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4food: Creating healthy, sustainable, fast-food meals

While you can’t force people into eating healthfully, perhaps you can make it into an enjoyable or interesting experience, which they’re more likely to choose. That’s the approach that 4food,…

Smaller isn’t always greener: why aren’t American homes more efficient?

Average American homes today are using essentially the same amount of energy per year as they were in 1970s – which seems odd, given the improvement of heating systems and…

Twitter Roundup: January 14 – Sustainable business plans, mobile money services and hydrogen fuel cells

Search for the hashtag #socent and you’ll find wide-ranging interest in social entrepreneurship on Twitter. Here’s a roundup of a few interesting tweets from the last week: What’s next for…

How Nuru Lights markets LEDs via networks of micro-entrepreneurs

While driving through a village in Rwanda, Sameer Hajee came across a mother walking with her two-year-old son, who had severe burns covering a third of his body. The cause:…

Emergent: How to create a profitable green energy company

The Emergent Energy Group was founded in the basement of a Tufts University dorm, and the founders, Jayson Uppal and Jesse Gossett, got their first consulting contract before they got…

Craig Kielburger on how giving young activists more executive power motivates them to stay involved

In 1995, 12-year-old Craig Kielburger was flipping through the Toronto Star looking for comics when he came across an article about the murder of Iqbal Masih, a Pakistani child labor…

Twitter Roundup – December 3: Jumo, fast trains and a food safety overhaul

Search for the hashtag #socent and you’ll find wide-ranging interest in social entrepreneurship on Twitter. Here’s a roundup of a few thought-provoking tweets from the last week: Facebook co-founder Chris…

How Fort Collins, Colorado is planning to become the world’s largest net-zero energy community

If all goes according to plan, downtown Fort Collins, Colorado will become the largest district in the world to produce as much energy as it consumes — in other words,…

WATCH: Judy Wicks on building a sustainable food movement

Philadelphia restaurateur Judy Wicks hadn’t sought to become a food activist and sustainability entrepreneur when she opened the White Dog Café in 1983.  But when she learned about the dire…

Twitter Roundup – October 1: Geniuses, Google grants, libraries and electric rides

Search for the hashtag #socent and you’ll find wide-ranging interest in social entrepreneurship on Twitter. Here’s a roundup of a few thought-provoking tweets from the last week: Just as we…

Twitter Roundup – September 24: Student microloans, sparkling water, dog poop, and cruise ship greenhouses

Search for the hashtag #socent and you’ll find wide-ranging interest in social entrepreneurship on Twitter. Here’s a roundup of a few thought-provoking tweets from the last week: That’s right, microlending…

Dowser writer Steve Spillman offsets his carbon footprint and reports back

From the grassroots to the mainstream, a growing number of Americans are learning about ways to offset their carbon footprints for a more sustainable future. There’s even an entire cable…

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,…

Twitter Roundup – September 10: Legal updates via SMS, US gov’t offers prizes for citizens’ solutions, and more

Search for the hashtag #socent and you’ll find wide-ranging interest in social entrepreneurship on Twitter. Here’s a roundup of a few thought-provoking tweets from the last week: FrontlineSMS is free…

Twitter Roundup – September 3: Baby carrots, fuel economy labels, and design prizes for social good

Search for the hashtag #socent and you’ll find wide-ranging interest in social entrepreneurship on Twitter. Here’s a roundup of a few thought-provoking tweets from the last week: More than 50…