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  • See Change Roundtables in Oakland and New York

    SustainAbility
    27 Jan 2015 | 7:54 pm
    SustainAbility is hosting two breakfast roundtables exploring key findings from our latest research on transparency, See Change: How Transparency Drives Performance. Report co-authors will provide an overview of the research and discuss the following questions: What does ‘effective’ corporate transparency look like? How can transparency prompt better decision-making, impact performance, and drive positive change for your company? How has corporate transparency evolved and where is it going next? How can companies use the Transparency Advancement Tool to drive their transparency efforts…
  • “Social” Shines at Sundance

    Skoll World Forum on Social Entrepreneurship
    Jake Wadland
    26 Jan 2015 | 10:08 pm
    Snow-covered mountains, celebrities, and long lines in the streets of Park City can only mean one thing: the 2015 Sundance Film Festival. The Skoll-Sundance partnership is a natural one. The Skoll Foundation has a long history of storytelling about entrepreneurial solutions to some of the world’s thorniest problems. Sundance has a long history of cultivating a cutting-edge community of filmmakers unafraid to tackle complicated issues. The Stories of Change program, a Skoll-Sundance collaboration, is often regarded as one of the Foundation’s most successful initiatives. As Skoll…
  • 10 Trends for 2015: Reimagining a "Future-Fit" Workplace

    SustainAbility
    21 Jan 2015 | 6:22 pm
    An increasing number of workplaces are embracing future fit practices including flexible working and benefits for employees. © iStockphoto 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 first in our…
  • Study of Development Technology Breakthroughs Uncovers Some Surprises

    Skoll World Forum on Social Entrepreneurship
    Jake Wadland
    29 Jan 2015 | 11:46 am
    Three years ago, I was a consultant providing strategic advice on international development. My clients included foundations, NGOs, social enterprises, businesses, and large institutions like USAID, the World Bank, and UN agencies. While the work was interesting, I got a firsthand look at how broken the international development industry is: inefficient, focused on media hype more than credible results, and – with a few notable exceptions – just doing the same old thing. Then something piqued my curiosity. I was approached by the Lawrence Berkeley National Lab—one of the most storied…
  • This little animal can potentially live forever

    Latest Items from TreeHugger
    Melissa Breyer
    30 Jan 2015 | 3:48 pm
    Immortality, much? Scientists believe that the hydra may be able to eternally resist going gentle into that good night.
 
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    SustainAbility

  • See Change Roundtables in Oakland and New York

    27 Jan 2015 | 7:54 pm
    SustainAbility is hosting two breakfast roundtables exploring key findings from our latest research on transparency, See Change: How Transparency Drives Performance. Report co-authors will provide an overview of the research and discuss the following questions: What does ‘effective’ corporate transparency look like? How can transparency prompt better decision-making, impact performance, and drive positive change for your company? How has corporate transparency evolved and where is it going next? How can companies use the Transparency Advancement Tool to drive their transparency efforts…
  • 10 Trends for 2015: Reimagining a "Future-Fit" Workplace

    21 Jan 2015 | 6:22 pm
    An increasing number of workplaces are embracing future fit practices including flexible working and benefits for employees. © iStockphoto 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 first in our…
  • Reporting and Transparency En Route to a One-Materiality Future

    18 Jan 2015 | 4:04 pm
    Flickr image by Greg Foster SustainAbility’s recently released research, See Change: How Transparency Drives Performance, proposes a solution to the somewhat stalled state of sustainability reporting and transparency. “See Change” highlights three key elements that must be addressed in order to gain the most value from transparency and reporting efforts: materiality; valuation of externalities; and integration. What follows is the first of a three-part series that will explore those elements. Most sustainability reports contain vast quantities of information about a…
  • Meet the Activists: Maddy Carroll, 38 Degrees

    14 Jan 2015 | 8:08 pm
    Image © 38 Degrees This piece was originally published in the autumn issue of Radar Magazine – Issue 05: Unusual Activists. 38 Degrees is one of the UK’s biggest campaigning communities, with over 2.5 million members. Members link up online and offline to discuss and vote on which issues the organisation campaigns on together. Zoë Arden talked to Maddy Carroll, Director of Campaigns at 38 Degrees, about the rise of ‘people-powered’ movements. Zoë Arden: Can you tell me about how the organisation started? Maddy Carroll: 38 Degrees started in 2009 when the political establishment…
  • See Change Roundtable Discussion at CBSR

    13 Jan 2015 | 7:47 pm
    Canadian Business for Social Responsibility (CBSR) is pleased to invite you to a breakfast roundtable on January 27 to explore the key findings of SustainAbility and GlobeScan’s latest research on transparency, including the recently released report See Change: How Transparency Drives Performance. Lorraine Smith and Margo Mosher from SustainAbility will share key findings of the report and Eric Whan from GlobeScan will share relevant transparency insights. The key thematic questions to be explored include: What is ‘effective’ corporate transparency? How can transparency drive better…
 
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    Triple Pundit: People, Planet, Profit

  • Will China’s Mining of the Moon Make It the Indisputable Global Power?

    Leon Kaye
    22 Jan 2015 | 3:00 am
    The Chinese space exploration program, now targeting the moon, has some enthusiasts excited over the viability of mining helium-3 as a safe form of energy.
  • Solar PV: Own or Lease?

    Andrew Burger
    22 Jan 2015 | 2:30 am
    The U.S. Department of Energy's National Renewable Energy Laboratory tackles the issue in two new studies.
  • Why This Top College Apparel Company Pays Living Wages

    Nayelli Gonzalez
    22 Jan 2015 | 2:00 am
    In an industry that manufactures most of its apparel in developing countries at unlivable wages, Alta Gracia Apparel – a clothing factory in the Dominican Republic that pays employees 300 percent above the legal minimum wage – is a one-of-a-kind social enterprise.
  • Marketing for Good: The (Often Overlooked) Power of Design

    3p Contributor
    22 Jan 2015 | 2:00 am
    Good design makes complicated things simple. Great design does it while inspiring us. Think of the first time you spun an iPod thumb wheel and realized you wouldn’t need instructions to figure this thing out. These experiences stop us in our tracks with the realization there are smart people out there using their powers for good.
  • U.N. Global Compact Expels Hundreds for Non-Compliance

    Jan Lee
    22 Jan 2015 | 1:45 am
    The U.N. Global Compact, the United Nations' sustainability initiative, won some and lost some at the end of 2014 -- literally. While its membership is now up to more than 8,000, it is still having a problem with ensuring that members file the very reports that show whether the UNGC is succeeding in its goals. The expulsions for 2014 amount to just under 8 percent of UNGC's total membership.
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    Skoll World Forum on Social Entrepreneurship

  • Study of Development Technology Breakthroughs Uncovers Some Surprises

    Jake Wadland
    29 Jan 2015 | 11:46 am
    Three years ago, I was a consultant providing strategic advice on international development. My clients included foundations, NGOs, social enterprises, businesses, and large institutions like USAID, the World Bank, and UN agencies. While the work was interesting, I got a firsthand look at how broken the international development industry is: inefficient, focused on media hype more than credible results, and – with a few notable exceptions – just doing the same old thing. Then something piqued my curiosity. I was approached by the Lawrence Berkeley National Lab—one of the most storied…
  • Counselor in Your Pocket: Messages Motivate Parents Through Clubfoot Treatment

    Jake Wadland
    29 Jan 2015 | 11:32 am
    “The text messages make me feel cared for,” says Hema, mother of Aniket, age three. We’re sitting in the waiting room of Wadia Hospital, in Mumbai, India. She shows me the fingerprint-covered screen of her small Nokia phone, and my colleague translates the messages from Hindi: “The brace is not painful for your child. It prevents the clubfoot from returning. You are doing the best thing for them!” And this one: “Sometimes it is easier for two people to put on the brace. One person can play with the child while the other person can ensure that the feet are in the brace…
  • Our Common Future Depends on Educating Pakistani Youth

    Jake Wadland
    29 Jan 2015 | 10:31 am
    Sometimes it’s more comfortable just to tune out bad news. Then something so awful happens that you simply have to sit up and take notice. On December 16, just such an atrocity took place in the northwestern Pakistani city of Peshawar. Militants entered the Army Public School and killed 145 people, including 132 schoolchildren. Slaying so many students and teachers in the very school that was supposed to be their sanctuary is impossible to ignore, whether you’re living in London, Los Angeles or Liberia. The children’s parents saw them off to school that morning, perhaps with a hug or a…
  • Latest on Forests: Palm Oil Trader Commits to Zero Deforestation

    Jake Wadland
    28 Jan 2015 | 4:28 pm
    Recent news coverage reveals threats to forests in Tanzania from illegal logging, and in South America linked to gold mining and conflict. A new online calculator suggests that we can maintain our standards of living, but only by making big changes, including expanding forests. The commitment by a large palm oil trader to stop contributing to deforestation offers hope.   World’s largest palm oil trader commits to zero deforestation (The Guardian). Singapore-based Wilmar International has committed not to engage in deforestation. The policy could save more than 1.5 gigatonnes of…
  • “Social” Shines at Sundance

    Jake Wadland
    26 Jan 2015 | 10:08 pm
    Snow-covered mountains, celebrities, and long lines in the streets of Park City can only mean one thing: the 2015 Sundance Film Festival. The Skoll-Sundance partnership is a natural one. The Skoll Foundation has a long history of storytelling about entrepreneurial solutions to some of the world’s thorniest problems. Sundance has a long history of cultivating a cutting-edge community of filmmakers unafraid to tackle complicated issues. The Stories of Change program, a Skoll-Sundance collaboration, is often regarded as one of the Foundation’s most successful initiatives. As Skoll…
 
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    Marc Gunther's blog

  • A modest proposal for big green NGOs

    Marc Gunther
    29 Jan 2015 | 8:43 am
    Here’s an idea for big environmental NGOs that work with corporate partners: Kindly recommend to those partners that they raise their voices in Washington in support of the EPA’s proposed coal plant rules. The coal plant rules are the cornerstone of the Obama administration’s climate change policy. Yet they are being strongly opposed by mainstream […] >
  • Healthy junk food? Hey, why not?

    Marc Gunther
    21 Jan 2015 | 6:00 pm
    Let them eat kale is not a recipe for solving America’s obesity crisis. Trust me. I’ve tried kale. I like Indian food, Thai food, Vietnamese food, Mexican food. I like spinach. But kale? It ain’t happening. Not for me, not for most people. Instead, re-engineering the foods that most of us already enjoy – pizza, […] >
  • Brainstorm Green: What’s next?

    Marc Gunther
    11 Jan 2015 | 12:34 pm
    In 2007, Andy Serwer, the managing editor of FORTUNE, where I was then a senior writer, asked me to work with the magazine’s conference division to create a conference about business and the environment. His timing was excellent. Presidential candidates Obama and McCain had promised to act to curb climate change. A global climate agreement […] >
  • Books I liked in 2014

    Marc Gunther
    21 Dec 2014 | 3:06 am
    For my last blog post of the year, I’d like to share with you some of the books that I enjoyed reading in 2014. I made a conscious effort this year to do less work-related reading, which isn’t always easy — so many books about business, sustainability and the environment come my way from publishers […] >
  • Sustainable business, from the bottom up

    Marc Gunther
    11 Dec 2014 | 4:13 pm
    For the most part, corporate sustainability programs drive change from the top down. If Apple wants to improve safety at the factories where its products are made, or Walmart wants to reduce fertilizer runoff in agriculture, or McDonald’s pledges to buy beef raised in environmentally friendly ways, those companies set targets and goals, they deploy […] >
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    Skoll World Forum on Social Entrepreneurship

  • Study of Development Technology Breakthroughs Uncovers Some Surprises

    Jake Wadland
    29 Jan 2015 | 11:46 am
    Three years ago, I was a consultant providing strategic advice on international development. My clients included foundations, NGOs, social enterprises, businesses, and large institutions like USAID, the World Bank, and UN agencies. While the work was interesting, I got a firsthand look at how broken the international development industry is: inefficient, focused on media hype more than credible results, and – with a few notable exceptions – just doing the same old thing. Then something piqued my curiosity. I was approached by the Lawrence Berkeley National Lab—one of the most storied…
  • Counselor in Your Pocket: Messages Motivate Parents Through Clubfoot Treatment

    Jake Wadland
    29 Jan 2015 | 11:32 am
    “The text messages make me feel cared for,” says Hema, mother of Aniket, age three. We’re sitting in the waiting room of Wadia Hospital, in Mumbai, India. She shows me the fingerprint-covered screen of her small Nokia phone, and my colleague translates the messages from Hindi: “The brace is not painful for your child. It prevents the clubfoot from returning. You are doing the best thing for them!” And this one: “Sometimes it is easier for two people to put on the brace. One person can play with the child while the other person can ensure that the feet are in the brace…
  • Our Common Future Depends on Educating Pakistani Youth

    Jake Wadland
    29 Jan 2015 | 10:31 am
    Sometimes it’s more comfortable just to tune out bad news. Then something so awful happens that you simply have to sit up and take notice. On December 16, just such an atrocity took place in the northwestern Pakistani city of Peshawar. Militants entered the Army Public School and killed 145 people, including 132 schoolchildren. Slaying so many students and teachers in the very school that was supposed to be their sanctuary is impossible to ignore, whether you’re living in London, Los Angeles or Liberia. The children’s parents saw them off to school that morning, perhaps with a hug or a…
  • Latest on Forests: Palm Oil Trader Commits to Zero Deforestation

    Jake Wadland
    28 Jan 2015 | 4:28 pm
    Recent news coverage reveals threats to forests in Tanzania from illegal logging, and in South America linked to gold mining and conflict. A new online calculator suggests that we can maintain our standards of living, but only by making big changes, including expanding forests. The commitment by a large palm oil trader to stop contributing to deforestation offers hope.   World’s largest palm oil trader commits to zero deforestation (The Guardian). Singapore-based Wilmar International has committed not to engage in deforestation. The policy could save more than 1.5 gigatonnes of…
  • “Social” Shines at Sundance

    Jake Wadland
    26 Jan 2015 | 10:08 pm
    Snow-covered mountains, celebrities, and long lines in the streets of Park City can only mean one thing: the 2015 Sundance Film Festival. The Skoll-Sundance partnership is a natural one. The Skoll Foundation has a long history of storytelling about entrepreneurial solutions to some of the world’s thorniest problems. Sundance has a long history of cultivating a cutting-edge community of filmmakers unafraid to tackle complicated issues. The Stories of Change program, a Skoll-Sundance collaboration, is often regarded as one of the Foundation’s most successful initiatives. As Skoll…
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    Global Envision

  • How art is helping informal waste workers stand out in their community

    Beth Alaimo
    30 Jan 2015 | 1:40 pm
    Image:  Flaunting bright colors and political jokes, Sao Paulo’s trash carts are drawing attention to the essential role of informal waste workers in Brazil.In developing countries, governments typically spend 20-50 percent of their budget on waste services, according to the Global Partnership on Waste Management. However, this covers only a portion of the total trash created and leaves 50 percent of the population without services.This is no different in Brazil, where 200,000 tons of trash is created each day, much of which has the potential to be recycled. Yet with a costly and…
  • The Rise of the celebrity humanitarian

    Jenica Funk
    29 Jan 2015 | 6:04 am
    Image:  Donation jars at commercial businesses, charities using images of malnourished children to boost contributions, viral fundraising campaigns--all these strategies indicate just how critical money is to a humanitarian effort’s success. But what happens when a celebrity is added to the mix?One of the most effective methods of attracting a wide, although perhaps not a deep, following is the use of a celebrity humanitarian: An A-Lister who has delved into areas of foreign aid, charity and international development. The United Nations is the leader in this attention-getting ploy,…
  • Global Ideas News Brief: Food for a growing African economy

    Abby Haight
    27 Jan 2015 | 5:41 am
    Image:  Food securityAfrica’s Economy Is Rising. Now What Happens to Its Food?NYTOver the last decade, Africa’s per capita income has grown at a rate nearly identical to that of the rest of the world.Internet accessIndonesia’s Crazy Income Gap Has a New Enemy: The InternetGoodThe gap between Indonesia’s rich and poor is wider than in any other developing country, climbing a staggering 60 percent over the last ten years.Global developmentIs development becoming a toxic term?The GuardianDevelopment used to be a battle against deprivation and dependence. Nowadays,…
  • The day Bill Gates drank poo (sort of)

    Emily Crowe
    26 Jan 2015 | 6:26 am
    Image:  Bill Gates’ latest adventure put the spotlight on one the world’s least sexy problems. What to do with with human poo? His answer: The Omniprocessor.The Omniprocessor… No, it’s not a new type of high-powered computer or an upcoming robotic Hollywood superhero -- but it’s still pretty impressive. The self-contained treatment system collects human waste and, using it as fuel, creates vital resources: water and electricity. The Omniprocessor not only reduces dangerous fecal contamination of groundwater, but creates sparkling clean drinking water…
  • Mercy Corps CEO tells a tale of two worlds at the World Economic Forum

    Guest Contributor
    23 Jan 2015 | 10:46 am
    Image:  By Mercy Corps CEO Neal Keny Guyer, originally published on the World Economic Forum blog.Despite the stories of crises, calamities and contagion, the world is better off today than at any time in human history....Unquestionably, the world is less afflicted with conflict and related deaths, enjoys greater prosperity and life expectancy, and is more connected by trade, commerce and technology than ever before."However, there is another story unfolding – one that is sobering, potentially ominous and threatens global progress. This is a tale of weak global governance and…
 
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    Beneblog: Technology Meets Society

  • 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…
  • The Gift of Reading, a Circle of Life

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

  • Tetra Tech Awarded $185 Environmental Remediation Contract

    Jessica Lyons Hardcastle
    30 Jan 2015 | 5:11 am
    Tetra Tech has been awarded a $185 million multiple award environmental remediation contract by the US Army Corps of Engineers Kansas City District. Through this five-year indefinite delivery/indefinite quantity contract, Tetra Tech will support the investigation, design, and removal of hazardous, toxic, and radioactive materials at military and civilian sites primarily within the USACE Northwestern […]
  • Senate Approves Keystone Pipeline

    Jessica Lyons Hardcastle
    30 Jan 2015 | 5:00 am
    The US Senate yesterday approved a bill that authorizes the construction of the Keystone XL pipeline. Following the vote — the Senate voted 62 to 36 in favor of building the 1,179-mile oil pipeline from Canada to the Gulf of Mexico — the White House again said President Obama would veto the measure, the New […]
  • Merck Selects CRedit360’s Sustainability Management Software

    Jessica Lyons Hardcastle
    30 Jan 2015 | 4:57 am
    Pharmaceutical and chemical company Merck has chosen CRedit360’s software to help improve the consistency of its global sustainability data management and reporting. The German based company, which employs around 39,000 people in 66 countries, will use the CRedit360 system to track environmental, energy and health and safety data across its four major divisions, replacing several […]
  • Airport Expects Savings Up to $50,000 from CNG Fleet

    Jessica Lyons Hardcastle
    30 Jan 2015 | 4:35 am
    The Richmond International Airport expects to save between $25,000 and $50,000 per year after converting its fleet to compressed natural gas, according to Green Alternative Systems, which helped the Virginia airport make the switch. This represents a savings of about $1 per gallon compared to diesel fuel. Converting the fleet to CNG also cuts gas […]
  • ASHRAE Achieves Four Green Globes

    Jessica Lyons Hardcastle
    30 Jan 2015 | 4:11 am
    ASHRAE’s international headquarters in Atlanta has earned four Green Globes — the highest rating — in addition to its original LEED Platinum rating. Jerry Yudelson, president of Green Building Initiatives, which oversees the green building program, says only 3 percent of projects assessed by GBI achieve four Globes certification. Sustainable measures include ongoing benchmarking in Energy […]
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    Have Fun • Do Good

  • 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…
  • Creativity is not just for artists

    Britt Bravo
    10 Jan 2015 | 11:40 am
    "Creativity is not just for artists. It's for businesspeople looking for a new way to close a sale; it's for engineers trying to solve a problem; it's for parents who want their children to see the world in more than one way." ~Twyla Tharp, author of The Creative Habit: Learn It and Use It for LifeTwenty plus years ago, I went through a graduate program to earn an M.A. in Creation Spirituality. The premise of much of the curriculum was that if you believe in some kind of greater creative force, then you will be your truest self and closest to that source when you are being creative.One of the…
  • Juicy Blogging E-Course: The Art and Play of Blogging

    Britt Bravo
    2 Jan 2015 | 12:39 pm
    The Juicy Blogging E-Course is back!Do you want to re-energize your blog and blogging practice, or rediscover the ♥ of your blog?I’ll be offering this ever popular e-course January 20-February 17, 2015. During the course, you’ll play with fun assignments on a private blog with your fellow juicy bloggers.“The best part of it all is that it is just so much fun!” ~ Juicy Blogging E-Course studentThe course consists of three kinds of fun-work:• Reflection questions to refine your blog’s purpose• Connection assignments to build community and traffic• Creative and juicy blog post…
  • Be open to Big Vision photobombs

    Britt Bravo
    24 Oct 2014 | 1:26 pm
    While visiting New Mexico this summer, I raised my phone to take a photo of some pink flowers against a blue sky when this happened:This hummingbird flew right into my frame and posed for a long time (at least by hummingbird standards). It was a magical moment, especially because hummingbirds have always been an "auspicious symbol" for me.Sometimes when we're working on our big vision: noticing what sparkles, letting go of old visions to be open to the new, and running towards what excites us, something unexpected shows up right in front of our face. It might even be more wonderful than the…
 
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    Skoll World Forum on Social Entrepreneurship

  • Study of Development Technology Breakthroughs Uncovers Some Surprises

    Jake Wadland
    29 Jan 2015 | 11:46 am
    Three years ago, I was a consultant providing strategic advice on international development. My clients included foundations, NGOs, social enterprises, businesses, and large institutions like USAID, the World Bank, and UN agencies. While the work was interesting, I got a firsthand look at how broken the international development industry is: inefficient, focused on media hype more than credible results, and – with a few notable exceptions – just doing the same old thing. Then something piqued my curiosity. I was approached by the Lawrence Berkeley National Lab—one of the most storied…
  • Counselor in Your Pocket: Messages Motivate Parents Through Clubfoot Treatment

    Jake Wadland
    29 Jan 2015 | 11:32 am
    “The text messages make me feel cared for,” says Hema, mother of Aniket, age three. We’re sitting in the waiting room of Wadia Hospital, in Mumbai, India. She shows me the fingerprint-covered screen of her small Nokia phone, and my colleague translates the messages from Hindi: “The brace is not painful for your child. It prevents the clubfoot from returning. You are doing the best thing for them!” And this one: “Sometimes it is easier for two people to put on the brace. One person can play with the child while the other person can ensure that the feet are in the brace…
  • Our Common Future Depends on Educating Pakistani Youth

    Jake Wadland
    29 Jan 2015 | 10:31 am
    Sometimes it’s more comfortable just to tune out bad news. Then something so awful happens that you simply have to sit up and take notice. On December 16, just such an atrocity took place in the northwestern Pakistani city of Peshawar. Militants entered the Army Public School and killed 145 people, including 132 schoolchildren. Slaying so many students and teachers in the very school that was supposed to be their sanctuary is impossible to ignore, whether you’re living in London, Los Angeles or Liberia. The children’s parents saw them off to school that morning, perhaps with a hug or a…
  • Latest on Forests: Palm Oil Trader Commits to Zero Deforestation

    Jake Wadland
    28 Jan 2015 | 4:28 pm
    Recent news coverage reveals threats to forests in Tanzania from illegal logging, and in South America linked to gold mining and conflict. A new online calculator suggests that we can maintain our standards of living, but only by making big changes, including expanding forests. The commitment by a large palm oil trader to stop contributing to deforestation offers hope.   World’s largest palm oil trader commits to zero deforestation (The Guardian). Singapore-based Wilmar International has committed not to engage in deforestation. The policy could save more than 1.5 gigatonnes of…
  • “Social” Shines at Sundance

    Jake Wadland
    26 Jan 2015 | 10:08 pm
    Snow-covered mountains, celebrities, and long lines in the streets of Park City can only mean one thing: the 2015 Sundance Film Festival. The Skoll-Sundance partnership is a natural one. The Skoll Foundation has a long history of storytelling about entrepreneurial solutions to some of the world’s thorniest problems. Sundance has a long history of cultivating a cutting-edge community of filmmakers unafraid to tackle complicated issues. The Stories of Change program, a Skoll-Sundance collaboration, is often regarded as one of the Foundation’s most successful initiatives. As Skoll…
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    GlobalGiving Blog - News and Updates

  • A New Year to Build On

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

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

    Alison Carlman
    16 Jan 2015 | 1:57 pm
    A DataKind DataDive team hard at work answering questions with GlobalGiving data This is a guest post written by Miram Young, DataKind’s Communications Specialist. At DataKind, we harness the power of data science in the service of humanity by bringing together data science experts with mission-driven organizations like GlobalGiving to work on projects addressing critical humanitarian problems. We have the honor of working with inspiring organizations around the world looking to use data to transform their work and are thrilled to be working on our second project with GlobalGiving using…
  • Disasters and Development: Reflections from the Philippines after Typhoon Haiyan

    Alison Carlman
    15 Jan 2015 | 7:02 am
    At the end of last year, I had the opportunity to travel to the Philippines and to visit GlobalGiving’s local partners that have been driving the Super Typhoon Haiyan recovery effort. (The storm was known locally as Typhoon Yolanda.) One year after the disaster, some of the most powerful remnants from the destruction have become benign landmarks and regular photo ops for visitors, like this 3,000 ton ship that washed into a community in Tacloban City. This juxtaposition of the terrifying and the mundane is a fitting metaphor for the complex road to recovery. This short video brings to you…
  • The Power of Crowdfunding to Fight Ebola

    Alison Carlman
    14 Jan 2015 | 11:32 am
    This article was originally posted on the Philanthropy News Digest PhilanTopic Blog. In December, TIME magazine named Ebola Fighters — doctors, nurses, caregivers, scientists, and medical directors “who answered the call,” often putting their own lives on the line — as its “Person of the Year.” We couldn’t agree more: local West Africans and long-time residents like our friend and partner Katie Meyler and her colleague Iris are courageous, vital, and worthy of support. While much of the emergency funding from private donors and companies has been channeled…
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  • Transport facility for Special Children

    Balraj Joseph Murthy
    26 Jan 2015 | 2:36 pm
    $25 — Transport facility for Special Children$50 — Transport facility for Special Children$100 — Transport facility for Special ChildrenSummaryBalajothi's objectives are to meet all the needs of the disabled children including rehabilitation, therapy & training, special education, learning Aids, learning material, nutrition and transportation. The importance of a safe transportation cannot be over-stressed, especially for these special children. We provide transportation from home to school to all children, which not only ensures the safety…
  • Warm-Winter Package for Community Senior Citizens

    yanrui wang
    26 Jan 2015 | 2:33 pm
    $10 — 1 new-year gift$20 — 1 professional health examination$47 — 1 professional health examination, 1 professional service plan design, 8-hour integrated home care services, 1-year-free hot-line service, and 1 new-year giftSummary100 Warm-Winter Packages for 100 community senior citizens. Each package includes: 1 professional health examination, 1 professional service plan design, 8-hour integrated home care services, 1-year-free hot-line service, and 1 new-year gift. 100 packages will be delivered by the Leling, a Non-Profit Organization…
  • emergency help to victims of heavy rains

    Jimmy Bisese
    26 Jan 2015 | 8:57 am
    $10 — Will provide 20 metres plastic sheet for one house.$25 — Will provide one 50 kgs of corn flour, 10 kgs peas$50 — Will provide 5 plastic buckets and 10 plastic cups.SummaryThis project is shall be overruled by The Chinseu Community Based Organization but there is a special committee that is set to look for the help received and where it shall be distributed (logistic committee). This committee is comprising of different members of the societies like Member from the office of the Ward Councilor, Area development committee, Village…
  • Safe education in Sierra Leone in the Ebola crisis

    Paul Skidmore
    16 Jan 2015 | 7:43 am
    $17 — will pay for one student to attend our lessons for a month$45 — will equip a new lesson venue with an infrared thermometer and handwashing station$130 — will pay for a low cost tablet device so students can access educational videos, games and other contentSummarySchools in Sierra Leone are closed because of the Ebola epidemic. We aim to provide up to 250 children with access to high quality learning in a safe environment through our Ebola Crisis Home Outreach program. Early results show that our students are making discernible gains in…
  • Help the flood displaced people of Kelantan

    Daniel Aik Bin Soon
    16 Jan 2015 | 7:39 am
    $10 — to buy household items$25 — to buy kitchen utensils$50 — to buy a portable stoveSummaryThe East Coast of Malaysia encountered the worst flood in over one hundred years. Many low lying areas have seen houses or even entire villages completely being destroyed by flood waters. What is most needed now is temporary shelters, house hold items, construction materials, tools and furnishing for reconstruction of homes, school and health clinics. Town areas will slowly crawl back to life but the Orang Asli will find it very hard to get life back to…
 
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  • Bold in Action: Transforming Sneakers into Futures

    Scott Ballum Cohen
    26 Jan 2015 | 8:07 am
    “I thought, if we could make a sneaker that kids could customize by programming it, that’s something I knew my kids would love to do." Meet 2013 Fellow Momo Akade: As a Black Male Achievement Fellow, Momo is doing something others have neglected—meeting kids where they are and getting them excited about skills that will help them meet their full potential. As a global organization working with social entrepreneurs driving change, we are inspired to take today and the upcoming Black History Month to spotlight our Black Male Achievement Fellows working to improve the life outcomes of…
  • Bold in Action: Hacking Isolation

    Scott Ballum Cohen
    19 Jan 2015 | 5:44 am
    Today we celebrate the leadership and influence of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., one of the United States' best remembered social justice leaders. As a global organization working with social entrepreneurs driving change, we are inspired to take today and the upcoming Black History Month to spotlight our Black Male Achievement Fellows working to improve the life outcomes of black men and boys here in the United States. While some of them use tools like coding and technology that Dr. King couldn't have imagined, their tenacity and vision of social and racial justice are rooted in his ideals.
  • Social Impact Jobs January 2015

    Lara Galinsky
    15 Jan 2015 | 7:46 am
    Photo courtesy of myAgro At Echoing Green, we’re known for investing in innovation, and we carry that spirit into everything we do. Last year, in 2014, we put new ideas into action to deepen and grow our support of big, bold change in the world. We increased the number of Fellows we supported by thirty-five percent, we trained 425 facilitators with our Work on Purpose curriculum, and our staff grew by ninety percent. And that’s just a snapshot of our commitment to growth. All of our work is about connecting talent to the resources they need to have the deepest social impact.While I…
  • #EGFellows Making Headlines January 2015

    Echoing Green
    9 Jan 2015 | 8:11 am
    This January, eighteen Echoing Green Fellows were recognized on Forbes' annual 30 under 30 list for their tenacity, ability to influence change, and creative problem solving as they work to address some of the world's most intractable challenges. The fourth annual list is a presentation of groundbreaking "young game changers, movers, and makers" working in twenty fields, including social entrepreneurship, education, and energy. Congratulations to our Black Male Achievement, Global, and Climate Fellows who were recognized: 2009 Fellow Jonny Dorsey, 2011 Fellow Michael Carter, 2013 Fellows…
  • Five Lessons to Drive Big Bold Change

    Lindsay Booker
    11 Dec 2014 | 10:51 am
    Last month Echoing Green held our All Fellows Conference, an annual gathering bringing together the world’s most promising social entrepreneurs, impact investors, and thought leaders for peer learning, workshops, and advisory sessions. More than 150 Fellows gathered in Mumbai, together representing almost three decades of extraordinary individuals from across the globe doing extraordinary work in poverty alleviation, breaking the school-to-prison pipeline, increasing diversity in tech – the list goes on and on. The All Fellows Conference celebrated the diverse landscape of social…
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  • Natura Soaps and Cosmetics

    Emeka Okafor
    31 Jan 2015 | 5:42 pm
    A BBC report: In West Africa, the nuts of the karite tree have been collected and processed into shea butter for hundreds of years.It can be used in cooking and some confectionary firms use it as a cocoa butter substitute, but shea butter's primary use is as a cosmetic.Gilles Adamon, entrepreneur and founder of Natura soaps and cosmetics, tells Africa Business Report about the industry in Benin.
  • Mapungubwe Interpretation Centre

    Emeka Okafor
    31 Jan 2015 | 5:07 pm
    Over at Afritecture: In this clip from from the 2012 World Architecture Festival, programme director Paul Finch tells us how the jury were “bowled over” by the hand-constructed Mapungubwe Interpretation Centre by Peter Rich Architects, winner of the festival’s World Building of the Year award in 2009. . Finch explains how indigenous building techniques had to be retaught to the South African community that built the centre because they were more familiar with modern construction.
  • Dark Sugars

    Emeka Okafor
    31 Jan 2015 | 10:45 am
    In the confectionary space:Fatima Mendy is the founder of Dark Sugars a purveyor of Handmade Luxurious Chocolate Truffles and other products.via Africa on the Blog
  • 263Chat's Conversation Platform

    Emeka Okafor
    31 Jan 2015 | 8:50 am
     Ndesanjo Macha reporting for Global Voices:263Chat is an initiative that started in 2012 as a Twitter hashtag to encourage dialogue and conversations on Zimbabwe. The idea has since expanded to include other social media platforms, guest blogs, live events and providing training and social media strategy, and the platform took home the prize for Innovative Use of Technology for Community Engagement at the Telkom-Highway Africa New Media Awards in 2013. To learn more about the initiative, we recently caught up with 263chat founder Nigel Mugamu for an interview. Ndesanjo Macha (NM):…
  • 3D Africa

    Emeka Okafor
    31 Jan 2015 | 8:40 am
    On Indiegogo: 3D Africa from Youth for Technology Foundation on Vimeo.There's more to 3D printing than meets the eye. On the surface, girls in Youth for Technology's 3D Africa program learn to use 3D printing technology to print things like jewelry, phone cases, and art. Behind the scenes, and with your support, 3D Africa can help close the STEM gender skills gap. via 3ders
 
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    Skoll World Forum on Social Entrepreneurship

  • Study of Development Technology Breakthroughs Uncovers Some Surprises

    Jake Wadland
    29 Jan 2015 | 11:46 am
    Three years ago, I was a consultant providing strategic advice on international development. My clients included foundations, NGOs, social enterprises, businesses, and large institutions like USAID, the World Bank, and UN agencies. While the work was interesting, I got a firsthand look at how broken the international development industry is: inefficient, focused on media hype more than credible results, and – with a few notable exceptions – just doing the same old thing. Then something piqued my curiosity. I was approached by the Lawrence Berkeley National Lab—one of the most storied…
  • Counselor in Your Pocket: Messages Motivate Parents Through Clubfoot Treatment

    Jake Wadland
    29 Jan 2015 | 11:32 am
    “The text messages make me feel cared for,” says Hema, mother of Aniket, age three. We’re sitting in the waiting room of Wadia Hospital, in Mumbai, India. She shows me the fingerprint-covered screen of her small Nokia phone, and my colleague translates the messages from Hindi: “The brace is not painful for your child. It prevents the clubfoot from returning. You are doing the best thing for them!” And this one: “Sometimes it is easier for two people to put on the brace. One person can play with the child while the other person can ensure that the feet are in the brace…
  • Our Common Future Depends on Educating Pakistani Youth

    Jake Wadland
    29 Jan 2015 | 10:31 am
    Sometimes it’s more comfortable just to tune out bad news. Then something so awful happens that you simply have to sit up and take notice. On December 16, just such an atrocity took place in the northwestern Pakistani city of Peshawar. Militants entered the Army Public School and killed 145 people, including 132 schoolchildren. Slaying so many students and teachers in the very school that was supposed to be their sanctuary is impossible to ignore, whether you’re living in London, Los Angeles or Liberia. The children’s parents saw them off to school that morning, perhaps with a hug or a…
  • Latest on Forests: Palm Oil Trader Commits to Zero Deforestation

    Jake Wadland
    28 Jan 2015 | 4:28 pm
    Recent news coverage reveals threats to forests in Tanzania from illegal logging, and in South America linked to gold mining and conflict. A new online calculator suggests that we can maintain our standards of living, but only by making big changes, including expanding forests. The commitment by a large palm oil trader to stop contributing to deforestation offers hope.   World’s largest palm oil trader commits to zero deforestation (The Guardian). Singapore-based Wilmar International has committed not to engage in deforestation. The policy could save more than 1.5 gigatonnes of…
  • “Social” Shines at Sundance

    Jake Wadland
    26 Jan 2015 | 10:08 pm
    Snow-covered mountains, celebrities, and long lines in the streets of Park City can only mean one thing: the 2015 Sundance Film Festival. The Skoll-Sundance partnership is a natural one. The Skoll Foundation has a long history of storytelling about entrepreneurial solutions to some of the world’s thorniest problems. Sundance has a long history of cultivating a cutting-edge community of filmmakers unafraid to tackle complicated issues. The Stories of Change program, a Skoll-Sundance collaboration, is often regarded as one of the Foundation’s most successful initiatives. As Skoll…
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  • Study of Development Technology Breakthroughs Uncovers Some Surprises

    Jake Wadland
    29 Jan 2015 | 11:46 am
    Three years ago, I was a consultant providing strategic advice on international development. My clients included foundations, NGOs, social enterprises, businesses, and large institutions like USAID, the World Bank, and UN agencies. While the work was interesting, I got a firsthand look at how broken the international development industry is: inefficient, focused on media hype more than credible results, and – with a few notable exceptions – just doing the same old thing. Then something piqued my curiosity. I was approached by the Lawrence Berkeley National Lab—one of the most storied…
  • Counselor in Your Pocket: Messages Motivate Parents Through Clubfoot Treatment

    Jake Wadland
    29 Jan 2015 | 11:32 am
    “The text messages make me feel cared for,” says Hema, mother of Aniket, age three. We’re sitting in the waiting room of Wadia Hospital, in Mumbai, India. She shows me the fingerprint-covered screen of her small Nokia phone, and my colleague translates the messages from Hindi: “The brace is not painful for your child. It prevents the clubfoot from returning. You are doing the best thing for them!” And this one: “Sometimes it is easier for two people to put on the brace. One person can play with the child while the other person can ensure that the feet are in the brace…
  • Our Common Future Depends on Educating Pakistani Youth

    Jake Wadland
    29 Jan 2015 | 10:31 am
    Sometimes it’s more comfortable just to tune out bad news. Then something so awful happens that you simply have to sit up and take notice. On December 16, just such an atrocity took place in the northwestern Pakistani city of Peshawar. Militants entered the Army Public School and killed 145 people, including 132 schoolchildren. Slaying so many students and teachers in the very school that was supposed to be their sanctuary is impossible to ignore, whether you’re living in London, Los Angeles or Liberia. The children’s parents saw them off to school that morning, perhaps with a hug or a…
  • Latest on Forests: Palm Oil Trader Commits to Zero Deforestation

    Jake Wadland
    28 Jan 2015 | 4:28 pm
    Recent news coverage reveals threats to forests in Tanzania from illegal logging, and in South America linked to gold mining and conflict. A new online calculator suggests that we can maintain our standards of living, but only by making big changes, including expanding forests. The commitment by a large palm oil trader to stop contributing to deforestation offers hope.   World’s largest palm oil trader commits to zero deforestation (The Guardian). Singapore-based Wilmar International has committed not to engage in deforestation. The policy could save more than 1.5 gigatonnes of…
  • “Social” Shines at Sundance

    Jake Wadland
    26 Jan 2015 | 10:08 pm
    Snow-covered mountains, celebrities, and long lines in the streets of Park City can only mean one thing: the 2015 Sundance Film Festival. The Skoll-Sundance partnership is a natural one. The Skoll Foundation has a long history of storytelling about entrepreneurial solutions to some of the world’s thorniest problems. Sundance has a long history of cultivating a cutting-edge community of filmmakers unafraid to tackle complicated issues. The Stories of Change program, a Skoll-Sundance collaboration, is often regarded as one of the Foundation’s most successful initiatives. As Skoll…
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  • Study of Development Technology Breakthroughs Uncovers Some Surprises

    Jake Wadland
    29 Jan 2015 | 11:46 am
    Three years ago, I was a consultant providing strategic advice on international development. My clients included foundations, NGOs, social enterprises, businesses, and large institutions like USAID, the World Bank, and UN agencies. While the work was interesting, I got a firsthand look at how broken the international development industry is: inefficient, focused on media hype more than credible results, and – with a few notable exceptions – just doing the same old thing. Then something piqued my curiosity. I was approached by the Lawrence Berkeley National Lab—one of the most storied…
  • Counselor in Your Pocket: Messages Motivate Parents Through Clubfoot Treatment

    Jake Wadland
    29 Jan 2015 | 11:32 am
    “The text messages make me feel cared for,” says Hema, mother of Aniket, age three. We’re sitting in the waiting room of Wadia Hospital, in Mumbai, India. She shows me the fingerprint-covered screen of her small Nokia phone, and my colleague translates the messages from Hindi: “The brace is not painful for your child. It prevents the clubfoot from returning. You are doing the best thing for them!” And this one: “Sometimes it is easier for two people to put on the brace. One person can play with the child while the other person can ensure that the feet are in the brace…
  • Our Common Future Depends on Educating Pakistani Youth

    Jake Wadland
    29 Jan 2015 | 10:31 am
    Sometimes it’s more comfortable just to tune out bad news. Then something so awful happens that you simply have to sit up and take notice. On December 16, just such an atrocity took place in the northwestern Pakistani city of Peshawar. Militants entered the Army Public School and killed 145 people, including 132 schoolchildren. Slaying so many students and teachers in the very school that was supposed to be their sanctuary is impossible to ignore, whether you’re living in London, Los Angeles or Liberia. The children’s parents saw them off to school that morning, perhaps with a hug or a…
  • Latest on Forests: Palm Oil Trader Commits to Zero Deforestation

    Jake Wadland
    28 Jan 2015 | 4:28 pm
    Recent news coverage reveals threats to forests in Tanzania from illegal logging, and in South America linked to gold mining and conflict. A new online calculator suggests that we can maintain our standards of living, but only by making big changes, including expanding forests. The commitment by a large palm oil trader to stop contributing to deforestation offers hope.   World’s largest palm oil trader commits to zero deforestation (The Guardian). Singapore-based Wilmar International has committed not to engage in deforestation. The policy could save more than 1.5 gigatonnes of…
  • “Social” Shines at Sundance

    Jake Wadland
    26 Jan 2015 | 10:08 pm
    Snow-covered mountains, celebrities, and long lines in the streets of Park City can only mean one thing: the 2015 Sundance Film Festival. The Skoll-Sundance partnership is a natural one. The Skoll Foundation has a long history of storytelling about entrepreneurial solutions to some of the world’s thorniest problems. Sundance has a long history of cultivating a cutting-edge community of filmmakers unafraid to tackle complicated issues. The Stories of Change program, a Skoll-Sundance collaboration, is often regarded as one of the Foundation’s most successful initiatives. As Skoll…
 
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  • Study of Development Technology Breakthroughs Uncovers Some Surprises

    Jake Wadland
    29 Jan 2015 | 11:46 am
    Three years ago, I was a consultant providing strategic advice on international development. My clients included foundations, NGOs, social enterprises, businesses, and large institutions like USAID, the World Bank, and UN agencies. While the work was interesting, I got a firsthand look at how broken the international development industry is: inefficient, focused on media hype more than credible results, and – with a few notable exceptions – just doing the same old thing. Then something piqued my curiosity. I was approached by the Lawrence Berkeley National Lab—one of the most storied…
  • Counselor in Your Pocket: Messages Motivate Parents Through Clubfoot Treatment

    Jake Wadland
    29 Jan 2015 | 11:32 am
    “The text messages make me feel cared for,” says Hema, mother of Aniket, age three. We’re sitting in the waiting room of Wadia Hospital, in Mumbai, India. She shows me the fingerprint-covered screen of her small Nokia phone, and my colleague translates the messages from Hindi: “The brace is not painful for your child. It prevents the clubfoot from returning. You are doing the best thing for them!” And this one: “Sometimes it is easier for two people to put on the brace. One person can play with the child while the other person can ensure that the feet are in the brace…
  • Our Common Future Depends on Educating Pakistani Youth

    Jake Wadland
    29 Jan 2015 | 10:31 am
    Sometimes it’s more comfortable just to tune out bad news. Then something so awful happens that you simply have to sit up and take notice. On December 16, just such an atrocity took place in the northwestern Pakistani city of Peshawar. Militants entered the Army Public School and killed 145 people, including 132 schoolchildren. Slaying so many students and teachers in the very school that was supposed to be their sanctuary is impossible to ignore, whether you’re living in London, Los Angeles or Liberia. The children’s parents saw them off to school that morning, perhaps with a hug or a…
  • Latest on Forests: Palm Oil Trader Commits to Zero Deforestation

    Jake Wadland
    28 Jan 2015 | 4:28 pm
    Recent news coverage reveals threats to forests in Tanzania from illegal logging, and in South America linked to gold mining and conflict. A new online calculator suggests that we can maintain our standards of living, but only by making big changes, including expanding forests. The commitment by a large palm oil trader to stop contributing to deforestation offers hope.   World’s largest palm oil trader commits to zero deforestation (The Guardian). Singapore-based Wilmar International has committed not to engage in deforestation. The policy could save more than 1.5 gigatonnes of…
  • “Social” Shines at Sundance

    Jake Wadland
    26 Jan 2015 | 10:08 pm
    Snow-covered mountains, celebrities, and long lines in the streets of Park City can only mean one thing: the 2015 Sundance Film Festival. The Skoll-Sundance partnership is a natural one. The Skoll Foundation has a long history of storytelling about entrepreneurial solutions to some of the world’s thorniest problems. Sundance has a long history of cultivating a cutting-edge community of filmmakers unafraid to tackle complicated issues. The Stories of Change program, a Skoll-Sundance collaboration, is often regarded as one of the Foundation’s most successful initiatives. As Skoll…
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  • Study of Development Technology Breakthroughs Uncovers Some Surprises

    Jake Wadland
    29 Jan 2015 | 11:46 am
    Three years ago, I was a consultant providing strategic advice on international development. My clients included foundations, NGOs, social enterprises, businesses, and large institutions like USAID, the World Bank, and UN agencies. While the work was interesting, I got a firsthand look at how broken the international development industry is: inefficient, focused on media hype more than credible results, and – with a few notable exceptions – just doing the same old thing. Then something piqued my curiosity. I was approached by the Lawrence Berkeley National Lab—one of the most storied…
  • Counselor in Your Pocket: Messages Motivate Parents Through Clubfoot Treatment

    Jake Wadland
    29 Jan 2015 | 11:32 am
    “The text messages make me feel cared for,” says Hema, mother of Aniket, age three. We’re sitting in the waiting room of Wadia Hospital, in Mumbai, India. She shows me the fingerprint-covered screen of her small Nokia phone, and my colleague translates the messages from Hindi: “The brace is not painful for your child. It prevents the clubfoot from returning. You are doing the best thing for them!” And this one: “Sometimes it is easier for two people to put on the brace. One person can play with the child while the other person can ensure that the feet are in the brace…
  • Our Common Future Depends on Educating Pakistani Youth

    Jake Wadland
    29 Jan 2015 | 10:31 am
    Sometimes it’s more comfortable just to tune out bad news. Then something so awful happens that you simply have to sit up and take notice. On December 16, just such an atrocity took place in the northwestern Pakistani city of Peshawar. Militants entered the Army Public School and killed 145 people, including 132 schoolchildren. Slaying so many students and teachers in the very school that was supposed to be their sanctuary is impossible to ignore, whether you’re living in London, Los Angeles or Liberia. The children’s parents saw them off to school that morning, perhaps with a hug or a…
  • Latest on Forests: Palm Oil Trader Commits to Zero Deforestation

    Jake Wadland
    28 Jan 2015 | 4:28 pm
    Recent news coverage reveals threats to forests in Tanzania from illegal logging, and in South America linked to gold mining and conflict. A new online calculator suggests that we can maintain our standards of living, but only by making big changes, including expanding forests. The commitment by a large palm oil trader to stop contributing to deforestation offers hope.   World’s largest palm oil trader commits to zero deforestation (The Guardian). Singapore-based Wilmar International has committed not to engage in deforestation. The policy could save more than 1.5 gigatonnes of…
  • “Social” Shines at Sundance

    Jake Wadland
    26 Jan 2015 | 10:08 pm
    Snow-covered mountains, celebrities, and long lines in the streets of Park City can only mean one thing: the 2015 Sundance Film Festival. The Skoll-Sundance partnership is a natural one. The Skoll Foundation has a long history of storytelling about entrepreneurial solutions to some of the world’s thorniest problems. Sundance has a long history of cultivating a cutting-edge community of filmmakers unafraid to tackle complicated issues. The Stories of Change program, a Skoll-Sundance collaboration, is often regarded as one of the Foundation’s most successful initiatives. As Skoll…
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    Social ROI: Stories About Social Entrepreneurship

  • Pioneering Affordable Water Purification

    john
    8 Jan 2015 | 10:24 am
    TweetI’ve been thinking of water purification for a few days after I saw Bill Gates drinking a glass of water that was purified from feces (poop!). Before this, I had heard of the Desolenator, a solar powered device that’s the most affordable and efficient way to purify water. They are currently preparing for mass production thanks to the success of its ongoing fundraising campaign on Indiegogo. Here’s some data on the problem these devices are trying to solve: According to the UN Water GLAAS 2014 Report, 748 million people lack access to improved drinking water and an…
  • Natura, a Brazil-based Cosmetics Maker, Becomes a B Corp

    john
    31 Dec 2014 | 7:17 am
    Tweet I got to know Natura many years ago when I traveled to Brazil.  I tried their products and was very impressed by them.  I was even more impressed when I heard about their focus on protecting the rainforests of Brazil. They recently filed for B Corp status and earned it.  
  • The XO-1 laptop is history

    john
    11 Mar 2014 | 2:22 pm
    TweetThe great excitement, energy, and enthusiasm that brought us together is gone. OLPC is dead. In its place, is the reality that technology is a force in education, and we all need to be vigilant about when, where, and how it’s used. – See more at: http://www.olpcnews.com/aboutolpcnews/goodbyeonelaptopperchild.html
  • Jimmy Wales’s Plan to Save the World With Mobile Phones

    john
    28 Jan 2014 | 7:10 am
    TweetGreat to see more stuff like this: “The basic concept is that 10 percent of your [mobile phone] bill goes directly to a cause of your choice, straight off the top,” he said. via Recode
  • Cellphones Have Become Tool for Doing Good Globally

    john
    12 Nov 2013 | 4:50 pm
    TweetThe World Health Organization estimates that more than 700 million people do not have access to clean drinking water and over 2.5 billion have no access to toilets. Yet according to the International Telecommunications Union, 96 percent of the world is connected via cellphone — which is why it has become a means of doing good.   Continue reading at NYTimes.
 
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    From Poverty to Power

  • Migrant remittances are even more amazing that we thought

    Duncan Green
    29 Jan 2015 | 11:30 pm
    At least in economic terms, migration appears to be some kind of developmental wonder-drug. Remittances from migrants to developing countries are now running at some three times the volume of aid, and barely faltered during the 2008-9 financial crisis (see graph). The World Bank’s latest Global Economic Prospects report looks at the impact of migrant remittances on developing countries and consumption, especially during crises. Here’s their conclusions (my limited understanding of the econo-speak is that procyclical is bad – means everything goes up and down in synch, exacerbating…
  • Why ending poverty in India means tackling rural poverty and power

    Duncan Green
    28 Jan 2015 | 11:30 pm
    Vanita Suneja, Oxfam India’s Economic Justice Lead, argues that India can’t progress until it tackles rural poverty More than 800 million of India’s 1.25 billion people live in the countryside. One quarter of rural India’s population is below the official poverty line – 216 million people. A search for economic justice for a population of this magnitude is never going to be possible only by relying on migration to the cities.  Rural-urban migration and absorption of labour in the urban economy has been slow, and will likely remain so due to the slow growth of…
  • What are governments doing on inequality? Great new cross-country data (and some important conclusions) from Nora Lustig

    Duncan Green
    27 Jan 2015 | 11:30 pm
    Oxfam and Oxford University held a big inequality conference last week, timed to coincide with Davos and the launch of our new pre Davosbriefing (massive media coverage – kudos to author Deborah Hardoon and Oxfam press team). I generally find conferences pretty disturbing. This one at least spared us the coma-inducing panels of nervous researchers reading out their papers. All the speakers were confident and convincing. The meta-messaging at this one was great – major figures from the worlds of politics, business and academia stressing the importance of the issue and the need for action.
  • When will we reach Peak Inequality?

    Duncan Green
    26 Jan 2015 | 11:30 pm
    Post Davos, Max Lawson, Oxfam’s Head of Global Policy and Campaigns, is still trying to get his head around the inequality stats Last year it was 85 people; this year it’s down to just 80 individuals who have the same wealth as the bottom 3.5 billion people. By next year the top 1% will own more wealth than the rest of us put together. This of course makes you wonder when it will end. When will we reach peak inequality? Just how bad is it going to get? Not hard to imagine the Guardian front page in January 2020: ‘Oxfam Reveals: One man now owns the same as half the world’. Perhaps…
  • Links I Liked

    Duncan Green
    25 Jan 2015 | 11:30 pm
    Kids in Nairobi’s Kibera slum take on the land grabbers to defend their playground against cops, dogs & tear gas. And win, at least for now. Last week was Davos week: Oxfam’s Winnie Byanyima starred in a truly brilliant BBC debate on inequality (Christine Lagarde was the other standout, other panellists were Robert Schiller, Mark Carney, Martin Sorrell and Klaus Kleinfeld). Try and find an hour to watch it. Gender inequality got a good airing by Lagarde, and Action Aid chipped in with a new report estimating that “women in developing countries wouild be $9 trillion better off if…
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    CIPE Development Blog

  • Outcry Against Corruption Helps Drive a Change of Leadership in Sri Lanka

    Janani Ramachandran
    22 Jan 2015 | 9:16 am
    While it is hard to identify all of the issues that drove Sri Lankans during the country’s recent – and for many observers, surprising – elections, a cry for change was evident. Voters had clearly grown tired of corruption, cronyism, and authoritarianism, and there have been widespread calls for investigations into a range of alleged human rights abuses. Continue reading →
  • Technology and Democracy in Burma

    Maiko Nakagaki
    16 Jan 2015 | 11:54 am
    Burma's upcoming elections will be a major test for its fledgling democratic reform process. Technology, more specifically mobile phones, will have a large role to play for both citizens and candidates. Continue reading →
  • Beyond “Doing Business”: The Economic Implications of Public Opinion in Afghanistan

    Janani Ramachandran
    14 Jan 2015 | 8:01 am
    In early November, the World Bank published its annual “Doing Business Report,” which assesses government regulations that support or constrain business activity across 189 countries. This year, Afghanistan again ranked near the bottom, down one spot from last year, in the 183rd position. The full report on Afghanistan can be found here. Continue reading →
  • 2015 and Beyond: Considering the New Development Agenda

    Stephanie Bandyk
    12 Jan 2015 | 12:39 pm
    “The year 2015 offers a unique opportunity for global leaders and people to end poverty, transform the world to better meet human needs and the necessities of economic transformation, while protecting our environment, ensuring peace and realizing human rights. We are at a historic crossroads, and the directions we take will determine whether we will succeed or fail on our promises,” said United...
  • Stakeholder Trust: A Proposal for a Global Business Ethics Principle

    Guest
    8 Jan 2015 | 8:44 am
    What standards should businesses observe in their own countries, or abroad? Businesses now have resources and influence that rival or surpass those of governments and certainly of ordinary people.[1] The choices businesses make can profoundly influence the lives of every person on the planet. Businesses, governments, and people now recognize that businesses must do much more than merely obey the...
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    ODI Opinion

  • Cartagena Data Festival

    20 Apr 2015 | 12:00 am
    ​The world may be awash with more data than ever, but this is not yet always well used to solve global problems like tackling poverty or building more sustainable futures.  There’s a growing divide between those who have information and those who don’t, and between those who are counted and those who are not.  We cannot hope to eliminate poverty and bring about lasting improvements in peoples’ lives without more data on people’s lives, without investing in data access and literacy, and without ensuring that the data that we have is used more directly in policy-making processes.
  • Financing the future: fresh perspectives on global development

    17 Mar 2015 | 12:00 am
    ​2015 will be a critical year for international development finance. The Sustainable Development Goals will shape the global priorities for economic, environmental and social development  to 2030, while the  Financing for Development (FfD) Conference in Addis Ababa in July will agree how the world can finance these global ambitions. International public finance will play a crucial role in putting priorities into practice. But given its changing nature, and the proliferation of new sources and mechanisms of development finance, how can it meet the challenges of our new era? To set the…
  • Incentives for investment: Co-benefits and a new business case for disaster risk management

    17 Mar 2015 | 12:00 am
    ​This WCDRR event aims to change the debate on how to incentivize greater investment in DRR through analysis of the wider co-benefits of DRR investments that occur independently of whether or not the disaster event occurs. A lively panel session will draw on study findings by the Overseas Development Institute (ODI), World Bank GFDRR and others.
  • Good Practice Review 9: Disaster Risk Reduction

    17 Mar 2015 | 12:00 am
    ​In the spirit of the third World Conference on Disaster Risk Reduction (WCDRR), the Humanitarian Practice Network will be hosting a side event in Sendai to introduce the upcoming revised edition of Good Practice Review (GPR) 9 on Disaster risk reduction: mitigation and preparedness in development and emergency programming.
  • Measuring Disaster Resilience

    15 Mar 2015 | 12:00 am
    ​This WCDRR side event provides an overview of the available tools for measuring resilience and outlines opportunities and challenges in their implementation to support the successful operationalization of the Post-2015 DRR framework.It is intended for governments and non-governmental organisations that are attempting to measure the success of DRR/resilience programs and policies.
 
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    Dani Rodrik's weblog

  • 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)…
  • My moonlighting career of the last 4 years

    Dani Rodrik
    25 Jun 2014 | 10:20 am
    At long last, Turkey's consitutional court has reversed the conviction of the more than 200 officers previously found guilty in the bogus Sledgehammer coup plot, leading to the release on June 19th of all those in jail (including my father in law). Even though a retrial is to take place, the ruling is a coda to the last four-and-a-half years during which my wife and I moonlighted as criminal investigator, forensic analyst, and political activist. It has been a truly surreal and bizarre experience, given how so many intelligent people bought into -- and refused let go of -- a coup plot…
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    Socializing

  • 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
  • Coming Together (in the Right Direction)

    28 Jan 2013 | 12:35 pm
    Going back over five years, I recall my cynicism in thinking that companies making bad stuff were getting away from the impacts of their products. It's still a world of corporate green washing, but today on NPR I was pleased to seem one advocate tried to change PepsiCo. from the inside, which I support, and...look at this infomercial by Coca-Cola! They are talking about obesity and being more
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    Acumen Fund Blog

  • We Are Each Other’s Destiny

    Jacqueline Novogratz
    19 Jan 2015 | 6:53 pm
    To reflect on the life of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. is to consider deeply our human interconnectedness and the world we want to build. Each year on this day, I re-read his extraordinary, elegiac “Letter from Birmingham Jail” to remember his commitment to human equality and the price he paid. I read it to remind myself of the power of idealism grounded in pragmatism. I read it to renew my belief in our individual and collective abilities to help bend the moral arc ever more toward justice. Nearly everywhere is an uneasy shadow of weariness, a quickening fear of growing divides…
  • Let’s Work Together

    Avinash Mishra and Keya Madhvani
    9 Jan 2015 | 7:51 am
    Acumen has offices in New York, Mumbai, Karachi, Bogota, Nairobi and Accra. Last August, Avinash Mishra, a Senior Portfolio Associate in the India office, and Keya Madhvani, the Internal Communications Associate in the New York office, were nominated to attend the One Young World Summit in Dublin. Below, they share lessons learned at the summit.  In August of this year, we received an email – “Avinash, Keya – Congratulations! You have been selected to represent Acumen at the One Young World Summit (OYW) in Dublin!” We were both thrilled at the prospect of attending OYW, a gathering…
  • The Impact Investing Landscape in India: An Overview

    Acumen
    24 Dec 2014 | 9:14 am
    The impact investing landscape in India has grown quickly over the last decade. In 2000, $1.17 million of capital was injected into social enterprises in India; in 2011, this figure rose to $250 million per annum, according to Intellecap. While dollars invested are relatively easy to measure, impact is much less so. Acumen recently surveyed several other impact investing funds in India to learn how they approach impact. Both pre and post investment funds are using a range of methods to hone in on their impact, from randomized control trials to new industry tools such as PRISM. Pre-investment…
  • Terrorism: The Single Story of Pakistan

    Henry Chim
    19 Dec 2014 | 8:02 am
    Henry Chim is a Global Fellow working at Acumen’s housing investee AMC in Lahore, Pakistan. On Tuesday, the Taliban took their war on education to a new low with an assault on a school in Peshawar that killed 145 people. Below, Henry reflects on the effects of terrorism on Pakistan. When I attempt to fathom what happened in Peshawar, I imagine a room full of 145 bright flickering candles being extinguished in one single blow. Why isn’t there more love in the world? The kind of love that can end this madness is the same love that allows us to forgive and understand those who stand…
  • Guiding philanthropists through their first impact investment

    Ambika Sampat and Carlos Miranda
    16 Dec 2014 | 5:00 am
    This article was originally published in the December 2014 issue of Alliance magazine. Despite the exponential growth of impact investing and the surrounding buzz, and the billions of new investments made every year (it’s expected that the UK alone will see £1.1 billion worth of new impact investments in 2015), most philanthropic donors are still impact investment neophytes. So how best to guide a philanthropist through their first impact investment? For the purpose of this article, we will adopt the World Economic Forum definition: ‘impact investing is an investment approach…
 
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    Ideas for development

  • Mobiliser la jeunesse pour construire un développement plus durable

    Julie Aubriot
    29 Jan 2015 | 3:25 am
    L’accès aux services essentiels (eau, assainissement, déchets, énergie, mobilité) pour tous est un enjeu majeur pour le développement économique et social dans les pays en... Cet article Mobiliser la jeunesse pour construire un développement plus durable est apparu en premier sur Ideas for development.
  • Inde : comment poursuivre sa convergence vers les économies les plus avancées ?

    Vincent Caupin
    27 Jan 2015 | 3:38 am
    Après plusieurs années de forte croissance économique, l’Inde est aujourd’hui confrontée, à l’instar des autres grandes économies émergentes, à un ralentissement de son activité. Les... Cet article Inde : comment poursuivre sa convergence vers les économies les plus avancées ? est apparu en premier sur Ideas for development.
  • RCA : quelles réponses peuvent apporter les partenaires internationaux à la crise ?

    Idées pour le développement
    23 Jan 2015 | 3:31 am
    Depuis plus d’un an, la République centrafricaine traverse une crise dont l’ampleur dépasse les précédentes : violences intercommunautaires, faillite de l’Etat, effondrement des services publics... Cet article RCA : quelles réponses peuvent apporter les partenaires internationaux à la crise ? est apparu en premier sur Ideas for development.
  • Réinventer le rôle de l’APD

    Pierre Jacquet
    22 Jan 2015 | 3:22 am
    La réinvention et la redéfinition de l’aide publique au développement (APD) ne devraient pas être considérées comme des exercices ésotériques qui auraient essentiellement trait à... Cet article Réinventer le rôle de l’APD est apparu en premier sur Ideas for development.
  • Financer l’agenda climat : comment mobiliser les ressources nécessaires ?

    Idées pour le développement
    20 Jan 2015 | 3:09 am
      Retrouvez ci-dessous la synthèse des échanges qui se sont tenus lors de la 7e édition du Forum Mondial Convergences. Une conférence-débat  animée  par Anne-Cécile Bras, journaliste à... Cet article Financer l’agenda climat : comment mobiliser les ressources nécessaires ? est apparu en premier sur Ideas for development.
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    (BLOG)RED

  • 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…
  • Thank You Apple: $100M raised to fight AIDS

    19 Dec 2014 | 12:45 pm
    We're thrilled to announce that Apple has now raised a total of $100 million for (RED)'s fight against AIDS - $20 million in this quarter alone. 100% going to AIDS programs. Thank you Apple! This news comes on the heels of Apple's biggest fundraising efforts for (RED). This World AIDS Day the App Store was (RED) with Apps for (RED) and Apple turned two of the biggest shopping days of the year - Black Friday and Cyber Monday - into days to fight AIDS. With Apps for (RED) for 2 weeks 25 fan-favorite apps could fight AIDS....by flinging birds in Angry Birds, cooking up Mario…
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    ONE

  • Super-Duper Super Bowl Stats on Extreme Poverty

    Emily Walker
    30 Jan 2015 | 2:18 pm
    This Sunday, millions of people around the world will gather around their televisions and computer screens to watch the Super Bowl (whether it be the football, the commercials, or the halftime show), spend time with friends and family, and eat their weight in wings, dips and pizza. We love the game and we’ll be watching, but just in case the game gets a little dull or you’re looking to put all of this Super Bowl craziness in perspective, we’ve rounded up some of our most fascinating Super Bowl-related stats to make you think: Global Health: The cost of one 30-second Super…
  • Fact of the day: Water is our most vital resource, yet access is not a given

    Eloise Todd
    30 Jan 2015 | 7:53 am
    This is the fifth in a series of 15 facts over 15 days that we will be sharing with you to get you up to speed on what’s at stake in 2015. Photo Source: Farming First While the world has met the MDG for halving the proportion of people who lack access to clean water, 768 million people around the world still do not have access — 40% of them live in sub-Saharan Africa. The 2015 Sustainable Development Goals need to highlight water availability, quality, and water-use efficiency to quench our growing thirst and guarantee a healthy planet. Together, we can do more. Join us at one.org/2015…
  • 8 Valentine’s Day gifts for activists

    Stephanie Walstrom
    30 Jan 2015 | 6:37 am
    Want to really spread the love this Valentine’s Day? Find the perfect token of affection for your loved ones—and make a positive impact in the developing world while you do it. Check out these socially-conscious Valentine’s Day gifts that the activists in your life are sure to love: 31 Bits Daphne Bracelet ($10) FEED Laptop Case ($38) fashionABLE Kalkidan Leather Wallet ($28) ONE & (RED) beaded bracelet ($5) ONE Phone Skins & Cases ($15 – $35) fashionABLE Rita Scarf ($54) ONE Moleskine Notebook ($25) 31 Bits Letty Necklace ($36) Do you like making a positive impact on the…
  • Embracing the F-word?

    Roxy Philson
    29 Jan 2015 | 1:38 pm
    Photo by Michael Buckner/Getty Images Two things struck me when I saw Beyoncé’s performance at the VMA’s last year. First, perhaps this would finally begin to turn the tide for the word “Feminist”. For those who weren’t watching: she ended an amazing performance with the F-word in giant illuminated letters behind her on stage. It’s a word dogged by misinterpretation, and long overdue for reclamation. (Really? You’re not for gender equality?) Second: it raised a question for me about how we get more people campaigning on gender rights. After all, if ONE’s mission is to end…
  • The second-most talked about thing in New York this week

    Sara Harcourt
    29 Jan 2015 | 12:58 pm
    Photo Credit: Flickr Believe it or not, the blizzard isn’t the only thing happening in New York this week. Braving the snow, hundreds of representatives from governments and NGOs flew in to participate in the first drafting session of the Financing for Development summit; and though delayed by a day, it still goes ahead. While it may be significantly less talked about than the snowstorm, the work happening in New York has repercussions for the entire world, and has the potential to set us on a course to help end poverty by 2030. The Financing for Development (FFD) summit that will take…
 
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    The Change Blog

  • Resolve to Love Yourself This Year

    Deborah Fike
    29 Jan 2015 | 5:30 am
    “Love yourself. Forgive yourself. Be true to yourself. How you treat yourself sets the standard for how others will treat you.” ― Steve Maraboli It’s been a while since we made our New Year’s resolutions, and all our vows are quite well-intended.  Exercise more.  Pick up a long-lost hobby.  Reconnect with friends.  Maybe you’ve been sticking to your resolution, or maybe you’re disappointed that you haven’t gotten things quite off the ground yet.  But no matter how things are going, I urge you to tack on one additional resolution this year: Love yourself as you are right…
  • What Happened When I Stopped Feeding My Body Trash

    Jessica Velasco
    27 Jan 2015 | 6:08 am
    “There is no sincerer love than the love of food.” — George Bernard Shaw I know few of you want to hear this, but I’ve always been skinny. Fourteen years after graduating high school, I’m still wearing the same pair of jeans. It should also be noted that I’ve never purchased a gym membership. I’ve never participated in a marathon (or even run farther than the driveway to the house in the winter). And I’ve never lifted anything heavier than a two-layer chocolate cake. But most notably is the fact that I’ve never been on a diet. Correction: I’d never…
  • Burn Your Beliefs.. Literally

    Brianna Johnson
    25 Jan 2015 | 4:49 am
    Are you a belief-hoarder? I most certainly am. I found myself listening to some speakers who had a few things to say about replacing old, negative beliefs with positive ones. “We construct our own reality. We are what we think. Blah blah blah.” I had heard it all before. They were right of course, but after a while, we begin tuning things out – especially when we hear it too many times without implementing it. Oddly, I think listening to too many gurus can actually desensitize you to action - the very actions you want to take. It’s one thing to tell someone,…
  • How I Manifested My Sabbatical & Why It Changed My Life

    Jodie Hebbard
    22 Jan 2015 | 5:32 am
    “Believe you can and you’re halfway there.” – Theodore Roosevelt A couple of years ago, I was at a cross roads in my life. I was ready for a change, but I didn’t know what it was that I wanted to do. I felt lost and I needed some time to think. A time out from career and my life to be able to regroup and reevaluate so I decided to take a sabbatical. The problem was, I had no idea where I was going to go or how I was going to manage to pull this off. Having struggled with finding my purpose for a number of years, I knew this was what I needed and so I was committed making it…
  • “Have You Lost Weight?”

    Jenny Kanevsky
    20 Jan 2015 | 7:40 am
    Ah, the loaded question, “have you lost weight?” If I only had a slice of cheesecake for every time someone asked me that. I’d have a lot of freaking cheesecake. I like New York traditional, by the way, and then chocolate, because a girl can get bored, and we are talking a lot of cheesecake. The question implies that I needed to lose weight, that something about me needed to change; and that now I am better. When I am asked this question, even today, my first feeling is joy. I can’t help it, I don’t want to feel it, I don’t like that I feel it, but that’s what happens. That is…
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    SocialEarth

  • Chevrolet Unveils New Volt Electric Car

    Antonio Pasolini
    30 Jan 2015 | 8:40 am
    More range and a sexier look. Th​ese​ ​are two​ ​of the innovations driving Chevrolet’s new Volt electric car, which the company unveiled recently. Besides ​better performance and the design tweak​, [...] The post Chevrolet Unveils New Volt Electric Car appeared first on SocialEarth.
  • Global Food Challenge: It’s About Humans Collaborating And Mimicking Nature

    Antonio Pasolini
    30 Jan 2015 | 5:28 am
    Last Wednesday (Jan 14) leaders from various industries converged to the launch of the Mars-UC Davis Innovation Institute for Food and Health and discuss one of the most pressing issues [...] The post Global Food Challenge: It’s About Humans Collaborating And Mimicking Nature appeared first on SocialEarth.
  • Synergistic Seawater Biofuels Project Provides Food and Fuel with Minimal Impact

    Justmeans
    29 Jan 2015 | 5:17 am
    An interesting and potentially very exciting project was unveiled today at Abu Dhabi Sustainability Week. It combines biofuels and aquaculture to produce a combination of food and fuel in the [...] The post Synergistic Seawater Biofuels Project Provides Food and Fuel with Minimal Impact appeared first on SocialEarth.
  • CEOs Sign OIWC Pledge to Advance Women’s Leadership in the Outdoor Industry

    3BL Media
    28 Jan 2015 | 5:07 am
    Today, Jerry Stritzke, CEO and President of REI (Recreational Equipment, Inc.), was joined by 13 industry CEOs who signed a pledge to accelerate women’s leadership in their companies. In addition [...] The post CEOs Sign OIWC Pledge to Advance Women’s Leadership in the Outdoor Industry appeared first on SocialEarth.
  • Solar Impulse Inspires as it Blazes New Frontiers

    Justmeans
    27 Jan 2015 | 8:34 am
    As if there wasn’t enough to see here already at Abu Dhabi Sustainability Week, the area was blessed with the appearance of a rare migrating bird, the Solar Impulse, resting [...] The post Solar Impulse Inspires as it Blazes New Frontiers appeared first on SocialEarth.
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    Social Velocity

  • Reinventing the Nonprofit Leader [Slideshare]

    Nell Edgington
    28 Jan 2015 | 6:08 am
    Today I am in Sacramento (it’s a busy travel month) speaking at the Nonprofit Resource Center’s 2015 Conference “Building a Mission Focused Community.” I am honored to share the stage with amazing nonprofit sector visionaries like Jan Masaoka from the California Association of Nonprofits and Blue Avocado, Jeanne Bell from CompassPoint, and Robert Egger from LA Kitchen (and past Social Velocity interviewee and guest blogger). My topic for today’s conference is “Reinventing the Nonprofit Leader.” Amid growing competition, decreased funding sources, and more…
  • Creating Your Nonprofit’s Message of Impact

    Nell Edgington
    22 Jan 2015 | 7:39 am
    Today I’m in the beautiful mountains of Hailey, Idaho speaking to a group of nonprofit leaders about how to create a message of impact for their organizations. I so often hear from nonprofit leaders about how difficult it is to convince a donor to give to their organization. They will complain that it seems almost any other cause has an easier time attracting support. For example, the head of an arts organizations once told me how hard he found fundraising because he isn’t “selling cute puppies and kittens.” But the fact is not that some causes are inherently…
  • What Do Your Programs Really Cost?

    Nell Edgington
    20 Jan 2015 | 7:15 am
    There was an historic victory last month in the battle to rid the nonprofit sector of the Overhead Myth. The federal Office of Management and Budget adopted new Uniform Guidance rules that when any local, state or federal agency contracts with a nonprofit at least 10% of the contract must fund the nonprofit’s administrative costs (what the government calls “indirect costs”). This is huge because nonprofit leaders report (here and here) that government contracts rarely fund even 10% of indirect costs and many times closer to 0%. While this is a big step forward, there…
  • 5 Myths The Nonprofit Sector Must Overcome

    Nell Edgington
    15 Jan 2015 | 6:45 am
    Almost two years ago three nonprofit rating organizations launched the Overhead Myth campaign aimed at eradicating “the false conception that financial ratios are the sole indicator of nonprofit performance.” Call me an optimist, but I think it might be working. I see more nonprofit leaders and funders discussing the radical idea that overhead might not be a bad thing. We still have a long way to go, but perhaps there is progress. The bad news, however, is that the Overhead Myth is only one of many (way too many) destructive nonprofit myths. So in this new year, let’s…
  • Is The Nonprofit Sector Really Broken?

    Nell Edgington
    8 Jan 2015 | 6:30 am
    There was a bit of a dust up in the (social change) Twitterverse yesterday. Ryan Seashore from CodeNow wrote a post on TechCrunch arguing that the majority of nonprofits are “broken,” and should act more like for-profit startups in order to create impact. The post follows a similar line of other arguments over the years (most recently Carrie Rich’s argument that nonprofits should all become social enterprises) that the nonprofit form is so dysfunctional that it should be tossed out. But there is a real danger to this idea of abandoning the nonprofit sector. As he…
 
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    Care2 Causes » Trailblazers For Good

  • Sharing Good Deeds Can Make You Happier and Healthier

    Ximena Ramirez
    26 Jan 2015 | 2:30 pm
    Of all the interesting job interview questions I’ve heard in my life, there is one that I always come back to: What was the last good deed you did? Luckily, when my friend was asked this question once, she had paid the toll of the car behind her on her way into the interview that morning. The interviewers were impressed. […]
  • Beyond Race: 8 Other Important Lessons from Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

    Kevin Mathews
    19 Jan 2015 | 6:00 am
    Although racial equality is the most notable, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. sought social justice for a number of reasons.
  • How Technology Helps the Color Blind See a More Vibrant World

    Crystal Shepeard
    18 Jan 2015 | 4:00 am
    One of the interesting stories behind the beginnings of Facebook is how it got its color theme. In a 2010 profile in The New Yorker, founder Mark Zuckerberg acknowledged he is part of the eight percent of males who are colorblind. He learned this as an adult when he took an online test. As a result […]
  • City Makes Gender-Neutral Restrooms the Law: Will This Soon Become the Norm?

    Kevin Mathews
    16 Jan 2015 | 7:00 am
    Most of us prefer to relieve ourselves in the privacy of our own homes, but sometimes nature calls when we’re out on the town, sending us to find the nearest men or women’s room. In one southern California city, the men and women’s restrooms will soon be one and the same. In an effort to […]
  • Meet the Hotel Where You Can Stay the Night and Adopt a Rescue Dog

    Susan Bird
    13 Jan 2015 | 6:00 am
    There are good ideas and there are slap-your-forehead great ideas. The Aloft Asheville Hotel in North Carolina came up with a real humdinger. Their stroke of genius, not to mention their incredible kindness, is saving the lives of local rescue pups, one dog at a time. It’s so simple, yet so effective. The Aloft Asheville […]
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    Social Finance

  • Does Canada Need A Social Investment Wholesaler? Pt. 2

    Ammara Niyaz
    29 Jan 2015 | 1:32 pm
    In yesterday’s first installation of this two-part piece, we explored Big Society Capital and how it came to be as well as examined it as a model. We also looked into the current state of affairs in Canada where unclaimed balances are concerned. Today, armed with that background information, we’ll outline the purpose of a similar Canadian organization, explore why it is needed in the Canadian marketplace, highlight social investment finance intermediaries (SIFIs) and financial institutions it could work with, and give a brief outline of regulations and  some policy…
  • Planning to start or expand a social enterprise?

    Jared Walker
    29 Jan 2015 | 12:21 pm
    Enterprising Non-Profits Toronto (enp-TO) may be for you! enp-TO offers a one -day Build Your Social Enterprise workshop, and technical assistance grants of up to $10,000. The Details: Register now for Build Your Social Enterprise workshop (mandatory for grant applicants) Tuesday, February 10, 2015, 9:30-3:30 — Starting a social enterprise Tuesday, February 10, 2015, 12:30-3:30 — Expanding a social enterprise Grant Application Deadline: Friday, February 27, 2014 (by email) enp-TO is particularly interested in supporting youth-led projects and small community-based social…
  • Does Canada Need A Social Investment Wholesaler? Pt. 1

    Ammara Niyaz
    28 Jan 2015 | 10:30 am
    How did the UK’s Big Society Capital come to be? Is their model applicable in Canada? Big Society Capital (BSC) is an independent financial institution (FI) that was launched in 2012. Its mission is to have a well-capitalized and sustainable social investment market in the UK. BSC’s role is to provide access to appropriate and affordable finances for charities and social enterprises. It seeks to improve the link between social investment and mainstream financial markets and work with other investors to embed social impact assessment into the investment decision-making process. BSC…
  • My RRSP Finally Has Climate Impact

    Shelley Mayer
    28 Jan 2015 | 7:03 am
    Rita Bijons has been planning for the future since she became a mother more than twenty years ago. While she thought her investments were socially responsible, it wasn’t until she retired that she really started paying attention to climate change. It was with this critical lens that she revisited her investments and was appalled at what she discovered. When she retired from teaching in 2006 she read the book “The Weather Makers” by Tim Flannery with her son. The two began attending meetings about climate change. Armed with this new awareness, she reopened her RRSP and was appalled to…
  • Tapping The Social Side Of Finance

    Alan Morantz
    27 Jan 2015 | 7:38 am
    Social finance has emerged as a distinct asset class in Canada. Specially designed investment vehicles are providing socially responsible businesses and co-operatives with financing that up to now has been inaccessible. The launch of the SVX platform promises to draw Ontario investors and social enterprises even closer. While institutional investors have been driving the market, vehicles such as solar bonds, offered by Toronto-based SolarShare, are giving retail investors a chance to get their feet wet. Joanna Reynolds of MaRS Centre for Impact Investing and Julie Leach of SolarShare spoke at…
 
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    Return On Now

  • 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…
  • Best SEO Tools to Audit Your Website for Free

    Tommy Landry
    21 Jan 2015 | 1:01 pm
    The following post is copyrighted by Return On Now - Austin Internet Marketing Consulting Services Just last week, I wrote about the reasons you want to hire an SEO expert to help with your SEO instead of doing it yourself. While I stand by that set of recommendations, sometimes you just need to get a quick answer about the state of your website’s SEO health. Some of you may opt to go it alone due to a lack of budget or internal disinterest in bringing in a consultant or agency. For those of you who are in this situation, or just want to pre-audit the website before bringing in a pro,…
  • 7 Reasons to Outsource SEO Instead of Doing It Yourself

    Tommy Landry
    14 Jan 2015 | 2:07 pm
    The following post is copyrighted by Return On Now - Austin Internet Marketing Consulting Services Search engine optimization has undergone a massive evolution over the past several years. The services you would have bought from an SEO agency or consultant a decade ago would have looked markedly different than what you would buy today. At the same time, content marketing has grown to the point that it’s nearly overwhelming. For every opinion you see online, there are ample counterpoints being made. The result of all this is a good amount of confusion in the business world. Some of the…
  • The Most Annoying Facebook Business Page Habits

    Matthew Yeoman
    6 Jan 2015 | 9:36 am
    The following post is copyrighted by Return On Now - Austin Internet Marketing Consulting Services Every now and then I’m allowed to have ‘fun’ at the office. Typically, this fun is forced upon me in the form of videos vaguely related to the social media job at hand. One such bit of fun was actually enjoyable! The video below talks about Facebook fatigue and your friends, and is a pretty good time for a free video: Now analyzing the relationship between friends isn’t my job as a social media writer and analyst (I leave that to the shrinks), but looking at how businesses and their…
  • 2015 Content Marketing Predictions [Infographic]

    Tommy Landry
    2 Jan 2015 | 11:47 am
    The following post is copyrighted by Return On Now - Austin Internet Marketing Consulting Services Happy New Year! With 2015 having arrived, we should not be surprised to see a slew of “predictions” columns and other content items coming out. Last month, the Content Marketing Institute was kind enough to include my thoughts in their annual predictions piece. Earlier this week, a nice infographic went live on the Curata Content Marketing Forum Blog that aggregated some of the most insightful predictions from CMI and several other sources. Although I’m not a huge fan of…
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    Changemakers Ideas ExChange

  • 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
  • For Youth, By Youth: Creating Jobs, Sustainability And A Future Vision For Kenya

    Future Forward Team
    23 Jan 2015 | 9:35 am
    Simeon Ogonda’s vision for Kenyan youth is ambitious. He wants to transform young people from job seekers into job creators who build and support sustainable and transparent enterprises.read more
  • How 5 Creative Young People Are Addressing Youth Employment In Africa

    Future Forward Team
    15 Jan 2015 | 1:09 am
    Announcing! Five winning ideas for addressing employment in Africa—social entrepreneurship fixes for youth, by youth—from the MasterCard Foundation and Ashoka's Future Forward partnership.read more
  • Lessons from Young Innovators Addressing Employment in Africa: Two-part Media Event

    Future Forward Team
    14 Jan 2015 | 1:55 pm
    “There is a great human potential, human capital and great natural resources in Africa, but for me, Africa’s greatest assets are the young people,” said United Nations Youth Envoy Ahmad Alhendawi in 2013. Alhendawi is right. Today, there are nearly 300 million people between ages 10 and 24 in sub-Saharan Africa—and there will be nearly twice as many young people in the region by mid-century.read more
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    maternova.net

  • TFCH improves Maternal health in Nigeria with Solar Delivery Lights from Maternova, Inc.

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

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

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

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

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

  • The Fun of Climate Change

    Gifford Pinchot
    26 Jan 2015 | 10:36 pm
    I recently did a TEDx Rainier talk on The Fun of Climate Change. I hope you will watch it and forward a link to this page on to your friends. In a nutshell this is what I said: There are three ways to respond personally to the news about climate change: Denial, Depression or Doing something about it. One of these is far more fun than the others. We need to have fun with global warming for two reasons: Gloom and doom are not selling very well; in fact it appears that they drive people into denial and depression. We need a lot of creativity to solve the challenges of global warming and people…
  • Intrapreneuring Today

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

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

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

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

  • 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!
  • The Ethically Made Christmas Shopping Guide

    EllieFunDay
    8 Dec 2014 | 1:02 pm
    We’ve invited guest blogger Davina Wong from Douceur Vivre to share her list of ethically made gifts. To give you all a little background, last year she committed to not buying ANY clothing for 1 year. Being a fashionista, this was a huge challenge, but she survived and lived to tell it on her blog. She is also momma to little “J” and you’ll be seeing more of her on our blog soon! _____________________________________________________________________ The holidays can be stressful when it comes to Christmas shopping, but it doesn’t have to be that way! If the thought…
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    Justmeans Articles and Editorial

  • 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…
  • Creating Shared Value: GSK and Direct Relief Fight Ebola

    Julie Fahnestock
    10 Dec 2014 | 4:29 am
    (3BL Media and Just Means) - I’m not going to lie. I never intended to use my sustainability, storytelling company to talk about one of world’s largest pharmaceutical companies, Glaxosmithkline (GSK). But, I found myself talking about their work with my husband, my mom and with my running partner. GSK's PULSE program is creating hope and change. PULSE connects GSK employees with the needs of NGOs to create long-term impact. They offer their business expertise, internal best practices and create shared value across organizational distinctions. It’s a story worth telling. And here’s one…
 
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    Austin Center for Design

  • TippingPoint: Doughnuts & Beers | Smoke & Mirrors

    jeff.patton
    31 Jan 2015 | 2:55 pm
    We finished last week by testing low-fidelity wires with one group of strangers to elicit feedback on our overall idea, as well as to understand emotional responses to different scenarios and tones.  We learned a lot from that test and we wanted to continue to test these screens with a few more individuals to gain even more perspective. 2 of the screens we tested Beer & Doughnuts Our first stop was the University of Texas campus.  We arrived at a sunny picnic table on the north side of campus armed with a box of doughnuts to be used as compensation for people’s time…
  • One Piece at a Time

    maryanne.lee
    31 Jan 2015 | 2:53 pm
    We are at week 4 of our Ideation and Development studio class at AC4D. This week, it was imperative for our group (Laura Galos, Lindsay Josal, and Maryanne Lee) to test our ideas with potential users, even though the idea is far from complete. Because we decided to focus on how design solutions can help families and seniors having difficult aging-related conversations, including driving cessation, we verbally tested short scenarios with families who are having or anticipate having those driving conversations. We questioned our participants on how they would like the conversation to…
  • Recruiting Participants for User Testing

    Samara Watkiss
    31 Jan 2015 | 12:47 pm
    We are three students in the Interaction Design and Social Entrepreneurship program. We are developing a service to help people balance day-to-day enjoyment of their lives with their financial goals of paying down debt or saving. (Learn more about our project). We have the idea, now we need your help to test it! We are looking for people to participate in user testing who are: In the Austin Area Between 22-30 In their first couple years of post-school employment Making at least 40k Have personal debt or are actively trying to save We will provide food and/or a small token of thanks. We will…
  • Mental Healthcare: Creation Continued.

    Crystal
    24 Jan 2015 | 7:37 pm
    This week was a week of reflection. It was time now to take all of the information that had been gathered. Print out all of the photographed whiteboard diagrams and scenarios, and do another round of synthesis on these new artifacts. I had to take a bit of a step back from my initial design plans and start to really focus on the narrative around the product, which will inherently determine the way the product is designed. Just to re-cap for a moment. I am working on developing what I am calling a “Journey to Recovery”. I have yet to even begin to think of a catchy 2.0 name and am very…
  • A Game Plan for Aging-Related Conversations

    maryanne.lee
    24 Jan 2015 | 12:51 pm
    Quarter 3 is well underway and our team, (Laura Galos, Lindsay Josal, and Maryanne Lee) is in the midst of ideation and development. Last week, we downselected from three design ideas to one. We have been referring to this idea as a “communication tool” that helps caregivers and families have necessary but difficult conversations with the elderly around aging-related topics. Currently, the conversation we are working with in particular is one around driving cessation, or limiting of driving as people age. Our teachers encouraged us to test ideas with potential users this week. Because we…
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    B2N | Social Focus Consulting

  • Learnings from Queen's Conference on Philanthropy 2015

    29 Jan 2015 | 12:34 pm
    Ene Underwood, CEO of Habitat for Humanity GTA, kicking off day one of QCOP 2015Despite graduating from Queen's five years ago, I'm always eager to return to Kingston, especially for the Queen's Conference on Philanthropy (QCOP) where it's great to meet socially-minded students and bask in all things cause-related. This year's theme was "connect" and my big takeaway from the conference was that to create impact, we need to connect with ourselves, resources, and actions.1. Connecting with one's self (the Why)Although a big part of the "connect" theme relates to how we connect with one another,…
  • How understanding consumer psychology helps you get more donors and volunteers

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

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

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

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

  • 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…
  • 2014 Year in Review: The Color Palettes of My Life

    Rachael Kay Albers
    22 Jan 2015 | 12:22 pm
    I love color. Finding the perfect palette is one of my favorite parts of the design process. Design Seeds is a digital amusement park for color lovers. If I could, I’d get a season pass and spend my days frolicking between warm and cool worlds. (Go ahead and bookmark Design Seeds now, if you haven’t already. I’ll wait.) One of my goals for 2015 is to Design Seeds my life. When I need to refill my creative tank, I take long walks with my camera and look for color inspiration in the world around me – so, why not start a color library of my own? The idea isn’t to…
  • Tip #51: Success Is Slow Cooked, So Enjoy The Aroma

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

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

    Daniel Montano
    29 Jan 2015 | 3:29 pm
    Originally posted on Tales from the Conspiratum: Creative Systems Thinking “As the twenty-first century unfolds, it is becoming more and more evident that the major problems of our time – energy, the environment, climate change, food security, financial security – cannot be understood in isolation. They are systemic problems, which means they are all interconnected and interdependent. Ultimately, these problems must be seen as just different facets of one single crisis, which is largely a crisis of perception. It derives from the fact that most people in our modern society, and…
  • MOBILE APPS NEED A ‘CAR MODE’?

    Daniel Montano
    29 Jan 2015 | 1:51 pm
    Originally posted on ADITI LITEHOUSE: This writeup is about the many popular mobile apps out there who would be so much more better, if only they were designed for context of use. The car is becoming a strong player in the digital ecosystem. There is a reason why Apple, Google and Microsoft are making big bets with things like CarPlay,Android Auto and Windows in the car. But those experiences, at least initially will be reserved for premium models and will take some time before they become mainstream. Designers and Engineers are striving hard to keep customers connected in this fourth…
  • Holonomics: the antidote to reductionism?

    Daniel Montano
    29 Nov 2014 | 3:42 pm
    Originally posted on LIVE LONG AND PROSPER: Come across a word like ‘holonomics’ (evocative as it is of systems thinking) and one might be forgiven for feeling a slight sense of scepticism. Fortunately, Simon and Maria Robinson, authors of Holonomics: Business Where People and Planet Matter, are very quick to dispel any whiff of ‘emperor’s new clothes’ surrounding their ideas. Holonomic thinking is not a “dogmatic annunciation” of a new methodology or toolkit, but rather a much more subtle and nuanced quest to expand our consciousness. If all that sounds a tad esoteric, it…
  • What is Systems thinking?

    Daniel Montano
    25 Sep 2014 | 8:44 am
    Originally posted on System Studies: Systems thinking is a way of viewing the world. According to systems point of view, the world is built around varying kinds of systems. How can this perspective help us view our problems in a different way and help us solve some of the most difficult issues of our time? Imagine you are living in the suburb of a large city. You go daily to work by taking the bus, which takes a lot of time and forces you to wake up very early in the morning. After some consideration you decide to buy a car in order to free up some time and to make the commute more tolerable.
  • Brain training app shows how different jobs demand different thinking.

    Daniel Montano
    24 Sep 2014 | 8:34 am
    Brain training app shows how different jobs demand different thinking. Wall Street Journal Blogs: http://blogs.wsj.com/digits/2014/09/22/brain-training-app-shows-how-different-jobs-demand-different-thinking/?mod=ST1
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  • 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…
  • Dimensions of social enterprise leadership: Part 2

    JX Editor
    17 Dec 2014 | 7:27 pm
    Series: Second of Five The Association of Integrated Marketers invited me recently to present on the topic of ‘Community Marketing.’ In a room full of marketers, ‘marketing’ needed little preface. ‘Community,’ on the other hand is a word for which we each have our own definition. It is most often associated with place—the cities or neighbourhoods in which we live and work. It is used to define our interest groups—social entrepreneurs, physicians, and professionals, or cyclists, quilters, and Star Wars fanatics. Some communities come together around major events, such as the…
  • Mainstreaming responsible business, story by story

    Mike Rowlands
    16 Dec 2014 | 1:17 pm
    Another year, another climate change conference. As per usual it nearly collapsed, overran and produced a deal that doesn’t sound like far enough, fast enough. While governments clashed, money was talking in investment circles. Or more accurately, walking. September saw the heirs to the fortune amassed by the iconic oil family the Rockefellers announce they were going to divest from fossil fuels. Banks continued to be embroiled in market-fixing scandals, doing nothing for the sense of trust in big business. But where there is turmoil, there is also innovation. Alternative economic models…
 
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  • Setting up and managing a data warehouse

    Martin
    31 Jan 2015 | 8:03 am
    © Flickr | Torkild Retvedt Data warehousing is the use of relational database to maintain historical records and analyze data to understand better and improve business. In this article, we will look at 1) what is a data warehouse? 2) Data warehouse integration process, 3) setting up a data warehouse, 4) data warehouse components, 5) data warehouse backup, storage and tools, and 6) management tool providers for data warehousing. WHAT IS A DATA WAREHOUSE? Data warehouse databases are designed for query and analysis, not transactions. The data that is collected from various sources is separated…
  • Managing Investor Relations for Your Company

    Anastasia
    30 Jan 2015 | 6:53 am
    © Flickr | OTA Photos When you have investors, it is important to have cordial relations with them. This article will provide you with an 1) introduction, 2) importance of investor relations, 3) how to manage your investor relations, 4) ways to improve investor relations, and 5) how social media has revolutionized investor relations. INTRODUCTION Investor relations refer to the conversation between the company and the investors. Even though the conversation is regulated and the information disclosed is voluntary, the conversation is an important element in stock market operations. Investor…
  • Different types of Mergers and Acquisitions (M&A)

    Martin
    29 Jan 2015 | 7:00 am
    Mergers and acquisition can be categorized according to the nature of merger. Most mergers are simply done when one firm takeover another firm, but there are different strategic reasons behind this decision. In the same way, legal terminology also differs from merger to merger, hence it is important to differentiate and understand the subtle differences. © Entrepreneurial-Insights.com In this article we will look at 1) nature of M&A and different types of M&A, 2) reasons behind each type of M&A, and 3) legal terminology. NATURE AND TYPES OF M&A Mergers vs. Acquisitions A…
  • Too Much Funding Can Kill Your Business

    Anastasia
    28 Jan 2015 | 7:07 am
    Funding is essential for a business to carry out daily operations. The choice of how to attain funding is a decision made by the business owners and there are multiple options available. The decision to seek a certain type of funding is not governed only by the owner’s discretion; there are external factors that affect a business’ funding choice. Examples of such factors include the solvency of the founders, the amount of money that is needed to run the business and the financing required to maintain the business. © pixabay | PublicDomainPictures The choices available to business owners…
  • How to Optimize Supply Chain Management with Big Data

    Martin
    27 Jan 2015 | 7:10 am
    It has been said that Big Data has applications at all levels of a business. This is definitely true of supply chain management – the optimization of a firm’s supply-side business activities, such as new product development, production, and product distribution, to maximize revenue, profits, and customer value. Big Data management has tremendous implications for supply chain management. Firms that can aggregate, filter, and analyze internal data, as well as external consumer and market data, can use the insights generated to optimize decision-making at all levels of the supply chain.
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  • 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…
  • Niche Marketing – Who is Your Perfect Customer?

    Tammy Hawk-Bridges
    15 Jan 2015 | 6:26 pm
    Want the secret to huge success and riches? Focus. Laser focus and super-clarity. This is the magic potion that makes dreams come true. People that are incredibly successful are FOCUSED. They know what they’re doing, why they’re doing it, and WHO they’re doing it for. Do you? In this marketing lesson we’re going to talk about your Perfect Customer. This is the person or company that’s the perfect fit for your business. I don’t have to tell you that marketing a business is not for sissies! This shit is very hard! It’s a ton of hard work and sometimes…
  • Marketing Strategy – Lay the Foundation for 2015

    Tammy Hawk-Bridges
    9 Jan 2015 | 8:10 am
      (Note: This video is broken down into two parts. Part one is for the newcomer entrepreneur who has been in business 3 years or less. The second part is for an entrepreneur that’s been around longer. If you don’t want to watch the entire video you can skip to 7:12.) If you don’t have one, building a solid marketing strategy should be your first order of business before you go any further in 2015. Without a strategy you’re wandering around aimlessly in your business or perhaps on the proverbial hamster wheel. You’ll always feel struggle and never feel the…
  • I Stopped Following 3,000 People on Twitter – Here’s Why

    Tammy Hawk-Bridges
    26 Dec 2014 | 3:33 pm
    One of the things I discovered in 2014, I had access to some pretty powerful marketing tools I was using incorrectly. The irony is my primary purpose is to teach entrepreneurs how to market their businesses correctly. So, needless to say, I’m somewhat ashamed in my discovery. After an even deeper observation it came to my attention I have plenty of company. Most people use social media incorrectly. My recent experiment with Twitter proved it. Twitter – An Experiment I decided it would be a great idea in 2015 to get more connected to bloggers I had common interests with. I…
  • 4 Steps to a Profitable Business

    Tammy Hawk-Bridges
    9 Dec 2014 | 6:33 pm
    Building a profitable business should be a goal for every entrepreneur! Are you ready for the New Year? 2015 is on the horizon and I’m getting really excited! I love December! It’s a time to start thinking about fresh new ideas! It’s also a time to right some wrongs and have a new start. I want to share 4 great tips with you to help you start out your New Year right and structure your business for growth. Step 1 to a Profitable Business – Know Your Perfect Customer If you’re going to grow a profitable business you must know who your perfect customer is. The world…
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    Conversations With PASSION! Corey Poirier

  • 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.
  • Mike Lipkin

    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
    28 Dec 2014 | 4:38 pm
    This latest episode includes Conversations with Mike Lipkin, Medium Carole Matthews, Inspirational Hip Hop Artist Charlie Scott, a learning forum segment with Dennis Campbell of Ambassatours, and much more.
 
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