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

Nick Seneca Jankel | Posted 04.17.2015 | 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 04.16.2015 | 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 04.14.2015 | 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.

Economic Empowerment: Investing in Opportunity

Flynn Coleman | Posted 04.07.2015 | Impact
Flynn Coleman

From conversations I have had with people all around the world, what I have come to realize is that we all want the same things: something to believe in, health, prosperity, to belong, and opportunity.

An Economy That Works For All of Us

Carla Javits | Posted 03.30.2015 | Impact
Carla Javits

After the mid-term elections, when the Republicans took control of the Senate and the House, exit polls showed the economy was the top issue on voters' minds.

3 Things You Must Do When Taking a Major Career Leap

Erin Zaikis | Posted 03.26.2015 | Business
Erin Zaikis

Two years ago I was working a run of the mill real estate job in midtown Manhattan. Today I'm running a nonprofit that funds hygiene and sanitation programs in 4 different countries. Pretty crazy, huh?

Where Does Your Money Spend the Night? Rethinking Capitalism

Tyler Jackson | Posted 03.30.2015 | Impact
Tyler Jackson

If we want to effect social change at scale, investors need to enlist the capital markets by injecting intention and purpose into every financial decision.

5 Ways Social Enterprises Can Finance Growth

Don Shaffer | Posted 03.24.2015 | Impact
Don Shaffer

Social entrepreneurs seeking growth funding often get caught up in the culture of venture capital -- they position their enterprise as a rocket business, look for a miracle angel investor, and start giving away equity.

Economic Growth Is Great... Except When It Isn't

Nick Seneca Jankel | Posted 03.18.2015 | Politics
Nick Seneca Jankel

Far from unmitigated benefit, growth often causes and exacerbates serious mental, physical and environmental problems. Research shows that as wealth increases, so does obesity, diabetes, heart disease and depression.

Putting People to Work Is a Good Thing -- And a Good Investment

Jim Gibbons | Posted 03.10.2015 | Impact
Jim Gibbons

More and more, as the social enterprise movement spreads around the world, we're finding that the best results actually happen for everyone when businesses look beyond the bottom line and invest in social change -- and that can only be good for everyone.

Home Thoughts to the Future

Pioneers for Change | Posted 03.10.2015 | Impact
Pioneers for Change

In my teens and twenties, I confidently expected that I would have positive social impact by becoming an elected politician.

Purpose Will Save Your Business, Your Life & Your World

Nick Seneca Jankel | Posted 03.09.2015 | Business
Nick Seneca Jankel

Something was missing. And it brought me to my knees. After five years in the fast lane of New Economy entrepreneurship, I was emotionally frazzled and physically exhausted.

Start-Up Hubs Multiply in East Africa

Barry Segal | Posted 03.04.2015 | Impact
Barry Segal

For a quick, cheap ride all you need to do is find a boda-boda. Boda-bodas, bicycle or motorcycle taxis, are easy to find or flag down in any East African city. But most people don't stop to think about the drivers and how they are not the owners of the boda-bodas they operate.

Alive for Her Family: A Survivor's Story

To The Market | Posted 02.25.2015 | Impact
To The Market

Nepal is a country not only brimming with color and life but also with opportunity. It is in the small town of Pokhara where the Women's Skill Development Organization (WSDO) thrives.

Transforming Migrants Lives -- Protect, Grow and Emerge

Pioneers for Change | Posted 02.24.2015 | Impact
Pioneers for Change

The idea might be small, but I'm committed to leading and empowering other people to stand up for the most marginalized. Whether I influence a person, a child, an adult or a community, I am creating change. In doing so, I will be recruiting other change makers.

Shark Tank? More Like Piranhas.

Ted Barber | Posted 02.23.2015 | Entertainment
Ted Barber

"I think it's so ludicrous, and so frivolous, and so mindless... that it has merit." That was shrewd venture capitalist Kevin O'Leary talking about the Gold Rush Nugget Bucket, a fun way to pan for treasure. Though he could have been talking about any number of products on the market.

Malawi Floods and the Problem of Zero

Melissa Kushner | Posted 04.14.2015 | Impact
Melissa Kushner

Over the last few weeks, intense rains from Cyclone Bansi brought floods to the small Southern African country of Malawi. For a country whose rainy season spans five long months, these rains are not new.

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.

Step One in Growing Impact Investing: Prove Social Enterprise Works

Ben Thornley | Posted 04.11.2015 | Impact
Ben Thornley

Rigorous evidence of impact is not just about accountability in impact investing. It is an enabler of the field's growth in its own right.

The Results Are In: Social Enterprise Works

Carla Javits | Posted 04.08.2015 | Impact
Carla Javits

We're all aware of income inequality and the need for initiatives to address common societal issues. Yet we don't often hear about whether programs meant to help people really solve the problems at hand, because few steps are taken to actually assess the outcomes, leaving evaluation of the initiatives to little more than a gut feeling.

Impact Investor Global Partnerships Invests in Solar to Connect the Poor With Light

Lorainne Lopez | Posted 03.30.2015 | Impact
Lorainne Lopez

To this day, an estimated 1.3 billion people do not have access to electricity. That is over a billion people who struggle to refrigerate their food and medicine, study at night to further their education, or charge their mobile phones.

Now You Can Live Your Dream

Pioneers for Change | Posted 03.28.2015 | Impact
Pioneers for Change

He paused, reached over for his checkbook, and filled out one of the checks. "Here, take this. Now you can live your dream." It was enough money to buy 50 acres of some of Britain's most beautiful land.

Side-stepping the Law of Unintended Consequences

Stefan Simanowitz | Posted 03.23.2015 | Books
Stefan Simanowitz

The problem of the unintended consequences that can happen when we try to effect positive change is the subject of a new book published this month.

A Young Global Leader at Johns Hopkins

Jim Luce | Posted 03.21.2015 | Good News
Jim Luce

Seal-Bin Han, 19, is an inventor, entrepreneur and philanthropic Korean-American who will receive our foundation's coveted 2014 Luce Leadership Award ...