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Fair trade certification expands to the apparel industry

In time for the gift-buying season, Fair Trade USA launched a new a fair trade certification for apparel. Their other certifications, like the ubiquitous fair trade coffee, enable consumers to…

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…

Fighting Bullying With Babies

Imagine there was a cure for meanness. Well, maybe there is. Lately, the issue of bullying has been in the news, sparked by the suicide of Tyler Clementi, a gay…

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…

The Opt-Out Solution

Americans don’t save enough. In 2005, Americans’ personal savings rate was negative for the first time since the Great Depression ─ instead of piling up savings, we are piling up…

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…