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Invest in social change

Here’s a stat worth knowing: In the UK, 63% of men who finish short-term prison sentences are back inside within a year for another crime. Helping them stay outside involves job training, classes, therapy. And it would pay off handsomely — but the government can’t find the funds. Toby Eccles shares an idea for how to change that: the Social Impact Bond. It’s an unusual bond that helps fund new social services — especially those where a small investment could create a much larger societal benefit. (And yes, investors, mainly NGOs, get a share of the profit if the service works.)

The Rise of Social Business

Alistair Rennie, General Manager, IBM Social Business discusses the rise of social business and its benefits including creating a smarter workforce, delivering exceptional customer experiences and turning customers into advocates for your brand.

Whole Foods CEO’s Capitalist Revival

John Mackey sees crony capitalism as an enemy of free markets, and tells Steve Forbes how his book “Conscious Capitalism” is a roadmap for social consciousness in business.

How western science curriculum is impacting Tibetan monastics in exile

A Tibetan Monk and a Neuro-scientist from the University of Washington discuss the Science for Monks program, what it means to the Tibetan Monastic community in exile and how their efforts will help further the impact of Tibetan Buddhism worldwide.

The Forbes 400 Summit On Philanthropy: Change The World

An inside look at the 2012 Forbes 400 cover photo shoot featuring Warren Buffett, Bill Gates and Oprah with Forbes magazine editor Randall Lane.

How Venture Capital Is Driving Social Change

The great banker Walter Wriston once said, “Capital goes where it’s welcome and stays where it’s well treated." But how do you measure how well money is treated in philanthropy? Four investors, one social, three from Silicon Valley, explore how deploying capital in business and philanthropy are not all that different and how both can create lasting social impact.

The Million E-Books Movement: An African Revolution

Literacy is a critical driver of prosperity (OECD International Adult Literacy Survey 1994-98), and reading inspires and empowers.  Yet in much of the world, children have access to a vanishingly small range of books. Fifty percent of schools in sub-Saharan Africa have few or no books (SACMEQ II), slowing learning and societal advancement.  And imagine what children miss if they never discover a favorite book about dinosaurs or space exploration.

Worldreader is a US and European non-profit whose mission is to make digital books available to children in the developing world, so millions of people can improve their lives. As of June 2012, they have put over 200,000 e-books - and the life-changing, power-creating ideas contained within them – into the hands of 1,000 children in sub-Saharan Africa. 

In order to join the movement, please visit their "Million Books" portal.