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Sabatic-ations and Socially Conscious Corporate Career Choices

Daniela Papi | Posted 07.31.2015 | Impact
Daniela Papi

Taking a sabbatical used to be largely restricted to academics and posh people who had the time and money to take time off in the middle of their career, while the rest of the world had to hold out for 45+ years of work until their retirement allowed them the chance to explore their non-work related passions.

A New Space Race - To Grow Social Enterprise

Carla Javits | Posted 07.30.2015 | Impact
Carla Javits

It's time we double down on the race to scale up a whole new way of doing business. We took that leap all the way to the moon. Now it's time to do it right here on earth.

Past, Present... Future

Amanda Spencer | Posted 07.22.2015 | GPS for the Soul
Amanda Spencer

I recently stumbled upon a past incarnation of myself. How? Since last year, I've been a volunteer and advocate for a neuro charity. It's given me, si...

Bordofarms: A Project Focused on Solving Deportee Economic Issues Through Urban Farming

Miguel Marshall | Posted 07.21.2015 | Latino Voices
Miguel Marshall

After this intense immersion into the social fabric of our city's deportee community, we have learned that there are many creative ways to approach social issues and that we are ready to take on the new challenges ahead through more economically viable and scalable model of social enterprise in urban farming.

Engaging the Masses Through Social Movements

Pioneers for Change | Posted 07.15.2015 | Impact
Pioneers for Change

How can we engage the current generation to engage with social movements? The case to act is now urgent.

Empowering Survivor Communities Through Commerce

Carlos M. Gutierrez, Jr. | Posted 06.30.2015 | Impact
Carlos M. Gutierrez, Jr.

Economic empowerment is a commonly used term these days. Programs upon programs are developed and implemented with the hopes of providing disadvantaged populations with the necessary tools, skills, and resources that will allow them to improve their economic conditions.

How to Achieve 10x Returns With Soulful Investing

Robert Rubinstein | Posted 06.26.2015 | Business
Robert Rubinstein

The idea of just throwing more technology at problems and flipping a switch will fix the problem and generate high returns, seems out of touch with reality. I have another idea. Why not investing in social enterprises that target the soul?

Is There a Business Here? Pushing Social Entrepreneurs Out of Their Comfort Zone in Southern Africa

Michael Goldberg | Posted 06.24.2015 | Business
Michael Goldberg

Collins Nyamadzawo walked into a rural Zimbabwean school where he was a volunteer and caught sight of two students sitting on the floor, one using the other's back on which to write.

Social Impact Investing: The Business Case For Social Impact Education

Julia M. Satov | Posted 06.15.2015 | Business
Julia M. Satov

As technology, human mobility, skills gap, resource scarcity and social issues transform the direction of global business, we cannot continue CSR as a "do good" quotient; we must now pursue and invest in impactful education as untapped possibilities.

Addressing Domestic Poverty In Test City, U.S.A.

David All | Posted 06.13.2015 | Business
David All

"If it works here, it'll work everywhere." And that includes putting entrepreneurship in every classroom starting here in Test City, U.S.A. Our hope is to generate more entrepreneurs who will break out of the cycle of poverty and then work to use those resources to help their communities.

B Corp Ditto Makes A Better Hanger -- And Learns How To Sell It

Carolyn McMaster | Posted 06.13.2015 | Small Business
Carolyn McMaster

When Gary Barker's design team embarked on redesigning the clothes hanger as an environmentally sustainable product, Barker secretly thought it was the "stupidest idea" ever. That was in 2006; now the resulting Ditto hangers are being embraced by major retailers such as Levi Strauss, REI and the Gap, and Barker's green product design company, Ditto Sustainable Brand Solutions, is flourishing.

Ask These 3 Questions to Power-Up Your Meetings

Alex Budak | Posted 06.11.2015 | Business
Alex Budak

Rather than accepting stale, vapid and mind-numbing meetings as a way of life, consider adding in these three questions to transform a meeting into an hour of team building, professional growth, and value reinforcement.

Saying Thank You In the Best Way Possible

Sarah Cannata | Posted 06.04.2015 | Impact
Sarah Cannata

I was listening to a great leader... someone who had hit rock bottom (maybe even that place below rock bottom) and rose again through sheer determination.

Why Boredom Is One of The Greatest Experiences You Can Give a Child

Susan Pearse | Posted 06.04.2015 | Parents
Susan Pearse

"I'm bored. Can I play on the iPad?" asked my 6-year-old for the second time. It was one of those times where it would've been easier to say yes. I was tired, had a deadline looming and an hour's peace would have been great. But instead, I packed up a few things and we all headed outside.

Small Businesses: Potential Antidote To Income Inequality -- And You Can Help

Beth Sirull | Posted 06.04.2015 | Small Business
Beth Sirull

Small businesses can carry the weight of rebuilding our economy and fighting income inequality, but whenever possible, let's help lighten their load.

The Real Purpose Of The Purpose Economy

Merry Carole Powers | Posted 06.03.2015 | Business
Merry Carole Powers

Purpose driven profit isn't just about a better future. It is changing lives today. And it's empowering us, as consumers, to be a part of the process -- reducing teen pregnancies, malnutrition, suicide rates, sex trafficking and dozens of other human atrocities by buying things we love, like gourmet chocolate and luxury sheets.

7 Fundraising Strategies I Used to Raise Millions

Steve Mariotti | Posted 05.07.2015 | Business
Steve Mariotti

Got a wonderful idea you know will change the world for the better? Fantastic! But to get any idea off the ground, you need one thing: money.

Four Top Take-Aways From New Profit's Gathering of Leaders 2015

Carla Javits | Posted 06.29.2015 | Impact
Carla Javits

With a divided government, a fragmented social sector, and a business community focused primarily on profitability, we have been faced with some ha...

Gearing Up for Know Your Value in Washington, DC!

Mika Brzezinski | Posted 06.28.2015 | Business
Mika Brzezinski

If you missed it, our kickoff Know Your Value event in Philadelphia, PA was a huge success! These women are givers -- and so we're going to give them the opportunity to grow their sense of personal and professional value. I can't wait to see what the next Know Your Value event in Washington, D.C. has in store.

Digital Fluency, Social Enterprise and Why They are Important for HR

Pam Ross | Posted 06.27.2015 | Business
Pam Ross

Technology, especially social media, has dramatically changed the way people communicate in recent years, and what I call "digital fluency" has become the business literacy of the 21st century. Digital fluency is the ability to use social and mobile technology to communicate, collaborate and connect with people.

The Triumphs and Tribulations of Impact Investing

Kyle Zimmer | Posted 06.23.2015 | Impact
Kyle Zimmer

Both the triumphs and the growing pains of "impact investing" were on display in Oxford, England last week. Impact investing goes beyond the passive tactic of limiting investments to, say, companies that are green or that don't produce guns.

Is Anger a Motivator for Change?

Hildy Gottlieb | Posted 06.21.2015 | Impact
Hildy Gottlieb

What part does anger play in creating change -- personal change, organizational change, social change? In a year that I've committed to exploring my own anger, this question just keeps arising.

The 'Switched On' Enterprise: The Triumph of Insight Over Ideology

Nick Seneca Jankel | Posted 06.16.2015 | Business
Nick Seneca Jankel

As someone who has consulted to scores of the largest corporations on the planet, I believe that the ideology of capitalism is almost always damaging to the social, ecological and spiritual systems it relies on to exist.

4 Ways Mindfulness Can Enhance Your Happiness

Dr. Elise Bialylew | Posted 06.16.2015 | Healthy Living
Dr. Elise Bialylew

When practiced regularly, it can bring more calm and effectiveness into everyday life, reducing stress and enhancing mental capacity. Here are four ways mindfulness can make you happier.

My Journey

Pioneers for Change | Posted 06.14.2015 | Impact
Pioneers for Change

I guess my own journey from the dark side began when I left the City. I loved being a research analyst but once I drifted up into senior management (eventually as Head of Equities in Europe for Lehman Brothers), I became part of the world that I didn't find especially comfortable.