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Nuts About Oil: Rural Enterprise in Myanmar

Proximity Designs | Posted 01.23.2014 | Impact
Proximity Designs

2013-09-23-EntChallenge.jpgU San Lwin has been milling peanut oil for 55 years, iterating everyday to ensure the best possible quality.

Rethinking the Role of Business in Solving Environmental Threats

Ceres | Posted 01.23.2014 | Impact
Ceres

2013-09-23-EntChallenge.jpgMy nonprofit group, Ceres, has been working closely with Ford and GM for many years as the companies have taken their sustainability journey.

Offensive Halloween Costumes: Not That Big of a Deal?

Search for Common Ground | Posted 02.21.2014 | Impact
Search for Common Ground

2013-09-23-EntChallenge.jpgIt is more complex than just a handful of people wearing costumes that other people don't like. It's about collective ignorance, privilege and trauma.

Footsteps of a Mother -- One Woman's Journey to Bring Peace to the Holy Land

Roots of Peace | Posted 01.23.2014 | Impact
Roots of Peace

2013-09-23-EntChallenge.jpgI'm often asked what drives my work in the Middle East. I do it because I am a mother.

Janice Wilson, an American Social Entrepreneur: Making a Difference by Manufacturing Hair in Cambodia

Steve Mariotti | Posted 01.23.2014 | World
Steve Mariotti

Determined to get involved in building better lives for women out of the trade, she soon found a way to start a business. Something she always wanted to do, make something, and help women at the same time. Her idea was simple: hair.

The Need to Train Psychiatrists in Lao PDR

BasicNeeds | Posted 12.31.2013 | Impact
BasicNeeds

2013-09-23-EntChallenge.jpg Mental health is still seriously considered taboo in Lao PDR and is thought to be caused by the possession of evil spirits.

Allegro Coffee Empowers Women Farmers in Peru

Root Capital | Posted 12.30.2013 | Impact
Root Capital

2013-09-23-EntChallenge.jpgThe women of Codemu are an example of what a commitment to rural women provides to an entire community.

The Medicine Man and the Microchip

Amazon Conservation Team | Posted 01.23.2014 | Impact
Amazon Conservation Team

2013-09-23-EntChallenge.jpgWhen the milk we drink and the food we eat are laced with antibiotics, it is time to address this threat both to us and to future generations.

Reflections of a Pratham Institute Intern

Pratham | Posted 12.29.2013 | Impact
Pratham

2013-09-23-EntChallenge.jpgMost astonishing was the adversity students fought in order to get their education and the transformations they went through as a result.

Turning on the Lights in Myanmar

Proximity Designs | Posted 12.21.2013 | Impact
Proximity Designs

Farmer U Shwe Tay had trouble sleeping at night. When the sun set and rural Myanmar (Burma) was plummeted into darkness, U Shwe Tay and his animals ha...

To The Atlantic: Don't Let Conservation Finance Go The Way Of Obamacare And Climate Science

Forest Trends | Posted 01.23.2014 | Impact
Forest Trends

The American Tea Party hates Obamacare. They hate it with a visceral passion because it's a government program that may - just may - succeed where the...

Ways to Reduce Disease and Poverty in Brazil

Saude Crianca | Posted 12.22.2013 | Impact
Saude Crianca

One cannot just address the health of a child with a severe respiratory disease if the environment where he lives will only continue the vicious circl...

Gaming with a Purpose -- Financial Literacy

Child and Youth Finance International | Posted 01.23.2014 | Impact
Child and Youth Finance International

Okay, so one thing is clear: Youth are hooked on technology. Computers, smartphones, tablets, social media, video games... the list goes on. Mostl...

Superstorm Sandy -- Lessons for Health Care in a Changing Climate

Health Care Without Harm | Posted 01.23.2014 | Impact
Health Care Without Harm

By Gary Cohen, President of Health Care Without Harm; and Robin Guenther, FAIA, LEED® AP, Principal, Perkins + Will, New York, NY It has been a year...

Betting on the Big Picture in West Africa

Tostan | Posted 01.23.2014 | Impact
Tostan

2013-09-23-EntChallenge.jpgWe have the opportunity to end FGC in Senegal and expand the movement in West Africa, greatly reduce child/forced marriage and violence against women and girls.

How to Change The Way The World is Fed?

Lisa Dreier | Posted 12.16.2013 | Impact
Lisa Dreier

This year's World Food Day calls for "Sustainable Food Systems for Food Security and Nutrition." Our challenge is to devise new approaches to produce more food for a growing population, while using fewer resources and providing better livelihoods for those who need them.

Meet The Social Entrepreneurs Completely Disrupting The World Of Philanthropy

2013-08-27-Screenshot20130827at12.16.24PM.png | Posted 10.11.2013 | Impact

By William D. Eggers and Paul Macmillan, Dowser A couple of weeks ago, pianist Jonathan Biss was set to teach an online course on Beethoven’s Son...

The Power of Limitations

Derek Snook | Posted 12.03.2013 | Impact
Derek Snook

As the founder of In Every Story, I've decided to experiment with limitations. I've moved back into transitional housing at the Star Gospel Mission and I'm planning on living on the same wage our workers make, $8 an hour or $262 weekly after taxes.

Want Social Change? Make Politics Part of the Equation

Michelle Arevalo-Carpenter | Posted 01.23.2014 | Impact
Michelle Arevalo-Carpenter

When planning our work, political context is often relegated to the column of uncontrollable variables. Our communities need smart, honest and principled politicians, but are millennials up for the challenge?

What Does 83 Mean to You?

Roots of Peace | Posted 11.30.2013 | Impact
Roots of Peace

2013-09-23-EntChallenge.jpg We're turning mines to vines that truly build roots of peace by making farmland usable again.

Do Good & Do Well: 3 Tips for Social Entrepreneurs at Home and Abroad

Adnan Mahmud | Posted 11.27.2013 | Impact
Adnan Mahmud

For all young professionals around the world striving to both do good and do well, I have outlined the following three main challenges to succeeding as a social entrepreneur -- and how to overcome them.

Tidbits for Social Entrepreneurship

Derek Snook | Posted 11.23.2013 | Impact
Derek Snook

The reality is that once you are able to consistently overcome mistakes, rejections and failures, nothing can stop you. While there will always be sensible reasons to give up, great stories are made by people who refuse to quit.

Simplicity, Innovation and a Refurbished Blue Box

Paul Scott Matthew | Posted 11.17.2013 | Impact
Paul Scott Matthew

A simple idea and a growing group of partners have resulted in a network of roadside clinics, transformed from blue shipping containers, that's delivering health care to some of Africa's most hard-to-reach people across 13 countries.

When Two Social Enterprises Cooperate, the Sum Is Bigger Than Its Parts

Renat Heuberger | Posted 11.11.2013 | Impact
Renat Heuberger

This example shows that in the case of two social entreprises cooperating, the sum can be bigger than its parts. The new product advances the cause and the reach of both companies simultaneously.

9 Points to Consider When Deciding on Impact Investments

Tilman Ehrbeck | Posted 11.05.2013 | Small Business
Tilman Ehrbeck

To think "a priori" about the likely market and business model characteristics will maximize the likelihood of success or, at least, make the challenges more explicit and therefore help manage expectations.