Powerful Tech: New Innovations to Fight Rape, Murder, and Atrocities

Can technology single-handedly prevent atrocities?  That may be far fetched. But, it can certainly help collect data, catalogue stories, and build awareness.  USAID and Humanity United, a foundation devoted to…

The Missing Link: Storytelling?

Good storytelling sparks innovation. Yet there can be no innovation without experimentation. From Ovid to Shakespeare, writers have used their creative power to engage the audience. Today social entrepreneurs all…

Panama: The Indigenous Activists Who Paralyzed a Nation

by Nick Swyter In February 2012, members of Panama’s largest indigenous group, the Ngäbe-Buglé, blocked the country’s main roadway to protest mining and hydroelectric projects they say won’t benefit their…

Hidden Environmentalists: Cleaning up India

Indian Railways, often upheld as the greatest ‘gift’ of the British Raj, spans the length and breadth of India, connecting a diverse people from Kanyankumari to Kashmir. Despite 65 years…

Public vs. Private Hospitals in India

  Dr. K. Aditya, a 29-year-old on the last day of his three-year residency at Osmania General Hospital, has been on duty for the last 36 hours straight, adjusting the…

CafeImpact: How to Build a Social Justice Career

Critical advice on the first steps towards a social justice career.  Start with a small, local organization; listen; understand people; immerse yourself; learn and keep learning everything; don’t ask for…

The Future 50: Best Places for Millennials to Work

There has been much talk of Millennials, the generation born after 1980. Within the mix of reports on exactly where they stand on money, work, food and life, there seems…

Just Vision: Is Non-Violence Possible in East Jerusalem?

Directors Julia Bacha and Rebekah Wingert-Jabi recently received the George Foster Peabody Award for distinguished achievement in electronic media for their film Sheikh Jarrah, My Neighbourhood.  The film shines a light…

Dilsukhanagar: What the Response to a Disaster Says about Public Health in India

If you walk through the Dilsukhanagar neighborhood in Hyderabad, past vendors selling sugarcane juice and knock-off Nike baseball caps, it’s hard to imagine that less than five months ago this…

Crowdfunding 2.0: What Will it Look Like?

This is a guest post by London-based entrepreneur Anthony Ogunbowale-Thomas, founder of GOODFRUIT, a crowdfunding 2.0 platform. Has technology sparked a modern Renaissance? Over 5 centuries ago, in Northern Italy,…

Afghan Women’s Powerful Poetry – Even Amidst War

Despite constant dangers, Afghan women’s poetry continues to flourish. One outlet for women’s poetry is Mirman Baheer, Afghanistan’s largest literary society for women. Mirman Baheer operates in Kabul with over…

Social Media is Not the Answer: How to Market Your Non-Profit Effectively

This is a guest post by Alexa Loken, founder of Loken Creative: an Austin-based marketing agency for cause-based organizations. Managing a cause-based organization is similar to trying to juggle flaming batons…

Reduce, Reuse, Recycle, or Repair: The Pop Up Repair Shop in NYC

Throwing away broken stuff has never been an easier choice. For some items, prices have never been lower; for others, instant obsolescence means you always have an excuse to upgrade,…

Managing Out-of-Pocket Healthcare Costs: Naya Jeevan

The financial burden of healthcare is a global challenge. According to 2011 World Bank data, the average global out-of-pocket expenditure on healthcare is 69.1%. To put this figure into perspective,…

Goonj: Rescuing Uttarakhand and Bridging the Clothing Divide

In the hilly and scenic state of Uttarakhand, India, monsoon floods have become deadly – killing almost 10,000 people.  The flashfloods this month have absorbed villages, ravaged homes, and left…