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  • South Africa's Drone Enterprises

    Timbuktu Chronicles
    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…
  • 10 ways to reduce (or reverse) your car's carbon skidmark

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    Jacob Gordon
    29 Jul 2014 | 2:42 pm
    Cars spit out tons of pollution. Luckily there are many ways to reduce your emissions - we've summarized the top tips for you.
  • On Our Radar: Has China's Environment Hit an Inflection Point?

    SustainAbility
    27 Jul 2014 | 11:49 pm
    Mask wearing has become a common sight in downtown Beijing. Taken April 2014 © Chris Wash. An abbreviated version of this piece was originally published in the summer issue of Radar Magazine – Issue 04: Better, Connected. The Chinese government’s declarations of environmental concerns as first-order priorities have a spotty history in heralding imminent change, due largely to uneven enforcement on a state and local level. So one could be forgiven if the flurry of actions announced in the first half of 2014, which include statements by a government advisor that the country will set an…
  • Obama’s ‘Economic Patriotism’ Won’t Win Until Firms Do

    Triple Pundit: People, Planet, Profit
    Jan Lee
    29 Jul 2014 | 3:00 am
    President Obama's criticism of businesses that move abroad to more affordable tax bases may have value. But is that the fault of businesses or a federal tax system that is out of step with tax systems overseas?
  • Global Fund Procurement Savings Bring Healthcare Benefits

    Skoll World Forum
    Jake Wadland
    29 Jul 2014 | 4:18 pm
    The Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria recently raised $12.2 billion for its work between 2014 and 2016, the most ever committed to fighting these diseases. Beyond raising money, the Global Fund is extracting more value from its investments by transforming its procurement and fostering a healthy marketplace for lifesaving commodities. About half of Global Fund grants go toward purchases of health products, equipment and services. Nearly $600 million is spent annually on drugs. Another $500 million is spent on other needs – from insecticide-treated bed nets to diagnostics…
 
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  • On Our Radar: Has China's Environment Hit an Inflection Point?

    27 Jul 2014 | 11:49 pm
    Mask wearing has become a common sight in downtown Beijing. Taken April 2014 © Chris Wash. An abbreviated version of this piece was originally published in the summer issue of Radar Magazine – Issue 04: Better, Connected. The Chinese government’s declarations of environmental concerns as first-order priorities have a spotty history in heralding imminent change, due largely to uneven enforcement on a state and local level. So one could be forgiven if the flurry of actions announced in the first half of 2014, which include statements by a government advisor that the country will set an…
  • Five Attributes of Leading Stakeholder Engagement

    23 Jul 2014 | 8:56 pm
    Image © CC Domiriel: Compfight The identification and engagement of a company’s stakeholders to build trust, reduce risk and develop effective partnerships have been at the core of our work with business leaders for many years. As the rhetoric grows that no singular business is capable of addressing environmental and social challenges alone, companies must think now more than ever about how they can engage with NGOs, governments and other actors to develop collaborative solutions to system problems. Over the years, we have seen stakeholder engagement move in this direction. It’s…
  • 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…
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    Triple Pundit: People, Planet, Profit

  • Obama’s ‘Economic Patriotism’ Won’t Win Until Firms Do

    Jan Lee
    29 Jul 2014 | 3:00 am
    President Obama's criticism of businesses that move abroad to more affordable tax bases may have value. But is that the fault of businesses or a federal tax system that is out of step with tax systems overseas?
  • Why Would the USDA Waste $34 Million on Soybeans in Afghanistan?

    Leon Kaye
    29 Jul 2014 | 2:30 am
    In Afghanistan, an attempt to launch the farming of soybeans under the guise of nutrition and economic development has failed -- for obvious reasons.
  • NASA: Groundwater Depletion Threatens Southwest Water Supplies

    Andrew Burger
    29 Jul 2014 | 2:15 am
    Groundwater depletion accounts for more than 75 percent of total freshwater loss across the Colorado River Basin, a "shocking" finding that compounds threats across seven Western states, according to a first-of-its-kind NASA study.
  • Video: Michelle Obama on Work-Life Balance

    Jen Boynton
    29 Jul 2014 | 2:00 am
    Apparently Michelle Obama brought baby Sasha with her to interview for a VP position at University of Chicago Hospitals. Truthfully, are the working parents among us really accomplishing as much as the workers out there without kids?
  • ExxonMobil to Comply with LGBT Executive Order

    Bill DiBenedetto
    29 Jul 2014 | 2:00 am
    Exxon, which according to government records won more than $480 million in federal contracts in 2013 and more than $8 billion since 2006, has long resisted pressure from civil rights groups and shareholders to enumerate LGBT protections in its formal equal opportunity corporate policy.
 
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    Skoll World Forum

  • Global Fund Procurement Savings Bring Healthcare Benefits

    Jake Wadland
    29 Jul 2014 | 4:18 pm
    The Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria recently raised $12.2 billion for its work between 2014 and 2016, the most ever committed to fighting these diseases. Beyond raising money, the Global Fund is extracting more value from its investments by transforming its procurement and fostering a healthy marketplace for lifesaving commodities. About half of Global Fund grants go toward purchases of health products, equipment and services. Nearly $600 million is spent annually on drugs. Another $500 million is spent on other needs – from insecticide-treated bed nets to diagnostics…
  • Fight for Filipino Fishermen’s Rights Gets Results

    Jake Wadland
    28 Jul 2014 | 8:18 pm
    In the Philippines, Skoll Awardee Visayan Forum Foundation has made progress in improving working conditions for deep-sea fishermen. Visayan’s experience holds lessons for others engaged in similar initiatives. Pa-aling is a form of deep-sea fishing practiced in the Philippines, where fishermen dive 100 feet into the ocean with the aid of breathing tubes attached to a compressor, which is sometimes old and rusty. The fishermen drive fish out of coral reefs into a net laid out on the ocean floor, which is then sealed and reeled to the surface. A pa-aling fishing ship usually has about 250…
  • Grounds for Peace in Afghanistan and the Middle East

    Jake Wadland
    24 Jul 2014 | 4:00 pm
    As a mother and CEO, I have walked the minefields of the world to witness the repercussions of war and its devastating effects on children. I have held babies in my arms who have lost their limbs and lives – it only takes eight pounds to detonate a landmine, the weight of a newborn child. From Angola to Afghanistan, Croatia to Cambodia, I have sought grounds for peace by replacing the scourge of landmines with bountiful vineyards, literally turning mines to vines – transforming killing fields into fields of fresh grapes. This month, more than 180 children have been killed as a result of…
  • 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…
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    Marc Gunther's blog

  • General Mills, Walmart, Target and compassion

    Marc Gunther
    29 Jul 2014 | 3:20 pm
    The other day, I went to a daylong meditation retreat about lovingkindness. One of the themes: how to find ways to bring an attitude of loving kindness not just to friends, but to strangers and even to the most difficult people in our lives. My rabbi, Fred Dobb, with whom I ordinarily spend my Saturdays, […] >
  • 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 […] >
 
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    Skoll World Forum

  • Global Fund Procurement Savings Bring Healthcare Benefits

    Jake Wadland
    29 Jul 2014 | 4:18 pm
    The Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria recently raised $12.2 billion for its work between 2014 and 2016, the most ever committed to fighting these diseases. Beyond raising money, the Global Fund is extracting more value from its investments by transforming its procurement and fostering a healthy marketplace for lifesaving commodities. About half of Global Fund grants go toward purchases of health products, equipment and services. Nearly $600 million is spent annually on drugs. Another $500 million is spent on other needs – from insecticide-treated bed nets to diagnostics…
  • Fight for Filipino Fishermen’s Rights Gets Results

    Jake Wadland
    28 Jul 2014 | 8:18 pm
    In the Philippines, Skoll Awardee Visayan Forum Foundation has made progress in improving working conditions for deep-sea fishermen. Visayan’s experience holds lessons for others engaged in similar initiatives. Pa-aling is a form of deep-sea fishing practiced in the Philippines, where fishermen dive 100 feet into the ocean with the aid of breathing tubes attached to a compressor, which is sometimes old and rusty. The fishermen drive fish out of coral reefs into a net laid out on the ocean floor, which is then sealed and reeled to the surface. A pa-aling fishing ship usually has about 250…
  • Grounds for Peace in Afghanistan and the Middle East

    Jake Wadland
    24 Jul 2014 | 4:00 pm
    As a mother and CEO, I have walked the minefields of the world to witness the repercussions of war and its devastating effects on children. I have held babies in my arms who have lost their limbs and lives – it only takes eight pounds to detonate a landmine, the weight of a newborn child. From Angola to Afghanistan, Croatia to Cambodia, I have sought grounds for peace by replacing the scourge of landmines with bountiful vineyards, literally turning mines to vines – transforming killing fields into fields of fresh grapes. This month, more than 180 children have been killed as a result of…
  • 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…
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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

  • MicroMentor expands its reach through the power of partnerships

    Christian Danielsen
    28 Jul 2014 | 4:00 pm
    Image:  When MicroMentor launched in 2008, it informally billed itself as “a dating site for small business owners.”Six years later, the Mercy Corps startup has made more than 6,000 mentoring matches, and is shifting its focus to providing its proven mentoring platform to large organizations, like the state of New York.In its first four years, MicroMentor built an online platform to attract small business owners and experienced mentors, and facilitate lasting relationships between them to help those businesses survive and grow.The need was clear. Research and survey data…
  • Why understanding globalization’s roots lets us use it for good

    Kyla Yeoman
    25 Jul 2014 | 10:23 am
    Image:  Though the ship has sailed on the debate about whether globalization leaves some people worse off, the development community still hasn't quite figured out how to maneuver the tiller. But history repeats itself, they say, and a deep understanding of globalization’s roots might just provide navigational clues for the future.The University of Texas at Austin’s online course “Age of Globalization” explores the topic through the lens of competition and connectivity, with Professor John Hoberman at the helm.“Globalization is unimaginable without the…
  • 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…
 
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    Beneblog: Technology Meets Society

  • Thank You, Gerardo!

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

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

  • EPA to Add Treatment Technology to Nassau Landfill Site

    Ken Jennison
    29 Jul 2014 | 6:05 am
    The EPA has announced that it will be add additional treatment technology to the Dewey Loeffel Landfill site in Nassau, New York by November 2014 to address the long-term treatment of 1,4-dioxane, a stabilizer and solvent that is a component of some cosmetics, detergents  and shampoos. The plant began operations in January 2014 to treat […]
  • Waste Management Sells Waste-to-Energy Unit for $1.94 Billion

    Kirsten Korosec
    29 Jul 2014 | 5:20 am
    Waste Management has agreed to sell Wheelabrator Technologies to an affiliate of Energy Capital Partners for $1.94 billion in cash. Wheelabrator Technologies (WTI) owns or operates 17 waste-to-energy facilities and four independent power-producing plants in the US that process more than 7.5 million tons of waste and have a combined electric generating capacity of 853 […]
  • China Bak, Dalian Institute Partner on Next-Gen Battery

    Kirsten Korosec
    29 Jul 2014 | 5:20 am
    Lithium-ion battery maker China Bak has partnered with Dalian Institute of Chemical Physics of Chinese Academy of Sciences to research and develop next-generation battery technologies. The collaboration, which will bring together CBAK’s strengths in the power battery sector and DICP’s leadership in advanced rechargeable batteries, are in response to growing demand for electric vehicles in […]
  • US Coal Exports Aiding Global GHG Emissions

    Ken Jennison
    29 Jul 2014 | 5:05 am
    As the US shifts its emphasis to natural gas power plants and exports its coal to other parts of the world, it may be simply moving the potential for greenhouse gas emissions to another country, according to the Associated Press. The multi-billion dollar fossil fuel trade has thrived under the Obama administration. However, while the US is working […]
  • US Utilities Offer EV Tariffs to Increase Customer Engagement

    Ken Jennison
    29 Jul 2014 | 5:05 am
    Twenty-five electric utilities across 14 states – including eight of the 15 largest — are now offering electric vehicles rates and tariffs as part of an effort to engage the growing number of customers who drive electric vehicles, according to a study by Northeast Group. In the Midwest, Minnesota has taken the additional step to […]
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    Have Fun • Do Good

  • Bye-Bye Big Vision Podcast: 70+ Interviews Over 7 Years with Social Changemakers

    Britt Bravo
    26 Jul 2014 | 2:37 pm
    East Bay Express, Best of the East Bay 2007Today is my day for letting go of things to make space for something new.I just told my VegCookbook Club that I'm stepping down as its organizer, and now I'm letting go of the Big Vision Podcast. It has been REALLY hard to let this go, but after not posting an interview for a year, I know that it is time.I started the Big Vision Podcast in 2006 about six months after starting Have Fun, Do Good. When I told my husband that I wanted to interview social changemakers for my blog, he suggested that I start a podcast. He had the audio equipment to help me…
  • Color = happiness

    Britt Bravo
    7 Jun 2014 | 8:18 am
    A few years ago, I had a vivid dream that I went into a dark therapist's office to meet with my client, Cameron Diaz. She wanted to know the secret to happiness, so I told her:Cook Connect Care ColorI've heard that all of the characters in your dreams are aspects of yourself, so I've thought a lot over the years about my advice to the "Cameron Diaz" aspect of myself. Cooking, connecting and caring made sense, but I didn't fully understand the color part until last week when I joined Andrea Sher's e-course: Collecting Color: 30 Days of Photo Joy. I'm having so much fun!Each day, for…
  • The healing power of . . .

    Britt Bravo
    31 May 2014 | 12:45 pm
    I woke up this morning feeling kinda poopy. It was one of those mornings when I felt like a "broken" person. When I feel like that, I sometimes wonder if it is all me, or if I am also feeling the pain and sadness everyone is feeling (I'm a bit of an emotional sponge).I began thinking about what heals, what helps us feel more whole, and how there are a lot of things we say have "healing power":Healing power of natureHealing power of listeningHealing power of artHealing power of hugsHealing power of laughterHealing power of tears Healing power of animalsHealing power of childrenHealing power of…
  • Feeling Between Seasons

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

    Britt Bravo
    20 Jan 2014 | 8:32 am
    "Everyone is a philanthropist whether you're giving five dollars, or fifty thousand dollars. What sets this apart as philanthropy is, are you giving in a way that really affects your passions, your interests, what you really want to change in the world. . . . Are you giving mindfully? That to me is really the mark of thinking about this as a philanthropist." ~ Lauren Brownstein on the Tranquility du Jour podcast.While listening to Kimberly Wilson's Tranquility du Jour podcast interview with fundraising and philanthropic consultant, Lauren Brownstein on Saturday, the quote above really…
 
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    Skoll World Forum

  • Global Fund Procurement Savings Bring Healthcare Benefits

    Jake Wadland
    29 Jul 2014 | 4:18 pm
    The Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria recently raised $12.2 billion for its work between 2014 and 2016, the most ever committed to fighting these diseases. Beyond raising money, the Global Fund is extracting more value from its investments by transforming its procurement and fostering a healthy marketplace for lifesaving commodities. About half of Global Fund grants go toward purchases of health products, equipment and services. Nearly $600 million is spent annually on drugs. Another $500 million is spent on other needs – from insecticide-treated bed nets to diagnostics…
  • Fight for Filipino Fishermen’s Rights Gets Results

    Jake Wadland
    28 Jul 2014 | 8:18 pm
    In the Philippines, Skoll Awardee Visayan Forum Foundation has made progress in improving working conditions for deep-sea fishermen. Visayan’s experience holds lessons for others engaged in similar initiatives. Pa-aling is a form of deep-sea fishing practiced in the Philippines, where fishermen dive 100 feet into the ocean with the aid of breathing tubes attached to a compressor, which is sometimes old and rusty. The fishermen drive fish out of coral reefs into a net laid out on the ocean floor, which is then sealed and reeled to the surface. A pa-aling fishing ship usually has about 250…
  • Grounds for Peace in Afghanistan and the Middle East

    Jake Wadland
    24 Jul 2014 | 4:00 pm
    As a mother and CEO, I have walked the minefields of the world to witness the repercussions of war and its devastating effects on children. I have held babies in my arms who have lost their limbs and lives – it only takes eight pounds to detonate a landmine, the weight of a newborn child. From Angola to Afghanistan, Croatia to Cambodia, I have sought grounds for peace by replacing the scourge of landmines with bountiful vineyards, literally turning mines to vines – transforming killing fields into fields of fresh grapes. This month, more than 180 children have been killed as a result of…
  • 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…
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  • Multivitamins for pregnant women in rural Ethiopia

    Jennifer Bell
    25 Jul 2014 | 8:22 am
    $10 — Transports multivitamins for 20 pregnant and lactating women$20 — Transports multivitamins for 40 pregnant and lactating women$50 — Transports multivitamins for 100 pregnant and lactating womenSummaryProviding pregnant and lactating women (PLW) with multivitamins can prevent micronutrient deficiency and improve birth outcomes. Vitamin Angels, a US-based non-profit, has granted our organization 17,010 bottles of multivitamins for distribution to 8,505 PLW who would otherwise go without in Halaba Special Woreda,southern region of Ethiopia.
  • Disability & Inclusion:Training Colombian Teachers

    MARTHA ROBLES
    25 Jul 2014 | 6:28 am
    $25 — Will support training material for 1 teacher$50 — Pay for one teacher to participate in 3 workshops$100 — Will provide staff time to support teachers trained in 1 school during 6 monthsSummaryHelp us to train inclusive teachers who give children with Down syndrome and intellectual disabilities the opportunity to learn what they need to succeed in our community.Project Needs and BeneficiariesSchool is more than reading and math, it's the place to learn and share who you really are. Around 13% of children with disabilities are included at…
  • Emergency Aid for Children in Gaza

    Mona El-Farra
    24 Jul 2014 | 9:07 am
    $10 — will provide milk for a child for one week$25 — will provide milk and food items for a displaced family$50 — will provide milk and food items for 2 displace familiesSummaryMECA will deliver urgent aid to children and families in Gaza. We will purchase milk, cheese, dates, and biscuits to distribute to displaced families and purchase medicine and medical supplies for hospitals and clinics. Gaza is suffering from another major Israeli attack. More than 160 children have been killed in the last 16 days. Tens of thousands of people are…
  • 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…
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    Echoing Green Blog

  • Working for Free: The Double-Edged Sword of Purposeful Work

    Linda Kay Klein
    29 Jul 2014 | 8:07 am
    “There’s a study on zookeepers I think you’d like,” Gabe said. “Oh yeah?” I answered. I was in a hotel room in Indianapolis where I’d led a series of purpose workshops earlier that day. My cell phone was balanced in the crook of my neck so I could talk to Gabe—the researcher we had hired to help us mine the existing academic research on purpose—because I was typing an email to a potential partner at the same time. “The researchers found that, generally speaking, zookeepers feel  ‘called’ to the profession,” Gabe continued. “They describe themselves as…
  • Who's Next? Meet the 2014 Fellows

    Echoing Green
    25 Jun 2014 | 6:01 am
    Meet who's next ​in social entrepreneurship: With fifty-five Fellows leading forty-two organizations, meet Echoing Green's largest class of Fellows in its twenty-seven year history. From JustLeadershipUSA’s ambitious proposal to reduce crime and cut the U.S. prison population in half by 2030 to ATLAS: DIY’s focus on incubation spaces providing free legal resources as well as career, college prep and arts enrichment for undocumented immigrant youth, this year’s class represents the next generation of social innovators. The 2014 class—comprising of three cohorts of Global,…
  • Becca Heller and IRAP: Keeping America’s Promises

    Echoing Green
    23 Jun 2014 | 8:05 am
    Photo courtesy of Becca Heller During the Iraq war, the U.S. military relied heavily on local interpreters who risked their lives standing shoulder-to-shoulder with American troops. This mission-critical cooperation made the interpreters and their families targets for extreme anti-American violence during and after the conflict. By one estimate, roughly 1,000 interpreters have been killed in Iraq to date. Many who’ve survived are in hiding. Others, unable to return home, are refugees in Syria, Jordan and Lebanon, often living in poverty and despair. They are desperate to immigrate to the…
  • Ben Smilowitz: Disaster Relief Watchdog

    Echoing Green
    13 Jun 2014 | 1:34 pm
    Photo courtesy of Disaster Accountability Project When an American Red Cross staffer blew the whistle on reneged promises to help survivors of Hurricane Sandy, Ben Smilowitz took action. A vigilant watchdog for survivors of disaster, Ben investigated inefficiencies, fired up the media, engaged members of Congress, and filed a complaint with New York’s Attorney General. Results? The Red Cross released $4 million in funds to as many as 1,000 Sandy-impacted households. And the world-renowned relief organization was forced to change the way it solicits online donations after disasters—making…
  • Social Impact Jobs June 2014

    Lara Galinsky
    4 Jun 2014 | 6:15 am
    Photo courtesy of Mercado Global As I reflect on the growth of Echoing Green as an organization, I can't help but think about our Fellows' and friends' high-impact organizations, all of us in search of our newest team members. I ponder what their staff meetings are like, what energy teems through their office spaces, and I even imagine conversations taking place in the field. Envisioning other contexts where people are addressing the world's problems in diverse ways can be thrilling and inspiring. This is an especially powerful exercise when the organizations you contemplate are transforming…
 
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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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    Timbuktu Chronicles

  • 'She Leads Africa' Entrepreneurs

    Emeka Okafor
    29 Jul 2014 | 6:01 am
    Identifying talent: She Leads Africa’s Entrepreneur Showcase is a platform that introduces the continent’s most promising female entrepreneurs to investors, accelerators, and mentors looking to invest in the next generation of African talent.We are looking for early stage startups that want to meet investors, gain access to new mentors, and grow across Africa. Our top 10 applicants will be invited to pitch their business ideas in front of a panel of notable business personalities for the chance to win a cash prize of $10, 000 as well as other non-financial prizes (see details below)
  • Testing Kits for Ebola and other Viral hemorrhagic fevers

    Emeka Okafor
    29 Jul 2014 | 5:32 am
    In Uganda, Misaki Wayengera is leading an effort to develop paper strip tests for Ebola and Marburg: A project in Uganda that aims to develop a paper-strip test for the deadly Ebola and Marburg viruses...funded by the Grand Challenges Canada project....The paper strip test would, if developed, help test for the virus in a cheap and quick manner within the community just like it is done for malaria.
  • Mother's Delivery Kits

    Emeka Okafor
    29 Jul 2014 | 5:09 am
    An initiative of the Brown Button Foundation led by Adepeju Mabadeje Jaiyeoba: Mother's Delivery Kits are cost-effective and life-saving kits, for safer childbirth, developed by a team of medical professionals in Nigeria.
  • GamersNights: Multiplayer computer gamers in Uganda

    Emeka Okafor
    24 Jul 2014 | 1:10 pm
    SmartMonkey TV reports: GamersNights is a short overview of multiplayer computer gaming in Uganda with interviews with some of the key players. The interview covers: how GamersNights came to be set up (Samuel Odeke) ; the age and gender of the players; what games people like Saint enjoy playing; the localisation of content for Call of Duty; a rig for speed games built by Douglas Were; and why multiplayer computer gaming can help develop connectivity in Africa by Kyle Spencer. 'People come from all over Africa to play in Uganda because we have the best server'
  • 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…
 
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  • Global Fund Procurement Savings Bring Healthcare Benefits

    Jake Wadland
    29 Jul 2014 | 4:18 pm
    The Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria recently raised $12.2 billion for its work between 2014 and 2016, the most ever committed to fighting these diseases. Beyond raising money, the Global Fund is extracting more value from its investments by transforming its procurement and fostering a healthy marketplace for lifesaving commodities. About half of Global Fund grants go toward purchases of health products, equipment and services. Nearly $600 million is spent annually on drugs. Another $500 million is spent on other needs – from insecticide-treated bed nets to diagnostics…
  • Fight for Filipino Fishermen’s Rights Gets Results

    Jake Wadland
    28 Jul 2014 | 8:18 pm
    In the Philippines, Skoll Awardee Visayan Forum Foundation has made progress in improving working conditions for deep-sea fishermen. Visayan’s experience holds lessons for others engaged in similar initiatives. Pa-aling is a form of deep-sea fishing practiced in the Philippines, where fishermen dive 100 feet into the ocean with the aid of breathing tubes attached to a compressor, which is sometimes old and rusty. The fishermen drive fish out of coral reefs into a net laid out on the ocean floor, which is then sealed and reeled to the surface. A pa-aling fishing ship usually has about 250…
  • Grounds for Peace in Afghanistan and the Middle East

    Jake Wadland
    24 Jul 2014 | 4:00 pm
    As a mother and CEO, I have walked the minefields of the world to witness the repercussions of war and its devastating effects on children. I have held babies in my arms who have lost their limbs and lives – it only takes eight pounds to detonate a landmine, the weight of a newborn child. From Angola to Afghanistan, Croatia to Cambodia, I have sought grounds for peace by replacing the scourge of landmines with bountiful vineyards, literally turning mines to vines – transforming killing fields into fields of fresh grapes. This month, more than 180 children have been killed as a result of…
  • 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…
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  • Global Fund Procurement Savings Bring Healthcare Benefits

    Jake Wadland
    29 Jul 2014 | 4:18 pm
    The Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria recently raised $12.2 billion for its work between 2014 and 2016, the most ever committed to fighting these diseases. Beyond raising money, the Global Fund is extracting more value from its investments by transforming its procurement and fostering a healthy marketplace for lifesaving commodities. About half of Global Fund grants go toward purchases of health products, equipment and services. Nearly $600 million is spent annually on drugs. Another $500 million is spent on other needs – from insecticide-treated bed nets to diagnostics…
  • Fight for Filipino Fishermen’s Rights Gets Results

    Jake Wadland
    28 Jul 2014 | 8:18 pm
    In the Philippines, Skoll Awardee Visayan Forum Foundation has made progress in improving working conditions for deep-sea fishermen. Visayan’s experience holds lessons for others engaged in similar initiatives. Pa-aling is a form of deep-sea fishing practiced in the Philippines, where fishermen dive 100 feet into the ocean with the aid of breathing tubes attached to a compressor, which is sometimes old and rusty. The fishermen drive fish out of coral reefs into a net laid out on the ocean floor, which is then sealed and reeled to the surface. A pa-aling fishing ship usually has about 250…
  • Grounds for Peace in Afghanistan and the Middle East

    Jake Wadland
    24 Jul 2014 | 4:00 pm
    As a mother and CEO, I have walked the minefields of the world to witness the repercussions of war and its devastating effects on children. I have held babies in my arms who have lost their limbs and lives – it only takes eight pounds to detonate a landmine, the weight of a newborn child. From Angola to Afghanistan, Croatia to Cambodia, I have sought grounds for peace by replacing the scourge of landmines with bountiful vineyards, literally turning mines to vines – transforming killing fields into fields of fresh grapes. This month, more than 180 children have been killed as a result of…
  • 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…
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  • Global Fund Procurement Savings Bring Healthcare Benefits

    Jake Wadland
    29 Jul 2014 | 4:18 pm
    The Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria recently raised $12.2 billion for its work between 2014 and 2016, the most ever committed to fighting these diseases. Beyond raising money, the Global Fund is extracting more value from its investments by transforming its procurement and fostering a healthy marketplace for lifesaving commodities. About half of Global Fund grants go toward purchases of health products, equipment and services. Nearly $600 million is spent annually on drugs. Another $500 million is spent on other needs – from insecticide-treated bed nets to diagnostics…
  • Fight for Filipino Fishermen’s Rights Gets Results

    Jake Wadland
    28 Jul 2014 | 8:18 pm
    In the Philippines, Skoll Awardee Visayan Forum Foundation has made progress in improving working conditions for deep-sea fishermen. Visayan’s experience holds lessons for others engaged in similar initiatives. Pa-aling is a form of deep-sea fishing practiced in the Philippines, where fishermen dive 100 feet into the ocean with the aid of breathing tubes attached to a compressor, which is sometimes old and rusty. The fishermen drive fish out of coral reefs into a net laid out on the ocean floor, which is then sealed and reeled to the surface. A pa-aling fishing ship usually has about 250…
  • Grounds for Peace in Afghanistan and the Middle East

    Jake Wadland
    24 Jul 2014 | 4:00 pm
    As a mother and CEO, I have walked the minefields of the world to witness the repercussions of war and its devastating effects on children. I have held babies in my arms who have lost their limbs and lives – it only takes eight pounds to detonate a landmine, the weight of a newborn child. From Angola to Afghanistan, Croatia to Cambodia, I have sought grounds for peace by replacing the scourge of landmines with bountiful vineyards, literally turning mines to vines – transforming killing fields into fields of fresh grapes. This month, more than 180 children have been killed as a result of…
  • 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…
 
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  • Global Fund Procurement Savings Bring Healthcare Benefits

    Jake Wadland
    29 Jul 2014 | 4:18 pm
    The Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria recently raised $12.2 billion for its work between 2014 and 2016, the most ever committed to fighting these diseases. Beyond raising money, the Global Fund is extracting more value from its investments by transforming its procurement and fostering a healthy marketplace for lifesaving commodities. About half of Global Fund grants go toward purchases of health products, equipment and services. Nearly $600 million is spent annually on drugs. Another $500 million is spent on other needs – from insecticide-treated bed nets to diagnostics…
  • Fight for Filipino Fishermen’s Rights Gets Results

    Jake Wadland
    28 Jul 2014 | 8:18 pm
    In the Philippines, Skoll Awardee Visayan Forum Foundation has made progress in improving working conditions for deep-sea fishermen. Visayan’s experience holds lessons for others engaged in similar initiatives. Pa-aling is a form of deep-sea fishing practiced in the Philippines, where fishermen dive 100 feet into the ocean with the aid of breathing tubes attached to a compressor, which is sometimes old and rusty. The fishermen drive fish out of coral reefs into a net laid out on the ocean floor, which is then sealed and reeled to the surface. A pa-aling fishing ship usually has about 250…
  • Grounds for Peace in Afghanistan and the Middle East

    Jake Wadland
    24 Jul 2014 | 4:00 pm
    As a mother and CEO, I have walked the minefields of the world to witness the repercussions of war and its devastating effects on children. I have held babies in my arms who have lost their limbs and lives – it only takes eight pounds to detonate a landmine, the weight of a newborn child. From Angola to Afghanistan, Croatia to Cambodia, I have sought grounds for peace by replacing the scourge of landmines with bountiful vineyards, literally turning mines to vines – transforming killing fields into fields of fresh grapes. This month, more than 180 children have been killed as a result of…
  • 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…
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  • Global Fund Procurement Savings Bring Healthcare Benefits

    Jake Wadland
    29 Jul 2014 | 4:18 pm
    The Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria recently raised $12.2 billion for its work between 2014 and 2016, the most ever committed to fighting these diseases. Beyond raising money, the Global Fund is extracting more value from its investments by transforming its procurement and fostering a healthy marketplace for lifesaving commodities. About half of Global Fund grants go toward purchases of health products, equipment and services. Nearly $600 million is spent annually on drugs. Another $500 million is spent on other needs – from insecticide-treated bed nets to diagnostics…
  • Fight for Filipino Fishermen’s Rights Gets Results

    Jake Wadland
    28 Jul 2014 | 8:18 pm
    In the Philippines, Skoll Awardee Visayan Forum Foundation has made progress in improving working conditions for deep-sea fishermen. Visayan’s experience holds lessons for others engaged in similar initiatives. Pa-aling is a form of deep-sea fishing practiced in the Philippines, where fishermen dive 100 feet into the ocean with the aid of breathing tubes attached to a compressor, which is sometimes old and rusty. The fishermen drive fish out of coral reefs into a net laid out on the ocean floor, which is then sealed and reeled to the surface. A pa-aling fishing ship usually has about 250…
  • Grounds for Peace in Afghanistan and the Middle East

    Jake Wadland
    24 Jul 2014 | 4:00 pm
    As a mother and CEO, I have walked the minefields of the world to witness the repercussions of war and its devastating effects on children. I have held babies in my arms who have lost their limbs and lives – it only takes eight pounds to detonate a landmine, the weight of a newborn child. From Angola to Afghanistan, Croatia to Cambodia, I have sought grounds for peace by replacing the scourge of landmines with bountiful vineyards, literally turning mines to vines – transforming killing fields into fields of fresh grapes. This month, more than 180 children have been killed as a result of…
  • 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…
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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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  • Four ways in which a good theory of change can help your social accountability work

    Duncan Green
    28 Jul 2014 | 11:30 pm
    This piece went up last week on the World Bank’s Global Partnership for Social Accountability blog. Sorry, I mean ‘knowledge platform’. Theories of change (ToCs) are a bit of a development fuzzword at the moment, used in lots of different and sometimes baffling ways. But Oxfam finds ToCs extremely useful, provided they address issues of power and politics, avoid linear ‘logframe on steroids’ or exclusively technical approaches, and embrace the messy realities of the world in which we are trying to support the search for social accountability. Here are four ways in which…
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    Duncan Green
    27 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 piles of much more worthy and serious development type stuff No hat tip to Ian Bray for circulating this, or to those of you who ‘favorited’ it on twitter. Sleep with one eye open, people…. The Weekly Piketty (and a question for readers – what’s the best one page summary of the book itself, and of the rebuttals, and rebuttals of the rebuttals?) So is global inequality rising or falling? This useful summary explains the apparently contradictory…
  • The new UN Human Development Report on vulnerability and resilience: ignoring trade-offs and an epic fail on power and politics

    Duncan Green
    24 Jul 2014 | 11:30 pm
    I started off reading the exec sum of yesterday’s Human Development Report (UNDP’s flagship publication) with initial excitement, followed by growing dismay. It’s a pretty traditional kind of disillusion (I’m a bit of a connoisseur). Allow me to walk you through it. In a nutshell, an interesting diagnosis and a few good new-ish ideas, followed by a pretty thin proposal for anything resembling a cure, while ducking most of the tricky questions. Recognize the pattern? Let’s start with the positive. First a good topic: vulnerability and resilience – development fuzzwords that really…
  • 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 used to run 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…
  • 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…
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    CIPE Development Blog

  • Now Accepting Applications for CIPE Internships

    Ricky Chen
    29 Jul 2014 | 8:22 am
    Internships are often great stepping stones to a full-time career, which is why the Center for International Private Enterprise (CIPE) is excited to announce that we are now accepting applications for our 2014 Internship Program at our headquarters in Washington, DC. If you are passionate about supporting international development and private sector engagement in policymaking, then landing an...
  • Broadband Internet Access and Development in Latin America and the Caribbean

    Guest
    28 Jul 2014 | 10:16 am
    While broadband internet has become an essential business tool, it has been slow to arrive in the areas that need the benefits of development the most – namely rural regions of developing countries. Though there has been some growth over the years, there is still a long way to go. Recognizing this, the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) released a report showing the effect of broadband...
  • Businesses in Eastern Ukraine Threatened by Instability

    Kurt Hagemann
    25 Jul 2014 | 8:32 am
    When protesters took to the streets of Ukraine's largest cities in 2013, economic concerns were at the top of the agenda. As the geopolitical situation in eastern Ukraine has heated up, economic prospects in the contested regions of the country have only gotten worse. Yet average Ukrainians are still working for a more prosperous and democratic future. READ MORE
  • 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...
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    ODI Opinion

  • The 2014 CAPE conference: Does money matter? The role of finance in supporting the Sustainable Development Goals

    12 Nov 2014 | 12:00 am
    Will money matter for the future of development? When much of the wider discourse is focused on how to raise more money, the 2014 CAPE conference will ask what sort of difference that money can make in practice.
  • Finding ‘evidence’ for what works in security and justice programming

    20 Oct 2014 | 12:00 am
    ​This session will discuss the struggle with the notion of ‘evidence’ in justice and security programming. Using the categories of proof, principle and plausibility, the session will reframe the question of ‘what works’ by broadening it to the question of ‘why something might plausibly work’ and why on some issues neither research nor practice seems to be able to learn.
  • 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.
 
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    PHILANTHROPY 2173

  • #DetroitWater - Part Two

    Lucy Bernholz
    29 Jul 2014 | 12:15 pm
    A few days ago I posted about #DetroitWater. I had sent off an email to the creators before posting, and when I didn't hear back in a day I went ahead and posted the blog with the questions.  I think my emails got buried in the flood of attention they've been receiving. A little Twitter outreach, and the blog post itself, and they circled back to me ASAP with these answers to my earlier questions. To save you from having to click around - here's my old post again and my questions - this time with their answers. text of my PREVIOUS POST follows Here's a website that allows anyone to…
  • #DetroitWater - a sign of things to come?

    Lucy Bernholz
    24 Jul 2014 | 6:02 pm
    Here's a website that allows anyone to pay the water bill (or part of the bill) owed by someone in Detroit. Lest we grow complacent, allow me to point out several noteworthy - dare I say, almost astonishing - things about this from the perspective of (what else) digital civil society:The city of Detroit is so broke it's cutting off water to residents.Many people in Detroit can't afford to pay for water. People are taking to the street and online to protest - and the fight is on between privatized water systems and water as a common good (this is common fight in many parts of the world,…
  • 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,…
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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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    ONE

  • Help South Sudan survive hunger and malnutrition

    Guest Blogger
    29 Jul 2014 | 2:27 pm
    This blog post was written by Aimee Ansari, Country Director, CARE South Sudan. 1-year-old Nyang Kur was forced to flee her home in South Sudan with her mother and brothers. Now, the family of five are taking shelter under plastic sheets stretched over sticks. New reports show the number of people fleeing violence in the country has reached an astounding 1 million. Photo credit: CARE USA The U.N. recently reported a startling statistic: without a change in the conflict in South Sudan or to the amount of humanitarian aid being delivered, 50,000 children under the age of five years old will die…
  • Picture this: A tale of two babies

    Guest Blogger
    29 Jul 2014 | 8:29 am
    Lack of electricity should not dictate whether you live or die. By Kelly Lippi and Ari Hoffman Newborn child in Ruhiira, Uganda. Photo credit: Millennium Promise. A premature baby is born by emergency cesarean section in southwestern Uganda. He is cold. Mom can’t keep him warm while recovering from surgery. Power is out. Not out from a storm or downed wire, not out during the 36 hours of planned weekly outages, just out. Nobody asks why, having long learned to accept these things as facts of life. There is no generator because fuel is too expensive. Baby lies alone in the cold, quiet…
  • QUIZ: Could you be a diplomat in Africa?

    Turner Shaw
    28 Jul 2014 | 10:56 am
    Dozens of African leaders are coming to Washington, D.C., to meet President Obama and US officials for the first-ever US-African Leaders Summit. If you were invited to the Summit, do you think you know enough about African countries, politics, geography and leadership to pass as a diplomat? Take this quiz and find out:  Full disclosure: This quiz is super hard. But you would probably need to know even MORE to be a diplomat in an African country!View Survey Scroll back to the top to see your score, and then share it and tweet it to see if you beat your friends!
  • 6 Ways energy poverty threatens health care for the poorest

    Gretchen Knoth
    28 Jul 2014 | 8:54 am
    A woman gives birth by paraffin lamp at the Bussi’s Health Center in Uganda. Photo credit: Jake Lyell/ Pathfinder International. Lack of access to modern forms of energy – or energy poverty – has both direct and indirect harmful effects on health and medical care facilities in sub-Saharan Africa. In fact, more than 30 percent of clinics and hospitals in sub-Saharan Africa, serving approximately 255 million people, are without electricityHere’s six specific ways lack of electricity can affect patients, doctors and nurses in clinics and hospitals. 1. Doctors struggle to provide…
  • 21 things only activists will understand

    Helen Hector
    28 Jul 2014 | 6:00 am
    1. When you meet someone who gets just as worked up about an issue as you 2. When someone thinks they know all about an issue because they saw a Leo DiCaprio movie 3. When a friend suggests you go to McDonalds or Wal-mart 4. When you are about to go street campaigning 5. How you feel after 30 minutes of street campaigning 6. How you feel after 5 hours of street campaigning 7. When your boss/father-in-law/date says something you really disagree with… but you don’t want to argue 8. When people assume you are vegan or a non-drinker  9. When a well-meaning person tries to give you…
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    The Change Blog

  • How to Chuck In Your Job and Move to Thailand

    Alexander Gunn
    29 Jul 2014 | 7:30 am
    I have never been one of these gung-ho change your life kind of people until, that was, I chucked in my job, gave away my car and moved to the other side of the world with my wife and two young children. The bizarre irony is that I have worked all my life, as a counsellor and teacher helping other people change their lives. It was time to put my money where my mouth was. At the age of forty two, with a comfortable middle class life, nice safe job teaching at a university and running a private counselling practice, things were just fine…kind of. I had always dreamed of being one of those…
  • One Simple Change to Live a Happy and Empowered Life

    Jackie Johansen
    27 Jul 2014 | 4:23 am
    “Be yourself, everyone else is already taken” – Oscar Wilde For many years I wrote in secret. I would only put pen to paper when the lights were dim, when everyone around me was asleep. Also, I wrote when no one was home, I made sure that I was alone because I didn’t want to be seen. I didn’t want to be questioned and I didn’t want anyone interested in what I was doing. In hiding, I filled up journals with words of heart-break, poetry, love, laughter, inspiration, anything that was bubbling to the surface. Those notebooks were mirrors of my truth. I threw them out. I violently…
  • 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…
 
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    SocialEarth

  • Please Stop Trying to Change the World

    Justmeans
    29 Jul 2014 | 11:29 am
    Guest Blog by Cheryl Heller, Founding Chair of SVA’s MFA program in Design for Social Innovation I just finished Vivian Gornick’s wonderful book on how to write personal narrative, called The Situation [...] The post Please Stop Trying to Change the World appeared first on SocialEarth.
  • The International Barcode of Life Project

    Sangeeta Haindl
    29 Jul 2014 | 5:32 am
    Have you heard of a bio-literate world? A world where you could know in minutes the name of any animal or plant – at any-time or place, including everything about [...] The post The International Barcode of Life Project appeared first on SocialEarth.
  • Beauty Residing Within People is What the World Must Champion

    Sheeza Ahmad
    28 Jul 2014 | 11:28 am
    When the world comes to learn of a moment of crisis, one of five words will come to mind: devastation, bloodshed, struggle, pain or heartache. The negative coverage encapsulates the [...] The post Beauty Residing Within People is What the World Must Champion appeared first on SocialEarth.
  • Fast Stats About Giving in America Today

    Ryan Scott
    28 Jul 2014 | 11:27 am
    The annual Giving USA Foundation report has just been released, and the numbers tell an interesting story about corporate giving.  An alarming story, that is. Here’s what you need to [...] The post Fast Stats About Giving in America Today appeared first on SocialEarth.
  • Planet: Safeway’s 1 Billion Bag Challenge

    3BL Media
    24 Jul 2014 | 9:31 am
    Reusable bags are an easy way you can make a lasting impact on the environment. By the end of 2015, our goal is to reduce the number of plastic and [...] The post Planet: Safeway’s 1 Billion Bag Challenge appeared first on SocialEarth.
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    Social Velocity

  • 12 Social Change Blogs I Love

    Nell Edgington
    29 Jul 2014 | 1:06 pm
    I get a little tired of the social media noise sometimes. Don’t get me wrong, I love social media for finding new information and making connections. But sometimes it replaces thoughtful conversation with increasingly shortened sound bites (more on that later). And when I hear people claim that 140 characters are better than long-form articles and blog posts, I get depressed. Call me old fashioned, but I love to spend the necessary time processing thought-provoking, controversy-encouraging written words. Social change is incredibly complex work, so we desperately need people and…
  • Guest Post: Intellectual Curiosity 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…
 
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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

  • The Brilliant Plan to Promote Recycling and Feed Stray Animals

    Kevin Mathews
    26 Jul 2014 | 11:30 am
    Istanbul, Turkey recently unveiled awesome new machines that help both the environment and needy animals. Each time a person recycles a plastic bottle in the designated receptacle, pet food is ejected into a bowl at the bottom so hungry stray animals have something to eat. So far, the machines have been a hit with residents. [...]
  • 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!
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    Social Finance

  • Big Data and Social Enterprise: Use and Representativeness

    Aaron Wytze Wilson and Ivan Peng
    29 Jul 2014 | 5:30 am
    In an era of big data, and data analytics, how good is our data? In this second instalment in a three part series, Aaron Wytze Wilson and Ivan Peng have an informative discussion about the relationship between “big data” and “social enterprise”. Be sure to read their previous piece covering “Access and Availability”! Part 2: Use and Representativeness Aaron: A big issue with the data being collected from companies and government entities is that it does not create a complete picture of the problem. It’s collecting information of a segmented group of people. For example,…
  • How a Kenyan social enterprise is using FedEx to deliver babies

    Fergal Byrne
    28 Jul 2014 | 3:30 am
    For a pregnant woman in urban Kenya who doesn’t have the money to pay for high quality health care, finding a safe place to give birth is not easy. Jacaranda Health is a Kenya-based social enterprise doing something about it. Jacaranda’s 60 strong team works day in day out to provide affordable, high-quality maternal and child health care services to poor urban women in Kenya. Heading up the organisation is Nick Pearson, who has spent his career in business serving the urban poor. Pearson is driving the creation of a self-sustaining, scalable chain of maternity care clinics using the…
  • How Business Leaders Can Drive Seafood Supply Chains Toward Sustainability

    Cheryl Dahle
    25 Jul 2014 | 4:00 am
    In the last 10 years we’ve seen 25 of the top U.S. retailers make commitments to purchasing sustainable seafood. We’ve seen a lot less traction and follow-through on those commitments. The fact remains that there is not enough responsible fish — whether you define that as Marine Stewardship Council certified,Monterey Bay Aquarium green-listed, or some other eco-label — to satisfy current demand for fish. As a result, many companies are defaulting on their promised timelines, or disguising a lot of questionable fish purchases from farms that are certified or in the process of…
  • 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!
 
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    Return On Now

  • How to Secure WordPress From Hackers for Free

    Tommy Landry
    25 Jul 2014 | 10:47 am
    The following post is copyrighted by Return On Now - Austin Internet Marketing Consulting ServicesIf you operate a website on the WordPress platform, it’s inevitable that a hack attempt will come your way sooner or later. Just this week, the Return On Now website has been under a series of botnet attacks. Luckily, we have spent a lot of time studying how to secure WordPress from these sort of attacks. So far, the site has never been compromised (knock on wood). Today, let’s take a few minutes to look at some things you can do to secure WordPress before you get hit. If it’s…
  • 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…
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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

  • Choosing to be Active Means Choosing Success

    defisportif
    29 Jul 2014 | 12:36 pm
     Every child—regardless of physical condition—deserves the opportunity to develop to their fullest potential. This is the vision of Choosing to Win (Choisir de Gagner).read more
  • Semi-Finalists Announced!

    kristiewang
    24 Jul 2014 | 11:30 am
    From a pool of more than 200 entries, the short-listing team at Ashoka Changemakers has selected 86 Semi-Finalists of the Building Vibrant Communities: Activating Empathy to Create Change challenge.  Video caption: Early Entry Prize Winner and Semi-Finalist iLead+Design submitted this video illustrating its unique model for teaching students empathy skills and how to use design thinking to solve problems. read more
  • 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
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    Charles Lee

  • Advancing Your Career with Solutions-Based Thinking

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

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

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

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

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

  • The Future of Location Based Apps

    Gentry Bennett
    29 Jul 2014 | 3:00 am
    While we’ve all heard of Foursquare and checking in on Facebook, the future of location based apps reaches much further. Geofencing, in-store mapping and location-based ads have all seen their time to shine recently, and have a bright future ahead of them. Location Based Apps Now The idea of a SoMoLo customer base has been […] The post The Future of Location Based Apps appeared first on Marketing and Social Media Strategy for Restaurants | Nate Riggs.
  • 3 Great Examples of Content Marketing in Sports

    Carson Reider
    28 Jul 2014 | 3:00 am
    Sports have long been a source for positive association for brands because winning teams and successful events create a favorable return for the partnering brand. One look at these lists of World Cup and Super Bowl sponsors shows what an attractive commodity sport sponsorship is. Simply attaching a brand name does a good job of […] The post 3 Great Examples of Content Marketing in Sports appeared first on Marketing and Social Media Strategy for Restaurants | Nate Riggs.
  • What’s the Role of Marketing and Finance in Restaurants?

    Gentry Bennett
    25 Jul 2014 | 3:00 am
    Fast casual is the fastest growing segment of the restaurant industry and Zoës Kitchen is championing the market. Zoës Kitchen, a fast casual Mediterranean joint headquartered in Texas, recently went public,  and has done incredibly in the market.   In episode #047 of the Social Restaurant Podcast, I welcome back Rachel Phillips-Luther, Vice President of […] The post What’s the Role of Marketing and Finance in Restaurants? 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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  • 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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  • UK Green Crowdfunding platforms merge

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

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

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

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

    Robert
    16 Feb 2014 | 8:51 am
    Inspired by the daunting problem of overpopulation in combination with our dependency on meat for our proteins, Mark Kulsdom and Lisette Kreischer launched the Dutch Weed Burger in August 2012. Made of mainly seaweed and some soy, the burger contains a lot of nutrients and is considered to have a fleshy texture even carnivores would love. The [...]The post A Dutch Weed Burger carnivores love appeared first on Green Entrepreneurship.
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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!

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    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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    Entrepreneurial Insights

  • 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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