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How to Turn Your Brand Into a Social Crusade

Tom Hayes | Posted 12.08.2014 | Business
Tom Hayes

Today, successful brands create social movements around themselves: the key proposition is not 'buy me' but rather, 'join me.'

Doot, Doot, Doot

David Sable | Posted 11.10.2014 | Business
David Sable

Always learn from the greats. Try to understand the most successful. Emulate, yes, but more -- build and innovate on what they do so well by learning what they miss.

Blurring the Lines Between "Social" and "Business"

Adam Lewis | Posted 12.28.2014 | Impact
Adam Lewis

Warby's success hinges on more than its product and mission, demonstrating a new and very simple kind of "corporate social responsibility" that companies can no longer afford to take lightly.

Forbes "Under 30 Summit" Circles in on the Now and Next Game Changers, Billionaires, and Entrepreneurs

Sugar Rautbord | Posted 12.23.2014 | Business
Sugar Rautbord

The Forbes "Under 30 Summit" in Philidelphia ended Wednesday, having brought together the now and present future. Malala Yousafzai, now 17, who re...

The Rebirth of the Brick-and-Mortar

Toni Haber | Posted 12.22.2014 | New York
Toni Haber

As the traditional means of business transactions, such as the brick-and-mortar store and the phone call to order restaurant delivery, is moving towar...

Millennials in the Workplace Want to Give Back, so Let Them!

Stefanie Greenberg | Posted 12.08.2014 | Impact
Stefanie Greenberg

The Case Foundation and Achieve recently published a study that supports the idea that many of us in the volunteer industry have thought all along: giving back to meaningful causes is important to millennials.

Outdoor Company Cotopaxi Puts Its Money Where Its Heart Is

Ahrif Sarumi | Posted 10.28.2014 | Impact
Ahrif Sarumi

Cotopaxi donates a minimum 10 percent of its profit to one of its partner nonprofit organizations to create a sustainable impact in the community those organizations serve. Smith's company goes one step further by showing potential and returning customers where that donation is going.

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 ...

How Code Empowers Social Good: The Warby Parker Story

Saeed Jabbar | Posted 09.20.2014 | Home
Saeed Jabbar

"Our thinking here is aligned with support for scale, rapid prototyping and agility."

Faithful Shopper: In My Beach Bag

Faith Hope Consolo | Posted 09.13.2014 | New York
Faith Hope Consolo

We're in the heart of beach season, and it's time to replenish our stock of essentials, from sunglasses to sunscreen, books to laptops and everything in between.

A Different Kind of Social Enterprise Is Helping Communities See Clearly

Neil Blumenthal | Posted 08.11.2014 | Impact
Neil Blumenthal

Rather than simply handing out glasses, we worked to train individuals in developing countries to conduct vision screenings, educate their neighbors about the importance of eye care, and sell high-quality, low-cost glasses to their communities.

TOMS and Warby Parker Aren't the Only Buzzworthy Brands

Joah Spearman | Posted 07.07.2014 | Style
Joah Spearman

The success stories of both TOMS and Warby Parker have been written and written again, but there are two companies in their shadows that deserve your ...

Unplug -- Full Speed Ahead!

David Sable | Posted 06.21.2014 | Technology
David Sable

Unplugging clears your mind, opens up new paths for problem solving, creates new and exciting relationships between ideas and ultimately drives the best use of technology

Can Capitalism Afford a Conscience?

Marian Salzman | Posted 05.25.2014 | Business
Marian Salzman

At first glance, capitalism circa 2014 looks like a pretty soulless endeavor: massive piles of fast money, no wider context of conscience involved. Ju...

The Art of Social Entrepreneurship: Warby Parker & Neil Blumenthal

One World with Deepak Chopra | Posted 05.21.2014 | Business
One World with Deepak Chopra

Native New Yorker, Neil Blumenthal was taught to value community at a young age while attending a Quaker school in Manhattan. Combine that with his ba...

Why I Will Not Buy Another Honda

Ira Israel | Posted 05.14.2014 | Business
Ira Israel

Brand loyalty is a commodity; making customers feel valued is an integral part of doing business in the new economy (in most economies, really) -- particularly when it is always possible to find competitive prices on the Internet.

The Faithful Shopper: Spring Vacation

Faith Hope Consolo | Posted 04.16.2014 | New York
Faith Hope Consolo

Are you as done with winter as I am? I've never seen our friends and neighbors in more need of a spring break in the sun! While it may be cold and sno...

What Does It Take to Change the World?

Barbara Becker | Posted 04.14.2014 | Impact
Barbara Becker

Eight years later, Maggie is the legal guardian of forty-four children. Through grassroots fundraising -- and the money she earned from babysitting back home -- Maggie built the Kopila Valley Children's Home and School,

Lessons on Building a Social Enterprise From the First Buy-One-Give-One Food Company

Peter Walters | Posted 04.02.2014 | Impact
Peter Walters

It pays to give. TOMs has given over 10 million pairs of shoes; SoapBox Soaps has provided over 20,000 children with vitamin supplements for a year; W...

The Faithful Shopper: Best of 2013

Faith Hope Consolo | Posted 03.02.2014 | New York
Faith Hope Consolo

It's been an eventful year for all of us in the New York retail and fashion scene, from grand old friends such as Bergdorf Goodman and Macy's undergoi...

A Better World Is the New Bottom Line

Abhi Nangia | Posted 01.25.2014 | Impact
Abhi Nangia

We can't let these better choices make us complacent. We can't use that better buy to justify the rack of sweatshop-sourced products in our closet. Every product has a story, and it's up to us to choose which story we want to live on.

Opportunities Increasing for Authors in E-Book Single Marketplace

Howard Polskin | Posted 12.09.2013 | Books
Howard Polskin

If there's any gloomy note in the findings for the third quarter, it's the outlook for new fiction in the e-book single marketplace. There appears to be very little appetite from consumers for short fiction from unknown or relatively unknown authors.

The Big (Ain't Always) Easy

Zachary Dominitz | Posted 11.27.2013 | Business
Zachary Dominitz

The meaning of 'social good,' a lot like the Occupy movement, varies greatly depending on your perspective.

Wearable Technology Will Change Us. But How?

Carrie Yury | Posted 11.13.2013 | Technology
Carrie Yury

Wearable technologies bring up a plethora of new ways of breaching etiquette, allowing technology to come in between us (physically or metaphorically) and changing the way we interact. So there is valid reason for wearable anxiety.

Giving Back Through Fashion

Laura Dunn | Posted 08.18.2013 | Business
Laura Dunn

The topic of fast fashion always raises an interesting debate, with many a question posed over the ethical, financial and moral aspects of where mater...