Dowser writer Steve Spillman offsets his carbon footprint and reports back

From the grassroots to the mainstream, a growing number of Americans are learning about ways to offset their carbon footprints for a more sustainable future. There’s even an entire cable…

Interview: Allen Wilcox of VillageReach on his post-Microsoft job: changing healthcare in Mozambique

One of the toughest challenges facing social innovators today is attracting the talent needed to build world-class organizations. That’s why we feel it’s significant when a high-ranking business leader decides…

Big Ideas: John Elkington on fighting to preserve the meaning of social entrepreneurship

In our Big Ideas series, we check in regularly with leading thinkers in the field of social innovation. We want to know what they’re working on, what questions they’re wresting with,…

Interview: Betsy Krebs on how foster kids can get out of the system

Foster care kids don’t get many breaks. Imagine being abandoned by or forcibly separated from your parents, and then having to adjust to life in a new family or within…

Twitter Roundup – September 10: Legal updates via SMS, US gov’t offers prizes for citizens’ solutions, and more

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: FrontlineSMS is free…

Irene Agustin on what it takes to be a successful social intrapreneur

When I put out a tweet last week looking for a social intrapreneur to interview, I got a mixed response. Some people had no idea what a social intrapreneur was. …

Back-to-school Interview: Aleta Margolis on why a dynamic classroom leads to greater learning

Aleta Margolis, founder and executive director of the Center for Inspired Teaching, believes all kids have an innate desire to learn. She also believes our schools are beating it out…

Lessons from the Unreasonable Institute: Emily Kerr on team-building

We asked this year’s Unreasonable Institute Fellows, who are in the early stages of developing innovative social ventures, to reflect on some key takeaways from the eight-week Summer Institute they…

Lessons from the Unreasonable Institute: Pierre Bataille on failure

We asked this year’s Unreasonable Institute Fellows, who are in the early stages of developing innovative social ventures, to reflect on some key takeaways from the eight-week Summer Institute they…

Lessons from the Unreasonable Institute: Khalida Brohi on choosing the right legal structure

We asked this year’s Unreasonable Institute Fellows, who are in the early stages of developing innovative social ventures, to reflect on some key takeaways from the eight-week Summer Institute they…

Twitter Roundup – September 3: Baby carrots, fuel economy labels, and design prizes for social good

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: More than 50…

Social innovators in history: 8 lessons from Benjamin Frankin, America’s founding social entrepreneur

As the sun rose on February 4, 1735, Philadelphians awoke to find a most curious letter to the editor in the morning edition of the Pennsylvania Gazette. “Being old and…

WATCH: Back-to-school special! Joan Sullivan on the importance of effective communication

A while back we conducted an interview with Joan Sullivan, who was then the Principal of the Bronx Academy of Letters, a New York City middle and high school founded…

FIAPS: Enlisting recent graduates to professionalize a new breed of schools in India

Oglethorpe University graduate Ember Melcher recently left for Hyderabad, India on a new fellowship program designed to support the development of private schools in India. But these private schools only…

Big Ideas: Alan Khazei on reevaluating the roles of government and citizenship

In our Big Ideas series, we check in regularly with top thinkers in the field of social innovation. We want to know what they’re working on, what questions they’re wrestling with,…