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Social Innovation

A Call For Social Innovators To Present Ideas | Posted 01.06.2012 | Impact

McKinsey's Social Sector Office has formed a group called Social Innovation Practice, which brings innovation, philanthropy and social entrepreneurshi...

Taking the 'Avon' Way to Reach 'The Last Mile'

Chuck Slaughter | Posted 12.31.2011 | Impact
Chuck Slaughter

Roughly 270 million people in Africa still lack access to life's most essential products. Now more than ever, we need an efficient, scalable, and sustainable system to deliver life-saving and life-changing products to the world's poor.

Calling All Social Innovators!

Denielle Sachs | Posted 12.30.2011 | Impact
Denielle Sachs

If you or your organization has developed an innovative solution to a crushing social problem and you want to share your story with a large, elite and influential audience, we encourage you to submit a video.

PopTech 2011: Food for the Mind and the Spirit

Jeffrey Hollender | Posted 12.26.2011 | Impact
Jeffrey Hollender

PopTech is often called the "other TED." This is meant as a compliment, but it's actually a disservice to the gathering in Camden, ME, that celebrates social innovation. PopTech is so much more.

How Innovation Can Fuel Your Giving

Laura Arrillaga-Andreessen | Posted 12.20.2011 | Impact
Laura Arrillaga-Andreessen

Being innovative in your philanthropy allows you to stride forward in your giving journey; you can marry your mind and heart to turn charity into lasting impact; and you can become more ambitious in your giving.

So You Say You Want to Be a Social Entrepreneur?

Akhtar Badshah | Posted 12.10.2011 | Impact
Akhtar Badshah

Monday evening, while millions of Americans tuned in to watch the Tampa Bay Buccaneers play the Indianapolis Colts on Monday Night Football, I watched a slightly different kind of competition that showcased the potential to touch the lives of millions.

Craig Kanalley

The Impact Of Social Media On Occupy Wall Street | Craig Kanalley | Posted 12.06.2011 | Technology

NEW YORK -- A panel on social innovation and social change started with a joke. A panelist said they should go the full hour without saying the word "...

Are Nonprofit Boards a Good Idea?

Aaron Hurst | Posted 11.23.2011 | Impact
Aaron Hurst

Are nonprofit boards a social innovation worthy of export or would you recommend other countries find a better model?

A $4.82 Billion Opportunity for Nonprofits

Aaron Hurst | Posted 11.16.2011 | Impact
Aaron Hurst

With shrinking government spending, we need to be much more resourceful as a sector to make sure we can achieve our critical missions.

From Good for Good

Tamsin Smith | Posted 11.09.2011 | Impact
Tamsin Smith

My fellow panelists and I have been challenged to illustrate "What Good Looks Like" with three examples of innovative solutions from non-profits, foundations, or social enterprises.

The Ruminators

Jumpstart | Posted 11.09.2011 | Impact

I have been grappling for some time with the question of where Jewish entrepreneurs fit into the landscape of innovation. How do you define them?

Is Volunteering In Exchange For Debt Forgiveness Still Volunteering?

Richard French | Posted 10.30.2011 | Impact
Richard French

The entire concept of exchanging community service for defaulted second mortgage debt is simply meant to provide an alternative form of currency for the struggling American homeowner.

Innovations to Save Moms and Babies

Dr. Rajiv Shah | Posted 10.24.2011 | Impact
Dr. Rajiv Shah

We know that it is not sufficient to simply develop a single innovation that can save lives. We also have to find ways to deliver these innovations to scale in order have countrywide impact for those in greatest need.

Alex Wagner

Obama White House (Quietly) Pushes Forward on Innovation | Alex Wagner | Posted 09.25.2011 | Business

Underscoring the raging debate over the size and scope of federal government is a broad national perception that the country's government is bloated, ...

Young Inventor Creates "Missing Link" to Low Cost Computers

Alexia Parks | Posted 09.13.2011 | Denver
Alexia Parks

I woke up this morning thinking about WINGStand. Could a single $20 thumb-sized product forever change the way we use computers? Fifty years ago, IB...

Celebrating 30 Years Of Social Entrepreneurship

Alison Craiglow Hockenberry | Posted 08.29.2011 | Impact
Alison Craiglow Hockenberry

Social entrepreneurship today enjoys the high regard it has long deserved -- fully 30 years after the organization that launched the movement was born.

Corporations Commit to Sustainable Social Impact at UN Social Innovation Summit

Gabi Zedlmayer | Posted 08.06.2011 | Impact
Gabi Zedlmayer

Often said to be the "last frontier for IT," health could potentially be the industry sector with the most to gain from technology.

Concrete Lessons in Innovation

Jerri Chou | Posted 07.31.2011 | Impact
Jerri Chou

One of the first of our building series is with a company that works in something very, well, concrete. CEMEX is one of the largest building materials companies in the world.

Thinking Beyond Boundaries: Art Center's Designmatters Program

Alla Kazovsky | Posted 07.16.2011 | Arts
Alla Kazovsky

Art Center College of Design prepares students for "an ongoing exploration of design as a positive force for change in society." That's the premise of...

The Evolution And Future of Social Enterprise

Rahim Kanani | Posted 07.07.2011 | Impact
Rahim Kanani

As part of an ongoing series on social innovation, I recently interviewed Mirjam Schöning, head of the Schwab Foundation for Social Entrepreneurship.

Aleem Walji of the World Bank Institute's Innovation Team on the Future of International Development

Rahim Kanani | Posted 07.06.2011 | Business
Rahim Kanani

Walji and I discussed the intersection between innovation and development, the future of social enterprise, current initiatives and efforts underway in the Innovation Practice, and much more.

Facebook for Patents

John Bridgeland | Posted 07.06.2011 | Technology
John Bridgeland

Social media is literally helping fuel revolutions for democracy, so why not a revolution in the system that protects that mainstay of democracy -- invention.

Social innovation speed dating in San Francisco

Craig Newmark | Posted 06.01.2011 | Impact
Craig Newmark

Hey, folks, Code for America is a bunch of people building government style software that's actually useful for people. They've joined forces with Si...

President Of The Conrad Hilton Foundation Reflects On 70 Years Of Philanthropy

Rahim Kanani | Posted 05.27.2011 | Impact
Rahim Kanani

I conducted an in-depth interview with Steven M. Hilton, President and CEO of the Conrad N. Hilton Foundation, on the evolution of the foundation and their efforts to date.

How We Spend Our Money Reflects Our Values

Laura Packard | Posted 02.10.2012 | Impact
Laura Packard

As Gloria Steinem put it, "We can tell our values by looking at our checkbook stubs." But in our time-pressed daily lives, it's hard to make conscious choices whenever we go shopping.