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Students Take on Social Entrepreneurship Early On

By Adam S. Poswolsky If extreme poverty is going to be eradicated in our lifetime, all sectors of society, especially young people, need to be mobilized. Nourish International, a social…

Interview: Eboo Patel on promoting religious plurality in America

Growing up Muslim in Chicago, Eboo Patel was familiar with faith-based tension from an early age, and has watched as jihad entered the cultural lexicon and Islam became synonymous with…

Interview: Gabriel Brodbar of NYU’s Program in Social Entrepreneurship on trends to look for in 2011

Gabriel Brodbar is the founding director of the Catherine B. Reynolds Program in Social Entrepreneurship at NYU, which is designed to attract, train, and encourage the next generation of leaders…

Interview: Erin Krampetz of Ashoka U on taking measured risks to transform higher education

In our Risk-taking series, Tulane University and Ashoka U students Katie Smalley and Laura White shed light on the value of risk-taking. By interviewing social innovators about bold steps they’ve…

Interview: Steve Barr on how Green Dot’s schools are beating the odds in Los Angeles

Rather than lobby the State Board of Education to create reform in the public school system, Steve Barr uses grassroots political tactics to motivate families to demand change. A co-founder…

WATCH: Back-to-school special! Joan Sullivan on the importance of effective communication

A while back we conducted an interview with Joan Sullivan, who was then the Principal of the Bronx Academy of Letters, a New York City middle and high school founded…

FIAPS: Enlisting recent graduates to professionalize a new breed of schools in India

Oglethorpe University graduate Ember Melcher recently left for Hyderabad, India on a new fellowship program designed to support the development of private schools in India. But these private schools only…

Q&A with #SummerImpact winner David Watterson

Earlier this month we launched our #SummerImpact contest where we asked you, our faithful readers, to tweet what you’d be doing this summer to make a social impact. We got…

Twitter Roundup – August 20: Whiskey-fueled cars, prescriptions for produce, greenest universities

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: At this point,…

UC San Diego: A ‘living laboratory’ for green energy

Growing up in the San Diego suburb of University City, the University of  California, San Diego (UCSD) campus felt like a second backyard.  As a kid, the main perks of…

Top 5 graduation speeches for changemakers

Break out the champagne and mortarboards—it’s graduation time! A century and a half ago, abolitionist Robert Purvis said, “A graduation ceremony is an event where the commencement speaker tells thousands…

May Day Special: Deconstructing the biggest victory in anti-sweatshop history

Last November, student activists won what the New York Times called the “biggest victory by far” in the history of the anti-sweatshop movement. Ten months earlier, Russell Athletic, the sportswear…

Marrying microfinance and education

Last week President Obama signed a bill that will make the government the primary provider of student loans, stripping banks of that power. This will lead to vast government savings,…