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Creating the sustainable city: Are imagination and leadership enough?

Without imagination, humans would be incapable of innovating. So it’s no surprise, with over half the population worldwide living in  overcrowded and resource-strapped cities, there are vibrant movements to re-imagine…

On Fundraising: Kit Jenkins of Raw Art Works

The best social innovations can get stalled in the ideas-phase without funds to get started. In this series social entrepreneurs discuss fundraising: the strategies, pitfalls and sweat spent on the…

Unintended consequences: Christian Pena of Conexiones

Starting a social enterprise is full of surprises. In this series entrepreneurs discuss unintended consequences on the path of social innovation and how they adjusted to new circumstances — from…

New York City’s bike share program to launch in 2012

New York City has been on a green-bent the last few years. The city kicked cars out of portions of Times Square creating pedestrian enclaves and painted a green network…

DesigNYC: Social problem-solving through design

Now in its second year of projects, desigNYC uses design as a way to engage New Yorkers in collaborative action around some of the city’s systemic problems. It’s a matchmaking…

Richard Cherry of the CEC on confronting climate change with better buildings

Richard Cherry’s organization, the Community Environmental Center (CEC) bridges climate and low-income issues by focusing on the building sector. Using seemingly simple tools like weatherization, the CEC is able to…

How Fort Collins, Colorado is planning to become the world’s largest net-zero energy community

If all goes according to plan, downtown Fort Collins, Colorado will become the largest district in the world to produce as much energy as it consumes — in other words,…

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…

Farm Truck: a model for supplying fresh produce to New York City’s food deserts

Do you know how many servings of fruits or vegetables you ate in the past 24 hours? If it’s two or more, you’re in the minority. Almost 70 percent of…

Interview: Bob Bates on how art gives kids lifelong problem-solving skills

Urban arts programs often build confidence and agency among youth who are disheartened by, or disconnected from, public schools. Starting today, and over the next few weeks, we’ll be presenting…

Twitter roundup – October 15: Phonebooks, wind farms and California’s victory

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: This week the…

Interview: James Cleveland of Jumpstart on preschoolers, connections and literacy

Five-year-olds from low-income communities have one-quarter the vocabulary of their more affluent peers, and half of them enter first grade as much as two years behind in preschool skills. That’s…

WATCH: Judy Wicks on building a sustainable food movement

Philadelphia restaurateur Judy Wicks hadn’t sought to become a food activist and sustainability entrepreneur when she opened the White Dog Café in 1983.  But when she learned about the dire…

Arts and Urban Youth: Interview with Jeff McCarter on challenging teens to tell their stories on film

Urban arts programs often build confidence and agency among youth who are disheartened by  or disconnected from — public schools. Starting today, and over the newt few weeks, we’ll be…

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…