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Published: 2017-02-16T17:30:00+00:00


Cross-sector Collaboration: What the Tipping Point Looks Like (Blog)


Five successful change management strategies from an initiative to transform higher education.

Thumbs Up for Science (Blog)


The social sector needs to take greater advantage of the behavioral sciences when developing programs and services.

Editors’ Note (Blog)


An introduction to Impact India Spring 2017.

The New Science of Designing for Humans


The rise of behavioral science and impact evaluation has created a new way for engineering programs and human interactions.

Stop Raising Awareness Already


It’s time for activists and organizations to adopt a more strategic approach to public interest communications.

Embedding Education in Everyday Life


A growing number of organizations are experimenting with ways to embed learning in everyday encounters as a way to connect with hard-to-reach youth and adults.

The Façade of Post-Feminism


A new book shows why—despite the supposed ascendency of women and girls—feminism can’t rest on its laurels.

A Rational Gut Check


A Yale psychologist offers a passionate account of the negative effects of passion but ends up with a more temperate conclusion.

Solving Japan’s Childcare Problem


Florence, a social enterprise, is helping cause major reforms in Japan's childcare system.

Creating Systemic Change


Japan is opening the door to new approaches, such as social enterprise, for solving its pressing social problems.

Innovating Local Government


Under Mayor Park Won-soon, the city of Seoul has become a leader in fostering social innovation.

Engaging Citizens in Society


In South Korea, a core principle of social innovation is finding ways to engage citizens at the grassroots level.

Partnering for Impact


A foundation, the government, and academia are working together to nurture social entrepreneurship in Hong Kong.

Fashioning New Values in Hong Kong


Social enterprises are tapping into Hong Kong's free market culture to tackle social problems.

Using the Internet to Transform Giving


How the Internet giant Tencent is using its online platform to help increase charitable giving in China.

Making Strides in Social Innovation


Social innovation has become a critical tool in China's efforts to tackle its social problems.

Understanding China’s Third Sector


A historical look at China’s third sector, from the country’s first imperial dynasty some 2,000 years ago to the present.

East Asia’s Role in Global Social Innovation


Can East Asian countries be as successful at devising innovative ways to improve society as they have been at growing their economies?

Internet on a Bike


Google and Tata Trusts partner to bring the Internet to women in rural India.

Collaborative Cues


Ben Emmens offers a good primer on collaboration between different organizations and sectors.

Is Housing a Human Right?


Has capitalism failed to provide adequate housing, and if so, where do we go from here?

Banking on Microfinance


Transforming into banks has given microfinance institutions greater sustainability, but perhaps at the cost of mission drift.

Too Many Welfare Orgs?


While communities can benefit from the entry of more welfare nonprofits, there is a point after which greater numbers are counterproductive.

Executive Inaction


Executives fail to support corporate social responsibility more from a lack of moral motivation than from ignorance of the facts.

No Strings Attached


Worries about the negative effects of unconditional cash transfers to relieve poverty are greatly exaggerated.

In Defense of Pet Causes


The effective altruism movement could be more effective if it encouraged adoption of its principles within causes and geographies, not just across them.

Marine Conservation 2.0


Saving the oceans requires the buy-in of coastal communities directly affected by environmental protections.

Opening Prison Doors


We must create educational opportunities to reduce recidivism among prison inmates and empower them to lead successful lives post incarceration.

Data Disrupts Corruption


Document leaks, big data, and open government are reviving the fight against global graft.

Social Innovation Comes to Pennsylvania Avenue


President Obama experimented with radically new ways of maximizing the impact of social programs.

Workers of the World, Buy!


iCare is enabling Southeast Asian workers to purchase the basic goods of middle-class life without falling into debt.

Collaborative Fundraising


The Contributor Development Partnership is revitalizing public broadcasting with a fundraising model that can help other large nonprofits with local affiliates.

Health-Clinic Entrepreneurs


South Africa’s Unjani Non Profit Corporation is boosting community health by helping nurses launch their own clinics.

From Eats to Electricity


A British entrepreneur hopes that by transforming food waste into biogas, his plant can help a community gain a sense of local environmental stewardship.

Civics for the Internet Age


A new, bipartisan curriculum aims to help US students make sense of a highly polarized country.

A Different View of Mapping


A range of platforms are using crowdsourcing and open-source technology to challenge Google’s dominance over how we see the world.

From the Ground Up


Top-down development doesn't work. What's needed is a "pull model" created by locals, funders, and government agencies working together as equals.

Creating a Social Business


How Jaipur Living developed a global rug business, one weaver at a time, and lifted thousands out of poverty.

Case Study: Saathi


Hindi for “friend,” the Saathi Internet program enables women in rural India to help other women improve their lives and livelihoods.