Suzie Boss

Suzie Boss is a journalist and consultant from Portland, Ore., who focuses on the power of teaching and learning to improve lives and transform communities. Co-author of Reinventing Project-Based Learning: Your Field Guide to Real-World Projects in the Digital Age, she is a regular contributor to Edutopia and is on the national faculty of the Buck Institute for Education. Her next book, on innovation in K-12 education, is scheduled for publication in spring 2012.

Crisis Tech

May. 13, 2015

Listening closely to users has enabled developers to create digital tools that support responses to the recent Ebola outbreak.

Getting Creative About Corruption

May. 13, 2015

A group in Lebanon deploys a wide range of methods—from mobile apps to street theater—to thwart bribe-taking by officials.

Text the Vote

May. 13, 2015

In a classic leapfrogging initiative, Libya has enabled its citizens to complete voter registration via digital messaging technology.

Booked for Revival

May. 13, 2015

A combination of fresh funding and e-book technology will enable publishers to give new life to out-of-print scholarly works.

Source of Opportunity

May. 13, 2015

Sama Group, a social enterprise that connects disadvantaged people with digital work, is expanding its reach to the United States.

An Incubator for Labor

Feb. 18, 2015

Through the Workers Lab, union leaders aim to nurture “audacious ideas” that might reinvent the US labor movement.

The Barber Will See You Now

Feb. 18, 2015

Researchers are exploring an unlikely venue for serving the critical health needs of African-American men.

Leveling the Internship Field

Feb. 18, 2015 3

In Boston, a new program will give low-income college students an alternative to toiling as unpaid interns.

Data Game

Feb. 18, 2015

To leverage data science for social good, one company is working to foster a bit of healthy competition.

Airport Buzz

Nov. 19, 2014

Amid landing strips and airline terminals, threatened bee species are finding a much-needed new habitat.

Scrappy Solutions

Nov. 19, 2014 4

A new regulation in Massachusetts aims to direct food waste away from landfills and toward more productive uses.

Circulating the Internet

Nov. 19, 2014

At two big-city libraries, patrons can check out a new approach to accessing a wide range of digital technology.

When the “Doves” Fly

Aug. 13, 2014

A Silicon Valley start-up that operates earth-orbiting imaging satellites is making them available to social innovators.

Women at the Wheel

Feb. 19, 2014

In Mozambique, an effort to train women as ambulance drivers enhances public safety and fosters opportunity.

Funding the Sun

Feb. 19, 2014

Village Power Finance gives members of nonprofit associations a novel way to pay for solar conversion projects.

Lots of Opportunity

Feb. 19, 2014

An online platform helps city governments to discover, organize, and market publicly owned property.

Bike-Sharing Goes Small

Feb. 19, 2014

Local bike-lending arrangements offer an alternative to bigger, more complex bike-sharing systems.

Libraries as Laboratories

Nov. 20, 2013

In Accra, Ghana, social entrepreneurs are working to reinvent the public library for the 21st century.

Blurred Images, Better Futures

Nov. 20, 2013

Software from a group called Ultrasafe Ultrasound promises to make it harder to practice sex-selective abortion.

The Science of Donor Connection

Nov. 20, 2013

A state-of-the-art database gives nonprofit leaders a tool for building relationships with potential funders.

A Sporting Chance

Aug. 14, 2013

In troubled spots around the world, Right to Play shows how fun and games can be a serious tool for development.

Donations on Tap

Aug. 14, 2013 2

At a "philanthropub," a new kind of bar and restaurant, a portion of each patron's bill goes to a worthy cause.

A Fresh Approach to Food Stamps

Aug. 14, 2013 1

In some places, users of the US Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program can supplement their diet via community supported agriculture.

Crowdsourcing the Past

Aug. 14, 2013

A US National Archives program uses 21st-century technology to enlist ordinary citizens in the transcription of centuries-old documents.

Keeping Kids in School

May. 15, 2013 4

With hard data and soft skills, Communities in Schools fine-tunes its model to reduce dropout rates.

A New Spin on Student Loans

May. 15, 2013

Social Finance Inc. offers a network-based alternative to government-sponsored student loan programs.

Factoring for Change

May. 15, 2013

To support entrepreneurs in emerging markets, investors are drawing upon a financial tradition that dates back centuries.

Contagious Health

May. 15, 2013

A community-based program in rural Kentucky uses face-to-face social networks to promote wellness.

Overdue Credit for Nonprofits

May. 15, 2013 5

The American Nonprofits Federal Credit Union will provide loans and other much-needed financial services to member organizations.

Indexing Nonprofits

Feb. 21, 2013

Donors want their money to be spent wisely, but knowing where to give can be difficult.

Poverty-Fighting Salons

Feb. 21, 2013

Can open conversations accelerate the spread of good ideas in global development?

Habitat Builds Out Its Vision

Feb. 21, 2013 3

In the aftermath of the US housing crisis, Habitat for Humanity is working to build not just affordable homes, but affordable communities.

New Option for Retirees

Nov. 14, 2012

State-sponsored pensions for private sector employees aim to stem US retirement insecurity.

Giving Smarter

Nov. 14, 2012 2

The Center for Disaster Philanthropy aims to help donors make informed, smarter giving decisions.