The recent conference sponsored by the Unreasonable Institute in Boulder, Colorado highlighted some fantastic social entrepreneurship projects that represent the most cutting edge thinking in the field. Among the most exciting ideas include portable solar water heaters and cooking stoves that can make cooking much more efficient for rural villagers in developing countries while also helping to reduce the environmental pollution caused by traditional wood and organic fueled fires.
Another breakthrough idea is giving worms to slum residents that can turn waste into compost. This in turn can be sold by the villagers to generate income. Another great idea is setting up small farms which can simultaneously rehabilitate, educate and employ former child soldiers who have been traumatized by their war time experiences in an effort to break the cycle of violence.