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The latest stories on social innovation, published each weekday


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.


Global Issues

Are You Ready for the Big Shift?

So many people in the stage of life after midlife and before true old age have so much experience, time, and capacity to do something significant.

By Marc Freedman | Jun. 3, 2011
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The Key to Capacity Building Is Funding Long-Term Health Not Short-Term Workouts

Philanthropists: Rather than making periodic grants that focus on capacity building, embed capacity-building funding into each and every grant you make.

By John Brothers | 10 | Jun. 2, 2011

Global Issues

“Poor Economics” Needs a Theory

To understand poverty, we need a more complex epistemology that allows for the interdependencies which correlation often implies.

By Eric Meade | 11 | Jun. 1, 2011