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  • MOBicure a mobile health company

    Timbuktu Chronicles
    Emeka Okafor
    29 Sep 2014 | 8:02 pm
    Emmanuel Owobu is the founder of MOBicure:their Flagship product is Ọmọmi...an android-based mobile application that aims to improve maternal and child health. This easy to use mobile application will help mothers keep their children healthy. It makes it easier for parents and caregivers to cater for the health needs of their children by providing a platform for them to easily monitor their children's growth and nutritional status, remember routine immunization visits, provide a repository of very vital health information, as well as help them handle some common childhood ailments.
  • How To Use 'Muscular' Empathy To Drive Social Change

    Changemakers Ideas ExChange
    kristiewang
    26 Sep 2014 | 11:05 am
    Lisa Bennett writes about how empathy can be tapped as a powerful force for creating change. read more
  • Photo: A fuzzy tropical flower with purple polka dots

    Latest Items from TreeHugger
    Margaret Badore
    29 Sep 2014 | 2:49 pm
    Our commenters helped determine that the species of this cool tropical flower is Kohleria affinis.
  • UL and Ashoka Announce Winners of the Safer Roads, Safer India Challenge

    Ashoka In The News
    Tsega Belachew
    24 Sep 2014 | 10:20 am
    Release Date:  September 24, 2014 For Immediate Release read more
  • Rob Cameron Speaks with The Partnering Initiative's Darian Stibbe

    SustainAbility
    25 Sep 2014 | 6:42 pm
    This interview was originally published in the summer issue of Radar Magazine – Issue 04: Better, Connected. At the end of 2013, SustainAbility was pleased to welcome The Partnering Initiative (TPI) to share its London office space. TPI is one of the leading organisations driving the theory and practice of collaboration between business, NGOs, governments and others. Rob Cameron recently spent a morning in conversation with TPI’s Executive Director, Darian Stibbe, discussing the challenges and opportunities that cross-sector partnership and collaboration can bring to business, NGOs…
 
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    SustainAbility

  • Rob Cameron Speaks with The Partnering Initiative's Darian Stibbe

    25 Sep 2014 | 6:42 pm
    This interview was originally published in the summer issue of Radar Magazine – Issue 04: Better, Connected. At the end of 2013, SustainAbility was pleased to welcome The Partnering Initiative (TPI) to share its London office space. TPI is one of the leading organisations driving the theory and practice of collaboration between business, NGOs, governments and others. Rob Cameron recently spent a morning in conversation with TPI’s Executive Director, Darian Stibbe, discussing the challenges and opportunities that cross-sector partnership and collaboration can bring to business, NGOs…
  • Lindsay Clinton to Moderate Panel at Sustainable Brands New Metrics

    22 Sep 2014 | 6:26 pm
    On September 25, SustainAbility Director Lindsay Clinton will moderate a panel entitled “Quantifying a Product’s #SocialFootprint: The Next Stepping Stone in Assessing Product Sustainability” at Sustainable Brands New Metrics. While clear rules and standards for environmental life-cycle assessment (LCA) have existed for many years, corporate sustainability professionals around the world have suffered from the lack of commonly accepted methodologies for “social LCA.” To respond to that need, PRé Sustainability convened twelve sustainability experts from leading…
  • Q & A with John Elkington on His New Book, The Breakthrough Challenge

    17 Sep 2014 | 4:14 pm
    SustainAbility Research Director Chris Guenther recently caught up with John Elkington, Co-Founder of SustainAbility and Founding Partner and executive chairman of Volans, about the launch of John’s recently published book, The Breakthrough Challenge. In addition to the book, they discuss the dilution of the sustainability agenda, the shifting role of the Global C-Suite, and the upcoming Breakthrough Decade. Chris Guenther: SustainAbility has closely tracked–and frequently discussed with you–your work on Breakthrough Capitalism, which you framed at the first Breakthrough Capitalism…
  • SustainAbility Honored as 'Best for Workers,' Creating Higher Quality Jobs that Serve a Higher Purpose

    15 Sep 2014 | 5:25 pm
    Today, SustainAbility and 79 other companies worldwide were recognized for creating the highest quality jobs by the nonprofit B Lab with the release of the third annual B Corp Best for Workers list. This analysis includes metrics regarding compensation and benefits, health and wellness programs, parent-friendly flex time and leave policies, professional development and internal promotion, corporate culture, profit sharing and ownership opportunities. “With Millennials’ increasing demand for work-life integration, B Corps are winning the talent war,” said Jay Coen Gilbert, co-founder B…
  • SustainAbility is a Media Partner for Sustainable Brands '14 London

    14 Sep 2014 | 6:17 pm
    Successful brands today are expected to deliver deeper value to their customers – moving beyond ‘less bad’ toward becoming a new positive force for restoring healthy environments, communities, families and people. As a result, brands are forming a new conception of what’s possible and looking for opportunities to re-design every aspect of their business, seeking regenerative business models that create positive net impact. At Sustainable Brands ’14 London, from November 3-5, 2014, join the assembly of global thought leaders and practitioners who are demonstrating the many ways…
 
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    Triple Pundit: People, Planet, Profit

  • Can B Corp Certification Help You Raise Capital?

    Ryan Honeyman
    30 Sep 2014 | 2:30 am
    Author Ryan Honeyman addresses the perennial question: Will B Corp certification help or hurt your ability to raise capital?
  • CDP Connects Climate Action and Financial Results

    RP Siegel
    30 Sep 2014 | 2:00 am
    The CDP S&P 500 Climate Change Report 2014, from the Carbon Disclosure Project (CDP) is good news for those who see a financial payoff from environmental action.
  • Sierra Club Takes Coal Fight to Supreme Court

    Andrew Burger
    30 Sep 2014 | 2:00 am
    Sierra Club, Ratepayers & Community Intervenors and Earthjustice are taking the New York Public Service Commission to the state Supreme Court over a plan to repower the Dunkirk power plant. The $140 million plan would see the plant fueled for another 10 years, primarily by adding the capacity to burn natural gas.
  • McKinsey Touts Bioenergy as Coal Replacement

    Bill DiBenedetto
    30 Sep 2014 | 1:45 am
    McKinsey writers Marco Albani, Nicolas Denis and Anna Granskog assert that biomass-based energy should not be counted out just yet. “Although today it fails to compete on cost with other renewables such as wind and solar, we believe bioenergy not only has the potential to significantly improve but could even become cost competitive with coal.”
  • Revitalizing Rural Communities: How One Small Town Gained a Huge Economic Boost

    3p Contributor
    30 Sep 2014 | 1:30 am
    Rural communities bear the majority of our nation’s resources – food, water, energy – yet work opportunities there are scarce. With the careful planning and capital that New Markets Tax Credits deliver, areas like Aroostook County are enjoying greater economic diversity and are stemming outmigration.
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    Skoll World Forum

  • Delegates in the Driver’s Seat at Opportunity Collaboration

    Jake Wadland
    29 Sep 2014 | 5:46 pm
    The age-old adage that “two heads are better than one” has made a comeback. In the think-tank world of social change and economic development, collaboration is all the rage. We encourage collaborating with indigenous communities. We tout collaborations between the public and private sectors. Newly-minted collaboration consultants proselytize for more partnerships, alliances, transparency, information-sharing, nonprofit mergers, leveraging resources, etc. Collaboration can be counter-intuitive. The iconic imagery of the lone inventor, the pioneering solo entrepreneur and the solitary,…
  • Essays: Oxford for Impact Project

    Jake Wadland
    23 Sep 2014 | 5:31 pm
    The Skoll Centre for Social Entrepreneurship works across the University of Oxford to catalyze and support faculty and their respective doctoral students who are conducting research around the world in key issue areas of interest to the Centre and to the work of social entrepreneurs. To this end, the Centre has two major initiatives: the Skoll Centre Small Competitive Grants Programme (SCGP) and the Oxford Research Landscaping Exercise, also known as Oxford for Impact. Working across six key issue areas, leading Oxford academics submitted the following Impact essays. Environmental…
  • Hidden Influencers Key to Unlocking Women’s Economic Potential

    Jake Wadland
    22 Sep 2014 | 1:32 pm
    We talk a lot about teaching a man to fish, but what about teaching a woman to fish? Or, in the case of agriculture, teaching a woman to farm? And what about teaching a woman to teach other women how to farm? In 2012 Root Capital formally launched our Women in Agriculture Initiative, and set out to answer these questions. One of the first things we realized when we started this work was that approaches to women’s empowerment have historically been divided into two camps: the impact investing community concentrated on women-led or women-owned businesses, and the development community focused…
  • Water for Everyone is Possible

    Jake Wadland
    21 Sep 2014 | 6:58 pm
    Every second, two people move into a city. Across the world, that’s a million people every week. Many are in search of a better life but, when they arrive, what they find is not what they were expecting. The world is driven by self-interest and nowhere is this more evident than in cities. Behaviour is driven by a web of influences and interests which is so complex, it is almost impossible to unravel. There are far more resources in cities than in the rural areas, but the competition for these resources is fierce and the fight is brutal. When Peter, a farmer from rural Kenya, decided to move…
  • Community Libraries: A Solution to Global Illiteracy

    Jake Wadland
    21 Sep 2014 | 6:42 pm
    “My parents are farmers. They don’t know how to read and write,” said 10-year-old Thinley Pelzom, from rural Bhutan. When most people think of learning to read, children come to mind. But Thinley’s family is part of a much larger global challenge: more than 86 percent of the world’s 907 million illiterate people are adults. That’s roughly equivalent to the entire population of Europe. When parents can’t read, they can’t take care of their families in simple ways – like reading a bottle of medicine for their kids, or keeping track of how much money is in their family’s…
 
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    Marc Gunther's blog

  • Was Climate Week a good week?

    Marc Gunther
    26 Sep 2014 | 9:18 am
    A reporter’s job is sometimes fun and glamorous, often not. My trip to New York for “Climate Week” was not. It was, in fact, a bit of a fiasco. I had hoped to cover a Climate Group event on Monday but was told that I had to be there by 10 a.m., without luggage, for […] >
  • Patagonia’s CEO, marching for climate action

    Marc Gunther
    18 Sep 2014 | 1:39 am
    Recently, I had lunch with Mary Wenzel, a senior vice president at Wells Fargo who directs the bank’s environmental projects. The bank’s efforts are laudable–it intends to provide $30 billion of financing by 2020 to business opportunities that protect the environment, it’s making its offices more efficient, it’s a big-time supporter of a nonprofit called Grid... >
  • Should bike sharing be subsidized? Or privatized?

    Marc Gunther
    29 Aug 2014 | 3:49 pm
    I’m a fan of bike sharing, as regular readers of this blog know (see this and this), and a satisfied, albeit irregular, customer of Capital Bikeshare, the convenient and well-managed public bike-sharing system in Washington, D.C., which now extends into the suburbs of Maryland and Virginia. There’s a potential cloud over bike sharing, though, and […] >
  • Duck duck goose: How to stop their abuse

    Marc Gunther
    27 Aug 2014 | 7:08 pm
    I’ve worn down jackets over the years, but never given much thought to where the down came from, or how it was harvested, if that’s the right word. Down, it turns out, is a byproduct of the meat industry. Feathers from ducks and geese that are raised for meat, mostly in eastern Europe and China, […] >
  • PR firm Edelman has more than a PR problem

    Marc Gunther
    19 Aug 2014 | 3:10 pm
    I’m an admirer of Edelman, one of the world’s biggest and most respected PR firms, and I’m friendly with a number of people who work there. The firm has been ahead of the curve on corporate-responsibility issues, managing effective campaigns for the likes of GE and Walmart. Richard Edelman, who runs the place,  approached me […] >
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    Skoll World Forum

  • Delegates in the Driver’s Seat at Opportunity Collaboration

    Jake Wadland
    29 Sep 2014 | 5:46 pm
    The age-old adage that “two heads are better than one” has made a comeback. In the think-tank world of social change and economic development, collaboration is all the rage. We encourage collaborating with indigenous communities. We tout collaborations between the public and private sectors. Newly-minted collaboration consultants proselytize for more partnerships, alliances, transparency, information-sharing, nonprofit mergers, leveraging resources, etc. Collaboration can be counter-intuitive. The iconic imagery of the lone inventor, the pioneering solo entrepreneur and the solitary,…
  • Essays: Oxford for Impact Project

    Jake Wadland
    23 Sep 2014 | 5:31 pm
    The Skoll Centre for Social Entrepreneurship works across the University of Oxford to catalyze and support faculty and their respective doctoral students who are conducting research around the world in key issue areas of interest to the Centre and to the work of social entrepreneurs. To this end, the Centre has two major initiatives: the Skoll Centre Small Competitive Grants Programme (SCGP) and the Oxford Research Landscaping Exercise, also known as Oxford for Impact. Working across six key issue areas, leading Oxford academics submitted the following Impact essays. Environmental…
  • Hidden Influencers Key to Unlocking Women’s Economic Potential

    Jake Wadland
    22 Sep 2014 | 1:32 pm
    We talk a lot about teaching a man to fish, but what about teaching a woman to fish? Or, in the case of agriculture, teaching a woman to farm? And what about teaching a woman to teach other women how to farm? In 2012 Root Capital formally launched our Women in Agriculture Initiative, and set out to answer these questions. One of the first things we realized when we started this work was that approaches to women’s empowerment have historically been divided into two camps: the impact investing community concentrated on women-led or women-owned businesses, and the development community focused…
  • Water for Everyone is Possible

    Jake Wadland
    21 Sep 2014 | 6:58 pm
    Every second, two people move into a city. Across the world, that’s a million people every week. Many are in search of a better life but, when they arrive, what they find is not what they were expecting. The world is driven by self-interest and nowhere is this more evident than in cities. Behaviour is driven by a web of influences and interests which is so complex, it is almost impossible to unravel. There are far more resources in cities than in the rural areas, but the competition for these resources is fierce and the fight is brutal. When Peter, a farmer from rural Kenya, decided to move…
  • Community Libraries: A Solution to Global Illiteracy

    Jake Wadland
    21 Sep 2014 | 6:42 pm
    “My parents are farmers. They don’t know how to read and write,” said 10-year-old Thinley Pelzom, from rural Bhutan. When most people think of learning to read, children come to mind. But Thinley’s family is part of a much larger global challenge: more than 86 percent of the world’s 907 million illiterate people are adults. That’s roughly equivalent to the entire population of Europe. When parents can’t read, they can’t take care of their families in simple ways – like reading a bottle of medicine for their kids, or keeping track of how much money is in their family’s…
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    Uploads by Skoll World Forum

  • Who are community health workers? Meet three women who are saving lives in rural Kenya

    22 Sep 2014 | 8:33 am
    Who are community health workers? Meet three women who are saving lives in rural Kenya Across the central belt of sub-Saharan Africa, 10 to 20 percent of children die before reaching the age of 5. Maternal death rates are also high. Community h... From: Skoll World Forum Views: 368 6 ratings Time: 04:30 More in Nonprofits & Activism
  • Measuring up as men: Mobilising to end child marriage in Kenya

    12 Sep 2014 | 4:15 pm
    Measuring up as men: Mobilising to end child marriage in Kenya Based in Kenya, the Coexist Initiative is a not-for-profit synergy of men and boys and a community-based organizations with a commitment to eliminate all for... From: Skoll World Forum Views: 117 0 ratings Time: 05:48 More in Nonprofits & Activism
  • Blaise Judja-Sato, an uncommon hero delivers health to poor

    8 Jul 2014 | 3:20 pm
    Blaise Judja-Sato, an uncommon hero delivers health to poor Meet Blaise Judja-Sato. Born in Cameroon, Blaise Judja-Sato was a successful U.S. businessman when a devastating flood in Mozambique prompted his return to A... From: Skoll World Forum Views: 5188 8 ratings Time: 07:04 More in People & Blogs
  • Jehane Noujaim Shares Scenes from "The Square" at The Skoll World Forum 2014

    3 Jul 2014 | 1:28 pm
    Jehane Noujaim Shares Scenes from "The Square" at The Skoll World Forum 2014 Jehane Noujaim is an Egyptian-American filmmaker who has worked on countless award winning documentaries. Before graduating from Harvard, she was awarded the... From: Skoll World Forum Views: 131 1 ratings Time: 13:38 More in Nonprofits & Activism
  • Monica Yunus and Camille Zamora of Sing for Hope at Skoll World Forum

    3 Jul 2014 | 1:21 pm
    Monica Yunus and Camille Zamora of Sing for Hope at Skoll World Forum Monica Yunus is the Co-Founding Director of Sing for Hope, a leading non-profit that brings arts outreach programs to communities in need and presents initia... From: Skoll World Forum Views: 149 0 ratings Time: 06:53 More in Nonprofits & Activism
 
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    Global Envision

  • 5 questions for Charles Kenny: Why the world is getting better

    Laura Mortara
    26 Sep 2014 | 2:23 pm
    Image:  Charles Kenny will be speaking in the Mercy Corps Action Center on October 9th, 7:00-8:30 p.m. Buy your tickets now! $5 for students/seniors, $10 regular.Amid the swathe of spectators who harp on the failures of global development stands one economist who begs to differ: Charles Kenny.Kenny argues that global development is actually succeeding--and he has the data to prove it.A senior fellow at the Center for Global Development, columnist for BusinessWeek and contributing editor to Foreign Policy, Kenny spent more than 20 years researching growth patterns as a researcher for…
  • OPEN SESAME: UGANDAN SESAME SEED FARMERS DOUBLE THEIR INCOME

    Kyla Yeoman
    22 Sep 2014 | 4:58 pm
    Open sesamehttps://www.globalenvision.org/2014/09/12/open-sesame-ugandan-sesame-seed-farmers-double-their-income
  • LESSONS LEARNED: HOW JAPAN'S SMALL BUSINESSES ARE REBUILDING AFTER THE 2011 TSUNAMI

    Kyla Yeoman
    22 Sep 2014 | 4:57 pm
    Three years later: Small businesses rebuild in Japanhttps://www.globalenvision.org/2014/08/25/when-loan-returns-community-and-other-lessons-learned-post-recovery-japan
  • What do markets have to do with emergency response?

    Guest Contributor
    18 Sep 2014 | 9:01 am
    Image:  By Madeline Rose, Mercy Corps Policy and Advocacy AdvisorWhen civilians suffer during war, it’s not just at gunpoint. In South Sudan, thousands of civilians have died this year from unthinkable violence. But an even greater killer is spreading across the country that isn’t receiving enough attention: the absolute destruction of markets and trade.South Sudan is currently facing the most severe food crisis in the world. Violent conflict that began in December 2013 has displaced 1.7 million people and forced millions of others into hiding. Across the young nation, crops…
  • Why GDP doesn’t explain economic development: Measuring progress in the Amazon

    Laura Mortara
    15 Sep 2014 | 5:34 am
    Image:  Though Brazil has grown leaps and bounds in the last decade, many of its citizens still struggle for basic human needs. Since 2000, GDP per capita has skyrocketed from a measly $3,000 USD to $11,200 USD per year, but the data is deceiving. This is particularly true in the Amazon, where poverty often drives the destruction of precious rainforests.Seeking to illuminate this gap is the Amazon-based nonprofit Imazon, which produced a study to measure development based on the Social Progress Index, a global initiative that measures the social and environmental performance of…
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    Beneblog: Technology Meets Society

  • Team-Up for Textbooks: Volunteer to Help Students with Disabilities

    16 Sep 2014 | 2:39 pm
    The new school year is in full swing, yet across the U.S., all too many students with print disabilities might not have the textbooks they need for class. To meet that need, the Benetech Volunteer Program is piloting a new initiative—and we’re inviting you to join us!When a Bookshare student member with a print disability needs a book for school that is not yet in the Bookshare collection, the member submits a request and Bookshare creates an accessible digital version of that book. However, students often don’t know what books they need until the first days of school—a hectic time…
  • Advancing Reading Equality with Bookshare’s Exponential Growth

    12 Sep 2014 | 1:25 pm
    At Benetech, we always ask ourselves how our existing successful programs can reach more people who need our services and how we can apply technology in new ways to enrich and improve more lives. I’m thrilled to share with you some of the recent amazing impact of Bookshare, a Benetech Global Literacy initiative and the largest accessible online library of copyrighted content for people with print disabilities.Recently Bookshare has reached two major milestones in its efforts to bring reading equality to disadvantaged populations around the world. First, Bookshare’s collection has…
  • Open Source and the Promise of Sustainable Nutrition Security

    8 Sep 2014 | 5:40 pm
    Recently I had the opportunity to get introduced to Gerald Nelson, senior climate change researcher and Professor Emeritus at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. Jerry and I had a great conversation about open sourcing of agricultural scientific models, such as those used by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) in their climate change reports.An expert on agricultural economics and spatial analysis, Jerry most recently served as a Senior Research Fellow at the International Food Policy Research Institute in Washington, DC, where he led major projects on food security…
  • Unlocking Technology-for-Good Innovation

    4 Sep 2014 | 7:44 am
    At Benetech, we advance technology applications that empower and protect underprivileged populations, and that also have the potential to become financially self-sustaining enterprises. This keeps us focused on projects that offer the greatest social impact for the resources invested. Benetech Labs is where the Benetech team and our social impact partners incubate new software-for-good applications. Within the arena of startup incubators, however, Benetech’s social enterprise business model and Benetech Labs’ approach are unique. Let me explain how this is so.The typical incubator model…
  • Master Class on Creating Startup Tech Social Enterprises

    1 Sep 2014 | 1:07 pm
    I'm looking forward to teaching a Master Class at San Francisco's Presidio Graduate School on September 18th. Current Presidio MBA student and Benetech team member Julie Noblitt wrote a generous blog post about the master class last week.  Julie is not our only connection to Presidio: alum Kristina Pappas runs International Bookshare for Benetech.  Should be exciting to interact with more Presidio students!My goal is to give attendees (in addition to Presidio students and alums, this class is also open to the public) an inside look at how Benetech analyzes new tech social…
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    Environmental Management & Sustainability News

  • Sustainability Manager Hiring: Look for these Key Traits

    Jennifer Hermes
    30 Sep 2014 | 7:40 am
    This two-part series is sponsored by Columbia University. The first article in the series looked at how business leaders and educators view higher education in the fields of environmental and sustainability management. In this article, we share thoughts on what traits businesses should look for in job candidates when hiring in these fields. Strong communication […]
  • New Realities Needed for Water Sustainability

    Jennifer Hermes
    30 Sep 2014 | 7:30 am
    Water’s scarcity and abundance impact the availability and price of goods, the profit of companies, and the vitality of economies. Climate change realities coupled with urban growth, infrastructure demands, and economic constraints create additional pressures on cities, businesses, and water utilities. These circumstances highlight the need for increased awareness about the value of water and […]
  • BT, M&S Top FTSE 100 Carbon Ranking

    Jessica Lyons Hardcastle
    30 Sep 2014 | 4:50 am
    BT and Marks & Spencer have scored joint first place in Carbon Clear’s 2014 ranking of the carbon reporting performance of FTSE 100 companies. Rounding out the top 10 are: Unilever, Tui Travel, Sainsbury’s, National Grid, BskyB, Kingfisher, Coca-Cola HBC, Aviva and Mondi, with the last two companies both ranking tenth. This year marks the […]
  • Exelon to Build ‘Cleanest’ Natural Gas Units

    Jessica Lyons Hardcastle
    30 Sep 2014 | 4:45 am
    Exelon Generation is planning to build two combined-cycle gas turbine (CCGT) units in Texas using a new General Electric technology that it says will make them among the cleanest, most efficient CCGTs in the state and the nation. The new units are being built on existing Exelon sites: one at Colorado Bend Generating Station, currently […]
  • Daimler Must Use Low-Global-Warming Coolant

    Jessica Lyons Hardcastle
    30 Sep 2014 | 4:44 am
    Germany must force Daimler — which makes Mercedes-Benz — to use a newer low-global-warming air conditioning coolant, according to the European Union. Industry Week reports the EC said Germany has “infringed EU law” and faces court action by allowing Daimler to use an older refrigerant that emits potent greenhouse gases. Since last year, EU law has […]
 
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    Have Fun • Do Good

  • Looking for Your Big Vision? Notice What "Sparkles"

    Britt Bravo
    24 Sep 2014 | 8:16 am
    Rain "sparkles" by meA friend who is between jobs recently asked me, "Is there one piece of advice you would give to a creative person when they are looking for their next job, or project?"I responded, "Notice what 'sparkles' for you."I think of "sparkles" as things that make you smile, makes time fly, or that you all of a sudden become very curious about (even if you don't understand why).If you are a "creative" type, you already know that most creative projects don't usually happen in a straight line: A to Z. They often begin with something small: a craving for an ingredient, a phrase you…
  • Big Vision Tip: Stay on Track. Text Your Big Vision Buddy

    Britt Bravo
    15 Sep 2014 | 9:08 am
    About a year and a half ago my friend Heather and I decided to try the Oprah and Deepak 21-Day Meditation Experience. To make sure we completed it, we texted each other right after we meditated. There were many mornings when I would "forget" to meditate (isn't it funny how our minds do that when we're resisting something?), and her text would prompt me to do it.It worked so well that even when the 21 days were over, we continued to text each other after we meditated. A year and half later, our meditation practices certainly aren't perfect, but they're so much a part of our lives that we no…
  • Bye-Bye Big Vision Podcast: 70+ Interviews Over 7 Years with Social Changemakers

    Britt Bravo
    26 Jul 2014 | 2:37 pm
    East Bay Express, Best of the East Bay 2007Today is my day for letting go of things to make space for something new.I just told my VegCookbook Club that I'm stepping down as its organizer, and now I'm letting go of the Big Vision Podcast. It has been REALLY hard to let this go, but after not posting an interview for a year, I know that it is time.I started the Big Vision Podcast in 2006 about six months after starting Have Fun, Do Good. When I told my husband that I wanted to interview social changemakers for my blog, he suggested that I start a podcast. He had the audio equipment to help me…
  • Color = happiness

    Britt Bravo
    7 Jun 2014 | 8:18 am
    A few years ago, I had a vivid dream that I went into a dark therapist's office to meet with my client, Cameron Diaz. She wanted to know the secret to happiness, so I told her:Cook Connect Care ColorI've heard that all of the characters in your dreams are aspects of yourself, so I've thought a lot over the years about my advice to the "Cameron Diaz" aspect of myself. Cooking, connecting and caring made sense, but I didn't fully understand the color part until last week when I joined Andrea Sher's e-course: Collecting Color: 30 Days of Photo Joy. I'm having so much fun!Each day, for…
  • The healing power of . . .

    Britt Bravo
    31 May 2014 | 12:45 pm
    I woke up this morning feeling kinda poopy. It was one of those mornings when I felt like a "broken" person. When I feel like that, I sometimes wonder if it is all me, or if I am also feeling the pain and sadness everyone is feeling (I'm a bit of an emotional sponge).I began thinking about what heals, what helps us feel more whole, and how there are a lot of things we say have "healing power":Healing power of natureHealing power of listeningHealing power of artHealing power of hugsHealing power of laughterHealing power of tears Healing power of animalsHealing power of childrenHealing power of…
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    Skoll World Forum

  • Delegates in the Driver’s Seat at Opportunity Collaboration

    Jake Wadland
    29 Sep 2014 | 5:46 pm
    The age-old adage that “two heads are better than one” has made a comeback. In the think-tank world of social change and economic development, collaboration is all the rage. We encourage collaborating with indigenous communities. We tout collaborations between the public and private sectors. Newly-minted collaboration consultants proselytize for more partnerships, alliances, transparency, information-sharing, nonprofit mergers, leveraging resources, etc. Collaboration can be counter-intuitive. The iconic imagery of the lone inventor, the pioneering solo entrepreneur and the solitary,…
  • Essays: Oxford for Impact Project

    Jake Wadland
    23 Sep 2014 | 5:31 pm
    The Skoll Centre for Social Entrepreneurship works across the University of Oxford to catalyze and support faculty and their respective doctoral students who are conducting research around the world in key issue areas of interest to the Centre and to the work of social entrepreneurs. To this end, the Centre has two major initiatives: the Skoll Centre Small Competitive Grants Programme (SCGP) and the Oxford Research Landscaping Exercise, also known as Oxford for Impact. Working across six key issue areas, leading Oxford academics submitted the following Impact essays. Environmental…
  • Hidden Influencers Key to Unlocking Women’s Economic Potential

    Jake Wadland
    22 Sep 2014 | 1:32 pm
    We talk a lot about teaching a man to fish, but what about teaching a woman to fish? Or, in the case of agriculture, teaching a woman to farm? And what about teaching a woman to teach other women how to farm? In 2012 Root Capital formally launched our Women in Agriculture Initiative, and set out to answer these questions. One of the first things we realized when we started this work was that approaches to women’s empowerment have historically been divided into two camps: the impact investing community concentrated on women-led or women-owned businesses, and the development community focused…
  • Water for Everyone is Possible

    Jake Wadland
    21 Sep 2014 | 6:58 pm
    Every second, two people move into a city. Across the world, that’s a million people every week. Many are in search of a better life but, when they arrive, what they find is not what they were expecting. The world is driven by self-interest and nowhere is this more evident than in cities. Behaviour is driven by a web of influences and interests which is so complex, it is almost impossible to unravel. There are far more resources in cities than in the rural areas, but the competition for these resources is fierce and the fight is brutal. When Peter, a farmer from rural Kenya, decided to move…
  • Community Libraries: A Solution to Global Illiteracy

    Jake Wadland
    21 Sep 2014 | 6:42 pm
    “My parents are farmers. They don’t know how to read and write,” said 10-year-old Thinley Pelzom, from rural Bhutan. When most people think of learning to read, children come to mind. But Thinley’s family is part of a much larger global challenge: more than 86 percent of the world’s 907 million illiterate people are adults. That’s roughly equivalent to the entire population of Europe. When parents can’t read, they can’t take care of their families in simple ways – like reading a bottle of medicine for their kids, or keeping track of how much money is in their family’s…
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    GlobalGiving Blog - News and Updates

  • New Infographic: GlobalGiving’s Bet on Improving Nonprofit Effectiveness

    Alison Carlman
    16 Sep 2014 | 9:21 am
    Click to read about the impact GlobalGiving has in the world You may be familiar with GlobalGiving as a way to help nonprofits raise funds from individual donors and progressive companies. But that’s only part of our mission. Our mission is to catalyze a marketplace for information, ideas and money, helping nonprofits access not only critical funding, but also critical tools and knowledge so that you can be as effective as possible with the resources you do have. What do we mean by effectiveness? Well here’s what we’ve seen: whether in business, government or the nonprofit sector, the…
  • GlobalGiving to Hold Its First Summit on Social Media & Online Giving July 1-2, 2014 in New Delhi, India

    Alison Carlman
    11 Jun 2014 | 12:54 pm
    (WASHINGTON, DC), June 10, 2014 – GlobalGiving, the organization behind charitable giving websites GlobalGiving.org and GlobalGiving.co.uk, will hold its Summit on Social Media & Online Giving on July 1-2, 2014 in New Delhi, India. The Summit is produced in partnership with Social Media for Nonprofits, the premiere global event series on social media for social good. The first-ever, two-day in-person event from GlobalGiving will bring together representatives from global technology services and leading South Asian NGOs to share insights, trends, and best practices for effectively…
  • Local or Global. You choose.

    Donna Callejon
    10 Jun 2014 | 9:07 am
    Every CSR professional knows that securing company resources and operational support can be challenging at times. In addition, most employee engagement professionals are juggling many roles, so managing multiple philanthropic partners can be a challenge. But when you’re a 300,000+ employee company with a footprint in more than a hundred countries, you strive to provide your employees with programs that are as equitable and engaging as possible, while of course minimizing the time and expense necessary to administer them. That’s why we are very excited to have launched a…
  • Pursue Purpose Through New Power

    Angela Wu
    22 May 2014 | 12:58 pm
    Jeremy Heimans at CECP 2014 Summit: What Counts Imagine you’re eleven. You live in Rio. You absolutely love school. It’s a safe place where you are free to learn, engage with your peers, and grow. But suddenly you hear about plans to demolish the school building. In its place will be a parking lot for a local stadium. What do you do? In a perpetually evolving world, it’s necessary to be mindful that the way we approach change may need to adapt. Now more than ever, we’re equipped with tools and technology to tackle problem-solving with innovation, creativity, and efficiency. Jeremy…
  • A Full Circle of Giving

    Donna Callejon
    28 Mar 2014 | 7:43 am
    GlobalGiving recently joined the VMware Foundation at its Palo Alto headquarters to celebrate Pi Day by sharing ways that we can all support our global community. On the day marked by 3.14—and the joys of calculating the circumference of a circle—it was a reminder to us about the full circle of giving: the giving and receiving that helps propel our mission. We see this full circle exemplified by our continued collaboration with the VMware Foundation. The VMware Foundation believes in Citizen Philanthropy, in which every individual’s actions matter and add up to our collective impact. In…
 
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  • Help Rescue and Rehabilitate Mustangs

    Sophie Birkett
    29 Sep 2014 | 11:02 am
    $10 — Will feed a mustang for three days$25 — Will buy an annual vaccine for a mustang$100 — Fully sponsor (cover all basic costs for) a mustang for a monthSummaryIn the early 1900's, the wild mustang population in the US was estimated to be over 2 million. Today, there are only 15,000 left in the wild and about 40,000 in captivity in need of rescue. The Wild Horse Rescue Center rescues and rehabilitates mustangs who have been abused and neglected. The center subsequently adopts the horses in to loving homes. The funds for this project will go…
  • Help Fund a Project Development Officer

    Matthew Taylor
    29 Sep 2014 | 10:59 am
    $25 — Will account for 1/12 of the monthly salary for a Project Development Officer$100 — Will account for 1/3 of the monthly salary for a Project Development Officer$600 — Will cover all of the administrative costs of promoting, running and funding this project.SummaryA challenge that FORUDEF continually encounters is how to use their limited resources to affect the greatest possible change. Identifying needs is not difficult, nor is identifying innovative responses to those needs. The daily challenge is how to creatively use resources to carry…
  • Send Typhoon Haiyan Affected Students to College

    Cora Sayre
    29 Sep 2014 | 10:46 am
    $10 — Purchase of school supplies for 1 student.$25 — Purchase of school supplies for 3 students.$50 — Purchase of school uniform for 2 students.SummaryThe main problem with Typhoon Haiyan affected students especially girls is that they have difficulty going back to school as most lost their homes and livelihoods and some have parents and siblings who did not survive. They are indeed in very dire strait and they are prey to criminal syndicates offering them job in the cities but only to end up as prostitutes. This modest project will try to send…
  • SINAL: Reforesting and Reconnecting with Nature

    Thais Corral
    26 Sep 2014 | 6:49 am
    $10 — Provides 100 bags to make tree seedlings$15 — Sponsors ten trees, materials, and the labor to plant them$150 — Sponsors 100 trees, materials, and the labor to plant themSummaryThe Atlantic Rainforest is an extremely diverse ecosystem containing 20,000 plant species, 450 tree species, 2200 species of birds and animals, and more than 125 million human beings in the cities of Rio de Janeiro, Sao Paulo, and more. Between human beings and nautre this creates an undeniable connection, and threat as only 8.5% of the forest remains. Our project…
  • Support and give hope to Village Women in Bihar

    Nick Hansen
    24 Sep 2014 | 7:30 am
    $10 — Buys enough cloth for one women for a month$50 — Pays the salary of one teacher for one month$150 — Buys one hand operated sewing machineSummaryBihar is a state in the North of India. If it were a country it would be the sixth poorest in the world. Women in village communities have a low social status and often suffer social isolation.Project Needs and BeneficiariesThe Trust runs 3 sewing centres in our project villages, but we urgently need new sewing machines and equipment to keep these centres open. They each provide a supportive…
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    Cleantech Blog

  • Forward Osmosis – Solving Tomorrow’s Water Challenges Using Nature’s Remedy

    admin
    10 Sep 2014 | 2:23 am
    Nature has an ingenious way of extracting water, but does it have the potential to solve many of today’s global water challenges? Before going into more details on how nature’s way of extracting water can help cut energy usage in water treatment processes, an appreciation is needed of why energy reduction in water treatment is an […]
  • Healthy Planet Partners Closes Distributed Generation and Energy Efficiency Fund

    admin
    7 Sep 2014 | 2:01 am
    Healthy Planet Partners Energy & Infrastructure Fund, LP announces a final close at $26 MM, limited partnership to finance distributed generation and energy efficiency projects across North America GREENWICH, CT, JULY 9, 2014 – Healthy Planet Partners Financing Company, LLC (‘HPP’), an asset manager founded in 2013, announced the final closing of its inaugural fund, […]
  • Green & Grow Inc. Secures $6M Series B Funding From Otter Capital

    admin
    28 Aug 2014 | 2:15 am
    Texas, 26 August 2014: Green & Grow Inc. (GGI) has raised an additional $6 million in Series B funding and secured Otter Capital as a significant new partner. Otter Capital’s expertise and investment capital will accelerate commercialization of GGI’s Agriplier™ technology, building on recent compelling field trial results across multiple crop types. “Since our first […]
  • Causam Energy to Acquire Power Analytics Corporation

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    30 Jul 2014 | 2:33 am
    RALEIGH, N.C. – July 29, 2014 – Causam Energy, Inc., headquartered in Raleigh, today announced a definitive agreement to acquire Power Analytics Corporation, a privately held software and professional services company with offices in San Diego and Raleigh. Power Analytics’ innovative software products solve complex power and energy problems, and in combination with Causam will […]
  • CJK: Solving PM2.5

    Chiaki Ishikawa
    1 May 2014 | 8:06 pm
    In spite of the political posturing taking place between Japan and Korea and China, the governments are actively working to address this challenge. Hosted by Ministry of Environment of Korea, the Environmental Ministers Meeting among Korea, China and Japan at the end of this April to implement an initiative on enhancing environmental cooperation and dialogue.
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    Echoing Green Blog

  • Bren Smith is on the Front Line of the Crisis

    Scott Ballum
    23 Sep 2014 | 7:21 am
    photo and video via CNN.com CNN Columnist John D. Sutter joined 2014 Echoing Green Climate Fellow Bren Smith on his eighty-four mile journey from his ocean farm in Connecticut to Manhattan—in his 1983 workboat—to participate in this past weekend's People's Climate March. The feature video and editorial chronicling the trip reveal why Bren is so passionate about his work, and why he sees climate change as everyone's issue: Three days after Sandy hit, he told me, he got online and started researching alternative methods of oyster cultivation—and new crops to "farm" in the ocean. He came…
  • Priya Haji Will Long Be Remembered

    Echoing Green
    22 Aug 2014 | 7:44 am
    The shock doesn’t ever quite wear off. The Echoing Green community continues to be deeply saddened by the passing of Priya Haji. Many of you may know Priya as one of the most extraordinary serial social entrepreneurs. She was co-founder of Free at Last, World of Good, and her newest venture, SaveUp. We remember Priya as a pioneering visionary, uber impact-driven, and always always authentic. More recently, we reveled in her happiness as she became the mother to Zen and Omi. We invited a few Echoing Green Fellows to offer their thoughts and rememberances of Priya, her impact on their work,…
  • Social Impact Jobs August 2014

    Lara Galinsky
    20 Aug 2014 | 6:26 am
    Photo courtesy of Tugende If you regularly follow us on this blog or on social media, you likely have noticed that Echoing Green has been doing quite a bit of hiring over the last year. What’s up with that, you ask? Echoing Green is entering into the second year of our ambitious three-year strategic growth plan, which is positioning us to deepen our support for next generation social change talent across all of our programs. It’s an exciting time to be an organization at the center of innovative social change thinking. And it’s a priority for us to influence this social innovation…
  • Five Bad Reasons to Start a For-Profit

    Rich Leimsider
    12 Aug 2014 | 8:00 am
    photo: 2008 Fellow Rahul Panicker, co-founder of Embrace Should a new social good organization choose a for-profit model or a nonprofit one? This is a question we face each year at my organization, Echoing Green, when we evaluate thousands of business plans from social entrepreneurs seeking start-up capital and support. This year, nearly 50% of those plans proposed using a for-profit model. And when we asked these entrepreneurs why, some of their reasons were just plain bad. They are not alone. New entrepreneurs are increasingly starting for-profit firms whose primary purpose is social…
  • Who Do You Want to Be?

    Linda Kay Klein
    6 Aug 2014 | 7:22 am
    photo courtesy 2013 Fellow Debra Gitler, ConTextos Asking “Who Do You Want to Be?”Before “What Do You Want to Do?” We often begin our Work on Purpose curriculum trainings for faculty and staff of colleges, universities, and nonprofits by asking two sets of questions. The first set of questions is: How old were you the first time you were asked, “What you want to do when you grow up?” And how many times have you been asked some derivative of this question since? Answering the first question, people sometimes shout out that they were four or five. In some cases, they even say they…
 
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    Timbuktu Chronicles

  • MOBicure a mobile health company

    Emeka Okafor
    29 Sep 2014 | 8:02 pm
    Emmanuel Owobu is the founder of MOBicure:their Flagship product is Ọmọmi...an android-based mobile application that aims to improve maternal and child health. This easy to use mobile application will help mothers keep their children healthy. It makes it easier for parents and caregivers to cater for the health needs of their children by providing a platform for them to easily monitor their children's growth and nutritional status, remember routine immunization visits, provide a repository of very vital health information, as well as help them handle some common childhood ailments.
  • Hastings Mkandawire - Maker

    Emeka Okafor
    29 Sep 2014 | 7:51 pm
    YALI Fellow Hastings Mkandawire, is the founder and Director of Turbines Development Enterprise which recently received a $25K grant. After the jump a video of Hastings and his colleague Jimmy Mzilahowa fabbing a generator: Homemade | Villant Jana from Focus Forward Films on Vimeo.Hastings has taken his passion for designing viable, sustainable and environmentally friendly solutions and his certification in Electrical Engineering to establish several hydro-electric turbines in the rural areas of Malawi. Using recycled materials, Hastings has efficiently built small hydro-electric turbines…
  • Mbetsa Innovations from Morris Mbetsa

    Emeka Okafor
    29 Sep 2014 | 7:33 pm
    Polymath inventor Morris Mbetsa developed an: ...anti-theft device called Block and Track. Block and Track is an SMS-based vehicle security system that enables car-owners to monitor their vehicle from a distance. The system he has invented brings the whole concept of vehicle security into one’s hand thanks to the mobile phone - KumatooHis company Mbetsa Innovations offers products which include: -Vehicle Management-Car Anti theft System-Car Tracking Systems-Vehicle Recovery
  • Butternut Squash from Kobbiman Farms

    Emeka Okafor
    29 Sep 2014 | 7:53 am
    Founded by Adjabeng Antwi-Agyei : Kobbiman Farms was established in September 2000 as a mango plantation.The company now has a 700 acre mango plantation aged between five and 10 years. They started exporting exotic mangoes in 2010 and produce approximately 1800 tons a year, with production increasing as the plantation grows.They also produce butternut squash for export mainly to the UK. via Modern Ghana
  • Caltech Ventures

    Emeka Okafor
    29 Sep 2014 | 6:54 am
    Founded by Chris Quarshie, Caltech Ventures is a cassava derived biodiesel and starch manufacturer: 2.2 session by bentil presentation from IFAD International Fund for Agricultural Development
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    Skoll World Forum

  • Delegates in the Driver’s Seat at Opportunity Collaboration

    Jake Wadland
    29 Sep 2014 | 5:46 pm
    The age-old adage that “two heads are better than one” has made a comeback. In the think-tank world of social change and economic development, collaboration is all the rage. We encourage collaborating with indigenous communities. We tout collaborations between the public and private sectors. Newly-minted collaboration consultants proselytize for more partnerships, alliances, transparency, information-sharing, nonprofit mergers, leveraging resources, etc. Collaboration can be counter-intuitive. The iconic imagery of the lone inventor, the pioneering solo entrepreneur and the solitary,…
  • Essays: Oxford for Impact Project

    Jake Wadland
    23 Sep 2014 | 5:31 pm
    The Skoll Centre for Social Entrepreneurship works across the University of Oxford to catalyze and support faculty and their respective doctoral students who are conducting research around the world in key issue areas of interest to the Centre and to the work of social entrepreneurs. To this end, the Centre has two major initiatives: the Skoll Centre Small Competitive Grants Programme (SCGP) and the Oxford Research Landscaping Exercise, also known as Oxford for Impact. Working across six key issue areas, leading Oxford academics submitted the following Impact essays. Environmental…
  • Hidden Influencers Key to Unlocking Women’s Economic Potential

    Jake Wadland
    22 Sep 2014 | 1:32 pm
    We talk a lot about teaching a man to fish, but what about teaching a woman to fish? Or, in the case of agriculture, teaching a woman to farm? And what about teaching a woman to teach other women how to farm? In 2012 Root Capital formally launched our Women in Agriculture Initiative, and set out to answer these questions. One of the first things we realized when we started this work was that approaches to women’s empowerment have historically been divided into two camps: the impact investing community concentrated on women-led or women-owned businesses, and the development community focused…
  • Water for Everyone is Possible

    Jake Wadland
    21 Sep 2014 | 6:58 pm
    Every second, two people move into a city. Across the world, that’s a million people every week. Many are in search of a better life but, when they arrive, what they find is not what they were expecting. The world is driven by self-interest and nowhere is this more evident than in cities. Behaviour is driven by a web of influences and interests which is so complex, it is almost impossible to unravel. There are far more resources in cities than in the rural areas, but the competition for these resources is fierce and the fight is brutal. When Peter, a farmer from rural Kenya, decided to move…
  • Community Libraries: A Solution to Global Illiteracy

    Jake Wadland
    21 Sep 2014 | 6:42 pm
    “My parents are farmers. They don’t know how to read and write,” said 10-year-old Thinley Pelzom, from rural Bhutan. When most people think of learning to read, children come to mind. But Thinley’s family is part of a much larger global challenge: more than 86 percent of the world’s 907 million illiterate people are adults. That’s roughly equivalent to the entire population of Europe. When parents can’t read, they can’t take care of their families in simple ways – like reading a bottle of medicine for their kids, or keeping track of how much money is in their family’s…
 
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  • Delegates in the Driver’s Seat at Opportunity Collaboration

    Jake Wadland
    29 Sep 2014 | 5:46 pm
    The age-old adage that “two heads are better than one” has made a comeback. In the think-tank world of social change and economic development, collaboration is all the rage. We encourage collaborating with indigenous communities. We tout collaborations between the public and private sectors. Newly-minted collaboration consultants proselytize for more partnerships, alliances, transparency, information-sharing, nonprofit mergers, leveraging resources, etc. Collaboration can be counter-intuitive. The iconic imagery of the lone inventor, the pioneering solo entrepreneur and the solitary,…
  • Essays: Oxford for Impact Project

    Jake Wadland
    23 Sep 2014 | 5:31 pm
    The Skoll Centre for Social Entrepreneurship works across the University of Oxford to catalyze and support faculty and their respective doctoral students who are conducting research around the world in key issue areas of interest to the Centre and to the work of social entrepreneurs. To this end, the Centre has two major initiatives: the Skoll Centre Small Competitive Grants Programme (SCGP) and the Oxford Research Landscaping Exercise, also known as Oxford for Impact. Working across six key issue areas, leading Oxford academics submitted the following Impact essays. Environmental…
  • Hidden Influencers Key to Unlocking Women’s Economic Potential

    Jake Wadland
    22 Sep 2014 | 1:32 pm
    We talk a lot about teaching a man to fish, but what about teaching a woman to fish? Or, in the case of agriculture, teaching a woman to farm? And what about teaching a woman to teach other women how to farm? In 2012 Root Capital formally launched our Women in Agriculture Initiative, and set out to answer these questions. One of the first things we realized when we started this work was that approaches to women’s empowerment have historically been divided into two camps: the impact investing community concentrated on women-led or women-owned businesses, and the development community focused…
  • Water for Everyone is Possible

    Jake Wadland
    21 Sep 2014 | 6:58 pm
    Every second, two people move into a city. Across the world, that’s a million people every week. Many are in search of a better life but, when they arrive, what they find is not what they were expecting. The world is driven by self-interest and nowhere is this more evident than in cities. Behaviour is driven by a web of influences and interests which is so complex, it is almost impossible to unravel. There are far more resources in cities than in the rural areas, but the competition for these resources is fierce and the fight is brutal. When Peter, a farmer from rural Kenya, decided to move…
  • Community Libraries: A Solution to Global Illiteracy

    Jake Wadland
    21 Sep 2014 | 6:42 pm
    “My parents are farmers. They don’t know how to read and write,” said 10-year-old Thinley Pelzom, from rural Bhutan. When most people think of learning to read, children come to mind. But Thinley’s family is part of a much larger global challenge: more than 86 percent of the world’s 907 million illiterate people are adults. That’s roughly equivalent to the entire population of Europe. When parents can’t read, they can’t take care of their families in simple ways – like reading a bottle of medicine for their kids, or keeping track of how much money is in their family’s…
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  • Delegates in the Driver’s Seat at Opportunity Collaboration

    Jake Wadland
    29 Sep 2014 | 5:46 pm
    The age-old adage that “two heads are better than one” has made a comeback. In the think-tank world of social change and economic development, collaboration is all the rage. We encourage collaborating with indigenous communities. We tout collaborations between the public and private sectors. Newly-minted collaboration consultants proselytize for more partnerships, alliances, transparency, information-sharing, nonprofit mergers, leveraging resources, etc. Collaboration can be counter-intuitive. The iconic imagery of the lone inventor, the pioneering solo entrepreneur and the solitary,…
  • Essays: Oxford for Impact Project

    Jake Wadland
    23 Sep 2014 | 5:31 pm
    The Skoll Centre for Social Entrepreneurship works across the University of Oxford to catalyze and support faculty and their respective doctoral students who are conducting research around the world in key issue areas of interest to the Centre and to the work of social entrepreneurs. To this end, the Centre has two major initiatives: the Skoll Centre Small Competitive Grants Programme (SCGP) and the Oxford Research Landscaping Exercise, also known as Oxford for Impact. Working across six key issue areas, leading Oxford academics submitted the following Impact essays. Environmental…
  • Hidden Influencers Key to Unlocking Women’s Economic Potential

    Jake Wadland
    22 Sep 2014 | 1:32 pm
    We talk a lot about teaching a man to fish, but what about teaching a woman to fish? Or, in the case of agriculture, teaching a woman to farm? And what about teaching a woman to teach other women how to farm? In 2012 Root Capital formally launched our Women in Agriculture Initiative, and set out to answer these questions. One of the first things we realized when we started this work was that approaches to women’s empowerment have historically been divided into two camps: the impact investing community concentrated on women-led or women-owned businesses, and the development community focused…
  • Water for Everyone is Possible

    Jake Wadland
    21 Sep 2014 | 6:58 pm
    Every second, two people move into a city. Across the world, that’s a million people every week. Many are in search of a better life but, when they arrive, what they find is not what they were expecting. The world is driven by self-interest and nowhere is this more evident than in cities. Behaviour is driven by a web of influences and interests which is so complex, it is almost impossible to unravel. There are far more resources in cities than in the rural areas, but the competition for these resources is fierce and the fight is brutal. When Peter, a farmer from rural Kenya, decided to move…
  • Community Libraries: A Solution to Global Illiteracy

    Jake Wadland
    21 Sep 2014 | 6:42 pm
    “My parents are farmers. They don’t know how to read and write,” said 10-year-old Thinley Pelzom, from rural Bhutan. When most people think of learning to read, children come to mind. But Thinley’s family is part of a much larger global challenge: more than 86 percent of the world’s 907 million illiterate people are adults. That’s roughly equivalent to the entire population of Europe. When parents can’t read, they can’t take care of their families in simple ways – like reading a bottle of medicine for their kids, or keeping track of how much money is in their family’s…
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  • Delegates in the Driver’s Seat at Opportunity Collaboration

    Jake Wadland
    29 Sep 2014 | 5:46 pm
    The age-old adage that “two heads are better than one” has made a comeback. In the think-tank world of social change and economic development, collaboration is all the rage. We encourage collaborating with indigenous communities. We tout collaborations between the public and private sectors. Newly-minted collaboration consultants proselytize for more partnerships, alliances, transparency, information-sharing, nonprofit mergers, leveraging resources, etc. Collaboration can be counter-intuitive. The iconic imagery of the lone inventor, the pioneering solo entrepreneur and the solitary,…
  • Essays: Oxford for Impact Project

    Jake Wadland
    23 Sep 2014 | 5:31 pm
    The Skoll Centre for Social Entrepreneurship works across the University of Oxford to catalyze and support faculty and their respective doctoral students who are conducting research around the world in key issue areas of interest to the Centre and to the work of social entrepreneurs. To this end, the Centre has two major initiatives: the Skoll Centre Small Competitive Grants Programme (SCGP) and the Oxford Research Landscaping Exercise, also known as Oxford for Impact. Working across six key issue areas, leading Oxford academics submitted the following Impact essays. Environmental…
  • Hidden Influencers Key to Unlocking Women’s Economic Potential

    Jake Wadland
    22 Sep 2014 | 1:32 pm
    We talk a lot about teaching a man to fish, but what about teaching a woman to fish? Or, in the case of agriculture, teaching a woman to farm? And what about teaching a woman to teach other women how to farm? In 2012 Root Capital formally launched our Women in Agriculture Initiative, and set out to answer these questions. One of the first things we realized when we started this work was that approaches to women’s empowerment have historically been divided into two camps: the impact investing community concentrated on women-led or women-owned businesses, and the development community focused…
  • Water for Everyone is Possible

    Jake Wadland
    21 Sep 2014 | 6:58 pm
    Every second, two people move into a city. Across the world, that’s a million people every week. Many are in search of a better life but, when they arrive, what they find is not what they were expecting. The world is driven by self-interest and nowhere is this more evident than in cities. Behaviour is driven by a web of influences and interests which is so complex, it is almost impossible to unravel. There are far more resources in cities than in the rural areas, but the competition for these resources is fierce and the fight is brutal. When Peter, a farmer from rural Kenya, decided to move…
  • Community Libraries: A Solution to Global Illiteracy

    Jake Wadland
    21 Sep 2014 | 6:42 pm
    “My parents are farmers. They don’t know how to read and write,” said 10-year-old Thinley Pelzom, from rural Bhutan. When most people think of learning to read, children come to mind. But Thinley’s family is part of a much larger global challenge: more than 86 percent of the world’s 907 million illiterate people are adults. That’s roughly equivalent to the entire population of Europe. When parents can’t read, they can’t take care of their families in simple ways – like reading a bottle of medicine for their kids, or keeping track of how much money is in their family’s…
 
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  • Delegates in the Driver’s Seat at Opportunity Collaboration

    Jake Wadland
    29 Sep 2014 | 5:46 pm
    The age-old adage that “two heads are better than one” has made a comeback. In the think-tank world of social change and economic development, collaboration is all the rage. We encourage collaborating with indigenous communities. We tout collaborations between the public and private sectors. Newly-minted collaboration consultants proselytize for more partnerships, alliances, transparency, information-sharing, nonprofit mergers, leveraging resources, etc. Collaboration can be counter-intuitive. The iconic imagery of the lone inventor, the pioneering solo entrepreneur and the solitary,…
  • Essays: Oxford for Impact Project

    Jake Wadland
    23 Sep 2014 | 5:31 pm
    The Skoll Centre for Social Entrepreneurship works across the University of Oxford to catalyze and support faculty and their respective doctoral students who are conducting research around the world in key issue areas of interest to the Centre and to the work of social entrepreneurs. To this end, the Centre has two major initiatives: the Skoll Centre Small Competitive Grants Programme (SCGP) and the Oxford Research Landscaping Exercise, also known as Oxford for Impact. Working across six key issue areas, leading Oxford academics submitted the following Impact essays. Environmental…
  • Hidden Influencers Key to Unlocking Women’s Economic Potential

    Jake Wadland
    22 Sep 2014 | 1:32 pm
    We talk a lot about teaching a man to fish, but what about teaching a woman to fish? Or, in the case of agriculture, teaching a woman to farm? And what about teaching a woman to teach other women how to farm? In 2012 Root Capital formally launched our Women in Agriculture Initiative, and set out to answer these questions. One of the first things we realized when we started this work was that approaches to women’s empowerment have historically been divided into two camps: the impact investing community concentrated on women-led or women-owned businesses, and the development community focused…
  • Water for Everyone is Possible

    Jake Wadland
    21 Sep 2014 | 6:58 pm
    Every second, two people move into a city. Across the world, that’s a million people every week. Many are in search of a better life but, when they arrive, what they find is not what they were expecting. The world is driven by self-interest and nowhere is this more evident than in cities. Behaviour is driven by a web of influences and interests which is so complex, it is almost impossible to unravel. There are far more resources in cities than in the rural areas, but the competition for these resources is fierce and the fight is brutal. When Peter, a farmer from rural Kenya, decided to move…
  • Community Libraries: A Solution to Global Illiteracy

    Jake Wadland
    21 Sep 2014 | 6:42 pm
    “My parents are farmers. They don’t know how to read and write,” said 10-year-old Thinley Pelzom, from rural Bhutan. When most people think of learning to read, children come to mind. But Thinley’s family is part of a much larger global challenge: more than 86 percent of the world’s 907 million illiterate people are adults. That’s roughly equivalent to the entire population of Europe. When parents can’t read, they can’t take care of their families in simple ways – like reading a bottle of medicine for their kids, or keeping track of how much money is in their family’s…
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    From Poverty to Power

  • Why I love the UN, aka the battle between policy space and trade/investment agreements

    Duncan Green
    29 Sep 2014 | 11:30 pm
    Being a fan of the UN is always a bit of a mixed blessing. Various bits (UNDP, UNICEF, UN Women and many more) churn out some really useful research. For many years, they provided the sole islands of sanity resisting the market fundamentalism of the Washington Consensus. But all too often their publications sink without trace, their use of social media is often lamentable, and they generally struggle to keep up with the times (or their rivals). So I wasn’t surprised to find I’d missed the 10th September launch of the Trade and Development Report 2014, the annual flagship of the UN…
  • Links I liked

    Duncan Green
    28 Sep 2014 | 11:30 pm
    My favourite image from the global climate protests around last week’s UN meeting: Australian Campaigners Salute the Government’s Climate Change Strategy [h/t Jim Harris] According to Pope Francis, ‘the corrupt should be tied to a rock and thrown into the sea’. Any chance that could become a new Oxfam policy recommendation? People had a lot of fun with India’s frugal (and successful) Mars mission, which seems to have become an international benchmark for something or other: It cost less than the movie Gravity or the first U.S. Stealth Jet Attack on Syria World Bank…
  • After New York, how should climate change campaigners approach Paris? (aka Naomi Klein vs the New Climate Economy)

    Duncan Green
    26 Sep 2014 | 5:09 am
    Oxfam head of policy for food and climate change Tim Gore reflects on what happens next after the euphoria of New York (and asks you to vote, right) First, the good news. After the Copenhagen hangover, the international climate change movement is back. Over recent days in New York, we’ve seen the emergence of a new people’s climate movement, broader than anything that has gone before. Oxfam asked supporters to join us in the world’s biggest #foodfight, marching to stop climate change from making people hungry. It was thrilling to have massed ranks of demonstrators calling…
  • Measuring academic impact: discussion with my new colleagues at the LSE (joining in January, but not leaving Oxfam)

    Duncan Green
    25 Sep 2014 | 11:30 pm
    From the New Year, the London School of Economics International Development Department has roped me in to doing a few hours a week as a ‘Professor Potential role model? in Practice’ (PiP), in an effort to establish better links between its massive cohort of 300 Masters students (no undergrads) and ‘practitioners’ in thinktanks, NGOs etc. So with some newbie trepidation, I headed off this week to meet my new colleagues. Some impressions: Overall, an academic awayday is not that different from the NGO variety. No-one stays on topic or on time; lots of passionate arguments. But at least…
  • So you’ve written the research report: what else do you need to do to ensure people actually read it?

    Duncan Green
    24 Sep 2014 | 11:30 pm
    Remember the old days when you wrote a report, published it (perhaps with some kind of executive summary), did a couple of seminars and then declared victory and moved on? Social media have changed that game almost beyond recognition: to maximize impact, any new report more closely resembles a set of Russian dolls, with multiple ‘products’ (hate that word) required to hit different audiences and get the message out. I’ve tried to list them, but am bound to have missed some – please fill in the gaps: The report: 100 pages of well researched, clearly argued, and insightful thinking.
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    CIPE Development Blog

  • The Role of International Trade Agreements in Fighting Corruption

    Frank Brown
    30 Sep 2014 | 6:48 am
    The next year is shaping up to be a big one for multilateral free trade agreements and, by extension, efforts to fight corruption in international commerce. What do trade agreements have to do with reducing corruption? Historically, not much. But these two agreements break new ground both in their scope and their potential for attacking corruption as a barrier to trade. This fact is often lost...
  • Shaping the Post-2015 Development Agenda

    Teodora Mihaylova
    25 Sep 2014 | 12:24 pm
    While the world has made progress on many of the Millennium Development Goals over the past 15 years, the deadline for developing the new set of global development goals is quickly approaching. The current goals will expire on December 31, 2015 and a new set of principles will replace them. The question of what these principles will look like is explored in detail in the latest Economic Reform...
  • Nigeria Elections 2015: Building the Private Sector Voice through Coalitions

    Henry LaGue
    25 Sep 2014 | 6:51 am
    Nigeria's upcoming elections have been attracting a lot of international attention because of the country's population, economy, and political status, which are among the highest on the continent. Over the course of a few weeks in early 2015, Nigerians will elect state and national level leaders, including governors and the president. While Nigerian civil society and the private sector have had...
  • Five Lessons from CEOs at the Corporate Citizenship Conference

    Guest
    23 Sep 2014 | 7:44 am
    Earlier this month at the U.S. Chamber Foundation’s Corporate Citizenship Conference, CEOs from diverse organizations gathered for a Plenary Panel titled “Lessons From the Top”. The CEOs represented a variety of industries and include the YWCA (non-profit), United Nations Foundation, and two socially-minded for-profits: Starfish Media Group and Reserveage These are their five lessons: READ MORE
  • Training Political Parties for Democracy

    CIPE Staff
    22 Sep 2014 | 6:58 am
    Strong and well-functioning political parties are an essential component to any thriving democracy. Political parties link citizens and their governments, represent the interests of constituents, and influence economic policymaking. In any political system, a party’s capacity to influence policy determines its success, so party platforms are instrumental for parties to participate effectively in...
 
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    ODI Opinion

  • Development & Climate days

    6 Dec 2014 | 12:00 am
    ​For the first time in history, an opportunity exists to integrate global efforts to tackle climate change and poverty, setting the world on a path to achieve zero extreme poverty and zero net emissions within a generation. The frameworks to be agreed in 2015 must work together to this end. But how can climate and poverty agendas be best connected? Join us at COP20 in Lima for two days of innovative approaches and incisive dialogue, focused on bringing zero-zero within reach.
  • The 2014 CAPE conference: Does money matter? The role of finance in achieving the Sustainable Development Goals

    12 Nov 2014 | 12:00 am
    Will money matter for the future of development? When much of the wider discourse is focused on how to raise more money, the 2014 CAPE conference will ask what sort of difference that money can make in practice.
  • Conflict and disaster reporting: Does the public still care?

    23 Oct 2014 | 12:00 am
    On 23 October 1984, the BBC aired a landmark report on the famine in Ethiopia. Describing the crisis as a ‘biblical famine’, the report galvanised the public, spurred the UK government into action and prompted the creation of the infamous Live Aid concert. Join us at The Frontline Club as we examine the current state of conflict and disaster reporting and how humanitarian agencies can work with the media to raise awareness and much-needed funds.
  • Finding ‘evidence’ for what works in security and justice programming

    20 Oct 2014 | 12:00 am
    ​This session will discuss the struggle with the notion of ‘evidence’ in justice and security programming. Using the categories of proof, principle and plausibility, the session will reframe the question of ‘what works’ by broadening it to the question of ‘why something might plausibly work’ and why on some issues neither research nor practice seems to be able to learn.
  • Launch of World Disasters Report 2014: Focus on culture and risk

    20 Oct 2014 | 12:00 am
    Join us for the launch of the 2014 World Disasters Report – Focus on culture and risk, with the British Red Cross, where a panel of experts will discuss how culture and disaster risk management can work together.
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    ZeroDivide

  • Mobile Tech, the Unbanked and the American Dream

    Rick Johnson
    26 Sep 2014 | 2:33 pm
    Mobile Tech, the Unbanked and the American DreamBy Rick Johnson Friday, 26 September 2014 - 2:33pm Jose Alverez is a likable 23 year old who’s easy with a laugh and quick with a smile. He moved from Guatemala to California five years ago to work as a day laborer alongside his father. Like many residents in America living close to the poverty line, Jose doesn’t use a traditional bank account. Despite the relative high fees, he relies on cash checking stores to conduct his banking. Jose’s story is not unique. He is just one of 17 million people nationwide who represents the…
  • "Health Happens in Libraries" Continues with Second IMLS Grant

    Elaine Carpenter
    24 Sep 2014 | 12:02 pm
    "Health Happens in Libraries" Continues with Second IMLS Grant By Elaine Carpenter Wednesday, 24 September 2014 - 12:02pm The Institute of Museum and Library Services has awarded OCLC and ZeroDivide a grant to continue helping libraries support health information initiatives in their communities. In July 2013, OCLC and ZeroDivide received an IMLS grant to increase libraries’ ability to respond to customer health information needs, launching the “Health Happens in Libraries” program. IMLS is supporting an expansion of that effort. The project team, along with additional…
  • ZeroDivide Team Members Are Finalists In RWJF Plan Choice Challenge

    Staff
    23 Sep 2014 | 2:06 pm
    ZeroDivide Team Members Are Finalists In RWJF Plan Choice ChallengeBy Staff Tuesday, 23 September 2014 - 2:06pm Yesterday at the Health 2.0 Conference in Santa Clara, Calif., the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation announced that the team that includes three of our staff members, Vanessa Mason, Frieda McAlear and Rick Johnson, has been selected as one of five semi-finalists for the RWJF Plan Choice Challenge. Now they will advance to Phase II, the final round in the challenge, and will receive a $5,000 grant.  Earlier this month, we wrote a blog about their second-place win at the Lifestyle,…
  • ZeroDivide to Host Workshop at Health 2.0 Conference

    Vanessa Mason
    17 Sep 2014 | 1:06 pm
    ZeroDivide to Host Workshop at Health 2.0 Conference By Vanessa Mason Wednesday, 17 September 2014 - 1:06pm From September 21st to the 24th, hundreds of health and tech professionals from all over will gather for the 8th Annual Health 2.0 Fall Conference at the Santa Clara Convenction Center. The event will feature 150 live product demos, over 80 speakers touching on a variety of topics, 30 engaging panels and more.  During this conference, on September 22nd from 8:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., ZeroDivide will host an interactive workshop entitled "Patient Engagement and Digital Health for the…
  • #SHIFTNorCal: Through the Eyes of the Interns

    Jackie Casey and Gabriel Alcaraz
    10 Sep 2014 | 3:10 pm
    #SHIFTNorCal: Through the Eyes of the InternsBy Jackie Casey and Gabriel Alcaraz Wednesday, 10 September 2014 - 3:10pm ZeroDivide recently hosted #SHIFTNorCal: “On the Road to Healthy Communication & Collaboration,” a technology capacity building convening in Sacramento. As a technical assistance provider for the The California Endowment’s Building Healthy Communities Program (BHC), ZeroDivide brought together community based organizations, nonprofit entrepreneurs, tech experts, community organizers, app developers, academics and thought leaders to share wisdom and strategies for…
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    Dani Rodrik's weblog

  • Back to sanity on economic convergence

    Dani Rodrik
    11 Sep 2014 | 1:50 pm
    It’s been interesting to watch how the conventional wisdom on rapid convergence – developing countries closing the gap with the advanced economies – has been changing over the last few years. It wasn’t so long ago that the world was in the grips of emerging-markets mania, projecting wildly optimistic growth numbers decades into the future. For the last 4-5 years, I have been writing that the pace of convergence we have experienced over the last two decades is unsustainable. There were temporary factors (cheap capital, low interest rates, high commodity prices, rapid Chinese expansion)…
  • My moonlighting career of the last 4 years

    Dani Rodrik
    25 Jun 2014 | 10:20 am
    At long last, Turkey's consitutional court has reversed the conviction of the more than 200 officers previously found guilty in the bogus Sledgehammer coup plot, leading to the release on June 19th of all those in jail (including my father in law). Even though a retrial is to take place, the ruling is a coda to the last four-and-a-half years during which my wife and I moonlighted as criminal investigator, forensic analyst, and political activist. It has been a truly surreal and bizarre experience, given how so many intelligent people bought into -- and refused let go of -- a coup plot…
  • Joining Global Policy as general editor

    Dani Rodrik
    31 May 2014 | 3:37 pm
    David Held is one of the most thoughtful researchers and commentators on global issues, so I am thrilled and honored to be joining forces with him as joint general editor of Global Policy. The journal publishes a range of exciting academic and policy oriented pieces. Check it out here.
  • Erdogan’s Coup

    Dani Rodrik
    27 May 2014 | 5:57 am
    Daron Acemoglu wrote what seemed like a surprising upbeat piece on Turkish democracy a few days ago. His argument seems to be that democracy required power to be wrested away from the secularists who had erected authoritarian structures, and Erdogan had achieved that. Even though, Erdogan’s recent turn to authoritarianism is “lamentable,” it was, Acemoglu claims, a predictable stage in Turkey’s democratic transition. Once Erdogan is gone, the article implies, democracy would be on a stronger footing than ever. There were in fact many other paths that could have proved less costly. The…
  • Today’s structural transformation is a more mixed story than in the past

    Dani Rodrik
    6 May 2014 | 7:00 am
    Guest post by Uma Lele[1] How quickly and how well are developing countries transforming their economies and with what effects on inter-sectorial growth and distribution? A group of us studied structural transformation looking at evidence from 109 countries over 30 years covering a 1980 to 2009 period with a particular focus on China, India, Indonesia and Brazil. We later followed up on the five members of the East African community. Economists following Kuznets, Chennery and Syrquin, Johnston, Mellor and Timmer have described structural transformation (ST) as consisting of: (1) declining…
 
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    PHILANTHROPY 2173

  • Apple's Watch and the Ethics of Data

    Lucy Bernholz
    12 Sep 2014 | 3:01 pm
    Apple made big news this week with the announcement of its new phones with mobile payment built in and it's new watch, which seems to be a platform for everything from telling you the time to heartbeat sharing (?!)Much has been written by privacy experts, tech geeks, health policy wonks, and financial gurus about all the new stuff this new OS and device are bringing.Personally, I appreciated the Cupertino company's doing such a fabulous job of sending a signal that  digital civil society has arrived. (And just in time for our conference on the Ethics of Data - how perfect!)Here's the…
  • Why focus on civil society and data?

    Lucy Bernholz
    8 Sep 2014 | 12:31 pm
    This is the third of a three-part series leading up to the Ethics of Data in Civil Society Conference at Stanford on September 15-16. Big data and government. Big data and business. Big data and consumers.Why are we focused on data and civil society?First, what is civil society? This is a question that scholars can debate for years, so let's shortcut that and use this definition - "Civil society is where we use our private resources (money, time, data) to benefit a public (someone other than ourselves))."In many places (including the U.S), the nonprofit sector and philanthropy are often used…
  • What codes inform our work with digital data?

    Lucy Bernholz
    1 Sep 2014 | 11:54 am
    This is the second of a three-part series on the ethics of data in civil society, leading up the Stanford Conference on September 15-16.Ethical codes abound - here's a list of just a few of them with relevance to how nonprofit organizations or private action for the public benefit.Asilomar Convention: Ethical decision making in higher education researchhttp://asilomar-highered.info/A manifesto for the future of the 'right to be forgotten' debatehttp://www.theguardian.com/technology/2014/jul/22/a-manifesto-for-the-future-of-the-right-to-be-forgotten-debateThe Consumer Privacy Bill of Rights…
  • Why "ethics" of digital data?

    Lucy Bernholz
    25 Aug 2014 | 11:47 am
    This is the first of three posts leading up to the Ethics of Data Conference at Stanford. I've posted some earlier thoughts here. In early August, the New York Times ran a "Room for Debate" series about big data. Over the course of a week columns noting the dangers of digital data use ran next to columns extolling the utility of digital data for community improvement. Other columns in the series, which was titled "Is Big Data Spreading Inequality," looked at how data may be used to extend credit to underserved communites, while others noted that data may be limiting job opportunities. One…
  • Cases for Discussion - data, ethics, and civil society

    Lucy Bernholz
    21 Aug 2014 | 1:19 pm
    Last year when I wrote the Blueprint 2014 I included a few scenarios regarding nonprofits, foundations and the uses of digital data (see pages 22-23).Now we're on the brink of hosting an entire conference on the Ethics of Data in Civil Society.We're pulling together resources from the field and from scholars. I was thrilled when Jeff Raderstrong, now of Living Cities, sent me these Case Studies he and a colleague developed for classes at George Washington University.    Cases for Discussion BigData by Lucy BernholzWe'll share these on the conference website…
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    Acumen Fund Blog

  • Seven Perspectives from the Social Good Summit

    Acumen
    24 Sep 2014 | 8:24 am
    What type of world do I want to live in by the year 2030? It is a big question on peoples’ minds during a very busy week in New York, where among the People’s Climate March, the United Nations General Assembly, and Clinton Global Initiative, the Social Good Summit was another event amplifying the calls to action being made around the world this week. At the Social Good Summit, the excitement both in the audience and on stage was palpable as change-makers from around the world gathered to discuss a broad range of solutions we as a global community must implement by 2030 in order to make…
  • Four Emerging Leaders Building the Future of Pakistan

    Acumen
    18 Sep 2014 | 9:20 am
    With 60% of Pakistan’s population living under less than a dollar a day, the external narrative of Pakistan is characterised by what the country lacks; a lack of security, a lack of women’s rights, a lack of access to education, and the list goes on. What this narrative ignores are the individuals who work tirelessly to plug those gaps. From human rights to education to food security, Acumen Pakistan Fellows are affecting change through organizations committed to tackling poverty. Their work is truly inspiring, promising a hopeful future for Pakistan. Here are four fellows that are…
  • Acumen Partners with AlphaSights to Better Access Global Expertise

    Acumen
    12 Sep 2014 | 7:01 am
    In our work investing in social enterprises that deliver critical goods to the poor, there is a substantial amount of work to evaluate each investment opportunity. A critical part of the diligence process, particularly when it comes to emerging markets, is speaking with industry experts who can provide reliable information about sector trends, market dynamics and public policy – all of which affect our evaluation of potential investment opportunities. To support this work, Acumen has partnered with AlphaSights, an industry leader in connecting those seeking information with relevant…
  • DE-BUNKING THE BURDEN MYTH: IMPACT DATA GOES LEAN

    Acumen
    10 Sep 2014 | 8:27 am
    Our manifesto begins, “it starts by standing with the poor.” Yet for good reasons, the sector has found it challenging to measure which customers are actually being served through social impact investments – getting accurate data on incomes is notoriously difficult and the logistical challenge and cost of conducting surveys in person prohibitive. This year, with funding from the Aspen Network for Development Entrepreneurs (ANDE), we partnered with Grameen Foundation and Acumen investee Ziqitza Health Care Limited  to test a more company-friendly approach to collecting customer data in…
  • Questions for Aspiring Leaders

    Bavidra Mohan
    27 Aug 2014 | 7:00 am
    Bavidra Mohan, Acumen’s India Fellows Manager, attended this years Aspen IDEAS festival as a Scholar. The Scholarship program was established to invite guests from around the world to bring a diverse set of experiences, voices and perspectives to the rich conversations that take place at the IDEAS festival each year. Numerous attendees, ranging from Presidential candidates to musicians, discussed the type of leadership that we need in the world today. I found myself in a number of these conversations, debating the indispensable characteristics of great leadership, many of which…
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    Ideas for development

  • Le défi africain : une croissance créatrice d’emploi et bénéficiant aux pauvres

    Roger Nord
    30 Sep 2014 | 3:38 am
    En dépit de plus de vingt années de croissance économique soutenue, de nombreux pays d’Afrique subsaharienne n’affichent pas encore les progrès escomptés en matière d’amélioration... Cet article Le défi africain : une croissance créatrice d’emploi et bénéficiant aux pauvres est apparu en premier sur Ideas for development.
  • Financer le relogement des bidonvilles au Maroc

    Olivier Toutain
    25 Sep 2014 | 6:43 am
    Le Maroc a mis en place des programmes de construction de logements sociaux qui associent les secteurs public et privé. À côté de ces projets,... Cet article Financer le relogement des bidonvilles au Maroc est apparu en premier sur Ideas for development.
  • Afrique 2050 : agir sur ses évolutions démographiques ?

    Idées pour le développement
    23 Sep 2014 | 2:34 am
    Retrouvez ci-dessous la synthèse des échanges qui se sont tenus à l’Agence Française de Développement. Une conférence-débat  animée  par Claire Hédon, avec :   John F. May, démographe, chercheur invité au... Cet article Afrique 2050 : agir sur ses évolutions démographiques ? est apparu en premier sur Ideas for development.
  • La banque des BRICS : un nouvel acteur du développement ?

    Laetitia Habchi
    18 Sep 2014 | 6:29 am
    Le 6ème sommet des BRICS qui  a eu lieu les 15 et 16 juillet 2014 à Fortaleza, au Brésil, a entériné la création de la... Cet article La banque des BRICS : un nouvel acteur du développement ? est apparu en premier sur Ideas for development.
  • Financer l’agenda climat : comment mobiliser les ressources nécessaires ?

    Idées pour le développement
    17 Sep 2014 | 1:35 am
    Retrouvez ci-dessus l’enregistrement intégral de la conférence, animée par Anne-Cécile Bras, journaliste à RFI, qui s’est tenue lors de la 7ème édition du Forum Mondial Convergences. Sont... Cet article Financer l’agenda climat : comment mobiliser les ressources nécessaires ? est apparu en premier sur Ideas for development.
 
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    (BLOG)RED

  • (RED) is on Snapchat!

    16 Sep 2014 | 12:13 pm
    Guess what? (RED) is now on Snapchat!Follow username: RED on Snapchat. Why? Because we want to chat with you! We're snapping fun stuff that we want you to see. Check out our Snapchat story to see our doodles, a behind-the-scenes look at (RED) HQ, a sneak peek at the latest happenings at (RED) and more.And we're kicking off our Snapchat account with giveaways - all week long! Just follow username: RED on Snapchat to enter.Here's how you can join us on Snapchat:Download the Snapchat app here and create your account. Tap the friend icon on the upper-right corner of the My Friends…
  • David Guetta Signed (RED) T-Shirt - Buy on Twitter!

    8 Sep 2014 | 6:28 am
    Today Twitter is beginning to test a new way for people to discover and buy products on Twitter. For a small percentage of U.S. users (that will grow over time), some Tweets from will feature a “Buy” button, letting you buy directly from the Tweet. And one of those Tweets is from @RED!Starting today, the Limited Edition DANCE (RED), SAVE LIVES T-shirt signed by David Guetta is available on @RED on Twitter. Have a look:Thank you Twitter for having (RED) be a part of the test of the new "Buy" button!
  • Galaxy joins (RED) in the fight against AIDS

    4 Sep 2014 | 10:00 am
    Chocolate just got sweeter. Galaxy® is joining (RED)’s fight against AIDS with three new Special Edition (Galaxy)RED chocolate bars. They’re now available in the UK!It gets better. UK celebrities Mollie King, Alesha Dixon, and Victoria Pendleton each designed one of the Galaxy® packs in support of (RED).Not based in the UK? You can still get involved with Galaxy® and (RED)’s fight against AIDS with three incredible stories from (RED) country Ghana. Mollie, Alesha and Victora met three inspiring women, all of whom are AIDS activists on the ground in Ghana. There, they saw…
  • (aden + anais)RED on the ground in Ghana

    4 Sep 2014 | 7:16 am
    Did you know that HIV+ moms can give birth to HIV free babies? Thanks to (RED) partners like aden + anais, we can deliver the first AIDS FREE GENERATION in over thirty years. Meet HIV+ moms with their HIV free babies on the ground in Ghana with the new aden + anais (PRODUCT)RED Special Edition Collection blankets.  Click here to learn more about aden + anais. Click here to find a store that sells the aden + anais (RED) Special Edition Collection.
  • (RED) and The Moth host first UK storytelling collaboration to raise awareness around the fight to end AIDS

    3 Sep 2014 | 12:08 pm
    We love great storytelling. Especially when it helps raise awareness around the AIDS fight with (RED).That’s why we’re so excited to share that last night, together with The Moth we held the first ever UK storytelling collaborationIt was a magical evening filled with true personal stories – told live and without notes –  presented by award-winning author, Andrew Solomon, stage and screen actress, Lynn Ferguson, and AIDS specialist and (RED) Ambassador, Dr. Patricia Asamoah.Dr. Patricia told an incredible story about a challenging journey with…
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    ONE

  • PHOTOS: An intimate side of the Ebola crisis, taken via Instagram

    Jordan Elton
    29 Sep 2014 | 7:57 am
    It’s an important job, but a dangerous one. Journalists and aid groups are capturing the story of the Ebola crisis in West Africa for the rest of the world to witness. It’s these stories and images that shock us. Touch us. Move us to take action. For some of them, the photo sharing app Instagram has become an unexpectedly powerful tool to share intimate and personal moments in the crisis that slip through the cracks of the media –  in real time. Here’s a selection of Instagram users, ranging from photojournalists to humanitarian organizations, who have captured an incredible…
  • ONE and Actor Idris Elba deliver Ebola petition to the UN Meetings

    Garth Moore
    27 Sep 2014 | 12:46 pm
    Urge Swift Global Action on Ebola Following UN Meeting; Warn Materials and Personnel Must Get to Ground Quickly ONE CEO Michael Elliott, Global Policy Director Eloise Todd, and actor Idris Elba deliver ONE’s petition to the UN Special Envoy for Ebola Dr. David Nabarro. The Ebola infections and death toll continue to rise. The urgency for international action was very apparent at Thursday’s United Nations High Level Meeting on Ebola at the United Nations in New York. And ONE was there with a message from our members demanding swifter action on Ebola crisis. ONE’s CEO Michael Elliott,…
  • ONE Vote 2014 Kickoff Celebration

    Jen Olson
    26 Sep 2014 | 12:22 pm
    You can’t say that ONE doesn’t love a challenge! With just a little over a month before the highly contentious November elections, ONE asked Washington politicos to do something pretty rare…leave partisanship at the door. We wanted them to spend one evening with us to celebrate and renew the bipartisan commitment to ending extreme poverty. Hosted by Democratic strategist Karen Finney and Republican strategist Alex Vogel, friends of ONE, both old and new, gathered at Hill Country BBQ to help us kick off ONE Vote 2014.   This is our campaign to educate candidates in open Senate races…
  • Changing tomorrow for women with fistula

    Guest Blogger
    26 Sep 2014 | 10:48 am
    by Kate Grant, CEO of Fistula Foundation Naresia with her grandmother and child. When I entered the hospital room, the first thing I noticed about Naresia was her smile. It came easily, brightening the whole room with a joy that was palpable; her face unlined, with rounded features, looking more like an older girl than a young woman. Next to her bed sat a middle-aged Masai woman with shorn hair and large beaded earrings, proudly holding a baby. At first I thought the woman might be Naresia’s mother, but I learned later she was her grandmother. “How old are you?” I asked Naresia.
  • The hunger season hits Kenya as David & Zipporah wait for their harvest

    Hailey Tucker
    26 Sep 2014 | 8:45 am
    In our second partnership with One Acre Fund, we’ll be following David and Zipporah, smallholder farmers from Kenya, for a whole growing season. From planting to harvest, we will check in every month to see what life is really like for a family making a living from agriculture in rural Kenya. Read part 1, part 2, part 3 part 4 and part 5. Written by Hailey Tucker. David and Zipporah with their maize which is almost ready to harvest. Photo: Hailey Tucker. David and Zipporah’s maize now towers tall above their house. From the front door, they can no longer see across their field to…
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    SocialEarth

  • Competition Encourages College Students To Save Water And Energy

    Antonio Pasolini
    29 Sep 2014 | 10:59 am
    There’s a global race going on at the moment in search of renewable, clean types of energy to enable a transition from our current fossil fuel-based economy to a sustainable [...] The post Competition Encourages College Students To Save Water And Energy appeared first on SocialEarth.
  • Taxis vs. Uber: A Perfect Example of Resistance to Change

    Greg
    25 Sep 2014 | 11:05 am
    Guest Blog by Cyril Bouquet and Chloé Renault In cities all over the world an ugly war is being fought by “traditional” taxi companies against a new form of competition [...] The post Taxis vs. Uber: A Perfect Example of Resistance to Change appeared first on SocialEarth.
  • These 6 Mobile Technologies are Profoundly Changing the World

    Grant Trahant
    25 Sep 2014 | 10:59 am
    photo by:Soctech According to estimates provided by The International Telecommunication Union(May 2014), there are nearly 7 billion mobile subscriptions worldwide, this is equivalent to 95.5 percent of the world population. Moreover, there [...] The post These 6 Mobile Technologies are Profoundly Changing the World appeared first on SocialEarth.
  • Global Investors Managing $24 Trillion Call for Stable Carbon Pricing

    Vikas Vij
    22 Sep 2014 | 11:17 am
    More than 340 global institutional investors representing over $24 trillion in assets worldwide have issued a statement calling on governments to create a platform for consistent, economically relevant and dependable [...] The post Global Investors Managing $24 Trillion Call for Stable Carbon Pricing appeared first on SocialEarth.
  • Applying a New Lens to Measure Social Return

    Ravi Kurani
    22 Sep 2014 | 11:14 am
    We’ve been measuring and valuing negative externalities for a long time, with governments using taxes to realign incentives and costs. Now it’s time to measure and value positive externalities as [...] The post Applying a New Lens to Measure Social Return appeared first on SocialEarth.
 
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    Social Velocity

  • How Do We Fund Nonprofit Leadership Development?

    Nell Edgington
    25 Sep 2014 | 6:49 am
    Something pretty exciting is going on. Perhaps I’m an eternal optimist, or I’m suffering from confirmation bias, but it seems to me that more funders are starting to talk about investing in the capacity of nonprofits, particularly around nonprofit leadership development. The Stanford Social Innovation Review kicked off a new blog series this month focused on the topic. Over the next three months, six foundation leaders will blog about why they have made investments in the leadership development of their nonprofit grantees and what the return on investment has been. This is…
  • Big Cities Don’t Own Social Innovation

    Nell Edgington
    23 Sep 2014 | 6:48 am
    We spend a lot of time in this country talking about innovation, particularly on the East and West coasts. But I was reminded recently that innovation can happen anywhere, even in the “fly over states” (which is such an obnoxious term, by the way). I was in South Boston, Virginia last week to deliver a Financial Model Assessment to the Halifax Educational Foundation. They fund the Southern Virginia Higher Education Center (SVHEC), which is a fascinating model of higher education innovation. Almost 30 years ago community leaders in this tiny, rural town 75 miles…
  • Investing in Nonprofit Leadership: An Interview with Rick Moyers

    Nell Edgington
    15 Sep 2014 | 2:59 pm
    In this month’s Social Velocity interview, I’m talking with Rick Moyers, vice president for programs and communications at the Meyer Foundation in Washington DC – a regional grantmaker that is nationally recognized for its capacity-building programs. Rick is a co-author of the Daring to Lead 2006 and Daring to Lead 2011 national studies of nonprofit executive directors, and has written and spoken extensively on executive and board leadership. He currently serves on the boards of BoardSource, the Alliance for Nonprofit Management, and the Community Connections Fund of the World…
  • 5 Questions Every Nonprofit Leader Should Ask

    Nell Edgington
    11 Sep 2014 | 6:17 am
    One thing the nonprofit sector desperately needs is more people asking hard questions. A lot of time is spent skirting issues or sugar coating situations. If nonprofit leaders instead forced some challenging conversations, with hard questions as the impetus, the sector could become more effective.  And the place to start is with a nonprofit leader questioning herself. I’ve written before about questions to ask your board, and questions to ask your nonprofit, and questions to ask before you pursue a new opportunity, but there are also some key questions a nonprofit leader…
  • 10 Great Social Innovation Reads: August 2014

    Nell Edgington
    8 Sep 2014 | 2:54 pm
    Between my own time away from social media in August, the general end of summer quiet, and of course, the glut of posts about the Ice Bucket challenge (of which I have already said my piece), my list of great reads in August is admittedly slim. But there was some interesting debate, most notably about “strategic philanthropy” and about ratings agency Philanthropedia. Also, calls for more nonprofit leadership development and for nonprofit leaders to get out of their own way by taking the Overhead Pledge. Throw in a little Mark Twain, some sharing economy, and a dash of…
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    Social Enterprise by us

  • SE and the Privilege Economy by Rolfe Larson

    Rolfe Larson
    15 Sep 2014 | 9:59 am
    Recently I was struck by a comment from the St Louis County Police Department, that in predominately black communities such as Ferguson, the police practice a “zero tolerance” policy.  So if you’re  pulled over for almost anything, and they do that fairly often in these communities, and you have an outstanding warrant or even a traffic violation, they arrest you on the spot. This doesn’t happen in primarily white communities. Not surprisingly, black residents see this as racial profiling.  (Source: NPR, Zero-Tolerance Policing is Not Racism, Say St Louis-Area Cops)…
  • “Best” Books on Impact Investing by Rolfe Larson

    Rolfe Larson
    17 Jul 2014 | 7:41 am
    One measure that impact investing is gaining more traction is the growing collection of books written about that topic. Most of them focus on international investing, but now there are some that address domestic programs as well. My favorite book on this topic is Impact Investing: Transforming How We Make Money While Making A Difference, by Jed Emerson and Antony Bugg-Levine.  That said, here’s a very useful compilation of favorites from Ashtin Jones to read and keep handy on your bookshelf: “Status of the Social Impact Investing Market: A Primer” By Dr. Maximilian Martin (Impact…
  • 14 Insightful Social Entrepreneur Ideas by Rolfe Larson

    Rolfe Larson
    30 Apr 2014 | 9:57 am
    Here a few inspiring social enterprise ideas discussed at the recent national Social Venture Network conference.  (Source: Forbes article by Devin Thorpe) 1. Be Political.  While 92% of Americans favor disclosure of genetically engineered ingredients in their food, objections from the powerful food industry are so strong that only through collective advocacy will this change. 2. Go Where Others Don’t. Whole Foods recently opened a store in downtown Detroit. Yes, Detroit, the last place many of us would think could support a Whole Foods outlet.  Where there hasn’t been a…
  • Update: Obama’s Social Innovation Fund by Rolfe Larson

    Rolfe Larson
    11 Mar 2014 | 9:21 am
    The Obama Administration’s Social Innovation Fund (SIF) has now been in operation for several years. SIF was created to fund an annual competition to identify innovative nonprofit programs that provide measurable, scalable solutions to community problems. In those five years, it has provided $177 million in grants to 20 grantmakers who match those grants dollar for dollor with their own money.  Its portfolio has resulted in more than $500 million of cross-sector investments in 217 nonprofits. Those grantmakers then partner with SIF to identify and support high-impact nonprofits…
  • Social Enterprise Trends for 2014 by Rolfe Larson

    Rolfe Larson
    14 Jan 2014 | 8:53 am
    Earlier this month, the Stanford Social Enterprise Review published a brief article entitled “The Rise and Struggles of Social Enterprise in 2013.” Here are some of the highlights: Program Related Investments. The IRS recently approved a regulation that makes it somewhat easier for foundations to make PRI investments in social enterprises. Corporate Menu Grows. Legislation authorizing formation of corporate structures that support social enterprise development, including L3Cs, benefit corps, and flexible purpose corporations, was approved last year in Delaware, home to more than…
 
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    Care2 Causes » Trailblazers For Good

  • MazaCoin: Can a New Currency Save This Native American Tribe?

    Jessica Ramos
    26 Sep 2014 | 5:00 am
    One man is on a quest to save his tribe. He believes that the answer to their survival lies in bitcoins. But now, no one — not even what he considers his tribe — wants anything to do with his solution. What‘s a Bitcoin? If you’re like me, then the concept of bitcoins seems foreign. [...]
  • Care2 Member Success! No Water Slide in Drought-Ridden Downtown L.A.

    Judy Molland
    25 Sep 2014 | 4:00 am
    Starting a petition on Care2 can have amazing results. Just last week, we saw how a petition started by Care2 member Karina Soto in Los Angeles had exactly the desired effect. Hooray! A three-block-long water slide that was to open in downtown Los Angeles for one day later this month has been denied a city [...]
  • How the “World’s First Nonprofit Pub” is Making the World a Better Place

    NationSwell
    24 Sep 2014 | 9:00 am
    The Oregon Public House in Portland — aka the "world's first nonprofit pub" — donates 100 percent of profits to charity, the Good News Network reports.
  • Need a Dose of Happiness? Here Are Five Heartwarming News Stories

    Steve Williams
    23 Sep 2014 | 5:00 am
    If you’re tired, having a bad day, or just feel like you need something to inject a bit of happiness, here are five feel-good stories that will warm your heart and help to affirm that there are good people in the world doing wonderful things. 1. Why One Homecoming Queen Gave Her Crown Away School [...]
  • “I Will Listen” Campaign Supports Mentally Ill On Social Media

    s.e. smith
    22 Sep 2014 | 5:00 am
    Being mentally ill can feel tremendously isolating, especially when deep in a depressive episode — it can feel like no one is around to listen, and like no one will understand if you reach out to help. A new campaign, “I Will Listen,” is working to change that. A year after its launch, the program [...]
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    Social Finance

  • Announcing Free Done-In-A-Day Impact Evaluation for Non-Profits

    Paul Bakker
    30 Sep 2014 | 7:00 am
    If you are part of a non-profit that is finding it challenging to measure and evaluate its impact, then Evaluation Café Toronto encourages you to apply to take part in our upcoming Done-In-A-Day event. This one-day event will connect your non-profit with a top notch team of volunteer evaluation consultants.  You and consultants will work together to develop a draft solution to your evaluation challenge.  Examples of what your organization could walk away with at the end of the day include: A better understanding of which evaluation approach you should take (i.e. experimental,…
  • Ethiquette: New interactive responsible investment web platform launches

    Brenda Plant
    30 Sep 2014 | 6:00 am
    Fabien Durif, professor at UQAM’s School of Management  and director of the latter’s Responsible Consumption Observatory (RCO), and I are proud to announce the launch of Ethiquette, a new, independent, interactive, educational Web platform dedicated to responsible investment (RI). The new tool follows in the wake of the findings of a study entitled “Québecers and Socially Responsible  Investment: Portrait for 2014″, published in February of this year. According to this study, individual investors were found to be little aware of responsible investment (RI), and…
  • Dandelions on MaRS: The story of Specialisterne

    Tristina Sinopoli
    29 Sep 2014 | 9:41 am
    Last week, MaRS had the pleasure of hosting “Innovation in Diabetes Care: 90 Years and Beyond,” an event that highlighted the tremendous innovations that Canadian and Danish diabetes researchers have shared over the past 90 years. To celebrate, we welcomed the crown prince couple of Denmark to MaRS for the event, one of many events showcasing Canadian and Danish collaboration across a wide array of industries. One such showcase concerned the expansion of Danish firm Specialisterne to Canada with the launch of Specialisterne Canada. Specialisterne’s core mission is to help…
  • Reflections on Education: Microfinance & Social Finance in Indonesia

    Peter Scott
    25 Sep 2014 | 9:29 am
    There is much to learn from microfinance and social finance linkages globally. In a recent interview with Dr. Marilyn Fitzgerald about her seminal microfinance book based on her travels in Indonesia, If I Had a Water Buffalo, we asked her: Does microfinance work the same way in different economies? Dr. Fitzgerald noted that people have a right to opportunity to help themselves to become more self-sufficient, and the opportunity for education plays a central role. She further explained there are four factors to keep in mind when thinking of microfinance in different contexts, which also…
  • Aging, Care and Dementia: The Next ‘Wicked Problem’ for Social Finance

    Joanne Cave
    24 Sep 2014 | 11:48 am
    Aging, long-term care and neurodegenerative diseases like dementia are more than a missed opportunity for the social finance movement – it’s imperative that these issues become front and centre in the near future. Here’s why. Instiglio reports there are 40 SIBs worldwide in either the design or implementation stage, and only 1 to date focuses on interventions for aging-in-place. This SIB (under the leadership of Age UK) is in the design stages in Cornwall, England and is intended to improve and streamline care pathways for aging residents managing multiple long-term health conditions…
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    Return On Now

  • How Content Curation Can Inform Content Marketing

    Tommy Landry
    26 Sep 2014 | 9:06 am
    The following post is copyrighted by Return On Now - Austin Internet Marketing Consulting ServicesIt seems content curation has been a very hot topic of late, so we turned our attention to it a week ago. That particular post was focused on how to manage content curation itself. This week, I want to continue the thought process and analyze how content curation can inform our own content creation. Content marketing should not be blindly managed in a vacuum. Sure, keyword research and relevant overarching themes must play into topic selection, but there’s more to it than that. If you are…
  • Content Curation: 9 Things To Keep In Mind

    Tommy Landry
    19 Sep 2014 | 8:51 am
    The following post is copyrighted by Return On Now - Austin Internet Marketing Consulting ServicesAnyone who aims to drive a successful social media marketing effort will need to get comfortable with content curation. Content has become the glue that holds the whole social marketing process together. It is not enough to write and promote your own content. To establish expertise in your field, you need to read, understand, filter, and share good materials from other smart likeminded people or companies. This is the whole premise behind content curation. It is easy to get online, set up some…
  • Highlights from the 2014 Search Ranking Factors Study

    Tommy Landry
    10 Sep 2014 | 3:24 pm
    The following post is copyrighted by Return On Now - Austin Internet Marketing Consulting ServicesEvery year, SearchMetrics compiles a correlation study that analyzes which search ranking factors are most impacting the SERPs from an organic perspective (i.e. SEO). Since the 2014 edition was just released, now is a great time to dig in and analyze the findings. Quick caveat – the SearchMetrics report analyzed correlation, i.e. what assumed SEO factors were correlated with higher rankings based on the data set they reviewed. As any good scientist should understand, correlation does not…
  • How Social Media Has Changed Us: The Good and The Bad

    Tommy Landry
    5 Sep 2014 | 11:33 am
    The following post is copyrighted by Return On Now - Austin Internet Marketing Consulting ServicesIt’s hard to believe that, only a decade ago, social media was little more than a budding trend. Sure, there were websites such as Friendster and MySpace that had a decent level of adoption, but the population as a whole had not come around to it yet. Back in 2005, Facebook was still in it’s early stages of its spread across the world. Heck, I was signed up for it back then, but didn’t really see the point until a few years later. Twitter appeared around that time, but a lot of…
  • Buh Bye Google Authorship, It Was Nice Knowing You

    Tommy Landry
    29 Aug 2014 | 7:22 am
    The following post is copyrighted by Return On Now - Austin Internet Marketing Consulting ServicesIn an unexpected development, Google’s John Mueller announced on Thursday August 28, 2014 via Google+ that the much discussed Google Authorship program was coming to an abrupt ending. This was a huge announcement for the SEO community. Over the past few years, we have been beating the Authorship drum. After all, it’s vision was to help minimize spam in the SERPs by tying authors to content. Just last month, I shared my own personal ideas for where Google was heading with Author…
 
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    Hub LA

  • Meet the Wonderful Humans Behind Humanize Health: Christine Carrillo and Helen Lee

    Hub LA
    25 Sep 2014 | 2:48 pm
    Meet Christine Carrillo and Helen Lee. Though they’re relatively new Hub LA members, they jumped into the Hub LA community from the get go. Their consulting firm, Humanize Health, works with healthcare providers to optimize their systems to achieve the best results for their companies and for patients. Now, Christine and Helen are in the midst of developing a new platform from the other side: humanizing the healthcare system for patients as they navigate insurance options. Christine Carrillo and Helen Lee of Humanize Health. You run a consulting firm, Humanize Health, which aims to…
  • NEW Office Hours: Growth Strategies for Product Makers

    Helen Grossman
    19 Sep 2014 | 12:05 pm
    One of the early jokes of Orange is the New Black is that main character Piper Chapman (played by Taylor Schilling), before going to prison, was just your average WASPy New Yorker, starting an upscale lotion line with her best friend and business partner that they hope to sell at Barney’s. Though she goes to prison before seeing her lotions hit the shelves, she uses her ingenuity to craft soap for Red when she is being “starved” out of her meals. The point is: product makers are crafty people with a ton of creativity and the business acumen to recognize the unique value and…
  • Event Recap: Civic Innovation Lab Launch

    Helen Grossman
    17 Sep 2014 | 3:42 pm
    When Hub LA launched in September 2012, we had this question in mind: How can we accomplish real, substantive change as individuals, as the intersection of individuals, as organizations and businesses? On Sunday, we saw change in action at the launch of Civic Innovation Lab. Civic Innovation Lab is a novel ten-month long community-driven solutions forum that aims to tackle issues plaguing Los Angeles using design challenges drawn from the city’s Open Data. Participants gathered at Hub LA for Civic Innovation Lab Los Angeles launch on Sunday, September 14. Photograph from instagram user…
  • Statistics+Policy=Impact: Meet Hub LA Member Norman Gilmore

    Hub LA
    27 Aug 2014 | 5:41 pm
    As we focus on Civic Innovation this month, it seemed obvious to learn more about the work Norman Gilmore is doing in a professional capacity as well as in his civic engagement in his neighborhood council. I asked Norman about the relationship between statistical modeling and civic engagement – how can we best use statistics and forecasting to affect policy and the decisions that our institutions make? Don’t let that intense question scare you away from reading this post, though. Norman managed to explain the extremely complex systems he’s working with in a palatable and…
  • GUEST POST: Going from Idea to Market: 6 Simple Steps in 6 Long Months

    Hub LA
    21 Aug 2014 | 1:49 pm
    Hub LA member Mike Tringe is the founder of CreatorUp, an online film school. This blog post is a version of a talk he gave at Innovate Pasadena. How long does it take to take your awesome new startup idea from the donut shop conversation phase to the real customer and company phase? Here is a snapshot of our journey, where CreatorUp went from an idea written on a giant sheet of paper with a marker to a global e-learning platform. Advances in technology and open source tools have empowered the first time entrepreneur to build any business they can think of. And the explosion of ideas for new…
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    Changemakers Ideas ExChange

  • How To Use 'Muscular' Empathy To Drive Social Change

    kristiewang
    26 Sep 2014 | 11:05 am
    Lisa Bennett writes about how empathy can be tapped as a powerful force for creating change. read more
  • Congratulations to the Winners of the Safer Roads, Safer India Challenge!

    Indrani
    24 Sep 2014 | 10:34 am
      Bangalore, India -- Four road safety entrepreneurs have been selected as winners in the innovation challenge “Safer Roads, Safer India: Game Changing Innovations that Save Lives.” Their projects were evaluated by an expert panel of judges and chosen as the top solutions from a pool of more than 80 entries that activate citizenship, improve governance to be more responsive, update infrastructure, and use technology to protect drivers, passengers, and bystanders. read more
  • Video Games and Tech: Key to Learning Success? Live G+ Hangout on Oct. 2

    Changemakers
    23 Sep 2014 | 4:26 pm
    “We’re trying to change education in a positive way, that’s the overarching goal,” said Jan von Meppen. “Basically, we’re trying to achieve that by using storytelling to put learning content into context with the real world.”read more
  • Ewa Wojkowska, Founder of Kopernik Indonesia

    23 Sep 2014 | 3:10 pm
    "Ewa created distribution channels for last-mile communities who need access to products and technology, in 14 countries."   The Idea and Strategy read more
  • Finalists Announced for The Play Exchange Challenge!

    23 Sep 2014 | 2:19 pm
     We asked you to share your ideas for a healthier Canada and your response was tremendous. The Play Exchange received an astounding 422 ideas from across Canada for empowering people to make healthier choices. We thank everyone who participated for sharing your solutions for promoting active, healthy living!read more
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    maternova.net

  • The first RCT for the Condom Balloon Tamponade: Comparing to Misoprostol in Mali and Benin

    Maternova
    21 Sep 2014 | 7:40 pm
    The power of social media powers much of what we do at Maternova. Our Twitter presence with our three handles, @maternova, @Mtnva_Research and @maternovaCBT, has allowed us to connect with midwives, global health experts, social activists and dedicated bloggers from around the world. The same network linked us to work in Benin, Mali and Vietnam on our favorite DIY method. Recently our team has dedicated itself (among a number of other things) to spreading information about the condom balloon tamponade (CBT) method developed by Dr. Akhter and her team. A low-cost method for low-resource…
  • Obstetric First Responders in Chiapas: innovative trainings by PACE-MD

    Maternova
    11 Aug 2014 | 12:37 pm
    We have been following PACE-MD with great interest for years now. They focus on Obstetrical First Responders as the first link in the chain of survival in Mexico. We have long believed that the analogy to an EMT might be a better way to get beyond the long-standing disputes over what traditional birth attendants versus midwives versus others, including community health workers, can handle as far as maternal health emergencies. PACE-MD focuses on handling obstetric emergencies starting at the first contact with a health worker. Through this successful model of community oriented, manikin based…
  • Amazing results in Northern Nigeria: Traffina Foundation

    Maternova
    11 Aug 2014 | 9:06 am
    One of our recent customers was the Traffina Foundation. Like some other groups we so admire, this non-profit was entirely conceived of, developed and run by a female obstetrician from Nigeria. And the funds that finance the non-profit are largely raised from donations by Nigerians. Traffina has created an enhanced birth kit-- the kind we wish we could have waved a wand and created ourselves. The birth kit includes the usual clean razor, cord clamps and plastic sheet but also misoprostol (to prevent postpartum hemorrhage) and chlorhexidine (a new gel for better cord care). Through careful…
  • More on the river that divides Tajikistan and Afghanistan-- and a 50 fold different risk in maternal mortality

    Maternova
    18 Jul 2014 | 11:06 am
    What explains the enormous more than 50 fold difference in maternal mortality rates across this river? Both areas of Tajikistan and Afghanistan are "in geographically contiguous poor, post-conflict, highly conservative, mountainous countries." How can the obstetric risks for women be so different? To continue our review of this fascinating study, we take a closer look at the differences between the Tajik and Afghan sides of the river as reported in the study by Kylea Liese. The Tajik side has a large Soviet era hospital, some basic equipment and some medical personnel. And the Tajik women…
  • Birth in War: an Ethnographic Study in Afghanistan

    Maternova
    3 Jul 2014 | 7:39 am
    “Even on a mountain, there is still a road.” Pashto proverb Why are women just over the border of a small 60 foot river, in Tajikistan, about fifty times less likely to die in childbirth as compared to women in Afghanistan? Words have been spilled generously attempting to describe the difficult terrain (both topological and political) of Afghanistan. Less has been devoted to the deep-boned stubbornness, a defiance, which living in this gnarly terrain has forged in its people. It is stubbornness to outside rulers (whether Alexander the Great or the Soviets), stubbornness with traditions,…
 
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    The Rang De Blog

  • Chanda and her shooting stars

    admin
    29 Sep 2014 | 5:53 am
    This is a blogpost by Chanda Jain, a TFI Fellow in Delhi, who is doing something truly remarkable with her “small wonders” in the classroom. Here she introduces you to the shooting stars, as they like to call themselves, and her campaign. We are truly humbled that Chanda chose us to be a part of this beautiful initiative. Support Chanda’s campaign and cheer for her little shooting stars. Good values are good actions and good words. ‘Can you give me an example of a good value?’ ‘Didi if my friend does not have a pencil, I will give her my pencil. I am being helpful.
  • The Madness Continues: 2 months on

    admin
    18 Sep 2014 | 8:32 am
    This is a post by our guest blogger Siddharth Agarwal, of the Madness Project fame. Here he reflects back on his life altering journey and why the end is sometimes just the beginning. A little over two months now, since the completion of the Madness Project and the customary completion story still hasn’t been typed out. This has to do less with willingness and more with what I’m going to write down in this article, i hope you get the message that i’m trying to convey. I had received an e-mail from Tanvi a week after the completion of the Madness project regarding creation of a photo…
  • Shattered dreams and Rebuilding hopes: The story of Ms. Nayana Padhi

    admin
    19 Aug 2014 | 11:59 pm
    By Kedareswar Choudhury, Chief Executive, Darbar Sahitya Sansad (Rang De Field Partner, Orissa) Ms. Nayana padhi (35 yrs)and her family live in Indalkusiari village of Balipatana block of Khordha district, Odisha. Nayana lives there with her husband Suresh Panda, aged 39 yrs and son Mrutunjaya, aged 8 yrs. They have a small hut and a sewing machine as asset. Suresh works as a casual labourer. Nayana supplements the family income by doing Applique work( handicraft) and tailoring. She has also availed a loan from DSS/Rang De for the second time. This flood has been a curse to the family as it…
  • Notes from the field: Charaka (Karnataka)

    admin
    18 Aug 2014 | 11:38 pm
    This is an account of the overnight field trip to Charaka in July that was undertaken by Rang De team members and social investors. This write up has been shared by Raghu Chandra, part of Rang De’s tech team It was a rainy Tuesday morning in July when we started from Bangalore. Within minutes of boarding the bus, most of us fell asleep as we all had a very early morning start! On the way we stopped near Tumkur and had a much needed cup of coffee. As we drew nearer to Sagar in Shimoga District it started raining again. As we peered out of the bus windows we could rich green all around,…
  • My 1st year at Rang De

    admin
    16 Jul 2014 | 10:19 pm
    This is a post by Chaitanya, Rang De’s President, who completed a year as a Rang De team member this month. Here he reflects on his experience so far. I complete 1 year, 2 weeks and 3 days at Rang De today! A journey I started with little experience but with lots of hope. Many thanks to each and every one of the 6400+ social investors on Rang De for making this battle against poverty a worthwhile exercise. If you are one of them, here’s a hi-five to you. If you are not yet a social investor, it is never too late to start but don’t procrastinate. The journey into the lives…
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    Justmeans Articles and Editorial

  • Storytelling Event for Social Entrepreneurs and Film Makers: Scaling Change Conference

    Julie Fahnestock
    10 Sep 2014 | 10:54 am
    (3BL Media and Just Means)- It’s a match made in Dover, Vermont. Social entrepreneurs meet film makers meet the next Academy Award. If your business plan or your movie plot is about social impact, then mark your calendars for Friday, September 26- Sunday, September 28th for the Scaling Change conference as part of this year’s Independent Television and Film Festival (ITVFest) in Dover, Vermont. ITVFest attracts thousands of independent, film makers to create, learn and produce together. In 2013 the festival moved from Los Angeles to the quaint town of Dover, Vermont with the intent to…
  • Hershey Uses Mobile Technology to Reach 100% Fair Trade Goal by 2020

    Julie Fahnestock
    10 Sep 2014 | 7:24 am
    (3BL Media and Just Means) - Change takes time. When a company as large as The Hershey Company makes a commitment to source 100% of their cocoa supply from fair trade farms, it takes many years to achieve it: eight years, to be exact. In 2012, Hershey announced their commitment to fair trade certification for their entire cocoa supply. Activists, fair trade supporters and conscious consumers have marked 2020 on their calendars, holding Hershey accountable to that promise. So, what exactly will Hershey be doing over the next eight years to reach this goal? Everything. Their biggest need is to…
  • Transition500 Alliance: A Radical Approach to Sustainability Consulting

    Julie Fahnestock
    20 Aug 2014 | 4:52 am
    (3BL Media and Just Means) - I get the sense that when it comes down to it, they are a group of no bull, get it done, hardliners, albeit their charming accents might suggest otherwise. Don’t be fooled.  Sustainability isn’t fluffy, and neither is a newly formed alliance of the world’s leading sustainability consultancies, Transition500. They call it radicalism. Transition500 represents the collaboration of UK-based firm, Robertsbridge; US-based Future 500; Germany-based, Thema 1; Belgium-based, Conscience Consulting; and France, Spain and Italy-based, Transitions. They service 15…
  • GSK Encourages Employees to Take a Break from Work to Volunteer

    Julie Fahnestock
    18 Aug 2014 | 3:05 pm
    (3BL Media and Just Means) - For Steve Pessagno, the decision to leave his job to volunteer in his local community of Philadelphia for six months was easy. Pessagno participated in GlaxoSmithKline’s (GSK) PULSE program, a skill-based, volunteer initiative which matches GSK employees’ skills with the needs of local nonprofits. GSK encourages their employees to build a local or global PULSE assignment into their personal development plan. And the most incredible part: GSK continues to pay PULSE volunteers their normal salaries and benefits packages during their assignment. GSK willingly…
  • Whole Foods Carries Palestinian Fair Trade Olive Oils

    Julie Fahnestock
    7 Aug 2014 | 12:17 am
    (3BL Media and Just Means) - It’s the purest olive oil you’ve ever tasted. It’s so pure you find yourself sneaking sips of it straight out of the bottle. The food it flavors becomes secondary as every excuse is made to showcase its divine goodness. Salads are transformed. Greek yogurt with zaatar and the Rumi variety show up as the main entree. Dessert is Nabali with grilled figs. Yes, Canaan Fair Trade’s olive oil is this delicious. And today, you can buy their Jerusalem Blend and a selection of the company’s Palestinian products in almost every U.S. Whole Foods Market.* Two years…
 
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    Austin Center for Design

  • Studio: You are MY sunshine

    Crystal
    29 Sep 2014 | 9:18 pm
    Even on the dreariest days, in a town where droplets falling from the sky is never a thing you are prepared for, umbrella service is here. You are my sunshine… The Result…  
  • Studio: I’ve Made a huge mistake….

    Crystal
    29 Sep 2014 | 8:54 pm
    The days are long, the nights are sometimes longer. And just when you think you can get a quick second to do a little reflection to some Peter Bjorn & John on the old headphones…. Introducing, the Opa house guitar….
  • Studio: Objects & Gestures

    Crystal
    29 Sep 2014 | 8:49 pm
    Not even a small glimpse of the hundreds of drawings that week… boxes.. no problem.
  • Studio: Sew now what

    Crystal
    29 Sep 2014 | 8:37 pm
    — and imagine the rest of your life, narrated by Alec Baldwin
  • Farm to drawing table

    laura.galos
    29 Sep 2014 | 7:30 pm
    Studio class always means getting our hands dirty, but last week it wasn’t just Sharpies and Expo markers. Two of my classmates and I went to a farm as inspiration for our storyboard assignment and came back with a new experience, a box of veggies, and some dirt under our nails. I always have fun drawing storyboards, but this one was particularly difficult to manage with all the details I wanted to include from the trip. From seeing my classmates’ work, I think that the most emotionally resonant and humorous storyboards include periodic reactions from the main character (or self,…
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    Framework 21

  • What is Systems thinking?

    Daniel Montano
    25 Sep 2014 | 8:44 am
    Originally posted on systemstudies: Systems thinking is a way of viewing the world. According to systems point of view, the world is built around varying kinds of systems. How can this perspective help us view our problems in a different way and help us solve some of the most difficult issues of our time? Imagine you are living in the suburb of a large city. You go daily to work by taking the bus, which takes a lot of time and forces you to wake up very early in the morning. After some consideration you decide to buy a car in order to free up some time and to make the commute more tolerable.
  • Brain training app shows how different jobs demand different thinking.

    Daniel Montano
    24 Sep 2014 | 8:34 am
    Brain training app shows how different jobs demand different thinking. Wall Street Journal Blogs: http://blogs.wsj.com/digits/2014/09/22/brain-training-app-shows-how-different-jobs-demand-different-thinking/?mod=ST1
  • Interaction design from multiple perspectives

    Daniel Montano
    6 Sep 2014 | 1:15 pm
    Originally posted on Kanrawi's HCI Notes: Dan Saffer introduced an interesting fact in interaction design in his book Design for interaction. The goal of interaction design is to design possible interactions for users to accomplish their goal or product or service. The interactions have to fit the time and context of the product. Even the goal of interaction is the same, different designers might do it in many different ways depending on their experiences. One factor affecting their design is their perspective toward the design project. Saffer suggested three perspectives. 1.
  • Why Binary Comparisons are Really Silly

    Daniel Montano
    7 May 2014 | 5:19 pm
    Originally posted on InspGuilfoyle: Imagine having a rich resource of useful information at your fingertips, but then deliberately ignoring most of it for no logical reason whatsoever… No, I don’t understand either. View original
  • You don’t always know what you’re saying

    Daniel Montano
    5 May 2014 | 9:56 am
    Originally posted on SelfAwarePatterns: If you think you know what you just said, think again. People can be tricked into believing they have just said something they did not, researchers report this week. The dominant model of how speech works is that it is planned in advance — speakers begin with a conscious idea of exactly what they are going to say. But some researchers think that speech is not entirely planned, and that people know what they are saying in part through hearing themselves speak. So cognitive scientist Andreas Lind and his colleagues at Lund University in Sweden wanted to…
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  • Making Steady Progress: Incremental Corporate Social Responsibility

    Adam Garfunkel
    18 Sep 2014 | 12:25 pm
    Materiality refers to those issues or topics that are ‘material’ to a complete understanding of a company’s impacts. For an example of one technical application of the concept, see “Materiality in the context of the GRI reporting framework” Adam Garfunkel The adidas Group is one of the world’s sporting goods giants, and says it is all about striving ‘to help you perform at your best,’ And as you might expect from a company that employs over 50,000 people and has sales of 14.5 billion euros a year, the adidas Group knows that it can only perform at its best if it manages the…
  • SVI 2014 Profile | Carole Browe Segal, Crate and Barrel Co-founder

    Hilary Mandel
    8 Sep 2014 | 6:35 pm
    Carole Browe Segal started her first business, a housewares store in Chicago, with her husband Gordon when they were both 22 years old, just a couple of years after their graduation from Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois. “We knew there were other young people like us who had more taste than money,” says Segal, reflecting back over 50 years to the early days of Crate and Barrel, “and we wanted to sell products that would last and that were also functional.” The Segals’ basic philosophy of selling well-designed products at a reasonable price remains a tenet of the company…
  • SVI 2014 Profile | Jenny Kassan, Cutting Edge Capital

    Hilary Mandel
    4 Sep 2014 | 8:00 am
    Some people know from an early age that they want to be entrepreneurs, while others fall into business without even trying. Jenny Kassan, CEO of Cutting Edge Capital in Oakland, California, puts herself in the latter category, having primarily spent her early years working at nonprofits. “When I first got out of law school, I’d never been involved in any kind of for-profit business, except when I worked at an ice cream parlor and pizza restaurant as a teenager. I didn’t know much about enterprise back then,” she admits. The SVN-SVI Connection Kassan’s journey from ice cream and…
  • SVI 2014 Profile | Derek Gent, Vancity Community Foundation

    Hilary Mandel
    2 Sep 2014 | 9:39 am
    After a long break, Derek Gent is heading back to SVI once again… and is looking forward to the magic of the mix. Vancity at SVI As it has been for over a dozen years, Vancity, Canada’s largest credit union, will once again be the lead sponsorship partner of the Social Venture Institute, taking place September 10-14, 2014 at Hollyhock on Cortes Island, British Columbia. Vancity is a leader in the financial service sector for its work with social entrepreneurs, offering a mixture of conventional financing, venture capital, high risk financing, and grants to mission-based businesses and…
  • Innovate for Impact: Disruptive Corporate Social Responsibility

    Mike Rowlands
    19 Aug 2014 | 5:02 pm
    ACT Foundation aims to forever change education and workforce development across the United States. Founded in 2013 by ACT Inc., one of America’s oldest and most prominent educational and career testing companies, ACT Foundation exists to drive the shift to a ‘National Learning Economy’ that recognizes and supports workers’ lifelong learning. ACT Foundation’s multifaceted approach includes four initial investment areas. One of them, ‘Moving Mind to Market,’ convenes a group of ambitious, disruptive entrepreneurs and the companies they lead, and supports ACT Foundation’s…
 
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  • Internet Provider Hell

    admin
    22 Sep 2014 | 11:57 pm
    So there comes a rare time that even the admin has to rant. This rant involves the old so popular internet provider, AT&T. I hate  internet and cable providers. Here it goes. So my old roommate moved to Japan, you know, military and all that good American stuff, and the Internet bill was under his name. So he called customer service and they transferred him to a sales representative to transfer the bill under my name. The rep offered a promotion to double the speed for the same amount since we have been loyal to them. Sounds good right? Little did I know that I was about to be shitted…
  • 7 Best Places to Look for a Job

    admin
    19 Aug 2014 | 12:46 pm
    Are you on the job hunt and have no idea where to start? Looking for your dream job but you can’t seem to find it? Here’s the thing, some of the best jobs may not even be posted! Why you ask? Because you haven’t looked hard enough or you don’t know where to really look. If you’re constantly looking at job boards and there’s nothing sticking out to you, it’s time to start thinking out of the box. Some of the hidden gems are right under your nose but you’re looking in all the wrong places! We scoured the internet and learned from our own experiences, so here are the best places…
  • 9to5 Interview: Inside a Makeup Artist’s Career

    admin
    4 Aug 2014 | 12:15 pm
    Growing up on a farm in Connecticut, Michael Mosher knew he wanted to be a makeup artist since he was 7 years old. He would watch horror movies on Saturday afternoons and dreamed of making those monsters come to life. Michael would practice on his friends and family and by the time he got to college, he felt his skills were well beyond what he could learn in the classroom. Not long after college, he learned how to apply beauty makeup and started booking jobs on television and film in sunny San Diego. He took his passion and artistry and moved to Los Angeles where his career is taking off and…
  • Note to advertisers

    admin
    4 Aug 2014 | 11:53 am
    Dear people who advertise with us, it is not a good idea to be nasty to the people doing your advertisements. Think about it, if you’re a new business that just opened up, and you need us to advertise your business, why would you be mean to us? Do you not realize that we will be one of your first customers? Sure, we will do what ever is on the contract, however, will be be incline to tell our friends or take that extra step to help your business? Hell No. Trust me, being a difficult douchbag towards others is not the right way to go. Sorry, but its going in the trash.
  • He Will Not Shut Up

    admin
    17 Jul 2014 | 10:46 am
    So I have this co-worker, he’s good at his job and all and he brings in the money. But damn, he is just so annoying. I mean he IS our sales guys, and you know how bad their personality can be. Apparently, he has an opinion about EVERYTHING, and will walk with you down the hall way expressing his views as you’re trying to make your way to the restroom. And when you get out, he’s still there waiting at the door to finish his thoughts. I got out of my seat to get away from him, only to have him follow me. *sigh*. I honestly believe that some people just don’t have the…
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    Entrepreneurial Insights

  • Top Ten Lessons from Global Brands

    Marc
    30 Sep 2014 | 7:47 am
    Thanks to the power of the internet, the business world is getting smaller. Through the global reach of the World Wide Web, a consumer can purchase clothes from France, wine from California, sponges from Greece and artwork from Italy – all from their couch in Idaho. For an entrepreneur, the siren call to build a global brand can be strong; from a lowly office space in a small town, it is entirely possible to build a company that spans the globe and create a financial empire. © Flickr | Troy Thompson   Through this article, we’ll discover the top ten lessons that from successful…
  • Bolsa & Financial Red | Interview with its founder & CEO – Jesús Pérez

    Anastasia
    29 Sep 2014 | 9:18 pm
    In Madrid we interviewed the founder and CEO of Financial Red and Bolsa, Jesús Pérez. Financial Red is a platform for bloggers writing about financial sector. Bolsa is a community for all investors. Jesús shared his story of how he got started, what the business models of Financial Red and Bolsa are, some insights on the media market, and what it takes to become a great entrepreneur. The post Bolsa & Financial Red | Interview with its founder & CEO – Jesús Pérez appeared first on Entrepreneurial Insights.
  • Dawanda | How to sell your products more effectively

    Marc
    29 Sep 2014 | 8:16 am
    © Flickr | Schröder+Schömbs PR DaWanda is a German platform for buying and selling unique crafts and products. In this article, we will look at 1) what is Dawanda, 2) how to sell successfully on Dawanda, 3) advantages and disadvantages of selling on Dawanda, 4) taking precautions, and 5) Dawanda success stories. WHAT IS DAWANDA? Similar to ecommerce giant Etsy, DaWanda is an online marketplace that provides sellers the opportunity to sell unique and handmade products. Items listed for sale include clothes, jewelry, bags, toys, baby items among many more. DaWanda encourages and…
  • Startup Hubs Around The World: Paris

    Marc
    28 Sep 2014 | 8:35 am
    The City of Love. The City of Lights. Paname. The birthplace of fashion. Paris has many identities, and is looking to add another one to its list of names: Top Ten Global Start-up Hub. Long known for its trendsetting fashions, its culinary delights and its artistic endeavors, Paris has much to offer its residents and visitors. Recently, however, officials in Paris began to express an active interest in leading the start-up tech market, and they are taking steps to ensure that they get their wish. © Flickr | Moyan Brenn In this article, we’ll explore Paris’ 1) location, 2) tax incentives,…
  • Commercial Real Estate Strategies

    Marc
    27 Sep 2014 | 9:11 pm
    The term commercial real estate is an umbrella for six different types of property: land, office space, industrial space, retail space, multi-family apartments (four or more units), and mixed-use properties. Each type has its own unique subtypes, and related strategies for making money. It’s important to understand the differences between each type long before you tender an offer, because the type of commercial real estate directly informs the strategies you can use to make money. © pixabay | josetomas70 In this article, we will explore, 1) strategies for making money with land, 2)…
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  • Marketing Strategies – It’s NOT Google Calling!

    Tammy Hawk-Bridges
    5 Sep 2014 | 7:09 am
    It’s my goal to teach entrepreneurs marketing strategies and how to navigate the Internet so they can benefit from all the opportunities it brings. However, many people are still reluctant and I can’t say that I blame them especially when there are so many scams going on. It truly outrages me that these things happen […] The post Marketing Strategies – It’s NOT Google Calling! appeared first on Marketing Strategies and Education for Entrepreneurs.
  • Managing Overwhelm

    Tammy Hawk-Bridges
    13 Jul 2014 | 10:34 am
    Today is Sunday and admittedly I’m feeling a little overwhelmed. Not by things I have to do but by things I want to do and don’t have the time. Is anyone with me? Education for the Home Business Entrepreneur – Managing Overwhelm Today I read this article by Mashable called 3 Phrases That Actually Make […] The post Managing Overwhelm appeared first on Marketing Strategies and Education for Entrepreneurs.
  • Complacency is Cancer

    Tammy Hawk-Bridges
    9 Jul 2014 | 6:24 pm
    Take a moment of self-reflection. How do you take in information? Do you absorb it? Do you read it and think to yourself that you need to do it? Then a few seconds later the dog barks and you need to take him out – then the thought is lost? Do you revisit it? Do […] The post Complacency is Cancer appeared first on Marketing Strategies and Education for Entrepreneurs.
  • Online Marketing – Let’s Do a Check Up

    Tammy Hawk-Bridges
    3 Jul 2014 | 5:29 am
    It’s not rocket-science the world around you is changing. The Internet is growing and expanding. As it expands, it creates change. The Internet will create opportunities – coincidently it will also end many industries as we know them. Some businesses will survive – some won’t. The pendulum has swung and now it’s time to get […] The post Online Marketing – Let’s Do a Check Up appeared first on Marketing Strategies and Education for Entrepreneurs.
  • Behaviors Determine the Success of Entrepreneurs

    Tammy Hawk-Bridges
    25 Jun 2014 | 5:20 pm
    I get the pleasure of working with entrepreneurs every day. I’ve worked with some that have experienced huge success and I’ve also worked with some that just couldn’t get it together. Over the years I’ve learned the traits that divide. It’s not whose the prettiest or the smartest, those assets don’t have a lot weight […] The post Behaviors Determine the Success of Entrepreneurs appeared first on Marketing Strategies and Education for Entrepreneurs.
 
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