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At Cambodia Hotel, The Workers Are The Boss

NPR

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Overall, Cambodia is a relatively poor country whose residents don't own much. Norwegian hotel owners in the city of Krong Siem Reap urge their Cambodian staff to be more in charge of making their own decisions by making them co-owners of the hotel, an act that forced them to have more confidence...

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Beyond the Business Suit

The New York Times

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For young people, learning the social norms of the office is crucial for survival in the new economy. Year Up is an organization that is unusually successful at preparing young adults from disadvantaged backgrounds for jobs in big companies.

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Building Social Skills, Alone at a Computer

Bright Magazine

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Critics in today's world often say that computers and technology are impeding the social skills of the very young. But Zoo U, a computer game for children, helps kids develop the skills they need such as empathy, impulse control, and communication.

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Could adorable tiny tech backpacks save the honeybees?

The Christian Science Monitor

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Concerned with colony collapse syndrome in honey bees worldwide, scientists, farmers and tech companies teamed up in Australia to create a micro-sensor that collects data on the bee's environment.

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For Ambitious Nonprofits, Capital to Grow

The New York Times

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Funding with too many strings attached makes it hard for non-profits to grow and be impactful. An American organization, N.F.F., is finding ways to finance non-profits likes companies.

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In the Long War on Poverty, Small Victories That Matter

The New York Times

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A panoply of responses to poverty has emerged to address poverty in the United States and abroad. The responses share in three key tactics: Measuring impact, paying for success, and collaboration.

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Innovation Within Reach

The New York Times

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What about the world’s poorest, for whom new, expensive gadgets are out of reach - what types of innovation would be most beneficial for them? Through “frugal innovation”, people are designing products specifically to meet the needs of the world’s poorest citizens.

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How a Radical New Teaching Method Could Unleash a Generation of Geniuses

Wired

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Students in Matamoros, Mexico, didn't have reliable Internet access, steady electricity, or much hope—until a radical new teaching method unlocked their potential.

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How to Grow a Social Business

The New York Times

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Two columns on microconsignment, a new variation on microcredit that helps poor people living in developing countries - particularly women in rural villages - start small social businesses without taking on debt or requiring previous business skills. The organization, Soluciones Comunitarias, par...

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Doing Good by Default

The New York Times

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Forms that ask people to opt-in or opt-out can swing enrollment in programs such as organ donation and retirement savings accounts with a default choice that reflects the statistically more popular option. It could be an easy, cheap and effective way to nudge people to make choices that are bette...

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