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Social Innovation

Doing Good With Book Bags and Saplings in Malawi

Ethan Gelber | Posted 01.23.2014 | Impact
Ethan Gelber

Like all illustrations of generosity at the interface between social enterprise and social good, it involves people who opened their hearts, minds and wallets to the unlikely, who rallied around common causes and who improved everyone's lives.

10 Women in Tech Orgs You Should Know

Craig Newmark | Posted 11.27.2013 | Women
Craig Newmark

Since I know something about computers and a little about small business, my focus has been on helping girls and women in technology as much as I'm able. I've compiled a list of some of my top 10 women in tech orgs (in no particular order) for you to check out:

The Truth About Social Good: It's More Than a Good Idea

Erica Williams | Posted 11.27.2013 | Impact
Erica Williams

Leaders and social do-gooders are looking for people to talk about the the values, theories and skills that have helped every generation before ours turn moments into movements, reactions into revolutions and big ideas into lasting legacies.

Liquid Life: One Disruptor Who Is Revolutionizing How We Re-Charge

Ondi Timoner | Posted 11.24.2013 | Technology
Ondi Timoner

In the tech world, no one gets a bad rap like the venture capitalist. Yet, sometimes these VCs are the greatest allies and closest advisors to the founders.

Where Brain Health Meets Digital Health and Big Data

Alvaro Fernandez | Posted 11.18.2013 | Healthy Living
Alvaro Fernandez

While there is much we still do not know about our brains, we do know that the sta­tus quo is not an option. It is leav­ing us woe­fully unpre­pared to meet cur­rent and future demands.

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.

African Youth, Innovation and the Changing Society

Njideka U. Harry | Posted 11.11.2013 | Impact
Njideka U. Harry

Africa is the world's "youngest" region. There is a unique opportunity to help transform an entire generation through the right long-term investments in education, health care, manufacturing and banking.

The Building Blocks of Innovation

Sameer Hajee | Posted 11.11.2013 | Impact
Sameer Hajee

Innovation builds on innovation. Our technology and business model five years ago could not have worked. But today, as we combine both old and new technology, we have a fighting chance to alleviate energy poverty... once and for all.

A Design Thinking Retrospective: How History's Biggest Mishaps Could Have Been Averted

Patricia Morizio | Posted 10.30.2013 | Technology
Patricia Morizio

Design thinking, also known as human-centered design, has been the hot topic as of late, at least among the forward-thinking tech and business scenes.

Students Changing the World: A Progress Report Worth Celebrating

Angela Maiers | Posted 10.27.2013 | Impact
Angela Maiers

A few months ago, I introduced you to the Quest2Matter, which challenged students to use their individual genius to change the world. Quest2Matter was...

MENA Healthcare Needs to Go Mobile

Jamil Wyne | Posted 10.22.2013 | Impact
Jamil Wyne

The Middle East and North Africa (MENA) should take advantage of its mobile penetration and entrepreneurial activity to improve its healthcare systems.

The Class of 2013: Being The Difference

Eduardo Balarezo | Posted 10.20.2013 | Impact
Eduardo Balarezo

This past July, I landed at Baltra's Galapagos airport with an unusual level of anticipation. I go to the Galapagos every quarter but this time it...

Learning How to Scale Social Impact

Thane Kreiner | Posted 10.02.2013 | Impact
Thane Kreiner

s more social enterprises achieve meaningful scale, or implement models for parallel scaling such as open-source franchising, the dimensions of evaluation will necessarily increase.

KITE: Making Humans Invisible to Mosquitos

MeiMei Fox | Posted 09.15.2013 | Impact
MeiMei Fox

Perhaps the best part about KITE, from a consumer perspective, is that it's super easy to use. You simply place a colorful sticker on your clothes, and the device blinds mosquitos to your very existence for the next 48 hours.

Think Globally, Act Locally

Jackie Jenkins-Scott | Posted 09.15.2013 | College
Jackie Jenkins-Scott

In India, the Deshpande Center for Social Entrepreneurship turned the social innovation technology model on its head five years ago. Through supply-ch...

The World According to Grameen Social Inc.

Alexandre Lemille | Posted 07.02.2013 | Impact
Alexandre Lemille

Fancy doing business without necessarily becoming wealthier as a main goal but improving a social situation? Well seems like Social Business is what y...

Three Cheers For The Social Innovation Summit

Ivan Suvanjieff | Posted 08.18.2013 | Impact
Ivan Suvanjieff

Imagine - what would happen if we used the brilliant minds at Google and everywhere else in the corporate world, the leadership of PeaceJam's participating Nobel Peace Laureates, and the creative energy of one million PeaceJam youth to build a state-of-the-art campaign designed to tackle the toughest issues facing humanity?

The Transformative Potential of the Poor

Susan Davis | Posted 08.14.2013 | Impact
Susan Davis

You may have heard of the concept of "inclusive growth," the idea that the increasing economic prosperity should benefit everyone, including...

Social Innovation Summit 2013: To Read, To Connect, To Affirm

Jennifer Sertl | Posted 08.10.2013 | Business
Jennifer Sertl

Hasbro's Alan Hassenfeld put it into perspective: "if you think you are too small for making impact, you have never been in bed with a mosquito."

Renewable Energy Vital for Myanmar's Development

Simon Henschel | Posted 08.06.2013 | Impact
Simon Henschel

How will Myanmar be able to increase its electrification rates in a way that can first catch up and then keep pace with the country's rapid development?

Four Ways to Help Myanmar's Rural Poor

Roy L. Prosterman | Posted 08.04.2013 | Impact
Roy L. Prosterman

How to confront the needs of the vast number of families who are trapped in land-related, generational poverty in Myanmar and throughout the region will have profound consequences for future development, investment and stability.

The Power of Technology Can Transform Healthcare and Save Lives

Kathryn C. Brown | Posted 07.31.2013 | Impact
Kathryn C. Brown

Bing Bing's story reinforces that, despite the myriad of challenges facing our healthcare system today - including rising healthcare costs and the lack of quality and access to healthcare - there is a tremendous opportunity to use new technology tools to transform the way healthcare is delivered, especially to those most vulnerable - children, women and seniors - in remote or rural areas.

Collaboration: the Fuel for Innovation

Dalila Wilson-Scott | Posted 07.29.2013 | Impact
Dalila Wilson-Scott

Whether it's finding new ways to invest in communities, help small businesses grow, or create jobs and train people for the opportunities that are available, they all require bringing together talented and dedicated people with diverse skills, to catalyze social innovation and help bring new ideas to life.

The Role Of Apprenticeship Programs In The MENA Region

Curt Rhodes | Posted 07.28.2013 | Impact
Curt Rhodes

The past 10 years in Jordan thousands of disadvantaged youth have been assisted to obtain basic education credentials to access accredited vocational training and improved employment opportunities.

5 Reasons Why Investing in Nutrients Is Smart

Smita Satiani | Posted 07.24.2013 | Impact
Smita Satiani

Let's face it, there is a connection between what we eat and where it comes from. If we want to get the full value out of whatever ends up on our plate, we have to make sure we're taking care of the environment and our soils.