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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…

Interview: Scott Belsky on what it takes to bring good ideas to life

How do you feel when you see a promising idea that’s going nowhere? If you’re like Scott Belsky, the founder of Behance Network, a popular online platform for creative professionals…

Clay Shirky on ‘the collapse of complex business models’ and the rise of innovation

Media sage/prophet/futurist/demigod Clay Shirky wrote a post on his website entitled “The Collapse of Complex Business Models.” While it’s ostensibly about the need for innovation in media, it also reads…

How honey bees help ex-offenders find new beginnings

Brenda Palms Barber didn’t set out to make honey. But after spending six years teaching work and life skills to ex-offenders in Chicago—only to see them get rejected for jobs…

Seth Godin calls for an end to the age of conformity

In India, so many people suffer during dry spells that the government uses farmers’ suicide rates as an official measurement of drought, marketing guru Seth Godin told a gathering of…

May Day Special: Deconstructing the biggest victory in anti-sweatshop history

Last November, student activists won what the New York Times called the “biggest victory by far” in the history of the anti-sweatshop movement. Ten months earlier, Russell Athletic, the sportswear…

Opportunities vs. Oportunidades

Three years ago New York City launched Opportunity NYC, an ambitious experiment to see if low-income, mostly single mothers could effectively be bribed to be more responsible parents. The idea…