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The Girl Effect and My Grandmother

Greg Woodburn | Posted 10.20.2014 | Impact
Greg Woodburn

The agony of these missing parts applies not only to our deceased loved ones - it applies to when we allow fear to dampen courage; ignorance to imprison knowledge; and hatred to overwhelm love.

What if Entrepreneurship Isn't the (Only) Answer?

Mark Newberg | Posted 10.13.2014 | Impact
Mark Newberg

There are already 4.8 million job openings in the American labor market, and we know that entrepreneurship isn't the answer for everyone. To meet this growing demand for impact jobs while helping build the next generation of impact leaders, we'll need to focus on intrapreneurship.

The Anatomy of a Social Investor Revolution

Pioneers for Change | Posted 10.14.2014 | Impact
Pioneers for Change

Welcome to the second generation of wealth owners, the inheritors of a period of industry and sustained economic growth. The plateau that is now being reached enables this generation to be of a higher social conscience, seeking rewards far beyond that which mere money can bring.

How to Be Good at Failure

Lisa Curtis | Posted 10.03.2014 | Impact
Lisa Curtis

When you shoot for the moon, you're going to get battered by rejection long before you reach any stars. I've found that the key to continuing the journey is to not let failing make you feel like a failure.

Solving the World's Biggest Problems Takes Ensembles, Not Soloists

Jeffrey Walker | Posted 10.03.2014 | Impact
Jeffrey Walker

I'm convinced that, when it comes to most of the major challenges we face, multi-stakeholder partnerships are the key to achieving real progress.

When Women Take the Lead

Monique Villa | Posted 09.22.2014 | Impact
Monique Villa

Women are the ultimate economic accelerators: when they work, whole families benefit. Children are better fed, better educated and have longer life expectancies

Teach For All

Greg Woodburn | Posted 09.15.2014 | Impact
Greg Woodburn

In order for us to one day achieve the vision of providing all children with excellent education, Teach For All and other social impact alliances must increasingly come together to improve the breadth and depth of work being done.

Why We Believe Innovative Partnerships Can Capture the Talent of Outstanding Entrepreneurs to Create Lasting Social Impact

Dominic Llewellyn | Posted 09.10.2014 | Impact
Dominic Llewellyn

We believe that addressing complex societal challenges necessitates new innovative approaches; long-term approaches that dovetail delivering sustainable impact for the bottom line as well as for society.

How We Can Build on ALS: Ensuring We're Not "Cold as Ice" Is Good for Us

Dominic Llewellyn | Posted 09.09.2014 | Impact
Dominic Llewellyn

Every time I see the Ice Bucket Challenge on Facebook, and it's a lot, I'm provoked to be more generous. It's not only good for the marginalized in society, it's good for me too. Let's find ways of making this generosity last!

Jobless On Labor Day

Carla Javits | Posted 09.01.2014 | Business
Carla Javits

Given our national obsession with work, employment means a lot for not just our pocketbooks, but also our dignity and place in society. From my perspective, the bottom line for the American Dream is inclusion in the workforce.

America's First Billion-Dollar Social Enterprise?

Auren Kaplan | Posted 08.22.2014 | Impact
Auren Kaplan

I was shocked and deeply moved when I heard the news this morning - Bain Capital is purchasing 50 percent of TOMS, the One For One shoe, eyewear, and ...

Innovating Impact: Two Social Entrepreneurs Tackle Critical Issues at Home and Abroad

Steve Mariotti | Posted 10.21.2014 | Impact
Steve Mariotti

Overwhelmingly, these talented fellows represent a growing commitment to fighting social issues like poverty, terrorism, infrastructural collapse, and beyond -- through straightforward, effective means. I was lucky to learn from two of them, and share their stories here.

An Impact Investor's Guide to Creating Social Impact

Lorainne Lopez | Posted 10.15.2014 | Business
Lorainne Lopez

There's a lot of excitement about impact investing these days. The industry's main goal, to make money while making a difference, is very enticing. However, with the lack of information on successful impact investments, it's hard to know if impact investments are truly making an impact.

How to Hire the Wrong People and Fail, Sometimes, Repeatedly!

Ritu_Sharma | Posted 10.08.2014 | Impact
Ritu_Sharma

Why is it that some truly amazing social entrepreneurship ventures never get off the ground? Or why do some concepts and programs with every reason to succeed and thrive only achieve a modicum of success, and then die?

My TEDx Talk: How to Create a Successful Social Enterprise

Marquis Cabrera | Posted 10.07.2014 | Small Business
Marquis Cabrera

After months of organizing and gathering my thoughts, I developed the B.I.B. methodology, which underlines the success of most social enterprises.

Social Enterprise and the Privilege Economy

Kevin Lynch | Posted 10.04.2014 | Impact
Kevin Lynch

I am an unapprehended felon. From age 18 to 38, I spent some part of virtually every day in the illegal drug culture. Buying, selling, using and/or driving under the influence of highly illegal substances.

Social Entrepreneurs Need to Think Beyond the Business

Hila Mehr | Posted 10.04.2014 | Impact
Hila Mehr

Social enterprises can become easily distracted building and managing their business instead of focusing on the problem they are trying to solve -- even if the solution involves running a healthy business.

Changing the Story of Our World

Abhi Nangia | Posted 09.27.2014 | Impact
Abhi Nangia

You've heard this story before. You know that there are millions of people making a living in trash dumps. You know that most youth don't have access to healthy, nutritious food. To safe drinking water. To toilets. You know that most youth don't make it past 30 here.

6 Reasons Why Everyone Should Work for a Mission-Driven Company

Hervé Larren | Posted 09.24.2014 | Business
Hervé Larren

There are many personal, professional, and of course, moral, reasons that working for a mission-driven company can improve your satisfaction with work and life.

Buckle Up -- Things Are Getting Real With #TheStitch!

Matt Pipkin | Posted 09.01.2014 | Impact
Matt Pipkin

You know those seasons in life that you look back on and think, "Whew, those were some amazing times!"? Well, that's how we're going to look back on what's happening right now.

Chicago's Manufacturing Institute and Benefit Corporations: Aligning Stakeholder Interests

Christine C. Franklin | Posted 08.30.2014 | Chicago
Christine C. Franklin

Chicago's institute is about integrating the supply chain -- having the right data in the right place at the right time, to make the right part in the right place, and doing it all for less.

It's Time to End the Misconception That Impact Investing Isn't Financially Profitable

Praful Shah | Posted 08.27.2014 | Impact
Praful Shah

It is a fallacy that there is no return on investment in impact investing. One of the reasons the impact investments are successful is the passion of the founder and the team for the cause.

We Need to Create an Enabling Environment for Health Innovation

Krista Donaldson | Posted 08.25.2014 | Impact
Krista Donaldson

No matter where you live, or your income level, healthcare is ripe for change. The state of health in 2024 will be radically better, but only if we create an enabling environment for implementation and adoption health innovations.

The Meaning Behind "Entrepreneur" and "Scale" and How Philanthropic Lending Can Improve Lives

Aneri Patel | Posted 08.12.2014 | Impact
Aneri Patel

While scale is necessary to solve the world's greatest problems, this language hurts small and local social enterprises that have no capacity to solve huge problems across the world, but have real concrete impact in the few villages they operate in.

Why People With Meaningful Lives Paint Their Faces Blue

Derek Snook | Posted 08.12.2014 | Healthy Living
Derek Snook

Every muscle longs for comfort and security, except one: the heart. While the rest of us looks for the easy way out, the heart beats for meaning and p...