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The latest stories on social innovation, published each weekday


Socially Responsible Business

Thirty Million Dollars, a Little Bit of Carbon, and a Lot of Hot Air

Carbon for Water is engaged in a loopy funding scheme and offers a lousy public health solution.

By Kevin Starr | 35 | Jun. 16, 2011

Global Issues

Improving Sales Offers for Improved Stoves

A unique sales strategy puts more environmentally friendly cookstoves into the hands of more cooks.

By David I. Levine | Jun. 15, 2011

Social Entrepreneurship

Now What? Young Leaders Are Changing the World by Working for Themselves

Growing numbers of young people are making an about face—turning their backs on working for “the man” and creating their own ventures.

By Carol Sanford | 23 | Jun. 14, 2011

Social Entrepreneurship

A New Business Model for Women in the West Bank

Fidaa El Tunky has created the first grassroots venture capital project for rural women in the whole of the Arab region.

By Iman Bibars | Jun. 13, 2011
SSIR blogger Rahim Kanani is founder and editor-in-chief of World Affairs Commentary.


Dr. Madhav Chavan

An interview with Dr. Madhav Chavan, CEO of Pratham, a nonprofit that provides quality education to underprivileged children of India.

By Rahim Kanani | Jun. 10, 2011

Technology & Design

Personal Democracy Forum Gets Religious

The Personal Democracy Forum revealed that 2011 is a watershed moment for work at the intersection of politics, government, and technology.

By Tamara Straus | 3 | Jun. 9, 2011
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Open Philanthropy

We need to bring foundations—and their vast repositories of information on who is doing what in the social economy—out into the open.

By Lucy Bernholz | 2 | Jun. 9, 2011


Build Trust with Your Community

Building trust with your constituents is the closest you can find to a silver bullet for fundraising. But how do you build trust with constituents?

By Amy Sample-Ward | Jun. 8, 2011

Individual Giving

Talking to Elephants

Appeals to caring for the needy are likely to backfire unless advocates acknowledge and avoid inflaming passions that stem from other powerful moral values.

By Peter Manzo | 2 | Jun. 7, 2011

Socially Responsible Business

The Future of Fair Trade…Is There One?

If Fair Trade coffee quality doesn’t improve, the Direct Trade movement will quickly become a growing threat.