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  • Waking the Frog: Four causes of our climate change paralysis

    Social Finance
    Jennifer Stoneburgh
    9 Apr 2014 | 6:30 am
    Tom Rand’s Waking the Frog: Solutions for Our Climate Change Paralysis dives deep to explain how society responds to climate change, highlighting real solutions for the future. On April 3, Tom Rand launched his second book, Waking the Frog: Solutions for Our Climate Change Paralysis, with a keynote address at MaRS. Waking the Frog dives deep into the human condition to explain how society responds to climate change, highlighting real solutions for the future. A pragmatic entrepreneur, active investor and MaRS advisor to cleantech companies, Tom really does “walk the talk.” He…
  • Photos of earth to revolutionise social entrepreneurship

    Social Finance
    Isabelle de Grave
    16 Apr 2014 | 6:26 am
    Tiny satellites taking photographs of the earth in its current state could have a revolutionary effect on the work of social purpose organisations – delegates heard at the Skoll World Forum last week. Stephan Chambers, chairman of the Skoll Centre for Entrepreneurship, asked for a show of hands at the closing plenary of the three day event, which revealed that tears had been shed, connections made and extraordinary things learned over the past few days.   But one journey of discovery, not far from the realm of science fiction, had been left for the finale. Will Marshall, co-founder and CEO…
  • Leave Your Charity at the Door

    Social Velocity
    Nell Edgington
    27 Mar 2014 | 5:38 am
    I hate the word “charity.” Don’t get me wrong, I’m not big on semantics. But “charity” is more than a word, it’s a destructive mindset that keeps the work of social change sidelined and impoverished. “Charity” harkens back to the beginnings of philanthropy, which was largely the purview of women and as such was viewed as tangential to and less valuable than the more important “business” of the male-dominated world. As social problems mount, we must shift from the “charity” of our predecessors to an understanding of…
  • How You Can Learn to Stop Worrying and Love Your Board

    Social Velocity
    Nell Edgington
    3 Apr 2014 | 6:19 am
    “Honestly, some days I think I would be so much better off without a board,” said an exasperated executive director to me recently. Wrangling a group of volunteers who have competing and often conflicting interests is an exhausting job. It’s no wonder that nonprofit leaders often want to throw up their hands and soldier on without the rag tag group that’s supposed to further, as opposed to impede, the work. But it doesn’t have to be that way. An “engaged board” is not an oxymoron. It is actually attainable. But you don’t get there by cajoling,…
  • Learnings from Queen's Conference on Philanthropy 2014

    B2N | Social Focus Consulting
    27 Jan 2014 | 9:53 am
    delegates chatting over breakfastAs always, it was a pleasure to return to my second home - Kingston - despite all the snow and cold there and along the way from Toronto.  I was really looking forward to re-living the great experience I had at the 2013 version, so I had high expectations and they were clearly exceeded. Although there was lots of interesting information and emotional stories to absorb, here are the key takeaways from 2014:1) Use business skills to support philanthropic activitiesRuss McLeod, Chief Operations Director of Me to We, told the story of how he got involved with…
 
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    Global Voices

  • Would Confucius Support the Sunflower Movement in Taiwan?

    I-fan Lin
    16 Apr 2014 | 7:06 pm
    Opinions are divided in Taiwan following the end of #CongressOccupied protests against a secretly negotiated trade deal with China. Members of the movement left the country's legislature on April 10, 2014 after occupying the building for more than three weeks. Protesters conceded after the speaker of the Legislative Yuan, as the Taiwanese Congress is called, promised to pass legislation monitoring future agreements proposed by the executive branch before deliberating on the current Cross-Strait Service Trade Agreement (CSSTA). Some had worried the deal would make Taiwan vulnerable to…
  • Caribbean: Kids & Technology

    Janine Mendes-Franco
    16 Apr 2014 | 6:57 pm
    Caribbean diaspora blogger Tobias Buckell says that the biggest surprise about living with five year olds is “their uptake of [tech] devices.” Written by Janine Mendes-Franco · comments (0) Donate · Share: facebook · twitter · googleplus · reddit · StumbleUpon · delicious
  • Linda Jaivin: Sex, Sinology and the Translator

    Kevin Rennie
    16 Apr 2014 | 6:32 pm
    Linda Jaivin – Photo: Jade Muratore Linda Jaivin is a renaissance woman who describes herself as a secular humanist. Born in Old London, Connecticut, USA, she has been an Australian citizen for over twenty years, after many years studying and working in Taiwan and mainland China. Linda's activity is prodigious. The list of hats she wears includes translator, interpreter, anthology editor, poet, novelist and playwright. Her written works include short stories; essays; novels such as the comic, erotic “Eat Me”; historical fiction such as “A Most Immoral Woman”;…
  • 9 Essentials Uncles You Need In Sri Lanka

    Rezwan
    16 Apr 2014 | 2:41 pm
    Cerno opines that ordinary Sri Lankans need the right network of relationships with many ‘powerful uncles’ to survive properly. Written by Rezwan · comments (0) Donate · Share: facebook · twitter · googleplus · reddit · StumbleUpon · delicious
  • Trinidad & Tobago: End of Traditional IT?

    Janine Mendes-Franco
    16 Apr 2014 | 1:26 pm
    ICT Pulse, in reading the latest McKinsey survey, wonders if the IT department – as we know it – is on its way out. Written by Janine Mendes-Franco · comments (0) Donate · Share: facebook · twitter · googleplus · reddit · StumbleUpon · delicious
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    Dowser

  • Former Orphan Provides Safe-Haven for Street Kids

    EshaC
    7 Apr 2014 | 3:51 am
    This article first appeared on TruthAtlas. The boy is crouched over in the back of a van. Drops of blood from the cut on his head stain his shirt—he’d been hit with a bottle when he got into a fight. Stanislas Lukumba, a tall, good-looking, fortyish nurse, checks for shards of glass as the driver shines his cell phone on the wound. For the last eight years, Stanislas has made nightly runs in the van, a mobile clinic that operates in Kinshasa, the capital of the Democratic Republic of Congo. He stops in neighborhoods where street kids hang out, and those in need come inside the van for…
  • Three Takeaways in my First Steps as a Social Entrepreneur

    EshaC
    4 Apr 2014 | 9:35 am
    This post is written by Armand Tossou, a Fulbright scholar from Benin who is an MBA Candidate in the Global Social and Sustainable Enterprise MBA program at Colorado State University. Armand and his co-founders Yesse, Aaron, and Leana, are starting a social venture that will support rural farmers in Sub-Saharan Africa through increased access to agricultural technologies. Until fall 2013, I had lived in my home country (Benin) and entertained big dreams about weeding poverty out of the African Continent. Now I am studying social entrepreneurship at Colorado State University in a path-breaking…
  • The Solutions Set: six must-read stories from the last month

    EshaC
    29 Mar 2014 | 4:12 am
    Welcome back to Solutions Set, where each month we select some of the most compelling solutions journalism from across the web. Solutions journalism offers rigorous coverage of solutions to huge social problems – this month’s Set spans cancer, childhood trauma, and college access. Of course, the best posts include suggestions from our Solutions Set community – including what we’ve missed each month. (For more on what we missed, see #6.) We value your insights, delivered via email, on Twitter @DowserJosh, or in the comment section below. This month’s Solutions Set includes: “pay it…
  • StandProud for Polio Survivors

    EshaC
    27 Mar 2014 | 3:04 am
    This article first appeared on TruthAtlas. The boys in red-and-blue-striped jerseys race across the field—their eyes fixated on the bright yellow ball as sweat drips from their brows. Palm trees border one side of the playing field while the Congo River ripples behind; it’s a gorgeous setting for a soccer game. On the other side a road cuts through Kinshasa’s tony embassy neighborhood. Many of the locals have taken to jogging there, and some enjoy being spectators at today’s match. If you look at the boys only from the waist up, you might think this was just another soccer game. It is…
  • The Big C: changing the way the world lives with cancer

    EshaC
    24 Mar 2014 | 4:01 am
    On February 4th, the LIVESTRONG Foundation launched a pioneering initiative to “change the way the world lives with cancer.” The Big C competition is targetting a global community of entrepreneurs and innovators to create financially-sustainable enterprises that improve the daily lives of cancer patients and survivors. The competition will fund 60 total ventures, from which 20 projects will be selected for an accelerator programme. Ben Thurman caught up with LIVESTRONG’s Vice President for Communications & External Affairs, Katherine McLane, to find out more. Ben Thurman: Can you…
 
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    SustainAbility

  • GlobeScan and SustainAbility Webinar: Results of Our 20th Anniversary GSS Leaders Survey

    15 Apr 2014 | 11:38 pm
    GlobeScan and SustainAbility are delighted to invite you to a webinar on May 14th to discuss the results of our 20th anniversary survey: The 2014 GSS Sustainability Leaders Report. After 20 years, the GSS Leaders Report is the longest-running survey of its kind. In our latest survey, the 2014 Sustainability Leaders Report, we analyze the viewpoints of nearly 900 sustainability experts to answer a number of pressing questions, including: Which companies do experts believe are leading the sustainability agenda in 2014? What key factors set them apart? How well are other actors – governments,…
  • The 5 Cs of Business Model Innovation for Sustainability

    15 Apr 2014 | 9:56 pm
    Flickr image by clairebear83613 Which business model innovations have the most promise for sustainability? How are leading companies exploring them? What role can companies play in advancing more sustainable business models? These are a few of the questions posed by SustainAbility’s latest think tank work, Model Behavior: 20 Business Model Innovations for Sustainability. In March, we held roundtable events in London and New York with representatives from Barclays, Cisco, Estée Lauder, Ikea, L’Oréal, Mitsubishi and Vodafone, among other organisations. Below are a few of the ideas we…
  • Want to Change Customer Behavior? Try Changing Your Business Model

    13 Apr 2014 | 8:32 pm
    Philadelphia increased its residential recycling by nearly 20,000 tons after partnering with Recyclebank. Flickr image by Bob Snyder Imagine if you got rewarded every time you rode your bike instead of driving, or if you received a tangible benefit whenever you made a greener choice. Would this change how you go about your day? And could that change be a stimulus to speed up advances in global sustainability? Convincing consumers to change their behavior is a significant component of the sustainability agenda. But for the most part, these efforts have been based in apps and campaigns, such as…
  • Matt Loose joins as Director in SustainAbility’s London office

    11 Apr 2014 | 6:20 am
    SustainAbility is pleased to announce that Matt Loose has joined us as a Director. Matt is a seasoned sustainability professional with a track record of helping major global companies advance their sustainability performance. He brings a trans-Atlantic perspective on sustainability, having recently returned to the UK from Canada, where he was a director and owner of sustainability consultancy, Stratos. “I am thrilled to be joining the SustainAbility team. SustainAbility is unique in its capacity to help clients get value from, and have impact on the major sustainability challenges we face.
  • Watch and Listen! Model Behavior: Exploring Business Model Innovation for Sustainability

    4 Apr 2014 | 1:19 pm
    On March 12, Mark Lee, Executive Director of SustainAbility, and Lindsay Clinton, Senior Manager in SustainAbility’s New York office, presented a webinar to share research findings and engage in a discussion about business model innovation from SustainAbility’s latest report, Model Behavior: 20 Business Model Innovations for Sustainability. A recording of the hour-long webinar is now online! Hosted by Sustainable Brands, the hour-long webinar covered topics including: What is business model innovation? How does it impact sustainability? Which models are disrupting industries,…
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    Triple Pundit: People, Planet, Profit

  • Live Today: Justin Bakule; Exec. Director, Shared Value Initiative

    Marissa Rosen
    16 Apr 2014 | 9:51 am
    Join Nick Aster for a live chat with Justin Bakule, Executive Director of the Shared Value Initiative, on Wednesday, April 16th.The post Live Today: Justin Bakule; Exec. Director, Shared Value Initiative appeared first on Triple Pundit: People, Planet, Profit.
  • Seafood Traceability Makes for Better Products and a Healthy Bottom Line

    Alexis Petru
    16 Apr 2014 | 3:00 am
    The environmental benefits of seafood traceability are obvious: By tracking a fish through the entire supply chain –- from capture to plate –- you can ensure the fish wasn’t caught using illegal, unreported and unregulated (IUU) fishing practices. But many companies, like Norpac Fisheries Export, are discovering that traceability is also good for their bottom line.The post Seafood Traceability Makes for Better Products and a Healthy Bottom Line appeared first on Triple Pundit: People, Planet, Profit.
  • Look Twice, Buy Once: Sustainability Through Consumer Restraint

    3p Contributor
    16 Apr 2014 | 2:30 am
    Even in the world of sustainable fashion, a fundamental issue has to be addressed: Overconsumption of organic/recycled, fair-trade clothing is still overconsumption. Ultimately, we must all learn to buy fewer things, repair them as we can, and recycle, upcycle or compost them when we are finished.The post Look Twice, Buy Once: Sustainability Through Consumer Restraint appeared first on Triple Pundit: People, Planet, Profit.
  • Global Renewable Energy Investment Drops, But Installed Capacity Rises

    Andrew Burger
    16 Apr 2014 | 2:00 am
    2013 global renewable energy investment fell for a second year running, but costs kept falling and renewables' share of power generation kept on growing. In an annual report on renewable energy investment, the FS-UNEP Collaborating Centre and Bloomberg New Energy Finance review 2013 developments and conditions in renewable energy investment worldwide.The post Global Renewable Energy Investment Drops, But Installed Capacity Rises appeared first on Triple Pundit: People, Planet, Profit.
  • Fuzzy Math on Pennsylvania Fracking Jobs

    Tina Casey
    16 Apr 2014 | 1:30 am
    Incumbent Republican Gov. Tom Corbett of Pennsylvania has been campaigning for re-election on a platform that touts the 200,000 jobs created through his support for natural gas fracking, but the Pennsylvania fracking boom is not all that it's cracked up to be.The post Fuzzy Math on Pennsylvania Fracking Jobs appeared first on Triple Pundit: People, Planet, Profit.
 
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    Skoll World Forum

  • Recap: The Impact Jackpot: Service Delivery Innovation for the Very Poor

    Deanna Zandt
    14 Apr 2014 | 10:10 am
    “We can approach any poor person, anywhere in the world and know exactly how to solve their problem,” stated One Acre Fund Co-Founder and Director Andrew Youn during this year’s Skoll World Forum session on The Impact Jackpot: Service Delivery Innovation for the Very Poor. “Now we need to focus on basic [service] delivery.” Mulago Foundation’s Kristin Gillis led panelists in a conversation on the most effective strategies to package and deliver affordable services to the very poor at scale. A powerful presence on the panel was First Lady of Zambia HE Dr.
  • Recap: Meeting the Challenge of Increased Energy Demand: Opportunities for a ‘Clean’ Energy Matrix

    Deanna Zandt
    14 Apr 2014 | 10:05 am
    The choice is yours, but you can only pick one: Do you want to drive a car daily, eat meat or take a single one-way flight per year? A recent report by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change concludes that the world has only roughly 10-15 years in which to make steep cuts to greenhouse gas emissions and avoid the most catastrophic effects of a changing climate. In an economy still largely dependent on fossil fuels, we should each limit our annual emissions to 1 metric ton per year, which would require drastic lifestyle changes for many of us. Making the transition to a global clean…
  • Preparing for a World With 9 Billion, Designers Are Rising to the Challenge

    Rahim Kanani
    14 Apr 2014 | 4:37 am
    I recently had lunch with 4 engineers from Kenya.  They are the design team at Kickstart International, an impressive organization with an ambitious mission to lift millions of people in Africa out of poverty.   Their solution is a line of foot-powered, durable and affordable irrigation pumps (think bike pump) used to irrigate 1-2 acre subsistence farms across the continent.  Their impact hypothesis is simple –extend the growing season with irrigation so farmers can sell crops when demand is high and supply is low. Small businesses will abound with rippling impacts. Over lunch, Alan…
  • Recap: Promises and Pitfalls in the Age of Big Data

    Rahim Kanani
    14 Apr 2014 | 4:35 am
    I’m astonished at how quickly big data has gone from an idea to meme to cliché says Larry Brilliant as he opens up the discussion on ‘digital equity and individual rights in the age of big data’. When we differentiate big data from the averagely sized, we talk about Google’s databases on global search or Facebook’s data on social networks. It is awe-inspiring in it’s potential to shed light on the evolution of pandemics, consumption patterns and human social behaviour. It promises fascinating utility for mankind, but a fair few dangers too. And its confusing, populating a…
  • Recap, Day Three: Vulnerability, Creativity and Collaboration

    Deanna Zandt
    11 Apr 2014 | 9:30 pm
    The final day of the Skoll World Forum came up on us quickly! Friday morning’s mood at Said Business School captured the levels of emotion that many of us felt: exhilarated, exhausted, never wanting to leave, anxious to get home and implement the new ideas we’ve learned. (We’ve heard of #TEDflu, by the way– where TED conference attendees catch colds because they’re running to so many amazing events, and resting very little. On Twitter, I found the Skoll equivalent: #SkollBrain.) These were some of the conversations and themes we explored during Day Three:…
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    Marc Gunther's blog

  • A murmur, not a message

    Marc Gunther
    13 Apr 2014 | 3:22 pm
    One reason why it has been so hard for President Obama and environmentalists to persuade Congress to enact climate-change legislation is strong opposition from much of corporate America. The U.S. Chamber of Commerce, the National Association of Manufacturers and the editorial page of the Wall Street Journal, which is seen as the voice of business, […] >
  • Biz Stone: A good guy who’s doing very well

    Marc Gunther
    8 Apr 2014 | 4:03 pm
    I’m a big fan of Twitter. It’s how I keep up with  the news that I need to know, so I follow Jo Confino, Heidi Moore, Joel Makower,  Andy Revkin, Bryan Walsh, Tom Philpott, David Biello, Marcus Chung and Aman Singh. It’s also how way I keep up with the news that I want to know, so I follow Adam Kilgore, Buster […] >
  • Recycling CO2, and the oil sands

    Marc Gunther
    3 Apr 2014 | 7:50 am
    Capturing the CO2 emissions from coal or natural gas plants is a climate solution–but one that has sharply divided environmentalists. Mike Brune and his colleagues at the Sierra Club want the US and the world to go entirely Beyond Coal, as do other activist groups like Greenpeace and 350.org. Others, including David Hawkins of NRDC (see […] >
  • Untangling the lexicon of sustainability

    Marc Gunther
    26 Mar 2014 | 7:29 pm
    Words can illuminate. Words can mislead. Words matter. That’s one reason why I’m intrigued by Douglas Gayeton’s videos, books and “information artworks,” all of which are part of a vast and sprawling series called The Lexicon of Sustainability. They’re designed to help people separate what’s b.s. from what’s real in the world of sustainability.... >
  • Yet another reason to eat less meat

    Marc Gunther
    17 Mar 2014 | 1:49 pm
    The more I learn about the way most chickens, pigs and cows are raised and slaughtered in America, the less appetite I have for meat. I’m not a vegetarian, and may never become one. But, hey, I’ve given up the NFL. I’d like to give up industrial meat, too. I’ve long been aware of the […] >
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    Skoll World Forum

  • Recap: The Impact Jackpot: Service Delivery Innovation for the Very Poor

    Deanna Zandt
    14 Apr 2014 | 10:10 am
    “We can approach any poor person, anywhere in the world and know exactly how to solve their problem,” stated One Acre Fund Co-Founder and Director Andrew Youn during this year’s Skoll World Forum session on The Impact Jackpot: Service Delivery Innovation for the Very Poor. “Now we need to focus on basic [service] delivery.” Mulago Foundation’s Kristin Gillis led panelists in a conversation on the most effective strategies to package and deliver affordable services to the very poor at scale. A powerful presence on the panel was First Lady of Zambia HE Dr.
  • Recap: Meeting the Challenge of Increased Energy Demand: Opportunities for a ‘Clean’ Energy Matrix

    Deanna Zandt
    14 Apr 2014 | 10:05 am
    The choice is yours, but you can only pick one: Do you want to drive a car daily, eat meat or take a single one-way flight per year? A recent report by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change concludes that the world has only roughly 10-15 years in which to make steep cuts to greenhouse gas emissions and avoid the most catastrophic effects of a changing climate. In an economy still largely dependent on fossil fuels, we should each limit our annual emissions to 1 metric ton per year, which would require drastic lifestyle changes for many of us. Making the transition to a global clean…
  • Preparing for a World With 9 Billion, Designers Are Rising to the Challenge

    Rahim Kanani
    14 Apr 2014 | 4:37 am
    I recently had lunch with 4 engineers from Kenya.  They are the design team at Kickstart International, an impressive organization with an ambitious mission to lift millions of people in Africa out of poverty.   Their solution is a line of foot-powered, durable and affordable irrigation pumps (think bike pump) used to irrigate 1-2 acre subsistence farms across the continent.  Their impact hypothesis is simple –extend the growing season with irrigation so farmers can sell crops when demand is high and supply is low. Small businesses will abound with rippling impacts. Over lunch, Alan…
  • Recap: Promises and Pitfalls in the Age of Big Data

    Rahim Kanani
    14 Apr 2014 | 4:35 am
    I’m astonished at how quickly big data has gone from an idea to meme to cliché says Larry Brilliant as he opens up the discussion on ‘digital equity and individual rights in the age of big data’. When we differentiate big data from the averagely sized, we talk about Google’s databases on global search or Facebook’s data on social networks. It is awe-inspiring in it’s potential to shed light on the evolution of pandemics, consumption patterns and human social behaviour. It promises fascinating utility for mankind, but a fair few dangers too. And its confusing, populating a…
  • Recap, Day Three: Vulnerability, Creativity and Collaboration

    Deanna Zandt
    11 Apr 2014 | 9:30 pm
    The final day of the Skoll World Forum came up on us quickly! Friday morning’s mood at Said Business School captured the levels of emotion that many of us felt: exhilarated, exhausted, never wanting to leave, anxious to get home and implement the new ideas we’ve learned. (We’ve heard of #TEDflu, by the way– where TED conference attendees catch colds because they’re running to so many amazing events, and resting very little. On Twitter, I found the Skoll equivalent: #SkollBrain.) These were some of the conversations and themes we explored during Day Three:…
 
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    Uploads by Skoll World Forum

  • Skoll World Forum 2014 Interesting Voices, Innovative Ideas

    13 Apr 2014 | 4:58 pm
    Skoll World Forum 2014 Interesting Voices, Innovative Ideas The Skoll World Forum has long attracted provocateurs and disruptors who are rethinking old paradigms and building new entrepreneurial environments and cultu... From: Skoll World Forum Views: 16 0 ratings Time: 01:18:31 More in Nonprofits & Activism
  • Skoll World Forum 2014 Closing Plenary

    13 Apr 2014 | 4:21 pm
    Skoll World Forum 2014 Closing Plenary Delegates celebrate a productive and inspired time at the Forum by gathering together in this final plenary for the 2014 Skoll World Forum. MASTER OF CEREMON... From: Skoll World Forum Views: 166 4 ratings Time: 01:22:48 More in Nonprofits & Activism
  • 50 People 1 Question Skoll World Forum - #skollwf

    12 Apr 2014 | 3:15 am
    50 People 1 Question Skoll World Forum - #skollwf Delegates of the 2014 Skoll World Forum on Social Entrepreneurship were invited to contribute their answers to the question: "What is the reason you exist?" ... From: Skoll World Forum Views: 338 7 ratings Time: 06:01 More in Nonprofits & Activism
  • Skoll World Forum 2014 Leading with Authenticity

    11 Apr 2014 | 3:17 am
    Skoll World Forum 2014 Leading with Authenticity Can introverts, quiet leaders, and process-oriented technocrats compete with "typical" charismatic leaders in the noisy marketplace of talent acquisition, fu... From: Skoll World Forum Views: 457 1 ratings Time: 01:26:56 More in Nonprofits & Activism
  • Skoll World Forum 2014 - Unlocking Entrepreneurial Women

    11 Apr 2014 | 3:11 am
    Skoll World Forum 2014 - Unlocking Entrepreneurial Women Female entrepreneurship is an "economic promise" capturing attention of governments, corporations, and civil society all over the world, since small- and med... From: Skoll World Forum Views: 91 1 ratings Time: 01:14:28 More in Nonprofits & Activism
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    Global Envision

  • Q&A: What it takes to feed 842 million people worldwide

    Emily Wanderer
    16 Apr 2014 | 6:02 am
    Image:  An estimated 842 million people globally suffer from chronic hunger.  Yet each year, 1.3 billion tons of food--one-third of global food production--are being wasted, even where people are starving.The problems are complex. Everything from cultural beliefs, such as pregnant women shouldn’t eat eggs, to civil wars that prevent people from getting to market, can all have detrimental effects on food security.Alleviating poverty isn’t just handing out food--it’s tackling the barriers to channels of food to those who aren’t receiving it.  “We…
  • Climate change report means the most for those who have the least

    Isaac Otto
    10 Apr 2014 | 6:51 am
    Image:  No one was spared in the most recent climate report out of the UN, but the poor and vulnerable may feel the brunt of the pain.The report looks at climate change projections and how they will affect the physical, biological, and human systems people rely on everyday. The picture is far from optimistic.People who don’t have the resources to plan ahead will feel climate change faster and more forcefully, the report argues. As water sources dry up, food becomes more scarce, and oceans rise, the poor will be disproportionately affected, but lack the resources to adapt.“It…
  • BEYOND FAIR TRADE: PORTLAND ROASTER AND COFFEE FARMERS MAKE A FAMILY

    Kyla Yeoman
    9 Apr 2014 | 1:06 pm
    Beyond Fair Trade: A Portland coffee roaster's storyhttps://www.globalenvision.org/2014/03/17/beyond-fair-trade-portland-roaster-and-coffee-farmers-make-family
  • A GOLD STANDARD TO DEVELOP YOUNG TALENT: CAN IT WORK IN EMERGING MARKETS?

    Kyla Yeoman
    9 Apr 2014 | 1:04 pm
    A gold standard to develop young talenthttps://www.globalenvision.org/2014/03/24/gold-standard-develop-young-talent-can-it-work-emerging-markets
  • Global Ideas News Brief: Afghan youth + Wasteful measurement

    Marie von Hafften
    8 Apr 2014 | 11:04 am
    Image:  Global Ideas News BriefApril 8, 2014A weekly roundup of mainstream news about the context in which Mercy Corps works.YouthThe Newfound Political Power of Afghan YouthThe AtlanticArguably the most important storyline in this weekend's election—which marks the first democratic transfer of power in Afghanistan's modern history—is the participation of Afghan youth, who will play an outsize role in shaping the country's futureArab youth turn from “Arab spring” to starting businessesFinancial TimesYoung Arabs are increasingly turning their backs on…
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    Beneblog: Technology Meets Society

  • The Librarian of Marrakesh

    3 Apr 2014 | 2:46 pm
    One of the joys of my role is meeting other social sector leaders: people with a powerful passion for good.  We learn from each other, and try to help each other when we can.  Jamila HassouneTen years ago, I started corresponding with a fascinating woman from Morocco, Jamila Hassoune.  Over time, I learned more and more about her work and background.  She was the first woman bookseller in Morocco.  Her love for books led her to create the Book Caravans: treks each April out to a village in the desert or the mountains of Morocco.  She would bring books especially…
  • New Ideas at TED2014

    28 Mar 2014 | 3:11 pm
    I just returned from a spectacular week at this year’s TED conference in Vancouver, Canada. TED gives me the chance to brainstorm with loads of people who gather to discuss ways to change the world through technology and design. Beyond debating the stimulating topics of major talks—such as Edward Snowden’s appearance by telepresence robot and the response to it by Rick Ledgett, the Deputy Director of the NSA—I spent much of my time speaking about my favorite topic: technology for social good. Of course, that included getting new ideas for software for social good!Idea One: Tackle…
  • Snowden and Techies: First Do No Harm!

    19 Mar 2014 | 8:22 pm
    Snowden taught us that governments are vacuuming up every shred of communications they can. As techies, we need to first do no harm. As we collect sensitive information about health, ethnicity, LGBT identity, refugee status, experience of violence, we need to encrypt that information, to avoid making the people we serve, targets or victims by current or future governments!TED2014 attendees were asked to reflect on their reactions to the Snowden appearance on stage. I delivered the exhortation above from the TED main stage tonight to my fellow technologists, about our responsibility to secure…
  • Human Rights and the Duty to Protect Sensitive Data

    13 Mar 2014 | 9:45 am
    Co-authored with Enrique Piracés, Benetech VP, Human Rights.Consider this: when you visit your doctor about a medical issue in the United States, you can be reasonably confident that it won't shortly be on the front page of the local newspaper. Privacy protections that ensure your doctor treats your information securely were mandated under the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA). Yet, when humanitarian and social justice workers venture into the developing world to gather sensitive information, elementary privacy protections are often neglected.Don't victims…
  • Data and the Human Touch

    10 Mar 2014 | 9:44 am
    Meet Kevin and “Sophia” (who anonymously shared her story with my team).When Kevin was in kindergarten he had an organic brain injury, which forced him to have to relearn everything from walking to using the bathroom. There were several years where Kevin struggled in school because his vision was blurry and this made reading normal size print grueling. He could no longer keep up with his peers in the classroom.One day when Sophia was in fifth grade, she suddenly went blind from an inexplicable disease. Sophia and her family were left confused and concerned about her future in the…
 
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    Environmental Management & Energy News

  • Smart Corporations Partner for Sustainability, Business Growth

    Environmental Leader Staff
    16 Apr 2014 | 9:58 am
    This article is sponsored by Procter & Gamble. Smart corporations see sustainability not only as an environmental responsibility but as an opportunity to build the business, and partnerships with other organizations multiply the benefits of their sustainability initiatives. A number of companies, from CPGs like Procter & Gamble to retailers like Walmart and auto manufacturers […]
  • EL PRO Subscribers Get New Website

    Paul Nastu
    16 Apr 2014 | 9:50 am
    Dear EL PRO Subscribers: Today and tomorrow we will be transitioning your subscription to a new platform, EnvironmentEnergyPro.com. We’re very excited about this move. We’ve worked hard to develop new content that will help energy and environment professionals do their jobs. We’re looking forward to a great year as we introduce even more content to […]
  • European Parliament Requires Sustainability Reporting

    Bill Opalka
    16 Apr 2014 | 9:43 am
    A new law passed by the European Parliament will require the largest companies to include sustainability as part of their annual financial report.  A 599-55 vote applies to publicly-traded with more than 500 employees that must address ”policies, risks and results” in relation to “social, environmental and human rights impact, diversity and anti-corruption policies” in their annual report. Currently, […]
  • GHG Emissions Fell 10% From 2005 to 2012

    Bill Opalka
    16 Apr 2014 | 9:23 am
    Greenhouse gas emissions fell nearly 10 percent from 2005 to 2012, according to the latest national emissions inventory released by the EPA. Reuters reports that emissions dropped 3.4 percent from 2012 to 2011, mostly due decreased energy consumption and the switch from coal to natural gas for power generation. The 19th annual emissions tally to […]
  • One Million Households Added to Carton Recycling

    Bill Opalka
    16 Apr 2014 | 9:12 am
    The Carton Council of North America says that just over one million households had cartons added to their recycling programs between January and March. That brings the total of US households with access to 56,970,294. The Carton Council is a group of carton manufacturers united to deliver long-term collaborative solutions in order to divert valuable cartons […]
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    Skoll World Forum

  • Recap: The Impact Jackpot: Service Delivery Innovation for the Very Poor

    Deanna Zandt
    14 Apr 2014 | 10:10 am
    “We can approach any poor person, anywhere in the world and know exactly how to solve their problem,” stated One Acre Fund Co-Founder and Director Andrew Youn during this year’s Skoll World Forum session on The Impact Jackpot: Service Delivery Innovation for the Very Poor. “Now we need to focus on basic [service] delivery.” Mulago Foundation’s Kristin Gillis led panelists in a conversation on the most effective strategies to package and deliver affordable services to the very poor at scale. A powerful presence on the panel was First Lady of Zambia HE Dr.
  • Recap: Meeting the Challenge of Increased Energy Demand: Opportunities for a ‘Clean’ Energy Matrix

    Deanna Zandt
    14 Apr 2014 | 10:05 am
    The choice is yours, but you can only pick one: Do you want to drive a car daily, eat meat or take a single one-way flight per year? A recent report by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change concludes that the world has only roughly 10-15 years in which to make steep cuts to greenhouse gas emissions and avoid the most catastrophic effects of a changing climate. In an economy still largely dependent on fossil fuels, we should each limit our annual emissions to 1 metric ton per year, which would require drastic lifestyle changes for many of us. Making the transition to a global clean…
  • Preparing for a World With 9 Billion, Designers Are Rising to the Challenge

    Rahim Kanani
    14 Apr 2014 | 4:37 am
    I recently had lunch with 4 engineers from Kenya.  They are the design team at Kickstart International, an impressive organization with an ambitious mission to lift millions of people in Africa out of poverty.   Their solution is a line of foot-powered, durable and affordable irrigation pumps (think bike pump) used to irrigate 1-2 acre subsistence farms across the continent.  Their impact hypothesis is simple –extend the growing season with irrigation so farmers can sell crops when demand is high and supply is low. Small businesses will abound with rippling impacts. Over lunch, Alan…
  • Recap: Promises and Pitfalls in the Age of Big Data

    Rahim Kanani
    14 Apr 2014 | 4:35 am
    I’m astonished at how quickly big data has gone from an idea to meme to cliché says Larry Brilliant as he opens up the discussion on ‘digital equity and individual rights in the age of big data’. When we differentiate big data from the averagely sized, we talk about Google’s databases on global search or Facebook’s data on social networks. It is awe-inspiring in it’s potential to shed light on the evolution of pandemics, consumption patterns and human social behaviour. It promises fascinating utility for mankind, but a fair few dangers too. And its confusing, populating a…
  • Recap, Day Three: Vulnerability, Creativity and Collaboration

    Deanna Zandt
    11 Apr 2014 | 9:30 pm
    The final day of the Skoll World Forum came up on us quickly! Friday morning’s mood at Said Business School captured the levels of emotion that many of us felt: exhilarated, exhausted, never wanting to leave, anxious to get home and implement the new ideas we’ve learned. (We’ve heard of #TEDflu, by the way– where TED conference attendees catch colds because they’re running to so many amazing events, and resting very little. On Twitter, I found the Skoll equivalent: #SkollBrain.) These were some of the conversations and themes we explored during Day Three:…
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  • Google Glass, ‘smart’ wearables to make market bang

    Shirley Siluk
    14 Apr 2014 | 11:59 am
    The wearable computing market is expected to more than triple this year, and will likely continue growing by double digits through at least 2018. Sales of items like Fitbit devices, Nike+ FuelBands and other “smart” wearables — including Google Glass, to be sold in the US for one day only on April 15 — will surpass 19 million units in 2014, according to new research from International Data Corporation (IDC). By 2018, the market will reach nearly 112 million units, representing a compound annual growth rate of 78.4 percent. For now, the largest segment of the market…
  • Prodea releases platform for the ‘connected home’

    Shirley Siluk
    11 Apr 2014 | 7:59 am
    A company called Prodea Systems has released what it calls a “one-of-a-kind” platform for the connected home. Prodea says its Residential Operating System (ROS) delivers numerous services on a single managed platform: entertainment, education, health and wellness, a private cloud, home security, automation, energy management and enhanced communication. The offering enables devices from smartphones and TVs to thermostats and glucometers to “live” on the same platform and “speak” the same language. Upon announced the release of its platform, Prodea also…
  • Xerox acquires Smart Data Consulting

    Shirley Siluk
    11 Apr 2014 | 7:38 am
    Xerox is aiming to expand its e-discovery capabilities with its recent acquisition of Smart Data Consulting. Smart Data provides a software platform for corporate legal departments and law firms. The software is designed to reduce costs and save time by managing e-discovery tasks and analytics more quickly and efficiently. Those tasks include collection, processing, early case assessment, reviews and production. Founded in 2009, Smart Data’s software is used by Fortune 500 companies, mid-market firms and leading law firms. The post Xerox acquires Smart Data Consulting appeared first on…
  • Pisa eyes better parking, lighting with M2M

    Shirley Siluk
    11 Apr 2014 | 7:23 am
    Deutsche Telekom is rolling out a variety of M2M projects — including a sensor-based parking management system — in the famed Italian city of Pisa. The parking system, to be added to the city’s existing “Intelligent Transportation System,” will help motorists find an open space via a smartphone app. Sensors in the city center’s Piazza Carrara will detect whether individual parking spaces are empty or occupied, and will relay this information to users via the app. The system will also enable drivers to pay for parking using their smartphones. “It will…
  • Smart design gains momentum in Middle East

    Shirley Siluk
    11 Apr 2014 | 7:02 am
    The quest for smart urban design is rapidly gaining momentum in the Middle East, according to one designer who spoke at this past week’s Arab Future Cities Summit. “We’re now seeing a strong appetite for world class urban development in both Qatar and Saudi Arabia, and it is approaching the right level of maturity for us to reach a crucial tipping point,” said Matthew Tribe, a design director with the consulting firm Atkins. “As clients really start to appreciate the art of the possible, it will lead to raised expectations for consistently high levels of urban…
 
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  • A Full Circle of Giving

    Donna Callejon
    28 Mar 2014 | 7:43 am
    GlobalGiving recently joined the VMware Foundation at its Palo Alto headquarters to celebrate Pi Day by sharing ways that we can all support our global community. On the day marked by 3.14—and the joys of calculating the circumference of a circle—it was a reminder to us about the full circle of giving: the giving and receiving that helps propel our mission. We see this full circle exemplified by our continued collaboration with the VMware Foundation. The VMware Foundation believes in Citizen Philanthropy, in which every individual’s actions matter and add up to our collective impact. In…
  • Happy Money

    Alison Carlman
    18 Oct 2013 | 9:54 am
    The Science of Smarter Spending – Book If you think money can’t buy happiness, think again. In their new book Happy Money, our friend Michael Norton and his fellow behavioral scientist Elizabeth Dunn, explain how money really can buy happiness – if you follow five core principles of smarter spending. One of the principles should come as no surprise to all you GlobalGivers: spending money on others can increase your happiness even more than spending your cash on yourself. It’s not just a warm fuzzy feeling. It’s science. Click here to see the book or read…
  • Virtual Community, Actual Impact

    Donna Callejon
    4 Jun 2013 | 2:18 pm
    Paul was a teenager when he was drafted into the United States (US) Army during the Vietnam War.  And when the US ended its military involvement in Vietnam, it was just the beginning of a longer battle for him.  He was later deployed to multiple other international posts, and when he finally returned home, he was left with little support and undiagnosed Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD).  The disorder wreaked havoc on his life, leaving him homeless, unemployed, over-medicated, and depressed. Today, with the help of Canines with a Cause (CWAC) and the generous donations of VMware…
  • How they won: American Open Challenge Winner says “crowd-sourcing was the key to our success”

    Marc Maxson
    13 Feb 2013 | 1:49 pm
    Jared Schwartz of Frogloop (a nonprofit online marketing blog) interviewed the guys from Critical Exposure and have some excellent advice for nonprofits trying to succeed on GlobalGiving: http://www.frogloop.com/care2blog/2009/9/7/how-a-small-nonprofit-used-social-media-crowd-sourcing-to-wi.html  The goal was simple. Earn a permanent spot on the GlobalGiving website by raising at least $4000 online from 50 individual donors in three weeks. Win up to $6000 in additional bonuses for out-fundraising the 70 other participating organizations. The challenge was daunting. How does Critical…
  • google hunger relief campaign: simple ways to take a bite out of hunger

    Donna Callejon
    10 Jan 2013 | 11:31 am
    Koro is a six-year old girl who arrived at A Child for All’s orphanage (ACFA) without a home or family, her thin body extremely malnourished.  The founder of ACFA, Kadiatou Sidibe, remembers the first meal Koro had with the organization in 2010.  “It was lunch-time, and you know how in Mali, we all eat around one large plate of food.  Koro saw the food; her eyes grew big.  Then she took the whole dish and ran away—she didn’t know that there would be another meal later.” Koro’s health has improved dramatically with the help of ACFA and its donors throughout the world.  It’s…
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    GlobalGiving Projects - Just added

  • "Communities Young Voice"

    Silva Vardanyan
    15 Apr 2014 | 6:24 am
    $38 — Provide information dissemination on project and its achievments on mass media for a month$40 — Provide with stationary and training for young people in rural communities$53 — Provide media tools for a beneficiary.SummaryThis project will give an opportunity to get the basic principles of journalistic writing, media and IT, which enhance young beginner journalists' capacity to write a feature and an article in a professional way. They will contribute to the development and free dissemination, independent and pluralistic information through…
  • Sewing Machines for Job Creation!

    Ashley Nemiro
    14 Apr 2014 | 1:26 pm
    $10 — Buy leather making sewing supplies to make 10 bags$150 — Buys ONE new sewing machine which creates employment for ONE women$300 — Buys leather to make 10 bagsSummaryMamafrica Designs is raising money to purchase an industrial sewing machine that will allow us to make leather goods in our workshop, in Democratic Republic of Congo. We work in a region where 85% of the women are unemployment. We create employment by making fair trade, handmade clothing and accessories. With the industrial sewing machine we can start to make leather gifts for…
  • QuietTime: Teaching TM in Low-Income Urban Schools

    Katie Tagarello
    14 Apr 2014 | 10:38 am
    $50 — will help cover the teaching supplies for under served youth to sign up for a six-month course in the Transcendental Meditation technique$300 — will provide one at-risk child in Los Angeles, New York or Connecticut with a special, six-month course in Transcendental Meditation (offered at a discount through an institutional grant)$600 — will provide two at-risk children in Los Angeles, New York or Connecticut with a special, six-month course in Transcendental Meditation (offered at a discount through an institutional grant)SummaryThe Quiet…
  • Help Build a Trade School for Youth in Rural Kenya

    Rosalie Benitez
    14 Apr 2014 | 6:45 am
    $20 — will pay one day's salary for all staff$75 — will buy a bed for a student$450 — will construct toilets for the school and dormsSummaryMost children in rural Kenya do not have the possibility to further their education beyond elementary school due to learning disabilities and extreme poverty. Help us build a trade school for these youth so they may learn valuable skills such as carpentry, agriculture, cooking and hairdressing that will enable them to get jobs and become self-sustaining members of society. You can help by giving these youth…
  • Help 50 Afghan Farmers Plant Fruit Trees

    Kate McLetchie
    10 Apr 2014 | 2:04 pm
    $10 — will purchase 3 apple, peach or plum trees OR 1 high-value cherry tree (including sapling, transport, and training)$20 — will purchase 2 high-value cherry trees (including sapling, transport, and training)$30 — will purchase 10 apple, peach or plum trees (including sapling, transport, and training)SummaryProviding fruit trees for 50 Afghan farmers will support sustainable livelihoods and help renew the environment. Tree planting will take place in 5 villages outside of Kabul where GPFA currently has ongoing community projects. Each farmer…
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    Cleantech Blog

  • Seafloor Carpet Turns Surf’s up to Lights On

    Jeanne Roberts
    25 Mar 2014 | 2:14 pm
    At the University of California, Berkeley, a team of engineers is pioneering ocean-source energy technology by using “carpet” to capture the energy generated by ocean waves. The team, which includes wave energy guru and Assistant Professor Reza Alam, and Ph.D. Marcus Lehmann, an engineering researcher, aims not only to capture the kinetic energy contained in […]
  • Boeing’s SBRC Makes Biofuel from Agricultural Rejects

    Jeanne Roberts
    10 Mar 2014 | 2:35 pm
    A decade ago, biofuels were considered the Holy Grail of combustion-engine fuels. Measurably cleaner than fossil fuels, they were the proverbial light at the end of the tunnel, at least according to some clean energy experts. Fast forward to 2008, when the biofuel industry’s withdrawal of food crops such as corn, rice, wheat and palm […]
  • Cliff Majersik, IMT, Identifies Efficiency as Energy’s Biggest Asset

    Jeanne Roberts
    19 Feb 2014 | 12:40 pm
    The Institute for Market Transformation (IMT) is a Washington, DC-based nonprofit working in the areas of energy efficiency, green building, and environmental protection. Much of IMT’s effort goes toward correcting inadequacies in the construction/remodeling vertical that prevents investors from taking a stake in energy efficiency and sustainability in the United States. Cliff Majersik, Executive Director, […]
  • LEED v4, the Evolution of Green

    Jeanne Roberts
    28 Jan 2014 | 12:57 pm
    It’s particularly troubling to those of us watching the energy efficiency marketplace to see one program or another take a hard hit. That’s why the 2010 class action lawsuit by Henry Gifford against the US Green Building Council – the parent organization of LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) – had such wide-ranging responses […]
  • Silent Guardian: Drones without the Scare Factor

    Jeanne Roberts
    22 Jan 2014 | 12:57 pm
    Over at Bye Aerospace, Inc., Founder George Bye and colleagues are designing drones. But don’t worry. The Denver, Colorado company, founded in 2007, isn’t the site of the next Evil Empire, and the drones which will eventually start going out the door (here or elsewhere, but not under their own power) are meant for peaceful […]
 
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    Echoing Green Blog

  • Kalimah Priforce - Breaking Down Doors with STEM

    Echoing Green
    3 Apr 2014 | 7:18 am
    “A child’s future should never be dictated by his zip code.” Kalimah Priforce is a determined man. Maybe it’s the second syllable in his surname or maybe it has to do with where he comes from: Kalimah grew up with his younger brother in a Bed-Stuy group home, staging a hunger strike there at age eight to get more books onto the premises. The strike worked. Kalimah usually makes things work, but the paths to achievement have rarely been easy. Kalimah’s brother never made it out of their tough early environment—he was shot and killed at 18 in the lot behind their childhood…
  • What Have You Got?

    Echoing Green
    2 Apr 2014 | 3:08 pm
    Participants in Brown Boi Project, founded by 2012 BMA Fellow Cole While we’ve had the opportunity to review thousands of business plans of those applying to our Fellowship Program—addressing as many social issues, communities, and geographies—what holds consistent across the most successful applications are the qualities and traits of their leaders. We've learned to turn our attention to providing investment and support in dynamic individuals with unique perspectives, clearly and deeply felt purpose, and the unique abilities and talents to execute on their goals. In fact, the most…
  • Tell Your Whole Story in an Interview

    Lara Galinsky
    1 Apr 2014 | 7:07 am
    Your career didn't start with your first job. I start job interviews with the same question every time: “Tell me about your path leading up to today. Why is this role the right fit for you now?” What happens next is predictable: “My first job out of college was at an international aid organization…” “I worked for a number of years in publishing before I…” “I started out in finance but then…” I typically wait for a pause and ask candidates to start earlier. I tell them that I want to hear the details from their story that illustrate what drives them—their purpose. They…
  • #EGFellows Making Headlines, March 2014

    Echoing Green
    24 Mar 2014 | 9:05 am
    Time and again, Echoing Green Fellows show the power of using what they've got to carry out truly impactful work. Many look to their own personal experiences and challenges to refine how they approach a problem, like Josh Sommer, who founded the Chordoma Foundation after his own diagnosis to more efficiently push research advances into treatment options. Others transform their talents into a vehicle to innovately address the issue they've chosen to own, like Toni Blackman, who uses her artistry to foster human development and social responsiblity in others. But don't take our word for…
  • 2014 Echoing Green Fellowships Semi-Finalists

    Echoing Green
    19 Feb 2014 | 8:46 am
    2013 Black Male Achievement Fellow Mo Akade The 444 Semi-Finalists for Echoing Green Fellowships span the globe, with breakthrough ideas and the entrepreneurial drive to disrupt the status quo. They have already begun working to complete the second phase of our selection process in hopes of joining the nearly 2 percent to be selected Fellows this spring in our Global, Black Male Achievement, and new Climate Fellowships. For insights into this year's semi-finalists, see our recent post on data and trends. Our tremendous respect and gratitude goes out to all of the entrepreneurs who submitted…
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    AfriGadget

  • 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…
  • Kiambu chopper et al

    Juergen Eichholz
    29 May 2013 | 5:57 pm
    Sharing good content online isn’t always easy, as we prefer original (first-hand) content – contributed by our readers – that comes along with a permission to share these jewels. The following post first appeared in a Kenyan newspaper a month ago – we’ve tried contacting the editor in charge, but haven’t received a reply from them so far. Still, the story is so unique, it needs to be shared: Residents of Magomano village in Kiambu have been flocking to a homestead for a glimpse of a homemade helicopter which has been assembled by a 20 year-old farm hand.
  • Wheel balancing is totally overrated

    Juergen Eichholz
    13 May 2013 | 9:20 am
    A Kenyan Facebook user recently shared these images of a craftsman in Eldoret (Kenya) who repairs rims: Kenya fixit? Eh! (via Silas Salavi)
  • How to fix a bicycle tube

    Juergen Eichholz
    22 Feb 2013 | 8:10 am
    How to fix a bicycle tube… when a glued patch isn’t appropriate: (direct link to the video) “To fix such a problem, we designed a new way of fixing. You can simply tie the place, no need of glue, no need of nothing.” The reasoning for this unusual fix may be a bit strange (as a correctly applied patch will also work under the influence of heat), but the solution is smart and obviously works. [via, thx!]
 
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    Timbuktu Chronicles

  • Mapping Startup Ecosystems

    Emeka Okafor
    14 Apr 2014 | 6:18 am
    In VC4Africa Dan Evans discusses an initiative to map and determine what drives startup ecosystems: We all live and work in a world made up of complex adaptive systems, each of which can be represented by various forms of networks. Our team has developed an innovative, yet simple, technique that allows us to develop quantifiable entrepreneur networks. This technique, known as the ‘Position Generator’, models the connections of roles in the local community. By analyzing the entrepreneur’s connections to prominent structural positions in the community or society, our team is able to…
  • Feed Green - Herb and Spices

    Emeka Okafor
    13 Apr 2014 | 3:40 pm
    Senai Wolderufael founder of Feed Green in conversation with HowWeMadeIt: Wolderufael and his business partner, Eyob Weldegabriel, started Feed Green Ethiopia Exports with less than US$2,000 startup capital. The company has since found new export markets for its spices and processed food products in Africa, and has also recently decided to start exporting Ethiopian coffee. How we made it in Africa speaks to Wolderufael about the potential he sees for the business in Africa, and what it is like to be a young entrepreneur in Ethiopia.When you initially started your company, you were catering…
  • Innovation Prize for Africa 2014 finalists

    Emeka Okafor
    13 Apr 2014 | 12:43 pm
    VC4Africa reports: The African Innovation Foundation announced the finalists of the prestigious Innovation Prize for Africa 2014. Ten African innovators have created practical solutions to some of the continent’s most intractable problems, from a domestic waste biogas system to a wafer matrix for paediatric antiretroviral drug treatment. They are: • Ashley Uys (South Africa) - OculusID Impairment ScreeningThe OculusID Impairment Screening device is designed to measure pupil response to light emissions. The pupil response can then be measured against pre-determined benchmarks. These…
  • Awaka Furniture

    Emeka Okafor
    11 Apr 2014 | 7:12 pm
    From CNN's Africa Startup series: Eve Zalwango started Awaka, a furniture store in Kampala, Uganda that makes custom wood products from locally grown trees.
  • Mud House Design Competiton - Earth Architecture can be Beautiful

    Emeka Okafor
    11 Apr 2014 | 6:04 pm
    In Earth Architecture: Nka Foundation invites entries for Mud House Design 2014, an international architecture competition open to recent graduates and students of architecture, design and others from around the world who think earth architecture can be beautiful. The challenge is to design a single-family unit of about 30 x 40 feet on a plot of 60 x 60 feet to be built by maximum use of earth and local labor in the Ashanti Region of Ghana. This is the design problem: In Ghana, as in other countries in West Africa, stereotypes about buildings made of earth persist because of poor…
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    Skoll World Forum

  • Recap: The Impact Jackpot: Service Delivery Innovation for the Very Poor

    Deanna Zandt
    14 Apr 2014 | 10:10 am
    “We can approach any poor person, anywhere in the world and know exactly how to solve their problem,” stated One Acre Fund Co-Founder and Director Andrew Youn during this year’s Skoll World Forum session on The Impact Jackpot: Service Delivery Innovation for the Very Poor. “Now we need to focus on basic [service] delivery.” Mulago Foundation’s Kristin Gillis led panelists in a conversation on the most effective strategies to package and deliver affordable services to the very poor at scale. A powerful presence on the panel was First Lady of Zambia HE Dr.
  • Recap: Meeting the Challenge of Increased Energy Demand: Opportunities for a ‘Clean’ Energy Matrix

    Deanna Zandt
    14 Apr 2014 | 10:05 am
    The choice is yours, but you can only pick one: Do you want to drive a car daily, eat meat or take a single one-way flight per year? A recent report by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change concludes that the world has only roughly 10-15 years in which to make steep cuts to greenhouse gas emissions and avoid the most catastrophic effects of a changing climate. In an economy still largely dependent on fossil fuels, we should each limit our annual emissions to 1 metric ton per year, which would require drastic lifestyle changes for many of us. Making the transition to a global clean…
  • Preparing for a World With 9 Billion, Designers Are Rising to the Challenge

    Rahim Kanani
    14 Apr 2014 | 4:37 am
    I recently had lunch with 4 engineers from Kenya.  They are the design team at Kickstart International, an impressive organization with an ambitious mission to lift millions of people in Africa out of poverty.   Their solution is a line of foot-powered, durable and affordable irrigation pumps (think bike pump) used to irrigate 1-2 acre subsistence farms across the continent.  Their impact hypothesis is simple –extend the growing season with irrigation so farmers can sell crops when demand is high and supply is low. Small businesses will abound with rippling impacts. Over lunch, Alan…
  • Recap: Promises and Pitfalls in the Age of Big Data

    Rahim Kanani
    14 Apr 2014 | 4:35 am
    I’m astonished at how quickly big data has gone from an idea to meme to cliché says Larry Brilliant as he opens up the discussion on ‘digital equity and individual rights in the age of big data’. When we differentiate big data from the averagely sized, we talk about Google’s databases on global search or Facebook’s data on social networks. It is awe-inspiring in it’s potential to shed light on the evolution of pandemics, consumption patterns and human social behaviour. It promises fascinating utility for mankind, but a fair few dangers too. And its confusing, populating a…
  • Recap, Day Three: Vulnerability, Creativity and Collaboration

    Deanna Zandt
    11 Apr 2014 | 9:30 pm
    The final day of the Skoll World Forum came up on us quickly! Friday morning’s mood at Said Business School captured the levels of emotion that many of us felt: exhilarated, exhausted, never wanting to leave, anxious to get home and implement the new ideas we’ve learned. (We’ve heard of #TEDflu, by the way– where TED conference attendees catch colds because they’re running to so many amazing events, and resting very little. On Twitter, I found the Skoll equivalent: #SkollBrain.) These were some of the conversations and themes we explored during Day Three:…
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  • Recap: The Impact Jackpot: Service Delivery Innovation for the Very Poor

    Deanna Zandt
    14 Apr 2014 | 10:10 am
    “We can approach any poor person, anywhere in the world and know exactly how to solve their problem,” stated One Acre Fund Co-Founder and Director Andrew Youn during this year’s Skoll World Forum session on The Impact Jackpot: Service Delivery Innovation for the Very Poor. “Now we need to focus on basic [service] delivery.” Mulago Foundation’s Kristin Gillis led panelists in a conversation on the most effective strategies to package and deliver affordable services to the very poor at scale. A powerful presence on the panel was First Lady of Zambia HE Dr.
  • Recap: Meeting the Challenge of Increased Energy Demand: Opportunities for a ‘Clean’ Energy Matrix

    Deanna Zandt
    14 Apr 2014 | 10:05 am
    The choice is yours, but you can only pick one: Do you want to drive a car daily, eat meat or take a single one-way flight per year? A recent report by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change concludes that the world has only roughly 10-15 years in which to make steep cuts to greenhouse gas emissions and avoid the most catastrophic effects of a changing climate. In an economy still largely dependent on fossil fuels, we should each limit our annual emissions to 1 metric ton per year, which would require drastic lifestyle changes for many of us. Making the transition to a global clean…
  • Preparing for a World With 9 Billion, Designers Are Rising to the Challenge

    Rahim Kanani
    14 Apr 2014 | 4:37 am
    I recently had lunch with 4 engineers from Kenya.  They are the design team at Kickstart International, an impressive organization with an ambitious mission to lift millions of people in Africa out of poverty.   Their solution is a line of foot-powered, durable and affordable irrigation pumps (think bike pump) used to irrigate 1-2 acre subsistence farms across the continent.  Their impact hypothesis is simple –extend the growing season with irrigation so farmers can sell crops when demand is high and supply is low. Small businesses will abound with rippling impacts. Over lunch, Alan…
  • Recap: Promises and Pitfalls in the Age of Big Data

    Rahim Kanani
    14 Apr 2014 | 4:35 am
    I’m astonished at how quickly big data has gone from an idea to meme to cliché says Larry Brilliant as he opens up the discussion on ‘digital equity and individual rights in the age of big data’. When we differentiate big data from the averagely sized, we talk about Google’s databases on global search or Facebook’s data on social networks. It is awe-inspiring in it’s potential to shed light on the evolution of pandemics, consumption patterns and human social behaviour. It promises fascinating utility for mankind, but a fair few dangers too. And its confusing, populating a…
  • Recap, Day Three: Vulnerability, Creativity and Collaboration

    Deanna Zandt
    11 Apr 2014 | 9:30 pm
    The final day of the Skoll World Forum came up on us quickly! Friday morning’s mood at Said Business School captured the levels of emotion that many of us felt: exhilarated, exhausted, never wanting to leave, anxious to get home and implement the new ideas we’ve learned. (We’ve heard of #TEDflu, by the way– where TED conference attendees catch colds because they’re running to so many amazing events, and resting very little. On Twitter, I found the Skoll equivalent: #SkollBrain.) These were some of the conversations and themes we explored during Day Three:…
 
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    Skoll World Forum

  • Recap: The Impact Jackpot: Service Delivery Innovation for the Very Poor

    Deanna Zandt
    14 Apr 2014 | 10:10 am
    “We can approach any poor person, anywhere in the world and know exactly how to solve their problem,” stated One Acre Fund Co-Founder and Director Andrew Youn during this year’s Skoll World Forum session on The Impact Jackpot: Service Delivery Innovation for the Very Poor. “Now we need to focus on basic [service] delivery.” Mulago Foundation’s Kristin Gillis led panelists in a conversation on the most effective strategies to package and deliver affordable services to the very poor at scale. A powerful presence on the panel was First Lady of Zambia HE Dr.
  • Recap: Meeting the Challenge of Increased Energy Demand: Opportunities for a ‘Clean’ Energy Matrix

    Deanna Zandt
    14 Apr 2014 | 10:05 am
    The choice is yours, but you can only pick one: Do you want to drive a car daily, eat meat or take a single one-way flight per year? A recent report by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change concludes that the world has only roughly 10-15 years in which to make steep cuts to greenhouse gas emissions and avoid the most catastrophic effects of a changing climate. In an economy still largely dependent on fossil fuels, we should each limit our annual emissions to 1 metric ton per year, which would require drastic lifestyle changes for many of us. Making the transition to a global clean…
  • Preparing for a World With 9 Billion, Designers Are Rising to the Challenge

    Rahim Kanani
    14 Apr 2014 | 4:37 am
    I recently had lunch with 4 engineers from Kenya.  They are the design team at Kickstart International, an impressive organization with an ambitious mission to lift millions of people in Africa out of poverty.   Their solution is a line of foot-powered, durable and affordable irrigation pumps (think bike pump) used to irrigate 1-2 acre subsistence farms across the continent.  Their impact hypothesis is simple –extend the growing season with irrigation so farmers can sell crops when demand is high and supply is low. Small businesses will abound with rippling impacts. Over lunch, Alan…
  • Recap: Promises and Pitfalls in the Age of Big Data

    Rahim Kanani
    14 Apr 2014 | 4:35 am
    I’m astonished at how quickly big data has gone from an idea to meme to cliché says Larry Brilliant as he opens up the discussion on ‘digital equity and individual rights in the age of big data’. When we differentiate big data from the averagely sized, we talk about Google’s databases on global search or Facebook’s data on social networks. It is awe-inspiring in it’s potential to shed light on the evolution of pandemics, consumption patterns and human social behaviour. It promises fascinating utility for mankind, but a fair few dangers too. And its confusing, populating a…
  • Recap, Day Three: Vulnerability, Creativity and Collaboration

    Deanna Zandt
    11 Apr 2014 | 9:30 pm
    The final day of the Skoll World Forum came up on us quickly! Friday morning’s mood at Said Business School captured the levels of emotion that many of us felt: exhilarated, exhausted, never wanting to leave, anxious to get home and implement the new ideas we’ve learned. (We’ve heard of #TEDflu, by the way– where TED conference attendees catch colds because they’re running to so many amazing events, and resting very little. On Twitter, I found the Skoll equivalent: #SkollBrain.) These were some of the conversations and themes we explored during Day Three:…
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    Skoll World Forum

  • Recap: The Impact Jackpot: Service Delivery Innovation for the Very Poor

    Deanna Zandt
    14 Apr 2014 | 10:10 am
    “We can approach any poor person, anywhere in the world and know exactly how to solve their problem,” stated One Acre Fund Co-Founder and Director Andrew Youn during this year’s Skoll World Forum session on The Impact Jackpot: Service Delivery Innovation for the Very Poor. “Now we need to focus on basic [service] delivery.” Mulago Foundation’s Kristin Gillis led panelists in a conversation on the most effective strategies to package and deliver affordable services to the very poor at scale. A powerful presence on the panel was First Lady of Zambia HE Dr.
  • Recap: Meeting the Challenge of Increased Energy Demand: Opportunities for a ‘Clean’ Energy Matrix

    Deanna Zandt
    14 Apr 2014 | 10:05 am
    The choice is yours, but you can only pick one: Do you want to drive a car daily, eat meat or take a single one-way flight per year? A recent report by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change concludes that the world has only roughly 10-15 years in which to make steep cuts to greenhouse gas emissions and avoid the most catastrophic effects of a changing climate. In an economy still largely dependent on fossil fuels, we should each limit our annual emissions to 1 metric ton per year, which would require drastic lifestyle changes for many of us. Making the transition to a global clean…
  • Preparing for a World With 9 Billion, Designers Are Rising to the Challenge

    Rahim Kanani
    14 Apr 2014 | 4:37 am
    I recently had lunch with 4 engineers from Kenya.  They are the design team at Kickstart International, an impressive organization with an ambitious mission to lift millions of people in Africa out of poverty.   Their solution is a line of foot-powered, durable and affordable irrigation pumps (think bike pump) used to irrigate 1-2 acre subsistence farms across the continent.  Their impact hypothesis is simple –extend the growing season with irrigation so farmers can sell crops when demand is high and supply is low. Small businesses will abound with rippling impacts. Over lunch, Alan…
  • Recap: Promises and Pitfalls in the Age of Big Data

    Rahim Kanani
    14 Apr 2014 | 4:35 am
    I’m astonished at how quickly big data has gone from an idea to meme to cliché says Larry Brilliant as he opens up the discussion on ‘digital equity and individual rights in the age of big data’. When we differentiate big data from the averagely sized, we talk about Google’s databases on global search or Facebook’s data on social networks. It is awe-inspiring in it’s potential to shed light on the evolution of pandemics, consumption patterns and human social behaviour. It promises fascinating utility for mankind, but a fair few dangers too. And its confusing, populating a…
  • Recap, Day Three: Vulnerability, Creativity and Collaboration

    Deanna Zandt
    11 Apr 2014 | 9:30 pm
    The final day of the Skoll World Forum came up on us quickly! Friday morning’s mood at Said Business School captured the levels of emotion that many of us felt: exhilarated, exhausted, never wanting to leave, anxious to get home and implement the new ideas we’ve learned. (We’ve heard of #TEDflu, by the way– where TED conference attendees catch colds because they’re running to so many amazing events, and resting very little. On Twitter, I found the Skoll equivalent: #SkollBrain.) These were some of the conversations and themes we explored during Day Three:…
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  • Recap: The Impact Jackpot: Service Delivery Innovation for the Very Poor

    Deanna Zandt
    14 Apr 2014 | 10:10 am
    “We can approach any poor person, anywhere in the world and know exactly how to solve their problem,” stated One Acre Fund Co-Founder and Director Andrew Youn during this year’s Skoll World Forum session on The Impact Jackpot: Service Delivery Innovation for the Very Poor. “Now we need to focus on basic [service] delivery.” Mulago Foundation’s Kristin Gillis led panelists in a conversation on the most effective strategies to package and deliver affordable services to the very poor at scale. A powerful presence on the panel was First Lady of Zambia HE Dr.
  • Recap: Meeting the Challenge of Increased Energy Demand: Opportunities for a ‘Clean’ Energy Matrix

    Deanna Zandt
    14 Apr 2014 | 10:05 am
    The choice is yours, but you can only pick one: Do you want to drive a car daily, eat meat or take a single one-way flight per year? A recent report by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change concludes that the world has only roughly 10-15 years in which to make steep cuts to greenhouse gas emissions and avoid the most catastrophic effects of a changing climate. In an economy still largely dependent on fossil fuels, we should each limit our annual emissions to 1 metric ton per year, which would require drastic lifestyle changes for many of us. Making the transition to a global clean…
  • Preparing for a World With 9 Billion, Designers Are Rising to the Challenge

    Rahim Kanani
    14 Apr 2014 | 4:37 am
    I recently had lunch with 4 engineers from Kenya.  They are the design team at Kickstart International, an impressive organization with an ambitious mission to lift millions of people in Africa out of poverty.   Their solution is a line of foot-powered, durable and affordable irrigation pumps (think bike pump) used to irrigate 1-2 acre subsistence farms across the continent.  Their impact hypothesis is simple –extend the growing season with irrigation so farmers can sell crops when demand is high and supply is low. Small businesses will abound with rippling impacts. Over lunch, Alan…
  • Recap: Promises and Pitfalls in the Age of Big Data

    Rahim Kanani
    14 Apr 2014 | 4:35 am
    I’m astonished at how quickly big data has gone from an idea to meme to cliché says Larry Brilliant as he opens up the discussion on ‘digital equity and individual rights in the age of big data’. When we differentiate big data from the averagely sized, we talk about Google’s databases on global search or Facebook’s data on social networks. It is awe-inspiring in it’s potential to shed light on the evolution of pandemics, consumption patterns and human social behaviour. It promises fascinating utility for mankind, but a fair few dangers too. And its confusing, populating a…
  • Recap, Day Three: Vulnerability, Creativity and Collaboration

    Deanna Zandt
    11 Apr 2014 | 9:30 pm
    The final day of the Skoll World Forum came up on us quickly! Friday morning’s mood at Said Business School captured the levels of emotion that many of us felt: exhilarated, exhausted, never wanting to leave, anxious to get home and implement the new ideas we’ve learned. (We’ve heard of #TEDflu, by the way– where TED conference attendees catch colds because they’re running to so many amazing events, and resting very little. On Twitter, I found the Skoll equivalent: #SkollBrain.) These were some of the conversations and themes we explored during Day Three:…
 
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    From Poverty to Power

  • Angus Deaton makes the case against aid (and you get to vote)

    Duncan Green
    15 Apr 2014 | 11:30 pm
    I am grateful to Duncan Green for giving me an opportunity to respond to his comments on The Great Escape. I summarize the key evidence, and try to give a coherent story of how I think aid works, and when it will fail. Like Duncan, I fully recognize (and am motivated by) the moral imperative to help people who are suffering, and I strongly endorse the idea of using aid to promote the international public goods that he describes. My argument does not rely on evidence about projects; I have no doubt that many of these are good, but project evaluation cannot address the aggregate effects of aid…
  • Why Angus Deaton is (mostly) wrong to attack aid for undermining politics and accountability

    Duncan Green
    14 Apr 2014 | 11:30 pm
    Continuing aid week here on FP2P, here’s my response to Angus Deaton’s recent broadside against aid, and his claim that I agree with him. Tomorrow, Angus responds. Nervous, moi? I’m both flattered and alarmed that Angus Deaton has been citing From Poverty to Power (the book, not this blog) in defence of his attack on aid in his and aid can help book The Great Escape (previously reviewed here). Flattered because Deaton is a development superstar. Alarmed because he comes down strongly against spending money on aid, and his critique is being picked up by aid critics, a position which I…
  • Will this week’s aid and development gabfest in Mexico be just another boring conference or a milestone in ensuring development works for the poor?

    Duncan Green
    13 Apr 2014 | 11:30 pm
    It’s aid week here on the blog. To kick off, Oxfam policy adviser Nicola McIvor sets the scene for a big international conference in Mexico. Tomorrow and Wednesday, Angus Deaton and I have an argument about whether aid helps or harms development. Who knows, you may even get to vote. The development world is at a critical juncture as Mexico City this week hosts the first High-level Meeting (HLM) of the Global Partnership for Effective Development Cooperation (GPEDC).  OK, the title isn’t sexy, but government representatives and parliamentarians from both traditional donors and emerging…
  • Can development really be delivered by investing in private banks?

    Duncan Green
    10 Apr 2014 | 11:30 pm
    Peter Chowla of the Bretton Woods Project introduces its new report, which asks why the World Bank is still stuck in pre-crisis thinking about finance and what civil society should do about it. Banksters’ have become famous since the financial crisis just five years ago. Media portrayals of New York’s ‘Wall Street’ or the ‘City’ in London have frequently vilified bankers. Though Occupy Wall Street was broken up by the police, in popular consciousness distrust of the financial sector remains. Yet somehow the development sector seems strangely immune to this. If anything, in the…
  • What about the 1 in 7? Important progress in getting DFID (and other donors) to get serious on disability

    Duncan Green
    9 Apr 2014 | 11:32 pm
    Disability campaigners Mosharraf Hossain and Julia Modern on a new report on disability and development Back in 1988, I was denied a job in the Bangladesh civil service. This wasn’t because I didn’t have the skills to do the job – I had a Masters in Economics from the University of Dhaka – but because I am disabled. I contracted polio at the age of three, and was left with a mobility impairment, which according to the rules then in place meant I was excluded from being a civil servant. You might think this sounds outrageous, but this kind of discrimination is still all too common…
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    CIPE Development Blog

  • Democracy and Economic Freedom in Venezeula

    Teodora Mihaylova
    16 Apr 2014 | 11:30 am
    Recent developments concerning property rights violations and popular riots in Venezuela remind us that democratic and economic development is not always a gradual forward-looking process but instead is characterized by periods of progress as well as setbacks. Separation of powers, property rights, the rule of law, the respect of human rights and the rights of minorities are essential components...
  • “This Land Not for Sale”: the Importance of Digitizing Property Records in Kenya

    Guest
    16 Apr 2014 | 8:37 am
    If you have ever taken a walk around the major towns in Kenya you will come across warning notices and signboards announcing to the world that “this plot/land is not for sale” or that “this property is not for sale.” Also, if you are a keen reader of the daily newspapers you will come across, in the back pages, notices announcing “caveat emptor or buyer beware” on some parcels of land. CONTINUE...
  • What is the Role of the Private Sector in Open Government?

    Guest
    15 Apr 2014 | 11:52 am
    Open government is not a new concept. According to Wikipedia, the idea that government should be open to public scrutiny and responsive to public opinion dates back at least to the time of the Enlightenment. For decades now, the emergence of Freedom of Information legislation and e-government initiatives have propelled a trend toward building transparent, accountable, and responsive governments....
  • Welcoming Future Business Association and Chamber Leaders

    Maiko Nakagaki
    15 Apr 2014 | 6:58 am
    This week five young professionals from different countries arrived to the U.S. to partake in CIPE’s ChamberLINKS program. The program, which is taking place for the fifth year, matches rising young stars from chambers of commerce and business associations around the world with similar organizations in the U.S. CONTINUE READING
  • Voices in the Web – Creating E-Platforms for Socioeconomic Discourse

    Guest
    14 Apr 2014 | 12:58 pm
    by Dotun Olutoke, honorable mention in the CIPE 2013 Blog Competition. Read the rest of the winning entries here. When I was younger, the riddles and jokes section of Kiddies magazine oozed out an aroma that satisfied my reading pleasure. … CONTINUE READING
 
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    ODI Opinion

  • Aid agencies need to re-evaluate in Rakhine state

    11 Apr 2014 | 12:00 am
    The international aid community must rethink its approach in Myanmar’s Rakhine state following attacks on international aid agencies by Buddhist-led mobs.
  • Is a ‘third way’ for international development just a mirage?

    9 Apr 2014 | 12:00 am
    'Social enterprises are described as capable of achieving both social impact and financial viability. That deceptively simple sentence offers a hugely appealing spending prospect for international development agencies – small and judicious injections of capital and skills which seed self-sustaining engines of social change. Wow. Why not?'
  • 'Parlez-vous politics?' Or why working politically is like learning a language

    8 Apr 2014 | 12:00 am
    'If today most donors buy into the principle that development has to start with the domestic context, making a jump from more technical, one-size-fits-all models of change to more politically aware programming that is grounded in local realities has proven much more challenging.'
  • Tax, electricity and the state

    8 Apr 2014 | 12:00 am
    Richard Mallett reflects on why poor electricity in Nepal is as much a tax on people's livelihoods as any taxes required to set up a business in the first place.
  • Twenty years on: the Rwandan genocide and the evaluation of the humanitarian response

    7 Apr 2014 | 12:00 am
    By the end of 1994, an international evaluation process of the humanitarian response to the Rwandan genocide was about to start and I had been appointed as Team Leader.The following 14 months were an intense rollercoaster of an experience as our 20-strong team carried out its work.
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    Dani Rodrik's weblog

  • Higher food prices are good for the poor ... in the long run

    Dani Rodrik
    28 Mar 2014 | 6:01 am
    Guest post by Derek Headey A few years ago Dani very kindly let me guestblog on some of my work on the global food crisis (see here and also Dani’s much earlier comments here). In that earlier work I used Gallup World Poll data on subjective food security to conclude that the 2007-08 global food “crisis” seemingly had no adverse impact on the world’s poor. As The Economist noted (here), my results were subsequently corroborated by World Bank estimates, which suggested that global poverty continued to fall through the 2007-08 food crisis. In my most recent paper, however, I find an…
  • If the rest of the world really want to help Turkey

    Dani Rodrik
    21 Feb 2014 | 12:59 am
    Here is the one paragraph version of what is happening in Turkey. During the last decade in which he has been in power, Erdogan has allowed the Gulen movement to take control over the police, judiciary, and large parts of the state apparatus. The Gulen movement in turn established a republic of dirty tricks, with illegal wiretaps and video recordings, fabricated evidence, framing of innocent people, slander and disinformation as its modus operandi.  The monster Erdogan created eventually turned against him as the common enemy, the military and the rest of the secular establishment, were…
  • Economics as craft

    Dani Rodrik
    3 Jan 2014 | 5:20 am
    I have an article in the IAS’s quarterly publication, the Institute Letter, on the state of Economics.  Despite the evident role of the economics profession in the recent crisis and my critical views on conventional wisdom in globalization and development, my take on the discipline is rather positive. Where we frequently go wrong as economists is to look for the “one right model” – the single story that provides the best universal explanation.  Yet, the strength of economics is that it provides a panoply of context-specific models. The right explanation depends on the…
  • On premature deindustrialization

    Dani Rodrik
    11 Oct 2013 | 5:40 am
    Traditional economies grow and develop first by industrializing, and then by moving into services.  This has been the classic path to economic and political modernity. A few non-Western countries have been able to replicate this path: Japan, Taiwan, and South Korea are examples that come immediately to mind. I have been concerned for some time that for most latecomers this path has become increasingly difficult to traverse.  It is not that industrialization has gotten entirely out of reach. Most poor countries do experience some industrialization, and China has become the…
  • Goodbye Harvard, hello Institute for Advanced Study

    Dani Rodrik
    27 Jun 2013 | 6:49 am
    So big changes ahead for me. This is my last week at Harvard, as I am moving to the Institute for Advanced Study as the Albert O. Hirschman professor in the School of Social Science.  Here is the Institute’s official announcement.  My new home page is here, although it is barely under construction at the moment. (The Institute is located in Princeton, N.J, but no, it is not part of or affiliated with Princeton University.) Counting my undergraduate years, I have spent a total of 27 years at Harvard -- an inordinately long time. Harvard has been incredibly good to me, even though…
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    PHILANTHROPY 2173

  • Thinking today like an historian of tomorrow

    Lucy Bernholz
    6 Apr 2014 | 6:18 pm
    I had an interesting conversation with folks at the Atlantic Philanthropies the other day. Atlantic has announced it will spend out its endowment and close up shop - something it is working on quite publicly. One of its concerns is how to make sure that the work it has funded can be used by others.Now, I entered philanthropy through the side door of a historian-in-training. My interests in grad school (and still today) were in questions of public and private - what's what and who decides? While reading history on the Reconstruction South I became particularly intrigued by philanthropic giving…
  • In search of digital civil society around the world

    Lucy Bernholz
    28 Mar 2014 | 4:07 pm
    I recently had the opportunity to discuss the role of digital data and my ideas about digital civil society in Beijing, China and São Paolo, Brazil. Some reflections:Beijing - the day before this photo was taken I joined Maria Rendon, of USAID and Bin Pei of the Gates Foundation at an event hosted by the Stanford Center on Philanthropy and Civil Society. We were there to talk about data and digital civil society. (It took place on the other side of the wall in the photo - other than location there is no connection to Mrs. Obama). We drew attention to the many ways digital data are becoming…
  • Future of Museums 2014 - always worth a read

    Lucy Bernholz
    27 Mar 2014 | 8:30 am
    The 2014 version of the Center for the Future of Museums report, TrendsWatch, is out and it's always worth a read. The big 2014 trends they see?The Sharing EconomyRobotsPrivacyDataSocial entrepreneurshipMultisensory experiencesYou can download it here (PDF).  The Center for the Future of Museums is part of the American Alliance of Museums.
  • Is this the #crowdfunding scandal I predicted?

    Lucy Bernholz
    26 Mar 2014 | 12:23 pm
    There are lots of headlines today about Facebook's decision to buy Oculus VR for $2 billion. This is a big payout for a company (Oculus) that got its product launched with Kickstarter support. And now those Kickstarter supporters are wondering why they're not getting any return on their "investment."Because most Kickstarter support is not an investment. Indiegogo support may or may not be a charitable gift.  Crowdfunding on most platforms is a pre-purchase of a product - if you want it to be something else you have to choose carefully. Most crowdfunding support is not even a pre-purchase…
  • We, the data...

    Lucy Bernholz
    12 Mar 2014 | 11:52 am
    Our work at the Digital Civil Society Lab is about figuring out the norms and rules for a thriving civil society in the digital age. This livestreamed discussion from the New America Foundation and The Leadership Conference on Civil Rights and Big Data is right in our sweet spot.The panelists will be discussing a set of civil rights principles for the era of big data. I've copied most of the framework from the co-hosting Leadership Conference's website. You can see the rest of it here and sign up for the event/webcast on Friday, March 14. The hashtag is #datajustice"Civil Rights Principles…
 
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    Acumen Fund Blog

  • Reflections on the India Fellows Seminar

    Jacqui Papineau
    15 Apr 2014 | 9:06 am
    Each year, the India Fellows Program brings together up to 20 emerging leaders from different regions, sectors, and socio-economic backgrounds in India. During the fellowship year, Fellows remain in their jobs and meet every 6-8 weeks throughout the year for 4 seminars and 2 collaborative projects, each about a week long. As the India Fellows Associate, Jacqui is responsible for supporting all aspects of the program recruitment, logistics, marketing and strategic planning. Below, Jacqui reflects on the first seminar, Foundations of Leadership. You can read more about the fellowship program…
  • Seen & Heard – What You Might Be Missing

    Acumen
    10 Apr 2014 | 10:15 am
    What’s New at Acumen? Acumen welcomed 3 new classes of Regional Fellows in Pakistan, India, and East Africa +Acumen launched its second course on Human Centered Design and its first course on Social Impact (registration is open until May 11th!) More Recent Highlights Karuna discusses Acumen’s investments in low-income housing space in India on the Live Mint and the Wall Street Journal Global Post and Ideapod feature Jacqueline’s One on One interview about Dignity Sasha wrote “Give Impact Investing Time and Space to Develop” on Harvard Business Review Blog Acumen made its first…
  • Experimenting with leaner ways to collect poverty data

    Wei Wei Hsing
    7 Apr 2014 | 6:01 pm
    In partnership with Grameen Foundation India, Acumen is working on a Lean Data Initiative, analyzing the poverty rates among investee Ziqitza Healthcare Limited‘s callers in Orissa, one of India’s poorest states. Wei Wei is an Impact Associate working on this project and provides context for the study below. In contrast to the chilly, grey morning outside, the brightly-lit room in Amritsar, Punjab buzzes with life as a few dozen young people sit in front of phones and computers. Phones ring every few seconds and alerts on pending calls flash on their computer screens. Fingers…
  • Adaptive Leadership in Action: Addressing Cultural Norms & Giving Women a Voice

    Acumen
    6 Apr 2014 | 5:45 am
    In the fall of 2013, +Acumen launched the course Adaptive Leadership: Mobilizing for Change in partnership with the Cambridge Leadership Associates. This course is for anyone who wants to become more effective at leading their organization through change. Below, one of the course participants shared her story about how this course impacted her work and ability to affect change. I work at the Department of Education in my country’s government to research and propose changes and solutions to improve the education system. I was hired as part of an initiative to bring younger women, into the…
  • Making Sense of Social Impact in Action: The Value of Educating Our Youth

    Acumen
    4 Apr 2014 | 5:57 am
    At Acumen, one of the most common questions we get is how we measure social impact. Our newest +Acumen course – Making Sense of Social Impact: Acumen’s Building Blocks for Impact Analysis. – will provide an entry point for how to think about impact and we’ll share frameworks that help us define what to measure and why. Makoto Matsuura, founder of cobon a not-for-profit focused on youth education in Jakarta, Indonesia and Osaka, Japan, took a pilot version of this course and shared his reflections with us. I joined this course thinking I already understood the framework for measuring…
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    iD4D

  • Créer de l’emploi en Méditerranée : quels secteurs privilégier ?

    Conférence iD4D
    10 Apr 2014 | 6:03 am
    Animée par Claire Hédon, journaliste à RFI, cette rencontre s’est tenue ay Parlement européen à Bruxelles le 12 février 2014. Sont intervenus : Gilles Pargneaux,...Cet article Créer de l’emploi en Méditerranée : quels secteurs privilégier ? est apparu en premier sur iD4D.
  • Accélérer la transition démographique en Afrique subsaharienne

    John May
    31 Mar 2014 | 5:37 am
    On estime qu’un dollar investi dans la planification familiale permet aux gouvernements d’économiser jusqu’à quatre dollars en dépenses de santé, de logement, d’approvisionnement et d’autres...Cet article Accélérer la transition démographique en Afrique subsaharienne est apparu en premier sur iD4D.
  • L’innovation frugale : quand les pays du Sud prennent les devants

    Navi Radjou
    27 Mar 2014 | 11:30 am
    L’Inde, la Chine, le Brésil et quelques pays émergents d’Afrique se sont érigés en pionniers d’un nouveau modèle : l’innovation frugale. Celle-ci est diamétralement opposée...Cet article L’innovation frugale : quand les pays du Sud prennent les devants est apparu en premier sur iD4D.
  • Le vieillissement de l’Afrique : enjeu actuel ou défi futur ?

    Conférence iD4D
    25 Mar 2014 | 10:57 am
    Animée par Claire Hédon, journaliste à RFI, cette rencontre s’est tenue à l’AFD le 27 juin 2013. Sont intervenus : Sheila Bappoo, ministre de la...Cet article Le vieillissement de l’Afrique : enjeu actuel ou défi futur ? est apparu en premier sur iD4D.
  • Lutter contre l’eau trouble

    Cassilde Brenière
    21 Mar 2014 | 4:28 am
    La journée mondiale de l’eau est une occasion pour rappeler l’enjeu majeur que représente l’eau, l’eau qu’on boit, mais également l’eau qui pollue. Les efforts...Cet article Lutter contre l’eau trouble est apparu en premier sur iD4D.
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    (BLOG) RED

  • SQUA(RED) User of the Week: Allstar PC & Mac.

    9 Apr 2014 | 11:08 am
    Over the next couple months, we will be featuring businesses on our blog who have joined the fight against AIDS with their SQUA(RED) Readers. This week's user is Allstar PC & Mac who's joined us & Square in the fight for an AIDS FREE GENERATION. Q: What is Allstar PC & Mac?A: We provide independent, professional-level PC/Mac service, repair, and sales in Hollywood.Q: What do you love about running your business?A: The most rewarding part of running our business is getting to meet and help new people from various industries, and seeing how their…
  • This June, EAT (RED). DRINK (RED). SAVE LIVES.

    7 Apr 2014 | 1:43 pm
    RED) has joined forces with Chef Mario Batali & Pat LaFrieda and from June 1st-10th restaurants, bars and food trucks are turning (RED). Why? June marks the month AIDS was first discovered in 1981 and we want to #86AIDS.  #86AIDS? Yep, that's right.The term '86' is used in the food industry to indicate that an item on the menu is gone. It's not available on the menu anymore. It's nixed. And that's what we want to see happen with AIDS. It's time to begin the end of AIDS. We can do this. We are at a pivotal moment in the fight against AIDS where we can deliver…
  • SQUA(RED) User of the Week: Blake Ashland & Co.

    3 Apr 2014 | 9:57 am
    Over the next couple months, we will be featuring businesses on our blog who have joined the fight against AIDS with their SQUA(RED) Readers. To kick off the series meet Blake Ashland & Co., a new clothing design house that's joined us & Square in the fight for an AIDS FREE GENERATION. Q: What is Blake Ashland & Co.?A: Blake Ashland is a new clothing design house based in North Carolina.  Staying true to our state's textile heritage, we do everything the old-fashioned way.  We source all of our materials locally and each piece of clothing is cut, sewn and…
  • (RED) in Kenya: WE CAN DELIVER AN AIDS FREE GENERATION

    2 Apr 2014 | 12:11 pm
    Guest post by Deb Stambaugh, Senior Director of Marketing at SAP, a (RED) Proud PartnerThis week (RED) is on the ground in Kenya, visiting programs that receive funding from (RED) & (RED) funded Global Fund grants. On Day 1 in Nairobi the impact of the Global Fund – and the support provided by (RED) and its partners – was highly evident as we visited KEMSA - Kenya Medical Supplies Agency - the medical warehouse and logistics hub in Nairobi. Managing distribution to more than 5,000 clinics across Kenya, KEMSA houses a permanent stock of life-saving ARVs (antiretrovirals) and Rapid…
  • Out Today: "Things A Little Bird Told Me" by Biz Stone

    1 Apr 2014 | 3:40 pm
    We’re so excited that Biz Stone’s new book “Things A Little Bird Told Me” is out today. Biz is co-founder of Twitter, co-founder of Jelly and a great friend of (RED). In his new book he discusses the power of creativity and how to harness it through stories from his life and career.He also talks about (RED). Soon after Twitter launched, Biz registered @RED as a Twitter handle as he hoped that one day Twitter would be big enough that companies would ask for an account. And we did! When we asked about the @RED handle we received this incredible response from Biz - “I’m the one who…
 
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    ONE

  • Tiken Jah Fakoly: ‘Through agriculture, Africa can rise again’

    Guest Blogger
    16 Apr 2014 | 1:34 pm
    This is a guest post by Tiken Jah Fakoly, musician, activist and supporter of ONE’s African campaign Do Agric. I am a reggae man, music is my profession. But when I am not singing, I want to put myself at the service of my continent, Africa, in which I believe. This is precisely the reason why I created the association “Un concert, une école” (One concert, one school). I have built schools in Mali, Burkina Faso and Côte d’Ivoire in order to give children the opportunity to go to school and to highlight the importance of education in our countries. After that, I began to develop an…
  • 10 Music collaborations that changed the world

    Vicky Ramirez
    16 Apr 2014 | 1:15 pm
    From the 1985 classic “We Are the World” to 2014′s agriculture anthem “Cocoa na Chocolate,” pop stars around the world have been coming together to make music for a cause for decades. Whether it’s to raise awareness for apartheid or funds for famine relief in Africa, benefit concerts and songs have rocked the hearts, minds and ears of activists – and helped make real and lasting change. Here’s ten music collaborations that show how some of the world’s biggest artists used their voices for the humanitarian issues of their time:  1. Concert…
  • 3 Stats that put African corruption in perspective

    Emily Walker
    15 Apr 2014 | 12:27 pm
    Africa is a continent rich in natural resources. It produces more than half of the world’s diamonds, nearly three-quarters of the world’s platinum, 20 percent of its gold, and 10 percent of its oil. With such tremendous treasures lying beneath their feet, one would expect Africans to be among the most educated, healthy and prosperous people on the planet. But that’s not the case. Even with these billion-dollar treasures, tens of millions in Africa still live in extreme poverty. Why? Let’s take a look at some numbers that put the story into context: 1. Imagine how many…
  • 6 Reasons why Congress should increase global AIDS funding in 2015

    Erin Hohlfelder
    15 Apr 2014 | 11:55 am
    US-funded programs are making a huge impact on the fight against HIV/AIDS – and a program called PEPFAR (the President’s Emergency Program for AIDS Relief) has been a driving force behind some of that impact over the last decade. Here are six reasons Americans should keep supporting this AIDS fight, especially over the next few weeks as Congress begins their discussions on the US budget for 2015. Read on, learn something new, and tell Congress to protect our funding to PEPFAR at the end of this post! 1. In just over 10 years, PEPFAR has helped put 6.7 million people on ARVs and protected…
  • How to end poverty by 2030? Tackle inequality

    Kerezhi Sebany
    14 Apr 2014 | 1:55 pm
    World Bank President Jim Yong Kim at the IMF headquarters in Washington. Photo credit: AP Photo/Jose Luis Magana Finance ministers from around the world came together in Washington, D.C., last week to figure out how to reach the Bank’s twin goals: end extreme poverty by 2030, and boost prosperity for the bottom 40 percent of the population in developing countries. The strategy they discussed at the World Bank and IMF’s annual Spring Meetings was bold: to reduce the number of people earning less than $1.25 a day by 50 million each year until 2030. That’s around 1 million people every…
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    The Change Blog

  • The Seduction of Addiction – And 5 Steps for Telling It Goodbye

    Lorna
    15 Apr 2014 | 7:11 am
    “History, despite its wrenching pain, cannot be unlived.  But if faced with courage, need not be lived again.”- Maya Angelou Of the many blessings I’m privileged to enjoy, the one that gives me the greatest happiness is witnessing what a beautiful person my son has become.  He has a great big beautiful smile, is quick to laugh and he’s kind, considerate and compassionate for others.  He’s started his own business and doesn’t shirk from what appears to be “failures”.  He’s willing to learn and looks for the positive in all circumstances.  He’s simply a delight to be…
  • How I Became Unstuck & Took a Giant Leap Forward In My Life and Business

    Justin Harmon
    13 Apr 2014 | 7:47 am
    A few months ago, I was really starting to gain momentum in my life and business. At least that’s what I thought. I had just finished re-branding my website. I changed my domain name to my name and set a new focus for the direction I was going to take. I was excited, motivated, and working my tail off day and night to put everything together. I was coming up with fresh ideas on how I was going to use my new platform to finally turn it into a business and quit letting it be just a hobby. But, there was a huge problem. I was about to make the same mistakes that led me to feeling like I needed…
  • How Having a Baby Actually Gave Me More Time

    Naomi Goodlet
    10 Apr 2014 | 4:00 am
    How many times have you heard yourself say, “I’d love to do that but I just don’t have time”? I said it more times that I can count. I lived it. In fact my belief that I didn’t have time in my life for anything extra was so strong, that I actually started filling up my life with crap that wasn’t important just so I could maintain this ‘story’. But, I didn’t realize that I was doing it. I wanted to have more time for exercise, reading, leisure and my business but it just seemed too hard to get started. Instead I was spending hours shopping online, playing games on my phone…
  • 6 Keys To Living Your Life Your Way

    Alison Ottaway
    8 Apr 2014 | 5:52 am
    Living your life your way. Isn’t that what we all want? Yet how many of us can actually say we do? For many years I certainly couldn’t. I lived my life fitting in: doing what seemed right, in the way everyone else did. I thought it would bring me happiness. And looking back I don’t blame myself…it was all I knew. I’d been brought up to tow the line, be a good girl, keep my head down and get on in life. I didn’t know there was another way of living – one that brings amazing health, happiness, fulfilment, passion and joy. And so I did what society…
  • Brain-Taming 101

    Brianna Johnson
    6 Apr 2014 | 4:00 am
     “Anxiety is the dizziness of freedom.” – Soren Kierkegaard They say anxiety is a future-focused problem. Depression is past-focused. Some of us are lucky enough to have both at the same time, meaning the present pretty much rolls along without us. We exist like ghosts just waiting to live again, wishing we could take on someone else’s healthy soul. Too creepy? Well that’s how I felt, anyway. I slipped into a lifestyle where the years blended together into one dismal recurring nightmare. It felt like I didn’t have the right to live. Humans can withstand lots of things like…
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    SocialEarth

  • The Push For Better Regulation of the Chemicals In Consumer Products

    Gina-Marie Cheeseman
    16 Apr 2014 | 5:20 am
    The Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA), passed in 1976 and never updated, regulates the chemicals used in consumer products. And there are many chemicals, over 80,000 of them, in consumer [...] The post The Push For Better Regulation of the Chemicals In Consumer Products appeared first on SocialEarth.
  • If We Can’t Make Fracking Unnecessary, Can We At Least Make It Safer?

    Justmeans
    16 Apr 2014 | 5:16 am
    Russell Gold’s pragmatic piece about fracking in the Wall Street Journal makes a number of excellent points. First, our economy has such an enormous appetite for energy, that there is no way [...] The post If We Can’t Make Fracking Unnecessary, Can We At Least Make It Safer? appeared first on SocialEarth.
  • India: The Only Country With Legislated Corporate Social Responsibility

    Sangeeta Haindl
    16 Apr 2014 | 4:51 am
    Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) is seen as a smart way to conduct business, making corporate entities into socially responsible citizens, visibly contributing to the social good. Socially responsible companies do [...] The post India: The Only Country With Legislated Corporate Social Responsibility appeared first on SocialEarth.
  • Harvard Unveils New Initiatives to Promote Environmental Sustainability

    Greg
    15 Apr 2014 | 12:15 pm
    Harvard University has announced a string of new initiatives aimed at improving environmental sustainability and promoting renewable energy. The university has said that its endowment will be the first among [...] The post Harvard Unveils New Initiatives to Promote Environmental Sustainability appeared first on SocialEarth.
  • What Else Besides Low Cost is Driving the Growth of Solar?

    Justmeans
    15 Apr 2014 | 12:13 pm
    Last year marked a turning point in the renewable energy field. Growth of 36.5 GW in newly installed solar generating capacity exceeded that of wind power, which grew by 35.5 GW. True, [...] The post What Else Besides Low Cost is Driving the Growth of Solar? appeared first on SocialEarth.
 
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    Social Velocity

  • A Slideshare to Calculate the Cost of Fundraising

    Nell Edgington
    15 Apr 2014 | 6:38 am
    I’ve been thinking about using Slideshare, the social media network for presentations and infographics, a lot lately. It’s an amazing site with tremendous content. I wanted to start sharing some of my presentations there. So today, here is my first SlideShare offering, “Calculating the Cost of Fundraising.” These slides are excerpted from my Calculating the Cost of Fundraising on-demand webinar. The concept is simple. If you want your nonprofit to achieve financial sustainability you need to analyze the return on investment of your money raising activities. With that analysis…
  • The Fundamental Flaws in How We Finance the Nonprofit Sector

    Nell Edgington
    7 Apr 2014 | 4:42 pm
    Today the Nonprofit Finance Fund (NFF) released the results of their sixth annual State of the Nonprofit Sector survey and the data underlines a growing crisis in the financial sustainability of our nonprofit sector. 56% of nonprofit leader respondents reported that they were unable to meet demand for their services in 2013, this is the highest rate since the survey’s inception six years ago. And the scary part is that this inability to meet demand is not because of a temporary down period in the economy, but rather because of deeper dysfunctions in how we funnel money to the sector. As…
  • How You Can Learn to Stop Worrying and Love Your Board

    Nell Edgington
    3 Apr 2014 | 6:19 am
    “Honestly, some days I think I would be so much better off without a board,” said an exasperated executive director to me recently. Wrangling a group of volunteers who have competing and often conflicting interests is an exhausting job. It’s no wonder that nonprofit leaders often want to throw up their hands and soldier on without the rag tag group that’s supposed to further, as opposed to impede, the work. But it doesn’t have to be that way. An “engaged board” is not an oxymoron. It is actually attainable. But you don’t get there by cajoling,…
  • 10 Great Social Innovation Reads: March 2014

    Nell Edgington
    1 Apr 2014 | 6:33 am
    Could it be that the nonprofit sector is coming into its own? Increasing prominence in the economy coupled with a growing (we hope) recognition of the need for stronger organizations, the nonprofit sector may be hitting its stride. Add to that some interesting discussions about the effect of crowdfunding and a “revitalizing” Detroit and you have a pretty good month of reading in the world of social innovation. Below are my 10 favorite reads from March. But add what I missed in the comments. And if you want to see more of what I’m reading, follow me on Twitter, Facebook,…
  • Leave Your Charity at the Door

    Nell Edgington
    27 Mar 2014 | 5:38 am
    I hate the word “charity.” Don’t get me wrong, I’m not big on semantics. But “charity” is more than a word, it’s a destructive mindset that keeps the work of social change sidelined and impoverished. “Charity” harkens back to the beginnings of philanthropy, which was largely the purview of women and as such was viewed as tangential to and less valuable than the more important “business” of the male-dominated world. As social problems mount, we must shift from the “charity” of our predecessors to an understanding of…
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    SSIR Articles

  • Reflection Through Narrative (Blog)

    jenzren@stanford.edu
    16 Apr 2014 | 9:17 am
    By Thaler Pekar & Elyse Lightman Samuels
  • Moving From Verbal to Visual Cause Marketing (Blog)

    jenzren@stanford.edu
    15 Apr 2014 | 1:17 pm
    By Curtis Chang
  • Essentialism: The Disciplined Pursuit of Less

    jenzren@stanford.edu
    15 Apr 2014 | 10:00 am
    By Greg McKeownI first learned the idea of the fear of missing out when I attended the GSB. It was a funny problem: there are so many good things happening here you will constantly be thinking about all the other things you could be doing. But what I have found is that the effect goes way beyond business school to affect the survival of companies and the quality of life otherwise successful people have. For 15 years I have been pretty obsessed with a single question: "Why is it that capable people (and teams) don't break through to the next level?" The answer, to my great surprise, is…
  • What Makes a “World-Class” City? (Blog)

    jenzren@stanford.edu
    10 Apr 2014 | 9:30 am
    By Oren Ahoobim, Laura Goldman, & Shanti Mahajan
  • Introducing the Impact Genome Project (Blog)

    jenzren@stanford.edu
    9 Apr 2014 | 9:30 am
    By Jason Saul & Matt Groch
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    The Global Society of Change Agents

  • Video: How to Learn to Love “Marketing” Your Practice

    Pam McAllister
    21 Mar 2014 | 5:22 pm
    If you’re not yet totally in love with the marketing part of your practice (or you’d just like some fresh ways to think about it), then this video is for you. Enjoy … and leave a comment below! The post Video: How to Learn to Love “Marketing” Your Practice appeared first on The Global Society of Change Agents.
  • Flowchart: The 6 Questions That Will Make Or Break Your Practice

    Pam McAllister
    11 Mar 2014 | 6:07 pm
    Sometimes developing your practice can feel complicated. So many ideas, so many things you could be doing. But really there’s just a handful of questions to answer. They’re the leverage points, where a small tweak can have big results. (And they’re the questions you simply can’t ignore.) Here’s a simple flow chart to make it easy for you and speed you on your way. Click to download (PDF) The post Flowchart: The 6 Questions That Will Make Or Break Your Practice appeared first on The Global Society of Change Agents.
  • “The Need for Endless Self-Promotion”

    Pam McAllister
    10 Mar 2014 | 5:38 pm
    That’s what one consultant told me is her greatest frustration with her practice. She’s not alone. I hear this all the time from folks in our community. The more you have a healthy dose of humility, empathy, respect for other people … the more you probably dislike “tooting your own horn.” I get it. I feel the same way. And yet, getting out there in the world — reaching out to people, developing and nurturing relationships — is essential if we are going to make the difference we were meant to make. After all, if you don’t reach the people…
  • Audio + Template: How to Make Decisions Quickly and Easily

    Pam McAllister
    3 Mar 2014 | 12:22 pm
    Making decisions — without a lot of churning around — is key to creating the kind of practice (and life) you want. What’s more, unmade decisions weigh you down. They create clutter, overwhelm, and stuckness. Decisions are liberating! That’s why we’ve developed this simple system and we’re delighted to share it with you. Click here to download the one-page decision-making template. Then take a listen as Jim and I walk you through it … Trust me, this is time well invested to speed up the process of decision-making. The post Audio + Template: How to…
  • Audio: 3 Ways to Raise Your Fees (If You’re NOT “Just In It for the Money”)

    Pam McAllister
    14 Nov 2013 | 7:08 am
    Proven strategies that will increase your income and your influence — and let you make more of a difference than ever before. Pam McAllister and Jim LordCo-Founders ofThe Global Society of Change Agents Let’s get straight to the point … Many highly skilled consultants and coaches struggle to create a truly prosperous and influential business. (And even if you’re already successful, we’d bet you know in your heart that you could be making even more of a difference.) This is a big deal to us — because we believe the future of humanity depends on people like you.
 
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    Care2 Causes » Trailblazers For Good

  • Pitzer Becomes the First Major College to Divest from Fossil Fuels

    Kevin Mathews
    15 Apr 2014 | 1:00 pm
    What’s one way to help take down the oil industry? Stop investing in it! With a $125 million endowment, Pitzer College becomes the largest, most prominent college to commit to yanking its money from fossil fuel investments. Initiated by a group of concerned students, the campaign brought together students, staff and faculty to convince the [...]
  • Super-Grandmas Conquer Their Fears (and Other Stories to Warm our Hearts)

    Steve Williams
    15 Apr 2014 | 5:00 am
    Amid the doom and gloom that dominates the press, it would be easy to think there’s no good news to be had — but there is! Here are 5 uplifting stories that will keep you smiling through the week. 1. Texas Teens Lend a (Prosthetic) Hand to Boy Missing Three Fingers Two-year-old Zaxton has been [...]
  • 6 Reasons Sen. Bernie Sanders Should Run for President

    Kevin Mathews
    12 Apr 2014 | 11:30 am
    Last month, Bernie Sanders, the Independent senator from Vermont, said that, although he had not yet taken any real steps, he was “prepared to run for president of the United States.” Although pundits believe that he’s a long shot for the nation’s top office, I still hope he makes an honest go at it. It [...]
  • Not Your Average Science Fair: 7 Teens Changing the World With Their Genius Ideas

    Ximena Ramirez
    6 Apr 2014 | 5:30 pm
    Do you remember preparing for your school’s science fair as a kid? Or maybe you’ve recently helped your son or daughter with their science fair entry (exploding volcano anyone?). Well, personally I’ll never forget my middle school science fair project. I tested different types of soap to see which was the most effective. My dad [...]
  • 4 Ways Care2 Members Are Making a Difference

    Care2 Causes Editors
    2 Apr 2014 | 8:30 am
    April Fool's Day may have just passed, but there’s been nothing foolish about the positive change Care2 members have been making. Here we round up a few noteworthy petitions that have quickly gained support and media attention. Read on for some brilliant change-making.
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    Social Finance

  • Photos of earth to revolutionise social entrepreneurship

    Isabelle de Grave
    16 Apr 2014 | 6:26 am
    Tiny satellites taking photographs of the earth in its current state could have a revolutionary effect on the work of social purpose organisations – delegates heard at the Skoll World Forum last week. Stephan Chambers, chairman of the Skoll Centre for Entrepreneurship, asked for a show of hands at the closing plenary of the three day event, which revealed that tears had been shed, connections made and extraordinary things learned over the past few days.   But one journey of discovery, not far from the realm of science fiction, had been left for the finale. Will Marshall, co-founder and CEO…
  • Seafood Traceability: The Business Case for Better Data

    Cheryl Dahle
    10 Apr 2014 | 7:32 am
    How better data in the fisheries industry can help address a broad swath of systemic challenges Exposés of deception and abuse in food supply chains have become disturbingly routine. Whether we’re hearing about pink slime or horsemeat passed off as beef, the news is consistently unsettling: We can’t trust what we’re eating. Seafood is no exception to this pattern. More than one-third of our seafood is mislabeled in North America. And upwards of 24 million tons of seafood is caught and sold illegally every year. A just-published report from University of British Columbia…
  • Waking the Frog: Four causes of our climate change paralysis

    Jennifer Stoneburgh
    9 Apr 2014 | 6:30 am
    Tom Rand’s Waking the Frog: Solutions for Our Climate Change Paralysis dives deep to explain how society responds to climate change, highlighting real solutions for the future. On April 3, Tom Rand launched his second book, Waking the Frog: Solutions for Our Climate Change Paralysis, with a keynote address at MaRS. Waking the Frog dives deep into the human condition to explain how society responds to climate change, highlighting real solutions for the future. A pragmatic entrepreneur, active investor and MaRS advisor to cleantech companies, Tom really does “walk the talk.” He…
  • A Wild and Crazy Corporate CSR Idea: Pay Your Taxes

    Bob Willard
    8 Apr 2014 | 7:04 am
    Why corporations paying their fair share of taxes would be the most effective CSR strategy to date Ahhhh, April. Finally spring is arriving – the time when a young man’s fancy turns to love … and the rest of us think about taxes. Damn. Here’s a wild and crazy corporate CSR idea, pay your taxes! No one enjoys paying taxes. You don’t. I don’t. Companies don’t either. But it’s our civic duty. Without tax revenues, governments cannot provide us with the health, education, safety, security, and infrastructure services that are vital to our well-being in a flourishing society. Taxes…
  • Canada draws on UK experience to scale up social investment

    Katie Hill
    4 Apr 2014 | 10:30 am
    Social investment in Ontario is burgeoning and offers rich insights for other countries, reports the City of London’s social investment advisor On an unusually cold day in late March, over 400 people gathered for the MaRS Centre for Impact Investing’s ImpactOntario conference in the impressive, new tech building of MaRS, a large scale, Toronto-based, mission driven innovation centre focused on building Canada’s next generation of growth companies. On the agenda were informed fireside chats, well moderated discussion panels and pacey, interactive and polished investment…
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    Return On Now

  • Best Business Models for Making Money Online

    Tommy Landry
    11 Apr 2014 | 9:20 am
    The following post is copyrighted by Return On Now - Austin Internet Marketing Consulting ServicesThis week, I presented in front of the Austin Online Marketing Club about what the best business models are if your goal is making money online. The presentation was a different angle for me with this group. Previous presentations were focused heavily on execution, things like how to improve website traffic and lead flow. I really enjoyed the opportunity to branch out and talk about business models as a whole. Having been involved in several internet marketing ventures of my own (aside from…
  • Google Algorithm Testing: How Big G Knows What Works

    Tommy Landry
    3 Apr 2014 | 8:29 am
    The following post is copyrighted by Return On Now - Austin Internet Marketing Consulting ServicesFor anyone who keeps tabs on the latest developments in search engine optimization, it is common knowledge that Google Algorithm updates happen on a regular basis. When I say regularly, I’m not talking about once per month. They sometimes will roll out multiple updates in a day – for example, take 2012, when they launched a total of 665 updates in one year! If you click through the link in the previous paragraph, you will also see that Google’s team rolled out over 7,000 live…
  • Why Inbound Marketing Is The Best Marketing Channel

    Tommy Landry
    26 Mar 2014 | 10:44 am
    The following post is copyrighted by Return On Now - Austin Internet Marketing Consulting ServicesInbound marketing has been a huge buzzword over the past several years, and for good reason – it works. In fact, inbound marketing is the crux of our own promotional efforts here at Return On Now. We do little to no outbound marketing or traditional lead gen, and have had no problem growing the business at a healthy pace. What is Inbound Marketing anyway? For those of you who are unfamiliar with the term, it is very simple. Inbound Marketing is everything you do to position yourself so…
  • Beginner SEO Training From Google Webmaster Academy

    Tommy Landry
    20 Mar 2014 | 4:31 pm
    The following post is copyrighted by Return On Now - Austin Internet Marketing Consulting ServicesThis week, Google announced that they are making basic search engine optimization training available to webmasters all over the world by way of their newly reworked Webmaster Academy. While Webmaster Academy itself is no new concept, as it was originally launched in May 2012, this is a much more up-to-date version. The original WA was focused on helping small businesses get a basic website live, with SEO being only one of the modules available within the service. This new offering has a rather…
  • Internet Marketing Spring Cleaning and Refresh

    Tommy Landry
    12 Mar 2014 | 3:04 pm
    The following post is copyrighted by Return On Now - Austin Internet Marketing Consulting ServicesSpring break is upon us here in Texas, and it is a beautiful week for a South By Southwest Festival. For those of us who took part in all or some of the SXSW Interactive Conference, we are coming out of it with new ideas and a charge of energy. Even if you didn’t make the trek to Austin for the event, now is a great time to take a step back from the keyboard and evaluate the direction you’ve been taking with your internet marketing efforts. Here are some ideas to keep in mind when…
 
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    Hub LA

  • Hub LA Member Syama Meagher Brings Big Brand Strategies to SocEnt Fashion Startups

    Helen Grossman
    16 Apr 2014 | 1:44 pm
    Syama Meagher at Hub LA’s recent Town Hall meeting. Syama Meagher [pronounced: Sha-ma] is a retail strategist and a social entrepreneur. An expert on the business side of the fashion industry from previous gigs at Barney’s, Gucci, Ann Taylor, and Macy’s, Syama now runs a merchandising consultancy Scaling Retail. She also teaches Fashion Merchandising at FIDM. Syama loves working with social enterprises and wants to make it possible for the little guys to learn from the big dogs. She makes a series of videos offering tools, insights, and resources in a really accessible way…
  • Introducing: Community+

    Helen Grossman
    3 Apr 2014 | 11:47 am
    Community is the feeling of camaraderie with others because of shared values or interests, and plus is the myriad skills and diverse perspectives collectively harnessed for good. Community+ is Hub LA. Community is the foundation for everything we are working toward. It’s the basis for meaningful collaborations and meaningful impact. I asked some members to share their “pluses” and made a video using them. It was so fun to see how members interpreted the offerings of the Hub LA community so differently. When we put it all together, though, it became clear how Hub LA…
  • “Silent Waves” Photo Exhibit Makes a Splash at Hub LA & Red Pipe Gallery

    Helen Grossman
    1 Apr 2014 | 4:38 pm
    A photo from Douglas I. Busch’s Silent Waves Collection Photo lovers, beach visitors, social enterprise supporters: be sure to visit Hub LA and Red Pipe’s photography exhibition “Silent Waves” between April 5 and April 19! Douglas I. Busch is a renowned photographer whose work has appeared at the Getty Museum, LACMA, the Santa Monica Museum of Art, among others. In this new exhibition, he explores light, color, and form through the digital medium – a marked transition for the artist who had previously been working with large format cameras. His stunning…
  • April is Month of the Food Trucks at Hub LA!

    Hub LA
    27 Mar 2014 | 3:59 pm
    Get revved up for Month of the Food Trucks! We love our weekly community lunch time at Hub LA. Every Wednesday at 12:30ish, we take a few minutes away from our computers, put our work on pause, and meet members of the Hub LA community – new and old. It’s casual, but often spurs new collaborations and friendships. For the month of April, we’ve decided to spice things up a bit during community lunch hours. We’ve arranged for food trucks to swing by the Hub LA parking lot (at 830 Traction Ave) between 12:30 and 3pm. Enjoy the springtime sun and the great Hub LA company,…
  • Startup with a Side of Curing Cancer

    Helen Grossman
    26 Mar 2014 | 3:30 pm
    When you visit Hub LA, you’re likely to spot Neeraj Kapoor scribbling unintelligible math equations on our whiteboard walls. Neeraj and his business partner Stephen Chen founded Learn to Be, an online tutoring service that offers 24-hour, completely free services. I caught up with Neeraj to learn a little more about the work he’s doing and who else from the community he’s been working with on his various projects. What is Learn to Be? How did you come up with the idea for it? Learn To Be a 501c.3 non-profit organization dedicated to providing 100% free, 1-on-1 online…
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    Changemakers Ideas ExChange

  • Sustainable Solutions to Transform India's Roads

    HyacinthM
    15 Apr 2014 | 1:27 pm
     Road safety problems aren’t new in India, but they do make Indian roads some of the deadliest in the world.read more
  • Key Insights - #PlayExchange Twitter Chat

    mz225
    15 Apr 2014 | 10:46 am
     The following is a list of key trends and insights from the first #PlayExchange Twitter Chat.read more
  • Νέες λύσεις για την Ελλάδα: Καινοτόμες ιδέες για κοινωνική και οικονομική ενσωμάτωση

    samanthariemer
    13 Apr 2014 | 10:07 pm
    Η οικονομική κρίση στην Ελλάδα έχει επηρεάσει πολλούς ανθρώπους, οικογένειες και κοινότητες, αλλά ταυτόχρονα έχει αναδείξει οικονομικά και κοινωνικά προβλήματα που προϋπήρχαν. Ο διαγωνισμός «Destination: Change. New Solutions for Greece» επιχειρεί να αξιοποιήσει αυτή την ευκαιρία προκειμένου να βρει βιώσιμες και συστημικές λύσεις για τα…
  • New Solutions for Greece: Innovations for social and economic inclusion

    samanthariemer
    13 Apr 2014 | 10:02 pm
    The economic recession in Greece is affecting many people, families and communities, but it also reveals economic and social problems that predate the crisis. The “Destination: Change. New Solutions for Greece” competition is seizing this opportunity to find sustainable and systemic solutions for the entrenched problems that face Greek society.Ashoka Greece and The Hellenic Initiative have launched this competition to find new, empathy-based solutions that provide social and economic inclusion. These solutions will go beyond offering charity by empowering communities and creating more…
  • Υγειονομική περίθαλψη για όλους: Αναζητώντας νέα μοντέλα για την Ελλάδα

    AphroditeB
    12 Apr 2014 | 12:30 am
    Η παρούσα οικονομική κατάσταση στην Ελλάδα έχει εφιστήσει την προσοχή σε διαρθρωτικά προβλήματα του συστήματος υγείας, καθώς οι ανθρώποι χάνουν την πρόσβαση σε υπηρεσίες υγειονομικής περίθαλψης και θεραπείας, ως αποτέλεσμα του αυξημένου κόστους και των περιορισμένων πόρων. Αυτό ενίσχυσε την ανάγκη για αποτελεσματικά και…
 
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    Charles Lee

  • 5 Tips for the “S” Word (Sales)

    Charles
    24 Mar 2014 | 9:20 am
    The thought of engaging a sales person comes with a lot of mental baggage for me. Images of untrustworthy, bait-and-switch con-artists usually come to mind. I can’t help but associate sales with shady car dealers from the 1970′s or the infomercial giants from the 90′s. Here’s the problem. Most of are selling something for our respective companies and organizations. So, how do we close the gap between the public perception of sales and what it is that we truly offer the world? Here are 5 tips for becoming a better salesperson without the slime: Lead with Ears and Not…
  • Why Personal Branding Matters

    Charles
    18 Mar 2014 | 10:17 am
    Conversations about personal branding have become much more commonplace over the past decade. People are “branding themselves” in hopes of leaving a positive, distinguishable impression to others. Many are writing about the need to be proactive in projecting  a positive image online or becoming more strategic in what one wears, how one talks, and where one needs to be. Individuals like P. Diddy, Jay-Z, Jordan, Bono, Trump, etc. have all become far bigger than any other brand they have worked for. Unfortunately, too many categorize branding as sheer external marketing and…
  • i2i Innovation Gathering on Effective Networking & Collaboration

    Charles
    11 Mar 2014 | 8:50 am
    Ideation’s next i2i Innovation Gathering will be at 31 Bits Headquarters on Wednesday April 2nd (7pm ~ 9:30pm) in Costa Mesa, CA. It will be an evening of networking, shared learning, and of course great food & drink! The event itself is only $25 per person and limited to 120 people. Our conversation for this upcoming evening will center around insights into Effective Networking & Collaboration. I will be moderating a conversation with a panel of thought leaders from multiple industries including: Debra Langford | CEO of The Langford Co. & Former VP at NBCUniversal &…
  • Knowing Is Not Half the Battle

    Charles
    7 Feb 2014 | 8:10 am
    It is not that difficult for leaders in our world today to learn new principles, paradigms, and strategic processes for better idea creation and execution. The truly difficult part is actually doing the work that these ideas require for organizational impact. The irony is that many who already know and understand what they ought to do for organizational improvement don’t do much about it outside of talking and delegating. It is not enough to know how to do integrate a new strategy or process into organizational culture or understand the intricacies of design thinking.  If we do not execute…
  • Exploring the Brand Gap

    Charles
    5 Feb 2014 | 9:13 am
    The term “branding” has become commonplace in the nomenclature of our culture. For most, it’s a reference to things like design, logos, and overall style. Unfortunately, this kind of limited definition (or misunderstanding) of brand will ultimately work against the building of companies. Your brand is not your logo, identity, or product. It’s not just about design or putting together a “cool” website. Your brand, as Marty Neumeier rightly puts it, is the gut feeling people have about your product, organization, or service. It’s less about what you…
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    maternova.net

  • Introducing the "Yaari", a new method to resolve shoulder dystocia

    Maternova
    2 Apr 2014 | 11:27 am
    Shoulder dystocia is form of obstructed labor. Most obstetricians and midwives will tell you that this problem strikes a bit of dread in teams attending a birth. Fortunately there are a series of clever maneuvers that can often help release a newborn's shoulder from behind the mother's pubic bone. However, in some cases the maneuvers themselves can be dangerous and in other cases they may not work. Dr. Abraham Yaari is a very experienced obstetrician (from Israel but working in the U.S. for deacdes) who has had his share of difficult deliveries. He became increasingly concerned over the last…
  • “The emerging face of Africa: women taking the lead in technology, science, and innovation”

    AECote
    19 Mar 2014 | 2:01 pm
    She walks, barefooted, mile and miles to find water. She carries babies on her back and both hips. On her head is a basket. Her life is poor, hard, and often violent. Her babies die of diseases due to dirty water. There is war, civil war, and HIV, and TB, and malaria. She does not smile, she does not have hope. This is the image we more often than not call to mind when we think of women in Africa. It is unfair, and inaccurate, in the sense that while there are millions of women for whom this is an appropriate description, there are many others for whom it is not. I’d like to offer some…
  • Anemia-- how do you diagnose anemia in pregnant women?

    Maternova
    4 Mar 2014 | 10:00 am
    Those who read our blog know that we are very focused on anemia-- and for good reason (we think). Despite increasing efforts to diagnose and treat anemia worldwide, anemia affects 28% of the global population. And for the specific populations of greatest interest to the Maternova team, anemia is of tremendous relevance-- affecting as much as 42% of pregnant women and 47% of preschool aged children internationally. But did you know that diagnosing anemia in pregnancy requires some additional information and different cutoff points? Did you know that there are trimester specific cutoff rates…
  • The new Rehydration Unit: Adapting ORS training and treatment for the mothers of Fakir Bagan in Calcutta

    Maternova
    24 Feb 2014 | 6:48 pm
    In the video, the Haitian child was listless: his eyes were sunken and his shriveled body was limp. His mouth curled, turtle-like, to prepare to cry, but no tears came. A gloved hand, arm hairs poking out, reached for the skin around the child’s abdomen. The hand of the clinician pulled gathered skin to form a sinusoid mound. Then, instead of snapping into place as skin normally does, the mound slowly melted back like silly putty. The words “SKIN PINCH” scrolled across the bottom of the video. The skin pinch is one of the main diagnostic criteria for testing severe dehydration. In those…
  • Life for African Mothers: a novel approach

    Maternova
    7 Feb 2014 | 1:54 pm
    This is a short story about Life for African Mothers connecting the dots-- for compassionate providers and women in the lowest resource countries. When we first spoke to Angela Gorman of Life for African Mothers we were really intrigued by her model and inspired commitment to women globally. First, like Maternova, she was interested in connecting Product A to Point B. She realized that women were dying, thousands each day, for lack of a tiny pill that costs just 30 cents.That pill? misoprostol. With bureaucracy and counterfeiters making it nearly impossible to obtain locally, Angela devised a…
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    The Pinchot Perspective

  • Is Science to Blame for Climate Denial?

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

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

    Gifford Pinchot
    29 Mar 2013 | 12:10 pm
    New ideas don’t generally fit neatly within existing organizational boundaries. They require innovators to cross the boundaries of the organization in search of help, resources and permission. Many good ideas are lost when forward progress is blocked by the need to use resources from other parts of the organization. In most cases they are lost because the intrapreneurs did not know how to gain the trust of those whose help they need. What the intrapreneurial warrior needs to succeed in getting resources: 1.   A vision that inspires: a dream others find is worth fighting for.
  • Help with Flipped Publishing

    Gifford Pinchot
    24 Feb 2012 | 11:36 pm
    I am at SocEnt (Social Enterprise) Weekend in Seattle. We are designing a venture called Flipped Publishing, which will be a for profit subsidiary of BGI. Flipped Publishing is taking content from BGI and other sources and building distance learning modules in various aspects of sustainable business for use in other schools and corporate education. We will also sell non-accredited sustainable business education directly. We need answers to a number of questions this weekend. We need your help. Here is the first: Who would be our competitors? (What are the best existing online schools of…
  • The Intrapreneur's Ten Commandments

    Gifford Pinchot
    20 Nov 2011 | 3:19 pm
    Here is a copy of the Intrapreneur's Ten Commandments suitable for printing and putting on the wall. These same ten commandments apply to ecopreneuring and social intrapreneuring. If anyone would like to contribute a better image of the Intrapreneur's Ten Commandments, please let me know.  Download IP Ten Commandments - New Format To these historical ten today I would add these: Ask for advice before asking for resources. Express gratitude. Build your team; intrapreneuring is not a solo activity. Share credit widely. Keep the best interests of the company and its customers in mind,…
 
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    Marketing and Social Media Strategy for Restaurants | Nate Riggs

  • How to Build a Strong Restaurant Loyalty Program

    Sarah Robles
    16 Apr 2014 | 3:00 am
    The true strength of any brand is its ability to sustain meaningful relationships and build customer loyalty. Relationships are formed when a brand is able to satisfy customer needs and wants, build trust, and interact with customers on multiple levels. In the restaurant marketing landscape, where customers are offered unlimited choices for cuisine and service […]
  • What’s Up With the New Twitter Profile Design?

    Carson Reider
    14 Apr 2014 | 3:00 am
    Twitter is chugging through updates like the Energizer bunny! If you’re one of the lucky ones whose Twitter profile has been rolled over by the new redesign, you may have found a few familiar features. Like a sports organization developing new initiatives to draw the attention of casual fans, it appears that Twitter’s new design […]
  • 036: Dan Kim on Using Social Media to Grow a Frozen Yogurt Franchise

    Nate
    10 Apr 2014 | 3:00 am
    In October if 2013, CNBC reported that major American private equity firms have been pouring money into an early stage restaurant industry segment that is poised for explosive growth over the next decade. If you guessed Frozen Yogurt, you are dead on!  “FroYo”— as the product often is called by a growing number of fans […]
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    EllieFunDay

  • EllieFunDay Bespoke Custom Quilts

    EllieFunDay
    8 Apr 2014 | 9:16 am
    These bespoke quilts have been waiting to be shared but I really didn’t have time till now!  I made a very select few for our Indiegogo funders WAYYYY back. I was commissioned by the grandmother to make a custom quilt for her grand-daughter. She really gave me free reign to design anything that I wanted. The baby comes from a great legacy of strong and vibrant women, so I thought that I would represent the 3 generations of the women through the interlocking circles and the stars. The center circle I filled with hand-painted and embroidered white stars representing baby Katelyn’s…
  • Autism Awareness Day: A Mom’s Personal Journey

    EllieFunDay
    2 Apr 2014 | 10:00 am
    When Sarah initially asked me to write a blog post about autism, I said “yes”; but to be honest, I was very hesitant to actually follow through. I prayed about it, and discussed it with my husband, and we agreed that I have a lot to say on the matter, and I actually want to say it. My five year old daughter, Austyn has autism, which we have kept fairly quiet about until now. Here are a few questions, and my honest answers to those questions. 1. How did you learn your child was on the autism spectrum?  When Austyn was 1, she was starting to talk and could say words like…
  • Hyderabad : MyChoices, empowering peacemakers

    EllieFunDay
    7 Feb 2014 | 7:13 pm
     x     Empowerment means taking risks, giving up comfort and stepping out in boldness to do something that matters. Over the past few months I’ve gotten to know Elca Grobling, the founder of MyChoices a former Aussie finance manager who decided to move her entire family of 5 to Hyderabad, Andra Pradesh to make a difference for women that have suffered from domestic violence. Elca’s passion for this cause is inherent in her zeal as she shares about the issues here in India that women face. In Andra Pradesh alone 30% of the violence enacted is against a woman. Most domestic…
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    Justmeans Articles and Editorial

  • REI Commits to Sustainable, Renewable Energy

    Antonio Pasolini
    16 Apr 2014 | 6:42 am
    (3BL Media/Just Means) - REI, the outdoor retailer, has announced a commitment to sourcing all of its electricity from renewable sources. The company already has 26 solar electric systems generating clean power and a program designed to invest in energy efficiency. Now, REI is buying certified renewable energy certificates (RECs) as part of its strategy to green the energy that powers more than 130 stores, two distribution centers and its headquarters. REC is a credit unit that equals a megawatt-hour of renewable energy delivered to the power grid. In 2013, REI bought 54,959 Green-E certified…
  • Renewables Coming Online Way Ahead of Schedule

    RP Siegel
    15 Apr 2014 | 12:17 pm
    (3BL Media/Justmeans) - Efforts to address the increasingly pressing climate challenge with rational policy continue to languish in Washington, as willfully ignorant conservatives continue to choose donor loyalty over science. But based on the surprisingly robust growth of renewable energy, you almost wouldn’t know it. It seems to be the case that if the government won't make us do it, we're just going to have go ahead and do it anyway. Indeed it seems as if we've done a far better job than anyone expected. A new study conducted by the SUN DAY campaign, projects that electricity generation…
  • 3M, Accenture, Visa, UPS, Ford, Microsoft, Cisco, Google among the World's Most Ethical Companies

    Vikas Vij
    15 Apr 2014 | 4:22 am
    (3BL Media/Justmeans) – The Ethisphere Institute has come out with its annual list of the “World’s Most Ethical Companies.” The list includes 144 winners, with companies ranging from Ford Motor, Kellogg and Microsoft in the U.S. to IHCC, a Saudi hospital construction company, All Good Organics, a food company in New Zealand, and PKN Orlen, a Polish oil refining company. Ethisphere released the list of winners at a two-day Global Ethics Summit, which saw the convergence of about 300 corporate managers, executives and lawyers concerned with the area of ethics compliance. Ethisphere has…
  • Taproot Foundation’s Global Pro Bono Summit Engages Executives In Social Change

    Sangeeta Haindl
    13 Apr 2014 | 3:09 am
    (3BL Media/Justmeans) - Not-for-profit organisations around the world all are hindered at time by the same obstacles, which is often the access to professional services and/or restricted budgets, where money is often too tight to spend it on legal and financial support, or on marketing and communications. This means that not-for-profits are not able to fully exploit their potential, or at times achieve the aims they have set. However, while there are enterprises and professionals who would like to donate their skills and professional know-how in the service of the public good, there are few…
  • Happiness Matters: How A Software Company Prioritizes Culture

    Julie Fahnestock
    8 Apr 2014 | 9:15 am
    (3BL Media and Justmeans)- An open vacation policy. Frisbee on the beach. Bowling outings. Volunteer days. Time to develop personal goals. And, oh yeah.  $500 a year to spend on professional development. No, this is not a piece about working for Google or Pixar. It’s a piece about intentional culture at Exygy, a 10-person, software design and build company based in San Francisco. One of Exygy’s software engineers, Justin Carboneau, deemed himself the ‘Chief Happiness Engineer.’ Of course, he is also a computer and technology wiz, as are the rest of his colleagues at Exygy. They have…
 
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    Social Enterprise Buzz

  • Sensimat: A new technology to prevent bed sores

    Melissa Ip
    16 Apr 2014 | 2:34 pm
    Pressure ulcers, also known as bed sores, are common for those whose mobility is confined, such as wheelchair users. It happens when the skin is pressed against a surface for prolonged periods because of the inability to change positions or sense the need to do so. The average person shifts their position unconsciously, just as they do when breathing. It’s automatic. But in the US and Canada, for instance, there are three million wheelchair users, of which over 300,000 have a spinal cord injury that impairs sensation under the torso and increases susceptibility to bed sore injuries because…
  • European Commission received a record 1,200 entries for the social innovation competition

    Melissa Ip
    14 Apr 2014 | 12:47 pm
    Last fall, the European Commission launched a second social innovation competition, asking Europeans to once again come up with ideas to tackle unemployment in the region. It announced today that over 1,200 proposals were received, up from over 600 in the competition’s inaugural year. The country with the most entries was Italy (351) followed by Portugal (170) and Romania (98). The “others” category in the chart consists of: Ireland (9 entries), Cyprus (8), Finland (8), Estonia (6), FYR of Macedonia (6), Croatia (4), Luxembourg (4), Norway (4), Serbia (2), Slovakia (2), Albania…
  • In Hong Kong, building websites accessible to all is a big deal

    Melissa Ip
    14 Apr 2014 | 7:38 am
    For some, landing on a website that automatically plays a sound can be downright annoying. For people with visual impairment who rely on screen readers, having multiple audio sources playing at the same time can make the website impossible to use. Over the weekend, the Hong Kong government presented awards to 110 businesses and organizations with website and mobile app designs that facilitate access by all, including people with visual, physical, hearing, and cognitive impairment. The awards, part of the Web Accessibility Recognition Scheme, first began in 2012 to show appreciation for local…
  • Social enterprise at the BoP an encouraging sign, says Sankalp director

    Melissa Ip
    11 Apr 2014 | 8:27 am
    After a rigorous six-month application, evaluation, and mentoring process, the Sankalp Social Enterprise Awards has chosen the final eight social enterprises to compete for a $40,000 grand prize. They are Swayambhu Biologics (Agriculture, Food & Livelihoods), Aura Herbal (Clean Energy/Technology), Karadi Path (Education & Vocational Training), Kinara Capital (Financial Inclusion), iKure (Health, Water & Sanitation), Spatial Ideas (Technology for Development), MicroGraam (Women Empowerment), and Nokooda (Clean Cookstoves). In addition, the Sankalp People’s Choice Award went to…
  • Gulf region gets Ashoka support

    Melissa Ip
    10 Apr 2014 | 9:09 am
    Ashoka Arab World has launched a new program to give social entrepreneurs in the UAE and the Gulf region a helping hand. The project, unveiled at a launch event in Dubai, is called the Arab World Social Entrepreneurship Program (ASEP), and will help social entrepreneurs in the areas of healthcare, women participation for inclusive growth, and environment scale up their operations. The idea is to connect social entrepreneurs with business entrepreneurs. A group of business entrepreneurs from the region has already been enlisted to participate in this initiative. Under the ASEP, social…
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    Development Marketplace - Turning Ideas into Action

  • Turning on the Spigot for Crisp, Clear Water

    Drew von Glahn
    2 Apr 2014 | 10:20 am
    On a warm Friday afternoon in the slums of Madhukam, in the heart of Ranchi, India, a middle-aged man arrived at a public water station with two 20-liter containers to fill. The water station - directly adjacent to an open sewage drain - was really just a concerete wall with four pink spigots protruding from its barren surface. On top perched two large, seemingly empty holding tanks of water. The man placed one of his containers under the first spigot and turned the handle. A small flow of water came out. Within a minute, the flow turned into a trickle, and the trickle quickly became nothing.
  • Bridging Gaps in Funding and Capacity to End Poverty

    Blythe Nicole Kladney
    25 Mar 2014 | 9:32 am
    For 15 years the World Bank Group’s Development Marketplace (DM) has identified innovative social entrepreneurs who tackle service delivery bottlenecks that disproportionately affect the world’s poorest populations. Originally a competitive grants program, the DM has grown over the years into a multi-faceted program that identifies these entrepreneurs, analyzes their specific needs, and maps out the problems they face and the solutions they offer. Through this approach, the DM is able to assist these organizations in breaking down service delivery barriers so that other social…
  • Impactful Partnerships between Non-State Providers: A Perspective from the Egypt DM

    Ranya Abdel Baki
    20 Mar 2014 | 9:14 am
    In Egypt, the social enterprise movement has gained momentum in the years since the January 25, 2011 revolution. This moment in history gave Egyptian youth a sense of belonging and control over thier future they had not previously felt; manifesting itself in a proliferation of young social entrepreneurs who are determined to translate their long held dreams into tangible outcomes that help their communities. Young Egyptian social entrepreneurs join youth across the developing world in pioneering new ways to provide basic services to their local communities. The power of these emerging…
  • In the Face of a Messy World, Non-State Actors Offer a Positive Outlook

    Natalia Agapitova
    20 Feb 2014 | 1:20 pm
    In a lecture hosted by the World Bank in Washington, DC on February 19, former U.S. Secretary of State Madeleine Albright highlighted that the rise of non-state actors is one of the few positive trends in provision of public goods and services. She argued that non-state actors, like those supported by the Development Marketplace’s grants and capacity building programs, have unique on-the-ground knowledge and resources. Unfortunately, Albright noted, the policy infrastructure does not support active dialogue and engagement of the non-state actors in the policy-making and service delivery.
  • From Operating Rooms to Dust Tracks

    Dr. Shelly Batra
    14 Feb 2014 | 12:40 pm
    As a young medical student in the 70s, I dreamt of becoming a surgeon. Everything about surgery fascinated me: the long hours, the sleepless nights, the unmistakable adrenalin rush and sense of satisfaction of saving a human life.    Three decades later, I had reached the pinnacle of my success. I had a reputation as an accomplished and compassionate surgeon and was wooed by fancy private hospitals with even fancier pay packages and perks. I selected the best the city could offer: a plush corporate hospital with the best equipment and where operating was a luxury itself.
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    B2N | Social Focus Consulting

  • To scale or not to scale: what will your social organization do?

    28 Mar 2014 | 2:59 pm
    Recently, I had the pleasure and honor of speaking about social entrepreneurship at the Game Changers event, hosted by the MBA student-run Schulich Nonprofit Management Association. Joining me was Dave Kranenburg, Director of Programming at Centre for Social Innovation and Vicki Saunders, Founder at SheEO.We had multiple questions given to us by moderator Professor Geoff Kistruck including "what are the challenges specific to social entrepreneurs vs. regular entrepreneurs?", "what are the growth prospects of social entrepreneursim?, "how do you resolve the business side and social side of…
  • Learnings from Schulich Net Impact Conference 2014

    24 Mar 2014 | 1:35 pm
    seats filling up prior to the opening keynote by Richard St. JohnI love Queen's - don't get me wrong - but it was nice to attend a business conference closer to home this time. The Schulich MBA student-run Net Impact club organized the "360 degrees on Business Sustainability: Let's Talk Impact" on March 14, 2014.After Richard St. John kicked off the event with a keynote about the "8 traits successful people have in common" (which were passion, work, focus, push, ideas, improve, serve, persist), the entire delegation split off into three breakout sessions. I attended the "Social and…
  • Learnings from QSB Innovation Summit 2014

    6 Mar 2014 | 2:56 pm
    Dave Carnegie and Tim Sigindere, Queen's MBA '14 candidates and Summit co-chairs (at the podium)I recently had the pleasure of returning, again, to Kingston and Queen's to attend the 5th annual Innovation Summit, the only MBA-led conference at Queen's. This was particularly special because I would be speaking as part of the social innovation panel alongside two great people I had previously worked with (more info below).Gayemarie Brown, Deloitte Canada's National Innovation Leader, led off the main event with a great keynote. She emphasized how technology is facilitating the disruption of…
  • Learnings from Queen's Conference on Philanthropy 2014

    27 Jan 2014 | 9:53 am
    delegates chatting over breakfastAs always, it was a pleasure to return to my second home - Kingston - despite all the snow and cold there and along the way from Toronto.  I was really looking forward to re-living the great experience I had at the 2013 version, so I had high expectations and they were clearly exceeded. Although there was lots of interesting information and emotional stories to absorb, here are the key takeaways from 2014:1) Use business skills to support philanthropic activitiesRuss McLeod, Chief Operations Director of Me to We, told the story of how he got involved with…
  • Social media case study: Jell-O's #FML Twitter campaign

    13 Jan 2014 | 3:50 am
    This is the first in a series of social media case studies where we explore how campaigns in the business world succeeded or failed, why that happened, and the lessons learned that you can use to run a successful campaign for your NPO.Our first brand is Kraft's Jell-O which makes not only the gelatin we're all familiar with, but also pudding and mousse. Jello-O is an established American brand with a staggering $490 million in annual sales. Apparently, we can't enough of that jiggle. Although it has been around for awhile and is making a lot of money, you need to sustain those sales by…
 
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    Connor Meakin – Productivity & Wellness advice from a Mountain Runner

  • How Mountain Running Teaches Me Resilience

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

    Connor Meakin
    10 Dec 2013 | 5:35 am
    Connor Meakin – Productivity & Wellness advice from a Mountain Runner - Curious ramblings on exploring the outdoors, productivity, and weaving health and wellness into your life by Connor Meakin. There’s no bigger cop out than telling someone that you don’t have time to exercise or do anything. You make time for what is important to you. We often forget such a basic necessity of life when we’re working long days (combined with your no doubt stacked social calendar). I used to suck at sleeping. I’d watch TV shows or movies on my laptop to the wee hours of the morning, only to…
  • Almost Broken – Meet Your Maker Recap

    Connor Meakin
    6 Sep 2013 | 5:00 am
    Connor Meakin – Productivity & Wellness advice from a Mountain Runner - Curious ramblings on exploring the outdoors, productivity, and weaving health and wellness into your life by Connor Meakin. Highs and extreme lows through a long day of running. This sums up my day this past Sunday at Meet your Maker 50 — my first foray into 50 miles. I’ve never been in such dark places. Physically I was exhausted: no power in my legs as I was reduced to a pitiful walk on hills I would normally sprint. Emotionally I was perhaps even worse off, repeatedly second guessing and trying to answer…
  • Chasing Transcendence 50 Miles at a Time

    Connor Meakin
    16 Aug 2013 | 6:15 am
    Connor Meakin – Productivity & Wellness advice from a Mountain Runner - Curious ramblings on exploring the outdoors, productivity, and weaving health and wellness into your life by Connor Meakin. On September 1 I run 50 miles of unforgiving mountainous terrain in Whistler. There’s a paradox for me in doing crazy things like this lately – I’m terrified, but I can’t keep myself away. This race is called Meet Your Maker. It cruises around Whistler  before going literally straight up Blackcomb mountain, then across the peak 2 peak in a gondola, and straight down Whistler,…
  • Running Out of Time: Report From My First Ultramarathon

    Connor Meakin
    17 Jul 2013 | 5:32 am
    Connor Meakin – Productivity & Wellness advice from a Mountain Runner - Curious ramblings on exploring the outdoors, productivity, and weaving health and wellness into your life by Connor Meakin. Days after the most epic adventure of my life I’m inspired by one thing: the potential of the human body. Saturday brought a different kind of introspection. When you’re stripped down to the components of your being, your self, you realize what is important. I pushed my body to a foreign place on Saturday at Grey Rock, and I’m amazed at how it continues to respond. I moved further and…
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    Framework 21

  • Race Among Medical Devices and Doctors: Analysis

    Daniel Montano
    16 Apr 2014 | 12:47 pm
    Originally posted on ScienceRoll: For some time now, I’ve been forming a think tank that would focus on issues related to the future of medicine. As a first step, we decided to address the issue of the changing world of medical devices and how such changes might affect the lives of medical professionals and patients. Please feel free to comment on this analysis. If we take a look at the possible scripts of the market competition in the health sector, we can make few predictions on the patients’ experience. The competition among the medical device manufacturers and the globalized…
  • Paper or pixels? Does the medium affect the way people read?

    Daniel Montano
    10 Apr 2014 | 3:01 pm
    Paper or pixels? Does the medium affect the way people read? Andrew Dillon Ph.D., the dean of the Graduate School of Information Science at the University of Texas has written a very interesting blog post on the nuances of online reading. Reading beyond cognition If you have been reading my blog for a while, you know that I’m interested in the topic of thinking on a holistic level. I consider systems thinking and embodied cognition milestones towards the goal of holistic thinking. Given that interest, I found Mr. Dillon’s comment at #2 in the list below a good reminder to what…
  • Your day your city your future; a unique project encompassing Civic Engagement, Film Making, Social Media, Educational, and Art.

    Daniel Montano
    9 Apr 2014 | 12:13 pm
    Originally posted on The Curious Case Of Passion: Your Day. Your City. Your Future. is a unique project encompassing Civic Engagement, Film Making, Social Media, Educational, and Art. Most of the world’s people now live in Cities. As global population swells, the efficiency and functionality of our cities are essential to the sustainability of human existence. Cities are the centers of our current society. They exist for the people they serve. Help us take a closer look at how we can better live together in tight communities, with the best services that provide opportunities for the future.
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    Daniel Montano
    8 Apr 2014 | 12:47 pm
    “The Art of Thinking Clearly” A must-read for problem solvers. It covers: thinking errors and cognitive biases. http://t.co/jgwgjOhVRJ
  • Zooming out from healthcare to systems thinking

    Daniel Montano
    7 Apr 2014 | 12:50 pm
    Originally posted on Find What Works: I’ve written about health systems in a few other places recently: a post on  Humanosphere  talks about health systems in general, and a post on Reboot’s blog  looks at lessons from governance reform. Both posts were sparked by a recent event  hosted by the Center for Global Development, Population Services International, and others. One of the big takeaways from the event was the need for the global health sector to renew its focus on health systems strengthening. Experts from several organizations and donors acknowledged the successes of…
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  • Social Enterprise Supporters Get Value Back

    hilary
    14 Apr 2014 | 9:23 am
    With five years of success behind it, Social Enterprise Heroes has become a landmark event in British Columbia’s social enterprise community. Produced annually by Enterprising Non-Profits BC (ENP), the evening caps a full Day of Learning supporting businesses designed to produce sustainable revenue for a non-profit organisation, while also operating in alignment with the non-profit’s mission. Social Enterprise Heroes has been a collaborative affair between businesses since its inception in 2009. That year, JDQ Systems, Inc., a Vancouver firm that provides business improvement consulting…
  • Making the case for legacy donations

    Adam Garfunkel
    3 Apr 2014 | 5:25 am
    We thoroughly appreciated Junxion’s professionalism, attention to detail, structured approach and the quality of analysis at various milestones in the project. Needless to say, we’re excited about integrating the new vision into our legacy communications. Andre Shine, Direct Marketing Officer (Legacies) Asthma UK provides support and advice to people living with asthma, and funds research into improving treatments and ultimately curing this condition. The Business Challenge Legacy donations—gifts left in people’s wills—are an important source of revenue for Asthma UK. It makes up…
  • Helping a financial services group tell its story

    Adam Garfunkel
    3 Apr 2014 | 2:43 am
    We wanted to tell a better story about our sustainability programme and Adam really helped us achieve that. We feel we now have a report that gets to the heart of what being a responsible company means for us. Kristiina Oja, Management Partner, CSR, Nordea Bank Nordea is the largest financial group in the Nordic and Baltic region, providing banking services, insurance and investment advice. The Business Challenge Public confidence in the banking sector has remained low since the financial crisis and trust is at a premium. Through stakeholder consultation, Nordea knew that their customers…
  • Not business as usual

    Mike Rowlands
    2 Apr 2014 | 5:42 am
    Thomas Perkins, the famed Silicon Valley venture capitalist, has been the subject of significant press attention recently. In an open letter to the Wall Street Journal, he drew a comparison between Nazi Germany and criticisms of the now infamous “one per cent” of über-wealthy Americans who control inordinate wealth and socio-economic power. While his firm distanced itself quickly from Perkins’s comments, he took a few days to do so, apologising for his specific comparison to Kristallnacht”, but reconfirming that he still stands by the message of his letter: “Any…
  • Should we drop the ‘C’ in ‘CSR’?

    Adam Garfunkel
    2 Apr 2014 | 5:08 am
    Adam Garfunkel, marketing adviser to Heart of the City, discusses the term ‘corporate social responsibility’ and asks it is has had its day. I was speaking at the Heart of the City annual leadership breakfast at Mansion House earlier this year when the question was asked from the floor: “Should we drop the C in CSR?”I could see from my vantage point on the stage that it seemed to strike a chord. Corporate social responsibility was a new-ish concept for most people in the room, who largely represented small businesses in the financial, professional and business services sectors.
 
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  • Engage.re – A new way to work together on social and political issues

    Tim Gaweco
    8 Apr 2014 | 6:30 am
    Organizing local or global initiatives is no small task. Typical social networks such as Facebook or Twitter aren’t well suited for the amount overhead required to launch successful initiatives. Many people are all too familiar with online conversations derailing into personal attacks instead of constructive discussions. The Humanity Online organization based in the UK is […]The post Engage.re – A new way to work together on social and political issues appeared first on The Grand Signal.
  • Introducing the Exo housing unit: The optimized disaster-relief shelter

    Tim Gaweco
    3 Apr 2014 | 6:30 am
    UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon said in June 2013 that there were over “45 million refugees and displaced people – the highest level in nearly 20 years”. Michael McDaniel witnessed like many, the devastation hurricane Katrina caused in 2005 and the tens of thousands of people who were forced to take refuge in poorly constructed […]The post Introducing the Exo housing unit: The optimized disaster-relief shelter appeared first on The Grand Signal.
  • Researchers suggest RSA adopted second tool from the NSA

    Tim Gaweco
    1 Apr 2014 | 6:30 am
    Reuters reported that several researchers discovered a tool called “Extended Random” that would allow them to crack RSA’s Dual Elliptic Curve software tens of thousands of times faster than normal. The Dual Elliptic Curve was a cryptographically random number generator found in most computer programs. In December, Reuters reported that the NSA paid RSA (owned […]The post Researchers suggest RSA adopted second tool from the NSA appeared first on The Grand Signal.
  • Turkey blocks YouTube, joins Twitter as blocked sites

    Tim Gaweco
    28 Mar 2014 | 6:30 am
    Turkish telecom regulator TIB has blocked YouTube after unverified audio of Turkish officials discussing military operations in Syria was uploaded to the popular video site. Prime Minister Erdogan implicitly confirmed that the leaked audio was true at a campaign rally. ”They even leaked a national security meeting… This is villainous, this is dishonesty… Who are you […]The post Turkey blocks YouTube, joins Twitter as blocked sites appeared first on The Grand Signal.
  • NSA created back-doors into Chinese telecom giant’s servers

    Tim Gaweco
    26 Mar 2014 | 6:18 pm
    Over the past decade, the US government has viewed Chinese telecom giant Huawei as a potential security threat to the country, fearing that the company has close affiliations with the Chinese government. NSA documents provided by Edward Snowden show that the NSA created back-doors into Huawei servers and devices in order to discover if there […]The post NSA created back-doors into Chinese telecom giant’s servers appeared first on The Grand Signal.
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  • The Secret of Scale

    Leanne Pittsford
    15 Apr 2014 | 3:00 pm
    This post was originally featured on the Stanford Social Innovation Review: The Secret of Scale Accidental death and dismemberment insurance just might be the most grisly consumer product name in history—the name suggests that if you think you need this insurance, what you might actually need is a dramatic change in your lifestyle or occupation. Two years ago, when I embarked on a research study to understand why some civic organizations grow to be large and influential while others don’t, little did I know that accidental death and dismemberment insurance would provide the answer. But…
  • My First Lean Startup Adventure

    Leanne Pittsford
    1 Apr 2014 | 2:50 pm
    Are you an impatient social changemaker?  Are you looking for different ways to test if your organization’s latest idea can plausibly have impact?  Then you might have heard of the Lean Startup, which advocates, “experimentation over elaborate planning, customer feedback over intuition, and iterative design over tradition ‘big design up front’ development.” When my team at Living Cities first read Eric Reis’ book The Lean Startup, we were intrigued, but also curious, what would it really take to apply this methodology in our own work of connecting low-income people to economic…
  • Lean + Bootcamp Workout For A Social Impact Project

    Leanne Pittsford
    26 Mar 2014 | 1:32 pm
    This article by Kate Ettinger was originally posted on Ideas That Impact. I attended a Lean Impact Workshop by Leanne Pittsford of Start Somewhere where we used the Javelin Board to practice the Lean method on a social impact project. Within an afternoon, we identified a problem with customers (as distinguished from problems without customers that are not as ideal for a lean business!), tested assumptions with customers and pitched a prototype idea with potential customers. The most valuable parts were: thinking with a diverse group of people about how to apply the Lean method:…
  • The Lean for Social Good Summit DC Agenda

    Leanne Pittsford
    19 Mar 2014 | 1:24 pm
    Join us for the first-ever Lean for Social Good Summit in DC on March 26, 2014! At the Summit, you’ll join an amazing group of nonprofit leaders, social entrepreneurs, Lean Startup experts, philanthropists, funders, and innovators who are putting theory into practice. To help get you ready for the summit, here is our jam-packed Lean agenda… See you there! Lean for Social Good Summit // DC Agenda 1:00 PM: Registration 1:45 PM: Welcome, Leanne Pittsford, Lean Impact Co-Founder 1:50 PM: Agenda Overview, Leanne Pittsford, Lean Impact Co-Founder 1:55 PM: Lean for Social Good A – Z //…
  • How To Hire a Lean Startup Master to Run Your Online Engagement Program

    Leanne Pittsford
    18 Mar 2014 | 2:46 pm
    Today’s Guest Post comes from Drew Bernard, founder and CEO of ActionSprout.com; a Facebook app that empowers social good organizations and political campaigns to engage supporters on social media. For years, Drew has been trying to get organizations to embrace Lean Startup methodologies for bootstrapping their online communications and technology projects. Here is his advice on how to hire a Lean Startup oriented entrepreneur for online organizing/engagement roles: Earlier this week the Executive Director of a state-based environmental organization here in Oregon dropped me a note…
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  • Nasty Ass Work Place, Literally

    admin
    15 Apr 2014 | 8:54 am
    I work in an affluent city, where you would think people don’t do this kind of stuff. The moment I left my office, I see someone’s pooped stained underwear on the floor. They don’t look like they belong to a homeless person, but you never know. The funny thing is, there’s two large industrial trash bin about 10 feet away. Maybe they were hoping the cleaning crew would pick it up, no, it was still there the next morning. It could be one of my old coworkers for all I know.
  • The Hate Cake

    admin
    14 Apr 2014 | 12:30 pm
    One of our new readers let us post this. “A six layer rainbow (I ran out of frosting) cake born from the stress of considering walking out on my job and saying f**k you to all the assholes I have to deal with on a daily basis. Look, I bake when I’m upset, ok?”  
  • More Cabernet Please

    admin
    13 Apr 2014 | 10:39 am
    Story by: Admin (that’s right) Industry: Marketing I personally question the taste of some people sometimes. I had this one client that wanted an ad design for them. She gave me no word content what so ever. All I received from them was their logo (low quality), and an image of her (also low quality). Her instruction was: “Make is look pretty.” Based on that instruction alone, I knew this client was going to be trouble. Anyhow, I created her ad and sent it to her. Her response: “I don’t like it, it doesn’t look nice, that color is  purple. Our color scheme…
  • Choosing The Right Business Entity (Infograph)

    admin
    8 Apr 2014 | 11:16 pm
    You started your business, now what? It’s time to make that baby official. Whether you’re starting a business by yourself or getting others involved, it’s important to know what type of entity your business is. If you’re working solo, your business is a sole proprietorship. Or if you started a business with your college besties and you’re all in it for the long run, your business could be a general partnership. Still confused? Go through this infograph to help you decide what direction you want to take your business. Editor’s Note: Business entities and laws may vary from state to…
  • He Had It Coming (Video)

    admin
    6 Apr 2014 | 9:22 am
    Submitted by: anonymous (A reader shared this with us.) How I Feel When My Boss Tells Me I Have To Work During My Holiday
 
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  • Benefits to Entrepreneurs of Volunteering

    neophonic
    10 Apr 2014 | 7:34 am
    Volunteering can do huge difference for the world. The benefits of somebody’s altruism are not limited only to recipients – nonprofit causes. The positive results are being expressed also to people who DO GOOD. Entrepreneurs who volunteer may receive benefits which can build up their brand awareness, business success and, of course, personal satisfaction. Enjoyable volunteering Well, not every volunteerig work is the “right one” once you realize the pain in the ass generated by lack of information, tools and so on. But, volunteeering can provide us also many enjoyable…
  • How Microvolunteering can improve brand awareness and grow traffic

    neophonic
    9 Apr 2014 | 3:55 pm
    How to achieve reasonable brand awareness in a world full of advertisement information on every each step? Is there a way how company or even an independent contractor can build up own brand with good reputation? Every each day we work to grow traffic and play a game with our competitors. The key is in difference, difference in added value. It does not matter if you would like to sell a product or service, the reason why people buy or not buy is the same – the decision between value and price. If the product is of low value, the price is always also lower and vice versa. I speak about…
  • How I have fallen in love with WordPress Theme

    neophonic
    7 Apr 2014 | 3:34 am
    I have been looking for perfect wordpress theme template for years. And one shiny day, Ive met my love. Her name was The 7 and her parents were Dream Theme. We are together now for 1 year and she keep me superfine about her beauty, abilities and soul. Yes, this template does have a soul, the feel which is so specific. Every man does know that money is needed to keep relationship somewhat healthy ( yes, it is not all, but consider..if you do not have money to go to a dinner with your love, is it good? ), but The 7 never wanted me more than $55. Incredibly low price for such a value, bargain of…
  • Embedded Sustainability – Competitive advantage for your business

    neophonic
    2 Apr 2014 | 6:48 am
    The recent years have shown the mainstream media to have the mindset shifting towards ‘the green agenda’, ‘sustainable lives’ and ‘environmental responsibilities’. Embedded sustainability embraces several practices and principles to encourage the environmental progress that may ultimately result in the competitive advantage to various and respective businesses. Sustainability is actually a corporate impact which was earlier thought to be the environmental impact only. But, now the companies and the corporate world are thinking to make the most of it in financial terms also. For…
  • Get a Free Youtube Video for your Nonprofit

    neophonic
    23 Mar 2014 | 12:45 pm
    Are you passionate about ANY cause and looking for some media? As a microvolunteer, I will make you free youtube video made of your website content and any attached multimedia absolutely for free and without any hidden costs. There is no longer an excuse to be missing on YouTube. If you do not know how to create a youtube video and you do not have funds to get one, I am absolutely happy to do so for you. All of the videos are absolutely safe to use. If you are registered nonprofit or you can proof existence of your grassroot cause, you can apply for your free videospot. YOU MUST FULFILL THE…
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