The Ingenuity Series Part 3: How to boost your creativity

Keeping with the creativity theme from last week, what can we do to augment our creative powers? One thing we know from the field of neuroscience is that, unlike computers,…

#SummerImpact Contest! August 2-6

Ahh, summer. Makes us think about barbecues, beaches, and… social innovation! Yeah, that’s right—social innovation. Dowser wants to know how you’re building a better world this summer.  What purpose-driven projects…

Twitter Roundup – July 30: Dares drive funding, smartphones sign petitions, home computers calculate energy efficiency

Search for the hashtag #socent and you’ll find wide-ranging interest in social entrepreneurship on Twitter. Here’s a roundup of a few thought-provoking tweets from the last week: Social media news…

Weekly Links Roundup – July 29: American transportation gets greener, electric apparel, and more

All around us, people are working on innovative solutions to pressing social problems. Often, though, those stories can be difficult to track down. Which is why we’re regularly scouring the…

The Ingenuity Series Part 2: Make sure kids have the confidence to try out their ideas

Yesterday I wrote a post about the “creativity crisis” recently reported by Newsweek. Over the past 20 years, American children have steadily lost ground on a long-standing creativity assessment that’s…

The Ingenuity Series Part 1: How to reconstitute childhood and the American imagination

If you’re interested in children, education, social innovation, or, for that matter, the future of America, Newsweek‘s recent cover story on the “creativity crisis” by Po Bronson and Ashley Merryman…

Interview: Kim Scheinberg on how Presumed Abundance turns angel investing into lifelong collaboration

Kim Scheinberg has a habit she can’t seem to kick: investing in social entrepreneurs who have business ideas to change the world. The problem is she doesn’t enjoy haggling over…

Twitter Roundup – July 23: Google buys wind energy, MLB stars make PSAs, Paul Allen takes the Giving Pledge

Search for the hashtag #socent and you’ll find wide-ranging interest in social entrepreneurship on Twitter. Here’s a roundup of a few thought-provoking tweets from the last week: Google (@google) announced…

Weekly Roundup: Who’s solving what and how

Everywhere, people are working on innovative solutions to pressing social problems. Often, though, those stories can be difficult to track down. Which is why we’re scouring the Web to bring…

Interview: Elmira Bayrasli of Endeavor on supporting entrepreneurs in emerging markets

Elmira Bayrasli and her colleagues are always on the lookout for the up-and-coming Bill Gateses and Steve Jobses of developing countries. She handles policy and outreach for Endeavor, a New…

Interview: Alice Tepper Marlin on how to hold companies accountable in a globalized world

Who made the shirt you’re wearing? Were the cloth cutters or seamstresses treated fairly? Did the factory comply with reasonable environmental standards? If you have no clue, then check out…

Earl Phalen wants to turn summer from a loss to an advantage for low-income kids

Summer. For some kids, it means freedom, swimming, endless days and lasting memories; sadly, for many it can also mean falling far behind at school. Researchers call it “summer learning…

Twitter Roundup – July 16: Recycling clothes in NYC, when ideas ‘have sex,’ goats and the city

Search for the hashtag #socent and you’ll find wide-ranging interest in social entrepreneurship on Twitter. Here’s a roundup of a few thought-provoking tweets from the last week: Trendspotters PSFK (@psfk)…

Nancy Lublin of Do Something on how to do more with less

I swung by the 92Y Tribeca here in New York Tuesday evening for a cool book event: Nancy Lublin, author of the new book Zilch: The Power of Zero in…

Weekly Roundup: Who’s solving what and how

All around us, people are working on innovative solutions to pressing social problems. But those stories can be difficult to track down. Which is why we’re scouring the Web to…