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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…

The Social Entrepreneurship Year in Review

As we approach the end of 2011 and take stock of this year in social entrepreneurship – the stories, the leaders, the emerging solutions — there is a strong sense…

Films with Impact – Granito: How to Nail a Dictator

Granito stitches together two stories: a documentation of Guatemala’s “secret war” in 1982, and today’s efforts to disclose the  truths of Montt’s regime. For Paco de Onis, the movie’s producer…

Explainer: Women, Headscarves, and Protesters on Egypt’s Streets

The thousands of women who took to Cairo’s streets on Tuesday, marching to protest against Egyptian soldiers who tore women’s clothes off—specifically, their abaya, a symbol of modesty and piety–dragged,…

Small Is Better: Downsizing Houses

The subprime mortgage crisis that erupted in 2008, and resulted in nearly a million foreclosures by October 2009, is far from over. The Christian Science Monitor recently reported that, after…

Alternatives to Medical Testing on Chimpanzees

Aside from the small African country of Gabon, the U.S. is the only nation in the world that still conducts research on chimpanzees. Last Thursday, the National Institutes of Health…

Weekly Roundup: Protesters, B-Corps and More Protesters

TIME Magazine’s Person of the Year – The Protester TIME magazine made an apt choice for person of the year, as rural protesters in China are now joining the likes…

Amidst War, An Afghan Renaissance

We often see the arts as only fit for museums, galleries, and film festivals, cloistered in halls only for the intellectual elite.  But the arts can help build a nation,…

Meditating Behind Bars: Why Yoga In Prisons May Mitigate Recidivism

Earlier this year the Supreme Court ruled that California prisons were in such bad shape they violated the 8th amendment prohibiting cruel and unusual punishment. The reason? Overcrowding. California must…

A Petition to Stop SOPA Tests the Internet’s Power to Save Itself

All over Reddit, Twitter, and various blogs, the armies are gearing up to defend themselves against an encroaching enemy: the government. And their greatest weapon is, ultimately, themselves. As a…

U.S. Cities Launch Benchmarking Program To Make Buildings More Energy-Efficient

Humans are an increasingly urbanized species; for the first time in history, more people live in cities than in rural areas. And that, of course, means more buildings, which means…

Opinion: Will Occupy Lead to Policy Change?

Due to the onset of winter and police crackdowns on encampments, Occupy movements in many cities have retreated from their initial tactics of long term public occupations. In this time…

A Design Curriculum Combats The Creativity Crisis In Public Schools

We all remember times when school felt completely useless and abstract – for me, it was in chemistry class, a subject I thought would never apply to my life or…

GOOD Maker Crowdsources Solutions And Provides Means for Implementation

Picture a marriage between the crowdfunding platform Kickstarter and OpenIDEO, a platform where a community of users proposes solutions real-world design challenges and ultimately selects a winner. Their baby would…

Social Enterprise Bootcamp in Seven Steps

Directed at budding social entrepreneurs, Social Enterprise Bootcamp, a recent two day workshop organized by students at Columbia, NYU and the School of Visual Arts, offered practical advice from an…