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  • This micro camper sleeps two adults and can be towed by bicycle

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    Derek Markham
    25 Nov 2014 | 3:40 pm
    This prototype bicycle camper seems like a great idea, but is it?
  • Ashoka Receives Tech Award for Excellence for Talent Tool; Internal Systems Recognition

    Ashoka In The News
    Tsega Belachew
    8 Nov 2014 | 5:33 am
    Release Date:  November 7, 2014 Arlington, VA (November 6,2014) Financial Force.com, the leading cloud ERP provider on the Saleforce 1 platform recently announced the winners of its second annual Financial Force 360s Customer Excellence Awards. read more
  • On Our Radar: Investments in Renewables Surge as Demand in the Global South Grows

    SustainAbility
    23 Nov 2014 | 7:10 pm
    Flickr image by Walmart Corporate This piece was originally published in the autumn issue of Radar Magazine – Issue 05: Unusual Activists. Investments in renewable energy surge worldwide, driven by improving cost-effectiveness and growing demand in developing nations. However, as uncertainty around policy remains, the continued rapid pace is called into question. According to the most recent report by the International Energy Agency (IEA), renewable power capacity expanded at its fastest pace to date in 2013. Power generated from sources such as wind, solar and hydro now accounts for…
  • Hyundai and Kia Promise to Triple Number of Green Cars by 2020

    Triple Pundit: People, Planet, Profit
    Leon Kaye
    26 Nov 2014 | 3:00 am
    Hyundai and Kia will boost the models of green cars threefold by 2020 in response to a settlement with the EPA over lowballing some models' GHG emissions.
  • Stop Treating Victims of Sex Trafficking Like Criminals

    Skoll World Forum on Social Entrepreneurship
    Jake Wadland
    20 Nov 2014 | 2:51 am
    On October 10, the eve of the UN’s International Day of the Girl Child, FAIR Girls held its second annual Night of the Girl in Washington, DC. The exhibit featured quotes from victims, survivors, and pimps involved in the local sex trade. Since 2003, FAIR Girls has worked in DC – and around the world – to rehabilitate victims of exploitation. They offer compassionate care services including emergency shelter to girls who are at risk or victims of sex trafficking. They serve young women in six countries: Bosnia, Montenegro, Serbia, Russia, Uganda, and the United States. For FAIR Girls…
 
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    SustainAbility

  • On Our Radar: Investments in Renewables Surge as Demand in the Global South Grows

    23 Nov 2014 | 7:10 pm
    Flickr image by Walmart Corporate This piece was originally published in the autumn issue of Radar Magazine – Issue 05: Unusual Activists. Investments in renewable energy surge worldwide, driven by improving cost-effectiveness and growing demand in developing nations. However, as uncertainty around policy remains, the continued rapid pace is called into question. According to the most recent report by the International Energy Agency (IEA), renewable power capacity expanded at its fastest pace to date in 2013. Power generated from sources such as wind, solar and hydro now accounts for…
  • On Our Radar: Women in Tech - Transparency Grows and Solutions Emerge

    20 Nov 2014 | 8:17 pm
    Flickr image by d2s This piece was originally published in the autumn issue of Radar Magazine – Issue 05: Unusual Activists. California’s Silicon Valley, a global epicenter of the high tech industry, is becoming the central focus of a national debate around the representation of women and minorities in technology companies. For years, most Silicon Valley tech giants remained secretive about the composition of their workforce and resisted stakeholder and media requests to disclose diversity data. A number of leading tech companies – such as Yahoo, Google, Facebook and Twitter –…
  • Why Low-Impact Diets Are the Next Big Opportunity

    17 Nov 2014 | 7:16 pm
    Flickr image by thebittenword.com This article was co-written by Matt Loose and Aimee Watson. What if everyone could have access to food that meets their dietary needs without preventing future generations from meeting theirs? That’s the idea at the heart of sustainable nutrition. Increased attention to the environmental impacts of food types drives interest in sustainable nutrition, helping spur innovation and interest in those foods that can deliver nutritional value with a reduced environmental footprint. The agricultural footprint — the land required to grow the food sold — of…
  • Launch Event - See Change: How Transparency Drives Performance

    17 Nov 2014 | 7:04 am
    SustainAbility is pleased to announce that we will be publishing our latest research on transparency on 5 December. To mark the launch we are hosting a breakfast roundtable in London with ACCA (the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants) exploring the key findings of our the work. The breakfast roundtable will be held at: Location: ACCA UK Office, 29 Lincoln’s Inn Fields, London, WC2A 3EE Time: 08.00 – 10.00am (A light breakfast will be served from 08.00am) Space is limited so please RSVP here. Co-authors of the report Margo Mosher and Lorraine Smith will share key findings before…
  • On Our Radar: Human Rights Accountability Remains Elusive

    13 Nov 2014 | 6:03 pm
    Flickr image by andres musta This piece was originally published in the autumn issue of Radar Magazine – Issue 05: Unusual Activists. Global human rights violations have risen in the last decade and unless governments act to introduce stronger binding mechanisms and companies start viewing human rights compliance as an essential part of corporate accountability, progress on human rights will remain slow. In a recent report, Human Rights Watch and Maplecroft estimated that in the last six years global human rights violations have risen by 70 percent. A large share of this increase can be…
 
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    Triple Pundit: People, Planet, Profit

  • Hyundai and Kia Promise to Triple Number of Green Cars by 2020

    Leon Kaye
    26 Nov 2014 | 3:00 am
    Hyundai and Kia will boost the models of green cars threefold by 2020 in response to a settlement with the EPA over lowballing some models' GHG emissions.
  • Mercedes Conceptualizes Solar Paint

    3p Contributor
    26 Nov 2014 | 2:30 am
    Mercedes rolls out Vision G Code concept car which uses revolutionary paint job to utilize solar as well as wind energy, fitted with conventional as well as hydrogen engine.
  • Video: Jacques-Philippe Piverger of MPOWERD Talks Diversity at Net Impact ’14

    Nick Aster
    26 Nov 2014 | 2:00 am
    "The topic of diversity is thrown around quite a bit. I think oftentimes we don't fully appreciate or understand what it's really about," Jacques-Philippe Piverger, co-founder and CEO of MPOWERD, said at the 2014 Net Impact conference last month.
  • VW on Track to Meet 2018 ‘Think Blue. Factory.’ Sustainability Goals

    Andrew Burger
    26 Nov 2014 | 2:00 am
    The world's fourth largest auto manufacturer has been at the forefront of the industry's drive to enhance its ecological sustainability of its operations. Having carried out more than 2,700 environmental sustainability projects at its factories, VW's production processes are 17 percent “more environmentally compatible" than they were four years ago, according to a team of more than 250 environmental experts that conducted an interim evaluation of VW's ecological sustainability program.
  • Healing After Typhoon Haiyan Through Basketball

    Presidio Sports
    26 Nov 2014 | 2:00 am
    Shaq once said he'd never seen a nation that loved basketball as much as the Philippines. Recently the sport helped folks recover from natural disasters.
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    Skoll World Forum on Social Entrepreneurship

  • Stop Treating Victims of Sex Trafficking Like Criminals

    Jake Wadland
    20 Nov 2014 | 2:51 am
    On October 10, the eve of the UN’s International Day of the Girl Child, FAIR Girls held its second annual Night of the Girl in Washington, DC. The exhibit featured quotes from victims, survivors, and pimps involved in the local sex trade. Since 2003, FAIR Girls has worked in DC – and around the world – to rehabilitate victims of exploitation. They offer compassionate care services including emergency shelter to girls who are at risk or victims of sex trafficking. They serve young women in six countries: Bosnia, Montenegro, Serbia, Russia, Uganda, and the United States. For FAIR Girls…
  • Four Lessons Learned on the Journey from Microfinance to Impact-Led Investing

    Jake Wadland
    19 Nov 2014 | 2:33 am
    Global Partnerships (GP) is an impact-led investor dedicated to expanding opportunity for people living in poverty. We began our work as a grant maker in the pioneering days of microfinance. Ten years ago, before the term “impact investing” was coined, we launched our first Social Investment Fund with the goal of advancing market-based solutions to global poverty. As we reflect back, we see how lessons learned from our early work in microfinance shaped our strategy as an impact-led investor. We learned: It takes more than a small loan to make a real difference Access to credit is useful,…
  • Water Cannot Wait: A New Road Map to Mideast Peace

    Jake Wadland
    19 Nov 2014 | 1:54 am
    Between October 27 and December 5, support EcoPeace Middle East in the Skoll Social Entrepreneurs Challenge on CrowdRise. Water is at the center of the humanitarian crisis in Gaza that was further fueled by the violent events of the summer, and has left an estimated 1.2 million Palestinians with intermittent water supplies. With an insufficient electricity supply in Gaza to treat or pump out sewage, drinking water contamination is a pressing health risk, compounded by a poor ability to chlorinate water. This situation requires an immediate response. Palestinians in the West Bank also lack an…
  • Unlikely Champions Unite to Protect Antibiotics and Public Health

    Jake Wadland
    19 Nov 2014 | 1:44 am
    Between October 27 and December 5, support Health Care Without Harm in the Skoll Social Entrepreneurs Challenge on CrowdRise. Most of us cannot remember a time in our lives when basic infections like strep throat and conjunctivitis were considered untreatable, dangerous and potentially deadly. Thanks to antibiotics, such infections are usually little more than nuisances that temporarily interrupt our daily routines. But as antibiotics become increasingly misused and overused, the bacteria they are designed to kill can mutate and render these life-saving antibiotics useless.
  • I Will Return to Gaza

    Jake Wadland
    19 Nov 2014 | 1:35 am
    Between October 27 and December 5, support OneVoice in the Skoll Social Entrepreneurs Challenge on CrowdRise. My father was scared for my life. I was a member of the Palestine Liberation Organization Youth during the First Intifada and I protested against the Israeli army. But in 1990, three years after the Intifada began, he sent me to Chicago to study, far away from the uprising. I found success: in 10 years, I graduated college, married, and had a job. I could have stayed in the U.S., but I had unfinished business in Palestine. I returned in 2000 to help build an independent state, but…
 
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    Marc Gunther's blog

  • How green are green bonds?

    Marc Gunther
    24 Nov 2014 | 5:19 pm
    Some $34 billion in bonds labeled as green have been sold so far in 2014, three times as much as last year. Some experts predicting that as much as $100 billion of green bonds will be sold in 2015. These bonds — issued by governments, companies and international financial institutions like the World Bank — […] >
  • Sustainability advocates who deserve thanks

    Marc Gunther
    22 Nov 2014 | 1:24 pm
    I ran into Hunter Lovins last week at a meeting of business leaders at the UN. She’s wearing a black hat but she’s one of the good people. Author, activist, sustainability consultant, force of nature — Hunter always has plenty to say, and she says it bluntly and passionate. At the UN gathering of executives […] >
  • More than a bean counter: Starbucks’ Howard Schultz

    Marc Gunther
    13 Nov 2014 | 5:30 am
    Here in the US, who are the big, bold corporate leaders when it comes to corporate responsibility? It’s not a long list. CVS’s decision to stop selling tobacco was a big deal, but I’ll bet you don’t know the name of the company’s CEO.* I’m a big fan of David Crane of NRG Energy, who has […] >
  • A burger grows in Brooklyn, and musings about meat

    Marc Gunther
    8 Nov 2014 | 2:13 pm
    The other day, at Net Impact’s annual conference in Minneapolis, I moderated a panel called the “Carnivore’s Dilemma,” about eating meat in a carbon constrained world. It’s becoming a familiar conversation. Every other day, it seems, Guardian Sustainable Business, where I do most of my writing, runs a story about alternative proteins, like seaweed and insects.... >
  • Aluminum, and the circular economy

    Marc Gunther
    31 Oct 2014 | 2:57 pm
    Aluminum is an amazing material, as I’ve written before (here and here). It’s infinitely recyclable, lightweight and strong. Ford is making more of America’s best-selling vehicle, the F-150 pickup, out of aluminum. Other automakers, too, are designing more aluminum into their cars. The typical aluminum beverage can in North America is made of about 68 […] >
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    Skoll World Forum on Social Entrepreneurship

  • Stop Treating Victims of Sex Trafficking Like Criminals

    Jake Wadland
    20 Nov 2014 | 2:51 am
    On October 10, the eve of the UN’s International Day of the Girl Child, FAIR Girls held its second annual Night of the Girl in Washington, DC. The exhibit featured quotes from victims, survivors, and pimps involved in the local sex trade. Since 2003, FAIR Girls has worked in DC – and around the world – to rehabilitate victims of exploitation. They offer compassionate care services including emergency shelter to girls who are at risk or victims of sex trafficking. They serve young women in six countries: Bosnia, Montenegro, Serbia, Russia, Uganda, and the United States. For FAIR Girls…
  • Four Lessons Learned on the Journey from Microfinance to Impact-Led Investing

    Jake Wadland
    19 Nov 2014 | 2:33 am
    Global Partnerships (GP) is an impact-led investor dedicated to expanding opportunity for people living in poverty. We began our work as a grant maker in the pioneering days of microfinance. Ten years ago, before the term “impact investing” was coined, we launched our first Social Investment Fund with the goal of advancing market-based solutions to global poverty. As we reflect back, we see how lessons learned from our early work in microfinance shaped our strategy as an impact-led investor. We learned: It takes more than a small loan to make a real difference Access to credit is useful,…
  • Water Cannot Wait: A New Road Map to Mideast Peace

    Jake Wadland
    19 Nov 2014 | 1:54 am
    Between October 27 and December 5, support EcoPeace Middle East in the Skoll Social Entrepreneurs Challenge on CrowdRise. Water is at the center of the humanitarian crisis in Gaza that was further fueled by the violent events of the summer, and has left an estimated 1.2 million Palestinians with intermittent water supplies. With an insufficient electricity supply in Gaza to treat or pump out sewage, drinking water contamination is a pressing health risk, compounded by a poor ability to chlorinate water. This situation requires an immediate response. Palestinians in the West Bank also lack an…
  • Unlikely Champions Unite to Protect Antibiotics and Public Health

    Jake Wadland
    19 Nov 2014 | 1:44 am
    Between October 27 and December 5, support Health Care Without Harm in the Skoll Social Entrepreneurs Challenge on CrowdRise. Most of us cannot remember a time in our lives when basic infections like strep throat and conjunctivitis were considered untreatable, dangerous and potentially deadly. Thanks to antibiotics, such infections are usually little more than nuisances that temporarily interrupt our daily routines. But as antibiotics become increasingly misused and overused, the bacteria they are designed to kill can mutate and render these life-saving antibiotics useless.
  • I Will Return to Gaza

    Jake Wadland
    19 Nov 2014 | 1:35 am
    Between October 27 and December 5, support OneVoice in the Skoll Social Entrepreneurs Challenge on CrowdRise. My father was scared for my life. I was a member of the Palestine Liberation Organization Youth during the First Intifada and I protested against the Israeli army. But in 1990, three years after the Intifada began, he sent me to Chicago to study, far away from the uprising. I found success: in 10 years, I graduated college, married, and had a job. I could have stayed in the U.S., but I had unfinished business in Palestine. I returned in 2000 to help build an independent state, but…
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    Global Envision

  • Global Ideas News Brief: Education = jobs

    Abby Haight
    25 Nov 2014 | 5:17 am
    Image:  EducationBrazil focuses on nurseries, schools and jobs to fight povertyThe GuardianTereza Campello, Brazil’s social development minister, says higher wages and bolsa familia have reduced inequality; now education will do even moreSolar-powered kiosks bring free education to communities that can't afford teachersFast.Co.ExistA machine could—theoretically—replace teachers in places where schools are scarce.Financial inclusion: A powerful agent for strong, inclusive growth in developmentHuffington PostEducation creates a strong foundation for women…
  • Quotable: Jeffrey Sachs on sustainable growth

    Jenica Funk
    24 Nov 2014 | 1:13 am
    Image:  “Aid should be investment that leads communities and countries out of poverty, not leaves them in poverty but with hand-outs.”- Economist Jeffrey Sachs, promoting his Millennium Villages Project.Sach's Millennium Villages Project aims to empower farmers to diversify production and gain market access. Sachs believes that massive foreign aid investments are necessary to free the poorest of the poor from a “poverty trap.”Learn more about the Millenium Villages Project here. Articles You Might Like: Quotable: Barack Obama on the effects of climate…
  • Obama and Xi: Allies, if only for a moment

    Sophie Wilson
    23 Nov 2014 | 3:48 pm
    Image:  At a press conference held the other day in Beijing, President Xi and President Obama announced critical pollution reform. That wasn’t all that went down, though.The political "frenemies" presented a united front for most of the press conference as they announced joint plans to drastically reduce their respective countries' carbon emissions in coming decades. And not a second too soon--some might say years late--as China and the U.S. are handily the world’s worst polluters, and the effects of global warming are felt more strongly with each changing…
  • Flushing away sanitation problems on World Toilet Day

    Emily Crowe
    19 Nov 2014 | 3:48 pm
    Image:  “Today is an opportunity to make visible one of our most important, but least known tools in the fight against preventable deaths: the toilet.” - Jan Eliasson, UN Deputy Secretary-GeneralWhen considering the costs of poor sanitation, there is little to laugh about: $260 billion in economic losses and over 1,300 child deaths every single day. World Toilet Day opens dialogue on a sometimes taboo subject, and open conversations are key to “flushing away” this very real problem.“There can be no gender equality where women face daily harassment,…
  • Typhoon Haiyan: One Year Later

    Sophie Wilson
    18 Nov 2014 | 1:57 pm
    Image:  A year ago on Saturday November 8, Typhoon Haiyan tore through the central Philippines, leaving a trail of devastation. The tropical cyclone was the strongest to make landfall in recorded history, with a sustained wind speed of 195 mph, and coastal swells as high as 13 feet.Numbers alone paint a vivid picture of the brute force of the storm, and the tragic aftermath:6,300 people were killed and 29,000 people were injured;1 million homes were severely damaged or destroyed;4.1 million people were left homeless;6 million workers lost their livelihoods;In all, 16 million people were…
 
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    Beneblog: Technology Meets Society

  • The Gift of Reading, a Circle of Life

    10 Nov 2014 | 5:30 am
    “Frank” (who anonymously shared his story with us) has always been an avid reader, but the progression of his neuromuscular disease to his arms made reading difficult. Eventually he had to ask others to turn pages for him. It became a burden to his family and caregivers to constantly drop what they were doing to turn a page, so he began seeking out ebooks. Few were available, and he had trouble with the ones that were: they’d often be in a format that didn’t work well with his voice recognition software.This reality changed when Frank found out about Benetech’s Bookshare accessible…
  • Welcome, Mark Roberts!

    30 Oct 2014 | 7:37 am
    After an intensive search period, I’m delighted to share that Benetech recently appointed seasoned executive Mark Roberts as our Vice President of Engineering. Mark is former Senior Vice President of Engineering, Consumer Products, and Operations at TiVo Inc. He’s leading the development, testing, and deployment of Benetech’s tools and services across all its program areas.We’re thrilled to have Mark join us in this leadership role. With his proven execution in scaling business systems and infrastructures that shaped the growth of award-winning service products for multiple high…
  • Join Benetech in the Skoll Foundation’s 2014 Social Entrepreneurs Challenge!

    27 Oct 2014 | 12:16 pm
    Zach Bryant loves reading non-fiction. This wasn’t always the case, though. Zach has Cerebral Palsy, which causes movement and coordination problems, and which keeps him from speaking and walking. To communicate his thoughts, he uses an alternative augmentative communication device. Tasks like turning a printed page are difficult for him, which makes reading standard print discouraging. According to his mom, this experience is common to children with Cerebral Palsy. “They get frustrated and don’t want to read,” she says, “but access to digital books and reading technologies changed…
  • Team-Up for Textbooks: Volunteer to Help Students with Disabilities

    16 Sep 2014 | 2:39 pm
    The new school year is in full swing, yet across the U.S., all too many students with print disabilities might not have the textbooks they need for class. To meet that need, the Benetech Volunteer Program is piloting a new initiative—and we’re inviting you to join us!When a Bookshare student member with a print disability needs a book for school that is not yet in the Bookshare collection, the member submits a request and Bookshare creates an accessible digital version of that book. However, students often don’t know what books they need until the first days of school—a hectic time…
  • Advancing Reading Equality with Bookshare’s Exponential Growth

    12 Sep 2014 | 1:25 pm
    At Benetech, we always ask ourselves how our existing successful programs can reach more people who need our services and how we can apply technology in new ways to enrich and improve more lives. I’m thrilled to share with you some of the recent amazing impact of Bookshare, a Benetech Global Literacy initiative and the largest accessible online library of copyrighted content for people with print disabilities.Recently Bookshare has reached two major milestones in its efforts to bring reading equality to disadvantaged populations around the world. First, Bookshare’s collection has…
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    Environmental Management & Sustainable Development News

  • EPA Pollution Plan to Cost Texas $2B

    Ken Jennison
    26 Nov 2014 | 4:58 am
    The EPA has proposed a plan to reduce harmful emissions of sulfur dioxide in parts of Texas and Oklahoma that would require operators of some of Texas’ coal-fired power plants to spend over $2 billion on emissions-reducing technology, according to the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality. The plan, released Monday, would require 15 units at […]
  • Ikea Pledges 100% Certified Sustainable Palm Oil

    Jessica Lyons Hardcastle
    26 Nov 2014 | 4:49 am
    Ikea is the latest company to commit to using only sustainably sourced palm oil. The company isn’t a major palm oil user but says palm oil can be found in the manufacturing of a small number of Ikea products, mainly in candles and as a food ingredient, and is also occasionally used in the Ikea […]
  • How to Capture the Business Value of EHS Software

    Jessica Lyons Hardcastle
    26 Nov 2014 | 4:45 am
    Join LNS Research, SAP, enablon, ETQ and Environmental Leader for a free environment, health and safety software webinar, Wednesday, Dec. 3, at 2pm EST/11am PST. In today’s business environment where operational safety and regulatory measures are under increasing scrutiny, many executives across EHS, asset management, and operations struggle with capturing the full business value of […]
  • Is Your Environmental Management System Working?

    Jessica Lyons Hardcastle
    26 Nov 2014 | 4:24 am
    Your company’s environmental management system should work for you — not make you work for it, says a WasteStrategies blog post. The company, which provides waste reduction and zero waste tools and services, says an all-too-common approach to running an EMS is a procedural, documentation-oriented approach that often does little more that bog down the […]
  • Ontario Tire Stewardship Saves $500K With Mobile Tracking App

    Ken Jennison
    26 Nov 2014 | 4:13 am
    The Ontario Tire Stewardship has launched a mobile tracking application that is expected to save the company over $500,000 in its sustainability efforts. The TreadMarks mobile application was officially launched in August and currently captures 98 percent of all transactions, with the remaining 2 percent transitioning in Q1 of 2015. Drivers who pick up used […]
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    Skoll World Forum on Social Entrepreneurship

  • Stop Treating Victims of Sex Trafficking Like Criminals

    Jake Wadland
    20 Nov 2014 | 2:51 am
    On October 10, the eve of the UN’s International Day of the Girl Child, FAIR Girls held its second annual Night of the Girl in Washington, DC. The exhibit featured quotes from victims, survivors, and pimps involved in the local sex trade. Since 2003, FAIR Girls has worked in DC – and around the world – to rehabilitate victims of exploitation. They offer compassionate care services including emergency shelter to girls who are at risk or victims of sex trafficking. They serve young women in six countries: Bosnia, Montenegro, Serbia, Russia, Uganda, and the United States. For FAIR Girls…
  • Four Lessons Learned on the Journey from Microfinance to Impact-Led Investing

    Jake Wadland
    19 Nov 2014 | 2:33 am
    Global Partnerships (GP) is an impact-led investor dedicated to expanding opportunity for people living in poverty. We began our work as a grant maker in the pioneering days of microfinance. Ten years ago, before the term “impact investing” was coined, we launched our first Social Investment Fund with the goal of advancing market-based solutions to global poverty. As we reflect back, we see how lessons learned from our early work in microfinance shaped our strategy as an impact-led investor. We learned: It takes more than a small loan to make a real difference Access to credit is useful,…
  • Water Cannot Wait: A New Road Map to Mideast Peace

    Jake Wadland
    19 Nov 2014 | 1:54 am
    Between October 27 and December 5, support EcoPeace Middle East in the Skoll Social Entrepreneurs Challenge on CrowdRise. Water is at the center of the humanitarian crisis in Gaza that was further fueled by the violent events of the summer, and has left an estimated 1.2 million Palestinians with intermittent water supplies. With an insufficient electricity supply in Gaza to treat or pump out sewage, drinking water contamination is a pressing health risk, compounded by a poor ability to chlorinate water. This situation requires an immediate response. Palestinians in the West Bank also lack an…
  • Unlikely Champions Unite to Protect Antibiotics and Public Health

    Jake Wadland
    19 Nov 2014 | 1:44 am
    Between October 27 and December 5, support Health Care Without Harm in the Skoll Social Entrepreneurs Challenge on CrowdRise. Most of us cannot remember a time in our lives when basic infections like strep throat and conjunctivitis were considered untreatable, dangerous and potentially deadly. Thanks to antibiotics, such infections are usually little more than nuisances that temporarily interrupt our daily routines. But as antibiotics become increasingly misused and overused, the bacteria they are designed to kill can mutate and render these life-saving antibiotics useless.
  • I Will Return to Gaza

    Jake Wadland
    19 Nov 2014 | 1:35 am
    Between October 27 and December 5, support OneVoice in the Skoll Social Entrepreneurs Challenge on CrowdRise. My father was scared for my life. I was a member of the Palestine Liberation Organization Youth during the First Intifada and I protested against the Israeli army. But in 1990, three years after the Intifada began, he sent me to Chicago to study, far away from the uprising. I found success: in 10 years, I graduated college, married, and had a job. I could have stayed in the U.S., but I had unfinished business in Palestine. I returned in 2000 to help build an independent state, but…
 
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    Gridovate

  • 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…
  • HP, Swansea U explore best ways to use smart tech

    Shirley Siluk
    29 May 2014 | 8:40 pm
    Smart meters, smart-grid technologies, wireless sensors and other innovations all have the potential to reduce energy consumption and improve resource efficiency. But what is the best way to use these tools in an integrated way? That’s one of the questions that a new collaborative effort between HP and Wales-based Swansea University aims to answer. The three-year program will explore ways to develop secure, situation-aware, intelligent campuses, communities and cities. “We have long held that the future of our cities will require operating at the intersection of people, planet,…
  • US sets sights on untapped energy data resources

    Shirley Siluk
    29 May 2014 | 8:15 am
    There’s a vast store of energy resources waiting to be tapped in the US, and it’s not gas, solar or uranium. The motherlode, according to the White House and the US Department of Energy, lies in energy data. Public and private information about energy production, consumption and losses could help drive the development of new, innovative tools for conservation and cost savings, officials say. That’s why the Obama Administration is launching the Energy Data Initiative (EDI). “Standardizing and liberating energy data empowers consumers and businesses and spurs…
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    GlobalGiving Blog - News and Updates

  • West Africans are not powerless against Ebola…and neither are we

    Alison Carlman
    17 Nov 2014 | 10:34 am
    This article was originally published on How-Matters.org Archie Gbessay, 28, is a fierce protector of his siblings, and a passionate young leader in a Liberian slum called West Point. After his mother died of cancer, Archie had a dream to become a surgeon. He works hard to save $20 each month so he can start a small business selling electronics. Archie hopes the business will earn him enough money to go to medical school some day. But when Ebola came to Liberia, Archie took the lead of a community task force to head off the disease. Archie’s dream to become a surgeon is now on hold; today…
  • Testing triggers for generosity

    Alison Carlman
    12 Nov 2014 | 11:50 am
    Do you think you’d be more likely to donate when a nonprofit gives you five project choices or just features one? And how close to the deadline of a matching offer would you be most compelled to give? That’s what we sought to find out with a recent email test… In a 2012 project partner survey, we found that our nonprofit partners want more reliable funding from GlobalGiving. They wanted to be better able to plan and budget in advance; more monthly recurring donations from GlobalGiving donors would help them do so. In 2012 and 2013 we experimented with new ways to boost recurring…
  • New Infographic: GlobalGiving’s Bet on Improving Nonprofit Effectiveness

    Alison Carlman
    16 Sep 2014 | 9:21 am
    Click to read about the impact GlobalGiving has in the world You may be familiar with GlobalGiving as a way to help nonprofits raise funds from individual donors and progressive companies. But that’s only part of our mission. Our mission is to catalyze a marketplace for information, ideas and money, helping nonprofits access not only critical funding, but also critical tools and knowledge so that you can be as effective as possible with the resources you do have. What do we mean by effectiveness? Well here’s what we’ve seen: whether in business, government or the nonprofit sector, the…
  • GlobalGiving to Hold Its First Summit on Social Media & Online Giving July 1-2, 2014 in New Delhi, India

    Alison Carlman
    11 Jun 2014 | 12:54 pm
    (WASHINGTON, DC), June 10, 2014 – GlobalGiving, the organization behind charitable giving websites GlobalGiving.org and GlobalGiving.co.uk, will hold its Summit on Social Media & Online Giving on July 1-2, 2014 in New Delhi, India. The Summit is produced in partnership with Social Media for Nonprofits, the premiere global event series on social media for social good. The first-ever, two-day in-person event from GlobalGiving will bring together representatives from global technology services and leading South Asian NGOs to share insights, trends, and best practices for effectively…
  • Local or Global. You choose.

    Donna Callejon
    10 Jun 2014 | 9:07 am
    Every CSR professional knows that securing company resources and operational support can be challenging at times. In addition, most employee engagement professionals are juggling many roles, so managing multiple philanthropic partners can be a challenge. But when you’re a 300,000+ employee company with a footprint in more than a hundred countries, you strive to provide your employees with programs that are as equitable and engaging as possible, while of course minimizing the time and expense necessary to administer them. That’s why we are very excited to have launched a…
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    GreenBiz

  • Recycling 2.0 – Changing Consumer Behavior Amid Changing Waste Streams

    Jenna Burnett
    21 Nov 2014 | 12:29 pm
    Consumer recycling, once seen as the most basic of environmental practices, has become decidedly more complex. Some communities have mandated aggressive, long-term, zero-waste goals to divert sometimes up to 90 percent of their waste from the local landfill. That can lead to a  wide array of what’s collected — and what’s not —  engendering confusion among residents (citizens). The result: After decades of growth, recycling rates have plateaued, or even dropped. How can cities regain the momentum? There are some tried and true methods, but it takes a village, literally — producers,…
  • How to engage millennials? Appeal to 3 core values, 3 core traits

    Bridget Croke
    24 Oct 2014 | 9:00 am
    How to engage millennials? Appeal to 3 core values, 3 core traitsBridget Croke9:00amFeatured Image: Popular opinion says that millennials are different animal from the rest of the populace. And with millennials quickly moving through their 20s and 30s, the yet-to-be-definitively-labeled Gen Z'er is coming of age and becoming a more critical decision maker. With all the conflicting information on millennials' relationship with social change, how do we successfully engage these generations in positive behavior change? Do they care about your brand's social impact? Do they actually align…
  • Why understanding the true value of water is smart business

    Steve Bolton
    24 Oct 2014 | 8:00 am
    Why understanding the true value of water is smart businessSteve Bolton8:00amFeatured Image: Concerns about water availability are increasing around the world. Water scarcity threatens the ability of companies and communities to operate as they have in the past. Business value may be at risk if they do not have insight into these natural capital considerations and adjust their operations accordingly. Understanding the true value of water and pinpointing limits to growth is a growing global trend. Companies that quantify their natural capital dependencies will benefit from a more complete…
  • For Sprint, communications is core to climate resilience

    Ann Goodman
    23 Oct 2014 | 8:45 am
    For Sprint, communications is core to climate resilienceAnn Goodman8:45amFeatured Image: In what surely is a glaring understatement, Tanya Jones, manager of Sprint Corp.’s vital Emergency Response Team Operations, observed, “We learned quite a bit from Hurricane Sandy.” Indeed, Sprint, like all telecommunications carriers, lost cell sites on the northeastern seaboard and in New York City in the 2012 superstorm, which hurt its cellular operations. Fortunately, Sprint’s ERT was able to provide critical communications services to various first responders and emergency agencies using…
  • Denis Hayes: From Earth Day to the Bullitt Center

    Mike Hower
    23 Oct 2014 | 7:30 am
    Denis Hayes: From Earth Day to the Bullitt CenterMike Hower7:30amFeatured Image: Catch Denis Hayes in person at VERGE SF 2014, Oct. 27-30. The Seattle Bullitt Center has been touted as one of the world's greenest commercial buildings. Spearheaded by the Bullitt Foundation, which offers grants to organizations working to advance environmental initiatives in the Pacific Northwest, the six-story, 50,000-square-foot building was completed last year and is undergoing certification for the Living Building Challenge — a standard more ambitious than LEED. To be declared a Living Building, a…
 
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    Timbuktu Chronicles

  • Building Mini-Kilns in Agbogbloshie

    Emeka Okafor
    22 Nov 2014 | 5:31 am
    From Qamp: Plastics constitute a significant portion of the Agbogbloshie waste stream, moving through stages of collection, sorting (by type and colour), cleaning, shredding and even in some cases molding into pellets. (See Plastics blog post). With at least 7 micro-factories by our count, Agbogbloshie is a key part of the plastic recycling industry in Ghana, and integrally interconnected with both local and global production cycles. To date, the failure of Agbogbloshie’s industrial ecosystem to add value to plastic material recycled on-site is a lost opportunity for local manufacturing.
  • Building Robots – and Confidence

    Emeka Okafor
    22 Nov 2014 | 5:05 am
    From UNICEF:Among the children of Mountain View, near Kingston, Jamaica, Marvin Hall is something of a hero. Hall, a former math teacher, holds a workshop called ‘Lego Yuh Mind’, in which young people playfully explore ideas in science, technology, engineering, art and mathematics. Working and communicating with each other, the children build robots from LEGO – and along the way, they develop other valuable skills.
  • Victronix | A Custom Hardware Startup in Tanzania

    Emeka Okafor
    14 Nov 2014 | 3:58 am
    In the spirit of First Atlantic Semiconductors. Victor Augustine's company, among other things  Victronix has developed Tanzania‬'s version of Arduino, the Bonguino: A Tanzanian startup hardware house. Its target markets include small processing machine manufactures, students, and hobbyists.Its services include: Custom Electronics DevelopmentFrom idea to prototypeHardware & Embedded Systems DevelopmentCircuit design, PCB design, and assembly, Specific function modules, GSM/GPRS/GPS shields, MCU & µP Shields. ‪In the words of the founder: My company is called Victronix I…
  • Incubation at Wɔɛlab - Collaborative Autonomous Base

    Emeka Okafor
    13 Nov 2014 | 9:22 am
    A broadening trend, the evolution of Maker/Hackerspaces into incubators of enterprise.This is being achieved while they still retain the distinct qualities of open inquiry and cross pollination. Startup Brics in conversation with founder Sename Koffi reports on their unfolding story: image courtesy of StartupBricsvia Google Translate Two years later, what were your major accomplishments, and where are you now? What are your next projects? Loose hardware side first, there is of course our draft 3D printer made ​​of electronic waste around which we are launching a series of research…
  • African Leadership Network 2014

    Emeka Okafor
    11 Nov 2014 | 8:09 pm
    From ALN in Rwanda: ALN 2014 from Isaac Oboth on Vimeo.
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    Skoll World Forum on Social Entrepreneurship

  • Stop Treating Victims of Sex Trafficking Like Criminals

    Jake Wadland
    20 Nov 2014 | 2:51 am
    On October 10, the eve of the UN’s International Day of the Girl Child, FAIR Girls held its second annual Night of the Girl in Washington, DC. The exhibit featured quotes from victims, survivors, and pimps involved in the local sex trade. Since 2003, FAIR Girls has worked in DC – and around the world – to rehabilitate victims of exploitation. They offer compassionate care services including emergency shelter to girls who are at risk or victims of sex trafficking. They serve young women in six countries: Bosnia, Montenegro, Serbia, Russia, Uganda, and the United States. For FAIR Girls…
  • Four Lessons Learned on the Journey from Microfinance to Impact-Led Investing

    Jake Wadland
    19 Nov 2014 | 2:33 am
    Global Partnerships (GP) is an impact-led investor dedicated to expanding opportunity for people living in poverty. We began our work as a grant maker in the pioneering days of microfinance. Ten years ago, before the term “impact investing” was coined, we launched our first Social Investment Fund with the goal of advancing market-based solutions to global poverty. As we reflect back, we see how lessons learned from our early work in microfinance shaped our strategy as an impact-led investor. We learned: It takes more than a small loan to make a real difference Access to credit is useful,…
  • Water Cannot Wait: A New Road Map to Mideast Peace

    Jake Wadland
    19 Nov 2014 | 1:54 am
    Between October 27 and December 5, support EcoPeace Middle East in the Skoll Social Entrepreneurs Challenge on CrowdRise. Water is at the center of the humanitarian crisis in Gaza that was further fueled by the violent events of the summer, and has left an estimated 1.2 million Palestinians with intermittent water supplies. With an insufficient electricity supply in Gaza to treat or pump out sewage, drinking water contamination is a pressing health risk, compounded by a poor ability to chlorinate water. This situation requires an immediate response. Palestinians in the West Bank also lack an…
  • Unlikely Champions Unite to Protect Antibiotics and Public Health

    Jake Wadland
    19 Nov 2014 | 1:44 am
    Between October 27 and December 5, support Health Care Without Harm in the Skoll Social Entrepreneurs Challenge on CrowdRise. Most of us cannot remember a time in our lives when basic infections like strep throat and conjunctivitis were considered untreatable, dangerous and potentially deadly. Thanks to antibiotics, such infections are usually little more than nuisances that temporarily interrupt our daily routines. But as antibiotics become increasingly misused and overused, the bacteria they are designed to kill can mutate and render these life-saving antibiotics useless.
  • I Will Return to Gaza

    Jake Wadland
    19 Nov 2014 | 1:35 am
    Between October 27 and December 5, support OneVoice in the Skoll Social Entrepreneurs Challenge on CrowdRise. My father was scared for my life. I was a member of the Palestine Liberation Organization Youth during the First Intifada and I protested against the Israeli army. But in 1990, three years after the Intifada began, he sent me to Chicago to study, far away from the uprising. I found success: in 10 years, I graduated college, married, and had a job. I could have stayed in the U.S., but I had unfinished business in Palestine. I returned in 2000 to help build an independent state, but…
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    Skoll World Forum on Social Entrepreneurship

  • Stop Treating Victims of Sex Trafficking Like Criminals

    Jake Wadland
    20 Nov 2014 | 2:51 am
    On October 10, the eve of the UN’s International Day of the Girl Child, FAIR Girls held its second annual Night of the Girl in Washington, DC. The exhibit featured quotes from victims, survivors, and pimps involved in the local sex trade. Since 2003, FAIR Girls has worked in DC – and around the world – to rehabilitate victims of exploitation. They offer compassionate care services including emergency shelter to girls who are at risk or victims of sex trafficking. They serve young women in six countries: Bosnia, Montenegro, Serbia, Russia, Uganda, and the United States. For FAIR Girls…
  • Four Lessons Learned on the Journey from Microfinance to Impact-Led Investing

    Jake Wadland
    19 Nov 2014 | 2:33 am
    Global Partnerships (GP) is an impact-led investor dedicated to expanding opportunity for people living in poverty. We began our work as a grant maker in the pioneering days of microfinance. Ten years ago, before the term “impact investing” was coined, we launched our first Social Investment Fund with the goal of advancing market-based solutions to global poverty. As we reflect back, we see how lessons learned from our early work in microfinance shaped our strategy as an impact-led investor. We learned: It takes more than a small loan to make a real difference Access to credit is useful,…
  • Water Cannot Wait: A New Road Map to Mideast Peace

    Jake Wadland
    19 Nov 2014 | 1:54 am
    Between October 27 and December 5, support EcoPeace Middle East in the Skoll Social Entrepreneurs Challenge on CrowdRise. Water is at the center of the humanitarian crisis in Gaza that was further fueled by the violent events of the summer, and has left an estimated 1.2 million Palestinians with intermittent water supplies. With an insufficient electricity supply in Gaza to treat or pump out sewage, drinking water contamination is a pressing health risk, compounded by a poor ability to chlorinate water. This situation requires an immediate response. Palestinians in the West Bank also lack an…
  • Unlikely Champions Unite to Protect Antibiotics and Public Health

    Jake Wadland
    19 Nov 2014 | 1:44 am
    Between October 27 and December 5, support Health Care Without Harm in the Skoll Social Entrepreneurs Challenge on CrowdRise. Most of us cannot remember a time in our lives when basic infections like strep throat and conjunctivitis were considered untreatable, dangerous and potentially deadly. Thanks to antibiotics, such infections are usually little more than nuisances that temporarily interrupt our daily routines. But as antibiotics become increasingly misused and overused, the bacteria they are designed to kill can mutate and render these life-saving antibiotics useless.
  • I Will Return to Gaza

    Jake Wadland
    19 Nov 2014 | 1:35 am
    Between October 27 and December 5, support OneVoice in the Skoll Social Entrepreneurs Challenge on CrowdRise. My father was scared for my life. I was a member of the Palestine Liberation Organization Youth during the First Intifada and I protested against the Israeli army. But in 1990, three years after the Intifada began, he sent me to Chicago to study, far away from the uprising. I found success: in 10 years, I graduated college, married, and had a job. I could have stayed in the U.S., but I had unfinished business in Palestine. I returned in 2000 to help build an independent state, but…
 
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    Skoll World Forum on Social Entrepreneurship

  • Stop Treating Victims of Sex Trafficking Like Criminals

    Jake Wadland
    20 Nov 2014 | 2:51 am
    On October 10, the eve of the UN’s International Day of the Girl Child, FAIR Girls held its second annual Night of the Girl in Washington, DC. The exhibit featured quotes from victims, survivors, and pimps involved in the local sex trade. Since 2003, FAIR Girls has worked in DC – and around the world – to rehabilitate victims of exploitation. They offer compassionate care services including emergency shelter to girls who are at risk or victims of sex trafficking. They serve young women in six countries: Bosnia, Montenegro, Serbia, Russia, Uganda, and the United States. For FAIR Girls…
  • Four Lessons Learned on the Journey from Microfinance to Impact-Led Investing

    Jake Wadland
    19 Nov 2014 | 2:33 am
    Global Partnerships (GP) is an impact-led investor dedicated to expanding opportunity for people living in poverty. We began our work as a grant maker in the pioneering days of microfinance. Ten years ago, before the term “impact investing” was coined, we launched our first Social Investment Fund with the goal of advancing market-based solutions to global poverty. As we reflect back, we see how lessons learned from our early work in microfinance shaped our strategy as an impact-led investor. We learned: It takes more than a small loan to make a real difference Access to credit is useful,…
  • Water Cannot Wait: A New Road Map to Mideast Peace

    Jake Wadland
    19 Nov 2014 | 1:54 am
    Between October 27 and December 5, support EcoPeace Middle East in the Skoll Social Entrepreneurs Challenge on CrowdRise. Water is at the center of the humanitarian crisis in Gaza that was further fueled by the violent events of the summer, and has left an estimated 1.2 million Palestinians with intermittent water supplies. With an insufficient electricity supply in Gaza to treat or pump out sewage, drinking water contamination is a pressing health risk, compounded by a poor ability to chlorinate water. This situation requires an immediate response. Palestinians in the West Bank also lack an…
  • Unlikely Champions Unite to Protect Antibiotics and Public Health

    Jake Wadland
    19 Nov 2014 | 1:44 am
    Between October 27 and December 5, support Health Care Without Harm in the Skoll Social Entrepreneurs Challenge on CrowdRise. Most of us cannot remember a time in our lives when basic infections like strep throat and conjunctivitis were considered untreatable, dangerous and potentially deadly. Thanks to antibiotics, such infections are usually little more than nuisances that temporarily interrupt our daily routines. But as antibiotics become increasingly misused and overused, the bacteria they are designed to kill can mutate and render these life-saving antibiotics useless.
  • I Will Return to Gaza

    Jake Wadland
    19 Nov 2014 | 1:35 am
    Between October 27 and December 5, support OneVoice in the Skoll Social Entrepreneurs Challenge on CrowdRise. My father was scared for my life. I was a member of the Palestine Liberation Organization Youth during the First Intifada and I protested against the Israeli army. But in 1990, three years after the Intifada began, he sent me to Chicago to study, far away from the uprising. I found success: in 10 years, I graduated college, married, and had a job. I could have stayed in the U.S., but I had unfinished business in Palestine. I returned in 2000 to help build an independent state, but…
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    Skoll World Forum on Social Entrepreneurship

  • Stop Treating Victims of Sex Trafficking Like Criminals

    Jake Wadland
    20 Nov 2014 | 2:51 am
    On October 10, the eve of the UN’s International Day of the Girl Child, FAIR Girls held its second annual Night of the Girl in Washington, DC. The exhibit featured quotes from victims, survivors, and pimps involved in the local sex trade. Since 2003, FAIR Girls has worked in DC – and around the world – to rehabilitate victims of exploitation. They offer compassionate care services including emergency shelter to girls who are at risk or victims of sex trafficking. They serve young women in six countries: Bosnia, Montenegro, Serbia, Russia, Uganda, and the United States. For FAIR Girls…
  • Four Lessons Learned on the Journey from Microfinance to Impact-Led Investing

    Jake Wadland
    19 Nov 2014 | 2:33 am
    Global Partnerships (GP) is an impact-led investor dedicated to expanding opportunity for people living in poverty. We began our work as a grant maker in the pioneering days of microfinance. Ten years ago, before the term “impact investing” was coined, we launched our first Social Investment Fund with the goal of advancing market-based solutions to global poverty. As we reflect back, we see how lessons learned from our early work in microfinance shaped our strategy as an impact-led investor. We learned: It takes more than a small loan to make a real difference Access to credit is useful,…
  • Water Cannot Wait: A New Road Map to Mideast Peace

    Jake Wadland
    19 Nov 2014 | 1:54 am
    Between October 27 and December 5, support EcoPeace Middle East in the Skoll Social Entrepreneurs Challenge on CrowdRise. Water is at the center of the humanitarian crisis in Gaza that was further fueled by the violent events of the summer, and has left an estimated 1.2 million Palestinians with intermittent water supplies. With an insufficient electricity supply in Gaza to treat or pump out sewage, drinking water contamination is a pressing health risk, compounded by a poor ability to chlorinate water. This situation requires an immediate response. Palestinians in the West Bank also lack an…
  • Unlikely Champions Unite to Protect Antibiotics and Public Health

    Jake Wadland
    19 Nov 2014 | 1:44 am
    Between October 27 and December 5, support Health Care Without Harm in the Skoll Social Entrepreneurs Challenge on CrowdRise. Most of us cannot remember a time in our lives when basic infections like strep throat and conjunctivitis were considered untreatable, dangerous and potentially deadly. Thanks to antibiotics, such infections are usually little more than nuisances that temporarily interrupt our daily routines. But as antibiotics become increasingly misused and overused, the bacteria they are designed to kill can mutate and render these life-saving antibiotics useless.
  • I Will Return to Gaza

    Jake Wadland
    19 Nov 2014 | 1:35 am
    Between October 27 and December 5, support OneVoice in the Skoll Social Entrepreneurs Challenge on CrowdRise. My father was scared for my life. I was a member of the Palestine Liberation Organization Youth during the First Intifada and I protested against the Israeli army. But in 1990, three years after the Intifada began, he sent me to Chicago to study, far away from the uprising. I found success: in 10 years, I graduated college, married, and had a job. I could have stayed in the U.S., but I had unfinished business in Palestine. I returned in 2000 to help build an independent state, but…
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  • Stop Treating Victims of Sex Trafficking Like Criminals

    Jake Wadland
    20 Nov 2014 | 2:51 am
    On October 10, the eve of the UN’s International Day of the Girl Child, FAIR Girls held its second annual Night of the Girl in Washington, DC. The exhibit featured quotes from victims, survivors, and pimps involved in the local sex trade. Since 2003, FAIR Girls has worked in DC – and around the world – to rehabilitate victims of exploitation. They offer compassionate care services including emergency shelter to girls who are at risk or victims of sex trafficking. They serve young women in six countries: Bosnia, Montenegro, Serbia, Russia, Uganda, and the United States. For FAIR Girls…
  • Four Lessons Learned on the Journey from Microfinance to Impact-Led Investing

    Jake Wadland
    19 Nov 2014 | 2:33 am
    Global Partnerships (GP) is an impact-led investor dedicated to expanding opportunity for people living in poverty. We began our work as a grant maker in the pioneering days of microfinance. Ten years ago, before the term “impact investing” was coined, we launched our first Social Investment Fund with the goal of advancing market-based solutions to global poverty. As we reflect back, we see how lessons learned from our early work in microfinance shaped our strategy as an impact-led investor. We learned: It takes more than a small loan to make a real difference Access to credit is useful,…
  • Water Cannot Wait: A New Road Map to Mideast Peace

    Jake Wadland
    19 Nov 2014 | 1:54 am
    Between October 27 and December 5, support EcoPeace Middle East in the Skoll Social Entrepreneurs Challenge on CrowdRise. Water is at the center of the humanitarian crisis in Gaza that was further fueled by the violent events of the summer, and has left an estimated 1.2 million Palestinians with intermittent water supplies. With an insufficient electricity supply in Gaza to treat or pump out sewage, drinking water contamination is a pressing health risk, compounded by a poor ability to chlorinate water. This situation requires an immediate response. Palestinians in the West Bank also lack an…
  • Unlikely Champions Unite to Protect Antibiotics and Public Health

    Jake Wadland
    19 Nov 2014 | 1:44 am
    Between October 27 and December 5, support Health Care Without Harm in the Skoll Social Entrepreneurs Challenge on CrowdRise. Most of us cannot remember a time in our lives when basic infections like strep throat and conjunctivitis were considered untreatable, dangerous and potentially deadly. Thanks to antibiotics, such infections are usually little more than nuisances that temporarily interrupt our daily routines. But as antibiotics become increasingly misused and overused, the bacteria they are designed to kill can mutate and render these life-saving antibiotics useless.
  • I Will Return to Gaza

    Jake Wadland
    19 Nov 2014 | 1:35 am
    Between October 27 and December 5, support OneVoice in the Skoll Social Entrepreneurs Challenge on CrowdRise. My father was scared for my life. I was a member of the Palestine Liberation Organization Youth during the First Intifada and I protested against the Israeli army. But in 1990, three years after the Intifada began, he sent me to Chicago to study, far away from the uprising. I found success: in 10 years, I graduated college, married, and had a job. I could have stayed in the U.S., but I had unfinished business in Palestine. I returned in 2000 to help build an independent state, but…
 
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    From Poverty to Power

  • The Importance of Leadership and the Magic of Roads

    Duncan Green
    25 Nov 2014 | 11:30 pm
    Yesterday, I described the grim state of PNG politics and administration, but the Aussies decided to send me to an outlier (in both senses) – the remote inland district of Me and the Member for Nuku Nuku. Nuku is in the middle of a fascinating mini-transformation, and DFAT is pretty excited about it. That transformation forced me to question two of my extensive array of NGO prejudices – suspicion of political leaders, and scepticism of the importance of building roads. First, some essential background. Nuku, with 70,000 people speaking 41 different languages, is one of PNG’s most…
  • Who/what explains the world’s biggest developmental under-achievement? A visit to Papua New Guinea

    Duncan Green
    24 Nov 2014 | 11:30 pm
    So did you miss me? (I know, holes, heads etc) After a week on the road and away from the blog, it’s time to try and make sense of last week’s trip to Papua New Guinea (my first visit). I was there at the invitation of  the Development Leadership Program, which is funding my How Change Happens book. Population of 7 million people (or anything up to 10 million – no-one trusts the figures), strewn across a country the size of France. A country, but not yet a nation. PNG achieved independence in 1975 by one of those strokes of the decolonizing pen, but 848 languages are listed for…
  • Using aid to strengthen Parliaments: fix the car, or worry about the driver?

    Duncan Green
    23 Nov 2014 | 11:30 pm
    You’d think that all the aid money trying to install functioning democracies around the world would target parliaments and political parties. In fact, they are more often an afterthought. Alina Rocha Menocal (Developmental Leadership Program, University of Birmingham) looks at the evidence and explains the neglect. People all over the world have a very low opinion of parliaments and parliamentarians. Indeed, surveys suggest that, along with political parties, parliaments are the government institutions that citizens trust the least (while the army and the police are the most trusted). This…
  • Links I liked

    Duncan Green
    16 Nov 2014 | 11:30 pm
    OK, as you read this, I am wandering around Papua New Guinea, so there may be some interruptions to the blog over the next week or two. Sorry  about that. In the meantime, here’s some time suck material from last week’s @fp2p tweets. If you’re queasy early in the morning, look away now. This Double Donut Burger contains 98% of your recommended daily calories. I’ll leave further analysis to doughnut economics guru Kate Raworth. Spoilsport. Alex Evans pours buckets of cold water on the China-US climate deal (and that’s even before the Republicans wade in) Julia Buxton on the Great…
  • Politics, economists and the dangers of pragmatism: reflections on DFID’s governance and conflict conference

    Duncan Green
    13 Nov 2014 | 11:30 pm
    DFID really is an extraordinary institution. I spent Monday and Tuesday at the annual get together one of its tribes professional cadres – about 200 advisers on governance and conflict. They were bombarded with powerpoints from outside speakers (including me), but still found time for plenty of ‘social loafing’, aka networking with their mates. Some impressions: They are hugely bright and committed, wrestling to get stuff done in some of the most difficult places on the planet, familiar with all the dilemmas of ‘doing aid’ in complex environments that I talk about endlessly on this…
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    CIPE Development Blog

  • The Entrepreneurship Café – Advancing Entrepreneurship, Lebanese-style

    CIPE Staff
    25 Nov 2014 | 7:37 am
    The Lebanese have contributed to the Middle East (and for that matter the wider world) a renowned tradition of arts and design, which was no less evident than in the Development for People and Nature Association’s (DPNA’s) fourth consecutive year of Global Entrepreneurship Week (GEW) programming. A leading GEW partner in Lebanon and longtime CIPE partner, DPNA used this year’s celebration of...
  • CIPE Women’s Hangout on Leadership and Advocacy: Advancing Women’s Economic Empowerment Globally

    Teodora Mihaylova
    24 Nov 2014 | 6:56 am
    Women entrepreneurs are increasingly important participants in the new global economy. In many emerging free-market economies and newly democratic countries, women comprise a significant -- and sometimes dominant -- portion of the business infrastructure, not only in the informal and small business sector, but in corporate ranks as well. Yet their participation on the management of business...
  • A New, Entrepreneurial Growth Model for South Korea

    Guest
    21 Nov 2014 | 10:13 am
    The Republic of Korea is one of the greatest economic development success stories in history -- going from one of poorest countries in the world and a major aid recipient to a high-income country and a major aid donor in just a single generation. Both the head of the World Bank and the United Nations claim Korea as their birthplace. The “Miracle on the Han River” which led to Korea’s stunning...
  • FEDECAMARAS Promotes Entrepreneurship in Venezuela Despite Difficulties

    Kevin Gatter
    21 Nov 2014 | 8:14 am
    The political and economic climate in Venezuela has become increasingly hostile for entrepreneurs and the private sector since 1998, when Hugo Chávez became president and ushered in his “Bolivarian Revolution” -- a series of sweeping economic and political changes aimed at helping the poor which instead led to high inflation, shortages of basic goods, and the growth of a large informal sector....
  • Reforming the Entrepreneurship Ecosystem: A Study on Barriers to Growth in Tunisia and Egypt

    Julie Johnson
    20 Nov 2014 | 11:42 am
    The Center on Development, Democracy, and the Rule of Law at Stanford, in cooperation with CIPE, has conducted a survey of 131 Egyptian and Tunisian entrepreneurs and business owners to find what that the greatest barriers are to the growth of businesses in these countries. As Global Entrepreneurship Week comes to a close, CIPE is releasing the following Feature Service article  to contribute to...
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    ODI Opinion

  • Development Progress Special Event: Through the people’s lens

    26 Feb 2015 | 12:00 am
    ​The Overseas Development Institute invites you to join an evening of lively discussion on shifting narratives and images of development progress.With unprecedented access to technology, those at the grassroots can now tell their own stories direct to a world stage. How does this challenge perceptions of development? And what does this mean for the traditional story-tellers – journalists, photographers, film-makers and charities?The evening will feature a keynote speaker and expert panel debate, with plenty of opportunity for guests to meet people from different disciplines, explore…
  • Development Progress Photography Exhibition: Through the people’s lens

    16 Feb 2015 | 12:00 am
    ​Greater progress is being made today than at any other time in history, with poverty rates plummeting and striking advances across all areas of human development. Meet those experiencing these changes first-hand.This exhibition hosted at the Royal Geographical Society and in partnership with PhotoVoice showcases photographs and narratives by community memebers in China, Ethiopia, Ghana, Nepal, Peru and Tunisia who were supported by PhotoVoice to share their views on what's working and why.Areas explored by local community members include education, maternal health, political…
  • What is the future of official statistics in the Big Data era?

    19 Jan 2015 | 12:00 am
    ​Digital data are increasingly changing the shape of our world. At the same time, attention is also being paid to the woeful state of development data – we know the least about those who are most lacking, and people often lack the information and capacities they need to bring about change. Unsurprisingly this has led to a focus on how we can harness the potential of the new and rapidly evolving digital landscape to meet some of these acute data gaps, and more profoundly, to improve policymaking and citizen empowerment. But while some insist that Big Data may provide an opportunity to…
  • Making waves: media’s potential for girls in the Global South

    9 Dec 2014 | 12:00 am
    ​Join the Overseas Development Institute and BBC Media Action at this panel event, to discuss the role of media in transforming girls' lives in the Global South
  • Development & Climate days

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

  • Helping Teens Explore Tech: A ZFellow Story

    Caitlin Kerton
    17 Nov 2014 | 3:02 pm
    Helping Teens Explore Tech: A ZFellow Story By Caitlin Kerton Monday, 17 November 2014 - 3:02pm ZeroDivide began as a Community Technology Foundation back in 1998. During this time, we funded over 400 nonprofit organizations that work with underserved communities and invested over $50 million. In addition to financial investment, we also invested our knowledge and experience in the field of technology, capacity-building and leadership to help nonprofit organizations increase their impact on underserved communities. While we are no longer a funder, we gained valuable knowledge that has helped…
  • Women’s Audio Mission Opens New Recording Studio

    Caitlin Kerton
    5 Nov 2014 | 9:47 am
    Women’s Audio Mission Opens New Recording Studio By Caitlin Kerton Wednesday, 5 November 2014 - 9:47am We are excited to announce that the Women’s Audio Mission (WAM), a participant in ZeroDivide’s Community Enterprise Program, has purchased a new building and recording studio in San Francisco’s Mid-Market District. They celebrated this remarkable milestone with an exciting ribbon cutting ceremony and sneak peek tour of the new studio with Mayor Ed Lee and Supervisor Jane Kim on October 14th.  In 2008, WAM was selected to join ZeroDivide’s Community Enterprise Program designed to…
  • October is Health Literacy Month

    Vanessa Mason
    27 Oct 2014 | 10:57 am
    October is Health Literacy MonthBy Vanessa Mason Monday, 27 October 2014 - 10:57am Health literacy is defined as the ability to obtain, process and understand health information. It consists of skills needed to do everything from selecting the right food to eat to understanding a doctor’s orders and one’s medical bills. Without understanding health information, individuals struggle to make smart decisions about their health and health coverage plans. Low health literacy is a huge and costly health issue, costing between $106 billion to $238 billion each year. Medically vulnerable or…
  • Announcement: New Board Members

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

    Staff
    17 Oct 2014 | 12:58 pm
    ZeroDivide welcomed two new members to its board of directors on Tuesday.  Julie Vaughan Murchinson and Kelvin Quan are tremendous assets to ZeroDivide and bring valuable health expertise to our organizational leadership.  Julie Vaughan Murchinson is the chief executive officer at Health Evolution Summit, which brings together an extensive network of CEOs and commercial leaders from around the globe and across the health care industry. She brings expertise in industry convenings, early health IT adoption methodologies, special-interest collaborations, privacy, security and consumer rights.
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    PHILANTHROPY 2173

  • The values that guide us

    Lucy Bernholz
    24 Nov 2014 | 5:05 pm
    Questions about civil society in the digital age are all I think about these days. Let me practice some of that thinking for you, if you have a minute...if not, let me wish everyone a happy Thanksgiving (USA and beyond).Recently, there's been a lot of good writing about why we have philanthropic foundations. When I say "we" here, I mean us, the citizens of liberal democracies. My colleague Rob Reich's work, What are foundations for? and the articles written in response are must-reads. Gara LaMarche has an important perspective on Democracy and the Donor Class, especially given his experience…
  • Blueprint 2015 - coming soon!

    Lucy Bernholz
    23 Nov 2014 | 2:36 pm
    Are you ready?Blueprint 2015, my sixth (!) annual industry forecast, will be available from the GrantCraft website on December 10, 2014. With six of these under my belt I'm proud to say we've cycled through the primary colors (blue, red, yellow) and the secondary colors (green, orange, and now, purple).What does the future hold? (Besides a shift to the tertiary level of the color wheel, that is). Find out on December 10th - buzzwords, predictions, my annual scorecard, and more.
  • Data trusts and data trust

    Lucy Bernholz
    20 Nov 2014 | 11:08 am
    Trust and integrity are key to nonprofits. They trade on these virtues. It's no accident that "Trusts" are the name for one type of nonprofit enterprise.  The defining aspect of the nonprofit corporate structure - the non-distribution clause relating to the use of financial assets - codifies the use of financial assets for mission, allowing the public to trust that the organization will be true to its social purpose.In the 21st Century, nonprofits are going to need to engender that same kind of trust regarding their use of digital assets (otherwise known as digital data).This is a…
  • Philosophy Talk: Digital Activism

    Lucy Bernholz
    19 Nov 2014 | 9:53 am
    My laugh is not nearly as engaging as Tom Magliozzi's of Car Talk but I'll do my best on December 14 when I'll be talking about Digital Civil Society on Philosophy Talk. Here's the write up about the show:“Cyber-Activism” with Lucy Bernholz Whether it’s making donations and signing petitions online, or usingsocial media to highlight political causes, cyber-activism has neverbeen easier. With a few clicks, we can make our voices heard aroundthe globe. But who’s listening, and is anything actually changing?Does cyber-activism mobilize real-world action on the ground? Or doesit reduce…
  • New Power (or lessons for business from the social economy)

    Lucy Bernholz
    18 Nov 2014 | 5:02 pm
    (photo: https://hbr.org/2014/12/understanding-new-power)Henry Timms (founder of #givingtuesday and my colleague via Stanford PACS) and Jeremy Heimans have a new article in the December issue of Harvard Business Review called "Understanding New Power." In it they discuss characteristics such as co-ownership and participatory governance. They highlight some of the values of the new power that they call "opt in decision making" and "open source collaboration."In the requisite 2 x 2 matrix (this is HBR after all) the precious terrain of the upper right hand quadrant includes a mix of movements…
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    Acumen Fund Blog

  • New Study By Acumen and Bain & Company Unveils How To Scale Adoption Of Agricultural Innovations

    Acumen
    18 Nov 2014 | 5:49 am
    Acumen and Bain & Company today released Growing Prosperity: Developing Repeatable Models to Scale the Adoption of Agricultural Innovations—a new report to help entrepreneurial companies, and others, unlock the potential of smallholder farmers through large-scale adoption of agricultural innovations and inputs. The report’s insights and findings—which are the result of interviews with more than 300 smallholder farmers, sector experts and pioneer firm management—demonstrate the transformative power of providing smallholder farmers with the right access to the right innovations at…
  • Why India’s Economic Growth Depends on Vocational Training

    Acumen
    30 Oct 2014 | 8:57 am
    India has an enormous population of young people – over half of the 1.2 billion people are younger than 25 years old. Yet, only 2% of its 500 million person workforce has any skills or training. The majority work in the informal sector (90%), where there are few opportunities for education other than what workers ‘pick up’ on the job. This reality limits overall productivity, as well as upward mobility. With over 12 million young people joining the workforce each year, India has made vocational training a top priority; in 2012, the Indian government set a target to train 500 million…
  • Announcing a New Investment: SolarNow

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

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

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

  • Chine : une transition énergétique sobre en carbone ?

    Idées pour le développement
    20 Nov 2014 | 8:36 am
    La Chine est le premier émetteur d’émissions de gaz à effet de serre (GES) sur la planète et représentait 28% des émissions mondiales en 2013.... Cet article Chine : une transition énergétique sobre en carbone ? est apparu en premier sur Ideas for development.
  • Peut-on restaurer durablement les écosystèmes ?

    Thierry Dutoit
    18 Nov 2014 | 2:34 am
    Face à la crise économique et environnementale planétaire, la restauration écologique des écosystèmes est primordiale pour amplifier les actions de conservation. Cependant, celle-ci fait encore... Cet article Peut-on restaurer durablement les écosystèmes ? est apparu en premier sur Ideas for development.
  • Ebola : repenser l’aide au développement à l’Afrique Sub-saharienne ? (2/2)

    Christophe Paquet
    14 Nov 2014 | 3:25 am
    L’épidémie Ebola est venue à la fois rappeler que la sécurité sanitaire est un bien public mondial, mais aussi que les politiques de santé doivent... Cet article Ebola : repenser l’aide au développement à l’Afrique Sub-saharienne ? (2/2) est apparu en premier sur Ideas for development.
  • Ebola : repenser l’aide au développement à l’Afrique Sub-saharienne ? (1/2)

    Christophe Paquet
    12 Nov 2014 | 9:56 am
    L’épidémie Ebola est venue à la fois rappeler que la sécurité sanitaire est un bien public mondial, mais aussi que les politiques de santé doivent... Cet article Ebola : repenser l’aide au développement à l’Afrique Sub-saharienne ? (1/2) est apparu en premier sur Ideas for development.
  • « Les aires protégées sont les fondements de notre avenir »

    Geoffroy Mauvais
    5 Nov 2014 | 2:56 am
    Le Congrès Mondial des Parcs se déroule du 12 au 19 novembre, à Sydney.  Il se focalise sur un sujet précis : les aires protégées.... Cet article « Les aires protégées sont les fondements de notre avenir » est apparu en premier sur Ideas for development.
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    (BLOG)RED

  • OUT TODAY: "I Lived (RED) Remix" by OneRepublic for (RED)

    24 Nov 2014 | 7:17 pm
    Download now on iTunes & all proceeds fight AIDS with (RED). There’s no better way to kick off a Monday than with new music for (RED)!One Republic’s “I Lived (RED) Remix” is now available on iTunes. All proceeds go to fight AIDS.We love this track and we think you will too. Have a listen:Download now on iTunes & all proceeds fight AIDS with (RED).
  • APPLE IS (RED) FOR WORLD AIDS DAY

    23 Nov 2014 | 7:10 pm
    Apps Now Save Lives With Apps for (RED) Apple Donating A Portion of Holiday Sales from Retail & Online StoresWOW. This is huge.  This World AIDS Day Apple is launching their biggest ever fundraising push for (RED). In a world first, the App Store℠ has turned (RED) with Apps for (RED). Starting today until December 7th, 25 fan-favorite apps are offering exclusive new and creative content where all proceeds will go directly to the Global Fund to fight AIDS. Yep, that’s right. 100% of proceeds every time a customer purchases a participating…
  • #ShareTheSound: Songs from Queen, Aloe Blacc, Wyclef ft Avicii now available on iTunes All proceeds go to fight AIDS

    23 Nov 2014 | 1:09 pm
    #ShareTheSound: Songs from Queen, Aloe Blacc, Wyclef ft. Avicii now available on iTunes.  All proceeds go to fight AIDS.World AIDS Day is 8 days away & together with Coca-Cola we’re inviting you to #ShareTheSound of an AIDS FREE GENERATION. Three original songs by incredible artists have been released on iTunes with proceeds going to (RED)’s fight for an AIDS FREE GENERATION: “Let Me in Your Heart Again” (William Orbit Mix) by Queen featuring never released before vocals by Freddie Mercury“Together” by Aloe Blacc“Divine Sorrow” by Wyclef Jean featuring…
  • It's Time to End Ebola

    19 Nov 2014 | 9:49 am
    Today our sister organization ONE is launching a new video — without saying a world, celebrities ask you to take action to help end the Ebola crisis. WATCH: Ebola threatens to roll back the gains we have made on AIDS. The world waited too long to respond to Ebola. And every day we continue to wait – for funding to reach the ground, for nurses and doctors to be deployed, for the shattered medical services to be rebuilt – more people die.Here’s how you can take action:1// Watch and share ONE’s new video. 2// Sign ONE’s petition & tell world leaders…
  • #shaRED (RED) + Birchbox Giveaway

    17 Nov 2014 | 1:18 pm
    Here's your chance to win the (RED) Birchbox and help fight AIDS too.Birchbox is a monthly service that sends 5 personalized beauty samples right to your door for just $10 per month. And this November, their women’s box is turning (RED). It's full of great beauty goodies & it fights AIDS too. Now here's how you can win it:Retweet one of (RED)'s tweets (Twitter.com/RED) with #shaRED in it this week and you'll be entered to win the (RED) Birchbox. We're picking two winners every day until Friday!There's more. Every time you retweet a tweet with #shaRED, Birchbox will donate $1 to…
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    ONE

  • Interview: Helene Cooper gives Western media a ‘C+’ on Ebola coverage

    Stephanie Walstrom
    25 Nov 2014 | 2:43 pm
    This post is part of ONE’s “Reporter Perspectives: Covering Africa” blog series. Helene Cooper is bringing a unique and important voice to coverage of the Ebola crisis. The Liberian-born American journalist recently returned to the US from a 2-week trip to Liberia to cover Ebola for The New York Times. While there, Cooper focused on writing humanizing and insightful pieces that showcase the resilience of Liberians amid the horror of Ebola. A Pentagon correspondent for The New York Times, Cooper was born in Monrovia, Liberia, but came to the United States in the early 1980s in the…
  • Give back this holiday season with gifts that support girls and women

    Mary Scharffenberger
    25 Nov 2014 | 12:11 pm
    Still looking for that perfect holiday gift? Look no further than the ONE Girls and Women gift guide, which features some of our favorite partner organizations. The selections below marry our love of good style with our passion for girls and women around the world. Happy holidays! 1. FEED 2 Kenya Messenger Bag Lauren Bush Lauren founded FEED in 2007 with the mission of “Creating Good Products That Help FEED the World.” Every FEED product sold has a measurable donation attached to its products. When you purchase one of their items, you help FEED in their work fighting hunger and…
  • SHARE THIS: 7 Days of Gratitude

    Jordan Elton
    25 Nov 2014 | 7:31 am
    In the week leading up to Thanksgiving, we’ve been sharing all the things we’ve been grateful for at ONE. Take a moment to reflect on some of the things we have access to – but millions of people live without. Click to share on Facebook.  What would you add to the list? Tell us in a comment below!
  • Apple is (RED) for World AIDS Day

    (RED)
    24 Nov 2014 | 1:26 pm
    WOW. This is huge.  This World AIDS Day Apple is launching their biggest ever fundraising push for (RED). In a world first, the App Store℠ has turned (RED) with Apps for (RED).  Starting today until December 7th, 25 fan-favorite apps are offering exclusive new and creative content where all proceeds will go directly to the Global Fund to fight AIDS. Yep, that’s right. 100% of proceeds every time a customer purchases a participating (PRODUCT)RED app or an exclusive In-App Purchase, will go to fight AIDS. And it doesn’t stop there. Apple will also donate a portion of sales at…
  • 14 Stats about Ebola you need to read right now

    Jordan Elton
    24 Nov 2014 | 11:43 am
    We all know Ebola is deadly disease ravaging parts of West Africa. But what else? Here’s 14 facts that explain Ebola’s growth, its effect on daily life and what resources are needed to fight it. 1. 85% of households in Liberia are eating fewer meals a day as a result of the Ebola epidemic. 2. If Ebola is not contained quickly, it will cost Liberia 12% of its GDP by the end of 2015. To put things in perspective, Liberia’s GDP in 2013 was $1.951 billion. The District of Columbia had a GDP of $105.47 billion in 2013, which is 54 times higher. Credit: The Economist 3.
 
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    The Change Blog

  • How to Cope When You Are Clearly In Over Your Head

    Deborah Fike
    25 Nov 2014 | 4:02 am
    No doubt, I had bitten off way more than I could chew. While I generally enjoy juggling many plates, I knew a few months ago that I had stepped over that invisible boundary of “busy” into “overwhelmed.”  That’s when I had decided to replace my old part-time teaching job to instead devote those hours to a startup business.  It was 100% the right move: working with former colleagues whom I respect (who respected me back), getting back into the startup business scene (which I love), and having a job that worked around my crazy parenting schedule (which takes up the majority of my…
  • Show Off Your Curls

    Lyssa Winograd
    23 Nov 2014 | 6:50 am
    “To be yourself in a world that is constantly try to make you something else is the greatest accomplishment.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson Growing up, I never had that sense of fitting in. I was always the tall, awkward chick with the curly hair. I was quiet and shy as a child, so that’s how people knew me. I wasn’t any good at sports and I definitely wasn’t in the “cool” crowd. Within my little group, we called ourselves the weird ones. Then came college and all I wanted was to find a place to fit in. So I joined the Frisbee team, but my lack of athletic ability just accentuated my…
  • Turning a Decade Of Grinding Into My Life’s Passion: One Man’s Journey Out Of the Grind and Into His Calling

    Steve Roy
    18 Nov 2014 | 4:33 am
    “There is no passion to be found by playing small-in settling for a life that is less than the one you are capable of living” - Nelson Mandela 11 years. 11 years I’ve been doing this shit I thought to myself as I glanced over my computer monitor at the half dozen other cubicle workers sitting next to me. How have I let my life turn into such a grind, I wondered? Why am I stuck in this soul sucking job? When will I be able to break free and do something I actually want to do? 2002 Rewind 11 years and I had no career. I had no goals. I had no long-term plan. What I did have though was a…
  • Traversing Your Personal Hell

    Zachary John
    16 Nov 2014 | 4:00 am
    “If you’re going through hell, keep going” – Winston Churchill I’ve heard that quote by Winston Churchill about a thousand times. I don’t know whether that’s just by coincidence or whether there’s some sort of higher being out there that really wants to ingrain a particular message into my head, but if it’s the latter, it’s starting to work. You see, I never really believed in the quote for a long time – surely if you find yourself going through hell, you turn around and retrace your footsteps until you’re safely out of there … I mean, that makes more sense than…
  • The Gift of Struggle

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

  • Australia’s Aborigine Women’s Group has Solution to Improve Community Health

    Sangeeta Haindl
    25 Nov 2014 | 11:27 am
    Australia’s Aborigines have the worst health statistics and living conditions of any Indigenous group in the world, despite living in one of its richest countries. An Indigenous Australian will die, [...] The post Australia’s Aborigine Women’s Group has Solution to Improve Community Health appeared first on SocialEarth.
  • America Needs To Place Technology Into The Hands Of Its Bright Young Minds From Poor Areas

    Sangeeta Haindl
    25 Nov 2014 | 8:55 am
    The New York Times ran a front page story last year, “Better Colleges Fail to Lure Talented Poor: Qualified But Unaware”, based on research by Stanford and Harvard Universities that found that [...] The post America Needs To Place Technology Into The Hands Of Its Bright Young Minds From Poor Areas appeared first on SocialEarth.
  • Amazon Commits to 100% Clean Energy for Cloud Services

    Vikas Vij
    25 Nov 2014 | 5:43 am
    The world’s largest cloud-computing company, Amazon, has made a major commitment to run its cloud services entirely on renewable energy. With this comprehensive environmental pledge, Amazon has finally chosen to [...] The post Amazon Commits to 100% Clean Energy for Cloud Services appeared first on SocialEarth.
  • Learning in the Blurry Space Between Mission and Profit

    Julie Fahnestock
    25 Nov 2014 | 4:09 am
    The time to engage across sectors is now. In fact, cross-sector collaboration is in the zeitgeist. Progressive thought leaders agree that to gain traction on complex problems, we need to [...] The post Learning in the Blurry Space Between Mission and Profit appeared first on SocialEarth.
  • Solar Power’s Great Eco Challenge

    Antonio Pasolini
    24 Nov 2014 | 12:08 pm
    Solar power is the cleanest form of generation as far as the source of power is concerned. But as things stand now there’s one catch: we still rely on toxic [...] The post Solar Power’s Great Eco Challenge appeared first on SocialEarth.
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    Social Velocity

  • When Should Your Nonprofit Cut Programs?

    Nell Edgington
    20 Nov 2014 | 6:51 am
    One of the most difficult decisions a nonprofit leader faces is whether to cut a program. The program might be draining staff and offering few results to clients, but once a nonprofit launches a program it becomes almost instantly institutionalized. Even if the program eventually no longer makes strategic sense, it is almost impossible to convince board, staff and donors to end it. But for a nonprofit to be most effective, its leaders must understand the financial and social impact of all of its programs and make strategic decisions accordingly. And the way to do that is with a Program…
  • The Networks and Institutions Of Social Change

    Nell Edgington
    13 Nov 2014 | 6:36 am
    I’ve been thinking a lot lately about how networks and institutions must work together to create social change. As I mentioned earlier, social change happens when networks (loose connections of people and groups) organize themselves enough to pressure outdated institutions to adapt (like in the civil rights movement, global democracy movements, and the state-by-state legalization of gay marriage). But when networks and institutions don’t connect, social change doesn’t happen (like in the Occupy movement). So networks must organize enough to influence institutions, and institutions…
  • Overcoming The Nonprofit Starvation Cycle: An Interview With Ann Goggins Gregory

    Nell Edgington
    10 Nov 2014 | 2:25 pm
    In today’s Social Velocity blog interview, I’m talking with Ann Goggins Gregory, Chief Operating Officer at Habitat for Humanity Greater San Francisco where she oversees programs, the social enterprise called the ReStore, HR and Operations. Previously, Ann was a Senior Director at the Bridgespan Group, where she led the organization’s work on organizational learning; managed consulting engagements with human services, education, and youth-serving nonprofits; and spearheaded research efforts on a variety of nonprofit management topics. She remains a Senior Advisor to Bridgespan on issues…
  • How To Recruit The Nonprofit Board You Really Need

    Nell Edgington
    6 Nov 2014 | 6:21 am
    There is a fundamental error that nonprofit leaders make when recruiting new board members. And that is to be vague about the kind of board members they need. Nonprofit leaders often think in very general terms about the makeup of their board while ignoring their nonprofit’s specific needs. It then becomes almost impossible to get new recruits (let alone old board members) active or engaged because they are unclear about the unique role they should play in the organization. A board matrix is a tool that many nonprofits use to analyze what traits their current board has and…
  • 10 Great Social Innovation Reads: October 2014

    Nell Edgington
    4 Nov 2014 | 6:18 am
    October was another interesting month in the world of social change. Continued efforts to make the nonprofit overhead myth history, a troubling report about the beloved American Red Cross, a dire prediction about Millennial philanthropy, some new models for scaling social change and connecting people to solutions in their community, and a call for funding for nonprofit performance management all combined to make a great month of reading. Below are my 10 favorite reads in social innovation in October. But, please add what I missed to the comments. And if you want a longer list, follow me…
 
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    Social Enterprise by us

  • Does Success Require Profitability? by Rolfe Larson

    Rolfe Larson
    18 Nov 2014 | 1:17 pm
    Many  people will argue that social enterprises should be profitable or at least on a direct path to it. That they must eventually reach a point where all of their expenses are paid from revenues; otherwise they are judged “unsustainable.” But is profitability a reasonable goal for every social enterprise? We don’t think so. While profitability is a worthy goal, there are many cases where that is not practical. Let’s take social enterprises that provide training and employment to people facing significant barriers to entering the workplace.  In almost every case,…
  • SE and the Privilege Economy by Rolfe Larson

    Rolfe Larson
    15 Sep 2014 | 9:59 am
    Recently I was struck by a comment from the St Louis County Police Department, that in predominately black communities such as Ferguson, the police practice a “zero tolerance” policy.  So if you’re  pulled over for almost anything, and they do that fairly often in these communities, and you have an outstanding warrant or even a traffic violation, they arrest you on the spot. This doesn’t happen in primarily white communities. Not surprisingly, black residents see this as racial profiling.  (Source: NPR, Zero-Tolerance Policing is Not Racism, Say St Louis-Area Cops)…
  • “Best” Books on Impact Investing by Rolfe Larson

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

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

    Rolfe Larson
    11 Mar 2014 | 9:21 am
    The Obama Administration’s Social Innovation Fund (SIF) has now been in operation for several years. SIF was created to fund an annual competition to identify innovative nonprofit programs that provide measurable, scalable solutions to community problems. In those five years, it has provided $177 million in grants to 20 grantmakers who match those grants dollar for dollor with their own money.  Its portfolio has resulted in more than $500 million of cross-sector investments in 217 nonprofits. Those grantmakers then partner with SIF to identify and support high-impact nonprofits…
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    Care2 Causes » Trailblazers For Good

  • Why American Transit Systems Need to Adopt This Donation Platform

    NationSwell
    22 Nov 2014 | 12:00 pm
    No matter where you go, using public transportation often results in a pocketful of transit cards loaded with small amounts of leftover money. There’s simply nothing you can do, except pass along the extra fare to a friend or save for the next time you’re in town.
  • How to Create a Care2 Petition: Crafting Your Petition Page

    Emily L.
    19 Nov 2014 | 1:00 pm
    This is the second post in a series of five explaining the ins and outs of creating a petition: from what to write in your petition text to advanced promotion and activism techniques. This series is a how-to guide for creating a successful petition and helping it reach its highest potential. In our last installment, […]
  • 5 Ways Care2 Members Are Making a Difference

    Care2 Causes Editors
    18 Nov 2014 | 12:00 pm
    Care2 members are a force to be reckoned with! Whether it’s advocating for oil spill cleanup in the Gulf or rallying for healthcare expansion, Care2 members are relentless in their fight for good. Two weeks ago, we brought you a roundup of Care2 petitions that were featured in media outlets like Jezebel, The Guardian, Reuters and Yahoo! The press party hasn’t stopped — check out which Care2 petitions were featured in the media so far in November.
  • Could This 13-Year-Old Aspiring Astronaut Be the First Human on Mars?

    Ximena Ramirez
    15 Nov 2014 | 5:30 pm
    Do you remember what you would answer as a child to the popular question, “What do you want to be when you grow up?” My parents tell me that I answered over and over again that I wanted to be a teacher. As I got older this message was repeated to me time and time […]
  • These Cops Are Making Craigslist a Safer Place to Shop

    NationSwell
    13 Nov 2014 | 9:00 am
    While Craigslist can be useful when it comes to offloading old furniture or selling concert tickets, it can also be the breeding ground for dangerous meet-ups between strangers. Law enforcement has long warned that posts can be a ploy for robbery or other deadly crimes. Which is why a police department outside of Philadelphia is now allowing online users to complete their cash transactions just outside the department with officers conveniently nearby.
 
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    Social Finance

  • Announcing the 2014 Social Finance Award Winners!

    Jared Walker
    24 Nov 2014 | 6:45 am
    7 nominees. 6 judges. 1000 votes. On November 7th we announced the 2014 Social Finance Innovator Award winners at the Social Finance Forum. The Awards were conceptualized to showcase and celebrate the efforts that individuals and organizations are making to mobilize private capital for public good. Why “Moving Money that Matters”? Over the past several years, we at SocialFinance.ca have watched the impact investing marketplace in Canada grow significantly – one of the key indicators of which is deal flow. This year’s Social Finance Innovator Award theme, “Moving Money that…
  • SVX Welcomes Third Cohort of Issuers!

    Tristina Sinopoli
    21 Nov 2014 | 8:39 am
    Our local impact investing market just got bigger. Ontario is now home to 22 impact ventures and funds raising capital on Social Venture Connexion (SVX) with the announcement of six new organizations to join the SVX platform on Thursday, June 5th! SVX is a registered, online impact investing platform connecting impact ventures and funds with investors seeking impact alongside the potential for financial return. SVX aims to increase access to capital for organizations are using market-driven innovations to solve pressing social and environmental challenges. These solutions include innovations…
  • Don’t give up: Lessons for the social entrepreneur

    Gina Leslie
    21 Nov 2014 | 8:02 am
    If there was just one lesson to take away from last week’s Entrepreneurship 101 Meet the Entrepreneurs panel discussion on social innovation, it was this: Don’t give up, because what you are doing is important. Our social innovation panel – moderated by SocialFinance.ca’s Managing Editor, Jared Walker - featured three leading social entrepreneurs as panelists: Emily Branton, president of Link2Feed; Ryan Porter, CEO and co-founder of Raise Your Flag and Going 180 Media; and Kevin Lee, Executive Director of Scadding Court Community Centre. They inspired our audience with…
  • Global Impact at Our Doorstep: Profiling SVX Ventures With a Global Footprint

    Tristina Sinopoli
    19 Nov 2014 | 7:59 am
    As a society, the social and environmental problems that we face are complex and can manifest themselves in a variety of ways. Many global issues are interconnected; some problems are common across borders while others have varying degrees of severity. MaRS’ impact investing platform, the SVX, is home to ventures aiming to solve local or global problems or both. These high impact ventures have demonstrated the vital role that entrepreneurs have had in shaping the solutions that are changing how we look at pressing social and environmental challenges. For Global Entrepreneurship Week, we…
  • Don Tapscott headlines inaugural Community Knowledge Exchange Summit

    David Venn
    18 Nov 2014 | 2:30 pm
    The Ontario Trillium Foundation and Community Foundations of Canada are proud to present the inaugural Community Knowledge Exchange (CKX) Summit, an event in Toronto that will bring together a host of partners, people and organizations from all sectors to harness the power of community knowledge for social change. The CKX Summit, taking place November 19-21 in the heart of Toronto’s Entertainment District at the TIFF Bell Lightbox and the CBC Broadcast Centre, will immerse more than 400 participants in a collective experience focused on the exchange of ideas and knowledge about our…
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    Return On Now

  • LinkedIn Photo Tips: Show Your Best Face

    Tommy Landry
    20 Nov 2014 | 8:27 am
    The following post is copyrighted by Return On Now - Austin Internet Marketing Consulting ServicesNo matter whether you are looking for a job, seeking funding for your company, pursuing prospects, or simply growing a network, LinkedIn is a great platform for extending your reach in the business world. Most professionals realize that your LinkedIn Photo says a lot about you. It astounds me to see a significant number of profiles still out there with either the wrong type of photo or none at all. This post is meant to help you sort out what approach will serve you best with your image. For your…
  • What Marketing Schools Should REALLY Be Teaching Students

    Tommy Landry
    13 Nov 2014 | 2:24 pm
    The following post is copyrighted by Return On Now - Austin Internet Marketing Consulting ServicesWhen I went to business school (more years ago than I will voluntarily admit), our marketing coursework focused heavily on the basics. For example, we spent a great deal of time digging into the Four P’s (Product, Price, Placement, Promotion). While the basics of marketing are absolutely still valid concepts to understand, the underlying techniques have evolved completely. Back in those days, the Internet was still in its early days. Business was about physically packaging goods, selling…
  • Local Search Engine Optimization Basics [Slideshow]

    Tommy Landry
    6 Nov 2014 | 8:48 am
    The following post is copyrighted by Return On Now - Austin Internet Marketing Consulting ServicesThis week I was honored to take part in the Austin edition of LocalU, a traveling series of training seminars that teaches small businesses how to market themselves online in their locale. If you are unfamiliar with LocalU, take time to review their website. They cover all of the key topics you might want to see, including: How to build a good website for usability, mobile browsing, and ranking Step by step instructions for optimizing your website for search engine crawling and indexing (my…
  • Which Google AdWords Conversion Rate Should You Be Tracking?

    Tommy Landry
    29 Oct 2014 | 2:15 pm
    The following post is copyrighted by Return On Now - Austin Internet Marketing Consulting ServicesAfter working with Google AdWords for over a decade, I’ve seen many changes rolled out to their user interface. It seems they make an update nearly every week. Earlier this year, they made a nomenclature change to how data is reported on an account’s AdWords conversion rate. In the old reporting UI, they had the following: Conversions (1-per Click) Conversions (Many-per Click) These were pretty simple concepts. 1-per Click Conversions were when someone clicked a PPC ad and…
  • Return On News: Penguins, Pandas, and Pirates, Oh My!

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

  • Enhance Your Creativity: It Isn’t Always Pretty

    Hub LA
    20 Nov 2014 | 12:45 pm
    Guest post by Hub LA member Jana Carey. This blog is the second in a five-part series on Enhancing Your Creativity. Hub LA is reposting with permission from Jana’s blog. “I always get it perfect the first time,” said no one ever. I’ve said it before, chances are if you are reading this post you are an artist, writer, entrepreneur, visionary, innovator and/or global game changer. Maybe its’ still just a yearning in your heart or maybe you are already boldly creating in the world. Wherever you are on your path, there is still part of you that may get stuck in needing to “get it…
  • Enhance Your Creativity: Imagination is Key to Your Success

    Hub LA
    13 Nov 2014 | 11:45 am
    Guest post by Hub LA member Jana Carey. This blog is the first in a five-part series on Enhancing Your Creativity. Hub LA is reposting with permission from Jana’s blog. “One of humanity’s most precious resources is imagination. Our ability to overcome the constraints of the present environment and travel to distant places and hopeful futures all in the mind is a skill that is hugely neglected in today’s society. With our intense focus on enabling students and employees to master what is, we are missing out on the huge opportunity for them to also imagine what could be,” Scott…
  • Hotel Hack Brings Social Innovation to Hospitality Industry

    Hub LA
    7 Nov 2014 | 11:46 am
    After months of planning with the Cornell School of Hotel Administration, we designed Hotel Hack, a special, curated weekend event that builds off the intentional community at Hub LA and the collaborartive relationships among a group of talented, insanely different people who care about making an impact. The Hotel Hack on October 17-18 brought together a small group of Social Innovators for an immersive “micro-residency,” with the goal of providing fresh insights for the hospitality industry on how to use their resources for good. Our Hotel Hack turned thirteen hand-selected Hub…
  • ‘Give Half’ Twice: Matthew Manos Returns with More Pro Bono Practices

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

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

  • Youth journalists report Live From Parliament

    admin
    19 Nov 2014 | 11:18 pm
    This month young journalists have begun reporting Live from Parliament in Cape Town as part of a new initiative led by youth platform Live SA, the Parliamentary Monitoring Group and Indigo Trust. Live SA journalists and photographers will be casting a youth lens on parliamentary committees, policy-making and MPs as part of a wider campaign of engaging young people in the democratic process. Rofhiwa Maneta (23) is one of the young journalists reporting Live from Parliament. “I am really excited to be reporting the real truth about what happens in Parliament and how it affects young people.
  • VIP Debate Club kicks off in Johannesburg

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

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

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

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

  • Salinas Youth Tee Up, Build Changemaking Skills

    kristiewang
    24 Nov 2014 | 2:10 pm
    The First Tee of Monterey County taps the power to golf to help kids learn the skills to be resilient and succeed in life. Executive Director Barry W. Phillips sat down with Changemakers to discuss why golf and its teachable moments have a unique power to bring out the best in kids. Why is golf a particularly powerful tool for supporting kids in Salinas?  read more
  • Play for Bringing out Empathy and the Best in Kids: Interview with Jill Vialet, Founder of Playworks

    kristiewang
    12 Nov 2014 | 9:25 am
    Jill Vialet, Ashoka Fellow and Founder of Playworks, sat down with Changemakers to talk about launching her organization in the Bay Area and why the Playworks “pro-social” model works to help kids play and learn at their best. Playworks has its roots in the Bay Area. How did you get started launching your idea and building relationships with local schools?read more
  • Fostering Youth Peacemakers: Soul Shoppe interview with Ashoka Changemakers

    kristiewang
    10 Nov 2014 | 7:40 pm
    What can parents do about bullying and how can schools become safe places for learning? Soul Shoppe co-founder Vicki Abadesco sat down with Ashoka Changemakers to discuss the root causes of bullying and tips for parents and children. Soul Shoppe creates empathy-based learning environments that eliminate bullying at the roots. Their work fostering youth peacemakers made them winners of the Building Vibrant Communities challenge!read more
  • The Empathy Debate

    kristiewang
    10 Nov 2014 | 7:37 am
    Roman Krznaric believes that empathy "allows us to challenge prejudices and create political change." But how can we strengthen our empathy skills and who can we learn from?read more
  • Just Announced: 10 Champions of Learning Through Play

    John Converse Townsend
    6 Nov 2014 | 7:02 am
     Today is the day. After seven months, 632 entries from 63 countries, and the selection of 305 Pacesetters and 30 Pioneers, we are proud to announce the 10 Champions in the Re-imagine Learning Challenge.read more
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    Charles Lee

  • If You Knew

    Charles
    5 Nov 2014 | 8:43 am
    It’s never easy to run a successful business or organization. The constant responding to the the never-ending needs of our customers, market, and organization can become quite overwhelming…very quickly. The stress of keeping things going and growing leaves very little room for creativity, innovation, and strategic thinking. A Reactive Workflow If we’re not careful, we’re going to create a reactive workflow that is fueled by urgency and distracting flashes of “new ideas”. While it’s important to keep “hustling” (after all, it is hard…
  • People Trump Strategy in Idea-Making

    Charles
    20 Oct 2014 | 8:58 am
    Strategy is a foundational element for any successful idea-making process. It sets the course for idea implementation and aligns the participants towards a common goal. It’s no wonder that so many leaders spend countless hours developing it, refining it, and articulating it. Strategy matters. A Strategy-Driven Blind Spot Whenever strategy is crowned as king of an organization, there’s a propensity within leadership to quickly lose sight of the people that ultimate determine the success or failure of any project. Yes, people trump strategy. Over the past 25 years of working with…
  • Anything You Can’t Do?

    Charles
    12 Aug 2014 | 12:01 pm
    “Anything is possible.” Right? Nope. Some individuals, companies, and organizations boldly proclaim that they can do everything you need under the sun. Need expertise? They have it. Need quality? They’ll guarantee it. Need it cheap? They will beat any competitor. Need a solution? They’ll find it. Need it quick? They’re already working on it. While it’s theoretically possible that you may actually meet the perfect individual, company or organization to meet all of your needs, it’s improbable. The reality is that no one entity could be all encompassing…
  • Advancing Your Career with Solutions-Based Thinking

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

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

  • 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…
  • The Human Earth Project: The Message of a Missing Hmong Girl from Vietnam

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

  • The Scrappy Rockstar of Global Public Health

    AECote
    10 Nov 2014 | 9:13 am
    Maternova is a women-owned, women-run, for-profit social enterprise founded by Allyson Cote and Meg Wirth, currently based in Providence, RI. The company uses its online marketplace, established in 2011, to sell innovative technologies directly to those who can use them to save the lives of mothers and infants in developing countries around the world. Below, Allyson Cote discusses her company’s aspirations and business model, and the emerging competitive landscape in global health care products. Kyle Poplin: Briefly describe what Maternova does and the global health problems it's solving.
  • The Scrappy Rockstar of Global Public Health

    AECote
    10 Nov 2014 | 9:13 am
    Maternova is a women-owned, women-run, for-profit social enterprise founded by Allyson Cote and Meg Wirth, currently based in Providence, RI. The company uses its online marketplace, established in 2011, to sell innovative technologies directly to those who can use them to save the lives of mothers and infants in developing countries around the world. Below, Allyson Cote discusses her company’s aspirations and business model, and the emerging competitive landscape in global health care products. Kyle Poplin: Briefly describe what Maternova does and the global health problems it's solving.
  • The first RCT for the Condom Balloon Tamponade: Comparing to Misoprostol in Mali and Benin

    Maternova
    21 Sep 2014 | 7:40 pm
    The power of social media powers much of what we do at Maternova. Our Twitter presence with our three handles, @maternova, @Mtnva_Research and @maternovaCBT, has allowed us to connect with midwives, global health experts, social activists and dedicated bloggers from around the world. The same network linked us to work in Benin, Mali and Vietnam on our favorite DIY method. Recently our team has dedicated itself (among a number of other things) to spreading information about the condom balloon tamponade (CBT) method developed by Dr. Akhter and her team. A low-cost method for low-resource…
  • Obstetric First Responders in Chiapas: innovative trainings by PACE-MD

    Maternova
    11 Aug 2014 | 12:37 pm
    We have been following PACE-MD with great interest for years now. They focus on Obstetrical First Responders as the first link in the chain of survival in Mexico. We have long believed that the analogy to an EMT might be a better way to get beyond the long-standing disputes over what traditional birth attendants versus midwives versus others, including community health workers, can handle as far as maternal health emergencies. PACE-MD focuses on handling obstetric emergencies starting at the first contact with a health worker. Through this successful model of community oriented, manikin based…
  • Amazing results in Northern Nigeria: Traffina Foundation

    Maternova
    11 Aug 2014 | 9:06 am
    One of our recent customers was the Traffina Foundation. Like some other groups we so admire, this non-profit was entirely conceived of, developed and run by a female obstetrician from Nigeria. And the funds that finance the non-profit are largely raised from donations by Nigerians. Traffina has created an enhanced birth kit-- the kind we wish we could have waved a wand and created ourselves. The birth kit includes the usual clean razor, cord clamps and plastic sheet but also misoprostol (to prevent postpartum hemorrhage) and chlorhexidine (a new gel for better cord care). Through careful…
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    The Pinchot Perspective

  • Intrapreneuring Today

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

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

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

    Gifford Pinchot
    14 Apr 2013 | 9:45 pm
    Stefan Lindegaard’s Post, Innovation Fails Because of Corporate Antibodies, points out a number of good ways to manage the corporate immune system. He says: “Recognizing that corporate antibodies are likely to show up at some point in your innovation process and having strategies in place to deal with them should help you derail some of the people who want to impede change and maintain the status quo.”  This is so true, though I would warn against seeing critics as enemies. It works out better to see critics in a more positive light. A number of Lindegaard's more specific…
  • Getting the Resources You Need: The Way of the Intrapreneurial Warrior

    Gifford Pinchot
    29 Mar 2013 | 12:10 pm
    New ideas don’t generally fit neatly within existing organizational boundaries. They require innovators to cross the boundaries of the organization in search of help, resources and permission. Many good ideas are lost when forward progress is blocked by the need to use resources from other parts of the organization. In most cases they are lost because the intrapreneurs did not know how to gain the trust of those whose help they need. What the intrapreneurial warrior needs to succeed in getting resources: 1.   A vision that inspires: a dream others find is worth fighting for.
 
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    The Rang De Blog

  • The Middle Ground

    admin
    3 Nov 2014 | 2:55 am
    This is in continuation of our previous blog on ‘Growth pangs of a non-profit.’ In this blog we make an attempt to share our efforts to create a middle ground of opportunities to raise growth capital for non-profits. A year ago when Rang De had just completed its 5th year, we started seeking funds to help grow Rang De. Our first grant from ICICI Foundation to establish the model provided us the much needed start up capital to set up a peer to peer model that is aimed at providing access to low cost credit to underserved communities. We used this grant judiciously and ensured that…
  • Growth pangs of a not-for-profit

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

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

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

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

  • Lifting Lives: Entrepreneurs Innovate Wheelchairs that Rise

    Julie Fahnestock
    24 Nov 2014 | 8:49 am
    (3BL Media and Just Means) - I’ve lived most of my life seeing the view from six feet, one inch. My mother swears I was born this tall. Balding heads, cracked ceilings and cobwebs are my normal view. I’ve had unwelcome nicknames like “Amazon,” “Flagpole” (the meaning of my German surname, Fahnestock), and daily I’m asked if I play for the WNBA. So, I’ve never thought about what it might be like to lack the ability to reach the tallest grocery shelf or be unable to sit at a bar with my friends or share direct eye contact with my husband. But this is the reality of the millions…
  • Learning in the Blurry Space Between Mission and Profit

    Julie Fahnestock
    18 Nov 2014 | 7:36 am
    (3BL Media and Just Means)--The time to engage across sectors is now. In fact, cross-sector collaboration is in the zeitgeist. Progressive thought leaders agree that to gain traction on complex problems, we need to convene broad-based coalitions of nontraditional partners. However, communicating across sectors can be really hard, as we run up against sector-specific argots, worldviews and unexamined biases. To work together well, we need to learn how to speak one another’s languages, analyze different financials, and understand cross-sector, value propositions. And it begins in academia. …
  • Community, Collaboration and Lots of Buzz in the B Corp Movement

    Julie Fahnestock
    14 Nov 2014 | 9:18 am
    (3BL Media and Just Means) - Business leaders often ask: “what’s the biggest benefit of joining the B Corp movement? If our company is already walking the talk, do we really need to pay for a certification?” I understand this skepticism. What can a certification offer if you already hold your company to rigorous environmental and social standards? The answer is simple: community. As I work through the B Lab Assessment for B Storytelling (coming your way soon: a blog series about my journey as a small company working to become a Certified B Corp!  I’m putting Ryan Honeyman’s B Corp…
  • Adios, Sustainababble. Welcome, Flourishing and Restoration

    Julie Fahnestock
    12 Nov 2014 | 7:37 am
    (3BL Media and Just Means)- Go Green. Do Good and Do Well. Recycle, upcycle, fair trade, organic, carbon credits, conscious capitalism, slow living, the triple bottom line and corporate social responsibility. We’ve all heard these slogans, phrases and trendy words. They could all be summed up into one word: sustainababble. Sustainababble, according to Robert Engelman, President of the Worldwatch Institute, is defined as “a cacophonous profusion of uses of the word sustainable to mean anything from environmentally better to cool.” Have we truly lost value in the way we talk about…
  • Preventing Death in Childbirth is More than a Healthcare Issue

    Julie Fahnestock
    12 Nov 2014 | 2:44 am
    (3BL Media and Just Means) - Count to 120. Pause and give thanks for your partner, wife, mother or sister who survived childbirth. Every two minutes, around the world, a woman dies from complications experienced during pregnancy. The most horrific part about this current reality is that most of these deaths are preventable. But have hope because doctors, hospitals, pharmacists and women are working together to change this. Merck for Mothers, a program started by the American-based, pharmaceutical company, Merck, has invested $500 million dollars over ten years in order to “create a world…
 
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    Development Marketplace - Turning Ideas into Action

  • A Deep Love for Egypt Spurs Social Entrepreneurial Spirit

    Rania Salah Seddik
    3 Nov 2014 | 9:57 am
    My father was a pharmacist in Giza, Egypt, with a number of pharmacies dotted throughout the city. Growing up, he engaged me in discussions on public and current affairs and encouraged me to argue my opinions on what was happening in our community. He frequently took me to historical places around Egypt - recounting heroic and brave stories of our past - and ingrained in me pride in our country: a deep unwavering love for Egypt.  
  • October Grantee of the Month: FIA Global Focuses on Alternative Tech To Connect the Last Mile to Banking Services

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

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

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

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

    lauren.segapeli
    25 Nov 2014 | 4:45 pm
    The experience a person has with a product or service has always been important, but as the five star customer experience has increasingly become the norm, a “good experience” just doesn’t cut it anymore. “Exceptional” and “terrible” are memorable, leaving “good” to fall by the wayside. In order to deliver such a memorable interaction, the consolidation of all touch points of a service must be established. But how do you do this in a way that is innovative in providing value to your customer and your organization? This is something that…
  • Service Blueprints & Innovation

    jeff.patton
    25 Nov 2014 | 4:26 pm
    This week in our Service Design course, we are reading an article entitled “Service Blueprinting: A Practical Technique for Service Innovation” written by Mary Jo Bitner the Chair of Service Marketing at the W.P Carey Business School at Arizona State University.  The article functions both to teach the basics of Service Blueprinting, which we will discuss shortly, and as an argument for the validity and usefulness of Service Blueprinting as a source of innovation. On both of those fronts, especially the latter, I feel the author fails. Before I touch on the failings of the…
  • Innovation, Provocation and Service Blueprints (plus a short rant)

    Samara Watkiss
    25 Nov 2014 | 4:16 pm
    Over the course of the last four weeks I have been learning about the principles and tools of service design in our Q2 theory course. Service design is a subset of interaction design that involves the coordination of actions and artifacts to provide value for another. This past week I was assigned to read Service Blueprinting: A Practical Technique for Service Innovation by Mary Jo Bitner, et al. In this article Bitner introduces a technique called Service Blueprinting and argues for its use to drive innovation at both the tactical and strategic level. According to Bitner service blueprinting…
  • Driving Organizational Consensus through Service Blueprinting

    maryanne.lee
    25 Nov 2014 | 3:19 pm
    Service Blueprinting: A Practical Technique for Service Innovation is an article written by Mary Jo Bitner, Amy Ostrom and Felicia Morgan to describe a customer-focused approach for innovating and improving services. Broken down into components, service blueprinting is useful as a method for addressing challenges in service design and innovation and managing customer experience design. It provides employees and organizations with high-level strategic guidance and micro-level direction for implementing a service. Service design can be defined as a process that is co-produced or designed…
  • Focusing on real customers

    laura.galos
    25 Nov 2014 | 3:12 pm
    In our Service Design class at AC4D, we’ve been reading a paper co-authored by Mary Jo Bitner, Edward M. Carson Chair of Service Marketing at Arizona State University. In “ Service Blueprinting: A Practical Technique for Service Innovation,” Bitner introduces the idea of service blueprinting as a tool to help the design of services, one that takes into account the ideas of time, space, and other considerations particularly relevant to delivery of services. A service blueprint, she explains, is a graphic model that shows the processes of a service over time, including both the customer…
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    B2N | Social Focus Consulting

  • How understanding consumer psychology helps you get more donors and volunteers

    20 Nov 2014 | 1:17 pm
    As a Queen's School of Business alum, I readily admit I'm heavily biased toward the school, but you really should sign up for QSB Insight because there's actually good content. For example, marketing Professor Monica LaBarge, just gave a webinar on "The Science Of Giving: Translating Consumer Psychology into Stakeholder Insight." Here are some of my key takeaways from the talk:I highly agree with Monica that charities should be using research tactics from the private sector to better understand their donors & other stakeholders.Why? It helps your organization create better messaging for…
  • Learnings from the 6th Annual QSB Innovation Summit

    12 Nov 2014 | 2:29 pm
    Dr. David Weiss presenting his keynoteDue to a shift in start date for the full-time MBA program, two classes overlapped this year, resulting in two Innovation Summits! Like previous Summits, there was a diverse representation of industries (e.g. banking, environment, venture capital, healthcare, etc.) but there seemed to be a common theme within the entire conference on the factors required for innovation.Before we get into that, what is innovation? Gayemarie Brown, Deloitte Canada's National Innovation Leader, characterizes it as to "be brave, foolish, crazy, and misunderstood."…
  • Learnings from the 2014 Responsible Leadership Summit

    29 Oct 2014 | 5:16 pm
    Social Innovation panel - Trevor Langdon of Green Standards, Amanda Minuk of Bmeaningful, John Paul de Silva of Social Focus ConsultingAs an alum, I'm always excited to return to Queen's and Kingston, but the 10th Annual Summit this October had the added benefit of occurring the same weekend as homecoming. The town was painted tri-colour and the energy was pulsing just as enthusiastically outside the school's hallowed halls as it was inside.This year's conference was themed "Passion + Purpose", but ultimately we want that to translate into results and impact. My key takeaway from the…
  • Learnings from AFP Fundraising Day 2014 (part 2): Social Media, From Awareness to Revenues

    7 Jun 2014 | 8:22 am
    Darrel Keezer, Founder of Candybox MarketingIn part 1 of our coverage of this year's AFP Fundraising Day in Toronto, we looked at a new type of major gifts program by Sick Kids called "Innovators." Now, we turn to the still popular but increasingly complicated topic of social media.We know that social media can be an extremely powerful tool in generating buzz and awareness of an organization, but how that buzz translates to revenues is not entirely clear. Luckily, Darrel Keezer, Founder of Candybox Marketing, provides some clarity on Fundraising Day.Going from awareness to revenues is not a…
  • Learnings from AFP Fundraising Day 2014 (part 1): building a new type of major gifts program

    31 May 2014 | 11:31 am
    Colin Hennigar, Associate Director of Major Gifts, Sick Kids FoundationEver since my first AFP Toronto event, I always look forward to the two big annual events: Congress and Fundraising Day, for networking and learning. The smaller, albeit summery, Fundraising Day did not disappoint...What if your NPO could create a program that raised money and time from the next generation of philanthropists while also engaging your employees? That's what Sick Kids Foundation (SKF) did with its Innovators initiative. Here's the story of its journey, as told by Katie Graham and Colin Hennigar (Foundation…
 
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  • 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…
  • Social genes…ripped, torn and fading fast.

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

  • Tip #51: Success Is Slow Cooked, So Enjoy The Aroma

    Rachael Kay Albers
    12 Nov 2014 | 7:07 am
    This post is over a year old. I found it in my drafts and I loved it so much that I’m posting it now. Wonder why I didn’t press publish before? Mmm. Can you smell that? Your heartwork is wafting through the air like a simmering sauce. When was the last time you took a deep breath and enjoyed the aroma of your life taking shape? Or, are you, like me, so impatient to taste the fruits of your labor that you forget to pause and savor the slowly steeping aroma of awesomepreneurship as it fills the room? I took my own advice today (see Tip #9: Leave the Damn House) and finally checked…
  • The Case For The #IceBucketChallenge

    Rachael Kay Albers
    20 Aug 2014 | 12:38 pm
    Yesterday, it happened to me. It could happen to you, too. (Or it already has.) My brother nominated me for the #IceBucketChallenge. I’ve heard and read quite a bit of criticism about this particular campaign and others like it along with a hip, new addition to the urban dictionary: slacktivism.  Critics are calling the #IceBucketChallenge “narcissism disguised as altruism.” In her Vice article Dumping a Bucket of Ice on Your Head Doesn’t Make You a Philanthropist, Arielle Pardes writes that “this is the crux of millennial ‘hashtag activism,’…
  • Awesomepreneurs We Love: Brandy Morris

    Brandy Morris
    18 Nov 2013 | 10:50 am
    Now this is a story all about how… I just can’t help myself. I woke up humming the Fresh Prince theme song and it’s all Brandy Morris’ fault. Brandy “The Brainstorm” Morris (otherwise known as the Possibility Scout) is an awesomepreneur we love to love. If you’re wondering what the heck a Possibility Scout is and why this particular P.S. has me strolling down Memory Lane with Carlton and Aunt Viv, you’re going to want to watch Brandy’s intro video: Hands down my favorite website video of all time. No surprise there —…
  • Tip #50: When You Step In It, Apologize First, Then Wipe Your Shoes

    Rachael Kay Albers
    13 Nov 2013 | 2:47 pm
    Earlier today, a friend sent me a link (which led me down the rabbit hole) on the scandal surrounding a bakery here in San Cristóbal de las Casas: the Oh La La! Bakery threw out patron Ali Roxox after “confusing” her with a street vendor based on what she was wearing — her customary Maya k’iche dress. My first thought? “This isn’t going to fly with the clientele in San Cris.” A visit to their Facebook Page confirmed my hunch — but it’s not just locals who are outraged by yesterday’s “misunderstanding” (as Oh La La!
  • Tip #49: Put Tomorrow In Your Periphery

    Rachael Kay Albers
    5 Nov 2013 | 4:31 pm
    If life is a road trip, where are you going today? Last night, my soon-to-be Mister and I were having one of those stare up at the ceiling, figure it all out at 2 AM chats. We were talking about our map. Where are we going together? (Other than the altar. In 122 days. Gulp!) What do we want our future to look like? Who do we want to be on this journey together? What started as, “Well, in a few years we’ll…” ended with me, near tears, sputtering: “And how are we going to pay for our kids’ college educations? Are you going to retire before me? I don’t…
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    junxion.com

  • Putting Trust at the Core of Communicating CSR

    Peter ter Weeme
    24 Nov 2014 | 3:57 pm
    Leading examples of meaningful CSR communications that are building trust and pushing CSR to a mainstream tipping point Last year, the Indian government passed a landmark bill—the Companies Bill 2013. One of the positive aspects of the bill was the section related to Corporate Social Responsibility. It suggests minimum CSR spends for companies of a certain size, turnover and profitability. While spending those funds is not mandatory (but reporting on whether the company did or not is), the bill is expected to generate funds of more than $30 billion USD annually to be used for CSR…
  • 1% for the Planet Meets The Board of Change: A Winning Combination

    Hilary Mandel
    6 Nov 2014 | 4:47 pm
    Vancouver’s 1% for the Planet community turned out in full swing on October 28, 2014, for a joint networking event with Board of Change. The Board of Change (BOC) is a local membership society comprised of businesses committed to “fostering an economic model that values the pursuit of sustainability equally with the pursuit of profit.” As it does with its regularly scheduled events, BOC hosted this gathering in the offices of their corporate partner, SAP, adjacent to Vancouver’s trendy Yaletown district, bringing together many of the cities movers and shakers in the sustainable…
  • Corporate Social Impact: Integrated CSR & Full Spectrum Responsibility

    Mike Rowlands
    5 Nov 2014 | 4:53 pm
    Every year, Tim Hortons, a Canadian coffee and donut store chain, invests millions of dollars into children’s hockey and soccer programs across Canada. Hundreds of thousands of uniforms are paid for by the company, and emblazoned across the back with the company’s ‘Timbits’ logo. And every Saturday morning, hundreds of thousands of kids take to the local soccer field, or the local ice rink, to play in organized sports leagues—something that their families may not have been able to afford, were it not for Tim Hortons’ sponsorship. The personal, social and physical value of team…
  • Rebranding a successful NGO to drive even more impact

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

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

    l.jones
    21 Nov 2014 | 8:35 am
    The Transformative Power of Networks Lisa Jones | November 21, 2014 “We’re learning things that can’t be learned anywhere else.” “I’m asking the hard questions…redefining who I am.” “The world feels like a less... READ MORE
  • Filming the Catadores: What I learned from Brazil’s Waste Pickers

    18 Nov 2014 | 9:19 am
    Filming the Catadores: What I learned from Brazil’s Waste Pickers Anna Sowa | November 18, 2014 It was last October as a 2013 Laureate Global Fellow that I first set foot in Brazil. During the fellowship retreat, Dr. James Toole helped Fellows navigate our entrepreneurial journeys and plan... READ MORE
  • En Route to Change: Reflections on my Fellowship Experience

    5 Nov 2014 | 8:19 am
    En Route to Change: Reflections on my Fellowship Experience Anoka Abeyrathne | November 5, 2014 20 Fellows. 17 Countries. One week in Peru. I sit in the Paris airport, exhausted after more than 25 hours of flying—Lima to Miami to Paris. The weight of leaving Peru hits me and I blink back... READ MORE
  • 2014 Laureate Global Fellowship Events

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

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

  • Biotech | A Complete Guide

    Marc
    12 Nov 2014 | 7:07 am
    The science of biotechnology has enormously improved the life of humans. From revolutionizing medical techniques, to helping the agricultural industries, biotechnology has kept up with global needs and demands. But coupled with its success, it keeps the potential for misuse, in the wrong hands biotechnology could be used for biological warfare. © Flickr | Steve Jurvetson In this article we will look at: 1) what is biotechnology?, 2) history of biotechnology, 3) types of biotechnology, 4) purpose behind the exploration of biotechnology, and 5) the biotech ecosystem. WHAT IS BIOTECHNOLOGY? The…
  • Startup Hubs Around The World: Amsterdam

    Marc
    11 Nov 2014 | 6:53 am
    The sudden emergence of Amsterdam onto the tech startup scene caught many people off guard. With a population just under 1 million people, the (relatively) small city never indicated that it was quietly garnering the tools to launch an attack on the startup market. Suddenly, however, the city erupted onto the global market and is continuing to innovate while the world watches. © Flickr | Lies Thru a Lens  To determine how Amsterdam developed into a contender in the startup market, we’ll explore 1) the location, 2) the tax incentives of the city, 3) legal incentives, 4) investors, 5)…
  • mbrace | Interview with its co-founder & CMO – Jan Tillmann

    Anastasia
    11 Nov 2014 | 12:08 am
    In Berlin, we interviewed Jan Tillmann, the co-founder and CMO of mbrace. Mbrace is a social discovery app which matches people by their interest in order to bring them together. Jan talks about the business model of mbrace, its corporate strategy and market development, and shares several advices for first time entrepreneurs. Transcript of the interview will be published soon.
  • How to Setup Logistics for E-commerce from Scratch

    Marc
    10 Nov 2014 | 7:54 am
    © pixabay | blickpixel Logistics are a vital part of any e-commerce business’s operations. In this article, we will look at 1) logistics for e-commerce, 2) important considerations in e-commerce logistics, 3) best practices, and 4) examples. LOGISTICS FOR E-COMMERCE The increasing popularity and success of e-commerce has meant a parallel change in the existing support structures in place to facilitate the retail system. Traditional business models are evolving and traditional supply chains and logistics processes are also evolving to accommodate this new mode of doing business.
  • Break-Even Analysis: What, Why, and How

    Marc
    9 Nov 2014 | 7:09 am
    Break-even analysis, one of the most popular business tools, is used by companies to determine the level of profitability. It provides companies with targets to cover costs and make a profit. It is a comprehensive guide to help set targets in terms of units or revenue. © pixabay | geralt In this article, we look at 1) break-even analysis and how it works, 2) application and benefits, and 3) calculations, assumptions, and interpretations. BREAK-EVEN ANALYSIS, AND HOW IT WORKS Definition Break-even analysis is a business tool widely used across all industries to evaluate business performance…
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