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Investing private funds for public good: An update from Toby EcclesInvesting private funds for public good: An update from Toby Eccles

Posted By Thu-Huong Ha

Toby Eccles, whose talk about Social Impact Bonds was published yesterday, has been busy since he gave his talk at TEDGlobal in June. Eccles, founder of the nonprofit Social Finance, now spends about half his time on Development Impact Bonds, a spinoff of his original idea. Where SIBs seek private funders to invest in social causes, with payments […]

Business

Jeff Smith: The rest of his political incarceration storyJeff Smith: The rest of his political incarceration story

Posted By Kate Torgovnick May

Jeff Smith was blown away by some of the brilliant business ideas he heard while spending 366 days in prison between 2009 and 2010. “[Prison] was teeming with smart, ambitious men whose business instincts were in many cases as sharp as those of the CEOs who had wined and dined me six months earlier when […]

Culture

TEDx in prison: 3 great talks from TEDxMarionCorrectionalTEDx in prison: 3 great talks from TEDxMarionCorrectional

Posted By Kate Torgovnick May

Last month, we told you all about the TEDx events held in correctional facilities around the world, staged by people committed to changing the culture of incarceration. One of these distinctive TEDx events took place in Marion, Ohio, on September 16. TEDxMarionCorrectional brought together speakers from both inside and outside the prison walls, including members […]

Culture

Ideas on lockdown: A look at TEDx events held in prisonsIdeas on lockdown: A look at TEDx events held in prisons

Posted By Hailey Reissman

Yes, TEDx has been behind bars. Since the birth of the TEDx program in 2009, independently organized events have been held at correctional facilities in at least three countries — at youth and adult institutions, both with speakers and without. In Spain, organizer Antonella Broglia was determined to bring TEDx to Soto Del Real prison outside […]

Science

What happens when prisoners breed endangered butterfliesWhat happens when prisoners breed endangered butterflies

Posted By Kate Torgovnick May

An endangered species of butterfly has found an unusual set of champions — the inmates of the Mission Creek Corrections Center for Women in Washington. While the number of Taylor’s checkerspot butterflies has dwindled in Washington in recent years,  the Mission Creek inmates are working hard to help the species rebound, reports the Nature magazine […]