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The Greatness of a Generation Hangs in the Balance

(1) Comments | Posted August 8, 2012 | 4:32 PM

Higher education is getting a makeover, whether it wants one or not. Truth is, with online education -- free online education! -- being offered by many of the finest institutions in the world, we don't even know what the future holds.

What we do know, however, is that gaining the...

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Call to Action: Students and Professors Get Serious About Impact

(1) Comments | Posted May 15, 2012 | 4:33 PM

It's time to get serious about impact in higher education. For that to become a reality, we're calling on students and professors to push beyond their comfort zones and experience social innovation in the real world.

ThinkImpact and iOnPoverty, two social enterprises dedicated to providing millennials...

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Seafaring Tech Enterprises

(0) Comments | Posted April 27, 2012 | 7:35 AM

Just when we thought that creativity and a touch of lunacy (the good kind) had been explored in the entrepreneurship world to the fullest, they pull out something like this: I am talking about Unreasonable at Sea from the founder of the Unreasonable Institute and the folks who...

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Three Essential Strategies for Creating a Business that Changes the World

(0) Comments | Posted March 1, 2012 | 1:26 PM

(This article has been cross-posted from Brazen Life)

Back in 2008, two college students had the big idea to create a reusable water bottle to fight the global water crisis.

Four years later, that idea is now an exciting and growing business -- Hydros Bottle -- with a...

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Celebrating Greatness: Jerry Hildebrand

(1) Comments | Posted March 1, 2012 | 11:10 AM

On Feb. 16, 2012 one of the most important people in the world turned 70 years old. He is not a household name, but the ripples of his influence have been felt across the globe. His name is Jerry Hildebrand, and he is one of the most energetic, relentless and...

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An Ecosystem for Innovation in Higher Education

(1) Comments | Posted February 21, 2012 | 5:42 PM

There is something happening which is long overdue yet incredibly exciting. Academia is tackling reality. Disruption in higher education is getting sexy, and it's going to change the world.

Social entrepreneurship, the often practitioner-focused undertaking of merging meaning and money, has caught the eye of countless universities around the world....

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Introducing Your Dream Job

(0) Comments | Posted November 8, 2011 | 2:26 PM

What if I told you that in 2012 you could have your dream job? Your job would include making money, building brilliant new approaches to products and services, endless learning opportunities, unlimited growth potential, and the end of poverty. Would you look at me like I was losing my marbles?

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Business and Poverty Alleviation, Meeting of the Minds

(3) Comments | Posted June 8, 2011 | 4:51 PM

I just got off the phone with Topher Wilkins, COO of Opportunity Collaboration. I always enjoy catching up with him and Jonathan Lewis, the event's founder, partly because they are hilarious, and partly because I love hearing what they have in the works. Not surprisingly, they are in...

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How to Launch a Social Enterprise

(4) Comments | Posted May 5, 2011 | 5:48 PM

Every day it seems I am asked the same questions: How did you start your social enterprise? What advice can you give to others who want to get something started?

The questions usually leave me dumbfounded. I never feel like I have a good answer. My social...

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Hydros Bottle Is Gift Of 2010

(0) Comments | Posted December 27, 2010 | 11:22 AM

Hydros Water Bottles are the gifts that keep on giving. I have been writing on Social Edge and Huffington Post a good deal about social entrepreneurship and innovation and I have become particularly interested in finding powerful examples of businesses that have successfully merged...

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Give the Gift of Impact

(0) Comments | Posted December 1, 2010 | 4:01 PM

The holiday giving season is upon us. Last year alone close to 20 percent of total retail industry spending was attributed to the holidays, according the National Retail Federation. The pressure is on to find the perfect gift for everyone on your list and at a reasonable price...

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Opportunity Collaboration Equals Transformational

(0) Comments | Posted November 2, 2010 | 7:21 PM

I went in without much clue what I would get out of it. That is how I approached Opportunity Collaboration in Ixtapa, Mexico this year. I had gone the year before and found the five-day "unconference" immensely valuable but had no idea what I was going to learn...

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Calling Extraordinary Young Entrepreneurs to End Poverty

(0) Comments | Posted October 12, 2010 | 1:46 PM

American undergraduate and graduate students are starting businesses in rural Africa that combat social problems and alleviate poverty. This phenomenon is facilitated by ThinkImpact, the nonprofit organization that I run out of Washington, D.C. that helps young Americans catalyze social businesses in rural Africa. ThinkImpact is currently searching for extraordinary...

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Get Yourself to Unreasonable

(0) Comments | Posted October 5, 2010 | 5:06 PM

It's rare that I will write a blog post that is purely gushing, but with the Unreasonable Institute, I can't help myself. I love their work, I've seen it first hand, and most of all, their vision is completely unreasonable.

The applications are out for the second annual...

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A Jewish New Year: A New Approach to Philanthropy

(0) Comments | Posted September 3, 2010 | 2:09 PM

When we head home for Rosh Hashanah, we can be sure of one thing: we will eat. And eat. And eat some more.

It was astonishing when one of us, during our summer in rural Kenya, stayed with a small but fiery mother of six named Theresia Mavela who...

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Game Changing Coalition

(4) Comments | Posted June 23, 2010 | 6:50 PM

When ThinkImpact won $62,000 from Chase bank as part of its Community Giving contest on Facebook, we were overjoyed. It set in motion a series of improvements and developments for the organization and it helped us achieve our mission in a significant way. Today we have 33 people living...

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Nuclear Talks and Youth Engagement

(0) Comments | Posted April 12, 2010 | 2:09 PM

As leaders of the world gather in Washington, D.C. to discuss the future of nuclear weapons and the need for aggressive action to ensure that nuclear materials don't fall into the hands of terrorists, young leaders from across the globe will gather in Chicago, and later in Miami, to address...

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Fellowship for the Ultimate Un-Conference

(1) Comments | Posted April 2, 2010 | 7:14 PM

One of the great frustrations of working in the field of international development and social entrepreneurship is that there are too few opportunities for outstanding young people living in developing countries to access professional networks or unique educational opportunities.

ThinkImpact works primarily with locals in developing communities and only occasionally...

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Financial Times Award Recognizes Seeds of Social Change

(1) Comments | Posted March 25, 2010 | 8:28 PM

On March 24, the Financial Times Social Innovation Awards confirmed the rise of a new force: student innovation. The Social Innovation Awards present a forum for organizations to highlight their latest methods for addressing social needs and promoting better business. Though some of the largest and most well-known corporations were...

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Social Investing: Markets & Missions

(0) Comments | Posted March 22, 2010 | 3:18 PM

Below is a speech that Jonathan Lewis, Founder & Chief Executive Officer of Opportunity Collaboration and Founder & Chair of MicroCredit Enterprises gave at the Social Venture Capital/Social Enterprise Conference in Miami. I think it is one of the best arguments I have read...

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