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Social Change for Free Is a Difficult Price Point to Undersell

Jonathan Lewis | Posted 06.03.2013 | Impact
Jonathan Lewis

We can and must learn to acknowledge -- indeed respect -- the sincerely committed social innovator without unthoughtfully endorsing every social innovation.

Go BIG with Your Social Impact Career

Jonathan Lewis | Posted 05.26.2013 | Impact
Jonathan Lewis

No question, but that it is easier on the soul to work for a NGO, a social enterprise or an economic development agency. Purity is emotionally safe.

Get YOUR Social Justice Career Started Today

Jonathan Lewis | Posted 05.12.2013 | Impact
Jonathan Lewis

Falsely, neophyte social entrepreneurs often suppose that innovative social change starts with a great idea -- a brilliant insight. Maybe.

Ready to Change the World? Not So Fast

Jonathan Lewis | Posted 04.30.2013 | Impact
Jonathan Lewis

Social entrepreneurship is undeniably an adventure, an elixir, an exhilarating rush... a one-person fountain of youth. Well and good, but a social change career is not intended as personal therapy, these social change experts are warning social change novices.

Compassionate Capitalism Canards Called Out

Jonathan Lewis | Posted 04.22.2013 | Business
Jonathan Lewis

Whether you side with Khosla or with E.B. White ("The trouble with the profit system has always been that it was highly unprofitable to most people"), ideological debate distracts us. Let's be informed impact investors without being misinformed social commentators.

Are Social Entrepreneurs Failing to Fail?

Jonathan Lewis | Posted 04.10.2013 | Impact
Jonathan Lewis

Social entrepreneurs hate admitting failure. None of us brags about our failures unless we can spin them (hide them?) with a triumphant social-entrepreneur-overcomes-adversity success story. I'm as guilty as anyone.

Are Social Entrepreneurs Burning Out?

Jonathan Lewis | Posted 03.30.2013 | Impact
Jonathan Lewis

We are bruised by long hours, stress, rejection and constant disappointment. Bruised by the enormity of intractable social problems. Worn thin by the constant need to sell solutions and pitch programs -- to be the hot new idea (or claim to be).

I Am Going to Save a Mom From Dying

Jonathan Lewis | Posted 12.26.2012 | Impact
Jonathan Lewis

Next month, I'm going to save a mom from dying in childbirth. I am not a doctor, not even a trained paramedic. I don't plan to make a donation or heroically travel to some impoverished village in some distant and dangerous place to volunteer.

The No. 1 Job Tip To Launch A Social Entrepreneurship Career

Jonathan Lewis | Posted 11.17.2012 | Impact
Jonathan Lewis

Getting on-the-ground work experience is so important early in your career. It's the one thing college graduates lack. I would much rather hire someone from a so-so university who has actually done field work versus someone with a degree from a great university with just a theory.

To Save The World, Save Yourself!

Jonathan Lewis | Posted 11.10.2012 | Impact
Jonathan Lewis

The ugly, terrible vastness of global poverty seems to demand leaders with the skill to create large systems of opportunity, the talent to reach millions and the urgency of purpose to never sleep, never rest, never flag.

Do Not Copy/Paste Someone Else's Life

Jonathan Lewis | Posted 11.05.2012 | Impact
Jonathan Lewis

"We have forgotten to acknowledge when we hold power. We act as if money doesn't matter. That's really dishonest."

Changing the World? Mix One Woman With Valor, Add Grit

Jonathan Lewis | Posted 10.28.2012 | Impact
Jonathan Lewis

What does it mean to be a change-maker without courage or character? Is it even possible? Is it old-fashion and antiquated, maybe even a bit sappy, to openly applaud personal valor?

Queer Women Like Me, Er, Her

Jonathan Lewis | Posted 09.02.2012 | Impact
Jonathan Lewis

Rajasvini "Vini" Bhansali, the super-charged, super-smart CEO of the International Development Exchange, recently talked with me on camera about community and coming out as a 19-year-old "queer woman like me."

Networking Your Way to an Awesome Job

Jonathan Lewis | Posted 08.19.2012 | Impact
Jonathan Lewis

Networking is not about you, it's about building relationships. If you want people to think you are charming and smart, don't work at it.

Saul Food for Social Entrepreneurs

Jonathan Lewis | Posted 07.01.2012 | Impact
Jonathan Lewis

With millennials poised to comprise 50 percent of the global workforce by 2014, I am unabashedly optimistic. In fact, I can't wait. Saul Garlick is one reason.

The Indispensable Social Entrepreneurship Skill

Jonathan Lewis | Posted 06.16.2012 | Impact
Jonathan Lewis

Today, Chid advises "know thyself" -- the indispensable missing skill for new social entrepreneurs. If you know yourself, you can "really understand people" -- both the impoverished client and, of equal importance, the potential impact investor.

The Improbable Ms. Windwood

Jonathan Lewis | Posted 06.02.2012 | Impact
Jonathan Lewis

You just know that taking her "What moves your heart? What makes you light up?" advice is solid and sound. Her twinkling eyes, nurturing smile and smart charm are enveloping and encouraging, but with her strength she is pressing you to change yourself while changing the world.

MBAs Rule

Jonathan Lewis | Posted 05.27.2012 | Impact
Jonathan Lewis

For many of us, economic justice work is triggered at any early age and continues over a lifetime. Simple steps lead to big change.

Millennials: Join A Journey For Social Change

Jonathan Lewis | Posted 09.12.2012 | Impact
Jonathan Lewis

In a series of straight-talking conversations with accomplished social entrepreneurs, iOnPoverty viewers will gain information they need to get and keep social justice jobs.