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

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

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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 []

TEDx in prison: 3 great talks from TEDxMarionCorrectional

TEDx in prison: 3 great talks from TEDxMarionCorrectional

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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 []

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

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

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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 []

What happens when prisoners breed butterflies

What happens when prisoners breed butterflies

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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 []