Citizen scientists set out to quantify the value of urban farms

In cities all over the U.S., urban agriculture has joined the farmer’s market as an accessible, even trendy, way for city dwellers to assert their commitment to living sustainably. But…

A new way to measure human rights may revolutionize global advocacy

In 1948, the United Nations passed the Universal Declaration of Human Rights in the hopes of creating a world in which individuals lived without oppression. In the decades that have…

POPse revs up the UK’s social enterprise sector

It’s normal for any movement to find itself stuck in a rut from time to time. And with the global recession still having an effect on the market, the social…

Twitter Roundup: May 27 – Social media experts, take-aways from Ashoka’s panel at the World Bank, and a nutritious food cart

Search for the hashtag #socent and you’ll find wide-ranging interest in social entrepreneurship on Twitter. Here’s a roundup of a few interesting tweets from the last week: Microfinance organization CWCD has…

Jonathan Morduch: Five takeaways from the Microfinance USA 2011 Conference

Microfinance expert and author (most recently) of Portfolios of the Poor: How the World’s Poor Live on $2 a Day, Jonathan Morduch reflects on some of the things he learned at…

Kevin Jones of SOCAP explains why big, bad capital markets should inspire hope instead of fear

Next week, SOCAP, promoting the flow of capital towards social good by bringing together social entrepreneurs, investors, and institutions, holds its fourth annual conference at Beurs Van Berlage in Amsterdam….

How to get a social enterprise off the ground: The importance of surveying the field

So you’ve got the next Great Idea to solve a social or environmental problem; or the beginnings of the next Great Idea — where do you go from here? How…

Ashoka at 30: Examining barriers and celebrating achievements at Ashoka’s Forum 2011

Since 1981, Ashoka has been providing financial and professional support to innovators intent on changing the world. To celebrate Ashoka’s 30th year in catalyzing social change, the organization is hosting…

Xóchitl Castañeda on helping farm workers (who grow our food) stay healthy themselves

We often think of agricultural workers as healthy, physically active and surrounded by produce, but obesity and diabetes are at epidemic levels in many farm-worker communities. Researchers at the University…

Twitter Roundup: May 20 – Impact investing, filter bubbles, and rethinking technology’s possibilities

Search for the hashtag #socent and you’ll find wide-ranging interest in social entrepreneurship on Twitter. Here’s a roundup of a few interesting tweets from the last week: Impact investment has made…

Peace Direct: Tapping into the power of local social entrepreneurs to build peace in conflict regions

Over the past 15 years, more than five million people have been killed in the civil war in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). More than 400,000 women are raped…

Nuvana brings social technology and arts education together to inspire youth

Artists have long enjoyed the creative space at the intersection of social networking and technology, using the Internet to generate new forms of art and more engaging platforms to experience…

Slideshow: Barefoot Power brings solar lighting off-the-grid

A couple hours drive on a dusty road outside of the southern town of Masaka, Uganda, you’ll find Musubiro Village. Miles from the closest electricity grid, there is little hope…

Mini case study: BlueEngine addresses the need for academic rigor through intensive tutorials

PROBLEM: The “achievement gap” in education is one of the most pressing equal rights issues in the United States: all over the country, public schools students in low-income, largely minority…

Twitter Roundup: May 13 – The necessity of failure, crowdsourced projects and microconsignment

Search for the hashtag #socent and you’ll find wide-ranging interest in social entrepreneurship on Twitter. Here’s a roundup of a few interesting tweets from the last week: Buff up your…