Money Does Grow on Trees in One Peruvian Town

How Forestry Has Transformed a Small Farm Town in Peru The Andes Mountains, the largest mountain range in the world, are home to 32% of Peru’s population, many of which…

Building More Mindful Media

Mandar Apte co-founded Media Rise Festival, part-conference, part-movement, to transform modern-day media.  The US-based organization is making a case for media that’s smarter, more sensitive, and more solutions-driven.  Dr. Srivi…

Garden Library: Creativity and Conversation Transform Stigmatized Neighborhood

“The Garden Library is like our mother,” says Sudanese asylum seeker Najmeldien (Nadeem) Ahmed. “It felt like my life in Israel started when I found the library.” The Garden Library…

Movirtu Offers Many Calls from One Mobile

London-based startup Movirtu is rethinking SIM cards.  Why carry around various SIM cards for multiple phones?  Movirtu has created a “virtual” SIM card that gives users in developing countries access…

Ruwwad: How One Community Overcame the Middle East Education Crisis

I already knew the Ruwwad story intimately. The vision was formed by Fadi Ghandour, the founder and now chairman of the largest logistics company in the Middle East and Africa,…

Strategic Branding: How to Market a Growing Nonprofit

As nonprofits feel the squeeze of funders cutting dollars for operating costs and organizations try to set themselves apart, many nonprofit managers focus on marketing individual programs and services first,…

A Quick Guide to Changing the World – Seriously

The solution revolution—the convergence of money and meaning, problem solvers and “patient” capital, governments and citizen (and commercial) changemakers—is underway. But while it flourishes in some parts of the world,…

The Elephant has left the room

In late 2012, at the Booth Theater in New York, I watched Edward Albee’s “Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf”. During intermission, seeking distraction from the pain of the play, I…

Raise Your City: Millennial Tactics for Fundraising

It’s becoming an age-old question: How do you engage today’s 20-somethings in charitable giving and community engagement? Organizations and nonprofits have racked their brains and literally devised development strategies to…

NextDrop: The ‘Big Data’ Influence

The proliferation of mobile-supported business models in India is substantial. Given its ubiquity amongst lower-income groups, mobile technology is recognized as a maximum impact tool, particularly for grassroots data collection….

SolePower Aspires to Put a Charge in Your Step

Cell phones are transforming lives in places like Sub-Saharan Africa, where they are crucial for advancing everything from education to medicine to commerce. The problem? Many developing countries lack access…

The Crucial Role of Empathy: Molly Melching

A conversation with Molly Melching, founder and executive director of Tostan and the protagonist of Aimee Molloy’s However Long the Night.Molly Melching was 24-years-old when she first arrived to Senegal as a University…

24 Millennials Rode the Rails and This is What They Learned

A classroom on wheels, vintage wheels. The Millennial Trains Project is a modern-day experiment in learning.  It’s indicative of a generation that’s seeking education beyond the classroom.   And piling into a…

Keeping Hope Alive in Somalia: Dr. Hawa Abdi

Her nicknames range from “Mama Hawa” to “Mother Theresa meets Rambo.” When the Somalian government collapsed in 1991, Dr. Hawa Abdi was a young doctor operating a small clinic on…

Primeros Pasos: Fighting Malnourishment with Home Cooking

Chuicavioc, Guatemala: Janet Coyoy focused intensely on the cooking demonstration, taking mental notes on how to make cream of potato soup thick with vitamins and nutrients. It was only when another…