Empowering the Developing World, One Bicycle at a Time

May 19, 2019

World Bicycle Relief, a nonprofit organization that builds and distributes bicycles in rural areas of the developing world, is the 2019 winner of the Lipman Prize. The winner of the 2019 Barry & Marie Lipman Family Prize at the University of Pennsylvania is World Bicycle Relief, a...

Impact Investing: When Social Benefits Are in the Contract

September 02, 2018

New Wharton research examines how contracts can be structured differently when investors are trying to make money and make the world a better place. For impact investors, there are two bottom lines, says Wharton Finance Professor David Musto: making money and making the world a better...

Beyond Business Plans: Women Entrepreneurs in MENA

September 30, 2016

Greater support for female entrepreneurship will help the MENA region achieve the Sustainable Development Goals by 2030. The Middle East and North Africa (MENA), a region that is more often in the news for bombs and bullets than booming businesses, is experiencing a startup revolution. Nearly...

Challenging Moroccan Youth to “Think Big”

August 18, 2016

Adnane Addioui, a social commentator, social entrepreneur and disruptive thinker, is the go-to person in Morocco for all things on youth and entrepreneurship. In this vlog, he answers the question: What is the biggest challenge facing Moroccan youth?

Social Entrepreneurship: What’s the Best Way to Make a Difference?

January 30, 2016

For-profit, nonprofit, impact investing: Which works best? Three social entrepreneurs in Africa share their very different approaches. Social entrepreneurship is on the rise. Sixty percent of all social enterprises today were founded only within the past eight years, according to Harvard...

Exploring the Next Iteration of Social Entrepreneurship

February 22, 2015

Diana Ayton-Shenker has made it her mission to help organizations optimize their impact through social entrepreneurship. More and more, organizations looking to have a positive social impact are realizing that philanthropic institutions can learn some lessons from those that are inspired by the...

In the Midst of a Revolution, The X Factor Meets The Apprentice

February 11, 2015

How do you tackle social and environmental problems and make money at the same time? Tired of reality TV shows focusing on Kim Kardashian or some other pointless celebrity? Ever think reality TV could be a little deeper? Thankfully, you’re not alone. A groundbreaking, new “edutainment,”...

Yoga in Africa: Transforming Young Minds, Hearts and Livelihoods

August 23, 2014

The Africa Yoga Project provides young Africans with an opportunity to become leaders and positive change agents. “Wellness” is a multifaceted and multi-billion dollar industry in many countries across the West. While holistic approaches to mental and physical health are not new to...