Philadelphia Story: An Ambitious Campaign to Spread Opportunity Into All Corners of the City

Here's a proven alternative to the gentrification of American cities. For decades the “Philadelphia Story” was about steady economic decline. That story is being rewritten today as many Americans rediscover the advantages of cities—inviting public spaces, rich cultural diversity and a creative environment that fertilizes start-ups and attracts talent. Young people, in particular, have moved here in droves, realizing they can enjoy the same kind [...]

The Unfinished Social Entrepreneur

The Unfinished Social EntrepreneurJonathan C. Lewis203 pages, Red Press, 2017Buy the book »This book is about powering up your social justice career.For most of my life, the idea of writing about social entrepreneurship has paled in comparison to doing social entrepreneurship. Then, I discovered writing was one way to think harder about social entrepreneurship and social justice, to catalog my reflections and missteps, to collect my [...]

Kiva hits $1B in crowdfunded loans

On Monday, Kiva, the platform dedicated to social lending for social good, surpassed $1 billion in loans on its online platform. More than 1.6 million donors lending $25 dollars at a time have helped 2.4 million people launch and expand their businesses, complete their education or pursue other opportunities for themselves and their communities. As the San Francisco-based nonprofit organization looks toward the next billion, [...]

The Odds Are Not in Favor of Working Mothers

New moms don't get much support from our laws. Tara worked full-time and was already caring for a toddler when she had her second child. Like many American mothers, Tara was not granted maternity leave. Instead, she cobbled together vacation days to give herself a mere 20 days with her new baby following the birth. With money tight, “my family can’t afford the loss of [...]

Detroit’s Underground Economy: Where Capitalism Fails, Alternatives Take Root

Over decades of poverty, Detroiters have fostered a resilient informal economy based on trust. You might have heard about the Detroit comeback. It’s a popular narrative in media silos these days, a tale of investment and revitalization. Young people look romantically to the city as a “blank canvas”—property is cheap, they gush, and the city is coming back. The problem is this comeback is a myth. [...]

How the Homeless Create Homes

To those who are safely housed, a homeless person is apt to inspire feelings ranging from fear and disgust to pity. The number of people facing housing insecurity, already on the rise, began to climb more steeply as a result of the Great Recession. This upward trend will likely be exacerbated if President Trump’s proposed cuts to food stamps, Medicaid and housing subsidies are enacted, [...]

19 U.S. Aquariums Join Forces to Fight Plastic Water Pollution

To that end, 19 aquariums across the U.S. say they are joining forces to raise awareness and push society into finding innovative alternatives to single-use plastics. The “In Our Hands” initiative aims to educate consumers about a wide range of tactics they can adopt to stop the growth in plastic waste that has occurred worldwide since the early 1960s. Some of the answers include using [...]

Protecting North American Pollinators: Companies at Work

We depend on pollinators like bees and other insects more than we realize. They help pollinate almost 75 percent of our crops, including most fruits and vegetables. Without them, we would have little to eat. Pollination by US honey bees in 2010 contributed to more than $19 billion worth of crops, and pollination by other insect pollinators contributed to almost $10 billion of crops the [...]