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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…

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…

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…

George Overholser on how to finance social organizations so they learn to fend for themselves

One of the key questions in the social sector is: What kind of financing is needed to help build great organizations, i.e. organizations that genuinely succeed in solving problems and…

Interview: Jacqueline Novogratz on the art of investing in business to change the world

Jacqueline Novogratz is the founder of the Acumen Fund, a nonprofit venture capital firm, which makes loans and equity investments in companies that deliver health care, water, housing, and energy…

Big Ideas: Alan Khazei on reevaluating the roles of government and citizenship

In our Big Ideas series, we check in regularly with top thinkers in the field of social innovation. We want to know what they’re working on, what questions they’re wrestling with,…

Big Ideas: Jed Emerson on how investors can move from intent to impact

Here’s the second installment of our Big Ideas feature — in which we check in regularly with big thinkers in the field of social innovation. We want to know what…

The Ingenuity Series Part 3: How to boost your creativity

Keeping with the creativity theme from last week, what can we do to augment our creative powers? One thing we know from the field of neuroscience is that, unlike computers,…

The Ingenuity Series Part 2: Make sure kids have the confidence to try out their ideas

Yesterday I wrote a post about the “creativity crisis” recently reported by Newsweek. Over the past 20 years, American children have steadily lost ground on a long-standing creativity assessment that’s…

The Ingenuity Series Part 1: How to reconstitute childhood and the American imagination

If you’re interested in children, education, social innovation, or, for that matter, the future of America, Newsweek‘s recent cover story on the “creativity crisis” by Po Bronson and Ashley Merryman…

Interview: Kim Scheinberg on how Presumed Abundance turns angel investing into lifelong collaboration

Kim Scheinberg has a habit she can’t seem to kick: investing in social entrepreneurs who have business ideas to change the world. The problem is she doesn’t enjoy haggling over…

Want to be a more effective changemaker? Play to your strengths

Kristin Ivie, social innovation program manager for the Case Foundation, recently put together a helpful list of seven tips for changemakers and idealists at Social Citizens. There’s one suggestion, however—in…

How to avoid more oil spills? Abolish the payroll tax!

Sometimes you have to put two stories side by side to highlight the strange tradeoffs we make every day in a complex world. Today, in the New York Times, for…

Is all entrepreneurship social?

The field of social entrepreneurship is still in its infancy, so naturally writers on the subject find plenty to disagree about, right down to basic definitions. Case in point:  Carl Schramm, the…

Interview: R. Paul Herman on how to invest to maximize social impact and profit

“Capitalism used to be easy,” writes R. Paul Herman in the opening line of his new book, The HIP (Human Impact+Profit) Investor: Make Bigger Profits by Building a Better World….