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Solve Literacy, Digital Literacy Will Follow

Brij Kothari | Posted 08.28.2015 | Education
Brij Kothari

September 8 is International Literacy Day. Even though Google's recent restructuring has nothing to do with literacy, it is a curious fact that the parent company that Larry Page and Sergey Brin created, is called, Alphabet. As Larry wrote in his blog, speaking for Sergey and himself:

Exclusive Ideagen Interview with Causecast CEO Ryan Scott

George Sifakis | Posted 08.25.2015 | Impact
George Sifakis

Our interview with Ryan Scott, founder and CEO of Causecast was enlightening. Causecast is an organization that works to "to connect companies and their employees with the causes they care about."

The Unbearable Lightness of Non-Profit Propaganda

Daniela Kon | Posted 08.20.2015 | Impact
Daniela Kon

I became brutally mindful of the BS that clogs up the social change industry, specifically about the lies that we, as content creators, producers, and filmmakers are communicating to the public about the "glorious impacts" that foundations and non-profits have on impoverished communities.

Why Entrepreneurs Should Think Small

Natalia Martinez | Posted 07.31.2015 | Impact
Natalia Martinez

Conversations about innovation are everywhere: in magazines and newspapers, conference rooms and coffee shops.

A New Space Race - To Grow Social Enterprise

Carla Javits | Posted 07.30.2015 | Impact
Carla Javits

It's time we double down on the race to scale up a whole new way of doing business. We took that leap all the way to the moon. Now it's time to do it right here on earth.

Clay Water Brick Illuminates and Inspires the Entrepreneurial Spirit in Us All

Greg Woodburn | Posted 06.25.2015 | Books
Greg Woodburn

Clay Water Brick is an engaging, worthwhile read equally applicable to Sustainable Development Goals policymakers, bootstrapping entrepreneurs, and those searching for ways to pay forward their passions in life.

Tijuana and the Future of Trade

Miguel Marshall | Posted 06.08.2015 | Technology
Miguel Marshall

The general perception is that NAFTA didn't deliver on its promise, and that Mexico needs a self-sufficient economy to move forward. Tijuana offers one potential avenue for economic growth, through a 21st century approach to North American free trade.

Knowing When to Toss Away the Map

Patrick Struebi | Posted 05.27.2015 | Impact
Patrick Struebi

It's becoming increasingly clear that the Millennial generation is considerably different from their predecessors. It's a generation that feels a much greater responsibility for the world around them, but also a greater desire for purpose in their own lives.

Four Top Take-Aways From New Profit's Gathering of Leaders 2015

Carla Javits | Posted 06.29.2015 | Impact
Carla Javits

With a divided government, a fragmented social sector, and a business community focused primarily on profitability, we have been faced with some ha...

Flying Cars or Flying Toilets: What Is the Best Way to Measure Innovation?

Bhaskar Chakravorti | Posted 06.25.2015 | Business
Bhaskar Chakravorti

Commenting on the state of innovativeness, Peter Thiel, founder of PayPal and legendary Silicon Valley investor, remarked, "We asked for flying cars. Instead, we got a hundred and forty characters." Really, Peter? Who asked for flying cars?

One-Click Care

Hilary M. Cain | Posted 06.20.2015 | Impact
Hilary M. Cain

As a person who works in the technology field, I believe wholeheartedly in the potential of technology to solve some of society's greatest challenges.

3 Key Lessons That Have the Potential to Change the World! - An Exclusive Interview With Carol Thompson Cole, Venture Philanthropy Partners CEO

George Sifakis | Posted 06.13.2015 | Impact
George Sifakis

Our goal is to make sure every young person in the National Capital Region has the opportunity to realize his or her dreams and aspirations.

Criminal Justice - There's an App for That

Brandon L. Greene | Posted 05.30.2015 | Crime
Brandon L. Greene

The promise of a second impression is to simplify the job search for people with records and to leverage consumer power to either support progressive employers or put pressure on employers who fail to adopt more progressive hiring policies.

A Rookie's Guide to the Ultimate Mashup - South By Southwest

Narinder Singh | Posted 05.24.2015 | Technology
Narinder Singh

South by Southwest (SxSW) "mashes up" film, music, interactive (tech) and many of the industries they significantly influence into a 10-day extravaganza of never-ending combinations of thought and possibility.

Partnering Across Public and Private Sectors to Beat TB in India

Gopi Gopalakrishnan | Posted 05.23.2015 | Impact
Gopi Gopalakrishnan

Every year, nine million people contract tuberculosis (TB). If it takes you five minutes to read this article, 81 people will have contracted TB by the time you finish.

5 Trends Defining Social Innovation in 2015

Pat Walsh | Posted 05.18.2015 | Impact
Pat Walsh

We have experienced an incredible wave of social innovations that are changing the lives of millions of people around the world. In 2015, a number of converging trends will create an optimal environment for inspiring, launching and sustaining social innovations like never before.

5 Tech Innovations Boston is Using Right Now

Martin J. Walsh | Posted 05.12.2015 | Technology
Martin J. Walsh

Solving problems is the innovator's path to transformative ideas. Boston's problem-solving power is not limited to one person, one building or one neighborhood. It is woven throughout the fabric of the City of Boston.

Smartphones Are Smart Foreign Policy

Maura O'Neill | Posted 05.04.2015 | World
Maura O'Neill

Today, with more mobile phones than people on Earth, any savvy foreign policy recognizes the power of this small device to do good or evil in the world. Gone are the days when rebels and reformers fought only using guns and physical bombs; this portable machine is as important as any as weapon.

Is there a Better Way to Thank and Reprimand? A Personal, Successful Tale Named Flip

Karthik Rajan | Posted 04.24.2015 | Business
Karthik Rajan

Overall, the flip has helped me tenderly cultivate more profound relationships - the one measure that matters to all of us, instinctively or otherwise. What more can one ask for in life?

U.Lab: Seven Principles for Revolutionizing Higher Ed

Otto Scharmer | Posted 04.19.2015 | World
Otto Scharmer

Stepping back, what are we learning? We see that the emerging 21st-century model of higher education is an inversion of the 20th-century model in that it places the learner in the driver's seat of personal, relational, and institutional renewal.

I Am a Cancer Researcher

Emily Drake | Posted 04.12.2015 | Impact
Emily Drake

I am a cancer researcher is a way of saying that you are empowered as a cancer patient.

Breaking Down Barriers: This Week in Daily Giving

Ari Nessel | Posted 03.07.2015 | Impact
Ari Nessel

Nearly 50 others have now joined us in the practice of making a grant a day. As of Dec. 31, 2014, we have made 790 total grants in 55 countries.

The Crippling Concern of Amazing Women

Schuyler Brown | Posted 03.10.2015 | Women
Schuyler Brown

The next time you hear a great woman utter that crippling phrase, look deep within yourself and then deep into her eyes, and ask her, "What can I do to help?" She's right, alone she isn't doing enough. But together, we have unlimited capacity and that's what it's going to take.

Business Innovation: How to Succeed and Stay Ahead of the Curve

Scott Steinberg | Posted 03.06.2015 | Business
Scott Steinberg

Of all the buzzwords utilized in business today, innovation and disruption rank among the most popular. What you may be surprised to learn is that they also rank among the most widely misunderstood. Were you to look up either term's definition, you may be surprised what you'd find -- and the resulting implications.

Social Good Organizations: Don't Be Fooled By Solutions That Don't Solve Problems

T.J. Cook | Posted 02.18.2015 | Impact
T.J. Cook

Everyone loves coming up with solutions that make positive change in the world, but sometimes they are a mirage. You come up with a solution and drive toward it like a sparkling lake in the desert, only to find it evaporate as you close in on the actual problem that needs solving.