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Doug Lawrence: Reviving American Eco-nomy

Doug Lawrence is the Managing Principal of NY’s 5 Stone Capital, a new equity investor in green real estate and green business.  He speaks to us about the recent Jobs…

Microsoft Aspires to Innovate4Good: Akhtar Badshah

Akhtar Badshah has transitioned from his days as an architect and  the founder of a nonprofit to the Senior Director of Global Community Affairs at Microsoft – it’s a natural…

Weekly Review: Global Governance Afterthoughts

In this series we interview thought leaders on the big concepts in the week’s news. Below we examine the G8 and global governance issues with Parag Khanna. Parag Khanna spends…

Shivani Siroya of InVenture Bridges the ‘Middle Gap’ with Mobile Technology

Shivani Siroya, an Unreasonable Institute fellow, is tackling the cash-based economy with a new investment model and mobile technology.  After a career in finance and development that took her to…

Weekly Roundup: Malaria Making Progess?

This week the global health and development community marked World Malaria Day (April 25), highlighting new initiatives to fight malaria: the Partnership for Transforming Health Systems in tandem with the…

Newberg: How Real is the Impact Economy?

Mark Newberg is a one-man balancing act who has taken on three positions with a common thread: impact.  Previously, he was the Senior Policy Advisor to the US Small Business…

Weekly Roundup: Will Global Governance Ever Be Global?

A few weeks back, there was a lot of chatter about who would don the hat of president of the World Bank.  As the NYTimes reported, having more than one…

Small Business Strife in Emerging Markets: ANDE

The Aspen Network of Development Entrepreneurs, commonly referred to as ANDE, targets the often-overlooked sector of small businesses in emerging markets.  By working through intermediary organizations, such as Ashoka, Skoll,…

Weekly Roundup: Facing Drought and Hunger Again

Sahel: A Familiar Tale of Drought, Hunger, and Famine Last year, the Horn of Africa suffered from drought and famine.  Now, there’s news again that famine and drought are hitting…

Weekly Roundup: Burma Emerges

Burma: On the Threshold of Democracy? Civil society showed its force this week in Burma.  The people’s call for a more democratic nation finally came through when Aung San Suu…

Beverly Schwartz: Social Entrepreneurship Flourishing

Beverly Schwartz, the author of Rippling: How Social Entrepreneurs Spread Innovation throughout the World, serves as Vice President of Social Marketing at Ashoka.   We caught up with her just before…

Weekly Roundup: BRICS, Banks, and Baggage

Do We Need Another Bank? This week the BRICS (China, India, South Africa, Brazil, and Russia) met in Delhi to discuss the possibility of a BRIC bank; One that would…

Water Woes with Shekhar Kapur

When I first met filmmaker and activist Shekhar Kapur, he asked me about my jeans.  Did I know their history?  In particular, did I know how much water was used…

Weekly Roundup: India and Its Numbers

Do India’s Numbers Add Up? India saw new figures this week. Poverty rates have dropped since India liberalized, with states such as UP and Bihar apparently progressing.  At first, the…

Weekly Roundup: Banking, OpEds and Wall Street

Banking Gets A Beating? Former Goldman Sachs employee, Greg Smith wrote an OpEd this week in the New York Times that highlights the malignant work culture at a company that…