Social Entrepreneurship

  • Most Topular Stories

  • 7 Best Places to Look for a Job

    9 to 5 Hell
    admin
    19 Aug 2014 | 12:46 pm
    Are you on the job hunt and have no idea where to start? Looking for your dream job but you can’t seem to find it? Here’s the thing, some of the best jobs may not even be posted! Why you ask? Because you haven’t looked hard enough or you don’t know where to really look. If you’re constantly looking at job boards and there’s nothing sticking out to you, it’s time to start thinking out of the box. Some of the hidden gems are right under your nose but you’re looking in all the wrong places! We scoured the internet and learned from our own experiences, so here are the best places…
  • Data: SEs improve self-sufficiency, stability

    Social Enterprise
    Rolfe Larson
    5 Mar 2015 | 1:01 pm
    When most people hear about social enterprises that provide training and employment to disadvantaged individuals, they think it’s a good idea. But when they ask what data we have on whether SE’s actually “work,” whether they improve the lives of the people they serve, over the long term, there’s been precious little of it. Fortunately, now there’s a new REDF study that provides some valuable insights on that impact. The Mathematica Jobs study gathered data from 282 workers in seven REDF-supported organizations, and compared them with 37 work-eligible…
  • Sparking sustainable aquaculture

    Marc Gunther's blog
    Marc Gunther
    11 Mar 2015 | 5:59 pm
    On a recent visit to Cambodia, I visited a poor fishing village not far from Siem Reap where thousands of tiny forage fish, pulled from a large freshwater lake called Tonle Sap, were left to dry in the sun by the side of a road. They were, as best as I could determine, bound for Thailand […] >
  • A Force for Good

    Social Finance
    Joanna Reynolds
    23 Mar 2015 | 5:00 am
    How Enlightened Finance Can Restore Faith in Capitalism On Thursday, March 5th, I had the privilege of attending a luncheon at the Banking Hall in the heart of Toronto’s financial district where John Taft, CEO of RBC Wealth Management US introduced his new book, “A Force for Good: How Enlightened Finance Can Restore Faith in Capitalism”.  In discussion with Taft were Roger Martin, former Dean of the Rotman School of Management and Brian Walsh, Chair and CIO, Saguenay Strathmore Capital. The panel was ably moderated by John Stackhouse, Senior Vice-President in the Office of the CEO at…
  • 10 Great Social Innovation Reads: February 2015

    Social Velocity
    Nell Edgington
    4 Mar 2015 | 1:27 pm
    February was a pretty cold month around the country, but on the positive side that made it a great month to stay inside and read. I really struggled to cull the list of great reads to 10 this month because there was so much thought-provoking stuff out there. But below is my valiant effort. From Afghan women, to political engagement, to nonprofit burnout and capacity building, to economic development and net neutrality, there was lots to read and think about. Here is my view of the 10 best reads in the world of social change in February. But as always, add to the list in the comments. And if…
 
  • add this feed to my.Alltop

    Guy Kawasaki

  • GuyStockphotos from #SMMW15

    Guy Kawasaki
    26 Mar 2015 | 6:01 pm
    More “stock photos.” This time from the Social Media Marketing World conference in San Diego, California. The post GuyStockphotos from #SMMW15 appeared first on Guy Kawasaki.
  • Best Hotel for SXSW

    Guy Kawasaki
    26 Mar 2015 | 4:01 pm
    Although this may bite me in the butt someday if it’s booked solid, I’d like to tell you about the Hyatt Place in Austin, Texas. I will stay at this hotel every time I go to SXSW. The hotel is one block from the Austin Convention Center. There is a breakfast buffet with no waiting. There are restaurants within one hundred yards that fulfill my four main food groups: steak, Thai, sushi, and fried chicken. If these don’t take care of you, there’s a boutique market across the street for snacks. The hotel bar also sells food 24-hours per day. The Wifi is fast—maybe…
  • Guy Kawasaki appointed to the Board of Trustees of the Wikimedia Foundation

    Guy Kawasaki
    24 Mar 2015 | 9:27 am
    I’ve joined the board of trustees of the Wikimedia Foundation. This entity is the parent organization of all the “Wiki” projects such as Wikipedia and other free-knowledge projects. The activities of the Wikimedia Foundation represent one of the most important projects in the history of civilization. Having helped democratize computing with Apple and currently helping to democratize design with Canva, how could I resist the opportunity to democratize knowledge with Wikimedia? The Wikimedia Board of trustees has ten members. Can it get much cooler than helping Wikimedia…
  • The Art of Leading

    Guy Kawasaki
    23 Mar 2015 | 6:00 am
    Some aspiring entrepreneurs are already working for a big company. Like external entrepreneurs, they dream of creating innovative products. They, too, must prototype, position, pitch, bootstrap, recruit, fund, partner, sell, and support. The purpose of this minichapter is to explain how to do all this when you’re employed by a large business. Ironically, many entrepreneurs envy the employees of major companies—they think that these lucky souls have humongous financial resources, large sales forces, fully equipped labs, scalable factories, and established brands, plus medical and dental…
  • The Art of Keeping Things Simple

    Guy Kawasaki
    18 Mar 2015 | 6:46 am
    Entrepreneurs face hundreds of decisions when they start a company, and there’s often a temptation to optimize each one of them—sometimes by breaking new ground. However, it’s best to focus one’s energy and attention on milestone issues. My experience and expertise is with US companies, but these are generally accepted startup practices: Corporate structure. Every country has different commercial entities, such as corporations, partnerships, limited-liability corporations, and cooperatives. You want a corporate structure with three characteristics: one that is familiar, if not…
  • add this feed to my.Alltop

    SustainAbility

  • Marriott International: How Does this Global Giant Tackle Sustainability?

    25 Mar 2015 | 3:00 am
    Hemma Varma, Senior CSR Manager Europe at Marriott Hotels, at the SustainAbility office The SustainAbility London office regularly invites practitioners from within our network to speak to the team over lunch to share insights from both their own work and on the sustainability landscape at large. We were delighted to have Hemma Varma, Senior CSR Manager Europe at Marriott come in to talk to us about their sustainability strategy. Hemma’s focus is on managing partnerships with charities and advocacy groups, driving employee engagement and supporting Marriott’s 20/20 youth vision. With…
  • 10 Trends for 2015: The Clock Is Ticking for Energy Companies

    23 Mar 2015 | 6:52 pm
    Image © CC Paul Lowry 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 fourth in our series of blogs expanding upon these trends. One of the biggest stories of 2014 was uncertainty across the energy…
  • Lindsay Clinton to Participate in Circular Economy: Unleashing New Business Value Forum

    21 Mar 2015 | 7:17 pm
    SustainAbility Director Lindsay Clinton will participate on a panel entitled “Emerging Trends and Opportunities for the Circular Economy” for the Circular Economy: Unleashing New Business Value Forum, which will take place on May 7 from 1-1:50 pm in Washington, DC. Lindsay will be joined on the panel by: John Gardner, Vice President and Chief Sustainability Officer, Novelis Helen Clarkson, Director, Forum for the Future-U.S. The U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation and The Ellen MacArthur Foundation are partnering on The Circular Economy: Unleashing New Business Value on May 6-7,…
  • 10 Trends for 2015: Water Makes Waves

    19 Mar 2015 | 5:31 pm
    Flickr image by Bill Gracey 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 third in our series of blogs expanding upon these trends. Earlier this year SustainAbility identified global water stress, water…
  • See Change Roundtables: Oakland and New York

    17 Mar 2015 | 11:29 am
    SustainAbility hosted two breakfast roundtable events exploring key findings from our latest research on transparency, See Change: How Transparency Drives Performance on February 12 and February 25 in Oakland and New York respectively. Report co-author Margo Mosher, along with Mark Lee in Oakland and co-author Lorraine Smith in New York, provided an overview of the research and we had a lively discussion around the following questions: What does ‘effective’ corporate transparency look like? How can transparency prompt better decision-making, impact performance, and drive positive change…
 
  • add this feed to my.Alltop

    Skoll World Forum on Social Entrepreneurship

  • Investing in Girls Yields Big Returns

    Jake Wadland
    27 Mar 2015 | 6:53 pm
    My name is Memory Banda, and I am from Malawi. My country bears the burden of one of the world’s highest rates of child marriage, with more than half of girls forced into marriage as children, sometimes as early as age nine. Child marriage in Malawi is a practice that weaves together complex economic, cultural, and religious factors – both historic and contemporary. But what does this actually mean? In a country with an HIV prevalence of 10.3%, where the average woman has five children, and where almost one in three women dies in childbirth, child marriage is both the cause and…
  • Let’s Tap Solar’s Flexibility to Increase Access to Energy

    Jake Wadland
    26 Mar 2015 | 11:17 am
    Access to energy is a precondition for higher human and economic development. Yet energy poverty is still pervasive: 1.3 billion people lack access to electricity and 2.6 billion people don’t have clean cooking facilities. More than 95 percent of these people are either in sub-Saharan African or developing countries in Asia, and 84 percent live in rural areas. Energy paves the way to opportunities: better livelihoods, education, health, and quality of life. Without access to energy, people have little hope of achieving these things. There are many surprising energy inequities in the…
  • Pro Bono Can Help Fill Nonprofit Resource Gaps

    Jake Wadland
    25 Mar 2015 | 1:47 pm
    “Stop the Funding: Social Sector is Fully Resourced.” Until we see this headline across international newsfeeds, social change organizations should consider this simple Latin phrase to help them move their missions forward — “pro bono.” Post-revolutionary Egypt, fast-growing China, Slovakia, Hungary, Singapore, Canada, India, Germany, and the U.S. – each a different culture facing its own set of social challenges that NGOs and social entrepreneurs are driven to solve. If we can’t expect to see these organizations be fully-resourced financially, how can we expect them to thrive?
  • Quality Secondary Education for Girls: How Do We Finance it at Scale?

    Jake Wadland
    24 Mar 2015 | 11:07 am
    The findings of the recently released Global Report on Out-of-School Children make a sobering read. Despite many achievements in providing access to primary education for children and young adults around the world, the fact remains that “around 63 million adolescents are denied their right to education.” Yet it is well documented that providing a quality secondary education, especially for girls, creates unparalleled benefits. This is a seminal year. The UN Millennium Development Goals, an ambitious program to eradicate poverty, are about to expire. In September the UN will announce the…
  • Private Sector Has Important Role in Defeating Tuberculosis

    Jake Wadland
    23 Mar 2015 | 2:44 pm
    The world has made great strides in improving global health, including in the fight against tuberculosis. Over the past 20 years, deaths from the disease have decreased by 45 percent and more than 37 million lives have been saved globally. It is not surprising, then, that tuberculosis is often thought of as “a disease of the past,” especially in the United States and Western Europe, where full-blown cases are much less common than in other parts of the world. Tuberculosis, however, continues to be one of the world’s top health challenges. Each year, about nine million people fall ill,…
 
  • add this feed to my.Alltop

    Marc Gunther's blog

  • Sparking sustainable aquaculture

    Marc Gunther
    11 Mar 2015 | 5:59 pm
    On a recent visit to Cambodia, I visited a poor fishing village not far from Siem Reap where thousands of tiny forage fish, pulled from a large freshwater lake called Tonle Sap, were left to dry in the sun by the side of a road. They were, as best as I could determine, bound for Thailand […] >
  • Keeping a close eye on all the world’s forests

    Marc Gunther
    10 Mar 2015 | 1:37 pm
    Corporate commitments to protect forests are numerous. Unilever says it is “determined to drive deforestation out of our supply chains.” The giant paper company Asia Pulp and Paper promised to “eliminate all natural forest derived products” from its supply chain by 2020. Wilmar, the world’s largest palm oil trader, launched a “sustainability dashboard” to report its […] >
  • Nonprofit Chronicles: my new blog

    Marc Gunther
    1 Mar 2015 | 10:18 am
    Call me a contrarian. I read this just the other day about writing on the web: Blogging?—? I mean, honey, don’t even say the word. No one actually blogs anymore, except maybe undergrads on their first week of study abroad. Well, I’m starting a new blog. The blog is called Nonprofit Chronicles, and it will explore a […] >
  • Google: Much more than an Internet company

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

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

    Skoll World Forum on Social Entrepreneurship

  • Investing in Girls Yields Big Returns

    Jake Wadland
    27 Mar 2015 | 6:53 pm
    My name is Memory Banda, and I am from Malawi. My country bears the burden of one of the world’s highest rates of child marriage, with more than half of girls forced into marriage as children, sometimes as early as age nine. Child marriage in Malawi is a practice that weaves together complex economic, cultural, and religious factors – both historic and contemporary. But what does this actually mean? In a country with an HIV prevalence of 10.3%, where the average woman has five children, and where almost one in three women dies in childbirth, child marriage is both the cause and…
  • Let’s Tap Solar’s Flexibility to Increase Access to Energy

    Jake Wadland
    26 Mar 2015 | 11:17 am
    Access to energy is a precondition for higher human and economic development. Yet energy poverty is still pervasive: 1.3 billion people lack access to electricity and 2.6 billion people don’t have clean cooking facilities. More than 95 percent of these people are either in sub-Saharan African or developing countries in Asia, and 84 percent live in rural areas. Energy paves the way to opportunities: better livelihoods, education, health, and quality of life. Without access to energy, people have little hope of achieving these things. There are many surprising energy inequities in the…
  • Pro Bono Can Help Fill Nonprofit Resource Gaps

    Jake Wadland
    25 Mar 2015 | 1:47 pm
    “Stop the Funding: Social Sector is Fully Resourced.” Until we see this headline across international newsfeeds, social change organizations should consider this simple Latin phrase to help them move their missions forward — “pro bono.” Post-revolutionary Egypt, fast-growing China, Slovakia, Hungary, Singapore, Canada, India, Germany, and the U.S. – each a different culture facing its own set of social challenges that NGOs and social entrepreneurs are driven to solve. If we can’t expect to see these organizations be fully-resourced financially, how can we expect them to thrive?
  • Quality Secondary Education for Girls: How Do We Finance it at Scale?

    Jake Wadland
    24 Mar 2015 | 11:07 am
    The findings of the recently released Global Report on Out-of-School Children make a sobering read. Despite many achievements in providing access to primary education for children and young adults around the world, the fact remains that “around 63 million adolescents are denied their right to education.” Yet it is well documented that providing a quality secondary education, especially for girls, creates unparalleled benefits. This is a seminal year. The UN Millennium Development Goals, an ambitious program to eradicate poverty, are about to expire. In September the UN will announce the…
  • Private Sector Has Important Role in Defeating Tuberculosis

    Jake Wadland
    23 Mar 2015 | 2:44 pm
    The world has made great strides in improving global health, including in the fight against tuberculosis. Over the past 20 years, deaths from the disease have decreased by 45 percent and more than 37 million lives have been saved globally. It is not surprising, then, that tuberculosis is often thought of as “a disease of the past,” especially in the United States and Western Europe, where full-blown cases are much less common than in other parts of the world. Tuberculosis, however, continues to be one of the world’s top health challenges. Each year, about nine million people fall ill,…
  • add this feed to my.Alltop

    Uploads by Skoll World Forum

  • PROXIMITY DESIGNS - Empathy-Driven Solutions for Rural Rice Farmers in Myanmar (Burma)

    26 Mar 2015 | 5:04 pm
    PROXIMITY DESIGNS - Empathy-Driven Solutions for Rural Rice Farmers in Myanmar (Burma) We wanted to treat people as customers, not as aid beneficiaries. It's about giving people choice and therefore dignity. We don't decide what people need, they tell us through the marketplac... From: Skoll World Forum Views: 17 0 ratings Time: 05:22 More in Nonprofits & Activism
  • Skoll World Forum Orientation Video

    19 Mar 2015 | 10:19 am
    Skoll World Forum Orientation Video Each year, nearly 1000 of the world's most influential social entrepreneurs, key thought leaders and strategic partners gather at the University of Oxford's Saïd Business School to exchange... From: Skoll World Forum Views: 14 1 ratings Time: 04:35 More in Nonprofits & Activism
  • Who are community health workers? Meet three women who are saving lives in rural Kenya

    22 Sep 2014 | 8:33 am
    Who are community health workers? Meet three women who are saving lives in rural Kenya Across the central belt of sub-Saharan Africa, 10 to 20 percent of children die before reaching the age of 5. Maternal death rates are also high. Community health workers (CHWs) deliver life-saving... From: Skoll World Forum Views: 1049 9 ratings Time: 04:30 More in Nonprofits & Activism
  • Measuring Up As Men: Mobilizing To End Child Marriage In Kenya

    12 Sep 2014 | 4:15 pm
    Measuring Up As Men: Mobilizing To End Child Marriage In Kenya Follow Wanjala Wafula, a women's rights activist from Kenya, in his day-to-day work to convince men that ending child marriage is not just a necessity: it is their responsibility. The film... From: Skoll World Forum Views: 2270 37 ratings Time: 05:48 More in Nonprofits & Activism
  • Blaise Judja-Sato, an uncommon hero delivers health to poor

    8 Jul 2014 | 3:20 pm
    Blaise Judja-Sato, an uncommon hero delivers health to poor Meet Blaise Judja-Sato. Born in Cameroon, Blaise Judja-Sato was a successful U.S. businessman when a devastating flood in Mozambique prompted his return to Africa. While helping with relief... From: Skoll World Forum Views: 5248 9 ratings Time: 07:04 More in People & Blogs
 
  • add this feed to my.Alltop

    Global Envision

  • Women, War, and Peace

    Beth Alaimo
    26 Mar 2015 | 7:25 am
    Image:  A century ago, military personnel made up 90 percent of casualties during times of war. Today this has flopped, with the majority of victims being civilians, most of them-women and children.Despite the disproportionate effect conflict has on women, they made up only 9 percent of negotiators at peace talks from 1992 to 2011. A fact that if changed, would not only alter the conversation but bring a critical perspective that has been missing to the table.Sexual assault of women has become a strategic tool of war and genocide, as the conflicts of Bosnia and the ongoing turmoil in the…
  • Interview: Peter Eliassen of VisionSpring – Eyeglasses Can Help Unburden the Developing World

    Seth Heller
    25 Mar 2015 | 7:48 am
    Image:  Peter Eliassen is on a mission to get eyeglasses into the hands of the people who need them most in the developing world.Eliassen is the Chief Operating Officer of VisionSpring – an international aid non-profit that operates on the principle that aid should be functional, providing benefits to as many aspects of the recipients’ lives as possible.Eyeglasses are particularly absent in the developing world. VisionSpring saw an opportunity to focus on this public health issue, which prevents millions from securing employment, getting an education and pursuing other…
  • It's Still the Golden Age of Radio for Farmers in Africa

    Anne Kim
    25 Mar 2015 | 7:07 am
    Image:  Radio came back in fashion after the runaway success of “Serial,” the hit true crime podcast, but the golden age of radio never went out of style for farmers in Africa. With just 3 percent of African farmers having access to internet versus over 75 percent  with access to radio, radio is the obvious choice to share farming techniques.The content of African radio may be drastically different, but the way it’s distributed is similar to the way NPR operates. Farm Radio International, based in Ottawa, provides content support and broadcasting training to nearly…
  • Girl-power! From Guatemala to the United Nations

    Beth Alaimo
    24 Mar 2015 | 6:53 am
    Image:  Fifteen-year old Emelin found that passion and new life skills could bring her from fighting for girls’ health and education in Guatemala to speaking at the United Nations.As a member of the indigenous group Maya Mam, Emelin grew up in the rural highlands of Guatemala, experiencing first-hand the challenges for young girls in her village."The biggest problems we face as adolescents in my community are early pregnancy, childbirth, sexual violation and lack of education and health care," Emelin told NPR.In her village of Concepción Chiquirichapa, only 14 percent of…
  • Global Ideas News Brief: Ebola, a year later

    Abby Haight
    23 Mar 2015 | 3:09 pm
    Image:  EbolaOne Year Later, Ebola Outbreak Offers Lessons for Next EpidemicNYTOne year has passed since the declaration of what became the largest Ebola outbreak in history, with more than 10,000 deaths.How Ebola changed the worldBBCThis tiny virus, invisible to the naked eye, went on to kill more than 10,000 people across Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone in the 12 months that followedWomenKeeping Women Out Of The Work Force Is Economic NonsenseNPRGender equality is "humanity's biggest project," Lakshmi Puri told the U.N. this past week.Westerners don't appreciate how…
  • add this feed to my.Alltop

    Environmental Leader

  • Volvo Beats Carbon Reduction Goal by 10M Tons

    Jessica Lyons Hardcastle
    27 Mar 2015 | 4:50 am
    Volvo last year reduced the total lifetime CO2 emissions of its products by 40 million tons against a 2008 baseline, beating its goal by 10 million tons, according to the automaker’s 2014 sustainability report. The company also exceeded its target to reduce CO2 emissions from its production plants by 0.2 million tons (12 percent), compared […]
  • Nestlé, SAB Miller Increase Revenue up to 20% with Supply Chain Improvements

    Jessica Lyons Hardcastle
    27 Mar 2015 | 4:47 am
    Nestlé, SAB Miller and UPS are among the 25 companies that have increased their revenue as much as 20 percent and cut supply chain costs up to 16 percent by implementing sustainable supply chain practices, according to a World Economic Forum report written in collaboration with Accenture. Beyond Supply Chains – Empowering Value Chains identifies […]
  • Siemens, Thinkstep Launch Material Management Software

    Jessica Lyons Hardcastle
    27 Mar 2015 | 4:33 am
    Siemens and thinkstep (formerly PE International) have launched an integrated material management software product to manage the material lifecycle and streamline material driven product design. The new software, developed by thinkstep and Siemens’ product lifecycle management (PLM) software business, will help manufacturers worldwide improve product performance and reliability by connecting design, engineering, analysis, compliance and […]
  • Novelis Produces 100% Recycled Aluminum

    Jessica Lyons Hardcastle
    27 Mar 2015 | 4:32 am
    Novelis has launched the first independently certified material to be made of 100 percent recycled aluminum. The first product in the evercycle portfolio is designed for aluminum food containers. It is certified by SCS Global Services to contain 100 percent recycled aluminum, made up of 90 percent post-consumer content and 10 percent customer manufacturing scrap. […]
  • Automakers Surpassing GHG Standards

    Karen Henry
    27 Mar 2015 | 4:32 am
    For the second consecutive year, the automotive industry outperformed the national greenhouse gas emissions standards. Overall industry compliance in model year 2013 was 12 grams of GHG/mile below what the 2013 standard requires. The EPA yesterday released the second annual Manufacturers’ Performance Report, which details how individual firms are complying with GHG emissions standards for […]
  • add this feed to my.Alltop

    Have Fun • Do Good

  • Have Fun, Do Good Has Moved to brittbravo.com

    Britt Bravo
    20 Mar 2015 | 10:32 am
    Hello Have Fun, Do Good Readers!After almost 10 years of writing Have Fun, Do Good on the Blogger.com platform, I've decided to integrate it into my Big Vision Consulting website at brittbravo.com.If you would like to continue to receive my posts via email or RSS, the prompts to subscribe are at the bottom of brittbravo.com.I hope to see you over there soon!Warmly,Britt
  • What pollinators for your big vision do you want to attract this spring?

    Britt Bravo
    12 Mar 2015 | 12:25 pm
    Q. What is the function of a flower?A. The purpose of a flower is to attract pollinators to a plant to aid in fertilization so that the plant creates seeds. Bright colors, strong scents and sweet nectar all work together to attract birds, bees and other insects to move pollen from one flower to another. After pollination occurs, the flower develops seeds. ~ via Ask.com:I'm reading journalist Gail Sheehy's memoir right now, Daring: My Passages: A Memoir. I've only read up to 1981, when she is 44, but so far she has been a founding writer of New York magazine, interviewed all kinds of people…
  • Which is better: structure or flow?

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

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

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

    Skoll World Forum on Social Entrepreneurship

  • Investing in Girls Yields Big Returns

    Jake Wadland
    27 Mar 2015 | 6:53 pm
    My name is Memory Banda, and I am from Malawi. My country bears the burden of one of the world’s highest rates of child marriage, with more than half of girls forced into marriage as children, sometimes as early as age nine. Child marriage in Malawi is a practice that weaves together complex economic, cultural, and religious factors – both historic and contemporary. But what does this actually mean? In a country with an HIV prevalence of 10.3%, where the average woman has five children, and where almost one in three women dies in childbirth, child marriage is both the cause and…
  • Let’s Tap Solar’s Flexibility to Increase Access to Energy

    Jake Wadland
    26 Mar 2015 | 11:17 am
    Access to energy is a precondition for higher human and economic development. Yet energy poverty is still pervasive: 1.3 billion people lack access to electricity and 2.6 billion people don’t have clean cooking facilities. More than 95 percent of these people are either in sub-Saharan African or developing countries in Asia, and 84 percent live in rural areas. Energy paves the way to opportunities: better livelihoods, education, health, and quality of life. Without access to energy, people have little hope of achieving these things. There are many surprising energy inequities in the…
  • Pro Bono Can Help Fill Nonprofit Resource Gaps

    Jake Wadland
    25 Mar 2015 | 1:47 pm
    “Stop the Funding: Social Sector is Fully Resourced.” Until we see this headline across international newsfeeds, social change organizations should consider this simple Latin phrase to help them move their missions forward — “pro bono.” Post-revolutionary Egypt, fast-growing China, Slovakia, Hungary, Singapore, Canada, India, Germany, and the U.S. – each a different culture facing its own set of social challenges that NGOs and social entrepreneurs are driven to solve. If we can’t expect to see these organizations be fully-resourced financially, how can we expect them to thrive?
  • Quality Secondary Education for Girls: How Do We Finance it at Scale?

    Jake Wadland
    24 Mar 2015 | 11:07 am
    The findings of the recently released Global Report on Out-of-School Children make a sobering read. Despite many achievements in providing access to primary education for children and young adults around the world, the fact remains that “around 63 million adolescents are denied their right to education.” Yet it is well documented that providing a quality secondary education, especially for girls, creates unparalleled benefits. This is a seminal year. The UN Millennium Development Goals, an ambitious program to eradicate poverty, are about to expire. In September the UN will announce the…
  • Private Sector Has Important Role in Defeating Tuberculosis

    Jake Wadland
    23 Mar 2015 | 2:44 pm
    The world has made great strides in improving global health, including in the fight against tuberculosis. Over the past 20 years, deaths from the disease have decreased by 45 percent and more than 37 million lives have been saved globally. It is not surprising, then, that tuberculosis is often thought of as “a disease of the past,” especially in the United States and Western Europe, where full-blown cases are much less common than in other parts of the world. Tuberculosis, however, continues to be one of the world’s top health challenges. Each year, about nine million people fall ill,…
  • add this feed to my.Alltop

    GlobalGiving Blog - News and Updates

  • How GlobalGiving Helps Nonprofits Become More Effective

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

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

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

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

    Echoing Green Blog

  • Bold in Action: Finding Answers for Families of the Missing

    Scott Ballum Cohen
    23 Mar 2015 | 6:33 am
    “I didn’t realize that coming to the U.S.-Mexico border, I was coming to a disaster scene.” Meet 2014 Echoing Green Global Fellow Robin Reineke, co-founder of Colibrí Center for Human Rights. Robin’s team at Colibrí is working to ensure the families of those last seen trying to cross the border can have answers, and that the dead can be returned home for a proper, dignified burial. Learn more about Robin and Echoing Green’s Global Fellowship. This video is part of a weekly series of portraits of Echoing Green Fellows. Learn about their organizations, their moments of obligation,…
  • Bold in Action: Believing in Our Youth

    Scott Ballum Cohen
    16 Mar 2015 | 6:15 am
    "What they were doing to this family was so incredible that I knew I'd be dedicated to this cause for the rest of my life." Meet 2006 Echoing Green Global Fellow Laurie Parise, founder of Youth Represent. After witnessing the effects of the criminal justice system on young individuals, Laurie started the holistic legal services organization to give them an opportunity to successfully reintegrate into their communities. Echoing Green believed in her passion and vision, and she shows how that belief in others is paying off. Learn more about Laurie and Echoing Green’s Global Fellowship. This…
  • Social Impact Jobs March 2015

    Lara Galinsky
    13 Mar 2015 | 2:54 pm
    Photo courtesy of  Baltimore Corps Over the past four years, Echoing Green has collected data from our diverse applicant pools to spot trends, improve our work, and examine the social impact field as a whole. And in our recent post, Seven Trends We’re Seeing in 2015, we came across a variety of striking data points. But the one that stuck out to me the most is this: social entrepreneurship is continuing to grow and continuing to evolve. With all of the shifts in the social innovation space, it’s no surprise that we’re seeing important job opportunities with the potential to drive…
  • The Data: Seven Trends We're Seeing in 2015

    Kayleigh Rogers-Torres
    10 Mar 2015 | 9:55 am
    This year, Echoing Green received 3,165 applications for the Echoing Green Fellowship program and 432 were already selected as Semi-Finalists. As we continue to review individual candidates, we are also looking to aggregate and analyze data from the entire applicant pool to spot trends, improve our work, and share our learning with the broader field of social impact. The trends below are based on comparisons of the last four years of Echoing Green applicant data. What’s clear from looking at this year’s applicants is that ideas for social change can come from many places, people, and…
  • Bold in Action: Mixing Business with Mission

    Nitasha Maindiratta
    9 Mar 2015 | 5:01 am
    “For many of the women that come to Hot Bread Kitchen, we’re the first job where they can branch out outside of their community or outside of the domestic sphere.” Meet Jessamyn Rodriguez, founder of Hot Bread Kitchen and 2008 Echoing Green Global Fellow. By combining training and business incubation with a product line that celebrates the backgrounds of the company's employees, New York City-based Hot Bread Kitchen helps immigrant women develop skills to break past the cycle of poverty and access the billion dollar specialty food industry. Watch to learn more about Jessamyn and Echoing…
 
  • add this feed to my.Alltop

    Timbuktu Chronicles

  • Digital Microfluidics on Printed Circuit Board

    Emeka Okafor
    27 Mar 2015 | 3:00 am
    From Gaudi Labs: Demonstration of a prototype of a Digital Microfluidics Device based on Electrowetting (EWOD) technology, built with printed circuit board fast prototyping method. Open Science.
  • Play a video game to build machines out of DNA

    Emeka Okafor
    26 Mar 2015 | 3:00 am
    With Nanocrafter, gamification comes to nanotechnology, in Scistarter: Nanocrafter invites you to become a citizen scientist in the field of synthetic biology! As you solve puzzles to progress through the game, you'll learn about DNA biochemistry and how DNA strand displacement can be used to build computers, gears, walking constructs, and more! Compete in challenge levels that let you submit creative solutions to problems ranging from casual to highly technical. Review the solutions that others submit, team up to come up with even better solutions, and help scientists forge the future of…
  • The 'SOLO phone' music platform

    Emeka Okafor
    25 Mar 2015 | 3:00 am
    Mfonobong Nsehe writing in Forbes: Michael Akindele, a 30 year-old Nigerian, is a director and a co-founder of SOLO Phone, an experience-driven digital content and smartphone company focused on delivering the best content and services on the mobile platform to African consumers. SOLO Phone, which was established in Nigeria in 2012, is an experience-driven mobile device manufacturer which aims to provide the best content and services to the African consumer at an affordable price. The company manufactures smartphones priced at $150, bundled with free music of up to 20 million songs licensed…
  • The rise of African superfoods

    Emeka Okafor
    24 Mar 2015 | 3:00 am
    Lauren Said-Moorhouse, for CNN: An episode from my African food mapAn apple a day keeps the doctor away -- but is that enough to keep us fit and strong? From kale to quinoa to goji berries, more and more of us are constantly on the lookout for ways to eat ourselves healthy. But as the search for the so-called "superfoods" intensifies, many health food fanatics are now increasingly turning to nutrient-packed products originating from Africa. The latest craze is the baobab -- known as "Africa's superfood," the sugar-free fruit is making its way into the mainstream thanks to its high levels of…
  • Twim Academy, A Vocational School

    Emeka Okafor
    23 Mar 2015 | 3:00 am
    From Ashoka Changemakers, Twim Academy - A vocational school of media & creative arts: The ProblemUnemployment is the biggest problem young Nigerians face. A fairly recent release from the country's National Bureau of Statistics put the youth unemployment figure at 54 percent. One of the strongest reasons why unemployment has persisted is the poor societal attitude towards vocational education. As such, schools churn out over a million graduates annually and many are unemployable as they do not have skills that are relevant to industries. The SolutionVocational education is the strongest…
  • add this feed to my.Alltop

    Skoll World Forum on Social Entrepreneurship

  • Investing in Girls Yields Big Returns

    Jake Wadland
    27 Mar 2015 | 6:53 pm
    My name is Memory Banda, and I am from Malawi. My country bears the burden of one of the world’s highest rates of child marriage, with more than half of girls forced into marriage as children, sometimes as early as age nine. Child marriage in Malawi is a practice that weaves together complex economic, cultural, and religious factors – both historic and contemporary. But what does this actually mean? In a country with an HIV prevalence of 10.3%, where the average woman has five children, and where almost one in three women dies in childbirth, child marriage is both the cause and…
  • Let’s Tap Solar’s Flexibility to Increase Access to Energy

    Jake Wadland
    26 Mar 2015 | 11:17 am
    Access to energy is a precondition for higher human and economic development. Yet energy poverty is still pervasive: 1.3 billion people lack access to electricity and 2.6 billion people don’t have clean cooking facilities. More than 95 percent of these people are either in sub-Saharan African or developing countries in Asia, and 84 percent live in rural areas. Energy paves the way to opportunities: better livelihoods, education, health, and quality of life. Without access to energy, people have little hope of achieving these things. There are many surprising energy inequities in the…
  • Pro Bono Can Help Fill Nonprofit Resource Gaps

    Jake Wadland
    25 Mar 2015 | 1:47 pm
    “Stop the Funding: Social Sector is Fully Resourced.” Until we see this headline across international newsfeeds, social change organizations should consider this simple Latin phrase to help them move their missions forward — “pro bono.” Post-revolutionary Egypt, fast-growing China, Slovakia, Hungary, Singapore, Canada, India, Germany, and the U.S. – each a different culture facing its own set of social challenges that NGOs and social entrepreneurs are driven to solve. If we can’t expect to see these organizations be fully-resourced financially, how can we expect them to thrive?
  • Quality Secondary Education for Girls: How Do We Finance it at Scale?

    Jake Wadland
    24 Mar 2015 | 11:07 am
    The findings of the recently released Global Report on Out-of-School Children make a sobering read. Despite many achievements in providing access to primary education for children and young adults around the world, the fact remains that “around 63 million adolescents are denied their right to education.” Yet it is well documented that providing a quality secondary education, especially for girls, creates unparalleled benefits. This is a seminal year. The UN Millennium Development Goals, an ambitious program to eradicate poverty, are about to expire. In September the UN will announce the…
  • Private Sector Has Important Role in Defeating Tuberculosis

    Jake Wadland
    23 Mar 2015 | 2:44 pm
    The world has made great strides in improving global health, including in the fight against tuberculosis. Over the past 20 years, deaths from the disease have decreased by 45 percent and more than 37 million lives have been saved globally. It is not surprising, then, that tuberculosis is often thought of as “a disease of the past,” especially in the United States and Western Europe, where full-blown cases are much less common than in other parts of the world. Tuberculosis, however, continues to be one of the world’s top health challenges. Each year, about nine million people fall ill,…
 
  • add this feed to my.Alltop

    Skoll World Forum on Social Entrepreneurship

  • Investing in Girls Yields Big Returns

    Jake Wadland
    27 Mar 2015 | 6:53 pm
    My name is Memory Banda, and I am from Malawi. My country bears the burden of one of the world’s highest rates of child marriage, with more than half of girls forced into marriage as children, sometimes as early as age nine. Child marriage in Malawi is a practice that weaves together complex economic, cultural, and religious factors – both historic and contemporary. But what does this actually mean? In a country with an HIV prevalence of 10.3%, where the average woman has five children, and where almost one in three women dies in childbirth, child marriage is both the cause and…
  • Let’s Tap Solar’s Flexibility to Increase Access to Energy

    Jake Wadland
    26 Mar 2015 | 11:17 am
    Access to energy is a precondition for higher human and economic development. Yet energy poverty is still pervasive: 1.3 billion people lack access to electricity and 2.6 billion people don’t have clean cooking facilities. More than 95 percent of these people are either in sub-Saharan African or developing countries in Asia, and 84 percent live in rural areas. Energy paves the way to opportunities: better livelihoods, education, health, and quality of life. Without access to energy, people have little hope of achieving these things. There are many surprising energy inequities in the…
  • Pro Bono Can Help Fill Nonprofit Resource Gaps

    Jake Wadland
    25 Mar 2015 | 1:47 pm
    “Stop the Funding: Social Sector is Fully Resourced.” Until we see this headline across international newsfeeds, social change organizations should consider this simple Latin phrase to help them move their missions forward — “pro bono.” Post-revolutionary Egypt, fast-growing China, Slovakia, Hungary, Singapore, Canada, India, Germany, and the U.S. – each a different culture facing its own set of social challenges that NGOs and social entrepreneurs are driven to solve. If we can’t expect to see these organizations be fully-resourced financially, how can we expect them to thrive?
  • Quality Secondary Education for Girls: How Do We Finance it at Scale?

    Jake Wadland
    24 Mar 2015 | 11:07 am
    The findings of the recently released Global Report on Out-of-School Children make a sobering read. Despite many achievements in providing access to primary education for children and young adults around the world, the fact remains that “around 63 million adolescents are denied their right to education.” Yet it is well documented that providing a quality secondary education, especially for girls, creates unparalleled benefits. This is a seminal year. The UN Millennium Development Goals, an ambitious program to eradicate poverty, are about to expire. In September the UN will announce the…
  • Private Sector Has Important Role in Defeating Tuberculosis

    Jake Wadland
    23 Mar 2015 | 2:44 pm
    The world has made great strides in improving global health, including in the fight against tuberculosis. Over the past 20 years, deaths from the disease have decreased by 45 percent and more than 37 million lives have been saved globally. It is not surprising, then, that tuberculosis is often thought of as “a disease of the past,” especially in the United States and Western Europe, where full-blown cases are much less common than in other parts of the world. Tuberculosis, however, continues to be one of the world’s top health challenges. Each year, about nine million people fall ill,…
  • add this feed to my.Alltop

    Skoll World Forum on Social Entrepreneurship

  • Investing in Girls Yields Big Returns

    Jake Wadland
    27 Mar 2015 | 6:53 pm
    My name is Memory Banda, and I am from Malawi. My country bears the burden of one of the world’s highest rates of child marriage, with more than half of girls forced into marriage as children, sometimes as early as age nine. Child marriage in Malawi is a practice that weaves together complex economic, cultural, and religious factors – both historic and contemporary. But what does this actually mean? In a country with an HIV prevalence of 10.3%, where the average woman has five children, and where almost one in three women dies in childbirth, child marriage is both the cause and…
  • Let’s Tap Solar’s Flexibility to Increase Access to Energy

    Jake Wadland
    26 Mar 2015 | 11:17 am
    Access to energy is a precondition for higher human and economic development. Yet energy poverty is still pervasive: 1.3 billion people lack access to electricity and 2.6 billion people don’t have clean cooking facilities. More than 95 percent of these people are either in sub-Saharan African or developing countries in Asia, and 84 percent live in rural areas. Energy paves the way to opportunities: better livelihoods, education, health, and quality of life. Without access to energy, people have little hope of achieving these things. There are many surprising energy inequities in the…
  • Pro Bono Can Help Fill Nonprofit Resource Gaps

    Jake Wadland
    25 Mar 2015 | 1:47 pm
    “Stop the Funding: Social Sector is Fully Resourced.” Until we see this headline across international newsfeeds, social change organizations should consider this simple Latin phrase to help them move their missions forward — “pro bono.” Post-revolutionary Egypt, fast-growing China, Slovakia, Hungary, Singapore, Canada, India, Germany, and the U.S. – each a different culture facing its own set of social challenges that NGOs and social entrepreneurs are driven to solve. If we can’t expect to see these organizations be fully-resourced financially, how can we expect them to thrive?
  • Quality Secondary Education for Girls: How Do We Finance it at Scale?

    Jake Wadland
    24 Mar 2015 | 11:07 am
    The findings of the recently released Global Report on Out-of-School Children make a sobering read. Despite many achievements in providing access to primary education for children and young adults around the world, the fact remains that “around 63 million adolescents are denied their right to education.” Yet it is well documented that providing a quality secondary education, especially for girls, creates unparalleled benefits. This is a seminal year. The UN Millennium Development Goals, an ambitious program to eradicate poverty, are about to expire. In September the UN will announce the…
  • Private Sector Has Important Role in Defeating Tuberculosis

    Jake Wadland
    23 Mar 2015 | 2:44 pm
    The world has made great strides in improving global health, including in the fight against tuberculosis. Over the past 20 years, deaths from the disease have decreased by 45 percent and more than 37 million lives have been saved globally. It is not surprising, then, that tuberculosis is often thought of as “a disease of the past,” especially in the United States and Western Europe, where full-blown cases are much less common than in other parts of the world. Tuberculosis, however, continues to be one of the world’s top health challenges. Each year, about nine million people fall ill,…
  • add this feed to my.Alltop

    Skoll World Forum on Social Entrepreneurship

  • Investing in Girls Yields Big Returns

    Jake Wadland
    27 Mar 2015 | 6:53 pm
    My name is Memory Banda, and I am from Malawi. My country bears the burden of one of the world’s highest rates of child marriage, with more than half of girls forced into marriage as children, sometimes as early as age nine. Child marriage in Malawi is a practice that weaves together complex economic, cultural, and religious factors – both historic and contemporary. But what does this actually mean? In a country with an HIV prevalence of 10.3%, where the average woman has five children, and where almost one in three women dies in childbirth, child marriage is both the cause and…
  • Let’s Tap Solar’s Flexibility to Increase Access to Energy

    Jake Wadland
    26 Mar 2015 | 11:17 am
    Access to energy is a precondition for higher human and economic development. Yet energy poverty is still pervasive: 1.3 billion people lack access to electricity and 2.6 billion people don’t have clean cooking facilities. More than 95 percent of these people are either in sub-Saharan African or developing countries in Asia, and 84 percent live in rural areas. Energy paves the way to opportunities: better livelihoods, education, health, and quality of life. Without access to energy, people have little hope of achieving these things. There are many surprising energy inequities in the…
  • Pro Bono Can Help Fill Nonprofit Resource Gaps

    Jake Wadland
    25 Mar 2015 | 1:47 pm
    “Stop the Funding: Social Sector is Fully Resourced.” Until we see this headline across international newsfeeds, social change organizations should consider this simple Latin phrase to help them move their missions forward — “pro bono.” Post-revolutionary Egypt, fast-growing China, Slovakia, Hungary, Singapore, Canada, India, Germany, and the U.S. – each a different culture facing its own set of social challenges that NGOs and social entrepreneurs are driven to solve. If we can’t expect to see these organizations be fully-resourced financially, how can we expect them to thrive?
  • Quality Secondary Education for Girls: How Do We Finance it at Scale?

    Jake Wadland
    24 Mar 2015 | 11:07 am
    The findings of the recently released Global Report on Out-of-School Children make a sobering read. Despite many achievements in providing access to primary education for children and young adults around the world, the fact remains that “around 63 million adolescents are denied their right to education.” Yet it is well documented that providing a quality secondary education, especially for girls, creates unparalleled benefits. This is a seminal year. The UN Millennium Development Goals, an ambitious program to eradicate poverty, are about to expire. In September the UN will announce the…
  • Private Sector Has Important Role in Defeating Tuberculosis

    Jake Wadland
    23 Mar 2015 | 2:44 pm
    The world has made great strides in improving global health, including in the fight against tuberculosis. Over the past 20 years, deaths from the disease have decreased by 45 percent and more than 37 million lives have been saved globally. It is not surprising, then, that tuberculosis is often thought of as “a disease of the past,” especially in the United States and Western Europe, where full-blown cases are much less common than in other parts of the world. Tuberculosis, however, continues to be one of the world’s top health challenges. Each year, about nine million people fall ill,…
 
  • add this feed to my.Alltop

    Skoll World Forum on Social Entrepreneurship

  • Investing in Girls Yields Big Returns

    Jake Wadland
    27 Mar 2015 | 6:53 pm
    My name is Memory Banda, and I am from Malawi. My country bears the burden of one of the world’s highest rates of child marriage, with more than half of girls forced into marriage as children, sometimes as early as age nine. Child marriage in Malawi is a practice that weaves together complex economic, cultural, and religious factors – both historic and contemporary. But what does this actually mean? In a country with an HIV prevalence of 10.3%, where the average woman has five children, and where almost one in three women dies in childbirth, child marriage is both the cause and…
  • Let’s Tap Solar’s Flexibility to Increase Access to Energy

    Jake Wadland
    26 Mar 2015 | 11:17 am
    Access to energy is a precondition for higher human and economic development. Yet energy poverty is still pervasive: 1.3 billion people lack access to electricity and 2.6 billion people don’t have clean cooking facilities. More than 95 percent of these people are either in sub-Saharan African or developing countries in Asia, and 84 percent live in rural areas. Energy paves the way to opportunities: better livelihoods, education, health, and quality of life. Without access to energy, people have little hope of achieving these things. There are many surprising energy inequities in the…
  • Pro Bono Can Help Fill Nonprofit Resource Gaps

    Jake Wadland
    25 Mar 2015 | 1:47 pm
    “Stop the Funding: Social Sector is Fully Resourced.” Until we see this headline across international newsfeeds, social change organizations should consider this simple Latin phrase to help them move their missions forward — “pro bono.” Post-revolutionary Egypt, fast-growing China, Slovakia, Hungary, Singapore, Canada, India, Germany, and the U.S. – each a different culture facing its own set of social challenges that NGOs and social entrepreneurs are driven to solve. If we can’t expect to see these organizations be fully-resourced financially, how can we expect them to thrive?
  • Quality Secondary Education for Girls: How Do We Finance it at Scale?

    Jake Wadland
    24 Mar 2015 | 11:07 am
    The findings of the recently released Global Report on Out-of-School Children make a sobering read. Despite many achievements in providing access to primary education for children and young adults around the world, the fact remains that “around 63 million adolescents are denied their right to education.” Yet it is well documented that providing a quality secondary education, especially for girls, creates unparalleled benefits. This is a seminal year. The UN Millennium Development Goals, an ambitious program to eradicate poverty, are about to expire. In September the UN will announce the…
  • Private Sector Has Important Role in Defeating Tuberculosis

    Jake Wadland
    23 Mar 2015 | 2:44 pm
    The world has made great strides in improving global health, including in the fight against tuberculosis. Over the past 20 years, deaths from the disease have decreased by 45 percent and more than 37 million lives have been saved globally. It is not surprising, then, that tuberculosis is often thought of as “a disease of the past,” especially in the United States and Western Europe, where full-blown cases are much less common than in other parts of the world. Tuberculosis, however, continues to be one of the world’s top health challenges. Each year, about nine million people fall ill,…
  • add this feed to my.Alltop

    From Poverty to Power

  • 1/4 of the world’s people already subject to large annual wealth tax to tackle poverty. Has anyone told Piketty?

    Duncan Green
    27 Mar 2015 | 12:30 am
    A few years ago, I sat next to a young muslim guy from Birmingham on a plane, and he told me how frustrated he was with the way his community’s annual act of alms-giving, known as Zakat, was managed – no accountability, no real checks on where it goes or what it achieves. I’ve wondered about that ever since, so yesterday I went online to watch the launch of An Act of Faith: Humanitarian Financing and Zakat, a new report by the Global Humanitarian Assistance(GHA) programme. The report is excellent. Here’s my summary and a few comments: What is Zakat? All of the world’s major…
  • Where have we got to on ‘results-based aid’, ‘cash on delivery’ etc?

    Duncan Green
    26 Mar 2015 | 12:30 am
    The Center for Global Development churns out any number of new ideas and energetically hawks them round northern governments and multilaterals: the benefits of migration, oil for cash, the Commitment to Development Index and many more (check out the Initiatives tab on their homepage). In recent years, Cash on Delivery aid has been one of their top products, and a number of donors have started to pick up the idea (although just to keep us on our toes, its name keeps changing – to ‘Results-Based Aid’, or ‘Payment by Results’. Apparently this is because what’s happening so far…
  • Some healthy scepticism about ‘Citizen Engagement’ (and why I’m excited about MOOCs)

    Duncan Green
    25 Mar 2015 | 12:30 am
    MOOCs are taking over. If you aren’t yet excited about Massive Open Online Courses, you should be. When I was first getting interested in development the only way to bridge the gap between reading the news and coughing up squllions for a Masters was to cycle through the rain every Tuesday evening to London’s City Literary Institute to sit at the feet of Jenny Pearce and her course on Latin America (I ended up taking over from her, and writing a book based on the course). These days I could stay warm and dry, and listen online to development gurus from around the world. The numbers signing…
  • How can India send a spaceship to Mars but not educate its children? Guest post from Deepak Xavier

    Duncan Green
    24 Mar 2015 | 12:30 am
    Oxfam is going through its own (belated but welcome) process of ‘Bric-ification’, with the rise of independent Oxfam affiliates in the main developing countries. Oxfam India is one of the leaders, founded in 2008 and focussing its work on 7 of the most deprived states in India. It is rapidly becoming an advocacy powerhouse within India, running campaigns on everything from gender inequality to ‘Stand strong with the Indian government against US bullying and protect access to life-saving medicines for millions across the world.’  Here Essential Services campaigner Deepak Xavier…
  • Links I Liked

    Duncan Green
    23 Mar 2015 | 12:30 am
    Bit of a (qualified) feelgood to this week’s links. The IT revolution, Somalia style: goats and sheep carry owners’ mobile numbers for identification [h/t Calestous Juma, photo credit @Lattif] Germany announces record boost to its aid budget to €7.4bn ($7.9bn = 0.4% of GNI) Great idea: a new global fund launched to help developing countries fend off Big Tobacco company challenges to their attempts to control a killer drug. Progress on political voice, women’s empowerment & wellbeing in Ghana, Colombia, Morocco and Tunisia. Smart 3m animation The percentage of Nigerian…
  • add this feed to my.Alltop

    CIPE Development Blog

  • Improving Local Level Governance in the Philippines

    Teodora Mihaylova
    26 Mar 2015 | 11:06 am
    Efficient, transparent and accountable governance continues to be a major driving force behind reform movements around the world. In partnership with the Center for International Private Enterprise (CIPE), the Institute for Solidarity in Asia (ISA) has implemented the Performance Governance System (PGS) initiative in the Philippines. The Performance Governance System is a highly rigorous...
  • Successful Public-Private Dialogue: The Kenyan Perspective

    Ryan Musser
    24 Mar 2015 | 8:14 am
    The workshop explored how the government, private sector, and civil society organizations can effectively use PPD platforms for collaborative governance and leadership in addressing difficult challenges. Through its collaborative process, PPD provides a structured, participatory, and inclusive approach to policymaking directed at reforming governance and the business climate. As the CEO of CIPE...
  • The Gaza Strip Today: The Challenges and Potential

    Guest
    23 Mar 2015 | 11:57 am
    Besides experiencing three destructive wars in less than ten years – Operation Cast Lead, Operation Pillar of Defense, and Operation Protective Edge – the Gaza Strip has suffered since 2007 from two unprecedented major political events that affect both the lives and future aspirations of the Palestinians: the Israeli blockade and internal division. The Gaza Strip, now in its seventh year under...
  • Strengthening Economic Growth Through Public-Private Dialogue

    Maiko Nakagaki
    20 Mar 2015 | 7:45 am
    Fostering a strong competitive market requires the private and public sectors to understand each other’s needs. In any country, entrepreneurs look for ways to make their businesses successful while the federal and local governments deliberate how they can boost the economy by providing loans for businesses or building up infrastructure. Developing solutions to such questions involve facilitating...
  • Trade Capacity Building and Private Sector Engagement

    Guest
    17 Mar 2015 | 6:28 am
    For sustainable economic growth, developing countries must have the capacity to functionally interact with the global market. Much of the onus for building that capacity rests on a domestic commitment to reforms compatible with global trade. Many emerging markets have lofty aspirations that are unachievable given the current state of affairs, but are determined to rectify the situation. Access to...
 
  • add this feed to my.Alltop

    ODI Opinion

  • Senior-level Course on Conflict and Humanitarian Response

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

    27 Apr 2015 | 12:00 am
    ​A two day conference for senior directors of development ministries and agencies and other high-level experts to discuss the implications of a changing development agenda, the features that make an agency efficient, and lessons from how agencies are evolving.
  • Cartagena Data Festival

    20 Apr 2015 | 12:00 am
    A three-day event gathering together policy makers, civil society organisations, technical innovators, academics and data activists to discuss and debate questions about data, its usage and the potential of 'data revolution'.
  • Report launch: financing for development

    13 Apr 2015 | 12:00 am
    ​As UN Member States gather for the second drafting session of the Financing for Development outcome document, ODI launches a major new report on Financing for Development.
  • Labour and livelihoods in urban humanitarian response

    8 Apr 2015 | 12:00 am
    ALNAP’s next urban webinar focuses on labour and livelihoods in urban response and specifically on the ILO’s experiences in recent urban humanitarian crises.
  • add this feed to my.Alltop

    PHILANTHROPY 2173

  • Institutional philanthropy goes digital (slowly)

    Lucy Bernholz
    12 Mar 2015 | 10:05 am
    I often write about emergent forms of philanthropy, enabled or accelerated by digital technology. And I spend a lot of time looking for ways that established philanthropic institutions are or could be using these tools. Here are two recent examples:HIPGiveHispanics in Philanthropy is an association of foundation executives committed to expanding Hispanic leadership and giving and an international funders' collaborative. After many years of grantmaking and technical assistance to small organizations it has turned to the crowdfunding space to push this work even further. It has partnered with…
  • 19 minutes on digital civil society

    Lucy Bernholz
    11 Mar 2015 | 10:05 am
    This was a fun interview to do, with Dave Erasmus of Givey (UK mobile giving platform). Nineteen minutes (in British and American English) on what we're trying to understand at the Stanford PACS Digital Civil Society Lab.
  • Beyond Big Data

    Lucy Bernholz
    9 Mar 2015 | 5:00 am
    What happens when a university with schools of arts and humanities, business, design, education, engineering, law, and medicine decides to develop interdisciplinary learning experiences for professionals, using the latest technology and assuming a global audience? And when they turn to former management consultants - experts in helping professionals learn new ideas - to help them do it?Well, in one experiment you get Stanford's new Worldview program. A combination of customized online content drawn from faculty across the university, onsite interdisciplinary and experiential learning…
  • Laboratory of human behavior...

    Lucy Bernholz
    6 Mar 2015 | 9:38 am
    "A laboratory of human behavior the likes of which we've never seen."That's actually a description of a social media company. You can hear more in this fantastic Radio Lab podcast, The Trust Engineers, which Andrew Zolli of PopTech Means of Data Science for Social Good helped to create.The idea of a social media company as laboratory of human behavior is provocative enough to push us to ask, where does science get done? Citizen science, wearable technology, remote sensors - perhaps we've turned the whole world into a lab of human behavior.There's surely more to come - with virtual reality and…
  • Ethics, data, mission and revenue

    Lucy Bernholz
    4 Mar 2015 | 12:45 pm
    I just finished a three part series on digital values and civil society. We'll have to call this post part 3.5.As I did so, I was (slightly) relieved to see that the Chronicle of Philanthropy raised an ethical eyebrow at the growing practice of nonprofits' selling data and digital data rights in their link to this story from The Philadelphia Inquirer.*This is a great example of the ethical conundrums facing nonprofits in the digital age. Gather and sell people's data? Nothing new in that business model - it's been working ridiculously well for social media giants and search companies for more…
  • add this feed to my.Alltop

    Acumen Fund Blog

  • Dispatch from Pakistan: Hope in Place of Fear

    Jacqueline Novogratz
    11 Mar 2015 | 12:16 pm
    There is fear in the streets of Pakistan. I sit in traffic, just a few hundred feet from my hotel where my next meeting is scheduled. I could arrive at my destination in five minutes if I walked, but it is not advised to walk. On the right side of my car, four men pointing automatic weapons stand in the back of a police van. Just in front is a black SUV with four commandos in the back, each with AK-47s, I think, though I’m no expert in guns. Let’s just say they are very big and look very menacing. A few cars to the left is another gun-filled vehicle pushing other cars out of its…
  • ANNOUNCING A NEW INVESTMENT, FIRST ACCESS

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

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

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

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

    Women's World Banking

  • Come work with us!

    Gayle Gatchalian
    27 Mar 2015 | 10:30 am
    Join the Women’s World Banking Team! Staff Consultants The post Come work with us! appeared first on Women's World Banking.
  • Microinsurance Specialist, Product Development

    Eduard Taube
    27 Mar 2015 | 9:35 am
    POSITION OVERVIEW Reports to Director of Microinsurance Products Position Summary and Responsibilities As a member of the Women’s World Banking’s Product Development team, the Insurance Specialist will: Manage select Women’s World Banking’s microinsurance engagements e.g. replication projects of the Caregiver hospital cash, savings-linked and other products in multiple markets. Support partner institutions on market/client research, institutional diagnostic, product design, insurance partner selection and negotiation, product piloting and rollout, and conducting feasibility studies of…
  • Manager of Foundation and Corporate Partnerships

    Eduard Taube
    25 Mar 2015 | 6:35 am
    POSITION OVERVIEW Reports to: Chief Development Officer Position Summary and Responsibilities Women’s World Banking is seeking an energetic, hands-on fundraiser with a proven track record of raising money to serve as the Manager of Foundation and Corporate Partnerships. As a key member of the team, this development professional will be responsible for the identification, cultivation, solicitation, and stewardship for foundation and corporate giving. This leader will have the opportunity to manage an active portfolio of 50 accounts. The Manager will be accountable for building a pipeline…
  • RFQ: Resident Advisor, SME Credit in Malawi

    Eduard Taube
    23 Mar 2015 | 2:19 pm
    Reference: Job # 2201511 Issue Date: March 23, 2015 Closing Date: April 20, 2015 Summary Women’s World Banking seeks an individual for a consulting position to provide expertise on an SME credit initiative in Malawi.  The consultant will be based in Blantyre, Malawi. The consultant will be contracted for an initial period of one year, with the possibility of one (1) six-month extension at Women’s World Banking’s discretion.  Consultant will be tasked with providing on-site support to a local bank on the design, pilot implementation, and roll-out of a tailored credit…
  • The Guardian | How to address the stubborn gender gap in banking across the globe

    Gayle Gatchalian
    23 Mar 2015 | 12:58 pm
    Our President and CEO Mary Ellen Iskenderian was interviewed for an article in The Guardian about closing the persistent gender gap in access to finance, “How to address the stubborn gender gap in banking across the globe”. Barriers to entry Mary Ellen Iskenderian who heads Women’s World Banking, a nonprofit working with banks in developing countries to bridge the gender gap, says part of their work is convincing financial service companies that women are indeed excellent clients. “With small tweaks, specific to design and marketing, banks can easily tailor their products to…
  • add this feed to my.Alltop

    Ideas for development

  • Les réformes de protection sociale en Amérique latine : quel rôle pour la France ?

    Idées pour le développement
    26 Mar 2015 | 4:35 am
    Les échanges ont été animés  par Claire Hédon, journaliste à RFI. Sont intervenus Martin Hirsch, directeur général de l’Assistance publique des hôpitaux de Paris, Valérie Schmitt, cheffe du... Cet article Les réformes de protection sociale en Amérique latine : quel rôle pour la France ? est apparu en premier sur Ideas for development.
  • L’Etat doit accompagner le développement de l’offre privée d’éducation

    Serge Péano
    24 Mar 2015 | 4:31 am
    Les difficultés de financement de l’éducation Assurer un enseignement de qualité à un grand nombre d’enfants suppose la mobilisation de moyens considérables : personnels enseignants... Cet article L’Etat doit accompagner le développement de l’offre privée d’éducation est apparu en premier sur Ideas for development.
  • Attaquons-nous aussi aux conséquences du dérèglement climatique !

    Céline Gilquin
    19 Mar 2015 | 4:39 am
    L’eau : première victime du changement climatique A l’échelle de la planète, le nombre de personnes soumises à des risques d’inondation va tripler d’ici la... Cet article Attaquons-nous aussi aux conséquences du dérèglement climatique ! est apparu en premier sur Ideas for development.
  • La reconstruction de l’Etat après les conflits, une évidence à questionner

    Thierry Vircoulon
    17 Mar 2015 | 4:06 am
    Que s’agit-il de reconstruire au juste ? Faut-il reconstruire l’ancien ou construire du nouveau ? L’examen des essais de reconstruction de l’Etat des dix dernières... Cet article La reconstruction de l’Etat après les conflits, une évidence à questionner est apparu en premier sur Ideas for development.
  • La microfinance : peut-elle financer l’habitat des populations les plus vulnérables ?

    Idées pour le développement
    16 Mar 2015 | 11:12 am
    Cette conférence était organisée en partenariat avec le Club microfinance Paris Les échanges ont été animés par Emmanuelle Bastide, journaliste à RFI. Sont intervenus Isadora Bigourdan, spécialiste financement... Cet article La microfinance : peut-elle financer l’habitat des populations les plus vulnérables ? est apparu en premier sur Ideas for development.
  • add this feed to my.Alltop

    (BLOG)RED

  • What is #86AIDS?

    26 Mar 2015 | 3:32 pm
    This June, where and what you decide to eat and drink can fight AIDS. Restaurants, bars and food trucks are turning (RED). Why? June marks the month AIDS was first discovered in 1981 and we want to #86AIDS. #86AIDS? Yep, that's right.The term '86' is used in the American food industry to indicate that an item on the menu is gone. It's not available anymore. It's nixed. And that's what we want to see happen with AIDS. It's time to end AIDS. We're at a critical moment in the fight against AIDS. We can deliver the AIDS FREE GENERATION in over 30 years. But we must act now.Here's how you can…
  • Nominate Your Favorite Restaurant to EAT (RED) DRINK (RED) SAVE LIVES this June

    25 Mar 2015 | 9:33 am
    Last year, we took the food & drink world by storm for the first 10 days of June with the first-ever EAT (RED) DRINK (RED) SAVE LIVES. And this year, it's back and better than ever.For the entire month of June, where & what you decide to eat & drink can fight AIDS with (RED). Restaurants, bars & food trucks around the world will be serving up (RED)-inspired dishes & drinks. And when you buy them, they'll help #86AIDS.Together, we can turn the food world (RED).Tweet your favorite restaurant, bar or food truck & nominate them to turn (RED) & fight AIDS.Click here to…
  • Hello $Cashtags: You can now donate to (RED)'s fight against AIDS using Square Cash

    23 Mar 2015 | 1:02 pm
    Today (RED) partner Square introduced $Cashtags, a unique identifier that allows people & businesses in the U.S. to get paid privately and securely through Square Cash. Square introduced Square Cash in 2013 as the fastest, easiest way to pay anyone. And now businesses can use Square Cash too -- Hello $Cashtags.A $Cashtag is a special name you create that lets you get paid for whatever you do. You can share your $Cashtag with the world to let people know they can pay you safely & securely with Square Cash. We're so excited that you can donate to (RED)'s fight…
  • Take Action Today on World Water Day

    22 Mar 2015 | 7:51 am
    March 22 is World Water Day. There are 748 million people who live without access to clean water. And clean water is needed to take the antiretroviral pills people living with HIV need to take every day.Here are three organizations who are doing great work to solve the water crisis:1. charity:water Help spark a conversation about the abundance and scarcity of water by sharing charity:water's new video with your friends and family.2. Water.orgWhen you share one of your best moments – your wedding day, the day your baby was born, your 21st birthday – using the Donate A Photo app and tag it…
  • We asked. You answered. Here's what makes you smile. #InternationalDayOfHappiness

    20 Mar 2015 | 10:06 am
    We asked. You answered. Here are the things that make you smile. Happy International Day of Happiness. The Pineapple EmojiPayman Kassaie | New York, NYWhen governments do the right thing! We're REALLY happy about recent commitments to foreign aid from the UK & GermanyThe ONE Campaign@RED This makes me happy & hope makes others happy too. http://t.co/O7fnLKAOjT #InternationalDayOfHappiness— Diane Weis (@wordzgirl) March 20, 2015Holidays Samantha Hern | Sunderland, UKWhen my patients hug me for no reason & when someone texts me out of the blue just to say hi. It…
 
  • add this feed to my.Alltop

    ONE

  • The mothers who drive their communities

    Guest Blogger
    27 Mar 2015 | 12:15 pm
    By Violette Nalutaaya Mama Aisha (not her real name), the first wife in a polygamous marriage, goes to the garden every morning from 6:00 a.m. until 11:00 a.m., when she comes home to prepare lunch. In the afternoon she attends a tailoring class and mid-week she finds time to go to the village bank. In the evenings Mama Aisha is either back to the garden or at the river washing clothes. She cares for 16 people including her children, relatives and visitors who may stay overnight or for weeks. She is just one of many mothers that I call “drivers” of their families, here in Budaghali,…
  • Joyce’s story: Cyclist champion in Kenya

    Guest Blogger
    27 Mar 2015 | 7:33 am
    By Jessica Hatcher Joyce Nyaruri won her first race riding a cheap, rattling, Chinese-made, sit-up-and-beg style bicycle known locally (and ironically) as a “Black Mamba”, after one of the fastest-moving snakes on Earth. It was 2009, and she was cycling 264km a week to get to and from work at a nearby flower farm in central Kenya. Her job paid 7,500 shillings ($86) a month, most of which she used to pay for her younger siblings’ education. The prize money from that race was 15,000 shillings – two months’ income. “That was so much,” she recalls. “That money…
  • Using the Power of Community for Advocacy on #WorldWaterDay

    Guest Blogger
    26 Mar 2015 | 1:25 pm
    Jennifer is a writer at another jennifer and the creator of simple giving lab. Her passions are writing, philanthropy, her awesome kids and bacon, though not necessarily in that order. Her upcoming book, Simple Giving, will be available on 10/27/15. The wind was whipping fiercely when I woke up on Sunday morning. I checked my weather app and the “feels like” temp was -1. I peeked out the window, and it was snowing. My outdoor workout was happening in about three hours. I’d need extra layers. It was World Water Day. The year before, I had been in Nicaragua with WaterAid America on an…
  • One woman’s passion for agriculture

    Mercy Erhiawarien
    26 Mar 2015 | 11:55 am
    I met Elizabeth Nsimadala at the launch of ONE’s Do Agric Campaign in Addis Ababa. Her passion for agriculture shone through her bold statement: “I am a proud, successful farmer. I do agriculture not only because it pays, but because I can do it better.” Elizabeth is a wife and mother of 3 from Uganda. She is a farmer and has been since she was 20 years old, when she started working on the family farm growing crops like bananas, passion fruit and coffee and rearing goats, chicken and cattle. Her family is part of a cooperative, and, together, they have become successful farmers.
  • Poverty is Sexist – here’s what we can do about it

    Helen Hector
    26 Mar 2015 | 9:47 am
    A map of the big moments we need to influence – click on the markers to explore. Our Poverty is Sexist campaign makes it clear that girls and women are hit hardest by poverty, and millions are being denied the chance to reach their full potential. The answer? Well, it’s complicated.  And massive.  But completely do-able. A big part is cultural: we need societies that value girls and women equally to boys and men, in every part of life.  But we also need a global shift that puts girls and women at the heart of development. This is where we – and you – come in. This year,…
  • add this feed to my.Alltop

    The Change Blog

  • Digging Deep Inside to Get Out of Debt

    Jon Dulin
    24 Mar 2015 | 4:49 am
    Do you have a spending problem? Chances are you don’t. Whenever I hear people talk about how they are in debt because of a spending problem, I tell them they don’t have a spending problem but rather a personal problem. What do I mean by this? We overspend because something is missing in our lives. Maybe we aren’t happy with our job or relationship status. Or maybe we have other personal issues going on like low self-esteem. That is what got me into debt. My Debt Story I first got into credit card debt back in college. Up until this point, I was good with my credit card. I paid the…
  • How to Fight Smarter, Not Harder

    Laura Bennett
    22 Mar 2015 | 7:18 am
    “Having your wounds kissed by someone who doesn’t see them as disasters in your soul, but cracks to put their love into, is the most calming thing in this world.”   ― Emery Allen Conflict is inevitable. But we can greatly influence the quality of conflict in our relationships. We can develop skills that help us transform conflict into a less destructive occurrence. If done well, conflict can actually be a bonding activity. My husband and I have been married for less than a year and in the months before our wedding, we attended 12 sessions of Marriage Preparation Counseling at…
  • How Spending Time Alone Helped Me to Find Peace and Rediscover Happiness

    Leanne Lindsey
    19 Mar 2015 | 4:46 am
    “All of our unhappiness comes from our inability to be alone.” – Jean de la Bruyere Being alone and being lonely are not the same thing. I am used to spending time alone. I’ve been single for years and I was technically an only child until I was fourteen. However, over the past two years I learned how to really be alone and I have grown to love it. This has caused many people in my life to worry about me. They think something is wrong. They think I am depressed and unhappy. Whilst others think I have become unsociable and some have taken it personally. Up until two…
  • Flowing with Change

    Deborah Perdue
    17 Mar 2015 | 4:38 am
    “The only way to make sense out of change is to plunge into it, move with it, and join the dance.” – Alan W. Watts My life has been composed of two divergent parts, almost as if I have lived two incarnations in one lifetime. The first part was a rock ‘n roll lifestyle – I had a musician husband and we spent most of our time partying and drinking and drugging. We didn’t have kids by choice, and were self-indulgent and hedonistic. We had fun but I also clearly remember feeling shame often, when I woke up, as I barely recalled events from the night before, when I…
  • Light After Darkness: 6 Ways to Keep Going During Tough Times

    Vishnu's Virtues
    15 Mar 2015 | 5:27 am
    “Hope is being able to see that there is light despite all of the darkness.” – Desmond Tutu Throughout the past three years, I’ve experienced the most profound darkness in my life. A relationship that I cared about ended. A fragile marriage reached its breaking point and unraveled as I came to realize how little control I had over parts of my life. I lost my partner, grew apart from my family and became increasingly isolated. I left a legal job. Quit my career in law. And floundered around in the dark, wondering what to do next. I gave up my permanent address. Moved around the state.
  • add this feed to my.Alltop

    SocialEarth

  • Greenpeace Highlights ‘Detox’ Fashion Leaders: Levi’s, Limited Brands, Adidas, Benetton, Esprit, H&M, M&S, Inditex

    Vikas Vij
    27 Mar 2015 | 5:42 am
    The fashion industry worldwide is going through a big shift to support sustainability. Many of the leading apparel brands have woken up to the environmental hazards posed by the use [...] The post Greenpeace Highlights ‘Detox’ Fashion Leaders: Levi’s, Limited Brands, Adidas, Benetton, Esprit, H&M, M&S, Inditex appeared first on SocialEarth.
  • Singlecue Breaks New Barriers in Gesture Recognition Software

    Justmeans
    26 Mar 2015 | 5:39 am
    Gesture recognition technology has been fascinating researchers for years. The concept that we could one day control the TV, sound system and utilities in our homes with a wave of [...] The post Singlecue Breaks New Barriers in Gesture Recognition Software appeared first on SocialEarth.
  • Large Renewable Energy Commitments Announced by IBM, Walmart, Dow Chemical

    Vikas Vij
    25 Mar 2015 | 4:37 am
    The share of solar, wind, geothermal, hydropower, biomass, and waste-to-energy technologies is on the rise in total world energy output as costs reduce and companies seek to limit their environmental [...] The post Large Renewable Energy Commitments Announced by IBM, Walmart, Dow Chemical appeared first on SocialEarth.
  • For Ghanaian Entrepreneurs, Opportunity Knocks But Opening the Door is Not so Easy

    3BL Media
    24 Mar 2015 | 5:34 am
    Daniel Kwarkyi, the Managing Director of Danest Engineering, a Ghanaian welding company, told his peers at a recent workshop to address challenges in winning work from oil and gas companies. [...] The post For Ghanaian Entrepreneurs, Opportunity Knocks But Opening the Door is Not so Easy appeared first on SocialEarth.
  • Women Are Primed To Lead In This New Era Of Car Innovation

    Sangeeta Haindl
    24 Mar 2015 | 5:28 am
    Women are geared up to lead in this new era. Girls now match boys in mathematical achievement: in the U.S. alone, 140 women are enrolled in higher education for every [...] The post Women Are Primed To Lead In This New Era Of Car Innovation appeared first on SocialEarth.
 
  • add this feed to my.Alltop

    Social Velocity

  • How to Create a Compelling Fundraising Ask [Slideshare]

    Nell Edgington
    24 Mar 2015 | 6:55 am
    There are many misconceptions about fundraising. One of which is that there is a magic bullet out there (the perfect event, a connection to a celebrity) that will create a financial windfall. Often in the nonprofit world board and staff members so despise fundraising that they desperately search for a shiny object to make it all go away. But the reality is that fundraising is an ongoing affair. Financial sustainability comes from a strategic financial model, a piece of which often includes loyal, committed donors who passionately believe in your work. And you create that by…
  • How Scarcity Thinking Holds Nonprofits Back

    Nell Edgington
    12 Mar 2015 | 7:07 am
    There are many things that hold the nonprofit sector back, not the least of which is a lack of money. But perhaps a bigger impediment is the scarcity thinking that may actually contribute to that lack of money. Most nonprofit leaders, their staffs, board members, and even funders automatically think that resources will always be scarce. It is such a profound psychological impediment because if your assumption is constant deficiency, then you will never try for more. But shifting this nonprofit mindset from never having enough (scarcity), to endless potential (abundance) could…
  • How to Build A Stellar Nonprofit Staff

    Nell Edgington
    10 Mar 2015 | 5:59 am
    Building and keeping a highly effective nonprofit staff is really tricky. The recently released 2015 Nonprofit Employment Practices Survey from NonprofitHR found that 50% of nonprofits surveyed plan to add new positions in 2015, compared to 36% of private companies. But, staff recruitment and retention are still significant hurdles for nonprofit leaders, with 52% of nonprofits lacking a recruitment strategy and 27% reporting their greatest retention challenge is low wages. So how can nonprofits grow their staffs when they are hampered by significant recruitment and retention…
  • 10 Great Social Innovation Reads: February 2015

    Nell Edgington
    4 Mar 2015 | 1:27 pm
    February was a pretty cold month around the country, but on the positive side that made it a great month to stay inside and read. I really struggled to cull the list of great reads to 10 this month because there was so much thought-provoking stuff out there. But below is my valiant effort. From Afghan women, to political engagement, to nonprofit burnout and capacity building, to economic development and net neutrality, there was lots to read and think about. Here is my view of the 10 best reads in the world of social change in February. But as always, add to the list in the comments. And if…
  • Building a High Performance Movement: An Interview With Lowell Weiss

    Nell Edgington
    3 Mar 2015 | 6:21 am
    In today’s Social Velocity interview, I’m talking with Lowell Weiss, President of Cascade Philanthropy Advisors, which provides personalized guidance to foundations and individual donors seeking to deepen their impact. Previously, he served in leadership roles at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, the Morino Institute, and in the Clinton White House. Lowell is one of the leading architects of the Performance Imperative, a detailed definition of a high-performance nonprofit, which launched last week. You can read past Social Velocity interviews here. Nell: Why do the Leap…
  • add this feed to my.Alltop

    Social Enterprise

  • Data: SEs improve self-sufficiency, stability

    Rolfe Larson
    5 Mar 2015 | 1:01 pm
    When most people hear about social enterprises that provide training and employment to disadvantaged individuals, they think it’s a good idea. But when they ask what data we have on whether SE’s actually “work,” whether they improve the lives of the people they serve, over the long term, there’s been precious little of it. Fortunately, now there’s a new REDF study that provides some valuable insights on that impact. The Mathematica Jobs study gathered data from 282 workers in seven REDF-supported organizations, and compared them with 37 work-eligible…
  • Does Success Require Profitability?

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

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

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

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

    Social Finance

  • Report Release: Unleashing Impact Investing in Ontario and the Role of Impact Reporting

    Anshula Chowdhury
    27 Mar 2015 | 7:44 am
    It is an exciting time to be involved in impact investing. There is rapid change, new players, challenges and opportunities. Specifically, there is a fundamental shift in the way that organizations, whether non-profit, for-profit, or public value themselves. “Fundamental” could be easily substituted with “existential”. Consider these quick facts: Non-profit organizations are crunched for funding. As an example, taking available data from United Ways across Ontario between 2010 and 2014, and adjusting for inflation, the movement has lost approximately $8MM in donor dollars. For profits…
  • British Council Commissions Global Social Enterprise Survey

    Adam Pillsbury
    25 Mar 2015 | 7:31 am
    The British Council has commissioned a survey to understand what support services are offered to social enterprises in the UK and around the world. We are particularly interested in digital support services to help new and existing social enterprises, as well as organisations that promote the sector’s growth, to grow and thrive. This could include everything from: • Online discussion groups and forums • Advice on management, areas such as marketing and fundraising • Access to mentoring and funding opportunities • Opportunities to win contracts in foreign markets Please take this…
  • B Corp Canada & the House of Commons Committee on International Trade

    Jared Walker
    23 Mar 2015 | 4:24 pm
    On the morning of March 23rd, I had the chance to fill in for my colleague Aaron Emery and sit down with the Canadian House of Commons Standing Committee on International Trade. As they address issues of Canadian competitiveness and craft policies to ensure a strong, sustainable 21st century economy they reached out to learn more about the B Corp Movement and the underlying trend towards impact-driven business in Canada and beyond. Below you’ll find the full text of my prepared remarks to these Canadian political leaders. If you’d like to support this sort of conversation between B Corps…
  • A Force for Good

    Joanna Reynolds
    23 Mar 2015 | 5:00 am
    How Enlightened Finance Can Restore Faith in Capitalism On Thursday, March 5th, I had the privilege of attending a luncheon at the Banking Hall in the heart of Toronto’s financial district where John Taft, CEO of RBC Wealth Management US introduced his new book, “A Force for Good: How Enlightened Finance Can Restore Faith in Capitalism”.  In discussion with Taft were Roger Martin, former Dean of the Rotman School of Management and Brian Walsh, Chair and CIO, Saguenay Strathmore Capital. The panel was ably moderated by John Stackhouse, Senior Vice-President in the Office of the CEO at…
  • Patterns, platforms and time for play

    Geraldine Cahill
    20 Mar 2015 | 1:18 pm
    We’ve all seen the headlines. The world is rapidly changing. Technology is iterating at great speed, pushing our minds and our bodies in ways we don’t fully comprehend.  The economy, which by definition is equal to the wealth and resources of a country or region, is under serious stress – and will be for some time. Our natural climate is throwing us huge curve balls, thanks in no small part to the hits we keep sending her way. And yet we know all is not lost.   At MaRS, it is believed that entrepreneurship is key to leading the way through all of this change. Bill Drayton, Founder…
  • add this feed to my.Alltop

    Return On Now

  • 5 Ways to Elevate Your Business with Outsourcing

    Alleli Aspili
    26 Mar 2015 | 9:39 am
    The following post is copyrighted by Return On Now - Austin Internet Marketing Consulting Services Entrepreneurs of small to medium-sized businesses often wear many hats during startups. More often a business necessity than a strategic decision, entrepreneurs would take on many roles—and be good at them—while leaving their most powerful role up in the air: being the main decision maker, strategist, and planner. While expanding operations in-house might not be feasible yet necessary, entrepreneurs still have one viable solution: outsourcing services. Seen as an option reserved for big…
  • Why SEO Is the Best Inbound Marketing Investment

    Tommy Landry
    17 Mar 2015 | 7:49 am
    The following post is copyrighted by Return On Now - Austin Internet Marketing Consulting Services During many a client or prospect meeting or call, I get a lot of questions about how to make the most of inbound marketing. Many of those questions are focused on the basics of how inbound marketing itself works. In reality, inbound is a mix of tactics and strategies that set you up to receive traffic without paying for each and every visit. The issue comes down to timing. To get quick traffic and (hopefully) conversions, inbound may or may not be the best way to go about accomplishing that…
  • 5 Keyword Research Tools to Use in 2015 for More Search Traffic

    Brian Lang
    12 Mar 2015 | 9:31 am
    The following post is copyrighted by Return On Now - Austin Internet Marketing Consulting Services In recent years, a lot of people have complained about the reduction in keyword data from Google’s Keyword Planner and Google Analytics. While Google’s tools are still a good place to look for higher traffic keywords, long tail keyword data has become more difficult to find. And most search traffic to a website comes from long tail keywords. Many bloggers and marketers started saying things like “just create high quality content for the people.” However, by ignoring keyword data, you are…
  • How Local Businesses Can Improve Their SEO

    Owen Andrew
    4 Mar 2015 | 12:02 pm
    The following post is copyrighted by Return On Now - Austin Internet Marketing Consulting Services Today we offer you a guest post from tech writer Owen Andrew, covering off some ideas for improving SEO if you are a small local business. You can find Owen on Twitter @OwenAndrew7. As mobile browsing volume continues to rise and overtake desktop search, mobile SEO becomes more and more vital to businesses. And it turns out that this is especially true for small businesses which operate with mostly local customers. Local SEO and standard SEO couldn’t be more different. It might be a bit…
  • What’s More Important: User Experience or SEO?

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

    Livity Africa

  • We’re recruiting a Senior Digital Strategist

    admin
    18 Mar 2015 | 5:49 am
    We are looking for a talented and experienced Senior Digital Strategist to take our agency to the next level. They will lead our digital strategy for Live SA, Livity Africa plus client campaigns. We work with partners and clients such as the British Council, Google, Red Bull, Mr Price, Omidyar Network, ENCA, Canon, the People’s Assembly and IAB SA to deliver authentic youth campaigns. You need to have passion for, and excellent knowledge of, the digital landscape, trends and technology as well as technical knowledge of digital campaigns; mobile; campaign reporting and Google Analytics;…
  • Cape Town gets hustled

    admin
    17 Dec 2014 | 4:27 am
    The eighth installment of the Creative Hustles series, presented by Live SA and British Council Connect ZA, explored the ever changing world of street culture. Taking place at Boaston Society in Cape Town, the panel boasted a mix of influential leaders of street culture including founder of Boaston Society Elisha Mpofu @boastonsociety, Jam That Session co-founder Obie Mavuso @JamThat_Sesh, Head Honcho founder Nick Kaoma @nick_kaoma, 2Bop founder Anthony Smith @2bop,  AndPeople lead creative Kim Smith @_andpeople, illustrator Carla Ilena @ClaraIlena and Hashtag Radio and SABC2s…
  • So, what do you get when you cross parliament and ‘Real Housewives’?

    admin
    17 Dec 2014 | 2:44 am
    At approximately 351 days and some hours into it – we now know that 2014 has been a great year. From being a massively political election year – marking 20 years of South African democracy – to the soccer World Cup, to online activism such as #Ferguson. The trends at the heart of these events – such as #paybackthemoney and #ICANTBREATHE – have grabbed our attention, fascinated us, mystified us and completely revolutionised how we understand and see things. On the entertainment and political planes respectively, two of the biggest trends of the year were ‘Real Housewives’ and an…
  • Next generation digital talent take over South Africa

    admin
    17 Dec 2014 | 2:23 am
    We finished 2014 on a high with 100% of Digify graduates gaining paid roles or internships in the digital industry. Digify is our new digital bootcamp for 18 to 25 year olds. Livity Africa is working with Google and IAB SA to offer every graduate of the programme a paid entry level job or internship. We’re aiming to create a consistent pipeline of capable and employable young talent into brands and agencies. In 2014 Digify graduates have begun careers at: Native VML Retroviral FoxP2 Casson Media Aqua Agency iClinic MTN SA Vicinty Media Hitch Digital Publicis Machine African Leadership…
  • Youth journalists report Live From Parliament

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

    Changemakers Ideas ExChange

  • How Yoga has Become a Force for Social Inclusion in Kenya

    Future Forward Team
    27 Mar 2015 | 9:40 am
    By Meera Patel, Operations Associate at Ashoka UK. You can follow Meera on Twitter. Keep an eye out for more within this series by following Ashoka UK and Virgin Unite on Twitter, using the #AfricaYouthFwd hashtag.  On December 30th 2007, President Mwai Kibaki was once again sworn in as President of Kenya, despite the claims to victory of his rival: Raila Odinga.read more
  • Re-imagine Learning Challenges: Pioneers Hangout Series

    John Converse Townsend
    23 Mar 2015 | 4:08 pm
    There’s a growing demand in the workplace, and at almost every level of our global society, for innovative solutions to serious challenges.read more
  • Storify: How Innovators are Creating Solutions to Youth Employment in Africa

    Future Forward Team
    18 Mar 2015 | 11:51 am
     Young people are striving to create solutions to the soaring rates of youth unemployment in Africa and to move #Africayouthfwd. Find out what the people creating solutions have to say from their gathering in Cape town, South Africa. Future Forward Team The Future Forward team is made up of global content contributors focused on creating and curating content to support an on-going conversation about youth employment in Sub-Saharan Africa. Contribute If you have a story that speaks to the challenges and/or solutions to youth employment in Africa, we’d love to hear from you! Please…
  • How Can Social Innovators Design Their Venture for the Highest Level of Impact?

    13 Mar 2015 | 2:00 pm
    "Go beyond making the problem go away for some people; instead, build a solution through which the problem becomes irrelevant" has been the guiding adage for how Ashoka selects Fellows. We have always focused on finding people who we call “systems-changing social entrepreneurs.” Bill Drayton’s most famous quote still rings true in this way: We know it’s time to move beyond the “teach a man to fish” model, and find those who will “reinvent the entire fishing industry.”read more
  • Arthur Guinness Projects and Ashoka Changemakers Announce ‘Makers of More’ Winner

    kristiewang
    12 Mar 2015 | 10:43 pm
    Indonesian Sign Language Dictionary & Learning Application Wins International Social Entrepreneur ChallengeToday, March 12th 2015, Arthur Guinness Projects and Ashoka announced the winner of the ‘Makers of More’ international challenge for social entrepreneurs. Indonesian based, Dreambender was selected as the overall winner from over 300 entries received from 45 countries across the world. read more
  • add this feed to my.Alltop

    Charles Lee

  • 3 Tips for Accelerating Your Career

    Charles
    23 Mar 2015 | 9:25 am
    Long, Long Time Ago… Long, long time ago is a different galaxy far, far away, people advanced in their careers by keeping their heads down, working hard, not rocking the boat, and banking on the timeline and power of seniority. In this distant galaxy, whether blue collar or not, people didn’t have a choice nor did they dare to go against the grain of their company culture. Industry dictated choices and the limitations of access to knowledge and opportunities created unnecessary blindspots and obstacles. A New Day Fortunately, we live in a different world now (at least, I hope so).
  • Do Your Ideas Welcome Disruption?

    Charles
    18 Mar 2015 | 9:42 am
    Idea Blindspot? One of the biggest challenges “successful” ideas face within the life of an organization is that they often go unchallenged the longer they stick around. This is expected given that “proven” ideas don’t usually go out of their way to attract attention to their flaws or growing entropy. The reality is that all ideas, even the good ones, need to be challenged or disrupted in order to elevate their effectiveness. Refusing to Settle for Past Successes There are a growing number of forward-thinking companies and organizations that are developing both internal and external…
  • Thank You for Ideation

    Charles
    31 Dec 2014 | 9:30 am
    An Unforgettable Year 2014 was an unforgettable year of building Ideation. We primarily focused on developing stronger processes, infrastructure, and business design for our company. We recruited great talent and built a team of 20 strategy consultants and creatives in addition to a growing an extended network of contracted specialists and experts in multiple industries. We’ve moved into new space in a new city in order to build momentum and grow into becoming a healthier company. I’m continual amazed by our talented team of idea-makers that offer a full range of high quality…
  • Discovering New Ideas with Intentional Spontaneity

    Charles
    30 Dec 2014 | 10:00 am
    New ideas are often birthed when two or more seemingly unrelated concepts come together in sweet harmony. It’s a beautiful thing to watch and experience the formation of a “new idea”, especially if the idea contributes to the good of our world. While it may be difficult to predict when these new ideas will come to life, given their spontaneous nature, it is possible to increase the probability for their creation by intentionally framing how our lives to discover them. Here are 3 tips for increasing the probability of discovering new ideas: Experience New Environments – Regularly place…
  • If You Knew

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

    maternova.net

  • A new offering and a new partnership with Mommy Measure: fundal height measure

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

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

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

    Rang De Blog

  • Rang De Chapters: A chance to be part of the solution

    admin
    10 Mar 2015 | 10:38 pm
    [Rohit Parakh is the president of Rang De UK Chapter and an active Rang De volunteer. In this post he talks about his experience as a Rang De volunteer and dwells upon the pivotal role played by Rang De volunteer chapters in creating an impact ] With Nobel Laureate Kailash Satyarthi at the End Child Slavery Week in London Why join/lead a Rang De chapter? Before answering the above-mentioned question, a round of introductions are in order. My name is Rohit Parakh and separate to my day-job at Deutsche Bank,I lead the Rang De UK Chapter on a voluntary basis. Before my engagement with Rang De, I…
  • Rang De Impact Confluence 2015: An update

    smita
    3 Mar 2015 | 8:14 pm
    No name could have been more apt for the just concluded meet of our impact partners’ than the name we conceived it with. It was a confluence of the best minds in the impact space, a sharing of values and a rekindling of the spirit to work towards holistic development in India. Stalwarts in the social development space such as Rajendra Joshi of Saath and Stan Thekaekera of Just Change were in attendance; their humility and dedication really bowled us over. The meet also brought together all our impact partners – ‘the real heroes’,  as we call them, our board members,…
  • Letting go

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

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

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

    Justmeans Articles and Editorial

  • From Startup Nation to B Corp Nation, Israel Joins the Movement.

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

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

    Development Marketplace - Turning Ideas into Action

  • Collaborating to Support Small-Scale Innovations to Scale: Sankalp Africa and Global

    Cristina Navarrete Moreno
    19 Mar 2015 | 2:44 pm
    Fostering partnerships, relationships and collaboration is crucial to “opening the door” to scaling innovative solutions from social entrepreneurs that help people around the globe pull themselves out of poverty. This was the resounding message that came out of the 2015 Sankalp Africa Summit, held in Nairobi, Kenya on February 5 and 6.   During the course of the two days, nearly 700 participants from 30 countries came together  in Nairobi for learning sessions, networking opportunities, and idea sharing all to help end extreme poverty.   Over the years, the World Bank Group’s…
  • Seeing Things Clearly: Accessible Eye Care for the Rural Poor

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

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

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

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

    Austin Center for Design

  • User Centered design gone wrong

    Crystal
    24 Mar 2015 | 8:55 am
    This past week we read 3 articles, by three different authors. Jon Kolko’s: Our Misguided Focus on Brand and User Experience A pursuit of a “total user experience” has derailed the creative pursuits of the Fortune 500., Michael Hobbes’: Stop Trying to Save the World Big ideas are destroying international development, and Aneel Karnani’s: Fortune at the Bottom of the Pyramid: A Mirage How the private sector can help alleviate poverty. In each article I believe that each author was trying to tell the story of how true user centered interaction design went…
  • Impact is Personal

    lauren.segapeli
    24 Mar 2015 | 6:30 am
    When it comes down to it, there is a problem with our current culture of development. We have the best intentions to create change and drive impact but the culture of scale, numbers and metrics and immediacy get in the way of actually succeeding at this. While I agree that it’s really difficult to continue to get funding for projects that don’t have a concrete method of showing progress, or any guarantee of success, I believe that there needs to be a cultural shift of expectations. Expectations that are built around honoring the personal, local nuances of the individual communities we are…
  • Re-Prioritizing Scale to Achieve Cultural Impact in Design

    maryanne.lee
    23 Mar 2015 | 3:44 pm
    In our Theory of Interaction Design and Social Entrepreneurship class, the first set of readings we were presented with are three viewpoints on how having the best of intentions to help can still lead to the introduction of consequences into the world that don’t leave people better off as we had hoped. With this being our fourth and final quarter as students at Austin Center for Design, understanding the influence we have on people and society as a whole is an important reality for us as designers to grasp. Michael Hobbes, author of Stop Trying to Save the World uses the example of…
  • Can a Solution Retain its Effectiveness when Scaled?

    jeff.patton
    23 Mar 2015 | 3:32 pm
    This week in our Theory of Interaction Design and Social Entrepreneurship class we looked at three different readings.  One by AC4D founder Jon Kolko called “Our Misguided Focus on Brand,” another by Michael Hobbes called “Stop Trying to Save the World” and the last reading by Aneel Karnani called “Fortune at the Bottom of the Pyramid: A Mirage.” Each of the readings this week focused primarily on the shortcomings of popular approaches to scaling businesses and international development solutions.  For most people, these shortcomings aren’t…
  • Products in the Wild

    laura.galos
    23 Mar 2015 | 3:31 pm
    At AC4D, our class has started the quarter with readings by Michael Hobbes, writer for the New Republic, Aneel Karnani, Professor at the Ross School of Business at University of Michigan, and our teacher, Jon Kolko. We discussed the readings as a class with a focus on “intentions.” The texts point to a variety of actors with various intentions. Hobbes illuminates problems that arise in international development when it is the intent of NGOs to scale solutions they’ve designed for particular locales. Karnani takes the “Bottom of the Pyramid” concept (and specifically, CK Prahalad, a…
 
  • add this feed to my.Alltop

    Framework 21

  • 57 – Some types of thinking observed in local government.

    Daniel Montano
    24 Mar 2015 | 9:35 am
    Originally posted on Local Government Utopia: Posted by Whistler                                                                          580 words Image from http://caracaschronicles.com Convenient thinking. I think this is a preferred way of thinking for many people. It is the easiest. What is the quickest way to deal with this matter? Is there someone else who should be doing it? What is likely to have the least impact on me? Once you start asking these questions, you are well on the way to some convenient thinking. It is…
  • Metacognition: awareness of what one does and doesn’t know – improve the quality of teaching in adult education

    Daniel Montano
    20 Mar 2015 | 11:48 am
    Originally posted on Bruce D. Watson: Guided reading Authors: The Teaching Excellence in Adult Literacy (TEAL)  Center staff, Reviewed by: David Scanlon, Boston College,  https://teal.ed.gov/tealguide/metacognitive About the TEAL Center: The Teaching Excellence in Adult Literacy (TEAL) Center is a project of the U.S. Department of Education, Office of Vocational and Adult Education (OVAE), designed to improve the quality of teaching in adult education in the content areas.         What Is Metacognition? Metacognition refers to awareness of one’s own knowledge—what one does and…
  • Why teaching cursive still matters

    Daniel Montano
    19 Mar 2015 | 10:35 am
    Daniel Montano:I think researchers interested in embodied cognition, musculature-based memory, and other topics could contribute to the advocacy of handwriting, hand note-taking. Originally posted on Library musings: The gig is up — children should still be learning cursive in schools. According to an article written last June in the New York Times by Maria Konnikova, children that formed letters in their own handwriting vs. typing or tracing them show connections to broader educational development. In other words, “it’s not just what we write that matters — but how.” Studies are…
  • Evidence that Smartphones are used to supplant thinking

    Daniel Montano
    9 Mar 2015 | 1:01 pm
    From National Public Radio Blogs: “We all know a little knowledge can be a dangerous thing. Research increasingly supports a related proposition — that easy knowledge can be a dangerous thing. More specifically, having knowledge at our fingertips, as smartphones and intelligent search algorithms increasingly allow, might have negative consequences for human cognition. This idea isn’t a new one, but it has received new life this week as media sources have turned to a paper by psychologists at the University of Waterloo provocatively titled, “The brain in your pocket:…
  • The ethical blindness of algorithms

    Daniel Montano
    1 Mar 2015 | 5:04 pm
    Daniel Montano:Glad to see people asking good questions and taking a critical look at data, its gathering process, its analysis and the way it’s correlated loosely to arrive at theoretical conclusions that are often treated as facts. Originally posted on Quartz: Can an algorithm be racist? It’s a question that should be of concern for all data-driven organizations. From analytics that help law enforcement predict future crimes, to retailers assessing the likelihood of female customers being pregnant (in the case of Target, without their knowledge), the increasing scale of computer…
  • add this feed to my.Alltop

    Junxion Strategy | RSS Feed

  • Strategy On Purpose: Pet Projects to Corporate Social Returns

    junxion
    16 Mar 2015 | 7:07 pm
    It seems everyone loves cats and dogs. Banks, insurers, recruitment and storage companies are all keen supporters of dog and cat charities. Some of this is very worthy and important. And of course we all recognize the power of a cute pet to mobilize action: millions of social media shares attest to this! Engaging staff in a fund-raising effort for a good cause also makes good business sense. There is the sense of camaraderie, of stepping outside the day-to-day. All good stuff. These pet projects (sorry!)—whether for dog and cat charities or other broad-based, cause-driven campaigns—are…
  • Ten Things to Include in Your Sustainability Report

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

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

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

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

    youthactionnet.org

  • Solving Africa’s Teacher Shortage, The Youth-Led Answer

    l.jones
    19 Mar 2015 | 9:42 am
    Solving Africa’s Teacher Shortage, The Youth-Led Answer Lisa Jones | March 19, 2015 In Sub-Saharan Africa, local governments and NGOs alike have invested millions in developing solutions to increase access to quality education for Africa's young people--the majority of whom... READ MORE
  • 5 Reasons Why I’m Glad I Applied (3 Times!) to the Laureate Global Fellowship

    16 Mar 2015 | 7:21 am
    5 Reasons Why I’m Glad I Applied (3 Times!) to the Laureate Global Fellowship Wiclif Otieno | March 16, 2015 Driven by his own personal experience, Wiclif founded Kito International to prepare Kenyan street youth, ages 17 to 24, for a better life. Its two-month immersion program includes training in life... READ MORE
  • The Persistent Problem of Child Marriage in Bangladesh

    6 Mar 2015 | 8:46 am
    The Persistent Problem of Child Marriage in Bangladesh Mowmita Basak Mow with Kaustubh Adhikari | March 6, 2015 2014 Laureate Global Fellow Mowmita Basak Mow is co-founder of the CLAP Foundation , which promotes leadership development in Bangladesh through engaging volunteers in addressing pressing social... READ MORE
  • Gifts to Feel Good About

    9 Dec 2014 | 2:40 pm
    Gifts to Feel Good About Lisa Jones | December 9, 2014 As we enter the holiday season, many struggle to find meaningful gifts that can be cherished not only for what they are, but the hope and possibility that they bring. Below you will meet 16 Fellows... READ MORE
  • The Transformative Power of Networks

    l.jones
    21 Nov 2014 | 8:35 am
    The Transformative Power of Networks Lisa Jones | November 21, 2014 “We’re learning things that can’t be learned anywhere else.” “I’m asking the hard questions…redefining who I am.” “The world feels like a less... READ MORE
 
  • add this feed to my.Alltop

    9 to 5 Hell

  • We Apologize

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

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

    admin
    22 Sep 2014 | 11:57 pm
    So there comes a rare time that even the admin has to rant. This rant involves the old so popular internet provider, AT&T. I hate  internet and cable providers. Here it goes. So my old roommate moved to Japan, you know, military and all that good American stuff, and the Internet bill was under his name. So he called customer service and they transferred him to a sales representative to transfer the bill under my name. The rep offered a promotion to double the speed for the same amount since we have been loyal to them. Sounds good right? Little did I know that I was about to be shitted…
  • 7 Best Places to Look for a Job

    admin
    19 Aug 2014 | 12:46 pm
    Are you on the job hunt and have no idea where to start? Looking for your dream job but you can’t seem to find it? Here’s the thing, some of the best jobs may not even be posted! Why you ask? Because you haven’t looked hard enough or you don’t know where to really look. If you’re constantly looking at job boards and there’s nothing sticking out to you, it’s time to start thinking out of the box. Some of the hidden gems are right under your nose but you’re looking in all the wrong places! We scoured the internet and learned from our own experiences, so here are the best places…
  • 9to5 Interview: Inside a Makeup Artist’s Career

    admin
    4 Aug 2014 | 12:15 pm
    Growing up on a farm in Connecticut, Michael Mosher knew he wanted to be a makeup artist since he was 7 years old. He would watch horror movies on Saturday afternoons and dreamed of making those monsters come to life. Michael would practice on his friends and family and by the time he got to college, he felt his skills were well beyond what he could learn in the classroom. Not long after college, he learned how to apply beauty makeup and started booking jobs on television and film in sunny San Diego. He took his passion and artistry and moved to Los Angeles where his career is taking off and…
  • add this feed to my.Alltop

    Entrepreneurial Insights

  • Guide to Business Model Design Process

    Anastasia
    27 Mar 2015 | 9:03 am
    In this article, we look at the 1) business model design process, the 3) starting point for business model design innovation, 3) the phases, and the 4) design attitude. BUSINESS MODEL DESIGN PROCESS All business model design projects are unique and present a challenge to the participants because there is no one formula or prediction for how they will evolve. The process consists of five phases; mobilize, understand, design, implement, and manage. This process provides a framework which all businesses regardless of their industry or context can apply to themselves. Objectives of business model…
  • M&A: What motivates a company to takeover another company

    Martin
    26 Mar 2015 | 9:32 am
    In business, especially in the modern markets, the usage and application of the term takeover is very common. It is used in reference to when one business assumes the control or the management of another business. There are different factors and reasons that motivate businesses to take over other businesses. © pixabay | PublicDomainPictures In this article, we will look at 1) what is a takeover, 2) why do businesses plan takeovers of other companies? 3) what are the phases of initiating and completing a takeover? and 4) pros and cons of takeovers. WHAT IS A TAKEOVER? Different definitions…
  • Everything You Need to Know about Customer Journey Mapping

    Martin
    25 Mar 2015 | 8:30 am
    The approaches towards customers change over time as does the market itself. Successful entrepreneurs continuously seek and implement new management opportunities in order to attract, maintain and broaden their circle of customers. Traditional marketing approaches are not completely suitable any longer because customers have higher expectations due to the differentiation of the market. What this means is that marketing based on managing relationships with customers must evolve into experience and engagement management. One of the approaches which have been employed by marketers and…
  • Revenue Streams in Business Model Canvas

    Anastasia
    24 Mar 2015 | 8:23 am
    © Entrepreneurial Insights based on the concept of Alex Osterwalder One of the building blocks of Business Model Canvas is Revenue Streams. In this building block, we explore what revenue streams represent for the entrepreneur and how to ensure that this building block is adequately addressed. We will explore the two types of revenue streams available which are either transaction based or recurring revenues. We will look at 1) revenue streams, 2) developing your revenue model, 3) types of revenue streams, 4) pricing mechanism, 5) ways to generate revenue stream, 6) key revenue model and…
  • How to measure and track SEO success

    Martin
    23 Mar 2015 | 8:23 am
    Business planning not only involves a firm’s key actor’s identifying business goals, but also defining how those actors will measure the success of those goals. This is particularly important with online initiatives, which inherently provide a wealth of data. Firms must know which metrics, and what kinds of changes in those metrics, will accurately reflect the success; they must understand the relationships between relevant metrics, and they must know which metrics are merely noise. Without a thorough understanding of how to arrive at the goal, it is unlikely the firm will achieve it.
  • add this feed to my.Alltop

    Conversations With PASSION! Corey Poirier

  • JJ Virgin

    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
    18 Mar 2015 | 8:51 am
    In this episode of Conversations With PASSION! the female leaders take over as we have conversations with the highly inspirational Candace Carnahan, Wake-Up TV co-hosts Natalie Ledwell and Cindy Ertman, Music Instructor Jenn Durrant and our feature conversation with multiple time New York Time's Best-Selling Author JJ Virgin.
  • Shaun T. and Christine Campbell - Stop The Insanity

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

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

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

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