"We have science fiction, and science follows it. We imagine it, and it comes true. Yet we don't have social fiction, so nothing changes." When Muhammad Yunus made this statement at the recent Skoll World Forum, there was a sense that this was a quotation we'd see repeated for years.
Several of the Skoll Award Social Entrepreneurship Award winners at this year's "Disruption" themed World Forum meet the classic definition crafted by HBS's Clayton Christenson of disruption - serving customers who are ignored by the existing business models.
What realities can you make come alive for others that highlight a future that could solve some of the problems you see now, or predict are coming? What possibilities can you create with your "social fiction"?
The minority Muslim Rohingya continue to suffer unspeakable persecution, with more than 1,000 killed and hundreds of thousands displaced from their homes just in recent months, apparently with the complicity and protection of security forces.
It is of grave importance that we do not use yoga to perpetuate our freedom to self indulge. We could consider taking our newfound inspiration we've gained via yoga, and use it to empower other women, who may be less fortunate.
We graduated from college with a diploma and a dream but not much certainty as to what path our lives would take or even who we'd become along the way. Most of us leapt before we looked and landed okay. So, why the dread over what I'll call "commencement 2.0"?
Finding financing to launch a new venture in this shaky economy is tricky enough. But what are the odds that an aspiring business owner who is struggling with a mental illness or living in a rural area could secure start-up capital? Increasingly good, it turns out.
Lole in Paris, in Canada and elsewhere, holds what are called "meet-ups," or events to which they invite yogis, meditation and massage therapists to their atelier stores -- which double as relaxation spaces.
Let's shift the discourse away from 'women vs. women', which sounds like a tawdry Las Vegas boxing match, and move it towards a much deeper conversation about what we need to do to get more women in leadership positions in both the public and private sector and eradicate poverty.
A growing unrest is stirring the global microcredit market. Some are asking whether microcredit has really benefited the poor. Although the spotlight might be uncomfortable, microfinance institutions should welcome this soul searching.