Designed to Arrive Early: How We Can Save the Lives of Millions of Children

Today, thousands of doctors – including me – will go to work. And wait. This is how most health systems function: providers wait for patients to come into clinics or…

“To Catch a Dollar:” New Documentary Captures Microfinance in America

This is a guest post by filmmaker Gayle Ferraro, the director of a new documentary looking at Grameen America.  Financed and released by Sundance Institute, Participant Media, and Skoll Foundation,…

A Short Guide to Understanding Female Genital Cutting

Female genital cutting (FGC) used to be an issue that only feminists and anthropologists discussed. Over the past decade, however, the issue has been rising in the global agenda. Just…

Seven Reasons Why Nonprofits Won’t Spend Money on Marketing

The nonprofit industry is filled to the brim with efficient, effective, highly impressive organizations that many people have never heard of. It’s tragic, but no real surprise; many nonprofits do…

The world’s most colorful protest: How paint helped Turkish people win a stare-down with the government

In the 1500+ cream-of-the-crop TED and TEDx videos that make it to TED.com, Derek Sivers’s 3-minute breakdown of How to Start a Movement is the 32nd most viewed. His story…

Want Your Social Enterprise to Succeed? Manage Your Friends and Foes

Bureaucratic headaches happen in every country. Social enterprises are particularly vulnerable to such obstacles, especially if the start-up disrupts the status quo and must then defend itself against resistance by…

From Spain to the Bronx: A New Weapon in the Fight Against Income Inequality

A look at IRS figures dating back to 1913 reveals that the gulf separating the richest and poorest Americans is wider today than it has been in more than 80…

Beyond the Threshold: Investing in Women-led Businesses

According to the Aspen Network of Development Entrepreneurs, a third of all small and medium enterprises in the developing world are led by women, so there’s a huge opportunity that’s…

Harnessing Private Investment to Finance Clean Water and Sanitation

The World Health Organization (WHO) estimates that approximately 768 million people worldwide lack access to improved drinking water, and over 2,500 million people lack access to sanitation facilities. WHO also…

Rewiring Education: A New School in Downtown Project in Las Vegas

When school got underway this year in Las Vegas, Nevada, 15 children aged six weeks to 5 years walked, toddled and were toted into a brand new institution that’s founded…

Understanding Millennial Finance

Not many college students will find “travel 3000 miles on a train with a group of entrepreneurs” as a part of the job description for a summer internship. During my…

Who is Poor Enough for Cash Transfers? Difficult Problem in Malawi

One of the biggest challenges facing cash transfer programs in Malawi is deciding who is poor enough to get the money. The meeting was supposed to start half an hour…

Richard Branson’s “B Team:” Business for Good

Andrew Rasiej, founder of Personal Democracy Media and Chair of New York Tech Meetup, talks to Sir Richard Branson, founder of Virgin Group, about “the greatest challenge and opportunity of…

Malala: A Peaceful Voice for Education

Malala Yousafzi was shot by the Taliban for wanting to go to school. At the Mashable Social Good Summit, she is joined by her father, Zia, the CEO of the…

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…