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Start-Up Hubs Multiply in East Africa

Barry Segal | Posted 03.04.2015 | Impact
Barry Segal

For a quick, cheap ride all you need to do is find a boda-boda. Boda-bodas, bicycle or motorcycle taxis, are easy to find or flag down in any East African city. But most people don't stop to think about the drivers and how they are not the owners of the boda-bodas they operate.

Alive for Her Family: A Survivor's Story

To The Market | Posted 02.25.2015 | Impact
To The Market

Nepal is a country not only brimming with color and life but also with opportunity. It is in the small town of Pokhara where the Women's Skill Development Organization (WSDO) thrives.

Transforming Migrants Lives -- Protect, Grow and Emerge

Pioneers for Change | Posted 02.24.2015 | Impact
Pioneers for Change

The idea might be small, but I'm committed to leading and empowering other people to stand up for the most marginalized. Whether I influence a person, a child, an adult or a community, I am creating change. In doing so, I will be recruiting other change makers.

Shark Tank? More Like Piranhas.

Ted Barber | Posted 02.23.2015 | Entertainment
Ted Barber

"I think it's so ludicrous, and so frivolous, and so mindless... that it has merit." That was shrewd venture capitalist Kevin O'Leary talking about the Gold Rush Nugget Bucket, a fun way to pan for treasure. Though he could have been talking about any number of products on the market.

Malawi Floods and the Problem of Zero

Melissa Kushner | Posted 02.13.2015 | Impact
Melissa Kushner

Over the last few weeks, intense rains from Cyclone Bansi brought floods to the small Southern African country of Malawi. For a country whose rainy season spans five long months, these rains are not new.

Students Embrace the Business of Social Change

Jo-Ann Tan | Posted 02.13.2015 | Impact
Jo-Ann Tan

"I want to help people!" Maya's* brow wrinkles with frustration as her story tumbles out in fits and starts. Her parents want her to focus on building the skills to run their family business, but she is intent on studying Sociology.

Clinton Global Initiative: A Market-Based Approach To Lift Millions Out of Poverty

Alice Korngold | Posted 02.13.2015 | Business
Alice Korngold

Imagine what might be accomplished with an infusion of capital for skills training and capacity-building to help such smallholder farmers to increase yields and their incomes, while farming their land more sustainably.

Step One in Growing Impact Investing: Prove Social Enterprise Works

Ben Thornley | Posted 02.09.2015 | Impact
Ben Thornley

Rigorous evidence of impact is not just about accountability in impact investing. It is an enabler of the field's growth in its own right.

The Results Are In: Social Enterprise Works

Carla Javits | Posted 02.06.2015 | Impact
Carla Javits

We're all aware of income inequality and the need for initiatives to address common societal issues. Yet we don't often hear about whether programs meant to help people really solve the problems at hand, because few steps are taken to actually assess the outcomes, leaving evaluation of the initiatives to little more than a gut feeling.

Impact Investor Global Partnerships Invests in Solar to Connect the Poor With Light

Lorainne Lopez | Posted 01.30.2015 | Impact
Lorainne Lopez

To this day, an estimated 1.3 billion people do not have access to electricity. That is over a billion people who struggle to refrigerate their food and medicine, study at night to further their education, or charge their mobile phones.

Now You Can Live Your Dream

Pioneers for Change | Posted 01.27.2015 | Impact
Pioneers for Change

He paused, reached over for his checkbook, and filled out one of the checks. "Here, take this. Now you can live your dream." It was enough money to buy 50 acres of some of Britain's most beautiful land.

Side-stepping the Law of Unintended Consequences

Stefan Simanowitz | Posted 01.21.2015 | Books
Stefan Simanowitz

The problem of the unintended consequences that can happen when we try to effect positive change is the subject of a new book published this month.

A Young Global Leader at Johns Hopkins

Jim Luce | Posted 01.20.2015 | Good News
Jim Luce

Seal-Bin Han, 19, is an inventor, entrepreneur and philanthropic Korean-American who will receive our foundation's coveted 2014 Luce Leadership Award ...

Young People, Employment and Enterprise -- An Opportunity for System Change

Pioneers for Change | Posted 01.13.2015 | Impact
Pioneers for Change

Getting your first job, setting up your first business, taking your first degree are opportunities that should be available and accessible to all young people in the UK, but as we know truth is they are not.

Change Management at CHLA

Greg Woodburn | Posted 01.07.2015 | Impact
Greg Woodburn

CHLA invests in technology due to practices mandated by the Affordable Care Act -- such as electronic medical records -- and due to other innovations that have the potential to improve health outcomes and financial performance.

Sewing The Fabric Of New Lives, One Stitch At A Time

To The Market | Posted 02.18.2015 | Impact
To The Market

ver 60,000 women work in more than 22 Red Light Districts in Kolkata, India, alone. Sarah and Kristin wanted to create an alternative for Pinkie, and for all of the women wanting to leave or were vulnerable to the sex industry.

Your Guide to Holiday Shopping With a Social Mission

Carla Javits | Posted 02.09.2015 | Impact
Carla Javits

In response to this time of heavy consumerism, nonprofits proposed Giving Tuesday, which asks people to consider giving to organizations that are addressing critical social issues.

Public Will Can Change Homelessness

Carla Javits | Posted 01.24.2015 | Impact
Carla Javits

Yet people are homeless in large numbers because we as citizens tolerate it. If we in the U.S. - you and I -- decided that homelessness was unacceptable, we would no longer have widespread homelessness.

Seeking: The Perfect Nonprofit Job

Simone N. Sneed | Posted 01.21.2015 | Impact
Simone N. Sneed

For nonprofits and social enterprises to be successful, we need passionate people with phenomenal skills in place. Once you have made the decision that you're ready to dedicate your career to a specific social cause, it can be hard to know where to start.

Engaging the Tanzanian Market? Hakuna Matata!

Mickey Bergman | Posted 01.21.2015 | Small Business
Mickey Bergman

"Zanzibar" elicits images of sandy beaches, clear calm waters, private resorts, and idyllic vacations filled with great food, spices, music and cultur...

The Alchemy of Purpose

Greg Woodburn | Posted 01.20.2015 | Impact
Greg Woodburn

It seems to me that the Social Innovator's Dilemma is how we balance the patience required for building enduring impact with the urgency that compels us to impassioned action.

The Moment I Realized My Business Had Been Body-Snatched

Megan Atkinson | Posted 01.18.2015 | Business
Megan Atkinson

It all started with a couch. I sat there in my friend's apartment, on the whim-driven vacation of a lifetime, experiencing a mid-day lull in my New York City tourist binge.

Enterprise First Development

Pioneers for Change | Posted 12.22.2014 | Impact
Pioneers for Change

By: Eoghan Mackie Following strong encouragement from my parents and the education system I was privileged to be part of, I started my career as a ...

Scooping International News While Empowering Women: Global Press Institute

Suzanne Skees | Posted 01.02.2015 | Impact
Suzanne Skees

Once upon a time, a young American woman landed her dream job -- and then gave it to someone else. Nine years later, she's creating a sustainable new model for international journalism that provides jobs and empowers women all over the world.

Is Eco-Fashion Full of Scrap? Watch and Find Out

Daniela Papi | Posted 12.29.2014 | Impact
Daniela Papi

Tonlé's campaign points out that every year 100 million pounds of textiles worldwide are thrown away, which equals the weight of 14 cruise ships.