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0701 solarsisterblogpost article
The Christian Science Monitor

Solar Sister wants to light up rural Africa

Rugged, intuitive to use, affordable solar lamps that women can sell door-to-door change lives....

0528 the reluctant fundamentalist mira nair article
The Christian Science Monitor

Filmmaker Mira Nair tells stories 'no one else will'

Her latest feature film, 'The Reluctant Fundamentalist,' and her free film school in Kampala, Uganda, are just two ways she's broadening the stories being told on screens....

1122 boomerentrepreneursblogpost article
The Christian Science Monitor

'Encore entrepreneurs': Older Americans start businesses with social impact

Not all entrepreneurs are kids in college dorms. A generation of baby boomers want to start businesses that will serve real needs....

0817appsforgoodblogpost article
The Christian Science Monitor

Apps for Good: technical innovation from the minds and thumbs of disadvantaged youths

Apps for Good recruits immigrant or unemployed youths from London neighborhoods to develop phone programs relevant to their needs and to teach entrepreneurial skills....

0928paulpolakblogpost article
The Christian Science Monitor

Paul Polak – developing products for 'the other 90 percent' of humanity

He listened first, then designed products for the world's poorest people long before the term 'social entrepreneur' came into use....

0926 vdesign d school stanford innovation article
The Christian Science Monitor

Stanford's Institute of Design: School for world changers

Stanford University and the University of California, Berkeley, create 'empathy driven' curricula, which push design that improves lives....

0207facebookipoblogpost article
The Christian Science Monitor

Can Facebook pursue a social mission and go public at the same time?

Mark Zuckerberg says Facebook is about more than making money – it has a 'social mission to make the world more open and connected.' Are the two goals compatible?...

0113detroitpopupsblogpost article
The Christian Science Monitor

'Young Detroit' founder tells stories of hope and progress

Entrepreneur Margarita Barry founded the blog 'I Am Young Detroit' to highlight small innovative businesses popping up in a city still facing stiff challenges....

0104caencorecareers article
The Christian Science Monitor

Encore Careers: It's never too late to help others

Older Americans eager to fix nagging social problems do what anyone does: They tap their skills and networks to start their own initiatives or join established efforts like ReServe, the Executive Service Corps, the Peace Corps, or Teach for America, says the founder of Encore.org....

0713cafrugalinnovation article
The Christian Science Monitor

Frugal innovation: the lessons of India's 'jugaad'

Corporations may be able to learn from developing-world entrepreneurs, who emphasize frugality, flexibility, and simplicity in designing products....

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The Christian Science Monitor

A real magic carpet story: transforming 28,000 lives with $200

In India, one man’s idea to double salaries and let artisans work from home has created a positive ripple effect across five states....

Movirtuphoneblog article
The Christian Science Monitor

Movirtu – building a virtual mobile phone for the developing world

Nigel Waller wants to bring 'virtual mobile phone' service to the Bottom of the Pyramid – the poorest of the world's poor....

0926 vdesign d school stanford innovation article
The Christian Science Monitor

Stanford's Institute of Design: School for world changers

Stanford University and the University of California, Berkeley, create 'empathy driven' curricula, which push design that improves lives....

957506 1 011116caschoolformarriedgirlsindia standard article
The Christian Science Monitor

A school for child brides delays marriage and provides education

The Veerni Institute is a boarding school in India that provides health care, daily meals, uniforms, books, and computer training....