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Opportunity Collaboration

Are Social Entrepreneurs Burning Out?

Jonathan Lewis | Posted 03.30.2013 | Impact
Jonathan Lewis

We are bruised by long hours, stress, rejection and constant disappointment. Bruised by the enormity of intractable social problems. Worn thin by the constant need to sell solutions and pitch programs -- to be the hot new idea (or claim to be).

Jeffersonian Dinners Create Transformative Connections

Jeffrey Walker | Posted 03.22.2013 | Impact
Jeffrey Walker

As a result of the dinners, vibrant networks and passionate partners have been created for these causes. Here are a few ground rules that help these dinners succeed.

The Opportunity Collaboration: Beautiful People Weaving a New World

G. Benjamin Bingham | Posted 12.30.2012 | Impact
G. Benjamin Bingham

Like going through CS Lewis' wardrobe to Narnia or over the rainbow to Oz, last week's Opportunity Collaboration, which was focused on alleviating global poverty, required an adjustment to the juxtapositions of a new realm.

5 Tips for Maximizing Your Conference Experience

Daniela Papi | Posted 12.01.2012 | Business
Daniela Papi

A conference in the Caribbean? Some people wouldn't care if it was for underwater basket weaving -- they'll be there! If you are signing up for a conference for a break from the stress of day to day of work, you might want to pick one where you think you can have some fun!

Social Entrepreneurship Conferences 101: The Where and What

Daniela Papi | Posted 08.16.2012 | Impact
Daniela Papi

There seem to be more conferences targeting social entrepreneurs than there were Olympic athletes. I'm fairly certain that, if you were so inclined, you could spend every week of the year at a different conference and have "networked" your way around the world.

Quiet Please: Grown-Ups Are Talking

Kevin Jennings | Posted 09.18.2012 | Impact
Kevin Jennings

If our national motto is 50 Cent's "Get Rich or Die Trying," it seems like the latter is a lot more likely than the former if you're born poor.

Student Debt: A Problem But Not The Problem

H. Kim Bottomly | Posted 09.02.2012 | College
H. Kim Bottomly

The U.S. public university system is facing a crisis and much of the discussion centers on student debt. However, student debt is just one symptom of the actual problem confronting universities.

Saul Food for Social Entrepreneurs

Jonathan Lewis | Posted 07.01.2012 | Impact
Jonathan Lewis

With millennials poised to comprise 50 percent of the global workforce by 2014, I am unabashedly optimistic. In fact, I can't wait. Saul Garlick is one reason.

Point Your Moral Compass Towards Social and Economic Justice

Jonathan Lewis | Posted 12.23.2011 | Impact
Jonathan Lewis

We are called upon to ask a simple question. Not "How can you help me?", but rather "How can I help you?" Not "How can you help me?", but rather "How can we work together?"

Work of the World Is Common As Mud

Jonathan Lewis | Posted 12.18.2011 | Impact
Jonathan Lewis

The Opportunity Collaboration draws its muscle from the conviction that people of good will forge their own solutions and uncover new ways to combine and leverage resources.

The Social Entrepreneur's Handbook

Jonathan Lewis | Posted 11.18.2011 | Impact
Jonathan Lewis

Once a year, I teach a course at the University of California Blum Center for Developing Economies, but all year long I am on the lookout for good boo...

Muslim Fundamentalism Worth Supporting

Jonathan Lewis | Posted 11.12.2011 | Impact
Jonathan Lewis

In the 21st Century, Sakena Yacoobi's call for education is almost embarrassing. Don't we know this? Hasn't the American foreign aid establishment been paying attention? Why do we still need Sakena's pointed reminder?

8 Virtuous Investment Options

Jonathan Lewis | Posted 10.30.2011 | Impact
Jonathan Lewis

If you have secured an independent income and are ready now to practice a bit of virtue, here are the 2011 Opportunity Collaboration Delegates working to "solve poverty" and create virtue with your capital.

Mercy Corps: Mission Accomplished?

Jonathan Lewis | Posted 10.16.2011 | Impact
Jonathan Lewis

If you think Portland-based Mercy Corps is an air ambulance service, a religious sect or a merciful military organization, you would be wrong.

Collaborate or Die

Jonathan Lewis | Posted 10.10.2011 | Impact
Jonathan Lewis

We all know collaboration is a good idea. In politics, call it compromise. In business, call it a strategic alliance. Whatever you want to call it, teamwork produces results.

Rare Strategic Merger: Investors' Circle & SJF Institute

Jonathan Lewis | Posted 10.02.2011 | Impact
Jonathan Lewis

In an unexpected, but welcome, move, two prestigious and important actors in the social impact investing sector have announced to their respective memberships a full-on merger.

Shoppers Without Borders

Jonathan Lewis | Posted 09.27.2011 | Impact
Jonathan Lewis

My recent purchases have helped an artist in a distant land feed his or her family and sustain, in a small way, an artistic and cultural heritage.

How the Opportunity Fund Ruined My Rant

Jonathan Lewis | Posted 08.14.2011 | Impact
Jonathan Lewis

The discussion asked, "Can dedication to mission and the profit motive co-exist as seamlessly as some microfinance proponents suggest?" It is not as wonky as you might fear.

Diaspora Development

Jonathan Lewis | Posted 07.24.2011 | Impact
Jonathan Lewis

Whether infrastructure bonds or direct philanthropy, tapping into the profits from Diaspora-based donor kebab stands is a development idea with a lot of meat on it.

Bill Maher (and I) to Learn Anti-Cynicism Cure

Jonathan Lewis | Posted 07.17.2011 | Impact
Jonathan Lewis

Why Maher is attending a fundraising dinner on May 25th in Los Angeles for Shine on Sierra Leone is a mystery. I will be there too. I'll have to ask him.

Social Change Humble Pie

Jonathan Lewis | Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact
Jonathan Lewis

I am respectfully awestruck. Neither of these social change thought leaders have fallen victim to economic development hubris.

Paraguayan Tagged for 2011 Achievement Award for Combating Poverty

Jonathan Lewis | Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact
Jonathan Lewis

For over 25 years, Martin Burt has been a pioneer in applying microfinance, microfranchise, youth entrepreneurship and financial literacy to address chronic poverty in Paraguay.

Grassroots Grow Anti-Starvation Gardens

Jonathan Lewis | Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact
Jonathan Lewis

A small community garden, situated in a remote rural backwater, is breaking new ground towards sustainable, organic, healthy food production.

I on Poverty: Provocations

Jonathan Lewis | Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact
Jonathan Lewis

Each week, friends, allies, colleagues and respected leaders and thinkers from around the world offer their thoughts, ideas, aspirations and plans for a better world. All provoke me in good and thoughtful ways.

The Shirt Off Your Back (VIDEO)

Jonathan Lewis | Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact
Jonathan Lewis

Against this backdrop of unfair trade barriers and underhanded market competition, in Liberia a fair-trade clothing factory is competing internationally. It is globalization to believe in.