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Suzie Boss

Suzie Boss is a journalist and consultant from Portland, Ore., who focuses on the power of teaching and learning to improve lives and transform communities. Co-author of Reinventing Project-Based Learning: Your Field Guide to Real-World Projects in the Digital Age, she is a regular contributor to Edutopia and is on the national faculty of the Buck Institute for Education. Her next book, on innovation in K-12 education, is scheduled for publication in spring 2012.

 

When the “Doves” Fly | Aug. 13, 2014

 

Increasing numbers of businesses are adopting a social mission as an integral part of their work.

Women at the Wheel | Feb. 19, 2014

 

In Mozambique, an effort to train women as ambulance drivers enhances public safety and fosters opportunity.

Funding the Sun | Feb. 19, 2014

 

Village Power Finance gives members of nonprofit associations a novel way to pay for solar conversion projects.

Lots of Opportunity | Feb. 19, 2014

 

An online platform helps city governments to discover, organize, and market publicly owned property.

Bike-Sharing Goes Small | Feb. 19, 2014

 

Local bike-lending arrangements offer an alternative to bigger, more complex bike-sharing systems.

Citizen Chronicles | Feb. 19, 2014

 

Libraries as Laboratories | Nov. 20, 2013

 

In Accra, Ghana, social entrepreneurs are working to reinvent the public library for the 21st century.

Blurred Images, Better Futures | Nov. 20, 2013

 

Software from a group called Ultrasafe Ultrasound promises to make it harder to practice sex-selective abortion.

Helping Cities Remain Strong | Nov. 20, 2013

 

A $100 million foundation initiative aims to foster urban resilience in the face of disaster.

The Science of Donor Connection | Nov. 20, 2013

 

A state-of-the-art database gives nonprofit leaders a tool for building relationships with potential funders.

A Sporting Chance | Aug. 14, 2013

 

In troubled spots around the world, Right to Play shows how fun and games can be a serious tool for development.

Donations on Tap | 2 | Aug. 14, 2013

 

A Fresh Approach to Food Stamps | Aug. 14, 2013

 

In some places, users of the US Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program can supplement their diet via community supported agriculture.

Crowdsourcing the Past | Aug. 14, 2013

 

A US National Archives program uses 21st-century technology to enlist ordinary citizens in the transcription of centuries-old documents.

An Arab Spring for Entrepreneurs? | Aug. 14, 2013

 

In Tunisia, the Souk At-tanmia project provides funding and technical support to budding entrepreneurs.

Keeping Kids in School | 4 | May. 15, 2013

 

With hard data and soft skills, Communities in Schools fine-tunes its model to reduce dropout rates.

A New Spin on Student Loans | May. 15, 2013

 

Social Finance Inc. offers a network-based alternative to government-sponsored student loan programs.

Factoring for Change | May. 15, 2013

 

To support entrepreneurs in emerging markets, investors are drawing upon a financial tradition that dates back centuries.

Contagious Health | May. 15, 2013

 

A community-based program in rural Kentucky uses face-to-face social networks to promote wellness.

Overdue Credit for Nonprofits | 5 | May. 15, 2013

 

The American Nonprofits Federal Credit Union will provide loans and other much-needed financial services to member organizations.

Delivering Affordable Innovation | Feb. 21, 2013

 

D-Rev delivers affordable health care innovation to the places that need it most.

Indexing Nonprofits | Feb. 21, 2013

 

Donors want their money to be spent wisely, but knowing where to give can be difficult.

Poverty-Fighting Salons | Feb. 21, 2013

 

Can open conversations accelerate the spread of good ideas in global development?

New Ecosystem for Middle East Entrepreneurs | Feb. 21, 2013

 

The i2 Institute aims to catalyze hope across the Middle East.

Habitat Builds Out Its Vision | 2 | Feb. 21, 2013

 

In the aftermath of the US housing crisis, Habitat for Humanity is working to build not just affordable homes, but affordable communities.

New Option for Retirees | Nov. 14, 2012

 

State-sponsored pensions for private sector employees aim to stem US retirement insecurity.

Giving Smarter | 2 | Nov. 14, 2012

 

The Center for Disaster Philanthropy aims to help donors make informed, smarter giving decisions.

Room to Grow Nonprofit Innovation | Nov. 14, 2012

 

At Center4, small organizations will be able to pool their problem-solving strategies and resources to incubate new solutions.

All-Mobile Microfinance | Nov. 14, 2012

 

Kenya is about to become a world leader in mobile microfinance.

Accessible Images | Aug. 31, 2012

 

An open source web application draws on the wisdom of the crowds to give the blind access to images.

New App for Conscious Consumers | Aug. 15, 2012

 

Free2Work is a mobile app that allows shoppers to scan a product for information on human rights and other issues.

HMO for the Poor | Aug. 15, 2012

 

Naya Jeevan aims to bring catastrophic health coverage to millions of low-skilled workers in India and Pakistan.

Greenbacks for Green Projects | Aug. 15, 2012

 

Green bonds have come to the United States.

Delivering the Goods | May. 16, 2012

 

Entrepreneurs are setting up shop in the nation's urban food deserts.

Virtual Models for Real Issues | May. 16, 2012

 

Agent-based modeling—a form of computer visualization—is being used to analyze a range of public health issues.

Coding for a Better World | May. 16, 2012

 

SocialCoding4Good is developing an online platform to match skilled employees from the technology sector with causes that need technical help.

A Lifeline for Mothers | May. 16, 2012

 

Merck for Mothers—a 10-year, $500 million initiative—aims to improve the odds for vulnerable women around the globe.

Data for Change | 1 | Feb. 15, 2012

 

Data Without Borders matches tech-savy volunteers with organizations instead of data analysis.

Shrinking Your Plastic Footprint | 1 | Feb. 15, 2012

 

Getting companies to reduce their use of plastic is the focus of the Plastic Disclosure Project.

Litmus Test for Entrepreneurs | Feb. 15, 2012

 

The Entrepreneurial Finance Lab helps identify investment-worthy business people in developing countries.

Himalayan Hazelnuts | Feb. 15, 2012

 

MHV, a for-profit social enterprise, aims to make Bhutan a large-scale producer of hazelnuts.

A Win-Win for Haiti | 1 | Nov. 16, 2011

 

Partners in Health and Abbott Laboratories are building a new plant in Corporant, Haiti to produce a therapeutic food called Nourimanba.

Specialists’ Niche | Nov. 16, 2011

 

A Danish company finds jobs for people with autism.

On-Ramp for Entrepreneurs | Nov. 16, 2011

 

Venture for America launches two-year apprenticeships for aspiring entrepreneurs.

Engineering Higher Efficiency | Nov. 16, 2011

 

Toyota brings its vaunted process improvement method to nonprofits.

Trawling for Trash | Oct. 26, 2011

 

An EU Fisheries Commission Project pays fisherman to remove plastic debris from the Mediterranean Sea.

Retailing with Heart | 10 | May. 5, 2011

 

At Panera Cares cafés, there’s a donation box where customers pay on the honor system.