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  • Denik’s Journals Showcase Artists and Build Schools

    Design Good
    Courtney Ryan
    31 Aug 2015 | 4:00 am
    When Tyler Tolson started Denik in 2011, he was a new college grad with goals to change the world. He was also a lifelong artist and doodler who always had a journal or notebook nearby to capture his thoughts and designs. His big idea came when he realized that there were countless other artists in the world with limited places to showcase their art. And what better place to put art for others to see than on a journal? Five percent of each journal sale goes back to the artist whose art is on the cover, and a dollar from each sale goes toward building schools in places like Africa and South…
  • Dutch designers turn food waste into (fruit) leather

    Latest Items from TreeHugger
    Derek Markham
    31 Aug 2015 | 2:03 pm
    Finally, a vegan leather.
  • Changemaking in Higher Education Increasingly an International Field

    Ashoka In The News
    Tsega Belachew
    25 Aug 2015 | 12:15 pm
    Release Date:  August 25, 2015 (Arlington, VA) What does changemaking in higher education look like in Singapore, Mexico, and the southeast United States? Though contexts vary, common interests and experiences unite these institutions across oceans. read more
  • Test drive: Mercedes AMG GTS

    Guy Kawasaki
    Guy Kawasaki
    7 Aug 2015 | 7:45 am
    My friends at Mercedes recently loaned me a Mercedes AMG to test drive, and I’d like to share my favorite pictures and thoughts with you. I hate to admit this, but I’m not sure I’m man enough for this car. It is a fantastic 503-horsepower engine (built by Sven Seyfried) with two seats strapped to the back–I mean this in only the most positive way! Think of it as a Zdeno Charo slapshot or a LeBron James dunk. It can hold a hockey bag–which is essential to me, and I was able to achieve 23.5 mpg on a drive from Santa Barbara to Menlo Park (not that mileage is a…
  • Electronics Recycling: Breaking Down Barriers to Employment

    Triple Pundit: People, Planet, Profit
    Thomas Schueneman
    1 Sep 2015 | 3:00 am
    By turning electronics recycling into a social enterprise, members of the Impact Recyclers network are keeping e-waste out of landfills while helping people find work.
 
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    Guy Kawasaki

  • Test drive: Mercedes AMG GTS

    Guy Kawasaki
    7 Aug 2015 | 7:45 am
    My friends at Mercedes recently loaned me a Mercedes AMG to test drive, and I’d like to share my favorite pictures and thoughts with you. I hate to admit this, but I’m not sure I’m man enough for this car. It is a fantastic 503-horsepower engine (built by Sven Seyfried) with two seats strapped to the back–I mean this in only the most positive way! Think of it as a Zdeno Charo slapshot or a LeBron James dunk. It can hold a hockey bag–which is essential to me, and I was able to achieve 23.5 mpg on a drive from Santa Barbara to Menlo Park (not that mileage is a…
  • Test drive: Sony A7R II

    Guy Kawasaki
    6 Aug 2015 | 3:50 pm
    Sony brought approximately twenty journalists and reviewers to Portland to try the a7R II and RX-10. I only used the a7R II, mostly with the Sony FE 2.8 35 mm lens (real men use prime lenses). These are samples of my pictures. I’m not a “real” photographer so if you see anything that’s sub-optimal, it’s probably me, not the lens or camera. Some of the key features: 42 megapixels Five-axis stabilization Maximum ISO of 102,400 4K video recording Here are some articles from other members of the trip: Engadget Steve Huff Imaging Resource Bottom line: much smaller…
  • The Official Guy Kawasaki Father’s Day Gift List

    Guy Kawasaki
    8 Jun 2015 | 8:21 am
    A good Father’s Day gift embodies two qualities: insight into the male psyche and the appearance of a careful decision. Cost is hardly a factor at all. Because you only have six days left to shop, here’s a list of ten items for most modern dads. Anker USB charger. Wall or desktop $25.99. A dad’s credo is ABC: always be charging. These multi-port wall chargers enable dad to take care of his phone, tablet, and camera. You might want to buy him two for family vacations when all the other members of the family need a way to charge their devices too. Lumsing High Capacity 10,400 mAh…
  • Startups: How to Do a Pre-Mortem (and Prevent a Post-Mortem)

    Guy Kawasaki
    20 May 2015 | 9:42 am
    Doctors conduct postmortems to figure why people died. They do this to solve a crime, prevent the death of others, and satisfy curiosity. However, once somebody dies, it’s too late to help him. Entrepreneurs and their investors also often analyze why a product, service, or company died—especially if it’s someone else’s company. And, as in the case of dead people, a postmortem is too late to do much good for a defunct product, service, or company. Enter the concept of premortems, coined by Gary Klein, chief scientist of Klein Associates, and author of Sources of Power: How People Make…
  • Photos from the May 2015 Maker Faire in San Mateo California

    Guy Kawasaki
    18 May 2015 | 2:27 pm
    The post Photos from the May 2015 Maker Faire in San Mateo California appeared first on Guy Kawasaki.
 
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    Triple Pundit: People, Planet, Profit

  • Electronics Recycling: Breaking Down Barriers to Employment

    Thomas Schueneman
    1 Sep 2015 | 3:00 am
    By turning electronics recycling into a social enterprise, members of the Impact Recyclers network are keeping e-waste out of landfills while helping people find work.
  • Keystone XL Pipeline Sputters Out As U.S. Solar Generation Soars to Record High

    Tina Casey
    1 Sep 2015 | 2:30 am
    As rumors fly about the impending Keystone XL permit denial, U.S. solar generation soars to new heights thanks partly to the support of corporate citizens.
  • New Labor Ruling: What Does It Mean for Small Business Contractors?

    Jan Lee
    1 Sep 2015 | 2:00 am
    By tweaking what defines a "joint employer," the National Labor Relations Board has made sweeping changes to what steps unions can take in collective bargaining, as well as who may be considered the 'employer' in business-to-contractor settings, such as franchise establishments. And hold onto your hat, because there will probably be some vigorous challenges to this new ruling.
  • The $250 Trillion Cost Of Climate Change And Obesity

    Bill Roth
    1 Sep 2015 | 1:45 am
    Citigroup now projects a staggering $72 trillion global cost tied to man-made climate change during the 21st century. The industrial fast food complex is directly tied to a global obesity and diabetes epidemic that now costs $2 trillion annually. These staggering economic costs don't even take into account human suffering and premature death.
  • Join Our Crowdfunding Campaign! Tech Titans: Community Citizens?

    Jen Boynton
    31 Aug 2015 | 3:00 am
    The biggest names in tech generally have good reputations as corporate citizens. But many companies fail to go beyond traditional philanthropy in their corporate citizenship. This constitutes a major blind spot. Help us shed some light.
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    Skoll World Forum on Social Entrepreneurship

  • “Transparent Until it Hurts”: What Does It Mean?

    Jake Wadland
    15 Aug 2015 | 4:39 pm
    At Possible, one of the principles in our For-Impact Culture Code states, “We are transparent until it hurts.” It’s a bold statement, but also a common one. Many nonprofits boast transparency in order to dodge skeptics and satisfy donors. I was extremely curious about what transparency meant for Possible before I made the decision to join the team last May. Over the past 15 months, I’ve learned not only what transparency means for Possible, but why it’s crucial to our core mission. While external perception is a part of it, transparency is really about solving problems for our…
  • Five Mistakes That Social Entrepreneurs Make When Crafting Their Brands

    Jake Wadland
    12 Aug 2015 | 2:51 pm
    As a brand developer, I’ve met countless social entrepreneurs all over the world: people with an extreme passion for social or environmental impact. They have a lot to master in order to make their ventures succeed – from setting up a production chain, to technology, HR, complex investment structures, and more. Branding is yet another discipline to conquer, and though entrepreneurs see it as crucial, they often feel they lack the knowledge and skills to make it work for them. When entrepreneurs approach me, it is usually after having undertaken some form of branding on their own, and…
  • Envisioning a World With Sanitation For All

    Jake Wadland
    12 Aug 2015 | 9:38 am
    Safe drinking water and basic sanitation are essential to human health. While the two are often lumped together under the acronym WASH (Water, Sanitation and Hygiene), we here at the Skoll Foundation see them as distinct, though closely related issues. The world achieved the Millennium Development Goal (MDG) of halving the proportion of the population without sustainable access to safe drinking water in 2010, ahead of schedule, but sanitation lags far behind, with 2.5 billion people still lacking access to improved sanitation. There are a host of explanations that contribute to this gap:…
  • Sustainable Development Goals Must Tackle Neglected Tropical Diseases

    Jake Wadland
    10 Aug 2015 | 4:00 pm
    With the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) about to expire, the global health community is looking back on major accomplishments in reducing poverty and improving health over the last 15 years. Perhaps one of the greatest surprises has been the success of international efforts to tackle neglected tropical diseases (NTDs). The World Health Organization estimates that nearly 1.8 billion people, including more than 800 million children, require annual treatment for NTDs. These parasitic and bacterial infections affect people for years or decades, mostly striking the world’s poorest, most…
  • On Former Battlefields, Pepper Harvest in Vietnam Yields a Brighter Future

    Jake Wadland
    10 Aug 2015 | 1:24 pm
    In Vietnam, on land that was recently riddled with landmines and unexploded ordnances, now stands a thriving pepper orchard. It is harvest time in central Vietnam and all over the region, working through the scorching heat, farmers and their families collect the valuable peppercorns from twenty-foot tall vines and prepare their crops for export. Harvesting pepper is a process that usually involves the entire family. This is the time of year when the long bamboo ladders come out, propped precariously against pepper poles. Farmers, armed with satchels slung around their shoulders that are ready…
 
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    Marc Gunther's blog

  • Amazon, Best Buy and the free rider problem

    Marc Gunther
    6 Aug 2015 | 5:01 pm
    Gap, Nike and Walmart can police their global supply chains to outlaw child labor but what about discount retailers and no-name brands? McDonald’s can become a leader around animal health and welfare but other fast-food chains need not follow. IKEA plans to power itself with 100 percent renewable energy while rivals who buy cheaper, coal-fired electricity […] << Click on the title of this article to read the rest of it on MarcGunther.com >>
  • I’m sorry to inform you that your pet is bad for the planet

    Marc Gunther
    31 Jul 2015 | 3:16 pm
    Aside from, perhaps, GMOs, few topics in the sustainable business arena are as emotional as pets. When my friend Erik Assadourian wrote a well-researched story for the Guardian last year asking whether pets are bad for the environment, he was assailed in the comments as a a “dumbass,” an “animal hater” and “an overpaid media […] << Click on the title of this article to read the rest of it on MarcGunther.com >>
  • The fossil fuel divestment movement is failing. Except it’s not.

    Marc Gunther
    27 Jul 2015 | 4:28 pm
    Despite all of the sound and fury set off by the campaign to divest fossil fuels — and there has been plenty — Bill McKibben, 350.org and their allies have persuaded only a handful of big institutions to sell off the coal, oil and gas holdings in their endowments. They’ve had little or no direct effect […] << Click on the title of this article to read the rest of it on MarcGunther.com >>
  • We’re losing the climate battle. So we may need to harvest CO2 from the sky.

    Marc Gunther
    15 Jul 2015 | 12:11 pm
    The Guardian this week published my latest story about direct air capture of CO2, a topic that has fascinated me since the late 2000s. My 2012 Amazon Kindle Single, Suck It Up: How capturing carbon from the air can help solve the climate crisis, chronicled the very beginnings of the air capture story;  since then, […] << Click on the title of this article to read the rest of it on MarcGunther.com >>
  • Hershey’s, and the limits of certified chocolate

    Marc Gunther
    10 Jul 2015 | 12:30 pm
    Silly me. I thought the world’s cocoa farmers, most of whom are poor, would surely benefit when global chocolate companies, including Hershey’s, Mars and Nestle, made major commitments to buy certified cocoa. Hershey’s and Mars pledged to certify 100 percent of their cocoa as sustainably produced by 2020, while Nestle has made a variety of commitments […] << 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

  • “Transparent Until it Hurts”: What Does It Mean?

    Jake Wadland
    15 Aug 2015 | 4:39 pm
    At Possible, one of the principles in our For-Impact Culture Code states, “We are transparent until it hurts.” It’s a bold statement, but also a common one. Many nonprofits boast transparency in order to dodge skeptics and satisfy donors. I was extremely curious about what transparency meant for Possible before I made the decision to join the team last May. Over the past 15 months, I’ve learned not only what transparency means for Possible, but why it’s crucial to our core mission. While external perception is a part of it, transparency is really about solving problems for our…
  • Five Mistakes That Social Entrepreneurs Make When Crafting Their Brands

    Jake Wadland
    12 Aug 2015 | 2:51 pm
    As a brand developer, I’ve met countless social entrepreneurs all over the world: people with an extreme passion for social or environmental impact. They have a lot to master in order to make their ventures succeed – from setting up a production chain, to technology, HR, complex investment structures, and more. Branding is yet another discipline to conquer, and though entrepreneurs see it as crucial, they often feel they lack the knowledge and skills to make it work for them. When entrepreneurs approach me, it is usually after having undertaken some form of branding on their own, and…
  • Envisioning a World With Sanitation For All

    Jake Wadland
    12 Aug 2015 | 9:38 am
    Safe drinking water and basic sanitation are essential to human health. While the two are often lumped together under the acronym WASH (Water, Sanitation and Hygiene), we here at the Skoll Foundation see them as distinct, though closely related issues. The world achieved the Millennium Development Goal (MDG) of halving the proportion of the population without sustainable access to safe drinking water in 2010, ahead of schedule, but sanitation lags far behind, with 2.5 billion people still lacking access to improved sanitation. There are a host of explanations that contribute to this gap:…
  • Sustainable Development Goals Must Tackle Neglected Tropical Diseases

    Jake Wadland
    10 Aug 2015 | 4:00 pm
    With the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) about to expire, the global health community is looking back on major accomplishments in reducing poverty and improving health over the last 15 years. Perhaps one of the greatest surprises has been the success of international efforts to tackle neglected tropical diseases (NTDs). The World Health Organization estimates that nearly 1.8 billion people, including more than 800 million children, require annual treatment for NTDs. These parasitic and bacterial infections affect people for years or decades, mostly striking the world’s poorest, most…
  • On Former Battlefields, Pepper Harvest in Vietnam Yields a Brighter Future

    Jake Wadland
    10 Aug 2015 | 1:24 pm
    In Vietnam, on land that was recently riddled with landmines and unexploded ordnances, now stands a thriving pepper orchard. It is harvest time in central Vietnam and all over the region, working through the scorching heat, farmers and their families collect the valuable peppercorns from twenty-foot tall vines and prepare their crops for export. Harvesting pepper is a process that usually involves the entire family. This is the time of year when the long bamboo ladders come out, propped precariously against pepper poles. Farmers, armed with satchels slung around their shoulders that are ready…
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    Global Envision

  • Global Ideas News Brief: Including women in financial inclusion

    Abby Haight
    27 Aug 2015 | 1:27 pm
    Image:  Financial inclusionRwanda's gender gap: banks must stop failing female entrepreneursThe GuardianIn Rwanda, only 35 percent of women have a bank account. This is holding some women back from developing their own businessesWaterThe three wonders of the ancient world solving modern water problemsThe GuardianIn Peru, Kenya and India, NGOs are helping communities overcome water scarcity using wisdom from the pastHuman rightsCasting a Tight NetStanford Social Innovation ReviewThe exploitation of workers in the Thai seafood industry is one of the worst examples of human rights abuse…
  • The death of the king: How trophy hunting helps and harms African communities

    Emma Fredieu
    18 Aug 2015 | 7:13 am
    Image:  For 13 years, Cecil the lion had been a popular and beloved presence at Zimbabwe's Hwange National Park. So outrage–and tears–erupted when an American trophy hunter lured Cecil out of the protected park, shot him with a bow and arrow and tracked him for 40 hours before killing, skinning and beheading him.Photographs of Cecil’s death and the perceived callousness of the hunter created an easy-to-identify villain–in this case a dentist from Minnesota whose Yelp page became a target for those seeking revenge for Cecil. Zimbabwe called for the extradition…
  • WHAT'S THE BIG DEAL? THE TRANS-PACIFIC PARTNERSHIP

    Sophie Westover
    13 Aug 2015 | 1:09 pm
    Image:  If you’ve never heard of the Trans-Pacific Partnership, don’t worry too much... It’s only the biggest trade deal in history. From the U.S. perspective, the partnership is, the “most progressive trade agreement the world has ever seen.” What does that mean? It’s a geopolitical maneuver aimed at offsetting China’s regional influence by boosting U.S. exports. And it’s a high priority for the Obama Administration, which got the okay to ‘fast-track’ the agreement on June 23.The agreement is being negotiated between the…
  • Rawabi: Testing the Power of Planned Cities

    Emma Fredieu
    10 Aug 2015 | 10:11 am
    Image:  Rawabi means “hills” in Arabic. As Palestine's first-ever planned city, it also has come to mean historic.Rawabi, 12 miles north of Jerusalem, is a lot of firsts: the largest construction project and the biggest built with private foreign investments in Palestinian territories. It targets the middle class with affordable mortgages and, with a planned population of 40,000, will include education and health services, cultural centers, public parks, and up to 10,000 jobs.But, a recently-resolved dispute with Israeli officials over connecting the new $850 million…
  • Business and Technology Lift Communities out of Poverty, says President Obama

    Emma Fredieu
    2 Aug 2015 | 9:05 am
    Image:  "People are being lifted out of poverty, incomes are up, the middle class is growing and young people like you are harnessing technology to change the way Africa is doing busines."- President Barack Obama, addressing the link between ending poverty and advancing entrepreneurship in Africa at the Global Entrepreneurship Summit hosted by the United Nations in Nairobi, Kenya. Articles You Might Like: Weighing in on Obama’s Power Africa program: Pros and consMobile Tech: a peaceful yet powerful weapon in KenyaGaza Sky Geeks: Supporting tech entrepreneurs in the Gaza…
 
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    Beneblog: Technology Meets Society

  • Help Wanted: Wildcards!

    10 Aug 2015 | 7:06 am
    Are you someone who is burning to make a difference? Someone who values doing good over a whopping salary? Do you want flexibility in your job? Benetech wants to hear from you! It’s hard for most organizations to accommodate nonstandard approaches to work. There are jobs that need doing, and most places have a standard model for doing them. However, Benetech is not a standard place! Consider what makes Benetech unique: Women Majority: The majority of Benetech’s executives, managers, professional staff and overall team are women. How many tech companies can say that!Rights-focused:…
  • Open Source Means Strong Security

    11 Jun 2015 | 6:43 am
    “Your secure software is open source: doesn’t that make it less secure?”This is a recurring question that we get at Benetech about Martus—our free, strongly encrypted tool for secure collection and management of sensitive information, built and provided by the Benetech Human Rights Program. It’s an important question for us and for all of our peers developing secure software in today’s post-Snowden environment of fear and worry about surveillance. We strongly believe not only that open source is compatible with digital security, but that it’s also essential for it.Let me explain…
  • Are You Passionate about Technology and Social Good? Benetech Needs You!

    8 Jun 2015 | 8:36 am
    Guest post by Betsy Beaumon, President, BenetechWe are seeking visionary leaders to join Benetech in applying technology to advance the rights of disadvantaged people around the world. Technology is playing an ever larger role in increasing respect for human rights and delivering better services, and we have two rare opportunities to lead world-class tech-for-good programs. Benetech is hiring new Vice Presidents for our Global Literacy and Human Rights programs.You are the leader we are looking for if you see the combination of social good and businesslike management as the answer to…
  • Proud Father and Husband: Concert in Palo Alto

    5 Jun 2015 | 6:41 pm
    Every once in a while, the Beneblog features something of personal importance to me.I'm very excited (and proud) about an exciting concert coming up soon in Palo Alto. My daughter, Kate Fruchterman, will be returning briefly to the area the evening of June 17th to give a concert.  Kate will be heading to Europe this fall to sing professionally in Italy for the Turin Opera Company, as the winner of one of three Opera Foundation Scholarships.As I said at the Skoll World Forum this year after hearing Monica Yunus, the famous opera singer and daughter of leading social entrepreneur Muhammad…
  • Optimistic about Marrakesh Treaty!

    27 May 2015 | 11:35 am
    The World Blind Union’s (WBU) Right to Read campaign for ratification of the Marrakesh Treaty just concluded two days of meetings in Berlin, Germany. The attendees were mostly the regional coordinators of the campaign, and the news was good. I found the optimism exciting: it seems like we’re moving quickly to getting twenty countries to ratify the Treaty. It even seems likely that it could happen in 2015!A highlight of the meeting for me was going through the list of countries that have already ratified, will or probably will ratify (in WBU’s opinion), and those that possibly will…
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    Environmental Leader

  • Making It Less Costly to Become Sustainable

    Karen Henry
    1 Sep 2015 | 5:16 am
    Benjamin Franklin supposedly once said, “If you fail to plan, you are planning to fail,” and that certainly applies to facilities as they transfer to greener and more sustainable operating strategies. Planning can be a challenge. Unless building owners and managers are willing or able to pay consultants hundreds, if not thousands, of dollars to […]
  • Circular Economy Product Design Challenge Kicks Off

    Jessica Lyons Hardcastle
    1 Sep 2015 | 5:00 am
    The Cradle to Cradle Products Innovation Institute and 3D design software firm Autodesk are calling on product designers to fuel the circular economy by participating in the second Cradle to Cradle Product Design Challenge. The challenge kicks off today and gives designers a chance to win up to $6,000 for an innovative design that creatively […]
  • EPA Rules Target Hazardous Waste Management

    Jessica Lyons Hardcastle
    1 Sep 2015 | 4:45 am
    The EPA yesterday proposed two new hazardous waste rules that the agency says will strengthen environmental protection while reducing regulatory burden on businesses. One of the proposed rules aims to protect waterways, including drinking and surface water, by preventing the flushing of hazardous waste pharmaceuticals and simplify the requirements for healthcare workers. The EPA says […]
  • Cambridge’s Traveling Water Screens Prevent Clogging in Chemical Cooling Towers

    Jessica Lyons Hardcastle
    1 Sep 2015 | 4:32 am
    Cambridge EnTech, the environmental and energy products division of Cambridge Engineered Solutions, has designed and manufactured eight pairs of traveling water screens recently installed in new cooling tower systems for El Dorado Chemical. The rotating water screens are part of a refurbished production line for ammonium nitrate and sulfuric acid manufactured at the company’s El […]
  • Alternatives for Monetizing Landfill Gas

    Karen Henry
    1 Sep 2015 | 4:31 am
    The viability of landfill gas-to-energy (LFGTE) projects has traditionally been predicated on a reasonably high price for electricity and a cost advantage of landfill gas (LFG) over natural gas. However, the traditional business model for LFGTE projects is eroding, Forester Daily News reports. Increases in fracking and horizontal drilling have increased US gas production, resulting in […]
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    Skoll World Forum on Social Entrepreneurship

  • “Transparent Until it Hurts”: What Does It Mean?

    Jake Wadland
    15 Aug 2015 | 4:39 pm
    At Possible, one of the principles in our For-Impact Culture Code states, “We are transparent until it hurts.” It’s a bold statement, but also a common one. Many nonprofits boast transparency in order to dodge skeptics and satisfy donors. I was extremely curious about what transparency meant for Possible before I made the decision to join the team last May. Over the past 15 months, I’ve learned not only what transparency means for Possible, but why it’s crucial to our core mission. While external perception is a part of it, transparency is really about solving problems for our…
  • Five Mistakes That Social Entrepreneurs Make When Crafting Their Brands

    Jake Wadland
    12 Aug 2015 | 2:51 pm
    As a brand developer, I’ve met countless social entrepreneurs all over the world: people with an extreme passion for social or environmental impact. They have a lot to master in order to make their ventures succeed – from setting up a production chain, to technology, HR, complex investment structures, and more. Branding is yet another discipline to conquer, and though entrepreneurs see it as crucial, they often feel they lack the knowledge and skills to make it work for them. When entrepreneurs approach me, it is usually after having undertaken some form of branding on their own, and…
  • Envisioning a World With Sanitation For All

    Jake Wadland
    12 Aug 2015 | 9:38 am
    Safe drinking water and basic sanitation are essential to human health. While the two are often lumped together under the acronym WASH (Water, Sanitation and Hygiene), we here at the Skoll Foundation see them as distinct, though closely related issues. The world achieved the Millennium Development Goal (MDG) of halving the proportion of the population without sustainable access to safe drinking water in 2010, ahead of schedule, but sanitation lags far behind, with 2.5 billion people still lacking access to improved sanitation. There are a host of explanations that contribute to this gap:…
  • Sustainable Development Goals Must Tackle Neglected Tropical Diseases

    Jake Wadland
    10 Aug 2015 | 4:00 pm
    With the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) about to expire, the global health community is looking back on major accomplishments in reducing poverty and improving health over the last 15 years. Perhaps one of the greatest surprises has been the success of international efforts to tackle neglected tropical diseases (NTDs). The World Health Organization estimates that nearly 1.8 billion people, including more than 800 million children, require annual treatment for NTDs. These parasitic and bacterial infections affect people for years or decades, mostly striking the world’s poorest, most…
  • On Former Battlefields, Pepper Harvest in Vietnam Yields a Brighter Future

    Jake Wadland
    10 Aug 2015 | 1:24 pm
    In Vietnam, on land that was recently riddled with landmines and unexploded ordnances, now stands a thriving pepper orchard. It is harvest time in central Vietnam and all over the region, working through the scorching heat, farmers and their families collect the valuable peppercorns from twenty-foot tall vines and prepare their crops for export. Harvesting pepper is a process that usually involves the entire family. This is the time of year when the long bamboo ladders come out, propped precariously against pepper poles. Farmers, armed with satchels slung around their shoulders that are ready…
 
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    GlobalGiving Projects - Just added

  • supporting 55 saltpan workers' children education

    Sundaram Palanivel
    13 Aug 2015 | 11:23 am
    $10 — can support dress and school bag$15 — can provide 5 children's notes book, pen, pencil, etc$55 — can help for one month health checkupSummaryThis Tuition centre aims to support education and protection of 55 semi-orphan saltpan workers' children. These centers provide Tuition, nutrias, uniform and recreation. The centre has 4 part time teachers cum care taker. The children are studying from Ist to VI th std and continue school going and their education progress are followed and reviewed. Monthly test and parents counseling are taken every…
  • Save Women & girls from Violence-India

    Vincent paul Bellamkonda
    13 Aug 2015 | 11:15 am
    $50 — will help to provide printed material for one village$75 — will help to conduct awareness campaign$100 — will help to start men & boys clubs to protect women from violenceSummaryViolence against women & girls are of gender relations that assumes men to be superior to women. It gives the subordinate status to women; gender violence is considered normal and enjoys social sanction. Physical aggression, such as blows of varying intensity, burns, attempted hanging, sexual abuse and rape, psychological violence through insults, humiliation,…
  • Flood relief for displaced communities in Myanmar

    Navonel (Voni) Glick
    13 Aug 2015 | 6:48 am
    $10 — will give a family a basic food package$50 — can provide a water/hygiene solution for a family for a month$100 — supports the daily logistic costs on the groundSummaryThis project will provide food/non food items distributions and other forms of emergency relief for displaced communities in Myanmar's flood-hit Rakhine, Magway, Sagaing, Mandalay, and Chin states.Project Needs and BeneficiariesStarting on the 16th of July 2015, massive flooding across nearly 12 of Myanmar's 14 states have taken the lives of over 100 people and affected over…
  • Myanmar Flood Relief

    Gil Lima
    11 Aug 2015 | 1:39 pm
    $10 — could purchase a jerry can to transport and store water.$25 — could pay for a hygiene kit, which includes vital items such as soap, shampoo, bucket, toothpaste, toothbrush, towel, and a basin.$50 — could pay for a shelter kit, which provides families which emergency shelter and contains rope and tarp.SummarySave the Children has been working in Myanmar since 1995 and is well-positioned for a response. We have ongoing programs in the Chin, Magway and Takhine states, expert staff and pre-positioned stocks of relief materials already in the…
  • Inside TB

    Ellen Henderson-Madhavan
    11 Aug 2015 | 1:23 pm
    $10 — Contribute towards the grassroots distribution efforts of the project in Sub-Saharan Africa$25 — Contribute towards the grassroots distribution efforts of the project in Sub-Saharan Africa$50 — Contribute towards the grassroots distribution efforts of the project in Sub-Saharan AfricaSummaryTuberculosis (TB) is second only to HIV/AIDS as the greatest killer worldwide due to a single infectious agent (World Health Organization). To address this health epidemic, Discovery Learning Alliance is creating "Inside TB," a film for…
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    Echoing Green Blog

  • Social Impact Jobs August 2015

    Echoing Green
    25 Aug 2015 | 2:54 pm
    Photo courtesy of  Sanergy It's no secret that connections, conversations, and collaboration help to accelerate social change. We witness this daily, whether we're at game-changing summits on the state of entrepreneurship or hosting a conference that brings together social entrepreneurs working across issue areas. At Echoing Green, we are always working to extend our network of support, and to connect social impact champions from all over the globe who want to chisel away at the world's biggest problems. Maybe this month, this means you. Take a moment to look at the positions available at…
  • GES 2015: Collaboration Fuels the Future of Entrepreneurship

    Cheryl L. Dorsey
    20 Aug 2015 | 12:04 pm
    2015 Global Fellow Jehiel Oliver, founder of Hello Tractor, speaks at the GES 2015 opening panel.  By Cheryl Dorsey At the sixth annual Global Entrepreneurship Summit (GES) last month, I had the honor of joining President Obama, corporate leaders, and entrepreneurs—including several Echoing Green Fellows—to collaborate on growing the global entrepreneurial movement. Held in Nairobi, this year’s convening was strongly focused on Africa as a hub of innovation in entrepreneurship. Over the past few years, Echoing Green has noticed steady growth in the number of Fellowship applications we…
  • #EGFellows Making Headlines July 2015

    Echoing Green
    30 Jul 2015 | 6:42 am
    Echoing Green Fellows have the gall to think big.  For decades, these committed entrepreneurs have applied smart but untested ideas to address challenges in their communities across the globe. That committment to thinking big - and doing something about it - is what sets leaders of social innovation apart from the rest. As Cheryl Dorsey reflected about our newest class of Fellows, “where some investors look at all the negatives associated with doing business in these areas, others see it as an opportunity to fill a void.” Read on to see where in the world the 2015 Fellows are creating…
  • From Finalist to Fellow

    Scott Ballum Cohen
    29 Jul 2015 | 10:05 am
    What does it take to become and Echoing Green Fellow? We look for individuals who have both a great idea and the leadership qualities to put that idea into action. Only 3 percent of our applicants make it the Finalist round, and the hard work doesn’t stop there. The road from Finalist to Fellow is full of challenges and opportunities – see what it takes to for these applicants to bring their whole selves to the rigorous final steps of the selection process: May 13: Pitch Perfection 105 Finalists from forty-four countries convene in New York City to practice their pitches, connect with…
  • Africa's Next-Generation Social Entrepreneurs Are Ready. Are We?

    Cheryl L. Dorsey
    28 Jul 2015 | 3:26 pm
    2014 Climate Fellow Tom Osborn, founder of Greenchar, showing charcoal briquettes to prospective clients.  By Cheryl DorseyThis article originally appeared on Forbes. Last week, I joined President Obama and leaders from around the world to shine a spotlight on the importance of entrepreneurship to global development at the sixth Global Entrepreneurship Summit (GES) held in Nairobi, Kenya. This year’s Summit in Kenya was poised to showcase the vibrancy of innovation across Africa, and call for greater investment in the region. While it is exciting to see the growing interest and investment…
 
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    AfriGadget

  • The DIY Three-Wheeler

    Juergen Eichholz
    29 Aug 2015 | 6:15 am
    Kevin Becker recently moved to Kenya and built this great DIY three-wheeler for his son. “My son wants to be outside all of the time. This three-wheel cart allows him to pedal himself around like Fred Flintstone, or I can push him from behind with the handle. The larger wheels are good for the rough terrain on our farm. He can turn the front wheel to steer himself, or I can tilt the cart back so the front wheel is off the ground when I need to steer.” http://www.afrigadget.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/08/video-1440795606.mp4.mp4 The Three-Wheeler in action. “Except for the…
  • A Tablet for Africa?

    Jay Cousins
    22 Dec 2014 | 7:55 am
    For many of you reading this, the title of this article might lead you to a vision of one laptop per child – or some other Silicon Valley vision of progress for Africa. The technology I wish to discuss is slower and simpler. Full disclosure: it’s my invention. The Betabook is a portable whiteboard, which can be used with a smartphone for archiving, content creation, and social media sharing. During my time in Egypt working with the icehubs network, I tested the initial prototypes. Uses in this context included: Translation – through drawings (and the written text of others)…
  • SK8OPIA – Skate Ethiopia

    Juergen Eichholz
    23 Jul 2014 | 4:58 pm
    These are great news from our Ethiopia-based partner iceaddis: a student recently designed a new wheel for skateboards that can be produced in Ethiopia – made and designed in Africa. Reinventing the wheel? Eh! Bauhaus product design student Daniel Scheidler presented his bachelor project on affordable and locally appropriate vehicles for individual transport in Ethiopia. Through extensive field research in Addis Ababa, Daniel concluded that new roads of good quality have been built across the city and the country, but owning a car is still far too costly for the great majority of the…
  • Maker Faire Africa comes to Jo’Burg

    Juergen Eichholz
    8 Jul 2014 | 1:36 pm
    Maker Faire Africa was first held in Ghana in 2009, then Kenya 2010, Egypt 2011, Nigeria 2012 and now in South Africa 2014. It’s been an amazing thing to be a part of, and the best is to be there and see the local ingenuity, the practical inventions that are made by some of the smartest and scrappiest people in Africa. Makers from across Africa will join ZA Makers for 4-days of meet-ups, mash-ups, workshops, and seed-starting ideas for new collaborations in open innovation across the continent. When: Sept 3-6, 2014 December 3-6, 2014 Where: WITS (University of the Witwatersrand), exact…
  • The Mukombe

    Juergen Eichholz
    6 Apr 2014 | 7:53 am
    The Mukombe – Zimbabwe’s tippy tap Dr. Peter Morgan, winner of the 2013 Stockholm Water Prize and resident of Zimbabwe, recently shared the design of The Mukombe on the forum of the Sustainable Sanitation Alliance. The Mukombe is a hand washing device – a “tippy tap” as it is commonly known within the Water, Sanitation & Hygiene (WASH) scene – as it just requires a little tip to provide the user with just enough water to wash the hands. In water-arid areas, such a simple device can be essential to hygiene. Naturally occuring Mukombe “(The Mukombe)…
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    Timbuktu Chronicles

  • Jonas Somi's Forest Saving Tree Planting Project

    Emeka Okafor
    1 Sep 2015 | 3:00 am
    In SciDev: Jonas Somi is a 65-year-old farmer from Nkoasenga. He blames the village’s environmental problems on deforestation and so has started a tree-planting project. Somi is growing Grevillea robusta, more commonly known as silky oak, a species imported to Tanzania from Australia. image via SciDevThe fast-growing trees provide shade for Somi’s cash crops, including banana and coffee plants. Their roots retain the soil and reduce water runoff from the mountain slopes. This in turn reduces the need to irrigate the crops growing between the trees. Once mature, the trees can be harvested…
  • The Buyu Collection

    Emeka Okafor
    1 Sep 2015 | 12:51 am
    On Kickstarter: The Buyu Collection is bringing the vibrancy of African artisanship to those with international taste using the rare renewable Baobab fiber.
  • SnooCode: A solution to the lack of formal addresses

    Emeka Okafor
    31 Aug 2015 | 3:00 am
    From HowWeMadeIt: Ghana, like many African countries, is undergoing urbanisation. Some African cities are expanding so fast that maps are outdated the moment they are published. And the formal addressing system has just not kept up, with many roads and houses simply being built without names or numbers. For many Africans the best way to share their location is to try give directions using landmarks. Pass a church. Turn right at the blue wall. Next to the kiosk with the coca-cola sign. Eighth house on the left with the red roof. But Sesinam Dagadu (the founder)  has a simple, yet…
  • Curing HIV with lasers?

    Emeka Okafor
    30 Aug 2015 | 3:00 am
    Patience Mthunzi at TED: Swallowing pills to get medication is a quick, painless and often not entirely effective way of treating disease. A potentially better way? Lasers. In this passionate talk, TED Fellow Patience Mthunzi explains her idea to use lasers to deliver drugs directly to cells infected with HIV. It's early days yet, but could a cure be on the horizon?
  • HomeMade Cakes by Mumbi

    Emeka Okafor
    29 Aug 2015 | 3:00 am
    Exquisite confectionery design from Mumbi, in Kenya:
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    Skoll World Forum on Social Entrepreneurship

  • “Transparent Until it Hurts”: What Does It Mean?

    Jake Wadland
    15 Aug 2015 | 4:39 pm
    At Possible, one of the principles in our For-Impact Culture Code states, “We are transparent until it hurts.” It’s a bold statement, but also a common one. Many nonprofits boast transparency in order to dodge skeptics and satisfy donors. I was extremely curious about what transparency meant for Possible before I made the decision to join the team last May. Over the past 15 months, I’ve learned not only what transparency means for Possible, but why it’s crucial to our core mission. While external perception is a part of it, transparency is really about solving problems for our…
  • Five Mistakes That Social Entrepreneurs Make When Crafting Their Brands

    Jake Wadland
    12 Aug 2015 | 2:51 pm
    As a brand developer, I’ve met countless social entrepreneurs all over the world: people with an extreme passion for social or environmental impact. They have a lot to master in order to make their ventures succeed – from setting up a production chain, to technology, HR, complex investment structures, and more. Branding is yet another discipline to conquer, and though entrepreneurs see it as crucial, they often feel they lack the knowledge and skills to make it work for them. When entrepreneurs approach me, it is usually after having undertaken some form of branding on their own, and…
  • Envisioning a World With Sanitation For All

    Jake Wadland
    12 Aug 2015 | 9:38 am
    Safe drinking water and basic sanitation are essential to human health. While the two are often lumped together under the acronym WASH (Water, Sanitation and Hygiene), we here at the Skoll Foundation see them as distinct, though closely related issues. The world achieved the Millennium Development Goal (MDG) of halving the proportion of the population without sustainable access to safe drinking water in 2010, ahead of schedule, but sanitation lags far behind, with 2.5 billion people still lacking access to improved sanitation. There are a host of explanations that contribute to this gap:…
  • Sustainable Development Goals Must Tackle Neglected Tropical Diseases

    Jake Wadland
    10 Aug 2015 | 4:00 pm
    With the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) about to expire, the global health community is looking back on major accomplishments in reducing poverty and improving health over the last 15 years. Perhaps one of the greatest surprises has been the success of international efforts to tackle neglected tropical diseases (NTDs). The World Health Organization estimates that nearly 1.8 billion people, including more than 800 million children, require annual treatment for NTDs. These parasitic and bacterial infections affect people for years or decades, mostly striking the world’s poorest, most…
  • On Former Battlefields, Pepper Harvest in Vietnam Yields a Brighter Future

    Jake Wadland
    10 Aug 2015 | 1:24 pm
    In Vietnam, on land that was recently riddled with landmines and unexploded ordnances, now stands a thriving pepper orchard. It is harvest time in central Vietnam and all over the region, working through the scorching heat, farmers and their families collect the valuable peppercorns from twenty-foot tall vines and prepare their crops for export. Harvesting pepper is a process that usually involves the entire family. This is the time of year when the long bamboo ladders come out, propped precariously against pepper poles. Farmers, armed with satchels slung around their shoulders that are ready…
 
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    Skoll World Forum on Social Entrepreneurship

  • “Transparent Until it Hurts”: What Does It Mean?

    Jake Wadland
    15 Aug 2015 | 4:39 pm
    At Possible, one of the principles in our For-Impact Culture Code states, “We are transparent until it hurts.” It’s a bold statement, but also a common one. Many nonprofits boast transparency in order to dodge skeptics and satisfy donors. I was extremely curious about what transparency meant for Possible before I made the decision to join the team last May. Over the past 15 months, I’ve learned not only what transparency means for Possible, but why it’s crucial to our core mission. While external perception is a part of it, transparency is really about solving problems for our…
  • Five Mistakes That Social Entrepreneurs Make When Crafting Their Brands

    Jake Wadland
    12 Aug 2015 | 2:51 pm
    As a brand developer, I’ve met countless social entrepreneurs all over the world: people with an extreme passion for social or environmental impact. They have a lot to master in order to make their ventures succeed – from setting up a production chain, to technology, HR, complex investment structures, and more. Branding is yet another discipline to conquer, and though entrepreneurs see it as crucial, they often feel they lack the knowledge and skills to make it work for them. When entrepreneurs approach me, it is usually after having undertaken some form of branding on their own, and…
  • Envisioning a World With Sanitation For All

    Jake Wadland
    12 Aug 2015 | 9:38 am
    Safe drinking water and basic sanitation are essential to human health. While the two are often lumped together under the acronym WASH (Water, Sanitation and Hygiene), we here at the Skoll Foundation see them as distinct, though closely related issues. The world achieved the Millennium Development Goal (MDG) of halving the proportion of the population without sustainable access to safe drinking water in 2010, ahead of schedule, but sanitation lags far behind, with 2.5 billion people still lacking access to improved sanitation. There are a host of explanations that contribute to this gap:…
  • Sustainable Development Goals Must Tackle Neglected Tropical Diseases

    Jake Wadland
    10 Aug 2015 | 4:00 pm
    With the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) about to expire, the global health community is looking back on major accomplishments in reducing poverty and improving health over the last 15 years. Perhaps one of the greatest surprises has been the success of international efforts to tackle neglected tropical diseases (NTDs). The World Health Organization estimates that nearly 1.8 billion people, including more than 800 million children, require annual treatment for NTDs. These parasitic and bacterial infections affect people for years or decades, mostly striking the world’s poorest, most…
  • On Former Battlefields, Pepper Harvest in Vietnam Yields a Brighter Future

    Jake Wadland
    10 Aug 2015 | 1:24 pm
    In Vietnam, on land that was recently riddled with landmines and unexploded ordnances, now stands a thriving pepper orchard. It is harvest time in central Vietnam and all over the region, working through the scorching heat, farmers and their families collect the valuable peppercorns from twenty-foot tall vines and prepare their crops for export. Harvesting pepper is a process that usually involves the entire family. This is the time of year when the long bamboo ladders come out, propped precariously against pepper poles. Farmers, armed with satchels slung around their shoulders that are ready…
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    Skoll World Forum on Social Entrepreneurship

  • “Transparent Until it Hurts”: What Does It Mean?

    Jake Wadland
    15 Aug 2015 | 4:39 pm
    At Possible, one of the principles in our For-Impact Culture Code states, “We are transparent until it hurts.” It’s a bold statement, but also a common one. Many nonprofits boast transparency in order to dodge skeptics and satisfy donors. I was extremely curious about what transparency meant for Possible before I made the decision to join the team last May. Over the past 15 months, I’ve learned not only what transparency means for Possible, but why it’s crucial to our core mission. While external perception is a part of it, transparency is really about solving problems for our…
  • Five Mistakes That Social Entrepreneurs Make When Crafting Their Brands

    Jake Wadland
    12 Aug 2015 | 2:51 pm
    As a brand developer, I’ve met countless social entrepreneurs all over the world: people with an extreme passion for social or environmental impact. They have a lot to master in order to make their ventures succeed – from setting up a production chain, to technology, HR, complex investment structures, and more. Branding is yet another discipline to conquer, and though entrepreneurs see it as crucial, they often feel they lack the knowledge and skills to make it work for them. When entrepreneurs approach me, it is usually after having undertaken some form of branding on their own, and…
  • Envisioning a World With Sanitation For All

    Jake Wadland
    12 Aug 2015 | 9:38 am
    Safe drinking water and basic sanitation are essential to human health. While the two are often lumped together under the acronym WASH (Water, Sanitation and Hygiene), we here at the Skoll Foundation see them as distinct, though closely related issues. The world achieved the Millennium Development Goal (MDG) of halving the proportion of the population without sustainable access to safe drinking water in 2010, ahead of schedule, but sanitation lags far behind, with 2.5 billion people still lacking access to improved sanitation. There are a host of explanations that contribute to this gap:…
  • Sustainable Development Goals Must Tackle Neglected Tropical Diseases

    Jake Wadland
    10 Aug 2015 | 4:00 pm
    With the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) about to expire, the global health community is looking back on major accomplishments in reducing poverty and improving health over the last 15 years. Perhaps one of the greatest surprises has been the success of international efforts to tackle neglected tropical diseases (NTDs). The World Health Organization estimates that nearly 1.8 billion people, including more than 800 million children, require annual treatment for NTDs. These parasitic and bacterial infections affect people for years or decades, mostly striking the world’s poorest, most…
  • On Former Battlefields, Pepper Harvest in Vietnam Yields a Brighter Future

    Jake Wadland
    10 Aug 2015 | 1:24 pm
    In Vietnam, on land that was recently riddled with landmines and unexploded ordnances, now stands a thriving pepper orchard. It is harvest time in central Vietnam and all over the region, working through the scorching heat, farmers and their families collect the valuable peppercorns from twenty-foot tall vines and prepare their crops for export. Harvesting pepper is a process that usually involves the entire family. This is the time of year when the long bamboo ladders come out, propped precariously against pepper poles. Farmers, armed with satchels slung around their shoulders that are ready…
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    Skoll World Forum on Social Entrepreneurship

  • “Transparent Until it Hurts”: What Does It Mean?

    Jake Wadland
    15 Aug 2015 | 4:39 pm
    At Possible, one of the principles in our For-Impact Culture Code states, “We are transparent until it hurts.” It’s a bold statement, but also a common one. Many nonprofits boast transparency in order to dodge skeptics and satisfy donors. I was extremely curious about what transparency meant for Possible before I made the decision to join the team last May. Over the past 15 months, I’ve learned not only what transparency means for Possible, but why it’s crucial to our core mission. While external perception is a part of it, transparency is really about solving problems for our…
  • Five Mistakes That Social Entrepreneurs Make When Crafting Their Brands

    Jake Wadland
    12 Aug 2015 | 2:51 pm
    As a brand developer, I’ve met countless social entrepreneurs all over the world: people with an extreme passion for social or environmental impact. They have a lot to master in order to make their ventures succeed – from setting up a production chain, to technology, HR, complex investment structures, and more. Branding is yet another discipline to conquer, and though entrepreneurs see it as crucial, they often feel they lack the knowledge and skills to make it work for them. When entrepreneurs approach me, it is usually after having undertaken some form of branding on their own, and…
  • Envisioning a World With Sanitation For All

    Jake Wadland
    12 Aug 2015 | 9:38 am
    Safe drinking water and basic sanitation are essential to human health. While the two are often lumped together under the acronym WASH (Water, Sanitation and Hygiene), we here at the Skoll Foundation see them as distinct, though closely related issues. The world achieved the Millennium Development Goal (MDG) of halving the proportion of the population without sustainable access to safe drinking water in 2010, ahead of schedule, but sanitation lags far behind, with 2.5 billion people still lacking access to improved sanitation. There are a host of explanations that contribute to this gap:…
  • Sustainable Development Goals Must Tackle Neglected Tropical Diseases

    Jake Wadland
    10 Aug 2015 | 4:00 pm
    With the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) about to expire, the global health community is looking back on major accomplishments in reducing poverty and improving health over the last 15 years. Perhaps one of the greatest surprises has been the success of international efforts to tackle neglected tropical diseases (NTDs). The World Health Organization estimates that nearly 1.8 billion people, including more than 800 million children, require annual treatment for NTDs. These parasitic and bacterial infections affect people for years or decades, mostly striking the world’s poorest, most…
  • On Former Battlefields, Pepper Harvest in Vietnam Yields a Brighter Future

    Jake Wadland
    10 Aug 2015 | 1:24 pm
    In Vietnam, on land that was recently riddled with landmines and unexploded ordnances, now stands a thriving pepper orchard. It is harvest time in central Vietnam and all over the region, working through the scorching heat, farmers and their families collect the valuable peppercorns from twenty-foot tall vines and prepare their crops for export. Harvesting pepper is a process that usually involves the entire family. This is the time of year when the long bamboo ladders come out, propped precariously against pepper poles. Farmers, armed with satchels slung around their shoulders that are ready…
 
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  • “Transparent Until it Hurts”: What Does It Mean?

    Jake Wadland
    15 Aug 2015 | 4:39 pm
    At Possible, one of the principles in our For-Impact Culture Code states, “We are transparent until it hurts.” It’s a bold statement, but also a common one. Many nonprofits boast transparency in order to dodge skeptics and satisfy donors. I was extremely curious about what transparency meant for Possible before I made the decision to join the team last May. Over the past 15 months, I’ve learned not only what transparency means for Possible, but why it’s crucial to our core mission. While external perception is a part of it, transparency is really about solving problems for our…
  • Five Mistakes That Social Entrepreneurs Make When Crafting Their Brands

    Jake Wadland
    12 Aug 2015 | 2:51 pm
    As a brand developer, I’ve met countless social entrepreneurs all over the world: people with an extreme passion for social or environmental impact. They have a lot to master in order to make their ventures succeed – from setting up a production chain, to technology, HR, complex investment structures, and more. Branding is yet another discipline to conquer, and though entrepreneurs see it as crucial, they often feel they lack the knowledge and skills to make it work for them. When entrepreneurs approach me, it is usually after having undertaken some form of branding on their own, and…
  • Envisioning a World With Sanitation For All

    Jake Wadland
    12 Aug 2015 | 9:38 am
    Safe drinking water and basic sanitation are essential to human health. While the two are often lumped together under the acronym WASH (Water, Sanitation and Hygiene), we here at the Skoll Foundation see them as distinct, though closely related issues. The world achieved the Millennium Development Goal (MDG) of halving the proportion of the population without sustainable access to safe drinking water in 2010, ahead of schedule, but sanitation lags far behind, with 2.5 billion people still lacking access to improved sanitation. There are a host of explanations that contribute to this gap:…
  • Sustainable Development Goals Must Tackle Neglected Tropical Diseases

    Jake Wadland
    10 Aug 2015 | 4:00 pm
    With the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) about to expire, the global health community is looking back on major accomplishments in reducing poverty and improving health over the last 15 years. Perhaps one of the greatest surprises has been the success of international efforts to tackle neglected tropical diseases (NTDs). The World Health Organization estimates that nearly 1.8 billion people, including more than 800 million children, require annual treatment for NTDs. These parasitic and bacterial infections affect people for years or decades, mostly striking the world’s poorest, most…
  • On Former Battlefields, Pepper Harvest in Vietnam Yields a Brighter Future

    Jake Wadland
    10 Aug 2015 | 1:24 pm
    In Vietnam, on land that was recently riddled with landmines and unexploded ordnances, now stands a thriving pepper orchard. It is harvest time in central Vietnam and all over the region, working through the scorching heat, farmers and their families collect the valuable peppercorns from twenty-foot tall vines and prepare their crops for export. Harvesting pepper is a process that usually involves the entire family. This is the time of year when the long bamboo ladders come out, propped precariously against pepper poles. Farmers, armed with satchels slung around their shoulders that are ready…
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    From Poverty to Power

  • Links I Liked

    Duncan Green
    31 Aug 2015 | 11:30 pm
    Dilbert explains: Why asking staff in big, cumbersome organizations to be more entrepreneurial is never going to work. Sorry. Useful tips here. Why presenting research & policy recommendations to governments is like discussing ugly babies with their parents Irony watch: Guy in ‘lower taxes, less government, more freedom’ T shirt thanks US government firefighters for saving his house Alex Evans was on form last week: Sweetly written piece on the transformational power and low cost of savings groups in Ethiopia and a top rant about wimpy climate change negotiators, previewing his…
  • Development 2.0, the Gift of Doubt and the Mapping of Difference: Welcome to the Future

    Duncan Green
    27 Aug 2015 | 11:30 pm
    Just came across this great post by the ODI’s Arnaldo Pellini, summarizing a recent talk by Michael Woolcock, the World Bank’s Lead Social Development Specialist. Michael is one of the big brains pushing the ‘Doing Development Differently’ agenda. What struck me in particular is the emphasis on the importance of ‘the mapping of variation’, which goes further than previous stuff I’ve read/talked about on just concentrating on outliers (‘positive deviance’). Such mapping, Woolcock argues, is one of the key roles for outsiders like aid agencies and INGOs. Interesting.
  • Is power a zero sum game? Does women’s empowerment lead to increased domestic violence?

    Duncan Green
    26 Aug 2015 | 11:30 pm
    I’ve been having an interesting exchange with colleagues at Oxfam America on the nature of power. They argue that empowerment is zero sum, i.e. one person acquiring power means that someone else has to lose it. In a new post, OA’s Gawain Kripke sets out their case. ‘The development community should recognize that women’s economic empowerment is a threat to established power holders. Women’s economic empowerment is a growing subsector within the development field.  There’s a lot of enthusiasm and new initiatives in this area.  And rightly so.  There are all sorts of good…
  • Embracing Complexity – a good new book on systems thinking (and action)

    Duncan Green
    25 Aug 2015 | 11:30 pm
    Jean Boulton is a regular both here on the blog and in the corridors of Oxfam. She’s a onetime theoretical physicist turned consultant, and one of her passions is complexity and systems thinking, and their implications for how organizations, including development agencies, go about their work. Now she’s teamed up with fellow lapsed physicist Peter Allen, and Cliff Bowman (a ‘theorist and practitioner of strategy’, whatever that is) to write Embracing Complexity: Strategic Perspectives for an Age of Turbulence,  a smart, 250 page introduction to complexity and its implications for…
  • When did you stop receiving email notifications of this blog?

    Duncan Green
    25 Aug 2015 | 4:41 am
    I know this is a bit like saying ‘raise your hand if you can’t hear me’, but we have a problem. This blog has amassed some 5000 email subscribers who should get an email with each new post, which is great. Unfortunately, a lot of them have been getting in touch to say they no longer get the notifications. When they go to the site to check, it tells them they are already subscribed. The wonderful webgeek who sorts this kind of thing out says it would help to know when people stopped receiving the emails. So fingers crossed that your inbox management is just as bad as mine-…
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    CIPE Development Blog

  • How Average Citizens are Helping Set Budget Priorities in Kenya

    Lars Benson
    1 Sep 2015 | 8:08 am
    “There is no development that can be done if it’s not budgeted for.” These are the words of Edwin Kiprono, the president of Kerio Community Trust Fund, explaining the importance of citizen’s alternative budgets in Kenya. In 2010, Kenya adopted … Continue reading →
  • Could Armenia Be One of the Biggest Beneficiaries of the Iran Nuclear Deal?

    Guest
    31 Aug 2015 | 8:20 am
    The much-analyzed nuclear deal with Iran to lift international sanctions is, if approved, expected to have a substantial impact on the Iranian economy by enabling the country to increase its oil and gas exports and by creating new possibilities for foreign direct investment (FDI). Many observers hope that the deal will allow for increased interaction with multinational companies and could help...
  • How Bitcoin Could Cut the Cost of Remittances and Aid

    Guest
    28 Aug 2015 | 11:07 am
    Those wishing to send aid, remittances, and investment overseas face exchange rate manipulation and inflated fees when using traditional money transfer services. One emerging alternative to using these services is to transfer Bitcoin internationally. Bitcoin is alluring because financial institutions do not manage its online trade. The transfer of Bitcoin is therefore much less costly than...
  • Democracy that Delivers through Better Governance

    Teodora Mihaylova
    25 Aug 2015 | 11:43 am
    Major global trends are changing the way we approach international assistance and policy reform. Private sector-led growth has produced enormous opportunities, even as market freedom and access to opportunity remain uneven. Political upheaval has raised hopes for democratic freedoms, yet freedom too often is undermined by poor governance. Governance reforms must adjust to these shifting...
  • Women Mentoring Women in Nicaragua

    Stephanie Bandyk
    20 Aug 2015 | 12:54 pm
    Dismal statistics state that 90 percent of start-ups will fail. But mentorship can help turn such potential points for failure into opportunities for success. By identifying the toughest moments faced by aspiring and starting entrepreneurs – particularly those who are women – support can be better targeted so that such barriers can be overcome. In a partnership with Red de Empresarias de...
 
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    ODI Opinion

  • Cash transfers rigorous literature review

    18 Dec 2015 | 12:00 am
    Assessing and synthesising evidence on cash transfer programmes, including the impact of variations in cash transfer design and implementation.
  • Starting strong: from SDG ambition to action

    25 Sep 2015 | 12:00 am
    ​September marks the end of the Millennium Development Goals and the launch of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Join us for a debate on the first steps needed to prioritise efforts to move beyond the status quo and the launch of a new flagship report outlining projections for each of the SDGs
  • Understanding economic transformation in Africa

    23 Sep 2015 | 12:00 am
    This event organised by ODI’s Supporting Economic Transformation (SET) programme will discuss where we are going wrong and what should we be doing differently if we want to properly understand the prospects of economic transformation in low income countries.
  • Strengthening maternal and child health in Asia

    18 Sep 2015 | 12:00 am
    ODI, CARE International UK and GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) are hosting an event to highlight learnings from the CARE-GSK corporate partnership in Asia.
  • Knowledge for climate action: a manifesto for change

    17 Sep 2015 | 12:00 am
    At a time of information abundance, the role of climate knowledge brokers has become integral to spurring climate action.
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    PHILANTHROPY 2173

  • The blockchain and civil society

    Lucy Bernholz
    31 Aug 2015 | 11:00 am
    (Photo; BTC Keychain)A lot of the excitement about the blockchain - the distributed ledger technology that undergirds currencies such as bitcoin - has to do with the potential of distributed authority and record keeping. Super enthusiasts think it could do away with traditional regulatory practices and intermediaries.I think the pendulum of history will show that such a tech-dependent, unmonitored future is not without real challenges and won't come to pass. By now we ought to accept that algorithms alone don't provide due process, recourse and redress procedures, or protection against…
  • A memorial to free speech

    Lucy Bernholz
    17 Aug 2015 | 12:24 pm
    This stopped me in my tracks this morning. Apropos my comments about park benches on the Internet, let us hope we don't yet need to memorialize free speech.(Valencia Street, San Francisco, August 17, 2015.)In case you can't read the plaque, here's a closeup of the text: And another view.
  • Park benches on the internet

    Lucy Bernholz
    12 Aug 2015 | 5:30 pm
    Park benches are really important. They are places where you can grab a seat by yourself and read without anyone else knowing what you're reading. Or sit with a friend and chat and not be overheard. Or step out at midday with a work colleague to complain about your boss or plan your startup, without being listened to.  Our actions on the Internet are listened to. Monitored. Scraped. Mined. Stored. If you read a book on a Kindle, Amazon knows the page number where you stopped. Read blogs, websites, Tumblr posts, newsletters - all tracked. Social media - stored. Text messages - stored.
  • When what was new becomes old

    Lucy Bernholz
    24 Jul 2015 | 10:35 am
    Alliance Magazine published my article,  From the Edge to the Middle, a few months ago and has now made it available for free to everyone.Enjoy.
  • (what if) we are not alone

    Lucy Bernholz
    20 Jul 2015 | 2:52 pm
    (photo: http://www.hawking.org.uk/images.html)Today's headlines are bursting with announcements of Yuri Milner's $100 million gift in search of alien life. Professor Hawking (pictured above) accompanied Mr. Milner when he made the announcement. Let's suppose this philanthropic grant is effective. The scientists find extraterrestrial intelligent life.  Does the fact that the search was philanthropically-funded matter?Does Mr. Milner get first dibs on meeting our new neighbors?Do the UC scientists get to negotiate international(galactic) diplomatic ties?Do all the citizen scientists who've…
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    Socializing

  • Russian Reflection

    10 Aug 2015 | 1:20 am
    I've always been supportive and appreciative of the open society notion. Even if one is critical of the means used by Mr. Soros -- and I know many people can be -- the notion that people have access to information, travel and experience new places is a means to a better end, I have to believe. This is so different than other media outlets that use the pretty slogans, but then just try to drown
  • Re-writing History -- Kenya and Beyond

    4 Aug 2015 | 8:06 am
    This Radio Lab story on the Mau Mau rebellion in Kenya and British response is gripping. It seems like Radio Lab was a bit late getting the story since the importance of Hanslope Park, where the documents were stored, was discussed years ago.  But it appears from this article in Feb. 2014 that it will be a while before anyone learns much more... Since its existence was quietly made public in
  • No Proof

    5 May 2015 | 3:06 am
    Further to my post about having a numb mind, here is the response to a report that claims there are chemicals typically found in fracking fluid that have been found in drinking wells. The industry criticized the new study, saying that it provided no proof that the chemical came from a nearby well. The full title of the article, Fracking Chemicals Detected in Pennsylvania Drinking Water, as well
  • Numb Mind

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

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

  • Celebrating the success of d.light

    Jacqueline Novogratz
    10 Aug 2015 | 8:28 am
    Last week, d.light’s co-founder, Sam Goldman, welcomed President Obama in Nairobi and had the opportunity to share the company’s impact of bringing affordable, clean light to more than 50 million individuals in 62 countries. This is real change. d.light was one of our first investments in clean energy. Sam and his co-founder, Ned Tozun, were two young Stanford grads with a big dream to eradicate kerosene. In 2007, their solar lamp was still in the prototype phase, but we believed in their vision and could sense their conviction. Since then, we’ve supported the company with different…
  • Robert (Bob) Collymore of Safaricom Limited Joins Acumen’s Board Of Directors

    Acumen
    5 Aug 2015 | 1:40 pm
    Acumen announced today that Bob Collymore, CEO of Safaricom Limited, will join its Board of Directors. Collymore, who has been at the helm of the Kenyan communications company since 2010, previously sat on the Advisory Council of the nonprofit social venture fund founded by Jacqueline Novogratz. He has more than 30 years in the telecommunications sector working in Africa as well as Asia and Europe. “Bob is an incredibly respected leader but, more importantly, he is passionate about catalyzing business to transform and empower communities,” Novogratz said. “Throughout his career, he has…
  • Announcing Acumen’s 2016 Global Fellows

    Acumen
    9 Jul 2015 | 7:00 am
    Standing—and working—with the poor requires resilience and determination. When we established Acumen’s Global Fellowship 10 years ago, we were looking for those bright minds and big thinkers who not only possessed the moral imagination to envision a world beyond poverty but also the courage and resolve to commit their lives to making that vision a reality. The Global Fellowship is a yearlong leadership development program designed to equip social leaders with the knowledge, support system and practical wisdom to build a better, more inclusive world. We see our Global Fellows as the…
  • Acumen Makes First Cookstove Investment with BURN Manufacturing

    Acumen
    11 Jun 2015 | 8:59 pm
    Acumen announces its new investment in BURN Manufacturing, a cookstove company that aims to transform the lives of Kenyans with its low-cost, energy-efficient design. Today, more than 90 percent of Kenya lacks access to modern energy and clean cooking facilities and rely on traditional wood or charcoal stoves that pose serious threats to the country’s health and environment. The innovative design of BURN’s charcoal stove cuts fuel consumption by 56 percent and reduces carbon emissions by 65 percent to help Kenyans save a significant amount of money and improve their standard of living…
  • Acumen, Dow and Unilever Support Social Enterprises Across East and West Africa Through Technical Assistance Initiative

    Acumen
    11 May 2015 | 10:30 pm
    Acumen, together with The Dow Chemical Company and Unilever, launched its third annual Collaboration Summit in Nairobi today. Bringing together Acumen’s social enterprises from East and West Africa with leading international companies, the summit is part of Acumen’s Technical Assistance Initiative, which aims to accelerate the growth and impact of enterprises working in agriculture, energy, health care, and water and sanitation to better serve the region’s poor. By creating an occasion for emerging companies and multinational corporations to collaborate, the summit cultivates…
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    Women's World Banking

  • Can digital savings be the path to women’s financial inclusion?

    Gayle Gatchalian
    31 Aug 2015 | 7:10 am
    August 31, 2015 By Maura Hart, Manager, Knowledge and Communications Say you’re a woman living in the developing world, and you’re working to save money. In fact you’re a conscientious saver, generally squirreling away 10 to 15 percent of your earnings while still managing the household budget and frequently loaning to family members in need. Yet you have little access to formal banking, perhaps because the nearest bank is simply too far away to visit regularly. What do you do? Maybe you join a neighborhood savings club or purchase excess stock for your business. More often, though, you…
  • #BuildOnBeijing Twitter Chat

    Gayle Gatchalian
    25 Aug 2015 | 11:06 am
    This year marks the 20th anniversary of the Fourth World Conference on Women and the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action, the most progressive blueprint ever for advancing women’s rights. Together with partners and advocates who are continuing the fight for women’s economic empowerment, Women’s World Banking is celebrating this anniversary to acknowledge those who paved the way for what we now call financial inclusion with the #BuildOnBeijing Twitter Chat on Tuesday, September 15 at 11AM EDT. Together with Women’s World Banking (@womensworldbnkg), The Clinton…
  • Anjali Banthia at the SEEP Network Annual Conference

    Gayle Gatchalian
    21 Aug 2015 | 5:36 am
    Product Development Specialist Anjali Banthia will be presenting on a panel at this year’s SEEP Network Annual Conference, “Inclusion and Resilience: The Next Challenge” to be held in Washington D.C. from September 28 to October 1. Anjali will be part of the following panel: Increasing Resilience through Hospitalization Coverage: Case Studies from Africa Health issues, especially those resulting in hospitalization, can financially devastate low-income families. The total costs of hospitalization—including medical fees, transportation, and lost income—often exceed…
  • Karen Miller at the AFI Global Policy 2015 Forum

    Gayle Gatchalian
    20 Aug 2015 | 7:25 am
    Chief Knowledge and Communications Officer Karen Miller will be speaking at the Alliance for Financial Inclusion’s Global Policy Forum, to be held from September 1 to 4 in Maputo, Mozambique. Data Strategies for Financial Inclusion of Women Gender-disaggregated data is critical to identify the barriers to financial inclusion of women and the development of public policies to mitigate them. This session will showcase some of the ongoing initiatives of AFI members that have taken specific steps to tackle this challenge in order to close the gender gap in…
  • Anna Gincherman at the Responsible Finance Forum

    Gayle Gatchalian
    20 Aug 2015 | 7:19 am
    Chief Product Development Officer Anna Gincherman will be speaking on a panel at the “Responsible Finance Forum VI: Evidence and Innovation for Scaling Responsible Digital Finance,” to be held from September 7 to 9 in Antalya, Turkey. This Sixth Annual Responsible Finance Forum (RFFVI) brings together, policymakers, financial service providers, and researchers for an evidence-based, interactive discussion on advancing inclusive and responsible financial services, financial capability programs, private sector initiatives and proportionate consumer protection measures in a digital…
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    Ideas for development

  • Fiscalité internationale : si on changeait les règles du jeu ?

    Manon Aubry
    1 Sep 2015 | 3:33 am
     Cette tribune est publiée dans le cadre de notre partenariat avec Les failles du système fiscal international permettent aux entreprises d’échapper massivement à l’impôt. Les... Cet article Fiscalité internationale : si on changeait les règles du jeu ? est apparu en premier sur Ideas for development.
  • Le fonds vert, un dispositif prometteur pour le financement du développement durable ?

    Pierre Forestier
    27 Aug 2015 | 6:07 am
    Quelle est la valeur ajoutée du Fonds vert par rapport à la finance climat déjà existante ? Le défi de la lutte contre le dérèglement climatique... Cet article Le fonds vert, un dispositif prometteur pour le financement du développement durable ? est apparu en premier sur Ideas for development.
  • Le rôle des institutions financières de développement dans la promotion de la RSE

    Idées pour le développement
    26 Aug 2015 | 3:21 am
    Créateur d’emplois, source de revenus pour les États, le secteur privé est un acteur incontournable du développement. Pour soutenir une croissance durable, son engagement à... Cet article Le rôle des institutions financières de développement dans la promotion de la RSE est apparu en premier sur Ideas for development.
  • La mise à disposition des données : une avancée pour les acteurs du développement ?

    Susannah Robinson
    25 Aug 2015 | 3:22 am
    Cette tribune est publiée dans le cadre de notre partenariat avec La maîtrise des données étant de plus en plus souvent dans les mains du public,... Cet article La mise à disposition des données : une avancée pour les acteurs du développement ? est apparu en premier sur Ideas for development.
  • Quels défis pour les villes africaines face au changement climatique ?

    Idées pour le développement
    20 Aug 2015 | 3:12 am
    Photo : Kinshasa – © Antoine Moens de Hase   Les estimations de l’ONU sont édifiantes : parmi les 1,2 milliards d’habitants supplémentaires que devrait compter... Cet article Quels défis pour les villes africaines face au changement climatique ? est apparu en premier sur Ideas for development.
 
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    (BLOG)RED

  • (BACK TO SCHOOL)RED

    31 Aug 2015 | 7:38 am
    Going back to school can be tough. We’re here so it doesn’t have to be.(RED) products help save lives — by providing life-saving HIV medication to those who need it most— and save you — when you’re late for class, pulling an all nighter or getting back into the swing of things.We have a feeling this will be your best year yet.When you can't stand the library cubicle anymore:(FATBOY)RED Bean BagWhen your phones on 2% but you need to Snapchat your crush:(MOPHIE)RED juice pack air for iPhone 6When you need a friend for wine night:(ALESSI)RED Alessadro M. & Anna G.
  • (RED) in Rwanda

    31 Aug 2015 | 6:53 am
    This blog post is by Deborah Dugan, CEO of (RED)This past week, I had the privilege of traveling to Africa with (RED) co-founder Bono and other (RED) champions to witness first-hand the impact of programs we support that enable people to access greater health and prosperity.In particular, it was a proud moment for (RED) to see the hugely impressive AIDS programs in Rwanda, which benefit directly from the funds that our partners have generated.  Rwanda was (RED)'s first grantee country in 2006 and has since received $79 million from (RED), which accounts for 11.6% of the Global…
  • INC(RED)IBLE NEWS: 15 Million People on HIV Treatment

    14 Jul 2015 | 2:56 pm
    Today, the world is celebrating an incredible milestone in the AIDS fight. 15 million people living with HIV are now on life-saving treatment — a goal met 9 months ahead of schedule — according to a new UNAIDS report.This milestone was deemed impossible when the MDGs were set in 2000. Every day, 8,500 people were becoming newly infected with HIV and 4,300 people were dying of AIDS-related illnesses. If you had HIV, where you lived determined whether you lived. Life-saving medicine was only available to a few. Millions died—needlessly.Today the world was a very different place. Today’s…
  • UberEATS goes (RED) to fight AIDS

    22 Jun 2015 | 9:00 am
    This week, Uber is going (RED). From June 22–27 in New York and Chicago, and June 22–29 in Los Angeles, UberEATS joins the thousands of restaurants, bars and food trucks already supporting EAT (RED) DRINK (RED) SAVE LIVES by donating $3 per delivery to fight AIDS.Ordering lunch through UberEATS is just as easy as requesting a ride:Open the Uber app and slide over to EATS Enter your address or move the pin to your location, and tap VIEW MENU(RED) meals that contribute to fighting AIDS will be highlightedSelect the number of meals, tap PLACE ORDER, and your driver will be curbside…
  • 19 Jun 2015 | 11:41 am

    19 Jun 2015 | 11:41 am
    #SambaGoesRED for International Sushi Day The Sushi & Sake InstameetThere's an International Sushi Day, you ask? Yes. June 18 and what better way to celebrate than with our friends at Sushi Samba and a group of our favorite Instagramers to celebrate EAT (RED) - sushi style. It was a great night. (RED) rolls....it's a thing. The Sushi Samba rooftop looking INC(RED)IBLE for the Sushi & Sake Instameet The night kicked off with a (RED) Martini classAnd on to the food! First course: the (RED) Quinoa GardenUp next....drum roll for the (RED) Roll  "We don't just…
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    ONE

  • The homeless man who turned his life around by offering book reviews instead of begging

    Helen Hector
    1 Sep 2015 | 6:30 am
    Meet Philani Dladla, a.k.a. the Pavement Bookworm.  He’s 24 and lives in Johannesburg, South Africa, and his story is quite incredible. Philani Dladla. Photo: http://facebook.com/jacaranda942 As a child growing up in KwaZulu Natal he had always loved books. But after moving to Johannesburg to find work, he started taking drugs. “I left my job and couldn’t afford rent anymore – I lost everything. While living on the streets I noticed how many beggars there were getting money for nothing on street corners. I thought I could be different and actually give people something…
  • Empowering artisans through design

    Guest Blogger
    31 Aug 2015 | 10:46 am
    This blog was brought to us by our partner, Indego Africa – a nonprofit organization and lifestyle brand that empowers female artisans in Rwanda. At Indego Africa, we are all about doing good through good design. That’s why we are so excited to launch our brand new collaboration with ONE – a custom collection of pink and black mini baskets handwoven by women in Rwanda! These vibrant pieces were made by the artisans of Imirasire – a group of 150 women who live and work in Rwanda’s rural Bugesera district. Despite their remarkable talent, for many years these artisans struggled to…
  • Artists join forces to stand #WithStrongGirls

    Ulrich Janse Van Vuuren
    28 Aug 2015 | 6:04 am
    Nigerian singer Waje, Bono, and Zimbabwean singer Selmor Mtukudzi Today in Lagos, music superstars D’Banj, Diamond, Banky W and Femi Kuti joined forces with Omotola, Waje, Selmor Mtukudzi to produce a new remix of the “Strong Girl” song – a rallying cry for women’s empowerment featuring some of Africa’s top female stars that first got the world dancing in May. In the new version of the song that originally featured Selmor Mtukudzi, Waje and Yemi Alade, among others, these strong women are now being backed by some of the leading men in African music. The song will also…
  • Are you dizzy yet?

    Jordan Elton
    27 Aug 2015 | 11:03 am
    People all over the world have been making themselves dizzy for a great cause – The Global Goals! Kicking off earlier this week with soccer star, Gareth Bale, the Dizzy Goals are helping make sure everyone in the world has heard about the Goals. That’s a big challenge, but football is one of the world’s most widely played sports, so it’s the perfect communication tool! Want to join in the fun? Get 2 footballs and find a soccer goal Place the balls about 20 feet apart (or 6 meters) Put your hand on the ball and spin around it 13 times Run to the other ball and try…
  • This woman leads the fight against sexual violence in DRC

    Michael Gerson
    27 Aug 2015 | 10:26 am
      Jeanine Mabunda Lioko is the Personal Representative of the President in Charge of the Fight Against Sexual Violence and Child Recruitment for the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC). The conflict has caused huge problems all over the country but particularly in the eastern region. She spoke with Michael Gerson of the ONE Campaign on a recent visit to Washington DC. This is an edited extract of the interview.   MG: How did you come to be a presidential advisor on this topic? JM: I was in parliament when President [Joseph] Kabila decided that it was time to take advantage of the…
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    The Change Blog

  • Feet on the Pavement

    Emery Ross
    1 Sep 2015 | 4:41 am
    I stood outside of my house and let the morning sun warm my face for a minute before starting my fitness app and my playlist. Nearly everything on my body was new – except my shoes, but they had been worn so infrequently that they still looked brand new. Inside the house, in my closet, a bauble of athletic gear sat, tags still on most of the items. This grouping included the new hiking backpack my husband gave me for my birthday. It was half-filled with various items I would need for the overnight hiking trip we were planning and that I was both eager and determined to take. It was the…
  • I Went to the Woods Because I Wished to Live Deliberately

    Saiisha
    31 Aug 2015 | 4:49 am
    “The little island seemed to float on the dark lake-waters. Trees grew on it, and a little hill rose in the middle of it. It was a mysterious island, lonely and beautiful.  It looked so secret – almost magic.” – Enid Blyton My favorite book as a child was the Hollow Tree House, by Enid Blyton; and my dream job was to become a writer, and to live in a tree house when I grew up. On hot summer afternoons, I’d lie in bed and read the book out loud to my little sister, and dream of someday living in my own secret tree house. And then I went to school and got myself two…
  • Unrequited Love: 5 Lessons Learned from a One-Sided Love Affair

    Luna Darcy
    28 Aug 2015 | 6:13 am
    “Winter is much like unrequited love; cold and merciless.” – Kellie Elmore It was one rainy and stormy Sunday night of the year 2006. My object of affection was sitting in front of me while we were eating at a fast food chain when I had finally found the courage to ask him what exactly we were. My brain told me that I was not supposed to ask him since we’re grown ups and we didn’t need labels anymore. On the other hand, my heart was dying to know the answer and kept on muttering: “You have to know”. And you guessed right, the heart won. So I asked my…
  • There Is Courage In Being Vulnerable

    Sally Buchanan-Hagen
    27 Aug 2015 | 6:35 am
    Vulnerability is not weak – it is letting people in and showing them your flaws, and there is nothing braver than that. My dog is 10 years old and we’ve had him for that length of time. Only recently has he been comfortable enough to roll onto his back so we could scratch his stomach. It used to frustrate and hurt me that he wouldn’t trust us enough to roll over but it has occurred to me that our proud dog doesn’t like making himself vulnerable and I drew a connection with myself. I trust and love my family with all my heart but it is with extreme reluctance that I ‘roll over’…
  • How My College Dream Almost Ended

    Gabby Capello
    26 Aug 2015 | 4:35 am
    “Be stubborn about your goals and flexible about your methods.” Throughout the past two months of my life, this quote has been my mantra. Though hard at times to believe and follow, I know that I have to believe in it for my current life situation. To be more specific, I’ve recently had to transfer out of my dream college to come back home and commute to a local college due to financial issues. It’s hard at times for me to talk about—I just broke down at a recent BBQ when someone asked why I was transferring, I’m growing stronger with each day and able to tell my story with…
 
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    SocialEarth

  • Entrepreneurship is (or should be) Gender Neutral

    Julie Fahnestock
    1 Sep 2015 | 7:30 am
    I hate the term “female entrepreneurship.” We don’t call entrepreneurial endeavors led by men, “male entrepreneurship.” We just call it entrepreneurship. Unintentionally or not, “female entrepreneurship” implies a rare, or “wow, [...] The post Entrepreneurship is (or should be) Gender Neutral appeared first on SocialEarth.
  • Companies that Care for Consumers Earn Higher Returns

    Vikas Vij
    1 Sep 2015 | 7:26 am
    When consumers purchase a brand, they are looking to improve their lives, and not just to buy a product. Consumers are more likely to spend money on companies that care [...] The post Companies that Care for Consumers Earn Higher Returns appeared first on SocialEarth.
  • Brewer Invests in Start-Ups to Fight Drought

    3BL Media
    31 Aug 2015 | 8:50 am
    As the California drought moves well into its fourth year, individuals, municipalities and companies alike are seeking innovative solutions to water protection. While Los Angeles fights drought conditions by dropping [...] The post Brewer Invests in Start-Ups to Fight Drought appeared first on SocialEarth.
  • The World Can Have Sustainable Palm Oil

    Sangeeta Haindl
    28 Aug 2015 | 9:58 am
    Palm oil is the most widely consumed vegetable oil on the planet. It’s estimated that it is used in about half of all packaged products sold in the supermarket from [...] The post The World Can Have Sustainable Palm Oil appeared first on SocialEarth.
  • Campus Reach Program by Southwest Airlines Inspires Students

    Vikas Vij
    28 Aug 2015 | 9:21 am
    Einstein famously said: “Logic will take you from A to B. Imagination will take you everywhere.” The Southwest Airlines Campus Reach program appears to be following this axiom to engage [...] The post Campus Reach Program by Southwest Airlines Inspires Students appeared first on SocialEarth.
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    Social Velocity

  • 10 Great Social Innovation Reads: July & Aug 2015

    Nell Edgington
    1 Sep 2015 | 6:12 am
    Since I was out of the office for a good chunk of July and August, I’ve decided to combine both months into one 10 Great Reads list. But let me be clear, there was still lots going on, I just happened to be (somewhat blissfully) missing it. From philanthropy’s role in inequality, to climate change preparation, to what the Greek financial crisis teaches us about networks, to civic engagement, to digital’s effect on fundraising, to social impact bond results and pizza on the family farm, they were a great couple of months. In my (limited) view, below are my 10 favorite…
  • Using Digital to Influence Social Change: An Interview with Jay Geneske

    Nell Edgington
    27 Aug 2015 | 6:20 am
    In today’s Social Velocity interview I’m talking with Jay Geneske, Director of Digital at The Rockefeller Foundation. Jay directs the Foundation’s digital strategy to engage internal and external audiences, champion organization-wide collaboration, deliver data that informs organization decisions, and pioneer new ways to hear and share innovative ideas. Jay previously served as the Director of Online Communications for Echoing Green, and has also served in digital and brand strategy roles at Carnegie Hall, Shedd Aquarium, and Steppenwolf Theatre. You can read past Social…
  • Why Some Nonprofits Leap, And Others Don’t

    Nell Edgington
    25 Aug 2015 | 5:58 am
    I am back after an amazing three weeks away from the world of social change. Don’t get me wrong, I absolutely love my job and the ability it gives me to work each day with incredibly inspiring, passionate, and driven social changemakers. But as I’ve said before, time away is absolutely critical to feeding your soul and making you a more complete, interesting and effective person. I am so grateful to the amazing guest bloggers who wrote incredible pieces for the blog while I was away (you can read their posts here). One of the benefits of giving your brain a break is new…
  • Guest Post: Nonprofits Must Be Able to Adapt

    Nell Edgington
    18 Aug 2015 | 6:32 am
    Note: As you know, I am taking a few weeks away from the blog to relax and reconnect with the world outside of social change. I’ll be back later this week, but I have left you in the incredibly capable hands of a rockstar set of guest bloggers. The last, but certainly not least, is Antony Bugg-Levine. Antony is CEO of Nonprofit Finance Fund, a national nonprofit and financial intermediary that works with philanthropic, private sector and government partners to develop and implement innovative approaches to financing social change. Here is his guest post…  When we asked…
  • Guest Post: What Funders and Nonprofits Can Do To Solve the Sector’s Talent Troubles

    Nell Edgington
    12 Aug 2015 | 7:01 pm
    Note: As I mentioned earlier, I am taking a few weeks away from the blog to relax and reconnect with the world outside of social change. But I am leaving you in the incredibly capable hands of a rockstar set of guest bloggers. Next up is Kathy Reich. Kathy is Organizational Effectiveness and Philanthropy Director at the David and Lucile Packard Foundation where she helps grantees improve their strategy, leadership, and impact. Here is her guest post…  Philanthropy pundits often exhort nonprofits to “act more like businesses.” Usually I disagree; in fact, I think there’s a great…
 
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    Care2 Causes » Trailblazers For Good

  • Why Dakota Johnson’s New Eco-Film Is a Game Changer

    Natalia Lima
    29 Aug 2015 | 10:00 am
    A new film starring Dakota Johnson tackles the subject of climate change, but don’t expect images of factories guzzling pollutants into the air or statistics on how much green house gases are impacting the ecosystem. There is no special effects-laden disaster scene to show what will happen if climate change is not dealt with either. […]
  • “I am proud of all who speak out loudly’: An Interview With the Justice for Cecil Petition Author

    Julie Mastrine
    26 Aug 2015 | 11:30 am
    In late July, the tragic killing of Cecil the lion – and a growing demand for justice – spread like wildfire around the world. News outlets reported the sad details of Cecil’s death: lured from the safety of Hwange National Park in Zimbabwe, killed by an American dentist who had paid the government thousands so […]
  • Helping the Girls of West Bengal

    s.e. smith
    16 Aug 2015 | 4:00 am
    West Bengal is one of the poorest regions of the world, where many people work out a hardscrabble existence as they deal with economic and social oppression. Women and girls are at a particular disadvantage in the region. Thanks to social attitudes, Bengali girls in particular are highly vulnerable — one in five becomes a […]
  • 7 Stories to Remind Us That the World Really Can Be a Good Place

    Steve Williams
    3 Aug 2015 | 1:00 pm
    Given all the terrible news of late, it’d be easy to think that we’re living in a world that’s quickly going down the drain. When you hear stories about the tragic murder of Cecil the lion, as well as the emerging and deeply shocking deaths of a number of Black people while in police custody, it can […]
  • How to Find a Company That Is Truly Green

    TreeHugger
    24 Jul 2015 | 8:30 am
    Here are some tips on how to be a savvy shopper who consistently gets past the greenwashing.
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    Social Finance

  • ANNOUNCING IMPACT8 QUEBEC’S COHORT!

    Louise De La Rubia
    31 Aug 2015 | 10:01 am
    Impact8Quebec’s first investment-readiness program supporting high-impact ventures. The MaRS Centre for Impact Investing launched the Impact8 initiative because we saw a broad spectrum of potential opportunities for impact. There was the opportunity to grow the pipeline of investible opportunities in impact investments, the opportunity to help social entrepreneurs navigate the ecosystem of support and financing options, the opportunity to accelerate innovative and sustainable solutions to big challenges, and the opportunity to focus on the ‘missing middle’ by targeting ventures…
  • PRÉSENTATION DE LA COHORTE D’IMPACT8 QUÉBEC!

    Louise De La Rubia
    31 Aug 2015 | 9:47 am
    Impact8 — le premier programme d’accompagnement et d’accélération pour les entreprises sociales du Québecà fort potentiel d’impact. Ayant constaté l’existence d’un large éventail d’entreprises d’impact, le Centre MaRS pour l’Investissement d’Impact a décidé de lancer le programme Impact8. Il s’agit d’une occasion pour accroître le réseau d’investissements d’impact, et créer une opportunité pour aider des entrepreneurs sociaux à manoeuvrer dans l’écosystème des solutions de financement. Il s’agit également d’une opportunité pour stimuler…
  • Feedback for impact: How Kaizena is changing the culture of classrooms

    Erica Ngao
    31 Aug 2015 | 7:00 am
    While back-to-school season remains a constant every year, the way that students learn in the classroom is drastically changing. Targeting areas such as content, capability, business models and technology, education technology (edtech) startups are transforming the future of learning. In 2015, the edtech sector hit an investment record. According to Dow Jones Venture Source data, investments in edtech grew to $367.4 million across 24 deals in the second quarter of 2015. Waterloo, Ontario–based startup and MaRS client Kaizena is one edtech company that is looking to innovate the classroom…
  • Should foundations be playing a greater role in social investment?

    Chris Dadson
    28 Aug 2015 | 7:00 am
    Danyal Sattar, investment manager at Access Foundation, and Chris Dadson, business development manager at the Social Investment Business Foundation (SIB), share their views on the critical role foundations across the UK can play in supporting the social investment market and their important role in catalysing change. Just when you think you have dealt with one issue, for example, the availability of regular loans to charities, through Charity Bank, up pops another challenge – what about smaller, unsecured loans? Just when we’ve done that, through the Social Investment Business (SIB) and…
  • On The VERGE: London’s Social Finance Celebration

    Andre Vashist
    27 Aug 2015 | 7:00 am
    London, Ontario is emerging as a hotbed for social innovation, and helping to lead the way is VERGE Capital. Stemming from informal community discussions under the brand of Social Finance London in 2013, fast forward to 2015 and VERGE is one of the 11 recipients of the Ontario government’s Social Enterprise Demonstration Fund. VERGE’s mission is to connect caring local investors with local enterprises that have a social or environmental mission at their core. Celebrating Success On Tuesday August 18th, key collaborators who are embracing the shift towards impactful investments in our…
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    Return On Now

  • Can You Calculate Social Media ROI?

    Suzanne Hoenig
    26 Aug 2015 | 2:34 pm
    The following post is copyrighted by Return On Now - Austin Internet Marketing Consulting Services I’ve been a bootstrappy, DIY, organic lead gen, jargon-slinging social media pro since way back. What I mean by that is, my social media and content marketing clients have been small and medium businesses and nonprofits. Even when I work with big Fortune 500 companies, it’s typically with a small internal business unit within one of their marketing departments. And that means, so far, I have not had the budget to work with enterprise-level social media monitoring tools.
  • Increase Conversion Rates by Speeding Up Your Site [Infographic]

    Rick Talavera
    19 Aug 2015 | 8:30 am
    The following post is copyrighted by Return On Now - Austin Internet Marketing Consulting Services When you think about all of the things that make your online presence great, what are some attributes that come to mind? Engaging content? An aesthetically appealing design? Good social interactions? What about website speed? ¼ of all website visitors will abandon your page if it doesn’t load within four seconds. What does this mean? If your website doesn’t load fast enough, visitors won’t even want to visit it. It won’t matter how engaging your content is if nobody waits around to…
  • The Biggest Content Marketing Mistakes You Might Be Making [Expert Roundup]

    Suzanne Hoenig
    13 Aug 2015 | 10:00 am
    The following post is copyrighted by Return On Now - Austin Internet Marketing Consulting Services We reached out to content marketing pros across the interwebs and asked them to riff on the theme of content marketing mistakes: “In the middle of 2015, what are you seeing content marketers do that they shouldn’t? Or not do that they should?” Their comments build on each other, reminding us of how to address content marketing mistakes via best practices and how we can all do better. Their keen insights tease out a few common threads and areas for improvement, such as:…
  • Social Media : Empowering Customer Experience

    Alleli Aspili
    5 Aug 2015 | 8:30 am
    The following post is copyrighted by Return On Now - Austin Internet Marketing Consulting Services Social media is now a widely used marketing tool to build brand awareness. Aside from this though, businesses are now also leveraging social media to provide customer service. Customers nowadays are present in multiple social media channels. This made businesses realize that they can uze these platforms to engage with their target markets and provide what is known as social care. In fact, one study reveals that 80% of businesses now believe that they are providing excellent customer service on…
  • Top Tips for Small Business Website Design [Infographic]

    Tobias Dean
    31 Jul 2015 | 11:12 am
    The following post is copyrighted by Return On Now - Austin Internet Marketing Consulting Services Small businesses are often guilty of neglecting or rushing their website design in order to get it running as soon as possible. But the fact is – a wrong website design with substandard images and cluttered navigation can easily drive a lot of your customers away, leading to losses of thousands of dollars in terms of potential revenue. So no matter if you are a budding entrepreneur looking to build a website from scratch or a seasoned businessman planning to revamp your existing website,…
 
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    Changemakers Ideas ExChange

  • Advice to a Younger Me: Kisirisa Muhammed, AFFCAD

    Ashoka Changemakers
    21 Aug 2015 | 9:10 am
    WHO? Kisirisa Muhammed, 27, the founder of Action for Fundamental Change and Development (AFFCAD). WHAT? AFFCAD is an entrepreneurship and leadership training organization in Bwaise, the largest slum in Kampala, Uganda. HOW? Glad you asked. We run a youth center called Bwaise Employment Youth Center that we founded in 2013 to engage young people in Kampala’s poorest slum area. What we do is train young people through vocational skills, leadership, entrepreneurship, financial literacy, and professional development skills to help them become self-employed or find employment. We…
  • Why teachers need social and emotional learning too

    Kristie Wang
    13 Aug 2015 | 12:15 pm
    How can integrated SEL practices help both teachers and students? Schools across the nation are exploring ways to teach foundational skills like grit, empathy, and social awareness in the classroom. Research increasingly shows that social-emotional learning (SEL) is critical to student success — in school and in life. One study reported that SEL skills predict future success better than IQ. However, some educators are still wary of the bevy of “prosocial” programs that are currently being pitched to schools, as research on the effectiveness of…
  • On Voice of America's Upfront Africa: Discussing Africa's Youth Embrace Entrepreneurship

    Future Forward Team
    4 Aug 2015 | 9:18 pm
    The current pace of job creation in Africa is not able to meet the demands of the largest segment of it’s population that is the fastest growing; youth. However, this can be resolved in the long-run if there is an environment that nurtures young people to not be job seekers but job creators. Ashoka’s featured guests on Voice of America share their take on the topic: Ashoka Fellow Abu Musuuza (@musuuza) founder of Village Energy, a social enterprise that enables young people in rural areas to become micro-entreprneuers and technicians who provide solar energy technology solutions…
  • Webinar 8/26: The Future of Work in Africa & Opportunities in Wellness

    Future Forward Team
    4 Aug 2015 | 11:52 am
    Today’s world moves very fast. This speed is making way for new ways of working.  In Africa, pioneers in all sectors are paving the path for a new kind of workplace and new types of ‘jobs’. One of the attributes of this increased speed in work environments, is the intense level connectivity work now requires, where people are not ‘switching off’ when they go home, rather they are constantly plugged into their work. This makes it challenging to maintain a healthy work-life balance.  To this effect, there are many examples of unbalanced work lives where workaholic-tendencies…
  • Building the Makerspace of Your Students' Dreams

    Ashoka Changemakers
    30 Jul 2015 | 12:54 pm
    "There's a huge gap between the needs and requirements of the job market of the 21st century and what the education system is delivering," said Vishal Talreja, founder and CEO of Dream A Dream, a Bangalore-based organization that prepares young people from vulnerable backgrounds to succeed in a changing world. Talreja is right—neither employers nor education leaders (not to mention some students themselves) would argue otherwise. But it is the second point Talreja made before the 2015 LEGO Foundation IDEA Conference that educator-innovators should pay the most attention…
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  • How SCHISTO-H lurks behind the scenes of global women's health

    KiranGaurav
    19 Aug 2015 | 7:59 am
    Malaria is the most destructive parasitic illness, by many accounts, but the second most is much less well-known. Schistosomiasis [shis-tuh-soh-mahy-uh-sis] infects over 250 million people. It is a common in areas with stagnant water where the where the parasitic flat-worms can enter even unbroken skin and take up residence in a host. The flat worms then produce thousands of eggs per day that can overwhelm the host’s organs. The disease itself is effectively treated with praziquantel but reinfection can occur quickly. This is a disease desperate for a vaccine. Schistosomiasis is of interest…
  • MUAC can screen for Low Birth Weight and More in Pregnant Women

    KiranGaurav
    2 Aug 2015 | 6:16 pm
    Simple color coded devices for triage always come first on our list at Maternova. In humanitarian settings a quick, lightweight band to wrap around an arm and make a referral decision is a lifesaver. MUAC tapes used to screen pregnant women As mentioned in a prior blog post, MUAC tapes are used to assess the malnutrition status of pregnant women. The mid upper arm circumference has been shown to correlate well with Body Mass Index (BMI) and the MUAC does not change much over the course of a pregnancy. Overall the measure indicate protein reserves. Though there is not a firm consensus on the…
  • La implementación del Pratt Pouch en Guayaquil, Ecuador

    KiranGaurav
    14 Jul 2015 | 11:23 am
    Dosificación de medicina antirretroviral a recién nacidos dentro del Programa de Prevención de Transmisión Materno Infantil de VIH de Fundación VIHDA y Hospital Maternidad Sotomayor Luego de estudios y comparaciones con otros métodos de administración de medicinas realizadas por Fundación VIHDA de Ecuador y Duke University de EEUU desde 2012 a 2015, el Pratt Pouch se muestra como una opción de gran exactitud y de mayor facilidad a la hora de dispensar los antirretrovirales líquidos a los niños recién nacidos en las dosis correctas y con una óptima conservación del contenido. La…
  • MUACs are used for screening pregnant women for malnutrition too

    KiranGaurav
    8 Jul 2015 | 9:57 am
    How can severe malnutrition be determined locally? Severe malnutrition can readily be determined without scales, with minimal training and with objective accuracy. The mid-upper arm circumference (MUAC) has been endorsed and recommended as a reliable screening tool for acute malnutrition. It is an easy and objective measurement that can be followed over time. An important update to this MUAC approach is a recent study that proves even minimally trained persons can use the inexpensive color coded bands to measure a small child or infant’s arm circumference. This home-based approach allows…
  • Single Serve Safety for Newborns to Reduce HIV Transmission: Pratt Pouch, Part 2

    AECote
    7 Jul 2015 | 10:18 am
    Pratt Pouches have been in the development for over three years. This foilized pouch is a medical device designed to improve the delivery of antiretroviral therapy to newborns. Who developed these pouches? Robert Malkin and the engineers at the Developing World Healthcare Technology Laboratory at Duke University’s Pratt School of Engineering saw a need and sought to find a medically effective, simple and cost effective solution to an ongoing dilemma in the fight against HIV. Ironically, the class originally set out to look at failure (why ARV dosing devices were failing) and they ended up…
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  • Wealth out of waste: Rang De borrowers in Bangalore

    admin
    24 Aug 2015 | 1:50 am
    Rohit Parakh is the President of Rang De UK Chapter and an avid Rang De supporter. Here he writes about his recent visit to Bangalore where he caught up with some waste management entrepreneurs that Rang De had funded. After being involved with Rang De as a volunteer for what seems like forever I was quite excited to visit Rang De’s borrowers who run dry waste collection centres (DWCC) with Hasirudula during my recent trip to India. Being my first field visit, I wasn’t sure what to expect but was keen to learn. Our first stop was to meet Sadashivaiah who runs a dry waste…
  • How many more freedom struggles

    admin
    12 Aug 2015 | 10:02 pm
    On the occasion of India’s 69th Independence Day, Chaitanya reflects on the meaning of freedom. I find Amartya Sen’s definition of Development quite unique and interesting – he says development is the removal of unfreedoms.  It is interesting that unfreedom is not a common word – even spell check flags it as a mistake.  That apart, this definition does have a lot of meaning and depth.  We see developed nations and societies as those where majority have a lot of freedom.  Conversely lack of opportunity to pursue one’s dreams, inability to acquire good…
  • Question Everything

    admin
    21 Jul 2015 | 11:59 pm
    “Are women and men treated equally where you come from?” “How far do women have to travel to get drinking water?” “Do they have camels there?” When we (by that i mean the Rang De team/ volunteers) go out on field visits, more often than not, all of us are running against a clock. The schedule is packed, we have people to meet, questions to ask and observations to record. And despite our best intentions most of the times our interactions with the community end up being one sided. We go there to understand the latent and expressed needs of the community…
  • A river runs through it

    admin
    15 Jul 2015 | 12:06 am
    This is a post by Tanvi, a member of Rang De’s Impact team, on her recent visit to Bihar Bihar, home to nearly 104 million Indians, is one of the poorest states in India. 36 out of the 37 districts in the state rank amongst the 250 most backward districts in the country. North Bihar is particularly vulnerable to floods and in the year 2008 Kosi river flood displaced over 3 million individuals. Regions of North Bihar also fall within the “Red Corridor“, regions which have been affected adversely by Naxal violence over the past few decades. The women of Muskaan SHG were…
  • Back to the Field

    admin
    2 Jun 2015 | 9:39 pm
    By Shital Pawar, Impact Team - Rang De Bahadarpur is a small village in Parola Block of Jalgaon District, Maharashtra. After a night long journey from Pune, I and my colleague Hitesh reached the place to spend two days with the community. Like many other villages in the region, Bahadarpur also suffers issues of frequent drought, lack of irrigation and load shedding for almost 12 hours every day but in spite of all the difficulties, Bahadarpur is on a dedicated journey towards reaching complete self-reliance. This has definitely not happened overnight! The efforts of Ms. Nilima Mishra – the…
 
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    Justmeans Articles and Editorial

  • Entrepreneurship is (or Should Be) Gender Neutral

    Julie Fahnestock
    20 Aug 2015 | 12:43 pm
    (3BL Media and Just Means)--I hate the term “female entrepreneurship.” We don’t call entrepreneurial endeavors led by men, “male entrepreneurship.” We just call it entrepreneurship. Unintentionally or not, “female entrepreneurship” implies a rare, or “wow, women can start and lead businesses? Really? Since when,” distinction. The gap widens as we separate the genders into distinct categories. I’m not the only one calling for us to crack the glass for equality on this ceiling. Astia does, too. A San Fran-based nonprofit, Astia funds women-led ventures not because it’s…
  • Office Depot Supports Green Business Challenge

    Julie Fahnestock
    10 Aug 2015 | 9:47 am
    (3BL Media and Just Means)- I love when sustainability professionals know their decisions are one part of a much larger story. Office Depot, headquartered in Boca Raton, Florida operates with the next generation in mind. “What do you want your story to be in the next six months? One year? Ten years?” asks Yalmaz Siddiqui, Senior Director of Environmental and Supplier Diversity Strategy at Office Depot. As part of The Green Business Challenge, Siddiqui and his team spoke to a group of West Palm Beach, Florida business leaders about implementing sustainability. According to Siddiqui, green…
  • B Corp Amavida Runs Across Congo in Support of Gender Equality

    Julie Fahnestock
    24 Jul 2015 | 9:10 am
    (3BL Media and Just Means) - Seven days, seven marathons. The Run Across Congo has created huge awareness for gender equality in the Eastern Democratic Republic of Congo. Women runners from around the U.S. gathered together along the shores of Lake Kivu to partner with and encourage female farmers. Run Across Congo was organized by On the Ground, a nonprofit committed to supporting sustainable community development in farming regions across the world. Awareness and funds raised from Run Across Congo will create programs to increase access to knowledge, land, income and health care that…
  • Timberland Addresses Climate Change at International Scientific Conference

    Julie Fahnestock
    16 Jul 2015 | 5:39 am
    (3BL Media and Just Means)- Last week in Paris, the International Scientific Conference, “Our Common Future under Climate Change,” brought together social enterprises, government agencies and the scientific community. Presented in partnership with the French government and Project Labeled COP21, as well as many other European sponsors such as Future Earth, UNESCO, the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency and the United Nations Foundation, the purpose of the conference was solutions-focused.  Building on the results of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change Fifth…
  • How Global Trade Agreements Undermine Sustainable Business: The American Sustainable Business Council Perspective

    Julie Fahnestock
    14 Jul 2015 | 6:21 am
    (3BL Media and Just Means) - The Trans-Pacific Agreement (TPP), Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TIPP) and Trade in Services Agreement (TISA), will “reshape the global economy,” according to The Guardian. Ongoing negotiations between the U.S., the European Union and 23 other countries on these agreements work hand-in-hand, but according to Forbes, it’s TISA that potentially has a much greater impact because services now account for more than 80 percent of U.S. and EU economies. It’s hard to tell, though, because the negotiations are being conducted in top secrecy.
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    Austin Center for Design

  • Week 1/32

    Philip Koske
    31 Aug 2015 | 8:57 am
    “The only true wisdom is knowing you know nothing” is a famous translation from Socrates, made famous-er by Bill and Ted’s Excellent Adventure. I won’t give AC4D quite the status of Socrates, but I will admit that I am in a distinctly new place. My current job involves imagining and implementing very real places/experiences and I have a pretty good idea of how I feel about it. This week has not redirected my “how”, but it has greatly impacted my “who”. I have little doubt that the “how” will be on the carving board soon. Socrates was…
  • Whole body.

    Celine Thibault
    31 Aug 2015 | 8:47 am
    My introduction to AC4D came 3 years ago when I met David Gottlieb. Dave was a student then and we were both new to Austin. Adventures abound in the live music capital but there was something electric in the conversations shared between his cohort. I was drawn to them and spent hours entrenched in discussions around community, entrepreneurship and politics. I have a fashion and sales background and it didn’t enter into my mind that AC4D could be a part of my journey. Our conversations existed in outer orbit, far from my center, and I felt lucky to enjoy them for a short time. Two…
  • Week 1: Time & Heart

    Miranda Hoffman
    31 Aug 2015 | 8:37 am
    I’ve had the aspiration to go back to school to further my design education for a while, and now that it’s actually happening, I’m so glad I took the leap. I leaped right out of my comfort zone. I was at a greater point of anxiety before school actually started – anxiety of the unknown. I found myself unique in my cohort having never known anyone who went through the program or sat in on a presentation. Once orientation week began, even though we were presented with the overview of just how much work was yet to come, I felt my anxiety start to diminish. While there’s a lot of work,…
  • Week 1: Finding Time

    Meg McLaughlin
    31 Aug 2015 | 8:26 am
    Just before I started at Austin Center for Design, I spent a week alone in the mountains of West Texas hiking, drawing, and finding comfort again in uncertainty. It’s empowering and terrifying to know you’re probably the only human for miles. I exchanged quick pleasantries with other lone travelers; there’s a reason one goes out to the edges of the world alone, and it’s not usually to tell your story. For me, it was to focus and reframe the next chapter in my life. My time so far at AC4D has really been pushing the frame I built myself. I’ve been finding intrigue and…
  • Orientation & Week 1 | Intro to Design Research

    Sophie Kwok
    31 Aug 2015 | 7:38 am
    Orientation and week one at AC4D just wrapped up, and we are moving into week two, full force. During orientation, we got introduced to the entire research design process and were asked to do the process twice in four days. It was a great learning experience of trial and error. However, after day two, I caught a cold, and it reminded me the importance of making time to eat well, exercise and sleep. These things are essential to our livelihood yet tend to be the first to go when we get busy. The funny thing about interaction design is most of my friends who kind of understand what Interaction…
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    TeasasTips

  • How Do You Make It Rain When The Sun Always Shines?

    LaTease Rikard
    19 Aug 2015 | 11:14 am
    You hear sales professionals talk about the mysterious 'rainmaker.' A 'rainmaker' in sales is a top performer, the one who makes all the sales all the time. For those of you that like to go to the strip clubs you are also familiar with the term 'make it rain,' because that's what is done when you toss money at a stripper who makes you happy. The common denominator in both these situations, is when it rains with money, people are happy. The sales professional is happy because he just made money, and the stripper is happy because she just made money. This is the only time in life when rain…
  • People Aren't Rejecting You, They're Rejecting Your Opportunity

    LaTease Rikard
    29 Jun 2015 | 7:24 pm
    I want to continue the conversation about making cold calls. I realized that I hit a nerve with that last post, and maybe we need to dig a little deeper into why we dread making cold calls. Rejection is ProgressCold calls are dreaded because we don't want to be rejected. Being rejected is not a good feeling, as a matter of fact, we fear rejection so much that it makes us not want to make those calls to strangers. It's takes rejection to make sales, so when those prospects tell you no, or hang up the phone on you, think of it as progress. Nothing else. It's not a setback, rejection is making…
  • I Hate Making Cold Calls, But They Are Your Bread and Butter

    LaTease Rikard
    24 Jun 2015 | 6:59 am
    I hate making cold calls! A part of me dreads it like housework! Yet I go on, I keep calling people I don't know all because I know in my heart someone is going to say yes. Someone is going to see the vision, want the vision, and is willing to take a chance on themselves to make their life more than they could ever imagine. That person knows their 'Why.'The reason so many people are hesitant or negative toward Network Marketing is because those are the people who have failed at it. 95% fail because they don't have a plan or vision of how they're going to reach their goals, they just jump in.
  • Amazon Sales Success: A True Story

    LaTease Rikard
    19 Jun 2015 | 1:31 pm
    Success with Business Testimony Time: On April 30, 2015 I joined a network marketing opportunity. The company makes healthy weight loss products. Of course my goal was to make lots of money by following the directions of my upline. Because life throws curve balls we aren't able to hit all the time, I had one thrown at me while moving. I had finally gotten approved for the condo of my dreams and moving day had arrived. While moving I twisted and bruised my left knee. This was a problem. I had to go to the ER to get a cortisone shot so I could walk without being in pain. My plans for being a…
  • When picking keywords, focus on good key phrases

    LaTease Rikard
    28 May 2015 | 11:14 am
    When the time comes for you to choose a domain name, it makes sense that you somehow incorporate what you do with your domain name. As written in last month’s column, the domain name should give a potential customer an idea of what your business is about. This is known as optimizing, or Search Engine Optimization (SEO.) SEO, when done properly, brings huge results to your business, and is fundamental to your online success. Google, and other search engines (Bing, and Yahoo) are able to locate a website that has keywords or key phrases in its title tag or name when users search for products…
 
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    RKA ink - Web Design With Heart

  • Need Images For Your Blog? My Top Picks for Free Pics

    Rachael Kay Albers
    10 Aug 2015 | 8:21 am
    Stock photos. Sigh. They have a bad rap for a reason. The reason, in part, is this: And this: Stock photos miss the mark much of the time, but they’re a necessary evil. People crave visuals and stock photos help fill in the gaps. Websites and blogs that beg for illustration but lack the right images need a stock photo or two. (Unless you’re Ash Ambirge, whose website sports zero stock photos. Just make sure your content is killer when taking this approach.) In a perfect web design world, we all have wildly talented photographers on retainer and our blog posts gleam like…
  • Competition, Compeshmishon: My Love Affair with Other Designers

    Rachael Kay Albers
    8 Aug 2015 | 8:33 am
    A star is born! Those bangs (and My Little Pony lunchbox) were really goin’ places. Photo credit: Mom In my former life, I was born to be a star. Or so I liked to tell myself. In middle school, when girls my age were playing in soccer leagues or crying over the Backstreet Boys or doing things that cool girls do (it’s a mystery to me) I was making up dance routines alone in my basement to A Chorus Line and just waiting for my big break. Every time I visited my grandparents in southern Illinois, I had a long running fantasy that some small town theater troupe was going to randomly…
  • #DIYProblems: Why I Won’t Be Using Canva For Work

    Rachael Kay Albers
    6 Aug 2015 | 1:02 pm
    I made this graphic in Canva last year when I wanted to quickly recap my pre-office years. It’s not the most gorgeous graphic in the world, but it did the job. Fast and free. I’ve waited with bated breath for the release of Canva For Work. I love Canva’s easy-to-use interface and 60 second templates. Plus, it’s FREE! Upload your own images and you don’t pay a dime to make beautiful graphics for your blog, social media accounts, or even print publicity! I love sending clients who are “DIY phobic” to Canva because it’s easy enough for a toddler…
  • Walk ‘n’ Talk With a Web Designer: How To Be The Nicest A$*%@!# You Know

    Rachael Kay Albers
    8 May 2015 | 9:51 am
    For Episode 3 of Walk ‘n’ Talk With a Web Designer, I’m dishing out RKA realness and making a confession: I’m the nicest asshole I know. (Yes, I use words Mom wouldn’t approve of in this vlog. Forgive me! And watch anyway…) When scope creep goes too far and I fail to set healthy limits in business, I turn into the incredible Hulk of web designers. No more! I’m resolving to banish the asshole inside of me, so I can serve my clients less snark and more heart. But, in the meantime, here are 5 minutes of me typing angry emails, crying at my computer, and…
  • Walk ‘n’ Talk With A Web Designer: This Is Your Business On Music

    Rachael Kay Albers
    29 Apr 2015 | 9:31 am
    Hey, it’s RKA! And my slacking days are over…I’m kicking up my video game as a team leader for the Wisdompreneurs #VidChallenge2015 and will be putting out four new episodes of Walk ‘n’ Talk with a Web Designer over the next month. I haven’t quite figured out my “voice” on video, so this challenge is right up my alley. Speaking of voice, Episode 2 veers from what people “see” in your brand to what people “hear” in your brand. In other words, what does your background music say about your business?  Here’s four…
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    youthactionnet.org

  • Kenyan Fellows Meet Up!

    l.jones
    17 Aug 2015 | 12:04 pm
    Kenyan Fellows Meet Up! Peggy Mativo | August 17, 2015 What happens when you gather five YouthActionNet Fellows in Kenya in a room together for the first time? I recently had the chance to find out in a meeting with Fredrick Ouko (2009), George Gachara (... READ MORE
  • A New Approach to Learning in the Social Sector

    3 Aug 2015 | 7:11 am
    A New Approach to Learning in the Social Sector Lisa Jones and Nick Martin | August 3, 2015 Here at YouthActionNet, when we think about young people harnessing the power of technology for social impact, Nick Martin comes to mind as one of our many fellows using tech as a changemaking tool... READ MORE
  • 2015 Laureate Global Fellows

    22 Jul 2015 | 12:46 pm
    2015 Laureate Global Fellows Lisa Jones | July 22, 2015 Meet the 2015 Laureate Global Fellows —20 change makers under 30 years of age who have developed innovative solutions to pressing global challenges. In 2014 alone, initiatives founded by these... READ MORE
  • The Youth-led Agriculture Renaissance

    l.jones
    18 Jun 2015 | 9:31 am
    The Youth-led Agriculture Renaissance Lisa Jones | June 18, 2015 For the first time in history, more than half of the world’s population lives in cities. The demographic fueling urbanization the most is youth, who are 40% more likely than older generations... READ MORE
  • New Funds Help Grow Community Garden Project in Mexico

    l.jones
    12 Jun 2015 | 11:20 am
    New Funds Help Grow Community Garden Project in Mexico Lisa Jones | June 12, 2015 Nearly 50 YouthActionNet alumni from across Mexico recently competed for special funding to strengthen their ventures, thanks to a generous donation from Mexican businessman José Ortega. The winning... READ MORE
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    Entrepreneurial Insights

  • How To Manage Growth Versus Profit

    Martin
    1 Sep 2015 | 7:30 am
    Entrepreneurs go into business for various reasons, and the two most common ones are either to make a lot of money from profits or to make the company grow. Some are more focused on making their business grow and expand, while others are more intent on earning profits. There are those, however, that are of the belief that the two goals can actually co-exist; it’s just a matter of managing them together, at the same time. Before we can get to discussing how such a thing is possible, however, it would be best to understand Growth and Profitability first. In this article, I will start with…
  • How to Choose Best Suitable KPIs for Your Business

    Anastasia
    31 Aug 2015 | 7:30 am
    Every organization across the globe works with certain goals or purposes in mind. In order to evaluate the activities that are being performed in pursuit of these goals, businesses need measurable indicators that are known as Key Performance Indicators or KPIs. There are many types of KPIs that differ based on the goals of the business, requirements, and other factors. But they prove effective only if chosen carefully. So how can an organization choose the right KPIs for itself? © Wikimedia Commons | Alex Beltyukov In this article, you will learn 1) what KPIs are, 2) the features of KPIs,…
  • How To Build Your Company Vision

    Martin
    30 Aug 2015 | 7:30 am
    You know that you have succeeded when you have achieved the goal or accomplished the purpose, that you have set out to achieve or accomplish from the beginning. All those hours, resources and efforts that you have spent on planning, researching, and subsequently implementing those plans are directed towards a fixed objective. You know, from the outset, that you want your business to become something. You have a vision in your mind what you want it to be in the future. But we are not talking about just any vision here. We are referring to your company’s, or your business’, vision. ©…
  • How to Keep Your Family Happy When You Are an Entrepreneur

    Anastasia
    29 Aug 2015 | 7:30 am
    According to Warren Buffet, one of the richest and most generous people in the United States, “Don’t risk what is important to you, to get what is not important to you.” This is great advice for entrepreneurs who are looking to balance their work and family and making both sides of their life work out successfully. © Flickr | Carissa Rogers In this article, we will look at 1) the importance of family for an entrepreneur, 2) how to keep your family happy when you are an entrepreneur, and 3) successful entrepreneurs and family. THE IMPORTANCE OF FAMILY FOR AN ENTREPRENEUR Entrepreneur…
  • How To Setup A Call Center That Drives Customer Success

    Martin
    28 Aug 2015 | 7:30 am
    In business, having high-quality products and services is not the only thing that you need in order to attract customers and build a loyal customer base. There are other factors that come into play, and one of the weightiest ones is customer service. Unfortunately, not all businesses recognize the importance of customer service. Large corporations and major players in business do, however, which is likely one of the reasons why they are the giants that they currently are in the industry. Smaller businesses and startups are not as perceptive, though, leaving a random employee to “man the…
 
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  • Internet Marketing – The 7 Pillars of Website Success

    Tammy Hawk-Bridges
    10 Aug 2015 | 6:44 pm
    The purpose of a website is THE MOST mis-understood piece of building an Internet marketing strategy. Most people use it as an over-priced business card. Your website is supposed to create traffic, leads, and revenue opportunity. When it accomplishes this task – your Internet marketing strategy is sound! Now if you’re smart, you’re using social media sites like Twitter and Facebook to drive traffic to your website. If you’re even smarter you’re paying for website traffic through Facebook advertising and other avenues. Yes. (Smart) People pay for website…
  • The Ability to Stay Focused – The Core of Any Success

    Tammy Hawk-Bridges
    3 Jun 2015 | 4:21 pm
    The ability to stay focused is at the core of ANY success. If you aren’t focused in your business and don’t have a clear idea of your goals and purposes, you’ll ALWAYS struggle. I’ve never been shy about telling people my entrepreneur story. If you haven’t heard it, I’m a recession-entrepreneur. I was shoved from a job that I absolutely loved for almost 9 years. I guess in my ignorance/bliss of loving my job it never occurred to me that could happen. It never entered my mind that my job could be taken from me and everything I worked for over 9 years would…
  • 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…
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  • Denik’s Journals Showcase Artists and Build Schools

    Courtney Ryan
    31 Aug 2015 | 4:00 am
    When Tyler Tolson started Denik in 2011, he was a new college grad with goals to change the world. He was also a lifelong artist and doodler who always had a journal or notebook nearby to capture his thoughts and designs. His big idea came when he realized that there were countless other artists in the world with limited places to showcase their art. And what better place to put art for others to see than on a journal? Five percent of each journal sale goes back to the artist whose art is on the cover, and a dollar from each sale goes toward building schools in places like Africa and South…
  • 9 Women Rocking Instagram With Handmade Products

    Courtney Ryan
    27 Aug 2015 | 4:00 am
    We love how Instagram brings us inside the workshops and studios of some seriously creative people. The nine women we’re featuring this week use everything from wood and leather to precious metals and essential oils to make amazing handcrafted products. We’re glued to our feeds to see what they’ll come up with next. 1. Ariel Alasko Brooklyn-based woodworker and artist Ariel Alasko salvages wood lath strips from turn-of-the-century buildings in her neighborhood and turns them into furniture and framed art. Her signature chevron-design pieces carry intricate patterns that…
  • Freedom Chair Takes Wheelchair Design Off-Road

    Courtney Ryan
    24 Aug 2015 | 4:00 am
    Potholes, cracks and the humps and bumps of rough terrain are every wheelchair user’s nightmare. Propelled merely by pushrims, the traditional wheelchair makes movement difficult and raises the risk of repetitive stress injuries. But four MIT students took on the challenge of creating a solution during their project-based course on Wheelchair Design in Developing Countries. The students knew they had designed a device that could have a huge impact. But for them to take the project beyond the classroom and realize that vision, they had to find a company. So they became Global Research…
  • Learning and Growing During A Hard Time

    Courtney Ryan
    20 Aug 2015 | 10:30 pm
    Have you ever been through one of those times when everything seems to be changing/blowing up/falling apart all at once — in your career and your personal life? “Stressful” doesn’t even begin to cover what it’s like. But Aubrey Mayo is here to tell you that you can survive and even thrive when life starts lobbing those curveballs at you. And she should know: 2015 has really put her to the test. Aubrey is the creative director of ESPEROS, a maker of stylish bags, a changer of lives and a dear friend of DesignGood’s. She’s also fiercely resilient and…
  • Fair-Trade Goods Connect Ethiopian Women to a Better Life

    Courtney Ryan
    17 Aug 2015 | 4:00 am
    Every morning, women in Ethiopia rise before dawn to gather large bundles of fuel wood to sell at the local markets for less than a dollar. The challenges and dangers they face just to provide for their families’ basic needs compelled Pam Simpson and Ryane Murnane to create steady streams of sustainable income for these women. It’s from this motivation that Connected in Hope was born. The North Carolina-based nonprofit corporation now offers an array of handmade, fair-trade goods — from leather products to art to scarves — all made by the very women Pam and Ryane strive to help.
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