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Can Drones Save Namibia's Wildlife?

Jason Gregg, Joe Noci 07/18/14

In Namibia, Joe and Gisela Noci's Survoyeur drones, which they design and build from scratch, have proven to be effective anti-poaching tools.

Now They're Cooking: SolSource Harnesses the Himalayan Sun

John Haffner, Scot Frank, Catlin Powers 06/16/14

With a solar cooker designed through community consultation, two young innovators are delivering clean energy to remote mountain villages, as well as your backyard BBQ.

India's National Green Tribunal: An Environmental Justice Experiment

Aditi Sen 06/11/14

India's National Green Tribunal provides the country with a more accountable legal mechanism to protect the environment and those whose livelihoods depend on it.

Medellín: A Light Unto Cities

Joseph Stiglitz
Project Syndicate
05/16/14

Once notorious for its drug gangs, the tale of the Medellín's innovative transformation holds important lessons for urban areas everywhere.

A Solar-backed Currency for the Refugees of Western Sahara

Mel Chin
Creative Time
05/08/14

Artist Mel Chin is working with Sahrawi refugees in northwest Africa to develop a local currency backed by solar power generation.

Brazil's Statute of Virtual Liberty

Pedro Abramovay
Project Syndicate
05/06/14

Government surveillance and Heartbleed-type security scares have shaken faith in online freedom, yet Brazil pushes ahead with an Internet bill of rights protecting net neutrality.

Community Justice in Liberia Emerges from Design Thinking

Blair Glencorse
Stanford Social Innovation Review
05/01/14

An experiment in design thinking has jump-started a mediation program in a neighborhood of Monrovia that was underserved by the justice system.

China Has a Long Path Ahead on Clean Air: Lessons from San Fran

Eugene Leong
chinadialogue
04/22/14

Former San Francisco planning advisor Eugene Leong gives ten key policy lessons for China's leadership on mitigating air pollution.

Education Without Borders

Gordon Brown
Project Syndicate
03/24/14

There cannot be universal access to education without an agreement that we will cater to young people in conflict zones. A pilot project in Lebanon leads the way.

Make Eliminating Extreme Inequality a Sustainable Development Goal

Joseph Stiglitz, Michael Doyle
Ethics & International Affairs
03/20/14

Eliminate extreme inequality at the national level in every country. This idea should be included in the world's development goals.

Financial Innovation for the Wild

Philippe Douste-Blazy, Robert Filipp
Project Syndicate
03/06/14

Innovative development finance can mobilize private capital and public funding to create and commercialize technologies for regulating the trade in endangered species.

A Challenge to the World: Build a Better Conservation Drone

David Wilkie, Robert Rose
Wildlife Conservation Society
12/18/13

What would UAV developers design if they could imagine their inventions through the eyes of front-line wildlife conservation staff?

Humanitarian Innovators Swap Ideas at Annual AidEx Conference

Nicholas Rutherford, Neha Bhat
AidEx
11/08/13

Nicholas Rutherford discusses trends in humanitarian innovation and the annual AidEx conference he runs where the sector meets to talk shop.

Reinventing Photosynthesis

Project Syndicate 10/24/13

Can artificial photosynthesis cure us of our fossil fuel dependency? Scientists at the California Institute of Technology say the field is primed for a breakthrough.

An Education Investment Bank to Finance Quality School for All

Carol Bellamy, Philippe Douste-Blazy, Robert Filipp
Project Syndicate
10/02/13

An education investment bank, capitalized in part by a financial-transactions tax, could extend high-quality schooling to all the world's children.

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