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Jerri Chou

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The Role of Innovation + Disruption in Progress

(0) Comments | Posted September 24, 2014 | 6:04 PM

Lots of entrepreneurs talk about disruption these days. Disrupting the music industry, disrupting education -- for anything there is, there is something to disrupt.

Some things ought to be disrupted, particularly when the foundational principles or processes on which they're based are faulty and create bad outcomes for people, society...

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Concrete Lessons in Innovation

(0) Comments | Posted May 31, 2011 | 2:10 PM

In an effort to understand the potential to enable innovation within people everywhere, I've started an interview series at Lovely Day that speaks with some of the most well know, inspiring, and cutting edge companies, agencies and experts in the space.

One of the first of our series...

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Taking Back the Term 'Social'

(2) Comments | Posted March 10, 2011 | 11:17 AM

Working in social innovation is tricky, not in the least because the sector, like any new field, lacks definition(s). And while words, semantics and frameworks may seem more like something to bicker over than anything else, they are actually critical for driving thinking and practice forward.

The term "social"...

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L. Condoms: A Woman's Take on 1for1, Social Change and Making Empowerment Sexy

(5) Comments | Posted January 13, 2011 | 11:19 AM

Walking down the street, Talia Frenkel is the sort of young, pretty fashionista that catches the eyes of women and men alike. On first glance, this chic Los Angeles native seems an unlikely candidate for social business all-star. But behind the book cover is the story of an impassioned photojournalist...

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Innovation From, By and For Africa

(1) Comments | Posted December 10, 2010 | 11:39 AM

Collaboration is never easy, particularly when dealing with complex issues like development. So imagine an attempt at galvanizing an entire continent to collaborate for societal change and innovation and the task seems daunting, difficult, if not impossible. Well turns out it's always worth trying and that the results can be...

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Ashoka Announces Fellow Partnership With P&G: An Example of the Future of Social Enterprise in Corporate Partnership

(1) Comments | Posted November 11, 2010 | 2:38 PM

There's been a lot of talk around the evolution of "cause marketing" and communication for good. But the walk is generally what turns head and actions by corporate players in the social enterprise space are turning heads faster than glossy adds. What's all the fuss about? Scale.

That's what...

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Score! Reinventing the Three Rs: Reinvent, Reuse, Radness

(0) Comments | Posted May 14, 2010 | 12:02 PM

Imagine a party with music, food and cocktails. And then imagine, at this same party, attendees are encouraged to walk away with as many clothes, books, music, accessories and miscellaneous goods as they can carry...for free. No, it's not a fantasy -- it's a barter economy dream and it's called...

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Changing Connections for Good

(0) Comments | Posted May 11, 2010 | 2:49 PM

I've had the pleasure of working on what I feel is one of the projects that really epitomizes the future of how business approaches social change. It's called Change Connections and it's an initiative crafted in partnership with Nokia and The Feast social innovation conference. The...

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UNSHAKEN: Publishers Rebuilding Haiti with Charity Water

(1) Comments | Posted March 29, 2010 | 8:17 PM

When disaster strikes, we count on the media to keep us informed -- but then what? In the wake of Haiti's devastating earthquake, one group of publishers are proving that media can do more than just broadcast the news -- it can help Haiti recover.

Publishers with a...

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Compassion // A Simple, Elegant Solution for a Complex World

(4) Comments | Posted January 4, 2010 | 1:43 PM

In searching for answers to big questions like the origin of the universe, science often strives for the simplest most elegant theories to the most complex of questions. If you look at the state of people in the world in this way, you have quite a complex problem as well....

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Marketing's Chance to Change the World

(0) Comments | Posted December 18, 2009 | 9:58 AM

For the first time in a long time, the marketing and advertising sector have the opportunity to do a lot of good. (gasp). I know, here's why.

It's a hugely powerful medium -- the power of persuasion. If the people behind Coke can convince millions that drinking the stuff will...

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Entrepreneurship in New York: A Personal Testimony to the City Council

(0) Comments | Posted December 16, 2009 | 7:53 AM

I'm testifying at New York City Council today on tech entrepreneurship and how the city can better support this community. I always want to represent and learn from those around me so I asked some of the best in the business. Through their insights and my experience combined, here are...

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The Three I's of Corporate Social Innovation

(1) Comments | Posted December 11, 2009 | 12:26 PM

The world of business is changing. Consumers are demanding more -- more value, more quality, more responsibility -- and more companies are striving to keep up.

As information becomes more transparent, people are starting to realize that brands are not siloed and that businesses touch many parts of our world...

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Why Social Entrepreneurs will lead the Next Generation of Business

(3) Comments | Posted December 1, 2009 | 11:08 AM

My business partner recently wrote a great post about the start-ups he would invest in, but I figured I would expand his thoughts into where I see all this leading: Social entrepreneurs will lead the future of business.

That's a bold claim. Why do I think this? Because it's...

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No House? No Vote.

(6) Comments | Posted September 11, 2008 | 7:09 PM

Co-written by: Abe Silk

There's been a lot of riff-raff around Palin and the conventions, and jokes and benefit concerts abound. Politics is a circus and there's not much that could make your jaw drop anymore. This knocked the wind out of us.

As sure as the swallows return to...

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Isn't New Orleans...Awesome?

(0) Comments | Posted August 27, 2008 | 12:20 AM

Ask which city is home to the largest international contemporary art biennial ever in America, or the only one with a government department of social entrepreneurship and one's guess would probably include major hubs like NY or LA. But the answer--New Orleans. Surprised?

In the run-up to the 3rd...

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8.8.08: A Day of Olympic Proportions for Burma

(0) Comments | Posted August 7, 2008 | 1:34 PM

8.8.08 is one of the most auspicious days on the calendar, and now that it's been picked as the starting date of the Olympics, all the more brandished as a symbolic date by commercials, medallions, youtube specials, and flickr projects.

But 8.8.08 also marks the 20th anniversary of the 8,888...

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Getting Stoked On Giving

(2) Comments | Posted July 22, 2008 | 8:22 AM

What if someone told you you could change the world by skateboarding? Would you be stoked? That's the idea behind Stoked Mentoring, a "non-profit action sports organization with the mission of developing Successful Teens with Opportunity, Knowledge, Experience, and Determination". Steve Larosiliere, Founder and Executive Director of Stoked, created the...

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