Global Issues Innovations that address global challenges such as education, environment, and health


Back to School

By Cameron Conaway

In Ethiopia, a foundation-led initiative uses accelerated learning techniques to give young people a second chance at an education.

Recipe for Impact

By Sarah Murray

Delivering nutritious school lunch fare on a large scale is the social mission—and the business model—of Revolution Foods.

Designed for Support

By Alicia Clegg

Maggie’s Centres, a network of specially built facilities in the United Kingdom, provides cancer patients with a comforting environment.

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Collective Impact

By John Kania & Mark Kramer 102

Large-scale social change requires broad cross-sector coordination, not the isolated intervention of individual organizations.

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The Problem with Fair Trade Coffee

By Colleen Haight 24

Fair Trade-certified coffee is growing in sales, but strict certification requirements are resulting in uneven economic advantages for coffee growers and lower quality coffee for consumers.

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Ten Nonprofit Funding Models

By William Landes Foster, Peter Kim, & Barbara Christiansen 57

For-profit executives use business models—such as "low-cost provider"—as a shorthand way to describe the way companies are built and sustained. Nonprofit executives have not had an equivalent lexicon—until now.

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Design Thinking for Social Innovation

By Tim Brown & Jocelyn Wyatt 33

Designers have traditionally focused on enhancing the look and functionality of products. Recently, they have begun using design techniques to tackle more complex problems, such as finding ways to provide low-cost healthcare throughout the world.