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Beyond Connectivity

Data-driven apps are opening a new era of global development. That’s one of the big takeaways from the recent Global Philanthropy Forum in Redwood City, Calif. It’s hard to pinpoint…

The importance of reaching out: Cindy Cooper of Speak Shop

In this series social entrepreneurs discuss the importance of sharing their big idea and reaching out to others. From  making business partners out of strangers to saving flooded headquarters, our contacts and future contacts…

Mini Case Study: How to leverage social media for action not just commentary

PROBLEM: While some applaud the power of social media to create social change, others doubt that information and discussion moves users to action. This fall, Malcolm Gladwell took a strong…

Craig Kielburger on how giving young activists more executive power motivates them to stay involved

In 1995, 12-year-old Craig Kielburger was flipping through the Toronto Star looking for comics when he came across an article about the murder of Iqbal Masih, a Pakistani child labor…

Twitter Roundup – December 3: Jumo, fast trains and a food safety overhaul

Search for the hashtag #socent and you’ll find wide-ranging interest in social entrepreneurship on Twitter. Here’s a roundup of a few thought-provoking tweets from the last week: Facebook co-founder Chris…

Mini Case Study: Heal The Bay on how to make a video go viral

Social innovators can learn from each others’ successes and failures. That’s the idea behind Dowser’s Mini Case Studies, real-world stories showing how changemakers confront practical challenges. PROBLEM: The environmental advocacy…

Smartphone apps turn citizens into scientists

Around 100 million Americans use web-connected, camera-equipped phones on a daily — probably hourly — basis. Which is why many developers are exploring how this extraordinary resource can be harnessed…

A Safe Haven in Cartoon Confidants

For months, psychologists struggled to reach the eight year old boy in the burn unit of the Pediatric Hospital of Tacubaya, in Mexico City. He had been discovered in the…

Twitter Roundup – November 19: Plastic bags, farmers markets and food banks

Search for the hashtag #socent and you’ll find wide-ranging interest in social entrepreneurship on Twitter. Here’s a roundup of a few thought-provoking tweets on food from the last week: Just…

SeeClickFix: Infrastructure solutions 2.0

An enlarging pothole is threatening the safety of drivers or bicyclists in your neighborhood, but your city has no hotline for non-emergencies. What do you do? It can be frustrating…

Apps 4 Africa, an example of government crowd-sourcing, announces winners

Three winners have been announced for Apps 4 Africa, a contest initiated by the U.S. State Department that is aimed at harnessing Africa’s tech talent for social change. The competition,…

SOCAP wrap-up: Human capital, mobile madness and green jobs

SOCAP, the social capital markets conference, wound down in San Francisco earlier this week. What follows are some insights and reflections from the event. Venture (human) capital: Jacqueline Novogratz of…

Interview: Deron Triff on building a business that draws out stories of change from 30 countries

After spending six years at PBS as the vice president of digital ventures, Deron Triff saw a need for more first-person stories generated by changemakers themselves. So, he launched Changents.com,…

Twitter Roundup – October 1: Geniuses, Google grants, libraries and electric rides

Search for the hashtag #socent and you’ll find wide-ranging interest in social entrepreneurship on Twitter. Here’s a roundup of a few thought-provoking tweets from the last week: Just as we…

Twitter Roundup – September 10: Legal updates via SMS, US gov’t offers prizes for citizens’ solutions, and more

Search for the hashtag #socent and you’ll find wide-ranging interest in social entrepreneurship on Twitter. Here’s a roundup of a few thought-provoking tweets from the last week: FrontlineSMS is free…