Amidst War, An Afghan Renaissance

We often see the arts as only fit for museums, galleries, and film festivals, cloistered in halls only for the intellectual elite.  But the arts can help build a nation,…

Meditating Behind Bars: Why Yoga In Prisons May Mitigate Recidivism

Earlier this year the Supreme Court ruled that California prisons were in such bad shape they violated the 8th amendment prohibiting cruel and unusual punishment. The reason? Overcrowding. California must…

A Petition to Stop SOPA Tests the Internet’s Power to Save Itself

All over Reddit, Twitter, and various blogs, the armies are gearing up to defend themselves against an encroaching enemy: the government. And their greatest weapon is, ultimately, themselves. As a…

Weekly Roundup: Internet Censorship and Occupy’s Hurdles

The World’s Largest Democracy Tries to Curb the Internet #KapilSabil became one of the most popular hashtags this week on Twitter.  Ironic, considering that Kapil Sabil, India’s Communication and IT…

U.S. Cities Launch Benchmarking Program To Make Buildings More Energy-Efficient

Humans are an increasingly urbanized species; for the first time in history, more people live in cities than in rural areas. And that, of course, means more buildings, which means…

Tracking the Unreasonable Institute Fellows: Cycle Chalao

In this series we check in on Unreasonable Institute graduates. The Institute puts 25 entrepreneurs a year through an intense training and mentoring program to speed the development of their…

Opinion: Will Occupy Lead to Policy Change?

Due to the onset of winter and police crackdowns on encampments, Occupy movements in many cities have retreated from their initial tactics of long term public occupations. In this time…

A Design Curriculum Combats The Creativity Crisis In Public Schools

We all remember times when school felt completely useless and abstract – for me, it was in chemistry class, a subject I thought would never apply to my life or…

Weekly Roundup: Busan, Durban, LA OWS, and Forbes

More big meetings, more empty promises? Busan: The Fourth High-Level Forum on Aid Effectiveness. The aim: a partnership for global development and aid effectiveness that has big players like China…

GOOD Maker Crowdsources Solutions And Provides Means for Implementation

Picture a marriage between the crowdfunding platform Kickstarter and OpenIDEO, a platform where a community of users proposes solutions real-world design challenges and ultimately selects a winner. Their baby would…

Jed Emerson: What Impact Investing Has to Offer in Today’s Rocky Economy

Jed Emerson and Antony Bugg-Levine have co-authored a new book titled Impact Investing: Transforming How We Make Money While Making A Difference. Emerson has worked at Harvard and Stanford, focusing…

Social Enterprise Bootcamp in Seven Steps

Directed at budding social entrepreneurs, Social Enterprise Bootcamp, a recent two day workshop organized by students at Columbia, NYU and the School of Visual Arts, offered practical advice from an…

The Silicon Valley of Shit: Nairobi Is Ground Zero for Sanitation Innovation

A “flying toilet” is a particularly Kenyan device: a small grocery bag used as a toilet and then tossed out the window onto the street. The first encounter is both…

Weekly Roundup: Global Fund Takes a Hit And Occupy Protests Face Serious Challenges

Every week, we roundup the conversation surrounding the news in the world of social innovation. Global Fund Takes a Hit The Global Fund to Fight AIDS,  Tuberculosis, and Malaria will…

The Other Half of the Story: The HPV Vaccine in Rwanda

Several weeks ago, as GOP presidential hopefuls Michele Bachmann and Rick Perry wrangled over the ethics and implications of vaccinating preteen girls against the human papillomavirus (HPV)—the virus that causes…