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How-To Stand Up Your Profile In Civic Courage

Jonathan Lewis | Posted 02.08.2014 | Impact
Jonathan Lewis

What motivates a social entrepreneur? What motivates you? After the hard analysis is published and the heady policy papers go unread, compassion mot...

How-To Boldly and Bravely Bet On Yourself

Jonathan Lewis | Posted 02.04.2014 | Impact
Jonathan Lewis

To describe itself to itself and to attract new converts, it is common these days for the nonprofit sector to talk in terms of investment - obscuring ...

How-To Use Ambiguity to Pioneer Change

Jonathan Lewis | Posted 01.28.2014 | Impact
Jonathan Lewis

Despite crushing student loans and a miserable job market, this Millennial Generation is the most socially conscious, most globally aware and most act...

How-To Figure Out Your Social Entrepreneurship

Jonathan Lewis | Posted 01.24.2014 | Impact
Jonathan Lewis

"We gain something profound when we stand up for our beliefs, just as part of us dies when we know that something is wrong, yet do nothing....We don't...

How-To Convert Your Convictions Into A Career

Jonathan Lewis | Posted 01.23.2014 | Impact
Jonathan Lewis

Are you seeking fulfillment and happiness in the social change world? At this point in your life, are you called to give back? Ready to change caree...

How-To Reject Rejection When It's Personal

Jonathan Lewis | Posted 01.23.2014 | Impact
Jonathan Lewis

In the public square of social change, rejection is intensely personal. If you believe in your mission, and if you are giving it your all, then it's ...

How-To Educate Yourself For An Impact Career

Jonathan Lewis | Posted 01.23.2014 | Impact
Jonathan Lewis

"There are alternative paths" for reaching your social justice dream job, says change agent Jessamyn Lau. She should know. Her social change career ...

How-To Manage Mission-Related Martyrdom

Jonathan Lewis | Posted 12.21.2013 | Impact
Jonathan Lewis

Every social entrepreneur knows there if is a huge difference between burnout and bummed out. Some days, indeed most days, we in the social sector ar...

How-To Justify Your Economic Justice Agenda

Jonathan Lewis | Posted 01.23.2014 | Impact
Jonathan Lewis

Good communications skills change hearts and minds, win over naysayers, convince financial backers and motivate colleagues. In the social sector's un...

How-To Shut the Hell Up and Change the World

Jonathan Lewis | Posted 12.08.2013 | Impact
Jonathan Lewis

No instrument in a symphony plays for the entire concert. There is a time to play, a time to practice and a time to listen. In the symphony of social service, don't expect to be conductor or virtuoso player the first day that you pick out your instrument.

How-To Skill Up Expertly To Scale Up

Jonathan Lewis | Posted 01.23.2014 | Impact
Jonathan Lewis

Change doesn't happen because of good will. It happens when people of good will do tough things. When it comes to social action, it's all too comfor...

How-To Get Your Social Action Shit Together

Jonathan Lewis | Posted 11.25.2013 | Impact
Jonathan Lewis

My favorite sentence in Peter Dreier's 100 Greatest Americans of the 20th Century is "No struggle for justice succeeds without organization." Season...

How-To Instantly Unleash Your Competitive Edge

Jonathan Lewis | Posted 11.19.2013 | Impact
Jonathan Lewis

Social entrepreneurs are regularly (albeit erroneously) revered and romanticized as pioneering visionaries - tenaciously overcoming groupthink, rallyi...

How-To Work Your Social Change Ass Off

Jonathan Lewis | Posted 11.13.2013 | Impact
Jonathan Lewis

Social change requires tenacity, strength of commitment and old-fashioned hard work. Bluntly, you may not be tough enough. If social and economic ju...

How-To Snag A Social Justice Job Interview

Jonathan Lewis | Posted 11.10.2013 | Impact
Jonathan Lewis

Are you a social sector job-seeker? Feeling frozen out of your future change-the-world job? Reluctant to enter the fray? Fear of failure stopping y...

How-To Make Your Mom Proud Of You (Or Not)

Jonathan Lewis | Posted 10.27.2013 | Parents
Jonathan Lewis

If you have parents, your social activism career just might, with any luck at all, turn out OK. For some social sector activists, parents are hurdles...

How-To Listen Selfishly To Unselfishly Lead Change

Jonathan Lewis | Posted 10.27.2013 | Impact
Jonathan Lewis

In the course of interviewing dozens of Café Impact social entrepreneurs from multiple continents working on a multiplicity of issues using a myriad ...

How-To Make Peace With The Peace Corps

Jonathan Lewis | Posted 10.15.2013 | Impact
Jonathan Lewis

Social entrepreneurship is a high risk lifestyle. Axiomatically, a social entrepreneur should - indeed must - advocate for risk-taking status quo d...

How-To Tackle Thankless Social Change Work

Jonathan Lewis | Posted 10.10.2013 | Impact
Jonathan Lewis

Fighting the good fight means big challenges, big ideas, big solutions. In humble contrast, the menial and mind-numbing grunt work required of the ...

How-To Give Your Inner Fundraiser More Currency

Jonathan Lewis | Posted 09.30.2013 | Impact
Jonathan Lewis

This year, a mentor died. A friend moved on. A social enterprise started sinking. Each loss leaves its unique echo of disappointment and the haunti...

How-To Uncover Your Passion and Purpose

Jonathan Lewis | Posted 09.25.2013 | GPS for the Soul
Jonathan Lewis

Fulfilling, meaningful work doesn't start with a big idea. It starts with a small voice hiding inside you. "One of the first things to do is to iden...

How-To Kick It As A Fundraiser For Fun And Profit

Jonathan Lewis | Posted 09.15.2013 | Impact
Jonathan Lewis

One million U.S. nonprofits compete for the $300 million annually donated to charity. Historically, most of the money goes to religious and education...

How-To Cope When Social Justice Moves Backwards

Jonathan Lewis | Posted 09.16.2013 | Politics
Jonathan Lewis

I am having a moment. Trayvon Martin is dead, nothing can replace him in our lives, and (again) the American legal system - instead of color-blindn...

How-To Start Your Social Change Career

Jonathan Lewis | Posted 09.12.2013 | Impact
Jonathan Lewis

Social entrepreneurs are made, not born. Starting a social change career is a do-it-yourself activity. Before we can be status quo disruptors, we ne...

How-To Ready Yourself To Have A Huge Impact

Jonathan Lewis | Posted 08.31.2013 | Impact
Jonathan Lewis

If you want a career with huge social impact, develop your interpersonal skills, take stock of your material life needs, and tune-up your self-awarene...