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  • 10 Trends for 2015: Disclosure on Corporate Diversity - Moving Beyond Gender

    SustainAbility
    24 Feb 2015 | 7:12 pm
    Apple CEO Tim Cook's public coming out in 2014 highlighted the issue of LBGT workplace discrimination. Image © CC Mike Deerkoski For over 25 years, companies have valued our ability to serve as their early warning system—to interpret emerging issues and trends in the sustainable development agenda and help them anticipate, understand, and respond to shifts in the business landscape. Our Ten Trends for 2015 series distills SustainAbility’s thinking over the past year and forecasts the issues that will shape the sustainable development agenda in 2015. This is the second in our series of…
  • How to Find a Co-Founder

    Guy Kawasaki
    Guy Kawasaki
    21 Feb 2015 | 8:11 am
    People love the notion of the sole innovator, but this notion is wrong. Successful companies are usually started, and become successful, with the contributions of at least two people. Yin and yang, maker and seller, dreamer and pragmatist — call it what you will. After the fact, people may recognize one founder as the innovator, but it takes a team to make a new venture work. Derek Sivers, the co-founder of CD Baby, said it best: “The first follower is what transforms the lone nut into a leader.” In some instances the first follower is the first customer, but most often the first…
  • Ashoka Recognized as a 2014 Arlington Transportation Partners Champion

    Ashoka In The News
    Tsega Belachew
    23 Feb 2015 | 7:11 am
    Release Date:  February 23, 2015 Arlington County, Virginia— Ashoka  received a Silver Level Champion award from Arlington Transportation Partners (ATP), a division of Arlington County Commuter Services (ACCS), at a reception held on January 28th at the Artisphere. read more
  • Construction of Tesla's $5B solar-powered Gigafactory in Nevada is progressing nicely

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    Michael Graham Richard
    26 Feb 2015 | 11:43 am
    No longer pretending to be "Project Tiger".
  • The Art of the Business Model

    Guy Kawasaki
    Guy Kawasaki
    24 Feb 2015 | 3:03 pm
    A good business model forces you to answer two simple questions: “Who has your money in their pockets?” And “How are you going to get it into your pocket?” These questions may lack subtlety, but making money isn’t a subtle process. More elegantly stated, the first question involves identifying your customer and the need that she feels. The second question creates a sales mechanism to ensure that your revenues exceed your costs. You’ll tweak your business model constantly–in fact, it’s scary if you don’t change your model or do some major tweaking along the way. Here are some…
 
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    Guy Kawasaki

  • The Art of the Business Model

    Guy Kawasaki
    24 Feb 2015 | 3:03 pm
    A good business model forces you to answer two simple questions: “Who has your money in their pockets?” And “How are you going to get it into your pocket?” These questions may lack subtlety, but making money isn’t a subtle process. More elegantly stated, the first question involves identifying your customer and the need that she feels. The second question creates a sales mechanism to ensure that your revenues exceed your costs. You’ll tweak your business model constantly–in fact, it’s scary if you don’t change your model or do some major tweaking along the way. Here are some…
  • Wanted: Reviews of The Art of the Start 2.0

    Guy Kawasaki
    24 Feb 2015 | 9:51 am
    I’m looking for people to review The Art of the Start 2.0. If you’re interested, please complete this short form: https://alltop.wufoo.com/forms/sign-up-to-review-the-art-of-the-start-20/ Space is limited, so when the spots are gone, they’re gone! Once the application process is completed, readers will be selected and will receive an email with a digital copy via Net Galley of The Art of the Start 2.0 to review. Thank you in advance for your help. Solid book reviews help a book and the author very much. The post Wanted: Reviews of The Art of the Start 2.0 appeared first…
  • The Story of a Million-Dollar Etsy Business

    Guy Kawasaki
    23 Feb 2015 | 2:58 pm
    Interesting story of how Alicia Shaffer sells $1 million of fashion items via her Etsy shop. It’s fantastic that Etsy has created a market like this–democratizing commerce and crafts! http://www.fastcodesign.com/3042352/how-one-knitter-makes-almost-1-million-a-year-on-etsy There is some controversy about whether her products are handcrafted “enough,” but there are marketing lessons to learn from her success, nonetheless! The post The Story of a Million-Dollar Etsy Business appeared first on Guy Kawasaki.
  • My Advice to 22 Year-Olds

    Guy Kawasaki
    22 Feb 2015 | 8:21 am
    As I write this, I’m just past the big 6O. Here’s some advice based on thirty-eight more years of living than you have. I don’t expect you to believe everything I say–when I was twenty-two I wouldn’t listen to someone this old, but maybe some of this will resonate with you: Challenge the known and embrace the unknown. Accepting the known and resisting the unknown is a mistake. You should do exactly the opposite: challenge the known and embrace the unknown. Now is the time to take this kind of risk because you have less to lose and everything to gain. Great things happen…
  • How to Find a Co-Founder

    Guy Kawasaki
    21 Feb 2015 | 8:11 am
    People love the notion of the sole innovator, but this notion is wrong. Successful companies are usually started, and become successful, with the contributions of at least two people. Yin and yang, maker and seller, dreamer and pragmatist — call it what you will. After the fact, people may recognize one founder as the innovator, but it takes a team to make a new venture work. Derek Sivers, the co-founder of CD Baby, said it best: “The first follower is what transforms the lone nut into a leader.” In some instances the first follower is the first customer, but most often the first…
 
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    SustainAbility

  • 10 Trends for 2015: Disclosure on Corporate Diversity - Moving Beyond Gender

    24 Feb 2015 | 7:12 pm
    Apple CEO Tim Cook's public coming out in 2014 highlighted the issue of LBGT workplace discrimination. Image © CC Mike Deerkoski For over 25 years, companies have valued our ability to serve as their early warning system—to interpret emerging issues and trends in the sustainable development agenda and help them anticipate, understand, and respond to shifts in the business landscape. Our Ten Trends for 2015 series distills SustainAbility’s thinking over the past year and forecasts the issues that will shape the sustainable development agenda in 2015. This is the second in our series of…
  • Embracing Awkwardness

    12 Feb 2015 | 8:01 pm
    Flickr image by Bill Keaggy From economists to politicians, from consumers to scientists, plenty of people agree that the current approach of many businesses is not sustainable. We’ve talked about the sheer obviousness of this point, as have many other thinkers and doers working on this challenge. But when it comes to discussing this with people responsible for key decision within these companies, it is frankly a bit awkward. Even for consultants like us who are engaged specifically to talk about this stuff, it doesn’t always feel okay to come right out and say it. We can discuss the most…
  • Mark Lee to Present at GreenBiz Forum 2015

    11 Feb 2015 | 7:14 pm
    On February 19, SustainAbility Executive Director Mark Lee will participate in a workshop at the GreenBiz Forum. Entitled “Challenges & Opportunities Around the Urban Nexus,” the discussion will work from the foundation that half of the world’s population resides in cities. As more and more people shift to urban living, pressure on resources such as energy, food and water are growing. The need to manage pollution, waste and congestion is more pressing. Addressing this challenging urban nexus needs integrated approaches and collaboration across many disciplines and parts of…
  • Radar: Issue 06

    2 Feb 2015 | 3:20 am
    Sustainability at times can feel pretty abstract, yet the challenges we are dealing with are far from abstract. Whether protecting biodiversity, reducing emissions, lessening inequality or improving health, the issues that sustainability encompasses are very real, tangible and touch us all in many different ways. In this Spring Issue of Radar, we look at how issues and approaches are shaped by the real experience and knowledge of an area, culture or community – the ‘place’ of sustainability. Tony Juniper takes the concept of valuing nature to the UK where, in his latest book, he…
  • Rob Cameron to Speak at KNOWLEDGEshare

    1 Feb 2015 | 3:57 pm
    SustainAbility Executive Director Rob Cameron will give a keynote speech and participate on a panel at the KNOWLEDGEshare conference in Dubai that takes place on February 10 and 11. Rob’s talks will focus on the issue of sustainability in a resource-constrained world. KNOWLEDGEshare is a free and unique experience for key players in the beverage industry. The event is organised in association with Sidel, a global provider of liquid packaging solutions. It is a neutral event for leaders and influencers across the entire beverage supply chain, designed to let you benefit from the…
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    Triple Pundit: People, Planet, Profit

  • TJ Maxx Follows Walmart’s Lead, Promises to Boost Wages

    Leon Kaye
    27 Feb 2015 | 3:00 am
    The parent company of TJ Maxx announced it will raise wages for its employees to a minimum of $9 an hour, starting in June 2015.
  • Shell Backs Out of Alberta Oil Sands Project

    Jan Lee
    27 Feb 2015 | 2:30 am
    For the second time in 12 months, Royal Dutch Shell has put a hold on its Pierre River oil sands project saying it isn't a priority for the company.
  • Jordan’s 6,000 Mosques to Be Powered by Solar Energy

    Leon Kaye
    27 Feb 2015 | 2:15 am
    Jordan has numerous challenges, but it is rich in one resource: sunshine. Now the kingdom is accelerating the adoption of solar, starting with the country’s 6,000 mosques.
  • Dietary Guidelines Consider Planet’s Health

    Alexis Petru
    27 Feb 2015 | 2:00 am
    “Eat food. Not too much. Mostly plants.” These seven words are author and sustainable food advocate Michael Pollan’s sage advice on how to eat a diet that is healthy for both people and the planet. And now it appears the U.S. government is poised to adopt similar nutritional recommendations. Last week, the nation’s top nutrition panel, the Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee, released its latest report -- which argued for a “sustainable diet” high in plant-based foods and lower in calories and animal-based foods.
  • KFC and Seattle’s Best Present the Edible Coffee Cup

    Jan Lee
    27 Feb 2015 | 1:30 am
    KFC diners in the U.K. apparently love their desserts -- and their coffee. That's why the bustling fried chicken chain plans to serve Seattle's Best Coffee -- complete with edible, chocolate-rimmed coffee cups. With another 100+ stores planned for the U.K. and Ireland soon, the new confection will get lots of visibility.
 
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    Skoll World Forum on Social Entrepreneurship

  • Meditation

    Jake Wadland
    26 Feb 2015 | 8:22 am
    Meditate at the Skoll World Forum.
  • To Be An Inclusive Business, Forget Business School Lessons on Strategy

    Jake Wadland
    24 Feb 2015 | 8:47 am
    In the coming decades, the majority of the world’s economic output and market growth will come from the emerging markets. Already, the seven largest emerging markets collectively contribute more to global output than do the G7 countries combined. That said, once one gets beneath the aggregate statistics, these emerging – and dynamic – markets are rife with inequities, bottlenecks and missing institutions. The societies in each of the emerging markets face many economic challenges – most of which have to do with the potential for fast growth being undermined by a lack of inclusive…
  • Tale of Two Outbreaks

    Jake Wadland
    23 Feb 2015 | 12:00 am
    With 141 measles cases already reported this year and 644 cases last year, America has a measles problem. Last year’s cases were triple what an average year has been over the last decade, since America declared itself basically free of the disease. Most of those with the highly-contagious disease were not vaccinated. Until this recent outbreak, choosing not to get vaccinated was a relative luxury. America was essentially free of measles, so the risk seemed pretty small. The current U.S. epidemic has been linked to a measles outbreak in the Philippines where a spike in the disease is due to…
  • How is REDD+ Money Being Spent on Forest Conservation?

    Jake Wadland
    23 Feb 2015 | 12:00 am
    There’s a break in the clouds, and I can see the forest below me. I’m flying over the Bosque Seco Tropical – the tropical dry forests – of Colombia on my way to lead a workshop on the issue of forest protection finance. I work for REDDX, an initiative of Forest Trends, a US-based NGO and Skoll awardee. Staring out the window, I can’t help but think about the importance of these ecosystems. Tropical dry forests once accounted for over 40 percent of the forest cover in Latin America and were teeming with biodiversity. Today, these forests are one of the most endangered ecosystems in…
  • Audience Engagement: Beyond the “Like” Button

    Jake Wadland
    16 Feb 2015 | 11:07 am
    In 1994 I was a foreign correspondent covering the genocide sweeping Rwanda. My radio stories shared the voices of people — Hutus and Tutsis alike — who were caught up in experiences and emotions that wrenched the hearts of listeners. This was before social media, texting and even global access to email. So when I returned home to Kenya, piles of letters and messages were waiting from people who wanted to do something, anything. They wanted to help the survivors, they wanted to push the US to get involved, they wanted to show support for my coverage, and they wanted to share information…
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    Marc Gunther's blog

  • Google: Much more than an Internet company

    Marc Gunther
    22 Feb 2015 | 8:23 am
    It’s hard to imagine life without Google–not just the search engine, but Gmail, maps, calendar and cloud storage. I could give up Twitter, Facebook and (reluctantly) Amazon, but Google and Apple are embedded deeply into my life. It’s not just me, of course. Google and Apple are among the world’s most valuable companies. To its […] >
  • Bug bites

    Marc Gunther
    20 Feb 2015 | 6:10 am
    In a comprehensive 2013 report, the UN’s FAO declared that the time has come to unlock “the huge potential that insects offer for enhancing food security.” The reaction was predictable. “Of course the problem with eating insects is that it’s kind of gross and they don’t taste very good,” wrote one commentator.  Another said: “You are […] >
  • Green business, and its limits

    Marc Gunther
    15 Feb 2015 | 8:23 am
    Last week, Sierra Magazine, the magazine of the Sierra Club, published my story headlined The 100% Club, about the impressive commitments that a growing number of big companies are making around renewable energy. The story highlighted Ikea, Intel and Mars, but I could just as easily have written about Apple or Google or Walmart, all […] >
  • Who lobbies for the outdoors?

    Marc Gunther
    8 Feb 2015 | 12:58 pm
    Increasingly, I’m struck by the power of conservative business lobbies in Washington, including the US Chamber of Commerce, the National Association of Manufacturers and the American Petroleum Institute. They speak effectively on behalf of fossil fuel interests, and often claim to speak for all of business when it comes to the issue of climate change […] >
  • Impact investing with The Nature Conservancy

    Marc Gunther
    3 Feb 2015 | 6:14 pm
    Impact investing is said to be a growth business. Loosely defined, impact investing is the practice of putting money into a business or nonprofit, with the expectation of generating social or environmental change, along with a financial return. It’s somewhere between a purely mercenary investment and a donation. Last week in The Guardian, I wrote […] >
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    Skoll World Forum on Social Entrepreneurship

  • Meditation

    Jake Wadland
    26 Feb 2015 | 8:22 am
    Meditate at the Skoll World Forum.
  • To Be An Inclusive Business, Forget Business School Lessons on Strategy

    Jake Wadland
    24 Feb 2015 | 8:47 am
    In the coming decades, the majority of the world’s economic output and market growth will come from the emerging markets. Already, the seven largest emerging markets collectively contribute more to global output than do the G7 countries combined. That said, once one gets beneath the aggregate statistics, these emerging – and dynamic – markets are rife with inequities, bottlenecks and missing institutions. The societies in each of the emerging markets face many economic challenges – most of which have to do with the potential for fast growth being undermined by a lack of inclusive…
  • Tale of Two Outbreaks

    Jake Wadland
    23 Feb 2015 | 12:00 am
    With 141 measles cases already reported this year and 644 cases last year, America has a measles problem. Last year’s cases were triple what an average year has been over the last decade, since America declared itself basically free of the disease. Most of those with the highly-contagious disease were not vaccinated. Until this recent outbreak, choosing not to get vaccinated was a relative luxury. America was essentially free of measles, so the risk seemed pretty small. The current U.S. epidemic has been linked to a measles outbreak in the Philippines where a spike in the disease is due to…
  • How is REDD+ Money Being Spent on Forest Conservation?

    Jake Wadland
    23 Feb 2015 | 12:00 am
    There’s a break in the clouds, and I can see the forest below me. I’m flying over the Bosque Seco Tropical – the tropical dry forests – of Colombia on my way to lead a workshop on the issue of forest protection finance. I work for REDDX, an initiative of Forest Trends, a US-based NGO and Skoll awardee. Staring out the window, I can’t help but think about the importance of these ecosystems. Tropical dry forests once accounted for over 40 percent of the forest cover in Latin America and were teeming with biodiversity. Today, these forests are one of the most endangered ecosystems in…
  • Audience Engagement: Beyond the “Like” Button

    Jake Wadland
    16 Feb 2015 | 11:07 am
    In 1994 I was a foreign correspondent covering the genocide sweeping Rwanda. My radio stories shared the voices of people — Hutus and Tutsis alike — who were caught up in experiences and emotions that wrenched the hearts of listeners. This was before social media, texting and even global access to email. So when I returned home to Kenya, piles of letters and messages were waiting from people who wanted to do something, anything. They wanted to help the survivors, they wanted to push the US to get involved, they wanted to show support for my coverage, and they wanted to share information…
 
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    Global Envision

  • A QUEST TO END SEASONAL HUNGER IN THE COFFEELANDS

    Kyla Yeoman
    24 Feb 2015 | 9:08 am
    A quest to end seasonal hunger in the coffeelandshttps://www.globalenvision.org/2015/02/17/quest-end-seasonal-hunger-coffeelands
  • TRANSFORMING PERU THROUGH RADIO JINGLES

    Kyla Yeoman
    24 Feb 2015 | 9:05 am
    Transforming Peru through radio jingleshttps://www.globalenvision.org/2015/02/11/transforming-peru-through-radio-jingles-0
  • THE DAY BILL GATES DRANK POO (SORT OF)

    Kyla Yeoman
    24 Feb 2015 | 9:03 am
    Bill Gates’ latest adventure https://www.globalenvision.org/2015/01/23/day-bill-gates-drank-poo-sort
  • Infographic: Our fixation on women's education

    Seth Heller
    24 Feb 2015 | 7:03 am
    Image:  Education is the key to increasing gender equality and reducing poverty in developing nations.UNESCO's Education For All highlights the importance of giving women the same accessibility to education as men. UNESCO shows that education helps ensure that women receive the same job prospects and wages as men. Big picture: Equal pay and employment opportunities for women have the potential to increase total family unit income, raising households out of poverty. Dont forget, the broader job prospects that accompany a higher education level safeguard against slipping back into…
  • Global Ideas News Brief: Where are the innovations?

    Abby Haight
    19 Feb 2015 | 12:13 pm
    Image:  Development and innovationImproving Innovation in AfricaHarvard Business ReviewAfrica is still deeply underperforming in core areas that will redesign its economy and make it more sustainable.51 Breakthrough Technologies To Defeat PovertyFast.Co.ExistAn inspiring wish list for advances that could change the world—but that we don't have yet.WomenEmpowering Women at the GrassrootsStanford Social Innovation ReviewInitiatives to develop the economic potential of women are becoming a staple of corporate activity in many parts of the world.Gender Equality And Financial…
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    Beneblog: Technology Meets Society

  • Contemplating Boulder and Social Impact

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

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

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

    1 Dec 2014 | 9:25 am
    Our networked world has advanced to a point where information technology is touching all aspects of society. The cost of prototyping and deploying new technology tools is now extremely low and data has the potential to accelerate social progress in areas ranging from poverty to human rights, education, health, and the environment. However, we have yet to come to grips with what is ethical and what the laws should be in relation to rapidly changing technologies.This post originally appeared on the blog of theInstitute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers' (IEEE)Society on Social…
  • Accessible eBooks for Equal Opportunity

    26 Nov 2014 | 11:25 am
    Kevin Leong was in kindergarten when he experienced an organic brain injury that forced him to relearn everything from walking to using the bathroom. For several years, he struggled in school because his vision was blurry and reading normal size print was grueling. He could no longer keep up with his peers in the classroom.In the United States, there are all too many students like Kevin, who are denied equal opportunity to engage in the same curriculum as their peers without disabilities. One of their main challenges is that they do not have adequate access to educational materials that are…
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    Environmental Management & Sustainable Development News

  • Republic Acquires Oilfield Waste Firm Tervita

    Jessica Lyons Hardcastle
    27 Feb 2015 | 4:05 am
    Republic Services has acquired Tervita, an environmental waste services provider serving oil and natural gas producers in the US. The company did not disclose financial details of the acquisition. Republic, a recycling and non-hazardous solid waste management company, says Tervita’s business will provide customers with vertically integrated oilfield waste services across a geographic footprint spanning […]
  • Sustainability as Business Opportunity at Danone

    Jessica Lyons Hardcastle
    27 Feb 2015 | 3:09 am
    Danone’s Jean Christophe Laugée discusses why Danone sees sustainability as a business opportunity.
  • Climate Change & Manufacturing

    David Dornfeld
    26 Feb 2015 | 8:00 am
    “When you’re in a hole, stop digging.” The subtitle to this article, the so-called “first law of holes,” is attributed to various sources (earliest going back to 1911 in the Washington Post) and is usually interpreted as “if you find yourself in an untenable position, you should stop and change, rather than carry on exacerbating […]
  • Toyota Debuts Fuel-Cell Car Production Line

    Jessica Lyons Hardcastle
    26 Feb 2015 | 4:31 am
    Toyota has launched its Mirai fuel cell sedan — the first mass market fuel-cell car — at a production ceremony on Tuesday at its Motomachi Plant in Toyota City, Japan. The automaker plans to produce 700 units of the emissions-free vehicle by the end of December, Industry Week reports. Toyota also plans to expand production of […]
  • Voters to Decide California Plastic Bag Ban’s Fate

    Jessica Lyons Hardcastle
    26 Feb 2015 | 4:12 am
    A ballot measure to repeal California’s plastic bag ban has qualified for the ballot. This also means the law — that bans plastic retail bags and allows grocers to charge and keep 10 cents for each recycled paper, reusable plastic or compostable bags provided to their customers — is suspended until California voters cast their ballots […]
 
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    Have Fun • Do Good

  • Which is better: structure or flow?

    Britt Bravo
    18 Feb 2015 | 7:53 am
    Neither.You need both.If you think of yourself as a creative, visionary, intuitive and/or spiritual person, you might feel more comfortable with moving towards your big vision by "going with the flow." It allows you to come up with amazing ideas, have big aha's, experience incredible synchronicities, create prolifically, and feel connected to something greater than yourself.Going with the flow can also make you feel confused, overwhelmed by possibilities, disorganized and like you're going around and around in circles rather than towards your big vision.Maybe you're naturally a more…
  • How do I find time to ___________?

    Britt Bravo
    10 Feb 2015 | 8:27 am
    Many of us feel time-crunched. Like we need more spaciousness in our lives for all kinds of things, including working on our big vision.Now sometimes, "I don't have enough time," can really mean, "I'm exhausted and need more sleep," or "I'm afraid," or "I don't want to fail," or "I don't want to have to make a decision and focus on one project." But when time is truly the issue, we have two choices:1. Eliminate some of the things that have been taking up the space we need to create.2. Adapt to the space we have and embrace our limits. For example, let's say you were hoping to sit down at…
  • One question for you

    Britt Bravo
    2 Feb 2015 | 7:05 pm
    As I make some changes to my business, Big Vision Consulting, I want to know:What challenges are you facing around your big vision for your work in the world?Some normal obstacles that come up when you are pursuing your dreams are:Lack of clarity around your vision. Haziness around the required action steps to reach it. Fear of failure. Lack of time, money, skills, energy, or other resources.I would be honored if you would share the challenges you're experiencing as you work towards your big vision either in the comments of this post, or on this anonymous form.Thank you!Photo of…
  • How have you navigated directionless times in your life?

    Britt Bravo
    31 Jan 2015 | 8:41 am
    When we are pursuing our big visions there will be times when our path becomes obscured.In Cheryl Strayed's, Wild, which I just finished reading, most of the time she knows where she is on the Pacific Crest Trail (PCT) and where she wants to be at the end of her 1,100 mile hike. But sometimes, like when she hikes through snow, she doesn't know if she is on the PCT, or if she is lost. She has to consult her guidebook, look for signs, ask for help from strangers, and trust her instincts to find her way.When I graduated from college, I really didn't know what I wanted to do next. I had a degree…
  • Life is a long experiment that includes successes and failures

    Britt Bravo
    26 Jan 2015 | 8:55 pm
    At the beginning of this year, 47% of Americans made a New Year’s resolution. Only 8% of us will keep it. But maybe that isn’t a bad thing as long as we:Take the time to reflect on why we didn’t keep it.Look at it as one “experiment” in a long process.Last weekend, I saw two movies, Birdman and Particle Fever, that portrayed very different attitudes towards success and failure. Without giving too much away about each movie, in Birdman, the former star of a comic book hero movie franchise tries desperately to regain his former success by writing, directing and starring in his…
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    Skoll World Forum on Social Entrepreneurship

  • Meditation

    Jake Wadland
    26 Feb 2015 | 8:22 am
    Meditate at the Skoll World Forum.
  • To Be An Inclusive Business, Forget Business School Lessons on Strategy

    Jake Wadland
    24 Feb 2015 | 8:47 am
    In the coming decades, the majority of the world’s economic output and market growth will come from the emerging markets. Already, the seven largest emerging markets collectively contribute more to global output than do the G7 countries combined. That said, once one gets beneath the aggregate statistics, these emerging – and dynamic – markets are rife with inequities, bottlenecks and missing institutions. The societies in each of the emerging markets face many economic challenges – most of which have to do with the potential for fast growth being undermined by a lack of inclusive…
  • Tale of Two Outbreaks

    Jake Wadland
    23 Feb 2015 | 12:00 am
    With 141 measles cases already reported this year and 644 cases last year, America has a measles problem. Last year’s cases were triple what an average year has been over the last decade, since America declared itself basically free of the disease. Most of those with the highly-contagious disease were not vaccinated. Until this recent outbreak, choosing not to get vaccinated was a relative luxury. America was essentially free of measles, so the risk seemed pretty small. The current U.S. epidemic has been linked to a measles outbreak in the Philippines where a spike in the disease is due to…
  • How is REDD+ Money Being Spent on Forest Conservation?

    Jake Wadland
    23 Feb 2015 | 12:00 am
    There’s a break in the clouds, and I can see the forest below me. I’m flying over the Bosque Seco Tropical – the tropical dry forests – of Colombia on my way to lead a workshop on the issue of forest protection finance. I work for REDDX, an initiative of Forest Trends, a US-based NGO and Skoll awardee. Staring out the window, I can’t help but think about the importance of these ecosystems. Tropical dry forests once accounted for over 40 percent of the forest cover in Latin America and were teeming with biodiversity. Today, these forests are one of the most endangered ecosystems in…
  • Audience Engagement: Beyond the “Like” Button

    Jake Wadland
    16 Feb 2015 | 11:07 am
    In 1994 I was a foreign correspondent covering the genocide sweeping Rwanda. My radio stories shared the voices of people — Hutus and Tutsis alike — who were caught up in experiences and emotions that wrenched the hearts of listeners. This was before social media, texting and even global access to email. So when I returned home to Kenya, piles of letters and messages were waiting from people who wanted to do something, anything. They wanted to help the survivors, they wanted to push the US to get involved, they wanted to show support for my coverage, and they wanted to share information…
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    Echoing Green Blog

  • Social Impact Jobs February 2015

    Lara Galinsky
    25 Feb 2015 | 7:57 am
    Photo courtesy of  One Acre Fund Whenever I am confronting a difficult work decision or looking at new opportunities, I turn to my mentors and trusted advisors. Having a "cabinet" of friends, allies, and supporters is essential when you are trying to explore what's right for you and what's good for the world. It's a safe space to bounce ideas, test your thoughts, and get honest feedback. A few weeks ago, we took this concept to a new level and convened some of my personal heroes in the purpose field for Purpose360, the world’s first multi-sector convening to map what we believe to be the…
  • Bold in Action: Opening the Doors of Prison Reform

    Nitasha Maindiratta
    23 Feb 2015 | 7:18 am
    “When I left those folks behind, I promised myself that one day, I would do my best to circle back and help Americans understand the impact of its current policies.” Meet 2014 Echoing Green Black Male Achievement Fellow Glenn Martin, founder of JustLeadershipUSA. After witnessing the criminal justice system first hand, Glenn vowed to cut the number of imprisoned individuals in half by 2030 and increase the voice of those directly impacted by crime and incarceration. Learn more about Glenn, Echoing Green’s Black Male Achievement Fellowship, and the Campaign for Black Male Achievement.
  • 2015 Echoing Green Fellowships Semi-Finalists

    Echoing Green
    19 Feb 2015 | 9:32 am
    Sometimes it’s hard to tell the difference between trendy and a trend. But as a seed investor in innovative social change, we have nearly thirty years of experience in spotting trends just as they’re starting to grow. We may only be two months into 2015, but we think it’s never too early to place your bets – and we’ve already got our eye on who’s next and what’s next for social change. This year we received thousands of applications for Echoing Green’s Fellowship program. The 432 2015 Echoing Green Fellowship Semi-Finalist organizations (congrats everyone!) showcase the…
  • Bold in Action: Coaching for Change

    Scott Ballum Cohen
    16 Feb 2015 | 6:20 am
    “Sports had a huge impact on my life, and it was the coaches that changed my life trajectory. So my thought was—let’s teach these kids to coach." Meet 2012 Echoing Green Black Male Achievement Fellow Marquis Taylor, founder of Coaching for Change. Marquis saw an opportunity to give kids the freedom to discover their own leadership skills, and redirect their energies into something positive. Echoing Green, in turn, was able to give Marquis the coaching he needed to make this impact reality. Learn more about Marquis, Echoing Green’s Black Male Achievement Fellowship, and the Campaign…
  • Purpose360: Why We Believe a New Field is Afoot

    Echoing Green
    10 Feb 2015 | 7:32 am
    By Lara Galinsky and Linda Kay Klein Want a meaningful life? Our best advice: learn from an expert… or eighty experts. On January 30 -31, 2015, Echoing Green hosted Purpose360, the world’s first 360 degree review of what we believe to be a burgeoning field dedicated to “purpose.” We brought together more than eighty experts dedicated to transforming their sector and the world at large by helping people find ways to live a more meaningful life. They came representing education, business, research, work, faith, aging, and a number of other fields. View more images from…
 
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    Timbuktu Chronicles

  • Building Bioreactors

    Emeka Okafor
    27 Feb 2015 | 3:00 am
    Over at MakeShift:Leroy Mwasaru and his classmates in their quest to develop a sustainable source of energy. Their solution is a human waste-fueled bioreactor that will clean up their town’s water supply while powering outlets and stovetops.
  • Edmond Kachale - Natural Language Processing Tool Developer

    Emeka Okafor
    26 Feb 2015 | 3:00 am
    From TEDxLilongwe: Edmond Kachale is a Malawi-based software developer interested in developing human language technology tools for underrepresented African languages. Since 2006, he has been developing language systems independently for Chichewa, the de-facto national language of Malawi. Furthermore on Indigenous Tweets: Edmond Kachale is a software developer by profession, based in Malawi, and has been involved in developing natural language processing tools for Chichewa for several years now. When I began working on Chichewa in around 2004 there were virtually no resources for the…
  • A quick color-coded test for Ebola

    Emeka Okafor
    25 Feb 2015 | 5:52 am
    Somewhat similar to earlier reported efforts in Uganda? KurzweilAI reports: Simple paper strip can diagnose Ebola and other fevers within 10 minutes(credit: Jose Gomez-Marquez, Helena de Puig, and Chun-Wan Yen)A new test for Ebola from MIT researchers uses a simple paper strip similar to a pregnancy test that can rapidly diagnose Ebola, as well as other viral hemorrhagic fevers such as yellow fever and dengue fever. The new device is described in the journal Lab on a Chip. Color-coded testCurrently, the only way to diagnose Ebola is to send patient blood samples to a lab that can perform…
  • Katanka Odeneho III Electric automobile

    Emeka Okafor
    25 Feb 2015 | 3:00 am
    More from Ghana's Great Kosa automobile company : Post by AJ+.
  • Computer Package for Secondary School Mathematics (CPSSM)

    Emeka Okafor
    24 Feb 2015 | 3:00 am
    In the educational software arena, Bennett Kankuzi reports: Alinune Musopole, an undergraduate student in the Bachelor of Science degree in Mathematical Sciences Education programme at the Malawi Polytechnic, a constituent college of the University of Malawi, has developed a mathematics software package for secondary schools in Malawi as his final year project. via Zachmalawi
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    Skoll World Forum on Social Entrepreneurship

  • Meditation

    Jake Wadland
    26 Feb 2015 | 8:22 am
    Meditate at the Skoll World Forum.
  • To Be An Inclusive Business, Forget Business School Lessons on Strategy

    Jake Wadland
    24 Feb 2015 | 8:47 am
    In the coming decades, the majority of the world’s economic output and market growth will come from the emerging markets. Already, the seven largest emerging markets collectively contribute more to global output than do the G7 countries combined. That said, once one gets beneath the aggregate statistics, these emerging – and dynamic – markets are rife with inequities, bottlenecks and missing institutions. The societies in each of the emerging markets face many economic challenges – most of which have to do with the potential for fast growth being undermined by a lack of inclusive…
  • Tale of Two Outbreaks

    Jake Wadland
    23 Feb 2015 | 12:00 am
    With 141 measles cases already reported this year and 644 cases last year, America has a measles problem. Last year’s cases were triple what an average year has been over the last decade, since America declared itself basically free of the disease. Most of those with the highly-contagious disease were not vaccinated. Until this recent outbreak, choosing not to get vaccinated was a relative luxury. America was essentially free of measles, so the risk seemed pretty small. The current U.S. epidemic has been linked to a measles outbreak in the Philippines where a spike in the disease is due to…
  • How is REDD+ Money Being Spent on Forest Conservation?

    Jake Wadland
    23 Feb 2015 | 12:00 am
    There’s a break in the clouds, and I can see the forest below me. I’m flying over the Bosque Seco Tropical – the tropical dry forests – of Colombia on my way to lead a workshop on the issue of forest protection finance. I work for REDDX, an initiative of Forest Trends, a US-based NGO and Skoll awardee. Staring out the window, I can’t help but think about the importance of these ecosystems. Tropical dry forests once accounted for over 40 percent of the forest cover in Latin America and were teeming with biodiversity. Today, these forests are one of the most endangered ecosystems in…
  • Audience Engagement: Beyond the “Like” Button

    Jake Wadland
    16 Feb 2015 | 11:07 am
    In 1994 I was a foreign correspondent covering the genocide sweeping Rwanda. My radio stories shared the voices of people — Hutus and Tutsis alike — who were caught up in experiences and emotions that wrenched the hearts of listeners. This was before social media, texting and even global access to email. So when I returned home to Kenya, piles of letters and messages were waiting from people who wanted to do something, anything. They wanted to help the survivors, they wanted to push the US to get involved, they wanted to show support for my coverage, and they wanted to share information…
 
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    Skoll World Forum on Social Entrepreneurship

  • Meditation

    Jake Wadland
    26 Feb 2015 | 8:22 am
    Meditate at the Skoll World Forum.
  • To Be An Inclusive Business, Forget Business School Lessons on Strategy

    Jake Wadland
    24 Feb 2015 | 8:47 am
    In the coming decades, the majority of the world’s economic output and market growth will come from the emerging markets. Already, the seven largest emerging markets collectively contribute more to global output than do the G7 countries combined. That said, once one gets beneath the aggregate statistics, these emerging – and dynamic – markets are rife with inequities, bottlenecks and missing institutions. The societies in each of the emerging markets face many economic challenges – most of which have to do with the potential for fast growth being undermined by a lack of inclusive…
  • Tale of Two Outbreaks

    Jake Wadland
    23 Feb 2015 | 12:00 am
    With 141 measles cases already reported this year and 644 cases last year, America has a measles problem. Last year’s cases were triple what an average year has been over the last decade, since America declared itself basically free of the disease. Most of those with the highly-contagious disease were not vaccinated. Until this recent outbreak, choosing not to get vaccinated was a relative luxury. America was essentially free of measles, so the risk seemed pretty small. The current U.S. epidemic has been linked to a measles outbreak in the Philippines where a spike in the disease is due to…
  • How is REDD+ Money Being Spent on Forest Conservation?

    Jake Wadland
    23 Feb 2015 | 12:00 am
    There’s a break in the clouds, and I can see the forest below me. I’m flying over the Bosque Seco Tropical – the tropical dry forests – of Colombia on my way to lead a workshop on the issue of forest protection finance. I work for REDDX, an initiative of Forest Trends, a US-based NGO and Skoll awardee. Staring out the window, I can’t help but think about the importance of these ecosystems. Tropical dry forests once accounted for over 40 percent of the forest cover in Latin America and were teeming with biodiversity. Today, these forests are one of the most endangered ecosystems in…
  • Audience Engagement: Beyond the “Like” Button

    Jake Wadland
    16 Feb 2015 | 11:07 am
    In 1994 I was a foreign correspondent covering the genocide sweeping Rwanda. My radio stories shared the voices of people — Hutus and Tutsis alike — who were caught up in experiences and emotions that wrenched the hearts of listeners. This was before social media, texting and even global access to email. So when I returned home to Kenya, piles of letters and messages were waiting from people who wanted to do something, anything. They wanted to help the survivors, they wanted to push the US to get involved, they wanted to show support for my coverage, and they wanted to share information…
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    Skoll World Forum on Social Entrepreneurship

  • Meditation

    Jake Wadland
    26 Feb 2015 | 8:22 am
    Meditate at the Skoll World Forum.
  • To Be An Inclusive Business, Forget Business School Lessons on Strategy

    Jake Wadland
    24 Feb 2015 | 8:47 am
    In the coming decades, the majority of the world’s economic output and market growth will come from the emerging markets. Already, the seven largest emerging markets collectively contribute more to global output than do the G7 countries combined. That said, once one gets beneath the aggregate statistics, these emerging – and dynamic – markets are rife with inequities, bottlenecks and missing institutions. The societies in each of the emerging markets face many economic challenges – most of which have to do with the potential for fast growth being undermined by a lack of inclusive…
  • Tale of Two Outbreaks

    Jake Wadland
    23 Feb 2015 | 12:00 am
    With 141 measles cases already reported this year and 644 cases last year, America has a measles problem. Last year’s cases were triple what an average year has been over the last decade, since America declared itself basically free of the disease. Most of those with the highly-contagious disease were not vaccinated. Until this recent outbreak, choosing not to get vaccinated was a relative luxury. America was essentially free of measles, so the risk seemed pretty small. The current U.S. epidemic has been linked to a measles outbreak in the Philippines where a spike in the disease is due to…
  • How is REDD+ Money Being Spent on Forest Conservation?

    Jake Wadland
    23 Feb 2015 | 12:00 am
    There’s a break in the clouds, and I can see the forest below me. I’m flying over the Bosque Seco Tropical – the tropical dry forests – of Colombia on my way to lead a workshop on the issue of forest protection finance. I work for REDDX, an initiative of Forest Trends, a US-based NGO and Skoll awardee. Staring out the window, I can’t help but think about the importance of these ecosystems. Tropical dry forests once accounted for over 40 percent of the forest cover in Latin America and were teeming with biodiversity. Today, these forests are one of the most endangered ecosystems in…
  • Audience Engagement: Beyond the “Like” Button

    Jake Wadland
    16 Feb 2015 | 11:07 am
    In 1994 I was a foreign correspondent covering the genocide sweeping Rwanda. My radio stories shared the voices of people — Hutus and Tutsis alike — who were caught up in experiences and emotions that wrenched the hearts of listeners. This was before social media, texting and even global access to email. So when I returned home to Kenya, piles of letters and messages were waiting from people who wanted to do something, anything. They wanted to help the survivors, they wanted to push the US to get involved, they wanted to show support for my coverage, and they wanted to share information…
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    Skoll World Forum on Social Entrepreneurship

  • Meditation

    Jake Wadland
    26 Feb 2015 | 8:22 am
    Meditate at the Skoll World Forum.
  • To Be An Inclusive Business, Forget Business School Lessons on Strategy

    Jake Wadland
    24 Feb 2015 | 8:47 am
    In the coming decades, the majority of the world’s economic output and market growth will come from the emerging markets. Already, the seven largest emerging markets collectively contribute more to global output than do the G7 countries combined. That said, once one gets beneath the aggregate statistics, these emerging – and dynamic – markets are rife with inequities, bottlenecks and missing institutions. The societies in each of the emerging markets face many economic challenges – most of which have to do with the potential for fast growth being undermined by a lack of inclusive…
  • Tale of Two Outbreaks

    Jake Wadland
    23 Feb 2015 | 12:00 am
    With 141 measles cases already reported this year and 644 cases last year, America has a measles problem. Last year’s cases were triple what an average year has been over the last decade, since America declared itself basically free of the disease. Most of those with the highly-contagious disease were not vaccinated. Until this recent outbreak, choosing not to get vaccinated was a relative luxury. America was essentially free of measles, so the risk seemed pretty small. The current U.S. epidemic has been linked to a measles outbreak in the Philippines where a spike in the disease is due to…
  • How is REDD+ Money Being Spent on Forest Conservation?

    Jake Wadland
    23 Feb 2015 | 12:00 am
    There’s a break in the clouds, and I can see the forest below me. I’m flying over the Bosque Seco Tropical – the tropical dry forests – of Colombia on my way to lead a workshop on the issue of forest protection finance. I work for REDDX, an initiative of Forest Trends, a US-based NGO and Skoll awardee. Staring out the window, I can’t help but think about the importance of these ecosystems. Tropical dry forests once accounted for over 40 percent of the forest cover in Latin America and were teeming with biodiversity. Today, these forests are one of the most endangered ecosystems in…
  • Audience Engagement: Beyond the “Like” Button

    Jake Wadland
    16 Feb 2015 | 11:07 am
    In 1994 I was a foreign correspondent covering the genocide sweeping Rwanda. My radio stories shared the voices of people — Hutus and Tutsis alike — who were caught up in experiences and emotions that wrenched the hearts of listeners. This was before social media, texting and even global access to email. So when I returned home to Kenya, piles of letters and messages were waiting from people who wanted to do something, anything. They wanted to help the survivors, they wanted to push the US to get involved, they wanted to show support for my coverage, and they wanted to share information…
 
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    Skoll World Forum on Social Entrepreneurship

  • Meditation

    Jake Wadland
    26 Feb 2015 | 8:22 am
    Meditate at the Skoll World Forum.
  • To Be An Inclusive Business, Forget Business School Lessons on Strategy

    Jake Wadland
    24 Feb 2015 | 8:47 am
    In the coming decades, the majority of the world’s economic output and market growth will come from the emerging markets. Already, the seven largest emerging markets collectively contribute more to global output than do the G7 countries combined. That said, once one gets beneath the aggregate statistics, these emerging – and dynamic – markets are rife with inequities, bottlenecks and missing institutions. The societies in each of the emerging markets face many economic challenges – most of which have to do with the potential for fast growth being undermined by a lack of inclusive…
  • Tale of Two Outbreaks

    Jake Wadland
    23 Feb 2015 | 12:00 am
    With 141 measles cases already reported this year and 644 cases last year, America has a measles problem. Last year’s cases were triple what an average year has been over the last decade, since America declared itself basically free of the disease. Most of those with the highly-contagious disease were not vaccinated. Until this recent outbreak, choosing not to get vaccinated was a relative luxury. America was essentially free of measles, so the risk seemed pretty small. The current U.S. epidemic has been linked to a measles outbreak in the Philippines where a spike in the disease is due to…
  • How is REDD+ Money Being Spent on Forest Conservation?

    Jake Wadland
    23 Feb 2015 | 12:00 am
    There’s a break in the clouds, and I can see the forest below me. I’m flying over the Bosque Seco Tropical – the tropical dry forests – of Colombia on my way to lead a workshop on the issue of forest protection finance. I work for REDDX, an initiative of Forest Trends, a US-based NGO and Skoll awardee. Staring out the window, I can’t help but think about the importance of these ecosystems. Tropical dry forests once accounted for over 40 percent of the forest cover in Latin America and were teeming with biodiversity. Today, these forests are one of the most endangered ecosystems in…
  • Audience Engagement: Beyond the “Like” Button

    Jake Wadland
    16 Feb 2015 | 11:07 am
    In 1994 I was a foreign correspondent covering the genocide sweeping Rwanda. My radio stories shared the voices of people — Hutus and Tutsis alike — who were caught up in experiences and emotions that wrenched the hearts of listeners. This was before social media, texting and even global access to email. So when I returned home to Kenya, piles of letters and messages were waiting from people who wanted to do something, anything. They wanted to help the survivors, they wanted to push the US to get involved, they wanted to show support for my coverage, and they wanted to share information…
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    From Poverty to Power

  • Why premature deindustrialization is really bad news for development

    Duncan Green
    26 Feb 2015 | 11:30 pm
    One of the many positives about development is that lots of good stuff is happening much earlier in a country’s trajectory – on average, falling infant mortality, access to healthcare and education, rights, democracy etc all take place at lower levels of GDP per capita than in the past. Unfortunately, guru economist Dani Rodrik has also found something not so positive following the same pattern – premature deindustrialization. Here are some excerpts from his new paper. From the Abstract: ‘The hump‐shaped relationship between industrialization (measured by employment or output…
  • My Friend Died Last Week – Tax Could Have Saved His Life

    Duncan Green
    25 Feb 2015 | 11:30 pm
    My colleague Max Lawson (@maxlawsontin ), Oxfam’s head of global policy and campaigns, lost a friend to illness recently, and wrote this fine, angry polemic in response (it appeared earlier this week in Huffpo): My friend died last week. Mr Kumambala was a great man, who had taught mathematics to Malawi’s children for more than forty years. His huge smile and loud gasps and gesturing on every topic are unforgettable. Being one of two black men to do his Masters in Hull in 1986: ‘Lawson- there were so many whites! Crowding around! Pointing! And many of them were poor!’ Or…
  • 8 myths about non-violent activism (from a movement that overthrew a dictator)

    Duncan Green
    24 Feb 2015 | 11:30 pm
    I’m still catching up on the email backlog after returning from holiday, but while I’m doing so, here’s something I should probably do more of – a straight lift from a really interesting article. I recently signed up to the New York Times ‘Fixes’ column (‘solutions to social problems and why they work’). On a bad week, it can be a bit ‘Ted talks’ – whizzy tech solutions that underplay power and politics. But last week brought a fascinating piece on the myths around non-violent action, based on the work of Otpor (right), the Serbian movement that helped overthrew…
  • What happens if we apply doughnut economics to single countries, starting with the UK?

    Duncan Green
    18 Feb 2015 | 11:30 pm
    Katherine Trebeck (@ktrebeck), Oxfam policy adviser and all round well-being guru, reports on a new effort to apply doughnut economics at a national scale, starting with the UK Every so often, a simple idea catches people’s imagination. Complex concepts get distilled into a mantra or image that elicits an ‘a ha’ moment. World views can be changed. Perspectives shifted. And ideologies dented. Such was the case when Oxfam GB published a report entitled A Safe and Just Operating Space for Humanity. Its author, Kate Raworth, introduced the now famous ‘doughnut’ (right) – a space below…
  • Links I Liked

    Duncan Green
    15 Feb 2015 | 11:30 pm
    Livestock demography: where do the world’s 1.4 billion cows, 19.6 billion chickens & 0.98 billion pigs live? Here’s the cows Tolkien’s ‘one ring to rule them all’ as a parable for the attractions and perils of new technologies UK aid watchdog criticises DFID for its efforts to expand work in fragile states, but accepts real impact will ‘take a generation’ No we are not all born equal. Smart 3 minute video explainer on US inequality. Anthropologists v therapists – who has the best approach to helping people cope with post-disaster/conflict…
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    CIPE Development Blog

  • Nigeria’s 2015 Elections: The Debates Must Go On

    Erica Poff
    25 Feb 2015 | 9:52 am
    Just over two weeks ago, Nigeria’s Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) made the shocking (but not entirely surprising) decision to delay the country’s elections by six weeks. Citing ongoing instability caused by Boko Haram in the country’s Northeast and INEC’s own uncertainty about its ability to deliver outstanding voter cards to nearly 40 percent of the country’s 70 million...
  • Populism and the Internet in Latin America

    Guest
    24 Feb 2015 | 8:00 am
    Since the rise and fall of the Arab Spring, debate has raged in the fields intersecting communications, technology, and international affairs: will Internet growth be a liberalizing influence that will create stable, prosperous democracies? So far, this answer appears to be a qualified “no.” Connected and educated youths have not created the groundswell necessary for reform in many politically...
  • Being the Change-Maker You Want to See in the World

    Guest
    20 Feb 2015 | 11:01 am
    Throughout history, people have continually sought positive social and economic change, and found creative ways to make it happen. This change has been driven by a sense of dissatisfaction with the status quo, for example in the case of the Civil Rights Movement in the U.S. and the anti-Apartheid efforts in South Africa. But the list is endless. Continue reading →
  • An Unsustainable Future for Algerian Fuel Subsidies?

    Margaret Bohlander
    19 Feb 2015 | 11:01 am
    A precipitous fall in oil prices in the last seven months has led many oil-producing nations to reconsider their incredibly costly fuel subsidies, which drain government budgets and distort the economy. Yet Algeria, which relies on oil for most of its government revenue, has taken a different path: freezing public-sector hiring and investment while keeping its subsidies in place – a decision...
  • Can Ukraine Stamp Out its Corruption Culture?

    Frank Brown
    13 Feb 2015 | 8:39 am
    When it comes to opportunity for anti-corruption reform on a massive scale, few countries have ever been as ripe for change as Ukraine today. Western countries and the International Monetary Fund are pushing hard for transparency and clean government. They enjoy unprecedented leverage over Ukraine’s political and economic elites, who need billions in loans to stave off economic ruin. Ukraine’s...
 
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    ODI Opinion

  • Cartagena Data Festival

    20 Apr 2015 | 12:00 am
    A three-day event gathering together policy makers, civil society organisations, technical innovators, academics and data activists to discuss and debate questions about data, its usage and the potential of 'data revolution'.
  • Finance ministries in the 21st century

    25 Mar 2015 | 12:00 am
    ​This conference will convene government officials, academics and international experts to discuss the role of finance ministries and how they can be made to work better in the 21st century.
  • Finance Ministries in the 21st Century: Challenges, Institutions, and Capabilities

    25 Mar 2015 | 12:00 am
    ​This conference will convene government officials, academics and international experts to discuss the role of finance ministries and how they can be made to work better in the 21st century.
  • Business, finance and cities: climate action for Paris

    20 Mar 2015 | 12:00 am
    ​Mary Robinson, UN Special Envoy on Climate Change, leads this panel debate on how non-state actors are responding to the challenge of climate change. 
  • Doing security and justice sector reform differently: what, why and how?

    18 Mar 2015 | 12:00 am
    ​There is an increasing recognition amongst the development industry of the need to ‘do development differently.' However, operationalising such ways of working are difficult. This seminar will look at how this new approach can be accommodated with existing donor programming structures and requirements. 
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    Dani Rodrik's weblog

  • Premature deindustrialization in the developing world

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

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

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

    Dani Rodrik
    15 Oct 2014 | 7:15 am
    I gave a talk yesterday on New Growth Strategies at the World Bank, which was more or less an elaboration of this short piece. I argued that industrialization had pretty much run out of steam as a growth strategy, that services would need to be the focus going forward, and that this required in turn a different policy mindset about how to increase productivity. In particular, I argued that policies focusing on generating a sequence of sectoral “winners,” which worked so  well in manufacturing (garments to car seats to cars to electronics), would have much smaller payoff in services,…
  • Back to sanity on economic convergence

    Dani Rodrik
    11 Sep 2014 | 1:50 pm
    It’s been interesting to watch how the conventional wisdom on rapid convergence – developing countries closing the gap with the advanced economies – has been changing over the last few years. It wasn’t so long ago that the world was in the grips of emerging-markets mania, projecting wildly optimistic growth numbers decades into the future. For the last 4-5 years, I have been writing that the pace of convergence we have experienced over the last two decades is unsustainable. There were temporary factors (cheap capital, low interest rates, high commodity prices, rapid Chinese expansion)…
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    PHILANTHROPY 2173

  • Net Neutrality Congratulations

    Lucy Bernholz
    26 Feb 2015 | 10:49 am
    "The Internet is the ultimate vehicle for free expression."                               Tom Wheeler, FCC Chairman, February 26, 2015Congratulations and thank you to the civil society actors who acted to help protect an open internet.ACLUBerkman CenterCenter for Democracy and Technology ColorOfChange.orgCommon CauseCREDO ActionDaily KosDemand ProgressElectronic Frontier FoundationFree Press Fight for the FutureInternet ArchiveMedia Action…
  • Philosophy Talk on Cyber Activism

    Lucy Bernholz
    23 Feb 2015 | 2:00 am
    The radio program Philosophy Talk invited me on to discuss issues of digital civil society. I thought we were going to discuss freedom of association, free expression, and the architecture of the Internet compared to the design choices coded into the apps and web sites built on top of it. I was excited to discuss civil society's need for software that encodes its values and the changing practices of nonprofits and digital humanitarians.It didn't go quite like that, but we still had a good time. We wound up talking a lot about public-ness, privacy, and digital tools for organizing. You can…
  • Crowdfunding and philanthropy

    Lucy Bernholz
    20 Feb 2015 | 9:00 am
    A community foundation friend just asked me what's up with crowdfunding? New wine in old bottles or new money? Here's what I said:"Crowdfunding is here to stay in some form.  I think it's "gateway giving" for folks who live entirely online (now including everyone), will bring in new small dollars that add up, tools for it need to be built natively for mobile devices, and *might* make regular small giving a behavior again for people the way tithing used to be, but won't involve the organizational loyalty of tithing nor will it always be directed to nonprofits."What's your two cents on…
  • The #NetGain Challenge

    Lucy Bernholz
    11 Feb 2015 | 9:14 am
    It's great to see several big foundations recognizing that digital infrastructure is now fundamental to civil society. Check out the #NetGainChallenge for several ideas about what we need to ensure that independent private action for public benefit continues to thrive in the digital age. Here's how leaders of five major US Foundations describe the challenge we face:"In the digital age, it’s essential that the principles that brought us here, of equal access to economic opportunity and civic life, be maintained and preserved." Ideas for public good software, independent online meeting spaces…
  • The giving quants or "algorithmic philanthropy"

    Lucy Bernholz
    17 Dec 2014 | 10:34 am
    I spent the weekend preparing for, and then taping, a segment on digital activism for Philanthropy Talk. That's the public radio "car talk" program for philosophical questions. The segment will air in January.So it's no wonder that I have thought experiments on my mind. Yesterday when I opened The New York Times (the actual paper edition) I read a range of stories. Sometimes when I read the paper my mind plays tricks on me - like, did the person who wrote the story on page A1 read the story on page B8? Today, several stories in the paper seemed to be speaking to each other - the first one was…
 
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    Socializing

  • Numb Mind

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

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

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

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

    11 Feb 2013 | 9:04 am
    Almost without fail, every time I listen to This American Life, I promise myself I need to listen to them all. This one, on self-improvement made me feel so good about the annual struggle to blog more, drink less and be patient with myself. The Peace Pilgrim was a book that once inspired me with its simplicity and power. I never struck out on the journey myself, but thoroughly enjoyed the
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    Acumen Fund Blog

  • ANNOUNCING A NEW INVESTMENT, FIRST ACCESS

    Acumen
    19 Feb 2015 | 1:39 pm
    Acumen announces its new investment in First Access, a data analytics company improving access to formal financial services for low-income East African communities. In East Africa, only 22 percent of the population has access to formal financial services with the region’s poor having even less at 10 percent. First Access presents an opportunity to increase the ability of these low-income communities to save, manage risk responsibility, invest in such critical services as education, and ultimately rise out of poverty. Using a combination of financial and mobile data, First Access has created…
  • ANNOUNCING THE 2015 PAKISTAN FELLOWS

    Acumen
    15 Feb 2015 | 1:00 pm
    Acumen is proud to announce the selection of our third cohort of Pakistan Fellows. After a competitive application process, we’ve chosen a diverse group of 20 leaders working in provinces across the country. This year’s Fellows are fighting poverty and changing lives across Pakistan through unique initiatives that range from advocating for vulnerable prisoners’ rights, to creating solutions to address low-quality education, to developing branchless banking channels for low-income customers, and more. Read more about each Fellow and their inspiring work below. Shahzad Akbar Shahzad is…
  • Lean Data Goes Deeper

    Sasha Dichter
    12 Feb 2015 | 7:33 am
    One of the most interesting questions we’re grappling with right now on the Impact team at Acumen is how to develop a more robust, rigorous, and transparent form of quantifying the social value our companies create. While I don’t believe we will ever fully understand all the social value created – and while there will always be room for debate and interpretation – I do think today we have the tools to get a lot closer to customers and hear how they value products. And if we can figure this out in a clear and compelling enough way, I believe that would open the door to creating a…
  • Unilever, Acumen and the Clinton Giustra Enterprise Partnership announce USD $10 million Clinton Global Initiative Commitment to Action to support smallholder farmers

    Acumen
    10 Feb 2015 | 1:10 pm
    New “Enhanced Livelihoods Investment Initiative” to catalyze economic growth in low-income communities February 10, 2015 (New York, NY) – Unilever, Acumen and the Clinton Giustra Enterprise Partnership, an initiative of the Clinton Foundation, have launched a landmark Clinton Global Initiative (CGI) Commitment to Action called the Enhanced Livelihoods Investment Initiative (ELII) to improve the livelihoods of as many as 300,000 smallholder farmers and their communities in Africa, South Asia, Latin America, and the Caribbean. President Bill Clinton and Frank Giustra, Co-Founders of the…
  • ANNOUNCING THE 2015 INDIA FELLOWS

    Acumen
    9 Feb 2015 | 3:28 pm
    Acumen is proud to announce the selection of our second cohort of India Fellows. After a competitive application process, we’ve chosen a diverse group of 20 leaders working in 13 states. This year’s Fellows are fighting poverty and changing lives across India through unique initiatives that range from providing affordable menstrual hygiene products to marginalized women, to making quality education available to children in conflict zones, to designing innovative sanitation solutions for the urban poor, and more. Read more about each Fellow and their inspiring work below. Madhukar Banuri…
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    Women's World Banking

  • Huffington Post Impact: Your Medical Expenses Are How Much? Uncovering the True Cost of Healthcare

    Gayle Gatchalian
    24 Feb 2015 | 7:41 am
    Senior Associate for Knowledge and Communications Gayle Gatchalian wrote about our research into the healthcare needs of Egyptians and Ugandans for The Huffington Post ImpactX blog, through the support of the Cisco Foundation. This February, your thoughts may have drifted to musings about whether this winter will ever end (at least for those of us in the East Coast), or whether you kept up with your New Year’s Resolutions … or perhaps even to the realities of insurance coverage. Yes folks, February happens to be Life Insurance Month in the U.S., and the 15th was also the deadline…
  • Making it Happen for Women: International Women’s Day Campaign

    Gayle Gatchalian
    23 Feb 2015 | 1:00 pm
    March is a big month for women: it’s not just International Women’s Day, the global celebration commemorating advancements in women’s equality, but also Women’s History Month in the US and the 20th Anniversary of the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action. In celebration of these events, Women’s World Banking is dedicating its social media channels to highlighting how our network, supporters and other individuals and organizations we admire contribute to furthering women’s empowerment worldwide. Starting March 2nd, check out our Making it Happen Campaign Page, Facebook,…
  • A review of the “Marketing Microinsurance: Insights from Five Countries” webinar

    Gayle Gatchalian
    22 Feb 2015 | 10:26 pm
    February 23, 2015 By: Melisa Socorro-Nunez, Volunteer On Tuesday, February 3rd, Women’s World Banking hosted a webinar on best practices in marketing microinsurance products. It was a great opportunity for practitioners in microfinance and other financial industry players to hear from experts on the importance of market research and how it informs product innovation and marketing based on Women’s World Banking’s experiences in five countries. The panel was composed of Fadi Al-Tawabini, Marketing and Business Development Manager from Microfund for Women in Jordan and Cathleen Tobin,…
  • Ventures Africa – Nigeria’s Next Challenge: Bank Us Please

    Gayle Gatchalian
    21 Feb 2015 | 7:36 am
    Director of Product Development Cathleen Tobin was quoted in this piece on Ventures Africa: The new feature of market development and competition sees the quality of service and customer experience is shaping the competitive. Nigeria retains around 30.8 million active bank account holders in Nigeria (or 35 percent of the Nigerian adult population). “Advances in technology have allowed [Diamond Bank] to target 56 million economically active, but unbanked Nigerians,” says Cathleen Tobin, manager, product research, marketing and financial education, at Women’s World Banking. Read the whole…
  • A must-have when launching insurance in Uganda: consumer education

    Gayle Gatchalian
    17 Feb 2015 | 9:57 am
    February 16, 2015 By: Hilary Nichols, Senior Associate, Product Development Insurance suffers from a severe awareness problem in Uganda. In the US at least, people want insurance when given the opportunity. There is an understanding that they need it and they should have it. Low-income Ugandans, on the other hand, do not share this understanding. Many do not even know what insurance is until it is explained to them, and once it is, there is a sense that “it is too good to be true.” That is, insurance is “not for us,” and so, they do not need it. This poses a significant challenge to…
 
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    Ideas for development

  • Les jeunes en Afrique : peut-on répondre à leurs attentes ?

    Idées pour le développement
    26 Feb 2015 | 3:28 am
    Retrouvez ci-dessous la synthèse des échanges qui se sont tenus à l’Agence Française de Développement. Une conférence-débat  animée  par Emmanuelle Bastide, journaliste à RFI, avec : Yaovi Abla, présidente... Cet article Les jeunes en Afrique : peut-on répondre à leurs attentes ? est apparu en premier sur Ideas for development.
  • Diversifier les sources de financement des collectivités africaines, c’est possible !

    Jérémie Daussin-Charpantier
    24 Feb 2015 | 8:49 am
    Au regard de l’urbanisation galopante et la responsabilisation croissante des gouvernements locaux pour satisfaire des besoins essentiels de leur population, les besoins de financements des... Cet article Diversifier les sources de financement des collectivités africaines, c’est possible ! est apparu en premier sur Ideas for development.
  • « La protection sociale est un droit ! »

    Schwarzer Helmut
    20 Feb 2015 | 3:20 am
    La protection sociale permet de vivre dans la dignité. Ce droit reconnu par la Déclaration Universelle des Droits de l’Homme est loin d’être une réalité... Cet article « La protection sociale est un droit ! » est apparu en premier sur Ideas for development.
  • « RCA : quelles réponses peuvent apporter les partenaires internationaux à la crise ? »

    Idées pour le développement
    19 Feb 2015 | 6:34 am
    Retrouvez ci-dessous la synthèse des échanges qui se sont tenus à l’Agence Française de Développement. Une conférence-débat  animée  par Thomas Chauvineau, journaliste à France Inter, avec : Philippe... Cet article « RCA : quelles réponses peuvent apporter les partenaires internationaux à la crise ? » est apparu en premier sur Ideas for development.
  • Prendre en compte les dynamiques démographiques pour un développement plus inclusif en Afrique

    Martin Fleury
    18 Feb 2015 | 3:14 am
    La forte croissance africaine de ces dernières années doit être relativisée. La démographie du continent et l’inégale répartition des richesses amoindrissent en effet l’impact escompté.... Cet article Prendre en compte les dynamiques démographiques pour un développement plus inclusif en Afrique est apparu en premier sur Ideas for development.
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    (BLOG)RED

  • 5 Oscars Speeches that Inspire Social Action | @RED

    23 Feb 2015 | 11:20 am
    From women’s rights to the struggle for justice, social issues took center stage at the 87th Academy Awards last night. Here are some winners who used moments in the spotlight to bring awareness to some of the most important issues of our time.Common & John Legend: Best Original Song, “Glory” from SelmaRacial equality“We say that Selma is now, because the struggle for justice is right now. We know that the Voting Rights Act that they fought for 50 years ago is being compromised right now in this country today. We know that right now, the struggle for freedom and…
  • Thank You: (RED) has raised $300 MM to fight for an AIDS FREE GENERATION.

    21 Jan 2015 | 6:17 am
    INC(RED)IBLE news to kick-off 2015.Thanks to (RED) partners, friends and events, (RED) has now raised $300 million to fight AIDS. 100% of this money goes to work on the ground in 8 African countries — no overhead taken.This news comes at the beginning of a critical year. 2015 marks the deadline for the Millennium Development Goals that were set in 2000.  This year, global leaders, NGOs, and the wider development community will consider a new set of goals for the next 15 years that would build a better world and a brighter future for all. People like you — who buy, dance, tweet and…
  • VIDEO: Your World. Your Choice. action/2015

    15 Jan 2015 | 11:35 am
    2015 is the year we can make real change happen.We have a unique opportunity this year to choose the world we want to live in. As we lead up to the new Sustainable Development Goals in 2015, ONE & (RED) are pledging to do more to secure the best future for everyone, as part of action/2015 – a movement to end poverty, inequality and climate change. Challenge yourself to do the same.Together, we can do more. Join us at one.org/2015 to make your pledge to demand a better world.
  • Join action/2015

    15 Jan 2015 | 9:02 am
    2015 is a crucial year — the year we can bend the course of history. World leaders will agree new goals – a new framework to tackle poverty, inequality and environmental destruction. But to make this happen, we must raise our voice. The year ahead is a historic opportunity for us to come together as a global community to demand equality for all. The world is on the cusp of an incredible possibility — we can deliver the first AIDS FREE GENERATION in over 30 years. We must act now to turn this possibility into a reality. Join (RED) & our sister organization ONE and create…
  • Bono, Malala, Sting, Bill Gates, Ben Affleck & others send stark warning to world leaders

    15 Jan 2015 | 7:36 am
    Dear World Leaders,cc: Everyone elseThere are moments in history that become turning points. In our view, 2015 will be such a moment. It is the most important year for global decision-making since the start of the new millennium.We believe it’s just possible that we could end 2015 with a new global compact – an agreed pathway to a better, safer future for people and planet that will inspire all the citizens of the world. We can choose the path of sustainable development. Or we might not – and regret it for generations to come. Which side of history will you be on?There are millions of…
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    ONE

  • Photos: Kickboxing for peace in South Sudan

    Anna Lemberger
    26 Feb 2015 | 10:39 am
    Last year, National Geographic brought its photo camp to one of the world’s youngest nations, South Sudan.  To date, 67 camps have been held around the world with the purpose of “empowering youth to document their communities using photography.” For South Sudan, a country just starting to build its history, the camp could not have come at a better time. South Sudan gained its independence in 2011, following one of Africa’s deadliest civil wars, yet ethnic conflicts within South Sudan continue to cast a shadow over this nation and its people. For six days, however,…
  • Why women and girls are the secret weapon in ending poverty

    Helen Hector
    26 Feb 2015 | 7:00 am
    We’ve picked some of our favorite images and matched them up with facts to show why investing in women and girls is so important here at ONE.  Pupils at Kidoti Primary School in Zanzibar, Tanzania. Photo: Morgana Wingward / ONE. Women farmers growing sweet potatoes in Tanzania. Photo: ONE.   An employee picking roses at Golden Rose Agrofarms in Ethiopia, where 85% of the workers are young women who have never had a job before. Photo: Morgana Wingward / ONE.   Liberian President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf meets with ONE representatives at the Foreign Ministry in Monrovia. Photo:…
  • Preventing hunger in the shadow of Ebola

    Kedar Mankad
    25 Feb 2015 | 1:44 pm
    Once motorcycle drivers, these men in Liberia wait for work during the Ebola crisis. Photo credit: Morgana Wingard, UNDP Last December, it became clear from numerous on the ground assessments that the Ebola outbreak was more than a health crisis. Two months into 2015, we still face the possibility that more than 1 million people could go hungry unless more resources are mobilized for Ebola recovery. With Liberian president Ellen Johnson Sirleaf meeting with President Obama this week to discuss cooperation on fighting the Ebola epidemic, we need to take a closer look at why this is a critical…
  • 6 ingredients in African cuisine to spice up your life

    Sumaiya Ismail
    25 Feb 2015 | 7:00 am
    Craving some new flavors to spice up your cooking? Well, start the year off right by expanding your palette with these fresh ingredients. Rich in nutrients and flavor, you won’t want to miss these 6 staples of African cuisine. While you’re at it, you might even pick up a few new recipes! Raw Cassava Photo Credit: shelookbook.com Cassava Sick and tired of eating potatoes? Looking for a low fat, high protein alternative to that starchy favorite? A popular Central African starch is cassava. Found primarily in the tropics, Cassava can be boiled, fried and baked just like potatoes. You…
  • Top 8 delectable ONE logos

    Emily Walker
    24 Feb 2015 | 12:46 pm
    Are you a ONE member but have never attended a volunteer event in the field? Do you think the ONE logo is snazzy? Do you like food? Well then go no further! We’ve assembled our favorite collection of “ONE logo on food” moments from ONE member events around the country. The creativity (and great taste) of our volunteers never ceases to amaze us! Take a look… ONE volunteers really know how to celebrate a birthday right! There were cakes galore for ONE’s 10th birthday… Don’t these cookies looks delicious? The ONE logo has never looked so sweet! These…
 
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    The Change Blog

  • 5 Situations to Stand Up for What you Believe In

    Deborah Fike
    22 Feb 2015 | 7:29 am
    We all know people who are very adamant (and vocal) about sharing their beliefs.  They have Facebook feeds chock full of pointed articles, status updates, and pictures that support specific causes.  Whenever you meet them in person, topics generally go straight to those causes, and if you are even remotely argumentative, you will spend the evening having a debate.  The world needs these types of people with strong belief systems who fight inertia and status quo in the hopes of making an impact.  I applaud their efforts when I agree that their causes are ones worth fighting for. I am,…
  • When Working Corporate Serves Your Purpose

    Kym Wilson
    19 Feb 2015 | 4:54 am
    “Start where you are. Distant fields always look greener, but opportunity lies right where you are. Take advantage of every opportunity of service.”— Robert Collier I was flying back to Melbourne from Thailand after a week scuba diving in the Similan Islands, staring out the window at the star-studded sky, I knew for the first time in a long time what I wanted— freedom. I was in the midst of a career crisis and was shaken by the nagging feeling that I didn’t want to work in financial planning anymore after years of studying and working hard on my career. For months I had tried to…
  • How I Beat My Sugar Addiction

    Sara Marie
    12 Feb 2015 | 6:05 am
    “Let food be thy medicine and medicine be thy food.” – Hippocrates A Sugar Addict From the Beginning Sugar withdrawals can be hell, I know.  I’ve fought that battle many times before.  I think I was probably born with a candy bar in my hand.  As far back as I can remember, I have always favored munching on something sweet over “real food”. At that time, sugar was a normal part of being a kid and it was everywhere. I don’t remember anyone seriously setting limits on our sugar intake. In fact, inhaling the white powdery stuff was practically required anywhere we…
  • 5 Lessons I’ve Learned About Forming Healthy Habits

    Luke Jones
    10 Feb 2015 | 4:56 am
    “We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit.”- Aristotle Habit forming is a topic that’s close to my heart. I was able to go from being an unhealthy university student, heading down an uninspiring career path, to someone who enjoys great health and is following their passion, simply by changing my habits. The journey wasn’t all plain sailing, and I made a whole load of mistakes on the way. But I stumbled forwards, and in the process I learned a thing or two about what it takes to form habits that are not just health promoting, but are lasting and…
  • Discovering Dad and the Past Perfect

    Gary Stokes
    8 Feb 2015 | 5:52 am
    Years ago, during a recapitulation of my life, I examined every memory I had of my relationship with my father.  I looked at us fearlessly and was, at the end of my examination, finally at peace with Dad.  My explanation of Dad as a father and as a man was loving but now seems almost clinical in its detachment as it documented his failures.  Here is part of my examination: Dad was an alcoholic.  In my last conversation with Mom, a few weeks before her death,  I asked her to tell me about their wedding day in 1935.  Grandpa and Grandma Janssen had not approved of Dad, she said.  “Why…
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    SocialEarth

  • The Nestlé Creating Shared Value Prize — Final Call for Nominations

    Vikas Vij
    26 Feb 2015 | 4:02 am
    Every two years, Nestlé awards the Creating Shared Value Prize to help scale up or replicate business-oriented initiatives that address challenges in nutrition, water or rural development. The competition is open [...] The post The Nestlé Creating Shared Value Prize — Final Call for Nominations appeared first on SocialEarth.
  • Measure What Matters Most: Testing The B Corp Handbook, Part Two

    Julie Fahnestock
    25 Feb 2015 | 5:58 am
    It was one of the happiest days in my new company B Storytelling’s business history: a certified letter from Tallahassee was waiting for me in the mailbox. B Storytelling now [...] The post Measure What Matters Most: Testing The B Corp Handbook, Part Two appeared first on SocialEarth.
  • Upcoming Twitter Series: #HerDay2015 Help Change the World by Investing in Women and Girls

    Greg
    24 Feb 2015 | 10:11 am
    Mark Your Calendars! Join us for a discussion on Twitter with Global Impact and their charity partners March 2nd – March 13th #HerDay2015 Women and girls are often the faces [...] The post Upcoming Twitter Series: #HerDay2015 Help Change the World by Investing in Women and Girls appeared first on SocialEarth.
  • Competition Inspires Young People to Change the World with Connected Technology

    3BL Media
    24 Feb 2015 | 8:31 am
    The world is faced with overwhelming social issues, from climate change to poverty. Students and young entrepreneurs are taking advantage of the growing number of devices connected to the Internet, [...] The post Competition Inspires Young People to Change the World with Connected Technology appeared first on SocialEarth.
  • Corporate Responsibility Executive Institute Launched

    3BL Media
    20 Feb 2015 | 10:49 am
    ACCP and the University of Notre Dame, Mendoza College of Business announced today the formation of the Corporate Responsibility Executive Institute (CREI). CREI will deliver business-based executive development programs tailored [...] The post Corporate Responsibility Executive Institute Launched appeared first on SocialEarth.
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    Social Velocity

  • What Is A High-Performance Nonprofit?

    Nell Edgington
    26 Feb 2015 | 6:19 am
    I’m really excited to announce today’s launch of the Performance Imperative. The Performance Imperative is a detailed definition, created by a community of nonprofit thought leaders, of a high-performance nonprofit. The hope is with a clear definition of high-performance we can strengthen nonprofit efforts to achieve social change. As we all know, we are living in a time of growing wealth inequality, crumbling institutions, political divides, and the list of social challenges goes on. The burden of finding solutions to these challenges increasingly falls to the nonprofit sector.
  • Finding Shelter From Information Overload

    Nell Edgington
    24 Feb 2015 | 7:42 am
    We live in an age of an (often sickening) glut of information. Sometimes just thinking about Twitter, Facebook, Google, or BuzzFeed makes me really tired. And I love technology and media. But they can be absolutely overwhelming. I recently finished Nate Silver’s phenomenal book, The Signal and the Noise, in which he offers a new way to approach our age of information overload. Silver’s book is about how we can better predict things like weather, economic fluctuations, and climate change by finding the right “signal” amidst the exponentially expanding body of…
  • 4 Tools to Build an Effective Nonprofit Board

    Nell Edgington
    18 Feb 2015 | 1:04 pm
    The board of directors can be the bane of a nonprofit leader’s existence. Call me biased, but like anything, I believe a strategic approach is the solution. I have assembled a suite of tools to help you strengthen your board and make them much more useful to you. Because the good news is you don’t have to sit around and hope your board sees the light. It is within your power to make your board more effective. To help in that endeavor, here are the board-building tools: How to Build a Groundbreaking Board On-Demand Webinar This webinar will help you develop a groundbreaking…
  • Fundamentally Changing American Politics: An Interview with Josh Silver

    Nell Edgington
    17 Feb 2015 | 6:05 am
    In today’s Social Velocity interview, I’m talking with Josh Silver, Director of Represent.US, an organization building a movement to pass tough anti-corruption laws in cities and states across America.  His local approach to political and social change is a fascinating model. Josh is a veteran election and media reform executive and served as the campaign manager for the successful 1998 Arizona Clean Elections ballot initiative campaign. He is also the co-founder and former CEO of Free Press, a leading media and technology reform advocacy organization. He also served as the…
  • 7 Questions To Guide Your Nonprofit Strategy

    Nell Edgington
    11 Feb 2015 | 6:35 am
    I’ve been leading several strategic planning efforts lately, and I am always amazed at the nonprofit sector’s general fear (borderline hatred) of strategic planning. I get it, strategic planning has traditionally been done so badly that many have just given up on the idea altogether. But that’s a mistake. Without a long-term strategy for what your nonprofit is trying to accomplish and how you will marshal people and money to reach it, you are just spinning your wheels. Rather than be a feared and misunderstood exercise, strategic planning can actually be distilled into 7…
 
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    Care2 Causes » Trailblazers For Good

  • How Flushing Toilets Could Power an Entire City

    Kevin Mathews
    26 Feb 2015 | 4:00 pm
    Normally, if you were to flush your toilet and your lights went on, it would be a sign that you have an awful contractor. If you live in Portland, Ore., however, that would just be business as usual. The city is one of the first in the world to harness hydroelectric energy from the pipes […]
  • 6 Ways to Do Good With Your Old Cell Phone

    TreeHugger
    24 Feb 2015 | 12:00 pm
    Yesterday, I wrote about the true impact of not recycling our electronics. The materials in our gadgets are harmful to human health and the environment if left to leach into the earth at a landfill and we could be saving a staggering amount of energy by recycling our e-waste. Luckily, there are ways you can enjoy your smartphones and other devices while still looking out for Mother Earth.
  • The Hidden History of Lewis Latimer and the Electric Light Bulb

    s.e. smith
    23 Feb 2015 | 6:00 am
    It’s very rare for someone to invent something revolutionary without considerable assistance, and this definitely holds true of Thomas Edison, perhaps most famous for his work on electric lighting. Another man played a key role in the development of light bulbs and electric infrastructure, though: black engineer Lewis Latimer. Latimer’s story isn’t as widely told, […]
  • Care2 Petition Calls on Super 8 to Make Things Rights After Kicking Out Homeless Couple

    Ximena Ramirez
    20 Feb 2015 | 2:30 pm
    Here at Care2 we are always amazed by the kindness of strangers. Recently we witnessed a family in Ohio who saved a homeless couple from freezing temperatures by generously buying them three nights at a nearby Super 8 hotel. Unfortunately, just an hour after checking-in, the hotel evicted the couple for not having ID. In reaction […]
  • Let’s Celebrate the Fight for Social Justice!

    Mindy Townsend
    20 Feb 2015 | 11:30 am
    We all live in the Matrix. Metaphorically, that is. It’s the Matrix of our own minds. It’s sort of inherent in being human. We can really only see the world through our own eyes and, unless we try really hard, it’s difficult to see the world in any other way. Empathy isn’t in everybody’s skill […]
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    Social Finance

  • Job Posting: Project Coordinator, MaRS Centre for Impact Investing

    Jared Walker
    26 Feb 2015 | 8:35 am
    MaRS Centre for Impact Investing is now seeking a project coordinator! ABOUT MARS  As Canada’s largest provider of entrepreneurship education programs, MaRS equips innovators and entrepreneurs with the skills and tools they need to succeed. We also support more than 1,000 technology ventures across three critical sectors—health, information & communications technology (ICT), and cleantech—helping them grow and scale through a combination of hands-on, expert advice and mentorship, market intelligence, and critical connections to capital, talent and customer networks. MaRS works…
  • Webinar: What does it take to bring Impact Investing to scale?

    Steve Brewster
    26 Feb 2015 | 7:48 am
    To fulfil the potential of impact investing we will need to build a movement—weaving together the efforts of innovative pioneers working on multiple levels using multiple strategies. Join us as we learn more about the work of three such pioneers: Ryan Little, Program Manager, BMW-Foundation, who will discuss ways the foundation is promoting impact investing globally, from Beijing to Berlin, and what it takes to create powerful financial and community partnerships. Sandrine Henton, Founder, Educate Global Fund,  who will discuss how she is creating an impact investment fund to support girls…
  • Ontario Announces $4 million Social Enterprise Development Fund (SEDF) Recipients

    Joanna Reynolds
    26 Feb 2015 | 6:59 am
    Congratulations Ontario!  Premier Kathleen Wynne made the public announcement of SEDF recipients at the Economic Club of Canada. Ontario’s $4 million Social Enterprise Development Fund (SEDF) is part of the Ontario government’s Social Enterprise Strategy and uses a social finance approach to kick-start enterprises that drive solutions to social and environmental issues while providing economic returns. The eleven community based non-profit intermediaries were chosen from across Ontario. Each have partnered with private investors to co-invest in early-stage, high potential social…
  • Youth Catalyst Fund links private, public, philanthropic funding to tackle youth employment issues

    David Venn
    26 Feb 2015 | 6:39 am
    Community Foundations of Canada (CFC) is mobilizing a new multi-sector partnership to address the youth employment issues raised in its landmark #GenerationFlux report. The Ontario government today lent its support to CFC’s new Youth Catalyst Fund, one of several initiatives receiving support from the province’s Social Enterprise Demonstration Fund. “When we published #GenerationFlux we knew the issues facing youth demanded a collaborative, innovative and highly integrated approach,” said CFC President Ian Bird. “The private, public and philanthropic sectors are all at the table –…
  • Entrepreneurs Around Micronesia Restore Fisheries & Local Economies

    Monica Jain
    25 Feb 2015 | 12:29 pm
    More than 50% of the tuna the world eats comes from the many small islands in the Western Pacific. These fisheries earn hundreds of millions in U.S. dollars each year, but very little of that money returns to local communities: the fishing boats that operate here are usually from other places – China, Japan, and the mainland US, to name a few – and almost all of the tuna they catch is exported without any local processing or value-added operations. At the same time, nearshore reef fisheries are in decline, creating the ironic situation in which island communities surrounded by some of…
 
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    Return On Now

  • What’s More Important: User Experience or SEO?

    Tommy Landry
    24 Feb 2015 | 10:37 am
    The following post is copyrighted by Return On Now - Austin Internet Marketing Consulting Services It’s an age old debate, especially for entrepreneurs and smaller businesses. Typical questions we hear are things like: Should I spend my time making sure my website is easy to use? Would I be better served focusing on traffic generation? Are the two areas completely separate or overlapping? Ultimately, what do I need to do to succeed on the internet? Just this week, we met with a client who recently redesigned their website. They found that rankings had shuffled upon relaunch, and were…
  • 10 Content Ideas for Social Media Success

    Ernest Thompson
    16 Feb 2015 | 2:11 pm
    The following post is copyrighted by Return On Now - Austin Internet Marketing Consulting Services Today we offer you a guest post from Ernest Thompson of http://buyviewsreview.com/, reviewing some ideas to help you generate content for social media when promoting your brand. Disclaimer: The views and opinions stated in this post are that of the author, and Return On Now may or may not agree with any or all of the commentary. Having brand new content ideas for your social media fans and followers is the most important aspect of any social media marketing venture. This means new tweets, new…
  • The Google and Twitter Deal: How, Why, and What to Know

    Tommy Landry
    12 Feb 2015 | 11:56 am
    The following post is copyrighted by Return On Now - Austin Internet Marketing Consulting Services As one of the more intriguing internet marketing stories of the past week, Google has announced that they have partnered with Twitter again. If you recall, Google had access to the Twitter “fire hose” a few years ago, but that agreement expired in mid-2011. Since that time, tweets have gone mostly unindexed (some sources have indicated that less than 8% of tweets can be found in the Google SERPs). Let’s take a few moments today to review the deal and consider the reasons, as well as the…
  • How To Write Blog Posts That Will Rank Well and Engage Readers

    Tommy Landry
    5 Feb 2015 | 2:12 pm
    The following post is copyrighted by Return On Now - Austin Internet Marketing Consulting Services By now, pretty much everyone in marketing should understand the value of blogging for business benefit. For those of you who are still unclear, here are the most commonly cited reasons: Reinforce your brand message and establish thought leadership in your field Provide a range of keywords and topics to help your domain rank in search Engage your target audience and build a community Generate content items for sharing on social media to start conversations Ultimately, generate interest and leads…
  • What to Test With PPC, Landing Pages, and Email Marketing

    Tommy Landry
    28 Jan 2015 | 12:23 pm
    The following post is copyrighted by Return On Now - Austin Internet Marketing Consulting Services We are nearing the end of the first month of 2015, and most of us should have a good idea of what new inbound marketing strategies we want to tackle this year. It always pays to review what we did in the previous year, analyze what worked and didn’t work, and come up with areas of improvement. After having several conversations with clients and networking colleagues about testing and conversion rate optimization in the past few weeks, I thought I’d take a moment to do a brain dump of…
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    Changemakers Ideas ExChange

  • Re-imagine Learning Challenges: Pioneers Hangout Series

    John Converse Townsend
    24 Feb 2015 | 3:08 pm
    There’s a growing demand in the workplace, and at almost every level of our global society, for innovative solutions to serious challenges.read more
  • How Innovative Young Africans Are Fixing A Broken Education System

    Future Forward Team
    10 Feb 2015 | 7:25 am
    Illiteracy rates in West Africa were the highest in the world in 2009, but as recently as 2013 the World Bank reported that things were turning around. Across the region, many more children, especially girls, were enrolling in primary school.read more
  • Trottibus is the Winner of The Play Exchange!

    kristiewang
    2 Feb 2015 | 5:20 pm
    Canadians from coast to coast to coast have spoken! Our six finalists were featured during a CBC Special, Canadians were asked to vote for their favourite innovation.Trottibus received the most votes and will receive up to $1 million from the Government of Canada to put their winning idea into action!read more
  • Reliefwatch Founder Daniel Yu Wins Prince of Wales Young Sustainability Entrepreneurs Prize

    Changemakers
    30 Jan 2015 | 10:04 am
    LONDON -- Unilever and University of Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership announce Daniel Yu as the winner of the second Prince of Wales Young Sustainability Entrepreneur Prize.Daniel Yu, 21, founder of Reliefwatch—a simple softwaread more
  • Semi-Finalists Announced!

    kristiewang
    27 Jan 2015 | 12:41 am
    Ashoka Changemakers and Arthur Guinness Projects thank all who entered the Makers of More challenge for sharing their ideas for creating strong communities with more opportunities! An astounding number of entries were received from around the world – more than 300– and we’re proud to announce that 40 Semi-Finalists have been selected. They will go on to the next round of judging and remain eligible to win a grand prize of €30,000. Two additional runners-up will win €10,000 each. read more
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  • Letting go

    admin
    25 Feb 2015 | 9:10 pm
    Ram and Smita, Rang De’s co-founder, recently had the chance to meet with Ms Pervin Verma- Trustee, Child Rights and You. Here Smita writes about some of her impressions following that meeting. A founder’s relationship with the organization he/she starts is not very different from a relationship between parents and their children. The founder and the parent both want to let go of their children at the appropriate time, but in both cases, they end up handholding for a lot longer than is needed. In a founder’s case, this is referred to as The Founder’s Syndrome. The…
  • Victory is sweeter when you share the #CupOfJoy

    aishwarya
    19 Feb 2015 | 2:13 pm
    Every 4 years cricketing nations from all over the world come together to fight it out for the ultimate glory in their sport – the World Cup. After weeks of nail-biting matches and close-shaves when the tournament culminates in the coveted Cup being lifted by a team, it is a moment of pride. And in a country like India, where it is played not just on ground by 11 players but by over a billion people glued to their TV sets, cricket becomes much more than a sport. We, at Rang De, thought that if cricket can make us rise above our differences, it could also be a powerful force for doing…
  • Rang De Impact Confluence 2015

    smita
    15 Feb 2015 | 9:04 pm
    [Smita, Co-founder, Rang De, writes about our upcoming Rang De Impact Confluence 2015]   I still remember the 1st field partner meet Rang De organised in Mahabalipuram in a tiny resort in December 2010. We had less than a handful of field partners who we were working with and the two day meet centred more around how we can work together more efficiently. An important outcome of this meet was a voluntary decision by our field partners to sign a resolution that we are committed to making low cost microcredit a reality. The resolution had the signatures of all the heads of our partner…
  • It starts with the girls

    admin
    5 Feb 2015 | 11:48 pm
    “Our girls are leaving the boys behind. It is becoming increasing difficult to find suitable husbands for them.” That little nugget of information was imparted to us by a US returned doctor who had spent a major portion of his professional life in the service of the marginalized tribal populations in Tamil Nadu. We were listening to him take us through the history of the efficient and truly impressive hospital he had helped build. Staffed and managed entirely by the community members, the hospital provides first rate curative health services to nearly 25,000 tribals. Talking about…
  • Leap of Faith

    admin
    29 Dec 2014 | 4:09 am
    Soumya Jayaram is the Chief Financial Officer at Rang De. She is a Chartered Accountant by training and prior to joining Rang De worked with ICICI bank for a decade approximately.  When not busy managing Rang De’s finances, Soumya dabbles in photography, pottery and baking.  It’s been approximately 8 months since I joined Rang De as CFO. A conversation with a friend contemplating a career switch recently got me thinking about my journey so far and then I couldn’t rest till I had penned these thoughts down. I had been a Rang De supporter for a while before I joined the team, and…
 
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  • Last Minute Valentine’s Day Gifts

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

    EllieFunDay
    29 Jan 2015 | 11:17 am
    Please read this heartfelt, beautiful story from one of our Ellie Fun Day fans. You’re one of the reasons why we are here! “I wanted to thank you so much for the personal card you sent with my latest Ellie Fun Day order. I also wanted to share with you the story behind my first order. I have wanted to be a mother my whole life. I had another birthday in September and the longing for marriage and family was stronger than ever. That ache that people feel, I have experienced it more acutely over the past 5 years than I ever thought possible. But, so far, marriage has not been part…
  • Free Watercolor Gift Tags

    EllieFunDay
    9 Dec 2014 | 2:04 am
    When it comes to the holidays, one of my favorite parts is wrapping the presents! If that’s the same for you, well, you’re in luck, we have some FREE Watercolor Holiday Gift Tags. All hand-painted by our wonderful intern Melanie! She also sells her other art pieces…currently hanging up at the Googleplex. Yep, she’s talented alright! What’s your favorite way to wrap your presents? We like to make things a little untraditional…burlap, feathers, a bit of twine.   Download your Watercolor Gift Tags today!
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    Justmeans Articles and Editorial

  • Have a Heart by Supporting TO THE MARKET

    Julie Fahnestock
    6 Feb 2015 | 5:33 am
    (3BL Media and Just Means)--The national day of love, Valentine’s Day, is next Saturday. Cheap chocolate, tacky decorations and roses define this American holiday. But it can be so much more. If you’re not into predetermined celebrations of love, I’ve got another way to create some Valentine’s Day meaning for you: A Heart for Survivors. It’s a campaign of social enterprise: TO THE MARKET. They partner with the millions of people who have overcome exploitation, human trafficking, and domestic abuse. By selling their beautiful jewelry, clothing and other artisan products, they create…
  • Have No Fear, The B Corp Handbook is Here. B Storytelling Puts it to the Test.

    Julie Fahnestock
    27 Jan 2015 | 7:08 am
    (3BL Media and Just Means) - I’m a solopreneur and I want to belong. I want to belong to the B Corp movement where companies like Method, Etsy, WorkSquare, Suncommon and Green Mountain Power hang together. But what does it really take to join them? Does it make sense for me to spend the time working through a lengthy questionnaire, pay $500, form a Board of Advisers, organize an audit and track all of my impact? If I commit to all of this, will I have time to do my real job, as in provide content strategy and storytelling for the B Corp community? For me, it’s a no-brainer. I’m joining…
  • How Planting Trees in Haiti Put Kids in School: The Timberland Story

    Julie Fahnestock
    15 Jan 2015 | 6:23 am
    (3BL Media and Just Means) — When’s the last time you walked into your yard or car park, looked up at the trees, and in the same thought, gave thanks for the education of your children? It’s not a correlation I’ve ever made. But it is to Gustave, a smallholder farmer from Gonaïves, Haiti. Trees are sending his five kids to school. Three of the five are attending high school, analogous to attending Harvard in the United States. Only five percent of children attend high school in Haiti and Gustave’s three children are the first in his family to make it this far.  Trees are making…
  • Green Mountain Power Creates B Corp Energy

    Julie Fahnestock
    22 Dec 2014 | 8:38 am
    (3BL Media/Justmeans ) - Environmental advocates: They are leaders in solar, wind and hydroelectric energies with 62 percent of their portfolio in renewables. Empowered employees: They were named one of the “Best Places to Work in Vermont.” Approachable leadership: Their CEO knows the names, partners’ names and pets’ names of 600+ employees. Which company am I describing? You might have guessed I was referring to sustainable business poster children like Patagonia, Ben and Jerry’s or Cabot Creamery. Guess again and instead, think “monopoly.” I’m describing the first, publicly…
  • Fair Trade USA Campaigns to Make a $25 Million Investment for a $1 Billion Impact

    Julie Fahnestock
    19 Dec 2014 | 5:10 am
    (3BL Media and Just Means) - As you reflect on the year 2014 and begin thinking about 2015, don’t forget that your new, five-year goals are inclusive of the year 2020. What kind of impact do you hope to make by then? How about giving $1 billion to farmers, farm workers, factory workers, and fishermen in over 70 countries around the world? That’s the 2020 goal of Fair Trade USA. Since 1998 and the history of the Fair Trade USA label, Fair Trade USA claims to have helped farmers earn an additional $350,000,000, a combination of premiums and price above the market rates. Today, they are…
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    Development Marketplace - Turning Ideas into Action

  • Seeing Things Clearly: Accessible Eye Care for the Rural Poor

    Dr. Parveez Ubed
    19 Feb 2015 | 8:51 am
    I graduated from the Government Medical College in Guwahati (Assam) in the summer of 2007 as an ophthalmologist. I was confident that I would start a successful eye care practice in Upper Assam, in my hometown Jorhat. But, starting an eye care practice requires considerable investment, so I opted to start in a corporate hospital at first. The patients were rich, could afford anything, and my paycheck was not something to complain about. It was not long, before I realized that treating high profile patients was not always a piece of cake. Many times, you not only treat the patient, but also…
  • Innovative Business Models for Better Impact: Why eLearning for Social Entrepreneurs?

    Alexandra Endara
    5 Feb 2015 | 10:25 am
    Once a week, Don Francisco, a coffee grower in rural Bolivia, travels by foot for 50kms to the closest town, so that he can use the only computer center available in a 90km radius. Once there, he checks New York’s stock market to make sure his coffee cooperative is receiving a fair price for its  product.
  • 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…
 
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    Austin Center for Design

  • Externalize & Focus

    lindsay.josal
    22 Feb 2015 | 11:28 am
    I had to start somewhere, so this week was about externalizing. I found if did’t get going on one idea, follow it through, and make the thing– it was impossible to get feedback. I was still feeling a little stuck though while making things. I was continually circling around the notion of the idea but not the actual idea itself. I met with Diana, a lovely AC4D alum, who understands this process and was a big help in compassionately telling me to focus on something! This week’s work I began this week diving into wires trying my best to make an interface to work through some of…
  • Summit (formerly known as TippingPoint): Iteration and Preparation

    jeff.patton
    22 Feb 2015 | 5:25 am
    We are entering the final week of Quarter 3 and time sure is flying by!  In less than a week we will be presenting the latest incarnation of our design idea — Summit (formerly known as TippingPoint) — which we are currently in the early stages of prototyping and user testing. In case you are just now following our weekly blogocast, Sam, Lauren & myself have been focusing on the problem of credit card debt among young people 18 to 30. Through research we completed last quarter, we found that people have trouble incorporating paying off their debt into their day to day…
  • About being human…

    Crystal
    21 Feb 2015 | 9:00 pm
    This week is winding down. There has been, on my end, a lot of interaction with new technologies which I thought I could find some clarity in what I am trying to do. To bring the compassion of group therapy, through a vocal documentation of real people going through symptoms that the user of the book I am making may be going through. Things like introduction to taking medication, side-effects, stigma, and making it through the though times. In my case, I just want to bring the feeling that mental illness is not uncommon, or weird to those who, say in rural west Texas. So I did A LOT  of…
  • Better Than a Phone Call

    maryanne.lee
    21 Feb 2015 | 1:10 pm
    In our second to last week of Q3, our team (Laura Galos and Maryanne Lee) continued to build out or service, Meaningful Mail (working title). This service allows family members, from the web, to introduce difficult aging-related topics with elderly family members by sending them prompts and letters through the mail. To expand on our idea since last week, we created three main flows as low-fidelity wireframes, or sketched images of screens for the web part of the service. The main flows included: Choosing a prompt Writing a long-form letter Writing small sections of a letter – 2…
  • The Trust Engineers: Please, Keep Talking

    Crystal
    15 Feb 2015 | 2:02 pm
    What am I doing: Attempting to bring the community of help to those who need it in isolation. Rural environments severely lack the resources to treat mental illnesses such as depression and bipolar, so I am attempting to make a group therapy and medication regime delivery service. The program (so far) consists of a recordable book of stories, guided by a (recorded) facilitator that explains the program and introduces and welcomes the program to the user.  Each book page includes a longer story series the person can listen to one piece each time they take their medication. Hopefully the…
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  • How To Successfully Grow Your Email List Using Facebook Pages

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

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

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

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

    LaTease Rikard
    16 May 2014 | 4:21 pm
    My ex had a bag phone when cell phones first came out. At that time they cost thousands of dollars, and he had to plug it up in his car in order to work. He was an exec for AT&T and they were one of the first people to get a phone and have their company front the bill. The amazing thing is that phenomenal changes in mobile phone technology have a occurred in a very short period of time. I found an article called, "From Bricks to Brains," (Computer Science Degree Hub) that mentioned this tidbit: "$3,995 was the price of the first cell phone in 1983, the Motorola DynaTAC 8000X," and that…
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    RKA ink - Web Design With Heart

  • My Top 10 Favorite Valentine Traditions (That Have Nothing To Do With Romance)

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

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

    Sara Gorsky
    9 Feb 2015 | 12:01 pm
    RKA Note: This is Sara Gorsky’s maiden post for RKA ink. If you’re one of our awesome clients, you already know Sara: she is our rock star project manager, client advocate, and digital dragon slayer. We are so lucky to have Sara on our team! You can look forward to more fun posts from Sara in the weeks to come.  1. Your project started out great 2. But then things began to fall apart: 3. You forgot what you needed to do next, 4. An important note got missed, 5. Your deadlines got pushed back, 6. And you have no idea what your next steps are. 7. You feel alone 8. And insane 9.
  • Panic Attacks At Work: What I Do and Don’t Do

    Rachael Kay Albers
    30 Jan 2015 | 5:05 pm
    I will never forget my first panic attack. It might surprise you to know that I was having a good day. I was walking to the L train in Chicago after a coffee date with a girlfriend. I felt happy. As I took my seat, I started to feel like I couldn’t get enough air. Must be the fumes having a funny effect on me, I thought, so before the doors closed I got off the train and went upstairs to walk a few blocks. This only made it worse. My heart raced faster and faster and I felt a painful tightening in my chest. I reached for my phone — out of battery. Oh my God, I’m…
  • 4 Things We Can Learn About Great Content From Serial’s Success

    Rachael Kay Albers
    27 Jan 2015 | 12:40 pm
    I know, I know…I’m late to the Serial party. I avoided it all fall, as I often do with stuff the “cool kids” are into, only to find myself in sweet surrender a few months later. I listened to all 12 episodes in a day. And I’m seriously contemplating doing it again because, like the original investigators on the case, I’m pretty sure I missed a few things. But this post isn’t about Hae, Jay, or Adnan. I don’t presume to know what really happened on January 13, 1999 and I’m not here to solve the mystery. I’m writing about the Serial…
 
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  • Critical thinking

    Daniel Montano
    26 Feb 2015 | 5:40 pm
    Daniel Montano:I’m glad someone else is noticing this troubling and risky trend in our society. Originally posted on Q Logic: There’s simply nothing you should just accept at face value. You should always do your own homework. Critical thinkers rarely take something they read or hear as fact. Critical thinkers will seek out other perspectives. The reflex action of a critical thinker is to assume there’s another side to whatever story they’re told. What alarms me is how often you see people take a premise at face value with no questions. There was a time in the late 60s and early…
  • We will usually pick anecdotal stories and narrative over data and evidence

    Daniel Montano
    26 Feb 2015 | 9:25 am
    Daniel Montano:We should be aware of this cognitive bias and make sure to review storytelling with the same rigor as data and evidence. Originally posted on Facts about Religion: Let me tell you a story. Today during lunch I did what I always do, I read an article by people who are supposed to be much smarter than I am. Surprisingly what I read explained my interactions with other people, especially when it comes to their disdain for data and preference for personal stories. As I processed this article, I began to realize that there is a biological reason for why we prefer to believe the…
  • The 10 One Planet principles…

    Daniel Montano
    25 Feb 2015 | 6:38 am
    Daniel Montano:From the blog: Sustainability – Can doing “good” be harmful? Originally posted on Sustainability - Can doing "good" be harmful?: View original
  • Structure in Threes: Business Design and Reengineering

    Daniel Montano
    25 Feb 2015 | 6:36 am
    Daniel Montano:From the blog: Brian’s Blog Originally posted on Brian's Blog: The last round of brainstorming tightened up my thinking around the methodology.  Like all engineering endeavors I needed to identify the beginning point for creating the enterprise.  Most of the business model approaches are just that.  They document the existing and while that is necessary, is that sufficient?  When I’ve attended workshops focused on business models, often it ends up around optimization rather than innovation.  The strategy and planning methodology I devised and fielded for…
  • At Last! Scientific Proof that Writing is Good For You

    Daniel Montano
    25 Feb 2015 | 6:35 am
    Daniel Montano:From the blog: Ellie Herman coaching Originally posted on Ellie Herman coaching: So I was slurping up cereal over my keyboard, figuring that Lucky Charms on your keyboard are the new power breakfast, when my daughter’s friend Fiona Doherty appeared in my office waving an article from the New York Times that she thought I might find interesting. Even though a raft of scientific studies have conclusively proven that multitasking can damage your career and your brain, I started skimming the article while answering emails because Fiona is a fabulous person and I did not want to…
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  • Ten Things to Include in Your Sustainability Report

    Mike Rowlands
    26 Feb 2015 | 1:37 pm
    At Junxion, we believe sustainability reports should be mandatory. But what should be included? From our experience working with brands like adidas, Hong Kong & Shanghai Hotels and many others, here’s our list of the top ten things to include in your report: A statement from your CEO, ideally with genuine personal commitment, to drive the business to being more sustainable. An assessment of the most material, or relevant, issues that your company has to address. A clear expression of your company’s vision or ambition for sustainability, in the context of the big picture…
  • CSR Reporting: A Great Lever for Change

    junxion
    23 Feb 2015 | 4:58 pm
    On April 1, 2014, the Indian government introduced the world’s most comprehensive CSR law. In a nutshell, it requires companies that meet certain criteria to spend two percent of a rolling three-year average of their profits on various CSR activities. This may include measures relating to hunger, nutrition, sanitation, education and training, environment, women’s empowerment, national heritage, arts and culture, sports activities and the Prime Minister’s relief fund. The law is expected to generate more than $2 billion USD annually. Those funds can be spent by companies to implement…
  • Innovation is Overrated

    Mike Rowlands
    24 Jan 2015 | 3:19 pm
    Today’s obsession with innovation is causing as many problems for entrepreneurs as it solves. And it’s definitely not the only way to solve challenges or build a thriving enterprise. When I was a boy, I remember my father having a massive collection of neckties. There must have been over a hundred of them, their knots slacked off, not quite undone, all draped around a single hanger in his closet. There were wide ones and narrow ones; bright, garish ones, and dark, conservative ones; silk ones and cotton ones; with ends that came to a point, or stopped short in a square. My favourite was a…
  • Collaboration in the face of complex problems

    JX Editor
    17 Dec 2014 | 7:59 pm
    As the world has watched the ‘Arab Morning’ spread across North Africa and countries of the Middle East this year, we have been amazed by tales of everyday heroism, and heartbroken by stories of unimaginable violence and loss. Last week, I opened my keynote presentation to the UK Institute of Fundraising‘s National Convention with one such story—that of Hamza al-Khateeb, the 13 year-old boy who was savagely beaten and murdered at the hands of Syria’s security forces. Stories such as his strike a devastating blow to our faith in the goodness of humanity; sadly, it is…
  • Dimensions of social enterprise leadership: Part 3

    junxion
    17 Dec 2014 | 7:29 pm
    Series: Third of Five I like giving information interviews. (There. I have said it. If the phone now rings off the hook my own fault.) At least thrice each week, a brave entrepreneur (for the record, I believe they are all brave) sends me an email, or gives me a ring, to ask if they can “buy me a coffee” and “pick my brain” about their business. I make time for as many as I can. Many—perhaps most—of these conversations are as fruitful for me as I hope they are for the entrepreneurs across the table. A handful are truly inspiring—instances when I get a glimpse of the vast…
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  • Enviromate – Putting Reuse at the Heart of Construction

    Robert
    11 Feb 2015 | 8:17 am
    Enviromate is designed with one core goal; to encourage and promote sustainable construction through the reuse of surplus building materials at all levels within the industry, diverting reusable material from landfill – Increasing the product lifecycle, reducing the extraction of vital raw materials, enabling the transition to a circular economy and most importantly saving the Environment. Enviromate was the idea [...]The post Enviromate – Putting Reuse at the Heart of Construction appeared first on Green Entrepreneurship.
  • Book your green certified hotel on GreenHotelWorld.com

    Willem
    31 Aug 2014 | 9:45 am
    Eco Conscious Booking Like any other online travel agency, GreenHotelWorld.com offers you the best hotels for the lowest prices. However, they feel they should make it super easy for you to choose the greenest hotel at the same time. Therefore, they highlight hotels that protect the environment, address social issues, support the local economy and preserve [...]The post Book your green certified hotel on GreenHotelWorld.com appeared first on Green Entrepreneurship.
  • UK Green Crowdfunding platforms merge

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

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

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

    Anastasia
    26 Feb 2015 | 7:16 am
    Starting a business and managing it is a gratifying career choice. However, it is an extremely time-consuming and demanding process at the same time. As it is easy to get lost in everything that needs to be done and the hours seem to fly by too fast, a proper structure is essential for keeping a clear (and healthy) head. Many things influence the quantity and quality of results. However, proper building blocks always bring forward a stable and fruitful construction. As an entrepreneur, you are the building block and should thus start looking for answers primarily in yourself. One of the…
  • Mass Customization: What, Why, How, and Examples

    Martin
    25 Feb 2015 | 7:01 am
    © pixabay | SplitShire Mass customization is an important business concept, which numerous brands are adopting these days. Moreover, the concept is also utilized in the development of marketing strategies for product and service lines and during the process of recognizing the target audience of a brand or business. In this article we start discussing 1) what is mass customization; going then to describe 2) approaches to mass customization; 3) how it is helpful for entrepreneurs?; 4) insights into modern concepts related to mass customization; and 5) challenges in mass customization. WHAT IS…
  • Bureaucratic vs. Matrix Organizational Structures

    Anastasia
    24 Feb 2015 | 7:29 am
    An organization is defined as a collective composed of individuals or groups of individuals, with different functions or roles, working together towards common goals. It involves different individuals, different tasks, different techniques, and different processes. This diversity, if left unchecked or unregulated, could lead to chaos and disorder. Order is required. Thus, it is inevitable that every organization should have a framework or a structure in order to keep all these differences on track towards that common goal. The organizational structure would then be used to establish a pattern…
  • Seven White Hat SEO Strategies for Beginners

    Martin
    23 Feb 2015 | 7:52 am
    White hat SEO refers to website optimization strategies performed in accordance with the best practices proffered by that largest search engines – Google, Bing, and Yahoo. Moreover, white hat SEO strategies are those done in accordance with ethical standards. There are many ways to try to fool search engines into thinking that a website should be ranked higher than it is. These are known as black hat SEO strategies. However, white hat SEO is about providing search engines with a clear and accurate picture of what a website is about, and working to improve visibility in search results by…
  • What qualities make a good networker

    Anastasia
    22 Feb 2015 | 8:47 am
    © pixabay | geralt In this article, we describe and discuss 1) the definition of networking; 2) the common traits of a good networker; 3) networking tips for entrepreneur; 4) importance of networking for entrepreneurs; and 5) examples of entrepreneurial networking. THE DEFINITION OF NETWORKING Networking is defined as, “Developing and using contacts made in business for purposes beyond the reason for the initial contact.” Business Networking is referred to as a low-cost technique of marketing used to develop new contacts in the business world through associating with other individuals…
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  • How to Use Presentation Platforms to Increase Website Traffic

    Tammy Hawk-Bridges
    25 Feb 2015 | 8:37 am
    Let’s face it, coming up with a social media marketing strategy is overwhelming. There’s so many moving parts, you probably don’t know how to use it or more importantly why to use it. First, let’s talk about what a social media strategy should be about – it’s about growing your followers AND driving traffic to your website. Social media platforms are amazing for increasing website traffic. Post Google updates (Penguin, Hummingbird etc.) organic traffic (Traffic that comes from the result of people typing into the search engine a certain phrase or keyword…
  • Have a Small Business Idea? Here’s Some Considerations

    Tammy Hawk-Bridges
    19 Feb 2015 | 6:38 am
    One of the worst things you can do? Create a business with absolutely no foundation other than it seems like a cool idea. When I left corporate America and entered into the world of entrepreneurship I thought that being a smart business woman gave me a leg up. Boy, was I stupid! I had a very cool idea, all my friends and family said so! But I did no research on my market. I didn’t know who my buyer was, and what’s worse I couldn’t reach enough of them to support my business. So guess what? 13 months, tons of lost time, tons of lost money, lots of tears later – big…
  • Marketing is a Verb – That Means Action

    Tammy Hawk-Bridges
    11 Feb 2015 | 7:05 pm
    If you want to grow your reach and make more money in your business the process by which you make that happen is called marketing. 1 million new micro businesses start up every year (A micro business is made up of 1 or 2 people.). 80% of those 1 million businesses won’t break 50K in annual revenue (Notice I didn’t say profit- I said revenue). Why? There are lots of reasons but in many cases marketing is the missing piece. They’re too small minded about their business. (Sorry, I’m not trying to be mean here, just honest :-).) Small Mind = Small Profits Most people will get…
  • Entrepreneur Education – Declutter To Make More Money in Your Business

    Tammy Hawk-Bridges
    5 Feb 2015 | 7:14 am
    You know what’s really cool about what I do? I get to tell people how to make more money. If they have a valid business idea, I can tell them how to build a process to bridge the gaps and be more profitable. Given the right person that’s willing to roll up their sleeves and get really serious, I can succeed every time. However, one of the things I learned first as a sales trainer back in my corporate days that still holds true today in my life as an entrepreneur mentor is that people who are messy and unorganized will struggle. You cannot build profitability in chaos. When I was a…
  • Use Blogging to Get Consulting Clients

    Tammy Hawk-Bridges
    26 Jan 2015 | 5:36 pm
    One of the questions I get asked a lot is, “How did you grow your consulting business so fast?” I never mind answering this question because it’s one of my favorite things to talk about! After my first business failed and I lost a ton of money I learned the error of my ways before going into business number two. I made two major mistakes that caused my demise: I didn’t understand marketing. I didn’t have a strategy or plan. I just worked hard all day long hustling with no purpose. So when I went into my next endeavor I prepared to not only play a very serious…
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    Conversations With PASSION! Corey Poirier

  • Shaun T. and Christine Campbell - Stop The Insanity

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

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

    Entrepreneur Corey Poirier interviews Jack Canfield, Chalene Johnson, John Lee Dumas, Pat Flynn, Mari Smith, Chris Brogan, Michael Gerber on Passion, Social Media, Passive Income and Podcasting twice each week
    14 Jan 2015 | 8:15 am
    This episode of Conversations With PASSION! includes conversations With Dr. John DeMartini of the Demartini Institute, Wellness Coach Faythe Buchanan, Storyteller Margaret Magner of Magner Ink, and the various segments you've come to expect.
  • Mari Smith - Growing your following

    Entrepreneur Corey Poirier interviews Jack Canfield, Chalene Johnson, John Lee Dumas, Pat Flynn, Mari Smith, Chris Brogan, Michael Gerber on Passion, Social Media, Passive Income and Podcasting twice each week
    6 Jan 2015 | 6:34 am
    This latest episode of Conversations With Passion includes conversations with Blogging for Coaches founder Steve Martile, Anxiety Coach's Podcast host Kevin Davis, Chatting With Champions Host and Entrrepreneur Tyler Basu, a song my Award Winning Singer / Songwriter Matt Andersen and special Guest, and Facebook specialist, Mari Smith.
  • John Lee Dumas - on launching from ground zero

    Entrepreneur Corey Poirier interviews Jack Canfield, Chalene Johnson, John Lee Dumas, Pat Flynn, Mari Smith, Chris Brogan, Michael Gerber on Passion, Social Media, Passive Income and Podcasting twice each week
    1 Jan 2015 | 2:37 pm
    This episode of Conversations With Passion features conversations with John Lee Dumas of Entrepreneur on Fire, Todd Weaver of Tremendous Life Radio, and World Famous Groupie Patti Johnsen.
 
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    Emerging Innovation

  • Reconnecting hipster Bangkok with its people.

    Courtney Payne
    26 Feb 2015 | 4:00 am
    BANGKOK - Since it first opened last month, the Root Garden has been aiming to re-kindle the relationship between the city's people and the land. The mini garden’s management team plans to achieve this through agricultural and food education, community activities and inciting residents to come and embrace the beauty of the garden, its 20 chickens and four baby goats.
  • Safety in the Smell: Regulating the Street Food Industry, a Futile Exercise?

    Rachel Forst
    29 Jan 2015 | 4:00 am
    HO CHI MINH CITY - Do Vietnamese street vendors achieve adequate food hygiene more efficiently and cost-effectively than in more developed countries?
  • Space Cowboys: Addis Ababa, home to the future Ethiopian Space Programme

    Emerging Innovation
    27 Jan 2015 | 11:43 am
    ADDIS ABABA - A regional powerhouse in East Africa, the Ethiopian government announced its plans to launch a medium research space satellite by 2020.
  • Sharp Knives: India’s Butcher Business Problem

    Emerging Innovation
    26 Jan 2015 | 3:23 pm
    NEW DELHI - In Tamil Nadu, raising hygiene levels in slaughterhouses, meat outlets and butcheries was declared a key priority by TANUVAS, the Meat Sciences department of the Tamil Nadu Veterenary and Animal Sciences University.
  • Flickr Friday: Candy

    Emerging Innovation
    23 Jan 2015 | 4:00 am
    Every Friday we introduce our favorite Flickr images of the week in one post. This week, we were inspired by candy.
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