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  • Can New Legal Structures Help Social Entrepreneurs Succeed?

    Skoll World Forum
    Jake Wadland
    30 Aug 2014 | 3:55 pm
    At the Lex Mundi Pro Bono Foundation we work with social entrepreneurs from around the world to help them identify their legal issues and access pro bono legal services. We see that social entrepreneurs often face the same legal issues and challenges that confront any entrepreneur. One of the first questions that nascent social entrepreneurs typically confront is whether to form a legal entity and if so, where and in what form. In the past this was an easier question for social entrepreneurs to answer – given the lack of alternatives, they would either establish a traditional nonprofit…
  • Activist fuels his bike tour with dumpster food to call attention to Food Waste Fiascos

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    Derek Markham
    1 Sep 2014 | 10:56 am
    By eating from dumpsters during his cycling tour across America, activist Rob Greenfield is hoping to draw attention to, and find solutions for, food waste.
  • Lorraine Smith Participates in Panel Discussion, "Under the Hood: Corporate Sustainability in 2014"

    SustainAbility
    30 Aug 2014 | 4:36 pm
    On September 3, Lorraine Smith, Senior Director at SustainAbility, is participating in a panel discussion entitled “Under the Hood: Corporate Sustainability in 2014” at Baruch College. The panel will be moderated by Max Driscoll, Director of Sustainability Practice Network, Croxton Collaborative Architects. Other panelists include: Michael Deane, Vice President, Chief of Sustainability, Turner Construction Company; Su Gao, Senior ESG Analyst, Bloomberg LLP; Davida Heller, Ass’t VP, Corporate Sustainability, Citi; Adam Kanzer, General Counsel, Domini Social Investments About the…
  • Obama to Seek ‘Politically Binding’ Climate Agreement

    Triple Pundit: People, Planet, Profit
    RP Siegel
    2 Sep 2014 | 3:00 am
    With a United Nations summit meeting coming up in Paris next year that will attempt to come up with some kind of meaningful global agreement, the president is determined not to show up empty-handed this time.
  • Should bike sharing be subsidized? Or privatized?

    Marc Gunther's blog
    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 […] >
 
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  • Lorraine Smith Participates in Panel Discussion, "Under the Hood: Corporate Sustainability in 2014"

    30 Aug 2014 | 4:36 pm
    On September 3, Lorraine Smith, Senior Director at SustainAbility, is participating in a panel discussion entitled “Under the Hood: Corporate Sustainability in 2014” at Baruch College. The panel will be moderated by Max Driscoll, Director of Sustainability Practice Network, Croxton Collaborative Architects. Other panelists include: Michael Deane, Vice President, Chief of Sustainability, Turner Construction Company; Su Gao, Senior ESG Analyst, Bloomberg LLP; Davida Heller, Ass’t VP, Corporate Sustainability, Citi; Adam Kanzer, General Counsel, Domini Social Investments About the…
  • See Change: How Transparency Drives Performance Survey

    27 Aug 2014 | 11:48 pm
    Sustainability reporting is stalled. That is, reporting is simply not driving as much impact as it could. This is not to say that reporting has not evolved since its early days or led to important and useful information and action. It certainly has. Companies that have been monitoring and reporting on an array of social and environmental issues spanning many years have created numerous baselines, data sets, subject-matter expertise and collaborative relationships upon which to build. Impact-wise, reporting has enabled efficiency gains, informed stakeholders about key issues, enhanced…
  • See Change: Survey

    26 Aug 2014 | 8:46 am
    Sustainability experts often point to stakeholder engagement and enhanced reputation as some of the benefits of corporate transparency. This survey reveals that corporate transparency brings even more value to companies. Seventy-nine percent of survey respondents indicated that corporate transparency positively impacts a company’s sustainability performance. While there are barriers to transparency driving change within companies, there are a number of transparency practices that can help better guide decision making and work towards sustainable change. SustainAbility is producing an…
  • On Our Radar: Inequality Moves Beyond Wage

    24 Aug 2014 | 8:53 pm
    Image © CC Ilias Bartolini An abbreviated version of this piece was originally published in the summer issue of Radar Magazine – Issue 04: Better, Connected. Although a proposed increase in the US minimum wage stalled in Congress in early 2014, inequality has not lost momentum, and if anything, is poised to remain high on the global agenda. The Initiative for Responsible Investment at Harvard held a webinar on “Income Inequality and the Potential Risk to Investors” earlier this year, concluding that any company that furthers inequality could face substantial revenue losses from…
  • Newsletter > Materiality 2.0, Summer Trends and more...

    20 Aug 2014 | 5:38 am
    This month we report on SustainAbility’s updated approach to materiality, this month’s trends and the five leading attributes of stakeholder engagement. Click here to view. Also see other past updates here: May 21 2014 > Looking Back Over 20 Years of Sustainability Leadership, Financial Innovation and More April 23 2014 > Webinar on Sustainability Leadership, Customer Behavior Change and more February 27 2014 > Business Models, Energy, Reporting and more November 27 2013 > Join Our Webcast on Extended Leadership and more November 7 2013 > Why cities hold the secret…
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    Triple Pundit: People, Planet, Profit

  • Obama to Seek ‘Politically Binding’ Climate Agreement

    RP Siegel
    2 Sep 2014 | 3:00 am
    With a United Nations summit meeting coming up in Paris next year that will attempt to come up with some kind of meaningful global agreement, the president is determined not to show up empty-handed this time.
  • Green Job Openings More Than Double in the Second Quarter of 2014

    Andrew Burger
    2 Sep 2014 | 2:30 am
    More than 12,500 clean energy and transportation jobs were announced in this year's second quarter (Q2 2014), more than double that of Q1, according to a report from Environmental Entrepreneurs released on the eve of the Labor Day weekend.
  • The Value of Bike Sharing: Looking Beyond Carbon Emissions

    Raz Godelnik
    2 Sep 2014 | 2:00 am
    When it comes to how green bike-sharing programs are, the focus should be their well-being impact, not their climate impact.
  • A Young African-American Banker with Pride

    3p Contributor
    2 Sep 2014 | 2:00 am
    Having been called on as a millennial to share my story for this article, I’m a little less suspicious of the label, and a little more interested in exploring what it means to me and what it might mean for the investment community. All of this talk of identity may seem a little sentimental for an investment publication, but I argue that identity will be a critical consideration for the investment community going forward.
  • Taking Sustainability Beyond the Company Walls

    Eric Justian
    2 Sep 2014 | 1:45 am
    The difference between SABmiller's approach and other company-centered 'efficiency' efforts is the depth of focus outside the company's own walls.
 
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    Skoll World Forum

  • Can New Legal Structures Help Social Entrepreneurs Succeed?

    Jake Wadland
    30 Aug 2014 | 3:55 pm
    At the Lex Mundi Pro Bono Foundation we work with social entrepreneurs from around the world to help them identify their legal issues and access pro bono legal services. We see that social entrepreneurs often face the same legal issues and challenges that confront any entrepreneur. One of the first questions that nascent social entrepreneurs typically confront is whether to form a legal entity and if so, where and in what form. In the past this was an easier question for social entrepreneurs to answer – given the lack of alternatives, they would either establish a traditional nonprofit…
  • Feedback is Insistent: Essential and Useable Metrics

    Jake Wadland
    27 Aug 2014 | 8:22 am
    Social impact measurement distills to two questions. What are your metrics? How do you (and others) use them? The Aspen Network of Development Entrepreneurs asked 30 organizations from the field of social investing to answer these questions and published the findings in a report called “The State of Measurement Practice in the Small and Growing Business Sector” and a blog post on Stanford Social Innovation Review. On the “what metrics” question, the survey showed that metrics are mainly used for accountability to funders. However you dress this up, it is a disappointing status quo…
  • Decision Data: Metrics Must Lead to Action

    Jake Wadland
    27 Aug 2014 | 8:22 am
    Conversations on impact measurement and metric collection often lead to questions about proving impact. Funders want information on social performance, and rightly so: we can’t be accountable to stakeholders – from investors to customers – without information on whether we achieved our goals (Metrics 1.0). Ideally we’d also like to compare that performance to highlight and incentivize exceptional achievement too (Metrics 2.0). We have made significant progress toward this goal. The infrastructure of Metrics 1.0 and 2.0 has been studiously built; for example the IRIS standards offer an…
  • Six Tips on Using Metrics to Align Mission with Financial Performance

    Jake Wadland
    27 Aug 2014 | 8:21 am
    “In my organization, it feels like we have a financial performance discussion, and an impact discussion, but those two discussions are separate and we don’t know how to connect them.” – ANDE Metrics Conference participant Social enterprises and impact investors, along with non-profits and foundations, have invested significant effort in designing metrics to monitor and evaluate impact. Yet these impact metrics do not create as much value as they could. Too often, impact metrics and the people who manage them are siloed in their own departments, one step removed from strategic…
  • How Collaborating on Impact Evaluation Helps Ecosystems

    Jake Wadland
    27 Aug 2014 | 8:21 am
    Thanks to the authors of Metrics 3.0 for putting together a clear and compelling framework to help guide social businesses in creating value through impact measurement. Each of the four strategies they articulate speaks to trends we see and principles we strive for at d.light in our own impact measurement strategy. d.light is one of the “small and growing businesses” (SGB) the Metrics 3.0 framework addresses. Founded in 2006 as a for-profit social enterprise, d.light manufactures and distributes solar lighting and power products designed to serve the more than two billion people globally…
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    Marc Gunther's blog

  • 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 […] >
  • A smarter approach to biofuels

    Marc Gunther
    13 Aug 2014 | 9:26 am
    The US biofuels industry has not covered itself in glory. It has consumed billions of dollars in taxpayer dollars, as much if not more from investors and in return delivered economic and environmental benefits that are murky at best, at least according to its critics. You’ll hear a different story from the industry, which is […] >
 
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    Skoll World Forum

  • Can New Legal Structures Help Social Entrepreneurs Succeed?

    Jake Wadland
    30 Aug 2014 | 3:55 pm
    At the Lex Mundi Pro Bono Foundation we work with social entrepreneurs from around the world to help them identify their legal issues and access pro bono legal services. We see that social entrepreneurs often face the same legal issues and challenges that confront any entrepreneur. One of the first questions that nascent social entrepreneurs typically confront is whether to form a legal entity and if so, where and in what form. In the past this was an easier question for social entrepreneurs to answer – given the lack of alternatives, they would either establish a traditional nonprofit…
  • Feedback is Insistent: Essential and Useable Metrics

    Jake Wadland
    27 Aug 2014 | 8:22 am
    Social impact measurement distills to two questions. What are your metrics? How do you (and others) use them? The Aspen Network of Development Entrepreneurs asked 30 organizations from the field of social investing to answer these questions and published the findings in a report called “The State of Measurement Practice in the Small and Growing Business Sector” and a blog post on Stanford Social Innovation Review. On the “what metrics” question, the survey showed that metrics are mainly used for accountability to funders. However you dress this up, it is a disappointing status quo…
  • Decision Data: Metrics Must Lead to Action

    Jake Wadland
    27 Aug 2014 | 8:22 am
    Conversations on impact measurement and metric collection often lead to questions about proving impact. Funders want information on social performance, and rightly so: we can’t be accountable to stakeholders – from investors to customers – without information on whether we achieved our goals (Metrics 1.0). Ideally we’d also like to compare that performance to highlight and incentivize exceptional achievement too (Metrics 2.0). We have made significant progress toward this goal. The infrastructure of Metrics 1.0 and 2.0 has been studiously built; for example the IRIS standards offer an…
  • Six Tips on Using Metrics to Align Mission with Financial Performance

    Jake Wadland
    27 Aug 2014 | 8:21 am
    “In my organization, it feels like we have a financial performance discussion, and an impact discussion, but those two discussions are separate and we don’t know how to connect them.” – ANDE Metrics Conference participant Social enterprises and impact investors, along with non-profits and foundations, have invested significant effort in designing metrics to monitor and evaluate impact. Yet these impact metrics do not create as much value as they could. Too often, impact metrics and the people who manage them are siloed in their own departments, one step removed from strategic…
  • How Collaborating on Impact Evaluation Helps Ecosystems

    Jake Wadland
    27 Aug 2014 | 8:21 am
    Thanks to the authors of Metrics 3.0 for putting together a clear and compelling framework to help guide social businesses in creating value through impact measurement. Each of the four strategies they articulate speaks to trends we see and principles we strive for at d.light in our own impact measurement strategy. d.light is one of the “small and growing businesses” (SGB) the Metrics 3.0 framework addresses. Founded in 2006 as a for-profit social enterprise, d.light manufactures and distributes solar lighting and power products designed to serve the more than two billion people globally…
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    Global Envision

  • THE MASTERCARD FOUNDATION WANTS TO CHANGE THE FINANCIAL GAME FOR WORLD’S POOR

    Kyla Yeoman
    25 Aug 2014 | 4:28 pm
    Video: How the poor save moneyhttps://www.globalenvision.org/2014/08/19/mastercard-foundation-wants-change-financial-game-world’s-poor
  • Three big reasons why business is the best route to ending poverty

    Guest Contributor
    19 Aug 2014 | 1:40 pm
    Image:  By Mal Warwick. This article was republished with permission from The Business Solution to Poverty's blog.There’s nothing mysterious here. Poor people tell us they’re poor because they don’t have enough money—and who knows more about making money than businesspeople?Capital, Jobs, ScalePrivate business possesses three overarching and undeniable advantages in addressing the challenge of poverty:Profitable businesses attract substantial capital.Successful businesses hire lots of people.Successful businesses are capable of reaching scale.These…
  • Global Ideas News Brief: Energy + Innovation

    Emily O'Hara
    19 Aug 2014 | 12:20 pm
    Image:  Economic opportunityFleeing War And Finding WorkNPRIn most parts of the world, refugees are not allowed to work. But in Uganda, refugee life is different.Banks Vie for a Piece of Africa's Mobile Banking MarketWSJIn Kenya, where telecom companies dominate the mobile-payments market, one of the country's largest banks is fighting to retake some of its traditional turf.Food securityFed on food aid: does emergency nutrition cripple local economies?GuardianAfter recent controversies in Haiti, do humanitarian organisations have a duty to address food security and…
  • The MasterCard Foundation Wants to Change the Financial Game for World’s Poor

    Emily O'Hara
    19 Aug 2014 | 12:14 pm
    Image:  Wiry, with a youthful face beneath graying hair, Kumar works long hours driving an auto-rickshaw on the traffic-jammed streets of Bangalore. The video is meant to raise awareness about financial products that are meaningful and valuable to people like Kumar, whose needs are so different from those of typical Western customers.Seated beside his wife, Kumar says he doesn’t apply for loans. Instead, he relies on his savings “to earn money and stand on [my] own.” He points to the ceiling and walls and says, “For me, my house is everything.”For many…
  • Global Ideas News Brief: NGOs vs. big business

    Emily O'Hara
    13 Aug 2014 | 4:57 pm
    Image:  The business of developmentAfrican Leaders Sit Down With American InvestorsNYTPresident Obama convened a giant game of “Let’s Make a Deal” between the United States and Africa on Tuesday, bringing together nearly 50 African leaders with American investors for what he promised would be a long-term partnership that went beyond extracting “minerals from the ground for our growth.”NGOs losing the war against poverty and climate change, says Civicus headGuardianCharities are no longer drivers of social change; for many saving the world has become big…
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    Beneblog: Technology Meets Society

  • 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…
  • Exploring Data for Impact

    11 Aug 2014 | 9:00 am
    The world is undergoing a data revolution, and the social sector is no exception. Mobile devices are breaking down the barriers to direct connections to staff, volunteers, clients, partners, communities, and the general public. Social enterprises are collecting more and more data: data about social problems; data about intervention outcomes; data for collective impact; data for learning; data for dashboards to better operate their enterprises; data for funders; and the list goes on. Yet, social enterprises aren’t typically made up of data geeks. They desperately need to use data better and…
  • How Open Source Sparks Innovation and Advances Social Good

    4 Aug 2014 | 11:32 am
    Adopting an open source philosophy has proven to be quite effective for us at Benetech in our work furthering technology-for-good. I recently had the opportunity to give an interview for Red Hat’s online magazine, Opensource.com, and discuss Benetech’s culture of “open.”I describe the open source tools Benetech builds; clarify why it is important that cybersecurity tools in particular are open; explain how Benetech’s culture of “open” shapes its product development as well as broadly serves its social mission; and reflect on the reasons why the open source ethos is well suited…
  • Thank You, Gerardo!

    28 Jul 2014 | 7:39 am
    The Benetech team has just bid goodbye to VP of Engineering Gerardo Capiel, who is moving on to his next adventure. A passionate technology-for-good advocate, Gerardo has made major contributions to Benetech’s social mission since he joined us over four years ago. As we are getting ready to welcome a new VP of Engineering, I’d like to acknowledge and thank Gerardo for his many contributions and their lasting impact on the lives of the people we serve.Gerardo helped Benetech dramatically increase our capacity to benefit larger populations by scaling our services, revamping our innovation…
  • The Road to Accessibility without Borders: Celebrating the One-Year Anniversary of the Marrakesh Treaty

    15 Jul 2014 | 4:20 pm
    One year ago, on June 28, 2013, at a diplomatic conference in Marrakesh, Morocco, the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) agreed on a historic international copyright exception for people with print disabilities. Hailed as “the Miracle in Marrakesh,” the Marrakesh Treaty to Facilitate Access to Published Works for Persons Who Are Blind, Visually Impaired or Otherwise Print Disabled paves the way to expanding access to books for people with print disabilities and provides the necessary legal framework for authorized organizations, like Benetech and…
 
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    Environmental Management & Sustainability News

  • Chiquita Fights Back Against Lawsuit

    Jessica Lyons Hardcastle
    2 Sep 2014 | 4:46 am
    Chiquita Brands International tells Environmental Leader that it’s considering filing a counter suit against a nonprofit group that has sued Chiquita for deceptive advertising, alleging that the company “advertises that its bananas are farmed in an ecologically friendly and sustainable manner.” The lawsuit, filed by Seattle-based Water and Sanitation Health (WASH), alleges Chiquita’s millions of […]
  • FuelCell Energy’s Carbon Capture Advances

    Jessica Lyons Hardcastle
    2 Sep 2014 | 4:40 am
    FuelCell Energy says it’s moving forward with its carbon capture project that uses Direct FuelCell (DFC) technology to separate CO2 from the emissions of coal-fired power plants. The $3 million project is supported by the US Department of Energy Office of Fossil Energy’s Carbon Capture Program and implemented by the National Energy Technology Laboratory. After […]
  • ConAgra Pledges Deforestation-Free Palm Oil

    Jessica Lyons Hardcastle
    2 Sep 2014 | 4:35 am
    ConAgra Foods is the latest food giant to agree to eliminate any palm oil supplier engaged in deforestation. The company made the commitment in response to a shareholder proposal filed by Green Century Capital Management and the New York State Common Retirement Fund. Under its expanded policy, ConAgra will, by December 2015, only source palm […]
  • Top 25 Green Football Schools Ranked

    Ken Jennison
    2 Sep 2014 | 4:27 am
    The University of Washington is the no. 1 green football school, according to SaveOnEnergy.com’s ranking of the top 25 NCAA football schools this season. SaveOnEnergy.com compared the 25 universities with criteria including stadium sustainability efforts, number of active green organizations, waste diversion rate, percentage of budget spent on locally grown or organic foods, and level of […]
  • Study: Calculating the True Cost of CO2 Emissions

    Ken Jennison
    2 Sep 2014 | 4:15 am
    Taking into account the full amount of carbon dioxide that power plants generate during their lifetime instead of tracking annual emissions could be a more helpful way to look at the impact of power plant emissions, according to a paper by researchers at University of California-Irvine and Princeton University. The researchers suggest that annual “commitment […]
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    Skoll World Forum

  • Can New Legal Structures Help Social Entrepreneurs Succeed?

    Jake Wadland
    30 Aug 2014 | 3:55 pm
    At the Lex Mundi Pro Bono Foundation we work with social entrepreneurs from around the world to help them identify their legal issues and access pro bono legal services. We see that social entrepreneurs often face the same legal issues and challenges that confront any entrepreneur. One of the first questions that nascent social entrepreneurs typically confront is whether to form a legal entity and if so, where and in what form. In the past this was an easier question for social entrepreneurs to answer – given the lack of alternatives, they would either establish a traditional nonprofit…
  • Feedback is Insistent: Essential and Useable Metrics

    Jake Wadland
    27 Aug 2014 | 8:22 am
    Social impact measurement distills to two questions. What are your metrics? How do you (and others) use them? The Aspen Network of Development Entrepreneurs asked 30 organizations from the field of social investing to answer these questions and published the findings in a report called “The State of Measurement Practice in the Small and Growing Business Sector” and a blog post on Stanford Social Innovation Review. On the “what metrics” question, the survey showed that metrics are mainly used for accountability to funders. However you dress this up, it is a disappointing status quo…
  • Decision Data: Metrics Must Lead to Action

    Jake Wadland
    27 Aug 2014 | 8:22 am
    Conversations on impact measurement and metric collection often lead to questions about proving impact. Funders want information on social performance, and rightly so: we can’t be accountable to stakeholders – from investors to customers – without information on whether we achieved our goals (Metrics 1.0). Ideally we’d also like to compare that performance to highlight and incentivize exceptional achievement too (Metrics 2.0). We have made significant progress toward this goal. The infrastructure of Metrics 1.0 and 2.0 has been studiously built; for example the IRIS standards offer an…
  • Six Tips on Using Metrics to Align Mission with Financial Performance

    Jake Wadland
    27 Aug 2014 | 8:21 am
    “In my organization, it feels like we have a financial performance discussion, and an impact discussion, but those two discussions are separate and we don’t know how to connect them.” – ANDE Metrics Conference participant Social enterprises and impact investors, along with non-profits and foundations, have invested significant effort in designing metrics to monitor and evaluate impact. Yet these impact metrics do not create as much value as they could. Too often, impact metrics and the people who manage them are siloed in their own departments, one step removed from strategic…
  • How Collaborating on Impact Evaluation Helps Ecosystems

    Jake Wadland
    27 Aug 2014 | 8:21 am
    Thanks to the authors of Metrics 3.0 for putting together a clear and compelling framework to help guide social businesses in creating value through impact measurement. Each of the four strategies they articulate speaks to trends we see and principles we strive for at d.light in our own impact measurement strategy. d.light is one of the “small and growing businesses” (SGB) the Metrics 3.0 framework addresses. Founded in 2006 as a for-profit social enterprise, d.light manufactures and distributes solar lighting and power products designed to serve the more than two billion people globally…
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    GlobalGiving Projects - Just added

  • Help Yao Ming Save Africa's Elephants

    Karim Olaechea
    1 Sep 2014 | 1:15 pm
    $10 — promotes Yao's billboard through social media$25 — gains 5,000 impressions through on online banner ad$50 — pays for an ad to play on a screen in a Shanghai taxi.SummaryDonate to WildAid and help former NBA star Yao Ming save Africa's elephants. WildAid has teamed up with Yao Ming, one of Asia's biggest celebrities, for an ad blitz to raise awareness in the country with the largest market for legal and illegal ivory, China. Every dollar that you donate helps amplify our message and reduce consumer demand for elephant ivory, and "when…
  • Fun for Destitute Children

    Betty Wandabwa
    31 Aug 2014 | 9:00 pm
    $10 — Sends a child to an exciting trip$20 — Contributes to car hire$30 — Buys food for 30 kids for a daySummaryTowards our vision, goals and objectives the Education Program is tasked to source donations to cater for child recreation. Activities in this area includes: games and sports (physical, mental and spiritual exercise), scout/guided camping, and skills/talent development. Presently 30 children (abandoned and orphaned) benefit under the program. We offer computer games, football practice, arts and crafts workshops, hiking and…
  • EMPOWERMENT OF WOMEN THROUGH MICRO CREDITS

    NGAH PATIENCE ROHKA
    31 Aug 2014 | 9:00 pm
    $25 — sensitisation of women on the project.This would include lodging and transportation of resource persons who would organise workshops for the identified target group.$50 — Agents would be trained on loan granting process and recovery through Dialy collection Agents. Loans would be given for micro activities and recovery monitored$70 — This would be used as revolving fund for loan granting. As repayment is done it is recycled to other women to meet a target of 1,000 women. It remain the fund of globalgiving.SummaryThe project is on…
  • Building a Library for Young People

    jackson wanga
    31 Aug 2014 | 9:00 pm
    $10 — will afford to buy two books towards setting up library$20 — To Support with administrative work towards addressing the issues influencing the well-being of Children, including materials, transport and stipend to tutors$50 — Issues influencing the well-being of children, including hunger, orphanage, etc.SummaryThe Project will help build a library in the Kibera Slum in Nairobi, Kenya, that will provide a rich source of critical thinking and education and assist the poverty stricken community. We seek donor's support to help provide…
  • Feed 250 African families: sow, grow, eat, repeat

    Patrick Chung
    31 Aug 2014 | 9:00 pm
    $10 — will buy one hand hoe to increase the productivity of the garden and future farming activity$20 — will provide enough locally produced organic pesticide made from chilis, garlic or ash to protect one garden for one month$35 — will buy 50 pounds of organic fertilizerSummaryOur demonstration gardens reduce reliance on pesticides and GMO seeds while increasing agricultural productivity and providing better nutrition. This project will help children in six Cameroon schools design, plant and maintain a demonstration garden. Their new knowledge,…
 
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    Echoing Green Blog

  • Remembering Priya Haji

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

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

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

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

    Echoing Green
    31 Jul 2014 | 8:21 am
    Photo courtesy of Medic Mobile Medic Mobile founder Josh Nesbit was a pre-med student at Stanford in 2008 when he visited Malawi for the first time. Encountering the Malawians and their situation changed his life—and he’s been determined to return the favor ever since, by changing theirs. Among the world’s least-developed and most-densely populated countries, Malawi is a landlocked southeast African nation where 85% of people live in rural areas. The Malawian population lives with the grim triptych of low life expectancy (50 years), a high infant mortality rate, and a huge percentage of…
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  • The Next Black - A film about the Future of Clothing

    Emeka Okafor
    1 Sep 2014 | 6:59 pm
    From AEG:'The Next Black' is a documentary film that explores the future of clothing. Watch as we meet with some of the most innovative companies on the planet to get their opinion on clothing and its future, including: heroes of sustainability, Patagonia; tech-clothing giants, Studio XO; sportswear icon, adidas; and Biocouture, a consultancy exploring living organisms to grow clothing and accessories.
  • The Arrival of iFilms

    Emeka Okafor
    1 Sep 2014 | 12:55 pm
    Thembi Mutch writing in ThinkAfrica: ...there has also been a noticeable burst of directors shooting films on incredibly low budgets, often on their smart phones and in local transport (tro-tro in Ghana, dala dala in Tanzania, matatus in Uganda). Early this year, for example, the South African director Errol Schwartz wrote, directed, and starred in The Magic Bullet, a thriller shot entirely on an iPhone, which deservedly took first prize in the iPhone Film Festival. Meanwhile, Nick Asgill from Sierra Leone scooped an award in the Best Trailer category for his subtle political homecoming film…
  • What I Learned From 7 Years of Failure - Victor Asemota

    Emeka Okafor
    1 Sep 2014 | 12:20 pm
    Odeshi in conversation with Victor Asemota founder of Swifta: Victor starts his entrepreneurial journey by putting together computer systems in exchange for transportation fare. With little experience and the aide of a friend he launches an indigenous technology company to service the growing demands of the Nigerian market. However, cash flow problems, project scope creep and undisciplined operations leads him down the path for 7 years on a failed project. He eventually joins a new telecom company at the early stage of Nigeria's information technology boom and learns about the industry,…
  • An Embrace of Farming as an Enterprise

    Emeka Okafor
    31 Aug 2014 | 7:33 pm
    In Kenya, multiple profiles of young farmers from the Agro-Environment Initiative incubator: Everblazing farmGeoffrey waits for tomato buyers Geoffrey a young farmer from Kiambu County in Kenya has defied the common thinking of most Kenyans about agriculture.The young man is the proud owner a tomato Farming business which he has named ever blazing farm, on 0.1ha or 1/4 acre of land. Geoffrey practices agriculture with a difference employing youthful energy, enthusiasm and Knowledge attained from an Agricultural Training Institution and Business Studies, to develop his agribusiness.
  • Quick Hits

    Emeka Okafor
    30 Aug 2014 | 2:11 pm
    Practical Action’s Promoting Smallholder Market Engagement ProjectTBL Mirror Fund a provider of Venture Capital for East African Small and Medium Sized Enterprises.Cassava processing villages clusters in Kenya
 
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    Skoll World Forum

  • Can New Legal Structures Help Social Entrepreneurs Succeed?

    Jake Wadland
    30 Aug 2014 | 3:55 pm
    At the Lex Mundi Pro Bono Foundation we work with social entrepreneurs from around the world to help them identify their legal issues and access pro bono legal services. We see that social entrepreneurs often face the same legal issues and challenges that confront any entrepreneur. One of the first questions that nascent social entrepreneurs typically confront is whether to form a legal entity and if so, where and in what form. In the past this was an easier question for social entrepreneurs to answer – given the lack of alternatives, they would either establish a traditional nonprofit…
  • Feedback is Insistent: Essential and Useable Metrics

    Jake Wadland
    27 Aug 2014 | 8:22 am
    Social impact measurement distills to two questions. What are your metrics? How do you (and others) use them? The Aspen Network of Development Entrepreneurs asked 30 organizations from the field of social investing to answer these questions and published the findings in a report called “The State of Measurement Practice in the Small and Growing Business Sector” and a blog post on Stanford Social Innovation Review. On the “what metrics” question, the survey showed that metrics are mainly used for accountability to funders. However you dress this up, it is a disappointing status quo…
  • Decision Data: Metrics Must Lead to Action

    Jake Wadland
    27 Aug 2014 | 8:22 am
    Conversations on impact measurement and metric collection often lead to questions about proving impact. Funders want information on social performance, and rightly so: we can’t be accountable to stakeholders – from investors to customers – without information on whether we achieved our goals (Metrics 1.0). Ideally we’d also like to compare that performance to highlight and incentivize exceptional achievement too (Metrics 2.0). We have made significant progress toward this goal. The infrastructure of Metrics 1.0 and 2.0 has been studiously built; for example the IRIS standards offer an…
  • Six Tips on Using Metrics to Align Mission with Financial Performance

    Jake Wadland
    27 Aug 2014 | 8:21 am
    “In my organization, it feels like we have a financial performance discussion, and an impact discussion, but those two discussions are separate and we don’t know how to connect them.” – ANDE Metrics Conference participant Social enterprises and impact investors, along with non-profits and foundations, have invested significant effort in designing metrics to monitor and evaluate impact. Yet these impact metrics do not create as much value as they could. Too often, impact metrics and the people who manage them are siloed in their own departments, one step removed from strategic…
  • How Collaborating on Impact Evaluation Helps Ecosystems

    Jake Wadland
    27 Aug 2014 | 8:21 am
    Thanks to the authors of Metrics 3.0 for putting together a clear and compelling framework to help guide social businesses in creating value through impact measurement. Each of the four strategies they articulate speaks to trends we see and principles we strive for at d.light in our own impact measurement strategy. d.light is one of the “small and growing businesses” (SGB) the Metrics 3.0 framework addresses. Founded in 2006 as a for-profit social enterprise, d.light manufactures and distributes solar lighting and power products designed to serve the more than two billion people globally…
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  • Can New Legal Structures Help Social Entrepreneurs Succeed?

    Jake Wadland
    30 Aug 2014 | 3:55 pm
    At the Lex Mundi Pro Bono Foundation we work with social entrepreneurs from around the world to help them identify their legal issues and access pro bono legal services. We see that social entrepreneurs often face the same legal issues and challenges that confront any entrepreneur. One of the first questions that nascent social entrepreneurs typically confront is whether to form a legal entity and if so, where and in what form. In the past this was an easier question for social entrepreneurs to answer – given the lack of alternatives, they would either establish a traditional nonprofit…
  • Feedback is Insistent: Essential and Useable Metrics

    Jake Wadland
    27 Aug 2014 | 8:22 am
    Social impact measurement distills to two questions. What are your metrics? How do you (and others) use them? The Aspen Network of Development Entrepreneurs asked 30 organizations from the field of social investing to answer these questions and published the findings in a report called “The State of Measurement Practice in the Small and Growing Business Sector” and a blog post on Stanford Social Innovation Review. On the “what metrics” question, the survey showed that metrics are mainly used for accountability to funders. However you dress this up, it is a disappointing status quo…
  • Decision Data: Metrics Must Lead to Action

    Jake Wadland
    27 Aug 2014 | 8:22 am
    Conversations on impact measurement and metric collection often lead to questions about proving impact. Funders want information on social performance, and rightly so: we can’t be accountable to stakeholders – from investors to customers – without information on whether we achieved our goals (Metrics 1.0). Ideally we’d also like to compare that performance to highlight and incentivize exceptional achievement too (Metrics 2.0). We have made significant progress toward this goal. The infrastructure of Metrics 1.0 and 2.0 has been studiously built; for example the IRIS standards offer an…
  • Six Tips on Using Metrics to Align Mission with Financial Performance

    Jake Wadland
    27 Aug 2014 | 8:21 am
    “In my organization, it feels like we have a financial performance discussion, and an impact discussion, but those two discussions are separate and we don’t know how to connect them.” – ANDE Metrics Conference participant Social enterprises and impact investors, along with non-profits and foundations, have invested significant effort in designing metrics to monitor and evaluate impact. Yet these impact metrics do not create as much value as they could. Too often, impact metrics and the people who manage them are siloed in their own departments, one step removed from strategic…
  • How Collaborating on Impact Evaluation Helps Ecosystems

    Jake Wadland
    27 Aug 2014 | 8:21 am
    Thanks to the authors of Metrics 3.0 for putting together a clear and compelling framework to help guide social businesses in creating value through impact measurement. Each of the four strategies they articulate speaks to trends we see and principles we strive for at d.light in our own impact measurement strategy. d.light is one of the “small and growing businesses” (SGB) the Metrics 3.0 framework addresses. Founded in 2006 as a for-profit social enterprise, d.light manufactures and distributes solar lighting and power products designed to serve the more than two billion people globally…
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  • Can New Legal Structures Help Social Entrepreneurs Succeed?

    Jake Wadland
    30 Aug 2014 | 3:55 pm
    At the Lex Mundi Pro Bono Foundation we work with social entrepreneurs from around the world to help them identify their legal issues and access pro bono legal services. We see that social entrepreneurs often face the same legal issues and challenges that confront any entrepreneur. One of the first questions that nascent social entrepreneurs typically confront is whether to form a legal entity and if so, where and in what form. In the past this was an easier question for social entrepreneurs to answer – given the lack of alternatives, they would either establish a traditional nonprofit…
  • Feedback is Insistent: Essential and Useable Metrics

    Jake Wadland
    27 Aug 2014 | 8:22 am
    Social impact measurement distills to two questions. What are your metrics? How do you (and others) use them? The Aspen Network of Development Entrepreneurs asked 30 organizations from the field of social investing to answer these questions and published the findings in a report called “The State of Measurement Practice in the Small and Growing Business Sector” and a blog post on Stanford Social Innovation Review. On the “what metrics” question, the survey showed that metrics are mainly used for accountability to funders. However you dress this up, it is a disappointing status quo…
  • Decision Data: Metrics Must Lead to Action

    Jake Wadland
    27 Aug 2014 | 8:22 am
    Conversations on impact measurement and metric collection often lead to questions about proving impact. Funders want information on social performance, and rightly so: we can’t be accountable to stakeholders – from investors to customers – without information on whether we achieved our goals (Metrics 1.0). Ideally we’d also like to compare that performance to highlight and incentivize exceptional achievement too (Metrics 2.0). We have made significant progress toward this goal. The infrastructure of Metrics 1.0 and 2.0 has been studiously built; for example the IRIS standards offer an…
  • Six Tips on Using Metrics to Align Mission with Financial Performance

    Jake Wadland
    27 Aug 2014 | 8:21 am
    “In my organization, it feels like we have a financial performance discussion, and an impact discussion, but those two discussions are separate and we don’t know how to connect them.” – ANDE Metrics Conference participant Social enterprises and impact investors, along with non-profits and foundations, have invested significant effort in designing metrics to monitor and evaluate impact. Yet these impact metrics do not create as much value as they could. Too often, impact metrics and the people who manage them are siloed in their own departments, one step removed from strategic…
  • How Collaborating on Impact Evaluation Helps Ecosystems

    Jake Wadland
    27 Aug 2014 | 8:21 am
    Thanks to the authors of Metrics 3.0 for putting together a clear and compelling framework to help guide social businesses in creating value through impact measurement. Each of the four strategies they articulate speaks to trends we see and principles we strive for at d.light in our own impact measurement strategy. d.light is one of the “small and growing businesses” (SGB) the Metrics 3.0 framework addresses. Founded in 2006 as a for-profit social enterprise, d.light manufactures and distributes solar lighting and power products designed to serve the more than two billion people globally…
 
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  • Can New Legal Structures Help Social Entrepreneurs Succeed?

    Jake Wadland
    30 Aug 2014 | 3:55 pm
    At the Lex Mundi Pro Bono Foundation we work with social entrepreneurs from around the world to help them identify their legal issues and access pro bono legal services. We see that social entrepreneurs often face the same legal issues and challenges that confront any entrepreneur. One of the first questions that nascent social entrepreneurs typically confront is whether to form a legal entity and if so, where and in what form. In the past this was an easier question for social entrepreneurs to answer – given the lack of alternatives, they would either establish a traditional nonprofit…
  • Feedback is Insistent: Essential and Useable Metrics

    Jake Wadland
    27 Aug 2014 | 8:22 am
    Social impact measurement distills to two questions. What are your metrics? How do you (and others) use them? The Aspen Network of Development Entrepreneurs asked 30 organizations from the field of social investing to answer these questions and published the findings in a report called “The State of Measurement Practice in the Small and Growing Business Sector” and a blog post on Stanford Social Innovation Review. On the “what metrics” question, the survey showed that metrics are mainly used for accountability to funders. However you dress this up, it is a disappointing status quo…
  • Decision Data: Metrics Must Lead to Action

    Jake Wadland
    27 Aug 2014 | 8:22 am
    Conversations on impact measurement and metric collection often lead to questions about proving impact. Funders want information on social performance, and rightly so: we can’t be accountable to stakeholders – from investors to customers – without information on whether we achieved our goals (Metrics 1.0). Ideally we’d also like to compare that performance to highlight and incentivize exceptional achievement too (Metrics 2.0). We have made significant progress toward this goal. The infrastructure of Metrics 1.0 and 2.0 has been studiously built; for example the IRIS standards offer an…
  • Six Tips on Using Metrics to Align Mission with Financial Performance

    Jake Wadland
    27 Aug 2014 | 8:21 am
    “In my organization, it feels like we have a financial performance discussion, and an impact discussion, but those two discussions are separate and we don’t know how to connect them.” – ANDE Metrics Conference participant Social enterprises and impact investors, along with non-profits and foundations, have invested significant effort in designing metrics to monitor and evaluate impact. Yet these impact metrics do not create as much value as they could. Too often, impact metrics and the people who manage them are siloed in their own departments, one step removed from strategic…
  • How Collaborating on Impact Evaluation Helps Ecosystems

    Jake Wadland
    27 Aug 2014 | 8:21 am
    Thanks to the authors of Metrics 3.0 for putting together a clear and compelling framework to help guide social businesses in creating value through impact measurement. Each of the four strategies they articulate speaks to trends we see and principles we strive for at d.light in our own impact measurement strategy. d.light is one of the “small and growing businesses” (SGB) the Metrics 3.0 framework addresses. Founded in 2006 as a for-profit social enterprise, d.light manufactures and distributes solar lighting and power products designed to serve the more than two billion people globally…
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  • Can New Legal Structures Help Social Entrepreneurs Succeed?

    Jake Wadland
    30 Aug 2014 | 3:55 pm
    At the Lex Mundi Pro Bono Foundation we work with social entrepreneurs from around the world to help them identify their legal issues and access pro bono legal services. We see that social entrepreneurs often face the same legal issues and challenges that confront any entrepreneur. One of the first questions that nascent social entrepreneurs typically confront is whether to form a legal entity and if so, where and in what form. In the past this was an easier question for social entrepreneurs to answer – given the lack of alternatives, they would either establish a traditional nonprofit…
  • Feedback is Insistent: Essential and Useable Metrics

    Jake Wadland
    27 Aug 2014 | 8:22 am
    Social impact measurement distills to two questions. What are your metrics? How do you (and others) use them? The Aspen Network of Development Entrepreneurs asked 30 organizations from the field of social investing to answer these questions and published the findings in a report called “The State of Measurement Practice in the Small and Growing Business Sector” and a blog post on Stanford Social Innovation Review. On the “what metrics” question, the survey showed that metrics are mainly used for accountability to funders. However you dress this up, it is a disappointing status quo…
  • Decision Data: Metrics Must Lead to Action

    Jake Wadland
    27 Aug 2014 | 8:22 am
    Conversations on impact measurement and metric collection often lead to questions about proving impact. Funders want information on social performance, and rightly so: we can’t be accountable to stakeholders – from investors to customers – without information on whether we achieved our goals (Metrics 1.0). Ideally we’d also like to compare that performance to highlight and incentivize exceptional achievement too (Metrics 2.0). We have made significant progress toward this goal. The infrastructure of Metrics 1.0 and 2.0 has been studiously built; for example the IRIS standards offer an…
  • Six Tips on Using Metrics to Align Mission with Financial Performance

    Jake Wadland
    27 Aug 2014 | 8:21 am
    “In my organization, it feels like we have a financial performance discussion, and an impact discussion, but those two discussions are separate and we don’t know how to connect them.” – ANDE Metrics Conference participant Social enterprises and impact investors, along with non-profits and foundations, have invested significant effort in designing metrics to monitor and evaluate impact. Yet these impact metrics do not create as much value as they could. Too often, impact metrics and the people who manage them are siloed in their own departments, one step removed from strategic…
  • How Collaborating on Impact Evaluation Helps Ecosystems

    Jake Wadland
    27 Aug 2014 | 8:21 am
    Thanks to the authors of Metrics 3.0 for putting together a clear and compelling framework to help guide social businesses in creating value through impact measurement. Each of the four strategies they articulate speaks to trends we see and principles we strive for at d.light in our own impact measurement strategy. d.light is one of the “small and growing businesses” (SGB) the Metrics 3.0 framework addresses. Founded in 2006 as a for-profit social enterprise, d.light manufactures and distributes solar lighting and power products designed to serve the more than two billion people globally…
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  • Acche din for the financially excluded or too much din?

    lyorke@grameenfoundation.org
    22 Aug 2014 | 7:48 am
    The poor and unbanked can take their rightful place as consumers of financial services only if the Modi government encourages different entities to advance the financial inclusion agenda.
  • Microfinance Institutions as Business Correspondents – What to Negotiate with Banks

    lyorke@grameenfoundation.org
    19 Aug 2014 | 12:47 pm
    In recent announcements, the government of India has unveiled ambitious financial inclusion plans of which the Business Correspondent (BC) model is a key piece. Over the next several weeks, Grameen Foundation India (a wholly-owned subsidiary of Grameen Foundation) will post a series of blogs that discuss this model and how to make it work for promoting financial inclusion in India.  Chandni Ohri, CEO, Grameen Foundation India
  • The Start of a Movement for “Lean Research”?

    lyorke@grameenfoundation.org
    7 Aug 2014 | 12:17 pm
    My bottom-line framing of this entire issue is related to a basic question: why we do this kind of social science research at all?  In my mind, we do it for one reason: in combating societal problems such as poverty, we want to do more of what works well, and less of what doesn’t work, or works less well.  Period.  If research contributes to that, I will call it successful and effective.  If not does not, I will call it a failure – no matter how elegant the research design or how smart the investigators.  This is my take on the design principle of “relevance” which we have been…
  • Commercial Insights from the Push-Pull Project

    lyorke@grameenfoundation.org
    5 Aug 2014 | 12:00 pm
    It’s made its way into the hands of the farmer and the tailor and the day labourer who is as comfortable using it as the high-powered CEO. From Los Angeles to Kampala, the mobile phone has become ubiquitous, bridging class divides, gender differences, generational gaps and territorial boundaries. And in sub Saharan Africa, it has gone further than any piece of modern technology in becoming something rural people use daily. It’s no wonder that the mobile phone is generally viewed as one of the keys to reaching people who previously weren’t accessible because of various infrastructural…
  • Lifting the Poverty Line One Loan at a Time

    lyorke@grameenfoundation.org
    31 Jul 2014 | 9:00 pm
    As part of our AppLab Money India initiative, Grameen Foundation is collaborating with ThinkPlace to design a new suite of loan products for clients of Grameen Koota, a microfinance institution in Bangalore. In this blog, which first ran on ThinkPlace's website, Mark Thompson shares his insights on working with the women Grameen Koota serves.
 
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    From Poverty to Power

  • Are progressive cities the key to solving our toughest global challenges?

    Duncan Green
    1 Sep 2014 | 11:30 pm
    Hugh Cole, who supports Oxfam’s country teams in influencing at national level, wonders if we’ve missed a trick by focusing too much on nation states Given the growing size, number and importance of big cities and their often unique politics, should Oxfam be doing more to work with/on progressive cities to make progress on big global challenges where the global or national solutions are stuck or moving far too slowly (think climate change, tax havens, trade)? And what might this look like? There are some really interesting examples out there. Here’s a few of them. In South Africa the…
  • Links I liked

    Duncan Green
    31 Aug 2014 | 11:30 pm
    Last week’s round up for the un-twittered from @fp2p One for your collection of ‘best apologies ever’ [h/t Rachel Ann Morris] China hits middle income trap: rising wages, falling productivity [h/t Gawain Kripke] The World Bank’s latest stats on financial exclusion. Globally, 2.5 billion people have no bank account (37% of women in developing countries, compared to 46% of men); that falls to 20% among adults living on less than $2 a day. Saying ‘7/10 fastest growing economies are in Africa’ has no real meaning. Comprehensive stats takedown by Morten Jerven (and I’m really…
  • Good research, great video: what’s the best way to motivate community health workers?

    Duncan Green
    28 Aug 2014 | 11:30 pm
    Some more innovative work from the London School of Economics. This genuinely thought-provoking 8 minute video describes a collaboration between the LSE-hosted International Growth Centre and Zambia’s Ministry of Health. The background academic paper is here. Researchers and officials worked together to answer an important question:  to motivate people in rural villages to become rural community health workers (CHWs), is it best to appeal to their community spirit, or to their hopes for individual career development? If you do the latter, will people lose their link to the community, and…
  • The best evidence yet on how Theories of Change are being used in aid and development work

    Duncan Green
    27 Aug 2014 | 11:30 pm
    If you are interested in Theories of Change (ToCs), you have to read Craig Valters’ new paper ‘Theories of Change in International Development: Communication, Learning or Accountability’ or at least, his accompanying blog. The paper draws on the fascinating collaboration between the LSE and The Asia Foundation, in which TAF gave LSE researchers access to its country programmes and asked them to study their use ToCs. That means Craig has been able to observe their use (and abuse) in practice. What this paper helps answer is the question I raised a while ago – will ToCs go the way of…
  • What’s next for the (rapidly growing) global disabled people’s movement?

    Duncan Green
    26 Aug 2014 | 11:30 pm
    Last week I headed off to the Kennington Tandoori for one of those enjoyable food-fuelled brainstorms that seem to happen during the summer lull. This one was with two disability campaigners – Mosharraf Hossain (right) and Tim Wainwright of ADD International. ADD is doing some brilliant work supporting the emergence of Disabled People’s Organizations in Africa and Asia. ADD is at the forefront of what feels like a coming issue in aid and development. The UN Convention on the Rights of People with Disabilities, adopted in 2006, is now hurtling (by UN standards) through the process of…
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    CIPE Development Blog

  • Reducing Third-Party Company Risks in Emerging Markets

    Maiko Nakagaki
    28 Aug 2014 | 10:25 am
    This post originally appeared on CIPE’s Corporate Compliance Trends blog. As the world’s multinational companies seek profits in new, high-risk markets, they inevitably start depending on local businesses – third parties – to operate. Such partnerships bring with them both … READ MORE
  • Youth Entrepreneurship at CIPE

    CIPE Staff
    27 Aug 2014 | 1:05 pm
    Youth play a vital role in shaping the future of every country in the world and yet they are often excluded from the economic and political decision-making process.  For those countries in the world that are striving for democracy based … READ MORE
  • Introducing Corporate Compliance Trends, a Website for Anti-Corruption Compliance in Emerging and Frontier Markets

    John Morrell
    26 Aug 2014 | 8:33 am
    To share our experiences from supporting private sector-focused anti-corruption programs in high-risk countries around the globe, and to help advance international best practices on anti-corruption compliance in these countries, CIPE is launching this new website, Corporate Compliance Trends. READ MORE
  • Governance Principles for Business Associations and Chambers of Commerce: Now Available in Urdu

    Emad Sohail
    25 Aug 2014 | 12:16 pm
    Business associations need strong governance systems and guiding principles in order too be effectively serve their members and act as advocates for policy change. In Pakistan, business associations are mostly struggling to adapt effective governing mechanisms that could ease the path to successfully achieving their vision, mission, and objectives. READ MORE
  • Citizens Work Together to Fight Corruption in Lebanon

    Peako Jenkins
    21 Aug 2014 | 8:14 am
    A lab technician went to the office of a public official to renew her work contract with a municipal laboratory in northern Lebanon. Several days after submitting her request, the official's secretary invited her to come to his office. Hoping to finally receive his signature on her contract renewal, the young woman arrived at the office only to find that he wanted to get her alone behind closed...
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  • 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.
  • 2014 International Conference on Emergency Management

    16 Oct 2014 | 12:00 am
    The Humanitarian Policy Group will be taking part in the ‘2014 International Conference on Emergency Management’ on 28-29 September, organised by the Chinese Academy of Governance (CAG) and Tsinghua University. This conference is aimed at promoting learning among Chinese and international researchers and decision-makers from all administrative levels.  
  • The Political Economy of Agricultural Policy Processes in Africa

    24 Sep 2014 | 12:00 am
    The Future Agricultures Consortium (FAC) is an Africa-based alliance of research organisations that provides independent advice and evidence to improve agricultural policy and practice in Sub-Saharan Africa. The aim of this Policy Dialogue event is to present key findings and policy insights emerging from a range of Future Agricultures Consortium’s recent research activities.
 
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  • 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 1 to 2 p.m. PDT, no RSVPs are necessary! Friday, September 12th: Mobile App Development for the Social Sector - #apps4impact Friday, September 19th:…
  • 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…
  • The Lifestyle, Health and Wellness Startup Weekend

    Caitlin Kerton
    15 Aug 2014 | 10:39 am
    The Lifestyle, Health and Wellness Startup WeekendBy Caitlin Kerton Friday, 15 August 2014 - 10:39am This month, three ZeroDivide staff members participated in the Lifestyle, Health and Wellness Startup Weekend at the Impact Hub in San Francisco. ZeroDivide’s Vanessa Mason, Rick Johnson and Frieda McAlear contributed their knowledge and experience in the eHealth sector to the development of a health insurance shopping app. Following a pitch selection round on Friday, August 1, teams were formed, and ZeroDivide team members began developing an app to submit to the Robert Wood Johnson…
  • 2014 Aspen Ideas Festival

    Caitlin Kerton
    11 Aug 2014 | 12:57 pm
    2014 Aspen Ideas Festival By Caitlin Kerton Monday, 11 August 2014 - 12:57pm The Aspen Ideas Festival is an opportunity to gather big thinkers, innovators, leaders and citizens advocating for social change. The event provides a platform to discuss social issues, exchange ideas as solutions and inspire one another. ZeroDivide President & CEO Tessie Guillermo attended this event to share ZeroDivide’s mission, experiences and ideas.    The Public Library Reimagined As part of ZeroDivide’s mission to help underserved communities transform through technology, we work with anchor…
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    PHILANTHROPY 2173

  • 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…
  • A new calculus for civil society

    Lucy Bernholz
    18 Aug 2014 | 9:17 am
    In the analog era, when you took action for social good the math was relatively straightforward;                                 1 action = some result.It might have been a 1:1 relationship: 1 donation = 1 meal.It might have been more than that: 1 volunteer act = multiple additional donations = multiple benefitsIt might have included a multiplier effect: Action sustained over time = new policies = multiple benefitsIt might have…
  • The last 20 years and the next 20 years

    Lucy Bernholz
    17 Aug 2014 | 7:15 pm
    I had a great conversation this morning with Sara Davis at the Hewlett Foundation. It led to these two napkin sketches of the past and the future of organizational structures - what do you think?*The last 20 years in nonprofits and foundations:The next 20 years in nonprofits and foundations*The drawings are mine and should not implicate the Hewlett Foundation in any way.
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  • 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…
  • Give Impact Investing Time and Space to Develop

    Sasha Dichter
    11 Aug 2014 | 4:41 am
    Sasha Dichter, Acumen’s Chief Innovation Officer originally wrote this piece on the HBR Blog. Impact investing has captured the world’s imagination. Just six years after the Rockefeller Foundation coined the term, the sector is booming. An estimated 250 funds are actively raising capital in a market that the Global Impact Investing Network estimates at $25 billion. Giving Pledge members described impact investing as the “hottest topic” at their May 2012 meeting, and Prime Minister David Cameron extolled the potential of the sector at the most recent G8 summit.  Sir Ronald Cohen…
  • 10 Books We’re Reading This Summer

    Acumen
    8 Aug 2014 | 9:18 am
    What are you reading? It is a common question here at Acumen, an organization full of avid readers constantly trading favorite book titles that discuss leadership, impact, development and branding. Here are 10 stellar books we’re reading this summer. These books and others provide a framework of thinking, a spark of new ideas, a platform for debate. So, what are you reading? Georgia Stevenson, BD & Communications Pakistan Summer Associate Finding Beauty in a Broken World, Terry Tempest Williams “I enjoyed this book as a thoughtful and poetic reflection, through the metaphor of mosaic,…
  • How Acumen Brought Back my Fire

    Eda Esilaba
    7 Aug 2014 | 7:29 am
    Eda is an East Africa Regional Fellow from Nairobi, Kenya and is the Founder and Director of Halisi Trust, an organization that seeks to challenge the vices that plague society and encourage transformational development in Kenya’s youth. When Eda applied for the East Africa Fellows Program, she felt disillusioned and stuck. Below, Eda discusses how Acumen’s Regional Fellowship Program brought back her fire. Now, Eda has engaged nearly 6,000 people through outreach events and the Mkenya Halisi movement continues to grow. Acumen is currently accepting applications for the next class of…
 
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  • 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 iD4D.
  • Social / Climat : les villes peuvent-elles choisir ?

    Idées pour le développement
    21 Aug 2014 | 3:27 am
      Retrouvez ci-dessous la synthèse des échanges qui se sont tenus à l’Agence Française de Développement.  Une conférence-débat  animée  par Emmanuelle Bastide, journaliste à RFI, avec : Julien Damon, sociologue,... Cet article Social / Climat : les villes peuvent-elles choisir ? est apparu en premier sur iD4D.
  • La certification FSC dans le Bassin du Congo : garantit-elle une responsabilité sociale?

    Jean Bakouma
    8 Jul 2014 | 2:21 am
      Alors que la certification FSC trouve ses fondements dans les dénonciations médiatisées de la déforestation par les ONG, de la faible gouvernance des Etats... Cet article La certification FSC dans le Bassin du Congo : garantit-elle une responsabilité sociale? est apparu en premier sur iD4D.
  • La transition écologique : comment l’initier (enfin) ?

    Idées pour le développement
    26 Jun 2014 | 3:23 am
    Retrouvez ci-dessus l’enregistrement intégral de la conférence.   Animée par Anne-Cécile Bras, journaliste à RFI , cette conférence s’est tenue à l’Agence Française de Développement ... Cet article La transition écologique : comment l’initier (enfin) ? est apparu en premier sur iD4D.
  • Comment orienter le système indien d’innovation vers le développement durable ?

    Idées pour le développement
    18 Jun 2014 | 3:00 am
      Animée par Urmi Goswami, journaliste de l’Economic Times, cette conférence s’est tenue au Delhi Sustainable Development Summit (DSDS)   le 7 février 2014. Sont intervenus... Cet article Comment orienter le système indien d’innovation vers le développement durable ? est apparu en premier sur iD4D.
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  • Mark your calendar! Two social media events on MDG6 progress

    13 Aug 2014 | 10:38 am
    August 18, 2014 marks the 500-day milestone until the target date to achieve the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), 8 goals established by the United Nations and governments around the world to tackle some of the world’s biggest problems.Join in around the world to raise awareness of the progress made through the MDGs and rally to continue the momentum. Social media events will be taking place on Twitter, Facebook, Google+ and more for a 24-hour period on the 18th.(RED) and ONE are teaming up together on this day to tell the story of MDG6 and the fight against AIDS.Here's how you can join…
  • HUGE NEWS: We've Reached A Tipping Point In The Fight Against AIDS

    23 Jul 2014 | 1:59 pm
    Huge news. For the first time in the history of AIDS, we have reached a tipping point in the fight against the disease.Last year, there were more people newly added to HIV treatment than people newly infected with the disease. According to new data from UNAIDS, in 2013, 2.3 million people were added to HIV/AIDS treatment, surpassing the number of new HIV infections in that year. If we keep increasing the number of people on treatment and decreasing the number of new infections, we can end the disease in just 15 years.UNAIDS’ report shows more progress:There are now 12.9 million…
  • This is personal: Flight MH17 and HIV/AIDS

    21 Jul 2014 | 11:41 am
    This is a guest blog post by Erin Hohlfelder, Global Health Policy Director at ONE. On Thursday, frantic emails started popping up in my inbox. News had broken that a plane had crashed in Ukraine, with hundreds of crew and passengers dead.It registered as a horrible and senseless event; nothing more.Then, I started to learn that some of the passengers were heading to the 2014 International AIDS Conference (IAC) in Melbourne, Australia. Six delegates, including Dutch advocates with whom our ONE colleagues had partnered, had been killed—a terrible loss.Suddenly, the news felt raw, and…
  • Can the world stay on track with Millennium Development Goals?

    9 Jul 2014 | 8:23 am
    This is a guest post by Andrew Marshall, Senior Director, Global Digital Content at ONE. Can the world take the vital next steps towards ending global poverty? Or will we let progress slip away?That’s the challenge that the United Nations outlined recently, in its annual review of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) – clear, measurable targets for improving peoples’ lives around the world.See the eight current goals“Millions of people’s lives have improved due to concerted global, regional, national and local efforts,” said the new report launched by UN Secretary-General Ban…
  • This July 4th: (RED), White & Blue mophie products help fight AIDS

    3 Jul 2014 | 8:24 am
    Happy Independence Day, USA!Whether you choose (RED), white or blue on July 4th, you can show your support for the fight against AIDS.On July 4th proceeds from (RED), white and blue mophie products will go to fight AIDS. From powerstations to juicepacks, check out all the mophie products turning (RED) here. Thank you mophie for fighting AIDS with us. And Happy 4th of July everyone!Shop (RED), white & blue mophie products here. P.S. Don’t forget to follow @mophie on Twitter & Instagram.
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  • Ebola response: World Health Organisation releases new plan

    Erin Hohlfelder
    28 Aug 2014 | 10:02 am
    Photo: Cadaver Teeth https://flic.kr/p/DWJSD Published under Creative Commons License. This morning, the World Health Organization (WHO) released a new Ebola Response Roadmap—a detailed plan for stopping the ongoing West African Ebola outbreak over the next six to nine months. This updated document is an important step in ensuring that the world’s response to the outbreak is better coordinated and more comprehensive.  But it also comes with a hefty new price tag: $490 million—a nearly five-fold increase over their previous $100 million estimate. Why did the price tag increase so…
  • Five books to read over Labor Day weekend

    Andrew Marshall
    28 Aug 2014 | 8:38 am
    Now that summer is almost at an end, cash in on your summer reading list this weekend with one or more of these great books about development and fighting poverty. Got a favorite book along these lines? Tell us in the comments below. Every Day Is for the Thief, by Teju Cole This is a quick and easy read, but it lingers long after the book is closed or the Kindle is shut down. It’s atmospheric and beautifully written. The narrator is returning to Lagos after 15 years in New York, but he realizes Nigeria has changed – and so has he. “I have returned a stranger,” he says – a…
  • Member of the Month: Tiffany Kieran

    Emily Walker
    27 Aug 2014 | 8:25 am
    Congratulations to Tiffany Kieran, our August ONE Member of the Month! Tiffany is a Congressional District Leader for ONE in Dallas, TX, where she works in marketing for Reel FX, a feature film and production company. In addition to helping ONE with concerts, petition deliveries and meetings on Capitol Hill for the Power Summit, Tiffany was instrumental in solidifying the relationship between ONE and Reel FX. This partnership resulted in the amazing new PSA, “Halfway There.” In addition to her work with ONE, Tiffany is passionate about yoga, pets and volunteering with loads of…
  • The coolest internship around. No, it’s not with Google.

    Brandi Geurkink
    27 Aug 2014 | 8:11 am
    What if you had the opportunity to intern with a well-known, international development organization no matter where in the United States you live? What if this internship also taught you how to develop, plan, and manage a campaign to end extreme poverty from the ground up? Did we mention that you could also: set your own hours; intern from Starbucks, the library, or even your dorm room (in your pajamas, I might add)?! Turns out you do! The ONE Campus Internship, open to any current college student in the US, is an on-campus field organizing opportunity meant to equip students with leadership…
  • The Ebola outbreak in six videos

    Stephanie Walstrom
    26 Aug 2014 | 8:03 am
    As the worst Ebola outbreak in history continues to spread through West Africa, it’s important to stay in-the-know. We’ve collected several videos from around the web that provide reliable information and share personal stories of those impacted by the Ebola virus. A quick Ebola overview (BBC) Doctors Without Borders on their response to the outbreak (PBS) Inside an Ebola quarantine zone (CNN) How does Ebola spread, and how can we stop it? (CNN) Hear from a survivor (WHO and UNICEF) The story of one volunteer’s recovery from Ebola (CNN) You can get up-to-date outbreak numbers by…
 
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    The Change Blog

  • 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 reading and…
  • How to Smack Down Your Inner Critic Once and For All

    Ash Roy
    24 Aug 2014 | 7:21 am
    “No one can make you feel inferior without your consent” – Eleanor Roosevelt Do you have an inner critic that taunts you every time you trip up? You know, that taunting voice that erupts the second you make a mistake? You don’t know when it started, but for as long as you can remember it’s been with you, waiting for the slightest opportunity to launch its next attack. And while you suspect its intentions are positive — to protect you from failures — in practice all it does is make things worse. Favorite taunts of the ruthless inner critic I’ve been absent-minded for as long as…
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    SocialEarth

  • What’s Next in the World of Prosthetics

    3BL Media
    27 Aug 2014 | 10:05 am
    This past week, Eastman Innovation Lab and Altair Thinklabs, a product development design firm, hosted a breakfast seminar at the Industrial Designers Society of America (IDSA) International Conference in Austin, [...] The post What’s Next in the World of Prosthetics appeared first on SocialEarth.
  • Green, But Mostly White: The Lack Of Diversity In The Environmental Movement, Part 5 of 5—Future 500

    Justmeans
    27 Aug 2014 | 3:12 am
    Guest Blog By Nick Sorrentino, Future 500 I must admit that I usually loath discussing issues in terms of race, gender, class, etc.  But in this case I will make [...] The post Green, But Mostly White: The Lack Of Diversity In The Environmental Movement, Part 5 of 5—Future 500 appeared first on SocialEarth.
  • Hospital In California’s Drought Stricken Central Valley Will Use Recycled Water

    Gina-Marie Cheeseman
    26 Aug 2014 | 1:12 pm
    In case you live in a bubble and don’t know that California is in the third year of one of its worst droughts, driving through many towns in the state [...] The post Hospital In California’s Drought Stricken Central Valley Will Use Recycled Water appeared first on SocialEarth.
  • My Gig at the EPA: Support for Clean Power

    Josh Valentine
    26 Aug 2014 | 2:40 am
    Three glassy-eyed reps from the EPA listened all day to supporters and opponents of the newly proposed Clean Power Plan, which aims to cut carbon emissions considerably in order to [...] The post My Gig at the EPA: Support for Clean Power appeared first on SocialEarth.
  • Eco-friendly “GreenBox” Pizza Packaging Launched in Boston

    3BL Media
    25 Aug 2014 | 7:48 am
    America’s love for pizza knows no bounds. 93 percent of Americans eat pizza at least once a month. Out of total five billion pizzas consumed worldwide each year, the US [...] The post Eco-friendly “GreenBox” Pizza Packaging Launched in Boston appeared first on SocialEarth.
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    Social Velocity

  • The Value of Quiet for the Nonprofit Leader

    Nell Edgington
    28 Aug 2014 | 6:28 am
    As summer draws to a close and my own downtime ends, it occurs to me that there is a real need, in our increasingly always-on world, for leaders to find time for quiet reflection, to reconnect with their core. And particularly in the nonprofit world, where a leader is constantly bombarded with suggestions – from funders, board members, staff, fellow leaders, Facebook friends - it is critical that she find regular solitude to analyze and plan the best way forward. Indeed true leadership lies not in finding the lowest common denominator among a disparate group of supporters,…
  • Guest Post: The Language of Crowdfunding, Philanthropy and Impact Investing

    Nell Edgington
    20 Aug 2014 | 2:49 pm
    Note: Fifth and last in my list of guest bloggers this summer is Laura Tomasko. Laura is a network developer at the Council on Foundations, where she follows trends related to private capital for social good. Here is her guest post: Perhaps like some of you, I dedicate a good portion of my internet reading to blogs like Social Velocity, Re: Philanthropy, and Philanthropy 2173. When I am browsing a blog unrelated to nonprofits, philanthropy, and impact investing, I do a double take when I come across a topic from my professional sphere. One of those non-work related blogs that I read is…
  • How to Fundraise for a Stronger Nonprofit [Slideshare]

    Nell Edgington
    19 Aug 2014 | 7:18 am
    In order to add to the growing Social Velocity Slideshare library, I’m delighted today to offer How to Fundraise for a Stronger Nonprofit. If you want to get your nonprofit out of the (all too common) starvation cycle of never having enough money to achieve your goals, you must raise capacity capital. Capacity capital is not the day-to-day revenue you need to keep your doors open. Rather, capacity capital is a one-time infusion of significant money that can help you grow or strengthen your nonprofit. It is money for things like: technology, revenue-generating staff, systems, a…
  • Making Nonprofit Giving Smarter: An Interview With Jacob Harold

    Nell Edgington
    12 Aug 2014 | 4:13 pm
    In today’s Social Velocity blog interview, I’m talking with Jacob Harold, CEO of GuideStar, the clearinghouse of information on nonprofits. Jacob came to GuideStar from the Hewlett Foundation, where he led grantmaking for the Philanthropy Program. Between 2006 and 2012, he oversaw $30 million in grants that, together, aimed to build a 21st-century infrastructure for smart giving. Jacob was just named to the 2014  NonProfit Times’ Power and Influence Top 50. You can read other interviews in the Social Velocity Interview Series here. Nell: It has been over a year since the…
  • Guest Post: When a Foundation Wants Real Nonprofit Feedback

    Nell Edgington
    6 Aug 2014 | 2:52 pm
    Note: Fourth in my list of guest bloggers this summer is Jessamyn Lau. Jessamyn is Executive Director of the Peery Foundation, a family foundation that invests in and serves social entrepreneurs. Here is her guest post:  At the Peery Foundation, we’re hungry for insight into what a truly grantee-centric approach to philanthropy looks like. About five months ago we had an idea. What if we could hear regular, brief, unfiltered feedback from our grantees on what we do and how we do it? We occasionally solicit input from our grantees on delicate questions, like “how should we…
 
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    Care2 Causes » Trailblazers For Good

  • Top U.S. Chef Introducing a Cheap and Healthy Fast Food Chain

    Kevin Mathews
    29 Aug 2014 | 7:00 am
    As innutritious as fast food is known to be, it remains a staple of the U.S. diet, particularly among poorer Americans who often can’t afford healthier alternatives. Fortunately, help may be on the way: chef Roy Choi is hoping a chain of healthy fast food restaurants in low-income communities. Choi is best known for opening [...]
  • Chinchillas Rescued from Electrocution Thanks to Sam Simon’s Compassion

    Susan Bird
    24 Aug 2014 | 5:00 am
    You might know Sam Simon best as the co-creator of “The Simpsons.” To 420 chinchillas being held in horrible conditions at a California breeding facility, though, he’s a hero. He just used his money and influence to save them from electrocution. Simon, a longtime animal activist, partnered with People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals [...]
  • 4 Ways Care2 Members Are Making a Difference

    Care2 Causes Editors
    21 Aug 2014 | 12:00 pm
    August has been an absolutely amazing month for Care2 petitions! Our members have been working around the clock to advocate on behalf of important causes, from fighting police militarization to standing up for an autistic boy to supporting local businesses. Care2 petitions have landed in major media outlets, further propelling the efforts to spread the word. Read on to discover the top Care2 petitions featured in the news this month.
  • 4 Awesome Photo Shoots That Challenge Conventional Beauty Standards

    Kevin Mathews
    19 Aug 2014 | 2:30 pm
    When you think of models, you probably think of tall, svelte blonde women. Given the overrepresentation of this type of women in fashion magazines, it’s hard to argue with these associations. While the fashion industry still has a long way to go, we are starting to see some notable exceptions that portray less celebrated types [...]
  • Koko the Gorilla Mourns Actor Robin Williams

    Megan Drake
    13 Aug 2014 | 5:30 pm
    With news of the untimely passing of actor and comedic genius, Robin Williams, I recently came across this video of Williams meeting Koko, a sign language communicating gorilla, at The Gorilla Foundation in Woodside, California. What is so very striking is the immediate bond Koko developed with the actor. Koko understands around 2,000 words of [...]
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    Social Finance

  • Making Money Matter

    Grant Schreiber
    1 Sep 2014 | 6:00 am
    If you have a U.K. bank account that has been lying dormant for longer than 15 years, there’s a good chance Nick O’Donohoe now has your money. O’Donohoe is the CEO of Big Society Capital (BSC); a U.K. based social investment company and the world’s first social investment bank. It was formally launched in 2012 with an estimated £600 million of equity to be paid-in over five years. £400 million of this is from unclaimed assets left in dormant bank accounts for over 15 years. In 2004 Prime Minister Gordon Brown first put the idea on the table for unclaimed assets in bank accounts to…
  • Islamic Microfinance: Emerging industry, Emerging opportunities

    Ammara Niyaz
    29 Aug 2014 | 9:32 am
    The Consultative Group Against Poverty (CGAP), a World Bank initiative, estimates that roughly 72% of individuals in Muslim-majority countries are not using formal financial services. There are approximately 650 million Muslims that live on less than $2 per day. The potential for microfinance in this market segment is self-evident. However, there are three responses which have emerged in the Muslim world in response to conventional, Western finance: 1) Acceptance of conventional finance 2) Preference for Shariah-compliant finance, with conventional finance as a second choice 3) Exclusive…
  • Where’s The “Feminist” in Social Finance?

    Joanne Cave
    28 Aug 2014 | 10:43 am
    A quick Google search of “feminism” and “social finance” yields disappointingly few results. Why aren’t feminists interested in social finance, I wondered, and why doesn’t the social finance movement engage directly with feminist ideas? First of all, there’s an important distinction to make. Social finance with women as investors or beneficiaries (often called gender-lens impact investing) is different than social finance or social investment approaches that use feminist principles in how they operate. One definition is focused on outcome, the other on process. That’s not to…
  • Applications now open for Community Finance Solutions + Register for our webinar!

    Katie Gibson
    27 Aug 2014 | 6:49 am
    The MaRS Centre for Impact Investing is pleased to announce that applications for the second cohort of Community Finance Solutions are now open! The deadline for applications is September 30, 2014. Community Finance Solutions is a consulting and referral service supporting initiatives creating new impact investing funds and financial products. Interested organizations can apply online. Since launching in March, we have supported 10 initiatives across Canada. They are a fantastic group, involved in sectors as diverse as First Nations housing, community economic development, investing with a…
  • Canada’s Biggest Foundations & Endowments Meeting September 29-30 in Toronto

    Paul Grandy
    25 Aug 2014 | 8:55 am
    Insight Information’s CFE East Conference addresses key issues facing charitable executives today The Canadian Foundations & Endowments Forum, now in its 3rd edition, will disclose new investment vehicles, improved philanthropic strategies, and good grievance structures designed to help philanthropic organizations meet their objectives. Warren Jestin, Senior Vice-President and Chief Economist at Scotiabank, will kick off the event with a keynote address to provide guidance on the short- and long-term trajectories of the Canadian and global economies. Insight into the economic…
 
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    Return On Now

  • 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…
  • 8 Facts About Links That’ll Make Your Hair Stand on End

    Tommy Landry
    14 Aug 2014 | 8:41 am
    The following post is copyrighted by Return On Now - Austin Internet Marketing Consulting ServicesAnyone experienced in search engine optimization knows that links are the lifeblood of a well-ranking site. We’ve seen estimates that links represent upward of 40% of the ranking factors. We’ve also seen recent news that implied links are to be added to the equation. But that’s a future-forward conversation, as implied links are more of a vision than a reality at this point. As of now, citations play a role in local SEO but not as big of a role in ranking as a whole.
  • Start Selling Digital Products in WordPress Quickly & Easily

    Jurij Burchenya
    7 Aug 2014 | 8:40 am
    The following post is copyrighted by Return On Now - Austin Internet Marketing Consulting ServicesToday we bring you a guest post outlining a very cool offering for selling digital products right out of WordPress. It is easy to set up and does not require any coding (a huge plus if you’re a writer and not a techie). The product, Sellfy, is free to use until you sell any products, then they take a 5% cut from all revenue. Just build that into your pricing and off you go. If you are looking to sell digital products, give this service a try. Best Regards, Return On Now Editorial Team…
  • AdWords Dynamic Search Ads: Say Hello to Semantic SEM

    Tommy Landry
    30 Jul 2014 | 12:30 pm
    The following post is copyrighted by Return On Now - Austin Internet Marketing Consulting ServicesBack in late 2011, Google rolled out a feature for Adwords called Dynamic Search Ads. Originally announced as a beta test, Dynamic Search Ads have survived to this day and are available in AdWords. The premise behind why these were introduced is that we can’t read the minds of searchers. Google estimated back in 2011 that 16% of all searches were never done before. The logic follows that keyword targeting in AdWords is more likely to miss those queries than otherwise. What Are Dynamic…
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    Hub LA

  • 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.
  • Guest Post: 5 Tips for Taking Your College Project to Real Life

    Hub LA
    30 Jul 2014 | 11:23 am
    5 Tips for Making Your College Project Real Guest Column by Hub LA Member Scott Fairbanks Scott (center) and his co-founders met in a social design class at USC. They liked their assignment so much, they decided to stick with it post-grad. Whether in art, business, engineering, or another major many students worked on a project at some point in college that seemed worth pursuing. Maybe you developed a particularly compelling product concept, or maybe it’s a large-scale art project, or even a new restaurant idea. But how do you go from “that’s an interesting idea” to actually making it…
  • Imagination Foundation Gears Up for Creative School Year

    Helen Grossman
    30 Jul 2014 | 10:57 am
    On the same day last year, a group of children made shadow puppets in Capetown, South Africa while a group of students in London built a House of Fairy Tales. On the side of the globe, a group of tweens built an obstacle in their New Jersey front yard while families at a community center in Seattle built a pirate ship. On any other day, we’d brush off this coincidence as after school play, but on this day last year, these kids were among the 90,000 around the world who participated in the Global Cardboard Challenge organized by Hub LA member organization the Imagination Foundation. The…
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    Changemakers Ideas ExChange

  • Inspired. Active. Independent: The Power of Storytelling in Healthy Living

    paranb
    27 Aug 2014 | 3:33 pm
      While statistics show that participation in sport and physical activities is important to a person’s overall health, but how do we ensure all Canadians have access to these opportunities? read more
  • The African Youth Movement for Social and Economic Prosperity

    Future Forward Team
    25 Aug 2014 | 1:19 pm
    Editor's Note: This Article was written by George W.Bakka. Bakka is Ugandan entrepreneur and the founder and CEO of Angel's Hub and a Segal Family Foundation partner. He is also an Acumen, Anzisha and Educate! Fellow. This article originally appeared on the Huffington Post Blog on August 8, 2014. read more
  • Speak Up in a #play2learn Twitter Chat on Aug. 26

    Changemakers
    21 Aug 2014 | 2:48 pm
    Photo courtesy of Tanoker - Ledokombo, a learning project in Indonesia that offers lessons in reading, writing, and mathematics, as well as sports, cooking, dancing, art, and music at the request of children. read more
  • Starting on the Right Foot—and Staying There

    20 Aug 2014 | 9:00 am
     There’s no such thing as starting too early when it comes to forming healthy habits, according to the Healthy Beginnings for Preschoolers 2-5 team. They provide resources, training, and guidance to early learning practitioners that help ensure preschoolers are learning healthy eating habits and keeping active from an early age in in British Columbia, the Yukon, the Northwest Territories, and Quebec.read more
  • Activating Empathy to Create Change News Roundup

    kristiewang
    18 Aug 2014 | 11:42 am
    Finalists will be revealed on 9/3! Until then, we’ve rounded up top stories about empathy making waves as a powerful driver of change in communities. (Photo: NERDS (Native Education Raising Dedicated Students) is a Semi-Finalist of the Building Vibrant Communities challenge and is featured on the Ashoka Changemakers Instagram this week!) But first, a few announcements: read more
 
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    Charles Lee

  • Anything You Can’t Do?

    Charles
    12 Aug 2014 | 12:01 pm
    “Anything is possible.” Right? Nope. Some individuals, companies, and organizations boldly proclaim that they can do everything you need under the sun. Need expertise? They have it. Need quality? They’ll guarantee it. Need it cheap? They will beat any competitor. Need a solution? They’ll find it. Need it quick? They’re already working on it. While it’s theoretically possible that you may actually meet the perfect individual, company or organization to meet all of your needs, it’s improbable. The reality is that no one entity could be all encompassing…
  • Advancing Your Career with Solutions-Based Thinking

    Charles
    29 Jul 2014 | 9:13 am
    “Here’s what the problem is…” It’s commonplace for people in the workplace to point out the various problems and obstacles that are in their way of accomplishing the goals of their respective companies or organizations. I do it. You do it. The person sitting next to you does it. In fact, this is in part a good thing. The ability to clarify a problem is a core skill we all need in the work of innovation. It’s the first step towards finding solutions that work. Unfortunately, our ability to identify problems is not enough. In fact, it can become a great…
  • Idea in the Making

    Charles
    21 Jul 2014 | 6:31 pm
    “The most effective way to do it, is to do it.” Amelia Earhart So true. So true. Action solves a lot of issues surrounding ideas and breaks through unnecessary clutter of real or imagined obstacles. In a recent interview with Dane Sanders of Fasttrack Creative, I shared some thoughts on topics including testing your ideas, moving them forward, dealing with disappointments, nuances of collaboration, and when to share your concepts with others. Please click here to listen to the interview or visit their page here. My hope is that you will find some of these insights helpful to your…
  • 5 Tips for the “S” Word (Sales)

    Charles
    24 Mar 2014 | 9:20 am
    The thought of engaging a sales person comes with a lot of mental baggage for me. Images of untrustworthy, bait-and-switch con-artists usually come to mind. I can’t help but associate sales with shady car dealers from the 1970′s or the infomercial giants from the 90′s. Here’s the problem. Most of are selling something for our respective companies and organizations. So, how do we close the gap between the public perception of sales and what it is that we truly offer the world? Here are 5 tips for becoming a better salesperson without the slime: Lead with Ears and Not…
  • Why Personal Branding Matters

    Charles
    18 Mar 2014 | 10:17 am
    Conversations about personal branding have become much more commonplace over the past decade. People are “branding themselves” in hopes of leaving a positive, distinguishable impression to others. Many are writing about the need to be proactive in projecting  a positive image online or becoming more strategic in what one wears, how one talks, and where one needs to be. Individuals like P. Diddy, Jay-Z, Jordan, Bono, Trump, etc. have all become far bigger than any other brand they have worked for. Unfortunately, too many categorize branding as sheer external marketing and…
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  • 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. 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 simulation,…
  • 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,…
  • Changing the Cartridge to MCH

    Maternova
    1 Jul 2014 | 1:24 pm
    Technology is neither good nor bad; nor is it neutral Melvin Kranzberg, The Six Laws of Technology In Austin, Texas today law student Cody Wilson is printing guns. Well, technically, he prints parts of guns. And these are not just any guns; Cody Wilson prints semiautomatic weapons. In seven hours, Mr. Wilson’s Defense Distributed Company prints a key component of firearms (the AR-15 lower receivers), the exact component that (not coincidentally) happens to be tracked by the U.S. government. What’s the significance of Mr. Wilson’s actions, actions that are seemingly so far outside of our…
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    The Rang De Blog

  • 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…
  • Nurturing Empathy

    admin
    2 Jul 2014 | 4:07 am
    This is the second part of a series on the “Joy of giving”. Through this series, we hope to discuss the various ways in which a more generous, empathetic society can be created. We welcome your stories, experiences, pictures and videos on the same theme. Empathy denotes the ability to perceive other people’s emotions and imagine what others’ may be feeling or thinking. Scientists state that infants as young as 9 months of age are capable of exhibiting signs of empathy. They also postulate that infants under the age of 1 year often react to the pain and distress of others in…
 
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    Marketing and Social Media Strategy for Restaurants | Nate Riggs

  • What Craft Cocktail Trends Should Restaurants be Aware of?

    Alex Foley
    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

  • 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…
  • 4BL: Social Enterprise Associates Guides Clients to Local Impact

    Julie Fahnestock
    4 Jun 2014 | 12:11 pm
    3BL and Just Means) - As a writer for Just Means/3BL Media—as in ‘Triple Bottom Line Media’—I’m upping the ante: I have recently been convinced of the 4BL or ‘quadruple bottom line.’ I recently learned of the concept from Social Enterprise Associates (SEA), a confederation of consultants in New Mexico united by a common desire to bring about social betterment. They are also the first, B Lab certified company in New Mexico and have been awarded as one of the 2014 Best for the World B Corps for their overall impact.  SEA guides their clients to express their clear purpose for…
  • Florida Affirms B Corp Status as SEQUIL Systems Leads the Way

    Julie Fahnestock
    29 May 2014 | 8:51 am
    (3BL and Just Means) - It finally happened: as of July 1, Florida businesses will have the option of registering as a Benefit Corporation (B Corp).  The state currently has eight, B Lab Certified companies which have voluntarily undergone the rigorous scrutiny of the B Lab certification process. These progressive, Floridian companies have paved the way for Florida's Benefit Corporation Legislation and for the state's involvement in the B Corp movement.  I recently spoke with Jef Conley, the Managing Principal of SEQUIL Systems, a sustainability advisor to architects and engineers, in Delray…
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    Give to Get Jobs RSS

  • Accounting Associate for Nonprofits

    27 Aug 2014 | 8:34 am
    Arabella Advisors seeks a dynamic and enthusiastic individual interested in working with one of the fastest growing nonprofit organizations in the country. In this starter role on our finance team, you will help our clients manage resources for new and i
  • Staff Accountant for Nonprofits

    26 Aug 2014 | 2:16 pm
    We need someone that can help one of the fastest growing nonprofit organizations with its accounting operations and financial controls.
  • Software Developer

    20 Aug 2014 | 8:57 am
    Code Something Epic.
  • Talent and Human Resources Manager (Living Goods)

    31 Jul 2014 | 10:00 pm
    At Living Goods, we believe that people are the heart of our business and the root of our impact.
  • The Frontier Market Scouts (FMS) Fellowship

    9 Jul 2014 | 10:00 pm
    The Frontier Market Scouts (FMS) program selects and trains social enterprise professionals who desire a career in social venture management and impact investing.
 
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    Austin Center for Design

  • Research Plan: Teenagers’ Food Choices and Eating Habits

    laura.galos
    27 Aug 2014 | 4:35 pm
    Design research team: Crystal Watson, Lindsay Josal, Laura Galos. In our Interaction Design Research and Synthesis class, we’ve learned that the design process starts with research. Specifically, we are learning to use Contextual Inquiry to gain understanding and empathy for people who may be quite different from us. Starting from a shared interest in nutrition, we were curious about how younger people navigate decisions around food, especially when they are away from planned meals with their families. Our team has created a research plan to guide our inquiry into the food choices and…
  • Family Matters: Addiction

    william.shouse
    27 Aug 2014 | 4:26 pm
    For this first assignment, our team (William Shouse, Jeff Patton and Maryanne Lee) developed a research plan that was focused around the impact of addiction to drugs and alcohol on families and how it alters the family dynamic at various stages of addiction. We started by coming up with a list of all the people and contexts we could talk to and explore. Thinking about people in different contexts revealed the different topics that our team thought we could learn the most about. These topics included relationships, recovery, the cycle of addiction, consequences, support structures, environment…
  • Eating in a Food Desert

    lauren.segapeli
    27 Aug 2014 | 3:36 pm
    In our Interaction Design Research and Synthesis course, we’ve been discussing Contextual Inquiry as a method of gaining understanding and empathy for people affected by wicked problems. Contextual Inquiry facilitates learning through immersing yourself within the context of the problem and inviting participants to teach you about their daily life. Starting with the theme of nutrition and the prompt, “eating healthy in a food desert,” our team (Samara Watkiss, Eugenia Harris, and Lauren Segapeli) began by exploring possible people and contexts where we could learn about this theme.
  • Graphic Recording: Hunter Sunrise @AC4D

    Chelsea Hostetter
    23 Aug 2014 | 4:41 pm
  • Girls Guild to join UnLtd USA’s First Austin Cohort

    AC4D
    14 Aug 2014 | 3:11 pm
    AC4D alumni Cheyenne Weaver and Diana Griffin have been accepted into UnLtd USA, Austin’s first incubator for entrepreneurs solving pressing social and environmental problems. Girls Guild, along with five other impact enterprises, has been chosen to receive seed funding and a full year of Incubation Support. The entrepreneurs were selected from a pool of over 80 applicants and went through a rigorous selection process that included pitching to two Final Selection Panels composed of business leaders, investors and entrepreneurs. The year-long program kicks off in September. Entrepreneurs…
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    TeasasTips

  • Mike Brown Video, Ferguson Killed For No Reason

    LaTease Rikard
    17 Aug 2014 | 2:02 pm
    ***********Warning, Graphic Video********************* This video also has strong language in the comments section as well as during the video, I did not shoot this video, it was shot by a member of the apartment complex where Mike Brown of Ferguson Lived. I didn't shoot this cellphone video, someone who lives in the apartment complex where Mike Brown of Fergsuon, Missouri lived shot it. It shows a body later identified as Mike Brown lying in the streets. For 10 minutes you can hear the commentary by the person shooting the video of what the police are alleged to have done on Saturday, August…
  • Marketing to Women: Keep it Simple

    LaTease Rikard
    5 Aug 2014 | 8:41 am
    As a rule women are pretty loyal creatures. We find a product we like and it works well, then we will stick with it. And if that product has an extra bonus feature like saving us money, we will tell oour girlsfriends about it. As a marketer if you are seeking to reach more women, then this should be the cornerstone of your behavioral strategy when marketing to women. We're really simple creatures, we're just misunderstood. If you're seeking to change the buying behavior of women, you have to start with the most rudimentary thought as it relates to the product you are seeking to sell. I just…
  • The Evolution of the Cell Phone: from Motorola to the iPhone

    LaTease Rikard
    16 May 2014 | 4:21 pm
    My ex had a bag phone when cell phones first came out. At that time they cost thousands of dollars, and he had to plug it up in his car in order to work. He was an exec for AT&T and they were one of the first people to get a phone and have their company front the bill. The amazing thing is that phenomenal changes in mobile phone technology have a occurred in a very short period of time. I found an article called, "From Bricks to Brains," (Computer Science Degree Hub) that mentioned this tidbit: "$3,995 was the price of the first cell phone in 1983, the Motorola DynaTAC 8000X," and that…
  • Defining the lead of your company's dreams {INFOGRAPHIC}

    LaTease Rikard
    26 Jan 2014 | 4:29 pm
    Brought to you by Lead Generation Software by Marketo
  • Small Business In 2014: 4 1/2 Things You Should Know

    LaTease Rikard
    17 Jan 2014 | 9:24 am
    Did you know that 94% of small business owners consider online marketing very important to helping their business grow? But while many of you plan to increase your online marketing, 29% of you feel overwhelmed by all your efforts. If you’re feeling overwhelmed by online marketing, we’re here to help. We surveyed almost 1,500 of our customers in December to ask about their plans for 2014. These are the 4 ½ things you should know about marketing your business in the new year:Data and infographic by AWeber
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    RKA ink - Web Design With Heart

  • The Case For The #IceBucketChallenge and Why We Should Take “Slacktivism” Out of Our Vocabulary

    Rachael Kay Albers
    20 Aug 2014 | 12:38 pm
    Yesterday, it happened to me. It could happen to you, too. (Or it already has.) My brother nominated me for the #IceBucketChallenge. I’ve heard and read quite a bit of criticism about this particular campaign and others like it along with a hip, new addition to the urban dictionary: slacktivism.  Critics are calling the #IceBucketChallenge “narcissism disguised as altruism.” In her Vice article Dumping a Bucket of Ice on Your Head Doesn’t Make You a Philanthropist, Arielle Pardes writes that “this is the crux of millennial ‘hashtag activism,’…
 
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    junxion.com

  • 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…
  • Tempest in a coffee cup?

    David Kuefler
    24 Jun 2014 | 1:42 am
    Very serious problems face humanity. How will we respond? I grabbed my morning coffee and sat down with my iPad to bring in a new day. It’s a routine start for me, and that got me thinking. What happens when our comfortable routines — and, for that matter, our whole lives — are impacted by climate change and the calamities it will bring? As I perused the headlines, one caught my eye in particular: Pentagon preparing for mass civil breakdown. The story talks about how the US government is planning for large-scale civil unrest. Their strategy relies on coercion and force, bringing…
  • Coming Soon: SVN India!

    Peter ter Weeme
    24 Jun 2014 | 12:29 am
    The team at Junxion India is thrilled to announce the launch of Social Venture Network India this fall. For 27 years, SVN has been a thriving community of North American and European change-makers, and has helped launch new organisations like Net Impact, BSR, BALLE, ASBC and SVN Europe. SVN and its sister organisations have seen a progressive vision move from the margins to the mainstream. Now it’s time to extend that vision to the rapidly growing economies of countries that will define much of the global agenda in the 21st century. That’s why Junxion is leading the charge to spread…
  • How Can We Get There from Here?

    Mike Rowlands
    23 Jun 2014 | 9:58 am
    Reflections on Social Change Institute 2014. It feels like nothing is simple any more. Complexity permeates all that we do in the social impact community, and the bigger the challenges we aim to take on, the more difficult the solutions are to define. This was a central theme across all the keynotes, workshops, breakouts and one-on-one consultations at last week’s Social Change Institute, an annual gathering of change makers hosted at Hollyhock, Canada’s lifelong learning centre. Take for example the news that’s filling the airwaves and newsprint today across Canada: the Government of…
  • Canadian Organic SectorCrowdfunding Practices Guide

    Chantal Schauch
    12 Jun 2014 | 4:14 pm
    Junxion came highly recommended and did not disappoint. The Junxion team provided excellent consulting services and worked within near impossible deadlines to complete the crowdfunding research project for the Organic Value Chain Roundtable. They are professional, knowledgeable, connected, and delivered a superb product. The Organic Sector Crowdfunding Report and accompanying Crowdfunding Essentials Guide are must reads for anyone contemplating a crowdfunding campaign. It was a pleasure working with the Junxion team. Gunta Vitins, Industry Co-Chair of the Organic Value Chain Roundtable Funded…
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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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  • 7 Best Places to Look for a Job

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

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

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

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

    admin
    9 Jul 2014 | 9:26 am
    Story by: You’re Kidding Me Industry: Bar Just smile and they will give you money. So I work for a sports bar here in my neighborhood and most of the bartenders here are girls. I guess the manager figures that girls get more tips, or that he likes to look up our skirts. Whatever. So we all know it’s the world cup season, and I have to admit, it can be worst than the super bowl here. Some of these customers are just plain stupid hitting on us girls thinking we don’t no crap about sports. Take today for example, 3 customers were hitting on me trying to “educate” me…
 
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  • Build and Coach Your Company Like a Soccer Team

    Marc
    1 Sep 2014 | 7:13 am
    Every four years, the eyes of the world turn to soccer world championship. Hosted by Brazil (in 2014), the countries of the world convened in the South American country to determine which country would claim the title of the “World Champion” after surviving the rounds of the World Cup competition. In typical soccer style, 2014’s competition did not disappoint. There were upsets, shocking losses and breathtaking wins over the course of the World Cup, but at the end of the competition, there was only one winner: Germany. A fourteen year overhaul of the German soccer program ended in…
  • Competitive Rivalry | Porter’s Five Forces Model

    Marc
    31 Aug 2014 | 9:54 am
    The last of Porter’s five forces deals with firms competing within the industry and the extent to which they exert pressure on each other. This pressure leads to limits on the profit potential of these firms. In industries where there is fierce competitive rivalry to contend with, there are efforts to gain the most profit and market share from each other. This battle can end up decreasing the potential for profit for all of the companies. In this article we will look at 1) an introduction to competitive rivalry, 2) the factors determining competitive rivalry, 3) analyzing the intensity of…
  • Chess Principles That Make you A Better Corporate Strategist

    Marc
    30 Aug 2014 | 12:12 pm
    Modern chess tournaments have been around since 1851. The game of strategy has roots that trace back to the earliest days of India and has spread around the globe, gaining a reputation for being a ‘thinker’s game’. Considered a game that combines attack and strategy, chess boards can be found tucked in the corner of an executive’s office, on tables in the park and in school classrooms all over the world. It transcends nationalities and gender and is enjoyed by young and old. Can this beloved game be more than a simple board game? Is there a parallel between chess and business that can…
  • Streamlining Procurement Process

    Marc
    30 Aug 2014 | 5:21 am
    The process through which any goods or services are purchased from a source external to the firm is called procurement. The purchased items should be acquired at the best possible cost and should be the closest match to the needs of company. The closest match implies the best possible quality, quantity, time, and location for the cost incurred.In this article, we will look at, 1) what is procurement, 2) steps in the procurement process, 3) optimizing the procurement process, 4) procurement best practices, and 5) ensuring ethics in procurement. WHAT IS PROCUREMENT The process of procurement…
  • Startup Hubs Around The World: Mumbai

    Marc
    29 Aug 2014 | 8:12 am
    For the entrepreneur searching for just the right location, there are a host of variables that will affect their final decision. In this continuing approach to the startup hubs around the world, we’ll focus on the famed city of Bombay (now Mumbai). Established in 1507, this port city has remained a central part of Indian history, and promises to play a continuing role in the development of India. © Flickr | Premshree Pillai We’ll investigate how the 1) location of the city, 2) tax incentives, 3) legal incentives, 4) investors, and 5) specialization all combine to allow Mumbai to thrive…
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