My primary desired outcome from the work I do during my brief time on this planet is not to purchase luxury items for myself, it's to solve problems that cause suffering for billions of fellow human beings.
Impact entrepreneurs and impact investors are interconnected and mutually dependent: Early-stage companies need investment to fund their development and growth, and impact investors need good deals to fund.
Politics today has started to feel a lot like the children's playground at recess. Out there, it's the small handful of bullies with the loudest mouths who stand out, steal people's lunch money and run roughshod over everyone else.
What if wearable technology could mean the difference between life and death in emergency situations where there was no doctor, or could help track vital signs, nutrition and healthcare monitoring for those children who do not have access to regular care?
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.
A cause is based on a desire to stop something. A purpose is rooted in a desire to start something. Cause is charity. Purpose is empowerment. A cause is your nemesis. A purpose is your muse. Should we break it down? Let's use hunger as an example.
When I ran a crowdfunding campaign for Kuli Kuli last May we had zero money, no full-time staff and a network that consisted mostly of other broke 20-somethings. And yet, within a day we had raised $22,000.
For the second year running, Wharton is bringing together a community of socially innovative thinkers who understand that what is good for society is also good for business, by hosting the student-led Social Impact Conference at its San Francisco campus on April 10, 2014.
In growing economies like Vietnam's, we are seeing innovations in business--through both national and foreign investments. But the government, almost 40 years after the US left, is also empowering social enterprises with its reforms.
In recognition of International Women's Day, March 8, 2014, we'd like to challenge mobile operators, NGOs, government and others to radically rethink the way that we allow poor women to benefit from mobile technology.
We have witnessed the evolution of empowering the individual around cause, from content to technology, and now to commerce. With the advent of social media, people have the power to become their own media source.
Can we make the necessary changes, set aside our differences (including the differences in status, influence and power), and still create connective spaces for honest exchanges to take place in order to achieve true change?
Companies that deliver strong Social Value Propositions will be positioned to unlock business performance and affect positive social change. In a world with no shortage of social problems and business pressures, there is tremendous opportunity for companies to make a real impact.
Developing countries have high crime levels, which in turn derail further development. A few initiatives are successfully reducing crime and violence in cities such as Bangalore, Cairo, São Paulo, and Mexico City.