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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…

The Silicon Valley of Shit: Nairobi Is Ground Zero for Sanitation Innovation

A “flying toilet” is a particularly Kenyan device: a small grocery bag used as a toilet and then tossed out the window onto the street. The first encounter is both…

The Other Half of the Story: The HPV Vaccine in Rwanda

Several weeks ago, as GOP presidential hopefuls Michele Bachmann and Rick Perry wrangled over the ethics and implications of vaccinating preteen girls against the human papillomavirus (HPV)—the virus that causes…

Can’t Pay? Don’t Pay! Or, Become An Edu-Punk: Some Solutions To The Problem Of Student Debt

Chances are, if you have a college or postgraduate degree, you also have student loans to pay back. Nationwide, Americans have around $1 trillion in education debt; each year, the…

Sector Agnosticism Animates Bipartisan DC Conversation

One of the toughest challenges we face in solving social problems is that the three sectors of society—government, business and the citizen sector—do not have strong bridges that connect one…

Weekly Roundup: Global Entrepreneurship Week, Mobile Banking and OWS

Global Entrepreneurship Week Invokes the Startup Spirit “New firms are indeed the greatest source of new wealth for struggling economies and a powerful weapon against poverty.”  – Jonathan Ortmans, president…

Amplify Brooklyn: Designing A Sustainable Economy At The Community Level

The concept of “wicked problems” refers to issues that are considered near impossible to solve because of complex interdependencies within a system; only discrete and context-specific interventions can be applied…

Encore Entrepreneurs: Founders of a Certain Age Kickstart Social Impact Business

Our sputtering economy needs workers with more of that entrepreneurial spirit. Think tank Civic Ventures suggests they might come from an unexpected demographic: workers who are approaching middle age or…

Economics And The Environment: Why Oregon Plans To Go Coal-free

Past the debate around Solyndra and tension around how, exactly, government should support green tech, another energy story is emerging. The combination of new emissions regulations and cheaper alternative energy…