Social Impact


I hope some of my work has inspired others to help make the world a more equitable place. Over the years, I have explored creative responses to social problems, challenges faced by social entrepreneurs and unique approaches to giving back and paying it forward. Some of my work has been highlighted by the Solutions Journalism Network, which curates a database of rigorous reporting on responses to the world's most pressing social problems, as well as The Aspen Institute, where this article was featured as one of the "five best ideas of the day."

John Wood has shared his journey with me after calling it quits at Microsoft to launch Room to Read, a nonprofit that's helped millions of children through literacy and education programs. Bill Drayton, a pioneer in the social entrepreneurship movement, is always interesting to speak with about changes in this space, and Klaus Schwab has his own view given his support of the Schwab Foundation for Social Entrepreneurship. I've also written about the difficulties some social enterprises have faced as well as tips about getting into this field and notes from the Clinton Global Initiative's annual meeting.

My work in this area began in earnest after I mentored and joined a team of four NYU Abu Dhabi students in the $1 million Hult Prize to benefit SolarAid, One Laptop Per Child and Habitat for Humanity. Judges included Nobel Peace Prize-winner Muhammad Yunus and Unilever Chairman Michael Treschow, and President Bill Clinton announced our team along with two others won out of a pool of some 4,000 applicants. He later cited us in his "case for optimism" essay for TIME Magazine.