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The Real Future of Clean Water

What would it take to ensure that everyone in the world had access to clean water? I’m prompted to ask this question in response to a recent New York Times…

The Rise of the Social Entrepreneur

Recently, I wrote a column suggesting that, in the field of social change, we’re getting smarter. I went so far as to say that we may even be going through a new…

Lobbying for the Greater Good

  This is part of David Bornstein’s regular series – Fixes – for the New York Times. In May, scientists reported that the concentration of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere had reached…

Fixes: A Team Approach to Get Students Ready for College

by David Bornstein, Fixes When Parker Sheffy, a first-year teacher in the Bronx Leadership Academy II, a high school in the South Bronx, talks shop with friends who are also…

Clean Energy: Is Crowdfunding the Solution?

by David Bornstein This originally appeared in the New York Times as a Fixes column. **** If you wanted to get large numbers of people actively engaged in helping to solve…

The Power of the Playground

Ask a young child, “How was school today?” and you’re likely to hear about recess. My son is 7 years old, and like many children his age, recess is the…

In memory: Sargent Shriver, who transformed America’s moral imagination

Sargent Shriver is remembered as the founding director and architect of the Peace Corps, but his contributions to American, and global history, go well beyond that distinction. As the director…

A Light in India

When we hear the word innovation, we often think of new technologies or silver bullet solutions — like hydrogen fuel cells or a cure for cancer. To be sure, breakthroughs…

A Plan to Make Homelessness History

This is a story about a plan to end chronic homelessness in the United States. It’s not an indeterminate “war on homelessness,” but a methodical approach to do away with…

Foreclosure Is Not an Option

Given the grim news in lending and home financing in recent months, it would appear that little can be done to stem the tide of foreclosures sweeping the nation. Nationally,…

A Safe Haven in Cartoon Confidants

For months, psychologists struggled to reach the eight year old boy in the burn unit of the Pediatric Hospital of Tacubaya, in Mexico City. He had been discovered in the…

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…

Filling the Gap Between Farm and Fair Trade

We’ve all seen the ads for fair trade coffee with the beautiful photos of villagers hand picking coffee cherries in exotic regions around the globe. Fair trade is one of…

Health Care and the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance

Welcome to Fixes. This is a series about solutions, or potential solutions, to real world problems.  It focuses on the line between failure and success, drawing on the stories of…

How to pursue an ‘encore career’ — a meaningful alternative to retirement

Every day thousands of Americans turn 55 years old with no plans of retiring anytime soon. (If retirement is still decades away for you, then consider reading on for a…