At 'Random Hacks of Kindness' events, technology experts volunteer to solve problems facing nonprofits and other organizations interested in doing good.
Zarganar, a comedian who is now a political activist, focuses on ways to ensue the atrocities of Myanmar's past are recorded and not forgotten by future generations.
The elegant clear-plastic lantern, which charges itself when left out in the sun and emits the light of a 60-watt bulb, will bring a safe and inexpensive light source to those without electricity.
Forty years ago, almost half of American kids biked to school. Bike trains are a smart idea for getting kids pedaling again.
Loosecubes office-sharing site aims to go beyond listing places freelancers and other mobile workers can set up shop to connecting them with people who have shared interests.
Antônio Carlos Costa was happy as a pastor in suburban Rio de Janeiro. But violence in a city slum changed his life forever.
The remote, frozen Svalbard Global Seed Vault stores more than 740,000 sample of seeds that contain genetic treasures such as heat resistance, drought tolerance, or disease and pest resistance.
The outpouring of generosity came spontaneously – people simply responded with compassion, a new report says.
Mini 'sanitation trucks' that remove fecal sludge, and improved holding tanks, may help bring improved sanitation to millions of Indonesians without it.
The nonprofit group Depave, in Portland, Ore., removes unused and unwanted pavement to fight water pollution and beautify the city.
Neighborhoods can – and should – be more than just a cluster of houses.
Pam Koner started a nonprofit group that helps families who want to aid less-fortunate families.
Research ecologist argues a healthy economy and a healthy ecosystem go hand in hand.
Daniel Hillel developed a system called micro-irrigation, which has opened up dry regions to farming, revolutionizing agriculture worldwide. The Israeli scientist has worked closely with Arab friends in Jordan, Egypt, and the United Arab Emirates.
Irish nonprofit GOAL teaches seasonal brickmakers in Kolkata to read and do math, a crucial step toward self-sufficiency.
Country music singer Toby Keith, once known for his acrimonious feud with the country trio the Dixie Chicks, now spends his time raising funds to build a center to improve the lives of children receiving medical treatment and their families.
More than ever children need skills in how to work with changing teams of collaborators and how to seek solutions rooted in the needs of others, the author says.
Sunita Narain has learned that being an environmentalist in India means being an advocate for the poor – and for immediate action.
Multifunction platforms (MFPs), engines powered by diesel or local vegetable oil, can do everything from turning on the lights to milling grain and powering tools.
In Malawi, a new kind of cooking stove made from local materials requires much less fuel than traditional stoves, cutting the need for firewood and benefiting families and the environment.