Getting life off the page and into the reader’s imagination: an interview with Tracy Kidder

Can writers promote causes for social change, and should they? Tracy Kidder is author of numerous essays and books of fiction and nonfiction, and is recently best known for Mountains…

Creating the sustainable city: Are imagination and leadership enough?

Without imagination, humans would be incapable of innovating. So it’s no surprise, with over half the population worldwide living in  overcrowded and resource-strapped cities, there are vibrant movements to re-imagine…

Ross Baird of First Light Ventures on closing the gap between entrepreneurs and investors

The best social innovations can be stalled in the ideas phase without funds to get started. In this series social entrepreneurs discuss fundraising: strategies, pitfalls and sweat spent on the…

Twitter Roundup: May 6 – State Department TechCamps, reality TV meets socent, and the case of Seventh Generation

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: Journalism in the developing…

E-Health Point combines water and wireless to provide healthcare in rural India

Al Hammond and Amit Jain of E-Health Point found a hook to get rural Indians to come to their clinics: provide clean water. Cheap clean water brings the foot traffic…

The importance of reaching out: Chris Clark of Sunflower Solutions

In this series social entrepreneurs discuss the importance of reaching out. From transforming strangers into business partners to saving flooded headquarters, our contacts and future contacts routinely prove integral to…

Mini Case Study: How to recruit top talent, when you can’t pay top dollar

PROBLEM: In 2009, the co-founder of Anza Technologies, a startup that designs and delivers high-quality, income-generating products to African farmers, was confronted with one of the biggest obstacles facing most…

VilCap: Entrepreneurial investment beyond just cash

Investment is often conceived as simply an application of capital toward future gains, but it can also materialize in other forms, such as time, information, or people. Village microfinance groups…

Twitter Roundup: April 29 – Solar powering the economy, academic bubbles and the scoop on Catchafire

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: While nonprofits obviously need…

Critical Exposure: A lens and a student aiming for systematic reform

The photo shows a wall-mounted clock with chunks of glass missing between one and three o’clock. “This photo depicts a broken clock in a classroom. It shows how time is…

Brooklyn Bridge to Cambodia; Ownership and empowerment at the heart of a water pump sales startup

Lack of access to water is a crucial roadblock in the path from poverty to wealth for many rural societies. Without irrigation techniques, farmers must rely on rainfall that may…

Slideshow: How Mafuta Sasa turns waste cooking oil into clean biodiesel

Michael Mwakilasa is not your typical Tanzanian entrepreneur, and Mafuta Sasa Ltd is not your typical African energy company. After spending a year experimenting with converting wasted vegetable oil (WVO)…

Darell Hammond: 5 tips from his new book on how KaBOOM is ressurecting play

Most adults reflect fondly on the days when long hours spent at school were punctuated by a sunny and loud recess break. Playtime is an essential component in a child’s…

Twitter Roundup: April 22 – contextual solutions, highly effective CEO habits, and social finance demand

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: Solutions are not…

Big Solutions Start Small: How Ioby uses local crowdfunding to transform the global environment

Each Earth Day, programs, events and tree-plantings try to galvanize public awareness about environmental concerns.
But sometimes, widespread problems–like climate change–can seem so massive that individuals and grassroots groups may find it difficult to conceptualize how they can really make a difference–or even where to start.
NYC-based Ioby (In Our Back Yards) aims to change that.