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From Silos to Solution Ecosystems

A couple of weeks ago, pianist Jonathan Biss was set to teach an online course on Beethoven’s Sonatas.  A whopping 32,000 people signed up for the course when it went…

Building More Mindful Media

Mandar Apte co-founded Media Rise Festival, part-conference, part-movement, to transform modern-day media.  The US-based organization is making a case for media that’s smarter, more sensitive, and more solutions-driven.  Dr. Srivi…

Movirtu Offers Many Calls from One Mobile

London-based startup Movirtu is rethinking SIM cards.  Why carry around various SIM cards for multiple phones?  Movirtu has created a “virtual” SIM card that gives users in developing countries access…

Raise Your City: Millennial Tactics for Fundraising

It’s becoming an age-old question: How do you engage today’s 20-somethings in charitable giving and community engagement? Organizations and nonprofits have racked their brains and literally devised development strategies to…

NextDrop: The ‘Big Data’ Influence

The proliferation of mobile-supported business models in India is substantial. Given its ubiquity amongst lower-income groups, mobile technology is recognized as a maximum impact tool, particularly for grassroots data collection….

SolePower Aspires to Put a Charge in Your Step

Cell phones are transforming lives in places like Sub-Saharan Africa, where they are crucial for advancing everything from education to medicine to commerce. The problem? Many developing countries lack access…

24 Millennials Rode the Rails and This is What They Learned

A classroom on wheels, vintage wheels. The Millennial Trains Project is a modern-day experiment in learning.  It’s indicative of a generation that’s seeking education beyond the classroom.   And piling into a…

Powerful Tech: New Innovations to Fight Rape, Murder, and Atrocities

Can technology single-handedly prevent atrocities?  That may be far fetched. But, it can certainly help collect data, catalogue stories, and build awareness.  USAID and Humanity United, a foundation devoted to…

Crowdfunding 2.0: What Will it Look Like?

This is a guest post by London-based entrepreneur Anthony Ogunbowale-Thomas, founder of GOODFRUIT, a crowdfunding 2.0 platform. Has technology sparked a modern Renaissance? Over 5 centuries ago, in Northern Italy,…

Andrea Coleman: “You cannot deliver a medicine by virtual technology”

Andrea Coleman is co-founder and CEO of Riders for Health, a non-profit organization that manages and maintains vehicles for health-focused partners in Africa. Together with co-founder and husband, Barry Coleman,…

150-Year-Old Railways Inspire 21st Century Change: Millennial Train Project

As the Millennial Trains Project enters the two-week countdown for applications, the nation is responding to its provocative idea: Let’s use 150-year-old railways to inspire 21st century change. Over the span of ten days, 40…

Creativity at the Workplace – It Is Possible

Innovation is an elusive ideal, prized as the secret ingredient in economic growth, social progress, and technological acceleration.  Unlocking American innovation is the first step to “winning the future,” according…

What Silicon Valley Cannot Teach Social Entrepreneurs

Guest post by Matthew Manos, founder and CEO of verynice, a LA-based design studio that dedicates 50% of their efforts to free design for nonprofits.  ~~~ There had been a…

iPads for Schools? Not that simple. Ed-Tech Needs “Design Research.”

Kim Campbell and Hila Mehr Last week, gaming company Zynga announced the launch of a $1M accelerator for educational games in partnership with the NewSchools Venture Fund. Similarly, ed-tech incubator…

Sparking Innovation – in the middle of the Pacific

by Brittany Koteles Unreasonable at Sea (UaS), a first-time collaboration between Unreasonable Institute, Semester at Sea, and Stanford’s d. school, was born with the objective to accelerate companies that are…