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This Initiative Could Help 60,000 Poor Farmers

The Huffington Post | Robbie Couch | Posted 02.13.2015 | Impact

Farmers in the developing world will soon benefit from an effort aiming to pull their communities up the economic ladder. The Enhanced Livelihoods ...

Students Embrace the Business of Social Change

Jo-Ann Tan | Posted 04.15.2015 | Impact
Jo-Ann Tan

"I want to help people!" Maya's* brow wrinkles with frustration as her story tumbles out in fits and starts. Her parents want her to focus on building the skills to run their family business, but she is intent on studying Sociology.

Clinton Global Initiative: A Market-Based Approach To Lift Millions Out of Poverty

Alice Korngold | Posted 04.14.2015 | Business
Alice Korngold

Imagine what might be accomplished with an infusion of capital for skills training and capacity-building to help such smallholder farmers to increase yields and their incomes, while farming their land more sustainably.

How Can You Plan in a Future of Uncertainty?

Cultural Acupuncture | Posted 03.29.2015 | Business
Cultural Acupuncture

Welcome to the age of increasing complexity, volatility, interdependence, diversity, ambiguity, flux and more. Bring it on. Our team ended the year with a resolution to start 2015 with a plan to somehow make it feel less crazy.

'Oh, The Places You'll Godin' -- Seth Godin on Pushing Beyond Fear to Be a Social Entrepreneur

Mark W. Guay | Posted 11.29.2014 | Business
Mark W. Guay

It's often easy to look at the past and see how leaders pushed through fear. But, in the present, it can be painfully difficult to push through fear when it's so much easier to sit comfortably. Not take a leap of faith. Not start an idea. Not question a boss.

Sustainability of Traditional Art Forms

Ihitashri Shandilya | Posted 10.07.2014 | Arts
Ihitashri Shandilya

From the early civilization days, human beings believed in culture. Every society practiced one or the other form of art or craft.

Impact Begins Inside the Company

Acumen | Posted 07.08.2014 | Impact
Acumen

The lifeblood of the local economy has traditionally been small scale agriculture and trading businesses, particularly as this town sits on the road between Aflao (on the Togo border) and Accra, the Ghanaian capital.

Remembering Nelson Mandela

Jacqueline Novogratz | Posted 02.05.2014 | Impact
Jacqueline Novogratz

On this day following the great Madiba's passing, it is to all of us to recommit to furthering his legacy, to work to create a world that rests on the assumption that all human beings are born equal.

UN Global Compact Leaders Summit: 'Architects of a Better World' -- Join Us!

Alice Korngold | Posted 11.20.2013 | Business
Alice Korngold

"Join us, and together we will build a better world for all to prosper," was the message at this week's high-spirited UN Global Compact Leaders Summit that included heads of global corporations, NGOs, and intergovernmental organizations.

Positive Impact, Positive Returns – Tips for the Impact Investment Job Search

Danielle Ginach | Posted 09.23.2013 | Impact
Danielle Ginach

Last summer's communications associate at Acumen, Emma Vaughn, kindly offered MBA students and job seekers "7 Tips to Landing a Job in Impact Investin...

My Beef With TED Talks: Too Much Talk, Too Little Action

Gregoris Kalai | Posted 09.18.2013 | College
Gregoris Kalai

The TED movement stands at the intersection of technology, innovation and education. It has gotten the world's attention but for the most part, it has been focused on talking about changing the world.

The Deep Imperfections Of Life

Jacqueline Novogratz | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Jacqueline Novogratz

We are in Kibera, where one year ago a group of young men looted the Toi Market, killing a number of people and in burning down the market entirely, destroyed the livelihood of thousands of people.