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Lessons on Building a Social Enterprise From the First Buy-One-Give-One Food Company

Peter Walters | Posted 04.02.2014 | Impact
Peter Walters

It pays to give. TOMs has given over 10 million pairs of shoes; SoapBox Soaps has provided over 20,000 children with vitamin supplements for a year; W...

TOMS Gives Haiti a Leg (and a Shoe) Up

Natalie Pace | Posted 03.09.2014 | Impact
Natalie Pace

Blake Mycoskie is casual, a bit scruffy, but can hit a camera mark and deliver his company's message in 30 seconds on the nose, like a suited up CEO. He's got a laidback surfer vibe, but speaks with the precision of a fine-tuned press release.

Wouldn't You Prefer Your Bouquet Organic?

Bill_Robinson | Posted 02.19.2014 | Small Business

Further on up the road from delivering potted plants to Winn-Dixie, Robert McLaughlin can now feel proud that he's not only done it his way but also had a positive impact on the floral industry and real people on the farms of Central and South America.

Charity Profiteering: Make Sure Your Gift Really Gives Back

Jacqueline Herrera | Posted 02.18.2014 | Impact
Jacqueline Herrera

You don't really need that pair of Yves Saint Laurent gloves, but you did buy a bunch of presents for everyone else, and then you notice the sale is benefiting the Philippine Typhoon victims. Well, this purchase would totally elevate you to Pope status, and you don't even hesitate to click.

WATCH: TOMS CEO Responds To Criticism

HuffPost Live | Posted 11.14.2013 | HuffPost Live 321

TOMS CEO Blake Mycoskie joined HuffPost and responded to the criticism his "one-for-one" model has received. ...

Gabriela Aoun

Move Over Toms: This Shoe Company Is Doing Everything Right | Gabriela Aoun | Posted 10.23.2013 | Green

In 2004, San Francisco-based Kyle Parsons went to Bali on a surf trip and bought a pair of sandals that used repurposed motorbike tires for a sole. He...

Are These Boots The Next Uggs?

Posted 10.18.2013 | Style

If you're in the market for new winter boots and you want something that kind of looks like UGGs but not really, you're in luck: TOMS now sells boots....

The Big (Ain't Always) Easy

Zachary Dominitz | Posted 11.27.2013 | Business
Zachary Dominitz

The meaning of 'social good,' a lot like the Occupy movement, varies greatly depending on your perspective.

Inspiration vs. Manipulation

Merry Carole Powers | Posted 10.19.2013 | Business
Merry Carole Powers

When you stand for something, you inspire. You take a stand for something, usually bigger than yourself, and people relate. It motivates rather than manipulates.

Reach Millennials Through Storytelling for Good

David All | Posted 09.22.2013 | Impact
David All

The Millennial Generation, or "Millennials," is the largest, most connected, and most globally-aware generation in the United States. At nearly 80 mil...

WATCH: Wedding Wears TOMS to Benefit Less Fortunate

HooplaHa | Posted 09.14.2013 | Weddings

When Emily and Matt decided to get married, they wanted to do more than just have a wedding. On a day where all eyes are on the bride and groom, this ...

Spread Your Key Idea That Turns Your Life Into an Adventure

Kare Anderson | Posted 08.28.2013 | Books
Kare Anderson

In describing how we can "build influence in a world of competing ideas," Butman suggests that we look for "iconic moments," even from childhood, where an insight grabbed hold of you and persists in your thoughts.

Kim Bhasin

TOMS Founder Addresses The Haters | Kim Bhasin | Posted 07.05.2013 | Small Business

For a company that gives millions of pairs of shoes to the needy each year, TOMS ends up receiving a startlingly heavy amount of criticism. The mos...

Kim Bhasin

TOMS Founder's New Promise | Kim Bhasin | Posted 06.24.2013 | Business

TOMS founder and chief shoe-giver Blake Mycoskie is making a lofty promise to both customers and critics: By the end of 2015, TOMS will produce one-th...

4 Fun Ways to Give Back While Spending (PHOTOS)

Chrissy Denihan O'Donovan | Posted 08.13.2013 | Impact
Chrissy Denihan O'Donovan

Today more than 83 percent of Americans wish brands would support causes and companies are responding, making it easy and fun for all to get involved ...

10 Popular Retailers With Dark Labor Histories

The Huffington Post | Harry Bradford | Posted 05.06.2013 | Business

Promoting a socially responsible image is one way brands try to up their cool. But do brands really sacrifice their bottom line in order to stay true ...

GPS for the Sole: Shoes, Stress, and a Child's Future

Arianna Huffington | Posted 06.16.2013 | Impact
Arianna Huffington

As our minds are still grappling with the horror of the Boston bombings, and our hearts are still hurting for the victims and their loved ones, there is something we can do today to help the lives of children around the world. Today is the day that, since 2007, has been designated by the shoe company TOMS as "One Day Without Shoes." TOMS has donated 2 million pairs of shoes to children in more than 50 countries worldwide, and their tagline, "Leave Your Footprint," reflects how much we as individuals can be part of something bigger than ourselves. And that's not the only issue one can take action on today. At work, at home, and beyond, we are facing an epidemic of stress. National Stress Awareness Day is an opportunity to reflect on the things that cause you stress and the methods you can use to course-correct.

One Day Without Shoes 2013

Blake Mycoskie | Posted 04.16.2013 | Impact
Blake Mycoskie

One Day Without Shoes is a critical part of the One for One movement and a beautiful illustration of a powerful movement. This is a day to challenge your own perspective on consumerism, challenge your peers, and lastly, challenge us.

How Shoes Can Do More

Sebastian Fries | Posted 04.15.2013 | Impact
Sebastian Fries

When TOMS first began, our initial intention -- providing shoes to children without them -- was good, but we've since discovered a lot of untapped potential. We found that shoes, when used as a strategic resource, can do more.

Why I Want to 'One Day' Every Day

Alexandra Constantinou | Posted 06.13.2013 | Impact
Alexandra Constantinou

Some people have and will continue to call me barefoot and crazy. Springtime in the Midwest isn't the warmest weather and I cannot promise you that it will be comfortable for your toes. Despite all of this, I will continue to go barefoot every year for One Day Without Shoes. Why?

All Humans Deserve the Right to Health and Dignity

Amanda Schwartz | Posted 06.12.2013 | Impact
Amanda Schwartz

One Day Without Shoes is the annual day to encourage the world to go without shoes to bring global awareness to children's health and education. It is about walking with dignity and it is about opportunities to improve children's health.

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.

How We Can End Abject Poverty Instantly

Peter Walters | Posted 05.13.2013 | Impact
Peter Walters

Today, skip the Starbucks coffee (it's burnt anyway) and put your dollars towards a cause that you believe in -- because to impart real, meaningful change in the world, people will need to believe that the underlying causes of poverty are solvable. I do.

8 Ways to Maximize Live Sports and Music Revenues

Peter Csathy | Posted 04.23.2013 | Business
Peter Csathy

Almost always, the physical world ignores the power of the virtual world (among other things). Based on my experience, here are 8 concrete ways to generate significant new revenues in that physical world.

A Store Where Every Purchase Gives Back

Peter Walters | Posted 04.06.2013 | Home
Peter Walters

I see our American culture becoming less about conspicuous consumption, and more about "conscious consumerism." Traditional philanthropy is not going to feed the world's hungry, but a more conscious consumer and a more caring entrepreneur just might.