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Ruwwad: How One Community Overcame the Middle East Education Crisis

I already knew the Ruwwad story intimately. The vision was formed by Fadi Ghandour, the founder and now chairman of the largest logistics company in the Middle East and Africa,…

Interview: Allison Mannos of City of Lights on advocating for a diverse cycling community

Bikes may be trendy, but they are also just a way to get around. How can people who use bikes in different ways be united for the good of the…

Mini Case Study: How to leverage social media for action not just commentary

PROBLEM: While some applaud the power of social media to create social change, others doubt that information and discussion moves users to action. This fall, Malcolm Gladwell took a strong…

Mini Case Study: Catchafire pairs professionals with social change organizations

PROBLEM: People generally want to volunteer in some capacity; social change organizations generally need volunteers. Soup kitchens and Habitat for Humanity seldom have a shortage of volunteers, because most anyone…

Mini Case Study: Why VolunteerMatch rejected venture financing and the prospect of fast growth

PROBLEM: VolunteerMatch, an online service that matches volunteers and organizations, had operated for about a year when it faced a wrenching choice: either become a for-profit business, which would allow…

Interview: James Cleveland of Jumpstart on preschoolers, connections and literacy

Five-year-olds from low-income communities have one-quarter the vocabulary of their more affluent peers, and half of them enter first grade as much as two years behind in preschool skills. That’s…

A tale of two gap years: from Thailand to the Middle East before college

It’s becoming increasingly popular to take a gap year either before college or between college years. Many youths are choosing to use that time to make a positive impact in…

Big Ideas: Alan Khazei on reevaluating the roles of government and citizenship

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,…

Interview: Oso Martin on how Free Geek redirects 500 tons of computers from landfills to humans each year

Oso Martin, founder of the Portland, OR-based recycling collective Free Geek, combines three problems and comes up with a solution. “Some people have too many computers; others don’t have enough,”…

Twitter Roundup – August 6: Car-sharing in Paris, idea-sharing on Ideo, Obama thanks 13 changemakers

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: Remember Vélib, the…

All a-Twitter with #SummerImpact contest

Summertime, and the tweeting is easy…It’s only been three days since we launched our social change Twitter contest, #SummerImpact, and we’ve already racked up quite an array of amazing responses…

WATCH: Nancy Henkin on the importance of intergenerational contact

Nancy Henkin believes there isn’t enough contact across generations. For the past 30 years she’s been striving to remedy that imbalance. As the founder and executive director of the Intergenerational…

#SummerImpact Contest! August 2-6

Ahh, summer. Makes us think about barbecues, beaches, and… social innovation! Yeah, that’s right—social innovation. Dowser wants to know how you’re building a better world this summer.  What purpose-driven projects…

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…

Interview: Deepali Sachdeva on how CLASS matches skilled volunteers with organizations

More than 90 million Americans will volunteer this year. But many will find the experience dissatisfying, unable to find a group that genuinely needs what they have to offer. Imagine…