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Pulling children out of Nepal’s prisons

Story contains video via CNN | Mon April 02, 2012
Pushpa Basnet was shocked to learn that children in Nepal were living in prisons with their parents. In 2005, she started a children's center that has provided support, such as housing, education and medical care, to more than 100 children of incarcerated parents.

Bringing health care to the world’s most remote areas

Story contains video via CNN | Sat March 31, 2012
Dr. Benjamin LaBrot started Floating Doctors, a nonprofit that travels by sea to provide free health care for people in remote coastal areas. In the last two years, LaBrot and his volunteer team have treated nearly 13,000 patients in Haiti, Honduras and Panama.

Used shipping containers find new use as classrooms

Story contains video via GizMag | Sun March 18, 2012
The 39-foot (12-meter) long, shipping container is living a second life as a classroom for 5-6-year old pupils at the Vissershok School, Cape Town, South Africa.

Jennifer Pahlka: Coding a better government

Story contains video via TED | Sat March 10, 2012
Can government be run like the Internet, permissionless and open? Coder and activist Jennifer Pahlka believes it can -- and that apps, built quickly and cheaply, are a powerful new way to connect citizens to their governments -- and their neighbors.

Peter Diamandis: Abundance is our future

Story contains video Thu March 08, 2012
Peter Diamandis makes a case for optimism -- that we'll invent, innovate and create ways to solve the challenges that loom over us. "I’m not saying we don’t have our set of problems; we surely do. But ultimately, we knock them down.”

Florida group rebuilds vital coral reefs

Story contains video via CNN | Sun March 04, 2012
Restoration Foundation to help bring life back to endangered coral reefs. Since 2003, his group has grown thousands of corals in underwater nurseries and planted them on reefs in the Florida Keys.

Svante Myrick, Ithaca’s Youngest-Ever Mayor, Grew Up Homeless

Story contains video via MSNBC | Sat March 03, 2012
Svante Myrick, Ithaca's newly-elected 24-year-old mayor has an incredible story to tell. Not only is he the town's youngest mayor in history, he also surmounted huge odds to get there.

Marine Pledges To Donate Marrow, Wins $2.9M

via WPBF | Mon February 27, 2012
A U.S. Marine who recently pledged and was accepted as a bone marrow donor credits that good karma for his $2,882,808 windfall at a Las Vegas penny slot machine.

More American Adults Hold Bachelor’s Degrees Than Ever Before‎

via New York Times | Sun February 26, 2012
More than 30 percent of American adults hold bachelor’s degrees, a first in the nation’s history, and women are on the brink of surpassing men in educational attainment, the Census Bureau reported on Thursday.

Digital tools ‘to save languages’

via BBC | Sat February 18, 2012
Facebook, YouTube and even texting will be the salvation of many of the world's endangered languages, scientists believe.

A 375-Year-Old French Bank Forgives Debts of Paris’ Poorest

via Good Magazine | Sun January 29, 2012
Just as France was being chastised for excessive national borrowing with a sovereign debt downgrade, thousands of lucky French people had their financial obligations forgiven after the country's oldest bank decided to simply wipe their slate clean.

Gates donates $750 million to fight AIDS, TB and malaria

via CNN | Fri January 27, 2012
The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation will inject $750 million into the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria, Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates announced Thursday at the World Economic Forum.

The Cleanweb Takes Off

via Huffington Post | Thu January 26, 2012
This past weekend in New York, a group of high tech companies, venture investors, hackers, college students held the second Cleanweb Hackathon -- a gathering where software developers and serial entrepreneurs, fueled by coffee and burritos -- or similar fare -- stay up one, two or more nights writing code for apps that just may change the world.

Businesses seek California’s new ‘benefit corporation’ status

via LA Times | Mon January 09, 2012
On the first business day after a state law took effect, a dozen companies committed to social and environmental causes file papers to legally put those efforts on par with their goal of making profits.

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