What is social innovation? Solving some of the world's most pressing problems -- including global poverty and development -- requires innovative thinking, unusual partnerships, and entrepreneurialism. And it's already working: from KIVA to Product (RED) to Tom's Shoes, social innovation is making change around the world.
In the stifling slums of Nairobi and the remote villages of Mali, some youth find an oasis from their troubles. See what music, acrobatics, or a simple lightbulb can do for communities cornered by poverty.
This World Food Day is marked by one of the worst famines in recent history. But, with the right planning and a few new ideas, it could be the last. Get the latest from the horn of Africa in this special report from Oxfam America and ViewChange.org.
Having enough to eat is a basic human right--one that almost a billion people don't have. But for those in the poorest regions of the world, chronic hunger doesn't have to be the status quo. In this special report from Bread for the World and ViewChange.org, see two migrant farmers in Mexico get a new chance to grow their own food--to make a living wage--and to return to their families. And from Ethiopia to Bangladesh, see how aid groups and entrepreneurs are working to put hunger out of business.
Since the first official confirmed cases of HIV 30 years ago, millions have died, particularly in developing nations. But now there's hope in treatment and innovative prevention strategies. Take a journey to find out what's working in HIV prevention - and providing hope for the future - in this new half-hour documentary produced by ViewChange in partnership with PSI (Population Services International).
Few conflicts can dismantle a country and a people as brutally as civil war. And when the dust finally settles, who remains to pick up the pieces? See new stories in search of a fresh start.
The push and pull of tradition is never something to be taken lightly. But when needs like education or health care are at stake, balancing tradition and progress becomes even more of an art form. Watch two stories of people finding ways to help their communities evolve - without upending everything they stand for.
Problem-solving in the developing world can require some real flexibility. And as problems get thornier, the best solutions have to be a little more creative. From bomb-sniffing rats to a multicultural skate park, watch two stories about fresh ideas for old problems - ideas that toss convention out the window.
Solving the world's problems - poverty, hunger, disease - is far from a simple task. But often enough, solutions to these enormous challenges are sparked by simple, elegant ideas, that make even the most intractable problems seem within reach. Watch two inspiring films that prove one thing: that sometimes one good idea is all it takes to change lives.
Being a new mother is challenging enough - but what extra burdens do moms face in the poorest and most rural parts of the world? What's being done to give mothers and children the greatest chance to survive and thrive? Take a tour of the world's best and worst places to be a mother, in this new report from ViewChange.org and Save the Children.
Here in America the green movement is popular. It makes us feel good. It's a hobby. But in the developing world, conservation is so much more: it's an escape from poverty; it's inspiring a new generation of leaders; and for many cultures it's the only way of life. From El Salvador to Egypt, see how going green is changing lives.
Compared with men, the lives of women are so often hidden: behind the walls of tradition; poverty; and isolation. Compared with men, the stories of women just aren't told. But these documentaries are different: they put women in front of the lens and behind it. And through photography, film, and even animation, they show us women stepping out from behind those walls, surviving, and even thriving, in the poorest countries in the world.