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  • Investing in Water in Developing Countries: The Right (and Smart) Thing to Do

    Triple Pundit: People, Planet, Profit
    3p Contributor
    29 Jun 2015 | 2:30 am
    More than 700 million people around the world do not have access to clean water, and nearly 850,000 die annually from waterborne illnesses. Along with this tragic loss of life, lack of access to sanitation also comes with ill economic effects: $260 billion is lost each year as a result of limited or no access to clean water supplies and sanitation. The good news is that if the global community steps up and increases their focus on water, the economic benefits would be massive.
  • American Express and Ashoka Launch Boot Camps for 100 Emerging Social Purpose Innovators

    Ashoka In The News
    Tsega Belachew
    23 Jun 2015 | 12:26 pm
    Release Date:  June 23, 2015 Leadership program to assist emerging leaders in championing their solutions to a wide range of critical global challenges. Leadership program to assist emerging leaders in championing their solutions to a wide range of critical global challenges read more
  • These 'resurrection plants' can spring back to life after drought (video)

    Latest Items from TreeHugger
    Margaret Badore
    29 Jun 2015 | 10:14 am
    Tortula mosses can stay dried out for months or even years, then spring back to life in just moments when the rain returns.
  • Felipe Vergara Appointed Member of Ashoka Board of Directors

    Ashoka In The News
    Tsega Belachew
    25 Jun 2015 | 6:25 am
    Release Date:  June 25, 2015 Arlington , Virginia 18, 2015—  Ashoka  Innovators for the Public announced today that Felipe Vergara, an Ashoka Fellow and founder of Lumni has been appointed to its Board of Directors. read more
  • The Official Guy Kawasaki Father’s Day Gift List

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

  • The Official Guy Kawasaki Father’s Day Gift List

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

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

    Guy Kawasaki
    18 May 2015 | 2:27 pm
    The post Photos from the May 2015 Maker Faire in San Mateo California appeared first on Guy Kawasaki.
  • The Art of the Panel

    Guy Kawasaki
    11 May 2015 | 8:50 am
    At any conference, there are ten times more panelists than there are keynote speakers, so the odds are higher that you’re on a panel than giving a keynote speech. Therefore, rocking a panel is an important skill for evangelists, too. A panel looks easy. There are four or five other people on it, and it lasts only sixty minutes. How hard could it be? Herein lies the problem: because everyone thinks a panel is short and easy, no one prepares for it. In reality, a panel is harder than an individual speech because you cannot control a panel like your own keynote speech, and you get much less…
  • Must Do: Intern Like a Rock Star

    Guy Kawasaki
    5 May 2015 | 6:00 am
    This is a reprint from Leave Your Mark: Land Your Dream Job. Kill it in Your Career. Rock Social Media. By Aliza Licht. I’m publishing it because many students are about to begin their summer internships, and I want them to have the most valuable experience possible.   When you enter a real work environment for the first time, especially as a college student starting an internship, remember why you want to be there: First and foremost, to learn real marketable skills that can enhance your resumé and to secure a strong referral from your supervisor. You do not go about getting these…
 
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    SustainAbility

  • Four Multinationals Shifting Their Business Models for Sustainability

    25 Jun 2015 | 6:53 pm
    Flickr image by Mary Anne Enriquez This article was co-written by Lindsay Clinton and Rochelle March. Last year, the CEO of Fortune 250 energy provider NRG wrote a letter to shareholders about the lack of innovation in the energy industry. “There is no Amazon, Apple, Facebook or Google in the American energy industry today,” David Crane wrote. “NRG is not that energy company either, but we are doing everything in our power to head in that direction – as fast as we can. But we need to pick up the pace further, and that is what we intend to do.” Although NRG’s portfolio still…
  • SustainAbility Hosts Webinar on Risk and Sustainability

    24 Jun 2015 | 6:38 am
    SustainAbility will host its next webinar for Engaging Stakeholders members on Tuesday, July 7. We recently worked with Engaging Stakeholders member company Fibria to review how risk and sustainability intersect at different companies. We did this by interviewing risk managers at five companies to inform our insights on how risk and sustainability are becoming more integrated. This webinar is an opportunity to explore our findings, hear from Fibria about their perspectives on risk and sustainability, and discuss members’ ideas and questions. Please get in touch if you are interested in…
  • Where to Find the Holy Grail of Customer Engagement

    23 Jun 2015 | 5:05 pm
    Flickr image by Nicolas Nova The potential for consumers to affect sustainability outcomes is on the rise. Thanks to the ever-increasing amount of information on the affects of products in a supply chain, the power of the consumer seems to be growing. However, whether they actually use that information to make better decisions with their wallets is the million-dollar question that continues to vex the sustainability community. As the debate trundles on over whether consumers really do care, innovative initiatives, platforms and tools are emerging that transform consumer behavior to more…
  • Infographic Presents Expert Views on Corporate, NGO and Government Leaders

    22 Jun 2015 | 4:03 pm
    For SustainAbility and GlobeScan’s annual Sustainability Leaders survey, we collected responses from over 800 expert stakeholders representing business, government, NGOs and academia across 82 countries. We asked the experts: Which companies, NGOs and national governments are leading the sustainable development agenda? What factors set those organizations apart and who are the leaders in different regions of the world? Which actors have made the most progress on sustainable development since the 1992 Earth Summit in Rio? Who faces the highest expectations to advance the global sustainable…
  • Upcoming Event: New Perspectives on Sustainability Leadership

    21 Jun 2015 | 10:05 pm
    On Wednesday July 1st, we are delighted to invite you to explore the anatomy of sustainability leadership and discuss the 2015 Leaders’ Survey, the newest findings from the SustainAbility/GlobeScan collaboration, now in its 21st year. We will be joined by guest panelists, including: Sue Garrard, SVP Sustainable Development and Comms, Unilever – which has extended its leadership again this year Justin DeKoszmovszky, Head of Sustainability, Ovo Energy – a possible future contender Craig Bennett, CEO, Friends of the Earth – his first day in post, providing a perspective on…
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    Triple Pundit: People, Planet, Profit

  • Learn the Skills to Thrive as a Leader

    Sarah Lozanova
    29 Jun 2015 | 3:00 am
    "[Women] are still not in great numbers in leadership positions, including environmental leadership positions," CNN news anchor Natalie Allen told TriplePundit. We picked her brain for words of wisdom for women wishing to advance as leaders.
  • Investing in Water in Developing Countries: The Right (and Smart) Thing to Do

    3p Contributor
    29 Jun 2015 | 2:30 am
    More than 700 million people around the world do not have access to clean water, and nearly 850,000 die annually from waterborne illnesses. Along with this tragic loss of life, lack of access to sanitation also comes with ill economic effects: $260 billion is lost each year as a result of limited or no access to clean water supplies and sanitation. The good news is that if the global community steps up and increases their focus on water, the economic benefits would be massive.
  • Hormel Foods Makes Good on Solid Waste Reduction Goals…Again

    Sherrell Dorsey
    29 Jun 2015 | 2:00 am
    We sat down with Hormel Foods' head of environmental sustainability to understand how the brand is keeping its commitment to reduce environmental impact.
  • How Pain Keeps Us From Acting on Climate Change

    3p Contributor
    29 Jun 2015 | 2:00 am
    When it comes to climate change, the cycle of pain and blame we’ve all been caught in is counterproductive. The majority of Americans share the same vision: a world with clean air and sustainable energy. Rather than being a source of pain, this vision can be a source of pride.
  • Israel to California: Here’s How to Overcome Drought

    Jan Lee
    29 Jun 2015 | 2:00 am
    What can a tiny nation smaller than Lake Michigan teach a state like California? According to Mother Nature, plenty. Israel, which has had its own challenges with long-term droughts, says it has learned a few tricks of the trade when it comes to water conservation and agricultural water use. But overcoming the challenges may mean dramatic changes to the way water is managed and used in the Golden State, as it did for Israel's burgeoning cities two decades ago.
 
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    Skoll World Forum on Social Entrepreneurship

  • Social Entrepreneurship in 1960s Singapore: The Story of My Mother

    Jake Wadland
    29 Jun 2015 | 7:55 am
    I was born in a slum in Singapore in 1957. Except for the British, almost everyone else was poor. My father worked in a grocery shop and his salary as a shop assistant could hardly feed his family – three kids, our mother, and our grandmother. By necessity, my mother Tan Siam Kheng had to think up new ways to raise the income level of our household, as her kids were growing and needed to go to school. At first, she tried cooking pancakes, hoping to piggy-back on our neighbor who peddled fresh fruit from a pushcart. But the attempt failed, as our neighbor did not promote the pancakes and…
  • High-Flying Executive Goes Nuts in Africa

    Jake Wadland
    26 Jun 2015 | 9:12 am
    Not many people walk around an orphanage in Africa and say, “Hey, that kid would be a great factory worker some day!” But not many people go nuts – literally. Four years ago I was a high-flying executive, but then I sold it all and moved to Mozambique. I had worked at a number of food companies, including Hershey’s Chocolate. It was through a cocoa purchasing trip that I made my first visit to Africa. While surveying cocoa yields in Ghana I was confronted with striking poverty. Children were walking miles for water, living in huts, and unable to attend school. Amidst what seems like…
  • Center a Model For Extending Surgical Care To Billions

    Jake Wadland
    26 Jun 2015 | 6:32 am
    One of the great accomplishments of medicine is to treat not only that which is external, but also that which is internal. This is the purpose of surgery: treating that which cannot be resolved with changes in nutrition, exercise, drug therapies, vaccinations or rehabilitation. Access to quality surgical care can have broad ramifications for a country, both social and economic. Surgical conditions represent approximately 30 percent of the global burden of disease. Surgical care is needed throughout life, across all levels of care, and is used to treat a broad range of diseases. Surgery has…
  • Innovative Distribution Channels to Serve the Base of the Pyramid

    Jake Wadland
    26 Jun 2015 | 6:00 am
    Before we met Ana Veronica Ojeda Quispe in the state of Puno, Peru, she was a single mother struggling to provide for her five children through small, part-time jobs. She ran away from home when she was just 11 years old to escape abuse and was living without the support of her family. Ana Veronica’s story is not unlike those of the many women who live in rural and peri-urban communities in Peru. They can’t find good jobs and they become trapped in a cycle of poverty. Their communities, which are often far from city centers, have minimal access to essential products such as shampoo and…
  • Recasting Budgeting as a Team-Building Opportunity

    Jake Wadland
    25 Jun 2015 | 3:12 am
    Budgeting: The word can, more often than not, elicit a collective groan in a nonprofit.  Program directors resent what feels like an administrative distraction from their primary mandate. Finance dreads being the messenger of budget cuts to program staff. Everyone emerges from the annual exercise fatigued and a little bruised. Imagine, instead, budgeting as a collective activity where leadership makes choices as a team around organizational priorities and financial resources. Cast in this light, budgeting shifts from being a copy-and-paste template to the stuff of strategy, vision, and, dare…
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    Marc Gunther's blog

  • Catching up, “creating” jobs and coffee pods

    Marc Gunther
    2 Jun 2015 | 10:58 am
    I’m just back from a wonderful vacation in Italy, and spending this week at the Sustainable Brands conference in San Diego. To my surprise, I see that I haven’t posted here in more than a month. Lately, I’ve been writing more for my Nonprofit Chronicles blog, about how nonprofits and  foundations can become more effective. […] << Click on the title of this article to read the rest of it on MarcGunther.com >>
  • Gap’s Kindley Walsh Lawlor has a daunting job

    Marc Gunther
    28 Apr 2015 | 6:11 pm
    Nearly 20 years after retailers like Gap, Nike and Levi Strauss agreed to take a modicum of responsibility for the health and well-being of the workers who make their apparel and shoes around the world, progress has been made. How much? That’s what I wanted to talk to Kindley Walsh Lawlor, vice president of global […] << Click on the title of this article to read the rest of it on MarcGunther.com >>
  • Ceres and the “inside” game

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

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

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

  • Social Entrepreneurship in 1960s Singapore: The Story of My Mother

    Jake Wadland
    29 Jun 2015 | 7:55 am
    I was born in a slum in Singapore in 1957. Except for the British, almost everyone else was poor. My father worked in a grocery shop and his salary as a shop assistant could hardly feed his family – three kids, our mother, and our grandmother. By necessity, my mother Tan Siam Kheng had to think up new ways to raise the income level of our household, as her kids were growing and needed to go to school. At first, she tried cooking pancakes, hoping to piggy-back on our neighbor who peddled fresh fruit from a pushcart. But the attempt failed, as our neighbor did not promote the pancakes and…
  • High-Flying Executive Goes Nuts in Africa

    Jake Wadland
    26 Jun 2015 | 9:12 am
    Not many people walk around an orphanage in Africa and say, “Hey, that kid would be a great factory worker some day!” But not many people go nuts – literally. Four years ago I was a high-flying executive, but then I sold it all and moved to Mozambique. I had worked at a number of food companies, including Hershey’s Chocolate. It was through a cocoa purchasing trip that I made my first visit to Africa. While surveying cocoa yields in Ghana I was confronted with striking poverty. Children were walking miles for water, living in huts, and unable to attend school. Amidst what seems like…
  • Center a Model For Extending Surgical Care To Billions

    Jake Wadland
    26 Jun 2015 | 6:32 am
    One of the great accomplishments of medicine is to treat not only that which is external, but also that which is internal. This is the purpose of surgery: treating that which cannot be resolved with changes in nutrition, exercise, drug therapies, vaccinations or rehabilitation. Access to quality surgical care can have broad ramifications for a country, both social and economic. Surgical conditions represent approximately 30 percent of the global burden of disease. Surgical care is needed throughout life, across all levels of care, and is used to treat a broad range of diseases. Surgery has…
  • Innovative Distribution Channels to Serve the Base of the Pyramid

    Jake Wadland
    26 Jun 2015 | 6:00 am
    Before we met Ana Veronica Ojeda Quispe in the state of Puno, Peru, she was a single mother struggling to provide for her five children through small, part-time jobs. She ran away from home when she was just 11 years old to escape abuse and was living without the support of her family. Ana Veronica’s story is not unlike those of the many women who live in rural and peri-urban communities in Peru. They can’t find good jobs and they become trapped in a cycle of poverty. Their communities, which are often far from city centers, have minimal access to essential products such as shampoo and…
  • Recasting Budgeting as a Team-Building Opportunity

    Jake Wadland
    25 Jun 2015 | 3:12 am
    Budgeting: The word can, more often than not, elicit a collective groan in a nonprofit.  Program directors resent what feels like an administrative distraction from their primary mandate. Finance dreads being the messenger of budget cuts to program staff. Everyone emerges from the annual exercise fatigued and a little bruised. Imagine, instead, budgeting as a collective activity where leadership makes choices as a team around organizational priorities and financial resources. Cast in this light, budgeting shifts from being a copy-and-paste template to the stuff of strategy, vision, and, dare…
 
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    Global Envision

  • Make Good Choices: Rethinking Microcredit with Behavioral Economics

    Sophie Westover
    23 Jun 2015 | 3:57 pm
    Image:  Microcredit seems simple. Provide the poor with access to credit and businesses and entrepreneurship will flourish in the developing world. But what happens when people lack information and are stifled by stress, as many poor people are?People living in poverty don’t always make rational financial decisions, according to the World Bank’s  2015 World Development Report. Imperfect information leads to financial decision-making based on short-term needs rather than long-term gains and little free time leads to cursory financial choices. The financial pressure that…
  • EDUCATION: AN (EXPENSIVE) ESCAPE FROM POVERTY

    Maya Rait
    22 Jun 2015 | 10:57 pm
    Image:  For most African children, education not only predicts better health, greater confidence and stronger communities, but also represents the only escape from a life of systemic poverty.Although all levels of education are impactful, secondary education in particular significantly increases future earnings. This is especially the case in rural agricultural regions such as Northern Ghana, which struggles economically in comparison to the rest of the advancing country. Today, Ghana’s desirable jobs require greater skill and are thus simply unavailable to people without an…
  • A brighter outlook on energy poverty

    Madeline Bishop
    22 Jun 2015 | 2:06 pm
    Image:  In rural Uganda, light streams from the Ssenyonjo family’s windows through the night. The children inside sleep soundly, free from worry of snakes and thieves. They are prepared for the morning’s classes after an evening of study. What’s more, their lungs are healthy--no one wakes with coughing fits or fevers.But for nearly one-fifth of the world’s population that does not yet have solar power like the Ssenyonjo family, this vision of clean energy is still a dream. Some 1.3 billion people live without access to electricity.

Energy poverty not only…
  • Andean greenhouses provide roots for innovation

    Beth Alaimo
    22 Jun 2015 | 7:39 am
    Image:  Pompacorral, Peru - Life in the Andes mountains is hard. The climate is harsh, the air thin, and poor soil means malnutrition is a constant problem for children and adults. But despite all odds, highland communities in Peru are proving their adaptability as they use greenhouses to test out more nutritional crops.  Venturing down the winding roads of the Andes mountains, it is not uncommon to come across “off the map” communities like Pampacorral and Maucau. For these families, it is a two hour walk to everyday conveniences, such as electricity, medical care,…
  • Saving elephants and securing human livelihoods

    Emma Fredieu
    21 Jun 2015 | 7:39 am
    Image:  Like humans, elephants mourn their dead and celebrate friends. Like humans, elephants play pranks and check themselves out in the mirror. And like humans, the well-being of elephants is inextricably tied to conflict and economic prosperity in Africa and across the globe.Fewer than half a million elephants remain in the wild, and one is killed every 15 minutes, according to a May article in The New Yorker. This mass slaughter threatens a beloved species and the communities living around them. Instability and armed conflict across Sub-Saharan Africa drives elephant poaching and…
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    Beneblog: Technology Meets Society

  • Open Source Means Strong Security

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

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

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

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

    4 May 2015 | 5:31 pm
    Tomorrow is an exciting day for our Bookshare online library for students with dyslexia or visual impairments.  We have incredibly generous matching grants from two of our dedicated tech entrepreneur supporters, Bernie Newcomb and Lata Krishnan.  Tomorrow, Tuesday May 5, 2015, is Silicon Valley Gives day, where donors from around the world will find their contributions to organizations based here matched by local donors.We love reading, and we know how important being able to read a book is to educational and employment opportunity.  Each year, we provide more than a million…
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    Environmental Leader

  • Food, Drink Giants Pledge to Halve Food Waste

    Jessica Lyons Hardcastle
    29 Jun 2015 | 4:35 am
    Unilever, Nestlé, Anheuser-Busch InBev and hundreds of other top food and drink companies, all members of the Consumer Goods Forum, have committed to halve food waste within their operations by 2025, compared to a 2016 baseline. Some 30 percent of food produced is wasted each year with food waste responsible for adding 3.3 billion metric […]
  • Guides Support Vapor Intrusion Assessment, Mitigation

    Jessica Lyons Hardcastle
    29 Jun 2015 | 4:30 am
    The EPA has released two technical guides to support assessment and mitigation activities at sites where vapor intrusion is an actual or potential concern. Vapor intrusion is a potential concern at any building — existing or planned — located near soil or groundwater contaminated with vapor-forming toxic chemicals. The Technical Guide for Assessing and Mitigating […]
  • TKPL, Marathon Partnership Aims to Increase Waste Diversion Rates

    Jessica Lyons Hardcastle
    29 Jun 2015 | 4:15 am
    Torxx Kinetic Pulverizer Limited (TKPL) announced today it has entered into a manufacturing and distribution partnership with Marathon Equipment, a subsidiary of Environmental Solutions Group. The companies say the partnership will help their customers lower operating costs and achieve higher diversion rates as a result of TKPL’s waste management equipment. TKPL, which focuses on commercial, […]
  • Minneapolis Leads Green Building Markets

    Jessica Lyons Hardcastle
    29 Jun 2015 | 4:13 am
    Owners of small buildings have an opportunity to differentiate themselves by implementing green-building practices, due to a significant gap between large and small office buildings in achieving sustainability certification, according to a study by CBRE Group and Maastricht University. The 2015 Green Building Adoption Index, a joint project of CBRE and Maastricht, found that 62.1 […]
  • Hybrid Drive System Improves Refuse Fleet Fuel Economy up to 50%

    Jessica Lyons Hardcastle
    29 Jun 2015 | 4:00 am
    Parker Hannifin, which manufactures motion and control technologies and systems, has received approval from the California Air Resources Board to sell the RunWise Advanced Series Hybrid Drive System under a dual-name executive order including the Parker Hannifin RunWise system, paired with the Cummins 2015 model-year engine. These certified hybrid vehicles can help improve fuel economy […]
 
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    Skoll World Forum on Social Entrepreneurship

  • Social Entrepreneurship in 1960s Singapore: The Story of My Mother

    Jake Wadland
    29 Jun 2015 | 7:55 am
    I was born in a slum in Singapore in 1957. Except for the British, almost everyone else was poor. My father worked in a grocery shop and his salary as a shop assistant could hardly feed his family – three kids, our mother, and our grandmother. By necessity, my mother Tan Siam Kheng had to think up new ways to raise the income level of our household, as her kids were growing and needed to go to school. At first, she tried cooking pancakes, hoping to piggy-back on our neighbor who peddled fresh fruit from a pushcart. But the attempt failed, as our neighbor did not promote the pancakes and…
  • High-Flying Executive Goes Nuts in Africa

    Jake Wadland
    26 Jun 2015 | 9:12 am
    Not many people walk around an orphanage in Africa and say, “Hey, that kid would be a great factory worker some day!” But not many people go nuts – literally. Four years ago I was a high-flying executive, but then I sold it all and moved to Mozambique. I had worked at a number of food companies, including Hershey’s Chocolate. It was through a cocoa purchasing trip that I made my first visit to Africa. While surveying cocoa yields in Ghana I was confronted with striking poverty. Children were walking miles for water, living in huts, and unable to attend school. Amidst what seems like…
  • Center a Model For Extending Surgical Care To Billions

    Jake Wadland
    26 Jun 2015 | 6:32 am
    One of the great accomplishments of medicine is to treat not only that which is external, but also that which is internal. This is the purpose of surgery: treating that which cannot be resolved with changes in nutrition, exercise, drug therapies, vaccinations or rehabilitation. Access to quality surgical care can have broad ramifications for a country, both social and economic. Surgical conditions represent approximately 30 percent of the global burden of disease. Surgical care is needed throughout life, across all levels of care, and is used to treat a broad range of diseases. Surgery has…
  • Innovative Distribution Channels to Serve the Base of the Pyramid

    Jake Wadland
    26 Jun 2015 | 6:00 am
    Before we met Ana Veronica Ojeda Quispe in the state of Puno, Peru, she was a single mother struggling to provide for her five children through small, part-time jobs. She ran away from home when she was just 11 years old to escape abuse and was living without the support of her family. Ana Veronica’s story is not unlike those of the many women who live in rural and peri-urban communities in Peru. They can’t find good jobs and they become trapped in a cycle of poverty. Their communities, which are often far from city centers, have minimal access to essential products such as shampoo and…
  • Recasting Budgeting as a Team-Building Opportunity

    Jake Wadland
    25 Jun 2015 | 3:12 am
    Budgeting: The word can, more often than not, elicit a collective groan in a nonprofit.  Program directors resent what feels like an administrative distraction from their primary mandate. Finance dreads being the messenger of budget cuts to program staff. Everyone emerges from the annual exercise fatigued and a little bruised. Imagine, instead, budgeting as a collective activity where leadership makes choices as a team around organizational priorities and financial resources. Cast in this light, budgeting shifts from being a copy-and-paste template to the stuff of strategy, vision, and, dare…
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    GlobalGiving Blog - News and Updates

  • Using Data to Drive Donations: key findings from our work with DataKind

    Alison Carlman
    22 Jun 2015 | 7:28 am
    By Alison Carlman, in partnership with Miriam Young from DataKind Recently we worked with DataKind to analyze project data from our website to learn what our nonprofit partners can do to maximize their potential for donations.   If you’ve ever visited more than a few pages on GlobalGiving, you’ll know that our project pages are the main hub of all fundraising activity on the web platform. Project pages are the pages where organizations describe their needs and give their best pitch to attract potential donors. We recently worked with a team of DataKind volunteers to analyze our data,…
  • The Safer World Fund Nears $1 Million Milestone to Educate and Empower Women in Afghanistan and Pakistan

    Miranda Cleland
    18 Jun 2015 | 2:48 pm
    After the attacks of September 11, 2001, families and friends who lost loved ones created the Safer World Fund (formerly the philanthropic arm of Our Voices Together). Since 2008, the Safer World Fund has matched donations for projects providing youth and community development in the poorest areas of the world. The total amount raised from individuals, including the matching funds, has almost reached $1 million! The Safer World Fund recognizes that educating women is one of the best ways to make lasting change in a community, especially one at risk. UNICEF’s Multiple Indicator Cluster…
  • From the ground: Accountability Lab’s Nepal earthquake relief efforts

    Emily Collins
    16 Jun 2015 | 12:57 pm
    For earthquake relief in Nepal, connection is key. Displaced Nepali citizens found themselves unable to connect with organizations to provide essential needs, like food, water, and medical aid. Accountability Lab is dedicated to making this connection possible. At GlobalGiving, we were fortunate enough to get in contact with Narayan Adhikari, the representative for Accountability Lab: South Asia, and gather a bit of look into what is happening on the ground in Nepal. Through their Mobile Citizen Helpdesk project, Narayan and Accountability Lab have been able to visit over 65 communities and…
  • Guest Post: Why You Should Help the Nepalis, and How to Start

    Alison Carlman
    29 Apr 2015 | 8:57 am
    This post was written by Chris Wolz, GlobalGiving Board Member, and President/CEO Forum One. When I heard Saturday morning, April 25, 2015, that there had been an earthquake in Nepal, I let out a gasp and uttered to myself “oh, no.” Oh no. Like many who have lived and worked in Nepal, I love the Nepali people and their beautiful, colorful, chaotic, friendly country. I also know that Kathmandu city is jammed full of 1+ million people, and narrow lanes lined with many shoddily built, and brittle, brick buildings. And I’ve walked through many villages in the surrounding hills, past the…
  • How GlobalGiving Helps Nonprofits Become More Effective

    Alison Carlman
    23 Mar 2015 | 2:27 pm
    This is our mission at GlobalGiving: catalyzing a global marketplace for money, information, and ideas. In 2002 we began to build an online funding bridge between passionate individual donors—people whose gifts are often seen as too small to be meaningful—and smaller organizations whose impact has been all too easy to ignore because of their size or remoteness of their work. Today that funding bridge has turned into a global marketplace where anyone in the world can support projects and organizations that they otherwise would never have known. But democratizing fundraising was only the…
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  • Relief rebuilding to 25 communities in Nepal

    Sadhana Shrestha
    24 Jun 2015 | 2:14 pm
    $50 — relief packages for members of partner organisations comprising of food items like rice, salt, oil and dry fruits$90 — Play items for Community Children$100 — relief packages for pregnant and postnatal women ( food items like rice, lentils, dry fruits, sanitary napkins, soaps, horlicks)SummaryWomen and children are hard- hit in Nepal earthquake. Tewa is supporting community based women's organisations working in 14 severely affected earthquake districts to rebuild communities and lives, enabling grantees to use their local skills,knowledge…
  • Help 1,400 Children in Nepal to Go Back to School

    Jiban Karki
    24 Jun 2015 | 2:11 pm
    $10 — would enable PHASE to provide one child with a basic school kit$20 — would enable PHASE to provide two children with a basic school kit$50 — would enable PHASE to provide five children with a basic school kitSummaryThe unimaginable devastation caused by the earthquakes in Nepal has left many communities without homes, schools, livestock, food, and supplies. PHASE is deeply rooted in these local communities and is in a good position to provide both immediate and long-term support. We are on the ground in these isolated areas, helping to…
  • Biodiversity for All in Mexico

    Anthony Scala
    24 Jun 2015 | 1:45 pm
    $30 — contributes to the production of the play in one local community in Chiapas$60 — contributes to the production of the play in one local community in Chiapas$100 — contributes to the production of the play in one local community in ChiapasSummaryAs home to one of the world's most endangered ecosystems, the Cloud Forest, El Triunfo Biological Reserve must be protected so carefully that few may visit each year. Now, through the play Guardians of the Mist at the Chiapas Zoo, audiences are introduced to issues affecting this environmental…
  • Mental Heath and Trauma Training in Nepal

    Kay Helm
    24 Jun 2015 | 9:21 am
    $10 — Training materials for one worker$50 — Training materials for five workers$100 — Covers one day's lodging & food for training facilitatorsSummaryThis project will equip 60-70 informal care providers at two locations in Nepal. The goal is to provide an understanding of basic mental health and illness, with an emphasis on emotional trauma, anxiety, depression, and stress. These local church leaders and workers have already been responding to needs after the recent earthquakes. This training will help them to incorporate basic holistic care…
  • University Scholarships for Students in Palestine

    Josie Shields-Stromsness
    24 Jun 2015 | 6:14 am
    $11 — pays one day tuition for a young person to study medicine or dentistry$40 — pays registration fees for a new student to enter the university$80 — pays one month tuition for a young person to study through a distance programSummaryPalestinian students face many obstacles in obtaining a university degree. They cross checkpoints en route to lectures, study at home by candle light, and work side jobs to pay their tuition. Our scholarship pays for students' tuition at local universities thereby enabling talented and ambitious high school…
 
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    Timbuktu Chronicles

  • Light Electric Utility Vehicle

    Emeka Okafor
    29 Jun 2015 | 3:00 am
    More in the rugged vehicle space, in South Sudan, via Hackaday: I live and work in South Sudan, which is a very materially poor area with terrible physical infrastructure. A major challenge for this area is moving materials and people over roads that range from bad to non-existent. Standard vehicles are not up to the task, and Land Cruisers or other specialty 4x4 vehicles are far outside of the normal persons budget. I am attempting to design and build a small electric utility vehicle which can be built locally and survive in these extreme conditions. The main goals are simple to construct,…
  • Golden Madagascan Silk

    Emeka Okafor
    28 Jun 2015 | 3:00 am
    Hadley Leggett in Wired: A rare textile made from the silk of more than a million wild spiders goes on display today at the American Museum of Natural History in New York City. To produce this unique golden cloth, 70 people spent four years collecting golden orb spiders from telephone poles in Madagascar, while another dozen workers carefully extracted about 80 feet of silk filament from each of the arachnids. The resulting 11-foot by 4-foot textile is the only large piece of cloth made from natural spider silk existing in the world today. 1-spiders“Spider silk is very elastic, and it has a…
  • Protein Futures from OGOJIII Mgazine

    Emeka Okafor
    27 Jun 2015 | 4:00 am
    In publications:OGOJIII is an international bi-quarterly print magazine. OGOJIII offers cutting edge perspectives on design, culture, urbanism, business as well as African and global affairs. image via OgojiiiPROTEIN FUTURESWith the population forecast to reach 8-billion people this year, edible insects have the world in a buzz. It definitely has its own flavour. It’s savoury but also a little bit sweet with a nutty flavour, and then with a smoky flavour from the fire,” says Zayaan Khan, South Africa’s leading expert on entomophagy. She is explaining the taste of a mopane worm. “The…
  • Ngajilo Tunu | Maker

    Emeka Okafor
    27 Jun 2015 | 3:00 am
    Building systems in Tanzania, Ngajilo Tunu the founder of Smart Interfacing for Embedded System:"Embedded systems for nearly all life activities using suitable,affordable, and powerful designs."
  • Bootcamp for Tony Elumelu Entrepreneurs

    Emeka Okafor
    26 Jun 2015 | 9:03 am
    From TEF: Entrepreneurs, get ready for the Tony Elumelu Entrepreneurship Programme Bootcamp
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    Skoll World Forum on Social Entrepreneurship

  • Social Entrepreneurship in 1960s Singapore: The Story of My Mother

    Jake Wadland
    29 Jun 2015 | 7:55 am
    I was born in a slum in Singapore in 1957. Except for the British, almost everyone else was poor. My father worked in a grocery shop and his salary as a shop assistant could hardly feed his family – three kids, our mother, and our grandmother. By necessity, my mother Tan Siam Kheng had to think up new ways to raise the income level of our household, as her kids were growing and needed to go to school. At first, she tried cooking pancakes, hoping to piggy-back on our neighbor who peddled fresh fruit from a pushcart. But the attempt failed, as our neighbor did not promote the pancakes and…
  • High-Flying Executive Goes Nuts in Africa

    Jake Wadland
    26 Jun 2015 | 9:12 am
    Not many people walk around an orphanage in Africa and say, “Hey, that kid would be a great factory worker some day!” But not many people go nuts – literally. Four years ago I was a high-flying executive, but then I sold it all and moved to Mozambique. I had worked at a number of food companies, including Hershey’s Chocolate. It was through a cocoa purchasing trip that I made my first visit to Africa. While surveying cocoa yields in Ghana I was confronted with striking poverty. Children were walking miles for water, living in huts, and unable to attend school. Amidst what seems like…
  • Center a Model For Extending Surgical Care To Billions

    Jake Wadland
    26 Jun 2015 | 6:32 am
    One of the great accomplishments of medicine is to treat not only that which is external, but also that which is internal. This is the purpose of surgery: treating that which cannot be resolved with changes in nutrition, exercise, drug therapies, vaccinations or rehabilitation. Access to quality surgical care can have broad ramifications for a country, both social and economic. Surgical conditions represent approximately 30 percent of the global burden of disease. Surgical care is needed throughout life, across all levels of care, and is used to treat a broad range of diseases. Surgery has…
  • Innovative Distribution Channels to Serve the Base of the Pyramid

    Jake Wadland
    26 Jun 2015 | 6:00 am
    Before we met Ana Veronica Ojeda Quispe in the state of Puno, Peru, she was a single mother struggling to provide for her five children through small, part-time jobs. She ran away from home when she was just 11 years old to escape abuse and was living without the support of her family. Ana Veronica’s story is not unlike those of the many women who live in rural and peri-urban communities in Peru. They can’t find good jobs and they become trapped in a cycle of poverty. Their communities, which are often far from city centers, have minimal access to essential products such as shampoo and…
  • Recasting Budgeting as a Team-Building Opportunity

    Jake Wadland
    25 Jun 2015 | 3:12 am
    Budgeting: The word can, more often than not, elicit a collective groan in a nonprofit.  Program directors resent what feels like an administrative distraction from their primary mandate. Finance dreads being the messenger of budget cuts to program staff. Everyone emerges from the annual exercise fatigued and a little bruised. Imagine, instead, budgeting as a collective activity where leadership makes choices as a team around organizational priorities and financial resources. Cast in this light, budgeting shifts from being a copy-and-paste template to the stuff of strategy, vision, and, dare…
 
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    Skoll World Forum on Social Entrepreneurship

  • Social Entrepreneurship in 1960s Singapore: The Story of My Mother

    Jake Wadland
    29 Jun 2015 | 7:55 am
    I was born in a slum in Singapore in 1957. Except for the British, almost everyone else was poor. My father worked in a grocery shop and his salary as a shop assistant could hardly feed his family – three kids, our mother, and our grandmother. By necessity, my mother Tan Siam Kheng had to think up new ways to raise the income level of our household, as her kids were growing and needed to go to school. At first, she tried cooking pancakes, hoping to piggy-back on our neighbor who peddled fresh fruit from a pushcart. But the attempt failed, as our neighbor did not promote the pancakes and…
  • High-Flying Executive Goes Nuts in Africa

    Jake Wadland
    26 Jun 2015 | 9:12 am
    Not many people walk around an orphanage in Africa and say, “Hey, that kid would be a great factory worker some day!” But not many people go nuts – literally. Four years ago I was a high-flying executive, but then I sold it all and moved to Mozambique. I had worked at a number of food companies, including Hershey’s Chocolate. It was through a cocoa purchasing trip that I made my first visit to Africa. While surveying cocoa yields in Ghana I was confronted with striking poverty. Children were walking miles for water, living in huts, and unable to attend school. Amidst what seems like…
  • Center a Model For Extending Surgical Care To Billions

    Jake Wadland
    26 Jun 2015 | 6:32 am
    One of the great accomplishments of medicine is to treat not only that which is external, but also that which is internal. This is the purpose of surgery: treating that which cannot be resolved with changes in nutrition, exercise, drug therapies, vaccinations or rehabilitation. Access to quality surgical care can have broad ramifications for a country, both social and economic. Surgical conditions represent approximately 30 percent of the global burden of disease. Surgical care is needed throughout life, across all levels of care, and is used to treat a broad range of diseases. Surgery has…
  • Innovative Distribution Channels to Serve the Base of the Pyramid

    Jake Wadland
    26 Jun 2015 | 6:00 am
    Before we met Ana Veronica Ojeda Quispe in the state of Puno, Peru, she was a single mother struggling to provide for her five children through small, part-time jobs. She ran away from home when she was just 11 years old to escape abuse and was living without the support of her family. Ana Veronica’s story is not unlike those of the many women who live in rural and peri-urban communities in Peru. They can’t find good jobs and they become trapped in a cycle of poverty. Their communities, which are often far from city centers, have minimal access to essential products such as shampoo and…
  • Recasting Budgeting as a Team-Building Opportunity

    Jake Wadland
    25 Jun 2015 | 3:12 am
    Budgeting: The word can, more often than not, elicit a collective groan in a nonprofit.  Program directors resent what feels like an administrative distraction from their primary mandate. Finance dreads being the messenger of budget cuts to program staff. Everyone emerges from the annual exercise fatigued and a little bruised. Imagine, instead, budgeting as a collective activity where leadership makes choices as a team around organizational priorities and financial resources. Cast in this light, budgeting shifts from being a copy-and-paste template to the stuff of strategy, vision, and, dare…
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    Skoll World Forum on Social Entrepreneurship

  • Social Entrepreneurship in 1960s Singapore: The Story of My Mother

    Jake Wadland
    29 Jun 2015 | 7:55 am
    I was born in a slum in Singapore in 1957. Except for the British, almost everyone else was poor. My father worked in a grocery shop and his salary as a shop assistant could hardly feed his family – three kids, our mother, and our grandmother. By necessity, my mother Tan Siam Kheng had to think up new ways to raise the income level of our household, as her kids were growing and needed to go to school. At first, she tried cooking pancakes, hoping to piggy-back on our neighbor who peddled fresh fruit from a pushcart. But the attempt failed, as our neighbor did not promote the pancakes and…
  • High-Flying Executive Goes Nuts in Africa

    Jake Wadland
    26 Jun 2015 | 9:12 am
    Not many people walk around an orphanage in Africa and say, “Hey, that kid would be a great factory worker some day!” But not many people go nuts – literally. Four years ago I was a high-flying executive, but then I sold it all and moved to Mozambique. I had worked at a number of food companies, including Hershey’s Chocolate. It was through a cocoa purchasing trip that I made my first visit to Africa. While surveying cocoa yields in Ghana I was confronted with striking poverty. Children were walking miles for water, living in huts, and unable to attend school. Amidst what seems like…
  • Center a Model For Extending Surgical Care To Billions

    Jake Wadland
    26 Jun 2015 | 6:32 am
    One of the great accomplishments of medicine is to treat not only that which is external, but also that which is internal. This is the purpose of surgery: treating that which cannot be resolved with changes in nutrition, exercise, drug therapies, vaccinations or rehabilitation. Access to quality surgical care can have broad ramifications for a country, both social and economic. Surgical conditions represent approximately 30 percent of the global burden of disease. Surgical care is needed throughout life, across all levels of care, and is used to treat a broad range of diseases. Surgery has…
  • Innovative Distribution Channels to Serve the Base of the Pyramid

    Jake Wadland
    26 Jun 2015 | 6:00 am
    Before we met Ana Veronica Ojeda Quispe in the state of Puno, Peru, she was a single mother struggling to provide for her five children through small, part-time jobs. She ran away from home when she was just 11 years old to escape abuse and was living without the support of her family. Ana Veronica’s story is not unlike those of the many women who live in rural and peri-urban communities in Peru. They can’t find good jobs and they become trapped in a cycle of poverty. Their communities, which are often far from city centers, have minimal access to essential products such as shampoo and…
  • Recasting Budgeting as a Team-Building Opportunity

    Jake Wadland
    25 Jun 2015 | 3:12 am
    Budgeting: The word can, more often than not, elicit a collective groan in a nonprofit.  Program directors resent what feels like an administrative distraction from their primary mandate. Finance dreads being the messenger of budget cuts to program staff. Everyone emerges from the annual exercise fatigued and a little bruised. Imagine, instead, budgeting as a collective activity where leadership makes choices as a team around organizational priorities and financial resources. Cast in this light, budgeting shifts from being a copy-and-paste template to the stuff of strategy, vision, and, dare…
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    Skoll World Forum on Social Entrepreneurship

  • Social Entrepreneurship in 1960s Singapore: The Story of My Mother

    Jake Wadland
    29 Jun 2015 | 7:55 am
    I was born in a slum in Singapore in 1957. Except for the British, almost everyone else was poor. My father worked in a grocery shop and his salary as a shop assistant could hardly feed his family – three kids, our mother, and our grandmother. By necessity, my mother Tan Siam Kheng had to think up new ways to raise the income level of our household, as her kids were growing and needed to go to school. At first, she tried cooking pancakes, hoping to piggy-back on our neighbor who peddled fresh fruit from a pushcart. But the attempt failed, as our neighbor did not promote the pancakes and…
  • High-Flying Executive Goes Nuts in Africa

    Jake Wadland
    26 Jun 2015 | 9:12 am
    Not many people walk around an orphanage in Africa and say, “Hey, that kid would be a great factory worker some day!” But not many people go nuts – literally. Four years ago I was a high-flying executive, but then I sold it all and moved to Mozambique. I had worked at a number of food companies, including Hershey’s Chocolate. It was through a cocoa purchasing trip that I made my first visit to Africa. While surveying cocoa yields in Ghana I was confronted with striking poverty. Children were walking miles for water, living in huts, and unable to attend school. Amidst what seems like…
  • Center a Model For Extending Surgical Care To Billions

    Jake Wadland
    26 Jun 2015 | 6:32 am
    One of the great accomplishments of medicine is to treat not only that which is external, but also that which is internal. This is the purpose of surgery: treating that which cannot be resolved with changes in nutrition, exercise, drug therapies, vaccinations or rehabilitation. Access to quality surgical care can have broad ramifications for a country, both social and economic. Surgical conditions represent approximately 30 percent of the global burden of disease. Surgical care is needed throughout life, across all levels of care, and is used to treat a broad range of diseases. Surgery has…
  • Innovative Distribution Channels to Serve the Base of the Pyramid

    Jake Wadland
    26 Jun 2015 | 6:00 am
    Before we met Ana Veronica Ojeda Quispe in the state of Puno, Peru, she was a single mother struggling to provide for her five children through small, part-time jobs. She ran away from home when she was just 11 years old to escape abuse and was living without the support of her family. Ana Veronica’s story is not unlike those of the many women who live in rural and peri-urban communities in Peru. They can’t find good jobs and they become trapped in a cycle of poverty. Their communities, which are often far from city centers, have minimal access to essential products such as shampoo and…
  • Recasting Budgeting as a Team-Building Opportunity

    Jake Wadland
    25 Jun 2015 | 3:12 am
    Budgeting: The word can, more often than not, elicit a collective groan in a nonprofit.  Program directors resent what feels like an administrative distraction from their primary mandate. Finance dreads being the messenger of budget cuts to program staff. Everyone emerges from the annual exercise fatigued and a little bruised. Imagine, instead, budgeting as a collective activity where leadership makes choices as a team around organizational priorities and financial resources. Cast in this light, budgeting shifts from being a copy-and-paste template to the stuff of strategy, vision, and, dare…
 
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    Skoll World Forum on Social Entrepreneurship

  • Social Entrepreneurship in 1960s Singapore: The Story of My Mother

    Jake Wadland
    29 Jun 2015 | 7:55 am
    I was born in a slum in Singapore in 1957. Except for the British, almost everyone else was poor. My father worked in a grocery shop and his salary as a shop assistant could hardly feed his family – three kids, our mother, and our grandmother. By necessity, my mother Tan Siam Kheng had to think up new ways to raise the income level of our household, as her kids were growing and needed to go to school. At first, she tried cooking pancakes, hoping to piggy-back on our neighbor who peddled fresh fruit from a pushcart. But the attempt failed, as our neighbor did not promote the pancakes and…
  • High-Flying Executive Goes Nuts in Africa

    Jake Wadland
    26 Jun 2015 | 9:12 am
    Not many people walk around an orphanage in Africa and say, “Hey, that kid would be a great factory worker some day!” But not many people go nuts – literally. Four years ago I was a high-flying executive, but then I sold it all and moved to Mozambique. I had worked at a number of food companies, including Hershey’s Chocolate. It was through a cocoa purchasing trip that I made my first visit to Africa. While surveying cocoa yields in Ghana I was confronted with striking poverty. Children were walking miles for water, living in huts, and unable to attend school. Amidst what seems like…
  • Center a Model For Extending Surgical Care To Billions

    Jake Wadland
    26 Jun 2015 | 6:32 am
    One of the great accomplishments of medicine is to treat not only that which is external, but also that which is internal. This is the purpose of surgery: treating that which cannot be resolved with changes in nutrition, exercise, drug therapies, vaccinations or rehabilitation. Access to quality surgical care can have broad ramifications for a country, both social and economic. Surgical conditions represent approximately 30 percent of the global burden of disease. Surgical care is needed throughout life, across all levels of care, and is used to treat a broad range of diseases. Surgery has…
  • Innovative Distribution Channels to Serve the Base of the Pyramid

    Jake Wadland
    26 Jun 2015 | 6:00 am
    Before we met Ana Veronica Ojeda Quispe in the state of Puno, Peru, she was a single mother struggling to provide for her five children through small, part-time jobs. She ran away from home when she was just 11 years old to escape abuse and was living without the support of her family. Ana Veronica’s story is not unlike those of the many women who live in rural and peri-urban communities in Peru. They can’t find good jobs and they become trapped in a cycle of poverty. Their communities, which are often far from city centers, have minimal access to essential products such as shampoo and…
  • Recasting Budgeting as a Team-Building Opportunity

    Jake Wadland
    25 Jun 2015 | 3:12 am
    Budgeting: The word can, more often than not, elicit a collective groan in a nonprofit.  Program directors resent what feels like an administrative distraction from their primary mandate. Finance dreads being the messenger of budget cuts to program staff. Everyone emerges from the annual exercise fatigued and a little bruised. Imagine, instead, budgeting as a collective activity where leadership makes choices as a team around organizational priorities and financial resources. Cast in this light, budgeting shifts from being a copy-and-paste template to the stuff of strategy, vision, and, dare…
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    From Poverty to Power

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    Duncan Green
    28 Jun 2015 | 11:30 pm
    It was a maptastic week (click maps to expand): First up, the number one reason people die early, by country (plus a top tweeted response from RJ Chilvers: ‘surprise is Saudi Arabia’s leading cause is road accidents. I think they need more women drivers…’)   Dear governments & aid agencies: Please stop hurting poor people with your skills training programs. Vintage Blattman   Causes of disability by country type: back pain (rich countries); depression (poor countries); anaemia (fragile and conflict states)   Must read, especially for secular activists/aid…
  • Have technology and globalization kicked away the ladder of ‘easy’ development? Dani Rodrik thinks so

    Duncan Green
    25 Jun 2015 | 11:30 pm
    Dani Rodrik was in town his week, and I attended a brilliant presentation at ODI. Very exciting. He’s been one of my heroes ever since I joined the aid and development crowd in the late 90s, when he was one of the few high profile economists to be arguing against the liberalizing market-good/state-bad tide on trade, investment and just about everything else. Dani doggedly and brilliantly made the case for the role of the state in intelligent industrial policy. But now he’s feeling pessimistic about the future (one discussant described it as ‘like your local priest losing his faith’).
  • Who is the richest man in history? The answer might surprise you

    Duncan Green
    24 Jun 2015 | 11:30 pm
    Ricardo Fuentes-Nieva (@rivefuentes) is shortly leaving his current role as Oxfam GB’s head of research to One of these men is Carlos Slim take over as Executive Director of Oxfam Mexico (I’ll have to start being nice to him now). Here he introduces Oxfam Mexico’s new report on one of Mexico’s many claims to fame – the richest man in history. In his 2011 book, The Haves and The Have Nots,  Branko Milanovic asked a simple but quite illuminating question: who is the richest man in history? (Given the gender structures and distribution of wealth and resources across men and women, it…
  • What if the best way to be innovative is not to try?

    Duncan Green
    23 Jun 2015 | 11:30 pm
    This guest post comes from Oxfam’s James Whitehead ‘Is it innovative?’ ‘How can we be more innovative?’ When asked, my problem, which is slightly awkward as Oxfam’s Global Innovation Advisor, is that I’m not sure how useful the word ‘innovation’ really is. I’ve just written a research paper on the factors that enable or block innovation in Oxfam and one of the things that comes out is that those who are ‘innovators’ don’t see themselves as such and don’t label what they do as ‘innovation’. They just get on with working with others to solve problems. Duncan…
  • The SDGs are just getting interesting – what needs to happen next to make them have impact?

    Duncan Green
    22 Jun 2015 | 11:30 pm
    I spent a day in Madrid last week talking to Spanish aid wonks (it was cold and wet, in case you’re feeling jealous). One of the Got to catch them all….. main topics of conversation was the post 2015 process, and it convinced me that I need to move on a bit from my previous rejection of the whole process as a waste of breath. We are where we are – there has been a huge investment from (some) political leaders, and (a lot of) global civil society in a big conversation about the ‘world we want’.  What happens next? As Claire Melamed has argued, that is a positive in itself. OK,…
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    CIPE Development Blog

  • Enhancing Youth’s Political Participation in Pakistan

    Guest
    25 Jun 2015 | 1:31 pm
    Internationally, the average age of eligibility for election to national parliament starts at 25 years old. According to a UNDP 2012 Global Parliamentary Report, approximately 1.65 percent of parliamentarians globally are in their 20s, while 11.87 percent are in their 30s. However, the global average age of parliamentarians is 53 years old. In Pakistan, youth represent 60 percent of the total...
  • A Trinity of Trade: Africa soon to Launch TFTA

    Administrator
    18 Jun 2015 | 11:33 am
    By Otito Greg-Obi Recently, African heads of state gathered together in Egypt to sign the Tripartite Free Trade Area agreement (TFTA) which will join the forces of the East African Community (EAC), the Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa … Continue reading →
  • Feature Service Highlight: Ronald Coase’s Views on the Conduct of Economics

    Stephanie Bandyk
    15 Jun 2015 | 9:14 am
    “Ronald Coase would often say that if Darwin were to come back to earth today, he would be amazed at how much biology has progressed since The Origin of Species. Whereas if Adam Smith came back today and looked at … Continue reading →
  • CIPE Launches First Annual Photo Competition

    Ashley Fox
    11 Jun 2015 | 8:27 am
    “There is one thing the photograph must contain, the humanity of the moment.” – Robert Frank Show us your best story-telling photo Do you like to tell stories through photography? Then show us your best work! The first annual Center for … Continue reading →
  • Riinvest Institute Celebrates 20 year Anniversary

    Natalia Otel Belan
    10 Jun 2015 | 1:21 pm
    CIPE’s long term partner Riinvest Institute for Development Research is celebrating their 20th anniversary this year. To mark the occasion, Riinvest held a conference on May 15 and 16 titled, “Activating the Sources of Economic Growth in Kosovo”. The conference … Continue reading →
 
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    ODI Opinion

  • China’s path to innovation

    17 Jul 2015 | 12:00 am
    ​Join Prof Xiaolan Fu to explore her new book ‘China’s Path to Innovation’ which deciphers how China was able to achieve such a remarkable success in the past, examines how China may sustain dynamic growth in the future and suggests what other countries can learn from China’s success.
  • Financing 'leave no one behind'

    14 Jul 2015 | 12:00 am
    ​This high level side event will explore how the outcome of the Financing for Development conference can support the global ambition to ‘leave no one behind’.
  • Graduating from Social Protection

    10 Jul 2015 | 12:00 am
    ​A joint ODI and IDS event launching the new IDS Bulletin, 'Graduating from Social Protection?'
  • Twitter chat: dos and don'ts of development photography

    9 Jul 2015 | 12:00 am
    ​Photographers, researchers, critics, donors and NGO communications staff discuss the challenges of using imagery in development - and how we can overcome them.
  • Social protection, taxation and inequality

    9 Jul 2015 | 12:00 am
    ​What is the impact of taxes and transfers on poverty and inequality? What are the implications of recent trends in tax revenue levels and ‘mix’ in LICs and MICs for social protection financing?
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    PHILANTHROPY 2173

  • The data value index

    Lucy Bernholz
    15 Jun 2015 | 2:03 pm
    It seems that the average joe is beginning to understand that his digital data has value. What nerds have long known (if you're not the customer, you're the product) about our interactions with "free" digital services is becoming common knowledge. Many of us would rather pay with money than with our data.I was part of a design thinking workshop over the weekend where "monetizing the value of personal data" or bringing that value back to the people from whom it came seemed to be part of every prototype. There are many serious efforts underway to change the dynamic between product user/data…
  • Philanthropy policy reform

    Lucy Bernholz
    10 Jun 2015 | 11:00 am
    I think philanthropy needs to spend more time on digital policy issues.  Regular readers of this blog have heard that from me for years. But digital policy is still - despite my years of trying - not on the agenda of philanthropy policy actors. Tax law is their number one issue. Outsiders have other ideas. David Callahan made a splash in The New York Times a few weeks ago calling for reform of philanthropy policy. The problems that he sees: Ineffective philanthropic spendingFraudulent use of charitable dollarsHiding behind philanthropic anonymity to fund political actionThese are real…
  • Where is the democracy in all this democratizing technology?

    Lucy Bernholz
    9 Jun 2015 | 8:47 am
    There's always a lot of talk about new technologies and democracy. But is expanded access alone enough to be democratizing?  Doesn't democracy also require that that access have some connection to systems of power? That those with access have visibility into the systems that govern the access? That they have some say over how the access is distributed, controlled, and held in check?I bring this up for two reasons. Yesterday at an Independent Sector "listening meeting" I noted that the organization - and nonprofits in general - seem to exclusively refer to digital technologies as…
  • A few thoughts (and reading suggestions) on data and civil society

    Lucy Bernholz
    7 Jun 2015 | 1:56 pm
    I had the chance to participate in Worldview Stanford's class on Data - it was an amazing cross disciplinary look at how digital data are changing the landscapes for learning, work, and society. Here are two fabulous charts from the sessions - thanks to Nancy Murphy and Stephanie Crowley for sharing.A few days later I participated in a working session on the ethical use of digital data in civil society. We are focused on developing tools to facilitate ethical, safe, and effective working relationships between data scientists and nonprofits. We talked a lot about mission alignment, consent,…
  • Data volunteering

    Lucy Bernholz
    29 May 2015 | 12:54 pm
    The MasterCard Center for Inclusive Growth has a new series on data volunteering - check out their first post here.Over at the Digital Civil Society Lab we're getting ready to host a small gathering of these "data volunteers" on Monday. Working with them, legal scholars from Stanford, ethicists from Stanford and Santa Clara Universities, and nonprofit executives we aim to produce a checklist for ethical practice for this emergent field. I've got great colleagues from PACS and the d.school helping to pull this off, so I hope I'm not jinxing it by telling the world our one-day product…
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    Acumen Fund Blog

  • Acumen Makes First Cookstove Investment with BURN Manufacturing

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

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

    Acumen
    4 May 2015 | 3:08 pm
    Acumen today announced its expansion to support social entrepreneurship in Latin America. The pioneer in impact investing will be headquartered in Bogotá and will invest in innovative entrepreneurs and enterprises in Colombia and Peru to drive faster, sustainable solutions to poverty and create new paths forward to tackle economic inequality. While extreme poverty in Latin America has declined by half, more than 80 million people still live on $4 a day and more than 200 million are at risk of being pulled back into poverty by economic instability and climate change. Founded in 2001 by…
  • Acumen Increases Its Efforts to Improve India’s Private Education With New Investments

    Acumen
    28 Apr 2015 | 11:05 am
    Acumen announces its new investment in Ignis Careers and Standard of Excellence in Education and Development (SEED) to improve the current state of low-cost, private education in India. India has the largest kindergarten to 10th grade system in the world with more than 1.6 million schools. More than 96 percent of children, ranging from ages 6 to 14, are enrolled in school. However, the quality of education is poor, and half of the children in Grade 5 can only read at a Grade 2 level. While private education offers an alternative to government schools in India, private schooling has not always…
  • How You Can Help: The Nepal Earthquake

    Acumen
    27 Apr 2015 | 7:09 am
    On Saturday, April 25th, an earthquake with magnitude 7.8 shook the country of Nepal, as well as parts of northern India. Hitting south of Kathmandu, the earthquake killed more than 3,800 people and injured more than 7,100 as of Monday morning. It is the worst to hit the region in 80 years, and aftershocks and tremors continued to rock the country over the past 48 hours. As the city’s 1.2 million people flock to the streets, the nation and its citizens are in desperate need of relief. Committed to our partners and community in South Asia, we wanted to highlight those organizations…
 
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    Women's World Banking

  • The factory floor as classroom: peer-to-peer financial education among India’s garment employees

    Gayle Gatchalian
    28 Jun 2015 | 11:05 pm
    By Cathleen Tobin, Director, Product Development June 29, 2015 Having a bank account is one thing; knowing how to use it effectively may be another story. For garment-factory workers and other global supply-chain employees who are increasingly paid through digital direct-deposits, transacting with a bank for the first time can be intimidating. Factory managers may find digital payroll systems more cost-effective, but they rarely devote the time to show employees how to use their new bank accounts, or even how to withdraw their salaries from the ATM. Now, thanks to the results of a…
  • Thank You For Registering for 16th Global Meeting

    Allegra Palmer
    25 Jun 2015 | 2:11 pm
    Dear Network Member, Thank you for registering for the 16th Global Meeting. This is message is a confirmation of your registration. The Women’s World Banking team will be in touch in in regards to next steps including visa letters. If you have any questions, please contact Allegra Palmer afp@womensworldbanking.org We look forward to seeing you in Berlin. Sincerely, The Women’s World Banking team. The post Thank You For Registering for 16th Global Meeting appeared first on Women's World Banking.
  • RFQ: Email Marketing Service

    Eduard Taube
    23 Jun 2015 | 8:34 am
    Reference: Job # 201517 Issue Date: June 23, 2015 Submission Date: July 31, 2015 Summary Women’s World Banking is seeking a new email marketing service provider. About Women’s World Banking Women’s World Banking is the global non-profit devoted to giving more low-income women access to the financial tools and resources essential to their security and prosperity. For more than 35 years we have worked with financial institutions to show them the benefit of investing in women as clients, and as leaders. We equip these institutions to meet women’s needs through authoritative market…
  • EY | Empowering women: uncovering financial inclusion barriers

    Gayle Gatchalian
    22 Jun 2015 | 3:31 pm
    Our President and CEO, Mary Ellen Iskenderian was cited in the report: Download the report here. The post EY | Empowering women: uncovering financial inclusion barriers appeared first on Women's World Banking.
  • 6 ways financial institutions can help clients cope with crisis

    Gayle Gatchalian
    21 Jun 2015 | 10:22 pm
    June 22, 2015 By Celina Kawas, Manager, Research, Monitoring and Evaluation What do a typhoon and a refugee crisis have in common? On paper, not much. But both emergencies can displace a massive number of people, particularly low-income people, and create emergency needs that financial institutions serving this market must help meet. How can those institutions best prepare and serve local populations in times of crisis? Women’s World Banking recently took an in-depth look at how eight of our partner institutions are addressing local crises and how we can support them. On May 21,…
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    Ideas for development

  • L’avenir de la France ? Ouvrir des écoles à Asmara…

    Idées pour le développement
    26 Jun 2015 | 6:25 am
    L’aide au développement a pu être comprise jusqu’à récemment comme relevant d’une logique à sens unique : un modèle de société français était supposé s’engendrer... Cet article L’avenir de la France ? Ouvrir des écoles à Asmara… est apparu en premier sur Ideas for development.
  • Migration ne doit pas forcément rimer avec répression

    Catherine Wihtol de Wenden
    25 Jun 2015 | 3:27 am
    Le principe de solidarité s’effrite face à la réalité, les États membres étant peu disposés à partager le poids de l’accueil, supporté principalement par l’Italie... Cet article Migration ne doit pas forcément rimer avec répression est apparu en premier sur Ideas for development.
  • L’aide dans les zones de conflit : lever les barrières entre les secteurs

    Sarah Beeching
    23 Jun 2015 | 3:32 am
    Les actions de développement dans les zones de conflit  sont fragmentées. Quels engagements financiers et politiques prendre pour y remédier ? Deux niveaux ont besoin d’être... Cet article L’aide dans les zones de conflit : lever les barrières entre les secteurs est apparu en premier sur Ideas for development.
  • L’aide au développement a-t-elle encore un sens en Amérique latine ?

    Idées pour le développement
    19 Jun 2015 | 3:12 am
    Cette conférence a été organisée dans le cadre de la Semaine de l’Amérique latine et des Caraïbes. Les échanges ont été animés par Thomas Chauvineau, journaliste à... Cet article L’aide au développement a-t-elle encore un sens en Amérique latine ? est apparu en premier sur Ideas for development.
  • Un nécessaire changement de modèle de développement de nos économies

    Pierre Forestier
    18 Jun 2015 | 3:23 am
    Cette tribune a été publiée (en anglais) en avant-première sur Quels leviers de changement ? Ce nouveau modèle de développement passe par des investissements massifs dans la... Cet article Un nécessaire changement de modèle de développement de nos économies est apparu en premier sur Ideas for development.
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    (BLOG)RED

  • UberEATS goes (RED) to fight AIDS

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

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

    10 Jun 2015 | 10:22 am
    We're having a food fight. With emojis. On Twitter. To fight AIDS. It's the #REDFoodFight and it all kicked off on Friday June 5th. And it's going down until the food stops being thrown!Thousands of you are raising awareness of the fight against AIDS by throwing food emojis at your friends on Twitter. And together we created a United States trending topic!Check out a few of our favorite tweets below and then join the world's first digital food fight to fight AIDS.Click here to tweet!Who will you start a #REDFoodFight with?Food emojis fight AIDS @RED! I'm throwing 🍷🍕🍷🍕🍷🍕 at…
  • EAT (RED) DRINK (RED) SAVE LIVES 2015 is here!

    1 Jun 2015 | 4:33 pm
    It's finally here! For the entire month of June, where and what you eat and drink can fight AIDS. Let's EAT (RED) DRINK (RED) SAVE LIVES!It costs as little as 40¢ for two life-saving pills that, when taken daily, can prevent an HIV+ mom from passing the virus to her unborn baby.  Still, 650 babies are needlessly born with the virus every day. EAT (RED) DRINK (RED) SAVE LIVES rallies the culinary world to help get that number nearer to zero.It all kicked off last night at The (RED) Supper, presented by Infiniti USA. A monstrous thunderstorm didn't stand in our way as 1,000 people…
  • Introducing the Alessi (PRODUCT)RED Special Edition Collection

    1 Jun 2015 | 9:35 am
    We’re proud to announce that today there’s a new (RED) partner — Alessi! As a leading Italian design factory, Alessi always stands out for the high quality and innovative solutions of its products.Alessi has chosen several bestselling products that are not only the color red — but great for everyday use and beautifully designed.The Alessi (PRODUCT)RED Collection features: Special Edition Anna G. & Alessandro M. corkscrews, red Mediterraneo fruit baskets, You tea infuser, Big Love bowl & spoon, Parmenide cheese grater, Diabolix bottle opener and the Piccantino chili…
 
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  • Ebola is still here

    Jordan Elton
    29 Jun 2015 | 1:17 pm
    “The world has not yet won the battle against Ebola. Until Ebola is eliminated, getting to zero should remain the highest priority.” It’s been over a year since the Ebola outbreak began in 2014. While there was initially a large response from the international community to fight the epidemic, new cases are still showing up. Oxfam recently released a report called, “Ebola is still here.” They highlight stories from communities that have been fighting the disease since the beginning and emphasize the lessons that have been learned so far. Incredibly powerful, we…
  • PHOTOS Part 3: Matt Damon illustrates the impact of Water.Org programs in India

    Guest Blogger
    29 Jun 2015 | 6:22 am
    The old saying “a picture is worth a thousand words” is especially true when it comes to illustrating the narratives of people around the world–there truly is no better way to bring a story to life than through a photograph. That’s why, for his curation of ONE Girls and Women, Matt Damon has been sharing photos from water.org‘s programs around the world. First, he took us on a trip to Ethiopia to see how clean water transforms communities. Then, he shared photos from Indonesia, where water.org introduced a WaterCredit micro-finance program that empowers women…
  • A Dozen Amazing Facts About Africa: Do you know more than one?

    Felicity Amos
    26 Jun 2015 | 2:07 pm
    Africa is a huge continent made up of 54 countries and over a billion people. But did you know that in Ethiopia, clocks are upside down with our 6:00 at their 12:00? This and 12 other incredible facts are sure to turn you into the captain at your next trivia tournament. The view of Morocco from Spain across the Strait of Gibraltar. 1. Africa and Europe are separated by less than 9 miles at the Strait of Gibraltar, which separates Spain from Morocco. The two countries are discussing constructing an undersea rail tunnel to connect the rail systems on the two continents. 2. In South Africa you…
  • Photos: Children of Africa

    Guest Blogger
    26 Jun 2015 | 7:35 am
    This is a photo series from photographer, Darren Ornitz. He is based out of Brooklyn, NY and working as a freelancer for Reuters, his work has been published in the New York Times, Travel + Escape, Afar, and by various other publications and NGO’s. 116 million girls aged 15 to 24 in developing countries have never completed primary education, or have in some instances never attended school, which drastically hampers their chances of rising out of poverty. What Darren Orntiz does is this photo essay, however, is show the resilience of children, and highlights their joy. From the beaches of…
  • When it comes to global health, how much are we spending?

    Cornelia Lluberes
    26 Jun 2015 | 4:20 am
    What we spend money on reflects what we care about. Every year, for example, Americans spend over $100 billion on fast food and $250 billion on clothes and accessories. Even Qatar, with a GDP one-eighth the size of that of the US, is expected to spend roughly $200 billion on preparations to host the 2022 World Cup. Now consider global health: over the last 15 years, the total amount of money donors spent on global health efforts in poor countries nears $230 billion—a pretty hefty sum by any measure. But as it turns out, donors’ contributions (defined as development assistance for health,…
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    The Change Blog

  • How to Liberate Yourself From The Chains Of Perfectionism

    Lynn Hauka
    29 Jun 2015 | 5:01 am
    “Ring the bells that still can ring; forget your perfect offering. There is a crack in everything. That’s how the light gets in.” – Leonard Cohen People used to call me the Ice Queen years ago, and I took it as a compliment. They thought I had it all together. I drove myself to appear perfect at whatever I did. And not because I felt confident. But to cover up feeling like a complete failure. I was convinced no one would like the real me. The one who made mistakes. The one who wasn’t always smart. The one who even – gasp! –  goofed off, which was akin to a mortal…
  • On a Journey to Find Happiness

    Lacresha White
    26 Jun 2015 | 5:44 am
    As a child, I moved back and forth between foster homes and living with various biological family members. I never questioned why my grandmother allowed such a chaotic life for me to live because I believed that she was doing the best she could for me. My father (in nicer terms) was using illegal substances and my mother has schizophrenia. At times, I wondered if it was a test to my faith or maybe I was cursed with bad luck! I just could not make sense of why my life was not normal. Sometimes after reunification with my grandmother for the 100th time, she would take me to Toys r Us. As I…
  • How I Got Over My Fear of Flying

    Brandon Grooms
    25 Jun 2015 | 6:33 am
    September 17th, 2012 was my own personal judgement day.  Months of anxiety and nervousness had built up and today was the culmination.  It was time to pay the piper. What in the world had me so scared? Was it a court date? A visit to the doctor to receive bad news? The day aliens finally landed? No, it was the day my wife and I prepared to go on our honeymoon. Two days prior we had a nice outdoor wedding with eleven bridesmaids, ten groomsmen, six flower girls and zero ring bearers. We had been planning the wedding for well over a year but I was not really that nervous about the nuptials;…
  • Dying to Become More

    Wayne Watson
    24 Jun 2015 | 4:49 am
    “The greater danger is not that your hopes are too high and you fail to reach them; it’s that they are too low and that you do.” – Michelangelo “Mr. Watson, we don’t know if we can save you, but we will do everything we can”. I’ve heard  these words uttered to me by surgeons on two different occasions, in two different languages, in my life.  I must admit that, at the time, in the fog created by the pain, my initial thoughts were that one way or another the physical and emotional pain would finally cease.  Both of these emergency situations were the result of…
  • How I Stopped Hating Myself & Started Living My Dream Life

    Alison Sherwood
    22 Jun 2015 | 4:54 am
    I was 44 years old. I had a great life, great family, beautiful mid century home, nice cars, nannies, a housekeeper, and amazing storybook vacations. From the outside I’m sure it all seemed incredible, like a dream life. That is, unless I let you peek inside my head. The truth is that my mind was filled with endless self criticizing thoughts and self shame. It was my mind that allowed me to be in a verbally abusive marriage for 14 years. Because of my mind, I’d been taking diet pills since I was 16 years old. I lived a life of constant deprivation and wondered why everything seemed sad.
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    SocialEarth

  • Governor Terry McAuliffe Joins Business, Community Leaders to Discuss Digital Fluency in Virginia

    3BL Media
    29 Jun 2015 | 12:04 pm
    At a forum on Friday with Governor McAuliffe on “The Role of Digital Fluency in Virginia’s New Economy” at the Capital One Digital Labs in Vienna, Va., Capital One and [...] The post Governor Terry McAuliffe Joins Business, Community Leaders to Discuss Digital Fluency in Virginia appeared first on SocialEarth.
  • How Hemp Can Save Fish, Reduce Water, and Help Save Trees

    Gina-Marie Cheeseman
    29 Jun 2015 | 5:23 am
    For many people who strive to live healthier lives, the message is clear: make sure you get enough Omega fatty acids in your diet. Many people like the convenience of [...] The post How Hemp Can Save Fish, Reduce Water, and Help Save Trees appeared first on SocialEarth.
  • Getting Dressed in the Dark: The True Cost of Fashion

    Julie Fahnestock
    26 Jun 2015 | 8:15 am
    Ten years ago, I had a breakdown in a dressing room at the mall. I needed to buy my first suit for a new job with a leading anti-slavery organization. [...] The post Getting Dressed in the Dark: The True Cost of Fashion appeared first on SocialEarth.
  • Dutch Entrepreneur Says He Can Clean Up the Great Pacific Ocean Garbage Patch

    Jan Lee
    25 Jun 2015 | 8:01 am
    This summer, a small armada of vessels from all over the globe will converge in the Pacific Ocean. Their arrival is expected to herald what arguably can be called one [...] The post Dutch Entrepreneur Says He Can Clean Up the Great Pacific Ocean Garbage Patch appeared first on SocialEarth.
  • From the Field: Farm Credit MarketMaker Innovation Awards

    3BL Media
    25 Jun 2015 | 8:00 am
    Farm Credit recently sponsored the MarketMaker Innovation Awards to celebrate powerful, forward-thinking initiatives that use innovative ideas to improve the food production and distribution industry. MarketMaker is a national network of [...] The post From the Field: Farm Credit MarketMaker Innovation Awards appeared first on SocialEarth.
 
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    Social Velocity

  • Nonprofit Leaders, Take a Breath

    Nell Edgington
    25 Jun 2015 | 6:20 am
    Earlier this month, after much effort, I finally convinced a worn out nonprofit leader to take some time off to rejuvenate. But it was a battle. Because they are often incredibly driven by ambitious social change visions, tremendous empathy for the plight of their clients, and an overly developed gratitude to their board and donors, nonprofit leaders push themselves extremely hard. In fact, nonprofit leaders are really quite excellent at self-denial. I see this all the time in my coaching practice. But nonprofit leaders you must give yourselves permission to breathe. And I don’t…
  • 7 Things Funders Don’t Get About Fundraising

    Nell Edgington
    18 Jun 2015 | 6:47 am
    In the nonprofit world there is often a disconnect between funders of nonprofits and their understanding of the fundraising activity necessary to secure their gifts. Funders (and board members) rarely understand how critical fundraising is, how it works, and what’s required to do it well. But in the hope that greater understanding leads to better actions, I’d like to offer 7 of the most important things funders (and really the sector as a whole) should understand about fundraising: Nonprofits Must Fundraise or Perish  It seems so obvious, but so many in the nonprofit sector act…
  • Does Sexism Hold the Nonprofit Sector Back?

    Nell Edgington
    15 Jun 2015 | 2:51 pm
    There was a great post on the Stanford Social Innovation Review blog last week that clearly articulates a dysfunction in the nonprofit sector and when recognized by nonprofit leaders and their funders could reshape the sector. Just like the Overhead Myth and other myths that hold the nonprofit sector back, the historic sexism the sector operates under is equally destructive and must be acknowledged so we can move past it. In the SSIR, veteran nonprofit leader Kristen Joiner argues that because 86% of Fortune 500 leaders are men and 70% of nonprofit workers are women “gender…
  • Disciplined, People-Focused Nonprofit Management: Pillar 2

    Nell Edgington
    11 Jun 2015 | 6:39 am
    This spring I have been trumpeting the Performance Imperative, a detailed definition of a high-performing nonprofit released by the Leap Ambassador community in March. Today I continue the ongoing blog series describing each of the 7 Pillars of the Performance Imperative with Pillar #2: Disciplined, People-Focused Management. You can read about Pillar 1: Courageous, Adaptive Leadership here, and you can read my interview with Lowell Weiss, one of the chief architects of the Performance Imperative here. With this second Pillar, the Performance Imperative obviously makes a distinction between…
  • A Nonprofit Culture of Measurement: An Interview with Mary Winkler

    Nell Edgington
    9 Jun 2015 | 6:51 am
    In today’s Social Velocity interview I’m talking with Mary Kopczynski Winkler, senior research associate with the Center on Nonprofits and Philanthropy at the Urban Institute. Mary is a nationally recognized expert in the field of performance measurement and management.   She is a founding member of the Leap of Reason Ambassadors Community, a private community of nonprofit thought leaders and practitioners committed to increasing the expectation and adoption of high performance in the social sector and who released the Performance Imperative earlier this year. You can read past…
 
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    Social Finance

  • SF Showcases: HigherEdPoints

    Louise De La Rubia
    17 Jun 2015 | 7:45 pm
    Here at SF.ca, nothing excites us more than the opportunity to share stories about the great work happening in Canadian social finance! In April, Marie Ang introduced the 3rd cohort of Impact8, Ontario’s first social venture accelerator. Now with Impact8’s Demo Day just around the corner, we’re profiling this year’s Impact8 ventures. Today we’re chatting with Suzanne Tyson, Founder of HigherEdPoints. The aim is to shine a light on folks in the field by lobbing a few questions their way: What problems are they tackling? What are the best practices? Can this model be brought to…
  • RADIUS SFU partners with BDC to fund social entrepreneurship

    Maggie Knight
    17 Jun 2015 | 7:27 pm
    Entrepreneurs whose business ventures are designed to positively transform society will get a financial boost at Simon Fraser University thanks to a new partnership between the Business Development Bank of Canada (BDC) and SFU’s RADIUS Ventures. BDC, Canada’s only financial institution dedicated exclusively to entrepreneurs, has launched a new lending initiative for social and environmental projects, using British Columbia as the pilot region.  As part of this pilot, BDC will donate a portion of every loan fee to RADIUS as the ecosystem partner that supports social entrepreneurship. This…
  • SF Showcases: Forward Vision Games

    Louise De La Rubia
    16 Jun 2015 | 7:23 am
    Here at SF.ca, nothing excites us more than the opportunity to share stories about the great work happening in Canadian social finance! In April, Marie Ang introduced the 3rd cohort of Impact8, Ontario’s first social venture accelerator. Now with Impact8’s Demo Day just around the corner, we’re profiling this year’s Impact8 ventures. Today we’re chatting with Meaghan Daly, Founder of Forward Vision Games. The aim is to shine a light on folks in the field by lobbing a few questions their way: What problems are they tackling? What are the best practices? Can this model be brought…
  • What happens when a boy leaves the city to brave the Wild West of social investment?

    James Perry
    15 Jun 2015 | 11:50 am
    Following the news that Big Society Capital CEO Nick O’Donohoe is to step down by the end of the year, chairman of COOK and co-founder of B Lab UK James Perry looks at the legacy left by the social investment bank’s frontman. We’ve all heard the saying: “You can take the boy out of the city, but you can’t take the city out of the boy”. In 2011, Nick O’Donohoe left the City and struck out into the Wild West of ‘social investment’. In his previous life he had a successful career with JP Morgan. As one of its most senior directors he had thrived amongst the slickest of City…
  • SF Showcases: Riipen

    Louise De La Rubia
    11 Jun 2015 | 2:08 pm
    Here at SF.ca, nothing excites us more than the opportunity to share stories about the great work happening in Canadian social finance! In April, Marie Ang introduced the 3rd cohort of Impact8, Ontario’s first social venture accelerator. Now with Impact8’s Demo Day just around the corner, we’re profiling this year’s Impact8 ventures. Today we’re chatting with Dana Stephenson and Dave Savory, Co-Founders of Riipen. The aim is to shine a light on folks in the field by lobbing a few questions their way: What problems are they tackling? What are the best practices? Can this model be…
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    Return On Now

  • Should Your Small Business Bother With Social Media?

    Suzanne Hoenig
    29 Jun 2015 | 9:32 am
    The following post is copyrighted by Return On Now - Austin Internet Marketing Consulting Services Sure, you’ve missed out on some stuff, but it’s still early days. With social media, the pace of change has been breathtaking. But with the increasing adoption of mobile, devices, and smartphones; virtual reality; augmented reality; artificial intelligence; tectonic shifts in social norms around things like the sharing economy and creative class; Millennials displacing Boomers in the workforce… Goodness gracious! We’re only at the beginning of this ride, kids. You are not the only social…
  • 8 Ways to Beef Up Your Content (and Boost Conversion Rate)

    Jackie Dana
    25 Jun 2015 | 1:40 pm
    The following post is copyrighted by Return On Now - Austin Internet Marketing Consulting Services Your website is a lot like a new home. When you build a house, you invest in professionals to build a house that’s structurally sound, and is the nicest one on the block. If you only furnish your new home with cheap, second-hand furniture, your ability to impress people will stop at the front door. Likewise, when you build a new website, you need to invest just as much effort into the content as you did the actual website itself. Create great web copy and blog posts, and your content will…
  • Why the Internet Meme is So Engaging and Useful

    Tommy Landry
    17 Jun 2015 | 1:00 pm
    The following post is copyrighted by Return On Now - Austin Internet Marketing Consulting Services The Internet Meme has become quite the phenomenon over the past few years. If you spend as much time on Facebook as I do, you will find quickly that there’s a meme for pretty much any topic, from religious to political, from pop culture to business, and beyond. Memes are all over the place. They go viral. People love them. Why is that? I thought it would be a good idea to review more about the meme, why it works, and more in today’s post. What is a Meme? This post is about internet memes,…
  • The Best Ways to Go About Off-Site SEO

    Eve Haugen
    11 Jun 2015 | 12:13 pm
    The following post is copyrighted by Return On Now - Austin Internet Marketing Consulting Services Businesses have learned and continuously learn about the need to understand and apply search engine optimization to get ahead of competition. A lot has been said about keywords, techniques, and SEO strategy, and the range of diverse opinions has made everything all the more confusing. However, amid all the advice and tips from SEO professionals, one thing is very clear: ranking high on search engine results pages is very important for driving traffic to a website. Everyone wants to rank…
  • How to Drive Website Traffic Without Advertising

    Eve Haugen
    2 Jun 2015 | 9:23 am
    The following post is copyrighted by Return On Now - Austin Internet Marketing Consulting Services Today we offer you a guest post courtesy of Eve Haugen, on behalf of QuickSEOResults. Enjoy the guest post. I did not launch my website. I let it drift into the great ocean of the internet, barely causing a ripple. This was poor planning on my part. I regularly updated my content and kept it fresh and interesting. I did everything I knew and still got nowhere. It was a good day if I got ten visitors. At this point, the overall effect is whistling into a gale with frustration. I want more website…
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    Changemakers Ideas ExChange

  • Chat with Toronto’s Emerging Innovators at 12 p.m. (EDT) on July 8

    Marzena Zukowska
    25 Jun 2015 | 4:14 pm
    "Go out there and be a passionate amateur,” said Ashley Wile, the founder of Sole Girls, at the recent Toronto Boot Camp.   There, American Express and Ashoka welcomed 20 of the brightest young social entrepreneurs from around Canada to Toronto for an intensive leadership journey, the second of five being held around the world this summer.     Each of the Toronto Emerging Innovators received advice from established innovators, one-on-one guidance from some of the best minds in business, and picked up how-tos in funding, scaling, communicating, mentoring, and networking. The…
  • Meet the 2015 Toronto Emerging Innovators

    Marzena Zukowska
    23 Jun 2015 | 1:39 pm
    What can you learn from an entrepreneur who is turning plastic waste into currency, or an innovator who is tapping the power of the cleaning industry for youth development? A whole lot actually.   Follow the stories of these and other young social change agents part of the 2015 Class of Emerging Innovators in our Toronto Boot Camp.   Aniqah Zowmi, The ReConnect Movement Location: St. Catharines, ON Place of Impact: Canada   Ashley Wiles, Sole Girls Location: Vancouver, BC Place of Impact: Canada   Candice Mazzoleni, The Second Line Location: Montreal, QC Place of Impact:…
  • Opportunities for Youth: Learning for the Future of Africa

    Tsega Belachew
    17 Jun 2015 | 11:44 am
    An increasingly dynamic and fluid workplace requires all young African job seekers to be adaptable, and to have an open and innovative mindset. For this, education is vital. How is education evolving in the continent and how is it set to impact the livelihoods of young people? What are the opportunities for young people to shape the future of the education sector? During our next Future Forward webinar, we explore views regarding the ways young people are learning and seizing opportunities in the education sector. Our panel will feature experts, social entrepreneurs, development practitioners…
  • A "Self-Funding" Education -- Breaking Poverty by Providing Access to Higher Education

    Tsega Belachew
    15 Jun 2015 | 11:29 am
    Taddy Blecher, an Ashoka fellow, founded the Maharishi Institute to try and revive a lost generation. Every day in South Africa, 4 million youths wake up with nothing to do and it pushes them on to the streets and into crime. Taddy dreamed of a way to unlocking the genius within these young people without invoking a financial burden on them by way of costly education. This was all made possible by the work of the Maharishi institute. The Maharishi Institute is the first university to provide free full-time and part-time education to young people throughout South Africa, in turn preparing them…
  • Advice to a Younger Me: Blair Brettschneider, GirlForward

    John Converse Townsend
    10 Jun 2015 | 1:53 pm
    (Photo credit: GirlForward) WHO? Blair Brettschneider, the executive director of the 501(c)(3) non-profit GirlForward. WHAT? GirlForward is a Chicago-based organization that's empowering adolescent refugee girls to be strong, confident and independent. HOW? Glad you asked. It sounds very cheesy, but I really feel that this (work) chose me. Her name was Domi. I became her tutor and then really evolved into a mentor. She was 18 years old at the time. She had been in Chicago for about two and a half years and her family was originally from…
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  • Sobriety Check for Our Ideas

    Charles
    25 Jun 2015 | 7:47 am
    It’s really, really difficult to build something meaningful that adds value to our world. Staying focused on work that matters is no small task. It’s so much easier to get distracted by hype around an idea or an imagination that is not rooted in a commitment to execution. Too many people are seduced by the comfort of talking about their ideas (over and over again) while not recognizing the anesthetizing effect this behavior has for their ability to move into their desired future. Look, it’s hard. I mean it’s really hard. It’s no wonder so many “good…
  • My Mentor Got It Wrong

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

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

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

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

  • 11 Photos of Ordinary, Extraordinary People for World Refugee Day

    Dwight Turner
    20 Jun 2015 | 5:15 am
    In my last update I wanted to acknowledge the gloomy and rapidly approaching ultimatum on how to heal a planet ravaged by war. This is a conversation both world leaders and regular citizens are struggling to have around the world. Honestly, that’s because there’s no soft way to approach the reality that we’re unprepared to deal with having more refugees, than ever before in recorded history. As with all the biggest challenges facing us today, imagining solutions to the worlds ills alone can be overwhelming. To combat the whirlwind of day to day tragedies in the news,…
  • The Coming Ultimatum on Refugees

    Dwight Turner
    20 May 2015 | 8:35 am
    Last year the number of people living as refugees soared beyond 50 million, the highest since World War II. Sadly, much of last year’s’ unrest is still roaring away and with only a month until this year’s World Refugee Day celebration, we’re set to eclipse those figures. Sadder than the statistics surrounding refugees, are how little we’ve heard of their plight until now. This a problem we can no longer ignore, because it’s a problem we’re ill equipped to solve. The Guardian writes: We are poorly prepared for what is about to hit us. We have…
  • Thanksgiving Arrives Early for 100 Kids and Their Families

    Dwight Turner
    10 Nov 2014 | 2:05 pm
    Thanksgiving arrives early this year! Ok, not as early as a Canadian Thanksgiving, but definitely faster than I’d expected. That’s because near the end of October we started a Facebook announcement, hoping to inspire people early to give towards our small, Thanksgiving fundraising campaign. The goal was set at $1500, the amount of money it would cost us to give enough food and food supplies to 100 kids and their families for an entire month. My hopes were that by Nov. 22nd people would have given enough money to stockpile supplies until the end of year and have a simple dinner to…
  • Embrace Your Delusions

    Dwight Turner
    19 Oct 2014 | 3:08 pm
    “When someone tells you you’re being delusional, embrace it…” – Derek Sivers Yesterday I crashed the tail end of an entrepreneurial conference where one of the poignant pieces of advice, was the challenge to embrace your delusions. Fortunately, the speaker wasn’t giving mental health advice, but instead was encouraging people who may look crazy to some for chasing a dream. The difference between a dream and a delusion is simply one’s perspective. Your dream/delusions may run the gamut of endeavors, from long term living in a foreign country, to…
  • The Nuisance and Necessity of Ambitious Goals

    Dwight Turner
    3 Jul 2014 | 2:55 pm
    With half the year gone, I wish I could stand before you and say I’ve accomplished everything I imagined when the year started. But the nuisance of creating ambitious goals at the year’s beginning, is the unescapable necessity to reevaluate and adjust those goals at regular intervals throughout the year. Such honest evaluation makes you vulnerable, dependent on others, and at times, depressingly human. So this quick update is to let you know that we’ll we’ve got fun, worthwhile things brewing, but I’m not fully ready to launch into them just yet.
 
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  • Back to the Field

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

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    25 May 2015 | 1:58 am
    By Zishan Ansari, Rang De Volunteer & Social Investor My volunteering with Rang De started a few years ago when I ran the TCS 10k along with the Rang De team. Even though I had been a social investor, it was the first time I was volunteering for Rang De. Following the run, I became involved in the activities of the Bangalore Chapter. I was fortunate to work with some committed volunteers in the group and together we organised several events to create awareness about Rang De. During my volunteering stint, I had the opportunity to interact with the Rang De team quite closely.… Read…
  • A “Sandesh” from the field

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

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

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

  • The Best 15 Father’s Day Gifts

    EllieFunDay
    5 Jun 2015 | 4:48 pm
    We’ve invited a good friend, Bart Munro (who is a father himself!) to share some of his favorites that he put on his Father’s Day wish list! Bart is not only a dad to one of our incredible Ellie Fun Day models but he is also an entrepreneur! He has worked at companies such as Ebay and Microsoft and companies that focus on holistic wellness coaching, tracking, and accountability! He is now working on a new way to travel responsibly for one of the largest cruise ship brands! We just want to send out a huge thank you to Bart for sending us an incredible list of options to choose from!
  • Unique Mother’s Day Gifts : Top 5 Favorites from Avery Street Design

    EllieFunDay
    4 May 2015 | 9:00 am
    We’ve invited guest blogger Laura from Avery Street Design who has graciously agreed to share her top 5 Mother’s Day must-haves! Laura is not only a loyal Ellie Fun Day supporter but also a former giveaway winner! If you’re interested in finding out if she loved her Ellie Fun Day blanket check out her blog post!  Not only is she a blogger but she’s also a mom so feel free to head over to her website and show her some love! From the Ellie Fun Day family we would love to send a huge thank you to Laura for inspiring us to add a few more pins our Pinterest wish list! Until…
  • Buy on Nordstrom.com and get a Free Bunny or Bear Cap

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

  • Getting Dressed in the Dark: Understanding The True Cost

    Julie Fahnestock
    24 Jun 2015 | 6:46 am
    (3BL Media and Just Means) - Ten years ago, I had a breakdown in a dressing room at the mall. I needed to buy my first suit for a new job with a leading anti-slavery organization. Oh, the irony. Bangladesh, India, Guatemala, Vietnam. I knew the likelihood of forced labor, low-wages, and zero possibility for something besides garment factory work for the people who made the clothing I was trying on. But what choice did I have? Spend hours sorting through racks at Goodwill? Spend my entire budget on one fair trade piece? Like most middle class Americans, I had neither time nor money. I needed…
  • Building Community in South Florida with Mangoes

    Julie Fahnestock
    15 Jun 2015 | 11:08 am
    (3BL Media and Just Means)--In light of recent police shootings, the exposure of racial tension in many cities in the United States, and the discrimination many religious groups face because of extremists, our determination and pursuit of a colorblind narrative must endure. We have to focus our energies on discovering our commonalities, the things that bring us together. Often, it can be the small gifts which create unity. In Northwood, an artsy village in West Palm Beach, Florida, this gift is the mango tree. Mangoes have united this community for decades, and this year, local residents have…
  • The Proof Is In the Stories: Welcome B The Change Media

    Julie Fahnestock
    27 May 2015 | 2:31 pm
    (3BL Media and Just Means) — Meet Zachary. He’s smiliing proud in this photo because, on this day, a little over a year ago, Zachary paid his rent for the first time in 20 years. He had recenly been released from prison and was working hard to start a new life. With a huge smile, he told me last April: “For me, it lets me know, I’m stable. Maybe in the next five years I can become a homeowner. Right now, I’m really proud of myself. I can lay my head in my own bed, in my own home. It took me three weeks to save money for rent. WorkSquare helped me do it,” said Zachary. WorkSquare,…
  • The End of the Ice Age: Sustainability behind the Bar

    Julie Fahnestock
    1 May 2015 | 5:18 am
    (3BL Media and Just Means) - Craft-beer connoisseurs. Kids and parents experiencing the magic of Disney World. Caribbean-cruising yachters. Red hat ladies toasting with bubbly. Racetrack fans in the stands. Screaming fans at concerts and televised games. There’s one thing these folks have in common: the expectation of an ice-cold beverage.  Whether they are drinking a beer, a soda, champagne or bottled water, they want it fast and cold. How about a perfectly refreshing, 31 degrees cold? IceFree™ Liquid Chilling Systems is revolutionizing an “ice-age” old industry through a…
  • Sustainability Leaders Meet at Miami's Recycling Energy Forum Expo

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

  • Strategist (Big Duck)

    9 Jun 2015 | 10:00 pm
    If you’re a mid-level professional with a strong background in individual fundraising and 5+ years experience in marketing and communications, you might be just the Duck we’re looking for.
  • Senior Program Manager (GlobalGiving)

    9 Jun 2015 | 10:00 pm
    We are looking for a Senior Program Manager to help guide our online marketplace as we work to grow our non-profit network, while keeping the same high-quality personal relationships and service orientation that make GlobalGiving special.
  • Managing Director (REDF)

    9 Jun 2015 | 10:00 pm
    Reporting to the President and CEO, and serving as an integral member of the executive team, the Managing Director provides strategic leadership and direction for REDF’s finance, operations, and planning
  • US Director of Partnerships (Global Nomads Group)

    9 Jun 2015 | 10:00 pm
    GNG invites you to join our team as the US Director of Partnerships, a role that will support our three-year growth strategy, Global Connect.
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    Development Marketplace - Turning Ideas into Action

  • Ensuring the End User is at the Core of a Business Model: Why I Chose to Be a Social Enterprise

    Dr. Parveez Ubed
    25 Jun 2015 | 10:45 am
    There is a perfect start, there is a less than perfect start and there is an imperfect start. As a social entrepreneur, the thing I have learned is that it pays to START- even if it’s less than perfect or imperfect.So, there I was, I had left my job, had no savings, but kept people like Bonti in my mind. But, I had no idea how, or even where to start. Eye Research Center (ERC) Eye Care was officially founded in the summer of 2011. With the generous help of my mother, we were just one clinic – in her kitchen – in the heart of the city. Although we had a strong mission, we quickly…
  • eLearning for Social Enterprises: Lessons from the DM Pilot

    Cristina Navarrete Moreno
    18 Jun 2015 | 11:22 am
    Earlier this year, the World Bank Group Leadership, Learning and Innovation vice presidency’s Development Marketplace program piloted its first eLearning course for social enterprises, “Innovative Business Models for Better Impact.” The course was developed by the DM in collaboration with the Global Social Benefit Institute (GSBI) of Santa Clara University. The goal was to strengthen the capacity of social enterprises and NGOs to develop and implement business models that improve social services to poor populations in order to scale.
  • Pitfalls and Stumbling Blocks: The Challenges of Being a Social Enterprise

    Dr. Shelly Batra
    29 May 2015 | 9:08 am
    In 2005, I took a strategic decision. Much as I loved surgery, I shifted my focus to Tuberculosis, (TB). While I faced criticism and jeers from my colleagues and other NGOs, I quickly realized my next challenge. In order to deliver crucial, life changing services – TB or otherwise – one has to work with the government.
  • Agriculture as Enterprise: An Evolution of Thought and Perspective to Increase Outcomes for India's Farmers

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

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

  • Welcome Ruby Ku to the AC4D faculty!

    AC4D
    28 Jun 2015 | 11:16 am
    Please welcome Ruby Ku to the AC4D faculty. Ruby is a Product Manager at Aunt Bertha, and graduated from Austin Center for Design during our first year. Learn more about Ruby here. Welcome!
  • Welcome Aaron Moulton to the AC4D faculty!

    AC4D
    26 Jun 2015 | 6:47 am
    Please welcome Aaron Moulton to the AC4D faculty. Aaron is the co-founder of Malgam, an experience design consultancy; learn more about him here. Welcome, Aaron!
  • Welcome Ahmed Riaz to the AC4D faculty!

    AC4D
    19 May 2015 | 5:38 am
    Please welcome Ahmed Riaz to the AC4D faculty. Riaz is a Creative Director at frog, a global design firm; learn more about him here. Welcome, Riaz!
  • True Story: The get to know you game for people you’ve known your whole life.

    laura.galos
    4 May 2015 | 10:34 pm
    Thanks to everyone who has been following and helping with our AC4D project, True Story. We are so excited to share with you what we’ve created and what’s next for our product. Our Project: A Recap Over the past 9 months, Maryanne Lee and I have been researching, designing for, and testing solutions that can help families members communicate more openly. Specifically, while we were conducting qualitative research around the impact of aging on family relationships early in our project, we found that adults and their aging parents often have trouble discussing aging-related life…
  • Micro-disruption

    laura.galos
    29 Apr 2015 | 10:30 pm
    For our final readings of our year at AC4D, we discussed four texts under the theme of the “Obligations of Entrepreneurship.” As we continue to work on our respective student projects and build business models around them in other classes, the consideration of obligations becomes especially relevant. What are we promising when we put things into the world, in particular, when those things are companies? The first reading was an article by Richard Eskow, titled “The Sharing Economy is a Lie: Uber, Ayn Rand, and the Truth About Tech and Libertarians.” Eskow takes Uber to task over their…
 
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    B2N | Social Focus Consulting

  • Learnings from Be Good Be Social York Region 2015

    2 Jun 2015 | 1:07 pm
    Although I didn't have the pleasure of being on the organizing committee this year, I did get a chance to go and hear some awesome non-profit professionals share their best practices on using social media for social good. Speakers included Ryan Dodge from the Royal Ontario Museum (ROM), Dionne Malcolm from Southlake Regional Health Centre Foundation, and Marc Ralsky of the Ontario SPCA.Here are my key takeaways from the event:1. Be fearless and learn from failureWhen approaching social media, don't be afraid to try new things. Dionne and her team often use an exercise where team members start…
  • Learnings from Air Miles for Business Small Business Achievement Awards 2015

    27 Feb 2015 | 2:33 pm
    Kelly A. Lovell, speaking on "how you can tap into the dynamisim of millenials"This week, I had the pleasure of attending the Air Miles for Business Small Business Achievement Awards (AMFB) in Toronto. Although the presentations were targeted toward small businesses, there are many transferable learnings for non-profits to consider, including topics on organizational innovation, branding, and engaging Millenials.1. Non-profit innovationWhy should non-profits innovate? It creates value, especially program improvements but also administrative efficiency, among others. Sean Wise, Professor…
  • Learnings from Queen's Conference on Philanthropy 2015

    29 Jan 2015 | 12:34 pm
    Ene Underwood, CEO of Habitat for Humanity GTA, kicking off day one of QCOP 2015Despite graduating from Queen's five years ago, I'm always eager to return to Kingston, especially for the Queen's Conference on Philanthropy (QCOP) where it's great to meet socially-minded students and bask in all things cause-related. This year's theme was "connect" and my big takeaway from the conference was that to create impact, we need to connect with ourselves, resources, and actions.1. Connecting with one's self (the Why)Although a big part of the "connect" theme relates to how we connect with one another,…
  • How understanding consumer psychology helps you get more donors and volunteers

    20 Nov 2014 | 1:17 pm
    As a Queen's School of Business alum, I readily admit I'm heavily biased toward the school, but you really should sign up for QSB Insight because there's actually good content. For example, marketing Professor Monica LaBarge, just gave a webinar on "The Science Of Giving: Translating Consumer Psychology into Stakeholder Insight." Here are some of my key takeaways from the talk:I highly agree with Monica that charities should be using research tactics from the private sector to better understand their donors & other stakeholders.Why? It helps your organization create better messaging for…
  • Learnings from the 6th Annual QSB Innovation Summit

    12 Nov 2014 | 2:29 pm
    Dr. David Weiss presenting his keynoteDue to a shift in start date for the full-time MBA program, two classes overlapped this year, resulting in two Innovation Summits! Like previous Summits, there was a diverse representation of industries (e.g. banking, environment, venture capital, healthcare, etc.) but there seemed to be a common theme within the entire conference on the factors required for innovation.Before we get into that, what is innovation? Gayemarie Brown, Deloitte Canada's National Innovation Leader, characterizes it as to "be brave, foolish, crazy, and misunderstood."…
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    TeasasTips

  • I Hate Making Cold Calls, But They Are Your Bread and Butter

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

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

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

    LaTease Rikard
    27 May 2015 | 7:52 pm
    Another reason I’ve been writing about keywords and how important they are to your online promotional and marketing activities is that the keywords you use are like the gold nuggets to everything you produce on the internet. These words are how your current and brand new customers will find you. It’s what your business will be known for. Most times businesses get this part of their online marketing wrong. Then they wonder why they aren’t getting traffic to their website, or that no one is noticing their online advertising. Successful keyword development should be a well thought out…
  • No Winners In War

    LaTease Rikard
    9 May 2015 | 8:34 am
    I sit here in some kind of unnamed emotional or just some kind of space. Trying to make sense of something that has no sense. No reason, no rhyme, just utter stupidity. I’m free but it doesn’t feel like it. Something simmering for a very long time finally boiled over, hot liquid running down the side of the boiling pot. The liquid finally meets the hot stove surface and sizzles. More steam arises enticing more liquid to run down the other side of the boiling pot. it won’t end until it ends. The liquid can not go back in the pot. It is gone forever. Only a memory of it remains. Only a…
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    HOGPIE Communications

  • Show The Love, Let People Know They Matter One Word At A Time.

    hogpie
    5 Jun 2015 | 9:06 am
    What is a real conversation anyhow? What’s really sexy is letting someone know they matter. We’re conditioned to multi task and even the best ‘I can’t multitask’ (ers) aren’t even aware they’re doing it. Our gadgets are evil, they’re dangling polychat carrots before our very eyes over and over and over again. Emails and texts and bbms and whatever have us splitting and spreading ourselves all around, all at once. It’s nuts! Ten chats happening in tandem. WHY? No parts equal either, if only these poor souls knew that the hahahas and LOLs…
  • The Art Of Wasting Time When Communicating Online.

    hogpie
    25 May 2015 | 7:46 am
    Say what feels right, no matter what the circumstance is. Remember, authenticity rocks. We’ve gotten used to the pause ‘n’ play way of interacting, online. We type, then stop, then backspace, delete and reword ad nauseum. How will what I’m trying to say be ‘heard’ once it comes across? Well it’ll never be heard just right unless your voice is attached. Too much time is WASTED editing, re-editing, worrying. My point? Not really sure except that it may be time to re-evaluate where your time is actually spent when you’re communicating. Don’t…
  • Confidence Speaks. Our Actions And Attitudes Speak Louder.

    hogpie
    19 May 2015 | 11:49 am
    Today I’m putting this forth because it’s all we really need. No paragraphs of ramble, just this. Keep it in your pocket.
  • Take Risks. Be Real. Unique Is The Only Way To Be.

    hogpie
    9 Nov 2014 | 12:09 pm
    Do what you’re afraid to do and have been afraid to do. Easier said for sure but this doesn’t mean jumping into a well filled with snakes. There’s a bit more levity to this statement than you may think. Take risks if you aren’t already however big or small they may be. Their size and level of success are measured subjectively by you and only you. Don’t worry about what others ‘may’ think about your hows, wheres and whats. Carve your path and invite others to follow it. We often take too much time thinking and rethinking. Packaging and repackaging.
  • Authenticity Rules. Show The World Who You Really Are.

    hogpie
    21 Oct 2014 | 9:39 am
    Authenticity. How often do we actually think about what we’re conveying and how? Whether personal or in business, being authentic really is the only way to be if you plan on creating and sustaining any sort of viable relationship. From a business perspective, being authentic exposes a quality which can positively set you way above your competitors. Coming across as being contrived or disingenuous isn’t attractive. Consumers (more and more) are judging a company’s offerings based on authenticity rather than price and availability. Here’s a recent example of my client…
 
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  • Big Society and Corporate Social Responsibility

    Mike Rowlands
    5 Jun 2015 | 10:50 am
    “Today is the start of a serious reform agenda to take power away from politicians and give it to people.” So said David Cameron at the launch of the Big Society in May 2010. A big claim. As the flagship idea of the 2010 Conservative manifesto, what happened to the Big Society in the 2010-2015 parliament? As that parliament recently came to an end, now seems a timely moment to assess the impact of the Big Society concept. And in particular to see how it has affected the Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) agenda of business. First of all, what is it? Big Society was about three…
  • One Year Into India’s CSR Law: The Jury’s Still Deliberating

    Mike Rowlands
    26 May 2015 | 10:23 am
    On April 1, 2014, India became the first country to legally mandate corporate social responsibility. The new rules in Section 135 of India’s Companies Act make it mandatory for companies of a certain turnover and profitability to spend two percent of their average net profit for the past three years on CSR. More than one year into this grand experiment and the results are mixed at best. We’ll get into that in a minute. First, some background…. About India’s CSR Law The law, which stipulates that CSR activities should be undertaken only in “project/programme” mode, provides…
  • Social Change Institute 2015: Is this your year?

    Mike Rowlands
    21 May 2015 | 10:29 am
    Spring is soaking the south shore of Cortes Island, and Hollyhock, Canada’s lifelong learning centre, is hosting another full season of learning and leadership. The incredible, annual Social Change Institute is just weeks away. Will you join me there? Junxion is a long-time sponsor and content contributor to SCI, supporting this gathering of 100 or more social change leaders for five days on Hollyhock‘s naturally spectacular campus. Each year, participants include passionate professionals from nonprofits and public agencies, social innovators, social entrepreneurs,…
  • Community Engagement: Five Essential Considerations

    Mike Rowlands
    13 May 2015 | 8:05 pm
    Back in the early days of corporate philanthropy, companies typically selected causes to support based on the personal interests of the chairman—or the chairman’s wife!—with little or no regard to issues of strategy, relevance or impact. Fortunately, things have moved on, with many companies now adopting more innovative, imaginative and considered approaches to their companies’ community involvement activities—such that in many cases they can no longer be understood as purely ‘philanthropic’. Whatever companies choose to support in their communities, there’s an…
  • Give It Up for Corporate Philanthropy in India

    Mike Rowlands
    12 May 2015 | 9:00 am
    As Prime Minister Narender Modi travels the globe in the greatest flurry of diplomacy India has seen in recent memory, and as India’s GDP growth overtakes China’s, it’s no wonder that India’s firmly in the international spotlight. After a cautious first year in power, expectations of the government remain high in terms of economic growth but also for addressing the country’s profound development challenges. Indeed, almost 25 years after the end of the “Licence Raj” when India began to open up its highly regulated and protected economy, the benefits of economic development have…
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  • The Youth-led Agriculture Renaissance

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

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

    l.jones
    8 Jun 2015 | 11:15 am
    Communications Experts Help Youth-led Ventures in Peru Build their Brands Lisa Jones | June 8, 2015 Social entrepreneurs are known for developing creative, agile solutions to everyday challenges. They excel at accomplishing great impact with few resources—and their potential to grow and... READ MORE
  • Designing and Evaluating for Change

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

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

  • How Basic Web Development Languages HTML and CSS work

    Martin
    29 Jun 2015 | 7:30 am
    In this article, we start with 1) the web design using HTML and CSS, then deep dive into 2) HTML and 3) CSS, and finishing the topic by learning 4) where you can improve your HTML and CSS skills. WEB DESIGN USING HTML AND CSS What is Web Design/web development? The term web design refers to the development, creation and visual design of the various files and documents that you see on the web. The better the web design, more will the visitors get attracted to a web page, leading to more activity and hence improving the probability of sales. For all website owners, it is important to create not…
  • Understanding and Optimizing Your Sales Leads

    Anastasia
    28 Jun 2015 | 7:30 am
    Leads or Sales Leads are one of the most integral parts of a sales process and are used to refer to a number of sales prospects or opportunities that are currently present for a business. In spite of the importance of sales leads as well as the importance of their generation and optimization, most businesses do not give much weight to them. To say the least, these are the Sales Leads that determine the conversions as well as the probability of profit for a firm and hence must be seriously considered and understood by all business owners and entrepreneurs. In this article, we shall focus on 1)…
  • How To Test Your Restaurant Idea With A Food Truck Business

    Martin
    27 Jun 2015 | 7:30 am
    A food truck is a huge vehicle that comes with equipment to cook and sell food. You can either sell frozen/pre-packaged food or have a kitchen on-board, to prepare food right from the scratch. Food truck business is one of the most promising start-up businesses that is not only convenient operate but is also extremely economical. Yes. If you want to start a highly profitable business with low capital, a food truck business can work very well for you. Nowadays, most of the popular chefs, budding entrepreneurs, and successful restaurateurs are getting ahead with this business because of the…
  • Best Practices For Writing A Sales Script

    Anastasia
    26 Jun 2015 | 7:30 am
    One of the most important aspects of any business is Sales. Besides manufacturing, finances, marketing and hiring, a lot of the company’s success and profits depend upon its ability to make sales. Most businesses, big or small are dependent on their salespersons to boost the sales, and one way to do so is by drafting excellent sales scripts. A sales script is a documented sequence of things that a sales representative says to a prospect during a sales call. © pixabay | markusspiske In this article, we shall learn 1) everything you need to know about a sales script and 2) best practices for…
  • How To Handle Negative Customer Feedback

    Martin
    25 Jun 2015 | 7:30 am
    In a perfect world everyone would like everybody else, and every business would be so well organized and service oriented, clients and customers would only ever give positive feedback. But the truth is that we don’t live in a perfect world, and people are often ultra-critical about other people and businesses, whether they offer services or sell goods. So if you’re about to launch a new business, be aware that you will get negative customer feedback as well, however hard you try to please. The good news, though, is that there are proven ways to handle negative customer feedback, and turn…
 
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    Inspiration and Marketing Strategies for Entrepreneurs

  • The Ability to Stay Focused – The Core of Any Success

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

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

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

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

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

  • Writing and Communication Advice for Social Entrepreneurs

    Courtney Ryan
    25 Jun 2015 | 10:30 pm
    You came up with a great idea for a business. You even found a super-creative way to integrate social good into your business model. (This is why we love you, DesignGood-ers!) Now you’re thinking about how to spread the word about the good work you’re doing. There’s a lot of storytelling to do when you’re a social entrepreneur: website copy, blog articles, social media posts, crowdfunding campaigns — the list goes on. These six tips can help you captivate your potential followers and customers. Keep it simple and powerful. You don’t have to reel off a lot of…
  • Prisoners Stich Together a New Future Thanks to Fine Cell Work

    Courtney Ryan
    22 Jun 2015 | 4:00 am
    Everyone deserves a second chance, right? Fine Cell Work believes in giving people behind bars an opportunity to start anew. The organization, founded in 1997, trains prisoners in embroidery and needlework to create high-quality, world-class handcrafted goods. This gives them an opportunity to earn from their work and to rebuild themselves throughout prison life. The numbers don’t lie: Fine Cell Work is creating positive change for prisoners around the UK. CEO Katy Emck tells us the rich history behind Fine Cell Work and what it’s doing to help prisoners become valued members of…
  • 9 Can’t-Miss Ethical Fashion Brands

    Courtney Ryan
    18 Jun 2015 | 4:00 am
    From poor environmental practices to questionable conditions for employees, the fashion industry isn’t exactly known for its ethical practices. But thanks to the growing slow fashion movement, fueled in part by organizations like Fashion Revolution and documentaries like “The True Cost,” shoppers are beginning to take note. In Part 2 of our series on independent, ethical fashion designers (here’s Part 1, in case you missed it) we’re bringing you a few (more) of our slow fashion favorites: 1. Bon George L.A.’s Bon George is new in the fashion world – its second…
  • The Power of Design Over Dyslexia

    Courtney Ryan
    15 Jun 2015 | 4:00 am
    Like a lot of other creatives with dyslexia, Christian Boer didn’t like to read as a child. Academic situations were often stressful, and he stayed away from classes where he would be confronted with his reading challenges. But he did love to draw. That interest led to a career in graphic design — and eventually to an innovative project that helps those with learning challenges. In 2008, while he was working on his undergraduate graphic design thesis at Holland’s University of the Arts (HKU), Christian made a big decision. “When I was younger in school, I always avoided learning…
  • Why a Loyal Brand Community Is Your Greatest Resource

    Courtney Ryan
    11 Jun 2015 | 10:30 pm
    Two years into their business and This Bar Saves Lives has built a successful brand backed by a board of advisors (including actress and philanthropist Kristen Bell) and donated over 500,000 packets of life-saving food to children in need – all in part thanks to their loyal brand community. With help from Social Media Manager Chloe Obico, founders Ryan Devlin, Todd Grinnell and Ravi Patel share the story of how they successfully built a loyal brand community, and why this is an important aspect of business growth. When you jump into the business of owning your own business, you find out…
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    Your Lifestyle Guide

  • 3 Things Successful Startups Have in Common

    Jonathan Moss
    4 Jun 2015 | 12:56 am
    Ah, startups. A term you’ve been hearing since the internet bubble in the late 90’s. Some of the most wildly successful companies today were once considered startups, including Facebook, Google, Amazon, and Twitter. While not all startups are created equal, the ones that go on to be successful generally have a few things in common. Here are the three most frequently found characteristics of a successful startup: Enthusiasm Without question, the most prevalent feature of any successful startup is pure enthusiasm. This enthusiasm translates itself into not only an intense passion…
  • 5 invaluable benefits of being well traveled

    Brandyn Parker
    1 Jun 2015 | 11:29 pm
    The traveling entrepreneur may undoubtedly sound like a pretentious way of life. But to those of you bold enough to escape the reclusive comfort of your homelands, you will find it certainly has its perks. Being well-travelled is a necessity for those of you who crave freedom, flexibility, and an inimitable way of life. There are many, but here are five key benefits of being well traveled and that come along with equipping yourself with a passport and exploring your travel-hood. #1) Networking One of the best parts about travelling is the variety of like-minded individuals you have the…
  • Top 5 Places to Travel that Won’t Break The Bank

    Dominique Scanlan
    29 May 2015 | 12:08 pm
    Craving a summer getaway but can’t afford Paris? Look no further. I’ve done the research for you on the best places to travel this summer, in and out of the country, without seeing the insides of your pockets. Mountains, beaches, historic sites, and much more are all yours for the vacation of a lifetime. Yellowstone National Park Yellowstone is one of the cheapest places you can visit this summer. Picture it, the sprawling mountains, deep blue hot springs, and an abundant wildlife are all yours for the viewing. Once you pay the park fee, stay at a campground to experience all that…
  • 5 Reasons to Become an Entrepreneur

    Brad McNally
    29 May 2015 | 11:43 am
    For many people, the idea of leaving their day to day job and jumping into the world of entrepreneurship seems like a great idea. Unfortunately, for most it remains just an idea. While there are countless reasons to pursue a dream like starting your own business, there are some that are more important than others. Here are five of the best reasons to venture out and become an entrepreneur. Breaking the 40-Hour Workweek cycle Showing up at the office each day might be okay for some people, but not everyone. If the idea of being a desk jockey for years simply to put in for retirement sounds…
  • PPC Best Practices: Make Money Blogging

    Ryan Dyrud
    29 May 2015 | 11:30 am
    In today’s day and age, a blog is a great tool to get information to the public. It gives the user the freedom to speak about the products and services that he or she wishes, and give proper insight based on the knowledge that he or she has. However, in order for a blog to be successful in the realms of monetary return, there are certain practices that must be performed. One of the simplest ways is PPC, or Pay-Per-Click advertising. Based on the topic of your blog, there are relevant companies that will pay to have hosted ad space. Once you sign up for a provider, you will receive a text or…
 
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