Tag: Social Inovation

El nuevo FMI

El Fondo Monetario Internacional (FMI)- la organización internacional que supervisa el sistema financiero global- eligió recientemente a un nuevo Director Administrativo (DA), debido a que Dominique Strauss Kahn (antiguo DA) resignó. Los dos candidatos al puesto eran la ministra de ecnonomía de Francia, Christine Lagarde, y el director del Banco Central de México, Agustín Carstens. …

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El Sistema: Music for change

Leer la versión en Español El sistema (The system) is a music program in Venezuela (and in some parts of the U.S) that trains poor kids to be musicians. The program started out in 1975, after economist and musician Jose Abreu gave classical music lessons to 11 children in a Venezuelan garage. Those music lessons …

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Smart Design, Better Solutions

A few weeks ago I was walking in New York City without direction nor destination. By a series of fortunate events, I unexpectedly came across a really good conference held at the New York Center for Architecture. The conferece was discussing the winner of the Buckminster Fuller Challenge (from the Buckminster Institute). The Buckminster Fuller …

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Inside the coal industry, part 2

Coal and the future of energy In a recent post I commented about the problems that communities in Kentucky face against coal industries and mountain top removal procedures (see here). People concerned about mining’s environmental impact propose a return to “deep mining. Deep mining is not as damaging as mountain top removal, and it also …

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Counterintuitive, but Affordable

Since my previous post in which I brought to light Robert Bach and Peter Kocher’s proposal of eliminating tuition costs for med school students, I have had various interesting conversations with people about potential pros and cons of this plan. On the most part, people agreed with me that such a change to our medical …

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Curitiba A Model for Economic Development in Brazil

Brazil, with its growing economy and BRIC designation, is considered a country to watch in the global south, but few people know about the star of Brazil: Curitiba.  Curitiba, capital of the Brazilian state of Paraná, is southern Brazil’s largest city andeconomy, with a GDP that surpasses US$30 billion and a total population of over …

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Saving Lives with Social Networks

With the introduction of a new initiative, Facebook might be getting a chance to save lives. Last week, the Women’s Refugee Commission implemented their new program,Mama: Together for Safe Births in Crises. Using Facebook and SMS text messaging, Mama gives maternal health workers a way to connect with the broader community to exchange best practices, …

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The Viral Education

“Hi I am Sal Khan. I am the founder and faculty of the Khan Academy and we are trying to educate the world.” These were the first words I heard Salmaan Khan speak when I watched my first video on the Khan Academy. I was instantly impressed. A single article would never be able to …

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No Toilet, No Bride

The World Bank estimates that poor hygiene and a lack of toilets in India have cost the country over $54 billion annually. This economic cost comes in the form of lost tourism, premature deaths, and a reduction in productivity due to illness. In India, 665 million people do not have access to toilets, the largest …

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Making Community Health Programs Sustainable

Last week in my blog post I discussed the limitations that prevent community health programs from becoming fully effective. The majority of these problems revolved around the issue of sustainability- many programs aren’t able to remain functional and effective after the initial stages of program implementation. So the question is, how do you increase the …

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