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  • The Art of Branding

    Guy Kawasaki
    Guy Kawasaki
    20 Apr 2015 | 7:00 am
    In the real world, you don’t have infinite resources; you don’t have a perfect product; and you don’t sell to a growing market without competition. You’re also not omnipotent, so you cannot enforce what people think your brand represents. Under these assumptions, most companies need all the help they can get with branding. This is my advice to help you. Seize the high ground. Establish your brand on positive conditions like “making meaning,” “doing good,” “changing the world,” and “making people happy” —not doing in your competition. Think about it: when is the last…
  • My Mentor Got It Wrong

    Charles Lee
    Charles
    7 Apr 2015 | 11:07 am
    Mentors are wonderful. Mentors invest in us to help shape our thoughts, values, and practices. Mentors provide wisdom, discernment, and timely advice. Mentors give us the courage to pursue our passions and our purpose. Mentors can also save us time, money, and a whole lot of heartache. Mentors usually have the best of intentions and truly desire us to succeed. It’s no wonder that we honor our mentors. Life would not be the same without them. A Friendly Reminder About Mentors Mentors are extremely valuable, but not infallible. Mentors are wise, but not perfect. Mentors are experienced,…
  • 8 natural remedies for anxiety

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    Melissa Breyer
    24 Apr 2015 | 2:24 pm
    From forest bathing and salt baths to lavender and tea, try these all-natural treatments to conquer anxious times.
  • Pictures from my trip to Berlin

    Guy Kawasaki
    Guy Kawasaki
    21 Apr 2015 | 10:33 am
    After my visit to Stuttgart, I went to Berlin to speak for Russell Reynolds. Berlin is a very interesting city with many places to visit. The post Pictures from my trip to Berlin appeared first on Guy Kawasaki.
  • How to Really, Truly Integrate Sustainability Into Your Business

    SustainAbility
    16 Apr 2015 | 6:04 pm
    Flickr image by fauxto_digit SustainAbility’s recently released research See Change: How Transparency Drives Performance proposes a solution to the stalled state of sustainability reporting and transparency. See Change highlights three key elements that must be addressed in order to gain the most value from transparency and reporting efforts: materiality, valuation of externalities and integration. This is the last in a three-part series that explores those elements. Earlier in this series we explored how materiality and the valuation of externalities enable companies to focus their…
 
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    Guy Kawasaki

  • Pictures from my trip to Berlin

    Guy Kawasaki
    21 Apr 2015 | 10:33 am
    After my visit to Stuttgart, I went to Berlin to speak for Russell Reynolds. Berlin is a very interesting city with many places to visit. The post Pictures from my trip to Berlin appeared first on Guy Kawasaki.
  • Pictures from my trip to @Porsche

    Guy Kawasaki
    20 Apr 2015 | 6:30 pm
    These are pictures from the Porsche factory in Stuttgart. I even got a ride in a 918! The post Pictures from my trip to @Porsche appeared first on Guy Kawasaki.
  • Pictures from my trip to @Mercedes

    Guy Kawasaki
    20 Apr 2015 | 6:18 pm
    These are my pictures from the Mercedes-AMG facility. This is where the AMG GT is made. The post Pictures from my trip to @Mercedes appeared first on Guy Kawasaki.
  • The Art of Branding

    Guy Kawasaki
    20 Apr 2015 | 7:00 am
    In the real world, you don’t have infinite resources; you don’t have a perfect product; and you don’t sell to a growing market without competition. You’re also not omnipotent, so you cannot enforce what people think your brand represents. Under these assumptions, most companies need all the help they can get with branding. This is my advice to help you. Seize the high ground. Establish your brand on positive conditions like “making meaning,” “doing good,” “changing the world,” and “making people happy” —not doing in your competition. Think about it: when is the last…
  • Pictures from the Ludwigsburg Residential Palace

    Guy Kawasaki
    19 Apr 2015 | 11:54 am
    These are pictures from my trip to the Ludwigsburg Residential Palace in Germany. It is one of the finest examples of baroque architecture in Germany. The post Pictures from the Ludwigsburg Residential Palace appeared first on Guy Kawasaki.
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    SustainAbility

  • How to Really, Truly Integrate Sustainability Into Your Business

    16 Apr 2015 | 6:04 pm
    Flickr image by fauxto_digit SustainAbility’s recently released research See Change: How Transparency Drives Performance proposes a solution to the stalled state of sustainability reporting and transparency. See Change highlights three key elements that must be addressed in order to gain the most value from transparency and reporting efforts: materiality, valuation of externalities and integration. This is the last in a three-part series that explores those elements. Earlier in this series we explored how materiality and the valuation of externalities enable companies to focus their…
  • SustainAbility Recertifies as a B Corp and Honored as 'Best for Workers' by B Lab

    13 Apr 2015 | 6:20 pm
    In April 2013 SustainAbility became the third Certified B Corporation in the UK. This month we have recertified and we are proud to have made the grade with an even more rigorous Impact Assessment from B Lab. In the last two years, the B Corp community has almost doubled in size to over 1,200 Certified B Corps, across 121 industries and 38 countries, unified by one common goal: to redefine success in business, not just to be the best in the world, but to be the best for the world. Certified B Corps also create higher quality jobs and today, for the second year in a row, SustainAbility has…
  • Does CSR Deserve a Second - or Different - Look?

    12 Apr 2015 | 6:30 pm
    Is CSR really dead? Prognoses and Prognostications As 2014 closed and 2015 began, there were numerous “top,” “best” and “most important” lists marking notable 2014 occurrences and forecasting what to expect in 2015. SustainAbility entered these sweepstakes with our 10 Trends for 2015, which distills our thinking from the past year and predicts the issues that will shape the sustainable development agenda in the 12 months ahead. Our 10 select issues include – as headlines and subtext – global warming and climate activism, water, marketplace disruption, business model…
  • SustainAbility Hosts Engaging Stakeholders Webinar

    9 Apr 2015 | 6:56 pm
    SustainAbility will host its next webinar for Engaging Stakeholders members on Thursday, April 30, which will cover the topic of stakeholder engagement. Stakeholder engagement is often embraced as an essential part of a successful sustainability strategy, yet companies struggle to harness the lessons and outcomes from engagement. Moreover, as technology develops, so too do the many forms of engagement taking place on a daily basis. Do we need a better way of defining stakeholder engagement? Is there such a thing as best practice engagement? In this webinar for Engaging Stakeholders’…
  • SustainAbility Contributes to Nestlé in Society Report

    7 Apr 2015 | 9:53 pm
    SustainAbility is delighted to support Nestlé‘s work on materiality as published in the latest Nestlé in society: Creating Shared Value and meeting our commitments 2014 report. As part of Nestlé‘s G4 reporting, in 2014 SustainAbility supported Nestlé‘s extended materiality analysis, which helped the company to refine its existing commitments as well as identify areas for improvement. As a result, Nestlé has made three new commitments this year for a total of 38. The report was prepared ‘in accordance’ with the comprehensive option of the Global Reporting…
 
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    Triple Pundit: People, Planet, Profit

  • 3p Weekend: 10 Companies That Are Rethinking Food Waste

    Mary Mazzoni
    24 Apr 2015 | 11:49 am
    Food waste is a staggering global problem: Roughly a third of the food produced for human consumption every year — approximately 1.3 billion tons — is lost or wasted. But a select few companies are taking innovative approaches to cut those figures down to size. From small startups to major multinationals, this week we tip our hats to 10 companies that are rethinking food waste.
  • Rana Plaza Two Years Later: Fast Fashion, Fast Destruction

    3p Contributor
    24 Apr 2015 | 3:00 am
    On April 24, 2013, the Rana Plaza factory building collapsed in the city of Dhaka, Bangladesh. That day at 8:57 a.m. local time, 1,134 people died and over 2,500 were injured in the name of fast fashion. Two years later, has anything changed?
  • Report Charts Rise in Global EV Market, But U.S. Shows Troublesome Signs

    Tina Casey
    24 Apr 2015 | 2:30 am
    A new electric vehicle market report from Frost & Sullivan charts the rise in global EV sales, but signs of sluggishness appear in the U.S. market: Due to falling gas prices, American car buyers are "trading in hybrid and electric cars for SUVs at a higher rate than ever before."
  • Social Media Campaign Calls for Fashion Supply Chain Transparency

    Nayelli Gonzalez
    24 Apr 2015 | 2:15 am
    In support of Fashion Revolution Day, people around the world are taking to social media today, snapping selfies, tagging brands and asking them “#whomademyclothes. The campaign marks the second anniversary of the Rana Plaza factory collapse, and seeks to use the tragedy "to shed light and bring some transparency to what has become a really hidden and secretive industry."
  • Is the Public Etsy Still Part of the Sharing Economy?

    Raz Godelnik
    24 Apr 2015 | 2:00 am
    Etsy's IPO took Wall Street by storm last week. The conversation was peppered with questions about whether or not a company that claims to be “a mindful, transparent and humane business” could succeed on Wall Street, a space where these adjectives are rarely used. Yet, this is not the question I’ll ask today. Instead, I’ll focus on is whether or not Etsy, the person-to-person online marketplace for all things handmade, is still part of the sharing economy.
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    Skoll World Forum on Social Entrepreneurship

  • FORUM2015: Impressions from the 2015 Skoll World Forum

    Jake Wadland
    24 Apr 2015 | 6:20 pm
    As the 2015 Skoll World Forum came to a close, I was struck by two themes that emerged in almost every session I attended. First, there is a desperate need to work across sectors, break down the silos and see the interconnectedness between the social, the economic and the environmental. Human life doesn’t operate in neat categories. If the nearby river water makes my daughter sick, I have to stay home from work. So is this the purview of the environmental, health or economic NGO? I would submit that the community itself actually needs to be empowered to identify and solve its own problems.
  • FORUM2015: The Power of Media for Social Impact

    Jake Wadland
    24 Apr 2015 | 6:14 pm
    THE STORY OF CHANGE: REVOLUTION BEGINS IN THE IMAGINATION THU, APRIL 16, 2015; 10:00 – 11:15 Humans have been telling stories since the beginning of time. Stories to teach, stories to entertain and often stories that do both. If liberation begins in the mind, then today’s storytellers have a central role to play in advancing life on planet Earth. “Belief” is the theme of the 2015 Skoll World Forum, and there is no more powerful way to establish, ignite or activate belief than through the power of story. This is the true power of media to change minds, challenge traditions and…
  • FORUM2015: Exploring New Ways of Doing the Hard Work of Development

    Jake Wadland
    24 Apr 2015 | 6:07 pm
    GLOBAL DEVELOPMENT: WHAT SHOULD WE FOCUS ON AND HOW WILL WE MEASURE SUCCESS? THU, APRIL 16, 2015; 13:15 – 14:30 Could there be a bigger topic to tackle in one session at this year’s Forum? What should we do with our individual and collective energies and how do we measure success? Getting the greatest social good for every dollar spent doesn’t seem like a controversial goal, but if the answer doesn’t fit with your paradigm, then what? The presence of Graça Machel herself left little doubt that this is one of the most critical issues of the next decade. Where do we go from the…
  • FORUM2015: Can Old and New Technologies Come Together to Move Education Forward?

    Jake Wadland
    24 Apr 2015 | 3:52 pm
    LEVERAGING NEW AND OLD TECHNOLOGIES INTO TODAY’S EDUCATION MODELS WED, APRIL 15, 2015; 11:45 – 13:00 My first session at the 2015 Skoll World Forum was a delegate-led lunch discussion, “Leveraging New and Old Technologies into Today’s Education Models.” The session was packed – you couldn’t have fit another body in that room, a testament to the interest in the discussion that was about to unfold. World Literacy Foundation’s Director of Innovation, Alexandra Berrio, started us off with introductions all around. It was worth it to hear the variety of sectors and geographies…
  • Mobile Solutions for Urban Health Challenges

    Jake Wadland
    24 Apr 2015 | 2:52 pm
    In Kibera, a settlement within Nairobi, Kenya, one is enveloped by the fast-paced energy and constant buzz of activity, with shopkeepers displaying cloth, food stall owners preparing meals, and children in school uniforms rushing down the street. With up to a million people living within a five-kilometer radius, one is never really alone, but it is easy to feel lonely. Many people flock to cities seeking economic opportunities, and by most accounts, fare better than their rural counterparts. However, low-income city dwellers, especially women, are often vulnerable to the harsh realities of…
 
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    Marc Gunther's blog

  • Ceres and the “inside” game

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

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

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

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

  • FORUM2015: Impressions from the 2015 Skoll World Forum

    Jake Wadland
    24 Apr 2015 | 6:20 pm
    As the 2015 Skoll World Forum came to a close, I was struck by two themes that emerged in almost every session I attended. First, there is a desperate need to work across sectors, break down the silos and see the interconnectedness between the social, the economic and the environmental. Human life doesn’t operate in neat categories. If the nearby river water makes my daughter sick, I have to stay home from work. So is this the purview of the environmental, health or economic NGO? I would submit that the community itself actually needs to be empowered to identify and solve its own problems.
  • FORUM2015: The Power of Media for Social Impact

    Jake Wadland
    24 Apr 2015 | 6:14 pm
    THE STORY OF CHANGE: REVOLUTION BEGINS IN THE IMAGINATION THU, APRIL 16, 2015; 10:00 – 11:15 Humans have been telling stories since the beginning of time. Stories to teach, stories to entertain and often stories that do both. If liberation begins in the mind, then today’s storytellers have a central role to play in advancing life on planet Earth. “Belief” is the theme of the 2015 Skoll World Forum, and there is no more powerful way to establish, ignite or activate belief than through the power of story. This is the true power of media to change minds, challenge traditions and…
  • FORUM2015: Exploring New Ways of Doing the Hard Work of Development

    Jake Wadland
    24 Apr 2015 | 6:07 pm
    GLOBAL DEVELOPMENT: WHAT SHOULD WE FOCUS ON AND HOW WILL WE MEASURE SUCCESS? THU, APRIL 16, 2015; 13:15 – 14:30 Could there be a bigger topic to tackle in one session at this year’s Forum? What should we do with our individual and collective energies and how do we measure success? Getting the greatest social good for every dollar spent doesn’t seem like a controversial goal, but if the answer doesn’t fit with your paradigm, then what? The presence of Graça Machel herself left little doubt that this is one of the most critical issues of the next decade. Where do we go from the…
  • FORUM2015: Can Old and New Technologies Come Together to Move Education Forward?

    Jake Wadland
    24 Apr 2015 | 3:52 pm
    LEVERAGING NEW AND OLD TECHNOLOGIES INTO TODAY’S EDUCATION MODELS WED, APRIL 15, 2015; 11:45 – 13:00 My first session at the 2015 Skoll World Forum was a delegate-led lunch discussion, “Leveraging New and Old Technologies into Today’s Education Models.” The session was packed – you couldn’t have fit another body in that room, a testament to the interest in the discussion that was about to unfold. World Literacy Foundation’s Director of Innovation, Alexandra Berrio, started us off with introductions all around. It was worth it to hear the variety of sectors and geographies…
  • Mobile Solutions for Urban Health Challenges

    Jake Wadland
    24 Apr 2015 | 2:52 pm
    In Kibera, a settlement within Nairobi, Kenya, one is enveloped by the fast-paced energy and constant buzz of activity, with shopkeepers displaying cloth, food stall owners preparing meals, and children in school uniforms rushing down the street. With up to a million people living within a five-kilometer radius, one is never really alone, but it is easy to feel lonely. Many people flock to cities seeking economic opportunities, and by most accounts, fare better than their rural counterparts. However, low-income city dwellers, especially women, are often vulnerable to the harsh realities of…
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  • Kevin Starr: Fighting Poverty, Designing for Happiness - 2015 Skoll World Forum

    23 Apr 2015 | 12:22 pm
    Kevin Starr: Fighting Poverty, Designing for Happiness - 2015 Skoll World Forum It's not a stretch to say the fight against poverty is a concerted effort to create as much happiness as we can. Otherwise what's the point? While the first step in that fight is rigorous... From: Skoll World Forum Views: 0 0 ratings Time: 01:19:52 More in Nonprofits & Activism
  • When Beliefs Collide: Religion, Geopolitics and Power - 2015 Skoll World Forum

    23 Apr 2015 | 12:05 pm
    When Beliefs Collide: Religion, Geopolitics and Power - 2015 Skoll World Forum Do the ideological battles of our time reflect deep religious conflicts or a collision of underlying beliefs? What is the threat posed by groups such as ISIS and Boko Haram? Where are the wellsprin... From: Skoll World Forum Views: 1 0 ratings Time: 01:14:38 More in Nonprofits & Activism
  • Hot Topics - THE FINE LINE BETWEEN INFORMING AND SHAPING PUBLIC OPINION 2015 Skoll World Forum

    22 Apr 2015 | 4:51 pm
    Hot Topics - THE FINE LINE BETWEEN INFORMING AND SHAPING PUBLIC OPINION 2015 Skoll World Forum Join leading global media executives and journalists in a lively discussion about news stories that drove headlines this past year and how the media chose to cover them. How do media outlets... From: Skoll World Forum Views: 1 0 ratings Time: 01:24:47 More in Nonprofits & Activism
  • Highlight Film 2015 Skoll World Forum

    22 Apr 2015 | 11:49 am
    Highlight Film 2015 Skoll World Forum THE 12TH SKOLL WORLD FORUM ON SOCIAL ENTREPRENEURSHIP APRIL 15-17 FROM OXFORD, ENGLAND The Skoll World Forum on Social Entrepreneurship is the premier international ... From: Skoll World Forum Views: 748 1 ratings Time: 04:13 More in Nonprofits & Activism
  • Closing Plenary - 2015 Skoll World Forum

    17 Apr 2015 | 2:08 pm
    Closing Plenary - 2015 Skoll World Forum Join us for the final event of the 2015 Skoll World Forum. Hear from a panel of Artists as Activists who are using their unique talent to motivate audiences around the globe for social progress.... From: Skoll World Forum Views: 326 0 ratings Time: 01:36:02 More in Nonprofits & Activism
 
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    Global Envision

  • Global Ideas News Brief: Poverty data and Yemen conflict

    Abby Haight
    20 Apr 2015 | 2:37 pm
    Image:  Development and aidThe extreme poverty of dataBeyondBricsfor every crucial issue related to human development, whether it is poverty, inequality, employment, environment or urbanization, there is a seminal crisis at the heart of global decision making – the crisis of poor data.Yes, You Can Help The World And Make Money At The Same TimeNPRWhat do you call someone who runs a successful business that aims to make the world a better place? A CEO with a conscience? A do-good bottom-liner?The Truth About Humanitarian Work: High Ideals Vs. Hard RealitiesNPRIt's not just…
  • Mobile Money’s Gender Gap Problem

    Anne Kim
    20 Apr 2015 | 11:44 am
    Image:  Mobile finance is all the rage in the development community, but the movement has ignored half the world -- women. Though reports constantly extol the benefits and expanding reach of mobile banking, a closer look at the upward trend reveals that men are disproportionately benefiting.Melinda Gates, of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, criticized this disheartening pattern in mobile finance in a recent piece in The New York Times. The incredible reach of mobile finance isn’t spreading equally between genders, Gates said. Women are 21 percent less likely than men to own a…
  • For a slum in Kenya, help is just a click away

    Beth Alaimo
    17 Apr 2015 | 7:32 am
    Image:  One of the toughest development challenges today is the prevalence of urban slums. Despite countless efforts to improve living conditions, slums are an unstoppable force -- fed by rapid urbanization, housing shortages and boundless population growth.In Nairobi, where 60 percent of residents live in slums, neglect by authorities is commonplace. Yet with the help of a social enterprise, activist slum dwellers are saying, there’s an app for that! The word 'slum' brings to mind crowded streets of makeshift shacks and abject poverty. In reality, they are also…
  • Slums, gadgets and public health: technologies that could save the world’s poorest

    Seth Heller
    16 Apr 2015 | 7:52 am
    Image:  Dharavi, Neza-Chalco-Itza, Orangi Town – the population growth in some of the world’s largest slums is matched only by the prevalence of disease. But that may change soon.An estimated 863 million people live in slums -- most of them in the developing world.Slums are a huge problem in developing countries. Crumbling infrastructure and a lack of urban planning have resulted in rampant disease that cripples the lives of many inhabitants, preventing them from holding down employment and raising their socioeconomic status.Fortunately, some organizations, companies and…
  • Global Ideas News Brief: Nigeria's new leader

    Abby Haight
    13 Apr 2015 | 3:45 pm
    Image:  GovernanceNigerian Politics - Please Don't Expect MiraclesThe EconomistThe president-elect faces enormous tasks, starting with halting corruptionCan Nigeria’s Former Dictator Become a Democrat?NYTLast time Muhammadu Buhari came to power, on Dec. 31, 1983, he seized it. The coup came at a time when Nigeria’s economy was reeling from plunging world oil prices, corruption scandals and security challenges.Libya's Civil War - An Oily MessThe EconomistAs negotiations fail to progress, one side tries to grab the oil revenue'Iraq is Finished'The AtlanticTribal…
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    Beneblog: Technology Meets Society

  • Skoll World Forum: My Annual Heart-Mind Feast

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

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

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

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

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

  • Ecova’s Resource Management Saves Over $1.6bn

    Jessica Lyons Hardcastle
    24 Apr 2015 | 5:02 am
    Ecova has identified more than $800 million in savings during 2014 for its commercial and industrial clients through resource management programs. This is the second year in a row that Ecova has identified savings of $800 million for its clients, resulting in more than $1.6 billion in identified savings in the last two years. The […]
  • NYC Targets Zero Waste to Landfill by 2030

    Jessica Lyons Hardcastle
    24 Apr 2015 | 4:58 am
    New York City has announced a plan to reduce its waste disposal by 90 percent by 2030 and cut greenhouse gas emissions by 80 percent by 2050, both compared to 2005 levels. The environmental goals are part of mayor Bill de Blasio’s OneNYC plan to improve the city’s social, economic and environmental sustainability. The plan […]
  • Kellogg’s Expands Sustainable Supply Chain Commitments

    Karen Henry
    24 Apr 2015 | 4:13 am
    As a part of its 2020 sustainability commitments, Kellogg’s has pledged to responsibly source a number of its key ingredients, including corn, wheat, rice, potatoes, beet and cane sugar, cocoa, palm oil, fruits and vanilla, by 2020. This commitment expands the company’s efforts to work directly with agricultural suppliers, millers and farmers and improve the […]
  • Levi’s VP: 3 Ways to Engage Consumers in Sustainability

    Jessica Lyons Hardcastle
    24 Apr 2015 | 4:12 am
    Levi Strauss & Co.’s vice president of sustainability, Michael Kobori, outlines three key ways in which businesses can bring sustainable practices to the level of the consumer in a blog post. First, he says, make consumers aware of their environmental impact. Levi’s recently launched a campaign to make sure people understood their own impact. When […]
  • Carbon Capture Projects Store 10M Metric Tons CO2

    Jessica Lyons Hardcastle
    24 Apr 2015 | 4:02 am
    A group of carbon capture and storage (CCS) projects supported by the US Department of Energy have safely captured 10 million metric tons of carbon dioxide, the department says. In a number of CCS projects, the captured CO2 is utilized to enhance oil recovery from mature wells. One DOE-supported project alone has now captured nearly […]
 
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    Skoll World Forum on Social Entrepreneurship

  • FORUM2015: Impressions from the 2015 Skoll World Forum

    Jake Wadland
    24 Apr 2015 | 6:20 pm
    As the 2015 Skoll World Forum came to a close, I was struck by two themes that emerged in almost every session I attended. First, there is a desperate need to work across sectors, break down the silos and see the interconnectedness between the social, the economic and the environmental. Human life doesn’t operate in neat categories. If the nearby river water makes my daughter sick, I have to stay home from work. So is this the purview of the environmental, health or economic NGO? I would submit that the community itself actually needs to be empowered to identify and solve its own problems.
  • FORUM2015: The Power of Media for Social Impact

    Jake Wadland
    24 Apr 2015 | 6:14 pm
    THE STORY OF CHANGE: REVOLUTION BEGINS IN THE IMAGINATION THU, APRIL 16, 2015; 10:00 – 11:15 Humans have been telling stories since the beginning of time. Stories to teach, stories to entertain and often stories that do both. If liberation begins in the mind, then today’s storytellers have a central role to play in advancing life on planet Earth. “Belief” is the theme of the 2015 Skoll World Forum, and there is no more powerful way to establish, ignite or activate belief than through the power of story. This is the true power of media to change minds, challenge traditions and…
  • FORUM2015: Exploring New Ways of Doing the Hard Work of Development

    Jake Wadland
    24 Apr 2015 | 6:07 pm
    GLOBAL DEVELOPMENT: WHAT SHOULD WE FOCUS ON AND HOW WILL WE MEASURE SUCCESS? THU, APRIL 16, 2015; 13:15 – 14:30 Could there be a bigger topic to tackle in one session at this year’s Forum? What should we do with our individual and collective energies and how do we measure success? Getting the greatest social good for every dollar spent doesn’t seem like a controversial goal, but if the answer doesn’t fit with your paradigm, then what? The presence of Graça Machel herself left little doubt that this is one of the most critical issues of the next decade. Where do we go from the…
  • FORUM2015: Can Old and New Technologies Come Together to Move Education Forward?

    Jake Wadland
    24 Apr 2015 | 3:52 pm
    LEVERAGING NEW AND OLD TECHNOLOGIES INTO TODAY’S EDUCATION MODELS WED, APRIL 15, 2015; 11:45 – 13:00 My first session at the 2015 Skoll World Forum was a delegate-led lunch discussion, “Leveraging New and Old Technologies into Today’s Education Models.” The session was packed – you couldn’t have fit another body in that room, a testament to the interest in the discussion that was about to unfold. World Literacy Foundation’s Director of Innovation, Alexandra Berrio, started us off with introductions all around. It was worth it to hear the variety of sectors and geographies…
  • Mobile Solutions for Urban Health Challenges

    Jake Wadland
    24 Apr 2015 | 2:52 pm
    In Kibera, a settlement within Nairobi, Kenya, one is enveloped by the fast-paced energy and constant buzz of activity, with shopkeepers displaying cloth, food stall owners preparing meals, and children in school uniforms rushing down the street. With up to a million people living within a five-kilometer radius, one is never really alone, but it is easy to feel lonely. Many people flock to cities seeking economic opportunities, and by most accounts, fare better than their rural counterparts. However, low-income city dwellers, especially women, are often vulnerable to the harsh realities of…
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    Echoing Green Blog

  • Social Impact Jobs April 2015

    Lara Galinsky
    21 Apr 2015 | 9:33 am
    Photo courtesy of  Fundibots At Echoing Green, we’re about to announce the Finalists for our 2015 class of Fellows. These Finalists, and all of our Fellows, represent an incredibly wide range of solutions to an incredibly wide range of social problems. In the Education sector, Eric Schwarz, 1995 Global Fellow and founder of Citizen Schools, is making an expanded day the new norm across America.  To improve the health and wellbeing of black girls and women, Morgan Dixon, 2013 Global Fellow and co-founder of GirlTrek, is mobilizing and inspiring women to walk for better health and to…
  • Bold in Action: Bringing Relief Where It’s Needed Most

    Scott Ballum Cohen
    20 Apr 2015 | 8:00 am
    “We didn't really know what to expect, to be honest...we’re hanging a spool that weighs 1,000 pounds from the back of a helicopter…” Meet 2013 Echoing Green Global Fellow Benjamin Cohen, co-founder and CEO of TOHL. Ben built TOHL to bring water to people in emergency situations in remote locations quickly and efficiently. Echoing Green helped him get on the ground, get his feet under him, and then get into the air. Learn more about Ben and Echoing Green’s Global Fellowship. This video is part of a weekly series of portraits of Echoing Green Fellows. Learn about their organizations,…
  • Bold in Action: Learning on the Job

    Scott Ballum Cohen
    13 Apr 2015 | 10:06 am
    “There’s a broken pipeline between school and work. We’re saying, for some students, let’s give them another option. For all students, let’s encourage real world learning.” Meet 2013 Echoing Green Fellow Kane Sarhan, co-founder of Enstitute. Kane’s early, exciting career opportunities led him and his co-founder to build the first national apprenticeship program for twenty-first century careers in technology, business, design and entrepreneurship. Learn more about Kane and Echoing Green’s Global Fellowship. This video is part of a weekly series of portraits of Echoing Green…
  • Mind the Gap: It's Time to Change the Investment Timeline for Emerging Social Enterprises

    Echoing Green
    7 Apr 2015 | 3:07 pm
    Photo courtesy of  Essmart By Cheryl L. Dorsey and Min Pease This article originally appeared on Skoll World Forum. There’s a lot of debate about what’s next for impact investment – will it go mainstream, or stay a niche market? Whatever happens, it’s clear that the landscape of social entrepreneurship has shifted dramatically in the last decade, and for-profit and hybrid business models are here to stay. We saw the impact of that shift at Echoing Green this year: our Fellowship applicant pool hit 50 percent proposing for-profit or hybrid models to address the world’s most pressing…
  • Bold in Action: Rocking the Boat

    Scott Ballum Cohen
    6 Apr 2015 | 8:44 am
    "I worked with a group of ten kids to build a little dinghy that we floated in the pool in the basement of the school at the end of the year—and it was just a fantastically exciting, empowering, inspiring project for all of us involved." Meet 1998 Echoing Green Global Fellow Adam Green, founder of Rocking the Boat. The organization owes its early start to the sense of purpose and value that Echoing Green brought to his work. Now hundreds of kids learning boat building and environmental science in the Bronx are benefiting from the very same thing from him. Learn more about Adam and Echoing…
 
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    Timbuktu Chronicles

  • Nanotechnology with LEGO2NANO

    Emeka Okafor
    25 Apr 2015 | 4:34 am
    Can we bring it to Africa? London Centre for Nanotechnology reports: We live in the age of nanotechnology. Scientists can now build structures one atom or molecule at a time, like children building with LEGO blocks. This is leading to completely new paradigms for the design and synthesis of materials: atom manipulation, molecular self-assembly, DNA origami, synthetic biology and nanoelectronics are commonplace in the laboratory. But for most non-scientists, nanotechnology sounds more like science fiction than something that affects their everyday lives. LEGO2NANO aims to change that. Starting…
  • Learning by doing in Brazil

    Emeka Okafor
    25 Apr 2015 | 3:00 am
    Over at the Makery, Fabien Eychenne writes: One of the best universities of Saõ Paulo is opening an engineering course with an integrated fablab that favours learning by prototyping. Makery went to see what it was all about.“Today, I made a prototype with a toothbrush head”, writes Alejandro Quiroga on his blog. © DRThe private university Insper in Saõ Paulo, that claims to be one of the best in the country, has just opened a new engineering course, the distinctive feature of which is to rely on the setting up of a fablab connected to the international network and having an open day at…
  • Getting kids excited about electronics

    Emeka Okafor
    24 Apr 2015 | 5:00 am
    From INK Talks: Technology educator Shashwat Ratan points out how the education system fails in teaching the fundamentals of technology in a way that sparks curiosity. Watch as Ratan demos ElecroBricks — low-cost electronics kits that do not need any programming or soldering skills — and a range of imaginative things kids have made using it.
  • “Makerspaces are the nurseries of collaborative models”

    Emeka Okafor
    24 Apr 2015 | 3:00 am
    Michel Bauwens in conversation with the Makery: In Burkina Faso, makers built their own fablab: Ouagalab. © OuagalabAre fablabs and other makerspaces fertile ground for the future emergence of a peer-to-peer model capable of “saving the world”?The emergence of democratic networks, which will soon allow 3 billion humans to contact each other “without permission”, to communicate, to organize themselves, but especially to create value together, was a primary condition to create a collaborative culture on a “global scale”. Through citizen productivity, it will be able to overtake the…
  • Attend The Active Matter Summit

    Emeka Okafor
    23 Apr 2015 | 7:57 pm
    Organized by the Self Assembly Lab - The Active Matter SummitIn recent decades, developments in software and hardware technologies have created dramatic shifts in design, manufacturing and research. Software technologies have facilitated automated process and new solutions for complex problems. Computation has also become a platform for creativity through generative art and design. New hardware platforms and digital fabrication technologies have similarly transformed manufacturing, offering more efficient production and mass customization. Such advances have helped catalyzed the…
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    Skoll World Forum on Social Entrepreneurship

  • FORUM2015: Impressions from the 2015 Skoll World Forum

    Jake Wadland
    24 Apr 2015 | 6:20 pm
    As the 2015 Skoll World Forum came to a close, I was struck by two themes that emerged in almost every session I attended. First, there is a desperate need to work across sectors, break down the silos and see the interconnectedness between the social, the economic and the environmental. Human life doesn’t operate in neat categories. If the nearby river water makes my daughter sick, I have to stay home from work. So is this the purview of the environmental, health or economic NGO? I would submit that the community itself actually needs to be empowered to identify and solve its own problems.
  • FORUM2015: The Power of Media for Social Impact

    Jake Wadland
    24 Apr 2015 | 6:14 pm
    THE STORY OF CHANGE: REVOLUTION BEGINS IN THE IMAGINATION THU, APRIL 16, 2015; 10:00 – 11:15 Humans have been telling stories since the beginning of time. Stories to teach, stories to entertain and often stories that do both. If liberation begins in the mind, then today’s storytellers have a central role to play in advancing life on planet Earth. “Belief” is the theme of the 2015 Skoll World Forum, and there is no more powerful way to establish, ignite or activate belief than through the power of story. This is the true power of media to change minds, challenge traditions and…
  • FORUM2015: Exploring New Ways of Doing the Hard Work of Development

    Jake Wadland
    24 Apr 2015 | 6:07 pm
    GLOBAL DEVELOPMENT: WHAT SHOULD WE FOCUS ON AND HOW WILL WE MEASURE SUCCESS? THU, APRIL 16, 2015; 13:15 – 14:30 Could there be a bigger topic to tackle in one session at this year’s Forum? What should we do with our individual and collective energies and how do we measure success? Getting the greatest social good for every dollar spent doesn’t seem like a controversial goal, but if the answer doesn’t fit with your paradigm, then what? The presence of Graça Machel herself left little doubt that this is one of the most critical issues of the next decade. Where do we go from the…
  • FORUM2015: Can Old and New Technologies Come Together to Move Education Forward?

    Jake Wadland
    24 Apr 2015 | 3:52 pm
    LEVERAGING NEW AND OLD TECHNOLOGIES INTO TODAY’S EDUCATION MODELS WED, APRIL 15, 2015; 11:45 – 13:00 My first session at the 2015 Skoll World Forum was a delegate-led lunch discussion, “Leveraging New and Old Technologies into Today’s Education Models.” The session was packed – you couldn’t have fit another body in that room, a testament to the interest in the discussion that was about to unfold. World Literacy Foundation’s Director of Innovation, Alexandra Berrio, started us off with introductions all around. It was worth it to hear the variety of sectors and geographies…
  • Mobile Solutions for Urban Health Challenges

    Jake Wadland
    24 Apr 2015 | 2:52 pm
    In Kibera, a settlement within Nairobi, Kenya, one is enveloped by the fast-paced energy and constant buzz of activity, with shopkeepers displaying cloth, food stall owners preparing meals, and children in school uniforms rushing down the street. With up to a million people living within a five-kilometer radius, one is never really alone, but it is easy to feel lonely. Many people flock to cities seeking economic opportunities, and by most accounts, fare better than their rural counterparts. However, low-income city dwellers, especially women, are often vulnerable to the harsh realities of…
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    Skoll World Forum on Social Entrepreneurship

  • FORUM2015: Impressions from the 2015 Skoll World Forum

    Jake Wadland
    24 Apr 2015 | 6:20 pm
    As the 2015 Skoll World Forum came to a close, I was struck by two themes that emerged in almost every session I attended. First, there is a desperate need to work across sectors, break down the silos and see the interconnectedness between the social, the economic and the environmental. Human life doesn’t operate in neat categories. If the nearby river water makes my daughter sick, I have to stay home from work. So is this the purview of the environmental, health or economic NGO? I would submit that the community itself actually needs to be empowered to identify and solve its own problems.
  • FORUM2015: The Power of Media for Social Impact

    Jake Wadland
    24 Apr 2015 | 6:14 pm
    THE STORY OF CHANGE: REVOLUTION BEGINS IN THE IMAGINATION THU, APRIL 16, 2015; 10:00 – 11:15 Humans have been telling stories since the beginning of time. Stories to teach, stories to entertain and often stories that do both. If liberation begins in the mind, then today’s storytellers have a central role to play in advancing life on planet Earth. “Belief” is the theme of the 2015 Skoll World Forum, and there is no more powerful way to establish, ignite or activate belief than through the power of story. This is the true power of media to change minds, challenge traditions and…
  • FORUM2015: Exploring New Ways of Doing the Hard Work of Development

    Jake Wadland
    24 Apr 2015 | 6:07 pm
    GLOBAL DEVELOPMENT: WHAT SHOULD WE FOCUS ON AND HOW WILL WE MEASURE SUCCESS? THU, APRIL 16, 2015; 13:15 – 14:30 Could there be a bigger topic to tackle in one session at this year’s Forum? What should we do with our individual and collective energies and how do we measure success? Getting the greatest social good for every dollar spent doesn’t seem like a controversial goal, but if the answer doesn’t fit with your paradigm, then what? The presence of Graça Machel herself left little doubt that this is one of the most critical issues of the next decade. Where do we go from the…
  • FORUM2015: Can Old and New Technologies Come Together to Move Education Forward?

    Jake Wadland
    24 Apr 2015 | 3:52 pm
    LEVERAGING NEW AND OLD TECHNOLOGIES INTO TODAY’S EDUCATION MODELS WED, APRIL 15, 2015; 11:45 – 13:00 My first session at the 2015 Skoll World Forum was a delegate-led lunch discussion, “Leveraging New and Old Technologies into Today’s Education Models.” The session was packed – you couldn’t have fit another body in that room, a testament to the interest in the discussion that was about to unfold. World Literacy Foundation’s Director of Innovation, Alexandra Berrio, started us off with introductions all around. It was worth it to hear the variety of sectors and geographies…
  • Mobile Solutions for Urban Health Challenges

    Jake Wadland
    24 Apr 2015 | 2:52 pm
    In Kibera, a settlement within Nairobi, Kenya, one is enveloped by the fast-paced energy and constant buzz of activity, with shopkeepers displaying cloth, food stall owners preparing meals, and children in school uniforms rushing down the street. With up to a million people living within a five-kilometer radius, one is never really alone, but it is easy to feel lonely. Many people flock to cities seeking economic opportunities, and by most accounts, fare better than their rural counterparts. However, low-income city dwellers, especially women, are often vulnerable to the harsh realities of…
 
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    Skoll World Forum on Social Entrepreneurship

  • FORUM2015: Impressions from the 2015 Skoll World Forum

    Jake Wadland
    24 Apr 2015 | 6:20 pm
    As the 2015 Skoll World Forum came to a close, I was struck by two themes that emerged in almost every session I attended. First, there is a desperate need to work across sectors, break down the silos and see the interconnectedness between the social, the economic and the environmental. Human life doesn’t operate in neat categories. If the nearby river water makes my daughter sick, I have to stay home from work. So is this the purview of the environmental, health or economic NGO? I would submit that the community itself actually needs to be empowered to identify and solve its own problems.
  • FORUM2015: The Power of Media for Social Impact

    Jake Wadland
    24 Apr 2015 | 6:14 pm
    THE STORY OF CHANGE: REVOLUTION BEGINS IN THE IMAGINATION THU, APRIL 16, 2015; 10:00 – 11:15 Humans have been telling stories since the beginning of time. Stories to teach, stories to entertain and often stories that do both. If liberation begins in the mind, then today’s storytellers have a central role to play in advancing life on planet Earth. “Belief” is the theme of the 2015 Skoll World Forum, and there is no more powerful way to establish, ignite or activate belief than through the power of story. This is the true power of media to change minds, challenge traditions and…
  • FORUM2015: Exploring New Ways of Doing the Hard Work of Development

    Jake Wadland
    24 Apr 2015 | 6:07 pm
    GLOBAL DEVELOPMENT: WHAT SHOULD WE FOCUS ON AND HOW WILL WE MEASURE SUCCESS? THU, APRIL 16, 2015; 13:15 – 14:30 Could there be a bigger topic to tackle in one session at this year’s Forum? What should we do with our individual and collective energies and how do we measure success? Getting the greatest social good for every dollar spent doesn’t seem like a controversial goal, but if the answer doesn’t fit with your paradigm, then what? The presence of Graça Machel herself left little doubt that this is one of the most critical issues of the next decade. Where do we go from the…
  • FORUM2015: Can Old and New Technologies Come Together to Move Education Forward?

    Jake Wadland
    24 Apr 2015 | 3:52 pm
    LEVERAGING NEW AND OLD TECHNOLOGIES INTO TODAY’S EDUCATION MODELS WED, APRIL 15, 2015; 11:45 – 13:00 My first session at the 2015 Skoll World Forum was a delegate-led lunch discussion, “Leveraging New and Old Technologies into Today’s Education Models.” The session was packed – you couldn’t have fit another body in that room, a testament to the interest in the discussion that was about to unfold. World Literacy Foundation’s Director of Innovation, Alexandra Berrio, started us off with introductions all around. It was worth it to hear the variety of sectors and geographies…
  • Mobile Solutions for Urban Health Challenges

    Jake Wadland
    24 Apr 2015 | 2:52 pm
    In Kibera, a settlement within Nairobi, Kenya, one is enveloped by the fast-paced energy and constant buzz of activity, with shopkeepers displaying cloth, food stall owners preparing meals, and children in school uniforms rushing down the street. With up to a million people living within a five-kilometer radius, one is never really alone, but it is easy to feel lonely. Many people flock to cities seeking economic opportunities, and by most accounts, fare better than their rural counterparts. However, low-income city dwellers, especially women, are often vulnerable to the harsh realities of…
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    Skoll World Forum on Social Entrepreneurship

  • FORUM2015: Impressions from the 2015 Skoll World Forum

    Jake Wadland
    24 Apr 2015 | 6:20 pm
    As the 2015 Skoll World Forum came to a close, I was struck by two themes that emerged in almost every session I attended. First, there is a desperate need to work across sectors, break down the silos and see the interconnectedness between the social, the economic and the environmental. Human life doesn’t operate in neat categories. If the nearby river water makes my daughter sick, I have to stay home from work. So is this the purview of the environmental, health or economic NGO? I would submit that the community itself actually needs to be empowered to identify and solve its own problems.
  • FORUM2015: The Power of Media for Social Impact

    Jake Wadland
    24 Apr 2015 | 6:14 pm
    THE STORY OF CHANGE: REVOLUTION BEGINS IN THE IMAGINATION THU, APRIL 16, 2015; 10:00 – 11:15 Humans have been telling stories since the beginning of time. Stories to teach, stories to entertain and often stories that do both. If liberation begins in the mind, then today’s storytellers have a central role to play in advancing life on planet Earth. “Belief” is the theme of the 2015 Skoll World Forum, and there is no more powerful way to establish, ignite or activate belief than through the power of story. This is the true power of media to change minds, challenge traditions and…
  • FORUM2015: Exploring New Ways of Doing the Hard Work of Development

    Jake Wadland
    24 Apr 2015 | 6:07 pm
    GLOBAL DEVELOPMENT: WHAT SHOULD WE FOCUS ON AND HOW WILL WE MEASURE SUCCESS? THU, APRIL 16, 2015; 13:15 – 14:30 Could there be a bigger topic to tackle in one session at this year’s Forum? What should we do with our individual and collective energies and how do we measure success? Getting the greatest social good for every dollar spent doesn’t seem like a controversial goal, but if the answer doesn’t fit with your paradigm, then what? The presence of Graça Machel herself left little doubt that this is one of the most critical issues of the next decade. Where do we go from the…
  • FORUM2015: Can Old and New Technologies Come Together to Move Education Forward?

    Jake Wadland
    24 Apr 2015 | 3:52 pm
    LEVERAGING NEW AND OLD TECHNOLOGIES INTO TODAY’S EDUCATION MODELS WED, APRIL 15, 2015; 11:45 – 13:00 My first session at the 2015 Skoll World Forum was a delegate-led lunch discussion, “Leveraging New and Old Technologies into Today’s Education Models.” The session was packed – you couldn’t have fit another body in that room, a testament to the interest in the discussion that was about to unfold. World Literacy Foundation’s Director of Innovation, Alexandra Berrio, started us off with introductions all around. It was worth it to hear the variety of sectors and geographies…
  • Mobile Solutions for Urban Health Challenges

    Jake Wadland
    24 Apr 2015 | 2:52 pm
    In Kibera, a settlement within Nairobi, Kenya, one is enveloped by the fast-paced energy and constant buzz of activity, with shopkeepers displaying cloth, food stall owners preparing meals, and children in school uniforms rushing down the street. With up to a million people living within a five-kilometer radius, one is never really alone, but it is easy to feel lonely. Many people flock to cities seeking economic opportunities, and by most accounts, fare better than their rural counterparts. However, low-income city dwellers, especially women, are often vulnerable to the harsh realities of…
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    Skoll World Forum on Social Entrepreneurship

  • FORUM2015: Impressions from the 2015 Skoll World Forum

    Jake Wadland
    24 Apr 2015 | 6:20 pm
    As the 2015 Skoll World Forum came to a close, I was struck by two themes that emerged in almost every session I attended. First, there is a desperate need to work across sectors, break down the silos and see the interconnectedness between the social, the economic and the environmental. Human life doesn’t operate in neat categories. If the nearby river water makes my daughter sick, I have to stay home from work. So is this the purview of the environmental, health or economic NGO? I would submit that the community itself actually needs to be empowered to identify and solve its own problems.
  • FORUM2015: The Power of Media for Social Impact

    Jake Wadland
    24 Apr 2015 | 6:14 pm
    THE STORY OF CHANGE: REVOLUTION BEGINS IN THE IMAGINATION THU, APRIL 16, 2015; 10:00 – 11:15 Humans have been telling stories since the beginning of time. Stories to teach, stories to entertain and often stories that do both. If liberation begins in the mind, then today’s storytellers have a central role to play in advancing life on planet Earth. “Belief” is the theme of the 2015 Skoll World Forum, and there is no more powerful way to establish, ignite or activate belief than through the power of story. This is the true power of media to change minds, challenge traditions and…
  • FORUM2015: Exploring New Ways of Doing the Hard Work of Development

    Jake Wadland
    24 Apr 2015 | 6:07 pm
    GLOBAL DEVELOPMENT: WHAT SHOULD WE FOCUS ON AND HOW WILL WE MEASURE SUCCESS? THU, APRIL 16, 2015; 13:15 – 14:30 Could there be a bigger topic to tackle in one session at this year’s Forum? What should we do with our individual and collective energies and how do we measure success? Getting the greatest social good for every dollar spent doesn’t seem like a controversial goal, but if the answer doesn’t fit with your paradigm, then what? The presence of Graça Machel herself left little doubt that this is one of the most critical issues of the next decade. Where do we go from the…
  • FORUM2015: Can Old and New Technologies Come Together to Move Education Forward?

    Jake Wadland
    24 Apr 2015 | 3:52 pm
    LEVERAGING NEW AND OLD TECHNOLOGIES INTO TODAY’S EDUCATION MODELS WED, APRIL 15, 2015; 11:45 – 13:00 My first session at the 2015 Skoll World Forum was a delegate-led lunch discussion, “Leveraging New and Old Technologies into Today’s Education Models.” The session was packed – you couldn’t have fit another body in that room, a testament to the interest in the discussion that was about to unfold. World Literacy Foundation’s Director of Innovation, Alexandra Berrio, started us off with introductions all around. It was worth it to hear the variety of sectors and geographies…
  • Mobile Solutions for Urban Health Challenges

    Jake Wadland
    24 Apr 2015 | 2:52 pm
    In Kibera, a settlement within Nairobi, Kenya, one is enveloped by the fast-paced energy and constant buzz of activity, with shopkeepers displaying cloth, food stall owners preparing meals, and children in school uniforms rushing down the street. With up to a million people living within a five-kilometer radius, one is never really alone, but it is easy to feel lonely. Many people flock to cities seeking economic opportunities, and by most accounts, fare better than their rural counterparts. However, low-income city dwellers, especially women, are often vulnerable to the harsh realities of…
 
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    From Poverty to Power

  • Here are some of the books that changed my life. What are yours?

    Duncan Green
    23 Apr 2015 | 11:30 pm
    I had a wonderfully self-indulgent day yesterday, spent in springtime Barcelona to give a talk on ‘the books that changed my Saint George selling roses life’, invited by ISGlobal, a health thinktank. The occasion was St George’s Day, when in Catalunya, the tradition is for men to give women a rose, and women give men a book. I know. Apparently the gender division has weakened a bit, with women getting books, but not many men get roses. Anyway, the streets of the city were were heaving with people and littered with stalls, bedecked in the red and yellow stripes of the Catalan flag,…
  • Lifting the lid on the household: A new way to measure individual deprivation

    Duncan Green
    22 Apr 2015 | 11:30 pm
    Guest post on an important new initiative from Scott Wisor, Joanne Crawford, Sharon Bessell and Janet Hunt You don’t have to look far to find assertions that up to 70% of the world’s poor are women ‑ despite Duncan’s efforts to show But how to measure it?   that the claim cannot be substantiated. Just last month, ONE launched a new campaign called “Poverty is Sexist”, drawing on star power to bring attention to the issue of women’s poverty. ONE didn’t use the 70% stat, but implied that poverty is feminized. Yet the reality is that it is still not possible to say whether…
  • Scale, Failure, Replication and Gardening: Continuing the Discussion on the future of Big Aid.

    Duncan Green
    21 Apr 2015 | 11:30 pm
    Or should that be beautiful? I’ve been having a series of great conversations on the draft of my new paperon the future of INGOs (plenty of time if you want to comment – here it is INGO futures, Green v5 April 2015 (edited)). Some of these have been under Chatham House Rules, so no names/organizations, but here are some of the standout topics that have emerged so far: Scale: It’s all very well to ask ‘how do you take a supertanker white-water rafting?’ and suggest that big can be bad (slow moving, bogged down in procedures, conservative), but size also brings clear advantages. Scale…
  • Is a Data Revolution under way, and if so, who will benefit?

    Duncan Green
    20 Apr 2015 | 11:30 pm
    Guest post from the beach big Data Festival in Cartagena, Colombia, by Oxfam’s Head of Research and paid up member of the numerati, Ricardo Fuentes-Nieva (@rivefuentes) A spectre is haunting the hallways of the international bureaucracy and national statistical offices – the spectre of the data revolution.  Now, that might suggest a contradiction in terms or the butt of a joke – it’s hard to imagine a platoon of bespectacled statisticians with laptops and GIS devices toppling governments. But something important is indeed happening – let me try and convince you. A new…
  • Links I Liked

    Duncan Green
    19 Apr 2015 | 11:30 pm
    China and the West: Not bad for a text written 113 years ago [h/t Branko Milanovic]. ‘The road to development is paved with bad inventions’. Excellent Ben Ramalingam blog on Innovation ‘How to get governments and aid organizations to adapt to the good and throw out the bad?’ Chris Blattman riffs on a Dani Rodrik interview States are actually responsible for a huge amount of tech innovation, but currently they socialize the risks, and privatize the rewards. What to do? Brilliant from Mariana Mazzucato The World Bank breaks its own rules as 3.4 million people are forced off their…
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    CIPE Development Blog

  • How Multi-Stakeholder Platforms Help Build an Enabling Environment for Business

    Stephanie Bandyk
    22 Apr 2015 | 11:26 am
    “The work of development is too important to be left in the hands of governments alone. It is the responsibility of everyone. Especially the business community… Business, like governments, will have to be at the forefront of this change. No one can do it alone.” In the latest Economic Reform Feature Service article, CIPE partner and Chief Executive Officer of the Kenya Association of...
  • Libya or Tunisia: Who Needs the Other More?

    Guest
    17 Apr 2015 | 10:52 am
    The Libyan conflict is not only causing tens of thousands of deaths, destroying a society, and wiping out a state. It also is spilling over into Tunisia, destabilizing its internal equilibrium, redefining cross-border interactions, and affecting all neighboring countries in the Maghreb. Continue reading →
  • Supporting Small Business in Ukraine

    Rachel Grossman
    16 Apr 2015 | 8:19 am
    More than a year after the EuroMaidan protests took the world by surprise, Ukraine’s political and economic struggles continue. Developments in the country since the new government came to power highlight the ongoing challenges of systemic overhaul following an exciting, rapid transition. These challenges clearly illustrate the link between democratic development and economic reform, so central...
  • How Can Youth Make a Difference in Democratic Reform?

    Frank Stroker
    14 Apr 2015 | 9:16 am
    While young people tend to be the most active participants in movements for democratic change, their involvement is often confined to staging demonstrations and other similar activist activities. However, in order for democratic reform -- or any reform for that matter -- to be meaningful and sustainable, youth must not only be involved in demonstrations, but also in the decision making processes...
  • Celebrating Ronald Coase’s Legacy with Practical Approaches to Economic Reform

    Jon Custer
    8 Apr 2015 | 2:34 pm
    Ronald Coase was one of the most influential economists of the 20th century. As important as his theoretical contributions was the simple but profound idea of moving away from "blackboard economics" to look at real-world problems and how institutions actually work. This is an insight that informs our work at CIPE, and which influenced many new ideas and approaches in economics over Coase's long...
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    ODI Opinion

  • Senior-level Course on Conflict and Humanitarian Response

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

    21 May 2015 | 12:00 am
    ​Join us for the UK launch of the flagship report 'The data revolution: finding the missing millions', with a panel debate on the data revolution, the importance of data for development and how the data revolution can be used to help the world's poorest people.
  • Girls' and women's rights: progress under threat in a fragile world?

    15 May 2015 | 12:00 am
    ​Awarded the 2003 Nobel Peace Prize for her efforts to promote human rights,Dr Shirin Ebadi, one of the first female judges in Iran, delivers the keynote speech at the third event in our #GlobalChallenges series. 
  • How tackling climate change will help achieve the Sustainable Development Goals

    14 May 2015 | 12:00 am
    Hosted by CDKN, economists from Metroeconomica and HR Wallingford launch the findings of their recent research on how tackling climate change will help achieve the Sustainable Development Goals.
  • Europe's migrant crisis: what can be done?

    30 Apr 2015 | 12:00 am
    ​This year has already seen more than 1,750 migrants die in the Mediterranean as thousands attempt to flee Africa and the Middle East for Europe - what can be done to stop the soaring death rate?
 
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    Dani Rodrik's weblog

  • Turkish economic myths

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

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

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

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

    Dani Rodrik
    15 Oct 2014 | 7:15 am
    I gave a talk yesterday on New Growth Strategies at the World Bank, which was more or less an elaboration of this short piece. I argued that industrialization had pretty much run out of steam as a growth strategy, that services would need to be the focus going forward, and that this required in turn a different policy mindset about how to increase productivity. In particular, I argued that policies focusing on generating a sequence of sectoral “winners,” which worked so  well in manufacturing (garments to car seats to cars to electronics), would have much smaller payoff in services,…
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    PHILANTHROPY 2173

  • Digital sabbatical

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

  • Welcoming Naeem Zamindar as Acumen’s new Pakistan Director

    Acumen
    23 Apr 2015 | 7:32 am
    We are pleased to announce Naeem Zamindar as Acumen’s new Pakistan Country Director. Naeem joins Acumen from his consulting company, Zamindar Capital, which he founded in 2009 to help companies leverage technology to accelerate social and economic development. His 25-year career combines experience in venture capital with multiple high-level operational and leadership roles. Naeem worked at Intel Capital in Silicon Valley, helping build companies in the digital, new media and wireless broadband space. In Pakistan, he was CEO of Wateen Telecom, where he engineered a turnaround, taking the…
  • Catalyzing the Growth of Social Enterprises with SAP

    Acumen
    21 Apr 2015 | 8:47 pm
    To accelerate the growth of our social enterprises in East Africa and India, we have joined forces with global business software leader SAP. Leveraging SAP’s technology and global business expertise, this unique collaboration will bring together Acumen entrepreneurs working in different sectors and countries to deepen their business capabilities and expand access to solutions to help them address global poverty. At the core of the collaboration is the Social Entrepreneur Fellowship, a 100-day program that centers on the development of a strategic plan for scale. The CEOs from companies…
  • Joining Forces To Further Our Impact

    Acumen
    6 Apr 2015 | 10:31 am
    This article was co-authored with LGT Venture Philanthropy. Measuring impact has been a hot topic this year in the impact investing community. Yet much of the conversation remains at theory more than practice. Indeed measuring social impact can seem daunting for investors better versed in financial models than quantifying social outcomes and, as a result, few investors as well as entrepreneurs are extracting useful data that can help manage both their social and financial performance. With this in mind, Acumen and LGT Venture Philanthropy joined forces recently to learn more about how our…
  • Quarterly update letter on Acumen’s birthday

    Jacqueline Novogratz
    1 Apr 2015 | 5:00 am
    It doesn’t yet feel like springtime in New York, but this time of year always brings a sense of renewal, of possibility. April 1 marks Acumen’s 14th birthday, a fact I find hard to believe. Each year, I take stock of what we have accomplished and learned, how the world has changed—and how we have changed. This year, I could write a book for all that is happening. I will spare you such length and instead focus on just a few highlights. Fourteen years ago, we set out to change the way the world tackles poverty by taking an investment approach to solving problems of service delivery to the…
  • 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…
 
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    Women's World Banking

  • Cocktails and Conversation: Women’s Leadership in the Global Economy

    Gayle Gatchalian
    24 Apr 2015 | 11:25 am
    The post Cocktails and Conversation: Women’s Leadership in the Global Economy appeared first on Women's World Banking.
  • Why we should all #BankOnHer

    Gayle Gatchalian
    19 Apr 2015 | 10:50 pm
    April 20, 2015 By Karen Miller, Chief Knowledge and Communications Officer As we saw last week with the announcement of the Global Findex 2014, more women and men have access to formal financial services but the gender gap persists. At Women’s World Banking, we are often amazed to be present at events where financial inclusion is discussed and the opportunity to address women’s needs isn’t addressed at all. This is a severe oversight that has tremendous implications for global economic development and prosperity. There are 2 million adults globally who are “unbanked,” meaning they…
  • Our foundation for better serving low-income women: Research

    Gayle Gatchalian
    19 Apr 2015 | 9:20 pm
    April 20, 2015 By Jaclyn Berford, Specialist, Research, Monitoring and Evaluation When Women’s World Banking launched a new strategy in 2014, we reaffirmed our commitment to ensure that the largest number of low-income women are served well with innovative financial products and services. We knew that in order to accomplish this, we needed a new team that could keep us on track to reach this ambitious goal. Thus, a new department was formed that would lead the charge in terms of understanding the needs of 1.3 billion women worldwide who remain outside the formal financial system. The new…
  • Diamond Bank CEO Uzoma Dozie on our BETA Savings project

    Gayle Gatchalian
    16 Apr 2015 | 6:53 am
    Produced by Diamond Bank (2015) The post Diamond Bank CEO Uzoma Dozie on our BETA Savings project appeared first on Women's World Banking.
  • Press Release: Women’s World Banking gathers 14 leaders from around the world to kick off Leadership and Diversity for Innovation Program

    Maura Hart
    15 Apr 2015 | 7:57 am
    NEW YORK – Women’s World Banking is welcoming 14 senior leaders from financial institutions around the world to New York this week, kicking off a one-year Leadership and Diversity for Innovation Program. The three-day forum is the first phase of a signature program by Women’s World Banking, implemented in partnership with Credit Suisse with additional support from the Cisco Foundation, for senior leaders and a high-potential female employee from each of their institutions. All two-person teams from participating institutions will identify and solve a real-time challenge facing their…
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    Ideas for development

  • Ebola : comment s’adapter à une épidémie qui dure ?

    Idées pour le développement
    24 Apr 2015 | 1:21 am
    Les échanges ont été animés par Claire Hédon, journaliste à RFI. Sont intervenus Rony Brauman, ancien président de Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) et directeur de recherche à la... Cet article Ebola : comment s’adapter à une épidémie qui dure ? est apparu en premier sur Ideas for development.
  • La corruption à rebours de l’intérêt économique !

    Nathalie Delapalme
    23 Apr 2015 | 3:21 am
    Dans quelle mesure la lutte pour la bonne gouvernance et la lutte contre la corruption sont-elles liées ? Pour la Fondation Mo Ibrahim, la lutte contre... Cet article La corruption à rebours de l’intérêt économique ! est apparu en premier sur Ideas for development.
  • Ghana : quel modèle de développement à moyen terme ?

    Clémence Vergne
    21 Apr 2015 | 3:13 am
    Une transformation structurelle de l’économie relativement modérée Après être restée relativement stable de 1970 à 1990, la structure de production de l’économie ghanéenne s’est progressivement... Cet article Ghana : quel modèle de développement à moyen terme ? est apparu en premier sur Ideas for development.
  • Quelle(s) politique(s) pour répondre au défi de la précarité urbaine ?

    Idées pour le développement
    16 Apr 2015 | 3:24 am
    Ces échanges ont été animés  par Emmanuelle Bastide, journaliste à RFI. Sont intervenus Agnès Deboulet, professeur de sociologie urbaine à  Paris 8 Vincennes-Saint-Denis et membre du Centre... Cet article Quelle(s) politique(s) pour répondre au défi de la précarité urbaine ? est apparu en premier sur Ideas for development.
  • La crise centrafricaine : c’est une question de confiance !

    Shérazade Gatfaoui
    14 Apr 2015 | 4:16 am
    Situation d’urgence en Centrafrique La communauté internationale a été amenée, depuis l’offensive (en décembre 2012) puis la prise de pouvoir par la SELEKA (en mars... Cet article La crise centrafricaine : c’est une question de confiance ! est apparu en premier sur Ideas for development.
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    (BLOG)RED

  • Rethinking the way we approach HIV/AIDS in girls and young women

    24 Apr 2015 | 10:54 am
    This is a guest blog post from Cornelia Lluberes & ONE. Photo: PEPFARWith over 1,000 new infections each day, young women and adolescent girls are the biggest risk group for HIV infection in the world. Nowhere is this risk greater than sub Saharan Africa, where girls account for 80% of all new infections among adolescents, and HIV/AIDS is the leading cause of death for girls and women age 15-49. Despite these stark numbers, policymakers in the HIV/AIDS community have historically neglected young women, often positioning them as an afterthought. What has resulted, in the words of…
  • (RED) Festival Essentials

    10 Apr 2015 | 9:45 am
    Heading to Coachella or another music festival this summer? Shop (RED) festival essentials that fight AIDS:INSPI(RED) Women's T-Shirt: http://bit.ly/1nWXMKuINSPI(RED) Men's T-Shirt: http://bit.ly/1awk6LFBottletop (RED) Kristina Bag: http://bit.ly/1CzTD6iONE and (RED) beaded bracelet: http://bit.ly/1NZGFFcBeats by Dre (RED) Solo 2 Headphones: http://bit.ly/1DC5kjr(RED) iPhone 6 Leather Case: http://bit.ly/1DskKFbGIRL (RED) Desert Circle T-Shirt: http://bit.ly/1GxmhfP(RED) iPhone 6 Silicone Case: http://bit.ly/1IzKMtemophie (RED) juice pack…
  • 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…
 
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    ONE

  • What makes societies happy?

    David Kortava
    24 Apr 2015 | 10:47 am
    The idea that the happiness of people should be a goal of public policy is not new. As early as 1809, Thomas Jefferson stated publicly his belief that “the care of human life and happiness… is the only legitimate object of good government.” And yet, for the lion’s share of human history, we have gauged societal wellbeing according to much cruder metrics, like national income. Of course, what makes people richer and what enables their flourishing are not always one and the same, and it’s encouraging that policymakers from the Kingdom of Bhutan to Santa Monica, California are…
  • 8 things you need to know about malaria

    Clea Guy-Allen
    24 Apr 2015 | 8:45 am
    Mosquitos aren’t popular; there is no getting around that. They’re not only annoying pests, but they also help spread a fatal disease. Malaria is often seen as a disease that only exists in parts of the world, but did you know that nearly half of the world’s population are at risk of contracting it?! That’s 3.2 billion people who don’t have access to resources to protect them from these 6-legged creatures. While that’s a scary number, great donors, like the Global Fund, have helped reduce the mortality rate from malaria by 47% since 2000! This World Malaria…
  • Girl power: rethinking the way we approach HIV/AIDS in girls and young women

    Cornelia Lluberes
    24 Apr 2015 | 6:39 am
    Photo credit: PEPFAR With over 1,000 new infections each day, young women and adolescent girls are the biggest risk group for HIV infection in the world. Nowhere is this risk greater than sub Saharan Africa, where girls account for 80% of all new infections among adolescents, and HIV/AIDS is the leading cause of death for girls and women age 15-49. Despite these stark numbers, policymakers in the HIV/AIDS community have historically neglected young women, often positioning them as an afterthought. What has resulted, in the words of Global Fund Executive Director Mark Dybul, is a…
  • 9 ethically-made gifts your mom will love

    Stephanie Walstrom
    23 Apr 2015 | 8:20 am
    Mother’s Day is just around the corner—May 10th—and we want to make sure you’re celebrating the women in your life with presents that make a positive impact in developing countries. All of these products are ethically made, and most were crafted by artisans in Africa. Click each link to learn more about how the items were produced and where the proceeds go! MADE Evii Brass Earrings ($40) Indego Africa Pom Basket ($40) fashionABLE Rita Scarf ($54) Indego Africa Sweetgrass Bangle Set ($36) EDUN African Thumbprint Shirt ($30) Raven + Lily Bracelet  Set ($14) FEED Laptop Case ($38)…
  • The power of Solutions Journalism: a conversation with Investigative Reporter Tina Rosenberg

    David Kortava
    22 Apr 2015 | 12:33 pm
    This post is part of ONE’s “Reporter Perspectives: Covering Africa” blog series. Investigative journalists have long seen themselves as watchdogs whose principle duty is to expose corruption, uncover human rights abuses, and hold the bad guys accountable. By spotlighting wrongdoing, these problem-oriented reporters perform an indispensable service to society. A classic example is Uptown Sinclair’s investigation of the unsafe and unsanitary conditions of the American meatpacking industry, which spurred major reforms during the early twentieth century. But if a journalist’s job is to…
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    The Change Blog

  • How I Silenced My Internal Judge & Became a Writer

    Laura Coe
    23 Apr 2015 | 4:48 am
    Charlotte: “I just don’t know what I’m supposed to be.” Bob: “You’ll figure that out. The more you know who you are, and what you want, the less you let things upset you.” -Lost in Translation, 2003 One of the hardest things I’ve ever done is give a piece of my writing to my parents. It sounds so inconsequential, so small, and yet, it was one of the many steps that I took to feel sane, to feel okay, and to – yes – actually keep writing. But why did I immediately want to recoil as soon as I gave them my work? Why would anybody? It’s simple:…
  • From Darkness to Light: My Story of Choosing Happiness

    Malinda Shultice
    22 Apr 2015 | 6:08 am
    “For every minute you are angry you lose sixty seconds of happiness.” ― Ralph Waldo Emerson The world works in mysterious ways; never in my wildest dreams would I have ever thought to find myself experiencing the loss of a child. Growing up, it almost seemed like the world was made of marshmallows and bad things only happened in the movies. So when my daughter died, my life came to a halt. My ideals changed and I became cynical, dismal and felt very sorry for myself. I lost who I was and everything that I had ever wanted in life seemed to dissipate with her loss. And I would like to say…
  • Caught by Anger? Try the Intelligent Approach.

    Gail Brenner
    16 Apr 2015 | 4:38 am
    “The single clenched fist lifted and ready, or the open hand held out and waiting. Choose: For we meet by one or the other.” — Carl Sandburg In my practice as a psychotherapist, I’ve seen people experience so much pain around anger and it breaks my heart. It’s an emotion that either sits in us like a cancer eating away at our happiness and peace, or it explodes out into our closest relationships causing distress and disharmony to all involved. And it’s not just the anger. When we come to our senses, we’re often consumed with shame and regret about how we’ve…
  • How Living Abroad Helped Me Grow and Change My Life

    Igor Tomic
    15 Apr 2015 | 4:41 am
    “To travel is to take a journey into yourself.” - Danny Kaye This is my sixth life. Or is it seventh? When we move to a new city, especially if it’s abroad, it often feels like we started living a completely new life. Like we are a different person compared to the one that left home. Living in a foreign place feels much different than going there as a tourist. As a tourist, it seems much harder to experience the way the foreign culture breaths and it’s much harder to find the nooks and crannies which locals are well aware of. But immersing myself in another culture…
  • Embracing My Individuality

    Yvonne Kariba
    14 Apr 2015 | 4:41 am
    “Why are you trying so hard to fit in, when you’re born to stand out?” – Oliver James Nearly 15 years ago, I made the decision to shave off all my hair despite knowing very well that I would be going against the grain and belief that a woman’s hair is her crowning glory. I didn’t do it to be rebellious or to make a fashion statement of some sort, but more so because I was really tired of having bad hair days and allowing my hair define and control me. I was amazed and a little overwhelmed by all the attention this one decision garnered. People were very receptive of this…
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    SocialEarth

  • Feeding The World: Net Impact’s SolutionsLab at Tufts University

    Guest Author
    24 Apr 2015 | 1:07 pm
    Net Impact kicked off a new series of events on April 17, aimed at engaging students in tri-sector efforts to craft solutions for the world’s most pressing social issues. The [...] The post Feeding The World: Net Impact’s SolutionsLab at Tufts University appeared first on SocialEarth.
  • Innovative Energy Storage Companies Get Big Financial Backers

    Vikas Vij
    24 Apr 2015 | 5:17 am
    In 2014, wind turbines accounted for 45 percent of new power production in the U.S., while solar made up more than a third of the world’s fresh energy capacity. However, [...] The post Innovative Energy Storage Companies Get Big Financial Backers appeared first on SocialEarth.
  • New Book Makes Business Case for Solving Asia’s Environmental Challenges

    Vikas Vij
    24 Apr 2015 | 2:14 am
    In Asia, a number of leading companies have embraced environmentally sustainable business practices, but many more still need to catch up. The governments in Asia can play a key role [...] The post New Book Makes Business Case for Solving Asia’s Environmental Challenges appeared first on SocialEarth.
  • PwC Offers Free Online Courses to Promote Financial Literacy

    Vikas Vij
    23 Apr 2015 | 5:19 am
    Financial literacy is not only the key to a nation’s economic progress, but also serves as a crucial tool in the battle against economic inequality. The IMF chief, Christine Lagarde, [...] The post PwC Offers Free Online Courses to Promote Financial Literacy appeared first on SocialEarth.
  • PwC’s “Earn Your Future” Recognised As A Game Changer For American Students

    Sangeeta Haindl
    23 Apr 2015 | 2:49 am
    April is National Financial Capability Month in the States, aiming to give all Americans the tools to navigate the financial world and gain economic freedom to pursue their own dreams [...] The post PwC’s “Earn Your Future” Recognised As A Game Changer For American Students appeared first on SocialEarth.
 
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    Social Velocity

  • Choosing to Make the World a Better Place

    Nell Edgington
    23 Apr 2015 | 6:43 am
    Every once in awhile David Brooks, columnist for the New York Times, gets it really right. His piece earlier this month, The Moral Bucket List, is a sharp departure from his usual political and social commentary. He went (shockingly) a bit spiritual. And the result is profound. Brooks describes a type of enlightened person who has made a conscious choice to shun the materialistic rat race which often defines our country. This person has chosen to make a significant contribution to the world beyond them. As he puts it: “People on the road to inner light do not find their…
  • Courageous, Adaptive Nonprofit Leadership: Pillar 1

    Nell Edgington
    16 Apr 2015 | 5:48 am
    As I mentioned last month, the Leap Ambassadors (of which I am a member) recently released the Performance Imperative, a detailed definition of a high-performing nonprofit. Because I think the Performance Imperative is so important and every nonprofit leader should understand it and begin to use it, today I am kicking off a series to describe, one-by-one, each of the seven pillars of the Performance Imperative. I think the Performance Imperative is so exciting because it can serve as a north star to the nonprofit sector, helping organizations analyze their own performance and create a…
  • The Nonprofit Sector’s Crisis of Confidence

    Nell Edgington
    14 Apr 2015 | 7:27 am
    I sometimes wonder how many of the nonprofit sector’s challenges stem from a fundamental lack of confidence. Don’t get me wrong, there are deep structural dysfunctions at play in the nonprofit sector. The sector is held back by a lack of adequate financial resources and an on-going grantor/grantee power imbalance, to name just two. But how much is a lack of nonprofit leader confidence also to blame? How much further could we go in the sector if more nonprofit leaders confidently stood up for what they believe, what they need, and the value of the work they do. I am a huge…
  • Nonprofit Leaders, Stop Wasting Your Time

    Nell Edgington
    7 Apr 2015 | 6:34 am
    As a general rule, nonprofit leaders are a self-less lot. You are so driven by your passion for social change that you are willing to perform any and all tasks required to get the job done. But there is a critical calculation that so many nonprofit leaders neglect. And that is to understand the value of their time and allocate that most precious resource effectively. Yes, you read that correctly. As the leader of your nonprofit your time is your organization’s most precious resource. Sure, board members, other staff members, and donors are absolutely critical to the work. But…
  • 10 Great Social Innovation Reads: March 2015

    Nell Edgington
    2 Apr 2015 | 5:34 am
    What a great month March was. Just as the weather started to turn to Spring (I hope it did where you are too), there was a whole host of great reading to digest. From analysis of the new breed of philanthropists, to controversy about contest grantmaking, to mission investing progress, to tips and guides on nonprofit finance, leadership and financial advocacy, there was lots to read. Below are my picks of the 10 most interesting reads in the world of social change in March, but as always, please add to the list in the comments. And if you want a longer list, follow me on Twitter, Facebook,…
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    Social Entrepreneurship Series - MatthewAlberto.com

  • 5 Startup Chile Lessons Learned from My Startup Chile Adventure

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

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

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

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

    Matthew Alberto
    3 Feb 2014 | 8:50 pm
    Hey everybody, it’s Matt Alberto here and today’s going to be a short one … I just wanted to talk about the entrepreneurial trend towards social entrepreneurship. I’m seeing more and more how mainstream entrepreneurs are talking about social entrepreneurship and getting into the idea; more specifically, the idea that entrepreneurship is moving from Titans to Innovators and now to the idea of Saviors. What does this all mean and where’d they get this kind of idea from? I was listening to This Week in Startups; it’s a video podcast, a really cool one that I often listen to.
 
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    Care2 Causes » Trailblazers For Good

  • 3 Care2 Members Who Are Making a Difference

    Julie Mastrine
    22 Apr 2015 | 5:00 am
    Care2 members are always busy creating positive change, and those efforts don’t just stay here on the Care2 site. Two weeks ago, we highlighted Care2 petitions that were featured in outlets far and wide, from San Francisco all the way to Washington, D.C. Since then, Care2 petitions have been featured hundreds of times in media outlets worldwide! Let’s take a […]
  • This Award-Winning Program Keeps 1,000 Kids Off Houston Streets

    NationSwell
    19 Apr 2015 | 4:00 am
    Getting kids into college isn’t the point at Workshop Houston.
  • Undocumented Students Needs More Options for Higher Education

    Ximena Ramirez
    18 Apr 2015 | 12:00 pm
    One of my favorite things to do in my free time is work with New York City high school students on their college admission essays. I’ve been inspired by so many of my students’ stories and what incredible writers they are at such a young age. One of the very first students I worked with […]
  • George Lucas Is Turning His Land Into Affordable Housing to Piss Off His Neighbors

    RYOT
    17 Apr 2015 | 9:00 am
    In case you didn’t know, George Lucas is wealthy as hell. He brought the world the Star Wars franchise and made a bucket of money along the way. Now, he wants to use his riches for a good cause, and also a little bit because he hates his neighbors.
  • Inside a Restaurant Run Exclusively by Migrant and Refugee Mothers

    RYOT
    14 Apr 2015 | 5:00 am
    We’ve all heard of the feel good story. Is there such thing as a good tasting story? A restaurant in London that is run entirely by migrant and refugee mothers has become a major success, giving these women money, skills and a newfound opportunity to build lives as independent people.
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    Social Finance

  • Announcing Impact8’s Third Cohort!

    Marie Ang
    21 Apr 2015 | 7:31 am
    The MaRS Centre for Impact Investing (MCII) is thrilled to announce the participants of Impact8: Work & Learning! Impact8 is a social venture accelerator and investment-readiness program, now in its third year of delivery. Our two previous cohorts have enjoyed great success, refining their models for social impact and scalability, and accessing capital to grow their ventures. Impact8 graduates have successfully raised almost $1M in financing directly through Impact8 and related MCII activities, including the SVX, and pitch events like ImpactOntario and the Social Finance Forum. The Spring…
  • Register Now for ImpactOntario 2015!

    Jared Walker
    21 Apr 2015 | 6:27 am
    Registration is now open for ImpactOntario, hosted by the MaRS Centre for Impact Investing in partnership with Tides Canada, the Government of Ontario and SVX. ImpactOntario is a landmark conference that brings world-changing Ontario ventures together with world-leading investors and intermediaries. Event details Date: Monday, May 25, 2015 Location: MaRS Centre, 101 College Street, Toronto, ON REGISTER TODAY for the early bird special. Tickets will sell out! Designed to support deal flow and impact investing opportunities through pitch sessions, one-to-one meetings and plenary sessions,…
  • One Year of Community Finance Solutions Pt. 2

    Katie Gibson
    17 Apr 2015 | 8:25 am
    In our first installation of this two-part piece, we celebrated the first birthday of Community Finance Solutions – a consulting and referral service supporting initiatives creating new impact investment funds and financial products. We also explored some highlights from the myriad impressive capital mobilization successes of CFS clients. In this piece, we’ll continue spotlighting their achievements with a focus on leadership and partnership development, as well as product R&D. Leadership and partnership development Many of our clients have secured the team resources and…
  • One Year of Community Finance Solutions

    Katie Gibson
    15 Apr 2015 | 8:37 am
    The MaRS Centre for Impact Investing launched Community Finance Solutions one year ago to accelerate impact investing fund and product development in Canada. Community Finance Solutions is a consulting and referral service supporting initiatives creating new impact investment funds and financial products. We on-boarded ten initiatives in March 2014 and announced an additional sixteen clients at November’s Social Finance Forum. We saw in all of these initiatives the strong potential to succeed in launching new funds and products that pool and place capital to create social and environmental…
  • Zakat as a tool for poverty alleviation

    Murteza Khan
    13 Apr 2015 | 1:24 pm
    Much has been said about the benefits of microfinance in addressing poverty. Yet a loan ultimately requires repayment, with interest, from the borrower to help grow the principal fund of the microfinance institution, which is in turn utilized to create access to microfinance for new borrowers. But what if there could be a model where the money flows in one direction with no expectation of repayment or interest charges, thus leaving more funds in the hands of the beneficiaries, while placing the responsibility to grow the institutional fund on the wealthy in society? A.K. Khan Foundation, the…
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    Return On Now

  • The Myth of Multitasking: Stop Chasing Your Tail and Be Present

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

    Tommy Landry
    15 Apr 2015 | 2:06 pm
    The following post is copyrighted by Return On Now - Austin Internet Marketing Consulting Services I have to say, one of the joys of working in marketing is the ability to write and share my own thoughts, expertise and opinions on a weekly basis. I absolutely love writing and plan to do so for as long as my fingers can type. Of course, it all looks more fun when you are first diving into blogging or authoring a book / ebook / whitepaper. Then the reality of actually staying on top of it hits, just as everything else in your job (or life) regularly falls into disarray and requires your…
  • Starting a Blog? Ask Yourself These 40 Questions.

    Tommy Landry
    31 Mar 2015 | 3:04 pm
    The following post is copyrighted by Return On Now - Austin Internet Marketing Consulting Services So you have decided to start your own blog. Good for you! Blogging is a great way to express yourself and share your ideas with the world. It can provide rewards many times over. I, personally, have tremendously enjoyed blogging over the years. But as with any new undertaking, it’s not all perfume and roses. Blogging takes real work. It requires willpower and drive to keep going. And sometimes, it can be a bit lonely when you publish your thoughts into the ether, with no sign of a response.
  • 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…
 
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    Dutiee

  • Warby Parker Founder On Building A Social Mission Driven Business

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

    Deepa Chaudhary
    31 Mar 2015 | 10:46 pm
    While at one hand there are social good startups that are gaining immense traction there are many others that have tried and failed. To help improve the odds of success, I plan to write a book. The post Help Write The Book That Needs To Be Written appeared first on Dutiee.
  • Technologies That Power Social Good Startups

    Deepa Chaudhary
    3 Jul 2014 | 11:39 pm
    It seems like just yesterday that the social good sector was struggling with outdated tech, slow computers, crashing and clunky software or worse no access to technology and knowhow. It was the rapid spread of the Internet and coming of age of web-based applications (also known as SAAS or cloud software) that fueled the adoption of tech by nonprofits and social good startups for everything from record keeping, fundraising, campaign management to marketing. Today the sector is using some of the same tools as any other tech savvy startup or billion dollar company. The rise of easy to use web…
  • How A Small Liberian Startup Got Silicon Valley Eating Its Chocolate

    Deepa Chaudhary
    24 Jun 2014 | 11:25 am
    This is the story of Liberation Cocoa, how a small, fairly new cocoa trading startup in Liberia with a big dream of rebuilding their war torn country using cocoa came about to become a supplier to one of the most exquisite and loved chocolate company. The post How A Small Liberian Startup Got Silicon Valley Eating Its Chocolate appeared first on Dutiee.
  • The Power Of Visual Storytelling For Social Impact

    Deepa Chaudhary
    2 Jun 2014 | 10:48 pm
    All brands live to connect with their audience, social media has made that easier than ever and at the same time harder than ever. How Visual storytelling helps you get noticed in a noisy world. The post The Power Of Visual Storytelling For Social Impact appeared first on Dutiee.
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    Changemakers Ideas ExChange

  • What is Leadership?

    Future Forward Team
    24 Apr 2015 | 10:21 am
    Written by Edem Torkornoo. This articl originally appeared on ALUeducation.com. ALU is a tertiary institution dedicated to developing the next generation of African leaders.  Although the question of what leadership is may at first seem simple many find it difficult to answer. For some it is the ability to move a group towards a vision while for others it is about being able to serve. In our #LeadershipIs series, we ask leaders who embody ALU’s values what their definition of the phenomenon is. Check out some of their responses below:…
  • Breaking Bread Together: tackling social isolation & hunger with food waste

    Kristie Wang
    13 Apr 2015 | 12:23 pm
    Food poverty in the UK has increased by more than 160 per cent in the past year, according to some estimates. Yet, 98 per cent of edible surplus food is thrown away by grocers and retailers. “In the UK, an estimated 20 million tonnes of food is wasted each year across the supply chain (from plough to plate) with at least 400,000 tonnes of this thrown away at retail level,” according to FoodCycle, which served more than 31,000 meals last year to people in need. With the help of volunteers working at community hubs, FoodCycle sources surplus…
  • Re-imagine Learning Challenges: Pioneers Hangout Series

    John Converse Townsend
    7 Apr 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. For young people to succeed in our rapidly changing world, they’ll need to be able to think on their feet and channel their natural creativity as purposeful problem solvers.Play has a critical role in establishing the vital early learning skills that underpin all other learning throughout our lives. It's also one of the best ways for children and young people to develop their skills as changemakers. Play has even be shown to help build a better…
  • Social Technopreneurs: A New Generation of Innovators

    Kristie Wang
    31 Mar 2015 | 9:38 am
    A new generation of tech innovators is bursting onto the scene of social entrepreneurship. Inspired by the potential of technology to improve people’s lives, this new crop of changemakers (don’t call them millennials) is creating, repurposing, and adapting tech in new ways to solve critical challenges. Many of them draw a deep sense of purpose from their communities.For example, Gerald Otim (age 27), grew up in rural Uganda, where his mother was a farmer and deposited her earnings with a local savings cooperative. Shortly after graduating from university, Otim’s mother lost all of her…
  • How Yoga has Become a Force for Social Inclusion in Kenya

    Future Forward Team
    27 Mar 2015 | 9:40 am
    Video of QFvu-0Wf7Gw 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. As a consequence riots erupted across Kenya, resulting in the deaths of 1,200 people and a further 500,000 forced to flee their homes to escape the violence.  Targeted ethnic violence became a…
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    Charles Lee

  • My Mentor Got It Wrong

    Charles
    7 Apr 2015 | 11:07 am
    Mentors are wonderful. Mentors invest in us to help shape our thoughts, values, and practices. Mentors provide wisdom, discernment, and timely advice. Mentors give us the courage to pursue our passions and our purpose. Mentors can also save us time, money, and a whole lot of heartache. Mentors usually have the best of intentions and truly desire us to succeed. It’s no wonder that we honor our mentors. Life would not be the same without them. A Friendly Reminder About Mentors Mentors are extremely valuable, but not infallible. Mentors are wise, but not perfect. Mentors are experienced,…
  • 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…
 
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    maternova.net

  • Seeing the Big Picture Just Became Easier with Ultrasound

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

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

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

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

  • A “Sandesh” from the field

    admin
    15 Apr 2015 | 5:43 am
    Debanjana and Parikshit, Rang De chapter members in Kolkata, recently completed a field trip to Sandeshkali (near Kolkata). Here they write about their experience and share some important observations. The evolution of Rang De over the past 5 years in particular has ben staggering but its presence in Kolkata was absent. When we first decided on initiating a Kolkata chapter, it felt like a good idea to understand the model right down to the grass root level. And thus the idea of visiting one of the fields with one of Rang De’s Kolkata based field partners was born. We met Chinmoy Naik, who,…
  • A Field Trip: an experience that moved me in more ways than one

    admin
    30 Mar 2015 | 1:21 am
    Shaily Gupta is a Rang De social investor based in US. On a recent trip to Calcutta, she teamed up with the Rang De team for a field visit. Here’s what Shaily has to say about her experience. Selfie Time ! At the Thakurpukur unit, with the women and the KSDF team The sun was about to set on a typical humid day over the bustling suburbs of Calcutta and traffic on the side streets seems to be moving at its usual pace; but this was not a usual day for me – there are few days in our lives which enrich life with real community experiences as today did.… Read further
  • 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…
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    EllieFunDay

  • Buy on Nordstrom.com and get a Free Bunny or Bear Cap

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

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

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

  • Sustainability Leaders Meet at Miami's Recycling Energy Forum Expo

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

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

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

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

  • Agriculture as Enterprise: An Evolution of Thought and Perspective to Increase Outcomes for India's Farmers

    Pramel Kumar Gupta
    28 Mar 2015 | 12:13 pm
    It started with data!   In 2007-08, an evaluation by Catalyst Management Services of a tribal livelihoods initiative for the State Planning Commission of Madhya Pradesh showed that agriculture as a livelihoods option was unproductive and  for small tribal farmers; leaving them without a profitable livelihood option. But it wasn’t because of prices, or barriers to entry. Instead, it was because crucial services and government schemes were not reaching those who needed them most.   According to the data, only 10-12% of small producers were able to access vital extension schemes and a mere…
  • 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.  
 
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    Austin Center for Design

  • Technology: Strange v Familiar

    Crystal
    20 Apr 2015 | 7:12 pm
    This few weeks we have focused on the concept of technology being strange, yet familiar. Technologies and it’s rapid growth in conceptualization to market, far outseeds the Moore’s law already. Is this a good thing? Is it a bad thing, does higher access to civilians make our lives more like a sci-fi film? Or make us better or smarter human beings? Or dumber… or have no affect at all? Through all the readings I got a sense that the authors had also thought about this, and from one extreme to the next, one author Bell, felt that we should chill out on getting gadgety with…
  • What is Design Fiction: Constraints, Technology & Culture

    Samara Watkiss
    20 Apr 2015 | 7:00 pm
    All of the articles we read for the “Technology-Strange and Familiar,” section of our theory class, address our ability to understand the role of technology in society. Specifically, each author looks at the way we are limited in our understanding of technology’s role either by being too close to see clearly or too far away. Similarly, each author’s position can be understood in terms of the relative import it gives to cultural vs. technical constraints for shaping the future role of technology. In this instance I am using culture to refer to the social, political and relational…
  • User Centered Design & the Imaginability of Future States

    jeff.patton
    20 Apr 2015 | 4:01 pm
    This week we read four essays surrounding the future of technology.  We read “Making by Making Strange: Defamiliarization and the Design of Domestic Technologies” by Genevieve Bell, “Design Fiction” by Bruce Sterling, “People are people, but technology is not technology” by Gary Marsden, and “Accelerating Intelligence” by Ray Kurzweil. Today I’m focusing on how each author perceives the driving force behind technological advancements and also their views on whether future states are imaginable.  I’m also looking to see if there…
  • Defining Problems

    maryanne.lee
    20 Apr 2015 | 3:56 pm
    The world is changing fast. There is a lot of pressure to innovate quickly, especially in terms of technology. However, technology-led innovation arguably does little to solve many of the problems facing humanity. While useful technologies are developed every day, much of technology is developed for the sake of the development of more technology–for added features that help products stay ahead of the market. Yet, there is another driver of innovation, which is human-centered design. This approach takes human needs as the impetus for innovation, ensuring that the solutions address…
  • Iterations & Ideals

    Crystal
    19 Apr 2015 | 2:40 pm
    I want to introduce you to a story of the last 24 weeks of my life, introduce you to the individuals that I have met along the way, show you the places I have visited and how I learned the most powerful lesson of the entire year was the power of THE story and the ability and genuine curiosity and bravery to ask each individual tell me their story… to please keep talking.  My focus was initially on the dealing with the issues surrounding healthcare, but selfishly I must admit my story begins with me. My family really in particular.  As I feel it is important to be honest to get the most…
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    Connor Meakin – Productivity & Wellness advice from a Mountain Runner

  • Mountain Running, Performance, and Meditation: Extraordinary Living Podcast

    Connor Meakin
    31 Mar 2015 | 11:01 am
    Connor Meakin – Productivity & Wellness advice from a Mountain Runner - Curious ramblings on exploring the outdoors, productivity, and weaving health and wellness into your life by Connor Meakin. 20 minute podcast with my buddy Bear where we hit on a ton of different things from running performance to meditation and nutrition. Give it a listen below and leave a comment with what you think!   Also it’s strange hearing your own voice on audio. I listened to the first 5 seconds before promptly being scared off. Please excuse any stuttering. Show notes: Getting started with…
  • Grunting Up a Mountain -Trailstoke Race Recap

    Connor Meakin
    31 Jul 2014 | 4:55 am
    Connor Meakin – Productivity & Wellness advice from a Mountain Runner - Curious ramblings on exploring the outdoors, productivity, and weaving health and wellness into your life by Connor Meakin.The start – image via Rob Shaer Grunting up a ridiculously steep mountain on unresponsive legs. What the hell was I doing? Every laboured step I cursed and questioned my life choices. I also wondered how other runners were putting time on me — we were all hiking! Such was my day at Trailstoke, a 50km ish mountain race in Revelstoke. This was a true mountain race, exactly what I…
  • Grinding It Out: Beacon Rock 50K Race Report

    Connor Meakin
    12 Jun 2014 | 5:00 am
    Connor Meakin – Productivity & Wellness advice from a Mountain Runner - Curious ramblings on exploring the outdoors, productivity, and weaving health and wellness into your life by Connor Meakin.Image via Glenn Tachiyama I’m getting accustomed to waking up before my alarm on race days — usually my bodies’ clock telling me I’m ready to go. At Beacon Rock State Park things were a tad different as the hoards of chirping birds outside my tent compromised my Z’s at around 4:30am. My plan for Beacon Rock 50k was to use it as a long training run. I trained hard the week of the…
  • Running Scared: Yakima Skyline Rim Race Recap

    Connor Meakin
    24 Apr 2014 | 6:00 am
    Connor Meakin – Productivity & Wellness advice from a Mountain Runner - Curious ramblings on exploring the outdoors, productivity, and weaving health and wellness into your life by Connor Meakin.Image via Jay Klassen Had I missed a turn off? As I grunt up the never ending ridgeline that makes up the final monstrous climb I continually looked over my shoulder to see if anyone was gaining on me. Still no one in sight with 8 kms to go. I’m running slow and scared at this point… up this unnecessarily steep ridge. It’s funny the tricks your mind plays on you. I voluntarily put myself…
  • How Mountain Running Teaches Me Resilience

    Connor Meakin
    16 Apr 2014 | 6:00 am
    Connor Meakin – Productivity & Wellness advice from a Mountain Runner - Curious ramblings on exploring the outdoors, productivity, and weaving health and wellness into your life by Connor Meakin.Image via Chris Jones After running two mountain ultra’s last summer I knew I’d found something. I literally stumbled across an outlet to channel two of my favourite things: spending time in nature and pushing myself. You may not relate to the same degree, and perhaps you voice valid concerns around the long term health of runners. I will say that this is something I think about daily. How…
 
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    Framework 21

  • Systems Thinking

    Daniel Montano
    1 Apr 2015 | 2:48 pm
    Originally posted on Child & Youth Health Network: Collective Impact is effective when partners engage in systems thinking. This introductory video explains systems thinking and emphasizes evaluation to inform evidenced-based decision-making to address complex health problems~. View original
  • 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:…
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  • Advisory Boards: Greater capacity for effective leadership

    Mike Rowlands
    23 Apr 2015 | 2:45 pm
    Every entrepreneur, sooner or later, runs into the limits of their own capacity. We all confront myriad challenges. Some we’re equipped to overcome. For others, we need support. As Peter Drucker famously said, “the measure of the effective executive is the ability to get the right things done.” Often, getting the right things done requires the support of others. And a formal Advisory Board is an opportunity to convene the support you need to accelerate your enterprise. Advisory Boards are more than teams of mentors. Whereas a mentor is there to support the individual entrepreneur,…
  • Social Venture Network 2015 Spring Conference

    Mike Rowlands
    21 Apr 2015 | 1:26 pm
    As the plane approaches cruising altitude, and the sun-soaked coastline of San Diego disappears behind us, I’m already feeling the distance from my fellow members of Social Venture Network and the inspiration of the 2015 Spring Conference. It has been four days of insight, entertainment and connections. From Wednesday’s pre-conference meeting of Board, Staff and Ambassadors, right through to the closing plenary this morning with the remarkable Kenyatta Leal, SVN kept its promise to be a time and a place “to give and to get”—to share what insights and perspective we…
  • Junxion’s Guide to Corporate Social Responsibility

    Mike Rowlands
    20 Apr 2015 | 10:36 am
    Whether you’re making cautious investments in a corporate social responsibility programme for the first time or you’re an early adopter at the cutting edge of social innovation, you’re one of millions of people engaging with complex social and environmental issues.   There are many communities of CSR practitioners around the globe that support leaders as they navigate deeper levels of commitment to responsible business practices. This guide helps senior-level decision-makers in medium to large companies decide what ‘next steps’ to take in their ongoing journey towards socially…
  • Sex, Food & Our Shared Environment

    Mike Rowlands
    17 Apr 2015 | 11:31 am
    “What sex is to interpersonal relationships, eating is to the human-environment relationship. Treating our relationship with food as a series of one-off sensual encounters is like having random sex with a blindfold on: it may be fun, but it is also full of nasty surprises.” — David Waltner-Toews, in Food, Sex and Salmonella I grew up envying the fluffy white store-bought bread in my school-mates’ lunches, while I chewed on my mom’s grainy, wholesome, home made bread. In retrospect, I am lucky to have had as much insight as I did into what ingredients were in my food, how it was…
  • Water: Where is Business’s Thirst for Action?

    Mike Rowlands
    14 Apr 2015 | 9:48 am
    “What we really need is more leadership by the business and agricultural communities— major users of water—to raise awareness, take action in their own operations, and lobby governments for better water stewardship regulations.”   As World Water Day reminds us, the state of the world’s water is in a deplorable state. California, where one-third of America’s fruits and vegetables are grown, is years into a drought with no end in sight. Sao Paolo is literally weeks away from running out of water. Meanwhile, in India and China, groundwater levels are dropping precipitously and…
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    youthactionnet.org

  • Designing and Evaluating for Change

    l.jones
    24 Apr 2015 | 10:17 am
    Designing and Evaluating for Change Sierra Frischknecht | April 24, 2015 Many organizations claim to “make a difference” in the world. And many do—by providing supplies to those in crisis, making healthcare more accessible, expanding education... READ MORE
  • Students Gain Experience as Consultants for Youth-Led Social Ventures

    l.jones
    24 Apr 2015 | 9:41 am
    Students Gain Experience as Consultants for Youth-Led Social Ventures Lisa Jones | April 24, 2015 Taufan Putra is a YouthActionNet alumni and founder of Amartha Microfinance —an organization that improves the lives of low-income rural women and families in Indonesia through small business... READ MORE
  • The Malaria Challenge: Fighting to Save Lives from a Preventable Disease

    l.jones
    23 Apr 2015 | 2:08 pm
    The Malaria Challenge: Fighting to Save Lives from a Preventable Disease Salu Mayowa | April 23, 2015 April 25 th is World Malaria Day. Now in the 8 th year of marking this day, we face an opportunity to evaluate our progress in fighting malaria, celebrate gains made, and hopefully reenergize our... READ MORE
  • Young African Leaders Shaping the Continent

    l.jones
    21 Apr 2015 | 12:30 pm
    Young African Leaders Shaping the Continent Sheila Kinkade and Jessica Elisberg | April 21, 2015 Tweet: Youth Shaping Africa's Future: New #data reveal who these #SocEnt leaders are & their strategies for driving change. http://bit.ly/1E7 With 70 percent of its population under the age... READ MORE
  • Women Using #STEM for Change

    8 Apr 2015 | 8:51 am
    Women Using #STEM for Change Lisa Jones | April 8, 2015 On March 8 th , more than 1,000 global events took place in celebration of International Women’s Day. This year’s theme, #makeithappen , was a call to action for recognizing and advancing... READ MORE
 
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    9 to 5 Hell

  • GO HOME

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

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

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

  • Marketing Department: Organization, Tools & Responsibilities

    Martin
    24 Apr 2015 | 7:18 am
    “The man who stops advertising to save money is like the man who stops the clock to save time.” – Thomas Jefferson Marketing is the most important parts of any business activity. It is what creates customers and generates income, guides the future course of a business and defines whether it will be a success or a failure. Without marketing, a business is like sitting in the dark and expecting people to find you without a light. Marketing can be done without a marketing team, but you cannot expect to go too far or succeed by marketing on your own. For a sustained marketing effort, a…
  • Do’s and Don’ts of B2B Marketing

    Martin
    23 Apr 2015 | 7:30 am
    The emergence of B2B marketing as the prevailing attitude of e-commerce today has influenced all that has a part in the market. From purchasing materials to their processing towards specific products, placement on the market, purchase systems and distribution to consumers; as well as service development through training and qualification courses within e-learning systems which have also entered content marketing domains – businesses implement inbound techniques to optimize their productivity whether in relation to each other or towards the consumers. © Flickr | Yoel Ben-Avraham…
  • How to Use Kanban to Improve Business Productivity

    Martin
    22 Apr 2015 | 7:30 am
    © Wikimedia commons | Bossarro The focus of this article is to provide a complete guide to the topic of Kanban and how to use it to improve business productivity. We will explore 1) what is Kanban, 2) how to use Kanban to improve business productivity, 3) types of Kanban, 4) case study, and 5) conclusion. DEFINITION OF KANBAN What is Kanban? Kanban is a technique that ensures efficient management of the software development process. This procedure may be compared to a pipeline where feature requests are entered from one end, and enhanced software comes as output from the other end. Inside…
  • How to Build an Online Course that Sells

    Anastasia
    21 Apr 2015 | 7:30 am
    E-learning today comprises a specific constellation of business, technology and educational elements which result in a reduced entry barrier for entrepreneurship in the industry. Everyone can undertake to create and to sell online courses. However, this does not mean that all who try will succeed in making a profit from such endeavors. © pixabay | StartupStockPhotos In order to boost your chances, in this article, we will address key elements of successful online courses and discuss their profitability in sections 1) Online Courses and Statistics of Profitability; 2) Preparation &…
  • How to build a Service Oriented Architecture (SOA)

    Martin
    20 Apr 2015 | 5:00 am
    © Wikimedia commons | Loïc Corbasson In this article we focus on the topic of Service Oriented Architecture (SOA). We start with a deep dive in 1) SOA: a description and going then to discuss 2) building a Service Oriented Architecture. SERVICE ORIENTED ARCHITECTURE: A DESCRIPTION What is SOA? SOA or Service-oriented Architecture is a method through which different types of services can interact with each other independently. A service is a self-contained part of the functionality, and several services can be combined to provide use and functionality of a software application on a large…
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    Inspiration and Marketing Strategies for Entrepreneurs

  • Marketing Strategies – Survive or Thrive in Your Business?

    Tammy Hawk-Bridges
    2 Apr 2015 | 6:14 am
    Very often I will get asked by a business owner, “How can my business survive in today’s marketplace?” My heart breaks a little when I hear the question, I find it painful that one has the goal of merely surviving. I want every business owner to have the goal of thriving. It’s possible! You’ll first need to understand why the marketplace is so tough, then its matter of coming up with a marketing strategy and plan of attack. Let’s determine the reasoning behind the more difficult economy. First, it’s important to understand that most everything that…
  • How to Use Presentation Platforms to Increase Website Traffic

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

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

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

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

  • How to Start — and Finish! — Your Next Creative Project

    Courtney Ryan
    23 Apr 2015 | 10:30 pm
    All creative people have them: those abandoned projects that make us cringe. We were so excited about them at first, but somewhere along the way we lost that drive to bring them into the world. This week, writer and creativity blogger Stef Gonzaga has some advice on changing our procrastinating, project-abandoning ways. Stef is part of our DesignGood team, so we’re well acquainted with her productivity super powers. Those powers extend to her personal projects, too. Just visiting her website will inspire you to get some new creative projects going yourself. And after you read these wise…
  • 9 Ultra-Eco Products for Earth Day

    Courtney Ryan
    23 Apr 2015 | 4:00 am
    In honor of Earth Day (it was yesterday, but we’re celebrating all week), we’re bringing you a souped-up list of sustainable products. These are pieces that are not just eco-friendly, but so sustainable that they’re made almost completely from reused or renewable materials. Without further ado – 1. HABA Wooden Toys Kids go through a lot of toys. Next time you’re looking for some new toys, consider quality over quantity. We love HABA’s wooden toys and are convinced that any kid would, too. Aside from being just plain awesome, HABA has a firm commitment to the environment and…
  • AMERICAN NOMAD: Fair-Trade Shopping From a Style Explorer

    Courtney Ryan
    20 Apr 2015 | 4:00 am
    Michelle Wolfarth had carved out a nice career for herself in graphic and web design, providing clients with the tools to build their brand and grow their business. But as satisfying as it was helping others, she wanted to dig deeper with projects that had greater meaning. She decided to take her skills and launch an online shop where she could tell the stories of faraway cultures through the fair-trade products that they create. AMERICAN NOMAD, which launched in late 2014, was a long time coming. The seed was planted while Michelle was in college, where she “began to volunteer with…
  • Why Starting Over Isn’t Really Starting Over

    Courtney Ryan
    16 Apr 2015 | 10:30 pm
    It’s a tough spot to be in: You’ve worked hard to create your career, and you’re doing pretty well — but now you’re realizing you were meant to do something else entirely. Your dream lights you up. It makes your heart race. But it’s also intimidating. It doesn’t fit your familiar self-image or others’ image of you. And it’s hard to think about being back at square one again. Jane Mosbacher Morris, the founder of TO THE MARKET | Survivor-made Goods, wants you to know that starting over doesn’t mean starting from scratch. And she should…
  • 9 One for One Brands Changing the World

    Courtney Ryan
    16 Apr 2015 | 4:00 am
    Make every penny you spend count by choosing brands that give back to those in need. Following the one-for-one model popularized by brands like TOMS Shoes, these brands that truly exemplify the idea of good design meets doing good. 1. This Bar Saves Lives Every 12 seconds, a child loses the battle against severe acute malnutrition. Horrifying, right? This Bar Saves Lives aims to combat this global problem by giving a packet of life-saving food with every purchase of the company’s delicious and healthy gourmet bars. You get to eat healthy and give a child the nutrition he or she needs.
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