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Conference to Fill Gap in Social Impact

Simon Rycraft | Posted 04.08.2014 | 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 04.01.2014 | 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 04.01.2014 | 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 03.26.2014 | 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 03.21.2014 | 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 03.21.2014 | 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 03.20.2014 | 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 03.07.2014 | 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 03.05.2014 | 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 03.04.2014 | 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 02.28.2014 | 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 02.27.2014 | 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 02.27.2014 | 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.

Doing Well by Doing Good

James Bernstein, MD | Posted 02.21.2014 | Impact
James Bernstein, MD

In the absence of hard evidence, decisions about the most effective way to make a difference tend to be made based on the biases and priorities of donors, while the needs of the world's poorest get lost.

A Valentine's Day Consideration: A Radical Change in How We Build Mission-focused Business Relationships

Sandy Marshall | Posted 04.14.2014 | Impact
Sandy Marshall

If in romantic relationships we could forgo a contract between two people in favor of a relationship built on long-term trust and dependability, why couldn't this work in a business context?

Creating a Pathway to Action

Oliver Libby | Posted 04.02.2014 | Impact
Oliver Libby

Let's take a note from entrepreneurship culture and tell students: "Everyone says you are a leader of tomorrow, but you can start now, because we need you today!"

Pioneers of the Next Silicon Valley

Aaron Hurst | Posted 03.30.2014 | Impact
Aaron Hurst

Hopefully at Davos next year our focus can not be on envying Silicon Valley but discussing how to inspire the capital of the next economic era -- one that is focused on serving people and the planet.

In My View: African Innovation is Trending

Jean-Claude Bastos de Morais | Posted 03.30.2014 | Impact
Jean-Claude Bastos de Morais

With medical staff and doctors sometimes unable to communicate efficiently with their patients, innovators are finding ways to use technology to translate medical questions accurately enough for them to provide the correct diagnosis and treatment.

A Few Words On The Changes Our World Needs, From The People Who Can Actually Make Them Happen

Posted 01.23.2014 | Healthy Living

Global changemakers are in Davos this week to discuss the most pressing issues facing the world today -- poverty and humanitarian crises, business and...

WATCH: Business Leaders Admit They Need To Change Their Ways

Posted 01.25.2014 | Business

The world's largest corporations aren't generally known for giving back to others or earning the public's trust. But according to some global leaders ...

How This Nobel Laureate Defines Success

Posted 01.25.2014 | Healthy Living

This week at Davos, the Nobel Peace Prize winner Muhammad Yunus opened up about what success means to him -- and how we so often get success wrong. ...

8 Millennials Who Ditched The Corporate World For Social Good

The Huffington Post | Karin Swanson | Posted 01.25.2014 | Impact

These millennials hung up their name badges -- or circumvented office life altogether -- and went on to start initiatives that tackled issues such as ...

How to Create More Social Entrepreneurs

Jennifer Hirsch | Posted 03.17.2014 | Business
Jennifer Hirsch

Every day, I hear about one of the following: An individual's deep desire to find meaningful work -- where she can practice her craft and change the...

Why Cooperation Is Key to Creating Change

Tom Wingert | Posted 03.11.2014 | Impact
Tom Wingert

The social impact sector is ill-equipped to deal with competition. There are so many of us trying to solve the same problems, problems that need solving, we need to do it together.

7 Millennials Who Are Too Busy Changing The World To Take Selfies

The Huffington Post | Karin Swanson | Posted 03.14.2014 | Impact

The old narcissistic, entitled millennial stereotype has grown tired. From tech to business to medicine, these young people have proven they're changi...