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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…

Q&A with #SummerImpact winner Marianne Gadeberg

Earlier this month we launched our #SummerImpact contest where we asked you, our faithful readers, to tweet what you’d be doing this summer to make a social impact. We got…

Q&A with #SummerImpact winner David Watterson

Earlier this month we launched our #SummerImpact contest where we asked you, our faithful readers, to tweet what you’d be doing this summer to make a social impact. We got…

Sparkseed’s Dangerously Ambitious conference examines the support structures needed for social entrepreneurship

This past weekend, 60 social entrepreneurs, investors, and business leaders got together in Sunnyvale, California for Dangerously Ambitious, a three-day “un-conference” that included skydiving, urban adventure games, and a rapid…

Twitter Roundup – August 13: Health tips from Sesame Street, mentorship from i/o ventures, and street parking solutions from San Francisco

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: Sesame Workshop, the…

Interview: Oso Martin on how Free Geek redirects 500 tons of computers from landfills to humans each year

Oso Martin, founder of the Portland, OR-based recycling collective Free Geek, combines three problems and comes up with a solution. “Some people have too many computers; others don’t have enough,”…

All a-Twitter with #SummerImpact contest

Summertime, and the tweeting is easy…It’s only been three days since we launched our social change Twitter contest, #SummerImpact, and we’ve already racked up quite an array of amazing responses…

#SummerImpact Contest! August 2-6

Ahh, summer. Makes us think about barbecues, beaches, and… social innovation! Yeah, that’s right—social innovation. Dowser wants to know how you’re building a better world this summer.  What purpose-driven projects…

Twitter Roundup – July 30: Dares drive funding, smartphones sign petitions, home computers calculate energy efficiency

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: Social media news…

Weekly Links Roundup – July 29: American transportation gets greener, electric apparel, and more

All around us, people are working on innovative solutions to pressing social problems. Often, though, those stories can be difficult to track down. Which is why we’re regularly scouring the…

Twitter Roundup – July 16: Recycling clothes in NYC, when ideas ‘have sex,’ goats and the city

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: Trendspotters PSFK (@psfk)…