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  • 8 Social Good Trends For Entrepreneurs To Ride On In 2015

    Dutiee
    Deepa Chaudhary
    4 May 2015 | 8:17 am
    The web has dramatically changed the rules of doing business right from fundraising to marketing to selling, everything has changed. What worked before doesn’t work now. Social entrepreneurs that take full advantage of the ever evolving web will be the ones that will rule the hearts and minds of donors and consumers. At Dutiee our goal is to keep you updated with the latest. Trends that are showing results and will help you profit from. In 2014 we outlined seven trends that social entrepreneurs could benefit from and all of these continue to still hold true in 2015. Social mission…
  • Brainstorming – Techniques for Idea Generation

    Entrepreneurial Insights
    Anastasia
    19 May 2015 | 7:39 am
    © Flickr | nist6dh Brainstorming is the first ever technique of idea generation. This article looks at 1) what is brainstorming?, 2) history: Alex Osborn gives birth to brainstorming, 3) steps for effective brainstorming, and 4) 12 fantastic brainstorming techniques. WHAT IS BRAINSTORMING Brainstorming is an individual or group idea generation technique to find a solution for a particular problem by generating multiple solutions. In fact, importance is attached to the quantity of ideas and not quality at the generation stage. Even strange ideas are welcome in a brainstorming session.
  • Difference between Vision, Mission, Goals & Values for Your Startup or Non-Profit

    Social Entrepreneurship Series - MatthewAlberto.com
    Matthew Alberto
    27 Apr 2015 | 9:07 am
    Hi everyone its Matt from MatthewAlberto.com. Where I’m passionate about tech and social entrepreneurship. I’m here today to help you figure out the difference between your vision, your mission, your goals, and your values. Founder Asks for Help Establishing Her Organization So apart from leading, and founding and running my own enterprises, that try and change the world through technology, and social entrepreneurship. I also from time to time, consult and help non-profits, and also social enterprises, to get their own visions laid out. And to get their projects up and running. So…
  • How Technology Can Help Rebuild Health Systems in Nepal

    Skoll World Forum on Social Entrepreneurship
    Jake Wadland
    17 May 2015 | 9:15 pm
    Our family had just sat down for breakfast, ordered coffee and then the walls around us collapsed. My wife and I covered our children as we sought shelter under a table. It was surreal. Our car was totaled but, thank God, nobody was in it. Our life changed in those 30 seconds. That night we slept in sleeping bags outside our home with the rest of our neighborhood. There were aftershocks all through the night. The view of the city from our home was completely dark. Kathmandu lost power for 72 hours. That’s 700,000 people without power or Internet. After two shaky nights and making sure…
  • UNplug solar controller aims to help you take your fridge off the grid

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    Derek Markham
    22 May 2015 | 12:13 pm
    Where's the middle ground between having a small solar charger for your gadgets, and having a rooftop solar array capable of powering your entire house? The UNplug might know.
 
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    Guy Kawasaki

  • Startups: How to Do a Pre-Mortem (and Prevent a Post-Mortem)

    Guy Kawasaki
    20 May 2015 | 9:42 am
    Doctors conduct postmortems to figure why people died. They do this to solve a crime, prevent the death of others, and satisfy curiosity. However, once somebody dies, it’s too late to help him. Entrepreneurs and their investors also often analyze why a product, service, or company died—especially if it’s someone else’s company. And, as in the case of dead people, a postmortem is too late to do much good for a defunct product, service, or company. Enter the concept of premortems, coined by Gary Klein, chief scientist of Klein Associates, and author of Sources of Power: How People Make…
  • Photos from the May 2015 Maker Faire in San Mateo California

    Guy Kawasaki
    18 May 2015 | 2:27 pm
    The post Photos from the May 2015 Maker Faire in San Mateo California appeared first on Guy Kawasaki.
  • The Art of the Panel

    Guy Kawasaki
    11 May 2015 | 8:50 am
    At any conference, there are ten times more panelists than there are keynote speakers, so the odds are higher that you’re on a panel than giving a keynote speech. Therefore, rocking a panel is an important skill for evangelists, too. A panel looks easy. There are four or five other people on it, and it lasts only sixty minutes. How hard could it be? Herein lies the problem: because everyone thinks a panel is short and easy, no one prepares for it. In reality, a panel is harder than an individual speech because you cannot control a panel like your own keynote speech, and you get much less…
  • Must Do: Intern Like a Rock Star

    Guy Kawasaki
    5 May 2015 | 6:00 am
    This is a reprint from Leave Your Mark: Land Your Dream Job. Kill it in Your Career. Rock Social Media. By Aliza Licht. I’m publishing it because many students are about to begin their summer internships, and I want them to have the most valuable experience possible.   When you enter a real work environment for the first time, especially as a college student starting an internship, remember why you want to be there: First and foremost, to learn real marketable skills that can enhance your resumé and to secure a strong referral from your supervisor. You do not go about getting these…
  • How to Launch (And Why Scaling Doesn’t Matter)

    Guy Kawasaki
    4 May 2015 | 6:06 am
    In the early days of starting up, the ability to scale is overrated. “Scale,” in case you haven’t heard the term, refers to the concept that there are processes in place that are fast, cheap, and repeatable because there will soon be millions of customers who generate billions of dollars of revenue. For example, if Pierre Omidyar had to test every used printer offered for sale, eBay couldn’t scale. If Marc Benioff had to make every sales call, Salesforce.com couldn’t scale. If James Hong’s parents had to check every picture to see if it was porn, Hot or Not couldn’t scale.
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    SustainAbility

  • Citystates II

    21 May 2015 | 6:00 am
    Daunting challenges – from climate change to food and water security, from nutrition and public health to inequality and social exclusion – confront global cities today. But an exciting range of solutions – from distributed power generation and multi-modal transportation networks to compact development, urban farming and smart cities – is emerging also. Bringing these and other innovations to scale will be crucial for ensuring both the future of individual cities and broader sustainable development. Getting there will require engaged effort by city governments, the private sector,…
  • Vote for SustainAbility to Present Two Panels at SXSW Eco 2015

    20 May 2015 | 3:59 pm
    SustainAbility’s Lindsay Clinton and Chris Guenther both have panels they’re in the running to present at SXSW Eco 2015. While over 400 panel ideas were submitted to the festival, there are only 100 panel slots. Please vote for Lindsay and Chris’ sessions! Voting is open until Friday, May 22 at 11:59 PM CST. Learn more about Lindsay’s panel, How to Drive Sustainable Business Model Innovation, which she’ll co-present with Novelis’ John Gardner and Starbucks’ Jim Hanna—and vote! Learn more about Chris’ panel, Unlocking Corporate + Urban…
  • Election Reflections

    15 May 2015 | 10:45 am
    Flickr image by SecretLondon123 Not many of us saw that coming did we?! I’m referring, of course, to the extraordinary outcome of last week’s UK election. As I write, David Cameron is making the finishing touches to his new government that, naturally, is claiming a mandate for its policy portfolio. Will we see the sustainability agenda figure highly in this portfolio? This was an extraordinary election for many reasons; not least that 3.9 million people voted for UKIP – not to be glossed over, but not a topic for this piece. Of more interest here is that over a million people voted for…
  • Radar: Issue 07

    14 May 2015 | 2:00 am
    I first learnt about climate change aged thirteen in a geography lesson where the facts on how burning fossil fuels raised the earth’s temperature were laid out clearly and simply. Many years later I was at an event where Lord Nicholas Stern praised the work of current teachers; his view is that, “children understand climate change well”. Education is unquestionably a unique and powerful lever for change in society – and a particularly important one as far as sustainable development is concerned. Giving ‘students’ (of all ages) the knowledge, values and critical thinking…
  • The Stretch Agenda Launches

    12 May 2015 | 6:38 pm
    John Elkington at the SustainAbility London office The SustainAbility London office regularly invites practitioners from within our network to speak to the team over lunch to share insights from their own work as well as their perspective on the sustainability landscape at large. SustainAbility was pleased to host John Elkington, Co-Founder and Honorary Chairman of SustainAbility, and the Volans team to discuss their latest publication The Stretch Agenda, a report intended as a playful provocation to big business to redefine the future of leadership in the Breakthrough Decade from 2016 to…
 
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    Triple Pundit: People, Planet, Profit

  • 3p Weekend: Every Sustainability Acronym, Explained

    Jen Boynton
    22 May 2015 | 11:00 am
    We often hear that sustainability is a hot mess of acronyms that are intimidating to newcomers. We agree. Here's a comprehensive list of acronyms and abbreviations every sustainability professional should know.
  • Developing Nations’ Renewable Investments to Exceed Those of Developed World

    RP Siegel
    22 May 2015 | 3:00 am
    The combined clean energy investment of developing countries, including China, Brazil, India and South Africa, totaled $131 billion in 2014, only 6 percent less than the combined total for developed countries. The gap is narrowing and is expected to close soon. Then, we will be the ones doing the chasing.
  • Asia’s Most Sustainable Cities Prove to Be the Future of Urbanization

    3p Contributor
    22 May 2015 | 2:30 am
    This year’s Sustainable Cities Index reported the top 10 sustainable cities of 2015. Europe dominated the top 10 overall rankings, holding seven of the 10 places. No U.S. cities made the top 10 (Boston ranked highest at No. 15). In fact, three remaining top 10 spots belong to Asian cities that are on the forefront of sustainable development.
  • New Report Offers Advice on Selling Sustainability, But Is it Right?

    Raz Godelnik
    22 May 2015 | 2:00 am
    Why is selling sustainability so difficult? This question opens a new report from BSR and Futerra, aiming to provide an effective framework that marketers struggling with this challenge could use. However, for marketers losing sleep over how to sell sustainable products and services and wondering if this is the report they’ve been looking for – let me just say this, your troubles are (probably) not over yet.
  • The Coming, Preventable Phosphorus Crisis

    Nithin Coca
    22 May 2015 | 2:00 am
    We're running out of phosphorus, one of the most important elements in soil that is critical for agriculture. Time to expand ecological farming, a solution that could replenish soils and build sustainability.
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    Skoll World Forum on Social Entrepreneurship

  • How Technology Can Help Rebuild Health Systems in Nepal

    Jake Wadland
    17 May 2015 | 9:15 pm
    Our family had just sat down for breakfast, ordered coffee and then the walls around us collapsed. My wife and I covered our children as we sought shelter under a table. It was surreal. Our car was totaled but, thank God, nobody was in it. Our life changed in those 30 seconds. That night we slept in sleeping bags outside our home with the rest of our neighborhood. There were aftershocks all through the night. The view of the city from our home was completely dark. Kathmandu lost power for 72 hours. That’s 700,000 people without power or Internet. After two shaky nights and making sure…
  • Changes at the Base of the Pyramid Will Transform Markets in Latin America and the Caribbean

    Jake Wadland
    17 May 2015 | 8:39 pm
    From 2000 to 2010, Latin America and the Caribbean enjoyed a remarkable wave of sustained economic growth. This growth helped improve the incomes and welfare of millions of people living at the base of the pyramid (BoP) – households that earn less than US$10 a day (in 2005 dollars). According to the World Bank, nearly 70 million people increased their purchasing power significantly and 50 million Latin Americans escaped poverty over the decade.  This sea change dramatically altered their aspirations, priorities, and interactions with their societies. Yet could the upward mobility on the…
  • Same City, New Story

    Jake Wadland
    17 May 2015 | 8:22 pm
    Asegedech, a 59-year-old Ethiopian grandmother of three, has seen tremendous progress in her city of Addis Ababa in her lifetime. Sitting with her daughter Hirut, who just gave birth to a healthy baby boy in a public hospital, she can tell you how far the Ethiopian capital has come since she gave birth to her children in the same hospital in the 1980s. “When I gave birth 30 years ago, there were a lot of challenges,” she said. “We did not know about prenatal care during my time. You might not get medical attention, even if you were a bleeding mother. You would receive abusive words from…
  • FORUM2015: Food: Our Best Health Solution

    Jake Wadland
    29 Apr 2015 | 9:38 pm
    FOOD, FARMING AND THE FUTURE: HOW CAN WE FEED A GROWING GLOBAL POPULATION RESPONSIBLY? FRI, APRIL 17, 2015; 13:15 – 14:30 A panel at this year’s Forum on scaling agriculture responsibly began with a provocative statement by moderator Debra Dunn (Stanford University’s d.school: In the future, how we produce and distribute food will be the biggest driver of people’s health. Whether all delegates agreed, there was no question that improving food production is necessary. What ideas are not working? Certification Programs such as the Fair Trade and Forest Stewardship Council (FSC)…
  • FORUM2015: What’s So Funny? Comedy and Social Change

    Jake Wadland
    29 Apr 2015 | 9:31 pm
    WHAT’S SO FUNNY? THE ROLE OF COMEDY IN SOCIAL CHANGE FRI, APRIL 17, 2015; 11:45 – 13:00 Among the many entertaining episodes at this year’s Forum was a panel on the role of comedy in social change. For all the presenters, humor makes their messages more palatable, but how it works is slightly different in each case. Breaking taboos Talking or hearing about bodily functions in public is awkward, and Mechai Viravaidya (Mechai Viravaidya Foundation) and Jack Sim (World Toilet Foundation) diffuse the embarrassment with jokes. Sim makes nonstop wisecracks about using toilets; his humble…
 
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    Marc Gunther's blog

  • Gap’s Kindley Walsh Lawlor has a daunting job

    Marc Gunther
    28 Apr 2015 | 6:11 pm
    Nearly 20 years after retailers like Gap, Nike and Levi Strauss agreed to take a modicum of responsibility for the health and well-being of the workers who make their apparel and shoes around the world, progress has been made. How much? That’s what I wanted to talk to Kindley Walsh Lawlor, vice president of global […] << Click on the title of this article to read the rest of it on MarcGunther.com >>
  • Ceres and the “inside” game

    Marc Gunther
    19 Apr 2015 | 6:38 pm
    It’s been 45 years since the first Earth Day, and, as I was reminded when reading this brief history, some 20 million Americans — one in 10 of us — participated on April 22, 1970. That took organizing. And it delivered results: the Clean Air Act, the Clean Water Act, laws regulating the disposal of hazardous […] << Click on the title of this article to read the rest of it on MarcGunther.com >>
  • One hundred low-cost tools for global women

    Marc Gunther
    12 Apr 2015 | 12:26 pm
    In a gorgeous new large-format book called 100 under $100: One Hundred Tools for Empowering Global Women , author and activist Betsy Teutsch spotlights, uh, yes, 100 tools for empowering global women. That’s what makes this book both inspiring and puzzling–the realization that so many different things can be done, at a relatively low cost, to […] << Click on the title of this article to read the rest of it on MarcGunther.com >>
  • How “evil” Monsanto aims to protect the planet

    Marc Gunther
    9 Apr 2015 | 12:32 pm
    Monsanto has been called one of the US’s most hated companies (see this, which is credible, and this, which is not). Maybe that’s because the St. Louis-based agricultural giant has enemies who are determined, as well as self-interested. (See this petition to Hillary Clinton from the so-called Organic Consumers Association.) Maybe it’s because the  St. […] << Click on the title of this article to read the rest of it on MarcGunther.com >>
  • With friends like these, who needs enemies?

    Marc Gunther
    2 Apr 2015 | 7:52 pm
    Back in January, I wrote a blog post headlined A modest proposal for big green NGOs that suggested, in what was intended to be a helpful way, that the Environmental Defense Fund, the World Wildlife Fund and The Nature Conservancy urge their corporate allies to speak up in support of the EPA’s proposed rules to regulate […] << Click on the title of this article to read the rest of it on MarcGunther.com >>
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    Skoll World Forum on Social Entrepreneurship

  • How Technology Can Help Rebuild Health Systems in Nepal

    Jake Wadland
    17 May 2015 | 9:15 pm
    Our family had just sat down for breakfast, ordered coffee and then the walls around us collapsed. My wife and I covered our children as we sought shelter under a table. It was surreal. Our car was totaled but, thank God, nobody was in it. Our life changed in those 30 seconds. That night we slept in sleeping bags outside our home with the rest of our neighborhood. There were aftershocks all through the night. The view of the city from our home was completely dark. Kathmandu lost power for 72 hours. That’s 700,000 people without power or Internet. After two shaky nights and making sure…
  • Changes at the Base of the Pyramid Will Transform Markets in Latin America and the Caribbean

    Jake Wadland
    17 May 2015 | 8:39 pm
    From 2000 to 2010, Latin America and the Caribbean enjoyed a remarkable wave of sustained economic growth. This growth helped improve the incomes and welfare of millions of people living at the base of the pyramid (BoP) – households that earn less than US$10 a day (in 2005 dollars). According to the World Bank, nearly 70 million people increased their purchasing power significantly and 50 million Latin Americans escaped poverty over the decade.  This sea change dramatically altered their aspirations, priorities, and interactions with their societies. Yet could the upward mobility on the…
  • Same City, New Story

    Jake Wadland
    17 May 2015 | 8:22 pm
    Asegedech, a 59-year-old Ethiopian grandmother of three, has seen tremendous progress in her city of Addis Ababa in her lifetime. Sitting with her daughter Hirut, who just gave birth to a healthy baby boy in a public hospital, she can tell you how far the Ethiopian capital has come since she gave birth to her children in the same hospital in the 1980s. “When I gave birth 30 years ago, there were a lot of challenges,” she said. “We did not know about prenatal care during my time. You might not get medical attention, even if you were a bleeding mother. You would receive abusive words from…
  • FORUM2015: Food: Our Best Health Solution

    Jake Wadland
    29 Apr 2015 | 9:38 pm
    FOOD, FARMING AND THE FUTURE: HOW CAN WE FEED A GROWING GLOBAL POPULATION RESPONSIBLY? FRI, APRIL 17, 2015; 13:15 – 14:30 A panel at this year’s Forum on scaling agriculture responsibly began with a provocative statement by moderator Debra Dunn (Stanford University’s d.school: In the future, how we produce and distribute food will be the biggest driver of people’s health. Whether all delegates agreed, there was no question that improving food production is necessary. What ideas are not working? Certification Programs such as the Fair Trade and Forest Stewardship Council (FSC)…
  • FORUM2015: What’s So Funny? Comedy and Social Change

    Jake Wadland
    29 Apr 2015 | 9:31 pm
    WHAT’S SO FUNNY? THE ROLE OF COMEDY IN SOCIAL CHANGE FRI, APRIL 17, 2015; 11:45 – 13:00 Among the many entertaining episodes at this year’s Forum was a panel on the role of comedy in social change. For all the presenters, humor makes their messages more palatable, but how it works is slightly different in each case. Breaking taboos Talking or hearing about bodily functions in public is awkward, and Mechai Viravaidya (Mechai Viravaidya Foundation) and Jack Sim (World Toilet Foundation) diffuse the embarrassment with jokes. Sim makes nonstop wisecracks about using toilets; his humble…
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    Global Envision

  • Global Ideas News Brief: Does aid work?

    Abby Haight
    19 May 2015 | 1:41 pm
    Image:  Aid and developmentIn global fight against extreme poverty, a potential game-changerChristian Science MonitorA groundbreaking new study suggests that one approach to extreme poverty alleviation is compassionate, cost-effective, and potent for years after the aid ends.What It Takes To Lift Families Out Of PovertyNPROne problem was that no one was actually testing global aid programs — methodically — to see if they really changed people's lives permanently.Time for the Plural SectorStanford Social Innovation ReviewA healthy society requires a respected public…
  • A Deeper Dive into Female Friendly Mobile Programs

    Anne Kim
    14 May 2015 | 7:05 am
    Image:  Mobile access is on the rise, but women have been left out of those advancements so important to providing financial services to developing communities.Women are 21 percent less likely to own a phone than a man in developing nations. Without a phone, women are unable to access mobile money, making it more difficult to own a bank account and apply for microloans. Without a reliable financial structure, women are forced to sell valuable assets like sheep and goats to pay for sudden financial costs.The mobile development community is aware that this gender gap exists and has…
  • #PedalingForward: An Unintended Social Enterprise in Bolivia

    Aaron Faust
    5 May 2015 | 4:13 pm
    Image:  Freddy Candia Aguilar, affectionately known as “MacGyver” for his uncanny ability to make something out of nothing, proudly held a banner with the words “Cochabamba Pedal Project” emblazoned on it. He had been providing free bike tune-ups all day to participants in Cochabamba’s first Bike and Pedestrian Day, while promoting his new social enterprise.While Bike and Pedestrian Days are common in Bolivia, it was the first time Cochabamba Pedal Project participated. The organization came to life with the help of two Bolivian NGOs, a U.S.-based…
  • Global Ideas News Brief: Avoiding pitfalls to social change

    Abby Haight
    4 May 2015 | 8:58 pm
    Image:  Innovation8 Common Innovation TrapsStanford Social Innovation ReviewThe path to innovation can be tricky, but being aware of the common pitfalls can help funders along the road to breakthrough social change.WomenHere’s what an economy would look like if it actually worked for womenThe GuardianEconomic policies are failing women in both rich and poor countries. A new UN Women report sets out a vision and a plan for changeShe's shaking up the video game industry. From PakistanPRIMariam Adil is making waves in the Pakistani gaming industry — and she's trying to…
  • A campaign for the present, a solution for the future: Embracing vaccination in the developing world

    Seth Heller
    2 May 2015 | 7:19 pm
    Image:  A year after the Ebola outbreak in Western Africa began skyrocketing, the crisis may finally be dying-out. While an Ebola vaccination is still a wish, many other epidemics could be prevented by vaccination.The developing world is identified with infectious disease and public health concerns, and for good reason. Some of the most deadly and easily transmittable diseases in the world have the highest diagnosis rates in these areas.Vaccine-preventable diseases such as Tuberculosis, Diphtheria, Hepatitis B, Measles, Polio and Tetanus cause about 20 percent of deaths of children under…
 
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    Beneblog: Technology Meets Society

  • Silicon Valley Gives to Bookshare

    4 May 2015 | 5:31 pm
    Tomorrow is an exciting day for our Bookshare online library for students with dyslexia or visual impairments.  We have incredibly generous matching grants from two of our dedicated tech entrepreneur supporters, Bernie Newcomb and Lata Krishnan.  Tomorrow, Tuesday May 5, 2015, is Silicon Valley Gives day, where donors from around the world will find their contributions to organizations based here matched by local donors.We love reading, and we know how important being able to read a book is to educational and employment opportunity.  Each year, we provide more than a million…
  • Skoll World Forum: My Annual Heart-Mind Feast

    24 Apr 2015 | 2:19 pm
    My favorite conference of the year is the Skoll World Forum in Oxford. That’s still the case even after attending the Forum for eleven straight years as of last week! Why, after all these years, do I love going back?First and foremost, it’s the people. This is my posse, the global social entrepreneur community, as well as the people who appreciate and support them. Everybody there understands the issues at the intersection of social good and innovation at scale. That is why conversations at the Forum start where conversations elsewhere end. Thanks to the environment of trust and…
  • Contemplating Boulder and Social Impact

    25 Feb 2015 | 7:47 am
    Social enterprise. Technology. Contemplation.I just spent several stimulating days in Boulder, Colorado, thanks to an invitation from my longtime friend and social sector leader, Chuck Lief. Chuck is the president of Naropa University, but we first met when he was leading the Greyston Foundation, a pioneering social enterprise known for originally making brownies for Ben ‘n Jerry’s ice cream while employing formerly incarcerated individuals as the primary workforce. Chuck and I were involved with the founding of the Social Enterprise Alliance (SEA) in 2000, the nation’s association for…
  • Donor Spotlight: Lavelle Fund for the Blind

    5 Jan 2015 | 5:29 pm
    What is it like for a nonprofit to have a successful, lasting partnership with a private philanthropic foundation? And what are some of the social benefits and impact that may result from such a relationship?At Benetech, we’re fortunate to have had long-time support from funders who have been willing to bet on us. One foundation that has been a committed supporter of our work is the Lavelle Fund for the Blind. I’d like to share our experience with Lavelle, where they took a series of calculated risks in grantmaking.The Lavelle Fund exemplifies the tremendous social return that bold…
  • CEO’s Update: Fall 2014

    16 Dec 2014 | 1:47 pm
    My personal goal is to channel the aspirations of the technology community to do more social good. More and more of my time is spent around both raising money and raising awareness of how much more could be done with technology to increase social impact. In this update, I’m delighted to be able to share Benetech’s latest efforts to do both. First, I’ll cover our biggest fundraising effort of the year: individual philanthropy is crucial to us; it’s the portion that makes 10X impact possible! Then I’ll share the latest stories on the impact of our tech volunteerism and human rights…
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    Environmental Leader

  • Public-Private Partnership to Create Long-Term Water Supply

    Jessica Lyons Hardcastle
    22 May 2015 | 6:07 am
    The Los Angeles County Business Federation has endorsed a water project that will capture and conserve groundwater currently being lost to evaporation and create a new water supply for some 400,000 people and businesses. The alliance of more than 135 local business groups voted at its May 19 board meeting to support the Cadiz Valley […]
  • Kering Open-Sources EP&L Methodology

    Karen Henry
    22 May 2015 | 4:46 am
    More than 93 percent of Kering’s environmental impact falls within its supply chain, according to its Environmental Profit & Loss (EP&L) Methodology and 2013 Group Results. The EP&L is the company’s monetary valuation of the environmental impacts across its operations and supply chains. Kering, the French luxury goods holding company owner of Alexander McQueen, Balenciaga, […]
  • Walmart’s Water Management Saves $4 Million

    Jessica Lyons Hardcastle
    22 May 2015 | 4:45 am
    Walmart’s portfolio-wide cooling water management strategy has delivered 660 million gallons and over $4 million in cost savings since 2008, according to a case study published on Environmental Defense Fund’s EDF+Business blog. The case study includes a step-by-step process other companies can follow to implement their own water-saving strategies. It builds on the EDF and AT&T […]
  • How Food, Beverage Producers Can Lessen Climate Risks to Business

    Jessica Lyons Hardcastle
    22 May 2015 | 4:36 am
    Food and beverage producers can decrease the effects of climate change on their business through a three-pronged approach, says Tetra Pak CEO Brian Kennell in a blog post. This includes: Analyze risks and evaluate risks of doing nothing. Develop your strategy to lower carbon emissions. Measure progress and take action through means including life cycle […]
  • Minnesota Twins, Eco-Products Team Up Against Ballpark Waste

    Jessica Lyons Hardcastle
    22 May 2015 | 4:27 am
    In another step to minimize waste generated at Target Field, the Minnesota Twins and Eco-Products have partnered to turn tons of fans’ trash into fertile soil, rather than piling up in area landfills. Eco-Products, is supplying hundreds of thousands of compostable cups, plates, trays, utensils and straws at Target Field. Now almost all packaging used […]
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    Skoll World Forum on Social Entrepreneurship

  • How Technology Can Help Rebuild Health Systems in Nepal

    Jake Wadland
    17 May 2015 | 9:15 pm
    Our family had just sat down for breakfast, ordered coffee and then the walls around us collapsed. My wife and I covered our children as we sought shelter under a table. It was surreal. Our car was totaled but, thank God, nobody was in it. Our life changed in those 30 seconds. That night we slept in sleeping bags outside our home with the rest of our neighborhood. There were aftershocks all through the night. The view of the city from our home was completely dark. Kathmandu lost power for 72 hours. That’s 700,000 people without power or Internet. After two shaky nights and making sure…
  • Changes at the Base of the Pyramid Will Transform Markets in Latin America and the Caribbean

    Jake Wadland
    17 May 2015 | 8:39 pm
    From 2000 to 2010, Latin America and the Caribbean enjoyed a remarkable wave of sustained economic growth. This growth helped improve the incomes and welfare of millions of people living at the base of the pyramid (BoP) – households that earn less than US$10 a day (in 2005 dollars). According to the World Bank, nearly 70 million people increased their purchasing power significantly and 50 million Latin Americans escaped poverty over the decade.  This sea change dramatically altered their aspirations, priorities, and interactions with their societies. Yet could the upward mobility on the…
  • Same City, New Story

    Jake Wadland
    17 May 2015 | 8:22 pm
    Asegedech, a 59-year-old Ethiopian grandmother of three, has seen tremendous progress in her city of Addis Ababa in her lifetime. Sitting with her daughter Hirut, who just gave birth to a healthy baby boy in a public hospital, she can tell you how far the Ethiopian capital has come since she gave birth to her children in the same hospital in the 1980s. “When I gave birth 30 years ago, there were a lot of challenges,” she said. “We did not know about prenatal care during my time. You might not get medical attention, even if you were a bleeding mother. You would receive abusive words from…
  • FORUM2015: Food: Our Best Health Solution

    Jake Wadland
    29 Apr 2015 | 9:38 pm
    FOOD, FARMING AND THE FUTURE: HOW CAN WE FEED A GROWING GLOBAL POPULATION RESPONSIBLY? FRI, APRIL 17, 2015; 13:15 – 14:30 A panel at this year’s Forum on scaling agriculture responsibly began with a provocative statement by moderator Debra Dunn (Stanford University’s d.school: In the future, how we produce and distribute food will be the biggest driver of people’s health. Whether all delegates agreed, there was no question that improving food production is necessary. What ideas are not working? Certification Programs such as the Fair Trade and Forest Stewardship Council (FSC)…
  • FORUM2015: What’s So Funny? Comedy and Social Change

    Jake Wadland
    29 Apr 2015 | 9:31 pm
    WHAT’S SO FUNNY? THE ROLE OF COMEDY IN SOCIAL CHANGE FRI, APRIL 17, 2015; 11:45 – 13:00 Among the many entertaining episodes at this year’s Forum was a panel on the role of comedy in social change. For all the presenters, humor makes their messages more palatable, but how it works is slightly different in each case. Breaking taboos Talking or hearing about bodily functions in public is awkward, and Mechai Viravaidya (Mechai Viravaidya Foundation) and Jack Sim (World Toilet Foundation) diffuse the embarrassment with jokes. Sim makes nonstop wisecracks about using toilets; his humble…
 
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  • The Luddites had a point

    Dan Ilett
    7 May 2015 | 4:07 am
    No, machines are not taking over the world. Nor should we stop progress. But people are too quick to dismiss anyone who worries about job-killing technology as a “Luddite.” It seems too facile a label when you consider how robotics, drones, automation, machine learning and cognitive computing have rapidly advanced. The Luddites who smashed up industrial machines in the early 1800s had reason to be worried. While the mills and other labor-saving innovations of the time ended up contributing to longer-term improvements in living standards, those machines did also kill the…
  • Why I love quantified living

    Dan Ilett
    28 Apr 2015 | 9:19 pm
    The other day I bought a heart rate monitor from Lidl for £16. It works with my iPhone and a whole load of apps. It tells me how I’m doing in all kinds of different ways — especially for how many calories I am burning vs eating. I would say that it is making me exercise more — because I am thinking about the numbers. Data and analytics have had a massive impact in healthcare and fitness. Watson — IBM’s cognitive computer — can digest and analyze vast amounts of cancer research to the point where it can diagnose certain types of the disease more accurately than…
  • Silver Spring updates city-management platform

    Dan Ilett
    18 Nov 2014 | 3:50 am
    Silver Spring Networks has unveiled the next generation of its multi-application, smart city networking platform. Key advancements to Silver Spring’s IPv6-based networking platform include smart city extensions in the Streetlight.Vision Central Management software, integrated GPS and a migration path for those dependent on antiquated GPRS. Silver Spring also announced new partners EnLight and Lumnex, who are integrating their smart lighting technologies with the Silver Spring networking and software platform. Brandon Davito, Vice President of Smart Lighting and Cities, Silver Spring…
  • Singapore turns to ‘fusion analytics’ for better transport

    Shirley Siluk
    3 Jun 2014 | 10:59 am
    Officials in Singapore are looking to use “fusion analytics” to improve the region’s public transport system. Singapore’s Land Transport Authority and public transport operator SMRT will work with IBM and the communications company StarHub to create a “people-centered, intelligent and integrated” public transportation system. Singapore’s public transport system currently handles some 6.3 million passenger trips a day. The FASTER program (FASTER stands for “Fusion AnalyticS for public Transport Emergency Response”) will combine farecard…
  • CityMIND 6.5 helps cities connect to ‘internet of things’

    Shirley Siluk
    2 Jun 2014 | 10:56 am
    A new platform for smart cities uses data fusion and machine learning to help cities manage events and resources across multiple agencies. CityMIND 6.5, released by AGT International, is designed to encourage knowledge-sharing by bringing together data from sensors, social media and other public and private sources across the emerging “internet of things.” AGT just finished a test project using the platform in Singapore. Launched along with engineering systems integrator O’Connor’s and Hitachi Asia, the Safe City Test Bed project helped to identify areas of traffic…
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  • Guest Post: Why You Should Help the Nepalis, and How to Start

    Alison Carlman
    29 Apr 2015 | 8:57 am
    This post was written by Chris Wolz, GlobalGiving Board Member, and President/CEO Forum One. When I heard Saturday morning, April 25, 2015, that there had been an earthquake in Nepal, I let out a gasp and uttered to myself “oh, no.” Oh no. Like many who have lived and worked in Nepal, I love the Nepali people and their beautiful, colorful, chaotic, friendly country. I also know that Kathmandu city is jammed full of 1+ million people, and narrow lanes lined with many shoddily built, and brittle, brick buildings. And I’ve walked through many villages in the surrounding hills, past the…
  • How GlobalGiving Helps Nonprofits Become More Effective

    Alison Carlman
    23 Mar 2015 | 2:27 pm
    This is our mission at GlobalGiving: catalyzing a global marketplace for money, information, and ideas. In 2002 we began to build an online funding bridge between passionate individual donors—people whose gifts are often seen as too small to be meaningful—and smaller organizations whose impact has been all too easy to ignore because of their size or remoteness of their work. Today that funding bridge has turned into a global marketplace where anyone in the world can support projects and organizations that they otherwise would never have known. But democratizing fundraising was only the…
  • A Sneak Peek at GlobalGiving’s Brand Refresh

    Acacia Betancourt
    27 Feb 2015 | 12:10 pm
    Very exciting things are happening at GlobalGiving! Over the last several months, we have been working behind the scenes to refresh our brand and we are finally ready to share it with the world. Our main goal of this change is to make our outward appearance more accurately reflect who we are on the inside: hopeful, curious, enthusiastic, substantive, and human. We love the work that we do, and we want the world to feel the same. The launch of this new, fresh brand is symbolic of the many exciting changes being made this year at GlobalGiving and helps visualize the tremendous growth we are…
  • A New Year to Build On

    Marisa Glassman
    22 Jan 2015 | 10:44 am
    Happy New Year, GlobalGivers!  The last couple of months of 2014 passed in a flash of donation gift cards and year-end giving, and 2015 is off to an inspiring start.  As I have been reflecting on 2014’s passing and thinking about what is to come in 2015, I have been focused on the ways in which 2015’s accomplishments will rely upon and build upon all the hard work and generosity that took place in 2014. A timely example of this compounding effect is the work GlobalGiving and the VMware Foundation have done together over the last few years.  In alignment with GlobalGiving’s goal to…
  • The Popup Experiment: Effects from Unexpected Places

    Nicholas Violi
    21 Jan 2015 | 11:49 am
    Part 1: Testing Upworthy’s Technique I spend a lot of time on the Internet and I’m always looking for inspiration. In late 2013 I clicked a link to an article on Upworthy, a site always on the forefront of testing stickiness and psychological hooks. When the page loaded I was presented with this statement: After clicking “I Agree” (because who wouldn’t?), I was asked to sign up for the site’s mailing list. This type of interface element is called a “modal dialog,” and I generally find them to be annoying, distracting, and intrusive. In this case however, the dialog made me…
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    GlobalGiving Projects - Just added

  • Fund clown performance in children hospital rooms

    ANNIE TISSIER
    22 May 2015 | 11:43 am
    $20 — will offer 1 clown duo visit to 1 child$40 — will offer 1 clown duo visit to 2 children$100 — will offer 1 clown duo visit to 5 childrenSummaryThis is to fund a weekly performance of a CLOWN duo during 1 year: 1-on-1 bedside visits to 1500 children in 2 pediatric services of Grenoble Hospital: Emergency & Oncologic care. A stay at the hospital can be frightening for children as well as for parents. Soleil Rouge offers personal, friendly and magic moments to children and adolescents through clown shows directly in the children rooms.
  • Equine Assisted Therapy for Vets, Kids, Adults

    Kate Humphrey
    22 May 2015 | 11:39 am
    $20 — Buys 1 bale of hay$40 — provides a 30-minute therapeutic riding lesson for a child with autism$50 — provides a one-hour group equine therapy session for an at-risk teenSummaryIn 2014, DreamPower Horsemanship provided equine-assisted activities and therapies to more than 450 children, teens and adults with special needs. Sixteen kind and patient equine partners work in the DreamPower program. This project will support our horses, making it possible for them to keep up their good work.Project Needs and BeneficiariesAs of May 12, 2014, 1,086…
  • Chagam Nunnery & Bagam Village Relief Fund, Nepal

    Cindy Stein
    21 May 2015 | 2:15 pm
    $15 — Bag of rice to last 1 month for 4 people$25 — Metal poles for securing temporary structures$50 — Corrugated Roofing and Bolts for one shelterSummaryThe 250+ nuns of Chagam and the Sherpa people in the adjacent village have lived a symbiotic life for many years. Nestled in the mountains in Sindhupalchuk, Nepal, they are accustomed to rough terrain, rocky farming, sparse access to healthcare, clean water, and education. The April 25th earthquake changed their already precarious living situation to one of total destruction. Our current plan…
  • #IWantToBe: Empowering Women for Peace in Nigeria

    Julia Kent
    21 May 2015 | 8:27 am
    $10 — can provide 1 woman with training materials$25 — can provide a special session on income-generating skills for 1 woman$50 — can pay for the rent of our training space for 1 daySummaryGenerations For Peace trains local volunteers who work in their own communities to empower women with skills to escape from and transform the ongoing cycles of violence they face. These women want to be change-makers, creating a better world for themselves and future generations. What do you want to be? #IWantToBeProject Needs and BeneficiariesIn Nigeria, a…
  • Holistic Rehabilitation for Post-Earthquake Nepal

    Navonel (Voni) Glick
    18 May 2015 | 1:43 pm
    $10 — School kit for a household that lost everything in the quake$20 — Seed pack for a farmer$50 — Towards Psycho-Social activities in remote areasSummaryThis project aims to anticipate and respond to the many food security, health, shelter, education, and trauma/protection-related challenges that will affect earthquake affected communities in Nepal in the coming months, focusing on the impending arrival of the monsoon.Project Needs and BeneficiariesOn 25/04/2015 a 7.8 magnitude earthquake devastated Nepal. 2 weeks later, another large 7.3…
 
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  • Fellows' Perspectives: Responding to Disaster in Nepal

    Echoing Green
    21 May 2015 | 12:12 pm
    A helpdesk volunteer trained by Accountability Lab assesses needs in a camp. Courtesy of Accountability Lab. The two earthquakes and aftershocks that occured in Nepal this spring comprise one of the worst disasters to strike the region since 1934. As the country moves forward into recovery and the world seeks to respond, many questions emerge about the funding and accountability of these relief efforts. Blair Glencorse and Ben Smilowitz are two Echoing Green Fellows who work to empower people with accountability information and tools to improve the efficacy of relief efforts and governance.
  • Social Impact Jobs May 2015

    Lara Galinsky
    19 May 2015 | 9:42 am
    Photo courtesy of  Greenway Appliances In a few short weeks, we will announce the 2015 class of Echoing Green Fellows. It will be the end to a six-month long process of poring through applications, interviewing references, and vetting the visionary entrepreneurs who tossed their hats into the ring this year. Though it’s hard work to narrow such a promising set of applicants down to just a few, I find this process of selecting the newest class of Fellows incredibly energizing. This year’s applicant pool features a stream of smart, game-changing ideas to be implemented by some of the most…
  • Finalists for the 2015 Fellowships

    Scott Ballum Cohen
    18 May 2015 | 9:17 am
    Tags:  Fellowship, News, finalists Summary Image 
  • Bold in Action: Connecting the Dots

    Scott Ballum Cohen
    4 May 2015 | 8:31 am
    “I felt, if not anything else, I can add a unique perspective to the education discussion.” Meet 2013 Echoing Green Global Fellow Karim Abouelnaga, founder and CEO of Practice Makes Perfect. Karim is narrowing the achievement gap by bringing summer enrichment programs to low-income neighborhoods and pairing students with mentors they can relate and look up to. Learn more about Karim and Echoing Green’s Global Fellowship. This video is part of a weekly series of portraits of Echoing Green Fellows. Learn about their organizations, their moments of obligation, and how Echoing Green…
  • #EGFellows Making Headlines April 2015

    Echoing Green
    30 Apr 2015 | 10:08 am
    As we draw closer to selecting our 2015 class of Fellows, we're reminded daily of the game-changing accomplishments of our existing Fellows. At this time last year, we saw the deep potential among the social change agents who would become the 2014 class of Fellows, from working to bring a new generation of changemakers to Baltimore, to identifying missing migrants who have died on the U.S.-Mexico border. This month, we're taking stock of this very active class as their work makes the headlines - take a look below! Can Robotics Change Minds of African Science Students? Solomon King Benge,…
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  • The Pink Panthers

    Emeka Okafor
    22 May 2015 | 5:00 am
    From the BBC: image via the BBCFemale motorcycle taxi drivers in Liberia were fed up with being robbed. So they formed a collective, called it the Pink Panthers and donned bright helmets and jackets which made sure they were easy to spot.
  • Ethiopia Plans Export Hubs With $10 Billion Factory Parks

    Emeka Okafor
    22 May 2015 | 3:54 am
    Ethiopia seeks to reproduce the Asian industrialization roadmap.William Davison in Bloomberg reports: image via construction review Ethiopia is targeting $1 billion of annual investment in industrial parks over the next decade to boost exports and make it Africa’s top manufacturer, a special adviser to Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn said.The government may invest half of the $10 billion needed for zones across the country that will house textile, leather, agro-processing and other labor-intensive factories, Arkebe Oqubay said in an interview in the capital, Addis Ababa. The…
  • The Potential for Crypto-Currencies in Emerging Markets

    Emeka Okafor
    22 May 2015 | 3:00 am
    In Emerging Frontiers: Emerging Frontiers CEO Kevin Virgil recently spoke with George Harrap, an entrepreneur based in Hong Kong and CEO of BitSpark about his business, the status of the cryptocurrency ecosystem, and the future of Bitcoin. BitSpark is a company that has pioneered the world’s first blockchain powered end-to-end remittance service. Bitspark’s platform allows users to send money via Bitcoin – importantly, users are never required to open their own Bitcoin wallet or handle the cryptocurrency. Instead, just as one would with a conventional money transfer operator, a customer…
  • Startups and Transportation Chaos

    Emeka Okafor
    21 May 2015 | 3:00 am
    Gabriella Mulligan in the BBC:The SafeBoda app lets you hail boda bodas that have drivers trained in road safety and bike maintenanceAfrica has the highest rate of road traffic fatalities in the world, accounting for 16% of the world's road traffic deaths, despite being home to only 2% of the world's vehicles.Compared to the global average of 18 road traffic deaths per 100,000 members of the population, the region sees an average of 24.1 deaths for each 100,000 people - a significantly higher figure.Mellowcabs are specially designed electric three-wheeled taxisA rising number of young…
  • Strawberries in the Desert

    Emeka Okafor
    20 May 2015 | 7:30 am
    Quite revealing, strawberry farming in Burkina Faso.Ignore the tedious, condescending and haughty commentary from the reporter:
 
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  • How Technology Can Help Rebuild Health Systems in Nepal

    Jake Wadland
    17 May 2015 | 9:15 pm
    Our family had just sat down for breakfast, ordered coffee and then the walls around us collapsed. My wife and I covered our children as we sought shelter under a table. It was surreal. Our car was totaled but, thank God, nobody was in it. Our life changed in those 30 seconds. That night we slept in sleeping bags outside our home with the rest of our neighborhood. There were aftershocks all through the night. The view of the city from our home was completely dark. Kathmandu lost power for 72 hours. That’s 700,000 people without power or Internet. After two shaky nights and making sure…
  • Changes at the Base of the Pyramid Will Transform Markets in Latin America and the Caribbean

    Jake Wadland
    17 May 2015 | 8:39 pm
    From 2000 to 2010, Latin America and the Caribbean enjoyed a remarkable wave of sustained economic growth. This growth helped improve the incomes and welfare of millions of people living at the base of the pyramid (BoP) – households that earn less than US$10 a day (in 2005 dollars). According to the World Bank, nearly 70 million people increased their purchasing power significantly and 50 million Latin Americans escaped poverty over the decade.  This sea change dramatically altered their aspirations, priorities, and interactions with their societies. Yet could the upward mobility on the…
  • Same City, New Story

    Jake Wadland
    17 May 2015 | 8:22 pm
    Asegedech, a 59-year-old Ethiopian grandmother of three, has seen tremendous progress in her city of Addis Ababa in her lifetime. Sitting with her daughter Hirut, who just gave birth to a healthy baby boy in a public hospital, she can tell you how far the Ethiopian capital has come since she gave birth to her children in the same hospital in the 1980s. “When I gave birth 30 years ago, there were a lot of challenges,” she said. “We did not know about prenatal care during my time. You might not get medical attention, even if you were a bleeding mother. You would receive abusive words from…
  • FORUM2015: Food: Our Best Health Solution

    Jake Wadland
    29 Apr 2015 | 9:38 pm
    FOOD, FARMING AND THE FUTURE: HOW CAN WE FEED A GROWING GLOBAL POPULATION RESPONSIBLY? FRI, APRIL 17, 2015; 13:15 – 14:30 A panel at this year’s Forum on scaling agriculture responsibly began with a provocative statement by moderator Debra Dunn (Stanford University’s d.school: In the future, how we produce and distribute food will be the biggest driver of people’s health. Whether all delegates agreed, there was no question that improving food production is necessary. What ideas are not working? Certification Programs such as the Fair Trade and Forest Stewardship Council (FSC)…
  • FORUM2015: What’s So Funny? Comedy and Social Change

    Jake Wadland
    29 Apr 2015 | 9:31 pm
    WHAT’S SO FUNNY? THE ROLE OF COMEDY IN SOCIAL CHANGE FRI, APRIL 17, 2015; 11:45 – 13:00 Among the many entertaining episodes at this year’s Forum was a panel on the role of comedy in social change. For all the presenters, humor makes their messages more palatable, but how it works is slightly different in each case. Breaking taboos Talking or hearing about bodily functions in public is awkward, and Mechai Viravaidya (Mechai Viravaidya Foundation) and Jack Sim (World Toilet Foundation) diffuse the embarrassment with jokes. Sim makes nonstop wisecracks about using toilets; his humble…
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  • How Technology Can Help Rebuild Health Systems in Nepal

    Jake Wadland
    17 May 2015 | 9:15 pm
    Our family had just sat down for breakfast, ordered coffee and then the walls around us collapsed. My wife and I covered our children as we sought shelter under a table. It was surreal. Our car was totaled but, thank God, nobody was in it. Our life changed in those 30 seconds. That night we slept in sleeping bags outside our home with the rest of our neighborhood. There were aftershocks all through the night. The view of the city from our home was completely dark. Kathmandu lost power for 72 hours. That’s 700,000 people without power or Internet. After two shaky nights and making sure…
  • Changes at the Base of the Pyramid Will Transform Markets in Latin America and the Caribbean

    Jake Wadland
    17 May 2015 | 8:39 pm
    From 2000 to 2010, Latin America and the Caribbean enjoyed a remarkable wave of sustained economic growth. This growth helped improve the incomes and welfare of millions of people living at the base of the pyramid (BoP) – households that earn less than US$10 a day (in 2005 dollars). According to the World Bank, nearly 70 million people increased their purchasing power significantly and 50 million Latin Americans escaped poverty over the decade.  This sea change dramatically altered their aspirations, priorities, and interactions with their societies. Yet could the upward mobility on the…
  • Same City, New Story

    Jake Wadland
    17 May 2015 | 8:22 pm
    Asegedech, a 59-year-old Ethiopian grandmother of three, has seen tremendous progress in her city of Addis Ababa in her lifetime. Sitting with her daughter Hirut, who just gave birth to a healthy baby boy in a public hospital, she can tell you how far the Ethiopian capital has come since she gave birth to her children in the same hospital in the 1980s. “When I gave birth 30 years ago, there were a lot of challenges,” she said. “We did not know about prenatal care during my time. You might not get medical attention, even if you were a bleeding mother. You would receive abusive words from…
  • FORUM2015: Food: Our Best Health Solution

    Jake Wadland
    29 Apr 2015 | 9:38 pm
    FOOD, FARMING AND THE FUTURE: HOW CAN WE FEED A GROWING GLOBAL POPULATION RESPONSIBLY? FRI, APRIL 17, 2015; 13:15 – 14:30 A panel at this year’s Forum on scaling agriculture responsibly began with a provocative statement by moderator Debra Dunn (Stanford University’s d.school: In the future, how we produce and distribute food will be the biggest driver of people’s health. Whether all delegates agreed, there was no question that improving food production is necessary. What ideas are not working? Certification Programs such as the Fair Trade and Forest Stewardship Council (FSC)…
  • FORUM2015: What’s So Funny? Comedy and Social Change

    Jake Wadland
    29 Apr 2015 | 9:31 pm
    WHAT’S SO FUNNY? THE ROLE OF COMEDY IN SOCIAL CHANGE FRI, APRIL 17, 2015; 11:45 – 13:00 Among the many entertaining episodes at this year’s Forum was a panel on the role of comedy in social change. For all the presenters, humor makes their messages more palatable, but how it works is slightly different in each case. Breaking taboos Talking or hearing about bodily functions in public is awkward, and Mechai Viravaidya (Mechai Viravaidya Foundation) and Jack Sim (World Toilet Foundation) diffuse the embarrassment with jokes. Sim makes nonstop wisecracks about using toilets; his humble…
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  • How Technology Can Help Rebuild Health Systems in Nepal

    Jake Wadland
    17 May 2015 | 9:15 pm
    Our family had just sat down for breakfast, ordered coffee and then the walls around us collapsed. My wife and I covered our children as we sought shelter under a table. It was surreal. Our car was totaled but, thank God, nobody was in it. Our life changed in those 30 seconds. That night we slept in sleeping bags outside our home with the rest of our neighborhood. There were aftershocks all through the night. The view of the city from our home was completely dark. Kathmandu lost power for 72 hours. That’s 700,000 people without power or Internet. After two shaky nights and making sure…
  • Changes at the Base of the Pyramid Will Transform Markets in Latin America and the Caribbean

    Jake Wadland
    17 May 2015 | 8:39 pm
    From 2000 to 2010, Latin America and the Caribbean enjoyed a remarkable wave of sustained economic growth. This growth helped improve the incomes and welfare of millions of people living at the base of the pyramid (BoP) – households that earn less than US$10 a day (in 2005 dollars). According to the World Bank, nearly 70 million people increased their purchasing power significantly and 50 million Latin Americans escaped poverty over the decade.  This sea change dramatically altered their aspirations, priorities, and interactions with their societies. Yet could the upward mobility on the…
  • Same City, New Story

    Jake Wadland
    17 May 2015 | 8:22 pm
    Asegedech, a 59-year-old Ethiopian grandmother of three, has seen tremendous progress in her city of Addis Ababa in her lifetime. Sitting with her daughter Hirut, who just gave birth to a healthy baby boy in a public hospital, she can tell you how far the Ethiopian capital has come since she gave birth to her children in the same hospital in the 1980s. “When I gave birth 30 years ago, there were a lot of challenges,” she said. “We did not know about prenatal care during my time. You might not get medical attention, even if you were a bleeding mother. You would receive abusive words from…
  • FORUM2015: Food: Our Best Health Solution

    Jake Wadland
    29 Apr 2015 | 9:38 pm
    FOOD, FARMING AND THE FUTURE: HOW CAN WE FEED A GROWING GLOBAL POPULATION RESPONSIBLY? FRI, APRIL 17, 2015; 13:15 – 14:30 A panel at this year’s Forum on scaling agriculture responsibly began with a provocative statement by moderator Debra Dunn (Stanford University’s d.school: In the future, how we produce and distribute food will be the biggest driver of people’s health. Whether all delegates agreed, there was no question that improving food production is necessary. What ideas are not working? Certification Programs such as the Fair Trade and Forest Stewardship Council (FSC)…
  • FORUM2015: What’s So Funny? Comedy and Social Change

    Jake Wadland
    29 Apr 2015 | 9:31 pm
    WHAT’S SO FUNNY? THE ROLE OF COMEDY IN SOCIAL CHANGE FRI, APRIL 17, 2015; 11:45 – 13:00 Among the many entertaining episodes at this year’s Forum was a panel on the role of comedy in social change. For all the presenters, humor makes their messages more palatable, but how it works is slightly different in each case. Breaking taboos Talking or hearing about bodily functions in public is awkward, and Mechai Viravaidya (Mechai Viravaidya Foundation) and Jack Sim (World Toilet Foundation) diffuse the embarrassment with jokes. Sim makes nonstop wisecracks about using toilets; his humble…
 
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  • How Technology Can Help Rebuild Health Systems in Nepal

    Jake Wadland
    17 May 2015 | 9:15 pm
    Our family had just sat down for breakfast, ordered coffee and then the walls around us collapsed. My wife and I covered our children as we sought shelter under a table. It was surreal. Our car was totaled but, thank God, nobody was in it. Our life changed in those 30 seconds. That night we slept in sleeping bags outside our home with the rest of our neighborhood. There were aftershocks all through the night. The view of the city from our home was completely dark. Kathmandu lost power for 72 hours. That’s 700,000 people without power or Internet. After two shaky nights and making sure…
  • Changes at the Base of the Pyramid Will Transform Markets in Latin America and the Caribbean

    Jake Wadland
    17 May 2015 | 8:39 pm
    From 2000 to 2010, Latin America and the Caribbean enjoyed a remarkable wave of sustained economic growth. This growth helped improve the incomes and welfare of millions of people living at the base of the pyramid (BoP) – households that earn less than US$10 a day (in 2005 dollars). According to the World Bank, nearly 70 million people increased their purchasing power significantly and 50 million Latin Americans escaped poverty over the decade.  This sea change dramatically altered their aspirations, priorities, and interactions with their societies. Yet could the upward mobility on the…
  • Same City, New Story

    Jake Wadland
    17 May 2015 | 8:22 pm
    Asegedech, a 59-year-old Ethiopian grandmother of three, has seen tremendous progress in her city of Addis Ababa in her lifetime. Sitting with her daughter Hirut, who just gave birth to a healthy baby boy in a public hospital, she can tell you how far the Ethiopian capital has come since she gave birth to her children in the same hospital in the 1980s. “When I gave birth 30 years ago, there were a lot of challenges,” she said. “We did not know about prenatal care during my time. You might not get medical attention, even if you were a bleeding mother. You would receive abusive words from…
  • FORUM2015: Food: Our Best Health Solution

    Jake Wadland
    29 Apr 2015 | 9:38 pm
    FOOD, FARMING AND THE FUTURE: HOW CAN WE FEED A GROWING GLOBAL POPULATION RESPONSIBLY? FRI, APRIL 17, 2015; 13:15 – 14:30 A panel at this year’s Forum on scaling agriculture responsibly began with a provocative statement by moderator Debra Dunn (Stanford University’s d.school: In the future, how we produce and distribute food will be the biggest driver of people’s health. Whether all delegates agreed, there was no question that improving food production is necessary. What ideas are not working? Certification Programs such as the Fair Trade and Forest Stewardship Council (FSC)…
  • FORUM2015: What’s So Funny? Comedy and Social Change

    Jake Wadland
    29 Apr 2015 | 9:31 pm
    WHAT’S SO FUNNY? THE ROLE OF COMEDY IN SOCIAL CHANGE FRI, APRIL 17, 2015; 11:45 – 13:00 Among the many entertaining episodes at this year’s Forum was a panel on the role of comedy in social change. For all the presenters, humor makes their messages more palatable, but how it works is slightly different in each case. Breaking taboos Talking or hearing about bodily functions in public is awkward, and Mechai Viravaidya (Mechai Viravaidya Foundation) and Jack Sim (World Toilet Foundation) diffuse the embarrassment with jokes. Sim makes nonstop wisecracks about using toilets; his humble…
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  • How Technology Can Help Rebuild Health Systems in Nepal

    Jake Wadland
    17 May 2015 | 9:15 pm
    Our family had just sat down for breakfast, ordered coffee and then the walls around us collapsed. My wife and I covered our children as we sought shelter under a table. It was surreal. Our car was totaled but, thank God, nobody was in it. Our life changed in those 30 seconds. That night we slept in sleeping bags outside our home with the rest of our neighborhood. There were aftershocks all through the night. The view of the city from our home was completely dark. Kathmandu lost power for 72 hours. That’s 700,000 people without power or Internet. After two shaky nights and making sure…
  • Changes at the Base of the Pyramid Will Transform Markets in Latin America and the Caribbean

    Jake Wadland
    17 May 2015 | 8:39 pm
    From 2000 to 2010, Latin America and the Caribbean enjoyed a remarkable wave of sustained economic growth. This growth helped improve the incomes and welfare of millions of people living at the base of the pyramid (BoP) – households that earn less than US$10 a day (in 2005 dollars). According to the World Bank, nearly 70 million people increased their purchasing power significantly and 50 million Latin Americans escaped poverty over the decade.  This sea change dramatically altered their aspirations, priorities, and interactions with their societies. Yet could the upward mobility on the…
  • Same City, New Story

    Jake Wadland
    17 May 2015 | 8:22 pm
    Asegedech, a 59-year-old Ethiopian grandmother of three, has seen tremendous progress in her city of Addis Ababa in her lifetime. Sitting with her daughter Hirut, who just gave birth to a healthy baby boy in a public hospital, she can tell you how far the Ethiopian capital has come since she gave birth to her children in the same hospital in the 1980s. “When I gave birth 30 years ago, there were a lot of challenges,” she said. “We did not know about prenatal care during my time. You might not get medical attention, even if you were a bleeding mother. You would receive abusive words from…
  • FORUM2015: Food: Our Best Health Solution

    Jake Wadland
    29 Apr 2015 | 9:38 pm
    FOOD, FARMING AND THE FUTURE: HOW CAN WE FEED A GROWING GLOBAL POPULATION RESPONSIBLY? FRI, APRIL 17, 2015; 13:15 – 14:30 A panel at this year’s Forum on scaling agriculture responsibly began with a provocative statement by moderator Debra Dunn (Stanford University’s d.school: In the future, how we produce and distribute food will be the biggest driver of people’s health. Whether all delegates agreed, there was no question that improving food production is necessary. What ideas are not working? Certification Programs such as the Fair Trade and Forest Stewardship Council (FSC)…
  • FORUM2015: What’s So Funny? Comedy and Social Change

    Jake Wadland
    29 Apr 2015 | 9:31 pm
    WHAT’S SO FUNNY? THE ROLE OF COMEDY IN SOCIAL CHANGE FRI, APRIL 17, 2015; 11:45 – 13:00 Among the many entertaining episodes at this year’s Forum was a panel on the role of comedy in social change. For all the presenters, humor makes their messages more palatable, but how it works is slightly different in each case. Breaking taboos Talking or hearing about bodily functions in public is awkward, and Mechai Viravaidya (Mechai Viravaidya Foundation) and Jack Sim (World Toilet Foundation) diffuse the embarrassment with jokes. Sim makes nonstop wisecracks about using toilets; his humble…
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    From Poverty to Power

  • Is ‘give them land rights’ enough? Taking the temperature of the global land debate

    Duncan Green
    21 May 2015 | 11:30 pm
    A bunch of students and academics from Sheffield University had what sounds like a fun time at last week’s big global meeting on land. George Barrett, Yoshabel Durand, Tom Goodfellow, Vremudia Irikefe, Mikael Omstedt, Edward Searight, Julie Shi, Deborah Sporton and Nguyen Vo report back. Last week, dispersed among 700 participants at the International Land Coalition’s global forum in Senegal sat nine of us from the University of Sheffield – seven students and two academic staff. Surrounded by throngs of NGOs fighting for land rights around the world, our presence was part of a…
  • What do we know about the long-term legacy of aid programmes? Very little, so why not go and find out?

    Duncan Green
    20 May 2015 | 11:30 pm
    We talk a lot in the aid biz about wanting to achieve long-term impact, but most of the time, aid organizations work in a time Why not come back in a decade? bubble set by the duration of a project. We seldom go back a decade later and see what happened after we left. Why not? Everyone has their favourite story of the project that turned into a spectacular social movement (SEWA) or produced a technological innovation (M-PESA) or spun off a flourishing new organization (New Internationalist, Fairtrade Foundation), but this is all cherry-picking.  What about something more rigorous:  how…
  • Oh dear. Another unreadable European Report on Development. Good stats on finance (FFD) though.

    Duncan Green
    19 May 2015 | 11:30 pm
    Here I go again. Sorry. Europe is home to some of the world’s most interesting and innovative research and action on aid and development, littered with smart thinktanks, thoughtful academics, and reflective practitioners. So it would be great to create some kind of intellectual counterweight to the US-based dominance of the World Development Report and others. Why then is the European Report on Development so invariably disappointing? Let’s start with the title of this 5th ERD: ‘Combining finance and policies to implement a transformative post-2015 development agenda’. Enough said.
  • What can we learn from a great example of high speed policy response to the Nepal Earthquake?

    Duncan Green
    18 May 2015 | 11:30 pm
    For a while, I’ve been arguing that policy wonks need to grab the windows of opportunity created by shocks, scandals and crises, producing reactions, research and proposals in the immediate aftermath of such a ‘critical juncture’. For example, we know there are going to be floods in Somerset or Pakistan at some point in the next few years, so in advance, why not get a response paper summarizing the evidence on the links to climate change 90% done and set up a network of scientists, business people, faith leaders, NGOs that are all ready to go when disaster strikes? That way we can have…
  • Links I Liked

    Duncan Green
    17 May 2015 | 11:30 pm
    The only possible response is ‘thankyou to all involved’ for this wonderful pic (coming soon to a powerpoint near you) [h/t Damian Hughes] To end extreme poverty, we must also address extreme affluence.’ Advice from some dangerous radicals (aka faith leaders) on how to end poverty Economics is reinventing itself as an empirical discipline, argues Barry Eichengreen. Whatever next? Some powerful killer facts here: 5 flashing warning lights on the dashboard of the global humanitarian system Have we lost the ability to monotask? The steady fall in attention span (from 3 minutes…
 
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    ODI Opinion

  • Senior-level Course on Conflict and Humanitarian Response

    28 Jun 2015 | 12:00 am
    ​The Humanitarian Policy Group (HPG) at the Overseas Development Institute (ODI) is pleased to launch a new Senior-Level Course in Conflict and Humanitarian Response taught in collaboration with the Department of International Development at the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE). This week-long course will be held in London on 28 June – 5 July 2015.
  • Dani Rodrik: the future of economic transformation in developing countries

    23 Jun 2015 | 12:00 am
    Leading economist Dani Rodrik sheds light on the future of economic transformation in developing countries.
  • ODI in conversation with Julia Gillard

    17 Jun 2015 | 12:00 am
    Former Australian Prime Minister and Chair of the Global Partnership for Education Julia Gillard explores how educating girls will change the world.
  • Urban futures: making cities work for people

    12 Jun 2015 | 12:00 am
    ​Join us for a day-long event on moving towards inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable cities. The day will feature highly interactive presentations, discussions and informal networking opportunities with key thinkers on urban issues.
  • Financing the future: will Addis deliver?

    11 Jun 2015 | 12:00 am
    Join us for the UK launch of ODI's 'Financing the future' report and ONE's 'The 2015 DATA report: putting the poorest first' ahead of the third drafting session of the Financing for Development outcome document from June 15-19.
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    Dani Rodrik's weblog

  • The War of Trade Models

    Dani Rodrik
    4 May 2015 | 12:02 pm
    There is an interesting debate going on in Europe about the likely consequences of the TTIP (Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership). Much of the real debate is (or should be) about the proposed Investor-State dispute resolution (ISDS) and the desirability of regulatory harmonization when nations have different preferences about how these regulations should be designed. But there is also a fascinating numbers game going on, with alternative quantitative estimates deployed by pro- and anti-TTIP groups. The studies used by the pro group tend to show positive, if small, GDP effects.
  • Turkish economic myths

    Dani Rodrik
    16 Apr 2015 | 7:16 am
    Preparing for a panel discussion on Turkey gave me the opportunity of putting together some notes and slides on the country’s economy. That Turkey is not doing well at the moment, economically or politically, is well known. But the roots of the problem remain misunderstood. Many analysts blame the weakening of “structural reforms” (on economics) and the turn towards authoritarianism after the Gezi protests in 2013 (on the politics). See for example here. In truth, Turkey’s problems on both fronts predate the recent slowdown in growth and have been long ingrained in the governing…
  • Premature deindustrialization in the developing world

    Dani Rodrik
    12 Feb 2015 | 5:56 am
    Mention “deindustrialization,” and the image that comes to mind is that of advanced economies making their way into the post-industrial phase of development. In a new paper,[1] I show that the more dramatic trend is one of deindustrialization in the developing countries. This is a trend that is appropriately called premature deindustrialization, since it means that many (if not most) developing nations are becoming service economies without having had a proper experience of industrialization. Latin America appears to be the worst hit region. But worryingly similar trends are very much in…
  • Greek elections, democracy, political trilemma, and all that

    Dani Rodrik
    7 Jan 2015 | 6:37 am
    Two-and-a-half years ago I wrote a short piece titled "The End of the World as We Know It" which began like this: Consider the following scenario. After a victory by the left-wing Syriza party, Greece’s new government announces that it wants to renegotiate the terms of its agreement with the International Monetary Fund and the European Union. German Chancellor Angela Merkel sticks to her guns and says that Greece must abide by the existing conditions. Fearing that a financial collapse is imminent, Greek depositors rush for the exit. This time, the European Central Bank refuses to…
  • Levels of intellectual responsibility

    Dani Rodrik
    3 Jan 2015 | 7:18 am
    This piece on “Erdogan’s Willing Enablers” prompts me to put down a few thoughts on the role that various members of the Turkish media and intelligentsia have played in enabling the steady deterioration of the political climate in Turkey over the last decade. What stands out with these intellectuals is that, even if they were not in all cases liberal in outlook, they all claimed to espouse values consistent with Western democracy: respect for human rights, civil liberties, and the rule of law.    I don’t want to go over the entire saga of how leading Turkish intellectuals…
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    PHILANTHROPY 2173

  • Technology, democracy, civil society

    Lucy Bernholz
    21 May 2015 | 10:14 am
    Loved this quote from Nathan Schneider in an article on the "slow technology" movement:"There is a habit in tech culture of saying that the latest app is “democratizing” whatever it happens to do. This is lovely, but best not to confuse it with actual democracy. Democracy is about participation with control, freedom with accountability, privacy with transparency. Tech companies tend to pick and choose from that list rather inventively."*Finding this on the same day that Pew Research shows just how little trust we Americans have for our data in the hands of either government or companies,…
  • Blueprint 2016

    Lucy Bernholz
    19 May 2015 | 10:27 am
    Yes. It is time for me to start thinking about Blueprint 2016.  To get it to you live in December I start thinking, mulling, complaining about, and drafting by June. I just made my annual notebook to start compiling my papers, thoughts, and ephemera that I don't store online. I start carrying this with me everywhere. I spend a few minutes each day going back through all my online storage spots where I've been bookmarking and filing things since January 1, looking for ideas and patterns and questions.What do you think I should be thinking about? Almost half-way through 2015, what's on…
  • Digital Sabbatical = brain growth

    Lucy Bernholz
    15 May 2015 | 4:48 pm
    Thanks to everyone who has asked about my digital sabbatical. It was fantastic. The best way I can describe it? Remember the part in How the Grinch Stole Christmas, when his heart grows three sizes? Without the addictive stimulation and distractions of digital life it feels like my brain grew three sizes.And I returned to an empty inbox. (It filled up again immediately, but it sure looked good empty for that one minute)For everyone who has asked for the autoreply message I used, here is the text for you to use/modify:Subject line: It's 1989 and I'm on an EMAIL SABBATICAL [date 1] - [date…
  • How to use private data for public benefit

    Lucy Bernholz
    13 May 2015 | 11:08 am
    (gambar: ucar.edu)I've been away, writing. 28 days, 167 draft pages. Probably 50-60 more to go.And just yesterday, working on something else, I think I've figured out what I'm trying to say.We need a theory of data for the public good if civil society is going to continue to thrive in the digital age.In law and economics there are theories of the commons. Theories of the public domain. Theories of civil society. And theories that bring some of these together.  We have theories of privacy and theories of data privacy. At least one theory of intellectual privacy. We have economic…
  • Digital sabbatical

    Lucy Bernholz
    31 Mar 2015 | 10:59 am
    It's intermission. I am going offline (email, twitter, blog, etc.) till mid - May. Please be in touch again after May 15.
 
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    Socializing

  • No Proof

    5 May 2015 | 3:06 am
    Further to my post about having a numb mind, here is the response to a report that claims there are chemicals typically found in fracking fluid that have been found in drinking wells. The industry criticized the new study, saying that it provided no proof that the chemical came from a nearby well. The full title of the article, Fracking Chemicals Detected in Pennsylvania Drinking Water, as well
  • Numb Mind

    11 Feb 2015 | 11:58 am
    I often think blogging and thinking out loud is something I want to do more. Then I log on to twitter and feel this thumping noise of shouting. It's people just trying to tell me what's right, who's stupid, who's a hypocrite. Does Exxon Hate My Children? Should I get my divestment placard? Or is the evil Bill McKibben trying to get me to sit in a dark cave, breaking up with a female avatar of
  • Irresponsible Fox News

    14 Jan 2015 | 2:28 am
    Look, opinions vary. But when I watch this, I shudder at a) the plain idiocy of Fox News and b) that their follow on, an interview with Nigel Farage, is even worse. These clips, painful to watch, and take real political issues, tell small and selective parts of very big and complex stories with the seeming intention of pouring fuel on the fire of fear and hatred. We sleep in our own bed and
  • Power of Reconciliation

    24 Apr 2014 | 8:23 am
    Such an amazing story and project about perpetrators and victims from the Rwandan genocide. See all the photos and stories here.
  • In Support of Gap Yahs

    1 May 2013 | 2:20 am
    Of course, of course, the author is correct, Gap Yah volunteering can be bad, but it can be great too. As with most things in life and social change, it depends on how you do it. Credit to my cousin-in-law and his colleagues for what I think is one of coolest ideas through Global Citizen Year. It is what I think Peace Corps should emphasise more. Each year, we recruit and train a diverse corps
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    Acumen Fund Blog

  • Acumen, Dow and Unilever Support Social Enterprises Across East and West Africa Through Technical Assistance Initiative

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

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

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

    Acumen
    27 Apr 2015 | 7:09 am
    On Saturday, April 25th, an earthquake with magnitude 7.8 shook the country of Nepal, as well as parts of northern India. Hitting south of Kathmandu, the earthquake killed more than 3,800 people and injured more than 7,100 as of Monday morning. It is the worst to hit the region in 80 years, and aftershocks and tremors continued to rock the country over the past 48 hours. As the city’s 1.2 million people flock to the streets, the nation and its citizens are in desperate need of relief. Committed to our partners and community in South Asia, we wanted to highlight those organizations…
  • Welcoming Naeem Zamindar as Acumen’s new Pakistan Director

    Acumen
    23 Apr 2015 | 7:32 am
    We are pleased to announce Naeem Zamindar as Acumen’s new Pakistan Country Director. Naeem’s 25-year career combines experience in venture capital with multiple high-level operational and leadership roles. Naeem worked at Intel Capital in Silicon Valley, helping build companies in the digital, new media and wireless broadband space. In Pakistan, he was CEO of Wateen Telecom, where he restructured the publicly listed company, turned around the business and repositioned it for growth, to take the company from losing $2 million per month to generating $1 million in positive cash flow over…
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    Women's World Banking

  • RFP: Local Market Research Firm, Malawi

    Eduard Taube
    18 May 2015 | 1:04 pm
    Reference: Job # 201515 Issue Date: May 18, 2015 Submission Date: June 4, 2015 Summary Women’s World Banking is providing technical assistance to a bank in Malawi to increase access to credit products for the SME sector with a focus on reaching women. Women’s World Banking will lead a sector analysis involving qualitative research with customers and non-customers of the bank to develop a profile of SME entrepreneurs in Malawi and understand their need for financial services. The research will consist of approximately 100 participants. The research dates are set for Monday June 22, 2015…
  • Monowara’s path to independence through microfinance

    Gayle Gatchalian
    17 May 2015 | 11:35 pm
    May 18, 2015 Monowara is a successful woman entrepreneur, with a factory under her name and dozens of employees. But her her beginnings were humble, and it was through her hard work, ambition, and the support of Shakti Foundation for Disadvantaged Women in Bangladesh. Monowara and her husband live in a small dwelling just outside Dhaka with their children. While happy, their finances were tough. She and her husband were unable to support their family on her husband’s meager income. She wanted to earn money for her family, but she had no education, skill, or money to do any business. She…
  • A Fireside Chat with Mary Ellen Iskenderian

    Gayle Gatchalian
    15 May 2015 | 6:26 am
    By: Mike Fox, Master of Science student in the School of Foreign Service, Class of 2016 Here at Georgetown, there is no shortage of opportunities to hear incredible, world famous leaders speak on a regular basis. However, the chance to talk informally with these leaders in an intimate, small group setting is a less common occurrence. Such is the goal of Beeck Unplugged - a fireside chat series designed and implemented by the Beeck Center’s student-run Impact Board. This past month, Beeck Unplugged was lucky enough to host Mary Ellen Iskendarian, President and CEO of Women’s World Banking…
  • RFP: Illustrator/Graphic Designer in the Middle East

    Eduard Taube
    11 May 2015 | 2:09 pm
    Reference: Job #201514 Issue Date: May 11, 2015 Submission Date: May 28, 2015 Summary Women’s World Banking is seeking an experienced illustrator / graphic designer in the Middle East to develop illustrations and marketing materials for financial products targeted to low-income women and men in Egypt. About Women’s World Banking Women’s World Banking is the global non-profit devoted to giving more low-income women access to the financial tools and resources essential to their security and prosperity. For more than 35 years we have worked with financial institutions to show them…
  • Medha Tai’s story of banking for the poor

    Gayle Gatchalian
    8 May 2015 | 11:00 pm
    May 9, 2015 By Shini Ashok, Ujjivan Cross-posted from Ujjivan as part of their on-going series on women leaders in financial inclusion Dr. Medha Purao Samant Annapurna Pariwar Dr. Medha Purao Samant, is one of the best known figures in the areas of Financial Inclusion. She has many accolades to her name, “Entrepreneurs International Award for the year 2003″, “Women Leaders in Microfinance”, by Indian School of Microfinance for Women, “Adishakti puruskar” by the hands of Dr. Kiran Bedi. The most recent being Microfinance India Award by Access Assist, in…
 
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    Ideas for development

  • Innover pour protéger la nature : la compensation, nouvelle source de financement ?

    Guillaume Chiron
    21 May 2015 | 10:14 am
    Les moyens nécessaires à la réalisation des objectifs d’Aïchi[1] dans les seuls pays en développement sont estimés entre 74 et 191 milliards de dollars sur... Cet article Innover pour protéger la nature : la compensation, nouvelle source de financement ? est apparu en premier sur Ideas for development.
  • Renforcer la sécurité fiscale pour contribuer au développement des PME africaines

    Idées pour le développement
    20 May 2015 | 1:54 am
    Or les Etats africains, qui auraient précisément besoin d’un cadre fiscal stable sont depuis peu caractérisés par une véritable inflation des normes fiscales qui conduit... Cet article Renforcer la sécurité fiscale pour contribuer au développement des PME africaines est apparu en premier sur Ideas for development.
  • Libérer le potentiel du savoir en Amérique latine

    Juan Vazquez Zamora
    19 May 2015 | 4:58 am
    Cette tribune est publiée dans le cadre de notre partenariat avec Ralentissement temporaire ou l’annonce d’une longue période de faible croissance ? L’Amérique latine se trouve... Cet article Libérer le potentiel du savoir en Amérique latine est apparu en premier sur Ideas for development.
  • Faire de l’Alliance Globale pour une agriculture intelligente face au climat une plateforme utile

    José Tissier
    15 May 2015 | 6:56 am
    Cette tribune a été publiée (en anglais) en avant-première sur Une plateforme pour réfléchir sur nos modes de production agricoles Lancée lors du Sommet climatique... Cet article Faire de l’Alliance Globale pour une agriculture intelligente face au climat une plateforme utile est apparu en premier sur Ideas for development.
  • Nigeria, une croissance non-inclusive ?

    Idées pour le développement
    13 May 2015 | 2:59 am
      La révision des comptes nationaux en mars 2014 est venue confirmer ce que bon nombre d’observateurs pressentaient : en moins d’une décennie, l’économie nigériane... Cet article Nigeria, une croissance non-inclusive ? est apparu en premier sur Ideas for development.
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    (BLOG)RED

  • ANDO x ANDO (RED) at Photo London

    21 May 2015 | 7:12 am
    Today Photo London kicks off! The major international photography event up will feature up to 70 of the world’s leading photography galleries togetherWe're excited to share that at Photo London, amanasalto is launching a special (RED)® version* of Tadao Ando’s photographic portfolio ANDO x ANDO - Photographs for the first time in London, after the launch of the original blue version last year in November. Just ten sets of this book will be made available, featuring a foreword written by (RED)’s co-founder, Bono.20% of the retail price of every (RED) version sold will be donated to the…
  • (RED) Chef Ambassadors

    19 May 2015 | 8:53 am
    This June, thousands of restaurants, food trucks and bars worldwide are uniting with one shared goal: to fight for a world in which every child is born HIV free. EAT (RED) DRINK (RED) SAVE LIVES wouldn't be possible without our EAT (RED) chef ambassadors, who are serving up their best (RED) recipes, creating special (RED) dinners around the world and sharing (RED) on social media.Meet our (RED) chef ambassadors below, and be sure to follow them on Twitter by checking out our Twitter list here. Let's #86AIDS!EAT (RED) DRINK (RED) SAVE LIVES Chef AmbassadorsAlberto Landgraf — Sao Paolo,…
  • (RED) Survey Update

    18 May 2015 | 8:35 pm
    Thanks for clicking on the (RED) survey.We're making a few tweaks at the moment and will let you know when it's back up.Thanks for supporting (RED).
  • HUGE NEWS: The Roots at The (RED) Supper

    15 May 2015 | 10:13 am
    Guess who's coming to dinner? The Roots are joining The (RED) Supper with a special performance!Hosted by Mario Batali, The (RED) Supper is a 1,000 alfresco dinner party featuring some of the country’s top culinary talents. In collaboration with Outstanding in the Field, The (RED) Supper is going to be a spectacular evening— don't miss your chance to join us. Get tickets here. Let's #86AIDS. 
  • Infiniti Presents The (RED) Supper with Mario Batali

    12 May 2015 | 7:03 am
    4 delicious courses. 10 incredible chefs. 1000 dinner guests. One unforgettable dining experience. All to raise money and awareness for (RED)’s fight against AIDS. Join us at as we celebrate the launch of EAT (RED) DRINK (RED) SAVES LIVES 2015! The (RED) Supper is on May 31 at Pier 26, Hudson River Park in New York City. In collaboration with Outstanding in the Field, The (RED) Supper is going to be a spectacular evening— don't miss your chance to join us. Buy tickets now at gilt.com/theREDsupper 
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    ONE

  • How You Can Change the World by Shopping!

    Guest Blogger
    22 May 2015 | 12:29 pm
    This blog comes to us from our partner Indego Africa. While many of us wish to make a positive difference in the world, it can be hard to figure out how to do it. As individuals, how can we drive change in our communities and around the globe? Where is a good place to start? One answer – which may surprise you – is…shopping. Yes, that’s right – from the groceries we eat to the clothes we put on our backs, the decisions we make everyday about what and what not to buy can profoundly impact the world in which we live. This line of thinking – often called “conscious…
  • #ONEonTour with U2: A shout out from San Jose

    Akbar Khan
    21 May 2015 | 8:53 am
    This is the second post in a series from our volunteers who are recruiting new members for the ONE Campaign while on the U2 Innocence + Experience tour. U2 kicked off their first of many US shows in San Jose, California. And ONE was right there with them. General admissions lines began as early as 6am with U2 fans who had travelled from around the country to watch the band perform. Among the eager fans were 15 volunteers, equipped with their ONE shirts and bands to recruit new members. The friendly volunteer crew in San Jose. The volunteer worked the lines with iPads to encourage fans to sign…
  • Red Nose Day USA: Help immunization and Gavi by tuning into Thursday’s star-studded special

    Guest Blogger
    19 May 2015 | 7:11 am
    By Natasha Bilimoria Natasha Bilimoria is the Director of U.S. Strategy for Gavi, a global Vaccine Alliance that brings together public and private sectors with the shared goal of creating equal access to new and underused vaccines for children living in the world’s poorest countries. This post was originally published on Gavi’s blog. This Thursday, May 21st, is a special day when you and your friends can not only have some fun but do something really great by supporting immunization and Gavi. That’s when NBC will broadcast Red Nose Day USA, and I’m not going to miss a minute of…
  • iNNOCENCE + eXPERIENCE = iNSPIRATION + eNERGY

    Charlie Harris
    18 May 2015 | 12:23 pm
    U2 are on tour, and we get to go along! We are there to to help raise awareness for the fight against extreme poverty and preventable disease with U2 fans – a great bunch. We’ve made a lot of friends who have joined up with ONE! The band kicked off its iNNOCENCE + eXPERIENCE tour to a sold out crowd in Vancouver. As over 18,000 fans eagerly waited in line, an army of ONE staff and volunteers worked the crowds, engaging people of all ages to sign on to the Poverty is Sexist petition. With a booth inside the concourse and teams interacting with fans all around the arena, we managed…
  • 13-year-old #ONEderWoman takes on global malnutrition with micro-farms

    Guest Blogger
    18 May 2015 | 6:43 am
    Gracie & Content, a woman who benefits from the Harvest107 microfarm in Haiti Here at ONE we love to celebrate change-makers. We are inspired by those around the globe who are doing something, big or small, that is positively impacting their communities, their countries, or the world. Gracie Pfaff is one of those people—she is a true ONEderWoman. Gracie, at just 12 years old, founded Harvest107 in 2013, a non-profit that creates fresh and sustainable food sources for low-income communities. While the organization began in Franklin, TN, it has spread its roots all the way to Haiti,…
 
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    The Change Blog

  • How To Change Your Life With The KonMari Method

    Juju Sprinkles
    22 May 2015 | 6:35 am
    Spring has sprung, are you ready to tackle your spring cleaning?  I thought I could skip it this year as I had just moved across the ocean from Taiwan to San Francisco with a total of four suitcases, or so I thought. A few weeks ago during a regular sister chat, my sister told me she was re-organizing her house.  I responded with the usual “oh, spring cleaning, sounds good.”  But then she told me she was actually re-organizing because of this book she was reading called The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing by Kondo Marie.  She started…
  • Frozen In Fear

    Michele Brown
    21 May 2015 | 4:38 am
    “Everything you want is on the other side of fear.” – Jack Canfield I sit on the edge of the sturdy rubber boat, staring at the rare spectacular blue emanating from beneath the water. I wonder about hidden depths of ice below, and my heart begins thumping beneath layers of protective clothing. Sea ice crackles as our driver and naturalist Christian stands at the back of the boat, one hand around a long steering handle, navigating us away from the safety of the expedition ship. I glance around at icebergs everywhere and notice the emphasis of white under vibrant sunshine, cloudless…
  • Why Getting Rid of Stuff Was Harder Than I Thought

    Heather Sinclair
    20 May 2015 | 4:34 am
    “The trouble with simple living is that, though it can be joyful, rich, and creative, it isn’t simple.” – Doris Janzen Longacre “But your stuff’s going into storage, right?” I frowned and knitted my brows apologetically. “Um…actually, no.” My friend was silent and gave me a confused look. I continued: “I’m selling or donating everything. Well, everything except whatever fits in the truck.” At this point my friend’s eyes got wider. I had seen this expression before: apparently people don’t think it’s normal to get…
  • 7 Important, Life-Changing Lessons I Learned While I Worked As A Janitor

    Alex
    19 May 2015 | 5:01 am
    “When one door closes, another opens; but we often look so long and so regretfully upon the closed door that we do not see the one which has opened for us.” – Alexander Graham Bell I got fired on Dec. 31, 2013, but the decision was really my own. Due to some unexpected circumstances, I could not continue doing my well-paid and quite secure job any longer. Those circumstances had messed up my career; but, it also threatened the possibility of living a life I was dreaming of. Things didn’t get better over time. I lost any hope and fell into despair. Three months later, I was out of…
  • The Path to Forgiveness: How I Turned From a Bitter Person To a Better One

    Luna Darcy
    17 May 2015 | 4:42 am
    “True forgiveness is when you can say, ‘Thank you for that experience.’” ― Oprah Winfrey I grew up as the “Daddy’s girl”. The bond my dad and I formed is something I held dear to my heart even as a child. My dad was a tall man, maybe more than 6 foot, fair-skinned, a Filipino-American businessman and journalist. I only see my him every Saturdays or Sundays. He never slept at our home. And growing up I realized that wasn’t normal. We were his third family, my mom being his third wife. I am their only child, but I had several half sisters and half…
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    SocialEarth

  • “Slum Soccer” Gets Football Support from Chevrolet

    Sangeeta Haindl
    19 May 2015 | 11:57 pm
    Sachin Tendulkar, the former Indian cricketer and captain and widely acknowledged as one of the greatest cricketers of all time, is convinced that football can be big in India. Others have also [...] The post “Slum Soccer” Gets Football Support from Chevrolet appeared first on SocialEarth.
  • P2P Equipment Rental Platform Gets Investment from Caterpillar

    Antonio Pasolini
    19 May 2015 | 6:09 am
    Since 2013, Yard Club in San Francisco has been operating an online platform that enables peer-to-peer equipment rental, which the Wall Street Journal calls an AirBnb for excavators. Since then, [...] The post P2P Equipment Rental Platform Gets Investment from Caterpillar appeared first on SocialEarth.
  • Harvard Business School “Peek” Program Aims to Bridge Gender Gap

    Vikas Vij
    18 May 2015 | 8:15 am
    America’s finest business schools continue to struggle with a gender gap. Many decades after they started admitting women. Harvard Business School’s class of 2016 constitutes 41 percent women – the [...] The post Harvard Business School “Peek” Program Aims to Bridge Gender Gap appeared first on SocialEarth.
  • Fossil “Unbound”: Collaborating with Social Problem Solvers to Change Young Lives

    Sangeeta Haindl
    15 May 2015 | 7:56 am
    Fossil Unbound is an organisation that is creating tumbleweeds of change by supporting projects that are nurturing and inspiring children. It strongly believes the best social entrepreneurs aren’t just changing [...] The post Fossil “Unbound”: Collaborating with Social Problem Solvers to Change Young Lives appeared first on SocialEarth.
  • Driving the Future: Combating Climate Change with Smart Cars

    RP Siegel
    14 May 2015 | 7:05 am
    I recently read Driving the Future, the new book by Margo T. Oge, former director of EPA’s Office of Air Quality and Transportation. It’s the story of the evolving effort [...] The post Driving the Future: Combating Climate Change with Smart Cars appeared first on SocialEarth.
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    Social Velocity

  • Building a Sustainable Nonprofit: A Case Study

    Nell Edgington
    21 May 2015 | 6:25 am
    I consider myself incredibly lucky because I get to work one-on-one with some amazing social change leaders. One of the clients I’m working with right now is the Muslim Public Affairs Council (MPAC). This is a group of incredibly smart and passionate people who are committed to improving public understanding and policies that impact American Muslims by engaging the government, media, and communities. The challenges they face as a nonprofit organization are not unique. So I’d like to share their story as a case study. I met MPAC in 2013. While they had been around for 25 years…
  • 5 Fundraising Delusions Nonprofits Suffer

    Nell Edgington
    18 May 2015 | 3:00 pm
    Fundraising is, for the most part, a fundamentally misunderstood activity. There are a lot of misconceptions, among nonprofit leaders, board members — even donors — about effective ways to bring money in the door. Here are are a few of the worst delusions about fundraising that persist in the sector: Events Are Fundraisers Very few nonprofit events generate a net income after you factor in the direct (food, venue, invitations, entertainment) and indirect (board and staff time) costs that go into them. They simply are not profit-generating activities. If you are looking to your…
  • Speaking With Social Change Leaders

    Nell Edgington
    12 May 2015 | 6:25 am
    One of the things I love about my job is that I get to travel to different parts of the country talking with groups of social change leaders about how to think about their work in new ways. I speak to nonprofit and philanthropic conferences, events, groups, even boards about trends in the nonprofit sector and how social change leaders must adapt. Recently I have spoken to groups in Portland, Seattle, Sacramento, Dallas, and Idaho. You can see a video of me speaking to the Seattle Association of Fundraising Professionals Conference below (or click here) where I was talking about one…
  • Making the Case for Nonprofit Leaders: An Interview with Linda Wood

    Nell Edgington
    7 May 2015 | 6:11 am
    In today’s Social Velocity interview, I’m talking with Linda Wood, Director of the Haas Leadership Initiative. Over the past decade, the Haas, Jr. Fund has invested over $20 million in strengthening the leadership of more than 75 grantees in its key priority areas– immigrant rights, education equity, and gay and lesbian rights—through the Flexible Leadership Awards program. In that time Linda has become a leading voice on the topic of leadership in the nonprofit and philanthropic sectors. Prior to joining the Fund, she advised senior leaders on strategy, organizational…
  • 10 Great Social Innovation Reads: April 2015

    Nell Edgington
    5 May 2015 | 6:23 am
    April was another busy month in the world of social change writing. From Google’s shift to mobile, to the Baltimore protests, to using sitcoms to change public opinion, to the pace of social change, to teens and social media, to a new way to measure a country’s performance, there was much to read and digest. Below are my 10 picks of the best in the world of social change in April, but please add to the list in the comments. And to see what else I found beyond these 10, follow me on Twitter, Facebook, Google+, or LinkedIn. And you can read past months’ 10 Great Reads lists…
 
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    Social Entrepreneurship Series - MatthewAlberto.com

  • Difference between Vision, Mission, Goals & Values for Your Startup or Non-Profit

    Matthew Alberto
    27 Apr 2015 | 9:07 am
    Hi everyone its Matt from MatthewAlberto.com. Where I’m passionate about tech and social entrepreneurship. I’m here today to help you figure out the difference between your vision, your mission, your goals, and your values. Founder Asks for Help Establishing Her Organization So apart from leading, and founding and running my own enterprises, that try and change the world through technology, and social entrepreneurship. I also from time to time, consult and help non-profits, and also social enterprises, to get their own visions laid out. And to get their projects up and running. So…
  • 5 Startup Chile Lessons Learned from My Startup Chile Adventure

    Matthew Alberto
    8 Apr 2015 | 8:22 am
    Hi, everybody. It’s Matthew Alberto here at matthewalberto.com. It’s been quite a while since I posted. I realize that. I’ve actually been busy, being on the ground, really working hard, working on my start-ups, working on my ventures, trying to make an impact on the world, trying to change the world and make a dent in it, to do something great. It really meant some time off my blog and really focusing on my projects. The projects have been going well, and I think it’d be great to just come back and really start blogging again and to share my learnings, my findings, my…
  • Are Websites Still Relevant in the Mobile Age?

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

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

    Matthew Alberto
    11 Feb 2014 | 8:00 am
    Hey everyone, it’s Matthew Alberto here, and today we’re going to be talking about free interactive websites that will help you to learn to code online. What’s the background of this and how will this help you? Well, I’ve noticed that a lot of entrepreneurship programs accelerators, incubator; they really focus on making sure that you have a technical cofounder. A lot of angel investors and venture capitalists also want to see if you’re writing up a more technical, or computer or website-oriented style that you do have at least one cofounder who has a technical background. Learn to…
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    Care2 Causes » Trailblazers For Good

  • One Woman’s Mission to Save Sri Lankan Street Dogs

    Care2 Causes Editors
    20 May 2015 | 5:30 pm
    In 2006, Samantha Green was vacationing in Sri Lanka when she came across a young street dog that seemed minutes away from death. Lying lifeless on the chalky grounds of a village temple, the puppy was riddled with mange and mites and was severely emaciated. Samantha, a UK citizen working in the transport industry at the time was taken aback by the sight of this creature, who was barely recognizable atop the torrid dirt piles.
  • Why Does This Student Activist Have to Sue His College Just to Hand Out Leaflets?

    Susan Bird
    19 May 2015 | 6:00 am
    Nicolas Tomas is a vegan and an animal rights activist. As an American, he enjoys the right to free speech. Because he feels strongly about animals, it’s important to Tomas to hand out leaflets at his college, California State Polytechnic University, Pomona. The trouble is, his college won’t let him do that. Not without getting […]
  • This Veteran Is Giving His Troubled Comrades a (Furry) Reason to Live

    NationSwell
    14 May 2015 | 4:00 am
    Phil Ruddock had trouble adjusting when he returned home to rural Louisiana, disabled by a traumatic brain injury he received during an Air Force tour of duty during Desert Storm. He had all the classic symptoms of PTSD: “I drank all the time, I couldn’t get along with anyone, I kept checking every room in the house to make sure it was clear every time I came home, I got up and checked the locks on the doors and windows too many times to count, I was always depressed and pissed at the world, and I never slept. I drove my family so crazy that they wanted to leave,” he says with a country…
  • Can 3D-Printing Save Rhinos From Going Extinct?

    EcoWatch
    10 May 2015 | 10:00 am
    With large-scale poaching causing the once-abundant rhino population to dip to extinction levels, one Seattle-based biotech startup has come up with a deceivingly simple idea to stave demand of the rhino’s coveted horns: fake it.
  • Interactive Maps Identify Empty Lots for Community Gardens

    Crystal Shepeard
    9 May 2015 | 6:00 am
    The story of many a community garden often has the same beginning: an urban neighborhood abandoned by its jobs and residents is blighted by vacant lots, once bustling with children and laughter, now left dormant with broken fences and dreams. A hopeful resident, possibly long-term, or newly arrived due to the now affordable rents, sees the vacancy […]
 
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    Social Finance

  • Social Finance Forum 2015: Unplugged

    Joanna Reynolds
    22 May 2015 | 2:30 pm
    Are you interested in hosting a session at the Social Finance Forum? We are gearing up to bring together the best and brightest in social finance for the 8th annual Social Finance Forum, the place to engage and profile leaders in Canada’s diverse social finance scene and capture advancements from the world stage. The Canadian social finance market place is bursting with talent and experience and we are delighted to share with our participants the opportunity to shape the Forum’s agenda. That is why, this year we are inviting you to apply to design and host a session at the 8th…
  • MaRS Centre for Impact Investing Is Hiring!

    Jared Walker
    22 May 2015 | 7:36 am
    An opportunity to be part of something truly impactful From persistent poverty to climate change, we face entrenched social and environmental problems. Fortunately, a growing number of charities, non-profits, co-ops and for-profit companies are building business models to tackle these problems. They are turning to investors for the financing to launch and grow innovative new programs in order to become sustainable and stimulate economic growth. As a result, new investment opportunities are emerging to offer investors positive financial returns in addition to social and environmental impacts.
  • Seed-stage impact investing paper released

    Katie Gibson
    22 May 2015 | 7:13 am
    We are thrilled to announce the release of the Issue Brief on Seed-Stage Impact Investing in Canada: Insights from the Field. The paper resulted from a collaboration between the MaRS Centre for Impact Investing and MaRS Market Insights. Why seed-stage impact investing?  We at the MaRS Centre for Impact Investing believe that seed-stage impact investing is vital, as it provides capital and knowhow to the earliest ventures and develops the impact investment market overall by building the pipeline for later-stage investors. We have also observed that seed-stage investing has been attracting an…
  • Starting your own social impact business? Apply by May 22nd to Trampoline 2!

    Maggie Knight
    20 May 2015 | 11:32 am
    In BC & starting to build a business with a social purpose? Got a great idea and want some experienced mentorship to guide you in developing and testing your business plan? Want to join a network of other social entrepreneurs as you tackle the challenges of starting up? Applications are now open for Radius’ next Trampoline incubator cohort. We’re looking for social entrepreneurs seeking to use their venture to address a real community, social, or environmental need. We welcome applications from first time social entrepreneurs, SFU students with a successful student social impact…
  • Movers and Shakers: Will Canada’s Impact Community Spur Meaningful Policy Change?

    Seher Shafiq
    15 May 2015 | 8:33 am
    On May 2nd, Engineers Without Borders’ (EWB) Toronto Professional Chapter hosted a “Shop Day” with the theme “Innovation Out of Poverty”. Having been to many EWB Shop Days in the past, I knew that my Saturday would be well spent! We kicked off the event by eating pizza (mmmmm!) and watching a video about how we can create social change through “the power of outrospection”. After a discussion about the video, Sasha Caldera from the EWB national office presented on EWB’s #PoliticsAside campaign. A theme that emerged during Sasha’s presentation can be summed up in one quote:…
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    Return On Now

  • Why White Hat SEO Requires Patience

    Tommy Landry
    21 May 2015 | 10:01 am
    The following post is copyrighted by Return On Now - Austin Internet Marketing Consulting Services Having played the SEO game for a decade and a half now, I’ve seen it all. Not very long ago, you could get away with all sorts of tricks to drive organic traffic. Purchased links, link wheels / schemes, keyword stuffing, and a laundry list of other spammy black hat “techniques.” Of course, we should all be very aware that Google has gone to great lengths to put an end to that shoddy behavior. In fact, they are on a never-ending quest to squash it. Case in point – the recent quality…
  • Return On News: Mobilegeddon, Ecommerce, Social SEO

    Tommy Landry
    13 May 2015 | 11:20 am
    The following post is copyrighted by Return On Now - Austin Internet Marketing Consulting Services This week, it seems like a great time to do an edition of Return On News. We haven’t done one in at least a month or two, and there have been a ton of great articles that I’ve come across in the past few weeks. Of course, it has been a very busy time in internet and inbound marketing. The biggest news has been Mobilegeddon, and we would be remiss not to include at least one post on the topic. That said, I think you’ll like the topic that is included below, since it is not a typical FUD /…
  • 10 Steps for Conducting a Successful PPC Audit

    Tommy Landry
    5 May 2015 | 3:27 pm
    The following post is copyrighted by Return On Now - Austin Internet Marketing Consulting Services Creating and deploying a brand new pay per click (PPC) campaign from scratch is probably the easiest way to get started working with a new SEM provider. Simply build it, test it, and optimize it. On the other hand, the situation is completely different for those of us who have a history of PPC advertising and an existing account. While many providers will come in and say they have to scrap the history and start from scratch, that’s not your only option. We tend to start out with a review and…
  • Authenticity is the Key to Successful Inbound and Internet Marketing

    Tommy Landry
    29 Apr 2015 | 9:24 am
    The following post is copyrighted by Return On Now - Austin Internet Marketing Consulting Services Internet marketing has been around for years, but it continues to evolve before our very eyes. How long have you been involved in the internet game? If longer than five years, you witnessed the “old west” feel of the internet’s early days. Back then, SEO was more about keyword density, sites ranked based on having keywords present on the page (even if via trickery), and you could get away with far-fetched claims with little or no repercussions. Fast forward to 2015, and all of these…
  • The Myth of Multitasking: Stop Chasing Your Tail and Be Present

    Tommy Landry
    22 Apr 2015 | 3:36 pm
    The following post is copyrighted by Return On Now - Austin Internet Marketing Consulting Services Every once in a while, I like to take a break from hard core inbound marketing topics and look at subjects such as entrepreneurship, productivity, and other more general business skills that are important to nearly any professional. As someone who sees personal growth as a mantra, I spend a lot of time reading and considering different viewpoints. Some of those are on SEO and related topics. But in my downtime, I like to look at deeper topics such as inner peace, reducing stress, and general…
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    Dutiee

  • 8 Social Good Trends For Entrepreneurs To Ride On In 2015

    Deepa Chaudhary
    4 May 2015 | 8:17 am
    The web has dramatically changed the rules of doing business right from fundraising to marketing to selling, everything has changed. What worked before doesn’t work now. Social entrepreneurs that take full advantage of the ever evolving web will be the ones that will rule the hearts and minds of donors and consumers. At Dutiee our goal is to keep you updated with the latest. Trends that are showing results and will help you profit from. In 2014 we outlined seven trends that social entrepreneurs could benefit from and all of these continue to still hold true in 2015. Social mission…
  • Warby Parker Founder On Building A Social Mission Driven Business

    Deepa Chaudhary
    6 Apr 2015 | 12:47 am
    I want to tell you about my new found love for Warby Parker, not just for their awesome looking eyeglasses or how they so quickly managed to disrupt the eyewear industry. I’m in awe of how they conduct their business, for their innovation in everything they do including their buy one give one model. In Fast Company’s most innovative companies of 2015, Warby Parker was listed number one, even before Apple, that says a lot about a company that started just five years ago. I was therefore excited when I learnt that the co-founder and CEO of Warby Parker, Neil Blumenthal had a course on…
  • Help Write The Book That Needs To Be Written

    Deepa Chaudhary
    31 Mar 2015 | 10:46 pm
    While at one hand there are social good startups that are gaining immense traction there are many others that have tried and failed. To help improve the odds of success, I plan to write a book. The post Help Write The Book That Needs To Be Written appeared first on 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 the Internet and coming of age of web-based applications (also known as SAAS or cloud software) that fueled the adoption of tech by nonprofits and social good startups for everything from record keeping, fundraising, campaign management to marketing. Today the sector is using some of the same tools as any other tech savvy startup or billion dollar company. The rise of easy to use web…
  • 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. The post How A Small Liberian Startup Got Silicon Valley Eating Its Chocolate appeared first on Dutiee.
 
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    Changemakers Ideas ExChange

  • How African students are shaping their own destinies at the helm of a Robotics revolution

    Future Forward Team
    20 May 2015 | 7:34 am
    Video of daYIu67BOYc Find out how a robotics revolution in Ugandan primary schools is engaging students and creating a new generation thinkers and innovators who can shape opportunities for the future. The video features Ashoka Fellow Solomon King.    
  • South African students make a stand for quality education

    Future Forward Team
    19 May 2015 | 12:41 pm
    What if the most inspired and best-informed agents of change for “broken” school systems weren’t lawyers or politicians, but students themselves? For a network of activists in South Africa, students are just that. Equal Education is a youth-led movement battling “class- and race-linked inequalities” in South Africa’s school system. The young people in the program, all high schoolers, come from the country’s black-majority townships like Khayelitsha. They’re called  “Equalizers,” and they’re fixing the system from the inside out while learning real-world…
  • Webinar on 5/28: Young Africans Seizing Opportunities in the Technology Sector

    Future Forward Team
    19 May 2015 | 12:20 pm
    Across Africa, as in the rest of the world, a faster pace in the workplace calls for a faster and more technology savvy workforce. There are many opportunities arising out of the rapid rate of technology innovation across the continent. A key question is: how are young people positioned to seize these opportunities? During our next Future Forward webinar, we explore insights regarding the ways young people are interacting with opportunities in the technology sector. The panel will feature tech and social entrepreneurs as well as development practitioners and young people.  The upcoming…
  • Launch of the 2015 Boot Camps

    Marzena Zukowska
    18 May 2015 | 6:35 am
    Across two continents and 13 countries, one hundred emerging social innovators will dive into Boot Camps designed to push their ideas and impact to the next level. From June to August, American Express and Ashoka will convene cohorts of twenty future leaders in five regional hubs: in the United States, Canada, Mexico, East Africa, and Francophone West Africa.   The Boot Camp innovators are championing disruptive solutions to a wide range of critical challenges, including a project that uses mobile phones to collect real-time health data, a hip-hop curriculum that supports at-risk…
  • What is Leadership?

    Future Forward Team
    24 Apr 2015 | 10:21 am
    Written by Edem Torkornoo. This article originally appeared on ALUeducation.com. ALU is a tertiary institution dedicated to developing the next generation of African leaders.  Although the question of what leadership is may at first seem simple many find it difficult to answer. For some it is the ability to move a group towards a vision while for others it is about being able to serve. In our #LeadershipIs series, we ask leaders who embody ALU’s values what their definition of the phenomenon is. Check out some of their responses below: “Leadership…
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    In Search of Sanuk - Charity & Volunteering in Bangkok

  • The Coming Ultimatum on Refugees

    Dwight Turner
    20 May 2015 | 8:35 am
    Last year the number of people living as refugees soared beyond 50 million, the highest since World War II. Sadly, much of last year’s’ unrest is still roaring away and with only a month until this year’s World Refugee Day celebration, we’re set to eclipse those figures. Sadder than the statistics surrounding refugees, are how little we’ve heard of their plight until now. This a problem we can no longer ignore, because it’s a problem we’re ill equipped to solve. The Guardian writes: We are poorly prepared for what is about to hit us. We have…
  • Thanksgiving Arrives Early for 100 Kids and Their Families

    Dwight Turner
    10 Nov 2014 | 2:05 pm
    Thanksgiving arrives early this year! Ok, not as early as a Canadian Thanksgiving, but definitely faster than I’d expected. That’s because near the end of October we started a Facebook announcement, hoping to inspire people early to give towards our small, Thanksgiving fundraising campaign. The goal was set at $1500, the amount of money it would cost us to give enough food and food supplies to 100 kids and their families for an entire month. My hopes were that by Nov. 22nd people would have given enough money to stockpile supplies until the end of year and have a simple dinner to…
  • Embrace Your Delusions

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

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

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

  • Cervical Cancer Detection in Zimbabwe: A Scalable Solution

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

    AECote
    7 Apr 2015 | 10:43 am
    Signos RT in Mizak Haiti Signos RT handheld ultrasound Mizak HAPI Providing high quality antenatal care for expectant mothers is a fundamental part of ensuring a safe delivery, and a healthy mom postpartum. In order to do that, some innovative products have been introduced for low resource settings. There’s no denying the importance of ultrasound technology during pregnancy. However, until fairly recently, it has been out of reach for many caregivers due to high cost, or complex application. We’re very pleased to announce: that has all changed. Who’d have guessed that the invaluable…
  • A new offering and a new partnership with Mommy Measure: fundal height measure

    Maternova
    4 Mar 2015 | 9:40 am
    We are happy to announce a new partnership with a creative U.S. based team-- the folks at Mommy Measure. Mommy Measure uses the concept of fundal height as a way to empower pregnant women in the U.S. to track one of the parameters of pregnancy-- the growing belly! Maternova has been working with Mommy Measure to translate this device into a variation useful for antenatal care settings in lower resource settings. The obstetric measuring tape can be used by midwives to identify pregnancies that may be at higher risk. Though not a perfect measure, the symphysis-fundal height can be used to…
  • TFCH improves Maternal health in Nigeria with Solar Delivery Lights from Maternova, Inc.

    AECote
    22 Jan 2015 | 7:04 am
    Knowing the electricity challenges in our rural communities, women in labor and the midwives finds it very difficult during delivery of the newborn. Its been a trend that pregnant mothers are mandated to buy “Candles” as part of the listed items for delivery. The candle of course provides light in case labor comes at night. Where the mother is not able to buy the candle, the local lights known as “npanaka” used mainly by rural dwellers which produces dangerous fumes that causes carbon monoxide poisoning are regularly used. This local lights is known to be very dangerous to the health…
  • Bringing Hope to the Democratic Republic of Congo with Channel Initiative

    AECote
    1 Dec 2014 | 11:19 am
    At Maternova, we consider ourselves incredibly lucky to have partners located around the world. Its these fearless entrepreneurs and philanthropists who make what we do so worthwhile, and in some cases possible. One of our favorite groups is Channel Initiative. Founded by Dominique Vidale-Plaza, they are shaking things up in the DRC and empowering women and children with sustainable healthcare. Not only is this incredibly brave, its desperately needed. Many medical clinics are days apart for foot travelers. We wanted to see if our friends at Channel Initiative had an update for us on how they…
 
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    EllieFunDay

  • Unique Mother’s Day Gifts : Top 5 Favorites from Avery Street Design

    EllieFunDay
    4 May 2015 | 9:00 am
    We’ve invited guest blogger Laura from Avery Street Design who has graciously agreed to share her top 5 Mother’s Day must-haves! Laura is not only a loyal Ellie Fun Day supporter but also a former giveaway winner! If you’re interested in finding out if she loved her Ellie Fun Day blanket check out her blog post!  Not only is she a blogger but she’s also a mom so feel free to head over to her website and show her some love! From the Ellie Fun Day family we would love to send a huge thank you to Laura for inspiring us to add a few more pins our Pinterest wish list! Until…
  • Buy on Nordstrom.com and get a Free Bunny or Bear Cap

    EllieFunDay
    1 Apr 2015 | 12:00 am
    To celebrate the launch of our new bear and bunny caps and our new partnership with Nordstrom, we’re offering an awesome deal! Buy a blanket or a swaddle on NORDSTROM.COM Email us your receipt and choice of cap to hello@elliefunday.com Receive a free bear or bunny pilot cap! Offer ends May 1st, 2015. For purchases on Nordstrom.com only. One gift per purchase. SHARE the LOVE!
  • Last Minute Valentine’s Day Gifts

    EllieFunDay
    10 Feb 2015 | 2:24 am
    Looking for last minute Valentine’s day gifts? Well, we’ve curated something for you with your loves in mind, here are some beautiful gifts from companies that hold true to loving and caring about all those around us and across the world. Best Gift for Your Girlfriend Bloom That, The Haven, $45. Flowers straight to her door in the cutest burlap wrap & ribbon in under 90 minutes…that’s last minute all-right. Best part is you still win! Taza Chocolates, From $5.50 Boston-based Taza Chocolate makes incredible chocolates with subtle but bright flavors using a…
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    Justmeans Articles and Editorial

  • The End of the Ice Age: Sustainability behind the Bar

    Julie Fahnestock
    1 May 2015 | 5:18 am
    (3BL Media and Just Means) - Craft-beer connoisseurs. Kids and parents experiencing the magic of Disney World. Caribbean-cruising yachters. Red hat ladies toasting with bubbly. Racetrack fans in the stands. Screaming fans at concerts and televised games. There’s one thing these folks have in common: the expectation of an ice-cold beverage.  Whether they are drinking a beer, a soda, champagne or bottled water, they want it fast and cold. How about a perfectly refreshing, 31 degrees cold? IceFree™ Liquid Chilling Systems is revolutionizing an “ice-age” old industry through a…
  • Sustainability Leaders Meet at Miami's Recycling Energy Forum Expo

    Julie Fahnestock
    17 Apr 2015 | 11:30 am
    (3BL and Just Means) Sustainability in Florida gets a bad rap. I understand that. Compared to New England, California and Europe, Florida overall lags in conversations about sustainability in business, government and education. Jesse Rittenhouse and Iraklis Kalamenios, co-founders of the Recycling Energy Forum, are working to change that. Friday, April 24th hosts the first cross-sector Recycling Energy Forum Expo at the Kovens Conference Center in Miami, Florida. Freebee, Whole Foods Market of North Miami, the City of North Miami, Florida International University, and Zipcar are a few of the…
  • Growing Food, Equity and Friendship in Palm Beach County

    Julie Fahnestock
    30 Mar 2015 | 7:45 am
    (3BL Media and Just Means)—If you have stopped watching documentaries about the agricultural and food industry, I don’t blame you. Me too. Overwhelmed, helpless and hungry (because I stop eating everything for a few days, not knowing what to put in my mouth) is my typical response to a food exposé. But not for Stewart Bosley and his hard-working team of volunteers at the Henrietta Bridge Farm in West Palm Beach, Florida. They are putting an end to one of Palm Beach County’s 27 food deserts by cultivating fresh produce in an unlikely place. As the first project of the Urban Growers…
  • From Startup Nation to B Corp Nation, Israel Joins the Movement.

    Julie Fahnestock
    17 Mar 2015 | 10:45 am
    (3BL Media and Just Means) – It’s been called the “Startup Nation,” producing more startups per capita than countries like Japan, China, Canada and the U.K. And this past Sunday, after months of work and collaboration, it’s joined a global movement where innovative startups meets profit meets mission. Give a round of applause for ESCO, KitchenBug, MobileODT, Tulip Winery and VoiceITT—winners of the first Israeli “B the Change” competition. Welcome, Israel, to the B Corp movement! Mazel tov! Creating buy-in for the B Corp movement in Israel has been no small feat. In 2013,…
  • Have a Heart by Supporting TO THE MARKET

    Julie Fahnestock
    6 Feb 2015 | 5:33 am
    (3BL Media and Just Means)--The national day of love, Valentine’s Day, is next Saturday. Cheap chocolate, tacky decorations and roses define this American holiday. But it can be so much more. If you’re not into predetermined celebrations of love, I’ve got another way to create some Valentine’s Day meaning for you: A Heart for Survivors. It’s a campaign of social enterprise: TO THE MARKET. They partner with the millions of people who have overcome exploitation, human trafficking, and domestic abuse. By selling their beautiful jewelry, clothing and other artisan products, they create…
 
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  • Welcome Ahmed Riaz to the AC4D faculty!

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

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

    Crystal
    4 May 2015 | 3:41 pm
    Reflections. Iterations. Metaphors to make sense of reality & wanting to just put something good out there in the world…. We are done, sort of. We, in not the royal sense but the sense of all of the amazingly intelligent and thoughtful individuals I have been graced to spend the last 9ish months of my life theorizing with, inquiring with, brainstorming and being honest and open with with none of the hard feelings of one who may not be terribly familiar with the idea of a critique of your work.  This blog post is not necessarily intended to be THE intellectual article that will be…
  • Micro-disruption

    laura.galos
    29 Apr 2015 | 10:30 pm
    For our final readings of our year at AC4D, we discussed four texts under the theme of the “Obligations of Entrepreneurship.” As we continue to work on our respective student projects and build business models around them in other classes, the consideration of obligations becomes especially relevant. What are we promising when we put things into the world, in particular, when those things are companies? The first reading was an article by Richard Eskow, titled “The Sharing Economy is a Lie: Uber, Ayn Rand, and the Truth About Tech and Libertarians.” Eskow takes Uber to task over their…
  • Towards Sustainable Well-Being

    jeff.patton
    29 Apr 2015 | 1:15 pm
    In his article, The Sharing Economy is a Lie, Richard Eskow criticizes Uber for being no better than an unregulated Taxi Company, and that the sentiment evoked by the “sharing” economy, which Uber claims to champion, is proven false by their focus on profit to the exclusion of protecting their riders or adequately compensating their drivers. While these may be valid critiques, in light of the other articles we studied as part of the Obligation section of our theory course, it seems he is missing a larger issue. Enzio Manzini explains how designers have contributed to an unsustainable…
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    TeasasTips

  • No Winners In War

    LaTease Rikard
    9 May 2015 | 8:34 am
    I sit here in some kind of unnamed emotional or just some kind of space. Trying to make sense of something that has no sense. No reason, no rhyme, just utter stupidity. I’m free but it doesn’t feel like it. Something simmering for a very long time finally boiled over, hot liquid running down the side of the boiling pot. The liquid finally meets the hot stove surface and sizzles. More steam arises enticing more liquid to run down the other side of the boiling pot. it won’t end until it ends. The liquid can not go back in the pot. It is gone forever. Only a memory of it remains. Only a…
  • How To Successfully Grow Your Email List Using Facebook Pages

    LaTease Rikard
    12 Feb 2015 | 7:14 am
    I’m not sure some business owners know how to grow their email marketing subscriber list using Facebook. Oh and yes, I’m sure you’ve seen how network marketers offer products that claim to do it for you if you are willing to pay a nominal fee and get others to buy the product you just spent your money on. I’m not knocking any of those products that proclaim to accomplish this for business owners. However, there are some things you should know before entering into any agreement to use any email marketing program that purports to grow your email subscriber base. Let’s look at the…
  • Core Customers Offer Value to Co-Creation

    LaTease Rikard
    17 Dec 2014 | 7:51 am
    In 2001 Lego wanted to win over a new set of customers. They wanted to be relevant again during a time when kids were preoccupied with electronic video games. Children were no longer thinking about the “joy of building, pride of creation,” (Davis, Forbes.) Instead they had turned their backs on using their imagination only to be enticed by colorful graphics and loud interactivity on the most popular video games. Lego wanted to be relevant again, so they created a line of oversized minifigures which didn’t require any building, more like having a Barbie doll or a G.I. Joe action figure.
  • Mike Brown Video, Ferguson Killed For No Reason

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

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

  • Confidence Speaks. Our Actions And Attitudes Speak Louder.

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

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

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

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

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

  • Walk ‘n’ Talk With a Web Designer: How To Be The Nicest A$*%@!# You Know

    Rachael Kay Albers
    8 May 2015 | 9:51 am
    For Episode 3 of Walk ‘n’ Talk With a Web Designer, I’m dishing out RKA realness and making a confession: I’m the nicest asshole I know. (Yes, I use words Mom wouldn’t approve of in this vlog. Forgive me! And watch anyway…) When scope creep goes too far and I fail to set healthy limits in business, I turn into the incredible Hulk of web designers. No more! I’m resolving to banish the asshole inside of me, so I can serve my clients less snark and more heart. But, in the meantime, here are 5 minutes of me typing angry emails, crying at my computer, and…
  • Walk ‘n’ Talk With A Web Designer: This Is Your Business On Music

    Rachael Kay Albers
    29 Apr 2015 | 9:31 am
    Hey, it’s RKA! And my slacking days are over…I’m kicking up my video game as a team leader for the Wisdompreneurs #VidChallenge2015 and will be putting out four new episodes of Walk ‘n’ Talk with a Web Designer over the next month. I haven’t quite figured out my “voice” on video, so this challenge is right up my alley. Speaking of voice, Episode 2 veers from what people “see” in your brand to what people “hear” in your brand. In other words, what does your background music say about your business?  Here’s four…
  • My Top 10 Favorite Valentine Traditions (That Have Nothing To Do With Romance)

    Rachael Kay Albers
    14 Feb 2015 | 11:58 am
    A few days ago, my partner and I were walking through the Valentine’s Day section at the supermarket: me, with a heart full of nostalgia and my partner, with a heart full of “What the $*%?!” I love holidays. I love how they break up the year with different sights, scents, and sounds. I love feeling like a part of something, especially when I’m far from home. And, even though I rarely buy from beneath that holiday placard dangling off the supermarket ceiling, I love holding the colored boxes in my hands – even when Beto is giving me the stink eye a few aisles away.
  • Walk ‘n’ Talk with a Web Designer: My New Video Series

    Rachael Kay Albers
    11 Feb 2015 | 4:56 pm
    I have quite a few resolutions for 2015, most importantly 1) morning walks to work and 2) using all the web tools most important to my clients. So, why not combine them? Today I present my first haphazard attempt at vlogging with my new web series, Walk ‘n’ Talk with a Web Designer. Episode 1 is called “Take a Walk With Your Brand” (I love me a good theme) and I dish a little on the RKA ink web design process and how I “walk” with my clients to help them authentically share their strengths with the world. My approach to branding for solopreneurs and…
  • Why You Need A Project Manager

    Sara Gorsky
    9 Feb 2015 | 12:01 pm
    RKA Note: This is Sara Gorsky’s maiden post for RKA ink. If you’re one of our awesome clients, you already know Sara: she is our rock star project manager, client advocate, and digital dragon slayer. We are so lucky to have Sara on our team! You can look forward to more fun posts from Sara in the weeks to come.  1. Your project started out great 2. But then things began to fall apart: 3. You forgot what you needed to do next, 4. An important note got missed, 5. Your deadlines got pushed back, 6. And you have no idea what your next steps are. 7. You feel alone 8. And insane 9.
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    Framework 21

  • LAUSD Ditches Pearson and Apple

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

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

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

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

    Daniel Montano
    1 Apr 2015 | 2:48 pm
    Originally posted on Child & Youth Health Network: Collective Impact is effective when partners engage in systems thinking. This introductory video explains systems thinking and emphasizes evaluation to inform evidenced-based decision-making to address complex health problems~. View original
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  • Social Change Institute 2015: Is this your year?

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

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

    Mike Rowlands
    12 May 2015 | 9:00 am
    As Prime Minister Narender Modi travels the globe in the greatest flurry of diplomacy India has seen in recent memory, and as India’s GDP growth overtakes China’s, it’s no wonder that India’s firmly in the international spotlight. After a cautious first year in power, expectations of the government remain high in terms of economic growth but also for addressing the country’s profound development challenges. Indeed, almost 25 years after the end of the “Licence Raj” when India began to open up its highly regulated and protected economy, the benefits of economic development have…
  • Reflections on Social Venture Institute Vancouver

    Mike Rowlands
    1 May 2015 | 8:57 am
    “I learned I don’t have to figure it out, I don’t have to assume, I can just ask.” So said Melissa Hope of HiVE Vancouver, a shared workspace and ‘collaboratorium’ that’s dedicated to fostering positive social impact. Melissa was one of the more than 100 social entrepreneurs, advisors, mentors and financiers that gathered in Vancouver’s trendy Gastown neighbourhood for the 2015 edition of Social Venture Institute Vancouver. Melissa’s sentiment echoes the feeling of a lot of social entrepreneurs: It’s lonely doing pioneering…
  • How to Win Support for a CSR Agenda

    Mike Rowlands
    28 Apr 2015 | 7:53 am
    Winning support for a CSR agenda is like running for political office. You can’t do it on your own. You need to know where you stand in the polls. You need to be able to demonstrate a clear vision that resonates with people’s needs. And you need to be able to communicate it well. First, know where you stand Poring over polls (and polls of polls) is more than just navel-gazing. It helps politicians to know where they are strong and where they need to improve. As a CSR manager, you need to do the same. Reaching out and asking stakeholders what their issues of concern are is like taking the…
 
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    9 to 5 Hell

  • Worst Thing About Owning a Gym

    admin
    22 May 2015 | 3:27 pm
    Story by: Crossfit Instructor Industry: Fitness When I decided to become a crossfit intructor, my main aspiration was to get people in shape and for them to live a healthy life. I saw myself pushing people to their limits and to see changes in their life style….No. This is what I get. I get a lot of wannabe people that are only 50% committed to changing their lives. People need to understand that there is no magical way to get into shape. A lot of people just quit because it’s too hard to commit. One thing that really surprises me is the amount of vomit that I have to clean up.
  • To My Worthless Nephew

    admin
    20 May 2015 | 12:41 pm
    Story by: Angry Uncle Industry: I sell furniture Dear worthless nephew of an employee, If it wasn’t for my sister aka your mom and me owing her a favor, I would have fired your ass the day you step foot into my business. You have two jobs, loading the truck with the furniture that customer purchase, and delivering it to their home. honey….an idiot ruined your Batman couch…It’s gone now. I asked you numerous times, “Are you sure it’s secured?”….and your response always pisses me off with “yeah yeah, I know what I’m doing.” If…
  • GO HOME

    admin
    28 Mar 2015 | 1:34 pm
    Dear sick co-worker, Go the fuck home! You’re not doing anyone any favors by staying at work. Coming to work isn’t showing off your hard work ethic, you’re actually disrespecting the very same air we breathe. You realize, when you sneeze into your arm, you’re sneezing onto the my desk. When you, blow your nose into a kleenex, you still touch the door that I have to touch. You’re a disgusting ball of slimy boogers that reeks of musty Vick’s vapor rub. There’s nothing appealing about your crusty nose. The very sight of you, makes me sick. So do yourself a favor, take your ass back…
  • We Apologize

    admin
    5 Mar 2015 | 12:41 pm
    We apologize for the inconvenience of several months of absence…again. Needless to say, we were sobering up from the Holidays. good times. I honestly don’t know what happened. The post We Apologize appeared first on 9 to 5 Hell.
  • Stealing Money From Work

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

  • Why Most Startups Don’t Get Press Coverage

    Martin
    22 May 2015 | 7:30 am
    © pixabay | TheAngryTeddy In this article, we will look at 1) importance of press coverage for startups, 2) startup press mistakes, and 3) steps to successful press coverage. IMPORTANCE OF PRESS COVERAGE FOR STARTUPS For cash-strapped startups, public relations are usually not a top priority. This means that setting aside money to hire a professional takes a backseat. Startups do however need great press and media coverage to get themselves noticed. Initial PR activities can be handled in house and include much more than just press releases. It includes building up the company’s…
  • When to Sell Your Business?

    Anastasia
    21 May 2015 | 7:30 am
    Many would agree that the hardest part of going into business is starting it. The thought process – and the whole process of deciding what business to start and how to get it started is, for most, half the battle. Once they have gone through that stage, things become slightly easier because now they have an idea of where they should take the business and how to go about it. They already have a plan, and all that is left is to follow through with it: implement the plans, monitor the progress, and evaluate the results in order to decide the next steps that should be taken to make the business…
  • How Riot Games Started and Grew League of Legends

    Martin
    20 May 2015 | 7:30 am
    © Flickr | downloadsource.fr While examining Riot Games and their popular game, League of Legends in this article, we will look at 1) Riot Games, 2) League of Legends and 3) how did League of Legends become so popular? RIOT GAMES An American Video Game Publisher, Riot Games has been in business since 2006 with the head office based in Santa Monica, California. Other office locations around the world include St Louis, Sydney, Dublin, Berlin, Seoul, Istanbul, Sao Paulo, Moscow, and Taipei. The company has one game under its belt, the popular League of Legends. This online PC game was released…
  • Brainstorming – Techniques for Idea Generation

    Anastasia
    19 May 2015 | 7:39 am
    © Flickr | nist6dh Brainstorming is the first ever technique of idea generation. This article looks at 1) what is brainstorming?, 2) history: Alex Osborn gives birth to brainstorming, 3) steps for effective brainstorming, and 4) 12 fantastic brainstorming techniques. WHAT IS BRAINSTORMING Brainstorming is an individual or group idea generation technique to find a solution for a particular problem by generating multiple solutions. In fact, importance is attached to the quantity of ideas and not quality at the generation stage. Even strange ideas are welcome in a brainstorming session.
  • A Complete Guide to Mastermind Groups

    Martin
    18 May 2015 | 7:10 am
    © Flickr | John Benson In this article, we provide you with 1) a brief introduction to mastermind groups, 2) a list of its benefits, 3) how a mastermind group works, and 4) how to start and run your mastermind group. AN INTRODUCTION TO MASTERMIND GROUP A mastermind group is a platform where several participants meet with a common goal to share, understand, learn and improve their performance in their respective fields. These meetings turn out be a wonderful synergy of commitment and energy. The members of a Mastermind group get a chance to share their opinions, ideas, queries, successes, and…
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    Design Good

  • The Founder of 4Love Clothing On Why You Should Follow Your Dreams

    Courtney Ryan
    21 May 2015 | 10:30 pm
    You know that feeling you get after reading or seeing something that leaves you feeling completely inspired? It could be a book, movie or a piece of art. Either way, these inspirational moments should be taken seriously. Just ask Lindsey Parry, founder of 4Love Clothing. In 2012, Lindsey read the book that would change the course of her life – Half the Sky by Nicholas D. Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn. The book suggests that women are the solution to breaking the cycle of poverty – an idea that captivated Lindsey. When she finished the book, Lindsey knew that she wanted to play a role in…
  • 9 Social Entrepreneurship Superstars at SXSW 2015

    Courtney Ryan
    21 May 2015 | 4:00 am
    Social entrepreneurship was a recurring theme at this year’s South by Southwest Interactive conference, and we’re proud to see hundreds of promising brands using creativity, tech and design to change lives. From corporate branding to human-centered design, these nine brands are creating solutions for the world’s biggest problems. 1. Social Imprints Dropbox, Pinterest and Stanford University, among others, turn to Social Imprints to handle printing for events, promotions and purpose-driven campaigns and for branding design. But what makes the firm worthy of honors like Bloomberg Business…
  • A Hammock for Relaxing — and Changing Thai Weavers’ Lives

    Courtney Ryan
    18 May 2015 | 4:00 am
    Let’s face it—not all hammocks are created equal. So when hammock connoisseur Joe Denim was making his way across Thailand several years ago and found a hammock hanging outside an island hut, he didn’t expect much. Instead he was blown away by its comfort, softness and colorful design. When he learned that the hammock was part of a fledgling effort to create jobs in an impoverished tribal community, he saw the potential for a business that would do good for others while encouraging people back in the U.S. to slow down and relax. Partners in life and business, Joe Denim and Rachel…
  • Getting Personal: How To Build A Solid Business Network

    Courtney Ryan
    14 May 2015 | 10:30 pm
    Business is about relationships – there’s no denying that. But these days, with the rise of social media and the necessity of having a personal brand, business is personal, and maybe more so than ever. Michelle Wolfarth of artisan-focused online shop AMERICAN NOMAD has learned this in her time as a business owner and graphic designer. Here, Michelle shares her thoughts on why business really is personal, and why relationships have mattered – big time – in the growth of her business: We’ve all heard the saying: “It isn’t personal, it’s just business.” I tend to disagree.
  • 9 Breakout Tech Stars From SXSW 2015

    Courtney Ryan
    14 May 2015 | 4:00 am
    We’re still processing all the amazing things we saw this spring at the 2015 SXSW conference in Austin, Texas. We have A LOT to report on from the worlds of tech, music, design and art. There’s so much to share, in fact, that we’re bringing you a series of special features this month to rev you up about what’s in store for the creative community. Let’s start things off with nine of our high-tech discoveries at South by Southwest Interactive. 1. Aivvy Q Aivvy Q‘s smart headphones play music as soon as you put them on. As you tap, swipe and play songs, Aivvy Q…
 
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