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Social Innovation

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.

Millennials Are the New Pioneers

Patrick Dowd | Posted 07.21.2013 | Impact
Patrick Dowd

Millennials -- in addition to being self-centered and technologically savvy -- are leading with purpose, getting in shape, caring for others, exploring new frontiers, and building the foundations for a better tomorrow.

The New Era of Public Innovation: Part II

Ben Thornley | Posted 07.16.2013 | Impact
Ben Thornley

The breakthrough moment in Lima was the signaling effect resulting from the clearly articulated convictions of every public official present -- an overarching vision that aligns the region's governments with the "process" of social inclusion at hand.

Once In A Lifetime Opportunity

Jürgen Griesbeck | Posted 07.15.2013 | Impact
Jürgen Griesbeck

As excitement builds within the global soccer community ahead of the UEFA Champions League Final between Bayern Munich and Borussia Dortmund, so does ...

Urban Resilience for a New Century

Dr. Judith Rodin | Posted 07.14.2013 | Impact
Dr. Judith Rodin

We can't know for sure when or where the next crisis will hit -- only that it will. But despite these certainties, most cities are woefully unprepared to manage these shocks. Now is the time to help cities build resilience.

The Transformative Power of Philanthropy

Dr. Judith Rodin | Posted 07.09.2013 | Impact
Dr. Judith Rodin

Amazing things happen when you bet on people -- including entire transformations. But with this ability comes great responsibility, in all of our work, to grapple with the big moral questions of our day.

Putting Farmers First at the World Economic Forum

Tony Kalm | Posted 07.09.2013 | Impact
Tony Kalm

Sub-Saharan Africa is home to seven of the world's 10 fastest growing economies. In a discussion I attended of young global leaders, the question was asked: Can Africa feed the world?

Scaling Up Social Innovation - Lessons Learned

Sameer Hajee | Posted 07.07.2013 | Impact
Sameer Hajee

In 2012, after 3 years of improving our technology and our business model, we finally started to scale beyond the pilot.

Philanthropy as Backer of Brains

Dr. Judith Rodin | Posted 07.02.2013 | Impact
Dr. Judith Rodin

There is still no machine that can match the power of human ingenuity to solve truly human problems. And therefore, "backing brains" has always been a key part of philanthropy's strategy.

The Role of Governments in Social Innovation

Alvaro Rodriguez Arregui | Posted 07.01.2013 | Impact
Alvaro Rodriguez Arregui

I do not believe that government should lower risks for investors -- such structures create perverse incentives. But what governments can do is improve investors' potential returns.

Philanthropy as Field Builder

Dr. Judith Rodin | Posted 06.25.2013 | Impact
Dr. Judith Rodin

Last week, I discussed role of philanthropy as risk-taker – taking on the hardest parts of the work so that the private and public sectors can c...

Moving From "I Know" to "I Can"

Janet Longmore | Posted 04.25.2013 | Impact
Janet Longmore

Equipped with the confidence to develop networks and identify economic opportunities, youth are able to overcome skills mismatch, bureaucracy, nepotism and geographic location -- all barriers to employment.

A Guide to Scaling Social Innovation

Hilde Schwab | Posted 06.23.2013 | Impact
Hilde Schwab

We still have enormous hills to climb in changing mindsets, improving enabling environments and correcting market failures. But I think it's worth pausing for a moment and taking stock of the global trends.

Football for Social Change in Latin America

Jürgen Griesbeck | Posted 06.22.2013 | Impact
Jürgen Griesbeck

While working in Colombia in 1994, I was shocked and saddened by the killing of Andrés Escobar over an own goal scored at the World Cup. This sensele...

Earthquakes Are Inevitable. Disasters Don't Have to Be.

Elizabeth Hausler Strand | Posted 06.22.2013 | Impact
Elizabeth Hausler Strand

Now is the time for governments, public and private entities, financial institutions, NGOs and communities to work together to create change in construction practice and build resilient communities before the next earthquake strikes.

From Strip Clubs to Startups: Old Las Vegas' New Gamble

Rebekah Iliff | Posted 06.18.2013 | Technology
Rebekah Iliff

This is the new Las Vegas. And I'll bet on this Las Vegas any day of the week.

Philanthropy Is the Go-To Partner for Risk

Dr. Judith Rodin | Posted 06.18.2013 | Impact
Dr. Judith Rodin

Risk is philanthropy's calling card -- it's what our philanthropic dollars, at least in the United States, are now tax-advantaged to do. If we're not taking enough risk, we're clearly not doing everything in our power to maximize impact for the poor or vulnerable.