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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

February 8, 2012

No Easy Remedy for Symphony Orchestra “Cost Disease”

In a new book, Professor Robert Flanagan tells why symphony orchestras need multiple strategies to keep their finances from ballooning out of control.
February 7, 2012

Fukushima Points to Need for Sharing Crisis-Management Talent

Tokyo Electric's manager of nuclear power cites the value of cross-border sharing of emergency management knowledge.
February 7, 2012

USRio+2.0: Mobile Tech May Provide Solutions to World Problems

Developing country representatives and entrepreneurs discuss how technology can foster growth and improve health.
February 6, 2012

Jared Cohen: Harnessing Social Media for Revolution and Democracy

The Google Ideas leader says online technology challenges citizens to build better societies, not just revolt against bad ones.
December 15, 2011

Sally Osberg: How Social Entrepreneurs are Like Ginger Rogers

The Skoll Foundation president says they're like traditional entrepreneurs, but "do it backwards in high heels" with public sector challenges.
December 13, 2011

Yvon Chouinard: Patagonia's Secret Is in its Supply Chain

The apparel company founder says they track every step to be sure there are "no unintended consequences of our actions."
December 11, 2011

Matt Rothe: How the Tractor Killed the Family Farm

An alumnus who watched his family sell their Colorado farm after five generations discusses the importance of sustainability and eating smart.
December 6, 2011

Rupert Scofield: Social Enterprises are Key to Meaningful Change

Creator of "the World Bank for the Poor" explains how social enterprise can create systems that work for everyone in society.
October 1, 2011

Chid Liberty: Building Fair-Trade Manufacturing in Liberia

An entrepreneur explains how it's possible to make money and do good at the same time.
June 25, 2011

Trends in Tech-Savvy Education

Virtual classrooms, data analysis, and other cutting-edge tools are replacing "chalk and talk" to help educators improve worldwide education levels.