social entrepreneurship

Man playing guitar in front of projected images laughing, with woman next to him, arm around his shoulder. Laptop on chair in background.

Haiti has a burgeoning entrepreneur scene, but can it make room for Haitians forced to return from the US?

Temporary Protected Status for Haitians runs out on July 22, 2019. There are about 58,000 Haitians and their 27,000 US-born children who will be affected.

Vision test, as part of VisionSpring's efforts to reach people in remote areas who need glasses.

Bringing the world into focus for some of the 2 billion people globally who need glasses but don’t have them

A group meets at IIX Impact Institute

A novel investment exchange in Asia is rewarding entrepreneurs who want to make the world better

Medical stretchers are seen abandoned along the corridors at the main hospital during a strike

Kenya tries to come to grips with treating mental illness

Hidayat

One man is planting mangroves in Indonesia to stave off tragedy

Boyan Slat

Meet the 22-year-old with a big idea for cleaning up the Great Pacific Garbage Patch

For the past six years, 22-year-old Boyan Slat has been working to perfect a way to filter vast amounts of plastics out of the world’s oceans. He has a prototype now that might just prove successful.For the past six years, 22-year-old Boyan Slat has been working to perfect a way to filter vast amounts of plastics out of the world’s oceans. He has a prototype now that might just prove successful.

Getting internet in small towns

Tired of waiting for high-speed internet, farm towns build their own

The economics of high-speed internet don’t send providers rushing to small, distant towns. These communities tried a little DIY to make it happen.The economics of high-speed internet don’t send providers rushing to small, distant towns. These communities tried a little DIY to make it happen.

Radio flourishing in post-Gadhafi Libya

New radio stations run by young volunteers broadcast everything from music and comedy shows, to how to treat captured Qaddafi soldiers.

Children drink water from the SHRI sanitation system.

This doctoral student is building public toilets in India that also provide clean drinking water

India has a severe shortage of toilets, something the government of Narendra Modi has pledged to address. Anoop Jain is already working on it. He’s an American doctoral student who’s building public toilets in one of the poorest states in India.

Entrepreneur Vivian Vargas (center) chose to start her business in Puerto Rican to be closer to Latin American markets.

Young Puerto Ricans bucking the flow: Heading home to rebuild their island

Puerto Rico is experiencing a brain drain — more than 10,000 Puerto Ricans are emigrating each month, among them doctors, engineers, and other professionals. A small crop are heading in the opposite direction.