social entrepreneurship

Science, Tech & Environment

A MacArthur 'Genius' is working to clean up our polluting health care system

One aspect of being a genius is the ability to view things in a unique way. Twenty years ago, environmental health advocate Gary Cohen looked at the health care sector and saw a big problem with pollution. He also saw a way to fix it and he set out to do so. So far his success has been phenomenal. And now he is a recognized MacArthur Foundation 'genius.'

Arts, Culture & Media

In Italy's markets, this popular yogurt made by migrants tastes great, and has a side of resilience and hope

For years, Suleman Diara picked mandarins in southern Italy for $0.05 a case. But one day, Diara, a refugee from Mali, received documents granting him asylum in his new country. So he bought a few buckets of milk that changed his life. Meet the founder of Barikama, the first African yogurt cooperative in Italy, popular with the farmer's market scene in Rome.

Science, Tech & Environment

Zanzibar's 'Solar Mamas' flip the switch on rural homes, gender roles

On the Tanzanian island of Zanzibar, hundreds of households too poor and remote to have access to the electrical grid are getting low cost solar power for the first time, from a group of local female engineers trained by and Indian NGO. It's the first of several "solar mamas" projects planned for parts of rural Africa, and it's turning some traditional gender roles on their head.