Clique provides more secure online dating through social networks

For young city-dwellers, dating is a social problem: infinite complications (limited time and money, instable or constantly-changing social circles) add stress and frustration to the already-daunting process of searching for…

Doug Lawrence: Reviving American Eco-nomy

Doug Lawrence is the Managing Principal of NY’s 5 Stone Capital, a new equity investor in green real estate and green business.  He speaks to us about the recent Jobs…

Microsoft Aspires to Innovate4Good: Akhtar Badshah

Akhtar Badshah has transitioned from his days as an architect and  the founder of a nonprofit to the Senior Director of Global Community Affairs at Microsoft – it’s a natural…

How Food Is Revitalizing Detroit

“There’s different people–black, white, rich, poor–coming together to talk about why their tomatoes aren’t growing,” says Scott, a 30-ish homesteader in Detroit’s heavily blighted Brightmoor neighborhood. “Gardening is a common…

Weekly Review: Global Governance Afterthoughts

In this series we interview thought leaders on the big concepts in the week’s news. Below we examine the G8 and global governance issues with Parag Khanna. Parag Khanna spends…

Shivani Siroya of InVenture Bridges the ‘Middle Gap’ with Mobile Technology

Shivani Siroya, an Unreasonable Institute fellow, is tackling the cash-based economy with a new investment model and mobile technology.  After a career in finance and development that took her to…

The Millennial Version of “Mad Men”: Office Kuki Offers Sustainability Brand Consulting

Back in the days of “Mad Men,” companies would spend big bucks on advertising in magazines and billboards. That still happens, but small start-ups can’t afford to shell out for…

The Unreasonable Institute At Sea: A Mobile Incubator

The Unreasonable Institute, an incubator for social enterprise start-ups from around the world, has teamed up with Stanford’s d.school and the study abroad program Semester At Sea to offer a…

Drink Water? 999Bottle Lets You Measure How Much Plastic You Don’t Use

If you’ve started to feel like plastic has taken over the world, it has — from the Tupperware in our kitchens to children’s toys to the remote patches of ocean…

Are Too Many Social Enterprises Adding To Our Problems?

If you want to change the world—whether locally or globally, big or small—you’ve probably thought about starting up your own social enterprise or nonprofit. Think again. Author and Columbia University…

Ethikus Leverages the Power of the Ethical Consumer

The idea that change starts small isn’t new. But in an age when large corporations seem increasingly ubiquitous and powerful, small businesses have become an important locus of sustainable economic…

Weekly Roundup: Malaria Making Progess?

This week the global health and development community marked World Malaria Day (April 25), highlighting new initiatives to fight malaria: the Partnership for Transforming Health Systems in tandem with the…

Journalist Kevin Fagan on the Link Between Reporting on Solutions and Creating Them

Journalist Kevin Fagan spent months immersed in the homeless community in San Francisco for his “Shame of the City” series, which ran in the San Francisco Chronicle in 2003. The…

Newberg: How Real is the Impact Economy?

Mark Newberg is a one-man balancing act who has taken on three positions with a common thread: impact.  Previously, he was the Senior Policy Advisor to the US Small Business…

David Brooks, Politics and Social Entrepreneurs

In a recent New York Times column, David Brooks takes note of the increasing popularity of social entrepreneurship – but unfortunately frames it as a kind of naïve idealism, a…