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Three Takeaways in my First Steps as a Social Entrepreneur

This post is written by Armand Tossou, a Fulbright scholar from Benin who is an MBA Candidate in the Global Social and Sustainable Enterprise MBA program at Colorado State University….

Discipline With Dignity: Oakland Classrooms Try Healing Instead of Punishment

Tommy, an agitated 14-year-old high school student in Oakland, Calif., was in the hallway cursing out his teacher at the top of his lungs. A few minutes earlier, in the…

The Myth Behind Public School Failure

Until about 1980, America’s public schoolteachers were iconic everyday heroes painted with a kind of Norman Rockwell patina—generally respected because they helped most kids learn to read, write and successfully…

Cartographies of Time: Part II

We believe that places are like people and that each has a unique personality. A defining and often delightful aspect of each place’s personality is the way in which time…

Cartographies of Time: Part I

This is the first post in a two-part series on the cartographies time. Here, we explore one of the most fundamental assumptions in recent Western civilisation – our perception and…

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…

Eco-Marketing for the Future

What really is green marketing? In one source, it was reported to be “the marketing of products that are presumed to be environmentally safe; thus green marketing incorporates a broad…

The Age of Outrospection: why ‘adventurous empathy’ might be the most essential quality of civilization

Imagine for a moment that you are reading or listening to a story so intensely that you forget yourself and step into the shoes of the storyteller. You see what…

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…

Educational Focus: Are We Striving for the Wrong Goals?

Recently, Unnayan Learning Hub was featured in a news story that focused on how we, the co-founders, gave up our careers to transform the lives of children in underprivileged areas….

How to Make a City Great

By 2030, 60 percent of the world’s population will live in cities. That could mean great things for economic growth—if the cities handle their expansion wisely. Here’s how. What makes…

The Power of Youth: Using the Tech Startup Mentality to Solve Healthcare Challenges

Addressing delegates at the International Youth Day conference in August 2001, then UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan proclaimed, “Young people should be at the forefront of global change and innovation.” In…

Supply Chain Transformation in Global Apparel Is Possible Now

Clothes provide cover and are key to expressing who we are and aspire to be. Encompassing clothing, textiles, footwear and luxury goods, the world’s garment and textile industry reached USD…

Designed to Arrive Early: How We Can Save the Lives of Millions of Children

Today, thousands of doctors – including me – will go to work. And wait. This is how most health systems function: providers wait for patients to come into clinics or…

“To Catch a Dollar:” New Documentary Captures Microfinance in America

This is a guest post by filmmaker Gayle Ferraro, the director of a new documentary looking at Grameen America.  Financed and released by Sundance Institute, Participant Media, and Skoll Foundation,…