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  • Building the Makerspace of Your Students' Dreams

    Changemakers Ideas ExChange
    Ashoka Changemakers
    30 Jul 2015 | 12:54 pm
    "There's a huge gap between the needs and requirements of the job market of the 21st century and what the education system is delivering," said Vishal Talreja, founder and CEO of Dream A Dream, a Bangalore-based organization that prepares young people from vulnerable backgrounds to succeed in a changing world. Talreja is right—neither employers nor education leaders (not to mention some students themselves) would argue otherwise. But it is the second point Talreja made before the 2015 LEGO Foundation IDEA Conference that educator-innovators should pay the most attention…
  • Teslas are about to start driving themselves on the highway, Elon Musk says on Twitter

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    Michael Graham Richard
    31 Jul 2015 | 1:12 pm
    A new software update that will enable some 'autopilot' features is almost ready.
  • 3p Weekend: These 10 Social Innovators Are Sure to Inspire

    Triple Pundit: People, Planet, Profit
    Mary Mazzoni
    31 Jul 2015 | 12:00 pm
    A group of innovative thinkers from India and East Africa joined the SAP Social Entrepreneur Fellowship program in Silicon Valley earlier this month. The CEOs represent social enterprises working in agriculture, education, energy, health care, and water and sanitation. This week we learned more about these innovative thought leaders. Read on to be inspired.
  • RECODE Aims to Redesign Institutions from the Inside Out

    Skoll World Forum on Social Entrepreneurship
    Jake Wadland
    27 Jul 2015 | 5:39 pm
    “We used to invest in bricks and mortar,” says Chad Lubelsky, program lead for RECODE at the J.W. McConnell Family Foundation. “Now, we also invest in ideas that can transform society.” The J.W. McConnell Family Foundation is located in Montreal, Canada. Launched in 2014, RECODE is a collaborative hub for social innovation, social enterprise, social finance, and impact investing. It involves the public, private and not-for-profit sectors, and provides information and opportunities for college and university students. These students can learn, but most importantly, they can also…
  • I’m sorry to inform you that your pet is bad for the planet

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    Marc Gunther
    31 Jul 2015 | 3:16 pm
    Aside from, perhaps, GMOs, few topics in the sustainable business arena are as emotional as pets. When my friend Erik Assadourian wrote a well-researched story for the Guardian last year asking whether pets are bad for the environment, he was assailed in the comments as a a “dumbass,” an “animal hater” and “an overpaid media […] << Click on the title of this article to read the rest of it on MarcGunther.com >>
 
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    Triple Pundit: People, Planet, Profit

  • 3p Weekend: These 10 Social Innovators Are Sure to Inspire

    Mary Mazzoni
    31 Jul 2015 | 12:00 pm
    A group of innovative thinkers from India and East Africa joined the SAP Social Entrepreneur Fellowship program in Silicon Valley earlier this month. The CEOs represent social enterprises working in agriculture, education, energy, health care, and water and sanitation. This week we learned more about these innovative thought leaders. Read on to be inspired.
  • Waste Management Helps Businesses Turn Waste into Opportunity

    Joi Sears
    31 Jul 2015 | 3:00 am
    Waste Management sustainability services is proof that sustainability pays. Since 2003, the company has delivered more than 157 million in direct cost-savings to customers. It works across all industries to turn waste, a traditional cost center, into solutions that benefit businesses, their customers and the environment.
  • Will Amazon Dash Buttons Kill Sustainable Consumption?

    Raz Godelnik
    31 Jul 2015 | 2:30 am
    Amazon announced earlier this week that its Dash buttons are available now for all of its Amazon Prime members. For $4.99, members can buy a button connected to a specific brand and use it to reorder products of that brand. The Dash mantra is as simple as the service: Just press and never run out. But before you start daydreaming of an effortless future, where smart devices make your life so much easier, I’d like you to ask yourself – is this utopia or dystopia?
  • Study: Daughters of Working Mothers Earn More

    RP Siegel
    31 Jul 2015 | 2:00 am
    A recently published Harvard Business School survey found that not only were daughters of working women more likely to be employed themselves, but they were also more likely to earn more. Sons of working mothers actually tended to become more attentive fathers, spending 7.5 hours a week more with their children and 25 minutes more on chores.
  • Just How Tough Is it to Live On Garment-Worker Pay in Cambodia?

    Grant Whittington
    31 Jul 2015 | 2:00 am
    The local garment industry’s minimum wage is $128 per month, but the industry leaders are eyeing $177 to compensate for the cost of living in Cambodia.
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    Skoll World Forum on Social Entrepreneurship

  • RECODE Aims to Redesign Institutions from the Inside Out

    Jake Wadland
    27 Jul 2015 | 5:39 pm
    “We used to invest in bricks and mortar,” says Chad Lubelsky, program lead for RECODE at the J.W. McConnell Family Foundation. “Now, we also invest in ideas that can transform society.” The J.W. McConnell Family Foundation is located in Montreal, Canada. Launched in 2014, RECODE is a collaborative hub for social innovation, social enterprise, social finance, and impact investing. It involves the public, private and not-for-profit sectors, and provides information and opportunities for college and university students. These students can learn, but most importantly, they can also…
  • ORS Is a Magic Elixir That Saves Lives

    Jake Wadland
    27 Jul 2015 | 4:54 pm
    As the world rallies behind the soon-to-be finalized Sustainable Development Goals, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation continues to stay focused on our bottom line – saving lives. We are especially focused on increasing access to proven interventions that save children’s lives – a lot of lives. And interventions that have the potential to save thousands more every year. Thanks to increased investments in global health in the last 25 years, we have seen dramatic improvements in child health – the number of children dying has been cut in half since 1990. It is unconscionable that…
  • Envisioning a World With Sanitation For All

    Jake Wadland
    23 Jul 2015 | 9:38 am
    Safe drinking water and basic sanitation are essential to human health. While the two are often lumped together under the acronym WASH (Water, Sanitation and Hygiene), we here at the Skoll Foundation see them as distinct, though closely related issues. The world achieved the Millennium Development Goal (MDG) of halving the proportion of the population without sustainable access to safe drinking water in 2010, ahead of schedule, but sanitation lags far behind, with 2.5 billion people still lacking access to improved sanitation. There are a host of explanations that contribute to this gap:…
  • You Too Can Hack for Social Change

    Jake Wadland
    22 Jul 2015 | 6:40 pm
    Feeding Forward is a mobile application that is on the frontlines of a battle against food wastage in the United States. Since its launch in 2013 the app has helped recover more than 690,000 pounds of food to feed more than 570,000 homeless people in the San Francisco Bay Area. Feeding Forward won the AngelHack Silicon Valley Hackathon in 2012. This innovative solution is yet another example of how technology is triggering social change. But it also reflects a growing trend: collective citizen impact. Indeed, citizens from all walks of life and sectors are hacking socio-economic problems…
  • How Do We Get Businesses Working Towards the Sustainable Development Goals?

    Jake Wadland
    22 Jul 2015 | 6:28 pm
    “Let us put aside what divides us and overcome narrow self-interest in favor of working together for the common well-being of humanity.” With those inspiring words, UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon kicked off last week’s Addis Ababa conference on Financing for Development. It was the first of a series of major events that could make 2015 a turning point in sustainable development, the next two being the launch of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in New York in September, and the Paris conference on climate change in December. One of the most significant changes since the…
 
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    Marc Gunther's blog

  • I’m sorry to inform you that your pet is bad for the planet

    Marc Gunther
    31 Jul 2015 | 3:16 pm
    Aside from, perhaps, GMOs, few topics in the sustainable business arena are as emotional as pets. When my friend Erik Assadourian wrote a well-researched story for the Guardian last year asking whether pets are bad for the environment, he was assailed in the comments as a a “dumbass,” an “animal hater” and “an overpaid media […] << Click on the title of this article to read the rest of it on MarcGunther.com >>
  • The fossil fuel divestment movement is failing. Except it’s not.

    Marc Gunther
    27 Jul 2015 | 4:28 pm
    Despite all of the sound and fury set off by the campaign to divest fossil fuels — and there has been plenty — Bill McKibben, 350.org and their allies have persuaded only a handful of big institutions to sell off the coal, oil and gas holdings in their endowments. They’ve had little or no direct effect […] << Click on the title of this article to read the rest of it on MarcGunther.com >>
  • We’re losing the climate battle. So we may need to harvest CO2 from the sky.

    Marc Gunther
    15 Jul 2015 | 12:11 pm
    The Guardian this week published my latest story about direct air capture of CO2, a topic that has fascinated me since the late 2000s. My 2012 Amazon Kindle Single, Suck It Up: How capturing carbon from the air can help solve the climate crisis, chronicled the very beginnings of the air capture story;  since then, […] << Click on the title of this article to read the rest of it on MarcGunther.com >>
  • Hershey’s, and the limits of certified chocolate

    Marc Gunther
    10 Jul 2015 | 12:30 pm
    Silly me. I thought the world’s cocoa farmers, most of whom are poor, would surely benefit when global chocolate companies, including Hershey’s, Mars and Nestle, made major commitments to buy certified cocoa. Hershey’s and Mars pledged to certify 100 percent of their cocoa as sustainably produced by 2020, while Nestle has made a variety of commitments […] << Click on the title of this article to read the rest of it on MarcGunther.com >>
  • Edelman’s climate problem

    Marc Gunther
    8 Jul 2015 | 7:11 am
    Last summer, the big PR company Edelman faced a problem that no amount of spin could resolve. Kert Davies, the former head of research for Greenpeace who now leads the Climate Investigations Center, had surveyed big public relations companies to see where they stood on the issue of climate change. Edelman waffled. The company published a […] << Click on the title of this article to read the rest of it on MarcGunther.com >>
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    Skoll World Forum on Social Entrepreneurship

  • RECODE Aims to Redesign Institutions from the Inside Out

    Jake Wadland
    27 Jul 2015 | 5:39 pm
    “We used to invest in bricks and mortar,” says Chad Lubelsky, program lead for RECODE at the J.W. McConnell Family Foundation. “Now, we also invest in ideas that can transform society.” The J.W. McConnell Family Foundation is located in Montreal, Canada. Launched in 2014, RECODE is a collaborative hub for social innovation, social enterprise, social finance, and impact investing. It involves the public, private and not-for-profit sectors, and provides information and opportunities for college and university students. These students can learn, but most importantly, they can also…
  • ORS Is a Magic Elixir That Saves Lives

    Jake Wadland
    27 Jul 2015 | 4:54 pm
    As the world rallies behind the soon-to-be finalized Sustainable Development Goals, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation continues to stay focused on our bottom line – saving lives. We are especially focused on increasing access to proven interventions that save children’s lives – a lot of lives. And interventions that have the potential to save thousands more every year. Thanks to increased investments in global health in the last 25 years, we have seen dramatic improvements in child health – the number of children dying has been cut in half since 1990. It is unconscionable that…
  • Envisioning a World With Sanitation For All

    Jake Wadland
    23 Jul 2015 | 9:38 am
    Safe drinking water and basic sanitation are essential to human health. While the two are often lumped together under the acronym WASH (Water, Sanitation and Hygiene), we here at the Skoll Foundation see them as distinct, though closely related issues. The world achieved the Millennium Development Goal (MDG) of halving the proportion of the population without sustainable access to safe drinking water in 2010, ahead of schedule, but sanitation lags far behind, with 2.5 billion people still lacking access to improved sanitation. There are a host of explanations that contribute to this gap:…
  • You Too Can Hack for Social Change

    Jake Wadland
    22 Jul 2015 | 6:40 pm
    Feeding Forward is a mobile application that is on the frontlines of a battle against food wastage in the United States. Since its launch in 2013 the app has helped recover more than 690,000 pounds of food to feed more than 570,000 homeless people in the San Francisco Bay Area. Feeding Forward won the AngelHack Silicon Valley Hackathon in 2012. This innovative solution is yet another example of how technology is triggering social change. But it also reflects a growing trend: collective citizen impact. Indeed, citizens from all walks of life and sectors are hacking socio-economic problems…
  • How Do We Get Businesses Working Towards the Sustainable Development Goals?

    Jake Wadland
    22 Jul 2015 | 6:28 pm
    “Let us put aside what divides us and overcome narrow self-interest in favor of working together for the common well-being of humanity.” With those inspiring words, UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon kicked off last week’s Addis Ababa conference on Financing for Development. It was the first of a series of major events that could make 2015 a turning point in sustainable development, the next two being the launch of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in New York in September, and the Paris conference on climate change in December. One of the most significant changes since the…
 
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    Global Envision

  • Food For Thought: School Garden Initiatives

    Maya Rait
    29 Jul 2015 | 10:30 am
    Image:  Every day, Fatouma walked six kilometers to her school in Senegal knowing lunch would not be waiting. Her family could not afford it. By the time she arrived, she was too tired to learn. At eight years old, undernutrition had left Fatouma with the stunted figure of a five-year-old.Free school lunches could change her life.School-aged children, hungry for both the knowledge and nutrition they need to become healthy, successful adults, are at a mentally and physically pivotal developmental stage. However, if one of these hungers is left unsatisfied, the other suffers as well.
  • Water versus sanitation: Tackling the less fashionable issue

    Madeline Bishop
    23 Jul 2015 | 11:36 am
    Image:   Back in 2000, world leaders at the UN Millennium Summit agreed to work towards a series of eight goals in order to hit certain targets by 2015.These millennium development goals sparked progress in areas like gender equality, child mortality, and access to education. And, in 2010, the proportion of the population without sustainable access to safe drinking water was cut in half, hitting the target five years ahead of schedule. Now, 91 percent of the global population has access to improved water sources.  While this is certainly an accomplishment worth…
  • Achieving Sustainable Development Goals through partnerships with business

    Emma Fredieu
    17 Jul 2015 | 2:46 am
    Image:  For over 20 years, the United Nations has recognized that environmentally-responsible development requires the input, resources, and cooperation of private sector leadership. Since its 1992 Earth Summit, the U.N. has officially incorporated business and industry as it tackles the world’s most difficult challenges–poverty, hunger, access to clean water–while protecting Earth’s fragile ecosystems.Now, 23 years after the Earth Summit, a clock ticks down the hours, minutes, and seconds to the day in September 2015 when the U.N. will adopt its long-negotiated…
  • U.N. Looks for New Sources of Development Assistance

    Emma Fredieu
    15 Jul 2015 | 6:11 am
    Image:  "The billions that we've had from official development assistance is insufficient. We need trillions for this menu. And so what this agenda needs to do is to move from billions to trillions."- Amina Mohammed, Special Advisor of the U.N. Secretary-General on Post-2015 Development Planning in an interview with NPR. Read more about how the U.N. is engaging with private companies and investors at the upcoming International Conference on Financing for Development. Articles You Might Like: Five ways social enterprise is changing the worldQuotable: Ebay founder on…
  • Global Ideas News Brief: Is poverty improving?

    Abby Haight
    14 Jul 2015 | 5:18 pm
    Image:   Global Poverty Drops Sharply, With China Making Big Strides, U.N. Report SaysNew York TimesDire poverty has dropped sharply, and just as many girls as boys are now enrolled in primary schools around the worldThere is a way to end poverty - bring governments and businesses togetherCNNMoney alone can't solve the problems that beset so many people around the world -- poverty, conflict, inequality, lack of opportunity. But money is necessary to help fund the solutions we know already exist for a more sustainable and equitable future for all.Investing in Youth Employment…
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    Environmental Leader

  • Product Water Footprinting Pilot Seeks Business Participants

    Jessica Lyons Hardcastle
    31 Jul 2015 | 4:55 am
    A product water footprinting program by the Carbon Trust is seeking businesses to pilot the new certification and labeling scheme. The scheme will help businesses to demonstrate their water management leadership by certifying the life cycle water use of their products to an international standard, the Carbon Trust says. The businesses will be able to […]
  • Statoil to Field Test Methane Detection Technology

    Jessica Lyons Hardcastle
    31 Jul 2015 | 4:53 am
    Statoil has joined the Environmental Defense Fund’s Methane Detectors Challenge — a collaboration between oil and natural gas companies, technology developers, environmental groups and government and academic advisors that aims to identify and bring to market new technologies that will help reduce methane emissions from oil and natural gas operations. EDF says methane emissions present an economic […]
  • IBM Recycles 97% of End-of-Life Products

    Jessica Lyons Hardcastle
    31 Jul 2015 | 4:50 am
    IBM recycled, reused or resold almost 97 percent of the end-of-life products it collected for processing last year, according to the tech giant’s 25th annual corporate sustainability report. In its other waste and recycling accomplishments, IBM sent 86 percent of the nonhazardous waste it generated worldwide in 2014 to be recycled, and purchased recycled plastics […]
  • ABUTEC Removes Harmful Compounds from DC Water Digester

    Karen Henry
    31 Jul 2015 | 4:33 am
    Advanced Burner Technologies (ABUTEC) and its partner engineered, designed and fabricated a biogas conditioning system to help DC Water in Washington DC remove siloxanes from its digester gas stream, Forester Daily News reports. When DC water was in the process of installing a combined heat and power facility, it found a problem in removing siloxanes […]
  • Outdoor Pot Growth ‘Waste of Water,’ Growers Face Steep Fines

    Jessica Lyons Hardcastle
    31 Jul 2015 | 4:22 am
    Outdoor marijuana growth is a waste of water, say Sacramento County supervisors, and this means higher fines for pot growers. The Sacramento Bee reports the supervisors two weeks ago moved to categorize using water for outdoor marijuana cultivation as a waste of water. Pot growers could face fines of up to $500 per day. California […]
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    Skoll World Forum on Social Entrepreneurship

  • RECODE Aims to Redesign Institutions from the Inside Out

    Jake Wadland
    27 Jul 2015 | 5:39 pm
    “We used to invest in bricks and mortar,” says Chad Lubelsky, program lead for RECODE at the J.W. McConnell Family Foundation. “Now, we also invest in ideas that can transform society.” The J.W. McConnell Family Foundation is located in Montreal, Canada. Launched in 2014, RECODE is a collaborative hub for social innovation, social enterprise, social finance, and impact investing. It involves the public, private and not-for-profit sectors, and provides information and opportunities for college and university students. These students can learn, but most importantly, they can also…
  • ORS Is a Magic Elixir That Saves Lives

    Jake Wadland
    27 Jul 2015 | 4:54 pm
    As the world rallies behind the soon-to-be finalized Sustainable Development Goals, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation continues to stay focused on our bottom line – saving lives. We are especially focused on increasing access to proven interventions that save children’s lives – a lot of lives. And interventions that have the potential to save thousands more every year. Thanks to increased investments in global health in the last 25 years, we have seen dramatic improvements in child health – the number of children dying has been cut in half since 1990. It is unconscionable that…
  • Envisioning a World With Sanitation For All

    Jake Wadland
    23 Jul 2015 | 9:38 am
    Safe drinking water and basic sanitation are essential to human health. While the two are often lumped together under the acronym WASH (Water, Sanitation and Hygiene), we here at the Skoll Foundation see them as distinct, though closely related issues. The world achieved the Millennium Development Goal (MDG) of halving the proportion of the population without sustainable access to safe drinking water in 2010, ahead of schedule, but sanitation lags far behind, with 2.5 billion people still lacking access to improved sanitation. There are a host of explanations that contribute to this gap:…
  • You Too Can Hack for Social Change

    Jake Wadland
    22 Jul 2015 | 6:40 pm
    Feeding Forward is a mobile application that is on the frontlines of a battle against food wastage in the United States. Since its launch in 2013 the app has helped recover more than 690,000 pounds of food to feed more than 570,000 homeless people in the San Francisco Bay Area. Feeding Forward won the AngelHack Silicon Valley Hackathon in 2012. This innovative solution is yet another example of how technology is triggering social change. But it also reflects a growing trend: collective citizen impact. Indeed, citizens from all walks of life and sectors are hacking socio-economic problems…
  • How Do We Get Businesses Working Towards the Sustainable Development Goals?

    Jake Wadland
    22 Jul 2015 | 6:28 pm
    “Let us put aside what divides us and overcome narrow self-interest in favor of working together for the common well-being of humanity.” With those inspiring words, UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon kicked off last week’s Addis Ababa conference on Financing for Development. It was the first of a series of major events that could make 2015 a turning point in sustainable development, the next two being the launch of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in New York in September, and the Paris conference on climate change in December. One of the most significant changes since the…
 
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    GlobalGiving Blog - News and Updates

  • GlobalGiving’s Big Bet

    Alison Carlman
    28 Jul 2015 | 7:22 am
    How we’re using gamification, incentives, and behavioral economics for good. We all want our donations to have the most impact possible. But how do we choose which nonprofits to support? And how does an organization like GlobalGiving, working with nonprofits in 165 countries, measure, compare, incentivize, and reward effective nonprofits doing everything from providing affordable housing in Nicaragua to restoring buffalo on Lakota land, to teaching organic farming to at-risk teens in Indonesia?) Well, we’ve made a Big Bet about how we can do just that, and today marks a major milestone as…
  • Unveiling GlobalGiving 6.0… Little by Little by Little

    Alison Carlman
    27 Jul 2015 | 9:58 am
    Do we look a little… different to you? Our team is hard at work re-designing the GlobalGiving website so that it’s faster, easier, and more fun for donors, nonprofits, companies, and everyone else around the globe. Especially for users on mobile devices! Today you’re seeing the first bit of it in place: the header and footer (with a few new pages in between.) Rather than hiding away and working for years on a new design and launching it all at once hoping you’ll love it, we’re designing and launching GlobalGiving version 6.0 in sections. This helps us gather feedback as we go,…
  • How We’re Building GG Rewards Together

    Marc Maxmeister
    23 Jul 2015 | 1:01 pm
    Next week GlobalGiving will be launching the new GG Rewards Program. Here’s a post by Marc Maxmeister that provides a sneak peek into the work that’s gone into conceptualizing, building, and launching the program.  _______ GlobalGiving‘s goal is to help all organizations become more effective by providing access to money, information, and ideas. That is a lofty, aspirational goal. To everyone else, it might look like all we do is run a website that connects donors to organizations. But internally, I serve on a team that has met every week for the past 3 years to pour over…
  • Crowdsourcing Compassion from a Global Community

    Alison Carlman
    2 Jul 2015 | 8:22 am
    “The war in Liberia and the Ebola situation we are going through are enough to tell us what those people are going through.”  — Nelly Cooper, President, West Point Women for Health and Development After the devastating April 2015 earthquakes, Nepali communities are working to rebuild, and the GlobalGiving community has stepped up to respond with tremendous compassion. We’ve seen people giving from 111 countries around the world, including young children, grandparents, Nepali citizens, climbers who have summited Mt. Everest, and leading companies and their employees. Among this…
  • Using Data to Drive Donations: key findings from our work with DataKind

    Alison Carlman
    22 Jun 2015 | 7:28 am
    By Alison Carlman, in partnership with Miriam Young from DataKind Recently we worked with DataKind to analyze project data from our website to learn what our nonprofit partners can do to maximize their potential for donations.   If you’ve ever visited more than a few pages on GlobalGiving, you’ll know that our project pages are the main hub of all fundraising activity on the web platform. Project pages are the pages where organizations describe their needs and give their best pitch to attract potential donors. We recently worked with a team of DataKind volunteers to analyze our data,…
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  • Educate and Empower 420 Girls Annually in Tanzania

    Sarah Brown
    31 Jul 2015 | 10:57 am
    $10 — will buy one bag of cement$25 — will provide one gallon of paint$100 — buys a desk and chair for two childrenSummaryAfrica Schoolhouse's newest project is an all-girls boarding school, the first in the Misungwi District. This school will allow 420 girls to receive and complete their secondary education in a safe, nurturing environment. In addition to the standard Tanzanian academic curriculum and teachers, the school will also promote leadership, STEM, entrepreneurship, social justice and care for the environment. $33,000 will help us…
  • Helping Flood Affected Youth to Help Themselves

    Ali Raza Khan
    31 Jul 2015 | 9:12 am
    $25 — will help to provide need-based services to 5 members of a flood affected family$200 — will help to establish a rehabilitation center for the affected families$400 — will help to establish 2rehabilitation centers for the affected familiesSummaryThe recent floods in many parts of Pakistan have rendered thousands of people homeless, forcing them to leave under the open skies amid the surging water levels in rivers and other water resources. Chitral as well as Gilgit-Baltistan among the worst-affected areas. Several hundred thousand people…
  • Empower the Slum Woman for Sustainable livelihood

    Judith Muga
    30 Jul 2015 | 11:19 am
    $999 — will cater for administration cost$1000 — will mobilize and sensitize both men and women$2000 — provide follow up/monitoring and administrationSummaryInstitute for Development Welfare Services (IDEWES) main goal is to develop and empower the women in the slum areas for sustainable livelihood. We create sustainable solutions to economically empower the women to have a healthy livelihood to support their families and communities as a whole. Bridging the gap to solve the issues of inequality amongst the men and women who have been…
  • Empowering mayan woman through ancient textiles

    Adriana Aguerrebere
    30 Jul 2015 | 8:37 am
    $10 — will provide for transportation costs to train an artisan in her community$20 — will provide for the development of an ad-hoc curricula including tool kits to train artisans$25 — will train 1 artisan in product design and commercial practices for 1 yearSummaryimpacto textil worked with 60 Mayan women to improve the production of textile handicrafts; we are now starting to replicate and scale methodologies and tools as to serve 500 artisans in a two-year timeframe. Our work helps women to expand on their craft, teaching them advanced design…
  • Give education & training to Zimbabwean girls

    Steve Besford
    30 Jul 2015 | 8:08 am
    $10 — will train 1 girl in computing$11 — enables 1 girl to attend a HIV/AIDS awareness workshop$18 — will teach 1 girl how to cookSummaryBased in Harare, the Rafiki Girls' Centre provide vocational training to some of Harare's most disadvantaged and vulnerable young women. In addition to academic training, they provide emotional, psychological and social support - empowering disadvantaged women and promote gender equality. Rafiki has supported over 700 young women since the turn of the century, 90% of whom are now in employment or have…
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    Echoing Green Blog

  • #EGFellows Making Headlines July 2015

    Echoing Green
    30 Jul 2015 | 6:42 am
    Echoing Green Fellows have the gall to think big.  For decades, these committed entrepreneurs have applied smart but untested ideas to address challenges in their communities across the globe. That committment to thinking big - and doing something about it - is what sets leaders of social innovation apart from the rest. As Cheryl Dorsey reflected about our newest class of Fellows, “where some investors look at all the negatives associated with doing business in these areas, others see it as an opportunity to fill a void.” Read on to see where in the world the 2015 Fellows are creating…
  • From Finalist to Fellow

    Scott Ballum Cohen
    29 Jul 2015 | 10:05 am
    What does it take to become and Echoing Green Fellow? We look for individuals who have both a great idea and the leadership qualities to put that idea into action. Only 3 percent of our applicants make it the Finalist round, and the hard work doesn’t stop there. The road from Finalist to Fellow is full of challenges and opportunities – see what it takes to for these applicants to bring their whole selves to the rigorous final steps of the selection process: May 13: Pitch Perfection 105 Finalists from forty-four countries convene in New York City to practice their pitches, connect with…
  • Africa's Next-Generation Social Entrepreneurs Are Ready. Are We?

    Cheryl L. Dorsey
    28 Jul 2015 | 3:26 pm
    2014 Climate Fellow Tom Osborn, founder of Greenchar, showing charcoal briquettes to prospective clients.  By Cheryl DorseyThis article originally appeared on Forbes. Last week, I joined President Obama and leaders from around the world to shine a spotlight on the importance of entrepreneurship to global development at the sixth Global Entrepreneurship Summit (GES) held in Nairobi, Kenya. This year’s Summit in Kenya was poised to showcase the vibrancy of innovation across Africa, and call for greater investment in the region. While it is exciting to see the growing interest and investment…
  • USAID Seeds Innovation: 15 Social Entrepreneurs Making a Difference

    Echoing Green
    27 Jul 2015 | 6:47 am
    Faith, 11 years old, carries baby Richard to a Kidogo Center, enabling her to go to school. Photo courtesy of Kidogo. By Tahalia Barrett, Global Partnerships Advisor, U.S. Global Development Lab, USAID Picture this: A farmer in Nigeria needs to plow her field, but does not have the labor to do it. Using her mobile phone, she sends an SMS message, and within days, a tractor arrives. She can now plow her field 40 times faster than manual labor, and at one third of the cost. And, the tractor owner earns a profit as well. This innovative shared economy platform is more than a great idea; it is a…
  • Breaking Boundaries to Solve Global Development Problems

    Cheryl L. Dorsey
    20 Jul 2015 | 9:00 pm
    Global Fellow Jehiel Oliver, founder of Hello Tractor, uses smart tractors to equip women with improved planting technology. By Cheryl L. DorseyThis article article originally appeared on Skoll World Forum. There is no silver bullet to fix societal inequality. There is no one solution; there is no one answer. The truth is we must unleash a generation of creative thinkers, with big ideas across a wide range of issues, each ready and willing to challenge the status quo. When those individuals are empowered and supported to put forward new ideas to decades-old problems – that’s when we see…
 
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    Timbuktu Chronicles

  • 3D LifePrints Printed Prosthetics - In Kenya

    Emeka Okafor
    1 Aug 2015 | 3:00 am
    The Open Biomedical Initiative reports:
  • Urban Farming

    Emeka Okafor
    31 Jul 2015 | 4:48 am
    From the African Slum Journal: Urban farming brings food, money and life in Kibera. With a fast rising population in Nairobi, the demand for more and better food is growing tremendously. Still, many people from rural areas come to the city because they don’t want to farm. They think farming is something for old people, but there’s money in farming. Knowledge is the key, especially about good agricultural practices, knowledge about the market and knowledge about the fun of farming. Only if people enjoy farming, the image of farming will change...[more]
  • Thermoelectric Wood Cookstove BioHeavy

    Emeka Okafor
    30 Jul 2015 | 11:34 pm
    From Dan's Workshop Blog: image via Dans Workshop
  • "Make your own liquid fertiliser" from SoilCares

    Emeka Okafor
    30 Jul 2015 | 3:00 am
    Anja Weber of SoilCares writes in Daily Nation: To make a liquid fertiliser rich in phosphorus, you should use tithonia, a shrub that grows as a weed or hedge in most parts of the country.Another very useful plant is comfrey (symphytum), which is especially rich in potassium and provides Vitamin B12, which stimulates rapid root growth at transplanting.To start, you need a bucket, water, machete (panga) and a stirring stick. Collect the leaves of stinging nettle, comfrey, tithonia or any kind of weeds. Chop them and put the cuttings in the bucket. Add crushed eggshells to provide calcium. Fill…
  • Novatech Construction Systems

    Emeka Okafor
    29 Jul 2015 | 2:00 pm
    Pauline Mujawamariya, director of the IPA writes: ...African innovators are already creating solutions that respond to real needs in Africa. Whilst in Yaoundé last week, I was privileged to spend a few hours with a past Innovation Prize for Africa (IPA) nominee, Mr Faustinus Njokikang. He is working hard to provide affordable environmental housing solutions to all Africans. Faustinus is concerned about the current housing boom we are witnessing in Africa which is far from environmentally friendly. This is why he established Novatech Construction Systems, a company that focuses on…
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    Skoll World Forum on Social Entrepreneurship

  • RECODE Aims to Redesign Institutions from the Inside Out

    Jake Wadland
    27 Jul 2015 | 5:39 pm
    “We used to invest in bricks and mortar,” says Chad Lubelsky, program lead for RECODE at the J.W. McConnell Family Foundation. “Now, we also invest in ideas that can transform society.” The J.W. McConnell Family Foundation is located in Montreal, Canada. Launched in 2014, RECODE is a collaborative hub for social innovation, social enterprise, social finance, and impact investing. It involves the public, private and not-for-profit sectors, and provides information and opportunities for college and university students. These students can learn, but most importantly, they can also…
  • ORS Is a Magic Elixir That Saves Lives

    Jake Wadland
    27 Jul 2015 | 4:54 pm
    As the world rallies behind the soon-to-be finalized Sustainable Development Goals, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation continues to stay focused on our bottom line – saving lives. We are especially focused on increasing access to proven interventions that save children’s lives – a lot of lives. And interventions that have the potential to save thousands more every year. Thanks to increased investments in global health in the last 25 years, we have seen dramatic improvements in child health – the number of children dying has been cut in half since 1990. It is unconscionable that…
  • Envisioning a World With Sanitation For All

    Jake Wadland
    23 Jul 2015 | 9:38 am
    Safe drinking water and basic sanitation are essential to human health. While the two are often lumped together under the acronym WASH (Water, Sanitation and Hygiene), we here at the Skoll Foundation see them as distinct, though closely related issues. The world achieved the Millennium Development Goal (MDG) of halving the proportion of the population without sustainable access to safe drinking water in 2010, ahead of schedule, but sanitation lags far behind, with 2.5 billion people still lacking access to improved sanitation. There are a host of explanations that contribute to this gap:…
  • You Too Can Hack for Social Change

    Jake Wadland
    22 Jul 2015 | 6:40 pm
    Feeding Forward is a mobile application that is on the frontlines of a battle against food wastage in the United States. Since its launch in 2013 the app has helped recover more than 690,000 pounds of food to feed more than 570,000 homeless people in the San Francisco Bay Area. Feeding Forward won the AngelHack Silicon Valley Hackathon in 2012. This innovative solution is yet another example of how technology is triggering social change. But it also reflects a growing trend: collective citizen impact. Indeed, citizens from all walks of life and sectors are hacking socio-economic problems…
  • How Do We Get Businesses Working Towards the Sustainable Development Goals?

    Jake Wadland
    22 Jul 2015 | 6:28 pm
    “Let us put aside what divides us and overcome narrow self-interest in favor of working together for the common well-being of humanity.” With those inspiring words, UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon kicked off last week’s Addis Ababa conference on Financing for Development. It was the first of a series of major events that could make 2015 a turning point in sustainable development, the next two being the launch of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in New York in September, and the Paris conference on climate change in December. One of the most significant changes since the…
 
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    Skoll World Forum on Social Entrepreneurship

  • RECODE Aims to Redesign Institutions from the Inside Out

    Jake Wadland
    27 Jul 2015 | 5:39 pm
    “We used to invest in bricks and mortar,” says Chad Lubelsky, program lead for RECODE at the J.W. McConnell Family Foundation. “Now, we also invest in ideas that can transform society.” The J.W. McConnell Family Foundation is located in Montreal, Canada. Launched in 2014, RECODE is a collaborative hub for social innovation, social enterprise, social finance, and impact investing. It involves the public, private and not-for-profit sectors, and provides information and opportunities for college and university students. These students can learn, but most importantly, they can also…
  • ORS Is a Magic Elixir That Saves Lives

    Jake Wadland
    27 Jul 2015 | 4:54 pm
    As the world rallies behind the soon-to-be finalized Sustainable Development Goals, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation continues to stay focused on our bottom line – saving lives. We are especially focused on increasing access to proven interventions that save children’s lives – a lot of lives. And interventions that have the potential to save thousands more every year. Thanks to increased investments in global health in the last 25 years, we have seen dramatic improvements in child health – the number of children dying has been cut in half since 1990. It is unconscionable that…
  • Envisioning a World With Sanitation For All

    Jake Wadland
    23 Jul 2015 | 9:38 am
    Safe drinking water and basic sanitation are essential to human health. While the two are often lumped together under the acronym WASH (Water, Sanitation and Hygiene), we here at the Skoll Foundation see them as distinct, though closely related issues. The world achieved the Millennium Development Goal (MDG) of halving the proportion of the population without sustainable access to safe drinking water in 2010, ahead of schedule, but sanitation lags far behind, with 2.5 billion people still lacking access to improved sanitation. There are a host of explanations that contribute to this gap:…
  • You Too Can Hack for Social Change

    Jake Wadland
    22 Jul 2015 | 6:40 pm
    Feeding Forward is a mobile application that is on the frontlines of a battle against food wastage in the United States. Since its launch in 2013 the app has helped recover more than 690,000 pounds of food to feed more than 570,000 homeless people in the San Francisco Bay Area. Feeding Forward won the AngelHack Silicon Valley Hackathon in 2012. This innovative solution is yet another example of how technology is triggering social change. But it also reflects a growing trend: collective citizen impact. Indeed, citizens from all walks of life and sectors are hacking socio-economic problems…
  • How Do We Get Businesses Working Towards the Sustainable Development Goals?

    Jake Wadland
    22 Jul 2015 | 6:28 pm
    “Let us put aside what divides us and overcome narrow self-interest in favor of working together for the common well-being of humanity.” With those inspiring words, UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon kicked off last week’s Addis Ababa conference on Financing for Development. It was the first of a series of major events that could make 2015 a turning point in sustainable development, the next two being the launch of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in New York in September, and the Paris conference on climate change in December. One of the most significant changes since the…
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    Skoll World Forum on Social Entrepreneurship

  • RECODE Aims to Redesign Institutions from the Inside Out

    Jake Wadland
    27 Jul 2015 | 5:39 pm
    “We used to invest in bricks and mortar,” says Chad Lubelsky, program lead for RECODE at the J.W. McConnell Family Foundation. “Now, we also invest in ideas that can transform society.” The J.W. McConnell Family Foundation is located in Montreal, Canada. Launched in 2014, RECODE is a collaborative hub for social innovation, social enterprise, social finance, and impact investing. It involves the public, private and not-for-profit sectors, and provides information and opportunities for college and university students. These students can learn, but most importantly, they can also…
  • ORS Is a Magic Elixir That Saves Lives

    Jake Wadland
    27 Jul 2015 | 4:54 pm
    As the world rallies behind the soon-to-be finalized Sustainable Development Goals, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation continues to stay focused on our bottom line – saving lives. We are especially focused on increasing access to proven interventions that save children’s lives – a lot of lives. And interventions that have the potential to save thousands more every year. Thanks to increased investments in global health in the last 25 years, we have seen dramatic improvements in child health – the number of children dying has been cut in half since 1990. It is unconscionable that…
  • Envisioning a World With Sanitation For All

    Jake Wadland
    23 Jul 2015 | 9:38 am
    Safe drinking water and basic sanitation are essential to human health. While the two are often lumped together under the acronym WASH (Water, Sanitation and Hygiene), we here at the Skoll Foundation see them as distinct, though closely related issues. The world achieved the Millennium Development Goal (MDG) of halving the proportion of the population without sustainable access to safe drinking water in 2010, ahead of schedule, but sanitation lags far behind, with 2.5 billion people still lacking access to improved sanitation. There are a host of explanations that contribute to this gap:…
  • You Too Can Hack for Social Change

    Jake Wadland
    22 Jul 2015 | 6:40 pm
    Feeding Forward is a mobile application that is on the frontlines of a battle against food wastage in the United States. Since its launch in 2013 the app has helped recover more than 690,000 pounds of food to feed more than 570,000 homeless people in the San Francisco Bay Area. Feeding Forward won the AngelHack Silicon Valley Hackathon in 2012. This innovative solution is yet another example of how technology is triggering social change. But it also reflects a growing trend: collective citizen impact. Indeed, citizens from all walks of life and sectors are hacking socio-economic problems…
  • How Do We Get Businesses Working Towards the Sustainable Development Goals?

    Jake Wadland
    22 Jul 2015 | 6:28 pm
    “Let us put aside what divides us and overcome narrow self-interest in favor of working together for the common well-being of humanity.” With those inspiring words, UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon kicked off last week’s Addis Ababa conference on Financing for Development. It was the first of a series of major events that could make 2015 a turning point in sustainable development, the next two being the launch of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in New York in September, and the Paris conference on climate change in December. One of the most significant changes since the…
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    Skoll World Forum on Social Entrepreneurship

  • RECODE Aims to Redesign Institutions from the Inside Out

    Jake Wadland
    27 Jul 2015 | 5:39 pm
    “We used to invest in bricks and mortar,” says Chad Lubelsky, program lead for RECODE at the J.W. McConnell Family Foundation. “Now, we also invest in ideas that can transform society.” The J.W. McConnell Family Foundation is located in Montreal, Canada. Launched in 2014, RECODE is a collaborative hub for social innovation, social enterprise, social finance, and impact investing. It involves the public, private and not-for-profit sectors, and provides information and opportunities for college and university students. These students can learn, but most importantly, they can also…
  • ORS Is a Magic Elixir That Saves Lives

    Jake Wadland
    27 Jul 2015 | 4:54 pm
    As the world rallies behind the soon-to-be finalized Sustainable Development Goals, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation continues to stay focused on our bottom line – saving lives. We are especially focused on increasing access to proven interventions that save children’s lives – a lot of lives. And interventions that have the potential to save thousands more every year. Thanks to increased investments in global health in the last 25 years, we have seen dramatic improvements in child health – the number of children dying has been cut in half since 1990. It is unconscionable that…
  • Envisioning a World With Sanitation For All

    Jake Wadland
    23 Jul 2015 | 9:38 am
    Safe drinking water and basic sanitation are essential to human health. While the two are often lumped together under the acronym WASH (Water, Sanitation and Hygiene), we here at the Skoll Foundation see them as distinct, though closely related issues. The world achieved the Millennium Development Goal (MDG) of halving the proportion of the population without sustainable access to safe drinking water in 2010, ahead of schedule, but sanitation lags far behind, with 2.5 billion people still lacking access to improved sanitation. There are a host of explanations that contribute to this gap:…
  • You Too Can Hack for Social Change

    Jake Wadland
    22 Jul 2015 | 6:40 pm
    Feeding Forward is a mobile application that is on the frontlines of a battle against food wastage in the United States. Since its launch in 2013 the app has helped recover more than 690,000 pounds of food to feed more than 570,000 homeless people in the San Francisco Bay Area. Feeding Forward won the AngelHack Silicon Valley Hackathon in 2012. This innovative solution is yet another example of how technology is triggering social change. But it also reflects a growing trend: collective citizen impact. Indeed, citizens from all walks of life and sectors are hacking socio-economic problems…
  • How Do We Get Businesses Working Towards the Sustainable Development Goals?

    Jake Wadland
    22 Jul 2015 | 6:28 pm
    “Let us put aside what divides us and overcome narrow self-interest in favor of working together for the common well-being of humanity.” With those inspiring words, UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon kicked off last week’s Addis Ababa conference on Financing for Development. It was the first of a series of major events that could make 2015 a turning point in sustainable development, the next two being the launch of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in New York in September, and the Paris conference on climate change in December. One of the most significant changes since the…
 
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    Skoll World Forum on Social Entrepreneurship

  • RECODE Aims to Redesign Institutions from the Inside Out

    Jake Wadland
    27 Jul 2015 | 5:39 pm
    “We used to invest in bricks and mortar,” says Chad Lubelsky, program lead for RECODE at the J.W. McConnell Family Foundation. “Now, we also invest in ideas that can transform society.” The J.W. McConnell Family Foundation is located in Montreal, Canada. Launched in 2014, RECODE is a collaborative hub for social innovation, social enterprise, social finance, and impact investing. It involves the public, private and not-for-profit sectors, and provides information and opportunities for college and university students. These students can learn, but most importantly, they can also…
  • ORS Is a Magic Elixir That Saves Lives

    Jake Wadland
    27 Jul 2015 | 4:54 pm
    As the world rallies behind the soon-to-be finalized Sustainable Development Goals, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation continues to stay focused on our bottom line – saving lives. We are especially focused on increasing access to proven interventions that save children’s lives – a lot of lives. And interventions that have the potential to save thousands more every year. Thanks to increased investments in global health in the last 25 years, we have seen dramatic improvements in child health – the number of children dying has been cut in half since 1990. It is unconscionable that…
  • Envisioning a World With Sanitation For All

    Jake Wadland
    23 Jul 2015 | 9:38 am
    Safe drinking water and basic sanitation are essential to human health. While the two are often lumped together under the acronym WASH (Water, Sanitation and Hygiene), we here at the Skoll Foundation see them as distinct, though closely related issues. The world achieved the Millennium Development Goal (MDG) of halving the proportion of the population without sustainable access to safe drinking water in 2010, ahead of schedule, but sanitation lags far behind, with 2.5 billion people still lacking access to improved sanitation. There are a host of explanations that contribute to this gap:…
  • You Too Can Hack for Social Change

    Jake Wadland
    22 Jul 2015 | 6:40 pm
    Feeding Forward is a mobile application that is on the frontlines of a battle against food wastage in the United States. Since its launch in 2013 the app has helped recover more than 690,000 pounds of food to feed more than 570,000 homeless people in the San Francisco Bay Area. Feeding Forward won the AngelHack Silicon Valley Hackathon in 2012. This innovative solution is yet another example of how technology is triggering social change. But it also reflects a growing trend: collective citizen impact. Indeed, citizens from all walks of life and sectors are hacking socio-economic problems…
  • How Do We Get Businesses Working Towards the Sustainable Development Goals?

    Jake Wadland
    22 Jul 2015 | 6:28 pm
    “Let us put aside what divides us and overcome narrow self-interest in favor of working together for the common well-being of humanity.” With those inspiring words, UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon kicked off last week’s Addis Ababa conference on Financing for Development. It was the first of a series of major events that could make 2015 a turning point in sustainable development, the next two being the launch of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in New York in September, and the Paris conference on climate change in December. One of the most significant changes since the…
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    From Poverty to Power

  • The blog’s just had a makeover – what do you think?

    Duncan Green
    31 Jul 2015 | 5:45 am
    Our wonderful new webmaster has redesigned the blog to make it more mobile-friendly, provide a better range of reading etc. Hopefully it will also sort out ongoing problems with people not receiving the email alerts they’ve signed up for. So please could you take the following highly sophisticated poll, and send any thoughts, and use the comments to tell us about any remaining glitches or other feedback? ta Duncan Note: There is a poll embedded within this post, please visit the site to participate in this post's poll.  
  • Another good idea from ODI – regular ‘scans’ of hot topics like resilience

    Duncan Green
    30 Jul 2015 | 11:30 pm
    The aid and development business is full of tribes – separate ‘epistemic communities’ with their own jargon, shorthands and assumptions, which helps to hermetically isolate them from all the other communities. I try and surf across a few of them, but it’s hard – half the time I have only the vaguest idea what resilience, humanitarian, conflict or livelihoods people are talking about. So I gave a little whoop of delight (sad, I know) when I saw a new ODI ‘Resilience Scan’ and a more recent quarterly update for 2015 Q1, which aim to keep the rest of us up to date with one of…
  • Fukuyama’s history of the State, Book 2: Political Order and Political Decay

    Duncan Green
    29 Jul 2015 | 11:30 pm
    Yesterday I reviewed Volume 1 (from pre-history up to the French Revolution), but before reviewing Political Order and Political Decay, the second volume of Francis Fukuyama’s monumental history of the state, it’s probably worth asking, why bother? Because whether providing/denying services, freedoms or functioning markets, the state is the most important institution underpinning development, and yet people in the foreign policy and development world operate with hazy and simplistic understandings of where states came from and how they evolve. Another example of historical amnesia, alas.
  • The Origins of Political Order: Review of Francis Fukuyama’s impressive history of the state

    Duncan Green
    28 Jul 2015 | 11:30 pm
    Ricardo Fuentes has been raving about this book for months, so I packed it in my holiday luggage. Actually it’s two books – The Origins of Political Order takes us from pre-history up to the French Revolution/American Revolution, and the subsequent Political Order and Political Decay brings us up to the present day. They each weigh in at around 500 pages, so hope you won’t mind me taking two posts to review them. Fukuyama is notorious for his ‘End of History?’ post-Cold War triumphalism, but he’s older, wiser and considerably more nuanced these days. The ambition of…
  • Learning by un-doing: the magic of immersion

    Duncan Green
    27 Jul 2015 | 11:30 pm
    Varja Lipovsek of Twaweza, one of my favourite accountability NGOs, reflects on a recent staff immersion in a Ugandan village. It’s a bit too long, but just too nicely written to cut – sorry! Take a group of people that are used to talking about development while sitting in offices behind computers, going to meetings at ministries, writing reports and worrying about indicators, and give each some mosquito repellent, a sleeping bag, and directions to a household deep in rural East Africa. Importantly, you do not arm them with any questionnaires, tools, focus group discussion guides or…
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    CIPE Development Blog

  • Talking Trash in Lebanon

    Stephen Rosenlund
    31 Jul 2015 | 9:50 am
    More than a week ago, the city of Beirut ceased trash collection when the landfill stopped accepting deliveries. It turns out the city’s biggest landfill is, well... full. Since then, the streets of this beautiful capital on the Mediterranean Sea have been filled with piles of garbage, rotting in the summer heat-- 20,000 tons and counting. This creates obvious health hazards, and undercuts the...
  • The Trillion-Dollar Question: Financing the Sustainable Development Goals

    Stephanie Bandyk
    30 Jul 2015 | 1:27 pm
    After years of consultation, discussion, and debate, the sustainable development goals (SDGs) that will guide development efforts for the foreseeable future are close to becoming a reality -- meaning a global commitment to end poverty in all its forms everywhere and eliminating extreme poverty entirely by 2030. But one crucial question remains: how to pay for it all? Continue reading →
  • Protest Movement Electrifies Armenian Civil Society

    Guest
    29 Jul 2015 | 8:22 am
    The Electric Yerevan protests began on June 19, when protesters gathered on the street to express their discontent with the local power company, the Electric Networks of Armenia (ENA) and its planned 14 percent increase in electricity tariffs from August, the third price raise within the past two years, which would result in a more than 60 percent overall increase in electricity tariffs. Continue...
  • Good Governance in Pakistan is Crucial for Greater Trade

    Guest
    27 Jul 2015 | 8:12 am
    Despite new export opportunities, Pakistan's textile factories are shutting down due to energy shortages. Huma Sattar looks at how poor governance is holding Pakistan back from benefiting from global trade. Continue reading →
  • Could Community-Based Weather Forecasting Help Defuse Conflict?

    Guest
    23 Jul 2015 | 10:56 am
    By Gracie Cook While religious, sectarian, and geopolitical divisions in the world’s hotspots often make headlines, an even more basic driver of conflict is often overlooked: the weather. In agrarian or water-scarce societies, changes in weather patterns lay the groundwork … Continue reading →
 
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    PHILANTHROPY 2173

  • When what was new becomes old

    Lucy Bernholz
    24 Jul 2015 | 10:35 am
    Alliance Magazine published my article,  From the Edge to the Middle, a few months ago and has now made it available for free to everyone.Enjoy.
  • (what if) we are not alone

    Lucy Bernholz
    20 Jul 2015 | 2:52 pm
    (photo: http://www.hawking.org.uk/images.html)Today's headlines are bursting with announcements of Yuri Milner's $100 million gift in search of alien life. Professor Hawking (pictured above) accompanied Mr. Milner when he made the announcement. Let's suppose this philanthropic grant is effective. The scientists find extraterrestrial intelligent life.  Does the fact that the search was philanthropically-funded matter?Does Mr. Milner get first dibs on meeting our new neighbors?Do the UC scientists get to negotiate international(galactic) diplomatic ties?Do all the citizen scientists who've…
  • #QuestionTheData

    Lucy Bernholz
    17 Jul 2015 | 2:00 am
    (photo credit: ISP)[This is not an "anti-data, anti-measurement" screed. This is a plea to "understand the data."]What do you do when the data sources you are looking at indicate that there are more black men in prison than there are alive? If you are Becky Pettit, Sociologist at University of Washington, you write a book called Invisible Men.If you are in nonprofits, community organizations, foundations, or a citizen of the world - you should #QuestionTheData. When the data don't make sense,  ask how is such a thing possible? Who is doing the data collection? What are they looking for?
  • Ethical, Safe, and Effective use of Digital Data in Civil Society

    Lucy Bernholz
    15 Jul 2015 | 9:00 am
    A great set of speeches from the Media Impact Funders Conference - Van Jones, Brewster Kahle, Erin McKean, Craig Newmark. And me.All the speeches are here.
  • Minimum viable data collection

    Lucy Bernholz
    13 Jul 2015 | 10:30 am
    I worked for the federal government for several months in 1989. Along with at least 21,499,999 other people information that can be used to identify me (and as me) was stolen from the U.S. Office of Personnel Management. I held up the letter I'd received about this while giving a speech recently (hard copy, put it back in my pocket immediately) and several people in an audience of foundation and media professionals nodded and raised their hands. They'd received the same letter. Government, hacked. Big companies (Sony, Target, etc), hacked. Health insurers, hacked.  Nonprofits and…
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    Acumen Fund Blog

  • Announcing Acumen’s 2016 Global Fellows

    Acumen
    9 Jul 2015 | 7:00 am
    Standing—and working—with the poor requires resilience and determination. When we established Acumen’s Global Fellowship 10 years ago, we were looking for those bright minds and big thinkers who not only possessed the moral imagination to envision a world beyond poverty but also the courage and resolve to commit their lives to making that vision a reality. The Global Fellowship is a yearlong leadership development program designed to equip social leaders with the knowledge, support system and practical wisdom to build a better, more inclusive world. We see our Global Fellows as the…
  • Acumen Makes First Cookstove Investment with BURN Manufacturing

    Acumen
    11 Jun 2015 | 8:59 pm
    Acumen announces its new investment in BURN Manufacturing, a cookstove company that aims to transform the lives of Kenyans with its low-cost, energy-efficient design. Today, more than 90 percent of Kenya lacks access to modern energy and clean cooking facilities and rely on traditional wood or charcoal stoves that pose serious threats to the country’s health and environment. The innovative design of BURN’s charcoal stove cuts fuel consumption by 56 percent and reduces carbon emissions by 65 percent to help Kenyans save a significant amount of money and improve their standard of living…
  • Acumen, Dow and Unilever Support Social Enterprises Across East and West Africa Through Technical Assistance Initiative

    Acumen
    11 May 2015 | 10:30 pm
    Acumen, together with The Dow Chemical Company and Unilever, launched its third annual Collaboration Summit in Nairobi today. Bringing together Acumen’s social enterprises from East and West Africa with leading international companies, the summit is part of Acumen’s Technical Assistance Initiative, which aims to accelerate the growth and impact of enterprises working in agriculture, energy, health care, and water and sanitation to better serve the region’s poor. By creating an occasion for emerging companies and multinational corporations to collaborate, the summit cultivates…
  • Acumen Launches to Tackle Poverty in Latin America

    Acumen
    4 May 2015 | 3:08 pm
    Acumen today announced its expansion to support social entrepreneurship in Latin America. The pioneer in impact investing will be headquartered in Bogotá and will invest in innovative entrepreneurs and enterprises in Colombia and Peru to drive faster, sustainable solutions to poverty and create new paths forward to tackle economic inequality. While extreme poverty in Latin America has declined by half, more than 80 million people still live on $4 a day and more than 200 million are at risk of being pulled back into poverty by economic instability and climate change. Founded in 2001 by…
  • Acumen Increases Its Efforts to Improve India’s Private Education With New Investments

    Acumen
    28 Apr 2015 | 11:05 am
    Acumen announces its new investment in Ignis Careers and Standard of Excellence in Education and Development (SEED) to improve the current state of low-cost, private education in India. India has the largest kindergarten to 10th grade system in the world with more than 1.6 million schools. More than 96 percent of children, ranging from ages 6 to 14, are enrolled in school. However, the quality of education is poor, and half of the children in Grade 5 can only read at a Grade 2 level. While private education offers an alternative to government schools in India, private schooling has not always…
 
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    Women's World Banking

  • RFQ: Data Analytics Consultancy

    Eduard Taube
    31 Jul 2015 | 12:48 pm
    Issue Date: July 31, 2015 Submission Date: August 21, 2015 Summary Women’s World Banking is seeking applications from qualified consultants to provide technical expertise and data analysis. The consultant will perform institutional and client-level data analytics to support product design, marketing strategy and gender analysis projects. This includes several types of analytical projects, including segmentation, statistical and geographic analysis. About Women’s World Banking Women’s World Banking is the global non-profit devoted to giving more low-income women access to the…
  • Can youth savings bridge the financial gender gap?

    Gayle Gatchalian
    26 Jul 2015 | 11:00 pm
    July 27, 2015 By Susan Gao, Associate, Product Development On a hot afternoon in September, Savings Specialist Ryan Newton, Market Research Specialist Anjali Banthia,  and I were in a SEWA Bank branch in Ahmedabad, India, conducting a focus group with a few young women who are daughters of SEWA Bank clients’ daughters. Ritu, a 16- year-old girl with her hair pulled into a short ponytail, is a Tejasvi account holder. The Tejasvi (“bright like a star” in Gujarati) Savings Program is a youth savings program that Women’s World Banking helped SEWA Bank to launch in March 2014. Our team…
  • AFI | Policymakers examine financial inclusion policy solutions for women in Africa

    Gayle Gatchalian
    23 Jul 2015 | 8:49 am
    July 23, 2015 Women’s World Banking participated in the Alliance for Financial Inclusion’s (AFI) meeting “Bridging the Gap: Financial Inclusion Policy Solutions for Women in Africa,” where we released a draft of the co-authored discussion paper, “Policy Framework to Support Women’s Banking – Financial Inclusion” which examined policy solutions from across the AFI Network and how their specific attention to women had impacted the success of these policies. On 22 July, policymakers and international leaders from across the globe met in Yamoussoukro, Cote d’Ivoire to…
  • RFP: Financial Modeling Consultant – SME Credit in Malawi

    Eduard Taube
    23 Jul 2015 | 8:05 am
    Issue Date: July 23, 2015 Submission Date: August 10, 2015 Summary Women’s World Banking seeks an individual consultant or firm to develop a financial model, scenario planning, and roll-out strategy for a project to promote credit operations and savings for small- and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) in Malawi. About Women’s World Banking Women’s World Banking is a global non-profit devoted to giving more low-income women access to the financial tools and resources essential to their security and prosperity. For more than 35 years we have worked with financial institutions to show them…
  • RFP: Investment Management

    Eduard Taube
    23 Jul 2015 | 6:40 am
    Issue Date: July 22, 2015 Submission Date: September 14th, 2015 Summary Women’s World Banking is seeking proposals from qualified investment firms for the external management of its investment portfolio. The investment portfolio (known as the “Capital Fund”) has a current market value of approximately $17 million. Since May 2012 the portfolio has been managed by Barclay’s Wealth and Investment Management. About Women’s World Banking Women’s World Banking is the global non-profit devoted to giving more low-income women access to the financial tools and resources essential to their…
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    Ideas for development

  • Les ODD : que sont 17 objectifs au regard de l’avenir de la planète ?

    Philippe Orliange
    30 Jul 2015 | 3:23 am
     Cette tribune a été publiée (en anglais) en avant-première sur Mais avant même d’être adoptés, les ODD sont déjà attaqués. Ils seraient trop vagues, trop nombreux,... Cet article Les ODD : que sont 17 objectifs au regard de l’avenir de la planète ? est apparu en premier sur Ideas for development.
  • Partenariats à long terme dans l’agriculture en Afrique : les quatre enseignements de l’expérience d’Olam

    Idées pour le développement
    29 Jul 2015 | 3:16 am
    C’est en Afrique que se trouvent plus de la moitié des terres fertiles non encore exploitées de la planète. Le continent n’utilise que 2% de... Cet article Partenariats à long terme dans l’agriculture en Afrique : les quatre enseignements de l’expérience d’Olam est apparu en premier sur Ideas for development.
  • L’après Ebola : quelle voie pour le relèvement ?

    Sandra Lhote-Fernandes
    28 Jul 2015 | 3:18 am
    Cette tribune est publiée dans le cadre de notre partenariat avec Le principal enseignement de cette crise a été l’incapacité des systèmes de santé à... Cet article L’après Ebola : quelle voie pour le relèvement ? est apparu en premier sur Ideas for development.
  • Ebola : comment s’adapter à une épidémie qui dure ?

    Idées pour le développement
    23 Jul 2015 | 3:34 am
    Les échanges ont été animés par Claire Hédon, journaliste à RFI. Sont intervenus Rony Brauman, ancien président de Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) et directeur de recherche à la... Cet article Ebola : comment s’adapter à une épidémie qui dure ? est apparu en premier sur Ideas for development.
  • Investir au Sud, c’est investir pour la France

    Idées pour le développement
    22 Jul 2015 | 1:46 am
    Addis-Abeba est la première étape, avant New York en septembre et Paris en décembre, de la construction d’une réponse globale à une question vitale :... Cet article Investir au Sud, c’est investir pour la France est apparu en premier sur Ideas for development.
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    (BLOG)RED

  • INC(RED)IBLE NEWS: 15 Million People on HIV Treatment

    14 Jul 2015 | 2:56 pm
    Today, the world is celebrating an incredible milestone in the AIDS fight. 15 million people living with HIV are now on life-saving treatment — a goal met 9 months ahead of schedule — according to a new UNAIDS report.This milestone was deemed impossible when the MDGs were set in 2000. Every day, 8,500 people were becoming newly infected with HIV and 4,300 people were dying of AIDS-related illnesses. If you had HIV, where you lived determined whether you lived. Life-saving medicine was only available to a few. Millions died—needlessly.Today the world was a very different place. Today’s…
  • UberEATS goes (RED) to fight AIDS

    22 Jun 2015 | 9:00 am
    This week, Uber is going (RED). From June 22–27 in New York and Chicago, and June 22–29 in Los Angeles, UberEATS joins the thousands of restaurants, bars and food trucks already supporting EAT (RED) DRINK (RED) SAVE LIVES by donating $3 per delivery to fight AIDS.Ordering lunch through UberEATS is just as easy as requesting a ride:Open the Uber app and slide over to EATS Enter your address or move the pin to your location, and tap VIEW MENU(RED) meals that contribute to fighting AIDS will be highlightedSelect the number of meals, tap PLACE ORDER, and your driver will be curbside…
  • 19 Jun 2015 | 11:41 am

    19 Jun 2015 | 11:41 am
    #SambaGoesRED for International Sushi Day The Sushi & Sake InstameetThere's an International Sushi Day, you ask? Yes. June 18 and what better way to celebrate than with our friends at Sushi Samba and a group of our favorite Instagramers to celebrate EAT (RED) - sushi style. It was a great night. (RED) rolls....it's a thing. The Sushi Samba rooftop looking INC(RED)IBLE for the Sushi & Sake Instameet The night kicked off with a (RED) Martini classAnd on to the food! First course: the (RED) Quinoa GardenUp next....drum roll for the (RED) Roll  "We don't just…
  • #REDFoodFight: The World's First Digital Emoji Food Fight To Fight AIDS

    10 Jun 2015 | 10:22 am
    We're having a food fight. With emojis. On Twitter. To fight AIDS. It's the #REDFoodFight and it all kicked off on Friday June 5th. And it's going down until the food stops being thrown!Thousands of you are raising awareness of the fight against AIDS by throwing food emojis at your friends on Twitter. And together we created a United States trending topic!Check out a few of our favorite tweets below and then join the world's first digital food fight to fight AIDS.Click here to tweet!Who will you start a #REDFoodFight with?Food emojis fight AIDS @RED! I'm throwing 🍷🍕🍷🍕🍷🍕 at…
  • EAT (RED) DRINK (RED) SAVE LIVES 2015 is here!

    1 Jun 2015 | 4:33 pm
    It's finally here! For the entire month of June, where and what you eat and drink can fight AIDS. Let's EAT (RED) DRINK (RED) SAVE LIVES!It costs as little as 40¢ for two life-saving pills that, when taken daily, can prevent an HIV+ mom from passing the virus to her unborn baby.  Still, 650 babies are needlessly born with the virus every day. EAT (RED) DRINK (RED) SAVE LIVES rallies the culinary world to help get that number nearer to zero.It all kicked off last night at The (RED) Supper, presented by Infiniti USA. A monstrous thunderstorm didn't stand in our way as 1,000 people…
 
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  • Why this Nigerian chose rural farming over a suit and tie

    Guest Blogger
    31 Jul 2015 | 9:36 am
    A version of this article, written by Kate Douglas, was originally published by How We Made it in Africa  Photo credit: Springboard In 2007, when Lawrence Alaba Afere graduated from university, he shocked his family with the news that he was not going to use his business management degree to get a high-paying job in the big city. Instead, he wanted to pursue social entrepreneurship in agriculture in his hometown Akure, a low-income community in southwest Nigeria. “It was a difficult decision because my family expected I’d get a job in the city and then be able to help them as well.”…
  • Afghan Men Are Getting Trained to Be Feminists

    Guest Blogger
    30 Jul 2015 | 1:33 pm
    A version of this article, by Jennifer Swann, a culture and lifestyle reporter covering the intersection of pop culture and social justice, originally appeared on TakePart.  Photo: Reuters/STR News Emma Watson, U.N. Women’s goodwill Ambassador, has spent the last year trying to convince men that women’s equality is more than just a women’s issue. In the U.S., the  “He for She” campaign gained the support of celebs like Forest Whitaker and Joseph Gordon-Levitt, who tweeted about it, and Steve Carell, who wore the campaign logo on his cuff link at the Oscars! However, in…
  • Finding Ubuntu in an Unexpected Place: Humans of South Africa Part 4

    juliet schear
    30 Jul 2015 | 9:36 am
    In April, a string of xenophobic attacks shocked Durban, sending waves of chaos and fear throughout the city and its surrounding townships. Store fronts were set afire, homes were looted and a reported 8,000 foreign nationals were displaced into three interim refugee camps. These attacks happened minutes from my doorstep, giving me no option other than to witness firsthand the scarring effects of such malicious crimes against humanity. My own host bhutis (brothers) were hesitant to commute to work, fearful that they would be mistaken as amakwerekwere (foreigners). When I agreed to join a few…
  • Take a virtual tour of an orphanage in Vietnam that’s giving children a second chance at life

    Caroline Coughlan
    30 Jul 2015 | 8:03 am
    An hour outside of the city of Hanoi in northern Vietnam, the Ba Vi Orphanage is doing incredible work for 79 HIV-positive children, aged 1-21. Started in 2001, the orphanage houses kids that have either been abandoned by their families due to the severe stigma surrounding HIV, or whose parents have passed away due to AIDS. Despite their difficult circumstances, the staff at the Ba Vi Orphanage  aims to give the children a second chance at life. Come take a virtual tour of the orphanage’s facilities and see all the great services the center provides: Medical Center After entering the…
  • How to celebrate UN’s International Day of Friendship – ONE Style

    Guest Blogger
    30 Jul 2015 | 7:40 am
    Friendships enhance and enrich our lives. Whether they arise from sharing a juice box during recess, a dorm room in college, or a cubicle and crazy boss, life is kinder, gentler, more interesting and more fun when you don’t go it alone. Today is International Day of Friendship, so it’s time to gather those juice box-sharing friends of yours around you and celebrate what it means to have these  important people in your life. This beautiful day started in 2011, when the United Nations declared that every July 30th the global community could join together to highlight the “noble and…
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    The Change Blog

  • Five Life Lessons I Learned from the Dying

    Grace Bluerock
    21 Jul 2015 | 4:55 am
    “It’s only when we truly know and understand that we have a limited time on earth – and that we have no way of knowing when our time is up, we will then begin to live each day to the fullest, as if it was the only one we had.” – Elisabeth Kubler-Ross Have you ever experienced a simple, and perhaps random, moment in time that altered the course of your life? Life has a way of giving us the experiences we need at the perfect time.  Sometimes our whole lives can be redirected through the insight gained from that one defining moment.  A statement that my sister…
  • Jumping Ship; Finding Land

    Amanda Maguire
    10 Jul 2015 | 7:24 am
    “Tell me, what is it you plan to do with your one wild and precious life?”- Mary Oliver The body speaks to us; it will scream for our attention by breaking down in any of innumerable ways if we ignore the signs that our lives are making us sick.  I hated my job of 9 years so much that I could barely lift my arms and legs to get out of bed in the morning, but I ignored the obvious for as long as I could. I had chronic fatigue, insomnia, a heavy depression I carried like a weight. I knew I had to make a change, but my fear of the unknown had me trapped. The Prison of Fear For 25 years,…
  • Relationships Take Work (But Not In the Way You Think)

    Deborah Fike
    9 Jul 2015 | 6:51 am
    Have you heard of the seven-year itch?  The classic term describes how a marriage declines around the seventh year, largely because the two partners aren’t as satisfied with each other as they once were. My first serious relationship crashed and burned in a spectacular way around the seven year, so I’ve carried this idea around for quite some time.  Now my second marriage is closing in on the seven years, and for a while, I’ve waited for the other shoe to drop.  When will he become dissatisfied with me?  When will I start daydreaming about getting out of the relationship?  How…
  • 5 Ways Travel Changed How I See Myself

    Heather Sinclair
    7 Jul 2015 | 4:59 am
    Travel has been known to change lives. In books like Eat, Pray, Love and Wild, a personal journey is possible only by physically getting away and discovering the world. Travel can be the catalyst that changes your life forever. There’s no guarantee travel will change your life. I love to travel, but I didn’t come back from Japan a Zen monk, I didn’t return from Cuba a salsa dancer, and I didn’t convert to Islam in Morocco. What travel did, is help me see myself differently. I see how wealthy I am The first time I saw someone living in a shack, it scared the heck out of…
  • How Chasing Joy Changed My Life

    Michelle Kirsch
    6 Jul 2015 | 4:52 am
    “It’s a helluva start, being able to recognize what makes you happy.” – Lucille Ball There have been many things that I’ve chased in my life: certifications, promotions, friendships, health, security, clarity, confidence…the list goes on. It’s only recently, however, that I discovered that the only thing that I really needed to chase was joy. We live in a society that tends to value achievement over fulfillment and busyness over inner peace. We feel pressured to always be working towards a goal. Always creating, building, and striving. We really aren’t encouraged to take time…
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    SocialEarth

  • Promoting Tolerance: Middle Eastern Campaign by Coca-Cola

    Sangeeta Haindl
    31 Jul 2015 | 7:57 am
    Coca-Cola wants us to imagine a world without labels to inspire tolerance, and has introduced a new version of its iconic red and white can in Middle Eastern countries for [...] The post Promoting Tolerance: Middle Eastern Campaign by Coca-Cola appeared first on SocialEarth.
  • More Companies Try to Close the Gender Pay Gap

    John Howell
    30 Jul 2015 | 11:28 am
    According to the White House figures, American women on average earn $0.77 for every dollar earned by men. The pay gap is even wider for women of color and ethnic [...] The post More Companies Try to Close the Gender Pay Gap appeared first on SocialEarth.
  • B Corp Amavida Runs Across Congo to Support Gender Equality

    Julie Fahnestock
    29 Jul 2015 | 10:09 am
    Seven days, seven marathons. The Run Across Congo has created huge awareness for gender equality in the Eastern Democratic Republic of Congo. Women runners from around the U.S. gathered together [...] The post B Corp Amavida Runs Across Congo to Support Gender Equality appeared first on SocialEarth.
  • Nourishing 9 Billion: Addressing the Challenge of Producing More Nutritious Food with Less Waste While Conserving Land

    Guest Author
    28 Jul 2015 | 11:52 am
    Guest blog by Toni Voelker There was excitement in the room when the student organization Net Impact held a SolutionLab at the UC Davis campus, at the end of May. About [...] The post Nourishing 9 Billion: Addressing the Challenge of Producing More Nutritious Food with Less Waste While Conserving Land appeared first on SocialEarth.
  • “I’ll Have That With a Side of Philanthropy, Please.”

    Ryan Scott
    28 Jul 2015 | 10:50 am
    More data from the frontlines about the bottom line benefits of corporate philanthropy, this time with a focus on restaurants. The recent No Kid Hungry summit in Washington, D.C., which [...] The post “I’ll Have That With a Side of Philanthropy, Please.” appeared first on SocialEarth.
 
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    Social Velocity

  • Guest Post: An Emergent Approach to Philanthropic Strategy

    Nell Edgington
    28 Jul 2015 | 8:35 pm
    Note: As I mentioned earlier, I am taking a few weeks away from the blog to relax and reconnect with the world outside of social change. But I am leaving you in the incredibly capable hands of a rockstar set of guest bloggers. Next up is Kelly Born, program officer at the Hewlett Foundation working on their Madison Initiative, which focuses on reducing today’s politically polarized environment. Kelly also writes for the always thoughtful Hewlett Foundation blog. Here is her guest post… In March of 2014, the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation launched a new initiative focused on…
  • Guest Post: Data Is Not Changing The World

    Nell Edgington
    23 Jul 2015 | 7:13 am
    Note: As I mentioned earlier, I am taking a few weeks away from the blog to relax and reconnect with the world outside of social change. But I am leaving you in the incredibly capable hands of a rockstar set of guest bloggers. First up is David Henderson, Director of Analytics for Family Independence Initiative, a national nonprofit which leverages the power of information to illuminate and accelerate the initiative low-income families take to improve their lives. David also writes his own blog, Full Contact Philanthropy, which is amazing. Here is his guest post… In early June I was…
  • Building Demand For Impact Measurement: An Interview with Tris Lumley

    Nell Edgington
    15 Jul 2015 | 3:00 pm
    In today’s Social Velocity interview, I’m talking with Tris Lumley. Tris is Director of Development for New Philanthropy Capital (NPC), a U.K. think tank and consultancy that works with both nonprofits and funders. Tris focuses on both the demand and supply sides of innovation around social impact. His particular interest is putting impact at the heart of the social sector, including shared measurement, open data and systems thinking. He helped initiate, and now coordinates, the Inspiring Impact program which aims to embed impact measurement across the UK charity sector by 2022.
  • 10 Great Social Innovation Reads: June 2015

    Nell Edgington
    9 Jul 2015 | 7:17 am
    June was an amazing month in the world of social change. Most notably, the long fight for marriage equality was won with the Supreme Court’s ruling in Obergefell v. Hodges. It is moments like these where the long, arduous road towards social change makes sense. But that wasn’t all that was going on in the busy month of June. From “new” tech philanthropy, to the orthodoxies of philanthropy, to the oversight of philanthropy, it was all up for debate. Add to that some fascinating new ideas for museums, new data on how Millennials get their news, and a fabulous new…
  • Social Velocity Summer 2015 Guest Bloggers

    Nell Edgington
    7 Jul 2015 | 7:15 am
    As I mentioned earlier, it is so important to take time away to rejuvenate and reconnect with your passions, family and friends. So I am taking my own advice and taking some time off later this summer to connect with the world outside of social change. And so for the second summer in a row I’ve asked a group of social change thought leaders to write guest blog posts in my absence (you can read last summer’s guest blog posts here). I am so excited about this year’s group of amazing social change thinkers. They are experts in social change finance, philanthropy, political…
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    Care2 Causes » Trailblazers For Good

  • How to Find a Company That Is Truly Green

    TreeHugger
    24 Jul 2015 | 8:30 am
    Here are some tips on how to be a savvy shopper who consistently gets past the greenwashing.
  • Pro Surfer Kelly Slater Launches Clothing Line Made From Ocean Trash

    EcoWatch
    22 Jul 2015 | 9:00 am
    Kelly Slater’s new clothing line is tackling two pressing environmental issues at the same time: textile waste and ocean plastic. Outerknown, the 11-time world surfing champion’s sustainable menswear label, includes a line of 100 percent recyclable clothing made from reclaimed fishing nets.
  • What Makes a Hero Anyway?

    Kevin Mathews
    22 Jul 2015 | 7:00 am
    Man, it’s been a rough week for heroes. So many people that society idolizes have been attacked for not being real heroes. All of these controversies have got me thinking – what makes a hero, then? And is there any value in trying to strip someone of her or his hero status? The first target […]
  • Netherlands: Where the Streets Are Paved With… Plastic?

    Kevin Mathews
    21 Jul 2015 | 8:30 am
    People dream of moving to a place where the streets are made of gold, but environmentalists will be more impressed with a different kind of roadway. Rotterdam, the second largest city in the Netherlands, is making plans to construct new roads out of recycled plastic material. We’re so used to seeing plastic waste littered on streets […]
  • President Obama Protects More Than One Million Acres Of Public Lands

    Judy Molland
    16 Jul 2015 | 12:00 pm
    Using his authority under the Antiquities Act of 1906, President Obama announced last week that he was creating three new national monuments. The President designated scenic mountains in California as Berryessa Snow Mountain National Monument, pristine wilderness landscapes in Nevada as Basin and Range National Monument, and a fossil-rich site in Texas as Waco Mammoth National Monument. […]
 
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    Return On Now

  • Top Tips for Small Business Website Design [Infographic]

    Tobias Dean
    31 Jul 2015 | 11:12 am
    The following post is copyrighted by Return On Now - Austin Internet Marketing Consulting Services Small businesses are often guilty of neglecting or rushing their website design in order to get it running as soon as possible. But the fact is – a wrong website design with substandard images and cluttered navigation can easily drive a lot of your customers away, leading to losses of thousands of dollars in terms of potential revenue. So no matter if you are a budding entrepreneur looking to build a website from scratch or a seasoned businessman planning to revamp your existing website,…
  • Do You Even Know What Your Social Media Goals Are?

    Suzanne Hoenig
    22 Jul 2015 | 10:06 am
    The following post is copyrighted by Return On Now - Austin Internet Marketing Consulting Services Not quite another four-quadrant model — 4R’s Reach, Revenue, Retention, & Relationship Let’s step through this labyrinth, so you can get some traction out of your social media efforts. You already know it’s important to have goals “Having” goals takes a lot of work. I mean, sure, I’d like to be rich. Or thin. Or whatever. But these aren’t goals. These are cliches. These are nice ideas. When I pair them with an action plan, a timetable, and the…
  • Which Social Media Platforms Are the Best?

    Suzanne Hoenig
    15 Jul 2015 | 8:30 am
    The following post is copyrighted by Return On Now - Austin Internet Marketing Consulting Services Which colors of the rainbow are the best? Based on what? The best at what? Blue’s a good light for coming out of TVs screens late at night. And for country songs about eyes and the Montana skies. Red’s a good light for districts of ill-repute. Also, sunsets, roses, and clown noses. Green is best to use for astroturf. I mean, huh? What? Which social media platforms are the best depends entirely on what you’re trying to do with them. The question to ask yourself is: Which social…
  • How to Attract Visitors to Your Website

    Eve Haugen
    10 Jul 2015 | 8:57 am
    The following post is copyrighted by Return On Now - Austin Internet Marketing Consulting Services Search Engine Optimization or SEO has its own ways for driving traffic in the form of website visitors to a page. There are simple tactics that can make a huge difference to your position on the Search Engine Results Page – and only when applied well can a site assure a free and constant flow of website visitors. Obviously, if your page isn’t getting the requisite amount of traffic, you cannot generate enough enthusiasm in your virtual world to generate a large amount of sales. So, within…
  • Should Your Small Business Bother With Social Media?

    Suzanne Hoenig
    29 Jun 2015 | 9:32 am
    The following post is copyrighted by Return On Now - Austin Internet Marketing Consulting Services Sure, you’ve missed out on some stuff, but it’s still early days. With social media, the pace of change has been breathtaking. But with the increasing adoption of mobile, devices, and smartphones; virtual reality; augmented reality; artificial intelligence; tectonic shifts in social norms around things like the sharing economy and creative class; Millennials displacing Boomers in the workforce… Goodness gracious! We’re only at the beginning of this ride, kids. You are not the only social…
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    Changemakers Ideas ExChange

  • Building the Makerspace of Your Students' Dreams

    Ashoka Changemakers
    30 Jul 2015 | 12:54 pm
    "There's a huge gap between the needs and requirements of the job market of the 21st century and what the education system is delivering," said Vishal Talreja, founder and CEO of Dream A Dream, a Bangalore-based organization that prepares young people from vulnerable backgrounds to succeed in a changing world. Talreja is right—neither employers nor education leaders (not to mention some students themselves) would argue otherwise. But it is the second point Talreja made before the 2015 LEGO Foundation IDEA Conference that educator-innovators should pay the most attention…
  • Educators Innovating Learning From the Inside Out

    Ashoka Changemakers
    30 Jul 2015 | 12:49 pm
    Teacher-researchers, design-thinkers, teacherpreneurs. . . Educators of all types have the potential to exercise their creativity, collaboration, and playfulness to improve education. When devising strategies to make education work for the 21st century, it's natural to think first about students. How do we prepare children for a rapidly changing world? For jobs that don't exist yet? For the creative problem solving required to tackle emerging global challenges? Tempting as it is to put children at the center of all our education decisions, we must not start there. Instead, we must begin with…
  • Children in Charge: Self-Directed Learning Programs

    Ashoka Changemakers
    30 Jul 2015 | 12:37 pm
    In the ever-changing demands of today's economy, even children with a solid knowledge base in reading, writing, math, and science are not guaranteed a stable career for the rest of their lives. In addition, an increasing number of graduates will have to create their own jobs. How can teachers foster the creativity, entrepreneurialism, and lifelong curiosity necessary for young people to thrive? Tools in the Hands of Children Brent Hutcheson and his team at Hands On Technologies wanted to see if putting tools into the hands of children could make a difference under adverse…
  • Whole Child Development Is Undervalued

    Ashoka Changemakers
    30 Jul 2015 | 12:27 pm
    Child development should inspire lifelong learning across different spaces and communities. Research suggests that "whole child development," not routine or standardized classroom-based learning, empowers children as creative and engaged citizens who can strengthen the wellbeing of a whole society. It is crucial, then, to nurture their creative abilities to express themselves, understand others, and navigate complex amounts of information so that they can confidently solve the problems of a world that's changing faster than ever. The question is how to make such an approach both systemic and…
  • The Science (and Practice) of Creativity

    Ashoka Changemakers
    30 Jul 2015 | 12:18 pm
    "Creativity isn't about music and art; it is an attitude to life, one that everybody needs," wrote the University of Winchester's Professor Guy Claxton in the lead-up to the 2014 World Innovation Summit for Education (WISE) dedicated to creativity and education. "It is a composite of habits of mind which include curiosity, skepticism, imagination, determination, craftsmanship, collaboration, and self-evaluation." Sounds like the perfect skill set for equipping young people to navigate an increasingly complex and unpredictable world. Encouragingly, there's plenty of evidence—from both…
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    maternova.net

  • La implementación del Pratt Pouch en Guayaquil, Ecuador

    KiranGaurav
    14 Jul 2015 | 11:23 am
    Dosificación de medicina antirretroviral a recién nacidos dentro del Programa de Prevención de Transmisión Materno Infantil de VIH de Fundación VIHDA y Hospital Maternidad Sotomayor Luego de estudios y comparaciones con otros métodos de administración de medicinas realizadas por Fundación VIHDA de Ecuador y Duke University de EEUU desde 2012 a 2015, el Pratt Pouch se muestra como una opción de gran exactitud y de mayor facilidad a la hora de dispensar los antirretrovirales líquidos a los niños recién nacidos en las dosis correctas y con una óptima conservación del contenido. La…
  • MUACs are used for screening pregnant women for malnutrition too

    KiranGaurav
    8 Jul 2015 | 9:57 am
    How can severe malnutrition be determined locally? Severe malnutrition can readily be determined without scales, with minimal training and with objective accuracy. The mid-upper arm circumference (MUAC) has been endorsed and recommended as a reliable screening tool for acute malnutrition. It is an easy and objective measurement that can be followed over time. An important update to this MUAC approach is a recent study that proves even minimally trained persons can use the inexpensive color coded bands to measure a small child or infant’s arm circumference. This home-based approach allows…
  • Single Serve Safety for Newborns to Reduce HIV Transmission: Pratt Pouch, Part 2

    AECote
    7 Jul 2015 | 10:18 am
    Pratt Pouches have been in the development for over three years. This foilized pouch is a medical device designed to improve the delivery of antiretroviral therapy to newborns. Who developed these pouches? Robert Malkin and the engineers at the Developing World Healthcare Technology Laboratory at Duke University’s Pratt School of Engineering saw a need and sought to find a medically effective, simple and cost effective solution to an ongoing dilemma in the fight against HIV. Ironically, the class originally set out to look at failure (why ARV dosing devices were failing) and they ended up…
  • How a Ketchup-sized and shaped foilized pouch can save babies at home

    Maternova
    28 May 2015 | 8:17 am
    Introducing an exciting innovation in the effort to reduce HIV transmission to newborns The drugs aren’t new, but this new delivery system provides an innovative solution to on-going obstacles AND is amazingly simple. The Pratt Pouch is a small package resembling the ketchup that comes with your takeout, but the Pratt Pouch is filled with a precise dose of antiretroviral drugs. Studies have shown that immediate treatment of newborns with antiretrovirals significantly reduces HIV transmission from mother to baby. These drugs have been readily administered in the clinic setting but the…
  • Cervical Cancer Detection in Zimbabwe: A Scalable Solution

    Maternova
    6 May 2015 | 11:25 am
    It always inspires us to talk with people like Dr. Lowell Schnipper, an oncologist who is running a cervical cancer detection initiative out of St. Albert's Mission Hospital in Zimbabwe. The work of this team emphasizes prevention, ultra low-cost methods and an emphasis on building local capacity. Cervical cancer hits women of childbearing age and puts families at risk of losing their mothers. We interview Dr. Schnipper here: Can you set the stage for us? What was the standard of care for cervical cancer treatment and detection? Until recently there has been very little cervical cancer…
 
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    The Pinchot Perspective

  • Nature Awareness and Tracking

    Gifford Pinchot
    21 Jul 2015 | 11:56 am
    There is still time this summer for a great adventure at Channel Rock. This experience runs from Aug 1st and Aug 9, but attending part of the workshop is also an option! ______________________________While Libba and I have been busy assembling a wonderful cooperative to collectively own Channel Rock, we also helped put together a week long workshop in Nature Awareness and Tracking, August 1-9th. Perhaps you can make it or know someone that would be perfect to attend. This is going to be an amazing awakening.  In the words of our teacher, Tom Cochrane:  Tracking and wilderness awareness…
  • The Fun of Climate Change

    Gifford Pinchot
    26 Jan 2015 | 10:36 pm
    I recently did a TEDx Rainier talk on The Fun of Climate Change. I hope you will watch it and forward a link to this page on to your friends. In a nutshell this is what I said: There are three ways to respond personally to the news about climate change: Denial, Depression or Doing something about it. One of these is far more fun than the others. We need to have fun with global warming for two reasons: Gloom and doom are not selling very well; in fact it appears that they drive people into denial and depression. We need a lot of creativity to solve the challenges of global warming and people…
  • Intrapreneuring Today

    Gifford Pinchot
    29 Oct 2014 | 2:33 pm
    I am speaking at the 2014 Intrapreneurship Conference. They interviewed me on what is going on in intrapreneuring today. Below is the interview, which is borrowed from their website (see link above):  If you read any random article on intrapreneurship, chances are the author points to Gifford Pinchot III as the one coining the term in 1985 as well as being the creator of the “the Intrapreneur’s 10 Commandments“ that have circulated widely since their creation. Some even call him the father of intrapreneurship. Why is intrapreneurship a must-do for companies? In a rapidly changing…
  • "Five Secrets to Engaging Aspirational Customers"

    Gifford Pinchot
    16 May 2014 | 6:39 pm
    Check outMitch Baranowski and Raphael Bemporad's article, Five Secrets to Engaging Aspirational Customers, in Fast Company’s Coexist.  Aspirationals are 39% of all people, and, while not deep greens, they care about sustainability. They are a curious mixture of “materialism, sustainability and cultural influence.” They seek to consume less, but love to shop. According to the authors, they are the most critical audience if your want sustainability to go to scale. Baranowski and Bemporad offer five ways to reach aspirationals: “Manifesto: Give them something to believe in.”…
  • Is Science to Blame for Climate Denial?

    Gifford Pinchot
    30 Mar 2014 | 11:22 pm
    Science claims to have an evidence based way of knowing, but it claims to know things with equal certainty whether they are based on evidence or on scientifically orthodox beliefs that are not supported by evidence. Asserting that beliefs for which there is no evidence have been proven by science has undermined the credibility of science with large segments of the population. This lack of credibility for the parts of science that are based on evidence is causing our society not to deal with climate change. It may lead to the end of civilization and the death of billions. It doesn’t have to…
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    Rang De Blog

  • Question Everything

    admin
    21 Jul 2015 | 11:59 pm
    “Are women and men treated equally where you come from?” “How far do women have to travel to get drinking water?” “Do they have camels there?” When we (by that i mean the Rang De team/ volunteers) go out on field visits, more often than not, all of us are running against a clock. The schedule is packed, we have people to meet, questions to ask and observations to record. And despite our best intentions most of the times our interactions with the community end up being one sided. We go there to understand the latent and expressed needs of the community…
  • A river runs through it

    admin
    15 Jul 2015 | 12:06 am
    This is a post by Tanvi, a member of Rang De’s Impact team, on her recent visit to Bihar Bihar, home to nearly 104 million Indians, is one of the poorest states in India. 36 out of the 37 districts in the state rank amongst the 250 most backward districts in the country. North Bihar is particularly vulnerable to floods and in the year 2008 Kosi river flood displaced over 3 million individuals. Regions of North Bihar also fall within the “Red Corridor“, regions which have been affected adversely by Naxal violence over the past few decades. The women of Muskaan SHG were…
  • Back to the Field

    admin
    2 Jun 2015 | 9:39 pm
    By Shital Pawar, Impact Team - Rang De Bahadarpur is a small village in Parola Block of Jalgaon District, Maharashtra. After a night long journey from Pune, I and my colleague Hitesh reached the place to spend two days with the community. Like many other villages in the region, Bahadarpur also suffers issues of frequent drought, lack of irrigation and load shedding for almost 12 hours every day but in spite of all the difficulties, Bahadarpur is on a dedicated journey towards reaching complete self-reliance. This has definitely not happened overnight! The efforts of Ms. Nilima Mishra – the…
  • It’s not about the bike!

    admin
    25 May 2015 | 1:58 am
    By Zishan Ansari, Rang De Volunteer & Social Investor My volunteering with Rang De started a few years ago when I ran the TCS 10k along with the Rang De team. Even though I had been a social investor, it was the first time I was volunteering for Rang De. Following the run, I became involved in the activities of the Bangalore Chapter. I was fortunate to work with some committed volunteers in the group and together we organised several events to create awareness about Rang De. During my volunteering stint, I had the opportunity to interact with the Rang De team quite closely.… Read…
  • A “Sandesh” from the field

    admin
    15 Apr 2015 | 5:43 am
    Debanjana and Parikshit, Rang De chapter members in Kolkata, recently completed a field trip to Sandeshkali (near Kolkata). Here they write about their experience and share some important observations. The evolution of Rang De over the past 5 years in particular has ben staggering but its presence in Kolkata was absent. When we first decided on initiating a Kolkata chapter, it felt like a good idea to understand the model right down to the grass root level. And thus the idea of visiting one of the fields with one of Rang De’s Kolkata based field partners was born. We met Chinmoy Naik, who,…
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    Justmeans Articles and Editorial

  • B Corp Amavida Runs Across Congo in Support of Gender Equality

    Julie Fahnestock
    24 Jul 2015 | 9:10 am
    (3BL Media and Just Means) - Seven days, seven marathons. The Run Across Congo has created huge awareness for gender equality in the Eastern Democratic Republic of Congo. Women runners from around the U.S. gathered together along the shores of Lake Kivu to partner with and encourage female farmers. Run Across Congo was organized by On the Ground, a nonprofit committed to supporting sustainable community development in farming regions across the world. Awareness and funds raised from Run Across Congo will create programs to increase access to knowledge, land, income and health care that…
  • Timberland Addresses Climate Change at International Scientific Conference

    Julie Fahnestock
    16 Jul 2015 | 5:39 am
    (3BL Media and Just Means)- Last week in Paris, the International Scientific Conference, “Our Common Future under Climate Change,” brought together social enterprises, government agencies and the scientific community. Presented in partnership with the French government and Project Labeled COP21, as well as many other European sponsors such as Future Earth, UNESCO, the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency and the United Nations Foundation, the purpose of the conference was solutions-focused.  Building on the results of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change Fifth…
  • How Global Trade Agreements Undermine Sustainable Business: The American Sustainable Business Council Perspective

    Julie Fahnestock
    14 Jul 2015 | 6:21 am
    (3BL Media and Just Means) - The Trans-Pacific Agreement (TPP), Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TIPP) and Trade in Services Agreement (TISA), will “reshape the global economy,” according to The Guardian. Ongoing negotiations between the U.S., the European Union and 23 other countries on these agreements work hand-in-hand, but according to Forbes, it’s TISA that potentially has a much greater impact because services now account for more than 80 percent of U.S. and EU economies. It’s hard to tell, though, because the negotiations are being conducted in top secrecy.
  • Which Type of Sustainability Superhero Are You?

    Julie Fahnestock
    8 Jul 2015 | 9:20 am
    (photo credit: Terra Infirma) (3BL Media and Just Means) - It is not often I think Hollywood does much right. But in terms of making money, they know exactly how to capture the 30-something audience with remakes of superhero movies. My husband, for example, can’t get enough. While reminiscing over the untold tales deep within his comic book collection, he maps out a plan for every upcoming IMAX, 3D superhero experience. Avengers, Guardians of the Galaxy, the Dark Knight. It doesn’t matter if it’s Marvel or DC, if a superhero movie is in the making, my husband is stocking up on…
  • Getting Dressed in the Dark: Understanding The True Cost

    Julie Fahnestock
    24 Jun 2015 | 6:46 am
    (3BL Media and Just Means) - Ten years ago, I had a breakdown in a dressing room at the mall. I needed to buy my first suit for a new job with a leading anti-slavery organization. Oh, the irony. Bangladesh, India, Guatemala, Vietnam. I knew the likelihood of forced labor, low-wages, and zero possibility for something besides garment factory work for the people who made the clothing I was trying on. But what choice did I have? Spend hours sorting through racks at Goodwill? Spend my entire budget on one fair trade piece? Like most middle class Americans, I had neither time nor money. I needed…
 
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    Development Marketplace - Turning Ideas into Action

  • How to improve social enterprises so they can scale? eLearning

    Alexandra Endara
    31 Jul 2015 | 9:56 am
    Earlier this year, we launched our eLearning course for social enterprises in January with a second installment in May. Social enterprises from across the globe – from places we didn’t even think we could reach – applied. So we began to wonder, who are these social enterprises? What are their models? What do they need most to reach the most marginalized populations? So I sat down with Charles Njemo Batumani and Arun Kumar Das, two social entrepreneurs who finished the first installment of our eLearning course in January to see what they’ve done, where they see their enterprises going…
  • Bridging the public-private divide to scale-up health solutions: the story of VillageReach

    Elaine Tinsley
    21 Jul 2015 | 2:15 pm
    After a day of discussions on how to scale social enterprise innovations to improve health outcomes during an event hosted by the World Bank Group’s (WBG) Innovation Labs and Health Global Practice on June 8th, one clear message emerged – public-private dialogue and collaboration, as well as collaboration between the public sector, the private sector and multilateral organizations such as the WBG is required to reach those living at the last mile.    A prime example of this need  can be seen in a mobile phone health clinic program developed by VillageReach, a social enterprise working…
  • Innovation and Enterprise: A Driving Force for Social Impact

    Adarsh Desai
    2 Jul 2015 | 8:04 am
    Traditionally innovation and entrepreneurship are seen as drivers of jobs and competitiveness, however we think it can also be an important driver of inclusiveness and social development. We see how private actors are driving social development – the example of the Development Marketplace and its spin-off Social Enterprise Innovations program demonstrate the potential for scaling inclusive businesses, grassroots innovations and social entrepreneurship to solve development challenges like sanitation, clean water, early childhood nutrition, health-care services, and many more. We have…
  • Ensuring the End User is at the Core of a Business Model: Why I Chose to Be a Social Enterprise

    Dr. Parveez Ubed
    25 Jun 2015 | 10:45 am
    There is a perfect start, there is a less than perfect start and there is an imperfect start. As a social entrepreneur, the thing I have learned is that it pays to START- even if it’s less than perfect or imperfect.So, there I was, I had left my job, had no savings, but kept people like Bonti in my mind. But, I had no idea how, or even where to start. Eye Research Center (ERC) Eye Care was officially founded in the summer of 2011. With the generous help of my mother, we were just one clinic – in her kitchen – in the heart of the city. Although we had a strong mission, we quickly…
  • eLearning for Social Enterprises: Lessons from the DM Pilot

    Cristina Navarrete Moreno
    18 Jun 2015 | 11:22 am
    Earlier this year, the World Bank Group Leadership, Learning and Innovation vice presidency’s Development Marketplace program piloted its first eLearning course for social enterprises, “Innovative Business Models for Better Impact.” The course was developed by the DM in collaboration with the Global Social Benefit Institute (GSBI) of Santa Clara University. The goal was to strengthen the capacity of social enterprises and NGOs to develop and implement business models that improve social services to poor populations in order to scale.
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    Austin Center for Design

  • AC4D 2015 Alumni Success Report

    AC4D
    20 Jul 2015 | 3:48 am
    We track success of our alumni based on autonomy: we hope our graduates are doing what they want to do, and have gained the skills, attitude, and network to attain their dreams. We’ve just completed our 2015 Alumni Success Report, and you can view the results here. Some of the report highlights include: 87.5% of our alumni are professionally employed in design related careers 34 of our alumni are working in salaried positions; of these salaried alumni, the mean salary is $86,239.80 85% of our alumni are happy in their current role Congrats to our all of our students; click to view the…
  • Welcome Ruby Ku to the AC4D faculty!

    AC4D
    28 Jun 2015 | 11:16 am
    Please welcome Ruby Ku to the AC4D faculty. Ruby is a Product Manager at Aunt Bertha, and graduated from Austin Center for Design during our first year. Learn more about Ruby here. Welcome!
  • Welcome Aaron Moulton to the AC4D faculty!

    AC4D
    26 Jun 2015 | 6:47 am
    Please welcome Aaron Moulton to the AC4D faculty. Aaron is the co-founder of Malgam, an experience design consultancy; learn more about him here. Welcome, Aaron!
  • Welcome Ahmed Riaz to the AC4D faculty!

    AC4D
    19 May 2015 | 5:38 am
    Please welcome Ahmed Riaz to the AC4D faculty. Riaz is a Creative Director at frog, a global design firm; learn more about him here. Welcome, Riaz!
  • True Story: The get to know you game for people you’ve known your whole life.

    laura.galos
    4 May 2015 | 10:34 pm
    Thanks to everyone who has been following and helping with our AC4D project, True Story. We are so excited to share with you what we’ve created and what’s next for our product. Our Project: A Recap Over the past 9 months, Maryanne Lee and I have been researching, designing for, and testing solutions that can help families members communicate more openly. Specifically, while we were conducting qualitative research around the impact of aging on family relationships early in our project, we found that adults and their aging parents often have trouble discussing aging-related life…
 
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    HOGPIE Communications

  • Social Intercourse, Know When To Stop Yourself.

    hogpie
    21 Jul 2015 | 7:58 am
    Social intercourse. Sounds silly BUT, don’t get caught with a gift that keeps giving. Protect yourself, OR abstain entirely from posting that office party lap dance you decided to treat a colleague to. Be social, have fun and be YOU but keep in mind that libations, angular moods and feeling the need to correct the masses can be fodder for really trashy bad manners online. Best practice, if you’re about to post something that made you pause for even 1 second, consider it a gift and rewind yourself to a more appropriate place. Keep your online socializing positive, you’ll…
  • Show The Love, Let People Know They Matter One Word At A Time.

    hogpie
    5 Jun 2015 | 9:06 am
    What is a real conversation anyhow? What’s really sexy is letting someone know they matter. We’re conditioned to multi task and even the best ‘I can’t multitask’ (ers) aren’t even aware they’re doing it. Our gadgets are evil, they’re dangling polychat carrots before our very eyes over and over and over again. Emails and texts and bbms and whatever have us splitting and spreading ourselves all around, all at once. It’s nuts! Ten chats happening in tandem. WHY? No parts equal either, if only these poor souls knew that the hahahas and LOLs…
  • The Art Of Wasting Time When Communicating Online.

    hogpie
    25 May 2015 | 7:46 am
    Say what feels right, no matter what the circumstance is. Remember, authenticity rocks. We’ve gotten used to the pause ‘n’ play way of interacting, online. We type, then stop, then backspace, delete and reword ad nauseum. How will what I’m trying to say be ‘heard’ once it comes across? Well it’ll never be heard just right unless your voice is attached. Too much time is WASTED editing, re-editing, worrying. My point? Not really sure except that it may be time to re-evaluate where your time is actually spent when you’re communicating. Don’t…
  • Confidence Speaks. Our Actions And Attitudes Speak Louder.

    hogpie
    19 May 2015 | 11:49 am
    Today I’m putting this forth because it’s all we really need. No paragraphs of ramble, just this. Keep it in your pocket.
  • Take Risks. Be Real. Unique Is The Only Way To Be.

    hogpie
    9 Nov 2014 | 12:09 pm
    Do what you’re afraid to do and have been afraid to do. Easier said for sure but this doesn’t mean jumping into a well filled with snakes. There’s a bit more levity to this statement than you may think. Take risks if you aren’t already however big or small they may be. Their size and level of success are measured subjectively by you and only you. Don’t worry about what others ‘may’ think about your hows, wheres and whats. Carve your path and invite others to follow it. We often take too much time thinking and rethinking. Packaging and repackaging.
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    Framework 21

  • A Few Remarks on Critical Thinking – Part 1

    Daniel Montano
    16 Jul 2015 | 11:30 am
    Originally posted on Anatomy of Teaching: Women become persons under Canadian law. Critical Thinking is an educational motherhood issue. Who could possibly be opposed to critical thinking? Surely students should learn to think critically so that they can be informed, critical citizens in a modern democratic society. I’m not about to dispute the general value of critical thinking. Rather, I’d like to delve into the issue over a few posts to see if I can clarify what critical thinking is and isn’t, and what teachers can and should do about it. In 1990, the American Philosophical…
  • LAUSD Ditches Pearson and Apple

    Daniel Montano
    18 May 2015 | 5:28 am
    Originally posted on Diane Ravitch's blog: John Deasy’s ill-fated commitment to buy an iPad for every student and staff member (he called the program a civil rights issue) loaded with Pearson software for $1.3 billion is finished. The district is canceling the program and demanding a multi-million dollar refund. “Los Angeles Unified told Apple Inc. this week that it will not spend another dollar on the Pearson software installed on its iPads and is seeking a multimillion-dollar refund from the technology giant. “If an agreement cannot be reached, the nation’s second-largest…
  • IA Summit Poster – Get Started with Sketchnoting

    Daniel Montano
    17 May 2015 | 6:01 am
    Originally posted on Blog: View original
  • Is your brainstorming costing you money?

    Daniel Montano
    4 May 2015 | 9:54 pm
    Originally posted on Bite sized brains: Problem-solving and brainstorming in a rut? When thinking gets stuck I’m sure you’ve seen it. You know, when the team is called together around the table to brainstorm. You’re all supposed to suggest brilliantly clever ideas in enormous quantities without necessarily judging or condemning any other ideas Except it doesn’t really work that well. Does it? Usually, the classic brainstorm becomes a shoutfest where the earliest, loudest voices get the most airtime and grab the most attention, and subsequent ideas become variations on the already…
  • Making Good Decisions – Cognitive Biases and Logical Fallacies

    Daniel Montano
    4 May 2015 | 9:50 pm
    Originally posted on The I Am Group's Blog: By Tony Koutsoumbos, Fundraising Specialist for the I Am Group Last night I delivered a talk on the impact of cognitive biases on decision making and the logical fallacies that turn faulty assumptions into false conclusions. Below is a summary of the key points and – more importantly – a list of the most common biases and fallacies. In a nutshell: The ability to think quickly is a prized asset in a demanding job, yet it can lead to bad decisions by embedding flawed assumptions in our system of thinking. However, by scrutinising the link…
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    Junxion Strategy | RSS Feed

  • Champions of Democracy Under Attack: The Silence is Deafening

    Mike Rowlands
    15 Jul 2015 | 2:02 pm
    There’s a troubling trend underway across Asia and Canada that’s seeing NGOs—key champions of democracy—under attack by various governments. And the justification for this scrutiny and muzzling appears to be that governments don’t appreciate that activists are raising voices on issues that may not align with government policy and priorities. If you thought that this is an issue just amongst totalitarian regimes, you’d be wrong. Some of the world’s most vibrant democracies are key perpetrators. Oh, Canada! What Happened? In Canada, home to Junxion’s Vancouver office, the…
  • Big Society and Corporate Social Responsibility

    Mike Rowlands
    5 Jun 2015 | 10:50 am
    “Today is the start of a serious reform agenda to take power away from politicians and give it to people.” So said David Cameron at the launch of the Big Society in May 2010. A big claim. As the flagship idea of the 2010 Conservative manifesto, what happened to the Big Society in the 2010-2015 parliament? As that parliament recently came to an end, now seems a timely moment to assess the impact of the Big Society concept. And in particular to see how it has affected the Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) agenda of business. First of all, what is it? Big Society was about three…
  • One Year Into India’s CSR Law: The Jury’s Still Deliberating

    Mike Rowlands
    26 May 2015 | 10:23 am
    On April 1, 2014, India became the first country to legally mandate corporate social responsibility. The new rules in Section 135 of India’s Companies Act make it mandatory for companies of a certain turnover and profitability to spend two percent of their average net profit for the past three years on CSR. More than one year into this grand experiment and the results are mixed at best. We’ll get into that in a minute. First, some background…. About India’s CSR Law The law, which stipulates that CSR activities should be undertaken only in “project/programme” mode, provides…
  • Social Change Institute 2015: Is this your year?

    Mike Rowlands
    21 May 2015 | 10:29 am
    Spring is soaking the south shore of Cortes Island, and Hollyhock, Canada’s lifelong learning centre, is hosting another full season of learning and leadership. The incredible, annual Social Change Institute is just weeks away. Will you join me there? Junxion is a long-time sponsor and content contributor to SCI, supporting this gathering of 100 or more social change leaders for five days on Hollyhock‘s naturally spectacular campus. Each year, participants include passionate professionals from nonprofits and public agencies, social innovators, social entrepreneurs,…
  • Community Engagement: Five Essential Considerations

    Mike Rowlands
    13 May 2015 | 8:05 pm
    Back in the early days of corporate philanthropy, companies typically selected causes to support based on the personal interests of the chairman—or the chairman’s wife!—with little or no regard to issues of strategy, relevance or impact. Fortunately, things have moved on, with many companies now adopting more innovative, imaginative and considered approaches to their companies’ community involvement activities—such that in many cases they can no longer be understood as purely ‘philanthropic’. Whatever companies choose to support in their communities, there’s an…
 
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    youthactionnet.org

  • 2015 Laureate Global Fellows

    22 Jul 2015 | 12:46 pm
    2015 Laureate Global Fellows Lisa Jones | July 22, 2015 Meet the 2015 Laureate Global Fellows —20 change makers under 30 years of age who have developed innovative solutions to pressing global challenges. In 2014 alone, initiatives founded by these... READ MORE
  • The Youth-led Agriculture Renaissance

    l.jones
    18 Jun 2015 | 9:31 am
    The Youth-led Agriculture Renaissance Lisa Jones | June 18, 2015 For the first time in history, more than half of the world’s population lives in cities. The demographic fueling urbanization the most is youth, who are 40% more likely than older generations... READ MORE
  • New Funds Help Grow Community Garden Project in Mexico

    l.jones
    12 Jun 2015 | 11:20 am
    New Funds Help Grow Community Garden Project in Mexico Lisa Jones | June 12, 2015 Nearly 50 YouthActionNet alumni from across Mexico recently competed for special funding to strengthen their ventures, thanks to a generous donation from Mexican businessman José Ortega. The winning... READ MORE
  • Communications Experts Help Youth-led Ventures in Peru Build their Brands

    l.jones
    8 Jun 2015 | 11:15 am
    Communications Experts Help Youth-led Ventures in Peru Build their Brands Lisa Jones | June 8, 2015 Social entrepreneurs are known for developing creative, agile solutions to everyday challenges. They excel at accomplishing great impact with few resources—and their potential to grow and... READ MORE
  • Designing and Evaluating for Change

    l.jones
    24 Apr 2015 | 10:17 am
    Designing and Evaluating for Change Sierra Frischknecht | April 24, 2015 Many organizations claim to “make a difference” in the world. And many do—by providing supplies to those in crisis, making healthcare more accessible, expanding education... READ MORE
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    Entrepreneurial Insights

  • How to Improve Your Presentation Skills as an Entrepreneur

    Anastasia
    1 Aug 2015 | 7:30 am
    © Flickr | o5com This article is going to teach you all about presentations. It will acquaint you with: 1) an introduction to presentations, 2) what makes you a good presenter, 3) preparing a great presentation, 4) delivering an effective presentation, 5) tools for presentations, and 6) a conclusion. INTRODUCTION TO PRESENTATIONS Almost all of us have at some point or other attended a presentation of some sort. It may have been a lecture, a speech, a PowerPoint or slide show. It could have been informative, persuasive or presented to explain a concept or build goodwill. Usually during a…
  • How to Perform a Background Check of a Job Candidate

    Martin
    31 Jul 2015 | 7:30 am
    A background check is an essential part of the candidate selection process. A background check is the most accurate way to verify the credentials of a candidate. It also allows hiring managers to learn about any less than desirable information that many candidates won’t share on their resumes. Every hiring manager wants to make sure that they find the right candidate for the job. A candidate’s credentials are only one piece of that puzzle. Employers want to hire people that they consider responsible and trustworthy. While background checks are a great way to confirm a candidate…
  • Startup Finances: How To Raise Small Business Loans And Grants

    Anastasia
    30 Jul 2015 | 7:30 am
    Deciding to set up a business is easy enough. You have the business idea, and you know how to implement it. The problem, however, is raising the money to get the ball rolling. There will probably be less of a problem if you already have enough money lying around to invest in your own business, but if you are strapped for cash, or your money is not enough to cover the whole startup process, you will definitely need help. Fortunately, there are ways for you to be able to raise the money you need for your startup business. In the past, entrepreneurs had only about a handful of options available…
  • Ultimate Guide To Business Intelligence

    Martin
    29 Jul 2015 | 7:30 am
    © Wikimedia Commons | Kate07lyn In this article, we explore 1) an introduction to business intelligence, 2) business intelligence essentials, 3) how to implement business intelligence in your business (step-by-step process), and 4) business intelligence tools. INTRODUCTION TO BUSINESS INTELLIGENCE What is business intelligence? Business Intelligence, or BI, is a process that analyzes and converts raw data into coherent and actionable information for use in business analysis to aid decision-making. Business Intelligence enhances business performance. If statistics are anything to go by,…
  • How To Use The Hook Model For Building Great Products

    Anastasia
    28 Jul 2015 | 7:30 am
    The market is filled with so many products, but not all of them are considered to be great, or even halfway good. Every day, new products are being introduced, but only a handful of them succeed. Some become huge hits in the market, stirring up great demands and bringing in high revenues. Unfortunately, many fall in the wayside, are generally ignored by customers and end up not making any money. This happens for a number of reasons. It could be that the product was not viable to begin with, or the market simply was not interested in it. It is also possible that it was the wrong time to…
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    Conversations With PASSION! Corey Poirier

  • The Wellness Universe

    Entrepreneur Corey Poirier interviews Jack Canfield, Chalene Johnson, John Lee Dumas, Pat Flynn, Mari Smith, Chris Brogan, Michael Gerber on Passion, Social Media, Passive Income and Podcasting twice each week
    30 Jul 2015 | 6:58 am
    Conversations with PASSION! meets members of the Wellness Universe.
  • Harry Paul of FISH

    Entrepreneur Corey Poirier interviews Jack Canfield, Chalene Johnson, John Lee Dumas, Pat Flynn, Mari Smith, Chris Brogan, Michael Gerber on Passion, Social Media, Passive Income and Podcasting twice each week
    27 Jul 2015 | 7:03 am
    Enjoy the latest episode of Conversations With Passion featuring a conversation with FISH Author Harry Paul, and authors Becky Smith and Jim Brown, and so much more.
  • JJ Virgin

    Entrepreneur Corey Poirier interviews Jack Canfield, Chalene Johnson, John Lee Dumas, Pat Flynn, Mari Smith, Chris Brogan, Michael Gerber on Passion, Social Media, Passive Income and Podcasting twice each week
    18 Mar 2015 | 8:51 am
    In this episode of Conversations With PASSION! the female leaders take over as we have conversations with the highly inspirational Candace Carnahan, Wake-Up TV co-hosts Natalie Ledwell and Cindy Ertman, Music Instructor Jenn Durrant and our feature conversation with multiple time New York Time's Best-Selling Author JJ Virgin.
  • Shaun T. and Christine Campbell - Stop The Insanity

    Entrepreneur Corey Poirier interviews Jack Canfield, Chalene Johnson, John Lee Dumas, Pat Flynn, Mari Smith, Chris Brogan, Michael Gerber on Passion, Social Media, Passive Income and Podcasting twice each week
    9 Feb 2015 | 9:07 pm
    This episode of Conversations With PASSION! includes conversations with Singer / Songwriter Christine Campbell and Fitness Expert (and Insanity Program creator) Shaun T.
  • Olympian Silken Laumann - Unsinkable!

    Entrepreneur Corey Poirier interviews Jack Canfield, Chalene Johnson, John Lee Dumas, Pat Flynn, Mari Smith, Chris Brogan, Michael Gerber on Passion, Social Media, Passive Income and Podcasting twice each week
    21 Jan 2015 | 11:37 am
    Conversations With Passion this time around features conversations with Olympian Silken Laumann, Inspirational Musician Justin Hines and BBC Atlantic Director Beth Salmon Pye
 
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    Design Good

  • 9 Beautiful Mobile Apps To Download Now

    Courtney Ryan
    30 Jul 2015 | 4:00 am
    Tired of flipping through hundreds of app store pages and seeing only ugly, clunky designs? Give your delicate fingers a break: We found you nine beautiful mobile apps recognized for raising the bar in app design. If you’re as into tech and design as we are, you’ll love today’s Design9 feature. 1. CloudMagic CloudMagic is a gorgeous and functional email client for today’s mobile creative. The app received a Webby for Best Visual Design in the Mobile Apps and Services: Productivity category. Its Android version is recognized as one of 10 best material design apps by Android…
  • A New Vision of Art and Community for Homeless People

    Courtney Ryan
    27 Jul 2015 | 4:00 am
    “When you are an artist, you are a healer; a wordless trust of the same mystery is the foundation of your work and its integrity.” — Rachel Naomi Remen, MD Every Tuesday and Thursday, paper, paintbrushes, pastels and other art supplies are placed on workstations lining the halls of St. David’s Trinity Center in Austin, Texas. The doors open at 1:30 p.m., and volunteers from Art From the Streets begin to welcome members of the homeless community for another Open Studio Session. Art from the Streets is a volunteer-based program that for 20 years has supported hundreds of artists coping…
  • How Home Design Supports Your Success

    Courtney Ryan
    23 Jul 2015 | 10:30 pm
    When you browse through the pictures in NYC-based interior designer Joshua Smith’s portfolio, you’ll notice something unusual happening: Of course, you’ll admire the beauty of the rooms themselves, but you’ll also feel lighter, calmer and more open. That’s a tribute to the spiritual aspect that infuses his interior design work and his latest venture which aims to connect both home and spirit, Conscious Home. Joshua believes that to thrive in business and in life, you need inspiring, nurturing home design. And in this Design Your Life column, he shares tips on how…
  • Alison Oliver’s Sweet Life in the Design Business

    Courtney Ryan
    20 Jul 2015 | 4:00 am
    For Alison Oliver, it was easy to imagine running her own design business someday. When she was just starting out in her career, she had some amazing role models to follow. “To come right out of school and have my first bosses be women running their own businesses was really impactful,” she says. “My mind was set early on that I wanted to start my own studio.” And she did: NYC-based Sugar. Alison’s work includes design, illustration and, most recently, painting. In this interview (edited slightly for length and clarity), she tells us about her beginnings and how…
  • 9 Indie Shoe Designers You Should Be Supporting

    Courtney Ryan
    16 Jul 2015 | 4:00 am
    Give those Nikes a rest – there’s a new wave of shoe designers out there who are embracing design and production methods that are friendly to animals, the environment and artisans alike. 1. Good Guys Don’t Wear Leather Attention style-savvy, animal-friendly folks: Shoe designers Good Guys Don’t Wear Leather specialize in vegan shoes that are as fashionable as they are animal friendly. With a large selection of sandals, loafers and boots for men and women, this international indie line (designed in Paris, made in Portugal) has just about everything on your list. 2. Teysha You may…
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