Would you like to take part in a collaborative experiment? People around the world are asking: How well can local food (versus industrial food) feed our communities? Can a 10-Day Local Food Challenge help us answer that question?
Category: COOL IDEAS
Six years after the global financial crisis, two former Wall Street wizards join Shane & Monika to discuss why they walked away from the big bonuses to build a better world.
This week is simply our favorite week of the year in NYC. All forces to build a better world are in the Big Apple at once. The Clinton Global Initiative, Mashable Social Good Summit, ClimateWeekNYC and everything #socialgood takes place in a 50 block radius on the world stage. Check out the “NYC week of global change” highlights.
To the residents of the Cheyenne River Reservation, the newly-opened Keya Café & Coffee Shop in Eagle Butte, South Dakota, is a great place to pick up a cup of coffee and a pastry in the morning. But behind the scenes, this small business is working on a much broader scope by addressing such issues as the environment, job creation, diabetes, and youth life skills.
Ever wanted to text your doctor for advice? This startup is taking it to the next level and creating a healthcare texting program for underserved high-need Medicaid patients. Social innovation in healthcare is a growing billion dollar field and reveals that business can be personal and profitable at the same time.
According to Aaron Hall, founder of BoatBound.co, “There’s not a boater on the planet today that gets to use their boat as often as they’d like.”
Hall co-founded Boatbound in 2012, a company he says will make boating more accessible and more affordable. Boatbound is a peer-to-peer marketplace that allows boat owners to rent their boats to prescreened, qualified renters.
Is education really the answer for today’s youth?
In New York City and throughout the U.S., education is said to be the solution to high unemployment and social problems. But is it, really? How many high school and college graduates are unemployed or underemployed?
VIDEO: Geared towards “youth” (age 13-21): the fundraising platform encourages viewers to vote for change by watching 30 seconds of advertising on their mobile phones. The mobile changemaker then receives a fee from the companies registered for bringing viewers to the streaming ads and the nonprofits receive a donation.
“Social entrepreneurship is focused on identifying great people with great ideas and backing them. These are particular people who are bold and have a healthy relationship with risk-taking. Our society needs them. We don’t necessarily have a research and development sector for social change, and it’s important because we constantly need to test ideas that have a fighting chance of making the biggest difference.
Argo offers new option for funding your small business. Credit has been challenging and frustrating in the past several years for small business owners and startups. The nation’s biggest banks left small business lending behind due to the high risk nature in the ongoing recession. But entrepreneurs are bouncing back in big numbers and doing everything from innovating online marketplaces to opening mom & pop stores to selling their creations on Etsy.
AbleThrive empowers people with disabilities and their families to overcome challenges and negative stereotypes by providing a support network of crowdsourced how-to videos and information. With this free and accessible community-based resource, we reach even the most isolated geographic areas.