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All Parents Want Their Children to Have Productive, Fulfilling Lives

Jim Gibbons | Posted 08.21.2013 | Impact
Jim Gibbons

For young people with the most significant disabilities, the Special Minimum Wage Certificate means the difference between reaching their personal employment potential and having no job at all.

Empowering Young Women Economically Through Fashion

G(irls)20 | Posted 08.17.2013 | Impact

Fashion goes beyond glossy magazine pages; if used well, it introduces girls to policy issues, entrepreneurship, and science - some key skills for the modern female pioneer.

Five Takeaways: The G8 and Social Impact Investing

Ben Thornley | Posted 08.09.2013 | Business
Ben Thornley

The UK government planted the Union Jack squarely at the center of social impact investing at the dedicated G8 meeting June 6 - hosted by Prime Minist...

Lalabu: How One Woman in Burkina Faso Is Changing the Face of Mommy-Wear in America

Erin Bernhardt | Posted 08.06.2013 | Impact
Erin Bernhardt

Lalabu: It's a hip new baby carrier brand inspired by the African style of holding and transporting babies on the mother's back. Lalabu is also a person.

How Do You Develop a Brand Around Doing Good Business?

Rachael Chong | Posted 08.06.2013 | Impact
Rachael Chong

Lane Wood, veteran of charity:water and Warby Parker, has set out on his own to give advice to companies with social missions.

Goodwill and the Power of Work: Helping People With Disabilities Find Employment

Jim Gibbons | Posted 07.17.2013 | Impact
Jim Gibbons

In America, 80 percent of people with disabilities do not have jobs. This shameful statistic should encourage all of us to help people with disabilities earn employment.

The New Era of Public Innovation: Part II

Ben Thornley | Posted 07.16.2013 | Impact
Ben Thornley

The breakthrough moment in Lima was the signaling effect resulting from the clearly articulated convictions of every public official present -- an overarching vision that aligns the region's governments with the "process" of social inclusion at hand.

The Life Out Loud: Listen With Your Heart (and Your Ears)

MeiMei Fox | Posted 07.15.2013 | Small Business
MeiMei Fox

"Someone told me way back when, 'Show me your friends, and I'll show you your future.' So first, surround yourself with people who are doing what they love, pursuing their passions."

The Massive Market Opportunity in Better Health for Africa

Chuck Slaughter | Posted 07.13.2013 | Impact
Chuck Slaughter

Given the billions of aid dollars spent to improve the health systems of Africa, it may surprise you to learn that the majority of Africans still turn to the private sector for their health care. Not because the private sector provides cheaper prices. But rather, for many, it remains the only option.

Turning Passion into Profit

Christian HELP | Posted 07.03.2013 | Impact
Christian HELP

To help you define what you are passionate about, I suggest you read about issues plaguing our society and our world. Reflect on causes that strike a ...

Begin With the End in Mind

Rumeet Billan | Posted 06.24.2013 | Impact
Rumeet Billan

Having the end in mind at the beginning seems counter-intuitive to most. There is no certainty that your position or the organization you create or are a part of will exit one, five or ten years from now. Things change -- needs evolve -- life happens.

Perhaps Congress Can Also Honor Dr. Yunus by Paying Attention to Him

Bob Harris | Posted 04.22.2013 | Impact
Bob Harris

Now that our leaders have given Dr. Yunus a gold medal, perhaps they might more truly honor him by considering why.

A Trend That Could Change Everything, Collaborations Across Generations -- And What It Means for Causes, Nonprofits and Social Enterprises

Jeffrey Walker | Posted 06.19.2013 | Impact
Jeffrey Walker

Today's B-school students and recent graduates are eager to connect with experienced business people and work collaboratively on the big social issues of the day, from poverty and health care to education and the environment. These collaborations can be extraordinarily powerful.

Skoll World Forum Gets Real On Impact Investing

Ben Thornley | Posted 06.15.2013 | Impact
Ben Thornley

But who will pay? Building these skills is neither easy nor cheap. And investors are certainly not lining up to lose money (despite the tremendous social impacts on offer), let alone to "get real", in West's words, and take significant risks with large sums rather than drip-feeding capital through smaller, short-term investments, and at a distance.

Want to Make a Difference for the World's Poorest People by Volunteering Overseas?

Peter Walters | Posted 06.10.2013 | Impact
Peter Walters

There have been many articles written about the voluntourism industry in recent years. Often authors aggressively attack the idea. But what we keep finding however, is that few of these articles give practical ideas to passionate young people who want to make a difference.

The New Sexy: System Impact

Tinia Pina | Posted 10.24.2013 | Impact
Tinia Pina

One would think that a technology used to rapidly accelerate composting would be an ultimate competitor to the traditional composter.Simply, it is just 'sexier' than the time-tested practice of windrow composting.

Customer Relationship Management (CRM) Is About Love

Vala Afshar | Posted 05.26.2013 | Technology
Vala Afshar

It was an honor for both Michael Krigsman and I to speak with Paul Greenberg , considered by many including myself as the Godfather of CRM, and the au...

How Thinking Like a Social Entrepreneur Can Shift the Transgender Movement

Kortney Ryan Ziegler, Ph.D. | Posted 05.27.2013 | Impact
Kortney Ryan Ziegler, Ph.D.

Here are four ways that non-profits focused on transgender advocacy can utilize the core of social entrepreneurial thinking to make a lasting impact for all members of the trans community.

Impact Sourcing: Making Good on the Promise of a Flat World

Leila Chirayath Janah | Posted 05.20.2013 | Business
Leila Chirayath Janah

Though emerging markets like India had seen income increases for those at the cusp of poverty, not much had changed for people at the very bottom. Impact sourcing distributes wealth using the mechanism of the market.

Big Government. Big Impact. Big Data. Big Lessons.

Ben Thornley | Posted 05.20.2013 | Impact
Ben Thornley

One of the great, unsung heroes of impact investing is the U.S. Small Business Administration and its Small Business Investment Company program (SBIC). That's right -- a government agency.

Catherine New

The Reason Everyone Is Going Crazy Over These | Catherine New | Posted 03.28.2013 | Small Business

Company: KIND Healthy Snacks, maker of fruit-and-nut snack bars and granola Founded: 2004 CEO: Daniel Lubetzky, 44 By the numbers: New York ...

Luring More MBAs to the Social Sector

Laura Moon and Margot Dushin | Posted 05.14.2013 | Business
Laura Moon and Margot Dushin

The barriers that prevent students from making social impact career choices are real: positions that do not effectively leverage the MBA skill set, careers that lack investment in professional development and growth potential, and pathways that require vows of poverty.

Save the World With Collaborative Leadership

Jeffrey Walker | Posted 05.11.2013 | Impact
Jeffrey Walker

We still have a lot to learn about how to create long-lasting, cross-cutting, highly effective collaborations. New models are being devised and tested every day. But there's no doubt that collaboration will be key to the future survival and success of humankind.

The Impact: What Social Enterprises Can Do for Girls Everywhere

Janna Oberdorf | Posted 05.08.2013 | Impact
Janna Oberdorf

While International Women's Day is a day for us to remember the many achievements and advancements for women around the world, it is also a day to remember how far we still need to go, particularly when it comes to improving health care services for mothers and their babies.

How Nonprofits Can Do More With Less

Harriet McDonald | Posted 05.05.2013 | Impact
Harriet McDonald

Enterprises run by nonprofits offer a compelling way for people with limited educations and minimal employment histories to lift themselves from lives of dependency and extreme poverty.