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Apps 4 Africa, an example of government crowd-sourcing, announces winners

Three winners have been announced for Apps 4 Africa, a contest initiated by the U.S. State Department that is aimed at harnessing Africa’s tech talent for social change. The competition,…

Big Ideas: Pamela Hartigan on why you don’t have to be a social entrepreneur to make change

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: John Elkington on fighting to preserve the meaning of social entrepreneurship

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

Big Ideas: Alex Nicholls says social entrepreneurship is growing up

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,…

Be A Biographer: Tapping design talent to tell the stories of sex trade workers

A few weeks back, The Blind Project, a New York City-based nonprofit that helps commercial sex workers and people enslaved in sex trafficking in Southeast Asia, rolled out a crowdsourcing…

Earl Phalen wants to turn summer from a loss to an advantage for low-income kids

Summer. For some kids, it means freedom, swimming, endless days and lasting memories; sadly, for many it can also mean falling far behind at school. Researchers call it “summer learning…

Nancy Lublin of Do Something on how to do more with less

I swung by the 92Y Tribeca here in New York Tuesday evening for a cool book event: Nancy Lublin, author of the new book Zilch: The Power of Zero in…

Big Ideas: J. Gregory Dees makes the case for social entrepreneurship

Starting today, we’re going to check in regularly with big thinkers in the field of social innovation. We want to know what they’re working on, what questions they’re wrestling with,…

100K Homes’ campaign goal: End chronic homelessness by 2013

More than 100,000 Americans are “chronically homeless,” meaning they live on the streets or in shelters for a year or more. If a new campaign launched yesterday meets its goal,…

Mini Case Study: How KaBOOM! uses the Web to teach thousands of communities to build their own playgrounds

Social innovators can learn from each others’ successes and failures. That’s the idea behind Dowser’s Mini Case Studies, real-world stories showing how changemakers confront practical challenges. From time to time,…