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  • How Digital Cash Is Changing Lives

    Skoll World Forum
    Jake Wadland
    12 Jul 2014 | 8:33 am
    Poor people lead incredibly complex financial lives. Cut off from even the most basic banking services, they are trapped in cash-based systems that are risky, expensive, and inefficient – systems that prevent them from insuring against risk and investing in their futures. While living in Africa, I saw poor people juggling many different informal financial services, relying on family members and using unregulated money-lenders and saving clubs to manage their daily finances. Conducting eventhe most basic financial transactions was difficult, time-consuming, and costly. In 2002, I helped…
  • Why did this grandma move into her converted backyard shed?

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    Kimberley Mok
    23 Jul 2014 | 12:40 pm
    Find out why this compassionate grandmother of five decided to give up her two-bedroom home and move into her quaintly renovated backyard shed.
  • Storytellers for Change - Ashoka Launches Global Program for Journalists

    Ashoka In The News
    Tsega Belachew
    30 Jun 2014 | 8:34 am
    Release Date:  June 28, 2014 Bonn, Germany read more
  • Huw Maggs Featured in New Zealand’s Sustainable Business Council Annual Snapshot

    SustainAbility
    20 Jul 2014 | 9:52 pm
    SustainAbility’s Senior Manager Huw Maggs was featured in New Zealand’s Sustainable Business Council (SBC) Annual Snapshot in which he wrote an article on SustainAbility’s Extended Leadership framework. This past March, SBC’s Executive Director Penny Nelson visited the UK on a study trip funded by the British High Commission to explore some of the organisations and initiatives that offer insight and learning opportunities for SBC. SustainAbility was delighted to welcome Penny to our office for a rich discussion on common areas of interest. A good deal of the discussion centred on our…
  • Sustainable Purchasing 101: Tools for Buying Greener Products

    Triple Pundit: People, Planet, Profit
    3p Contributor
    24 Jul 2014 | 3:00 am
    The hidden impacts occur throughout a product’s supply chain: from the point raw materials are scraped out of or harvested from the earth, to the preparation of the raw materials, the manufacturing processes, the packaging, use and ultimate disposal of the product, including all of the transportation requirements throughout the lifecycle.
 
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  • Huw Maggs Featured in New Zealand’s Sustainable Business Council Annual Snapshot

    20 Jul 2014 | 9:52 pm
    SustainAbility’s Senior Manager Huw Maggs was featured in New Zealand’s Sustainable Business Council (SBC) Annual Snapshot in which he wrote an article on SustainAbility’s Extended Leadership framework. This past March, SBC’s Executive Director Penny Nelson visited the UK on a study trip funded by the British High Commission to explore some of the organisations and initiatives that offer insight and learning opportunities for SBC. SustainAbility was delighted to welcome Penny to our office for a rich discussion on common areas of interest. A good deal of the discussion centred on our…
  • Radar Issue 4: Better, Connected

    17 Jul 2014 | 12:22 am
    In the fourth edition of Radar, we look at business engagement from a number of angles – best practices for gathering external intelligence; tips to ensure successful stakeholder engagement; and what makes a multi-stakeholder partnership work. Janet Voûte of Nestlé gives her perspective on how good dialogue enables very different organisations to co-develop solutions to societal challenges. Craig Bennett of Friends of the Earth reflects on the need for businesses to more effectively collaborate with each other to send a clear and progressive message to government for more sustainable…
  • Radar: Issue 04

    11 Jul 2014 | 3:59 am
    The term ‘stakeholder engagement’ is up there with some of the worst sustainability jargon. However, the notion behind it – looking outside the company to really understand the views of critics, customers, financiers or suppliers – is a powerful one. As one of our clients said, there is significant value “in seeing ourselves as others see us.” Gathering external intelligence to help better align business practices with societal expectations remains a key part of companies’ engagement strategies. However, as relationships between corporates and NGOs, governments and even…
  • Why Sustainability Leadership Requires Advocacy

    10 Jul 2014 | 9:51 am
    DoD photo by Staff Sgt. Sean K. Harp via Flickr The continued downward slide of government leadership in driving the sustainability agenda forward, coupled with lackluster policy and advocacy engagement from the private sector, is the inconvenient truth revealed in this year’s GlobeScan / SustainAbility Survey, The 2014 Sustainability Leaders. While a clear majority of experts see collaboration with governments as the “most effective” approach companies can take to creating pro-sustainability policies, less than a third believe companies will engage in this manner, as noted in our 2012…
  • On Our Radar: Quarterly Trends Spring 2014

    29 Jun 2014 | 9:14 pm
    Once a quarter, SustainAbility shares its latest thinking on a handful of trends currently ‘On Our Radar’. In Spring 2014, we are thinking about impacts of the EU’s softening of climate targets, China’s ‘green decade’, and the data privacy debate’s push/pull on corporate responsibility and future business models. Energy’s Cleaner, More Distributed Future Dealt a Blow In January, the European Union relaxed its position on renewable energy by making renewable targets non-binding and removing national accountability. NGOs and some multinationals such as Shell, reacted with…
 
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    Triple Pundit: People, Planet, Profit

  • Sustainable Purchasing 101: Tools for Buying Greener Products

    3p Contributor
    24 Jul 2014 | 3:00 am
    The hidden impacts occur throughout a product’s supply chain: from the point raw materials are scraped out of or harvested from the earth, to the preparation of the raw materials, the manufacturing processes, the packaging, use and ultimate disposal of the product, including all of the transportation requirements throughout the lifecycle.
  • International Paper Sets Goal for Zero Waste

    Tina Casey
    24 Jul 2014 | 2:30 am
    International Paper has set a medium-term goal to reduce waste sent to landfills 30 percent by 2020, with aspirational goal of achieving zero manufacturing waste.
  • Poll: Carbon Tax Reused for Renewables Could Work for U.S. Voters

    Jan Lee
    24 Jul 2014 | 2:00 am
    Australia's recent repeal of its carbon tax has everybody talking, but not as much as the University of Michigan researchers' latest poll results should be. The majority of those surveyed said they would support a carbon tax in the U.S. if it were then reinvested in renewable energy. And the support came from all three political sectors: Democrat, Independent and Republican voters.
  • Urban Organics: Sustainable Development in Post-Industrial America

    Thomas Schueneman
    24 Jul 2014 | 1:45 am
    Urban Organics brings sustainable development to a beleaguered inner-city neighborhood by growing organic produce and fish through commercial-scale aquaponics.
  • Investing in America: How Companies are Prioritizing Economic Development in the U.S.

    3p Contributor
    24 Jul 2014 | 1:30 am
    The business trend over the past 20 years may have been focused on globalization and our increasingly connected world, but some companies have decided to concentrate on efforts a little closer to home.
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    Skoll World Forum

  • How Digital Cash Is Changing Lives

    Jake Wadland
    12 Jul 2014 | 8:33 am
    Poor people lead incredibly complex financial lives. Cut off from even the most basic banking services, they are trapped in cash-based systems that are risky, expensive, and inefficient – systems that prevent them from insuring against risk and investing in their futures. While living in Africa, I saw poor people juggling many different informal financial services, relying on family members and using unregulated money-lenders and saving clubs to manage their daily finances. Conducting eventhe most basic financial transactions was difficult, time-consuming, and costly. In 2002, I helped…
  • Building Resilient Communities in the Philippines, Together

    Jake Wadland
    8 Jul 2014 | 11:26 am
    In November 2013, Typhoon Haiyan ravaged Central Philippines, displacing entire communities in its path. The catastrophic destruction drew a tremendous outpouring of support from around the world, and immediate relief efforts ensued. When I recently visited Tanauan, Leyte—one of the three municipalities hardest hit by the typhoon—driving through the streets, it was apparent that the task at hand shifted to long-term recovery. This focus on rebuilding has now placed us in a position to think about how we can best support and coordinate efforts to bring together private, governmental and…
  • Moneyball Philanthropy Bad for Measuring Impact of Charities that Change the System

    Jake Wadland
    7 Jul 2014 | 5:11 pm
    Some charities are better than others, so we should find the good ones. On that we can all agree. We should support the charities that will be most effective in addressing the world’s pressing problems. And understanding that effectiveness requires measurement. But a reliance on quantitative analysis, which is helpful in understanding some charities, could prevent us from finding ones that are doing important, system-changing work. The charities which are easiest to measure are those whose work is proximate to the beneficiary. They distribute mosquito nets to families in sub-Saharan Africa…
  • Hobby Lobby Decision Undermines Women’s Rights to Birth Control

    Jake Wadland
    7 Jul 2014 | 4:35 pm
    America’s checkered record on supporting women’s rights to birth control was further stained last week when five Supreme Court justices – none of them women – ruled that a corporation’s “religious beliefs” can override this most basic of human rights. The decision undermines not only women’s rights, but all of our rights to a more sustainable future. Despite decades of progress in improving access to modern contraception in the U.S., the Hobby Lobby decision shows that many American women still face major barriers to accessing their chosen forms of family planning. In fact,…
  • Marshall Islands President Calls for Climate Change Leadership Ahead of UN Summit

    Jake Wadland
    2 Jul 2014 | 5:08 am
    When world leaders gather at the United Nations in New York this September for Ban Ki-moon’s Climate Change Summit, it will be the first time in five years that heads of state and government have stopped to focus collectively on the gathering storm called climate change. For a country like my own – lying at an average of just two meters above sea level and already battling the devastating impacts of a warming world – there is no higher calling. The world has changed a lot since Copenhagen: the science has become more alarming; the impacts more severe; and the politics more potent. The…
 
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    Marc Gunther's blog

  • Tax avoidance, and corporate responsibility

    Marc Gunther
    22 Jul 2014 | 7:33 pm
    Would you consider Apple, Coca-Cola, General Electric, Google, Microsoft, Nike and PepsiCo good corporate citizens? Certainly they position themselves that way, and they deserve credit for their leadership around human rights (Apple, Nike), climate change (GE), water (Coca-Cola), renewable energy (Google, Microsoft) and sustainable agriculture (PepsiCo). But when it comes to paying corporate... >
  • Paul Greenberg’s fish stories

    Marc Gunther
    21 Jul 2014 | 8:19 pm
    Much of what I know about seafood I’ve learned from Paul Greenberg. Paul is an acquaintance and a gifted writer whose new book, called American Catch: The Fight for Our Local Seafood, looks at three iconic American seafood species: New York oysters, Gulf shrimp and Alaska salmon. It’s a sequel of sorts to his previous […] >
  • When NGOs can’t be trusted

    Marc Gunther
    16 Jul 2014 | 12:12 pm
    I’ve spent the last couple of weeks reporting a story for the Guardian on NGOs and GMOs–specifically, the ways that some nonprofit groups have stirred up fears about genetically-modified organisms, by taking facts out of context, distorting mainstream science or, occasionally, saying things that simply are not true. I did the story in part because […] >
  • Fair Trade USA, growing and still controversial

    Marc Gunther
    2 Jul 2014 | 7:04 pm
    Fair Trade is an elegant idea. It’s an attempt to make globalization work for the world’s poor. Those of us in rich countries agree to pay a bit more for whatever it is we are buying — coffee is by far the No. 1 Fair Trade commodity — and, in exchange, we are assured that […] >
  • The upside of outsourcing

    Marc Gunther
    20 Jun 2014 | 8:31 am
    I heard an excellent, in-depth interview this week with William Easterly, the development economist and author of a new book called The Tyranny of Experts: Economists, Dictators and the Forgotten Rights of the Poor. Easterly, a controversial figure, is critical of top-down development experts — he names Jeffrey Sachs and Bill Gates, among others — who […] >
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    Skoll World Forum

  • How Digital Cash Is Changing Lives

    Jake Wadland
    12 Jul 2014 | 8:33 am
    Poor people lead incredibly complex financial lives. Cut off from even the most basic banking services, they are trapped in cash-based systems that are risky, expensive, and inefficient – systems that prevent them from insuring against risk and investing in their futures. While living in Africa, I saw poor people juggling many different informal financial services, relying on family members and using unregulated money-lenders and saving clubs to manage their daily finances. Conducting eventhe most basic financial transactions was difficult, time-consuming, and costly. In 2002, I helped…
  • Building Resilient Communities in the Philippines, Together

    Jake Wadland
    8 Jul 2014 | 11:26 am
    In November 2013, Typhoon Haiyan ravaged Central Philippines, displacing entire communities in its path. The catastrophic destruction drew a tremendous outpouring of support from around the world, and immediate relief efforts ensued. When I recently visited Tanauan, Leyte—one of the three municipalities hardest hit by the typhoon—driving through the streets, it was apparent that the task at hand shifted to long-term recovery. This focus on rebuilding has now placed us in a position to think about how we can best support and coordinate efforts to bring together private, governmental and…
  • Moneyball Philanthropy Bad for Measuring Impact of Charities that Change the System

    Jake Wadland
    7 Jul 2014 | 5:11 pm
    Some charities are better than others, so we should find the good ones. On that we can all agree. We should support the charities that will be most effective in addressing the world’s pressing problems. And understanding that effectiveness requires measurement. But a reliance on quantitative analysis, which is helpful in understanding some charities, could prevent us from finding ones that are doing important, system-changing work. The charities which are easiest to measure are those whose work is proximate to the beneficiary. They distribute mosquito nets to families in sub-Saharan Africa…
  • Hobby Lobby Decision Undermines Women’s Rights to Birth Control

    Jake Wadland
    7 Jul 2014 | 4:35 pm
    America’s checkered record on supporting women’s rights to birth control was further stained last week when five Supreme Court justices – none of them women – ruled that a corporation’s “religious beliefs” can override this most basic of human rights. The decision undermines not only women’s rights, but all of our rights to a more sustainable future. Despite decades of progress in improving access to modern contraception in the U.S., the Hobby Lobby decision shows that many American women still face major barriers to accessing their chosen forms of family planning. In fact,…
  • Marshall Islands President Calls for Climate Change Leadership Ahead of UN Summit

    Jake Wadland
    2 Jul 2014 | 5:08 am
    When world leaders gather at the United Nations in New York this September for Ban Ki-moon’s Climate Change Summit, it will be the first time in five years that heads of state and government have stopped to focus collectively on the gathering storm called climate change. For a country like my own – lying at an average of just two meters above sea level and already battling the devastating impacts of a warming world – there is no higher calling. The world has changed a lot since Copenhagen: the science has become more alarming; the impacts more severe; and the politics more potent. The…
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  • Blaise Judja-Sato, an uncommon hero delivers health to poor

    8 Jul 2014 | 3:20 pm
    Blaise Judja-Sato, an uncommon hero delivers health to poor Meet Blaise Judja-Sato. Born in Cameroon, Blaise Judja-Sato was a successful U.S. businessman when a devastating flood in Mozambique prompted his return to A... From: Skoll World Forum Views: 5150 8 ratings Time: 07:04 More in People & Blogs
  • Jehane Noujaim Shares Scenes from "The Square" at The Skoll World Forum 2014

    3 Jul 2014 | 1:28 pm
    Jehane Noujaim Shares Scenes from "The Square" at The Skoll World Forum 2014 Jehane Noujaim is an Egyptian-American filmmaker who has worked on countless award winning documentaries. Before graduating from Harvard, she was awarded the... From: Skoll World Forum Views: 61 1 ratings Time: 13:38 More in Nonprofits & Activism
  • Monica Yunus and Camille Zamora of Sing for Hope at Skoll World Forum

    3 Jul 2014 | 1:21 pm
    Monica Yunus and Camille Zamora of Sing for Hope at Skoll World Forum Monica Yunus is the Co-Founding Director of Sing for Hope, a leading non-profit that brings arts outreach programs to communities in need and presents initia... From: Skoll World Forum Views: 82 0 ratings Time: 06:53 More in Nonprofits & Activism
  • Naif Al-Mutawa, Creator of THE 99 at Skoll World Forum 2014

    3 Jul 2014 | 1:05 pm
    Naif Al-Mutawa, Creator of THE 99 at Skoll World Forum 2014 Naif Al-Mutawa is the creator of THE 99, the first group of comic superheroes born of an Islamic archetype. THE 99 received positive attention from the world... From: Skoll World Forum Views: 66 0 ratings Time: 11:27 More in Nonprofits & Activism
  • Feliciano dos Santos in Conversation with Ned Breslin at Skoll World Forum 2014

    3 Jul 2014 | 11:59 am
    Feliciano dos Santos in Conversation with Ned Breslin at Skoll World Forum 2014 Feliciano dos Santos was born on June 9, 1964 in Niassa Province, northern Mozambique. Married father of six children. Executive Director of ESTAMOS, a Mozam... From: Skoll World Forum Views: 31 0 ratings Time: 15:45 More in Nonprofits & Activism
 
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    Global Envision

  • Global Ideas News Brief: Sanitation + Ag entrepreneurs

    Marie von Hafften
    22 Jul 2014 | 8:25 am
    Image:  Global Ideas News BriefJuly 22, 2014A weekly roundup of mainstream news about the context in which Mercy Corps works, focused on economic development and innovations.Where Will The World's Water Conflicts Erupt?Popular ScienceA detailed heatmap of conflicts over water.Africa and economic growthAfricans Open Fuller Wallets to the FutureNYTAcross sub-Saharan Africa, consumer demand is fueling the continent’s economies in new ways, driving hopes that Africa will emerge as a success story in the coming years comparable to the rise of the East Asian Tigers in the second half…
  • Why it’s time to rethink approaches to refugee assistance

    Megan Gerard
    16 Jul 2014 | 7:41 am
    Image:  It may be time for the international community to change its approach to refugee assistance, according to a new report from Oxford University.Refugees who have freedom to move and work in the host country can be a boon to local economies and ease the financial drain that caring for the 51 million people forcibly displaced has put on global humanitarian aid, the report found.The international humanitarian system gave almost $3 billion to the UN High Commissioner for Refugees in 2013. But, budgets struggle to keep up with the challenge. The cost to run Zaatari, the world’s…
  • Goal! Supporting youth through soccer

    Marie von Hafften
    11 Jul 2014 | 8:36 am
    Image:  As the World Cup prepares to crown its champion, millions of viewers will gather in front of television screens, cheering on their favorite players. Frenzied and flashy, the Cup is a giant party, with elaborately face-painted spectators and supersized stadiums.But behind the glamor lies a simple game that youth advocates believe can motivate young people around the globe to change their lives for the better.Soccer can help youth deal with everything from trauma and isolation to a lack of job skills. It can provide an emotional outlet for youth in war-torn or disaster-struck…
  • Infographic: The World Cup of Financial Exclusion

    Marie von Hafften
    11 Jul 2014 | 6:47 am
    Image:  Across the world, 2.5 billion people don’t have access to basic financial services like savings accounts, loans and insurance. Without these services, families are less able to weather uneven cash flows and reach their educational and business goals.Often seen as a problem of poor, developing countries, financial exclusion is actually far more widespread.The Center for Financial Inclusion tapped into the popularity of the FIFA World Cup to demonstrate this. Using global exclusion rates and UN population data, Center fellow Sonja E. Kelly created a bracket where the…
  • Global Ideas News Brief: Women + Unemployment in Africa

    Marie von Hafften
    8 Jul 2014 | 8:24 am
    Image:  Global Ideas News BriefJuly 8, 2014A weekly roundup of mainstream news about the context in which Mercy Corps works, focused on economic development and innovations.The Surprising Truth Behind Beneficiary FeedbackStanford Social Innovation ReviewNew research suggests that the feedback of nonprofit clients is less biased than many think.InnovationKenyan communities succeed in managing scarce water, where aid projects once founderedPRIThis Kenyan village works together to manage 18 boreholes and 9 wells that serve more than 70,000 people. The project challenges conventional wisdom…
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    Beneblog: Technology Meets Society

  • The Road to Accessibility without Borders: Celebrating the One-Year Anniversary of the Marrakesh Treaty

    15 Jul 2014 | 4:20 pm
    One year ago, on June 28, 2013, at a diplomatic conference in Marrakesh, Morocco, the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) agreed on a historic international copyright exception for people with print disabilities. Hailed as “the Miracle in Marrakesh,” the Marrakesh Treaty to Facilitate Access to Published Works for Persons Who Are Blind, Visually Impaired or Otherwise Print Disabled paves the way to expanding access to books for people with print disabilities and provides the necessary legal framework for authorized organizations, like Benetech and…
  • Martus 4.5: Lowering the Barrier to Better Information Security through Strong Crypto

    30 Jun 2014 | 8:09 am
    Last week, the Benetech Human Rights Program released version 4.5 of Martus—our free, open source, secure information collection and management software—which includes major updates and usability improvements. Our goal is to make it far easier for groups that work with vulnerable populations keep the sensitive information they collect confidential. Having long supported human rights activists, we know the importance of confidentiality when working with victims and witnesses.The biggest highlight of this release is that Martus 4.5 can now be configured in less than 10 minutes by anyone…
  • Reimagining the Power of One Billion Dollars

    25 Jun 2014 | 7:10 am
    “What would you do with a billion dollars to combat economic inequality?” asked Chris Anderson, head of TED, at the closing session of this year’s conference. More specifically: “how would you audaciously reinvest that amount of money to best help the world’s 3.5 billion poorest people?” he probed.Having just heard the new director of MIT’s Media Lab, Joi Ito, present the Labs’ latest approach to innovation—“Deploy or Die”—I was inspired to answer the question.Bottom-Up InnovationJoi’s new motto underscores the need for more than just tech demos to change the world.
  • 10X: CEO’s Update: Spring 2014

    23 Jun 2014 | 6:39 am
    10X: ten times the impact. That’s what’s been on my mind lately. How can our existing successful programs reach ten times more people? How can we use technology in a new way to improve people’s lives that is an order of magnitude better? Can we help stimulate the creation of far more technology-for-good ventures?The Benetech team has already accomplished great things for our users, but there is so much more we can do. Technology currently serves privileged groups through tools that provide access to education, literacy, health, and justice. But what about everybody else? While it’s…
  • The Last Walk

    19 Jun 2014 | 9:44 am
    On rare occasions, I choose to share something personal on my blog, which focuses normally on Benetech, technology for good and social entrepreneurship.  Two weeks ago, I wrote the following to friends and family:Our beloved Australian shepherd, Calypso, turned 14 years old today. I just took her on a walk around the block. It was bittersweet. Time has been kind to her looks, but not her mind. Her coloration is such that gray doesn't show: she looks the same as she did ten years ago, except a bit thinner. But, our bright, vivacious dog has slowly gone away. She's lost most of her vision,…
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    Environmental Management & Sustainability News

  • Business Owners Want Clean Water Rules

    Jessica Lyons Hardcastle
    24 Jul 2014 | 4:42 am
    The majority of small business owners favor federal protection of clean water and agree that clean water is necessary for a healthy economy and job creation, according to a national poll released by the American Sustainable Business Council (ASBC). Key findings from the poll, conducted by Lake Research Partners for ASBC, include: 80 percent of […]
  • Top Environmental Management Practices Revealed

    Jessica Lyons Hardcastle
    24 Jul 2014 | 4:37 am
    Ecolab has the strongest environmental management of all the companies in the Russell 3000 index, according to a study that evaluates environmental policies and infrastructure. Scoring 91 of 100 points, Ecolab saw an increase in score of 38 points (72 percent) during the past two years. In second place is two-time top rated firm Intel […]
  • $19.5M Carbon Capture Plant Begins Construction

    Jessica Lyons Hardcastle
    24 Jul 2014 | 4:24 am
    A $19.5 million carbon capture pilot unit will soon be located at Kentucky Utilities Company’s E.W. Brown Generating Station, near Harrodsburg. The project, which will be Kentucky’s first megawatt-scale carbon capture pilot unit at an operating power plant, is a partnership between LG&E, KU Energy and the University of Kentucky Center for Applied Energy Research. […]
  • ASHRAE Publishes Strategic Plan

    Jessica Lyons Hardcastle
    24 Jul 2014 | 4:23 am
    Connect, educate, extend and adapt are the four goals outlined in ASHRAE’s strategic plan, introduced at its 2014 annual conference held June 28-July 2. The goals are supported, in each case, by a handful of objectives that further define specific accomplishments to pursue within the plan horizon. The plan will guide ASHRAE over the next […]
  • Ryder Selects LLamasoft Supply Chain Guru

    Jessica Lyons Hardcastle
    24 Jul 2014 | 4:21 am
    Ryder has selected LLamasoft Supply Chain Guru as the primary application for supply chain design and vehicle route optimization throughout the company’s global enterprise. The commercial transportation company says it selected LLamasoft for its holistic approach to supply chain design, which combines network optimization, inventory optimization, vehicle route optimization and simulation on one platform. This […]
 
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    Skoll World Forum

  • How Digital Cash Is Changing Lives

    Jake Wadland
    12 Jul 2014 | 8:33 am
    Poor people lead incredibly complex financial lives. Cut off from even the most basic banking services, they are trapped in cash-based systems that are risky, expensive, and inefficient – systems that prevent them from insuring against risk and investing in their futures. While living in Africa, I saw poor people juggling many different informal financial services, relying on family members and using unregulated money-lenders and saving clubs to manage their daily finances. Conducting eventhe most basic financial transactions was difficult, time-consuming, and costly. In 2002, I helped…
  • Building Resilient Communities in the Philippines, Together

    Jake Wadland
    8 Jul 2014 | 11:26 am
    In November 2013, Typhoon Haiyan ravaged Central Philippines, displacing entire communities in its path. The catastrophic destruction drew a tremendous outpouring of support from around the world, and immediate relief efforts ensued. When I recently visited Tanauan, Leyte—one of the three municipalities hardest hit by the typhoon—driving through the streets, it was apparent that the task at hand shifted to long-term recovery. This focus on rebuilding has now placed us in a position to think about how we can best support and coordinate efforts to bring together private, governmental and…
  • Moneyball Philanthropy Bad for Measuring Impact of Charities that Change the System

    Jake Wadland
    7 Jul 2014 | 5:11 pm
    Some charities are better than others, so we should find the good ones. On that we can all agree. We should support the charities that will be most effective in addressing the world’s pressing problems. And understanding that effectiveness requires measurement. But a reliance on quantitative analysis, which is helpful in understanding some charities, could prevent us from finding ones that are doing important, system-changing work. The charities which are easiest to measure are those whose work is proximate to the beneficiary. They distribute mosquito nets to families in sub-Saharan Africa…
  • Hobby Lobby Decision Undermines Women’s Rights to Birth Control

    Jake Wadland
    7 Jul 2014 | 4:35 pm
    America’s checkered record on supporting women’s rights to birth control was further stained last week when five Supreme Court justices – none of them women – ruled that a corporation’s “religious beliefs” can override this most basic of human rights. The decision undermines not only women’s rights, but all of our rights to a more sustainable future. Despite decades of progress in improving access to modern contraception in the U.S., the Hobby Lobby decision shows that many American women still face major barriers to accessing their chosen forms of family planning. In fact,…
  • Marshall Islands President Calls for Climate Change Leadership Ahead of UN Summit

    Jake Wadland
    2 Jul 2014 | 5:08 am
    When world leaders gather at the United Nations in New York this September for Ban Ki-moon’s Climate Change Summit, it will be the first time in five years that heads of state and government have stopped to focus collectively on the gathering storm called climate change. For a country like my own – lying at an average of just two meters above sea level and already battling the devastating impacts of a warming world – there is no higher calling. The world has changed a lot since Copenhagen: the science has become more alarming; the impacts more severe; and the politics more potent. The…
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    GlobalGiving Projects - Just added

  • America's Unofficial Ambassadors

    Benjamin Orbach
    23 Jul 2014 | 10:18 am
    $50 — Support a summer service intern for a day of teaching French in a Moroccan village$75 — support a summer service intern to teach English or science in a Zanzibari public school$250 — Support a partial mosaic grantSummaryAmerica's Unofficial Ambassadors is a citizen diplomacy initiative, which builds mutual understanding and enhances people-to-people partnerships between America and the Muslim World. Through our Summer Service Internships, young people have the opportunity to serve as unofficial ambassadors and to teach in schools or…
  • Assisting the Most Vulnerable in Gaza

    Kate Duis
    22 Jul 2014 | 1:45 pm
    $25 — can buy soap, shampoo, toothbrushes, and toothpaste for one family.$100 — can supply personal toiletries and home cleaning kit to a family for one month.$150 — can supply food for a family of seven for one month.SummaryThe escalating conflict in Gaza is causing a drastic deterioration of humanitarian conditions in the Gaza Strip. Your gift helps to provide food assistance, personal and home hygiene kits, shelter kits for homeless families, and psycho-social support for some of the 25,000 traumatized children in Gaza. Global Communities has…
  • Empower 4,000 adolescents in violence prevention

    Luis Cesari
    22 Jul 2014 | 11:39 am
    $10 — will train 1 adolescent promoter in violence prevention$25 — will train 3 adolescents promoters of childrens' rights$50 — will allow 120 adults to commit to report cases of violenceSummaryThis grassroots campaign will bring together over 4,000 Uruguayan adolescents and empower them through violence prevention training to advocate for their rights. Adolescent promoters learn how to identify abuse in their homes, schools and communities, are given tools to actively promote the rights of children and adolescents through leadership in a…
  • Carnaby's Cockatoo

    Madeline Townsend
    22 Jul 2014 | 8:01 am
    $10 — could plant 2 native seedling trees, including tree guards and stakes$25 — could plant 5 native seedling trees, including tree guards and stakes$50 — could plant 10 native seedling trees, including tree guards and stakesSummaryConservation Volunteers Australia (CVA) and Kaarakin Black Cockatoo Conservation Centre will rehabilitate degraded land in Beelu National Park, 40km east of Perth. Teams of volunteers will restore critical habitat by removing weeds and planting local native seedlings to provide a valuable food source for the…
  • Estudio Damgo III: A Filipino Design+Build Studio

    Alex Pal
    22 Jul 2014 | 7:58 am
    $25 — buys 5 bags of cement$50 — buys 50 meters of locally harvested bamboo$100 — buys a month's worth of food and gas for the student work crewSummaryThe Marine Sanctuary Centre aims to address the needs of the community in a manner that can impact the lives of the users by integrating tropical and sustainable design and vernacular architecture style for an aesthetically pleasing, flexible, durable, sustainable and unique building. The structure will best benefit the Fish wardens of Bantayan, Dumaguete City Philippines.Project Needs and…
 
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  • SK8OPIA – Skate Ethiopia

    Juergen Eichholz
    23 Jul 2014 | 4:58 pm
    These are great news from our Ethiopia-based partner iceaddis: a student recently designed a new wheel for skateboards that can be produced in Ethiopia – made and designed in Africa. Reinventing the wheel? Eh! Bauhaus product design student Daniel Scheidler presented his bachelor project on affordable and locally appropriate vehicles for individual transport in Ethiopia. Through extensive field research in Addis Ababa, Daniel concluded that new roads of good quality have been built across the city and the country, but owning a car is still far too costly for the great majority of the…
  • Maker Faire Africa comes to Jo’Burg

    Juergen Eichholz
    8 Jul 2014 | 1:36 pm
    Maker Faire Africa was first held in Ghana in 2009, then Kenya 2010, Egypt 2011, Nigeria 2012 and now in South Africa 2014. It’s been an amazing thing to be a part of, and the best is to be there and see the local ingenuity, the practical inventions that are made by some of the smartest and scrappiest people in Africa. Makers from across Africa will join ZA Makers for 4-days of meet-ups, mash-ups, workshops, and seed-starting ideas for new collaborations in open innovation across the continent. When: Sept 3-6, 2014 Where: WITS (University of the Witwatersrand), exact location TBD Who: You +…
  • The Mukombe

    Juergen Eichholz
    6 Apr 2014 | 7:53 am
    The Mukombe – Zimbabwe’s tippy tap Dr. Peter Morgan, winner of the 2013 Stockholm Water Prize and resident of Zimbabwe, recently shared the design of The Mukombe on the forum of the Sustainable Sanitation Alliance. The Mukombe is a hand washing device – a “tippy tap” as it is commonly known within the Water, Sanitation & Hygiene (WASH) scene – as it just requires a little tip to provide the user with just enough water to wash the hands. In water-arid areas, such a simple device can be essential to hygiene. Naturally occuring Mukombe “(The Mukombe)…
  • You are what you breathe

    Stefania Druga
    27 Jan 2014 | 8:30 am
    When was the last time you noticed the air you are breathing ? Do you know how it affects you and your health? Egypt leads the list of the most polluted cities in the world, in terms of particulate matter. Moreover, according to the latest report by the WHO, every Cairo resident’s daily share of air pollution is equivalent to smoking a pack of cigarettes a day. This motivated the makers from icealex hub in Alexandria Egypt to work on solving this global problem. Their solution: Build an air quality monitoring kit The kit uses Arduino, gas, humidity and temperature sensors, RGB LEDs and an…
  • Kiambu chopper et al

    Juergen Eichholz
    29 May 2013 | 5:57 pm
    Sharing good content online isn’t always easy, as we prefer original (first-hand) content – contributed by our readers – that comes along with a permission to share these jewels. The following post first appeared in a Kenyan newspaper a month ago – we’ve tried contacting the editor in charge, but haven’t received a reply from them so far. Still, the story is so unique, it needs to be shared: Residents of Magomano village in Kiambu have been flocking to a homestead for a glimpse of a homemade helicopter which has been assembled by a 20 year-old farm hand.
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  • South Africa's Drone Enterprises

    Emeka Okafor
    23 Jul 2014 | 7:34 pm
    A Robohub report: Where drones are being used for filming, there is no doubt someone catering to their needs and providing them with equipment. SteadiDrone is a proudly South African UAV manufacturer, founded in 2012 in the beautiful town of Knysna. Their flagship product is the QU4D, RTF quadcopter, which uses the APM 2.5 autopilot from 3D Robotics and is able to carry a GoPro camera on board...There are others, however, that are manufacturing a UAV with significantly less creative purpose. The Skunk Riot Control Drone is made by Desert Wolf, a South African company, and it has already been…
  • SK8OPIA – Skate Ethiopia

    Emeka Okafor
    23 Jul 2014 | 6:58 pm
    Afrigadget reports: ...our Ethiopia-based partner iceaddis: a student recently designed a new wheel for skateboards that can be produced in Ethiopia – made and designed in Africa. Reinventing the wheel?More hereImages courtesy of IceAddis
  • Belts from Bora Wear

    Emeka Okafor
    23 Jul 2014 | 6:31 am
    Makers in action, BoraWear, support them on Kickstarter: Bora is a swahili word meaning: first-rate, excellent, better, or best. The whole idea was that we were going to both make great products and support Kenyan artisans. Each belt is.... 1) Handmade by local artisans in Kenya 2) Uses the highest quality local Kenyan leather3) Each mold is destroyed after the belt is made, making each belt one-of-a-kind.
  • Innovation Hubs Are Accelerating American Manufacturing

    Emeka Okafor
    22 Jul 2014 | 4:21 am
    They could do the same for Africa. Bill Dietrick reports in Forbes:Image courtesy of Africa Business Review“If we want to attract more good manufacturing jobs to America, we’ve got to make sure we’re on the cutting edge of new manufacturing techniques and technologies,” said President Obama in a February press conference. “Typically, a lot of research and development wants to be co-located with where manufacturing is taking place—because if you design something, you want to see how is it working and how is it getting made, and then tinker with it and fix it…. So if all the…
  • Fabbing for Africa’s Informal Sector

    Emeka Okafor
    20 Jul 2014 | 5:18 pm
    Abstract from a paper co-authored by Anna Waldman Brown,Yaw Adu Gyamfi,Sharon Langevin,Abdulai Adam and George Yaw Obeng: To manufacture anything in Sub-Saharan Africa (SSA) requires the same creative “maker” sensibility that is valued throughout the fab lab community. This presentation will draw upon research in one of Africa's largest informal industrial communities to explore the past and future of grassroots manufacturing, and examine how fab labs might be integrated into these communities. With over 80,000 technical artisans, auto-mechanics, and purveyors of related supplies,…
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  • How Digital Cash Is Changing Lives

    Jake Wadland
    12 Jul 2014 | 8:33 am
    Poor people lead incredibly complex financial lives. Cut off from even the most basic banking services, they are trapped in cash-based systems that are risky, expensive, and inefficient – systems that prevent them from insuring against risk and investing in their futures. While living in Africa, I saw poor people juggling many different informal financial services, relying on family members and using unregulated money-lenders and saving clubs to manage their daily finances. Conducting eventhe most basic financial transactions was difficult, time-consuming, and costly. In 2002, I helped…
  • Building Resilient Communities in the Philippines, Together

    Jake Wadland
    8 Jul 2014 | 11:26 am
    In November 2013, Typhoon Haiyan ravaged Central Philippines, displacing entire communities in its path. The catastrophic destruction drew a tremendous outpouring of support from around the world, and immediate relief efforts ensued. When I recently visited Tanauan, Leyte—one of the three municipalities hardest hit by the typhoon—driving through the streets, it was apparent that the task at hand shifted to long-term recovery. This focus on rebuilding has now placed us in a position to think about how we can best support and coordinate efforts to bring together private, governmental and…
  • Moneyball Philanthropy Bad for Measuring Impact of Charities that Change the System

    Jake Wadland
    7 Jul 2014 | 5:11 pm
    Some charities are better than others, so we should find the good ones. On that we can all agree. We should support the charities that will be most effective in addressing the world’s pressing problems. And understanding that effectiveness requires measurement. But a reliance on quantitative analysis, which is helpful in understanding some charities, could prevent us from finding ones that are doing important, system-changing work. The charities which are easiest to measure are those whose work is proximate to the beneficiary. They distribute mosquito nets to families in sub-Saharan Africa…
  • Hobby Lobby Decision Undermines Women’s Rights to Birth Control

    Jake Wadland
    7 Jul 2014 | 4:35 pm
    America’s checkered record on supporting women’s rights to birth control was further stained last week when five Supreme Court justices – none of them women – ruled that a corporation’s “religious beliefs” can override this most basic of human rights. The decision undermines not only women’s rights, but all of our rights to a more sustainable future. Despite decades of progress in improving access to modern contraception in the U.S., the Hobby Lobby decision shows that many American women still face major barriers to accessing their chosen forms of family planning. In fact,…
  • Marshall Islands President Calls for Climate Change Leadership Ahead of UN Summit

    Jake Wadland
    2 Jul 2014 | 5:08 am
    When world leaders gather at the United Nations in New York this September for Ban Ki-moon’s Climate Change Summit, it will be the first time in five years that heads of state and government have stopped to focus collectively on the gathering storm called climate change. For a country like my own – lying at an average of just two meters above sea level and already battling the devastating impacts of a warming world – there is no higher calling. The world has changed a lot since Copenhagen: the science has become more alarming; the impacts more severe; and the politics more potent. The…
 
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  • How Digital Cash Is Changing Lives

    Jake Wadland
    12 Jul 2014 | 8:33 am
    Poor people lead incredibly complex financial lives. Cut off from even the most basic banking services, they are trapped in cash-based systems that are risky, expensive, and inefficient – systems that prevent them from insuring against risk and investing in their futures. While living in Africa, I saw poor people juggling many different informal financial services, relying on family members and using unregulated money-lenders and saving clubs to manage their daily finances. Conducting eventhe most basic financial transactions was difficult, time-consuming, and costly. In 2002, I helped…
  • Building Resilient Communities in the Philippines, Together

    Jake Wadland
    8 Jul 2014 | 11:26 am
    In November 2013, Typhoon Haiyan ravaged Central Philippines, displacing entire communities in its path. The catastrophic destruction drew a tremendous outpouring of support from around the world, and immediate relief efforts ensued. When I recently visited Tanauan, Leyte—one of the three municipalities hardest hit by the typhoon—driving through the streets, it was apparent that the task at hand shifted to long-term recovery. This focus on rebuilding has now placed us in a position to think about how we can best support and coordinate efforts to bring together private, governmental and…
  • Moneyball Philanthropy Bad for Measuring Impact of Charities that Change the System

    Jake Wadland
    7 Jul 2014 | 5:11 pm
    Some charities are better than others, so we should find the good ones. On that we can all agree. We should support the charities that will be most effective in addressing the world’s pressing problems. And understanding that effectiveness requires measurement. But a reliance on quantitative analysis, which is helpful in understanding some charities, could prevent us from finding ones that are doing important, system-changing work. The charities which are easiest to measure are those whose work is proximate to the beneficiary. They distribute mosquito nets to families in sub-Saharan Africa…
  • Hobby Lobby Decision Undermines Women’s Rights to Birth Control

    Jake Wadland
    7 Jul 2014 | 4:35 pm
    America’s checkered record on supporting women’s rights to birth control was further stained last week when five Supreme Court justices – none of them women – ruled that a corporation’s “religious beliefs” can override this most basic of human rights. The decision undermines not only women’s rights, but all of our rights to a more sustainable future. Despite decades of progress in improving access to modern contraception in the U.S., the Hobby Lobby decision shows that many American women still face major barriers to accessing their chosen forms of family planning. In fact,…
  • Marshall Islands President Calls for Climate Change Leadership Ahead of UN Summit

    Jake Wadland
    2 Jul 2014 | 5:08 am
    When world leaders gather at the United Nations in New York this September for Ban Ki-moon’s Climate Change Summit, it will be the first time in five years that heads of state and government have stopped to focus collectively on the gathering storm called climate change. For a country like my own – lying at an average of just two meters above sea level and already battling the devastating impacts of a warming world – there is no higher calling. The world has changed a lot since Copenhagen: the science has become more alarming; the impacts more severe; and the politics more potent. The…
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  • How Digital Cash Is Changing Lives

    Jake Wadland
    12 Jul 2014 | 8:33 am
    Poor people lead incredibly complex financial lives. Cut off from even the most basic banking services, they are trapped in cash-based systems that are risky, expensive, and inefficient – systems that prevent them from insuring against risk and investing in their futures. While living in Africa, I saw poor people juggling many different informal financial services, relying on family members and using unregulated money-lenders and saving clubs to manage their daily finances. Conducting eventhe most basic financial transactions was difficult, time-consuming, and costly. In 2002, I helped…
  • Building Resilient Communities in the Philippines, Together

    Jake Wadland
    8 Jul 2014 | 11:26 am
    In November 2013, Typhoon Haiyan ravaged Central Philippines, displacing entire communities in its path. The catastrophic destruction drew a tremendous outpouring of support from around the world, and immediate relief efforts ensued. When I recently visited Tanauan, Leyte—one of the three municipalities hardest hit by the typhoon—driving through the streets, it was apparent that the task at hand shifted to long-term recovery. This focus on rebuilding has now placed us in a position to think about how we can best support and coordinate efforts to bring together private, governmental and…
  • Moneyball Philanthropy Bad for Measuring Impact of Charities that Change the System

    Jake Wadland
    7 Jul 2014 | 5:11 pm
    Some charities are better than others, so we should find the good ones. On that we can all agree. We should support the charities that will be most effective in addressing the world’s pressing problems. And understanding that effectiveness requires measurement. But a reliance on quantitative analysis, which is helpful in understanding some charities, could prevent us from finding ones that are doing important, system-changing work. The charities which are easiest to measure are those whose work is proximate to the beneficiary. They distribute mosquito nets to families in sub-Saharan Africa…
  • Hobby Lobby Decision Undermines Women’s Rights to Birth Control

    Jake Wadland
    7 Jul 2014 | 4:35 pm
    America’s checkered record on supporting women’s rights to birth control was further stained last week when five Supreme Court justices – none of them women – ruled that a corporation’s “religious beliefs” can override this most basic of human rights. The decision undermines not only women’s rights, but all of our rights to a more sustainable future. Despite decades of progress in improving access to modern contraception in the U.S., the Hobby Lobby decision shows that many American women still face major barriers to accessing their chosen forms of family planning. In fact,…
  • Marshall Islands President Calls for Climate Change Leadership Ahead of UN Summit

    Jake Wadland
    2 Jul 2014 | 5:08 am
    When world leaders gather at the United Nations in New York this September for Ban Ki-moon’s Climate Change Summit, it will be the first time in five years that heads of state and government have stopped to focus collectively on the gathering storm called climate change. For a country like my own – lying at an average of just two meters above sea level and already battling the devastating impacts of a warming world – there is no higher calling. The world has changed a lot since Copenhagen: the science has become more alarming; the impacts more severe; and the politics more potent. The…
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  • How Digital Cash Is Changing Lives

    Jake Wadland
    12 Jul 2014 | 8:33 am
    Poor people lead incredibly complex financial lives. Cut off from even the most basic banking services, they are trapped in cash-based systems that are risky, expensive, and inefficient – systems that prevent them from insuring against risk and investing in their futures. While living in Africa, I saw poor people juggling many different informal financial services, relying on family members and using unregulated money-lenders and saving clubs to manage their daily finances. Conducting eventhe most basic financial transactions was difficult, time-consuming, and costly. In 2002, I helped…
  • Building Resilient Communities in the Philippines, Together

    Jake Wadland
    8 Jul 2014 | 11:26 am
    In November 2013, Typhoon Haiyan ravaged Central Philippines, displacing entire communities in its path. The catastrophic destruction drew a tremendous outpouring of support from around the world, and immediate relief efforts ensued. When I recently visited Tanauan, Leyte—one of the three municipalities hardest hit by the typhoon—driving through the streets, it was apparent that the task at hand shifted to long-term recovery. This focus on rebuilding has now placed us in a position to think about how we can best support and coordinate efforts to bring together private, governmental and…
  • Moneyball Philanthropy Bad for Measuring Impact of Charities that Change the System

    Jake Wadland
    7 Jul 2014 | 5:11 pm
    Some charities are better than others, so we should find the good ones. On that we can all agree. We should support the charities that will be most effective in addressing the world’s pressing problems. And understanding that effectiveness requires measurement. But a reliance on quantitative analysis, which is helpful in understanding some charities, could prevent us from finding ones that are doing important, system-changing work. The charities which are easiest to measure are those whose work is proximate to the beneficiary. They distribute mosquito nets to families in sub-Saharan Africa…
  • Hobby Lobby Decision Undermines Women’s Rights to Birth Control

    Jake Wadland
    7 Jul 2014 | 4:35 pm
    America’s checkered record on supporting women’s rights to birth control was further stained last week when five Supreme Court justices – none of them women – ruled that a corporation’s “religious beliefs” can override this most basic of human rights. The decision undermines not only women’s rights, but all of our rights to a more sustainable future. Despite decades of progress in improving access to modern contraception in the U.S., the Hobby Lobby decision shows that many American women still face major barriers to accessing their chosen forms of family planning. In fact,…
  • Marshall Islands President Calls for Climate Change Leadership Ahead of UN Summit

    Jake Wadland
    2 Jul 2014 | 5:08 am
    When world leaders gather at the United Nations in New York this September for Ban Ki-moon’s Climate Change Summit, it will be the first time in five years that heads of state and government have stopped to focus collectively on the gathering storm called climate change. For a country like my own – lying at an average of just two meters above sea level and already battling the devastating impacts of a warming world – there is no higher calling. The world has changed a lot since Copenhagen: the science has become more alarming; the impacts more severe; and the politics more potent. The…
 
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  • How Digital Cash Is Changing Lives

    Jake Wadland
    12 Jul 2014 | 8:33 am
    Poor people lead incredibly complex financial lives. Cut off from even the most basic banking services, they are trapped in cash-based systems that are risky, expensive, and inefficient – systems that prevent them from insuring against risk and investing in their futures. While living in Africa, I saw poor people juggling many different informal financial services, relying on family members and using unregulated money-lenders and saving clubs to manage their daily finances. Conducting eventhe most basic financial transactions was difficult, time-consuming, and costly. In 2002, I helped…
  • Building Resilient Communities in the Philippines, Together

    Jake Wadland
    8 Jul 2014 | 11:26 am
    In November 2013, Typhoon Haiyan ravaged Central Philippines, displacing entire communities in its path. The catastrophic destruction drew a tremendous outpouring of support from around the world, and immediate relief efforts ensued. When I recently visited Tanauan, Leyte—one of the three municipalities hardest hit by the typhoon—driving through the streets, it was apparent that the task at hand shifted to long-term recovery. This focus on rebuilding has now placed us in a position to think about how we can best support and coordinate efforts to bring together private, governmental and…
  • Moneyball Philanthropy Bad for Measuring Impact of Charities that Change the System

    Jake Wadland
    7 Jul 2014 | 5:11 pm
    Some charities are better than others, so we should find the good ones. On that we can all agree. We should support the charities that will be most effective in addressing the world’s pressing problems. And understanding that effectiveness requires measurement. But a reliance on quantitative analysis, which is helpful in understanding some charities, could prevent us from finding ones that are doing important, system-changing work. The charities which are easiest to measure are those whose work is proximate to the beneficiary. They distribute mosquito nets to families in sub-Saharan Africa…
  • Hobby Lobby Decision Undermines Women’s Rights to Birth Control

    Jake Wadland
    7 Jul 2014 | 4:35 pm
    America’s checkered record on supporting women’s rights to birth control was further stained last week when five Supreme Court justices – none of them women – ruled that a corporation’s “religious beliefs” can override this most basic of human rights. The decision undermines not only women’s rights, but all of our rights to a more sustainable future. Despite decades of progress in improving access to modern contraception in the U.S., the Hobby Lobby decision shows that many American women still face major barriers to accessing their chosen forms of family planning. In fact,…
  • Marshall Islands President Calls for Climate Change Leadership Ahead of UN Summit

    Jake Wadland
    2 Jul 2014 | 5:08 am
    When world leaders gather at the United Nations in New York this September for Ban Ki-moon’s Climate Change Summit, it will be the first time in five years that heads of state and government have stopped to focus collectively on the gathering storm called climate change. For a country like my own – lying at an average of just two meters above sea level and already battling the devastating impacts of a warming world – there is no higher calling. The world has changed a lot since Copenhagen: the science has become more alarming; the impacts more severe; and the politics more potent. The…
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  • Resolving the Global Financial Identity Crisis

    lyorke@grameenfoundation.org
    11 Jul 2014 | 11:05 am
    Camilla Nestor, Grameen Foundation’s Senior Vice President for Global Solutions, teaches a financial inclusion course at Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs. As part of her course, students submitted blog posts that were evaluated by professors and Grameen Foundation’s communications staff. The second of the two winning posts is featured here.
  • Rebuilding Haiti with Mobile Phones

    lyorke@grameenfoundation.org
    3 Jul 2014 | 5:45 pm
    I have been involved in poverty reduction through holistic microfinance in Haiti for more than nine years, mainly representing Grameen Foundation on the boards of various entities within the Fonkoze family of organizations.
  • Ten Lessons from a Partnership to Reduce Poverty in the Arab World

    Ritica Lacoul
    10 Jun 2014 | 12:00 pm
    A little over a year ago, Susan Davis, and former Chairwoman of Grameen Foundation said to me, “In the wake of 9/11, there was a lot of talk about developing partnerships with progressive groups in the Middle East, but few actually took the risk and did anything. Grameen Foundation took a big risk and did jump in.
  • A Tale of Two Savers: Small savers are getting the short end of the stick

    lyorke@grameenfoundation.org
    3 Jun 2014 | 11:57 am
    Camilla Nestor, Grameen Foundation’s Senior Vice President for Global Solutions, teaches a financial inclusion course at Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs. As part of her course, students submitted blog posts that were evaluated by professors and Grameen Foundation’s communications staff. The first of the two winning posts is featured here. Lindsey Lim
  • Lessons from Mumbai: Creating Products and Services That the World’s Poor Actually Want and Need

    lyorke@grameenfoundation.org
    20 May 2014 | 7:36 am
    During our recent workshop on designing products for adoption and scale in Mumbai, I heard many memorable ideas, concepts, examples and analogies. One that has stuck in my mind is Ujjivan’s Samit Ghosh likening the shift we are trying to make to moving from catching rabbits to catching elephants.
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    From Poverty to Power

  • How can politics change to serve future generations (on climate change, but lots of other stuff too)?

    Duncan Green
    23 Jul 2014 | 11:30 pm
    No-one objected to yesterday’s rehash of a recent BS (blue sky, OK?) session, so here’s another. An hour in a cool café in Brixton market with Kiwi academic Jonathan Boston, wrestling with the really big question on climate change and the survival of our species: how could political institutions emerge that govern for future generations? Jonathan, who runs theInstitute for Governance and Policy Studies at the Victoria University of Wellington, is researching this fascinating question, and starts off from a pretty gloomy place. In 2011 he wrote an excellent paper for the Accounting,…
  • Big Data and Development: Upsides, downsides and a lot of questions

    Duncan Green
    22 Jul 2014 | 11:30 pm
    One of the more scary but enjoyable things I do is be interviewed on stuff I know absolutely nothing about (yeah, yeah, I know – no change there then). You get to grasshopper around multiple issues and disciplines, cobbling together ideas and arguments from scattered fragments, making connections and learning new stuff. Great fun. This week, I’ll blog about a couple of these BS (blue sky, of course) sessions to give you a flavour. First up, half an hour discussing ‘big data’ with a friend/researcher who shall be nameless (don’t want to destroy their reputation). Here’s some of…
  • What can Islam teach secular NGOs about conflict resolution? (and human development, climate change, gender rights…..)

    Duncan Green
    21 Jul 2014 | 11:30 pm
    Lucy Moore, a policy adviser at Islamic Relief Worldwide came to talk to Oxfam staff last week. We used the ‘in conversation’ format, along the lines of my recent chat with Jamie Love, which seems to work better than the standard powerpoint + Q&A. Islamic Relief has some really interesting publications on Islamic approaches to human development, gender and development, and in Lucy’s case, ‘conflict transformation’ (which I think means making it better, rather than worse…). She came to Oxfam to present Working in Conflict: A Faith Based Toolkit for Islamic Relief, and its…
  • Links I liked

    Duncan Green
    20 Jul 2014 | 11:30 pm
    Highlights from last week’s tweets (and more displacement activity for Monday morning). Follow @fp2p if you want the rest, including lots more serious development type stuff Last Monday was Bastille day. Time for a makeover….. [h/t Stephen Brown] It was a good week for America’s comedians, (well Johns Stewart and Oliver anyway, best to forget Bill Maher). They both excel in brilliant satire/commentary on the toughest of topics. John Stewart took the soft option out and covered Gaza…….. English exile John Oliver took on income inequality and Uganda’s treatment of gays…
  • What’s the best way to measure empowerment?

    Duncan Green
    17 Jul 2014 | 11:30 pm
    Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning (MEL) used to send me into a coma, but I have to admit, I’m starting to get sucked in. After all, who doesn’t want to know more about the impact of what we do all day? So I picked up the latest issue of Oxfam’s Gender and Development Journal (GAD), on MEL in gender rights work, with a shameful degree of interest. Two pieces stood out. The first, a reflection on Oxfam’s attempts to measure women’s empowerment, had some headline findings that ‘women participants in the project were more likely to have the opportunity and feel able to influence…
 
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    CIPE Development Blog

  • Wheelbarrows Explain Rent-Seeking in Sudan

    Ryan Musser
    23 Jul 2014 | 11:42 am
    When government regulations establish a privileged position for certain companies or individuals it often creates opportunities for rent-seeking -- an abstract economic concept perfectly illustrated by the plight of Khartoum's 20,000 wheelbarrow users. READ MORE
  • The Fragile States Index 2013: A Snapshot of Global Stability

    Kurt Hagemann
    22 Jul 2014 | 8:14 am
    The year 2013 proved to be politically dynamic, with many countries seeing political strife or even regime change -- among other crises, Ukrainians took the streets to demand more political and economic freedoms and closer ties with the West and the civil war in Syria raged on. The Fragile States Index (FSI) attempts to measure the factors driving such upheaval on a country-by-country basis. READ...
  • Living Democracy

    Guest
    18 Jul 2014 | 10:31 am
    Living in the U.S. for the past six months has been a thrilling experience for me. While it is always hard to focus on one experience when you have so many things to talk about, I am focusing on my experience with democracy. My question was very simple: I wanted to see how people from developed nations like the U.S. live their daily lives in a democratic society without being abstract or...
  • The Gathering

    Stephen Rosenlund
    17 Jul 2014 | 10:44 am
    With all due respect to CIPE’s other partners, surely the coolest workspace in the CIPE family today is located in Saida, Lebanon. The innovative space, called El Moltaqa (“The Gathering”), is the new home of the Development of People and Nature Association (DPNA). El Moltaqa is not merely an office for DPNA’s dedicated staff, it is a focal point for civic engagement in the community. READ MORE
  • Supporting Democracy through… Tourism?

    Margaret Bohlander
    16 Jul 2014 | 7:29 am
    For vacationers looking for more than some sun and relaxation, there is an endless array of creative travel options, from dining tours to ecotourism, service projects to extreme sports. But what about the savvy headline reader who wants to make sure her hard-earned vacation fund supports a country that serves its citizens? Call it "democracy tourism." READ MORE
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    ODI Opinion

  • Professional Course on Disaster Management in Asia and the Pacific

    16 Oct 2014 | 12:00 am
    ​The Professional Course on Disaster Management in Asia and the Pacific in Beijing is aimed at professionals from government agencies, international organisations, NGOs, charities and the private sector who are interested in learning about managing disasters and other crises in China and throughout the Asia-Pacific region.
  • Senior Leadership Programme on Risk Management and Disaster Response

    13 Oct 2014 | 12:00 am
    ​The Senior Leadership Programme on Disaster Response and Risk Management in Beijing is aimed at experienced professionals and senior leaders from Chinese government agencies, international organisations and the private sector with 10+ years of experience who wish to enhance their ability to lead during crises such as natural disasters in China and across the Asia-Pacific region.
  • Global value chains in Asia: Is everyone benefitting?

    5 Sep 2014 | 12:00 am
    ​The seminar will discuss critical issues for inclusive growth in Asia and the rest of the developing world.
  • How to ensure accountability and oversight in security and justice programming

    1 Sep 2014 | 12:00 am
    ​A number of major UK and internationally delivered security and justice programmes have been characterised by a lack of focus on issues of accountability. In this event, Piet Biesheuvel will outline multiple models of accountability, and how accountability affects major security and justice actors. 
  • Aid in danger: Violence against aid workers and the future of humanitarianism

    19 Aug 2014 | 12:00 am
    ​On World Humanitarian Day join us for the launch of 'Aid in Danger: The Perils and Promise of Humanitarianism' - a hard look at violent attacks against aid workers on the frontlines of humanitarian crises.
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  • Digital Civil Society - Infographic (take 2)

    Lucy Bernholz
    23 Jul 2014 | 11:00 am
    Thanks for feedback on yesterday's attempt at visual representation of digital civil society. Here's an updated graphic thanks to your input.More feedback welcome. (And to those who wanted it to be a spinning, multi-colored GIF, I say - go for it! Make it happen, make it better! As you can tell from above I can barely align objects correctly. I will gratefully receive any and all improvements on the above and give artistic and graphic credit whereever it may be due. Thanks)
  • Digital civil society - the infographic

    Lucy Bernholz
    22 Jul 2014 | 12:05 pm
    I spend a lot of time trying to explain what I mean by digital civil society.Does this help?
  • What are nonprofits for?

    Lucy Bernholz
    16 Jul 2014 | 9:38 am
    What are nonprofits for?This seems like a question that used to have an easy answer - they are tax-exempt organizations that provide services, from education to art to meals; they offer a place for ideological, ethnic or other minority groups to express their ideas and serve their communities; they offer complements or alternatives to services provided by the government; and they advocate for change.While it never really was all that clear cut I think there was a general sense among Americans at least that, within the U.S., you knew a nonprofit when you saw one.Well, if it was clear once,…
  • Five notes on digital social activism

    Lucy Bernholz
    11 Jul 2014 | 1:17 pm
    I'm running faster than I can (I broke my foot and am in a boot, so actually I can't run very fast right now). I just realized with all the writing I've been doing, I haven't been blogging. So - a few quick thoughts:(Photo from rabble.ca)1. betterplace labI got to spend some time with the team from betterplace lab and learn from their Lab Around the World. They've got great examples of digital social innovation from several countries. I'm thrilled that some of this material will be featured in Blueprint 2015. Look for the United States launch of their work at the Digital Civil Society Lab's…
  • Data, digital, and change - four items of note

    Lucy Bernholz
    9 Jun 2014 | 11:13 am
    I've been either head down or on the run so I haven't blogged much in the last few weeks. Here are a few things of note:1. New Markets for Good website - worth checking out the new column from Beth Kanter, some posts which will be coming from participants at the Markets For Good Workshop last week, and look for a "Lake Washington Declaration" on the values and norms of this emerging community.2. The Foundation Center working on new taxonomy to match our new world. Check this out, comment, help make sure the data can work for you going forward. To quote a smart foundation colleague from…
 
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    Acumen Fund Blog

  • Imagining the world as it could be

    Christine Gitau
    21 Jul 2014 | 11:15 am
    Christine Gitau is an East Africa Fellow and an enterprise coach at Craft Afrika, which provides business support services to craft entrepreneurs, enabling them build viable and thriving businesses in Kenya. At Acumen we often use the term “Moral Imagination” when talking about leadership. Christine wrote a reflection on how this concept has shifted her thinking. We could not be more proud of what she is building! A few weeks ago, while attending a seminar on human rights, I was engaged in an emotive conversation on discrimination and its often-ugly manifestations. We talked about…
  • How two Acumen Fellows are disrupting the education model in India

    Acumen
    18 Jul 2014 | 7:42 am
    Whether its running youth soccer programs, providing vocational training services, or transforming the education system in India, Acumen India Fellows are driving real change in their communities.  Abbas Dadla and Abhilasha Sinha are India Fellows who are addressing the teacher shortage in India through the use of technology and peer collaboration. Find out what they are building below.  If you have grit, resilience and a commitment to creating change in your community in India, East Africa or Pakistan, we encourage you to apply for the Regional Fellowship Program! India is short over 1.2…
  • Meet Manjushree Patil, Founder of Aatman Academy

    Jacqui Papineau
    2 Jul 2014 | 7:19 am
    This month saw violent tragedies in Pakistan and Kenya, regions where Acumen works and which five classes of Acumen regional fellows call home. Among them there are dedicated teachers like Acumen India Fellow Manjushree Patil, crusaders against sex trafficking, builders of government, creators of liberating mobile medical technologies, and curators of slum sports programs. The need for strengthening the connections between those who are working for positive change against seemingly impossible odds has never been greater. We at Acumen have never been prouder to be the thread tying together…
  • No, not silence again!

    Acumen
    25 Jun 2014 | 5:00 am
    The Acumen Fellowship’s Cambridge Leadership Associates (CLA) training is notorious for digging deep, breaking Fellows down to reveal their deepest fears, identifying the sources of resilience that will fuel them with the tenacity to continue along the path to social change. Kahabi G. Isangula is an East Africa Regional Fellow living in Tanzania and recently participated in our CLA training. Get an idea of what it is like, below!  I wake up fully motivated, reflecting on the learnings from the first day of Acumen Fellowship Seminar #2. My vocabulary has been enriched with terms like…
  • Announcing the Class of 2015 Acumen Global Fellows

    Acumen
    24 Jun 2014 | 12:00 am
    Acumen Global Fellows are architects for the impact sector. They are innovators, game changers, visionaries, with various professional experiences looking to make substantial change in the world. They have thrived in companies such as Google; they have started their own companies in Sri Lanka, Canada and Malaysia.  They are choosing the challenge of working alongside our portfolio companies and immersing themselves in a rigorous leadership training. Over the past 9 years, thousands of individuals from around the world have applied for the Acumen Global Fellows Program in the hopes developing…
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    iD4D

  • La certification FSC dans le Bassin du Congo : garantit-elle une responsabilité sociale?

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

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

    Conférence iD4D
    18 Jun 2014 | 3:00 am
      Animée par Urmi Goswami, journaliste de l’Economic Times, cette conférence s’est tenue au Delhi Sustainable Development Summit (DSDS)   le 7 février 2014. Sont intervenus... Cet article Comment orienter le système indien d’innovation vers le développement durable ? est apparu en premier sur iD4D.
  • RCA : et si on (re)parlait de développement agricole ?

    Benoît Lallau
    6 Jun 2014 | 5:50 am
      Il peut certes sembler incongru de parler de développement agricole, alors que les opérations de sécurisation progressent péniblement dans l’arrière-pays centrafricain, que la partition... Cet article RCA : et si on (re)parlait de développement agricole ? est apparu en premier sur iD4D.
  • Restaurer les paysages blessés

    Guillaume Chiron
    27 May 2014 | 1:43 am
      La densité des populations en Asie, l’explosion démographique de l’Afrique constituent des facteurs de pression extrêmement forts sur les milieux naturels. Il est particulièrement... Cet article Restaurer les paysages blessés est apparu en premier sur iD4D.
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    (BLOG)RED

  • HUGE NEWS: We've Reached A Tipping Point In The Fight Against AIDS

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

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

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

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

    1 Jul 2014 | 10:25 am
    We’re proud to announce that (RED) has teamed up with aden + anais – the global award-winning baby brand – for a new collection of (PRODUCT)RED products.Made from cotton muslin fabric, the products feature unique and fun (RED) prints. With 10% of the retail price of every purchase going to the Global Fund to fight AIDS, every time you buy (aden + anais)RED, you’re helping reduce the number of babies born each day with HIV.You can find all of the new (aden + anais)RED products on the aden + anais website, as well as at select retailers. The full collection includes a four-pack of…
 
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    Women Thrive Worldwide

  • 22-year-old Caroline: “I Will Not Stop Until I See Some Change”

    nschroeder
    27 Jun 2014 | 10:21 am
    Caroline MutesiJune 27, 2014My name is Caroline Mutesi. I am a Ugandan national and the first born of five children. I am 22 years old and I graduated in 2014 from Makerere Universty in Uganda with a Bachelor’s degree in Social Sciences. I volunteer at Forum for African Women Educationalists - Uganda (FAWEU) because I want to help young girls and boys get an education and work with people with whom I share the same dream and vision. The youth delegates at the African Union in Addis Ababa after the youth run for the Day of the African Child. This year, Women Thrive sponsored me to attend a…
  • Excerpt from Teach a Woman to Fish: Kaya Girls Center

    jholzer
    19 Jun 2014 | 6:50 am
    Kendall StempelJune 18, 2014In her new book, Teach a Woman to Fish, Ritu Sharma writes about her experience speaking to young women at the Kaya Girls Center in Burkina Faso. The Center was created after the U.S. stopped funding the Burkinabe Response to Improve Girls' Chances to Succeed (BRIGHT) program in West Africa. The need for secondary schools for the young Burkanese women who benefited from BRIGHT led to the creation of the Kaya Girls Center, which you can read about in the excerpt from Ritu's book below: Ritu and her translator Paul, speaking to schoolchildren in Burkina Faso. The…
  • How Future Teachers Are Becoming Advocates for Girls’ Education

    nschroeder
    16 Jun 2014 | 12:59 pm
    Dr. Adefunke EkineJune 16, 2014Dr. Adefunke Ekine is committed to fostering a passion for advocacy among Nigeria’s future teachers. As a member of Women Thrive’s Global Partnership Network, she advocates with us to ensure that all children have access to quality education. Students activists at Tai Solarin University of Education At Tai Solarin University of Education in Nigeria, where I am a lecturer, I’ve recently begun teaching a new class on ‘The Nigerian Child’. The class’s first students, all 185 of them studying childhood education, were new to the university and most had…
  • Why I Want to See Young People Involved

    nschroeder
    14 May 2014 | 9:37 am
    Luiz Carlos GuedesMay 14, 2014Last week, almost 1,000 young people met in Colombo, Sri Lanka, to discuss their priorities and goals in global development. With sponsorship from Women Thrive, I attended the World Conference on Youth along with five other members of the United Nations' GEFI Youth Advocacy Group (YAG) in order to bring new perspectives to the discussions. It was a really exciting experience that I wanted to make the most of since this global meeting was all about youth, with only young people attending to discuss and work together.  Luiz (center) and other YAG member at the…
  • At the End of the Farm Bill Debate, Women Farmers of the World

    eyoung
    31 May 2013 | 5:05 am
    Elise YoungMay 31, 2013Over the last several weeks, the White House and key members of the House of Representatives and Senate have begun considering U.S. food aid reform -- including provisions that could reduce waste, fight hunger, and empower women.   As I follow the developments in Washington, I can’t help but think of Women Thrive Worldwide’s partner Lydia Sasu and how these reforms might help her and the women producers she’s working to empower in Ghana. I believe that women smallholder farmers have the know-how, strength, and power to help make the world more food secure. And…
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    ONE

  • We will not banish AIDS until we banish stigma

    Guest Blogger
    23 Jul 2014 | 1:01 pm
    This blog post was written by David J. Olson, Global Development Communicator and Advocate for Olson Global Communications. I met Eugene and Dominique at a drop-in center for men who have sex with men (MSM) outside Nairobi, Kenya. Eugene, 23, comes to the center regularly to get condoms, lubricants, and HIV counseling and testing. So far, he is HIV-negative. Dominique, 26, also frequents the center. He was treated for a sexually-transmitted infection, and gets tested there every month. He, too, is HIV-negative. In Kenya, most gay men are very much in the closet, due to the stigma against…
  • US-Africa Leaders’ Summit: 20 Thoughts on global development

    Malaka Gharib
    23 Jul 2014 | 10:40 am
    We asked a mix of African leaders, grassroots activists, political figures and DC movers and shakers at the US-Africa Leaders’ Summit to write down the first word or thing that came to mind for each of the following words… 1. Michaela Balderston, ONE Staffer
  • Backpacking with kids, with energy poverty on my mind

    Guest Blogger
    23 Jul 2014 | 8:33 am
    This piece by ONE Mom and member Cynthia Changyit Levin was originally published on her blog, Anti-Poverty Mom.  I just got back from a backpacking trip in the Colorado Rocky Mountain National Park this week. Photo credit: Colorado.com What an experience! Not only was it metaphorically breathtaking in beauty and literally breathtaking in low-oxygen altitude, but it was a test of teamwork and patience to hike in with four adults and five children (one 10-year-old, two 8-year-olds, and four 4-year-olds). Whew! You’d better believe I have some blogs coming up about appreciation for…
  • Debt relief in Ghana and Zambia: Did it help?

    Nachilala Nkombo
    23 Jul 2014 | 7:43 am
    Children in Tanzania, where primary school fees were abolished in 2002 after debt relief the previous year. Photo: Morgana Wingard/ONE There’s a story going the rounds about how the current governments of Zambia and Ghana are struggling to balance the books and are borrowing money at reckless levels. It’s true that citizens there are rightly worried about public spending and rapidly increasing debt levels. But the article’s suggestion that current fiscal deficits in both countries show that debt cancellation of the early 2000s was “no cure” is not supported by evidence. It…
  • Seda’s light

    Guest Blogger
    21 Jul 2014 | 6:36 pm
    Credit: Every Mother Counts Take a few moments to watch Every Mother Counts‘ video, Seda’s Light, and take action to bring electricity to mothers giving birth.  Imagine giving birth in the dark. Imagine complications arising that require emergency medical attention. Imagine that the doctor cannot see well enough to perform accurate surgery. Imagine you or your baby dying from complications during or after birth that could have been prevented with a flick of a switch. Unfortunately for women and families across the world, this isn’t just imaginary—it’s their reality. Without…
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    The Change Blog

  • 7 Little Things You Should Quit to be Happy & Successful

    Pratima Aravabhoomi
    17 Jul 2014 | 7:10 am
    Do you ever wonder if you will ever be truly happy in your life? Do you wonder if happiness is just a hoax and success is an illusion? Do you feel like they don’t really exist? I felt like this a little while ago At the time, I was making six-figure income, was working for my dream company (Apple) and had a flexible work schedule. In spite of all this, I was miserable. To make things worse one day, my 10 yr old daughter said, “ Mommy you are just not nice when you come back from your job”. That was a wake up call. I wanted to make a change. I wanted to be happy.  I wanted to be a good…
  • Should Be Syndrome

    Lishen Nair
    15 Jul 2014 | 6:34 am
    In both work and social spheres I regularly encounter people who spend much of their time trying to reconcile life to their expectations. Often you find that their expectations are based on a long list of should be scenarios. For example: By 21 I should have my university degree. By 25 I should be making an X amount of money. I’m smarter/prettier than her. No way should she be picked over me. People say it’s very difficult to marry when you’re older, so I should be married before I turn thirty. My friend summited Mount Kilimanjaro in six days, so I should take no longer than that. It…
  • Tossing My Goals Out the Window and Doing One Thing Instead

    Rosanna Casper
    13 Jul 2014 | 7:00 am
    “I only write when inspiration strikes. Fortunately it strikes at nine every morning.” - William Faulkner Last month, I started a blog. It’s my perfect combination of what I am good at (marketing and social media) with what I obsess about (reading, writing and self improvement). Some call it passion, purpose, a calling. I like to call it my “thing”. I started my thing and as my first order of business – according to the standard protocol of brand new ventures – I wrote out some goals. I made them specific (5000 email subscribers) and time oriented (by October). I hung…
  • Dr. Strangelove, or How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love Women

    Harry Siva
    10 Jul 2014 | 6:30 am
    Everybody gets socially anxious. For some, it is crippling, confining them to their homes. It is pathological, warrants the term ‘disorder’ and the medical treatment that goes with such diagnosis. To others, it is a minor annoyance: the non-pathological dose of fear before speaking to a large audience. For me, social anxiety manifested in an inability to experience romantic love. The cruel irony of social anxiety is; that which we fear is the very thing we crave. Friendships, relationships, the need to love and be loved: these are all contingent upon the very social interactions that we…
  • There is a Silver Lining, Right?

    Carolynne Melnyk
    8 Jul 2014 | 6:31 am
    “Isn’t it funny how day by day nothing changes, but when you look back everything is different.” - C.S. Lewis Almost everyone today has someone, or knows of someone, going through the experience of cancer or a life threatening illness.  I am no different. In 2009, my sister was diagnosed with stage 4 lung cancer and my world turned upside down for a while. When I was first told about the diagnosis, I went through a period of shock and disbelief, before anger and deep sadness took over.  At the time, the question I asked was the same one many others have asked, “Why?”…
 
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    SocialEarth

  • United Technologies’ Project Vidya: Improving Young Lives in India through Education

    3BL Media
    23 Jul 2014 | 3:48 am
    As part of UTC’s commitment to the communities where it does business, the company recently announced a major new partnership with SOS Children’s Villages India entitled Project Vidya, which is a Sanskrit word [...] The post United Technologies’ Project Vidya: Improving Young Lives in India through Education appeared first on SocialEarth.
  • ACEEE Ranks World’s Largest Economies on Energy Efficiency

    Justmeans
    22 Jul 2014 | 8:44 am
    We see a lot of analyses and projections showing why renewables, despite their rapid growth will not be able to provide sufficient energy to allow us to get off fossil [...] The post ACEEE Ranks World’s Largest Economies on Energy Efficiency appeared first on SocialEarth.
  • Microsoft Announces its Largest Wind Investment to Date

    Vikas Vij
    22 Jul 2014 | 5:42 am
    Global corporations are picking up speed to make a shift towards renewable sources of energy in order to reduce their environmental footprint. Some of the major technology companies such as [...] The post Microsoft Announces its Largest Wind Investment to Date appeared first on SocialEarth.
  • Integrated Capital for Social Enterprises

    3BL Media
    21 Jul 2014 | 10:48 am
    A thriving social enterprise sector is essential to increasing community resilience and improving the lives of those who’ve been marginalized by the global economy. Social enterprises—which are in business to solve [...] The post Integrated Capital for Social Enterprises appeared first on SocialEarth.
  • Sindyanna of Galilee: Positive Action for Women And Communities

    Sangeeta Haindl
    21 Jul 2014 | 10:42 am
    Tensions between Israel and the Palestinian militant group Hamas are running high after days of fighting. The peace process has faltered and the shadow of terrorism remains as property is [...] The post Sindyanna of Galilee: Positive Action for Women And Communities appeared first on SocialEarth.
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    Social Velocity

  • Guest Post: Intellectual Curiousity is the Cornerstone of Social Progress

    Nell Edgington
    23 Jul 2014 | 8:02 pm
    Note: Third in my list of guest bloggers this summer is David Henderson. David’s professional focus is on improving the way social sector organizations use information to address poverty. Here is his guest post: I was recently turned down for a position at a startup-up big-data company focused on the philanthropic sector because I’m “too pessimistic”. This company initially sought me out since they don’t have any social sector expertise on staff, a likely requisite to make successful nonprofit software. Our courtship turned sour when I expressed my view that we have a lot more…
  • Speaking About A Changing Nonprofit World

    Nell Edgington
    21 Jul 2014 | 2:13 pm
    One of the things I love most about what I do is the opportunity to speak around the country to nonprofit and philanthropic leaders about new approaches. The nonprofit sector and the philanthropy that funds it are changing dramatically, which can be unsettling, but can also be an incredible opportunity for nonprofit leaders to find a better way to reach their goals. This Fall I’m particularly excited about some great speaking opportunities I have coming up. If you will be at any of these events, please let me know, I’d love to connect there. And if you’d like to learn more…
  • Guest Post: Philanthropy Must Get Better at Funding Scale

    Nell Edgington
    16 Jul 2014 | 3:59 pm
    Note: Second in my list of esteemed guest bloggers this summer is Adin Miller. Adin is Senior Director of Community Impact and Innovations at the Jewish Community Federation and Endowment Fund, but his post is his personal viewpoint, not necessarily that of his employer.  Here is his guest post:   Readers of the Social Velocity blog know of Nell’s clarion call for nonprofit financing not fundraising and her conviction that the current mode of nonprofit growth through fundraising is bankrupt. Today I want to examine another area I consider broken, namely the ineffective way in…
  • Moving Beyond the Starving Nonprofit

    Nell Edgington
    14 Jul 2014 | 11:56 am
    Ever since last year’s release of the Letter to the Donors of America it seems there is an increasing drumbeat against the “Overhead Myth,” the idea that nonprofits must keep their overhead and administrative costs as low as possible. The fact that we are now openly talking about overhead as a myth is very encouraging. But I think it will take a good deal of time before donors actually embrace the idea that nonprofits should stop starving their organizations of the resources they need to create and execute effective programs. To move donors along, nonprofit leaders…
  • Social Technology for Social Change: An Interview with Amy Sample Ward

    Nell Edgington
    9 Jul 2014 | 1:54 pm
    In today’s Social Velocity interview, I’m talking with Amy Sample Ward, CEO of Nonprofit Technology Network (NTEN), the membership organization of nonprofit professionals who put technology to use for their causes. Amy leads a team dedicated to connecting individuals, organizations and campaigns in order to transition the nonprofit technology sector into a movement-based force for positive change. Previously serving as the Membership Director at NTEN, Amy is also a blogger, facilitator and trainer having worked with groups and spoken at events in the US, UK and around the world.
 
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    Social Enterprise by us

  • “Best” Books on Impact Investing by Rolfe Larson

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

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

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

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

    Rolfe Larson
    1 Nov 2013 | 1:46 pm
    Social Impact Bonds are finally moving from idea to reality, in a few states. These “pay for results” government contracts are a new form of financing where payment only occurs if the agreed-upon social results are achieved. No results, no money. Financing comes from a private sector financing intermediary, which secures funds from private investors and selects a nonprofit service provider. Often payment is based on how much government saves if the program succeeds. If the project is successful, investors get their principal returned plus interest. Currently only…
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    Care2 Causes » Trailblazers For Good

  • Finally! Farming Tools Adapted for Everyone

    s.e. smith
    20 Jul 2014 | 7:00 am
    Farming tools, as a general rule, are designed for one group of people: Ablebodied young men. They’re weighted and engineered for people within a limited height and weight range, and that can make them hard for other people to use. Women, disabled people, older adults, and children can all struggle with tools that are too [...]
  • 10 Inspiring Quotes to Celebrate International Nelson Mandela Day

    Steve Williams
    18 Jul 2014 | 4:00 pm
    In 2013 the world lost Nelson Mandela, a man whom for many remains a symbol of triumph over adversity, a truth seeker, and a model of courage. Today, Friday July 18, is the annual International Nelson Mandela Day where we celebrate the man’s contribution to not just ending apartheid in South Africa, but other facets [...]
  • Hallelujah! Even Churches Are Divesting From Fossil Fuels

    Kevin Mathews
    13 Jul 2014 | 7:00 am
    Rejoice! The World Council of Christians, an international group of 345 churches, has voted to divest from fossil fuels. Given that the WCC is compromised of nearly 600 million churchgoers around the world, that means that a lot less of that money Christians put in their offering plates on Sunday mornings will wind up in [...]
  • 3 Ways Care2 Members Are Making a Difference

    Care2 Causes Editors
    8 Jul 2014 | 9:00 am
    Last month, we outlined how Care2 members took a stand for a variety of issues and causes, including support for animal shelter volunteers, sound designers, and pets left in hot cars. As July rolls in, it’s become clear Care2 members haven’t given up momentum. Here are some top Care2 petitions that have circulated in the media in the past two weeks!
  • Consumers Eat Up Gluten-Free Trend, Nutrition Lessons Served on the Side

    SVN News
    5 Jul 2014 | 12:00 pm
    The gluten-free industry is pegged at more than $23 billion a year, with sales up more than 16 percent over the past year. The lure of that market share means gluten-free products are common on store shelves. Mary Waldner founded Mary’s Gone Crackers more than 10 years ago to sell the snacks she made at [...]
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    Social Finance

  • Big Data and Social Enterprise: Access and Availability

    Aaron Wytze Wilson and Ivan Peng
    24 Jul 2014 | 4:30 am
    In an era of big data, and data analytics, where does the social innovation sector fit in? Despite big data and data analytics becoming a hot topic among practitioners and organizations alike, its ultimate use and role in the social innovation sector is still uncertain. Social enterprises (SE’s) could benefit hugely from big data, changing the way the sector looks at social impact measurement, scaling up, and receiving financial backing. But the role of big data in the social innovation sector still faces a number of core questions and concerns before it reaches a consensus on how it can be…
  • Impact Investing Goes Mainstream in Canada (Update)

    Adam Spence
    23 Jul 2014 | 9:00 am
    Editor’s Note/Update: More than two years ago, Adam Spence wrote this piece to herald the mainstreaming of impact investing in Canada. Since then, a lot has happened. The Government of Ontario & TD Bank both dipped into green bonds. The first Canadian SIB was announced (suffice it to say that more are coming). Canada eclipsed 100 B Corps.  ImpactOntario brought world-changing Ontario ventures together with world-leading investors and intermediaries. And the list goes on from there. Bumping this post to the top of SF.ca is an opportunity to reflect, celebrate and look forward!
  • Equipping Entrepreneurs for Success

    Conrad McDonald
    22 Jul 2014 | 7:06 am
    This September, the Entrepreneur’s Toolkit Workshops Intensive Program will be starting again at MaRS Discovery District. This year, with the addition of the new Finance Fundamentals series, the series will run for 15 weeks. Applications are being accepted until August 15, 2014, with limited space available. The program is a concentrated and fast moving with participants attending all workshop series consecutively. Workshop sessions for the past two programs have included: Starting Lean: Value Proposition (formerly Launching Customer Development) Starting Lean: Business Model (formerly…
  • Finding Work and Filling Jobs: The New Job Market and What it Means for Organizations

    Melinda Jacobs
    17 Jul 2014 | 10:54 am
    Social purpose organizations, social enterprises and startups are often competing for the same talent – all require ambitious, hardworking individuals who have the functional skills and intellectual prowess to problem solve and execute in an ever- changing environment. Here are some tips for employers and job seekers to find success in the job market. For employers Build community around your cause or company: Hosting events, meetups or other forums (Facebook, Twitter, etc.) that allow people to rally around your organization build community. In a perfect world, we would all hire from those…
  • Impact Investing & the Social Impact of Homeownership

    Joe Deschênes Smith
    16 Jul 2014 | 7:10 am
    The review of literature surrounding homeownership reveals a correlation between homeownership and positive social outcomes for households and their neighbourhoods The advent of impact investing has given investors an opportunity to monitor not only the financial return of an investment but also the social and/or environmental impact.  Many new mechanisms have been developed to gauge and monitor social and environment impact that result from the immediate impact investment. In the housing sector, the measure of social impact can often be made directly and based on financial value –…
 
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    Return On Now

  • 5 Signals You Need To Back Off Social Media

    Tommy Landry
    18 Jul 2014 | 1:18 pm
    The following post is copyrighted by Return On Now - Austin Internet Marketing Consulting ServicesAs a huge proponent of inbound marketing, I also have a soft spot for social media as a marketing vehicle.  It has been a fantastic tool in our content promotion and demand gen efforts. At the same time, there have been instances where I felt tired of social media. Burned out even. Unmotivated to look at any of my profiles at times. Of course, I always seem to catch my breath before long. Maybe my psyche just has a way of self-regulating. Or maybe it’s just a biorhythm thing – a…
  • Does Google Author Status Matter Without SERP Photos?

    Tommy Landry
    11 Jul 2014 | 1:15 pm
    The following post is copyrighted by Return On Now - Austin Internet Marketing Consulting ServicesThe search engine optimization community has been up in arms over the past couple of weeks about the removal of Google Author photos from the search engine results pages (SERPs). For those of you who are unfamiliar with the Google Author photos and how they’ve appeared in the past, here is a sample: As you can see, it’s a pretty appealing User Experience (UX) for the authors. There has been a great amount of talk in the past about how much these photos help increase CTR for organic…
  • 7 Reasons It’s Getting Harder to Pick Blog Topics

    Tommy Landry
    30 Jun 2014 | 3:19 pm
    The following post is copyrighted by Return On Now - Austin Internet Marketing Consulting ServicesEvery blogger faces it sooner or later – a big fat wall that slows or prevents the build out of great posts. In most cases, it isn’t the actual process of writing that is the problem. It is just getting harder and harder to find blog topics that will help you stand out. If you have dealt with this problem, you most certainly are not alone. I personally blog for Return On Now, and we also work with clients to drive content plans and execution. When your overall business model is…
  • Measuring Social Marketing ROI: Possible or Pipe Dream?

    Tommy Landry
    26 Jun 2014 | 11:59 am
    The following post is copyrighted by Return On Now - Austin Internet Marketing Consulting ServicesPretty much any company worth their salt is engaged in using social media in some capacity for business purposes at this point. As someone who has built a solid consulting agency using social media and content marketing, I can attest to the value of it holistically. But as with any marketing channel, return on investment comes into the conversation especially when discussing social strategies with medium and large business clients. Businesses as a whole have become metrics obsessed, and the…
  • Content Marketing: Grow Your Business With Social Media

    Tommy Landry
    19 Jun 2014 | 2:58 pm
    The following post is copyrighted by Return On Now - Austin Internet Marketing Consulting ServicesToday I presented the third installment of the Content Marketing series on behalf of SCORE-Austin at their offices here in town. It was good to see some familiar faces from my previous session, and also good to welcome in some new folks for the material. We covered a lot of ground in the class, most of it focused on high level concepts. I’m inserting the slides from the class below, but for those of you who did not make it, here is an outline of what you will find in the slide deck. Social…
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    Hub LA

  • TED Radio Hour Tells Stories of Tech for Good

    Hub LA
    16 Jul 2014 | 4:09 pm
    If you didn’t catch the TED Radio Hour last weekend on NPR, it’s definitely worth a listen. The episode – “The Hackers” – shares the stories of TED speakers who are using science and technology to “hack” some of the world’s biggest problems (or as we call it, social innovation). Covering everything from “deextinction” and climate change to computer viruses, these stories of empowered individuals and teams who are using modern tools to improve the world. Head over to NPR to listen to these fascinating stories of social…
  • Fare Conversations Dinner Gathers Food Sector Innovators at Hub LA

    Hub LA
    8 Jul 2014 | 5:06 pm
    Since April, Hub LA has been partnering with Whole Foods Market. The partnership has developed out of a mutual appreciation for the role that food plays in building community. And when Whole Foods began bringing delicious meals to our weekly community lunches and monthly wine downs, we saw the effects immediately: more people showing up, livelier conversations, and a tighter community. Last week, Whole Foods, Hub LA, and Team Friday used food to bring together another community: the diverse players in the Los Angeles food scene. We hosted a 40-person dinner, Fare Conversations for policy…
  • July Food Truck Schedule: Keep On Truckin’

    Hub LA
    1 Jul 2014 | 1:40 pm
    Hub LA Friday Food trucks have been a smashing success – we’ve had everything from waffle fries, hamburgers, reubens, and mac-n-cheese to Cuban sandwiches. Every Friday, from 12:30-2:30pm, we’re hosting food trucks in our lot off Traction Ave. in the Arts District. We know there are plenty of good food options around, but pencil these trucks in so you can plan your visit to Hub LA ahead! July 4: HOLIDAY! Pro: Take the day off. Relax. Celebrate. Con: No Food Truck Friday. July 11: Wafl Truck Wafl Truck returns with sweet and savory waffles. Get one for lunch, another one for…
  • Hub LA Member Kristopher Fortin on Making Impact Through Journalism

    Hub LA
    27 Jun 2014 | 12:53 pm
    Meet Hub LA member Kristopher Fortin! He’s a journalist formerly at the Orange County Register, and he is a leader in the LA chapter of the National Association of Hispanic Journalists. Kris’s work epitomizes the Hub LA ethos: he is expanding access through technology and storytelling. I sent him some questions about why he does the work that he does, not only for NAHJ-LA but also as a storyteller dedicated to representing the Latino story, and he shared these (beautiful) responses. Hub LA member Kris Fortin, journalist and Board Member of the Los Angeles Chapter of the National…
  • New Media Meets Music Education at GuitarPick.fm

    Hub LA
    19 Jun 2014 | 1:25 pm
    Chris Mendez is a Hub LA host on Tuesdays and Thursday evenings and hosts office hours every Saturday for Tech Startups. When he’s not at Hub LA, Chris works at KUSC, a classical radio station. He’s been instrumental in developing the app Geotunes, which allows users to listen to songs based on a city, landmark, or event as they explore an interactive map that places the songs in context. Geotunes was a finalist at for the 2014 SXSW Interactive Award. Chris just launched his new site, GuitarPick, which is another music platform for people to learn about the guitars used in their…
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    Livity Africa

  • 67 minutes writing stories to improve South African literacy

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

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

    admin
    8 Jul 2014 | 4:36 am
    This month our young Live SA journalists featured prominently at the Guardian Activate Summit in Johannesburg.  The summit hosted influential and inspirational media figures from across Africa and the rest of the world including Alan Rusbridger, Editor-in-Chief, Guardian News & Media. Watch the video on the Guardian website. Livity Africa’s Gavin Weale facilitated a future generations panel in the afternoon featuring two of our Live SA journalists Lee Molefi and Lethabo Afrika. Great debate between the ‘born free’s’ and the over 30′s on future of media and…
  • Live Magazine SA launches digital trends survey

    admin
    10 Oct 2013 | 5:42 am
    As part of our  #CreativeHustles series, hosted in partnership with British Council Connect ZA, we are currently running a digital survey. We’re interested in young creatives’ (18 to 35 years) views about digital trends and tools. The 3 minute survey also offers respondents the chance to WIN R200 airtime or data! Take the survey Live Magazine SA and British Council Connect ZA present #CreativeHustles, a platform for young people aged 18 to 25 years to engage and build relationships with established industry professionals and arts practitioners, as well as receive creative and career…
 
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    Dutiee

  • Technologies That Power Social Good Startups

    Deepa Chaudhary
    3 Jul 2014 | 11:39 pm
    It seems like just yesterday that the social good sector was struggling with outdated tech, slow computers, crashing and clunky software or worse no access to technology and knowhow. It was the rapid spread of … Read more The post Technologies That Power Social Good Startups appeared first on Dutiee.
  • How A Small Liberian Startup Got Silicon Valley Eating Its Chocolate

    Deepa Chaudhary
    24 Jun 2014 | 11:25 am
    This is the story of Liberation Cocoa, how a small, fairly new cocoa trading startup in Liberia with a big dream of rebuilding their war torn country using cocoa came about to become a supplier to one of the most exquisite and loved chocolate company. Read more The post How A Small Liberian Startup Got Silicon Valley Eating Its Chocolate appeared first on Dutiee.
  • The Power Of Visual Storytelling For Social Impact

    Deepa Chaudhary
    2 Jun 2014 | 10:48 pm
    All brands live to connect with their audience, social media has made that easier than ever and at the same time harder than ever. How Visual storytelling helps you get noticed in a noisy world. Read more The post The Power Of Visual Storytelling For Social Impact appeared first on Dutiee.
  • Finally A Crowdfunding Platform For The Forgotten Entrepreneurs

    Deepa Chaudhary
    13 May 2014 | 1:52 am
    In this hyper-connected tech savvy world where we believe anyone with Internet access can do anything its comes as a surprise to learn that there is still a section of society that are underserved by the web. Read more The post Finally A Crowdfunding Platform For The Forgotten Entrepreneurs appeared first on Dutiee.
  • An Interview With Esther Havens: Photographer To The Worlds Most Inspiring Social Good Brands

    Deepa Chaudhary
    24 Apr 2014 | 10:30 am
    TOMs Shoes, charity: water, Warby Parker, Invisible Children, Raven+Lily are few of the brands that have worked with Esther to help them tell their story through her photographs. Read more The post An Interview With Esther Havens: Photographer To The Worlds Most Inspiring Social Good Brands appeared first on Dutiee.
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    Changemakers Ideas ExChange

  • UL and Ashoka Announce the Safer Roads, Safer India Finalists

    eric clayton
    23 Jul 2014 | 5:24 am
     You know that India ranks first in the world for deaths caused by traffic accidents. You know that most of the deaths are pedestrians. And you know that UL and Ashoka have come together to surface the most innovative solutions that are making roads in India safer.read more
  • Podcast: Bridging the Skills Gap

    John Converse Townsend
    22 Jul 2014 | 12:58 pm
    The founders of Avanti, a social venture based out of India, are working to bridge the skills gap and empower millions of children to transform their future educational prospects.read more
  • Ready, Set, MOVE! A Country in Motion

    j2hanson
    22 Jul 2014 | 12:06 pm
      How many times have you been told to exercise more, to eat a little healthier or to sleep a little longer? And how many times have you actually got out there and done it? Probably not as often as you’d like. read more
  • Innovator Insights: Want to know how to sustain environmental change?

    eaclay88
    20 Jul 2014 | 6:34 am
    What is needed to get people to actively support environmental sustainability? “Marketing,” says Kevin Davies, Ashoka American Express Emerging Innovator and founder of Green Start, an organization committed to reducing waste in Calgary, Canada and educating Calgarians about the impact of their personal decisions on the environment around them. “I believe that marketing could well be the missing piece of the puzzle. I believe in marketing as a force for good.” read more
  • Project Happiness – Equipping Young People with Emotional Resilience, Self-Awareness, and Empathy

    kristiewang
    18 Jul 2014 | 9:39 am
    Project Happiness (PH) teaches students the skills to build emotional resilience, self-awareness, and empathy. Informed by neuroscience, positive psychology, and mindfulness, PH “teaches kids to be happy and strong from the inside” and helps adults strengthen social and emotional skills as well, said founder Randy Taran.read more
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    Charles Lee

  • Idea in the Making

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

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

    Charles
    18 Mar 2014 | 10:17 am
    Conversations about personal branding have become much more commonplace over the past decade. People are “branding themselves” in hopes of leaving a positive, distinguishable impression to others. Many are writing about the need to be proactive in projecting  a positive image online or becoming more strategic in what one wears, how one talks, and where one needs to be. Individuals like P. Diddy, Jay-Z, Jordan, Bono, Trump, etc. have all become far bigger than any other brand they have worked for. Unfortunately, too many categorize branding as sheer external marketing and…
  • i2i Innovation Gathering on Effective Networking & Collaboration

    Charles
    11 Mar 2014 | 8:50 am
    Ideation’s next i2i Innovation Gathering will be at 31 Bits Headquarters on Wednesday April 2nd (7pm ~ 9:30pm) in Costa Mesa, CA. It will be an evening of networking, shared learning, and of course great food & drink! The event itself is only $25 per person and limited to 120 people. Our conversation for this upcoming evening will center around insights into Effective Networking & Collaboration. I will be moderating a conversation with a panel of thought leaders from multiple industries including: Debra Langford | CEO of The Langford Co. & Former VP at NBCUniversal &…
  • Knowing Is Not Half the Battle

    Charles
    7 Feb 2014 | 8:10 am
    It is not that difficult for leaders in our world today to learn new principles, paradigms, and strategic processes for better idea creation and execution. The truly difficult part is actually doing the work that these ideas require for organizational impact. The irony is that many who already know and understand what they ought to do for organizational improvement don’t do much about it outside of talking and delegating. It is not enough to know how to do integrate a new strategy or process into organizational culture or understand the intricacies of design thinking.  If we do not execute…
 
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    In Search of Sanuk - Charity & Volunteering in Bangkok

  • The Nuisance and Necessity of Ambitious Goals

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

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

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

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

    Dwight Turner
    19 Jan 2014 | 8:29 pm
    Another positive omen that we’re off to a great start this year was having a team of friends from Impact 48 hanging out brainstorming ways to improve our project this past weekend. The purpose of Impact 48 is to bring together tech and media savvy volunteers who donate a weekend to helping a non-profit. The converge in one place, get to know each other, brainstorm ways to help and finally decide which of the tasks can most likely be completed within 48 hours. In our case, the team had lots of ideas but noticed many of them hinged on one. That idea was to create a financial report from…
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    maternova.net

  • More on the river that divides Tajikistan and Afghanistan-- and a 50 fold different risk in maternal mortlaity

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

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

    Maternova
    25 Jun 2014 | 12:35 pm
    Meet Aisha Khadar, Executive Director of Khadarlis Global and nurse by trade. Khadarlis Global works to provide healthcare and sustainable development in Sierra Leone, a country that is known globally as stricken by war and poverty. But Aisha represents a different face of Sierra Leone—a member of the diaspora connected to an ancestral village and with the well-being of her compatriots at the heart of everything she does We at Maternova were blown away by Aisha’s passion and drive when we met with her last week. Having immigrated to the United States, Aisha returned to Sierra Leone after…
  • The State of the World's Midwives 2014: Investing in Midwives Yields a 16 fold return in the Community

    Maternova
    6 Jun 2014 | 7:00 am
    A few weeks ago we said that the State of the World's Mothers was in our view the most important global report around. Well, we didn't lie, but a tie for 'most important' would have to include the State of the World' Midwives. This report was launched for the first time in 2011, and this second edition, the 2014 report, saw considerable publicity associated with the Triennial International Conference of Midwives in Prague. Since 2011, the report does take note of tangible positive changes that have occurred, including the following: -33 of the 73 countries (45%) report vigorous attempts to…
  • Wellbeing Foundation Africa Advances MNCH and Brings Innovative Flight for Every Mother (FEM) Project to Kwara State, Nigeria

    AECote
    20 May 2014 | 12:50 pm
    **Reprinted with permission from our friends at the Wellbeing Foundation Africa. In a unique effort to educate and empower health workers in Kwara State, Nigeria, and in furtherance of its long-standing commitment to the improvement of maternal, newborn and child health (MNCH) indices in Africa, the Wellbeing Foundation partnered with the Flight for Every Mother (FEM) project to facilitate an on-site medical training program aimed at aiding African countries such as Nigeria to achieve the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) 4 and 5 before 2015. Having taken place on the 7th of September 2013…
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    The Rang De Blog

  • My 1st year at Rang De

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

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

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

    admin
    26 Jun 2014 | 4:12 am
    This is first in a series on the “Joy of Sharing” that looks at empathy as a virtue. To kick start the series, our Rang De team member has written down this short post. A few weeks ago while explaining what I did for a living, I was startled by a statement from the person listening intently to me.” I don’t believe in charity”, he said. Perhaps noticing the surprise on my face, he then went on to indicate that the country’s socialist policies had held India back for decades and that it was time we did away with it. I couldn’t help but remark at the…
  • Rang De World Cup Fever

    admin
    17 Jun 2014 | 4:21 am
    This is a guest post by our young intern and football pundit, Armaan Imam, where he introduces you to Rang De’s FIFA World Cup 2014 campaign The excitement, the heartbreaks and, above all, the marvelous spectacle of the beautiful game. The 1 month festival. It’s back. It seems like just yesterday, when Andres Iniesta hit the back of the net in the 116th minute in Soccer City in Johannesburg to give Spain their first World Cup triumph. The question is, what are the odds of seeing Andres Iniesta in the final this year? With Ronaldo hitting his prime, and Messi being lackadaisical…
 
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    Marketing and Social Media Strategy for Restaurants | Nate Riggs

  • Unlock the Secrets to Producing Effective YouTube Content

    Alex Foley
    23 Jul 2014 | 3:00 am
    Last month, YouTube surpassed Facebook in terms of unique visitors – making it the largest social media site out there. Most brands have caught on to the importance of producing effective YouTube content as part of their marketing mix, but last month’s news is just one more reminder of how powerful a marketing tool it can be. […] The post Unlock the Secrets to Producing Effective YouTube Content appeared first on Marketing and Social Media Strategy for Restaurants | Nate Riggs.
  • Facebook’s Celebrity App

    Gentry Bennett
    22 Jul 2014 | 3:00 am
    The latest in the string of weird applications hitting the App Store from social media giant Facebook (i.e. Slingshot and Poke), is Facebook’s celebrity app Mentions, which is creating lots of buzz in the tech world. What is Facebook’s Celebrity App? Since August 2003, Mentions has been tested, although most thought it was just another attempt to […] The post Facebook’s Celebrity App appeared first on Marketing and Social Media Strategy for Restaurants | Nate Riggs.
  • How Does Social Media Affect the Lonely?

    Carson Reider
    21 Jul 2014 | 3:00 am
    What do you do when you’re bored? Watch TV? Eat? Pace to and fro? Twiddle your thumbs? All of the above? Think about it. When we’re bored, we go on social networking sites. Boredom and loneliness are not the same; however, the actions taken when these feelings manifest themselves are. What draws the lonely to […] The post How Does Social Media Affect the Lonely? appeared first on Marketing and Social Media Strategy for Restaurants | Nate Riggs.
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    Social Enterprise Buzz

  • A molecular diagnostics company joins Canada’s impact investing platform

    SEB staff
    16 Jul 2014 | 7:04 am
    Proteocyte Diagnostics Inc., a company with a unique test for early identification of oral cancers, announced that it has officially joined MaRS’ Social Venture Connexion (SVX). Proteocyte is a Canadian molecular diagnostics company that has developed a novel diagnostics test, Straticyte, that accurately detects precancerous oral lesions at high risk of becoming cancerous. The company will be providing Straticyte as a commercial diagnostic test service to dental clinics and oral pathology labs. “As an innovative healthcare company focused on preventing cancer, Proteocyte has a…
  • Millennials don’t want to invest in the stock market

    Melissa Ip
    8 Jul 2014 | 8:32 am
    Recent research by UBS revealed that millennials (defined as people between the ages of 21 and 36) are not investing in the stock market. UBS speculates that this behaviour is the consequence of millennials having nightmares about living through the 2008 financial crisis or seeing their parents struggle through the recession. They are described as skeptical about chasing markets. The research surveyed 1,000 millennials and found that they hold an average 52 percent of their assets in cash and only 28 percent in stocks. Non-millennials, on the other hand, hold only 23 percent of their assets…
  • Hippocampus raises $2.4 million to expand in South India

    SEB staff
    2 Jul 2014 | 6:23 am
    Unitus Seed Fund, India’s most active seed-stage impact investor, has invested in a new financing round for Hippocampus Learning Centres, the leading rural kindergarten and remedial school programs provider based in Bangalore. The new financing round was led by Asian Development Bank with participation also from Khosla Impact venture fund. Hippocampus also announced that it is now operating in four districts in the Indian state of Karnataka, is starting to scale up availability of its EnglishSTAR and MathSTAR tuition programs, and hopes to be operating in 10 districts in South India by…
  • Why Deloitte UK is choosing to work with social enterprises

    Melissa Ip
    25 Jun 2014 | 7:36 am
    Deloitte revealed today that it will be working with 12 new social enterprises in the third year of its Social Innovation Pioneers program. As with previous years, this group will get an estimated £1 million in support from Deloitte employees. In practice, this program has helped social enterprises formulate and implement strategies, look at alternative ways to generate revenue, or create an approach to seek investment. But it’s not just social enterprises that are benefitting. Deloitte is too. “This program continues to provide the perfect opportunity for our people to use their skills…
  • Bill Drayton on the importance of empathy

    Melissa Ip
    23 Jun 2014 | 6:01 am
    The single most important skill that every person must have today is empathy, according to Bill Drayton. The Ashoka founder, widely accredited with coining the phrase “social entrepreneur” which he nearly named “public service entrepreneur” instead, visited Toronto last week and drew a large crowd to come hear him speak. In 1980, Drayton founded Ashoka based on the idea that leverage was important for catapulting the citizen sector. “What’s the most powerful force in the world? Of course it’s the big pattern change idea, but only if it’s in the hands of a really great…
 
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  • Hello Again, World: A Reflection of Post-AC4D Life

    Chelsea Hostetter
    30 Jun 2014 | 3:34 pm
    Hello, everyone. After almost two months out of AC4D, and after meeting some of the new students who are going to be in the next year, I’ve collected my thoughts (albeit messily) on what it has been like post-graduation. This post is intended to educate the new students going in, to connect with AC4D alums, and hopefully to give comfort to the folks in my class who are still probably going through their own processing. I’ll be the first to admit it, I was terrified of graduating. The last time I graduated from an educational institution, I had a serious disconnect with reality and…
  • Ux for Good: Hidden Patterns In Rwanda’s Reconciliation

    Matt Franks
    16 Jun 2014 | 11:02 am
    This post is my fourth post in a series on the UX for Good design challenge. Check out the first post: UX for Good Introduction to get a better understanding of what the UX for Good design challenge is about. Writing throughout the challenge posed to be a bigger challenge than I thought; given the time spent traveling and doing actual work.  But I plan on continuing these posts as this project progresses.     “Simplicity is reached on the other side of complexity.” My former manager Frank Lyman often uses this metaphor to describe a pattern he’s observed when…
  • Intent vs. Practicality: On the desire to develop Research Insights Databases

    Lauren Serota
    2 Jun 2014 | 11:27 am
    Many of the faculty have been in the position before: a client wants to maximise their research ROI by having you simultaneously conduct design research AND help them develop a means for efficient knowledge-sharing of your (and all future) research insights. I just wrote a little diddy on some of the reasons this is tough, and why asking for a more efficient means of sharing insights is missing the point. http://www.laurenserota.com/blog/2014/5/4/intent-vs-practicality-why-a-research-insights-database-is-a-bad-idea Commentary welcome.
  • UX for Good: Meeting the team

    Matt Franks
    31 May 2014 | 11:13 am
    A group in Kigali marches toward the memorial This post is my third in a series on the UX for Good design challenge. Check out the first post: UX for Good Introduction to get a better understanding of what the UX for Good design challenge is about.   Today I watched part of the team visit the grounds of the Kigali Genocide Memorial. It dawned on me that we externally worked through an issue that many observers & participants of the design process also have to work through: Just because you are studying X problem, doesn’t mean that your end output will be directly…
  • UX for Good: Immersion

    Matt Franks
    30 May 2014 | 11:31 am
      This post is my second in a series on the UX for Good design challenge. Check out the first post: UX for Good Introduction to get a better understanding of what the UX for Good design challenge is about.     At AC4D, we are the evangelicals of ambiguity.  Time and time again I’ve pushed people out the doors of the school with a single mission – go and explore the world around you.  Immerse yourself into the cultures and problems to which we remain largely blind. Not by choice, but generally by habit.  It’s our nature to become so comfortable in our…
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  • Storytelling Resources for Change Leaders

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

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

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

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

    12 Jun 2014 | 8:49 am
    University Connect at Georgetown Anne Johnson | June 12, 2014 Sitting in front of my computer in early January, I was stumped. Paging through information on young social entrepreneurs who had applied to collaborate with my classmates and I at Georgetown through... READ MORE
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  • He Will Not Shut Up

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

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

    admin
    6 Jul 2014 | 8:13 pm
    Story by: FeetsBiatch Industry: Shoe Retail I swear this is my shoe size. So I work in a shoe retail shop, you know, putting shoes on customer’s feet and lying to them that they look great on them. People! People! please wash your feet or get a pedicure if you are going to be shoe shopping. If your feet smells like dog crap, that is usually a good hint to clean them. I understand if you’re shopping and your feet starts sweating, but there’s a big different between sweaty feet verses something that came out of a dog’s ass.  Honestly, especially those people that…
  • Hate to be this guy

    admin
    3 Jul 2014 | 4:20 pm
    Nine to Five Hell was there to capture this moment at a local grocery. Seriously though, we don’t blame the worker pushing the kart across the aisle and accidentally hitting the table. We blame the boss in charge of the store thinking it’s a good idea to put a bunch of on sale wine on a shaky table in the middle of the aisle. Did they not think that maybe a kid might be running around the store? Some of customers’ responses when this tragedy unfolded: “That is so sad,” “Quick!, everyone get a straw!,” “It smells like grandma.”
  • 5 Horrific Office Injuries Waiting To Attack YOU

    admin
    1 Jul 2014 | 10:06 am
    From the quiet seclusion of your wheelie chair at the computer, you may feel a sense of comfort and safety from the world, knowing you’re not in any immediate physical danger. Wild dogs, bar fights, shark attacks – none of these things fall into the realm of possibility while you’re at work (unless you work in a bar, at the beach or for an animal shelter).  But don’t be fooled – the corporate workplace is a minefield of danger. Terrible beasts lurk around every corner, waiting for a chance to suck the lifeblood from your veins… Read and bewarned. 5. Carpel…
 
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  • Startup quotes: Richard Branson from Virgin

    Martin
    16 Jul 2014 | 1:00 pm
    Richard Branson, born on July 18th in 1950, is a famous entrepreneur and investor who is best known for starting Virgin Group. List of companies Richard started The student magazine; a magazine that advertised popular records and became an overnight success. Record shop; Richard started a record shop in Oxford Street in London where he sold records with a large discount. Virgin records; a music label that recorded for famous artists such as the sex pistols. Virgin atlantic airways; In 2012, it was the 7th largest UK airline in terms of passenger volume. Virgin mobile; it was the world’s…
  • Startup quotes: Mark Zuckerberg from Facebook

    Martin
    14 Jul 2014 | 9:23 am
    Mark Elliott Zuckerberg, born on May 14th in 1984, is a well know web entrepreneur who started Facebook. List of companies Mark Zuckerberg started CourseMatch; software that helped students choose their classes based on the course selections of other users. Facemash; a website which compared the pictures of two students on campus and allowed users to vote on which one was more attractive. Facebook; a social network that helps people connect and stay updated on friends and family. Due to his wild success with Facebook he accumulated wealth of more than 25 billion USD before his 30th birthday.
  • Product Design

    Marc
    14 Jul 2014 | 6:29 am
    As the name indicates, the process of creating a new product for sale to customers is known as product design. Thought this definition tends to oversimplify, product design is actually a broad concept which encompasses a systematic generation and development of ideas that eventually leads to the creation of new products. Design experts work on concepts and ideas, eventually turning them into tangible products and inventions. The product design expert works with art, science and technology to create these products. This increasingly complex process is now supported by evolving digital tools…
  • Startup Hubs Around The World: Istanbul

    Marc
    13 Jul 2014 | 6:47 am
    Istanbul has often been seen as the bridge between East and West. A cosmopolitan city with a culture dating back centuries, it is a mix of driven young professionals, and businesses that have been around for generations. More and more entrepreneurs are headed to Istanbul to setup their start-ups. In this article about Istanbul, we look at six essential elements of a potential start-up location that must be considered: 1) location, 2) tax incentives, 3) legal incentives, 4) availability of investors, 5) local resources and workforce, and 6) specialization 1. LOCATION At the…
  • Startup Hubs Around The World: Singapore

    Marc
    12 Jul 2014 | 9:53 am
    Asia draws visitors from around the world. In today’s thriving marketplace, the Asian sector has re-invented itself as a pivotal player in the race to the top of the start-up hub environment. Singapore is leading the way in their corner of the world as the number one Asian start-up city and is gaining an increasing foothold into the market of biomedical science. Relatively simple start-up procedures, a thriving incubator community and friendly governmental policies all converge into what business experts have begun to call Asia’s Silicon Valley. What sets the comparatively small Singapore…
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    Education and Training for Home-Based Business Entrepreneurs

  • Managing Overwhelm

    Tammy Hawk-Bridges
    13 Jul 2014 | 10:34 am
    Today is Sunday and admittedly I’m feeling a little overwhelmed. Not by things I have to do but by things I want to do and don’t have the time. Is anyone with me? Education for the Home Business Entrepreneur – Managing Overwhelm Today I read this article by Mashable called 3 Phrases That Actually Make You Feel More Overwhelmed and I had an epiphany. Basically the way you express your lack of time creates a bad mindset – which I totally buy into. Your mindset is the foundation that every business is built on. The article says instead of saying, I don’t have time,…
  • Complacency is Cancer

    Tammy Hawk-Bridges
    9 Jul 2014 | 6:24 pm
    Take a moment of self-reflection. How do you take in information? Do you absorb it? Do you read it and think to yourself that you need to do it? Then a few seconds later the dog barks and you need to take him out – then the thought is lost? Do you revisit it? Do you just move on? The entrepreneur that thrives in today’s world is the one that admits they’re guilty of being complacent and creates systems in their business (and lives) to defuse it.  They know that the key to growing a business is having the appropriate steps in place to avoid falling into complacency.
  • Online Marketing – Let’s Do a Check Up

    Tammy Hawk-Bridges
    3 Jul 2014 | 5:29 am
    It’s not rocket-science the world around you is changing. The Internet is growing and expanding. As it expands, it creates change. The Internet will create opportunities – coincidently it will also end many industries as we know them. Some businesses will survive – some won’t. The pendulum has swung and now it’s time to get onboard or lose money in your business. My guess is you’re already leaving some money on the table by not understanding how online marketing works. The largest oversight of most businesses is the consumer – the very consumer they…
  • Behaviors Determine the Success of Entrepreneurs

    Tammy Hawk-Bridges
    25 Jun 2014 | 5:20 pm
    I get the pleasure of working with entrepreneurs every day. I’ve worked with some that have experienced huge success and I’ve also worked with some that just couldn’t get it together. Over the years I’ve learned the traits that divide. It’s not whose the prettiest or the smartest, those assets don’t have a lot weight in the entrepreneurial game. It’s the behaviors and mindsets of the individuals that separate. Some entrepreneurs are successful at creating the behaviors that equal success whereas others will spend most of their entrepreneurial journey…
  • How Home-Based Business Owners Can Get What They Want

    Tammy Hawk-Bridges
    18 Jun 2014 | 7:56 pm
    Last week in my blog I wrote about something that’s literally the core of all success, the mindset. I wrote about the 6 attributes that separates mediocre entrepreneurs from extremely successful ones. This week we’ll stay within that topic but talk about a different angle, the art of persuasion. Being able to persuade others is critical to an entrepreneur’s success. I was talking with one of my friends about this and the funny thing was when I mentioned having a talent to easily persuade others, she took that as a negative thing. I found it interesting how she related…
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