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    SustainAbility

  • Michael Harvey to Speak at the London Climate Forum

    22 Oct 2014 | 9:50 pm
    SustainAbility Analyst Michael Harvey will be speaking at the London Climate Forum 2014, a student-led conference to be held at Imperial College London on November 22, 2014. The aim of the London Climate Forum is to inspire students to take action in response to climate change through sustainability and social enterprise by providing them with a series of interactive exhibitions and talks on what climate change is and realistic solutions. Built on the belief that students have the power and potential to create a sustainable future, London Climate Forum 2014 will bring together leading…
  • Zoë Arden and Matt Loose to Present at Sustainable Brands London

    20 Oct 2014 | 11:49 pm
    SustainAbility Directors Zoë Arden and Matt Loose will present “Business Model Innovation: Redesigning Value Delivery and Unlocking New Benefits in the Process” at Sustainable Brands London on Monday, November 3 from 1:30pm – 4:30pm. Prepare for a deep dive into emerging business model innovations that are disrupting industries while having significant positive social and/or environmental impacts. This workshop will break down 20 such innovative models in order to help attendees better understand their origins, mechanics and implications. From producing on demand, to…
  • Must Water Be an Evaporating Asset?

    12 Oct 2014 | 7:51 pm
    Flickr image by Doc Searls As Climate Week drew to a close last month, the media and sustainability experts lauded the private sector for its can-do attitude towards addressing climate change. That level of action is especially welcome coming from the thousands of companies calling for a global price on carbon. That increasing level of commitment and action from companies must also be applied to water scarcity challenges. From droughts in California and Ohio to the continuing water shortages in India, water scarcity will become only more pressing and affect billions more people with each…
  • Lindsay Clinton to Moderate Panel at Net Impact

    7 Oct 2014 | 8:47 pm
    On November 7, SustainAbility Director Lindsay Clinton will moderate a panel, Battle for Behavior Change: Activating Consumer Conscience, at the Net Impact Conference in Minneapolis, MN. Recognizing that a small number of conscious consumers won’t create the change our planet needs, a number of forward-thinking companies are stepping up to change behavior beyond the conscious few. Yet this raises the question: what’s the most effective way to drive wide-scale behavior change that is better for us and the planet? In this panel discussion, leaders employing different strategies—from…
  • Chris Guenther to Speak at DC Conference: The Cutting Edge of Corporate Sustainability Disclosure

    7 Oct 2014 | 8:04 pm
    On October 21, SustainAbility Research Director Chris Guenther will speak at the Environmental Law Institute conference in Washington, D.C entitled The Cutting Edge of Corporate Sustainability Disclosure: Scope, Metrics, Standards, and Ratings. Many firms regularly publish voluntary corporate environmental or sustainability reports beyond what is required by law or regulation. They also disclose sustainability data and information in reporting formats developed by third parties, such as the Global Reporting Initiative and the CDP (formerly Carbon Disclosure Project). In addition,…
 
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    Skoll World Forum on Social Entrepreneurship

  • Development Should Include Everyone

    Jake Wadland
    21 Oct 2014 | 6:20 pm
    Inclusive development  is gaining momentum on the global agenda, but is the international development sector actually listening to its own advice? Inclusive development means ensuring that the benefits of economic growth and social progress reach a broad base, generating improvements in the lives of the most vulnerable. Whereas GDP growth was once the primary target of international development initiatives, we now understand that economic expansion does not always translate into improved quality of life for the majority. Inclusive development aims to convert economic expansion into human…
  • Kailash Satyarthi: Social Entrepreneur and Engineer of Freedom

    Jake Wadland
    21 Oct 2014 | 5:37 pm
    My long-time friend, colleague and mentor has just been awarded the Nobel Peace Prize. Kailash Satyarthi is a hero to many people, all of them certainly glad that this kind, original and tenacious man has at last received such recognition. As my career has been devoted to advancing and realizing his ideas, I want to offer some insight into the individual who has driven the global movement to end child labor. Because of his work, we now know there are 168 million child laborers worldwide. They used to be invisible. Kailash started risking his life for these children more than 30 years ago,…
  • Crossing Boundaries: How Diverse Educational Institutions are Collaborating for Impact

    Jake Wadland
    21 Oct 2014 | 4:26 pm
    “All the interesting problems cross boundaries. Some straddle disciplines. Some require co-operation between business, government, academia and non-profit groups. So you have to train people to cross boundaries.” –David Ellwood, Dean, Harvard Kennedy School of Government This is a time of extraordinary innovation in education around the world, and higher education is no exception. Almost every CEO believes that universities are falling short in preparing people for the workforce, despite David Ellwood’s clarion call to members of his own profession as much as the world at large. We…
  • Cada Vida Creates Opportunities for Colombian Women

    Jake Wadland
    21 Oct 2014 | 9:20 am
    An estimated 60 percent of the world’s poor are women. Though organizations all over the globe are working to close this gender gap, women worldwide still face many challenges in accessing education, employment opportunities, and equal pay and job training. In Colombia, this feminization of poverty is compounded by a male-dominated family structure that impedes women’s access to opportunities. As I saw with my own parents, many husbands expect their wives to stay home and care for children rather than join the workforce or continue studies and job training. Unable to earn their own…
  • Lovelace Day and Women Tech Leaders of the Future

    Jake Wadland
    20 Oct 2014 | 2:26 pm
    Last week, the world celebrated Ada Lovelace Day. Most people have never heard of Lovelace and many still don’t know who she is. Yet, every time you turn on your computer, you owe her a debt. After years of languishing in obscurity (or being known solely as the daughter of the poet Lord Byron), Lovelace is experiencing a well-justified 21st century renaissance. She is increasingly being recognized as one of the foundational masterminds of the digital revolution. Two books debuting in October 2014 focus on her substantial contributions. Walter Isaacson’s The Innovators: How a Group of…
 
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    Marc Gunther's blog

  • Paul Hawken’s next big idea

    Marc Gunther
    22 Oct 2014 | 4:25 pm
    I’ve learned a lot over the years from Paul Hawken, and when our paths have crossed, I’ve always enjoyed the time we’ve spent together. He was an early supporter of FORTUNE’s Brainstorm Green, and I recall a delightful walk along the beach in Laguna Niguel where he told me about the work he’d been doing […] >
  • The circular economy at Disney World

    Marc Gunther
    19 Oct 2014 | 2:22 pm
    Alas, you won’t be able to take a tour of this new “attraction” next time you visit Disney World. But inside those giants vats, through a process called anaerobic digestion, something cool is happening — food waste, used oils, fats, grease and treated human sewage are being turned into electricity and compost. On second thought, […] >
  • Old clothes

    Marc Gunther
    9 Oct 2014 | 9:25 am
    Last month was one of the busiest I’ve had in a long while, with trips to Boston, Singapore, New York and Berlin over a four-week span. All for the good, but I’ve fallen behind on this blog, so I’m looking back today at a story that I wrote and posted last month on Guardian Sustainable […] >
  • Game changer: Walmart’s focus on food and ag

    Marc Gunther
    8 Oct 2014 | 4:53 pm
    Lately, I’ve come to believe that the food industry is moving to become more sustainable with a seriousness that few other industries, particularly energy, can match. Since Labor Day, I’ve had the opportunity to listen to top execs from Cargill (Greg Page), DuPont (Ellen Kullman), Monsanto (Hugh Grant and Robb Fraley) and Walmart (Doug McMillon) […] >
  • Was Climate Week a good week?

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

  • Development Should Include Everyone

    Jake Wadland
    21 Oct 2014 | 6:20 pm
    Inclusive development  is gaining momentum on the global agenda, but is the international development sector actually listening to its own advice? Inclusive development means ensuring that the benefits of economic growth and social progress reach a broad base, generating improvements in the lives of the most vulnerable. Whereas GDP growth was once the primary target of international development initiatives, we now understand that economic expansion does not always translate into improved quality of life for the majority. Inclusive development aims to convert economic expansion into human…
  • Kailash Satyarthi: Social Entrepreneur and Engineer of Freedom

    Jake Wadland
    21 Oct 2014 | 5:37 pm
    My long-time friend, colleague and mentor has just been awarded the Nobel Peace Prize. Kailash Satyarthi is a hero to many people, all of them certainly glad that this kind, original and tenacious man has at last received such recognition. As my career has been devoted to advancing and realizing his ideas, I want to offer some insight into the individual who has driven the global movement to end child labor. Because of his work, we now know there are 168 million child laborers worldwide. They used to be invisible. Kailash started risking his life for these children more than 30 years ago,…
  • Crossing Boundaries: How Diverse Educational Institutions are Collaborating for Impact

    Jake Wadland
    21 Oct 2014 | 4:26 pm
    “All the interesting problems cross boundaries. Some straddle disciplines. Some require co-operation between business, government, academia and non-profit groups. So you have to train people to cross boundaries.” –David Ellwood, Dean, Harvard Kennedy School of Government This is a time of extraordinary innovation in education around the world, and higher education is no exception. Almost every CEO believes that universities are falling short in preparing people for the workforce, despite David Ellwood’s clarion call to members of his own profession as much as the world at large. We…
  • Cada Vida Creates Opportunities for Colombian Women

    Jake Wadland
    21 Oct 2014 | 9:20 am
    An estimated 60 percent of the world’s poor are women. Though organizations all over the globe are working to close this gender gap, women worldwide still face many challenges in accessing education, employment opportunities, and equal pay and job training. In Colombia, this feminization of poverty is compounded by a male-dominated family structure that impedes women’s access to opportunities. As I saw with my own parents, many husbands expect their wives to stay home and care for children rather than join the workforce or continue studies and job training. Unable to earn their own…
  • Lovelace Day and Women Tech Leaders of the Future

    Jake Wadland
    20 Oct 2014 | 2:26 pm
    Last week, the world celebrated Ada Lovelace Day. Most people have never heard of Lovelace and many still don’t know who she is. Yet, every time you turn on your computer, you owe her a debt. After years of languishing in obscurity (or being known solely as the daughter of the poet Lord Byron), Lovelace is experiencing a well-justified 21st century renaissance. She is increasingly being recognized as one of the foundational masterminds of the digital revolution. Two books debuting in October 2014 focus on her substantial contributions. Walter Isaacson’s The Innovators: How a Group of…
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    Global Envision

  • Global Ideas News Brief: Money Talks

    Jenica Funk
    15 Oct 2014 | 11:17 am
    Image:  How to Stop a GenocideNew YorkerA priest’s mission to do what an international intervention could not. (In-depth background on the Central African Republic conflict)Funding developmentHow Millennials Are Reshaping Charity And Online GivingNPRMillennials are spending — and giving away their cash — a lot differently than previous generations, and that's changing the game for giving, and for the charities that depend on it.An Unconventional Billionaire Is Revolutionizing Philanthropy By Closing His FoundationFast.Co.ExistShould charity go on forever? For Chuck…
  • 5 great development solutions coming out of the Clinton Global Initiative

    Emily Crowe
    10 Oct 2014 | 12:05 pm
    Image:  “There are situations in which you can do a lot. But, what is it that can let me sow the seeds of social change?” -Graça Machel, 2014 Clinton Global Initiative Global Citizen awardeeIf anyone understands social change, it is Graça Machel.The widow of former South African president Nelson Mandela, Machel has campaigned tirelessly to improve the lives of women and girls in developing countries. Their lack of resources -- education, health care, the right to control their bodies -- is the biggest roadblock to social change, she says.Businesses, organizations and…
  • Young leaders create plans for change in the Middle East and North Africa

    Marie von Hafften
    6 Oct 2014 | 8:23 am
    Image:  Only first names are used in this article. The views expressed by the students do not represent those of the program sponsors. Haitham, a 24-year-old from Palestine, was days away from flying to the United States this summer when the Israel-Gaza conflict erupted.Dreaming of growing his leadership and civic skills, Haitham was packed and ready to journey to Portland, Ore. for a student leaders program. He hoped to learn how to take his ideas about creating social good in his community and turn them into reality.Just as he was about to leave for Portland in June, three Israeli…
  • 5 QUESTIONS FOR CHARLES KENNY: WHY THE WORLD IS GETTING BETTER

    Kyla Yeoman
    3 Oct 2014 | 11:49 am
    5 questions: Why the world is getting betterhttps://www.globalenvision.org/2014/09/26/5-questions-charles-kenny-why-world-getting-better
  • Six ways Ebola is reversing development gains in Liberia

    Jenica Funk
    3 Oct 2014 | 8:40 am
    Image:  Just as Liberia’s economy was recovering from an ugly civil war, hysteria surrounding the Ebola outbreak triggered an economic slowdown that threatens over 2 million Liberians already struggling below the poverty line. Those who contract Ebola aren't the only ones whose lives are at risk.The International Monetary Fund (IMF) has already cut the projected growth rate for Liberia in half, to 2.5 percent. World Bank analysts paint an even grimmer picture, predicting that the Liberian economy could contract to as low as minus 4.9 percent.How does disease beget economic…
 
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    Environmental Management & Sustainable Development News

  • Ford, Goodyear, FTS Technologies Win Sustainability Innovation Awards

    Ken Jennison
    24 Oct 2014 | 4:58 am
    Ford, Goodyear and FTS Technologies received awards from the Suppliers Partnership for the Environment on Tuesday at the organization’s second annual Sustainable Innovation Awards ceremony in Rochester, Michigan. The Suppliers Partnership for the Environment is a partnership between automakers, their suppliers and the EPA. The awards program recognizes Supplier Partnership member companies for their outstanding […]
  • Durability ‘Most Important Green Building Product Attribute’

    Jessica Lyons Hardcastle
    24 Oct 2014 | 4:57 am
    Durability is the most important characteristic associated with building products in general and green building products in particular, according to the findings of a blind survey of US architects commissioned by PPG Industries. The survey encompassed 629 US architects representing a cross-section of job titles, experience, firm sizes and geographic locations. PPG has commissioned architect […]
  • Hospitals Face Ebola Waste Challenges

    Ken Jennison
    24 Oct 2014 | 4:55 am
    Based on US hospital experiences to date, one Ebola patient will likely generate eight 55-gallon barrels of medical waste per day, making storage, transportation, and disposal of the waste a major challenge for hospitals, according to the California Hospital Association. The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have recommended autoclaving or incinerating the waste […]
  • Biobased Materials, Chemicals Funding on the Rise

    Jessica Lyons Hardcastle
    24 Oct 2014 | 4:40 am
    The biobased materials and chemicals industry is poised to attract nearly $1 billion in investment this year, led notably by later-stage funding rounds, according to Lux Research. The estimated $974 million investment represents a 28 percent increase from 2013, suggesting companies that endured the waves of economic disruption have gained maturity and regained investors’ confidence, […]
  • OneSource Freight Joins R2 Recycling Leader Program

    Jessica Lyons Hardcastle
    24 Oct 2014 | 4:36 am
    Transportation and logistics provider OneSource Freight has joined SERI’s R2 Recycling Leaders program, which recognizes leadership efforts in electronics recycling among companies and nonprofits organizations. OneSource Freight has been a consistent supporter of the R2 Standard since its development in 2008, and provided guidance in the drafting of Provision 12 of the R2:2013 Standard, covering […]
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    Have Fun • Do Good

  • Be open to Big Vision photobombs

    Britt Bravo
    24 Oct 2014 | 1:26 pm
    While visiting New Mexico this summer, I raised my phone to take a photo of some pink flowers against a blue sky when this happened:This hummingbird flew right into my frame and posed for a long time (at least by hummingbird standards). It was a magical moment, especially because hummingbirds have always been an "auspicious symbol" for me.Sometimes when we're working on our big vision: noticing what sparkles, letting go of old visions to be open to the new, and running towards what excites us, something unexpected shows up right in front of our face. It might even be more wonderful than the…
  • Don't be shy. Run towards your big vision.

    Britt Bravo
    17 Oct 2014 | 9:52 am
    As I was walking to work one day this week, I saw this cute Corgi (pictured above) on the street. At first he was shy. He watched me with half of his face hidden behind the wall. But as I walked closer, his excitement overwhelmed him. He ran out of hiding to say hello and invited me to pet him (so soft!).Sometimes that's how we are with our Big Visions. Shy at first. Testing the waters. Not wanting to make a commitment. But here's the important part. The excitement. When we get SO excited about something that we just HAVE to do it, or learn more about it, or share it with others, we need to…
  • When your big vision dies . . .

    Britt Bravo
    10 Oct 2014 | 11:29 am
    A tree grows a tree"The Death of a tree is the birth of a log or a snag [a standing dead or dying tree]. Dead trees are essential to the health of the forest and they are the basis of its astonishing productivity. Fallen trees are a substantial reservoir of organic matter and water that other plants and trees depend on. . . As a tree slowly decays, it becomes a nursery for plants. It may take 400 years or longer to become incorporated into the forest floor. During this time, a variety of shrubs and trees have the opportunity to develop part or all of their root systems within the decaying…
  • Looking for Your Big Vision? Notice What "Sparkles"

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

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

  • Development Should Include Everyone

    Jake Wadland
    21 Oct 2014 | 6:20 pm
    Inclusive development  is gaining momentum on the global agenda, but is the international development sector actually listening to its own advice? Inclusive development means ensuring that the benefits of economic growth and social progress reach a broad base, generating improvements in the lives of the most vulnerable. Whereas GDP growth was once the primary target of international development initiatives, we now understand that economic expansion does not always translate into improved quality of life for the majority. Inclusive development aims to convert economic expansion into human…
  • Kailash Satyarthi: Social Entrepreneur and Engineer of Freedom

    Jake Wadland
    21 Oct 2014 | 5:37 pm
    My long-time friend, colleague and mentor has just been awarded the Nobel Peace Prize. Kailash Satyarthi is a hero to many people, all of them certainly glad that this kind, original and tenacious man has at last received such recognition. As my career has been devoted to advancing and realizing his ideas, I want to offer some insight into the individual who has driven the global movement to end child labor. Because of his work, we now know there are 168 million child laborers worldwide. They used to be invisible. Kailash started risking his life for these children more than 30 years ago,…
  • Crossing Boundaries: How Diverse Educational Institutions are Collaborating for Impact

    Jake Wadland
    21 Oct 2014 | 4:26 pm
    “All the interesting problems cross boundaries. Some straddle disciplines. Some require co-operation between business, government, academia and non-profit groups. So you have to train people to cross boundaries.” –David Ellwood, Dean, Harvard Kennedy School of Government This is a time of extraordinary innovation in education around the world, and higher education is no exception. Almost every CEO believes that universities are falling short in preparing people for the workforce, despite David Ellwood’s clarion call to members of his own profession as much as the world at large. We…
  • Cada Vida Creates Opportunities for Colombian Women

    Jake Wadland
    21 Oct 2014 | 9:20 am
    An estimated 60 percent of the world’s poor are women. Though organizations all over the globe are working to close this gender gap, women worldwide still face many challenges in accessing education, employment opportunities, and equal pay and job training. In Colombia, this feminization of poverty is compounded by a male-dominated family structure that impedes women’s access to opportunities. As I saw with my own parents, many husbands expect their wives to stay home and care for children rather than join the workforce or continue studies and job training. Unable to earn their own…
  • Lovelace Day and Women Tech Leaders of the Future

    Jake Wadland
    20 Oct 2014 | 2:26 pm
    Last week, the world celebrated Ada Lovelace Day. Most people have never heard of Lovelace and many still don’t know who she is. Yet, every time you turn on your computer, you owe her a debt. After years of languishing in obscurity (or being known solely as the daughter of the poet Lord Byron), Lovelace is experiencing a well-justified 21st century renaissance. She is increasingly being recognized as one of the foundational masterminds of the digital revolution. Two books debuting in October 2014 focus on her substantial contributions. Walter Isaacson’s The Innovators: How a Group of…
 
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    GlobalGiving Projects - Just added

  • Psycho Social support for Ebola victims

    Navonel (Voni) Glick
    11 Oct 2014 | 9:46 am
    $500 — Conduct a monthly Psycho Social training for relief workers$1000 — Conduct an intensive training for local health workers$2000 — Flight ticket to Sierra Leone for IsraAID specialistSummaryIsraAID in partnership with the first lady in Sierra Leone will conduct a 2 year training program that will focus on MHPSS- (Mental Health Psycho-Social Support) with the aim of building a national network of service providers.Project Needs and BeneficiariesThe Ebola crisis in West Africa has had massive and devastating effects on the entire region. As…
  • Help sponsor a foster family in China

    Pat King
    10 Oct 2014 | 7:46 am
    $10 — Help a foster family plan a special meal for their children$25 — Help a foster family with their general daily expenses$50 — Help a foster family afford a special outing with their childrenSummaryThis project will sponsor four loving foster families in China for one year. Each family is composed of a foster father, a foster mother, and up to four children whose special needs are likely to preclude adoption.Project Needs and BeneficiariesChildren with more severe special needs are often at higher risk of spending their entire childhood and…
  • Village Soccer Dream Teams

    Jenni Lipa
    10 Oct 2014 | 6:38 am
    $15 — Uniforms for one player$50 — Bottled water and lunch for the team per week$90 — Weekly transportation for the teamSummaryOur soccer program is complementary to our school English & Nutritional program. A sound mind and healthy body go hand in hand to develop full potential and confidence for young students. We have three teams entered into a weekend Soccer League with our two Khmer coaches. This gives them the opportunity to develop skills and takes them out of their rural environment. Confidence building and sportmanship are a great…
  • Help Rahim go to University

    Njomo Omam Esther
    9 Oct 2014 | 7:55 am
    $10 — will pay for orientation and check up visits for the year$20 — Are 20 daily meals for Rahim$40 — Additional costs of registration for University of BueaSummaryRahim is a very special young man, an example to all children living without parents. He is the first orphan from Father's House Orphanage, in Muyuka, to fulfill all requeriments to enter University. He is now admitted to study Geography at University of Buea, but neither him nor the orphanage can afford to pay for school fees and a whole year of housing.Project Needs and…
  • Hospital Classroom for 5,000 Children Illnesses

    Diana Natalia Londono Velez
    9 Oct 2014 | 7:28 am
    $10 — For a TEACHER who directs artistic activities for 5,000 children with critical illnesses$50 — For a TEACHER who directs games and reading activities for children$100 — For a TEACHER who helps children with school homework to avoid any setbacks at schoolSummaryThe San Vicente Foundation Children's Hospital was the first to offer this service in Colombia in the year 2000. This service was created in order to reduce the negative emotional impact illnesses had on children who had to remain in the Hospital for extended periods. Each year 5,000…
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    Echoing Green Blog

  • Our Building Blocks of Early-Stage Support

    Echoing Green
    23 Oct 2014 | 8:03 am
    Echoing Green’s approach to supporting groundbreaking, early-stage social entrepreneurs runs much deeper than a two-year stipend and health insurance. Over the past several years, Echoing Green has worked to deepen our support for our Fellows, even as we expand the Fellowship program as part of the strategic growth of the organization. Through working with–and learning from–over 600 Fellows, we’ve developed a standard rubric and clearly defined building blocks for approaching and measuring our support. We’ve also identified the need for any standardization to be flexible enough to…
  • Raj Panjabi Leads Ebola Response Efforts

    Echoing Green
    2 Oct 2014 | 10:34 am
    Photo by Last Mile Health, known in Liberia as Tiyatien Health The Ebola outbreak appears to be far from over. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control together with World Health Organization reported that as of September 29, there were 6,574 cases of the hemorrhagic fever caused by the Ebola virus in Liberia, Guinea, Sierra Leone, Nigeria and Senegal. While global health organizations work to combat the spread of the disease, 2011 Echoing Green Fellow Dr. Rajesh Panjabi, CEO of Last Mile Health, has teamed up with Partners in Health (PIH) on the front lines in Liberia to combat what World Bank…
  • Bren Smith on the Front Line of the Crisis

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

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

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

  • Entrepreneurship development from the Songhai Centre

    Emeka Okafor
    24 Oct 2014 | 5:55 pm
    In Benin: This video presents the SONGHAI center, a sustainable center of micro-enterprise which also trains many young Africans. It is considered as a model of best practices for rural development, sustainable development, employment and training of youths, and self-financing of a company.This sustainable African initiative is recognized as a 'centre of excellence'. It employs over 400 people and trains more than 500 students and receives more than 20,000 visitors a year. SONGHAI has trained more than 2,650 people, most of whom have created their own companies. In addition, the center has…
  • 'Kushn' Fashion

    Emeka Okafor
    24 Oct 2014 | 11:32 am
    Leila Dee Dougan writing in Africa is a Country about Kushn covered earlier: Pan-African fashion that rejects “social entrepreneurship‘Kushn’ is a chic, afro-futurist fashion and design store based in Cape Town. Owners Greer Valley and her husband, Themba Mntambo, started the company three years ago using leather and colourful woven cloth sourced from textile co-ops in Ethiopia and Ghana. The store’s name is a play on the kingdom of Kush – which was situated in what is now Sudan, going far back as 1070 BC. But don’t mistake Valley and Mntambo’s designs as an homage to an ancient…
  • The Innovators

    Emeka Okafor
    24 Oct 2014 | 6:43 am
    From Nigeria Rising: Jonathan Lawoyin, Director of Digital Marketing at Ready Set Rocket, traveled to Nigeria for exclusive interviews and a behind-the-scenes look at the industry. Meet the trailblazers now.
  • Ethiopia’s seed banks

    Emeka Okafor
    23 Oct 2014 | 3:57 pm
    SciDev reports: The community seed bank in Chefe Donsa, a village two hours’ drive east of the Ethiopian capital Addis Ababa, collects and preserves the seeds of local crops to ensure farmers have a steady supply of seeds to sow each year.The Chefe Donsa seed bank is just one of 13 established in different climatic areas of the country. The nation’s central seed bank, which the Ethiopian Institute of Biodiversity set up in Addis Ababa, helps researchers and farmers retain agricultural biodiversity. By preserving this, researchers hope to strengthen food security in the country and…
  • Building 'OuedKniss' Algeria

    Emeka Okafor
    23 Oct 2014 | 12:22 pm
    In Wamda... "how 5 teenagers built one of Algeria's biggest websites": The story of Algeria’s eighth most visited website started eight years ago when police showed up to shut down a suburban street market. For decades the market would regularly pop up on a street called Oued Kniss in the Algiers suburb of Kouba. People would buy, sell, and swap anything they could imagine, from television sets to carpets. “It was really nice,” remembers Mehdi Bouzid. Like many other teens in Algeria circa 2006, Bouzid and his four friends, Hichem Soudah, Amine Benmouffok, Ahmed Bouaouina, and Djamel…
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    Skoll World Forum on Social Entrepreneurship

  • Development Should Include Everyone

    Jake Wadland
    21 Oct 2014 | 6:20 pm
    Inclusive development  is gaining momentum on the global agenda, but is the international development sector actually listening to its own advice? Inclusive development means ensuring that the benefits of economic growth and social progress reach a broad base, generating improvements in the lives of the most vulnerable. Whereas GDP growth was once the primary target of international development initiatives, we now understand that economic expansion does not always translate into improved quality of life for the majority. Inclusive development aims to convert economic expansion into human…
  • Kailash Satyarthi: Social Entrepreneur and Engineer of Freedom

    Jake Wadland
    21 Oct 2014 | 5:37 pm
    My long-time friend, colleague and mentor has just been awarded the Nobel Peace Prize. Kailash Satyarthi is a hero to many people, all of them certainly glad that this kind, original and tenacious man has at last received such recognition. As my career has been devoted to advancing and realizing his ideas, I want to offer some insight into the individual who has driven the global movement to end child labor. Because of his work, we now know there are 168 million child laborers worldwide. They used to be invisible. Kailash started risking his life for these children more than 30 years ago,…
  • Crossing Boundaries: How Diverse Educational Institutions are Collaborating for Impact

    Jake Wadland
    21 Oct 2014 | 4:26 pm
    “All the interesting problems cross boundaries. Some straddle disciplines. Some require co-operation between business, government, academia and non-profit groups. So you have to train people to cross boundaries.” –David Ellwood, Dean, Harvard Kennedy School of Government This is a time of extraordinary innovation in education around the world, and higher education is no exception. Almost every CEO believes that universities are falling short in preparing people for the workforce, despite David Ellwood’s clarion call to members of his own profession as much as the world at large. We…
  • Cada Vida Creates Opportunities for Colombian Women

    Jake Wadland
    21 Oct 2014 | 9:20 am
    An estimated 60 percent of the world’s poor are women. Though organizations all over the globe are working to close this gender gap, women worldwide still face many challenges in accessing education, employment opportunities, and equal pay and job training. In Colombia, this feminization of poverty is compounded by a male-dominated family structure that impedes women’s access to opportunities. As I saw with my own parents, many husbands expect their wives to stay home and care for children rather than join the workforce or continue studies and job training. Unable to earn their own…
  • Lovelace Day and Women Tech Leaders of the Future

    Jake Wadland
    20 Oct 2014 | 2:26 pm
    Last week, the world celebrated Ada Lovelace Day. Most people have never heard of Lovelace and many still don’t know who she is. Yet, every time you turn on your computer, you owe her a debt. After years of languishing in obscurity (or being known solely as the daughter of the poet Lord Byron), Lovelace is experiencing a well-justified 21st century renaissance. She is increasingly being recognized as one of the foundational masterminds of the digital revolution. Two books debuting in October 2014 focus on her substantial contributions. Walter Isaacson’s The Innovators: How a Group of…
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    Skoll World Forum on Social Entrepreneurship

  • Development Should Include Everyone

    Jake Wadland
    21 Oct 2014 | 6:20 pm
    Inclusive development  is gaining momentum on the global agenda, but is the international development sector actually listening to its own advice? Inclusive development means ensuring that the benefits of economic growth and social progress reach a broad base, generating improvements in the lives of the most vulnerable. Whereas GDP growth was once the primary target of international development initiatives, we now understand that economic expansion does not always translate into improved quality of life for the majority. Inclusive development aims to convert economic expansion into human…
  • Kailash Satyarthi: Social Entrepreneur and Engineer of Freedom

    Jake Wadland
    21 Oct 2014 | 5:37 pm
    My long-time friend, colleague and mentor has just been awarded the Nobel Peace Prize. Kailash Satyarthi is a hero to many people, all of them certainly glad that this kind, original and tenacious man has at last received such recognition. As my career has been devoted to advancing and realizing his ideas, I want to offer some insight into the individual who has driven the global movement to end child labor. Because of his work, we now know there are 168 million child laborers worldwide. They used to be invisible. Kailash started risking his life for these children more than 30 years ago,…
  • Crossing Boundaries: How Diverse Educational Institutions are Collaborating for Impact

    Jake Wadland
    21 Oct 2014 | 4:26 pm
    “All the interesting problems cross boundaries. Some straddle disciplines. Some require co-operation between business, government, academia and non-profit groups. So you have to train people to cross boundaries.” –David Ellwood, Dean, Harvard Kennedy School of Government This is a time of extraordinary innovation in education around the world, and higher education is no exception. Almost every CEO believes that universities are falling short in preparing people for the workforce, despite David Ellwood’s clarion call to members of his own profession as much as the world at large. We…
  • Cada Vida Creates Opportunities for Colombian Women

    Jake Wadland
    21 Oct 2014 | 9:20 am
    An estimated 60 percent of the world’s poor are women. Though organizations all over the globe are working to close this gender gap, women worldwide still face many challenges in accessing education, employment opportunities, and equal pay and job training. In Colombia, this feminization of poverty is compounded by a male-dominated family structure that impedes women’s access to opportunities. As I saw with my own parents, many husbands expect their wives to stay home and care for children rather than join the workforce or continue studies and job training. Unable to earn their own…
  • Lovelace Day and Women Tech Leaders of the Future

    Jake Wadland
    20 Oct 2014 | 2:26 pm
    Last week, the world celebrated Ada Lovelace Day. Most people have never heard of Lovelace and many still don’t know who she is. Yet, every time you turn on your computer, you owe her a debt. After years of languishing in obscurity (or being known solely as the daughter of the poet Lord Byron), Lovelace is experiencing a well-justified 21st century renaissance. She is increasingly being recognized as one of the foundational masterminds of the digital revolution. Two books debuting in October 2014 focus on her substantial contributions. Walter Isaacson’s The Innovators: How a Group of…
 
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    Skoll World Forum on Social Entrepreneurship

  • Development Should Include Everyone

    Jake Wadland
    21 Oct 2014 | 6:20 pm
    Inclusive development  is gaining momentum on the global agenda, but is the international development sector actually listening to its own advice? Inclusive development means ensuring that the benefits of economic growth and social progress reach a broad base, generating improvements in the lives of the most vulnerable. Whereas GDP growth was once the primary target of international development initiatives, we now understand that economic expansion does not always translate into improved quality of life for the majority. Inclusive development aims to convert economic expansion into human…
  • Kailash Satyarthi: Social Entrepreneur and Engineer of Freedom

    Jake Wadland
    21 Oct 2014 | 5:37 pm
    My long-time friend, colleague and mentor has just been awarded the Nobel Peace Prize. Kailash Satyarthi is a hero to many people, all of them certainly glad that this kind, original and tenacious man has at last received such recognition. As my career has been devoted to advancing and realizing his ideas, I want to offer some insight into the individual who has driven the global movement to end child labor. Because of his work, we now know there are 168 million child laborers worldwide. They used to be invisible. Kailash started risking his life for these children more than 30 years ago,…
  • Crossing Boundaries: How Diverse Educational Institutions are Collaborating for Impact

    Jake Wadland
    21 Oct 2014 | 4:26 pm
    “All the interesting problems cross boundaries. Some straddle disciplines. Some require co-operation between business, government, academia and non-profit groups. So you have to train people to cross boundaries.” –David Ellwood, Dean, Harvard Kennedy School of Government This is a time of extraordinary innovation in education around the world, and higher education is no exception. Almost every CEO believes that universities are falling short in preparing people for the workforce, despite David Ellwood’s clarion call to members of his own profession as much as the world at large. We…
  • Cada Vida Creates Opportunities for Colombian Women

    Jake Wadland
    21 Oct 2014 | 9:20 am
    An estimated 60 percent of the world’s poor are women. Though organizations all over the globe are working to close this gender gap, women worldwide still face many challenges in accessing education, employment opportunities, and equal pay and job training. In Colombia, this feminization of poverty is compounded by a male-dominated family structure that impedes women’s access to opportunities. As I saw with my own parents, many husbands expect their wives to stay home and care for children rather than join the workforce or continue studies and job training. Unable to earn their own…
  • Lovelace Day and Women Tech Leaders of the Future

    Jake Wadland
    20 Oct 2014 | 2:26 pm
    Last week, the world celebrated Ada Lovelace Day. Most people have never heard of Lovelace and many still don’t know who she is. Yet, every time you turn on your computer, you owe her a debt. After years of languishing in obscurity (or being known solely as the daughter of the poet Lord Byron), Lovelace is experiencing a well-justified 21st century renaissance. She is increasingly being recognized as one of the foundational masterminds of the digital revolution. Two books debuting in October 2014 focus on her substantial contributions. Walter Isaacson’s The Innovators: How a Group of…
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    Skoll World Forum on Social Entrepreneurship

  • Development Should Include Everyone

    Jake Wadland
    21 Oct 2014 | 6:20 pm
    Inclusive development  is gaining momentum on the global agenda, but is the international development sector actually listening to its own advice? Inclusive development means ensuring that the benefits of economic growth and social progress reach a broad base, generating improvements in the lives of the most vulnerable. Whereas GDP growth was once the primary target of international development initiatives, we now understand that economic expansion does not always translate into improved quality of life for the majority. Inclusive development aims to convert economic expansion into human…
  • Kailash Satyarthi: Social Entrepreneur and Engineer of Freedom

    Jake Wadland
    21 Oct 2014 | 5:37 pm
    My long-time friend, colleague and mentor has just been awarded the Nobel Peace Prize. Kailash Satyarthi is a hero to many people, all of them certainly glad that this kind, original and tenacious man has at last received such recognition. As my career has been devoted to advancing and realizing his ideas, I want to offer some insight into the individual who has driven the global movement to end child labor. Because of his work, we now know there are 168 million child laborers worldwide. They used to be invisible. Kailash started risking his life for these children more than 30 years ago,…
  • Crossing Boundaries: How Diverse Educational Institutions are Collaborating for Impact

    Jake Wadland
    21 Oct 2014 | 4:26 pm
    “All the interesting problems cross boundaries. Some straddle disciplines. Some require co-operation between business, government, academia and non-profit groups. So you have to train people to cross boundaries.” –David Ellwood, Dean, Harvard Kennedy School of Government This is a time of extraordinary innovation in education around the world, and higher education is no exception. Almost every CEO believes that universities are falling short in preparing people for the workforce, despite David Ellwood’s clarion call to members of his own profession as much as the world at large. We…
  • Cada Vida Creates Opportunities for Colombian Women

    Jake Wadland
    21 Oct 2014 | 9:20 am
    An estimated 60 percent of the world’s poor are women. Though organizations all over the globe are working to close this gender gap, women worldwide still face many challenges in accessing education, employment opportunities, and equal pay and job training. In Colombia, this feminization of poverty is compounded by a male-dominated family structure that impedes women’s access to opportunities. As I saw with my own parents, many husbands expect their wives to stay home and care for children rather than join the workforce or continue studies and job training. Unable to earn their own…
  • Lovelace Day and Women Tech Leaders of the Future

    Jake Wadland
    20 Oct 2014 | 2:26 pm
    Last week, the world celebrated Ada Lovelace Day. Most people have never heard of Lovelace and many still don’t know who she is. Yet, every time you turn on your computer, you owe her a debt. After years of languishing in obscurity (or being known solely as the daughter of the poet Lord Byron), Lovelace is experiencing a well-justified 21st century renaissance. She is increasingly being recognized as one of the foundational masterminds of the digital revolution. Two books debuting in October 2014 focus on her substantial contributions. Walter Isaacson’s The Innovators: How a Group of…
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    Skoll World Forum on Social Entrepreneurship

  • Development Should Include Everyone

    Jake Wadland
    21 Oct 2014 | 6:20 pm
    Inclusive development  is gaining momentum on the global agenda, but is the international development sector actually listening to its own advice? Inclusive development means ensuring that the benefits of economic growth and social progress reach a broad base, generating improvements in the lives of the most vulnerable. Whereas GDP growth was once the primary target of international development initiatives, we now understand that economic expansion does not always translate into improved quality of life for the majority. Inclusive development aims to convert economic expansion into human…
  • Kailash Satyarthi: Social Entrepreneur and Engineer of Freedom

    Jake Wadland
    21 Oct 2014 | 5:37 pm
    My long-time friend, colleague and mentor has just been awarded the Nobel Peace Prize. Kailash Satyarthi is a hero to many people, all of them certainly glad that this kind, original and tenacious man has at last received such recognition. As my career has been devoted to advancing and realizing his ideas, I want to offer some insight into the individual who has driven the global movement to end child labor. Because of his work, we now know there are 168 million child laborers worldwide. They used to be invisible. Kailash started risking his life for these children more than 30 years ago,…
  • Crossing Boundaries: How Diverse Educational Institutions are Collaborating for Impact

    Jake Wadland
    21 Oct 2014 | 4:26 pm
    “All the interesting problems cross boundaries. Some straddle disciplines. Some require co-operation between business, government, academia and non-profit groups. So you have to train people to cross boundaries.” –David Ellwood, Dean, Harvard Kennedy School of Government This is a time of extraordinary innovation in education around the world, and higher education is no exception. Almost every CEO believes that universities are falling short in preparing people for the workforce, despite David Ellwood’s clarion call to members of his own profession as much as the world at large. We…
  • Cada Vida Creates Opportunities for Colombian Women

    Jake Wadland
    21 Oct 2014 | 9:20 am
    An estimated 60 percent of the world’s poor are women. Though organizations all over the globe are working to close this gender gap, women worldwide still face many challenges in accessing education, employment opportunities, and equal pay and job training. In Colombia, this feminization of poverty is compounded by a male-dominated family structure that impedes women’s access to opportunities. As I saw with my own parents, many husbands expect their wives to stay home and care for children rather than join the workforce or continue studies and job training. Unable to earn their own…
  • Lovelace Day and Women Tech Leaders of the Future

    Jake Wadland
    20 Oct 2014 | 2:26 pm
    Last week, the world celebrated Ada Lovelace Day. Most people have never heard of Lovelace and many still don’t know who she is. Yet, every time you turn on your computer, you owe her a debt. After years of languishing in obscurity (or being known solely as the daughter of the poet Lord Byron), Lovelace is experiencing a well-justified 21st century renaissance. She is increasingly being recognized as one of the foundational masterminds of the digital revolution. Two books debuting in October 2014 focus on her substantial contributions. Walter Isaacson’s The Innovators: How a Group of…
 
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    From Poverty to Power

  • An authorial moment

    Duncan Green
    23 Oct 2014 | 11:30 pm
    This has never happened to me before (sadly), so I thought it was worth recording. And anyway, I’m a suffering author right now, so please indulge me. She was sitting 3 rows in front of me on the bus from Oxford down to London. Dangly earrings. Cool leather jacket. Handbag probably fashionable (I wouldn’t know). She opens it and takes out a copy of my book – pristine, red first edition of From Poverty to Power. OMG. What do I do, shout ‘hey that’s my book’? Bus too crowded, and anyway too sad/creepy, so I watch what she does next (also quite creepy, I guess). And then I…
  • Participatory Evaluation, or how to find out what really happened in your project

    Duncan Green
    23 Oct 2014 | 12:43 am
    Trust IDS to hide its light under a bushel of off-putting jargon. It took me a while to get round to reading ‘Using Participatory Process Evaluation to Understand the Dynamics of Change in a Nutrition Education Programme’, by Andrea Cornwall, but I’m glad I did – it’s brilliant. Some highlights: [What’s special about participatory process evaluation?] ‘Conventional impact assessment works on the basis of snapshots in time. Increasingly, it has come to involve reductionist metrics in which a small number of measurable indicators are taken to be adequate substitutes for the rich,…
  • Let’s Talk About Sex: why sexual satisfaction & pleasure should be on the international development agenda

    Duncan Green
    21 Oct 2014 | 11:30 pm
    This guest post is by Chloe Safier (@chloelenas), Regional Gender Lead for Oxfam in Southern Africa, with thoughtful contributions from Marc Wegerif I was sitting at dinner with my Oxfam colleagues on a Sunday night, just before a country strategy meeting. Over grilled fish and cokes, I mentioned an article I’d seen recently in the Guardian that spoke to the need to talk about all aspects of sexual health, beyond the non-controversial medical goals. I had been thinking about that piece, by Institute of Development Studies research fellow Pauline Oosterhoff, and its implications for our…
  • How Soap Operas and cable TV promote women’s rights and family planning

    Duncan Green
    20 Oct 2014 | 11:30 pm
    Taking a break from the How Change Happens book this week to head off to Harvard for a Matt Andrews/ODI seminar on ‘Doing Development Differently’ + a day at Oxfam America on Friday. Will report back, I’m sure. Meanwhile, I’ve just finished the draft chapter on the power of social norms, and how they change (and can be changed). ODI provides an absolute gold mine of a crib sheet on this in the shape of Drivers of Change in Gender norms: An annotated bibliography, by Rachel Marcus and Ella Page with Rebecca Calder and Catriona Foley. Here’s one of the excerpts that caught my eye:…
  • Links I liked

    Duncan Green
    19 Oct 2014 | 11:30 pm
    To lure you away from your Monday morning tasks, we’ll start this roundup of last week’s top @fp2p tweets with some good news Get a life: a new paper shows that the harder you work, the fatter you get. To which Claire Melamed replied, ‘so if we get lazier we get thinner? win-win!’ (caution, file under ‘causation v correlation’) A hundred Colombian farmers are taking on BP in the UK high court in one of the largest cases in environmental legal history. And a must read for campaigners: Gandhi’s salt march, building momentum & instrumental v symbolic victories in…
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    CIPE Development Blog

  • Case Study: Public-Private Dialogue in Senegal

    Teodora Mihaylova
    23 Oct 2014 | 6:33 am
    The latest case study from the forthcoming publication Strategies for Policy Reform discusses CIPE’s experience assisting the advancement of policy dialogue in Senegal that supports market-oriented reforms and private sector development. READ MORE
  • Does Democracy Still Matter?

    Sarah Ali
    22 Oct 2014 | 11:36 am
    In his June 1982 Westminster Address , which laid the groundwork for the creation of CIPE and the National Endowment for Democracy (NED), President Ronald Reagan established an emerging role for the U.S. emerging as a leader in supporting democracy around the world. Today that role is being questioned. At an October 20, 2014 conference hosted by the Kennan and Foreign Policy Research Institutes,...
  • Getting Creative about Saying “No!” to Corruption in Lebanon

    Stephen Rosenlund
    21 Oct 2014 | 8:51 am
    CIPE partner the Lebanese Transparency Association (LTA) recently wrapped up a banner month in its fight against corruption in Lebanon, using everything from stand-up comedy and mimes to one-on-one case work to deliver its "No Corruption" message. READ MORE
  • The Role of Business Associations in Democracy

    CIPE Staff
    17 Oct 2014 | 7:14 am
    Business associations contribute immensely to economic growth, development, peace, and prosperity. They play a key role in building inclusive entrepreneurship ecosystems and can bolster the ability of firms of all sizes to grow and create jobs. READ MORE
  • “FCPA Professor” Discusses Corruption Law’s Enforcement

    Sarah Ali
    16 Oct 2014 | 1:14 pm
    Known as “The FCPA Professor” for his highly trafficked blog, Illinois University Law Professor Mike Koehler spoke in Washington, DC on October 2, 2014 about what he sees as flaws in the way FCPA enforcement is carried out. In his latest book, The Foreign Corrupt Practices Act in a New Era, Koehler dissects recent developments and trends related to the U.S. Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA)...
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    ODI Opinion

  • Development & Climate days

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

    28 Nov 2014 | 12:00 am
    This one-day meeting, jointly convened by the UPGro Knowledge Broker Team and ODI’s Water Policy Programme, will showcase current research and practice concerning groundwater and its role in poverty alleviation and development.The meeting will highlight research needs and identify good practices.
  • Why Europe's problems need global solutions and global problems need European action

    20 Nov 2014 | 12:00 am
    ​Based on a report recently published by the European Think Tanks Group, 'Our Collective Interest: Why Europe's problems need global solutions and global problems need European action', the purpose of the meeting is to explore, review and establish expectations of the new EU leadership team and to debate the priorities for EU development cooperation in 2015 and beyond.
  • 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.
  • Counter-terrorism laws: what aid agencies need to know

    6 Nov 2014 | 12:00 am
    Do aid workers risk violating counter-terrorism laws to reach people who need humanitarian support?  Join us for the launch of the Network Paper 79, Counter-terrorism laws and regulations: what aid agencies need to know, to discuss the challenges that counter-terrorist legislation poses for the delivery of humanitarian aid. 
 
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    ZeroDivide

  • Announcement: New Board Members

    Caitlin Kerton
    17 Oct 2014 | 1:28 pm
    ZeroDivide welcomed two new members to its board of directors on Tuesday.  Julie Vaughan Murchinson and Kelvin Quan are tremendous assets to ZeroDivide and bring valuable health expertise to our organizational leadership.  Julie Vaughan Murchinson is the chief executive officer at Health Evolution Summit, which brings together an extensive network of CEOs and commercial leaders from around the globe and across the health care industry. She brings expertise in industry convenings, early health IT adoption methodologies, special-interest collaborations, privacy, security and consumer rights.
  • Announcement: New Board Members

    Staff
    17 Oct 2014 | 12:58 pm
    ZeroDivide welcomed two new members to its board of directors on Tuesday.  Julie Vaughan Murchinson and Kelvin Quan are tremendous assets to ZeroDivide and bring valuable health expertise to our organizational leadership.  Julie Vaughan Murchinson is the chief executive officer at Health Evolution Summit, which brings together an extensive network of CEOs and commercial leaders from around the globe and across the health care industry. She brings expertise in industry convenings, early health IT adoption methodologies, special-interest collaborations, privacy, security and consumer rights.
  • #Mobile4Impact Twitter Chats

    Frieda McAlear
    30 Sep 2014 | 10:48 am
    #Mobile4Impact Twitter ChatsBy Frieda McAlear Tuesday, 30 September 2014 - 10:48am We’re pleased to present you with a summary of the three Mobile for Impact tweet chats we conducted in September 2014: #apps4impact, #sms4impact and #geo4impact. Although we are no strangers to social media, these were the first tweet chats hosted by ZeroDivide. Watch this space for tweet chat best practices and learnings from our stellar Online Media Intern, Caitlin Kerton (@caitlinkerton). ZeroDivide hosted these engagements as part of a project generously supported by the Vodafone Foundation. Learnings…
  • Mobile Tech, the Unbanked and the American Dream

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

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

  • Services, manufacturing, and new growth strategies

    Dani Rodrik
    15 Oct 2014 | 7:15 am
    I gave a talk yesterday on New Growth Strategies at the World Bank, which was more or less an elaboration of this short piece. I argued that industrialization had pretty much run out of steam as a growth strategy, that services would need to be the focus going forward, and that this required in turn a different policy mindset about how to increase productivity. In particular, I argued that policies focusing on generating a sequence of sectoral “winners,” which worked so  well in manufacturing (garments to car seats to cars to electronics), would have much smaller payoff in services,…
  • Back to sanity on economic convergence

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

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

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

    Dani Rodrik
    27 May 2014 | 5:57 am
    Daron Acemoglu wrote what seemed like a surprising upbeat piece on Turkish democracy a few days ago. His argument seems to be that democracy required power to be wrested away from the secularists who had erected authoritarian structures, and Erdogan had achieved that. Even though, Erdogan’s recent turn to authoritarianism is “lamentable,” it was, Acemoglu claims, a predictable stage in Turkey’s democratic transition. Once Erdogan is gone, the article implies, democracy would be on a stronger footing than ever. There were in fact many other paths that could have proved less costly. The…
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    PHILANTHROPY 2173

  • Three kinds of code

    Lucy Bernholz
    24 Oct 2014 | 8:22 am
    Imagine it's 1913. John D Rockefeller has gone to the U.S. Congress to charter an innovative new philanthropic enterprise. He's been turned down. He turns instead to the State of New York, which says yes, and the modern philanthropic foundation as an enterprise form is born.(OK, so I left all the juicy bits out of that story but you get the point)2014 and beyond is the same moment for philanthropy. We need to invent the new enterprises that will carry civil society forward in the coming century, an age which will be defined by digital connectivity (data and infrastructure). As Rockefeller…
  • Nonprofits and Cybersecurity

    Lucy Bernholz
    16 Oct 2014 | 8:48 am
    Today's New York Times reveals that the folks who hacked the website of JP Morgan Chase, one of the world's largest banks, also hacked the website and account of the bank's affiliated charity arm - the Chase Corporate Challenge.In July, GoodWill Inc announced that hackers had accessed information on payments processed by the nonprofit employment program. Waaaaay back in 2007 hackers breached the security systems at Convio Inc., gaining access to donor information for more than 90 charitable organizations.Universities have long been, and in 2014 seemed to grow as, a target for cybersecurity…
  • Data, Work, and the Social Sector

    Lucy Bernholz
    14 Oct 2014 | 12:55 pm
    (photo from https://www.linkedin.com/company/3632240?trk=hk_egc_website) Organizations that support nonprofits in the U.S. are quick to point out the contribution these organizations make to the economy. $1 trillion in assets, $2 trillion in revenue, 10% of jobs or GDP - the economic impact of the sector is used as evidence for all kinds of arguments.  The data behind these numbers, and the methods for calculating them, have typically come from government filings of labor statistics, tax records, contracts, and charitable giving and are crunched by research institutes, scholars, and…
  • Ten Innovations in Global Philanthropy

    Lucy Bernholz
    8 Oct 2014 | 11:33 am
    Thrilled to see this new report from New Philanthropy Capital - Ten Innovations in Global Philanthropy.*(photo and report: http://www.thinknpc.org/publications/10-innovations/)One of my partners in the upcoming Blueprint 2015 - betterplace lab - is featured as one of the innovations. Check out their incredible work from the lab around the world - and be sure to get the Blueprint 2015 (Free from Grantcraft) when it goes live in December.Also very proud to see PoweredByData from Ajah.ca on the list. I've been saying all year that Canada is the world leader when it comes to using open data for…
  • Ethics of Data Conference - First Quick Summary

    Lucy Bernholz
    2 Oct 2014 | 12:01 pm
    The #Eod14 Conference was a huge success. Thanks to all who participated. We're still decoding, transcribing, and following up so a more formal synthesis is still to come. But in the meantime:The conference encouraged real work. One and one-half days of small group sessions, filled with the 100 participants, yielded (at least) the following:  •   The curriculum for a class on building trust in conflict situations being taught at Stanford this quarter •   A "responsibility for harm" checklist •   A framing document on different types of consent - (being…
 
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    Acumen Fund Blog

  • Announcing a New Investment: SolarNow

    Acumen
    16 Oct 2014 | 7:00 am
    Acumen is pleased to announce a $1.4 million investment in SolarNow, a company that sells and finances solar home systems in Uganda. We sat down with Shuaib Siddiqui, Acumen’s Portfolio Director to learn more about the deal and why he’s excited about this innovative company. What is SolarNow? SolarNow is a Uganda-based company selling and financing solar home systems. A customer can go into a SolarNow shop and not only get the home system but also get the financing in the same place. Why are you personally excited about the solar energy space? When investing in the energy sector,…
  • Letter from Jacqueline: My Week in Ghana

    Jacqueline Novogratz
    14 Oct 2014 | 6:24 am
    I am writing on a return flight from Ghana. The country has not seen a single case of Ebola, yet the impact of fear is profound. As travelers enter the country, attendants screen for high temperatures. Hand sanitizer dispensers are omnipresent. Hotels and conferences have seen massive cancellations. Everywhere are constant reminders of our fragility and the strength of our connectedness. My heart goes out to all victims, their families and communities. My head presses for better systems and approaches to tackle our toughest problems as a world. The words from our manifesto reverberate, “It…
  • Five TED Talks that Inspire us to Tackle Poverty

    Acumen
    8 Oct 2014 | 4:00 am
    TED Global 2014 is in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil this week, where over 50 speakers will take the stage and explore ideas that shape our world. While there are countless TED talks that inspire us, including those from our fearless leader, below are five TED Talks that have informed how we think about tackling poverty, and continue to inspire us. Sendhil Mullainathan, Behavior Economist “We put billions of dollars into fuel-efficient technologies. How much are we putting into energy behavior change in a credible, systematic, testing way?” Julian Treasure, Sound Consultant “We’re…
  • Six online courses we’re taking this year

    Acumen
    2 Oct 2014 | 5:00 am
    +Acumen’s free online courses are a great way to learn tools that will help you develop both professionally and personally. Whether you are a social entrepreneur who wants to market to your customers or a young professional that wants to strengthen your leadership skills, we are offering six courses this Fall that will help you develop the tools, knowledge, and networks to change the way the world tackles poverty. Truth, Trust, Tribes & Trial: Marketing with Dignity at the Base of the Pyramid Understanding how to market new social innovations to BoP customers can make or break a new…
  • Seven Perspectives from the Social Good Summit

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

  • « Mobiliser l’intelligence et le courage de tous ! »

    Isabelle Pypaert Perrin
    23 Oct 2014 | 5:12 am
    Le Mouvement ATD Quart Monde a fait évoluer la lutte contre la pauvreté pour la faire passer d’objet de charité à lutte pour les droits... Cet article « Mobiliser l’intelligence et le courage de tous ! » est apparu en premier sur Ideas for development.
  • Indonésie : remédier aux faiblesses structurelles de l’économie pour développer son potentiel

    Slim Dali
    21 Oct 2014 | 3:41 am
    L’Indonésie, pays de 250 millions d’habitants vient d’élire un nouveau président de la République en juillet 2014 – Joko Widodo – présenté comme un réformateur.... Cet article Indonésie : remédier aux faiblesses structurelles de l’économie pour développer son potentiel est apparu en premier sur Ideas for development.
  • Chaussons les lunettes de la nutrition !

    Christina Lionnet
    16 Oct 2014 | 3:15 am
    Chaque année, le 16 octobre,  Journée mondiale de l’alimentation est l’occasion de rappeler que la sous-nutrition tue annuellement plus de 3 millions d’enfants. En plus... Cet article Chaussons les lunettes de la nutrition ! est apparu en premier sur Ideas for development.
  • L’autonomisation économique des femmes : quels impacts sur les inégalités femmes-hommes ?

    Idées pour le développement
    15 Oct 2014 | 3:03 am
      Retrouvez ci-dessous la synthèse des échanges qui se sont tenus à l’Agence Française de Développement. Une conférence-débat  animée  par Anastasie Tudiesche, avec : Ada Bazan, coordinatrice internationale de Quartiers... Cet article L’autonomisation économique des femmes : quels impacts sur les inégalités femmes-hommes ? est apparu en premier sur Ideas for development.
  • « La malnutrition exige une réponse politique, multisectorielle et coordonnée »

    Florence Mouton
    14 Oct 2014 | 3:44 am
    Le dernier rapport de la FAO montre que la faim recule dans le monde. La malnutrition a-t-elle remplacée la sous-nutrition ? Dans quelle mesure la... Cet article « La malnutrition exige une réponse politique, multisectorielle et coordonnée » est apparu en premier sur Ideas for development.
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    (BLOG)RED

  • Turn your Miles (RED) with Bank of America & Nike+ Running App

    14 Oct 2014 | 10:38 am
    Every day the average person takes 5,117 steps. What if those steps — the steps you’re already taking — could fight AIDS? Now, they can.For every mile you run or walk with the Nike+ Running App, Bank of America will donate 40 cents to fight AIDS with (RED), up to $1,000,000.* That can provide 2.5 MILLION days of life-saving HIV medicine.Here’s how you can take part:Pledge to turn your miles (RED) at Nike.com/onestep4REDDownload the FREE Nike+ Running AppSync your miles with Nike+ RunningOnce you pledge to turn your miles (RED), you’ll be walking or running to reach a community…
  • 17 Malala Quotes

    10 Oct 2014 | 3:15 pm
    Today Malala Yousafzai became the youngest person to be recieve the Nobel Peace Prize, at the age of 17. Here are 17 of our favorite Malala quotes.“One child, one teacher, one book, one pen can change the world.” “When the whole world is silent, even one voice becomes powerful.” “I am stronger than fear.”“Extremists have shown what frightens them most: a girl with a book.” “If one man can destroy everything, why can't one girl change it?” "Education is neither Eastern nor Western, it is human.” “If people were silent nothing…
  • 2014 Nobel Prize Winners: Malala Yousafzai and Kailash Satyarthi

    10 Oct 2014 | 12:52 pm
    Today, Malala Yousafzai become the youngest person to win the Nobel Peace Prize. She shares the prize with Kailash Satyarthi. As today’s New York Times says, "Reaching across gulfs of age, gender, faith, nationality and even international celebrity, the Norwegian Nobel Committee awarded the 2014 peace prize on Friday to Malala Yousafzai of Pakistan and Kailash Satyarthi of India. The award joined a teenage Pakistani known around the world with an Indian veteran of campaigns to end child labor and free children from trafficking.”Huge congratulations to both. Here’s one of our…
  • The (MOLESKINE)RED Special Edition #oneREDday Collection

    7 Oct 2014 | 6:17 am
    Creativity. We believe it can be used to drive social impact. Our friends at Moleskine believe the same thing. And today, together, we're launching the (MOLESKINE)RED Special Edition #oneREDday Collection, with proceeds going to help deliver the first AIDS FREE GENERATION in over 30 years. The Collection features a Classic Red Hard Cover Notebook, a Daily Planner, a Pen and a Luggage Tag. 5% of the Suggested Retail Price from every product in the (MOLESKINE)RED Special Edition #oneREDday Collection will go to the Global Fund to fight AIDS. Use your…
  • $275 Million. 55 Million Lives Impacted. Thank You.

    6 Oct 2014 | 10:06 am
    Thanks to you, (RED) partners and all our (RED) friends, (RED) has raised over $275 million for the Global Fund to fight AIDS. 100% of that money goes to work on the ground in 8 African countries that have helped impact the lives of over 55 million people.Because you decided to buy, dance, tweet and stand with (RED) you're both raising money and keeping heat on the AIDS fight. Your (RED) actions help global leaders take notice and show them we need action to be taken. And it’s working.  The number of babies born with HIV has been cut in half in the past ten years. And…
 
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    ONE

  • ONE’s Ebola Work

    Erin Hohlfelder
    24 Oct 2014 | 8:59 am
    Post last updated October 23rd, 2014 Overview ONE’s health portfolio has traditionally focused on issues that have had centuries-long impact on African communities: AIDS, TB, malaria, vaccine-preventable diseases, and other drivers of maternal and child deaths. The emergence of the West African Ebola outbreak has forced us to take a fresh look at our health portfolio and see where we can help.    Although we have not historically worked on “emerging threats” such as this one, we have been alarmed at the rapid spread of Ebola and the toll it is taking on the region.  What is…
  • Member of the Month: TJ Harvey

    Emily Walker
    24 Oct 2014 | 8:11 am
    Congratulations to TJ Harvey, October’s ONE Member of the Month! TJ is the reigning star of ONE in the great state of Mississippi. He has been active in Mississippi politics for many years, and has had an interest in global issues since college, when he participated in the Institute of International Mediation and Conflict Resolution in Cape Town, South Africa. TJ with Mississippi Senator Roger Wicker Since joining ONE’s Congressional District Leader program two years ago, he has made great strides in teaching folks in Jackson about how they can impact the lives of the world’s…
  • 6 Liberian workers gripped by Ebola’s many tentacles

    Morgana Wingard
    24 Oct 2014 | 8:07 am
    This piece is excerpted from a post on USAID by Morgana Wingard. While the Ebola virus is devastating Liberia’s health system, beyond the spotlight, the crisis is having an equally damaging impact on the economy. Sales have plummeted in Waterside Market—an economic hub in downtown Monrovia where Liberians trek to buy commodities like fresh fish from the Atlantic Ocean, school shoes, or used household goods imported from America. And at this time of year, many parents should be back-to-school shopping. However, with all of Liberia’s schools closed and many parents now jobless, vendors…
  • Hey guys, why do YOU support girls and women around the world?

    Malaka Gharib
    24 Oct 2014 | 8:03 am
    As the #HeforShe movement reminded us, taking a stand for women and girls is taking a stand for humanity. It’s not just a fight for women, but for men, too.  We asked 6 guys brave enough to attend the ONE Girls and Women blogger summit (where 95% of the attendees are ladies) to tell us why they – as dudes – are using their influence to promote equal access and opportunities for girls and women. Here’s what they said: 1. Doug French  Cofounder, Dad 2.0 Summit  Doug pledges his support for the #HeForShe campaign. “Men need to support women and girls in the…
  • Pregnant women face double threat in Ebola crisis countries

    Guest Blogger
    23 Oct 2014 | 6:32 am
    By Dr. Babatunde Osotimehin is United Nations Under-Secretary-General and the Executive Director of UNFPA, the United Nations Population Fund.  Today, I call for urgent funding to meet the reproductive health needs of women and mothers in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone. As these nations fight the devastating impact of Ebola, pregnant women face a double threat, dying from Ebola or dying from complications of pregnancy and childbirth. UNFPA Liberia Assistant Representative and Officer In Charge Dr. Philderald Pratt and midwives at the JFK Memorial Hospital maternity center in Monrovia.
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    The Change Blog

  • The Gift of Struggle

    Dave Arnold
    16 Oct 2014 | 4:15 am
    “Hardships often prepare ordinary people for an extraordinary destiny.” – C.S. Lewis When I was in second grade I struggled to keep up with the other kids in school. My teacher tried to help me but had too much on her plate. So she called my mom and told her I was “slow” and that she didn’t have the time to devote to me in class. She went on to tell my mom she thought I might be mentally challenged. Of course my mom protested and told her I was smart and capable just like the other kids. But the truth was, things at home were not good. My parents fought a lot and my dad was…
  • 12 Things I Learned from Wandering the World

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

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

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

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

  • Innovative Tech is Transforming Agriculture

    Julie Fahnestock
    24 Oct 2014 | 5:34 am
    Farming and technology. Not words the average consumer associates with one another. But for Soli Ltd, an Israel-based, farm-tech and food export company that specializes in the breeding and cultivating [...] The post Innovative Tech is Transforming Agriculture appeared first on SocialEarth.
  • World’s Leading Young Social Entrepreneurs Meet at the 2014 Enactus World Cup

    3BL Media
    23 Oct 2014 | 7:24 am
    Enactus, an international nonprofit that brings together more than 66,000 student members from 1,650 universities to empower people in need, today kicked off the 2014 Enactus World Cup. The World [...] The post World’s Leading Young Social Entrepreneurs Meet at the 2014 Enactus World Cup appeared first on SocialEarth.
  • eBay, Kindle, Skype, Google Maps Among Most Sustainable Mobile Apps

    Vikas Vij
    23 Oct 2014 | 7:07 am
    The near-universal popularity of smartphones and a wide range of innovative mobile apps have given rise to the possibility of leveraging them to improve sustainability. Consumers should know which of [...] The post eBay, Kindle, Skype, Google Maps Among Most Sustainable Mobile Apps appeared first on SocialEarth.
  • Enactus World Cup in Beijing to Promote Young Social Entrepreneurs

    Vikas Vij
    21 Oct 2014 | 7:05 am
    The Enactus World Cup is a unique global event that showcases the efforts of college and university students around the world who are helping their communities through entrepreneurial action. It [...] The post Enactus World Cup in Beijing to Promote Young Social Entrepreneurs appeared first on SocialEarth.
  • B Corps, Corporate Philanthropy and Being the Change

    Ryan Scott
    21 Oct 2014 | 6:45 am
    B Corps?  Don’t you mean C Corps? Nope, that isn’t a typo. Like Fair Trade certifications for coffee or USDA organic certifications for milk, B Corp is a voluntary certification [...] The post B Corps, Corporate Philanthropy and Being the Change appeared first on SocialEarth.
 
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    Social Velocity

  • How to Create Capacity Builders on Your Board

    Nell Edgington
    23 Oct 2014 | 6:39 am
    Something really interesting happened the other day to an executive director I know. A couple of board members approached her to ask what she needed to continue to move forward. They wanted her to be blunt about the obstacles in her way. She was equally honest, telling them she could really benefit from leadership coaching on how to manage a staff, grow an organization, continue to develop the board, build financial sustainability. The board didn’t bat an eye. They told her to figure out how much it would cost so they could foot the bill. How amazing is that? A group of board…
  • Social Enterprise is Not the Answer to Fundraising Woes

    Nell Edgington
    21 Oct 2014 | 6:09 am
    There is an article in Forbes this month that bothered me. Carrie Rich, co-founder and CEO of The Global Good Fund, argues that more nonprofits should move from a “donor-driven organization” to a “revenue-producing social enterprise.” Instead of “relying on donor funding” more organizations should “create revenue-producing services.” In essence she is encouraging more nonprofits to figure out how to sell their services. The problem with her argument, though, is that it encourages nonprofits to think one-dimensionally about funding…
  • What Social Change Requires

    Nell Edgington
    16 Oct 2014 | 6:45 am
    It is obvious to most in this country that our political system is quite broken. A gridlocked Congress, a shilling mainstream media, a checked-out electorate, and the list goes on. But last week I saw some hope. I participated in a really interesting gathering in Baltimore hosted by the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation. As part of their Madison Initiative (a $50 million project to “support and improve the health of representative democracy in the United States”) Hewlett brought together 90 nonprofit and government leaders, consultants, journalists, heads of think tanks, and…
  • Flipping the Default Setting on Philanthropy: An Interview With Kathleen Enright

    Nell Edgington
    14 Oct 2014 | 6:31 am
    In today’s Social Velocity blog interview, I’m talking with Kathleen Enright, founding president and CEO of Grantmakers for Effective Organizations (GEO). GEO is a diverse community of more than 450 grantmakers working to reshape the way philanthropy operates and advance smarter grantmaking practices that enable nonprofits to grow stronger and achieve better results. Prior to GEO, Kathleen was at BoardSource, where she was responsible for building public awareness of the importance of strong nonprofit boards. Prior to joining BoardSource, Kathleen was a project manager for the National…
  • What Nonprofits Really Need From Their Donors [Video]

    Nell Edgington
    7 Oct 2014 | 4:55 am
    My hope in creating the growing library of Social Velocity videos is that nonprofit leaders will use the topics as a jumping off point for honest discussions with boards and donors. It can often be intimidating for a nonprofit leader to raise a controversial question like: “Should all board members be required to fundraise?” “Should we stop worrying about program vs. overhead expenses?” “How do we get our board more engaged?“ A nonprofit leader could set aside 30 minutes in a board meeting agenda for a discussion kicked off by a 2-minute video. Play a…
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    Social Entrepreneurship Series - MatthewAlberto.com

  • Are Websites Still Relevant in the Mobile Age?

    Matthew Alberto
    14 Oct 2014 | 6:16 pm
    Is setting up a website really that important anymore, or should you go straight into building a mobile app? The world is changing fast, and one of the biggest trends that I’m seeing right now is that there are more mobile users and more people on their handheld device, using apps. If you’re an entrepreneur or business person, you’re probably wondering whether it’s worth your investment of time and money to create a website design columbus and develop a website. Will it become obsolete, and are you better off investing in building an app? In my opinion, the traditional…
  • Do What You Love vs Making Money – The Entrepreneur’s Dilemma

    Matthew Alberto
    18 Feb 2014 | 8:00 am
    Hey, everyone. It’s Matt Alberto here. I got a really interesting topic to talk about today. Just recently, I had a chat to one of my mentors, Paul, who really helps me out in a lot of my own business and my life really. He’s talking about the economy, the dilemma of doing what you love versus making money. I guess a lot of entrepreneurs will have to face this as they’re starting a new business. When you start a new business, you have to come up with different ideas and eventually you’ll have to speak with one idea especially if you want to make it grow and be…
  • 5 Free Interactive Websites to Help You Learn to Code

    Matthew Alberto
    11 Feb 2014 | 8:00 am
    Hey everyone, it’s Matthew Alberto here, and today we’re going to be talking about free interactive websites that will help you to learn to code online. What’s the background of this and how will this help you? Well, I’ve noticed that a lot of entrepreneurship programs accelerators, incubator; they really focus on making sure that you have a technical cofounder. A lot of angel investors and venture capitalists also want to see if you’re writing up a more technical, or computer or website-oriented style that you do have at least one cofounder who has a technical background. Learn to…
  • More Entrepreneurs Want to Be Social Entrepreneurs – From Titans to Innovators & now Saviors

    Matthew Alberto
    3 Feb 2014 | 8:50 pm
    Hey everybody, it’s Matt Alberto here and today’s going to be a short one … I just wanted to talk about the entrepreneurial trend towards social entrepreneurship. I’m seeing more and more how mainstream entrepreneurs are talking about social entrepreneurship and getting into the idea; more specifically, the idea that entrepreneurship is moving from Titans to Innovators and now to the idea of Saviors. What does this all mean and where’d they get this kind of idea from? I was listening to This Week in Startups; it’s a video podcast, a really cool one that I often listen to.
  • Brilliant Earth Review: 3 Reasons Why I Bought My Fiancee’s Engagement Ring at Brilliant Earth Ethical Jewelry

    Matthew Alberto
    20 Jan 2014 | 8:17 am
    Hey everybody. Matt Alberto here with today’s post. What we’ll be talking today about is three reasons why I bought my fiancé’s engagement ring at Brilliant Earth. As you know my last post, I talked about at just getting engaged. One of the unique things about the engagement was that I got the engagement ring which was an ethical engagement ring from brillinatearth.com. They’re an online retailer that sells conflict-free engagement rings and other conflict-free jewelry. It’s really fitting for this website which talks about social entrepreneurship and businesses that do good.
 
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    Care2 Causes » Trailblazers For Good

  • Without Housing Help, This Care2 Mom and Her Autistic Son Could End Up Homeless

    Ximena Ramirez
    18 Oct 2014 | 5:30 pm
    After being evicted from her apartment in New York City, Anne Diaz struggled to find affordable housing that would meet the special needs of her son Christopher, who suffers from epilepsy and profound autism. After endlessly searching for a solution, she discovered that while options are available for single adults with disabilities, there are no [...]
  • Help Care2 Member Amanda Prevent the Murder of 12 Exotic Animals

    Judy Molland
    18 Oct 2014 | 7:00 am
    Care2 members start petitions for many causes: local, national and even international. For Amanda Whelan, the decision to start a Care2 petition came after a long period of advocating for animals. Whelan’s passion for exotic cats began when she visited the San Francisco Zoo as a child and wished she could see the big cats [...]
  • Care2 Member Calls for Added Security on Suicide Hotspot Humber Bridge

    Ximena Ramirez
    6 Oct 2014 | 2:30 pm
    We love it when Care2 members start petitions to make a difference in their communities. Take for example Emmeline Welford who recently started a petition calling for added security on Humber Bridge in the United Kingdom, a spot which has been known for suicide attempts. The latest victim, a 14-year-old boy named William Shaw, left [...]
  • Success! California Bans Plastic Bags Throughout the State

    Kevin Mathews
    2 Oct 2014 | 1:00 pm
    It’s official: California is now the first state in the country to institute a statewide plastic bag ban! Though it took years for state legislators to pass this bill plus an additional month that felt like an eternity for the governor to sign the bill into law, environmentalists can finally rejoice in the knowledge that [...]
  • Care2 Member Needs Help Bringing Safety Back to the French Quarter

    Ximena Ramirez
    2 Oct 2014 | 8:30 am
    When Care2 member Mike Tilbury found that the community he had been a part of for the last 15 years was becoming increasingly dangerous, he knew something had to be done. With Care2 by his side, Tilbury started a Care2 petition to call on the local government to equip the French Quarter and the City of New [...]
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    Social Finance

  • Future-Fit Business Benchmark… It’s Time

    Bob Willard
    24 Oct 2014 | 10:37 am
    The reality of planetary boundaries presents one of the most daunting challenges of the twenty-first century. We are damaging the carrying capacity of the planet faster than it can repair itself. We are exceeding planetary boundaries. We are denying our nested interdependencies. For the first time in human history, the future of a healthy, resilient human society is in question. This is not sustainable, neither for society nor for business. It’s time for a Future-Fit Business Benchmark. No Time for Incrementalism Although corporations are not solely responsible for the unfolding…
  • Can SIBs help us fund housing and address homelessness?

    Samer Abughannam
    22 Oct 2014 | 6:30 am
    Is the Social Impact Bond model a suitable mechanism to fund a Housing First intervention that provides support services and rent supplements for homeless individuals with mental illness in Ontario? Every year, homelessness affects 200,000 Canadians and costs the economy $7 billion. To make matters worse, homelessness and mental illness often occur concurrently, significantly affecting individuals and communities across Canada. The MaRS Centre for Impact Investing, in partnership with Social Finance in the United Kingdom, wanted to determine whether an alternative funding mechanism could…
  • TOP 10 REASONS TO B INSPIRED

    Luz Iglesias
    21 Oct 2014 | 8:49 am
    Last week was the 2014 B Corp Champions Retreat set in stunning Burlington, Vermont. Champions Retreat is the annual get together of B Corporations (what the heck are those?) from around the world. The retreat is a place for B Corps and like-minded folks to B inspired to advance the movement. As a first time participant, I sure was! In no particular order, my top ten reasons to B inspired: 1. This is what a bank CEO looks like at a B Corp. Kat Taylor. She sang (in front of 400 people), she inspired (me and others), and she launched a credit card for good. Kat Taylor of @BeneficialState is…
  • Renewing Growth: Building Commons on Open Ground

    Craig Carter Edwards
    20 Oct 2014 | 8:54 am
    The resource/manufacturing economy that has sustained Western society for the past two centuries is showing signs of rust. While the champions of weathered industries like print news, traditional manufacturing and fossil fuel extraction are applying fresh coats of paint and working double-time to undermine their opponents, global leaders are looking for a new way forward. On October 27th/28th, the International Economic Forum of the Americas will be hosting its annual Toronto Global Forum, with a theme of Rethinking Growth. The theory is that if you put the world’s most successful,…
  • Intersect: A Short Documentary

    Emilia Dallman
    17 Oct 2014 | 1:36 pm
    Where social enterprise, design & innovation intersect I have always been wary of fashion’s reputation for being an industry light on intellect and heavy on consumerism. Like every stereotype, there’s an element of truth to this: fashion is well established as an appreciated art form, but there is irrefutable evidence of fashion’s excesses, characterized by overconsumption and wastefulness. This short documentary addresses the delicate balance to be struck between a designer’s ethical values and the desire to execute a winning product, all the while never forgetting…
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    Return On Now

  • Return On News: Penguins, Pandas, and Pirates, Oh My!

    Tommy Landry
    20 Oct 2014 | 2:50 pm
    The following post is copyrighted by Return On Now - Austin Internet Marketing Consulting ServicesIt has been quite a while since we’ve published a curated list of posts in our Return On News series. Since it has been a hot week or two for news items, I thought I’d pull one together today to help catch you up on all the latest developments. If you haven’t seen Return On News before, it is a simple concept. Essentially, I and @ReturnOnNow are continuously on the lookout for great content to share. Based on what we post to Twitter and other social networks, and the engagement…
  • When Blog Titles Go Bad: 9 Ways To Botch It

    Tommy Landry
    16 Oct 2014 | 2:24 pm
    The following post is copyrighted by Return On Now - Austin Internet Marketing Consulting ServicesI absolutely love crafting and sharing blog posts. The power of the written word to inspire and engage is simply unmatched by nearly anything (aside from my other passion, musical performance). To get it right, you need to pick good blog titles that will drive clicks and views. As alluded to in a previous post, I spend a great deal of time with content curation. That requires a ton of reading and filtering, because it matters to me that I am adding value whenever possible. During the content…
  • How to Craft an Engaging List-Based Blog Post

    Tommy Landry
    9 Oct 2014 | 9:18 am
    The following post is copyrighted by Return On Now - Austin Internet Marketing Consulting ServicesThere is a wide range of approaches to authoring blog post content. One of the most popular formats is the list post. Not only does a list post offer a ready made structure to start brainstorming list items, but it is also highly likely to earn social shares. In fact, according to recently published analysis, list posts are second only to infographics in average number of social shares, higher than all other content types. But don’t just create a list post without some rationale behind…
  • Writer’s Block? 7 Ways To Get Past It.

    Tommy Landry
    2 Oct 2014 | 10:54 am
    The following post is copyrighted by Return On Now - Austin Internet Marketing Consulting ServicesIt never fails – if you are a blogger, you will inevitably find yourself with writer’s block at some point. And it always happens when you want to hammer something out quickly. Maybe you find yourself short on time, overwhelmed with work, or simply unmotivated. Whatever the reason, the show must go on! You have to figure out a way around writer’s block. After all, it’s a well known fact that businesses who blog are more successful than those that do not. I have been…
  • How Content Curation Can Inform Content Marketing

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

  • ‘Give Half’ Twice: Matthew Manos Returns with More Pro Bono Practices

    Hub LA
    22 Oct 2014 | 1:43 pm
    It’s pro bono week right now, and if anyone knows a thing or two about doing work for free, it’s Matthew Manos, Founder and Managing Partner of verynice. Verynice is a design, branding, and innovation consultancy that, through its unique business model, dedicates 50% of its efforts pro bono to nonprofits. In the past year, verynice has expanded to three offices across the country, including one at Hub LA, one in New York, and one in Austin, TX. The company is on track to donate $10 million in pro bono efforts. In late 2013, Matt published a book about his business model called How…
  • How Viral Marketing Launched a Successful Startup: REP Interactive

    Hub LA
    22 Oct 2014 | 10:00 am
    Repost from Hub LA Member CreatorUp’s Blog. See the original post here. Mike Tringe, Founder of CreatorUp, wrote this blog post after a JuiceUp morning on October 10. JuiceUps are our twice-monthly (every second and fourth Friday) power breakfast and networking event featuring successful entrepreneurs providing insight to their best practices, experiences, and social missions. CreatorUp co-hosts JuiceUps with Hub LA. On October 10, Mike Tringe moderated a Q&A and interview with Steve Gatena, founder of marketing agency REP Interactive. You’ve heard of using videos to grow a…
  • 5 Ways to Craft a Powerful Story for Your Business

    Hub LA
    21 Oct 2014 | 1:27 pm
    Guest post by Hub LA Member Michael Kass As founders and entrepreneurs and generally smart people, you spend countless hours on business plans and market data. But the reality is that investors and supporters won’t care about your data unless you make them care. Unless you get them excited about what you can do for the community and for them. Unless you can connect them to the passion you have for whatever you’re setting out to accomplish, whether it’s solving world hunger or introducing a new dating app. You have to connect before you convince. And story is the most powerful tool you…
  • Meet the Wonderful Humans Behind Humanize Health: Christine Carrillo and Helen Lee

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

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

  • VIP Debate Club kicks off in Johannesburg

    admin
    20 Oct 2014 | 2:12 am
    Our successful VIP Campaign, which encourages youth democratic participation, continues with the introduction of the VIP Debate Club. The monthly Braamfontein event brings together young people to debate the most youth-specific political topics of the day. Our next debate is 28 October. The VIP Campaign is supported by Omidyar Network. The VIP Debate Club is a regular open event at which young people are invited to discuss and debate some of the most pertinent youth-specific political topics of the day in a relaxed space over a drink. Facilitated by young social commentators and influencers,…
  • Digify featured on ENCA’s Tech Report

    admin
    20 Oct 2014 | 2:02 am
    Our great new digital bootcamp, Digify, was recently featured on ENCA’s Tech Report. Watch it now…. Digify is brought to you by Livity Africa in association with Google and IAB SA. It’s an innovative training journey aiming to create the next generation of job-ready digital upstarts. It gives 18-25 year olds a no cost opportunity to undertake a three month digital skills training programme. As well as gaining broad and wide-ranging practical skills with digital campaigns, social media and content creation, we are taking the trainees through key Google modules including Search,…
  • Digital Edge 2014

    admin
    20 Oct 2014 | 1:53 am
    Last month our founder Gavin Weale joined an illustrious group of speakers at South Africa’s biggest digital marketing conference, Digital Edge 2014. Check out the insight at #digitaledge2014 around the theme “Go Do Good”. This is what @gavinweale had to say… “Doing good should not be celebrated. It is the way we all should be doing business.”
  • 67 minutes writing stories to improve South African literacy

    admin
    18 Jul 2014 | 2:01 am
    Today our Digify and Live SA teams will be spending 67 minutes on Mandela Day writing stories for writing app bookly which aims to improve literacy in South Africa. According to the 2012 General Household Survey (GHS) conducted by Statistics South Africa over 7% of South Africans are illiterate. Nelson Mandela International Day was launched in recognition of Nelson Mandela’s birthday on 18 July, 2009 via unanimous decision of the UN General Assembly. It was inspired by a call Nelson Mandela made a year earlier, for the next generation to take on the burden of leadership in addressing the…
  • Google supporting non-profits in South Africa

    admin
    16 Jul 2014 | 5:19 am
    Words by Anuschka Richards Have you ever searched for something on Google and been presented with adverts at the top, bottom and right hand side of your page? Or noticed a huge flashing banner advertising the latest 40% off sale at Zando while you’re innocently browsing through your favourite website? That’s all thanks to Google AdWords. Now we know traditional advertising is usually associated with trying to push sales or product, but Google has been quite creative in learning how to leverage their online advertising service to raise awareness for non-profit organisations and help them…
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    Changemakers Ideas ExChange

  • Winners Announced for Building Vibrant Communities: Activating Empathy to Create Change competition

    kristiewang
    22 Oct 2014 | 8:15 pm
    The David and Lucile Packard Foundation and Ashoka Changemakers have announced the six winners of Building Vibrant Communities: Activating Empathy to Create Change! The challenge sought local initiatives that tap the power of empathy to strengthen communities and equip young people to become leaders of change. read more
  • How Canadian Coaches Are Shaping our Lifelong Love of Sport

    ngillespie@coach.ca
    22 Oct 2014 | 6:40 pm
    What do you expect from your coach? Participating in your first sport experience as a child can be overwhelming. Kids are filled with nervous excitement, fear of the unknown, anticipation about all of the new friends to meet. They have an endless list of unanswered questions. Turning up to your first sport experience as a parent can be just as daunting. Studies have shown that parents have three main hopes when their kids join sports: ·       to build self-esteem; ·       to have fun; read more
  • RLabs, Reminding Young People: Remember, Create Value First, You Can Earn Some Money Through That

    Future Forward Team
    21 Oct 2014 | 12:50 pm
    One of RLabs most successful innovation are two Youth Cafes that look like “a hybrid of an Apple store and a Starbucks, with a little bit of ‘Googlifying’ of our space,” said RLabs founder Marlon Parker. "I mean we have writing on the walls, artificial turf in the middle of our space, some shapes—some crazy, outrageous stuff." This appearance is no accident, he noted. read more
  • Webinar: Shattering Myths and Talking Trends in Youth Employment Innovations

    Future Forward Team
    21 Oct 2014 | 7:49 am
    Tune in to our G+ Hangout on November 4th at 8:00pm to discuss trends and myths in innovation for youth employment. Across Africa, as in the rest of the world, a faster pace in the workplace signals a drive towards a more creative talent pool that is not afraid to dabble in intrapreneurship and entrepreneurship. Many youth employment solutions incorporate skills training to unlock opportunities for the youth population. read more
  • Meet 30 Pioneers Redefining Play and Re-imagining Learning

    John Converse Townsend
    15 Oct 2014 | 2:47 pm
     “Play is often talked about as if it were a relief from serious learning. But for children play is serious learning. Play is really the work of childhood,” said Mister Fred Rogers, many years ago.read more
 
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    Charles Lee

  • People Trump Strategy in Idea-Making

    Charles
    20 Oct 2014 | 8:58 am
    Strategy is a foundational element for any successful idea-making process. It sets the course for idea implementation and aligns the participants towards a common goal. It’s no wonder that so many leaders spend countless hours developing it, refining it, and articulating it. Strategy matters. A Strategy-Driven Blind Spot Whenever strategy is crowned as king of an organization, there’s a propensity within leadership to quickly lose sight of the people that ultimate determine the success or failure of any project. Yes, people trump strategy. Over the past 25 years of working with…
  • 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…
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    In Search of Sanuk - Charity & Volunteering in Bangkok

  • Embrace Your Delusions

    Dwight Turner
    19 Oct 2014 | 3:08 pm
    “When someone tells you you’re being delusional, embrace it…” – Derek Sivers Yesterday I crashed the tail end of an entrepreneurial conference where one of the poignant pieces of advice, was the challenge to embrace your delusions. Fortunately, the speaker wasn’t giving mental health advice, but instead was encouraging people who may look crazy to some for chasing a dream. The difference between a dream and a delusion is simply one’s perspective. Your dream/delusions may run the gamut of endeavors, from long term living in a foreign country, to…
  • The Nuisance and Necessity of Ambitious Goals

    Dwight Turner
    3 Jul 2014 | 2:55 pm
    With half the year gone, I wish I could stand before you and say I’ve accomplished everything I imagined when the year started. But the nuisance of creating ambitious goals at the year’s beginning, is the unescapable necessity to reevaluate and adjust those goals at regular intervals throughout the year. Such honest evaluation makes you vulnerable, dependent on others, and at times, depressingly human. So this quick update is to let you know that we’ll we’ve got fun, worthwhile things brewing, but I’m not fully ready to launch into them just yet.
  • Pre-School Update – Before and After Photos

    Dwight Turner
    14 Mar 2014 | 3:55 am
    When we began to put out funding appeals last year for our pre-school project there wasn’t much of an immediate response. By then the project had been running for almost 8 months and had facilitated 30-40 volunteers, but we still wondered what the fate of the project would be coming into 2014. Fortunately, we didn’t stop at sharing the project online and applying for all sorts of funding. We were able to piece together a grant proposal to the Australian Embassy’s Direct Aid Program, but again I had my doubts, not wanting to get my hopes up for the application sent in 5…
  • The Human Earth Project: The Message of a Missing Hmong Girl from Vietnam

    Dwight Turner
    9 Feb 2014 | 11:36 pm
    Note from Dwight: Our last update was a big one with our annual report and documentary. This week we wanted to let you know about another worthwhile project. Please read the following guest post about Ben, a friend who has been personally impacted by human trafficking. “M” his missing friend isn’t very different from the children In Search of Sanuk works with, in fact she’s the same ethnic group and area many of our children are from. Have a read and consider sharing and supporting his film.  Will you help make a difference? Sometimes when we’re made aware of an…
  • Read Our Annual Report and Watch a Video on the Impact We’re Making in Bangkok

    Dwight Turner
    29 Jan 2014 | 12:19 am
    Last week I wrote how friends assembled by a project called Impact 48, helped us to create a beautiful financial report (Read Small Steps for Big Change for a small recap of the Impact 48 gathering). This week I want to share the report with you. The report is available on our donate page. Go there and just click the link and it should pop up in pdf form. The report breaks down the project into three causes: Survivors (providing the basic needs of families), Esteem (opportunities for women and young girls), and Thrive (education). For each there’s an abbreviated description with some…
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    The Rang De Blog

  • Growth pangs of a not-for-profit

    smita
    15 Oct 2014 | 11:09 pm
    There are 1 million non-profits in India – all working to tackle a specific problem. I am sure all of us, at one point or other, have wondered why  most of the problems that the non-profits are working to solve have remained unsolved. Having had the opportunity to start one ourselves, we believe we may have just discovered one of the main reasons for the growth pangs that a non-profit faces. Popular belief remains that most non-profits are not what they seem to be and have severe challenges with regard to accountability and transparency. However, for every 1 such non-profit, there are…
  • The doors of perception

    admin
    11 Oct 2014 | 4:29 am
    This is a post by Rang De’s team member, Hitesh Bhatt about his recent trip to Parvati Swayamrojgar If the doors of perception are cleansed every thing would appear to man as it is, infinite.- William Blake On 6th of October, on the occasion of Baqr’Eid, the second of two religious holidays celebrated by Muslims worldwide each year, I got another opportunity to meet our Rang De borrowers and join them in celebration. Pune, a city which celebrates every festival with a zeal that I have not experienced elsewhere in the country, was the place I went to meet our impact partner (PSW-…
  • Chanda and her shooting stars

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

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

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

  • Innovative Tech is Transforming Agriculture

    Julie Fahnestock
    21 Oct 2014 | 5:45 am
    (3BL Media and Just Means)- Farming and technology. Not words the average consumer associates with one another. But for Soli Ltd, an Israel-based, farm-tech and food export company that specializes in the breeding and cultivating of hybrid vegetable seeds, and Tian Leh Eco-Farm, a farm in China that focuses on producing high quality produce, farming and technology work hand-in-hand. “Farm tech encompasses all parts of agriculture,” Issac Liebreich, Founder of Soli and expert ergonomist, told me. “For example, we use a computer system to control irrigation, climate, fog, lighting and…
  • Quit, Get Lost and Support the New Economy: Redefining Entrepreneurship

    Julie Fahnestock
    17 Oct 2014 | 11:55 am
    (3BL Media and Just Means) - It’s a new economy: slow living, locavores, new entrepreneurs, and community-based practitioners. The idea of what it means to be an entrepreneur and to start and grow a business is changing. According to Claire Wheeler, Vermont-based, MBA in Sustainability Alum from Marlboro Graduate College and Founder of Rework, a consultancy which supports local business owners to do the work they love, says that what our economy needs most is a bunch of quitters; entrepreneurs willing to pursue the change they want to make in the world, even if it means walking away from a…
  • Bringing Women into Africa’s Growth Story

    Julie Fahnestock
    10 Oct 2014 | 9:32 am
    (3BL Media and Just Means)- Yasmin Belo-Osagie and Afua Osei’s paths first crossed when they worked together at McKinsey & Company. But the idea to start a pitch competition and entrepreneurial training organization for women-owned, African companies was birthed a few years later during a women’s conference. “We both had a background in empowering and supporting women, especially high potential women. We ran into each other at A Women’s Excellence conference in May. We were both a similar vision, to support women leaders in Africa.  We talked about putting together a pitch…
  • Find Your Tribe Through The B Corp Handbook

    Julie Fahnestock
    7 Oct 2014 | 12:08 pm
    (3BL Media and Just Means) - We want to create change and make a profit. We want to improve systems and pay our employees well. We want to innovate, create and produce and we want to do it with all resources, all stakeholders, including the earth, in the forefront of our minds. We don’t want to sacrifice profit for mission or mission for profit.  We live in the blur. We are the business leaders of the 21st century. This blurred space has formalized itself as the Benefit Corporation, or B Corp model, where profit and mission are held as equals. B Corps have done something no other business…
  • Patagonia Converts to Fair Trade

    Julie Fahnestock
    7 Oct 2014 | 6:24 am
    (3BL Media and Just Means) - October marks pumpkin lattes, apple picking and most importantly, fair trade month. And this year, there’s big news and major cause for celebration: Patagonia’s Fair Trade line is officially available. In partnership with Fair Trade USA, one of two fair trade certifiers in the United States, Patagonia is converting their legacy collection - as in every style they own. Their current Fair Trade offering includes 10 pieces of women’s athletic and fall apparel, but by fall of next year it will include 165 styles. Patagonia’s pursuit of Fair Trade is part of a…
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    Development Marketplace - Turning Ideas into Action

  • October Grantee of the Month: FIA Global Focuses on Alternative Tech To Connect the Last Mile to Banking Services

    Blythe Nicole Kladney
    17 Oct 2014 | 1:59 pm
    Afsar Ali and the five members of his family live in a cramped two bedroom apartment in Patna, the largest city in India’s poorest region of Bihar. Each day, he drives his taxi for hours on end, all to make a meager 200 Rupees. After a long shift of driving around the tightly packed city, he comes home and places whatever savings he has, underneath his mattress for safe keeping. This is his savings account.   Afsar is not alone in keeping what money he can in mattresses, cupboards, or even, depending on the community, in a lock box shared by the entire village. For approximately 2.5…
  • TEDxWBG: Scaling Up Services, Together We Can Eliminate TB

    Dr. Shelly Batra
    9 Oct 2014 | 7:26 am
    This bag belongs to Rinki. Rinki doesn’t need it anymore. She was thrown out school when she got tuberculosis. So this is tuberculosis or TB, as it’s commonly known. Though fully curable disease, it has now become a global pandemic. There are nine million new cases in the world annually. 1.3 million deaths. Ten million children have been orphaned because of it. Today itself, 5,000 people will die of TB. And TB is curable. Let’s talk about technology. eCompliance is a low cost solution to tracking the progress of TB treatment. A tablet with a fingerprint reader attached, a patient gives…
  • Can we see ‘a’ patient with tuberculosis?

    Dr. Shelly Batra
    28 May 2014 | 2:45 pm
    Back in the 1970s, I was a medical student ready to take on the world. We had a student exchange program, where students from across the world would come to India to visit and learn. One year, there was a group of young doctors from the UK who were excited to be somewhere they could observe ‘rare diseases.’ Seeing the packed hospitals on rounds, they eagerly asked the Professor of Internal Medicine, “May we see a patient with tuberculosis?” The Professor, uncertain of their excitement, replied frankly, “Of course. We don’t just have one, we have wards and wards full!”…
  • 2014 India DM Finalist Story: NEDSSS, Helping People Become Agents of Change

    Carolyn Marie Florey
    20 May 2014 | 9:24 am
    Meeting Sister Rosie, I quickly realized she is a force. Her infectious smile, empathetic eyes, and fierce determination makes her presence known to everyone when she walks into a room – by visitors, by her peers, and by the poor in rural Meghalaya she has been working with for the past two years. However welcoming her physical presence is, it is her unwavering dedication to the social mission of the North East Diocesan Social Service Society (NEDSSS) that commands the utmost respect from the community.
  • 2014 India Development Marketplace Finalist Story: Selco - Providing those in slums access to productive lives; one solar battery at a time.

    Cristina Navarrete Moreno
    13 May 2014 | 10:46 am
    One year ago, Kumar began renting out 40 Selco solar-powered batteries to the people living in his slum community in the heart of Bangalore. Prior to this, 400 families were left to rely on cheap, easily breakable lights, dangerous and flammable kerosene lamps, or simple darkness. Without affordable energy, the inhabitants of Kumar’s slum lose hours of otherwise productive time that would allow them to build a pathway out of the slum, and into a secure life. Within months, demand for Selco’s rechargeable batteries sky-rocketed and Kumar increased his inventory to 86. Now, he is requesting…
 
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    Austin Center for Design

  • Six thinkers on design thinking

    eugenia.harris
    16 Oct 2014 | 4:49 pm
    The current topic in our theory class is ‘design thinking’ which we’re exploring via the following essays, listed here in chronological order: Horst Rittel, Melvin Webber – Dilemmas in a General Theory of Planning (1973) This is a foundational text where the authors, who were both professors at UC Berkeley, coin the term ‘wicked problem’, in the context of social policy planning. They define 10 characteristics that distinguish such problems, and contrast them to the ‘tame’ problems dealt with in science. Edward de Bono – Serious Creativity…
  • The Design Particle

    Samara Watkiss
    16 Oct 2014 | 4:39 pm
    Untitled. Ardan Özmenoglu. ardanozmenoglu.net It’s Thursday, you know what that means, another position diagram. Well, not quite. At least not in the 2×2 format we have all come to know and love. The most compelling quality of the recent batch of reading for the design thinking section of our theory course was not how they compared to each other, but rather how they combined. The readings from Rittel, De Bono, Cross and Buchanan, in particular, present overlapping descriptions of design. I imagine if I could line them up and look through them, like the layers of glass in this untitled…
  • Wicked Webs & Design Problems

    william.shouse
    16 Oct 2014 | 4:16 pm
     By: Crystal Watson & William Shouse  “The easy problems have been solved.  Designing systems today is difficult because there is no consensus on what the problems are, let alone how to resolve them.” Each author in this segment argues for design thinking or creativity’s importance in the larger world. The authors’ positions seem to build on each other. Rittel talks about where it came from, Buchanan talks about what it looks like in the world. Paccione, DeBono and Cross take things inside, and noodle on how and where it resides in the brain. They also ponder the whys,…
  • WICKED WEBS & DESIGN PROBLEMS

    Crystal
    16 Oct 2014 | 4:13 pm
    Wicked Webs & Design Problems By: Crystal Watson & William Shouse  “The easy problems have been solved.  Designing systems today is difficult because there is no consensus on what the problems are, let alone how to resolve them.” Each author in this segment argues for design thinking or creativity’s importance in the larger world. The authors’ positions seem to build on each other. Rittel talks about where it came from, Buchanan talks about what it looks like in the world. Paccione, DeBono and Cross take things inside, and noodle on how and where it resides in the brain.
  • Design Thinking: A Profession or a Way of Being?

    lauren.segapeli
    16 Oct 2014 | 3:52 pm
    Our latest set of readings for Design, Society and the Public Sector paint a very clear picture about design’s role in society, from the importance of it becoming a liberal art to clearly defining it under the framework of what exactly it means to design. More specifically, how designers and society should think about the problem at hand, wicked or not. Designers use different tools to find solutions. Each tool is powerful independently, but when implemented collectively, magic happens. These methods of externalizing to provoke new connections, reframing to provoke new ways of thinking,…
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    HOGPIE Communications

  • Authenticity Rules. Show The World Who You Really Are.

    hogpie
    21 Oct 2014 | 9:39 am
    Authenticity. How often do we actually think about what we’re conveying and how? Whether personal or in business, being authentic really is the only way to be if you plan on creating and sustaining any sort of viable relationship. From a business perspective, being authentic exposes a quality which can positively set you way above your competitors. Coming across as being contrived or disingenuous isn’t attractive. Consumers (more and more) are judging a company’s offerings based on authenticity rather than price and availability. Here’s a recent example of my client…
  • Break Free From Social Media If You Need To!

    hogpie
    8 Aug 2013 | 12:54 pm
    I was recently asked by a bartender as I was ordering a cold pint of Creemore what I thought social media meant exactly.  The question seemed odd, actually let me rephrase, the timing was odd.  I never really did get to answer him, as quickly as the question reached my auditory canals mr. bartender was being summoned from across the bar by a patron clearly on the verge of shrivel if they didn’t throw a G & T down the hatch and fast.  Mr. bartender scurried away to grab the order.  I thought about how I would’ve answered and unfortunately my answer seems to have been dipped…
  • The bite of social connectivity

    hogpie
    24 Feb 2013 | 10:44 am
    Curious, how many of us are guilty of sending an email to someone then following it up with a text letting said receiver know that a message was sent? I caught myself doing that earlier and I have to say that it is the dumbest thing I’ve done this morning. Our devices are facilitating odd behaviours, the need to connect using every single medium possible, I mean if I could’ve I would’ve probably followed up the follow up text by sending over an elder precariously balancing a scroll displaying repeated scribblings to the person’s home. Have I lost it? The need and the…
  • Social genes…ripped, torn and fading fast.

    hogpie
    8 Jan 2013 | 10:40 am
    How social are we really?  Sometimes I wonder, am I really that social? Well I seem to have a healthy helping and heaping spoonfuls of friends that I see on a regular basis.   That I see…hmmm, well I see them on Facebook and on Instagram.  I’ll like their pet cat pictures and enjoy their vitriolic statuses here and there but I think I’m slowly turning into an anime, living through pixels per inch squared.  I think I need to take a break from the school of rock and take classes at the school of how to have conversational speech without the conveniences of backspaces and…
  • Hop on hop off the social grid

    hogpie
    10 Dec 2012 | 4:25 pm
    Oh holiday season, every year I let you take me hostage.  Every media stream gets hijacked and next thing you know, we’re all drunk on punch.  The social media spider jar has been knocked over and all things holiday are crawling like crazy.  I think I may become anti-social for a bit, the drunk won’t go away anytime soon and wait, is that a big ugly snow covered hangover I see in my future?  If I drop off the social grid for a bit will people think I’m dead?  Or maybe completely off my rocker?  Here’s the thing, I really don’t care.  We’re too…
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  • Rebranding a successful NGO to drive even more impact

    Junxion
    20 Oct 2014 | 5:19 pm
    Junxion’s collaborative engagement with Alliance India has helped increase our momentum and expand our reach in India and around the world. Their impact will be felt for years to come. James Robertson, Executive Director  Alliance India supports community action to prevent HIV infection, meet the challenges of AIDS, and build healthier communities. THE BUSINESS CHALLENGE Originally established as a country office of the International HIV/AIDS Alliance and now fully an Indian NGO under the leadership of Executive Director James Robertson and his staff, India HIV/AIDS Alliance grown…
  • Happy Diwali from everyone at Junxion

    Peter ter Weeme
    16 Oct 2014 | 7:38 pm
    Our sincere wishes to all our clients and partners for a wonderful holiday season. Diwali, the celebration of light celebrated on October 23 this year, is one of the most significant holidays of the annual calendar in India. However, given the large Indian diaspora around the world, it is increasingly gaining importance as a holiday in the UK, Canada and the United States too. Diwali is an important season of giving, and this year Junxion is supporting several clients, including Sightsavers and End AIDS India, to implement Diwali campaign appeals to support their critical work. We’d like to…
  • Growing our impact with a range of new engagements

    Junxion
    13 Oct 2014 | 8:07 pm
    Junxion continues to expand its impact with exciting new clients and projects. Over the last couple of months, Junxion has added a number of clients across our three offices. Here are a few highlights we’d like to share: Junxion India has been engaged by Solidaridad, an international organisation that works towards sustainable production of several commodities. Through a series of storytelling projects, we are supporting their strategic goals of measurably improving farmer livelihoods and stewarding local resources. As well, the team in India is now working with Sightsavers, another…
  • Must we accumulate unbridled wealth before being generous?

    Mike Rowlands
    7 Oct 2014 | 4:22 pm
    One Plus One Equals Three: Philanthropy & Cause Marketing In 1900, when Andrew Carnegie turned 65, a new competitor to his thriving steel-making business was ready to enter the market. Andy was confident that his industry leading company could stave off the new upstart, but he was ready to retire. So he chose instead to sell his company to his new nemesis. “Congratulations,” said JP Morgan’s letter to Carnegie. “Your are now the richest man in the world.” By the time he sold it, Carnegie’s company was making more steel each year than all of Great Britain. The selling price of…
  • Making Steady Progress: Incremental Corporate Social Responsibility

    Adam Garfunkel
    18 Sep 2014 | 12:25 pm
    The adidas Group’s strong understanding of what is important in CSR comes to them through the ‘P’ of Partnerships and engagement with stakeholders... it’s their way of engaging with the whole sustainability topic. Adam Garfunkel The adidas Group is one of the world’s sporting goods giants, and says it is all about striving ‘to help you perform at your best,’ And as you might expect from a company that employs over 50,000 people and has sales of 14.5 billion euros a year, the adidas Group knows that it can only perform at its best if it manages the risks to its business. Among…
 
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  • 2014 Laureate Global Fellowship Events

    8 Oct 2014 | 8:11 am
    2014 Laureate Global Fellowship Events Lisa Jones | October 8, 2014 Qasim is working in Pakistan to encourage history students to examine their textbooks more closely--to understand the other side of every story and to question their assumptions. Yaseen creates open-... READ MORE
  • Social Design Webinar Series

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

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

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

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

    admin
    24 Oct 2014 | 1:20 pm
    Story By: anonymous Industry: Small Retail To the employee whom I trusted for 3 years. F*** Y**. I was wondering where my money was going. At first I didn’t notice anything, then I started to do the math and something wasn’t adding up. Obviously you didn’t see that I installed a new surveillance camera. Caught you red handed sneaking a few small bills here and there. That shit adds up. All I can say is good luck looking for a new job. Laundry my ass. The post Stealing Money From Work appeared first on 9 to 5 Hell.
  • Internet Provider Hell

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

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

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

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

    Marc
    24 Oct 2014 | 9:08 am
    Training can do much in terms of contributing to the success of your business. However, frequently it is seen that when companies devote money and time to train their employees, they are not able to achieve the outcomes (results) they were hoping for. It must be kept in mind that there is no cookie-cutter format for the best training program. The truth is that the training and development program ideally suited for your company would be uniquely customized to specifically suit your company and its employees. This article will guide you through 1) some features of an ideal employee training…
  • Startup Hubs Around The World: Sydney

    Marc
    23 Oct 2014 | 8:05 am
    The City of Lights. The Land Down Under. The Outback. Sydney, Australia is located on a continent of intrigue and wonder. For over two hundred years, the city has been establishing itself as a leader in culture and diversity, and has aspirations of becoming one of the world’s top startup hubs. There is a long history of entrepreneurship in Sydney; from its earliest beginnings it has been the home of individuals who seek to change the way things are done. This tradition has continued into today and can be seen in the listing of companies who call Sydney home. © Flickr | Hai Linh Truong To…
  • How to Best Manage Your Time as Entrepreneur

    Marc
    22 Oct 2014 | 9:43 am
    Time management is one of the key skills entrepreneurs need to manage. When starting a new venture, there are a million things that need to be done and only 24 hours in the day, so effective time management plays an important role in determining how much gets done. © Flickr | Chris Florence In this article, we examine 1) reasons for bad time management, 2) learning to manage your time: tips, and 3) learning to manage your time: tools. REASONS FOR BAD TIME MANAGEMENT Distractions Distractions come in all shapes and sizes. It could be something as simple as not having a specific work space,…
  • HelloFresh | Online food retailer

    Marc
    21 Oct 2014 | 7:25 am
    © HelloFresh HelloFresh is a fresh food delivery service that provides recipes, instructions and ingredients in exact quantities delivered to your house. In this article, we will look at, 1) what is HelloFresh?, 2) products, 3) business model and key components, 4) learning from HelloFresh’s success, and 5) HelloFresh Reviews. WHAT IS HELLOFRESH? The Company HelloFresh is a fresh produce delivery service. The concept is based on allowing people who use the service to cook their meals from scratch using the items provided in the delivery box. The company believes that everyone should be…
  • Startup Hubs Around The World: St. Petersburg

    Marc
    20 Oct 2014 | 6:35 am
    Found in the northeast section of Russia, St. Petersburg is Russia’s second-largest city. While Moscow may be the capital of the country, St. Petersburg is the cultural center and boasts of a population of over 5 million people. St. Petersburg is positioning itself to be competitive on a global level and wants to become one of the world’s primary startup hubs. Considering the rising push for new technologies combined with the recently acquired freedoms that St. Petersburg is enjoying, their quest to become a global competitor is not beyond possibility. © Flickr | aplart To understand the…
 
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  • Marketing Strategies – Integrity in Marketing

    Tammy Hawk-Bridges
    1 Oct 2014 | 9:11 pm
    Do you realize that over 90% of the headlines you read and hear on the news are full of BS? Yep! They’re carefully crafted to shock, seduce and manipulate you to click or not change the channel. Advertising agencies understand that we now live in a short-attention span world and they’re very well-trained to know […] The post Marketing Strategies – Integrity in Marketing appeared first on Marketing Strategies and Education for Entrepreneurs.
  • Marketing Strategies – It’s NOT Google Calling!

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

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

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

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