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Give Social Entrepreneurs a Bigger Place at the Table

Patrick Struebi | Posted 09.26.2014 | Impact
Patrick Struebi

At this year's Meeting, those challenges included everything from food and water security, to energy and climate change, to education and healthcare reform, to strengthening the Circular Economy.

The African Youth Movement for Social and Economic Prosperity

Barry Segal | Posted 10.08.2014 | Impact
Barry Segal

We cannot afford to stand at the sidelines and watch people do things for us. Developing a resilient entrepreneurial base and private sector can sustain economic growth and produce real economic and social gains in Africa.

Choosing the Mission-Driven Life

Patrick Struebi | Posted 07.21.2014 | Impact
Patrick Struebi

To take the world's future into our hands, we must take our own future into our hands. We must change ourselves by living meaningful, mission-driven lives. Deciding to do so is where social entrepreneurship begins.

Planting Moringa Trees and More: This Week in Daily Giving

Ari Nessel | Posted 07.09.2014 | Impact
Ari Nessel

Changing ourselves changes the world. In 2013, a group of daily givers, myself included, committed to provide seed funding to a fledgling social chan...

The Ultimate Innovators: Women Everywhere

Kyle Zimmer | Posted 05.05.2014 | Impact
Kyle Zimmer

We need to ramp up our investments in educational gender equity and opportunities for women and girls. By doing so, our families and communities will thrive.

Follow the Leader? Why Social Entrepreneurs Must Collaborate

Kathleen Kelly Janus | Posted 02.17.2014 | Impact
Kathleen Kelly Janus

We can only achieve the sweeping social change we aspire to by harnessing the leadership potential of all individuals involved in the cause.

Urban Farmers Are Growing Our "Food Empathy"

Mick Kelly | Posted 10.17.2014 | Impact
Mick Kelly

Food empathetic people make healthier food choices, recycle more and waste less.

The World Cup Effect

Jürgen Griesbeck | Posted 07.08.2014 | Impact
Jürgen Griesbeck

Football offers an important opportunity for development -- not just for those in need, but also those who have the resources and skills to help. The power of the sport is in its universal appeal, which can bring us together to tackle common challenges.

Five Key Ingredients of a ‘Sticky' Story

Sarah-Marie Hopf | Posted 12.31.2013 | Impact
Sarah-Marie Hopf

"Anyone who has a new idea and wants to change the world will do better by telling stories than by any amount of logical exhortation." - Stephen Denni...

A Woman's Work: Powering Up in the MENA Region

Leena Al Olaimy | Posted 01.23.2014 | Impact
Leena Al Olaimy

The Middle East and North Africa region represents a wildly diverse variety of cultures, customs, religions and political groups. And the relationship...

How to Make Kindness The Foundation of School Culture

Laura White | Posted 01.23.2014 | Impact
Laura White

Although it may seem simple, making kindness the foundation of a school culture is very challenging in practice.

Meet The Social Entrepreneurs Completely Disrupting The World Of Philanthropy

2013-08-27-Screenshot20130827at12.16.24PM.png | Posted 10.11.2013 | Impact

By William D. Eggers and Paul Macmillan, Dowser A couple of weeks ago, pianist Jonathan Biss was set to teach an online course on Beethoven’s Son...

Want To Change The World? Give Girls A Chance

John Kluge | Posted 01.23.2014 | Impact
John Kluge

As we mark the second International Day of the Girl on October 11, I'm calling for a similar recognition of the power and potential of girls, enlisting them in our mission to bring safe, sustainable sanitation to the billions who live without it.

Are You a Prisoner of the Past or Will You Be a Pioneer of The Future?

Beverly Schwartz | Posted 01.23.2014 | Impact
Beverly Schwartz

Social entrepreneurs, are here to leave their mark, finding innovative solutions to tackling the world's most pressing social problems. In their quest for improved and sustainable social impact, they have shifted and are re-inventing the way they interact and work -- from transactional to transformative thinking, to business-as-usual to business-as-unusual and from repetition to reformation.

An Afternoon With Martin 50 Years Ago

Harry Covert | Posted 11.23.2013 | Impact
Harry Covert

Excitedly I took notes on cheap yellowed copy paper, trimmed from newsprint for note-taking and folded three ways so as to fit in my suit coat. At 22 I knew I was enjoying what I thought may be a booming career.

Beautiful Bronx! Young Men Take Action

Sharon Rose Beier, MD | Posted 11.20.2013 | Impact
Sharon Rose Beier, MD

Approximately 100 young Black and Latino men have participated in our Young Men's Group, creating/maintaining several community gardens with the NY Botanical Gardens, Bronx Green-Up. They are continuing their education, getting jobs and feel responsible for, and proud of, their community.

Reversing the School-to-Prison Pipeline, Building College Pathways From Rikers Island

Aviva Tevah | Posted 11.20.2013 | Impact
Aviva Tevah

What they found was that lack of information and self-confidence are frequent barriers to college success for young men of color in the criminal justice system, who are often deterred by incomplete and inaccurate information about financial aid, admissions, and the benefits of a degree.

PUSH Youth Project

Eric Fernandez | Posted 11.19.2013 | Impact
Eric Fernandez

The project's goal is to provide young people with a sense of belonging and a space where they are just supported by "staff," but also engage with their peers to build strong relationships and a stronger support system.

South Bronx United

Andrew So | Posted 11.19.2013 | Impact
Andrew So

The power of sport, and specifically of soccer, to bring these adolescents together was clear from the beginning. But I started to realize that soccer could provide much more than just a safe environment and youth camaraderie.

The MUSA Project

Tracy Caldron | Posted 11.18.2013 | Impact
Tracy Caldron

Nationally 3,707 black and Latino youth under the age of 18 died from drowning, including 121 deaths in New York. Eighty percent of the victims were male.

Hip-Hop Debate Institute -- Remixing Literacies For The 21st Century Classroom

Jen Johnson | Posted 11.18.2013 | Impact
Jen Johnson

Youth of color are using hip-hop to demand that they see their culture and issues reflected in competitive academic policy debate, in education and in the larger society around them.

It's Time For A Paradigm Shift: Teen Dads As Community Leaders

Brooke Richie-Babbage | Posted 11.17.2013 | Impact
Brooke Richie-Babbage

As a lawyer working with low-income single parents and their children, I saw first-hand the unique frustrations of the young Black and Latino fathers that I worked with as they attempted to effectively parent the children they loved, while also navigating the trials and tribulations of adolescence.

ScriptEd: Empowering Kids by Teaching Them to Code

Maurya Couvares | Posted 11.17.2013 | Impact
Maurya Couvares

Young black and Latino students are particularly underrepresented in the software engineering industry. To remain innovative, the industry must employ a diverse workforce, and young black and Latino students should be included in that workforce.

Dick Martin's Three Steps To Becoming A Better Business Leader

Joey Katona | Posted 11.16.2013 | Impact
Joey Katona

In addition to all the unconscious biases that divide us, we are born with a powerful instinct that can bridge differences. That instinct is empathy.

What Will The World Look Like In 50 Years?

Felicity McLean | Posted 11.16.2013 | Impact
Felicity McLean

We need to make radical changes to the frameworks in which we operate. The world is now an interconnected neural network, where problems are considered shared and where solutions are crowdsourced -- we're no longer living in silos.