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Why I Want You to Steal My Startup Idea

Jordan Phoenix | Posted 07.17.2014 | Impact
Jordan Phoenix

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.

Revving Our Engines: 10 Lessons From Launching an Impact Accelerator

Jamie N. Jones | Posted 06.24.2014 | Impact
Jamie N. Jones

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.

Social Businesses Look to Accelerate Impact

Neil Parmar | Posted 06.20.2014 | Impact
Neil Parmar

Few focus on supporting social purpose businesses that aim to provide investors with a financial return as well as a positive social impact.

Social Media Is an Equalizer, When You Make the Time to Use It

Ritu_Sharma | Posted 06.16.2014 | Impact
Ritu_Sharma

As we're being pulled in so many directions, it's hard to find time to slow down and figure out a solid social media strategy -- but it's worth it. Here's why.

How Social Impact Grows Sales for Small Business

Melinda Emerson | Posted 06.11.2014 | Small Business
Melinda Emerson

Have you ever heard the term doing good while doing well? I recently came across a new business in central Florida whose business model is focused on...

Hearts Beat Bucks: How to Defeat the Koch Brothers in 3 Easy Steps

Tom Sheridan | Posted 06.06.2014 | Politics
Tom Sheridan

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.

Setting the Table for a Hungry City

Tom Wingert | Posted 07.28.2014 | Impact
Tom Wingert

The commute from my home in suburban Philadelphia to my office at the Impact Hub in Olde Kensington presents a kaleidoscope of the human experience in...

Passion and Collaboration in the Nonprofit Sector

Gary Gero | Posted 07.22.2014 | Green
Gary Gero

Even at nonprofits it is easy to get tied up in the day-to-day details of the workload and lose sight to the other pressing issues that are facing our global community.

Wear It Well to Wear It Better: Wearable Technology for Social Impact

Blair Palmer | Posted 07.20.2014 | Impact
Blair Palmer

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?

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.

Cause Vs. Purpose

Merry Carole Powers | Posted 06.28.2014 | Business
Merry Carole Powers

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.

How Crowdfunding Is Creating More Social Enterprises

Lisa Curtis | Posted 06.23.2014 | Impact
Lisa Curtis

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.

Conference to Fill Gap in Social Impact

Simon Rycraft | Posted 06.08.2014 | Impact
Simon Rycraft

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.

Good Afternoon, Vietnam: A Revolutionary Small Business Impetus and I Learned About It on Skype (Part 2)

Steve Mariotti | Posted 05.31.2014 | Business
Steve Mariotti

As exciting as the social enterprises presented were, the most interesting and perspective-changing lesson for me was the Vietnamese flat tax.

Good Afternoon, Vietnam: A Revolutionary Small Business Impetus and I Learned About It on Skype (Part 1)

Steve Mariotti | Posted 05.28.2014 | Business
Steve Mariotti

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.

A Rising Tide to Lift All Boats: Alex's Story

Steve Mariotti | Posted 05.26.2014 | Impact
Steve Mariotti

Rising Tide Capital is a nationally acclaimed nonprofit organization that helps aspiring but financially limited entrepreneurs to start and grow successful businesses.

Defining Social Impact

Clare Munn | Posted 05.21.2014 | Impact
Clare Munn

To me, a definition of "social impact" needs to be simple and accessible for all to understand and for all to consider to incorporate into their own lives and businesses.

Pitching Investors in Global Health: Funding Lessons From Social Entrepreneurs

Cathy Clark | Posted 05.18.2014 | Business
Cathy Clark

This post is co-authored by Lila Cruikshank. Over the past decade, business models serving the base of the pyramid (BOP) customers have attracted in...

Interactive Artist Explores "Human Connection" in the Digital Space

Erica Schlaikjer | Posted 05.13.2014 | Impact
Erica Schlaikjer

I attended a session on "Human Connection: The Ultimate Digital Currency" at the SXSW Interactive festival this week. I was very much disconnected, in the analog sense.

Poor Women Need More than Just a Pink Mobile Phone

Hillary Miller-Wise | Posted 05.07.2014 | Impact
Hillary Miller-Wise

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.

Crowdfunding Gets Personal

Jeff Smith | Posted 05.04.2014 | Impact
Jeff Smith

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.

At Last, Someone Invented Innovation!

Irv Katz | Posted 05.04.2014 | Impact
Irv Katz

And it appears to be catching on. Google "innovation conferences" and 28.7 million listings come up. That's a lot of innovating...or conferencing. Wh...

Consider the Giraffe, That Improbable Change Agent

Valerie S. Lies | Posted 04.30.2014 | Impact
Valerie S. Lies

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?

Why Traditional CSR Is Not Enough

Perry Yeatman | Posted 04.29.2014 | Impact
Perry Yeatman

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.

Social Media, Youth Mentoring: Tools to Fight Urban Violence

Josephine d'Allant | Posted 04.29.2014 | Impact
Josephine d'Allant

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.