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Working Toward Sustainable Energy for All

Every year, the UN chooses a social or environmental issue of global importance — such as biodiversity (2010) or microcredit (2005) or sanitation (2008) — to bring attention to the issue…

Weekly Roundup: Food Security Bill Sparks Discussion on Sustainability

India’s Controversial Food Bill: Despite the glowing success of India’s corporations in recent years, the country still has significant levels of inequality, leading to malnourishment and hunger among many of…

Opinion: Will Occupy Lead to Policy Change?

Due to the onset of winter and police crackdowns on encampments, Occupy movements in many cities have retreated from their initial tactics of long term public occupations. In this time…

Weekly Roundup: China Teams up with Gates, the Seven Billion Mark and Occupy Oakland

Population Hits 7 Billion On Monday this week, the world population ballooned to 7 billion people. News agencies clambered to find that 7 billionth child, finding him again and again…

Movirtu – Building a Virtual Mobile Phone for the BoP

Heard of cloud computing?  Probably, yes.  Heard of the cloud phone?  Similar idea, different medium. Despite the growing number of mobile users worldwide, many still have to borrow phones to…

Weekly Roundup: Solyndra scandal, climate change denialism, and alternatives to unemployment

Solyndra Green Jobs Scandal This Wednesday, the House Energy and Commerce subcommittee held a hearing about a failed $528 million government loan to Solyndra, a solar equipment manufacturer that recently…

Heeding Obama’s Call to Rebuild and Improve our Nation’s Schools

During President Obama’s recent speech to Congress outlining his American Jobs Act, he acknowledged the state of America’s schools: “There are schools throughout this country that desperately need renovating. How…

Sanitation In A Bag

Anne Nudge is a Sales Representative for Peepoople AB, a Swedish social enterprise that, last October, launched a pilot project in Silanga, marketing and selling “The Peepoo”– a single-use, personal toilet that sanitizes human excreta shortly after defecation, preventing the feces from contaminating the surrounding environment. After just a few weeks, the bag transforms the waste into a nutrient-rich fertilizer.

Hatua Likoni: Offering Scholarships and Mentors For Kenyan students

After studying abroad in Kenya during her junior year at Wesleyan, Gabrielle Fondiller founded Hatua Likoni, an organization that helps students pay their school fees through scholarships and provides mentoring to get them into college. Starting with seven students in 2007, the program now supports 76 young Kenyans in the Likoni region, and has a staff of local mentors who work with the students to keep them motivated in an under-resourced education system.

Addressing Mental Health in Conflict Zones

This is part of a series highlighting innovations and possibilities for action for the famine in Somalia. Most news stories frame the famine and political conflict as near unsolvable; we’re examining…

Making Relief Aid More Sustainable

This is part of a series highlighting innovations and possibilities for action for the famine in Somalia. Most news stories frame the famine and political conflict as near unsolvable; we’re examining…

Fixing The Economy: Could Localism Provide A Boost?

[field name=iframe] Every Thursday, thanks to a content partnership with brother-sister duo Journey of Action, we’ll be exploring Gen Y changemakers–and how they fit in with the rest of the…

Backpack Farms: Targeted solutions to help African farmers become more resistant to drought

This is part of a series highlighting innovations and possibilities for action for the famine in Somalia. Most news frames the famine and political conflict as near unsolvable; we’re examining the…

The importance of reaching out: Kurt Brown of Micro Benefits China

In this series social entrepreneurs discuss the importance of reaching out. From transforming strangers into business partners to saving flooded headquarters, contacts and future contacts routinely prove integral to every…

Maternova employs technology to create new solutions to the age-old problem of maternal mortality

One of the oldest, most respected professions in the world is midwifery. And yet, midwives working in developing countries often lack simple resources like electric lights and towels. Meg Wirth…