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The Science of Generosity

A study published last month by Harvard Business School looked at the emotional benefits of generosity, and found that  — across cultures — people are happiest when they are giving….

On Food: Shrink this plate! Portion-size solutions

I grew up in Sweden and whenever I travel to the U.S. from Europe, ordering food is a somewhat shocking experience. The size of the portion is particularly mind-blowing. This…

Interview: Steve Barr on how Green Dot’s schools are beating the odds in Los Angeles

Rather than lobby the State Board of Education to create reform in the public school system, Steve Barr uses grassroots political tactics to motivate families to demand change. A co-founder…

Interview: Rachel Botsman on sharing cars, gardens and money—and the evolution of “collaborative consumption”

Rachel Botsman is fascinated with our increasing desire to share, barter, and swap and our decreasing need for consumption of material goods. She began noticing these trends while working on…

Co-founder Kevin Jones on his vision for this year’s SOCAP conference

The Social Capital Markets (SOCAP) conference gets underway on Monday and the social enterprise community is coming from around the globe to participate, present, network, fundraise, and learn. We checked…

Interview: Harry Rhodes on how learning to farm can rebuild the lives of homeless people

Harry Rhodes helps homeless and low-income individuals grow roots—both figuratively and literally. As the executive director of Growing Home, he works with people who are seeking to leave behind lives…

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…

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…

Interview: Gary Field on why Career Gear focuses its outreach on men – and why that’s good for women, too

At 32, after a two-decade battle with drug addiction, Gary Field walked out of a rehab center and shortly thereafter discovered a passion for helping others. Field began working as…

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…

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…

100K Homes’ campaign goal: End chronic homelessness by 2013

More than 100,000 Americans are “chronically homeless,” meaning they live on the streets or in shelters for a year or more. If a new campaign launched yesterday meets its goal,…

Eric D. Dawson on how to create world peace one school at a time

How would you go about creating a world where people live in peace? Rather than dismiss the question as hopelessly naive, think of it as a practical challenge. Where would…