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An Impact Investor's Guide to Creating Social Impact

Lorainne Lopez | Posted 08.15.2014 | 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 08.08.2014 | 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 08.11.2014 | 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 08.04.2014 | 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 08.04.2014 | 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 07.28.2014 | 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 07.25.2014 | 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 07.02.2014 | 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 06.30.2014 | 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 08.04.2014 | 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 06.25.2014 | 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...

Condom Flavors Like Strawberry, Caipirinha Key to Social Marketing Success in Brazil

David J. Olson | Posted 08.08.2014 | Impact
David J. Olson

Social media has certainly helped create a buzz around the scented, flavored and special feature condoms. In fact, the idea for caipirinha condoms came from a suggestion posted by a follower on Facebook.

The Specifics of Storytelling for Social Innovation

Pauline Zalkin | Posted 08.03.2014 | Impact
Pauline Zalkin

A story is a roadmap to another person's subjective experience - the gateway to empathy. It's obvious, then, why stories are an essential means of relating for social innovators.

Impact Investing: Can We Pay Her Less?

Ted Barber | Posted 07.30.2014 | Impact
Ted Barber

I was in New York City meeting with an advisor who offered to help raise investor capital for our social enterprise. She was reviewing the business plan and numbers, then looked up and asked, "Can you pay the women less?" My partners and I didn't know what to say.

Life Is So Short: If Not of Purpose, Then of What?

Jacqueline Novogratz | Posted 07.29.2014 | Impact
Jacqueline Novogratz

Everywhere I sense a shift in the seasons, a yearning for greater purpose, for moving with empathy as well as pragmatism -- a growing understanding that we are all in this together.

Do Nonprofits Need to Think Outside the Box?

Joseph Amodeo | Posted 07.22.2014 | Impact
Joseph Amodeo

Do nonprofits need to think outside the box? Is there even a box anymore? Through my own experience, the answer to both of these questions is yes.

7 Essential Steps to Leap into Entrepreneurship

Bobby Umar | Posted 07.21.2014 | Business
Bobby Umar

Starting a business can be a scary thing. You give up the stability (albeit perceived) of a steady income with benefits. You put your career on hold. You sacrifice significant time and energy for the first several years just to get up to your former corporate salary. You enter a risky area where most people fail within five years.

Film: Apolis + Atelier Ace Collaboration

Shea Parton | Posted 07.14.2014 | Impact
Shea Parton

The hand-loomed, organic cotton scarf, comes in three colors -- indigo stripe, light indigo and grey check. The scarf provides sustainable employment and a fair wage for a growing artisan cooperative of mothers in Addis Adaba, Ethiopia.

Impact Begins Inside the Company

Acumen | Posted 07.08.2014 | Impact
Acumen

The lifeblood of the local economy has traditionally been small scale agriculture and trading businesses, particularly as this town sits on the road between Aflao (on the Togo border) and Accra, the Ghanaian capital.

Why Every Social Entrepreneur Needs to Read This Book

Hila Mehr | Posted 07.06.2014 | Impact
Hila Mehr

Paulo Freire, author of the seminal 1970 book Pedagogy of the Oppressed, saw the world not as a given reality, but as "a problem to be worked on and solved."

7 Things We've Learned About Impact Investing in 7 Years

Dr. Judith Rodin | Posted 07.06.2014 | Impact
Dr. Judith Rodin

As far as impact investing has come in seven years, there is still more to do to make it the norm, and give everyday investors access to a range of investment products.

Legos, Erector Sets, Collaboration, and the Future of the Nonprofit Sector

Joseph Amodeo | Posted 07.01.2014 | Impact
Joseph Amodeo

Whether two or more nonprofits are working together to achieve a commonly shared goal or facing the realities of limited resources to meet a need, they're demonstrating that collaboration often strengthens the impact of a project.

Thriving in the Social Sector

Nell Derick Debevoise | Posted 07.01.2014 | Impact
Nell Derick Debevoise

Arianna's message -- and specific tips -- about well-being should be directed with special attention to not-for-profit and social enterprise professionals ... Enabling them to take care of themselves first will allow them to more effectively take care of the people they aim to serve.