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Echoing Green Announces 2009 Roster of Social Entrepreneur Fellows

For more than twenty years, Echoing Green (the name is from a Blake poem) has provided new leaders who possess vision and a smart idea (in areas such as civil and human rights, education and youth leadership, health, and public service) with the seed money and support to put their ideas into action.The angel investor …

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The Spread of Global Consumerism Brings Traveling Salesmen to India

"'Brother, why would you need a cellphone?' one performer asks as he passes the only microphone. 'To flirt with the most popular girl in the village,' comes the answer. The crowd giggles."Read more of the Wall Street Journal's "The Infomercial Comes to Life in India's Remotest Villages" to learn about how rural advertising is spreading …

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"Invisible Children" Rally Raises Awareness of Child Soldier Kidnappings in Uganda

On April 25 an abduction and rescue event will take place in more than 100 cities around the world, according to a press release from the California-based sponsoring organization Invisible Children Inc. Protesters will voluntarily kidnap themselves to raise awareness about "child soldier" kidnappings taking place in Uganda.Invisible Children Inc. was born in in the …

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Homeboy Industries Turns Ex-Gang Members Into Solar Posse

"We don't want people to think that you have to come out of MIT to be able to install solar power. A well-trained individual can make as good a worker as a lifelong electrician."-Phillippe Hartley, general manager of a solar installation company, Phat Energy-How neat is this? As Caitlan Carroll of NPR reports, the organization …

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Activist Artists Document Housing Crisis in Providence

"We want to take beautiful photos but don’t want to aestheticize a real problem. This is not about urban exploration, lonely chairs, and peeling paint."-Josh Oakhurst, Forgotten Providence-Artist Oakhurst, along with artists Sam Holland and Myles Dumas recently launched "Forgotten Providence," an interactive web site where visitors will find images of abandoned homes as well …

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Michelle Obama: Fist-Bumping Radical to Mom-in-Chief in One Year

"A supersmart black woman who's also fashionable and fit -- terrifying."-Kate Pollitt, The Nation--Today, Michelle Obama was again the topic of conversation in media outlets globally. Her successful trip abroad and her fantastic style have made the media experience what Pollitt classifies as major whiplash ("from fist-bumping to mom-in-chief"). Though she celebrates Obama's reception as …

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Aspen Institute’s Initiative on Financial Security

A colleague recently sent me a publication from the Aspen Institute's Initiative on Financial Security, which "is the nation's leading policy program that uses a business-driven approach to create smart solutions that help Americans save, invest and own."One of the Institute's publications that seemed worth a read: Why Not a “Super Simple” Saving Plan for …

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Michael Moore: ‘We the People’ to ‘King of the World’: You’re Fired!

As expected, Roger & Me's Michael Moore has a thing or two to say about Obama's firing of GM's head honcho, including this gut reaction: "Did Obama really fire the chairman of General Motors? The wealthiest and most powerful corporation of the 20th century? Can he do that? Really? Well, damn! What else can he …

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