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On International Women's Day, ‘Invisible' Women Need Financial Access

Mary Ellen Iskenderian | Posted 03.08.2014 | Impact
Mary Ellen Iskenderian

Wherever she lives, no matter what country, when a woman controls her own finances she invests that money in ways that can bring about long-term change -- education for her children, health care and better housing for her family. But low-income women around the world are routinely denied access to the basic financial products that most of us take for granted.

Poor Women Need More than Just a Pink Mobile Phone

Hillary Miller-Wise | Posted 03.07.2014 | Impact
Hillary Miller-Wise

In recognition of International Women's Day, March 8, 2014, we'd like to challenge mobile operators, NGOs, government and others to radically rethink the way that we allow poor women to benefit from mobile technology.

One-Third Of Women In STEM Said They Felt Isolated At Work. Here's How We're Helping.

Kathy Mulvany | Posted 03.04.2014 | Impact
Kathy Mulvany

When people ask why we should encourage women and girls to pursue technology education, I tell them about Soso Luningo.

STEM Stories: How Mentors Are Changing the Conversation For Young Women (SHARE YOUR STORY)

Posted 12.18.2013 | Impact

It can be lonely for a woman in the technology field. At the college level, men earn 82 percent of engineering and computer science degrees. And w...

Africa's Youth Riding the Wave of Technical Innovation

Willice Onyango | Posted 01.23.2014 | Impact
Willice Onyango

From business, networking, utilising innovation, creativity, to the ability to understand and pass on information quicker than it can be controlled or obscured by who governs us, technology is merging with our continent's demographic dividend, and the prospects for a brighter future are unprecedented.

The World Needs More

Jay Benjamin | Posted 11.20.2013 | Impact
Jay Benjamin

Imagine if you said "the world needs more #shelter," and it actually created shelter for somebody? Turning powerful words into impactful actions that can literally make a difference for people around the world.

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.

Reimagining Education

Pharrell Williams | Posted 07.28.2013 | Impact
Pharrell Williams

The days of unequal access to high quality educators, schools in crisis and communities feeling powerless to support them are soon coming to an end.

What If Ideas Weren't a 'Dime a Dozen'?

Matt Murrie | Posted 07.13.2013 | Impact
Matt Murrie

What if we stopped believing it's only those who work the hardest who bring their ideas to life -- and start admitting it's typically those with the fewest barriers to cross who end up executing the most?

Smart Subsidy Is Need to Build Tomorrow's Energy Market

Simon Desjardins | Posted 06.12.2013 | Impact
Simon Desjardins

Private investors and publically funded development finance institutions have shown enormous interest to support the sector, yet opportunities for these investors to deploy capital at scale are still sporadic at best.

A Troublemaker in Delaware

Laurel Lichty | Posted 08.13.2013 | Impact
Laurel Lichty

Until recently, I had never lived in a city without a subway. I have lived, worked and commuted among the masses in Buenos Aires, London, New York, C...

Delivering New Solutions to Global Problems

Sally Osberg | Posted 06.11.2013 | Impact
Sally Osberg

Socially entrepreneurial organizations are often lean but always high touch. They build networks of trust that inspire and support local leaders, first to transform their local communities and then to build broader social movements.

Student Source the Grand Challenges

Muhammad H. Zaman | Posted 04.03.2013 | Impact
Muhammad H. Zaman

The ecosystem of an educational institution has the capacity to create change, provided we give a platform where ideas can nourish and flourish. By student sourcing global development, we will match the toughest problems with our most prized resource of all: creativity.

Can Computers Be Creative?

Costa Michailidis | Posted 02.13.2013 | Technology
Costa Michailidis

It seems to me that psychologists are beginning to better understand human creativity, and that engineers are beginning to learn to program it into computers. Perhaps the next great generation of artists will be made of silicon.

The Future of Food Series: Exponential Solutions to Transforming Our Food System

Christiana Wyly | Posted 02.12.2013 | Green
Christiana Wyly

By 2050, we need to figure out how to not only feed but also nourish the three billion new people who will be joining the seven billion of us who are already here on the planet. And we need to figure out how to do this as effectively, ethically and as environmentally sensibly as possible.

How a Homeless Guy Inspired Me to Launch My Start-Up

Kofi Frimpong | Posted 02.04.2013 | Impact
Kofi Frimpong

What if I partnered with local soup kitchens and homeless shelters to set up a system where restaurant customers could purchase cheap and healthy meals that soup kitchen volunteers could pick up and give to the needy?

Google Gives $23 Million To Charities To Spur Innovation, Help Girls And Minority Students

Amy Neumann | Posted 02.03.2013 | Impact
Amy Neumann

Nonprofits have longed for years to have access to the best technology. Often, even the best of ideas have challenges when technology is involved, whether it's a technical or a funding issue. That's where the newly-announced Google.org Global Impact Awards come in.

Accelerating Economic Growth Through Mobile Broadband

Robert Pepper | Posted 01.27.2013 | Impact
Robert Pepper

We've all experienced how the Internet has changed our lives in the way we work, play and communicate with family and friends. We see how institutions are becoming more productive, offering new services and helping transform education, health care and the places we live.

Thrive in a Rapidly Changing World: The Next Generation of IT

Jeanne Beliveau-Dunn | Posted 11.27.2012 | Impact
Jeanne Beliveau-Dunn

Networking is predicted to become the second fastest growing occupation in the U.S., faster than the average for all occupations, and should continue ...

Cyber Monday? Meet #GivingTuesday

Paul_Smith | Posted 01.26.2013 | Impact
Paul_Smith

Let's stop patronizing young people who form the growing majorities in so many countries of the world. And let's start helping them with their initiatives. Young professionals are not our hope for tomorrow. They are our need for today.

Generous Facebook Admin Matches Sandy Families With Dinner Hosts On Thanksgiving

The Huffington Post | Hayley Hudson | Posted 11.21.2012 | Impact

A Facebook page created in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy wants to ensure every resident will get to enjoy a Thanksgiving meal. An anonymous admi...

Microsoft Empowers Children Worldwide, Inspires 1 Million Facebook Likes

Kerry O'Shea Gorgone | Posted 01.20.2013 | Education
Kerry O'Shea Gorgone

Lifelong learning is the overarching goal of the program. By equipping students to fully participate in the digital economy, Shape the Future will improve their lifetime earning potential, thereby boosting the economic outlook of entire nations.

The 10 Most Generous Social Media Mavens

Rachael Chong | Posted 01.16.2013 | Impact
Rachael Chong

Why are some people seemingly hard-wired for compassion, while others hardly notice suffering? Is generosity the by-product of a virtuous upbringing, a quality we learn primarily through early observation?

Impatience.org: The Nonprofit World Asks a Lot of the Internet

Jed Miller | Posted 11.16.2012 | Impact
Jed Miller

If anything, the impatience of the average digital citizen demands even greater patience from the average digital advocate. Life's not a sci-fi movie. One new idea can't get us from Earth to Jupiter in the blink of an eye.

5x5x5: Scott Harrison On The Success Of Charity: Water

Posted 11.16.2012 | Impact

In partnership with the Social Innovation Summit, we're running a weekly series called 5x5x5 -- 5 Leaders, 5 Sectors, 5 Questions. Five guests from a ...