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Are You a Bad Gifter (in More Ways Than One)?

Brian R. Weinberg | Posted 12.06.2012 | Impact
Brian R. Weinberg

Many articles have been written about the negative impact of business. The question is what can we as consumers do about it?

HuffPost Labs Launches Exclusive Community for Hackers

HuffPost Labs | Posted 02.04.2013 | Technology
HuffPost Labs

Innovation is like a gas, it becomes more powerful the more it is compressed. Our hope is that by making it easier for the builders in NYC to meet one another and exchange ideas, we can help this community grow even faster and accomplish even more for bringing our city, our country and our world into the future.

South African Taxi Driver Is Disabled and Poor -- Yet Ready to Start a Social Enterprise

Alexandre Lemille | Posted 01.26.2013 | Impact
Alexandre Lemille

Mpondo has been driving the streets of Cape Town for nine years. In 2009, he was hijacked by two youngsters who shot a bullet from his shoulder through to his chest. With the help of neighbors and friends, Mpondo adapted his taxi to his disability.

Do We Want An Efficient Economy?

Marcin Jakubowski | Posted 01.23.2013 | TED Weekends
Marcin Jakubowski

In 2008, I dropped my theoretical physicist's chalkboard and began developing the Global Village Construction Set -- an open source, collaborative project. Today, we are showing the results that come from having zero competitive waste. Our approach is collaborative. Our business model is helping others replicate our enterprise.

Employment for Youth and Women: All Hands on Deck Approach

Roshaneh Zafar | Posted 01.14.2013 | Impact
Roshaneh Zafar

My own work in the field of women's economic development has made me a strong believer in the need for providing women with skills not traditionally considered theirs.

5 Tips to Sharpen Your Pitch for Funding

Chitra Nawbatt | Posted 01.12.2013 | Small Business
Chitra Nawbatt

The nature, extent, scope and tone of the pitch have numerous permutations and combinations depending on the scenario.

Minneapolis Acts on Employment Equity

Sarah Treuhaft | Posted 12.25.2012 | Impact
Sarah Treuhaft

Minneapolis recently became the first city in the nation to adopt a resolution promoting racial equity in employment.

From Whence Comes Innovation?

Bill Donius | Posted 12.19.2012 | Business
Bill Donius

If we're trying to break out of our tried and true ways of thinking in order to compete in today's Conceptual Age, a good first step in the process is to engage in accessing our right brains to stimulate new and creative insights.

Building A Better Mousetrap Is Only The Beginning

Paul Polak | Posted 12.11.2012 | Business
Paul Polak

In my work with a multitude of affordable technologies over the past 30 years, one key feature has become abundantly clear: If you have met the challenge of designing a transformative, radically affordable technology, you've successfully solved no more than 10-20% of the problem.

Who Is a Social Entrepreneur?

Kyle Zimmer | Posted 11.13.2012 | Impact
Kyle Zimmer

For decades the field has focused on startup phase entrepreneurs. But our focus on startups eliminates two important categories that are critical to the evolution of the field -- and to reaching our broader goals.

Win $10,000 -- and Better the Planet

Arianna Huffington | Posted 11.12.2012 | Impact
Arianna Huffington

At a time when young people are facing so many obstacles -- including student-loan debts and a very tough job market -- there's an urgent need to ignite empathy and innovation. The realities of our economic crisis have been especially harsh on young people, and since it's clear that solutions won't be coming out of Washington any time soon, improving these realities requires all hands on deck. In that spirit, I'm delighted to announce the IGNITEgood Millennial Impact Challenge, a nationwide search for innovative ideas to make the world better through service. The Millennial Impact Challenge will identify game changers among young men and women and connect them with the resources they need to turn their visions into reality.

Dialogue with Time -- An Exhibition about the Art of Ageing

Andreas Heinecke | Posted 11.10.2012 | Impact
Andreas Heinecke

Dialogue in the Dark is my brainchild. It's a simple concept: the blind leading the sighted ones in the dark.

The 2012 Social Entrepreneur Awardees

Hilde Schwab | Posted 11.10.2012 | Impact
Hilde Schwab

There is a shift of consciousness underway - and social entrepreneurs are leading the charge. It therefore gives me great pleasure to announce the 2012 awardees of the Schwab Foundation.

Strategic Innovation Secrets: What Technology Leaders Do Differently

Scott Steinberg | Posted 10.28.2012 | Business
Scott Steinberg

Like scrappy young startups such as Flipboard and Pinterest, success isn't solely rooted in online innovations and cutting-edge electronic advancements. It's also founded in basic management, marketing and strategic innovation principles that every entrepreneur can learn from.

Is the Paradigm Shifting? Food Revolution and Eco-Minded Vehicles

Adrian Grenier | Posted 10.03.2012 | Green
Adrian Grenier

2012-08-03-Screenshot20120803at11.37.32AM.jpgWe're training our camera on 10 people who are changing the way we live today.

Social Innovation 2.0: Getting from 'If' to 'How'

Shannon Schuyler | Posted 10.01.2012 | Education
Shannon Schuyler

What is the future of innovation? How can we successfully integrate and justify investments in sustainability and social change?

Engaging Engineers to Save Lives at Birth

Muhammad H. Zaman | Posted 09.22.2012 | Impact
Muhammad H. Zaman

While engineers' impact in improving our health is unquestionable in the developed world, the same can not be said yet about their role in solving the grand challenges in health in the developing world.

One Man Enriches The World Through Social Entrepreneurship

Auren Kaplan | Posted 09.09.2012 | Impact
Auren Kaplan

What's your gift to the world? It's the question we all face, at some time between birth and death. Are we living our bliss, giving our gift to the world with as much courage and strength as we can muster? Or are we toiling away at the status quo?

The X Factor: The X PRIZE Meets HuffPost

Arianna Huffington | Posted 09.01.2012 | Technology
Arianna Huffington

In a world of multiple crises, sub-optimal solutions, and a lack of urgency from our elected officials, the X PRIZE's mission of seeking bold answers to our biggest challenges is essential, inspiring, and -- hopefully -- contagious.

Why You Can't Talk About Impact Investment Without Corporate Governance

Mirjam Schöning | Posted 08.27.2012 | Impact
Mirjam Schöning

Mention the term "impact investing" at a social enterprise gathering and eyes widen and enthusiastic words flow. Mention "corporate governance" and it's likely that those same eyes will glaze over. But good governance matters. It's what enables impact investments to work.

Cricket With Broken Handpumps

Ned Breslin | Posted 06.19.2012 | Impact
Ned Breslin

Good agencies that track their work, and are willing to learn by focusing on outcomes, generally improve and innovate. Those that do not, and stick behind outputs as their marker of success, generally stagnate.

What Social Entrepreneurs Can Learn From Aung San Suu Kyi

Mark Joaquin Ruiz | Posted 08.07.2012 | Impact
Mark Joaquin Ruiz

"The Lady", as she is reverently and affectionately known, tackled her current thoughts, strategies, and actions for her country Myanmar.

Drinking From the Fire Hose -- Reflections on the Social Innovation Summit 12

Akhtar Badshah | Posted 08.06.2012 | Impact
Akhtar Badshah

A unique aspect of what the Social Innovation Summit does is that it opens up a fire hose of phenomenal people on you. The quality of ideas and conversations is overwhelming – in a positive way.

What About Including Women in Africa's Transformation?

Kristine Pearson | Posted 07.16.2012 | Impact
Kristine Pearson

South Africa's minister of finance delivered heartfelt remarks, reminding us that there are a billion lives that need to benefit from Africa's transformation. Little did I realize how swiftly and significantly Minister Gordhan's words would touch me.

The Road to Africa 2022

Andrea Coleman | Posted 07.15.2012 | Impact
Andrea Coleman

How will Africa look in 2022 if we do not enable the whole population to deploy its abundance of home-grown innovation? What will happen if women and men are not able to engage in the development of the continent by innovation, or by any other means?