Electric Bicycles Moving from Niche to Mainstream

CREDIT: Dean Groom CC

The e-bike gains momentum as sales double in the United States in only a year. Is this the start of a new bubble or a real transportation revolution?  > More


Why Isn't Food a Public Good?

CREDIT: ChefSteps (CC)

Jose Luis Vivero Pol

What would the world look like if we were to treat food as a public good or commons and not merely as a commodity?


The Drone Primer

CREDIT: Mauricio Lima (CC)

Why are we so terrified and at the same time fascinated by drones? The Center for Study of the Drone brings a report that reflects on the important and controversial role that drones are currently playing.


Zhao Zhong: Lessons from the Bottom Up

Chayuan, Gansu Province. Credit: Green Camel Bell

John Haffner, Zhao Zhong

After an accident where nature nearly took his life, Zhao Zhong has been on a mission to protect the environment in his homeland of China.


Empowering Women and Girls: The Impact of Gender Equality on Public Health

CREDIT: Gates Foundation (CC)

Deborah Derrick

Gender inequality is a strong driver of HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis, and malaria. How can we reach out to women to correct this imbalance and save lives?


How I Brought a River, and My City, Back to Life

CREDIT: TED Talks and Aziza Chaouni Projects

Aziza Chaouni

An architect in Fez, Morocco is converting a polluted and sewage-filled river in her hometown into a usable, public space.


A Storm in a Bucket: Lessons from the Ice Bucket Challenge Controversy

CREDIT: University of Central Arksansas (CC)

Kei Hiruta

Fun-based activism such as the Ice Bucket Challenge does not persuade you; it mobilizes you. That's why it's been so successful.


Health in a Time of Ebola

CREDIT: European Commission DG ECHO (CC)

Prabhjot Singh

Efforts to respond to an epidemic should not undercut investment in community health workers. These medical staff are vital in areas where access to proper care and trust is limited.


Rose Niu: Conservation on the Tipping Point

CREDIT: Shutterstock

John Haffner, Rose Niu

Conservation in China is a long-term struggle that has only intensified with rapid economic growth. To bring degraded ecosystems back, the country needs ambitious plans and a new paradigm.


The Ethics of Innovation


Christopher Fabian, Robert Fabricant

An ethical framework can connect the worlds of start-up technology and international development to strengthen cross-sector innovation in the social sector.

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