Can’t Pay? Don’t Pay! Or, Become An Edu-Punk: Some Solutions To The Problem Of Student Debt

Chances are, if you have a college or postgraduate degree, you also have student loans to pay back. Nationwide, Americans have around $1 trillion in education debt; each year, the…

Sector Agnosticism Animates Bipartisan DC Conversation

One of the toughest challenges we face in solving social problems is that the three sectors of society—government, business and the citizen sector—do not have strong bridges that connect one…

Weekly Roundup: Global Entrepreneurship Week, Mobile Banking and OWS

Global Entrepreneurship Week Invokes the Startup Spirit “New firms are indeed the greatest source of new wealth for struggling economies and a powerful weapon against poverty.”  – Jonathan Ortmans, president…

Bill Moggridge On Socially-Responsible Design, Connectivity, And Globalization

Bill Moggridge has pioneered evolutions in design by responding to the quick global transformations in communications technology. He founded the design and business consulting firm IDEO, which is piloting an…

Amplify Brooklyn: Designing A Sustainable Economy At The Community Level

The concept of “wicked problems” refers to issues that are considered near impossible to solve because of complex interdependencies within a system; only discrete and context-specific interventions can be applied…

Encore Entrepreneurs: Founders of a Certain Age Kickstart Social Impact Business

Our sputtering economy needs workers with more of that entrepreneurial spirit. Think tank Civic Ventures suggests they might come from an unexpected demographic: workers who are approaching middle age or…

Weekly Roundup: The G-20 Stalls and Stanford gets Flush

G-20: Fury with International Leaders This past week, the world’s leaders convened for the annual G-20 summit in France titled “New World, New Ideas.”  The hottest topic of discussion?  The…

Skillshare’s Michael Karnjanaprakorn on Risk-Taking

In our risk-taking series, Tulane University and Ashoka U students Katie Smalley and Laura White shed light on the value of risk-taking. By interviewing social innovators about bold steps they’ve…

Economics And The Environment: Why Oregon Plans To Go Coal-free

Past the debate around Solyndra and tension around how, exactly, government should support green tech, another energy story is emerging. The combination of new emissions regulations and cheaper alternative energy…

Weekly Roundup: China Teams up with Gates, the Seven Billion Mark and Occupy Oakland

Population Hits 7 Billion On Monday this week, the world population ballooned to 7 billion people. News agencies clambered to find that 7 billionth child, finding him again and again…

Occupy the Web: Votocracy and AmericansElect seek to reshape election 2012

The 2012 presidential election is over a year away, and tensions are already running high. A recent Gallup poll shows President Obama’s approval ratings to be the lowest in his…

Nine (with your help) Insights from Opportunity Collaboration

While attending Opportunity Collaboration, a professed non-conference conference focused on eradicating poverty last week in Ixtapa, Mexico, I started jotting down my learnings along the way. Here are a few…

Teaching Through Food: Conflict Kitchen Sparks Dialogue in Pittsburgh

One of the first reasons that Jon Rubin and his partner, Dawn Weleski, started the Conflict Kitchen was as a response to what was missing in Pittsburgh. The Conflict Kitchen…

Reading, Writing, Empathy: The Rise of ‘Social Emotional Learning’

Marc Brackett never liked school. “I was always bored,” he says, “and I never felt like any of my teachers really cared. I can’t think of anybody that made me…

How To Cover Social Innovation, Part II: Ask Different Questions

This article is the latest in a series that dissects news stories to make the case for high-quality “solution journalism.” In business, you reach success when you start asking the…