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Creating a Social Mission from Scratch: A Conversation with Neil Blumenthal

Melissa Kushner | Posted 06.15.2015 | Impact
Melissa Kushner

As Founder and Executive Director of goods for good, I have always been inspired by individuals and companies that share my commitment to taking a creative, sustainable approach to international development.

A Different Kind of Social Enterprise Is Helping Communities See Clearly

Neil Blumenthal | Posted 08.11.2014 | Impact
Neil Blumenthal

Rather than simply handing out glasses, we worked to train individuals in developing countries to conduct vision screenings, educate their neighbors about the importance of eye care, and sell high-quality, low-cost glasses to their communities.

Eyeglasses for the World

Paul Polak | Posted 04.01.2014 | Impact
Paul Polak

Today you can go into a drugstore in Denver or Amsterdam and select an eight-dollar pair of reading glasses that will correct your vision problem. Why not make a robust version of this display stand available to the nearly 700 million poor people in the world who need eyeglasses?

From "Ideas To Action"

Peter Reiling | Posted 09.28.2013 | Impact
Peter Reiling

This summer we are taking this idea to a new level with a major new annual event, the "Aspen Leaders Action Forum" taking place July 29-August 1. Its goal: to assemble some of world's most entrepreneurial leaders and inspire them to step up, to move from "ideas to action" and to take on some of society's greatest problems.

The Customer Satisfaction Survey Gone Mobile

Heather Franzese | Posted 07.29.2013 | Impact
Heather Franzese

Technology is transforming how we gather and use data. The challenge is how to move from an interesting anecdote to common practice. How can your organization leverage mobile to collect better data in real-time? And how can you use that data to inform strategic business decisions that drive better outcomes? If you knew it wasn't effective, would you keep doing it?

Prescriptions and Pride: VisionSpring's Journey to One Million

Jordan Kassalow | Posted 08.07.2012 | Impact
Jordan Kassalow

Estimates for those who can have their vision restored with a pair of eyeglasses range from 500M to 1 billion. The vast majority simply do not have access to affordable glasses. Having seen the depth and persistence of the market failure to deliver this simple tool, I decided to do something about it.

Kia Makarechi

Neil Blumenthal And Warby Parker Bring Vision To Those In Need | Kia Makarechi | Posted 10.29.2011 | Impact

Everyone knows that glasses have gone from an "Office Space" stamp of nerddom to a dose of instant, "Mad Men"-inspired cool. But when it comes to glas...

Eyeball-To-Eyeball with Hybrid Poverty Solutions

Jonathan Lewis | Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact
Jonathan Lewis

The poor live in a complex world of competing and unmet basic needs. It is a world of few choices, and many hardships. Macro statistics abound, but what are the defining elements of poverty on the ground?