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  • The Face of Poverty (Blog)

    SSIR Articles
    ncuenca@stanford.edu
    18 Dec 2014 | 9:13 am
    By Christian Seelos
  • Let There Be Light

    Changemakers Ideas ExChange
    pverhaeghe@ashoka.org
    12 Dec 2014 | 8:31 am
    Social entrepreneur Kat Kimmorley is tackling one of India's age-old problems, energy poverty, with new sustainable technology.read more
  • Purpose is the new ping pong: the business case for CSR

    Social Finance
    Amanda Minuk
    11 Dec 2014 | 1:17 pm
    I got into a friendly debate with a manufacturing business owner about the need for corporate social responsibility (CSR) this past weekend. Our discussion went something like this: Old School Business Man: “I don’t believe in CSR, the purpose of my business is to maximize profits and treat my employees well. I don’t need to give to charity”. Me: CSR needs to be authentic to your business, treating your employees well is actually part of your CSR strategy without you knowing it. The truth is CSR means something different at every company. It doesn’t have to be about giving to a…
  • The new World Development Report (on mind, society and behavior): lots to like, but a big fail on power, politics and religion

    From Poverty to Power
    Duncan Green
    15 Dec 2014 | 11:30 pm
    This probably doesn’t need saying, but the World Development Report is a big deal. The World Bank’s annual flagships have a track record of shaping debates on particular issues, and raising them up the endlessly churning development agenda. So it pays to pay attention. This year’s WDR, published this month, is on ‘Mind, Society and Behaviour’. I (like most people) have only read the 20 page overview, not the tome on which it is based, (but if I miss anything, that’s the Bank’s fault for not including it where it matters!). So what does it say? Drawing heavily on the work of…
  • From Wall Street to SRI: Former Goldman Sachs Exec Invests in Triple Bottom Line

    Justmeans Articles and Editorial
    Julie Fahnestock
    1 Dec 2014 | 7:03 am
    (3BL Media and Just Means) - When the bottom fell out of the economy in 2008 and Scott Sadler found himself without a job, he seized the opportunity to make a shift in his career; a change he would not have considered previously. Sadler had developed a solid career in finance and had worked at the VP level with Wachovia Bank and more recently, with Goldman Sachs. But when Goldman Sachs laid off one-third of their staff in Atlanta, Sadler’s wife encouraged him to consider starting a social impact investing firm. “My wife said, “Let’s do something we’d be proud of.” I told her,…
 
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    SustainAbility

  • Launched Today! SustainAbility's 10 Trends for 2015

    21 Dec 2014 | 6:13 pm
    From historic climate change marches and bold advocacy by companies on the price of carbon to global economic volatility and heated debates on inequality, 2014 was a year of accelerated awareness and action for sustainable development. As we move into the new year, our 10 Trends for 2015 – which just launched today! – reflect SustainAbility’s thinking in 2014 and forecast the issues that will shape the sustainable development conversation in 2015. These trends are a distillation of SustainAbility’s work to track and interpret “what’s next” — to illuminate emerging…
  • Focus on Pharma: Creating a Market for Disease Prevention

    18 Dec 2014 | 2:31 pm
    Flickr image by Victor This piece was originally published in the autumn issue of Radar Magazine – Issue 05: Unusual Activists. Society always will need medicines, and medicines always will require heavy investment in research and development. But signs indicate the pharmaceutical sector’s customers — governments, insurers, foundations and patients — are increasingly not willing or able to pay as much for its products. The $84,000 price tag for Gilead’s new Hepatitis C drug and the soaring price of vaccines in the United States has left many asking, “How much is enough?”…
  • Time to Call a Spade a Spade

    15 Dec 2014 | 6:56 pm
    Flickr image by Dennis Wilkinson Reporting on an unsustainable business model As I was reviewing the selections for “best report” for Corporate Register’s 2015 Reporting Awards I found myself thinking, enough is enough. The most recent round of finalists includes British American Tobacco (BAT). It is true that the company is doing progressive things and has long been used as an example of a highly transparent company in a challenging industry. But if we want to create a sustainable future, can we continue to give plaudits to companies that lead in transparency and disclosure yet have…
  • 3 Elements to Improve Your Company's Transparency Efforts and Drive Performance

    5 Dec 2014 | 2:00 am
    Sustainability reporting is stalled. Companies are spending too much time and too many resources creating lengthy reports that few read. However, sustainability reporting and transparency have also brought many benefits, helping companies manage key environmental and social impacts and build trust and credibility with stakeholders. And yet, we are failing to tap into the potential value of reporting and transparency – value that could provide vital information to more directly inform decisions that drive better business and societal outcomes. Our latest research which launched today, See…
  • See Change

    5 Dec 2014 | 2:00 am
    SustainAbility has worked with companies over several decades to build and improve their sustainability reporting efforts. Since 1998 SustainAbility has convened the Engaging Stakeholders network, which explores the corporate transparency and accountability agenda. Our work with network members has contributed to more comprehensive reporting that has built credibility and effective engagement among stakeholders. And yet we feel there is a need to do much more in this area. While we have pushed transparency forward in some ways, we acknowledge that our guidance has also contributed to a…
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    Triple Pundit: People, Planet, Profit

  • Twitter Chat: CSR Trends in 2015 w/ PwC & Campbell’s

    Marissa Rosen
    22 Dec 2014 | 12:49 pm
    Join special guests from TriplePundit, PwC, PwC Foundation, and Campbell Soup Company on January 6th at 9am PST / Noon EST, for a Twitter Chat on CSR trends to watch in 2015. We'll hear from the experts and address your questions, too!
  • EPA’s Historic Coal Ash Disposal Rule Not Enough, Watchdogs Say

    Andrew Burger
    22 Dec 2014 | 2:30 am
    Today's institution of the first federal standards governing coal ash disposal mark a milestone, but they leave a lot to be desired if public and environmental health and safety are to be assured, according to environmentalists.
  • NHL Takes on Climate Change, Beyond the Rinks

    Tina Casey
    22 Dec 2014 | 2:00 am
    Last week the National Hockey League announced a major new push for sustainability through a new partnership with the energy services company Constellation, which will embrace millions of NHL fans in climate action goals along with its professional rinks and other facilities.
  • Education for Success in the Sustainability Industry

    Sustainability4SMEs
    22 Dec 2014 | 1:30 am
    Expanding skill sets is instrumental in career advancement and career transitioning. How does skill-building play specific to the sustainability industry?
  • Procter & Gamble Reports Big Moves in 16th Annual Sustainability Report

    Gina-Marie Cheeseman
    22 Dec 2014 | 1:00 am
    The Procter & Gamble Co. (P&G) is serious about environmental stewardship, as its 16th annual sustainability report reveals. The multinational consumer goods company even met several environmental goals ahead of schedule.
 
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    Skoll World Forum on Social Entrepreneurship

  • Deeper Understanding of Chinese Donors Can Create Stronger Relationships

    Jake Wadland
    19 Dec 2014 | 4:27 pm
    Through our recent research into the emerging donor base in China we developed a three-step approach that NGOs can use to more deeply understand, anticipate and respond to donors’ needs, based on the donor’s lifecycle of interactions with the organization. More than ever, NGOs need to demonstrate meaningful results. We believe a deep understanding of what Chinese donors care about and how they make decisions, when used as part of the system we describe, will significantly benefit both donors and NGOs. 1. Understand What Motivates Donors and their Investment Strategies Donors give to…
  • Five Ways to Tap the Crowd to Drive Change

    Jake Wadland
    19 Dec 2014 | 3:05 pm
    On December 5th, the second annual Social Entrepreneurs Challenge, hosted on CrowdRise, came to an end. And what an ending it was! The goal was for social entrepreneurs to raise $3 million over a six-week campaign to unlock match and prize funding from the Skoll Foundation. By the final week of the Challenge, donations continued to pour in, and the entrepreneurs ultimately raised more than double our goal—$6.6 million. In total, the Challenge raised $11 million, including $3.25 milion in matching grants and a $1.2 million Chairman’s grant from the Skoll Foundation. Last year, we…
  • Malaysia: Migrant Workers in Their Own Words

    Jake Wadland
    18 Dec 2014 | 7:14 am
    For the last two years, Verité has been meeting with migrant workers in the electronics sector in Malaysia to understand their experiences. Our findings shocked us – one in three of the hundreds of thousands of migrants working in Malaysian electronics manufacturing is in a condition of forced labor. These Burmese, Nepalis, Indians, Bangladeshis, Vietnamese, Thais, Indonesians and Filipinos work in modern factories. But because they are foreigners they are often employed by third-party labor agents rather than the factories themselves. They face persecution from anti-immigrant militias,…
  • Climate-Smart Farming Knowledge Helps Farmers Prosper

    Jake Wadland
    17 Dec 2014 | 7:34 pm
    U Htun Wai was skeptical when a group of agronomists and farmers visited his village in Myanmar’s Irrawady Delta region and offered to help double his yearly income. Rising sea levels render his land infertile for half of the year, so while other farmers in the region could harvest two crops of rice each year, U Htun Wai and his family had to make do with the income from only one rice harvest. In the off-season when they couldn’t farm, his family earned at most one to three dollars per day and was forced to purchase food on a day-to-day basis. U Htun Wai is one of thousands of farmers in…
  • Using Business as a Force For Good: The Key to a Better Tomorrow

    Jake Wadland
    17 Dec 2014 | 7:09 pm
    Reading the title of this article, you may be skeptical. Why is business the key? What about nonprofits or even government? Business is one of the most powerful forces on earth, having the potential to create systemic impact for everyone. While government and the nonprofit sector are necessary and an important part of creating change, they are insufficient to address today’s greatest challenges. Therefore business must step up and play a larger role. The successful company of tomorrow must create value for society, not just shareholders. For much of the past 50 years, the dominant narrative…
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    Marc Gunther's blog

  • Books I liked in 2014

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

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

    Marc Gunther
    8 Dec 2014 | 1:33 pm
    Not since the ill-fated UN climate talks in Copenhagen in 2009 has there been as much optimism as there is now about curbing the risks of climate change. Government negotiators converged this week in Lima, Peru, to lay the foundation for a possible global climate agreement next year in Paris. Veteran reporter Andrew Revkin has […] >
  • Business and human rights

    Marc Gunther
    4 Dec 2014 | 6:48 pm
    I’m just back from a few days in Geneva, where I moderated a panel at the 3rd annual UN Forum on Business and Human Rights. I met some interesting people—Mo Ibrahim, the African telecom billionaire, who is now a prominent philanthropist, and Ambassador Keith Harper, a lawyer and advocate for Native Americans who is the US […] >
  • The trouble with local food

    Marc Gunther
    2 Dec 2014 | 7:52 pm
    I enjoy shopping at the farmers market in Bethesda, Md., where I live. It’s a pleasant way to pass time on a Sunday morning, and a chance to run into friends and neighbors.  I feel good about supporting farmers who work nearby. Sure, it’s pricey–I was shocked to pay $8 for a sliver of cheese […] >
 
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    Skoll World Forum on Social Entrepreneurship

  • Deeper Understanding of Chinese Donors Can Create Stronger Relationships

    Jake Wadland
    19 Dec 2014 | 4:27 pm
    Through our recent research into the emerging donor base in China we developed a three-step approach that NGOs can use to more deeply understand, anticipate and respond to donors’ needs, based on the donor’s lifecycle of interactions with the organization. More than ever, NGOs need to demonstrate meaningful results. We believe a deep understanding of what Chinese donors care about and how they make decisions, when used as part of the system we describe, will significantly benefit both donors and NGOs. 1. Understand What Motivates Donors and their Investment Strategies Donors give to…
  • Five Ways to Tap the Crowd to Drive Change

    Jake Wadland
    19 Dec 2014 | 3:05 pm
    On December 5th, the second annual Social Entrepreneurs Challenge, hosted on CrowdRise, came to an end. And what an ending it was! The goal was for social entrepreneurs to raise $3 million over a six-week campaign to unlock match and prize funding from the Skoll Foundation. By the final week of the Challenge, donations continued to pour in, and the entrepreneurs ultimately raised more than double our goal—$6.6 million. In total, the Challenge raised $11 million, including $3.25 milion in matching grants and a $1.2 million Chairman’s grant from the Skoll Foundation. Last year, we…
  • Malaysia: Migrant Workers in Their Own Words

    Jake Wadland
    18 Dec 2014 | 7:14 am
    For the last two years, Verité has been meeting with migrant workers in the electronics sector in Malaysia to understand their experiences. Our findings shocked us – one in three of the hundreds of thousands of migrants working in Malaysian electronics manufacturing is in a condition of forced labor. These Burmese, Nepalis, Indians, Bangladeshis, Vietnamese, Thais, Indonesians and Filipinos work in modern factories. But because they are foreigners they are often employed by third-party labor agents rather than the factories themselves. They face persecution from anti-immigrant militias,…
  • Climate-Smart Farming Knowledge Helps Farmers Prosper

    Jake Wadland
    17 Dec 2014 | 7:34 pm
    U Htun Wai was skeptical when a group of agronomists and farmers visited his village in Myanmar’s Irrawady Delta region and offered to help double his yearly income. Rising sea levels render his land infertile for half of the year, so while other farmers in the region could harvest two crops of rice each year, U Htun Wai and his family had to make do with the income from only one rice harvest. In the off-season when they couldn’t farm, his family earned at most one to three dollars per day and was forced to purchase food on a day-to-day basis. U Htun Wai is one of thousands of farmers in…
  • Using Business as a Force For Good: The Key to a Better Tomorrow

    Jake Wadland
    17 Dec 2014 | 7:09 pm
    Reading the title of this article, you may be skeptical. Why is business the key? What about nonprofits or even government? Business is one of the most powerful forces on earth, having the potential to create systemic impact for everyone. While government and the nonprofit sector are necessary and an important part of creating change, they are insufficient to address today’s greatest challenges. Therefore business must step up and play a larger role. The successful company of tomorrow must create value for society, not just shareholders. For much of the past 50 years, the dominant narrative…
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    Global Envision

  • Jellyfish to Shut Down Power Plants, and Other Weird, Ominous Predictions from the UN

    Jenica Funk
    15 Dec 2014 | 2:23 pm
    Image:  The UN’s Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) just came out with a huge report--over 2,000 pages long, and based on 9,200 peer-reviewed studies. They could have summed it up with one sentence: The outlook is bleak.The IPCC report is the single most important document in the world at the moment, but it’s pretty much unreadable. Who has the time to dig through--let alone understand--its thick technical prose and jargon?A new interactive site called Global Weirding is here to help. The people behind the website have waded through the report and have figured…
  • When aid fails - and what failure teaches us

    Emily Crowe
    15 Dec 2014 | 10:36 am
    Image:  Sometimes, good intentions aren’t enough.The Soccket, a soccer ball with a mini generator inside, uses an internal pendulum to gather and store “kick energy,” or energy generated when it’s kicked around. Soccket uses it to power a small, attachable lamp. It entered the market in 2011 with praise from the likes of Bill Gates, Barack Obama, and FastCompany, and quickly surpassed its $75,000 fundraising goal on Kickstarter. The social enterprise’s original goal was to address energy access problems for the world’s impoverished in a fun, creative,…
  • Polio Surge in Pakistan: A cautionary tale for global health

    Jenica Funk
    11 Dec 2014 | 3:27 pm
    Image:  On the 50th anniversary of Jonas Salk’s discovery of a vaccine against polio, the disease has faded from the headlines.Ebola is the world’s health scare now -- the horrible symptoms, the grave death toll and ways to avoid exposure. Not long ago, polio made those headlines. But cases globally have plunged by more than 99 percent since 1988, from 350,000 reported cases to just 291 in 2014, as of late last month. In a major milestone, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) just announced the elimination of the second of three strains of wild…
  • Global Ideas News Brief: Typhoon evacuation saves lives

    Abby Haight
    10 Dec 2014 | 3:59 pm
    Image:  ClimateEvacuation effort credited with minimizing typhoon casualties in PhilippinesLos Angeles TimesGovernment officials and aid workers on Tuesday credited a major evacuation effort for helping to avert more severe casualties as Typhoon Hagupit, now downgraded to a tropical storm, barreled through the Philippines, collapsing houses, uprooting trees and triggering landslides and flash floods.This disaster shelter won't fall over In a hurricaneFast.Co.ExistA new flat-pack home product goes by an old-rule of them: disasters often come in pairs.Horrifyingly beautiful photos show…
  • Five ways social enterprise is changing the world

    Emily Crowe
    9 Dec 2014 | 8:48 am
    Image:  “When markets shifts, big corporates shift.”-Peter Holbrook, CEO Social EnterprisesAccording to the experts, social enterprises are seriously cool.Billions are donated and spent annually to try to eliminate the gap between the “haves” and the “have nots.” However, social enterprises are eliminating poverty in previously unimaginable ways--with less money and more business acumen. Is it just a fad, or will this new model of doing business pave the way to a better world? Again, the experts answer with resounding support.The Guardian brought…
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    Beneblog: Technology Meets Society

  • CEO’s Update: Fall 2014

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

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

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

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

    30 Oct 2014 | 7:37 am
    After an intensive search period, I’m delighted to share that Benetech recently appointed seasoned executive Mark Roberts as our Vice President of Engineering. Mark is former Senior Vice President of Engineering, Consumer Products, and Operations at TiVo Inc. He’s leading the development, testing, and deployment of Benetech’s tools and services across all its program areas.We’re thrilled to have Mark join us in this leadership role. With his proven execution in scaling business systems and infrastructures that shaped the growth of award-winning service products for multiple high…
 
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    Environmental Management & Sustainable Development News

  • EPA Sets Coal Ash Rules

    Jessica Lyons Hardcastle
    22 Dec 2014 | 5:25 am
    The EPA on Friday set the first national standards for disposal of coal ash from coal-fired power plants, classifying coal ash as solid waste instead of a hazardous material. The agency says the final rule establishes safeguards to protect communities from coal ash impoundment failures and establishes safeguards to prevent groundwater contamination and air emissions […]
  • Biosolids Recycling Program to Save $900,000 Annually

    Jessica Lyons Hardcastle
    22 Dec 2014 | 5:23 am
    Synagro Technologies says a five-year biosolids recycling program will save city of Toledo taxpayers $900,000 annually while improving water quality in the Lake Erie watershed by reducing the use of commercial chemical fertilizer. Benefits of the biosolids recycling plan include the following: Toledo’s biosolids will be used as a natural fertilizer on farm land, eliminating the need […]
  • Coke, Pepsi, Dr Pepper Increase Fuel Economy 13%

    Jessica Lyons Hardcastle
    22 Dec 2014 | 5:22 am
    Coca-Cola, PepsiCo and Dr Pepper Snapple Group have increased the fuel economy of their fleets by nearly 13 percent since 2010, according to the American Beverage Association. The findings are the first to emerge from an industry-wide initiative in which the three beverage giants agreed to share proprietary data on their truck fleets with the […]
  • Novozymes Technology Converts Waste Oils to Biodiesel

    Jessica Lyons Hardcastle
    22 Dec 2014 | 4:09 am
    Novozymes has launched what it says is the first commercially available enzymatic solution to make biodiesel from waste oils. The Novozymes Eversa enzymatic process converts used cooking oil or other lower grade oils into biodiesel. This allows biodiesel producers to reduce their raw material costs. The resulting biodiesel is sold to the same trade specification […]
  • GE, Cheniere Sign $1B LNG Export Terminal Deal

    Jessica Lyons Hardcastle
    22 Dec 2014 | 4:08 am
    General Electric and Sabine Pass Liquefaction have inked a $1 billion deal under which GE will provide spare parts and planned inspections, maintenance services and round-the-clock technical support for the gas turbines and refrigerant compressors on the first four liquified natural gas trains currently under construction at the Sabine Pass LNG export facility. Each train […]
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    Skoll World Forum on Social Entrepreneurship

  • Deeper Understanding of Chinese Donors Can Create Stronger Relationships

    Jake Wadland
    19 Dec 2014 | 4:27 pm
    Through our recent research into the emerging donor base in China we developed a three-step approach that NGOs can use to more deeply understand, anticipate and respond to donors’ needs, based on the donor’s lifecycle of interactions with the organization. More than ever, NGOs need to demonstrate meaningful results. We believe a deep understanding of what Chinese donors care about and how they make decisions, when used as part of the system we describe, will significantly benefit both donors and NGOs. 1. Understand What Motivates Donors and their Investment Strategies Donors give to…
  • Five Ways to Tap the Crowd to Drive Change

    Jake Wadland
    19 Dec 2014 | 3:05 pm
    On December 5th, the second annual Social Entrepreneurs Challenge, hosted on CrowdRise, came to an end. And what an ending it was! The goal was for social entrepreneurs to raise $3 million over a six-week campaign to unlock match and prize funding from the Skoll Foundation. By the final week of the Challenge, donations continued to pour in, and the entrepreneurs ultimately raised more than double our goal—$6.6 million. In total, the Challenge raised $11 million, including $3.25 milion in matching grants and a $1.2 million Chairman’s grant from the Skoll Foundation. Last year, we…
  • Malaysia: Migrant Workers in Their Own Words

    Jake Wadland
    18 Dec 2014 | 7:14 am
    For the last two years, Verité has been meeting with migrant workers in the electronics sector in Malaysia to understand their experiences. Our findings shocked us – one in three of the hundreds of thousands of migrants working in Malaysian electronics manufacturing is in a condition of forced labor. These Burmese, Nepalis, Indians, Bangladeshis, Vietnamese, Thais, Indonesians and Filipinos work in modern factories. But because they are foreigners they are often employed by third-party labor agents rather than the factories themselves. They face persecution from anti-immigrant militias,…
  • Climate-Smart Farming Knowledge Helps Farmers Prosper

    Jake Wadland
    17 Dec 2014 | 7:34 pm
    U Htun Wai was skeptical when a group of agronomists and farmers visited his village in Myanmar’s Irrawady Delta region and offered to help double his yearly income. Rising sea levels render his land infertile for half of the year, so while other farmers in the region could harvest two crops of rice each year, U Htun Wai and his family had to make do with the income from only one rice harvest. In the off-season when they couldn’t farm, his family earned at most one to three dollars per day and was forced to purchase food on a day-to-day basis. U Htun Wai is one of thousands of farmers in…
  • Using Business as a Force For Good: The Key to a Better Tomorrow

    Jake Wadland
    17 Dec 2014 | 7:09 pm
    Reading the title of this article, you may be skeptical. Why is business the key? What about nonprofits or even government? Business is one of the most powerful forces on earth, having the potential to create systemic impact for everyone. While government and the nonprofit sector are necessary and an important part of creating change, they are insufficient to address today’s greatest challenges. Therefore business must step up and play a larger role. The successful company of tomorrow must create value for society, not just shareholders. For much of the past 50 years, the dominant narrative…
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    Echoing Green Blog

  • Five Lessons to Drive Big Bold Change

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

    Echoing Green
    3 Dec 2014 | 6:28 am
    Students of ConTextos in El Salvador, founded by 2013 Fellow Debra Gittler Last week, President Obama announced his plan to use his executive authority on immigration policy, protecting millions of people living within the United States from deportation. “The President’s plan focuses on cracking down on illegal immigration at the border; deporting felons, not families; and accountability through criminal background checks and taxes,” the White House announced. To help understand the context, and impact, of the policies, we opened the floor for Echoing Green Fellows whose work is…
  • Social Impact Jobs December 2014

    Lara Galinsky
    1 Dec 2014 | 8:07 am
    Photo courtesy of Blue Engine At Echoing Green, our work brings together a diverse swath of people, organizations, and thought leaders to support a global social change movement driven by entrepreneurial ideas and bold action. One of the principles that steers the growth of this movement is a willingness to take risks. I believe that to embrace risk is to glean the lessons from your own experiences and your community to gain a perspective that helps you make bold and ambitious decisions. Part of the trick is expanding our definition of community – we must consider happenings beyond our…
  • Our Building Blocks of Early-Stage Support

    Erica Lock
    23 Oct 2014 | 8:03 am
    Echoing Green’s approach to supporting groundbreaking, early-stage social entrepreneurs runs much deeper than a two-year stipend and health insurance. Over the past several years, Echoing Green has worked to deepen our support for our Fellows, even as we expand the Fellowship program as part of the strategic growth of the organization. Through working with–and learning from–over 600 Fellows, we’ve developed a standard rubric and clearly defined building blocks for approaching and measuring our support. We’ve also identified the need for any standardization to be flexible enough to…
  • Raj Panjabi Leads Ebola Response Efforts

    Echoing Green
    2 Oct 2014 | 10:34 am
    Photo by Last Mile Health, known in Liberia as Tiyatien Health The Ebola outbreak appears to be far from over. The U.S. Centers for Disease Control together with World Health Organization reported that as of September 29, there were 6,574 cases of the hemorrhagic fever caused by the Ebola virus in Liberia, Guinea, Sierra Leone, Nigeria and Senegal. While global health organizations work to combat the spread of the disease, 2011 Echoing Green Fellow Dr. Rajesh Panjabi, CEO of Last Mile Health, has teamed up with Partners in Health (PIH) on the front lines in Liberia to combat what World Bank…
 
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    GreenBiz

  • Three Big Myths about Big Data and Energy Management

    Jenna Burnett
    18 Dec 2014 | 5:00 pm
    Big data and data analytics are terms used increasingly to describe the current state and future opportunities of enterprise energy management. To gain greater insight, GreenBiz Group, in partnership with Siemens Building Technologies, surveyed energy managers from large corporations, hospital systems, governments and educational institutions. The results highlight the early nature of using big data analytics for enterprise-level energy management and identified three common misconceptions. Join us for a discussion about how organizations are leveraging big data for energy enterprise…
  • GreenBuzz – December 1, 2014

    Joel Makower
    30 Nov 2014 | 6:32 pm
    Happy December. For our U.S. readers, I hope you had a wonderful holiday weekend. As December dawns, we're beginning to look both backward and forward — at the year just ending, and and all that's yet to come. For starters, we're planning our annual package of year-end stories, including the voices of many of your colleagues on the highs and lows of 2014 and a look forward at 2015. The GreenBiz team is mainly looking forward: at the 2015 State of Green Business report, to publish on January 27; at the three January meetings of the GreenBiz Executive Network, in San Francisco, Las Vegas and…
  • Recycling 2.0 – Changing Consumer Behavior Amid Changing Waste Streams

    Jenna Burnett
    21 Nov 2014 | 12:29 pm
    Consumer recycling, once seen as the most basic of environmental practices, has become decidedly more complex. Some communities have mandated aggressive, long-term, zero-waste goals to divert sometimes up to 90 percent of their waste from the local landfill. That can lead to a  wide array of what’s collected — and what’s not —  engendering confusion among residents (citizens). The result: After decades of growth, recycling rates have plateaued, or even dropped. How can cities regain the momentum? There are some tried and true methods, but it takes a village, literally — producers,…
  • How to engage millennials? Appeal to 3 core values, 3 core traits

    Bridget Croke
    24 Oct 2014 | 9:00 am
    How to engage millennials? Appeal to 3 core values, 3 core traitsBridget Croke9:00amFeatured Image: Popular opinion says that millennials are different animal from the rest of the populace. And with millennials quickly moving through their 20s and 30s, the yet-to-be-definitively-labeled Gen Z'er is coming of age and becoming a more critical decision maker. With all the conflicting information on millennials' relationship with social change, how do we successfully engage these generations in positive behavior change? Do they care about your brand's social impact? Do they actually align…
  • Why understanding the true value of water is smart business

    Steve Bolton
    24 Oct 2014 | 8:00 am
    Why understanding the true value of water is smart businessSteve Bolton8:00amFeatured Image: Concerns about water availability are increasing around the world. Water scarcity threatens the ability of companies and communities to operate as they have in the past. Business value may be at risk if they do not have insight into these natural capital considerations and adjust their operations accordingly. Understanding the true value of water and pinpointing limits to growth is a growing global trend. Companies that quantify their natural capital dependencies will benefit from a more complete…
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    AfriGadget

  • 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)…
  • You are what you breathe

    Stefania Druga
    27 Jan 2014 | 8:30 am
    When was the last time you noticed the air you are breathing ? Do you know how it affects you and your health? Egypt leads the list of the most polluted cities in the world, in terms of particulate matter. Moreover, according to the latest report by the WHO, every Cairo resident’s daily share of air pollution is equivalent to smoking a pack of cigarettes a day. This motivated the makers from icealex hub in Alexandria Egypt to work on solving this global problem. Their solution: Build an air quality monitoring kit The kit uses Arduino, gas, humidity and temperature sensors, RGB LEDs and an…
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    Timbuktu Chronicles

  • InnovAfrica

    Emeka Okafor
    21 Dec 2014 | 7:54 pm
    Caroline Grellier writing in the Makery: The InnovAfrica forum in Togo, held from the 24th to the 28th of November, brought together 150 Africans from 15 French speaking countries. The trend for 2014 is a strong presence of women and lab projects galore. African innovation as seen by 7 of its actors. Six years already that the last week of November is a key event in the African innovators and makers’ diaries. Each year, the InnovAfrica forum initiated by Imagination for people, together with the United Nation Programme for Development (UNPD) and Orange Labs, is held in an African capital so…
  • The BIOFABRICATE Summit

    Emeka Okafor
    21 Dec 2014 | 7:38 pm
    Anna Kaziunas France writing in Make:There’s a bio-revolution on the horizon!The Inaugural BIOFABRICATE Summit that took place on December 4th, 2014 was the first event to focus on commercial, artistic and research the disruptive technologies that comprise the emerging field of grown materials.The summit was masterminded Suzanne Lee, the director of the Biocouture research project (whose TED talk bio describes as a “fashion designer turned biological conjurer”), in partnership with synthetic biology community leader SynBioBeta...[continue reading]
  • Biocoding For Beginners

    Emeka Okafor
    21 Dec 2014 | 9:57 am
    In Fast Company: image courtesy of Fast CompanyCathal Garvey used to work in cancer research. Now he is the scientific director of IndieBio, a biotech accelerator based in Cork, Ireland which is about to open a branch in San Francisco. Garvey originally studied genetics. "I got into genetics after seeing a documentary about it when it was quite young." he says."I had already decided that I was going to be a biologist at an even younger age. And then I thought ‘Oh my God, living things operate on a code.’" After graduating, Garvey became interested in the DIYBio movement of amateur…
  • Why kids should learn to code for Christmas

    Emeka Okafor
    21 Dec 2014 | 8:44 am
    From Htxt's maker channel: This Christmas, the best gift you can give your kids (or yourself for that matter), is an opportunity to learn how to code. In today’s competitive job market, digital literacy has become a highly sought after skill that virtually guarantees employability.In its recent Salary Review for 2014, Career Junction found that Information Technology is one of the ten most popular industry sectors in the South African jobs market and that IT labour demand has continued to increase year on year. According to ITWeb’s Salary Survey for 2014, IT salaries continue to outstrip…
  • Run Cheetah Run

    Emeka Okafor
    20 Dec 2014 | 4:08 pm
    Over at the 1% club: Run Cheetah Run - A New Generation of African Changemakers from 1%Club on Vimeo.
 
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    Skoll World Forum on Social Entrepreneurship

  • Deeper Understanding of Chinese Donors Can Create Stronger Relationships

    Jake Wadland
    19 Dec 2014 | 4:27 pm
    Through our recent research into the emerging donor base in China we developed a three-step approach that NGOs can use to more deeply understand, anticipate and respond to donors’ needs, based on the donor’s lifecycle of interactions with the organization. More than ever, NGOs need to demonstrate meaningful results. We believe a deep understanding of what Chinese donors care about and how they make decisions, when used as part of the system we describe, will significantly benefit both donors and NGOs. 1. Understand What Motivates Donors and their Investment Strategies Donors give to…
  • Five Ways to Tap the Crowd to Drive Change

    Jake Wadland
    19 Dec 2014 | 3:05 pm
    On December 5th, the second annual Social Entrepreneurs Challenge, hosted on CrowdRise, came to an end. And what an ending it was! The goal was for social entrepreneurs to raise $3 million over a six-week campaign to unlock match and prize funding from the Skoll Foundation. By the final week of the Challenge, donations continued to pour in, and the entrepreneurs ultimately raised more than double our goal—$6.6 million. In total, the Challenge raised $11 million, including $3.25 milion in matching grants and a $1.2 million Chairman’s grant from the Skoll Foundation. Last year, we…
  • Malaysia: Migrant Workers in Their Own Words

    Jake Wadland
    18 Dec 2014 | 7:14 am
    For the last two years, Verité has been meeting with migrant workers in the electronics sector in Malaysia to understand their experiences. Our findings shocked us – one in three of the hundreds of thousands of migrants working in Malaysian electronics manufacturing is in a condition of forced labor. These Burmese, Nepalis, Indians, Bangladeshis, Vietnamese, Thais, Indonesians and Filipinos work in modern factories. But because they are foreigners they are often employed by third-party labor agents rather than the factories themselves. They face persecution from anti-immigrant militias,…
  • Climate-Smart Farming Knowledge Helps Farmers Prosper

    Jake Wadland
    17 Dec 2014 | 7:34 pm
    U Htun Wai was skeptical when a group of agronomists and farmers visited his village in Myanmar’s Irrawady Delta region and offered to help double his yearly income. Rising sea levels render his land infertile for half of the year, so while other farmers in the region could harvest two crops of rice each year, U Htun Wai and his family had to make do with the income from only one rice harvest. In the off-season when they couldn’t farm, his family earned at most one to three dollars per day and was forced to purchase food on a day-to-day basis. U Htun Wai is one of thousands of farmers in…
  • Using Business as a Force For Good: The Key to a Better Tomorrow

    Jake Wadland
    17 Dec 2014 | 7:09 pm
    Reading the title of this article, you may be skeptical. Why is business the key? What about nonprofits or even government? Business is one of the most powerful forces on earth, having the potential to create systemic impact for everyone. While government and the nonprofit sector are necessary and an important part of creating change, they are insufficient to address today’s greatest challenges. Therefore business must step up and play a larger role. The successful company of tomorrow must create value for society, not just shareholders. For much of the past 50 years, the dominant narrative…
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    Skoll World Forum on Social Entrepreneurship

  • Deeper Understanding of Chinese Donors Can Create Stronger Relationships

    Jake Wadland
    19 Dec 2014 | 4:27 pm
    Through our recent research into the emerging donor base in China we developed a three-step approach that NGOs can use to more deeply understand, anticipate and respond to donors’ needs, based on the donor’s lifecycle of interactions with the organization. More than ever, NGOs need to demonstrate meaningful results. We believe a deep understanding of what Chinese donors care about and how they make decisions, when used as part of the system we describe, will significantly benefit both donors and NGOs. 1. Understand What Motivates Donors and their Investment Strategies Donors give to…
  • Five Ways to Tap the Crowd to Drive Change

    Jake Wadland
    19 Dec 2014 | 3:05 pm
    On December 5th, the second annual Social Entrepreneurs Challenge, hosted on CrowdRise, came to an end. And what an ending it was! The goal was for social entrepreneurs to raise $3 million over a six-week campaign to unlock match and prize funding from the Skoll Foundation. By the final week of the Challenge, donations continued to pour in, and the entrepreneurs ultimately raised more than double our goal—$6.6 million. In total, the Challenge raised $11 million, including $3.25 milion in matching grants and a $1.2 million Chairman’s grant from the Skoll Foundation. Last year, we…
  • Malaysia: Migrant Workers in Their Own Words

    Jake Wadland
    18 Dec 2014 | 7:14 am
    For the last two years, Verité has been meeting with migrant workers in the electronics sector in Malaysia to understand their experiences. Our findings shocked us – one in three of the hundreds of thousands of migrants working in Malaysian electronics manufacturing is in a condition of forced labor. These Burmese, Nepalis, Indians, Bangladeshis, Vietnamese, Thais, Indonesians and Filipinos work in modern factories. But because they are foreigners they are often employed by third-party labor agents rather than the factories themselves. They face persecution from anti-immigrant militias,…
  • Climate-Smart Farming Knowledge Helps Farmers Prosper

    Jake Wadland
    17 Dec 2014 | 7:34 pm
    U Htun Wai was skeptical when a group of agronomists and farmers visited his village in Myanmar’s Irrawady Delta region and offered to help double his yearly income. Rising sea levels render his land infertile for half of the year, so while other farmers in the region could harvest two crops of rice each year, U Htun Wai and his family had to make do with the income from only one rice harvest. In the off-season when they couldn’t farm, his family earned at most one to three dollars per day and was forced to purchase food on a day-to-day basis. U Htun Wai is one of thousands of farmers in…
  • Using Business as a Force For Good: The Key to a Better Tomorrow

    Jake Wadland
    17 Dec 2014 | 7:09 pm
    Reading the title of this article, you may be skeptical. Why is business the key? What about nonprofits or even government? Business is one of the most powerful forces on earth, having the potential to create systemic impact for everyone. While government and the nonprofit sector are necessary and an important part of creating change, they are insufficient to address today’s greatest challenges. Therefore business must step up and play a larger role. The successful company of tomorrow must create value for society, not just shareholders. For much of the past 50 years, the dominant narrative…
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    Skoll World Forum on Social Entrepreneurship

  • Deeper Understanding of Chinese Donors Can Create Stronger Relationships

    Jake Wadland
    19 Dec 2014 | 4:27 pm
    Through our recent research into the emerging donor base in China we developed a three-step approach that NGOs can use to more deeply understand, anticipate and respond to donors’ needs, based on the donor’s lifecycle of interactions with the organization. More than ever, NGOs need to demonstrate meaningful results. We believe a deep understanding of what Chinese donors care about and how they make decisions, when used as part of the system we describe, will significantly benefit both donors and NGOs. 1. Understand What Motivates Donors and their Investment Strategies Donors give to…
  • Five Ways to Tap the Crowd to Drive Change

    Jake Wadland
    19 Dec 2014 | 3:05 pm
    On December 5th, the second annual Social Entrepreneurs Challenge, hosted on CrowdRise, came to an end. And what an ending it was! The goal was for social entrepreneurs to raise $3 million over a six-week campaign to unlock match and prize funding from the Skoll Foundation. By the final week of the Challenge, donations continued to pour in, and the entrepreneurs ultimately raised more than double our goal—$6.6 million. In total, the Challenge raised $11 million, including $3.25 milion in matching grants and a $1.2 million Chairman’s grant from the Skoll Foundation. Last year, we…
  • Malaysia: Migrant Workers in Their Own Words

    Jake Wadland
    18 Dec 2014 | 7:14 am
    For the last two years, Verité has been meeting with migrant workers in the electronics sector in Malaysia to understand their experiences. Our findings shocked us – one in three of the hundreds of thousands of migrants working in Malaysian electronics manufacturing is in a condition of forced labor. These Burmese, Nepalis, Indians, Bangladeshis, Vietnamese, Thais, Indonesians and Filipinos work in modern factories. But because they are foreigners they are often employed by third-party labor agents rather than the factories themselves. They face persecution from anti-immigrant militias,…
  • Climate-Smart Farming Knowledge Helps Farmers Prosper

    Jake Wadland
    17 Dec 2014 | 7:34 pm
    U Htun Wai was skeptical when a group of agronomists and farmers visited his village in Myanmar’s Irrawady Delta region and offered to help double his yearly income. Rising sea levels render his land infertile for half of the year, so while other farmers in the region could harvest two crops of rice each year, U Htun Wai and his family had to make do with the income from only one rice harvest. In the off-season when they couldn’t farm, his family earned at most one to three dollars per day and was forced to purchase food on a day-to-day basis. U Htun Wai is one of thousands of farmers in…
  • Using Business as a Force For Good: The Key to a Better Tomorrow

    Jake Wadland
    17 Dec 2014 | 7:09 pm
    Reading the title of this article, you may be skeptical. Why is business the key? What about nonprofits or even government? Business is one of the most powerful forces on earth, having the potential to create systemic impact for everyone. While government and the nonprofit sector are necessary and an important part of creating change, they are insufficient to address today’s greatest challenges. Therefore business must step up and play a larger role. The successful company of tomorrow must create value for society, not just shareholders. For much of the past 50 years, the dominant narrative…
 
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    Skoll World Forum on Social Entrepreneurship

  • Deeper Understanding of Chinese Donors Can Create Stronger Relationships

    Jake Wadland
    19 Dec 2014 | 4:27 pm
    Through our recent research into the emerging donor base in China we developed a three-step approach that NGOs can use to more deeply understand, anticipate and respond to donors’ needs, based on the donor’s lifecycle of interactions with the organization. More than ever, NGOs need to demonstrate meaningful results. We believe a deep understanding of what Chinese donors care about and how they make decisions, when used as part of the system we describe, will significantly benefit both donors and NGOs. 1. Understand What Motivates Donors and their Investment Strategies Donors give to…
  • Five Ways to Tap the Crowd to Drive Change

    Jake Wadland
    19 Dec 2014 | 3:05 pm
    On December 5th, the second annual Social Entrepreneurs Challenge, hosted on CrowdRise, came to an end. And what an ending it was! The goal was for social entrepreneurs to raise $3 million over a six-week campaign to unlock match and prize funding from the Skoll Foundation. By the final week of the Challenge, donations continued to pour in, and the entrepreneurs ultimately raised more than double our goal—$6.6 million. In total, the Challenge raised $11 million, including $3.25 milion in matching grants and a $1.2 million Chairman’s grant from the Skoll Foundation. Last year, we…
  • Malaysia: Migrant Workers in Their Own Words

    Jake Wadland
    18 Dec 2014 | 7:14 am
    For the last two years, Verité has been meeting with migrant workers in the electronics sector in Malaysia to understand their experiences. Our findings shocked us – one in three of the hundreds of thousands of migrants working in Malaysian electronics manufacturing is in a condition of forced labor. These Burmese, Nepalis, Indians, Bangladeshis, Vietnamese, Thais, Indonesians and Filipinos work in modern factories. But because they are foreigners they are often employed by third-party labor agents rather than the factories themselves. They face persecution from anti-immigrant militias,…
  • Climate-Smart Farming Knowledge Helps Farmers Prosper

    Jake Wadland
    17 Dec 2014 | 7:34 pm
    U Htun Wai was skeptical when a group of agronomists and farmers visited his village in Myanmar’s Irrawady Delta region and offered to help double his yearly income. Rising sea levels render his land infertile for half of the year, so while other farmers in the region could harvest two crops of rice each year, U Htun Wai and his family had to make do with the income from only one rice harvest. In the off-season when they couldn’t farm, his family earned at most one to three dollars per day and was forced to purchase food on a day-to-day basis. U Htun Wai is one of thousands of farmers in…
  • Using Business as a Force For Good: The Key to a Better Tomorrow

    Jake Wadland
    17 Dec 2014 | 7:09 pm
    Reading the title of this article, you may be skeptical. Why is business the key? What about nonprofits or even government? Business is one of the most powerful forces on earth, having the potential to create systemic impact for everyone. While government and the nonprofit sector are necessary and an important part of creating change, they are insufficient to address today’s greatest challenges. Therefore business must step up and play a larger role. The successful company of tomorrow must create value for society, not just shareholders. For much of the past 50 years, the dominant narrative…
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    Skoll World Forum on Social Entrepreneurship

  • Deeper Understanding of Chinese Donors Can Create Stronger Relationships

    Jake Wadland
    19 Dec 2014 | 4:27 pm
    Through our recent research into the emerging donor base in China we developed a three-step approach that NGOs can use to more deeply understand, anticipate and respond to donors’ needs, based on the donor’s lifecycle of interactions with the organization. More than ever, NGOs need to demonstrate meaningful results. We believe a deep understanding of what Chinese donors care about and how they make decisions, when used as part of the system we describe, will significantly benefit both donors and NGOs. 1. Understand What Motivates Donors and their Investment Strategies Donors give to…
  • Five Ways to Tap the Crowd to Drive Change

    Jake Wadland
    19 Dec 2014 | 3:05 pm
    On December 5th, the second annual Social Entrepreneurs Challenge, hosted on CrowdRise, came to an end. And what an ending it was! The goal was for social entrepreneurs to raise $3 million over a six-week campaign to unlock match and prize funding from the Skoll Foundation. By the final week of the Challenge, donations continued to pour in, and the entrepreneurs ultimately raised more than double our goal—$6.6 million. In total, the Challenge raised $11 million, including $3.25 milion in matching grants and a $1.2 million Chairman’s grant from the Skoll Foundation. Last year, we…
  • Malaysia: Migrant Workers in Their Own Words

    Jake Wadland
    18 Dec 2014 | 7:14 am
    For the last two years, Verité has been meeting with migrant workers in the electronics sector in Malaysia to understand their experiences. Our findings shocked us – one in three of the hundreds of thousands of migrants working in Malaysian electronics manufacturing is in a condition of forced labor. These Burmese, Nepalis, Indians, Bangladeshis, Vietnamese, Thais, Indonesians and Filipinos work in modern factories. But because they are foreigners they are often employed by third-party labor agents rather than the factories themselves. They face persecution from anti-immigrant militias,…
  • Climate-Smart Farming Knowledge Helps Farmers Prosper

    Jake Wadland
    17 Dec 2014 | 7:34 pm
    U Htun Wai was skeptical when a group of agronomists and farmers visited his village in Myanmar’s Irrawady Delta region and offered to help double his yearly income. Rising sea levels render his land infertile for half of the year, so while other farmers in the region could harvest two crops of rice each year, U Htun Wai and his family had to make do with the income from only one rice harvest. In the off-season when they couldn’t farm, his family earned at most one to three dollars per day and was forced to purchase food on a day-to-day basis. U Htun Wai is one of thousands of farmers in…
  • Using Business as a Force For Good: The Key to a Better Tomorrow

    Jake Wadland
    17 Dec 2014 | 7:09 pm
    Reading the title of this article, you may be skeptical. Why is business the key? What about nonprofits or even government? Business is one of the most powerful forces on earth, having the potential to create systemic impact for everyone. While government and the nonprofit sector are necessary and an important part of creating change, they are insufficient to address today’s greatest challenges. Therefore business must step up and play a larger role. The successful company of tomorrow must create value for society, not just shareholders. For much of the past 50 years, the dominant narrative…
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    From Poverty to Power

  • Links I liked

    Duncan Green
    21 Dec 2014 | 11:30 pm
    Bumper crop of tweets last week, and here are some of the best. And with that I’m signing off for Christmas – see you in 2015. Highest % of children in poverty in the developed world: 1 Greece; 3 Spain; 4 Israel; 6 US; 16 UK; 41 Norway [h/t Conrad Hackett] Fascinating analysis of the process of change at the IMF – a paradigm shift is under way, away from neoclassical orthodoxy, but it is not complete. The result is growing schizophrenia [h/t Ricardo Fuentes] Great piece by Ben Ramalingam and John Mitchell on the challenges of the ‘new normal’ in humanitarian work, and a…
  • What are the links between authoritarianism, democracy and development? Magisterial (and short) new overview

    Duncan Green
    18 Dec 2014 | 11:30 pm
    Sometimes, with heavy heart, I pick up yet another example of ‘grey literature’ only to find I’ve wandered into an Aladdin’s cave of ideas. That was my sensation on reading Tim Kelsall’s new paper for the Developmental Leadership Program, on ‘Authoritarianism, democracy and development’. In just 14 pages, he summarizes a huge literature, with the aim of boiling it all down into some useful advice for an imaginary governance adviser to a developing country, whether autocratic or democratic or somewhere in between. In two pages, and truly magisterial style, the paper charts the…
  • $2 leaving developing countries for every $1 going in – big new report on the state of global financial flows

    Duncan Green
    17 Dec 2014 | 11:30 pm
    A very useful new report from Eurodad, published today, provides ‘the most comprehensive review of the quantity of different financing sources available to developing countries, and how they have changed over the past decade.’ This in the run up to the big UN summit on financing for development (FfD) in Addis Ababa in July 2015. Here are some highlights from the exec sum: ‘We have analysed the best available data produced by international institutions, both from the point of view of developing countries as a whole, and for low-income (LICs), lower-middle-income (LMIC) and…
  • Local First: an excellent (and practical) counterweight to the more top-down versions of ‘doing development differently’

    Duncan Green
    16 Dec 2014 | 11:30 pm
    I’ve been both engaged and excited by a lot of the recent networking on ‘thinking and working politically’/’doing development differently’, which emphasizes the importance of understanding and working with the grain of local context, and a project cycle which replaces ‘The Plan’ with a messy process of trying, failing, learning and adapting (and trying again). But one anxiety I have is that it all feels very top down – clever political scientists, often working for big aid agencies, getting better at driving reforms through recalcitrant governments. The risk is that issues of…
  • The new World Development Report (on mind, society and behavior): lots to like, but a big fail on power, politics and religion

    Duncan Green
    15 Dec 2014 | 11:30 pm
    This probably doesn’t need saying, but the World Development Report is a big deal. The World Bank’s annual flagships have a track record of shaping debates on particular issues, and raising them up the endlessly churning development agenda. So it pays to pay attention. This year’s WDR, published this month, is on ‘Mind, Society and Behaviour’. I (like most people) have only read the 20 page overview, not the tome on which it is based, (but if I miss anything, that’s the Bank’s fault for not including it where it matters!). So what does it say? Drawing heavily on the work of…
 
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    CIPE Development Blog

  • Womenomics and Abenomics

    Guest
    22 Dec 2014 | 6:03 am
    At the 2014 World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe of Japan expounded on his program for economic reform, known as Abenomics. The plan consists of three “arrows”: monetary easing, fiscal stimulus, and structural reforms. Structural reforms, the third arrow, have been the most difficult to implement, among them increasing the economic opportunities for women in...
  • Giving Women a Voice in Pakistan’s Media

    Frank Stroker
    19 Dec 2014 | 7:07 am
    It is widely accepted by development experts that women are a largely untapped source of potential around the world. Women constitute approximately 50 percent of the human population and whether talking about political, economic, or social development, they have the ability to contribute vast advancements. However, in many countries around the world, women are excluded from participating in...
  • Entrepreneurial Training Programs for Bahraini Youth

    Kim Bettcher
    19 Dec 2014 | 6:43 am
    In Bahrain, young people – those under 25 years of age – make up nearly half of the population. To create enough jobs for Bahrain’s youth, entrepreneurs and aspiring businesspeople will need to equip themselves with the necessary skills that will allow them to thrive in a dynamic global economy. A number of entrepreneurship initiatives have grown up to respond to this need. These include programs...
  • Bread for the Masses: Economic Empowerment to Achieve Social Justice in Egypt

    AnnaMaria Shaker
    18 Dec 2014 | 7:02 am
    “Bread, Freedom, Social Justice” was the unified chant that filled Cairo's Tahrir Square in January 2011. Almost four years later, this call for bread,-- for dignified livelihoods -- remains a driving force for sustainable economic reforms that can open financial opportunities for all citizens, create jobs for the burgeoning youth population, bolster the suffering economy, and ultimately take...
  • Street Politics Aren’t Enough: Careful Economic Reform Will Foster Democracy and Stability in Jordan

    Guest
    17 Dec 2014 | 6:19 am
    In Jordan, economic factors have played an important role in political stability since 2011. Jordanians as a whole consider economic rights to be a core component of democracy. This is demonstrated by the fact that most public protests began as a response to economic grievances. The trend corresponds strongly with the Arab Barometer's recent MENA opinion poll results: throughout the region,...
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    ODI Opinion

  • Financing the future: fresh perspectives on global development

    17 Mar 2015 | 12:00 am
    How can international public finance meet the challenges of our new era? To set the stage for these debates, ODI and a global coalition of partners are hosting this conference in Accra, Ghana in March 2015.
  • Development Progress Special Event: Through the people’s lens

    26 Feb 2015 | 12:00 am
    ​The Overseas Development Institute invites you to join an evening of lively discussion on shifting narratives and images of development progress. With unprecedented access to technology, those at the grassroots can now tell their own stories direct to a world stage. How does this challenge perceptions of development? And what does this mean for the traditional story-tellers – journalists, photographers, film-makers and charities? The evening will feature a keynote speaker and expert panel debate, with plenty of opportunity for guests to meet people from different disciplines, explore the…
  • Development Progress Photography Exhibition: Through the people’s lens

    16 Feb 2015 | 12:00 am
    ​Greater progress is being made today than at any other time in history, with poverty rates plummeting and striking advances across all areas of human development. Meet those experiencing these changes first-hand. This exhibition hosted at the Royal Geographical Society and in partnership with PhotoVoice showcases photographs and narratives by community memebers in China, Ethiopia, Ghana, Nepal, Peru and Tunisia who were supported by PhotoVoice to share their views on what's working and why. Areas explored by local community members include education, maternal health, political voice, urban…
  • Risking everything: vulnerabilities and opportunities in migration

    6 Feb 2015 | 12:00 am
    ​Migration is one of the most effective ways of reducing global poverty. However, there are systemic features undermining its potential. This event, organised by the Secure Livelihoods Research Consortium (SLRC) and Migrating out of Poverty Consortium, explores the risks and vulnerabilities that migrants face throughout the migration cycle – from pre-departure to the transit phase to employment in the new workplace – with a specific focus on Nepalese migration.
  • Another humanitarian crisis in Somalia? Learning from the 2011 famine

    29 Jan 2015 | 12:00 am
    ​What lessons have we learnt from the famine in Somalia? This event will launch a new report that examines the international response to the famine in 2011 and lessons learnt on how to prevent and mitigate a similar crisis.
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    PHILANTHROPY 2173

  • The giving quants or "algorithmic philanthropy"

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

    Lucy Bernholz
    16 Dec 2014 | 12:29 pm
    A friend forwarded this to me in an email - it's a link to an article in The Guardian, a letter from the head of Civicus, a global organization representing civil society organizations.In it he notes the growth of the sector.And its failures to solve the problems it seeks to address. In his words:"We – civil society – have been co-opted into economic and institutional processes in which we are being outwitted and out-manoeuvred. Our conception of what is possible has narrowed dramatically. Since demonstrating bang for your buck has become all-important, we divide our work into neat…
  • The whole social economy in one place

    Lucy Bernholz
    15 Dec 2014 | 11:57 am
    Nonprofit. Network. Benefit corporations. Peer-to-peer platforms, the sharing economy, social welfare nonprofits.... I've been writing about this mix for years - on this blog, in the Blueprint series, and at Stanford. (photo: (c) Copyright Lucy Bernholz, All rights reserved.)Today, Peers, a nonprofit membership association that owned and operated a for-benefit corporation - all in the service of the sharing economy - has now split into two organizations. One will be be a benefit corporation (and a B Corporation) and one will be a nonprofit organization. One will raise investment capital, the…
  • Data and Civil Rights

    Lucy Bernholz
    10 Dec 2014 | 7:53 pm
    In 12 years of blogging, I've never done this before.I urge you to go to the website Data and Civil Rights, download all of the papers, and read every single one. Then think about your life, your work and your next steps. Whatever area of civil society you focus on - education, health, criminal justice, employment, finance, health or housing - there are materials there for you. (What happened to the environment?)I was not involved in the conference that the website documents. I wish I had been. This work matters to all us. All of us need to think about these issues, engage in the…
  • Philanthropy Buzzwords 2015

    Lucy Bernholz
    9 Dec 2014 | 12:00 pm
    I have been keeping a list. Checking it twice. (And doing so since 2007).Below are the Philanthropy Buzzwords to look out for 2015. The list is also featured on the Chronicle of Philanthropy's site. The 2015 Blueprint - which goes global this year with help from the great folks at betterplace lab  - is now live. It has a buzzword list + special "design school edition" of buzzwords, predictions for the year ahead, and all the usual annual goodies. This is the 6th annual forecast - get your free copy at GrantCraft.1. Internet of ThingsIt’s no longer just your laptop and your phone that…
 
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    Acumen Fund Blog

  • Terrorism: The Single Story of Pakistan

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

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

    Siddharth Tata and Suzanna Thekkekara
    27 Nov 2014 | 12:00 am
    India’s demographic dividend is widely acknowledged as a strength that sets it apart from other emerging economies. One million young men and women enter the workforce every month, which will add up to an astounding 240 million over the next twenty years.  Rural youth make up two thirds of India’s population and are a major segment of these job seekers. At the same time, fast growing companies in retail, IT, BPO, banking and financial services struggle with finding employable staff, especially in rural areas.  Research shows that only 5-40% of the staff in such companies has undergone…
  • The Power of Fellowship – Apply Now

    Acumen
    26 Nov 2014 | 8:14 am
    The Acumen Global Fellows are an incredibly diverse group of professionals dedicated to changing the way the world tackles poverty.  Over the past nine years, 86 Fellows have taken part in the fellowship which has truly transformed the way they see themselves and their careers. We asked three alumni to share what they learned during their fellowship year, how they’ve grown, and how the experience shaped who they are today. Applications for the Global Fellows Program are open until December 7th. Apply today! Yousef Alguwaifli The Fellowship training sharpened my skills in so many areas:…
  • New Study By Acumen and Bain & Company Unveils How To Scale Adoption Of Agricultural Innovations

    Acumen
    18 Nov 2014 | 5:49 am
    Acumen and Bain & Company today released Growing Prosperity: Developing Repeatable Models to Scale the Adoption of Agricultural Innovations—a new report to help entrepreneurial companies, and others, unlock the potential of smallholder farmers through large-scale adoption of agricultural innovations and inputs. The report’s insights and findings—which are the result of interviews with more than 300 smallholder farmers, sector experts and pioneer firm management—demonstrate the transformative power of providing smallholder farmers with the right access to the right innovations at…
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    Ideas for development

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

    Idées pour le développement
    18 Dec 2014 | 8:55 am
    Plus de la moitié des Africains ont moins de 25 ans. Ces jeunes portent l’avenir du continent, ses opportunités comme ses défis. Par exemple, il... Cet article Les jeunes en Afrique : peut-on répondre à leurs attentes ? est apparu en premier sur Ideas for development.
  • Le temps de l’eau et de l’énergie facile est révolu

    Loïc Fauchon
    15 Dec 2014 | 7:37 am
    3 à 4 milliards de personnes n’ont toujours pas accès à une eau saine et 1,4 milliard de personnes vivent toujours sans électricité. Quel lien... Cet article Le temps de l’eau et de l’énergie facile est révolu est apparu en premier sur Ideas for development.
  • Quelle(s) politique(s) pour répondre au défi de la précarité urbaine ?

    Idées pour le développement
    12 Dec 2014 | 8:11 am
    Un milliard de citadins vivent aujourd’hui dans des bidonvilles selon UN Habitat. Ils seraient le double en 2030 si rien n’est fait. 90% de ces... Cet article Quelle(s) politique(s) pour répondre au défi de la précarité urbaine ? est apparu en premier sur Ideas for development.
  • Dans les pays fragiles, la priorité doit être le renforcement de l’Etat

    Erik Solheim
    9 Dec 2014 | 3:00 am
    Comment doit-on aborder un processus de paix ? Comment devrait agir un bailleur de fond dans les contextes de crise ? Comment renforcer l’Etat ?... Cet article Dans les pays fragiles, la priorité doit être le renforcement de l’Etat est apparu en premier sur Ideas for development.
  • Neutraliser les facilitateurs de la corruption

    Friederike Röder
    8 Dec 2014 | 3:38 am
    La journée mondiale de lutte contre la corruption revêt un enjeu toute particulier en cette année 2014. Elle se profile à la fin d’une année... Cet article Neutraliser les facilitateurs de la corruption est apparu en premier sur Ideas for development.
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    (BLOG)RED

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

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

    18 Dec 2014 | 7:43 am
    More than 675,000 days of life-saving medicine can be provided thanks to the efforts of Live Nation employees and fans worldwide this World AIDS Day.On December 1, more than 4,000 Live Nation employees from around the world donned (RED)NATION t-shirts to show their support for the fight against AIDS. And from November 3 to December 14, fans purchasing tickets to live events on LiveNation.com and Ticketmaster.com could donate up to $25 to the Global Fund.Thanks to Live Nation Entertainment for its tremendous support of (RED)’s fight for an AIDS FREE GENERATION this World AIDS Day.
  • Ho...ho..ho... It's the 12 Days of (RED)!

    15 Dec 2014 | 11:04 am
    Here are 12 (RED) gift ideas that all fight AIDS.12 Moleskine (RED) Notebooks a'thinking11 Jonathan Adler (RED) Tomato Pop Candles a’glowing10 Coal a'joeling 'Joe, The Lump of Coal' The Killers & Jimmy Kimmel Christmas Song for (RED)9 Days a'charging mophie (RED) Powerstation Reserves8 Elves a'wearing INSPI(RED) T-Shirts7 Squares a'swiping SQUA(RED) Readers6 Fatboy (RED) Beanbags a'lounging5 (GIRL)RED Boards a'shredding4 ADO(RED) Onesies a'hanging3 Storks a'swaddling aden + anais (RED)2 Beats by Dre (RED) Solo 2 Headphones a'beating 1 Apple (PRODUCT)RED iPod Touch
  • Halfway Home: A Training Guide for Finishing the Race to End AIDS

    9 Dec 2014 | 7:08 am
    Guest Post by Erin Hohlfelder. Originally appeared in The Huffington Post.For the last few years, I have run a half marathon in Washington, DC. On race day, those running a full marathon join us for the first half of the course. Together, we run through some of the most scenic spots in the city--past monuments and across bridges, surrounded by enthusiastic crowds. Then, around mile 13, the course splits: half-marathoners to the left, marathoners to the right. It is always at that point in the race that two distinct feelings emerge--relief that I am nearly finished, and awe at the…
  • Live Nation Entertainment & Ticketmaster: Employees & Venues Around the World Go (RED) for World AIDS Day 2014

    5 Dec 2014 | 5:49 pm
    Live Nation Employees Around the World Go (RED) on World AIDS Day.This year on World AIDS Day, (RED) partner Live Nation Entertainment rallied their employees around the world to support (RED) & the fight for an AIDS FREE GENERATION.On Monday December 1, Live Nation club and theatre venues turned (RED). In addition to venue staff sporting (RED)NATION T-shirts, marquees and in-venue signage featured a special World AIDS Day message and fans had the opportunity to donate to (RED)’s fight against AIDS via text.There’s more. Live Nation Entertainment distributed over 11,000 (RED) Nation…
 
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    ONE

  • 10 popular dishes from across Africa

    Clea Guy-Allen
    22 Dec 2014 | 7:00 am
    As many of us celebrate winter holidays and festivals in the next few weeks, we’ll probably be cooking traditional meals to mark the occasion. Wherever we live in the world, our agriculture, food,  family celebrations and our culture are what binds us to our countries. Within the African continent, there’s a huge diversity of food culture, often drawn from the kinds of fruits, vegetables and cereals that grow well in the region. We asked our Africa team, who are based in Johannesburg, South Africa, but are made up of many African nationalities, to share their favorite foods. 1.
  • 11 standout moments for girls and women in 2014

    Anna Lemberger
    19 Dec 2014 | 10:54 am
    Co-written by Anna Lemberger and Signa Mahung As 2014 comes to an end, ONE Girls and Women looks back on some incredibly standout moments for girls and women this year. From big awards in science to viral discussions about gender equality, these are the events and people that made us sit up and pay attention in 2014. 1. Teen girls help solve world hunger at a science fair And we thought our paper-mache volcanoes were cool! Ciara Judge, 16, Émer Hickey, 16, and Sophie Healy-Thow, 17, won the Google Science Fair this year with a discovery that could combat world hunger. Eleven months of…
  • Michael Gerson: A global conspiracy of health

    Michael Gerson
    19 Dec 2014 | 9:12 am
    ONE Fellow Michael Gerson reflects on the success of vaccines. This piece originally appeared in the Washington Post. [Photo Credit: Gavi/Evelyn Hockstein] In the category of stunning, heartening, woefully underreported good news: In 2000, an estimated 9.9 million children around the world died before age 5. In 2013, the figure was 6.3 million. That is 3.6 million fewer deaths, even as the world’s population increased by about 1 billion. There are a variety of reasons for increased child survival, including improved prevention of malaria and HIV. But according to a recent report in…
  • Ebola: More Than a Health Crisis

    Guest Blogger
    19 Dec 2014 | 7:29 am
    By Penny Anderson, Mercy Corps Country Director, Liberia & Kedar Mankad, Policy Officer Agriculture & Inclusive Growth, ONE “Ebola is not just a health crisis. Across West Africa a generation of young people risk[s] being lost to an economic catastrophe.” – Ellen Johnson Sirleaf Photo Credit: Mercy Corps The Ebola outbreak is wreaking havoc on the economies of Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea. 1 million more people could be food insecure in West Africa from Ebola by March, according to the World Food Program (WFP). Though we see and hear almost daily that the Ebola…
  • Surviving Ebola in Sierra Leone – a child’s story

    Guest Blogger
    18 Dec 2014 | 12:27 pm
    By Anne Boher. This piece is reposted from UNICEF. After losing her mother to the Ebola virus, a girl in Sierra Leone must raise her younger brother and sister on her own – and hold on to her own hope of returning to school. KENEMA, Sierra Leone – Four-year-old Amadou wakes up his sister, Mary, at 4:30 a.m. He has a headache and can’t sleep. He asks her where their mother is. It is the same question he has asked almost daily since he was discharged from the Ebola Treatment Unit in Kenema, almost two months ago. Mary, 15, ignores her initial annoyance at being woken up and becomes…
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    The Change Blog

  • Why You Should Celebrate the Thing We’re Taught to Dread

    Allyson Stroschein
    16 Dec 2014 | 4:37 am
    This blog post is inspired by and dedicated to my mother. “It takes a long time to become young.” – Pablo Picasso At some point in my late 20s I started to dread my birthday. I dreaded signs of crow’s feet, cellulite, and failure in reaching my goals. In fact, I had developed a wide range of fear around aging common to many of us who grew up in Western culture. We are taught to cherish birthdays as children, but at some point that excitement should wane until birthdays become a day of dread. And we should especially rue birthdays ending in zero because there be dragons in a new…
  • 7 Ways to Fall in Love With Life

    Donna Higton
    9 Dec 2014 | 6:19 am
    “I finally figured out the only reason to be alive is to enjoy it.” ― Rita Mae Brown In 1999 I was the most cynical, negative and pessimistic person you could ever hope to meet.  My ‘life motto’ was life sucks and then you die.  I was fed up with life, had a job I hated, no money, and I constantly said to myself “there must be more to life than this“.  I was 26.  Luckily, at this point I started actively looking for a better way to live. I found coaches and writer and mentors who showed me that there was indeed ‘more to life’.  One recurring…
  • How Change Creates Fear in Others

    Donna DeRosa
    7 Dec 2014 | 8:45 am
    “If we don’t change, we don’t grow. If we don’t grow, we aren’t really living.” — Gail Sheehy Have you made any changes in your life recently and been surprised by the reactions from the people you love? Oftentimes when we make big changes, the people around us resist. Years ago I moved to New York City to attend acting school. Besides teaching drama and theatre history, the school also trained us how to speak for the stage in accent-free English. They showed us how to walk with good posture so we could be more commanding on the stage. With enough…
  • A Father’s Legacy – The 5 Life Lessons He Left Me

    Hilary Neiman
    4 Dec 2014 | 6:13 am
    My Dad was a phenomenal parent, the kind that should have had a hundred kids because he was just so darn good at it. He had this gift for turning any ordinary event into a teaching point. Leave it to him to turn even his battle with cancer into opportunities to impart his wisdom. Maybe he knew he wasn’t going to win his fight so he chose to leave me with as much counsel as he could in the time he had left, or maybe that’s just the way he was. In any event, he left me with five invaluable lessons I’ll carry with me the rest of my life – lessons on how to live every day – no matter…
  • How to Work With Your Strengths, Not Against Them

    Kathryn Hall
    2 Dec 2014 | 6:12 am
    “Find your own ‘sweet spot’. Take your talents and enjoy them, share them, expand them.” - Kofi Awoonor I sometimes wonder how I survived the first 10 years of my career. Caught in a circle of jobs that didn’t fulfill me, I was so drastically out of sync with who I was, where my desires lay and what my natural born strengths were that it’s hardly surprising I spent most of my early career feeling drained and unhappy. I’d somehow found myself applying to jobs where I had to work with people constantly, organise busy events, give presentations to rowdy teenagers, and work…
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    SocialEarth

  • The List: 6 Eco-Friendly Ways to Gift

    3BL Media
    19 Dec 2014 | 5:27 am
    Are you shopping green for your holiday gifts? As I’ve been rounding up gifts for my family and friends, I’ve been trying to be as responsible as possible: I’m shopping [...] The post The List: 6 Eco-Friendly Ways to Gift appeared first on SocialEarth.
  • Connecting Veterans to Opportunities in Agriculture

    3BL Media
    19 Dec 2014 | 5:10 am
    When I graduated from college in 1980 (yes, I’m aging myself), I had a degree in Agricultural Journalism because there were so many open jobs in the agricultural industry. We’ve [...] The post Connecting Veterans to Opportunities in Agriculture appeared first on SocialEarth.
  • PepsiCo Partners to Deliver Safe Water: CWDF’s Water Cellars for Mothers

    3BL Media
    18 Dec 2014 | 1:53 pm
    China is a dynamic industrial engine and an emerging leader in the world economy. However, there is another China, full  of rural communities, often lacking basic infrastructure and competing for limited [...] The post PepsiCo Partners to Deliver Safe Water: CWDF’s Water Cellars for Mothers appeared first on SocialEarth.
  • 51 Schools Nationwide Named State Winners in the $2 Million Samsung Solve for Tomorrow Contest

    3BL Media
    18 Dec 2014 | 5:25 am
    Samsung today announced the 51 state winners in the Solve for Tomorrow Contest, a nationwide competition to raise enthusiasm for science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) by challenging students and [...] The post 51 Schools Nationwide Named State Winners in the $2 Million Samsung Solve for Tomorrow Contest appeared first on SocialEarth.
  • Real vs. Fake: The Great Christmas Tree Debate

    3BL Media
    17 Dec 2014 | 8:33 am
    Are they real or fake? Most of us who celebrate the holidays with a Christmas tree have an opinion about which type of tree is better, so we decided to take [...] The post Real vs. Fake: The Great Christmas Tree Debate appeared first on SocialEarth.
 
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    Social Velocity

  • 10 Most Popular Posts of 2014

    Nell Edgington
    18 Dec 2014 | 6:11 am
    The year is winding down, and I will be taking some time off to enjoy friends and family (as I hope you are too). But before I go, I want to leave you with a list of the 10 most popular posts on the blog this year, in case you missed any of them. And if you want to see the 10 most popular posts from 2011, 2012, or 2013 you can do that as well. I feel incredibly lucky to be able to work with you amazing social change leaders. I am grateful for the amazing work you are doing to create a better world. And I appreciate you being part of the Social Velocity community. I wish you all a happy,…
  • What Kind of Nonprofit Leader Are You?

    Nell Edgington
    16 Dec 2014 | 6:06 am
    As the year draws to a close, and you (I hope) make time to relax, reconnect with friends and family, and reacquaint yourselves with some much-needed quiet, you may also want to reflect on your role as a social change leader. Effective leadership is really, really hard work, but it is also incredibly necessary and needed. So if you find time over the next few weeks to take a look at your role as social change leader and you want some help along the way, download the Reinventing the Nonprofit Leader book. Here is an excerpt: Chapter 3: Refuse to Play Nice As a by-product of the charity…
  • 5 Nonprofit Trends to Watch in 2015

    Nell Edgington
    11 Dec 2014 | 6:39 am
    I love this time of year. Not just because of the approaching space for relaxation, friends and family, and great food, but more importantly because it is a time for reflection. The end of the year offers a natural analytic marker between what was and what is yet to come. And as is my end of the year tradition on the blog, it’s a time to look ahead to what the coming year might bring for the nonprofit sector. I’ve always said when I create my Trends to Watch lists that I am less clairvoyant and more optimist. I am always hopeful that the nonprofit sector is growing more…
  • Beyond Philanthropy As Usual: An Interview With Albert Ruesga

    Nell Edgington
    9 Dec 2014 | 6:11 am
    In today’s Social Velocity blog interview I’m talking with Albert Ruesga. Albert is the President and CEO of the Greater New Orleans Foundation, known for its leadership in the region after Hurricane Katrina. He serves as chair of Grantmakers for Effective Organizations (GEO) and sits on the Philanthropy for Social Justice and Peace steering committee. He earned his Ph.D. at MIT and taught philosophy at Gettysburg College before entering the world of philanthropy. An accomplished writer, his articles have appeared in the Oxford Handbook of Civil Society, Social Theory and…
  • Guest Post: Grantmakers and Collaboration

    Nell Edgington
    4 Dec 2014 | 6:04 am
    Note: In October I interviewed Kathleen Enright, CEO of Grantmakers for Effective Organizations (GEO), on the blog. In the course of that interview, she mentioned GEO’s upcoming study of staffed grantmaking institutions. That study was released a few weeks ago, and I asked Kathleen to provide some perspective here on what the results mean. Her guest post is below.     A few weeks ago GEO released our latest field study, Is Grantmaking Getting Smarter? We conduct this national study of staffed foundations in the United States every three years to better understand how and…
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    Care2 Causes » Trailblazers For Good

  • The ‘Eat More Kale’ Guy Triumphs Over Chik-fil-A’s Bullying

    Susan Bird
    22 Dec 2014 | 1:00 pm
    Christmas came a little early for a family T-shirt business in Vermont. After a difficult three-year battle and well-funded corporate opposition, Eat More Kale finally got its long awaited trademark. If you haven’t been following this story, pull up a bushel of kale and have a seat. It’s a cracking good tale of an earnest […]
  • Senator Cory Booker Uses His Powers For Good

    Catherine Gill
    22 Dec 2014 | 8:30 am
    Okay, so I kind of have a crush on Cory Booker. It is not just due to his smoldering good looks either; it is mostly because of his likable and warm personality. In fact, the more good that the New Jersey senator does, the more I like him. I’m not alone in my feelings. Longtime vegetarian […]
  • Success! New York Bans Fracking!

    Kevin Mathews
    19 Dec 2014 | 1:00 pm
    Good news, New Yorkers: thanks to steadfast pressure on state leaders – including this popular Care2 petition – New York is safe from fracking! In fact, New York is the first state with a substantial supply of natural gas to impose a blanket ban on the environmentally dubious practice, reports the New York Times. Talk […]
  • A 15-Year-Old Grandson’s Love Leads to Hope for Thousands of Alzheimer’s Sufferers

    Crystal Shepeard
    18 Dec 2014 | 6:00 am
    Kenneth Shinozuka is a 15-year-old junior at Horace Mann School in New York City. Like many teens his age, he enjoys technology and exploring the outdoors. He’s an Eagle Scout and active member in his troupe. He is a member of the debate team and shares his love of movies via his blog, where he […]
  • 4 Reasons Elizabeth Warren Is Too Busy to Run for President

    Kevin Mathews
    16 Dec 2014 | 4:00 pm
    Despite many calls for her to run for president in 2016, Democratic Senator Elizabeth Warren has finally stated in no uncertain terms that she will not be running for president. While it’s sad news, it’d be impossible to say that she’s not already doing her darndest to improve the country from her current Senate seat. […]
 
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    Social Finance

  • Thanks for Joining us for Social Finance Connects on December 17th!

    Jared Walker
    18 Dec 2014 | 10:42 am
    If you missed our December SF Connects on SRI (or just want to watch it again) check it out here! On December 17, 2014 at noon Brenda Plant of Ellio Sustainability Consultants led a riveting Social Finance Connects webinar on socially responsible investment options ranging from RI to Impact Investing and everything in between. Using the most recent Canadian statistics from the 2012 Canadian Socially Responsible Investment (SRI) Review and emerging SRI opportunitites in Canada as a base, Brenda explored how consumers can positively impact society by engaging in SRI. She drilled down with…
  • Matchmaking social investor index is launched in the UK

    Julie Pybus
    18 Dec 2014 | 9:40 am
    Social enterprises seeking investment can now begin the search for their ideal funding partner with the new SE100 Investor Index, launched at the Good Deals social investment conference. The UK’s first index of social investors lists not only the range and type of investments offered, but it reveals the quality of their transparency and impact measurement by giving them a score plus the opportunity to explain their approach on the SE100 website. Tim West, founder of the SE100 Index, said: “The Investor Index is basically an online dating directory for social ventures and investors who…
  • Impact Ventures: Pitch for Capital and Business in New York City!

    Adam Spence
    17 Dec 2014 | 8:39 am
    Are you a Canadian impact venture looking for capital and/or business opportunities in the global market? The MaRS Centre for Impact Investing, Consulate General of Canada in New York, Ontario’s International Marketing Centre in New York, and the Centre for Social Innovation (CSI) are hosting a US-Canada Impact Venture and Investor Forum in NYC on March 10-11, 2015, featuring a delegation of leading impact entrepreneurs from Canada.  Designed to build connections between the Canadian and US markets, the Forum will include panel discussions on social entrepreneurship and impact…
  • MaRS and Virgin Unite partner to invest in business as a force for good

    Trish Nixon
    16 Dec 2014 | 1:14 pm
    MaRS and Virgin Unite Canada, the non-profit foundation of the Virgin Group, announced on Friday that they have joined forces to support Canadian entrepreneurs tackling social and environmental challenges. Sir Richard Branson, Virgin Group Founder was at the MaRS Centre to announce the new partnership, which includes the development of a new, national impact venture fund. This fund has $1 million in seed capital provided by Virgin Unite Canada and the Vancouver-based Mindset Social Innovation Foundation, founded by Alison Lawton. The impact venture fund, managed by the MaRS Centre for Impact…
  • Purpose is the new ping pong: the business case for CSR

    Amanda Minuk
    11 Dec 2014 | 1:17 pm
    I got into a friendly debate with a manufacturing business owner about the need for corporate social responsibility (CSR) this past weekend. Our discussion went something like this: Old School Business Man: “I don’t believe in CSR, the purpose of my business is to maximize profits and treat my employees well. I don’t need to give to charity”. Me: CSR needs to be authentic to your business, treating your employees well is actually part of your CSR strategy without you knowing it. The truth is CSR means something different at every company. It doesn’t have to be about giving to a…
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    Return On Now

  • 8 Books Every Entrepreneur and Growth Hacker Should Read

    Tommy Landry
    19 Dec 2014 | 1:38 pm
    The following post is copyrighted by Return On Now - Austin Internet Marketing Consulting Services I brandish myself a perpetual student of life, and of business. After all, life is about making mistakes, learning from them, and growing as a result of our life lessons. For most of us, the biggest lessons come from experiences themselves. But we can take a shortcut by reading and staying up to date on trends. Many business authors are crafting advice that descends directly from their own lessons and mistakes. Others are sharing opinions they’ve developed not through trial and error, but…
  • Inbound Marketing: The Time is Now to Get 2015 in Order

    Tommy Landry
    10 Dec 2014 | 3:19 pm
    The following post is copyrighted by Return On Now - Austin Internet Marketing Consulting Services With the holiday season in full force, it can be easy to focus all of our attention on the stretch run, looking forward to some time off spent with family. Some companies even have an annual “shutdown” for the last week or two of the year, taking advantage of the holidays to take a break and save operations costs. Regardless whether you plan to take time off or not, the middle of December is no time to check out completely. 2015 will be here before you know it. Are you ready for the…
  • Grow Your Business With Social Media and Content Marketing [SlideShow]

    Tommy Landry
    5 Dec 2014 | 12:14 pm
    The following post is copyrighted by Return On Now - Austin Internet Marketing Consulting Services Thank you to everyone who attended the social media training yesterday at the SCORE-Austin offices. As one of three components underneath SCORE’s local content marketing workshop series, this session took a deep dive into the following topics: What is social media Why use social media for marketing What are the types of social media available How to integrate content, social, and the customer lifecycle into your overall marketing strategy How to set goals, contain scope, and show successes…
  • 8 Key Characteristics of a Quality Website for Business

    Tommy Landry
    26 Nov 2014 | 10:24 am
    The following post is copyrighted by Return On Now - Austin Internet Marketing Consulting Services We like to cover more in depth topics here, such as SEO, SEM, Content Marketing, and the like. But at the core of all of these efforts is the website itself. If you are using the web to promote your business, you absolutely MUST have a quality website in place to maximize your reach out into the Internet. This week, let’s take a step back from the promotional, inbound, and outbound areas and focus on the hub that sits in the middle of all those spokes. Top 8 Characteristics For Quality…
  • LinkedIn Photo Tips: Show Your Best Face

    Tommy Landry
    20 Nov 2014 | 8:27 am
    The following post is copyrighted by Return On Now - Austin Internet Marketing Consulting Services No matter whether you are looking for a job, seeking funding for your company, pursuing prospects, or simply growing a network, LinkedIn is a great platform for extending your reach in the business world. Most professionals realize that your LinkedIn Photo says a lot about you. It astounds me to see a significant number of profiles still out there with either the wrong type of photo or none at all. This post is meant to help you sort out what approach will serve you best with your image. For…
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    Hub LA

  • Enhancing Your Creativity: Out of Time pt. 2

    Hub LA
    16 Dec 2014 | 12:34 pm
    This blog is the fourth in a five-part series on Enhancing Your Creativity. Hub LA is reposting with permission from Jana’s blog. “Creativity occurs in the moment, and in the moment we are timeless.” – Julia Cameron Last week we talked about time and how we can use time as an excuse or a limitation to prevent ourselves from accessing our greater creative capacities. Which leads us to this week’s topic, how can you use time to serve you and enhance your creativity? Simply put, you stop paying attention to time and you get present. You become aware and start paying attention…
  • Out of Time – Part 1

    Hub LA
    8 Dec 2014 | 4:42 pm
    This blog is the third in a five-part series on Enhancing Your Creativity. Hub LA is reposting with permission from Jana’s blog. We can be pretty sneaky in how we use time as an excuse to prevent ourselves from accessing our greater creative capacities. Time can be a vehicle in which we give away our power to others or as a perceived barrier for not engaging in the things that truly matter to us (such as always saying “yes” to “meh” plans instead of actually working on our passion project). We can also use time as a measuring stick for where we believe we are falling short of…
  • Enhance Your Creativity: It Isn’t Always Pretty

    Hub LA
    20 Nov 2014 | 12:45 pm
    Guest post by Hub LA member Jana Carey. This blog is the second in a five-part series on Enhancing Your Creativity. Hub LA is reposting with permission from Jana’s blog. “I always get it perfect the first time,” said no one ever. I’ve said it before, chances are if you are reading this post you are an artist, writer, entrepreneur, visionary, innovator and/or global game changer. Maybe its’ still just a yearning in your heart or maybe you are already boldly creating in the world. Wherever you are on your path, there is still part of you that may get stuck in needing to “get it…
  • Enhance Your Creativity: Imagination is Key to Your Success

    Hub LA
    13 Nov 2014 | 11:45 am
    Guest post by Hub LA member Jana Carey. This blog is the first in a five-part series on Enhancing Your Creativity. Hub LA is reposting with permission from Jana’s blog. “One of humanity’s most precious resources is imagination. Our ability to overcome the constraints of the present environment and travel to distant places and hopeful futures all in the mind is a skill that is hugely neglected in today’s society. With our intense focus on enabling students and employees to master what is, we are missing out on the huge opportunity for them to also imagine what could be,” Scott…
  • Hotel Hack Brings Social Innovation to Hospitality Industry

    Hub LA
    7 Nov 2014 | 11:46 am
    After months of planning with the Cornell School of Hotel Administration, we designed Hotel Hack, a special, curated weekend event that builds off the intentional community at Hub LA and the collaborartive relationships among a group of talented, insanely different people who care about making an impact. The Hotel Hack on October 17-18 brought together a small group of Social Innovators for an immersive “micro-residency,” with the goal of providing fresh insights for the hospitality industry on how to use their resources for good. Our Hotel Hack turned thirteen hand-selected Hub…
 
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    Livity Africa

  • Cape Town gets hustled

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

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

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

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

    admin
    20 Oct 2014 | 2:12 am
    Our successful VIP Campaign, which encourages youth democratic participation, continues with the introduction of the VIP Debate Club. The monthly Braamfontein event brings together young people to debate the most youth-specific political topics of the day. Our next debate is 28 October. The VIP Campaign is supported by Omidyar Network. The VIP Debate Club is a regular open event at which young people are invited to discuss and debate some of the most pertinent youth-specific political topics of the day in a relaxed space over a drink. Facilitated by young social commentators and influencers,…
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    Changemakers Ideas ExChange

  • Transforming Women’s Lives through Coffee Culture

    kristiewang
    19 Dec 2014 | 6:07 pm
    Pamela Chng co-founded a web consultancy firm, but mid-career, she decided to launch a social business to empower disadvantaged women. Bettr Barista Coffee Academy trains women to become coffee professionals, tapping into coffee culture and the growing specialty coffee industry to help its students gain job skills and overcome significant life challenges.read more
  • 13 Winning Ideas Chosen for the ACTIVE AT SCHOOL Challenge

    kristiewang
    19 Dec 2014 | 10:00 am
    Healthy living is about to become easier and more fun for children across Canada. The Play Exchange’s ACTIVE AT SCHOOL Challenge has named 13 winning ideas that help students increase their levels of physical activity every day! One winner was selected from each province and territory, and each will receive $3,000 to help implement their healthy living idea in local schools.read more
  • Traditional Superfoods Make a Comeback

    kristiewang
    18 Dec 2014 | 12:54 pm
    While the world’s food systems have lost 75 percent of their biodiversity in the past 100 years, scientists are now starting to recognize the vast treasure trove of genetic diversity present in traditional and wild plant varieties. Biodiversity can lead to more nutritious diets, and is also a key asset for mitigating the risks presented by climate change, according to the FAO.read more
  • Wetlands Not Dams: Q&A with Ashoka Fellow Hannarong Yaowalers, Thailand

    kristiewang
    14 Dec 2014 | 12:41 pm
    In Thailand, citizens routinely clash with government officials over the construction of dams that destroy fisheries and habitats. Recently, protesters have rallied against the Xayaburi “mega dam” currently being constructed on the Mekong River in neighboring Laos.read more
  • Let There Be Light

    pverhaeghe@ashoka.org
    12 Dec 2014 | 8:31 am
    Social entrepreneur Kat Kimmorley is tackling one of India's age-old problems, energy poverty, with new sustainable technology.read more
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    maternova.net

  • Bringing Hope to the Democratic Republic of Congo with Channel Initiative

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

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

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

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

    Maternova
    11 Aug 2014 | 12:37 pm
    We have been following PACE-MD with great interest for years now. They focus on Obstetrical First Responders as the first link in the chain of survival in Mexico. We have long believed that the analogy to an EMT might be a better way to get beyond the long-standing disputes over what traditional birth attendants versus midwives versus others, including community health workers, can handle as far as maternal health emergencies. PACE-MD focuses on handling obstetric emergencies starting at the first contact with a health worker. Through this successful model of community oriented, manikin based…
 
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    EllieFunDay

  • Free Watercolor Gift Tags

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

    EllieFunDay
    8 Dec 2014 | 1:02 pm
    We’ve invited guest blogger Davina Wong from Douceur Vivre to share her list of ethically made gifts. To give you all a little background, last year she committed to not buying ANY clothing for 1 year. Being a fashionista, this was a huge challenge, but she survived and lived to tell it on her blog. She is also momma to little “J” and you’ll be seeing more of her on our blog soon! _____________________________________________________________________ The holidays can be stressful when it comes to Christmas shopping, but it doesn’t have to be that way! If the thought…
  • Top 10 Best Father’s Day Gifts that Give Back

    EllieFunDay
    9 Jun 2014 | 9:25 am
    Are you on the hunt for awesome gift ideas for that special dad in your life? You’re in luck, because we have put together a list of our Top 10 Best Fathers Day gift ideas! That’s not all though; these happen to be products with sustainability and social consciousness in mind! Pretty awesome gift, right?!? Buy Dad that awesome gift he’ll enjoy for years to come, and think of the good it brought to someone else every time he uses it. We’ve got you covered this Fathers Day; from the Hipster Dad to the Tech Savvy Dad;  the Outdoorsy Dad to the Dad Who Has Everything! On a budget,…
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    Justmeans Articles and Editorial

  • Green Mountain Power Creates B Corp Energy

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

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

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

    Julie Fahnestock
    1 Dec 2014 | 7:03 am
    (3BL Media and Just Means) - When the bottom fell out of the economy in 2008 and Scott Sadler found himself without a job, he seized the opportunity to make a shift in his career; a change he would not have considered previously. Sadler had developed a solid career in finance and had worked at the VP level with Wachovia Bank and more recently, with Goldman Sachs. But when Goldman Sachs laid off one-third of their staff in Atlanta, Sadler’s wife encouraged him to consider starting a social impact investing firm. “My wife said, “Let’s do something we’d be proud of.” I told her,…
  • Lifting Lives: Entrepreneurs Innovate Wheelchairs that Rise

    Julie Fahnestock
    24 Nov 2014 | 8:49 am
    (3BL Media and Just Means) - I’ve lived most of my life seeing the view from six feet, one inch. My mother swears I was born this tall. Balding heads, cracked ceilings and cobwebs are my normal view. I’ve had unwelcome nicknames like “Amazon,” “Flagpole” (the meaning of my German surname, Fahnestock), and daily I’m asked if I play for the WNBA. So, I’ve never thought about what it might be like to lack the ability to reach the tallest grocery shelf or be unable to sit at a bar with my friends or share direct eye contact with my husband. But this is the reality of the millions…
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    Austin Center for Design

  • CapMetro App Revamp: “Final” Iteration + User testing

    jeff.patton
    19 Dec 2014 | 6:25 pm
    Over the last 8 weeks in our Rapid Ideation and Problem Solving class we have been working on a redesign of Austin’s public transportation app which can be found in Apple & Android App stores under the name “CapMetro.”  Each week we have created a new iteration of the application, performed user testing using paper prototypes, and presented a new iteration of the design to our class for critique.  This week marks our “final” iteration. I’m using “final” in quotes because a valuable lesson learned from iteration, testing & critique is…
  • Last iteration of the Quarter, though there’s still more to do

    lindsay.josal
    18 Dec 2014 | 8:20 am
    Although I feel I’m just getting started with these iterations of my new App idea for CapMetro, our quarter is coming to a close. Our Rapid Iteration and Creative Problem Solving class has been an eye opening study for me on understanding systems, making digital renderings, and working through step-by-step details of process. I started the quarter with the assignment as given- redesign the existing CapMetro app. While I started the first few iterations just sketching, sharpie to paper, a new problem arose. Over a weekend during our quarter I had a frustrating experience trying to travel…
  • Eight class weeks, seven iterations and one redesigned CapMetro app later

    maryanne.lee
    18 Dec 2014 | 7:05 am
    In the Rapid Ideation and Creative Problem Solving class, we are wrapping up the last week of our quarter with one final iteration on a CapMetro app redesign. When we first started the quarter, the redesign process began with the creation of concept maps which are used by a designer to visualize all of the components within a system. Doing this allows you to create a visual reference for the priorities and relationships of these components. After creating concept maps for both the existing system and our proposed redesign, we then created wireframes which are illustrations of the interfaces…
  • CapMetro Re-design Wrap Up

    lauren.segapeli
    17 Dec 2014 | 4:47 pm
    For quarter two, our Design Methods class has been focusing on rapid ideation and iteration for a redesign of the Capital Metro mobile app. For those of you who don’t know, Capital Metro is Austin’s public transportation system. To kick this project off, we completely immersed ourselves in the current app in order to formulate a thorough understanding of the current experience of using the app and identify the key areas where it breaks down. The Problems There are a number of things that cause frustration while using this app, but the attributes that cause the most frustration is the…
  • Last Stop: Final Iteration of the CapMetro App

    laura.galos
    17 Dec 2014 | 4:41 pm
    We’ve made it to the last week of Q2 at AC4D, and to our last iteration of our project; redesigning the CapMetro app. The CapMetro app is used by riders of the CapMetro public transportation system here in Austin, and allows users to purchase and use tickets, find routes, see schedules, and more. Over the last 8 weeks, we’ve created, tested, and revised our designs for the CapMetro app 6 times in our Rapid Ideation and Creative Problem Solving class. Since it’s the last week, I’d like to review the process, what I did, and what I learned over the course of this quarter. Concept Map:…
 
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    TeasasTips

  • Core Customers Offer Value to Co-Creation

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

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

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

    LaTease Rikard
    16 May 2014 | 4:21 pm
    My ex had a bag phone when cell phones first came out. At that time they cost thousands of dollars, and he had to plug it up in his car in order to work. He was an exec for AT&T and they were one of the first people to get a phone and have their company front the bill. The amazing thing is that phenomenal changes in mobile phone technology have a occurred in a very short period of time. I found an article called, "From Bricks to Brains," (Computer Science Degree Hub) that mentioned this tidbit: "$3,995 was the price of the first cell phone in 1983, the Motorola DynaTAC 8000X," and that…
  • Defining the lead of your company's dreams {INFOGRAPHIC}

    LaTease Rikard
    26 Jan 2014 | 4:29 pm
    Brought to you by Lead Generation Software by Marketo
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    Framework 21

  • Holonomics: the antidote to reductionism?

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

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

    Daniel Montano
    24 Sep 2014 | 8:34 am
    Brain training app shows how different jobs demand different thinking. Wall Street Journal Blogs: http://blogs.wsj.com/digits/2014/09/22/brain-training-app-shows-how-different-jobs-demand-different-thinking/?mod=ST1
  • Interaction design from multiple perspectives

    Daniel Montano
    6 Sep 2014 | 1:15 pm
    Originally posted on Kanrawi's HCI Notes: Dan Saffer introduced an interesting fact in interaction design in his book Design for interaction. The goal of interaction design is to design possible interactions for users to accomplish their goal or product or service. The interactions have to fit the time and context of the product. Even the goal of interaction is the same, different designers might do it in many different ways depending on their experiences. One factor affecting their design is their perspective toward the design project. Saffer suggested three perspectives. 1.
  • Why Binary Comparisons are Really Silly

    Daniel Montano
    7 May 2014 | 5:19 pm
    Originally posted on InspGuilfoyle: Imagine having a rich resource of useful information at your fingertips, but then deliberately ignoring most of it for no logical reason whatsoever… No, I don’t understand either. View original
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    Junxion Strategy | RSS Feed

  • Collaboration in the face of complex problems

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

    junxion
    17 Dec 2014 | 7:29 pm
    Series: Third of Five I like giving information interviews. (There. I have said it. If the phone now rings off the hook my own fault.) At least thrice each week, a brave entrepreneur (for the record, I believe they are all brave) sends me an email, or gives me a ring, to ask if they can “buy me a coffee” and “pick my brain” about their business. I make time for as many as I can. Many—perhaps most—of these conversations are as fruitful for me as I hope they are for the entrepreneurs across the table. A handful are truly inspiring—instances when I get a glimpse of the vast…
  • Dimensions of social enterprise leadership: Part 2

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

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

    Mike Rowlands
    11 Dec 2014 | 10:28 am
    As we look toward the close of another year, it’s timely to reflect on the connections, experiences, and insights of the year that was, and to carry the best lessons learned into the year ahead. While December is always a ripe time for reflection, this year has been particularly full…. Between attending, designing and organizing conferences on three continents—all focused on social ventures—we have some insights of our own to share. So here are six lessons from a year immersed in social entrepreneurship. Some may be new. Some are surely familiar. But they’re all valuable to…
 
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    youthactionnet.org

  • Gifts to Feel Good About

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

    l.jones
    21 Nov 2014 | 8:35 am
    The Transformative Power of Networks Lisa Jones | November 21, 2014 “We’re learning things that can’t be learned anywhere else.” “I’m asking the hard questions…redefining who I am.” “The world feels like a less... READ MORE
  • Filming the Catadores: What I learned from Brazil’s Waste Pickers

    18 Nov 2014 | 9:19 am
    Filming the Catadores: What I learned from Brazil’s Waste Pickers Anna Sowa | November 18, 2014 It was last October as a 2013 Laureate Global Fellow that I first set foot in Brazil. During the fellowship retreat, Dr. James Toole helped Fellows navigate our entrepreneurial journeys and plan... READ MORE
  • En Route to Change: Reflections on my Fellowship Experience

    5 Nov 2014 | 8:19 am
    En Route to Change: Reflections on my Fellowship Experience Anoka Abeyrathne | November 5, 2014 20 Fellows. 17 Countries. One week in Peru. I sit in the Paris airport, exhausted after more than 25 hours of flying—Lima to Miami to Paris. The weight of leaving Peru hits me and I blink back... READ MORE
  • 2014 Laureate Global Fellowship Events

    8 Oct 2014 | 8:11 am
    2014 Laureate Global Fellowship Events Lisa Jones | October 8, 2014 Qasim is working in Pakistan to encourage history students to examine their textbooks more closely--to understand the other side of every story and to question their assumptions. Yaseen creates open-... READ MORE
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    Entrepreneurial Insights

  • KAAZING | Interview with its CTO & Co-founder – John Fallows

    Anastasia
    22 Dec 2014 | 8:32 am
    In San Jose (CA), we meet CTO & co-founder of KAAZING, John Fallows. He shares his story how he co-founded this startup and how the current business model works, as well as what the current plans for near future, and some advice for young entrepreneurs. The transcription of the interview is uploaded below. INTRODUCTION Martin: Hey today we are in San Jose with Kaazing and John. John, who are you and what do you do? John: My name is John Fallows and I am the CTO and co-founder here at Kaazing. Martin: Great. What did you do before you started this company? John: Well, prior to Kaazing I…
  • Smart Grids: Everything you need to know

    Adrian
    22 Dec 2014 | 12:49 am
    © Flickr | GDS Infographics The introduction of smart grid technology has caused a fundamental re-engineering of the electricity services industry. This article takes a look at 1) what are smart grids & why do we need them, 2) features and benefits, 3) chief technologies used, 4) security and other concerns, 4) a few of the top smart grid companies, and 5) some key research programs. WHAT ARE SMART GRIDS & WHY DO WE NEED THEM? Smart grids are electricity networks founded on digital technology that is utilized to deliver electricity to consumers by means of two-way digital…
  • BloomReach | Interview with its CTO & Co-Founder – Ashutosh Garg

    Anastasia
    21 Dec 2014 | 7:58 am
    In Mountain View, we meet CTO & Cofounder of BloomReach, Ashutosh Garg. He shares his story of how he cofounded this startup and how the current business model works, as well as what the current plans are for near future, and some advice for young entrepreneurs. The transcription of the interview will be uploaded soon. The post BloomReach | Interview with its CTO & Co-Founder – Ashutosh Garg appeared first on Entrepreneurial Insights.
  • Startup Hubs Around The World: Los Angeles

    Marc
    21 Dec 2014 | 2:03 am
    The City of Angels is famous for its movie stars, its balmy climate and its sports teams. One of the most recognizable cities in the world, it draws visitors from around the world. With so many areas of success, it is only natural that making a move towards becoming a startup hub is the next frontier Los Angeles seeks to conquer. © Flickr | Keith Skelton Los Angeles is in close proximity to the number one startup hub in the world: Silicon Valley. In recent years, however, a rising number of entrepreneurs have chosen Los Angeles over its famous neighbor. To find out why, we’ll explore 1)…
  • In-depth interview with Terrajoule founder Steve Bisset

    Anastasia
    20 Dec 2014 | 9:34 am
    In Redwood City we talked with entrepreneur Steve Bisset about the business model of Terrajoule and the technology behind. Furthermore, Steve shares his learnings and advice for young entrepreneurs. The transcription of the interview will be upload soon. The post In-depth interview with Terrajoule founder Steve Bisset appeared first on Entrepreneurial Insights.
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  • 4 Steps to a Profitable Business

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

    Tammy Hawk-Bridges
    2 Dec 2014 | 11:49 am
    Several years ago I fell flat on my face in a business. It failed mainly because I didn’t understand marketing, more specifically Internet marketing. It also failed because I didn’t have a plan or a process in my business. (Perhaps I  should mention that making money wasn’t a choice for me, it was that or lose my house.) Because I didn’t understand marketing and didn’t have the right knowledge I couldn’t reach enough people to purchase my products and services. So many people struggle in their businesses because they don’t have enough cash flow. Here’s…
  • Marketing Strategies – Integrity in Marketing

    Tammy Hawk-Bridges
    1 Oct 2014 | 9:11 pm
    Do you realize that over 90% of the headlines you read and hear on the news are full of BS? Yep! They’re carefully crafted to shock, seduce and manipulate you to click or not change the channel. Advertising agencies understand that we now live in a short-attention span world and they’re very well-trained to know how to get your attention. Those aren’t just headlines you’re reading my friends, they’re actually marketing strategies. Marketing strategies that unfortunately work too well. Marketing Strategies – It’s All About the Yellow The objective is…
  • Marketing Strategies – It’s NOT Google Calling!

    Tammy Hawk-Bridges
    5 Sep 2014 | 7:09 am
    It’s my goal to teach entrepreneurs marketing strategies and how to navigate the Internet so they can benefit from all the opportunities it brings. However, many people are still reluctant and I can’t say that I blame them especially when there are so many scams going on. It truly outrages me that these things happen but as I constantly say, we must get educated. Education is key to being able to enjoy benefits of the Internet’s fruits and not have to worry about being a victim of a scam. Just a couple of days ago someone called one of my clients that by the way does use…
  • Complacency is Cancer

    Tammy Hawk-Bridges
    9 Jul 2014 | 6:24 pm
    Take a moment of self-reflection. How do you take in information? Do you absorb it? Do you read it and think to yourself that you need to do it? Then a few seconds later the dog barks and you need to take him out – then the thought is lost? Do you revisit it? Do you just move on? The entrepreneur that thrives in today’s world is the one that admits they’re guilty of being complacent and creates systems in their business (and lives) to defuse it.  They know that the key to growing a business is having the appropriate steps in place to avoid falling into complacency.
 
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    Conversations With PASSION! Corey Poirier

  • Tom Hopkins - Mastering the Art of SELLING!

    Entrepreneur Corey Poirier interviews Jack Canfield, Chalene Johnson, John Lee Dumas, Pat Flynn, Mari Smith, Chris Brogan, Michael Gerber on Passion, Social Media, Passive Income and Podcasting twice each week
    21 Dec 2014 | 2:57 pm
    This episode of Conversations With PASSION! includes Conversations With Best Selling Author and Sales Expert Tom Hopkins, Environmentalist and Restaurateur Lil MacPherson, Big Blend Mother / Daughter team Lisa and Nancy, traveler Tyler England, a story by Actor John Dunsworth, and more.
  • Joseph Michelli & Sam Horn - Service & Branding

    Entrepreneur Corey Poirier interviews Jack Canfield, Chalene Johnson, John Lee Dumas, Pat Flynn, Mari Smith, Chris Brogan, Michael Gerber on Passion, Social Media, Passive Income and Podcasting twice each week
    19 Dec 2014 | 5:00 am
    This latest episode of Conversations With Passion includes conversations with Best-Selling Author Joseph Michelli, Branding Specialist Sam Horn, Harper Collin's Lisa Sharkey, Traveler Tyler England, Business Consultant Paul Empey and True Vista Accounting's Nancy Sievert.
  • Rain Pryor - Growing Up Pryor!

    Entrepreneur Corey Poirier interviews Jack Canfield, Chalene Johnson, John Lee Dumas, Pat Flynn, Mari Smith, Chris Brogan, Michael Gerber on Passion, Social Media, Passive Income and Podcasting twice each week
    17 Dec 2014 | 5:00 am
    The latest episode features Conversations with Rain Pryor, Michel of MoMondays, Heather Spidell of CEED, various segments, and a story by Actor John Dunsworth.
  • Chris Brogan - Crushing it Online!

    Entrepreneur Corey Poirier interviews Jack Canfield, Chalene Johnson, John Lee Dumas, Pat Flynn, Mari Smith, Chris Brogan, Michael Gerber on Passion, Social Media, Passive Income and Podcasting twice each week
    15 Dec 2014 | 5:00 am
    The latest Conversations With Passion Episode featuring special guests Best-Selling Author Chris Brogan, Your Kick Ass Life (coach) Andrea Owen, Writer Tamara Thomspon and much, much more.
  • Tom Ziglar - Growing up Ziglar

    Entrepreneur Corey Poirier interviews Jack Canfield, Chalene Johnson, John Lee Dumas, Pat Flynn, Mari Smith, Chris Brogan, Michael Gerber on Passion, Social Media, Passive Income and Podcasting twice each week
    13 Dec 2014 | 8:19 am
    This latest episode of Conversations With Passion includes conversations with Tom Ziglar, Speaker Leah Carey, Musician Suzie McNeil, Comedy by Stand-up Comedian Nathan MacIntosh, Carlos Bustamante of YTV's Next Star, and much more.
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