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Social Innovation

Africa's Youth: The Future to a Transformed Continent

Barry Segal | Posted 03.30.2014 | Impact
Barry Segal

Guest Post By Evelyn Omala, Program Officer for Segal Family Foundation Last week, world leaders gathered for the 44th Annual Meeting of the World E...

Social Change via the Living Room

Rachael Chong | Posted 03.24.2014 | Impact
Rachael Chong

In New York, we went to interview Erica Ford in Jamaica, Queens, where for 340 days she and her team, I Love My LIFE, had stopped violence -- not a single shot, not a single murder happened.

A Smart Product of Social Innovation: SmartLife

Ayna Agarwal | Posted 03.23.2014 | Impact
Ayna Agarwal

For nascent innovators who aspire to creatively impress upon and uplift the lives of those less privileged, 'social innovation' can seem like an under...

M.L.K.'s Housing Legacy

Terri Ludwig | Posted 03.19.2014 | Impact
Terri Ludwig

On a sunny July day in 1966, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. took the stage at Chicago's Soldier Field before a crowd of 35,000 supporters. Building off m...

Pope Francis As the World's Greatest Social Innovator

Tiziana Dearing | Posted 03.17.2014 | Impact
Tiziana Dearing

At the risk of sounding like a starry-eyed groupie instead of a critical thinker, I would argue Pope Francis embodies all of those definitions, and a few more that truly mark social innovation.

7 Millennials Who Are Too Busy Changing The World To Take Selfies

The Huffington Post | Karin Swanson | Posted 03.14.2014 | Impact

The old narcissistic, entitled millennial stereotype has grown tired. From tech to business to medicine, these young people have proven they're changi...

Redefining Growth in 2014

Cylvia Hayes | Posted 03.02.2014 | Money
Cylvia Hayes

For many Americans the past few years have been a rough ride and any improvement is welcome. However, we would be fooling ourselves if we believed we were on a path toward a healthy economy or that the recession was solely to blame.

When an Accident Meets a Concerned Mind

Brij Kothari | Posted 01.26.2014 | Impact
Brij Kothari

Ken's book makes a strong case that accidents and serendipity are the dominant force in the social innovation space. The best kind of social innovation sometimes happens when an accident meets a concerned mind with a persistent will to act.

Social Finance vs. Traditional Finance: What's the Difference and Why it Matters

Don Shaffer | Posted 01.25.2014 | Impact
Don Shaffer

Most growth businesses face challenges raising capital at some stage in their development. But for social enterprises, which use the power of business to directly improve society and our environment, the obstacles tend to be tougher and more persistent.

Ending Education Reform to Reimagine What's Possible

Courtney O'Connell | Posted 01.25.2014 | Education
Courtney O'Connell

It might be hard to think outside the constraints that are engrained in our mind of what education is "supposed to" look like, but imagine if we started with a blank canvas. What would you create?

Can Young People Make Government More Accountable?

Ravi Kumar | Posted 01.23.2014 | World
Ravi Kumar

On a rainy Friday morning during the first week of this month, a young woman got on the stage of the auditorium in Queen Elizabeth Conference Center...

Youth Entrepreneurship -- a Pivotal Engine of Growth and Sustainable Development

Njideka U. Harry | Posted 01.23.2014 | Impact
Njideka U. Harry

World Bank Youth Summit proposed knowledge exchanges between development practitioners, change-makers and opinion leaders. All players are engaged in three primary sub-themes: education, entrepreneurship and millennial communication.

Why Is Innovation Management So Important to Compete?

Scott MacFarland | Posted 01.23.2014 | Business
Scott MacFarland

They must create new products and services for new markets. They must be creative, and come up with new ideas that never would have been thought of before. This is the new management paradigm. Get used to it, it's not going away anytime soon.

On the Path to a More Resilient New York

Dr. Judith Rodin | Posted 01.23.2014 | Impact
Dr. Judith Rodin

Superstorm Sandy was a reminder that we need to prepare our cities, New York included, to withstand crises and bounce back quickly and effectively.

What the Shutdown Taught Us About Women's Leadership

Simone N. Sneed | Posted 12.24.2013 | Women
Simone N. Sneed

Our collective narrative about leadership, both its traits and aesthetics, are profoundly gendered. As such, when we see a strong, smart woman leading, it is tempting and familiar to ascribe her success to gender alone.

Serengetee: The Fashionable Way to Give Back

Karin Swanson | Posted 12.21.2013 | Impact
Karin Swanson

College students like tanks. But what if there was a tee-shirt that helped directly fund a good cause? Serengetee has taken the "tee-shirt-for-a-cause" mantra to a new level.

Video Gaming -- A Youth Movement We Need to Get Behind

Jose Antonio Tijerino | Posted 12.17.2013 | Technology
Jose Antonio Tijerino

So there I stood, absolutely mesmerized watching my five-year-old son adroitly maneuver through a complicated, life-like, labyrinth of activity and nefarious characters to accomplish his mission while sipping a juice box.

Steal This Idea: How to Solve our Wicked Health Care Challenge

Daniel Dworkin | Posted 12.14.2013 | Business
Daniel Dworkin

Imagine a scenario in which teams from different hospitals within a single region competed to achieve the best health outcomes at the lowest cost, shared their experiences in virtual roundtables, and earned rewards for applying peer tested best practices.

Islands of Hope Amid Flash Floods

BRAC | Posted 12.11.2013 | Impact
BRAC

A narrow dirt road starts where the paved roads of Bangladesh's Habiganj district end, leading to a land of dusty red silt that often completely blankets the sub-district of Baniachang, blocking outsiders from seeing in.

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.