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  • DHgate | Get products from Chinese manufacturers

    Entrepreneurial Insights
    Marc
    28 Oct 2014 | 7:01 am
    DHgate is a Chinese ecommerce platform for wholesale items sold by small and medium sized manufacturers and retailers. In this article, we will look at, 1) what is DHgate?, 2) the business model, 3) lessons from the DHgate founder, 4) taking precautions, and 5) DHgate success stories. WHAT IS DHGATE? The Company DHgate is a Chinese ecommerce platform which focuses on business to business sales. The aim of this website is to create a connection between small and mid-sized businesses based in China and potential buyers worldwide. These potential buyers can purchases products manufactured in…
  • Innovative Tech is Transforming Agriculture

    Justmeans Articles and Editorial
    Julie Fahnestock
    21 Oct 2014 | 5:45 am
    (3BL Media and Just Means)- Farming and technology. Not words the average consumer associates with one another. But for Soli Ltd, an Israel-based, farm-tech and food export company that specializes in the breeding and cultivating of hybrid vegetable seeds, and Tian Leh Eco-Farm, a farm in China that focuses on producing high quality produce, farming and technology work hand-in-hand. “Farm tech encompasses all parts of agriculture,” Issac Liebreich, Founder of Soli and expert ergonomist, told me. “For example, we use a computer system to control irrigation, climate, fog, lighting and…
  • Your dinner, now Plated

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    31 Oct 2014 | 4:57 am
    What’s trending: A meal subscription service that’s good for the environment and even better for your hectic schedule.
  • Child Labor Movement Leader and Ashoka Fellow Kailash Satyarthi shares the Nobel Peace Prize 2014 with Malala Yousafzai

    Ashoka In The News
    Tsega Belachew
    13 Oct 2014 | 8:34 am
    Release Date:  October 13, 2014 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Child Labor Movement Leader and Ashoka Fellow Kailash Satyarthi shares the Nobel Peace Prize 2014 with Malala Yousafzai read more
  • Radar: Issue 05

    SustainAbility
    27 Oct 2014 | 6:59 am
    A corporate client once commented on how she welcomed the pressure that NGO campaigns put on her company. She observed how activism made it easier for her to demonstrate the need to embed sustainability into every aspect of the business. Campaigners do a great job of putting the spotlight on environmental and societal imperatives and traditional activist organisations such as Greenpeace, Friends of the Earth, Oxfam and Amnesty have been at the heart of this. But we are now seeing the emergence of some very different types of activism and in this autumn/fall issue of Radar we take a look at…
 
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    SustainAbility

  • Radar: Issue 05

    27 Oct 2014 | 6:59 am
    A corporate client once commented on how she welcomed the pressure that NGO campaigns put on her company. She observed how activism made it easier for her to demonstrate the need to embed sustainability into every aspect of the business. Campaigners do a great job of putting the spotlight on environmental and societal imperatives and traditional activist organisations such as Greenpeace, Friends of the Earth, Oxfam and Amnesty have been at the heart of this. But we are now seeing the emergence of some very different types of activism and in this autumn/fall issue of Radar we take a look at…
  • Newsletter > Where to Find the SustainAbility Team This Fall

    23 Oct 2014 | 7:38 am
    Featuring our appearances at Sustainable Brands London, Net Impact’s 2014 Conference, London Climate forum and more… Click here to view. Also see other past updates here: Sep 18 2014 > Water Scarcity and Innovations for the Future and more Aug 20 2014 > Materiality 2.0, Summer Trends and more May 21 2014 > Looking Back Over 20 Years of Sustainability Leadership, Financial Innovation and More April 23 2014 > Webinar on Sustainability Leadership, Customer Behavior Change and more February 27 2014 > Business Models, Energy, Reporting and more November 27 2013 > Join…
  • Michael Harvey to Speak at the London Climate Forum

    22 Oct 2014 | 9:50 pm
    SustainAbility Analyst Michael Harvey will be speaking at the London Climate Forum 2014, a student-led conference to be held at Imperial College London on November 22, 2014. The aim of the London Climate Forum is to inspire students to take action in response to climate change through sustainability and social enterprise by providing them with a series of interactive exhibitions and talks on what climate change is and realistic solutions. Built on the belief that students have the power and potential to create a sustainable future, London Climate Forum 2014 will bring together leading…
  • Zoë Arden and Matt Loose to Present at Sustainable Brands London

    20 Oct 2014 | 11:49 pm
    SustainAbility Directors Zoë Arden and Matt Loose will present “Business Model Innovation: Redesigning Value Delivery and Unlocking New Benefits in the Process” at Sustainable Brands London on Monday, November 3 from 1:30pm – 4:30pm. Prepare for a deep dive into emerging business model innovations that are disrupting industries while having significant positive social and/or environmental impacts. This workshop will break down 20 such innovative models in order to help attendees better understand their origins, mechanics and implications. From producing on demand, to…
  • Must Water Be an Evaporating Asset?

    12 Oct 2014 | 7:51 pm
    Flickr image by Doc Searls As Climate Week drew to a close last month, the media and sustainability experts lauded the private sector for its can-do attitude towards addressing climate change. That level of action is especially welcome coming from the thousands of companies calling for a global price on carbon. That increasing level of commitment and action from companies must also be applied to water scarcity challenges. From droughts in California and Ohio to the continuing water shortages in India, water scarcity will become only more pressing and affect billions more people with each…
 
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    Triple Pundit: People, Planet, Profit

  • The Closed Loop Fund Helps Cities Increase Recycling

    Sherrell Dorsey
    30 Oct 2014 | 3:00 am
    The biggest barrier facing most cities when it comes to providing the level of innovation and infrastructure needed to reduce waste and increase recycling rates often boils down to one factor: Money—or specifically, the absence of it.
  • Harley-Davidson to Plant 50 Million Trees

    Leon Kaye
    30 Oct 2014 | 2:00 am
    The Nature Conservancy and Harley-Davidson are working to "Renew the Ride" and plant 50 million trees worldwide by 2025.
  • Chevron Tries to Buy Local City Election

    Jen Boynton
    30 Oct 2014 | 2:00 am
    Chevron is heavily invested in creating a business-friendly environment in the town where it was responsible for a massive explosion in 2012.
  • Why Rwanda’s Youth Are ‘Wired’ to Lead Africa

    Travis Noland
    30 Oct 2014 | 2:00 am
    A shift is underway across young Africa. According to a 2012 survey by Jacana Partners, a pan-African private equity firm, 70 percent of African students studying at top 10 American and European business schools plan to work in Africa following graduation. No place does the yearning for home seem greater than in Rwanda.
  • World Vasectomy Day Pushes Men to Take an Active Role in Family Planning

    Alexis Petru
    30 Oct 2014 | 1:30 am
    On Nov. 7, nearly 250 doctors in 30 countries will perform 1,500 vasectomies. The occasion? The second World Vasectomy Day, a global event designed to bring more attention to – and to dispel myths around – this permanent form of birth control.
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    Skoll World Forum on Social Entrepreneurship

  • Skoll Foundation Launches Second Annual Social Entrepreneurs Challenge

    Jake Wadland
    27 Oct 2014 | 8:18 pm
    On October 27 the Skoll Foundation launched the second annual Social Entrepreneurs Challenge. Hosted on CrowdRise, the Challenge is designed to provide some of the world’s leading social entrepreneurs with an innovative platform to raise funds. This year, more than $3 million in prize and match funding will be available to participants. Organizations participating in the Challenge are recipients of the Skoll Award for Social Entrepreneurship and represent some of the most successful entrepreneurial organizations in the world. Working on the frontlines, social entrepreneurs fight disease,…
  • How Many More Must Die on Frontline of Environmental Defence?

    Jake Wadland
    26 Oct 2014 | 8:18 pm
    The bodies of Edwin Chota and his three colleagues were discovered on a jungle path deep within the Amazon, near the point where Peru cedes to Brazil. The four Peruvians were trekking to Brazil to meet fellow tribesmen and discuss how to expel gangs of illegal loggers from their ancestral lands. In the dense rainforest the men’s murderers had the perfect cover. Vultures arrived at the scene days before the search party. “Welcome to the land without law,” Edwin Chota told a journalist in 2011, gesturing to the forest he inhabited. “The only law here is the law of the gun.” Last…
  • Ceres Report on Insurers Response to Climate Change Gets Noticed

    Jake Wadland
    26 Oct 2014 | 8:07 pm
    Last week Ceres published a report that ranked more than 300 of the largest insurers in the United States on their responses to growing climate risks. The study found that fewer than a dozen companies are demonstrating strong leadership. For all the details, read the full text of this groundbreaking report, Insurer Climate Risk Disclosure Survey Report & Scorecard: 2014 Findings & Recommendations. The report attracted considerable media attention and analysis. Writing in The New York Times, Eduardo Porter observed: “This gradual, low-key withdrawal reveals an alarming…
  • Responding to Ebola Crisis out of Enlightened Self-Interest

    Jake Wadland
    26 Oct 2014 | 6:22 pm
    The event was Opportunity Collaboration – the 2014 edition happening in Ixtapa, Mexico. The session was an impromptu one – not even imagined weeks prior to the event. The subject was Ebola in its latest manifestation in three African countries – Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea. Ebola has no known cure. Needless to say, the scramble is on to find one. Ebola’s latest emergence, on a continent ill-prepared for a crisis of this scale and severity, has caused panic like nothing else in recent times. Aid agencies estimate that it will take at least six months to get the disease under…
  • Development Should Include Everyone

    Jake Wadland
    21 Oct 2014 | 6:20 pm
    Inclusive development  is gaining momentum on the global agenda, but is the international development sector actually listening to its own advice? Inclusive development means ensuring that the benefits of economic growth and social progress reach a broad base, generating improvements in the lives of the most vulnerable. Whereas GDP growth was once the primary target of international development initiatives, we now understand that economic expansion does not always translate into improved quality of life for the majority. Inclusive development aims to convert economic expansion into human…
 
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    Marc Gunther's blog

  • Paul Hawken’s next big idea

    Marc Gunther
    22 Oct 2014 | 4:25 pm
    I’ve learned a lot over the years from Paul Hawken, and when our paths have crossed, I’ve always enjoyed the time we’ve spent together. He was an early supporter of FORTUNE’s Brainstorm Green, and I recall a delightful walk along the beach in Laguna Niguel where he told me about the work he’d been doing […] >
  • The circular economy at Disney World

    Marc Gunther
    19 Oct 2014 | 2:22 pm
    Alas, you won’t be able to take a tour of this new “attraction” next time you visit Disney World. But inside those giants vats, through a process called anaerobic digestion, something cool is happening — food waste, used oils, fats, grease and treated human sewage are being turned into electricity and compost. On second thought, […] >
  • Old clothes

    Marc Gunther
    9 Oct 2014 | 9:25 am
    Last month was one of the busiest I’ve had in a long while, with trips to Boston, Singapore, New York and Berlin over a four-week span. All for the good, but I’ve fallen behind on this blog, so I’m looking back today at a story that I wrote and posted last month on Guardian Sustainable […] >
  • Game changer: Walmart’s focus on food and ag

    Marc Gunther
    8 Oct 2014 | 4:53 pm
    Lately, I’ve come to believe that the food industry is moving to become more sustainable with a seriousness that few other industries, particularly energy, can match. Since Labor Day, I’ve had the opportunity to listen to top execs from Cargill (Greg Page), DuPont (Ellen Kullman), Monsanto (Hugh Grant and Robb Fraley) and Walmart (Doug McMillon) […] >
  • Was Climate Week a good week?

    Marc Gunther
    26 Sep 2014 | 9:18 am
    A reporter’s job is sometimes fun and glamorous, often not. My trip to New York for “Climate Week” was not. It was, in fact, a bit of a fiasco. I had hoped to cover a Climate Group event on Monday but was told that I had to be there by 10 a.m., without luggage, for […] >
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    Skoll World Forum on Social Entrepreneurship

  • Skoll Foundation Launches Second Annual Social Entrepreneurs Challenge

    Jake Wadland
    27 Oct 2014 | 8:18 pm
    On October 27 the Skoll Foundation launched the second annual Social Entrepreneurs Challenge. Hosted on CrowdRise, the Challenge is designed to provide some of the world’s leading social entrepreneurs with an innovative platform to raise funds. This year, more than $3 million in prize and match funding will be available to participants. Organizations participating in the Challenge are recipients of the Skoll Award for Social Entrepreneurship and represent some of the most successful entrepreneurial organizations in the world. Working on the frontlines, social entrepreneurs fight disease,…
  • How Many More Must Die on Frontline of Environmental Defence?

    Jake Wadland
    26 Oct 2014 | 8:18 pm
    The bodies of Edwin Chota and his three colleagues were discovered on a jungle path deep within the Amazon, near the point where Peru cedes to Brazil. The four Peruvians were trekking to Brazil to meet fellow tribesmen and discuss how to expel gangs of illegal loggers from their ancestral lands. In the dense rainforest the men’s murderers had the perfect cover. Vultures arrived at the scene days before the search party. “Welcome to the land without law,” Edwin Chota told a journalist in 2011, gesturing to the forest he inhabited. “The only law here is the law of the gun.” Last…
  • Ceres Report on Insurers Response to Climate Change Gets Noticed

    Jake Wadland
    26 Oct 2014 | 8:07 pm
    Last week Ceres published a report that ranked more than 300 of the largest insurers in the United States on their responses to growing climate risks. The study found that fewer than a dozen companies are demonstrating strong leadership. For all the details, read the full text of this groundbreaking report, Insurer Climate Risk Disclosure Survey Report & Scorecard: 2014 Findings & Recommendations. The report attracted considerable media attention and analysis. Writing in The New York Times, Eduardo Porter observed: “This gradual, low-key withdrawal reveals an alarming…
  • Responding to Ebola Crisis out of Enlightened Self-Interest

    Jake Wadland
    26 Oct 2014 | 6:22 pm
    The event was Opportunity Collaboration – the 2014 edition happening in Ixtapa, Mexico. The session was an impromptu one – not even imagined weeks prior to the event. The subject was Ebola in its latest manifestation in three African countries – Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea. Ebola has no known cure. Needless to say, the scramble is on to find one. Ebola’s latest emergence, on a continent ill-prepared for a crisis of this scale and severity, has caused panic like nothing else in recent times. Aid agencies estimate that it will take at least six months to get the disease under…
  • Development Should Include Everyone

    Jake Wadland
    21 Oct 2014 | 6:20 pm
    Inclusive development  is gaining momentum on the global agenda, but is the international development sector actually listening to its own advice? Inclusive development means ensuring that the benefits of economic growth and social progress reach a broad base, generating improvements in the lives of the most vulnerable. Whereas GDP growth was once the primary target of international development initiatives, we now understand that economic expansion does not always translate into improved quality of life for the majority. Inclusive development aims to convert economic expansion into human…
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    Global Envision

  • Monopoly No More: New Players Threaten M-Pesa's Mobile Money Dominance

    Jenica Funk
    28 Oct 2014 | 1:48 pm
    Image:  M-Pesa’s mobile money-transfer service has been a sweeping success story in Kenya. But advances in the banking sector are catching up and new rivals are joining the race with their own mobile platforms.Kenya is the global leader in mobile money. Of the 45 million people living there, over 30 million have mobile phone subscriptions and over 23 million are mobile money users. This is largely due to internationally renowned M-Pesa, founded by Vodaphone for Kenyan telecommunications giant Safaricom in 2007. By 2010, it had become the most successful mobile phone financial…
  • Global Ideas News Brief: Money Talks

    Jenica Funk
    15 Oct 2014 | 11:17 am
    Image:  How to Stop a GenocideNew YorkerA priest’s mission to do what an international intervention could not. (In-depth background on the Central African Republic conflict)Funding developmentHow Millennials Are Reshaping Charity And Online GivingNPRMillennials are spending — and giving away their cash — a lot differently than previous generations, and that's changing the game for giving, and for the charities that depend on it.An Unconventional Billionaire Is Revolutionizing Philanthropy By Closing His FoundationFast.Co.ExistShould charity go on forever? For Chuck…
  • 5 great development solutions coming out of the Clinton Global Initiative

    Emily Crowe
    10 Oct 2014 | 12:05 pm
    Image:  “There are situations in which you can do a lot. But, what is it that can let me sow the seeds of social change?” -Graça Machel, 2014 Clinton Global Initiative Global Citizen awardeeIf anyone understands social change, it is Graça Machel.The widow of former South African president Nelson Mandela, Machel has campaigned tirelessly to improve the lives of women and girls in developing countries. Their lack of resources -- education, health care, the right to control their bodies -- is the biggest roadblock to social change, she says.Businesses, organizations and…
  • Young leaders create plans for change in the Middle East and North Africa

    Marie von Hafften
    6 Oct 2014 | 8:23 am
    Image:  Only first names are used in this article. The views expressed by the students do not represent those of the program sponsors. Haitham, a 24-year-old from Palestine, was days away from flying to the United States this summer when the Israel-Gaza conflict erupted.Dreaming of growing his leadership and civic skills, Haitham was packed and ready to journey to Portland, Ore. for a student leaders program. He hoped to learn how to take his ideas about creating social good in his community and turn them into reality.Just as he was about to leave for Portland in June, three Israeli…
  • 5 QUESTIONS FOR CHARLES KENNY: WHY THE WORLD IS GETTING BETTER

    Kyla Yeoman
    3 Oct 2014 | 11:49 am
    5 questions: Why the world is getting betterhttps://www.globalenvision.org/2014/09/26/5-questions-charles-kenny-why-world-getting-better
 
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    Beneblog: Technology Meets Society

  • Welcome, Mark Roberts!

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

    27 Oct 2014 | 12:16 pm
    Zach Bryant loves reading non-fiction. This wasn’t always the case, though. Zach has Cerebral Palsy, which causes movement and coordination problems, and which keeps him from speaking and walking. To communicate his thoughts, he uses an alternative augmentative communication device. Tasks like turning a printed page are difficult for him, which makes reading standard print discouraging. According to his mom, this experience is common to children with Cerebral Palsy. “They get frustrated and don’t want to read,” she says, “but access to digital books and reading technologies changed…
  • Team-Up for Textbooks: Volunteer to Help Students with Disabilities

    16 Sep 2014 | 2:39 pm
    The new school year is in full swing, yet across the U.S., all too many students with print disabilities might not have the textbooks they need for class. To meet that need, the Benetech Volunteer Program is piloting a new initiative—and we’re inviting you to join us!When a Bookshare student member with a print disability needs a book for school that is not yet in the Bookshare collection, the member submits a request and Bookshare creates an accessible digital version of that book. However, students often don’t know what books they need until the first days of school—a hectic time…
  • Advancing Reading Equality with Bookshare’s Exponential Growth

    12 Sep 2014 | 1:25 pm
    At Benetech, we always ask ourselves how our existing successful programs can reach more people who need our services and how we can apply technology in new ways to enrich and improve more lives. I’m thrilled to share with you some of the recent amazing impact of Bookshare, a Benetech Global Literacy initiative and the largest accessible online library of copyrighted content for people with print disabilities.Recently Bookshare has reached two major milestones in its efforts to bring reading equality to disadvantaged populations around the world. First, Bookshare’s collection has…
  • Open Source and the Promise of Sustainable Nutrition Security

    8 Sep 2014 | 5:40 pm
    Recently I had the opportunity to get introduced to Gerald Nelson, senior climate change researcher and Professor Emeritus at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. Jerry and I had a great conversation about open sourcing of agricultural scientific models, such as those used by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) in their climate change reports.An expert on agricultural economics and spatial analysis, Jerry most recently served as a Senior Research Fellow at the International Food Policy Research Institute in Washington, DC, where he led major projects on food security…
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    Environmental Management & Sustainable Development News

  • The Digital Revolution

    Jennifer Hermes
    30 Oct 2014 | 6:50 am
    The last article started the buildup to using data (from wherever) to drive innovation, clarity and transparency, business model/economics, institutionalization, and benchmarking for industry in general and, ideally, for green manufacturing as well. This data should include information on what any specific process or system is doing, what it is consuming or emitting, what the impact […]
  • Bunge Makes Sustainable Palm Oil Pledge

    Ken Jennison
    30 Oct 2014 | 5:00 am
    Global agribusiness giant Bunge has committed to building a traceable supply chain for 100 percent of the palm oil and palm derivatives it trades, processes and utilizes in commercial and consumer products worldwide. Bunge trades palm oil and derivative products, and uses the products as ingredients in some of its commercial and consumer products. The […]
  • USGBC Announces LEED 2009 Extension

    Jessica Lyons Hardcastle
    30 Oct 2014 | 4:56 am
    The US Green Building Council says it will allow LEED users to register projects under the LEED 2009 rating system until Oct. 31, 2016 — an extension of almost a year and a half. The original date for LEED 2009 registration to close was June 15, 2015. The USGBC says extending to October 2016 gives LEED […]
  • 3E, Locus Team Up on EH&S Risk Management

    Jessica Lyons Hardcastle
    30 Oct 2014 | 4:55 am
    3E Company and Locus Technologies have announced a strategic collaboration that brings together 3E’s substance-level global regulatory content and product-level safety data sheet data and Locus’ compliance and environmental health and safety software platform. The partners say the combined offering provides companies with a comprehensive, efficient and affordable solution for hazardous communication and workplace safety […]
  • IHG Rolls Out Sustainability Tool Across 4,700 Properties

    Jessica Lyons Hardcastle
    30 Oct 2014 | 4:32 am
    InterContinental Hotels Group plans to roll out its online environmental sustainability tool, which helps hotels manage energy, carbon, water and waste, across the company’s 4,700 global properties by Jan. 1, 2015. IHG Green Engage allows hotels to see how much they are spending and saving and to feed data directly to IHG’s corporate clients as […]
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    Have Fun • Do Good

  • Be open to Big Vision photobombs

    Britt Bravo
    24 Oct 2014 | 1:26 pm
    While visiting New Mexico this summer, I raised my phone to take a photo of some pink flowers against a blue sky when this happened:This hummingbird flew right into my frame and posed for a long time (at least by hummingbird standards). It was a magical moment, especially because hummingbirds have always been an "auspicious symbol" for me.Sometimes when we're working on our big vision: noticing what sparkles, letting go of old visions to be open to the new, and running towards what excites us, something unexpected shows up right in front of our face. It might even be more wonderful than the…
  • Don't be shy. Run towards your big vision.

    Britt Bravo
    17 Oct 2014 | 9:52 am
    As I was walking to work one day this week, I saw this cute Corgi (pictured above) on the street. At first he was shy. He watched me with half of his face hidden behind the wall. But as I walked closer, his excitement overwhelmed him. He ran out of hiding to say hello and invited me to pet him (so soft!).Sometimes that's how we are with our Big Visions. Shy at first. Testing the waters. Not wanting to make a commitment. But here's the important part. The excitement. When we get SO excited about something that we just HAVE to do it, or learn more about it, or share it with others, we need to…
  • When your big vision dies . . .

    Britt Bravo
    10 Oct 2014 | 11:29 am
    A tree grows a tree"The Death of a tree is the birth of a log or a snag [a standing dead or dying tree]. Dead trees are essential to the health of the forest and they are the basis of its astonishing productivity. Fallen trees are a substantial reservoir of organic matter and water that other plants and trees depend on. . . As a tree slowly decays, it becomes a nursery for plants. It may take 400 years or longer to become incorporated into the forest floor. During this time, a variety of shrubs and trees have the opportunity to develop part or all of their root systems within the decaying…
  • Looking for Your Big Vision? Notice What "Sparkles"

    Britt Bravo
    24 Sep 2014 | 8:16 am
    Rain "sparkles" by meA friend who is between jobs recently asked me, "Is there one piece of advice you would give to a creative person when they are looking for their next job, or project?"I responded, "Notice what 'sparkles' for you."I think of "sparkles" as things that make you smile, makes time fly, or that you all of a sudden become very curious about (even if you don't understand why).If you are a "creative" type, you already know that most creative projects don't usually happen in a straight line: A to Z. They often begin with something small: a craving for an ingredient, a phrase you…
  • Big Vision Tip: Stay on Track. Text Your Big Vision Buddy

    Britt Bravo
    15 Sep 2014 | 9:08 am
    About a year and a half ago my friend Heather and I decided to try the Oprah and Deepak 21-Day Meditation Experience. To make sure we completed it, we texted each other right after we meditated. There were many mornings when I would "forget" to meditate (isn't it funny how our minds do that when we're resisting something?), and her text would prompt me to do it.It worked so well that even when the 21 days were over, we continued to text each other after we meditated. A year and half later, our meditation practices certainly aren't perfect, but they're so much a part of our lives that we no…
 
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    Skoll World Forum on Social Entrepreneurship

  • Skoll Foundation Launches Second Annual Social Entrepreneurs Challenge

    Jake Wadland
    27 Oct 2014 | 8:18 pm
    On October 27 the Skoll Foundation launched the second annual Social Entrepreneurs Challenge. Hosted on CrowdRise, the Challenge is designed to provide some of the world’s leading social entrepreneurs with an innovative platform to raise funds. This year, more than $3 million in prize and match funding will be available to participants. Organizations participating in the Challenge are recipients of the Skoll Award for Social Entrepreneurship and represent some of the most successful entrepreneurial organizations in the world. Working on the frontlines, social entrepreneurs fight disease,…
  • How Many More Must Die on Frontline of Environmental Defence?

    Jake Wadland
    26 Oct 2014 | 8:18 pm
    The bodies of Edwin Chota and his three colleagues were discovered on a jungle path deep within the Amazon, near the point where Peru cedes to Brazil. The four Peruvians were trekking to Brazil to meet fellow tribesmen and discuss how to expel gangs of illegal loggers from their ancestral lands. In the dense rainforest the men’s murderers had the perfect cover. Vultures arrived at the scene days before the search party. “Welcome to the land without law,” Edwin Chota told a journalist in 2011, gesturing to the forest he inhabited. “The only law here is the law of the gun.” Last…
  • Ceres Report on Insurers Response to Climate Change Gets Noticed

    Jake Wadland
    26 Oct 2014 | 8:07 pm
    Last week Ceres published a report that ranked more than 300 of the largest insurers in the United States on their responses to growing climate risks. The study found that fewer than a dozen companies are demonstrating strong leadership. For all the details, read the full text of this groundbreaking report, Insurer Climate Risk Disclosure Survey Report & Scorecard: 2014 Findings & Recommendations. The report attracted considerable media attention and analysis. Writing in The New York Times, Eduardo Porter observed: “This gradual, low-key withdrawal reveals an alarming…
  • Responding to Ebola Crisis out of Enlightened Self-Interest

    Jake Wadland
    26 Oct 2014 | 6:22 pm
    The event was Opportunity Collaboration – the 2014 edition happening in Ixtapa, Mexico. The session was an impromptu one – not even imagined weeks prior to the event. The subject was Ebola in its latest manifestation in three African countries – Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea. Ebola has no known cure. Needless to say, the scramble is on to find one. Ebola’s latest emergence, on a continent ill-prepared for a crisis of this scale and severity, has caused panic like nothing else in recent times. Aid agencies estimate that it will take at least six months to get the disease under…
  • Development Should Include Everyone

    Jake Wadland
    21 Oct 2014 | 6:20 pm
    Inclusive development  is gaining momentum on the global agenda, but is the international development sector actually listening to its own advice? Inclusive development means ensuring that the benefits of economic growth and social progress reach a broad base, generating improvements in the lives of the most vulnerable. Whereas GDP growth was once the primary target of international development initiatives, we now understand that economic expansion does not always translate into improved quality of life for the majority. Inclusive development aims to convert economic expansion into human…
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    GlobalGiving Projects - Just added

  • Psycho Social support for Ebola victims

    Navonel (Voni) Glick
    11 Oct 2014 | 9:46 am
    $500 — Conduct a monthly Psycho Social training for relief workers$1000 — Conduct an intensive training for local health workers$2000 — Flight ticket to Sierra Leone for IsraAID specialistSummaryIsraAID in partnership with the first lady in Sierra Leone will conduct a 2 year training program that will focus on MHPSS- (Mental Health Psycho-Social Support) with the aim of building a national network of service providers.Project Needs and BeneficiariesThe Ebola crisis in West Africa has had massive and devastating effects on the entire region. As…
  • Help sponsor a foster family in China

    Pat King
    10 Oct 2014 | 7:46 am
    $10 — Help a foster family plan a special meal for their children$25 — Help a foster family with their general daily expenses$50 — Help a foster family afford a special outing with their childrenSummaryThis project will sponsor four loving foster families in China for one year. Each family is composed of a foster father, a foster mother, and up to four children whose special needs are likely to preclude adoption.Project Needs and BeneficiariesChildren with more severe special needs are often at higher risk of spending their entire childhood and…
  • Village Soccer Dream Teams

    Jenni Lipa
    10 Oct 2014 | 6:38 am
    $15 — Uniforms for one player$50 — Bottled water and lunch for the team per week$90 — Weekly transportation for the teamSummaryOur soccer program is complementary to our school English & Nutritional program. A sound mind and healthy body go hand in hand to develop full potential and confidence for young students. We have three teams entered into a weekend Soccer League with our two Khmer coaches. This gives them the opportunity to develop skills and takes them out of their rural environment. Confidence building and sportmanship are a great…
  • Help Rahim go to University

    Njomo Omam Esther
    9 Oct 2014 | 7:55 am
    $10 — will pay for orientation and check up visits for the year$20 — Are 20 daily meals for Rahim$40 — Additional costs of registration for University of BueaSummaryRahim is a very special young man, an example to all children living without parents. He is the first orphan from Father's House Orphanage, in Muyuka, to fulfill all requeriments to enter University. He is now admitted to study Geography at University of Buea, but neither him nor the orphanage can afford to pay for school fees and a whole year of housing.Project Needs and…
  • Hospital Classroom for 5,000 Children Illnesses

    Diana Natalia Londono Velez
    9 Oct 2014 | 7:28 am
    $10 — For a TEACHER who directs artistic activities for 5,000 children with critical illnesses$50 — For a TEACHER who directs games and reading activities for children$100 — For a TEACHER who helps children with school homework to avoid any setbacks at schoolSummaryThe San Vicente Foundation Children's Hospital was the first to offer this service in Colombia in the year 2000. This service was created in order to reduce the negative emotional impact illnesses had on children who had to remain in the Hospital for extended periods. Each year 5,000…
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    Echoing Green Blog

  • Our Building Blocks of Early-Stage Support

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

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

    Scott Ballum
    23 Sep 2014 | 7:21 am
    photo and video via CNN.com CNN Columnist John D. Sutter joined 2014 Echoing Green Climate Fellow Bren Smith on his eighty-four mile journey from his ocean farm in Connecticut to Manhattan—in his 1983 workboat—to participate in this past weekend's People's Climate March. The feature video and editorial chronicling the trip reveal why Bren is so passionate about his work, and why he sees climate change as everyone's issue: Three days after Sandy hit, he told me, he got online and started researching alternative methods of oyster cultivation—and new crops to "farm" in the ocean. He came…
  • Priya Haji Will Long Be Remembered

    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…
 
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    GreenBiz

  • How to engage millennials? Appeal to 3 core values, 3 core traits

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

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

    Ann Goodman
    23 Oct 2014 | 8:45 am
    For Sprint, communications is core to climate resilienceAnn Goodman8:45amFeatured Image: In what surely is a glaring understatement, Tanya Jones, manager of Sprint Corp.’s vital Emergency Response Team Operations, observed, “We learned quite a bit from Hurricane Sandy.” Indeed, Sprint, like all telecommunications carriers, lost cell sites on the northeastern seaboard and in New York City in the 2012 superstorm, which hurt its cellular operations. Fortunately, Sprint’s ERT was able to provide critical communications services to various first responders and emergency agencies using…
  • Denis Hayes: From Earth Day to the Bullitt Center

    Mike Hower
    23 Oct 2014 | 7:30 am
    Denis Hayes: From Earth Day to the Bullitt CenterMike Hower7:30amFeatured Image: Catch Denis Hayes in person at VERGE SF 2014, Oct. 27-30. The Seattle Bullitt Center has been touted as one of the world's greenest commercial buildings. Spearheaded by the Bullitt Foundation, which offers grants to organizations working to advance environmental initiatives in the Pacific Northwest, the six-story, 50,000-square-foot building was completed last year and is undergoing certification for the Living Building Challenge — a standard more ambitious than LEED. To be declared a Living Building, a…
  • Stericycle, DOT and CDC help hospitals prepare for Ebola waste

    Janet Howard
    23 Oct 2014 | 7:15 am
    Stericycle, DOT and CDC help hospitals prepare for Ebola wasteJanet Howard7:15amFeatured Image: How do hospitals prepare for the potential Ebola virus waste stream with science-based decision-making and start off with a best management approach to this waste? While this is an emerging topic with evolving practices, the most important resource is The Center for Disease Control and Prevention Web page for interim guidance on the best approaches for protective equipment, segregation, storage, packaging and removal of this Category A infectious material. While this waste stream may not…
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    Timbuktu Chronicles

  • Bagass Ash to Cement

    Emeka Okafor
    27 Oct 2014 | 1:05 pm
    A profile from SciDev's PhDs in Focus: Sugar cane is one of Kenya’s most important cash crops. Currently, most of the pulp, or ‘bagasse’, left after the cane’s juice is extracted goes to waste. In this film, John Mwero, an engineer at the University of Nairobi, talks about his PhD research on adding the ash left after burning bagasse to cement. Not only does doing so recycle this readily available by-product, but it also strengthens concrete.
  • Potentially a $15.5 billion industry - African Fashion

    Emeka Okafor
    27 Oct 2014 | 4:29 am
    From CNBC:The recent Africa Fashion Week New York is an annual showpiece that signifies the emergence of Africa in the global fashion scene. It shows that Africa is no longer a passive spectator but an active player in the world's top league of innovators and producers. But why should investors is looking at the African fashion industry? Joining CNBC Africa for more is Deola Sagoe, founder of the House of Deola Sagoe.image courtesy House of Sagoevia CP Africa
  • Mud House Design Winners

    Emeka Okafor
    25 Oct 2014 | 12:58 pm
    Results are in from a previously highlighted competition held by NKA foundation: Reinventing the African Mud Hut TogetherThe competition was open to recent graduates and students of architecture, design and others from around the world. The challenge was to design a single-family unit on a plot of 60 x 60 feet to be built by maximum use of earth and local labor in the Ashanti Region of Ghana. The client of the design entry is the middle-income family at any township in the region. Total costs of constructing the design entry was capped at $6,000; land value was excluded from this price point.
  • HiviSasa

    Emeka Okafor
    25 Oct 2014 | 7:21 am
    Crowdsourced news from Kenya: HiviSasa (or "HiviSasa.com") is an online, local, county-level Kenyan newspaper that crowd-sources all content from local citizen reporters paying them per published story. Funded by the internet startup seed fund 88mph, HiviSasa.com has been running since early 2014. "Hivi sasa" can be translated into "right now" in Kiswahili. As of October 2014, HiviSasa publishes more than 60 articles daily written by more than 620 citizen reporters.-Wikipedia
  • Entrepreneurship development from the Songhai Centre

    Emeka Okafor
    24 Oct 2014 | 5:55 pm
    In Benin: This video presents the SONGHAI center, a sustainable center of micro-enterprise which also trains many young Africans. It is considered as a model of best practices for rural development, sustainable development, employment and training of youths, and self-financing of a company.This sustainable African initiative is recognized as a 'centre of excellence'. It employs over 400 people and trains more than 500 students and receives more than 20,000 visitors a year. SONGHAI has trained more than 2,650 people, most of whom have created their own companies. In addition, the center has…
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    Skoll World Forum on Social Entrepreneurship

  • Skoll Foundation Launches Second Annual Social Entrepreneurs Challenge

    Jake Wadland
    27 Oct 2014 | 8:18 pm
    On October 27 the Skoll Foundation launched the second annual Social Entrepreneurs Challenge. Hosted on CrowdRise, the Challenge is designed to provide some of the world’s leading social entrepreneurs with an innovative platform to raise funds. This year, more than $3 million in prize and match funding will be available to participants. Organizations participating in the Challenge are recipients of the Skoll Award for Social Entrepreneurship and represent some of the most successful entrepreneurial organizations in the world. Working on the frontlines, social entrepreneurs fight disease,…
  • How Many More Must Die on Frontline of Environmental Defence?

    Jake Wadland
    26 Oct 2014 | 8:18 pm
    The bodies of Edwin Chota and his three colleagues were discovered on a jungle path deep within the Amazon, near the point where Peru cedes to Brazil. The four Peruvians were trekking to Brazil to meet fellow tribesmen and discuss how to expel gangs of illegal loggers from their ancestral lands. In the dense rainforest the men’s murderers had the perfect cover. Vultures arrived at the scene days before the search party. “Welcome to the land without law,” Edwin Chota told a journalist in 2011, gesturing to the forest he inhabited. “The only law here is the law of the gun.” Last…
  • Ceres Report on Insurers Response to Climate Change Gets Noticed

    Jake Wadland
    26 Oct 2014 | 8:07 pm
    Last week Ceres published a report that ranked more than 300 of the largest insurers in the United States on their responses to growing climate risks. The study found that fewer than a dozen companies are demonstrating strong leadership. For all the details, read the full text of this groundbreaking report, Insurer Climate Risk Disclosure Survey Report & Scorecard: 2014 Findings & Recommendations. The report attracted considerable media attention and analysis. Writing in The New York Times, Eduardo Porter observed: “This gradual, low-key withdrawal reveals an alarming…
  • Responding to Ebola Crisis out of Enlightened Self-Interest

    Jake Wadland
    26 Oct 2014 | 6:22 pm
    The event was Opportunity Collaboration – the 2014 edition happening in Ixtapa, Mexico. The session was an impromptu one – not even imagined weeks prior to the event. The subject was Ebola in its latest manifestation in three African countries – Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea. Ebola has no known cure. Needless to say, the scramble is on to find one. Ebola’s latest emergence, on a continent ill-prepared for a crisis of this scale and severity, has caused panic like nothing else in recent times. Aid agencies estimate that it will take at least six months to get the disease under…
  • Development Should Include Everyone

    Jake Wadland
    21 Oct 2014 | 6:20 pm
    Inclusive development  is gaining momentum on the global agenda, but is the international development sector actually listening to its own advice? Inclusive development means ensuring that the benefits of economic growth and social progress reach a broad base, generating improvements in the lives of the most vulnerable. Whereas GDP growth was once the primary target of international development initiatives, we now understand that economic expansion does not always translate into improved quality of life for the majority. Inclusive development aims to convert economic expansion into human…
 
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    Skoll World Forum on Social Entrepreneurship

  • Skoll Foundation Launches Second Annual Social Entrepreneurs Challenge

    Jake Wadland
    27 Oct 2014 | 8:18 pm
    On October 27 the Skoll Foundation launched the second annual Social Entrepreneurs Challenge. Hosted on CrowdRise, the Challenge is designed to provide some of the world’s leading social entrepreneurs with an innovative platform to raise funds. This year, more than $3 million in prize and match funding will be available to participants. Organizations participating in the Challenge are recipients of the Skoll Award for Social Entrepreneurship and represent some of the most successful entrepreneurial organizations in the world. Working on the frontlines, social entrepreneurs fight disease,…
  • How Many More Must Die on Frontline of Environmental Defence?

    Jake Wadland
    26 Oct 2014 | 8:18 pm
    The bodies of Edwin Chota and his three colleagues were discovered on a jungle path deep within the Amazon, near the point where Peru cedes to Brazil. The four Peruvians were trekking to Brazil to meet fellow tribesmen and discuss how to expel gangs of illegal loggers from their ancestral lands. In the dense rainforest the men’s murderers had the perfect cover. Vultures arrived at the scene days before the search party. “Welcome to the land without law,” Edwin Chota told a journalist in 2011, gesturing to the forest he inhabited. “The only law here is the law of the gun.” Last…
  • Ceres Report on Insurers Response to Climate Change Gets Noticed

    Jake Wadland
    26 Oct 2014 | 8:07 pm
    Last week Ceres published a report that ranked more than 300 of the largest insurers in the United States on their responses to growing climate risks. The study found that fewer than a dozen companies are demonstrating strong leadership. For all the details, read the full text of this groundbreaking report, Insurer Climate Risk Disclosure Survey Report & Scorecard: 2014 Findings & Recommendations. The report attracted considerable media attention and analysis. Writing in The New York Times, Eduardo Porter observed: “This gradual, low-key withdrawal reveals an alarming…
  • Responding to Ebola Crisis out of Enlightened Self-Interest

    Jake Wadland
    26 Oct 2014 | 6:22 pm
    The event was Opportunity Collaboration – the 2014 edition happening in Ixtapa, Mexico. The session was an impromptu one – not even imagined weeks prior to the event. The subject was Ebola in its latest manifestation in three African countries – Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea. Ebola has no known cure. Needless to say, the scramble is on to find one. Ebola’s latest emergence, on a continent ill-prepared for a crisis of this scale and severity, has caused panic like nothing else in recent times. Aid agencies estimate that it will take at least six months to get the disease under…
  • Development Should Include Everyone

    Jake Wadland
    21 Oct 2014 | 6:20 pm
    Inclusive development  is gaining momentum on the global agenda, but is the international development sector actually listening to its own advice? Inclusive development means ensuring that the benefits of economic growth and social progress reach a broad base, generating improvements in the lives of the most vulnerable. Whereas GDP growth was once the primary target of international development initiatives, we now understand that economic expansion does not always translate into improved quality of life for the majority. Inclusive development aims to convert economic expansion into human…
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    Skoll World Forum on Social Entrepreneurship

  • Skoll Foundation Launches Second Annual Social Entrepreneurs Challenge

    Jake Wadland
    27 Oct 2014 | 8:18 pm
    On October 27 the Skoll Foundation launched the second annual Social Entrepreneurs Challenge. Hosted on CrowdRise, the Challenge is designed to provide some of the world’s leading social entrepreneurs with an innovative platform to raise funds. This year, more than $3 million in prize and match funding will be available to participants. Organizations participating in the Challenge are recipients of the Skoll Award for Social Entrepreneurship and represent some of the most successful entrepreneurial organizations in the world. Working on the frontlines, social entrepreneurs fight disease,…
  • How Many More Must Die on Frontline of Environmental Defence?

    Jake Wadland
    26 Oct 2014 | 8:18 pm
    The bodies of Edwin Chota and his three colleagues were discovered on a jungle path deep within the Amazon, near the point where Peru cedes to Brazil. The four Peruvians were trekking to Brazil to meet fellow tribesmen and discuss how to expel gangs of illegal loggers from their ancestral lands. In the dense rainforest the men’s murderers had the perfect cover. Vultures arrived at the scene days before the search party. “Welcome to the land without law,” Edwin Chota told a journalist in 2011, gesturing to the forest he inhabited. “The only law here is the law of the gun.” Last…
  • Ceres Report on Insurers Response to Climate Change Gets Noticed

    Jake Wadland
    26 Oct 2014 | 8:07 pm
    Last week Ceres published a report that ranked more than 300 of the largest insurers in the United States on their responses to growing climate risks. The study found that fewer than a dozen companies are demonstrating strong leadership. For all the details, read the full text of this groundbreaking report, Insurer Climate Risk Disclosure Survey Report & Scorecard: 2014 Findings & Recommendations. The report attracted considerable media attention and analysis. Writing in The New York Times, Eduardo Porter observed: “This gradual, low-key withdrawal reveals an alarming…
  • Responding to Ebola Crisis out of Enlightened Self-Interest

    Jake Wadland
    26 Oct 2014 | 6:22 pm
    The event was Opportunity Collaboration – the 2014 edition happening in Ixtapa, Mexico. The session was an impromptu one – not even imagined weeks prior to the event. The subject was Ebola in its latest manifestation in three African countries – Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea. Ebola has no known cure. Needless to say, the scramble is on to find one. Ebola’s latest emergence, on a continent ill-prepared for a crisis of this scale and severity, has caused panic like nothing else in recent times. Aid agencies estimate that it will take at least six months to get the disease under…
  • Development Should Include Everyone

    Jake Wadland
    21 Oct 2014 | 6:20 pm
    Inclusive development  is gaining momentum on the global agenda, but is the international development sector actually listening to its own advice? Inclusive development means ensuring that the benefits of economic growth and social progress reach a broad base, generating improvements in the lives of the most vulnerable. Whereas GDP growth was once the primary target of international development initiatives, we now understand that economic expansion does not always translate into improved quality of life for the majority. Inclusive development aims to convert economic expansion into human…
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    Skoll World Forum on Social Entrepreneurship

  • Skoll Foundation Launches Second Annual Social Entrepreneurs Challenge

    Jake Wadland
    27 Oct 2014 | 8:18 pm
    On October 27 the Skoll Foundation launched the second annual Social Entrepreneurs Challenge. Hosted on CrowdRise, the Challenge is designed to provide some of the world’s leading social entrepreneurs with an innovative platform to raise funds. This year, more than $3 million in prize and match funding will be available to participants. Organizations participating in the Challenge are recipients of the Skoll Award for Social Entrepreneurship and represent some of the most successful entrepreneurial organizations in the world. Working on the frontlines, social entrepreneurs fight disease,…
  • How Many More Must Die on Frontline of Environmental Defence?

    Jake Wadland
    26 Oct 2014 | 8:18 pm
    The bodies of Edwin Chota and his three colleagues were discovered on a jungle path deep within the Amazon, near the point where Peru cedes to Brazil. The four Peruvians were trekking to Brazil to meet fellow tribesmen and discuss how to expel gangs of illegal loggers from their ancestral lands. In the dense rainforest the men’s murderers had the perfect cover. Vultures arrived at the scene days before the search party. “Welcome to the land without law,” Edwin Chota told a journalist in 2011, gesturing to the forest he inhabited. “The only law here is the law of the gun.” Last…
  • Ceres Report on Insurers Response to Climate Change Gets Noticed

    Jake Wadland
    26 Oct 2014 | 8:07 pm
    Last week Ceres published a report that ranked more than 300 of the largest insurers in the United States on their responses to growing climate risks. The study found that fewer than a dozen companies are demonstrating strong leadership. For all the details, read the full text of this groundbreaking report, Insurer Climate Risk Disclosure Survey Report & Scorecard: 2014 Findings & Recommendations. The report attracted considerable media attention and analysis. Writing in The New York Times, Eduardo Porter observed: “This gradual, low-key withdrawal reveals an alarming…
  • Responding to Ebola Crisis out of Enlightened Self-Interest

    Jake Wadland
    26 Oct 2014 | 6:22 pm
    The event was Opportunity Collaboration – the 2014 edition happening in Ixtapa, Mexico. The session was an impromptu one – not even imagined weeks prior to the event. The subject was Ebola in its latest manifestation in three African countries – Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea. Ebola has no known cure. Needless to say, the scramble is on to find one. Ebola’s latest emergence, on a continent ill-prepared for a crisis of this scale and severity, has caused panic like nothing else in recent times. Aid agencies estimate that it will take at least six months to get the disease under…
  • Development Should Include Everyone

    Jake Wadland
    21 Oct 2014 | 6:20 pm
    Inclusive development  is gaining momentum on the global agenda, but is the international development sector actually listening to its own advice? Inclusive development means ensuring that the benefits of economic growth and social progress reach a broad base, generating improvements in the lives of the most vulnerable. Whereas GDP growth was once the primary target of international development initiatives, we now understand that economic expansion does not always translate into improved quality of life for the majority. Inclusive development aims to convert economic expansion into human…
 
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    Skoll World Forum on Social Entrepreneurship

  • Skoll Foundation Launches Second Annual Social Entrepreneurs Challenge

    Jake Wadland
    27 Oct 2014 | 8:18 pm
    On October 27 the Skoll Foundation launched the second annual Social Entrepreneurs Challenge. Hosted on CrowdRise, the Challenge is designed to provide some of the world’s leading social entrepreneurs with an innovative platform to raise funds. This year, more than $3 million in prize and match funding will be available to participants. Organizations participating in the Challenge are recipients of the Skoll Award for Social Entrepreneurship and represent some of the most successful entrepreneurial organizations in the world. Working on the frontlines, social entrepreneurs fight disease,…
  • How Many More Must Die on Frontline of Environmental Defence?

    Jake Wadland
    26 Oct 2014 | 8:18 pm
    The bodies of Edwin Chota and his three colleagues were discovered on a jungle path deep within the Amazon, near the point where Peru cedes to Brazil. The four Peruvians were trekking to Brazil to meet fellow tribesmen and discuss how to expel gangs of illegal loggers from their ancestral lands. In the dense rainforest the men’s murderers had the perfect cover. Vultures arrived at the scene days before the search party. “Welcome to the land without law,” Edwin Chota told a journalist in 2011, gesturing to the forest he inhabited. “The only law here is the law of the gun.” Last…
  • Ceres Report on Insurers Response to Climate Change Gets Noticed

    Jake Wadland
    26 Oct 2014 | 8:07 pm
    Last week Ceres published a report that ranked more than 300 of the largest insurers in the United States on their responses to growing climate risks. The study found that fewer than a dozen companies are demonstrating strong leadership. For all the details, read the full text of this groundbreaking report, Insurer Climate Risk Disclosure Survey Report & Scorecard: 2014 Findings & Recommendations. The report attracted considerable media attention and analysis. Writing in The New York Times, Eduardo Porter observed: “This gradual, low-key withdrawal reveals an alarming…
  • Responding to Ebola Crisis out of Enlightened Self-Interest

    Jake Wadland
    26 Oct 2014 | 6:22 pm
    The event was Opportunity Collaboration – the 2014 edition happening in Ixtapa, Mexico. The session was an impromptu one – not even imagined weeks prior to the event. The subject was Ebola in its latest manifestation in three African countries – Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea. Ebola has no known cure. Needless to say, the scramble is on to find one. Ebola’s latest emergence, on a continent ill-prepared for a crisis of this scale and severity, has caused panic like nothing else in recent times. Aid agencies estimate that it will take at least six months to get the disease under…
  • Development Should Include Everyone

    Jake Wadland
    21 Oct 2014 | 6:20 pm
    Inclusive development  is gaining momentum on the global agenda, but is the international development sector actually listening to its own advice? Inclusive development means ensuring that the benefits of economic growth and social progress reach a broad base, generating improvements in the lives of the most vulnerable. Whereas GDP growth was once the primary target of international development initiatives, we now understand that economic expansion does not always translate into improved quality of life for the majority. Inclusive development aims to convert economic expansion into human…
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    From Poverty to Power

  • What if we scrapped The Project – are there better ways to fund development?

    Duncan Green
    28 Oct 2014 | 11:30 pm
    Yesterday I gave some general feedback on last week’s Doing Development Differently conference. Today I want to talk about projects, or rather The Project. Joel Hellman of the World Bank gave the following definition: What is a project? -          Time bound (1-5 years) -          A Legal Agreement -          A cluster of contracts – employment, implementing partners, consultants, evaluation. All of them work within a set of rules, set both by donors and recipient governments. -          A predetermined set of results (the focus on these has increased…
  • Doing Development Differently: Report back from two mind-blowing days at Harvard

    Duncan Green
    27 Oct 2014 | 11:30 pm
    Spent an intense two days at Harvard last week, taking part in a ‘Doing Development Differently’ (DDD) seminar, hosted by Matt Andrews, who runs Harvard’s ‘Building State Capability’ programme and ODI. About 40 participants, a mixture of multilaterals and donors (big World Bank contingent), consultants and project design and implementation people, and a couple of (more or less) tame NGO people like me (here’s the participants list). The purpose was to learn from success, based on 15 short (7m) filmed presentations, which are all online, and ensuing discussions.
  • Links I liked

    Duncan Green
    26 Oct 2014 | 11:30 pm
    I’m off on holiday this week, and even it rains, that at least means I can escape from the irritation of wall to wall Russell Brand for a bit. Meanwhile, for those of you condemned to work on a Monday morning, here’s the highlights of last week’s tweets (don’t worry, nothing about RB). And blog backlog means FP2P will roll on in my absence – sorry. European golfers v African migrants trying to jump the fence in Melilla, via Jaime Atienza V odd. In New Zealand, you can name your baby ‘Number 16 Bus Shelter’, but not ‘Sex Fruit’. And ‘Duncan’ is illegal…
  • An authorial moment

    Duncan Green
    23 Oct 2014 | 11:30 pm
    This has never happened to me before (sadly), so I thought it was worth recording. And anyway, I’m a suffering author right now, so please indulge me. She was sitting 3 rows in front of me on the bus from Oxford down to London. Dangly earrings. Cool leather jacket. Handbag probably fashionable (I wouldn’t know). She opens it and takes out a copy of my book – pristine, red first edition of From Poverty to Power. OMG. What do I do, shout ‘hey that’s my book’? Bus too crowded, and anyway too sad/creepy, so I watch what she does next (also quite creepy, I guess). And then I…
  • Participatory Evaluation, or how to find out what really happened in your project

    Duncan Green
    23 Oct 2014 | 12:43 am
    Trust IDS to hide its light under a bushel of off-putting jargon. It took me a while to get round to reading ‘Using Participatory Process Evaluation to Understand the Dynamics of Change in a Nutrition Education Programme’, by Andrea Cornwall, but I’m glad I did – it’s brilliant. Some highlights: [What’s special about participatory process evaluation?] ‘Conventional impact assessment works on the basis of snapshots in time. Increasingly, it has come to involve reductionist metrics in which a small number of measurable indicators are taken to be adequate substitutes for the rich,…
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    CIPE Development Blog

  • Warsaw Dialogue for Democracy Highlights Closing Space for Civil Society

    Anna Nadgrodkiewicz
    29 Oct 2014 | 9:59 am
    Pro-democracy reformers and activists are among the most driven and courageous people in the world. Speaking out against abuses committed by authoritarian governments often brings the risk of punishment, and meaningfully engaging on policy issues even with democratic governments takes dedication, mobilization, and discipline. Civil society is a key conduit between citizens and their governments...
  • Teach a (Wo)man How to Fish: The Changing World of International Development

    CIPE Staff
    28 Oct 2014 | 11:22 am
    It is only natural that the world of international development would itself develop and change over the years to adapt to the changing landscape of needs and local capacity. At a panel discussion at Georgetown University entitled “The Changing World of International Development,” three development practitioners from leading organizations provided some insight into how their work has changed over...
  • To Benefit from Energy Resources, Lebanon Needs Better Institutions, Not Just Greater Transparency

    Guest
    27 Oct 2014 | 1:38 pm
    The challenges awaiting Lebanon to transform oil and gas into sustainable development are many and go beyond the work and responsibility of the Lebanese Petroleum Administration to include ministries, oversight agencies and the government at large. In reaction to this challenge, many local and international actors are advocating that Lebanon sign up to the Extractive Industries Transparency...
  • Case Study: Public-Private Dialogue in Senegal

    Teodora Mihaylova
    23 Oct 2014 | 6:33 am
    The latest case study from the forthcoming publication Strategies for Policy Reform discusses CIPE’s experience assisting the advancement of policy dialogue in Senegal that supports market-oriented reforms and private sector development. READ MORE
  • Does Democracy Still Matter?

    Sarah Ali
    22 Oct 2014 | 11:36 am
    In his June 1982 Westminster Address , which laid the groundwork for the creation of CIPE and the National Endowment for Democracy (NED), President Ronald Reagan established an emerging role for the U.S. emerging as a leader in supporting democracy around the world. Today that role is being questioned. At an October 20, 2014 conference hosted by the Kennan and Foreign Policy Research Institutes,...
 
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    ODI Opinion

  • Development & Climate days

    6 Dec 2014 | 12:00 am
    ​For the first time in history, an opportunity exists to integrate global efforts to tackle climate change and poverty, setting the world on a path to achieve zero extreme poverty and zero net emissions within a generation. The frameworks to be agreed in 2015 must work together to this end. But how can climate and poverty agendas be best connected? Join us at COP20 in Lima for two days of innovative approaches and incisive dialogue, focused on bringing zero-zero within reach.
  • Strategies to improve security and justice for women and girls: programme experiences from multiple contexts

    2 Dec 2014 | 12:00 am
    ​Security and justice programming is increasingly recognising the unique security and justice needs of women and girls and seeking to tailor interventions accordingly. This event will draw on programmes in South Sudan and Pakistan to explore how security and justice programming can better meet the needs of women and girls. 
  • Groundwater, poverty and development

    28 Nov 2014 | 12:00 am
    This one-day meeting, jointly convened by the UPGro Knowledge Broker Team and ODI’s Water Policy Programme, will showcase current research and practice concerning groundwater and its role in poverty alleviation and development.The meeting will highlight research needs and identify good practices.
  • Vulnerability, inclusion and empowerment: recommendations for the post-2015 framework for DRR

    25 Nov 2014 | 12:00 am
    ​With the successor to the international agreement to reduce disaster risk - the Hyogo Framework for Action (HFA) to be agreed in 2015 we consider what recommendations for a post-2015 framework for disaster risk reduction should look like.
  • Why Europe's problems need global solutions and global problems need European action

    20 Nov 2014 | 12:00 am
    ​Based on a report recently published by the European Think Tanks Group, 'Our Collective Interest: Why Europe's problems need global solutions and global problems need European action', the purpose of the meeting is to explore, review and establish expectations of the new EU leadership team and to debate the priorities for EU development cooperation in 2015 and beyond.
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    ZeroDivide

  • October is Health Literacy Month

    Vanessa Mason
    27 Oct 2014 | 10:57 am
    October is Health Literacy MonthBy Vanessa Mason Monday, 27 October 2014 - 10:57am Health literacy is defined as the ability to obtain, process and understand health information. It consists of skills needed to do everything from selecting the right food to eat to understanding a doctor’s orders and one’s medical bills. Without understanding health information, individuals struggle to make smart decisions about their health and health coverage plans. Low health literacy is a huge and costly health issue, costing between $106 billion to $238 billion each year. Medically vulnerable or…
  • Announcement: New Board Members

    Caitlin Kerton
    17 Oct 2014 | 1:28 pm
    ZeroDivide welcomed two new members to its board of directors on Tuesday.  Julie Vaughan Murchinson and Kelvin Quan are tremendous assets to ZeroDivide and bring valuable health expertise to our organizational leadership.  Julie Vaughan Murchinson is the chief executive officer at Health Evolution Summit, which brings together an extensive network of CEOs and commercial leaders from around the globe and across the health care industry. She brings expertise in industry convenings, early health IT adoption methodologies, special-interest collaborations, privacy, security and consumer rights.
  • Announcement: New Board Members

    Staff
    17 Oct 2014 | 12:58 pm
    ZeroDivide welcomed two new members to its board of directors on Tuesday.  Julie Vaughan Murchinson and Kelvin Quan are tremendous assets to ZeroDivide and bring valuable health expertise to our organizational leadership.  Julie Vaughan Murchinson is the chief executive officer at Health Evolution Summit, which brings together an extensive network of CEOs and commercial leaders from around the globe and across the health care industry. She brings expertise in industry convenings, early health IT adoption methodologies, special-interest collaborations, privacy, security and consumer rights.
  • #Mobile4Impact Twitter Chats

    Frieda McAlear
    30 Sep 2014 | 10:48 am
    #Mobile4Impact Twitter ChatsBy Frieda McAlear Tuesday, 30 September 2014 - 10:48am We’re pleased to present you with a summary of the three Mobile for Impact tweet chats we conducted in September 2014: #apps4impact, #sms4impact and #geo4impact. Although we are no strangers to social media, these were the first tweet chats hosted by ZeroDivide. Watch this space for tweet chat best practices and learnings from our stellar Online Media Intern, Caitlin Kerton (@caitlinkerton). ZeroDivide hosted these engagements as part of a project generously supported by the Vodafone Foundation. Learnings…
  • Mobile Tech, the Unbanked and the American Dream

    Rick Johnson
    26 Sep 2014 | 2:33 pm
    Mobile Tech, the Unbanked and the American DreamBy Rick Johnson Friday, 26 September 2014 - 2:33pm Jose Alverez is a likable 23 year old who’s easy with a laugh and quick with a smile. He moved from Guatemala to California five years ago to work as a day laborer alongside his father. Like many residents in America living close to the poverty line, Jose doesn’t use a traditional bank account. Despite the relative high fees, he relies on cash checking stores to conduct his banking. Jose’s story is not unique. He is just one of 17 million people nationwide who represents the…
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    Dani Rodrik's weblog

  • Services, manufacturing, and new growth strategies

    Dani Rodrik
    15 Oct 2014 | 7:15 am
    I gave a talk yesterday on New Growth Strategies at the World Bank, which was more or less an elaboration of this short piece. I argued that industrialization had pretty much run out of steam as a growth strategy, that services would need to be the focus going forward, and that this required in turn a different policy mindset about how to increase productivity. In particular, I argued that policies focusing on generating a sequence of sectoral “winners,” which worked so  well in manufacturing (garments to car seats to cars to electronics), would have much smaller payoff in services,…
  • Back to sanity on economic convergence

    Dani Rodrik
    11 Sep 2014 | 1:50 pm
    It’s been interesting to watch how the conventional wisdom on rapid convergence – developing countries closing the gap with the advanced economies – has been changing over the last few years. It wasn’t so long ago that the world was in the grips of emerging-markets mania, projecting wildly optimistic growth numbers decades into the future. For the last 4-5 years, I have been writing that the pace of convergence we have experienced over the last two decades is unsustainable. There were temporary factors (cheap capital, low interest rates, high commodity prices, rapid Chinese expansion)…
  • My moonlighting career of the last 4 years

    Dani Rodrik
    25 Jun 2014 | 10:20 am
    At long last, Turkey's consitutional court has reversed the conviction of the more than 200 officers previously found guilty in the bogus Sledgehammer coup plot, leading to the release on June 19th of all those in jail (including my father in law). Even though a retrial is to take place, the ruling is a coda to the last four-and-a-half years during which my wife and I moonlighted as criminal investigator, forensic analyst, and political activist. It has been a truly surreal and bizarre experience, given how so many intelligent people bought into -- and refused let go of -- a coup plot…
  • Joining Global Policy as general editor

    Dani Rodrik
    31 May 2014 | 3:37 pm
    David Held is one of the most thoughtful researchers and commentators on global issues, so I am thrilled and honored to be joining forces with him as joint general editor of Global Policy. The journal publishes a range of exciting academic and policy oriented pieces. Check it out here.
  • Erdogan’s Coup

    Dani Rodrik
    27 May 2014 | 5:57 am
    Daron Acemoglu wrote what seemed like a surprising upbeat piece on Turkish democracy a few days ago. His argument seems to be that democracy required power to be wrested away from the secularists who had erected authoritarian structures, and Erdogan had achieved that. Even though, Erdogan’s recent turn to authoritarianism is “lamentable,” it was, Acemoglu claims, a predictable stage in Turkey’s democratic transition. Once Erdogan is gone, the article implies, democracy would be on a stronger footing than ever. There were in fact many other paths that could have proved less costly. The…
 
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    PHILANTHROPY 2173

  • New questions for nonprofits and philanthropy

    Lucy Bernholz
    29 Oct 2014 | 1:49 pm
    Among other things, the digital age is bringing us new kinds of nonprofits. I've been talking about this for several years, using examples of the Internet Archive, Mozilla, Creative Commons, and Wikimedia Foundation as "anchor institutions" of digital civil society. Each of these organizations is at least a decade old and each one exists to protect and promote some form of digital asset. If there weren't digital data and infrastructure, none of these nonprofits would (need to) exist.There are other examples, newer ones, working on newer versions of shared social challenges in the digital age.
  • Three kinds of code

    Lucy Bernholz
    24 Oct 2014 | 8:22 am
    Imagine it's 1913. John D Rockefeller has gone to the U.S. Congress to charter an innovative new philanthropic enterprise. He's been turned down. He turns instead to the State of New York, which says yes, and the modern philanthropic foundation as an enterprise form is born.(OK, so I left all the juicy bits out of that story but you get the point)2014 and beyond is the same moment for philanthropy. We need to invent the new enterprises that will carry civil society forward in the coming century, an age which will be defined by digital connectivity (data and infrastructure). As Rockefeller…
  • Nonprofits and Cybersecurity

    Lucy Bernholz
    16 Oct 2014 | 8:48 am
    Today's New York Times reveals that the folks who hacked the website of JP Morgan Chase, one of the world's largest banks, also hacked the website and account of the bank's affiliated charity arm - the Chase Corporate Challenge.In July, GoodWill Inc announced that hackers had accessed information on payments processed by the nonprofit employment program. Waaaaay back in 2007 hackers breached the security systems at Convio Inc., gaining access to donor information for more than 90 charitable organizations.Universities have long been, and in 2014 seemed to grow as, a target for cybersecurity…
  • Data, Work, and the Social Sector

    Lucy Bernholz
    14 Oct 2014 | 12:55 pm
    (photo from https://www.linkedin.com/company/3632240?trk=hk_egc_website) Organizations that support nonprofits in the U.S. are quick to point out the contribution these organizations make to the economy. $1 trillion in assets, $2 trillion in revenue, 10% of jobs or GDP - the economic impact of the sector is used as evidence for all kinds of arguments.  The data behind these numbers, and the methods for calculating them, have typically come from government filings of labor statistics, tax records, contracts, and charitable giving and are crunched by research institutes, scholars, and…
  • Ten Innovations in Global Philanthropy

    Lucy Bernholz
    8 Oct 2014 | 11:33 am
    Thrilled to see this new report from New Philanthropy Capital - Ten Innovations in Global Philanthropy.*(photo and report: http://www.thinknpc.org/publications/10-innovations/)One of my partners in the upcoming Blueprint 2015 - betterplace lab - is featured as one of the innovations. Check out their incredible work from the lab around the world - and be sure to get the Blueprint 2015 (Free from Grantcraft) when it goes live in December.Also very proud to see PoweredByData from Ajah.ca on the list. I've been saying all year that Canada is the world leader when it comes to using open data for…
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    Acumen Fund Blog

  • Why India’s Economic Growth Depends on Vocational Training

    Acumen
    30 Oct 2014 | 8:57 am
    India has an enormous population of young people – over half of the 1.2 billion people are younger than 25 years old. Yet, only 2% of its 500 million person workforce has any skills or training. The majority work in the informal sector (90%), where there are few opportunities for education other than what workers ‘pick up’ on the job. This reality limits overall productivity, as well as upward mobility. With over 12 million young people joining the workforce each year, India has made vocational training a top priority; in 2012, the Indian government set a target to train 500 million…
  • Announcing a New Investment: SolarNow

    Acumen
    16 Oct 2014 | 7:00 am
    Acumen is pleased to announce a $1.4 million investment in SolarNow, a company that sells and finances solar home systems in Uganda. We sat down with Shuaib Siddiqui, Acumen’s Portfolio Director to learn more about the deal and why he’s excited about this innovative company. What is SolarNow? SolarNow is a Uganda-based company selling and financing solar home systems. A customer can go into a SolarNow shop and not only get the home system but also get the financing in the same place. Why are you personally excited about the solar energy space? When investing in the energy sector,…
  • Letter from Jacqueline: My Week in Ghana

    Jacqueline Novogratz
    14 Oct 2014 | 6:24 am
    I am writing on a return flight from Ghana. The country has not seen a single case of Ebola, yet the impact of fear is profound. As travelers enter the country, attendants screen for high temperatures. Hand sanitizer dispensers are omnipresent. Hotels and conferences have seen massive cancellations. Everywhere are constant reminders of our fragility and the strength of our connectedness. My heart goes out to all victims, their families and communities. My head presses for better systems and approaches to tackle our toughest problems as a world. The words from our manifesto reverberate, “It…
  • Five TED Talks that Inspire us to Tackle Poverty

    Acumen
    8 Oct 2014 | 4:00 am
    TED Global 2014 is in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil this week, where over 50 speakers will take the stage and explore ideas that shape our world. While there are countless TED talks that inspire us, including those from our fearless leader, below are five TED Talks that have informed how we think about tackling poverty, and continue to inspire us. Sendhil Mullainathan, Behavior Economist “We put billions of dollars into fuel-efficient technologies. How much are we putting into energy behavior change in a credible, systematic, testing way?” Julian Treasure, Sound Consultant “We’re…
  • Six online courses we’re taking this year

    Acumen
    2 Oct 2014 | 5:00 am
    +Acumen’s free online courses are a great way to learn tools that will help you develop both professionally and personally. Whether you are a social entrepreneur who wants to market to your customers or a young professional that wants to strengthen your leadership skills, we are offering six courses this Fall that will help you develop the tools, knowledge, and networks to change the way the world tackles poverty. Truth, Trust, Tribes & Trial: Marketing with Dignity at the Base of the Pyramid Understanding how to market new social innovations to BoP customers can make or break a new…
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    Ideas for development

  • La transition écologique : comment l’initier (enfin) ?

    Idées pour le développement
    30 Oct 2014 | 7:04 am
      Retrouvez ci-dessous la synthèse des échanges qui se sont tenus à l’Agence Française de Développement. Une conférence-débat  animée  par Anne-Cécile Bras, journaliste à RFI, avec : Andrew Steer,... Cet article La transition écologique : comment l’initier (enfin) ? est apparu en premier sur Ideas for development.
  • Permettre à la jeunesse africaine de devenir « l’entrepreneur de son propre destin »

    Franck Tognini
    28 Oct 2014 | 4:28 am
    Dakar, Yaoundé, Abidjan, Addis-Abéba, … la  jeunesse ne parle pas la même langue, n’a pas la même culture mais partage la même envie: entreprendre. Cette... Cet article Permettre à la jeunesse africaine de devenir « l’entrepreneur de son propre destin » est apparu en premier sur Ideas for development.
  • « Mobiliser l’intelligence et le courage de tous ! »

    Isabelle Pypaert Perrin
    23 Oct 2014 | 5:12 am
    Le Mouvement ATD Quart Monde a fait évoluer la lutte contre la pauvreté pour la faire passer d’objet de charité à lutte pour les droits... Cet article « Mobiliser l’intelligence et le courage de tous ! » est apparu en premier sur Ideas for development.
  • Indonésie : remédier aux faiblesses structurelles de l’économie pour développer son potentiel

    Slim Dali
    21 Oct 2014 | 3:41 am
    L’Indonésie, pays de 250 millions d’habitants vient d’élire un nouveau président de la République en juillet 2014 – Joko Widodo – présenté comme un réformateur.... Cet article Indonésie : remédier aux faiblesses structurelles de l’économie pour développer son potentiel est apparu en premier sur Ideas for development.
  • Chaussons les lunettes de la nutrition !

    Christina Lionnet
    16 Oct 2014 | 3:15 am
    Chaque année, le 16 octobre,  Journée mondiale de l’alimentation est l’occasion de rappeler que la sous-nutrition tue annuellement plus de 3 millions d’enfants. En plus... Cet article Chaussons les lunettes de la nutrition ! est apparu en premier sur Ideas for development.
 
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    (BLOG)RED

  • OUT TODAY: New (RED) Revolution Video ft. Music by Catey Shaw

    28 Oct 2014 | 9:25 pm
    Two brackets. One revolution. Today we’re releasing the new (RED) video  – BRACKETS  – to raise awareness of the fight against AIDS. Watch:What makes these (BRACKETS) so powerful? It’s YOU. It’s the (PRODUCTS) our (RED) partners produce. The (MUSIC) our audiences dance to. The (RECIPES) our chefs prepare. The (AUCTIONS) our artists create. And the (EVENTS) people support. Millions of people around the world BUY (RED). DANCE (RED). EAT (RED). SHARE (RED). All to help fight AIDS. Thank you. 650 babies are born every day with HIV. Now we get get that number close to…
  • Turn your Miles (RED) with Bank of America & Nike+ Running App

    14 Oct 2014 | 10:38 am
    Every day the average person takes 5,117 steps. What if those steps — the steps you’re already taking — could fight AIDS? Now, they can.For every mile you run or walk with the Nike+ Running App, Bank of America will donate 40 cents to fight AIDS with (RED), up to $1,000,000.* That can provide 2.5 MILLION days of life-saving HIV medicine.Here’s how you can take part:Pledge to turn your miles (RED) at Nike.com/onestep4REDDownload the FREE Nike+ Running AppSync your miles with Nike+ RunningOnce you pledge to turn your miles (RED), you’ll be walking or running to reach a community…
  • 17 Malala Quotes

    10 Oct 2014 | 3:15 pm
    Today Malala Yousafzai became the youngest person to be recieve the Nobel Peace Prize, at the age of 17. Here are 17 of our favorite Malala quotes.“One child, one teacher, one book, one pen can change the world.” “When the whole world is silent, even one voice becomes powerful.” “I am stronger than fear.”“Extremists have shown what frightens them most: a girl with a book.” “If one man can destroy everything, why can't one girl change it?” "Education is neither Eastern nor Western, it is human.” “If people were silent nothing…
  • 2014 Nobel Prize Winners: Malala Yousafzai and Kailash Satyarthi

    10 Oct 2014 | 12:52 pm
    Today, Malala Yousafzai become the youngest person to win the Nobel Peace Prize. She shares the prize with Kailash Satyarthi. As today’s New York Times says, "Reaching across gulfs of age, gender, faith, nationality and even international celebrity, the Norwegian Nobel Committee awarded the 2014 peace prize on Friday to Malala Yousafzai of Pakistan and Kailash Satyarthi of India. The award joined a teenage Pakistani known around the world with an Indian veteran of campaigns to end child labor and free children from trafficking.”Huge congratulations to both. Here’s one of our…
  • The (MOLESKINE)RED Special Edition #oneREDday Collection

    7 Oct 2014 | 6:17 am
    Creativity. We believe it can be used to drive social impact. Our friends at Moleskine believe the same thing. And today, together, we're launching the (MOLESKINE)RED Special Edition #oneREDday Collection, with proceeds going to help deliver the first AIDS FREE GENERATION in over 30 years. The Collection features a Classic Red Hard Cover Notebook, a Daily Planner, a Pen and a Luggage Tag. 5% of the Suggested Retail Price from every product in the (MOLESKINE)RED Special Edition #oneREDday Collection will go to the Global Fund to fight AIDS. Use your…
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    ONE

  • Women entrepreneurs become catalysts for others

    Guest Blogger
    30 Oct 2014 | 8:48 am
    By Shari Berenbach, President, US African Development Foundation Most people assume that businesses flourish in a competitive environment – where one person’s gain comes at the expense of another’s.   It doesn’t have to be that way. The U.S. African Development Foundation (USADF) has supported a number of women entrepreneurs whose businesses have sparked a virtuous cycle of employment and economic opportunity for women in rural communities.  This is win/win economics in action. Sisters Joy Ndungutse and Janet Nkubana from Kigali, Rwanda came to USADF with a powerful idea.
  • Why you shouldn’t always trust social media for your world news and views

    Guest Blogger
    30 Oct 2014 | 6:38 am
    By Elliott Stein, ONE member, United Kingdom Graphic: weknowmemes.com Times have changed dramatically. We no longer sit in front of the television every evening and watch the news religiously. We don’t wait for each morning to arrive to eat breakfast while reading the newspaper. Nowadays, the combination of mobile devices and increasingly busy lives mean we digest our news on the go. People turn to Facebook, Instagram and Twitter for news as it happens: you could go as far as to call it a “news revolution.” The question is, how reliable is this new source? This instant access…
  • Photo Essay: The Price of Cement

    Jordan Elton
    30 Oct 2014 | 6:00 am
    In Mozambique, earning money to survive can come with a cost. Men and children collect cement that has spilled off of trucks to make money by reselling it at street markets. As they do this, they are increasing their chances of developing an incurable lung disease, called silicosis – all to earn less than a dollar a day. Award-winning photographer Mário Macilau shows this tragic reality of Mozambicans working in the illegal cement bagging operations through his series, “The Price of Cement.” Born and raised in Mozambique, Mr. Macilau is committed to creating positive…
  • Members take action for vaccines & call The White House!

    Jordan Elton
    29 Oct 2014 | 7:57 am
    ONE members all across the country have taken action this week by calling The White House to ask President Obama to increase funding for Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance! We love it when members take action with us. Check out these awesome members making their calls!   It’s not too late for you to make your call! Dial The White House at 1-888-213-2881 for instructions and to be forwarded to the comment line. We are making calls through Friday, October 31st, so place yours today!  
  • Dr. Namala Mkopi: ‘I’m tired of seeing children die of things that can be prevented’

    Anupama Dathan
    29 Oct 2014 | 7:26 am
    Meet Dr. Namala Mkopi. He’s a Tanzanian pediatrician and an advocate for an organization ONE is working hard to support: Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance. Dr. Namala Mkopi. Photo credit: RESULTS Grassroots He has years of experience in pediatric medicine, research, and community-based child health issues in Tanzania, where he’s also seen first-hand the amazing effects of vaccines. Recently, he was on a tour of the United States to speak in support of Gavi and I had a chance to sit down with him while he was here in DC. During our conversation, we talked about some of the challenges of bringing…
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    The Change Blog

  • The Gift of Struggle

    Dave Arnold
    16 Oct 2014 | 4:15 am
    “Hardships often prepare ordinary people for an extraordinary destiny.” – C.S. Lewis When I was in second grade I struggled to keep up with the other kids in school. My teacher tried to help me but had too much on her plate. So she called my mom and told her I was “slow” and that she didn’t have the time to devote to me in class. She went on to tell my mom she thought I might be mentally challenged. Of course my mom protested and told her I was smart and capable just like the other kids. But the truth was, things at home were not good. My parents fought a lot and my dad was…
  • 12 Things I Learned from Wandering the World

    Carolynne Melnyk
    2 Sep 2014 | 5:53 am
    For over 25 years I wandered the world.  Along the way, I had many adventures and learned about myself, people and the world. These are some of the things I learned: 1. I learned that people all over the world want the same basic things: enough to eat, clear water, decent shelter, good health, education and opportunities for their children, an honest way to earn some money and respect. 2. I learned that some of the poorest people on this planet are also some of the most generous. They share what they have, even if it is only a glass of water.  When someone offers you something from the…
  • How I Opened My Heart to Change and What Showed Up When I Did

    Vanessa Soto
    31 Aug 2014 | 7:15 am
    “Happiness is not something ready made. It comes from your own actions.” – Dalai Lama I arrived 15 minutes late for the Saturday morning conference call, right as Kate said she was about done with announcements and we would be doing check ins next. Kate being the instructor in my life coach-training program, the conference call being one of the training calls the 15 of us in the program dialed in to from all over the world. As Kate went on to say that this week our check in would be “If you really knew me…” —I kinda started to panic. What that meant was that…
  • 4 Reasons to Stop Comparing Yourself to Others

    Deborah Fike
    28 Aug 2014 | 6:47 am
    A friend of mine, Karen*, is one of those people who seems to have it all.  She graduated at the top of her MBA class.  She holds a high level job at a prestigious Fortune 500 company.  She maintains a rigorous exercise regimen, a reminder of her collegiate rowing days.  She’s happily married and had a child about a year ago.  There’s not much in life that Karen doesn’t do well. Except, she doesn’t feel that she’s doing well.  It’s not that Karen does not enjoy her life.  Quite the opposite: she loves all the elements of her life.  She struggles with work-life balance,…
  • My Road to Detoxification

    Virag Padalkar
    27 Aug 2014 | 5:40 am
    A while ago an ex-colleague of mine posted on a social networking website a very sensitive piece of information that usually people prefer to keep private. This was a sad event in his life (a divorce) and all said and done; took courage to put it out there for everyone to see. It kind of felt like a soul-baring act to me and one that must have taken immense guts. That got me thinking. The past few years of my life have been tumultuous to say the least. I have no doubt that there is much more to go, but given that I have finished almost half of my life; I sure hope the worst is over. I’ve…
 
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    SocialEarth

  • Social Media: A Window into a Post Traumatic World

    3BL Media
    30 Oct 2014 | 6:55 am
    Every day, 22 military veterans commit suicide, according to the Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America.  Between 2005 and 2011 the veteran suicide rate rose 2.6 percent a year, over [...] The post Social Media: A Window into a Post Traumatic World appeared first on SocialEarth.
  • More of Today’s Social Change Agents Focus on the Future Than the Present

    3BL Media
    28 Oct 2014 | 8:45 am
    Even in a world of instant gratification, adults across the globe are working toward long-term positive social change. According to Walden University’s 2014 Social Change Impact Report, more people believe [...] The post More of Today’s Social Change Agents Focus on the Future Than the Present appeared first on SocialEarth.
  • #GivingTuesday: A Day to Flex Your Corporate Philanthropy Muscle

    Ryan Scott
    28 Oct 2014 | 8:39 am
    Can you hear it?  The holiday drumbeat has begun.  It’s a long march up the hill towards Halloween, straight to Thanksgiving, ‘round the curve past Black Friday, down the path [...] The post #GivingTuesday: A Day to Flex Your Corporate Philanthropy Muscle appeared first on SocialEarth.
  • 7 In Depth iTunesU Courses to Inspire Social Entrepreneurs

    Grant Trahant
    28 Oct 2014 | 8:36 am
    Digital education is moving very fast. We now have tons of options to choose from. One great option is iTunesU. It has free courses and classes from some of the [...] The post 7 In Depth iTunesU Courses to Inspire Social Entrepreneurs appeared first on SocialEarth.
  • Greenbuild 2014 Showcases Efforts of Google and Brad Pitt’s Make It Right

    Vikas Vij
    27 Oct 2014 | 7:57 am
    Green building is more than just a development trend. It involves a range of environmental aspects such as emissions reduction, water conservation, storm water management, temperature moderation, and waste reduction. [...] The post Greenbuild 2014 Showcases Efforts of Google and Brad Pitt’s Make It Right appeared first on SocialEarth.
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    Social Velocity

  • A Monster List of Social Change Books

    Nell Edgington
    30 Oct 2014 | 6:21 am
    It’s Halloween again and that means it’s time for my annual Monster List of Resources (you can see past lists here, here, and here). Today I’m focusing on social change books. I know, books are so over. We have become a society that is about fewer and fewer words, or really, fewer and fewer characters. But there is something to be said for spending 200+ pages really diving into a topic, exploring it and letting it change your point of view. Below are my favorite books in the social change realm. I have reviewed some of these books on the blog, some I have not. Some are…
  • 9 Ways to Get Your Board Fundraising [Slideshare]

    Nell Edgington
    28 Oct 2014 | 6:26 am
    It is such a common complaint. Nonprofit boards are notorious for shirking their fundraising duties. But the good news is that there is a solution, and it doesn’t involve pleading or bribery. As part of the growing Social Velocity Slideshare library, today I offer the 9 Ways to Get Your Board Fundraising Slideshare. If you want your board to share the responsibility for creating a sustainable nonprofit, you must get strategic. And you must stop apologizing. This Slideshare helps you begin to understand the steps for transforming your board into a financial workhorse. And if you want…
  • How to Create Capacity Builders on Your Board

    Nell Edgington
    23 Oct 2014 | 6:39 am
    Something really interesting happened the other day to an executive director I know. A couple of board members approached her to ask what she needed to continue to move forward. They wanted her to be blunt about the obstacles in her way. She was equally honest, telling them she could really benefit from leadership coaching on how to manage a staff, grow an organization, continue to develop the board, build financial sustainability. The board didn’t bat an eye. They told her to figure out how much it would cost so they could foot the bill. How amazing is that? A group of board…
  • Social Enterprise is Not the Answer to Fundraising Woes

    Nell Edgington
    21 Oct 2014 | 6:09 am
    There is an article in Forbes this month that bothered me. Carrie Rich, co-founder and CEO of The Global Good Fund, argues that more nonprofits should move from a “donor-driven organization” to a “revenue-producing social enterprise.” Instead of “relying on donor funding” more organizations should “create revenue-producing services.” In essence she is encouraging more nonprofits to figure out how to sell their services. The problem with her argument, though, is that it encourages nonprofits to think one-dimensionally about funding…
  • What Social Change Requires

    Nell Edgington
    16 Oct 2014 | 6:45 am
    It is obvious to most in this country that our political system is quite broken. A gridlocked Congress, a shilling mainstream media, a checked-out electorate, and the list goes on. But last week I saw some hope. I participated in a really interesting gathering in Baltimore hosted by the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation. As part of their Madison Initiative (a $50 million project to “support and improve the health of representative democracy in the United States”) Hewlett brought together 90 nonprofit and government leaders, consultants, journalists, heads of think tanks, and…
 
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    Social Entrepreneurship Series - MatthewAlberto.com

  • Are Websites Still Relevant in the Mobile Age?

    Matthew Alberto
    14 Oct 2014 | 6:16 pm
    Is setting up a website really that important anymore, or should you go straight into building a mobile app? The world is changing fast, and one of the biggest trends that I’m seeing right now is that there are more mobile users and more people on their handheld device, using apps. If you’re an entrepreneur or business person, you’re probably wondering whether it’s worth your investment of time and money to create a website design columbus and develop a website. Will it become obsolete, and are you better off investing in building an app? In my opinion, the traditional…
  • Do What You Love vs Making Money – The Entrepreneur’s Dilemma

    Matthew Alberto
    18 Feb 2014 | 8:00 am
    Hey, everyone. It’s Matt Alberto here. I got a really interesting topic to talk about today. Just recently, I had a chat to one of my mentors, Paul, who really helps me out in a lot of my own business and my life really. He’s talking about the economy, the dilemma of doing what you love versus making money. I guess a lot of entrepreneurs will have to face this as they’re starting a new business. When you start a new business, you have to come up with different ideas and eventually you’ll have to speak with one idea especially if you want to make it grow and be…
  • 5 Free Interactive Websites to Help You Learn to Code

    Matthew Alberto
    11 Feb 2014 | 8:00 am
    Hey everyone, it’s Matthew Alberto here, and today we’re going to be talking about free interactive websites that will help you to learn to code online. What’s the background of this and how will this help you? Well, I’ve noticed that a lot of entrepreneurship programs accelerators, incubator; they really focus on making sure that you have a technical cofounder. A lot of angel investors and venture capitalists also want to see if you’re writing up a more technical, or computer or website-oriented style that you do have at least one cofounder who has a technical background. Learn to…
  • More Entrepreneurs Want to Be Social Entrepreneurs – From Titans to Innovators & now Saviors

    Matthew Alberto
    3 Feb 2014 | 8:50 pm
    Hey everybody, it’s Matt Alberto here and today’s going to be a short one … I just wanted to talk about the entrepreneurial trend towards social entrepreneurship. I’m seeing more and more how mainstream entrepreneurs are talking about social entrepreneurship and getting into the idea; more specifically, the idea that entrepreneurship is moving from Titans to Innovators and now to the idea of Saviors. What does this all mean and where’d they get this kind of idea from? I was listening to This Week in Startups; it’s a video podcast, a really cool one that I often listen to.
  • Brilliant Earth Review: 3 Reasons Why I Bought My Fiancee’s Engagement Ring at Brilliant Earth Ethical Jewelry

    Matthew Alberto
    20 Jan 2014 | 8:17 am
    Hey everybody. Matt Alberto here with today’s post. What we’ll be talking today about is three reasons why I bought my fiancé’s engagement ring at Brilliant Earth. As you know my last post, I talked about at just getting engaged. One of the unique things about the engagement was that I got the engagement ring which was an ethical engagement ring from brillinatearth.com. They’re an online retailer that sells conflict-free engagement rings and other conflict-free jewelry. It’s really fitting for this website which talks about social entrepreneurship and businesses that do good.
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    Care2 Causes » Trailblazers For Good

  • 4 Heroic Teachers Who Went to Great Lengths to Protect Their Students

    Judy Molland
    30 Oct 2014 | 4:00 am
    “Rotten Apples: It’s nearly impossible to fire a bad teacher,”� reads the cover of Time magazine for the week of November 3. As a high school teacher, I am frankly sick and tired of the attempt to degrade teachers and place all of society’s ills at our feet. There are myriad, complex issues in play [...]
  • You’ll Be Surprised Which Contagious Thing is Spreading Now

    Kevin Mathews
    26 Oct 2014 | 7:00 am
    There’s something quite contagious spreading throughout the United States. Fortunately, there’s no cause for alarm; this semi-viral trend is something worth getting excited about, in fact. It’s solar power! As it turns out, when one person puts up solar panels, there’s a 44% chance that a neighbor will put up panels on his or her [...]
  • When Music Turns to Action: These Artist Activists Are Fighting Hunger and Poverty

    Bill Ayres
    25 Oct 2014 | 9:00 am
    I remember as a young man marching in numerous civil rights and anti-war marches. The music was enlivening, inspiring and kept us focused on the cause, not any danger that might arise. When I went on the March on Washington in the summer of 1963 numerous artists such as Peter, Paul and Mary, Joan Baez, Odetta, and Bob Dylan touched our spirits and moved our hearts. Eventually, we moved the president and Congress, and the law of the land actually changed. Since then I have interviewed more than a hundred artists on my radio shows and worked with dozens more in the battle against hunger,…
  • 10-Year-Old Entrepreneur Has Big Plans to Change the World

    Ximena Ramirez
    25 Oct 2014 | 8:30 am
    Do you remember what you were doing when you were 10 years old? If you are like most kids, you had probably learned to ride a bike, graduated from picture books to chapter books, and maybe even mastered the art of cursive. Well, Vivienne Harr is not your average 10-year-old. Not by a long shot. [...]
  • Without Housing Help, This Care2 Mom and Her Autistic Son Could End Up Homeless

    Ximena Ramirez
    18 Oct 2014 | 5:30 pm
    After being evicted from her apartment in New York City, Anne Diaz struggled to find affordable housing that would meet the special needs of her son Christopher, who suffers from epilepsy and profound autism. After endlessly searching for a solution, she discovered that while options are available for single adults with disabilities, there are no [...]
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    Social Finance

  • RBC Impact Entrepreneurs 2014: QoC Health

    Chancellor Crawford and Raymond Shih
    30 Oct 2014 | 9:28 am
    With a week to go until the Social Finance Forum, we at SocialFinance.ca are excited to share with you the first-hand stories of our 2014 RBC Impact Entrepreneurs. This impressive group of social enterprise leaders has been selected by the MaRS Centre for the Impact Investing and generously supported by RBC to attend Canada’s premiere impact investing event based on their innovative and ground-breaking work. The aim, as always, is to shine a light on leaders in the field by hearing their (awesome) stories. Dig in! And see you at the Forum! QoC Health has a simple mission: to…
  • RBC Impact Entrepreneurs 2014: Responsible Residential Investment

    Brenda Plant
    30 Oct 2014 | 9:04 am
    With a week to go until the Social Finance Forum, we at SocialFinance.ca are excited to share with you the first-hand stories of our 2014 RBC Impact Entrepreneurs. This impressive group of social enterprise leaders has been selected by the MaRS Centre for the Impact Investing and generously supported by RBC to attend Canada’s premiere impact investing event based on their innovative and ground-breaking work. The aim, as always, is to shine a light on leaders in the field by hearing their (awesome) stories. Dig in! And see you at the Forum! Housing our essential workforce is a…
  • RBC Impact Entrepreneurs 2014: Raise Your Flag

    Ryan Porter
    30 Oct 2014 | 8:50 am
    With a week to go until the Social Finance Forum, we at SocialFinance.ca are excited to share with you the first-hand stories of our 2014 RBC Impact Entrepreneurs. This impressive group of social enterprise leaders has been selected by the MaRS Centre for the Impact Investing and generously supported by RBC to attend Canada’s premiere impact investing event based on their innovative and ground-breaking work. The aim, as always, is to shine a light on leaders in the field by hearing their (awesome) stories. Dig in! And see you at the Forum!   At 21 years old, I redefined the…
  • RBC Impact Entrepreneurs 2014: Localize

    Meghan Dear
    29 Oct 2014 | 1:48 pm
    With a week to go until the Social Finance Forum, we at SocialFinance.ca are excited to share with you the first-hand stories of our 2014 RBC Impact Entrepreneurs. This impressive group of social enterprise leaders has been selected by the MaRS Centre for the Impact Investing and generously supported by RBC to attend Canada’s premiere impact investing event based on their innovative and ground-breaking work. The aim, as always, is to shine a light on leaders in the field by hearing their (awesome) stories. Dig in! And see you at the Forum!  I started Localize nearly three and a…
  • RBC Impact Entrepreneurs 2014: Proteocyte Diagnostics Inc.

    Mario Thomas, PhD, C.Dir.
    29 Oct 2014 | 1:31 pm
    With a week to go until the Social Finance Forum, we at SocialFinance.ca are excited to share with you the first-hand stories of our 2014 RBC Impact Entrepreneurs. This impressive group of social enterprise leaders has been selected by the MaRS Centre for the Impact Investing and generously supported by RBC to attend Canada’s premiere impact investing event based on their innovative and ground-breaking work. The aim, as always, is to shine a light on leaders in the field by hearing their (awesome) stories. Dig in! And see you at the Forum!  For the last 34 years, I have made it a…
 
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    Return On Now

  • Which Google AdWords Conversion Rate Should You Be Tracking?

    Tommy Landry
    29 Oct 2014 | 2:15 pm
    The following post is copyrighted by Return On Now - Austin Internet Marketing Consulting ServicesAfter working with Google AdWords for over a decade, I’ve seen many changes rolled out to their user interface. It seems they make an update nearly every week. Earlier this year, they made a nomenclature change to how data is reported on an account’s AdWords conversion rate. In the old reporting UI, they had the following: Conversions (1-per Click) Conversions (Many-per Click) These were pretty simple concepts. 1-per Click Conversions were when someone clicked a PPC ad and…
  • Return On News: Penguins, Pandas, and Pirates, Oh My!

    Tommy Landry
    20 Oct 2014 | 2:50 pm
    The following post is copyrighted by Return On Now - Austin Internet Marketing Consulting ServicesIt has been quite a while since we’ve published a curated list of posts in our Return On News series. Since it has been a hot week or two for news items, I thought I’d pull one together today to help catch you up on all the latest developments. If you haven’t seen Return On News before, it is a simple concept. Essentially, I and @ReturnOnNow are continuously on the lookout for great content to share. Based on what we post to Twitter and other social networks, and the engagement…
  • When Blog Titles Go Bad: 9 Ways To Botch It

    Tommy Landry
    16 Oct 2014 | 2:24 pm
    The following post is copyrighted by Return On Now - Austin Internet Marketing Consulting ServicesI absolutely love crafting and sharing blog posts. The power of the written word to inspire and engage is simply unmatched by nearly anything (aside from my other passion, musical performance). To get it right, you need to pick good blog titles that will drive clicks and views. As alluded to in a previous post, I spend a great deal of time with content curation. That requires a ton of reading and filtering, because it matters to me that I am adding value whenever possible. During the content…
  • How to Craft an Engaging List-Based Blog Post

    Tommy Landry
    9 Oct 2014 | 9:18 am
    The following post is copyrighted by Return On Now - Austin Internet Marketing Consulting ServicesThere is a wide range of approaches to authoring blog post content. One of the most popular formats is the list post. Not only does a list post offer a ready made structure to start brainstorming list items, but it is also highly likely to earn social shares. In fact, according to recently published analysis, list posts are second only to infographics in average number of social shares, higher than all other content types. But don’t just create a list post without some rationale behind…
  • Writer’s Block? 7 Ways To Get Past It.

    Tommy Landry
    2 Oct 2014 | 10:54 am
    The following post is copyrighted by Return On Now - Austin Internet Marketing Consulting ServicesIt never fails – if you are a blogger, you will inevitably find yourself with writer’s block at some point. And it always happens when you want to hammer something out quickly. Maybe you find yourself short on time, overwhelmed with work, or simply unmotivated. Whatever the reason, the show must go on! You have to figure out a way around writer’s block. After all, it’s a well known fact that businesses who blog are more successful than those that do not. I have been…
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    Hub LA

  • ‘Give Half’ Twice: Matthew Manos Returns with More Pro Bono Practices

    Hub LA
    22 Oct 2014 | 1:43 pm
    It’s pro bono week right now, and if anyone knows a thing or two about doing work for free, it’s Matthew Manos, Founder and Managing Partner of verynice. Verynice is a design, branding, and innovation consultancy that, through its unique business model, dedicates 50% of its efforts pro bono to nonprofits. In the past year, verynice has expanded to three offices across the country, including one at Hub LA, one in New York, and one in Austin, TX. The company is on track to donate $10 million in pro bono efforts. In late 2013, Matt published a book about his business model called How…
  • How Viral Marketing Launched a Successful Startup: REP Interactive

    Hub LA
    22 Oct 2014 | 10:00 am
    Repost from Hub LA Member CreatorUp’s Blog. See the original post here. Mike Tringe, Founder of CreatorUp, wrote this blog post after a JuiceUp morning on October 10. JuiceUps are our twice-monthly (every second and fourth Friday) power breakfast and networking event featuring successful entrepreneurs providing insight to their best practices, experiences, and social missions. CreatorUp co-hosts JuiceUps with Hub LA. On October 10, Mike Tringe moderated a Q&A and interview with Steve Gatena, founder of marketing agency REP Interactive. You’ve heard of using videos to grow a…
  • 5 Ways to Craft a Powerful Story for Your Business

    Hub LA
    21 Oct 2014 | 1:27 pm
    Guest post by Hub LA Member Michael Kass As founders and entrepreneurs and generally smart people, you spend countless hours on business plans and market data. But the reality is that investors and supporters won’t care about your data unless you make them care. Unless you get them excited about what you can do for the community and for them. Unless you can connect them to the passion you have for whatever you’re setting out to accomplish, whether it’s solving world hunger or introducing a new dating app. You have to connect before you convince. And story is the most powerful tool you…
  • Meet the Wonderful Humans Behind Humanize Health: Christine Carrillo and Helen Lee

    Hub LA
    25 Sep 2014 | 2:48 pm
    Meet Christine Carrillo and Helen Lee. Though they’re relatively new Hub LA members, they jumped into the Hub LA community from the get go. Their consulting firm, Humanize Health, works with healthcare providers to optimize their systems to achieve the best results for their companies and for patients. Now, Christine and Helen are in the midst of developing a new platform from the other side: humanizing the healthcare system for patients as they navigate insurance options. Christine Carrillo and Helen Lee of Humanize Health. You run a consulting firm, Humanize Health, which aims to…
  • NEW Office Hours: Growth Strategies for Product Makers

    Helen Grossman
    19 Sep 2014 | 12:05 pm
    One of the early jokes of Orange is the New Black is that main character Piper Chapman (played by Taylor Schilling), before going to prison, was just your average WASPy New Yorker, starting an upscale lotion line with her best friend and business partner that they hope to sell at Barney’s. Though she goes to prison before seeing her lotions hit the shelves, she uses her ingenuity to craft soap for Red when she is being “starved” out of her meals. The point is: product makers are crafty people with a ton of creativity and the business acumen to recognize the unique value and…
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    Livity Africa

  • VIP Debate Club kicks off in Johannesburg

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

    admin
    20 Oct 2014 | 2:02 am
    Our great new digital bootcamp, Digify, was recently featured on ENCA’s Tech Report. Watch it now…. Digify is brought to you by Livity Africa in association with Google and IAB SA. It’s an innovative training journey aiming to create the next generation of job-ready digital upstarts. It gives 18-25 year olds a no cost opportunity to undertake a three month digital skills training programme. As well as gaining broad and wide-ranging practical skills with digital campaigns, social media and content creation, we are taking the trainees through key Google modules including Search,…
  • Digital Edge 2014

    admin
    20 Oct 2014 | 1:53 am
    Last month our founder Gavin Weale joined an illustrious group of speakers at South Africa’s biggest digital marketing conference, Digital Edge 2014. Check out the insight at #digitaledge2014 around the theme “Go Do Good”. This is what @gavinweale had to say… “Doing good should not be celebrated. It is the way we all should be doing business.”
  • 67 minutes writing stories to improve South African literacy

    admin
    18 Jul 2014 | 2:01 am
    Today our Digify and Live SA teams will be spending 67 minutes on Mandela Day writing stories for writing app bookly which aims to improve literacy in South Africa. According to the 2012 General Household Survey (GHS) conducted by Statistics South Africa over 7% of South Africans are illiterate. Nelson Mandela International Day was launched in recognition of Nelson Mandela’s birthday on 18 July, 2009 via unanimous decision of the UN General Assembly. It was inspired by a call Nelson Mandela made a year earlier, for the next generation to take on the burden of leadership in addressing the…
  • Google supporting non-profits in South Africa

    admin
    16 Jul 2014 | 5:19 am
    Words by Anuschka Richards Have you ever searched for something on Google and been presented with adverts at the top, bottom and right hand side of your page? Or noticed a huge flashing banner advertising the latest 40% off sale at Zando while you’re innocently browsing through your favourite website? That’s all thanks to Google AdWords. Now we know traditional advertising is usually associated with trying to push sales or product, but Google has been quite creative in learning how to leverage their online advertising service to raise awareness for non-profit organisations and help them…
 
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    Changemakers Ideas ExChange

  • Design for Change: Children Feel, Imagine, Do, and Share

    John Converse Townsend
    30 Oct 2014 | 8:14 am
    At age three, 98 percent of children are creative geniuses. By age 25, just 2 percent of people still possess their powerful childhood ingenuity. What happened? By the time they’re eight or nine, young students are rule-bound, self-conscious, and view tough tasks as threats to be avoided, rather than challenges to be mastered (or as opportunities to learn new skills). In other words, creative behavior is unlearned. read more
  • Climate-Friendly Communities, Made Possible Through Empathy

    John Converse Townsend
    27 Oct 2014 | 7:47 am
    Ebola and ISIS are making the headlines, but climate change is still and will continue to be one of the biggest threats to Americans (and people around the read more
  • Winners Announced for Building Vibrant Communities: Activating Empathy to Create Change competition

    kristiewang
    22 Oct 2014 | 8:15 pm
    The David and Lucile Packard Foundation and Ashoka Changemakers have announced the six winners of Building Vibrant Communities: Activating Empathy to Create Change! The challenge sought local initiatives that tap the power of empathy to strengthen communities and equip young people to become leaders of change. read more
  • How Canadian Coaches Are Shaping our Lifelong Love of Sport

    ngillespie@coach.ca
    22 Oct 2014 | 6:40 pm
    What do you expect from your coach? Participating in your first sport experience as a child can be overwhelming. Kids are filled with nervous excitement, fear of the unknown, anticipation about all of the new friends to meet. They have an endless list of unanswered questions. Turning up to your first sport experience as a parent can be just as daunting. Studies have shown that parents have three main hopes when their kids join sports: ·       to build self-esteem; ·       to have fun; read more
  • RLabs, Reminding Young People: Remember, Create Value First, You Can Earn Some Money Through That

    Future Forward Team
    21 Oct 2014 | 12:50 pm
    One of RLabs most successful innovations are two Youth Cafes that look like “a hybrid of an Apple store and a Starbucks, with a little bit of ‘Googlifying’ of our space,” said RLabs founder Marlon Parker. "We have writing on the walls, artificial turf in the middle of our space, some shapes—some crazy, outrageous stuff." This appearance is no accident, he notes. read more
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    Charles Lee

  • People Trump Strategy in Idea-Making

    Charles
    20 Oct 2014 | 8:58 am
    Strategy is a foundational element for any successful idea-making process. It sets the course for idea implementation and aligns the participants towards a common goal. It’s no wonder that so many leaders spend countless hours developing it, refining it, and articulating it. Strategy matters. A Strategy-Driven Blind Spot Whenever strategy is crowned as king of an organization, there’s a propensity within leadership to quickly lose sight of the people that ultimate determine the success or failure of any project. Yes, people trump strategy. Over the past 25 years of working with…
  • 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…
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    In Search of Sanuk - Charity & Volunteering in Bangkok

  • Embrace Your Delusions

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

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

    Dwight Turner
    14 Mar 2014 | 3:55 am
    When we began to put out funding appeals last year for our pre-school project there wasn’t much of an immediate response. By then the project had been running for almost 8 months and had facilitated 30-40 volunteers, but we still wondered what the fate of the project would be coming into 2014. Fortunately, we didn’t stop at sharing the project online and applying for all sorts of funding. We were able to piece together a grant proposal to the Australian Embassy’s Direct Aid Program, but again I had my doubts, not wanting to get my hopes up for the application sent in 5…
  • The Human Earth Project: The Message of a Missing Hmong Girl from Vietnam

    Dwight Turner
    9 Feb 2014 | 11:36 pm
    Note from Dwight: Our last update was a big one with our annual report and documentary. This week we wanted to let you know about another worthwhile project. Please read the following guest post about Ben, a friend who has been personally impacted by human trafficking. “M” his missing friend isn’t very different from the children In Search of Sanuk works with, in fact she’s the same ethnic group and area many of our children are from. Have a read and consider sharing and supporting his film.  Will you help make a difference? Sometimes when we’re made aware of an…
  • Read Our Annual Report and Watch a Video on the Impact We’re Making in Bangkok

    Dwight Turner
    29 Jan 2014 | 12:19 am
    Last week I wrote how friends assembled by a project called Impact 48, helped us to create a beautiful financial report (Read Small Steps for Big Change for a small recap of the Impact 48 gathering). This week I want to share the report with you. The report is available on our donate page. Go there and just click the link and it should pop up in pdf form. The report breaks down the project into three causes: Survivors (providing the basic needs of families), Esteem (opportunities for women and young girls), and Thrive (education). For each there’s an abbreviated description with some…
 
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    The Pinchot Perspective

  • Intrapreneuring Today

    Gifford Pinchot
    29 Oct 2014 | 2:33 pm
    I am speaking at the 2014 Intrapreneurship Conference. They interviewed me on what is going on in intrapreneuring today. Below is the interview, which is borrowed from their website (see link above):  If you read any random article on intrapreneurship, chances are the author points to Gifford Pinchot III as the one coining the term in 1985 as well as being the creator of the “the Intrapreneur’s 10 Commandments“ that have circulated widely since their creation. Some even call him the father of intrapreneurship. Why is intrapreneurship a must-do for companies? In a rapidly changing…
  • Intrapreneuring Today

    Gifford Pinchot
    29 Oct 2014 | 2:33 pm
    I am speaking at the 2014 Intrapreneurship Conference. They interviewed me on what is going on in intrapreneuring today. Below is the interview, which is borrowed from their website (see link above):  If you read any random article on intrapreneurship, chances are the author points to Gifford Pinchot III as the one coining the term in 1985 as well as being the creator of the “the Intrapreneur’s 10 Commandments“ that have circulated widely since their creation. Some even call him the father of intrapreneurship. Why is intrapreneurship a must-do for companies? In a rapidly changing…
  • "Five Secrets to Engaging Aspirational Customers"

    Gifford Pinchot
    16 May 2014 | 6:39 pm
    Check outMitch Baranowski and Raphael Bemporad's article, Five Secrets to Engaging Aspirational Customers, in Fast Company’s Coexist.  Aspirationals are 39% of all people, and, while not deep greens, they care about sustainability. They are a curious mixture of “materialism, sustainability and cultural influence.” They seek to consume less, but love to shop. According to the authors, they are the most critical audience if your want sustainability to go to scale. Baranowski and Bemporad offer five ways to reach aspirationals: “Manifesto: Give them something to believe in.”…
  • Is Science to Blame for Climate Denial?

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

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

  • Growth pangs of a not-for-profit

    smita
    15 Oct 2014 | 11:09 pm
    There are 1 million non-profits in India – all working to tackle a specific problem. I am sure all of us, at one point or other, have wondered why  most of the problems that the non-profits are working to solve have remained unsolved. Having had the opportunity to start one ourselves, we believe we may have just discovered one of the main reasons for the growth pangs that a non-profit faces. Popular belief remains that most non-profits are not what they seem to be and have severe challenges with regard to accountability and transparency. However, for every 1 such non-profit, there are…
  • The doors of perception

    admin
    11 Oct 2014 | 4:29 am
    This is a post by Rang De’s team member, Hitesh Bhatt about his recent trip to Parvati Swayamrojgar If the doors of perception are cleansed every thing would appear to man as it is, infinite.- William Blake On 6th of October, on the occasion of Baqr’Eid, the second of two religious holidays celebrated by Muslims worldwide each year, I got another opportunity to meet our Rang De borrowers and join them in celebration. Pune, a city which celebrates every festival with a zeal that I have not experienced elsewhere in the country, was the place I went to meet our impact partner (PSW-…
  • Chanda and her shooting stars

    admin
    29 Sep 2014 | 5:53 am
    This is a blogpost by Chanda Jain, a TFI Fellow in Delhi, who is doing something truly remarkable with her “small wonders” in the classroom. Here she introduces you to the shooting stars, as they like to call themselves, and her campaign. We are truly humbled that Chanda chose us to be a part of this beautiful initiative. Support Chanda’s campaign and cheer for her little shooting stars. Good values are good actions and good words. ‘Can you give me an example of a good value?’ ‘Didi if my friend does not have a pencil, I will give her my pencil. I am being helpful.
  • The Madness Continues: 2 months on

    admin
    18 Sep 2014 | 8:32 am
    This is a post by our guest blogger Siddharth Agarwal, of the Madness Project fame. Here he reflects back on his life altering journey and why the end is sometimes just the beginning. A little over two months now, since the completion of the Madness Project and the customary completion story still hasn’t been typed out. This has to do less with willingness and more with what I’m going to write down in this article, i hope you get the message that i’m trying to convey. I had received an e-mail from Tanvi a week after the completion of the Madness project regarding creation of a photo…
  • 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…
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    Justmeans Articles and Editorial

  • Is Anyone Better Off? A Global Movement to Track Community Impact

    Julie Fahnestock
    29 Oct 2014 | 11:18 am
    (3BL and Just Means)- Two weeks ago, community leaders from around the world came together in Johannesburg, South Africa to share tools and experiences with NGOs committed to deepening a culture of organizational accountability in Africa.  The summit called, RBA Africa Summit 2014, focused on Results Based Accountability (RBA), a tool designed to measure the impact of organizational activities and goals. In his book “Trying Hard is Not Good Enough,” Mark Friedman details RBA as a framework for establishing “population level” outcomes– or big picture social goals– for policy…
  • Innovative Tech is Transforming Agriculture

    Julie Fahnestock
    21 Oct 2014 | 5:45 am
    (3BL Media and Just Means)- Farming and technology. Not words the average consumer associates with one another. But for Soli Ltd, an Israel-based, farm-tech and food export company that specializes in the breeding and cultivating of hybrid vegetable seeds, and Tian Leh Eco-Farm, a farm in China that focuses on producing high quality produce, farming and technology work hand-in-hand. “Farm tech encompasses all parts of agriculture,” Issac Liebreich, Founder of Soli and expert ergonomist, told me. “For example, we use a computer system to control irrigation, climate, fog, lighting and…
  • Quit, Get Lost and Support the New Economy: Redefining Entrepreneurship

    Julie Fahnestock
    17 Oct 2014 | 11:55 am
    (3BL Media and Just Means) - It’s a new economy: slow living, locavores, new entrepreneurs, and community-based practitioners. The idea of what it means to be an entrepreneur and to start and grow a business is changing. According to Claire Wheeler, Vermont-based, MBA in Sustainability Alum from Marlboro Graduate College and Founder of Rework, a consultancy which supports local business owners to do the work they love, says that what our economy needs most is a bunch of quitters; entrepreneurs willing to pursue the change they want to make in the world, even if it means walking away from a…
  • Bringing Women into Africa’s Growth Story

    Julie Fahnestock
    10 Oct 2014 | 9:32 am
    (3BL Media and Just Means)- Yasmin Belo-Osagie and Afua Osei’s paths first crossed when they worked together at McKinsey & Company. But the idea to start a pitch competition and entrepreneurial training organization for women-owned, African companies was birthed a few years later during a women’s conference. “We both had a background in empowering and supporting women, especially high potential women. We ran into each other at A Women’s Excellence conference in May. We were both a similar vision, to support women leaders in Africa.  We talked about putting together a pitch…
  • Find Your Tribe Through The B Corp Handbook

    Julie Fahnestock
    7 Oct 2014 | 12:08 pm
    (3BL Media and Just Means) - We want to create change and make a profit. We want to improve systems and pay our employees well. We want to innovate, create and produce and we want to do it with all resources, all stakeholders, including the earth, in the forefront of our minds. We don’t want to sacrifice profit for mission or mission for profit.  We live in the blur. We are the business leaders of the 21st century. This blurred space has formalized itself as the Benefit Corporation, or B Corp model, where profit and mission are held as equals. B Corps have done something no other business…
 
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    Development Marketplace - Turning Ideas into Action

  • October Grantee of the Month: FIA Global Focuses on Alternative Tech To Connect the Last Mile to Banking Services

    Blythe Nicole Kladney
    17 Oct 2014 | 1:59 pm
    Afsar Ali and the five members of his family live in a cramped two bedroom apartment in Patna, the largest city in India’s poorest region of Bihar. Each day, he drives his taxi for hours on end, all to make a meager 200 Rupees. After a long shift of driving around the tightly packed city, he comes home and places whatever savings he has, underneath his mattress for safe keeping. This is his savings account.   Afsar is not alone in keeping what money he can in mattresses, cupboards, or even, depending on the community, in a lock box shared by the entire village. For approximately 2.5…
  • TEDxWBG: Scaling Up Services, Together We Can Eliminate TB

    Dr. Shelly Batra
    9 Oct 2014 | 7:26 am
    This bag belongs to Rinki. Rinki doesn’t need it anymore. She was thrown out school when she got tuberculosis. So this is tuberculosis or TB, as it’s commonly known. Though fully curable disease, it has now become a global pandemic. There are nine million new cases in the world annually. 1.3 million deaths. Ten million children have been orphaned because of it. Today itself, 5,000 people will die of TB. And TB is curable. Let’s talk about technology. eCompliance is a low cost solution to tracking the progress of TB treatment. A tablet with a fingerprint reader attached, a patient gives…
  • Can we see ‘a’ patient with tuberculosis?

    Dr. Shelly Batra
    28 May 2014 | 2:45 pm
    Back in the 1970s, I was a medical student ready to take on the world. We had a student exchange program, where students from across the world would come to India to visit and learn. One year, there was a group of young doctors from the UK who were excited to be somewhere they could observe ‘rare diseases.’ Seeing the packed hospitals on rounds, they eagerly asked the Professor of Internal Medicine, “May we see a patient with tuberculosis?” The Professor, uncertain of their excitement, replied frankly, “Of course. We don’t just have one, we have wards and wards full!”…
  • 2014 India DM Finalist Story: NEDSSS, Helping People Become Agents of Change

    Carolyn Marie Florey
    20 May 2014 | 9:24 am
    Meeting Sister Rosie, I quickly realized she is a force. Her infectious smile, empathetic eyes, and fierce determination makes her presence known to everyone when she walks into a room – by visitors, by her peers, and by the poor in rural Meghalaya she has been working with for the past two years. However welcoming her physical presence is, it is her unwavering dedication to the social mission of the North East Diocesan Social Service Society (NEDSSS) that commands the utmost respect from the community.
  • 2014 India Development Marketplace Finalist Story: Selco - Providing those in slums access to productive lives; one solar battery at a time.

    Cristina Navarrete Moreno
    13 May 2014 | 10:46 am
    One year ago, Kumar began renting out 40 Selco solar-powered batteries to the people living in his slum community in the heart of Bangalore. Prior to this, 400 families were left to rely on cheap, easily breakable lights, dangerous and flammable kerosene lamps, or simple darkness. Without affordable energy, the inhabitants of Kumar’s slum lose hours of otherwise productive time that would allow them to build a pathway out of the slum, and into a secure life. Within months, demand for Selco’s rechargeable batteries sky-rocketed and Kumar increased his inventory to 86. Now, he is requesting…
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    Austin Center for Design

  • Thinking about the CapMetro App – Iteration #1

    eugenia.harris
    29 Oct 2014 | 10:33 pm
    We’ve been pondering Austin’s CapMetro app for the past couple of days.  It’s a mobile app that allows users to view bus and rail schedules in Austin, and to buy passes.  Our current task is to do a concept model based on the current state of the application, and another one based on a potential improved version of it. Here’s my take on the current version, where solid circles denote concepts that have screens devoted to them, and rectangles denote concepts that don’t.  More basic concepts are further grouped with dashed circles, which in turn gesture toward…
  • A Concept Map in an Hour

    lindsay.josal
    29 Oct 2014 | 8:34 pm
    We’re starting off Quarter 2 with our class in Rapid Iteration and Creative Problem Solving. The first assignment came at us really quick- we had 48 hours to create a concept map of the Austin Bus application- CapMetro. We learned that a concept map, a tool for sense making, is a representation of a system that sacrifices accuracy for comprehensibility. Its particularly useful for this project because it helps examine an entirety of a complicated system in one visual representation. This the first iteration out of 7 that will take place over the next 8 weeks. We’ve been learning…
  • Getting to Where You Want to Go

    maryanne.lee
    29 Oct 2014 | 5:47 pm
    When I first began exploring the CapMetro App, the first challenge I encountered was figuring out how to get from where I was at AC4D to my desired destination, home. Neither the Trip Planner nor the Next Bus sections were able to pick up options based on where I was headed. From there, I began to visually map out out all of the various elements that make up the CapMetro App in a concept map. A concept map is a a visual representation of the entire system that makes up the CapMetro App to help me understand why I might not be able to find my way home using this app. Captured below is my first…
  • Oh Capital Metro App… mapping the pain

    Crystal
    29 Oct 2014 | 4:52 pm
    In our first assignment for Q2 in the Rapid Ideation and Creative Problem Solving class, we were tasked to deconstruct and analyze the current state of the Austin Capital Metro mobile app. The goal of this project is to find the obvious inefficiencies in the system structure, and map them out in a visual “Concept Map” of touch point, or areas of interaction with the app that we personally deemed important to the end goal the user is attempting to create. After mapping our version of the current state of the app’s system design, we then created a new, first iteration, of what…
  • Don’t Tap that App.

    william.shouse
    29 Oct 2014 | 4:51 pm
    Tasked with re-mapping the city of Austins only mobile app, to navigate its only public transportation system, is the daunting first assignment of this quarters IDSE201 Rapid Ideation and Creative Problem Solving class. The current app is mapped below about as poorly as it is designed. A series of screens require the user for more and more input and ask them to make decisions without giving any idea of where those decisions will lead. The very first in your face option presented is to buy tickets, but if you’re not sure whether you’re looking for a “local”,…
 
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    B2N | Social Focus Consulting

  • Learnings from the 2014 Responsible Leadership Summit

    29 Oct 2014 | 5:16 pm
    Social Innovation panel - Trevor Langdon of Green Standards, Amanda Minuk of Bmeaningful, John Paul de Silva of Social Focus ConsultingAs an alum, I'm always excited to return to Queen's and Kingston, but the 10th Annual Summit this October had the added benefit of occurring the same weekend as homecoming. The town was painted tri-colour and the energy was pulsing just as enthusiastically outside the school's hallowed halls as it was inside.This year's conference was themed "Passion + Purpose", but ultimately we want that to translate into results and impact. My key takeaway from the…
  • Learnings from AFP Fundraising Day 2014 (part 2): Social Media, From Awareness to Revenues

    7 Jun 2014 | 8:22 am
    Darrel Keezer, Founder of Candybox MarketingIn part 1 of our coverage of this year's AFP Fundraising Day in Toronto, we looked at a new type of major gifts program by Sick Kids called "Innovators." Now, we turn to the still popular but increasingly complicated topic of social media.We know that social media can be an extremely powerful tool in generating buzz and awareness of an organization, but how that buzz translates to revenues is not entirely clear. Luckily, Darrel Keezer, Founder of Candybox Marketing, provides some clarity on Fundraising Day.Going from awareness to revenues is not a…
  • Learnings from AFP Fundraising Day 2014 (part 1): building a new type of major gifts program

    31 May 2014 | 11:31 am
    Colin Hennigar, Associate Director of Major Gifts, Sick Kids FoundationEver since my first AFP Toronto event, I always look forward to the two big annual events: Congress and Fundraising Day, for networking and learning. The smaller, albeit summery, Fundraising Day did not disappoint...What if your NPO could create a program that raised money and time from the next generation of philanthropists while also engaging your employees? That's what Sick Kids Foundation (SKF) did with its Innovators initiative. Here's the story of its journey, as told by Katie Graham and Colin Hennigar (Foundation…
  • Learnings from Be Good Be Social York Region 2014 (part 2): A Grassroots Approach to Social Media

    10 May 2014 | 8:17 am
    With the last entry on Lisa Joyce's presentation "Gaining Support Inside Out" pertaining more to larger sized institutions and thus more resources, what about a younger, more volunteer-driven organization? In comes Annabel Lee, Power Unit Youth Organization's (PUYO) Public Relations and Marketing Director. PUYO is not only young, but also entirely volunteer-run. What it lacks in funding, it more than makes up for with dozens and dozens of eager young people who contribute time and energy to PUYO's many programs.After a brief history of the organization, Annabel Lee described PUYO's main…
  • Learnings from Be Good Be Social York Region 2014 (part 1): Gaining Support Inside Out, for Social Media

    25 Apr 2014 | 8:31 am
    Lisa Joyce kicks off the inaugural #BGBSYRAs a lover of networking and learning, I'm always eager to attend conferences, but Be Good Be Social York Region (#BGBSYR) was a particularly special conference because 1) it was the first one (in York Region), and 2) I was part of the organizing committee, an amazing team of social sector superstars.Part of the conference team that day was our "sTweet team" (Ann Rosenfield, Paul Nazareth, and Jason Carlin), a trio of rabid tweeters guaranteed to spread the learnings live as they happened. Further, their tweets served to jog my memory and lay the…
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    HOGPIE Communications

  • Authenticity Rules. Show The World Who You Really Are.

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

    hogpie
    8 Aug 2013 | 12:54 pm
    I was recently asked by a bartender as I was ordering a cold pint of Creemore what I thought social media meant exactly.  The question seemed odd, actually let me rephrase, the timing was odd.  I never really did get to answer him, as quickly as the question reached my auditory canals mr. bartender was being summoned from across the bar by a patron clearly on the verge of shrivel if they didn’t throw a G & T down the hatch and fast.  Mr. bartender scurried away to grab the order.  I thought about how I would’ve answered and unfortunately my answer seems to have been dipped…
  • The bite of social connectivity

    hogpie
    24 Feb 2013 | 10:44 am
    Curious, how many of us are guilty of sending an email to someone then following it up with a text letting said receiver know that a message was sent? I caught myself doing that earlier and I have to say that it is the dumbest thing I’ve done this morning. Our devices are facilitating odd behaviours, the need to connect using every single medium possible, I mean if I could’ve I would’ve probably followed up the follow up text by sending over an elder precariously balancing a scroll displaying repeated scribblings to the person’s home. Have I lost it? The need and the…
  • Social genes…ripped, torn and fading fast.

    hogpie
    8 Jan 2013 | 10:40 am
    How social are we really?  Sometimes I wonder, am I really that social? Well I seem to have a healthy helping and heaping spoonfuls of friends that I see on a regular basis.   That I see…hmmm, well I see them on Facebook and on Instagram.  I’ll like their pet cat pictures and enjoy their vitriolic statuses here and there but I think I’m slowly turning into an anime, living through pixels per inch squared.  I think I need to take a break from the school of rock and take classes at the school of how to have conversational speech without the conveniences of backspaces and…
  • Hop on hop off the social grid

    hogpie
    10 Dec 2012 | 4:25 pm
    Oh holiday season, every year I let you take me hostage.  Every media stream gets hijacked and next thing you know, we’re all drunk on punch.  The social media spider jar has been knocked over and all things holiday are crawling like crazy.  I think I may become anti-social for a bit, the drunk won’t go away anytime soon and wait, is that a big ugly snow covered hangover I see in my future?  If I drop off the social grid for a bit will people think I’m dead?  Or maybe completely off my rocker?  Here’s the thing, I really don’t care.  We’re too…
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    junxion.com

  • Rebranding a successful NGO to drive even more impact

    Junxion
    20 Oct 2014 | 5:19 pm
    Junxion’s collaborative engagement with Alliance India has helped increase our momentum and expand our reach in India and around the world. Their impact will be felt for years to come. James Robertson, Executive Director  Alliance India supports community action to prevent HIV infection, meet the challenges of AIDS, and build healthier communities. THE BUSINESS CHALLENGE Originally established as a country office of the International HIV/AIDS Alliance and now fully an Indian NGO under the leadership of Executive Director James Robertson and his staff, India HIV/AIDS Alliance grown…
  • Happy Diwali from everyone at Junxion

    Peter ter Weeme
    16 Oct 2014 | 7:38 pm
    Our sincere wishes to all our clients and partners for a wonderful holiday season. Diwali, the celebration of light celebrated on October 23 this year, is one of the most significant holidays of the annual calendar in India. However, given the large Indian diaspora around the world, it is increasingly gaining importance as a holiday in the UK, Canada and the United States too. Diwali is an important season of giving, and this year Junxion is supporting several clients, including Sightsavers and End AIDS India, to implement Diwali campaign appeals to support their critical work. We’d like to…
  • Growing our impact with a range of new engagements

    Junxion
    13 Oct 2014 | 8:07 pm
    Junxion continues to expand its impact with exciting new clients and projects. Over the last couple of months, Junxion has added a number of clients across our three offices. Here are a few highlights we’d like to share: Junxion India has been engaged by Solidaridad, an international organisation that works towards sustainable production of several commodities. Through a series of storytelling projects, we are supporting their strategic goals of measurably improving farmer livelihoods and stewarding local resources. As well, the team in India is now working with Sightsavers, another…
  • Must we accumulate unbridled wealth before being generous?

    Mike Rowlands
    7 Oct 2014 | 4:22 pm
    One Plus One Equals Three: Philanthropy & Cause Marketing In 1900, when Andrew Carnegie turned 65, a new competitor to his thriving steel-making business was ready to enter the market. Andy was confident that his industry leading company could stave off the new upstart, but he was ready to retire. So he chose instead to sell his company to his new nemesis. “Congratulations,” said JP Morgan’s letter to Carnegie. “Your are now the richest man in the world.” By the time he sold it, Carnegie’s company was making more steel each year than all of Great Britain. The selling price of…
  • Making Steady Progress: Incremental Corporate Social Responsibility

    Adam Garfunkel
    18 Sep 2014 | 12:25 pm
    The adidas Group’s strong understanding of what is important in CSR comes to them through the ‘P’ of Partnerships and engagement with stakeholders... it’s their way of engaging with the whole sustainability topic. Adam Garfunkel The adidas Group is one of the world’s sporting goods giants, and says it is all about striving ‘to help you perform at your best,’ And as you might expect from a company that employs over 50,000 people and has sales of 14.5 billion euros a year, the adidas Group knows that it can only perform at its best if it manages the risks to its business. Among…
 
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    youthactionnet.org

  • 2014 Laureate Global Fellowship Events

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

    27 Aug 2014 | 9:45 am
    Social Design Webinar Series Lisa Jones | August 27, 2014 Can designers make a difference? Increasingly, designers are taking prominent roles in the creation of initiatives for solving social issues. In a recent two-part YouthActionNet webinar series ,... READ MORE
  • Storytelling Resources for Change Leaders

    18 Jul 2014 | 8:51 am
    Storytelling Resources for Change Leaders Sheila Kinkade | July 18, 2014 While few would question the value of powerful storytelling in today’s world, the art and craft of delivering memorable stories is something change leaders perfect over a lifetime. So what... READ MORE
  • Social Entrepreneurs are Creating Greater Value(s) and Will Dominate the Future’s Success Stories

    16 Jul 2014 | 8:31 am
    Social Entrepreneurs are Creating Greater Value(s) and Will Dominate the Future’s Success Stories Oliver Guinness | July 16, 2014 Twenty years ago approximately 95 percent of stock market capitalization was comprised of traditional assets. Today such assets represent less than 30 percent of total market cap. This is because the... READ MORE
  • 2014 Laureate Global Fellows

    10 Jul 2014 | 9:53 am
    2014 Laureate Global Fellows Sheila Kinkade | July 10, 2014 Meet the 2014 Laureate Global Fellows —20 young social entrepreneurs from 17 countries who have pioneered solutions to some of the world's toughest challenges. Learn more about their... READ MORE
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    9 to 5 Hell

  • Stealing Money From Work

    admin
    24 Oct 2014 | 1:20 pm
    Story By: anonymous Industry: Small Retail To the employee whom I trusted for 3 years. F*** Y**. I was wondering where my money was going. At first I didn’t notice anything, then I started to do the math and something wasn’t adding up. Obviously you didn’t see that I installed a new surveillance camera. Caught you red handed sneaking a few small bills here and there. That shit adds up. All I can say is good luck looking for a new job. Laundry my ass. The post Stealing Money From Work appeared first on 9 to 5 Hell.
  • Internet Provider Hell

    admin
    22 Sep 2014 | 11:57 pm
    So there comes a rare time that even the admin has to rant. This rant involves the old so popular internet provider, AT&T. I hate  internet and cable providers. Here it goes. So my old roommate moved to Japan, you know, military and all that good American stuff, and the Internet bill was under his name. So he called customer service and they transferred him to a sales representative to transfer the bill under my name. The rep offered a promotion to double the speed for the same amount since we have been loyal to them. Sounds good right? Little did I know that I was about to be shitted…
  • 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. The post Note to…
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    Entrepreneurial Insights

  • Startup Hubs Around The World: Stockholm

    Marc
    29 Oct 2014 | 10:40 am
    Sweden’s capital, Stockholm, is the country’s largest city with just over 2 million people. © Flickr | edward stojakovic Wondering how Stockholm made it onto the list? Read on to investigate how 1) the location, 2) the tax incentives, 3) the legal incentives, 4) investors, 5) local resources, and 6) specialization of the city have propelled it into the top ten startup hubs in the world, along with 7) startups to watch. LOCATION Perched on the edge of the Baltic Sea along the southeast coast of Sweden, Stockholm has captured the attention of the startup market and drawn entrepreneurs to…
  • DHgate | Get products from Chinese manufacturers

    Marc
    28 Oct 2014 | 7:01 am
    DHgate is a Chinese ecommerce platform for wholesale items sold by small and medium sized manufacturers and retailers. In this article, we will look at, 1) what is DHgate?, 2) the business model, 3) lessons from the DHgate founder, 4) taking precautions, and 5) DHgate success stories. WHAT IS DHGATE? The Company DHgate is a Chinese ecommerce platform which focuses on business to business sales. The aim of this website is to create a connection between small and mid-sized businesses based in China and potential buyers worldwide. These potential buyers can purchases products manufactured in…
  • Startup Hubs Around The World: Santiago de Chile

    Marc
    27 Oct 2014 | 7:57 am
    The capital city of Chile, Santiago is the country’s financial, cultural and political center. A forward thinking government initiative has begun the process of bringing Santiago into the entrepreneurial marketplace, with the intention of bringing Chilean companies to the world. By establishing a startup initiative that has set a standard for other nations to follow, Chile is making it clear that they are determined to have success in the entrepreneurial race. How is Santiago establishing itself as a startup market? © Flickr | javier In this article, we’ll discover the 1) benefits of its…
  • How to make money from your hobby?

    Marc
    26 Oct 2014 | 7:29 am
    Many people think that it is only a dream to be able to convert their hobby or passion into their source of livelihood or feasible income. On the contrary, as long as you believe in yourself and in your work and have an entrepreneurial thinking hat, this dream can be converted into a living reality. In the beginning, you may be able to generate only a part-time income from practicing your hobby but as you increase in confidence and your “hobby in action” becomes more popular, you could very well be able to convert the latter into a full-time business. © pixabay | stevepb In this article,…
  • Using Flickr for Business Purposes

    Marc
    25 Oct 2014 | 6:06 am
    It’s one of the most utilized and well-known, if not the most popular (that honor currently belonging to Instagram), photo-sharing sites in the world. Flickr is one of the pioneers of social networking and photo-sharing, and while it may have recently been eclipsed by others in some key respects, its core functions – photo storage and sharing – can provide invaluable marketing facility for businesses looking to grow their brands. © Wikimedia commons | Flickr In this article, we will explore, 1) the history of Flickr, 2) the purpose of Flickr, 3) the benefits of Flickr, 4)…
 
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