Smartphone Apps Turn Citizens Into Scientists

Around 100 million Americans use web-connected, camera-equipped phones on a daily — probably hourly — basis. Which is why many developers are exploring how this extraordinary resource can be harnessed for social change. By using our phones to snap photographs of trash-filled riverbeds, for example, or geo-tag pervasive noise pollution, just about anyone can contribute […]

Jill Vialet: Making Play Work

RECESS: A break from class learning where students within a school go outside for ten to thirty minutes to rest and have free time. You”re seven. You”re on the playground, playing tag. “Tag! You”re out!!” “You didn”t touch me, I”m not out!” “Yes I did too! You”re out.” You know how the rest goes. There […]

Art That Builds Problem-Solving Skills

Urban arts programs often build confidence and agency among youth who are disheartened by, or disconnected from, public schools. At a time when education is being shaped by a rigid test-taking culture, arts educators often succeed in eliciting a sense of inquiry and belonging among their students. Twenty years ago, Bob Bates was a part-time […]

Building Responsible Corporations

A leader in corporate responsibility since 1992, Business for Social Responsibility (BSR) works with its global network of more than 250 member companies to develop sustainable business strategies and solutions through consulting, research, and cross-sector collaboration. BSR President and CEO, Aron Cramer, recently shared his vision and the challenges for social innovators in an interview […]