The 10 Most Influential Scientists of 2012


Best College Reviews released an infographic highlighting the 10 most important scientists of 2012 and their breakthroughs. Below are some featured examples. Which one do you find the most interesting among the group? John Hafernik: Biology, San Francisco State University – Revealed a parasitic fly responsible for the worldwide honey bee disappearance. Bees are responsible for pollenating about a third of the U.S. food supply. Nate Silver: Statistics, New York Times – Predicted 2012 election results accurately adding to his impressive resume of statistical prediction. James…

Dell Shines A Light On How 100 World Changers Are Redefining Tech


This past weekend, I went to see the DreamWorks animation “Rise of the Guardians,” which follows the story of Santa Claus, the Tooth Ferry, the Easter Bunny, the Sandman, and Jack Frost as they come together to protect the children of the world against Pitch Black, aka the Boogeyman. Suffice to say, I thoroughly enjoyed the movie, and it got me thinking about the rise of human guardians roaming the real world–the change makers who dedicate their lives to improving society through entrepreneurship and philanthropy….

Los Angeles Social Innovators Gear Up For The Fast Pitch


Who says Los Angeles doesn’t have heart and depth? On October 24th, 20 of LA’s most promising nonprofit entrepreneurs are sharing their freshly minted communications and business skills during the culmination of the Social Innovation Fast Pitch, a free two-month training program that connects nonprofit leaders with business mentors and funding opportunities. During the event, 10 finalists will make three-minute pitches to a panel of judges and an enormous audience filled with investors, philanthropists and foundation executives. The grand prize is $45,000 in awards. Presented by…

The Clinton Global Initiative & Mashable Social Good Summit Take Manhattan


  New York, New York, here we come! There’s nowhere else in the world I’d rather be this weekend than my old stomping grounds. The Clinton Global Initiative is holding its annual meeting in Manhattan on Sept. 23 to 25, and Incentivize is going to be there to see all the magic happen!  With more than 1,000 participants including global leaders, Fortune 500 CEOs, nonprofit organizers, and celebrity activists convening to instigate social change, mountains are sure to fall. Focused on how business and human capital…

Red Bull Creation 2012


The second year of the colorful, national maker/inventor/hacker Red Bull Creation competition is underway! The top 12 teams who qualified during 2012’s “Bullduino’ are competing in the LIVE, online 72-hour build which started on Friday, 7/19 at 9pm EST. So, who will win? It’s up to both the public and participating teams to vote. High scoring teams will take their creations to the ultimate stage, the 2012 Maker Faire in NYC. Home to over 40,000 visitors across two days, the Maker Faire is a family-friendly…

How A 15-Year-Old Is Changing The Face Of Cancer Detection


Fifteen year old Jack Andraka doesn’t pay attention in science class, but that’s not stopping him from changing the face of science. In May, the teen genius won the grand prize of $75,000 at the 2012 Intel International Science and Engineering Fair (Intel ISEF 2012), or as Jack calls it “the Olympics of science fairs.” After high school, he’s attending John Hopkins University to further develop his scientific breakthrough–a test for early stage pancreatic cancer. According to, the test is 90% accurate, 400 times…

She Shoots, She Scores With The Soccket


I love Millennials. Yeah…sure. I know the drill. There is undoubtedly a negative stigma attached to the Millennial generation pervading our society and screaming that this demographic is overflowing with self-entitled, lazy brats. But maybe the world isn’t looking closely enough at this group, or perhaps we’re looking in the wrong places for altruism, ambition, and creativity, because it’s here. It’s all around us. There are approximately 78 million Millennials in the U.S., and they want social change. Some of them want this change so…

Revolutionizing The Food System: It’s About That Time


Guest post by Sam Rye What if the food system was the next industry to become more decentralized like music, communication and e-commerce? Well, we think that’s going to happen. In short, because it has to happen. Plain and simple, the centralised, industrialised food system which currently produces 99% of food in the United Stated, United Kingdom, and Australia is unsustainable in its current form and is ripe for disruption. The last 50 years of agriculture and food distribution have seen many advancements including better access…

5 Keys to Success For Social Entrepreneurs


Guest post by Jack’s Soap Co-Founder Bridget Hilton Diving into entrepreneurship is a commendable action. Deciding to plunge into social entrepreneurship is enlightening. However, deciding to build a business that turns a profit while benefitting the earth and humanity poses great challenges. Cynics believe there’s no way to do good, while reaping financial rewards. We beg to differ. Here are five keys for creating and sustaining a successful social enterprise. Build a Brand Unfortunately, charity is generally not thought of as “sexy”. Websites are often…

Tesla: Electrical Genius, Master Of Lightning


I recently came across this documentary about Nikolai Tesla. Fascinating. A technological wizard of his time and today, Tesla was largely responsible for shaping the modern world with electrified cities and wireless power. The progressive development of man is vitally dependent on invention. It’s ultimate purpose is the complete mastery of mind over the material world, the harnessing of the forces of nature to human needs. This is the story of a modern prometheus who changed the world with electricity. If he were alive today,…

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