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Why Co-Creation Is the Future for All of Us

(Editor's note: This post originally appeared on Forbes.com. Photo credit: Specialisterne – "People with autism at an IT company")

In a world defined by rapid change, the search for solutions to societal and environmental challenges has become more complex. While market systems have become interconnected and supply chains have become supply webs, public policy and industry norms are not changing as fast. As a result, they are increasingly inadequate tools to govern our societies.

The Loo as a Business Proposition

It’s been a big year for the toilet. November saw the first UN-recognised World Toilet Day and the loo even got its own festive hashtag: #celebratethetoilet.

Innovation until the last drop

Imagine turning the taps on, only to wait around for hours for piped water to arrive. This is the daily reality for hundreds of millions of people. In India, tech start-up NextDrop is using mobile phone messaging to spread the word—and the water.

Student Entrepreneurs Run Nepal’s First Free Private Schools

With huge school drop-out rates and half a million young workers leaving for low-skilled labour abroad, Nepal’s education system is in dire straits. Five youngsters who studied abroad came back to turn the tide.

Intellectual Property: a $25 Billion Opportunity for Africa

What do Ethiopian fine coffee farmers, Uganda vanilla producers and women gatherers of Nilotica shea nuts have in common? 

...They were all losing out on their hugely valuable products because of a lack of intellectual property tools.

Getting to the Bottom ... of Toilet Innovation

More than a third of the world‘s population do not have access to a clean toilet. 1.1 billion people defecate in the open.

Give Me Tap: Breaking the Cycle of Paying for Water

With taps every few metres in most UK city centres, quenching your thirst with expensive bottled water can feel both unnecessary and unsustainable. The booming retail market for drinking water on-the-go has made asking for a free glass somewhat of a taboo. One young social entrepreneur is trying to turn the tide.

Creating a school food revolution

By the time the average American child has finished grade 12, he or she has consumed 4,000 meals at school. What better place to start tackling the obesity crisis?

Kids don't like veggies. Healthy food is expensive. Cooking nutritious meals takes too long. Education boards won't convert. The problem is just too big to solve. The assumptions around school dinners are stubborn, but they did not stop two Californian mums from trying anyway.

What a Waste!

When India changes its urban waste management system, it matters. Ashoka Fellow Ravi Agarwal has spent the past two decades moving mountains… of rubbish. He is counting on the youth to give the final push.

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