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Mother helps daughter with homework during breakfast
August 21, 2015

An Organization Builds a Technological Bridge Between Parents and Teachers

An innovator looks outside the classroom to reduce the educational achievement gap.


Finding the right investment can be tricky |  iStock/JJ Pan
August 25, 2015

Paul Brest: Making Money While Doing Good

Social impact investing is changing the way philanthropy is done.


More Americans are interested in responsible food. | iStock/Joel Carillet
August 4, 2015

Is the Responsible Food Trend Sustainable?

The organic food movement has momentum, explains an owner of San Francisco grocer Bi-Rite Market.


Craftspeople are the mainstay of India’s non-farming, rural economy. | Courtesy TOTO Express
July 21, 2015

A Nonprofit Group Helps Struggling Indian Craftspeople

Innovation fellow creates an artisan’s business-to-business matching platform.

Latest Stories in Social Innovation

May 2, 2012

The Value of "Values Affirmation"

Research shows that modest school interventions can help raise grades and improve health and happiness.
May 1, 2012

An Internet Alternative to the Doctor's Office

A talk with a Stanford dermatologist and entrepreneur who cofounded a digital-diagnosis practice.
April 30, 2012

Frank Flynn: Supporting Equality in Education

Raising teachers’ awareness about students' help-seeking dynamics could be an important first step in supporting equality in elementary school education.
April 20, 2012

How Do You Encourage Recycling?

A social scientist says the key may be in the messaging.
April 17, 2012

Todd Rogers: The Psychology Around Voter Turnout

Researchers applying psychology to the realm of politics are finding that giving voters a few strategic nudges can push far more people in the direction of polls on election day.
March 21, 2012

Eric Schlosser: In the Food Wars, Don't Forget Low Income People

The "Food Inc." filmmaker and author suggests critics of today's industrial food system should focus more on social justice.
March 1, 2012

Frank Flynn: Gratitude, the Gift that Keeps on Giving

Research findings suggest that when helpers are thanked for their efforts, the resulting sense of being socially valued is critical in encouraging them to provide more help in the future.
March 1, 2012

Laurent Demuynck: Changing Lives through Farming in Rwanda

An entrepreneur hopes to increase the yield of mushrooms for Rwandan farmers to make them a staple in the country.
February 22, 2012

Salman Khan: “Keep it Simple”

The YouTube tutor and founder explains how he built a successful, free, online learning service.
February 21, 2012

Rethinking Learning with Salman Khan

Salman Khan spoke about the history and evolution of the Khan Academy and how it is reshaping the way people learn.