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Social Capital

The Surprising Key to Your Child's Success

Joel Peterson | Posted 09.05.2015 | Education
Joel Peterson

Science points to something truly surprising: the single most influential factor (among all other single factors) accounting for differences in education achievement is...

Putting Your Positive Thoughts in High Impact Social Enterprise Action

Steve Mariotti | Posted 08.25.2015 | Impact
Steve Mariotti

Social entrepreneurship gets thrown around. A lot. Countless are published tips for social entrepreneurs, talks are given about the social good, and I too have had the privilege to write about the incredible social entrepreneurs I have met in my journey to boost entrepreneurship for youth around the world.

What Cecil the Lion Can Teach Us About Social Capital

Crystal Kadakia | Posted 08.11.2015 | Business
Crystal Kadakia

The Internet has created a new level of connectedness that is staggering. As a consequence, all endeavors, both positive and negative, are instantly shareable. Social capital is vital, and it has a tangible impact on profits.

If We Want Real Change, We Need to Step Outside Our Own Little Echo Chamber

John F. Ince | Posted 08.05.2015 | Technology
John F. Ince

A few years ago, while attending the TechCrunch Disrupt conference in San Francisco, the so called "Slow Money" conference was also taking place across the city - so I did a quick shuttle between the two.

Our Kids and Theirs

Martin Marty | Posted 06.08.2015 | Religion
Martin Marty

Social scientists of some sorts often alienate audiences and readerships when they choose to speak or write in dense and turgid phrases. But perceptive and phrase-making Putnam can hold his own with eloquent peers when gathering resources, summoning data, or framing an argument.

5 Trends Defining Social Innovation in 2015

Pat Walsh | Posted 05.18.2015 | Impact
Pat Walsh

We have experienced an incredible wave of social innovations that are changing the lives of millions of people around the world. In 2015, a number of converging trends will create an optimal environment for inspiring, launching and sustaining social innovations like never before.

SMIRF's Up in LA

John E. Kobara | Posted 04.26.2015 | Impact
John E. Kobara

Philanthropy has a small amount of financial capital, so leveraging it with all of the other resources available to us is vital. Ambassador Joseph gave us more inspiration and the framework to advance the role of philanthropy in our community.

Closing the Digital Divide

Kim Gomez | Posted 04.19.2015 | Education
Kim Gomez

While we encourage agencies to make information easier to find, we must ensure that our citizens know that any information that they may need is available, where to find it, and perhaps most important, give them the skills they need to undertake the "search and acquire" process.

You Can Be Anything You Want to Be (Well... Sort Of)

Mark W. Guay | Posted 04.07.2015 | Impact
Mark W. Guay

Agency, as a quick reminder, refers to one's ability to act in his world. It's the ability to make choices and then act on them, or not act on them, given the influence of one's environment. These include what we are in control of and those we are not

Some Assembly Required: A Church Without God

Jim Burklo | Posted 03.16.2015 | Religion
Jim Burklo

At the door, I was greeted by cheerful people who urged me to sign in on a clipboard, and, to my astonishment, I was handed a bulletin. Why should I have been surprised? Can't bulletins be godless, too?

How to Help Low-Income Students Cross the Finish Line From College to Career

Jessica Pliska | Posted 01.04.2015 | Education
Jessica Pliska

Students at The Opportunity Network learn to build and leverage professional relationships, a necessary skill for launching a successful career. Last...

Real Prosperity Starts Here

Michelle Long | Posted 11.03.2014 | Impact
Michelle Long

After decades of single bottom-line decisions made in board rooms thousands of miles away from the people who are impacted by them, a grassroots upwelling of local businesses has taken matters into their own hands.

Celebrating One Year and Many Victories

Alyssa Ramos-Reynoso | Posted 10.28.2014 | Impact
Alyssa Ramos-Reynoso

Here at Schools for Sustainability (S4S), we are jumping for joy as we celebrate the first anniversary of our organization. In merely one year, what b...

Your Network is Your Net Worth: Designing Social Capital for Breakthrough Innovation

Soren Petersen | Posted 10.29.2014 | Business
Soren Petersen

One's network of family, friends, colleagues and acquaintances largely dictates attitude, values, beliefs and how one behaves. Yet, few will challen...

A Resident-Led Approach to Realizing American Opportunity

Mauricio Lim Miller | Posted 10.16.2014 | Impact
Mauricio Lim Miller

These ten groups didn't wait for policy-makers, service agencies, or philanthropy to create an institution or program to help them. Instead, they rallied together to pool their own resources, talent, and ideas to address issues that were most important to the families in their communities.

How Colleges Can Produce More Career-Ready Grads

Jessica Pliska | Posted 10.04.2014 | Education
Jessica Pliska

The value of college is more and more frequently linked to career outcomes for students, and that is creating shockwaves in higher education. It's h...

The Day I Lost My Pet Monkey

Richard Koch | Posted 09.07.2014 | Business
Richard Koch

We can view life -- our planet's life, the life of humankind, our own life, and that of society and the economy -- as a huge tussle between things that get used up, and things that don't. Do you prefer to be depressed, or to be cheerful? If the latter, here are five things to celebrate.

Homelessness at the Holidays Hits Hard for Kids in Foster Care

Gary Stangler | Posted 02.20.2014 | Impact
Gary Stangler

Last month I recalled the story of Antwone Fisher, who was informed upon aging out of foster care at 18 years old that he was on his own. He was directed to a nearby homeless shelter, and left to figure out the rest himself. That continues to happen every day across the United States.

140 Characters: Not Much There!

Frank Islam | Posted 01.23.2014 | Business
Frank Islam

Twitter's IPO offering on its first day opened at $26 a share and after a trading frenzy closed at $44.90 a share - 73 percent above the IPO price for an initial valuation of $31.7 billion. The stock closed at $41.65 - down about 5%.

SOCAP 2013 - Who Should Be in the Room?

Jennifer Hirsch | Posted 11.11.2013 | Impact
Jennifer Hirsch

SOCAP can start the conversation. But what will make it impactful is carrying it forward into our diverse communities to have the ideas grow into ventures.

WATCH: It Pays To Be Friends With White People

Posted 08.29.2013 | Black Voices

A recent Reuters poll revealed that many Americans don't have friends of a different race. But according to a conversation on HuffPost Live, having wh...

Culture War, Not Gun Control: The Real Reason the NRA Matters So Much

Nathan Hegedus | Posted 07.04.2013 | Politics
Nathan Hegedus

Gun violence is very likely more a symptom of an American disease than the root cause. But this doesn't mean the NRA is good or justified in its nasty campaigns to expand "gun rights" as aggressively as possible.

What's the 'Next Big Thing' in the World of Philanthropy?

John F. Ince | Posted 06.15.2013 | Impact
John F. Ince

No longer do funders see their primary role to be writing big checks. Spurred by the entrepreneurial drive of a new generation, new philanthropists are developing their own blueprints for change.

Building Trust and Compassion in Banking Through Transparency and Social Capital

Project Compassion Stanford | Posted 06.04.2013 | Business
Project Compassion Stanford

Trust can be restored to banking, when transparency exists to show that the bank and its customers, employees and stakeholders quantifiably improve safety for all, and function holistically as exchanges for capital in all its forms.

Social Media "Capitalism Edition": How Much Would It Cost to Message You on Facebook?

Rami Khater | Posted 02.22.2013 | Technology
Rami Khater

Facebook's announcement this morning is already causing a fuss online, they are testing a feature where you can message people who are not on your friends list for the easy price of 1 dollar. Of course, that's a low price if you don't live in a country where your average daily income is a couple of dollars a day - but we wont go there!