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February 22, 2019

Social Impact Headlines: February 2019

Take a look at these headlines to put more social impact news on your radar, and join us to debate about, question, and share what’s new in social change.

This month's headlines include social impact news from Fast Company, The Times of India, and SSIR.

Hacking the Bias in Big Bets

SSIR | Spring 2019
Echoing Green President Cheryl L. Dorsey shares three approaches to address structural barriers in social impact funding and how to get more big bets to organizations led by leaders of color.

Fast Company's 2019 World's Most Innovative Companies 

Fast Company | Feb. 21, 2019
African Leadership University, founded by Fred Swaniker​ '06, was named #1 on Fast Company's 2019 Most Innovative Companies Africa list. Chakr Innovation​ founded by Kushagra Srivastava​ '17 and Arpit Dhupar​ '17 was named #6 on the Most Innovative Companies India list.

3 Myths You Should Know About Electric Vehicles In The U.S.

Forbes | Feb. 18, 2019
Heather Hochrein '18, founder of EVmatch, is mobilizing the sharing economy to increase access to reliable electric vehicle charging options in a similar way to Airbnb and Uber.

Group taking anti-violence message to the skies of Linden

Fox 28 | Feb. 14, 2019
Thell Robinson '18, founder of Halt Violence, is working to stop violence and help people find jobs in the Linden, Ohio, area. Halt Violence is spreading their message with four billboards promoting their solutions.

Making an App to Make a Difference

The New York Times | Feb. 12, 2019
Good Call, founded by Jelani Anglin '18 and Gabriel Leader-Rose '18, was featured in an op-ed on tech companies with a social impact focus and the incubators and fellowship programs supporting them.

Delhi: Safety audit of 20 traffic black spots by March

The Times of India | Feb. 5, 2019
SaveLIFE Foundation, founded by Piyush Tewari '12, secured a government partnership that aims to reduce road accident fatalities 80 percent by 2025, with a 10 percent reduction every year.

We Hold the Key: Making the Law Work for All

Forbes | Jan. 31, 2019
Rachel Armstrong '12, founder of Farm Commons; Lam Ho '15, founder of Community Activism Law Alliance; and Katie Redford '95, founder of EarthRights International; are working on making the law accessible to all. 

When Social Services Undermine Well-being

The New York Times | Jan. 16, 2018
Katya Fels Smyth '95, founder of On the Rise and Full Frame Initiative, was highlighted in a two-part feature for her efforts in addressing the root causes of poverty, violence, and trauma and addressing them with solutions for long-term well-being.


1995 Fellow Kayta Fels Smyth. Photo credit: Matthew Cavanaugh for The New York Times