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Social Innovation

Self Confidence: Worth More Than a Gold Medal

Jeroo Billimoria | Posted 05.12.2014 | Impact
Jeroo Billimoria

During those years, they watched as peer after peer dropped out through round after round of selection. What inspires someone to dedicate so much to preparing for something that only a few will achieve? The answer, of course, is self-confidence.

Poor Women Need More than Just a Pink Mobile Phone

Hillary Miller-Wise | Posted 05.07.2014 | 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.

Consider the Giraffe, That Improbable Change Agent

Valerie S. Lies | Posted 04.30.2014 | Impact
Valerie S. Lies

Can we make the necessary changes, set aside our differences (including the differences in status, influence and power), and still create connective spaces for honest exchanges to take place in order to achieve true change?

Why Traditional CSR Is Not Enough

Perry Yeatman | Posted 04.29.2014 | Impact
Perry Yeatman

Companies that deliver strong Social Value Propositions will be positioned to unlock business performance and affect positive social change. In a world with no shortage of social problems and business pressures, there is tremendous opportunity for companies to make a real impact.

The NICE Initiative Ten Takeaways for Female Entrepreneurs, Part 2

Penina Rybak | Posted 04.28.2014 | Business
Penina Rybak

"I believe your worst weakness can become your greatest single strength." -- Barbara Corcoran "Efficiency is doing things right; effectiveness is...

Discovering LIFT '14 and the World of Entrepreneurs

Erdika Wirengjurit | Posted 04.17.2014 | Business
Erdika Wirengjurit

I had the privilege to attend the LIFT Conference this year. Ultimately the purpose of these exciting gatherings is to learn, exchange knowledge, ideas and opinions, and I was definitely ready to absorb it all!

Is Innovation the New Donation?

Jeremy Wilson | Posted 04.20.2014 | Business
Jeremy Wilson

Over the last ten years businesses have been on a quest to humanize, to become closer to customers. This changing role is leading consumers to ask not only, 'How can you make my life better?' they are asking 'What are you building to make the world better?'

Universities Can Help Solve World's Problems Through Social Innovation

Sonal Shah | Posted 04.13.2014 | College
Sonal Shah

Social innovation leverages the creativity, expertise and resources of business, civil society, academia and government to produce results and move the needle on serious social challenges.

Innovation In Financial Services-Oxymoron? Future Tech Lessons Learned From The Asian Financial Forum

April Rudin | Posted 04.09.2014 | Technology
April Rudin

Today, there is extra urgency behind the need for a shift toward innovation: many new financial services competitors that are small, nimble and on the cutting edge of technology entered the market right after the financial crisis, when established firms were busy licking their wounds. The old guard is going to need to stay on top of innovation just to keep up with the new guard.

Refusing to Innovate: What's the Cost?

Scott MacFarland | Posted 04.05.2014 | Business
Scott MacFarland

Companies must realize that the most important asset they have are the employees. If that is not realized, there is a problem.

May the Force Be With You: Converging Innovations Will Empower Entrepreneurs in the Developing World

Chuck Slaughter | Posted 04.02.2014 | Impact
Chuck Slaughter

What's happening in the bustling slums and remote villages of the developing world is this: a riveting convergence of microfinance, direct selling, mobile technology and social media that has the power to bring the work of local entrepreneurs to new heights.

Africa's Youth: The Future to a Transformed Continent

Barry Segal | Posted 03.30.2014 | Impact
Barry Segal

Guest Post By Evelyn Omala, Program Officer for Segal Family Foundation Last week, world leaders gathered for the 44th Annual Meeting of the World E...

Social Change via the Living Room

Rachael Chong | Posted 03.24.2014 | Impact
Rachael Chong

In New York, we went to interview Erica Ford in Jamaica, Queens, where for 340 days she and her team, I Love My LIFE, had stopped violence -- not a single shot, not a single murder happened.

A Smart Product of Social Innovation: SmartLife

Ayna Agarwal | Posted 03.23.2014 | Impact
Ayna Agarwal

For nascent innovators who aspire to creatively impress upon and uplift the lives of those less privileged, 'social innovation' can seem like an under...

M.L.K.'s Housing Legacy

Terri Ludwig | Posted 03.19.2014 | Impact
Terri Ludwig

On a sunny July day in 1966, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. took the stage at Chicago's Soldier Field before a crowd of 35,000 supporters. Building off m...

Pope Francis As the World's Greatest Social Innovator

Tiziana Dearing | Posted 03.17.2014 | Impact
Tiziana Dearing

At the risk of sounding like a starry-eyed groupie instead of a critical thinker, I would argue Pope Francis embodies all of those definitions, and a few more that truly mark social innovation.

7 Millennials Who Are Too Busy Changing The World To Take Selfies

The Huffington Post | Karin Swanson | Posted 03.14.2014 | Impact

The old narcissistic, entitled millennial stereotype has grown tired. From tech to business to medicine, these young people have proven they're changi...

Redefining Growth in 2014

Cylvia Hayes | Posted 03.02.2014 | Money
Cylvia Hayes

For many Americans the past few years have been a rough ride and any improvement is welcome. However, we would be fooling ourselves if we believed we were on a path toward a healthy economy or that the recession was solely to blame.

When an Accident Meets a Concerned Mind

Brij Kothari | Posted 01.26.2014 | Impact
Brij Kothari

Ken's book makes a strong case that accidents and serendipity are the dominant force in the social innovation space. The best kind of social innovation sometimes happens when an accident meets a concerned mind with a persistent will to act.

Social Finance vs. Traditional Finance: What's the Difference and Why it Matters

Don Shaffer | Posted 01.25.2014 | Impact
Don Shaffer

Most growth businesses face challenges raising capital at some stage in their development. But for social enterprises, which use the power of business to directly improve society and our environment, the obstacles tend to be tougher and more persistent.

Ending Education Reform to Reimagine What's Possible

Courtney O'Connell | Posted 01.25.2014 | Education
Courtney O'Connell

It might be hard to think outside the constraints that are engrained in our mind of what education is "supposed to" look like, but imagine if we started with a blank canvas. What would you create?

Can Young People Make Government More Accountable?

Ravi Kumar | Posted 01.23.2014 | World
Ravi Kumar

On a rainy Friday morning during the first week of this month, a young woman got on the stage of the auditorium in Queen Elizabeth Conference Center...

Youth Entrepreneurship -- a Pivotal Engine of Growth and Sustainable Development

Njideka U. Harry | Posted 01.23.2014 | Impact
Njideka U. Harry

World Bank Youth Summit proposed knowledge exchanges between development practitioners, change-makers and opinion leaders. All players are engaged in three primary sub-themes: education, entrepreneurship and millennial communication.

Why Is Innovation Management So Important to Compete?

Scott MacFarland | Posted 01.23.2014 | Business
Scott MacFarland

They must create new products and services for new markets. They must be creative, and come up with new ideas that never would have been thought of before. This is the new management paradigm. Get used to it, it's not going away anytime soon.

On the Path to a More Resilient New York

Dr. Judith Rodin | Posted 01.23.2014 | Impact
Dr. Judith Rodin

Superstorm Sandy was a reminder that we need to prepare our cities, New York included, to withstand crises and bounce back quickly and effectively.