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Alex Budak
Alex Budak helps social entrepreneurs launch, run and scale their organizations. Originally from California, he currently lives in Stockholm Sweden where he leads Reach for Change's incubator for Swedish social entrepreneurs. He previously co-founded the leading crowdfunding site for social innovators. He frequently speaks on the topics of changemaking and leadership around the world, from LA to the Artic Circle; Ukraine to the White House. For more check out his Personal Site or follow him on Twitter, @alexbudak.

Entries by Alex Budak

The Changemaker's Guide to Managing

(0) Comments | Posted February 2, 2016 | 1:49 PM

Most social entrepreneurs I know start their organization because they have a burning desire to create change in society -- to bend the arc of history towards justice. They're visionary, brave, and have passion pouring out of their pores. In short, they want to create and innovate.

Most social...

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The Three Traits of Great Social Entrepreneurs

(1) Comments | Posted December 3, 2015 | 7:13 PM

There's a bad habit in the social entrepreneurship world where we put outstanding social entrepreneurs up on a pedestal -- these incredible demigods who have accomplished something us mere mortals can only dream of. We see it when leading fellowships and incubators raise up the selected few above the passionate...

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More Reflection. More Learning. More Impact.

(0) Comments | Posted November 16, 2015 | 3:43 PM


In the startup world, Eric Ries has helped push forward the notion that the goal of a startup is to learn as much as possible, as quickly as possible. In fact, it's my very favorite definition of a startup.

As a social...

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When Being Cheap Isn't Worth the Cost for Non-Profits

(0) Comments | Posted October 20, 2015 | 5:21 PM


Every non-profit I have ever advised, coached and joined has been in a constant state of pinching-pennies, euros and kroner. In a world where funding is often scarce and pressures from boards and funders to keep overhead low are fierce, it seems that...

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How to Be a Leader When You Are Not the Leader

(0) Comments | Posted September 23, 2015 | 5:11 AM


The story of leadership is often told through the lens of a single leader and a singular act -- Martin Luther King rallying crowds at the Lincoln Memorial; Eleanor Roosevelt leading the creation of the declaration on human rights; Henry Kissinger setting foot...

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Leave the C.V. Behind: Hire for These 6 Traits Instead

(0) Comments | Posted September 8, 2015 | 4:50 PM


Resumes can only tell us two things: the "what" and the "where" of an applicant. What they have done in the past and where they did it.

What actually matters in finding the perfect employee, though, is their "why" and their "how". These...

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Why It Pays to Charge More

(0) Comments | Posted August 24, 2015 | 1:00 AM

One of the most common questions that comes up among social entrepreneurs in our incubator is how much they should charge for their product or service.

The truth is, I'm not qualified to answer that.

And, honestly, neither are they.

Instead I give them two recommendations, which...

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The Amazon Fiasco: 4 Questions All Leaders Should Ask Themselves

(2) Comments | Posted August 18, 2015 | 10:06 AM

In case you missed it, the internet was ablaze this weekend with talks about Amazon's work culture. The New York Times published a scathing expose of life in the Seattle company's headquarters, which prompted passionate debate on both sides and even rebuttals from employees. The article...

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3 Leadership Lessons Learned From Jon Stewart

(16) Comments | Posted August 10, 2015 | 7:56 PM

As the world celebrates Jon Stewart's contributions to comedy, news and politics and mourns his departure from The Daily Show, many people are forgetting that Stewart is more than just a talented satirist. He's an outstanding leader.

Here are three leadership lessons we can learn from...

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The Donald's Defect: Why EQ Trumps IQ

(7) Comments | Posted July 20, 2015 | 11:32 AM

With the attention Donald Trump has been attracting the last few weeks, many people fall into one of two camps: outrage and embarrassment or mocking and derision. I suggest there's a third, more productive, way to examine things: to explore what lessons we can learn as leaders to not repeat...

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Ask These 3 Questions to Power-Up Your Meetings

(0) Comments | Posted June 10, 2015 | 6:14 PM


Team meetings can be inspirational, productive and even fun. Seriously.

While a recent Inc Magazine article reported data that 46% of people would rather do nearly anything other than have a team meeting -- with 8% specifically preferring...

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3 Essential Habits for Advising Entrepreneurs

(0) Comments | Posted May 11, 2015 | 7:38 PM


Why are some people truly amazing mentors while others -- even with years of experience -- fail to contribute? I believe that anyone can be a great mentor, so read on for three ways you can become the mentor that entrepreneurs dream of.

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To Create a Powerful Vision, Ask WHY

(0) Comments | Posted May 5, 2015 | 9:14 PM


If you pick a stranger off the street and tell them your vision statement, the best question they can ask afterwards (OK, besides, 'can I invest in you?') is: how? (e.g., how do you do that?). This means that you have...

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Define Your Culture Before It Defines You

(0) Comments | Posted April 27, 2015 | 8:59 AM

Culture is crucial.

The truth is that your organization is going to have a culture whether you, as the leader, define it or not. Even the lack of culture is, in and of itself, a culture. So the question is: will you step up and define your culture? Or will...

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The 5 Books Every Changemaker Should Read

(6) Comments | Posted April 23, 2015 | 5:09 PM


I know, I know. Your schedule is filled from morning to night, every square on your Google calendar colored in with pitches to partners, deep-dive synergizing strategy sessions, and lots of caffeine-fueled coffee meetings. There's no way you can find the time to...

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Fixing A Monkeys Hairy Palms in Udaipur

(1) Comments | Posted September 14, 2011 | 2:07 PM

Scarves, rugs, and tea boxes -- to be honest I was pretty bored by the whole souvenir shopping experience in India.  My travel mates, however, were clearly still enamored with it all.  And so it went, as they would feel fabrics, ask questions, and look for bargains while I would...

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Making New Friends at the Indian Rat Temple

(5) Comments | Posted June 14, 2011 | 6:09 PM

About thirty kilometers south of Bikaner lies, hands down, the most bizarre place I've ever visited. The Karni Mata Temple is a beautiful marble temple, but upon arriving and removing one's shoes, the carving on the doors make it clear that this is no ordinary Hindu temple. The depictions of...

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A Journey to the Center of Iceland

(0) Comments | Posted June 14, 2011 | 12:56 PM

Tevye from Fiddler on the Roof measured his life in sunrises and sunsets.

Good thing he didn't live in Iceland; his internal clock would have been way off. While in Iceland, I saw both the most spectacular sunrise, and the most spectacular sunset of my life -- all within a...

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Overnight Bus Rides in India

(6) Comments | Posted August 18, 2010 | 2:31 PM

"To experience humanity," it's often said, "one must ride a train in India."  I'm not exactly sure what I experienced on my overnight bus rides in India, but I do know that it involved Bollywood, spooning, and a 2AM bathroom break.

Traveling with three of my friends, we purchased four sleeper...

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