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  • Actions speak louder than words (but sometimes you have to shout too)

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    Sami Grover
    22 Aug 2014 | 4:24 am
    Why Microsoft leaving ALEC is cool as s___.
  • In Focus: Janet Voûte, Global Head of Public Affairs, Nestlé

    SustainAbility
    20 Aug 2014 | 5:00 am
    This interview was originally published in the summer issue of Radar Magazine – Issue 04: Better, Connected. After 15 years in strategy consultancy with leading firms Bain and Company and The Boston Consulting Group, Janet Voûte moved into public health as CEO of the World Heart Federation. She then spent two years as Partnerships Adviser at the WHO and became Global Head of Public Affairs at Nestlé in December 2010. SustainAbility has been working with Nestlé since 2006 on Creating Shared Value reporting, stakeholder engagement and strategy, and most recently arranged the…
  • 3p Weekend: 5 Reasons for Companies to Care About Employee Satisfaction

    Triple Pundit: People, Planet, Profit
    Mary Mazzoni
    22 Aug 2014 | 11:00 am
    Employee engagement and satisfaction is a hot topic in the sustainability space right now, but some companies may still find themselves asking: What is a happy employee really worth? Well, quite a bit actually. To prove it, this week we rounded up five reasons for companies to start caring about employee satisfaction. (If you can't keep your eyes off the clock, feel free to 'accidentally' leave this article in the office copy machine.)
  • Let’s Fix Pakistan’s Broken Education System

    Skoll World Forum
    Jake Wadland
    22 Aug 2014 | 11:39 am
    Pakistan faces a multitude of serious challenges, many of them connected to the lack of a viable education system for its poor masses. Widespread illiteracy and dismal pedagogical standards are overwhelming problems. Well-meaning but largely symbolic actions – such as a recent constitutional amendment which mandates free primary and secondary education, along with education reform task forces and new education policies – have produced no real change. Millions of school age children are unable to access affordable schooling. This provides fertile ground for religious extremism and the…
  • PR firm Edelman has more than a PR problem

    Marc Gunther's blog
    Marc Gunther
    19 Aug 2014 | 3:10 pm
    I’m an admirer of Edelman, one of the world’s biggest and most respected PR firms, and I’m friendly with a number of people who work there. The firm has been ahead of the curve on corporate-responsibility issues, managing effective campaigns for the likes of GE and Walmart. Richard Edelman, who runs the place,  approached me […] >
 
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    SustainAbility

  • In Focus: Janet Voûte, Global Head of Public Affairs, Nestlé

    20 Aug 2014 | 5:00 am
    This interview was originally published in the summer issue of Radar Magazine – Issue 04: Better, Connected. After 15 years in strategy consultancy with leading firms Bain and Company and The Boston Consulting Group, Janet Voûte moved into public health as CEO of the World Heart Federation. She then spent two years as Partnerships Adviser at the WHO and became Global Head of Public Affairs at Nestlé in December 2010. SustainAbility has been working with Nestlé since 2006 on Creating Shared Value reporting, stakeholder engagement and strategy, and most recently arranged the…
  • On Our Radar: Stakeholder Pressure on Rising Obesity Amplifies

    11 Aug 2014 | 7:37 pm
    Image © CC Außerirdische Sind Gesund via Compfight An abbreviated version of this piece was originally published in the summer issue of Radar Magazine – Issue 04: Better, Connected. From consumer pressure driving Tesco to ban sweets and chocolates from checkouts in all of its stores to the formation of campaign groups such as Action Against Sugar in the UK earlier this year, there is once again a convergence of stakeholder momentum around the major health and economic costs associated with sugar-related health problems including obesity. The Lancet has recently published a new set of…
  • On Our Radar: Climate Risk and Concern Intensifies, But Big Oil Stalls

    7 Aug 2014 | 9:37 pm
    Image © Libelul: Flickr An abbreviated version of this piece was originally published in the summer issue of Radar Magazine – Issue 04: Better, Connected. While the looming threat (and the perception of) climate change becomes more pronounced and immediate, we are seeing responses diverge in expected and unexpected ways. Recent efforts to broaden engagement on climate change, from the IPCC and US National Climate Assessment, focus on making climate risk relevant and tangible to people’s everyday lives. In the investment community, shareholder activism continues to be an influential…
  • Materiality 2.0: Evolving practice to drive long-term performance

    3 Aug 2014 | 10:06 pm
    Flickr image by Reshit This post has been co-authored by Michael Harvey and Margo Mosher. Materiality has taken the main stage of the sustainability agenda – and for good reason. The practice of identifying and prioritising the sustainability issues that matter enables a company to make better decisions overall. When business leaders make decisions that recognise both financial and sustainability material issues, and the relationships between them, they can position their businesses to effectively manage operations and set strategies for the long term. Conducting a robust materiality…
  • On Our Radar: Has China's Environment Hit an Inflection Point?

    27 Jul 2014 | 11:49 pm
    Mask wearing has become a common sight in downtown Beijing. Taken April 2014 © Chris Wash. An abbreviated version of this piece was originally published in the summer issue of Radar Magazine – Issue 04: Better, Connected. The Chinese government’s declarations of environmental concerns as first-order priorities have a spotty history in heralding imminent change, due largely to uneven enforcement on a state and local level. So one could be forgiven if the flurry of actions announced in the first half of 2014, which include statements by a government advisor that the country will set an…
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    Triple Pundit: People, Planet, Profit

  • 3p Weekend: 5 Reasons for Companies to Care About Employee Satisfaction

    Mary Mazzoni
    22 Aug 2014 | 11:00 am
    Employee engagement and satisfaction is a hot topic in the sustainability space right now, but some companies may still find themselves asking: What is a happy employee really worth? Well, quite a bit actually. To prove it, this week we rounded up five reasons for companies to start caring about employee satisfaction. (If you can't keep your eyes off the clock, feel free to 'accidentally' leave this article in the office copy machine.)
  • NRG Energy Crowdsources Presidential Hunt

    Jan Lee
    22 Aug 2014 | 3:00 am
    The days of professional headhunters may not be coming to a close, but if NRG's newest personnel search is successful, there may be a new approach in swing. The energy company is on the lookout for a president for NRG Home, and it's offering $100,000 to the person who comes up with that perfect referral.
  • Could a Carbon Tax Cut Down on Corporate Inversions?

    RP Siegel
    22 Aug 2014 | 2:30 am
    Marc Hafstead of the nonpartisan think tank Resources for the Future, along with Lawrence Goulder of Stanford University, have come up with an idea that could potentially address two important problems in one broad policy action. The first, which is where they'll likely began, is the problem of corporate inversions. No, that’s not corporations standing on their heads; it’s when they buy another company in a country with a lower tax rate so that they can begin paying taxes there instead of here in the U.S., where they receive the most government services. The other problem is climate…
  • Researchers Tally Up the Ecological Cost of Eating Beef

    Jan Lee
    22 Aug 2014 | 2:00 am
    Can we afford to eat beef? Supermarket prices may suggest so, but our ecological footprint is another matter, say researchers. And what about raising cows for dairy? It's better, but it still comes with its own costs.
  • Plastics Recycling: You’re Doing it Wrong. And So is Everybody Else!

    3p Contributor
    22 Aug 2014 | 1:30 am
    Are you still recycling 'by the numbers'? You need to stop. Everything you know about plastics recovery is wrong.
 
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    Skoll World Forum

  • Let’s Fix Pakistan’s Broken Education System

    Jake Wadland
    22 Aug 2014 | 11:39 am
    Pakistan faces a multitude of serious challenges, many of them connected to the lack of a viable education system for its poor masses. Widespread illiteracy and dismal pedagogical standards are overwhelming problems. Well-meaning but largely symbolic actions – such as a recent constitutional amendment which mandates free primary and secondary education, along with education reform task forces and new education policies – have produced no real change. Millions of school age children are unable to access affordable schooling. This provides fertile ground for religious extremism and the…
  • Working for a Generation of Girls Who Won’t be Cut

    Jake Wadland
    19 Aug 2014 | 12:00 pm
    In 2008 I was volunteering in Ethiopia. I had stepped out of my 20-year corporate life and wanted a different rhythm. In Addis Ababa and the green hills behind it, I felt at home. The air was fresh, people were welcoming and the work was rewarding. I was at home in my tiny kitchen in Addis, reading the Lonely Planet Ethiopia travel guide, when I discovered this: “….female genital mutilation brings enormous physical pain and suffering. As one doctor put it, ‘These women are holding back a scream so strong, it would shake the earth.’” I learned that 75% of women in Ethiopia have been…
  • Theories of Change and Common Metrics Drive Search for Big Impact in Global Health

    Jake Wadland
    18 Aug 2014 | 2:17 pm
    Innovation is a long game. What starts as a bold idea with the promise of tremendous social gains can take years to transform the status quo and achieve a big impact. To date, Grand Challenges Canada has supported over 500 innovations in our four short years of operation. We have come to appreciate the power of early results that can indicate if and when a big impact is on the horizon. Grand Challenges Canada funds the full scope of innovations – scientific, technological, social and business – that are needed to address the enormous health challenges that burden low- and middle-income…
  • The Power of Randomized Evaluation: Understanding Issues, Adapting Solutions

    Jake Wadland
    17 Aug 2014 | 6:45 pm
    In international development there is a tension between the drive to “scale what works” and the fundamental reality that the world is complex, and solutions discovered in one place often can’t be easily transported to different contexts. At Innovations for Poverty Action, we use randomized controlled trials to measure which solutions to poverty work and why. We believe that this methodology can help to alleviate poverty, and yet we don’t advocate focusing solely on programs that are “proven” to work in this way. One risk of funding only “proven” and therefore “provable”…
  • Rethinking Accountability for Adaptive Initiatives

    Jake Wadland
    17 Aug 2014 | 6:33 pm
    Unless we reframe what it means for social innovations to be accountable, we risk squelching the very creativity and ingenuity that are crucial to their success. Recognizing that difficult problems often require long-term transformative solutions, many funders and non-profits are adopting innovative strategies that are complex and dynamic, with goals and activities that emerge along the way. Traditional formative and summative approaches to evaluation are not a good fit for these adaptive approaches. In fact they can be counterproductive, subverting innovation instead of supporting it. A…
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    Marc Gunther's blog

  • PR firm Edelman has more than a PR problem

    Marc Gunther
    19 Aug 2014 | 3:10 pm
    I’m an admirer of Edelman, one of the world’s biggest and most respected PR firms, and I’m friendly with a number of people who work there. The firm has been ahead of the curve on corporate-responsibility issues, managing effective campaigns for the likes of GE and Walmart. Richard Edelman, who runs the place,  approached me […] >
  • The end of garbage

    Marc Gunther
    18 Aug 2014 | 8:57 pm
    In nature, nothing goes to waste. The excrement of one species (forgive me if you are reading over breakfast) becomes food for another. Why can’t we design the industrial economy to be like nature? This isn’t a new idea. During the American Revolution, iron pots were melted down to make armaments. I take notes with […] >
  • A smarter approach to biofuels

    Marc Gunther
    13 Aug 2014 | 9:26 am
    The US biofuels industry has not covered itself in glory. It has consumed billions of dollars in taxpayer dollars, as much if not more from investors and in return delivered economic and environmental benefits that are murky at best, at least according to its critics. You’ll hear a different story from the industry, which is […] >
  • Feeding my grandson

    Marc Gunther
    7 Aug 2014 | 9:15 am
      Meet my grandson, Hudson Scott, who is six months old and just started eating solid foods. This means that my daughter Rebecca and son-in-law Eric have to decide what to feed him–the baby food in jars from Gerber and Beech-Nut that have been around forever, it seems, the newer and hipper lines of organic […] >
  • Is the sharing economy really green?

    Marc Gunther
    4 Aug 2014 | 2:48 pm
    So many assumptions underly conventional wisdom about all things green. That biofuels are better for the planet than burning fossil fuels. That bans on plastic bags help the environment. That electric cars reduce CO2 emissions. That eating meat is bad for the climate. All these things are true, I believe. But what I believe doesn’t […] >
 
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    Skoll World Forum

  • Let’s Fix Pakistan’s Broken Education System

    Jake Wadland
    22 Aug 2014 | 11:39 am
    Pakistan faces a multitude of serious challenges, many of them connected to the lack of a viable education system for its poor masses. Widespread illiteracy and dismal pedagogical standards are overwhelming problems. Well-meaning but largely symbolic actions – such as a recent constitutional amendment which mandates free primary and secondary education, along with education reform task forces and new education policies – have produced no real change. Millions of school age children are unable to access affordable schooling. This provides fertile ground for religious extremism and the…
  • Working for a Generation of Girls Who Won’t be Cut

    Jake Wadland
    19 Aug 2014 | 12:00 pm
    In 2008 I was volunteering in Ethiopia. I had stepped out of my 20-year corporate life and wanted a different rhythm. In Addis Ababa and the green hills behind it, I felt at home. The air was fresh, people were welcoming and the work was rewarding. I was at home in my tiny kitchen in Addis, reading the Lonely Planet Ethiopia travel guide, when I discovered this: “….female genital mutilation brings enormous physical pain and suffering. As one doctor put it, ‘These women are holding back a scream so strong, it would shake the earth.’” I learned that 75% of women in Ethiopia have been…
  • Theories of Change and Common Metrics Drive Search for Big Impact in Global Health

    Jake Wadland
    18 Aug 2014 | 2:17 pm
    Innovation is a long game. What starts as a bold idea with the promise of tremendous social gains can take years to transform the status quo and achieve a big impact. To date, Grand Challenges Canada has supported over 500 innovations in our four short years of operation. We have come to appreciate the power of early results that can indicate if and when a big impact is on the horizon. Grand Challenges Canada funds the full scope of innovations – scientific, technological, social and business – that are needed to address the enormous health challenges that burden low- and middle-income…
  • The Power of Randomized Evaluation: Understanding Issues, Adapting Solutions

    Jake Wadland
    17 Aug 2014 | 6:45 pm
    In international development there is a tension between the drive to “scale what works” and the fundamental reality that the world is complex, and solutions discovered in one place often can’t be easily transported to different contexts. At Innovations for Poverty Action, we use randomized controlled trials to measure which solutions to poverty work and why. We believe that this methodology can help to alleviate poverty, and yet we don’t advocate focusing solely on programs that are “proven” to work in this way. One risk of funding only “proven” and therefore “provable”…
  • Rethinking Accountability for Adaptive Initiatives

    Jake Wadland
    17 Aug 2014 | 6:33 pm
    Unless we reframe what it means for social innovations to be accountable, we risk squelching the very creativity and ingenuity that are crucial to their success. Recognizing that difficult problems often require long-term transformative solutions, many funders and non-profits are adopting innovative strategies that are complex and dynamic, with goals and activities that emerge along the way. Traditional formative and summative approaches to evaluation are not a good fit for these adaptive approaches. In fact they can be counterproductive, subverting innovation instead of supporting it. A…
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    Global Envision

  • Three big reasons why business is the best route to ending poverty

    Guest Contributor
    19 Aug 2014 | 1:40 pm
    Image:  By Mal Warwick. This article was republished with permission from The Business Solution to Poverty's blog.There’s nothing mysterious here. Poor people tell us they’re poor because they don’t have enough money—and who knows more about making money than businesspeople?Capital, Jobs, ScalePrivate business possesses three overarching and undeniable advantages in addressing the challenge of poverty:Profitable businesses attract substantial capital.Successful businesses hire lots of people.Successful businesses are capable of reaching scale.These…
  • Global Ideas News Brief: Energy + Innovation

    Emily O'Hara
    19 Aug 2014 | 12:20 pm
    Image:  Economic opportunityFleeing War And Finding WorkNPRIn most parts of the world, refugees are not allowed to work. But in Uganda, refugee life is different.Banks Vie for a Piece of Africa's Mobile Banking MarketWSJIn Kenya, where telecom companies dominate the mobile-payments market, one of the country's largest banks is fighting to retake some of its traditional turf.Food securityFed on food aid: does emergency nutrition cripple local economies?GuardianAfter recent controversies in Haiti, do humanitarian organisations have a duty to address food security and…
  • The MasterCard Foundation Wants to Change the Financial Game for World’s Poor

    Emily O'Hara
    19 Aug 2014 | 12:14 pm
    Image:  Wiry, with a youthful face beneath graying hair, Kumar works long hours driving an auto-rickshaw on the traffic-jammed streets of Bangalore. The video is meant to raise awareness about financial products that are meaningful and valuable to people like Kumar, whose needs are so different from those of typical Western customers.Seated beside his wife, Kumar says he doesn’t apply for loans. Instead, he relies on his savings “to earn money and stand on [my] own.” He points to the ceiling and walls and says, “For me, my house is everything.”For many…
  • Global Ideas News Brief: NGOs vs. big business

    Emily O'Hara
    13 Aug 2014 | 4:57 pm
    Image:  The business of developmentAfrican Leaders Sit Down With American InvestorsNYTPresident Obama convened a giant game of “Let’s Make a Deal” between the United States and Africa on Tuesday, bringing together nearly 50 African leaders with American investors for what he promised would be a long-term partnership that went beyond extracting “minerals from the ground for our growth.”NGOs losing the war against poverty and climate change, says Civicus headGuardianCharities are no longer drivers of social change; for many saving the world has become big…
  • Get Your Great “Green” Idea to the Masses

    Emily O'Hara
    12 Aug 2014 | 2:03 pm
    Image:  When Nike and NASA join forces with the U.S. government, “collective genius for a better world” ensues. Imagine if Kickstarter had a campaign for The Story of Stuff video that made a call to action for groundbreaking ideas. LAUNCH is that cross-section: Calling upon innovators to tackle complex issues with disruptive, pragmatic solutions.LAUNCH wants to help people put their ideas into action—especially ideas that make you scratch your head. (Think: this lamp grown from mushrooms). They achieve this by focusing on key sectors of industry. Up next? A…
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    Beneblog: Technology Meets Society

  • Exploring Data for Impact

    11 Aug 2014 | 9:00 am
    The world is undergoing a data revolution, and the social sector is no exception. Mobile devices are breaking down the barriers to direct connections to staff, volunteers, clients, partners, communities, and the general public. Social enterprises are collecting more and more data: data about social problems; data about intervention outcomes; data for collective impact; data for learning; data for dashboards to better operate their enterprises; data for funders; and the list goes on. Yet, social enterprises aren’t typically made up of data geeks. They desperately need to use data better and…
  • How Open Source Sparks Innovation and Advances Social Good

    4 Aug 2014 | 11:32 am
    Adopting an open source philosophy has proven to be quite effective for us at Benetech in our work furthering technology-for-good. I recently had the opportunity to give an interview for Red Hat’s online magazine, Opensource.com, and discuss Benetech’s culture of “open.”I describe the open source tools Benetech builds; clarify why it is important that cybersecurity tools in particular are open; explain how Benetech’s culture of “open” shapes its product development as well as broadly serves its social mission; and reflect on the reasons why the open source ethos is well suited…
  • Thank You, Gerardo!

    28 Jul 2014 | 7:39 am
    The Benetech team has just bid goodbye to VP of Engineering Gerardo Capiel, who is moving on to his next adventure. A passionate technology-for-good advocate, Gerardo has made major contributions to Benetech’s social mission since he joined us over four years ago. As we are getting ready to welcome a new VP of Engineering, I’d like to acknowledge and thank Gerardo for his many contributions and their lasting impact on the lives of the people we serve.Gerardo helped Benetech dramatically increase our capacity to benefit larger populations by scaling our services, revamping our innovation…
  • The Road to Accessibility without Borders: Celebrating the One-Year Anniversary of the Marrakesh Treaty

    15 Jul 2014 | 4:20 pm
    One year ago, on June 28, 2013, at a diplomatic conference in Marrakesh, Morocco, the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) agreed on a historic international copyright exception for people with print disabilities. Hailed as “the Miracle in Marrakesh,” the Marrakesh Treaty to Facilitate Access to Published Works for Persons Who Are Blind, Visually Impaired or Otherwise Print Disabled paves the way to expanding access to books for people with print disabilities and provides the necessary legal framework for authorized organizations, like Benetech and…
  • Martus 4.5: Lowering the Barrier to Better Information Security through Strong Crypto

    30 Jun 2014 | 8:09 am
    Last week, the Benetech Human Rights Program released version 4.5 of Martus—our free, open source, secure information collection and management software—which includes major updates and usability improvements. Our goal is to make it far easier for groups that work with vulnerable populations keep the sensitive information they collect confidential. Having long supported human rights activists, we know the importance of confidentiality when working with victims and witnesses.The biggest highlight of this release is that Martus 4.5 can now be configured in less than 10 minutes by anyone…
 
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    Environmental Management & Sustainability News

  • Carbon Auction Raises $331.8M

    Jessica Lyons Hardcastle
    22 Aug 2014 | 7:49 am
    California raised $331.8 million at its latest carbon auction, held Aug. 18. The state’s eighth cap-and-trade auction sold all 22.5 million allowances to release carbon emissions this year, with companies paying $11.50 a ton for the 2014 carbon credits. The state also sold an additional 6.5 million permits that can’t be used until 2017 of […]
  • Industry Groups Streamline Green Building Tool Development

    Jessica Lyons Hardcastle
    22 Aug 2014 | 5:07 am
    ASHRAE, the International Code Council (ICC), the American Institute of Architects (AIA), the Illuminating Engineering Society of North America (IES) and the US Green Building Council (USGBC) have signed a memorandum to collaborate on the development of Standard 189.1, the International Green Construction Code (IgCC) and the LEED green building program. The cooperation aims to […]
  • Urban Air Toxics Down Across US

    Jessica Lyons Hardcastle
    22 Aug 2014 | 4:36 am
    Coal-fired power plants and other manmade sources have reduced toxic mercury emissions about 60 percent since 1990, according to the EPA’s Second Integrated Urban Air Toxics Report to Congress. The report is the final of two reports required under the Clean Air Act to inform Congress of progress in reducing urban air toxics. Using national […]
  • ASTM Proposes Sustainable Manufacturing Standard

    Jessica Lyons Hardcastle
    22 Aug 2014 | 4:19 am
    A proposed ASTM International standard aims to help industry adopt more sustainable and environmentally friendly practices by informing manufacturers how they can incorporate sustainability into their daily operations. WK35702, Guide for Evaluation of Environmental Aspects of Sustainability of Manufacturing Processes, describes methods to enhance resource efficiency, considering environmental impacts, at the manufacturing process level. Primary […]
  • Software Offers Savings for Convenience Store Deliveries

    Ken Jennison
    22 Aug 2014 | 4:15 am
    Transportation costs for convenience store deliveries can be cut by up to 20 percent – by reducing mileage and improving driver and vehicle utilization – with vehicle routing and scheduling optimization software created by Paragon Software Systems, the company says. Using the software, George’s Chicken was able to reduce its fleet size by 10 percent, […]
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    Have Fun • Do Good

  • Bye-Bye Big Vision Podcast: 70+ Interviews Over 7 Years with Social Changemakers

    Britt Bravo
    26 Jul 2014 | 2:37 pm
    East Bay Express, Best of the East Bay 2007Today is my day for letting go of things to make space for something new.I just told my VegCookbook Club that I'm stepping down as its organizer, and now I'm letting go of the Big Vision Podcast. It has been REALLY hard to let this go, but after not posting an interview for a year, I know that it is time.I started the Big Vision Podcast in 2006 about six months after starting Have Fun, Do Good. When I told my husband that I wanted to interview social changemakers for my blog, he suggested that I start a podcast. He had the audio equipment to help me…
  • Color = happiness

    Britt Bravo
    7 Jun 2014 | 8:18 am
    A few years ago, I had a vivid dream that I went into a dark therapist's office to meet with my client, Cameron Diaz. She wanted to know the secret to happiness, so I told her:Cook Connect Care ColorI've heard that all of the characters in your dreams are aspects of yourself, so I've thought a lot over the years about my advice to the "Cameron Diaz" aspect of myself. Cooking, connecting and caring made sense, but I didn't fully understand the color part until last week when I joined Andrea Sher's e-course: Collecting Color: 30 Days of Photo Joy. I'm having so much fun!Each day, for…
  • The healing power of . . .

    Britt Bravo
    31 May 2014 | 12:45 pm
    I woke up this morning feeling kinda poopy. It was one of those mornings when I felt like a "broken" person. When I feel like that, I sometimes wonder if it is all me, or if I am also feeling the pain and sadness everyone is feeling (I'm a bit of an emotional sponge).I began thinking about what heals, what helps us feel more whole, and how there are a lot of things we say have "healing power":Healing power of natureHealing power of listeningHealing power of artHealing power of hugsHealing power of laughterHealing power of tears Healing power of animalsHealing power of childrenHealing power of…
  • Feeling Between Seasons

    Britt Bravo
    23 Feb 2014 | 5:30 pm
    Is it spring yet?It is warm and lovely outside today, and I'm feeling between seasons. It's technically winter, the time of the year when we're supposed to stay inside and embrace the quiet and the darkness, but it's also spring-like (at least in California), which is inspiring a desire to bloom.Very confusing weather that is reflective of the transition time I'm in.In January, I joined the staff of Rockwood Leadership Institute as the Senior Communications Manager (yay!), which has been awesome, and a big change after working for myself for about eight years. Over the past couple months,…
  • Are you giving to what you really want to change in the world?

    Britt Bravo
    20 Jan 2014 | 8:32 am
    "Everyone is a philanthropist whether you're giving five dollars, or fifty thousand dollars. What sets this apart as philanthropy is, are you giving in a way that really affects your passions, your interests, what you really want to change in the world. . . . Are you giving mindfully? That to me is really the mark of thinking about this as a philanthropist." ~ Lauren Brownstein on the Tranquility du Jour podcast.While listening to Kimberly Wilson's Tranquility du Jour podcast interview with fundraising and philanthropic consultant, Lauren Brownstein on Saturday, the quote above really…
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    Skoll World Forum

  • Let’s Fix Pakistan’s Broken Education System

    Jake Wadland
    22 Aug 2014 | 11:39 am
    Pakistan faces a multitude of serious challenges, many of them connected to the lack of a viable education system for its poor masses. Widespread illiteracy and dismal pedagogical standards are overwhelming problems. Well-meaning but largely symbolic actions – such as a recent constitutional amendment which mandates free primary and secondary education, along with education reform task forces and new education policies – have produced no real change. Millions of school age children are unable to access affordable schooling. This provides fertile ground for religious extremism and the…
  • Working for a Generation of Girls Who Won’t be Cut

    Jake Wadland
    19 Aug 2014 | 12:00 pm
    In 2008 I was volunteering in Ethiopia. I had stepped out of my 20-year corporate life and wanted a different rhythm. In Addis Ababa and the green hills behind it, I felt at home. The air was fresh, people were welcoming and the work was rewarding. I was at home in my tiny kitchen in Addis, reading the Lonely Planet Ethiopia travel guide, when I discovered this: “….female genital mutilation brings enormous physical pain and suffering. As one doctor put it, ‘These women are holding back a scream so strong, it would shake the earth.’” I learned that 75% of women in Ethiopia have been…
  • Theories of Change and Common Metrics Drive Search for Big Impact in Global Health

    Jake Wadland
    18 Aug 2014 | 2:17 pm
    Innovation is a long game. What starts as a bold idea with the promise of tremendous social gains can take years to transform the status quo and achieve a big impact. To date, Grand Challenges Canada has supported over 500 innovations in our four short years of operation. We have come to appreciate the power of early results that can indicate if and when a big impact is on the horizon. Grand Challenges Canada funds the full scope of innovations – scientific, technological, social and business – that are needed to address the enormous health challenges that burden low- and middle-income…
  • The Power of Randomized Evaluation: Understanding Issues, Adapting Solutions

    Jake Wadland
    17 Aug 2014 | 6:45 pm
    In international development there is a tension between the drive to “scale what works” and the fundamental reality that the world is complex, and solutions discovered in one place often can’t be easily transported to different contexts. At Innovations for Poverty Action, we use randomized controlled trials to measure which solutions to poverty work and why. We believe that this methodology can help to alleviate poverty, and yet we don’t advocate focusing solely on programs that are “proven” to work in this way. One risk of funding only “proven” and therefore “provable”…
  • Rethinking Accountability for Adaptive Initiatives

    Jake Wadland
    17 Aug 2014 | 6:33 pm
    Unless we reframe what it means for social innovations to be accountable, we risk squelching the very creativity and ingenuity that are crucial to their success. Recognizing that difficult problems often require long-term transformative solutions, many funders and non-profits are adopting innovative strategies that are complex and dynamic, with goals and activities that emerge along the way. Traditional formative and summative approaches to evaluation are not a good fit for these adaptive approaches. In fact they can be counterproductive, subverting innovation instead of supporting it. A…
 
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  • Lifesaving Information: Halting Ebola in Liberia

    Kristine Pearson
    22 Aug 2014 | 12:56 pm
    $25 — Delivers one solar radio/light$50 — Helps spread accurate information$100 — Helps spread accurate information to communitiesSummaryThe deadliest Ebola outbreak in history has already claimed more than 1000 lives in West Africa and is now a global health crisis. Accurate and timely information is a key to stopping the spread of the virus. Through the distribution of our solar and wind-up emergency radios, Liberians living in isolated areas will be able to access information 24/7 to combat rumors and misinformation and learn facts on how to…
  • RespAct! Children stand up for their communities.

    Ania Jankowska
    19 Aug 2014 | 10:50 am
    $10 — will buy a jump rope.$20 — will buy 1 pair of boxing gloves.One pair of gloves is used by at least three people! New boxing gloves are urgently needed to allow each person the ultimate boxing experience.$30 — will buy a head protector.SummaryRespAct is a project of CamP Group gGmbH that encourages school children with different cultural and educational backgrounds to become active members and leaders in their communities. RespAct utilizes boxing exercises alongside participative videography and role plays to foster community engagement…
  • Give Hope to 50 Children at Mbeere Children's Home

    Kirsty Mclullich
    15 Aug 2014 | 9:44 am
    $10 — can buy essential toiletries such as a bail of tissue paper$40 — can be used to buy nutritious foodstuffs like a sack of maize$70 — can pay a caregiver's salary for one monthSummaryMbeere Children's Home recently lost its Administrator, Henry, in a tragic road accident, leaving his wife and small child along with 50 children under the care of the home. Henry was very much a father figure to the children who have now lost hope. The home faces a difficult period without the man who has been in charge since it was opened ten years ago.
  • Let's Keep It Rolling, PES's for 2014 - 2015

    Roberta Ward Smiley
    14 Aug 2014 | 12:55 pm
    $20 — Will pay for one of the bi-annual inspections.$50 — Will offset approx. 7 tons/CO2/year by preserving 5000 sq. meters (1/2 hectare) of this primary rainforest for one year$100 — Will offset approx. 15 tons/CO2/year by preserving 1 hectare (2.47 acres) of this wet tropical forest for one year. The life within it is threatened by the development that is closing in.SummaryPreserving this 14 ha. primary tropical forest will save the Monge's who own it and maintain the forest habitat resident wildlife depend on in this vital forest corridor on…
  • Protecting Elephants and Rhinos in Malawi

    Heather Wilcox
    14 Aug 2014 | 12:40 pm
    $10 — will provide batteries for digital cameras and camera traps used to build a photographic library of the animals in the Majete Reserve$25 — will provide fencing materials to keep herbivores out of vegetation exclosure plots that are used to measure the grazing capacity of native trees and plants$50 — will provide a spotlight used to illuminate wildlife during nighttime surveysSummaryPoaching and habitat destruction pushed the majority of wildlife in Malawi to the brink of extinction. A government-led, intensive conservation program has…
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  • Remembering Priya Haji

    Echoing Green
    22 Aug 2014 | 7:44 am
    The shock doesn’t ever quite wear off. The Echoing Green community continues to be deeply saddened by the passing of Priya Haji. Many of you may know Priya as one of the most extraordinary serial social entrepreneurs. She was co-founder of Free at Last, World of Good, and her newest venture, SaveUp. We remember Priya as a pioneering visionary, uber impact-driven, and always always authentic. More recently, we reveled in her happiness as she became the mother to Zen and Omi. We invited a few Echoing Green Fellows to offer their thoughts and rememberances of Priya, her impact on their work,…
  • Social Impact Jobs August 2014

    Lara Galinsky
    20 Aug 2014 | 6:26 am
    Photo courtesy of Tugende If you regularly follow us on this blog or on social media, you likely have noticed that Echoing Green has been doing quite a bit of hiring over the last year. What’s up with that, you ask? Echoing Green is entering into the second year of our ambitious three-year strategic growth plan, which is positioning us to deepen our support for next generation social change talent across all of our programs. It’s an exciting time to be an organization at the center of innovative social change thinking. And it’s a priority for us to influence this social innovation…
  • Five Bad Reasons to Start a For-Profit Social Enterprise

    Rich Leimsider
    12 Aug 2014 | 8:00 am
    photo: 2008 Fellow Rahul Panicker, co-founder of Embrace Should a new social good organization choose a for-profit model or a nonprofit one? This is a question we face each year at my organization, Echoing Green, when we evaluate thousands of business plans from social entrepreneurs seeking start-up capital and support. This year, nearly 50% of those plans proposed using a for-profit model. And when we asked these entrepreneurs why, some of their reasons were just plain bad. They are not alone. New entrepreneurs are increasingly starting for-profit firms whose primary purpose is social…
  • Who Do You Want to Be?

    Linda Kay Klein
    6 Aug 2014 | 7:22 am
    photo courtesy 2013 Fellow Debra Gitler, ConTextos Asking “Who Do You Want to Be?”Before “What Do You Want to Do?” We often begin our Work on Purpose curriculum trainings for faculty and staff of colleges, universities, and nonprofits by asking two sets of questions. The first set of questions is: How old were you the first time you were asked, “What you want to do when you grow up?” And how many times have you been asked some derivative of this question since? Answering the first question, people sometimes shout out that they were four or five. In some cases, they even say they…
  • Josh Nesbit: Bridging the Patient-Physician Gap with Technology

    Echoing Green
    31 Jul 2014 | 8:21 am
    Photo courtesy of Medic Mobile Medic Mobile founder Josh Nesbit was a pre-med student at Stanford in 2008 when he visited Malawi for the first time. Encountering the Malawians and their situation changed his life—and he’s been determined to return the favor ever since, by changing theirs. Among the world’s least-developed and most-densely populated countries, Malawi is a landlocked southeast African nation where 85% of people live in rural areas. The Malawian population lives with the grim triptych of low life expectancy (50 years), a high infant mortality rate, and a huge percentage of…
 
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  • "Girls Who Code" - Ofure Ukpebor

    Emeka Okafor
    22 Aug 2014 | 1:09 pm
    From TechCabal's, "Girl Who Code series", Ofure Ukpebor: Please give a brief description of yourselfMy name is Ofure Amenawon Ukpebor, and I’m 20 years old. I’m a computer programmer and a first class graduate of Computer Science from the prestigious Babcock University, Nigeria. I strongly believe learning never ends and I try to put in my best in everything I do. What are your code proficiencies/languages/super powers?JavaScript (jQuery), PHP, Java How and why did you start/learn to code?I started learning how to code while in school at Babcock. We had a lot of programming courses…
  • Recycled Product Enterprises

    Emeka Okafor
    22 Aug 2014 | 11:19 am
    UpNairobi profiles three companies in the business of creating products from repurposed and recycled materials: Gabriele Buracchi led:KMS-Kilometres...which has turned the used rubber tires that are usually seen languishing on the side of the road into some pretty stylish furniture. By combining the tyres with pretty kangas, each piece he produces is unique… and he’s not only making furniture… whether it’s a guitar case, a yoga mat, a wallet or a funky handbag that you’re after.interior decorator:Aposh Home Décor Turns PVC Pipes and Bulbs can make the most stylish…
  • Interdiscplinary Research from Doregos's Young Innovators

    Emeka Okafor
    22 Aug 2014 | 8:50 am
    From Doregos Private Academy the maker nurturing school that produced the urine powered generator.Award winning interdisciplinary research from Eveshorhema Sophia Samuel-Alli & Ibukunoluwa Ruth Oladeinde for "Walnut: A Sustainable Solution to Halitosis': image courtesy of Bella NaijaThey conducted the the experiment with 35 volunteers, which were divided into four groups to use the walnut, as well as the Walnut chewing gum and the Walnut mouthwash. They said:“Before they took the walnut and walnut products, they were made to blow bubbles into the solution and then we recorded how long…
  • Maker's Manual

    Emeka Okafor
    21 Aug 2014 | 7:11 pm
    From PFSK reports: PSFK The Maker's Manual from PSFK
  • MakerHut

    Emeka Okafor
    21 Aug 2014 | 3:12 pm
    In Zambia: Makerhut is a creative community of makers in Zambia that explores projects and technology in the fields of Electronics, Arts and Industrial Design. Not familiar with what a maker is? A maker is anyone that loves to tinker and create things: mechanical, electrical or even with textiles. Artists are makers. Inventors are makers. Our ancestors were makers. You’re probably a maker too! Besides independent projects, build events and How-to sessions, MakerHut is home to Afrimakers Zambia – an international initative which kickstarted workshops focused on local challenges in various…
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  • Let’s Fix Pakistan’s Broken Education System

    Jake Wadland
    22 Aug 2014 | 11:39 am
    Pakistan faces a multitude of serious challenges, many of them connected to the lack of a viable education system for its poor masses. Widespread illiteracy and dismal pedagogical standards are overwhelming problems. Well-meaning but largely symbolic actions – such as a recent constitutional amendment which mandates free primary and secondary education, along with education reform task forces and new education policies – have produced no real change. Millions of school age children are unable to access affordable schooling. This provides fertile ground for religious extremism and the…
  • Working for a Generation of Girls Who Won’t be Cut

    Jake Wadland
    19 Aug 2014 | 12:00 pm
    In 2008 I was volunteering in Ethiopia. I had stepped out of my 20-year corporate life and wanted a different rhythm. In Addis Ababa and the green hills behind it, I felt at home. The air was fresh, people were welcoming and the work was rewarding. I was at home in my tiny kitchen in Addis, reading the Lonely Planet Ethiopia travel guide, when I discovered this: “….female genital mutilation brings enormous physical pain and suffering. As one doctor put it, ‘These women are holding back a scream so strong, it would shake the earth.’” I learned that 75% of women in Ethiopia have been…
  • Theories of Change and Common Metrics Drive Search for Big Impact in Global Health

    Jake Wadland
    18 Aug 2014 | 2:17 pm
    Innovation is a long game. What starts as a bold idea with the promise of tremendous social gains can take years to transform the status quo and achieve a big impact. To date, Grand Challenges Canada has supported over 500 innovations in our four short years of operation. We have come to appreciate the power of early results that can indicate if and when a big impact is on the horizon. Grand Challenges Canada funds the full scope of innovations – scientific, technological, social and business – that are needed to address the enormous health challenges that burden low- and middle-income…
  • The Power of Randomized Evaluation: Understanding Issues, Adapting Solutions

    Jake Wadland
    17 Aug 2014 | 6:45 pm
    In international development there is a tension between the drive to “scale what works” and the fundamental reality that the world is complex, and solutions discovered in one place often can’t be easily transported to different contexts. At Innovations for Poverty Action, we use randomized controlled trials to measure which solutions to poverty work and why. We believe that this methodology can help to alleviate poverty, and yet we don’t advocate focusing solely on programs that are “proven” to work in this way. One risk of funding only “proven” and therefore “provable”…
  • Rethinking Accountability for Adaptive Initiatives

    Jake Wadland
    17 Aug 2014 | 6:33 pm
    Unless we reframe what it means for social innovations to be accountable, we risk squelching the very creativity and ingenuity that are crucial to their success. Recognizing that difficult problems often require long-term transformative solutions, many funders and non-profits are adopting innovative strategies that are complex and dynamic, with goals and activities that emerge along the way. Traditional formative and summative approaches to evaluation are not a good fit for these adaptive approaches. In fact they can be counterproductive, subverting innovation instead of supporting it. A…
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  • Let’s Fix Pakistan’s Broken Education System

    Jake Wadland
    22 Aug 2014 | 11:39 am
    Pakistan faces a multitude of serious challenges, many of them connected to the lack of a viable education system for its poor masses. Widespread illiteracy and dismal pedagogical standards are overwhelming problems. Well-meaning but largely symbolic actions – such as a recent constitutional amendment which mandates free primary and secondary education, along with education reform task forces and new education policies – have produced no real change. Millions of school age children are unable to access affordable schooling. This provides fertile ground for religious extremism and the…
  • Working for a Generation of Girls Who Won’t be Cut

    Jake Wadland
    19 Aug 2014 | 12:00 pm
    In 2008 I was volunteering in Ethiopia. I had stepped out of my 20-year corporate life and wanted a different rhythm. In Addis Ababa and the green hills behind it, I felt at home. The air was fresh, people were welcoming and the work was rewarding. I was at home in my tiny kitchen in Addis, reading the Lonely Planet Ethiopia travel guide, when I discovered this: “….female genital mutilation brings enormous physical pain and suffering. As one doctor put it, ‘These women are holding back a scream so strong, it would shake the earth.’” I learned that 75% of women in Ethiopia have been…
  • Theories of Change and Common Metrics Drive Search for Big Impact in Global Health

    Jake Wadland
    18 Aug 2014 | 2:17 pm
    Innovation is a long game. What starts as a bold idea with the promise of tremendous social gains can take years to transform the status quo and achieve a big impact. To date, Grand Challenges Canada has supported over 500 innovations in our four short years of operation. We have come to appreciate the power of early results that can indicate if and when a big impact is on the horizon. Grand Challenges Canada funds the full scope of innovations – scientific, technological, social and business – that are needed to address the enormous health challenges that burden low- and middle-income…
  • The Power of Randomized Evaluation: Understanding Issues, Adapting Solutions

    Jake Wadland
    17 Aug 2014 | 6:45 pm
    In international development there is a tension between the drive to “scale what works” and the fundamental reality that the world is complex, and solutions discovered in one place often can’t be easily transported to different contexts. At Innovations for Poverty Action, we use randomized controlled trials to measure which solutions to poverty work and why. We believe that this methodology can help to alleviate poverty, and yet we don’t advocate focusing solely on programs that are “proven” to work in this way. One risk of funding only “proven” and therefore “provable”…
  • Rethinking Accountability for Adaptive Initiatives

    Jake Wadland
    17 Aug 2014 | 6:33 pm
    Unless we reframe what it means for social innovations to be accountable, we risk squelching the very creativity and ingenuity that are crucial to their success. Recognizing that difficult problems often require long-term transformative solutions, many funders and non-profits are adopting innovative strategies that are complex and dynamic, with goals and activities that emerge along the way. Traditional formative and summative approaches to evaluation are not a good fit for these adaptive approaches. In fact they can be counterproductive, subverting innovation instead of supporting it. A…
 
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  • Let’s Fix Pakistan’s Broken Education System

    Jake Wadland
    22 Aug 2014 | 11:39 am
    Pakistan faces a multitude of serious challenges, many of them connected to the lack of a viable education system for its poor masses. Widespread illiteracy and dismal pedagogical standards are overwhelming problems. Well-meaning but largely symbolic actions – such as a recent constitutional amendment which mandates free primary and secondary education, along with education reform task forces and new education policies – have produced no real change. Millions of school age children are unable to access affordable schooling. This provides fertile ground for religious extremism and the…
  • Working for a Generation of Girls Who Won’t be Cut

    Jake Wadland
    19 Aug 2014 | 12:00 pm
    In 2008 I was volunteering in Ethiopia. I had stepped out of my 20-year corporate life and wanted a different rhythm. In Addis Ababa and the green hills behind it, I felt at home. The air was fresh, people were welcoming and the work was rewarding. I was at home in my tiny kitchen in Addis, reading the Lonely Planet Ethiopia travel guide, when I discovered this: “….female genital mutilation brings enormous physical pain and suffering. As one doctor put it, ‘These women are holding back a scream so strong, it would shake the earth.’” I learned that 75% of women in Ethiopia have been…
  • Theories of Change and Common Metrics Drive Search for Big Impact in Global Health

    Jake Wadland
    18 Aug 2014 | 2:17 pm
    Innovation is a long game. What starts as a bold idea with the promise of tremendous social gains can take years to transform the status quo and achieve a big impact. To date, Grand Challenges Canada has supported over 500 innovations in our four short years of operation. We have come to appreciate the power of early results that can indicate if and when a big impact is on the horizon. Grand Challenges Canada funds the full scope of innovations – scientific, technological, social and business – that are needed to address the enormous health challenges that burden low- and middle-income…
  • The Power of Randomized Evaluation: Understanding Issues, Adapting Solutions

    Jake Wadland
    17 Aug 2014 | 6:45 pm
    In international development there is a tension between the drive to “scale what works” and the fundamental reality that the world is complex, and solutions discovered in one place often can’t be easily transported to different contexts. At Innovations for Poverty Action, we use randomized controlled trials to measure which solutions to poverty work and why. We believe that this methodology can help to alleviate poverty, and yet we don’t advocate focusing solely on programs that are “proven” to work in this way. One risk of funding only “proven” and therefore “provable”…
  • Rethinking Accountability for Adaptive Initiatives

    Jake Wadland
    17 Aug 2014 | 6:33 pm
    Unless we reframe what it means for social innovations to be accountable, we risk squelching the very creativity and ingenuity that are crucial to their success. Recognizing that difficult problems often require long-term transformative solutions, many funders and non-profits are adopting innovative strategies that are complex and dynamic, with goals and activities that emerge along the way. Traditional formative and summative approaches to evaluation are not a good fit for these adaptive approaches. In fact they can be counterproductive, subverting innovation instead of supporting it. A…
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  • Let’s Fix Pakistan’s Broken Education System

    Jake Wadland
    22 Aug 2014 | 11:39 am
    Pakistan faces a multitude of serious challenges, many of them connected to the lack of a viable education system for its poor masses. Widespread illiteracy and dismal pedagogical standards are overwhelming problems. Well-meaning but largely symbolic actions – such as a recent constitutional amendment which mandates free primary and secondary education, along with education reform task forces and new education policies – have produced no real change. Millions of school age children are unable to access affordable schooling. This provides fertile ground for religious extremism and the…
  • Working for a Generation of Girls Who Won’t be Cut

    Jake Wadland
    19 Aug 2014 | 12:00 pm
    In 2008 I was volunteering in Ethiopia. I had stepped out of my 20-year corporate life and wanted a different rhythm. In Addis Ababa and the green hills behind it, I felt at home. The air was fresh, people were welcoming and the work was rewarding. I was at home in my tiny kitchen in Addis, reading the Lonely Planet Ethiopia travel guide, when I discovered this: “….female genital mutilation brings enormous physical pain and suffering. As one doctor put it, ‘These women are holding back a scream so strong, it would shake the earth.’” I learned that 75% of women in Ethiopia have been…
  • Theories of Change and Common Metrics Drive Search for Big Impact in Global Health

    Jake Wadland
    18 Aug 2014 | 2:17 pm
    Innovation is a long game. What starts as a bold idea with the promise of tremendous social gains can take years to transform the status quo and achieve a big impact. To date, Grand Challenges Canada has supported over 500 innovations in our four short years of operation. We have come to appreciate the power of early results that can indicate if and when a big impact is on the horizon. Grand Challenges Canada funds the full scope of innovations – scientific, technological, social and business – that are needed to address the enormous health challenges that burden low- and middle-income…
  • The Power of Randomized Evaluation: Understanding Issues, Adapting Solutions

    Jake Wadland
    17 Aug 2014 | 6:45 pm
    In international development there is a tension between the drive to “scale what works” and the fundamental reality that the world is complex, and solutions discovered in one place often can’t be easily transported to different contexts. At Innovations for Poverty Action, we use randomized controlled trials to measure which solutions to poverty work and why. We believe that this methodology can help to alleviate poverty, and yet we don’t advocate focusing solely on programs that are “proven” to work in this way. One risk of funding only “proven” and therefore “provable”…
  • Rethinking Accountability for Adaptive Initiatives

    Jake Wadland
    17 Aug 2014 | 6:33 pm
    Unless we reframe what it means for social innovations to be accountable, we risk squelching the very creativity and ingenuity that are crucial to their success. Recognizing that difficult problems often require long-term transformative solutions, many funders and non-profits are adopting innovative strategies that are complex and dynamic, with goals and activities that emerge along the way. Traditional formative and summative approaches to evaluation are not a good fit for these adaptive approaches. In fact they can be counterproductive, subverting innovation instead of supporting it. A…
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  • Let’s Fix Pakistan’s Broken Education System

    Jake Wadland
    22 Aug 2014 | 11:39 am
    Pakistan faces a multitude of serious challenges, many of them connected to the lack of a viable education system for its poor masses. Widespread illiteracy and dismal pedagogical standards are overwhelming problems. Well-meaning but largely symbolic actions – such as a recent constitutional amendment which mandates free primary and secondary education, along with education reform task forces and new education policies – have produced no real change. Millions of school age children are unable to access affordable schooling. This provides fertile ground for religious extremism and the…
  • Working for a Generation of Girls Who Won’t be Cut

    Jake Wadland
    19 Aug 2014 | 12:00 pm
    In 2008 I was volunteering in Ethiopia. I had stepped out of my 20-year corporate life and wanted a different rhythm. In Addis Ababa and the green hills behind it, I felt at home. The air was fresh, people were welcoming and the work was rewarding. I was at home in my tiny kitchen in Addis, reading the Lonely Planet Ethiopia travel guide, when I discovered this: “….female genital mutilation brings enormous physical pain and suffering. As one doctor put it, ‘These women are holding back a scream so strong, it would shake the earth.’” I learned that 75% of women in Ethiopia have been…
  • Theories of Change and Common Metrics Drive Search for Big Impact in Global Health

    Jake Wadland
    18 Aug 2014 | 2:17 pm
    Innovation is a long game. What starts as a bold idea with the promise of tremendous social gains can take years to transform the status quo and achieve a big impact. To date, Grand Challenges Canada has supported over 500 innovations in our four short years of operation. We have come to appreciate the power of early results that can indicate if and when a big impact is on the horizon. Grand Challenges Canada funds the full scope of innovations – scientific, technological, social and business – that are needed to address the enormous health challenges that burden low- and middle-income…
  • The Power of Randomized Evaluation: Understanding Issues, Adapting Solutions

    Jake Wadland
    17 Aug 2014 | 6:45 pm
    In international development there is a tension between the drive to “scale what works” and the fundamental reality that the world is complex, and solutions discovered in one place often can’t be easily transported to different contexts. At Innovations for Poverty Action, we use randomized controlled trials to measure which solutions to poverty work and why. We believe that this methodology can help to alleviate poverty, and yet we don’t advocate focusing solely on programs that are “proven” to work in this way. One risk of funding only “proven” and therefore “provable”…
  • Rethinking Accountability for Adaptive Initiatives

    Jake Wadland
    17 Aug 2014 | 6:33 pm
    Unless we reframe what it means for social innovations to be accountable, we risk squelching the very creativity and ingenuity that are crucial to their success. Recognizing that difficult problems often require long-term transformative solutions, many funders and non-profits are adopting innovative strategies that are complex and dynamic, with goals and activities that emerge along the way. Traditional formative and summative approaches to evaluation are not a good fit for these adaptive approaches. In fact they can be counterproductive, subverting innovation instead of supporting it. A…
 
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  • Acche din for the financially excluded or too much din?

    lyorke@grameenfoundation.org
    22 Aug 2014 | 7:48 am
    The poor and unbanked can take their rightful place as consumers of financial services only if the Modi government encourages different entities to advance the financial inclusion agenda.
  • Microfinance Institutions as Business Correspondents – What to Negotiate with Banks

    lyorke@grameenfoundation.org
    19 Aug 2014 | 12:47 pm
    In recent announcements, the government of India has unveiled ambitious financial inclusion plans of which the Business Correspondent (BC) model is a key piece. Over the next several weeks, Grameen Foundation India (a wholly-owned subsidiary of Grameen Foundation) will post a series of blogs that discuss this model and how to make it work for promoting financial inclusion in India.  Chandni Ohri, CEO, Grameen Foundation India
  • The Start of a Movement for “Lean Research”?

    lyorke@grameenfoundation.org
    7 Aug 2014 | 12:17 pm
    My bottom-line framing of this entire issue is related to a basic question: why we do this kind of social science research at all?  In my mind, we do it for one reason: in combating societal problems such as poverty, we want to do more of what works well, and less of what doesn’t work, or works less well.  Period.  If research contributes to that, I will call it successful and effective.  If not does not, I will call it a failure – no matter how elegant the research design or how smart the investigators.  This is my take on the design principle of “relevance” which we have been…
  • Commercial Insights from the Push-Pull Project

    lyorke@grameenfoundation.org
    5 Aug 2014 | 12:00 pm
    It’s made its way into the hands of the farmer and the tailor and the day labourer who is as comfortable using it as the high-powered CEO. From Los Angeles to Kampala, the mobile phone has become ubiquitous, bridging class divides, gender differences, generational gaps and territorial boundaries. And in sub Saharan Africa, it has gone further than any piece of modern technology in becoming something rural people use daily. It’s no wonder that the mobile phone is generally viewed as one of the keys to reaching people who previously weren’t accessible because of various infrastructural…
  • Lifting the Poverty Line One Loan at a Time

    lyorke@grameenfoundation.org
    31 Jul 2014 | 9:00 pm
    As part of our AppLab Money India initiative, Grameen Foundation is collaborating with ThinkPlace to design a new suite of loan products for clients of Grameen Koota, a microfinance institution in Bangalore. In this blog, which first ran on ThinkPlace's website, Mark Thompson shares his insights on working with the women Grameen Koota serves.
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  • Which is more important – changing policies, or changing social norms and behaviours (and how are they connected)?

    Duncan Green
    21 Aug 2014 | 11:30 pm
    It can be a little disorienting when you stray from your intellectual silo, and read stuff from other disciplines. Sometimes it is entirely unintelligible, but it gets more interesting  when it resembles debates in development land, but with slightly different language (or the same words mean slightly different things) and reference points, like Darwin’s finches diverging on their different Galapagos islands. So thanks to Katherine Trebeck for sending over a blog by Matthew Taylor, a top UK domestic policy and chief executive of the RSA, a sort of proto thinktank (founded in a coffee shop…
  • Can alternative economic indicators ever be any good if they are devised solely by experts?

    Duncan Green
    20 Aug 2014 | 11:30 pm
    This guest post comes from Oxfam well-being guru Katherine Trebeck Over the last few years there has been a spate of measurement initiatives – way too many to list here. Together they represent a positive, if disparate, effort to improve the measures that we take into account when assessing the success of something – a policy, a programme, or even a country. Many of them are part of a rather broad ‘beyond GDP’ agenda and collectively they amount to a pretty hefty challenge to a statistic (GDP) that is increasingly recognised as a weak measure of economic performance, let alone wider…
  • How change happens: What can we learn from the same-sex marriage movement in the US?

    Duncan Green
    19 Aug 2014 | 11:30 pm
    As I begin work on the book on How Change Happens (no I haven’t written it yet, please stop asking), I’m collecting good analyses of social/political change processes. So thanks Bert Maerten for sending a fascinating account of the same-sex marriage movement in the US, by Paul and Mark Englers. The speed of the change is breathtaking: As of 1990, three-quarters of Americans saw homosexual sex as immoral. When the Vermont Supreme Court ruled to allow civil unions in that state in 1999, Republican presidential candidate Gary Bauer called the decision “in some ways worse than terrorism.”…
  • On World Humanitarian Day, where are the examples of ‘good donorship’ in conflict, disasters etc?

    Duncan Green
    18 Aug 2014 | 11:30 pm
    It’s World Humanitarian Day today, and I want to talk about money, but not the perennial topic of quantity of aid for emergency relief.  Let’s talk about quality. On my visit to the DRC in May, I was pretty shocked by the conversations I had with humanitarian colleagues about how they fund their work. The ‘crisis’ has been going on for some 20 years, but the official funding system is still designed largely for ‘sudden onset emergencies’ like earthquakes. If you want to do anything longer term (like the great work we are doing on civilian protection committees), you have to…
  • Links I liked

    Duncan Green
    17 Aug 2014 | 11:30 pm
    This week’s top tweets, with a big hat tip to the indefatigable Conrad Hackett  I suspect everyone has already seen this except me, but I thought it was cool. This will change how you see Australia [h/t Conrad Hackett] Fascinating: Tim Berners-Lee’s 1992 article on the future of this web thing he’s cooked up, which was then groaning under the weight of over 1014 documents [h/t Kimberly Bowman] Has global activism lost its edge, diluted by funding, results, growth & professionalization? An Open Letter to activists everywhere from Civicus If only George Bernard Shaw & Winston…
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  • Citizens Work Together to Fight Corruption in Lebanon

    Peako Jenkins
    21 Aug 2014 | 8:14 am
    A lab technician went to the office of a public official to renew her work contract with a municipal laboratory in northern Lebanon. Several days after submitting her request, the official's secretary invited her to come to his office. Hoping to finally receive his signature on her contract renewal, the young woman arrived at the office only to find that he wanted to get her alone behind closed...
  • Not Invited to the Party

    Julie Mancuso-Craig
    20 Aug 2014 | 8:06 am
    While 50 African heads of state prepared to visit Washington for the U.S.-Africa summit held earlier this month, one president who wasn't invited decided to throw a party of his own. In Zimbabwe, President Robert Mugabe invited dignitaries and government officials to the State House on July 31 to mark the one year anniversary of his party's victory over the opposition in national elections whose...
  • Corrrupt Land Grabs Imperil Burma’s Democratic Transition

    John Morrell
    19 Aug 2014 | 9:26 am
    The United Nations Universal Declaration of Human Rights states that “Everyone has the right to own property [and] no one shall be arbitrarily deprived of his property.” In Burma, a country in the early stages of its emergence from a half century of military rule and central economic planning, property rights violations could threaten democracy itself. READ MORE
  • The Two Main Challenges Facing African Civil Society Organizations

    Ryan Musser
    15 Aug 2014 | 6:31 am
    The U.S.-Africa Leaders Summit concluded last week and the delegations have returned home, but conversation about U.S. engagement with Africa still continues in DC. Two weeks ago, on the eve of the summit, CIPE and Freedom House initiated a dialogue on advancing political and economic freedom in Africa and on Wednesday, CIPE and the Society for International Development-Washington, DC Chapter...
  • Focus on Youth Entrepreneurship in Peru and Nepal

    CIPE Staff
    14 Aug 2014 | 12:37 pm
    CIPE recently published two new case studies on youth entrepreneurship programs in Peru and Nepal. Learn more about the dynamic young entrepreneurs who make these programs a success below. READ MORE
 
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    ODI Opinion

  • The 2014 CAPE conference: Does money matter? The role of finance in achieving the Sustainable Development Goals

    12 Nov 2014 | 12:00 am
    Will money matter for the future of development? When much of the wider discourse is focused on how to raise more money, the 2014 CAPE conference will ask what sort of difference that money can make in practice.
  • Conflict and disaster reporting: Does the public still care?

    23 Oct 2014 | 12:00 am
    On 23 October 1984, the BBC aired a landmark report on the famine in Ethiopia. Describing the crisis as a ‘biblical famine’, the report galvanised the public, spurred the UK government into action and prompted the creation of the infamous Live Aid concert. Join us at The Frontline Club as we examine the current state of conflict and disaster reporting and how humanitarian agencies can work with the media to raise awareness and much-needed funds.
  • Finding ‘evidence’ for what works in security and justice programming

    20 Oct 2014 | 12:00 am
    ​This session will discuss the struggle with the notion of ‘evidence’ in justice and security programming. Using the categories of proof, principle and plausibility, the session will reframe the question of ‘what works’ by broadening it to the question of ‘why something might plausibly work’ and why on some issues neither research nor practice seems to be able to learn.
  • 2014 International Conference on Emergency Management

    16 Oct 2014 | 12:00 am
    The Humanitarian Policy Group will be taking part in the ‘2014 International Conference on Emergency Management’ on 28-29 September, organised by the Chinese Academy of Governance (CAG) and Tsinghua University. This conference is aimed at promoting learning among Chinese and international researchers and decision-makers from all administrative levels.  
  • The Political Economy of Agricultural Policy Processes in Africa

    24 Sep 2014 | 12:00 am
    The Future Agricultures Consortium (FAC) is an Africa-based alliance of research organisations that provides independent advice and evidence to improve agricultural policy and practice in Sub-Saharan Africa. The aim of this Policy Dialogue event is to present key findings and policy insights emerging from a range of Future Agricultures Consortium’s recent research activities.
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    ZeroDivide

  • OMB, Nonprofits and Social Impact

    Elaine Carpenter
    22 Aug 2014 | 1:35 pm
    OMB, Nonprofits and Social ImpactBy Elaine Carpenter Friday, 22 August 2014 - 1:35pm People know I'm a little bit wonkish — someone who enjoys reading dense policy articles, as well as local, state and federal laws and regulations. But few would suggest I take pleasure in reading cost allocation guidelines published by the federal Office of Management and Budget (OMB). As every nonprofit grant writer, accountant and executive can attest, plowing through these federal rules is typically cause for despair. However, the new rules on cost allocation that I read the other day was reason for…
  • The Lifestyle, Health and Wellness Startup Weekend

    Caitlin Kerton
    15 Aug 2014 | 10:39 am
    The Lifestyle, Health and Wellness Startup WeekendBy Caitlin Kerton Friday, 15 August 2014 - 10:39am This month, three ZeroDivide staff members participated in the Lifestyle, Health and Wellness Startup Weekend at the Impact Hub in San Francisco. ZeroDivide’s Vanessa Mason, Rick Johnson and Frieda McAlear contributed their knowledge and experience in the eHealth sector to the development of a health insurance shopping app. Following a pitch selection round on Friday, August 1, teams were formed, and ZeroDivide team members began developing an app to submit to the Robert Wood Johnson…
  • 2014 Aspen Ideas Festival

    Caitlin Kerton
    11 Aug 2014 | 12:57 pm
    2014 Aspen Ideas Festival By Caitlin Kerton Monday, 11 August 2014 - 12:57pm The Aspen Ideas Festival is an opportunity to gather big thinkers, innovators, leaders and citizens advocating for social change. The event provides a platform to discuss social issues, exchange ideas as solutions and inspire one another. ZeroDivide President & CEO Tessie Guillermo attended this event to share ZeroDivide’s mission, experiences and ideas.    The Public Library Reimagined As part of ZeroDivide’s mission to help underserved communities transform through technology, we work with anchor…
  • Aspen Ideas Festival

    admin
    11 Aug 2014 | 5:23 am
    Aspen Ideas Festival The Aspen Ideas Festival is an opportunity to gather big thinkers, innovators, leaders and citizens advocating for social change. The event provides a platform to discuss social issues, exchange... http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-_ACYdih1fc
  • New Case Study on Pioneers in Justice Published

    Julia Indovina
    24 Jun 2014 | 12:06 pm
    Image: Highlighted Link: http://www.zerodivide.org/clients/case-studies/case-study-levi-strauss-founda...Highlight Location: Homepage
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    PHILANTHROPY 2173

  • Cases for Discussion - data, ethics, and civil society

    Lucy Bernholz
    21 Aug 2014 | 1:19 pm
    Last year when I wrote the Blueprint 2014 I included a few scenarios regarding nonprofits, foundations and the uses of digital data (see pages 22-23).Now we're on the brink of hosting an entire conference on the Ethics of Data in Civil Society.We're pulling together resources from the field and from scholars. I was thrilled when Jeff Raderstrong, now of Living Cities, sent me these Case Studies he and a colleague developed for classes at George Washington University.    Cases for Discussion BigData by Lucy BernholzWe'll share these on the conference website…
  • A new calculus for civil society

    Lucy Bernholz
    18 Aug 2014 | 9:17 am
    In the analog era, when you took action for social good the math was relatively straightforward;                                 1 action = some result.It might have been a 1:1 relationship: 1 donation = 1 meal.It might have been more than that: 1 volunteer act = multiple additional donations = multiple benefitsIt might have included a multiplier effect: Action sustained over time = new policies = multiple benefitsIt might have…
  • The last 20 years and the next 20 years

    Lucy Bernholz
    17 Aug 2014 | 7:15 pm
    I had a great conversation this morning with Sara Davis at the Hewlett Foundation. It led to these two napkin sketches of the past and the future of organizational structures - what do you think?*The last 20 years in nonprofits and foundations:The next 20 years in nonprofits and foundations*The drawings are mine and should not implicate the Hewlett Foundation in any way.
  • Opting in in digital civil society

    Lucy Bernholz
    10 Aug 2014 | 11:00 am
    One of the defining features of civil society, the independent sector, the nonprofit and philanthropic sector or whatever you want to call it...is that participation is voluntary. Giving your time or money is your own choice. Partaking of services offered, for the most part, is by choice (less so where government services are contracted through nonprofits, but stay with me here). One of the most common names for nonprofits is the "voluntary" sector. We are neither required by market forces nor obligated as citizens to participate. This notion of "voluntary" access is complicated when we are…
  • Ethics and the Age of Digital Assumption

    Lucy Bernholz
    4 Aug 2014 | 10:34 am
    It turns out that Facebook is manipulating your news feed and OK Cupid is playing with your heart.Neither of these digital algorithmic head games came as a surprise to folks in the digital know, but that doesn't make them OK.And they did come as a surprise to most of us -  who don't quite understand how software works and who still make assumptions about personal agency, control, and validity based on analog experiences. This is a world of "black box algorithms" - where software code is determining what information we see and don't see. It's a world where consent means "not really" - in…
 
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    Acumen Fund Blog

  • How one India Fellow is building up the labor force in India

    Jacqui Papineau
    18 Aug 2014 | 3:30 am
    Over 90% of the 500 million person labor force in India exists in the unorganized sector. Working conditions in the informal sector are poor and offer few incentives leading to stagnating low incomes. Acumen India Fellow Prerit Rana is the Co-Founder and CEO of Agrasar, a non-profit organization outside New Delhi working to unlock this massive human capital potential and provide social security to disadvantaged communities across the country.  Trained as an engineer, Prerit started his career at his father’s corrugated box factory.  Things were moving ahead professionally and the path to…
  • Give Impact Investing Time and Space to Develop

    Sasha Dichter
    11 Aug 2014 | 4:41 am
    Sasha Dichter, Acumen’s Chief Innovation Officer originally wrote this piece on the HBR Blog. Impact investing has captured the world’s imagination. Just six years after the Rockefeller Foundation coined the term, the sector is booming. An estimated 250 funds are actively raising capital in a market that the Global Impact Investing Network estimates at $25 billion. Giving Pledge members described impact investing as the “hottest topic” at their May 2012 meeting, and Prime Minister David Cameron extolled the potential of the sector at the most recent G8 summit.  Sir Ronald Cohen…
  • 10 Books We’re Reading This Summer

    Acumen
    8 Aug 2014 | 9:18 am
    What are you reading? It is a common question here at Acumen, an organization full of avid readers constantly trading favorite book titles that discuss leadership, impact, development and branding. Here are 10 stellar books we’re reading this summer. These books and others provide a framework of thinking, a spark of new ideas, a platform for debate. So, what are you reading? Georgia Stevenson, BD & Communications Pakistan Summer Associate Finding Beauty in a Broken World, Terry Tempest Williams “I enjoyed this book as a thoughtful and poetic reflection, through the metaphor of mosaic,…
  • How Acumen Brought Back my Fire

    Eda Esilaba
    7 Aug 2014 | 7:29 am
    Eda is an East Africa Regional Fellow from Nairobi, Kenya and is the Founder and Director of Halisi Trust, an organization that seeks to challenge the vices that plague society and encourage transformational development in Kenya’s youth. When Eda applied for the East Africa Fellows Program, she felt disillusioned and stuck. Below, Eda discusses how Acumen’s Regional Fellowship Program brought back her fire. Now, Eda has engaged nearly 6,000 people through outreach events and the Mkenya Halisi movement continues to grow. Acumen is currently accepting applications for the next class of…
  • Imagining the world as it could be

    Christine Gitau
    21 Jul 2014 | 11:15 am
    Christine Gitau is an East Africa Fellow and an enterprise coach at Craft Afrika, which provides business support services to craft entrepreneurs, enabling them build viable and thriving businesses in Kenya. At Acumen we often use the term “Moral Imagination” when talking about leadership. Christine wrote a reflection on how this concept has shifted her thinking. We could not be more proud of what she is building! A few weeks ago, while attending a seminar on human rights, I was engaged in an emotive conversation on discrimination and its often-ugly manifestations. We talked about…
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    iD4D

  • Social / Climat : les villes peuvent-elles choisir ?

    Conférence iD4D
    21 Aug 2014 | 3:27 am
    Copyright: Eric Thauvin, AFD   Retrouvez ci-dessous la synthèse des échanges qui se sont tenus à l’Agence Française de Développement.  Une conférence-débat  animée  par Emmanuelle Bastide, journaliste... Cet article Social / Climat : les villes peuvent-elles choisir ? est apparu en premier sur iD4D.
  • La certification FSC dans le Bassin du Congo : garantit-elle une responsabilité sociale?

    Jean Bakouma
    8 Jul 2014 | 2:21 am
      Alors que la certification FSC trouve ses fondements dans les dénonciations médiatisées de la déforestation par les ONG, de la faible gouvernance des Etats... Cet article La certification FSC dans le Bassin du Congo : garantit-elle une responsabilité sociale? est apparu en premier sur iD4D.
  • La transition écologique : comment l’initier (enfin) ?

    Conférence iD4D
    26 Jun 2014 | 3:23 am
    Retrouvez ci-dessus l’enregistrement intégral de la conférence.   Animée par Anne-Cécile Bras, journaliste à RFI , cette conférence s’est tenue à l’Agence Française de Développement ... Cet article La transition écologique : comment l’initier (enfin) ? est apparu en premier sur iD4D.
  • Comment orienter le système indien d’innovation vers le développement durable ?

    Conférence iD4D
    18 Jun 2014 | 3:00 am
      Animée par Urmi Goswami, journaliste de l’Economic Times, cette conférence s’est tenue au Delhi Sustainable Development Summit (DSDS)   le 7 février 2014. Sont intervenus... Cet article Comment orienter le système indien d’innovation vers le développement durable ? est apparu en premier sur iD4D.
  • RCA : et si on (re)parlait de développement agricole ?

    Benoît Lallau
    6 Jun 2014 | 5:50 am
      Il peut certes sembler incongru de parler de développement agricole, alors que les opérations de sécurisation progressent péniblement dans l’arrière-pays centrafricain, que la partition... Cet article RCA : et si on (re)parlait de développement agricole ? est apparu en premier sur iD4D.
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    (BLOG)RED

  • Mark your calendar! Two social media events on MDG6 progress

    13 Aug 2014 | 10:38 am
    August 18, 2014 marks the 500-day milestone until the target date to achieve the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), 8 goals established by the United Nations and governments around the world to tackle some of the world’s biggest problems.Join in around the world to raise awareness of the progress made through the MDGs and rally to continue the momentum. Social media events will be taking place on Twitter, Facebook, Google+ and more for a 24-hour period on the 18th.(RED) and ONE are teaming up together on this day to tell the story of MDG6 and the fight against AIDS.Here's how you can join…
  • HUGE NEWS: We've Reached A Tipping Point In The Fight Against AIDS

    23 Jul 2014 | 1:59 pm
    Huge news. For the first time in the history of AIDS, we have reached a tipping point in the fight against the disease.Last year, there were more people newly added to HIV treatment than people newly infected with the disease. According to new data from UNAIDS, in 2013, 2.3 million people were added to HIV/AIDS treatment, surpassing the number of new HIV infections in that year. If we keep increasing the number of people on treatment and decreasing the number of new infections, we can end the disease in just 15 years.UNAIDS’ report shows more progress:There are now 12.9 million…
  • This is personal: Flight MH17 and HIV/AIDS

    21 Jul 2014 | 11:41 am
    This is a guest blog post by Erin Hohlfelder, Global Health Policy Director at ONE. On Thursday, frantic emails started popping up in my inbox. News had broken that a plane had crashed in Ukraine, with hundreds of crew and passengers dead.It registered as a horrible and senseless event; nothing more.Then, I started to learn that some of the passengers were heading to the 2014 International AIDS Conference (IAC) in Melbourne, Australia. Six delegates, including Dutch advocates with whom our ONE colleagues had partnered, had been killed—a terrible loss.Suddenly, the news felt raw, and…
  • Can the world stay on track with Millennium Development Goals?

    9 Jul 2014 | 8:23 am
    This is a guest post by Andrew Marshall, Senior Director, Global Digital Content at ONE. Can the world take the vital next steps towards ending global poverty? Or will we let progress slip away?That’s the challenge that the United Nations outlined recently, in its annual review of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) – clear, measurable targets for improving peoples’ lives around the world.See the eight current goals“Millions of people’s lives have improved due to concerted global, regional, national and local efforts,” said the new report launched by UN Secretary-General Ban…
  • This July 4th: (RED), White & Blue mophie products help fight AIDS

    3 Jul 2014 | 8:24 am
    Happy Independence Day, USA!Whether you choose (RED), white or blue on July 4th, you can show your support for the fight against AIDS.On July 4th proceeds from (RED), white and blue mophie products will go to fight AIDS. From powerstations to juicepacks, check out all the mophie products turning (RED) here. Thank you mophie for fighting AIDS with us. And Happy 4th of July everyone!Shop (RED), white & blue mophie products here. P.S. Don’t forget to follow @mophie on Twitter & Instagram.
 
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    ONE

  • 10 lessons learned on the impact of secure land rights

    Guest Blogger
    21 Aug 2014 | 10:42 am
    Roy Prosterman is the founder and President Emeritus of Landesa, a global development non-profit that works to secure land rights for the world’s poorest women and men. Got Land Rights? If you live in North America or Europe, the answer is probably: yes. If you live in the developing world, the answer is more likely: no. Your answer to this simple question largely determines your ability to feed your family, send your children to school, invest in the future, live with security. Thousands of girls in West Bengal, India are learning about their inheritance rights and receiving agricultural…
  • How can I really help?

    TakePart World
    19 Aug 2014 | 7:31 am
    There are lots of ways for Americans to lend a hand to people in developing nations. Here’s how to find some that work. By Vince Beiser, TakePart World.  Fair-trade shoes made in Africa. (Photo: Oliberté/Facebook) You read the news, you watch the documentaries, you listen to the songs: You’re concerned about all those people in Africa, Asia, and Latin America who don’t get enough to eat, suffer from terrible diseases, or are fleeing wars and disasters. You want to help. But how? Sponsor a child? Donate a goat? Build a school? Buy a pair of shoes from TOMS? How can you figure out if…
  • Teach a woman to fish

    Guest Blogger
    18 Aug 2014 | 11:23 am
    Ritu and a Burkinabé woman discuss how she sells products at market. Credit: Julie Dixon Ritu Sharma is the Co-founder and President of Women Thrive Worldwide, an organization that advocates for change at the U.S. and global levels so that women and men can share equally in the enjoyment of opportunities, economic prosperity, voice, and freedom from fear and violence. She is also the author of the book,  Teach a Woman to Fish: Overcoming Poverty Around the Globe.  When I was 8 years old, I wanted to travel the world as a National Geographic photographer. My parents had moved to Canada…
  • Support these four organizations to help fight Ebola

    Malaka Gharib
    18 Aug 2014 | 10:13 am
    In the face of the worst Ebola virus outbreak on record, the international community has rallied around critical efforts to stop the virus’ spread and care for those affected. You can be a part of the solution by donating to organizations that are providing vital support to communities in Western Africa, including these: Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) From the Doctors Without Borders/Médecins Sans Frontières website: “If contracted, Ebola is one of the world’s most deadly diseases. It is a highly infectious virus that can kill up to 90 percent of the people…
  • Disease detectives respond to the Ebola outbreak

    Guest Blogger
    18 Aug 2014 | 6:40 am
    The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) disease detectives are the real-life scientists and health professionals who fight disease outbreaks worldwide. Kelsey, a disease detective working to stop the spread of the Ebola virus, recently traveled to the epicenter of the outbreak.  Kelsey in front of a Doctors Without Borders Ebola treatment center in Guéckédou, Guinea. Crammed with six other passengers in a tiny plane circling a dirt runway in a remote area of Guinea, Kelsey peered out the window to see a pickup truck frantically chasing goats out of the landing path.
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    The Change Blog

  • What to Do When You Don’t Know What to Do

    Marcy McKay
    22 Aug 2014 | 4:26 am
    Many people are on the go 24/7. Overworked, overcommitted, and overstimulated seems to be the norm these days. It’s harder than ever to slow down long enough to connect with ourselves and find the solutions we need. I’m a writer. Years ago, I had a wonderful literary agent representing my novel. It was actually the third book I’d completed, but the first for which I had representation. She was a well-respected agent; I was even friends with one of her clients. Long story short, I discovered she was the wrong for me. I worked for long and hard to get an agent, but now it was a mess. What…
  • Why I’m Proud To Be An Addict

    Caroline Leon
    20 Aug 2014 | 6:16 am
    “Every addiction arises from an unconscious refusal to face and move through your own pain. Every addiction starts with pain and ends with pain. Whatever the substance you are addicted to – alcohol, food, legal or illegal drugs, or a person – you are using something or somebody to cover up your pain.” – Eckhart Tolle I had always struggled with vices. Binge drinking, daily cannabis use and chain-smoking were central parts of my life for well over a decade. Starting in my late teens and recovering in my early thirties meant my twenties took the greatest hit. I didn’t…
  • What a 12-Hour Adventure Race Taught Me About Finding My True North

    Greg Faxon
    19 Aug 2014 | 5:32 am
    “No matter how far you have gone on the wrong road, turn back.” – Turkish Proverb Feeling disoriented? You’re not alone. We have all had periods of our lives when we felt completely and utterly lost. For me, that moment came the summer after my freshman year in college. I had just left the wrestling team after being an All-American in high school. I knew it wasn’t fulfilling me anymore, but I didn’t know what to do next. I decided to sign up for a 12-hour adventure race in rural Vermont with two of my friends. I figured it would help me stay in shape. Little did I know what I…
  • How Getting To Know Myself Changed My Life

    Akshata
    17 Aug 2014 | 6:40 am
    “You’re supposed to be the leading lady in your own life, for God’s sake!” ― Iris Simpkins, The Holiday (2006) At the age of 21, when I first decided that I wanted to work in a creative field, I quit my 8-month-old corporate job as a quality tester. I then enrolled for a course in animation. This was destined to be a bad move, because I have never learned well in a classroom/group setting or if I didn’t have the leeway to work by trial and error. I failed to gain much from that course, despite having wonderful instructors. During a subsequent break, I decided…
  • Allowing Your Inner Turmoils to Untangle

    Amyra Mah
    14 Aug 2014 | 6:12 am
    It all came back to me.  Reading my journals from ten years ago, I remember how painfully stuck I was in my inner turmoils.  Every day, for several years, my entry was almost identical. First, the confessions.  I ate too much.  Smoked too much.  Did not exercise enough.  Made a fool of myself at a party.  Then, the self-beating.  I am so weak and hopeless.  How can I be so stupid… again?  I’m never going to get out of this.  Next, the psychoanalysis explaining my behaviours and inability to change.    Then, the vows and commitments  Tomorrow, I will stop smoking.  I will…
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    SocialEarth

  • Ebola Outbreak Should Spur Mining Companies to Improve Sustainability

    Vikas Vij
    22 Aug 2014 | 6:05 am
    The deadliest outbreak in the history of Ebola virus in West Africa has already claimed more than 900 lives. Governments across the world have stepped up surveillance and quarantine measures. [...] The post Ebola Outbreak Should Spur Mining Companies to Improve Sustainability appeared first on SocialEarth.
  • The World Needs More Women Ecopreneurs

    Sangeeta Haindl
    22 Aug 2014 | 5:00 am
    Women have proven to be highly effective agents of change in working towards a healthy environment. Many organisations with women at the helm have contributed to setting a sustainable agenda [...] The post The World Needs More Women Ecopreneurs appeared first on SocialEarth.
  • PepsiCo’s Groundbreaking ‘Food for Good’ Program to Provide Millions of Servings to Low-Income Children This Year

    3BL Media
    21 Aug 2014 | 8:01 am
    Through its “Food for Good” initiative, PepsiCo expects to deliver over 5 million healthy servings to low-income kids this year. The 2014 summer push kicked off on June 9 serving [...] The post PepsiCo’s Groundbreaking ‘Food for Good’ Program to Provide Millions of Servings to Low-Income Children This Year appeared first on SocialEarth.
  • Clean Water, Better Lives And Less Air Pollution

    Sangeeta Haindl
    21 Aug 2014 | 5:54 am
    Helen lives in Kenya with her husband and five children, and everyday living is not easy. Helen has to collect water from the river for drinking, cooking and washing. Yet, [...] The post Clean Water, Better Lives And Less Air Pollution appeared first on SocialEarth.
  • The New Africa Is Rising and Shining

    Antonio Pasolini
    21 Aug 2014 | 4:57 am
    The U.S.-Africa Leaders Summit that took place in Washington August 4-6 may well be a turning point for the image makeover that many experts believe the region is ripe for​ [...] The post The New Africa Is Rising and Shining appeared first on SocialEarth.
 
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    Social Velocity

  • Guest Post: The Language of Crowdfunding, Philanthropy and Impact Investing

    Nell Edgington
    20 Aug 2014 | 2:49 pm
    Note: Fifth and last in my list of guest bloggers this summer is Laura Tomasko. Laura is a network developer at the Council on Foundations, where she follows trends related to private capital for social good. Here is her guest post: Perhaps like some of you, I dedicate a good portion of my internet reading to blogs like Social Velocity, Re: Philanthropy, and Philanthropy 2173. When I am browsing a blog unrelated to nonprofits, philanthropy, and impact investing, I do a double take when I come across a topic from my professional sphere. One of those non-work related blogs that I read is…
  • How to Fundraise for a Stronger Nonprofit [Slideshare]

    Nell Edgington
    19 Aug 2014 | 7:18 am
    In order to add to the growing Social Velocity Slideshare library, I’m delighted today to offer How to Fundraise for a Stronger Nonprofit. If you want to get your nonprofit out of the (all too common) starvation cycle of never having enough money to achieve your goals, you must raise capacity capital. Capacity capital is not the day-to-day revenue you need to keep your doors open. Rather, capacity capital is a one-time infusion of significant money that can help you grow or strengthen your nonprofit. It is money for things like: technology, revenue-generating staff, systems, a…
  • Making Nonprofit Giving Smarter: An Interview With Jacob Harold

    Nell Edgington
    12 Aug 2014 | 4:13 pm
    In today’s Social Velocity blog interview, I’m talking with Jacob Harold, CEO of GuideStar, the clearinghouse of information on nonprofits. Jacob came to GuideStar from the Hewlett Foundation, where he led grantmaking for the Philanthropy Program. Between 2006 and 2012, he oversaw $30 million in grants that, together, aimed to build a 21st-century infrastructure for smart giving. Jacob was just named to the 2014  NonProfit Times’ Power and Influence Top 50. You can read other interviews in the Social Velocity Interview Series here. Nell: It has been over a year since the…
  • Guest Post: When a Foundation Wants Real Nonprofit Feedback

    Nell Edgington
    6 Aug 2014 | 2:52 pm
    Note: Fourth in my list of guest bloggers this summer is Jessamyn Lau. Jessamyn is Executive Director of the Peery Foundation, a family foundation that invests in and serves social entrepreneurs. Here is her guest post:  At the Peery Foundation, we’re hungry for insight into what a truly grantee-centric approach to philanthropy looks like. About five months ago we had an idea. What if we could hear regular, brief, unfiltered feedback from our grantees on what we do and how we do it? We occasionally solicit input from our grantees on delicate questions, like “how should we…
  • 10 Great Social Innovation Reads: July 2014

    Nell Edgington
    4 Aug 2014 | 5:01 pm
    Despite being the height of summer, July was far from the month to put our brains at rest. The blogosphere created some really great pieces. A couple of fascinating debates – one about the role of philanthropy in democracy, and one about the value of nonprofit evaluation – were fascinating reads. And I always love a good controversy, so July gladly provided at least two. The much heralded “sharing economy” came under fire and the hype around social impact bonds was called out. Below are my 10 favorite reads from last month. If you want to see a longer list of great…
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    Care2 Causes » Trailblazers For Good

  • 4 Ways Care2 Members Are Making a Difference

    Care2 Causes Editors
    21 Aug 2014 | 12:00 pm
    August has been an absolutely amazing month for Care2 petitions! Our members have been working around the clock to advocate on behalf of important causes, from fighting police militarization to standing up for an autistic boy to supporting local businesses. Care2 petitions have landed in major media outlets, further propelling the efforts to spread the word. Read on to discover the top Care2 petitions featured in the news this month.
  • 4 Awesome Photo Shoots That Challenge Conventional Beauty Standards

    Kevin Mathews
    19 Aug 2014 | 2:30 pm
    When you think of models, you probably think of tall, svelte blonde women. Given the overrepresentation of this type of women in fashion magazines, it’s hard to argue with these associations. While the fashion industry still has a long way to go, we are starting to see some notable exceptions that portray less celebrated types [...]
  • Koko the Gorilla Mourns Actor Robin Williams

    Megan Drake
    13 Aug 2014 | 5:30 pm
    With news of the untimely passing of actor and comedic genius, Robin Williams, I recently came across this video of Williams meeting Koko, a sign language communicating gorilla, at The Gorilla Foundation in Woodside, California. What is so very striking is the immediate bond Koko developed with the actor. Koko understands around 2,000 words of [...]
  • 3 Ways Care2 Members Are Making a Difference

    Julie Mastrine
    31 Jul 2014 | 12:00 pm
    During our last installment of Care2 Members in the News, we learned about petitions to stop blackface at the World Cup, protect animal rights, and end GMO use at Panera. Read on to see what Care2 petitions were featured in local and national media in July! Nearly 3,000 Fight for Gator Joe‘s Job In South Carolina, [...]
  • The Brilliant Plan to Promote Recycling and Feed Stray Animals

    Kevin Mathews
    26 Jul 2014 | 11:30 am
    Istanbul, Turkey recently unveiled awesome new machines that help both the environment and needy animals. Each time a person recycles a plastic bottle in the designated receptacle, pet food is ejected into a bowl at the bottom so hungry stray animals have something to eat. So far, the machines have been a hit with residents. [...]
 
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    Social Finance

  • Announcing the 2014 Social Finance Awards!

    Jared Walker
    22 Aug 2014 | 1:41 pm
    SocialFinance.ca is pleased to host the third annual Social Finance Awards.  The awards are presented to leaders who are playing a pivotal role in catalyzing the Canadian social finance marketplace. These awards were conceptualized to showcase and celebrate the efforts that individuals and organizations are making to mobilize private capital for public good. After a slew of amazing nominees, the four Social Finance Award winners for 2013 were: Social Finance Innovator Award for  “Most Promising Collaboration”: Rise Asset Development Social Finance Excellence in Community Development…
  • Launch Event: Canada’s National Advisory Board Reports to the G8 Impact Investment Taskforce

    Jared Walker
    21 Aug 2014 | 8:41 am
    Join us on September 15 to celebrate the launch of the report of Canada’s National Advisory Board to the Social Impact Investment Taskforce, launched by the G8: Mobilizing Private Capital for Public Good: Priorities for Canada. This launch event offers a chance to learn about key insights that have emerged from the Social Impact Investment Taskforce and from Canada’s National Advisory Board, drawing on an international effort that was undertaken last spring to explore the potential for impact investing to address some of society’s most pressing challenges. This will also be an…
  • Hiring strategies for startups: 5 tips to recruit your first hire

    Aislinn Malszecki
    20 Aug 2014 | 10:08 am
    One of the most exciting initiatives we have been working on in 2014 is creating a series of articles on sourcing, recruiting and managing talent. We partnered with TechEdge, industry-leading HR experts, to develop new resources for founders and managers who are ready to grow their startup team. Of course, the success of any business relies on its team members. We are pleased to announce that the Entrepreneur’s Toolkit now features new resources on attracting and selecting candidates, managing performance, and defining the organization and the job. More resources will follow later this…
  • Toronto Community Foundation’s Vital People grant stream now open for 2015

    Sara Krynitzki
    19 Aug 2014 | 12:08 pm
    Are you or is someone you know doing amazing work in the not-for-profit sector as an innovator, collaborator or galvanizer? The Toronto Community Foundation’s Vital People grant program is now accepting applications. Vital People supports Toronto’s not-for-profit leaders with grants of up to $5,000 for professional development. What activities do Vital People grants support? The Vital People grant program supports and recognizes valued leaders who are making outstanding contributions working at not-for-profit organizations. Funded through our Vital Toronto Fund, Vital People grants of up…
  • 10 Tips for Landing a Social Finance Job

    Amanda Minuk
    19 Aug 2014 | 7:38 am
    Looking to have a career in social finance but wondering how to get that first social finance job? Are you interested in finance while also looking to solve some of the world’s biggest problems? Good.  Here are 10 Tips for Landing a Social Finance Job (these tips are compiled from our social finance industry insiders we’ve interviewed):  1. Think outside the finance box If finance isn’t your forte, that’s ok, you can still get a job in social finance. A big component of impact investing is measuring the impact, so a statistics or a monitoring and evaluation background is an asset.
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    Return On Now

  • How to Source Royalty Free Images for Websites

    Tommy Landry
    21 Aug 2014 | 9:27 am
    The following post is copyrighted by Return On Now - Austin Internet Marketing Consulting ServicesBloggers and webmasters are typically aware of the fact that images make their content perform better. Most savvy bloggers will tell you that they spend a great deal of time tracking down photos, graphs, and other images for this very purpose. The safest way to incorporate images into your content is to use either 1) your own images or 2) licensed images from sites like iStockPhoto or Getty. However, not everyone has access to a library of owned images or sufficient budget to license third party…
  • 8 Facts About Links That’ll Make Your Hair Stand on End

    Tommy Landry
    14 Aug 2014 | 8:41 am
    The following post is copyrighted by Return On Now - Austin Internet Marketing Consulting ServicesAnyone experienced in search engine optimization knows that links are the lifeblood of a well-ranking site. We’ve seen estimates that links represent upward of 40% of the ranking factors. We’ve also seen recent news that implied links are to be added to the equation. But that’s a future-forward conversation, as implied links are more of a vision than a reality at this point. As of now, citations play a role in local SEO but not as big of a role in ranking as a whole.
  • Start Selling Digital Products in WordPress Quickly & Easily

    Jurij Burchenya
    7 Aug 2014 | 8:40 am
    The following post is copyrighted by Return On Now - Austin Internet Marketing Consulting ServicesToday we bring you a guest post outlining a very cool offering for selling digital products right out of WordPress. It is easy to set up and does not require any coding (a huge plus if you’re a writer and not a techie). The product, Sellfy, is free to use until you sell any products, then they take a 5% cut from all revenue. Just build that into your pricing and off you go. If you are looking to sell digital products, give this service a try. Best Regards, Return On Now Editorial Team…
  • AdWords Dynamic Search Ads: Say Hello to Semantic SEM

    Tommy Landry
    30 Jul 2014 | 12:30 pm
    The following post is copyrighted by Return On Now - Austin Internet Marketing Consulting ServicesBack in late 2011, Google rolled out a feature for Adwords called Dynamic Search Ads. Originally announced as a beta test, Dynamic Search Ads have survived to this day and are available in AdWords. The premise behind why these were introduced is that we can’t read the minds of searchers. Google estimated back in 2011 that 16% of all searches were never done before. The logic follows that keyword targeting in AdWords is more likely to miss those queries than otherwise. What Are Dynamic…
  • How to Secure WordPress From Hackers for Free

    Tommy Landry
    25 Jul 2014 | 10:47 am
    The following post is copyrighted by Return On Now - Austin Internet Marketing Consulting ServicesIf you operate a website on the WordPress platform, it’s inevitable that a hack attempt will come your way sooner or later. Just this week, the Return On Now website has been under a series of botnet attacks. Luckily, we have spent a lot of time studying how to secure WordPress from these sort of attacks. So far, the site has never been compromised (knock on wood). Today, let’s take a few minutes to look at some things you can do to secure WordPress before you get hit. If it’s…
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    Hub LA

  • GUEST POST: Going from Idea to Market: 6 Simple Steps in 6 Long Months

    Hub LA
    21 Aug 2014 | 1:49 pm
    Hub LA member Mike Tringe is the founder of CreatorUp, an online film school. This blog post is a version of a talk he gave at Innovate Pasadena. How long does it take to take your awesome new startup idea from the donut shop conversation phase to the real customer and company phase? Here is a snapshot of our journey, where CreatorUp went from an idea written on a giant sheet of paper with a marker to a global e-learning platform. Advances in technology and open source tools have empowered the first time entrepreneur to build any business they can think of. And the explosion of ideas for new…
  • August Food Trucks

    Hub LA
    5 Aug 2014 | 12:00 pm
    Food truck Fridays continue this month with an amazing(ly delicious) line-up of mobile cafes! Stop by the Hub lot every Friday this month for Friends Friday – your free trial day of working out of Hub LA – and for Food Trucks between 12:30 and 2:30pm. Plan accordingly: The post August Food Trucks appeared first on Hub LA.
  • Guest Post: 5 Tips for Taking Your College Project to Real Life

    Hub LA
    30 Jul 2014 | 11:23 am
    5 Tips for Making Your College Project Real Guest Column by Hub LA Member Scott Fairbanks Scott (center) and his co-founders met in a social design class at USC. They liked their assignment so much, they decided to stick with it post-grad. Whether in art, business, engineering, or another major many students worked on a project at some point in college that seemed worth pursuing. Maybe you developed a particularly compelling product concept, or maybe it’s a large-scale art project, or even a new restaurant idea. But how do you go from “that’s an interesting idea” to actually making it…
  • Imagination Foundation Gears Up for Creative School Year

    Helen Grossman
    30 Jul 2014 | 10:57 am
    On the same day last year, a group of children made shadow puppets in Capetown, South Africa while a group of students in London built a House of Fairy Tales. On the side of the globe, a group of tweens built an obstacle in their New Jersey front yard while families at a community center in Seattle built a pirate ship. On any other day, we’d brush off this coincidence as after school play, but on this day last year, these kids were among the 90,000 around the world who participated in the Global Cardboard Challenge organized by Hub LA member organization the Imagination Foundation. The…
  • TED Radio Hour Tells Stories of Tech for Good

    Hub LA
    16 Jul 2014 | 4:09 pm
    If you didn’t catch the TED Radio Hour last weekend on NPR, it’s definitely worth a listen. The episode – “The Hackers” – shares the stories of TED speakers who are using science and technology to “hack” some of the world’s biggest problems (or as we call it, social innovation). Covering everything from “deextinction” and climate change to computer viruses, these stories of empowered individuals and teams who are using modern tools to improve the world. Head over to NPR to listen to these fascinating stories of social…
 
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    Changemakers Ideas ExChange

  • Speak Up in a #play2learn Twitter Chat on Aug. 26

    Changemakers
    21 Aug 2014 | 2:48 pm
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  • Starting on the Right Foot—and Staying There

    20 Aug 2014 | 9:00 am
     There’s no such thing as starting too early when it comes to forming healthy habits, according to the Healthy Beginnings for Preschoolers 2-5 team. They provide resources, training, and guidance to early learning practitioners that help ensure preschoolers are learning healthy eating habits and keeping active from an early age in in British Columbia, the Yukon, the Northwest Territories, and Quebec.read more
  • Activating Empathy to Create Change News Roundup

    kristiewang
    18 Aug 2014 | 11:42 am
    Finalists will be revealed on 9/3! Until then, we’ve rounded up top stories about empathy making waves as a powerful driver of change in communities. (Photo: NERDS (Native Education Raising Dedicated Students) is a Semi-Finalist of the Building Vibrant Communities challenge and is featured on the Ashoka Changemakers Instagram this week!) But first, a few announcements: read more
  • Rehabilitating Young Offenders: Youth Employment in Kenya

    Future Forward Team
    18 Aug 2014 | 8:22 am
    Editor's Note: This article originally appeared on Fair Observer on July 30, 2014. This interview was conducted by Ashoka. Vickie Wambura Wamonje is the founder of Nafisika Trust, a prison rehabilitation program that seeks to reduce recidivism rates among prison inmates in Kenya. read more
  • 5 Ways You Can Be A Game Changer For Learning

    John Converse Townsend
    18 Aug 2014 | 4:00 am
    We have to change the way the next generation of children learn, think and interact with people and the environment (both built and natural).“This world requires a new paradigm for growing up and therefore also for education,” Bill Drayton wrote last year in Stanford Social Innovation Review. read more
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    Charles Lee

  • Anything You Can’t Do?

    Charles
    12 Aug 2014 | 12:01 pm
    “Anything is possible.” Right? Nope. Some individuals, companies, and organizations boldly proclaim that they can do everything you need under the sun. Need expertise? They have it. Need quality? They’ll guarantee it. Need it cheap? They will beat any competitor. Need a solution? They’ll find it. Need it quick? They’re already working on it. While it’s theoretically possible that you may actually meet the perfect individual, company or organization to meet all of your needs, it’s improbable. The reality is that no one entity could be all encompassing…
  • Advancing Your Career with Solutions-Based Thinking

    Charles
    29 Jul 2014 | 9:13 am
    “Here’s what the problem is…” It’s commonplace for people in the workplace to point out the various problems and obstacles that are in their way of accomplishing the goals of their respective companies or organizations. I do it. You do it. The person sitting next to you does it. In fact, this is in part a good thing. The ability to clarify a problem is a core skill we all need in the work of innovation. It’s the first step towards finding solutions that work. Unfortunately, our ability to identify problems is not enough. In fact, it can become a great…
  • Idea in the Making

    Charles
    21 Jul 2014 | 6:31 pm
    “The most effective way to do it, is to do it.” Amelia Earhart So true. So true. Action solves a lot of issues surrounding ideas and breaks through unnecessary clutter of real or imagined obstacles. In a recent interview with Dane Sanders of Fasttrack Creative, I shared some thoughts on topics including testing your ideas, moving them forward, dealing with disappointments, nuances of collaboration, and when to share your concepts with others. Please click here to listen to the interview or visit their page here. My hope is that you will find some of these insights helpful to your…
  • 5 Tips for the “S” Word (Sales)

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

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

  • Amazing results in Northern Nigeria: Traffina Foundation

    Maternova
    11 Aug 2014 | 9:06 am
    One of our recent customers was the Traffina Foundation. Like some other groups we so admire, this non-profit was entirely conceived of, developed and run by a female obstetrician from Nigeria. And the funds that finance the non-profit are largely raised from donations by Nigerians. Traffina has created an enhanced birth kit-- the kind we wish we could have waved a wand and created ourselves. The birth kit includes the usual clean razor, cord clamps and plastic sheet but also misoprostol (to prevent postpartum hemorrhage) and chlorhexidine (a new gel for better cord care). Through careful…
  • More on the river that divides Tajikistan and Afghanistan-- and a 50 fold different risk in maternal mortality

    Maternova
    18 Jul 2014 | 11:06 am
    What explains the enormous more than 50 fold difference in maternal mortality rates across this river? Both areas of Tajikistan and Afghanistan are "in geographically contiguous poor, post-conflict, highly conservative, mountainous countries." How can the obstetric risks for women be so different? To continue our review of this fascinating study, we take a closer look at the differences between the Tajik and Afghan sides of the river as reported in the study by Kylea Liese. The Tajik side has a large Soviet era hospital, some basic equipment and some medical personnel. And the Tajik women…
  • Birth in War: an Ethnographic Study in Afghanistan

    Maternova
    3 Jul 2014 | 7:39 am
    “Even on a mountain, there is still a road.” Pashto proverb Why are women just over the border of a small 60 foot river, in Tajikistan, about fifty times less likely to die in childbirth as compared to women in Afghanistan? Words have been spilled generously attempting to describe the difficult terrain (both topological and political) of Afghanistan. Less has been devoted to the deep-boned stubbornness, a defiance, which living in this gnarly terrain has forged in its people. It is stubbornness to outside rulers (whether Alexander the Great or the Soviets), stubbornness with traditions,…
  • Changing the Cartridge to MCH

    Maternova
    1 Jul 2014 | 1:24 pm
    Technology is neither good nor bad; nor is it neutral Melvin Kranzberg, The Six Laws of Technology In Austin, Texas today law student Cody Wilson is printing guns. Well, technically, he prints parts of guns. And these are not just any guns; Cody Wilson prints semiautomatic weapons. In seven hours, Mr. Wilson’s Defense Distributed Company prints a key component of firearms (the AR-15 lower receivers), the exact component that (not coincidentally) happens to be tracked by the U.S. government. What’s the significance of Mr. Wilson’s actions, actions that are seemingly so far outside of our…
  • A force of nature, changing the odds for women in Sierra Leone

    Maternova
    25 Jun 2014 | 12:35 pm
    Meet Aisha Khadar, Executive Director of Khadarlis Global and nurse by trade. Khadarlis Global works to provide healthcare and sustainable development in Sierra Leone, a country that is known globally as stricken by war and poverty. But Aisha represents a different face of Sierra Leone—a member of the diaspora connected to an ancestral village and with the well-being of her compatriots at the heart of everything she does We at Maternova were blown away by Aisha’s passion and drive when we met with her last week. Having immigrated to the United States, Aisha returned to Sierra Leone after…
 
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    The Rang De Blog

  • Shattered dreams and Rebuilding hopes: The story of Ms. Nayana Padhi

    admin
    19 Aug 2014 | 11:59 pm
    By Kedareswar Choudhury, Chief Executive, Darbar Sahitya Sansad (Rang De Field Partner, Orissa) Ms. Nayana padhi (35 yrs)and her family live in Indalkusiari village of Balipatana block of Khordha district, Odisha. Nayana lives there with her husband Suresh Panda, aged 39 yrs and son Mrutunjaya, aged 8 yrs. They have a small hut and a sewing machine as asset. Suresh works as a casual labourer. Nayana supplements the family income by doing Applique work( handicraft) and tailoring. She has also availed a loan from DSS/Rang De for the second time. This flood has been a curse to the family as it…
  • Notes from the field: Charaka (Karnataka)

    admin
    18 Aug 2014 | 11:38 pm
    This is an account of the overnight field trip to Charaka in July that was undertaken by Rang De team members and social investors. This write up has been shared by Raghu Chandra, part of Rang De’s tech team It was a rainy Tuesday morning in July when we started from Bangalore. Within minutes of boarding the bus, most of us fell asleep as we all had a very early morning start! On the way we stopped near Tumkur and had a much needed cup of coffee. As we drew nearer to Sagar in Shimoga District it started raining again. As we peered out of the bus windows we could rich green all around,…
  • My 1st year at Rang De

    admin
    16 Jul 2014 | 10:19 pm
    This is a post by Chaitanya, Rang De’s President, who completed a year as a Rang De team member this month. Here he reflects on his experience so far. I complete 1 year, 2 weeks and 3 days at Rang De today! A journey I started with little experience but with lots of hope. Many thanks to each and every one of the 6400+ social investors on Rang De for making this battle against poverty a worthwhile exercise. If you are one of them, here’s a hi-five to you. If you are not yet a social investor, it is never too late to start but don’t procrastinate. The journey into the lives…
  • Hindustan ka dil dekho !

    admin
    6 Jul 2014 | 7:46 am
    This is a blogpost by Hitesh Bhatt, member of Rang De’s impact team who is currently on a field trip to Madhya Pradesh and Bihar. I got another opportunity to go on a field trip to meet our impact partners and our hardworking and enterprising borrowers. And this time it is Madhya Pradesh and I am not alone. Chaitanya is with me as a great mentor and a companion. I am sitting at our partner’s office (Shakti Mahila Sangh) and we are all involved in discussions about how to create greater impact on peoples’ lives and how to measure it better. This is a short break and I decided to…
  • Nurturing Empathy

    admin
    2 Jul 2014 | 4:07 am
    This is the second part of a series on the “Joy of giving”. Through this series, we hope to discuss the various ways in which a more generous, empathetic society can be created. We welcome your stories, experiences, pictures and videos on the same theme. Empathy denotes the ability to perceive other people’s emotions and imagine what others’ may be feeling or thinking. Scientists state that infants as young as 9 months of age are capable of exhibiting signs of empathy. They also postulate that infants under the age of 1 year often react to the pain and distress of others in…
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    Marketing and Social Media Strategy for Restaurants | Nate Riggs

  • What Role Can Blogging for Restaurants and Breweries Play?

    Alex Foley
    22 Aug 2014 | 3:00 am
    Did you know that there are over 3,000 breweries in the United States and that this figure is the highest it has been since prohibition? But what does this mean for the restaurant industry? Our guest on tap for this week hails from Columbus and is considered one of the foremost craft beer experts and […] The post What Role Can Blogging for Restaurants and Breweries Play? appeared first on Marketing and Social Media Strategy for Restaurants | Nate Riggs.
  • Want to Get Paid for Using Social Media?

    Alex Foley
    20 Aug 2014 | 3:00 am
    Social media is now an ingrained part of our lifestyle and has been steadily evolving and expanding over the years. We all know of Facebook’s success and how they toppled Myspace. We’ve seen the rise of Twitter, Instagram, Snapchat, etc. Two companies are attempting to become the next big thing and send Facebook packing. What is […] The post Want to Get Paid for Using Social Media? appeared first on Marketing and Social Media Strategy for Restaurants | Nate Riggs.
  • My Summer of Facebook: Why Social Media is Social

    Gentry Bennett
    19 Aug 2014 | 3:00 am
    As an E.W. Scripps of Journalism at Ohio University student and an aspiring public relations and marketing professional, I’m active on nearly every social media. Some of my grades are even based on tweets, my title at NR Media group is ‘Social Media Specialist’ and I’m working towards a social media certificate. So why did I stop […] The post My Summer of Facebook: Why Social Media is Social appeared first on Marketing and Social Media Strategy for Restaurants | Nate Riggs.
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    Justmeans Articles and Editorial

  • Transition500 Alliance: A Radical Approach to Sustainability Consulting

    Julie Fahnestock
    20 Aug 2014 | 4:52 am
    (3BL Media and Just Means) - I get the sense that when it comes down to it, they are a group of no bull, get it done, hardliners, albeit their charming accents might suggest otherwise. Don’t be fooled.  Sustainability isn’t fluffy, and neither is a newly formed alliance of the world’s leading sustainability consultancies, Transition500. They call it radicalism. Transition500 represents the collaboration of UK-based firm, Robertsbridge; US-based Future 500; Germany-based, Thema 1; Belgium-based, Conscience Consulting; and France, Spain and Italy-based, Transitions. They service 15…
  • GSK Encourages Employees to Take a Break from Work to Volunteer

    Julie Fahnestock
    18 Aug 2014 | 3:05 pm
    (3BL Media and Just Means) - For Steve Pessagno, the decision to leave his job to volunteer in his local community of Philadelphia for six months was easy. Pessagno participated in GlaxoSmithKline’s (GSK) PULSE program, a skill-based, volunteer initiative which matches GSK employees’ skills with the needs of local nonprofits. GSK encourages their employees to build a local or global PULSE assignment into their personal development plan. And the most incredible part: GSK continues to pay PULSE volunteers their normal salaries and benefits packages during their assignment. GSK willingly…
  • Whole Foods Carries Palestinian Fair Trade Olive Oils

    Julie Fahnestock
    7 Aug 2014 | 12:17 am
    (3BL Media and Just Means) - It’s the purest olive oil you’ve ever tasted. It’s so pure you find yourself sneaking sips of it straight out of the bottle. The food it flavors becomes secondary as every excuse is made to showcase its divine goodness. Salads are transformed. Greek yogurt with zaatar and the Rumi variety show up as the main entree. Dessert is Nabali with grilled figs. Yes, Canaan Fair Trade’s olive oil is this delicious. And today, you can buy their Jerusalem Blend and a selection of the company’s Palestinian products in almost every U.S. Whole Foods Market.* Two years…
  • 4BL: Social Enterprise Associates Guides Clients to Local Impact

    Julie Fahnestock
    4 Jun 2014 | 12:11 pm
    3BL and Just Means) - As a writer for Just Means/3BL Media—as in ‘Triple Bottom Line Media’—I’m upping the ante: I have recently been convinced of the 4BL or ‘quadruple bottom line.’ I recently learned of the concept from Social Enterprise Associates (SEA), a confederation of consultants in New Mexico united by a common desire to bring about social betterment. They are also the first, B Lab certified company in New Mexico and have been awarded as one of the 2014 Best for the World B Corps for their overall impact.  SEA guides their clients to express their clear purpose for…
  • Florida Affirms B Corp Status as SEQUIL Systems Leads the Way

    Julie Fahnestock
    29 May 2014 | 8:51 am
    (3BL and Just Means) - It finally happened: as of July 1, Florida businesses will have the option of registering as a Benefit Corporation (B Corp).  The state currently has eight, B Lab Certified companies which have voluntarily undergone the rigorous scrutiny of the B Lab certification process. These progressive, Floridian companies have paved the way for Florida's Benefit Corporation Legislation and for the state's involvement in the B Corp movement.  I recently spoke with Jef Conley, the Managing Principal of SEQUIL Systems, a sustainability advisor to architects and engineers, in Delray…
 
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    Austin Center for Design

  • Girls Guild to join UnLtd USA’s First Austin Cohort

    AC4D
    14 Aug 2014 | 3:11 pm
    AC4D alumni Cheyenne Weaver and Diana Griffin have been accepted into UnLtd USA, Austin’s first incubator for entrepreneurs solving pressing social and environmental problems. Girls Guild, along with five other impact enterprises, has been chosen to receive seed funding and a full year of Incubation Support. The entrepreneurs were selected from a pool of over 80 applicants and went through a rigorous selection process that included pitching to two Final Selection Panels composed of business leaders, investors and entrepreneurs. The year-long program kicks off in September. Entrepreneurs…
  • AC4D 2014 Alumni Success Report: Salary, Placement & Happiness

    Jon Kolko
    14 Aug 2014 | 8:51 am
    We’re pleased to present our first Alumni Success report, tracking the salary, placement, and happiness of our graduates. We’ll publish an update to this report at least once a year, and continue to support our alumni as they do great things in the world. Click here to view the complete report. 
  • Our 2014 – 2015 Speaker Series

    AC4D
    2 Aug 2014 | 7:42 am
    Austin Center for Design is pleased to announce our 2014-2015 speaker series. Building upon the great momentum from our last series, this year include speakers focus on entrepreneurship, innovation, civic engagement, storytelling, and education. We’re also offering extremely affordable workshops this year. You can learn more and purchase tickets at http://ac4d.com/speaker-series/ – hope to see you there!
  • Hello Again, World: A Reflection of Post-AC4D Life

    Chelsea Hostetter
    30 Jun 2014 | 3:34 pm
    Hello, everyone. After almost two months out of AC4D, and after meeting some of the new students who are going to be in the next year, I’ve collected my thoughts (albeit messily) on what it has been like post-graduation. This post is intended to educate the new students going in, to connect with AC4D alums, and hopefully to give comfort to the folks in my class who are still probably going through their own processing. I’ll be the first to admit it, I was terrified of graduating. The last time I graduated from an educational institution, I had a serious disconnect with reality and…
  • Ux for Good: Hidden Patterns In Rwanda’s Reconciliation

    Matt Franks
    16 Jun 2014 | 11:02 am
    This post is my fourth post in a series on the UX for Good design challenge. Check out the first post: UX for Good Introduction to get a better understanding of what the UX for Good design challenge is about. Writing throughout the challenge posed to be a bigger challenge than I thought; given the time spent traveling and doing actual work.  But I plan on continuing these posts as this project progresses.     “Simplicity is reached on the other side of complexity.” My former manager Frank Lyman often uses this metaphor to describe a pattern he’s observed when…
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    TeasasTips

  • Mike Brown Video, Ferguson Killed For No Reason

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

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

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

    LaTease Rikard
    26 Jan 2014 | 4:29 pm
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  • Small Business In 2014: 4 1/2 Things You Should Know

    LaTease Rikard
    17 Jan 2014 | 9:24 am
    Did you know that 94% of small business owners consider online marketing very important to helping their business grow? But while many of you plan to increase your online marketing, 29% of you feel overwhelmed by all your efforts. If you’re feeling overwhelmed by online marketing, we’re here to help. We surveyed almost 1,500 of our customers in December to ask about their plans for 2014. These are the 4 ½ things you should know about marketing your business in the new year:Data and infographic by AWeber
 
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    Connor Meakin – Productivity & Wellness advice from a Mountain Runner

  • Grunting Up a Mountain -Trailstoke Race Recap

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

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

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

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

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

    Rachael Kay Albers
    20 Aug 2014 | 12:38 pm
    Yesterday, it happened to me. It could happen to you, too. (Or it already has.) My brother nominated me for the #IceBucketChallenge. I’ve heard and read quite a bit of criticism about this particular campaign and others like it along with a hip, new addition to the urban dictionary: slacktivism.  Critics are calling the #IceBucketChallenge “narcissism disguised as altruism.” In her Vice article Dumping a Bucket of Ice on Your Head Doesn’t Make You a Philanthropist, Arielle Pardes writes that “this is the crux of millennial ‘hashtag activism,’…
  • Tip #50: When You Step In It, Apologize First, Then Wipe Your Shoes

    Rachael Kay Albers
    13 Nov 2013 | 2:47 pm
    Earlier today, a friend sent me a link (which led me down the rabbit hole) on the scandal surrounding a bakery here in San Cristóbal de las Casas: the Oh La La! Bakery threw out patron Ali Roxox after “confusing” her with a street vendor based on what she was wearing — her customary Maya k’iche dress. My first thought? “This isn’t going to fly with the clientele in San Cris.” A visit to their Facebook Page confirmed my hunch — but it’s not just locals who are outraged by yesterday’s “misunderstanding” (as Oh La La!
  • Tip #49: Put Tomorrow In Your Periphery

    Rachael Kay Albers
    5 Nov 2013 | 4:31 pm
    If life is a road trip, where are you going today? Last night, my soon-to-be Mister and I were having one of those stare up at the ceiling, figure it all out at 2 AM chats. We were talking about our map. Where are we going together? (Other than the altar. In 122 days. Gulp!) What do we want our future to look like? Who do we want to be on this journey together? What started as, “Well, in a few years we’ll…” ended with me, near tears, sputtering: “And how are we going to pay for our kids’ college educations? Are you going to retire before me? I don’t…
  • Tip #48: Do NOT Turn On Your Computer Until You…

    Rachael Kay Albers
    4 Nov 2013 | 11:43 am
    Lately I’ve been having these relentless nightmares. Most of the time I can’t say what they’re about, which is odd for me, since I can still remember  – in vivid detail — dreams I had when I was seven or eight years old. But these dreams are different. It all started when I re-designed RKA ink last August. I was so rushed to finish my re-design and hurry back to client work that my late nights and early mornings folded into one another: whatever I was working on right before going to sleep, I was doomed to work on all night long. It was as if I was always…
  • Tip #47: It’s Okay To Un-Quit

    Rachael Kay Albers
    1 Nov 2013 | 12:03 pm
    Earlier today, I came clean about my dismal 2012-2013 tip record. Yup. Last year, I set a goal of 365 Awesome Tips For Working With Heart in one year to challenge myself to blog regularly and reflect on my klutzy efforts to work with heart. I went 46/365. Now I’m 58 days past the due date and 319 tips short. With a record like that (and five months since my last tip) you could easily call me a de facto quitter. Based on my dismal numbers, it would be reasonable to assume my tip well had dried up and I simply tiptoed away from the challenge hoping no one would notice. And okay —…
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  • Innovate for Impact: Disruptive Corporate Social Responsibility

    Mike Rowlands
    19 Aug 2014 | 5:02 pm
    ACT Foundation aims to forever change education and workforce development across the United States. Founded in 2013 by ACT Inc., one of America’s oldest and most prominent educational and career testing companies, ACT Foundation exists to drive the shift to a ‘National Learning Economy’ that recognizes and supports workers’ lifelong learning. ACT Foundation’s multifaceted approach includes four initial investment areas. One of them, ‘Moving Mind to Market,’ convenes a group of ambitious, disruptive entrepreneurs and the companies they lead, and supports ACT Foundation’s…
  • Tempest in a coffee cup?

    David Kuefler
    24 Jun 2014 | 1:42 am
    Very serious problems face humanity. How will we respond? I grabbed my morning coffee and sat down with my iPad to bring in a new day. It’s a routine start for me, and that got me thinking. What happens when our comfortable routines — and, for that matter, our whole lives — are impacted by climate change and the calamities it will bring? As I perused the headlines, one caught my eye in particular: Pentagon preparing for mass civil breakdown. The story talks about how the US government is planning for large-scale civil unrest. Their strategy relies on coercion and force, bringing…
  • Coming Soon: SVN India!

    Peter ter Weeme
    24 Jun 2014 | 12:29 am
    The team at Junxion India is thrilled to announce the launch of Social Venture Network India this fall. For 27 years, SVN has been a thriving community of North American and European change-makers, and has helped launch new organisations like Net Impact, BSR, BALLE, ASBC and SVN Europe. SVN and its sister organisations have seen a progressive vision move from the margins to the mainstream. Now it’s time to extend that vision to the rapidly growing economies of countries that will define much of the global agenda in the 21st century. That’s why Junxion is leading the charge to spread…
  • How Can We Get There from Here?

    Mike Rowlands
    23 Jun 2014 | 9:58 am
    Reflections on Social Change Institute 2014. It feels like nothing is simple any more. Complexity permeates all that we do in the social impact community, and the bigger the challenges we aim to take on, the more difficult the solutions are to define. This was a central theme across all the keynotes, workshops, breakouts and one-on-one consultations at last week’s Social Change Institute, an annual gathering of change makers hosted at Hollyhock, Canada’s lifelong learning centre. Take for example the news that’s filling the airwaves and newsprint today across Canada: the Government of…
  • Canadian Organic SectorCrowdfunding Practices Guide

    Chantal Schauch
    12 Jun 2014 | 4:14 pm
    Junxion came highly recommended and did not disappoint. The Junxion team provided excellent consulting services and worked within near impossible deadlines to complete the crowdfunding research project for the Organic Value Chain Roundtable. They are professional, knowledgeable, connected, and delivered a superb product. The Organic Sector Crowdfunding Report and accompanying Crowdfunding Essentials Guide are must reads for anyone contemplating a crowdfunding campaign. It was a pleasure working with the Junxion team. Gunta Vitins, Industry Co-Chair of the Organic Value Chain Roundtable Funded…
 
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  • UK Green Crowdfunding platforms merge

    Robert
    27 Jul 2014 | 5:23 am
    UK based Trillion Fund and buzzbnk have announced to merge their Green Crowdfunding Platforms creating UK’s biggest in terms of users. This is an interesting development in the crowdfunding sector, since we have seen a large increase of small initiatives the last years. It can be expected these small initiatives need to start merging as [...]The post UK Green Crowdfunding platforms merge appeared first on Green Entrepreneurship.
  • Engaging the Green Crowd to invest in energy efficiency

    Robert
    2 May 2014 | 4:11 am
    In 2012, bettervest.de was born out of the Start-Up-Weekend Rhein-Main in Germany. Since then the team has worked hard to become a fully operating Green Crowdfunding platform focusing on energy efficiency projects. The have just launched their largest project so far funding the installation of a combined heat and power plant with an expected yearly return of 8% [...]The post Engaging the Green Crowd to invest in energy efficiency appeared first on Green Entrepreneurship.
  • The e-cruizer makes the e-bike cool

    Robert
    25 Feb 2014 | 5:54 am
    Inspired by the 1912 Harley Davidson and his search for answering the current environmental problems, designer Janpeter Eilander developed the e-cruizer. Inserted with European Space Agency (ESA) technology, the e-bike generates the maximum output with a minimal electricity consumption. The Dutch company behind this great product, B4-bikes, is changing the image of the electric bicycle. [...]The post The e-cruizer makes the e-bike cool appeared first on Green Entrepreneurship.
  • Eco-Travel site Loco2 expands into Spain

    Willem
    18 Feb 2014 | 12:30 pm
    Taking the train instead of plane can reduce your carbon footprint with as much as 90 percent. Loco2 aims to stimulate travellers moving to train journeys by offering the first pan-European online booking site for buying train tickets. The Rail-booking site offers tickets from a number of European railway operators in countries such as the UK, [...]The post Eco-Travel site Loco2 expands into Spain appeared first on Green Entrepreneurship.
  • A Dutch Weed Burger carnivores love

    Robert
    16 Feb 2014 | 8:51 am
    Inspired by the daunting problem of overpopulation in combination with our dependency on meat for our proteins, Mark Kulsdom and Lisette Kreischer launched the Dutch Weed Burger in August 2012. Made of mainly seaweed and some soy, the burger contains a lot of nutrients and is considered to have a fleshy texture even carnivores would love. The [...]The post A Dutch Weed Burger carnivores love appeared first on Green Entrepreneurship.
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  • 7 Best Places to Look for a Job

    admin
    19 Aug 2014 | 12:46 pm
    Are you on the job hunt and have no idea where to start? Looking for your dream job but you can’t seem to find it? Here’s the thing, some of the best jobs may not even be posted! Why you ask? Because you haven’t looked hard enough or you don’t know where to really look. If you’re constantly looking at job boards and there’s nothing sticking out to you, it’s time to start thinking out of the box. Some of the hidden gems are right under your nose but you’re looking in all the wrong places! We scoured the internet and learned from our own experiences, so here are the best places…
  • 9to5 Interview: Inside a Makeup Artist’s Career

    admin
    4 Aug 2014 | 12:15 pm
    Growing up on a farm in Connecticut, Michael Mosher knew he wanted to be a makeup artist since he was 7 years old. He would watch horror movies on Saturday afternoons and dreamed of making those monsters come to life. Michael would practice on his friends and family and by the time he got to college, he felt his skills were well beyond what he could learn in the classroom. Not long after college, he learned how to apply beauty makeup and started booking jobs on television and film in sunny San Diego. He took his passion and artistry and moved to Los Angeles where his career is taking off and…
  • Note to advertisers

    admin
    4 Aug 2014 | 11:53 am
    Dear people who advertise with us, it is not a good idea to be nasty to the people doing your advertisements. Think about it, if you’re a new business that just opened up, and you need us to advertise your business, why would you be mean to us? Do you not realize that we will be one of your first customers? Sure, we will do what ever is on the contract, however, will be be incline to tell our friends or take that extra step to help your business? Hell No. Trust me, being a difficult douchbag towards others is not the right way to go. Sorry, but its going in the trash.
  • He Will Not Shut Up

    admin
    17 Jul 2014 | 10:46 am
    So I have this co-worker, he’s good at his job and all and he brings in the money. But damn, he is just so annoying. I mean he IS our sales guys, and you know how bad their personality can be. Apparently, he has an opinion about EVERYTHING, and will walk with you down the hall way expressing his views as you’re trying to make your way to the restroom. And when you get out, he’s still there waiting at the door to finish his thoughts. I got out of my seat to get away from him, only to have him follow me. *sigh*. I honestly believe that some people just don’t have the…
  • Football is Soccer?

    admin
    9 Jul 2014 | 9:26 am
    Story by: You’re Kidding Me Industry: Bar Just smile and they will give you money. So I work for a sports bar here in my neighborhood and most of the bartenders here are girls. I guess the manager figures that girls get more tips, or that he likes to look up our skirts. Whatever. So we all know it’s the world cup season, and I have to admit, it can be worst than the super bowl here. Some of these customers are just plain stupid hitting on us girls thinking we don’t no crap about sports. Take today for example, 3 customers were hitting on me trying to “educate” me…
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  • Tollabox | Interview with its founder & CCO – Bea Beste

    Anastasia
    23 Aug 2014 | 4:46 am
    In Berlin, we interviewed Bea Beste, the founder and Chief Creative Officer of Tollabox. Bea talks about the idea behind Tollabox, its business model and corporate strategy, as well as about the development of the educational market. Bea also shares her advices and learning for other (first time) entrepreneurs. The transcript of the interview will be uploaded here soon. The post Tollabox | Interview with its founder & CCO – Bea Beste appeared first on Entrepreneurial Insights.
  • The Smart Home | Intelligent Home Automation

    Marc
    22 Aug 2014 | 6:07 am
    Imagine, if you would, coming home from a long day’s work. You open the door, and the light’s immediately turn on a shade past dim – just the way you like it. It’s 7.58pm and by the time you hang up your coat, take off your shoes and sit down in the living room, it’s time for the basketball game. The television turns one. You dismiss the notification that the television had been recording the pre-game show, and start to watch, but a beep from the kitchen stops you and impels you to enter. It’s your refrigerator, reminding you that there are three perfectly chilled beers inside.
  • Bargaining Power Of Suppliers | Porter’s Five Forces Model

    Marc
    21 Aug 2014 | 6:12 am
    An important force within the Five Forces model is the bargaining power of suppliers. All industries need raw materials as inputs to their process. This includes labor for some, and parts and components for others. This is an essential function that requires strong buyer and seller relationships. If there are fewer suppliers or if they have certain strengths and knowledge, then they may wield significant power over the industry. In this article, we will look at 1) understanding suppliers, 2) bargaining power of suppliers, 3) effect on target market, 4) example - the diamond industry, and 5)…
  • Locafox | Interview with its co-founder & CMO – Fabian Friede

    Anastasia
    21 Aug 2014 | 12:57 am
    In Berlin, we meet Locafox co-founder and CMO Fabian Friede. He shares his story how he co-founded this startup and how the current business model works (supply and demand side), as well as how he plans to enter the market, and some advice for young entrepreneurs. The transcript of the interview will be uploaded soon. The post Locafox | Interview with its co-founder & CMO – Fabian Friede appeared first on Entrepreneurial Insights.
  • Advancements in Healthcare and Medicine | Towards a Brighter Future

    Marc
    20 Aug 2014 | 7:12 am
    Throughout human history, each passing century has brought revolutionary changes to healthcare and medicine. Between 1914 and 2014, we have extended the average human life expectancy rate by approximately 25 years, due to discoveries like penicillin (in 1922), inventions like the cardiac pacemaker (in 1952), and achievements like the eradication of smallpox (1980). In this time period, we have learned to repair hearts, mapped DNA, and even performed a partial brain transplant, accomplishments, once inconceivable, but now commonplace. Conforming to the trajectory of history, new advances in…
 
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