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Are You a Prisoner of the Past or Will You Be a Pioneer of The Future?

Beverly Schwartz | Posted 01.23.2014 | Impact
Beverly Schwartz

Social entrepreneurs, are here to leave their mark, finding innovative solutions to tackling the world's most pressing social problems. In their quest for improved and sustainable social impact, they have shifted and are re-inventing the way they interact and work -- from transactional to transformative thinking, to business-as-usual to business-as-unusual and from repetition to reformation.

An Afternoon With Martin 50 Years Ago

Harry Covert | Posted 11.23.2013 | Impact
Harry Covert

Excitedly I took notes on cheap yellowed copy paper, trimmed from newsprint for note-taking and folded three ways so as to fit in my suit coat. At 22 I knew I was enjoying what I thought may be a booming career.

Beautiful Bronx! Young Men Take Action

Sharon Rose Beier, MD | Posted 11.20.2013 | Impact
Sharon Rose Beier, MD

Approximately 100 young Black and Latino men have participated in our Young Men's Group, creating/maintaining several community gardens with the NY Botanical Gardens, Bronx Green-Up. They are continuing their education, getting jobs and feel responsible for, and proud of, their community.

Reversing the School-to-Prison Pipeline, Building College Pathways From Rikers Island

Aviva Tevah | Posted 11.20.2013 | Impact
Aviva Tevah

What they found was that lack of information and self-confidence are frequent barriers to college success for young men of color in the criminal justice system, who are often deterred by incomplete and inaccurate information about financial aid, admissions, and the benefits of a degree.

PUSH Youth Project

Eric Fernandez | Posted 11.19.2013 | Impact
Eric Fernandez

The project's goal is to provide young people with a sense of belonging and a space where they are just supported by "staff," but also engage with their peers to build strong relationships and a stronger support system.

South Bronx United

Andrew So | Posted 11.19.2013 | Impact
Andrew So

The power of sport, and specifically of soccer, to bring these adolescents together was clear from the beginning. But I started to realize that soccer could provide much more than just a safe environment and youth camaraderie.

The MUSA Project

Tracy Caldron | Posted 11.18.2013 | Impact
Tracy Caldron

Nationally 3,707 black and Latino youth under the age of 18 died from drowning, including 121 deaths in New York. Eighty percent of the victims were male.

Hip-Hop Debate Institute -- Remixing Literacies For The 21st Century Classroom

Jen Johnson | Posted 11.18.2013 | Impact
Jen Johnson

Youth of color are using hip-hop to demand that they see their culture and issues reflected in competitive academic policy debate, in education and in the larger society around them.

It's Time For A Paradigm Shift: Teen Dads As Community Leaders

Brooke Richie-Babbage | Posted 11.17.2013 | Impact
Brooke Richie-Babbage

As a lawyer working with low-income single parents and their children, I saw first-hand the unique frustrations of the young Black and Latino fathers that I worked with as they attempted to effectively parent the children they loved, while also navigating the trials and tribulations of adolescence.

ScriptEd: Empowering Kids by Teaching Them to Code

Maurya Couvares | Posted 11.17.2013 | Impact
Maurya Couvares

Young black and Latino students are particularly underrepresented in the software engineering industry. To remain innovative, the industry must employ a diverse workforce, and young black and Latino students should be included in that workforce.

Dick Martin's Three Steps To Becoming A Better Business Leader

Joey Katona | Posted 11.16.2013 | Impact
Joey Katona

In addition to all the unconscious biases that divide us, we are born with a powerful instinct that can bridge differences. That instinct is empathy.

What Will The World Look Like In 50 Years?

Felicity McLean | Posted 11.16.2013 | Impact
Felicity McLean

We need to make radical changes to the frameworks in which we operate. The world is now an interconnected neural network, where problems are considered shared and where solutions are crowdsourced -- we're no longer living in silos.

Project: Starter Pack Program

Darius Brown | Posted 11.16.2013 | Impact
Darius Brown

I want job-seeking to be less stressful and more reciprocal.

Practice Makes Perfect

Karim Abouelnaga | Posted 11.16.2013 | Impact
Karim Abouelnaga

One of the biggest problems in education reform today is that many of the initiatives to improve the public education system are done from an "outside-looking in" perspective. Our most admirable education reformers have never attended or gone through an inner-city public school themselves.

Meet 10 Social Entrepreneurs Making NYC Stronger Than Ever

John Converse Townsend | Posted 11.16.2013 | Impact
John Converse Townsend

The "My Voice, Our City" competition seeks to empower black and Latino young men, ages 16-24, local organizations, and community leaders to submit program ideas that will brighten the future of New York City. The competition's judges have selected 10 finalists and it's now your turn to have a say.

10 Nonprofit LinkedIn Accounts To Follow

Posted 07.30.2013 | Impact

Some nonprofits have thousands, tens of thousands, even hundreds of thousands of LinkedIn Company Page followers, and yet have not customized their pa...

Millennial 'Bootcamp' Highlights Future Of Social Impact

The Huffington Post | Jessica Prois | Posted 08.19.2014 | Impact

Millennials, like every generation, have their own jargon to communicate a message. But for many young people today, words such as "solutionaries" hav...

Why Short-term Decisions Won't Help Us in the Long Run

Eduardo Balarezo | Posted 04.14.2013 | Impact
Eduardo Balarezo

We began this journey to ensure that another Lonesome George situation does not happen again. We believe every one of us has the power within to shift to long-term thinking while making systemic, replicable, and sustainable changes within our own communities.

Bill Drayton's Five Trends for Social Entrepreneurs

Eli Malinsky | Posted 02.12.2013 | Impact
Eli Malinsky

The pace of change is accelerating. To be sure, the world has always been in flux. But the increase is now truly exponential. As Drayton explains, "change begets change as much as repetition reinforces repetition."

Social Enterprise 4.0 Is About Enlightened Self-Interest

Ben Mangan | Posted 02.11.2013 | Impact
Ben Mangan

The latest iteration of social enterprise will lead to faster rates of deep social impact, and to an increase in the ways talented people can make structured contributions to social and economic change.

Obama and Social Change

G. Benjamin Bingham | Posted 01.26.2013 | Impact
G. Benjamin Bingham

Are timeless principles guiding the change, or are we going into the forests of the future without a compass? Each of us can only answer for ourselves, but much will depend on this.

Seeing the Business Opportunity in Malnutrition

Techonomy | Posted 01.13.2013 | Technology

Lack of nutrients is the cause of 3.5 million avoidable deaths annually and the greatest cause of poverty. Leave it to a technology innovators' conference to frame the relief of global malnutrition as a business opportunity.

The Empathy Formula

Sam Chaltain | Posted 01.13.2013 | Education
Sam Chaltain

Instead of offering disconnected but well-intentioned efforts to help children think, feel or act, would adults start to help children think, feel and act? Would communities be increasingly populated with people who were neither narcissistic nor emotionally empty?

The Opportunity Collaboration: Beautiful People Weaving a New World

G. Benjamin Bingham | Posted 12.30.2012 | Impact
G. Benjamin Bingham

Like going through CS Lewis' wardrobe to Narnia or over the rainbow to Oz, last week's Opportunity Collaboration, which was focused on alleviating global poverty, required an adjustment to the juxtapositions of a new realm.

Where Are the Women Entrepreneurs?

Pat Mitchell | Posted 12.04.2012 | Women
Pat Mitchell

I want to make sure you all know about every possible opportunity out there to support women entrepreneurs, and for goodness sakes, apply with your bright ideas! We need you.