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  • Hundreds of thousands flood Manhattan for climate march

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    Manon Verchot
    21 Sep 2014 | 1:43 pm
    The streets were packed with chants for change
  • Ashoka Changemakers Report: How Social Entrepreneurs are Creating Impact with Information and Communications Technology

    Ashoka In The News
    Tsega Belachew
    17 Sep 2014 | 1:08 pm
    Release Date:  September 17, 2014 Best practices identified for social entrepreneurs using information and communications technology (ICT) to change the world read more
  • Q & A with John Elkington on His New Book, The Breakthrough Challenge

    SustainAbility
    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…
  • After March, 347 Institutional Investors Call for ‘Meaningful’ Carbon Pricing

    Triple Pundit: People, Planet, Profit
    Andrew Burger
    22 Sep 2014 | 3:15 am
    Managing over $24 trillion in assets, IIGCC, which counts BlackRock and Calpers among its membership -- is calling for definitive carbon pricing, more clean energy investment and elimination of fossil fuel subsidies.
  • Hidden Influencers Key to Unlocking Women’s Economic Potential

    Skoll World Forum
    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…
 
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  • 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…
  • Online Commerce: Cutting Energy and Resource Use - But at What Cost?

    9 Sep 2014 | 6:58 pm
    Flickr image by Tim Reckmann When Warby Parker launched its prescription eyewear brand four years ago, it broke the industry mold by offering a unique business proposition. Whereas most eyeglass shops depend on storefronts to bring in customers, Warby Parker created a business model based on bringing the glasses to the consumers. Using their “Home Try On” system, the company’s customers can order up to five pairs of glasses to try on in front of their bathroom mirrors – for five days at no charge. Much has been written about Warby Parker’s hipster brand identity as well as its…
  • Rob Cameron to Speak at the Sustainable Business Platform

    8 Sep 2014 | 9:05 pm
    SustainAbility Executive Director Rob Cameron will speak at the Sustainable Business Platform conference which takes place in Istanbul from September 23-24. The event will be hosted by Jo Confino, Guardian Sustainable Business Chairman and Guardian Executive Editor. Rob will present a talk entitled “Rethink to Regenerate: How Sustainability Can (and Must) Lead to a Regeneration of Business.” Register here for the event or check back for more details and an updated event program.
 
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    Triple Pundit: People, Planet, Profit

  • After March, 347 Institutional Investors Call for ‘Meaningful’ Carbon Pricing

    Andrew Burger
    22 Sep 2014 | 3:15 am
    Managing over $24 trillion in assets, IIGCC, which counts BlackRock and Calpers among its membership -- is calling for definitive carbon pricing, more clean energy investment and elimination of fossil fuel subsidies.
  • University of California Commits $1 Billion to Climate Research

    Jan Lee
    22 Sep 2014 | 3:10 am
    It's a dilemma for universities big and small these days: How do you show you are being proactive on climate change, while your endowments are heavily supported by years of valuable fossil fuel investments? The University of California's answer is a sizable investment in climate change research. That doesn't mean it will be dropping its fossil fuel investments - or not just yet, anyway.
  • The High and the Low: Climate Change Resiliency in NYC

    Tina Casey
    22 Sep 2014 | 3:00 am
    As a coastal city with an inland water supply, New York City faces a unique set of challenges for climate change resiliency in a future marked by frequent, destructive coastal storms and rising sea levels.
  • Money Talks: The Big Switch to Sustainable Palm Oil

    Tina Casey
    22 Sep 2014 | 2:30 am
    Major palm oil producers pledge to stop deforestation after Green Century Capital musters $600 billion in investor assets to push for sustainable palm oil.
  • Study: Cats, Cell Towers are More Deadly to Birds Than Wind Turbines

    Alexis Petru
    22 Sep 2014 | 2:00 am
    Wind energy has famously pitted environmentalists against each other – renewable energy and climate action advocates vs. wildlife conservationists concerned about wind turbines injuring or killing birds. But a new study, funded by the American Wind Wildlife Institute (AWWI), reveals that bird fatalities resulting from collisions with wind turbines are extremely low; in fact, cell towers and cats kill a far greater number of birds than wind turbines do, the peer-reviewed report found.
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    Skoll World Forum

  • 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…
  • Global Investor Statement: Shifting from Debate to Solutions

    Jake Wadland
    20 Sep 2014 | 11:51 am
    Why did the Skoll Foundation and Capricorn Investment Group join nearly 350 other institutional investors in signing the 2014 Global Investor Statement on Climate Change? The transition to a sustainable energy economy requires concerted action by everyone. Companies must transition to renewable power. Regulators must guide resource allocation and incentivize the switch to low-carbon energy sources. Consumers must demand and avail themselves of better choices. And investors must provide capital to develop renewable energy solutions and deploy infrastructure. The Skoll Foundation invests in…
  • Ceres’ Mindy Lubber: The Clean Trillion

    Jake Wadland
    17 Sep 2014 | 5:27 pm
    The UN Climate Summit will be held on September 23 in New York. UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has invited world leaders, from government, finance, business, and civil society to the summit to galvanize and catalyze climate action. Mindy Lubber of Ceres will be in attendance. Looking ahead, she recently published three columns on clean transportation, clean energy and green bonds. Her writing focuses on the urgent need for more money to flow into the clean energy space in order to limit global warming to two degrees Celsius or less. Lubber points to key sectors of the economy that…
 
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    Marc Gunther's blog

  • 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 […] >
  • The end of garbage

    Marc Gunther
    18 Aug 2014 | 8:57 pm
    In nature, nothing goes to waste. The excrement of one species (forgive me if you are reading over breakfast) becomes food for another. Why can’t we design the industrial economy to be like nature? This isn’t a new idea. During the American Revolution, iron pots were melted down to make armaments. I take notes with […] >
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    Skoll World Forum

  • 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…
  • Global Investor Statement: Shifting from Debate to Solutions

    Jake Wadland
    20 Sep 2014 | 11:51 am
    Why did the Skoll Foundation and Capricorn Investment Group join nearly 350 other institutional investors in signing the 2014 Global Investor Statement on Climate Change? The transition to a sustainable energy economy requires concerted action by everyone. Companies must transition to renewable power. Regulators must guide resource allocation and incentivize the switch to low-carbon energy sources. Consumers must demand and avail themselves of better choices. And investors must provide capital to develop renewable energy solutions and deploy infrastructure. The Skoll Foundation invests in…
  • Ceres’ Mindy Lubber: The Clean Trillion

    Jake Wadland
    17 Sep 2014 | 5:27 pm
    The UN Climate Summit will be held on September 23 in New York. UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has invited world leaders, from government, finance, business, and civil society to the summit to galvanize and catalyze climate action. Mindy Lubber of Ceres will be in attendance. Looking ahead, she recently published three columns on clean transportation, clean energy and green bonds. Her writing focuses on the urgent need for more money to flow into the clean energy space in order to limit global warming to two degrees Celsius or less. Lubber points to key sectors of the economy that…
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  • 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 health workers (CHWs) deliver life-saving... From: Skoll World Forum Views: 10 0 ratings Time: 04:30 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: 5184 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: 128 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: 140 0 ratings Time: 06:53 More in Nonprofits & Activism
  • Naif Al-Mutawa, Creator of THE 99 at Skoll World Forum 2014

    3 Jul 2014 | 1:05 pm
    Naif Al-Mutawa, Creator of THE 99 at Skoll World Forum 2014 Naif Al-Mutawa is the creator of THE 99, the first group of comic superheroes born of an Islamic archetype. THE 99 received positive attention from the world... From: Skoll World Forum Views: 110 0 ratings Time: 11:27 More in Nonprofits & Activism
 
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    Global Envision

  • 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…
  • Open sesame: Ugandan sesame seed farmers double their income

    Emily Wanderer
    12 Sep 2014 | 9:58 am
    Image:  Nancy Ader, a Ugandan single mother with three children, dreamed that her sesame crops would one day bring her prosperity: money to buy more land to cultivate, to pay her kids’ school fees, even to buy a new home.The global sesame market was consistently strong and stable and should have guaranteed steady income to Nancy and other farmers. But a maze of hurdles left Uganda’s smallholder sesame farmers like Nancy struggling simply to survive.Typically, smallholder sesame farmers in Uganda struggle with the high cost of transporting their crops from rural farms to…
  • News roundup: Ebola's economic effects

    Kyla Yeoman
    11 Sep 2014 | 2:05 pm
    Image:  Before the war, this part of Liberia was considered the breadbasket. Most of the food you see in Monrovia is from Lofa. But now it's the other way around.- Stephen Zargo, small business owner in Liberia.Agriculture and farming were once the backbone of the local economy says Zargo, who runs a security company, a gas station franchise, and owns a hotel in Lofa. They have been hard hit, twice over — first by the civil war and now by Ebola, reports NPR.Trade and tourism have also plummeted in these fragile economies as borders are closed off and commercial fights…
  • The Next Frontier of Financial Services (Part 1)

    Guest Contributor
    11 Sep 2014 | 10:12 am
    Image:  What's next for microinsurance? NextBillion interviews Jeremy Leach, director at Bankable Frontier Associates, to discuss microinsurance's potential and challenges.By James Militzer, Editor of NextBillion Financial InnovationGoogle “microfinance definition” and the following appears: “Microfinance: another term for microcredit.” Google isn't the only one to conflate the terms, as microcredit has dominated headlines, and achieved market penetration, on a scale that dwarfs the other products that fall under the rubric of microfinance.But…
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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

  • Get Smarter on Agriculture and Climate

    Jennifer Hermes
    22 Sep 2014 | 7:34 am
    In a somber scene-setter for the upcoming climate summit in New York, the UN’s meteorological office, The World Meteorological Organization, released a report showing that world carbon emissions in 2013 reached a record high, and atmospheric carbon is increasing at the fastest rate seen in over thirty years. Some hard questions are facing the international […]
  • Dow to Mitigate Rio 2016 Olympic Games’ CO2 Emissions

    Jessica Lyons Hardcastle
    22 Sep 2014 | 6:35 am
    Dow Chemical is the official carbon partner of the next Olympic Games and will mitigate 500,000 tons of CO2 equivalents (CO2eq) from organizing and hosting the Games through third-party-verified emissions reductions, Rio 2016 announced today. Dow and Rio 2016 will also work to generate an additional 1.5 million tons of CO2eq in climate benefits by […]
  • EPA Rule Pits Brewers Against Farmers

    Ken Jennison
    22 Sep 2014 | 4:49 am
    A group of small craft beer brewers, including Sierra Nevada and New Belgium, are actively supporting the EPA’s proposed Waters of the US rule, arguing it will help ensure that they have clean water for their products, while farmers who supply beer ingredients say the rule has the potential to massively cut production on their […]
  • Major Palm Oil Growers Agree to Moratorium on Deforestation

    Jessica Lyons Hardcastle
    22 Sep 2014 | 4:48 am
    The world’s five largest growers of palm oil — Sime Darby, Asian Agri, IOI Corporation, Kuala Lumpur Kepong Berhad and Musim Mas — have agreed to halt the clearance of high carbon stock forests while they conduct a yearlong study aimed at defining the threshold for forest protection. The study is being funded by the […]
  • Novelis to Halve Absolute Carbon Emissions

    Jessica Lyons Hardcastle
    22 Sep 2014 | 4:47 am
    Novelis has been accepted into the World Wildlife Fund’s Climate Savers program, making the aluminum rolling and recycling firm the only metals company to be accepted into the program. As part of its participation in the program, Novelis has established Climate Savers commitments that align with its established sustainability agenda. By 2020, the company will: […]
 
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    Have Fun • Do Good

  • 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…
  • Feeling Between Seasons

    Britt Bravo
    23 Feb 2014 | 5:30 pm
    Is it spring yet?It is warm and lovely outside today, and I'm feeling between seasons. It's technically winter, the time of the year when we're supposed to stay inside and embrace the quiet and the darkness, but it's also spring-like (at least in California), which is inspiring a desire to bloom.Very confusing weather that is reflective of the transition time I'm in.In January, I joined the staff of Rockwood Leadership Institute as the Senior Communications Manager (yay!), which has been awesome, and a big change after working for myself for about eight years. Over the past couple months,…
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    Skoll World Forum

  • 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…
  • Global Investor Statement: Shifting from Debate to Solutions

    Jake Wadland
    20 Sep 2014 | 11:51 am
    Why did the Skoll Foundation and Capricorn Investment Group join nearly 350 other institutional investors in signing the 2014 Global Investor Statement on Climate Change? The transition to a sustainable energy economy requires concerted action by everyone. Companies must transition to renewable power. Regulators must guide resource allocation and incentivize the switch to low-carbon energy sources. Consumers must demand and avail themselves of better choices. And investors must provide capital to develop renewable energy solutions and deploy infrastructure. The Skoll Foundation invests in…
  • Ceres’ Mindy Lubber: The Clean Trillion

    Jake Wadland
    17 Sep 2014 | 5:27 pm
    The UN Climate Summit will be held on September 23 in New York. UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has invited world leaders, from government, finance, business, and civil society to the summit to galvanize and catalyze climate action. Mindy Lubber of Ceres will be in attendance. Looking ahead, she recently published three columns on clean transportation, clean energy and green bonds. Her writing focuses on the urgent need for more money to flow into the clean energy space in order to limit global warming to two degrees Celsius or less. Lubber points to key sectors of the economy that…
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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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    GlobalGiving Projects - Just added

  • Send a Child to School

    Denice Ryan
    18 Sep 2014 | 11:59 am
    $25 — Will pay for one week of school$50 — Will pay for two weeks of school$125 — Will pay for one month of schoolSummaryIn Belize a free education isn't always an option. At Ambergris Caye Elementary School, we are trying to provide options for children whose parents cannot afford to send them to school. Through this project your donation will go directly towards a child's education, paying their tuition to one of the best schools in Belize! Please search your heart and educate a child. Consider a monthly donation on a recurring basis to help a…
  • Educate 540 children in rural Tamil Nadu

    Viswanath Ranganathan
    18 Sep 2014 | 9:47 am
    $20 — Educate a rural child annually to attend Vidyarambam Learning Center$120 — Sponsor a children's library in a Vidyarambam Learning Center$360 — Fund an Easy Learning English program for a rural school in Tamil NaduSummaryEducating tomorrow's generation today - many children in rural Tamil Nadu drop out of school for various reasons. With your help we will be able to reach out to children - under achievers within the age group of 5 to 15 by providing them free supplemental learning - enriching their knowledge in local language (Tamil),…
  • Savegre Tapir Project at Rafiki

    Richard Margoluis
    16 Sep 2014 | 1:54 pm
    $20 — will provide 1 foot of fencing for the tapir enclosure. The total needed is roughly 10,000 feet. ($200,000)$25 — will provide 1 hour of research for acquiring permits. The total time required may vary, but an estimate of 120 hours or $3000 is projected.$100 — will provide 1 square meter of building costs for the veterinary facility. The total area of the Veterinary facility is 200 sq meters or $200,000.SummaryThe Savegre Tapir Project at Rafiki is dedicated to tapir awareness in the Savegre River Watershed and the Path of the Tapir…
  • School for training Children with Special Needs

    Venkatesha Murthy
    16 Sep 2014 | 9:35 am
    $45 — Speech therapy Materials for one kid$150 — self help skill materials$200 — Therapy for Mentally Retarded Child for one yearSummaryAruna Chetana School for Children with Special Needs is a model for many schools in the state of Karnataka, India. It has been helping children with multiple retardation, special needs, and cerebral palsy for past twenty-five years and counting. The philosophy with which this school is started is that all children regardless of mental disabilities, learning disabilities, and genetic disorders have a basic…
  • Help the Visually Challenged Celebrate Diwali

    Roshan Fathima
    16 Sep 2014 | 8:12 am
    $10 — will help provide new dresses and fire crackers to 1 visually challenged child$50 — buys new clothes and fire crackers for 5 visually challenged children$100 — will buy new dresses and fire crackers for 10 visually challenged childrenSummaryThis project hopes to provide new dresses and firecrackers to 600 of our visually challenged children on the occasion of the Diwali festival this year. The beneficiaries of this project are dependent on others for new clothes and crackers, as they are from rural areas.They are no difference from sighted…
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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

    admin
    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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    Timbuktu Chronicles

  • Rungwe Avocado Company

    Emeka Okafor
    21 Sep 2014 | 8:13 am
    From AWF:The southern highlands of Tanzania are an invaluable ecosystem—but may also prove fertile grounds for agriculture.This region features the largest and most important montane grassland in Tanzania, making it a critical ecosystem. At the same time, the government of Tanzania has targeted this area for development as part of an agricultural corridor that will help increase Tanzania’s economy and food security. A sustainable agricultural enterprise and proper zoning here, however, will help stabilize land use. Smart investing will protect land and livelihoods. African Wildlife…
  • Macrowaste Mail

    Emeka Okafor
    21 Sep 2014 | 8:13 am
    A BBC profile: ''This is the site designated for us by the town hall. We have been appalled to discover there is no safety provision. Men, women and children walk through the site. But our company is a going concern. What are we to do with the rubbish?'' asks the 30-year-old general manager of Macrowaste. Authorities have given start-up company Macrowaste the go-ahead to operate their rubbish collection in Bamako, even though the city does not have a functioning waste disposal plant. The company is expected to do exactly as the city does with its own dozen dustcarts: fly-tip on spare land.
  • Conservation - Themed Primary Schools

    Emeka Okafor
    21 Sep 2014 | 5:35 am
    A novel type of education hub? CNN reports: image courtesy of MASS designOver the next decade, the African Wildlife Foundation is building 15 conservation-themed primary schools in some of Africa's most remote regions -- areas that are also highly strategic from an environmental standpoint. The schools are designed to be state-of-the-art, built with attractive faculty housing that will hopefully lure some of Africa's best teachers. MASS DESIGN GROUPIn exchange, the organization not only helps to shape young minds to further the cause, but gets written agreement from the local community to set…
  • Fiiri Bandhiga

    Emeka Okafor
    21 Sep 2014 | 5:14 am
    For Somali entrepreneurs: Fiiri Bandhiga is a convention scheduled on September 21, 2014 in London. 32 Somali entrepreneurs living in the UK, and working in diverse fields such as fashion, cuisine, media, agriculture and development have been selected. By reuniting business leaders from all fields under the same roof, Fiiri Bandhiga aims to provide Somali entrepreneurs with the possibility of expanding their businesses in the UK and internationally. Fiiri Bandhiga will offer a breeding ground for new ideas and will facilitate the exchange and networking between Somali entrepreneurs. Fiiri…
  • Qelasy - Education Tablet Computer

    Emeka Okafor
    21 Sep 2014 | 5:00 am
    Tamasin Ford reporting at the BBC.Thierry N'Doufou founder of Qelasy: "We continue to go to school here as we went to school 100 years ago," says the 36-year-old entrepreneur. "The same heavy backpack, the same blackboard with the same chalk." And that heavy backpack is what Mr N'Doufou is hoping to lighten by introducing a bespoke tablet computer made specifically for schools in Ivory Coast. Taking a tablet Two years ago, he came up with Qelasy, Africa's first educational tablet. "We thought about how to build a digital backpack; a tablet that will replace books, textbooks, notepads."More…
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    Skoll World Forum

  • 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…
  • Global Investor Statement: Shifting from Debate to Solutions

    Jake Wadland
    20 Sep 2014 | 11:51 am
    Why did the Skoll Foundation and Capricorn Investment Group join nearly 350 other institutional investors in signing the 2014 Global Investor Statement on Climate Change? The transition to a sustainable energy economy requires concerted action by everyone. Companies must transition to renewable power. Regulators must guide resource allocation and incentivize the switch to low-carbon energy sources. Consumers must demand and avail themselves of better choices. And investors must provide capital to develop renewable energy solutions and deploy infrastructure. The Skoll Foundation invests in…
  • Ceres’ Mindy Lubber: The Clean Trillion

    Jake Wadland
    17 Sep 2014 | 5:27 pm
    The UN Climate Summit will be held on September 23 in New York. UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has invited world leaders, from government, finance, business, and civil society to the summit to galvanize and catalyze climate action. Mindy Lubber of Ceres will be in attendance. Looking ahead, she recently published three columns on clean transportation, clean energy and green bonds. Her writing focuses on the urgent need for more money to flow into the clean energy space in order to limit global warming to two degrees Celsius or less. Lubber points to key sectors of the economy that…
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  • 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…
  • Global Investor Statement: Shifting from Debate to Solutions

    Jake Wadland
    20 Sep 2014 | 11:51 am
    Why did the Skoll Foundation and Capricorn Investment Group join nearly 350 other institutional investors in signing the 2014 Global Investor Statement on Climate Change? The transition to a sustainable energy economy requires concerted action by everyone. Companies must transition to renewable power. Regulators must guide resource allocation and incentivize the switch to low-carbon energy sources. Consumers must demand and avail themselves of better choices. And investors must provide capital to develop renewable energy solutions and deploy infrastructure. The Skoll Foundation invests in…
  • Ceres’ Mindy Lubber: The Clean Trillion

    Jake Wadland
    17 Sep 2014 | 5:27 pm
    The UN Climate Summit will be held on September 23 in New York. UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has invited world leaders, from government, finance, business, and civil society to the summit to galvanize and catalyze climate action. Mindy Lubber of Ceres will be in attendance. Looking ahead, she recently published three columns on clean transportation, clean energy and green bonds. Her writing focuses on the urgent need for more money to flow into the clean energy space in order to limit global warming to two degrees Celsius or less. Lubber points to key sectors of the economy that…
 
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  • 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…
  • Global Investor Statement: Shifting from Debate to Solutions

    Jake Wadland
    20 Sep 2014 | 11:51 am
    Why did the Skoll Foundation and Capricorn Investment Group join nearly 350 other institutional investors in signing the 2014 Global Investor Statement on Climate Change? The transition to a sustainable energy economy requires concerted action by everyone. Companies must transition to renewable power. Regulators must guide resource allocation and incentivize the switch to low-carbon energy sources. Consumers must demand and avail themselves of better choices. And investors must provide capital to develop renewable energy solutions and deploy infrastructure. The Skoll Foundation invests in…
  • Ceres’ Mindy Lubber: The Clean Trillion

    Jake Wadland
    17 Sep 2014 | 5:27 pm
    The UN Climate Summit will be held on September 23 in New York. UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has invited world leaders, from government, finance, business, and civil society to the summit to galvanize and catalyze climate action. Mindy Lubber of Ceres will be in attendance. Looking ahead, she recently published three columns on clean transportation, clean energy and green bonds. Her writing focuses on the urgent need for more money to flow into the clean energy space in order to limit global warming to two degrees Celsius or less. Lubber points to key sectors of the economy that…
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  • 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…
  • Global Investor Statement: Shifting from Debate to Solutions

    Jake Wadland
    20 Sep 2014 | 11:51 am
    Why did the Skoll Foundation and Capricorn Investment Group join nearly 350 other institutional investors in signing the 2014 Global Investor Statement on Climate Change? The transition to a sustainable energy economy requires concerted action by everyone. Companies must transition to renewable power. Regulators must guide resource allocation and incentivize the switch to low-carbon energy sources. Consumers must demand and avail themselves of better choices. And investors must provide capital to develop renewable energy solutions and deploy infrastructure. The Skoll Foundation invests in…
  • Ceres’ Mindy Lubber: The Clean Trillion

    Jake Wadland
    17 Sep 2014 | 5:27 pm
    The UN Climate Summit will be held on September 23 in New York. UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has invited world leaders, from government, finance, business, and civil society to the summit to galvanize and catalyze climate action. Mindy Lubber of Ceres will be in attendance. Looking ahead, she recently published three columns on clean transportation, clean energy and green bonds. Her writing focuses on the urgent need for more money to flow into the clean energy space in order to limit global warming to two degrees Celsius or less. Lubber points to key sectors of the economy that…
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  • 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…
  • Global Investor Statement: Shifting from Debate to Solutions

    Jake Wadland
    20 Sep 2014 | 11:51 am
    Why did the Skoll Foundation and Capricorn Investment Group join nearly 350 other institutional investors in signing the 2014 Global Investor Statement on Climate Change? The transition to a sustainable energy economy requires concerted action by everyone. Companies must transition to renewable power. Regulators must guide resource allocation and incentivize the switch to low-carbon energy sources. Consumers must demand and avail themselves of better choices. And investors must provide capital to develop renewable energy solutions and deploy infrastructure. The Skoll Foundation invests in…
  • Ceres’ Mindy Lubber: The Clean Trillion

    Jake Wadland
    17 Sep 2014 | 5:27 pm
    The UN Climate Summit will be held on September 23 in New York. UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has invited world leaders, from government, finance, business, and civil society to the summit to galvanize and catalyze climate action. Mindy Lubber of Ceres will be in attendance. Looking ahead, she recently published three columns on clean transportation, clean energy and green bonds. Her writing focuses on the urgent need for more money to flow into the clean energy space in order to limit global warming to two degrees Celsius or less. Lubber points to key sectors of the economy that…
 
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  • Links I liked

    Duncan Green
    21 Sep 2014 | 11:30 pm
    Your weekly excuse to delay reading your Monday morning emails, drawn from last week’s @fp2p tweets Let’s start with Scotland (obvs) Nobody can accuse CNN of not giving it 110% [h/t @DanaHoule]   Hilarious and deeply odd. Taiwanese animated explanation of the vote, featuring a strong candidate for the world’s worst Scottish accent [h/t Alex Renton]   Back to Development (broadly defined): Nice piece on a personal hobbyhorse of mine: Time to take religion and spirituality seriously as a factor in development [h/t Mike Edwards] ISIS and Ebola outbreaks show we’ve…
  • Gallup’s global Well-Being Index. Great data, shame about the (lack of) analysis.

    Duncan Green
    18 Sep 2014 | 11:30 pm
    Gallup has just published its Global Well-Being Index, based on a survey of 134,000 adults in 135 countries – i.e. a big exercise. The methodology is rigorous, presided over by Angus Deaton, who also contributes a glowing foreword. The index includes five elements of well-being: purpose, social, financial, community, and physical. Here’s what it finds for the BRICS, for example (headline message, it’s great to be Brazilian, though this survey was conducted before the World Cup): This is a huge treasure trove of data. Shame then, that the write-up is pretty dull – as far as I…
  • The future of DFID, partnerships, aid and INGOs, c/o Alex Evans

    Duncan Green
    17 Sep 2014 | 11:30 pm
    Alex Evans always gives good bullet point. A former SPAD (special adviser) to DFID, turned academic/consultant at the Center for International Cooperation, last week he gave some NGOs a whirlwind tour of his big picture thinking on development, based on a recent submission (with Owen Barder) to the UK parliament’s International Development Committee. Here are some highlights. On DFID: Next year is DFID’s 18th birthday, but no bets on it reaching its 21st. Dragging it back into the Foreign Office would be one way to buy off the critics of aid, while sticking to promises on spending at…
  • Why is economic orthodoxy so resistant to change? The art of paradigm maintenance.

    Duncan Green
    16 Sep 2014 | 11:30 pm
    Ever wondered why it’s so hard to shift big institutions (and the economics profession in general) on economic policy, even when events so graphically show the need for change? I’ve just come across a fascinating 2006 paper by Robin Broad, ‘Research, knowledge and the art of ‘paradigm maintenance’: the World Bank’s Development Economics Vice Presidency (DEC)’, summary here. Full paper here. It must be about the oldest thing I’ve blogged on, but I’m interested in what, if anything, has changed in the intervening years. Broad explores the nature of what Robert…
  • Not so mega? The risky business of large-scale public-private partnerships in African agriculture

    Duncan Green
    15 Sep 2014 | 11:30 pm
    Oxfam policy adviser Robin Willoughby shrugs off the big ag groupthink and argues that the current trend of mega projects in African agriculture is a risky and unproven way to help poor farmers. Last week, I attended a large summit on the future of African agriculture in Addis Ababa, hosted by A Green Revolution for Africa (AGRA). My participation really made me reflect on the problems of ‘groupthink’ within these types of conference, with each of the participants taking it in turns to stand on the podium and agree with one another more and more vociferously. The buzzwords were…
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    CIPE Development Blog

  • 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...
  • Can Boards Help Fight “Compliance Fatigue” In Emerging Market Firms?

    Frank Stroker
    18 Sep 2014 | 7:01 am
    In the first half of 2014, anti-corruption enforcement actions by the U.S. alone cost the business community more than $500 million. It would seem logical that as a result anti-corruption compliance would be at the forefront of every multinational corporation’s activities. But that’s not the case, at least as described in the 2014 Global Fraud Survey, perhaps one of the largest and most credible...
  • Investing in Corporate Governance Practice in Palestine

    Stephen Rosenlund
    17 Sep 2014 | 8:41 am
    On September 9-10 in Ramallah, I had the privilege of participating in a CIPE-supported training workshop on corporate governance with the leaders and technical staff of nine Palestinian chambers of commerce from the West Bank. This was an unprecedented gathering organized by our partner the Palestine Governance Institute (PGI) and the Federation of Chambers of Commerce, Industry, and Agriculture...
  • Case Studies on Democratic Reform in Yemen and Paraguay

    Teodora Mihaylova
    16 Sep 2014 | 10:40 am
    CIPE possesses over thirty years of experience in strengthening democracy worldwide and promoting market oriented reforms in various country contexts. In the forthcoming publication Strategies for Policy Reform, two case studies from Paraguay and Yemen represent distinct approaches to ensuring that democracy delivers economic and political freedoms to citizens. READ MORE
  • Pakistan Seeks Potential Solution to Political Protests

    Moin Fudda
    16 Sep 2014 | 7:55 am
    For the past several weeks, Pakistan has faced a set of dual protests that have sparked a political crisis, which comes at a difficult time for Pakistan. However, a solution may be in sight. READ MORE
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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.
  • Raising Productivity in African agriculture

    14 Oct 2014 | 12:00 am
    Progress on raising yields per hectare and per agricultural worker in Africa has been slow, so that many farmers lag behind their counterparts in much of Asia and Latin on these two measures of productivity.
 
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    ZeroDivide

  • 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…
  • Twitter Chat: We Want to Hear From You

    Caitlin Kerton
    29 Aug 2014 | 3:12 pm
    Twitter Chat: We Want to Hear From YouBy Caitlin Kerton Friday, 29 August 2014 - 3:12pm Are you using mobile apps for social change? Do you have a Twitter account? Join us for a Twitter chat series on mobile for social impact in September! Every Friday from September 12th, we will be exploring topics related to using mobile apps for community organizing and social change. Check in with us at the following hashtags on Twitter on Fridays from 11:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. PDT, no RSVPs are necessary! Friday, September 12th: Mobile App Development for the Social Sector - #apps4impact Friday,…
  • Causes Count: The Economic Power of California's Nonprofit Sector

    Caitlin Kerton
    27 Aug 2014 | 12:57 pm
    Causes Count: The Economic Power of California's Nonprofit Sector The California Association of Nonprofits is a statewide alliance of nonprofits across all sub-sectors advocating on issues that affect them, including such things as tax exemption, nonprofit regulation, legislation and charitable rating systems. CalNonprofits works to increase the understanding and awareness of the work that nonprofits do and the important role they play in our society. Their recent report, Causes Count: The Economic Power of California’s Nonprofit Sector, provides a detailed analysis of the power of…
  • OMB, Nonprofits and Social Impact

    Elaine Carpenter
    22 Aug 2014 | 1:35 pm
    OMB, Nonprofits and Social ImpactBy Elaine Carpenter Friday, 22 August 2014 - 1:35pm People know I'm a little bit wonkish — someone who enjoys reading dense policy articles, as well as local, state and federal laws and regulations. But few would suggest I take pleasure in reading cost allocation guidelines published by the federal Office of Management and Budget (OMB). As every nonprofit grant writer, accountant and executive can attest, plowing through these federal rules typically causes despair. However, the new rules on cost allocation that I read the other day was reason for some…
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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

  • 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…
  • How one India Fellow is building up the labor force in India

    briteweb
    23 Aug 2014 | 4:19 pm
    Over 90% of the 500 million person labor force in India exists in the unorganized sector. Working conditions in the informal sector are poor and offer few incentives leading to stagnating low incomes. Acumen India Fellow Prerit Rana is the Co-Founder and CEO of Agrasar, a non-profit organization outside New Delhi working to unlock this massive human capital potential and provide social security to disadvantaged communities across the country.  Trained as an engineer, Prerit started his career at his father’s corrugated box factory.  Things were moving ahead professionally and the path to…
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    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.
  • Intégrer le genre OUI, mais avec prudence

    Françoise Rivière
    10 Sep 2014 | 3:13 am
    Si, au niveau macroéconomique, développement et réduction des inégalités de genre sont généralement positivement corrélés, ce lien n’est pas systématique. Prendre en compte le genre... Cet article Intégrer le genre OUI, mais avec prudence est apparu en premier sur Ideas for development.
  • Nous devrions penser l’action sur le climat comme un investissement !

    Andrew Steer
    5 Sep 2014 | 3:49 am
      Le changement climatique doit être au centre de nos préoccupations. Pourquoi ? Qu’en est-il des pays qui n’ont pas les moyens d’agir contre le... Cet article Nous devrions penser l’action sur le climat comme un investissement ! est apparu en premier sur Ideas for development.
  • Favoriser la co-construction pour des politiques de développement plus efficaces

    Jean Michel Severino
    28 Aug 2014 | 4:07 am
      Depuis une quinzaine d’années, le paysage du développement est beaucoup plus complexe et multiforme que lorsque les Objectifs du Millénaire pour le développement (OMD)... Cet article Favoriser la co-construction pour des politiques de développement plus efficaces 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

  • 11 of the biggest heists in history

    Andrew Marshall
    22 Sep 2014 | 8:09 am
    Forget Bonnie and Clyde and Jesse James. The real pros steal money in super-massive amounts, on an industrial scale. And for really big thefts you need to be organized and connected, so businesses and politicians rank high on the list of the world’s greatest heists. But one heist dwarfs all these, and you probably don’t even know about it. More than US $1 trillion – that’s $1,000,000,000,000 – is siphoned out of developing countries every year through money laundering, tax evasion and embezzlement. It’s a Trillion Dollar Scandal. 1. Dunbar Armed Robbery The largest cash…
  • Google+ Hangout: How women are changing the face of poverty

    Abby Sasser
    22 Sep 2014 | 7:29 am
    This July ONE launched our brand new Girls & Women initiative to bring attention to the ways extreme poverty disproportionately impacts girls and women. Woman spins at fashionABLE factory in Ethiopia. Photo credit: Karen Walrond/ONE. To continue that dialogue, we are teaming together with Women Thrive to host a Google+ Hangout: Teach a Woman to Fish: Economic Opportunities for Women in the Developing World. Join ONE and Women Thrive Tuesday, September 30th at 11:00am EST on ONE’s Google+ page for an intimate conversation with Women Thrive co-founder Ritu Sharma. Ritu will be joined by…
  • Help us look into the future – to 2030

    Andrew Marshall
    21 Sep 2014 | 7:14 pm
    This is a big week on the international calendar, when people from around the globe show up in New York to debate the state of the world. It’s a chance for progress on some of the planet’s biggest challenges – Ebola, the environment, the struggle to defeat extreme poverty – and we want to seize it. The centerpiece is the annual meeting of the United Nations General Assembly, or UNGA. That’s the part of the UN where every country meets in a kind of global legislature. When it first met, in London in 1946, there were 51 countries. Now, there are 193. It’s chaos,…
  • Meet the winners of ONE’s #PowerProject!

    Stephanie Walstrom
    19 Sep 2014 | 10:22 am
    This week, ONE flew 13 of our most dedicated volunteers to DC to thank them for their hard work on the Power Project. These committed volunteers were part of a campaign that delivered more than 44,000 messages to the Senate this summer in support of the Energize Africa Act, a bill that will bring electricity to more than 50 million people for the first time. During their week in DC, these 13 outstanding volunteers met with ONE staff at our headquarters, lobbied congressmen on the Hill, attended a USAID forum on development and took in the sites and sounds of the nation’s capital.
  • Empowering women through micro-business education in Uganda

    Guest Blogger
    19 Sep 2014 | 6:55 am
    Alli Sarazen is a junior copywriter for BeadforLife. Think for a moment about the first time someone recognized a spark in you—a purpose and drive you hadn’t yet seen yourself. At BeadforLife, we believe every woman deserves to experience that moment, see that spark, and feel the pride that comes from transforming her own life through micro-entrepreneurship education. Since 2004, BeadforLife has ignited opportunities for more than 3,200 women—who in turn support over 25,000 family members—living in extreme poverty in Uganda. We provide income generation, entrepreneurial and…
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    The Change Blog

  • 12 Things I Learned from Wandering the World

    Carolynne Melnyk
    2 Sep 2014 | 5:53 am
    For over 25 years I wandered the world.  Along the way, I had many adventures and learned about myself, people and the world. These are some of the things I learned: 1. I learned that people all over the world want the same basic things: enough to eat, clear water, decent shelter, good health, education and opportunities for their children, an honest way to earn some money and respect. 2. I learned that some of the poorest people on this planet are also some of the most generous. They share what they have, even if it is only a glass of water.  When someone offers you something from the…
  • How I Opened My Heart to Change and What Showed Up When I Did

    Vanessa Soto
    31 Aug 2014 | 7:15 am
    “Happiness is not something ready made. It comes from your own actions.” – Dalai Lama I arrived 15 minutes late for the Saturday morning conference call, right as Kate said she was about done with announcements and we would be doing check ins next. Kate being the instructor in my life coach-training program, the conference call being one of the training calls the 15 of us in the program dialed in to from all over the world. As Kate went on to say that this week our check in would be “If you really knew me…” —I kinda started to panic. What that meant was that…
  • 4 Reasons to Stop Comparing Yourself to Others

    Deborah Fike
    28 Aug 2014 | 6:47 am
    A friend of mine, Karen*, is one of those people who seems to have it all.  She graduated at the top of her MBA class.  She holds a high level job at a prestigious Fortune 500 company.  She maintains a rigorous exercise regimen, a reminder of her collegiate rowing days.  She’s happily married and had a child about a year ago.  There’s not much in life that Karen doesn’t do well. Except, she doesn’t feel that she’s doing well.  It’s not that Karen does not enjoy her life.  Quite the opposite: she loves all the elements of her life.  She struggles with work-life balance,…
  • My Road to Detoxification

    Virag Padalkar
    27 Aug 2014 | 5:40 am
    A while ago an ex-colleague of mine posted on a social networking website a very sensitive piece of information that usually people prefer to keep private. This was a sad event in his life (a divorce) and all said and done; took courage to put it out there for everyone to see. It kind of felt like a soul-baring act to me and one that must have taken immense guts. That got me thinking. The past few years of my life have been tumultuous to say the least. I have no doubt that there is much more to go, but given that I have finished almost half of my life; I sure hope the worst is over. I’ve…
  • What 3 Dead Authors Taught Me About Living

    Bryan Collins
    26 Aug 2014 | 6:15 am
    “When the beginnings of self-destruction enter the heart it seems no bigger than a grain of sand.” – John Cheever Confusing, isn’t it? Perhaps you’re having problems finding a career you love? Or maybe your day-to-day life is making you unhappy? Or are you struggling to pursue a passion you’ve held close for years. I’ve faced all of these problems, but several people helped me work through them. One of these people was the American novelist John Cheever. I never met John Cheever, and he died when I was one. So how could John have helped me? I spent hours…
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    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.
  • There’s a New Sheriff in Town: Your Employees

    Ryan Scott
    17 Sep 2014 | 9:29 am
    If you’re involved in any activity related to managing employee volunteer programs, you need to know Chris Jarvis.  As the co-founder of Realized Worth, Chris and his intuitive team have [...] The post There’s a New Sheriff in Town: Your Employees appeared first on SocialEarth.
  • Gates Foundation Commits $50M to Fight Ebola Outbreak

    Vikas Vij
    17 Sep 2014 | 5:02 am
    (3BL Media/Justmeans) – According the World Health Organization (WHO), global health security faces an ongoing danger from emerging and re-emerging epidemic diseases. WHO calls for the reduction of the devastation [...] The post Gates Foundation Commits $50M to Fight Ebola Outbreak appeared first on SocialEarth.
  • How Closed Loop Systems Keep Unwanted Clothing From Landfills

    Gina-Marie Cheeseman
    16 Sep 2014 | 5:59 am
    The clothing industry has a big impact on the environment. Synthetic materials take a long time to decompose once they end up in landfills. For example, nylon takes 30 to [...] The post How Closed Loop Systems Keep Unwanted Clothing From Landfills appeared first on SocialEarth.
 
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    Social Velocity

  • 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…
  • New Webinar: How to Build a Fundraising Board

    Nell Edgington
    4 Sep 2014 | 6:08 am
    I’ve been conducting a lot of Financial Model Assessments lately (where I analyze how a nonprofit raises money and show them how to do it more effectively) and, not surprisingly, the board of directors often comes up as an impediment to greater financial sustainability. There are so many reasons why a nonprofit’s board is not helping to bring money in the door. Often board members: Don’t know who or how to ask for money Can’t articulate why someone should give to their nonprofit Are unable to figure out where they can be most helpful Don’t understand how…
  • Fundraising’s Shiny Object Syndrome

    Nell Edgington
    2 Sep 2014 | 6:21 am
    I have to be honest. I am so sick of hearing about the ice bucket challenge that I am loathe to write about it. But I wonder if many in the nonprofit and philanthropic sector are falling victim, yet again, to shiny object syndrome, so I feel compelled to say something. To me the ice bucket challenge is yet another example of what happens so often in the world of fundraising. Nonprofit board members and staff hate fundraising, so they desperately search for a magic bullet to make it all go away. Sometimes that magic bullet is “an endowment,” sometimes its “earned…
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    Cedar Communications Group

  • How to Publish Articles on LinkedIn: Quick Tips

    Pam McAllister
    18 Sep 2014 | 1:58 pm
    LinkedIn is the B2B social media platform — and now all users can publish long-form posts, increasing opportunities for visibility and engagement. The mechanics are straightforward: Click the little pencil icon on your LinkedIn status. You get a pretty standard editing screen. There are heading styles, bullets, etc. You can add images, although it seems you’re stuck with having them left-aligned. You can add iframe embed code, which opens some interesting possibilities. (I’m a bit surprised they allow that.) The usual content strategy considerations apply. Some…
 
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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

  • “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 [...]
  • Join This Care2 Member in Saving Baby Monkeys From Torturous Research Study

    Ximena Ramirez
    20 Sep 2014 | 7:00 am
    One of my favorite things about being a part of the Care2 community is seeing our incredible members get behind issues they really care about. Take for example Care2 member Mary Elizabeth who recently launched a petition to stop the torture of baby monkeys in a new anxiety and depression study being conducted at the [...]
  • 4 Ways Care2 Members Are Making a Difference

    Care2 Causes Editors
    18 Sep 2014 | 12:00 pm
    The fight for good doesn’t stop on the Care2 site — plenty of news outlets pick up our petitions and share them with the rest of the world. Often, media attention increases pressure on those in positions of authority and helps Care2 members win their campaigns. So, which Care2 petitions were featured in the news so far in September?
  • Burlington, Vermont is Now 100% Powered by Renewable Energy

    Kevin Mathews
    17 Sep 2014 | 7:00 am
    Burlington, Vermont, already considered to be one of the United States’s most environmentally progressive cities, has added another line to its impressive green resume. Just recently, the city finalized its transition to relying 100% on renewable resources for its energy. Burlington is Vermont’s large city, though that in itself is no big feat – the [...]
  • Charges Against Environmentalists Dropped Since Climate Change Is a “Crisis”

    Kevin Mathews
    10 Sep 2014 | 7:00 am
    Time and time again, we’ve seen eco-activists suffer losses in court and sentenced to prison. While their acts of civil disobedience are honorable, the laws defend the rights of corporations to destroy the planet. Finally, this infuriating trend has seen a surprisingly different outcome in Massachusetts this week. Last year, Ken Ward and Jay O’Hara, [...]
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    Social Finance

  • A Flurry of Impact Investing Reports Released

    Karim Harji
    22 Sep 2014 | 7:53 am
    Last year, the G8 convened a Social Impact Investment Taskforce to bring together government officials and senior figures from the worlds of finance, business and philanthropy, from across the G8 countries to stimulate the development of an effective global impact investing market. After an intensive global process, in which Canada was well-represented, a series of reports were launched this past week that will be of interest to the social finance community. The main Report, entitled Impact Investment: The Invisible Heart of Markets – Harnessing the power of entrepreneurship, innovation…
  • SF Snapshots: Renewal

    Kate Storey
    17 Sep 2014 | 9:24 am
    Vancouver-based Renewal Funds closed a $63 million social venture capital fund at the end of February this year and are funding early stage Canadian mission-based companies.   Our team is investing in organic food, green products and environmental and social innovation companies with annual revenues between $1 and $20 million. Renewal3, the current fund, invests between $500,000 and $2,500,000 on a first investment and reserves capital for follow-on support. The Renewal portfolio includes companies on both sides of the border and in Canada we are pleased to be partnered with: Miovision in…
  • The True Cost of Capital: People

    Grant Schreiber
    16 Sep 2014 | 8:16 am
    On a visit to rural Vietnam a few years ago Don Lam met with a mother who had just lost her 8-year old daughter to a heart condition because she didn’t have the money for surgery. When he discovered that it would only have cost $3,000 to save her, Lam decided to act. As the founding partner of VinaCapital, one of Vietnam’s leading asset management groups, he adopted an attitude of giving back to the communities in which they worked. He has taken mainstream financial regulatory requirements of ethics, transparency and fairness, and applied this to a social business model that promotes…
  • Impact investing poised to mobilize billions in capital for Canadian communities

    Tim Jackson & Sarah Doyle
    15 Sep 2014 | 5:00 am
    Mobilizing Private Capital for Public Good: Priorities for Canada, was released today. Click here to read the Executive Summary and the Full Report in both English and French. Last spring, British Prime Minister David Cameron announced the international Social Impact Investment Taskforce. A group of 24 Canadian experts from the private, non-profit and academic sectors came together to support this effort. Their report, Mobilizing Private Capital for Public Good: Priorities for Canada, was released today. Impact investors place capital into enterprises and projects that aim to achieve a social…
  • Where are the Communities in Impact Investment Measurement?

    Ammara Niyaz
    12 Sep 2014 | 6:30 am
    Are the voices of social enterprise’s beneficiaries being heard in impact measurement? The Current Landscape There are currently a few different impact investing measurement frameworks in use. The Impact Reporting and Investing Standards (IRIS) created jointly by Rockefeller Foundation, Acumen Fund, and B Lab is managed by Global Impact Investing Network (GIIN). This initiative was created as a result of the need for transparency as well as credibility of the social and environmental impact of capital. There are several organizations which have adopted and use this methodology such as…
 
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    Return On Now

  • 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…
  • How to Source Royalty Free Images for Websites

    Tommy Landry
    21 Aug 2014 | 9:27 am
    The following post is copyrighted by Return On Now - Austin Internet Marketing Consulting ServicesBloggers and webmasters are typically aware of the fact that images make their content perform better. Most savvy bloggers will tell you that they spend a great deal of time tracking down photos, graphs, and other images for this very purpose. The safest way to incorporate images into your content is to use either 1) your own images or 2) licensed images from sites like iStockPhoto or Getty. However, not everyone has access to a library of owned images or sufficient budget to license third party…
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    Hub LA

  • 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…
  • August Food Trucks

    Hub LA
    5 Aug 2014 | 12:00 pm
    Food truck Fridays continue this month with an amazing(ly delicious) line-up of mobile cafes! Stop by the Hub lot every Friday this month for Friends Friday – your free trial day of working out of Hub LA – and for Food Trucks between 12:30 and 2:30pm. Plan accordingly: The post August Food Trucks appeared first on Hub LA.
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    Changemakers Ideas ExChange

  • Be Part of the Solution: How You Can Help Young People in Africa Find Jobs -- And Purpose

    Future Forward Team
    16 Sep 2014 | 4:40 pm
    Young people everywhere crave having a purpose in our rapidly changing world. This has serious social, economic, and political implications for the sub-Saharan Africa region because it is on track to have the largest youth population in the world by 2050. Young people everywhere crave having a purpose in our rapidly changing world. This has serious social, economic, and political implications for the sub-Saharan Africa region because it is on track to have the largest youth population in the world by 2050. With this in mind The MasterCard Foundation and Ashoka are launching an innovation…
  • SMS Voting For Bangalore Choice Finalists Is Open!

    Indrani
    10 Sep 2014 | 11:20 am
     Earlier this year, UL partnered with Ashoka, a global network of change makers, and launched the Safer Roads, Safer India: Game Changing Innovations that Save Lives challenge to increase public awareness of road safety challenges, crowd source solutions, and accelerate the rate of positive change. The Safe Roads challenge is part of a pilot being tested across India, with a focus on Bangalore, the country’s third-largest city.read more
  • Why overcoming challenges is key to effective leadership & entrepreneurial breakthroughs

    ssatiani
    10 Sep 2014 | 10:53 am
    Editor's Note: Below is a Q&A with Timothy J. McClimon, president of the American Express Foundation and vice president for Corporate Social Responsibility, American Express. Read more about the Ashoka American Express Emerging Innovators Bootcamp on the 2014 Emerging Innovators Campaign homepage.  read more
  • Fighting Heart Disease One Step At A Time

    mikem
    9 Sep 2014 | 9:33 pm
      Members of Canada’s Aboriginal population are at a higher health risk than other Canadians. They are more prone to diabetes and 50 percent more likely to develop heart disease. read more
  • Storify Highlights from a #play2learn Twitter Chat on Aug. 26

    Indrani
    5 Sep 2014 | 6:58 am
     We recently ran a Twitter chat to discuss how learning projects with a focus on play and whole-child development can make prepare young people in Asia to succeed in the 21st century. 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

  • 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…
  • Hindustan ka dil dekho !

    admin
    6 Jul 2014 | 7:46 am
    This is a blogpost by Hitesh Bhatt, member of Rang De’s impact team who is currently on a field trip to Madhya Pradesh and Bihar. I got another opportunity to go on a field trip to meet our impact partners and our hardworking and enterprising borrowers. And this time it is Madhya Pradesh and I am not alone. Chaitanya is with me as a great mentor and a companion. I am sitting at our partner’s office (Shakti Mahila Sangh) and we are all involved in discussions about how to create greater impact on peoples’ lives and how to measure it better. This is a short break and I decided to…
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    Marketing and Social Media Strategy for Restaurants | Nate Riggs

  • What Craft Cocktail Trends Should Restaurants be Aware of?

    Nate
    29 Aug 2014 | 9:38 am
    The first ever “cocktail party” was allegedly thrown by Mrs. Julia S. Walsh Jr. of St. Louis Missouri in May of 1917. Since then, cocktails have continued to grow in popularity and are now ingrained in America’s social culture. Our guest this week has earned perhaps the highest accolades you can in the cocktail/mixology field […] The post What Craft Cocktail Trends Should Restaurants be Aware of? appeared first on Marketing and Social Media Strategy for Restaurants | Nate Riggs.
  • Marketing Technologists – Unicorns or Just Horses?

    Alex Foley
    27 Aug 2014 | 3:00 am
    One of the latest trends in corporate marketing is embracing the idea that with our digital world there is a growing need to have people who are experts in both marketing and technology – aka the “marketing technologist.” This recently coined term has been a popular topic in marketing news and was recently covered by Forbes […] The post Marketing Technologists – Unicorns or Just Horses? appeared first on Marketing and Social Media Strategy for Restaurants | Nate Riggs.
  • Clickbait on Facebook Is Going Away & It Will Blow Your Mind Why

    Gentry Bennett
    26 Aug 2014 | 3:00 am
    Does that headline look familiar to you? Many websites use similar headlines (i.e. You’ll Never Believe This Weight Loss Secret…) to draw users on social media to click on to their site. This is known as clickbait. Facebook announced yesterday that the site plans to get rid of clickbait in an effort to improve people’s […] The post Clickbait on Facebook Is Going Away & It Will Blow Your Mind Why appeared first on Marketing and Social Media Strategy for Restaurants | Nate Riggs.
 
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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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  • Content, Context and Semantics:

    william.shouse
    18 Sep 2014 | 4:54 pm
    The 5 readings I’ve been attempting to digest the last 2 weeks at Ac4d, discuss many things. Grouped into topics of Value, and Participatory Design, a lot of different jargon seems to contrast ideas between the authors , which I can only assume is Jons intent, in having us “plot” authors against (or is it “with”?) each other on a dual axis graph. For me what’s underpinning all these disparate texts is how much though sure each has their own positions, they seem to be talking around each others points. Though approaches differ, the goal seems the same, the most effective way to…
  • Five papers assessed by depth and user engagement

    eugenia.harris
    18 Sep 2014 | 4:47 pm
    The current assignment involves summarizing the positions taken by the authors of five papers, and then ranking them according to: 1) how the authors might casually describe their take on engaging with users, with the measures “designing with” at one end of the scale, versus “designing for” at the other 2) a comparison of our own choosing, which in my case is the density of the material (in the sense of depth), versus conciseness, where one central idea is put forth briefly and clearly. The diagram consists of an X-Y axis that defines four quadrants, where the position…
  • Start to finish in the design process: Where do humans take part?

    lindsay.josal
    18 Sep 2014 | 4:33 pm
    As we study Participatory design in our theory class we’re challenged with the problem of melding 6 different papers on the design process, with all opposing views, to create a position diagram bringing them all together on two different axis for our position diagram assignment this week. While narrowing down all the different positions one could take from the readings I descried on the spectrum of user engagement over the time of the design process., which I positioned on the y axis of the position diagram below. Our readings were from professionals with various backgrounds in multiple…
  • Design Theory: An Integral Analysis

    jeff.patton
    18 Sep 2014 | 4:17 pm
    I studied philosophy as an undergrad, which gave me a surface understanding of a wide variety of different philosophical subject areas.  While I enjoyed the mental gymnastics of philosophy, and enjoyed discussing and debating ideas, I have to admit that I left my university without a clear picture, or mental framework, of the world. Soon after I graduated, I found the philosophy of Ken Wilber.  Ken Wilber maps the entire universe and incorporates every philosophy, psychology, technology and spiritual tradition into a map he calls the “Integral Model.”  He separates the world…
  • Who’s creative? A position diagram of five authors

    laura.galos
    18 Sep 2014 | 3:51 pm
    Sometime between sixth and eighth grade, I made a watercolor copy of Woman with a Hat for a required art class. Aside from the face being smushed on one side, it wasn’t all that bad. My teacher was ecstatic about how it came out and told me that no student had ever chosen that image to reproduce in her class before (there’s a lot of patience-sapping detail). This moment, along with a few others, set me on a path as being “different.” I was a “creative” person. I think many of us have had that moment in some early art class where we were either compelled to be “creative…
 
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  • 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…
  • Please Stop Ideating

    Harvard Business Review
    29 Apr 2014 | 8:45 am
    Originally posted on HBR Blog Network - Harvard Business Review: Surely it makes sense that the more ideas we have, the better our innovation track record will be. Not true, it turns out. Firms that hold ideation sessions − those in which a group guided by outside consultants generate ideas for new products and services − generate little additional revenue from new offerings compared to those that don’t. That was a finding of a study of consumer-package-goods companies that I led. How could this be? Aren’t more ideas better? Actually, coming up with an idea turns out to be…
  • Developing Critical Thinkers: Challenging Adults to Explore Alternative Ways of Thinking and Acting by Stephen D. Brookfield

    Daniel Montano
    24 Apr 2014 | 1:59 pm
    Originally posted on JimErwin.com: Critical thinking is defined in this book is composed of two processes: identifying and challenging assumptions, and then imagining and exploring alternatives. When I think critically, my perceived truth, or my understanding of absolute truth, changes. By questioning what I have always understood to be true, I can come to a better position, or find a better solution to a problem that I have encountered. This is the premise of the book. Not only should I learn to think differently about what I have learned, but I should learn to explore new ways of solving…
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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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  • Social Design Webinar Series

    27 Aug 2014 | 9:45 am
    Social Design Webinar Series Lisa Jones | August 27, 2014 Can designers make a difference? Increasingly, designers are taking prominent roles in the creation of initiatives for solving social issues. In a recent two-part YouthActionNet webinar series ,... READ MORE
  • Storytelling Resources for Change Leaders

    18 Jul 2014 | 8:51 am
    Storytelling Resources for Change Leaders Sheila Kinkade | July 18, 2014 While few would question the value of powerful storytelling in today’s world, the art and craft of delivering memorable stories is something change leaders perfect over a lifetime. So what... READ MORE
  • Social Entrepreneurs are Creating Greater Value(s) and Will Dominate the Future’s Success Stories

    16 Jul 2014 | 8:31 am
    Social Entrepreneurs are Creating Greater Value(s) and Will Dominate the Future’s Success Stories Oliver Guinness | July 16, 2014 Twenty years ago approximately 95 percent of stock market capitalization was comprised of traditional assets. Today such assets represent less than 30 percent of total market cap. This is because the... READ MORE
  • 2014 Laureate Global Fellows

    10 Jul 2014 | 9:53 am
    2014 Laureate Global Fellows Sheila Kinkade | July 10, 2014 Meet the 2014 Laureate Global Fellows —20 young social entrepreneurs from 17 countries who have pioneered solutions to some of the world's toughest challenges. Learn more about their... READ MORE
  • Designing 21st Century Higher Education

    7 Jul 2014 | 8:41 am
    Designing 21st Century Higher Education Miriam Reyes Oliva | July 7, 2014 With my first social impact venture, Aprendices Visuales , it took me one year to finally decide to take action on my idea, three years to make it sustainable, and two more years to discover that my... READ MORE
 
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  • GreenHotelWorld.com offers travelers a green hotelroom

    Willem
    31 Aug 2014 | 9:45 am
    According to the UNWTO, the travel industry is accountable for 5 percent of all CO2 emissions in the world. Besides that, the industry also has a significant impact on the living conditions of local communities. The Hotel Sustainability Benchmark report of Cornell University indicates that an average midscale hotel room is responsible for 23 kg [...]The post GreenHotelWorld.com offers travelers a green hotelroom appeared first on Green Entrepreneurship.
  • UK Green Crowdfunding platforms merge

    Robert
    27 Jul 2014 | 5:23 am
    UK based Trillion Fund and buzzbnk have announced to merge their Green Crowdfunding Platforms creating UK’s biggest in terms of users. This is an interesting development in the crowdfunding sector, since we have seen a large increase of small initiatives the last years. It can be expected these small initiatives need to start merging as [...]The post UK Green Crowdfunding platforms merge appeared first on Green Entrepreneurship.
  • Engaging the Green Crowd to invest in energy efficiency

    Robert
    2 May 2014 | 4:11 am
    In 2012, bettervest.de was born out of the Start-Up-Weekend Rhein-Main in Germany. Since then the team has worked hard to become a fully operating Green Crowdfunding platform focusing on energy efficiency projects. The have just launched their largest project so far funding the installation of a combined heat and power plant with an expected yearly return of 8% [...]The post Engaging the Green Crowd to invest in energy efficiency appeared first on Green Entrepreneurship.
  • The e-cruizer makes the e-bike cool

    Robert
    25 Feb 2014 | 5:54 am
    Inspired by the 1912 Harley Davidson and his search for answering the current environmental problems, designer Janpeter Eilander developed the e-cruizer. Inserted with European Space Agency (ESA) technology, the e-bike generates the maximum output with a minimal electricity consumption. The Dutch company behind this great product, B4-bikes, is changing the image of the electric bicycle. [...]The post The e-cruizer makes the e-bike cool appeared first on Green Entrepreneurship.
  • Eco-Travel site Loco2 expands into Spain

    Willem
    18 Feb 2014 | 12:30 pm
    Taking the train instead of plane can reduce your carbon footprint with as much as 90 percent. Loco2 aims to stimulate travellers moving to train journeys by offering the first pan-European online booking site for buying train tickets. The Rail-booking site offers tickets from a number of European railway operators in countries such as the UK, [...]The post Eco-Travel site Loco2 expands into Spain appeared first on Green Entrepreneurship.
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  • Tips for Better Tenant Management

    Marc
    21 Sep 2014 | 6:59 pm
    If you plan to make money in real estate by owning and renting commercial and/or residential property, then it is important to understand and abide by best practices for tenant management. Good tenants are the lifeblood of profitable real estate investments, while bad tenants can not only give you headaches, they can torpedo your financial goals. It is important to understand how to find good tenants and manage your relationships with them to ensure the success of your investment. © Flickr | umjanedoan In this article, we will explore, 1) commercial tenant management, 2) residential tenant…
  • How to Establish an Innovative Brand

    Marc
    20 Sep 2014 | 10:03 pm
    What does it mean to establish an innovative brand? in·no·va·tive /ˈinəˌvātiv/ is an adjective featuring new methods (advanced and original) introducing new ideas, original and creative in thinking. In today’s rapid-change world, companies rely on innovation to survive. To remain competitive in their industries, companies must not be content to simply do business as usual. The demands and needs of customers are changing – the successful company will not only change along with them, they will anticipate the future needs and wants of the customer and be ready to meet those needs. By…
  • Due Diligence When Buying Real Estate

    Marc
    20 Sep 2014 | 6:59 am
    Due diligence is generally defined as thorough research before signing a contract, especially one involving a purchase or sale. Within a real estate context, it usually refers to a stipulated period within a real estate contract for a buyer to investigate the property in question to ensure that they are satisfied with it before the purchase is finalized. However, long before any initial offer is made, properties considered for real estate investment should be assessed as thoroughly as possible using all publicly available information. This is known as preliminary due diligence, and can…
  • How To Use Google+ for Business Purposes

    Marc
    19 Sep 2014 | 8:22 am
    When Google+ first launched in 2011, there were so many social networks around so it would figure that Google, already the dominant name in online search, would get in on the act by launching its own, right? Google+, however, is not quite a social network, in the traditional sense. The Oxford Dictionary defines a social network as: A dedicated website or other application that enables users to communicate with each other by posting information, comments, messages, images, etc. But Google+ is not a website or mobile application. It is a suite of social tools to enhance the Google experience,…
  • New York Metropolitan Opera | The New Business Model

    Marc
    18 Sep 2014 | 6:22 am
    The opera has long been regarded as the epitome of entertainment among the wealthy, as well as a symbol of a well-educated mind. For many, attending a performance at a famed opera house is a once in a lifetime opportunity. Offering a mix of both classical and new operas, the opera house becomes the doorway to an enchanted land. The process of creating that fantasy land, however, is based in a startling reality of paperwork and business plans. For the New York Metropolitan Opera, reality came crashing into their fantasy world as bankruptcy loomed. Are there lessons that can be learned from…
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    Marketing Strategies and Education for Entrepreneurs

  • 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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