companies Wait in Line to Become B- Corps B-Corp law went into effect in California this week and a “a band of smiling millionaires, papers in hand, waiting to…

Gabriel Brodbar on 2011 and What’s to Come in the Year Ahead

This is the 4th part of our Year in Review Series, in which we reconnect with our group of experts about the trends they forecasted for social entrepreneurship in 2011…

Kevin Jones of SOCAP on 2011 and What’s to Come in the Year Ahead

This is the third part of our Year in Review Series, in which we reconnect with our group of experts about the trends they forecasted for social entrepreneurship in 2011…

Amy Clark of Ashoka on 2011 and What’s to Come in the Year Ahead

This is the 2st part of our Year in Review Series, in which we reconnect with our group of experts about the trends they forecasted for social entrepreneurship in 2011…

Weekly Roundup: Upbeat News to Start the New Year?

The Christian Science Monitor did a series recently, citing all the trends that are making the world a better place — yes, it may actually be getting better. Contrary to…

Sasha Dichter of Acumen Fund on 2011 and What’s to Come in the Year Ahead

This is the 1st part of our Year in Review Series, in which we reconnect with our group of experts about the trends they forecasted for social entrepreneurship in 2011…

Weekly Roundup: Food Security Bill Sparks Discussion on Sustainability

India’s Controversial Food Bill: Despite the glowing success of India’s corporations in recent years, the country still has significant levels of inequality, leading to malnourishment and hunger among many of…