Tap for Safety: Circle of 6 to Stop Rape

  by Rosie Spinks When Vice President Joe Biden—a longtime opponent of violence against women—announced the Apps Against Abuse technology challenge in 2011, Brooklyn-based filmmaker and activist Nancy Schwartzman knew…

Techy Girls Gaining Ground

By Lindsay Hebert The stereotype “computer geek” carries with it the usual accoutrements: glasses, game consoles and lots of alone time. Even as technology has become ubiquitous through social networks…

The Power of Ideas on a Finite Planet: Ramez Naam

  Adapted from The Infinite Resource: The Power of Ideas on a Finite Planet, a new book by Seattle-based Ramez Naam who is a technologist and a writer.  In the book,…

How to do Sustainability Right: Andy Savitz

by Divya Srinivasan Quaker Oats, Gatorade, and Tropicana share one thing in common – they’re Pepsi Co’s attempt to sell nutritious products, not fizzy colas.  It could be classified as…

Stop Developing Software: “Stop Reinventing the Flat Tire”

  Recently Priya Jaisinghani, Teressa Trusty, and I brought together a few folks to have an informal Technology Salon around the pertinent question of how can the development community get…

Tech for Atrocities: Can Cell Phones Help?

by Tessa Farnsworth Curry How do you harness one of the world’s greatest tools for changing the way we live, and use it to prevent mass atrocities from occurring? Technology…

Sheryl Sandberg: What do you think?

  Sheryl Sandberg’s latest book “Lean In” has been much talked about – literally.  It’s been the feature of a NPR podcast, a CBS 60 Minutes episode, and an Oprah…

From a $3 Billion Hotel to a $25 Microfinance Loan

Adam S. Poswolsky interviews Bob Harris, the author of “The International Bank of Bob.”When you talk to writer Bob Harris, his deep, soothing voice makes you feel like you’re listening to the…

Focus on Clients, not Growth, says new Accion Report on Financial Inclusion

A new report on Financial Inclusion issued by Accion in partnership with Citi and Visa is a launchpad for their new campaign - FI2020 - which will try to unite the private…

Conscious Capitalism with John Mackey of Whole Foods

John Mackey, co-founder and CEO of Whole Foods, is starting a new movement—“conscious capitalism.” Whole Foods CEO John Mackey (Picture above/ Photo Credit: Wikipedia) – It’s time to balance business with…

Social Impact Session with Sonal Shah

  Brian Weinberg of Blended Profit speaks with Sonal Shah, a Tides Fellow and former Director of the Office of Social Innovation at the White House. SONAL SHAH is an entrepreneur and…

Clean Energy: Is Crowdfunding the Solution?

by David Bornstein This originally appeared in the New York Times as a Fixes column. **** If you wanted to get large numbers of people actively engaged in helping to solve…

Six Ways to Shift and Broaden Your Perspective–and Lead More Effectively

by Prasad Kaipa and Navi Radjou Adapted from their new book, “From Smart to Wise” Our leadership perspective is based on the sum total of the knowledge, experiences, and choices we made before. It defines…

After a Decade of War, Afghan Dreamers Project Seeks to Tell a Different Story

by Rosie Spinks When President Obama remarked in his last state of the union address that “by the end of next year, our war in Afghanistan will be over,” he…

Microsoft gets “smart” with phones 4Afrika

When Microsoft unveiled a multipronged investment in African technological capacity and human capital a few days ago, its new smart phone, manufactured by the Chinese company Huawei, dominated news coverage. Winning over…