Seven Reasons Why Nonprofits Won’t Spend Money on Marketing

The nonprofit industry is filled to the brim with efficient, effective, highly impressive organizations that many people have never heard of. It’s tragic, but no real surprise; many nonprofits do…

Chuna Devi: Empowering Women in Rural Nepal

This week brought the UN’s 16 days of Action for the Elimination of Violence Against Women to a close. As 2013 ends – a year rife with stories of violence against women,…

The world’s most colorful protest: How paint helped Turkish people win a stare-down with the government

In the 1500+ cream-of-the-crop TED and TEDx videos that make it to TED.com, Derek Sivers’s 3-minute breakdown of How to Start a Movement is the 32nd most viewed. His story…

Vandana Shiva on Resisting GMOs: “Saving Seeds is a Political Act”

Trained in physics and philosophy, Vandana Shiva is renowned for her activism against GMOs, globalization, and patents on seeds and traditional foods. She co-founded Navdanya, which promotes seed saving and…

Want Your Social Enterprise to Succeed? Manage Your Friends and Foes

Bureaucratic headaches happen in every country. Social enterprises are particularly vulnerable to such obstacles, especially if the start-up disrupts the status quo and must then defend itself against resistance by…

A Simple Bridge is the Solution

In rural Ethiopia, a river three football fields wide can prevent a child from getting to the closest medical clinic.  The problem: no bridges to bypass bodies of water. A…

Kajol: Handwashing Saves Lives

A child dies from diarrhea or pneumonia every 15 seconds. Hand washing alone could reduce diarrhea by 45 percent and pneumonia by 23 percent. Yet to many in the developing…

From Spain to the Bronx: A New Weapon in the Fight Against Income Inequality

A look at IRS figures dating back to 1913 reveals that the gulf separating the richest and poorest Americans is wider today than it has been in more than 80…

Beyond the Threshold: Investing in Women-led Businesses

According to the Aspen Network of Development Entrepreneurs, a third of all small and medium enterprises in the developing world are led by women, so there’s a huge opportunity that’s…

Harnessing Private Investment to Finance Clean Water and Sanitation

The World Health Organization (WHO) estimates that approximately 768 million people worldwide lack access to improved drinking water, and over 2,500 million people lack access to sanitation facilities. WHO also…

The Women Effect: a Billion Women are about to Transform the Global Economy

Janet Yellen, Christine Lagarde and a handful of U.S. senators notwithstanding, women are still underrepresented in the world of finance. So it was a reversal earlier this month to be…

What’s Hard About Being a Millennial?

Recently, the Diplomatic Courier released its Top 99 Under 33 Foreign Policy Leaders List. Featuring Millennials from 37 countries and six continents, it includes a powerhouse collection of young attorneys,…

Rewiring Education: A New School in Downtown Project in Las Vegas

When school got underway this year in Las Vegas, Nevada, 15 children aged six weeks to 5 years walked, toddled and were toted into a brand new institution that’s founded…

Understanding Millennial Finance

Not many college students will find “travel 3000 miles on a train with a group of entrepreneurs” as a part of the job description for a summer internship. During my…

Who is Poor Enough for Cash Transfers? Difficult Problem in Malawi

One of the biggest challenges facing cash transfer programs in Malawi is deciding who is poor enough to get the money. The meeting was supposed to start half an hour…