Electric soccer balls, life-saving sleeping bags, and water on wheels...business as usual? Well, it depends on who you ask. For folks creating new ways to tackle deeply-entrenched global poverty problems, it's all part of social innovation, a way of thinking that draws upon the expertise, entrepreneurial spirit and commitment of many sectors working together - nonprofit, private, government - with truly unexpected ways of doing business. We know the work from Product (Red), KIVA, Ushahidi, Tom's Shoes - but there are so many more examples, from the smallest villages in Africa to the labs of MIT.
There are so many stories and examples, in fact, that every year in Oxford, the Skoll World Forum on Social Entrepreneurship (March 28-30 this year) brings together the leading thinkers and doers in the work of social innovation. This year, to highlight some of this work and jumpstart the conversation, independent broadcaster Link TV's ViewChange project and Huffington Post Impact, in collaboration with McKinsey & Company's Social Sector Office, have joined to take a look at some of the most exciting social innovations taking place around the world. From trained rats to electricity-generating soccer balls to design thinking, the half-hour documentary special, "ViewChange: Unleashing Innovation," showcases the unexpected ways that innovators are working together to create better lives.
And what about those world-changing rats? Tune in on March 28 - right here on Huffington Post - to watch the show and find out more.